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09/01/13
nascan
Video: Woman slaps down Max Papis After Race (Update)  UPDATE With the slap of Max Papis becoming a hot topic around the NASCAR world, and the video making its way around the web, Papis says The Slap actually left him with an injury.

Papis and driver Mike Skeen made contact and wrecked on the final lap of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in Canada. After the race, a woman identified as Skeen’s girlfriend approached Papis and slapped him.

Papis told ESPN.com Sunday night that the slap left him with a dislocated jaw. More ...

09/01/13
nascan
Video: NASCAR at Mosport - Racing or a circus?  Chevy Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park - Chase Elliott gets into Ty Dillon sending him into the tire wall. Then Mike Skeen and Max Papis get into it sending them both into the wall. Then Quiroga and Buescher get into it along with Hornaday and then fights!

09/01/13
wec
Audi one-two victory at WEC round in Brazil  
The No. 2 Audi leads the winning No. 1 Audi and one of the Toyota Hybrid's
Audi has remained unbeaten in the 2013 sports car season to date. The Audi R18 e-tron quattro hybrid sports car has won the fourth of eight rounds in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). In addition, it claimed victory in the 12-hour classic at Sebring in March. The race weekend in Brazil ended in victory for Marcel Fassler/Andre Lotterer/Benoît Treluyer (CH/D/F) ahead of Loïc Duval/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish (F/DK/GB). On clinching their success in the Sao Paulo 6 Hours, the winners reduced the gap to their team colleagues in the drivers’ standings by eight to 22 points. More ...
09/01/13
ta
TransAm at Brainerd  The Trans Am Series took to the track at Brainerd International Raceway as the final act of the 26th Annual Muscle Car Shootout at 4:00 p.m. CDT this afternoon.  The Trans Am field consisted of 22 cars, the largest entry for Trans Am at BIR since 1989.

Doug Peterson started on pole in the #87 3Dimensional.com Chevrolet Corvette, followed by defending TA Champion Simon Gregg and the #1 Gregg Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette and Cliff Ebben, driver of the #66 Stumpf Ford/McMahon Group Ford Mustang. More ...

09/01/13
wec
Victory for Conway at 6 Hours of Sao Paulo  Mike Conway had his first victory in the LMP2 category of the World Endurance Championship, when he started on pole for the 6 Hours of Sao Paulo today.

After a 10-week summer break, the No. 26 G-Drive Oreca-Nissan returned to action with the improvements the team had made over the summer being very evident as Conway topped the timing sheets during second practice in the LMP2 class.

The 30-year-old, with his teammates John Martin and Roman Rusinov then continued showing their dominance during qualifying with Conway setting the fastest time in his second lap to capture the pole by 0.5 seconds, which by class standard, is a significant gap over the runner-ups. More ...
09/01/13
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Hawksworth leads all the way in Baltimore Indy Lights race  Jack Hawksworth started on pole and led all the way to win the Baltimore GP Indy Lights race. Sage Karam was second about 14 seconds back.  Gabby Chaves was third.

Peter Dempsey and Jorge Goncalvez rounded out the top-5. More ...

09/01/13
motogp
Lorenzo Beats Marquez In Silverstone Thriller  
Marquez passes Lorenzo with Pedrosa close behind in 3rd, but Lorenzo gets Marquez back for the win
Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo delivered a stunning performance today to take victory in the British Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit. The defending world champion made another lightening race start this afternoon, flying from second on the grid to take the hole shot into turn one ahead of arch rival Marc Marquez. Although unable to break away, Lorenzo executed an unbroken string of inch perfect laps to maintain the lead until just three laps from the end when Marquez attempted to take control of the race. More ...
09/01/13
irl
IndyCar places Vautier on probation  
Tristan Vautier
INDYCAR officials have placed driver Tristan Vautier on probation and fined him $10,000 for actions during IZOD IndyCar Series qualifying Aug. 31 at Baltimore.

Vautier violated Rule 9.3.1.1 and 7.2.2.1.b when his car made contact with the disabled car of Graham Rahal under a waving yellow flag condition.

9.3.1.1 Engaging in reckless, careless, and/or overly aggressive actions or unsportsmanlike behavior toward other members. More ...

09/01/13
irl
Bourdais tops IndyCar warm-up  After a rough Saturday that saw him qualify dead last after hitting the wall, Sebastien Bourdais turned the fastest lap in morning warm-up for the Baltimore GP with a time of 1m18.4535s.  Will Power was second and Josef Newgarden was third.

James Jakes and Scott Dixon rounded out the top-5. More ...

09/01/13
f1
Todt contributed to F1 teams' money crisis - Mosley  
Englishman Max Mosley blames Frenchman Jean Todt
(GMM)  Former FIA president Max Mosley on Sunday pointed a finger at his successor Jean Todt, but said Bernie Ecclestone is not to blame for F1's deepening financial crisis.

With many middle-ranked teams struggling under financial strain, including the title-fighting Lotus and the two-decade stalwart Sauber, Mosley told the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag he has seen the problem brewing for years.

Fascinatingly, the 73-year-old Briton's rare comments coincide with the newly-announced FIA presidential candidature of countryman David Ward, who worked closely with Mosley during his long reign over formula one.

Asked about his ultimately failed quest to impose a 'budget cap' on teams, Mosley said on Sunday: "No one could or wanted to join the proposal. More ...

09/01/13
irl
Franchitti to Change Engine  Target Chip Ganasi Racing has opted to change the engine in Dario Franchitti's #10 Cessna Honda. With the 10-grid spot penalty Franchitti will start today's race 24th.
09/01/13
irl
Rahal mad at Vautier, IndyCar  Graham Rahal locked his tires under braking in Turn 8 and plowed into the tire barrier, but with time running out in the second qualifying round, race control didn’t stop the action. Rahal thought it should have.

Stuck there for about 40 seconds, Rahal got hit from behind by rookie Tristan Vautier, who said he wasn’t aware of Rahal’s plight.

“It was just stupid, just stupid,” Rahal said holding a bruised right wrist. “Where are the teams to radio (drivers)? Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised by Vautier; he doesn’t pay attention, we all know that by now.

“I’m just so disappointed that it stayed green. It’s just dangerous.” Indy Star

09/01/13
irl
Ridiculous Baltimore chicane needs to go  
How many cars have to be damaged before Baltimore reprofiles the road before and after the RR tracks so the chicane is not needed? Adequate runoff at the end of the straight also needs to be ensured.
A chicane on the longest straightaway of the 12-turn, 2.04-mile street circuit is in place to slow the cars ahead of the bumpy rail tracks, but the curbing launched several cars.

Those of Marco Andretti, Sebastian Saavedra and Sebastien Bourdais suffered the most damage. Bourdais said he was trying to get the best out of the quick sequence of turns lined by tire bundles.

“It’s a stupid game; we all know it,” he said. “There’s a big lap time (to be gained), but if you get it just slightly wrong it bites you, and it did (me). I hit the second curb and bounced off it. That was that.” More ...

09/01/13
f1
The  Story of Hunt, Lauda and 1976 Japanese Grand Prix  
Mario Andretti won the race, James Hunt the title.  Lauda refused to race in the horrible conditions.
Seventy-three laps, or 197.2 miles, of the Fuji Speedway at the foot of Mount Fuji to determine who will be Formula 1 world champion.

It is Niki Lauda versus James Hunt, a rivalry so dramatic and a race so storied that they’ve made a movie of it, the Ron Howard directed Rush coming to a cinema near you this month. Niki Lauda has recovered from a near-death experience at the Nurburgring in Germany on August 1 and still leads Hunt by three points in the drivers’ championship heading to Japan for race 16 of 16. Scotland on Sunday speaks to four men who raced with them on that immortal day. More ...

09/01/13
f1
F1's 'transfer' window set to close at Monza  Formula One’s silly season has become more like European football’s transfer window with every passing year.

Just as the top clubs and top players jostle work for the best deals for their futures, so do the top teams and drivers.

The only difference is that football has a deadline. More ...

09/01/13
irl
Q and A with Ed Carpenter's IndyCar sponsor Fuzzy Zoeller  Ed Carpenter interviews his IndyCar sponsor: For my latest blog for The Baltimore Sun, I thought it might be fun to interview my favorite celebrity, golfer Fuzzy Zoeller.

As you know if you’ve seen my car, Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka is my primary sponsor, but Fuzzy is more than just the name behind the incredible spirit that powers our team. He’s also a family friend, an Indiana boy and one of the greatest golfers who ever lived.

So, without further ado, here’s my Q&A with my sponsor: More ...

09/01/13
nnw
Harvick holds off Busch in Atlanta  Article move to home page as a feature article.
08/31/13
nhra
Larry Dixon Still Working on 2014 Top Fuel Program  Three-time NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel drag racing series champion Larry Dixon continues to work long and hard on his 2014 Top Fuel program.

In the meantime, Dixon, the second winningest Top Fuel driver in National Hot Rod Association history with 62 national event victories, will jump into the cockpit when he pilots 320 mile-per-hour Liquid MPG Fuel Additive Top Fuel dragster for Tuttle Motorsports on Sept. 20-22 in the AAA Texas NHRA Fallnationals at the Texas Motorplex south of Dallas. More ...

08/31/13
irl
Big brother rules, little brother impresses  
Stefan and Justin Wilson meet the press
After narrowly missing making the Firestone Fast Six the past two races at Mid-Ohio and Sonoma, Justin Wilson finally got over the hump Saturday afternoon and laid down a 1 minute, 18.8968 seconds lap time to put his No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda on the outside of Row 2 for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT on the 2.04-mile, 12-turn street circuit.

"I was very pleased with our qualifying performance today and it was nice to finally make the Firestone Fast Six after being so close the past two weekends,” said Justin Wilson. “We improved a few tenths on our time in the last run on the red alternate tires.  I am looking forward to the race tomorrow and hopefully bringing home another podium finish for the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America car." More ...
08/31/13
alms
Big wreck at start red flags ALMS race  A huge wreck at the start of the Baltimore ALMS race resulted in the track being completely blocked and the race is still red-flagged.  The accident happened even before the S/F line when Scott Tucker's LMP2 car got a little loose over the RR tracks under hard acceleration and when he lifted he was hit from behind and then cars trying to avoid caused other cars to brake hard and before long melee resulted.  Six drivers went to the medical center and were released - Tucker, Berretta, Miller, Henzler, Whittmer and Kimber-Smith.
08/31/13
motogp
Marquez smashes record to take fifth pole of the season  
Marquez is congratulated by a team member
Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez has shattered Casey Stoner's pole position record in Silverstone by 1.329 seconds with a stunning lap time of 2'00.691 (Stoner, 2'02.020 in 2011). It was a breath-taking qualifying session which saw Marc and title rival Lorenzo swapping fastest laps from the beginning, but it was the young rookie who emerged on top securing his ninth front row start of the season.

Teammate Dani Pedrosa, who struggled in this morning's FP3 session, improved in FP4 where he was second fastest and found a very good race pace. However, a small mistake on his final flying lap in Q2 relegated him from a provisional front row start to 5th with a time of 2'01.624, placing him on the second row for tomorrow's twenty lap race. More ...

08/31/13
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Baltimore Indy Lights qualifying times  
Pos Driver Car No. Time Speed Difference Gap
1 Jack Hawksworth 77 01:24.4910 86.921 --.---- --.----
2 Carlos Munoz 26 01:24.9924 86.408 0.5014 0.5014
3 Gabby Chaves 7 01:24.9938 86.406 0.5028 0.0014
4 Sage Karam 8 01:25.1211 86.277 0.6301 0.1273
5 Peter Dempsey 5 01:25.5112 85.883 1.0202 0.3901
6 Zach Veach 12 01:25.6487 85.746 1.1577 0.1375
7 Matthew Di Leo 56 01:26.4814 84.92 1.9904 0.8327
8 Dalton Kellett 17 01:26.6269 84.777 2.1359 0.1455
9 Jorge Goncalvez 4 01:26.8998 84.511 2.4088 0.2729
10 Giancarlo Serenelli 6 No Time 0 0.0000 0.0000
11 Juan Pablo Garcia 2 No Time 0 0.0000 0.0000
08/31/13
irl
A Few Quick Notes From Charm City  Izod IndyCar Series qualifying at The Grand Prix of Baltimore Presented by SRT is minutes away from starting. Of the two qualifying groups, Group 1 looks to be the more formidable with Ryan Hunter-Reay, Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti, Will Power, James Hinchcliffe and Graham Rahal, who has been fast this weekend amongst others.

Below, are a few other quick notes.

--Pretty nice day here in Baltimore.

--Jack Hawksworth won the pole for the Indy Lights race More ...
08/31/13
irl
Pagenaud tops 3rd Baltimore IndyCar practice  On his last lap Simon Pagenaud took the fast time away from Scott Dixon to top the third practice session for the IndyCars on the streets of Baltimore.  Honda powered cars continued to dominate with the two fastest lap times.

The fastest Chevy was Will Power in 3rd.  Sebastien Bourdais and James Jakes rounded out the top-5.

The session ended when Marco Andretti clouted the wall after getting the silly chicane all wrong. More ...

08/31/13
irl
IndyCar Qualifying Groups  Its about 9 a.m. here in Baltimore, with the Izod IndyCar Series set to begin their third practice session shortly. The session will be the final one before qualifying for The Grand Prix of Baltimore Presented by SRT, which begins today at noon.

Below, are the qualifying groups for today's session.

Group 1: Ryan Hunter-Reay, Oriol Servia, Sebastian Saavedra, Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti, Will Power, Takuma Sato, Graham Rahal, James Jakes, Stefan Wilson, James Hinchcliffe, Simona de Silvestro.

Group 2: Helio Castroneves, E.J. Vison, Sebastien Bourdais, Tony Kanaan, Justin Wilson, Ed Carpenter, Marco Andretti, Tristan Vautier, Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud, Charlie Kimball, Luca Fillipi.
08/31/13
nassprint
Goodyear to debut "zone tread" tires at NASCAR race in Atlanta  A common denominator among all NASCAR drivers is that they all want more grip from their tires.

It has been difficult for manufacturer Goodyear to meet the demand at a track like Atlanta Motor Speedway without sacrificing reliability. But Goodyear has taken steps to address both issues with a new "zone tread'' technology, which will be used for the first time at this weekend's race in Atlanta.

"Historically, Atlanta is one of the more difficult race tracks on tires and equipment, and this tire gives us the ability to improve performance,'' NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton said. "Combining the high speeds we always see at Atlanta with the high loads in the corners and the abrasive surface that brings tire wear into play, this is the ideal track to debut this technology.'' More ...
08/31/13
nassprint
Wallace calls Ganassi cars junk, Sabates calls Wallace a moron  
Wallace called the EGR cars junk and Sabates took offense
Felix Sabates, angry over statements made by his former driver Kenny Wallace, called into a national radio show to complain about the current part-time Nationwide Series driver and Fox Sports commentator.

Wallace had said on SiriusXM’s NASCAR channel that Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, of which Sabates is a co-owner, doesn’t regularly have top-15 race cars. He at one point called them “junk.”

Sabates called into the channel’s evening show and talked to Claire B. Lang about Wallace’s statements.

“I fired him because he couldn't drive a racecar,” said Sabates, who released Wallace in 1993 after he ran one full Cup season. “And he has held a grudge against me for 20 years. And every time he gets a chance to take a shot at us, he takes a shot. … He is just a complete moron and an idiot.” More ...

08/31/13
motogp
Marquez tops final MotoGP practice at Silverstone  Marc Marquez turned a lap of 2m02.485s to top Saturday morning practice at Silverstone.

Jorge Lorenzo was just over one tenth of a second down on Marquez in 2nd.

Cal Crutchlow suffering a huge crash in the opening minutes at Maggotts, writing off his Tech 3 bike but he was later cleared to drive. More ...

08/31/13
f1
Lauda encourages Ferrari to sign Raikkonen  
Lauda
Three-time world champion Niki Lauda has encouraged Ferrari to sign Kimi Raikkonen as a replacement for Felipe Massa in 2014.

Raikkonen is thought to be considering a move away from Lotus due to the financial situation at the team which, according to the Finn, is “not as it should be.” Although his previous spell with Ferrari ended on bad terms back in 2009, he is thought to be open to a move back to Maranello, and Lauda believes that it would do the Italian team a world of good.

“He could give the team a boost, as Lewis Hamilton has done at Mercedes,” the Austrian explained to Bild. “And he would be in a position to annoy Alonso.

“If I was [Ferrari president] Luca di Montezemolo, I would pick Kimi.” More ...

08/31/13
irl
Wilson: IndyCars in the air more than ground in Baltimore  
Justin Wilson in the air.  Between the Mickey Mouse chicane and the bumpy city streets, the IndyCars are off the ground as much as they are on it.
Among hairpin turns, chicanes -- artificial obstacles on straight stretches -- and occasional light-rail tracks, the 2.02-mile road course in downtown Baltimore took its expected share of verbal jabs Friday.

“Baltimore is so bumpy,” racer Justin Wilson said. “You don’t spend much time actually on the concrete surface. You’re usually in the air. It’s bit of a hovercraft.”

The red caution flag waved about halfway through IndyCar’s first practice, which was at 11 a.m., as Wilson’s brother Stefan, went off track at turn five on West Conway Street. More ...

08/31/13
irl
Castroneves praises Baltimore GP  
Castroneves
Keeping an IndyCar race in Baltimore is important to grooming new fans for the sport, IndyCar’s top driver said Thursday.

As the Grand Prix of Baltimore prepares for its third running starting Friday, the event has developed into a key stop on the Izod IndyCar circuit, said Helio Castroneves, a three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500.

Baltimore’s IndyCar race has developed a following with crowds of more than 100,000 each year showing that “people support it and enjoy it,” he said. More ...

08/31/13
f1
Lotus: Raikkonen wants technical assurance  
Kimi Raikkonen wants some assurance Lotus can give him a winning car
Eric Boullier has reiterated that Kimi Raikkonen would ideally like to remain with Lotus next year, claiming assurance over the team's potential under the new regulations is all that stands between the Finn signing an extension to his contract.

Raikkonen, whose initial Lotus deal expires at the end of the season, has impressed since returning to the sport in 2012, and was named as the main candidate to replace Mark Webber at Red Bull until negotiations broke down during the summer break.

Although other options are said to be available to the former World Champion, Lotus team boss Boullier believes Raikkonen's preferred choice would be his squad. More ...

08/31/13
f1
Ricciardo confirms wide hips for 2014 Red Bull  
Ricciardo's hips are wider than most of the diminutive F1 drivers
(GMM)  Daniel Ricciardo has confirmed reports he would be a tight squeeze at the wheel of Red Bull's 2014 car.

We reported on Thursday that the Australian, the hot favorite to replace his countryman Mark Webber at the world champion team, hit a snag this week when he had a seat-fitting in the cockpit of the 2014-spec RB10.

Designer Adrian Newey is known for his tight-fitting cars, and European media reports claim Ricciardo's hips are wider than Webber and Sebastian Vettel's. More ...

08/30/13
irl
Baltimore GP practice video highlights  Highlights from the second practice session for the IZOD IndyCar Series drivers for the 2013 Grand Prix of Baltimore. Note the video from the chicane - the most ridiculous chicane we have ever seen.  Calling it Mickey Mouse is too good a term.

08/30/13
NHRA
Brittany Force Leads Opening Round Quals at Indy  Brittany Force (Top Fuel), Bob Tasca III (Funny Car), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) posted the quickest elapsed time in their respective classes during Friday's opening round of qualifying for Monday's 59th Annual U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis.

Friday marked the first of five qualifying sessions to be held this weekend, with two sessions to be held both Saturday and Sunday prior to Monday's eliminations.

Force ran a 3.820 at 313.44 mph to earn the top spot in Top Fuel, followed by Spencer Massey and Doug Kalitta. Among those still not in the field are points leader Shawn Langdon and third-place points driver Tony Schumacher.

In Funny Car, Tasca posted a run of 4.085 at 312.28 in his Ford Mustang to lead all qualifiers. Defending Pro Stock champion Allen Johnson ran 6.661 at 207.02 mph to take the provisional pole in that division, while Matt Smith ran a 7.010 at 192 mph to lead the Pro Stock Motorcycle bracket. Pete McCole
08/30/13
irl
Ganassi calls Dixon penalty 'Oscar performance'  
Chip Ganassi
Chip Ganassi is still miffed about a pit-road incident last weekend that resulted in a crucial penalty against his IndyCar driver, Scott Dixon.

Dixon was on his way to victory at Sonoma when he received a drive-through penalty with 15 laps to go for clipping a tire in the left hand of a member of Will Power's crew, leaving him sprawled on the asphalt. The incident occurred when Dixon's Honda left his pit directly behind Power's Chevrolet.

Count Ganassi among those who felt the crew member exaggerated the seriousness of the incident to draw a penalty on Dixon, who wound up finishing 15th. More ...

08/30/13
automotive
Toyota to launch fuel cell vehicle in 2015  Toyota believes the Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle offers the best solution to the challenges of energy sources and emissions, with hydrogen as an ideal, ultra-clean fuel. At the 2013 Frankfurt motor show (from 10 September) it will demonstrate how it has overcome some of the historic barriers to developing a marketable fuel cell vehicle and how it is closing in on its goal of achieving a driving range and performance comparable to conventional petrol and diesel engines, but with no harmful tailpipe emissions.

Toyota applied its successful Hybrid Synergy Drive technology – the power system used by Prius and its other full hybrid production models – in its FCHV development, replacing the petrol engine with a fuel cell and the conventional fuel tank with high-pressure hydrogen tanks. The FCHV uses the same electrical components as a full hybrid powertrain, as well as a 21kW battery to store energy recovered by its regenerative braking system. More ...
08/30/13
nassprint
Jamie McMurray gets contract extension at Earnhardt Ganassi  Jamie McMurray will return to Earnhardt Ganassi Racing’s No. 1 car in 2014, team co-owner Chip Ganassi said Friday.

Following the announcement of Kyle Larson as the replacement for Juan Pablo Montoya in the organization’s No. 42 car, Ganassi confirmed McMurray’s contract extension. McMurray is 16th in the Cup standings. He began his Cup career driving for Ganassi late in the 2002 season (as a substitute for Sterling Marlin) and then raced full time for him from 2003-2005. He moved to Roush Fenway Racing for four seasons before returning to Ganassi. More ...

08/30/13
irl
IndyCar implements new 'Sonoma' rule  There's a new rule this week in the IndyCar Series rulebook, just in time for the Grand Prix of Baltimore weekend.

It's 7.9.17 in the rulebook:

“Any participant who, in the opinion of the officials, positions a car, equipment, and/or personnel so as to create a hazard or disruption to the event or to interfere with the activities of another competitor may be penalized.” More ...
08/30/13
wec
Toyota fastest on Day 1 in Brazil  TOYOTA Racing set the fastest lap of the day as practice began at Interlagos for the Six Hours of Sao Paulo, the fourth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Today’s first two practice sessions for the #8 car of Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi and Stéphane Sarrazin ran smoothly, with the TS030 HYBRID fastest in first practice with what turned out to be the quickest lap of the day.

Second practice saw a focus on endurance testing and the #8 ended the session in third on a track which holds happy memories for TOYOTA Racing, with the team having won its maiden race here from pole position 12 months ago.  More ...
08/30/13
alms
Muscle Milk wins pole in Baltimore  Muscle Milk Pickett Racing kicked off its weekend at the Grand Prix of Baltimore the right way on Friday by picking up its fourth pole position of the season during qualifying for Saturday's race.

Klaus Graf was taking on qualifying duties for the first time around the 2.02-mile, 12-turn street course and the German mastered the course by registering a fast lap of one minute 25.290 seconds. His time was 1.4 seconds faster than the second place Dyson Racing car. More ...

08/30/13
irl
Afternoon Update from Baltimore  Tristan Vautier of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports led a Honda sweep of the top-5 during Izod IndyCar Series Practice 2 at The Grand Prix of Baltimore Presented by SRT. The run continued a strong day for the French rookie, who was 8th in the first practice.

Graham Rahal also had a good day, running fourth in the first session, and second in Practice 2. Rahal noted that the he has enjoyed working with new crew chief Neil Fife and feels confident about the team's chances this weekend. Remember, Rahal qualified 8th and had a good weekend going at Sonoma before being spun out on a restart. Also, Rahal has run strong in each of the previous Baltimore races. More ...
08/30/13
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Hawksworth tops Baltimore Indy Lights practice  
Pos. Car Name Time
1. 77 Jack Hawksworth 1:25.6896
2. 26 Carlos Munoz 1:26.2236
3. 5 Peter Dempsey 1:26.3830
4. 8 Sage Karam 1:26.5256
5. 4 Jorge Goncalvez 1:27.1300
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FIRESTONE INDY LIGHTS POST PRACTICE QUOTES:
JACK HAWKSWORTH (No. 77 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports c/w Curb Agajanian): “With Star Mazda we went out at nine in the morning, and to be honest it was a bit of a waste of time, it was that dirty. But this afternoon, and man the track was in great condition. As soon as we rolled out there was rubber on the circuit, track felt good and we went out and did some work.”  (About changes he made during the session): “Not many, just a couple of little tweaks. We didn’t want to get too far away from what we know works, we were pretty comfortable with the car straight off the truck. It felt pretty good. So there were a couple things with the balance which I wanted to change. There’s just so many tricks to this place. It’s so bumpy, there’s a lot of different asphalt and stuff, so you’re kind of tuning the car around the different aspects of the circuit, so we just tweaked things and kind of massaged the car a bit. And now we’ll go back and share what we’ve done and work overnight. It’s great to have a break now in between today and tomorrow because there’s a lot of information to look at and a lot of things to think about before we go stick on the line in qualifying.”

CARLOS MUNOZ (No. 26 Dialy-Ser/Andretti Autosport): “Today’s practice seemed quite short. We didn’t have much time on track, but I feel good. I think we have to improve a little bit… we’ll make a couple changes overnight. It’s only the beginning of the weekend, and we still have one more practice for qualifying tomorrow, so we have to work hard and start the weekend off the right way.”

SAGE KARAM (No. 8 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports c/w Curb Agajanian): “It wasn't a bad session for us. Our teammate Jack (Hawksworth) is very fast so we've just got to go back to the debrief room and figure some things out. I was having an issue with locking up the brakes. I just couldn't hit the brake pedal at all which really affected my lap times. So we'll go back to the transporters and figure things out so that we come back really strong tomorrow."

08/30/13
irl
Vautier leads Honda onslaught in Baltimore  Rookie Tristan Vautier turned the fastest lap in the second practice session for the Baltimore Grand Prix Friday afternoon.  Vautier toured the city street circuit in 1m19.4792s to lead two Americans - Graham Rahal and Josef Newgarden on the 2.04-mile 12-turn course.  Newgarden was also fast in the morning session.

Scott Dixon and Simon Pagenaud rounded out the top-5 as Honda powered cars dominated as they have done in recent months.  Honda started out the season slow but they now have Chevy's number. More ...

08/30/13
uscr
Marketing United SportsCar Racing  The Grand-AM website recently sat down with David Pettit, VP of Marketing for the 2014 series, to learn more about how the United SportsCar Racing and IMSA will grow North American sports car racing in 2014 and beyond.

Q – The GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n are well-known names. What is the plan to build the United SportsCar Racing name?

A
– The key to building the brand is two-fold: helping our partners leverage their association with the series in their communications and consistent messaging. We developed very detailed brand usage guidelines to effectively position our brand within our marketing activities. This will help to ensure quality for our brand across all of the partners, thus ensuring consistent messaging. The expectation is for our partners to use our brand across their own marketing platforms as they activate against motorsports and sports cars in particular. This can extend to other sports and activities such as auto shows, which are a natural fit. More ...
08/30/13
irl
Friday Morning Update from Baltimore  UPDATE Justin and Stefan Wilson just wrapped up a meeting with the media here at The Grand Prix of Baltimore Presented by SRT. Justin Wilson said the layout here in Baltimore is one of the bumpiest the series travels to. However, he also noted that the new three-point chicane on Pratt Street seemed to be doing its job, and the issue of the cars getting airborne should be solved.

Stefan Wilson, who is of course, making his debut this weekend, was asked the primary difference between an Indy car and Indy Lights car. He said that there were clear differences in down force and horsepower, but the most notable difference in his mind? The electronics on the steering. More ...
08/30/13
motogp
Lorenzo tops practice at Silverstone  Reigning MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo was fastest in practice as the Hertz British Grand Prix weekend began at the Silverstone Circuit on Friday.

The Yamaha Factory Racing rider and last year’s winner led championship leader Marc Marquez and his Repsol Honda Team partner Dani Pedrosa.

Very light rain had affected Moto3 practice during the morning, but blue skies were prominent over Northamptonshire by the time the afternoon arrived, accompanied by a steady breeze. More ...

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Power Leads Opening Practice  Will Power put the #12 Verizon Team Penske on top of the time sheet during the opening practice for The Grand Prix of Baltimore Presented by SRT. Turning a lap time of 1:20.863, Power, who has won the pole in both races here in downtown Baltimore, was more than two-tenths of a second faster than second-place EJ Viso in the #5 Team Venezuela PDVSA CITGO Chevrolet.

Oriol Servia completed a top-three for the Bowtie Brigade in the #4 National Guard Panther Racing Chevrolet. Graham Rahal was the first Honda in fourth-place, with Scott Dixon rounding out the top-5. More ...
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No driver announcement at Monza - Ferrari  (GMM)  Ferrari on Friday confirmed reports it is not ready to announce its full driver lineup for 2014.

We reported earlier that, despite historic Monza often setting the scene for such an announcement, the Italian team is "not ready yet" amid F1's more chaotic than usual silly season.

"I know it's hard for people to believe," team boss Stefano Domenicali told Brazil's O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper, "but we haven't really stopped yet to think about it.

"Do you know why?" he asked correspondent Livio Oricchio rhetorically, referring to the undecided identity of Fernando Alonso's teammate next year. More ...

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Shell renews Technical Partnership with Ducati  Shell is proud to announce that it is extending its Technical Partnership with Ducati for a further three years, until at least the end of 2016. The extension means the two parties will continue to co-operate on marketing activities and the supply of Shell Advance motorcycle oil for the first-fill of Ducati road bikes at the Borgo Panigale factory. Importantly, the Technical Partnership also enables collaboration on research and development, including the development of bespoke products for the MotoGP teams – the Ducati Team and the officially supported Pramac Racing Team.

Shell embarked on its Technical Partnership with Ducati in 1999 in the World Superbike Championship and then entered the MotoGP World Championship as a key technology partner of the Ducati MotoGP team. The past 15 years have seen the Technical Partnership become one of the strongest and most successful within the motorcycle racing world, with successes including six World Superbike Riders’ Titles and nine Manufacturers’ Titles, along with the MotoGP Riders’ World Championship and Constructors’ World Championship Titles in 2007. More ...
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Power likes idea of racing on Indy road course, others don't (2nd Update)  UPDATE #2 This racer.com article talks about teams being split on international races.  Season should start in January and end Labor Day and international races should count for points and be part of the regular season.  Having them not count for points makes then irrelevant and ridiculous.  Why bother.  Who wants to pay to see an exhibition these days.  Either they race for real or stay home.

08/29/13 Two Indy 500 winners, Helio Castroneves and Dario Franchitti, say in this Racer.com article they are skeptical of racing IndyCars on the Indy road course.  AR1.com agrees as we noted in our Editor's note below.  The IndyCar's put on a fantastic show on the Indy oval.  So good in fact the fans would come back to see a 2nd oval race on Labor Day weekend under the lights as the season finale.  It is a no-brainer. The Baltimore race needs to move to the first Sunday in May, two weeks before the Preakness horse race at Pimlico in Baltimore - a beautiful time of year in Baltimore.  And guess what?  The Baltimore Orioles are out of town that entire week.

08/20/13 A second Izod IndyCar Series race in May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is under consideration by track management, and Team Penske driver Will Power supports the idea.

IMS officials have said they are gathering information about staging an IndyCar road course race on either the first or second weekend of May as a way to build momentum for the Indianapolis 500, which is set for May 27, 2014. A feasibility test is expected to be held Sept. 4. More ...

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Race On officials optimistic as third Grand Prix arrives  In the command center of the Grand Prix of Baltimore, Tim Mayer, the race's general manager, fielded a few phone calls, answering a couple of questions. But that was it.

Preparations for the Grand Prix were running several hours ahead of schedule the day before Friday's qualifying races. In the cavernous room — Mayer asked that its location not be divulged — police and others studied 15 big-screen televisions showing camera feeds and maps.

"It's not like it was last year," he said. "That we did with sheer energy, breakneck until the very end." More ...

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Baltimore GP deserves a chance to succeed  Back in 1873, there probably were people who heard about the new stakes race over at Pimlico and wondered why anyone would give a hoot about a bunch of horses running around a dirt track on the edge of town.

No doubt, somebody complained about the equine pollution the event would generate and the logistical problems that would be created if it became so popular that the streets had to be widened to accommodate all the horse-drawn carriages converging on Young Hilltop, as it probably was called back then.

There will come a day when we no longer have to debate whether the Grand Prix of Baltimore is worth the trouble — one way or the other. The race will either survive long-term on its own merits or it won't, but it should be judged on the right criteria.

This is not about global warming or the architectural integrity of the downtown area. There is more fossil fuel burned on Pratt Street on any given weekday than will be consumed by all the Indy cars that navigate that part of the street track this weekend. And the concrete barriers that change the look of the city for a few weeks are a lot less offensive than that white elephant of a convention hotel that ruined the classic view at Oriole Park.

Nobody likes the traffic problems that come with a big downtown event, but they close streets and change the traffic patterns for Artscape and a lot of the same people complaining about the urban disruption caused by the Grand Prix can't wait for the world's largest free art festival each July.

Clearly, the Grand Prix is a more expensive proposition and should be held to a higher standard of overall economic benefit than the various other big events that are intended to spur commercial activity in the downtown area. But it should continue as long as city and race officials can answer yes to the following two-part question:

Will it, given appropriate time to establish itself as a part of Baltimore city life, generate enough economic activity to justify whatever investment of tax dollars is necessary to stage it every year, and will it have a quantifiably positive impact on the image of Baltimore as a tourist destination?

It may take another year or two to figure that out, but the international broadcast of the first two races featured so many striking views of the Inner Harbor area that the event couldn't help but improve the way Baltimore looks to a world that may only know it from sub-titled episodes of "The Wire." More ...

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Newman talks about 2014; Kurt Busch joining SHR  Ryan Newman said he found out about Stewart-Haas Racing's expansion to four teams like most people -- first rumors and non-sourced reports on the Internet that were ultimately confirmed by Tuesday's formal announcement. But Newman, who was informed last month his contract won't be renewed by SHR for 2014, said Thursday he was mostly amused at this week's turn of events, particularly at the way it was handled with the team internally.

"It was humorous,'' Newman told NASCAR.com about the announcement. "To me it was more funny, than any kind of frustration from my end. In the end, it won't affect me. Obviously, it frees up a situation for 2014 but in the end it doesn't affect me.'' More ...
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