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Button to take grid penalty at Japanese GP  
Jenson Button
Jenson Button will take a five-place grid penalty at the Japanese GP following an unscheduled gearbox change.

The news is a hefty blow to Button's hopes of victory and follows a series of technical failings which have bedeviled his McLaren team in the last month with Button retiring from second place at Monza and current team-mate Lewis Hamilton forced out of the Singapore GP while leading the race when his gearbox failed.

According to Autosport, Button's gearbox has now also been changed after analysis determined that it would suffer the same race-ending shutdown as Hamilton's two weeks ago. More ...

NASCAR TV rights: Fox close to new deal  NASCAR is close to finalizing a new TV deal with Fox for the first half of its Sprint Cup season, but a deal for the second half of the schedule will not be wrapped up until next summer at the earliest, according to several sources.

Fox started negotiations for its package earlier this spring and has agreed on the broad terms of a new deal to continue in the sport, sources said. An announcement is likely to come in the weeks after the broadcaster’s media rights deal with Major League Baseball is announced officially.

But the remaining inventory of NASCAR’s media package will be in question for the next year. That’s because ESPN and Turner Sports executives told NASCAR that they are not willing to start negotiations on their media contracts early. NASCAR approached both networks earlier this summer about new deals, but both chose to wait until their exclusive negotiating windows kick in next summer. Typically, negotiating windows last around a month. More ...

Lanigan's entrepreneurial spirit leads to Houston return  Mike Lanigan had been working with city officials to bring Indy car racing back to Houston since the spring of 2008, and that resolve hits you like a train of the Panama Canal Railway that one of his companies, Mi-Jack Products, co-owns.

Races on a downtown Houston street circuit were held from 1998-2001 and, after a four-year absence, the event was reincarnated on a course as part of the Reliant Park Complex with a two-year run. Now, through considerable effort and patience, IZOD IndyCar Series cars are scheduled to compete at Reliant Park. More ...

Cosworth turns Hyundai Genesis Coupe into a Hot-Rod  Hyundai chose the world-renowned engineering design and manufacturer, Cosworth, as a development partner to create the ultimate Genesis Coupe known as the Cosworth Genesis Racing Series (CGRS). The eye-grabbing blue Cosworth CGRS concept will be showcased with the Hyundai brand at the upcoming 2012 SEMA show.

This special Cosworth-tuned model takes the new Genesis Coupe 3.8-liter, direct-injected engine to racecar levels, with an impressive 389 horsepower at 6400 rpm, and tire-shredding torque of 325 lb.-ft. at 5100 rpm, all with daily-driving civility. From the exterior, the Cosworth design theme radiates a retina-bending satin-gloss blue finish, aero front splitter, gunmetal-finish lightweight racing wheels, integrated rear spoiler, and blackout rear diffuser. While unmistakably race-oriented, the Cosworth concept retains the original Genesis Coupe design language, focusing most on astounding performance gains and real-world performance potential. More ...

Grand Prix of Baltimore and Sonoma will return in 2013  IndyCar announced Sunday night that it will return to Baltimore for a third year.

While the city made a five-year commitment to host an IndyCar race, the 2013 race wasn't assured until Tuesday.

That's when J.P. Grant, the financier who formed Race On LLC and took over operations of the second Grand Prix of Baltimore about 100 days before the event, reached an agreement on a sanctioning fee with IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard to again hold the race the Sunday before Labor Day weekend. IndyCar's schedule includes 19 races over 16 weekends; three road courses, not including Baltimore, are each hosting two full-length IndyCar races in one weekend.  More ...

IZOD IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard on 2013 Schedule  
Randy Bernard
IZOD IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard revealed the 2013 schedule on SPEED’s Wind Tunnel. Here are some of the highlighted quotes from Bernard during his appearance.

Schedule priorities for 2013…

“The most important thing we can do is build exposure to show that we’re the fastest, most versatile race cars and race car drivers in the world. I think we can do that by adding races - it is very important to us.” More ...

IndyCar team owner Kalkhoven's mansion up for auction  320 Harcross Rd.
Woodside, Calif.

STATS: A 14,651-square-foot home, according to the owner, with seven bedrooms, seven full bathrooms and two half-bathrooms on almost 5 acres, coming up for auction without reserve Oct. 27 through Concierge Auctions. The house was previously listed for $21 million and later for $13 million. Property taxes in 2011 were $162,229.44.

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A 1920s French-style home, previously listed for $21 million, is selling at auction without a reserve price. More ...

Kanaan to join Barrichello in stock car race  IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan will ride in two stock car races in Brazil this year, competing against former Formula One driver and fellow Brazilian Rubens Barrichello in one of them.

Kanaan will race in Brasilia on Nov. 11 and in Sao Paulo on Dec. 9. Barrichello, Kanaan’s KV Racing Technology teammate, will race only in the season finale at the Interlagos track in Sao Paulo.

IndyCar tickets go on sale at Pocono  Pocono Raceway officials announced today open-wheel racing will return to “The Tricky Triangle,” following a 23-year hiatus, with a 400-mile IZOD IndyCar Series event in 2013. Tickets for the July 7th Pocono IndyCar 400 are now available for purchase.

“The fans wanted to see open-wheel racing return to Pocono Raceway and we’re excited to welcome the IZOD IndyCar Series back next summer,” stated Raceway CEO and President, Brandon Igdalsky. “We are now pleased to offer the greatest fans in all of motorsports, the very best in both stock car and open-wheel racing.”

Pocono Raceway’s 400-mile event will join the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Triple Crown, with a $1 Million bonus awarded to any driver who wins at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Pocono Raceway and the 2013 IndyCar Series season finale at Auto Club Speedway. A driver that wins two of the three races will be awarded a $250,000 bonus.

GP3 Series announce line up for 2013-15  Nine teams given entry for the next three seasons

GP3 Series organizers are pleased to announce the names of the nine teams that have been selected to compete in the 2013-2015 seasons.

Eight of the historical GP3 teams will continue in the Series whilst Koiranen Motorsport will join. The Finnish outfit have proven pedigree amongst others as 2011 Team Champions in Formula Renault 2.0. More ...
Honda Indy Toronto to double the excitement in 2013  The Honda Indy Toronto will feature an important addition in 2013: a doubleheader weekend of IZOD IndyCar Series races. The addition of back-to-back races in Toronto is a first in the history of the event, which will run July 12-14 at Exhibition Place.

“Since we acquired the race in 2008, our mandate has been to create entertainment and excitement for fans, customers, sponsors, tourism and the local community,” said Charlie Johnstone, Vice President and General Manager of Green Savoree Toronto. “A doubleheader allows us to go further, faster in the delivery of our mission and offers numerous benefits. We’re extremely excited to make it happen.” More ...
Latest F1 news in brief - Monday  
  • Ecclestone believes F1 budget cap 'workable'
  • Lauda admits convincing Hamilton to quit McLaren
  • Perez now managed by Indycar's Adrian Fernandez
  • Rosberg says contract ensures equal status with Hamilton
  • Prost, Jordan think Sauber move possible for Schu
  • Ferrari has not re-signed Massa yet - spokesman
  • Alain Prost tests modern Red Bull Formula 1 car
  • Brawn: Schumacher may take Mercedes role More ...
IndyCar announces 2013 Schedule  Nineteen races over 16 event weekends highlight the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series schedule announced today.

The expanded schedule includes the return of Indy car racing to Pocono Raceway and the streets of Houston.

With a 400-mile race at Pocono Raceway joining the 500-mile events at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Auto Club Speedway on the schedule, the IZOD IndyCar Series will institute a Triple Crown award, which will pay a $1 million bonus to a driver that wins on all three ovals.  A driver that wins two of the three races will be awarded a $250,000 bonus. More ...

Maiden DTM victory for Augusto Farfus  
A happy Farfus
The battle for the DTM title will be decided in the season finale at Hockenheim. In the ninth DTM season round at Valencia in Spain, favorites Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz), Bruno Spengler (BMW) and Jamie Green (Mercedes-Benz) faltered. After collisions and penalties, they lost valuable points in the battle for the DTM champion’s crown. Augusto Farfus had his name written in the DTM history books by becoming the first Brazilian race winner with his BMW M3 DTM. He finished ahead of Adrien Tambay and Mattias Ekström (both Audi), who ended up second and third. More ...
Pedrosa celebrates his birthday with a race win in Aragon  
Dani Pedrosa
In an intense battle between the two Championship contenders, it was Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa who emerged as victor, for the fourth time this season.

After an early crash in yesterday's qualifying session, Dani's team had to completely rebuild the bike to prepare for today's 23 lap race and the dominant victory was the best present for himself and his crew on his birthday weekend.

Starting from second on the grid, Dani took the lead on the seventh lap, after setting the fastest lap of the race on lap 3 (1'49.109) and running consistently in 1'49's he pulled away from Lorenzo until crossing the finish line with more than a 6 second gap. Pedrosa is now 33 points behind Lorenzo in the World Championship standings with 4 rounds remaining. More ...

Brawn: Hamilton’s management contacted us  Mercedes Team Principal Ross Brawn has revealed that Lewis Hamilton’s management company, XIX Entertainment, initiated negotiations with his team. Following a period of intense discussions, the 2008 Champion ultimately decided to make the switch, signaling an end to his six-year Formula 1 spell at McLaren.

"Lewis's management expressed interest, wanted to know what our plans were and it grew from there," Brawn explained to BBC Sport. "Everyone knew Lewis's contract was coming to an end this year, so things really developed from that point." More ...

Fernandez reaffirms, Perez not a pay driver  Sergio Perez’s new manager Adrian Fernandez insists that his driver is not bringing money to McLaren.

“Sergio is an unbelievable driver and he has earned his place at McLaren,” said Fernandez on his website. “He is not bringing money to the team. He has been hired to race. His performances earned him this position, and that made my job easier because people were interested in him.

“The past few weeks have been hectic, but I am extremely proud of this accomplishment for Sergio, for his career and for our country,” said Fernandez on his website. “This is something that began a long, long time ago with Carlos Slim and Telmex – who supported Sergio’s career for many years – and the dream was realized when he joined the Formula One ranks. More ...

Audi one-two victory in the heat of Bahrain  Marcel Fassler/Andre Lotterer/Benoît Treluyer in the Audi R18 e-tron quattro won the sixth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in Bahrain. The trio won the race staged in hot weather conditions in their Audi R18 e-tron quattro ahead of the sister car. For Audi, this marked as many as five victories from six events.

It was the toughest 6-hour race of the year so far. At the beginning of the race, air temperatures were at 34 degrees with a track temperature of 45. The five drivers, the two hybrid race cars and Audi Sport Team Joest were exposed to extreme strains and showed flawless performances. The race that was started at 16:00 local time was predominantly held in the dark. In the end, Marcel Fassler/Andre Lotterer/Benoît Treluyer enjoyed an advantage of one lap. The three Le Mans winners had started from position two and celebrated their third victory of the season after Le Mans and Silverstone. More ...
NASCAR opens up 2013 track testing policy  For the first time since 2008, NASCAR will allow Sprint Cup organizations to test independently at tracks that host events in the top three touring series.

Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's vice president of competition said Saturday at Dover International Speedway that each Cup organization -- regardless of how many cars it fields -- will be allowed four tests of its choosing at NASCAR tracks. More ...

tv news
Wind Tunnel Sunday  Dave Despain is on vacation this week. Bob Varsha and Robin Miller will host Wind Tunnel this Sunday.

Kyle Petty will join from Dover to discuss the third race in this year’s Chase for the Sprint CUP.

In a Wind Tunnel exclusive, IndyCar CEO, Randy Bernard, will join us to announce the series’ 2013 schedule which is expected to have some interesting surprises.

Featured Interview

Randy Bernard (CEO, IndyCar Series)
Expert Analyst Kyle Petty (SPEED NASCAR Analyst)
Guest Host Bob Varsha (Host, Formula 1 on SPEED)
Co-Host Robin Miller (SPEED Open Wheel Racing Reporter)

This Week’s Races:

  • CUP and Nationwide at Dover
  • Camping World Trucks at Las Vegas
  • Rolex Sports Car Series finale at Lime Rock Park in CT
  • NHRA in St. Louis
  • Knoxville Late Model Nationals in Iowa
  • MotoGP at Aragon in Spain
Piquet passes Crafton on last lap to win at Vegas  Nelson Piquet Jr. converted a last-ditch, last-lap pass for the lead Saturday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, prevailing in the Smith's 350 to seal his second Camping World Truck Series victory of the season.

Piquet dove low to the inside of Matt Crafton in the first turn and made the winning move stick on the backstretch of the 1.5-mile track. Crafton, whose winless streak stretched to 30 races, finished .223 seconds behind the Brazilian at the checkered flag. More ...

Gibbs looking to extend Busch's contract  
Kyle Busch
Next season is expected to produce a top crop of free agents in the Sprint Cup market - but if Joe Gibbs Racing has its way, #18-Kyle Busch's name will never reach the rumor mill. Principals at Gibbs Racing are working diligently to renew Busch's contract before it expires next season. According to sources, Gibbs approached Busch on an extension in the last couple of months and hopes to retain one of NASCAR's top talents. "They typically do (contracts before the expiration date)," Busch said.

"They've brought it up to my attention. I just kind of put it off to, 'Let's get through, let's see what happens in the Chase.' Since we missed that, it's kind of like, now they want to re-talk about it. I'm like, let's just wait until the end of the year. There's no sense in causing a distraction." Fox Sports
Friday leaders maintain top spots in St. Louis  Antron Brown raced to the No. 1 qualifying position in Top Fuel capping a record-setting two days of qualifying at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock), and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also will lead their categories into Sunday’s 11 a.m. eliminations as No. 1 qualifiers.

Brown will go for his second consecutive playoff victory and his sixth win of the season from the top spot; he holds a one point lead in the Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship over playoff rival Spencer Massey, who was second in qualifying. Brown will race part-time driver Bruce Litton in the opening round. More ...

Super Weekends in ’13: ALMS with GRAND-AM at Road America  The first pieces of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n’s 2013 schedule are coming into place. The ALMS joins the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series for a doubleheader race weekend at Road America in August. Plans also are under way to pair the ALMS alongside the FIA World Endurance Championship in September at the new Circuit of The Americas near Austin, Texas.

The ALMS’ complete 2013 race schedule will be announced in the near future. More ...
SunTrust Wins, Pruett & Rojas Are Champs  Max Angelelli and Ricky Taylor scored their third consecutive Lime Rock Park race victory and Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas wrapped up their third consecutive Daytona Prototype championship in Saturday’s Rolex Series season finale in the Grand-Am Championship Weekend at Lime Rock Park presented by BMW.

Angelelli and Taylor combined to lead a race-high 92 laps in the No. 10 SunTrust Corvette DP, including the last 50 with Taylor at the wheel. The second-generation racer held off a late charge from Antonio Garcia, crossing the stripe .334 second ahead to score his and Angelelli’s third victory of the season.

“We really transformed the car after qualifying,” said Taylor. “I was sitting there at the beginning of the race hoping for a podium, to be honest. As soon as I saw Max on that restart at the beginning, and he was flying, at that point, I knew we had a car that could possibly win the race.”

Second place went to Garcia and polesitter Richard Westbrook in the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP, with Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty third in the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Corvette DP.

It is the third victory of the 2012 season for Angelelli and Taylor, and their third consecutive win at Lime Rock Park where the pair has led an amazing 340 out of 524 possible laps. The duo jumped from ninth to fifth in the Rolex DP final team standings. More ...

Bubba Wallace wins Nationwide pole  
Darrell Wallace Jr., driver of the #20 Freightliner Trucks Toyota, poses with the Coors Pole Award after qualifying for pole position for the NASCAR Nationwide Series OneMain Financial 200
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Darrell Wallace Jr., who goes by the nickname, "Bubba," won the pole for Saturday's race at Dover International Speedway, his fourth and final scheduled Nationwide start of the season for Joe Gibbs Racing. It's his second front-row Nationwide start, and he already has a K&N East Series victory at Dover last year.

He has six career K&N East Series wins -- and is the youngest series winner and first African-American winner - and has never finished worse than 10th in the highly competitive Nationwide Series. Yet, Wallace does not have a job lined up for the 2013 season. More ...

Maiden pole position for BMW driver Augusto Farfus  
Agusto Farfus
Qualifying of the DTM at Valencia in Spain was a thrilling affair. In the battle for the DTM title, all candidates made mistakes and failed to secure an optimal starting grid position. On Sunday, Brazilian Augusto Farfus will be starting from pole position with his BMW M3 DTM. Edoardo Mortara from Italy and Portuguese Filipe Albuquerque (both Audi) will be starting from second and third place respectively. The Audi drivers turned out to be dominant with seven Audi A5 DTMs in the top ten.

“I am overjoyed with my maiden pole position in the DTM. Since my first lap on Friday, I have been feeling well at the track. Things were just going perfectly. On Sunday, there will be a good show and I will try to make it through without any problems,” said Farfus, who is in his maiden DTM season. The Audi drivers were also happy with their achievement. “I felt strong in qualifying. Unfortunately, I always made a little mistake at one place, so it wasn’t enough for pole,” Mortara explained. More ...
Lorenzo Delivers with Pole in Aragon  Yamaha Factory Racing rider Jorge Lorenzo emerged the victor in an intense qualifying battle today, securing the pole position for tomorrow’s Grand Prix of Aragon at the Motorland circuit. The Championship leader started the first dry session of the weekend quite slowly, gradually picking up the pace to join the battle between his team mate Ben Spies, Cal Crutchlow and Dani Pedrosa for the top spot. It was with his last fresh tire just three laps from the end of the session that Lorenzo delivered, putting down a 1’49.404 lap to secure pole 0.088 seconds ahead of Pedrosa. The pole is his fifth of the season.

Texan Spies threatened to make it an all Yamaha front row this afternoon, consistently battling with the top three and briefly taking the top spot on the timesheets. His fastest lap came just one lap before the end of the session, delivering a 1’49.748 lap and missing the front row by just 0.172 seconds. More ...

Nationality played against di Resta for McLaren seat  
Paul di Resta
(GMM) Fellow Scot David Coulthard thinks Paul di Resta could still be a contender for a top seat in 2012.

Coulthard, the former long-time McLaren driver, believes his former team "looked at" Force India's di Resta as a possible replacement for the departing Lewis Hamilton.

But even though McLaren made much of their all-British driver pairing of Hamilton alongside Jenson Button since 2010, Coulthard thinks di Resta's nationality actually played against him. More ...
NASCAR considering moving more qualifying to Friday in 2013  As it does annually, NASCAR is contemplating competition changes that could include moving some Sprint Cup Series qualifying sessions to Friday afternoons in 2013 and tweaking the current testing policy. The possible changes were a hot topic in the Dover International Speedway garage area, where drivers and teams gave their input about more race weekend schedules that would feature Friday qualifying and a practice session on Saturday. By completing qualifying on Fridays, teams will have more time to work on the race setup on Saturdays. It also gives race promoters a Saturday ticket that will feature a couple hours of significant Cup practice and more time in the garage for driver and fan interaction instead of more than a couple of qualifying laps. NASCAR is expected to formally announce several competition changes for the 2013 season sometime in October. NASCAR.com
Hornish still without contract for 2013  
Sam Hornish Jr. went from IndyCar hero to NASCAR zero
Despite repeated assertions by Penske Racing owner Roger Penske that he wants Sam Hornish, Jr., back in a full time NASCAR Nationwide Series ride next season, the former Indianapolis 500 champion says he has no signed contract in place for 2013.

"I don't have any paper in my hand saying what's going to happen next year," said Hornish. "I know Roger's been out there (in the media) saying he'd like to have me back, but we'll just have to wait and see how everything plays out. We've got some really good sponsors and we're moving forward on some other ones, but it's a really tough time with the economy.

Hornish said that uncertainty, combined with Penske's recent decision to sign Joey Logano to drive the team's #22 Shell Pennzoil-sponsored Sprint Cup Series Ford next season, has made for a difficult few weeks. "We're going to do the best we can to cap off this season on a high note with both (Nationwide and Sprint Cup) cars, then see what the future holds for us." Godfather Motorsports
track news
Developer of NASCAR SAFER barrier turns to short tracks  NASCAR faces a bit of a dilemma when it comes to the Camping World Truck Series.

When the series began in the mid-1990s it raced mostly at small short tracks. Very quickly, however, the truck series moved to the bigger tracks and became mostly a warm-up event for the bigger Sprint Cup races.

NASCAR would like to nudge the series back toward its roots, to short tracks like Mobile International Speedway. But therein lies the dilemma. More ...
Latest F1 news in brief - Saturday  
  • Ecclestone pushing to 'get rid of' V6 engines
  • Schu to take 'months' to decide future - Brawn
  • Perez no longer a 'pay driver' - Whitmarsh
  • Circuit of The Americas issues ‘prohibited items list More ...
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