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10/19/11
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Jimmie Johnson calls on IndyCar to quit ovals  UPDATE #2 A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, IndyCar should not quit oval tracks because of safety.  That can be fixed.  I like the canopy idea.  Would not work in every circumstance but I think it would in most.  IndyCar should quit high banked oval tracks for these reasons:
  1. Did you see the size of the crowd at Las Vegas, supposedly IndyCar's shining moment?  All IndyCar fans were given a free ticket to show up.  Hardly anyone bothered.  Maybe 15,000 in a stadium that holds 132,000.  IndyCar got another black eye - How many fans would have been there if they had to pay for the ticket?  Maybe 5,000? The oval track business model does not work for IndyCars. 
  2. Regardless of whether IndyCar were to slow the speeds, the cars will fly through the air and they will hit the catch fence again.  Even LeMans cars, which have enclosed wheels get airborne and fly through the air.  The issue is cost.  Did you see how many cars they destroyed?  Imagine if that was the new car and all those cars got wiped out. Imagine the replacement and repair bill.  IndyCar cannot afford oval tracks, the carnage is too costly.  Crashes at those speeds destroy cars.
  3. The driver's head is too exposed in the new car to race on ovals.  Whoever designed the new car that way is clueless.  They need to redesign it or add a canopy.  The canopy would look cool.  Have to do something to make that hideous looking car look better too.  Eric Smith
Jimmie Johnson took a lot of heat for what he said
10/19/11
Jimmie Johnson would like to clear up a few things about Indy cars, oval tracks, his pals in open wheel, safety and his interest in running the Indianapolis 500.

The 5-time NASCAR champion has been under siege since giving his views to the media after Dan Wheldon lost his life last Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Johnson said he didn’t think Indy cars should continue racing on ovals at the speeds they currently run because it was too dangerous for drivers and fans with cars getting airborne.

What he meant, but maybe didn’t clarify, was what many people have been saying for years: Indy cars in a pack-racing environment on ovals that were built and banked for stock cars was a catastrophe waiting to happen. More ...

10/19/11
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f1
Death is a risk every driver accepts: Vettel  Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel says motor racing should try to improve safety after the death of IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon, although drivers accept the dangers involved.

The Red Bull driver calls Wheldon’s death a “big loss” but says risks can not be avoided.

The German says “we are ready to take that into account because we love racing and we love motor sports and it is dangerous.” More ...

10/19/11
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Perhaps Rahal put it best  On Sunday the Road Racing Drivers Club lost a fellow member, the racing community lost a brilliant talent and the Wheldon family lost a husband and father. The last tragic loss is the only one that really matters. Our hearts are burdened with grief for Dan's family and we hope they feel the arms of their friends around them.

Racing can be a bitter sport, but life in the racing community is so exhilarating that, year after year, incident after incident, drivers choose to race. Dan continued when others had troubles; his fellow RRDC members will as well, some even soon. Racing isn't heartless; those who participate know that there is no community more loving or more mutually supportive. Racing is a rewarding way of life that Dan and his fellow RRDC members chose, and loved, for very personal reasons.

Dan Wheldon was our teammate, our competitor and our friend. The RRDC will do what we can to help his family, and we will always honor this lovely man. Then we will do what Dan would have done; we will go racing. Bobby Rahal

10/19/11
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Colin Braun returns to Grand Am racing  Barber Motorsports Park is a welcome sight for Colin Braun -- sort of.

Braun burst onto the sports car racing scene in 2006 as a 17-year-old competing for Krohn Racing in the Rolex Grand Am Series. He and co-driver Jorg Bergmeister won the Daytona Prototype race at Barber that year.

Braun moved up after the 2007 season to drive for Jack Roush in NASCAR's Nationwide and Truck Series, scoring a truck win at Michigan in 2009. More ...

10/19/11
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Surfers event creates Wheldon trophy  Organizers of the Gold Coast 600 this weekend announced that the international driver in the V8 Supercars races in Surfers Paradise, Australia, with the best performance will be presented the Dan Wheldon Trophy.

IZOD IndyCar Series drivers Sebastien Bourdais, Ryan Briscoe, Helio Castroneves, Alex Tagliani and Simon Pagenaud are competing in the series’ 11th event of the season as a tribute to their friend and on-track competitor. International drivers are paired with V8 Supercars regulars for the 102-lap races on the street circuit Oct. 22 and 23.

The lineup of the 28 internationals scheduled to compete also includes Marino Franchitti, Patrick Long, Boris Said, Jan Magnussen, Joey Hand and Mika Salo. Wheldon, who was to partner with Holden driver James Courtney in the street race, died Oct. 16 from injuries suffered in a race crash. More ...

10/19/11
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FIA not helping IndyCar with investigation  The entire INDYCAR family is saddened by Dan Wheldon's tragic death, and our thoughts continue to be, first and foremost, with Dan's wife, Susie, and his entire family at this incredibly difficult time. The safety of our drivers, their crews, INDYCAR staff, racetrack staff and spectators is always our paramount concern. 

As part of our standard safety protocol, a full investigation has been launched by INDYCAR, with assistance from individual members of various motorsports bodies. It was incorrect to state that either ACCUS or FIA are formally involved. We hope to have preliminary findings to report within the next several weeks. In the meantime, it would be inappropriate to comment further until the investigative team has had the opportunity to conclude its work. IndyCar

10/19/11
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Alesi still planning on running Indy 500  
Jean Alesi
Jean Alesi says he is not changing his mind about racing in the Indianapolis 500 despite Dan Wheldon's fatal accident.  The 47-year-old Frenchman announced earlier this year that he will try to qualify for next year's race, in what will be his debut on an oval circuit. He said the passing of Wheldon had not made him change his mind, as he believes it is safe enough.

"Why should I? What happened at Las Vegas can't happen in Indy: the banking there is negligible and most of all you never take it flat-out except in qualifying," he told Gazzetta dello Sport.  "I'm no expert, but before deciding I spoke to Dallara who has reassured me over safety standards."

Meanwhile, Gian Paolo Dallara confirmed the 2012 car that Wheldon helped develop is likely to be called DW01 to honor the late Briton.

"Dan was special – a good racing driver and a great person, everyone loved him," Dallara said. "Our 2012 car will be called DW01 or something similar. Dan will live on." Racer.com

10/19/11
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Nationwide Series schedule released, cut to 33 events in 2012  The 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule will consist of 33 races, down one from the 34-race schedule in 2011.

NASCAR released the schedule Wednesday. All of the changes had been previously announced:

• Nashville Superspeedway, which had two races this year, opted not to have any NASCAR races in 2012.

• Kentucky Speedway gets one of the Nashville dates.

• The Indianapolis race has moved from Lucas Oil Raceway to Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The race at Montreal is back on the schedule after months of speculation that it might be dropped after the promoter did not get financial incentives from the government to market the race. More ...

10/19/11
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American Rossi shines in GP2 test  
Alexander Rossi
Caterham Team AirAsia is back in Spain for the final test of the year this week just north of Barcelona at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Young American Alexander Rossi joined the team for the first of two full days of testing. With very little GP2 experience Rossi showed great potential finishing in the top eight this morning, with both cars opting to save a set of tires for the afternoon session. After lunch Rossi ran for 31laps to end the day P4 just 0.5 seconds the top spot.

Luiz Razia was also reunited with the team to run various programs in preparation for the Abu Dhabi GP2 Final race next month. He completed a total of 50 laps to finish today P19.

Rodolfo Gonzalez will pair up with Rossi tomorrow to conclude GP2 testing for 2011. More ...

10/19/11
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iSport drivers lead the way in Barcelona GP2 test  
Marcus Ericson led the morning times for iSport
The final 2011 post-season testing opened today at Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona. For this two-day session the twenty-six drivers are running on 2012 Pirelli P Zero hard compounds and were greeted this morning by sunny skies as the pitlane opened. GP3 graduate Tom Dillmann at iSport set the early pace, but as the track warmed up, newcomer Kevin Magnussen at Carlin improved the Frenchman’s laptime to top the timesheet. He was soon edged out by another GP3 graduate Nigel Melker at the wheel of an Ocean Racing Engineering car. At the half-way mark, experienced drivers took control of the trouble-free session with Dani Clos at Scuderia Coloni and Esteban Gutierrez at Lotus ART going top. Caterham Team AirAsia’s Alexander Rossi improved the Spaniard’s laptime by one tenth at mid-session, but it was race winner Marcus Ericsson who was the first driver to break the 1:30 barrier. The iSport man went top, four tenths quicker than the American. His laptime would remain unbeaten until the end of the morning session. Clos, Gutierrez, Kevin Ceccon, Melker, Dillmann, Julian Leal, Rossi, Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer completed the top 10. More ...
10/19/11
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2012 World Series by Renault 3.5 Series calendar  
5-6 May: Motorland Aragon, Spain
26-27 May: Monaco (Formula Renault 3.5 Series only)
2-3 June: Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
30 June-1 July: Nürburgring, Germany
14-15 July: Moscow, Russia**
24-25 August: TBC (Formula Renault 3.5 Series only)
15-16 September: Hungaroring, Hungary
29-30 September: Paul Ricard HTTT, France
20-21 October: Barcelona, Spain

*Pending confirmation by the FIA
**Pending approval by the FIA

10/19/11
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Thirteen teams selected for 2012  The World Series by Renault Organizing Committee has selected 13 teams and two substitute teams from the 18 applicant teams for the 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 Series. Eleven of the teams participating in 2011 will be lining up on the grid once again next season. The remaining two teams will be DAMS, which will make its return to the competition, and Arden International Ltd., which will be competing for the first time in Formula Renault 3.5 Series.
 
Today, on Monday 17 October, the World Series by Renault Organizing Committee published the list of 13 teams it selected to participate in the 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 Series, in which a new car developed by Renault Sport Technologies will be used. From among the 18 applicants, all of which presented solid guarantees and coherent projects, the Organizing Committee selected the 13 participating teams based on their sporting experience and on marketing and financial considerations. More ...
10/19/11
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track news
Moscow Raceway to host World Series by Renault race  
Moscow Raceway still under construction
Moscow Raceway, the first and only Formula 1 circuit in Russia, will host the World Series by Renault as its official opening ceremony on July 14-15, 2012.

Sunday evening, after the final race meeting in Barcelona was over, Renault Sport announced the new World Series by Renault schedule 2012. Just 2 weeks after the German round at famous Nürburgring, Moscow Raceway will stage its inaugural race event, the Russian round of World Series by Renault on July 14-15. More ...

10/19/11
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Leimer will be driving at one of the Sauber "Young Driver Days"  At the so called “Young Driver Days”, the test days for up and coming drivers who have competed in no more than two Formula One races, the Sauber C30-Ferrari will not only be driven by Esteban Gutièrrez, but also by Fabio Leimer. Mexican Gutièrrez, the team’s 20-year-old official test and reserve driver, will be at the wheel for two of the three days in Abu Dhabi. Leimer, 22-years-old and from the Kanton Aargau in Switzerland, will have his first experience in an F1 car at the Yas Marina Circuit. The “Young Driver Days” will take place from 15th to 17th November after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. More ...
10/19/11
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Foyt, Andretti defend oval racing, slam Jimmie Johnson  With the Izod IndyCar Series facing scrutiny after Dan Wheldon's fatal crash Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the series' two greatest legends staunchly defended its oval-track tradition Tuesday..J. Foyt and Mario Andretti condemned five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and others for calling on IndyCar stop racing on ovals because it was too easy for cars to get airborne.

"I don't think Jimmie Johnson knows what he's talking about," said Foyt, a four-time Indianapolis 500 winner whose name adorns the trophy given to IndyCar's best oval driver. "He's never drove one, and he's pretty stupid to make a statement like that. You could say the same about stock cars. I've driven both, and I've been hurt real bad in both." More ...
10/19/11
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Randy Bernard issues apology after predicting 'carnage' before Dan Wheldon's death  Dan Wheldon, 33, died in an horrific 15-car crash at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, leaving fans stunned and plunging series officials into crisis management mode as the season-ending finale turned to disaster.

In an interview over the summer, Bernard said that "danger will be an important element of the sport" as IndyCar looked to attract bigger crowds, as well as rivaling NASCAR for increased excitement and risk.

Bernard, who has been in the post since last March, added that changes to restarts would mean more "carnage and wrecks". More ...

10/19/11
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Video: In memory of Dan Wheldon  This video is dedicated to the 2 time Indy 500 winner and 2005 Indy Car Series Champion Dan Wheldon who was killed October 16 2011 during the season finally at Las Vegas, Nevada.

10/19/11
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IndyCar drivers organizing to fight for safety changes  Following Dan Wheldon's death at the IndyCar race in Las Vegas on Sunday, his fellow drivers mourned the loss of their friend — then began to talk openly over Twitter about organizing themselves to push for safety changes.

Tomas Scheckter, the son of 1979 Formula 1 World Champion Jody Scheckter, was the first to tweet on Monday that IndyCar drivers needed to speak together if changes were to come: More ...

10/19/11
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IndyCar stars impress at V8 testing  
Ryan Briscoe
Back behind the wheel just days after the crash that killed his friend Dan Wheldon, Australian IndyCar driver Ryan Briscoe overcame jetlag - and a heavy heart - to almost top the test times ahead of this weekend's Gold Coast 600.

Organizers revealed on Wednesday the best-performed international driver at this weekend's V8 Supercars round would receive the Dan Wheldon Memorial Trophy.

And Briscoe will be one to watch for the touching award judging by his gutsy effort at testing.

Remarkably Briscoe flew in from the US at 6.45am AEST on Wednesday and headed straight to the test track at Queensland Raceway near Ipswich for the day-long V8 test session ahead of the weekend round. More ...

10/19/11
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Jackie Stewart talks about safety after Wheldon's accident  
Jackie Stewart
The tragic death of English driver Dan Wheldon after a horror race crash in the U.S. should lead to changes in the IndyCar division, according to Formula One legend Jackie Stewart.

Two-time Indy 500 winner Wheldon lost his life on Sunday after a multi-car collision on the 11th lap of the 2011 IndyCar World Championship's final race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Stewart, who won Rookie of the Year at the 1966 Indy 500 before becoming a three-time F1 champion, told CNN that such a tragedy will prompt the sport to re-evaluate the current safety measures. (Video follows later in article) More ...

10/19/11
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday  
  • The Wheldon crash investigation should conclude that driver canopies and wheel covers be added to the new IndyCar
    F1 governing body to help Wheldon crash probe
  • Wait for India race seat 'agonizing' - Chandhok
  • Germans think Vettel to beat F1 title record
  • Construction still to begin at US GP site
  • Webber reveals 'amazing' interest from rival teams
  • 'No chance' teams to buy F1 - team boss
  • Vergne and Ricciardo in running for 2012 - Tost
  • Teams' title worth millions to Red Bull
  • Ferrari development back on track for 2012
  • Bad form leaves Senna exposed for 2012 seat More ...
10/19/11
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IndyCar cancels Vegas test of new car  IndyCar officials have canceled this week's two-day tests of the new 2012 race car at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Tuesday's decision comes two days after Dan Wheldon, who did most of the testing for the 2012 car, was killed in a fiery 15-car crash at the same track.

Target Chip Ganassi managing director Mike Hull says IndyCar made the call on its own and that his team will test the new car later this year.

Four-time series champ Dario Franchitti was scheduled to run at the 1.5-mile oval Wednesday and Thursday. He and Wheldon were close friends.

Franchitti's wife, actress Ashley Judd, wrote on Twitter: "I appreciate IndyCar canceling my husband's test at Las Vegas track. The new car needs development - but not now, and never again there."

10/18/11
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Dan Wheldon Memorial Service announced  INDYCAR will hold a public memorial service to celebrate the life of IZOD IndyCar Series driver Dan Wheldon at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 at Conseco Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis.

Wheldon, a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner and 2005 IZOD IndyCar Series champion, sustained unsurvivable injuries in a racing accident Oct. 16 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He is survived by his wife, Susie, and two young sons. Wheldon was 33. More ...

10/18/11
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More readers speak out on IndyCar  Dear AR1.com, I am a road course guy – I have almost given up on Indy cars and more or less just follow F1.  But I grew up on Indy Cars and on Indy.  My fondest memories are listening to the 500 with my Dad.

And I don’t think we can or should get away from that.  What has developed today is stupid – but slowing the cars down is not the answer – it is the problem.

A spec series were all the cars drive the same and it doesn’t take much skill to at least run as fast as  the pack (it does take skills to win) is boring and stupid and unsafe … but nobody put a gun to any of those drivers head, and a hell of a lot of us would do it if we had the opportunity.

What needs to happen is fast and possibly less safe cars were skill is needed to drive them, were people can break away from the pack – and the pack can break away from the incompetent. Carl Forshage

Dear Carl, CART had it right with the Handford Device.  Lot's of passing, but no 'pack' racing.  It was exciting times.  You remember CART don't you?  The best IndyCar series in the history of the sport, bigger than NASCAR, but destroyed by Tony George with voodoo economics. He was also the creator of this 'pack' racing concept.  The man's legacy will be "How one man's stupidity destroyed a dynasty." Mark CMore ...

10/18/11
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Fans love Newey designed open wheel concept car  UPDATE A reader responds, Dear AR1.com, I like reading AR1, but are you serious about Adrian Newey and the concept car? You fail to mention that this car is designed for a video game! A little further review of the idea for the RedBull X2010 via Wikipedia:

"With its low air resistance achieved through its smooth glass canopy and full cowling over the tires, and the downforce gained from the low speed range using the fans as well as in the high speed range through the front and rear wings and the rear diffuser, the car ultimately achieved a theoretical maximum speed of 500 km/h, a weight of 545 kg, and a maximum lateral G force exceeding 8G. This spec is virtually at the very limit of what a normal human body can withstand. Modern fighter jets are usually electronically limited to 9G." More ...
10/18/11
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Jorge Lorenzo Surgery Update  Following successful plastic surgery in Australia, Yamaha Factory Racing rider Jorge Lorenzo has now flown home to Barcelona for a period of recovery. As already confirmed the Mallorcan rider will miss this weekend’s Grand Prix of Malaysia. A decision on his participation in the final race of the season at Valencia will be made within the next two weeks dependent on the progress of his recovery.

“Casey has had an incredible season with very few mistakes,” commented Jorge Lorenzo. “He has always been very strong and consistent so it has been very difficult to beat him. Congratulations to him, he has been the best this year and deserves his second title, a huge achievement as it comes with a different manufacturer. I would have liked to fight until the end, maybe until Valencia but the accident on Sunday has made it impossible. I am very proud of my team for all the hard work they have put in to take second in the Championship. Now we have to think about next year and work as hard as possible to win again. After the crash I was very worried that I would not have full feeling in my finger again. After the excellent treatment I received I have been assured I will have complete feeling in nerves and tendons. This gives me good confidence; I can’t wait to get back on my M1 again!” More ...

10/18/11
nassprin
Section Of I-85 Could Be Named After NASCAR's Jeff Gordon  

Mecklenburg County, N.C., commissioners tonight are scheduled to vote for a resolution that renames a stretch of I-85 near Charlotte the Jeff Gordon Expressway, posting signs "all along the route carrying the Sprint Cup Series driver's name." NASCAR officials came to the county with the idea, saying that he "deserves credit for winning" his 85th Sprint Cup race "and for his charitable work" in the area. Gordon won his first NASCAR race in '94 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Charlotte Observer

10/18/11
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NASCAR Charlotte TV Rating  UPDATE ABC's live telecast of the Bank of America 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night, Oct. 15, earned a 3.2 'Cable' U.S. rating, averaging 5,396,000 viewers, according to the Nielsen Company. The rating is even with the rating for last year's race, which also aired on ABC on a Saturday night. ESPN2's live telecast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Charlotte on Friday night, Oct. 14, earned a 1.1 household coverage rating (1.0 U.S. rating), averaging 1,543,000 viewers. Last year's race, which aired on ESPN2 on a Friday night, earned a 1.3 household coverage rating. All of these ratings are 'cable' ratings, not national ratings, which would be somewhat lower. ESPN

10/17/11 The overnight TV Rating for NASCAR's Bank America 500 at Charlotte Saturday night on ABC was a 3.0
10/18/11
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Roush Yates Engines and Freescale Semiconductor partner on technology  Roush Yates Engines and Freescale Semiconductor announced a new partnership grounded in a shared vision for the expanding role of technology in motorsports. This partnership brings together two industry leaders in automotive and motorsports. Freescale, as one of the world's largest providers of automotive electronics, provides the processing power behind NASCAR's 2012 Sprint Cup Series switch to fuel injection and is the Official Automotive Semiconductor of NASCAR. Roush Yates is recognized as one of the premier engine manufacturers, and both of these companies have a long history in automotive and motorsports innovation. Together, Roush Yates and Freescale look to discover new ways in which technology can be used to improve the team, driver and fan experience within NASCAR and other racing series. Roush Yates PR
10/18/11
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Track will be ready for next week's India GP  (GMM)  Chief organizer Sameer Gaur on Tuesday insisted the new Buddh circuit is right on track to host next weekend's inaugural Indian grand prix.

With last year's shambolic Korean grand prix still in memory, coupled with Delhi's problematic hosting of the Commonwealth Games, there has been concerns the Indian capital is struggling to get its new venue ready for F1.

The track was launched to the media on Tuesday, nine days before the formula one circus will convene ahead of free practice.

Construction workers were still scurrying about, the track surface was dusty and the main grandstand is not yet complete. More ...

10/18/11
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Simonsen to replace Kanaan, Lyons to replace Power  Further to the withdrawal of Will Power from the Armor All Gold Coast 600, Brazilian Tony Kanaan will not be making the trek downunder and will be replaced in the Jana Living Commodore by Danish racer, Allan Simonsen - who finished third at Bathurst with Greg Murphy just two weeks ago.

Kanaan - who was leading the Las Vegas finale at the time of the multi-car pileup - was one of many who couldn't hide their distress following the news of Dan Wheldon's passing.

The former IndyCar Champion had been due to partner Jason Bargwanna in the Jana Living Racing machine - however Simonsen - coming in with confidence after a stellar Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 is a more than able replacement. More ...

10/18/11
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Darren Turner to replace Dan Wheldon in Supercar event  English driver Darren Turner has been named as a replacement for Dan Wheldon at this weekend's Armor All Gold Coast 600 V8 Supercar race in Australia.

Wheldon, who was killed in a 15-car accident during Sunday's IndyCar race in Las Vegas, was due to take part in the event at Surfers Paradise.

He was to be co-driver for V8 Supercar champion James Courtney in two 300km touring car races. More ...

10/18/11
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IndyCar poll results  The results of our last poll are below

Should IndyCar delay the new bodykits until 2013?

Yes 20%
No 80%
Please go to our Home Page and take our next poll regarding the looks of the new IndyCar.
10/18/11
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday  
  • Coulthard: IndyCar is 20 years behind F1 in terms of safety
    Angry farmers still threaten Indian GP
  • Wheldon's death makes waves in F1 world
  • Whitmarsh quiet on Hamilton's private troubles
  • Media impressed but team scolds 'idiot' Vettel
  • Korea GP hopes Hyundai enters F1
  • Ferrari backs Red Bull as FOTA cracks deepen

Angry farmers still threaten Indian GP
(GMM)  Less than two weeks before the inaugural Indian grand prix is scheduled to take place, disgruntled farmers are still threatening to disrupt it. More ...

10/17/11
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Video: A tearful Dan Wheldon's father speaks  The dad of British race star Dan Wheldon paid an emotional tribute to his son today.  Fighting back the tears his father Clive Wheldon, 59, came out of the family home and said his son died doing what he loved.

He said: "The family would like to thank everybody for their support in such a difficult time.

"Daniel was born to be a racer and yesterday he left us doing what he loved, he was a champion on and off the track.

"He was a devoted son to Sue and myself, loving husband to his wife Susie and a loving father to his children Oliver and Sebastian.

"Words cannot describe how much our family will miss him. We want to thank everyone for allowing us time to grieve in private." More Photos

 
10/17/11
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Motorsports This Week on ESPN  
Chase for NASCAR Sprint Cup Continues at Talladega
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway for a 500-mile race on one of NASCAR’s most exciting tracks on Sunday, Oct. 23, airing live on ESPN. The race is the sixth in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. NASCAR Countdown presented by NAPA airs at 1 p.m. ET with the race’s green flag at 2:19 p.m. All NASCAR programming on ESPN is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets with the WatchESPN app and WatchESPN.com. More ...
10/17/11
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Wheldon died of head injuries: coroner  Clark County Coroner Michael Murphy says IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon died of blunt head trauma after a spectacular 15-car wreck at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway (likely caused when his head hit one of the catch fence posts).

Murphy told the Associated Press that an autopsy Monday found the 33-year-old two-time Indianapolis 500 winner died of head injuries at the Las Vegas hospital where he was taken after Sunday's crash. Murphy ruled it an accident.

Wheldon was pronounced dead at 1:54 p.m. Sunday at University Medical Center in Las Vegas.

10/17/11
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Neighbors of Wheldon pay tearful tribute  In Emberton, England, struggling to hold back tears, Clive Wheldon’s voice quivered as he spoke about the tragic death of his son in a fiery IndyCar crash.

“Daniel was born to be a racer and yesterday left us doing what he loved to do,” he told reporters Monday outside the family home in the sleepy English village of Emberton, a far cry from the high-powered world of auto racing in which his son became one of Britain’s most famous sporting exports.

News of Dan Wheldon’s death, at the age of 33, following a massive crash in the Las Vegas Indy 300 dominated newspaper headlines and newscasts in Britain on Monday.

Wheldon’s loss was most keenly felt Monday among the motor-sport fraternity, which has long recognized his talent starting from his youth as a kart driver, and in Emberton, a village in Buckinghamshire—a county just north of London—where he grew up and where his parents Clive and Sue still live.

“The family would like to thank everyone for their overwhelming outpouring of sympathy,” said Clive, reading slowly from a prepared statement and flanked by sons Austin and Ashley. “He was a true champion and a gentleman on and off the track.”

A floral tribute was placed in the heart of the village.

“R.I.P. Dan. You’ll be missed champ,” read one of the messages. More ...

10/17/11
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Update on other IndyCar drivers condition  UPDATE IZOD IndyCar Series drivers JR Hildebrand and Pippa Mann were released from University Medical Center in Las Vegas on Oct. 17.

Mann had surgery last night to clean and assess a severe burn injury to the little finger of her right hand sustained in an accident at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. She will need a subsequent surgery in 2-3 weeks to fully repair the injury but is expected to make a full recovery.

Hildebrand had a severely bruised sternum in the same accident and was held overnight for observation.



10/16/11 Also injured in the crash that killed Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon were JR Hildebrand and Pippa Mann. Both will remain in the hospital overnight. IndyCar said Mann was being treated for a burn to her right pinkie finger and will be released Monday morning; Hildebrand was awake and alert but will be held overnight for further evaluation. Will Power was complaining of lower back pain was evaluated and released. An autopsy was planned Monday for Wheldon.
10/17/11
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'Ridiculous' IndyCar racing not safe, says Jody Scheckter  Jody Scheckter has hit out at the safety standards in IndyCar racing after the multiple accident which resulted in the death of Dan Wheldon on Sunday. While competing in the season-ending race in Las Vegas, the Englishman’s car was launched into the air before impacting cockpit-first with the retaining wall and catch-fencing.

No less than 15 cars were destroyed in the collision, with Wheldon and two others flipping upside down before several cars – including that of the 33-year-old – caught fire. Watching from the paddock at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway was 1979 Formula 1 World Champion Scheckter, whose son Tomas was competing.

“It was horrendous,” Scheckter Sr. told BBC Radio Berkshire. “There were flames everywhere and cars everywhere and it just seemed to carry on. More and more cars caught fire and it was just terrible, really. The laps before I could just see…it’s ridiculous. More ...

10/17/11
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Dan Wheldon Memorial website setup  GoDaddy.com has created a memorial website in honor of Dan Wheldon.

The memorial site, which includes a Facebook link to leave condolences and remembrances and a career photo retrospective, can be found at http://www.danwheldonmemorial.com/

Wheldon, a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner and 2005 IZOD IndyCar Series champion, was killed in a race crash Oct. 16 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He is survived by his wife, Susie, and two young sons. Wheldon was 33.

INDYCAR will pay tribute to Wheldon with a public memorial service in the near future in Indianapolis. Further details on the service and how the public can make memorial contributions will be forthcoming.

10/17/11
racing news
Off-road racer Rick Huseman dies in plane crash  Professional off-road racer Rick Huseman died Sunday after a small plane he was riding in crashed near Dolores Lake, east of Barstow, Calif. According to Monster team manager Ramses Perez, Huseman's brother Jeff was killed as well. A third victim has not been identified.

Born in 1973, Huseman was a Riverside, Calif., native and competed in the Championship Off-Road Racing series in the 4x4 class, among others.

California police found the wreckage around 2:30 p.m., after receiving a call at about 1:45 p.m. regarding a plane crash near the lake. More ...

10/17/11
irl
Miller comments on Wind Tunnel regarding Wheldon's death  SPEED open wheel reporter Robin Miller joined Dave Despain Sunday evening on Wind Tunnel to offer his perspective on the tragic loss of 2005 IndyCar Series champion Dan Wheldon in Sunday’s IndyCar Series season finale from Las Vegas Motor Speedway.         

Miller, who has been covering motor sports for 40 years, shared his memories of Wheldon,  his views on Indy cars running in excess of 220 miles-per-hour at superspeedways, his thoughts on safety issues facing the series, the impact of Wheldon’s death on the series and other topics.   

Following are excerpts from Miller’s interview: More ...

10/17/11
f1
Kubica still in running for Renault race seat  (GMM)  Robert Kubica is still in the running to return to formula one with Renault in 2012.

Originally, team boss Eric Boullier imposed a rigid mid-October deadline for the injured Pole to let him know if he will be able to race next season.

That deadline has now passed, but Frenchman Boullier admitted in Korea that he has agreed to wait a little longer.

The new deadline is the "end of October", he is quoted by Germany's motorsport-total.com, "and maybe even longer."

It seems the deadline is a moving target. More ...

10/17/11
irl
v8
Kanaan will not race in Surfers  Further to this afternoon's withdrawal of Will Power from the Armor All Gold Coast 600, Brazilian Tony Kanaan will not be making the trek downunder and will be replaced in the Jana Living Commodore by Danish racer, Allan Simonsen - who finished third at Bathurst with Greg Murphy just two weeks ago.

Kanaan - who was leading the Las Vegas finale at the time of the multi-car pileup - was one of many who couldn't hide their distress following the news of Dan Wheldon's passing. More ...

10/17/11
IRL
IndyCar will have safer car Wheldon helped develop  IndyCar will be under scrutiny to deliver answers following Dan Wheldon's death in Sunday's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Wheldon was helping to provide them.

Rideless after winning a second Indianapolis 500 in May, Wheldon was chosen to be the development driver of the Izod IndyCar Series' new car that will debut in 2012. For months, he has been working with Dallara to prepare and test the car.

Among the safety features: bodywork covering the rear tires, to prevent Indy cars from being launched as Wheldon's was on lap 11 of the Izod World Championship. More ...
10/17/11
v8
irl
V8 Supercar series responds to loss of Wheldon  Transcript of the press conference with Tony Cochrane, James Courtney and Marino Franchitti:

SPEAKING: V8 Supercars Chairman, Tony Cochrane, V8 Supercar Champion James Courtney, Dan Wheldon’s friend and former team-mate, Marino Franchitti.

V8 Supercars Chairman, Tony Cochrane:

“This morning our time, Sunday afternoon American time we received the news of the tragic passing of Dan Wheldon.

“Dan was a tremendous friend of many people in the V8 Supercar family. He was very much looking forward to having his first fair dinkum go in a V8 Supercar this coming weekend on the Gold Coast and we have just been reminded in the most tragic of circumstances what can happen in motorsport with this news this morning. More ...

10/17/11
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Monday  
  • F1 world awakes in Korea to news of Wheldon death
  • Alonso annoyed after media's interest in new wing
  • Alguersuari eyes 'great' Toro Rosso car for 2012
  • Hamilton slams McLaren row rumors as mood improves
  • Hamilton, Button pay tribute to Indy racer Wheldon More ...
10/17/11
irl
IndyCar cancels celebration, series mourns loss of Wheldon  INDYCAR will not hold the 2011 Championship Celebration following the death of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner and 2005 IZOD IndyCar Series champion Dan Wheldon on Oct. 16. The event had been scheduled for Monday, Oct. 17, at Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas.

Information regarding a public memorial for Wheldon will be released at a later date.

Below are comments from members of INDYCAR, the IZOD IndyCar Series and racing community about Wheldon, who suffered fatal injuries in a crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway: More ...

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