The news that Formula 1 is negotiating a deal to go back to Las Vegas is definitive proof - as if it was needed - that whatever residual nobility or goodness associated with what is - allegedly - the top rung of motorsport has long been purged and relegated to being a quaint notion from a bygone era, a mere historical footnote. As carpetbagging mercenaries ago, Bernie Ecclestone is on his very own planet, a whirling dervish in relentless pursuit of his next mark, whether it be a state government, a developing nation, or a city so desperately sick for attention that they willingly hand over hundreds of millions of dollars for the "privilege" of allowing the "glamorous" world of F1 to jet in, alight in their midst for four days or so, and then helicopter out as soon as the obligatory champagne is sprayed and the orchestrated - and mind-numbingly tedious - media conference is finished.
RG Racing Targeting NAEC Program with Riley-Dinan DP The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship is set to see a new addition to the Prototype grid next year, with a startup team targeting a run in the Tequila Parton North American Endurance Cup rounds with a DP car.
First revealed last week by Sportscar365, details have emerged on RG Racing, a new Ohio-based team formed by Robert Gewirtz.
Gewirtz, a NASA club racer, was initially seeking a seat with an existing DP team, but with few opportunities available, the Columbus area Neurosurgeon formed his own squad, having purchased a Riley DP from Michael Shank Racing.
Turner Confirms Two-Car Pirelli WC Program for 2015 After taking the GT Daytona title in the inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, Turner Motorsport is set for a switch to Pirelli World Challenge in 2015, that will see the team field a pair of BMW Z4 GT3s.
Team owner Will Turner confirmed to Sportscar365 Monday plans to return to the sprint-race championship. He said its two season-long drivers have already been decided on, but are awaiting final contracts.
It will mark the team's full-season return to World Challenge, having campaigned its iconic blue and yellow BMWs in the sprint racing series from 1998-2004, which included two championships, ten victories, 40 top-five finishes and seven pole positions.
Deaths linked to GM ignition-switch defect rise to 29
GM Ignition Switch
The program to compensate victims of a faulty ignition switch in General Motors vehicles has approved two new death claims, bringing the total number of deaths linked so far to the switch to 29, according to a report released on Monday by the lawyer overseeing the program.
Since it began accepting claims on Aug. 1, the program has received a total of 1,517 claims for deaths and injuries, according to the report by the office of Kenneth Feinberg, who GM has tapped to run the program. The report listed all of the claims received and approved as of Friday.
GM has faced criticism for waiting 11 years to begin recalling millions of cars with ignition-switch problems that were linked to fatalities.
Newman's car fails post-race inspection (Update)UPDATE The #31 car has cleared post-race inspection from Talladega; there are no issues. Race damage caused the rear to be low. NASCAR PR
10/20/14 Ryan Newman's great Sunday has apparently hit a bit of a snag. Newman picked up a fifth-place finish in the Contender Round elimination race at Talladega Superspeedway to make the Eliminator Round of the Chase with a 27-point cushion over the ninth-place cutoff. But now comes late word from 'Dega that Newman's #31 Richard Childress Racing Chevy has failed post-race inspection after being found to be too low on both sides according to NASCAR.
The sanctioning body will take the car back to its Research and Development Center in North Carolina, along with those of race winner Brad Keselowski, runner-up Matt Kenseth, and Kasey Kahne. Obviously, the question is whether Newman will be penalized championship points for the infraction on his car - and if so, how many? USA Today writer and NASCAR on NBC contributor Nate Ryan leafed through the NASCAR rulebook to perhaps find an answer.
American NASCAR superstar Kurt Busch has happily accepted the invitation to participate in the 2014 Race Of Champions, to be held at the Bushy Park Circuit in Barbados on December 13-14.
Busch has been a major force in America’s most popular racing series ever since he became the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion in 2004, the first year the 10-race Chase for the title was introduced. He has now amassed 25 top flight wins, including victory at this year’s STP 500 at the Martinsville Speedway in Virginia.
Commitments for 2015 Indy Lights Series Continue to Swell PALMETTO, Fla. - Interest in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires series - the final step on the Mazda Road to Indy - has grown markedly since the unveiling and highly successful prototype testing of the new AER-powered Dallara IL-15 which will make its competition debut in 2015. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports w/ Curb-Agajanian is the latest team to commit to the rejuvenated series, placing a two-car order as they prepare to campaign for their ninth Indy Lights title next season. Multiple car orders have already been placed by Belardi Auto Racing, Juncos Racing and McCormack Racing - who were first in line to order the new chassis.
Longtime Indy Lights powerhouse Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has purchased two Dallara IL-15 chassis.
INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 21, 2014) — Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) has been an integral part of the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires series for more than a decade, capturing seven championship titles. With the purchase of two brand-new AER-powered Dallara IL-15 cars, the team also will be a fixture in the series’ future.
“SPM is the only team that has competed in Indy Lights since its inception,” team owner Sam Schmidt said. “We believe that the series is a vital step to reach the Verizon IndyCar Series, and the number of current IndyCar drivers who previously participated in Indy Lights is proof that the system works. We are proud to announce our official entry into the series for 2015 and look forward to the incredible competition that will be created by the new chassis and its formula.”
The new car features the Dallara IL-15 chassis and Advanced Engine Research’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. SPM Verizon IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe tested the car Sept. 5 on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.
Marco Andretti always measured against his great father and legend legendary grandfather
With the 2014 IndyCar season closed out, there's nothing more for drivers like Marco Andretti to do but look ahead.
Not finishing the season quite as he had hoped, Andretti still has a lot on his side – like his family of tried and true legendary racecar drivers, his crew, his friends and fans – and now even more experience under his seat belt. Oh, and don't forget the NFL season and playing video games with his brother.
Back in his heyday, Andretti became the youngest winner in 2006 (he was 19 at the time), showing he didn't need to live in the shadows of his famous racing family and could stand on his own. Now in his ninth season, he comes to the track with a higher level of maturity along with a profound respect and understanding of the sport.
"You don't know as a rookie, you just do it," Andretti says of a few things he's learned during his nine seasons on the track. "You don't think about it, you just do it. But sometimes ignorance is bliss. I look at a lot of the rookies and they're just fast –– raw talent. Now with experience, it's balancing the experience and talent, trying not to overstep the limits of the car, being more consistent, bringing home where the car can finish instead of trying to force the issue somewhere, and maybe have a DNF. It's just experience, knowing when to keep your foot in certain situations when it's going to benefit you and when to take those chances."
Video: JB Lynch and Preme D - Dario Franchitti in hip-hop song Virginia rappers J.B. Lynch and Preme D posted a video on YouTube for "Dario Franchitti," which comes off of Lynch's mixtape Thick As Thieves: No Honor Amongst Us.
Video: Robin Miller on 1968 Indy Car Season Robin Miller files his second off-season video feature for The RACER Channel on the 1968 USAC Indy car season, the incredible diversity of tracks, the lengthy schedule, and the amazing volume of drivers who took part in the championship.
Ross Brawn and Stefano Domenicali, the former Mercedes and Ferrari team principals, are among a group of senior figures who will start work next week on improving safety in Formula One in the wake of Jules Bianchi's horrific accident.
Jean Todt, the FIA president, ordered the creation of the commission after Bianchi crashed into a recovery tractor at high speed during the rain-soaked Japanese Grand Prix, leaving the Frenchman in a "critical but stable" condition. Speaking days after the crash, Todt said: "We will learn from what has happened, because we cannot be facing such a situation again."
Brawn and Domenicali are among 10 experts who will present their full recommendations to the next meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Doha, Qatar, on Dec 3. They will be joined by Emerson Fittipaldi, the two-time drivers' champion, and Alex Wurz, the incoming head of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association. It will be chaired by Peter Wright, the president of the FIA's safety commission.
Miami Formula E circuit near where Champ Car raced
The FIA Formula E Championship – the world's first fully-electric racing series – has today revealed the circuit location and layout for the Miami ePrix, taking place on March 14, 2015.
The eight turn, 2.17km circuit is located in Downtown Miami, Florida, along Biscayne Bay around the streets of the AmericanAirlines Arena, home to the Miami Heat NBA basketball team. Produced by leading track design company Ayesa, it is the setting for the fifth race in the inaugural Formula E season and the first of two events in the US.
Andretti to promote Las Vegas Global Rally Cross event The LINQ Las Vegas and Andretti Sports Marketing, each known for special and large experiential events, are teaming up this fall to produce Red Bull Global Rallycross Las Vegas at The LINQ. The championship finale round of the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross season will run in the shadow of the world's tallest observation wheel, the High Roller - the defining feature of Caesars Entertainment's newest shopping, dining and entertainment district at The LINQ.
Doug Bresnahan, VP of Marketing Partnerships, Andretti Sports Marketing, who spearheaded the deal with Caesars Entertainment, believes the new venue will serve as a perfect backdrop to the intense action of Red Bull Global Rallycross. "Who could ask for a better setting than a new and exciting property right on the Vegas Strip? Caesars is known for hosting world-class events and Andretti Sports Marketing is proud to be working with our friends at The LINQ to bring another showstopper to their property."
LeMans announces 2015 schedule The 2015 calendar on the Le Mans 24-Hours and Bugatti circuits has been given an in-depth shake-up and it will be as packed as ever. The season will consist of 17 events and will be just as dense and exciting as in the past: its pinnacle will, of course, be the 83rd Le Mans 24 Hours on 13-14 June.
The main talking point of the 2015 ACO calendar is the return of the 24 Heures Moto to its spring date as was the case up till 2010. The 38th event on 18-19 April will also be the first round of the 2015 FIM World Endurance Championship.
Moscow Raceway. If F1 is in Sochi, IndyCar with Mikhail Aleshin should be racing in Moscow.
Moscow Raceway, a race track some 100 km west of Moscow, has obtained a FIA Grade 1 license allowing to host Formula 1 races, the track’s management said in a statement Monday.
"After three successful international seasons Moscow Raceway has upgraded its status and now can host all kind of races including Formula 1," the statement reads.
Moscow Raceway opened in July 2012 and since then hosted the World Series by Renault, FIA GT1 World Championship, FIA GT3 European Championship, World Superbike Championship, and other major racing events.
Chastain Ends F1600 Season with Podium Run Noblesville, IN – It was the first weekend as a three-car team for Chastain Motorsports in the F1600 Formula F Championship Series, with the squad noting a podium finish and a solid weekend effort to close out the 2014 season at Watkins Glen International.
To close out the F1600 season in round 14 on Sunday, Thompson race winner Sam Chastain found the lead early in the 12-lap race in his No. 27 Mygale/Honda. Chastain would lead the most laps of the race but lost out after taking the white flag, as the draft worked against him as teammates slipstreamed by on the back straight to the checkered flags.
“It was a tough race and with the draft on the back stretch, you could go from fourth to first pretty easily,” said Chastain. “I tried to fight for it on the last lap but Ayla Agren got the push and she got by.”
The team’s second car, the No. 29 for Evan Mehan, had a challenging weekend. Also coming off a win at Thompson, Mehan showed his speed in his Chastain Mygale/Honda.
Mehan missed the races at Watkins Glen earlier in the season, meaning he had among the fewest laps around the 11-turn circuit. But come race time Mehan easily raced his way to the front of the field, and stayed there for the Saturday race. The young American would take the checkered flag first, giving him his second win of the season until Series officials took it away with a penalty on Sunday morning, citing driving conduct.
Despite the penalty, which dropped Mehan down the order, the pace of the No. 28 was impressive, as Mehan continued to be one of the fastest drivers in the field.
Chastain’s third car, the No. 28 Mygale/Honda for Andy Lewis, enjoyed a solid debut weekend in the competitive F1600 Series.
Lewis, a mechanical engineering sophomore at the University of Michigan, improved throughout the three-day event. The 19-year-old was able to get the track time he needed in his pro debut to shave some three seconds off his Friday lap times, to eventually run a quick lap of 1:59 flat, and gained valuable race craft experience dicing with Series veterans like Mike Scanlan and Sam Lockwood during the two races. Lewis logged 13th and 11th place finishes, respectively.
Chastain Motorsports continues its activities into the off-season, with young driver tests planned before the F1600 Series plans to debut its 2015 season next April. Interested parties should contact the team via its website at www.ChastainMotorsports.com.
Learn more about Chastain Motorsports, three time Indy 500 entrants and current full-time F1600 Championship team, at www.ChastainMotorsports.com.
Brad Keselowski celebrates victory in the Geico 500.
BRAD KESELOWSKI, NO. 2 REDD’S WICKED APPLE ALE FORD
The No. 2 Redd’s Wicked Ale Ford pitted for the last time at lap 173 while running in ninth position. The team appeared to be poised to benefit from the stop, when a caution flag was displayed on the out lap and that ultimately resulted in the No. 2 losing several positions.
· With just 12 laps remaining in the scheduled race distance. Keselowski restarted in 21st place. By lap 183 he had advanced to second place in the running order with a fast Redd’s Wicked Apple Ale Ford.
· Two late-race cautions set up a green-white-checkered flag finish with Keselowski at the front of the field. With help of teammate Joey Logano, Keselowski was able to hold off the pack and win the race.
· The clutch performance allowed Keselowski and the No. 2 Redd’s Wicked Apple Ale Ford team to advance to the Eliminator Round of the Chase. Sunday’s remarkable effort marked Keselowski’s sixth victory of the 2014 NSCS season as well as his 16th career victory and his third career win at Talladega.
Raymond Beadle dies Raymond Beadle, the famous American drag racer and auto racing team owner, died this morning. He had a heart attack in July. He would have been 71 in December.
Beadle was perhaps best known as the driver and owner of the "Blue Max" Funny Car. Beadle won three consecutive NHRA Funny Car championships from 1979 to 1981 and three IHRA Funny Car championships, 1975-6 and 1981.
In NASCAR, Beadle owned a NASCAR Winston Cup Series team from 1983 to 1990, winning the 1989 Winston Cup Series Championship with driver Rusty Wallace. His team's car number was always #27 and his car was usually a Pontiac.
Ferrari could be nothing without Formula 1 success This is the way founder Enzo Ferrari envisioned his company: build (race winning) racecars first, then translate all that racing know-how to lavish luxury supercars that cost two arms and two legs.
Last week, a very successful Ferrari period has ended – with longtime Chairman Luca di Montezemolo retiring – and the dawn of a new age is upon the prancing horse. The one where Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne has the last word. And his word is to build more Ferraris – as di Montezemolo capped the production at 7,000 units.
NASCAR's new elimination format for Chase isn't faring well on TV There were several reasons why TV ratings should have jumped for NASCAR's race at Charlotte a week ago.
The Charlotte race was part of NASCAR's revamped Sprint Cup Series' Chase for the Cup title playoff, with a new knockout format that eliminates drivers during the playoff in hopes of boosting the excitement of the championship hunt. The competitive race was followed by a scuffle between drivers Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski in the garage as TV cameras rolled.
However, TV viewership of the Charlotte race fell 8.3% from a year earlier, to 5.10 million, and its TV rating fell to 3.1 from 3.4, according to Nielsen. It's a familiar story.
2015 World Series by Renault Calendar (subject to the approval of the FIA) 25 – 26 April: Motorland Arag¢n, Spain 30 – 31 May: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium 13 – 14 June: Hungaroring, Hungary 29 – 30 August*: Silverstone, England 12 – 13 September: Nürburgring, Germany 26 – 27 September: Bugatti Circuit Le Mans, France 17 – 18 October: Circuito de Jerez, Spain
Formula Renault 3.5 Series only: 24 May: Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix TBC: Red Bull Ring, Austria *to be confirmed
It was a miserable day for Kyle Busch, who was eliminated from 'The Chase.'
Two of the three Camry drivers in the Chase -- Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth -- advanced to the third round of the championship playoffs following Talladega. Four drivers were eliminated from the 12-driver field following Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race, including Camry driver Kyle Busch who was involved in an accident and finished the race 40th.
Kenseth (second) was the first Toyota driver to the finish line in Sunday's NSCS race at Alabama's Talladega Superspeedway. Brad Keselowski was the race-winner.
Camry driver Clint Bowyer (third) also recorded a top-five finish in Sunday's 500-mile race.
In the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship point standings, all eight drivers moving into the next round will start this coming Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway with 4,000 points in the standings.
Eight drivers advance to NASCAR Eliminator Round The eight drivers advancing to the Eliminator Round are: Joey Logano (Won at Kansas), Kevin Harvick (Won at Charlotte), Brad Keselowski (won at Talladega), Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth.
The Eliminator Round consists of three races: Martinsville Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway. A Chase driver who wins one of those three races will automatically clinch a spot in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 16. The rest of the four-driver field to compete for the title in the season finale will be determined by the points scored in the three Eliminator Round races.
A clean sweep of the podium for Audi in the DTM finale
From left, Mike Rockenfeller, Mattias Ekstrom, Jamie Green
With an overwhelming victory for Audi, the 2014 DTM season came to an end. The brand from Ingolstadt had a clean sweep of the first three places in the season finale at Hockenheim and secured the manufacturers' title in the most popular international touring car series. Victory in the race went to Mattias Ekström, who concludes the season as the runner-up in the drivers' standings. "Winning the race in front of such a great crowd is fantastic. After such an eventful year, bowing out of the season with a success is a good feeling. Over the year, we had many ups and downs. Today, once again, it was hard, but fair. That is simply a part of the DTM," the Swede said after his second consecutive victory. Mike Rockenfeller and Jamie Green rounded out the podium after finishing second and third respectively. In total, 155,000 spectators attended the tenth race weekend of the year.
Lucas Auer (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) concluded his second year in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship with his third victory of the season. British drivers Jordan King (Carlin) and Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) followed behind the 20-year-old Austrian. With this third place, Blomqvist also secured himself second place in the final drivers' standings of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing), who will be racing in Formula 1 for Toro Rosso next year, finished sixth in his final race in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship ahead of Ocon. Thus, the 17-year-old Dutchman ends up third in the final drivers' standings behind Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam), who was already crowned as the European Champion in Imola, and Blomqvist.
Force India waiting on Ferrari line-up Force India won't confirm their 2015 line-up until after Ferrari as uncertainty over the latter's drivers could yet affect Nico Hulkenberg. Hulkenberg has, for several seasons, been linked to Ferrari, however, as yet nothing has materialized.
Last season many thought the German would be heading to Italy after spending a year with Sauber but Ferrari instead opted to partner Kimi Raikkonen with Fernando Alonso.
The team is set for another change next season as Alonso is leaving and is expected to be replaced by Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel.
There are also still questions about whether Raikkonen is definitely staying or if a second seat will open up.
Rossi takes 82nd MotoGP victory in incident packed race
The MotoGP race at the Tissot Australian Grand Prix saw Valentino Rossi take his second win of 2014, with Jorge Lorenzo and Bradley Smith also on the podium. Marc Marquez crashed out of an incident packed race whilst leading and Dani Pedrosa was forced to retire after being clipped by Andrea Iannone.
Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) started from eighth on the grid in his 250th appearance in the premier class and was there to take advantage as Marquez crashed out of the race lead with 10 laps to go.
It is Rossi's 108th career win and his 82nd in the top class of Grand Prix racing. The result is also the first all Yamaha podium since Le Mans 2008.
Go FAS Racing forced to change #32 paint scheme Retiring Sprint Cup driver Terry Labonte isn't into sentimental talk of his last race, and when he saw a tribute paint scheme with various colors to commemorate some of his past rides, he said it was cool but also quick to crack a joke.
"If I had known they were going to do a paint job, I would have told them after (this was my last race)," Labonte said Friday with a laugh at Talladega Superspeedway. The Go FAS Racing team had hoped to surprise Labonte with the scheme Friday but then opted to tell him earlier in the week - because Labonte isn't a big fan of surprises. Among the tributes was a driver side that has red-and-yellow colors of his Kellogg's paint scheme (his 1996 championship), and a passenger side that is light blue to commemorate his Piedmont Airlines ride (his 1984 championship). Labonte apparently wasn't the only one surprised.
There have been 90 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Talladega Superspeedway' one NSCS event in 1969 and two races per year since 1970.
Talladega Superspeedway is tied with Michigan International Speedway for holding the ninth most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points paying races (90).
The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Talladega was 36th' by Jeff Gordon in the spring of 2000.
Buddy Baker and Tony Stewart are tied for the series' most runner-up finishes at Talladega with six each.
There have been seven NSCS races resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Talladega Superspeedway: spring of 2005 (188/194)' fall of 2005 (188/190)' spring of 2007 (188/192)' fall of 2008 (188/190) spring of 2010 (188/200)' fall of 2012 (188/189) and spring of 2013 (188/192).
Only two of the 90 races at Talladega Superspeedway have been shortened due to weather conditions: spring of 1987 and fall of 1996.
Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway was the (04/17/2011) race won by Jimmie Johnson with a MOV of 0.002 second - the MOV is tied with the 2003 Darlington race as the closest finishes in the NSCS using electronic scoring. NASCAR PR
Confusion reigns about Talladega qualifying NASCAR's new qualifying format put Brian Vickers on the pole at Talladega Superspeedway but left many drivers angry and confused, and three full-time teams failed to make Sunday's race. Kevin Harvick called the format "the dumbest thing I've ever seen in my life," and Kyle Busch said heat races should be used to set the field at superspeedways. Dale Earnhardt Jr. called for a return to single-car qualifying at Daytona and Talladega instead of the group formats, and Jeff Gordon tweeted, "Wow never been so frustrated & confused trying to qualify for a race. Not the way we intended to start the weekend." Drivers admitted when they arrived at Talladega that they didn't understand the qualifying format, and it showed as there were no clear strategies throughout the field. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. [Reed Sorenson] and Justin Allgaier, ... full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers, failed to make the field.
Terry Labonte will retire after tomorrow's Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
The Corpus Christi, Texas native made his first NASCAR Sprint Cup start at Darlington in 1978. He would go on to win 22 races, 27 poles and the 1984 and 1996 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championships. Labonte also won the 1989 IROC Championship.
Since 2005, the 57-year-old has run the Sprint Cup Series on a part-time basis. Tomorrow's race will be his fourth of 2014, and 890th of a career, which has spanned 37 seasons. Labonte will start ninth in the #32 C&J Energy Services Ford.
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