Tombazis: Our 2012 Ferrari has ‘Wow’ factor There are now just five races to go in 2011, starting with this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix and, while remaining determined to try and win one or some of them, Scuderia Ferrari’s main focus is now squarely on next year’s championship.
As is always the case at this time of year, whatever the situation in the current season, work is well underway on the Prancing Horse’s 2012 car, as its Chief Designer, Nikolas Tombazis explains. “We are currently at the stage of finalizing the main components, the larger parts with a requirement for the longest production time. That means the chassis, the general layout of the car, the suspension and gearbox. Some of these components are now at the production stage, while others are at the final part of the design process. We are right in the middle of development for the aerodynamic elements and it’s fair to say we are now totally concentrated on the new car.”
NASCAR team also losing Dollar General sponsorship On the heels of Sarah Fisher announcing that Dollar General will not be back next year with her IndyCar team, comes word from Turner Motorsports today that Dollar General will not return next year as a sponsor of the NASCAR Nationwide Series No. 32 Chevy driven by Reed Sorenson. The race team today notified its staff that "there could be layoffs after the season." Dollar General, which had also sponsored Kyle Busch Motorsports in select Camping World Truck Series races, "is still expected to remain in the sport."
TV ratings for NASCAR truck series remain low According to Nielsen Media Research, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on SPEED posted its fourth-consecutive year-to-year ratings increase last Saturday at Kentucky Speedway. The event scored a 0.56, up four-percent over last year’s equivalent-week Las Vegas race (0.54), but both are equivalent to some Infomercials, so nothing to brag about really.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on SPEED is pacing up five percent overall versus last year at this point and up one percent over SPEED’s record-setting 2009 season when compared with equivalent dates.
With five races remaining in the 2011 season, the Truck Series takes a weekend off before heading to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Oct. 15 race. SPEED provides live coverage beginning at 3 p.m. ET with NCWTS Setup with Krista Voda, followed by live race coverage at 3:30 p.m. ET.
NASCAR Dover TV Ratings ESPN's live telecast of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 2, earned a 3.0 household coverage rating, averaging 4,093,000 viewers, according to the Nielsen Company. The rating was up from the 2.8 rating for last year's Dover race, which also aired on ESPN. Telecasts of both Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup races that have been run as scheduled so far this season have seen increased ratings. The opening race of the Chase at Chicagoland Speedway was rained out on its original date and run on a Monday.
ESPN2's live telecast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover on Saturday, Oct. 1, earned a 1.1 household coverage rating, averaging 1,443,000 viewers. The 2010 race earned a 1.2 rating.
Success on 1.5-mile ovals will decide title For the third straight season, the IZOD IndyCar Series championship will be decided on a 1.5-mile oval, but for the first time the title will be decided at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
While neither Dario Franchitti nor Will Power has raced on the 1.5-mile oval at LVMS, both have had recent success at a similar oval - Texas Motor Speedway - where they split the Firestone Twin 275s in June.
Franchitti has the upper-hand in oval wins (15-1) with four of those victories coming on 1.5-mile ovals. In championship-deciding races, Franchitti has also shined, clinching his first two IZOD IndyCar Series titles in 1.5-mile events (Chicagoland 2007 and Homestead 2009).
Indianapolis 500 crew chief, team principal Incandela dies Former Indianapolis 500 crew chief and team principal Sal Incandela died Monday, Oct. 3 in Las Vegas. He was 61.
The Italian-born Incandela was raised in France but spent the majority of his adult life working for racing teams based in England and then the United States. He was part of at least two Formula One World Championship-winning efforts. He was a mechanic for McLaren when James Hunt won the world title in 1976 and again for Brabham when Nelson Piquet won his second world title in 1983.
In 1980, Incandela was part of the Toleman team which finished one-two in the Formula Two championship with drivers Brian Henton and Derek Warwick.
2012 IndyCar Series car testing moves to Phase 2 Dan Wheldon climbed into the No. 77 Bowers & Wilkins at Magnolia car for a Kentucky Indy 300 seat fit, he quickly made a stark observation. He could only see the front wheels.
Driving the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series car the previous seven weeks of validation testing, in which the sightlines are broader because of driver positioning and chassis architecture, gave the reigning Indianapolis 500 champion a keen perspective.
"Safety is something we've worked hard to make a lot better, which includes the driver's seat and padding underneath and behind them," said INDYCAR vice president of technology Will Phillips, who oversaw phase 1 of the test program. "We'll learn more as we start to fit more drivers into the car and we'll get more feedback as new drivers start the manufacturer phase."
Record number of entries to compete at Las Vegas With 34 entrants for the IZOD INDYCAR World Championships Presented by Honda on Oct. 16, they're not many drivers who've competed this season who won't be running at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Of course, that's overstating it, but the 1.5-mile oval will be crowded with IZOD IndyCar Series cars traveling 215-plus mph in the season finale and the sunset race for the current Dallara chassis.
The next generation car, which will have three engine manufacturers supplying the turbo power, makes its competition debut March 25, 2012, on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla.
Rahal voted 'most eligible' The attention on Graham Rahal is about to turn to his personal life as Cosmopolitan features him in its November issue as Indiana's most eligible bachelor. Just a couple of issues: Rahal is neither eligible nor from Indiana.
The resident of Carmel's Village of West Clay met the magazine's criteria by having an Indiana's driver's license. He said he was never asked about having a girlfriend. Turns out Laken Kurtz -- his girlfriend -- is fine with him being profiled.
"Everybody is getting a good laugh out of it," he said.
Rahal, 22 and a native of Ohio, said he agreed to the exposure because it benefited his career and IndyCar, and he didn't have to be photographed without his shirt as Tomas Scheckter and Marco Andretti have at various times. "I'm not that type of person," he said. "I'm a quieter guy."
Rahal has lived in Central Indiana since December.
Here is an infographic on 'What makes an F1 Champion' and we thought you might be interested in seeing it. Trends have been analysed and visualized such as how many had racing driver fathers, at what age they first raced etc...
As you might expect, most F1 champions are from Europe and most for the UK.
Pocono undergoing repave On June 4, 2010 Pocono Raceway announced the Raceway was embarking on an expansive construction project directed to improve driver safety and enhance competition. In the fall of 2010, more 5,500 feet of the new generation SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) barrier was installed to the inside of the track from the exit of turn one to the entrance of turn three, and more than 6,100 feet of catch fence added from the front straight to turn two.
Today, Raceway President and CEO, Brandon Igdalsky announced the kick-off of phase two of the project that includes: a new outer pit wall, concrete pit stalls and repaving of the 2.5 mile superspeedway, known as "The Tricky Triangle." "We received input from a number of drivers, as well as, NASCAR Officials before making our final improvement plans," stated Igdalsky. "
A new outer pit wall will replace the current pit wall and new concrete pit stalls will provide an excellent surface for pit stops and subsequent burn-outs. Our pit stalls are already among the largest on the circuit and our pit road is one of the widest and safest in NASCAR," Igdalsky added.
"Pocono was last repaved in 1995 and all construction work will be completed prior to Pocono Raceway's June 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event." For ticket information call toll free 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3923) or visit: www.poconoraceway.com. Pocono Raceway
Pagenaud to Sample Honda Formula F at Las Vegas Pacific Formula F Super Series participants will have a chance to test themselves against one of the world’s best all-round racers this weekend at the Las Vegas season finale for the open-wheel racing championship, as Simon Pagenaud joins the series for a one-off appearance aboard the PR1 Motorsports-prepared Piper Honda DF5 Formula F.
In the past year, Pagenaud has sampled a wide variety of HPD racing products, racing everything from a Honda-powered IndyCar in the IZOD IndyCar Series to a Honda Civic Si in the Grand-Am Continental Tire Challenge Series. Last December, Pagenaud took part in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill grassroots endurance race, driving stints in both a Honda CR-Z and Honda B-Spec Fit. At the other end of the endurance sports-car racing spectrum, he also finished second this year at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, driving for Peugeot, and second at this year’s Twelve Hours of Sebring, driving an HPD ARX-01e prototype for Highcroft Racing in the American Le Mans Series.
GP2 Series adopts F1-like tire options As Formula One strongest feeder category, GP2 Series main goal has always been to best prepare young drivers who aspire to the pinnacle of motorsport. Since its inception, the Series has followed the changes that have happened in F1, and judged if they could be adapted to GP2 always keeping in line with the main objective of the Series: driver training for the final step of the ladder.
Therefore, in 2012 the GP2 Series will add two new sporting regulations, one which will impact the race strategy and test the driving skills of the racers: a new tire rule. Just like in Formula One, teams and drivers will have at their disposal two different types of dry compounds to use during a race weekend. The total of four sets of Pirelli P Zero tires will comprise three sets of prime (harder compound) and one set of option (softer compound). As always, the teams and drivers will have to keep one set of prime for the Sunday Sprint Race. Therefore, they will be able to choose between the remaining two sets of prime and the one set of option to use either during Free Practice, Qualifying session and/or Feature Race. There will be a color code for the different compounds. Finally, in the Saturday Race, there will still be a compulsory pit-stop in which a minimum of two tires must be changed.
Red Bull denies bringing own food to Japan The Red Bull Formula 1 racing team had a stumbling run up to its visit to Japan, days before the No. 1 team lines up on the track for this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix.
The Japanese online circuit went wild Tuesday when local media outlets reported the European racing team had arrived with enough food to feed the 80-strong team and staff members so they can avoid eating Japan-made products during their stay, and with it any conceivable risk of food contaminated by radiation from the disaster-struck Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. In addition, the reports stated that team leader Christian Horner advised staff and racers to limit eating meals out.
Ferrari told Massa to 'destroy Hamilton's race'UPDATE #2 (GMM) Ferrari insists Felipe Massa's engineer Rob Smedley was not "malicious" when he ordered the Brazilian to "destroy" Lewis Hamilton's race recently in Singapore.
A trio of paddock regulars this week have already played down the content of the radio call that preceded Massa colliding with McLaren's Hamilton during the night race just over a week ago.
But some publications, notably "English daily papers" according to Ferrari's online columnist The Horse Whisperer, suspected a sinister motive.
"It's true that (Smedley) was caught up in the heat of the moment and chose to use the verb 'destroy' at some point," said the anonymous Ferrari columnist.
"It might not have been the most politically correct choice of word, but it definitely carried no malicious intent, especially when you take into account that Rob is a Middlesbrough lad, born and bred!" the writer added.
NASCAR will try to out-do IndyCar in Vegas IndyCar takes over Las Vegas next week for their exciting IndyCar finale with a weeklong schedule of activities. Right behind them comes NASCAR in November.
You'll find no clocks in any Las Vegas casino, but come late November, everyone knows what time it is. It's Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week, a championship celebration that has risen in both stature and anticipation in a town known for marquee events -- Las Vegas.
Now in its third year in Las Vegas, the annual Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week honors both the champion of the sport's premier series as well as regales a loyal and passionate group of folks -- the fans.
NASCAR's annual week-long celebration culminates with the 2011 Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony on Friday, Dec. 2, at the Wynn Las Vegas. SPEED will once again provide same-day coverage starting at 9 p.m. ET. Other details regarding the event, such as entertainment planned, will be announced at a later date.
NASCAR Testing at Phoenix Tuesday and Wednesday NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has a two-day test session at Phoenix International Raceway scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 4-5. Teams will be on track from 10 am to 4 pm. In March, construction began on Phoenix's first track repave since 1990. This test provides the first opportunity for all teams to run on the new surface in preparation for Phoenix's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race on Nov. 13. Though Phoenix International Raceway remains one mile in length, changes to the banking and configuration have been implemented to promote side-by-side racing. As of today, 37 teams have entered for the test. In addition, three have opted to test fuel injection [no word which teams], as NASCAR and its teams continue to prepare for the introduction of fuel injection for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
The CART IndyCar crowd at Fontana in 1999 when Roger Penske still owned the track. Tony George thought he had a better idea than CART, so he worked to destroy it, and as a result we have what we have today.
Despite the fact that oval racing is usually the most exciting in the IZOD IndyCar Series and is the foundation for the sport, Sunday was another example of why oval tracks are vanishing from the schedule.
Although they were on their feet and screaming the last three laps, there couldn’t have been 15,000 people at Kentucky Speedway. It’s not coming back next year unless a title sponsor can be obtained. Ditto for Loudon. And Milwaukee has no future either.
There will only be five ovals out of the expected 17-18 races in 2012 because promoters no longer can afford to take a chance.
ALMS holds season ending banquet The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron honored its competitors and participants Sunday on a “Night of Champions” – the Series’ annual championship awards banquet at Chateau Elan. Team Falken Tire and Corvette Racing’s Jan Magnussen were announced as winners in contests voted on by Series fans; Falken won the ‘From the Fans’ award as the group that made the most significant impact on the ALMS in 2011, and Magnussen was selected as Most Popular Driver.
Both honors, based on input from Series fans worldwide through americanlemans.com, were among many special honors given Sunday night.
Boss Sports Working in Auto Racing's Elite; Formula 1, NASCAR and IndyCar John Mattera, through his newest venture, Boss Sports is working with leading Formula One, NASCAR and IndyCar teams to partner top brands within the elite of auto racing around the world.
Formula 1, NASCAR and IndyCar represent dynamic global and domestic platforms. With unparalleled levels of brand exposure through sponsorship opportunities that generate hundreds of millions of dollars in marketing, on-air and print advertisement value, plus an extended, experiential connection to desirable market demographics, elite sport can offer incredible returns on investment.
"We are delighted to be working cohesively as a sponsorship company with the leading players in international motorsport and we are anticipating strong momentum for all parties," said Andy King, Managing Directors of Boss Sports.
GM sales up 20 percent in Sept. General Motors Co. today reported total sales of 207,145 vehicles in September, a 20-percent increase compared with September 2010. Retail deliveries were up 19 percent compared with the same month a year ago and accounted for 74 percent of GM sales. Deliveries to fleet customers increased 22 percent.
Mazda North American Operations today reported September, 2011 sales of 25,521 vehicles, up 37.4 percent versus September, 2010 (up 32.1 percent on a Daily Selling Rate basis). Through the end of September, 2011 year-to-date sales are up 9.5 percent versus last year with 191,315 vehicles sold.
Motorsports This Week on ESPN Chase for NASCAR Sprint Cup Continues at Kansas Speedway The NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will be at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., this weekend and both races, as well as selected practice and qualifying sessions, will appear on ESPN networks. Sunday’s 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup race will be the fourth race in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. All NASCAR programming on ESPN is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets with the WatchESPN app and WatchESPN.com.
Quote of the Week "If I read another stupid statement like "what IndyCar needs is more ovals" from the 150 or 200 fans that the IZOD-sponsored series has left (and dominate the chat rooms and mailbags of Indy-centric motorsport journalists), I think I’ll scream.
"Except for Indianapolis and Iowa (where the stands don’t hold that many people, meaning it’s not that hard to fill them), attendance at Indy-style oval races is a disgrace.
"Milwaukee was embarrassing earlier this year and New Hampshire was a joke more recently and neither are expected to be on the 2012 schedule. Sunday’s race at Kentucky Speedway, which featured both superb race-driving as well as asinine pit-lane driving, was attended by so few people that they looked lost in the 100,000-seat arena.
"This was the place in July where so many people tried to get in for a NASCAR Sprint Cup race that the traffic jams prevented many of them from even getting to their seats.
"By comparison, so few showed up for Sunday’s IZOD race that organizers should have introduced them to the 29 drivers, instead of the other way around. It would have made for an interesting pre-race ceremony instead of watching the drivers waving to 80,000-plus empty seats (and the idea that there might have been 20,000 people there is being very generous)." Norris McDonald, Toronto Star
[Editor's Note: Spot on Norris, that is what we have been saying for years. Don't force the issue with this notion of a 50/50 oval/road course split. Go where the fans are willing to pay to see you race, be it an oval, a road course or a street circuit. But to put on a race on an oval with huge grandstands where you can't hide the crowd, well that just makes the series look like a loser. Great racing, but NASCAR owns the heart and mind of oval track race fans in the USA.]
Dixon takes home A.J. Foyt Trophy He didn't win a race on an oval in 2011, but Scott Dixon secured the A.J. Foyt Oval Trophy with a third-place finish in the Kentucky Indy 300.
Dixon accumulated the most points via top-five finishes in all seven oval races (the season finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Oct.16 is not included), and outdistanced Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Dario Franchitti by 10 points. Franchitti, the inaugural award winner in 2010, won at Texas and Milwaukee but had non-top 10s at Indianapolis and New Hampshire.
"It's a big honor to win the A.J. Foyt oval award," said Dixon, who will be presented a $50,000 check at the INDYCAR Championship Celebration on Oct. 17 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. "The guy's a legend and a character as I'm sure everybody knows."
Kentucky shows how quickly IndyCar championship can change Ninety minutes after surveying the 2-foot gash in the left sidepod of the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car, Will Power still couldn't believe his bad luck.
By his own account, the pole sitter for the Kentucky Indy 300 had the quickest car for the 200-lap race on the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway oval, and the initial 48 laps he led backed it up.
But as he was turning into his pit stall for a Lap 49 service stop under green, the front wing of the No. 24 Team Ipiranga Dreyer & Reinbold Racing car sliced Power's No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car. It cut to the quick.
"Basically, it was worth 4 mph," said Power, who faded to 23rd after two additional stops to cover the damage with black tape. "The handling didn't really change, but it got slower. I did not see (Ana Beatriz); they sent her straight into us. It's just a mistake.
Chevy shakes down new IndyCar engineUPDATE Will Power will test Chevrolet's 2012 Indy car Tuesday and Wednesday at Mid-Ohio. Chevrolet's first oval test will be at Las Vegas the week after the event with Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay.
09/29/11 Chevrolet, with support from its anchor team, Team Penske, its engine builder, Ilmor Engineering, its competition partners at Pratt & Miller and championship leader Will Power behind the wheel, used the 1.78 mile, 10-turn road course at Putnam Park to do a shakedown of its Chevy-powered Dallara chassis Thursday.
"I was not there, but the feedback I got was that it was a good test," GM Racing Director Mark Kent told SPEED.com on Thursday. "It was really just a test to make sure the car was ready to go to do its first proper test at Mid-Ohio. The intent was not to run a lot of laps, which we didn't, but we learned a few things and now we'll get ready for the next test. It was a positive outing for our first time on track."
Iowa Speedway names new executive team Doug Fritz, former president of Richmond International Raceway, has been named chief executive officer of Iowa Speedway. Fritz, along with track president Stan Clement, will lead Iowa Speedway's long-term strategic initiatives, events and facilities development and capital reinvestments.
"Iowa Speedway is one of the fastest-growing entertainment and motorsports venues in the country, and I'm thrilled to be joining their team," Fritz said. "I'm really looking forward to working closely with the loyal race fans and supporters of Iowa Speedway, as well as the staff. Together, we will continue to elevate Iowa Speedway into a premier motorsports destination. The fans will always be our number-one priority, and we will continue to enhance their experience."
Goodyear And NASCAR Extend Agreement The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and NASCAR today jointly announced they have signed an extended agreement for Goodyear to continue as the exclusive tire used in NASCAR’s top three racing series for the next five years.
The agreement, which extends through the 2017 season, renews Goodyear as the “Exclusive Tire Supplier” of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series, the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Goodyear has had an uninterrupted commitment to NASCAR since becoming a race tire supplier in the 1950s, making it one of the longest-running supply programs in any sport. In addition, Goodyear has been the exclusive tire supplier for all three of the circuit’s top series since 1997.
Sir Frank Williams, Team Principal of the Williams Formula 1 team, has praised new Formula 2 Champion Mirko Bortolotti, who predictably sealed the title at Monza on Sunday. As a reward, the 21-year-old Italian now wins a Williams F1 test drive.
With five race victories to his name, including Sunday’s championship-deciding race in his home nation, Bortolotti – who hails from Trento – has comfortably prevented Switzerland’s Christopher Zanella from being able to steal the honors.
Video highlights of best race finish of 2011 There was not a better finish in any race series in 2011 than what was saw at Kentucky on Sunday in the IndyCar series event. A sparse crowd and no sponsor means they probably won't be back.
Joie Chitwood, President of Daytona International Speedway, reveals the logo for the 50th Anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona
2012 will mark the 50th Anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Leading up to this unique anniversary, we present a once-a-month look back through the history, people and events that have made this famous race what it is today. This month, we look at the latest additions to the 50th Anniversary Overall Champions display along with the Daytona 2012 dreams of two competing automakers: Audi and Ferrari. A Gathering of Fifty In an effort to make the impossible possible, the people at Daytona International Speedway, Rolex and GRAND-AM are combining forces to gather all Rolex 24 At Daytona race winners, and their cars, for a reunion celebrating the race’s 50th anniversary. The mission was announced this past January to mark the start of a year-long process in contacting winning drivers and tracing the triumphant vehicles to commemorate the Rolex 24 At Daytona’s 50 years of history and prestige.
How are you feeling? "I was really excited to come out here to Dover, it's kind of like my hometown track and this is the first time I get to see it up close. Just definitely disappointed to not be out there driving, for sure. Boost is jumping on again for next year. Unfortunately, we weren't able to do the races this year but they're on for the same amount of races for next year. Not giving the equivalency of NASCAR to start out at Daytona is definitely a disappointment, we won't be able to run the entire Nationwide Series, but basically looking to see how many we can do. I'm trying to run as many Nationwide, as many K&N -- as many of any kind of car races I can just to get as much experience as I can and driving. I haven't finalized all the deals for next year. I'm definitely hoping to get more than less."
NHRA announces 2012 Full Throttle Drag Racing Series schedule NHRA announced its 2012 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series schedule today, highlighted by a return to Gateway Int'l Raceway near St. Louis, which expands the schedule to 23 races.
“We are excited to return to the St. Louis area, as we have a very strong fan base in the region, and they have always supported NHRA Drag Racing,” said Tom Compton, president, NHRA.
A new operator at Gateway Int'l Raceway has made the addition to the 2012 schedule possible. The multipurpose motorsports facility, located in Madison, Ill., just across the river from St. Louis, played host to an NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event for 14 years, from 1997 through 2010. The NHRA Midwest Nationals, Oct. 5-7, will become part of the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship and will feature all four Professional categories: Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Audi makes a clean sweep in DTM With a 1-2-3-4-5-6 result and an early title win Audi managed to crown its 2011 DTM season. Mattias Ekström celebrated his third victory of the season, Filipe Albuquerque, as the runner-up, his first podium finish and Martin Tomczyk in third place is the new DTM Champion.
Third place was sufficient for Martin Tomczyk to be determined as the early title winner. With a 13-point advantage over his title rival, Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz), the Bavarian managed a special feat: For the first time he won the coveted DTM trophy, for the first time Audi Sport Team Phoenix achieved this with a year-old car, and it has been seven years that an Audi driver was determined as the champion even before the finale. In 2004, Mattias Ekström, who now celebrated overall victory at Valencia, had last secured an early title win. Tomczyk had managed a perfect recovery after having started from position ten on the grid. As early as on lap one he was on position six, and in third place after his second stop.
Weather postpones NHRA finals to Monday Sunday eliminations of the Auto-Plus® NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway have been postponed due to weather in the Reading area. Rain and a forecast for more severe weather Sunday forced NHRA officials to postpone the completion of event.
Eliminations for the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series will continue Monday, Oct. 3, beginning with Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle round two at 10 a.m. ET followed by semifinal action of all four Pro categories.
Mirko Bortolotti wins 2011 FIA Formula Two Championship
Mirko Bortolotti now gets a Williams F1 test after winning the race and the F2 title at Monza Sunday
Italian driver Mirko Bortolotti has clinched the 2011 FIA Formula Two Championship in style at the Monza circuit in Italy today (Sunday 2 October), taking a dominant victory in round 14 to secure the title and a prize test drive with the Williams Formula One team.
The 21-year-old secured the F2 title on home soil and with one round of the season remaining, following in the footsteps of 2009 winner Andy Soucek and last year’s champion Dean Stoneman.
As his prize for claiming the Formula Two crown, Bortolotti will earn a full test with the Williams F1 team at Abu Dhabi in November. He will also qualify for an FIA Superlicense, required to compete in Formula One Grands Prix.
Josef Newgarden clinched the Firestone Indy Lights championship by taking the green flag in the Kentucky Indy 100 at Kentucky Speedway.
Stefan Wilson still has something to shoot for -- the championship runner-up -- and he took a big step in attaining that goal with a 3.1136-second victory over Newgarden in the 67-lap race on the 1.5-mile oval.
Wilson, who earned his first Sunoco Pole Award a day earlier in the No. 5 Andretti Autosport car, overtook Esteban Guerrieri in the standings with one race remaining in the season.
Mattias Ekstrom wins 3rd DTM race of year Martin Tomczyk (Audi) is the new DTM champion. In the ninth DTM season round at the ‘Circuit Ricardo Tormo’ in Spain, the German wrapped up an early title in the most popular international touring car series. For the 29-year old, finishing third was enough. Victory in the penultimate round of the 2011 season went to his fellow Audi driver Mattias Ekstrom (Audi). Having started from pole position, the Swede crossed the finish line as the winner after 45 laps. In second place, Portuguese Filipe Albuquerque (Audi) secured his best DTM result to date. In fourth place, Timo Scheider (Audi) completed the success for the brand from Ingolstadt. Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz) was classified seventh.
Kentucky Speedway trying to make amends For Kentucky Speedway, the issue going forward is simple: Will the fans who spent hours mired in the mother of all traffic jams before the first Sprint Cup race at the Sparta track give the Speedway another chance?
Will the fans forgive Kentucky Speedway?
"I think they will, I really do," said Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger last week. "And I can tell you why specifically I think that."
After the commonwealth's version of "Carmageddon" kept many ticket-buying patrons from making it to the Quaker State 400 on July 9th, Kentucky Speedway and its parent company, Bruton Smith's Speedway Motorsports, Inc., offered those impacted a ticket exchange good for a free entry at any other Cup race held at an SMI track.
Suzuka could suit Mercedes Formula One returns to Asia next week for Round 15 of the 2011 World Championship, the Japanese Grand Prix, hosted at one of the most popular tracks on the calendar, the 5.807 km figure-eight Suzuka Circuit.
Michael Schumacher: "Suzuka is a very special circuit, and one which has held great races, and great memories, for me over the years. I always enjoy the challenge of driving here and getting the technical set-up of the car right to get the best from the demanding layout of the track. A great first sector, high-speed turns, and interesting corner combinations all make Suzuka one of the best race tracks of the year, and definitely one of my favorites. We will be working hard to make the most of our weekend here, and hopefully we can come away with a strong performance and some more points."
Bortolotti edges closer to F2 title with Monza pole Mirko Bortolotti secured pole position by the narrowest of margins for today's (Sunday) race two in Monza and edges ever closer to securing the 2011 FIA Formula Two Championship title.
The 21-year-old Italian chose to put in his boost lap in earlier to avoid traffic around the 5.793km circuit which paid dividend as he topped the timesheets with a 1:38.979s - a margin of only 0.025s from his nearest rival.
That spot belonged to Ramon Pineiro with Tobias Hegewald securing P3 for round 14 which gets underway at 14:40 local time.
The GP began with pole setter Stoner launching into turn one ahead of the field, while team mate Dovizioso jumped the start from the front row, with Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini Team) and Cal Crutchlow (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) both following suit.
Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi crashed out of the first lap, forcing Ben Spies (Yamaha Factory Racing) off track, dropping the American down the order. Meanwhile Stoner appeared set to take another victory, leading clear and free until running off the track on lap five. Shortly thereafter Hector Barberá (Mapfre Aspar) went down, while Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) ran off track after lapping in fourth position.
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