Wind Tunnel Sunday Featured Interview Jason Meyers (WoO Sprint Car Series Title Contender)
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series title contender, Jason Meyers, will be a featured guest on Wind Tunnel this Sunday September 26th. After finishing 2nd in championship the past two seasons, Meyers is hoping to clinch his first career WoO crown this year. Going into this weekend’s action, he has 10 wins in 2010 and is leading the series by 3 points over Kasey Kahne Racing’s, Joey Saldana.
Featured Interview Dr. Daniel Armbruster (Head of Porsche Motorsport Development Systems Worldwide)
The head of Porsche Motorsport Development Systems Worldwide, Dr. Daniel Armbruster, will also be a featured guest on Wind Tunnel this Sunday. Dr. Armbruster is responsible for developing the new hybrid system that Porsche will race in next week’s Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. The 911 GT3-R Hybrid will make its North American debut in the ALMS finale after nearly winning the 24 Hours of Nurburgring back in May...the car’s first race.
We’ll talk to Dr. Armbruster about the recent innovation and get his thoughts on the future of alternative-powered systems in motorsports.
This Week’s Races
CUP and Nationwide in Dover Camping World Trucks in Las Vegas F1 in Singapore NHRA in Dallas USAC 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora AMA SuperBike finale in Birmingham, AL World Superbike in Imola, Italy
Seven months ago, Mike Conway was fielding questions about a promising IZOD IndyCar Series season at the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing shop as team principals announced their drivers and sponsors. This week, Conway was sifting through mail at the Indianapolis facility - cards, letters, even a painting, wishing him a speedy and full recovery.
"It's amazing the reception I've gotten from so many people sending well-wishes," said Conway, whose second season with the team was cut short when he suffered serious back and leg injuries in last-lap crash in the Indianapolis 500. "It's all going in the right direction."
Conway returned from the UK to be evaluated by Indy Racing League medical personnel. The MRI on his back showed the compression fracture has healed. The cast has been off his left leg for weeks, and he's been full bore into training. In other words, the 27-year-old is physically progressing for a full return to the race car.
Ana Beatriz Joins Dreyer & Reinbold Racing As rumored by AR1.com days ago Dreyer & Reinbold Racing announced today that Brazilian driver, Ana Beatriz, will replace the injured Mike Conway for the final race of the season at Homestead Speedway. She will drive the team's No. 24 Roll Coater entry for the Cafe do Brasil Indy 300, October 2nd. Although he won't be in the car, Mike Conway has made his return to the U.S. and will be in Miami to support the team.
"First of all, we are happy that Mike is back in the U.S. and will be with us in Miami. We wish that he could be racing, but his recovery process is the most important thing right now. With it being the final race of the season, we felt that Ana was the perfect choice. We are excited about having her back with the team. She did a great job for us in Brazil, Indianapolis, and Chicago. It will be good to have her in our car again for the last race. Ana has really shown us her talent and motivation. We look forward to running her as she competes at Homestead Speedway," commented Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Co-Owner, Dennis Reinbold.
Group Lotus not interested in F1 team - Fernandes (GMM) Tony Fernandes on Friday admitted he would like Group Lotus, the Proton-owned maker of British sports cars, to be involved with his formula one team.
But in reality, Lotus Racing - Fernandes' entirely separate Malaysian-owned outfit – and Norfolk based Group Lotus, seem to be moving even further apart.
Group Lotus is reportedly retracting the license for the Lotus Racing moniker, meaning Fernandes has had to buy the separate and historic Team Lotus name in order to continue to be called Lotus in formula one.
At the same time, the Malaysian airline millionaire admitted he was surprised when he learned that Group Lotus is getting involved in GP2 next year with the top team ART.
Asked pointedly in Singapore if there is a link between Lotus Racing and Group Lotus' new motor racing plans, he answered: "No."
Singapore GP: Vettel leads Red Bull 1-2 in practice 2 Red Bull looks to be back to its dominant best on the street confines of the Singapore grand prix city venue.
Despite some rivals expecting the RB6's speed on high downforce tracks to have been muted by the flexibility tests, championship leader Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel both tasted the top of the times at the end of Friday's two 90-minute practice sessions.
"We knew nothing would change with our car before we came here," said Webber.
Raikkonen in 'no rush' to decide future (GMM) Kimi Raikkonen insists he still has not decided whether or not to stay in the world rally championship next year.
The 2007 world champion left formula one at the end of last season despite remaining under lucrative contract to Ferrari, and has since been driving full time for Red Bull-sponsored Citroen.
But in recent days he has been linked with a return to F1 next year with Renault, and the WRC's official website wrc.com said a sabbatical or a renewed tenure in rallying are also possibilities for the Finn in 2011.
"I'm enjoying it (rallying) so far," he is quoted as saying on Friday, "but I've not made up my mind what I'm doing yet.
"Quite soon I hope I will know but there is no rush," added the 30-year-old.
Singapore GP: Webber tops opening practice Red Bull's Mark Webber just managed to beat Michael Schumacher by 0.119 seconds with a time of 1m54.589s to top the session on his very last lap to lead opening practice for the Singapore GP. The track was wet until the waning minutes of the 90 minute session.
Adrian Sutil was third for Force India, ahead of Sebastian Vettel in the second Red Bull, Toro Rosso's Jaime Alguersuari and McLaren's Jenson Button.
NASCAR wants to dismiss Mayfield countersuit to speed up appeal NASCAR wants to dismiss its breach-of-contract and fraud claims against Jeremy Mayfield to help speed up the appeal in Mayfield's lawsuit against the sanctioning body over a May 1, 2009, drug test that NASCAR says was positive for methamphetamines. A U.S. District Court judge in Charlotte ruled in May that Mayfield, who has said he did not use methamphetamines, did not have a case against NASCAR and ruled in favor of NASCAR without the case going to trial. Mayfield has been unable to appeal that decision because NASCAR's countersuit - which alleges that by racing while violating the substance-abuse policy, Mayfield breached the contract he signed to compete in NASCAR - is still pending with a trial scheduled for July 2011. NASCAR had asked the court Sept. 10 to suspend the proceedings in its countersuit so an appeals court can rule on the decision to dismiss Mayfield's allegations. But, according to court documents filed by NASCAR on Thursday, Mayfield plans to oppose the suspension of NASCAR's countersuit and Mayfield has asked for a variety of documents and depositions to gather information to support its request. NASCAR has now decided to dismiss its countersuit against Mayfield in order to move the appeals process forward and to avoid additional interrogations and document production. Scene Daily
Dover Goodyear Tire Notes Teams in both NASCAR series in action at Dover this weekend will be running the same Goodyear tire codes . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that NASCAR teams ran at Dover earlier this season . . . this is also the same right-side tire code (D-4272) that these teams ran in the fall race at Dover last season . . . in 2010, NASCAR teams have run this right-side code at Michigan (both series) and Kentucky (Nationwide only) . . . unlike on other NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, where teams do not run inner liners, teams are required to run liners in all four tire positions at Dover . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire. The estimated pit window for Sprint Cup cars is every 75-80 laps, based on fuel mileage.
Singapore Track jet over $1M The Trackjet, a machine introduced in Singapore this year in order to keep the street circuit free of dust, is estimated to be costing organizers of the night race an estimated total of 1.77 million Singaporean dollars (850,000 pounds).
Brought in from Malaysia, the Trackjet will make its debut on the streets of Marina Bay this weekend after drivers struggled with an increasingly dusty surface last year.
The vehicle will be the slowest-moving on the circuit all weekend although the huge road cleaner, which boasts a top speed of just 500 meters per hour, is able to suck up dust and other debris from the space of almost 20,000 square meters – nearly 30 percent of the area which the entire circuit spans.
The late Colin Chapman must be rolling in his grave watching the good Lotus name run near the back of the F1 grid week in and week out, while in IndyCar you can usually find the Lotus car wadded up each race weekend.
Lotus Racing has today confirmed that the team will be known as Team Lotus from 2011. The migration from Lotus Racing to Team Lotus will take place over the coming months and the renamed team will be the direct successor to the iconic previous incarnation of Team Lotus when they take to the track in the 2011 FIA Formula One™ World Championship and beyond. Tony Fernandes and Kamarudin Meranun’s Tune Group has acquired Team Lotus Ventures Ltd, the company led by David Hunt since Team Lotus was last on track, and through that agreement now has full ownership of the historic rights and goodwill of the Team Lotus brand and heritage.
Tony Fernandes, Lotus Racing Team Principal, is delighted that the hard work that has been going on behind the scenes to make this acquisition can now be announced, saying: “Kamarudin, Nasa and I are absolutely delighted to have completed this transaction - It’s difficult to express just what it means to us to now be able to say we are Team Lotus, one of the most iconic names in any form of sport worldwide, but we have been working very hard to make this dream come true, and today it has. My thanks go to David for looking after the Team Lotus brand so well over the period of his stewardship, and keeping the integrity of Team Lotus together. We are very excited about now taking over the brand and after our first year in Formula One™, we believe we are ready to do justice to the legacy we have inherited. These are heady days for Team Lotus, and it will be a very exciting process for the team we have in place to help us achieve our goals, on and off track.
Indy to hold Fan Appreciation Day Indianapolis Motor Speedway will host a Fan Appreciation Day on Saturday at the Hall of Fame Museum from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. There is no admission charge. An autograph session with IndyCar drivers is scheduled from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. with assorted other activities.
After an almost exactly one-year break Audi will contest a race again for the first time in the USA: at the "Petit Le Mans" endurance classic at Road Atlanta (U.S. state of Georgia) on October 2, Audi Sport Team Joest will field two Audi R15 TDI cars driven by Dindo Capello/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish and Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Treluyer.
Audi’s track record at the U.S. counterpart of the Le Mans 24 Hours is similarly impressive as at the French original: from 2000 to 2008, an Audi prototype crossed the finish line as the winner nine consecutive times. Last year, Audi was again headed for victory at Road Atlanta before the race had to be stopped due to extremely heavy rainfalls. Over the full 1,000-mile distance or maximum time of 10 hours the brand with the four rings has not been beaten at Road Atlanta to date.
Snetterton race circuit to undergo major redevelopment Snetterton race circuit is to undergo major redevelopment before the 2011 season with the objective of transforming it to become the best circuit in the UK through a combination of driver exhilaration, spectator entertainment and safety.
A new 3 mile circuit is being created - Snetterton 300 - which incorporates a completely new infield section of approximately 1 mile integrated with a revised version of the original Snetterton circuit. Snetterton 300 will become the newest circuit in the UK and the second longest in the country, and has been designed as an international circuit with the target of achieving an FIA Grade 2 license.
For MotorSport Vision Chief Executive Jonathan Palmer this has been a project of great personal interest. "With Brands Hatch, Oulton Park and Cadwell Park we have three outstanding circuits with immense driver/rider appeal. Snetterton has its own character and great features of long straights and superb high speed corners but overall has lagged behind the other MSV circuits in terms of driver/rider appeal and spectator entertainment. Now that will all change and many will regard Snetterton as being the best circuit in the country for these crucial elements.
Briscoe adds Bathurst to racing calendar Following the IZOD IndyCar Series season finale Oct. 2 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Ryan Briscoe will compete in the Bathurst 1000 on Oct. 7-10 in Australia.
The 620-mile race, which is in its 50th year, is held at the Mount Panorama circuit in New South Wales. Briscoe, who last competed in the V8 Supercar Series in 2006, will join the Bundy Red Racing team.
Briscoe, driver of the No. 6 Team Penske car, also will compete Oct. 22-24 in the V8 Supercar Gold Coast 600 on the streets of Surfers Paradise. Seventeen other international drivers, including IZOD IndyCar Series championship contenders Dario Franchitti and Will Power, plus Scott Dixon, Helio Castroneves and Alex Tagliani will join teams for the annual event.
The race for IZOD IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year began with all eyes on a Formula One veteran making his debut, but it quickly turned into a duel between distinguished graduates of the U.S. open-wheel development ladder - 2007 Firestone Indy Lights champion Alex Lloyd and Atlantic Championship standout Simona Di Silvestro.
Di Silvestro, whose path to racing was set when she saw her first go-kart at age four, has become one of racing's brightest young stars in her rookie season in the IZOD IndyCar Series with Team Stargate Worlds/HVM Racing. The Swiss driver picked motorsports over soccer and tennis - two other sports that she excelled at as a young girl - and has become a fan favorite with her positive attitude and her prowess on the track.
Lloyd, who made a pair of Indianapolis 500 starts as a Target Chip Ganassi developmental driver, got a late start on the 2010 season signing his deal with Dale Coyne Racing on the eve of the season-opening race in Brazil. While it took some time to gel with his new team, he scored major points on the ovals - with back-to back top-eight finishes at Indianapolis and Texas.
Rain forecast for SingaporeUPDATE Nico Rosberg said he is "definitely worried" about the weekend's weather. "It's going to be rather interesting if it rains, but I hope it doesn't because it will be quite messy."
F1's most experienced driver Rubens Barrichello added: "It is a very slippery track and luckily they have done a good enough job for the track not to be as bumpy as it was. We have no experience in the wet whatsoever here so we need to understand what the tires will do and the visibility more than anything. Not so much from the spray but the wet coming onto the visor. I've never driven in the rain at night. I really don't know what to say about that. We just have to wait and see."
Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel was also unsure what would happen: "We've yet to experience any wet running on a floodlit track, so it will be interesting if that happens."
The concern is that the bright overhead lights will reflect off the wet surface of the track and the rain droplets themselves. There was a huge downpour in the Marina Bay area on Wednesday, and on Thursday another severe storm rolled in.
"It [Wednesday's rain] was so heavy that rivers of water flooded the track to a point where the tires can't deal with it," said Sir Jackie Stewart. "In daylight, we can see beyond the track if we're heading into rain. But here, the light is contained on the circuit and everything else is dark. So it'll be very challenging on the drivers' peripheral vision."
09/23/10 Weather forecasts are predicting rain across this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix weekend, with a selection of drivers believed to be worried by the possibility of a first wet race under lights.
The threat of the ultra-powerful floodlights causing tremendous glare when rain falls was first discussed back in 2008 although the first two race weekends in Marina Bay have both remained dry. However, with much of the Formula 1 fraternity having arrived in a damp country this week, concerns are now beginning to mount with regards to rain.
That said, race organizers have continued to insist that the danger element would be no greater than usual. At present, heavy showers are forecast through to next week, with this resulting in humidity levels as high as 80 percent as ambient temperatures fail to fall below the high 20s.
NASCAR.COM Launches The Daily Pit Stop NASCAR.COM, the official online destination of NASCAR, today announced the launch of The Daily Pit Stop, a new online show that will offer fans an in-depth look at hot button issues and topics surrounding the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. A stable of talent including analysts Kyle Petty, Wally Dallenbach, pit reporters Ralph Sheheen and Marty Snider will offer their analysis, insights and opinions on drivers and the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Starting Sept. 27 and running to the end of Champions Week, Dec. 3, the show will run on NASCAR.COM at 5:00 p.m (ET) from multiple locations including Turner Studios in Atlanta and the NASCAR News Center Studios at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte. Each Friday, the show will take place from that week’s race track and offer fans a chance to hear first hand from drivers themselves on the most pressing news and notes for the upcoming race.
Barrichello not celebrating 300th race again (GMM) Rubens Barrichello is not planning to celebrate his 300th grand prix this weekend.
The Brazilian officially celebrated the unprecedented milestone recently at Spa-Francorchamps, despite some statisticians pointing out that he didn't actually start two grands prix due to pre-race technical problems during his time at Ferrari.
According to those tallies, it is actually Singapore that will be 38-year-old Barrichello's 300th race start.
"We had the same problem with the 257th grand prix," said the Williams driver on Thursday, referring to his surpassing of Riccardo Patrese's race-start record.
"There are various ways to count. I had my 300th grand prix in Spa. That's enough," he is quoted by Auto Motor und Sport.
"I'm not going to celebrate again. But if someone brings a cake, then that's ok," laughed Barrichello.
Ecclestone not worried Delhi to also bungle Indian GP (GMM) Bernie Ecclestone on Thursday insisted he is not worried that next year's Indian grand prix might also turn into a crisis.
Delhi, also to host F1's inaugural Indian race late in 2011, is currently embroiled in crisis over its shambolic organization of the forthcoming Commonwealth Games.
There are security, disease and infrastructure concerns that have already caused some top athletes to pull out, amid the looming threat that the entire games might have to be called off.
Asked if he was worried the Indian capital might also bungle its F1 race, F1 chief executive Ecclestone said in Singapore: "No, it's a different organization altogether, completely different so I have no worries at all."
"The people who, as you say, are making a shambles, are not the people who are dealing with us for the race," he is quoted by PA Sport.
Hybrid Porsche makes visit to Washington DC Porsche and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n were guests Tuesday of the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as Washington DC got its first look at Porsche’s 911 GT3 R Hybrid race car, one of the major storylines for next week’s Petit Le Mans powered by MAZDA 2 at Road Atlanta.
The Porsche hybrid represents an interesting first look at the future of endurance racing as manufacturers direct their focus toward energy efficiency and innovative technologies. Its appearance emphasizes the Series’ leadership position in alternative fuels and energies, recognized in 2008 by the DOE and EPA, and SAE International as the only motorsports series that meets all the protocols for green racing.
Porsche’s hybrid will race for the first time in North America during Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, site of the annual 1,000-mile/10-hour endurance classic. The hybrid system collects energy generated under braking and reapplies it at the front wheels via a flywheel, which supports Porsche’s combustion engine. This leads to a reduction in fuel consumption and increases the cruising range. Moreover, drivers can manually utilize the stored energy with a boost-paddle on the steering wheel for overtaking.
IndyCar chief wanted more promotional help from ISC IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard reiterated last week that International Speedway Corporation did not promote his series' races the way he'd like, which was a big reason ISC's four events, including the race at Watkins Glen International, were left off the 2011 IZOD IndyCar schedule.
He questioned whether ISC knows its fan base well enough to promote the series properly and offered to help do it in the future if the opportunity arises.
Bernard's comments came in an e-mail response to me, answering questions I raised before last week's column in which WGI President Michael Printup talked candidly about why the Glen lost the race it had hosted since 2005. Because Bernard was traveling to Japan for the IndyCar race there last weekend, he wasn't able to immediately respond.
Battle over use of Lotus name We are hearing that the Lotus-ART announcement last night is not merely about GP2 and GP3 and seems to be a precursor to a battle over the rights to use the Lotus name in Formula 1. From what we are hearing, Group Lotus, which is owned by the Malaysian government-controlled Proton car company, has embarked on three legal actions to stop Tony Fernandes from using the Lotus name next year. The Group applied for various trademarks relating to Lotus Racing earlier this year. The group is also believed to have withdrawn permission to allow Fernandes to use the Lotus name and is claiming that David Hunt, the owner of Team Lotus Ventures Ltd, had no right to sell the rights and logos to the Team Lotus name. The apparent aim of all this is to grab the Lotus name and to enter F1 with a Lotus-branded team, run by ART.
Stewart and McReynolds comment on NASCAR’s latest cheaters to get caught Tony Stewart, appearing on SPEED’s NASCAR Race Hub on Wednesday (airs at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday), commented on NASCAR’s punishment of the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing team following inspection of the race car with which the team won last Sunday’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Following are Stewart’s comments from the NASCAR Race Hub interview, as well as reaction from SPEED and FOX Sports analyst Larry McReynolds.
Bernie Ecclestone races Andrew Denford at F1 in Schools World Finals
Bernie Ecclestone returned to racing today, putting his reaction time to the test in an F1 in Schools race at the F1 in Schools World Finals Singapore 2010 supported by LG. Ecclestone visited the event at the Conrad Centennial Hotel in Singapore, taking time out of his busy schedule to see first-hand the work of the F1 in Schools World Finals teams.
Bernie Ecclestone has been a long-time supporter of F1 in Schools World Finals, with a trophy which he commissioned especially for the initiative given to the World Champions each year. Ecclestone was given a tour of some of the team’s pit displays by Andrew Denford, Founder and Chairman of F1 in Schools, before taking on the F1 in Schools boss in a head to head race with LG branded cars on the specially designed track used by the students as part of the competition. Ecclestone beat Denford with the faster reaction time to win the race.
RCR Statement Regarding NASCAR Penalty The following is a statement from Richard Childress: Childress, president and chief executive officer of Richard Childress Racing, regarding NASCAR's penalty on the No. 33 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team after last week's race in New Hampshire:
"First of all, I'd like to apologize to our sponsors, our fans and everyone at RCR for the situation that has resulted from this ruling. RCR has a long-standing reputation of integrity on and off the race track. We pride ourselves on working within the rules established by the sanctioning body.
Former Renault boss Flavio Briatore insists he has no plans to return to Formula One.
The controversial Italian exited the sport in the wake of the 'crash-gate' scandal and was initially handed a lifetime ban by the FIA, but after having the ban overturned Briatore has constantly been linked with various positions in F1.
The latest rumors have suggested that Briatore would become the boss of F1's new tire sponsor, Pirelli. However, when asked by the official Formula One website about the situation he brushed off such notions.
Formula One success for USA! Tears of joy and tumultuous applause accompanied the announcement of USA winning the F1 in Schools World Finals Singapore 2010 supported by LG. The world champions, Unitus Racing from James Madison Middle School and Southeast High School, were delighted, and surprised, to be crowned with the title at this sixth World Finals event, after beating 24 student teams in this prestigious educational Formula One linked challenge.
The team were congratulated by Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver, Jenson Button, after the awards ceremony, adding to the special day for the American team. Earlier this afternoon Formula One boss, Bernie Ecclestone, a long-time supporter of F1 in Schools visited the event to view first-hand the competition.
Blickensderfer Named Crew Chief of Roush Fenway’s No. 6 Sprint Cup Tea Roush Fenway Racing has announced that Drew Blickensderfer will take over as crew chief on the No. 6 Sprint Cup team with driver David Ragan effective immediately. Mike Beam will replace Blickensderfer as crew chief of the No. 60 Nationwide Team, with driver Carl Edwards. Beam had previously served as competition director of Roush Fenway’s Nationwide program.
“It’s obviously a great opportunity and I’m eager to work with David Ragan, the No. 6 team and everyone at UPS,” said Blickensderfer, who won his first two races as a Sprint Cup crew chief in 2009.
Weekly NASCAR cheaters reportUPDATE #3 Two people familiar with the inspection process say NASCAR is taking a closer look at Clint Bowyer's race-winning car from New Hampshire. The #33 Chevy passed its initial inspection following Sunday's victory, but the people familiar with the situation say NASCAR discovered issues with the car in a more thorough inspection at its research and development center. They requested anonymity because the car is still being inspected. On Tuesday, NASCAR told RCR officials that Bowyer's chase-clinching car from Richmond came very close to failing inspection. Though NASCAR does not typically strip wins from drivers, a car that fails inspection would lead to a significant points penalty. Bowyer's wins pushed him to second from 12th in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, 35 points behind leader Denny Hamlin. Associated Press/ESPN.com
09/21/10 Whitney Motorsports team owner Dusty Whitney's response to penalties levied against the team following post-race inspection of the #46 Dodge after the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: "I stand by NASCAR's decision in that they give us a box to work within and as competitors we are all expected to work within that box. However, I am extremely disappointed in that as a small team we outsource our engine building and we entrust our engine builder to ensure we meet the NASCAR parameters and engine requirements. By entrusting a third party that did not perform to NASCAR's standards our team is not only suffering a hefty financial penalty but we are also losing a valuable member of our team for six races along with a substantial loss of owner and driver points. We expect all of our vendors and outsourced suppliers to perform within the guidelines established by Whitney Motorsports and NASCAR and it is extremely unfortunate and costly when they do not." When NASCAR discovered the valves in the engine of the #46 Dodge to be below the mandated weight, Whitney Motorsports was penalized $50,000, driver Michael McDowell was penalized 50 driver points and owner Dusty Whitney was penalized 50 owner points. Crew chief Jeremy LaFaver has also been suspended from NASCAR competition for six weeks. That engine was acquired from Gillette-Evernham Motorsports and has since been rebuilt and updated by Arrington Engines. Whitney Motorsports PR
09/21/10 NASCAR warned Richard Childress Racing that Clint Bowyer's car came close to failing inspection after his Chase-clinching drive at Richmond. NASCAR scheduled a Tuesday meeting with RCR officials to go over the #33 Chevy and determine if the team had not made a mistake in its own calculations.
"They were in the box, but getting close to some of the tolerances and we asked them to come in to see if they aren't getting off on one of their build sheets," NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton told The Associated Press.
Briatore says Schu too old Flavio Briatore, former Benetton boss of Michael Schumacher, believes that 7-time World Champion will have realized that returning to Formula 1 was a mistake by as early as the first pre-season test in February, adding that being able to keep up with the likes of new Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg could be close to impossible.
Briatore worked with Schumacher at Benetton as the German picked up his first and second world titles in 1994 and 1995. The Italian, who has been out of an active managerial role in the sport since the highly controversial ‘Crashgate’ race-fixing scandal of Singapore 2008, spoke to the official F1 website.
Charlotte Motor Speedway on Tuesday unveiled plans to install the world’s largest High Definition television screen at the track to be in place in time for next years' events in May.
In partnership with Panasonic, the track will begin work on the screen following next month's Bank of America 500. The screen, which will measure 200 feet wide by 80 feet tall and feature 720P visuals provided by nine million LED lamps, will be visible to fans sitting along the entire frontstretch of the 1.5-mile quad oval. The video board will feature live race coverage, as well as replays, sponsor advertisements and interactive entertainment.
A street race in Bucharest for Auto GP in 2011 In 2011 the 550 bhp Auto GP cars will thunder through the streets of Bucharest, spreading the scream of their V8 engines among the Romanian city buildings. Even if there are still two events to go before the end of the 2010 championship, the series staff is already working on next season's calendar and signing this agreement with Nic Serbu, the Bucharest circuit promoter and CEO of Bucharest Grand Prix Srl, was an important step looking to 2011.
The race, named Bucharest GP, will be held in July on the capital street circuit, known as Bucharest Ring: 3 kilometers long, its layout was conceived under the supervising of Hermann Tilke, Bernie Ecclestone's favorite designer for the new F.1 tracks. It's a proven circuit (Fia Gt raced there in 2007 and 2008) providing some really unique features. A long part of track runs aside the Palace of the Parliament, one of Europe's most incredible buildings.
McLaren expecting flexi saga to have affected Red Bull (GMM) McLaren team figures believe the recent flexible bodywork saga will have taken the shine off Red Bull's earlier dominance.
At F1's last outings in Spa and Monza, where new FIA compliance tests came into effect, the RB6 was no longer the stand-out dominant package it had been at earlier events.
But Red Bull already expected to struggle at those high speed circuits, due to its less powerful Renault engines.
In light of the team's dominance on twisty tracks like Monaco and Hungary, therefore, this weekend's racing on the Singapore street circuit might be seen as a litmus test of the true effects of the FIA's flexibility clampdown.
Petrov gets additional backing, seat all but assured Vitaly Petrov's hopes of hanging onto his Renault F1 seat for a second consecutive season in 2011 have received a boost, with the 'Vyborg Rocket' having been joined at the team by new sponsor Vyborg Shipyard JSC.
Much was made of Petrov's 'pay driver' status back at the beginning of the campaign – even though the GP2 Series graduate was able to boast impressive credentials in the junior formulae – but it seems the 26-year-old's ability to bring in backers from his homeland remains a strong draw for Renault, which has enjoyed an impressive rebuilding effort in 2010, following its below-par performance and the negative publicity of 'Singapore-gate' in 2009.
There have been persistent rumors that 2007 F1 World Champion turned World Rally Championship (WRC) convert Kimi Raikkonen could line up alongside Robert Kubica at the Enstone-based outfit in 2011, but Petrov is adamant that he is not concerned about the safety of his seat – and the new agreement with Vyborg Shipyard hints that despite an inconsistent rookie season in the top flight that has at times left his employers frustrated, nor does he have any great reason to be.
Dario says it's all or nothing for 2011 Reigning IndyCar Series Champion Dario Franchitti has said under no uncertain terms that, should he run in next year’s Indianapolis 500, he will be contesting the entire championship season with Target Chip Ganassi, with rumors currently circulating around Graham Rahal’s possible recruitment at the team.
Rahal is yet to complete a full season since last doing so with Newman/Haas/Lanigan in 2009 although it is believed the American now hopes for a full-time Ganassi seat in 2010; Franchitti’s stance remains firm, however.
“If I'm coming back, I'm coming back for the whole season,” the Scot told the IndyStar after finishing a determined second to Penske’s Helio Castroneves at Japan’s Motegi Twin Ring on Sunday.
Infineon Raceway Announces 2011 Schedule The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ 23rd annual visit to the Sonoma Valley will highlight the 2011 Big O Tires Racing Season at Infineon Raceway, raceway officials announced today.
The raceway will boast one of the most diverse motor-racing schedules in the country, featuring NASCAR, NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, IZOD IndyCar® Series, motorcycles, historic car racing, and more.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will again headline the schedule with the Toyota/Save Mart 350, which will return to its more traditional date, June 24-26. The race had been held on Father’s Day each of the last two years. The Toyota/Save Mart 350 has boasted six different race winners in six years, with Jimmie Johnson claiming his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series road-course win in Sonoma earlier this year. Fans can also look forward to the earlier noon start time on race day.
Latest Master Plan drawing of the Austin F1 facility
Clearing fans from a planned Formula One racetrack southeast of Austin within three hours would take as much as $15 million in major road improvements which even in the best case could not be completed by the projected 2012 opening date, according to an analysis of the site performed by Travis County planners.
Consequently, for the first Grand Prix races, "we're looking at minor improvements to the existing system" and "intensive traffic management," said Joe Gieselman, manager of Travis County's Transportation and Natural Resources Department.
The county's presentation Tuesday coincided with local promoters' second visit to the Travis County Commissioners Court seeking permits to site and build the estimated $200 million facility east of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
7-Eleven signs on with Red Bull team Red Bull Racing is pleased to welcome back 7-Eleven as an official team partner for the Singapore Grand Prix.
The agreement means the company’s logo will feature on the bargeboards of Red Bull Racing’s Formula One cars, as well as on the overalls and teamwear worn by Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber throughout the Grand Prix weekend. There are more than 500 7- Eleven stores in Singapore, making it the largest convenience chain in the country.
Ferrari preview of Singapore GP Just over one week ago, Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro said farewell to the European season on a high note, with a win and a third place in its home race at Monza. A good way to face the final part of the championship and now it is time for an event which might boast far less history than the Italian Grand Prix, but with a character all of its own, the Singapore Grand Prix, Formula 1’s only night race.
According to the history books, Singapore staged races on a street circuit dating back to the early Sixties, but these were not Formula 1 events and the blue riband series made its debut at the new Marina Bay track in 2008. The drivers with the best records in that short time are Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton, who finished first and third respectively in 2008, switching places last year.
This is yet another race that Felipe Massa missed through injury last year, but in his one Singaporean appearance in 2008, the Brazilian recorded possibly his best ever qualifying performance where he took pole position, lapping well over half a second faster than the rest of the field, although a pit-stop mishap ruined his race the following day.
Dixon drops in on Kelly Racing ahead of the Armor All Gold Coast 600 New Zealand IndyCar star Scott Dixon has visited Kelly Racing as he prepares to team up with Todd Kelly in the #7 Jack Daniel’s Commodore at the Armor All Gold Coast 600 this October. Dixon visited the team’s facility in Braeside, Melbourne following his sixth place run in Motegi, Japan over the weekend, getting a seat fitting, practicing pit stop driver changes and meeting with engineers in readiness for his V8 Supercar debut with Jack Daniel’s Racing on October 22-24.
Dixon is one of Australasia’s most successful motorsport exports, with the Brisbane-born Kiwi a two-time IndyCar Series champion (2003 and 2008) as well as the winner of the 2008 Indianapolis 500.
Dixon also has race winning form in endurance racing with multiple drivers, as the Armor All Gold Coast 600 will be for the first time in 2010, winning the 2006 Daytona 24 Hour sportscar race.
“For me this Gold Coast event feels like coming home and doing something I'm used to,” said Scott Dixon.
Franchitti drives Jim Clark's race-winning Lotus Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti got to walk--drive, actually--in the path of his hero on Tuesday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Franchitti drove the 1965 Lotus of Indy winner Jim Clark. The No. 82 car was restored last year in Indianapolis and driven, essentially, by only one other person before Franchitti--fellow Scotsman Jackie Stewart, who demonstrated the Lotus at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Franchitti said he couldn't believe the emotion that swelled through him.
“That was pretty special,” he said. “It was a lifetime dream to drive that car, and to drive it here at the Speedway was incredible.
“On one hand I was very conscious of what I was driving, a completely original car that only Jimmy and Jackie have driven before me.”
Clark started the Lotus from second position in the 1965 race at a speed of 160.720 mph. Franchitti, on the other hand, wasn't sure how fast he drove on Tuesday.
“I wanted to go quick in it, but I was conscious of the fact it was irreplaceable, so I took my time,” he said. “I got it to about half throttle one time and I realized how quick it was and it was kind of a shock, actually.
“The funny thing is, when you're driving [today's] Indy car . . . my job is to take the emotions out of it, put it away somewhere and focus on the job and the result. I don't really enjoy any of the emotions you would go through. But today was completely different; it was about enjoying the sensation and everything that was going on. That was really cool.” AutoWeek
Gore goes belly up Former Team Australia Champ Car owner Craig Gore has filed for bankruptcy in Australia and word is that he still has creditors stateside. An administrator has taken control of Gore's property and is contacting all creditors to submit their claims.
NASCAR New Hampshire TV Ratings plummet ESPN's live telecast of the Sylvania 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 19, earned a final national household coverage rating of 2.6 (U.S. rating 2.3), averaging 3,676,828 viewers, according to the Nielsen Company. This rating is down 28% from a year ago and continues NASCAR's 3-year slide. Last year's race telecast aired on ABC and earned a final U.S. rating of 3.2 (ESPN). The overnights were a 2.1/5, down from last years 2.6/5 overnight with a final of 3.2/7 and 5.04 million viewers.
2011 Indianapolis 500 tickets on sale now Tickets are on sale for the 2011 Indianapolis 500, the 100th anniversary of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" on Sunday, May 29, 2011 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
And it's safe to say that no 2011 Indy 500 ticket holder was happier Sept. 21 than Bruce Barhydt of Apex, N.C.
Reigning Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti presented Barhydt with 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS Indianapolis 500 Pace Car No. 1 on the famous "Yard of Bricks" at IMS for winning the Indianapolis 500 Pace Car Sweepstakes. Barhydt won the 400-horsepower muscle car in a random drawing among fans who reordered or applied for 2011 Indianapolis 500 tickets at www.imstix.com between May 31 and June 14.
GP2 Series announce teams for 2011-2013 GP2 Series organizers are proud to reveal the name of the thirteen teams signed for the next three years. While eleven outfits of the last three-year cycle have been reselected, two new teams have been chosen to compete in both Series for 2011, 2012 and 2013: Carlin and Team Air Asia. The British squad have just completed the inaugural GP3 Series season and finished fifth in the Teams’ standings. Team Air Asia is an ambitious new Malaysian team strongly linked to Formula One. All thirteen teams are entered for both GP2 Asia Series and GP2 Series for the next three years.
GP2 Series: Bruno, can you tell us why you have chosen Carlin and Team Air Asia to join the GP2 field?
Bruno Michel: We have known and observed Carlin for a long time. We signed them in GP3 Series and we have been very pleased not with only their results which included two podiums and one pole position, but also with the way they integrated into our working environment. To have them enter GP2 is the logical next step. As for Team Air Asia, it is a new team built on a strong relationship with a current Formula One team presided by Tony Fernandes. The seriousness of their presentation, their ambition and their worldwide project were really appealing and in line with what we expect from all our teams. We are very happy to welcome an Asian team to our paddock.
Returning Heidfeld not yet signed up for 2011 (GMM) Returning Sauber driver Nick Heidfeld is still in talks with other teams about a full-time race cockpit in 2011.
The 33-year-old German has been Mercedes' reserve driver for most of this year, before he recently signed up with Pirelli and began testing the Italian marque's 2011 tires.
That paved the way to his Sauber seat for the last five races of 2010, in the place of ousted team regular Pedro de la Rosa.
"The driver situation for next year, I don't wish to speak about. It's completely open," Peter Sauber, who has already confirmed Kamui Kobayashi for one of his two seats, is quoted by the Stuttgarter Zeitung.
Renault eyes Raikkonen but also Petrov's sponsors (GMM) Kimi Raikkonen is the famous name now linked with Renault for 2011, but Vitaly Petrov is still valued by the team, owner Gerard Lopez insists.
The 2007 world champion's possible interest in driving alongside Robert Kubica has stirred the news headlines, but Lopez is still hopeful the Russian rookie Petrov is a winning formula from a business point of view.
"We have to push our team to succeed because we use the platform to do business," he is quoted by sportbusiness.com.
"People like to do business with winning teams, so it goes hand in hand. It's even more important now to build the team, to use that platform for the business side of it," added Lopez.
Volt Batteries Could Enable Renewable Energy Solutions General Motors and ABB Group will work together to develop pilot projects for re-using the batteries from the Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle, examining whether the batteries may be a source for renewable energy that could improve the effectiveness of wind and solar power generation.
The opportunity is the basis of a memorandum of understanding signed between General Motors and ABB Group.
The two companies are collaborating to determine how the Volt’s 16-kWh lithium-ion batteries can be used to provide stationary electric grid storage systems once the batteries have fulfilled their usefulness in customers’ vehicles.
The ultimate goal is to provide cost-effective, innovative solutions that will improve the efficiency of the country’s electrical grid.
“The Volt’s battery will have significant capacity to store electrical energy, even after its automotive life,” said Micky Bly, GM Executive Director of Electrical Systems, Hybrids, Electric Vehicles and Batteries. “That’s why we’re joining forces with ABB to find ways to enable the Volt batteries to provide environmental benefits that stretch far beyond the highway.”
Garvin Brown dies George Garvin Brown III, a retired board member of Brown-Forman Corp. and great-grandson of the company’s founder died of cancer Monday in Milan, Italy, the company announced. He was 67.
A native of Louisville, Brown worked briefly at the family business before moving to Los Angeles to pursue interests in media and auto racing.
In racing circles, Brown, originally from Louisville, Ky., is best known as the force behind Garvin Brown Racing, a team that campaigned fellow Louisville native Danny Sullivan in his early professional career, specifically in the Can-Am glory days.
Allotment of F1 engines used so far in 2010 Since the start of the 2009 campaign, each driver has been allocated the use of eight engines per season, with the order of the powerplants undetermined. With only the five season-ending ‘flyaway’ races to go, we take a look at the figures.
As compiled by the official F1 website, the digits show that the Sauber of Nick Heidfeld (formerly Pedro de la Rosa’s car) is now on its ninth engine and for that reason took a 10-place grid drop penalty at Spa two races ago.
Ferrari are now on their eighth units although previous engines can be used without incurring a penalty. Four drivers have fired up only six engines so far: World Championship leader Mark Webber, Rubens Barrichello and the Renault pairing.
The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n kicks off activities for its October 2 Petit Le Mans powered by MAZDA2 in Greenville, SC on Thursday with the inaugural “Motorsports on Main”.
The event is organized by Michelin – whose North American headquarters is located in Greenville – will feature a day-long festival on the downtown streets of one of America’s most electrifying and revitalized business districts. The event runs from 1 to 9 p.m. ET.
“I could not think of a better place to kick off activities for the 13th annual Petit Le Mans powered by MAZDA2,” said American Le Mans Series President and CEO Scott Atherton. “The business and technical development occurring in and around Greenville in the automobile and transportation industry with the likes of Michelin, BMW and Clemson University’s International Center of Automotive Research, just to mention a few, clearly demonstrates this to be one of the leading areas in the country for automotive innovation – and an ideal fit for the ALMS.”
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