Arrest warrant out for Vijay MallyaUPDATE #2 Indian aviation regulator DGCA has suspended the license of Vijay Mallya’s carrier, Kingfisher Airlines. The license has been suspended because the management has failed to present a credible revival plan and will remain in place until the carrier can present a convincing financial plan for its future. The airline is currently $1.4 billion in debt and has never turned a profit since it commenced operations in 2005.
10/18/12 The recent arrest warrant which was issued against Force India team boss Vijay Mallya has been withdrawn, meaning he is no longer under threat of being detained.
The charges of 2 million dollars (1.2 million pounds) against Kingfisher Airlines, put forward by Hyderabad airport, have now been settled. A court case was in the process of being organized, but lawyers have confirmed that it has been cancelled.
10/12/12 Force India boss Vijay Mallya has run into more trouble in Hyderabad where the 13th Metropolitan Sessions Court has issued an arrest warrant against him in a case filed by GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd which manages the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport.
The case dates back several months when checks issued by Kingfisher bounced. The court issued the warrant after Mallya failed to appear despite a summons.
Bruno Spengler claims DTM championship crown with victory [DTM Press Release] Bruno Spengler (BMW) is the 2012 DTM champion. In a thrilling season finale at the Hockenheimring Baden-Wurttemberg, he claimed victory in the race after 42 laps and thus claimed the DTM championship crown for the first time in his career. Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz), who had led the drivers’ standings prior to the finale, finished second behind Spengler and is runner-up. Eventually, Paffett (145 points) was four points down on the Franco-Canadian (149 points). Augusto Farfus (BMW), who started the race from pole position, finished third at Hockenheim.
Bruno Spengler crowns a perfect season for DTM returnee BMW. In the final race of the year, the 29-year old Canadian beat his opponent Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz), who had been leading the drivers’ standings since the season opener, but had to make do with second place in the finale. After 42 laps, Spengler crossed the finish line at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg as the happy winner and the 2012 DTM champion. “I can’t believe it, I can’t believe it,” he shouted into his radio, and then sung out loud: “We are the champions”. Having got out of his BMW M3 DTM, Spengler described his feelings: “This is a sensational day and a perfect season. My team is great, and I thank everybody who has supported me. Now, it is time to celebrate, a great day.”
The only thing rookie Robin Frijns needed to do was to stay ahead of Ferrari protégé Jules Bianchi during this last race of the 2012 WSR 3.5 campaign at Barcelona today. With 4 laps to go Bianchi tries a 'do or die' move on Frijns at the end of the main straight and succeeds, but Frijns responds immediately and within 2 corners does his own 'do or die' move on Bianchi, also succeeding, but by doing so, he sends Bianchi into the gravel and out of the race.
As there was NO visible damage or tire marks on Frijns' car, the race-stewards decided not to penalize Frijns, which wouldn't have mattered, as his main title contender was out of the race anyway !
Sam Bird was also too far behind to collect enough points, so Robin Frijns cruised to a well deserved Championship.
McLaren announces Abu Dhabi test drivers Regular McLaren test drivers Gary Paffett and Oliver Turvey will be joined by Kevin Magnussen for the three-day young driver test following the Abu Dhabi GP.
The 20-year-old Dane joined McLaren's Young Driver Program last year and having carried simulator work alongside his Formula Renault 3.5 commitments with Carlin this year, will get his first taste of track action with McLaren at the Yas Marina Circuit.
Paffett, 31, who could clinch his second DTM title at Hockenheim this weekend, has been McLaren test driver since 2005, whilst 25-year-old Turvey joined McLaren at the start of the season. Both drove the MP4-27 during the Mugello test in May.
They will be joined at the Abu Dhabi test by Lotus, Sauber, Toro Rosso and Caterham. Ferrari, Mercedes and Force India carried out their test at Magny-Cours in September, whilst HRT, Marussia and Williams ran at Silverstone in July.
Power calls for IndyCar return to SurfersUPDATE Just about everyone except the V8 Supercar bosses want the IndyCars back on the streets of Surfers Paradise. As you can see they are still even running the Miss Indy beauty contest around the race. The hang-up continues to be that the city wants the race this weekend in October but IndyCar wants to end their season earlier and in the USA in front of near empty grandstands at Fontana and miniscule USA TV ratings. A compromise might be to run the race in late October every year with the current year’s cars but have the points scored count towards next year's championship. Not an ideal scenario, but a compromise solution nonetheless.
10/16/12 IndyCar drivers Will Power and Sebastien Bourdais have called for the famous series to return to the Gold Coast.
More than 180,000 people are expected to attend three days of racing as Surfers Paradise plays host to the Gold Coast 600 round of the V8 Supercars Championship this weekend.
However, it is a far cry from the Indy days of old, when 300,000 enthusiasts flooded the Gold Coast to lap up the international atmosphere.
Indy's association with the Gold Coast ended suddenly in 2008 and has not returned.
V8s CEO confident about Gold Coast future V8 Supercars chief executive David Malone is hopeful the motorsport championship will continue to race on the Gold Coast past 2013.
The current deal with the Queensland Government for the former Indy street race event expires at the end of next year and negotiations are under way to secure a new deal.
But with Premier Campbell Newman under fire for his job cuts in the state's public service sector as well as increased strains on the state's budget, many are querying if the reported $6.5 million in public funds could be better spent elsewhere.
Will Davison wins Sunday on Gold Coast Ford driver Will Davison bounced back to claim his seventh V8 Supercars race win of 2012 at the Gold Coast on Sunday.
But the Ford Performance Racing (FPR) pilot says he's no chance of making a late charge in this year's championship race, which is increasingly looking like a two-way battle between teammate Mark Winterbottom and Holden rival Jamie Whincup.
Davison's win came 24 hours after he made a rudimentary error in his first lap of Saturday's 300km race, hitting a wall within minutes of taking over from Finnish co-driver Mika Salo at the 2.96km Surfers Paradise circuit.
Mission accomplished! The Nissan DeltaWing had one goal entering its North American debut at Petit Le Mans - score a race finish.
The team not only completed the 1000 mile journey at Road Atlanta today, but American Gunnar Jeannette and Spaniard Lucas Ordonez demonstrated stunning pace throughout the race to finish fifth in the endurance classic.
Running unclassified as an invitational entry for the final round of the American Le Mans Series, the Nissan DeltaWing team were forced to start off the back of the grid and subsequently lost additional track position by missing out on a number safety car "wave arounds" throughout the race.
Pedrosa brings title within reach in thrilling rain-hit Malaysia race
Dani Pedrosa wins thriller
In a dramatic race hit by torrential rain and a raft of crashes at the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix in Sepang it was Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa who put in a wet-weather master class to take the win ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner.
In a race that was declared wet from the start, it was Yamaha Factory Racing’s Lorenzo who got the holeshot ahead of Pedrosa. Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi got a good start from 11th to move into fourth within the first lap. Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso, who had a bad start, was carving his way through the pack and soon got past Rossi into fourth to chase down Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner in third.
Ferrari working on more upgrades Ferrari are in attack mode in an attempt to get back in a fighting position for race wins and the championship. The team have recently completed a 'secret' straight line test where a new F2012 chassis was run by Ferrari's young academy driver Davide Rigon.
Nikolas Tombazis, Ferrari's chief aerodynamicist, confirmed this in Ferrari Racing News: "When you have issues with the correlation between the track and the wind tunnel, the best thing to do is verify things on track, which we did during a straight-line test that we completed last week. We got some very interesting answers and some very clear trends about what was wrong and we believe we have taken steps to recover that."
2013 European LeMans Series Schedule announced The European Le Mans Series, which finishes the 2012 on a high note at Petit Le Mans this weekend, will have new style of race weekend in 2013 with five high profile meetings in the UK, Italy, Austria, Hungary and France.
Each of the five race meetings will be held over two days, with practice on Friday and qualifying a 3-hour race on Saturday, and will be held alongside another high profile championship or series.
The season will start at Silverstone in the UK on the 13 April, joining the season opener for the FIA World Endurance Championship and making the event a Super Endurance weekend. On 18 May the ELMS will race in the grand surroundings of Imola in Italy with FFSA GT Tour.
Fans can look forward to a thrilling DTM finale at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg. In qualifying for the final DTM round of the season, there was another entertaining head-to-head duel between the two main title candidates Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz) and Bruno Spengler (BMW). Paffett was a little bit faster and ended up second in qualifying, one place ahead of Spengler. His advantage was only seven thousandths of a second.
BMW driver Augusto Farfus from Brazil secured his second consecutive pole position. “I really had hoped for a top five result, but of course, being on pole is the icing on the cake,” Farfus said. The third remaining title candidate Jamie Green (Mercedes-Benz) failed to make it into the final session of the four-heat shoot-out qualifying and will be starting from tenth place. As a result, his chances of winning the title are merely mathematic.
Brabham Enjoys Strong Test in Preparation for Formula Renault BARC Winter Series Matthew Brabham gained his first experience today of the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit which will host this weekend’s opening two rounds of the Formula Renault BARC Winter Series in support of the British Touring Car Championship season finale. He was impressed. He was fast, too.
The 18-year-old from Boca Raton, Fla., posted the seventh fastest time in this morning’s first session, held in damp, cloudy conditions, then blitzed the entire 19-car field with a stunning lap in diabolically wet conditions later in the afternoon. His best time of 1:45.282 proved to be a full 1.061 faster than his nearest challenger.
Jamie Whincup and Sebastien Bourdais steered clear of high drama and mass damage in the early stages of a bruising race on the streets of Surfers Paradise to continue their winning streak at the ARMOR ALL Gold Coast 600 today.
Whincup today won his 60th career V8 Supercar race, extended his points lead and got co-driver Bourdais half-way to a repeat Dan Wheldon Trophy win – but as always it was only a small part of today’s Gold Coast story.
After an early highly spirited battle with TradingPost FPR driver Mika Salo - the early race leader – that saw the lead swap several times, Bourdais handed his car over to Whincup in once piece with the championship leader assuming a race lead for what would ultimately be the closing 44 laps.
Surfers race has lost fans, sponsors since IndyCar left MOTOR racing icon Craig Lowndes said the Gold Coast 600 V8 race faced a "critical" test this weekend as the cost-slashing Newman Government weighs up the event's future.
The five-time Bathurst champion said big crowds and a bumper tourism spin-off were needed to help keep the 21-year-old race alive ahead of new contract talks.
Tourism and business leaders fear the event, which costs taxpayers $6.5 million a year, could be black-flagged.
The Government, trying to rein in a massive state debt, has refused to guarantee the race's future beyond next year, when the current contract expires.
Lorenzo clinches record-breaking pole in tight Malaysian qualifying
Pedrosa fastest on Friday had to settle for second on qualifying day
In a tight-fought qualifying session at the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix in Sepang it was Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo who stormed to a record pole position in front of Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso.
The Spaniard’s new track record in the low 2.00s, giving him his seventh pole of the year, edged Repsol Honda Team’s title rival Dani Pedrosa into second spot on the grid, after the Honda rider had been the fastest in the preceding practices. The last place on the front row went to Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso, who was on blistering pace all session, squeezing the maximum out of his satellite machine.
Dealers sue Tesla in Mass., N.Y., to block company stores Dealers in Massachusetts and New York are suing to shut down Tesla Motors stores they say run afoul of franchise laws and consumer protection measures in their states.
The Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association and some of its dealers filed a complaint Tuesday in Norfolk County Superior Court seeking to shut down Tesla's store in the Natick Mall in suburban Boston. A request for a temporary restraining order was rejected, but a hearing on whether to issue a preliminary injunction is scheduled for Oct. 25.
In New York, the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association and one of its dealer members sued Tesla and the state Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday in the New York State Supreme Court.
Penske Automotive Increases Dividend 8.3% Penske Automotive Group, Inc. (PAG), an international automotive retailer, today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a cash dividend of $0.13 per share for the third quarter of 2012. The dividend is payable on December 3, 2012, to shareholders of record on November 12, 2012.
“Increasing the dividend to $0.13 per share continues to demonstrate our commitment to returning capital to shareholders and the confidence we have in the auto retail environment,” said Penske Automotive Group President Rob Kurnick.
Wind Tunnel Sunday Krista Voda and Robin Miller will be hosting Wind Tunnel this Sunday as Dave Despain is off this weekend.
In addition, Kyle Petty will join Krista and Robin in the Wind Tunnel studio to discuss this Sunday’s Chase for the Sprint CUP race in Kansas.
Monster Energy Supercross is in Las Vegas Saturday night for the Monster Energy Cup and the winner will stop by to tell us all about it. Last year, Ryan Villopoto won $1,000,000 in this event and is hoping to repeat that incredible accomplishment after spending the past few months recovering from injury.
Stewart Haas team makes personnel changes With an eye on 2013, Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) is restructuring its team lineup beginning with the Oct. 26-28 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.
Tony Gibson, currently the crew chief of the No. 39 U.S. Army/Quicken Loans team of driver Ryan Newman, will move to the No. 10 GoDaddy.com team of driver Danica Patrick. Gibson will get a jump start on the 2013 season by serving as Patrick’s crew chief during her last two Sprint Cup races of the 2012 season – Nov. 4 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth and Nov. 11 at Phoenix International Raceway.
Jani Crashes Petit Party with Pole Position BRASELTON, Ga. - With much of the focus this week on the P1 and P2 championships in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n, Neel Jani stole the show Friday at Petit Le Mans. The Swiss driver took pole position for Rebellion Racing with a lap of 1:09.089 (132.351 mph) in his No. 12 Lola-Toyota coupe – the first honor in ALMS for the Swiss team.
Jani was 0.339 seconds clear of Lucas Luhr in Muscle Milk Racing’s No. 6 Honda Performance Development ARX-03a prototype. Luhr and Klaus Graf – driving with Romain Dumas – enter Saturday’s 1,000-mile/10-hour ALMS season finale leading the P1 driver’s championship. The Rebellion car isn’t eligible for ALMS points at Road Atlanta, so its sole goal is winning the race outright.
Tony George re-signs from Hulman board The board of directors of Hulman & Company accepted the resignation of Anton H. "Tony" George from the board Friday, Oct. 19. The resignation is effective immediately.
"Tony George has made the difficult decision to resign from the board because of his involvement with a group that has recently expressed an interest in purchasing the Hulman & Company-owned INDYCAR organization," said Jeff Belskus, Hulman & Company president and CEO. "While the business is not for sale and no offers to sell it have been considered or are being considered, we applaud Tony's efforts to resolve the appearance of a conflict and appreciate the gravity of this decision."
Tom Anderson leaves Rahal team The following quote is attributed to Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with David Letterman and Michael Lanigan regarding the departure of Tom Anderson, Managing Director Motorsports Operations, who joined the team in November 2011.
“When I set out to restart our IndyCar Series program I thought no one would be better at it than Tom and he certainly proved that was the case. I am very appreciative of all the work he did on our behalf in 2011 and 2012 and I think that, without a doubt, a large part of the competitive performance of the team this season was due to Tom’s contribution. We wish Tom the best in his next endeavor. His role in our return to fulltime IndyCar Series participation will always be appreciated.”
Indian GP DRS zone increased Formula 1 drivers should have a better chance of overtaking at the 2012 Indian Grand Prix thanks to the introduction of an extended DRS area for this year's race.
With the 2011 event at the Buddh International Circuit proving underwhelming in terms of passing moves - with a total of just six genuine efforts at the front of the field – the FIA has reacted to try and improve matters for this year.
Patron renews with ALMS The renewal of Tequila Patron’s presenting sponsorship and the announcement of the 2013 television schedule for the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron highlighted today’s annual “State of the Series” address by ALMS President and CEO Scott Atherton.
Atherton’s presentation to ALMS stakeholders, marketing partners and media at Road Atlanta preceded Saturday’s 15th running of the 10-hour/1,000-mile Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda – the Series’ season finale.
Fox renews with ARCA Officials from FOX Sports Media Group (FSMG) and the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) have announced a multi-year extension of the current television rights agreement between the two groups, with a minimum of 10 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards events televised either live and/or same-day delay each season.
In 2013, ARCA television coverage begins with the drop of the green flag on the series’ 50th appearance at the world-renowned Daytona International Speedway in February.
NASCAR Chase TV ratings dip The audience for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is seeing a small dip at the halfway point this year. Through five races, ESPN/ABC is averaging a 2.7 U.S. rating and 4.3 million viewers, down from a 2.8 rating and 4.5 million viewers in ’11. The figures from last season exclude the Chase-opening race at Chicagoland Speedway, which was run on a Monday due to poor weather. Last Saturday’s Bank of America 500, the only Chase race scheduled for primetime and for ABC, finished with a 3.2 rating (5.1 million viewers), flat compared to the same race in '11 and '10. Austin Karp, THE DAILY
City of Fort Lauderdale to make 'Ryan Hunter-Reay Day' Proclamation
Recently crowned IZOD IndyCar Series Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay will be honored by the city of Fort Lauderdale with a public celebration on Las Olas Blvd. on Wednesday. The three-hour event kicks off at 6 p.m. in the courtyard outside of YOLO restaurant in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Hunter-Reay and his Andretti Autosport No. 28 DHL/Sun Drop Citrus Soda Chevrolet will be on hand for guest and fans to get autographs and photos with the championship winning driver and car. Mayor Jack Seiler will present Ryan with the proclamation at 7:30 p.m.
"It's a great honor to be recognized by the city I grew up in and am so proud to still live in today," said Hunter-Reay. "I feel extremely fortunate to be able to call Fort Lauderdale home. I look forward to seeing our championship winning No. 28 IndyCar on display in downtown Fort Lauderdale."
Petty team to stay with Ford Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) and Ford Racing announced today they will continue their manufacturer partnership. The announcement ensures that Richard Petty Motorsports' two NASCAR Sprint Cup race teams and its Nationwide Series race team will race under the Ford Racing banner into 2013. It will be the fourth consecutive season the team has raced with the manufacturer. Subsequently, RPM will continue its services contract with Roush-Fenway Racing and Roush-Yates Racing to supply new Ford Fusions and Ford horsepower for its entries.
RPM has a winning record with Ford Racing. The team has two wins in the Sprint Cup Series and one win in the Nationwide Series with the blue oval. Over the past three seasons, RPM has also earned eight poles, 74 top-10 and 26 top-five finishes with the manufacturer in both the Cup and Nationwide Series.
DeltaWing back on track The Nissan DeltaWing is ready for qualifying at Petit Le Mans after the crew completed a marathon overnight repair job after Wednesday's dramatic roll-over.
Gunnar Jeannette was struck by a GTC Porsche during Wednesday testing. The Nissan DeltaWing was extensively damaged after tumbling down the hill exiting turn 11.
The incident was captured by the car's on-board camera along with the Nissan-powered Conquest Racing P2 car which was immediately behind. The resulting YouTube video recorded more than 350,000 views within 24 hours! Click the header graphic above to view the video.
After the crash, the Nissan DeltaWing crew immediately got to work and within 24 hours, the car was ready to go for Thursday night's practice session.
With race components now fitted - including the Nissan 1.6 liter DIG-T turbocharged engine - both Jeannette and teammate Lucas Ordonez completed their mandatory night practice.
IndyCar doubleheader at Belle Isle leaves no room for Lights The Firestone Indy Lights race will not return to Belle Isle next summer. The event, won by Colombian Gustavo Yacaman on June 2, has been shelved for 2013 in favor of the IZOD IndyCar Series doubleheader June 1-2.
With a weekend on the island already featuring Grand-Am sports cars and SCCA World Challenge Series events, promoters of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix (May 31-June 2) could not fit in the Indy Lights race, they say.
V8 Supercars to Share Race Weekend with F1 at Yas Marina Circuit Next Month V8 SUPERCARS has confirmed the race format for the next event on the 2012 V8 Supercars Championship calendar at the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit next month.
Drivers will compete in three 12-lap races – each over 65 kilometers each – with two held on Saturday November 3 and the third on Sunday November 4.
There will be a pair of 30-minute practice sessions on Friday November 2 as well as a 20-minute qualifying session that will see the three fastest times of each driver count for the grid of each of the three races.
Audi drivers battle for WEC title At the finale of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Shanghai, China, on October 28, two Audi driver teams will be battling for the world champion’s title. 32,000 fans most recently witnessed a close battle for victory in Japan. 11.223 seconds separated Audi and challenger Toyota when the cars saw the checkered flag at the Fuji 6 Hours. With that, the seventh round of the season delivered the closest result to date in the competition between the two automobile manufacturers.
Pedrosa and Stoner up front on Day 1 in Sepang Fresh from victory in Motegi last week, the Repsol Honda Team continued to top the time sheets at the Sepang circuit today. Dani Pedrosa took first position recording a best lap time of 2'01.621 with Casey Stoner in second, only 0.152 off Pedrosa with 2'01.773.
It's been a typical first day of free practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix, with high temperatures and humidity in the morning session and sporadic heavy showers arriving in the afternoon which reduced time on track. The Repsol Honda riders didn't complete a flying lap in the afternoon as the track was wet at the beginning but as the session progressed areas began to dry up creating awkward 50/50 conditions.
Chevy to debut 2013 car at end of November So far, every 2013 Chevy SS NASCAR Sprint Cup car that's shown up for testing has looked like something from a Rorschach test or maybe a psychedelic experiment from the 1960s gone horribly wrong, but that's about to change. Up until now, Chevy has insisted that the SS always run in a bizarre black-and-white wrap to conceal its true appearance. Finally, on Nov. 29 at the Wynn Las Vegas, Chevy will show the SS off in real race trim, minus the headache-inducing graphics. The street version of the SS will be based on Australian Holden VE Commodore, a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive sedan. The SS also bears a close resemblance to the late, lamented Pontiac G8, another Holden-based sedan. GM will be the last of the four automakers currently in NASCAR to formally unveil its 2013 car. SPEED
Andretti to drive F1 car in Austin Mario Andretti will drive the Lotus team’s 2010 Renault R30 at the opening ceremony at Circuit of The Americas on Sunday.
Lotus says that Andretti will “formally cut the ribbon to open the track by driving the opening laps of the circuit, in what will be his first time behind the wheel of a contemporary Formula One car since he last competed in the sport in 1982.”
The car will also be driven by the team’s regular third driver, Jerome D’Ambrosio, and by actor and sportscar racer Patrick Dempsey.
The R30, originally raced by Robert Kubica and Vitaly Petrov, is used by the team for demo runs. speed.com
Lola Cars goes Belly UpUPDATE British racing car brand, Lola, "is set to live under a new set of operators," according to SPEED. Lola Group Holdings, owner of the Lola brand and intellectual property, is "not affected by the company's fall into administration." LGH "is believed to have reached a licensing agreement with Multimatic Engineering and Haas Auto to use the brand's name and intellectual property." In addition, it is understood that the existing assets of Lola Cars that were up for sale by the joint administrators have "also been acquired by two companies, including the current stock and inventory of Le Mans Prototype parts and tooling to continue production and customer support." LGH declined comment on the believed acquisition. SPEED
10/11/12 Famous race-car constructor Lola Cars International, based in the U.K., is effectively bankrupt after administrators were unable to find a buyer for the financially strapped company—which faces more than $30 million in debt. Lola Cars International went into administration in May 2012.
ALMS Announces 2013 Schedule The 2013 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n race schedule is a compelling, 10-round slate, featuring a unique joint weekend with the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series at Road America and what’s being termed a super endurance weekend in combination with the FIA World Endurance Championship at the spectacular new Circuit of The Americas (CoTA) in Texas. That event will feature separate, long distance races for the ALMS championship on Saturday, Sept. 21, and the WEC race on Sunday, Sept. 22.
Nine ALMS rounds in 2013 represent return visits to 2012 schedule sites. Eight of the Series’ race dates are Saturdays, punctuated by two consecutive, mid-season Sunday events – one of which is on a collective weekend with GRAND-AM at Road America. The CoTA event marks the ALMS’ first venture to the new 3.4-mile, 20-turn track near Austin, Texas.
2013 Indy Lights schedule announcedUPDATE At the bottom of this article it says: "Schedule subject to change" and that's exactly what the organizers of the Indy Lights Series should do: Change it to 12 double headers, i.e. 24 races, starting as of 2013!
Its no surprise there are so few competitors in Indy Lights, the 'official' feeder Series of the IZOD IndyCar Series. In ANY other feeder series on this planet race-meetings consist of either 2 and sometimes 3 separate races. International Series like GP2 and GP3, both in the F1 program, use this doubleheader format, as do World Series by Renault, Formula 2, Auto GP, Formula Nippon, etc.
Star Mazda Qualifying at Road Atlanta Under very nearly ideal conditions, misty and cool but with a dry track, it was the first seven and final five laps of the 45-minute Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear qualifying session that told the tale. In the final five Colombian racer Gabby Chaves scored his second consecutive PEAK Performance pole award with a lap of 1:19.279 and will start his #19 JDC Motorsports / CLARO / Marca Colombia / Tecpro Mazda from the inside of the front row in tomorrow's season finale of the 2012 Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear during the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Chaves, currently second in the championship, won from the pole in Race 2 of the previous event at Mazda Raceway three weeks ago. As a result, all he need to do is start tomorrow's race to clinch 2nd in the championship.
NJ USGP postponed until 2014 Fans of Formula One who expected to witness open-wheel racing on the streets of Weehawken and West New York, N.J., will have to wait another year.
The organizers of the Grand Prix of America, who hoped to stage a race along the Hudson River waterfront in 2013, with the skyscrapers of Manhattan just beyond, have decided to push their plans back a year. The postponement was reported by the Jersey Journal, citing Weehawken’s mayor, Richard Turner.
Daytona Int'l Speedway Clears Major Hurdle For Renovations According to Tripp Mickle of the Sports Business Journal, Daytona Int’l Speedway yesterday cleared a major hurdle in its effort to renovate and reinvent the racetrack. The Daytona Beach City Commission unanimously approved a rezoning request that could make it possible to begin a major renovation project in '13 or '14. ISC, which owns the 53-year-old track, submitted a request last June that asked the city to rezone the speedway from a major sports district to a “plan master development zone,” which would allow it to develop anything from retail space to dining facilities to a museum. The seven-member City Commission yesterday approved that request.
Video: INDYCAR Drivers Down Under IZOD INDYCAR Series drivers Marco Andretti, Graham Rahal, Simon Pagenaud, Justin Wilson talk about the practice day for the Armor All Gold Coast 600 V8 Supercar race in Australia.
David Coulthard will line up on the grid for the final time as a DTM driver at the DTM season finale in Hockenheim (19th to 21st October 2012). The former Formula 1 driver is ending his DTM career after three seasons and 33 races in order to concentrate more on his role as a Formula1 expert and commentator for the BBC, the British Broadcasting Corporation, in addition to his other personal and business interests. The 41-year-old Scot has been employed in that capacity at Formula 1 races since 2009 and his opinions are valued by TV audiences and fellow pundits.
Coulthard will remain part of the Mercedes-Benz family as an AMG brand ambassador. He has been busy in this role at press and customer events since 2011, answering queries and chatting with guests. In addition, he has supported AMG’s development team in certain test activities.
Muscle Milk, Corvette Top Testing at Road Atlanta Muscle Milk Pickett Racing was on the offensive at Road Atlanta on Wednesday as it set the fastest time in testing ahead of the 15th Annual Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda. Saturday’s 1,000-mile/10-hour race will decide the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n’s P1 championship between Muscle Milk and Dyson Racing.
In GT, though Corvette Racing has already clinched the driver, team and manufacturer championships, it showed no signs of laying low after it posted the quickest GT time in testing.
Jordan Taylor To Co-Drive with Max Angelelli Jordan Taylor, the 21-year-old two-time winner in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, has joined Wayne Taylor Racing as new full-time co-driver with Italian veteran and 2005 series champion Max Angelelli behind the wheel of the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette Dallara DP for the 2013 season.
Taylor scored GT-class victories each of the past two seasons in the Autohaus Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro GT.R and is a veteran of 44 starts in various GT-class cars and Daytona Prototypes since his Rolex Series debut in 2008. He replaces his older brother Ricky, who after three seasons as Angelelli’s co-driver in the No. 10 Corvette DP recently signed to co-drive the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP with British veteran Richard Westbrook.
Panoz still sees a future for the DeltaWing in open wheel Don Panoz believes the DeltaWing can still have a future in open-wheel racing.
The car was originally conceived as a replacement for last year's IndyCar chassis, but after losing out to the Dallara DW12 found its way into competition via the Le Mans "Garage 56" concept, and will race Stateside for the first time next weekend in Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.
"The original design was created as a single-seater/open-wheel car and the concept certainly can still be used in that format," Panoz said. "At our facility here in Braselton [Ga.] we've mass-produced cars in the past for Champ Car, the Superleague Formula series and other junior formula. We certainly have the capability.
Richard Childress Racing, which put only one of its three drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup and has not won at the Cup level this season, has hired Eric Warren as its new competition director.
Warren, who holds a doctorate in aerospace engineering, has spent more than a decade in the NASCAR garage working for a variety of teams, including Penske-Kranefuss Racing, Evernham Motorsports, Michael Waltrip Racing and most recently Richard Petty Motorsports.
Warren replaces Scott Miller, who left the team a year ago for MWR. Kent Day had assumed those duties in addition to his duties as technical director.
DeltaWing assaulted in Braselton The Nissan DeltaWing's assault on the 15th annual Petit Le Mans event suffered a set-back in testing today when Gunnar Jeannette was struck by a GTC Porsche and forced into a violent roll.
The Nissan DeltaWing was only 4/10ths of a second slower than the fastest P2 car in sixth place on the timesheet in this afternoon's session. Unfortunately during the session Jeannette was passing a GTC class Porsche when he was struck violently in the left rear wheel.
The massive impact was measured at 7Gs on the team's telemetry system. Video footage from the Nissan-powered Conquest Racing P2 car of Martin Plowman showed the Porsche bouncing off the exit curb at turn 10b and smashing into the Nissan DeltaWing as Jeannette was going by.
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