Kalkhoven Says Winning Indy is Like Winning Superbowl
IndyCar racing fan or not, you have likely heard of the Indianapolis 500 and know that it is known as the premier car race of the world. The name IndyCar— a coalescing of the names Indianapolis 500 and Championship Auto Racing— is symbolic of the sheer importance placed upon this one race, which has taken place every Memorial Day, with the exception of a handful of years during the two world wars, since 1911.
2013 was the sublime year for KV Racing Technology as one of the two cars owned by the team, driven by racing legend Tony Kanaan, won the 97th Indianapolis 500 on May 27.
Ganassi team to field 2nd DP at Laguna Seca Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) and Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron, Inc. company, announced today an addition to their sponsorship by fielding a second Daytona Prototype (DP) in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Sunday, Sept. 8 (5:00 pm ET, FOX Sports 1).
Formula 1 closes in on America after investment in US Grand Prix The New York-listed fund manager which owns the second-largest stake in Formula One has invested in Circuit of the Americas, the Texas race track which is home to the United States Grand Prix.
The move by Waddell & Reed gives F1 closer links to the United States where it is trying to break into the market. Gaining a foothold there is understood to be an important part of revving up the stalled plans to float F1 on the Singapore stock exchange.
Kurt Busch signs with SHR for 2014 (Update)UPDATE An official announcement with team co-owner Gene Haas - the man behind the decision - is set for 2:00 pm/et Tuesday at SHR headquarters in Kannapolis, NC. Sources say SHR is attempting to obtain the #00 for Busch to use beginning next season in the Sprint Cup Series. Charlotte Observer
08/26/13 NASCAR driver Kurt Busch today said that he signed a "multi-year deal" to drive for Stewart-Haas Racing beginning next season, according to Lee Spencer of FOXSPORTS.com.Busch currently drives for Furniture Row Racing. FOXSPORTS.com.
ESPN's David Newton reported that Busch "will be sponsored by Haas Automation" for the '14 season. SHR co-Owner Gene Haas on Saturday said that he wants Busch "in one of his cars because he wants to take his non-racing company's name to Victory Lane." Haas said, "I'd really be happy for my company Haas to be in the winner's circle. I've never been there. I want to be there with that name. I know Kurt has had a lot of sponsorship issues, but to me, I just want to win. I'm not too much worried about that stuff."
Servia in Panther IndyCar rest of year Oriol Servia will contest the remaining races in the IndyCar season for Panther Racing due to Ryan Briscoe's ongoing American Le Mans Series commitments.
"Oriol's going to run for us for the rest of the year," Barnes told Racer.com. "We are going to test a couple of guys after the season is over as well for other opportunities, but I think we've got it figured out, what we're going to do."
Stefan Wilson is looking forward to the upgrade in Honda horsepower.
The 23-year-old Englishman, who has spent much of the season as one of the race drivers who gives VIP rides in a Honda Civic Si safety car, will make his IZOD IndyCar Series debut on the streets of Baltimore.
"I've known about it for about six weeks and I want to get there now because I've spent so much time thinking about it," said Wilson, who will drive the Honda-powered No. 18 Nirvana Tea car for Dale Coyne Racing in the 75-lap Grand Prix of Baltimore on Sept. 1. "Every now and again you start psyching yourself up but then you realize it's still two weeks out. I'm just ready to be in the car and get a feel for what it's like."
blu eCigs joins Rahal Letterman for Baltimore Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that blu eCigs, the electronic cigarette brand widely known for superior style and quality, is expanding their partnership and will be the primary sponsor of the No.15 Indy car driven by Graham Rahal at the upcoming Baltimore Grand Prix on September 1, 2013 and the doubleheader races at the Grand Prix of Houston held on October 5-6, 2013. blu eCigs has taken a prominent role in open-wheel racing across the Indy car team as associate sponsor of the No. 15 Indy car driven by Graham Rahal for the full 2013 season.
Three amazing moves Alonso pulled off at Spa Alonso may have messed up qualifying but in the race he was something else gaining eight places, not because of strategy or attrition but by getting 110% out of what was a very good Ferrari. More...
Kurt Busch to leave Furniture Row team The following quote is attributed to Joe Garone, general manager of Furniture Row Racing in regards to Kurt Busch's decision not to continue as the driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet after the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
“It was always our intention to extend Kurt's contract with Furniture Row Racing. We made him an offer last week to continue as the driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet in 2014 and beyond. Though he did not accept our offer we respect his decision and wish him future success. His driving skill and being a dedicated team player will always be appreciated at Furniture Row Racing. But for right now the main focus for Kurt and the team is to qualify for the Chase and contend for the 2013 Sprint Cup Series championship.
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ESPN2 Airing 11 Hours of NHRA U.S. Nationals Coverage The biggest event of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season will have 11 hours of coverage on ESPN2 this weekend with the running of the 59th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. Expanded qualifying and eliminations telecasts will culminate with six consecutive hours on Labor Day Monday, the final day of competition. In addition, ESPN3, ESPN’s multi-screen live sports network, will air live coverage of Friday qualifying as well as the full day of eliminations on Monday. All NHRA programming on is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets through WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app. The schedule:
Michelin 'ready' for 2014 F1 tire talks (GMM) Michelin has confirmed it is poised to return to formula one.
The sport's existing tire supplier, Pirelli, has said a 2014 tender at this late stage would be "farcical".
But French marque Michelin, reportedly backed by the FIA's French president Jean Todt, said on Monday it is ready for talks so long as they begin soon.
The Michelin rumor gained strength at the weekend at Spa-Francorchamps, where Pirelli's fraught and highly-controversial season took yet another turn, when Friday practice was marred by more punctures.
Justin Wilson knew coming into Sunday’s Go Pro Grand Prix of Sonoma that he had a car that could win the race. He nearly proved it, but Will Power narrowly beat Wilson’s No. 19 Boy Scouts of America car across the finish line by 1.1930 seconds following the last of a race-record seven restarts on Lap 82.
“I was battling hard at the end of the race,” Wilson said.
Wilson, who started the race in seventh, was spun out on lap 8 when his car made contact with the No. 5 car of E.J. Viso. That forced him to pit and restart all the way back to 24th position. That prompted the team to a unique race strategy that lead to Wilson assuming the lead of the race on lap 26. He would lead until lap 35 when Scott Dixon was able to pass him on fresher tires.
Marc Marquez has made more MotoGP history, winning Sunday’s bwin Grand Prix Ceske republiky to become the first rookie ever to claim five victories in his maiden season. On this occasion, the Repsol Honda Team rider came out on top after an immensely close fight with teammate Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo.
Following the Warm-Up that took place amid distinctly overcast conditions, riders feared for a wet Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon. Although spots of rain did briefly fall, prompting the white flags to fly on Lap 14, there proved to be no major changes in the weather. On the front row of the grid, Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Cal Crutchlow started from pole position for the second time this season.
Webber reveals Ricciardo is Red Bull successor (GMM) A mischievous Mark Webber on Sunday gave away the name of his successor at Red Bull.
While the frenzied 'silly season' rumor-mongers wonder if Kimi Raikkonen, Jenson Button or even Fernando Alonso might still be in the running, Australian Webber said it is his younger compatriot who has secured the plum 2014 seat.
Team boss Christian Horner has insisted all weekend that a decision has not been made, and that an announcement is not due at least until Monza in two weeks.
Kurt Busch will be sponsored by Haas Automation if he signs with Stewart-Haas Racing for the 2014 season. Gene Haas, who co-owns SHR with Tony Stewart, told ESPN.com on Saturday he wants the 2004 Sprint Cup champion in one of his cars because he wants to take his non-racing company's name to Victory Lane.
"I'd be happy to have a driver like that on our team," Haas said before the Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway. "You'd win a lot of races. I'd really be happy for my company Haas to be in the winner's circle. I've never been there. I want to be there with that name. I know Kurt has had a lot of sponsorship issues, but to me, I just want to win. I'm not too much worried about that stuff."
Julian Leal (Racing Engineering), James Calado (ART Grand Prix), Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
James Calado claimed his first win of the season from pole position in this morning’s sprint race at Spa-Francorchamps, but he didn’t have it all his own way: the Englishman built up an early lead before Julian Leal came back at his rival, pushing him all the way to the flag with Adrian Quaife-Hobbs right behind the pair.
Calado made a decent start when the lights went out, taking advantage as his fellow front row starter Stéphane Richelmi bogging down on a damp patch of track to lead the field into La Source, with Leal also squeezing by the Monegasque driver. Quaife-Hobbs made a great start from P8 to blast by Fabio Leimer on the Kemmel straight, while Series leader Stefano Coletti made an even better start from P13 on the option tires to steal fifth place from Leimer at the Bus Stop.
Carlin’s Alexander Sims victorious in Belgium, Daly again 2nd
From left, Daly (2nd), Sims (1st) and Regalia (3rd)
P4 to P1, that’s how it’s done! Carlin’s Alexander Sims made a great start, avoided trouble into Turn 1, claimed the lead of the race and romped away to celebrate his second win of his GP3 career. The Brit also pocketed points for fastest lap making it a very happy return for him to the Series this weekend. The ART Grand Prix duo of Conor Daly and Facu Regalia joined the Brit on the rostrum, with Regalia extending his advantage in the championship.
A damp track greeted the 27 drivers, but it was slick Pirelli tires for the 13 lap race with no rain falling during Race 2. Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) started from reverse pole and was keen to get his championship chase back on track but it all went wrong at the start for him. Bamboo Engineering’s Melville McKee made a slow getaway from the front row and attempted a move on the inside of the Cypriot going into La Source. The two made contact, the Brit was able to continue into P2, but the race was over for Ellinas who retired in the pitlane. McKee was given a drive through penalty for causing a collision.
IndyCar drivers would welcome back J.P. Montoya If Juan Pablo Montoya returns to IndyCar next year, he'll get a warm welcome from the drivers he'll have to beat.
Michael Andretti is looking for sponsors for an IndyCar ride for Montoya, who is leaving Chip Ganassi's NASCAR team. Montoya says he hasn't decided where he's going next, but several drivers at Sonoma Raceway think he belongs back in American open-wheel racing, which left in 2001 for Formula One, followed by an underwhelming foray into NASCAR.
"It would be nice to see him with a smile on his face," said Dario Franchitti, a longtime teammate who drives for Ganassi's IndyCar team.
The Russian national anthem played out as MW Arden’s Daniil Kvyat claimed his debut win in GP3 after a great start secured him a lights to flag victory. Kvyat was under pressure from ART Grand Prix’s Conor Daly through-out the 13 lap race, the American coming home in second, whilst Facu Regalia (ART Grand Prix) moved into the lead of the championship after recording third place in Race 1 at Spa-Francorchamps. Kvyat posted the fastest lap of the race, also putting himself in contention for the elusive GP3 crown.
Button: I have a contract for next year Natalie Pinkham catches up with 2012 Belgian Grand Prix victor Jenson Button to discuss McLaren's struggles this season, where he will drive next year and how it feels to see former teammate Lewis Hamilton winning.
Natalie Pinkham: What are your memories of last year's race? Jenson Button: "It was an interesting weekend. On Friday we had rain as you usually do at some point at Spa. On Saturday morning, I wasn't so sure about the set up of the car, but we braved it into qualifying and it worked really well - pole position and my first pole for McLaren. Then on Sunday I had a good start and a nice clean getaway whilst there was chaos behind me and I just enjoyed the race on my own then really.
Football great Hershel Walker climbs into the 2-seater with Mario Andretti
"Next time, I'll drive," Herschel Walker says following his ride in an Indy Racing Experience two-seater on the undulating 2.385-mile Sonoma Raceway road course.
Of course, it was in jest. The 1982 Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL player exited the stretched Indy car with a smile that busted out of the helmet, bumped fists as a thank you to driver Mario Andretti and wiped the sweat from his brow.
Dario Franchitti set up to break the track record in qualifications for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma with a fast lap of 1 minute, 18.0988 seconds in the morning practice on the 2.385-mile, 12-turn road course.
It was the fastest lap through three 45-minute sessions.
Franchitti, who won at Sonoma Raceway in 2009 in the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car, was .2554 of a second faster than Ryan Hunter-Reay in the 45-minute session. Sebastien Bourdais posted the third-fastest time (1:18.5513), while Scott Dixon (1:18.5643) was fourth and Justin Wilson (1:18.5695) was fifth.
Crutchlow collects second MotoGP pole Cal Crutchlow has stormed to his second MotoGP pole position for the bwin Grand Prix Ceske republiky. The Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider will start alongside GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista and Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez, while Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo round out the top five.
Following Friday’s opening pair of practice sessions, Crutchlow had been unhappy with the new fuel tank fitted to his bike, but appeared to rectify this by setting the pace in third free practice on Saturday morning. He would go on to claim his second MotoGP pole in five race weekends, following that of Assen at the end of June.
From left, Ericsson (2nd), Bird (1st) and Rossi (3rd)
Sam Bird has claimed a dominant victory as his title rivals fell away in dry but overcast conditions, easily dispatching the competition as he picked up his fourth win of the season in this afternoon’s feature race at Spa-Francorchamps ahead of Marcus Ericsson and Alexander Rossi.
The Englishman’s win was set up at the start, when a solid start from pole allowed him to lead James Calado, who made a faster getaway but was on the outside of Bird at La Source, Fabio Leimer, who was slow to get off the front row, and Rossi, who made a great start and picked up a spot when Ericsson went wide at the corner.
Friday night's Food City 250 wasn't exactly a battle royal, as far as the outcome was concerned.
Heck, it wasn't even a food fight.
In fact, when Kyle Busch wins the Coors Light Pole for a NASCAR Nationwide Series race, as he did Friday afternoon at Bristol Motor Speedway, the rest of the field might as well start writing concession speeches.
Pulling away from runner-up Brad Keselowski over a green-flag run that consumed the final 72 laps, Busch won his sixth NNS event at the 0.533-mile short track. The victory was his ninth of the season and the series-record 60th of his career.
Davis announces Barracuda Networks for Sonoma Race Brandon Davis has been looking forward to the opportunity to return to the TRG-Aston Martin Racing Pirelli World Challenge grid. Thanks to Barracuda Networks, he will be able to return to competition at the Sonoma weekend. Davis will compete for the TRG-AMR team in the No. 27 Barracuda Networks Aston Martin Vantage GT4.
Davis said, “Barracuda Networks will be the sponsor and we are excited to bring them to the Pirelli World Challenge / TRG-AMR fold. They are a company that specializes in providing security, networking and storage products based on network appliances and cloud services. Their sponsorship of me in Sonoma is a great fit as the event is close to Silicon Valley. We hope to bring them a win!"
Sainz achieves maiden GP3 pole in Spa-Francorchamps
There was a massive smile on the face of Spaniard Carlos Sainz who delivered in qualifying today with his debut pole in the Series. MW Arden teammate Daniil Kvyat will start alongside him on the front row with ART Grand Prix’s Jack Harvey on the second row in third. Kvyat and Harvey lapped identical times but the Russian driver will start second after setting his time earlier.
The 30 minute qualifying session commenced in overcast conditions with track temperatures of 20 degrees. The 27 drivers made their way onto the 7.004km circuit ready for battle, eager to pocket four points for the coveted pole position.
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