FIA President Jean Todt To Run For Re-Election There "will be a fight for the presidency of the FIA" after Jean Todt "declared that he will stand for a second term," according to Kevin Eason of the LONDON TIMES. There "had been widespread speculation that Todt would back away from an election contest with David Ward, the former right-hand man of Max Mosley, the Frenchman’s controversial predecessor."
He said that "he had waited before declaring he would run until the formal nominations process got under way." Todt: "There is no speculation. I will go for it. All our community knows and I have a lot of support and we have started something." LONDON TIMES
Hargrove Pads Points Lead with Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Victory
Canadian Scott Hargrove strengthened his lead in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda this morning by virtue of a commanding victory in the Allied Building Products Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Since teammate and closest title rival Neil Alberico could manage no better than fourth place in today’s 12th round of the championship, Hargrove now holds a healthy 44-point advantage with only two races remaining at Reliant Park in Houston, Texas, on October 5/6.
Hargrove and Alberico also secured a second successive Team Championship for Florida-based Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing this weekend.
Daly Taken Out in First Corner Crash "All it takes is one idiot to ruin a championship fight. And today that idiot revealed himself by pile driving himself into everyone at T1," said Conor Daly after a first corner crash that eliminated him from race one of the GP3 Championship in Monza, Italy this afternoon.
After qualifying seventh, Daly made a storming getaway and was fourth turning into turn one. Meanwhile, Dino Zamparelli suffered major brain fade when he misjudged his braking and came down the grass and T-boned the front of the field. It was a chaotic few seconds with drivers attempting to survive the carnage and when the dust settled Daly was in second place, however his car was terminally damaged. Zamparelli first hit his teammate, long time championship leader, Tio Ellinas, and then hit Daly and broke his right front wing end plate. The wing end plate sliced into the front right tire as he exited the first chicane and his day ended in a cloud of tire smoke as he attempted to brake for the 2nd chicane.
Waltrip says parking Rodney Childers was a business decision It wasn't personal. It was strictly business. After crew chief Rodney Childers confirmed two weeks ago he was leaving Michael Waltrip Racing for Stewart-Haas next year, team owner Michael opted to relieve Childers of his duties on the #55 Toyota driven by Brian Vickers, rather than allowing him to finish out the season.
"Rodney and I are buddies, and he has been a tremendous asset at Michael Waltrip Racing, but we are going to have meetings and build cars and put processes in place that we think will help us win a championship in 2014," Waltrip told the NASCAR Wire Service on Friday at Richmond International Raceway.
From left, Alexander Rossi (EQ8 Caterham Racing), Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (Hilmer Motorsport), Julian Leal (Racing Engineering)
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs gave his rivals a driving lesson with a mature, aggressive drive to lead from lights to flag in changing conditions at this morning’s sprint race in Monza, dictating terms all race long to win by almost two seconds from Alexander Rossi and Julian Leal.
The win was set up at the start when poleman Rossi had a poor getaway, leaving the road clear for his fellow front row starter Quaife-Hobbs to easily lead into the chicane. James Calado stalled from P3, tightening the track for his rivals, while Sam Bird made a strong start to get alongside Stephane Richelmi: the pair touched in the corner with the Brit skittering over the curbs and the Monegasque breaking his front wing, leaving the track clear for Leal to push through, with Rossi sitting behind the slowed pair.
British star Jack Harvey romped home to victory at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza after making a great start from P2 and held off the challenge of MW Arden’s Daniil Kvyat and Bamboo Engineering’s Lewis Williamson in an action-packed Race 2. The GP3 title fight is going too the wire after the gap between the top two has closed dramatically, with many other drivers still in contention.
It all happened at the start and it was Jenzer Motorsport’s Patric Niederhauser who had reverse pole. The Swiss driver crept forward just before the lights went out and unfortunately stalled on the grid. His teammate Alex Fontana ran into the back of him, which thus put them both out of the race.
Dino Zamparelli barred from race Dino Zamparelli has been suspended from the second Monza GP3 race for triggering the race one pileup that took out his title-chasing teammate Tio Ellinas.
The two Marussia-affiliated Manor cars collided when Zamparelli, who had qualified 11th, slewed across the grass approaching the first chicane at the start and collected his team-mate, who started third.
The chain reaction chaos that ensued delayed several other cars, with Carlos Sainz Jr. spun to the back and both Conor Daly and Robert Visoiu forced to retire.
Ferrari admit defeat as Fernando Alonso loses his temper (Update)UPDATE As Lewis Hamilton qualified only 12th for today's Italian Grand Prix after admitting that he drove "like an idiot", and the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber crushed their opposition, the pressure on Ferrari ramped up even further as Fernando Alonso angrily declaimed his team after managing only fifth place on the grid for the race he must win if he is to stay in the world championship hunt.
Not only was he out-qualified by teammate Felipe Massa after some slipstreaming tactics went awry, but both were upstaged by Nico Hulkenberg – in a Ferrari-engined Sauber – who qualified third.
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Perfection: four points for pole, a lights to flag victory and two bonus points for fastest lap, does it get any better for MW Arden’s Daniil Kvyat? It does when the Russian ace moves into P2 in the Drivers’ Standings with three races to go. Carlin’s Nick Yelloly finished in second with Series leader Facu Regalia (ART Grand Prix) in third.
Kvyat made a clear getaway from P1, with Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) moving into second before Turn 1. Dino Zamparelli from P11 on the grid braked late and made contact with his teammate Ellinas going into the first corner. The Cypriot’s car tagged the back of Carlos Sainz’ MW Arden as a result, sending the Spaniard into the spin, whilst Conor Daly (ART Grand Prix) and Robert Visoiu were also caught up in the action. Damage caused to Series contenders’ Ellinas and Daly put them both out of the race, the same for Visoiu.
Fabio Leimer has grabbed his third feature race win of the season with a storming drive in scorching conditions this afternoon in Monza, stealing a march at the start to lead his rivals all race long, apart from the pitstop window, for victory ahead of Sam Bird and Tom Dillmann and, with it, the championship lead.
When the lights went out Bird made a decent start from pole but Leimer made a better one next to him, slicing inside the Briton at the first chicane and tearing away, with a fast starting Marcus Ericsson and Jolyon Palmer just holding off an incredible start from Jake Rosenzweig, who blew past Stefano Coletti and Dillmann into the chicane.
Wolff begins to sell Williams stake (GMM) Toto Wolff on Saturday revealed he has begun to sell his shares in the Williams team.
Ever since the Austrian bought into Mercedes and became the German team's executive director, he has said he will move to avoid the conflict of interest and find a safe pair of hands to take control of his 15 per cent Williams share.
Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel turned the fastest lap in the third and final F1 practice session for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza with a lap of 1m24.360s. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was less that 3/10ths of a second behind at 1m24.643s.
Mark Webber was third with a time of 1m24.677s and he is third with Lewis Hamilton on a late run to fourth, Sergio Perez fifth for McLaren, Daniel Ricciardo sixth for Toro Rosso and Felipe Massa in seventh spot in the second Ferrari.
Kvyat flies to maiden GP3 pole in Monza MW Arden’s Daniil Kvyat set a lap time of 1:36.933 to achieve his debut pole in the category and finish over half a second quicker over his nearest rival, teammate Robert Visoiu. The Romanian driver will join Kvyat on the front row in his best qualifying of the season with title contender Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) heading the second row in P3. Kvyat’s flier was over seven seconds faster than the 2012 pole time set with the previous generation car.
The 30 minute session was filled with anticipation with four vital points up for grabs in the chase for the elusive GP3 crown. Another hot day greeted the 27 drivers as they lined up, eager to be in contention for pole position. Carlos Sainz and Lewis Williamson led the way with the Spaniard first to lap in the 1m37’s early on.
Late pass gives Brad Keselowski victory in 1,000th Nationwide race
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You can call Brad Keselowski the heartbreaker.
Unlike the antagonist in the Rolling Stones’ hit song by that name, Keselowski broke Brian Scott’s heart with a 22--his No. 22 Ford Mustang, to be precise.
Grabbing the lead for the first time after a restart on Lap 240, Keselowski subsequently survived a seventh caution and a final restart to beat Scott, the pole winner, to the finish line by 1.946 seconds in Friday night’s Virginia 529 College Savings 250, the 1,000th race in NASCAR Nationwide Series history.
IndyCar Baltimore TV Ratings (2nd Update)UPDATE #2 It's a minor correction, the ALMS broadcast was on ABC on Sunday, tape-delayed. It aired at different times in different parts of the country, presumably, "in pattern." On the West Coast that means there was some overlap between the ALMS replay and the live IndyCar telecast.
09/06/13 It's clear the size of IndyCar's die-hard fan base is just around 350,000 - because only the die-hards will tune in to the pre and post race shows in similar numbers as the race itself - as shown below. And only the die-hards will find the race on the obscure NBC Sports Network. We wonder if this was Tony George's "vision" when he created the IRL, split the sport and killed it. NASCAR's core fan base is around 5 million and F1's around 50 million worldwide.
09/06/13 Below are the TV ratings for this year's Baltimore Grand Prix. Note the ALMS rating and viewers dwarf that of IndyCar as NBC Sports Network remains the noose around IndyCar's neck. If the IndyCar race had been on ABC they too would have had over 1 million viewers.
Lotus scraps new chassis for Monza Lotus will not use its long-wheelbase car for the remainder of the Monza weekend, with the risk of running a new design outweighing potential performance gains.
Kimi Räikkönen tested the chassis during Friday practice, posting an identical time to team-mate Romain Grosjean in the normal E21. The Finn later said "it doesn't feel much different" and that a decision over its continued use would be data-based.
With issues a possibility as the weekend develops, the Enstone-based team has opted against racing it and will instead look towards trialing it again at future races.
IndyCar gives Dixon a slap on the wrist. Why bother? INDYCAR officials have fined IZOD IndyCar Series driver Scott Dixon $30,000 and placed him on probation through Dec. 31 for comments made following the Sept. 1 Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT.
Dixon violated Rules 18.104.22.168 and 9.3.7 when he made disparaging remarks toward INDYCAR officials and other competitors after the race.
22.214.171.124. Using improper, profane or disparaging language or gestures in reference to Officials, Members or action or situations connected with INDYCAR, the IZOD IndyCar Series, or any Event.
Kvyat sets the pace in Free GP3 Practice at Monza Russian Daniil Kvyat topped the timings in the official Free Practice for Round 7 of the 2013 GP3 Series season in Monza, Italy with a laptime of 1:37.715. MW Arden team mate Carlos Sainz was next along in P2, ahead of Carlin’s Alexander Sims.
The session opened up with high track temperatures of 37 degrees as the 27 drivers ventured around the Autodromo Nazionale Monza. First out onto the circuit was Sainz, Robert Visoiu and David Fumanelli. Trident’s Fumanelli was first to lap in the 1m39’s before Kvyat, Kevin Korjus and Conor Daly bettered the Italian’s time.
AR1's Brian Carroccio on This Week's More Front Wing Podcast AutoRacing1.com IndyCar Columnist Brian Carroccio was a guest on this week's More Front Wing Podcast with Paul Dalbey and Steph Wallcraft. Brian talks about the future of his hometown race in Baltimore, the possibility of an IMS road course race, the recent controversy surrounding race control and a host of other topics. Enjoy.
Sam Bird has picked up in Monza where he left off in Spa, claiming his second consecutive pole position in a dramatic qualifying session this afternoon where all of the championship contenders were in the mix right up to the end, as the Briton grabbed the top spot by just 0.034 seconds from Fabio Leimer and Jolyon Palmer.
In a session which saw temperatures soar from the already hot practice period, Bird set his best time of 1:31.788 with just five minutes remaining in a session which was already full of action, setting the cat among the pigeons as his rivals pushed up to, and in some cases over, the limit to steal a march on each other for tomorrow’s race.
Sebastian Vettel turned the fastest lap in the second practice for the Italian Grand Prix by a whopping 0.6-second margin in his Red Bull.
The world champion led most of the session and his lap of 1m24.453s beat Red Bull teammate Mark Webber by a wide margin.
"It will be very tight this weekend, as we saw in the first practice. It will be close tomorrow in qualifying with quite a few cars separated by only a few hundredths of a second. There are a few things we still need to do to optimize the car, as there are two or three corners where we are sliding more than we would like. It’s positive today, but it’s only a Friday."
Palmer leads GP2 practice at Monza Jolyon Palmer set a benchmark for his rivals with a scorching late lap to claim the top spot in this morning's free practice session in Monza, although it was tight at the top: the Briton's best lap of 1:32.120 was just 0.003 ahead of Fabio Leimer and two tenths to the good over Sam Bird.
The session opened in hot and sunny conditions, with all drivers heading straight out as the lights went green. James Calado set the early pace, fresh from his earlier F1 practice session with Force India, but when Johnny Cecotto spun at the Parabolica five minutes in the session had to be red flagged to sweep the gravel from the track.
Lewis Hamilton, driving the superior Mercedes car topped the opening free practice session for the Italian Grand Prix. Ferrari's Alonso was second 0.035 seconds behind.
Alonso looked set to reclaim top spot three minutes later, setting the fastest times in both the first and second sector, only to run a little wide at the exit of the Parabolica, kicking up dust, and end up 35-thousandths of a second slower.
Nico Rosberg in the 2nd superior Mercedes was third ahead of championship leader Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull. Kimi Raikkonen rounded out the top-5 in the new longer wheelbase Lotus.
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