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10/03/13
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Video: Sergey Sirotkin in Sochi, Russia - great onboards  Jump on board as a young driver starts the engine of a Formula One car for the very first time in his life! Blasting the C31 along the 700 meters of tarmac that are already finished, Sergey Sirotkin was able to get a first taste of what lies ahead of him driving into the Russian night during our show run in Russia on 27th September.

Catch a glimpse of Sochi International Street Circuit and its facilities! How do you like the Abu Dhabi-ish architecture and light effects? Enjoy the great onboard shots and listen to raw engine sound! More ...

10/03/13
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Mario Andretti does not like IndyCar season ending early  About driving the two-seater Indy car, he says, “I go as fast as the thing will go. If they make it go faster, I’ll go faster.”

It’s that way in his off-track life, too.

He is 73 now, and if there is another former athlete who is anywhere near his age and going at anywhere near his pace, I want to meet him.

When I called him on Wednesday, I fully expected to learn from his secretary, Amy Hollowbush, that he was off somewhere shooting a commercial or making an appearance or checking on his winery. More ...

10/03/13
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NBCSN to Air IndyCar, Formula One Tripleheader this Weekend (Update)  UPDATE NBC Sports Network Formula One, IndyCar TV schedule

Friday, Oct. 4

F1 Korean Grand Prix, Practice, NBCSN, 1 a.m.

IndyCar Grand Prix of Houston, Qualifying, NBCSN, 7 p.m.

F1 Korean Grand Prix, Practice (Encore), NBCSN, 11:30 p.m. More ...

10/03/13
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Two IndyCar teams face grid penalty at Houston  IZOD IndyCar Series officials have penalized the No. 10 car of Target Chip Ganassi Racing and No. 15 car of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 10 grid spots each for unapproved engine changes prior to the doubleheader event at Houston's Reliant Park.

Both cars failed to comply with rules 15.1.4 and 15.5.1.

15.1.4. Each Full-Season Entrant may use no more than five fresh built Engines from the first Open Test until the end of the Race season. Using more than five fresh Engines in this period will result in a penalty. Engines beyond the fifth fresh Engine may be fresh or part-used.  More ...

10/03/13
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Patrick To Drive Pink GoDaddy.com Car  NASCAR driver Danica Patrick this week "unveiled her pink GoDaddy.com No. 10 car," which she will drive this month "in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month," according to Justin Caba of MEDICAL DAILY.

A portion of the profits "collected at Patrick's NASCAR trailer for the month of October" will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Patrick’s pink Chevy is "expected to hit the tracks this Sunday" at the Sprint Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway and will be "featured in four races throughout October." IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe’s No. 27 GoDaddy car also will be "painted pink for this weekend’s Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston races." MEDICALDAILY.com
10/03/13
track news
ISC Sees Slight Boost In Q3 Revenue  International Speedway Corp. credited stabilizing ticket and sponsorship sales with boosting its Q3 revenue to $117M, a 1% increase from the same period last year. Total revenue for the first nine months of the year is up slightly from $422.9M in '12 to $423.9M this year.

ISC Vice Chair & CEO Lesa France Kennedy in a statement said, “We remain encouraged with our quarter and year-to-date financial results. ... Our attendance revenue, which has been our principal risk, was down less than one percent for the quarter delivering results within our range of expectations and showing further signs of stabilization in our business.” More ...
10/03/13
f1
Korean GP: Thursday Press Conference  Drivers:
Paul di Resta
Jules Bianchi
Esteban Gutierrez
Romain Grosjean
Felipe Massa
Lewis Hamilton

Q: Paul Di Resta, you've had a bit of a drought over the past five races or so. Do you put that down to bad luck?

Paul DI RESTA: I suppose you can, but at the same time we've had some unfortunate issues. But I think the important thing is to keep pushing on. Singapore was obviously looking like it was going to be a great result from a difficult qualifying session, the speed was in the car, but it wasn't to be. Hopefully this weekend we can get it together and get points back on the table, which is always the goal within the team.  More ...

10/03/13
track news
Court dumps Charlotte Speedway's lawsuit over $80M deal  One of the country's largest auto racing track operators can't claim local officials reneged on an offer of $80 million in tax breaks because there was never a binding contract for the money in exchange for building a new drag strip and making upgrades at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, a court ruled Tuesday.

A three-judge state Court of Appeals panel ruled unanimously that Speedway Motorsports Inc. and Charlotte Motor Speedway have no grounds to revive a lawsuit against Cabarrus County, where both companies are based. The ruling means the companies can't appeal further to the state Supreme Court, though the high court could still consider the case at its discretion. More ...

10/03/13
automotive
Tesla stock tumbles after Model S catches fire  Shares of electric car company Tesla sank more than 6 percent Wednesday after an Internet video showed flames spewing from one of the company's vehicles near Seattle.

Shares of Tesla Motors Inc. fell $12.05 to $180.95 — the stock's biggest one-day decline since July 16.

The incident happened Tuesday after 8 a.m. as the driver was traveling southbound on state Route 167 through Kent, said Trooper Chris Webb of the Washington State Patrol. The driver stated that he believed he had struck some metal debris on the freeway, so he exited the highway and the vehicle became disabled. More ...

10/03/13
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Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday (2nd Update)  UPDATE #2 2nd round of updates shown in red below. 

10/03/13 Updates shown in red below.

10/03/13
  • Vettel: Catch us if you can
    Bianchi staying at Marussia in 2014
  • Massa denies being Ferrari 'number 2'
  • Perez, Slim admit Mexico race not guaranteed
  • Ward could stand aside for Bin Sulayem
  • FIA backs Vettel amid cheat claims
  • Amid cheat claims, Vettel 'proud' of Red Bull 'system'
  • Kimi confident he will race
  • Heavy rain showers forecast for Korean GP
  • Massa 'quite optimistic' for 2014
  • Red Bull to further 'enhance' traction system - Vettel New
  • No plans for single fuel supply tender - FIA New
  • Vettel risks losing rival drivers' respect - Rosberg New
  • FIA stops McLaren's Pirelli test in Austin - report New More ...
10/03/13
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Video: F1 GP Japan 1976  
10/03/13
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Bowyer Gets a Break; Truex Gets the Shaft  Clint Bowyer finally caught a break.  Not so Martin Truex Jr.

After being on the receiving end of fan and peer scorn since putting his car into a slide and altering the outcome of the Richmond race and Chase field, the formerly popular and well-liked Bowyer finally got some good news last week.
 
Sponsor 5-Hour Energy drink is sticking with him and Michael Waltrip Racing in 2014 after putting their support under review in Richmond’s aftermath.  He also receive support from several drivers, including Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Jimmie Johnson. More ...

10/03/13
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NASCAR had a golden opportunity and blew it  So NASCAR, in its wisdom, decided Tuesday it was okay for Joey Logano to win last weekend’s Nationwide race at Dover while driving a car that was illegal.

Instead, it fined the car’s crew chief $10,000 and docked Penske Racing six owner points for, officially, being in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4J (determination that the race equipment does not conform to the rules detailed in Section 10-A of the NASCAR rule book); and 20A-12.8.1 (B) of the 2013 rule book (the car failed to meet minimum heights in front). More ...

10/03/13
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Indy records dominated by one driver  Let's see how much you know about IndyCar racing.  Which driver holds the most IndyCar records that count for anything.  Hint: This driver holds all the records except one, an amazing statistic.

A) AJ Foyt
B) Mario Andretti
C) Michael Andretti
D) Al Unser
E) Rick Mears

Click here for the answer.

10/03/13
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Talladega Brings NASCAR Drivers to Campuses for NASCAR College Initiative  
NASCAR announcer Eli Gold (C) and Denny Hamlin (R) visit the Alabama University campus
Talladega Superspeedway was on campus today at both the University of Alabama and Auburn University with NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Denny Hamlin and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Darrell Wallace Jr. to launch a NASCAR College Program that seeks to promote the sport and its events among young people. During the day’s events at both campuses students were treated to games, prizes and even rides to class, with the first 100 participants receiving free tickets and infield admission to the Oct. 20 Camping World RV Sales 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. More ...
10/03/13
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Construction Cost For Sochi F1 Street Circuit Now At $340M  The construction cost of the F1 circuit in the Russian Black Sea resort town of Sochi is to go up by one-third, the developer says. The total construction cost of the Sochi Int'l Street Circuit, which is to host an inaugural race next year, will be 11B rubles ($341M), a spokesperson for Tsentr Omega, the project’s developer company, which is run by the regional authorities, told SBD Global. He did not, however, explain why the figure was considerably higher than what was previously announced. When the agreement about holding an F1 race near Sochi was signed by Krasnodarsky Krai Governor Alexander Tkachev and F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone in Oct. '10, the project’s total cost was estimated at $200M. In late '12, the figure of 7.9B rubles ($245M) was reported by the Russian media. More ...
10/03/13
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F1 bankrupting yet another F1 promoter  It "remains to be seen whether there will be an F1 event in Korea after the contract runs out in 2016 as the GP has been a crippling money loser for the small South Jeolla Province town." The "accumulated losses from the previous three events are now measured" at around 180B won ($160M). Korea Times

If next year's schedule to too large at 22 races, one can bet South Korea will be more than happy to have Bernie let them off the hook after this year's event so they can cut their losses.
10/02/13
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Video: Ford 3.5L EcoBoost Engine on 17G Dyno  As part of its continuing strategy to introduce product-relevant technology into racing, Ford announced today plans to bring its 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost® racing engine to the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series.

The new engine, which will debut at the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona on Jan. 25-26 and run the entire 12-race season, will power a new-look Daytona Prototype car, created with Ford corporate design influence. Michael Shank Racing is on board as the first team to put EcoBoost power behind its DP car. More ...

10/02/13
f1
Marussia F1 Team confirms Jules Bianchi for 2014 race seat  
Jules Bianchi
The Marussia F1 Team is pleased to announce that it will retain Jules Bianchi as a Race Driver within its 2014 driver line-up.

The 23 year old Frenchman joined the Team in February, just one week prior to the start of the 2013 FIA Formula 1 World Championship. Despite minimal preparation time for his debut season, Jules settled into the Team and its MR02 race car very quickly and has since played an important part in helping to achieve the Marussia F1 Team’s current position at 10th place in the Constructors’ Championship. Jules’ highest placing so far this season is 13th in the 2013 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix. More ...

10/02/13
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HPD To Offer Kid Kart Engines  Honda Performance Development, the racing arm of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., is expanding its range of karting products with the introduction of a new Kid Kart engine designed to improve quality, reliability and balanced performance at a low cost to the competitor.

The Honda GXH50, available to racers, retail shops and series through the Honda Racing Line, is an effort by HPD to address issues that have negatively affected the growth of Kid Karting in recent years, and help the entry-level category return to popularity. More ...

10/02/13
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Foyt named grand marshal for Houston doubleheader  
AJ Foyt
Houston native and racing legend A.J. Foyt will serve as grand marshal of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston, which will be his first race back since the June 8 race at Texas Motor Speedway. 

Foyt spent the summer recovering from left hip replacement surgery on July 1.

In addition to the command to start engines, Foyt will be presenting the A.J. Foyt Trophy - a resin cowboy boot featuring his autograph and mounted on a marble base -  to the winner(s) of both races.

10/02/13
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Bourdais looking to continue success at Houston  
Sebastien Bourdais
The 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series has seen 10 different drivers visit victory lane.

One driver who hopes to tie the record for most number of race winners in a season, (11), is Dragon Racing's Sebastien Bourdais.

Bourdais, a four-time champion in the Champ Car Series, won the 2006 and 2007 races at Reliant Park, the site of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader. More ...

10/02/13
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Dempsey lands at Team Moore Racing for Houston  Peter Dempsey will compete at the Grand Prix of Houston after all.

Dempsey, the Firestone Freedom 100 winner who is fifth in the Firestone Indy Lights championship standings, will drive the No. 2 TMR/Global Tubing/ALS Association car in the Oct. 5 race on the 1.683-mile, 10-turn street circuit.

"I could not be happier to be joining Team Moore Racing for the Houston race," said Dempsey, of Ireland.  "TMR, Mark Moore, and Tom Wood are proven multiple race winners in the Firestone Indy Lights series and I am heading to Houston with great confidence that I am surrounded by the right people. More ...

10/02/13
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Indy Lights bid down to 3 for chassis, 2 for engine  “We've been collecting proposals on chassis and engines and Tony Cotman and I have spent more time on it than I anticipated,” Indy Lights boss Dan Andersen told Racer Magazine. “We're getting close on the chassis side, and that decision will be made between three companies: Mygale, Dallara and Multimatic, which is the group that bought Lola that Larry Holt has put together. They've all put in final bids and we're quite happy with what those three are offering our series and our owners.”

“It will be one of those three – their bids are very interesting, and I have to select one that's fast, that's sexy, that will go 200 miles per hour, but more than that. I also need to select a car that has the right terms for Indy Lights team owners,” he added. “It's going to be hard to plunk down the money for a new car – I know this, so we're talking with all three to come up with the most favorable terms for our current owners and the new owners we hope to attract. It has to make good business sense first and foremost.” More ...

10/02/13
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Penske re-signs Keselowski and Miller Lite  
Keselowski’s Miller Lite Ford
Penske Racing today announced multi-year extensions of its partnerships with driver Brad Keselowski and long-time sponsor MillerCoors,  two key elements of the organization’s 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) championship.

“The extensions of our agreements with both Brad Keselowski and MillerCoors put our team in a real position of strength moving forward,” said Roger Penske. “This is an important day as these agreements will allow Penske Racing to invest significantly in our people and our technology, two critical areas to a successful race team.” More ...

10/02/13
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Ferrari to try out 2014 parts  
Alonso's Ferrari
Ferrari will use the remaining free practice sessions this year to test bits and pieces for 2014, starting in Korea.

Although the Italian stable and Fernando Alonso are still in with a mathematical chance of catching Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari know there's not much they can do if their rivals continue their current form.

With most of their focus already on next season, they will take it a notch up in free practice at Yeongam this weekend and trial development parts for their 2014 car. More ...

10/02/13
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Webber tells F1 to ensure 'quality'  
Mark Webber
(GMM)  Mark Webber, who is preparing to leave F1 after more than a decade-long career, has warned the sport to insist upon "quality".

Hitting out at pay-drivers locking more talented drivers off the grid, Australian Webber also criticized unpopular yet lucrative races like this weekend's Korean grand prix.

Telling British broadcaster Sky the pay-driver situation is "not right", Webber said: "We've got to be careful we don't have a bit of a vacuum not having those top boys come through." More ...

10/02/13
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MotoGP Adds Argentina, Brazil To 19-Race 2014 Calendar  
2014 FIM MotoGP World Championship Schedule
March 23 Doha/Losail Qatar
April 13 Circuit of The Americas Austin, Texas
April 27 Termas de Rio Hondo Argentina
May 4 Jerez de la Frontera Spain
May 18 Le Mans France
June 1 Mugello Italy
June 15 Barcelona-Catalunya Catalunya
June 28 TT Assen Netherlands
July 13 Sachsenring Germany
Aug. 10 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis, Ind.
Aug. 17 Brno Czech Republic
Aug. 31 Silverstone Great Britain
Sept. 14 Marco Simoncelli Misano San Marino
Sept. 21 MotorLand Aragon Aragon
Sept. 28 Brasilia Brazil
Oct. 12 Sepang Malaysia
Oct. 19 Twin Ring Motegi Motegi, Japan
Oct. 26 Phillip Island Australia
Nov. 9 Ricardo Tormo-Valencia Valencia, Spain
10/02/13
f1
Video: How To Make An F1 Car: DESIGN AND R&D (Part 1)  
10/02/13
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Video: How To Make An F1 Car: COMPOSITES (Part 2)  
10/02/13
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Video: How To Make An F1 Car: MANUFACTURING (Part 3)  
10/02/13
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Logano keeps win despite failing inspection at Dover  Joey Logano will keep the win, but the Penske Racing No. 22 team has been penalized six points for the front of Logano’s car being too low following Saturday's Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway.

The penalty cuts the team's lead in the owner standings to 28 points over the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 team.  Crew chief Jeremy Bullins was fined $10,000 as part of the standard penalty for the infraction.

Penske Racing will not appeal. More ...

10/02/13
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Nelson Piquet Jr. fined for directing homophobic slur  NASCAR fined Nationwide Series driver Nelson Piquet Jr. $10,000 and placed him on indefinite probation Tuesday for using a homophobic slur on Instagram last week.

Piquet, who drives for Turner Scott Motorsports, also will have to undergo sensitivity training.

While commenting on a photo that Nationwide Series driver Parker Kligerman posted of himself, Piquet used a three-letter slur as a one-word description of Kligerman. The word is offensive to a homosexual. More ...

10/02/13
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Video: IndyCar on the IMS road course -- Mark Miles  
10/02/13
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Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday  
  • Will F1 get the race in ahead of the Typhoon?
    Typhoon headed for Korea
  • Valsecchi 'ready' to replace Raikkonen
  • Caterham drivers unsure over 2014 seats
  • Kvyat admits 2014 F1 move too soon
  • Webber says 2013 struggle due to tires
  • Marko says Vettel cheat claims 'nonsense'
  • Sirotkin-Gutierrez lineup could work - Kaltenborn
  • Alonso denies struggling with qualifying discipline
  • Second DRS zone added on pit straight in Korea
  • Ayrton Senna's death still haunts designer Adrian Newey More ...
10/01/13
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Juan Pablo Garcia Joins Belardi Auto Racing  "It's really great to have Juan Pablo join us for these last two races. He's been great competition for us this season and now it'll be interesting to see how he does on our team. With the Grand Prix of Houston being a new event for everyone, it's going to be a pretty even playing field, so he'll have a chance to get comfortable in the car. It should be an exciting race leading to the finale in Fontana," Team Owner Brian Belardi said.

"I'm very happy to race for Belardi Auto Racing. This year Belardi has had several podiums and I hope to finish there during these couple of events. They are very professional and competitive. They've demonstrated that many times," driver Juan Pablo Garcia said. More ...

10/01/13
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Video: Houston’s Reliant Park set to welcome back IndyCar  The relatively short 1.7-mile MD Anderson Cancer Center Speedway at Reliant Park should provide for plenty of action during this weekend’s Shell/Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader (Sat., 3 p.m. ET and Sun., 1 p.m. ET on NBCSN/NBC Sports Live Extra).

As far as passing zones and hot spots go on this circuit, two immediately stand out. After drivers barrel through the dogleg main straightaway, they’ll have to hit the brakes hard to navigate a left-right chicane.

The chicane could wind up being a pretty hectic scene all weekend on starts and restarts, but especially at the beginning of Race 1 of the doubleheader, which will feature a standing start. More ...

10/01/13
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Larson Making Sprint Cup Debut At Charlotte  Kyle Larson will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 12 during the Bank of America 500.

Larson will drive the No. 51 Chevrolet out of the Phoenix Racing stable at Charlotte. He is also scheduled to compete in the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Oct. 27 in the No. 51 for Phoenix.

Larson was recently named the full-time driver of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing’s No. 42 Target Chevrolet in 2014, replacing departing driver Juan Pablo Montoya.

The California native is currently in his first full season of NASCAR Nationwide Series competition, where he has scored a best finish of second on three different occasions. He also scored his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory in April at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway and is the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion.

10/01/13
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Tagliani weighing offers but wants back into IndyCar  Canadian race-car driver Alex Tagliani, currently without a ride for 2014, says he’s weighing offers from various series but wants back into IndyCar next year.

“I’m experiencing a strange phenomenon,” says the 39-year-old veteran from Lachenaie, Que. “Since I lost my (Barracuda Racing) ride in IndyCar in July, I’ve been getting offers from everywhere.

“I’ll admit it’s nice to be wanted. But, I’ll take time to analyze all the offers before putting my signature on a contract.”

Tagliani got behind the wheel for three Grand Am endurance races recently but he admits his heart is still with North American open-wheel racing. More ...

10/01/13
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IndyCar officials provide details for revised 2.434-mile IMS road course  Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials laid out a plan today to invigorate the Indianapolis 500 and the IndyCar Series with a road course race at the historic facility May 10, 2014.

The Grand Prix of Indianapolis will be an afternoon race on a circuit that’s being modified for better action. And everyone will have an opportunity to see it.

In addition to on-site access, WRTV-6 will be allowed to show the ABC race in this market, something that’s never been allowed for the Indianapolis 500. More ...

10/01/13
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NASCAR Dover TV Ratings  ESPN’s live telecast of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 29, earned a 2.4 U.S. household rating, averaging 3,968,864 viewers, according to Nielsen Media.

The ratings and viewership were up nine and 11 percent, respectively, over last year’s race, which earned a 2.2 U.S. household rating and averaged 3,581,380 viewers.

Both races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup so far this season that have been run and telecast as scheduled have seen ratings and viewership growth. The opening race of the Chase at Chicagoland Speedway was rain-delayed. More ...

10/01/13
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Ferrari expect to benefit from team changes in 2014  Ferrari expect their 2014 car to benefit from personnel changes and improvements at their factory as they bid to win their first championship title since 2008.

The team’s wind tunnel has been a weakness for them in recent seasons but they intend to address that next year.

“Our data and instrumentation was quite outdated so we couldn’t do that many runs and experiments per day, which was a bit of a drawback,” said chief designer Nikolas Tombazis.

“The past months we spent updating it have addressed all these problems. Therefore I am optimistic that, on this front, when we are fully up and running we will not be in deficit to our competitors.” More ...

10/01/13
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IMS plan to put its concessions and merchandise vending operations up for bid (update)  UPDATE Centerplate apparently has a program for volunteer organizations to furnish volunteers to staff concessions in exchange for a share of the sales at Lucas Oil Stadium. I found an old article from 2010 discussing contracts it had with nonprofit groups and area schools. The article indicated that about 70% of the concession stands at LOS is operated by volunteers. The participating groups and schools seemed to be happy with the arrangement. Presumably, Centerplate would have a similar arrangement at the Speedway if it won the contract. I don't know how it would compare to the current arrangement with the Speedway. It's hard to see how you squeeze out larger profits with an outside contractor if you're not going to raise prices to levels more comparable with food and concession costs at Lucas Oil Stadium or Banker's Life Fieldhouse. More ...
10/01/13
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Big F1 teams oppose single fuel supplier  (GMM)  F1's major teams reportedly oppose moves to appoint a single fuel supplier.

Last week after the meeting of the World Motor Sport Council, it emerged that the new Concorde Agreement paves the way for a single supplier of fuel in future.

The FIA will be "in charge of conducting the tender process", the governing body's media statement said, with Bernie Ecclestone "entitled to run the commercial negotiations with potential suppliers".

But according to Germany's Sport Bild on Wednesday, the big teams are not happy about this development. More ...

10/01/13
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Rahal ready to help IndyCar grow  
Graham Rahal
Already an IndyCar veteran at age 24, second-generation driver Graham Rahal has driven for some of the top names in auto racing: the late Paul Newman, Sarah Fisher, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, Chip Ganassi and his current team, Rahal-Letterman-Lanigan Racing - his father, 1986 Indy 500 champ Bobby Rahal, late-night television star David Letterman and long-time team owner Mike Lanigan. In spite of racing for numerous other teams, the younger Rahal always had a feeling he'd end up driving for his father.

"All along, he and I both felt that at some point that would happen," said Rahal in a recent interview, "but we were both always adamant that I would go out, particularly early in my career, and make my own name to a certain extent, so that's what I've worked on doing up to this point." More ...

10/01/13
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Can a Rhode Island Grand Prix avoid Baltimore's potholes?  Will Providence, R.I., suffer the headaches and problems that plagued Baltimore, or will it burn rubber without a hitch?

According to reports, the Baltimore Grand Prix is set to be replaced, and it looks as if it is staying on the East Coast. And Providence is in the lead.

As Robin Miller of RACER Magazine reported last week, IndyCar is working on its schedule for 2014 and 2015. And it looks as if it has found a street course to fill the void that Baltimore left. Although there are no new venues planned for IndyCar’s schedule next year, there are a few being discussed for 2015. And, it looks as if the capital of Rhode Island is being eyed to replace Baltimore on IndyCar’s schedule. The proposed course is a 2.1-mile, 11-turn circuit which will take place downtown and have its start and finish line at the State House. More ...
10/01/13
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Indy Lights series to ride on Indian tires  From American Firestone tires to Indian tires, that is what is in store for the Indy Lights series. Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. shareholders voted to approve its pending acquisition by Apollo Tyres Ltd.

Shareholders with more than 74 percent of Cooper Tire outstanding shares voted in favor of the $2.5 billion buyout, Cooper Tire said in a statement.

Apollo Tyres, based in Gurgaon, India, agreed to buy Cooper Tire of Findlay, Ohio, in June to gain greater access to the U.S. automotive market.

Apollo has said it wants to be among the top 10 tiremakers by 2016. The company said today the Cooper Tire acquisition would make it the world's seventh-largest tiremaker.
10/01/13
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It’s not all honey and milk in Formula 1  Interview by Dusko Dragic at Monza:

The melody on his cell phone was a ringtone from the famous western The Good, the bad and the ugly directed by Sergio Leone. He apologized before the call, he did the same after he ended the conversation. Bernie Ecclestone, the ‘big boss of Formula 1’ as they like to call him. Few know, he drove a Formula 1 car. He entered the 1958 Monaco and British Grand Prix, but failed to qualify. He spoke of these races as he did about numerous other things.

What kind of memories do you have about the 1958 Monaco Grand Prix?
It’s a funny thing, but I’m having difficulties remembering the details of that race. You have to realise I’ve been to numerous races since then and it’s impossible to remember them all. I think the race was won by the Frenchmen Maurice Trintignant and if I’m not mistaken, it was a rainy race. His win was a big surprise, nobody thought he could drive that well and win. But I honestly don’t remember my racing adventures at that race. I think Trintignant’s win was the only one in his Formula 1 career. Maybe this is a reason why I remembered the race. More ...
10/01/13
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Hulkenberg remains on Ferrari's radar  Nico Hulkenberg's dreams of driving for Ferrari are not completely over with team boss Stefano Domenicali admitting he could move there in future.

The German was one of the contenders to replace Felipe Massa at the Scuderia next season, but the Ferrari powers that be ultimately decided it was best to go for Kimi Raikkonen.

However, Hulkenberg could still drive for them in future, according to Domenicali. More ...
10/01/13
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New Ford nose approved  NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said that a new nose on the Ford Fusion was approved for next season. "They needed a grille update for next year," Pemberton said. "The (wind-tunnel) results looked to be favorable and it does not do anything aero-wise but it just helps with the debris. It was inset more than the others. More times than not it was harder for them to get the debris off the grille than the other makes."
10/01/13
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Mario sells socks off his feet at fundraiser  I had just told 300-plus people in the lobby of the Glenn Gould Theatre following the 19th Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame induction ceremony Saturday night that the silent auction and the bar would be closing in 10 minutes when racing legend Mario Andretti walked up to me.

"I’m wearing a pair of checkered flag socks," he said, pulling up his pants legs to show them off.

"If you do the talking, we can auction them off right here and now." More ...

10/01/13
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f1
What IndyCar can learn from the movie Rush  Dear AR1.com, I don't if I would call Rush the greatest racing movie of all time but it's a movie worth watching. The movie was worth watching in terms of the head-to-head rivalry between James Hunt and Nikki Lauda. It also talked about the dangers of Formula 1 during the 1970's in which they did a reenactment of the tragic death of Francois Cevert in 1973, and Niki Lauda's near death during the German Grand Prix in 1976. It also talked about the courage of Niki coming back from his accident only to lose the Championship by one point from playboy James Hunt in Japan under terrible wet conditions. More ...
10/01/13
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday  
  • Frijns splits with Hulkenberg manager Heinz
  • Todt rival Ward could oppose Bahrain GP
  • Senna hopes 'consistent' Massa can stay in F1
  • Pirelli to be 'very conservative' for 2014 - Hembery
  • Sirotkin to drive 2009 Ferrari at Fiorano More ...
09/30/13
gp2
Frijns parts ways with management  
The talented Robin Frijns
Robin Frijns has split with management group WHS International. The firm, headed up by Werner Heinz, had been in control of the sporting side of the Dutchman's career.

"After careful consideration I have come to the conclusion that it will be the best for me and my career to make some management changes," explained the former Sauber reserve, who has made sporadic GP2 appearances throughout the 2013 campaign.

He added: "Unfortunately, my career is somehow stuck now and I hope that these changes will help me to do some important steps forward. I have not yet decided who will look after the sporting side of my career from now on, but I will do this very soon."

Frijns, who beat Marussia driver Jules Bianchi to last year's Formula Renault 3.5 title, joined forces with Just Sports Marketing last month in a bid to find more sponsors.

09/30/13
motogp
MotoGP Won’t Return To Laguna Seca In 2014  
Marquez Passes Bradl at Laguna Seca this year
National Speed Sport News reports that the MotoGP World Championship will not return to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 2014.

“We had a contract through 2014. Dorna (commercial rights holder of MotoGP) worked with us very hard to make it work for next year, but we just couldn’t make it work financially,” said Gill Campbell, CEO and general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “We have already talked about it returning in 2015. That’s my carrot. If I can do it I will.” More ...

09/30/13
automotive
Electric BMW i3 Charges at First Ever Public Charging Station  
BMW i3
A BMW i3 was fully charged in under 30-minutes today at the first-ever public charging station in the US to offer the SAE Combo-Charging fast charging system. The public charging station is located at the Fashion Valley Mall in San Diego, CA. The optional fast charging system will enable the BMW i3 driver to charge their EV from a standard 110 volt outlet with a cord set, a 220 volt charging wallbox or public charging station and also from a DC Fast Charging public charging station all from the same charging inlet. More ...
09/30/13
Atlantic
Atlantic Championship Series returns for 2014  
For better or worse, open-wheel racing in America is nowhere near as popular – among drivers or fans – as stock-car racing. The IndyCar Series is still struggling to regain the standing it enjoyed before it split and then rejoined. Efforts to launch an American team in Formula One have floundered. The United States Grand Prix has bounced on and off the grid and to a number of locations. America hasn't sent one of its own drivers into F1 since Scott Speed, and it hasn't sent a successful one since Mario Andretti. Even the Indianapolis 500 hasn't been won by an American in over seven years.

That could come down in part to a lack of effective feeder series of aspiring open-wheel racers in America, but Formula Race Promotions is out to fix that. The organizing body runs the F1600 and F2000 series, and is now gearing up to relaunch the Atlantic Championship next year. More ...

09/30/13
irl
IndyCar website to stream IMS road race details on Tuesday  IndyCar will stream details regarding the new-for-2014 road race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on its website on Tuesday. It will be live on indycar.com and the Verizon INDYCAR 13 app starting at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Details to look for include the date, what course configuration it will be (GRAND-AM, clockwise or MotoGP, counter-clockwise), what course alterations will be needed, what if any potential race title sponsor will occur, and perhaps further partner announcements. More ...

09/30/13
track news
irl
Pocono announces 2014 schedule (Update)  UPDATE The confirmed dates for IndyCar’s 2014 schedule are below:

March 28-30    St. Petersburg, Fla.
April 11-13    Long Beach, Calif.
May 25        Indianapolis, IN (Indianapolis 500)
May 30-June 1  Detroit, Mich.
June 5-7      Fort Worth, Texas
July 5-6      Pocono, PA
July 18-20    Toronto, Ontario
Aug. 1-3      Lexington, Ohio

Races without set dates but announced for that month include a return to Barber Motorsports Park in April, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course race in May.

Races yet to be confirmed for 2014 that occurred or will occur in 2013 are: Brazil, Milwaukee, Iowa, Sonoma, Houston and Fontana. All bar Brazil are expected to be retained for 2014 on a similar, but condensed in terms of number of weeks, schedule. More ...

09/30/13
automotive
Are EV's Closing the Generation Gap?  Jeff U'Ren was what you would call an "early adopter" as one of the original EV-1 owners in the 90's. He now owns two Volts and when it comes to the question of whether or not EVs are the transportation of the future, his son John believes that everyone his generation is open to the idea of an EV and that it is actually the transportation of the PRESENT.

Americans young and old are embracing EVs and those who own them are surprised by their economy and convenience. More ...

09/30/13
f1
Rush off to lackluster but decent start  Ron Howard’s Formula One racing drama Rush raced off with a rather lackluster $10.3 million in its expansion from five theaters into 2,297 locations. The Universal-distributed film, which stars Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl, marks a major decrease from Howard’s last sports drama, Cinderella Man, which punched up $18.3 million in its 2005 debut. For Hemsworth, Rush (obviously) started off slower than both Thor and The Avengers, but it also under-performed compared to his non-superhero vehicles The Cabin in the Woods ($14.7 million) and Red Dawn ($14.3 million). The film will need great word of mouth to drive it to profitability, and given its strong “A-” CinemaScore, it may achieve that. Also working in Rush‘s favor? Its relatively low $38 million budget. More ...
09/30/13
track news
British circuit goes belly-up  It is with great regret that Mallory Park Motorsport Limited has today announced that the company has been put into Administration.

Mallory Park has been operating as a motorcycle and car race circuit for many years and has much history attaching to the circuit. In 1985 a highly restrictive Noise Notice was attached to Mallory Park Motorsport Limited ('MPML') embracing all circuit activities but, significantly, a number of the provisions within the Notice were very much open to interpretation. More ...
09/30/13
f1
Q and A with Lotus' Eric Boullier  
Eric Boullier
Lotus' return to form for the team in Singapore saw a top three qualifying position and a podium finish harvested at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, leaving Team Principal Eric Boullier feeling confident heading into the final six races of the season.

After a couple of difficult races in terms of results, Singapore was a good upturn in form; can the team maintain this for the remaining races this season?
"Singapore was a good illustration of what is possible for the team in final third of the year. Once more Kimi drove an exceptionally strong race – even without considering his back pain – to come from P13 to the podium, whilst the team did an amazing job with the strategy for both drivers. Were it not for Romain’s engine problems we should have had both cars home in third and fourth. It’s unfortunate that Romain had the problem with the pneumatic system of his engine as he showed strong pace in the race after putting in superb performances on both Friday and Saturday. The level of downforce used in Singapore will remain for the majority of the six races left on the calendar this season and it certainly seems to suits our car, so we will fight for podiums for the rest of the year I’m sure." More ...

09/30/13
nassprint
Johnson outdrove Dale Jr. on older tires  
Earnhardt Jr. simply is not talented enough to beat his teammate, even with four new tires.
Christa L. Thomas/Chevy
Jimmie Johnson thought he was in trouble when he saw teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. lined up behind him with four fresh tires for the final restart Sunday at Dover International Speedway.

Johnson had taken just two new tires on his final pit stop while Earnhardt took four, giving Earnhardt what looked like a big advantage over the final 26 laps.

But as he is prone to do on one of his best tracks, Johnson drove away from Earnhardt on the final restart and then held him off to win for a record eighth time at the 1-mile oval. Earnhardt, who is winless this year, finished a disappointing second, and simply ran out of talent. More ...

09/30/13
nassprint
MWR co-owner working on keeping #56 team  Rob Kauffman, co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing, calls it a "relatively low probability" that his car company would be the sole primary sponsor for #56-Martin Truex Jr.'s team next season. With NAPA recently announcing its departure, Michael Waltrip Racing must find about $15 million in sponsorship to fund Truex's car for next season and keep him. Kauffman's company, RK Motors, has served as a primary sponsor for #15-Clint Bowyer and #55-Brian Vickers' cars in six races this year. Kauffman said that his company could "fill in a gap" on Truex's car.

That would still leave MWR needing to find sponsorship for a majority of the races next year for the third car. Waltrip said last week that he asked Truex to give the team a little time before making a move elsewhere. Truex said earlier this weekend he had nothing new to report on his future. Kauffman, who is based in London and a founding principal in an investment group, was making his first appearance Sunday at a track since the Richmond race. More ...
09/30/13
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Monday  
  • Sirotkin to test Ferrari at Fiorano
  • Raikkonen to assess back injury in Korea practice
  • Vettel heading for Schumacher's F1 records - Berger
  • German newspaper admits mistake over Ferrari bill
  • Ferrari 'thought hard' about signing Hulkenberg - boss More ...
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