NASCAR Martinsville TV RatingUPDATE ESPN’s live coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 24, earned a final national household coverage rating of 2.8 (2.4 U.S. rating), averaging 3,954,058 viewers, according to the Nielsen Company. Last year’s race aired on ABC and earned a final U.S. rating of 2.9, meaning this year's race was down 17.3%.
ESPN2’s live telecast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis on Saturday earned a final national household coverage rating of 1.1, averaging 1,386,547 viewers. The event at Gateway replaced a race held on the same weekend last year at now-closed Memphis Motorsports Park that earned a 0.9 final rating. ESPN PR
10/26/10 The Fast Tums Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race earned a 2.2 rating with a 5 share, down 12% from last year's 2.5/5 as NASCAR's downward spiral continues.
Motorsports Industry Show Reaches Full Capacity Officials from the International Motorsports Industry Show (IMIS) announced today that all 1,145 available booths have been sold for the second annual IMIS show Dec. 1-3 at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis.
A total of 570 hardcore racing companies purchased booth space for the three-day trade show, which offers individuals and companies from all facets of the racing industry the chance to interact, share ideas and products, build relationships and attend seminars to improve motorsports business around the world.
For the inaugural IMIS show last year, 345 companies bought 572 booths, meaning that occupied floor space doubled in size in just one year and 225 new racing companies were added for the 2010 show.
Motorsports This week on SPEED NASCAR RACE HUB: The Hub (Mondays thru Thursdays at 7 p.m. ET) gets everyone in the festive Halloween mood early in the week, welcoming a long list of guests that includes four-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday discussing his Martinsville win, his expectations for Talladega and the uncertainty of his 2011 season on Tuesday; Bob Dillner with the latest on the Richard Petty Motorsports situation, as well as the possibility of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing switching to Ford in 2011; and the talk about a new crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Road to Indy drivers dominate EFormulaCarNews.com driver rankings
Drivers who competed in Road to Indy ladder series are ranked in the top five of EFormulaCarNews.com's final ranking of North American formula car racers.
Conor Daly enjoyed a stellar season in the Star Mazda Championship ranks - winning both the overall championship and the VISITFLORIDA Cup. The 18-year-old from Noblesville, Ind., tied the Star Mazda record for wins in a season, and set season marks for podiums and pole positions and earned the No. 1 ranking with 10,363 points.
Firestone Indy Lights champion J.K. Vernay was second with 10,340 points after winning five races in 13 starts. Firestone Indy Lights championship runner-up James Hinchcliffe, Star Mazda runner-up Anders Krohn and Firestone Indy Lights front-runner Charlie Kimball round out the top five.
In all, eight of the top 10 raced in Firestone Indy Lights or Star Mazda, and 20 of the top 25 raced in Road to Indy series with Martin Plowman (Firestone Indy Lights) ranked sixth, Connor De Phillippi (Star Mazda) seventh and Jorge Golcalvez (Star Mazda) ninth.
O2 Racing boosts engineering staff O2 Racing has added engineer Dave Buschemeyer to its team for the 2011 Firestone Indy Lights season.
Buschemeyer, who most recently worked with KV Racing Technology in the IZOD IndyCar Series, is the latest addition to the team's engineering staff, which includes veteran engineer Dave McMillan and has a working relationship with Thomas Knapp.
Among the drivers Buschemeyer has worked with are: Sam Hornish Jr., Kenny Brack, Max Papis, Tomas Scheckter, Paul Tracy, A.J. Allmendinger, Raphael Matos, James Hinchcliffe, Greg Mansell and Takuma Sato.
IZOD IndyCar Series driver Ryan Hunter-Reay and his family relied upon Lance Armstrong's LIVESTRONG foundation for support as his late mother Lydia battled cancer.
To show his support for LIVESTRONG as well as the organization that honors his mother - Racing for Cancer - Hunter-Reay joined Racing for Cancer founder Tom Vossman at the Austin LIVESTRONG Challenge on Oct. 23-24 in Austin, Texas.
"It was an incredible experience," said Hunter-Reay, who finished seventh in IZOD IndyCar Series points for Andretti Autosport. "We got a chance to meet with Lance and Doug Ullman, CEO of LIVESTRONG, at their headquarters and shared a lot of ideas back and forth. It's amazing what they have planned there and I think you will see a lot more involvement between LIVESTRONG and Racing for Cancer."
Kyle Busch’s Crew Makes it a 3-Way Tie for Tissot Pit Road Championship By winning the Tissot Pit Road Precision Award in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, Kyle Busch’s No. 18 crew moved into a three-way tie for first place in the Tissot season standings.
With four Sprint Cup races remaining in the 2010 season, the crews for Busch, Jeff Gordon and Jamie McMurray lead the Tissot standings with four wins each. The crews for Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer are tied for second with three wins.
In the event there is a tie at the end of the season for the Tissot Pit Road Precision Award championship, the tiebreaker goes to the team whose driver finishes the highest in the Sprint Cup point standings.
Conor Daly Tops Driver Rankings With the pro junior formula car seasons now complete in North America, top open-wheel racing web site eFormulaCarNews.com has issued its final Driver Rankings of 2010… and Conor Daly, winner of the 2010 Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear, has topped a list of 206 drivers competing in various open-wheel driver development series in North America.
Indianapolis native Daly, having enjoyed a stellar season in the Star Mazda Championship ranks – winning two titles, tying the series record for wins in a season, and setting new season marks for podiums and pole positions – ends 2010 as the No. 1 racer in the EFCN Driver Rankings via 10363 points. Racing the #22 Juncos Racing / INDECK / The College Network / Merchant Services Ltd. Mazda, Daly completed his double championship-winning campaign much like he started it back in March, challenging for top honors at Road Atlanta, before eventually taking the checkered flag in third place (1020 pts). The podium finish not only gave Daly yet another 1000+ score – a perfect 13 for 13 in 2010 – but secured his place at the top of the EFCN Driver Rankings come season’s end.
Berger sure Red Bull will not deploy team orders Oct.26 (GMM) Gerhard Berger is quite sure Red Bull Racing will not impose teams orders in its final push for the 2010 drivers' title.
After Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber retired from the recent Korean grand prix, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso drove into a clear points lead.
The situation has sparked speculation that Red Bull must now throw its full weight behind Australian Webber, who has the higher points tally, with young German Vettel to take a reluctant subordinate role.
But Berger, former co-owner of the energy drink company's second team Toro Rosso and a close friend of Dietrich Mateschitz, does not think Red Bull will take that approach.
Designer Wahl picks best seat in the Austin F1 house Track designer Peter Wahl, a managing partner of Tilke GmbH, was asked Thursday where he would sit if he were a fan attending the U.S. Grand Prix, planned to begin in 2012. It turned out to be a pretty easy choice for Wahl — he is attempting to re-create one of his favorite spots in a section of the planned Austin track.
“This is Hockenheim,” Wahl said, pointing toward a loop on the backstretch. “Like in Hockenheim we want to have atmosphere.”
Hockenheim has a section, called the arena, that is almost surrounded by grandstands and where 60,000 fans cheer the action through the tight curves.
On layouts of the planned Austin circuit, you can see two objects that look like small white boomerangs face to face. Those are the stands for his Hockenheim section. Fans in the outer stands could see cars screaming down a straightaway and then braking through a series of curves, just as if they were at Germany’s famous track.
Red Bull may back Webber Although they have remained firm all season in regard to the fact that they would not be imposing team orders as both their drivers, Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel, were free to fight each other on track until it became mathematically impossible for one to win the crown, the Red Bull Racing team have now relaxed their view and are considering putting all their weight behind Mark Webber’s bid to take the 2010 crown.
"I haven't had time to look at all the mathematics and scenarios, but it is something that we will look at pretty closely between now and Brazil,” team Principal Christian Horner said of the situation.
Sao Paulo mayor feels Interlagos race safe With rumors circulating about the potential make-up of future F1 calendars, the mayor of Sao Paulo insists that Interlagos deserves a place among those venues selected.
Speaking in the wake of a Bernie Ecclestone interview that suggested various circuits would be under threat now that the calendar has been pegged at 20 races with new venues still clamoring for inclusion, Gilberto Kassab said that he was confident that the Autodromo Carlos Pace was safe.
"I am not worried," he told Agencia Estado during a visit to Interlagos ahead of next month's grand prix, "The city of Sao Paulo has a great interest in staying on the schedule and has invested a lot for it. The organizers of F1 also have an interest in having the race here. After all, Sao Paulo is one of the major cities of the world, and there's no reason for Brazil to not be in the loop."
Ross Brawn: “We’re just getting everything working properly” Ross Brawn says he was encouraged by the performance of Michael Schumacher in the Korean GP, where the German equaled his season best result of fourth place.
Although flattered by the retirements of three cars ahead, Schumacher nevertheless did a good job to stay out of trouble and put in a much stronger showing than in previous wet races this year.
“We’re getting there,” said Brawn. “It’s probably taken a bit longer than we expected, but we’re getting there. I keep seeing these really good parts, we just need to put everything together now for next year.”
Ford pays down debt, posts $1.7B Q3 earnings Ford Motor Co. announced third-quarter earnings today of $1.7 billion and further debt reduction to take the company to a net cash balance of zero by the end of the year.
That means the automaker will have as much cash as debt — achieving that target a year ahead of schedule.
Ford is taking three separate debt-related actions: The first was a $2 billion mid-September paydown of a revolving line of credit.
From left to right : Alexandre Pesci, Hugh Hayden, Bart Hayden
The REBELLION Racing team is sad to announce that Hugh Hayden, Team Principal and founder of SEBAH Automotive, passed away last Saturday in Portugal. Hugh suffered a suspected heart attack whilst he was driving a kart in a post season team building event. Hugh Hayden was a natural born leader and a real racer until the end.
REBELLION Racing team owner Alexandre Pesci and REBELLION Racing Team Manager Bart Hayden, Hugh’s son and Director of SEBAH Automotive have decided that the team’s activities will continue in memory of Hugh and because he would have wanted that too.
NASCAR takes part from 48 car NASCAR officials confiscated a drive-shaft cover from Jimmie Johnson's #48 Lowe's Chevy before the race. According to a NASCAR source, officials just asked the team to replace a part and it wasn't a serious matter. NASCAR This Week
Panther Racing named in lawsuit A Georgia businessman alleges in a new lawsuit that Rep. Steve Buyer (R-Ind.) helped steer a $1 million-plus loan to a racing-car team while also acting as an “advocate and liaison” for the company as it sought lucrative sponsorship deals with the National Guard.
Buyer vehemently denies the allegation and has threatened a defamation lawsuit against the businessman, Christopher Bowers, and Bowers’ attorney now says he is now going to drop any mention of Buyer in the legal action.
Bowers filed a lawsuit in federal court in Indiana on Oct. 20 claiming, among other things, that Buyer was part of a $1.05 million loan to Panther Racing in Sept. 2009. Panther Racing is the Indiana-based parent company of an IndyCar racing team. Its backers include Jim Harbaugh, the former Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback and coach of the Stanford University football team.
'Girls' rule IndyCar When IndyCar Racing was at its best, the best drivers were the most popular drivers. The most popular football players are the best football players. The most popular baseball players are the best baseball players. Ditto for other sports. But is racing really a sport? It would appear not. In American racing it seems sex sells and 'girls' rule per the following IndyCar.com article.
Danica Patrick is getting used to being honored by the fans of the IZOD IndyCar Series.
“Let me know what to do to get this again next year,” she joked as she accepted the Indy DownForce IZOD IndyCar Series Most Popular Driver Award via a taped video message.
Patrick and Pippa Mann were honored as the Most Popular Driver in the IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights, respectively, during the INDY DownForce Banquet Oct. 23 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
It was the sixth-straight Most Popular Driver Award for Patrick, who has won the award since joining the series in 2005.
Champ Cars had to jump RR tracks in San Jose in 2005 and 2006. It was spectacular to say the least
Baltimore Grand Prix engineers are still scouting out a solution to one potential snag: light rail tracks that cross the course near Camden Station. The tracks at the intersection of Howard and Conway streets are too high for the low-slung cars to zoom over, but removing them would be costly and disruptive to rail service reports the Baltimore Sun.
"This is a big problem and it's going to impact a lot of people," said Wane-Jang Lin, manager of track and structural engineering for the Maryland Transit Administration.
MTA officials balked at a proposal by race staffers to grind down the rails. The two sides have struck a compromise: the tracks can be temporarily covered from Thursday night until Tuesday morning.
"The design challenge is that we have to cover the railroad tracks with something smooth and resilient enough to not be disturbed by the enormous power of a race car, but that we can install in a night and remove in a night," said Thake, who has designed race courses around the world. "To my knowledge, that's never been done before."
Motorsports This Week on ESPN The Chase Is On: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Live from Talladega
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at NASCAR’s largest track as the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship continues with the Amp Energy Juice 500 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on Sunday, Oct. 31, and ESPN will have a live telecast. NASCAR Countdown airs on ESPN2 at noon ET with the race telecast on ESPN at 1 p.m. The race’s green flag is at 1:19 p.m.
Marty Reid will call the action with analysis by Dale Jarrett, the 1999 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, and two-time champion crew chief Andy Petree. Two-time champion crew chief Tim Brewer will report from the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage, while pit reporters will be Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch.
NASCAR Countdown from the ESPN pit studio will be hosted by Allen Bestwick with analysis by 1989 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion driver Rusty Wallace, three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion crew chief Ray Evernham and Brad Daugherty, a team owner in the series. The studio team will interact with the booth during the telecast of the race.
Hulkenberg has not lost Williams seat yet - Weber (GMM) Nico Hulkenberg's manager has played down suggestions the young German will definitely lose his race seat at Williams at the end of the season.
The British team on Monday seemed to confirm speculation it is considering replacing the 2009 GP2 champion with the feeder series' new title winner, Pastor Maldonado.
Venezuelan Maldonado, 25, is heavily backed by the state owned petroleum company PDVSA, and Williams co-owner Patrick Head in Korea admitted that economic factors would influence the board's driver decision for 2011.
In a media statement, the Oxfordshire based team announced that Maldonado will test the FW32 in the post-season Abu Dhabi 'young driver' session next month.
And he is not in contention for merely the team's 2011 test seat, because Finn Valtteri Bottas "will remain" in that post next year, Williams said.
Audi Celebrates One Million Cars Sold in China The one millionth Audi in China, a metallic blue Q5, was handed over to a customer from Changchun on October 20. This landmark figure exemplifies a success story that began in 1988 with a license agreement between Audi and First Automobile Works (FAW) covering the assembly of the Audi 100. The one million milestone was marked with a ceremony held in Changchun. In attendance were the Board of Management of AUDI AG, the partners from First Automobile Works (FAW) and more than 7,000 guests.
Richard Petty doesn't plan to let financial woes run him out of the Sprint Cup series. "I've been here since 1949 and I'm going to be here till they run me off," the minority owner of Richard Petty Motorsports said on Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. Petty would not comment on whether he is attempting to put together investors to purchase majority interest from George Gillett, whose legal dispute over the sale of the Liverpool soccer team has impacted the finances of the racing organization to the point there was concern it wouldn't be able to compete past this weekend. But Roush Fenway Racing owner Jack Roush, whose organization leases cars and engines to RPM, told ESPN.com that Petty was attempting to purchase controlling interest of the team. "I haven't got anything to tell you except speculation on somebody else's part and my part and that ain't going to get anybody anywhere," Petty said from the back of the #9 hauler. "When we do get all of it together we'll get it together.'' ESPN
Button will help Hamilton 'voluntarily' - Whitmarsh
Is Button even fast enough to be in a position to help Hamilton? Probably not
(GMM) As the Yeongam paddock emptied on Sunday night, the only talking point was the title contending teams' driver strategies for the now two-race run to the championship crown.
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said it is a "no brainer" that Jenson Button should now back his McLaren teammate Lewis Hamilton, whilst announcing that Sebastian Vettel still has a green light to push for the title.
"For us, the strategy is clear," McLaren's Martin Whitmarsh is quoted by Auto Motor und Sport. "We don't really have to say anything to our drivers.
"Jenson will offer his help to Hamilton voluntarily, because he knows that we have treated him fairly throughout the year. And because he knows that he will win now only with a miracle," added the Briton.
Goodyear asks for Daytona test dates in December With the massive repaving project ahead of schedule at Daytona International Speedway, tire maker Goodyear has requested Dec. 7-8 as potential test dates at the 2.5-mile superspeedway, Greg Stucker, Goodyear's director of race tire sales, said Saturday. Originally projected for a completion date of Jan. 1, the resurfacing at Daytona has benefited from favorable weather and could be finished as early as a month ahead of schedule. Assuming the desired dates are viable, Goodyear will invite all NASCAR Sprint Cup teams to participate in the tire test. The larger the field, the more benefit Goodyear can derive from the test, given the importance of drafting in large packs of cars at Daytona. Goodyear already has a full-field tire test scheduled for Jan. 20-22. Sporting News
When Vettel's engine blew Red Bull's weekend went from bad to worse
(GMM) A gutted Red Bull team on Sunday night was ruing a catastrophic Korean grand prix, where Mark Webber lost the championship lead, and Sebastian Vettel the race.
The immediate attention centered on pole sitter and race leader Vettel's Renault engine failure, which Helmut Marko said took the team and its supplier by complete surprise.
"It did," the Austrian said on German television RTL. "It's our first engine failure this year (but not the first for the team). The mileage was at about 1600 kilometers, and normally the average (life) is 2000-2100," added Marko. Something broke in the valve area, so it's the first time. On Friday we were using an engine with much higher mileage," said the team's motorsport consultant.
He advised German Vettel, 23, not to give up.
"It's not easy, but there are still 50 points to get," said Marko. "Alonso is on his last engine. We're not giving up."
With the Cope sisters (above) now entering NASCAR, Danica Patrick has some real competition for best looking driver
Danica Patrick did nothing to quiet her NASCAR critics on Saturday with her Nationwide performance at Gateway.
Patrick followed up her career-best 21st place finish last week with a 22nd place finish this week, while finishing 17 laps off the lead.
That's right, NASCAR's biggest star finished a full 17 laps off and her performance reminds us of NASCAR's 2nd biggest star, Dale Earnhardt Jr.
We remember the days when racing greats were the best drivers, like it remains in F1 today. Meanwhile all the race series where the 'prettiest' driver is the biggest hero are spiraling downward toward oblivion.
This Time, Keselowski Gets The Win At Gateway Brad Keselowski made a triumphant return to Gateway International Raceway Saturday, passing Mike Bliss with less than two laps remaining to win the 5-hour Energy 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. It was the final NASCAR race at the 1.25-mile track.
Keselowski was 200 yards from victory in the July race at Gateway when he was knocked into the wall by Carl Edwards and finished 14th. Keselowski started in the back of the field Saturday after arriving after qualifying from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event in Martinsville, Va., but still was able to lead 83 of the 200 laps en route to his second consecutive victory and sixth of the year.
Keselowski was running second to Penske Racing teammate and Illinois native Justin Allgaier with 10 laps remaining when the final caution came out. Allgaier, Keselowski and third-running Edwards pitted and took four tires. When they came out, they were behind Reed Sorenson and Josh Wise, who stayed out, and Bliss and Jason Leffler, who took two tires. Keselowski was fifth, Edwards sixth and Allgaier sixth for the restart on Lap 196.
Lotus team to get new wind tunnel Lotus Racing has today confirmed the ambitious next stage in laying the foundations for the Anglo-Malaysian squad’s long-term success in the highest echelons of global motorsport, with the announcement that the team will soon be starting work on the design and build of a dedicated wind-tunnel facility at its Hingham (UK) base. In addition, Lotus Racing and Team AirAsia (competing in the 2011 GP2 series) will be expanding operations at the existing factory site to take over a further two units, giving Team AirAsia a permanent home alongside the growing Lotus Racing F1™ operation.
Loomis discusses RPM's plans Richard Petty Motorsports is looking forward to finishing this season strong and already is making plans for 2011. Robbie Loomis, the director of competition for RPM, answered questions at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday amid speculation that the organization is facing an uncertain future. The team and driver Kasey Kahne parted ways earlier this week, and Loomis said he thinks the sudden departure of the driver has fueled talk about the team's stability.
"Like I said before, there's been a lot of speculation about a lot of things," Loomis said before practice while behind the team's #43 hauler. "There always has been in this sport, but what gives me confidence is that we've always had the ability to move forward." Loomis says the team will be at Talladega next weekend, but he did not say who will be driving the car. Aric Almirola is taking Kahne's place in the #9 Ford this weekend. "Most of the things we've been working on has been our models for 2011 and what our race teams look like moving forward," he said. The team is planning to field two cars in 2011, with A.J. Allmendinger staying in the #43 and Marcos Ambrose driving the other car.
Allmendinger and Ambrose talk about RPM Jay W. Pennell, Frontstretch.com: I asked you last week about your situation at RPM and you described it by saying, "at least there's light at the end of the tunnel. It's not like there's a train coming back at you to hit you." Do you still feel that way now?
Allmendinger: "I feel like the train is coming back now. Honestly, I'm not exactly sure what's happening. I don't have any hardcore answers about what's going on inside the team. There are certain people that need to answer those questions. For me, all I can do is focus on driving the race car. Can't fix anything else. I feel bad for my guys that work so hard, my guys here at the race track, back at the shop, my guys that get told things like we might not be going to Talladega which we are, we got the cars and the motors. They're the ones that work really hard and bust their butts. All I can do is take care of it as best I can, just try to keep us focused on coming to the race track. We can't fix what's going on and I don't know the true answers. We still have fast race cars. We're still working hard. The last couple of weeks we've had a couple of setbacks when it comes to engine problems during the race, but we've been running well, so that's all we can focus on."
NJ gets NASCAR License Plates but no race NASCAR fans in New Jersey can start their engines and display new license plates of their favorite drivers. The Motor Vehicle Commission unveiled 12 new plates at Wall Stadium racetrack in Wall Township on Wednesday Oct 20th. NASCAR license plates are available by mail for a one-time fee of $60. The plates can be personalized for an additional $50. In addition to the NJ Native Martin Truex Jr. plate, fans can choose plates representing: Dale Earnhardt Hall of Fame Commemorative, NASCAR Fan, Mark Martin, Kasey Kahne, Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Atlantic City Press
Penske profit rises, but stock price drops Penske Automotive Group, the second-largest automotive retailer in the U.S., said Friday that its net income increased 9.4% during the third quarter, beating Wall Street's expectations.
The company reported a profit of $29.98 million, or 33 cents per share for the three months ending Sept. 30 compared with $27.4 million or 30 cents for the same period a year ago. The Bloomfield Hills-based retailer was expected to earn 30 cents per share according to the average of nine analyst estimates tracked by Thomson One Analytics.
Wall Street, however, was not impressed. The price of Penske's stock fell 42 cents, or 3.1%, to $13.25 per share on Friday.
Daly very satisfied with GP3 testing When the checkered flag fell after six days of winter testing for GP3 cars in Jerez, Spain today, it also ended what has been the most competitive environment Conor Daly has ever experienced in his racing career. With what can only be termed as the most competitive gathering of the world’s young drivers, who regularly squeeze twenty drivers into one second, the learning curve for Daly, although fast and furious, showed clear moments that proved he is more than ready to tackle the next step of his career.
"The GP3 car is very different to anything I have ever driven before", said Daly. "With a turbo engine and full ground effect tunnels the handling characteristics are very different. But most of all, going ultra fast in GP3 is about timing. Timing the new tire runs, timing the right gaps to get clear laps and timing of a "qualifying" run to catch the right track temperature.
Video: F1 Mercedes Safety Car misses turn FIA Safety Car driver Bernd Mayländer outbrakes himself (and the FIA Medical Car) whilst testing his Mercedes SLS at the Yeongam Korean F1 track. Note all the dust and sand being thrown up by his car!
Schumacher reprimanded for Barrichello block FIA race stewards in Korea, one of which is 1980 World Champion Alan Jones, have handed Michael Schumacher an official reprimand for holding up Rubens Barrichello through five corners – Turns 10 to 14 - in Q2 qualifying on Saturday.
Williams’ Barrichello, former Ferrari team-mate of Schumacher, was left furious in Q2 as he was held up by the Mercedes when winding up for a flying lap.
After hearing opinions from both drivers plus senior team representatives, the stewards decided that a reprimand would suffice for the 7-time World Champion.
‘The stewards note that, irrespective of the team (Mercedes)’s opinion that car 9 (Barrichello) was not on a “fast lap”, it is ultimately the driver’s responsibility to be conscious of closing cars via the use of mirrors and blue flags/lights,’ reads an additional note on the bottom of the stewards’ report.
Also, other Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has been cleared of an any penalty following an alleged baulking of Fernando Alonso – which caused the Spaniard to brake sharply - in the morning’s third practice session.
Kenny Francis comments on Kahne & RPM Richard Petty Motorsports and a dispute with Roush Fenway Racing. Roush provides cars and technical support to RPM. Needless to say, there have been _ and remain _ many questions about Richard Petty Motorsports moving forward. Kenny Francis talked for a few minutes [to Dustin Long of the Virginian Pilot] before inspection Friday about some of the issues. Here's what he had to say:
Q) How does the team regroup after all that has happened this week?
FRANCIS: "There's been a little uncertainty of the week, but we're still looking forward to running here. We've got Aric (Almirola). He's done real good here and he's a real good guy and I like him a lot. I've known his family a long time so that's encouraging to be able to work with him.
Korean GP free tickets gaffe leaves fans fuming A plan by South Korean hosts of their inaugural Grand Prix to boost ticket sales has embarrassed organizers, left fans stranded at the gates and the grandstands half empty on qualifying day.
Hundreds, including school children, were turned away on Saturday when organizers refused to honor daily passes that had been issued by the hosting South Jeolla province free of charge.
"I'm very upset because everyone is saying different things," said Lee Pyong-ho, 63, insisting his party would not have made the trip from the neighboring city of Mokpo had it not been for the free tickets.
Lee had been given the tickets through the local community office after they were issued without consultations with the race organizers in the hope of boosting interest in the event.
Hirohide Hamashima - Bridgestone Director of Motorsport Tire Development
What was significant about today's running?
"Today we saw a very close and exciting battle for pole on an improving track surface which provided good entertainment for everyone. The surface evolution was very progressive today meaning that the tire graining we have seen so far diminished, although it was still a factor."
What are the tire strategy considerations for the race?
"The track surface condition is still not the same as we would generally see heading into a race and this is our first ever time here meaning that everyone will be very reactive to the developing situation. I am very interested to see how the track surface changes tomorrow afternoon. The top ten drivers start with their qualifying tires, so the number of laps they completed today is a factor, especially as they will start with a full fuel load with the softer option tire. Because of this we would expect relatively early stops from them. Given the circumstances we have seen so far this weekend, a two stop strategy is certainly worthy of consideration. If the rain that some predict does arrive then everything gets very interesting indeed as no-one knows what to expect."
After IRL snub, Indycars not welcomed back to Surfers After the IRL snubbed Surfers by not working the race date into their IndyCar schedule, they are not welcomed back.....ever. What CART built up over 20 years, the IRL destroyed in just one. An international race series will not return to the Gold Coast after Premier Anna Bligh yesterday ruled out spending more than $6.5 million on the event. The move has been backed by V8 Supercar boss Tony Cochrane who declared he would not ask for more funding.
The revelations came as Ms Bligh toured the Surfers Paradise precinct on the opening day of the GC600. Ms Bligh said the V8 Supercars' three-year building project would have to meet the government's high expectations to keep the funding it had.
It is a far cry from the $12.5 million which used to be invested for the Indy Carnival. When asked whether she would consider topping up the event during the three-year rebuilding phase Ms Bligh was clear.
"There's no request for that to increase, the three-year arrangement is very clear about what is expected," she said. "We have set the V8 Supercar series a very high hurdle.
``We want this event to be a success, we are going to continue to invest in it because it is great for the Gold Coast economy, but it is going to have to meet our expectations. So far it is looking good."
V8 Supercar chairman Tony Cochrane said Indy would not return to the Gold Coast in the next 100 years and endorsed the government's decision not to fill the coffers with more funds.
F1 paddock expecting race-day rain at Yeongam (GMM) The F1 paddock is expecting rain at the new Yeongam venue.
After a dry inaugural race weekend in South Korea so far, forecasts are predicting rain later on Saturday and overnight, with a very high chance of more heavy showers on race-day morning.
And the threat of rain for 1500 local on Sunday - the scheduled race start - is more than 50 per cent, leaving some drivers worried about the effect of a wet track atop the new and already low-grip surface.
"It's going to be tough whatever the weather does," warned McLaren's Jenson Button.
South Koreans lap up F1 sights and sounds South Koreans lapped up the atmosphere at their inaugural Formula One Grand Prix yesterday, even though high prices at the track had forced some to stuff toilet tissue in their ears.
While soldiers and hard hat-wearing workers were still bolting seats to the grandstand, fans young and old watched McLarens, Ferraris and Red Bulls roar around the new 250 billion won (US$221.6mil) Korea International Circuit about 400km from the capital Seoul.
Koreans hope the race, which until last week had been in doubt due to concerns the circuit would not be up to standard, will revitalize the idyllic South Jeolla region and boost the country’s image as a business and tourism destination.
“I think this is great for this region,” said Sa Seon-hwan, who drove from the city of Gwangju to watch yesterday’s practice sessions.
Skip Barber Champ Ashley Freiberg Completes USF2000 Test Ashley Freiberg, winner of two Skip Barber Series championships in 2010, completed a day of testing in an USF200 National Championship race car for Andretti Autosport on Monday, Oct. 18.
Freiberg, an 18-year-old driver from Homer Glen, Ill., ran 146 laps, or about 248 miles, at Putnam Park Road Course in Putnamville, Ind. Despite cold and wet track conditions, she only had one spin during the course of the testing day.
Putnam Park Road Course is a 1.78-mile, 10-turn road course. The facility opened in 1991 and regularly serves as a testing course for many professional race teams.
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Ride buying in racing has reached epic proportions Tony Stewart caused a flap in NASCAR circles last week. He went on his satellite radio program and berated fellow Sprint Cup driver Paul Menard for an incident Charlotte Motor Speedway in which Menard's car collided with Stewart's and caused some damage.
“You can have your father buy your ride . . . but you can't buy talent,” was one of Stewart's many comments aimed at Paul Menard, who's the son of John Menard, a highly successful U.S. Midwest retailer.
While I suspect that the harsh words were more for publicity stunt purposes than anything else, I also think Tony Stewart was sending a message: if overt “ride-buying” is allowed to take place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup division, it will eventually become as dysfunctional as just about every other form of professional car racing in the world.
F1 teams forced to stay in brothels Formula One teams have been forced to stay in brothels due to a lack of hotel rooms at the Korean Grand Prix.
Hotels around the Yeongam track, which is some 350 miles away from South Korean capital Seoul, have been overwhelmed by demand.
And while drivers and team bosses have found normal rooms, many staff and pit crew have been forced into £150-a-night 'love hotels' where they have reported finding unsanitary conditions - and even piles of used condoms beneath the beds.
"One of the Sauber mechanics was asked if he also wanted a girl for the week," one F1 insider told The Sun.
Surfers gets around loss of IndyCar raceUPDATE V8 SUPERCAR chairman Tony Cochrane has unveiled bold plans to put an international driver in every single car next year, instead of one per team. The vision would mean next year's GC 600 would attract 29 drivers from across the globe in the biggest motorsport gathering in Australian history.
Luring international drivers from various categories would prove millions cheaper than attracting a separate series which authorities can no longer afford.
Mr. Cochrane will meet with his board next week to begin negotiations to increase the international field. The move comes after some senior V8 drivers indicated the need for every car to have a foreign driver.
10/20/10 TeamVodafone owner Roland Dane believes the line-up for this weekend's Gold Coast 600 V8 Supercar event is the best touring cars has seen for 40 years. The regular collection of fulltime Australian-based drivers will join up with 18 international stars on the streets of Surfers Paradise, with IndyCar, Formula One and European touring car champions among the field.
And it's a concept that has Dane licking his lips in anticipation as he looks at the names up and down pitlane.
"It's the best touring car field that's ever been assembled probably anywhere since the '60s and the likes of Jim Clark driving Lotus Cortinas and things," Dane said today.
"It's an unbelievably good line-up and of course there's a lot of people in the industry around the world, particularly in the US and Europe, watching and seeing what we're up to.
Fiat poised to raise stake in Chrysler to 35 percent Fiat SpA will have completed the measures required to increase its stake in Chrysler Group LLC next year to 35 percent, up from the current 20 percent, Sergio Marchionne, CEO of both automakers, said Thursday.
The actions required to increase Fiat's stake in Chrysler were established when the two companies formed a partnership in 2009. They include launching the tiny Fiat 500 in the United States later this year with a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine and the possibility of a new 85-horsepower two-cylinder engine.
The second step is a new Dodge compact car, based on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta that is being engineered to meet the specifications of the North American market. The new Dodge, which will replace the Caliber hatchback, will hit the market late next year and achieve 40 mpg.
Webber to get new engine According to the latest report from Korea Red Bull driver Mark Webber will start Saturday's free practice session with a fresh engine. Since it is the Australian's eighth and final engine it won't cost him a grid penalty.
Webber ended Friday's second free practice session on top ahead of championship rivals Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton.
Hispania fined for tire warmer error Hispania Racing have been fined $5,000 after Sakon Yamamoto was released from his garage with a tire warmer still attached.
The incident, which occurred during Friday's practice session, required one of the Hispania mechanics to retrieve the offending article from the pit exit.
The team's actions breached articles 23.1(j), 30.7 and 30.9 of the sports regulations. Article 23.1 states that: "It is the responsibility of the competitor to release his car after a pitstop only when it is safe to do so."
Vodafone renews with McLaren team Formula One constructor McLaren has extended its lucrative title partnership with mobile phone operator Vodafone until the end of the 2013 season.
Under the new arrangement, Vodafone will extend its title sponsorship that was first established in 2007 and will additionally extend its category sponsorship from mobile partner to “total communications partner”.
“The success we have enjoyed since our two companies’ partnership began in 2007 has been prodigious,” said Ron Dennis, executive chairman of the McLaren Group and McLaren Automotive.
“Of the 68 grands prix staged during our partnership, our drivers have scored 21 wins and 55 podium finishes. Going forward, I’m confident Vodafone McLaren Mercedes will build and improve on our already impressive track record.”
Before sponsoring McLaren, Vodafone had endorsed rivals Ferrari from 2002 to 2006 in a deal worth £23 million a year.
ALMS at Road America to be 4 hour race Road America's American LeMans Series event will be a 4-hour race Aug. 20th, and officials at the Elkhart Lake track are confident its Grand-Am race will fall between Nationwide Series qualifying and the Bucyrus 200 on June 25th.
Video: Ryan Hunter-Reay for IES on Lug Nutzz TV Ryan Hunter-Reay is the defending Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach winner, and a premier open wheel IndyCar racer with Andretti Autosport. Aside from being one of the finest Open wheel racers on the planet, Ryan is an incredibly classy, articulate, and polite young man. And that is no doubt why IES, “aka” Integrated Electrical Services chose Ryan to represent their incredible corporation. A modest guy that is always a threat to win any race he enters. Ryan has accomplished more than a lot of highly funded racers and is a favorite to bring home the 2011 Izod IndyCar Championship trophy. In this interview taped October 2010 at the Solar World Conference, RHR discusses his respect for both IndyCar Champion Dario Franchitti, NASCAR Champ Jimmie Johnson, his commitment to IndyCar over NASCAR, and of course his Andretti Autosport team, and his sponsor Integrated Electrical Services, IES out of Houston Texas.
Mercedes duo happy with new track The new Korean International Circuit saw Formula One action for the first time today as the first two practice sessions got underway in Yeongam ahead of Sunday's inaugural Korean Grand Prix. After getting used to the layout in their early runs and assessing the grip levels of the newly-laid asphalt, Nico and Michael concentrated on developing the set-up of their cars over the two sessions, completing 50 laps and 51 laps respectively.
Nico Rosberg, the faster of the two men, finished the day in ninth place overall, was impressed by the new facilities and he is had no real issues top report.....
Australia to get its own SPEED Channel A NEW television channel, dedicated entirely to motorsport is about to be launched in Australia.
Premier Media Group begins broadcasting on ' Speed' on November 1, offering 24-hours-a-day coverage of all forms of racing.
''Whether it's on four wheels or two, on land or water or in the air - if it goes fast,'' said chief executive David Malone.
''Fans will be able to experience NASCAR like never before with the most extensive broadcast of the Sprint and Nationwide series, with live telecasts of the practice, qualifying and main race, plus Speed will go interactive with 'HotPass' four dedicated driver channels for the Sprint Cup which will include different on-board cameras as well as the audio feed from the pit crew.''
Six Indy drivers thrilled about V8 outing No less than six IndyCar Series drivers will be making special guest appearances in Australia’s V8 Supercar touring car championship this weekend, with the names in question joining the likes of 1997 Formula 1 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve for the legendary Gold Coast 600.
Set on the renowned Surfers Paradise street circuit, this weekend’s race promises to deliver fantastic action as Helio Castroneves, local favorites Ryan Briscoe and Will Power, Alex Tagliani, Scott Dixon and Champion Dario Franchitti travel down under.
“When you have 18 guys, I'm sure they'll all want to be the best - I do too,” Penske’s Castroneves told Speedcafe.com.au.
“For me, I'm looking out more for the IndyCar drivers; there's six of us in total here and that's what I'm looking at - trying to at least be better than those guys!
“…they should have a trophy for the best of the IndyCar drivers!”
Webber rubbishes attempts to pre-empt title outcome (GMM) Mark Webber has rubbished attempts to pre-empt the outcome of the five-driver race to the 2010 title.
With three races to go, the Australian driver has a comfortable 14 point lead, and a complicated formula devised by a doctor of physics at the UK's Reading University has tipped Webber to still be in front at the checkered flag in Abu Dhabi.
Meanwhile, a Spanish newspaper this week used another probability formula to calculate the percentage changes of the five world championship protagonists
And even the more mathematically-challenged statisticians have surmised that another win and a couple more podiums will be enough for Webber to guarantee his first title.
Naming dispute holding up more Lotus news (GMM) More announcements from the F1 team Lotus have been deferred indefinitely until the naming dispute with the British sports car maker of the same name is resolved.
Finland's Turun Sanomat newspaper echoed the widespread paddock view that Renault engines will power Tony Fernandes' cars in 2011, which will surely be driven once again by Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli.
But the naming dispute is a major worry for the team, with Group Lotus challenging its legal right to use the separate Team Lotus title, having withdrawn the official license for the current Lotus Racing moniker.
"I cannot say anything about staying with Lotus except that it will probably happen," Italian driver Trulli is quoted as saying.
Haug thinks conditions for Porsche entry unlikely (GMM) The chances of seeing Porsche on the formula one grid in the near future have taken a backwards step.
The Volkswagen group, perhaps with the Porsche or Audi brands, has flagged entering the sport in 2013 along with a radical new engine formula.
But the German marque has made it abundantly clear that it needs the FIA to impose the so-called 'world engine' concept; a basic engine formula that can be applied across various premier motor sport categories.
SID news agency quotes Mercedes chief Norbert Haug as saying: "In the formula one meetings that I have attended, the 'world engine' was never a topic."
Red Bull admits to 'building team around Vettel' (GMM) Red Bull has pledged driver equality for the 2010 title fight, whilst openly admitting that Sebastian Vettel is regarded as the man of the future.
"The main thing now is that we become world champions," said Helmut Marko, who was accused earlier this year of wanting Vettel to beat Australian Webber to the top spot.
But with Webber 14 points clear, and Vettel level-pegging with Ferrari's chasing Fernando Alonso, the Austrian-owned team must give the 34-year-old an unimpeded run to the checkered flag.
For the future, however, Red Bull's ambitions are well known.
"I repeat: we are building the team around Sebastian," team boss Christian Horner is quoted by Auto Bild.
"Sebastian has a long career ahead of him and hopefully he will spend it with us," said the Briton. "Mark is in the autumn of his career.
Korean GP: Hamilton tops opening practice There were no signs of the newly-laid track surface breaking up as the formula one cars christened the Yeongam venue on Friday morning.
But the circuit was as slippery as most paddock observers have ever seen, with drivers' tires white with dust in the pitlane, and reporters coughing amid the haze.
Eyebrows were also raised when at least two snakes were photographed slithering across the layout on Thursday, and Sebastian Vettel expressed concern after finding a huge rusty nail as the walked the circuit.
"If you drive over that, you have a puncture," the Red Bull driver told Bild newspaper.
Ethanol corn farmers killing ocean life Every year, usually beginning in late spring, an oxygen-depleted dead zone forms in the Gulf of Mexico at the Mississippi River’s mouth, killing off fish, shrimp and other marine life. By the time cooler weather restores life to the zone, the fishing industry has sustained substantial losses.
Scientists have long known that the dead zone — this year it covered 7,000 square miles — is created largely by nitrate washed downstream from fertilized fields as far north as Minnesota. A study in the Journal of Environmental Quality by scientists from Cornell University and the University of Illinois has now conclusively identified the largest source of that nitrate: tiled farm fields.
For as long as farmers have been farming in the Midwest, they have been laying drainage tile — often perforated plastic tubes installed 2 feet to 4 feet below the surface — to drain wetlands and create arable fields in places that would normally hold standing water. The problem is that the system also sluices away nitrogen fertilizer, which eventually flows through tributaries into the Mississippi and ends in the Gulf of Mexico.
2011 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Schedule With three rounds of championship racing still remaining in this year's short course off road racing season, the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing series has released its complete 2011 schedule. Closely mirroring this season's schedule, teams and fans can now look forward to another thrilling season at the familiar venues where the series drew record crowds this season.
The fifteen-round battle for the 2011 season championship begins March 12th at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, Arizona just outside of Phoenix and returns to that location in December for the season finale. As this year Firebird will play host to the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup on December 11th. Other series stops include events at Speedworld Off Road Park in Surprise, Arizona, Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California and Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah.
Rain forecast for Surfers race Wet weather and inexperienced drivers are set to create havoc at the Gold Coast 600. The forecast rain will make life hell for the international drivers who are learning to race V8 Supercars on one of the world's most feared street circuits.
"It's going to be messy if it's raining," said former Formula 1 world champion, Jacques Villeneuve.
Villeneuve and the other 17 internationals survived a wet practice session at Willowbank yesterday as they had their first and only taste of the cars before the race. For many, like Sebastien Bourdais, the only driver to win the Gold Coast Indy more than once, it was their first time in a V8 Supercar. The four-time Champ Car champion said he was nervous before taking to the track.
"When you don't know what you're doing and you have no idea what the car should feel like and you don't know what the limits are and it's wet, it's very easy to lose it," he said. "It's not the best conditions to learn the car but it seems like it's going to be pretty close to what we get in Surfers."
Red Bull confirms Kasey Kahne Kasey Kahne’s year-plus stay in a Red Bull Toyota starts early and he’ll begin driving the No. 83 this weekend at Martinsville Speedway, Red Bull Racing Team announced Thursday. Kahne was released from Richard Petty Motorsports on Wednesday night, paving the way for the 30-year-old to drive the No. 83 in the final five races beginning with Sunday’s Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Kahne will drive a Red Bull Toyota full-time in 2011 before moving to Hendrick Motorsports in 2012. “With our agreement only being for one year, there is a great sense of urgency to get started on 2011,” said Jay Frye, Red Bull Racing Team’s vice president and general manager. “With Kasey coming earlier than planned, we are excited to have a five-race head start.” For Kahne, the Martinsville weekend allows him to get acclimated with Red Bull Racing Team cars and personnel. He, crew chief Jimmy Elledge and the No. 83 crew open the weekend with practice Friday at 11:30 a.m. ET. Red Bull Racing
Pirelli tire 'different' to 2010 Bridgestone – de la Rosa (GMM) Pedro de la Rosa on Thursday said Pirelli's formula one tire feels different to the product currently used in the sport.
Next year, the Italian marque is replacing departing Bridgestone as F1's official supplier, so tester de la Rosa was back at the wheel of the 2009 Toyota this week in his native Barcelona.
The Spaniard has an unique perspective on the characteristics of the developing Pirelli, given his job earlier this year racing the Bridgestone-shod Sauber.
Pirelli said after the two-day Barcelona test that it is now "close to defining the rubber that will be taken to Abu Dhabi" for the teams to test for the first time after the season finale in November.
"I've been very impressed because I have to say that the tires were at an even higher level than I imagined," said de la Rosa.
"These Pirelli tires have their own quite different characteristics to the current supplier that the drivers will appreciate next year and I'm confident that they will form a very competitive package," he added.
The next test will take place at Paul Ricard early next month.
Today's F1 chargers recreate 1986 title finale photo (GMM) F1 indulged in a piece of rare nostalgia on Thursday by recreating a famous scene.
As the 1986 world championship fight came to a head in Adelaide, the four title protagonists – Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet – posed on the pitwall with Bernie Ecclestone for a media photograph.
Two and a half decades later, there are still five drivers in the running for the 2010 crown, so the ever-present F1 chief executive was back on the pitwall for the same sort of photograph.
This time, the scene of the photo – featuring Ecclestone and drivers Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber, Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel – was the brand new Yeongam barrier.
"It was good to do the photo with all the guys," championship leader Webber said afterwards, "going back all those years with some of our heroes obviously in those (1986) photos."
Changes looming for struggling Mercedes GP (GMM) According to speculation in Korea on Thursday, definite changes on the personnel front are on the cards for Mercedes GP in 2011.
Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg are staying put as drivers, but a significant shake-up in other areas is expected, following the Brackley-based team's difficult transition from the title-winning Brawn outfit.
When asked about the prospect of changes for 2011 on Thursday, Rosberg acknowledged the need for action.
"I wanted to be winning races and currently we are far away from that," said the German.
Asked what the personnel changes could be, including whether Jock Clear will still be his race engineer in 2011, he answered: "Exactly what the changes will be, I cannot say.
"A lot will come from Ross Brawn. There are procedures he has analyzed in order to get more from people in certain areas," added Rosberg.
Lack of sponsorship hurting F1 drivers' 2011 chances (GMM) Two German drivers on Thursday rued a lack of sponsorship that is hurting their chances of being on the formula one grid in 2011.
Although both highly regarded, Nick Heidfeld and Nico Hulkenberg are both struggling to stay as race drivers for next season.
At Sauber, Heidfeld's seat for 2011 has already been taken for 2011 by the Telmex-backed rookie Sergio Perez, while it is believed Williams is close to securing the Venezuelan dollars brought by new GP2 champion Pastor Maldonado.
The latter transaction would see Hulkenberg looking for a job.
Toyota recalling another 1.53 million cars globally Once viewed as a high quality car manufacturer, ever since entering NASCAR it's been all downhill for Toyota. Similarly Sprint has lost customers by the millions each year since sponsoring NASCAR's top series. Is it just bad timing, or is the dumbed-down NASCAR approach not in vogue anymore?
Toyota is recalling another 1.53 million Lexus, Avalon and other models, mostly in the U.S. and Japan, for brake fluid and fuel pump problems, the latest in a string of quality problems for the world's No. 1 automaker.
Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday it will call back for repairs about 740,000 cars in the U.S. and 599,000 in Japan. The remainder are in Europe and other markets around the world.
Over the past year, Toyota has recalled more than 10 million cars and trucks worldwide for a variety of problems, from faulty gas pedals and floor mats that can trap accelerators, to braking problems in its Prius hybrid. In August, Toyota called back 1.33 million Corolla sedans and Matrix hatchbacks in the U.S. and Canada because their engines may stall.
Mansell team folds The team that carried the name of the Mansell family at the Le Mans 24 Hours this year has closed its doors, this week's AUTOSPORT magazine reveals. Beechdean Mansell Motorsport, which fielded an LMP1 Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S at the 24 Hours and in three Le Mans Series rounds, was wound up on Monday.
All its permanent staff, including team manager and engineer Hans Muhlbauer, have been laid off and the Ginetta-Zytek put up for sale.
No comment was forthcoming from either Nigel Mansell or Beechdean boss Andrew Howard, who were 50-50 partners. Racer.com
Raikkonen to miss rally after crash Kimi Raikkonen will not start this weekend's Catalunya Rally after crashing his Citroen Junior C4 during the shakedown stage this morning. The ex-Formula 1 world champion was not injured in the accident. Raikkonen rolled on a left-hand corner after clipping a bank on the inside of the corner.
Don't look for Ethanol to win NASCAR any awards Don’t go looking for NASCAR to win any environmental awards for its latest NASCAR Green initiative -- switching to a 15 percent ethanol blend of fuel for 2011. That’s because ethanol made from corn is one of those fuels that makes a lot of political sense but not a lot of environmental or economic sense.
The political sense is obvious. Corn ethanol is made in the USA. Growing your own fuel is like thumbing your nose at Saudi Arabia.
NASCAR had the political angle down pat on Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway when NASCAR chairman Brian France announced the switch. There was even a video presentation during the announcement that featured amber waves of grain and plenty of American flags.
Chrysler, Volvo launch new recalls Chrysler Group LLC is recalling 26,397 new vehicles over concerns that power steering fluid could leak and start an engine fire.
The recall covers about 19,000 2010 vehicles — including Chrysler Sebring, Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Avenger and Dodge Journey. It also covers 7,300 2011 Dodge Ram light-duty pickup trucks.
Separately, Volvo Cars said it is recalling nearly 10,000 vehicles over concerns that some airbags may not deploy as intended.
The recall covers 9,746 2010-11 S80 and XC70, 2011 XC60 and 2010 V70.
Volvo said there appeared to be "an intermittent fault in the driver's airbag clock spring wiring connector for the supplemental restraint system."
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