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10/15/13
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NASCAR truck series crewman busted on substance-abuse violation  NASCAR has suspended crewman Marshal Faust for substance-abuse policy violations and Red Horse Racing has released Faust from the organization.

Faust will be evaluated by a substance abuse professional, who will determine what he must do to complete NASCAR’s “Road to Recovery” program and be reinstated.

He can still work at a team shop until his reinstatement, but he no longer is with Red Horse Racing, according to a statement from the Camping World Truck Series team. More ...

10/15/13
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REBELLION Racing extends Nicolas Prost's contract into the 2014 season  REBELLION Racing and Nicolas Prost have agreed a contract extension, with the French/Swiss driver set to stay with the team until at least the end of the 2014 season.

Nicolas joined the Swiss team in 2009, and has recorded numerous wins in all the championships that he has competed in with REBELLION Racing, including the prestigious Petit Le Mans win in 2012. Nicolas won four out of the five last rounds in the FIA Endurance LMP1 Trophy this season with the team. More ...

10/15/13
Racing News
Sean Edwards killed (Update)  UPDATE The MOMO NGT Motorsport Team mourns the loss of its driver, Sean Edwards, this morning following a fatal accident at Queensland Raceway in Australia. Sean was coaching a young driver when the car was reported to have hit the tire wall with fatal results for Edwards and severe injury and burns to the driver.

“Sean was family to us,” said MOMO principal and co-driver Henrique Cisneros. “Our entire MOMO NGT Motorsport team is family and Sean was very much a part of that and a great friend. We are all at a loss of words that this happened and Sean won’t be coming into the transporter again to tell us a joke or give us racing advice, both of which he did so well. We have had an incredible season and he has been a big part of that. It looked like he was going to win the Porsche SuperCup championship in a few weeks and he was excited he was having such an amazing race season. More ...

10/15/13
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V8 Supercar great Jamie Whincup returns to ROC  Australian tin-top racer Jamie Whincup has become the latest driver to join the field for the 2013 Race Of Champions, to be held at Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium on the weekend of December 14-15.

Whincup has dominated Australia’s popular V8 Supercar series in recent years, with titles in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012. He also leads this season’s championship by over 100 points with just three rounds to go.

Last year Whincup became the first Aussie V8 racer ever to appear at the Race Of Champions. In partnership with 500cc MotoGP legend Mick Doohan, he enjoyed a run to the semi-finals of the ROC Nations Cup for Team Australia only to fall to the might of eventual winners Team Germany (Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel). Now Whincup is back for more and hoping to go even further. More ...
10/15/13
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Rush holding its own at the box-office  Rush" remains a strong draw at the movies into mid-October. Ron Howard's Formula 1 epic remains among the top-10 grossing movies in its fourth week of U.S. release, having earned a total of $22,222,924 domestically according to data from boxofficemojo.com.

Internationally, the picture gets even brighter – another $47.5 million, for a total take of $69,722,924 to date. That's nearly double the film's production budget ($38m) and certainly justifies Howard's faith in the ability of the subject matter to attract a general audience. Racer.com

10/15/13
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NASCAR announces 2014 Cup schedule (Update)  UPDATE NASCAR released its 2014 schedule today, confirming the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be held July 27. The 21st Sprint Cup Series race at IMS will air on ESPN. There were no surprises to the 36-race schedule, and the only modification from this year’s track lineup being the exchange of dates involving Darlington Raceway and Kansas Speedway. The latter will host its first night race May 10. NASCAR announced that Air Titan, the revolutionary track-drying machine, will be available at all Sprint Cup events in 2014. Previously, tracks had to pay a large fee to have it on hand.

10/15/13 NASCAR had few changes on its 2014 schedule, but a new television contract in 2015 could produce a possible shakeup in the order of Sprint Cup Series races.

With NBC doing the final 20 Cup races in 2015, it likely would want a marquee event to kick off its schedule. The way it is now, that would be Kentucky, the newest track on the schedule when it was added three years ago and probably one that NBC would prefer not be where it celebrates its return to Cup racing for the first time since 2006.

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10/15/13
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Cooper Tires Winterfest Moves Venues and Adds Pro Mazda  The highly successful Cooper Tires Winterfest Championship – a six-race mini-series held in February which offers drivers and teams a head start on their regular season campaigns – has been a staple of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda the past three years. In 2014, series promoter Andersen Promotions will take the concept to a new level with an expanded program to include the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, a testing opportunity for Indy Lights and two new venues. More ...
10/15/13
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday (Update)  UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

10/15/13
  • Vettel 'walking it' at top of F1 tree - Hamilton
  • Boss says Ferrari's problem 'is not Domenicali'
  • Angry Force India says Pirelli made Sauber 'explode'
  • Force India worried about financial hit New
  • Lauda: Brawn's future '50/50' New More ...
10/15/13
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Hinch: All standing starts, or none (Update)  UPDATE A reader writes, Dear AR1, Let me start by saying, I love Hinch. In fact, I want to be Hinch. But Hinch is wrong about doubleheaders. They're done for commercial reasons and if he had looked at the empty grandstands while he was dominating that race he'd realize they couldn't draw two crowds.

As for standing starts I'm with him, although I disagree slightly with AR1. Ovals should be rolling starts regardless if they are unfair or not (since when was IndyCar racing about being fair), all road and street courses standing starts. Ernie Balapatucci, Brooklyn, New York

10/15/13 Last summer at the Honda Indy Toronto, James Hinchcliffe told Toronto Star Wheels writer Stephanie Wallcraft that he didn’t like double-headers because they weren’t fair to all the drivers. If a particular driver got hot in the first race, it could carry over into the second and he (or she) could wind up scoring many more points in one weekend than the others.

"If they’re going to have double-headers, they should make all the races double-headers," he said. "For instance, I dominated the race at Iowa (which he won several weeks before the Toronto stop) and if there had been a second race there, I think there’s a pretty good chance I would have dominated that one too."

He then went on to say that Scott Dixon had an unfair advantage at Toronto because he won both of the races that weekend. (As it turned out, Dixon scored close to maximum points at the recent Houston double-header and took over the points lead from Helio Castroneves, who had an absolutely atrocious weekend,  with one race remaining.)

Hinchcliffe was at it again the other day over standing starts, which IndyCar tried several times at races this season. Says Hinch: go ahead and have them but not just at some races; have standing starts at all the races.

Hinchcliffe was home in Oakville visiting his parents for the Thanksgiving weekend and we had a chat at the tail end of last week. We touched on the near-disaster during the standing start at the first Houston race when he stalled and many of the drivers behind him just missed hitting his car. Of course, Ed Carpenter did clip him in the rear and put both cars out of the race.

"I am a fan, fundamentally, of standing starts," he said. "It puts more in the drivers’ hands and I like that there’s an element of talent involved. But obviously, if you’re doing it at a street track, there’s an increased risk because there’s that much less space for a car to go if something goes wrong.

"The other part of it is consistency, and I don’t think if you’re not going to do them at all the races that it’s necessarily fair to do them at any." Wheels.ca 

[Editor's Note: Champ Car did a lot of standing starts and never crashed.  Are IndyCar drivers not good enough?  We agree, do them at all the races.  They are much more exciting and fair than rolling starts.  The Indy 500 field is so strung out at the start they look amateurish.  A standing start at Indy on the front straight with all 33 cars lines up in formation would be sensational. Rolling start tradition?  They brought in their #1 enemy to Indy, NASCAR, to undermine their livelihood.  So tradition is already out the door.]

10/15/13
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Skip Barber
How to make it to Indy, no experience necessary. Or allowed  So you want to be a professional race car driver, but you don’t have actual racing experience, there are no billionaires in your family and a fracking company didn’t just knock on your door. I’ve got just the thing for you, and it’s not a psychiatric evaluation. It’s called the Skip Barber Racing School IndyCar Academy.

The SBRS IndyCar Academy is principally a talent search for people of any age without karting or racing experience. If this sounds more like a no-talent search, or if you’re wondering in what altered reality a Walter Mitty could become the next Sebastian Vettel, the answer isn’t as straightforward as you might think. As of this writing the winner of last year’s inaugural IndyCar Academy, Andre Gomes, is in a close second place in the 2013 Skip Barber Summer Series with two weekends to go. So much for the 18 y/o kids with 16 years of karting experience. More ...
10/15/13
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Houston Grand Prix Showcased Business Value Created by Shell Lubricants  
Shell and Pennzoil logos were prominent everywhere
Continuing a rich motorsports history, Shell Lubricants has proven again that its storied relationship with IndyCar translates learning from the track to real-world benefits on the road and beyond. Serving as the ultimate proving ground, education taken from the racetrack adds value to multiple areas of Shell Lubricants, including strategic relationships with automakers, which in the end, benefit consumers.

With technology being at the forefront for Shell in the lubricants business, the desire to deliver optimum engine efficiency and fuel economy determine where brands, such as Pennzoil, move directionally. Continuing to push innovation and technology via developments fueled by on-track testing, Shell has formulated lubricants that specialize in preventing the build-up of dirt and deposits. For example, if enough deposits form in the engine, there could be a 3-6% loss of fuel economy.[1]  Pennzoil Platinum Full Synthetic Motor Oil is formulated with Superior[2] Active Cleansing Agents, keeping engines clean throughout their life, so motorists can drive an extra 550 miles per year on average vs. a dirty engine. More ...

10/15/13
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Blood clots again strike Vickers  
Brian Vickers
Michael Waltrip Racing has learned that Brian Vickers is not available to race for the remainder of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season due to health issues.

Vickers said Dr. William Downey has placed him on blood thinning medication after an October 14th examination on his right leg discovered a small blood clot in his calf region. The medications will keep Vickers out of the #55 Aaron's Toyota the remainder of the season, effective immediately. Vickers said his physicians are confident he will be able to resume activity before the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season begins. More ...

10/15/13
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GP2 Series announce teams for 2014-2016  Thirteen teams will compete again in GP2 Series’ fourth three-year cycle

GP2 Series organizers are pleased to reveal the name of the thirteen teams entered for the next three seasons. While twelve outfits of the last cycle have been reselected, one team will make a comeback to the Series with Campos Racing returning to GP2 in replacement of Barwa Addax Team. The Campos squad had previously competed in the first four seasons finishing Team Champions in 2008 before passing the torch to Addax and Alejandro Agag. More ...
10/14/13
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IMS President Doug Boles Takes Fans On A Tour Of The Best Seats for Indy RC  
10/14/13
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Dahnert has resigned as president and CEO of the SCCA  The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Board of Directors announced today that, effective October 14, Jeff Dahnert has resigned as its president and CEO. Dahnert joined the staff of SCCA in 2004 and has served as president since 2009.

“I appreciate the great opportunities that SCCA has given me and I will truly miss the wonderful people I have worked with, both at the national office and in the Regions,” Dahnert said. “My goal was always to have the Club in a stronger position upon my departure than when I started, and I believe that is the case.” More ...

10/14/13
automotive
Chevrolet Offers iPhone Users Siri Eyes Free Integration  
Further integration of Apple products into cars
Chevrolet today announced additional vehicles with Chevrolet MyLink will be available with Siri, Apple’s intelligent assistant that helps get things done just by asking. Siri Eyes Free Integration will be available on the 2014 Camaro, Cruze, Equinox, Malibu, SS and Volt. 

"The response to Siri Eyes Free integration in Chevy Sonic and Spark from our customers has been remarkable," said Chris Perry, Chevrolet vice president of U.S. Marketing. “Easy, reliable and portable connectivity is a top priority for our customers, and Siri complements MyLink's existing capabilities to help deliver an incredible driving experience, so we're excited to expand this to even more customers." More ...

10/14/13
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Ford reverses decision to leave V8 Supercars  Ford will "stay in V8 Supercars for at least another year after ending long-running speculation on the eve of Sunday's Bathurst 1000 that it would pull out at the end of this season," according to Mark Fogarty of THE AGE. In an "unexpected announcement" at the Mount Panorama circuit, Ford Australia president Bob Graziano confirmed that the company "had renewed its backing of Ford Performance Racing, which has been the Blue Oval's main factory-backed team for a decade." But Graziano did not "comment on the length of Ford's commitment or the level of funding, other than that the partnership would continue next year." Graziano said, "We're not talking about the specifics of the agreement. That's between Ford and FPR." The Age More ...
10/14/13
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Formula E targeting young audience  Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag said Monday during the electric racing series’ product launch at Sportel Monaco that its main target audience will be 10-14-year-olds. He explained to SBD Global that those are “the children who need to be attracted to electric cars in order to buy them in the future.”

In order to make Formula E, which will debut in September, more attractive for this young audience, Agag announced a completely new real-time video-game feature. He said, “The game, which only works during the race, provides users with a shadow car in which they can race against the actual Formula E drivers in real time.” More ...
10/14/13
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Rebellion Returns To Top Petit Le Mans Test  
The Rebellion is back to rule
Rebellion Racing made the most of its return to the track alongside American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron competitors by leading the way in both of Monday’s test sessions at Road Atlanta in preparation for Saturday’s Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda.

After setting the pace in the morning session with a best lap of 1:10.397 (129.892 mph), the team found even more speed from its No. 12 Rebellion Timepieces/Lemo Connectors/Speedy Garage Lola B12/60-Mazda on Monday afternoon. Former Formula 1 pilot Nick Heidfeld turned the fastest lap of the day at 1:09.816 (130.973 mph). More ...

10/14/13
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Dario Franchitti Update  Earlier today Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver Dario Franchitti underwent successful surgery to repair the talus bone in his right ankle.  After a surgery that lasted just over three hours, he is resting comfortably post operatively.

“Dr. Tim Weber repaired Dario’s ankle and his surgery went perfectly and just as planned.  His post-operation x-rays looked great.  Everything is positive at this point as Dario continues his recovery.” – Dr. Terry Trammel, Orthopedic Consultant for the IZOD IndyCar Series

10/14/13
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Holmatro Safety Team honored at annual team dinner  Each member of INDYCAR's Holmatro Safety Team was recognized for their service during a dinner Oct. 11 at the Dallara facility in Indianapolis.

IZOD IndyCar Series drivers Charlie Kimball and Takuma Sato popped in to relay their thanks and give driving pointers on the simulators.

The Holmatro Safety Team, comprised of about 30 safety personnel who have an average of 20 years' experience in their respective areas, works in conjunction with and coordinates safety personnel staffing at each venue. More ...

10/14/13
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2014 IndyCar Series schedule to be released on Thursday  The full 2014 IndyCar Series schedule will be unveiled during an hour-long show Oct. 17 on NBC Sports Network that also focuses on the championship-deciding MAVTV 500 on Oct. 19 at Auto Club Speedway.

The special airs at 8 p.m. (ET). More ...

10/14/13
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IZOD IndyCar Series Championship Overview  Helio Castroneves has been in this position before.  The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner entered the 2008 season finale chasing Scott Dixon, who had a 30-point lead.

Castroneves did everything he could do and despite starting last after his qualifying run was disallowed, he managed to win the race by 0.0033 of a second. The only problem? Dixon, a six-time race winner in '08, was there with him at the finish - netting a runner-up result that garnered a second IndyCar title by 17 points over the Brazilian.

He'll need a similar result and a little help to erase a 25-point deficit to Dixon in the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway on Oct. 19. More ...

10/14/13
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Fans line up for tickets to inaugural Grand Prix Indianapolis  IndyCar fans waited in the early morning hours Monday for a chance to purchase tickets and pick their seats for the first Grand Prix Indianapolis this coming May.

“This is the first time they’ve ever done anything here like this, so I wanted to be here early,” said Dr. Terry Henderson, who has been coming to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since 1958.

The new Grand Prix of Indianapolis will be the first IndyCar road race at IMS and organizers said they hope it will jumpstart the Month of May and build excitement toward the 98th Indianapolis 500. More ...

10/14/13
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Brian Vickers to miss the rest of the 2013 season  
Brian Vickers
Michael Waltrip Racing learned today that Brian Vickers is not available to race for the remainder of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season due to health issues. Vickers said Dr. William Downey has placed him on blood thinning medication after a Monday morning examination on his right leg discovered a small blood clot in his calf region. The medications will keep Vickers out of the #55 Aarons Toyota the remainder of the season, effective immediately. Vickers said his physicians are confident he will be able to resume activity before the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season begins. If theres anything to be positive about with todays news its that this is only a temporary setback, said Vickers. The timing for this is never good, but Im glad we'll get it out of the way now and be ready to run for a championship with the Aarons Dream Machine in 2014. More ...
10/14/13
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Waltrip Racing Announces 2014 Reorganizational Plan  Michael Waltrip Racing announced today its reorganization for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, highlighted by two full-time championship contending teams, a third entry which will run a limited schedule and a strengthened research and development group.

MWR will field the No. 55 Aaron’s Toyota and the No. 15 5-hour ENERGY/PEAK Toyota in its pursuit of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship. To enhance performance for its two full-time teams, MWR has bolstered its R&D effort and will run a third car in select races, including Michael Waltrip in the 2014 Daytona 500. More ...

10/14/13
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Michael Waltrip Racing cutting to 2 full teams  Michael Waltrip Racing will run only two full-time cars next season because of the loss of sponsor NAPA, part of the fallout from its attempts to manipulate a race to get Martin Truex Jr. into the Chase.

Truex, crew chief Chad Johnston and 15 percent of the workforce were notified Monday they are free to negotiate with other teams.

The car Truex drives will be repurposed into a research and development team next season. It will run a partial schedule beginning with the Daytona 500 with team co-owner Michael Waltrip behind the wheel. It does not appear the team will use Truex's No. 56 on the car next season. More ...

10/14/13
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Honda lays down the law with IndyCar  
Will Honda walk if IndyCar cannot find a third engine manufacturer
Honda wants at least one more engine manufacturer in the IndyCar Series. And you can bet that series officials will try to comply with the Japanese auto maker’s desire.

After Lotus pulled out following last season, Honda and Chevrolet became the only engine makers left in the open-wheel series.

Supplying engines for half the IndyCar field is more than Honda officials bargained for. Series officials limit the amount Honda and Chevy can charge for an engine lease at $695,000. Honda and Chevy officials say that’s well below what they spend to design, develop and make the race engines. More ...

10/14/13
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New deals package IndyCar Series, IMS  Hulman & Co., owner of the IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, is selling sponsorships that include both the property and facility for the first time.

The move follows new CEO Mark Miles’ reorganization of the company earlier this year. He brought sales for both the series and the facility into the same division, and that opened the door to selling sponsorships that include speedway and series assets. Previously, both IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway had independent sales teams that sold separate sponsorships. On occasion, in select categories, they worked together to offer potential sponsors a package that included assets from both the property and facility, but that was rare. Now, all deals will include assets from both.  More ...
10/14/13
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Kevin Harvick to Drive Nationwide Series Races for JR Motorsports in 2014  
Harvick will be one of the Cup driver Guinea Pigs used to prop up the Nationwide (or whatever it will be called) Series in 2014
Kevin Harvick, a two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion and winner of 76 races in NASCAR's top three touring divisions, has signed with JR Motorsports and will compete in a minimum of 12 Nationwide Series races in 2014.  Hunt Brothers® Pizza, the nation’s largest brand of made-to-order pizza in the convenience store industry, will be the primary sponsor on Harvick’s Chevrolet for four races.

While Harvick’s Nationwide Series schedule for 2014 is still being finalized, the races in which Hunt Brothers Pizza will serve as primary sponsor have been set.  The Hunt Brothers Pizza scheme will be featured at Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, and both races at Texas Motor Speedway. More ...
10/14/13
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Latest F1 news in brief - Monday (Update)  UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

10/14/13
  • Hamilton - Did you see how fast those Renaults are?
    Mercedes vows to match Renault's engine trickery
  • Pirelli renews quit threat amid push for tests
  • Ferrari's de la Rosa admits 2014 car 'ugly' rumors
  • Ferrari plays down Massa's team orders defiance
  • Van der Garde, Bianchi unpunished
  • Ferrari won't discipline Felipe Massa for ignoring team orders in the Japanese GP New
  • Q and A with Martin Whitmarsh after Japanese GP New More ...
10/14/13
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AR1 iOS7 compatible iPhone app now ready  A new version of our AR1 iPhone app is now ready to download from the Apple store.  It is fully compatible with iOS7.  We are also working on a new version of our iPad app.  Not only will it be 100% iOS7 compatible, it will feature a whole new, cleaner, interface we think you will love.  Look for that in the coming weeks.
10/14/13
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Ed Carpenter looking to make it three in a row  
Ed Carpenter winning at Fontana in 2012
A funny thing happened on the way to Ed Carpenter’s last victory.

Hardly anybody noticed.

Carpenter won last year’s season-ending Mav TV 500 at Auto Club Speedway for his second career IndyCar victory. He won on a last-lap pass, during which he went by Dario Franchitti.

It’s easy to understand why all but Carpenter and his team might have been distracted en route to the victory. Ryan Hunter-Reay and Will Power were in the middle of an epic championship race. Power crashed early in the race but miraculously returned. All eyes seemed to be on the points race between the two drivers, which Hunter-Reay eventually won. More ...

10/14/13
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News imageChandhok and Karthikeyan re-unite for Team India  India will be represented in the Race Of Champions for the second time after Karun Chandhok and Narain Karthikeyan signed up for ROC 2013, to be held at Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium on the weekend of December 14-15.

Chandhok and Karthikeyan are the only Indian drivers ever to have competed in F1 and both have extensive racing pedigrees elsewhere too. Chandhok is a race-winner in GP2 and has since turned his hand to endurance racing with strong finishes in the last two Le Mans 24-Hour races. Karthikeyan has taken victories in everything from British F3 to A1GP and Superleague Formula before enjoying considerable success this year in AutoGP including a haul of five wins. More ...

10/14/13
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Dixon may be the year's best driver  
Scott Dixon
If Helio Castroneves doesn't win the (final) "Izod" IndyCar series championship this Saturday night in the MavTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway, it will be the fourth consecutive year a Roger Penske team driver has blown the title near season's end. But if Scott Dixon takes the trophy -- and even if he doesn't -- Dixon deserves very serious Driver of the Year consideration.

Even the NASCAR-centric media voters should take a long, deep look at Dixon. (Along with Donny Schatz, who has 22 World of Outlaws feature wins -- and, yes -- Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson.) More ...

10/13/13
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Muscle Milk Pickett Racing Leads Opening Test Day For Petit Le Mans  Ten American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron cars took advantage of near perfect weather conditions on Sunday at Road Atlanta to begin preparations for next Saturday’s 16th Annual Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda in a pair of test sessions.

Reigning P1 champions Muscle Milk Pickett Racing led the way in both of the day’s sessions, posting a best lap of 1:10.510 (129.684 mph) in the morning session for the fastest time of the day. The No. 6 Muscle Milk HPD ARX-03c will be shared this week by Romain Dumas, Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf. Dumas posted the quickest time. More ...

10/13/13
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Backmarker F1 team announces it will dilute itself in Moto2  Caterham has announced that it will field a Moto2 team in 2014 as it moves into motorcycle racing.

The Formula 1 squad and sports car manufacturer will partner with chassis-builder Suter to field a two-bike squad next year, and has signed AMA Superbike champion Josh Herrin as its first rider.

The Moto2 announcement is a precursor to Caterham's move into road bike production. More ...

10/13/13
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Pedrosa returns to winning ways in Malaysia  
Dani Pedrosa on his way to victory, leads teammate Marquez
Dani Pedrosa has won the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle GP, collecting his third victory of the 2013 MotoGP season. Marc Marquez completed a Repsol Honda Team one-two after a nail-biting battle with Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo, as the reigning World Champion rounded out the podium.

With four races to go in 2013, Sepang marked the first event of a triple-header which next weekend takes the MotoGP fraternity to Australia, before racing in Japan on the final weekend of the month. Saturday saw Marquez storm to a fourth consecutive pole position as the newcomer attempted to edge ever closer to an historic title win. More ...

10/13/13
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Sunday  
  • Vettel is all but assured of title now after his 5th straight win
    Vettel will win 2013 title eventually - Alonso
  • Marussia crash led to de Villota death - family
  • Honda 'would like Alonso at McLaren' - Whitmarsh
  • Vettel 'destroyed Mark Webber' - Villeneuve
  • Magic number is '5' for Vettel
  • Rosberg brands Perez move 'dangerous'
  • Button rues pre-race front wing call
  • Lewis Hamilton scratches himself, then shakes Sebastian Vettel's hand More ...
10/12/13
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Keselowski Signs Contract Extension with Penske  The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion will be staying in place for the next few seasons.

Penske Racing has signed Brad Keselowski and Miller Lite to contract extensions through the 2017 season.

“I feel like together, Roger and I have done some great things. I have a lot of confidence in him, I like the way he treats me and hopefully he would say the same about me,” said Keselowski. “It makes me feel very comfortable to go the extra mile and sign a long-term deal.” More ...

10/12/13
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Webber unlikely to play team role on Sunday  
It does not matter if Webber (R) does not want to move out of the way for his teammate Vettel(L) because Vettel will simply outdrive him anyway.
Oct.12 (GMM)  Mark Webber sounds unwilling to move over for his teammate Sebastian Vettel at Suzuka.

With Vettel looking to put his fourth title away on Sunday, the German struggled in qualifying with a KERS failure aboard his Red Bull.

But he will be crowned champion in Japan if he wins and Fernando Alonso is ninth or lower.

Retiring teammate Webber on pole is therefore not part of the ideal plan, particularly with memories of the 'Multi-21' team orders affair still lingering.

Asked if the drivers will be free to race on Sunday, team boss Christian Horner said coyly after qualifying: "They will do the best they can for the team." More ...

10/12/13
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Renault breaks F1 pole record  
Mark Webber gives Renault its record breaking 209th F1 pole
Mark Webber’s pole position today for Infiniti Red Bull Racing took Renault’s total number of poles in the FIA Formula One World Championship to 209, a new record for the most pole positions held by an engine manufacturer. The previous record of 208 had been set by Ferrari.

Renault has competed in F1 since 1977 with involvement spanning the V6 turbo, V10 and V8 engine eras. To date Renault-powered cars have won 160 Grands Prix and 11 Constructors’ titles, with 7 drivers using the engine en route to 10 drivers’ crowns. More ...

10/12/13
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Marquez takes fourth successive pole  
Marquez shows why he is the best with this 2-wheel tail-out slide on a motorcycle. The fastest way around any race track is 'loose', but on 2 wheels?  Sensational.
Marc Marquez will start from a fourth consecutive MotoGP pole position for the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix. Multiple Sepang winner Valentino Rossi lines up second from Britain’s Cal Crutchlow, with title contenders Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa on the second row of the grid.

Having crashed out in dramatic fashion at MotorLand Aragon, it was Pedrosa who topped the first three practice sessions at the Sepang International Circuit. However, when it came to qualifying the 2012 race winner was unable to muster anything other than fifth place, six tenths of a second down on Marquez’s 2’00.011 pole which establishes a new qualifying record for the venue. This marks Marquez’s eighth pole of 2013, his fourth in succession and fifth from the latest six race events. More ...
10/12/13
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Saturday (Update)  UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

10/12/13
  • Hamilton says he is not worried if Brawn leaves for McLaren
    Brawn exit won't 'derail' Mercedes - Hamilton
  • Autopsy shows 'natural' death for de Villota
  • Raikkonen perhaps highest paid driver in 2013 - Boullier
  • Sirotkin 'happy' after first test at Fiorano
  • Fan apologized for Vettel booing - Horner
  • Kovalainen admits Caterham talks 'serious'
  • No penalty as Valencia breaks F1 contract
  • Ferrari boss compares Vettel to Schumacher
  • Prost denies Lotus to be Renault works team
  • Unburnt fuel causes Sauber fire New
  • Alonso unhappy with performance New
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10/12/13
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Mann takes the high road in prep for finale  
Pippa Mann
Pippa Mann took the high road during a manufacturer test Sept. 24 at Auto Club Speedway in preparation for the season-ending MAVTV 500 INDYCAR World Championships on Oct. 19.

Mann will make her fourth start of the season in the No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing car with primary sponsorship from Cyclops Gear. It will be her first race at the 2-mile D-shaped oval with 14 degrees of banking in the turns.

“I think we made quite a deal of progress during the test day from when we unloaded with the car, and also with me as a driver,” said Mann, who has driven this season in races on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Pocono Raceway plus the 1.5-mile, high-banked Texas Motor Speedway. More ...

10/12/13
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IMSA Announces Tentative Car Capacity Guidelines For 2014 TUDOR Championship  With unprecedented car counts expected for the inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in 2014, International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) officials today announced tentative car capacity guidelines for each of the TUDOR Championship’s four classes at each venue.

The maximum car capacity guidelines are based on space available at each venue. Series officials arrived at the car capacity for each class based on current projections, and the actual capacity per class may fluctuate as full-season entries are filed. IMSA will begin taking entry applications on Nov. 1. More ...

10/12/13
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Japan: Webber tops Practice 3 as Vettel has issues  Mark Webber kept Red Bull on top in the final practice for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.  His teammate Sebastian Vettel  had been second to Webber on hard tires, 0.314s off his teammate's pace early.  But then a KERS problem left Vettel watching the final quarter of an hour from the garage.

Late runs from the two Mercedes, Nico Rosberg and then Lewis Hamilton saw them close behind Webber at the finish of the session.

Romain Grosjean was fourth, ahead of Ferrari duo of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa. More ...

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