ALMS championships going down to wire It’s fitting that one of the most competitive seasons in the history of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n goes down to the wire. Not only will Petit Le Mans powered by MAZDA2 mark the end of the 2010 season and the second round of the inaugural Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, but championships in all four Series classes will be up for grabs on what is a true global stage.
Thirty points go to class winners at Road Atlanta. Of the Series’ 17 points championships, only two have been decided – Michelin clinched the tire manufacturer crowns in LMP and GT over the weekend at Mosport. All other title chases for chassis, automobile and engine manufacturers, teams, drivers and IMSA Cup (top independent team in each class) remain in play.
Never before has there been this much at stake going into a season-ending race for the American Le Mans Series. Here is where we stand heading into the 13th annual 1,000-mile/10-hour endurance classic...
Kanaan presides over Great Bed Race Tony Kanaan rolled out of bed early Sept. 5 to watch dozens of people roll into beds.
The 2004 IZOD IndyCar Series champion, who recorded a fourth-place finish at Kentucky Speedway a mere 12 hours earlier, served as the grand marshal for the 1-800-411 PAIN Great Grove Bed Race to benefit the Alonzo Mourning Charities and the University of Miami Sleep Center.
Grand and Commodore Avenues were transformed into Coconut Grove's 1/8th-mile drag strip, with four-person leg power replacing motors. Participants from 38 teams were hoping to grab first place in the theme, décor or racing time competitions in addition to having a bed full of fun for a good cause.
There are 48 entries, including a former Cup champion who has not raced this year, for the Air Guard 400 Sprint Cup race this weekend at Richmond International Raceway.
The 44 full-time teams are entered along with the debut of Stavola Labonte Racing with Terry Labonte behind the wheel as well as the part-time Braun Racing, Gunselman Motorsports and K-Automotive Motorsports teams.
Labonte, who last raced in Cup at Homestead last year, isn’t guaranteed a spot in the field. Although he is a past champion, his brother, Bobby, is entered in the Phoenix Racing car, which does not have one of the 35 guaranteed spots.
If Bobby Labonte doesn’t make the 43-car field on speed, he would be eligible for a past champion’s provisional as the most recent past champion (Bobby won in 2000). If he makes it, then Terry Labonte, the champion in 1984 and 1996, is eligible for a provisional.
Star Mazda kills the Road to Indy ladder? Maybe NotUPDATE AutoRacing1.com sources tell us that Star Mazda and IndyCar will soon announce deal that will turn this issue around and ensure the Road To Indy includes Star Mazda in a very positive way.
09/07/10 [Editor's Note: As the below press release states, this year's Star Mazda Champion gets a ride in the 2nd tier Grand-Am series in 2011, which has zero relevance to open wheel racing. Zero. How can it be expected that a very talented American driver such as Conor Daly might be forced to do a 2nd tier Grand Am championship? This is one of the reasons why open wheel American drivers are so scarce. And now you know why Conor Daly is going to do pursue F1 instead of IndyCar. IndyCar should put out a press release tomorrow stating that Star Mazda has been removed from the Road to Indy ladder. Either that or rename it to the Road to Nowhere.]
The Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear today announced that the drivers who competed in the series' 20th anniversary 2010 season will divide a prize package valued in excess of $1.5 million.
The top prize, valued at $750,000, is a career-making opportunity that motivates young drivers from around the world to battle for the series championship -- a full-season drive in a factory-backed RX-8 competing in the 2011 Grand-Am GT 1 class courtesy of the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Driver Development Ladder. In addition, the champion gets $100,000 in cash and a test with a top Indy Lights team courtesy of Performance Friction, Andersen Racing and the IndyCar Road to Indy program.
Muscle Milk Team CytoSport will be joined by two-time ALMS series champion Lucas Luhr when it closes out its 2010 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n season at Road Atlanta.
Luhr will be replacing team owner and co-driver Greg Pickett who was injured in a testing crash at Mid-Ohio in August.
The former Porsche factory driver completes the team's lineup for the 10-hour/1000-mile Petit Le Mans race, which also includes regular driver Klaus Graf as well as Sascha Maassen, who will be back with Muscle Milk Team CytoSport for a third race this season.
Maassen and Luhr were teammates when the pair was crowned LMP2 champions in 2006 aboard the Porsche RS Spyder.
"I'm really looking forward to drive the Porsche RS Spyder at Road Atlanta with Muscle Milk Team CytoSport," said Luhr. "As we have seen this season, the team has been doing so well and they are proven winners. It will be a pleasure to drive for them.
Stewart’s Crew Claims Tissot Pit Road Award at Atlanta Tony Stewart’s pit crew won the Tissot Pit Road Precision Award in Sunday night’s (Sept. 5) Emory Healthcare 500 Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
It was the second Tissot win in the past three races for the No. 14 crew members, whose quick pit stop late in the race helped Stewart capture his first victory of the season.
Stewart’s No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet spent the least amount of time on pit road – 310.802 seconds – during the 325-lap, 500-mile race. Coming in a close second was Martin Truex’s No. 56 NAPA Toyota with a time of 310.939. Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 Lowe’s Chevy was third at 314.168
Power looks for mistake-free race in Japan and Homestead Will Power points to the oval experience of Dario Franchitti, his closest pursuer for the IZOD IndyCar Series championship, as a potential difference-maker.
"He's a very mistake-free, fast driver. And he's very experienced," Power said of Franchitti, who has prevailed in the two series title chases he's been involved in (2007 and '09). "He knows how to win championships. He knows how to win races. I've just got to be a little bit better than that."
Power, who with two races left is contending for his first championship, looked strong on a 1.5-mile oval for the second consecutive week, leading 83 laps in the Kentucky Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway, but lost four positions late in the 200-lap race when the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car got pushed up the track inches from the wall while he was lapping a car.
Rahal team hires Mike Welsh Rahal Letterman Racing still has one important race to go in the 2010 American Le Mans Series season, but today announced a hiring that will go a long way toward ensuring that the Hilliard, Ohio-based team will have many more seasons of racing at the front of the pack.
The 2004 winners of the Indianapolis 500 announced the appointment of long-time Miller Brewing sports marketing executive Mike Welsh as RLR’s new Vice-President of Commercial Development. Welsh will be tasked with identifying and securing potential commercial partners for all of the team’s racing endeavors, including the ALMS program with the BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team as well future open-wheel racing plans.
China passenger car sales up 18% in August Sales of passenger cars in China -- the world's biggest market -- rose 18 percent in August from a year earlier, a report said Tuesday, as government subsidies and price cuts by dealers helped spur demand.
Passenger car sales totaled 1.02 million vehicles in August, said the Shanghai-based China Passenger Car Association, a private research group.
The figures dovetail with those released earlier by a government-affiliated research institute showing sales of all vehicles rose nearly 56 percent in August from a year earlier, to 1.21 million vehicles. That contrasted with a 5 percent decline in August sales in the U.S., according to AutoData Corp.
China's roaring growth in auto sales has slowed in recent months after surging over 60 percent in March: August's 18 percent increase compares with a 16 percent year-on-year increase in July and a 21 percent increase in June, according to the association's figures.
Ferrari set to write off season after Monza (GMM) Ferrari will write off the 2010 season if the team does not secure a good result at Monza.
That is the announcement of the famous Italian marque's F1 boss Stefano Domenicali, referring to Fernando Alonso's 41 point gap to the championship leader with just six races left to run.
"Should Monza go really badly and Red Bull's lead continues to increase, then on Monday we will begin to use all of our staff and resources for the project of next season's car," he is quoted by the sports daily Corriere dello Sport.
F1 experts and pundits, including Bernie Ecclestone and Niki Lauda, have recently played down expectations that Alonso will be able to emulate the role formerly played at Ferrari by Michael Schumacher.
Motorsports This Week on ESPN and ABC NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series Live in Prime Time from Richmond
With final seedings in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup on the line, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races for 400 laps in prime time under the lights at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night, Sept. 11, and ABC will have a live telecast. The NASCAR Countdown pre-race show kicks off the evening at 7 p.m. ET with the race telecast at 7:30 p.m. The race’s green flag is at 7:46 p.m.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series also races under the lights at Richmond this weekend and season-long coverage on the ESPN networks continues. The race airs on ESPN2 beginning with NASCAR Countdown at 7 p.m. on Friday night, Sept. 10, with the race telecast at 7:30 p.m. and the green flag at 7:46 p.m.
Also from Richmond, ESPN2 will be on the air most of the afternoon and early evening with NASCAR Sprint Cup practice at noon and qualifying at 5:30 p.m., and NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying at 4 p.m.
Q&A with Renault drivers ahead of Monza Robert, Monza is an important weekend for you. Do you think of it as a home race?
In a way, it is. Poland is my home country but in go-karts, Formula Renault and Formula 3, I always raced for Italian teams and spent over a year living close to Monza, so this whole area holds good memories for me. Looking at my F1 career, this was also the track where I scored my first podium finish in 2006, so it’s certainly a very special circuit and weekend.
What are the characteristics of the circuit for the drivers?
You have a lot of high-speed sections, like Ascari and Parabolica, plus the low-speed chicanes and it’s difficult to balance these sectors so the car performs well in all of them. It’s the quickest circuit on the calendar, which means we use a very low-downforce, low-drag configuration. In previous years, we tested at Monza the week before the race so we could get used to the feeling of the car, which is much lighter than normal. Now, we don’t have that test, so it becomes a bit of a tricky weekend. The other important factor is good mechanical grip for braking stability into the chicanes, and good traction on the exit.
Crowds for U.S. Nationals remain strong Four days of ideal weather led to record-breaking performances on the racetrack and near-capacity crowds for the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at O'Reilly Raceway Park.
Cooler than normal temperatures and low humidity produced elapsed time and speed records in each of the four professional classes in qualifying. The conditions also helped fill the grandstands each day until Monday, when a few hundred empty seats were evident. Still, the weekend total was easily more than 100,000, a number commensurate with last year and opposite of the trend that saw declines in each of the three major events this year at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
"It looked good every day," track spokesman Scott Smith said. "As everybody is dealing with the economy, to see the grandstands like that, I think we're all very happy." IndyStar.com
Kamui Kobayashi will again line up for Peter Sauber’s team in the FIA Formula One World Championship in 2011. The Japanese driver, who will celebrate his 24th birthday on Monday 13th September, has collected 21 World Championship points so far this season and recorded a best race result of sixth at Silverstone. He has made it into the top ten qualifying on three occasions.
“We enjoy having our rookie as part of the team – both as a driver and a person,” says team principal Peter Sauber. “We never had any doubts about working with him again in 2011.” And Sauber continues: “Kamui has definitely fulfilled our expectations in terms of his speed and fighting spirit. Plus, his work with the engineers and his technical understanding has also developed very well. The experience he has built up over his first full season in Formula One will certainly stand him in good stead for 2011. And our aim is to give him a fast and reliable car from the outset next season.”
Kobayashi stays, sponsor could help de la Rosa keep seat
Ferrari duo to attend team orders hearing by video
Schumacher admits age a factor in comeback struggle
Red Bull to face multiple challengers at Monza - Webber
Alonso confident despite running through engines
No more extreme tire allocations for 2010 (GMM) Bridgestone will not be making any more Hockenheim-like extreme allocations of tire compounds for the rest of the 2010 season.
For the German grand prix in July, and in the interests of the 'show', the Japanese supplier paired its hardest compound (hard) with the softest (super soft) in its range.
But Bridgestone has announced that, for the last four grands prix of the season between Japan and Abu Dhabi, only one compound step - rather than the extreme two steps at Hockenheim - will separate the selected tire allocations.
"Due to the nature of the (four) tracks, there were no further opportunities for a hard/super soft allocation, although we did evaluate this after the lessons learnt (at Hockenheim)," the marque's Hirohide Hamashima said.
Bridgestone offers to help Pirelli Departing F1 tire-supplier Bridgestone has offered to help out Pirelli by way of advice and engineers – as Force India ace Adrian Sutil warned of what would likely be a ‘challenging’ transition year ahead for the Milan-based manufacturer.
Pirelli will rejoin the grand prix grid in 2011 for the first time in precisely two decades, after Bridgestone made the surprise announcement late last year that it would be withdrawing at the end of the 2010 campaign – and now the Japanese marque has pledged to share the wealth of experience that it has gained over the past 14 seasons, should its Italian rival be keen to listen.
Massa and Alonso to skip hearing There was speculation over the weekend that the pair had been summoned to appear in person but the Italian team said on Monday that their drivers would be made available by conference call should they be required. Team principal Stefano Domenicali will attend with Ferrari lawyers.
It would be strange indeed were the drivers not asked for their thoughts since their understanding of what occurred in Germany will be crucial to determining whether Ferrari lose all of, some of, or none of the points they accrued in that race.
The Scuderia were fined $100,000 by stewards on the spot after they were deemed guilty of using coded instructions to order Massa aside and allow Alonso through to win the race, while the matter was also referred to the WMSC for further consideration.
Quote of the Week- Bruton says Busch best NASCAR driver
Even kids recognize Kyle Busch is NASCAR's best driver
"Kyle Busch is one of the greatest race drivers I've ever seen and I think his record proves that. He is the greatest thing going right now. He is the winningest driver [over three series].
"He is more race-able than anybody. He is just the greatest thing that I've seen in a long time. Any time you put Kyle Busch in a car today, in any series, he is the man to beat." Bruton Smith, SMI Chairman and NASCAR's best race promoter
Carbone and Alegra: Undisputed 2010 Champions Carbone put the final touches on a successful 2010 F2000 Championship Series season by taking the overall championship at Mid-Ohio. Carbone amassed six wins in 14 races, controlling the series the entire year in his Alegra Motorsports #23 Van Diemen/Zetec. An opening season victory at VIR was followed by a sweep of Road Atlanta and single victories at Mosport, Lime Rock and Road America, and only a single DNF, which gave the Alegra crew, led by Bob Knox, Andy Greene and Tony Ditto, its first F2000 title.
Carbone’s second F2000 season was a 180 degree turn from the start of his rookie season in 2009. The Brazilian showed up with a rookie team, the now savvy Alegra Motorsports, in the VIR paddock on a chilly April weekend and struggled, failing to finish each race. The following event at Lime Rock took its toll too, with a blown motor and more problems. After his first four F2000 races, Carbone’s best finish was a distant 22nd.
Win five came at Lime Rock after Carbone's only DNF of the year. (click for high-res). (photo: Janice Eakin).
“I showed up at VIR and had very little formula car experience, only half a year of Skip Barber,” said Carbone. “The F2000 car was totally different. I had no testing in it, and I didn’t know the team, and they didn’t know me. I made a lot of rookie mistakes, and then at Lime Rock we had bad luck with a blown motor and a second motor that wouldn’t start. I was pretty frustrated at that point to say the least and realized that I needed to use the rest of the year to learn more about these cars for 2010.”
Tilke promises more exciting tracks Formula 1 fans have been promised track designs that will be more on the 'edge' in the future in a bid to help promote better racing and more excitement. With a host of new countries getting added to the grand prix calendar in the next few years, F1 track designer Hermann Tilke has revealed to AUTOSPORT that Bernie Ecclestone has given him the green light to be more adventurous.
"I have discussed a lot of things, and a lot of good ideas come from Bernie Ecclestone," said Tilke, whose designs for the new Austin track in the United States were revealed last week.
"He has a good view on it. Now, we are going much more to the edge than we have some years before - in terms of elevation and the types of corner we have."
Renault owner Lopez says F1 costs 'more than expected' (GMM) Formula one costs more than expected, according to Renault's new majority team owner Gerard Lopez.
He heads the Luxembourg based investment firm Genii Capital, who amid the crashgate scandal and car sales crisis last year bought most of the Enstone based team from carmaker Renault SA.
But while the team has performed better than expected with its new structure in 2010, it emerged recently that Renault F1 had applied to Bernie Ecclestone for an advance of its commercial revenue due to cash flow issues.
"From a commercial point of view, things are going well," Lopez is quoted as saying in the Italian language Autosprint.
Paul di Resta leads Mercedes 1-2 at Brands Hatch Paul di Resta was dominant in DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters) practice and qualifying yesterday, and he followed that up with a clear-cut victory today at Brands Hatch with a 7.443-second victory over his Mercedes teammate Bruno Spengler.
It was di Resta's first victory in 2010, but the sixth in seven races for Mercedes, as the Stuttgart marque appears to have thoroughly conquered their competition, Audi, for this season.
"I was able to control the race from the beginning and our team did a great job; thank you for that to everybody," the Scot said after the race. "We have now found a good rhythm and this is how we want to continue in the upcoming races."
Dixon Top Qualifier at U.S. Nationals Larry Dixon earned his sixth Top Fuel pole position of the season at the U.S. Nationals on Sunday at O’Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis in preparation for the first event of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series’ Countdown to the Championship playoffs. Dixon registered the quickest run ever in U.S. Nationals history with a blistering 3.776-second pass on Saturday night and that time was strong enough to hold up through Sunday’s two qualifying runs.
Dean Stoneman took a massive stride towards winning the 2010 Formula Two championship by claiming his second win of the weekend in Oschersleben.
Starting from pole, Stoneman held his lead through the opening corners and looked assured throughout the 23-lap contest. His sixth win of the season sees him move 31 points clear of title rival Jolyon Palmer - who could only finish 12th - with just two rounds remaining.
"Obviously I've moved a lot closer to the title," Stoneman enthused after the race. "I've got a 31 point lead, so that's good for us because I've got a race in hand. All I've got to do now is keep it consistent, finish the next two races in Valencia and hopefully I can win the championship!"
Pedrosa leads Stoner and the rest of the MotoGP field
Dani Pedrosa rode a flawless race today to take his second MotoGP win in as many weekends and claim the first back-to-back victories of his MotoGP career. The Repsol Honda rider led for all 28 laps of the San Marino Grand Prix at Misano, recording his fourth win of 2010 and the twelfth of his MotoGP career. His team-mate Andrea Dovizioso put on a fighting performance today, moving from eighth on the grid to challenge Valentino Rossi for much of the race for the last spot on the podium, eventually finishing fourth.
The racing at Misano today was overshadowed however by the death of Japanese rider Shoya Tomizawa following an accident in the Moto2 race. Coming after the fatality of Peter Lenz in a support race at last weekend’s Indianapolis Grand Prix, both Repsol Honda riders were deeply saddened by today’s events.
Korean circuit to host big F3 race Seoul, South Korea - As the Korea International Circuit (KIC) completes final preparations for October’s 2010 FORMULA 1 KOREAN GRAND PRIX, Asia’s newest race track has announced it will also host the international Korea Formula 3 Superprix on November 26-28 this year.
As a grand finale to the 2010 Formula 3 season, the world’s leading drivers in the category will travel to Korea following the FIA Formula 3 Intercontinental Cup at the Macau Grand Prix.
Commented Korea Auto Valley Operation (KAVO) Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Yung Cho Chung:
Final Chase Spot Still Up For Grabs Coming into Sunday night's Sprint Cup race at Atlanta, the 12th and final qualifying spot for the Chase for the NASCARSprint Cup is still up for grabs. Clint Bowyer holds the spot by 100 points over Jamie McMurray and Mark Martin, with Ryan Newman (118 points back) also barely in contention. Bowyer would need to earn at least 96 points to stay ahead of 13th.
F1 and IndyCar set to copy Champ Car The more things change the more they stay the same. CART/Champ Car had it right all along and now, after destroying them, the IRL and F1 are set to copy them with turbo engines and more underbody ground effects. The sport was set back 20 years to now finally get back to where CART was 20 years ago.
Formula One looks set for a return to turbo engines and ground effect cars for the 2013 Championship.
With F1 looking to become more environmentally friendly and keep costs to a minimum, the sport has put together several Working Groups to look at various ways that F1 could achieve those aims.
According to Autosport, one idea being discussed is the use of a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo engine that would be handed a power boost through Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS).
Nineteen-year-old Japanese Moto2 rider Shoya Tomizawa has died after a crash during Sunday’s San Marino Grand Prix, the second death in the sport in two events. Doctor Claudio Costa, part of the motorcycling world championship’s medical team, told reporters the news.
Riders in the premier MotoGP class were also informed after their race, won by Dani Pedrosa.
“I found out now, when things like this happen nothing else matters,” world champion Valentino Rossi told Mediaset television. “He was a lovely guy, it was a horrible accident.”
Suter’s Tomizawa was travelling at full speed when he fell off before a corner and was hit violently by the bikes of Alex De Angelis and Scott Redding, who both also tumbled but looked relatively unhurt.
Bruton Smith lobbies for IndyCar finaleUPDATE The Izod IndyCar Series will announce a 16-race 2011 schedule later this week with a season-ending event -- likely at Las Vegas Motor Speedway -- still to be finalized. Reached by telephone in England prior to the Kentucky Indy 300, IndyCar boss Randy Bernard said meetings with sponsorship groups in Las Vegas will be held later this month. If a deal to race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway can't be reached, IndyCar will race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.
"We'll have 17 races," Bernard said.
Bruton Smith, who owns the Las Vegas, Kentucky and Texas tracks, among others, said he "certainly anticipates" having the final two races of the season.
This race at Kentucky Speedway will be Oct. 2, a daytime event.
"I'd be extremely disappointed if that didn't happen," he said. Indy Star
09/04/10 Always the promoter, Speedway Motorsports Inc. chairman of the board O. Bruton Smith glanced at his watch upon entering the Kentucky Speedway media center and opened the news conference with a rhetorical remark: “What time is it in Las Vegas right now? Let’s see, it’s about 1:30 in the afternoon.”
He amused himself, and set the tone for the next 15 minutes.
“I’m certainly looking forward to the final race for IndyCar being in Vegas,” Smith continued before the Kentucky Indy 300. “I’m anxiously anticipating and certainly think that will happen. It’s good for Speedway Motorsports and good for IndyCar to have the final race of the year in Las Vegas, baby.”
Smith blasts NASCAR for ending season at Homestead Speedway Motorsports Inc. owner Bruton Smith mocked the France family for ending the NASCAR season in 3rd world Homestead, Florida because it is one of their family owned tracks. Yes, ISC owns it officially, but the France family owns most of the shares.
Smith likened Homestead Miami Speedway to "North Cuba," arguing it is not the "proper place" for the Sprint Cup series to end the Chase for the championship.
The longtime track owner says he'd prefer NASCAR to run its final Cup race at SMI-owned Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Smith said he expects IndyCar to end the 2011 season at the 1.5-mile oval next October.
Woman beats all the men in Kentucky Pippa Mann did everything right to win her first Firestone Indy Lights race. J.K. Vernay did just about everything right during the season – and just enough in the Drive Smart. Buckle Up Kentucky 100 – to virtually wrap up the series championship.
Mann, the pole sitter, jumped to a large lead after a Lap 5 restart and cruised to the victory on the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway. She’s the second female (Ana Beatriz at Nashville and Iowa) to win in Firestone Indy Lights.
“This weekend, we started out right and got it in qualifying and took it in the race,” said Mann, whose previous high finish was second a week earlier at Chicagoland Speedway. “I said my game plan was to run away and hide, but realistically I didn’t think it would happen. I am so pleased and my team gave me an awesome car.
Herta Statement Regarding Driver Change for Kentucky Race Daniel Herrington, driver and race winner in the 2009 Firestone Indy Lights Series for Bryan Herta Autosport, will take over driving duties of the #29 William Rast entry from Sebastian Saavedra for today’s Drive Smart. Buckle-Up Kentucky 100 at Kentucky Speedway.
“Sebastian Saavedra’s father informed me last night that Sebastian has decided not to participate in today’s race,” said Herta. “This turn of events has come to me, our sponsor and our entire race team as quite a surprise. Needless to say I am deeply disappointed. We greatly appreciate and admire Daniel’s willingness to step into our #29 William Rast Indy Lights entry on extremely short notice.”
Scarallo Competes in Team USA Shootout F2000’s Jonathan Scarallo competed in the Team USA Scholarship shootout in Arizona yesterday. The young driver is coming off a huge first-career F2000 victory at Road America and was one of the handful of drivers handpicked by Jeremy Shaw to compete in the shootout to ultimately represent the United States in the end-of-year Formula Ford events in England. “It was a great experience and just to be nominated is such an honor,” said Scarallo, who missed F2000 practice and testing at Mid-Ohio, but will strap into the car for qualifying. “It was terrific just to be a part of it and I learned a lot which will translate into knowledge for the rest of my career.
“We started the day off in Corvettes and then after a lunch break where we were interviewed one-on-one by the judges, we got into Formula Mazdas for some sessions, and that was certainly a pretty cool car.”
Scarallo, an 18-year old from New York in his first year of college, came out of the Bertil Roos F2000 Series, where he dominated in 2008. After taking that championship, he moved up the ladder to the F2000 Championship Series with Group A Racing, owned by his family, in 2009.
It was a rocky year for the rookie, highlighted by a fourth place qualifying effort at Watkins Glen and a strong run at Lime Rock, but a dark cloud following Scarallo in 2009 left him with odd mechanical issues most of the year.
“There was a bunch to learn being a rookie driver moving from a school series to a pro series, and with the family team, we were also learning how to manage that,” continued Scarallo. “We had a bunch of things happen that were just pure bad luck. However, it taught me how to put those bad situations behind me and have a clear head for the next session. Everything I learned last year I have used to my advantage this year with R-Sport.”
For 2010 he decided to return to the F2000 field, moving over to the R-Sport team. While Scarallo quickly moved up the time sheets with each weekend, more odd luck followed despite a second place finish at Road Atlanta. But the stars finally aligned perfectly in Wisconsin. Scarallo was fast at Road America all weekend, taking the first pole of his career before a thrilling victory involving a four-way drafting battle for the lead in an all green race.
“This season has been up and down. The R-Sport guys are doing a great job prepping the car and we’ve been consistently fast, but we’ve had some bad luck. Finally, though, nothing weird happened at Road America and we took a win.”
Scarallo comes from a family of racing as older brother Joey has a racing resume that includes everything from F2000 to Indy Lights, with a lot of Trans Am, World Challenge and Nationwide mixed in.
Stoneman delivers wet masterclass in race one Dean Stoneman claimed his fifth victory of the season - and the overall points lead - with a masterful drive in wet conditions at Oschersleben.
In what was F2's first wet race of the year, Stoneman made an astounding start from fifth on the grid to move into the lead by the first corner. Kazim Vasiliauskas followed him through in second, while polesitter Sergey Afanasiev suffered from wheelspin in the treacherous conditions and dropped two places to third.
With the spray from each car limiting visibility, Stoneman took full advantage of running at the front to open a three second lead by the end of lap two. From there he never looked back, gradually stretching his lead over the remainder of the race to eventually claim the checkered flag more than 15 seconds clear of Kazim Vasiliauskas in second.
Conquest Racing signs Roger Yasukawa For a second year in a row Conquest Racing will be fielding a hometown favorite at the Indy Japan 300 with Japanese racer Roger Yasukawa signing on to drive the #36 car at Twin Ring Motegi.
Yasukawa who started competing in the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2003 will be competing in his sixth Indy Japan race at the 1.5-mile oval and his first with Conquest Racing.
"I am really excited to be back in the car for the Indy Japan 300 race in a couple of weeks,” expressed Yasukawa. “I always enjoy being able to race in front of my family, friends, and fans in Japan, and would like to thank Conquest Racing, CWE, and VIDA for this opportunity.
Work still to be done at Korea's F1 track - Chandhok
(GMM) Karun Chandhok lapped Korea's new formula one track on Saturday, admitting the venue "needs a bit more work".
Speculation that the Yeongam circuit will not be ready for its October debut has been rampant, but the Indian driver sounded confident the F1 world will descend on the site as scheduled for the championship's round 17.
"The garages and team buildings look pretty much finished", an excerpt of a statement issued by Red Bull quotes Chandhok as saying.
The 26-year-old completed 14 laps of the layout in last year's Red Bull car.
"The track itself needs a bit more work on the asphalt and the curbs, but the organizers think it's all within their time-lines and are confident that it will be ready on time."
Franchitti calls Power reckless, drivers airborne The top two finishers in last week's race at Chicagoland Speedway took exception with Will Power's driving. Too aggressive, they said. Dan Wheldon sought him out Friday morning. Dario Franchitti took out his frustrations in media interviews, putting the series leader in the category of "stupid stuff" that happened.
"There are people you can trust and people you absolutely cannot trust," the two-time series champion said. "You learn that pretty quickly."
Power became agitated when told of Franchitti's comments.
"I was racing like all the other maniacs out there," he said. "That's the situation we're in.''
On another topic, all the drivers have spoken of the bumps on this oval. Justin Wilson said the worst is between turn four and the start/finish line. "There was actually air under the tires when I hit it," he said. IndyStar.com
Red Bull Racing’s Formula One car completed 14 laps of the all-new Korean Grand Prix circuit today, as part of an event called ‘Circuit Run 2010’.
Four thousand spectators travelled to the new track for the event, which included an F1 car driving round the circuit for the first time. The event also included demonstration laps by a Formula BMW and some Korean touring cars.
Former Red Bull Junior Team member Karun Chandhok drove the Red Bull Racing car, as the team‘s regular drivers were unavailable due to other commitments. “It’s a really interesting layout”, Karun said after the run. “The track’s got a good mix of corners and I think we’ll see a lot of overtaking in the first sector – there are long straights into slow hairpins. The straight after turn one and two is really long, so we may see some good slip streaming there, like in Shanghai. From turn seven onwards, there’s a fast section of flowing corners all the way back to the start-finish line – so I think the Red Bull Racing guys will be happy in sectors two and three. It’s an interesting layout.
2010 Kentucky race data announced Confirming the rumor we had on our rumors page about this, the annual IZOD IndyCar Series race at Kentucky Speedway will move from Labor Day weekend next year but remain paired with NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series.
Kentucky Speedway general manager Mark Simendinger said Friday the IndyCar race will be held Oct. 2, 2011, a day after the truck series races at the track. The complete 2011 IndyCar schedule will be announced Friday.
Will Hellmund's racists comment in this politically correct world cause him to lose government funding for his project? In some states it would probably already be cancelled and F1 dealt another blow in the USA.
Austin Formula 1 promoter Tavo Hellmund is apologizing for a comment he made at the beginning of a television interview Wednesday, September 1.
"While I was preparing for an interview yesterday, I said something I shouldn't have during a microphone check. Anyone who knows me knows this is not who I am. I'd like to extend a sincere apology to anyone who may have been offended."
Hellmund, 40, provided the response in reference to an interview with several Austin television news stations; KXAN reporter Josh Hinkle started the interview by asking Hellmund to confirm his name:
KXAN Reporter: "Just for the record, go ahead and say your name." Tavo Hellmund: "Uh, Kunta Kinte." (unknown laughter) KXAN Reporter: "Just for a mic check." News 8 Reporter: "Did you just say that?" Full Throttle Spokesperson: "No, he didn't." Unknown Reporter or Photographer: "Yes, he did Mr. PR man. We heard it." KXAN Reporter: Alright, so what's this new track like? Can you explain to us the design"
Hunter-Reay cleared to drive Ryan Hunter-Reay was checked and released from the Kentucky Speedway Infield Care Center after he crashed on Friday. He is cleared to drive. Dr. Michael Olinger, IRL Medical director
RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 37 Team IZOD): "We were just being way too aggressive on trying to get the car as free and as neutral as possible in qualifying. Just trying to qualify up a little higher. The track gripped up, definitely got looser. So when we went out, combined with the changes we made, it was too loose. It gave me a little warning sign there in Turns 3 and 4. It kind of got a little loose and then coming out of Turn 1, it did a big wiggle and I couldn't get it back."
Impact Racing settles lawsuit Motorsports safety pioneer Bill Simpson can continue to sell his Impact Racing products in the NASCAR garage as he has settled claims by the SFI Foundation over the alleged use of counterfeit labels designating that Impact firesuits had met SFI specifications. SFI had sued Impact in federal court in Indiana over the claims, but SFI and Impact sent out a joint news release Friday saying they had come to a settlement.
“SFI Foundation and Impact Racing are pleased to announce they have resolved their differences,” the release stated. “Impact will remain a participant in the SFI programs in exchange for certain consideration and under revised contracts. The parties look forward to a constructive working relationship to benefit the racing industry and to promote the safety of its participants.
DTM: Audi dominates Friday practice Mattias Ekstrom led an Audi lockout of the top five places in the first DTM free practice session of the weekend at Brands Hatch. Ekstrom, who is Audi’s highest-placed driver in the championship heading into this weekend, edged reigning champion Timo Scheider by just 0.061 seconds.
The two Abt Sportsline drivers moved to the top of the timesheets during a flurry of activity in the middle of the session, with most of the headline times coming from Audis.
The manufacturer will be keen to reverse its recent poor form in relation to Mercedes this weekend, which might explain the bigger push from A4 drivers in comparison to their C-class rivals. Ekstrom also completed the most laps of anyone in the 90-minute session.
Massa cheated in SpaUPDATE #2 Ferrari driver Felipe Massa will not be sanctioned for his jumped start at the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix, but the ruling body, the FIA, said on Friday it will make sure such incidents won't go unnoticed in the future.
An FIA spokeswoman said that Massa's fourth-place finish from Sunday's race a Spa-Francorchamps will stand because the result was final.
Videos circulating on the internet (and now withdrawn for rights reasons) appeared to indicate that Massa was closer to the start line than his supposed place after the warm-up lap.
TV commentator Martin Brundle said at the time that Massa was "two meters in front of his start line".
Pippa Mann wins 2nd Lights pole On tracks where it's 100% car, Pippa Mann's positive run on ovals continued in Sunoco Pole Qualifying for the Buckle Up. Drive Smart Kentucky 100 at Kentucky Speedway as the Sam Schmidt Motorsports driver earned her second pole start of the season.
Mann recorded a two-lap average of 190.474 mph (55.9447 seconds) to vault Martin Plowman (190.309 mph) and become the third female to start on the pole at Kentucky Speedway (Sarah Fisher in 2002 and Danica Patrick in 2005 in the IZOD IndyCar Series).
Mann finished a career-best second Aug. 28 in the Chicagoland 100 on that 1.5-mile oval. She also started from the pole this season at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Firestone Freedom 100.
(L to R) Nicola De Marco, Sergey Afanasiev and Kazim Vasiliauskas celebrate in parc ferme
Sergey Afanasiev clinched his maiden Formula Two pole with a superb late effort in first qualifying at Oschersleben.
The Russian, who has started on the front row at Monza and Brands Hatch already this season, secured his first pole in the final two minutes of the session - edging out Lithuania's Kazim Vasiliauskas by just over eight hundredths of a second.
Vasiliauskas had previously looked comfortable in the top spot, but was unable to respond to Afanasiev and will start alongside the Russian in second - matching his best qualifying performance of the year at Zolder.
Honda riders 1-2 in opening practice Repsol Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso finished in first and second places at Misano today as the first MotoGP practice session for the San Marino Grand Prix took place in warm sunshine. Fresh from his victory in Indianapolis only five days ago, Pedrosa picked up where he left off and topped the timesheets for most of the session this afternoon.
Improving with every exit from the pits, the 24-year-old Spaniard’s fastest lap time was an impressive 0.612s quicker than the rest of the field - a hefty margin which sent an ominous sign to his rivals for victory this weekend. Looking fully committed from the outset, Pedrosa was the only rider to go under 1m 35s today and set four laps that were quicker than any of his rivals. Pedrosa’s fastest lap of 1m 34.772s was only fractions behind the race lap record from last year of 1m 34.746s, set by Valentino Rossi.
Q&A with Colin Kolles Hispania team boss Colin Kolles shares his thoughts on the team's improvements, their financial situation and their goals for the Championship.
Q: The team has improved a lot from the first race in Bahrain until today... CK: Yes, the team is becoming more and more one unit and we are making progress.
Q: The Belgium race was the 13th of the season. What can you say about the performance of your drivers? CK: I think that both drivers are doing a good job. We had the best qualifying result in Spa so far and Sakon's lap times were at the same level as Kovalainen's and Glock's in the race. I think there is no reason to make any changes so far.
Formula One executives to gather at Leaders The Leaders event is to host a “behind closed doors” session for directors from teams, sponsors and broadcasters involved in Formula One.
The gathering will take place on October 6 as part of the event that runs separate conferences for the football, sponsorship and performance industries.
Some of the guests already confirmed are Sheikh Salman, CEO, Bahrain International Circuit; Simone Perillo, secretary general, Formula One Teams Association; Rob Montague, CEO, F1 Rocks; Derk Saur, chairman, Moscow City Racing; and Ishmael Pena Munoz, chief director, La Sexta News and Sports.
NASCAR penalizes team owner NASCAR penalized Johnny Davis, owner of the No. 01 car in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, for a violation following Sunday's race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. Davis was fined $5,000 and placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31 for actions detrimental to stock car racing/involved in an altercation on pit road after the completion of the race.
Ambrose Voted Best V8 Supercar Driver Ever As a part of V8X magazines 10-year celebration, motorsports journalists have rated NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Marcos Ambrose as the best V8 Supercar driver ever. "It's just an honor to receive this kind of recognition," Ambrose humbly stated. "I really want to thank V8X magazine and the motorsport journalists who voted for me. I love the V8 Supercar Series and I have so many fond memories. I'm proud to have been able to be a part of its history." The magazine states that journalists were polled on 'who was - or is - the best driver in the sport' and 'who they thought laid it all on the line'. Ambrose's V8 Supercar stats are impressive. He has 28 race wins to his credit along with 18 pole positions and the Barry Sheene Medal in his Championship winning years of 2003 and 2004. Ambrose, branded the 'Devil Racer', bid farewell to the V8 Supercar Series in 2005 to go across the pond and pursue a career in NASCAR. JTG Daugherty Racing
Robby Gordon to run off-road race this weekend Robby Gordon is scheduled to run in the Traxxas TORC Series race at Crandon Off Road International Raceway, running in the PRO 2WD class. Gordon raced in the World Championship race last year. After starting on the pole, he led several laps and was poised for the win, but a late-race incident took him out of contention. He finished with style, however, after getting hit near the AMSOIL Finish Line, crossing the stripe in reverse. "I am looking forward to competing this weekend for the second year in a row at Crandon," said Gordon, who nearly won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race this past weekend in Montreal. "In 2009, we qualified on the pole and finished sixth bouncing back and forth between Atlanta and Crandon. In 2010, I am excited to bring the Speed Factory and Polaris PRO 2 to compete for the entire race weekend activities. Crandon is place that I love to come to race as the track is wide and fast and provides plenty of opportunity for exciting racing." This weekend, champions in all the PRO and Sportsman divisions will be crowned and race fans can see it live via online streaming and information about the series/schedule at TORCSeries.com. TORC PR
75 miles Bumper-to-bumper as epic China traffic jam returns
Vehicles grind through Beijing's central business district.
A huge traffic jam stretching at least 120 kilometers (75 miles) reappeared in northern China Thursday, with thousands of cargo trucks stuck in a bottleneck, state media said.
State television broadcast images of a long line of mostly cargo trucks inching slowly through Inner Mongolia on a major highway leading toward Beijing that has come to symbolize China's serious traffic problem.
"You could say the highway has become a big parking lot," a CCTV reporter at the scene said, estimating the number of vehicles stuck in the congestion at more than 10,000.
However, CCTV later said the congestion began to clear in the afternoon.
Beginning of a new era for Audi The 1000-kilometer race at Silverstone, Great Britain on September 12 marks the beginning of a new era for Audi and the sports car scene: for the first time since 1992, there will be a worldwide racing series for Le Mans prototypes again. Audi Sport Team Joest will contest the series with two R15 TDI cars.
Silverstone, Road Atlanta, Zhuhai - three races in three different continents at the end of the 2010 sports car season will give sports car fans a foretaste of the year 2011. Next year, a total of seven endurance races are planned for the so called "Intercontinental Le Mans Cup" (ILMC).
47 vehicles have been entered in the ILMC inaugural race at Silverstone, as many as twelve of them in the top class, LMP1, whose "king" has traditionally been the winner. This year it was the Audi R15 TDI which is powered by a V10 TDI engine delivering about 440 kW and - as is typical for Audi - features numerous innovative technical details.
In June the outstanding reliability of the R15 TDI in the fastest 24-hour race in history was crucial. "In the shorter ILMC races we mustn’t just rely on this factor," says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. "The performance has got to be right."
Sunday on Wind Tunnel Wind Tunnel will be up against the CUP race at Atlanta this Sunday night.
Featured Interview “TV Tommy” Ivo (Former NHRA Drag Racing Star)
Known for creating some of the most iconic drag racing cars in NHRA history, former actor and drag racing star, “TV Tommy” Ivo, will be a featured interview on Wind Tunnel this Sunday September 5th. Ivo was one of the first ‘showmen’ in the sport, making a point to entertain drag racing fans all over the country with innovative and crazy looking cars and he even built a glass-encased hauler in which he transported his cars for all to see.
We’ll reminisce with Tommy about his career and get his thoughts on today’s NHRA.
Small F1 teams confirm opposition to in-season testing (GMM) Bosses of the smaller formula one teams have confirmed they are unlikely to agree to relax the in-season testing ban for 2011.
McLaren and FOTA boss Martin Whitmarsh said this week that while the amount of winter running will be increased to six full tests, the smaller teams are happy with the total lack of in-season testing.
"I personally would like to see more testing but I am respectful of the fact that there are teams still hurting," he said.
Germany's Auto Motor und Sport said a relaxation of the ban was discussed at a meeting last weekend at Spa-Francorchamps, but the small teams are refusing to comply with the wishes of their more powerful rivals.
"Everyone's in the same boat," said Force India's chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer.
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