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Sorensen ends FR3.5 test on top  The drivers contesting the 2012 season mainly had the edge on the second day of Formula Renault 3.5 Series collective testing. Marco Sorensen (Lotus) topped Wednesday’s sheets with a lap of 1:28.971, though Sweden’s Marcus Ericsson (ISR) struck a blow for the newcomers by posting the second-fastest time behind the Dane.

There were five additional drivers on the track for the second day of FR 3.5 Series testing at Catalunya. After a season racing in the colors of BVM Target, Nikolay Martsenko took control of a Tech 1 Racing single-seater, while 2012 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 champ Stoffel Vandoorne stepped up a level to test with Arden Caterham. Ignazio d’Agosto, an adversary of the Belgian’s this season, was enjoying his first drive in the category, as was Matias Laine, who finished fifth in GP3 Series, and Formula 2 runner-up Matheo Tuscher, who at the age of 15 became the youngest ever driver to take the wheel of a Formula Renault 3.5. More ...

Perez to be replaced for first free practice by reserve driver Esteban Gutierrez  Due to the fact Sauber F1 Team race driver Sergio Perez (Mexico, 22) is unwell, the Sauber F1 Team has decided to let its reserve driver Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico, 21) jump into the car for the first free practice session ahead of the Indian Grand Prix on Friday. This should help Sergio's speedy recovery so he is able to drive for the remainder of the weekend.
Austin Make-or-break for F1 in USA  It was hardly any great surprise when an announcement was made last Friday that the Grand Prix of America would be postponed for a year.

With the United States poised to make its return to the F1 calendar in three weeks' time, this is a crucial period for the sport as it again has another shot at a market it has long found hard to crack.

The United States Grand Prix, to be held in Austin over the weekend of November 16-18, has to be a success, otherwise the other race in New Jersey, with Manhattan as a backdrop, may never run at all. More ...

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday  UPDATE #2 Speaking at the hospitality suite at the F1 Grand Prix in India, Ecclestone said, "They asked our lawyers in Germany. They said could we have 400 million back? I did not respond. There is no point, is there?"

Ecclestone said he has not offered to settle. Asked whether he was prepared to go to court, he said, "Yeah, absolutely."

10/25/12 Updates shown in red below.

  • Caterham giving Alexander Rossi (above) and Giedo van der Garde another chance to test F1 car
    Hamilton to fix Dennis rift before leaving McLaren
  • Kobayashi downbeat as Sauber career fades
  • Ferrari uses F1 cars for political message in India
  • McLaren pushing ahead with 2012 car development
  • Safety car driver not eyeing retirement yet
  • Button tips Webber to help Vettel now
  • Alonso still favorite for 2012 title - Salo
  • Hungary looking to secure F1 race through 2021
  • Wolff wanted F1 test to prove de Villota's abilities
  • Caterham F1 Team Confirms van der Garde & Rossi for Abu Dhabi Test
  • Marussia F1 Team to give Max Chilton practice chance in Abu Dhabi
  • 2013 German GP location decision due New
  • Bank wants Ecclestone to pay back $400m New
  • Perez's cold could open door for Gutierrez in India New More ...
Red Bull Grand Prix Of The Americas Announced  Following the announcement that the Circuit of The Americas will host the first U.S. round of the 2013 MotoGP World Championship in April next year, its name has been officially confirmed as the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas.

Red Bull has time and time again proven its commitment to the MotoGP championship with support both at the races and in the promotion of events. With the Texas race now under its sponsorship, Red Bull has spread its U.S. MotoGP involvement across all three races on North American soil. More ...
Vettel's 2014 contract 'bullet-proof' - Marko  (GMM)  Dr. Helmut Marko on Thursday dealt a blow to the persistent rumors about Sebastian Vettel's future.

Some in the paddock believe the German has signed some sort of agreement that could see him switch from Red Bull to Ferrari in 2014.

German reports recently added fuel to the fire by acknowledging that while the reigning back-to-back world champion has a Red Bull contract for 2014, it contains some 'get out' clauses.

But Red Bull's Marko told Sport Bild: "I have to disappoint Ferrari and all the others. More ...

Gascoyne admits to missing F1 pitwall  
Mike Gascoyne
(GMM)  Mike Gascoyne has admitted he misses the F1 pitwall.

Since 2010, the former Renault and Toyota technical director has been a leading figure at Caterham (nee Lotus).

But in April of this year, it was announced he was leaving the F1 team to become the chief technical officer of the entire Caterham group.

Indeed, Gascoyne's name currently does not appear at all on the Caterham F1 website, as Mark Smith and John Iley now head the technical departments. More ...

Ben Spies Undergoes Successful Surgery in the USA  
Ben Spies
Yamaha Factory Racing rider Ben Spies has successfully completed surgery in the USA on October 23rd to repair torn ligament damage to his right shoulder following a crash in the Grand Prix of Malaysia on the 20th October. The procedure consisted of the reconstruction of the Coracoclavicular Ligaments torn in the crash and a reduction of a separated Acrimioclavicular joint, aided by a Twin Tightrope device, which is a suture based system. Cadavar tissue was placed to replace and reinforce the Coracoclavicular Ligaments that were torn.

The surgery was successful, Spies will make a full recovery although he will need to remain in a sling for up to 10-12 weeks. The decision on a replacement rider for the final round of the Championship at Valencia will be clarified by Yamaha Factory Racing following the Phillip Island weekend.

GRAND-AM Announces Eligibility List For New GX Class  Competitors looking to participate in GRAND-AM’s newest race category will have 10 new models from nine manufacturers to choose from, based on the list of cars eligible for the new GX class in the Rolex Sports Car Series.

Earlier this year, GRAND-AM announced the new class to allow for cars and technologies currently not involved in the Rolex Series, that will debut in the 2013 Rolex 24 At Daytona.

Eligible cars already announced for the class were the Lotus Evora GX, Porsche Cayman, and Mazda with the Skyactiv-D turbo diesel in a model to be determined. More ...

Austin F1 race has 10 sponsors so far  Although still lacking a title sponsor, the inaugural US Grand Prix in Austin does have some sponsors lined up:
  1. AT&T
  2. Anheuser Busch
  3. Best Buy
  4. Frito-Lay
  5. Mobil 1
  6. Pepsi
  7. Pirelli
  8. Red Bull
  9. Texas Lottery
  10. Topo Chico

Circuit of Americas will host 25 to 30 prospective sponsors during next months race in hope of landing them for 2013.

track news
Bristol track may build VIP boxes  Bristol Motor Speedway is reviewing plans to convert its lower level seats in Turns 1 and 2 into open air, VIP boxes, a move that would reduce seating capacity and eliminate some empty seats that are now seen since NASCAR's popularity has waned.

Right now they are trying to measure demand for this premium seating before deciding to convert the seats.  A less expensive option might be to buy thousands of mannequins dressed as race fans and anchor them to the seats to make them look full.

"There are individuals attending races that want an enhanced experience," said Bristol General Manager Jerry Caldwell who hopes the idea will sell.

Casey Stoner - Honored at 'Stoner Corner'  
Stoner accepts honor
Australia’s two-time MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner has been honored today with a slice of his favorite Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit, the high speed turn three – the site of so many of Stoner’s thrilling sliding maneuvers – to be now known as “Stoner Corner”.

The naming announced today by Andrew Fox of circuit owners, the Linfox Property Group, is in recognition of Stoner’s sensational road racing career and total dominance of Phillip Island from 2007 where he has claimed five consecutive MotoGP victories. More ...

ALMS off Mid-Ohio's 2013 schedule  “It really was a scheduling issue,” track president Craig Rust said. “We had a good event in ’12 with them ... and we worked with them at length to find a spot.”

The world-class sports car series had been paired at Mid-Ohio with the Izod IndyCar Series since 2007, but it had not had a title sponsor since Honda dropped its naming rights a few years ago. According to Rust, it wasn’t a money or sponsorship issue.

“Anytime you’re trying to balance out a schedule it becomes tough,” Rust said, adding that ALMS wanted to hold just 10 events in 2013. More ...

VW's third-quarter profit falls  Volkswagen's third-quarter underlying profit fell by a fifth as the deepening slump in European car markets and costs of a technology overhaul weighed on the automaker's results.

Operating profit declined to 2.34 billion euros ($3.04 billion) from 2.89 billion euros a year earlier, the company said today.

Sales rose 27 percent to 48.8 billion euros. More ...

Hildebrand ready to cheer on Giants in World Series  
JR Hildebrand must be happy after the Giants beat Detroit in Game 1 last night
When the San Francisco Giants won the World Series in 2010, IZOD IndyCar Series JR Hildebrand donned his orange and black Giants gear and cheered the team on to victory along with his dog, Indie.

When closer Brian Wilson recorded the final out to capture the team's first World Series title since 1954, Hildebrand vividly recalls his solo celebration.

"I'm pretty sure the dog was freaking out because there was nobody there that I could high-five," Hildebrand said. "I eventually ran out into College Avenue screaming about how the Giants won the World Series. I'm sure my neighbors all still think I'm crazy." More ...

Holmatro IndyCar Safety Team makes house call  Four members of the Holmatro Safety Team recently returned from Argentina, where they reviewed INDYCAR's track safety protocols and procedures with the Rally Argentino safety team.

"Their team is diverse in that their courses change. They'll go from flat terrain, no roadways to dirt to road to mud and they actually race on hillsides, too, in mountains. They can have a crash on a city street to one on a hillside," said Tim Baughman, who joined INDYCAR track safety operations manager Mike Yates, Matt Stewart and Denise Titus on the trip. More ...

Indy car drivers voted into Road Racing Drivers Club  Current IZOD IndyCar Series drivers James Hinchcliffe, Will Power, Takuma Sato, Oriol Servia and Josef Newgarden are among the 30 race car drivers who have been voted into the Road Racing Drivers Club as regular members for 2012.

Also joining the list are Indianapolis 500 winners Eddie Cheever Jr. and Juan Pablo Montoya, Indy car drivers Adrian Fernandez, Max Papis, Michel Jourdain Jr., Brian Till and Michael Shank.

The group has won a collective 66 season championships and more than 700 races. Voting was held among all current RRDC members. Also, former Honda Performance Development president Robert Clarke was selected as an associate member. More ...

Pastrana has shoulder surgery  Two days after racing in the fifth stop of the Global RallyCross series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Travis Pastrana did something he's been putting off for nearly 10 years: He had surgery to repair the rotator cuff and labrum in his left shoulder. Although he's tallied more than 20 knee surgeries, Pastrana had never addressed his nagging shoulder issues, knowing the recovery time -- six to eight months -- was more than he could take off while he was still riding dirt bikes. For years, Pastrana was able to tape it well enough to ride or drive.

"But it was getting impossible to brace," he said. "There was nothing left of the labrum. My shoulder used to pop out and go right back in. But that wasn't happening anymore. It was popping out and staying out."

Pastrana said his shoulder dislocated a few times during every RallyCross race this season, leading to many of his crashes. During a late model race in Michigan in July, his car lost power steering and his shoulder dislocated, making steering virtually impossible. At the Charlotte K&N Pro Series race, it dislocated the first time he took his left hand off the steering wheel. More ...
Fan revolt if Tony George takes over Indy Car  Q: I hope IndyCar ownership, their sponsors and track owners realize the impact that Tony George will bring if he buys the series. Because of this rumor, I have put on hold purchasing tickets to Pocono raceway which I was very excited about. I will not spend another dime on IndyCar races until Hulman & Co. come out and state that they will not sell the series to any group of investors that include Tony George. I attended every race at Nazareth and made it a three-day weekend of it every year. My brothers and I spent money on three days of tickets, pit passes, food, hotels and souvenirs. A lot of money that I refuse to spend on a guy that has no clue about running a successful business and a person I still have not forgave for ruining what was once the best form of racing in this country. I hope other fans follow my lead and I hope Hulman & Co. really get it. It’s obvious that Tony doesn’t. More ...
Hungaroring Circuit Wants To Extend Its Contract With F1 Until '21  
S/F line at Hungaroring
Hungaroring Managing Dir Zsolt Gyulay "wants to talk to F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone about extending the racetrack's contract until '21," according to Rencken & Haidinger of MOTORSPORT-TOTAL.com. The Hungarian F1 Grand Prix "is one of only three races that have been part of the F1 calendar for 28 consecutive years." 

The Hungaroring's contract with F1 ends in '16. To make sure the track does not lose its F1 race, track execs "try to set the course for a contract extension."

As part of this attempt to secure F1 in Hungary, operators "consider changing the circuit's layout as well as replacing its asphalt." Gyulay "will talk to Ecclestone during the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi race weekend at the beginning of November." Gyulay is confident F1 will stay in Hungary. Gyulay said, "I think we have good chances to be one of the European circuits that will stay on the calendar. However, we have to find the right extent of investments because the track is already highly occupied." MOTORSPORT-TOTAL.com
Ceccon quickest in Jerez post season test  Italian driver Kevin Ceccon posted the fastest lap time on the opening day of the Jerez test with a 1:35.451, nearly half a second quicker than Lotus GP's Robert Visoiu in the morning. Marussia Manor Racing's Tio Ellinas topped the timesheets in a very wet afternoon session.

After a six week break since the 2012 GP3 Series season finished in dramatic style, the GP3/10 cars roared back into action for the first of two winter tests. The GP3 circus arrived in Jerez, Spain for a two day test with many new faces hoping to impress to secure a potential drive for the 2013 season. More ...
Grand-Am sets 2013 preseason testing schedule  Less than one month after the end of its racing season, GRAND-AM Road Racing is beginning preparation for 2013 competition. The sanctioning body today announced three open tests, including the annual Roar Before the Rolex 24 on Jan. 4-6 at Daytona International Speedway.

Both the Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge will be in action this weekend in a two-day test at Kansas Speedway on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27-28. The Rolex Series will also test at Daytona International Speedway on Nov. 13-14. More ...

Uncertainty killing IndyCar yet again  Nothing kills sales faster than uncertainty. Especially when that uncertainty pertains to the product being sold.

That’s why the IndyCar Series finds itself—once again—in a less-than-ideal growth position this off-season.

Perhaps it’s time for a little transparency.

But then again, that’s never been the strong suit of the Hulman-George clan, which owns the IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. More ...

2014 Chevrolet Corvette's V8 to make at least 450 hp  
Corvette LT1 engine
When the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette arrives late next year, it will be powered by a technologically advanced, racing-proven 6.2L V-8 delivering an estimated 450 horsepower and helping produce 0-60 times in less than four seconds.

The new Corvette LT1 engine, the first of the Gen 5 family of Small Block engines, combines several advanced technologies, including direct injection, Active Fuel Management and continuously variable valve timing to support an advanced combustion system.

“Our objective for the development of the all-new LT1 was to raise the bar for performance car engines,” said Mary Barra, senior vice president, global product development. “We feel that we have achieved that by delivering a true technological masterpiece that seamlessly integrates a suite of advanced technologies that can only be found on a handful of engines in the world. More ...

Luciano Bacheta, FIA F2 champion, drives Williams F1 car at Silverstone  This year’s FIA Formula Two Champion Luciano Bacheta experienced his first taste of Formula One recently when he drove for Williams at Silverstone, part of his prize for winning the 2012 title.

The 22-year-old Briton, who secured his championship victory last month at Monza, got behind the wheel of the team’s 2011 FW33 machine on the 2.98km International configuration at the famous Northamptonshire circuit – home of the British Grand Prix.

Bacheta took part in five separate sessions during the course of the day. His first two runs took place on a damp but drying track but conditions improved for the afternoon when he was able to switch to slick tires and start to push the car to its limits. More ...

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday  UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

  • Andrew Craig
    Sauber hoping to keep future drivers on board
  • Ferrari updates 'no great revolution' - Gene
  • Mercedes designing 'completely new' 2013 car - Lauda
  • Founder of ex-Sauber, Lauda sponsor jailed
  • Ex-CART boss Andrew Craig tips CVC to 'sit tight' amid F1 corruption scandal
  • Karthikeyan denies considering IndyCar switch
  • Scuderia Toro Rosso's Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test Line-up New
  • Renault Sport F1 Preview to the Indian GP New More ...
David Coulthard heads to Bangkok for ROC 2012  
David Coulthard
David Coulthard has become the latest motor sport great to sign up for the Race Of Champions at Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium on December 14-16, 2012.

The Scotsman enjoyed a glittering Formula 1 career, taking 13 grand prix wins and finishing in the world championship top three no less than five times in over a decade at the top. He has since spent three years in Germany’s DTM championship but last weekend he announced his retirement from full-time competition to focus on his other interests including his F1 commentary for BBC television. More ...

Earnhardt Jr. will not race at Charlotte or Kansas  UPDATE This time, it is truly official. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has been medically cleared to race this weekend at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

Per NASCAR policy, NASCAR’s medical liaison office received official notification of his clearance to resume racing late this morning. Earnhardt announced Oct. 11 that he would miss two races, Charlotte and Kansas, while he was recovering from a concussion.

10/11/12 Dale Earnhardt Jr. will not compete in the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway after being diagnosed with a concussion following the Oct. 7 race at Talladega. Earnhardt, driver of the #88 Chevrolets for Hendrick Motorsports, was diagnosed Wednesday afternoon in Charlotte. Regan Smith will be the team's substitute driver at Charlotte and Kansas. Hendrick Motorsports

[Editor's Note: Given Earnhardt is NASCAR's biggest draw, NASCAR's insane 'pack' racing bites it in the posterior once again.  That will put Dale Jr. out of the Chase points race as well.  Yet another blow.]

racing news
Penske to Judge Ultimate Enthusiast Entries  
Roger Penske
In a first-of-its kind contest, Shell is teaming-up with top automotive enthusiast judges to find the person that best embodies what being the ultimate automotive enthusiast means. Whether it is a person who spends more time tuning and pampering their vehicle than driving it, touring the country in search of their dream ride or just cruising to show it off, or simply someone who spends much of their leisure time paying homage to all things automotive, the Shell V-Power “Ultimate Enthusiast” Contest aims to find the best of the best.

From October 23 to December 3, enthusiasts are invited to share why they are the Ultimate Enthusiast at www.shell.us/ultimateenthusiast. One Grand Prize winner and a guest will receive an Ultimate Enthusiast week in Italy where they’ll have the chance to explore the country’s historic sites and rich automotive history, including an exclusive Ferrari experience in the Prancing Horse’s home town of Maranello, Italy. More ...

ALMS Honors its Best on a ‘Night of Champions’  
Bryan Sellers
Corvette Racing and Team Falken Tire were the big winners among fans of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron for a second straight year. Only this time, the honors were reversed at the annual Night of Champions awards banquet Sunday.

Falken’s Bryan Sellers won the ALMS’ Most Popular Driver trophy, and Corvette Racing won the From the Fans award again after Team Falken Tire claimed the honor in 2011. It goes to the person or group who made the biggest contribution to ALMS and sports car racing during the past year.

Both awards were voted on by ALMS fans and were the first of many trophies doled out the night following Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda and the close of the 2012 season. More ...

#49 team up for auction  An auction of the complete assets of the #49 Robinson-Blakeney / American Israel NASCAR Sprint Cup team is slated on October 30, 2012, including race cars, engines, hauler, EFI systems, shop equipment, pit road boxes and more.

Robinson-Blakeney Racing was known as Jay Robinson Racing before 2012 and competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series. Currently, they field the No. 49 Toyota in the Sprint Cup Series and the No. 28 Dodge/Chevrolet in the Nationwide Series.
Next-generation Corvette to Debut 1.13.13 in Detroit  UPDATE Teaser video released.....

10/18/12 Chevrolet today confirmed the seventh-generation Corvette will debut on Sunday evening, Jan. 13, 2013, in Detroit. To start the countdown to 1.13.13, Chevrolet is showing the new Crossed Flags logo for the new 2014 Corvette. More ...
Force India's Vijay Mallya faces hostile reception at Indian GP over airline row  Vijay Mallya, the Force India co-owner, insisted yesterday that it would once again be a proud moment seeing his cars racing in the colors of the national flag at Sunday’s Indian Grand Prix. 

But the billionaire entrepreneur is likely to face an uncomfortable few days at his home race as he tries to stave off threats of protests by staff of his struggling Kingfisher Airlines.

Kingfisher’s fleet, controlled by Mallya – the 56 year-old self-styled “king of good times” – has been grounded since the start of the month when a staff protest turned violent. Two weeks ago an arrest warrant was issued against him by a Hyderabad court, since withdrawn, for bounced checks totaling $2  million, while the airline’s license was suspended last Saturday. More ...

Three-Time Indianapolis 500 Starter Russo Dies At 86  Eddie Russo, the second-oldest living Indianapolis 500 driver, died Oct. 14. He was 86.

Russo had lived for the last few years of his life in a veterans' retirement home in King, Wis. He was tied with Chuck Weyant - the oldest living "500" starter - for having the earliest Indianapolis 500 start (1955) among living drivers.

The Chicago-born Russo, whose forte was midget car racing, passed his rookie driver's test at Indianapolis in 1954 and succeeded in qualifying for the "500" in 1955, 1957 and 1960 although he did not finish in any year. He also served as a relief driver in 1956. More ...

USF2000 Unveils 2013 Schedule  The Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda today announced its 2013 schedule which will see the series expand its reach across the United States and into Canada. Seven premier circuits will host a minimum of 14 rounds of competition, providing up-and-coming drivers with experience on a blend of three permanent road courses, three temporary street circuits and one oval event.

“I am extremely pleased with our schedule for next year,” said Dan Andersen, Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions, the series promoter. “We are expanding into three new and key markets in California, Texas and Canada, returning to circuits that have provided great racing and training for our competitors and increasing our number of events with the IZOD IndyCar Series to five. These high-profile races will allow us to showcase our rising stars and, coupled with our pre-season Cooper Tires Winterfest Championship and testing schedule, will provide our drivers with more track time than ever before. More ...

tv news
NASCAR Kansas TV rating  ESPN earned its highest rating and viewership ever for a NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kansas Speedway with its live telecast of the event on Saturday, Oct. 20.

The telecast saw a 36 percent jump from the 2011 race with a 1.5 household coverage rating (1.3 U.S. rating) and an average of 1,502,310 viewers, according to the Nielsen Company. The 2011 race earned a 1.1 rating and ESPN’s previous high was a 1.3 in both 2007 and 2008. More ...

Renault reveals 2014 F1 engine  Renaultsport F1 has revealed its 2014 Formula 1 power unit. The 1.6 liter V6 has already undergone extensive testing at the firms factory in Paris and the results are promising.

“The project plan was initially constructed for a 2013 arrival date, and so the kick-off point was formally way back in September 2010″ explains Rob White, Renault Sport F1′s Deputy Managing Director, “We have now been running development engines of various types since the latter part of last year. First of all we had single cylinder engines running. There are some extremely significant bits of learning needed in order to be ready. More ...
BorgWarner EFR Turbochargers Earn Reputation for Performance, Durability  BorgWarner's first year as the exclusive turbocharger supplier for the IZOD IndyCar® Series established a reputation of powerful performance, durability and dependability for EFR (Engineered for Racing) turbochargers. Throughout the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series race season, BorgWarner's EFR turbochargers accumulated over 212,000 miles during practice, test, qualifying and race events without incident. In the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) Series, LMP2 class cars boosted by EFR turbochargers won first in their class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans (2,298 miles), the 12 Hours of Sebring (1,180 miles), and the Petit Le Mans (1,000 miles) without a single incident. The American Le Mans Series champion and the current point leader in the WEC Series also employ EFR turbochargers under the hood. More ...
track news
MIS, Adrian College launch TRACK AND EXPLORE partnership  Following the success of an ongoing partnership to positively impact the environment while benefitting science, technology and math education, Michigan International Speedway and Adrian College have developed plans for a first-of-its kind science center and science-related field trips at NASCAR’s fastest racetrack.

This unique partnership in sports will see hundreds of school children and college students from the region benefitting from learning about the ecosystem of the Irish Hills area, but also experiencing nature and conservancy that could contribute to their future work as scientists. More ...

Daly Goes from World Series Renault Testing to Race in India  American Conor Daly will be busy this week with two days of World Series Renault testing in Barcelona and he will then jet straight to India to take part in the new MRF Challenge International series that will debut this weekend in support of the Indian Grand Prix.

The World Series Renault championship winning team, Tech1, have extended Daly's test to two days, October 23rd & 24th. The WSR series will conduct the two-day test after the final rounds of the championship that took place this past weekend at Circuit de Catalunya. More ...

2013 DTM calendar adds new Moscow, Russia track  
Date Venue
5th May Hockenheim (D)
19th May Brands Hatch (GB)
2nd June Spielberg (A)
16th June Lausitzring (D)
7th July Norisring (D)
21st July Zandvoort (NL)
4th August Moscow (RUS)
18th August Nurburgring (D)
15th September Oschersleben (D)
29th September TBA
20th October Hockenheim (D)
Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday  
  • Petrov
    Petrov likely to race at Sochi in 2014 - manager
  • 'Customer cars' discussed at F1's Paris meeting
  • 'Emotional' Hamilton says goodbye to McLaren
  • Di Resta swerves Mallya's Kingfisher crisis
  • Massa admits to Ferrari's car development problems
  • Title not Vettel's yet - Lauda
  • FIA takes ‘important step’ with F1 teams More ...
Past and present Formula 1 drivers rave about Circuit of The Americas  
Patrick Dempsey (L) and Mario Andretti
For the past two years the primary sounds emanating from the new Circuit of The Americas race track have been those of construction crews operating heavy equipment and carpenters hammering together buildings and grandstands. That all changed Oct. 21, when the sounds the track was created to produce – those of race car engines – finally filled the air.

A host of race car drivers from across the country had a chance to take the first high-speed test drives on the track today. But the stars of today’s First Lap Ceremony at the Circuit were American racing legend Mario Andretti, actor and part-time race driver Patrick Dempsey and Lotus F1 Team driver Jerome D’Ambrosio, putting a Lotus F1 Team car, the R30, through its paces, just one month before the Circuit opens to the public for the inaugural FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX. More ...
AMA Pro Won’t Race At Sonoma In 2013  Sonoma Raceway in California will not host an AMA Pro Road Racing event during the 2013 motor-racing season, track officials announced today.

“This facility has a long tradition of professional motorcycle racing and this was a very difficult decision. It’s particularly disappointing because the competition over the last few years has been outstanding and we’re sorry we won’t be able to bring this show back for our fans,” said Steve Page, president and general manager of the raceway.

Page said the venue is keeping the door open to future events if the proper level of sponsorship and industry support can be secured.

Diet Mountain Dew cutting back sponsorship of Earnhardt, Jr.  UPDATE Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his Hendrick Motorsports team are losing 15 races of sponsorship next season as PepsiCo plans to cut back its sponsorship, according to the SportsBusiness Journal. PepsiCo committed to sponsoring Earnhardt for 20 races in 2012. PepsiCo is working on a $10 million deal with Hendrick Motorsports that would include five races annually with Earnhardt (Diet Mountain Dew and Amp), two races with Jeff Gordon (Pepsi) and one with Kasey Kahne (brand TBA). The beverage company had sponsored Earnhardt and his #88 team for 20 races and Gordon's #24 team for two in each of the past five years. This season, the 20 Earnhardt races were split between Diet Mountain Dew (16 races) and Amp (four races). Sporting News

09/15/12 Dale Earnhardt Jr. won't have Diet Mountain Dew as a sponsor for as many races in 2013 as he did in 2012, but he's not worried about Hendrick Motorsports finding sponsors for those races. NASCAR's most popular driver will have sponsorship from the Army National Guard for 20 races next year and Diet Mountain Dew for an unspecified number.

Mountain Dew sponsored 16 races this year while another Pepsi product, Amp, sponsored four. The National Guard had 18 races this year. Earnhardt is not worried about having an unsponsored car at Hendrick. The organization has had Hendrickcars.com on Kasey Kahne's car for select races this year when it didn't sell sponsorships.

"We have more demand than we have supply pretty much," Earnhardt said. "We've got a majority of the season with the Guard and Diet Mountain Dew is going to back off a little bit and that makes it a bit of a challenge to fill that small of a gap. If it were a bit larger gap, it would be easier to fill." Sporting News
Ecclestone Calls On Red Bull To Help Finance Planned New Jersey Race  F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone "wants Austrian energy drink company Red Bull to take on the responsibility and put the race project in New Jersey back on track," according to AUTOBILD. The inaugural edition of the F1 race in New Jersey was initially planned for June, "but financing problems have recently postponed the race until '14."

To make sure F1 will race in New Jersey in '14, Ecclestone "is looking for investors that will help fulfill his vision." Ecclestone said, "I might get the Red Bull man behind the race project. It's a good market for them."

With Red Bull man, Ecclestone was referring to Chalerm Yoovidhya, the son of Red Bull co-Founder Chaleo Yoovidhya, who holds a 51% stake in the company. A company that "spends several millions for a jump from the edge of space definitely also has the necessary funding to sponsor an F1 race in the New York market." AUTOBILD
Brazilian Broadcaster Globo Sells F1 Sponsorship Packages  Brazilian broadcaster Globo has sold all the F1 sponsorship packages for the '13 season. The broadcaster reached deals with the same companies that sponsored F1 for the past two seasons. These sponsors are: MasterCard, Petrobras, Renault, Santander, Nova Schin and TIM. Finances of the deal were not announced, but last season "each of the packages were commercialized for R$62M ($30.6M)  MEIO&MENSAGEM.com.br
Kyle O’Gara Sets His Sights on Firestone Indy Lights in 2013  Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing (SFHR) development driver Kyle O’Gara took a big step in his career at Kentucky Speedway on October 18 when he strapped into a Firestone Indy Lights car for the first time.

At 17 years old, O’Gara turned just under 100 laps on the 1.5-mile tri-oval to pass his rookie orientation test for the Firestone Indy Lights series.

“I was a little nervous but it was just another step in the right direction for my career,” O’Gara said. “Getting used to using the clutch coming out of the pits and shifting was a big learning curve since I’m used to driving midgets which stay in one gear.”

O’Gara drove a car prepared by Fan Force United/ SFHR Development, with assistance from sponsors Service Central, SFHR Development, IUPUI and RW Motorsports.

SFHR IndyCar driver Josef Newgarden was on hand with open wheel veterans Sarah Fisher and Tyce Carlson to lend guidance.

“It was great to be part of a big day for Kyle,” Sarah Fisher said. “From a coaching standpoint, he was consistent. He got right to the driving line and continued to bring the speed up to a level that his engineer Mike Colliver was impressed with.” More ...
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Brabham takes pair of top-fives at Brands Hatch  Team USA Scholarship winner and 2012 USF2000 champion Matthew Brabham recorded a pair of fifth-place finishes in the opening rounds of the Formula Renault BARC Winter Series at the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit.

"My race pace was quite quick and I managed to get past a few people," said Brabham, 18, of Boca Raton, Fla., of the 15-minute races.

In wet conditions in the second race, he spun on the first lap and fell to 19th. But Brabham recovered to advance the 14 positions.

"I learned a lot about passing in the wet," he said. "The team did a fantastic job, the car was great and I can't thank everyone enough for the support and the opportunity."

The final two races will take place Nov. 10 at Rockingham in England.
Video: Danica Patrick Tries to wreck Landon Cassill in Kansas  Danica Patrick vs. Landon Cassill Rivalry-  well nothing much here to say but Landon gave her a donut , then passed her clean, then Danica tries and does take out Landon but destroys her car in the action and she is in the garage done for the day.

Ben Spies to Miss Phillip Island  Yamaha Factory Racing rider Ben Spies will not attend the Grand Prix of Australia at the Phillip Island circuit this weekend following injuries sustained during the Grand Prix of Malaysia on Sunday 21st October.

Spies fell whilst riding in extremely challenging wet conditions at the Sepang International Circuit. An initial check by the trackside medical centre found no serious injuries however further tests conducted today in Kuala Lumpur have revealed injuries requiring surgery.

The Texan will return to the USA tomorrow, Tuesday 23rd October, to receive treatment for an AC shoulder separation, a cracked rib in the upper chest area and bruising to the lung. More ...

GP3 Champion Evans tests new generation car  Reigning GP3 Series Champion Mitch Evans got behind the wheel of the eagerly anticipated GP3/13 car today for a two-day development test session at the Magny-Cours circuit in France. GP3 organizers decided that as part of winning the title, the newly crowned Champion would get the opportunity to experience a first taste of the second generation GP3 car by undertaking some development testing. On top of this, a test in the GP2 development car was also awarded, thus giving Evans the chance to drive both cars.

GP3 Series Champion Mitch Evans said: “I’m very happy to be given this opportunity. The new car is really fun to drive. It's a big step-up in power. I think GP3 have also done a really good job with the engine. The sound of the GP3/13 is really nice. When you exit the pits you notice the difference straight away with the noise, especially as it's so much louder. I think all in all it's a good step forward for the GP3 Series, with moving closer to GP2. Next year looks very promising with the second generation car." More ...
Munoz to pilot Andretti entry in 2013 Indy Lights  Andretti Autosport announced today that Firestone Indy Lights race winner Carlos Munoz will return to the team and pilot the No. 26 Dialy-Ser Firestone Indy Lights entry for the 2013 season. In addition to a full feeder-series season, he will drive an Andretti Autosport IZOD IndyCar Series entry in the 2013 running of the Indianapolis 500.

The 20-year old from Bogota, Colombia, completed his first Firestone Indy Lights season with Andretti Autosport in 2012, where he finished fifth in the championship point standings and accumulated a total of five podiums and nine top-10 finishes. Munoz recorded his first win on the streets of Edmonton and followed up with a second career win at the season finale in Fontana, Calif. More ...

Frijns and da Costa to test for Red Bull  Red Bull Racing has confirmed today that its line-up for the Young Driver Test at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina circuit from 6-8 November will be Antonio Felix da Costa and Robin Frijns.

Portuguese driver Felix da Costa is a member of the Red Bull Junior team and recently finished third in the GP3 Championship. He also competed in six of the nine rounds of the 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 series, taking four wins and finishing fourth-place overall. The 21-year-old recently drove a Red Bull Racing RB7 at a Show Car event in Seoul, Korea. More ...
Allmendinger taking it race-by-race  AJ Allmendinger came back from a workout at his gym early last Thursday morning to find four missed calls and five text messages on his cell phone. He quickly returned the calls and by 9 a.m. had a job -- his first since being reinstated by NASCAR following a three-month suspension for failing a drug test. And after a 24th-place finish at Charlotte last Saturday driving the #51 Phoenix Racing Chevy, Allmendinger got another call this Monday morning. And another job in the #51 this weekend at Kansas Speedway. It's the new week-to-week, race-to-race reality for Allmendinger, who couldn't be more grateful for the opportunity -- a chance made possible because of the domino-effect of Kurt Busch leaving the team and Busch's initial replacement, Regan Smith, getting a seat filling in for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is recovering from a concussion. More ...
Patrick, Cassill differ on reason for wreck  
Brandon Cassill - I hit her because she was driving like an idiot for 30th
Danica Patrick vowed to stand up for herself when the time was right, and she deemed Sunday's NASCAR race at Kansas Speedway to be that time. Patrick, in her eighth Sprint Cup Series race, spun Landon Cassill around the midway point of the Hollywood Casino 400 as frustration over what she said were multiple incidents with the BK Racing driver boiled over. "He got into me on the front straight and said I was just in the way," Patrick said. "That's really no good reason to hit me. If it's one time, I can imagine it's frustration, but it's been quite a few times with him. At some point I have to stand up for myself so this doesn't happen with other people. I chose today." More ...
Latest F1 news in brief - Monday  
  • Jean Todt keeping a firm grip on F1
    Todt denies FIA to lighten grip on F1
  • Vettel reduces off-track load for title battle
  • 'No way' McLaren to stay with Mercedes as customer
  • Schumacher didn't return 'to drive in circles'
  • Unpaid staff to confront Mallya at India GP
  • 'No regrets' after Chandhok's short F1 career
  • Promoter 'committed' to New York F1 race despite delay
  • Qatar targets F1 testing, race
  • Sauber door closed as candidates line at Force India
  • F1 world set to tackle 'awkward' Indian GP
  • Austin Fire, EMS crews practice car extractions in preparation for F1
  • Lewis Hamilton is the loser in Jenson Button battle More ...
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