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10/20/10
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RPM Releases Kasey Kahne
Richard Petty Motorsports have announced they have released driver Kasey Kahne from his driving duties behind the wheel of the no. 9 Budweiser Ford, effective immediately.The team also announced that Aric Almirola will drive the no. 9 at this weekend's event at Martinsville Speedway.
Kahne, who has driven the no. 9 car since his first start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series in 2004, was in the final year of his contract with RPM and had recently signed on with Hendrick Motorsports. He was expected to drive for Red Bull Racing in 2011 before taking over the no. 5 Chevrolet at Hendrick in 2012.
His release comes just days after Kahne fell out of the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway with brake problems and then refused to get back in the car after the team made repairs, citing an illness as the reason not to rejoin the race. J.J. Yeley was tapped to finish out the race in place of Kahne.
Kahne also openly criticized the teams problems over the last few weeks, calling the recurring brake problems "a mess" and "a joke".
Kahne has not publicly spoken about the dismissal from RPM or his plans for the immediate future, however it is expected he will relieve Reed Sorenson as driver of the no. 83 Red Bull Toyota as soon as this weekend.

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10/20/10
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Team Panoz to debut new car
Five years after it last tasted victory in America’s greatest sports car race, Panoz will return to the Sebring 12 Hours in force with the new Abruzzi “Spirit of Le Mans”. The racing version of Panoz Auto Development Company’s newest road-going supercar recently started its offseason test program in advance of its competition debut in the 59th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida.

The Panoz brand first tasted victory in class at Sebring in 1998 with the Panoz GTR-1 and again in 2006 with the Esperante GTLM. The latter spurred the marque toward its first win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the same year.

“The Sebring 12 Hours has long been considered the litmus test for any racing team and car heading to the 24 Hour of Le Mans,” said Don Panoz, founder of Panoz Motor Sports Group. “The demanding nature of Sebring is the perfect platform for the final evaluation of our development program. Furthermore, it makes sense now that the car’s first race shall be the first race of the 2011 American Le Mans Series, and on such hallowed ground as Sebring.”

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10/20/10
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IndyCar to award USAC champ with Lights ride
INDYCAR, the sanctioning body of the IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights, will award the winner of USAC's inaugural National Drivers Championship with a scholarship to compete in Firestone Indy Lights during the 2011 season.

The scholarship will allow the 2010 USAC National Drivers Champion to run an oval schedule in Firestone Indy Lights, kicking off at the Firestone Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"As we look forward to the future of INDYCAR, we feel it is important that we embrace our roots," said INDYCAR CEO Randy Bernard. "I'm pleased we have formed this partnership with USAC, which was founded by Tony Hulman and produced legendary champions such as A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, Johnny Rutherford and Mario Andretti. This is an important initiative to continue the tradition of USAC oval racers competing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway."

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10/20/10
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More signs NASCAR is in big trouble
The continuing economic downturn has led to the shutdown of the Daytona 500 Experience, Daytona International Speedway president Joie Chitwood III said Tuesday.

"This is a challenging economic environment right now and we're seeing attendance challenges, not just at racetracks, but at our attraction as well," Chitwood said.

Chitwood said he met with all employees losing their jobs in the next three weeks. He would not say how many jobs will be lost.

"It's something you never want to do," he said of the coming layoffs. "You don't want to have those conversations. If you sit in this chair, it's something you have to do."

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10/20/10
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Star Mazda Drivers Test Indy Lights At Sebring
Conor Daly, 2010 champion of the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear, will claim part of his career-enhancing prize package on the morning of Thursday, October 28th in Sebring, Florida when he climbs into the seat of an Andersen Racing Indy Lights car to begin a day of intensive testing to help prepare him for his next step up the open-wheel ladder.  The Andersen team expects Daly to run 150 test miles during the day.  2010 Andersen Racing Star Mazda drivers Tristan Vautier and Nick Andries will also test the team's Indy Lights cars at Sebring. 

Andersen Racing is the 2010 Star Mazda team champion and one of the leading development teams in North America; the team awards Firestone Indy Lights tests to its full-season Star Mazda drivers. 

Daly's test is being made possible by Performance Friction and is part of a previously-announced expansion of the Indy Racing League's 'Road to Indy' program in which the 2009 and 2010 Star Mazda series champion is guaranteed a test with a top Firestone Indy Lights team.  Andersen Racing is testing Vautier and Andries as part of its own development program. 

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10/20/10
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Di Resta wins at Hockenheim and takes over DTM points’ lead
Paul Di Resta
Sheer tension during the battle for the DTM title at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg. Mercedes-Benz driver Paul Di Resta again showed himself in an excellent shape and was able to celebrate his third race win in a row. Thus, the Scot toppled his fellow Mercedes-Benz driver Bruno Spengler, who had been in the lead so far, from first place in the drivers’ standings. The Canadian retired on lap 23 due to problems with the left rear wheel. “Today, it was a surprising victory. The start wasn’t great, but the car was unbeatable and the speed was simply incredible. Fortunately, I was still able to catch Timo Scheider. Of course, finishing in front of him was particularly important. We hope that we can now stay on top. It is quite a close call between Bruno and me. However, I am now full of confidence and I will do my best”, said Di Resta after the sixth victory of his career in the DTM.

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10/20/10
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South Korea first impressions - "Area is a dump" UPDATE Some impression's from today at Yeongam, the venue for the 1st Korean F1 Grand Prix - see photos below courtesy of Julien Fébreau.  The facility itself looks OK to us.

10/20/10 (GMM)  F1's travelling circus is arriving in South Korea, and the first reports are mixed.

BBC television anchor Jake Humphrey summed up the Yeongam venue as satisfactory but "far from finished".

"Things look pretty ready to go," said Virgin driver Lucas di Grassi, "with some beauty work still to be finished but the main structure is ready."

Others talked about their long journeys from the huge Seoul airport to Mokpo, the closest city to Yeongam, in the impressive high-speed KTX train with free wi-fi.

Photographer Darren Heath was less impressed with the journey, tackled by many in buses.  "F1 in Seoul?  Nah, let's have it in the middle of nowhere 100s of miles from anywhere," he wrote on Twitter.

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10/20/10
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Testing ban hurts young drivers in all series
Since the start of the 2009 season, in-season circuit testing has been strictly forbidden in Formula 1. While this may help to cut costs significantly, World Series by Renault driver Stefano Coletti admits that opportunities have been slashed for upcoming drivers.

Monaco-born Coletti has experienced a mixed season in with Comtec in Formula Renault 3.5 this year and now hopes to switch to GP2 in 2011. However, although Formula 1 remains a naturally aim for the 21-year-old, he admits that the path has now become narrower.

“I think that’s the biggest problem for the young drivers because why would a Formula 1 team put money on a young kid who has no experience instead of putting somebody in with experience, who can bring the points home?” he told GPUpdate.net’s Gregory Haines of the testing restriction.

“As we all know, points in Formula 1 are worth a lot of money; I can understand why they don’t take young drivers but, like you say, for me the testing ban is what makes it difficult for us, the young drivers.”

AutoRacing1.com staff feels that the testing ban in all series, brought about to cut costs in this strapped economy, has hurt young drivers everywhere.

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10/20/10
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Tilke promises low-grip entertainment in Korea
(GMM)  Hermann Tilke on Wednesday sounded confident the newly laid track surface at Yeongam will survive this weekend's inaugural Korean grand prix.

With the top layer so recently laid and oils still seeping to the surface, it is feared this event could be a repeat of Spa in 1985, when the F1 cars had to go home because the track broke up.

But Tilke, the architect who designed the 5.6km layout, said he is not worried about the strength of the surface.

Instead, he predicted it will be a challenge for the drivers.

"It will probably have little grip in the beginning.  But they are the best drivers in the world and must cope with it," the German, whose company provided machinery and expertise for the laying of the asphalt, told DPA news agency.

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10/20/10
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Jones to serve as steward in Korea
As Formula 1 heads to the Republic of Korea for the first time this weekend, sporting governing body the FIA has confirmed that 1980 World Champion Alan Jones will be making his debut as the driver steward in Race Control.

Five drivers have served as an FIA steward more than once this season although Australian Jones is yet to take a turn at the advisory role alongside three regular adjudicators.

Now 63, Jones entered F1 with Graham Hill’s team in 1975. Switches to Surtees and Shadow followed, with a first career win coming for the latter at the 1977 Austrian Grand Prix.

Alan moved to Williams in 1978 and clinched a further 11 race victories as well as taking his title, with the last coming at the 1981 Las Vegas Grand Prix.

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10/20/10
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Strong field of sports cars heading East to Zhuhai
No less than 27 Prototype and GT cars are on their way to China to participate in the 1000km of Zhuhai. On Sunday 7 November, the racetrack near the south Chinese beach resort of Zhuhai will host the third and final race of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC), a race series that was initiated this spring. Rolex is proud to be associated as the Official Watch and Timekeeper for the inaugural ILMC series.

Among the 27 entries for the 1000km of Zhuhai will be all the front runners of the three series that are included in this challenge one event from each, including the American, the European and the Asian Le Mans Series. Following their wins at the previous races in the ILMC at Silverstone in England and Petit Le Mans (Road Atlanta) in the USA, the French Peugeot entries are the ones to beat. They will be strongly challenged by the Audis, which earlier this year won the 24 hours of Le Mans. Both these manufactures will enter sports cars that run on diesel fuel. The other main competitors in the LMP1 class are the British Lola and Japanese entered Courage. These cars, however, run on gasoline fuel.

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10/20/10
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Briscoe tops V8 Supercar test day
The 18 international stars of the Armor All Gold Coast 600 enjoyed the chance to familiarize themselves with their V8 Supercar machines today, with a special test day just for them held at Queensland Raceway.

While those drivers got the most out of their time on the Ipswich circuit, in Brisbane and back on the Gold Coast many of the home-grown V8 Supercar stars were taking the chance to get out and about ahead of Friday’s event kick off.

Brad Jones Racing drivers Jason Richards and Andrew Jones took the time to visit the children’s’ ward of the Mater Hospital in Brisbane, while the Miss V8 Supercars contestants underwent photographic judging at the Gold Coast’s Jupiters Casino.

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10/20/10
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Power eyes revenge in Surfers
Will Power won the pole the last time (2007) Champ Car raced in Surfers
First place might be a goal too far, but Australian Will Power wants to earn the bragging rights among the IndyCar racing community at this weekend's Gold Coast 600.

Power is one of six IndyCar drivers among the 18 international pilots competing in the V8 Supercar event on the streets of Surfers Paradise.

And after narrowly missing out on this year's championship in the US, Power is hoping to at least take some solace from showing his colleagues how it's done in his home state of Queensland.

"Of course you know, I'd love to get one over all the IndyCar guys that are here," Power told AAP on Wednesday.

"It would be very funny if we ended up on the same spot on the track, give them a little bit of a shove." Power, who says he's coming to terms with the final race disappointment that saw him lose the IndyCar crown to Scotland's Dario Franchitti in Florida earlier this month, will drive at Surfers for Ford Performance Racing.

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10/20/10
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Abu Dhabi young driver test lineup takes shape
(GMM)  The driver lineup is shaping up for November's end-of-season young drivers test in Abu Dhabi.

Before the F1 teams try Pirelli's new tires for the first time at the Yas Marina track, the test days immediately after the last race of 2010 will firstly be an opportunity for young and inexperienced drivers to get at the wheel of the current cars.

McLaren will use its 29-year-old reserve driver Gary Paffett on at least one day, according to a report by Auto Motor und Sport, and perhaps another Briton, the GP2 driver Oliver Turvey, on the other.

In the Force India will be the Silverstone based team's reserve driver Paul di Resta, who is tipped to move into the 2011 race seat.

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10/19/10
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Veteran Schu has no intention of walking away
Schumacher serious about staying in F1.  If the 2011 Mercedes fits his style there will be a lot of  pundits eating crow and swallowing hard
Michael Schumacher may not have delivered a title-fighting season on his return to Formula One this year, but he says he has no intention of quitting again before his 42nd birthday.  This week, as he relaxed with his family after finishing sixth in last weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix, he reiterated his desire to fight for glory with the Mercedes team next year – and expressed hope that he can maintain his form in Sunday’s Korean Grand Prix.

The 41-year-old German, who has won the world title seven times, remains one of the star attractions in the pit lane alongside the five drivers battling it out for this year’s drivers’ title and he has no intention of walking away.

“I have said it often: I want to build up something here together with Mercedes and I am confident that we’ll manage that as the support and the opportunities at Mercedes are really strong.”

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10/19/10
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Pro golfer Recari wins, credits visit to IZOD IndyCar race
Ricari with Mario Andretti and Graham Rahal in Miami
LPGA rookie Beatriz Recari scored her first LPGA victory on Oct. 17 and credited her recent visit to the IZOD IndyCar Series race near her home in Miami for helping her get through the pressure-packed final holes.

The Spanish golfer visited the track as part of a "driving experience" with IZOD IndyCar Series driver Graham Rahal and racing legend Mario Andretti She credited a trip around Homestead Miami Speedway on Oct. 2 with Andretti for helping her stay calm before the winning putt on 18.

"That was a great experience because I had so much adrenaline, and then I just felt so calm when I was standing on the putt," Recari said. "That was fun for me ... but this is my job and I still have to keep it fun and focused."

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10/19/10
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Star Mazda champ Daly to test Firestone Indy Lights car
Conor Daly set to continue on open wheel path, shun Grand-Am GT series
Conor Daly, who claimed the 2010 championship of the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear, will utilize part of his career-enhancing prize package on Oct. 28 in Sebring, Fla., when he climbs into the seat of an Andersen Racing Firestone Indy Lights car to begin a day of intensive testing to help prepare him for his next step up the open-wheel ladder.

The test, made possible by Performance Friction, is part of a previously-announced expansion of the Indy Racing League's 'Road to Indy' program in which the 2009 and 2010 Star Mazda series champion is guaranteed a test with a top Firestone Indy Lights team.

"I'm really looking forward to the test and expect to learn a lot," said Daly, the son of former Indy car and Formula One racer Derek Daly. "Anytime a driver has the chance to get in a car with more horsepower, more downforce and more speed, it's both a pleasure and an opportunity. I'd like to thank Star Mazda, Performance Friction and Andersen Racing for all the effort they're making to help me take my career to the next level."

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10/19/10
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IZOD IndyCar Series stars head down under for race
Helio Castroneves has one goal in his guest appearance at the Armor All Gold Coast 600 - finish as the top IZOD IndyCar Series driver.

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner is one of the six IZOD IndyCar Series stars in serving as an International co-driver in the Surfers Paradise V8 Supercars race and he is keen to be the best of the bunch.

"When you have 18 guys, I'm sure they'll all want to be the best - I do too," he told Speedcafe.com.au in advance of the race. "For me, I'm looking out more for the IndyCar drivers. There's six of us in total here, and that's what I'm looking at - trying to at least be better than those guys.

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10/19/10
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No F Duct for STR this weekend
Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Jaime Alguersuari is on route to Seoul in Korea for the upcoming inaugural Korean Grand Prix after what has been a grueling week since the Japanese event that took place just ten short days ago.

I left Suzuka and headed immediately for the UK to work on the simulator, trying out the new Korean circuit,” he said on the team’s official website. “From there I finally headed home to Barcelona, where I found time to unwind after Japan and then get on with my training program. I also spent as much time as possible on the computer, again practicing the Korean track: it might not be as evolved as the proper simulator, but all the same you can learn from it.”

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10/19/10
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Pirelli tire testing continues in Barcelona
Tire testing for Pirelli ahead of its 2011 Formula 1 comeback continued in Barcelona on Wednesday, with local driver Pedro de la Rosa taking to the Circuit de Catalunya for the start of a two-day run. GPUpdate.net caught up with the Italian company.

Pirelli’s F1 testing program has now reached Barcelona. How are things progressing, generally?

Very good, so far so good. Today Pedro has been testing the Medium and Hard compound tires. We have good weather like last time, with no interruptions, so it’s really made for a consistent morning and afternoon.

We’ll be here tomorrow too and Pedro was also saying earlier that he must have done a million laps around this circuit!

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10/19/10
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NASCAR Charlotte TV Ratings UPDATE The live telecast on ABC of the Sprint Cup Series race Saturday night from Charlotte Motor Speedway earned a final national rating of 3.2, an 8.6 percent drop from the 3.5 on ABC in 2009, according to the network. The telecast Saturday averaged 5,345,135 viewers and earned the highest rating so far in the Chase For The Sprint Cup.  The ratings drop in the first four races of the Chase had been more than 20 percent for each event and 27 percent on average.

ESPN2’s live telecast of the Nationwide Series race Friday at Charlotte earned a 1.3, off slightly from the 1.4 a year ago on ESPN2.

10/18/10 The overnight TV rating for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Bank of America 500 on ABC Saturday night was a 2.9, down 3.4% from last year's overnight rating of 3.0/6 Share, also on ABC.

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10/19/10
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Hamilton fifth most powerful UK celebrity
The British publication Marketing Week has quoted research which places Lewis Hamilton in the top five most powerful UK celebrities.

Millward Brown's quarterly celebrity and brand research (Cebra) interviewed 2000 UK consumers about 100 celebrities. Footballer David Beckham, previously third, swaps places with former No1 Kylie Minogue, with Ant & Dec second, Will Smith fourth and Hamilton fifth, coming into the top five from 14th slot previously.

Cheryl Cole, formerly second, has dropped to eighth, while Stephen Fry emerged as the most likeable celebrity. Actresses Joanna Lumley, Dame Judi Dench and Helen Mirren were the most positive role models, following a trend towards older women. Amy Winehouse, Katie Price (Jordan) and footballer Ashley Cole were revealed as the most negative role models.

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10/19/10
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Newman/Haas team working on new website UPDATE Phoenicia Sport and Entertainment, the marketing services and communications firm headed by industry veteran and former SKI & Company CEO Chris Lencheski, today announced that they are assisting Newman/Haas Racing, one of the most successful teams in the history of open wheel racing, in their digital relaunch and expansion and outreach for new partners via the creation of an integrated business development platform that will involve an IZOD IndyCar Series industry.  It will include the first multi-tiered business development microsite (www.newmanhaasdelivers.com) for all current and new business partners to use as a resource for their business development with Newman/Haas Racing. This engagement will involve two separate groups within the Phoenicia group of companies - PhoeniciaSocial and PhoeniciaConsulting.  Newman/Haas Racing, founded by Carl Haas and the late Paul Newman, has won 100+ international race events as well as eight world championships, and has long been considered the gold standard for brand activation and engagement in motorsports.

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10/19/10
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Vettel has 'speed edge' over Webber - Mateschitz
(GMM)  Sebastian Vettel is faster but Mark Webber's points advantage could be enough to make him world champion, according to Dietrich Mateschitz.

But, even though often appearing to favor one driver over the other, the Red Bull owner insists that the pair will be equally supported for the forthcoming three-race run to the 2010 crown.

"Sebastian seems to have a slight edge as far as speed is concerned," the Austrian billionaire told German news agency DPA, presumably recalling Vettel's recent run to victory at Suzuka from pole.

"We will see whether Mark's (points) advantage is enough to win the title," he added.

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10/19/10
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Petrov to stay in F1 'for years' - manager
(GMM)  Vitaly Petrov will be on the formula one grid for years to come, his manager insists.

There has been speculation that, despite his financial contribution and a recent influx of Russian sponsors, the 26-year-old rookie might lose his Renault seat for 2011 on the basis of his performances this season.

"I want to reassure all the fans, Vitaly will remain in formula one next year, and the year after and three years from now," Petrov's female manager Oksana Kosachenko told the Rossiya 2 television channel.

Petrov hopes his manager is right, particularly with the news that Sochi is set to be added to the formula one calendar of 2014.

"Almost all the drivers already have a home race so I hope that I can experience the same special feeling of racing at home in a few years' time," he said.

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10/19/10
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Ford stock near 52-week high
Ford's stock has benefitted in recent weeks from an increase in industry sales and an expectation that the automaker will be able to continue paying off its debt next year.

The price of Ford's stock has increased 24.3% since Aug. 26, when it closed at .17 per share, and is now less than a dollar away from its 52-week high of .57 on April 26.

"It looks like the auto sales are starting to recover a bit, and the past two quarters have been pretty good for Ford," said Mirko Mikelic, senior portfolio manager at Fifth Third Asset Management in Grand Rapids.

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10/19/10
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Grand-Am welcomes DTM's U.S. plans, big blow to ALMS
Grand-Am president Tom Bledsoe says that the American series is looking forward to the creation of a new championship for DTM cars from 2013.

DTM promoter the ITR confirmed on Friday that discussions were taking place with NASCAR – which also owns Grand-Am – about creating a series in America for the next-generation DTM cars. That news followed BMW confirming its participation in the DTM for 2012, which Bledsoe says adds to the appeal of creating a championship in the U.S. to run alongside Grand-Am's endurance races.

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10/19/10
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Walker and Clarke look ahead together
Dan Clarke
Big car or little car, Dan Clarke would be happy to stay at Walker Racing. “A lot of what we achieved this year far exceeded what we should have done without preseason preparation. I put that down to Walker Racing, having a good engineer and driving well. The one thing I wanted to achieve this year – as well as change the reputation I had with some people in the paddock – is build a relationship with Derrick. Because he is a Roger Penske or a Chip Ganassi: everybody knows he should be back running an IndyCar team. It's beneficial to build a relationship with somebody like that who can not only tell the rest of the world that I'm actually a good guy and a good driver, but also, I hope when he gets an opportunity, he'll call on me to do the job. Now we've spent a year working together, we know how each other is, what our strengths are and he knows how to get the best out of me. I think that will be a big help if we get the opportunity to race together again.”

Derrick himself observes: “We are both on the same course, both wanting to get back to where we were in 2007 – racing in the biggest open-wheel racing series in America. That was our common goal at the start of this year and we are still searching for a way to do that, ASAP.”  More at Racer.com

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10/19/10
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Ferrari previews Korea
In a few days time, Formula 1 teams will take to the track for the first ever Grand Prix to be held in Korea. A new circuit always makes the headlines, but this week, everyone’s attention will focus mainly on the thrilling championship battle that sees three teams and five drivers all with a chance of lifting the crown in Abu Dhabi in mid-November.

The circuit in Yeongam , on Korea’s south west coast was only given final FIA approval to stage the event a couple of days after the Japanese Grand Prix. The logistics for any race outside Europe are complicated enough given the number of personnel and the tones of equipment required, but when a new venue is added to the equation, the unknown factors are multiplied with no previous year’s experiences to fall back on. Additionally, Yeongam and the nearest town of Mokpo have never seen an international event on this scale and teams have had to be very resourceful to find sufficient and suitable hotel accommodation.

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10/19/10
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Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Red Bull team boss Christian Horner talks to Bernie Ecclestone
    Korea was in doubt and Spa is now - Ecclestone
  • Briatore flags 2013 as year for F1 return
  • Title challengers asked Chandhok about Korea
  • De la Rosa 'happy' to be in 2011 talks with HRT
  • Alguersuari now sure Toro Rosso keeping same drivers
  • Female DTM driver Stoddart wants F1 test
  • Rival teams' title approach 'interesting' - Domenicali
  • Sutil expects Force India to be beaten by Williams
  • Senna prepares for Korea with F1 game, not simulator
  • Volkswagen to discuss F1 foray in November - Stuck
  • Title target was 'lack of humility' by Schumacher - Prost 

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10/19/10
lmes

Pescarolo Sport auctioned off, to still race
When I walked in my workshop for the auction sale of Pescarolo Sport, I have had the terrible impression that I was going to attend my own funerals.

My friends were there with gloomy faces, the fans came to support and expect a miracle and the others were there too, check-book in hand, ready to finalize the dismembering started a year ago by the former owner. Only one slight relief: the number of journalists and photographers present at the auction sale proved that the public was not indifferent to the disappearance of the team I had founded a decade earlier.

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10/18/10
track news

MIS again offers affordable tickets
Michigan International Speedway is making it easier for race fans and families to return to their favorite summertime NASCAR destination with an innovative, competitive pricing plan that allows guests who purchase early to save big.

Now in its second year, this philosophy of “tiered pricing” allows loyal fans and new fans alike who renew or commit to purchase early to save the most money on their NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race tickets during three strategic pricing phases:

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10/18/10
Racing News

Video: Huge airborne Formula Ford crash
During the Formula Ford festival at Brands Hatch 2010, Drivers slow up for a yellow flag at Paddock Hill bend but slowing speeds catch out a back marker at the time, sending him over the top of rivals and somersaulting end-over-end in to the fence! Incredibly the driver walked away, visibly fine after his accident!

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10/18/10
f1

Singapore to host at least four more F1 races
(GMM)  Even if Singapore decides against extending its current F1 race contract, the Asian city-state will host at least four more grands prix.

Last month it emerged that the government was yet to decide whether to extend its current race contract beyond 2012.

Senior minister of state S. Iswaran said the government wants to "make sure the economic benefits are justifiable going forward".

But even though Singapore's contract expires in 2012, Formula One Administration has a five-year option to extend the deal, according to Singapore news network Channel NewsAsia and the Straits Times broadsheet.

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10/18/10
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Grand-Am releases '11 schedule
A return to historic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif. and Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. highlight the 2011 schedule for the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16.

The first Rolex Series race at Road America since 2001 will be held on Saturday, June 25, run in conjunction with a NASCAR Nationwide Series race. The series returns for the sixth time to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Saturday, July 9.

The 12-event schedule features many of America's storied road circuits, beginning with the 49th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 29-30, and concluding on Sept. 17 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

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10/18/10
f1

Kubica heads to Korea after podium result in rally
(GMM)  Robert Kubica is travelling to Korea this week in podium-winning form.

At the weekend, between the Japanese and Korean grands prix, the Pole and rally enthusiast took part in the Rallye d'Antibes in the South of France.

The rally, with Kubica at the wheel of a Clio S1600, is part of the FIA European Rally Championship.

According to French language sources including Belgian television RTBF, the 25-year-old finished the rally in third place overall.  Auto Hebdo described it as "an excellent performance".

F1 Renault driver Kubica reportedly finished ahead of many faster S2000 cars, topped the times in three separate stages, and won the A6 class outright.

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10/18/10
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Construction of Korea F1 track city to begin in 2011
(GMM)  Korea's plans for a futuristic city to be built in the middle of the new formula one circuit in Yeongam are on track.

Current aerial photos of the harbor-side venue depict a bland and messy setting, with much of the surrounding area resembling a construction site.

But the plans for the final section of the 5.6 kilometer is layout are grandiose.  The idea is that the Hermann Tilke-penned venue will eventually be part-permanent and partly a city street course.

According to the local Korea Herald newspaper, the government announced on Monday that it has approved plans for the leisure-themed corporate city.

The $1.67 billion plans, to transform the area into a motor sport and tourism city by 2021, were lodged by the provincial authorities and race promoter Korea Auto Valley Operation.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said construction is likely to start in the second half of 2011.

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10/18/10
f1

Ecclestone: 'My replacement should be a used car dealer'
The tireless Bernie Ecclestone
Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has said that he remains hesitant over who will replace him as head of the sport but stresses that retirement is not being considered ahead of his 80th birthday next week.

Born on 28 October 1930, Ecclestone lived through World War II in England before moving into Formula 1 as driver manager for notable names such as 1970 World Champion Jochen Rindt.

Having run the Brabham team between 1972 and 1987, his overall control of the sport came through developing the sale of television rights from the late 1970s onwards, with companies Formula One Management (FOM) and Formula One Administration (FOA) both being owned by Alpha Prema, of which he is a joint owner.

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10/18/10
pf2000

Cheng Takes Final Checkered Flag of 2010 Pacific F2000 Season
David Cheng ended the season the way he began it, with a victory in the Pacific F2000 Championship Presented by Corsa Car Care. The race was held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway as a special guest of VARA at the Jeff Saltman Memorial Race meeting.

Qualifying was held under cloudy skies and cooler temperatures as Saturday’s winner Scott Rarick and David Cheng, PR1 Motorsports teammates dueled for the pole position with Cheng finally securing the pole with a time of 1m25.055s to edge Rarick by .069 of a second.

Starting third was again the newcomer Gustavo Menezes for Dave Freitas Racing followed by Bob Negron, Ira Fierberg, Conner Ford, Peter West, Les Phillips, Peter Hastrup and Miles Maroney having made only one lap before the car borrowed from Bill Kincaid who offered his car when it was discovered that Miles’ PR1 Motorsports Van Diemen was too badly damaged to be used lost a half shaft. Miles was in a battle with three other drivers for second place in the championship with only six points separating the contenders.

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10/18/10
nassprint

NASCAR and E15: The fallacy of ethanol

The United States faces two problems when it comes to transportation:  getting fuel and the by-products of burning it.

The United States imports over 2/3 of the petroleum we use for transportation, primarily because most of the easily accessible oil isn’t located in places we control.  Easy sources of U.S. petroleum are being exhausted, which forces us to look for and extract oil from less-convenient places, like deep underwater.  Accessing these oil reserves is more expensive – companies are willing to do it only because oil prices have risen so much.  As we’ve seen in the Gulf, going further and deeper for oil presents greater potential hazards if something goes wrong.  Being dependent on other countries for energy is bad, so developing energy sources that we have greater local control over is a good goal.

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10/18/10
f1

Buemi: Korea feels like a typical Tilke track
Sebastien Buemi
Having simulated the new Korean GP track Sebastien Buemi says it's "very much in the style" of the usual Hermann Tilke circuits.

"Immediately after the Japanese Grand Prix, I headed back to Europe and spent the following Tuesday in the simulator to get some experience of what we might find in Korea," said the Swiss driver.

"It looks interesting enough with a very long straight, while the corners cover a really big range of types, from very slow to very fast.

"You get a sense from the simulator that the track layout is very much in the style of the more recent circuits designed by Hermann Tilke in that he has been able to create a wide track and the overall length is one of the longest on the calendar at around 5.6 kilometers.

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10/18/10
f1

Kubica disappointed Kimi won't be joining team
Robert Kubica wanted Kimi Raikkonen as a teammate
Robert Kubica says he's a "bit disappointed" that Kimi Raikkonen won't be joining him at Renault, as it would've been really good to have a World Champ as a team-mate.

Rumors of Raikkonen's possible move to Renault, which created headlines after the Finn's management admitted they had contacted Renault to enquire about their 2011 line-up, came to naught when the 2007 World Champ lashed out at Renault.

According to the World Rally Championship driver, he "never seriously considered driving for Renault" and was "very disappointed with the way they have used my name for their own marketing."

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10/18/10
v8
irl

Tagliani celebrates birthday down under
Alex (R) met his totally hot Australian wife Bronte (L) while racing CART IndyCars on the Gold Coast in 2001, they were married in 2003
Armor All Gold Coast 600 international entrant Alex Tagliani and his Australian wife Bronte flew in to the Gold Coast at the weekend, just in time to celebrate his 38th birthday from one of the city’s famous landmarks.

Tagliani will pair up with Kelly Racing for the Armor All Gold Coast 600, after a long history on the Gold Coast in both IndyCar and Champ Car including two podium finishes, even meeting his wife Bronte while racing here in 2001.

The pair celebrated the event with chocolate cake while looking out over the streets of the Gold Coast on which he will race across October 22-24, from Q1’s QDeck this morning.

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10/18/10
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Monday
  • Jean Todt says race in Africa not in the cards for now
    F1 braced for difficult week in Korea
  • Wolff could increase Williams stake to 49pc
  • Todt says F1 race unlikely for Africa
  • F1 bosses consider two-day weekend for F1
  • Even at 80, Ecclestone not looking to slow down
  • Durango admits NASCAR foray more likely than F1

F1 braced for difficult week in Korea
(GMM)  Organizers of this weekend's inaugural Korean grand prix have scattered cement dust in places around the new Yeongam layout, as the newly-laid asphalt surface continues to seep oil as it cures.

But Karun Chandhok - the only man to have completed a lap of the 5.62km layout in a formula one car - insists the circuit will be safe enough to host the race.

"I don't think for one second that it will be disastrous," the Indian driver told the Telegraph.  "A lot of the rumors have been inaccurate."

In its official event preview, the Italian team Toro Rosso also urged the F1 world not to "panic" as it makes the long trek from Europe to the Jeollanam-do province.

There are concerns about the incomplete track facilities, food, hotels, access roads, organized crime in the local area and the proximity to the rogue North Korea.

"Our advice to you is don't panic and make the most of the experience," said the team.

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10/17/10
track news

Bristol Motor Speedway President Jeff Byrd dead
Statement from Martinsville Speedway President W. Clay Campbell on the passing of Bristol Motor Speedway President Jeff Byrd:

"I'm saddened at the loss our good friend Jeff Byrd. I've known Jeff well going back to his days with R.J. Reynolds and Winston. He had such a passion for this business back then and was determined to help take our sport to another level. That determination  carried over to his leadership at Bristol Motor Speedway. He was a guy that was just always a  pleasure to be around.  He had that kind of personality. He will be missed but not forgotten. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family."

Michael P. Printup, President of Watkins Glen International Statement Regarding the Passing of Jeff Byrd, President of Bristol Motor Speedway

“I am truly saddened by the news that Jeff Byrd passed away earlier today.  He was not only a good person and great leader of Bristol Motor Speedway but also a well-respected member of the motorsports community.  On behalf of the entire team at Watkins Glen International, I would like to extend our most sincere condolences and blessings to the Byrd Family.”

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10/17/10
f1

Bernie eyes Olympic sites for F1 races
Map showing where Sochi lies in relation to Europe
“I know that you have been discussing the plans to build a track for Formula One races with the Soviet and Russian leadership for a long time,” Putin said to Ecclestone.

“You even discussed this issue in person with Leonid Brezhnev. Finally, after decades of negotiations, we have reached a solution. We are happy about this for several reasons. First of all, thanks to your efforts, Formula One has become extremely popular and counts millions of fans all around the world. This was all made possible by your efforts and your talent.

"Now, I hope, we will be able to bring everything you have developed over these decades to Russia and use it on Russian soil. This is very important for us because we have to use everything we build for the 2014 Olympics to its fullest, including the infrastructure and hotels. There are other reasons for our enthusiasm. This new Formula One track will provide our drivers and Russian motorsport with another good, modern venue for training and competitions. This will get a lot of young people interested in sports, particularly motorsports.”

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10/17/10
motogp

Yamaha allows Rossi to test for Ducati
Valentino Rossi had indicated that he has been given permission by Yamaha’s Executive Officer for Engineering Operations, Masao Furusawa, to test with Ducati in Valencia next month.

The question of whether the 31 year-old would be allowed by Yamaha to ride the Desmosedici for the team with which he has signed for the 2011 season remained a matter of great interest amongst the media, and in an interview with Italian MotoGP broadcaster Italia 1 Rossi said he had finally received clearance from Furusawa after speaking with him on Saturday evening.

“Furusawa called me and told me it was a way of saying thanks for what I have done for Yamaha,” Rossi told Italia 1. “I think it’s a nice gesture and it shows that Yamaha has valued the things done over these years.”

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10/17/10
eurof3

Mortara wins again – Félix da Costa claims rookie title
Edoardo Mortara in the wet at Hockenheim
In the rain at Hockenheim, Edoardo Mortara (Signature) confirmed the strong form he had already been showing throughout the season. Having been crowned as the new champion four weeks ago already, he scored his seventh win of the season at the 3.736 kilometers long Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg Sunday. Valtteri Bottas (ART Grand Prix) and Marco Wittmann (Signature) completed the podium after the 17th season round of the Formula 3 Euro Series. Antonio Félix da Costa (Motopark Academy) crossed the finish line in ninth place, enough for the Portuguese to wrap up the rookie title early.

Edoardo Mortara already took the lead at the start, which took place behind the safety car due to the weather conditions. During the race, Valtteri Bottas closed up to the Italian, but the Finn locked up under braking before the new shortcut in the closing stages of the race and had to let Mortara go. His second place, however, was not in jeopardy. Thus, he kept the battle for runner-up spot open. He is now six points down on second-placed Wittmann. The battle for the title of “rookie of the year” has been decided: for Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam), eighth place wasn’t enough to prevent Ant¢nio Félix da Costa (Motopark Academy) from winning the title in the classification for novices in the series.

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10/17/10
tv news

TV times are tough all over: NASCAR isn't alone
In fact, the National Football League's blackout rule is becoming big news. If an NFL game isn't sold out a couple days in advance, it can't be shown on local TV.

Such a TV blackout rule has been suggested by promoter Bruton Smith for NASCAR, partly in order to pressure TV networks and area government officials to fill up the stands to avoid a blackout.

Last year the NFL's Jacksonville franchise had seven of it's eight home games blacked out; so this season the team has worked extra hard to avoid that.

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10/17/10
EuroF3

Formula 3 Euro Series announces 2011 race calendar
The race calendar for the Formula 3 Euro Series was finalized by the two motorsport federations DMSB (Deutscher Motor Sport Bund e.V.) and FFSA (Fédération Francaise du Sport Automobile) in accordance with the ITR e.V.: in 2011, the ambitious young drivers will be battling for fast lap times and points in a total of ten race weekends. Nine out of ten race tracks have been determined already, negotiations concerning the venue for the tenth event are about to be concluded. Next year again, the races of the Formula 3 Euro Series will be supporting the popular race series DTM and Le Mans Series. In Germany, Hockenheimring, Norisring and Nürburgring will host the Formula 1 stars of tomorrow. Further races are taking place in France, The Netherlands, Austria, Great Britain and Spain.

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10/17/10
nassprint

No one hurt after Bubba stunt gone bad at NASCAR race
A father and son have escaped injury after a pre-race [NASCAR Bubba] stunt gone bad caused a fiery wreck on the frontstretch at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

About two hours before Saturday's Sprint Cup race, the daredevil known as Spanky Spangler was driving around the track in a beat-up recreational vehicle with 'Hold my beer. Watch this' spray-painted on one side.

He was chased by a police cruiser driven by his son, Bryan Spangler. There were a series of planned explosions just as the cars approached a jump. But the bottom of the RV caught fire and landed nose-first on top of junk cars next to the ramps.

It took several minutes for rescue personnel to get the elder Spangler from the RV. He walked to an ambulance and was treated and released from the infield care center. SI.com

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10/17/10
automotive

GM recalls 300,000 Impalas over seat belt problem
General Motors is recalling more than 300,000 Chevrolet Impala sedans because the seat belts may fail to restrain people in the front seats during a crash.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says on its Web site that the front-seat belt webbing may not be secured properly to a lap belt anchor on the side of the seat near the doors.

The recall affects Impalas from the 2009 and 2010 model years.  Dealers will inspect how the belts are anchored. They will reinstall the anchors if needed at no cost to the owners.  Owners can contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438.

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10/17/10
motogp

Stoner wins again on home turf
Casey Stoner
Casey Stoner’s authority on his home Phillip Island track continued in style on Sunday as the Ducati rider won at the circuit for the fourth year in a row. Starting from pole position – his third of the season – the 25 year-old led the Iveco Australian Grand Prix from start to finish as he made it a third win of 2010 in front of a partisan crowd.

Eventually crossing the finish line 8.598s ahead of 2010 World Champion Jorge Lorenzo it was the perfect end to a strong weekend from Stoner, who had demonstrated his pace throughout the practice and qualifying sessions.

Lorenzo (Fiat Yamaha) rode a lonely race in second position as he finished almost ten seconds ahead of third-placed Valentino Rossi. For the Spaniard it was a 14th podium finish in his title-winning campaign – his 32nd top-three result in the MotoGP category in what was his 50th premier class start.

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10/17/10
nascar

NASCAR To Race With E15 Fuel In 2011
NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France announces that NASCAR will use Sunoco Green E15 fuel, an ethanol blend, beginning in 2011
Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) today announced it will race with E15 fuel in its three national touring series in 2011. Sunoco Green E15 is a 15 percent ethanol blend using American-made ethanol from corn grown by American farmers.

“NASCAR is committed to being an environmental leader, and the sport has taken significant steps over the years toward conservation by introducing measurable, best-in-class initiatives in recycling, alternative energy, and carbon mitigation,” said Brian France, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NASCAR.

“The transition to Sunoco Green E15 takes our long-term sustainability strategy to the next level. Sunoco Green E15 is good for racing, good for the environment and good for America. While fueling the same close, door-to-door racing that thrills our fans, American ethanol creates jobs in the United States, helps foster energy independence, and continues the greening of our sport.”

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10/16/10
wsr

Alexander Rossi shines in World Series by Renault testing
Alexander Rossi joined the first post-2010 season World Series by Renault 3.5 test in Barcelona, Spain, October 12th and 13th returning to familiar and winning ISR Racing, for which he debuted in Monaco this past May qualifying fifth. Rossi, already a winner this year at the 4.655 Kilometer Catalunya Circuit while driving with ART Grand Prix and the GP3 Series serving support for the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix had high expectations of the test and was anxious to once again work with ISR whom he had driven for in the International Formula Masters Series in 2009 collecting three wins.

On Day 1 of the Barcelona test, Rossi had a comfortable gap mid-session with a 1:33.660. A lap time over a ½ second quicker than the pole time set last weekend for the WSR season finale at Circuit Catalunya. The American spent the major part of the test as the leader in varying wet and dry conditions.

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10/16/10
Team USA

Pigot Takes Pole For Heat Race, but Both Team USA Drivers Fail to Finish
Both Team USA drivers end up in the pea gravel together, their day done.
A day which had begun with much promise ended in disaster when Team USA Scholarship drivers Spencer Pigot and Felix Serralles collided while running in fourth and fifth positions during their Formula Ford Kent Festival Heat race this afternoon.

Both drivers were unhurt in the accident, which occurred on the 11th of 12 laps around the 1.2-mile Brands Hatch "Indy" circuit.

The two teenaged Americans had been posting fast lap times ever since beginning their testing program with veteran team owner Cliff Dempsey on Tuesday. Pigot, 17, from Windermere, Fla., underlined that promise by comfortably snaring pole position for the Heat race this morning in the #22 Team USA Scholarship/Cliff Dempsey Racing Ray GRS07/08. Pigot’s fastest lap of 54.572 seconds on a damp track was more than a half-second clear of the remainder of the 25-car field which was headed by Irishman Noel Dunne in a Mygale SJ08.

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10/16/10
nassprint

NASCAR doesn't realize how bad things are UPDATE Brian France's solution to NASCAR's plummeting TV ratings for three straight year:

"We're working on it. Racing is great and over time that takes care of things. We'd like to have better ratings but we will over time.''

"We'll look at everything we can do. Ultimately, the racing, which is phenomenal, will carry the day.  That's our product.''

So in other words he has no clue as to why NASCAR's TV ratings are plummeting and thinks everything will be OK, therefore is taking the do-nothing option.

10/08/10 It's not surprising that the first three races of NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship have earned low television ratings.

ESPN's coverage of the Chase opener at New Hampshire dropped 28 percent from last year -- from 3.2 to 2.3. The rating for the second race, at Dover, fell 23 percent from 3.1 to 2.4.

Last Sunday's race at Kansas on ABC was also down. It earned a rating of 2.7, averaging 3,741,683 viewers, according to the Nielsen Company.

The funny thing is that NASCAR and its TV partners remain oblivious as to why people aren't tuning in.

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10/16/10
British F3

2011 British F3 calendar
SRO Motorsports Group today announces an exciting calendar for the 2011 Cooper Tires British F3 International Series season, with a superb selection of circuits - both British and European - on the roster of events and enhancements aimed at maintaining the championship’s position at the forefront of international motorsport.

British F3 will again feature 30 races, three at each of the 10 meetings. After a break from recent years, the championship will kick off at the legendary Autodromo di Monza, home of the Italian Grand Prix. In Britain the championship will feature at Oulton Park, Donington Park GP, Brands Hatch GP, Rockingham, the new Snetterton ‘300’ track, with the season finale at Silverstone Arena. In mainland Europe, as well as Monza, F3 will visit Paul Ricard and Spa Francorchamps. Nürburgring is likely to be on the calendar but remains to be confirmed at this point.

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10/16/10
cc

Video: Ayrton Senna tests an IndyCar
In today's day and age you would never see the top driver in F1, at the time Ayrton Senna, come to the USA to test drive an IndyCar.  Of course that was when CART IndyCar was on top of the world before Tony George created the IRL, fractured and destroyed the sport.



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10/16/10
racing news

Calif. woman killed in crash at Mario Andretti racing event
In 1999 our Mark Cipolloni (above) drove the same cars at Fontana in what was a precursor to the Mario Andretti Driving Experience called Driving 101 and it was sanctioned by CART.  It was a push start back then.
A woman crashed a replica Indy race car into a wall at a high rate of speed and died while taking part in the Mario Andretti Driving Experience at a Southern California motor speedway.

The San Bernardino County coroner's office says 24-year-old Ashley Phalen of Los Angeles was killed early Friday when her vehicle slammed into a wall and overturned at the Auto Club Motor Speedway in Fontana. She died at a nearby hospital.

Phalen was participating in what is described on andrettiracing.com as the "World's Fastest Racing Experience." The website says people can drive a race car with 600 horsepower for an eight-minute session and reach speeds up to 160 mph.

An after-hours phone message for the Andretti Driving Experience wasn't immediately returned.

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10/16/10
nassprint

Drivers, NASCAR at a loss on plummeting popularity
Jimmie Johnson scoffs at the notion that his five-year run of success and dominance in the Chase is responsible for NASCAR’s sharp decline in TV ratings. But, like most other Sprint Cup drivers, Johnson has no explanation for why ESPN has seen a sharp decline in ratings for the first four Chase races this year.

Though TV ratings for NASCAR and most sports have been down this year, the ratings for Sprint Cup races began to drop at an alarming rate when the Chase For The Sprint Cup began Sept. 19.

The ratings for the first four Chase ratings are down an average of 27 percent, with last week’s race at Auto Club Speedway plummeting by 31 percent over last year’s rating.

Officials at NASCAR and ESPN have been at a loss to explain the sudden decline. ESPN officials say the switch from ABC last year to the cable network this year is not a factor. They believe a big reason may be the switch to earlier start times on Sunday, which conflict with the 1 p.m. start of NFL games.

But both ESPN and NASCAR officials admit that they have not concrete answer for the dip.

Sprint Cup drivers are equally baffled. Scenedily.com

[Editors Note: See feature article by Mark Cipolloni on this topic.  It was written about IndyCar, but it applies to NASCAR as well.)

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10/16/10
nassprint

Chevrolet, Toyota Cup teams get new front ends approved for 201
new front splitter and nose have been approved for Chevrolet and Toyota Sprint Cup cars for next year while Ford and Dodge teams are still working on a few adjustments to the front of their cars.

Chevrolet’s new front splitter and nose combination was displayed on Tony Stewart’s 2011 car that he unveiled Tuesday with his Mobil 1 sponsorship for next year.

The new front splitter for Chevrolet and Toyota is molded to the front of the car instead of held to the front bumper with braces. Dodge and Ford teams are using the opportunity to change the front bumper to give those cars better manufacturer identity and are still in the NASCAR approval process. There will be no change to the hood for Ford and Dodge, just a slight change from the top at the front of the hood halfway down toward the splitter.

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10/16/10
motogp

Stoner strength on home soil underlined with Phillip Island pole
Casey Stoner
Casey Stoner took his third pole position of the season with the best time in qualification for the Iveco Australian Grand Prix of 1’30.107 on Saturday, as he secured top spot on the starting grid at Phillip Island for the third consecutive season. The Australian, who has won his home GP for the last three years, was an impressive 0.668s clear of the rest of the field by the end of the session.

World Champion Jorge Lorenzo (Fiat Yamaha) was the only rider able to get within a second of Stoner, as the Spaniard joined his rival under the 1’31” barrier. Lorenzo briefly led the session with his time of 1’30.775 but eventually had to settle for second on the grid.

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10/16/10
nascar

NASCAR Hall A Good Luck Charm for Drivers
History is being made as recent as this race season and the NASCAR Hall of Fame is keeping up to speed with celebrating historical moments and success. The attraction’s newest exhibit highlights historic moments of 2010 and will be on display in the Great Hall now through January 2011.

The exhibit features Jamie McMurray’s No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet Impala, which he drove to victory in the 2010 Brickyard 400, and Kyle Busch’s No. 18 NASCAR.com RaceView Toyota Tundra from his unprecedented Bristol sweep. The history-making race cars are fresh from victory lane still sporting racetrack battle scars, celebratory burnout damage and debris, including rubber, grass, soda and champagne.

“This is as real as it gets,” said Winston Kelley, executive director for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. “Guests are feet away from cars that have marked their place in history in recent months. The NASCAR Hall of Fame not only preserves history but also celebrates it as it happens. Chip’s three notable wins and Kyle’s sweep certainly define some of the greatest feats of 2010.”

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10/16/10
Team USA

Team USA Scholarship Drivers Ready For Action at the Formula Ford Festival
Serralles and Pigot (in car), taken this evening in the freshly liveried car
After burning up the Brands Hatch "Indy" circuit during testing for the past four days, 2010 Team USA Scholarship drivers Spencer Pigot and Felix Serralles are ready for their first proper action when qualifying for the Formula Ford Festival begins at 9:50 local time tomorrow morning.

Both Pigot, 17, from Windermere, Fla., and Serralles, from Haines City, Fla., have shown a promising turn of speed in their pair of Cliff Dempsey Racing-prepared Ray GRS07/8 Formula Ford cars. Nevertheless, ever-realistic team principal Cliff Dempsey remains under no illusions. He knows full well there will be no shortage of tough competition.

"I’m really happy with the way everything is going," said Dempsey, a former driver himself who along with wife Michelle has established one of the most highly regarded Formula Ford teams. "We’re as quick as anybody but we’ll see what happens [in qualifying] tomorrow. Anything can happen in this game and I’d much rather speak about them after everything is done, but there’s no doubt these two boys are as quick as any we’ve ever had. I’m happy with what I see and the way it’s going; we’re certainly on the pace."

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