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09/03/12
racing news
Red Bull heir held over deadly hit-and-run in Ferrari  A grandson of the creator of the Red Bull energy drink has been arrested for driving a Ferrari that struck a police officer and dragged his dead body down a Bangkok street in an early-morning hit-and-run, police said Monday.

Police took Vorayuth Yoovidhya, 27, for questioning after tracing oil streaks for several blocks to his family's gated estate in a wealthy neighborhood of the Thai capital.

He was facing charges of causing death by reckless driving and escaping an arrest by police but was released on a 500,000 baht ($15,900) bail.

Vorayuth admitted he drove the charcoal gray sports car but said the police officer's motorcycle abruptly cut in front of his vehicle, said police Maj. Gen. Anuchai Lekbamroong, the lead investigator in the case. More at NBC/AP Story

09/03/12
f1
Hamilton childish to tweet telemetry, says Anderson  Gary Anderson believes Lewis Hamilton showed his immaturity by posting confidential McLaren technical data into the public domain on Twitter. In Belgium, the 2008 World Champion attempted to show fans the differences between his own fastest qualifying lap and that of Jenson Button, but was duly asked to remove the message.

Significantly slower than his teammate, Hamilton had reverted to McLaren’s previous specification of rear wing which quickly proved to be the wrong decision. More ...

09/03/12
tv news
Motorsports This Week on ESPN and ABC  
Chase Spots on Line as NASCAR Sprint Cup at Richmond in Prime Time
Spots in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup will be on the line as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races under the lights at the 3/4-mile Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night, Sept. 8. The 400-lap race is the final event before the beginning of the 10-race Chase that will determine the series champion. ABC will have a live telecast with NASCAR Countdown at 7 p.m. ET and the race’s green flag at 7:43 p.m. Friday night’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond airs on ESPN, with NASCAR Countdown at 7 p.m. and the green flag at 7:43 p.m.  Also from Richmond, ESPN2 airs NASCAR Sprint Cup practice sessions on Friday at noon and 2:30 p.m., and qualifying at 5:30 p.m. NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying airs on ESPN2 at 4 p.m. All NASCAR programming on ESPN and ESPN2 is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets with the WatchESPN app and WatchESPN.com. More ...
09/03/12
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Quote of the Week  “…I enjoy racing in the wet, but I prefer rain tires over slicks when it's wet….’: Ryan Hunter-Reay

About taking the lead without rain tires on a wet track: "I can't really describe how nerve-wracking it is when it rains on a street circuit and you're on slicks and you know the championship is on the line and you know if you get through it you're going to have a great race. Unbelievable emotions in the car, trying to tip-toe through some of those corners. These cars are very stiffly sprung and they're 700 horsepower and putting that down on a city street when it's wet is one of the toughest things in racing. I'm just glad I got through that. It was very nerve-wracking. I enjoy racing in the wet, but I prefer rain tires when it's wet. We thought it was just going to sprinkle, and we went through a bit of a wet track, and hoped that that sprinkle would end. You know, we never came in for rain tires, and it was absolutely critical to our win today.

"You never like being out there on slicks - that's not a nice feeling, especially the fast, fourth-gear Turn 11... man, that was crazy! (Team owner and strategist Michael Andretti) said let's just see what happens - he said to me, 'we're going for the championship, you know, and we're gonna do it. Let 's do it. Coming in fourth or fifth isn't going to do anything for us.' I look up to that. That's a pretty great move and it worked out. I had to keep the thing off the walls while it was drying and then when it started drying I had a big smile on my face for sure."

09/03/12
irl
Video: Mike Conway parks on Conway Street  Check out this Brazilian YouTube video and find out where (of all places !) Mike Conway 'parked' his car yesterday during the IndyCar race in Baltimore ... @ 1:09 secs!

09/03/12
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NHRA U.S. Nationals postponed a week  UPDATE For only the second time in its glorious history the Mac Tools US Nationals has been postponed due to persistent rain and deteriorating track conditions. NHRA officials announced this morning that the 58th running of “The Big Go” will be completed with final qualifying on Saturday, September 8th and eliminations on Sunday, September, 9th. The four Full Throttle Drag Racing Series previously qualified fields will be re-opened with all currently entered teams getting two qualifying runs on Saturday to make the race on Sunday. More ...
09/03/12
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Impressive showing for second annual Grand Prix of Baltimore  Let's get the few negatives out of the way first. The threat of rain probably kept the crowds down. There was a re-start controversy that ticked off some of the top drivers. And there were enough wrecks slowing Sunday's Grand Prix of Baltimore to make it feel like the JFX in a snowstorm.

But for an event that came together only three months ago after one deadbeat outfit stiffed the city of $1.5 million in taxes and fees and another folded its tent altogether, it wasn't a bad weekend at all.

And Ryan Hunter-Reay's dramatic last-second win was a terrific finish for an event that's taken more shots than the Kardashians the past two years. More ...

09/03/12
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Grand Prix party guests enjoy the high life with views  Whether it was a rooftop deck party equipped with a DJ and an elaborate brunch theme or a hotel hall transformed into a swanky viewing room, those lucky enough to have downtown digs along the Grand Prix race track entertained friends and family with private, upscale parties.

Forget the metal bleachers at the track. These parties provided breathtaking views, catered treats and offered endless libations.

The view from Melisa Herbert's downtown apartment building's rooftop deck was the perfect vantage point for her guests to watch race cars zoom past on Greene Street. More ...

09/03/12
f1
Video: James Hinchcliffe brings Kimi Raikkonen to Wind Tunnel  James Hinchcliffe does a 100% perfect impersonation of Kimi Raikkonen on Wind Tunnel.  Clearly Hinch has a career in broadcasting when he retires from racing.

09/03/12
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Penske still considering Hornish for #22 ride  NASCAR team owner Roger Penske said Sam Hornish Jr. will have a place in his driver lineup in 2013. But whether that is in Penske's much-discussed #22 car in Sprint Cup, in a third Cup car or in a Nationwide Series car has yet to be determined. "At the end of the day, no matter how we end up, Sam's going to have a ride with us in 2013," Penske told USA TODAY Sports before Sunday's Izod IndyCar Series race in downtown Baltimore. Sunday night's Advocare 500 will mark Hornish's eighth Cup race in the #22 since A.J. Allmendinger was removed (and subsequently fired) for a positive drug test. Hornish has produced a best Cup finish of fifth at Watkins Glen International while continuing his quest toward a Nationwide championship in Penske's No. 12 (he ranks third in the standings). More ...
09/03/12
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Monday  UPDATE
D’Ambrosio to replace Grosjean while Romain is on gardening leave.  Maybe his Romaine lettuce is ready to pick.
According to AR1.com sources in Europe, Jerome d’Ambrosio will definitely be replacing Romain Grosjean  in Monza.

09/03/12
  • Grosjean banned for Monza after Spa crash
  • D'Ambrosio on pole for Monza race seat
  • Rival teams to study Hamilton telemetry - Horner
  • Massa begins quest for new contract at Spa
  • Drivers fortunate to escape La Source pile-up
  • Pirelli not planning big changes for 2013
  • Lotus keeps Double DRS off car for Monza New More ...
09/02/12
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Elliott Sadler leaving RCR  Elliott Sadler, the Nationwide Series points leader, won’t return to Richard Childress Racing next season.

Team owner Richard Childress told SiriusXM’s NASCAR channel Sunday that Sadler has decided to leave the organization.  “I think he’s done gone somewhere else,” Childress said. “We’re disappointed. He’s had the best season. We don’t know what else we could have done.”

Joe Gibbs Racing, the most likely destination if Sadler wants to remain in a top-tier Nationwide ride, has no deal to announce with Sadler, a JGR spokesman said.

09/02/12
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Baltimore postscript  Don't expect this restart question to go away.  While it is doubtful that IndyCar will reverse the win, no doubt they will clarify the restart situation.  In the mind of Hunter-Reay and Pagenaud, when the green flag flies, you're racing.  In the mind of Briscoe and team Penske, the green flag shouldn't fly until the leader accelerates, unless he's past the restart zone (at which point the flag is thrown).  Probably both are correct.

In defense of IndyCar, they probably flew the green flag early to prevent problems at the chicane / turn 13 / railroad tracks.  The solution was an ad hoc answer to an unanticipated problems, and no doubt that, given another race, this would've been resolved too. More ...

09/02/12
nassprint
Stewart losing sponsor  Office Depot, co-primary sponsor for Tony Stewart's #14 Chevy in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series since Stewart took over the team in 2009, will not return in that capacity in 2013, a team spokesman confirmed. "Office Depot has notified SHR that they will not be renewing as the primary sponsor of the #14 team," SHR spokesman Mike Arning said. "However, SHR is in continued discussions with Office Depot regarding possible future roles the company could have with the team." Asked what those future roles might be, Arning was unable to specify. "They want to be involved with Tony and the team, but are unsure how right now," he said. Office Depot's departure leaves quite a void for SHR. The office-products company held the primary sponsorship in 22 of 38 races in 2012. Mobil 1, which holds primary sponsorship of the #14 in the series' remaining 16 events, will carry the same investment in 2013, Arning said. More ...
09/02/12
f1
More penalties after Spa race  The FIA has handed down more fines after Sunday's chaotic Belgian GP at Spa.  Besides Grosjean being banned for the next race in Monza, Caterham has been given a €10,000 fine for releasing Heikki Kovalainen from the pits in an unsafe manner.

Kovalainen made contact with Narain Karthikeyan's HRT in the lap-14 incident. The clash damaged the Caterham's nose, prompting an additional pitstop and contributing to Kovalainen's disappointing 17th-place finish.

Caterham Group chief executive Riad Asmat admitted the team had made a mistake. More ...

09/02/12
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Vautier all the way on streets of Baltimore  Tristan Vautier reclaimed the points lead with a commanding victory in the Grand Prix of Baltimore. The 2011 Star Mazda champion, driving the No. 77 Mazda Road to Indy/Sam Schmidt Motorsports with Curb Agajanian car, takes an 11-point advantage over teammate Esteban Guerrieri into the Sept. 15 race on the 2-mile oval in Fontana, Calif.

"He has been stellar all weekend," team owner Sam Schmidt, who recorded his 53rd Firestone Indy Lights win, said of Vautier.

Vautier swept the bonus points for earning the Sunoco Pole Award and leading the most laps on the 2.04-mile, 13-turn temporary street circuit. He won by 15.3783 seconds over Gustavo Yacaman, who got past Guerrieri on Lap 4 after their cars made contact battling for second entering the sharp right-hand Turn 1. More ...

09/02/12
f1
Video: Accident at start of Belgian GP at Spa  
09/02/12
f1
Grosjean banned for Monza, Alonso hurt but lucky  
Romain Grosjean had been warned before about his reckless starts
Romain Grosjean has been given a one-race ban and €50,000 fine for triggering the Belgian Grand Prix start crash.

The Lotus driver moved across on Lewis Hamilton on the run towards the first corner of the Spa race, causing the McLaren to take to the grass.

The two cars then made contact and ploughed into Fernando Alonso's Ferrari and the two Saubers.

But the stewards held Grosjean responsible and bestowed a one-race ban for next week's Italian GP. More ...

09/02/12
irl
Baltimore Starting Lineup with Grid Penalties and Tire Choice  Pursuant to Rule 14.14.6.4.1, Car 5 will start on Primary Tires. Pursuant to Rules 15.1.4, 15.6.2, and 15.6.1, Cars 14, 15, 67, and 78 have been penalized starting grid positions. Pursuant to Rule 15.6.1, Car 83 has been penalized 10 grid spot positions.

Starting Lineup with Grid Penalties and Tire Choice More ...
09/02/12
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Pagenaud tops Baltimore warm-up  
Rank No. Driver Engine Time Speed Diff Gap Laps
1 77 Pagenaud, Simon (R) Honda 01:18.7420 93.267 --.---- --.---- 13 17
2 9 Dixon, Scott Honda 01:18.7495 93.258 0.0075 0.0075 16 17
3 28 Hunter-Reay, Ryan Chevy 01:19.2639 92.653 0.5219 0.5144 12 15
4 4 Hildebrand, JR Chevy 01:19.4298 92.459 0.6878 0.1659 17 17
5 19 Jakes, James Honda 01:19.5005 92.377 0.7585 0.0707 15 17
6 12 Power, Will Chevy 01:19.5709 92.295 0.8289 0.0704 14 14
7 8 Barrichello, Rubens Chevy 01:19.5821 92.282 0.8401 0.0112 13 14
8 3 Castroneves, Helio Chevy 01:19.5995 92.262 0.8575 0.0174 17 17
9 14 Conway, Mike Honda 01:19.7023 92.143 0.9603 0.1028 15 16
10 10 Franchitti, Dario Honda 01:19.7499 92.088 1.0079 0.0476 13 17
11 98 Tagliani, Alex Honda 01:19.8444 91.979 1.1024 0.0945 14 14
12 2 Briscoe, Ryan Chevy 01:19.8528 91.969 1.1108 0.0084 15 15
13 15 Sato, Takuma Honda 01:19.9059 91.908 1.1639 0.0531 10 11
14 7 Bourdais, Sebastien Chevy 01:19.9571 91.849 1.2151 0.0512 5 5
15 11 Kanaan, Tony Chevy 01:20.0180 91.779 1.276 0.0609 13 13
16 83 Kimball, Charlie Honda 01:20.0412 91.753 1.2992 0.0232 18 18
17 26 Andretti, Marco Chevy 01:20.1519 91.626 1.4099 0.1107 9 9
18 22 Servia, Oriol Chevy 01:20.1951 91.577 1.4531 0.0432 14 16
19 67 Junqueira, Bruno Honda 01:20.3247 91.429 1.5827 0.1296 15 17
20 27 Hinchcliffe, James Chevy 01:20.4410 91.297 1.699 0.1163 10 17
21 18 Wilson, Justin Honda 01:20.4757 91.257 1.7337 0.0347 6 16
22 38 Rahal, Graham Honda 01:20.4880 91.243 1.746 0.0123 9 18
23 78 de Silvestro, Simona Lotus 01:20.6 91.136 1.8411 0.0951 15 16
24 20 Carpenter, Ed Chevy 01:21.2069 90.436 2.4649 0.6238 11 13
25 5 Viso, EJ Chevy 01:22.1987 89.344 3.4567 0.9918 10 10
09/02/12
f1
'Twittergate' deepens as Hamilton reveals McLaren secrets  
Lewis Hamilton in Twittergate scandal
(GMM)  The Lewis Hamilton 'Twittergate' affair deepened on Sunday.

On Saturday, 'Tweets' posted by the 2008 world champion and featuring the obscenity-acronym 'WTF' suggested Jenson Button had been given a better front wing in qualifying.

The Tweets were deleted.

Then, ahead of Sunday's Belgian grand prix, the 'Twittergate' affair shifted into a higher gear when Hamilton posted via his social media account an image of a confidential McLaren telemetry sheet. More ...

09/02/12
f1
Alonso unhurt after scary Spa crash  (GMM)  Fernando Alonso visited the medical centre on Sunday after the terrifying first corner crash at Spa-Francorchamps.

The championship leader was visibly shaken after the crash that involved Lotus' Romain Grosjean flying over and close to the cockpit opening of Alonso's Ferrari.

"He (Alonso) took a bad knock, but fortunately he was uninjured," said an initial race report posted on Ferrari's official website.

The Italian news agency AGI said Alonso returned to the pits after his mandatory medical check-up, where he watched the rest of the race with the Ferrari mechanics.

09/02/12
f1
Spectacular crash at Spa  Very spectacular crash by Dutchman Jeroen Mul, with a 360° flip, good enough for top marks during the Olympics, this morning at Spa-Francorchamps during the first lap of the Porsche Mobil1 Super Cup race. Nobody got hurt and there wasn't even a safety-car! (from 0:45 sec onwards, with replay from 2:35 onwards - different angles).

09/02/12
gp2
Kral cruises to Spa GP2 sprint victory  Josef Kral has claimed his maiden GP2 victory with a storming start and mature drive to claim the win in this morning's sprint race in Spa Francorchamps, winning by five seconds from Felipe Nasr, who stole second from James Calado at the final corner.

The Czech driver's victory was set up at the start: front row starters Nasr and Julian Leal were slow to get off the line and had no response to Kral's flying getaway, with Calado following him inside and through at turn one. They stayed ahead of the mayhem behind when Johnny Cecotto spun Max Chilton into Nathanael Berthon's path, while Giedo van der Garde was squeezed by Davide Valsecchi and Leal at the exit. More ...
09/02/12
irl
Andretti: Trying to Win Race He Helped Save  
Michael Andretti is one of the Baltimore Grand Prix’s promoters. His team also has three cars in the race.
J. P. Grant III knows far more about financing than he does about auto racing. But he is a big civic booster, and he believes that the Indy-car race on the streets around the Inner Harbor can become like the Preakness — only with more horsepower.

Before he and a concrete contractor, Greg O’Neill, formed a company to save the race in the spring, Grant, a 58-year-old Baltimore native, thought it would be a good idea to hire a racing expert as a promoter to run what is now called the Grand Prix of Baltimore.

He found his man, not surprisingly, in Indianapolis. His name was Michael Andretti.

“I said if I wanted to be involved in this, the Andrettis should be involved in this,” Grant said. More ...

09/02/12
irl
Bernard to reveal 5-year IndyCar strategic plan  
Randy Bernard working on 5-year IndyCar strategic Plan
IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard stops mid-sentence. He glances at the ceiling in the hotel conference room where he has been ensconced for most of the day.

"I actually don't know how the crowd is out there," he says. "How is the crowd out there?"

Saturday in Baltimore he met with members of his leadership team and possible sponsors and sought feedback from race team members. He's at work, he says, on a long-term plan for the sport. He hopes to reveal it in about a month. More ...

09/02/12
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Laine victorious in GP3 thriller at Spa  
Spa Race 2 Podium: Matias Laine (C), Antonio Felix Da Costa (L) & Conor Daly (R)
We have a new race winner in GP3! Matias Laine becomes the eighth different winner in the 2012 GP3 Series season, taking his debut victory at Round 7, Race 2 at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. Antonio Felix Da Costa (Carlin) and Conor Daly (Lotus GP) finished second and third in a thrilling encounter.

The legendary Spa circuit did not disappoint with excellent racing throughout the field with cars five abreast whilst they fought for position. Lewis Williamson started from reverse pole with Daly alongside, but it was Laine who made the best getaway from 4th on the grid to grab P1. Daly and the Scotsman were wheel to wheel with the Status GP driver holding off the challenge of the American at the tricky first few corners until Daly got through to go second. This didn't last long with Williamson reclaiming P2 as the two were stuck like glue to each other in the early part of the race. More ...
09/02/12
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Sunday  
  • Jenson Button climbs from car after winning Spa pole
    Win from pole crucial for fading title challenge - Button
  • Hamilton in 'Twittergate' after Spa outburst
  • Bottas admits more sponsors would 'help' for 2013 seat
  • Caterham's progress in 2012 'not great' - Kovalainen
  • Red Bull 'must show teeth' after Spa shocker - Marko
  • Schumacher hints intention to race in 2013
  • Engineer claims some breached August shutdown pact
  • Engine switch 'wise' despite loss of V8 scream - Domenicali
  • No 2013 driver announcement at Monza - Domenicali
  • Brawn: 2013 ideas could come early  More ...
09/02/12
irl
Simona De Silvestro Celebrates Her Birthday in Baltimore  Driver of the #78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy car, Simona De Silvestro, celebrated her birthday today at the Grand Prix of Baltimore. The 24-year-old Swiss driver was quick this morning in the wet and was hoping for a birthday present of rain for qualifying.

De Silvestro was in the middle of her quickest lap when Graham Rahal crashed bringing out a red-flag and ending the team's hope for the opportunity to move into the second round of qualifying for the first time this season.

"We just didn't get a clear lap in," De Silvestro said. "It's pretty frustrating because I had a really good lap going when the red flag came out. It would have been good enough to qualify in the top 12 and good enough to get us into the next round. But, that's racing and now we just have to focus on the race tomorrow."

09/02/12
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Gil De Ferran Submits 2014 Indy Lights Bid  
de Ferran Indy Lights proposal
Nathan Ulrich and a group of respected industry insiders have come together to submit a 2014 Indy Lights chassis proposal. If you’ve been following my series on the intriguing and at-times unexpected names that are pursuing the contract to build the next-generation Firestone Indy Lights Series car, adding two-time CART champion, 2003 Indy 500 winner and former IndyCar and ALMS team owner Gil de Ferran to the mix shouldn’t be a surprise.

With a strong background in the technical and engineering side of the sport, de Ferran’s desire to construct racing cars has been a lifelong goal.

“Yes, I have been working on a bid for the Indy Lights contract,” he said, “and I guess I’m trying to achieve one of my childhood dreams of which was to produce racing cars. There’s been a lot of research, a lot of studies to try to understand what we believe an Indy Lights car needed to be. The bid was put together under the Motorsports Engineering banner, which is the same company that used to run the sports cars.” More ...
09/01/12
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Kyle Busch On Pole for Atlanta Nationwide Race  Kyle Busch notched his first NASCAR Nationwide Series pole award of the season in Saturday's qualifying for the NRA American Warrior 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Trying to erase the disappointment of a runner-up finish in Friday night's truck series race, Busch rattled off a lap of 176.280 mph to put his own no. 54 Toyota Camry on the pole.

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. was second with a lap of 176.173 mph, followed by Kevin Harvick (176.000 mph), Kasey Kahne (175.721) and Denny Hamlin (175.454).

Busch, who lead the Nationwide Series in all-time wins, has yet to post a victory in 14 series starts this season.

"I had to catch it a few times and try to stay as much in the gas as I could to get back to the stripe. It wasn't pretty, but it certainly was the fastest," Busch said. "I figured once I made that mistake I wasn't even going to be on the pole to start with. I figured I didn't run faster than the guys who were ahead of me, but I had enough built up that I could give it away. If I didn't slip it probably would have been real ugly for the competition."

Sam Hornish, Jr., series points leader Elliott Sadler, Brad Keselowski, Austin Dillon and Mike Bliss made up the rest of the top ten. John Jackson was the lone non-qualifier.
Pete McCole/AR1.com
09/01/12
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Michael Johnson aims to become first paralyzed driver in Indianapolis 500  
USF2000 driver Michael Johnson
The first thing Tim Johnson remembers hearing from the son who had gone unexpectedly airborne that dreary August afternoon seven years ago in southern Canada, a 12-year-old bucked from his 250cc motorcycle like a clueless bull rider, was that he could not feel his legs.

Michael Johnson could not feel his legs, he later learned, because there was no way of feeling them. At the moment his chest, hurtling toward a wooden fence at almost 80 mph, met the handlebars of a dirt bike that refused to go any farther, the paraplegia was immediate. His back was broken. The T5 and T6 vertebrae, like the panels of the fencing in his wake, were in pieces. More ...

09/01/12
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Pigot on Top on the Streets of Baltimore  
Spencer Pigot (top step) celebrates his win
Baltimore, MD. – Spencer Pigot (AR1.com teammate when the AR1.com go-kart team dominated the pre-race go-kart race prior to the St. Petersburg GP this year.) took advantage of a rare error by teammate and polesitter Matthew Brabham to claim victory in Race #1 of the USF2000 Baltimore Grand Prix Presented by Allied Building Products. The Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing driver returned to the top step of the podium for his sixth win and eighth podium of the season.

A strong crowd was on hand to witness an exciting 17-lap race around the now 2.04-mile, 13-turn temporary street circuit which, as of last evening, included the addition of a new chicane. Brabham was on point with Pigot lining up second as the green flag flew but a braking error in Turn One forced the current points leader down the escape road. Pigot seized the opening and never looked back. More ...

09/01/12
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#27 team penalty appeal date/time set  The date and time to hear the Richard Childress Racing appeal of penalties to #27-Paul Menard's NASCAR Sprint Cup team has been set. The appeal will be held on Monday, Sept. 10 at 2:00pm/et. RCR's appeal allows the team members to continue to work at the track until the hearing. If the penalty is upheld, the suspensions will begin at that time. FoxSports
09/01/12
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Abt achieves maiden win in shortened GP3 race  German driver Daniel Abt is content with life after taking his first win in the 2012 GP3 Series. Rookie Abt started from third on the grid and made an amazing pass on both Antonio Felix Da Costa (Carlin) and Mitch Evans (MW Arden) to claim his debut win ahead of Felix Da Costa and Evans.

Race 1 at Round 7 at Spa-Francorchamps was scheduled to be 12 laps but due to an earlier delay, the race was cut to a maximum of twenty-five minutes. MW Arden teammates Evans and Matias Laine started from the front row and it was Laine who made the better getaway grabbing P1 from the New Zealander. The first lap contained plenty of action with Marussia Manor Racing's Tio Ellinas making a great start from tenth on the grid to rise to fifth and split the Lotus GP pair of Abt and Conor Daly. More ...
09/01/12
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Qualification Round 2 results  Advancing to the Fast 6 were Power, Dixon, Bourdais, Hinchcliffe, Conway and Franchitti. Missing the Fast 6 were Kimball, Kanaan, Wilson, Junqueira, Carpenter and Pagenaud.

In something of a surprise (okay, I’m sure even Ed was surprised) Ed Carpenter participated in this round of qualifying. Early on he hit the railroad chicane hard, and not only got airborne, but the nose of his car was probably at a 30 degree angle. No doubt this will be one of the week’s highlight videos. Finding the wall at that chicane was Justin Wilson, who like likewise got airborne in this session, but wasn’t lucky enough to avoid the wall. Prior to that, Wilson looked like a lock to get into the Fast 6.

Due to damage sustained in Round 1, Simon Pagenaud didn’t participate in Round 2.

-- Tim Wohlford, reporting from BALTIMORE!!
09/01/12
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Qualification Round 1, Group 2 results  Power, Bourdais, Franchitti, Wilson, Hinchcliffe and Pagenaud were the top 6 qualifiers in the second group in Round 1. Briscoe, Castroneves, Servian, Andretti and Viso each failed to advance, as was the case with Hildebrand, who didn’t participate in this session due to damage from an accident in the previous practice session.

Simon Pagenaud and Sebastien Bourdais each had a brush with the wall in the same spot that ended Rahal’s attempt in the previous session – the “new” chicane constructed earlier today. There is a lot to be gained from hitting the chicane as aggressively as possible, even though there is railroad tracks at the exit of the chicane. It is questionable whether either of those drivers will be able to participate in Round 2 – certainly Pagenaud is doubtful.

-- Tim Wohlford, reporting from BALTIMORE!!
09/01/12
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Qualification Round 1 results  A tough off by Graham Rahal with less than 3 minutes remaining ended the first round of qualifications early. Graham got it wrong in the infamous railroad chicane and smacked both walls. In calling the session, IndyCar was praised by 6 drivers and criticized by 6 others. Moving to the next round: Kanaan, Dixon, Junqueira, Conway and Kimball. Missing the cut are Hunter-Reay, Tagliani, Barrichello, Sato, de Silvestro, and of course Rahal.

Rahal was unhurt in the incident. -- Tim Wohlford, reporting from BALTIMORE!!

09/01/12
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Four (Five) drivers to incur grid penalties for Baltimore  UPDATE The #83 entry of Chip Ganassi Racing driven by Charlie Kimball has also been issued a 10 spot grid penalty in Baltimore for not complying with Rule 15.5.1.  That makes five drivers who will be set back.

08/31/12 IZOD IndyCar Series officials announced penalties for the following cars for this weekend’s event at Baltimore. All cars will be penalized 10 grid places for unapproved engine changes:

No. 14 ABC Supply car for A.J. Foyt Racing (Mike Conway) -- fitting sixth engine

No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (Takuma Sato) -- fitting seventh engine

No. 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing (Bruno Junqueira) -- fitting sixth engine

No. 78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy Lotus HVM Racing (Simona de Silvestro) -- carry-over for fitting seventh engine at Sonoma. More ...

09/01/12
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Briscoe leads practice 3 in Baltimore  Hot off his win last weekend in Sonoma, Penske Chevy driver Ryan Briscoe turned the fastest lap in final practice for the Baltimore GP.  On a track that was wet to start with, but later dried, Briscoe beat Foyt-Honda driver Mike Conway and his Penske teammate Helio Castroneves.

The new 2-curb chicane (left-right) was installed on the front straight last night and today was the first chance the drivers had a chance to try it out.  Last year's chicane was a 3-curb design (left-right-left) and slower. More ...

09/01/12
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Stewart talks about run in with Kenseth and helmet  Tony Stewart, met with members of the media at Atlanta Motor Speedway and discussed some topics including the incident with Matt Kenseth at Bristol, the transcript in part:

Q) YOU AND MATT (KENSETH) TALKED THIS MORNING IS EVERYTHING GOOD BETWEEN YOU TWO THEN?

Stewart: "Yeah, we are fine. It's like we mentioned earlier in the week, we have too much to do the last 10 weeks to be worrying about each other. It's just like we always said there are 43 people out there and they are not always going to agree on the track at the same time. The big thing is getting it done and over with now." More ...
09/01/12
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Comments from Kenseth about Bristol incident  Matt Kenseth met the media shortly after 1 p.m. on Friday. Afterwards, he met with Tony Stewart to discuss the much-discussed incident at Bristol Motor Speedway last weekend that resulted in Stewart hurling his helmet at Kenseth's #17 Ford. "Honestly, last week I was really surprised," Kenseth said. "I wasn't trying to put our cars in a bad situation. I thought we were going to make it through there and I thought it was going to be alright, so I'm not sure what all went down there. But Tony and I, 99% of the time at least, show each other probably more respect and more room on the track than probably most people have. There have been a couple instances here and there, but I think, overall, we try to show each other a lot of respect and we usually get that back." RacinToday
09/01/12
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Vautier tops 2nd Indy Lights practice  
Driver Car No. Best Time In Lap Best Speed Total Laps Difference Gap
Tristan Vautier 77 01:27.8518 3 83.595 4 --.---- --.----
Sebastian Saavedra 27 01:28.1518 3 83.311 4 0.3000 0.3000
Esteban Guerrieri 11 01:28.4824 4 83 4 0.6306 0.3306
Gustavo Yacaman 2 01:28.5637 3 82.923 8 0.7119 0.0813
Oliver Webb 7 01:28.9555 4 82.558 5 1.1037 0.3918
Juan Pablo Garcia 76 01:29.0681 3 82.454 10 1.2163 0.1126
Carlos Munoz 26 01:30.3019 3 81.327 12 2.4501 1.2338
Adderly Fong 8 01:30.5631 3 81.093 11 2.7113 0.2612
Peter Dempsey 9 01:30.5662 2 81.09 10 2.7144 0.0031
Jorge Goncalvez 4 01:30.7975 3 80.883 4 2.9457 0.2313
Victor Carbone 3 01:31.0595 3 80.651 3 3.2077 0.2620
David Ostella 22 01:32.3839 3 79.494 12 4.5321 1.3244
Emerson Newton-John 42 01:36.2935 3 76.267 4 8.4417 3.9096
09/01/12
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Latest F1 news in brief - Saturday  UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

Hamilton rules out sabbatical
09/01/12
  • McLaren running 'unusual sidepods' at Spa
  • Burti recalls Spa crash that ended F1 career
  • Hamilton rules out 2013 sabbatical
  • HRT wants to keep de la Rosa beyond racing days
  • Schumacher fined for illegal pit entry New
  • Forecasters now ruling out Sunday rain New More ...
09/01/12
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Sage Karam tops Star Mazda practice  
Karam Friday
Sage Karam
On a day turned chaotic by errant asphalt and intransigent railroad tracks, Sage Karam's 1:28.8 in the morning Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear session at the Grand Prix of Baltimore held up as the quickest lap of the day.  His time was not recorded by the scoring system due to a transponder failure, but was verified by analysis of the footage from his on-board Replay XD camera.

The afternoon session, originally scheduled as a half-hour qualifying for Saturday's Race 1, was reduced to 15 minutes by delays for track repairs, and then further truncated to a total of four 'hot laps' as a result of red flags generated rated by spinning race cars. More ...

09/01/12
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Belgian GP Practice 3: Alonso moves to top  
Fernando Alonso
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso set the pace as the skies cleared over the Ardennes mountains and the Formula 1 field got their first chance at a dry track in Saturday morning practice at Spa-Francorchamps.

Kimi Raikkonen put Lotus in second place, ahead of more Ferrari power in the way of the Saubers of Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi.

McLaren's Jenson Button was fifth, seven spots ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

Felipe Massa was sixth in the second Ferrari. More ...

09/01/12
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Evans and Laine lock out front row in Spa  
Mitch Evans
Series leader Mitch Evans made the best possible start to his weekend by claiming the vital four points on offer for pole position for Round 7 of the GP3 Series 2012. His teammate Laine will start alongside the New Zealander on the front row, with Lotus GP's Daniel Abt in third. Evans pole laptime of 2:10.513 was a new pole record for the circuit.

After the miserable conditions for Friday Free Practice, sunshine returned to the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, for a very fresh qualifying session with temperatures only reaching 11 degrees. Robert Cregan, Laine and David Fumanelli were first onto the circuit as the 26 drivers were eager to drive the legendary circuit in the dry. More ...
09/01/12
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Quaker Chemical Backs Newgarden Substitute Junqueira in Baltimore  After one of the most successful debut events in series' history in 2011, the IZOD IndyCar Series returns to the "Charm City" this weekend for the Grand Prix of Baltimore on the streets surrounding Baltimore's Inner Harbor, Convention Center and Camden Yards.

Quaker Chemical Corporation, an official sponsor and technical partner of Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing will again support the No. 67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone entry. The No.67 car will be driven by veteran Bruno Junqueira, who will replace the team's regular driver, Josef Newgarden. Newgarden suffered a broken finger last weekend at the IZOD IndyCar Series race in Sonoma, Calif. during a crash. More ...

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