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10/04/04
champcar
ARCA
ARCA to support Champ Car Milwaukee race ARCA to support Champ Car Milwaukee raceThe Milwaukee Mile has announced the addition of the Automobile Racing Club of America’s ARCA RE/MAX Series to the speedway’s 2005 schedule.  The tradition-laden stock car series will make its return to America’s Legendary Oval on Saturday, June 4, 2005.  “We know the talented drivers and teams in the ARCA RE/MAX Series will put on a great show, and it is a great addition to The Milwaukee Mile’s 2005 season schedule,” exclaimed Mark Perrone, Vice President / General Manager of the one-mile oval.  “We’ve had a number of our loyal fans inquire about the possibility of holding an ARCA race here, and it’s been a pleasure getting to know ARCA President Ron Drager in the process of making this possible.”  The Champ Cars race that same night under the lights.
10/04/04
nascar
Hamilton Jr. tops 187 MPH at Atlanta test Hamilton Jr. tops 187 MPH at Atlanta testBobby Hamilton Jr. tested his NASCAR Nextel Cup car Monday at Atlanta Motor Speedway along with NASCAR Busch series drivers David Stremme and Robert Pressley in preparation for the Oct. 29-31 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 weekend. Hamilton’s No. 32 Tide Chevrolet topped the day’s unofficial speed chart, turning a lap of 29.55 seconds (187.614 mph). Stremme was second fastest in the No. 32 Trim Spa Dodge with a lap of 30.01 seconds (184.738 mph); Pressley was just behind Stremme, recording a lap at 30.26 seconds (183.212 mph). With just a few weeks to settle into his new role at PPI Motorsports, Hamilton Jr. and the team used Monday’s test as a training ground. They experimented with an array of spoilers, springs and tires, trying to hit on the perfect combination for the high banks and fast speeds of Atlanta’s quad-oval. “This place is super fast, so you can try a lot of different aero stuff,” Hamilton said. “We brought everything from the fab shop we could throw at it.” Hamilton Jr. was brought on board at PPI just four weeks ago, when former driver Ricky Craven was released. Although he has just four races under his belt with his new team, Hamilton Jr. said he already feels right at home. Much of his Busch team has made the transition to NEXTEL Cup with him, and former crew chief Harold Holly is currently on board as a consultant. “We all knew each other and raced either together or against each other, so it’s pretty comfortable already,” Hamilton Jr. said. “It’s not like meeting your father-in-law for the first time.” Along with the great chemistry of his not-so-new team, Hamilton will also enter the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 weekend with three previous NASCAR NEXTEL Cup starts in Atlanta, including a top finish of 15th in 2001. “I just know what to expect from this track now,” Hamilton Jr. said. “I have years of notes, and hundreds of miles, here. That will help our confidence a lot when we come back.” NASCAR testing will continue throughout the next three weeks as drivers prepare for the Oct. 29-31 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500. All test sessions are closed to public; but check the Atlanta Motor Speedway website at www.atlantamotorspeedway.com for more information and daily testing updates.
10/04/04
alms
Speed World Challenge
Audi to sponsor Laguna Seca races Audi to sponsor Laguna Seca racesAudi of America, Inc. will be the title sponsor of this month's Audi Sports Car Championships (Oct. 15-17), featuring a doubleheader of season finales for North America's two elite, world-class sports car series to close the 2004 race season at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.  The fire-breathing Le Mans-style prototypes and GT cars of the American Le Mans Series will make history on Saturday, Oct. 16, when they'll take the green flag at 4 p.m., then for the first time in the 47-year history of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, race into the darkness to the 8 p.m. checkered flag.  The race will be shown tape-delayed on NBC the next day (Sunday, Oct. 17), from 1-3 p.m. PDT.  The SPEED Channel-sponsored World Challenge is comprised of both GT and Touring Car classes, which will stage their finales on Sunday, Oct. 17.  The Touring class takes the green flag at 10:30 a.m., while the GT race will start at 1 p.m.  Both races are 50 minutes in length.  The Touring race has same-day coverage beginning at noon, while the GT race is live at 1 p.m. (All times are PDT.) Both races are on SPEED Channel.  Audi competes in both the American Le Mans Series and SPEED World Challenge, where its cars have won numerous races and championships in recent years.
10/04/04
champcar
Champ Car Art Contest Voting and Auction Available Online Champ Car Art Contest Voting and Auction Available OnlineLast week’s launch of a new watch line by Herdez Competition sponsor Gevril was a big hit as the Champ Car two-seater and the Herdez Champ Car drove through the streets of downtown Manhattan to the Tourneau Time Machine store in New York City. A gala at the watch store followed and was a big hit, attended by celebrities and motorsports dignitaries such as Paul Newman and Mario Andretti. However, the timepieces were not the only works of art on hand that night. A large display of Champ Car-themed art was, and still is, on display in the Tourneau Time Machine, located at 12 East 57th Street in Manhattan, with many paintings, lithographs and photographs donated by some of the sport’s most celebrated artists. Now, fans can view all of the art without making the trip to the Big Apple by going to www.votechampcar.com or linking from the official website of the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford, www.champcarworldseries.com The contributions are on display through October 8, and the artists are also competing for a prize of a new Gevril watch. Those in attendance at the gala were able to vote for their favorite entry among the many submissions, and fans can now submit votes for their favorite entries as well by visiting the above-mentioned websites. In addition, fans are encouraged to participate in an auction of those works by following the links on the website. The proceeds of the auctions will benefit Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Camps for children. For more information contact Champ Car Communications, 317-715-4100
10/04/04
nascar
Mark Martin to pull triple duty Mark Martin to pull triple dutyAs if competing for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup championship wasn’t enough, Mark Martin announced today that he will compete in three races during the Oct. 29-31 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.  Martin will return to his roots on Friday, Oct. 29, competing in the ASA 150 for Atlanta-based World Financial Group, with associate sponsorship from longtime AMS sponsor Gresham & Associates. Martin, 45, began his racing career in the American Speed Association (ASA), logging 143 starts, which produced 22 race wins and four titles.    Martin will continue logging miles during the Oct. 30 Aaron’s 312 Busch Series race in his Roush Racing Ford sponsored by Cottman Transmissions. First on the all-time Busch Series win list, Martin already has three victories and two pole positions in Atlanta Busch Series events.  On Sunday, Oct. 31, Martin will return to his Viagra Ford for the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500, the seventh of 10 races in the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup.  The only race that Martin will miss all weekend at Atlanta is the Crown Royal IROC season championship.  “But I’ll be working on my champion’s invite for next year,” Martin said with an impish grin.  IROC offers invitations to the top 12 drivers in the country across different disciplines to compete in an all-star racing series. Martin, a four-time IROC champion, would automatically be invited to join next year’s field if he wins the NEXTEL Cup championship this season.  It will make for a long weekend for Martin, but one that he is eagerly anticipating.    “This will give me a whole lot more chances to win in Atlanta,” Martin said.   Between the three races, including practice and qualifying Martin estimates that he will run more than 1,200 miles at Atlanta Motor Speedway – but he’s not sure whether to call that an advantage or not.  “If I follow the plan and win all three races, I guess we’ll consider it an advantage,” Martin said.  Atlanta Motor Speedway
10/04/04
champcar
US team completes historic space flight US team completes historic space flightEight Champ Car World Series drivers have amassed $10 million in earnings over their long racing careers but the U.S.-based American Mojave Aerospace Ventures, LLC team led by Burt Rutan and Paul Allen picked up $10 million in a little under two hours Monday morning.

The team successfully sent its SpaceShipOne craft 368,000 feet into space Monday morning with pilot Brian Binnie at the controls, reaching the boundaries of space for the second time in a week to win the $10 million ANSARI X PRIZE Presented by Champ Car competition. As part of the sponsorship, the Champ Car logo flew not only on SpaceShipOne, but on each of the spacecraft of all teams participating in the competition. In addition, a Champ Car flag made the journey into space as part of the 400 pounds of ballast required by competition rules. Rules state the flight must carry three people, or the weight of two additional passengers along with the pilot. The bright orange Champ Car flag was given to the X PRIZE management last week for today’s history-making flight.

“When we first partnered with the X PRIZE organization, we knew that one of the talented teams would make history,” said Champ Car co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven. “I firmly believe that in the years to come, we will all look back at the events of today as a watershed mark in the history of space travel. It takes the same tenacity, commitment, competitive spirit and passion to make history in space or at the track, and the Champ Car World Series is extremely proud to be a part of it.”

The flight exceeded the competition’s requirements by 40,000 feet and broke a 41-year-old record for altitude by an airplane, set by an experimental X-15 military aircraft. The $10 million prize will be awarded in St. Louis on November 6. The historic flight was deliberately scheduled for Monday by the U.S. team, as it marked the 47th anniversary of the launch of the Russian Sputnik 1, the first satellite to be put into space.

10/04/04
nascar
NY City Mayor speaks out against NASCAR track NY City Mayor speaks out against NASCAR trackUPDATE NASCAR and the International Speedway Corp.'s plans to take racing to New York City have apparently hit a snag.  In the past week, two of the area's elected officials have publicly questioned whether Staten Island – the proposed location of an 80,000-seat speedway – could handle such a project.  In an appearance before the Grant City Civic Association this week, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg seemed less-than-enthusiastic about the prospects of NASCAR races coming to Staten Island, The New York Daily News reported in Friday editions.  "Personally, I am not an auto racing fan and I am skeptical that it fits on Staten Island," Bloomberg told the group.

Also this week, The Staten Island Advance reported that U.S. Rep. Vito Fossella (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn) had written a letter to ISC president Lesa France Kennedy, noting his opposition to the building of a speedway.  In his letter, Fossella told Kennedy, "While I applaud your decision to expand NASCAR racing to other parts of the country, I believe Staten Island is the wrong place for this project," the paper reported.  ISC spokesman David Talley said Saturday the ownership group was working hard to address concerns raised by residents and officials.

"We remain very interested in New York City," Talley said. "ISC, as well as NASCAR, still believe to grow the sport moving into the New York market would be a good thing.  We're looking at various options to reduce the traffic flow to the island on a race date, among other things."

ISC announced in July it had agreed to buy approximately 680 acres of land on Staten Island with a view of the New York City skyline.   If ISC was able to obtain approval from local and state governments, the land is planned to accommodate a three-fourths-mile, 80,000-seat track and adjacent retail development.   Talley said ISC did not have a "strict timetable" to obtain approval for the project.  Charlotte Observer

09/30/04 Mayor Bloomberg yellow-flagged the idea of NASCAR racing on Staten Island at a community meeting last night.  "Personally, I am not an auto racing fan," Bloomberg told members of the Grant City Civic Association, "and I am skeptical that it fits on Staten Island."  He said the big problem with putting a track in the borough and drawing thousands of spectators is that local roads "just can't handle the existing number of people here."  "Every time I'm in this borough, and I'm here maybe twice a week, there's a traffic jam," he said.  It was Bloomberg's strongest statement to date on the NASCAR issue.  In July, the International Speedway Corp. - which owns several NASCAR speedways - agreed to buy two large parcels of land near the Goethals Bridge with an eye toward putting in a 3/4-mile oval and a grandstand with seating for 80,000. NY Daily News
10/04/04
f1
McLaren chooses SAP McLaren chooses SAPSAP AG today announced that Team McLaren Mercedes has selected SAP(R) software to help optimize the engineering and production operations of its high performance Mercedes-Benz's Formula One engine division, Mercedes-Ilmor. The team is rolling out it.automotive -- a qualified mySAP(TM) All-in-One solution from intelligence, an SAP business partner -- to integrate all engine design, development and production data in a single, enterprise-wide system and improve collaboration among its project groups. By providing management, engineering and track-side teams with reliable, real-time information on the life-cycle status and performance of its more than 5,000 engine components, the company aims to achieve best possible performance of each engine and more quickly deploy engineering innovations. More....
10/04/04
nascar
NASCAR points would be closer under old system NASCAR points would be closer under old systemIf NASCAR executives hadn't fiddled with the points system, the top two guys in the standings today would be even closer than they are under the new system.  Dale Earnhardt Jr. would be leading under either system, but under the old scoring system he would be only 10 points ahead of Jeff Gordon. As it stands now, Earnhardt is 13 points ahead of Kurt Busch and 61 points ahead of Gordon.  Indeed, NASCAR's new championship points system has been a boon for Busch, Mark Martin and Matt Kenseth, who would all be long out of the title hunt if it were being played out under the old system. Winston-Salem Journal
10/04/04
nascar
Jeff Gordon blames rookie Wimmer Jeff Gordon blames rookie WimmerChase points leader Jeff Gordon blames Scott Wimmer for his 19th place finish at Talladega.  Rookie Scott Wimmer was close behind him when the other leaders suddenly turned toward pit road for their last pit stop and Gordon couldn't get slowed down soon enough. He was in the top-5 at the time and pitted the next time around, but lost valuable track position and wound up finishing 19th and falling from the points lead to third, 61 points behind race winner and new leader Dale Earnhardt Jr.  "That's why you love and you hate this place because it can give you a great day like it did Junior, or you can be back here and the next thing you know you can be in a wreck with five to go in the back of the pack. It was unfortunate for us," Gordon said.  We had a great car. We knew we were in trouble when those guys came to pit under green. I waved at the No. 22 and he just had no idea that all these cars were going to pit. If I would have put on the brakes, he would have run right in the back of me. So that messed up the rest of our day."
10/04/04
irl
Wheldon mad at penalty Wheldon mad at penaltyDan Wheldon said the late-race penalty he got for moving into Sam Hornish Jr.'s path was unfair. He challenged league officials to review his computer data. "What happened was out of my control," he said after rallying to finish third. "Another car crossed my wake and sent me way up the track." Indy Star
10/04/04
nascar
Don't expect Earnhardt to lose points Don't expect Earnhardt to lose pointsDuring the interview in Victory Lane with NBC's Matt Yocum, Earnhardt Jr. was asked what it meant to win for the fifth time at Talladega. Earnhardt Jr. replied, "It don't mean s--- right now. Daddy's won here 10 times."  NBC later issued an apology for the inappropriate language.  NASCAR is reviewing the post-race videotape, according to spokesman Mike Zizzo. Any penalty would be handed down Tuesday at the earliest, Zizzo said.   Two Busch Series drivers were penalized for inappropriate language earlier this season.  Ron Hornaday was fined $10,000 and docked 25 points for "use of inappropriate language" during a live radio interview during a Busch race at Dover in June. Also, Johnny Sauter was penalized the same amount of money and points for the same infraction after a Busch race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March.  However, Earnhardt Jr. is NASCAR's favorite son and they need him to win the championship so they can play up the media and help boost their flat TV ratings.  We will be surprised if he gets anything other than a monetary fine for his infraction.
10/04/04
champcar
History of the Vanderbilt Cup History of the Vanderbilt CupThis Newsday article gives a nice rundown of the history of Champ Car's Vanderbilt Cup.   When 18 race car drivers from around the world gathered on Long Island a century ago to compete in the first Vanderbilt Cup race, it was as if the World Series had come to a sparsely populated rural backwater.  An estimated 15,000 to 20,000 people -- most of them from New York City -- watched the Oct. 8, 1904, race. The Long Island Rail Road had run full trains all night to bring them here. "Almost everyone who could afford a holiday took it," one newspaper reported.  It also signaled a new age. "This was the first international road race in the United States," said race historian Howard Kroplick of East Hills. More....
10/04/04
irl
10 closest finishes in IRL history 10 closest finishes in IRL history
Margin Date Venue Winner Runner-up
1. 0.0024 9/8/02 Chicagoland Sam Hornish Jr. Al Unser Jr.
2. 0.0051 7/4/04 Kansas Buddy Rice Vitor Meira
3. 0.0096 9/15/02 Texas Sam Hornish Jr. Helio Castroneves
4. 0.0099 9/7/03 Chicagoland Sam Hornish Jr. Scott Dixon
5. 0.0111 6/8/02 Texas Jeff Ward Al Unser Jr.
6. 0.0121 7/27/03 Michigan Alex Barron Sam Hornish Jr.
7. 0.0183 10/3/04 California Adrian Fernandez Tony Kanaan
8. 0.0188 10/6/01 Texas Sam Hornish Jr. Scott Sharp
9. 0.0281 3/24/02 California Sam Hornish Jr. Jaques Lazier
10. 0.0581 8/15/04 Kentucky Adrian Fernandez Buddy Rice
[Editor's Note: Not even NASCAR gets finishes this close over and over again. Some are convinced the IRL controls the cars sealed rev limiters with encrypted 2-way communication from some secret location to get the cars to cross the line side-by-side time and time again. Of course there is no way to prove that conspiracy theory and we are pretty certain it's just a function of the artificially close racing one gets with a 100% throttle, rev-limited, high-downforce, racing series.]
10/04/04
f1
Fans can petition for British GP Fans can petition for British GPAnyone interested in signing the petition to save the British GP and speak out against Bernie Ecclestone should click here.
10/04/04
worldseries
Kovalainen closes on title Kovalainen closes on titleAt the Circuit de Catalunya Finland's Heikki Kovalainen all but wrapped up the Nissan World Series title with his fifth victory of the year. The Pons Racing driver finished second to Felix Porteiro (Epsilon Euskadi) in the first event and then beat his teammate Adrian Valles in the 2nd race and up his point tally to 169.  His title rivals Tiago Monteiro and Enrique Bernoldi have 110 and 104 respectively and only a mathematical chance of taking the title with two rounds still to go.  In the World Series Light class the title has already been won by Milos Pavlovic, the first Yugoslav to win an international racing title. Grandprix.com
10/04/04
champcar
Shut up and drive Shut up and driveWhen 2003 Champ Car World Series Champion Paul Tracy’s not cruising around on one of his custom Harleys, ripping it up on his Paul Tracy model 125 CC shifter go-cart, or doing a scary 150 MPH in his 50-foot Skater boat, he needs something to get him from point A to point B in his hometown of Las Vegas, NV. The active Champ Car driver with the most career victories (26) chose a white 2003 Hummer H2 for his daily driver and filled it with all the necessities. With the help of his long time friend, and fellow vehicle customization enthusiast Allen Jay and the folks at Sound Xpression in Phoenix, AZ, Tracy built an audio/video/performance powerhouse that perfectly complements the prolific racer’s personality.

“When I got the Hummer, I pretty much was going to keep it stock,” Tracy explains. “I liked the new body style, and it turned some heads the way it was. Then I went to SEMA and CES here in Las Vegas and the wheels in my head started turning. They had a lot of nice Hummers there, and I was seeing all these custom headliners and interiors and monitors. Once my wheels start turning, that’s it. There’s no stopping me.” More....

10/04/04
f1
Latest F1 news in brief Latest F1 news in brief
Still hope for Brit GP
Coulthard to race 'third' McLaren
Shanghai 'more like America' - Panis
Jaguar 'not under more pressure'
Monaco is 'outdated' - Ralf Schumacher

'Minimum risk' at Suzuka - BAR
Villeneuve vows to make up for China
'Still time' for Brit GP future
Extra support for Bridgestone cars
Renault won't beat Ferrari - Schu
Three-car F1 would be 'positive' - report
Government move to protect Imola GP
Montoya - 'I'll race in A1'
Silverstone 'not worst F1 track'

Da Matta set for Champ Car return
Wild weather at Suzuka
Brit GP had 'halo effect' - Purnell
'It's time' Rossi made the switch
Piquet is British F3 champion
Alonso vows to raze the BAR
FIA can't overturn Brit GP axe - Bernie
10/04/04
champcar
Champ Car and the X Prize Champ Car and the X PrizeChamp Car sponsors the Ansari X Prize competition and the first successful flight took place last Wednesday morning in the Mojave Desert.   The competition is giving Champ Car some much needed publicity and exposing the series to some of the wealthiest people in the world.  Hats off to Kevin Kalkhoven for having the foresight to do this for a series that is in desperate need of more publicity.  The guy sitting on the tire of the PKV Lola is Mike Melvill, pilot of the first successful launch of a private spacecraft into outer space (SpaceShipOne).  The goal is to make space travel a commercial enterprise for anyone with money and guts.  The fuel is non-explosive and made of a solid rubber-like material that is mixed at the nozzle with a liquid to sustain the burn into outer space where there is no oxygen.  This may be the most ingenious breakthrough for SpaceShipOne. 

   
Photos by Leslie Ann Miller/LAT USA

Burt Rutan's Mojave Aerospace Ventures Team successfully reached an altitude of 337,500 feet with Mike Melvill (the pilot) onboard plus ballast (approx. 180 Kg). This flight was deemed by the Judges as a successful first flight for the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE. The X PRIZE has just received official notice from Burt Rutan that SpaceShipOne's second flight (X2) will take place Monday morning, October 4th (today). Expected flight timeline:
* Takeoff at 7am PT
* Ignition at 8am PT
* Landing at 8:30am PT
* Press Conference to announce official Altitude at 10:30am PT
The Champ Car logo is shown on the different pages of the website.  The press releases explain what caused the unintended series of rolls of SpaceShipOne.  Also the ashes of Burt Rutan's recently deceased Mother were flown aboard the spacecraft, and Mike Melvill carried his wife's wedding ring on the flight.  And there is info regarding the next flight scheduled for this morning

10/03/04
grandam
SunTrust team beats CompUSA team at VIR SunTrust team beats CompUSA team at VIRIn the closest finish in Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series history, No. 10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley driver Max Angelelli held off a late charge from the No. 01 CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley of Scott Pruett and Andy Wallace in the No. 2 CITGO Howard-Boss Motorsports Pontiac Crawford to win Sunday’s VIR 400 presented by SunTrust. Angelelli’s 0.87-second margin of victory was the narrowest in the five-year history of the Rolex Sports Car Series.

Angelelli took over the seat of the No. 10 machine from co-driver Wayne Taylor on Lap 43 of the 77-lap race and took the lead on Lap 53 when Wallace made his final pit stop. Following a full-course caution period for a Lap 60 incident involving Oswaldo Negri Jr. in the No. 6 Michael Shank Racing Lexus Doran, the No. 81 Rx.com/G&W Motorsports BMW Doran of Cort Wagner and the No. 66 The Racer’s Group Porsche GT3 RS of Ian James, the race was restarted on Lap 66 and the stage was set for a fight to the finish.

While Angelelli pulled out to a healthy advantage, Pruett and Wallace engaged in a fierce battle for second, and their teammates, Luis Diaz in the No. 02 CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley and Butch Leitzinger in the No. 4 Howard-Boss Motorsports Pontiac Crawford had a similar fight for fourth place. However, a light rain began falling on the circuit in the waning laps and the shower coupled with slower traffic enabled Pruett to catch up to Angelelli with three laps remaining.

On the final lap, Wallace caught the top two drivers as well, but neither he nor Pruett were able to improve his position and Angelelli beat Pruett to the stripe, with Wallace a mere 1.036 seconds behind the winner in third place. The result was the closest finish in Rolex Series history, topping the event at Road America on July 8, 2001 when the No. 27 Lista Doran Racing Judd Ferrari of Mauro Baldi, Fredy Lienhard and Didier Theys beat the No. 20 Dyson Racing Team Ford Riley & Scott of Dorsey Schroeder, Elliott Forbes-Robinson and Rob Dyson to the finish line by 1.602 seconds.

It was Angelelli’s fifth consecutive podium finish and moved him into fifth place in the Daytona Prototype driver standings despite the fact that he missed the EMCO Gears Mid-Ohio Road Racing Classic in August due to a scheduling conflict. It was the third win of the season for the No. 10 team, and was their first triumph since taking the Paul Revere 250 presented by Brumos Porsche in July.

10/03/04
champcar
f1
First Look - New Alex Zanardi book First Look - New Alex Zanardi bookUPDATE You can now pre-order the Alex Zanardi book right here from Amazon.com.  At 30% off this is the lowest price you can buy it anywhere.

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09/16/04 To the right is the "first look" of Alex Zanardi's book cover - US edition called "MY SWEETEST VICTORY" by Bentley Publishers.    "My story" is not Zanardi's new book, but it's the UK version of the only book Alex wrote ... "MY SWEETEST VICTORY" is the US version and it will have exclusive new material such as a foreword by Mario Andretti.   We will have more details about the book, which goes on sale soon, on Friday.
10/03/04
f1
Watson slams BRDC over Silverstone Watson slams BRDC over SilverstoneFormer F1 driver John Watson told Revved Up: "Silverstone doesn't have a divine right to hold a Grand Prix. The BRDC should have realized this and when they realized that they couldn't afford the sum of money that Bernie was asking they should have stepped aside and let someone else find the cash to promote the race. Everyone is saying there should be a British Grand Prix and there should be exceptions for Silverstone, but Bernie is a commercial creature and it didn't fit his criteria. It was the BRDC's responsibility to either put up or shut up and they should have sat down and worked out a solution that Bernie would have been happy with, but they aren't living in the 21st century."

Watson, who was victorious at the British Grand Prix in 1981, added: "Bernie had a problem as he was faced with 19 Grand Prix races and that meant he had to look at losing a couple (French GP is also rumored to be getting axed). The fact that Silverstone was one that was dropped was because the BRDC's officers and members wouldn't wake up to reality." But although Silverstone looks doomed it could spark London into taking the opportunity seriously to host an F1 race as soon as 2006.

10/03/04
German DTM
Audi wins German DTM title Audi wins German DTM titleIn the DTM finale at Hockenheim Audi have successfully put the finishing touches on the brand’s aim to achieve a total triumph in Europe’s most popular touring car series: in front of a record audience of 133,000 watching the event throughout the weekend, and after having locked in both the drivers’ and teams’ titles early, AUDI AG also claimed title victory in the DTM manufacturers’ competition. Best driver of the Audi squad at Hockenheim was Martin Tomczyk, who throughout the race fought a thrilling battle for victory with DTM record champion Bernd Schneider to come in second, merely 1.635 seconds behind the winner. With a fifth place overall, Tomczyk finished the season as the best German driver. Tom Kristensen clinched fourth place both at Hockenheim and overall, thus being the best rookie of the year.
10/03/04
irl
Manning hits wall, will miss race Manning hits wall, will miss raceUPDATE #2 Manning is back at the hospital and will stay in observation.  He has a "severe back contusion," and becomes the latest in a long series of oval track wall victims. 10/03/04 This Autosport article says, Target Chip Ganassi Racing officials said late on Saturday that Darren Manning will not compete in Sunday's IRL IndyCar Series race in Fontana.  Manning underwent a magnetic resonance imaging scan on his back at Loma Linda Medical Center after his car crashed during qualifying. Team officials said the MRI was negative, and Manning was released from the hospital. However, they said he will not participate in Sunday's Toyota Indy 400 as a precautionary measure.  Manning posted a lap of 33.3608 seconds - 215.822 mph - which would have given him the fourth slot on the grid. Instead, the No. 10 TCGR Toyota/G Force will be withdrawn, and the cars behind Manning on the grid will move ahead one position.  Manning lost control between the first and second turns on his second qualifying lap. The car hit the SAFER barrier tail-first, sustaining significant damage. Manning stood in the cockpit for a moment before rescue workers arrived. He was placed on a backboard and transported by ambulance to Loma Linda, where he was treated for approximately five hours.  [Editor's Note:  Recall that Ralf Schumacher's broken back did not surface until a few days later, so although Manning’s MRI was negative, it is best he not race for it may turn out something is broken given the pain he was in and how hard he hit the wall.]  10/02/04 Target Chip Ganassi driver Darren Manning suffered a heavy crash during his 2nd flying lap in qualifying. The Briton spun at turn 2 and hit the wall with the rear of his car.  After being extracted from the cockpit by the safety stewards, they put a neck brace on him and put him on a backboard.  Manning was taken by ground to a nearby hospital for precautionary x-rays, complaining of back pains. Cassio Cortes
10/03/04
British F3
Piquet Jr. becomes youngest ever F3 champion Piquet Jr. becomes youngest ever F3 championNelson Piquet Jr. has become the British Formula Three championship after taking second place in the first race of the day at Brands Hatch for the 2004 season finale. The win makes Piquet, at nineteen years old, the youngest ever winner of the British Formula Three championship.
1. James Rossiter
2. Nelson Piquet
3. Danny Watts
4. Danilo Dirani
5. Marko Asmer
6. Rob Austin
7. James Walker
8. Alvaro Parente
9. Adam Carroll
10. Andrew Thompson
10/03/04
nascar
New group plans to protest against NASCAR New group plans to protest against NASCARUPDATE The National Association for Minority Race Fans canceled a protest planned for Sunday's EA Sports 500 NASCAR race after track officials and police expressed concerns about security.  "Our whole focus is to make NASCAR races a safer environment for minority fans," Jirard Brown, director of the minority fans group, said Saturday.  Instead of protesting, Brown said the organization's leaders will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. Sunday on the grounds of the state-owned International Motor Sports Hall of Fame adjacent to Talladega Superspeedway to outline future plans.  [Editor's Note:  Does anyone doubt that the NASCAR Bubbas would have roughed this group up had they gone through with the protest?  Talladega is right in the heart of redneck country where minority protests are not looked upon favorably.  Canceling the protest was the "safe" thing to do.] 09/28/04 NASCAR officials are bracing to defend themselves from the negative publicity that might result from a planned protest at the races in Talladega, Ala., this weekend by a little-known group claiming to represent minority race fans.  Talladega Superspeedway spokeswoman Kristi King said the group, calling itself the National Association of Minority Race Fans, applied for a permit to protest in the city of Talladega. But the track is located in Talladega County, outside city limits, and the county apparently does not have a formal approval process for protests.

Talladega County Sheriff Jerry Studdard said a member of the group came to his office to speak to him about the protest but he wasn't there at the time. Studdard said he doubted the group would be allowed to protest on track property but as far as he knew the group doesn't need a permit to stage a protest outside the track.

The Talladega track, which opened in 1969, has gained a reputation for its rowdy, blue-collar infield scene. Studdard, whose department works security detail during race weekends, said he was concerned about issues that could result from the protest. "But I haven't heard enough about it to really talk about it," he said.  More at USA Today

10/03/04
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Bodine wins Fontana truck race Bodine wins Fontana truck raceTodd Bodine spoiled Ted Musgrave's bid for a Fontana four-peat Saturday when he passed Musgrave for the lead in the closing laps of the American Racing Wheels 200 at California Speedway. Jack Sprague finished third while Bobby Hamilton increased his series points lead.
10/03/04
Industry News
GM, Chrysler, Toyota U.S. Sales Rise; Ford Declines GM, Chrysler, Toyota U.S. Sales Rise; Ford DeclinesGeneral Motors Corp.'s U.S. auto sales rose 25 percent in September, its biggest gain in almost two years, after boosting incentives. DaimlerChrysler AG and Toyota Motor Corp. also rose while Ford Motor Co. sales fell.   General Motors' gain was led by a 38 percent rise in light trucks such as the Chevrolet Trailblazer. DaimlerChrysler, the world's fifth-largest automaker, said Chrysler and Mercedes-Benz sales rose 13 percent and Toyota, Asia's largest automaker, said Prius and Corolla contributed to a 15 percent rise. Ford dropped 4.2 percent as car sales fell for a 10th straight month.   Automakers led by General Motors, the world's largest carmaker, boosted incentives last month to clear dealer lots of 2004 models. Average spending for incentives rose 12 percent to $4,523 in September from $4,041 in August, according to estimates from CNW Market Research, which tracks auto incentives.   ``What does GM have new in showrooms? Not much,'' Rebecca Lindland, an auto analyst at Global Insight, said in an interview. ``It has to be incentives.'' Automakers such as Chrysler were helped by new models such as its 300 and Magnum cars, she said. Some consumers ``haven't been in a Chrysler showroom for years,'' she said.   Total U.S. sales probably rose 11 percent from a year ago, Ford sales analyst George Pipas said in a conference call. Paul Ballew, chief analyst for Detroit-based General Motors, estimated a 6 percent industry increase and said General Motors' market share may climb to 31 percent from 28 percent in August. Analysts surveyed by Bloomberg News projected a U.S. sales decline. Bloomberg
10/03/04
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McDowell wins hometown race in Phoenix McDowell wins hometown race in PhoenixMichael McDowell thrilled his hometown fans with his seventh victory of the season this afternoon at Phoenix International Raceway in Round Nine of the Star Mazda Series North American Championship presented by Goodyear. Joining McDowell on the podium for the only oval race of the season for the series were Scott Jenkins and Jonathan Klein.

McDowell, piloting the Drive4USA/Sparco/Star Race Cars Mazda, took control from the outset of the 75-lap event, leading every lap and building up an almost seven second gap on the second place finisher Jenkins to build on his championship lead with one race remaining. “It feels great to win out here in front of my family and friends,” said the lifelong Phoenix native. “The crew at Star Race Cars gave me a car that was setup for longer runs and I was the fuel load lightened the car kept getting better.”

While McDowell was able to create a gap at the finish he had his hands full early in the race as Jenkins sought to find his way past in the Environmental Fibers International Mazda. “I was able to get some good runs on Michael as we first came upon lapped traffic and I really thought I was going to be able to use that traffic to claim victory today,” Jenkins related afterwards. “Actually this is my first loss ever on an oval, having swept the Star Mazda Series Oval Championship in 2001, but I’ll settle for a second place today and shoot for the championship in two weeks at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.”

Making his first podium appearance of the season, in his first ever oval race no less, was Jonathan Klein, the talented seventeen-year old negotiating a slipping clutch and close competition in the Kalfact Plastics/ Fettes, Love and Sieben/ Andersen-Walko Racing Mazda to great success. “Right at the start of the event my clutch started slipping so when I stepped on the throttle I had no drive from the rear wheels,” Klein explained. “Restarts were difficult and I lost a position to DiLeo on the second restart but the car worked well and I was able to negotiate traffic and work my way back around him.”

DiLeo, who held the championship lead for much of the season in the Select Auto Collision/Star Race Cars Mazda, lamented the lapped traffic that allowed Klein to claim the final podium spot. “We had a third place car today, and that’s where we were running as the laps were winding down until we came upon a lapped car that turned down in front of me from the high line in turn four and killed my momentum,” DiLeo said. “Once I had to slow, that opened the door for Klein as it takes a couple of laps to build the speed back up on this track.”

10/02/04
MotoGP
Gibernau wins Qatar GP, Rossi falls Gibernau wins Qatar GP, Rossi fallsSete Gibernau has led a Telefonica Honda one-two in a dramatic first ever Qatar Grand Prix, which also saw Ruben Xaus take his first ever MotoGP podium and world championship leader Valentino Rossi crash out after a determined charge from the back of the grid. 

Rossi was up to 4th but ran wide onto the 'grass' on lap 6, and was  thrown from his bike when the rear kicked out – sending the Italian superstar sliding down the asphalt with sparks flying. Valentino was fortunately unhurt and quickly scrambled off the racing line.  It was his 2nd DNF of the season.  Rossi still leads the championship battle.

10/02/04
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Simmons takes blame for sending Medeiros flipping Simmons takes blame for sending Medeiros flippingJeff Simmons took full blame for almost killing Thiago Medeiros in the latest travesty to result from the IRL's 100% throttle "pack" racing IPS formula.  "I think it was my fault really. We touched out coming out of (Turn) 4, and I don't know if it might have bent something a little bit, because I was having to hold it a little bit right. We got on the back straightaway there, and we were running really close. I was trying to stay close to (Thiago Medeiros). My car got sucked left, and soon as I touched him, it really must have bent the left-front right in, because I was all the way to the right and I just kept going left right into him. I bounced right into him again and it flipped him over. I had no control over my car and I went straight into the wall. I'm sorry for everybody for Team ISI, Kenn Hardley and for Thiago (Medeiros) as well. Nobody likes to damage a race car, especially on the last lap like that.  Medeiros responded: "It was sad the race ended the way that it did, but I'm happy to get the championship. I think the job that I did this season got the attention of IndyCar Series owners, so hopefully, I'll get a ride next year. We'll see. I think I'm ready. If you want to go two-wide, three-wide, let's go. Let's go three-wide. Let's go from the outside, from the inside, everywhere. I just need a little bit more seat time in the IndyCar Series car." (About the accident): "I think (Jeff) Simmons and I touched wheels about two laps before that happened. I was running down the backstraight, and I got hit twice on my back wheel (by Simmons). Then I just lost downforce, and some air got under the car and flew us into the fence. I flipped over a few times and went into the grass. I'm happy. I did my best today. I'm glad I wasn't injured in the accident."
10/02/04
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Medeiros flips in IPS crashfest at Fontana, takes title Medeiros flips in IPS crashfest at Fontana, takes titleHe only needed to take the green flag to call himself "Champion", but why do less? Brazilian Thiago Medeiros raced hard to the end during today's Infiniti Pro Series race at California Speedway - maybe even too hard.  Starting from the pole, Medeiros stayed in the front-running pack all day long, and was the race leader when 2nd-place Arie Luyendyk Jr. spun after touching wheels with PJ Chesson, bringing out the yellow.  At the restart on lap 35, it's Paul Dana's turn to spin and hit the wall. Marty Roth runs over Dana's nose and is also forced to retire. The yellow comes out again. 

Back to green on the 41st lap, for a 10-lap dash to the finish. The Chesson brothers are right on Medeiros' gearbox, trying to spoil his championship-winning day. Phil Giebler and Jeff Simmons also join the pack, which sometimes runs four-wide. 

On the very last lap, James Chesson comes on the outside to take the lead. On the back straight, fighting for 2nd position, Medeiros and Simmons touch wheels and the Brazilian gets airborne, flipping twice before landing on the "right" side. After a moment of apprehension, Medeiros climbs out unharmed, and clearly upset with Simmons.

At the end, it's a family affair for the Chessons, with James taking his first IPS win (in only his 2nd start) ahead of PJ. Phil Giebler, Leo Maia and Rolando Quintanilla rounded out the top-5.  (Photo courtesy IRL)
Cassio Cortes

Thiago Medeiros clinched the IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series championship in the California 100 on Oct. 2, but it wasn’t the victory celebration he envisioned.  The No. 11 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone, running on the inside of the lead pack of three on the penultimate lap at the 2-mile California Speedway oval, made contact with the No. 24 entry driven by Jeff Simmons and flipped. The car slid about 100 yards down the backstretch before coming to rest on its tires.  Medeiros climbed out of the car, was checked in the infield medical center and released to accept his championship trophy in Victory Circle.

“It was sad the race ended the way that it did, but I’m happy to get the championship,” said Medeiros, 22, a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, who is in his second year in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series. “I think the job that I did this season got the attention of IndyCar Series owners, so hopefully I’ll get a ride next year. We’ll see. I think I’m ready.”

James Chesson, making his second start for Mo Nunn Racing, was handed the win on a silver platter and went on to his first Series victory. His brother and teammate, P.J. Chesson, finished second and Phil Giebler was third.

Medeiros has recorded five victories, including a Series-record four in a row, and placed in the top 10 in all 11 races.   “I’m happy. I did my best today,” he said. “I’m glad I wasn’t injured in the accident.”

James Chesson, driving the No. 67 Mo Nunn Racing entry, led Medeiros by 0.0200 of a second as they took the white flag. Chesson, Medeiros and Simmons were almost in a three-wide pack exiting Turn 2. The cars of Simmons and Medeiros touched wheels.

“I think Simmons and I touched wheels about two laps before that happened,” Medeiros said. “I was running down the back straight and I got hit twice on my back wheel. Then I just lost downforce, and some air got under the car and flew us into the fence. I flipped over a few times and went into the grass.”

Four other cars were wrecked Saturday as well as the IRL's "pack" racing came back to bite them in the posterior once again.  The cash register was ringing at the Dallara factory today.  Ca-Ching.

Results Saturday of the California 100 IRL Menards Infiniti Pro Series event Oct. 2 at the 2-mile California Speedway, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, laps completed, reason out (if any): 
1. (9) James Chesson, Dallara-Infiniti, 50
2. (7) P.J. Chesson, Dallara-Infiniti, 50 
3. (8) Phil Giebler, Dallara-Infiniti, 50 
4. (6) Leonardo Maia, Dallara-Infiniti, 50
5. (14) Rolando Quintanilla, Dallara-Infiniti, 50
6. (13) Jon Herb, Dallara-Infiniti, 50
7. (15) P.J. Abbott, Dallara-Infiniti, 50
8. (10) Gary Peterson, Dallara-Infiniti, 50
9. (1) Thiago Medeiros, Dallara-Infiniti, 49, Accident 
10. (5) Jeff Simmons, Dallara-Infiniti, 49, Accident
11. (11) Marty Roth, Dallara-Infiniti, 37, Accident
12. (3) Paul Dana, Dallara-Infiniti, 36, Accident
13. (4) Racer Kashima, Dallara-Infiniti, 30, Accident
14. (2) Arie Luyendyk Jr., Dallara-Infiniti, 27, Accident 
15. (12) Taylor Fletcher, Dallara-Infiniti, 0, Did not start
Race Statistics
      Winner's average speed: 146.894 mph
      Time of race: 40:50.7399
      Margin of victory:  Under Caution
      Cautions: 3 for 13 laps.
      Lead changes: 6 among 3 drivers.
Lap leaders: Luyendyk Jr. 1, Medeiros 2, Luyendyk Jr. 3, Medeiros 4-5, Luyendyk Jr. 6-27, Medeiros 28-48, J. Chesson 49-50.
Point standings: Medeiros 459, Dana 360, P.J. Chesson 312, Luyendyk Jr. 300, Mason 283, Maia 274, Quintanilla 240, Unser 217, Giebler 215, Roe 164.

10/02/04
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Bump in Fontana track affecting drivers Bump in Fontana track affecting driversThis Pasadena Star News article says, It wasn't the Indianapolis 500, but the bump was the talk of the day Friday among IndyCar Series drivers at California Speedway.  A slight bump on the backstretch didn't affect the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers, but it certainly gained the attention of their Indy Racing League counterparts practicing for Sunday's Toyota Indy 400.

"It was big enough it knocked my feet off the floor and hit the top of the (chassis) tub,' said Dan Wheldon, who posted the fastest time of the day at 217.225 mph.   "It is big,' said Helio Castroneves, third-fastest on the day behind Wheldon and Bubby Rice. "I don't remember it being that big last year.'   IRL and speedway officials down- played the bump, which is located on the bottom edge of the track going into Turn 3. A grinder will be at the track today at 7 a.m. in case the decision is made to mill it down before IndyCar practice and qualifying later in the day.

"We will assess the situation,' speedway president Bill Miller said. "This is the first time these cars have been on the track since last year. We've been aware of what they call a bump for awhile.'  Brian Barnhart, IRL senior vice president of racing operations, said operation director John Lewis noticed the bump during a routine inspection Friday morning. IndyCar Series and Pro Infiniti drivers were made aware during their meetings.   It is not a situation in which Sunday's race is in jeopardy.   "It's raceable,' Barnhart said of the track.

10/02/04
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Alex Barron looking for 2005 ride Alex Barron looking for 2005 rideThis Press-Enterprise article says, Alex Barron said anyone involved in racing is constantly auditioning, for a better job or a better sponsor or a better whatever, and maybe that philosophy helps keep him sane.

Barron, an Indy Racing League driver from Menifee, is the only driver to give Chevrolet a top-three finish this year, and his 12th place in the point standings is the best by far among the half-dozen drivers using Chevrolet power.   Eddie Cheever Jr., the owner of Red Bull Cheever Racing and Barron's boss since late last season, said Barron has done a "stellar job" and is "the most well-rounded driver we've had in this team in many a year."

That doesn't mean Barron will be on the team next year. As preparations for this weekend's Toyota Indy 400 at California Speedway got under way, there already were reports that Barron will be replaced by current Champ Car World Series driver Patrick Carpentier.

Barron doesn't have a contract for next season. He said early this week that he is "talking to everybody" and his priority at this time in his career is "to get into something where I can try to win races and win a championship.   "There's a good possibility that could be with Cheever Racing next year. But at this point I'm not sure ..."   Cheever said he's not sure, either, that "we are evaluating everything, as I'm sure Alex is evaluating us," but that he "would be very disappointed if we did not manage to retain his services going forward. It's been a long time since we've had a driver of Alex's caliber in this team."

Iain Watts, the engineer on Barron's Red Bull Dallara, first met Barron during a CART Champ Car test late in 1997, after Barron had won the Toyota Atlantic championship. Watts said the driver's talent was apparent. That talent behind the wheel is complemented by Barron's technical expertise.   But Cheever said, "I don't think he's had the success in his career that he should have had, because circumstances were not right at the moment where he was in good cars," and the situation is the same today.

10/02/04
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Fernandez Racing announcement Saturday Fernandez Racing announcement SaturdayUPDATE Team Co-Owners Aguri Suzuki and Adrian Fernandez today announced that Japanese driving talent Kosuke Matsuura will return to Super Aguri Fernandez Racing in 2005 to contest the IRL IndyCar® Series.

Matsuura made his U.S. racing debut with the team this season after finishing third in the 2003 Formula Renault V6 Eurocup and second in 2002 German Formula 3 competition.

“I am very happy to be able to participate in the 2005 IndyCar Series with Kosuke Matsuura as our driver,” said Suzuki, one of Japan’s most successful racing drivers and the first from his nation to achieve a podium finish in the FIA Formula One World Championship. “Kosuke, as a rookie, has been doing a great job this year. I believe his remarkable talent with this year’s experience will lead Super Aguri Fernandez Racing to a great result next season. His inquisitive spirit has inspired the team members, and the team has improved so much during this year. The team has grown together with Kosuke.

“Our goal for the next year is to join the championship battle with Kosuke, and we are looking forward to many exciting races for IndyCar Series fans.”

For Fernandez, who also co-owns Super Aguri Fernandez Racing’s sister team, Fernandez Racing, Matsuura’s return represents an integral component of building a successful 2005 campaign.

“Kosuke is an extremely talented driver, and he has both the talent and hunger to win races,” said Fernandez, a two-time race winner to date this season. “This is his first year ever of competing on ovals, and he has obviously shown that he is a quick learner. I have watched him mature with each race, and we look forward to building on his experience next season. Everyone on the team is working very well together, and it is a definite advantage to carry this continuity into 2005. I have no doubt that Kosuke will be a strong contender.”

Matsuura will continue to pilot the #55 Panoz G Force machine powered by Honda on Firestone tires, showcasing returning partners Panasonic and Autobacs.

“We are pleased to be a sponsor of the Panasonic Super Aguri Fernandez Indy Racing League team, and are very proud of Kosuke’s successful rookie season,” said Gene Kelsey, Vice President Brand Strategy Group, Panasonic. “Kosuke has distinguished himself by leading the IRL’s rookie standings. With two races left in the season, he has already earned close to $1 million, placing him in the top third of the earnings list. All of us at Panasonic look forward to the start of the 2005 IRL season on March 6 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida, where Kosuke will once again wear the Panasonic Super Aguri Fernandez Racing colors.”

Matsuura, 25, of Aichi, Japan, will be making his 15th IndyCar Series start this weekend at California Speedway. His best result to date in IRL competition was a fourth-place finish at Kentucky Speedway. Matsuura currently leads the Bombardier Rookie of the Year title chase.

“First of all, I am very happy to be able to stay with Super Aguri Fernandez Racing,” said Matsuura. “I would like to show everything that I learned this year, and do my best to join the championship battle next season. I am very privileged to be able to contract with the team at this point of the season, so we can begin to prepare for next year. The team has a very high motivation, and I believe that we will be able to get very good results.

“For this year, I would like to show my best performances here at Fontana and in Texas.”

Super Aguri Fernandez Racing was formed in December of 2002, and entered IndyCar Series competition in 2003. The team is led by Tom Anderson, managing director.

"Kosuke has demonstrated a competitive level of natural ability and learning capability this season,” noted Anderson. “For these reasons we believe Kosuke has the ability to build on his first year in the IRL and be in a position to challenge for race wins next season. The enthusiasm that Kosuke brings to the team has become a welcome addition which we believe adds to a formula for success. We are very proud of our relationship with our partners Panasonic, Autobacs, Honda, and Firestone and we are very much looking forward to the 2005 IRL season."

10/02/04 Super Aguri Fernandez Racing 2005 IRL IndyCar® Series program announcement is coming today at 1:30 PST.  Aguri Suzuki, Co-Owner; Adrian Fernandez, Co-Owner; and Tom Anderson, Managing Director will all be present.
10/02/04
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Medeiros will go full distance, aims for IPS record Medeiros will go full distance, aims for IPS recordIn spite of an immobilized left wrist, Infiniti Pro Series driver Thiago Medeiros, the polesitter for today's IPS race at California Speedway, intends to run the full distance. Medeiros' goal is to write his name in yet another section of the Pro Series record books by winning the remaining two events of the year, tying Mark Taylor's 2003 record of seven wins in a season. Medeiros already owns the record for most poles in a season - also seven - and is looking for an IndyCar ride for 2005. "It's tough so far," he remarks about his ride-searching for next year, "so we have to keep winning and winning to make sure we're catching the attention of[IndyCar] team owners." Cassio Cortes
10/02/04
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Fernandez doesn’t see IRL Mexican race soon Fernandez doesn’t see IRL Mexican race soonIndyCar owner/driver Adrian Fernandez doesn't think he'll be racing in Mexico anytime soon. The Mexican was a major driving force in bringing Champ Car to race in Monterrey and later in Mexico City, before switching to the IRL this year. Adrian admits dropping the opportunity to race in front of his home crowds was "a difficult decision," but affirms he's done the best "for the future of [his] team." Although he acknowledges the existence of negotiations to take IndyCar racing south of the border, the two-time race winner this season claims he's not involved with them. Fernandez is pretty sure such a race won't happen in the near future. "But I would love to be surprised one of these days," he added. Cassio Cortes
10/02/04
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Super Aguri Fernandez Racing unchanged for '05 Super Aguri Fernandez Racing unchanged for '05Partners Adrian Fernandez, Aguri Suzuki and Tom Anderson announced today that the Super Aguri Fernandez IndyCar team will campaign next year's season unchanged - owner/driver Fernandez and teammate Kosuke Matsuura will run G-Force/Hondas backed by Quaker State/Telmex/Tecate and Panasonic/Autobacs respectively. Fernandez also discarded the possibility of adding a 2nd Mexican driver in the near future, stating the team's focus is to become a "consistently winning" outfit for the next couple of years. Cassio Cortes
10/02/04
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Papis wins pole, breaks record, at VIR Papis wins pole, breaks record, at VIRNo. 01 CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley driver Max Papis set a Virginia International Raceway track record with a best lap at 1:45.447 (111.639 mph) on his way to the pole position for Sunday’s VIR 400 presented by SunTrust (SPEED Channel, Live, 12:00 Noon ET).

It is the fourth-consecutive race that Papis will start from the pole position, the last two of which came based on championship points as a result of qualifying cancellations due to weather. Overall, Papis and co-driver Scott Pruett have gotten the pole in nine out of 10 Rolex Sports Car Series races, tying Dyson Racing Team’s 2001 record of poles in a single season between co-drivers Butch Leitzinger and James Weaver. After finishing 10th in the Miami 250 two weeks ago, Papis feels that he and the CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing team have served noticed that they remain the team to beat after today’s pole-winning effort.

“We start from now,” Papis said. “Miami was a hiccup and unfortunately it cost us a lot (in the points race). It made the championship more interesting, but we are fighters. We are going to prove that in the next three races. We want to win this championship badly for Lexus, for Chip Ganassi, and you saw that today in qualifying.

“Today was mainly a great team effort. We came over here with one focus, and that was getting a very fast race car with a race pace. We didn’t focus much on qualifying, and still qualifying was awesome. It’s an attitude. Here at Lexus and CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing we are all here for one goal, winning. It’s always a psychological advantage to start on the pole position, and I’m glad all the field knows where we stand.”

One of the greatest beneficiaries of the No. 01’s struggles in Miami was No. 10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley owner/driver Wayne Taylor. The South African trailed Papis and Pruett in the Daytona Prototype driver standings by 19 points heading into the Miami 250, but moved to within eight points of the lead (265-257) following a second-place performance in Miami by him and co-driver Max Angelelli.

10/02/04
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Helio paces pre-qualifying practice Helio paces pre-qualifying practiceStill seeking his first win of the season, Marlboro Team Penske driver Helio Castroneves set the fastest time of today's final practice, as Toyota engines swept the top-four spots. Andretti Green teammates and remaining title contenders Dan Wheldon and Tony Kanaan seem to be saving their best for qualifying, taking only the 9th and 14th spots.
Pos No Driver Name Best Time Best Speed Best Lap Total Laps
1 3 Helio Castroneves 33.1262 217.351 13 22
2 10 Darren Manning 33.2969 216.236 15 16
3 1 Scott Dixon 33.3571 215.846 15 17
4 6 Sam Hornish Jr. 33.4505 215.243 13 14
5 13 Mark Taylor 33.4833 215.033 13 15
6 17 Vitor Meira 33.5065 214.884 5 17
7 51 Alex Barron 33.5162 214.821 19 20
8 15 Buddy Rice 33.5261 214.758 13 15
9 26 Dan Wheldon 33.5375 214.685 24 26
10 4 Tomas Scheckter 33.5899 214.350 10 12
11 55 Kosuke Matsuura 33.6007 214.281 21 22
12 14 A.J. Foyt IV 33.6108 214.217 22 23
13 27 Dario Franchitti 33.7029 213.631 20 23
14 11 Tony Kanaan 33.7247 213.493 7 10
15 7 Bryan Herta 33.7471 213.352 13 16
16 2 Townsend Bell 33.7688 213.215 11 15
17 52 Ed Carpenter 33.7881 213.093 11 12
18 8 Scott Sharp 33.8259 212.855 17 24
19 20 Tomas Enge 33.8946 212.423 12 18
20 12 Tora Takagi 34.0131 211.683 14 17
21 24 Felipe Giaffone 34.0757 211.294 10 13
22 5 Adrian Fernandez 34.3962 209.325 2 3
Cassio Cortes
10/02/04
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Bad luck plagues IRL drivers Bad luck plagues IRL driversThe IRL paddock is resembling an ER room this weekend at California Speedway. IndyCar driver Bryan Herta and virtual Infiniti Pro Series champion Thiago Medeiros both have broken wrists from bicycling accidents, and will both race despite their injuries (although Medeiros will likely park on the first lap today - he clinches this year's title by merely taking the green flag). IPS driver "Just" Al Unser wasn't so "lucky": he's been sidelined with a broken thumb, after falling off his motorcycle. To top it off, team owner AJ Foyt Jr. has a dislocated shoulder from slipping when attempting to climb a tractor. It seems that Dario Franchitti's season-ending motorcycle injury last year hasn't served as enough a warning to his fellow drivers...Cassio Cortes
10/02/04
German DTM
Another pole position for Audi at DTM finale Another pole position for Audi at DTM finaleThe DTM finale at Hockenheim, as well, will see an Audi A4 DTM starting from the best position on the grid. Audi works driver Martin Tomczyk was the quickest in the single timed lap ("super pole") of the top ten on Saturday, claiming the fourth pole position in a row for Audi. His team-mates, Mattias Ekström, Tom Kristensen and Christian Abt, in their Audi A4 DTM cars made it into the top ten as well. Emanuele Pirro and Frank Biela will be starting from positions 14 and 15. The race will start at 2 p.m. on Sunday.  Audi
10/02/04
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Toyota: Trulli will race Toyota: Trulli will raceToyota confirmed that Jarno Trulli will race for the team in the last two races of the season, the Grand Prix of Japan and Brazil. In Suzuka Trulli will race alongside Olivier Panis, who has already signed a contract to be the team's third driver next season. After the Japanese Grand Prix, Panis will hand over his driving duties to team-mate Ricardo Zonta, allowing him to race at his home Grand Prix in Brazil.

Ryan Briscoe will retain his role as third driver on Friday at the final two Grand Prix of this season.  "I understand how important it is for the team to start working with Jarno as soon as possible," said Panis. "Toyota asked me to help this process and to leave Ricardo the possibility to race at his home Grand Prix in Brazil. In consideration of the positive work achieved with Toyota over the last two years, I am willing to give my team-mate Ricardo this opportunity. This means that the Japanese Grand Prix will be my last Formula 1 race, but I look forward to the work which lies ahead of us in the next two years."

Zonta was drafted into the team for the Hungarian Grand Prix onwards after the team dispensed with the driving services of for CART Champion Cristiano da Matta. Zonta has yet to score points for Toyota but is non-the-less pleased to get the nod for Interlagos.

"Although I am naturally disappointed not to be able to race at Toyota's home Grand Prix in Suzuka next weekend, I understand the importance of bringing Jarno into the race team when we have the opportunity to do so," Zonta stated. "On the other hand, I am excited that I will be able to participate in my own home Grand Prix in Brazil."

For Jarno Trulli, who tested at length for the team this week at Jerez, Suzuka will mark his racing return after just an absence of one Grand Prix after being unceremoniously dropped by Renault.

"It will be nice for me to be back in Japan because I have a lot of Japanese supporters and I'm sure they will give me a huge welcome," said Trulli. "I am thankful to Olivier and Ricardo for making this possible. The Japanese Grand Prix weekend will help me put together a general impression of how things work at Toyota. Overall the experience will give me a head start with some input to the way I have to work over the winter."

Team Principal Tsutomu Tomita explained that it was a logical decision to get Trulli into the TF104B as soon as possible in order to build a foundation for their first full season together in 2005.

"After two satisfactory test sessions, we have decided to ask Jarno to drive for Panasonic Toyota Racing in the last two events of the season, starting with our home Grand Prix in Suzuka next weekend," said Tomita. "Having the opportunity to bring Jarno into the race team for Japan and Brazil will be highly beneficial, as it will allow us to develop a solid working relationship with him in race conditions in anticipation of the 2005 season. We have come to a mutual agreement with Olivier to leave his seat as a race driver one race earlier than planned so we can already begin to actively work on our driver line-up for next year. Likewise, we are sorry that we can not give Ricardo the chance to race in Japan. We thank both Olivier and Ricardo for showing great sportsmanship in this situation."

Toyota will be hoping to send the season on a high note as they currently trail Jaguar Racing by one point in eighth position in the constructors' championship. Toyota

10/02/04
f1
San Marino Grand Prix's future safeguarded by government backing San Marino Grand Prix's future safeguarded by government backing[Editor's Note:  As we said on our rumors page, all this nonsense over axing of the British GP is because Bernie Ecclestone wants to squeeze more money from the race promoter and the British government.  It's working.  No sooner did the British GP get axed did the Italian government step up to save Imola.  Rest assured the British government will eventually do likewise.  As we said, this game Bernie plays with each race venue is like a recurring nightmare, but, quite frankly, it is intriguing to watch Bernie bring governments to their knees.]  This Autosport article says, The Italian government has vowed to help save Imola's future and the British government is likely to face fresh pressure to reconsider its refusal to help save the British Grand Prix after its Italian counterpart had no hesitation in coming forward on Saturday to declare that it will act to safeguard one of its country's races.

As the controversy over whether the British government should step in to help save Silverstone shows no sign of dying down, Italian government officials said they would do all they could to secure the San Marino Grand Prix's long-term future.  Although many had put Imola as favorite to drop from the Formula 1 calendar next season, a promised modernization of the venue appears to have helped it survive while Britain and France look set to become victims and fall off the schedule.

And in a bid to ensure that there are no doubts about the long-term place of the San Marino Grand Prix on the F1 calendar, Italy's national government has promised to lend its support to any funding needed at the Imola circuit to improve its facilities.  Piero Lunardi, Italy's minister for Transport and Infrastructure, said: “After a period of study about restructuring the race track of Imola with the aim of guaranteeing the permanence of the circuit for F1, the ministry proposes to partially cover the necessary costs of the modernization.”

Italy's stance in safeguarding the event will come as a bitter blow to Silverstone's owner, the British Racing Drivers' Club, which has been told by the British government that there will be no assistance in helping keep the event on the calendar next season.

10/02/04
f1
Ferrari now offers used F1 cars for sale to public Ferrari now offers used F1 cars for sale to publicYou’ll have to wait until 2006 to take delivery, and the drivers themselves get first dibs, but Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello’s current stable of Formula One Ferraris is about to go up for sale. Grab yours, and the factory will happily throw in driving lessons. You even get free Bridgestone groovies for it. That’s right, free.

Is anyone still in the room?  Okay, here’s the deal. Traditionally, Enzo Ferrari didn’t like outsiders driving his old Grand Prix cars. Company policy was to sell them for display only. But that policy was relaxed after the Old Man’s passing in 1988, and in 2001 the factory set up a unit called Corse Clienti (“Racing Owners”) specifically to help private enthusiasts fully enjoy these most exotic of automobiles.  Full story at AutoWeek

10/02/04
f1
A1 Grand Prix
Montoya might drive in A1 Grand Prix Montoya might drive in A1 Grand PrixDuring a break in testing at Silverstone Juan Montoya was asked for his thoughts on competing in the new A1 series, unveiled in London on Thursday as a potential rival to Formula One.   When asked if he would be interested in representing his native Colombia, Montoya said: "Definitely. If the opportunity came along I'd be very proud."  Montoya was also asked whether the new series' running with identical cars would bring about close and exciting racing, something critics of Formula One say it lacks.  "I think it would be a bit like when I was in America racing Champ Car," he said, referring to his victory in the American series in 1999.
10/02/04
nascar
Toyota trucks on top in California Toyota trucks on top in CaliforniaTravis Kvapil won his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series pole Friday, and Toyota trucks swept the top four positions for the American Racing Wheels 200 at California Speedway.   Kvapil, the defending series champion, hadn't won a pole in 90 previous appearances. He lapped the two-mile speedway at a record average of 178.669 mph.  "I'm not a very good qualifier," Kvapil said. "But we had a great piece. We just want to do like we did at Michigan."   Mike Skinner, the No. 1 qualifier a week ago at Las Vegas, averaged 177.576 mph — 0.222 seconds slower than Kvapil — but will fall to the rear of the field Saturday because of a pre-qualifying engine change.  Rookie David Reutimann and Hank Parker Jr. qualified third and fourth. The first four starters broke Kurt Busch's lap record of 177.388.
10/02/04
MotoGP
MotoGP: Rossi to start last MotoGP: Rossi to start lastUPDATE Max Biaggi has become the second rider  to be moved to the back of today's Qatar Grand Prix grid after his Camel Honda team was also found guilty of illegally cleaning his grid spot last night.  10/02/04 Points leader and series superstar Valentino Rossi will start last for today's MotoGP race in Qatar, in the Middle East.  Rossi's Yamaha crew were caught cleaning the grid surface where he was to start 6th which is illegal.  The team was given a 6-second qualifying penalty, thereby, dropping Rossi to last on the grid. 
10/02/04
champcar
Team paint schemes Team paint schemesOur readers know that we agree with Bernie Ecclestone that all team cars should carry the same paint scheme so they look like team cars.  Ditto for NASCAR.  Below are photos of Dario Franchitti running one paint scheme that carries all four of Andretti Green's sponsors (4-car team).  It only takes a bit of imagination and a good graphic artist to work two or more sponsors into the same paint scheme so that when either car wins all sponsors benefit. (Photos courtesy IRL) 

 

10/02/04
irl
Copper World Classic dumps IRL race Copper World Classic dumps IRL raceThe Copper World Classic, held by USAC at Phoenix every year, will revert to a format of Sprints, Midgets, and NASCAR Busch Grand National West (formerly NASCAR Winston West) in 2005.  Running with the IRL the last several years had such a negative impact on the event (crowds were way down) the Copper World Classic organizers decided it was best to revert to their old format.  Press Release:

The famed "Copper World Classic," one of America's most revered grass-roots racing events, is returning to its original format and calendar listing in 2005. The announcement of the change was made today by Phoenix International Raceway, the United States Auto Club and NASCAR.

Featuring the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Cars, USAC National & Western Midgets and NASCAR's AutoZone Elite and Grand National, West Series divisions, the event is slated for January 29-30 at the Desert Mile. Tickets are available priced at only $29.

"For many years the Copper World Classic was a signature event for PIR, both in its uniqueness to Phoenix and its popularity among drivers and fans," said PIR President Bryan R. Sperber. "We are delighted that, working with USAC and NASCAR, we have been able to revive this truly special event." The two-day program kicks off the 2005 PIR racing calendar.

""The United States Auto Club, along with our fine Weld Racing Silver Crown Series teams and Midget teams are looking forward to the NEW 2005 Copper World Classic at Phoenix International Raceway," said USAC President/CEO Rollie Helmling. "The Copper World is returning to its roots by moving to its original format and season. Many participants and race fans appreciate that they will again have an opportunity to visit Phoenix this time of year. The racing is always great at PIR and USAC welcomes this opportunity to join with our friends from NASCAR."

Often recognized in racing circles as one of the sport's most prestigious weekends, the Copper World Classic began in 1977 featuring stock cars, sprint cars, formula fords and sports cars. Current NASCAR NEXTEL Cup drivers Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman, Jason Leffler, J.J. Yeley, Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon all used this event to help launch their careers.

"It's long overdue," offers NASCAR and USAC Champion Tony Stewart, himself a four-time winner in Copper World action. "Bringing back the true tradition of the Copper Classic is something that I'm really excited about. PIR is one of the nicest facilities that USAC goes to all year. It's kind of like going to the Daytona 500. Once the season is over everybody is getting ready for the Copper Classic. It's a very prestigious race to win. That's just what makes it special. It's extremely fast, one of the fastest places you can go to with USAC. It's pretty impressive to run there."

10/02/04
nascar
NASCAR seizes parts at Talladega NASCAR seizes parts at TalladegaThere weren't many parts confiscated by NASCAR inspectors prior to Friday's Nextel Cup qualifying session, but what was found could be costly. The most serious infraction was the rear spoiler of the #9 Dodge driven by rookie Kasey Kahne, which was taken for its failure to meet the NASCAR template. The infraction is considered serious and will likely merit a significant penalty, NASCAR officials confirmed.  Also taken Friday: an expired left-lap belt from the #10 Chevrolet driven by Scott Riggs and an unapproved rear coil spring and bolts taken from the #1 Chevrolet driven by Kenny Wallace. ThatsRacin.com
10/02/04
irl
Tomas Enge IRL photos Tomas Enge IRL photosGodfather Tony George must be paying for the Patrick Racing entry in the IRL because the car and uniforms are void of any major sponsor for the team in these Tomas Enge photos from Fontana on Friday.

   
Photos by Shawn Payne/IRL

10/02/04
irl
Scott Dixon to drive pink IRL car Scott Dixon to drive pink IRL carUPDATE We have added a photo of Dixon's pink car as it appeared at Fontana on Friday.  (Photo by Shawn Payne/IRL) 09/27/04 In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Target Chip Ganassi Racing will unveil new paint schemes for their race cars competing in both the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Indy Racing League’s IndyCar series during the month of October. In partnership with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), Target will use the team’s race cars as vehicles to help promote breast cancer awareness to racing fans across the country.  Defending Indy Racing League IndyCar Series Champion, Scott Dixon’s No. 1 Target car will undergo a complete pink transformation and take to the track October 1st to 3rd for the Toyota 400 at California Speedway in Fontana, California to help launch the month.   “Driving a pink race car is sure to attract a lot of attention and I can’t think of a better cause,” said Dixon whose Target teammate Darren Manning’s #10 Toyota Panoz G Force will also sport a pink ribbon of its own for the California race. “Raising awareness is just so important in the fight against breast cancer and I’m proud to do this for the women in my life, especially my mom and two sisters. While a majority of our race fans might be men, they have wives, mothers, sisters and daughters that could be touched by this terrible disease. What many race fans might not realize is that breast cancer is not just a woman’s disease. I was surprised to find out that more than 1,450 cases of male breast cancer will be diagnosed this year. We’re hoping we can make a difference, no matter how small, just by getting the message out there.”

While this is the first year Target has worked with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Target has a long history of contributing to charities and health-related causes. During 2003, Target donated a total of $4.5 million to health and disease organizations with more than $800 thousand in cancer-related donations and more than $300 thousand in breast cancer-specific donations.  In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Target also will unveil an exclusive line of beautiful pink items this October.  One hundred percent of the profits benefit BCRF. The full line of products is available online at target.com/breastcancer, with select items available in stores.

10/02/04
irl
Herta breaks wrist Herta breaks wristBryan Herta recently suffered a small fracture in his left wrist when he jumped off his bicycle and fell while trying to catch his son, who was falling off his bike. Indy Star
10/02/04
Industry News
Buy a piece of the Brickyard Buy a piece of the BrickyardAs the final portion of new asphalt was laid on the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval Oct. 1, pieces of the old asphalt from the most famous motorsports venue in the world went on sale exclusively in the Brickyard Authentics Online Store, providing the ultimate collectible for racing fans worldwide.

The first two pieces of a collection of track surface keepsakes now are available at the Online Store of the official Indianapolis Motor Speedway Web site, www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com.

The first item is a 3-inch-wide piece of asphalt recently removed from the famed IMS oval as part of the first complete repaving of the track since 1995. The asphalt is mounted in an attractive acrylic case with the famous “Wing and Wheel” logo laser-etched on the front.

The second item is a framed piece with a 9-inch-by-34-inch panoramic photo of the Speedway, including a 3-inch-wide piece of asphalt recently removed from the oval. This will be a limited edition of only 500 pieces.

Both items have the official Indianapolis Motor Speedway logo and a certificate of authenticity. Asphalt pieces for both collectibles were removed from the front straightaway of the 2.5-mile oval, near the famous “Yard of Bricks” at the start-finish line.

Coming soon will be an exclusive, limited-edition collection of 500 pieces of 1909-vintage brick from the “Yard of Bricks” with an 11-inch-by-14-inch photo and a piece of asphalt from the start-finish line area.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been the home of the Indianapolis 500 since 1911, the Brickyard 400 since 1994 and the United States Grand Prix since 2000. It is the only track in the world that plays host annually to the Indy Racing League IndyCar® Series, Formula One and the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series.

Asphalt removal and other preparations for the massive repaving project started in August. Crews from Grady Brothers, Inc. began repaving Sept. 8, as approximately 19,000 tons of new asphalt will be used for the entire project.

Now that repaving is complete on the oval, milling and paving will begin in the pit and warm-up lanes, said Kevin Forbes, IMS director of engineering and construction. The project remains on schedule for completion in the first or second week of November, Forbes said.

The project will not be officially completed until track personnel have reinstalled timing-and-scoring lines and added striping to the track, Forbes said.

The famed “Yard of Bricks” will be reinstalled at the start-finish line later this fall or in spring 2005. Bricks from the 1909 surface that were previously removed and placed in storage will be used for the “new” Yard of Bricks.

The new surface should be much more water-resistant than the last surface applied in 1995, Forbes said. Crews also have placed approximately 400 feet of drains along the wall separating the main straightaway and pit lane, aiding the track-drying process after rain. Indy Motor Speedway

10/02/04
champcar
ARCA
ARCA to support Champ Car at Milwaukee ARCA to support Champ Car at MilwaukeeARCA released its 2005 schedule and it shows a race at The Milwaukee Mile on the same weekend as the Champ Car race in 2005.  It remains to be seen whether ARCA runs during the day or on Friday night, with the Champ Car race running under the lights on Saturday night.
10/02/04
f1
BRDC statement regarding Silverstone BRDC statement regarding SilverstoneThe following is a statement from the BRDC over the decision to remove Silverstone from the provisional 2005 Formula One Calendar.

“We understand that the British Grand Prix will not be appearing on the provisional calendar for 2005 which Mr Ecclestone will present to the FIA for ratification on 13 October 2004, and Mr Ecclestone will not accept the BRDC offer to promote the British Grand Prix at Silverstone for the next three years which is a disaster for the sport and industry in the UK.

“The BRDC, a non profit Club with limited finances, have made the best offer we can to maintain the Grand Prix in the United Kingdom at Silverstone.

“The BRDC’s offer to promote the race is at a price which at best will break even and in a poor year will lose the Club a considerable amount of money. The Club has examined its finances carefully including plans for drastic reductions in expenditure, including reduced financial support for young driver initiatives, but we cannot financially save the British Grand Prix on our own. The international finances of Formula 1 are now such that almost every country around the world that hosts a Grand Prix is given considerable financial support by its government.
 
“We regret that H.M. Government, unlike governments in almost every other country that hosts a Grand Prix, has not been able to put together a package to help the retention of the Grand Prix in this country. The Government is committed to retaining the sport and the industry and yet the loss of the race will damage the sport and the industry.

“We have been campaigning as a Club in recent years for the Government to support a major capital investment program for a Centre of Motorsport Excellence at Silverstone. We have discussed various financial options with HMG – none of which have been accepted. Where is the delivery of Sport Minister Richard Caborn’s promise in July 2003 for the Government “to put its money where its mouth is”?

“It is damaging to this country that Mr Ecclestone has acted to cancel next years’ Grand Prix when he has already been paid for next years’ race through the contractual exit of InterPublic and when the BRDC made a generous offer to promote the race which would produce no profit for the Club.

“It is sad when new countries like Bahrain and China are celebrating their new Grand Prix and their importance to their country’s interests that here in the UK where we hosted the first Grand Prix at Silverstone in 1950 we have been taken off the international calendar. It will inflict serious damage to the pre-eminence of the sport and industry in the United Kingdom which may be irrecoverable.

“Foreigners looking at this debacle from afar will be staring in amazement and wondering why this has been allowed to happen.  “Even at this late stage we would ask Mr Ecclestone and the British Government to think again and see if we can retain the Grand Prix for the sake of the industry, sport and the country.” BRDC

10/02/04
f1
Ferrari Selects APC for Aerodynamic Research and Development Data Center Ferrari Selects APC for Aerodynamic Research and Development Data Center[Editor's Note: This press release reveals that Ferrari owns a supercomputer, which shows just how serious they are about winning.]  American Power Conversion (NASDAQ:APCC) (APC), one of the world's largest providers of equipment that serves the network-critical physical infrastructure (NCPI), today announced that Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, the Formula One racing team, recently selected APC's InfraStruXure™ with integrated cooling for Ferrari's new data center in Maranello, Italy.

Capable of cooling 20kW (kilowatts) per rack, InfraStruXure with integrated cooling will serve as the physical infrastructure for Ferrari's hardware platform that performs the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations essential to the aerodynamic modeling of its championship-winning Formula One cars.   APC's InfraStruXure provides an "on-demand" architecture for power, cooling, management and services in a rack-optimized design, scalable in server capacity. This scalability takes much of the guesswork, over planning, delays and risk out of installing critical applications, and is optimized for today's high-density computing installations.

The integrated cooling system consists of APC's NetworkAir™ In-Row air conditioner and a Hot Aisle Containment System. The InfraStruXure system improves availability by placing the cooling system within the IT row and is designed specifically to address high density IT technologies such as power- dense servers. In addition, InfraStruXure provides a lower total cost of ownership and enhanced data center adaptability. The InfraStruXure is part of Ferrari's turn-key solution that includes managing the data room construction as well.

Ferrari implemented a large supercomputer using AMD Opteron-based Linux server clusters for CFD simulations and the related storage system. With each installed rack generating 10kW of heat load, APC's InfraStruXure with integrated cooling proved to be one of the only solutions capable of meeting Ferrari's requirements. At up to 20kW per rack, InfraStruXure with integrated cooling provides up to ten times the cooling potential of traditional cooling approaches, which range from 2-3kW per rack.

According to Antonio Calabrese, head of information systems for Scuderia Ferrari, "APC's InfraStruXure system provides us flexibility for our various computing power requirements, diverse software applications and deployment challenges, while providing a highly available data center. Today, our installed CFD calculation processes require hundreds of kW of power. APC and its InfraStruXure state-of-the-art modular solution supports us today and has the adaptability we need as we grow in the future."

Calabrese added, "With APC managing the project setup and maintenance, it allows us to look to one experienced supplier for a turn-key solution for our data center's physical infrastructure of power, cooling, racks, environmental management and security."

"We have worked closely with Scuderia Ferrari to help them deploy an ideal solution for their sophisticated research and development data center, which houses one of the largest privately owned supercomputers in the world," said Dwight Sperry, APC's group general manager, Enterprise Systems and Business Networks. "While the technology exists to create data center designs with multiple powerful processors in a clustered environment, IT professionals are dealing with today's challenge to power and cool them - while ensuring high availability as well as the ability to expand for tomorrow's technology. InfraStruXure's immediately deployable benefits were clear to Ferrari. And since Ferrari also is considering increasing the processing power in the future, InfraStruXure's agility was instrumental as well."

10/02/04
nascar
2005 Infineon Raceway Cup tickets on sale 2005 Infineon Raceway Cup tickets on saleTickets are now on sale for the 2005 Dodge/Save Mart 350 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup event at Infineon Raceway, June 24-26. All the stars will be here including defending champion Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson.  There has been no price increase from 2004, so be sure and act today to secure the best seats in the house for the highest-attended single-day sporting event in all of Northern California.  Another great reason to attend the weekend is to wave good-bye to an old friend, Rusty Wallace. This will mark the final competitive race in the Sonoma Valley for the legendary driver of the Miller Lite Dodge. Wallace, a two-time winner at Infineon Raceway, will retire at the end of the 2005 season.  Tickets will go fast, so be sure and act today by calling 800-870-RACE (7223) to secure your seats at the top sporting event of 2005.
10/02/04
champcar
Dangerous Curves Looks Back, Looks Ahead, Looks Up, Looks at Stuff Dangerous Curves Looks Back, Looks Ahead, Looks Up, Looks at StuffThis week’s episode of Spike TV’s Champ Car magazine show Dangerous Curves will take viewers on a whirlwind tour that includes not only a trip back in time, but a trip far above the Earth.  

The Spike TV show, which airs Sunday morning at 10 a.m. Eastern Time, will look back at last weekend’s Bridgestone 400 Presented by Corona from Las Vegas, which was won by Champ Car World Series points leader Sebastien Bourdais (#2 McDonald’s Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) in one of the closest races in series history. 

The Dangerous Curves cameras will then go to the Mojave Desert for last Wednesday’s historic Ansari X PRIZE launch. The X PRIZE, which is sponsored in part by the Champ Car World Series, has earned worldwide attention as teams vie for the $10 million prize awarded to the first team that can build and fly a privately-funded vehicle into space. The lone U.S.-based team made a successful first launch on Wednesday and the Dangerous Curves cameras were there to catch all the action, which included a visit from the PKV Racing team.

Viewers will also go between the pages of the new Stuff magazine, which features a photo spread of Bronte Tagliani. The former swimsuit model and the wife of driver Alex Tagliani (#8 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone), is the host of Dangerous Curves.  In addition, this week’s episode will feature a number of Champ Car drivers discussing their favorite race courses.

10/01/04
alms
ALMS announces new FastQual award ALMS announces new FastQual awardThe New Century Mortgage "FastQual" award has added an extra element of excitement to the fast action of the American Le Mans Series. In its first season of implementation, the qualifying award has challenged drivers of the ALMS to battle intensely for qualifying position. It also doesn't hurt that a check in the sum of $1,000 is awarded to the pole position winners in the LMP1, LMP2, GTS, and GT classes of the ALMS, courtesy of New Century Mortgage. Drivers who set the fastest lap of each race in winning cars also receive trophies from New Century as an added bonus during post-race ceremonies.

The New Century "FastQual" award is named after the mortgage company's "FastQual" technology for the automated underwriting of loans. In addition to these race-by-race awards, New Century Mortgage will also honor the driver from each ALMS class who accumulates the most pole positions during the season. New Century will present these awards at
10/01/04
irl
Medeiros wins yet another IPS pole Medeiros wins yet another IPS poleThiago Medeiros captured his seventh pole position of the season, earning the top spot for the California 100 at California Speedway.  Medeiros, who extended his series record for most poles in a season, recorded a lap of 37.9284 seconds, 189.831 mph, in the No. 11 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone.  Arie Luyendyk Jr. qualified second at 38.0030 seconds, 189.459 mph, while Paul Dana, 38.0780 seconds, 189.086 mph, was third.  The California 100 is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 2. It will be broadcast by ESPN2 at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 7.  Also on Oct. 1, Dan Wheldon led the opening day of practice for the IndyCar® Series Toyota Indy 400. Wheldon recorded a lap of 33.1453 seconds, 217.225 in the No. 26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone.  Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Rice, at 33.1875 seconds, 216.949 mph, and Helio Castroneves, at 33.2393 seconds, 216.611 mph, were second and third, respectively.  Qualifying for the Toyota Indy 400 is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 2.
1. (11) Thiago Medeiros, Dallara-Infiniti, 189.831 mph
2. (25) Arie Luyendyk Jr., Dallara-Infiniti, 189.459 mph
3. (91) Paul Dana, Dallara-Infiniti, 189.086 mph
4. (5) Racer Kashima, Dallara-Infiniti, 188.787 mph
5. (24) Jeff Simmons, Dallara-Infiniti, 188.538 mph
6. (33) Leonardo Maia, Dallara-Infiniti, 188.515 mph
7. (76) P.J. Chesson, Dallara-Infiniti, 188.179 mph
8. (2) Phil Giebler, Dallara-Infiniti, 187.878 mph
9. (67) James Chesson, Dallara-Infiniti, 187.069 mph
10. (27) Gary Peterson, Dallara-Infiniti, 186.789 mph
11. (3) Marty Roth, Dallara-Infiniti, 186.768 mph
12. (21) Taylor Fletcher, Dallara-Infiniti, 184.603 mph
13. (6) Jon Herb, Dallara-Infiniti, 184.213 mph
14. (10) Rolando Quintanilla, Dallara-Infiniti, 183.961 mph
15. (64) P.J. Abbott, Dallara-Infiniti, 179.733 mph
10/01/04
irl
Foyt dislocates shoulder Foyt dislocates shoulderTeam owner and four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt, 69, slipped getting on a bulldozer in Texas and dislocated his left shoulder.
10/01/04
irl
Wheldon tops practice at Fontana Wheldon tops practice at FontanaAndretti Green Racing’s Dan Wheldon topped the speed chart in practice Oct. 1 for the Toyota Indy 400 at California Speedway with a fast lap of 217.225 mph on the 2-mile D-shaped oval.

Wheldon’s fast lap in the No. 26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone was recorded in the morning session, when track temperature was lower than the mid-afternoon session.

Buddy Rice, driving the No. 15 Rahal Letterman Racing Pioneer Argent Panoz G Force/Honda/Firestone, was second with a fast lap of 216.949 mph. It also was posted in the morning. Helio Castroneves had the fastest lap of the afternoon session – and third overall – at 216.611 mph in the No. 3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota/Firestone.

“It’s a different race for us this weekend," Wheldon said. "Everyone is talking about the championship outside of our team, but I don’t think anyone in our team is focused on that. We’re focused on winning. Each individual in Andretti Green Racing is focused on winning the last two races.

"It’s been a good day, but on a superspeedway, you never read too much into practice times on Friday.”
Pos Driver                Diff    Time     Speed  Lap C/E/T
 1  Dan Wheldon (26)      ~.~~~~  33.1453  217.225  7 D/H/F
 2  Buddy Rice (15)       0.0422  33.1875  216.949  5 G/H/F
 3  Tony Kanaan (11)      0.1041  33.2494  216.545  7 D/H/F
 4  Dario Franchitti (27) 0.1682  33.3135  216.129 10 D/H/F
 5  Vitor Meira (17)      0.1733  33.3186  216.096 12 G/H/F
 6  Adrian Fernandez (5)  0.1925  33.3378  215.971 11 G/H/F
 7  Tomas Scheckter (4)   0.3281  33.4734  215.096 17 D/C/F
 8  Darren Manning (10)   0.3342  33.4795  215.057 23 G/T/F
 9  Helio Castroneves (3) 0.3739  33.5192  214.802  7 D/T/F
10  Alex Barron (51)      0.4109  33.5562  214.565 12 D/C/F
11  Sam Hornish Jr. (6)   0.4345  33.5798  214.415  8 D/T/F
12  Scott Dixon (1)       0.4367  33.5820  214.401  6 G/T/F
13  Bryan Herta (7)       0.4521  33.5974  214.302 33 D/H/F
14  Kosuke Matsuura (55)  0.5170  33.6623  213.889  5 G/H/F
15  Mark Taylor (13)      0.5584  33.7037  213.626 19 G/H/F
16  Townsend Bell (2)     0.5641  33.7094  213.590 20 D/C/F
17  Tomas Enge (20)       0.5929  33.7382  213.408 27 D/C/F
18  Ed Carpenter (52)     0.6123  33.7576  213.285 16 D/C/F
19  A.J. Foyt IV (14)     0.6500  33.7953  213.047 10 D/T/F
20  Scott Sharp (8)       0.7357  33.8810  212.508 12 D/T/F
21  Felipe Giaffone (24)  0.7922  33.9375  212.155 19 D/C/F
22  Tora Takagi (12)      0.8279  33.9732  211.932 30 D/T/F
Legend:
(C)hassis: D=Dallara, G=G Force
(E)Engine: C=Chevy, H=Honda, T=Toyota
(T)Tire: F=Firestone

10/01/04
f1
Government will not help British GP Government will not help British GPBritish Sports minister Richard Caborn has ruled out any Government money to save the British Grand Prix.

Caborn believes the gap between Formula One's demands and Silverstone's owners' offer is only £800,000 - not the £3million claimed by the British Racing Drivers Club (BRDC) who own the circuit - and he said: "That's about what Michael Schumacher earns every minute he is on the track."

He said: "This is an asset-rich and cash-rich sport, and yet the Government is being asked to take money away from grass-roots sport to put into it.  The answer is no. This is a commercial negotiation, and they will just have to come to some agreement. It is in everybody's interests to do so - and the gap is only about 1.5million dollars, little over £800,000."

Caborn said plans had been drawn up with the Development Agency to make Silverstone an international centre of excellence for the motor racing industry and that if those fell through the BRDC would be facing a £100million drop in land values.

The sports minister added: "They have put forward plans to reconfigure the track, to invest in an innovation park, to build one of the best wind tunnels in the world and to develop 300 acres of land.  That would consolidate the industry and sport in Britain as the world leaders.  The BRDC have already been paid £27million compensation for running the grand prix until 2007 - and even if they make a loss they would be able to offset that against tax."  Caborn said the Government had spent £8million in 2002 on roads around Silverstone, with a further £20million coming from the Highways Agency, and had recommended £16million to support the Motorsports Industry Association.

10/01/04
irl
IPS to support USGP IPS to support USGPThe Menards Infiniti Pro Series will compete as a support race during the 2005 United States Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road circuit, one of two races for the Indy Racing League's development series next year at the world's greatest speedway.

The USGP weekend is scheduled for June 17-19, subject to FIA approval. The time, date, and distance for the Menards Infiniti Pro Series race on the 2.605-mile road circuit will be announced at a later date.

It will be the second Menards Infiniti Pro Series race at the Speedway in a span of three weeks, as the third annual Futaba Freedom 100 is scheduled for Friday, May 27 on the historic 2.5-mile oval as a support event for the 89th Indianapolis 500. The Menards Infiniti Pro Series will become the first series to race twice in one year at the Speedway in the 96-year history of the facility.

"We're excited that the United States Grand Prix will be one of the events for the Menards Infiniti Pro Series as it expands to road courses next year," said Tony George, president and CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "Having two diverse races at the Speedway will provide a real test for the drivers and teams, and competing during two of the biggest motorsports events in the world will increase the prestige and visibility of the series with fans, media and sponsors."

The USGP event will be one of the four non-oval events on the 14-race schedule in 2005 as the Menards Infiniti Pro Series moves to road and street courses for the first time. Road circuit races also will take place at Infineon Raceway and Watkins Glen International, with a street race at St. Petersburg, Fla.

Formed in July 2002, the Menards Infiniti Pro Series is an essential stepping stone for drivers and teams striving to reach the pinnacle of open-wheel racing in America, the Indy Racing League IndyCar® Series. The previous two champions, A.J. Foyt IV (2002) and Mark Taylor (2003), along with Ed Carpenter, are full-time drivers in the IndyCar Series.

Infiniti Q45 engines power Dallara Automobili chassis built for the series, with Firestone Firehawk tires used exclusively on all cars. The V8 engines produce approximately 450 horsepower for the single-seat winged chassis, providing an ideal training ground for the 600-horsepower, single-seat winged cars of the IndyCar Series.

10/01/04
irl
IPS adds road courses to 14-race schedule IPS adds road courses to 14-race scheduleThe Indy Racing League Menards Infiniti Pro SeriesT will feature a series-high 14 races in 2005, including three events on road courses and one street course, league officials announced.  The Menards Infiniti Pro Series will become the first series to race twice in the same season at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The third Futaba Freedom 100 is scheduled for the 2.5-mile oval on May 27 (Carb Day), while the series will race the road course during the United States Grand Prix weekend.

With the exception of the second race at Indianapolis, the Menards Infiniti Pro Series runs in conjunction with the IRL IndyCar® Series. Ten of the 14 Menards Infiniti Pro Series races will be held on the same day as IndyCar Series races.

The 2005 season will mark the first time the Menards Infiniti Pro Series races on tracks other than ovals. The series will hold a street-circuit event at St. Petersburg, Fla. on April 3, and will race on road courses at Indianapolis, Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. on Aug. 28, and Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y. on Sept. 25.

"This is an historic moment for the Menards Infiniti Pro Series," said Roger Bailey, executive director of the Menards Infiniti Pro Series. "By lengthening the schedule and adding road races, we will increase our ability to attract the top young driving talent from around the United States and the world. To be able to showcase the series, our drivers, teams and sponsors twice at Indianapolis in the same year is extraordinary."

For the second consecutive season, Homestead-Miami Speedway will play host to the opening race on March 6. The season will conclude at California Speedway on Oct. 16. The 10 oval races will be 100-mile "sprints."  Formed in July 2002, the Menards Infiniti Pro Series is an essential stepping stone for drivers and teams striving to reach the pinnacle of open-wheel racing in America, the IndyCar Series. The previous two champions, A.J. Foyt IV (2002) and Mark Taylor (2003), along with Ed Carpenter, are full-time drivers in the IndyCar Series.

Infiniti Q45 engines power Dallara Automobili chassis built for the series, with Firestone Firehawk tires used exclusively on all cars. The V8 engines produce approximately 450 horsepower for the single-seat winged chassis, providing an ideal training ground for the 600-horsepower, single-seat winged cars of the IndyCar Series.

All Menards Infiniti Pro Series events are televised on ESPN2 and distributed worldwide through ESPN International.
2005 IRL MENARDS INFINITI PRO SERIES SCHEDULE
Date Track
March 6* Homestead-Miami Speedway
March 19* Phoenix International Raceway
April 3* St. Petersburg Grand Prix
May 27 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Oval)
June 10 Texas Motor Speedway
USGP weekend Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road course - date subject to confirmation)
July 16* Nashville Superspeedway
July 24* The Milwaukee Mile
Aug. 13 Kentucky Speedway
Aug. 21* Pikes Peak International Raceway
Aug. 28* Infineon Raceway
Sept. 11* Chicagoland Speedway
Sept. 25* Watkins Glen International
Oct. 16* California Speedway
* Denotes races held on the same day as IRL IndyCar Series races

10/01/04
snaponstars
Alan Sciuto Wins Ride in 2005 Skip Barber National Championship Alan Sciuto Wins Ride in 2005 Skip Barber National ChampionshipAfter beating some of the best karters in the business on his way to winning this year’s Snap-on Stars of Karting ICC Western Division class, 16-year-old Alan Sciuto hoped some post-season awards might be coming his way. Today, the first honor came and it was a big one. Sciuto, of Orange, Calif., is the recipient of the second annual Snap-on Stars of Karting - Skip Barber National Championship Scholarship ride and will contest the series fully funded in 2005 against some of the best up and coming drivers in North America. Chosen by a distinguished panel of motorsports personnel, Sciuto joins 2003 winner Robbie Pecorari as a recipient of this award. Last year, Pecorari won a race and scored five podium finishes on his way to fifth place in the 2004 Skip Barber National Championship Presented by RACER magazine.

In Snap-On Stars competition this year, Sciuto won two races (Moran #2, BC #2) and scored a total of seven podium finishes during the eight-race season in the “Kosmic Racing Team” ICC Class. Ironically, his worst finish of the year was the first at Moran Raceway in Southern California, where he did not score a point. Following that slight hiccup, he actually won the very next race, never finished off the podium and beat Ron White by a mere eight point margin.

“I am very honored and excited to win the Stars-Skip Barber Scholarship,” commented Sciuto. “I want to thank those who voted for me and believed in me. As always with these awards, there are many deserving drivers who could have won this, so this is amazing. While last season (2003) was successful, I believe I improved quite a bit this year and learned some key driving skills in the Snap-on Stars of Karting that I know will help me in the future, starting next season with the Skip Barber National.”

“We are very proud of Alan and this award,” said Stars’ principal and IRL IndyCar® driver Bryan Herta. “He did an exceptional job on and off the track this season on his way to the ICC Western Championship. Competing in the Skip Barber system has shown itself to be a very effective and beneficial proving ground for young drivers, including myself. The emphasis on driver ability and skill through equally prepared cars in the National Championship is key to their long track record of driver development. We fully believe Alan will be successful and proud to have him carry the flag of the Snap-on Stars of Karting Series.”

10/01/04
f1
Why Bernie pulled plug on British GP Why Bernie pulled plug on British GPBernie Ecclestone pulled the plug on the British GP after receiving an ultimatum from the British Racing Drivers’ Club.   Ecclestone, who had warned the BRDC not to play hardball with him, said he was prevented with a ‘take it or leave it offer.’   He told the Daily Express: "They came to me with a letter which more or less said 'take it or leave it'.   “The obvious thing they should know is that when they say that to me, that is an opportunity to leave it.  Obviously I regret that we can't have a British Grand Prix, but this is a commercial deal and I have to be fair to everyone, not just Silverstone.  I try to be fair and honest with everybody but I cannot give Silverstone what they want because it isn't fair to the other circuits around the world.  The deal I offered them was already on the old terms and the cheapest in Europe and the rest of the world. It was a really super deal. We have gone along with them for a long time but I couldn't do any more.  They don't want to take a risk. In fact, they don't want to do anything that doesn't suit them.  We took a lot of time over Shanghai getting the deal right and the people there went and built this magnificent circuit. Turkey next year will be great as well.  You can't go around the world asking people to build these terrific facilities and then we have this thing back in England called Silverstone that we are ashamed of."
10/01/04
Industry News
Experienced Racing Executive Craw Named ACCUS President Experienced Racing Executive Craw Named ACCUS PresidentNick Craw, a longtime veteran of motorsports and sailing management, has been selected as president of the Automobile Competition Committee for the United States (ACCUS), which governs U.S. racing as part of the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA).  He will succeed longtime president Burdette Martin, who is retiring in 2005.  ACCUS board chairman Dan Cotter, who chaired the selection committee, said Craw was picked over more than a dozen finalists.

"Nick Craw has the combination of a lifelong passion for motorsports and administrative ability that will serve ACCUS and its members well," Cotter said. "He is a worthy successor to Burdette Martin, and we look forward to having him aboard beginning Jan. 1."   Said Craw, "This is a wonderful opportunity for me to return to my roots in racing and gives me the chance to serve the growing motorsports industry in the United States and the participating clubs."

The ACCUS office will move from Chicago to Denver, where Craw and his wife have a home.  Craw is the executive director of US SAILING, the national governing body for the sport of sailing. He previously served as president and CEO of the Sports Car Club of America for 17 years. SCCA, a 60,000-member non-profit organization, sanctions 2,000 amateur and professional motorsports events each year. 

While with SCCA, Craw was a delegate to ACCUS, served a term as vice president and was chairman of the National Motorsports Council. Craw also was active in the sport as president and CEO of Scorpio Racing Enterprises from 1968-80. As a factory driver for BMW, he earned two national championships and more career victories than any other BMW driver.

He began his working career with Project Hope, which operated the 15,000-ton hospital ship SS Hope. He advanced to responsibility for development and public relations. From 1970-72, he was the first associate director of the new federal agency, Action/Vista, the domestic version of the Peace Corps.

In 1973-74, Craw directed the Peace Corps, providing leadership and policy direction for 7,000 volunteers in 69 countries.

Craw is a cum laude graduate of Princeton University and earned his master's degree in business administration from Harvard Business School. 

Martin, who has directed ACCUS since 1983, will continue to work through most of 2005, completing his term as FIA vice president and U.S. delegate as well as assisting Craw in the transition.

ACCUS is the FIA's national sporting representative in the U.S., responsible for licensing and listing series and racing events on the FIA international calendar. Members include CART, IMSA, GAR, IRL, NASCAR, NHRA, SCCA and USAC.

10/01/04
f1
Trulli to race in Japan, Brazil Trulli to race in Japan, Brazil(GMM) Jarno Trulli will replace Toyota's Ricardo Zonta in Japan, before sending F1 veteran Olivier Panis into retirement one grand prix early as the season ends at Interlagos.  ''Having the opportunity to bring Jarno into the race team (early) will be highly beneficial,'' team principal Tsutomu Tomita said in a statement.

The seat shuffle means that Panis, 37, will exit Formula One as a race driver after next weekend's event at the challenging Suzuka circuit.  ''Likewise, we are sorry that we can not give Ricardo the chance to race in Japan,'' Tomita added, but said the team wanted Zonta to drive in his home grand prix near Sao Paulo.

Panis, the only Frenchman on the grand prix grid in 2004, will be Toyota's reserve and test driver for the next two seasons.  Zonta is 'disappointed' to be benched for Japan, ''(but) I understand the importance of bringing Jarno into the race team when we have the opportunity to do so.''  Fired Renault driver Trulli, meanwhile, reckons getting to work early in the final 'flyaway' events might give him a 'head start' ahead of a full time race debut in 2005.

10/01/04
f1
British drivers slam Ecclestone British drivers slam EcclestoneFormer British F1 Champion Nigel Mansell is "disgusted" by Bernie Ecclestone's decision to drop the British GP, while Damon Hill has slammed the F1 supremo for being greedy.  Mansell told The Sun: "It's an utter disgrace. This is the home of British motor sport - more than that it's the home of the World Championship. This is a dreadful loss, not just for Britain - but for Formula One in general.

"All the British drivers will tell you how great it is to race in front of their home fans. I'm especially grateful for the lift they gave me over the years. I won five grands prix in Britain and the scenes at Silverstone in 1992 will remain with me forever. Silverstone is the original World Championship circuit. It's got history and tradition.  I don't know if there are still negotiations going on behind the scenes but I certainly hope so. I can't imagine Formula One without a British GP. But if the race is axed, I will be disgusted."

Damon Hill, another of Britain's former Champions, was also angered by the news and accused Ecclestone of being greedy. "There is no sentiment any more in this business, as I found out as a driver. The only time F1 plays the history card is when it suits," he told the Daily Telegraph.  "For example Ferrari is given special status. It is the oldest competing marque and is a key element in the identity of the sport. The British GP should have the same standing because of its history.  Silverstone was the venue for the first World Championship race in 1950. This country has staged a grand prix every year since. Unfortunately business simply takes priority. Bernie Ecclestone holds all the cards.  He decides where races should go and looks only at the commercial side. I think that is a big mistake. It is a very sad day for me. No one should be under any illusions about the way the sport is going. The show goes where the money is.  That ought to worry every true motor racing fan, not only those in Britain."

10/01/04
nascar
NASCAR playoffs flop - TV rating down again NASCAR playoffs flop - TV rating down againUPDATE #3 Nielsen Media Research's weekly ranking of ratings for television shows on cable channels shows that TNT's airing of last Sunday's MBNA America 400 at Dover International Speedway ranked second to an NFL game on ESPN. The Nextel Cup race drew a 3.2 national rating and 5,001,000 viewers to trail the NFL game between Tampa Bay and Oakland, which had a 6.4 rating and 9,436,000 viewers. Because the 2003 Dover race was broadcast on NBC, which reaches far more households than the cable outlet, direct comparisons of the figures aren't possible. But the 3.9 cable rating for the race was down 3 percent from 2002, when TNT also carried the event. The Philadelphia Daily News reports that the combined NBC/TNT ratings so far are a 4.3, up from 4.2 last year. NASCAR Scene Daily Newsletter 09/30/04 Nextel Cup driver Kyle Petty said, “I wonder if we’re not all putting too much into individual race numbers. True, this is a ‘What have you done for me lately?’ sport, but you have to look at things in perspective and in context to take a full measure. If our ratings were up a lot over last year over the past two or three weeks, I wouldn’t say that indicated we were heading to the top, no doubt. And the fact they haven’t jumped the past couple of weeks doesn’t mean the world is ending, either” FLORIDA TIMES-UNION  09/30/04 In Philadelphia, Bill Fleischman writes lower ratings suggest “Chase fever is not sweeping America.” But Hurricane Jeanne was a factor in this year’s Dover rating, as five markets in Florida, where a “significant number of NASCAR fans live, were left powerless last Sunday.” But Fleischman adds NASCAR “has to be concerned about the TV ratings, not just for the Chase but for the entire season. While the NASCAR race numbers are second only to the NFL, the ratings have leveled off.” Nextel Cup races on Fox during the first half of this season averaged a 5.6 compared to a 5.8 a year ago. But this year’s combined NBC/TNT rating is 4.3, up from last year’s 4.2 PHILA. DAILY NEWS 09/28/04 NASCAR's playoff system idea continues to be a flop.  NASCAR hoped the scheme would boost their ratings to NFL levels, instead they are dropping.  TNT’s coverage of Sunday’s NASCAR Nextel Cup MBNA America 400 – the second race in the ten-race Chase for the Nextel Cup – posted a 3.9 Nielsen cable rating, down 3% from a 4.0 for the same race on TNT in ’02. Coverage of the race has alternated between NBC and TNT since ’01. Last year’s race earned a 4.2 national rating on NBC, compared to the 4.5 NBC drew in ‘01 THE DAILY
10/01/04
f1
Ecclestone slams the BRDC Ecclestone slams the BRDCRegarding the British GP axing, Bernie Ecclestone said, "We're not dealing with businessmen," he told Independent Television News. "We're dealing with a gentlemen's club which is a bit short of gentlemen actually. They should be running tennis. It's quite embarrassing. I am pushing the world to raise the standards [of our race track ] everywhere and our country [England] has one of the worst."
10/01/04
nascar
Bestwick breaks leg, will miss Talladega Bestwick breaks leg, will miss TalladegaNBC Television commentator Allen Bestwick will miss Talladega after suffering a broken leg while playing hockey, and pit reporter Bill Weber will take his place in the booth, the network said.
10/01/04
f1
Latest F1 news in brief Latest F1 news in brief
Axed Brit GP may be 18th race - Bernie
Schu sets Jerez record
Trulli closer to Suzuka start
Government to blame, says Stewart
F1 unfazed by winter rival

Briatore and Mecachrome
Renault 'review' F1 involvement
Trulli to replace Panis in Japan
2005 engine nearly ready - BMW
Silverstone lost at game of hardball
Renault will beat Ferrari - Briatore
Brit GP is 'essential' to F1 - reaction
No 'special deal' for Brit GP - Bernie
Brit GP axe or 'ancy-dancy'? - F1 champ
10/01/04
nascar
A celebration honoring Bill France Jr. A celebration honoring Bill France Jr.There is no other individual in the motorsports world that is more deserving of celebration than Bill France Jr.  The former NASCAR president will join family and friends Oct. 21 in downtown Charlotte in “An Evening with Bill France Jr.” presented by Wachovia.

The invitation-only event was organized by the North Carolina Motorsports Association to celebrate the legacy of a man who took professional stock car racing to new heights during his 28-year reign as NASCAR president. France took the organization formed by his father, Bill France Sr., in 1947 to its present popularity. The France legacy continues through his son Brian, the present NASCAR CEO.

Proceeds for the event will benefit the Victory Junction Gang Camp and the North Carolina Motorsports Foundation. Members of the motorsports community, North Carolina business community and guests across the country are attending the tribute. North Carolina-based Wachovia Corporation has agreed to serve as the event’s presenting sponsor.

“At Wachovia, we make a concerted effort to support industries that bring additional business and development to the communities we are a part of," said John Tate, a senior relationship manager for Wachovia's Commercial Banking segment. "The motorsports industry has helped North Carolina's economy for many years, and Bill France was a major player in making that happen. We are so pleased that we could be a part of an event honoring him.”

 
The event will come on the heels of an announcement regarding the findings of a study of the impact of motorsports on North Carolina’s economy. Gov. Mike Easley will announce the key findings on Oct. 5 in Mooresville.   Veteran sports host Dr. Jerry Punch will emcee the event. Punch said he is honored to participate in an event that honors a man he, like so many others, greatly respects.   “I am so excited to be a part of a special night of tribute to a man and his family,” Punch said. “The Frances have been so good to me over the years; plus, I have so much respect and admiration for him and his family and what they have done.

The name France belongs alongside others like Abner Doubleday and James Naismith who have pioneered the greatest American sports pastimes.  It is certainly fitting that we would fete this hero of American motorsports with such a special evening, and I am honored to be asked to participate.”

Gov. Easley is expected to make a presentation to France, while prominent members of the motorsports community will share stories and memories of France through the years. Seven-time NASCAR Champion Richard Petty, Nextel Cup start Michael Waltrip, 1989 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Champion Rusty Wallace and others will offer memories of France from various points of view.

“North Carolina’s role as the ‘Heart of Motorsports’ would not be possible without Bill Jr.,” Petty said. “He put racing on the map and brought increased attention to our state as a result. Because of him, millions of people around the world are race fans, not just a few thousand here in the South. ‘An Evening with Bill France Jr.’ will give us the opportunity to thank him for all that he has done through the years and what he continues to do.” 

“The reason many of us enjoy our success in motorsports is due largely to Bill France Jr.,” Waltrip said. “It is simply amazing the advancements motorsports has made in the past 10, 20 or 30 years, both from a competition standpoint to a business standpoint. France is the reason behind that change, and he has laid the groundwork to keep NASCAR moving forward in a positive direction in years to come. It is truly an honor to me to participate in an event that will pay tribute to a great man.”

“When I was asked to speak at ‘An Evening with Bill France Jr.,’ I couldn’t turn that opportunity down,” Wallace stated. “NASCAR is a great sport, and Mr. France is the reason it is such a great sport. Coming from a racing family, I can certainly appreciate how he positioned NASCAR as a family sport. I am able to do what I love to do at a level that affords me opportunities I would have never imagined. I look forward to the event.”

10/01/04
nascar
Andretti fastest in Lowe's testing Andretti fastest in Lowe's testingTaking to the track for the first time with his new NASCAR Nextel Cup team, John Andretti set the pace in a two-day testing session at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in preparation for the Oct. 16 UAW-GM Quality 500.

Andretti, driving the #14 Ford for ppc Racing, topped both testing sessions with an unofficial fast lap of 181.751 mph.  Andretti’s team plans to make its debut in the UAW-GM Quality 500 and attempt to run the rest of the season with a sponsor to be named in the next few days. With no provisionals available to them, the team concentrated on finding the speed they needed to make the field.  "We thought we'd come here and kind of fly under the radar, but obviously that hasn't happened," said Andretti, who has been without a full-time ride this season. "I'm really pleased. We are running one car in qualifying trim and the other in race trim, and they are both really good."

Jeff Gordon, the only driver in the Chase for the Nextel Cup testing at the track, was second fastest with a lap of 178.968 mph. Gordon’s DuPont team did not participate in Wednesday’s session. Kyle Petty was third fastest in the two-day session, posting an unofficial speed of 178.921 on Wednesday.  Ward Burton, Greg Biffle, Terry Labonte and Greg Sacks also took part in the testing sessions. Burton was fourth fastest with a speed of 178.701 during Tuesday’s session. Pete McCole

09/30/04
champcar
Race Surfers Paradise online Race Surfers Paradise onlineAttention Lexmark Indy 300 Fan!  Have you ever wanted to race a Champ Car around the Lexmark Indy 300 circuit on the Gold Coast at speeds of up to 300kph?  That opportunity now exists from the safety of a PC or laptop computer at the Lexmark Indy 300 website at www.indy.com.au/indyracer   We have just added a BRAND NEW feature this year to www.indy.com.au site. It's called Indy Racer! And it's your chance to race the Lexmark Indy 300 track online in full 3D.  What’s better is that the game is ABSOLUTELY FREE. All you need is your computer and Internet access.  Even better still is that you can win great prizes for having the best lap time each week!  The best lap times of the week will appear on the Leader Board. You can also set up your own private Leader Board to challenge your friends!  To play, click on the link above, or copy and paste the link into your Internet browser.  Good luck!  The Indy Racer Pit Crew  * It's recommended you have a 3D-accelerated video card to play Indy Racer, but it's not required. Lexmark Indy 300
09/30/04
champcar
Haas reaffirms commitment to Champ Car Haas reaffirms commitment to Champ CarThis Champ Car article has some strong quotes from Carl Haas - Carl Haas and Paul Newman can be counted on one hand among only three longtime CART team owners still in Champ Car racing. The others, of course, are Jerry Forsythe and Derrick Walker. Haas freely admits that his heart lies in road racing and that he has developed an inextricable bond with the Champ Car World Series.

“I’m really a road racer, not that I haven’t been involved in plenty of oval racing,” Haas observes. “I like the venues that Champ Car has. Paul and Berni and I love road racing and street racing. That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with having a few oval races, but basically it’s about permanent road courses and street races, and I love it.”

He says he was heartbroken when CART went into bankruptcy. “What occurred a year ago was really sad. It looked pretty black to me over the winter and early spring, but I think the people that have taken over are really working hard on it and they’re getting a lot of good help from a lot of well-qualified sources. They’re working very hard and I think they’ve made great strides in the past few months. Their job is not finished by any means, but it certainly is a big improvement from where we were, and it certainly has some hope to it. I want to feel optimistic about it and I’m beginning to feel that way.

“I think there are still some rough edges here and there in the organization that need to be straightened out. There are a few things we’re waiting to hear about which I think are sounding very positive. They can’t slow down for next year because next season will be very pivotal for the future, but they’re working hard to build a solid foundation and the series now has a chance to go forward.”

Over the past two years Haas has become a big supporter of Champ Car’s Ford/Cosworth spec engine formula, something he was not originally in favor of. “To be honest, going back to when this single engine formula was decided on I didn’t have the greatest faith in it. But I must say it’s working out pretty good and I certainly support it today. Our current chassis/engine combination is, for now, the right direction. We’ve seen good racing out of it and fairly close racing for a lot of people, not only our team. I think it’s good.”

In closing, Haas said he wanted to re-emphasize his positive view of the new Champ Car organization and to add a further word of thanks to his indefatigable partner.  “I want to say again that I’m pleasantly surprised that so much more progress has been made than I had imagined was possible. Also, there are good rumors we’re hearing about an improved TV package for next year and other good things that are in the wings. And you’ve got to hand it to Paul. He’s given a lot of help to Champ Car. He deserves a big round of applause.”

09/30/04
f1
Schuey tops Wednesday test times from Jerez Schuey tops Wednesday test times from JerezMichael Schumacher was back on form today at Jerez where he was there testing his Ferrari.  “We have a very good car here, and everything worked here,” he said. “It is a good sign, but we are not here to break records. It is a fantastic feeling that the car goes so well; if it runs like this in the next race…”
1 Michael Schumacher (Ferrari) 1m15.650s
2 Alex Wurz (McLaren) 1m16.496s
3 Ralf Schumacher (Williams) 1m16.502s
4 Anthony Davidson (BAR) 1m16.577s
5 Franck Montagny (Renault) 1m16.640s
6 Jarno Trulli (Toyota) 1m16.674s
7 Marc Gene (Williams) 1m16.951s
8 Enrique Bernoldi (BAR) 1m17.215s
9 Pedro de la Rosa (McLaren) 1m17.215s
10 Heikki Kovalainen (Renault) 1m17.366s
09/30/04
f1
BRDC: Dropping British GP is a disaster BRDC: Dropping British GP is a disasterThe British Racing Drivers' Club has called the decision to leave the British Grand Prix off the 2005 Formula One world championship calendar 'a disaster for the sport and the motorsport industry in the UK'.

"We understand that the British Grand Prix will not be appearing on the provisional calendar for 2005, which Mr Ecclestone will present to the FIA for ratification on 13 October 2004, and Mr Ecclestone will not accept that BRDC offer to promote the British Grand prix at Silverstone for the next three years, which is a disaster for the sport and the industry in the UK.

"The BRDC, a not-for-profit club with limited finances, has made the best offer it can to maintain the grand prix in the United Kingdom at Silverstone.

"The BRDC's offer to promote the race is at a price which, at best, will break even and, in a poor year, will lose the club a considerable amount of money. The club has examined its finances carefully, including plans for drastic reductions in expenditure - including reduced financial support for our young drivers' initiatives - but we cannot financial save the British Grand Prix on our own.

"The international finances of Formula One are now such that almost every country around the world that hosts a grand prix is given considerable financial support by its government. We regret that HM Government... has not been able to put together a package to help the retention of the grand prix in this country. The government is committed to retaining the sport and the industry, and yet the loss of the race will damage the sport and the industry.

"We have been campaigning as a club in recent years for the government to support a major capital investment programme for a centre of motorsport excellence at Silverstone. We have discussed various financial options with HMG - none of which have been accepted. Where is the delivery of sport minister Richard Caborn's promise, in July 2003, for the government to 'put its money where its mouth is'?

"It is damaging to this country that Mr Ecclestone has acted to cancel next year's grand prix when he has already been paid for next year's race through the contractual exit of Interpublic, and when the BRDC has made a generous offer to promote the race, [in a deal] which would produce no profit for the club.

"It is sad when new entry countries like Bahrain and China are celebrating their new grands prix, and their importance to their country's interests, that, here in the UK, where we hosted the first [world championship] grand prix at Silverstone in 1950, we have been taken off the international calendar. It will inflict serious damage to the pre-eminence of the sport and industry in the United Kingdom, which may be irrecoverable.

"Foreigners looking at this debacle from afar will be staring in amazement and wondering why this has been allowed to happen.

"Even at this late stage, we would ask Mr Ecclestone and the British government to think again, and see if we can retain the grand prix for the sake of the industry, sport and the country."

09/30/04
f1
Ecclestone pulls plug on British GP Ecclestone pulls plug on British GPUPDATE The British government has struck back.  A government spokesperson said "Clearly the Government supports and wants to see a British Grand Prix at Silverstone - but the current commercial negotiations about the promotion of the grand prix are a matter between the BRDC and Formula One," said a spokesman for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.  "We have done everything, and will continue to, to help bring the parties together to discuss the matter.

"The Government has already made significant financial contribution to motorsport and Silverstone - in 2002 we invested over £16million to support the industry and £8million to improve road access around the track."  Lib Dem spokesman Edward Davey MP said: "Everyone will be upset that Silverstone has lost out, but ministers will now have even more questions to answer.

"Against civil service advice, ministers used public money for road projects that have failed to deliver Formula One for Silverstone.  Ministers need extremely good reasons to override advice, and this time their judgment looks flawed.  If Labor’s  relationship with Bernie Ecclestone was the real reason behind going against civil service advice, the failure to save Silverstone looks even more incompetent."

"It is a huge disappointment for the area and it is a huge blow for the BRDC who have worked very hard to improve the circuit and keep the grand prix," he said.  "It will have a big impact for the local economy as the race brings in £30million to the area each year.  "We are also at the centre of motorsport for the country and the world. There are more than 40 grand prix companies in the county.  There's a lot of pride locally in the grand prix. Residents in Silverstone and the surrounding areas are willing to put up with a lot of disruption for the honor of hosting the race.  This will affect lots of local businesses, hundreds of small businesses such as pubs, restaurants and hotels who need the grand prix to balance their books.  If there is anything we can do to help bring it back in the future we will."

09/30/04 The British Grand Prix has been dropped from the Formula One calendar for the first time in the sport's history.   Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone had given Silverstone owners the British Racing Drivers' Club until close of business on Thursday to meet his financial demands.  The two parties are believed to be around £3m apart on the annual cost of rights to the race and Ecclestone has finally pulled the plug.    He has omitted the race from his provisional 2005 calendar, which goes before the FIA's world motor sport council on October 13.  The BRDC have long argued they, as a non-profit organization, cannot afford to run at a loss but Ecclestone, who receives most of his fees from national governments keen to cash in on Formula One, has lost patience.
09/30/04
champcar
CART files SEC Form 10-Q for June 30th CART files SEC Form 10-Q for June 30thChampionship Auto Racing Teams, Inc. ("Championship" or "Company") (Pink Sheets: CPNT.PK) announced today that it has filed its 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2004.  The Company had delayed the filing of this report because of the bankruptcy of its operating subsidiary CART, Inc. The Company has sold all of its operating assets and is in the process of winding up its affairs. The Form 10-Q for the second quarter of 2004 reflects the Company's position as it continues to wind up its affairs.  The quarterly information for the year 2004 is not comparable to the quarterly information for 2003.
09/30/04
f1
London Mayor still wants race London Mayor still wants raceLondon mayor Ken Livingstone still wants to have  GP on the streets of his City.  We think it's a ploy by Ecclestone to squeeze more money out of the BRDC and its race at Silverstone.  He always finds a way to make a promoter feel insecure when his contract is up for renewal by finding a competing venue.  "I'm still backing a grand prix for London, and I would welcome any approach from Formula One such as hosting the European Grand Prix," he told the capital's free newspaper Metro, "However, I believe that Silverstone makes an important contribution to the continuing success of the UK motorsport industry, and I am keen for the British Grand Prix to remain there."
09/30/04
champcar
RuSPORT submits plans for new location RuSPORT submits plans for new locationAn area professional auto-racing team has submitted plans to the City and County of Broomfield to construct a building for its headquarters.  RuSPORT, an open-wheel auto-racing team based in Loveland, said in its preliminary plans that it wants to construct a 35,000-square-foot building at the entrance of Jefferson County Airport. The building would be used for administration, a shop for design and maintenance, and storage for the transport trucks that carry the cars.   Jeremy Dale, RuSPORT president, said the company looked at locations across the country — including Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Southern California and Las Vegas.

RuSPORT's two-car team participates in the Champ Car World Series, which has races in Mexico, Canada and across the United States, including Denver. In terms of logistics, Broomfield's central location seemed like the perfect fit, Dale said.  "There's a lot of work opportunities and different industries there," he said. "Even though we were already there, we kept on coming back to, 'We're not finding anything that makes any more sense than this.'"

With 47 employees, Dale said the company has outgrown its current 15,000-square-foot home. After the move, the headcount could grow to about 60 people, he said.   Along with bringing jobs to the area, the potential location at the Jefferson County Airport also will create a draw for the region, said Patrick Thompson, Jefferson County administrator.

"RuSPORT is a nationally known company with corporate sponsors, several of them Fortune 500 companies, which would be coming into the facility, flying their jets into the Jeffco Airport, visiting RuSPORT and other facilities in Broomfield," Thompson said. "When you have that type of experience and that type of interaction, it will help with attracting other companies to Broomfield and Jefferson County."

Dale said because of that sponsor traffic, the facility will serve as a showpiece for the company. The building will not be used for manufacturing and the cars will not race on the property, he said.  "The cars will never turn a wheel, except for rolling from the truck into the building," he said.   Dale said if all goes as planned, RuSPORT would like to occupy the building before the end of 2005.  "What we think we're bringing is interesting and different and unique," he said. "I think what any city, county, metropolitan area wants is a diverse group of businesses."  Broomfield Enterprise

09/30/04
A1 GP
A1 Grand Prix announces first 6 teams A1 Grand Prix announces first 6 teamsJust six months after the launch of A1 Grand Prix in Dubai, series founder and CEO, His Highness Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoum, announces the signing of the first six national seat holders and unveils the final specification of the A1 Grand Prix car.

The United Kingdom, South Africa, China, Portugal, Pakistan and Lebanon are the first countries to have secured their seats for the unique winter one-make championship commencing in Autumn 2005.

The announcement of the first national seat holders coincides with the official UK launch party being held in London with key figures from all the identified national seat holders in attendance to witness the formal unveiling of the A1 car.

Sheikh Maktoum will be presenting the UK national seat holders with their car at the launch party. In the perfect example of how the motorsport and business worlds have combined, the Chairman of the UK seat holders, John Surtees MBE, the only man to have won World Championships on two and four wheels, will be working closely with the man representing their business interests, Tony Clements. John Surtees will join Sheikh Maktoum on stage to take delivery of the car.
 
“This is a significant step forward for A1 Grand Prix," stated Maktoum. "We set ourselves demanding targets and six months down the line we are exceeding our own expectations. We are delighted to welcome all six national seat holders to the series, and the fact we have many more countries waiting to announce their participation in the series means our concept has been wholeheartedly embraced by both the business and motorsport fraternities.”

The definitive specification UK car has a distinctive red, white and blue livery that reflects the nationality of the team that will be running it. It is the culmination of hours of hard work on the designer’s drawing board, in a wind tunnel and on test tracks at Snetterton, England and Jerez, Spain.

The London ’unveiling’ of both the first seat holders and car is the latest in a list of significant landmarks in the creation of what will be the first World Cup of Motorsport. The international FIA sanctioned series, which commences Autumn 2005 in motor racing’s traditional ‘off’ season, is unique and will bring together a sustainable business model with the high speed excitement of motorsport, the series organisers claim.

The cars will be powered by a 3.4 litre V8 A1 Grand Prix power plant which will give the series organisers flexibility in providing more power if needed. Testing started in earnest in July and specialists in their fields were brought on board to strengthen the team. Former Formula 1 driver Ralph Firman became the series’ test driver, while the man who oversaw Bentley’s historic 2003 Le Mans 24 Hour Race win, John Wickham, was given the task of running the test programme and is now working full time for A1 Grand Prix as Operations Manager.

A very important aspect of testing was to find the right tyre supplier. Feedback from the team confirmed that the Cooper Tire & Rubber Company had the ideal product and a deal was duly signed with them in early September.

The belief that A1 Grand Prix will be a compelling spectacle for all motorsport fans was strongly endorsed when its first broadcast licensee was announced in August. An exclusive deal was struck with Sky Sports for live coverage in the UK of not only the races, but also the practice and qualifying sessions. A1 Grand Prix will be announcing more national seat holders in a few weeks’ time at the Official South African Seat Holders’ Launch event in Johannesburg, South Africa.  A1 Grand Prix

09/30/04
f1
Latest F1 news in brief Latest F1 news in brief
'Thanks, Jacques' - Jarno Trulli
It's 'happy Jacques' again - manager
Max's 'official notice' of '06 shake-up
Tomas Enge set for oval debut
Todt's girlfriend denies engagement
'I may switch in 2006' - Valentino Rossi
Briatore to the rescue (in 2006)
Tires let me down - Felipe Massa
Humor intact at Jaguar
Lyons eyes 2005 Jordan seat
BAR heading for Button win
Webber vows points in Jag's last gasp
Villeneuve was Renault's second choice
09/30/04
alms
Lamborghini comments on team's withdrawal Lamborghini comments on team's withdrawalAutomobili Lamborghini has expressed its disappointment at the withdrawal of Krohn-Barbour Racing from the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) following the announcement by the team that it will not attend the final 2004 round at Laguna Seca and does not have plans to contend the 2005 championship with its two Lamborghini Murcielago R-GTs.  Krohn-Barbour confirmed its departure following this weekend's Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, Georgia, after a strong finish by the number six car piloted by Krohn/Maxwell/Fox in the 1000 mile, ten-hour endurance race, and a third place position for the number five car until an oil spill five hours into the race caused the Brabham/Kox/Jonsson R-GT to come off and subsequently retire.   "We're sorry that Krohn-Barbour Racing has decided to discontinue racing in the ALMS," commented Lamborghini's marketing manager Manfred Fitzgerald. "The team is at the point where it has gained ground since starting its five-race ALMS campaign, when the cars came 'out of the box' to race for the first time at Mid-Ohio earlier this year. The modifications that Lamborghini and Reiter Engineering recommended to the team as part of our considerable input into the programme have now been implemented and the results of this were seen in recent tests and at Petit Le Mans."   "Although we feel that, acting on the recommendations of Lamborghini and Reiter Engineering, there is still considerable progress the team could make with the cars, we also appreciate that team circumstances change quickly in motorsport."
09/30/04
alms
Fans enjoy ALMS the most Fans enjoy ALMS the mostIn a season that has seen rising network TV ratings as well as event attendance increases at almost all venues, the American Le Mans Series has received another glowing endorsement from the readers of one of the world's most respected motorsports publications.  RACER magazine has announced the results of a recently conducted survey of its readership and the American Le Mans Series received the highest marks in response to the question "What type of racing do you like?"  "This is wonderful news for us and testifies to the continued growth of the American Le Mans Series," said Scott Atherton, President and CEO of the ALMS. "RACER has always been a publication designed to appeal to a higher demographic of racing enthusiast and that description also perfectly applies to fans of the ALMS. It is very gratifying to learn that the readers of RACER like what we are doing and put us ahead of the many other forms of racing included in the magazine. The management of RACER has assured us that the voices of the readers have been heard and that the magazine will respond accordingly."
09/29/04
irl
Simmons to finish season with Kenn Hardley Racing Simmons to finish season with Kenn Hardley RacingAmerican driver Jeff Simmons will finish the season in the No. 24 Team ISI Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone fielded by Kenn Hardley Racing. Simmons joined the team in mid-August for the Pikes Peak 100, where he qualified on the pole. The 27-year-old followed up with a second-place finish at Chicagoland.  "When Kenn Hardley called me about finishing the season for him, I was very excited, as the team has quality personnel with chief mechanic Mark Olsen and engineer Dave Conti," Simmons said. "Both of these guys know their way around, having worked with some top drivers in this business for several years."  Simmons finished second in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series point standings in 2003. His first race in 2004 was the Futaba Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where he finished second.  Simmons' effort so impressed IRL IndyCar® Series team owner Morris Nunn that Nunn gave Simmons a ride for the 88th Indianapolis 500, where Simmons finished 16th.  "When we were in position to put a new driver in the car and Jeff was available, he seemed like the perfect guy to put in the seat," Hardley said. "The crew is real excited with his performance so far and are looking forward to finishing the season with Jeff as the driver." IRL
09/29/04
irl
Unser To Miss California Race Due To Broken Thumb Unser To Miss California Race Due To Broken ThumbAl Unser will not compete in the Indy Racing League Menards Infiniti Pro SeriesT California 100 on Oct. 2 after undergoing surgery on Sept. 28 for a broken left thumb.  Unser suffered a fracture and dislocation at the base of his left thumb in an off-road motorcycle accident Sept. 24 at his home in Albuquerque, N.M. After consulting with Dr. Henry Bock, IRL senior director of medical services, Unser flew to Indianapolis for evaluation by Dr. Terry Trammell. Trammell performed the surgery, inserting one screw and one pin to repair the injuries. A full recovery is expected.  "I have been advised by Dr. Trammell to just take it easy this weekend and wait for the thumb to heal completely before I attempt to drive again," Unser said. "I recognize the significant personal and professional sacrifices that the team and my guys have made to field a winning car for me at California. I was really looking forward to this weekend's race. I apologize to my team, my primary sponsor, Western Union, and my fans."  Unser will be in California to honor all appearances and autograph sessions to which he has committed.  Unser, 21, is the son of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. Unser made his debut in the Menards Infiniti Pro Series at Kansas Speedway in July and has recorded five top-five finishes in seven starts. He expects to be back in the No. 2 Western Union Speed Team Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone for the season finale on Oct. 16 at Texas Motor Speedway.  IRL
09/29/04
nascar
Fall Talladega race still w/o sponsor Fall Talladega race still w/o sponsorThe search continues by Talladega Superspeedway officials for a title sponsor for the race that will run for the last time Sunday as the EA Sports 500.  "We're still hunting," track Vice President and General Manager Rick Humphrey said on Tuesday. "We had hoped to have something in place by now. Nobody appears at this time to be a front-runner. We have some proposals out there."   This will be the fourth and final running of the EA Sports 500, as sponsor Electronic Arts has declined to extend its contract for naming rights to the NASCAR Nextel Cup race. What the race on Oct. 2, 2005, will be called remains up in the air as the track tries to land a replacement willing to pick up the seven-figure price tag for title sponsorship. Birmingham News
09/29/04
f1
Bernie warns don't play hardball with me Bernie warns don't play hardball with meBernie Ecclestone has warned British GP bosses not to mess with him.  Ecclestone gave Silverstone owners the British Racing Drivers’ Club a deadline of this week to make him an offer to safeguard the race.   The F1 supremo, who says he is in no mood to compromise, believes BRDC president Jackie Stewart is absolutely right to be concerned about the race’s future.   He told the Mirror: “He should be worried.   “I don’t care where the money comes from. We have got something for sale.  They know what the position is and I am the wrong guy to play hardball with.   I have had a lot of practice and I am pretty good at it.”
09/29/04
MotoGP
Yamaha to fund USGP safety improvements Yamaha to fund USGP safety improvementsYamaha has announced that it will fund the track safety improvements required by the FIM to homologate the Laguna Seca circuit, and so allow the US Grand Prix to take its place on the 2005 MotoGP world championship calendar.  "We're thrilled by the interest from Yamaha in particular and the motorcycle community overall in this event coming to the US," said Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. "Yamaha's generosity has made it possible to bring the MotoGP World Championship back to the USA for the fans to enjoy."  "Helping bring the MotoGP World Championship back to the US was an excellent opportunity for us to show our appreciation for our customers and fans," said Bob Starr, corporate communications manager at Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA. "And since this race corresponds with Yamaha's 50th anniversary, we could think of no better way to celebrate than with over 100,000 U.S. fans."  Work is scheduled to begin in November, with the first phase to increase runoff area in Turn 9 (Rainey Curve). The Turn 9 bridge will then be moved, on December 22 – 24, to an area between Turns 8A and 9. The track will remain open during this phase of construction.  Other changes being made to the circuit include widening the front straight by moving the outside (riders' right) wall back and increasing the run-off area in several turns, including Turn 2 (Andretti Hairpin). These changes will be made when the track is shut down completely from May 2-June 15.  The 2005 US Grand Prix, round 9 of 17, is scheduled to take place on July 10.
09/29/04
champcar
Fans can win two cars in Surfers Fans can win two cars in SurfersIt will certainly be Holden Heaven at this year’s Lexmark Indy 300!  Two lucky Indy fans will not only have the pleasure of watching this spectacular Gold Coast Event, but will end the weekend with a new set of car keys.  The official Lexmark Indy 300 HSV Course Car will be driven away by a fan after the October 21 to 24 Event.  The Course Car is the newly launched Holden HSV Avalanche, valued at almost $70,000.   All people have to do is SMS their name and postcode to 1999 INDY (1999 4639), and they will be in the draw.  Not stopping there, a Holden Commodore VY Series II SV8 is up for grabs for all 4-Day Grandstand Ticket buyers to the Lexmark Indy 300, who have registered their details at www.lexmark.com.au by October 20.  With the unmistakable power of a 245kW V8 waiting to be unleashed, it’s a Holden driver’s dream! Valued at $45,000, this car is built for both comfort and class.
09/29/04
irl
Tony George on SAE panel Tony George on SAE panelTony George, president and CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Indy Racing League, will be one of five worldwide motorsports leaders on a business panel during the Society of Automotive Engineers Motorsports Engineering Conference and Exhibition on Nov. 30 at Dearborn, Mich.

Joining George will be FIA President Max Mosley, NASCAR President Mike Helton, NHRA President Tom Compton and SCCA President Steve Johnson. It is believed this is the first time that the heads of these leading sanctioning bodies will appear together in a panel discussion.

The FIA is the governing body of Formula One, which competes annually at IMS in the United States Grand Prix, while NASCAR is the sanctioning body of the annual Brickyard 400 NEXTEL Cup Series race at IMS. The presentation takes place from 9:30-11:30 a.m. (EST) at the Hyatt Regency hotel. The theme is “Change for Relevance,” as George and the other leaders will discuss their shared challenges of cost containment, safety, competitive events with full fields that will please existing fans and attract new fans at tracks and on television, and providing value for new and existing sponsors.

RACER magazine President Paul Pfanner will serve as the moderator, while recently retired General Motors top racing executive Herb Fishel is the organizer of the panel. The panel discussion is part of the SAE Engineering Conference and Exhibition on Nov. 30-Dec. 2. Mosley, who heads the worldwide governing body of motorsport, will be the keynote speaker of the conference.

For more information on the conference, log on to www.sae.org.
09/29/04
nascar
Busch team to cease operation Busch team to cease operationWith only seven races left in the 2004 NASCAR Busch Series, the ownership of Lewis Motorsports made the crucial decision to cease operation at the conclusion of the 2004 season.  Lewis Motorsports has been without primary sponsorship since the end of the 2003 NASCAR Busch Series when the Civil Air Patrol announced they were leaving the sport.  Since that time, owner Ashton Lewis, Sr. has monetarily supported the program in hopes of finding sponsorship to continue through the 2004 season and beyond.  With only seven races left, it has become evident that there is little possibility of a primary sponsor coming on board at Lewis Motorsports.  “Regretfully, Lewis Motorsports can not continue to operate without sponsorship past the final event at the Homestead-Miami Speedway,” said owner Ashton Lewis, Sr.  “Our sponsorship search has been unsuccessful, so we have no choice but to close the doors at the end of the season.  I do not foresee a sponsor coming to us with sufficient sponsorship dollars to spend, so we announced our decision to the team today.  With the rising costs of racing, it is hard for an independent team, without additional resources, to make it these days,” continued Lewis, Sr. “It is only fair that we give our employees time to find jobs within the industry before next season.”  Lewis Motorsports
09/29/04
NASCAR
Daytona Renovation Update Daytona Renovation UpdateAs a third hurricane - Hurricane Jeanne - made its way through the Volusia County area last weekend, Daytona International Speedway and DAYTONA USA all weathered the storm with no significant damage. The multi-million infield renovation project at the "World Center of Racing" also went unscathed, with no significant damage to the project and no concerns of delay. The infield renovation project, which is scheduled to be completed in time for December's Daytona KartWeek, includes amenities such as a state-of-the-art tunnel, a uniquely designed Fan Zone with viewing of the new NASCAR Nextel Cup and NASCAR Busch Series garage areas, waterfront specialty vehicle parking and a new Gatorade Victory Lane where fans can now also be part of the Victory Celebration. Here is a status update for some of the infield renovation projects: Excavation of the tunnel is now complete. Construction is beginning on the floors in the new Victory Lane Club. Final garage walls are going up and roofs being placed on the NASCAR Busch Series garages. Additions on the Infield Media Center are taking shape with walls and steel being installed. Speedway PR
09/29/04
alms
Shaw chassis announces build-up to 2005 ALMS entry Shaw chassis announces build-up to 2005 ALMS entryLast week's ALMS press conference at Petit Le Mans was the site for owner/designer/constructor Corey Shaw's first announcement about his intention to unveil Shaw Chassis Technology's (SCT) new Le Mans Prototype platforms that are planned to soon undergo homologation for competition in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) and Le Mans Endurance Series (LMES), under the new ACO Specifications.   While Shaw had envisioned the 2005 Twelve Hours of Sebring as the site for a major global press launch for SCT's new cars, under the Valkyrie Racing Team-Six ongoing project, he was encouraged by ALMS and IMSA to make a brief announcement at Petit Le Mans, and follow-up with a possible display of a full-size model at Laguna Seca---the ALMS season finale in Monterey, CA, on October 15. Shaw states, " From the conceptual stage, we have taken additional steps in the design, engineering and construction methodology to apply the latest technological techniques available, while providing volume-oriented, cost savings of key components for the potential buyer. As a result, it is logical to think that a substantial number of these economical chassis will be produced to fill orders that are sure to follow,"  In keeping with the "Fan-Friendly Racing" of the ALMS, the addition of the SCT prototypes to the field will fulfill the demand of the competition-hungry, road race enthusiast. Photo
09/29/04
f1
Ralf fastest on Wednesday at Jerez Ralf fastest on Wednesday at Jerez
1 Ralf Schumacher (Williams) 1m16.847s
2 Alex Wurz (McLaren) 1m16.917s
3 Franck Montagny (Renault) 1m16.922s
4 Anthony Davidson (BAR) 1m16.933s
5 Pedro de la Rosa (McLaren) 1m16.952s
6 Heikki Kovalainen (Renault) 1m16.960s
7 Marc Gene (Williams) 1m17.262s
8 Jarno Trulli (Toyota) 1m17.356s
9 Enrique Bernoldi (BAR) 1m17.663s
10 Luca Badoer (Ferrari) 1m19.412s
09/29/04
champcar
Kalkhoven speaks at SpaceShipOne launch Kalkhoven speaks at SpaceShipOne launchSpaceShipOne, with astronaut Michael Melville at the controls, climbed to an unofficial altitude of more than 330,000 feet, about 2,000 feet above its target altitude of 62 miles as part of the XPrize competition. The specially designed jet with SpaceShipOne under its belly took off at 7:12 a.m. from the airport in the desert north of Los Angeles and returned to Earth at 8:33 a.m.  Champ Car is a presenter.  Also, during the successful flight Champ Car owner Kevin Kalkhoven spoke at the podium for a few minutes. There were a lot of big names with deep pockets there today. Interesting......
09/29/04
f1
Coulthard joins Race of Champions Coulthard joins Race of ChampionsDavid Coulthard and former World Rally Champion Colin McRae are the latest to join the list of big-name drivers taking on Michael Schumacher, Sebastien Loeb and Jeff Gordon in the Race of Champions in December in Paris's Stade de France.  "Having watched the event with interest for many years, I am very much looking forward to competing against the entry of world-class contenders," said DC.  The event is being organized by the Monaco-based promotion agency International Media Productions which is headed by Fredrik Johnson and former rally star Michele Mouton. Amongst its other businesses IMP manages the career of rally driver Gilles Panizzi.
09/29/04
f1
Trulli and Badoer both crash again Trulli and Badoer both crash again(GMM) In a turn of déjà vu, both Jarno Trulli and Luca Badoer crashed again as Formula One testing continued at Jerez (Spain).

Ferrari's test driver Badoer suffered brake failure on Tuesday, but on Wednesday - at the first corner - the Italian crashed without serious consequence after a mistake.

He said the first shunt had left him with a sore back on Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, after fired Renault ace Trulli's tyre puncture on Tuesday, the driver - also an Italian - crashed again on Wednesday when the Toyota car suffered a rear suspension failure and a damaged rear wing.

He was not hurt.

On the quicker end of the scale, Ralf Schumacher demonstrated all is well with his Williams relationship by going fastest.

McLaren, BAR and Renault were also in action, with track returnee Enrique Bernoldi (in a Honda-powered car) nursing a sore neck following Tuesday's debut.

''Extra cockpit padding was added to his car,'' said a spokesman at the hot circuit.

09/29/04
Drifting
Car skidding now an art form - Drifting Car skidding now an art form - DriftingThis Canadian Press article says, It was born on the mountain backroads of Japan, exported to California and now has a beachhead in Canada.   Drifting breaks all the rules of mainstream auto racing, which makes it an ideal sport for Generation Next bored by traditional motorsports such as stock car and drag racing. It's spawned a subculture that includes video games, magazines and even a cartoon series.   It's now big business in Japan where the sport developed two decades ago, and is exploding in the United States. But drifting is still largely underground in Canada.   "I'm actually surprised it's caught on as quickly as it has here," says Angelo Tsang of Toronto, where drifting used to mean catching a patch of ice on the 401.   "Mind you, it's not anything close to what it is on the West Coast in California. It's huge there."   Tsang, who helped found DriftNation to promote the sport in Canada, estimates 20-30 active drifters in Ontario and a similar number in Quebec and the Prairies.   But Vancouver may be the Canadian hotbed, with perhaps 400 drifters, says James Woodman of the 80-member Vancouver Drifters Society. More....
09/29/04
champcar
 f1
Mario Andretti Columbus Day news Mario Andretti Columbus Day newsOctober 4 - 8 - Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal NY City - The Columbus Citizens Foundation, which founded and organizes the Annual Columbus Day Parade, is so honored by having world famous racecar driver Mario Andretti serve as this year's Grand Marshal that they are celebrating his life in a special FREE exhibit which includes some of his winning cars. Also, step into the region of Lombardia, Italy and the mountains that are the site of the 2005 ski championships. Be sure to enter to win a pair of round trip tickets to Italy on ALITALIA Airlines.  A new drawing happens each day.  No purchase is necessary. [Editor's Note:  This will be more good publicity for Champ Car in NY City]
09/29/04
champcar
2005 Monterrey, Mexico race gets full government support 2005 Monterrey, Mexico race gets full government supportYesterday  the state of Nuevo Leon, and the city of Monterrey government officials publicly stated that they will support the efforts of the 2005 Monterrey Champ Car race.  They said that 2004 was a huge success and an eye opener, and will give full support to next year's race, scheduled for May 22, 2005. Jose Arrambide
09/29/04
champcar
Photos from Champ Car, Gevril and Herdez NY City Gala Photos from Champ Car, Gevril and Herdez NY City GalaTime stops for no man, but apparently time doesn’t care to stop for the remnants of Hurricane Jeanne either.  Tuesday night’s launch of Gevril’s new Serenade watch at New York City’s Tourneau Time Machine came during a downpour as the storm that wreaked havoc on Florida visited the Empire State. Undaunted, Champ Car World Series legends Mario Andretti and Paul Newman joined Herdez Competition’s Mario Dominguez (#55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) in driving 750-hp Champ Cars from the Plaza Hotel down Fifth Avenue to the country’s largest watch store where a large party was held to launch Gevril’s newest timepiece. Story and Photos
09/29/04
f1
Lightweight Jaguar bombs Lightweight Jaguar bombsJaguar raced its revised R5B in Shanghai. The car was tried by Mark Webber in testing before the Italian GP, but its race debut was postponed until China, where Christian Klien used it all weekend. It features a different diffuser and rear suspension, but the main novelty is a lighter chassis with a lower center of gravity. Klien was disappointed to be a second off Webber on one-lap runs and will revert to the standard package in Suzuka. Autosport
09/29/04
champcar
Herdez Competition Wakes Up to a Slice of “Cold Pizza” in the Big Apple Herdez Competition Wakes Up to a Slice of “Cold Pizza” in the Big AppleHVM driver Ryan Hunter-Reay and Mechanic Tess Brelia featured live on  ESPN 2’s National Morning Show    New York, New York – September 28, 2004– Coming off the heels of  Tuesday night’s launch of the “Serenade of Time and Speed,” Herdez  Competition will continue their media tour in New York City by  appearing live on ESPN 2”s “Cold Pizza.”    The program will feature Tess Brelia a mechanic on Herdez  Competition’s #55 crew. Tess will teach the hosts of “Cold Pizza” how  to change a tire on the 750 HP #55 Herdez/Ford-Cosworth/Lola Champ  Car. Ryan Hunter-Reay will be on hand to supervise and talk about his  sophomore season in the Champ Car World Series.    Tess Brelia, of Ontario, Canada became the first woman in the history  of the Champ Car World Series to be a full-time tire-changer during the  2003 season, when she changed the inside front tire of Ryan  Hunter-Reay’s car throughout his rookie campaign. Impressed with  Brelia’s hard work and determination while both were competing in the  2002 Toyota Atlantic series, Hunter-Reay asked Brelia to join him in  the Champ Car World series as a mechanic on his car.    Brelia has two championships on her resume; she was a mechanic on  Townsend Bell’s 2001 championship winning Indy Lights team at Dorricott  Racing. She earned her second championship in 2002 as a mechanic for  Jon Fogarty in the Atlantic series.    She joined Herdez Competition in January 2004 and was promoted to the  position of rear-end mechanic on Mario Dominguez’s #55 Champ Car. In  its’ fourth year of Champ Car competition, the over-the-wall crew was  already designated when Brelia joined the HVM crew, however she is the  first-alternate and changed the difficult outside rear tire at Laguna  Seca.    “Cold Pizza” is a live daily show that offers a unique blend of sports,  pop culture, lifestyles, and entertainment features. Tune in each  weekday morning live from 7:00 – 9:00 am ET on ESPN 2.
09/29/04
f1
Senna expo in Japan Senna expo in JapanA No Limits expo in recognition of the late great Ayrton Senna will arrive in Nagoya for the Japan Grand Prix next week. This latest phase of the ‘Ayrton Senna No Limits exposition’ will open on October 6th and continue on to coincide with the activities that take place over the Japanese GP at the Suzuka circuit.

2004 is celebrating the life of the Brazilian icon and throughout the year several events have taken place as a tribute to the driver both in Brazil and abroad. The activities are part of the Ayrton Senna do Brasil (The Brazilian Ayrton Senna) and Ayrton Senna no Limits projects, which reaffirm Senna's ideals, such as determination, motivation, persistence, patriotism, excellence, optimism, and the endless quest for perfection.

"The project aims to celebrate Ayrton's ideals and the pride he took in being a Brazilian citizen, hence revealing the nation's winning character and bringing out the champion that lies inside us all. The idea is to bring out the inner force everyone has within, fulfilling their own potentialities for becoming winners in life", said his sister Viviane.

Nephew to the legendary racer, Bruno Senna, will represent the Ayrton Senna Institute and the Senna family at the Japan expose and will be on hand for the opening activities.

Open to the public from October 6th to 16th, from 10 am to 7 pm, the expo will take place inside the Takashimaya department store and will be sponsored by Mainichi Newspaper. Visitors and Senna enthusiasts will have the chance to learn more from informative panels about the drivers career, from his start in go-kart racing until his tragic demise when racing for Williams in 1994.

Some items will depict the link between Senna and Japan. The Japanese have always had special admiration for Senna, not only for his victories and strong relationship with Honda, but also because of his dedication and concentration when racing.

Among the items on display will be:
*McLaren MP4/6 supplied by Honda and driven by Senna in 1991.
*Overalls and helmet from Honda worn by Senna in 1991.
*Overalls and helmet worn in his first season of F1 at Toleman in 1984.
*World Champion Constructors Trophy from 1988 and 1991 from Honda.
*Complete suit with overalls racing shoes, gloves and helmet worn by Senna in 1993.
*T-shirt and soccer ball, signed and supplied by Zico, actual Japan soccer team manager, in a casual meeting in 10/19/1993.

Trophies:
*Winner GP Brazil '93.
*Winner GP Japan '93.
*Winner GP Monaco '92.
*World Champion from the FIA '88.
*Winners bottle of champagne from GP Japan '88.

Apart from the related objects from his career on track, there will also be several personal items.

The Brazilian Ayrton Senna and Ayrton Senna No Limits has been made possible by means of partnerships with private and government organizations from Brazil and abroad.

09/29/04
f1
Badoer crashes Ferrari again Badoer crashes Ferrari againFerrari test driver Luca Badoer has crashed for the 2nd straight day at Jerez and once again escaped injury during testing today.  Cause of the accident is suspected brake failure.  He was lucky to walk away from a high-speed shunt yesterday at the Dry Sac corner at the end of the back straight. The damaged Ferrari was repaired overnight ready for Badoer today, but the Italian went off at the first corner.
09/29/04
f1
Latest F1 news in brief Latest F1 news in brief
Trulli undecided
Crashes at Jerez F1 test
F1 needs a 'revolution'
Villeneuve 'too old' for F1 - BAR chief
Ralf row 'could have consequences'
Old tracks must stay - BMW's Theissen
Bernoldi wants full time F1 job
Schu says 'sorry' to Ferrari's madmen
Jordan and Renault
'I'd beat Schu' - Jenson Button
Was JV tempted to return Schu's favor?
Minardi, Jordan, slam Ecclestone
Lyons won't test at Jerez
Chinese eyes F1 support series
HSBC to leave F1
Jean Todt engaged
Renault to make Alonso new offer
McNish - Why not quit F1, Coulthard?
'We must keep Button' - BAR's Richards
'Suzuka Special' for Japan - BAR
09/28/04
champcar
Gevril and Herdez Competition launch ‘The Serenade of Time and Speed’ Gevril and Herdez Competition launch ‘The Serenade of Time and Speed’UPDATE The Herdez team received a lot of media coverage from this event including The Insider with Pat O'Brian to air tonight on CBS, CBS evening news, Pat O'Brian did a stand-up for CNN with our car in the background.  Today Herdez mechanic Tess Brelia and Ryan Hunter-Reay will be on ESPN's "Cold Pizza" and Mario Dominguez and mechanic Luis Perocarpi will be on Univision's morning show (largest Spanish speaking network - National). as well as a number of local NY TV shows.  AutoRacing1.com attended the event and will have a large pictorial overview on Wednesday of this very classy event. 09/28/04 Gevril, a valued partner of Herdez Competition has announced the introduction of its newest limited edition timepiece, Serenade. The official launch will take place this evening at Tourneau Time Machine (57th Street and Madison Avenue) from 6:30-8:30pm. Racing legend Mario Andretti will drive a two seat Champ Car with passenger Paul Newman, co-owner of Newman Haas Racing and founder of The Hole in the Wall Camps. from the Plaza Hotel to the Tourneau Time Machine. Herdez Competition driver Mario Dominguez will follow in his #55 Herdez/Ford-Cosworth/Lola. The Herdez Competition crew will eagerly await the arrival of Dominguez, as they will perform a live pit stop demonstration on the streets of Manhattan.
 
The event will also feature the ‘Serenade of Time and Speed’ Motorsports exhibit, presented by Champ Car. Fine artwork from the most celebrated artists and photographers in Motorsports and a Herdez Competition Champ Car will be on display from September 28th thru October 12th. A silent auction of the art inspired by ‘Time and Speed’ will benefit the Association of The Hole in the Wall Camps charity.
 
Gevril’s Serenade is a beautifully intricate timepiece with dual time and light zones. A unique, patented, automatic Gevril movement powers the Serenade with a 23 Karat gold rotor. The timepiece is available in a selection of 18 Karat rose gold, 18 Karat white gold, or platinum. The Serenade is produced in an exclusive limited edition of just 50 pieces in each precious metal. The timepieces will retail from $25K-$35K.
 
The event is expected to draw numerous celebrities and dignitaries and garner national sports and entertainment media coverage. Pat O’Brien will make the event the highlight of his popular new show ‘The Insider’ (Wednesday, 9/29). Diane Pryor of 103.5 WKTU radio will emcee the event; Taj Restaurant, Solo and the Prime Grill will provide catering. Other sponsors include St. Francis Winery, Dial-a-Dinner and Hollywood Life Magazine.
 
Gevril is a manufacturer of Swiss Automatic Timepieces with a rich history dating back some 250 years, when Jacques Gevril was watchmaker to the King of Spain in 1758. Using only the finest materials in crafting their timepieces, each Gevril timepiece is a handmade, numbered, and limited edition; with a production of just 500 pieces in stainless steel, and 100 pieces in 18-karat gold. To view all of Gevril’s collections, please visit www.gevril.com.
09/28/04
nascar
Youth movement for Busch race Youth movement for Busch raceThe Performance Racing Network (PRN) today announced that it will produce a special broadcast of the October 15 NASCAR Busch Series Lowe's presents The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 300.  PRN VP & GM Doug Rice said, “This will be the first time a radio network produces a race broadcast geared specially towards kids and utilizes teenage talent.”  Teen racers will join Mike Joy and Stephanie Durner throughout the broadcast.  THE DAILY
09/28/04
champcar
 irl
Champ Car and IRL, a fan’s perspective Champ Car and IRL, a fan’s perspectiveA reader writes, I don't think there are very many open wheel/formula race fans that don't hold Tony George accountable for the demise of open wheel racing in the U.S. It was a move motivated by greed and power, and it was pathetically disguised in the concept of promoting American oval track drivers. The point is, he did what he did and what do you do from here? Both the IRL and Champ Car Series have depleted fields. They both have horrible TV ratings. I hate to admit this about Champ Car, but it is true! The IRL has the name drivers right now, but Champ Car has both a loyal fan base, and they fill seats at the races, two things which the IRL is unable to do! The Champ Car Series can survive without the Indy 500 because of their outstanding events in Canada, Long Beach, Mexico. The IRL on the other hand only has the Indy 500 and the manufacturer's (Honda, Chevy, Toyota) money to support the series. The IRL's road races will fail because the simple fact is; nobody cares about the IRL races outside of the Indy 500! It is that simple. I guess Toyota, Chevy, Honda feel there is enough exposure from the Indy 500 alone to off-set the costs of the entire year of IRL races.
 
The best situation of all would be for the IRL to go away, and for Champ Car to race again at the Indy 500. The Champ Car loyalists might feel they can survive without Indy, but to have Indy "the biggest race in the world" to lure sponsors and auto manufacturers would really make a difference in the Champ Car Series and open wheel racing in general. And if the owners of Champ Car feel they don't need Indy on their schedule then they are just as delusional as Tony George!
 
People in the U.S. want to see the best compete head-to-head. Tracy should compete against Franchitti. Castroneves should compete against Vasser. And the sponsors and manufacturers clearly want to have a presence at Indy! The question is, how do you get a stubborn, egomaniac like Tony George to admit it didn't work and try and compromise for the good of the sport. It would benefit Mr. George, as his TV ratings would go back up, he would once again be able to sell-out his race, and he could claim with a straight face that he once again had the best competing against the best!
 
Champ Car can probably, and will probably survive without the Indy 500. But their overall success in my opinion will only be mediocre! I have been a Champ Car supporter true and true over the years, but I'm not afraid to admit that right now, the show isn't that great. Chalk it up to the most uncharismatic leading drivers (Junqueira and Bourdais!) and maybe a depleted field, but c'mon fellow open wheel fans, the races aren't that exciting right now! The IRL has name drivers, but it is clearly destined to fail! So why not just end the inevitable and put the two series back together now!  Save the nation from a slow and painful couple of years of both series pathetically chugging along. At this point I would even be willing to give Tony George the credit for helping restore open wheel racing in the U.S. and let by-gones be by-gones if he would just see THE WRITING ON THE WALL and realize that both Champ Car and the IRL will be shadows of their former selves if they continue separately!
 
If T. George and Champ Car continue on their high-horses, then I guess I will continue doing what I'm doing now, avoiding anything to do with the IRL out of disrespect!  Sincerely, Charlie Frank
09/28/04
nascar
Craven to drive #11 car at Talladega Craven to drive #11 car at TalladegaRicky Craven will drive Joe Gibbs Racing's third car this weekend in the EA Sports 500 Nextel Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. Craven, 38, who earlier this season was released from the last two years of his contract with PPI Motorsports, will drive JGR's #11 Old Spice Chevrolet as a team car to the Chase for the Nextel Cup contending Tony Stewart's #20 Home Depot Chevy and Bobby Labonte's #18 Interstate Batteries Chevy. The #11 will be a full-time program in 2005, but the Gibbs organization has yet to make an announcement of its driver or crew chief [supposedly Jason Leffler driving and Dave Rogers as the crew chief]. Late Tuesday afternoon, Gibbs Racing updated its entry and named veteran mechanic Philippe Lopez as Craven's crew chief. Lopez has worked at JGR for about a month since coming from Bill Davis Racing. NASCAR.com
09/28/04
nascar
Blount to drive 4th Penske car at Talladega Blount to drive 4th Penske car at TalladegaChad Blount, an Indiana native who has been testing for Penske Racing South for the last 1 ½ years, will drive a fourth Penske-prepared car [#06 Dodge] at Talladega Superspeedway for the Oct. 3 EA Sports 500. "Chad has done an outstanding job testing cars for DaimlerChrysler and for us and, therefore, deserves this chance we are giving him at Talladega," Penske Racing South President Don Miller said. "We are not grooming anyone for Rusty Wallace's or Brendan Gaughan's seat. This is simply a reward for a job well done." For the Talladega effort, Penske Racing South head engineer Roy McCauley will be Blount's crew chief and Matt McSwain his car chief. Also serving on the crew are mechanics Corey Tucker and David Dembicki. The pit crew consists of: Dustin Coonfield, front tire changer; Michael Warren, front tire carrier; Mark Padgett, jackman; Chris Hladik, rear tire changer; Corey Sain, rear tire carrier; Sam Ownsby, catch can; Jason Rogers, gasman; and David Doyle, 2nd gas can and sign board. A sponsor for the effort hasn't been acquired, but discussions are ongoing. During the last year and a half, while competing in selected ARCA and Busch Series events, Blount has tested for Penske, primarily at Kentucky Speedway, Nashville Superspeedway, and Greenville-Pickens Speedway. Earlier this year, Blount finished seventh in the ARCA season opener at Daytona International Speedway in a car fielded by Braun Racing. In May at Charlotte, he qualified 20th for the Busch Series race in a car fielded by Hirschfeld Motorsports and ran in the top 10 for most of the race before having to settle for a 34th-place finish after cutting a tire and hitting the wall. Blount made his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup debut in the July 11 Tropicana 400 in a #37 Dodge owned by John Carter and Roger Craven. He qualified 37th and practiced in the top 15, but he finished 43rd due to electrical problems in the car. The Walkerton, Ind., native made his Busch Series debut at Daytona in 2003. That season he competed in 13 races for Braun Racing, with whom he raced in ARCA, and six for Jesel Racing. His six races with Jesel included driving the 100th anniversary Miller High Life -sponsored car in the June 29 race at the Milwaukee Mile. After the race, then Miller Brewing Co. Motorsports Manager Sigmund Wysocki said Blount was a "very talented and personable young man." Penske Racing PR
09/28/04
f1
Montagny fastest at Jerez Montagny fastest at JerezTesting times Tuesday at Jerez in Spain:
1. Franck Montagny (Renault) 1m17.714s
2. Marc Gene (Williams) 1m17.722s
3. Anthony Davidson (BAR) 1m17.806s
4. Pedro de la Rosa (McLaren) 1m18.106s
5. Alex Wurz (McLaren) 1m18.236s
6. Jarno Trulli (Toyota) 1m18.500s
7. Heikki Kovalainen (Renault) 1m18.673s
8. Enrique Bernoldi (BAR) 1m18.945s
9. Olivier Beretta (Williams) 1m19.017s
10. Luca Badoer (Ferrari) 1m19.842s
09/28/04
alms
Krohn-Barbour drop Lamborghini entry Krohn-Barbour drop Lamborghini entryKrohn-Barbour Racing has made the decision not to enter its two Lamborghini Murciélago R-GTs in the next round of the American Le Mans Series, the season finale at Laguna Seca, California, on October 14-16.

Krohn-Barbour Racing was established this year by successful businessman Tracy Krohn and sports car legend Dick Barbour, and has contested most rounds of the ALMS since taking delivery of the two Lamborghinis in  mid-June, shortly before the second of the series' nine races. The team's two cars have been driven by David Brabham/Peter Kox and Tracy Krohn/Scott Maxwell. 

Krohn explained: "With regret we've decided to say no to going to Laguna Seca, and to discontinue our racing program with the Lamborghinis. We always knew the Lamborghini would need some development work, being a new race car, but we went into this program having been promised a level of factory support that in my opinion was not delivered.

"Krohn-Barbour negotiated with Lamborghini ahead of the season and reached an agreement in good faith. Krohn-Barbour has honored all of its commitments. Unfortunately Lamborghini didn't provide the draft contract until the day before delivery of the second car, and in my opinion this failed to reflect the original agreement. Discussions with Lamborghini at Petit Le Mans last weekend failed to resolve this.  

"This is a disappointment, but it's also an opportunity. There are other race cars and other types of race cars out there. Krohn-Barbour Racing has set very high standards in preparation, engineering, and presentation, and is evaluating options with a view to a new program in 2005 and beyond."

"Looking back on 2004, I'd like to make special mention of our technical partner Pirelli. In particular, I'd like to thank Peter Tyson [Vice President, Advertising, Public Relations and Motorsports] and Guy Mannino [President and CEO of Pirelli Tires North America] for their commitment and support."

09/28/04
irl
Kathryn Nunn, Lyn St. James and Sam Hornish, Jr. Interview Kathryn Nunn, Lyn St. James and Sam Hornish, Jr. InterviewThe guests at this week's Indy Racing League Weekly Teleconference were Kathryn Nunn, Lyn St. James and Sam Hornish, Jr. Transcript
09/28/04
Industry News
Ford Racing Announces Performance Parts Program Ford Racing Announces Performance Parts ProgramThe Ford Mustang, performance, and racing.  All three have been synonymous since the car's debut in 1964, and the latest version of "America's car" will soon be the target for "hot rodders" and racers alike.  Today, Ford Racing announces a development program to expand its performance parts catalog offerings to include the new 2005 Ford Mustang. The new Mustang carries on the tradition of affordable performance and will most definitely be the target of enthusiast "tuners" and racers. More....
09/28/04
champcar
Champ Car: The first race series in space Champ Car: The first race series in spaceScaled Composites' SpaceShipOne will be launched on Wednesday for the first of two flights needed to win the $10 million Ansari X Prize. The X Prize, offered since 1996 by a group of private donors, goes to the first team that sends three people or an equivalent weight into space, safely returns them and repeats the feat within two weeks.  The Champ Car World Series is the primary corporate sponsor of the Ansari X Prize, and the series logo is placed on all entrants, including SpaceShipOne and the White Knight carrier plane that carries it aloft to its launch altitude.

http://www.champcarworldseries.com/News/Article.asp?ID=7548
http://www.space.com/news/xprize_update_040419.html

09/28/04
nascar
World Financial Group to sponsor Edwards World Financial Group to sponsor EdwardsRoush Racing announced today that World Financial Group, Inc. (WFG) will sponsor Carl Edwards and the No. 99 Roush Racing Ford at the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in October.  World Financial Group will appear as the primary sponsor on the No. 99 Ford for the Halloween race weekend at a track Edwards looks forward to racing at.  "I really like Atlanta," said Edwards.  "It's a fast track where you don't lift off the gas much and I like that a lot.  The No. 99 team has been running well and we want to continue that at Atlanta for WFG.  To have World Financial Group on the No. 99 Ford is really neat.  Their hard work and dedication makes them one of the best in their industry and to have that kind of quality sponsor behind you is just awesome."  This will be the first time World Financial Group has appeared as a primary sponsor on a NEXTEL Cup car, an opportunity that the company's president and CEO welcomes.  "World Financial Group is excited to sponsor the No. 99 Roush Racing Ford driven by Carl Edwards in the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway," said Tim Stonehocker, WFG President and CEO. "The decision to team up with Roush Racing was an easy one.  WFG shares much in common with Roush Racing - a commitment to excellence, a passion for performance and a drive to be the best in our respective industries. We are proud to be associated with one of today's premier racing teams."  The No. 99 team is planning to test at Atlanta Motor Speedway in preparation for the Atlanta race weekend.  Earlier this year Edwards raced the No. 99 Superchips F-150 to a seventh place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway after qualifying third.  With three top-10 finishes in just six NEXTEL Cup starts, Edwards looks to be on the fast track to chalking up another strong finish at one of the circuit's fastest tracks.
09/28/04
A1 Grand Prix
A1 Grand Prix announces tire supplier A1 Grand Prix announces tire supplierCooper Tire & Rubber Company, through its Avon Tires Racing operation, has signed a three-year agreement with the series to provide Tires bearing the Cooper and A1 Grand Prix names.  After signing the deal with the creator and CEO of the series, His Highness Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoum, Mr. Tom Dattilo, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Cooper said: "It seems only right for a global brand such as Cooper Tires to support this innovative racing series that brings a new dimension to motorsport.

"Cooper has a strong racing heritage, which traces its roots to Europe through our Avon racing tires. We are making a long-term commitment to the series, and it is thrilling to be here at the start."

Sheikh Maktoum was able to see first hand how the tires reacted to all racing conditions during recent tests with the A1 Grand Prix car in both chilly Snetterton, UK, and hot Jerez, Spain.  "I was highly impressed by the performance and resourcefulness of the Cooper-Avon team, and the tires gave us everything we wanted for our series. They were reliable and consistent and worked well in all conditions. The feedback from our team and test driver, Ralph Firman, was totally positive. I have looked at the other series that have benefited from this company's tires and I know that we have chosen the perfect partner," he said.

Cooper Tire has marketed and manufactured tires throughout its 90-year history. In 1997, it acquired Avon Tires which has provided car and motorcycle tires for both on the road use and in racing venues for 12 decades. In motorsport it has been the sole supplier for the FIA International Formula 3000 series since 1986 and also provides tires globally to Formula Ford, in the UK to Formula 3 and in the U.S. for the Cooper Tire Championship Series.  The racing operation, Avon Tires Racing, is run out of the company's Melksham, Wiltshire, UK premises while the parent company, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, has headquarters in Findlay, Ohio, USA.

09/28/04
champcar
Aussie driver to fuel Surfers interest? Aussie driver to fuel Surfers interest?Gold Coast Indy organisers say the presence of an Australian driver at the event for the first time in four years will send a buzz around the track next month.  V8 supercar driver David Besnard will drive a Reynard in the Surfers Paradise street race.  The 27-year-old Gold Coast resident successfully completed a champ car testing session in the US earlier this month.  Indy general manager James O'Brien says it is a great boost for the event.  "Looking back in 2000, the influence Jason Bright gave us was fabulous. From media, attendance at the event," he said.  "Australians are very parochial, they love their sport and if they've got an Aussie to cheer for, all the better.  "Look, we are hoping this will draw more spectators to the event and give us more coverage from the media." ABC.net  [Editor's Note:  In yet another example of a good idea gone bad, not only are they putting the guy in a Champ Car race for the very first time in front of his hometown fans, they are putting him in a Reynard instead of a Lola.  Rest assured he will start dead last or somewhere at the back of the field and not challenge for a top spot.  That is NOT what the Aussie fans are looking for and if anything, it will leave them disappointed and not wanting to come back for more.  Champ Car needs an "Aussie" hero to increase interest for the locals.  Taking nothing away from David Besnard, who is a good driver, the poor guy is being put in a no-win situation, and will therefore, give the Aussie fans nothing to cheer for.]
09/28/04
f1
Badoer and Trulli escape big testing crashes Badoer and Trulli escape big testing crashesThe first day of testing at Jerez has been interrupted by big accidents for Luca Badoer and Jarno Trulli.  Badoer was thankfully able to climb out of his Ferrari by himself after crashing head-on into the barriers following a suspected brake failure.  However, he was taken to the circuit medical center after complaining of back pains.  Trulli, who is driving a Toyota for only the second time, suffered a tire failure. His car suffered only minor damage and he was able to resume testing in the afternoon.
09/28/04
champcar
Centrix hires John Frew from Denver GP Centrix hires John Frew from Denver GPJohn Frew has stepped down as Grand Prix of Denver general manager but will remain active in the annual Champ Car World Series race as motorsports specialist for Centrix Financial, the event's title sponsor and co-owner.  Frew has accepted a position of vice president and general council of Centrix's new motorsports company, which has not been named. The company will operate the Grand Prix and oversee Centrix's sponsorship affairs with Rahal Letterman Racing (Indy Racing League), MB2 Motorsports (NASCAR) and the Baha 1000 and Race of Champions Nation's Cup.  Frew, 48, helped save the race in the winter by convincing Centrix and Champ Car to buy the event's assets from his former employer, Dover Motorsports, which had no intention of producing a third race. Denver Post
09/28/04
f1
Ferrari boss calls for revolution Ferrari boss calls for revolutionFerrari boss Jean Todt has called for a Formula One "revolution" if the sport's astronomical costs are to be cut.  The sport spends billions each season to put 20 cars on the grid for 18 races, prompting many in the paddock to demand change.  He said, "The teams' budgets are already huge. If we want to cut the costs we need a real revolution throughout Formula One.  It's idiotic to say that doing less testing would be enough. Each team employs between 800 to 1,000 employees. To be more competitive one needs to invest a lot.  This is Formula One today and each team knows their spending limits. To change, a revolution is needed."
09/28/04
nascar
Toyota to unveil new ad campaign featuring Waltrip Toyota to unveil new ad campaign featuring WaltripThe N.Y. TIMES reports that Toyota today breaks a new ad campaign, via Saatchi & Saatchi, Torrance, CA, with the tagline “Moving Forward.” The campaign features vignettes “about important moments in people’s lives.” One of the spots shows Fox NASCAR analyst Darrell Waltrip “using his full-size Toyota Tundra pickup to pull off the door of his neighbor’s garage so he can ‘get his tools back’”
09/28/04
nascar
Robby Gordon is one mean driver Robby Gordon is one mean driverThis Richmond Times Dispatch article says, Robby Gordon leaned back against a chain-link fence in a lonely corner at the rear of the garage at Dover International Speedway and sighed.  The 35-year-old whose vaunted versatility has produced wins in Indy cars, stock cars, sports cars, trophy trucks and dune buggies again was facing another round of questions about tattered relations rather than his enormous talent.  "Give him my phone number," Gordon said when told Tony Stewart had threatened violence after the MBNA America 400. "Tell him to come on over. Anytime."

Such a conversation is unlikely to take place, and the banter would be loud and profane if it did. The talk certainly would touch on their shoving match at Daytona four years ago and Sunday's dust-up at Dover, one of numerous altercations between the duo.  But when cooler heads eventually prevailed, so could the compliments.  In an interview in July, Stewart said Gordon possessed as much raw skill as anyone in the Nextel Cup Series, and it's an assessment roundly accepted in NASCAR.

In his brief career, the Southern California native has caused nearly as much road rage in Cup as the deranged drivers who clog the congested freeways of his home state. But the disdain for Gordon's sometimes reckless, often aggressive and always controversial style hasn't colored many competitors' esteemed opinions of his racing ability and aptitude.

Consider their responses when asked to evaluate Gordon's knack for deftly flicking a steering wheel at 200 mph. 
Kyle Petty: "He has tons of unharnessed talent. He has more or as much natural ability as anyone who's ever come along. Some things he's done in his Cup car have been phenomenal. He's a breathtaking qualifier. He'll take a car where no one else will because he has enough confidence in his ability to do it."
Ryan Newman: "He has a lot of talent as far as pure car control and being able to hold the car on the edge. I've seen him do some amazing things with the race car, be it crazy or be it pure skill."
Jeff Gordon paused for eight seconds while pondering how to judge his namesake's talent. He finally settled on this:  "Next question."  Ouch.

That short answer could carry long-lasting consequences for Robby Gordon. His legacy is in danger of being boiled down to the driver who wrecked everyone instead of the driver who won nearly everything. Aside from a Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 victory, which he missed by a few ounces of ethanol and one lap in 1999, and a Cup title, his resume hardly lacks for success.

09/28/04
f1
Richards writes off Villeneuve Richards writes off VilleneuveThis ITV-F1 article says, BAR boss David Richards believes Jacques Villeneuve is past it.  Villeneuve made a disappointing comeback at the Chinese Grand Prix, struggling to get up to speed and finishing a distant 11th.  Richards, who worked with Villeneuve for two seasons at BAR, was not surprised.   He said: “When you have been a world champion, people expect you to come back at the same level, but it is difficult to be competitive when you have had a year out of a Formula 1 car.   “I cannot see Jacques threatening anybody next season.  I know racing drivers have successfully had comebacks in the past, but these days we need younger drivers.   Youth is the great new thing in Formula 1 and we plan to continue investing in young drivers.”
09/28/04
f1
China TV Rating China TV RatingUPDATE In Germany the TV rating had a 6.9 high with a 5.8 average during the race, which was broadcast live at 8 AM.  The re-run garnered a 2.9 rating. 09/27/04 The first ever Chinese GP garnered a TV rating in Italy at 8:00 AM on Sunday morning of 61.41% share and 5,306,000 Households.  Qualifying garnered a 40.54% share and 3,408,000 households.
09/28/04
nascar
Dale Jr. on 60 Minutes Wednesday Dale Jr. on 60 Minutes WednesdayDale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #8 Budweiser Chevrolet, will be featured on the season premiere of the weekday edition of 60 Minutes. The episode begins Wednesday night at 8:00 pm Eastern on CBS-TV. Earnhardt Jr. is the first NASCAR driver to be featured on the prestigious news magazine show in nearly 20 years. Dale Jr. was interviewed by legendary correspondent Mike Wallace in Daytona (where he drove the 86-year-old reporter for a few brisk laps around the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway in a 2005 Corvette C6). Wallace also interviewed Dale Jr., the current point leader in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings, at his home and office near Mooresville, NC. The segment in Mooresville is the first in-depth interview with Earnhardt Jr. after his crash in a sports car practice session in July. This marks the fourth appearance on CBS-TV for the 29-year-old Earnhardt in 2004. He also appeared on the CBS sitcom "Yes, Dear," as well as "Late Night with David Letterman" and "The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn." fingerprint inc. PR

In an interview that will be broadcast Wednesday night on the season premiere of CBS' "60 Minutes," Nextel Cup Series fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. says his deceased father may have played a role in saving him from a fiery sports car crash earlier this season. Earnhardt's father, Dale Earnhardt Sr., was killed in a wreck on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. In an wide-ranging interview with CBS' Mike Wallace, Earnhardt Jr. said it was his father who helped him escape from the burning car in July.(See full story at ThatsRacin.com)
09/28/04
f1
Shanghai postscript Shanghai postscriptThe Shanghai event might have been special for all the western media and teams that had private vans taking them to the track at 6:30 every morning, but the fans had another view of the event. Driving personal cars or taxis to the track was only allowed on Friday and they forced people taking taxis to be dropped off about 3 miles from the main gate and walk. On Saturday and Sunday it took over 3 hours to get to the track and another 3 to get back to Shanghai – a drive that normally takes about 45 minutes. They put ticket prices at $300 and then bragged a month in advance of a sellout, chasing away tens of thousands of people. But it was good they didn’t sell more tickets because there were no hotels in Shanghai and the transportation was already overstressed. In front of the gates all 3 days were groups of scalpers surrounding people without tickets asking between $10 and $30 depending on the location. Shanghai on Friday and Saturday night was a huge party, that is, unless you wanted to go somewhere. Not enough taxis and people were stranded everywhere. Shanghai did not handle this event well at all. Not enough transportation, ticket prices too high, no ear plugs or headsets for sale to reduce the noise. People with children were standing behind the main grandstand to avoid the noise asking if there was anywhere to buy ear plugs. On Sunday night I went to a press event where the drivers arrived 3 hours before everyone who had to take public transportation. More than one Chinese person asked me why Raikkonen never tried to pass Barrichello.  “Welcome to Formula 1”.   People who bought tickets at face value this year and got burned are going to make sure they don’t get swindled again next year. People will laugh when the tickets are $300 and it is sold out again next year.
09/28/04
f1
Latest F1 news in brief Latest F1 news in brief
Frank Will 'have a word' with Ralf
New faces to test Toyota F1
Queen's grandson 'lucky to be alive'
'Give Jacques a break' - Alonso
BAR 'concept' car for November
Make Chinese racing cheap - Max Mosley
FIA warn carmakers against litigation
BAR has 'best drivers' - Richards
Ferrari may run 'third' car - Todt
F1 is 'business card' for Shanghai
Nephew leads Japanese tribute for Senna
Lyons to test Jordan at Jerez
Spins prove Schu is 'human' - Todt
McLaren will never settle for second
'We weren't quick enough' - Briatore
Button 'fed up' with second place
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