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10/05/12
f1

Di Resta left to lament costly crash
Just five minutes into Friday afternoon’s crucial second practice session ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix, Paul di Resta heavily damaged his Force India at Spoon Curve. Having placed two wheels on the grass while turning in, the Scot instantly found the tire barriers and destroyed his right-front suspension in particular.

Strangely, no less than three drivers came to grief at the double-apexed corner, as Heikki Kovalainen spun on his out-lap and Michael Schumacher also ended up in the fence after performing a carbon copy of the di Resta incident.

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10/05/12
f1

Ferrari stresses it must improve wind tunnel
Stefano Domenicali has admitted his worries over the Ferrari wind tunnel, which has been known to have problems over the past two years. At Suzuka on Friday, the Team Principal even hinted that it could be the Italian team’s downfall this year.

“Out structure is not the best, in that respect,” he said when questioned about the wind tunnel, with Ferrari having used the old Toyota wind tunnel before last season.

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10/05/12
nassprint

Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Announces Primary Sponsorship of Tony Stewart
Bass Pro Shops, America’s most popular outdoor retailer, has announced that starting with the 2013 race season they will become the primary sponsor of the Stewart-Haas Racing #14 Chevrolet driven by 3-time Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Bass Pro Shops joining the Sprint Cup team Stewart co-owns with Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation – the largest CNC machine tool builder in the western world – is the culmination of a more than decade-long partnership between Stewart and Bass Pro Shops.

Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris is a long-time friend and fishing and hunting buddy of Stewart. The company has been a partner with Stewart for the past 12 years. In 2006 Stewart became a part of the Bass Pro Shops Sportsman’s Racing Team.

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10/05/12
usf2000

Jarett Andretti to Test for Andretti Autosport
Andretti Autosport announced today that they will test Jarett Andretti in one of the team's USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda cars on October 7 at Putnam Park Raceway in Greencastle, Indiana.

Andretti, is a third generation driver hailing from the familiar Andretti racing legacy. The 19-year old student of NC State is son of stock car and open-wheel driver John Andretti and grandson of retired open-wheel racer, and twin brother to Mario Andretti, Aldo Andretti.

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10/05/12
f1

More F1 news in brief - Friday
  • Sauber not ruling out new Mexican for 2013
  • Rosberg encouraged Hamilton to join Mercedes
  • Haug denies Lauda pushed out Schumacher
  • Schu told Merc of F1 exit five minutes before call
  • Still no race debut for Lotus 'device'
  • Pirelli wants Schumacher as tire tester
  • Cosworth not ruling out V6 engine foray

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10/05/12
irl

IndyCar should go after Michael Schumacher
I hope Rubens Barrichello already has made the phone call, or tweet, to Michael Schumacher to encourage him to race in America next year.

Barrichello and Schumacher were teammates at Ferrari, where they were the best driver combination in Formula One.

Schumacher won five world championships for the Prancing Horse, while Barrichello captured his share of races during the period -- including the 2002 United States Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway pretty much as a gift from Schumacher, who allowed Barrichello to sneak past at the finish line.

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10/05/12
irl

Providence needs another year to plan for Izod IndyCar Series race
Wait 'til the year after next.

That's the attitude that fans of IndyCar racing in New England must now take regarding a possible event through the streets of Providence, R.I.

While Mayor Angel Taveras impressed Izod IndyCar Series officials last month in Baltimore with his pitch to bring a street-course race to the Ocean State's capital city for 2013, the proposal was simply made too late in the game to be included when the schedule was announced Sunday.

Consider that a blessing in disguise.

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10/05/12
nassprint

Bass Pro Shops will sponsor Stewart in 2013
After the smoke cleared, Tony Stewart emerged from his #14 Chevy in the parking lot of Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World to a thunderous ovation from about 600 fans who gathered to hear confirmation of what many already suspected. "I want to introduce you to Tony Stewart, new driver of the Bass Pro Shops Chevy," Bass Pro founder Johnny Morris said late Thursday afternoon. And with that, a day before complete details are revealed at Talladega, the reigning and three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion had a new primary sponsor for 2013.

Stewart-Haas racing was in the market for a sponsor after Office Depot announced earlier this year it was leaving the sport. And Bass Pro was in the final year of a sponsorship agreement with Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing's Jamie McMurray. Mobil One is staying as the second primary sponsor, Stewart said. Morris said Bass Pro also plans to continue as a sponsor for brothers Austin and Ty Dillon in the NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series, respectively, and that he appreciates the bond with Joplin native McMurray over the last three seasons. Springfield, MO News-Leader

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10/05/12
nassprint

Busch hammers Toyota UPDATE #2 The following statements are from Kyle Busch, Lee White, Joe Gibbs, and Ed Laukes regarding the conclusion of last Sunday's NSACAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover:
Kyle Busch, Driver of the #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry: "I made some remarks out of frustration on my radio at the end of last weekend's race in Dover that were very misguided. I owe my friends at Toyota and TRD an apology. We have a great partnership with TRD and they built me a motor that helped me lead over 300 laps and nearly lap the field. It's just frustrating that the caution fell where it did and suddenly it became a fuel mileage race and we were set up for maximum horsepower. Obviously, that worked well for most of the day and you can't control when the cautions will fall. I think we have a great partnership with TRD and we will continue to communicate with them on what our team is looking for. I'm looking forward to getting down to Talladega this weekend and focusing on the race."

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10/05/12
f1

Japanese GP: Webber tops practice 2
Mark Webber beat Lewis Hamilton to set fastest time in the second practice session at Suzuka on Friday for Sunday's Japanese GP.

Webber's best time of 1m32.493s lap was 0.214s faster than Hamilton could manage. Sebastian Vettel was third, a further tenth back.

Nico Hulkenberg impressed once again for Force India, going fourth fastest, ahead of world championship leader Fernando Alonso and Romain Grosjean.

Last year's winner and this morning's pace-setter Jenson Button was seventh quickest, ahead of Bruno Senna, Felipe Massa and Michael Schumacher.

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10/05/12
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • Alonso more than happy to see Hamilton also leave McLaren
    Prost's son to test Lotus in Abu Dhabi
  • Hamilton right to dump McLaren - Alonso
  • Final Schu retirement 'years too late' - Briatore
  • Kovalainen closer to new Caterham deal
  • Perez says Ferrari 'happy with Massa'
  • Raikkonen insists 'no agreement' for 2013
  • Maldonado says 2013 plans unclear
  • V6 rules could push HRT off grid - boss
  • Barrichello criticism 'doesn't matter' - Senna
  • Vettel tips Sauber to shine at Suzuka
  • Telmex staying at Sauber after Perez switch
  • McLaren also considered Force India drivers - Whitmarsh 

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10/05/12
f1

Button leads McLaren 1-2 in first Suzuka practice
Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton were 1-2 in their superior McLarens as thy led the opening practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.

The Woking team dominated the first 90 minutes. Only Red Bull's Mark Webber came anywhere near the two McLarens.

Webber ended the morning session third fastest, ahead of the two Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher.

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10/04/12
alms

Jason Varitek Named Petit Le Mans Grand Marshal
Former Major League Baseball star and Georgia Tech graduate Jason Varitek will serve as Grand Marshal at the 15th annual Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda. The season finale of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n runs Saturday, Oct. 20, at the legendary Road Atlanta circuit.

Varitek spent 15 years with the Boston Red Sox and was team captain for seven seasons (2004-2011). A two-time World Series champion, he retired earlier this year, having played 1,546 Major League games - all with Boston.

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10/04/12
nassprint

AARP Extends Deal To Sponsor Jeff Gordon's Sprint Cup Ride
The AARP Foundation has signed an early, one-year extension with Hendrick Motorsports that will take its 22-race co-primary sponsorship of Jeff Gordon’s No. 24 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car through '14. Financial terms of the extension were not available. The foundation’s previous deal covered '11-13. The AARP Foundation will continue to use the sponsorship to promote its Drive to End Hunger campaign, which is designed to raise awareness of and money for seniors who don’t have enough food.

AARP Foundation President Jo Ann Jenkins said that over the last two years, the Drive to End Hunger campaign has raised more than $17M in corporate sponsorship and individual donations. The AARP Foundation has used the money to serve over 13 million meals across the country. Jenkins said the foundation estimates that its Drive to End Hunger message has reached more than 1 billion people, which surpasses what the AARP Foundation expected when they signed the sponsorship in '10.

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10/04/12
v8

Circuit of The Americas announces race dates for V8 Supercars
Circuit of The Americas today announced a formal, multi-year agreement with the V8 Supercars Series that will allow the Australian touring car series to make its North American debut at the new Central Texas sports and entertainment venue May 17-19, 2013. Circuit of The Americas will open to the public this fall as host to the much-anticipated 2012 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX.

The V8 Supercars Championship is made up of 15 championship events across Australia, New Zealand and Abu Dhabi, with the United States joining the schedule in 2013.  The highly popular series is the world’s leading Touring Car Championship recognized by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile and enjoys regular carriage by the SPEED™ television network.

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10/04/12
f1

FIA clamps down on new 'flexi wing' saga
(GMM)  The FIA has moved quickly to clamp down on F1's latest 'flexi wing' saga.

It emerged this week that the governing body was alerted by Ferrari to new tricks aboard the McLaren and Red Bull cars.

Reports said the teams have devised a way to gain an aerodynamic advantage by getting their front wings to twist on the horizontal axis.

But Germany's Auto Motor und Sport reports from Suzuka on Thursday that the FIA has reacted immediately.

Scrutineers, unusually working behind closed garage doors in the Japan pitlane, have apparently carried out a brand new flexibility compliance test.

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10/04/12
nascar

NASCAR’s Mexico Toyota Series to hold race at Phoenix Raceway
Federico Alaman, managing director of the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series and Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan Sperber shake hands on the agreement.
Randall Bohl/Phoenix International Raceway
NASCAR long ago expanded beyond its Southern base to become a national sport. Now, Phoenix International Raceway is looking south of the border as a way to expand its local fan base.

NASCAR’s Mexico Toyota Series will come to PIR on March 1, 2013, marking the first time that tour will race outside of Mexico and making it that much more likely that there will never be space on the Phoenix calendar for a return of the IndyCar series.  With another race now tugging at the wallets of the Phoenix fan base, we would expect less than 10,000 to show up for an IndyCar race.  IndyCar missed their window by not getting their foot in the door in 2013.

PIR President Bryan Sperber said at a Tuesday news conference one reason for the new race is to help boost Arizona in the American-Latino community.

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10/04/12
racing news

First test of British rocket car that 'could hit 1,000mph' UPDATE The British team behind a project to build a 1,000-mph car have cleared a key hurdle with a successful test of the rocket they hope will push the vehicle well beyond the sound barrier.

The rocket will be twinned with a fighter jet engine from a Eurofighter Typhoon on the Bloodhound supersonic car in a bid to smash the existing world land speed record of 763 mph set 15 years ago by the same team in Thrust SSC.

The test-firing, which produced a jet of flame from the rocket fixed to a test rig in a bomb-proof military hangar at an airport in the southwest English town of Newquay, lasted a matter of seconds.

"That's exactly what I was hoping to see," said Andy Green, the Royal Air Force fighter pilot who will sit in the driving seat for the record bid. "That was a hugely successful, very, very important experiment for us."

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10/04/12
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • Schumacher waves goodbye to F1 for final time
    Schumacher to return to retirement after season
  • Schumacher's retirement speech in full 
  • Hamilton admits Suzuka could be awkward after Mercedes news
  • Whitmarsh to 'protect' Hamilton amid McLaren exit furor
  • Kubica eyes 'track' testing as next step back to F1
  • Mercedes offers Schumacher new non-racing job
  • Renault Sport F1 Preview to the Japanese GP
  • Barrichello: Drivers costing Williams
  • Hulkenberg not carried away by Ferrari rumors
  • Perez: Ferrari never made their intentions clear
  • Schumacher to consider non-driving Mercedes role

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10/03/12
nassprint

Penske Racing puts 2013 Ford on track at Talladega
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s numberless Ford leads Sam Hornish Jr. (12), Juan Pablo Montoya (42) and Brian Vickers (15) during drafting practice in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup car test at Talladega Superspeedway.
Getty Images for NASCAR
All seven teams participating in the Sprint Cup 2013 car test Wednesday at Talladega Superspeedway had cars with the new body styles.

For six of them, it was just another test to build on what they’ve been working on for a couple of years.

For Penske Racing, it was a little different. For the first time in public view, the team was working on a 2013 Ford. Penske, which left Ford in 2002 for Dodge’s re-emergence in the sport in 2003, is returning to Ford after the 2012 season.

The test Wednesday was the first for Penske with the Ford.

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10/03/12
alms
ga

ALMS, GRAND-AM Officials Meet With Auto Manufacturers
Representatives from leading automotive manufacturers flank (front row, from left) ALMS President and CEO Scott Atherton, ALMS Founder Don Panoz; GRAND-AM Founder Jim France; and GRAND-AM President and CEO Ed Bennett, at Monday’s meeting in New York City.
GRAND-AM/Brian Cleary
The next step toward a unified North American sports car series was taken on Monday in New York City, when officials from the  American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n and the GRAND-AM Road Racing met with representatives of 12 automobile manufacturers.

The two sanctioning bodies announced a merger in September and will run a combined schedule in 2014, with a target of 12 races. Both series will run separate schedules in 2013, joining together for the first time in one weekend at Road America in August.

“We had a lot of healthy dialogue and commitment to follow-up,” said Ed Bennett, GRAND-AM president and CEO. “We formed a list of subcommittees, which will be working groups to cover all aspects of our sport.”

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10/03/12
nassprint

NASCAR Joins Forces At Talladega Against Breast Cancer
The National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.® (NBCF) today announced its official partnership with the Talladega Superspeedway during the month of October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The racetrack will be decked in pink, survivors will storm the tracks, and fan activities will promote awareness, celebrate survival, and generate funds for early detection and education.

“We’re honored to have the two great NASCAR races support NBCF in raising awareness for breast cancer this October” says NBCF Founder and CEO, Janelle Hail. “We are committed to spreading knowledge and fostering hope in the fight against breast cancer. By collaborating with Talladega, we are able to raise funds to provide free mammograms to women who could not otherwise afford them and supporting research programs in leading research facilities across the country.”

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10/03/12
irl

2013 IOWA CORN INDY 250 moves to Sunday afternoon
Officials at Iowa Speedway announced that the 2013 edition of the Iowa Corn Indy 250 will move from Saturday night, June 22 to Sunday afternoon, June 23, and will be broadcast live on the ABC television network.

“We’re thrilled to be back on ABC for our seventh annual Iowa Corn Indy 250,” said Stan Clement, President of Iowa Speedway. “That will give maximum exposure to our partners at Iowa Corn, and moving to Sunday afternoon will allow their growers to attend the race in even greater numbers next year. Our IndyCar event has grown in popularity, year over year, and we expect next year’s race to continue that trend.”

The full 2013 IZOD IndyCar schedule was released on Sunday as well, and is available online at www.indycar.com. Supporting events for the Iowa Corn Indy 250 weekend, as well as the 2013 line-up of all support races and concerts at Iowa Speedway, will be announced as soon as details are finalized.

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10/03/12
motogp

Austin confirms MotoGP race
Circuit of The Americas today announced that the world’s premier motorcycle racing World Championship, MotoGP, will join its roster of racing events next spring with the three-day series set for April 19-21, 2013, at the purpose-built Grand Prix venue. With the addition of the MotoGP series, the new circuit will be the first North American racing venue to host both two-and four-wheeled World Championship events in one year’s time.

MotoGP, the pinnacle of all motorcycle World Championships, consists of 18 races in 13 countries on four continents with pan-global television coverage. Nine nationalities of the world’s most skilled riders, including current U.S. riders Colin Edwards, Ben Spies and 2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden, compete with cutting-edge, prototype motorcycle technology produced by Ducati, Yamaha and Honda, as well as the new CRT regulation machines from the likes of FTR, Suter and Aprilia. The series traditionally holds three races, including Moto2 and Moto3 competitions, during each event for various classes of motorcycles based on engine size.

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10/03/12
irl

Team Helio will dance another week
Although IZOD IndyCar Series driver Helio Castroneves earned a score of 23 of 30 from the three-judge "Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars" panel for his Jive (sixth overall of 12 couples), he and his professional dance partner, Chelsie Hightower, were put in unexpected danger of facing elimination after Week 2.

Fan voting comprises the other half of a couple's score, and the couple with the lowest total each week says goodbye.

Singer Joey Fatone and his partner, Kym Johnson, were eliminated. With 18 points from the judges, reality TV personality Bristol Palin had the lowest score, but had enough viewer votes to keep her out of the bottom two.

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10/03/12
f1

Vettel hopes Schumacher finds new F1 seat
(GMM)  Sebastian Vettel on Wednesday said he hopes his countryman and friend Michael Schumacher finds a seat to keep racing in formula one next year.

Seven time world champion Schumacher has lost his Mercedes drive to Lewis Hamilton.

But he has been linked with a move to another team - perhaps Sauber, Williams or Lotus - while Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche has offered him a job in team management at Mercedes GP.

World champion Vettel said the 43-year-old would be a big loss to F1.

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10/03/12
nassprint

Quicken Loans will sponsor Ryan Newman for 18 races in 2013
Stewart-Haas Racing announced Tuesday that Quicken Loans will double its commitment to Ryan Newman from nine races to 18 races next year.

The extension comes as team co-owner Tony Stewart is searching for a good chunk of funding for his three-car organization. The U.S. Army has said it won't be back as primary sponsor for Newman, and Office Depot is leaving as a co-primary for Stewart - which opens up a hole of 22 races for Stewart.

"We've got a couple of big holes on the sponsorship side, so (Quicken Loans) definitely fills a big part of that and definitely helps us,'' Stewart said. "Takes a lot of the pressure off."

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10/03/12
ROC

Hunter-Reay to race in ROC
Ryan Hunter-Reay
IndyCar Series Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay has become the latest driver to sign up as the Race Of Champions celebrates its 25th year of competition in 2012. After a string of victories this year, Hunter-Reay sealed the title by just three points at last month’s dramatic season finale. The result makes the American the first major motor sport champion of 2012 and has earned him an invitation to Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium for the Race Of Champions on the weekend of December 15-16.

Held every year since 1988, the end-of-season contest brings together the world’s greatest drivers from motor sport’s main disciplines – including Formula 1, world rally, touring cars, Le Mans, IndyCar and the X-Games – and sets them free to battle head-to-head in identical machinery. Drivers pair up for the ROC Nations Cup, this year scheduled for Saturday 15 December, before the individual Race Of Champions takes place on Sunday 16 December.

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10/03/12
f1

Video: Sebastian Vettel's track guide to the Japanese GP
Ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix, Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel gives his one-minute Casio track guide to the Suzuka circuit.



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10/03/12
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Schumacher took too long to decide and was axed
    Merc axe after 'long reflection' for Schumacher - Haug
  • Two electrocuted at Toro Rosso factory - report
  • Japan weather clear after Typhoon Jelawat
  • F1 team boss Mallya grounds Indian airline
  • DRS zone shortened at Suzuka
  • Warwick to serve as steward in Japan
  • Resurfacing and new drainage at Suzuka

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10/03/12
irl

ABC only wanted 400 miles of IndyCar at Pocono
In bringing back Indy cars to Pocono Raceway next summer after a 23-year absence, race officials are trying to turn back time to a more prominent era for open-wheel racing.

And while they can't bring back the Unser brothers, A.J. Foyt, Johnny Rutherford, and a lot of the guys who made Indy car the most popular version of auto racing back in the 1970s and for part of the '80s, they can try to bring back traditions like the Triple Crown.

But one thing that won't be back at Long Pond next July is a 500-mile race. And make no mistake, IZOD IndyCar series officials want this race, and as many others as possible, on ABC.

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10/03/12
LMESA

Korea becomes part of the 2013 calendar
The calendar of the first Asian Le Mans Series in 2013 will consist of six events in four countries including South Korea with a race at the brand-new Autopia circuit.

On 4th August 2013 the promoters of the Asian Le Mans Series will organize a 3-hour event in South Korea. It will take place in the Inje region on the Autopia circuit, which is currently being built. It will measure 4,207 km, has 16 000 grandstand seats and will be inaugurated next May. It is located only 130 km from the South Korean capital, Seoul, and linked to it by motorway.

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10/03/12
F1600

BHA F1600 Team Announces Adrian Starrantino to Race in Watkins Glen
Adrian Starrantino has been selected to substitute for Garett Grist on the Mygale North America team for the upcoming race weekend at Watkins Glen International, October 12-14, 2012. He will compete alongside teammate Brandon Newey.

Due to an age limit of 18 enforced by Watkins Glen International, 17-year-old Grist is unable to compete in the upcoming race. As a result, Southern-California racer Starrantino will fill the No. 97 seat for the Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb/Agajanian Mygale/Honda team.

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10/02/12
alms

Q and A with Nissan DeltaWing driver Lucas Ordonez
Four years ago Spaniard Lucas Ordonez was a student in Madrid and avid PlayStation gamer – now he has a growing reputation of a star of the future and is set to race the Nissan DeltaWing through the winding elevations of Road Atlanta at Petit Le Mans.

Ordonez was the inaugural winner of the Nissan / PlayStation GT Academy – the competition which takes avid gamers and turned them into racing drivers.

With his performances on track including a podium at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Spaniard is now shaking off the title of PlayStation gamer - becoming known as a highly successful racing driver.

Ordonez recently worked with American racer Gunnar Jeannette in an extensive test program at Road Atlanta and will race with Jeannette in this year’s Petit Le Mans on October 20.

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10/02/12
nassprint

Keselowski Dealing with Newfound Success; Kahne Talks 2013 Testing
Brad Keselowski
Current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader Brad Keselowski and Hendrick Motorsports driver Kasey Kahne both provided their perspectives on The Chase on tonight’s edition of NASCAR Race Hub on SPEED.

Keselowski, who pilots the No. 2 Penske Racing Dodge, vaulted to the top of the charts after winning this past weekend’s race at Dover International Speedway. He sat down with NASCAR Race Hub co-host Danielle Trotta to react to his newfound position, and how his relationship with crew chief Paul Wolfe has played into where he might be headed.

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10/02/12
f1

75% of our updates work immediately - Allison
Lotus's Technical Director James Allison looks back at a disappointing Singapore GP weekend for his team, the reasons why it turned out to be a weekend to forget, and the opportunities to bounce back at Suzuka, due in just a few days.

Talk us through the Singapore race weekend.
If the race was in isolation then I think we could say ‘it was just a bad race, let’s put it behind us’, however it was the third in a sequence of uninspiring performances and therefore something that we need to arrest to ensure that we make the most of the six remaining races this season and give ourselves a little more of the bounce that we had earlier in the year.

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10/02/12
f1

Pirelli Suzuka tire preview
This year, Pirelli will bring the P Zero Silver hard and P Zero Yellow soft tires to Japan: a change from last year’s nomination when the medium and the soft tire was used. However, this year’s compounds are generally softer across the board, meaning that the tires seen in Japan this year will be still softer than the tires from last year.

Suzuka is one of the circuits that tests the tires most of all. Along with Barcelona, this is a circuit where the highest energy loadings are recorded all year on the P Zero compounds, mainly due to the number of long and fast corners such as 130R and Spoon.

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10/02/12
f1

Infiniti and Formula One have a strong, successful alliance
Luxury motoring brand Infiniti is currently enjoying success in the sporting arena, through their sponsorship of Formula One construction team Red Bull Racing. By forming a two-way promotional deal, the manufacturer has received increased exposure and year-on-year sales increases, and the Red Bull team’s use of Infiniti parts led to their victory in the Constructor’s Championship last year.

The partnership was formally announced at the Geneva Motor Show in 2011, and will continue through the 2012 Formula One season. Through the collaboration, Infiniti will provide high-performance engines for Red Bull team cars and have a strong brand presence at every race. The Japanese manufacturer’s logo will be prominently displayed on the body of each car, driver uniforms and other race equipment, guaranteeing Infiniti visibility at the track and throughout live television coverage.

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10/02/12
ga

Fittipaldi Signs With Action Express For 2013
Christian Fittipaldi
SPEED.com reports that former open wheel racer and two-time Rolex Sports Car Series race winner Christian Fittipaldi has signed with Action Express for the full 2013 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car season campaign.

Fittipaldi won the 2004 Rolex 24 At Daytona, and has made at least one Rolex Series start every year since, including his two full-time campaigns in 2006 and 2007. Most recently, Fittipaldi finished fifth in the 2012 Rolex 24 At Daytona with Action Express, and it was that working relationship that led to the Biscayne Bay-based Brazilian being brought into the conversation for 2013.

“I know a lot of the guys who work with the team and have for many, many years, and a lot of the guys I’ve also worked with in other series, so it’s very natural for me to be joining them full time,” said Fittipaldi. “I ran GRAND-AM on and off for a couple of years and have done Daytona six or seven times, so it was a natural thing for this opportunity to come together. They called me and we put something together and so now its, ‘lets go racing!” speed.com

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10/02/12
nassprint

Chase Not Unfolding As Planned For Ford Drivers
Greg Biffle knows there’s no use trying to spin the numbers.

Disappointing results in Sunday’s AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway left him 11th and Ford teammate Matt Kenseth 12th in NASCAR’s Chase for the Cup standings.

“We would have to have a lot of help at Talladega and a few other race tracks for us to leap-frog back in,” said Biffle, looking ahead to the final seven races of the season, beginning with Sunday’s Good Sam Club 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

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10/02/12
motogp
SBK

MotoGP and Superbikes come together
Bridgepoint has announced that Dorna Sports and Infront Sports & Media have reached agreement to bring both their motorcycle racing interests under a single umbrella organization. Dorna is the organizer of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix ("MotoGP"), whilst Infront organizes the eni FIM Superbike World Championship ("WorldSBK") through its subsidiary Infront Motor Sports.

As a consequence, MotoGP and WorldSBK, will be integrated within the Dorna Sports group but managed as separate events with a view to enhancing the two distinct championships. The objective is to allow both series to develop and enhance their championship personalities, retaining their leadership positions in the arena of world motorcycle road racing - WorldSBK, with its focus on production-based racing, and MotoGP with its focus on prototype racing. At the same time, both championships will benefit from joint marketing and commercial strategies.

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10/02/12
irl
f1

Adam Carroll to focus on sportscar racing
Adam Carroll has told Sky Sports he is now focusing on a career in sportscar racing, having given up on his single-seater dream in Formula 1 or IndyCar.

The Northern Irishman was one of the hottest young talents in British motorsport and after dominating the 2008-09 A1 GP Series looked set for a move to F1.

But a lack of funding caused his career to stall, despite impressive performances during part-time stints in GP2, IndyCar, AutoGP and World Series by Renault.

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10/02/12
nassprint

NASCAR Dover TV Ratings fall
ESPN’s live telecast of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 30, earned a 2.6 household coverage rating (2.2 U.S. rating), averaging 3,581,380 viewers, according to the Nielsen Company. The rating was down from last year’s race, which earned a 3.0 household coverage rating.

ESPN’s live telecast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover on Saturday, Sept. 29, earned a 1.0 household coverage rating (0.9 U.S. rating), averaging 1,229,916 viewers. Last year’s race earned a 1.1 household coverage rating.

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10/02/12
automotive

Auto sales strong in September
Toyota Motor Corp. and Volkswagen AG's VW brand continued to post robust U.S. sales increases while deliveries at General Motors and Ford Motor Co. were flat in September, a month that is expected to generate more steady gains for the industry.

Toyota said combined sales at Toyota, Lexus and Scion jumped 42 percent. It was the second consecutive month deliveries rose 40 percent or more as the automaker continues to rebound strongly from last year's earthquake in Japan.

Volkswagen reported sales at the VW brand climbed 38 percent and boasted it expects to continue to outperform the industry during the fourth quarter. At Kia, sales rose 35 percent to 48,105 last month and the automaker remains on track to set an annual U.S. sales record in 2012.

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10/02/12
irl

Q and A with Randy Bernard and Brandon Igdalsky
IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard and Brandon Igdalsky, the president and CEO of Pocono Raceway, met the media to discuss the announcement Pocono join the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2013.

Q. Talk about adding the doubleheaders; why add them at those particular racetracks at Detroit, Toronto and Houston?

RANDY BERNARD: First of all, we think the double-headers are good for everyone – from fans to drivers to our sponsors. It builds exposure and viewership. At the same time, we think the fans will be able to take in twice as much action and see their favorite drivers on those three weekends.

The reason we picked Belle Isle was Roger Penske. He and (event chairman) Bud Denker are investing millions of dollars into repaving that race course and create some more passing zones. We thought that would be a great place for us.

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10/02/12
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NASCAR still looking at changes to Top 35 rule
Sprint Cup teams are looking forward to having four additional test sessions next season and they might have more things to test than they initially thought. Teams are awaiting 2013 rules and several team officials said over the weekend they anticipate NASCAR might give them a little more leeway in some areas of the car, while also restricting the ability to skew the rear of the cars. Not only will testing allow them to work now at the tracks that they race on, they also might need to work a little more on qualifying.

Teams also are anticipating that NASCAR will get rid of the top-35 rule and go back to the previous system of the top 36 (or 37 or 38) cars in qualifying making the race, with the remainder of the field set by provisionals based primarily on owner points. The top-35 rule guarantees the top 35 teams in owner points starting spots in each race. The rest of the field must make the race on speed.

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10/02/12
f1

Schumacher: Motivation still completely in tact
Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher has made a point of stating that he remains fully motivated as Formula 1 returns to Suzuka. Last Friday, it was announced that the seven-time World Champion will be replaced by Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes next year.

“My motivation is completely intact after the news last week, especially because Suzuka is one of the season's highlights for me,” Schumacher says in Tuesday’s Mercedes press release which previews the Japanese Grand Prix.

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10/02/12
ga

Scott Pruett Talks About His Fifth Rolex Series Title
Scott Pruett and his teammate Memo Rojas
Scott Pruett, wrapped up his fifth Rolex Series Daytona Prototype championship on Saturday, joined Wind Tunnel to speak about it. The Chip Ganassi-owned No. 01 TELMEX BMW/Riley team, driven by Pruett and teammate Memo Rojas, landed their third-straight title and fourth in the last five years.

Pruett joined co-hosts Bob Varsha and Robin Miller about the triumph, and what lies ahead for sports car racing.

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10/02/12
automotive

Toyota Motorsport GmbH Breaks Nurburgring Record Again
Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) continued its record-breaking success with the TMG EV P002 by setting a new electric record on the legendary 20.8km Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit in Germany.

Using TMG's motorsport-tuned electric powertrain, driver Jochen Krumbach set a lap time of 7mins 22.329secs, breaking the electric record set by TMG last August by over 25 seconds.

This achievement marks the second milestone for TMG's electric powertrain this year following its new record at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, United States. As with the Pikes Peak success, TMG's latest electric milestone used pioneering off-board battery-to-battery charging technology.

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10/02/12
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • NJ Governor Chris Christie shakes hands with Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner announcing an annual Formula 1 Grand Prix of America beginning in June 2013
    New Jersey governor says 'no problem' with 2013 race
  • Prost could be first to test Renault's V6
  • Button to take Suzuka grid penalty
  • Force India stay 'not certain' for Hulkenberg
  • Road back to F1 'not so long now' - Kubica
  • Willi Weber 'can't imagine' Schumacher at Sauber
  • Greek gov't to subsidize F1 track
  • Lauda denies becoming Mercedes' new 'strong man'
  • Ferrari to close wind tunnel for winter fix

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