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08/23/12
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IndyCar drivers test aero specs for season finale  Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud and Takuma Sato put in a full day on the 2-mile oval in preparation for the 250-lap season finale Sept. 15. All three started the session with the prescribed aero spec - fundamentally, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway spec minus a rear wing wicker.

"None of drivers had been flat around the circuit in the morning," said INDYCAR vice president of technology Will Phillips, who attended the test. "It was a hot day and quite windy during the afternoon so it was challenging conditions. In the drivers' eyes, harder than Texas was in the race, so the conditions were very difficult. They thought it was a perhaps too hard and a bit more downforce was needed.

"During the course of the afternoon, I asked if they wanted to add the strakes to the package. Those that did felt that it put it in a similar state to Texas. As the track gripped up or cleaned up they would potentially be able to run flat for a few laps, and then tire degradation and traffic would take away that ability, which sounds very much like what occurred at Texas." More ...
08/23/12
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Indy Historian To Speak  Donald Davidson, longtime historian at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, will be the featured speaker at the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen, N.Y., on Saturday, Aug. 25.

Davidson is considered the pre-eminent expert on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis 500 and United States Auto Club. His appearance to discuss the famed 500-mile race held at one of the world’s most recognized racetracks is being presented as third installment of the Center’s 2012 Center Conversations series, “America’s Great Tracks.”

The free talk, open to all fans, begins at 1 p.m. at the Center, located at 610 S. Decatur St. downtown. More ...

08/23/12
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Veteran F1 driver recalls dangers, camaraderie of bygone era  In 1966, Bob Bondurant was driving on country roads through the pine-covered hills of Belgium's Ardennes Forest at about 170 mph.

It was not raining when the then-33-year-old American started his fourth Formula One race, but about three miles into the first lap of the 8.7-mile Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Bondurant hit a wall of rain.

"All of a sudden, cloudburst. I can barely see the car in front of me. It was a torrential downpour," Bondurant, now 79, recalled recently while visiting the Circuit of the Americas track. The rain would carry nearly fatal consequences for another driver, whom Bondurant had to rescue. More ...

08/23/12
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Video: Jon Beekhuis on IndyCar Pit Stops  
08/23/12
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Peters Toyota leads all 204 laps for Bristol Truck yawner  Timothy Peters ran to a wire-to-wire victory in Wednesday night's UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway, snatching back sole possession of the points lead in the Camping World Truck Series.

Peters, who started second, jumped to the lead past pole-sitter Cale Gale at the drop of the green flag and led every lap to roar to his second victory of the season and fifth of his career. The effort broke a tie atop the standings with top rookie Ty Dillon, who ran out of gas while running in the top five on the final restart and finished 21st. More ...

08/23/12
track news
City of Austin again moving to annex Circuit of the Americas  The City of Austin is again considering annexing Circuit of the Americas, the racetrack under construction in southeastern Travis County that is scheduled to host a Formula One race in November.

Council members on Thursday are expected to set public hearings for Oct. 11 and Oct. 18 on annexing 1,587 acres, most of which is owned by the circuit, including about 200 acres just north of Elroy Road that were purchased in July.

The rest is state-owned land and a privately held parcel used for agriculture that lie between the circuit's land and the city limits, according to city documents. The city must annex the state land and private parcel to annex the circuit, as cities can only annex contiguous land. More ...

08/23/12
track news
Circuit of the Americas seeking incentives for solar-power generation  Circuit of the Americas is seeking incentives from Austin Energy to generate solar power to be used at the racetrack under construction in southeastern Travis County.

The circuit is seeking an estimated $49,300 per year for a total of no more than $566,200 over 10 years, according to city documents. The first race weekend is Nov. 16-18.

"As part of our overall sustainability strategy, we're looking pretty hard at having some on-site solar," said Edgar Farrera, sustainability director at Circuit of the Americas. "Part of that, the financial analysis of whether we can have that now or do we wait ... is dependent in part on whether we get the incentive." More ...

08/23/12
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County approves deal to charge for parking at some downtown lots during F1 week  County commissioners this morning unanimously approved a deal to sell parking spaces at five county-owned lots during the Formula One race in November.

Parking Systems of America will run the four-day operation and pay the county 75 percent of the parking fees it collects, charging no more than $10 a space, a price the county says is comparable to what city- and state-owned lots charge. If the 1,131 spots sell out, the county could make about $34,000. More ...

08/23/12
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Firestone previews Sonoma IndyCar race  
Race Distance: 196.35 miles/315.9 kilometers (85 laps on the 2.31-mile/3.717-km permanent road course).

Television/Radio Broadcast: Live - Sunday, August 26, at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, IMS Radio Network, Sirius Radio 212 and XM Radio 94.

Firestone Firehawk Race Tires Supplied:
* Primary (black-sidewall) dry-condition slicks: 708, each entry receives six sets (24 total tires);
* Alternate (red-sidewall) dry-condition slicks: 354, each entry receives three sets (12 total tires);
* Wet-condition (rain) tires with grooved tread pattern: 452, each entry has five sets of Firestone's new rain tire available this weekend. More ...

08/23/12
Racing News
Race car crashes into crowd at Missouri State Fair  UPDATE


A 15-year-old driver was seriously injured when his car flipped during a race at the State Fair Speedway.

The crash occurred at about 8:15 p.m. when the driver lost control while taking a curve. He was transported by helicopter to University Hospital for treatment and his condition is stable.

During a benefit race about 45 minutes later, another driver lost control of his car because of a multi-car crash during a heat race.

His car then went over a guardrail barrier and through a safety fence, hitting five spectators. More ...

08/23/12
f1
Sauber F1 revenge video  If you dish it out, you have to be prepared to take it. Having battled his way up to eighth position from 17th on the grid at the 2011 Japanese Grand Prix, Sauber F1 Team driver Sergio Perez allowed himself a last-lap giggle – not that his race engineer Marco Schupbach, in particular, was laughing. “I have no more power, no power!” the prankster radioed back to the Sauber F1 Team pit. Despair descended on the pit wall as the “reality” set in of losing those hard won points to a drive problem in the final meters of the race. However, after holding his position across the finish line Sergio came clean: “I was joking.” More ...
08/23/12
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RPM makes crew changes  Richard Petty Motorsports made changes to its two pit crews on Monday in preparation for this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway. "We're trying to move things around to improve the performance on both teams," says Sammy Johns, director of operations for RPM. RPM swapped the rear tire combination of changer Justin Fieldler and carrier Eric Wallace from Marcos Ambrose's team with Aric Almirola's rear tire changer Kyle Power and rear tire carrier Blake Haugland. The jackmen positions were also exchanged. Rodney Fetters will now jack Almirola's #43 Ford while Kevin Wing is the jackman for Ambrose and the #9 Stanley team. FoxSports
08/23/12
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Front Row Motorsports Among America's Fastest Growing teams  Front Row Motorsports (FRM), which fields the #26, #34 and #38 Fords in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was named to Inc. Magazine's list of the 5,000 fastest growing privately held companies in the United States. FRM earned a rank of No. 800 on the list. This marks the first time a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team has made the Inc. 5000 list. Front Row Motorsports has welcomed twelve new primary sponsors this season: Glory Foods, ModSpace, Maximum Human Performance, Scorpion Coatings, Barrett-Jackson, House-Autry Mills, Big Machine Label Group, Classic Media (Where's Waldo), Green1 Performance, Peanut Patch, 1-800LoanMart, and U.S. Shredder and Castings Group. Five of those twelve partnerships have turned into multi-race programs. The team's sponsorship portfolio is representative of nearly $172 billion of the U.S. economy. More ...
08/23/12
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Danica, not shoe, was to blame  The mysterious shoe that Danica Patrick ran over while leading the Nationwide Series race at Montreal last week did not cause the mechanical problems that knocked Patrick out of the race, crew chief Tony Eury Jr. told espnW.com. Danica's driving led to her issues.

"The shoe didn't have anything to do with it," Eury said. "It was funny listening to everybody talk about the shoe. I've never done that before.  “It could have done something to the splitter or went through the radiator just as easy and took the radiator out, but as far as the problems we had with the car, it was no relation." More ...

08/23/12
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Stoner to go back to Australia to receive surgery  Casey Stoner will leave Brno this evening for Australia after his doctors advised him to have surgery on his damaged ankle. The Repsol Honda rider will hold a press conference in Brno at the HRC Hospitality unit at 15h30 this afternoon.
08/23/12
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday  
  • Felipe Massa
    Ferrari talks began 'long ago' - Massa
  • Williams better than recent races show - Bottas
  • Barrichello would consider F1 comeback 'invitation' but no one wants him
  • Alonso the 'hero' of 2012 season so far - Brundle
  • Piquet Jr camp clarifies Senna comments
  • Hamilton tells McLaren boss he wants to stay More ...
08/22/12
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No. 27 Menard team penalized  UPDATE NASCAR has issued penalties, suspensions and fines to the #27 team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as a result of rules infractions discovered this week during post-race inspection at the NASCAR Research and Development Center following last Sunday's race at Michigan International Speedway.

The #27 team was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4K (race equipment that has been previously certified or previously approved by NASCAR for use in an event, pursuant to sub-section 8-12, has been altered, modified, repaired or changed in any manner. Intentionally modifying frame rails for the purpose of deceiving NASCAR's inspection gauges) of the 2012 NASCAR Rule Book.

As a result, crew chief Slugger Labbe has been fined $100,000, suspended from NASCAR until Oct. 3 and placed on probation until Dec. 31. Car chief Craig Smokstad has been suspended from NASCAR until Oct. 3 and placed on probation until Dec. 31, while crew member Grant Hutchens has also been suspended from NASCAR until Oct. 3 and placed on probation until Dec. 31. Driver Paul Menard and owner Richard Childress have been penalized with the loss of 25 championship driver and owner points, respectively. NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications



08/22/12 NASCAR could come down hard on the #27 Richard Childress Racing team after discovering irregularities with the frame rails on the car driven by Paul Menard last weekend at Michigan International Speedway. Menard's car was taken to the Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C. after finishing ninth in the Pure Michigan 400 Sunday. FOXSports
08/22/12
irl
Hildebrand takes trip with Oracle Team USA  Cross another item off JR Hildebrand's bucket list.

The sophomore IZOD IndyCar Series driver has flown in an F-16 and National Guard helicopter, driven an off-road truck over a rugged terrain course, tested a Formula One racecar and even taken a Cadillac CTS-V for a little drifting. On Aug. 21, he sailed with Oracle Team USA as it prepared for this week's America's Cup World Series in San Francisco Bay.

Wind power replaced the horsepower of his No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing car as Hildebrand joined skipper James Spithill and the crew of the America's Cup defender for a close-up view of teamwork and technology aboard the AC45.

"It's obviously a whole different animal, but there are a lot of things that are similar to driving a race car," said Hildebrand, a native of nearby Sausalito, Calif. "It was amazing how quick the boat gets going and how sensitive everything is. The five guys onboard all have a specific job and their communication is very streamlined. More ...
08/22/12
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IndyCar fresh engine update for 2012  INDYCAR provided an update today regarding the status of fresh engines remaining for each team for the remaining three races of the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season.

Officials also announced 10 grid spot penalties for the following cars for this weekend's event at the raceway at Sonoma: #15 Sato (will be using sixth engine at Sonoma); #17 Saavedra (unapproved engine change at Indianapolis); #18 Wilson (unapproved engine change between Mid-Ohio and Sonoma); #78 De Silvestro (using seventh engine at Sonoma). More ...
08/22/12
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NASCAR legend Junior Johnson's mansion north of Iredell sells for $2.3 million  
The Hamptonville mansion of NASCAR racing legend Junior Johnson and his wife, Lisa, went on the auction block Aug. 7. The sale included the sprawling home, land and outbuildings. The Johnsons have relocated to a new home in Charlotte.
Winston-Salem Journal
A Lewisville woman who has deep roots in the North Carolina Christmas tree industry was the winning bidder for Junior Johnson's mansion and farm situated just north of the Iredell County line.

Loretta Sides Shore, who owns Shore's Nursery, said Monday that she was the buyer of the house and 150-acre farm at the Aug. 7 auction.

The identity of the buyer had been kept confidential. The winning bid was $2.3 million and the sale is scheduled to close this week.

Shore's Nursery grows Fraser firs on more than a dozen farms it owns or leases in the Laurel Springs and Sparta areas of Alleghany County. More ...

08/22/12
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Lucas di Grassi to compete for Audi in Brazil  
Lucas di Grassi
Audi has signed Lucas di Grassi, a local driver with Formula One experience, for the fifth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) on September 15.

Two premieres in September: For the first time, an LMP sports car fielded by Audi under a factory commitment will be running at a race in Brazil and for the first time, a Brazilian is receiving the opportunity to compete in Audi’s sports car program. "We’re delighted to be able to provide the audience here, the media, our importer Audi Brazil and of course the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) with a special link to this location," emphasizes Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. "We’re giving Lucas di Grassi a chance to compete at home as an ambassador for endurance racing and to fight for overall victory in the Audi R18." More ...
08/22/12
f1
Video: James Allison on the F1 Development Race  Lotus F1 Team Technical Director James Allison talks us through the intricacies of the Formula 1 development race as we enter the second phase of the 2012 season...

08/22/12
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Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday  UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

08/22/12
  • Don't you go blaming me
    Frentzen says Schumacher scotched comeback hopes
  • 2012 Sauber 'best car on grid' - Marko
  • F1 back to work after August shutdown
  • Kovalainen could have chosen 'middle team' over Caterham
  • Head thanks Renault for Williams turnaround
  • Senna not good enough for today's F1 - Piquet Jr.
  • McLaren has no doubt it will secure new deal with Hamilton New
  • Lotus confident Raikkonen to stay New More ...
08/22/12
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Jeff Gordon rips teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr.  UPDATE
Earnhardt and Crew Chief Steve Letarte
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has no regrets about how he drove against #24-Jeff Gordon on a restart Sunday at Michigan International Speedway, but NASCAR's most popular driver laments how radio chatter turned a difference of opinion between the Hendrick Motorsports teammates into a firestorm. "I personally carried on a little bit on the radio about it; just curious about it," Earnhardt told USA TODAY Sports during a Tuesday interview at Hendrick Motorsports.

"In retrospect, to try not to let ESPN or anybody like that make a big deal out of it, I should have not said anything at all so there wouldn't be any footage worth editing. But truth be told, the fact that we were teammates allowed that conversation to happen. If it was Brad Keselowski and me, I would have never known he was mad. I would have never cared that another driver was upset with me because for the most part what happened between me and Jeff happens dozens of times in one race, but the drivers never play it out like me and Jeff did because the radio conversations and lines of communication aren't there." More ...
08/22/12
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Earnhardt Jr. wins vote to be on video game cover  The face of NASCAR's new video game also happens to be the face of NASCAR. But that might not be the primary reason that Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a natural choice as the cover star of NASCAR The Game: Inside Line. "Even though I drive cars for a living, it's fun to do it with a reset button," Earnhardt told USA TODAY Sports about his avid interest in video gaming. "It's definitely not foreign to me, and you can see me just as easily picking up a controller and playing. It's comfortable and something I'll be able to speak intelligently about if I was in a room full of gamers. I think it's a good fit." Earnhardt was chosen as the game's primary ambassador via an online poll that drew more than 750,000 votes through heavy promotion in social media. He will be the focus of a marketing campaign launching next month before the game's November release. USA Today
08/22/12
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Kyle Busch crew chief fined  NASCAR fined Kyle Busch crew chief Dave Rogers $25,000 for improperly attached weight that inspectors found on the No. 18 car during practice Saturday at Michigan International Speedway.

The penalty explains an incident during the final practice Saturday when David Reutimann was driving the car for Busch because Busch was on his way to the Nationwide Series race in Montreal. Reutimann heard a bang and thought he ran over something, punching a hole in the right front fender. More ...

08/22/12
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Drivers anxious to see if new Bristol track will bring back old-style racing  
Are NASCAR fans there only to see crashes?  Bruton Smith thinks so.  He thinks crowds are down because the cars were not crashing enough, so he has eliminated the top groove to ensure the only way to pass is to bump, bang or crash out your opponent.
For Sprint Cup drivers who have not been on the altered Bristol Motor Speedway racing surface, they have one wish for Saturday's Irwin Tools Night Race.

"I just hope that they didn’t screw it up," series points leader Greg Biffle said. Of course, the definition of what is good and what is bad at Bristol depends on the driver and varies widely from drivers to fans.

The track was resurfaced and reconfigured in 2007 to include progressive banking on the 0.533-mile concrete oval. The banking went from 24 degrees in the bottom groove to 30 degrees in the upper groove. That gave drivers three preferred racing lines at a track previously known for its tight grooves, which often forced them to bump cars out of their way to make a pass. More ...

08/22/12
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Fontana track too bumpy for IndyCars?  IndyCar Series drivers Takuma Sato and Josef Newgarden were first-time visitors to Auto Club Speedway on Tuesday for a Honda test session for the upcoming MAVTV 500.

They had similar opinions about the two-mile D-shaped oval that will host the series season finale Sept. 15. They and Simon Pagenaud, a rookie like Newgarden, spent the day turning laps at the Fontana facility.

"The facility is quite impressive," said Sato, who drives for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. "This is a tricky track. I find it to be very bumpy."

It was more of the same from Newgarden, who drives for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing.

"It's very bumpy out there," Newgarden said, "one of the bumpiest I've ever been to." More ...

08/21/12
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NASCAR Michigan TV Rating  UPDATE ESPN’s live telecast of the Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, Aug. 19, earned a 3.8 'final' household coverage rating (3.3 U.S. rating), averaging 5,199,791 viewers, according to the Nielsen Company. The race was the first to not air against the Olympics since ESPN took over the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule at the end of July and the rating was up from a 3.7 for last year’s race.

ESPN’s live telecast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race in Montreal on Saturday, Aug. 18, earned a 1.4 household coverage rating (1.2 U.S. rating), averaging 1,720,183 viewers. Last year’s race telecast earned a 1.5 rating.

08/21/12 ESPN finished with a 3.2 overnight for coverage of Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400, flat compared to the same race last year.
08/21/12
Skip Barber
Rock Island Grand Prix winner to earn slot in Skip Barber Karting Shootout  While all four Mazda Road to Indy series are racing in Baltimore on Labor Day weekend, a large group of young drivers will be zooming around the streets of Rock Island, Ill., for the chance to one day join them.

As part of INDYCAR's partnership with Skip Barber Racing School, a winner from the Rock Island Grand Prix will be selected to participate in the Skip Barber Karting Scholarship Shootout on Oct. 15-18 for a chance to begin their journey up the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system.

The Rock Island Grand Prix is known as one of the largest and most prestigious street karting races, bringing drivers from all over the world for a holiday weekend filled with street festivals and great competition. More ...

08/21/12
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Andretti to throw out first pitch  Marco Andretti, who won his first IZOD IndyCar Series race at Sonoma, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the Aug. 23 game (7:30 p.m. local) between the San Francisco Giants and the Atlanta Braves at AT&T Park.

The Giants are battling the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place in the National League West.

Earlier in the day, Panther Racing will be at the San Francisco 49ers training facility in Santa Clara, Calif., with the No. 4 National Guard car that will carry the 49ers paint scheme this weekend at Sonoma.

All 49ers players will be presented National Guard crew shirts. The 49ers paint scheme is a tribute to San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh, one of Panther Racing's founding owners.

08/21/12
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NASCAR Reinstates Aaron Fike  More than five years after his suspension from NASCAR after he was arrested at the Kings Island amusement park in Ohio, and charged with suspicion of heroin possession, Aaron Fike was reinstated by the sanctioning body on Tuesday.

NASCAR’s announcement of Fike’s reinstatement said simply: “NASCAR has reinstated driver Aaron Fike upon his successful completion of NASCAR’s Substance Abuse Policy Road to Recovery Program.”

Fike was arrested on July 11, 2007 and suspended later the same day. Fike later acknowledged he used heroin while competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He was suspended on July 11, 2007.

08/21/12
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Olympic champion to attend Sonoma race  Olympic gold medalist and swimming champion Tyler Clary hopes to be a race car driver after his swimming career is over. He'll get a preview of his prospective profession during the IZOD IndyCar Series event in Sonoma.

The 23-year-old Clary, who claimed the gold medal in the 200-meter backstroke during the 2012 London Olympic Games, will be a guest of INDYCAR during the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma and get an all-access look at the world of Indy car racing. The swimming champion will have an unfettered experience around the INDYCAR paddock and receive driving tips from some of the fastest, most versatile racing drivers in the world. More ...

08/21/12
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IndyCar re-signs with TMS for 2013  UPDATE IndyCar will return to Texas Motor Speedway in 2013, the track announced Tuesday, ending doubts about the open-wheel series' immediate future at the high-banked oval.

The speedway released its 2013 schedule, which includes bringing IndyCar back for a 17th consecutive year and two NASCAR Sprint Cup weekends for the ninth consecutive season.

The track released its schedule even though speedway president Eddie Gossage is still in the final stages of completing race sanction agreements with IndyCar and NASCAR. More ...

08/21/12
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Fixing IndyCar's math  A reader writes, Dear AutoRacing1, Regarding the wide open points chase article on your Home page, if IndyCar does revenue projections like it does points computations, it may be one of the reasons IndyCar is in so much trouble.

I’m guessing what they did is determine how far behind someone is and if they were within 159 points (53 x 3) they had a chance to win. Of course that assumes that whoever they were leapfrogging gets no points, which is impossible since twelve points are awarded to the top twenty-five drivers just for starting the race.

The absolute maximum any driver can earn in the last three races is 159 points. You can earn a maximum of 53 points (50 for winning, 1 for pole, and 2 for leading the most laps) per race and there are three races left (53 x 3 = 159). I won’t even go into the chances of say Rahal or Servia totally dominating a race for the first time in their careers in one of the next three races but it is mathematically possible I guess. More ...

08/21/12
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Fisker to recall Karmas for cooling fan defect linked to fire  UPDATE Last week we were eyewitness to a Fisker Karma extended range electric vehicle in flames in a parking lot in Woodside, California (see pictures below).

I had spied the smoldering carcass of a Fisker Karma in the Roberts Market parking lot and spoke with the owner of this particular Fisker, Rudy Burger, a managing partner at Woodside Capital Partners. He said that the car was smoking when he pulled it into the parking lot, where the fire proceeded to melt the front left side of the vehicle body.

Burger was unscathed and remains undeterred. In a statement from the billion-dollar automotive startup, Burger was quoted as saying, “I have been incredibly impressed with the way Fisker has handled this incident. I have personally started seven technology companies and know from direct experience that the U.S. needs more innovative companies of this type, especially in the automobile sector. Fisker is a great company and one that I am personally planning to invest in. I look forward to getting behind the wheel of my next Fisker.” More ...

08/21/12
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ALMS 2012 Road America Epic finish - Last 3 laps  Lucas Luhr vs. Guy Smith, and this whole battle ends after the last corner, only a couple of hundred meters before the flag! The last 2 and a half laps are here, in this epic battle ending in a finish margin of 0.083! This is one of the greatest last corners in racing history!

08/21/12
f1
Tom Cotter quits as president of New Jersey F1 group  
Tom Cotter headed back home to Carolina
Tom Cotter, president of Formula 1 Grand Prix of America -- the group seeking to bring Formula One racing to the banks of the Hudson River, across of Manhattan next June -- is leaving that position at the end of the month.

In a statement released by the organization, Cotter said he has "full faith in the Grand Prix of America team and look forward to sitting in the grandstands at a world-class race in 2013."

Cotter was only appointed to the role in January. After leaving his position at the end of this month his duties will be taken over by Dennis Robinson, the event's chief operations engineer, and Richard Goldschmidt, the special assistant to race promoter Leo Hindery Jr. More ...

08/21/12
automotive
1994 Honda Accord is most-stolen car in U.S. for 4th consecutive year  The 1994 Honda Accord was the most frequently stolen car in the U.S. in 2011 for the fourth straight year as the vehicle's popularity and lack of security features made it a favorite among thieves.

Last year, 7,596 Accords from the 1994 model year were stolen, according the National Insurance Crime Bureau. The 1998 Honda Civic was the second most-stolen car, the trade group said today in a statement. It was the seventh straight year that the top two spots were filled by cars from Honda Motor Co. More ...

08/21/12
racing news
TMG unveils GT86 CS-V3 race car  
Toyota’s stunning GT86 is now available for racing after Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) launched the cost-effective TMG GT86 CS-V3 for private participants.

Following a successful development period, during which it won its class in the Nürburgring 24 Hours, the TMG GT86 CS-V3 has been refined and packaged as an entry-level race car for easy maintenance, low running costs and great fun.

The exciting rear-wheel-drive, 200hp car has been developed specifically for the V3 class of the Nürburgring-based VLN series and homologation from the Deutsche Motor Sport Bund provides a license to thrill in this and many other production-based championships. More ...
08/21/12
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday  
  • F1 return for Kubica uncertain - Alonso
  • Piquet jr slams driver lineup at Lotus
  • Third title 'not easy' for Alonso in 2012 - Senna
  • 2012 US GP state funding not assured
  • Nurburgring eyes 'long' grand prix contract
  • Pirelli unhappy with 2010 test car solution More ...
08/21/12
track news
Circuit of the Americas releases video update of F1 racing venue  Construction continues at the Circuit of the Americas racecourse in Austin, Texas. The site's website has released a time-lapsed video of the construction and the website reports that the first layer of pavement has been laid around the entire track.

Construction of temporary bleachers began in turn two last week, and bleachers around the entire track will be built in coming weeks.

The Formula One United States Grand Prix is scheduled for Nov. 16-18.

08/21/12
racing news
American F1 Aspirant Alexander Rossi Joins SAFEisFAST.com Roster  The Road Racing Drivers Club is pleased to announce that American rising star Alexander Rossi will serve as an Online Driving Instructor for the highly acclaimed www.SAFEisFAST.com initiative beginning Monday, August 20.

Rossi, 20, is a Californian native but now lives in England as he progresses his goal of a career in the FIA Formula One World Championship. He first sprung to prominence by dominating the 2008 Formula BMW Americas Championship with a record-breaking 10 wins and went on to clinch the Formula BMW World Finals in Mexico City, earning a test drive in a Sauber-BMW F1 car. The following year, at age 18, he became the youngest driver to earn a Formula One Super license, and last year was chosen by the FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile), the governing body of world motorsport, to join its exclusive FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy. Rossi is currently the Test Driver for the Caterham F1 Team, a role he takes alongside competing for Arden Caterham in the World Series by Renault championship. More ...

08/20/12
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F1 race in Austin nearing sellout  Circuit of The Americas today announced that it is entering the final stage of ticket sales for the 2012 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™ set for Nov. 16-18 at the new sports and entertainment center in Austin, Texas. The Circuit has completed its sales of three-day reserved grandstand bleacher seats (with the exception of accessible seating for those guests who qualify) and in early August sold out of three-day general admission tickets for the event.

With inventory for the 2012 Grand Prix running out, the Circuit is offering the limited number of reserved seats remaining in premium grandstands as Three-Day Premium Tickets.  The multi-day tickets range in price from $400 to $800 per person and are available in the Turn 1 and Turn 15 seating sections. Three-Day Premium Tickets are available only for this year’s FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX and do not provide any of the additional long-term benefits of personal seat licenses (PSL) with season tickets, including access to additional events. Three-Day Premium Tickets can be purchased by contacting a Circuit sales representatives Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CDT at 512.301.6600 or by visiting the “Tickets” section of the Circuit’s website, www.circuitoftheamericas.com. More ...
08/20/12
f1
F1 race in Austin near invisible  UPDATE Another reader writes, They've already built additional grandstands and those, too, are almost sold out. They've stopped selling General Admission tickets, though I'm sure they can start again.

This racetrack wasn't built here because Austin is a hotbed of Formula One fans. It was built here because it's roughly the same distance and an easy drive from Houston and D/FW. We have a first class international airport with direct flights to almost every major city in the country. It's an easy flight from Toronto or Mexico City. The Europeans will have a longer trip, but many of them already know and love Austin because they have been to the SxSW and Austin City Limits festivals, so they know what to expect. Why will they come? To see Formula 1 on a beautiful, rolling, proper race track. More ...
08/20/12
IRL
IndyCar adjusts P2P for Sonoma  IndyCar, the sanctioning body of the IZOD IndyCar Series, has modified the activation delay to the overtake assist for GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma at the raceway in Sonoma, trimming the interval from 5 to 3.5 seconds.

A total of 90 seconds will be afforded drivers, with a maximum of 15 seconds per activation. There's no recharge time between activations.

"All parameters of the Push-to Pass system can be tailored to fit any circuit that play host to IZOD IndyCar Series races," said INDYCAR Director of Engine Development Trevor Knowles. "Sonoma has shorter straightaways than what we had at Mid-Ohio, so we've adjusted the parameters of Push-to-Pass to fit this particular circuit. But the principles for use that were in place for Mid-Ohio have remained the same for Sonoma." More ...
08/20/12
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tv news
Fox Deportes to broadcast NASCAR Cup races in Spanish  Fox Deportes, the top Latino sports network in the U.S., will broadcast 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup races next season, including the Daytona 500, the network and NASCAR announced Monday.

The network will carry 15 Cup races as well as original NASCAR programming, daily news segments and weekly updates, NASCAR and Fox Deportes announced. Six of the Cup races will be carried live, including Feb. 24's Daytona 500. It will mark the first time the Daytona 500 has been broadcast on a Spanish-language network.

Fox Sports broadcasts the first 13 races of the NASCAR schedule each year. More ...
08/20/12
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Motorsports This Week on ESPN and ABC  
NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series at Bristol in Prime Time
The NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will race under the lights at the high-banked and high-speed Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway this weekend with events on Friday and Saturday nights, Aug. 24-25. ABC will have a live telecast of Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race, with NASCAR Countdown at 7 p.m. ET and the race’s green flag at 7:43 p.m. Friday night’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race airs on ESPN, with NASCAR Countdown at 7 p.m. and the green flag at 7:43 p.m.  Also from Bristol, ESPN2 will air NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying on Friday at 5 p.m. All NASCAR programming on ESPN and ESPN2 is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets with the WatchESPN app and WatchESPN.com. More ...
08/20/12
tv news
SPEED to Air Exclusive NASCAR Chase Special  Broadcast from the House of Blues in Chicago, NASCAR and SPEED bring all 12 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup contenders together for the first time in a one-hour television special – NASCAR Contenders Live Sponsored by Toyota & Sprint – to air Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. ET.

“SPEED is the first place fans can see all 12 guys together in one place heading into the Chase,” said network President Scott Ackerson. “A unique exchange in front of a live audience is sure to ratchet up the intensity … gamesmanship certainly came into play last season between Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards, and NASCAR Contenders Live provides a starting point for all that and more as drivers prepare to battle for this year’s title.” More ...

08/20/12
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Video Mark Martin's scary crash on Pit Road  UPDATE In the video note that Mark Martin walked away from his crash, but the side of his car was impaled by the end of the pit wall. MIS later released a statement. "The safety of the drivers is paramount," a spokeswoman said. "So we will seek NASCAR's opinion and work with them on any recommendations they may have on how we can improve any part of the competition area - that includes pit road, pit wall, the track, anything competition-related."  Can you imagine if that was an IndyCar that hit that?

08/20/12 Watch Mark Martin get spun off of turn 4 and crash hard into the pit road wall during the 2012 Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Raceway.

08/20/12
LMESA
Collaboration between the Super GT Series and the Asian Le Mans Series  
The GTA Co. Ltd, creator and promoter of the Asian Super GT Series, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, creator and organizer of the Le Mans 24 Hours, and the promoters of the new Asian Le Mans Series are delighted to announce that the cars in the GT 300 category in the Super GT Series will be accepted for the 6 races in the 2013 Asian Le Mans Series.

The Super GT Series GT 300s will race in GTC in the Asian Le Mans Series, a true promotional category.  Thus, the following cars will be eligible for the GTC category in the Asian LMS: the GT 300s, the FIA GT3s and single-make Cup cars. More ...
08/20/12
irl
IndyCar to modify cars for Fontana  There will be two IndyCar chassis modifications made for the Auto Club Speedway race. One is a modification to the rear wing package designed to keep it attached to the car, a problem at earlier oval track races. The other change addresses the concerns over chassis lifting in accidents.
08/20/12
nassprint
Times are tough for NASCAR too  A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, Saw on my Papa John's Pizza box an offer for 2 tickets to the Federated Auto Parts 400 Sprint Cup race at Richmond, VA plus a free Pizza for $60.  When my friends and I were going 10 years ago you could hardly find tickets, now with this they are $30 each, plus a free $12 pizza.  Looks like times are tough in NASCAR. David Hewitt, Portsmouth, VA
08/19/12
f1
Alonso best, Massa just 17th on 'best of 2012' ranking  (GMM)  Felipe Massa has been ranked by an authoritative German magazine as the 17th best driver on the 2012 grid after half the season so far.

But the Brazilian, who is fighting to keep his seat at Ferrari after seven consecutive seasons with the famous Italian team, gave his August break a boost at the weekend by going 'P1' at his home Interlagos circuit.

He was faster than regulars including former grand prix driver Christian Fittipaldi during practice for a round of the Brazilian Copa Fiat touring car series.

"Having one set of tires more than the others helped me but I was not expecting to be quicker than these excellent and experienced drivers," said Massa. More ...

08/19/12
motogp
IMS, Dorna To Announce 2013 Date For Red Bull Indianapolis GP  The Red Bull Indianapolis GP will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2013, with an expected race date in mid-August to be announced in the future.

There are two years remaining on 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.

“I was very pleased last fall when we agreed to keep the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the MotoGP schedule for 2012, 2013 and 2014,” said Jeff Belskus, president and CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation. “Fans at IMS really enjoy seeing the very best riders on the fastest motorcycles in the world, and the Red Bull Indianapolis GP is an extremely exciting weekend – jam-packed with racing and tremendous interactive, fan-friendly activities, all in a festival-type atmosphere.” More ...

08/19/12
track news
Attorney general doesn't resolve questions about F1's eligibility for state funds  In an opinion issued Friday, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott did not resolve questions about whether Formula One races planned near Austin beginning in November should receive state money.

Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson requested the opinion in March, saying that no state money should go to the race because Circuit of the Americas, a racetrack under construction in southeastern Travis County, was selected to host races by Formula One Management without an application from a local entity.

The issue centers around the Major Events Trust Fund, a state economic development fund administered by Comptroller Susan Combs' office that has been used to attract events such as Super Bowls and NCAA basketball Final Four tournaments. But its potential use for Formula One has been controversial. More ...

08/19/12
f1
County will cash in on its parking lots during Austin F1 race  Austin County commissioners this morning unanimously approved a deal to sell parking spaces at five county-owned lots during the Formula One race in November.

Parking Systems of America will run the four-day operation and pay the county 75 percent of the parking fees it collects, charging no more than $10 a space, a price the county says is comparable to what city- and state-owned lots charge. If the 1,131 spots sell out, the county could make about $34,000.

The lots would be available to the public the evenings of Nov. 15 and 16, a Thursday and Friday, and all day Nov. 17 and 18.

The company would staff the lots and collect the fees in lots on 10th Street between Lavaca and Guadalupe streets and at Cesar Chavez Street and southbound Interstate 35, as well as in garages on 10th and San Antonio streets and 12th and Guadalupe streets.

08/19/12
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Danica Patrick's profanity captured on live microphone  Maybe Danica Patrick needs to adjust her restrictor plate. The stock-car queen lost her cool during a heated moment of the Nationwide race in Montreal on Saturday — and her four-letter faux pas was broadcast over national TV.

Patrick, who took the lead under an opportune caution and stayed out front for 20 laps, ran over a shoe that was either thrown or dropped from a pedestrian bridge at Circuit Jacques Villeneuve. She immediately radioed her crew about damage to the car. More ...

08/19/12
motogp
Pedrosa charges to second victory of season at Indianapolis  
Dani Pedrosa
Yamaha’s Lorenzo, the only prototype rider to opt for the soft option rear tire, had a less than ideal start, but was soon up into third, forcing his way past Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso. It was heartbreak early on for the Speed Master Team, as Mattia Pasini dropped his bike on the opening lap, escaping unscathed.

Pedrosa and Spies were providing a entertaining battle at the front in the early stages, as Lorenzo was unable to close the pair down. Meanwhile, Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner, riding with a pain killing injection due to his fractured right ankle with torn ligaments, forced his way past San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Álvaro Bautista with a strong move. With 24 laps remaining Pedrosa made a move stick down the home straight to take the lead. A lap later, Stoner was a man on a mission as he also took LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl to go fifth. More ...

08/19/12
DTM
Second season victory for Bruno Spengler  Bruno Spengler (BMW) is the winner of the DTM race at the Nürburgring. After 49 laps at the 3.629 kilometres long Eifel circuit, he crossed the finish line with his BMW M3 DTM to claim his second win of the season. Edoardo Mortara (Audi) finished second, 6.7 seconds behind the French-Canadian. With Martin Tomczyk, another BMW driver rounded out the podium. Canadian Robert Wickens (Mercedes-Benz) finished in 7th while American Joey Hand (BMW) had a bad start of the race from 14th on the grid and couldn't make up for his loss in the first lap, eventually finishing 18th. More ...
08/19/12
motogp
Stoner confirmed with fracture and torn ligaments in right ankle  UPDATE After suffering a variety of fractures to his ankle, tibia and fibula along with torn ligaments due to his spectacular high side crash during qualifying yesterday, Repsol Honda's Casey Stoner has confirmed he will be on the grid for the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix today.

Stoner arrived at the track early this morning and was greeted by a team of local doctors from the Circuit Medical Centre. After some initial tests they confirmed that they were satisfied with Casey's movement and mobility and declared him fit to race, if he felt comfortable to do so. The ankle was heavily strapped and supported, and his Alpinestars boot modified to allow Casey to ride in this morning's twenty minute warm up session. Although painful, the current World Champion reported that he felt comfortable on the bike and would like to take part in the 28 lap race.

Local doctors will give him a 60mg Toradol injection an hour before the race to dull the acute pain, along with Aspalgin to help him manage for the 45 minute race. More ...

08/19/12
alms
ALMS result at Road America not what you think  
The real story at Road America was the dominating performance of the Muscle Milk car
Considering it ended in the closest finish in American Le Mans Series history, you'd think the Road America Road Race Showcase was fairly straightforward.

Think again.

Records will show Guy Smith finishing 0.083 of a second ahead of Lucas Luhr after four hours and 404 miles Saturday, eclipsing the series mark set here a year ago and reversing the finish of one year ago.

They won't show how Smith and Chris Dyson fought their way through the 35-car field after starting in the back of the field when a faulty gearbox kept them from qualifying. . . . More ...

08/19/12
motogp
Hayden out of Indy MotoGP race after crash  Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden will miss tomorrow’s Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix after suffering a heavy crash in qualifying Saturday, which rendered him unconscious for a short period and caused fractures in his 2-3 metacarpus. Despite escaping serious injury, the concussion means he will not be allowed to contest tomorrow’s race.
08/19/12
dtm
Bruno Spengler claims pole position at Nurburgring  
Bruno Spengler
For the second time this season, Bruno Spengler (BMW) will be starting from pole position into a DTM race. In qualifying at the Nürburgring, the Franco-Canadian claimed the best starting grid position for the sixth DTM season round. In the fourth qualifying heat, he was considerably faster than his three remaining opponents with his time of 1:24.284 minutes. Edoardo Mortara will be lining up alongside him on the front row of the grid. With his Audi A5 DTM, the Italian came within 0.221 seconds of Spengler’s time. On Sunday, Filipe Albuquerque and Mike Rockenfeller (both Audi) will be starting from the second row. Jamie Green was the best-placed Mercedes-Benz driver, he ended up seventh. Canadian Robert Wickens (9th) made it into the Top 10 in his Mucke run Mercedes and American BMW driver Joey Hand qualified in 14th spot. More ...
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