Valentino Rossi Completes Application To Field Moto3 Team Nine-time MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi's VR46 company has "struck a deal with Sky Italia, which will be the new team's principal sponsor," according to Sam Tremayne of AUTOSPORT. The team will "race KTM machinery and has already agreed to run Romano Fenati, who scored his breakthrough win in the series last year at Jerez." Rossi said that the objective of his new team is to help "promote Italian riders through MotoGP's junior ranks." Rossi: "We have joined forces with Sky in order to give the Italian riders the opportunity to be competitive and reach the highest levels." AUTOSPORT
Video: $400,000 Lamborghini Splits In Half Following Collision In Brooklyn The Lamborghini can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just under three seconds and can reach a top speed of 217 miles per hour.
But as CBS 2′s Don Champion reported, the luxury car was no match for a Nissan making a turn. The video is downright cringe-worthy: a $400,000 car destroyed in a collision on a quiet Brooklyn Street. “It sounds like a big noise," witness Chaim Baluch told Champion.
Vettel the master A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, Regarding last weekend's Singapore GP - a masterful, Schumacher-esque, dominant drive by Vettel. He showed what an almost perfect drive looks like. Clearly he will be a deserving champion for this season.
Alonso again makes a poor Ferrari look respectable.
Couldn’t help to notice the symbolism at the end of the race (despite how unsafe it was performed) when Alonso, Vettel’s perennial championship rival, is the one who carries Vettel’s teammate back to the pits.
It probably would have gone a long way to help quell the boo birds if Vettel stopped instead…although it then begs the question if Webber would have hopped on Vettel’s car anyway. D. Hughes
Valvoline returns to sponsor Hendrick teams Valvoline, a leading marketer, distributor and producer of quality branded automotive and industrial products and services, will be reunited with Hendrick Motorsports after finalizing a multi-year sponsorship agreement that will kick off next season. The Official Lubricants Partner of Hendrick Motorsports beginning in 2014, the Valvoline brand will be featured as a major associate sponsor of the teams full stable of Chevrolet SS race cars through the 2017 NASCAR campaign.
NASCAR New Hampshire TV Rating Ratings and viewership for the live telecast of the Sylvania 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 22, on ESPN grew from last year, according to Nielsen Media.
The telecast of the second race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup earned a 2.4 U.S. household rating, averaging 3,705,759 viewers, up from last year’s 2.2 rating and 3,516,958 average viewership.
Fans design helmets for Hinchcliffe, Rahal The design of Vincent Venegas, a graphic artist from Racine, Wis., was selected from five finalists to be painted on the helmet Graham Rahal will wear in the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway on Oct. 19.
Following the race, the Graham Rahal Foundation will auction the helmet at http://Celebrity.eBay.com to raise funds for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer and SeriousFun Children's Network.
James Hinchcliffe will wear a helmet designed by fan Erick Vidal of Oakville, Ontario, who received the most votes for his winning design in the contest for the season finale.
Vidal will receive a replica helmet signed by the Andretti Autosport driver.
Turning two at Houston could be key to Dixon's title hopes Scott Dixon knows a strong weekend at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Speedway at Reliant Park will help his chances in chasing down points leader Helio Castroneves.
The Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader on the 1.683-mile, 10-turn temporary street circuit features full points in both 90-lap races, which provides another opportunity for Dixon to make up ground. It's also a chance to claim another $50,000 for earning another SONAX Perfect Finish Award with a Houston sweep.
NASCAR needs grand plan to soothe unhappy sponsors To see NAPA leaving Michael Waltrip Racing and 5-Hour Energy publicly questioning its commitment to NASCAR is an unfortunate development for the sport.
It doesn’t mean NASCAR has to change the way it does business, but it might be a sign that it needs to have a sponsor-relations reaction plan when it knows sanctions could have long-reaching effects.
NASCAR needs to penalize teams for infractions. Frankly, NASCAR could have issued even more severe penalties than it did for MWR’s actions earlier this month at Richmond. The team made its bed. The team has to sleep in it.
Jimmy John’s Joins Harvick At SHR Jimmy John’s, maker of gourmet sandwiches with freaky fast delivery since 1983, will join Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) beginning in 2014 as a primary sponsor of driver Kevin Harvick and the No. 4 Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Jimmy John’s will be the primary sponsor of Harvick and the No. 4 team for 12 races, highlighted by the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. For the remaining 26 races on the Sprint Cup schedule, Jimmy John’s will serve as a major associate sponsor of the No. 4 Chevrolet. Jimmy John’s will also be an associate sponsor of the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet of SHR driver/owner Tony Stewart, who will join Harvick in representing Jimmy John’s
The 2013 Auto GP is about to reach its closing stages at Brno on the 5th and 6th of October, but Teams and Drivers are already focused on their plans for the next season. Even before the action goes underway in Czech Republic, the silly season is already starting. After the Comtec by Virtuosi team made their debut in 2013 to prepare for a full-time commitment, more squads are eyeing a slot at the start for 2013. Antonio Ferrari and Eurointernational expressed their interest in joining the upcoming postseason test scheduled for October 28th and 29th at Jerez de la Frontera.
Eurointernational is an Italian team that proved successful at international level, from Asia to America and Europe, as it's also a breeding team for the Red Bull young driver program.
IndyCar Series arrives in Fontana for test session open to public Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon and other IndyCar drivers are scheduled Tuesday to hold a daylong test session in Fontana that's free to the public.
The drivers are to run practice laps from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Auto Club Speedway, where the Izod IndyCar Series' season finale, the MAVTV 500, is scheduled Oct. 19 under the lights.
The race will decide the series championship. Castroneves, a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and former "Dancing with the Stars" champ in search of his first title, holds a 49-point lead over Dixon with three races left in the season. Dixon is a two-time series champion.
A coincidence? A subliminal message? Or perhaps just a number that was available? Whatever the case, sources confirmed to The Charlotte Observer on Monday night that Kurt Busch will drive the #41 Chevy next season, which will be his first with Stewart-Haas Racing.
Busch's number turns out to be the opposite of that of team co-owner Tony Stewart, who drives the #14.
Also driving for SHR next season: Kevin Harvick in the #4 and Danica Patrick in the #10. Charlotte Observer
Get Well Steve Byrnes RaceHub co-host/longtime NASCAR on Fox personality Steve Byrnes will take a medical leave of absence for the remainder of the 2013 NASCAR season, effective immediately. Adam Alexander, one of the show's original hosts, will fill in for Byrnes alongside Danielle Trotta. Any updates on Byrnes will come at the discretion of the family. Fox Sports PR
NASCAR turned on its ear These are strange times in NASCAR, where everything has turned upside down in the blink of an eye.
Michael Waltrip Racing is fighting for its survival in the wake of a race-fixing scandal and a driver who woke up two Mondays ago in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship is now looking for a job. Sponsors are taking a stand, too — against a team over ethics, maybe even against NASCAR for the perception that all teams are not treated equally.
A single-car team based in Colorado suddenly has the most desired seat in the garage, and when the music stops, a pair of respected veterans and the Nationwide Series championship leader may be left standing without rides because the youth movement has clearly taken over.
Maybe everything went haywire when Tony Stewart broke his leg Aug. 5. That's when co-owner Gene Haas went rogue, seizing the opportunity while Stewart was incapacitated to finalize a deal to hire the seemingly untouchable Kurt Busch.
Texas Motor Speedway to install 109-ton video screen Of course, Texas had to do things bigger.
Texas Motor Speedway announced Monday night it is partnering with Panasonic to create the world’s largest high-definition video board at the facility in time for its April 2014 NASCAR race weekend.
The video board display, which will be located in the center of the backstretch, will feature 20,633.64 square feet of HD display – nearly a half-acre – with dimensions of 218 feet wide and 94.6 feet tall. The entire structure will stand nearly 125 feet above ground level and weigh more than 108 tons.
The display size will allow the video board at TMS to supplant the one at Charlotte Motor Speedway as the world’s largest. Charlotte’s big-screen TV was built in 2011.
New Hampshire postscript Just how impressive was the performance of Matt Kenseth and Joe Gibbs Racing during Chase race number two? Here's some New Hampshire numbers to support the theory.
1. Matt Kenseth's average finish ratio for the first two races in the 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup. Kenseth also scored his first win, and first top five finish in 28 starts, at a track he originally... claimed that he never really cared for. Bet he likes it now.
2. New Hampshire marked Kenseth's second, consecutive, Chase win. Bet the competition is already very worried about this accomplishment. JGR team mate Kyle Busch finished second for the second, consecutive, time.
All-time Le Mans great Tom Kristensen to ROC again Nine-time Le Mans 24-Hour race winner Tom Kristensen has signed up for the 2013 Race Of Champions, to be held at Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium on the weekend of December 14-15.
The end-of-season contest, held every year since 1988, brings together the world’s greatest drivers from motor sport’s main disciplines – including Formula 1, world rally, Le Mans, MotoGP, Nascar, IndyCar, touring cars and the X-Games – and sets them free to battle head-to-head in identical machinery.
Education’s race to the top is easier with INDYCAR program
IndyCar won't be back to Baltimore so this program of getting Maryland' kids interested in IndyCar won't reach the desired effects. Baltimore had too many fans to accommodate a date change. They prefer to race on some oval in Podunk where you can shoot a cannon in the grandstands and not hit anyone.
Sixth-grade science students from Montgomery Village Middle School have to design a better car bumper as a class project this fall and got a head start on their project with the help of the INDYCAR Future of Fast STEM Education Program.
INDYCAR, which sponsored the Baltimore Grand Prix Aug. 30 through Sept. 1, invited teachers to apply for the new educational program which connects the science of racing with classroom learning.
Nationwide departure chance to rethink entire series NASCAR’s “AAA” series will have a fresh title sponsor for 2015. And wouldn’t it be a perfect time for the series to make a few other changes as a result?
This is purely hypothetical, but thinking ahead, a rebranding effort of what is now the Nationwide Series that focuses primarily on its series regulars and limits the frequency of Sprint Cup Series stars participating would be an excellent, forward-thinking move.
Truex unsure of future plans (2nd Update)UPDATE #2 Waltrip ... said that if Truex could find another deal, he wouldn't hold him back even though two years remain on his contract. Right now, there's only one other real deal out there the Furniture Row Racing #78 car. That team is self-funded by Barney Visser, who owns the furniture chain. Furniture Row general manager Joe Garone said he was interested in Truex, and he likely could wait a while for Truex to make a decision. The organization likely would go with a young driver if not Truex, meaning all those drivers probably would be available well into November before having to make a commitment for 2014.
‘Roar Before The Rolex 24’ Dates Announced The Rolex 24 At Daytona will serve as the kick-off event for the inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season and Daytona International Speedway’s Budweiser Speedweeks 2014, on Jan. 25-26.
But three weeks beforehand, it will be time to make some preseason noise.
The annual “Roar Before The Rolex 24” test sessions will be held at DIS on Jan. 3-5, open to teams in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, both sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA).
Singapore Draws High Ratings On RTL (Update)UPDATE German free-to-air TV channel RTL "has recorded satisfying ratings for its broadcast of the Singapore F1 Grand Prix," according to Alexander Krei of the DWDL. A total of 5.01 million people tuned in to watch Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel win his third consecutive race at Marina Bay. The number translated into a market share of 34%. In the target demographic 14-49, RTL obtained a 27.5% share. In addition, German pay-TV channel Sky "set a new season best with its broadcast of Sunday's race." Sky attracted an average of 540,000 viewers to its coverage. The number equaled a 3.6% share in the target demographic. DWDL
09/22/13 German free-to-air TV channel RTL "received strong ratings for its broadcast of Saturday's F1 qualifying session," according to David Grzeschik of QUOTENMETER. A total of 1.84 million viewers tuned in to watch the session starting at 3pm German time. The number translated into a market share of 16.1%. In the target demographic 14-49, the qualifying session for the Singapore Grand Prix attracted 620,000 viewers and had a 13.1% market share. Ahead of the qualifying session, the free practice was watched by 1.43 million viewers and recorded a 10.7% share in the target demographic. QUOTENMETER
Alonso's Purchase Of Euskaltel-Euskadi Cycling Collapses Spanish telecom company Euskaltel said that F1 Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso's "plans to buy Spanish cycling team Euskaltel-Euskadi have collapsed," according to Braden Phillips of REUTERS. Euskaltel said, "We could not reach a definitive agreement. Euskaltel is now obliged, regrettably, to return to the process of an orderly and responsible closure of the project." Alonso, "a keen bike rider," had been set to "purchase the company that owns the Basque team's WorldTour license to enable them to continue racing in professional cycling's top league" in '14. Euskaltel-Euskadi faces "closure at the end of the season after 17 years of activity." No financial details "were given of Alonso's offer but Spanish media had reported" that Alonso had about $8.11M "available to spend on the project." REUTERS.
The AFP reported that Euskaltel-Euskadi had agreed "in principle" for Alonso to "fill a funding gap in their sponsorship" after the team lost $4.7M of "local government spending due to spending cuts." With the breakdown in negotiations, "it appears as if the last hope to save the 19-year old team have disappeared." AFP
Michael Andretti is about to become a father again.
Andretti, 50, announced Monday on Twitter that he and his wife, Jodi, are expecting twins, their first children together.
Andretti has three other children: Marco, 26; Marissa, 22; and Lucca, 14. Lucca so far has no interest in racing....so far. Now about those twins....Mario Andretti and his bother Aldo were twins. Might history repeat itself?
News V8 Supercars Boss axes Texas race James Warburton has taken the broom to V8 Supercars with the sports new CEO to this week announce several drastic changes to the series, including the addition of at least six twilight races and the temporary axing of Texas.
The Daily Telegraph has been leaked details of the sport’s radical transformation ahead of the release of the 2014 V8 calendar and the night racing revolution is set to begin with key events like the Sydney 500 and the Gold Coast 600 to thunder into darkness with 8.30pm race finishes.
F1-Themed "Rush" Has Solid Limited Opening In N.Y., L.A. The Ron Howard-directed "Rush" opened in four theaters in N.Y. and L.A. this weekend, earning $200,000 "for a solid theater average of $39,991." Universal is "using the limited launch to build word-of-mouth before 'Rush' expands nationwide on Sept. 27." Despite the film being "well-reviewed," F1-themed movies "face a major challenge in the U.S., where the sport has never been popular." Hollywoodreporter.com
Detroit Grand Prix and Long Beach GP race dates announced (Update)UPDATE With the NJ F1 race back on the calendar for 2014 and slated to be run June 1st, it is bad news for the Detroit GP also slated to run on the June 1st weekend. Road Course open wheel fans are open wheel fans, and if given a choice between Detroit or NJ overlooking Manhattan, want to bet which one they are going to choose? And to make matters worse, the following weekend is the Canadian GP, so Canadian open wheel fans will save their money for Montreal rather than Detroit. Therefore, date-wise Detroit could not come at a worse time of year. IndyCar would be better off running in Texas on June 1st, which would make Eddie Gossage happy.
09/20/13 The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix race weekend on Belle Isle will be held next year on May 30-June 1.
The IndyCar series had its first doubleheader — races held on consecutive days — this past June 1-2 in Detroit. Next year's IndyCar schedule should be released in the next few weeks to show if another doubleheader will be held on Belle Isle.
The IMSA series announced the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship schedule today with a race in Detroit during the IndyCar weekend set for May 31.
5-Hour Energy president questions NASCAR’s integrity The president of sponsor 5-Hour Energy would not commit to staying with Michael Waltrip Racing Sunday but seemed more upset with NASCAR than the race team he sponsors.
Scott Henderson said he would wait until the end of the season to decide whether his company will continue to sponsor MWR’s Clint Bowyer. Bowyer’s spin with seven laps remaining in the Sept. 7 race at Richmond International Raceway set off a chain of events that led to MWR being penalized for manipulating the finish to try to get MWR driver Martin Truex Jr. into the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Drivers pleased with new restart rule The consensus among Cup drivers is that the tweak to the restart rules introduced for the first Chase race last Sunday at Chicagoland has made a potentially gnarly situation less complicated. After the leader of the race, who controls the restart, picks up the pace in the restart zone, the flagman waves the green, and drivers begin racing without changing lanes until they reach the start/finish line. No longer does the lead car have to reach the stripe first - a requirement before the change made last Sunday.
Audi celebrates 100th LMP overall victory with Austin win
On the podium Allan McNish (GB), Loic Duval (F), Tom Kristensen (DK), Benoit Treluyer (F), Andre Lotterer (D), Marcel Fassler (CH)
Audi achieved a historic milestone on the Texan debut of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Austin. The squad of Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich celebrated the 100th overall victory of an LMP sports car of the brand. The event has a parallel, as Audi had clinched its first-ever victory in America as well – at Sebring, on March 18, 2000. Back then and today, it was Audi Sport Team Joest that fielded the victorious race car and, back then and today, Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen was part of the successful Audi driver squad.
IndyCar provides off-week fun with "Vocabulary Class" video Ever heard a racing term and thought, "What on earth does that mean?" We asked the drivers to help you out with some of these common racing words.
Nico Rosberg has questioned Mercedes' strategic calls during Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix, the German unable to convert his qualifying form into a podium result.
Having battled pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel throughout the opening sequence of corners, Rosberg found himself occupying a solid second place, but a subsequent Safety Car period – caused by Daniel Ricciardo – saw strategies thrown wide open.
McLaren and Sergio Perez adrift in the F1 shadowlands
Perez knows he has nothing to worry about as long as Carlos Slim keeps writing a big check to McLaren
McLaren's chances of signing Fernando Alonso next season are virtually zero but if Perez interprets that as meaning he is a shoo-in to keep his place next season he is mistaken.
South of the border, down Mexico way, the story is that Sergio Perez is close to confirming another season with McLaren. In fact that is the popular notion on most of the raucous planet called Formula One. The reality is a little different. While Jenson Button's drive with the team in 2014 has been confirmed – McLaren will make an announcement about this shortly – the Woking-based team are taking a long hard look at his team-mate before confirming their lineup for next year.
F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone Talks F1 Finances F1 CEO BERNIE ECCLESTONE "spoke recently in the motor home that he uses as a headquarters at Grands Prix races" with John F. Burns of the N.Y. TIMES and Brad Spurgeon of the Int'l HERALD TRIBUNE.
Q: There has been quite a lot of nervousness about the state of some of the F1 teams, and whether they are financially viable. Bernie Ecclestone: How long have I been, really, in Formula One running the teams? 1970? Myself, when I had money invested -- nothing’s changed -- FRANK WILLIAMS [owner of the Williams team] used to come and borrow money from me to pay for his engine bills. Nothing’s changed. You go back to the Brabham days, when I really got involved in things. Dear old Frank used to come and borrow money, and he paid it back right on the dot. That’s how it was. There have been very rich teams, and teams that are struggling. Nothing’s changed. Just the amounts have gone up. The principles have all been the same. Formula One team owners always spend more than they’ve got. And they have to find the money.
F1 Management Faces Big Changes Ahead Of FIA Presidential Election Motorsports governing body FIA's presidential election in December will be "contested by two strong candidates with very different agendas," according to James Allen of the FINANCIAL TIMES. Incumbent President Jean Todt knows that "he faces a strong challenge" from Englishman David Ward, a former policy adviser to the late Labour party leader John Smith.
In office, Todt "has not behaved the way the powerful pairing had imagined," with the Frenchman challenging F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone "robustly on a range of issues such as the introduction of hybrid engines and revenue sharing in the sport."
First International SportsCar Weekend draws only 33,591 at COTA Circuit of The Americas three-day crowd of 33,591 for its first International SportsCar Weekend, featuring two of the world’s premier endurance racing series—the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron (ALMS) was disappointing to say the least. If IndyCar raced there instead they would draw that in one day. The F1 crowd dwarfed this.
Soaking rains on Friday, Sept. 20, made for an uncomfortable first day at the track, with only the hardiest of race fans braving the wet weather to check out the open paddock and day-long on-track action, including practice sessions for both ALMS and WEC teams. By Saturday, clouds gave way to sunny skies and near-perfect fall temperatures, allowing patrons to easily enjoy the two feature races, plus the exceptional access to teams and drivers in the open paddock, through autograph sessions, pit walks and grid access following the races. Additionally, fans enjoyed demonstrations by Formula DRIFT and Aaron Colton on his street bike and popular kids festival attractions in the Grand Plaza.
Roger Penske: NASCAR team had no deal in Richmond race Roger Penske denied his team tried to cut a deal with Front Row Motorsports to help Joey Logano in the Sept. 7 race at Richmond International Raceway.
NASCAR placed both Penske Racing and Front Row on probation last week for "actions detrimental to stock car racing" after radio chatter surfaced in which Frank Kerr, Front Row crew chief for David Gilliland, intimated the team would receive a reward for allowing Logano to gain a spot on Gilliland. There was no traffic on Logano's radio channel indicating an arrangement.
"I don't know all the details," Penske said. "I didn't see all the facts. We obviously didn't do anything, quite honestly. At the end of the day, what I heard that the crew chief on whatever car it was made all this big noise … we didn't have any deal at all.
"But that's how people role-play stuff here in NASCAR. I think it worked out for everybody and we're moving on."
IMSA, ACO Announce DP, LM P2 Cars Eligible Through 2016 Following a four-hour steering committee meeting at Circuit of The Americas between officials from the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and the Automobile Club l’Ouest (ACO), both organizations today confirmed a collaborative decision that cars eligible for the Prototype class in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the LM P2 category internationally will remain so through the conclusion of the 2016 season.
Set to debut next year, the Prototype class in the IMSA-sanctioned TUDOR United SportsCar Championship will include cars currently competing in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series’ DP class, as well as P2 cars and the new DeltaWing DWC13 from the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron (ALMS). IMSA officials are in the final stages of computer simulations and wind-tunnel testing of the three different types of prototype race cars. On-track testing will soon begin for balance of performance.
Vettel crushes rivals amid more booing in Singapore
Fans boo Vettel because he destroys their favorite driver, sometimes making them look like monkeys.
(GMM) Sebastian Vettel crushed his rivals on Sunday and tightened his grip on a fourth consecutive world championship -- to yet another sea of boos.
After facing the jeering disapproval of the fans in Britain, Belgium and Monza, and also in Malaysia as the 'multi-21' affair began, spectators under the Singapore floodlights on Sunday also booed the German on the podium.
"Please don't do that -- that's not correct," said podium interviewer and former grand prix driver Martin Brundle, who was interviewing Red Bull's Vettel amid the latest booing.
Porsche Plans Factory SportsCar Effort Porsche AG and Porsche Cars North America announced Saturday in Austin, TX at CTO that the sports car marque will field a two-car factory team named Porsche North America throughout next year’s inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Racing championship.
The effort will utilize the new Porsche 911 RSR, the same as the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans LM GTE-Pro class-winning entries. The headquarters for the program will be at Porsche Motorsport North America in Santa Ana, Calif. CORE autosport will act as the competition partner for the program.
On the pole in the No. 2 Audi from left, McNish, Kristensen and Duval
On the debut of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at the “Circuit of the Americas” at Austin, Texas, both Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars of Audi Sport Team Joest captured the front row in the final qualifying session. Thus, an Audi has started from the top spot ever since the second WEC race at Spa.
The leaders of the standings presented themselves in superb form. Loic Duval (F) in car number ‘2’ was the only driver to complete a lap in less than 1m 48s – and not just once but twice. On his second and third flying lap, posting 1m 47.801s and 1m 47.520s, respectively, he even significantly stayed below this mark. Allan McNish (GB) shared the cockpit in qualifying with the Frenchman and completed the team’s performance. The two team-mates achieved 1m 48.355s as their average time of the four best laps. With that, the Championship leaders secured a point in the standings as well.
Sam Bird kept the pressure on Series leader Fabio Leimer scoring another win through a display of mature driving to take a lights to flag victory in today’s sprint race at the Marina Bay circuit. The Briton headed Marcus Ericsson and Leimer.
At the start, Bird was able to control the rest of the pack from pole position, Ericsson in tow. Behind the pair, Leimer leapfrogged a slow-starting Tom Dillmann to move up to third with Stephane Richelmi also passing the Frenchman. Further down the field, there was a bit of chaos at Turn 8 when Stefano Coletti braked too late and punted Mitch Evans with Simon Trummer, Alexander Rossi and Dani Clos as collateral damage. All cars could resume their race, but the Monegasque driver received a drive through penalty.
Door left open for 2014 New Jersey GP New Jersey has won a temporary reprieve for inclusion on the 2014 Formula 1 calendar, with a June 1 slot set to be left open when the FIA approves the provisional schedule next week. Grand Prix of America organisers have been working hard in recent weeks to get in place the paperwork and funding needed for the inaugural event to take place next season.
The race had been absent from a draft schedule that was distributed to the teams ahead of the Italian Grand Prix.
However, that was because race officials had not lodged the mandatory official application and payment to the American national motor sport authority, the ACCUS (Automobile Competition Committee for the United States) at that point.
Back pain almost sidelines Raikkonen (GMM) Kimi Raikkonen almost sat out the Singapore grand prix weekend with a back injury, it emerged on Saturday.
So serious was the problem that Lotus briefed reserve driver Davide Valsecchi to prepare to step into the Finn's car.
But Raikkonen did manage to practice and qualify on Saturday, although he admitted that before arriving at the street circuit for the day's action, he doubted he would be able to.
"This morning it was very difficult," he is quoted by the German broadcaster Sky, amid a fraught and tense weekend after he revealed he decided to leave Lotus for Ferrari in 2014 because he hasn't been paid.
F1 proposes extended practice session for young drivers (Update)UPDATE Formula 1 is set to give the green light to a young driver Friday test plan at grands prix next season as part of an effort to hand rookies extra track time.
AUTOSPORT reports that F1 teams have approved a change to the sport's regulations that will encourage outfits to run test drivers during an extended first free practice session.
The matter was discussed during a meeting of F1 think tank, the Sporting Working Committee, ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix.
Jolyon Palmer did not make his life easy today at Marina Bay: a slow start from pole position meant he had to fight his way back to the lead, and fight he did! Thanks to a string of fastest laps, the Carlin driver reduced an over 25s gap after the mandatory pitstop to teammate and then race leader Felipe Nasr. Palmer eventually crossed the finish line 12 seconds ahead of Nasr. James Calado finished third.
When the lights went off, it was Nasr who had the better start from P2 and was leading the rest of the pack into turn 1. Behind the Brazilian, poleman Palmer had a slow getaway and saw both Fabio Leimer and Stephane Richelmi get passed him, the Monegasque driver trying to overtake the Swiss around the outside, but Leimer was able to keep second place into turn 1. Richelmi then lost a position to both Palmer and Calado.
Johnson buys New York apartment Five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has bought a $14.25 million pad at the West Village's Superior Ink. Johnson paid the full asking price for the 3,234-square-foot, five-bedroom apartment at 400 West 12th Street. The racer had earlier sold a sixth-floor, three-bedroom unit in the Robert A.M. Stern-designed building that was listed with Halstead Property's Lisa Rose for $10.5 million, according to the New York Post. Halstead's Brian Lewis represented Johnson in that deal, a spokesperson for the brokerage told The Real Deal. Sales transactions at Superior Ink increased by nearly $1,000 a square foot compared to last year, as The Real Deal reported. The Real Deal
IndyCars to go it alone Sports car racing will return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2014 on NASCAR’s Brickyard 400 weekend.
What that indirectly means is that a May road course event at IMS will feature IndyCar or nothing else, as it should.
While there initially was consideration to align the new United SportsCar Racing series with the IndyCar Series for a road course extravaganza, IMS officials have long believed the focus of that event, should it happen, should be on promoting all things related to the Indianapolis 500.
Waltrip tries to keep Truex after Richmond scandal Stripped of his Chase spot, then his sponsorship, Martin Truex Jr. is now in a hasty scramble to find a ride. He his little time to piece together a deal and few options.
"There's not a whole lot out there," Truex said Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
But if he can find a funded ride out there, owner Michael Waltrip is willing to let Truex walk. With NAPA out of the picture, Truex could decide to bolt Michael Waltrip Racing as part of the aftershock of the Richmond scandal that saw him booted out of the Chase.
Sebastian Vettel was fastest again in final practice ahead of Singapore Grand Prix qualifying, with a 1m44.173s, 0.191s faster than Romain Grosjean, while Mark Webber was fourth behind Mercedes' Nico Rosberg.
Sandbagging Lewis Hamilton ended up in fifth ahead of Fernando Alonso's Ferrari.
Alonso was followed by the McLaren of Sergio Perez.
Memo To Michael Waltrip Racing – Cheating Matters [Editor's Note: Cheating has been engrained in NASCAR since its inception. Teams are caught cheating all the time. This is nothing new. Why is anyone surprised that Waltrip's team would cheat to make it into the Chase? We would be surprised if they didn't. Unofficially it is part of the 'lore' of NASCAR - cheat but don't get caught.]
Cheating does have consequences. Just ask Michael Waltrip and his Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) organization. It was announced by Napa Auto Parts that they are dropping their sponsorship – a relationship with Waltrip that goes back over a dozen seasons.
This circumstance stems from the end of the regular season race at Richmond less than two weeks ago where MWR manipulated the results of the race by having two of their other team cars – Brian Vickers and Clint Bowyer – create problems that eventually caused yellows, allowing #56 of Martin Truex a chance to get back in the points battle which he ultimately did, winning a spot in the Chase on a tie-breaker. However, NASCAR penalized the team and Truex was knocked out of the Chase, although he personally hadn’t done anything wrong.
Montoya's mind is ready, but is his fat NASCAR body?
Montoya is not as fat as Tony Stewart, but he needs to work hard to endure the beating you take in IndyCars
Juan Pablo Montoya’s return to IndyCar should be a big boost for the IZOD IndyCar Series.
Montoya already has squeezed into his new ride for 2014, I’m told, which was probably a rather tight fit.
The Colombian native has packed on some pounds since going 'lazy' racing and he last drove an open-wheel car in 2006. But he’ll have already started working out hard as he finishes up this season in the No. 42 Chevy in NASCAR Sprint Cup for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing.
'Spin-gate' still spinning out of control While a mountain of articles, in recent days has been written about NASCAR “Spingate,” from letting Gordon in the Chase to chasing away any modern sense of competitive integrity I took a small period to stand quiet. After 13 years of writing, from anywhere to the smallest of hobby sites to getting on the front page of cnn.com I took a deep breath, waited, and let everyone else do the talking – at least about this issue exclusively.
Why buy a ride in IndyCar when you can get paid to drive in USCR? Open-wheel veteran Alex Tagliani's heart is with the IZOD IndyCar Series but that ship may have finally sailed.
Tagliani has been competing in Grand-Am since his departure from Barracuda Racing in early August and the sport's relatively short off-season could mean that he remains in sports cars next season, with the newly merged United Sports Car Championship.
Should that be the case, the suddenly 39-year-old has made peace with the outcome.
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