Mario Andretti visits Monza for first time since 1983 Racing legend and 1978 Formula 1 world champion Mario Andretti returned to Monza today for the first time in 31 years, bringing an American feel to the paddock in promotion of the United States Grand Prix.
Andretti last came to Monza in 1983, but it is a track that holds great significance. This is where he first watched a Formula 1 race in 1954, and also where he clinched the 1978 world championship. However, on the same weekend as his title victory, his teammate and close friend Ronnie Peterson was killed in an accident. Coming back to Monza fills Andretti with mixed emotions, and he spoke about this during a track walk with NBCSN’s Will Buxton which you can watch during our broadcast this weekend.
NASCAR alters Talladega qualifying procedure A more rapid qualifying format for both the GEICO 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Fred’s 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Talladega Superspeedway, Oct. 17-19, was unveiled today by NASCAR, and is sure to create an extra element of fan excitement at the 2.66-mile venue.
Both national series' qualifying will take on a more fast-paced look that should resemble race conditions and promises to bring out the best in the competitors. In addition to the qualifying changes, the Saturday, Oct. 18, schedule will now see the start of the Fred’s 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race moved earlier in the day to a 12 NOON (CT) green flag, and will be televised live on FOX. Foodland/Food Giant Qualifying for the GEICO 500 will follow later in the day at 3:30 p.m. (CT). It will be aired live on ESPNEWS, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
Busy Monza weekend kicks off on Thursday (GMM) Not surprisingly, a big crowd gathered in the press conference room at Monza as hostilities resumed between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
The FIA paired the warring Mercedes duo together to face the media on Thursday, with what one journalist described as the "ambassador for peace" - the imposing Fernando Alonso - sitting between them.
"This is the first time there has been so many people in the room," Hamilton smiled. "I am excited about moving forward."
Indeed, there was little sign of the crunching carbon fiber that characterized their controversial battle in Belgium, Hamilton insisting he said everything about the Rosberg clash "in the press release".
Spaniard Alonso even called it a "beautiful battle" that will play out over the last seven races of 2014.
IndyCar Fontana TV Rating (Their grand finale!)UPDATE The season-ending IndyCar Series race from Fontana earned 280,000 viewers on NBCSN Saturday night, down 13% from last year (322K) and the network’s least-viewed telecast of the season. Keep in mind the race began after 10 PM ET.
Saturday's race was the second straight to have a decline, coming nearly a week after viewership from Sonoma fell by 4%. To put that in perspective, the previous three races each had increases of over 50%, but if you get 1 viewer and the next year you get 2, that's a 100% increase - - i.e. the numbers are so small a 50% increase is meaningless.
Versus, now NBCSN, is the noose from which IndyCar is hanging itself from. On ABC the races averaged 2.4 million per broadcast but the Hulman George family prefers to collect the NBCSN check to help fund the Leader Circle welfare program
Formula 1 problems: why hiring two top performers is bad for business Their feud has revived a perennial Formula 1 dilemma – is it better to hire two drivers of the same status, or a top-performing driver with a supporting wingman?
The answer could lie in new research led by Cass Business School, part of City University London. After studying every driver in all Formula 1 races between 1981 and 2010, experts found that two top drivers competing in the same team had a detrimental effect on their individual performance.
"We found that drivers who were successful in the past were more likely to perform well in the future. However, when the difference between the past performances of two team-mates decreased, so did their individual results," says the study's co-author Dr Paolo Aversa, a lecturer in strategy at Cass Business School. "In other words, it's good to hire a top-driver, but his average performance declines when his team-mate has a similar level of prior success."
NASCAR chairman Brian France declined to answer questions about Tony Stewart on Wednesday during his first media appearance since Stewart's sprint car struck and killed driver Kevin Ward Jr. on Aug. 9.
As reporters approached France following a news conference to announce Xfinity as the title sponsor of NASCAR's No. 2 series, France said "Not today," when asked about Stewart.
NASCAR president Mike Helton, who held a press conference Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway after Stewart made his first public remarks after the incident, said the driver was welcomed back by the garage area.
V8 Supercars Taking Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport To Court Over Disputed Franchise Sale The sale of V8 Supercars remaining team franchises "has taken a twist with the category reportedly bringing legal proceedings against Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport," according to SPEED. The former two-car team "slimmed down to one over the off-season," one of three operations to surrender a Racing Entitlements Contract to V8 Supercars.
The sport’s management announced in June that "it was going to find buyers for the three available RECs, which guarantee a team a spot on the V8 grid, by putting them out to tender." It had been reported that LDM was threatening to put up a legal challenge to the tender process "as it tries to expand back to a two car effort for the 2015 season."
A statement said, "The purported sale greatly inhibits the team’s planning and ability to field a two (2) car team for the 2015 V8 Supercar Championship, and LDM intends to vigorously defend the proceedings."
(GMM) Caterham is set to announce Kamui Kobayashi's return to the cockpit for the Italian grand prix.
The Japanese was sidelined two weeks ago at Spa-Francorchamps, as reigning Le Mans winner Andre Lotterer and his sponsor Hype stepped into the green car.
Caterham's new management intended to run the Russian-backed Spanish rookie Roberto Merhi in Monza, but it emerges that the FIA only granted him permission to drive in Friday practice, given his F1 inexperience.
It is believed the Leafield-based team, headed by Colin Kolles, now fully intends to give the 23-year-old his race debut in Singapore, after the FIA is satisfied with Merhi's practice performance at high-speed Monza and grants him a super license.
Formula E's Quiet Cars almost guarantee its failure The "greatest emotional trigger at any auto-racing event is the noise," according to Joshua Robinson of the WALL STREET JOURNAL and Mark Cipolloni of AR1.com. To some, "the sound is repellent." To "others it is like an opera." But "what if there is no sound at all?" Welcome to the "quiet world of Formula E."
It has the "look of Formula One," the schedule of a "billionaire jet-setter (Malaysia to Miami to Monte Carlo), and all the noise of a blender from Sears."
Former F1 driver Karun Chandhok, who will race for the Mahindra Racing Formula E team, said, "That's a little bit eerie to start with." On a recent Formula E test day, the pit lane "had to be equipped with a piercing siren to let mechanics know cars were coming."
NASCAR Signs XFINITY As New Series Title Sponsor NASCAR and Comcast announced a historic agreement that will make Comcast's XFINITY brand the title sponsor of what is now known as the NASCAR Nationwide Series through 2024. The 10-year term matches the longest single agreement around title sponsorship of any NASCAR national series in history, and is the longest entitlement sponsorship agreement in this series' history.
Beginning January 1, 2015, the property will be known as the NASCAR XFINITY Series. XFINITY will become only the third title sponsor in series history following Anheuser-Busch (26 years) and Nationwide Insurance (seven years). The agreement also makes XFINITY an Official NASCAR Partner in the multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) and broadband ISP categories.
NASCAR Atlanta TV Rating (Update)UPDATE ESPN's live telecast of the Oral-B USA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday night, Aug. 31, earned a final 3.2 U.S. rating, averaging 5,210,000 viewers, according to Nielsen Media.
The rating was the same for last year's race while the viewership average of 5,323,000 in 2013 was slightly higher (compare that to the 200,000 that tuned in for IndyCar's grand finale).
Greenville, S.C., led the nation’s metered markets with a 9.6 rating for the telecast, with Greensboro, N.C., second at 9.0 and Indianapolis third at 8.9. Birmingham Ala., was fourth at 8.3 with Charlotte, N.C., fifth at 7.4.
Johnny Mowlem to Pilot No. 88 BAR1 Motorsports Prototype Challenge Car
Johnny Mowlem will be driving the #88 BAR1 PC car for remainder of 2014.
European Le Mans Series Champion, Johnny Mowlem, will compete for the remainder of the TUDOR United Sports Car season as the pro driver for BAR1 Motorsports No. 88 Prototype Challenge car. No stranger to endurance sports car racing, Mowlem brings years of GT and LMP sports car experience and his last time driving a PC car, Johnny put the car on the pole.
Johnny’s previous experience was during the reign of the American Le Mans Series. This will be Mowlem’s first time competing in the United Sports Car Championship. Needless-to-say, Johnny is ecstatic to be driving once again in America.
"I have great memories of racing in the States,” said Johnny. “But even more exciting is that this will be my first foray into the new TUDOR series. I'm looking forward to it. To be entering this new chapter with a top team like BAR1 is the icing on the cake. It's been flattering that I have had a few options as soon as it was made public that I was available, as it is always tough to find a good drive in mid season. Returning to the USA was always top of my list and I am delighted to join a great team like BAR1 Motorsports."
Clint Bowyer is looking for a win this weekend at Richmond.
LOCKED AND READY: This weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Richmond International Raceway (RIR) is the final race before this year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup begins. Camry drivers Kyle Busch (California) and Denny Hamlin (Talladega) have each won races this season and locked up their place in the 16-driver Chase. Following his second-place finish at Atlanta, Camry driver Matt Kenseth (third) secured a spot in the Chase based on his points position. Camry driver Clint Bowyer, currently 12th in the point standings, is also eligible to earn one of the two remaining spots in the Chase along with the 14 other drivers locked in with one race remaining. A win by Bowyer or Brian Vickers (or any other driver in the top-30 in points yet to win this year) would also lock them into the Chase.
CAMRYS CLAIM CHECKERS: Camry drivers have captured 65 wins on 22 different tracks since joining NSCS competition in 2007, and Toyota drivers have most frequently visited victory lane at Richmond -- where they have claimed seven first-place trophies. Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) drivers Busch and Hamlin have combined for six victories at Richmond from 2009 through the 2012 spring race, and Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) driver Bowyer visited victory lane in Sept. 2012. Busch finished first in four consecutive spring NSCS races at Richmond (2009-2012) while his teammate and Chesterfield, Va.-native Hamlin won back-to-back fall events (2009 and 2010) between Busch’s victories.
If Ecclestone wants another race in the USA he will have to lower the sanction fee
The ultimate irony about the failed F1 race in New Jersey is that while Bernie Ecclestone is blaming it on a promoter who failed to deliver the money, and the reporting on the matter inevitably fails to tell the whole story, it is still his primary ambition to get F1 into the New York and Los Angeles metropolitan areas, and by extension to conquer at least a small part in the lucrative US sports market. This is huge but F1 has failed to get a deal in Long Beach and has now failed in New Jersey as well. Both were viable projects, but failed because of the attitudes involved.
It has been clear for decades that the F1 business model will not work in the US market because it is too greedy. It leaves nothing on the table for the promoter, except some direct economic impact for the region and more nebulous international exposure and the impact of F1 on the glamour of an area and thus a potential hike in real estate prices. Very few public bodies in the US can provide funding and the best that can be hoped for is loans, and so F1 has been forced to rely on those on ego trips such as the US Grand Prix at Indianapolis. The race in Austin is an anomaly in that the state of Texas did agree to have a rolling loan to allow F1 to generate money for the local economy. But someone is losing money on this deal and we must wonder where it will ultimately end.
Some NASCAR Chase clinch scenarios at Richmond Only Ryan Newman controls his own destiny, no matter who wins at Richmond. If there is a repeat 2014 winner (or a Kenseth victory), Newman is guaranteed a spot in the Chase if he finishes 41st or better; or 42nd with at least one lap led; or 43rd and the most laps led. If there is a new winner (that is not Kenseth), Newman is guaranteed a Chase spot with a finish of 18th or better; 19th and at least one lap led; or 20th and the most laps led.
Greg Biffle controls his own destiny if there is a repeat winner. If there is a repeat 2014 winner (or if Kenseth or Newman win), Biffle is guaranteed a spot in the Chase if he finishes 22nd or better; or 23rd with at least one lap led; or 24th and the most laps led. If there is a new winner (that is not Kenseth or Newman), Biffle needs to out-point Newman by 19 points and stay ahead of Clint Bowyer and Kyle Larson. Clint Bowyer and Kyle Larson are the only other two drivers who can clinch a spot in the Chase without a victory.
Truex Jr. not happy with Kyle Busch After starting sixth based on his qualifying effort on Friday for the Oral-B USA 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta, Martin Truex Jr. had to contend with handling issues with his #78 Furniture Row/World Vision Chevy during the 335-lap race. "I couldn't drive off the corners," said Truex.
"But we hung in there, fighting for every possible position until Kyle Busch, for whatever reason, ran into the back of me, causing pretty good damage to our car. I passed him clean earlier and then he comes back and hits me from behind. It was totally uncalled for and hard to figure out why he did what he did. We were in the top-17 when that happened and had a chance of picking off a few more positions. Not sure why someone wants to go out and purposely wreck you when you're racing for 17th. Doesn't make any sense." But instead of gaining track position, Truex had to battle a damaged race car in the 10 laps of overtime. "We weren't great tonight, but we were better than 23rd," noted Truex.
MAVTV announces two-year IndyCar extension at Fontana MAVTV issued a release during the Verizon IndyCar Series’ weekend at Auto Club Speedway confirming a two-year title sponsorship extension of the race through 2016.
Owned and operated by Forrest Lucas’ Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV has served as the Fontana, Calif. race’s title sponsor (MAVTV 500) since the track returned to the schedule in 2012.
"MAVTV anchors its entertainment in motorsports, and we do a lot throughout the year to bolster support for many forms of racing around this great country," said MAVTV president Bob Patison in the release. "MAVTV is headquartered in Corona, Calif., only a few miles from the magnificent Auto Club Speedway. We feel it’s almost a responsibility for us to support a premier track and event in our own backyard that features one of the top professional racing series in America."
While this release was issued, INDYCAR has not issued a release of its own confirming the return to ACS.
Conor Daly could not write a big enough check to buy his GP2 ride. The cancer killing open wheel racing continues unabated
Conor Daly learned early on Tuesday morning that Venezuela GP Lazarus had replaced him for the upcoming weekend in Monza, Italy. It was not a total surprise as the team had informed him after Spa that they were in need of additional funding.
"I'm naturally disappointed but thankful for the opportunity that Venezuela GP Lazarus provided me this season," said Daly. "Lazarus is a great team of people who race because of their love of the sport and I wish them every success in the future."
Gene Haas changes the name of his F1 team What was initially known as Haas Formula is now Haas F1 Team.
Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation and chairman of the newly renamed Haas F1 Team, opted for the name change to better correlate his team with motor racing’s most prestigious series – the FIA Formula 1 World Championship.
Haas F1 Team takes the place of the previous name, Haas Formula, which will remain the legal entity. Haas F1 Team will be the public and commercial name of the first American-led Formula One team since 1986. Its Website, www.HaasF1Team.com, launched today, as did its Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/HaasF1Team.
Barbados to host 2014 Race Of Champions The 2014 Race Of Champions will be held at the Bushy Park Circuit in Barbados on December 13-14 after the Caribbean venue saw off a wide range of contenders from all round the world to host the prestigious motor sport event.
The annual end-of-season contest, which has been held for over 25 years, brings together the world’s greatest drivers from motor sport’s major disciplines – including Formula 1, World Rally, Le Mans, MotoGP, Nascar, IndyCar, Touring Cars and the X-Games – and sets them free to battle head-to-head in identical machinery.
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Another sponsor shows support for Stewart One of Tony Stewart's primary sponsors reaffirmed its commitment Sunday to the NASCAR star, citing "overwhelming" public support as Stewart remains under investigation in a sprint car driver's death. There's been no change in the marketing plan for Rush Truck Centers, the primary sponsor of Stewart's car in five races in NASCAR's premier series this season. W.M. "Rusty" Rush, the CEO, chairman and president of the truck dealership company (which is headquartered in New Braunfels, Texas, just outside San Antonio), said he attended the Atlanta race in a show of respect for the team. "We stand by Tony," Rush told USA TODAY Sports.
The early season favorite for Verizon IndyCar Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year was Andretti Autosport's Carlos Munoz, and Munoz confirmed the award with an eighth place finish in Saturday night's MAVTV 500 season finale at Auto Club Speedway.
Munoz scored three podium finishes (all third-places), two additional top-fives and three further top-10 finishes to end eighth in the IndyCar points standings. Andretti's Ryan Hunter-Reay finished sixth, Marco Andretti was ninth and James Hinchcliffe 12th this season.
As for the other rookies, Munoz was part of one of IndyCar's better rookie classes in recent memory (2011 comes to mind), in a year that also featured the emergence – and podiums – from Mikhail Aleshin, Jack Hawksworth and race winner Carlos Huertas, all at Houston.
Michael Knight talks to Mark Miles about future of Indy Car
I sure hope you Verizon IndyCar series fans -- especially those who stayed up late in the Eastern and Midwestern time zones Saturday night -- enjoyed the MavTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway because the long off-season is now underway. Congratulations to Will Power and Roger Penske on their series championship. (Finally!) That avoided the biggest late-season collapse since the 1964 Philadelphia Phillies. Thank you to those amazing true fans -- could there have been 10,000? -- who sweated it out (literally) in the triple-digit temps in the grandstands.
As I suggested to a few writers before the race, some enterprising reporter should have gone into the stands when the green flag waved to interview any available Boston Consulting Group brains who got paid Big Money to suggest ending the season by Labor Day. It pains me to say it, but I can honestly see a season two or three years from now when the Indianapolis 500 is the only oval. I put that notion to Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles during a conversation in the IndyCar business unit Saturday afternoon. He said he doesn't expect that to happen, but think about it, please.
NASCAR's TV ratings slump continues 2014 has not been the best of years for NASCAR in several respects, with the sport mired in a season-long TV ratings slump.
Entering Sunday’s race in Atlanta, 18 of the 21 NASCAR Sprint Cup telecasts had declines in ratings and 16 have had declines in viewership (that excludes rainouts). The latest decreases came for last week’s race from Bristol, which earned a 3.2 final rating and 5.1 million viewers on ABC — down 18 percent in ratings and 20 percent in viewership from last year’s 3.9 and 6.3 million.
Mercedes AMG Petronas hopes for a better weekend at Monza than the one they had at Spa.
2014 Italian Grand Prix - Preview
Round 13 of the 2014 Formula One World Championship brings us to Monza for the Italian Grand Prix, held at the Autodromo di Monza.
Driver / Senior Management Quotes
The Italian Grand Prix is always a special one for me in terms of the memories I have there - going right back to my early career. The karting championships used to race in Italy quite often and it's also where I met Nico - so that's where our rivalry really began. Monza is such a historic circuit and to win there is a really special feeling. I had that experience in 2012 and I'd love to do it again in 2014. Last season we really struggled at this race - but we have a fantastic car this year and I'm confident we can make up for it this time around. One thing I always love about racing at Monza is the fans.
Ferrari Technical Director James Allison criticizes Ferrari's lack of long-term vision
James Allison believes Ferrari's recent lack of success has been a result of having "worked a bit short-term in the past".
2014 looks set to be a season without a victory for Ferrari as the team is a long way off the pace of Mercedes and has scored just two podiums all season so far. 1993 was the last time Ferrari failed to win a race in a season and technical director Allison believes it will always have the ingredients to be a title-winning team but admits organizational failings have been hurting its chances.
"I don't think Ferrari's ever lacked for resource, it's never lacked for quality of people, quality of drivers, so we have many of the key parts of being a successful team," Allison said. "What all of us are trying to do, and Marco is spearheading that, is to identify the areas where we are not championship-leading material and to put them right.
Motorsports This Week on ESPN and ABC Sprint Cup Chase Berths on Line in Prime Time Richmond Race With places and positions in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup on the line, the regular season of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series comes to an end at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway in a 400-lap race on Saturday night, Sept. 6. ABC will have a live telecast presented by Autozone. The 10-race Chase, NASCAR’s version of the playoffs, will start the following week. ABC’s race coverage begins with NASCAR Countdown presented by 5-Hour Energy at 7 p.m. ET and the green flag at 7:43 p.m. The race also airs live in Canada on TSN2 and will air in Spanish on ESPN Deportes on Sept. 7 at 4 a.m. ESPN2 will air NASCAR Sprint Cup practice at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5, and qualifying later that day at 5:30 p.m.
Honda can match Mercedes F1 power, says Honda boss Honda's motorsport chief, Yasuhisa Arai, has reiterated his belief that the Japanese manufacturer will be able to match current power unit pace-setters Mercedes when it returns to Formula 1 next season.
Honda, last involved in the sport as a works team in 2008, has been quietly ramping up preparations for its comeback as McLaren's engine supplier, reigniting a partnership that previously ran between 1988 and 1992.
"I have confidence that we will match Mercedes," said Arai in an interview with the official Formula 1 website.
Sochi Autodrom T4 Grandstand named the Kvyat Stand Sochi Autodrom today announced that the T4 Grandstand will be renamed the Kvyat Stand during the 2014 FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX in honor of the young Scuderia Toro Rosso driver and hugely popular home crowd favorite, Daniil Kvyat. The T4 Grandstand is one of the best places on the new circuit for fans to watch the race. From this vantage point they will be able to see all the action of Turns 2, 3, 4 and 5 as the cars maneuver the longest left hand corner on the F1 calendar.
Daniil Kvyat was informed of the news when he attended the Sochi Autodrom exhibition at the Moscow International Automobile Salon. During his visit to the 2014 FORMULA 1 promoter's pavilion on Saturday, August 30th, the Russian driver talked to his many supporters who had come to the exhibition and also tested the virtual racing circuit of Sochi Autodrom, where the first ever Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix will take place on the weekend of October 10-12.
Huge Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort Crowd Celebrate Sir Jack
David Brabham Leads Zandvoort Parade
Circuit Park Zandvoort, Zandvoort, The Netherlands – Sunday 31 August 2014: In the first European tribute held outside the UK, tens of thousands of fans applauded the remarkable lifetime achievements of triple Formula 1 World Champion, legendary driver and engineer Sir Jack Brabham at the Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort this weekend.
Jack's son, multiple Le Mans 24 Hours winner David Brabham reminded Dutch fans of 'Black Jack's' endearing sense of humor by recreating his father's tongue-in-cheek walk onto the 1966 Formula 1 grid at Zandvoort. Complete with false beard and walking stick, David hobbled down the pit lane before completing demonstration laps in a 1967 Brabham BT24 to the delight of the 30,000 strong Sunday crowd, with over 50,000 people attending the three day event.
Peterson wins at Brainerd Doug Peterson showcased why he's the defending TA Champion with a green to checkered victory at Brainerd International Raceway, his second at the Minnesota based track in two years, holding off strong challenges from Amy Ruman and navigating traffic on what was an unquestionably a slippery course.
The victory was Peterson's second consecutive victory at the Minnesota-based track and added to his growing points lead in his ongoing pursuit of his second Trans Am Championship in two years behind the wheel of the Tony Ave Racing prepped Chevrolet Corvette. Amy Ruman, in the No. 23 McNichols Company Chevrolet Corvette, finished second, while Cliff Ebben, in the No. 36 Stumpf Ford/ McMahon Group Ford Mustang, took third.
Fiat-Chrysler to see New York stock market listing in October CEO Sergio Marchionne said on Saturday that Fiat-Chrysler plans to list shares of the soon to be merged carmaker in New York on October 13. It also added that any decision regarding the capital increase would be made at the end of that month.
Fiat bought out Chrysler at the beginning of 2014, now both operating as one company. Marchionne wants to put the two under one Dutch-registered company with the name of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), meant to make its way onto the U.S. listing as he needs to get financial help worth of 48 billion euro for a five-year expansion plan.
Fifth Third Bank renews with #17 Roush Fenway Racing team Roush Fenway Racing today announced that Fifth Third Bank has renewed its relationship as a primary sponsor of the #17 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Ford with driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in a multi-year deal (supposedly thru 2017). "We are really thrilled to have Fifth Third Bank back with us next season" said Stenhouse, who is currently competing in his sophomore season at NASCAR's highest level. "It has been an honor to represent Fifth Third over the past two seasons and I am looking forward to working with them over the years to come.
We have them on the car here in Atlanta this weekend and again in Richmond next weekend. Hopefully we can celebrate this announcement with a trip to victory lane and a 'Chase' berth for the #17 team." Fifth Third Bank came onboard with Roush Fenway Racing in 2012 and has served as a primary sponsor on the #17 NSCS entry for the past three seasons
David Garvin dies from fall David Garvin, a Bowling Green entrepreneur who founded Camping World and formerly owned Beech Bend Park and Raceway, died Saturday morning in an accidental fall at his home. Stephen Harmon, spokesman for the Warren County Sheriff's Office, said Garvin was working on the roof at his house when he slipped after getting too close to the edge.
Deputies responded at 9:53 a.m. to 449 Old Richardsville Road regarding a person who had fallen from a rooftop. Garvin, 71, was pronounced dead at the scene. No suspicious circumstances existed surrounding the fall, and the death is considered accidental, Harmon said. Garvin founded the business that would become Camping World in 1966 at age 23, starting a small store and mail-order business that sold camping products and supplies. Bowling Green Daily
Sky Deutschland secures exclusive Formula E live TV rights in Germany Sky Deutschland has secured the exclusive live broadcasting rights for the FIA Formula E Championship.
Sky will broadcast live all races of the new FIA fully-electric racing series, which begins in Beijing on 13 September. Apart from the exclusive TV broadcasting rights, the agreement also includes the internet, IPTV and mobile rights.
Formula E races, or ePrix, will take place on Saturdays. The live broadcasts on Sky will include half an hour of pre-coverage and 15 minutes of post-race analysis. Sascha Roos and Sven Heidfeld – the younger brother of Venturi Formula E driver Nick - will provide commentary for Sky with the first race aired from 9:30am (CET) live on Sky Sport HD 1.
Tony Stewart crashes in his return to racing Tony Stewart was sidelined with a Goodyear tire failure on lap 173 in the Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Stewart declined interview requests, but his crew chief, Chad Johnston spoke:
Q) WHAT HAS IT BEEN LIKE THIS WEEK HAVING TONY BACK IN THE CAR? Johnston: "It's been real good and we got off to a good start. The car has had speed all weekend long and we qualified well. I went into today with some pretty high hopes of finishing well and possibly coming out of here with a win but it just didn't work out in our favor.
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