Statement from Dan Wheldon's team owner A statement from Sam Schmidt, owner of the No. 77 IndyCar Series team, about driver Dan Wheldon, who suffered fatal injuries in a crash during the IndyCar Series season finale Oct. 16 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
“Dan Wheldon was a tremendous competitor, a great racer and an even better person. It was an honor to have him be a part of our team. All of us at Sam Schmidt Motorsports are deeply saddened by his passing. On behalf of everyone at Sam Schmidt Motorsports, our prayers go out to all of his family, especially his wife, Susie, and their two children.”
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Wheldon killed in IndyCar accident Popular IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon was killed in a serious 15-car accident at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family in this time of deep sorrow. We were at Fontana when Greg Moore was fatally injured in the final CART IndyCar oval race of the year bring back very sad memories and the reminder of how dangerous and costly it is to race open wheel cars on high banked tracks built for NASCAR. We recall the horrible sadness and knot in our gut back then and it wasn't any easier this time. See more on home page.
Will Power to hospital too Will Power has now been taken to the hospital complaining of lower back pain after being caught up in the big accident that has red-flagged the IndyCar finale in Las Vegas. The catch-fence was damaged and crews are working to fix that before the race can be restarted. The asphalt was also severely gouged and the crews are patching that as well.
Major crash interrupts IndyCar finale - Power outUPDATE #3 Wheldon was flown to the hospital and his injuries are said to be serious. Pippa Mann and J. R. Hildebrand were taking by ground to the hospital complaining of dizziness.
"Just a horrendous accident," said Paul Tracy, who was involved in the accident. "Lot of prayers right now for Dan, because it's going to be a long recovery. They're scrambling in there right now. There's 20 doctors in there.
"I've never seen such a mess in my entire career on the race track," said Danica Patrick, in her final IndyCar race before heading to NASCAR. Really concerned about Dan right now."
"I'll tell you, I've never seen anything like it," Ryan Briscoe said. "The debris we all had to drive through the lap later, it looked like a war scene from Terminator or something. I mean, there were just pieces of metal and car on fire in the middle of the track with no car attached to it and just debris everywhere. So it was scary, and your first thoughts are hoping that no one is hurt because there's just stuff everywhere. Crazy."
"I could see within five laps people were starting to do crazy stuff. I love hard racing but that to me is not really what it's about," Franchitti said. "You saw what happened, one small mistake from somebody ...."
Franchitti wins IndyCar title by default With Will Power taking out in the big crash at the beginning of IndyCar finale at Las Vegas, point leader Dario Franchitti has won his third straight IndyCar title and 4th in five years.
He was highly critical of the 'pack' racing that IndyCar is trying to copy NASCAR on. "This track is not suitable for these cars. The cars are all the same and you cannot get away from the pack so drivers take unnecessary chances going 4-wide trying to gain an advantage. I just hope no one was hurt."
Carbone wins Vegas Indy Lights in photo finish Results Sunday of the Las Vegas 100 Firestone Indy Lights Series event on the 1.544 mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, laps completed and reason out (if any):
Simpson Hybrid Pro Head Restraint Receives NASCAR Approval In a Technical Bulletin issued September 27, 2011 to all NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car owners crew chiefs and drivers, NASCAR approved the Simpson Hybrid Pro device for use in its touring series. The Hybrid Pro is the second Simpson head restraint to be approved by NASCAR. Simpson is one of only two approved manufacturers worldwide for NASCAR and SFI 38.1 approved head restraint systems. This approval represents the culmination of years of research and testing by Trevor Ashline, Safety Engineer for Simpson Racing and former owner of Safety Solutions. Ashline stated, "The NASCAR approval of the Hybrid Pro marks an important milestone for head restraint technology because it is the first time that a "multi-tether" device has been approved for use in NASCAR's Touring series. Our patent pending technology allows for a small device which is better suited for the tight cockpits of today's race cars." Simpson PR
Casey Stoner wins race and title on his birthday in front of his home fans. A perfect day
In front of a his home fans at Phillip Island, Casey Stoner rode a flawless race to claim his second MotoGP World Championship title at the Iveco Australian Grand Prix. Simoncelli and Dovizioso joined the newly crowned Champion on the podium. The Australian dominated the weekend for the fifth year running, leading the race from start to finish, giving Honda their first riders title since 2006. The 26 year old took the holeshot from pole position and never looked back as the rest of the field battled for positions.
With a strong breeze blowing and darkening skies, the MotoGP race commenced with a rearranged grid following the withdraw of both Yamaha Factory riders and Héctor Barbera’s replacement rider, Damian Cudlin on the Mapfre Aspar team. Jorge Lorenzo withdrew after a high side in the morning warm up left him with a severely injured finger that will require surgery, while Ben Spies is still mildly concussed after a crash in qualifying on Saturday. Cudlin withdrew due to injuries from a crash in Saturday morning practice.
Honda takes 2011 Constructor's Championship in Australia Honda Motor Company won a record-extending 60th Constructors Championship with the victory by Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda RC212V) in his home Grand Prix at Phillip Island. The points tally of 380 puts them out of reach from Yamaha in second place with two races remaining.
The 2011 MotoGP Constructors Championship was Honda’s 18th in the premier class - five in MotoGP and thirteen in 500cc - to add to the six 350cc titles, nineteen in the 250cc class, fifteen in the 125cc class, and two in the 50cc category. With Stoner’s ninth victory of the season, Honda riders have won 646 races, a number that’s sure to continue growing.
Dixon, Pedregon, Edwards, Arana Jr. Take No. 1 Spots In Phoenix
Top Fuel points leader Spencer Massey failed to make the field Saturday as qualifying came to an end at the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Firebird International Raceway.
Larry Dixon, Cruz Pedregon, Mike Edwards and Hector Arana Jr. raced to the No. 1 qualifying positions in their respective categories at the 20th of 22 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series and the fourth of six races in the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship, the six-race playoffs to determine the world championships.
Massey, who held a 65 point lead over the competition entering the event, was unable to race his FRAM dragster in to the field Saturday during qualifying. It was Massey’s second career DNQ and came on the third to final race of the season.
Wind Tunnel Sunday After the IndyCar Series season is over Sunday, we will spend some time talking to the 2011 championship-winning car owner or driver. In addition, we’ll get Robin Miller’s thoughts on the championship. Speaking of champions, we’ll talk to recently crowned Speedway GP Series champ, Greg Hancock. Speedway GP is an arena-based oval motorcycle racing series in Europe. Greg is the only American in the series and has won the championship twice. And Randy Pemberton will be here to share his thoughts on the Chase and recap the Charlotte Cup race.
IndyCar definitely not back at New HampshireUPDATE
If IndyCar could draw crowds like this NASCAR race at New Hampshire they would be back
"We overestimated what the fan interest would be," and ticket sales did not compensate for the expenses of operating the race that weekend, speedway general manager and Executive Vice President Jerry Gappens said yesterday.
"There is no ill will on either side," he said. "We worked together to try to find alternatives, but they had to get their schedule out, and the answers just couldn't be resolved in time."
Track officials estimated they could draw between 35,000 and 40,000 spectators for the inaugural return of Indy racing in Loudon, about 40 percent of the typical attendance for each of their two annual NASCAR races, Gappens said.
Fans at Las Vegas Motor Speedway got a sneak peek Saturday at the 2012 IndyCar season.
Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay climbed into Chevrolet’s prototype car and Charlie Kimball of Chip Ganassi Racing got behind the wheel of the new Honda to turn five demonstration laps before the NASCAR trucks race.
Brembo wins IndyCar brake contractUPDATE We spoke to Brembo rep Jack Gerken at the Vegas Speedway on Friday and he says the carbon-carbon disk brakes they are supplying on the 2012 IndyCar will have much longer life than steel brakes. The carbon rotors are expected to need just one change during the year.
09/26/11 Brembo has been named the exclusive supplier of brake systems for the new IZOD IndyCar Series car, which debuts in 2012. The agreement will run until at least 2015.
Brembo will initially deliver brake systems directly to Dallara, the manufacturer of the new IZOD IndyCar Series chassis. Brembo's North American racing operation headquartered in Mooresville, NC will provide parts and support to the teams throughout the season.
Brembo's design of the new brake system was based on the IZOD IndyCar Series' requirements for a reliable, strong yet lightweight system, that yielded high performance at a competitive cost. Unlike previous years, the series also wanted the same brake system to be used for both ovals and road courses, adding another challenge for Brembo's design team.
Team USA Scholarship Drivers Shine at Brands Hatch
Alberico leads in Turn 1 and won by 0.3 sec.
Team USA Scholarship drivers enjoyed a sensational start to the 40th anniversary Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch today as Neil Alberico and Trent Hindman both won their respective Kent heat races. Spencer Pigot finished 10th with a recalcitrant car in his Duratec heat race.
Alberico set the ball rolling in the opening practice session of the day by snaring pole position in his #21 Team USA Scholarship/Cliff Dempsey Racing Ray GR08. The recently turned 19-year-old from Los Gatos, Calif., took full advantage by storming into the lead at the start, chased by pre-event favorite Ivor McCullough and a frantically battling pack of cars which included Team Canada representative Xavier Coupal.
Even with their new front wing Ferrari was still on row 3 in qualifying. Back to the drawing board.
Ferrari technical director Pat Fry confirmed that the new front wing used by the team during Korean Grand Prix qualifying is part of their development program for the 2012 car designated internally at Maranello as the 663.
Fry said after qualifying at Yeongam, “We brought a new front wing here, which will serve as the basis for the development of next year’s car: yesterday we tried it in the wet and today we decided to continue with our learning phase, running it in qualifying, which means also using it in the race.”
He added, “I’ve been saying it for a few races now, we must exploit this last part of the season by trying to learn something useful for next year and the decision to run this wing was taken with that in mind.”
IndyCar Contenders talk championship at Live & Global event INDYCAR CEO Randy Bernard had a little fun with IZOD IndyCar Series championship contenders Dario Franchitti and Will Power when "Randy from Indianapolis" posed a question from the audience during the INDYCAR Live & Global event.
"I want to know who is going to win the World Championship?" Bernard asked.
"I was going to say everyone needs to show up at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and find out," answered Franchitti, the three-time IZOD IndyCar Series champion who leads the point standings. "I know Will thinks it's going to be him and I think it's going to be me. That's why we're running this race tomorrow."
ARMA Energy sponsors Tracy in Vegas ARMA Energy SNX announced today it will serve as the co-primary sponsor of the Paul Tracy’s No. 8 Dragon Racing entry, in this weekend’s IZOD INDYCAR World Championships at the Las Vegas Speedway. Tracy will pilot the #8 Motegi Racing / ARMA Energy / Dragon Racing entry, in a return to the Las Vegas Speedway since racing there last in 2005 in the Champ Car World Series. At 42 years of age, Paul Tracy has had a long and successful racing career, leading all current drivers with 31 victories (7th all-time), 25 poles (9th all-time) and captured the 2003 Champ Car World Series Championship. Paul is one of the top fan favorites in North American open wheel racing. The pride of Scarborough, Ontario Canada, Tracy now resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.
“I’m really excited to have ARMA with us at the final race of the season and especially in Las Vegas,” said Tracy. “ARMA Energy is part of my daily training routine, supplying my body with ammunition to fight the battle of fatigue. The folks at ARMA like to say you can ‘EAT YOUR ENERGY’ with their great tasting line of nut and fruit mixes, plus a spicy hot snack called Hellfire.....perfect for me. I’m proud to be a part of helping build the ARMA Energy brand and look forward to driving the best looking car on the track this weekend.”
"ARMA Energy is excited to continue its partnership with Paul Tracy this season. His aggressive racing style and personality make him a perfect fit for the ARMA brand," said ARMA spokesman Scott “Hollywood” Sepkovic.
Dixon, Pedregon, Edwards, Krawiec pace opening day in Phoenix Cruz Pedregon raced to the provisional top spot in Funny Car Friday night at the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Firebird Int’l Raceway.
Larry Dixon, Mike Edwards, and Eddie Krawiec were also provisional No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the 20th of 22 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series and the fourth of six races in the NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship, the six-race playoffs to determine the world championships.
IndyCar Vegas Blackjack tourney a big success Remember that sold-out Blackjack tournament we told you about yesterday to be held last night at the MGM? T.E. McHale. Public Relations rep for American Honda topped a field of 250 players, including IZOD IndyCar Series drivers, hockey hall of famer Wayne Gretzky and many current and former NFL and NBA stars, to win the INDYCAR Charity Blackjack tournament Presented by AirMed at the MGM Grand Resort & Casino.
"It was a fun table," said McHale, who took home a pair of Ritmo Mundo timepieces worth $7,500. "It certainly wasn't anything I knew to do. It wasn't strategy. It was pure dumb luck."
Brandon Wilde finished second, while Sam Schmidt Motorsports driver Alex Tagliani, actress Janet Gretzky, Travis Bower and Andrew Rentz tied for third place, which earned each a Ritmo Mundo timepieces for advancing to the final table.
The big winners were charities Opportunity Village and CARA Charities, which will share the about $30,000 in tournament proceeds.
"We are thrilled to be one of the two groups that benefit for the event," said CARA Charities Executive Director Cathie Lyon. "Both Opportunity Village and CARA are such great causes. We can't thank INDYCAR enough for thinking of us."
Vibration slowed Schumacher Michael Schumacher blamed an unknown vibration for his poor performance in qualifying for the Korean Grand Prix. Schumacher carried out one run in the second qualifying session, but his lap was only good enough for ninth place. When the rest of the field carried out its second runs Schumacher was knocked down to 11th and out of qualifying, and he said that while the strategy was the right one, the vibrations prevented him setting a competitive lap time.
"To start with the positives of today's qualifying, I have saved two fresh sets of option tires which is always helpful," Schumacher said. "On the other hand, it was obviously a pity what happened. Everything went normally in Q1, and from what you can expect of the tires under normal circumstances, it was absolutely justified to go for just one run in Q2. But unfortunately I could feel that something was not right when leaving the pits as I had vibrations straight away."
"All that was left for us to do was hope that the gap would be big enough to remain in the top ten but that turned out not to be the case. We will now have a close look into what exactly happened and fully concentrate on trying to make up some positions in the race tomorrow."
Vettel will not be penalized Sebastian Vettel will not be penalized for cutting Turn 5 during one of his qualifying in-laps in Korea on Saturday, with stewards closing the matter after an investigation.
Having looked at the relevant data, the panel stated that no overall advantage was gained by missing the corner, thus allowing Vettel to keep his place on the front row.
Meanwhile, Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber has been handed a fine of 1,400 euros (£1,226) for speeding in the pit lane during the final grid-deciding phase.
Buddy Rice sent to back of Vegas grid after penalty Former Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Rice will start from the back of the grid in Sunday's IndyCar Series finale at Las Vegas after his times were nullified after qualifying.
The 35-year-old American is driving a second Panther Racing entry this weekend, alongside team regular JR Hildebrand, and initially qualified 19th. But series officials deemed that Rice had dipped below the white line during his 200.392mph qualifying run and sent him to the back of the field.
"I think the car is pretty good, I just missed out a little in qualifying,” said Rice of his qualifying effort. "We were a little slower than we were in practice; I thought we would have picked up a little time in qualifying.
Stoner tears up Phillip Island taking pole at his home Grand Prix Casey Stoner today secured his eleventh pole position of the season and the fourth consecutive at the Phillip Island circuit after leading all three practice sessions.
The young Australian, who celebrates his birthday tomorrow on race day set a fantastic lap time of 1'29.975, with substantial gap of 0.473 to second place Lorenzo. Tomorrow he will be looking to fight for his fifth consecutive win on this circuit, in front of his home fans.
Tony Eury Jr. says he will be the crew chief for Danica Patrick in the Nationwide Series at JR Motorsports but not in her limited Sprint Cup Series schedule at Stewart-Haas Racing. Eury said no decision has been made on Patrick's crew chief for eight to 10 Cup races, but didn't rule out that SHR might fill that role with somebody already in the company. One possibility could be vice president of competition Matt Borland, who was the crew chief for Ryan Newman when he won the Cup rookie of the year award in 2002. Owner Tony Stewart has been looking for a full-time director of competition since Bobby Hutchens was released earlier in the year. As for Patrick's Cup schedule, Eury has suggested she go to tracks where she hasn't been in her two years of a limited Nationwide schedule. Among his suggestions are Martinsville, Pocono and Sonoma. Eury said if it were up to him he wouldn't begin with the Daytona 500 because Patrick already has run several Nationwide races there and knows what she can do. "She'd be better off going somewhere to help her down the line,'' Eury said. ESPN
Jakes in fiery crash in VegasUPDATE Medical update from Dr. Michael Olinger, INDYCAR medical director, James Jakes has been checked and released from the Infield Care Center. He is cleared to drive.
JAMES JAKES (No. 18 Acorn Stairlifts): "Me and Alex (Lloyd) just went into Turn 1 and 2, drafting into one another. I was going into (Turn) 2 and something broke in the left corner, and at those speeds it moves you so far off the track. When I hit the wall, the impact on the fire was pretty instant, and it went all the way down the back of my suit, and I tried to stop a lot sooner but the brakes were gone, and I just had to wait until the car stopped and get out of there."
DALE COYNE (Owner, Dale Coyne Racing): "We've got the back up, but it's in bits and pieces, so we'll see how bad this one is and get something ready in the next day."
McLaren duo top final practice in Korea Jenson Button topped the final F1 practice in South Korea Saturday morning beating his McLaren teammate Lewis Hamilton by 0.289s. Mark Webber was third for Red Bull, 0.813s back. Fernando Alonso was fourth for Ferrari ahead of his teammate Felipe Massa.
Michael Schumacher was sixth for Mercedes with Petrov seventh, Sutil eighth, Vettel ninth and Rosberg rounded out the top 10.
Carbone wins Indy Lights pole in small 13-car field Qualifying Friday for the Las Vegas 100 Firestone Indy Lights Series event on the 1.544-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway, with starting position, car number in parentheses, driver, and speed:
Menard On The Pole For Charlotte Nationwide Race Paul Menard topped Saturday's qualifying session for tonight's Dollar General 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Menard took to the track as the final qualifier and beat out Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. for the top spot, turning a lap of 29.079 seconds (185.701 mph) to secure his fourth career Nationwide Series Coors Light Pole Award and his second of the season.
Brad Keselowski took third, followed by Joey Logano, and Carl Edwards.
Power's year to remember Penske Racing's Will Power has won his share of races this year, dominating the road courses in particular. However, even if he wins the championship on Sunday 2011 may be better remembered as the year Power:
Referred to Alex Tagliani as ‘a wanker’ in a television interview
Called Dario Franchitti ‘princess’ in a Twitter rant, and
Picked up a $30,000 fine for a double-barreled obscene gesture directed at race control and aired during the live broadcast at New Hampshire.
NASCAR Kansas TV RatingsUPDATE The final 'national' rating for last Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kansas was a 2.6 with 4.173 million viewers watching on ESPN. This is down from last year's 2.9 final national rating.
10/11/11 ESPN's live telecast of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 9, earned a 3.1 (cable rating) household coverage rating, averaging 4,173,000 viewers, according to the Nielsen Company. The rating is up from a 2.7 for last year's Kansas race. This year, the Kansas race was the fourth event in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Last year, the fourth race in the Chase was at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., and that corresponding race earned a 2.9 rating. Of the four Chase races run so far this year, the three that have been run and telecast and scheduled have all had ratings increases from last year. The first race of the Chase at Chicagoland Speedway was rained out and run on a Monday. Of course ratings are still way down from 4 or 5 years ago.
ALMS hoping Toyota brings prototype to their series American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n president and CEO Scott Atherton welcomed today's announcement by Toyota regarding their Le Mans Prototype program to be launched in the 2012 season.
"Toyota's decision clearly demonstrates the importance the world's automobile manufacturers place on the relevance of endurance sports car racing in developing future automotive technology solutions," said Atherton. "The announcement that this new LMP1 effort will be based on a hybrid powertrain underlines the fact that the Le Mans rule book not only allows, but strongly embraces the automotive innovations of the future. We welcome Toyota's announcement and we will do all we can to encourage their participation in the American Le Mans Series as soon as this exciting and innovative program is ready."
Fans tired of tandem racing A post-race survey following July's Coke Zero 400 suggested a growing number of race fans are becoming weary of tandem racing, Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said Wednesday.
After the race, the Speedway sent surveys to 1,000 race fans, asking them to rate 12 points of their experience. The survey covers everything from the quality of food to restrooms to parking and the race itself. Chitwood said the results from the Guest Experience Management survey showed two-thirds of fans would recommend a race to friends and only 8 percent were dissatisfied.
The Automobile Club de l’Ouest is delighted about the return of the Japanese manufacturer, which will race in next year’s Le Mans 24 Hours as well as in a few rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship with a hybrid-engined car!
Toyota Motor Corporation has announced today, Friday 14th October 2011, its comeback to top-level motor racing, and the Japanese manufacturer has chosen endurance events.
Toyota's return to the Le Mans 24 Hours, thirteen years after its last official participation, follows in the wake of Porsche’s announcement that it is entering in the top category in 2014, and highlights even further the fidelity of the major manufacturers like Audi and Peugeot, which have made such a contribution to the success of Le Mans-type events.
Rosberg fined for not speaking to Stewards Nico Rosberg has been fined 10,000 Euros, of which 5,000 Euros will be suspended, for failing to visit the stewards in a 'timely' manner after second free practice.
The Mercedes GP driver was summoned to see the stewards for his involvement in a collision with Jaime Alguersuari in the 2nd practice on Friday.
A statement from the stewards said: "The stewards having regard to the extenuating circumstances involving the Pit Exit, the wet track and the telemetry which indicated the Driver of Car 8 was on full braking from the time where he apparently noticed Car 19, and further, taking into account Mr. Rosberg's good record during his years in Formula 1, decide to impose no penalty."
Stoner leads the pack in Phillip Island On the first day of Free Practice in the Australian Grand Prix, local boy Casey Stoner ended the top of the timing sheets with Repsol Honda team mates Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa sixth and seventh.
Weather conditions at Phillip Island were perfect with an afternoon air temperature of 21 degrees and a track temperature of 44 degrees, however all three riders reported a very bumpy track compared to last year.
Casey had a fall in FP1 but soon put it behind him and concentrated on finding the best set up for his RC212V to attack the bumpy Phillip Island track. In FP2 he found some more rear grip but lost some front end feeling, he remained fastest of the day with a 1'30.475 lap.
NASCAR planning three Fuel Injection testsUPDATE As of Thursday, 12 teams have entered for the Charlotte test on Monday. Those include teams from Hendrick Motorsports (4), Joe Gibbs Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing, NEMCO Motorsports, Stewart-Haas Racing (2) and Richard Childress Racing. Teams will be on track from 9am - 3pm/et. NASCAR
10/12/11 NASCAR has three Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) tests scheduled this month for the Sprint Cup Series: Oct. 17 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Oct. 20 at Talladega Superspeedway and Oct. 31 at Martinsville Speedway. The tests are part of the continued development of the EFI Research and Development for the teams. Electronic Fuel Injection will be fully implemented in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series beginning at Daytona International Speedway in February 2012. NASCAR
Vegas: IndyCar Thursday Notebook Drivers will have 20 uses for 12 seconds each of the Honda overtake assist for the Las Vegas Indy 300.
The system employed by Honda Performance Development is an ECU software alteration. It is activated by the driver via a button on the steering wheel and provides an extra 200 RPM (about 10 horsepower) to the Honda Indy V-8 engine. Parameters are updated before each race weekend to meet the circuit layout. One overtake use will be enabled for the second practice session Oct. 14.
Vegas: Yacaman tops Indy Lights practice Gustavo Yacaman turned the fastest lap in the second of two Firestone Indy Lights practice sessions at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Yacaman recorded a lap of 28.6342 seconds, 194.118 mph, in the No. 2 TMR - Tuvacol/Xtreme Coil Drilling car. Andretti Autosport's Stefan Wilson was second at 28.7179 seconds, 193.553 mph in the No. 5 Andretti Autosport car.
Childress says three teams likely next year Richard Childress was asked about his teams during a press conference at Charlotte on Thursday:
DO YOU ENVISION THE #33 CUP CAR ON THE TRACK NEXT YEAR, OR DO YOU SEE YOUR PROGRAM NOW AS THREE CUP CARS? "Right now we're looking at three Cup cars with an occasional Cup race. Who knows what may come up between now and then? I've had offers to race people and race drivers and had another full sponsorship with a driver; I just want to make sure it's the right move when we make it. So we're still as of right now, we're three Cup teams."
JUST TO CLAIRFY, YOU MIGHT RUN A FOURTH CAR PART TIME NEXT YEAR IN CUP OR NOT? "I'm sure if we don't have a team we may stick Austin in another car one or two times. We've got a couple of other people that said hey we want to run. If we see it's the right opportunity for a change that we can test something or look at a driver or something we may do that."
YOU TALK ABOUT THE BUSINESS MODEL, IF PEOPLE COULD BRING YOU A ONE OR TWO-RACE DEAL YOU COULD INSERT PEOPLE INTO THAT CAR AND HAVE A NUMBER OF SPONSORS AND HAVE A DIFFERENT BUSINESS MODEL. "Yeah, but that's not really what we want to do. You can't be competitive like that. I'd rather have three teams that you can be competitive with and occasionally pick up a race or two along the way and if you've got something you want to try you do it." Chevy PR
Dollar General makes it official with JGR Dollar General announced its new sponsorship agreement with Joe Gibbs Racing that includes contenders in both the Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series in 2012. Dollar General also announced plans to continue its Camping World Truck Series sponsorship with Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2012. Dollar General will become the primary sponsor of JGR's #20 Toyota Camry, driven by Joey Logano, for 12 Sprint Cup races. In addition, Dollar General will be the primary sponsor of JGR's #11 Toyota, driven by Brian Scott, for a full season in the Nationwide Series. In 10 Nationwide races, Dollar General will also support an additional JGR car, either #18 driven by Kyle Busch or #20 driven by Logano. In the Camping World Truck Series, Dollar General will return for 10 races with KBM. The #18 truck will be driven by Busch. Dollar General PR
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