We’ve run here a lot, we’ve got a pretty good setup the teams do perform each time we come back. The chance to test here a couple of weeks ago was really a plus for us because we got the car is the same, and I think everyone was on their best behavior from the standpoint of working together. You can see that with the cars as close as they are, but it was a very good day for us, obviously disappointing for Hunter-Reay and Dixon, but we want to win this championship. What we have to do is focus here the next two races.
[On Will getting the road course championship] I think any championship is important, we want to focus on the overall championship. It’s important to us, it’s important to the team, we’ve been close so many years and haven’t been able to close the deal. Ganassi has done a better job doing that, so today was key for us.
[On their relationship with Chevrolet] I think to have Chevy come into the series was a big plus. We have three engine manufacturers now, and there’s a lot of competition, good competition between the brands. To come from Detroit and have Chevrolet in the race with the engines has been terrific, and certainly the reliability has been excellent. I think the speeds for both engines has been very competitive. I think the league has done a very good job in monitoring each engine and be sure it’s a level playing field. To me, the Chevy relationship goes back a long time when we had the first Chevy Indy engine, to me this is just a repeat. To see them when the manufacturer’s championship in their first year is very rewarding.
Toyota hybrid giving Audi run for the money TOYOTA Racing secured second place and the fastest lap in just its second FIA World Endurance Championship race following an exciting battle in the WEC Six Hours of Silverstone in Great Britain with the more experienced Audi team.
The driver line-up of Alex Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre and Kazuki Nakajima in the #7 TS030 HYBRID made full use of a reliable and fast car to challenge at the front throughout an exciting race.
Alex, fastest in the morning warm-up, took the rolling start from third position but immediately fought his way into second when the TOYOTA HYBRID System - Racing delivered a decisive power boost as the green flag waved.
The seventh DTM round of the season at Zandvoort in The Netherlands brought plenty of action. Intermittent rain, two safety-car phases and thrilling overtaking maneuvers turned it into the most exciting race of the season. After 43 laps, Italian Edoardo Mortara emerged as the jubilant winner with his Audi A5 DTM. After his success at Spielberg, this was his second DTM victory of the year. His fellow Audi drivers Mike Rockenfeller from Germany and Swede Mattias Ekström followed in second and third place. Excitement is rising in the battle for the title: points’ leader Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz) and Bruno Spengler (BMW) finished seventh and sixth. The third title aspirant, Jamie Green (Mercedes-Benz) ended up fourth and overtook Spengler to claim second place in the drivers’ standings.
Pedrosa blows championship open with win in Brno thriller
Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa stormed to a thrilling victory at this weekend’s bwin Grand Prix Ceske republiky in Brno ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and Cal Crutchlow, opening up the championship race once more.
Despite dark clouds looming, the track was dry, much to the delight of riders and fans, and it was Yamaha Factory Racing’s Lorenzo who got the holeshot off the line, holing off Pedrosa and Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Crutchlow. Yamaha’s Ben Spies looked to continue his bad luck as he dropped back drastically after a few corners with a slipping clutch. This left Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso and Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi to chase down Crutchlow in third.
IndyCar in-fighting is hurting series With the season less than a month away from its finale, Brian Barnhart told speed.com he would like to see the divided, distracted image the series has presented of late turn towards something more unified and positive.
“That's one of the disappointing things in my mind; I wish we could deal with our dirty laundry or whatever you refer to it as, away from the public and focus on having three races to go in our championship," he remarked. "Our focus should be on our competition and our drivers and stars and our teams instead of people talking about how much a spare wishbone costs. And if we can get the focus back to where we need it to be, that's how are going to grow the sport.
“Behind the scenes we should be working to do what we can to stabilize the economics of it, if you will, to try and do all we can to control the cost of participation in a way that we can. We need to keep the fans watching and following our on-track product, our competition and our superstar drivers.”
Having led until the closing stages of race two, Marco Sorensen (Lotus) must have thought he had victory in the bag. But it was not to be for the Dane, who suffered a puncture in the penultimate lap and left Sam Bird (ISR) free to take the win. The British driver’s victory, at Silverstone, is his second of the season, and puts him back into second place in the championship standings, five points behind leader Robin Frijns (Fortec Motorsports). Antonio Felix da Costa finished second to take his first podium in the competition, while Jules Bianchi came home in third.
The last action on Saturday was the second FR 3.5 Series qualifying session, which took place on a dry track just a few hours after the first race. Jules Bianchi (Tech 1 Racing) followed up his second win of the season by claiming pole position for the third time this year. On Sunday morning he lined up on the front row of the grid alongside Marco Sorensen, followed by Robin Frijns, Nico Müller (International Draco Racing) and Sam Bird.
Please put into perspective George's damage A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, I hear a lot about the damage Tony George did to the sport when he split it by creating the IRL. Is there any concrete evidence of this? Mary DeAngelis
Dear Mary, There is tons of evidence. Tony George's family owns the Indy 500, IndyCar's crown jewel. This is what he did to his own family and hence, of course the series:
Indianapolis 500 TV 1992: 14.1 million viewers (under CART) 2002: 7.15 million (IRL formed in 1996, already the ratings are 50% from CART years) 2012: 6.85 million (IRL renamed IndyCar a few years ago, ratings still dropping)
To put this in even more perspective, that 14.1 million viewers the Indy 500 used to get when CART was IndyCar racing dwarfed NASCAR's biggest race the Daytona 500. Now the Indy 500 gets less viewers than most NASCAR races, even the small ones. Less viewers = less sponsorship money. Everything is down - all metrics. So if it pains you to see IndyCar Racing in the straits it is, look no further than the split as the cause. Sad but true. Mark C.
IndyCar faces challenges as it continues to rebuild When they sweep through the streets of Baltimore next weekend, driving some of the most powerful cars in the world at speeds that make their sport as dangerous as any, the IndyCar drivers will be mostly anonymous.
Two veterans who have dominated the series, Helio Castroneves and Dario Franchitti, might be familiar names, but only because of outside interests. Castroneves won a "Dancing With the Stars" TV competition; Franchitti is married to actress Ashley Judd.
Seeing their sport on the fringe of the mainstream for all but one race a year — the iconic Indianapolis 500 — has tormented racing insiders, who relentlessly promote the quality of the current circuit.
Bayne disappointed he didn't get Cup ride Trevor Bayne admitted Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway he has mixed emotions about Ricky Stenhouse Jr. being Matt Kenseth's replacement at Roush Fenway Racing because he believes they both deserve a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ride. "At first when they said that I was a little bit bummed out because I wanted them to come to me and say, 'Hey, we're gonna run you full-time in a Cup car with the fourth team' and that didn't happen," Bayne said.
"But when I did find out I was running Nationwide and I thought about it, I thought that's probably a good decision to go out there and get that first full season under our belt in the series. I haven't gotten to go points racing and I think it would be good to get that under our belt before we go to that Cup level when it's gonna be even tougher to do that and get that experience." Bayne believes Stenhouse's move into the #17 Ford is a "great opportunity" for his teammate. "At the same time, I can't wait to get my opportunity in Cup," Bayne continued. "I think we could run competitively there every weekend. We do that even with the Wood Brothers part-time. But I've just got to be patient in the meantime for that."
Team co-owner Jack Roush has already said he planned to field a full-time Nationwide team for Bayne in 2013. Bayne also plans to continue driving a limited Sprint Cup schedule for the Wood Brothers [#21 Ford]. Bayne said the only way he would consider a move to Penske Racing would be if Roush told him it was an option. "Being under contract, there is no way I would go talk to another team or do anything like that at this point," the 21-year-old Bayne said. "The more (Ford) teams the better, but I don't know if that changes opportunities for me or not." RacinToday
Video: Stewart throws helmet at Kenseth A wild wreck in the Irwin Tools Night Race on Saturday night led to an angry Tony Stewart flinging his helmet at Matt Kenseth.
Stewart and Kenseth were racing for the lead on Lap 332 when they got together on the frontstretch, sending both drivers spinning into the inside wall. Angry at the contact, Stewart flung his helmet at Kenseth’s car under caution. Stewart then turned and fist-pumped the crowd.
“I checked up twice (off the gas) to not run over him and I learned my lesson there—I’m going to run over him every him every chance I’ve got from now until the end of the year, every chance I’ve got,” Stewart said.
Richard Childress Racing appealing Paul Menard penalties Richard Childress Racing is appealing the penalties NASCAR levied against Paul Menard's race team this week.
Crew chief Slugger Labbe is at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday working on the No. 27 Chevrolet. Labbe was fined $100,000 and suspended until Oct. 3 because NASCAR said the car's frame rails had been intentionally modified in an effort to deceive inspectors.
Penske Chevy driver Will Power maintained his mastery of the 2.385-mile Sonoma, California road course Saturday morning by dominating the final practice session for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. But today the gap back to the second fastest car was over 4/10ths of a second ahead Target Chip Ganassi Honda driver Scott Dixon.
Power's Penske teammate Ryan Briscoe was third ahead of Dixon's teammate Dario Franchitti with Sebastien Bourdais rounding out the top-5 for Dragon Racing.
Magnussen wins pole in wet for FR3.5 Race 1 at Silverstone Silverstone World Series by Renault FR3.5 Race 1 Qualifying took place in wet conditions. Bianchi led for most of the session, but it was Kevin Magnussen (Carlin) who finished with the best time to secure his third pole of the season, ahead of Frijns and Alexander Rossi (Arden Caterham). Bianchi, for his part, ended up qualifying in fourth.
Bianchi wins chaotic FR3.5 Race 1 at Silverstone Jules Bianchi (Tech 1 Racing) emerged unscathed from a rain-affected first World Series by Renault FR3.5 race at Silverstone to win for the second time this season. Jules Bianchi finished ahead of Robin Frijns (Fortec Motorsports) and competition newcomer Nigel Melker (Lotus). Robin Frijns keeps his place at the top of the championship standings at the end of a chaotic race, but he must now keep a close eye on Jules Bianchi, who moves up into second following his victory.
Qualifying took place in wet conditions. Bianchi led for most of the session, but it was Kevin Magnussen (Carlin) who finished with the best time to secure his third pole of the season, ahead of Frijns and Alexander Rossi (Arden Caterham). Bianchi, for his part, ended up qualifying in fourth.
A new start for the European Le Mans Series Long-time partners the Automobile Club de l’Ouest and Patrick PETER have agreed to modify the format of the organization, and the promotion of, the European Le Mans Series from 2013.
As a gateway to the FIA World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as are the twin series of the American Le Mans Series in North America and, very soon, the Asian Le Mans Series in Asia, the European Le Mans Series is earmarked to produce a sporting framework and development of endurance racing in Europe.
Audi takes top five grid positions for DTM race at Zandvoort
Polesitter Timo Scheider
A great day for Audi at Zandvoort! The brand with the four rings dominated the qualifying session for the DTM’s visit to the Netherlands and secured the five best grid positions on the challenging track on the North Sea coast with Timo Scheider leading the way.
Five cars from a single brand on the top five grid positions has never happened since the new DTM regulations were introduced. The Audi A5 DTM is thus the first new-generation DTM vehicle to have scored three pole positions.
The red, yellow, and blue paint scheme of Good Sam/Camping World will return to the Wood Brothers’ No. 21 Ford Fusion next week in the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In addition to the Atlanta race, the pairing will also appear at Chicagoland Speedway, the home track for Good Sam/Camping World, on Sept. 16, and at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 13.
The sponsorship from Good Sam/Camping World has allowed the Wood Brothers and driver Trevor Bayne to significantly increase their schedule this year. At the beginning of the 2012 Sprint Cup season, the defending winners of the sport’s biggest race, the Daytona 500, had a schedule consisting of 12 races for the 2012 season. Following the season opener at Daytona, a phone call was made to Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Good Sam/Camping World, inquiring if he would be interested in working with the Wood Brothers, a partnership that had already been created from the previous season. Mr. Lemonis accepted the offer and this led to an increase of four additional races, including the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway back in May.
Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo was on record-breaking pace during qualifying for the bwin Grand Prix Ceske republiky as he took pole position for tomorrow’s race ahead of Cal Crutchlow and Dani Pedrosa. Lorenzo’s time in the high 1.55s only narrowly beat Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Crutchlow into second on the grid, despite the Brit crashing half way through the session. For Crutchlow, who re-signed with the squad for another year today, this is his best MotoGP qualifying result to date. Completing the front row is Repsol Honda Team’s pace man from yesterday, Dani Pedrosa, whose session got off to a bad start after dropping his bike in the early stages.
Tickets for 2nd Indian F1 Grand Prix With just two months left for the F1 Indian Grand Prix, organizers have sold 21,000 tickets, with the maximum sale coming from South India where more than 6000 fans have bought the entry tickets.
Tickets for picnic stand, costing Rs 3500 and premium stand, costing Rs 14,000, have received most demand.
Out of 21,000 tickets sold, 30 percent have been picked up by fans in South India, 24 percent in the West, 21 percent in the North and 12 percent from East India, according to an official.
Newey on blown-diffusers and engine changes Known as one of the most innovative brains in Formula One, Red Bull chief technical officer Adrian Newey has spoken about why Red Bull has lost its dominance this season.
And as expected, the finger has been firmly pointed at the FIA regulation changes regarding exhaust blown diffusers.
During the 2011 season Sebastian Vettel dominated Formula One, storming to back-to-back titles in Newey's designed Red Bull.
Narain's F1 demo drive plan cancelled The Kerala tourism department has dropped the proposed 'F1' demo drive by Narain Karthikeyan in the city on August 28, keeping in mind the 'Onam' (harvest festival) celebrations.
The demo drive was caught in a legal tangle after a social activist filed a PIL in a local court seeking cancellation of the demo, saying 40 km per hour was the maximum permissible speed limit on the road from Kowdiar Palace to Fine Arts College, where the drive was to be organized.
A Tourism department release, however, said "we had to cancel the demo drive on the eve of Onam as it would be a busy day for shoppers."
Tourism Minister A P Anil Kumar said the department would try to hold the F1 demo drive during the Grand Kerala Shopping Festival to be held from December 1 to February 15.
Q. Eleven races completed, nine to go and a fast car to compete with; things look pretty good for Lotus F1 team?
Eric Boullier: I think we can all be satisfied with what we've achieved in the first half of the season; especially coming off the back of a difficult 2011. It's a testament to the skill and determination of everyone at Enstone that we've produced a great car which seems to be getting better as the season progresses and we hope this continues. That said, I can't ignore the points we've lost in a lot of different ways and there is a big margin for improvement through the rest of the year.
Q. Does the lack of a win - despite so many points having been accumulated - rankle with the team?
EB: A win would be nice, there's no doubt about that. Being there or thereabouts at so many different circuits however is very good in championship terms and certainly better than a one-off win. Of course, we continue to push to make the car faster. We were in a very good position in Budapest where we finished in second and third; had it been a circuit with more overtaking opportunities then the top step would have been a possibility.
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 to field all-British line-up in 2013 The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team is delighted to confirm that it will field an all-British rider line-up with Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith in the 2013 MotoGP World Championship.
Crutchlow has signed a new one-year agreement after a fantastic second season in MotoGP. The 26-year-old is currently fifth in the World Championship standings and he has scored eight top six finishes and started from the front row of the grid in three races.
Smith will move up from the Tech 3 Racing Moto2 project. A consistent top six challenger in the ultra-competitive Moto2 class, the 21-year-old has signed a two-year contract for 2013 and 2014.
The NASCAR media is beginning to resent having to write the same Danica Patrick story week in and week out. Here in the Bristol media center again where she will start dead last, she meets University of Tennessee women's basketball head coach emeritus Pat Summitt
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For once Tony Stewart was speechless.
"Can you get Danica to just stop coming by the media center every week, while she's running so bad," the reporter asked with a straight-face, and to be honest, seriously.
Ol' Smoke simply didn't know what to say.
If you think this Danica Patrick story line is a bit strained, week after week after week of "learning," well, you're not alone.
But don't feel that sorry for her, because she is getting a lot of money to play this NASCAR game...even if this season she is playing at it rather poorly.
Herta, Newey, Mygale Submit Indy Lights Bid Interest in the new 2014 Firestone Indy Lights Series car continues to build as IndyCar/Indy Lights team owners Bryan Herta and Steve Newey have entered the fray.
Through their Bryan Hera Autosport outfit, the partners have served as the American importer for the popular French Mygale chassis (pronounced ‘Mee-Gal’), and hope to turn the Formula F, F2000 and Formula 3 constructor into chassis of choice for the Lights series.
GM's Jim Campbell to serve as Honorary Chairman at MSHFA Induction Ceremony Jim Campbell, General Motors US Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, will serve as the Honorary Chairman of next Wednesday’s 24th Annual Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Induction Ceremony at the historic Fillmore Theater in downtown Detroit.
As Honorary Chairman, Campbell will preside over the formal black-tie ceremony and deliver the evening’s keynote address prior to the official inductions of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America’s 2012 class. This year’s list of motorsports legends that will be enshrined into the Hall includes sports car racing champion and five-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Derek Bell, popular NASCAR “Alabama Gang” driver Neil Bonnett, motorsports pioneer Pop Dreyer, high-performance innovator Vic Edelbrock, Sr., motocross and supercross champion Ricky Johnson, ace engine builder Ed Pink and IndyCar champion and Indianapolis 500 winner Danny Sullivan.
Sprint Cup qualifying rained out at Bristol, Casey Mears on pole Sprint Cup qualifying was rained out Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway, putting Casey Mears on the pole and shaking up the field for Saturday night’s Irwin Tools Night Race.
It began raining shortly before the scheduled start of qualifying and NASCAR officials did not have enough time to dry the track and run time trials before the scheduled start of Friday night’s Nationwide Series race. The starting lineup was determined by speeds in the first practice session Friday.
Mears, who has one career victory but is 27th in points this season, led the practice session and will start on the front row beside Brad Keselowski, who was second in practice and who has won the last two races at Bristol.
Ganassi says IndyCar CEO rumors are 'news to me' Chip Ganassi claims he isn't spending much time thinking about IndyCar's long-term future while he's still busy chasing another championship.
While Ganassi is aware of a report claiming several team owners are lining up investors to buy IndyCar, the powerful owner said Friday he's more focused on the final three races of the season.
''That was news to me as well,'' Ganassi said. "I think one way or the other, IndyCar's future is bright. ... I don't think the fans come out to see who owns the series. I think they come out to see the drivers, the cars, the excitement, the passing, the race itself. I don't know that that's news." More at Yahoo Sports!/AP
Ganassi Cessna Citation Ten deal: The Fastest Civil Aircraft in the World Cessna’s Citation Ten regains prominence as the fastest civil aircraft in the world with an increase of its maximum speed to Mach .935. Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced this speed record today with partner, Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) and their owner Chip Ganassi at the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma in Sonoma, Calif.
“As our founder Clyde Cessna said, ‘speed is the only reason for flying,’ so at Cessna we design, engineer, manufacture and fly the fastest civil aircraft in the world – not for us, but for our customers so they can work faster, more efficiently and get the job done,” said Scott Ernest, Cessna President and CEO. “Through innovation, creativity and a desire to exceed our customers’ expectations, the Cessna team took the already powerful Citation Ten and made it that much better. That’s why partnering with racing legend Chip Ganassi makes so much sense as he knows a little something about speed as well.”
Wind Tunnel Sunday Dave Despain is back from vacation this week and will be joined by Kyle Petty in the Wind Tunnel studio for the hour. Tommy Kendall will chime in on various racing topics via satellite.
Robin Miller will join us from the IndyCar event in Sonoma, CA along with one of the IndyCar title contenders.
Co-Host Kyle Petty (SPEED NASCAR Analyst) Panelist Tommy Kendall (4-time Trans-Am Series Champion) Expert Analyst Robin Miller (SPEED Open Wheel Racing Reporter)
Power/Briscoe 1-2 for Penske/Chevy in opening practice
Team Penske got off to a strong start at the newly-configured Sonoma Raceway Friday afternoon, with Will Power and Ryan Briscoe clocking the top two laps of the first practice session in preparation for Sunday’s GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma.
Power, who has won the last two IndyCar races at the Northern California road course, paced the 27-car field with a best lap of 78.6887 seconds. Power will attempt to win his third consecutive Sonoma pole position in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet during Saturday’s qualifying session.
“The Verizon Chevy 12 car felt really strong today,” said Power, who currently leads the Mario Andretti Road Course Championship standings by 63 points. “It was good to start the weekend out in P1. It will be very important to start up front in the race if you want to finish on the podium. I like the new layout of the track and the track was fast for the first day.”
HPD to power OAK Racing LMP1 at Asian WEC rounds OAK Racing will return to the LMP1 ranks for this year’s final two FIA World Endurance Championship rounds in Asia after announcing a deal to run Honda Performance Development engines. The design process of an all-new 2014-specification LMP1 prototype was also confirmed to be underway.
The team’s President Jacques Nicolet announced the news during OAK Racing’s press conference held at 18:00 this afternoon ahead of this weekend’s 6 Hours of Silverstone after being joined by HPD Vice President Stephen Eriksen.
The team’s #15 OAK-Pescarolo LMP1 will be powered by the highly-competitive HPD-AR6 LMV8 engine at this season’s final two rounds in Fuji and Shanghai.
Nicolet also took the opportunity to confirm that the team’s manufacturing department Onroak Automotive has begun the initial design process of an all-new LMP1 car conforming to the ACO/FIA’s 2014 regulations.
Bigge Crane Joins Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing announced today that Bigge Crane and Rigging Company of San Leandro, California continues its commitment to excellence by sponsoring the team’s No. 15 entry for driver Takuma Sato at the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma August 26.
Bigge was founded by Henry Bigge in 1916 and has grown to become the premier quality equipment provider for the heavy lift and heavy transport needs of commercial, government, and industrial markets including the power generation and petroleum refinery sectors. The company’s commitment to performance, quality and safety, along with their tradition of excellence has allowed them to remain in front of the competition for over 90 years.
Daytona seeks entertainment complex approvalUPDATE The Daytona Beach Planning Board on Thursday “unanimously approved a rezoning measure that's needed for Daytona International Speedway and its parent company to push ahead with plans to dramatically improve the track facilities and add new hotels, restaurants, shops, movie theaters and nightclubs,” according to Eileen Zaffiro-Kean of the Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL. With the vote, DIS' proposed sports and entertainment complex project that includes 483 acres “cleared another key hurdle.” The board's approval "comes just a few weeks after board members OK'd a similar measure for 180 acres of International Speedway Corporation land just north of the track on the other side of International Speedway Boulevard.”
If city commissioners “agree in a series of meetings this fall with the requests to rezone the full 663 acres on both sides of the bustling thoroughfare from major sports district to planned master development, the Speedway will be able to chase its dream for the sprawling complex.”
Six TV Markets Shift NASCAR Off ABC Due To NFL ExhibitionsUPDATE
Six TV markets will see Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway "on alternate channels, due to NFL preseason games." The race will air on ABC in most markets, but it will instead be shown on ESPN instead in Buffalo, N.Y.; Quincy, Ill.; Tulsa, Okla.; and Weslaco, Texas. Detroit's WXYZ-ABC "will show the race telecast to its digital tier 2 channel and then join the race in progress" after Lions-Raiders. In Rochester, WHAM-ABC "will move the race telecast to its digital tier 2 channel." ESPN.com
08/22/12 NASCAR fans in six affected markets will be able to watch ABC's telecast of Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on alternate channels through arrangements made by the local ABC affiliates. The ABC affiliates in the six markets will be airing NFL preseason games Saturday night rather than the NASCAR race but with the alternate channels in each market, the race telecast will still be available nationwide. ABC's coverage begins with NASCAR Countdown at 7:00pm/et.
In four of the affected markets, the race telecast will air on ESPN, including Buffalo, Tulsa, Weslaco, Tex., and Quincy, Ill.
In Detroit, ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV will move the race telecast to its digital tier 2 channel and then join the race in progress when the Detroit Lions preseason game ends.
In Rochester, N.Y., ABC affiliate WHAM-TV will move the race telecast to its digital tier 2 channel.
ABC affiliates in Little Rock, Ark., Corpus Christi, Tex., and Omaha, Neb., will pre-empt NASCAR Countdown at 7:00pm/et for local news but will join the ABC telecast at 7:30pm/et. The race's green flag is scheduled for 7:43 pm/et. ESPN
Dale Jr. not a fan of Keselowski's Dale Earnhardt Jr. took issue with the Penske Racing driver's remarks last week at Michigan when he accused the Hendrick Motorsports team of running a rear end suspension that was pushing the edge of the rules envelope.
"I don't particularly like the things he says lately about the company I drive for, so I take offense to the claims and the accusations," Earnhardt Jr. said Friday morning at Bristol Motor Speedway. "It's just natural for me to do that."
Keselowski says Hendrick teams may be cheatingUPDATE #3 NASCAR officials said mechanical devices the Hendrick Motorsports teams and other organizations in the Sprint Cup Series are using to gain a competitive advantage in the rear housing are legal -- today. "We watch it weekly because it has ramped up the last couple of months,'' series director John Darby said on Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway. "If it stays pretty level we'll probably leave it alone the rest of the year. "If there is a higher extreme somebody takes it to that could create issues we don't want to see, then we'll react to that.'' The HMS cars in May were the first this season to develop devices that allow the rear axle to turn slightly to follow the front, creating more speed particularly in the corners. "Where we're at today, right now, there is no illegal procedures going on,'' Darby said. "Obviously, there was one we found Tuesday that was questionable. But the mechanical devices, the way they're using them, there's a clear understanding of what the teams are doing.'' Darby said teams are using different methods to create a "hook and ladder fire truck effect that allows the rear axle to turn so the rear of the car follows the front.'' He said there's nothing in the current rulebook that doesn't allow that, but he didn't rule out that changing in 2013. "It's just a direct everybody has gone to maximize, optimize,'' Darby said. "Right now it's pretty level throughout the garage. If you take the most extreme to the least developed, it's not a huge difference.'' ESPN
Pedrosa continues momentum on Day 1 in Brno Fresh from his fantastic win in Indianapolis just five days ago, Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa continued his fine form in Brno today topping the time sheets on the first day of Free Practice.
Dani, fastest in the morning was victim of a strange incident when a rider in front of him strayed slightly off track kicking some stones into his path. Such was the impact that the stones smashed Dani's front screen on his Honda and stones also hit his helmet and left foot which left the Spanish rider limping after the impact, nevertheless he finished FP1 in first position.
Dani managed to shake of the pain in time for FP2 and traded fastest laps throughout the session with Jorge Lorenzo. Dani eventually came out on top with a 1'56.858 time on lap 11 of 17.
Volvo Truck's Slackline Walking Stunt a Massive YouTube Hit A young woman walks a slackline between two trucks driving at full speed: not even in Hollywood has this stunt ever been attempted. The stunt film is now a massive success on YouTube, with more than 3 million people having seen the film over the past few days.
The woman on the line is American slackliner Faith Dickey, the world record-holder in highlining, a young sport which is about walking on a line as high and far as possible.
Andretti Autosport Signs Buffalo Wild Wings Andretti Autosport has announced Buffalo Wild Wings as an associate sponsor of the No. 26 RC Cola Chevrolet entry driven by Marco Andretti for the remaining races of the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season. The Buffalo Wild Wings logos will be seen on the racecar and team uniforms beginning with the race this weekend at Sonoma, Calif., and will have a larger, major associate sponsor presence on the car for the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT.
Buffalo Wild Wings and Wings Across America (the Maryland franchisee for Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar) were also unveiled today as an official promotional partner of the Labor Day weekend Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT.
Spyker sues GM for over $3 billion Dutch sportscar maker Spyker NV is suing General Motors Co for more than $3 billion on behalf of its subsidiary Saab, accusing the U.S. automaker of deliberately bankrupting the Swedish group by blocking a deal with a Chinese investor.
Saab Automobile, one of Sweden's best-known brands, stopped production in May 2011 when it could no longer pay suppliers and employees. It went bust in December, less than two years after GM sold it to Spyker. GM's efforts to kill any sale were made to eliminate a potential rival in China, Spyker said.
"GM never intended to allow Saab to compete with it in China," Spyker said in its complaint, filed in the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Michigan.
"When Saab found a way to secure liquidity and continue as a going concern with the help of Chinese investors, GM was determined to scuttle the deal by any means necessary, including the publication of false information about its rights under the parties' contracts," Spyker added.
Former Baltimore Grand Prix group pays tax bill The organizers of last year's Baltimore Grand Prix made their final payment on their overdue city tax bill this week, the state comptroller's office said Thursday.
The payment comes as the city prepares for this year's three-day open-wheel racing festival from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, which is being organized by a new group of local investors and racing promoters.
Baltimore Racing Development put on the inaugural IndyCar racing festival over Labor Day weekend last year. City officials expressed confidence in the racing group in the lead-up to the race, but soon afterward acknowledged that the group had fallen behind in hundreds of thousands of dollars of payments to the city and state. A spokesman for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Baltimore Racing Development had still not paid the $750,000 for city services such as fire and police protection during last year's race, nor had it paid $50,000 to the city parking authority for the use of garages during the race.
NASCAR Suspends Nationwide Crew Member Ryan Hess, a crew member in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, has been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy. On Aug. 22, Hess was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (violation of the NASCAR substance abuse policy) of the 2012 NASCAR Rule Book. Hess most recently worked as the gas man for the No. 81 MacDonald Motorsports team.
Formula 1 Young Driver Test confirmed for Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours
Formula 1 will return to Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours next month (September 11-13) when Scuderia Ferrari, MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS and Sahara Force India conduct their annual Young Driver Tests at the historic French venue.
The 17-turn, 4.4km track will provide the teams' aspiring grand prix stars with a suitably demanding challenge as they tackle a combination of flowing, high-speed corners and slower technical sections. These characteristics also represent an ideal layout on which to hone car set-ups ahead of the season’s crucial final seven rounds.
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