>


Advertisement
Hot News
for your iPhone
for your iPad
Go to our forums to discuss this news
DATE News (chronologically)
10/30/10
usf2000
starmazda

Top Two USF2000 Drivers Test Star Mazda Cars at Sebring Friday
The USF2000 series' top two drivers of 2010, Sage Karam and Patrick McKenna, accomplished another milestone on their personal roads to Indy on Friday when they tested Andersen Racing Star Mazda cars at Sebring International Raceway.

The "Cooper Tires Presents the USF2000 National Championship Powered by Mazda" is the first step in the Road to Indy program. The Star Mazda Championship Presented by Goodyear is the second step. It is followed by Firestone Indy Lights, the official development series of the IZOD IndyCar Series. 

Andersen Racing, a sister company of Andersen Promotions, which promotes the USF2000 series, allowed both rising stars to drive two of its Star Mazda cars at a private test at Sebring as a reward for doing so well in the USF2000 series this year.
Read more & Comment...
10/30/10
f1

F1 race organizers, track designers setting up shop in downtown Austin
Downtown Austin is getting two new high-profile tenants: the organizers of the planned Austin Formula One race and Tilke GmbH, the German engineering firm that's designing the F1 track scheduled to open in 2012.

Both tenants will occupy space in 301 Congress, a 22-story building owned by Houston-based Hines and the California Public Employees Retirement System pension fund.

The local Formula One group has signed a lease for 3,010 square feet on the second floor, where local promoter Tavo Hellmund has moved in.

Read more & Comment...
10/30/10
nassprint

NASCAR concerned about high speeds UPDATE #2 NASCAR was comfortable enough with the speeds in practice Friday that it will not change the restrictor plates for the Amp Energy Juice 500 on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. If NASCAR wanted to make a change, it likely would have done it when the garage opened Saturday morning prior to inspection for qualifying. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Director John Darby said he was OK with the speeds Friday, which did include a two-car draft of Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch that allowed the Joe Gibbs Racing teammates to turn a lap of 201 mph. No one else cracked 198 mph. Hamlin and Busch were on new tires and were catching a pack of cars, which possibly increased their speed. In the race, two cars working together will start in a pack and then pull away with the nose of the second car pushing the rear of the first car around the track. Scene Daily
Read more & Comment...
10/30/10
motogp

MotoGP qualifying cancelled as rain lashes Portugal
The qualifying sessions for the Grand Prix of Portugal were cancelled due to rain today as grim weather continued to disrupt the penultimate race of the 2010 season. With water flowing across large areas of the Estoril circuit, the event organizers had little choice but to call off qualifying for all three Grand Prix classes this afternoon. Grid positions for tomorrow's race have therefore been decided according to each rider’s best overall practice lap from the two sessions yesterday and this morning’s practice.
Read more & Comment...
10/30/10
nascar

Industry Remembers Jim Hunter
Michigan International Speedway President Roger Curtis Statement on the Passing of NASCAR Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications Jim Hunter:

“I will miss Jim Hunter. He was instrumental in helping me with my career when he was president of Darlington Raceway. But more than that, he was a true friend and tremendous ambassador for the sport of NASCAR. He had a great deal of passion for NASCAR, for the media and for the fans, and was instrumental in bringing the sport to the forefront as one of the country’s most popular spectator events. He was a walking history book, wonderful promoter, marketer, journalist and PR man, and a true pioneer. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. He will be missed.”

Roger Curtis
Michigan International Speedway President

Read more & Comment...
10/30/10
nascar

Jim HunterNASCAR vice president Hunter dies at 71
Jim Hunter, NASCAR vice president of corporate communications, whose career in motorsports spanned portions of six decades as both a journalist and public relations professional, passed away Friday in Daytona Beach, Fla., following a 12-month battle with cancer. He was 71.

"Jim Hunter was one of NASCAR's giants," said NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France. "For more than 40 years, Jim was part of NASCAR and its history. He loved the sport, but loved the people even more. It seems as if everyone in the sport called him a friend. Jim will forever be missed by the NASCAR community. Our sympathies go out to his entire family."

Added NASCAR president Mike Helton: "Jim was a uniquely talented man that cannot be replaced. He was a great friend and mentor to so many in the sport. His influence will remain with and be carried on by so many of the people he touched. This is a sad day for Jim's family and his extended, NASCAR family."

Read more & Comment...
10/30/10
automotive

Robust 2nd quarter ups Honda's profit forecast
Honda Motor Co. raised its full-year profit forecast Friday, after reporting a surge in earnings for the July-September quarter on the back of higher sales.  Tokyo-based Honda beat analysts' estimates, reporting net profit of 135.93 billion yen, or $1.7 billion, up from 54 billion yen, or $680 million, despite a rise in the yen to near-record levels.

Honda's operating profit also more than doubled, to $2 billion, in the second quarter of the Japanese fiscal year.  Sales rose across all of the company's main businesses. Best known as the manufacturer of the Accord and Civic cars, Honda also is the world's largest motorcycle maker and it sells motors for products ranging from boats to lawnmowers.

Honda raised its net profit forecast for the year ending March 31 to 500 billion yen, or $6.25 billion, up from a previous forecast of 455 billion yen, or $5.7 billion, disclosed in July.

Comment
10/30/10
v8

2011 V8 Supercar Series:
The 2011 V8 Supercar calendar has been released (see full calendar below) with some major changes.

Bahrain is off the calendar, with the statement from V8 Supercars Australia indicating the decision to not stage the event was driven by congestion of the circuit's international racing calendar.

Martin Whitaker, Chief Executive Officer of V8 Supercars Australia said: “Bahrain was the pioneer of V8 Supercars racing in the Middle East.

"The success of the race was the catalyst for developing the double-header with Abu Dhabi but we fully understand the challenges that Bahrain is now facing with the proximity of the Desert 400 to the opening round of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

Read more & Comment...
10/30/10
lmes
alms

2011 Peugeot 90X breaks cover
In parallel to its 2010 race program with the 908 HDi FAP, Peugeot Sport has been busy designing and developing the prototype that will defend its colors in 2011.

Peugeot Sport's principal mission accomplished

Having been kept secret in Peugeot Sport's factory in Velizy, near Paris, the team's new endurance challenger – known under the codename 90X – has been out for its first track test. "Our intention was to take it out onto a track before the end of the year," says Peugeot Sport Director Olivier Quesnel. "I am pleased to report that we have now done that. Even so, there is still a long way to go and a considerable amount of work to be done as we prepare for 2011."

Read more & Comment...
10/29/10
nnw

Weekly NASCAR cheaters report
Talladega Superspeedway has always been a place where teams have tried to push the rules to the limits, as teams go in search of speed. Friday at Talladega, inspectors uncovered a new variation of an old trick, seizing a pair of unapproved lower a-arms off the #46 Whitney Collision Centers Chevy driven by Michael McDowell. The a-arms appeared to have been hollowed out and filled with tiny ball bearings, making them far heavier than normal. NASCAR apparently found out about it when some of the ball bearings fell out of one of the a-arms. The lower a-arms are located at one of the lowest points on the car. Adding weight there improves handling by lowering the car's center of gravity. It also allows the team to remove weight somewhere else higher up on the car. If NASCAR penalizes the team - and it likely will - expect the penalty to be handed out Tuesday. SPEED
Comment
10/29/10
nastruck

Hornaday wins truck pole in Talladega
Out of the title hunt, Ron Hornaday continues to knock off feats from his personal checklist.

The four-time Truck Series champion won for the first time last week at Martinsville and he added another first six days later, winning the pole for the first time at Talladega Superspeedway.

Hornaday, who is winless at the 2.66-mile superspeedway, will start Saturday's Mountain Dew 250 from the P1 position thanks to a lap of 181.230 mph. Jason White, who won his only Truck Series pole in the season-opener at Daytona, qualified second with a lap of 180.911 mph.

Read more & Comment...
10/29/10
track news

Boles Joins IMS Staff As Director Of Public Relations
Motorsports businessman, attorney and former race team executive Doug Boles has joined the staff of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as director of public relations, IMS officials announced today.

Boles, a native of Danville, Ind., brings nearly 15 years of executive-level motorsports experience in the areas of team operations, marketing, sponsorship and public relations. He will start his new position at IMS on Nov. 1.

A Butler University graduate, Boles was a founding partner of Panther Racing, one of the IZOD IndyCar Series' most successful teams, and served as a co-owner and team chief operating officer from 1997 until early 2006.
Read more & Comment...
10/29/10
motogp

Rain finally stops in Portugal
Bright sunshine finally emerged at the end of the afternoon practice session at Estoril today, but only after heavy rain throughout the day had significantly disrupted the start of the Grand Prix of Portugal race weekend. The morning session was almost a complete wash-out, with only two riders leaving the pits to brave the treacherous track conditions and the thunderstorm that raged overhead. Most of the MotoGP field chose to sit out the session for safety reasons, and also because of the limited returns of riding in such conditions.

The afternoon practice also started wet, but the rain clouds had done their worst by this point and, although there were still some puddles around the track, the surface slowly began to dry as the session progressed. With marginal conditions throughout however, the lap times were widely spread as some riders were clearly more comfortable than others on the cold and slippery surface.

Read more & Comment...
10/29/10
irl

Andretti team signs Hunter-Reay for 2 more years
Andretti Autosport and driver Ryan Hunter-Reay announced today they have signed a two-year contract that keeps the American star with the team through the 2012 season. 

The parties agreed to the terms of the new contract the night before this year's Indianapolis 500, and with today's announcement, Hunter-Reay and the team enter the off-season with their future together certain. 

Hunter-Reay enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2010 that was highlighted by a popular win at the Grand Prix of Long Beach and a career-best seventh-place finish in the series standings. Hunter-Reay's season also included a runner-up finish in the season-opening Sao Paulo Indy 300, three podiums, six top-fives and 12 top-10 finishes in 17 starts. 

The sponsors of Hunter-Reay's 2011 IndyCar effort will be announced in the near future. 

Read more & Comment...
10/29/10
irl

Andretti and Kanaan make it official
Andretti Autosport and driver Tony Kanaan announced today that they have reached an agreement to terminate their current multi-year contract. The signing of today's agreement releases Kanaan from his duties as an IZOD IndyCar Series driver at Andretti Autosport and allows him to sign with another team, effective immediately. 

Details of the agreement will not be disclosed. 

Kanaan joined the team as one of its original drivers in 2003 when it began competing in the IndyCar Series and he has made 131 consecutive starts since then. 

Kanaan delivered the team its first championship in 2004 and won 14 series races in his eight seasons, making him the winningest driver in the team's history. 

Read more & Comment...
10/29/10
nassprint

Some changes to NASCAR fueling systems in 2011
New items are in the works to reconfigure the current car's fueling system to that planned for the use of the E15 ethanol fuel blend that will be introduced in 2011. These changes will alter the gas lines, making it more tightly sealed in an effort to reduce the probability of water contaminating the fuel - something Sunoco indicated as a risk in their announcement two weeks ago in Charlotte. The changes to the dump cans will make them look more like the ones currently used in the Truck Series. From the on-site fuel pump to pit road, changes will be coming to ensure water does not enter the fuel at any point along the way. One current catch can man explained the newly designed cans not only fuel the cars at a slower rate - up to a second slower - they will require more skill and precision when connecting the can with the car. Despite the alterations to the dump cans, though, most in the garage do not feel the change to E15 racing fuel is the reason NASCAR is doing away with the catch can man. Instead, most point to efforts to cut costs, reduce the risk of injury, and others are simply baffled at the move. Frontstretch
Comment
10/29/10
motogp

Bad weather halts MotoGP practice
The first practice of the bwin Grande Premio de Portugal was a washout for the MotoGP class as wind, rain and electrical storms meant that unfavorable conditions resulted in an extremely quiet 45-minute session.

Standing water on parts of the track and poor visibility meant that the risky conditions remained untested by the majority of the riders with Interwetten Honda MotoGP Team rider Hiroshi Aoyama and, towards the very end of the session, Carlos Checa (Pramac Racing) the only two to complete laps. The Japanese rider registered a time of 2’21.217, the only lap on the timesheet by the close of the session.

The MotoGP riders will hope for improved conditions for the scheduled second practice, which is due to get underway at 2.05pm local time, weather permitting.

Comment
10/29/10
f1

Racing official gives thumbs up to Austin's F1 plans
Nick Craw, a top U.S. auto racing official, took a helicopter tour Thursday of the 900-acre U.S. Grand Prix site southeast of Austin a prelude to promoter Tavo Hellmund's project passing muster with the Formula One sanctioning body early next year.

He liked what he saw.

Craw, who carries two different business cards, is president of the Automobile Competition Committee for the U.S. and also the Senate president of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. The committee represents the interests of U.S. motor sports with the international federation, and the federation, among other things, is the sanctioning body for Formula One races.

Read more & Comment...
10/29/10
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday (Updated) UPDATE See updates as noted below.

10/29/10
  • No F1 return for Raikkonen in 2011 - manager
  • Bulgaria keeps moving towards F1 race deal
  • SingTel denies sealing new Singapore GP deal
  • Rome GP 'letter of intent' expires in 2010 - mayor
  • Barrichello hopes to stay with Williams in 2011
  • Button vows to keep pushing for drivers' title
  • Whitmarsh backs Button's desire to push on (New)
  • Sutil rules out replacing Schumacher at Mercedes (New) 
    Read more & Comment...
10/29/10
f1

Brabham says Webber blew championship
Mark Webber has blown his chance of becoming Australia's first Formula One world champion since Alan Jones back in 1980 according to the country's most famous driver, Jack Brabham.

Webber had the destiny of the title in his own hands going into the Korean Grand Prix but the pressure appeared to take its toll as the Red Bull driver crashed out of the race whilst leading. According to Brabham, the mistake has cost Webber his only chance of lifting the title.

"It would mean a lot to me and it would mean a lot to Australia, but unfortunately I think his real opportunity has been blown last weekend," Brabham told the AAP news agency. "I'm really there behind him in the hope that he gets there but if he doesn't do it this year, I don't think he ever will."

Read more & Comment...
10/29/10
f1

Sam Bird gets test with Mercedes F1 team
MERCEDES GP PETRONAS is pleased to confirm that Sam Bird will drive for the team at the Young Driver test days to be held at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 November.

British racer Sam, 23, drives for ART and will be competing in the final GP2 Series races in Abu Dhabi over the Formula One weekend. Sam is currently in fifth place in the GP2 standings with one win and four podiums this season, including the feature race victory, sprint race podium and both fastest laps at the penultimate race in Monza.

Prior to GP2, Sam competed in the F3 EuroSeries with the Mercedes-Benz DTM partner team Mücke Motorsport and finished in third place at the 2009 Macau Grand Prix as the top Mercedes-powered finisher.

Read more & Comment...
10/29/10
nnw

Harvick Announces Long-Term, Multi-Season Sponsorship Agreements
sponsorship agreements with Rheem Manufacturing Company and Menards for the No. 33 Nationwide Series entry for the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

Returning to KHI for their fourth and fifth years, Rheem will serve as the primary sponsor of the No. 33 KHI Chevrolet for 22 races throughout each season. 

"We're very excited to have Rheem continue its program with KHI and the No. 33 car in the Nationwide Series for the 2011 and 2012 seasons," said KHI team co-owner Kevin Harvick. "Over the last three years, we've watched Rheem increasingly move up their involvement from a few races to now being a major player in the Nationwide Series and one of KHI's most reliable and most active partners. To have participated in their growth and to see them bring new partners into the mix is very exciting."

Read more & Comment...
10/29/10
irl
alms

Baltimore GP delays payment of money
Originally The Baltimore Grand Prix was to deposit 800 thousand dollars in an escrow account for construction to remove curbs, trees, and rebuild the parking lot.

But construction timetables have now changed.

And both the authority and the grand prix are letting escrow bucks slide for a week or so.

“The intent behind the escrow account was a performance assurance based on construction that's going to take place the construction hasn't taken place so from our point of view there was not a real need to get that money in the account the MSA was fine with that." Baltimore Grand Prix Spokesman Austin Crossley says.

Read more & Comment...
10/29/10
f1

Alonso title could devalue F1 says Mosley
Former FIA President Max Mosley has shared his opinion over Ferrari’s German Grand Prix team orders by saying that, should Fernando Alonso pick up this year’s driver’s title by seven points or less, the sport as a whole could be undervalued.

Alonso moved from 18 points scoring position to 25 at Hockenheim in July when team-mate Felipe Massa allowed the Spaniard through to the lead.

“I did feel at the very least that the extra points that Alonso got by overtaking Massa under team orders should have been taken away,” Mosley, who retired in October last year, told BBC Radio 5 live.

“That's the absolute minimum because, if by any chance Alonso were to win the championship with a margin less than the seven points that he picked up - I would say illegitimately - at Hockenheim, it would devalue the championship, but that's just a personal view.”

Comment
10/29/10
tv news

Sunday on Wind Tunnel
Featured Interview      Darrell Waltrip (FOX Sports & SPEED NASCAR Analyst)

We’ll get Talladega post-race reaction from Darrell Waltrip as well as preview the remaining three races of the Chase.

Featured Interview      Matt Sheppard (Super DIRTcar Series Points Leader)

Matt Sheppard will be in Charlotte next weekend for the World Finals which airs LIVE on SPEED and is hosted by Dave Despain. Matt is seeking his first series championship.

Featured Interview      Jarrett Silvey (Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series Racer)

For the first time in Wind Tunnel history, we’ll focus some time on the sport of Top Fuel drag boat racing. Veteran racer Jarrett Silvey will be preparing for his season finale, which is also called the World Finals. That event takes place next weekend in Phoenix. Jarrett’s boat hits top speeds in excess of 250mph!

Comment
10/29/10
roc

Kovalainen back for ROC
Formula 1 star and former ROC ‘Champion of Champions’ Heikki Kovalainen will hope to reenact one of his finest hours at the 2010 Race of Champions in Düsseldorf on November 27-28.

The annual end-of-season competition brings together the world’s greatest drivers from motor sport’s most prestigious disciplines and pits them head-to-head in identical machinery. Kovalainen announced his arrival in the big time with his 2004 win, defeating Michael Schumacher and Sébastien Loeb along the way. He celebrated his semi-final win over the German by jumping onto the roof of his Ferrari in front of the packed Paris grandstands.

Read more & Comment...
10/29/10
lmes

Chinese debut for the Audi R15 TDI
Audi R15 TDI
For the first time ever, China will host an important endurance race for sports prototypes. The permanent race track of the city of Zhuhai in the province of Guangdong that was inaugurated in 1996 will be the venue of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC). The event will be a good opportunity for Audi to demonstrate the brand’s competence in motorsport and in a country in which Audi has already assumed a leading position: in October, the one millionth vehicle was delivered to a Chinese customer - no other automobile manufacturer in the premium segment has achieved this to date.
Read more & Comment...
10/28/10
track news

New ‘soft wall’ installed at Interlagos
The infamous concrete wall on the outside of Interlagos’ Subida dos Boxes, the circuit’s final corner, has been modified ahead of next weekend’s penultimate round of the 2010 season, with a new ‘soft wall’ installed in order to help cushion any impacts.

Formula 1 last witnessed an accident at the corner in 2006, when Nico Rosberg’s Williams having crashed heavily after losing its front wing in a first-lap collision with team-mate Mark Webber. However, it is the Australian’s own crash which is most remembered - along with Fernando Alonso’s just moments later - in the 2003 race.
Read more & Comment...
10/28/10
irl

Holes in the history of IndyCar
Dear AR1:  I am still confused as to the meaning of a "unified IndyCar racing series."  For instance, I was under the impression that after the merger of the IRL and Champ Car all open wheel records from CART and Champ Car would be included going forward in the historical canon for the new "unified series."  Why then when I look at IndyCar.com and I pull up the details on...say the Long Beach Grand Prix, why do I see only three previous race winners?  It seems in telecasts too that the statistics given about certain issues tend to waver between more current IRL-only data and data with a longer history dating back through the pre-IRL years depending on what looks best at that given moment.  Am I dreaming or is there in fact vast, winged conspiracy of some nature?  Tim Howell, York, PA

Dear Tim, That was our impression as well, and we have noted the same discrepancies. Perhaps with the merger, Tony George was not able to negotiate with Kevin Kalkhoven and Jerry Forsythe the transfer/ownership of all the CART and Champ Car records into the IRL.  That would be the only reason we could think of to cause such gaping holes in the history of IndyCars.  Mark C.

Comment
10/28/10
track news

Dover earnings down
Dover Motorsports today reported Q3 revenues were down 8.5% from $31.14M to $28.51M because of lower attendance at events. The company pointed to the weak economy as the primary cause of lower attendance and lower ticket revenue for its Sept. 26 Sprint Cup race. It said increased sponsorship and broadcast revenue offset the lower attendance revenue.

The company reduced Q3 operating expenses 8.9% largely because it closed its Memphis facility, reduced purses for NASCAR events and lowered costs. Dover Motorsports shares were down 0.64% at $1.71 this afternoon.

Comment
10/28/10
nassprint

Money losing RPM looking for bailout money UPDATE #2 Sirius NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody has learned that the sale of a Lake Tahoe Ski Resort by Richard Petty Motorsports majority owner George Gillett this week apparently brought far less to the team's financial coffers than initially believed. Gillett's Booth Creek Ski Holdings, Inc., sold its stock in the companies that operate the Northstar-at-Tahoe Ski Resort to Vail Resorts Tuesday for a reported $63 million. However, a search of public records shows that Northstar-at-Tahoe actually sold for $80 million in November of 2007 to CNL Lifestyle Properties, a real estate investment trust. CNL's company prospectus outlines terms of the sale, and makes it clear that since late 2007, Gillett's company has only managed the resort on their behalf, and not owned it. Industry sources say those management rights likely sold for far less than the claimed $64 million. Further, they say that Gillett personally owns only 2% of Booth Creek Ski Holdings, with his wife accounting for an additional 2%. Thus, Gillett would have received very little cash from Tuesday's sale. Richard Petty Motorsports confirmed late yesterday that it will field all four cars this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway for drivers AJ Allmendinger, Elliott Sadler, Paul Menard and Aric Almirola. Today's news raises new concerns, however, over the team's long-term viability. Sirius Speedway
Read more & Comment...
10/28/10
f1

Not all of F1 worried about life after Ecclestone UPDATE Given his 80th birthday on Thursday, the issue of who will succeed Bernie Ecclestone as F1 commercial rights boss is becoming more and more pressing.

Ecclestone himself has no plans to retire, though, and once shrugged off the question with a brief "another car dealer."

Ecclestone was a car dealer before he turned Formula One into a billion-dollar event over the past decades.

No one knows whether Ecclestone has already started organizing the future himself, with team union head Martin Whitmarsh saying it was "impossible to predict."

He told Reuters: "Those of us who are still around, if we manage to survive, when he finally is no longer around will have to find a way to bring it together.

Read more & Comment...
10/28/10
irl

IndyCar Notebook - Thursday
A.J. Foyt Racing team director Larry Foyt returns will drive the No. 01 DougHanson.com Chevy truck in the Oct. 30 Mountain Dew 250 at Talladega Superspeedway.  "Now that our IndyCar season is over, this opportunity presented itself and I thought there's no better way for me to have a fun weekend than to race a truck at Talladega," Foyt said. ...The No. 23 Ipiranga/Monange/STI car that Ana Beatriz drove in the 2010 season opener is featured at the Honda display at the Sao Paulo (Brazil) Auto Show. … Danica Patrick will be in the audience at the Key for the Cure charity event at Saks Fifth Ave. in Indianapolis on Oct. 29. … More than $12,000 was raised for the Women In the Winner's Circle Foundation through a karting event in Indianapolis. The foundation, founded by Lyn St. James in 1994, assists young female racers in their progression through the motorsports industry from karting to the highest levels of racing. The training helps prepare women racers for success in the sport, both on and off the track. … IZOD IndyCar Series race winner Adrian Fernandez recently was inducted into the Mexican Auto Racing Federation Hall of Fame. IndyCar
Comment
10/28/10
irl

Dallara begins input process for IndyCar Safety Cell
IZOD IndyCar Series veteran E.J. Viso, who competed last season for KV Racing Technology, recently was the first driver to be fitted in a mockup monocoque of the 2012 IndyCar Safety Cell at Dallara Automobili in Italy.

Drivers of different heights will provide feedback regarding comfort, pedal positions, sightlines, headrests, steering wheel positions and leg room as part of the development process. Graham Rahal, among the taller IZOD IndyCar Series drivers, is scheduled to visit the facility in mid-November. Additionally, Dallara personnel will measure their upright position relative to each other.

Read more & Comment...
10/28/10
nassprint

Stewart plans to expand to 4 cars
Owner/driver Tony Stewart says he remains committed to expanding to four Sprint Cup teams at Stewart-Haas Racing, but doesn’t anticipate any such growth for the organization before the 2012 season at the earliest.

“We're at the end of October. If we were going to [add a team], we would have liked to have had it started and had the decision made by the middle of summer,” Stewart said Wednesday during a national teleconference. “It's not going to happen for next year.

Read more & Comment...
10/28/10
irl

Rahal/Ganassi deal UPDATE A reader wrote to inform us that "About the Rahal article. TBC’s deal with SFR was expired, and there was no language in their agreement that forces Graham to pay SFR any percentage of any monies that TBC has now earmarked for Graham’s car. As you probably know, every single team in the paddock was going after the TBC money, and at least some of them wouldn’t have done it if they would have had to pay SFR 15 percent back.  Anonymous

10/28/10 See feature article on big deal Chip Ganassi has done with Graham Rahal, which will be announced soon.
Comment
10/28/10
nassprint

Dupont To Stay On For 14 Races
Sponsorship of Jeff Gordon's car was filled Thursday when longtime partner DuPont announced a three-year extension with the four-time NASCAR champion.  DuPont has been with Gordon since his Cup debut in 1992, but the company is scaling back its commitment starting next year. It will be Gordon's primary sponsor in 14 races.

"I can't remember what it was like to race without DuPont on board," said Gordon. "We've had such an incredible ride together, and I've learned so much about how DuPont applies science and innovation to make a positive difference in the world. It means a lot to me to keep it going for at least another three seasons.

"DuPont has supported me throughout my Cup career, and I feel like we have more wins and championships ahead."

Read more & Comment...
10/28/10
f2

F2 announces December testing
Formula 2 championship organizers MotorSport Vision have confirmed that the series will be travelling Portugal and Spain for four days of testing prior to Christmas, with Portimão and Barcelona being the two venues.

The tests, which will both be staged in the first half of December, are open to any driver - providing they receive official F2 approval – and will feature the Williams-designed JPH1B car, which boasts a cockpit-adjustable front wing and anti-roll bar, semi-automatic paddle shift gearboxes and an overboost button to allow an increase to 480 brake horsepower in bursts of six seconds.

Full on-board videos will also be made available for drivers and two new sets of tires will be handed out to each runner as a new day begins. On top of that, they will also be able to offer full hospitality at the tests for family members, guests or sponsors.

Formula 2’s post-season testing schedule looks like this:

Portimão, Portugal 2-3 December
Barcelona, Spain 9-10 December
Comment
10/28/10
Track News

Baltimore GP inks hotel deals
The Baltimore Grand Prix has reached sponsorship agreements with five hotels along the race course through the streets of downtown Baltimore.  The Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor, Hilton Baltimore, Hyatt Regency, InterContinental-Harbor Court and Sheraton Inner Harbor hotels will serve as the “Official Hotels of the Baltimore Grand Prix.” 

The inaugural event will take place on September 2-4, 2011 and feature the IZOD IndyCar Series, as well as the American Le Mans Series.“The Baltimore Grand Prix will be a destination event over the 2011 Labor Day Weekend, so having these hotels along the race course as major sponsors is a tremendous development for the Grand Prix,” stated Jay Davidson, President of the BGP. “As key sponsors of the race, these hotels will be integral partners for the event and will be great host locations for our drivers, teams, fans and all traveling to Baltimore for this event.”Three of the hotels, the Hilton, Hyatt and Sheraton, all sit within the two-mile racetrack, while the InterContinental and Marriott are positioned just outside the course.  The Hilton Baltimore Hotel lies in the Inner Harbor district and is connected to the Baltimore Convention Center, adjacent to Camden Yards and across from M&T Bank Stadium.  The Hyatt Regency is an urban contemporary hotel that is just steps from Convention Center and other local attractions.  Also connected to the Convention Center and just blocks from Camden yards is the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel.   Located along Light Street, the InterContinental Harbor Court offers panoramic harbor views of the Inner harbor,  and the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor is located on the west side of the Inner Harbor. Hotels have already begun working with race teams and fans to book rooms for next year’s Labor Day weekend.
Comment
10/28/10
irl

Helio returns to dancing
He won’t be wearing the yellow zoot suit that captivated a worldwide audience, but Helio Castroneves will return to “Dancing with the Stars” on Nov. 1 as a celebrity judge for 200th show of the highly-rated ABC series.

Three years ago, Castroneves and professional dance partner Julianne Hough wowed viewers and three opinionated judges with their intricate footwork and high-energy personalities to win the Season 5 competition.

For the Quickstep (one of the required dances), Castroneves wore a yellow suit with matching hat that was an immediate hit. The performance received a perfect score of 30 from the three judges and a photo of Castroneves in the suit even appeared on the cover of ESPN The Magazine.

The performance has been voted by fans through an online poll as one of the top 10 of the show's run (more than 1,000 dances). "It certainly is an honor to be invited back as a guest judge," the three-time Indianapolis 500 champion said. "I am very grateful to all of the fans and I send a heartfelt thank you to everyone that voted."
Comment
10/28/10
f1
Track News

Bulgaria to artificially heat track surface
Bulgaria is planning to incorporate a brand new innovative concept into their planned Formula One circuit in the hopes of luring not only Bernie Ecclestone over to their side, but also Pirelli and any other tire manufacturer wanting to test their products on what will be the only artificially heated track surface. Speaking to the Sofia news agency, Bogdan Nikolov, head of the Bulgarian Motorcycling Federation, explained that this unique project will mean that teams wont be reliant on the atmospheric conditions to get their work done....

"The great thing about our project for hosting Formula One races is that we will have a kind of a monopoly since the Bulgarian Formula One circuit will be the first in the world with heating of the asphalt layer, sort-of like central heating of the asphalt covering. This means that all companies producing tires will be eager to use our track in order to test their tires. On our track they will not be dependent on the atmospheric conditions to test their tires at various temperatures."

The report went on to say that Bernie Ecclestone is due to discuss the situation and sign a contract that will see Bulgaria host a round of the Formula One world championship in late 2012. However, Formula One is not the only series in the sights with Moto GP also expected in the same year.

"The circuits for Moto GP and Formula One are basically the same with small differences in the safety zones. The safety zones for Moto GP tracks are larger and longer. We have created a project that meets the requirements of both FIA and FIM for a circuit for Formula One and Moto GP. If 365 days in the year, the track must be in use 220 days in order to be a profitable investment. The climate in Sofia allows that.”
Comment
10/28/10
f1

Q and A with Cosworth's Mark Gallagher
Cosworth picked up another double points finish in the Korean Grand Prix, with the Williams cars of Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hülkenberg coming home seventh and tenth. Further down the field there were also smiles as the Lotus of Heikki Kovalainen finished 13th ahead of HRT duo Bruno Senna and Sakon Yamamoto. Mark Gallagher, General Manager of Cosworth’s F1 Business Unit, shares his opinions.

How was the Korean Grand Prix from Cosworth’s point of view? 
We would like to congratulate the organizers for staging such a successful and exciting event. The large number of spectators that turned out were treated to a great show and I have a feeling that Korea will come to be viewed as an extremely valuable addition to the F1 calendar.

As the fifth-largest motor vehicle manufacturing nation, Korea provided an ideal opportunity for Cosworth to showcase its brand and promote the electronics and engine technologies that it supplies.

How did Cosworth’s customer teams fare?
Williams and Cosworth were frustrated that both cars did not make it through to Q3 at Yeongam, given the team’s strong run in qualifying in recent races; their race pace was good and it was unfortunate that tire problems prevented them from placing higher.

We saw some determined drives from the new teams, with HRT registering their best two-car result of the season and Lotus Racing once again putting in a solid performance.

However, I really feel sorry for Timo Glock, who was very unlucky after running so well and really showing the performance that the Virgin Racing team is capable of.

Did Cosworth encounter any technical issues? 
It is never easy preparing for a race at a new venue, but our engineers had conducted a thorough analysis of the track, which helped ensure free practice got underway smoothly.

As expected, the track got better the more rubber that went down, but in the end it made little difference because of the wet conditions we faced on Sunday.

Engines are not normally put under as much stress on a wet track with numerous Safety Car periods, but it was still good to see the CA2010 uphold its reputation for performance and reliability.

Are Cosworth’s customers worried about the number of engine lives for the final two races? 
Cosworth is on target in terms of our engine use plan with all four of our teams, although the wet conditions in Korea and the number of Safety Car interventions should have been a welcome opportunity for any concerned teams to conserve their engines.

Together with our customers, we are looking forward to Interlagos and Abu Dhabi.
Comment
10/28/10
f1

Sky sponsors Red Bull for Brazil
Red Bull Racing has received one-off sponsorship from Latin American satellite television provider Sky for next weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix, meaning the logos of the high-definition company will be seen on the bargeboards of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel’s cars.

In another single-race deal, the last of which was with convenience store chain 7-Eleven in Singapore, Sky continues its link-up with Red Bull – which began with the Red Bull Racing Brazilian Stock Car team in 2009 - as it boasts 2 million subscribers.

“It’s great that we have signed this deal with Sky, which is recognized globally as an exciting and progressive brand,” Team Principal Christian Horner commented.

“Sky entertains via the latest technology and so is an excellent fit with Red Bull Racing, which seeks to do the same. I hope that, together, we produce an inspiring result at the Brazilian Grand Prix.”
Comment
10/28/10
nassprint

Trevor Bayne Set to Make Sprint Cup Debut at Texas
Trevor Bayne
When 19-year-old Trevor Bayne drives onto Texas Motor Speedway for qualifying for the Texas 500, it will not only be his Sprint Cup debut, but he will add his name to an elite list of drivers who have driven the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford.  Bayne, a native of Knoxville, Tenn., will join the likes of David Pearson, A.J. Foyt, Cale Yarborough, Curtis Turner and Glen Wood - the team founder - who also made his first Cup start in the family’s familiar No. 21 at Martinsville, Va., in 1953.

“It seems a little surreal right now, but it’s just an awesome opportunity to get in this No. 21 Ford,” Bayne said. “The Wood Brothers have such a history in the sport, and it’s great to get to become a small part of that.

“I look forward to going out and making some laps and learning a ton. I know it’s going to be a big learning experience, and I’m just really looking forward to it and I am extremely thankful for the opportunity.”

Read more & Comment...
10/28/10
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • Horner exit rumors 'stupid and unfair' - Berger
  • Korean companies waiting before entering F1
  • Ecclestone confirms SingTel staying with Singapore GP
  • No Portimao on 2011 winter test schedule
  • Interlagos improves F1 safety after fatal crash
  • Ecclestone gives finger to zimmer-frame gift
  • New F1 cost-cutting deal slackened for future
  • Red Bull's Horner vows equality for Vettel
    Read more & Comment...
10/28/10
f1

Barrichello wins court case against Google
Rubens Barrichello
A judge has ordered Google Brasil to pay US$118,000 to Formula One driver Rubens Barrichello for failing to remove from social networking sites fake profiles that mocked the Brazilian.

The judge says Google took too long to remove the profiles after being notified by Barrichello.

Despite a successful F1 career, the Williams driver has always been criticized by some fans in Brazil for the time he was Ferrari's second driver and accepted the team's decision to constantly help then-teammate Michael Schumacher.

The decision was made in a Sao Paulo tribunal court was announced on Monday, local time.

Comment
10/27/10
irl

Oriol Servia part of Hispanic Sports Summit in Manhattan
Phoenicia Sport and Entertainment, the marketing services and communications firm headed by industry veteran and former SKI & Company CEO Chris Lencheski, will be among a key core of senior sports and entertainment executives participating in the first-ever Hispanic Sports Summit Wednesday at New York University.  Lencheski will be joined on his panel by IndyCar driver and former member of Newman/Haas Racing Oriol Servia.

“The Hispanic sports and entertainment market space is growing exponentially year-over-year and most sports properties have yet to properly embrace the demo with 360° ROI solutions,” Lencheski said. “Our approaches with properties in racing, soccer and the Olympics have shown ways to effectively embrace the marketplace, and we are looking forward to the discussion on how those practices can grow, especially in racing and with our client eight time IndyCar World Champion Newman/Haas Racing.  It is a privilege to be involved and we are very honored to have been asked to participate in this first ever event.”

Read more & Comment...
10/27/10
f1

Abu Dhabi F1 preparations ahead of schedule
Yas Marina Circuit is well advanced in its preparations for the 2010 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which is now just two weeks away.

This week, workers were busy sandblasting the paint around the track perimeter while the circuit's trademark turquoise color is being re-applied on the internal roads.

The Shams Tower, from where the royal family will watch the Grand Prix, has been freshly jet-washed, and work crews are power-washing the roof and grandstand canopies throughout the circuit.

Landscapers are laying fresh turf while direction signs are being put up around the venue.

Read more & Comment...
10/27/10
nassprint

Jeff Gordon will 'Drive to End Hunger' beginning in 2011
Hendrick Motorsports and Jeff Gordon have teamed with AARP and AARP Foundation on the Drive to End Hunger, an unprecedented three-year initiative to address the growing problem of hunger among older Americans, including 6 million over the age of 60. Drive to End Hunger will be the majority sponsor of Gordon's #24 Hendrick Motorsports team in 2011, 2012 and 2013, with primary paint schemes in 22 Sprint Cup races annually. The #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevy, which will be unveiled at a later date, will race in the next three Daytona 500 events. With Gordon as its spokesperson, Drive to End Hunger will help the millions of older Americans who are facing hunger across the United States. The effort will engage the NASCAR fan base, corporations and charitable organizations via a text-to-donate program; activation at racetracks across the country; further research on the causes and consequences of hunger in older Americans; and an innovative national grant program that will provide resources to address the problem at a local level. Donations from Drive to End Hunger will benefit the hunger programs of AARP Foundation.  Hendrick PR
Comment
10/27/10
automotive

Corvette Engineers Create High-tech Auto Sunscreen
In an effort to produce lighter, more fuel-efficient and better handling models, Chevrolet Corvette features advanced materials such as carbon fiber.

Until now, exposed-weave carbon fiber, one of the coolest looks for fast, hot cars, was unavailable to consumers because the sun degrades the material on the exterior surface.

In fact, experts thought putting exposed carbon fiber on the outside of any retail car was nearly impossible. Painting over the carbon fiber was the only option.  All that has changed due to an industry-first technology breakthrough: “sunscreen” for the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.

“Everyone said it couldn’t be done, and we were crazy for trying,” said Mark Voss, senior design engineer for the ZR1.

Read more & Comment...
10/27/10
f1

Berger's claims about Webber crash 'ridiculous' - boss
(GMM)  Christian Horner on Wednesday said it is "ridiculous" to suggest Mark Webber tried deliberately to take out his rivals after crashing in Sunday's Korean grand prix.

Former grand prix winner Gerhard Berger said on Tuesday that the Australian "could have hit the brakes" after crashing out of second place during the rain-hit race in Yeongam.

"Yes, I think that's very clear," said the Austrian.  "It's very obvious, you can see his wheels are not locked up."

Read more & Comment...
10/27/10
automotive

BMW recalls 151,000 in U.S.
BMW said it is recalling about 151,000 vehicles in the U.S. for fuel-pump defects that may reduce engine performance or cause a loss of power-assist for the brakes and steering.

BMW said it will recall about 130,000 vehicles from model years 2007-10. The action covers the 355i, 135i, 535i, X6 xDrive35i Sports Activity Coupes and Z4 Roadsters Drive35i. About 40,000 of the vehicles will need new fuel pumps, BMW said Tuesday in an e-mailed statement.

BMW said it also notified the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of a separate recall for about 20,800 model-year 2008 X5 Sports Activity Vehicles to replace low-pressure fuel pumps.

No injuries have been reported, BMW said.


Comment
10/27/10
automotive

Consumer Reports: Ford, GM climb in reliability
The Ford Fusion is the most reliable family sedan sold in America, General Motors continues to move up in the reliability rankings and Chrysler Group LLC is showing signs of life.

Those are among the results of Consumer Reports' annual car reliability survey, released Tuesday at an Automotive Press Association luncheon in Detroit.

While Motor City carmakers showed continued improvement, Asian carmakers remain the reliability powerhouses.

Toyota Motor Corp., despite recalling millions of vehicles in the past year, and Honda Motor Co. dominated the top of this year's survey. Toyota and Honda each led in five categories.

Read more & Comment...
10/27/10
irl

Dallara gathers IndyCar Safety Cell input
IZOD IndyCar Series veteran E.J. Viso, who has competed the past three seasons for KV Racing Technology, recently was the first driver to be fitted in a mockup monocoque of the 2012 IndyCar Safety Cell at Dallara Automobili in Italy.

Drivers of different heights (Graham Rahal, among the tallest, is scheduled to visit the facility in mid-November) will provide feedback regarding comfort, pedal positions, sightlines, headrests, steering wheel positions, and leg room. Additionally, Dallara personnel will measure their upright position relative to each other.

Project manager Tony Cotman says driver input is invaluable in the process of designing the chassis that will roll onto the racetrack for the start of the 2012 season.

Read more & Comment...
10/27/10
irl

Racer's IndyCar top-10 drivers for 2010
Alex Tagliani has been tabbed as among the top 10 drivers in the IZOD IndyCar Series by RACER magazine editors. Tags was No. 9 on the list ahead of Marco Andretti. Filling out the list were No. 8 Tony Kanaan, No. 7 Ryan Briscoe, No. 6 Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 5 Justin Wilson, No. 4 Scott Dixon, No. 3 Helio Castroneves, No. 2 Dario Franchitti and No. 1 Will Power. Noticeable by their absence from the list were Paul Tracy and Danica Patrick.
Comment
10/27/10
tv news

NBC Developing NASCAR Family Drama
It's like "Parenthood" for guys. NBC is developing "The Crew", a testosterone-heavy underdog family drama set in the world of NASCAR from Heroes writer-producer Joe Pokaski and NBC Universal-based producer Scott Stuber. The ensemble revolves around the family of distinctly different "brothers" on a NASCAR racing team who have their own lives and dreams, opportunities and problems -- but as a team share a singular goal to be the best. There have been a number of NASCAR-themed projects developed at the broadcast networks in the past several years, including an animated Fox series about a dysfunctional family involved in NASCAR starring Jeff Foxworthy. What sets The Crew apart is that it is expected to be done in cooperation with NASCAR. NBC is in negotiations with the racing league for the rights to use its name, logos, tracks, race footage, etc. Stuber already has a similar arrangement with NASCAR on the feature side at Universal Pictures where he is producing a NASCAR drama with Gary Ross attached to direct. CAA-repped Pokaski is writing/executive producing The Crew under his overall deal with UMS which is producing the project. Deadline
Comment
10/27/10
irl

Dixon: Momentum-building for 2011 season
Scott Dixon
For the first time since 2005, Scott Dixon entered the final race of the IZOD IndyCar Series season without being in championship contention. The goal then was to overtake Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves for third in the standings.

By winning the Cafes do Brasil Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Dixon achieved that personal result and hopes it carries momentum into the 2011 season that begins March 27 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

“It was mixed because it is hard to go into a race where you know you have to help another competitor and that is your teammate,” Dixon said of Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Dario Franchitti, who secured his second consecutive series title in the season finale. “I had never had that before because I was in the championship fight and we were still racing each other for it. In some ways, there was nothing major on the line but still you had to be helping Dario try and win the championship for the team, which was the main goal.

Read more & Comment...
10/27/10
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Christian Horner worried
    Horner admits Vettel engine situation 'not ideal'
  • Perez denies Telmex looking to buy Sauber
  • Alonso in same league as Senna, Schumacher - Berger
  • Bottas accepts Williams' Abu Dhabi test axe
  • Raikkonen close to staying in rally with Citroen - boss
  • Alguersuari admits to eyeing Webber's seat for 2012
    Read more & Comment...
Hot News Archives
2000 2001 2002 2003
2004200520062007
2008200920102011
2012201320142015

Search Hot News
Search Help