Making excellent use of a fresh set of tires, Denny Hamlin drove through the field after a pit stop on Lap 134 and won Saturday’s Kroger 200 Camping World Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway in his only start this year.
Ron Hornaday Jr. ran second to make a small dent in the advantage on series points leader Austin Dillon, who finished third. Johnny Sauter ran fourth, followed by rookie Joey Coulter and Kevin Harvick.
The victory was Hamlin’s first in the series in 12 starts, adding the driver of the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota to the list of drivers, now 23 in number, who have won at least one race in each of NASCAR’s top three series.
Vautier tops Road to Indy test for Andretti Autosports Andretti Autosport changed Firestone Indy Lights drivers for Day 2 of the Chris Griffis Memorial Test, but the team still finished on top of the timesheets.
2011 Star Mazda Champion Tristan Vautier turned the fastest lap of the two-day test, 1:20.0061, bettering the lap set by Peter Dempsey in the same No. 5 Andretti Autosport car by more than a half-second.
"I'm really pleased," Vautier said. "I didn't really try to focus on being first. I just tried to do my job for the team. I got up to speed very quickly and as I got used to the car, we made more changes. It was very good and got the fast lap."
NASCAR will always find a way to punish you if you outsmart them There was no 'rule' to fine Chad Knaus after telling his driver to crash the back of the car after the Talladega race to avoid a post-race infraction, so NASCAR will punish him another way. Pretty much they are saying - "Boy! Heh Boy! You wanna race here, then you play by our rules. Let us remind you that you are only here because we let you."
The NASCAR research-and-development center in Concord, N.C., will have a regular customer for the rest of the season—and a familiar one.
There’s a high likelihood NASCAR will take the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet driven by Jimmie Johnson to its tech center after each of the remaining four races this season. NASCAR’s move is a reaction to crew chief Chad Knaus’ instructions before last Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Talladega, where Knaus told Johnson to make sure he damaged the rear of his car in a post race burnout, if he won the race.
In a conversation recorded on NASCAR.com’s RaceBuddy, Knaus told Johnson, “If we win the race, you have to crack the back of the car—got it?”
Bortolotti scores commanding Barcelona race one win
Mirko Bortolotti has won the first race at Barcelona with a strong performance, breaking the early challenge of Miki Monras with a succession of fast laps. Ramon Pineiro completed the podium with third place, guaranteeing him at least third place in the championship.
Bortolotti made a fine start from the grid and whilst Monras was safely installed in third place, Pinero endured a tough start fending off Tobias Hegewald. However as he had predicted after qualifying, Pinero began to pick up his pace as he familiarized himself with the circuit.
Roush Fenway Racing teammates Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth will start first and second, respectively, in the Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville.
Rain on Saturday forced officials to cancel qualifying for the 33rd race of the season for the Sprint Cup Series, leaving officials to set the lineup per the rule book. It is the third race of the season that has been canceled. Rain also washed out qualifying at Dover and Kentucky earlier this year.
Force India to pick drivers before Abu Dhabi Force India team principal Vijay Mallya expects to have a decision on his 2012 driver line-up by the next grand prix in Abu Dhabi.
Mallya originally wanted to announce his driver plans at the end of the season, but last week current driver Adrian Sutil said he needed to know sooner so that he could make his own preparations for 2012. Force India has three drivers on its books in Sutil, Paul di Resta and reserve driver Nico Hulkenberg, with rumors circulating that the latter two will be driving the team's cars next season.
(GMM) Mark Webber on Saturday said he does not want to be gifted victory in the Indian grand prix. Given Lewis Hamilton's grid penalty for ignoring yellow flags earlier this weekend, Australian Webber will start Sunday's race alongside his Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel.
But as Vettel has already wrapped up the drivers' title, the German as well as team boss Christian Horner have been hinting at a 'team orders' switch so that Webber can jump up the points standings to second place.
(GMM) Ferrari could be set to race back into a controversy surrounding cigarette advertising. Earlier this year, amid fresh criticism of the team's ongoing sponsorship by the Philip Morris company, Ferrari dropped the 'Marlboro' from its official name.
But the association continues. India Today reports that Hriday, a health organization in India, has lodged a complaint. It claims the sale of Marlboro cigarettes in India this week alongside posters of Ferrari single seaters violates the country's anti-tobacco laws. The report also said the cigarette packets include message inserts about the fabled Maranello based team.
"The message is basically to promote the brand surreptitiously," said a spokeswoman for Hriday.
Video: Behind the scenes in India with Hamilton and Button Ahead of Formula One¹s first appearance on Indian soil, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button have been giving their exclusive first impressions, thoughts and reactions to the sights and sounds of Delhi to Step Inside the Circuit.
The feature grants unique access to Lewis and Jenson behind the velvet rope of Formula One, and allows viewers to get to know two of the most iconic figures in the sport away from the circuit.
Highlighting Lewis and Jenson¹s excitement as India becomes the 31st country to host a Formula One Grand Prix, this feature also shows viewers the action away from the circuit with profiles of the biggest parties and celebrities, including Neha Dupia and Vivek Oberoi, attracted to Delhi by the inaugural Indian Grand Prix.
Will Power flies through the air in Las Vegas. He could easily have landed on JR Hildebrand’s head and killed him instantly. JR was lucky he hit the roll hoop instead of his head first
A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, I just bought an old IndyCar model. I can see a resemblance. Open wheels, open cockpit. I think it would be a shame if IndyCar became something entirely different like your idea of adding a canopy over the driver.
Bottom line is that you have to consider too, if it becomes too safe, will anyone care? Already we see an entirely different kind of driver because the sport is so safe. I think a major part of a racing driver has always been their control of fear, but still having fear. If there is no fear involved at all because they know that no harm is going to come of them if they chop someone or run them into the grass or the wall...etc, then what is to really stop them from doing so. Sure, you make a rule. But it still changes the dynamic of the sport itself.
Mirko Bortolotti has taken pole position for today's (Saturday) penultimate round of the 2011 FIA Formula Two Championship in Spain. The 21-year-old Austro-Italian lapped Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya two-tenths of a second faster than Miki Monras. His compatriot Ramon Pineiro, meanwhile, will start the race from third on his 20th birthday.
Dry but cloudy conditions greeted drivers for the start of the opening qualifying session with 19-year-old Monras setting the early pace lapping in the 1min 38s. Christopher Zanella, hoping to hold on to second spot in the series this weekend, Mikkel Mac and Jack Clarke were all looking quick behind him along with Mihai Marinescu who last time out in Monza secured his maiden victory.
NBC Sports moves into ESPN territory Right now, it's just a big ugly building sitting on 32 acres of land in Stamford, CT. All that is about to change. Only 65 miles down the road from ESPN, the new powerhouse in the sports TV industry is setting up shop. NBC Sports is coming to town and taking over the site of a former Clairol hair dye factory.
This week a panel of dignitaries including Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy announced a blockbuster economic agreement that will consolidate the various companies now housed under the NBC Sports umbrella in one location. It is a very big addition to the TV sports landscape, and should be good for IndyCar, which has gone unnoticed on the lowly Versus channel.
Video: NJ Formula 1 - lap analysis, GP of America (rFactor) This was made from a rough sketch to check what the 2013 Grand Prix of America would look like. Tilke's blueprints were used to position the track and barriers. Buildings are not all accurate yet. Only the New York skyline is fairly accurate. The whole track will be re-done with new objects and to make it as realistic as possible. What we can tell you right now is that this will be one fast street circuit.
Canadian Champion Looking Ahead to Abu Dhabi and F1 Test Canada’s Robert Wickens hasn’t had much time to reflect on his title-winning campaign, where he raced his Marussia Motors-backed entry to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series title, but prior to heading out to the Indian Grand Prix this weekend with Marussia Virgin Racing, the 22-year-old Formula One reserve driver reflected on his first European open-wheel racing title, the competition he faced and his upcoming Formula One test in Abu Dhabi in November.
Q: You’ve had a couple of weeks to reflect on your title success now. What does winning the Formula Renault 3.5 Series mean to you?
Robert Wickens (RW): “It means a lot to me personally! I really wasn’t keen on finishing runner-up in a series for a third year in a row. This was the most important year of my career, being so close to Formula One, so it feels great to be a champion again.”
Hunter-Reay thinks new IndyCar will be fast Chevrolet tested their new IndyCar engine at the Sebring International Raceway short course this week and Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay was behind the wheel of Chevy’s twin-turbo V6-powered 2012 Dallara chassis.
“I couldn’t be happier to be back in the car, and in the chassis that Dan [Wheldon developed], the ‘DW12’ as it will be called," Hunter-Reay told Speed.com.
"It was definitely special to do the first laps at Sebring in the new Dallara-Chevy. Everything went very well. It’s still early days at this point, and we’re just going through checklists at this point of everything we have to do with the car and with the engine.”
“The new Dallara is very nimble and very responsive—light on its feet, you could say,” he said. “I think there’s a lot of potential there. The Chevy twin-turbo is a blast to drive, too. Great sounds, power, you name it. There’s still a lot to come from the entire package; we were just trying to log more miles instead of go for lap records, but you can feel the potential of the entire car. It was a good test; it was only the second time the engine did a serious track test, and from my end, the engineers seemed to be happy with what we accomplished.”
Wind Tunnel Sunday Matt Kenseth is currently 2nd in CUP standings as the series heads to Martinsville this weekend. He is seeking his 2nd CUP title, his first coming in 2003, the final year before the Chase for the Sprint CUP format began.
Ray Dunlap will stop by to talk about the incredible championship fight in the Camping World Truck Series which has 4 drivers within 16 points prior to Saturday’s event in Martinsville.
Coy Gibbs runs the Motocross Division of Joe Gibbs Racing and made news this week by signing the sport’s biggest star, James ‘Bubba’ Stewart to ride for the team.
Road to Indy test update from Indy Most of the drivers who participated on Day 1 of the Mazda Road to Indy's Chris Griffis Memorial Test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway don't have firm plans for 2012.
But what they accomplished over the 130 minutes of testing on Oct. 28 will go a long way in determining their future.
Thirty drivers participated in the test on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's 13-turn, 2.5134-mile road course. At the end of the day, Peter Dempsey (Andretti Autosport) led the Firestone Indy Lights sessions with a lap of 1:20.6546; Zach Veach (Andretti Autosport) led Star Mazda sessions with a lap of1.27.1120 and Scott Hargrove (JDC Motorsports) led the USF2000 sessions with a lap of 1.29.6937.
Bruton Smith still willing to take IndyCar's track rental money Track owner Bruton Smith says he would welcome IndyCar back to Las Vegas Motor Speedway if the series wants to return. Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon was killed in the opening laps of the Oct. 16 season finale at Las Vegas. It was IndyCar's first visit to the track since 2000.
Smith said Friday the track has a three-year contract with IndyCar that he would honor if the series is interested in returning.
IndyCar and the track had previously said the 2012 season finale would be at Las Vegas.
IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard has said he won't make any decisions on Las Vegas or any other high-banked ovals until after the investigation into Wheldon's accident is completed.
Rain in MartinsvilleUPDATE Rain washed out Sprint Cup practice Friday at Martinsville Speedway. NASCAR had originally scheduled nearly three hours of practice for the Tums Fast Relief 500, but persistent rain kept the Cup cars off the track.
The Camping World Truck Series teams got about 40 minutes of practice on the 0.526-mile oval.
NASCAR rescheduled Cup practice for 8:30-10 a.m. ET Saturday, followed by the original schedule – truck qualifying at 10:40 a.m., Cup qualifying at 12:10 p.m. and the truck race at 2 p.m.
The priority Saturday prior to the truck race will be to get some Cup practice in for the race Sunday. Truck qualifying and Cup qualifying would be sacrificed in order to get in Cup practice.
Williams boss hails new technical team Adam Parr, Chairman of Williams F1 has predicted the new technical leadership at Grove will propel the famous team back up the grid next season.
With new technical director Mike Coughlan, head of aerodynamics Jason Somerville and chief operations engineer Mark Gillan all now fully embedded in the project, Williams have completed the major personnel changes they instigated after a disappointing start to the season. To date they have scored just five points and lie a disappointing ninth in the Constructors’ Championship.
Hamilton to get new gearbox for Saturday Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren will receive a new gearbox prior to Saturday morning’s third practice session for the Indian Grand Prix. The 2008 Champion started Friday in good shape, topping first practice, but then received a three-place grid penalty for Sunday’s race for setting his fastest lap time under double waved yellow flags.
Hamilton will not receive a further five-place grid drop for the gearbox change, as the swap is taking place before qualifying begins.
NASCAR.com goes live on Google TV NASCAR.COM today announced the launch of NASCAR.COM LIVE, a new app available on Google TV, the open TV platform that brings entertainment from the Web to your TV. Through NASCAR.COM LIVE, fans can access interactive features including HD video on-demand clips, driver profiles, standings and schedules for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and the Camping World Truck Series. NASCAR.COM LIVE is the first racing app for Google TV.
NASCAR.COM LIVE provides users with exciting free content throughout the week and brings fans closer to the action during the race. On a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race day, users can launch “Live Mode” to access the app’s lap-by-lap updates and follow lead changes and statistics with the live leaderboard. Additionally, users can complement their viewing experience of the live race broadcasts on FOX, TNT and ESPN/ABC by pairing the app’s “Live Mode” with their existing TV service’s picture-in-picture feature. On Non-Race Days, users can access a library of HD video on-demand clips, upcoming race schedules, standings, archived race results, driver profiles and a NASCAR 101 section with information about the points system, common NASCAR terms, and an overview of how the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup works.
Hegewald sets the afternoon pace in Barcelona Tobias Hegewald was the pace-setter during today's (Friday) second FIA Formula Two free practice session in Barcelona - 0.286s ahead of his nearest rival.
The 22-year-old German set his best time of 1:38.333s early in the session and remained on top throughout. Mirko Bortolotti finished second quickest with Romanian Mihai Marinescu in third.
Following this morning's downpour, drivers enjoyed dry conditions for the 45-minute session with Christopher Zanella setting the early benchmark lapping in the 1 min 39s. Hegewald, Marinescu and Bortolotti all looked quick just behind him before an interruption for a red flag caused by Plamen Kralev.
Remembering Dan.... On his 33rd birthday, Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon visited the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World along with his family, who all served as parade grand marshals in the afternoon parade.
Flying 'marbles' hurting F1 aerodynamics (GMM) 'Marbles' is a sensitive topic in the formula one paddock at present.
The fact this year's Pirellis leave rubber shards all over the track is well-known, but in Korea recently the phenomenon badly affected Lewis Hamilton's bid for victory.
Indeed, the front wing used by the Briton in Korea - with big rubber marbles stuck between the aerodynamic elements - was quarantined by McLaren and rolled out for deep evaluation in Indian practice on Friday.
It emerges that Bruno Senna's Renault was similarly affected at Suzuka, costing him 20 points of downforce.
Hildebrand has knee surgery National Guard Panther Racing driver JR Hildebrand underwent successful surgery Wednesday to repair a torn ACL in his left knee, an injury suffered in an off-track incident in June of this year. The surgery was performed by Dr. Don Shelbourne at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis and Hildebrand is expected to begin physical therapy at St. Vincent Sports Performance Center beginning within the next week. Everything went well and I was just definitely excited about being able to get in here and finally get everything done,” Hildebrand said.
Brawn: F1 looking to learn from Wheldon tragedy Formula 1 teams will be open-minded about adopting any safety improvements that can be made to the sport, if the investigation into Dan Wheldon's fatal crash highlights areas where steps forward can be made.
That is the view of Mercedes GP team principal Ross Brawn, who says that F1 teams are more than ready to listen if the Wheldon incident highlights areas of concern that are applicable for grand prix racing.
The FIA has stated that it is willing to offer any assistance it can in helping IndyCar with its analysis of the Las Vegas crash, and Brawn said he expected teams to be briefed over the next few weeks on the results of that work.
Felipe Massa put Ferrari on top in the second free practice session ahead of this weekend's inaugural Indian grand prix at the Buddh International circuit.
Massa lapped the dusty track in 1m25.706s 18 minutes before the end of the session to claim the top spot from champion Sebastian Vettel by just 0.088s, whose Red Bull had been quickest for the majority of the afternoon and was not trying to go faster at the end.
His Ferrari teammate Fernando Alonso was third, 0.224 seconds behind Massa.
Lewis Hamilton, who will go into qualifying for a three-place grid penalty for disregarding yellow flags earlier today, was fourth quickest in the best of the McLarens, with his teammate Jenson Button sixth behind Mark Webber's Red Bull.
NASCAR bans power tools in fuel transfers NASCAR has banned the use of power tools when teams are transferring fuel. The decision is in response to a fuel fire next to Regan Smith's hauler at Talladega Superspeedway. The fire broke out as spouts from gas cans were being removed so excess fuel could be poured into storage. A spark from a power tool apparently ignited gas inside one can. No one was hurt in the fire, which sent thick clouds of black smoke through the garage. There was no previous rule as to how the spouts could be removed. This is the first year these cans have been used. The ban applies to all NASCAR series. Associated Press/ESPN
NASCAR looking for ways to limit two-car drafting NASCAR is looking at further changes in order to reduce the amount of two-car drafting in time for the 2012 Daytona 500, sources close to the situation said Thursday. NASCAR has made two changes designed to affect drafting at Sunday's race at Talladega Superspeedway, enlarging the size of the restrictor plate hole to increase speed and adjusting the pop-off valve in the cooling system to increase the threat of overheating. However, the changes did not work as hoped and the two-car draft received harsh criticism from fans and caused controversy among teams. Sources close to the situation told ESPN one of the possible solutions is a smaller spoiler which teams experimented with during the final 45 minutes of last Thursday's fuel injection test at Talladega. Sources said driver feedback indicated the smaller spoiler made it harder to draft and harder to back up into the car pushing it. Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's vice president for competition, said during the Talladega fuel injection test that NASCAR is concerned about the apparent unhappiness of fans with the two-car tandem, "but you have to be careful because the cure can be way worse than the disease." ESPN.com
Brian France: Ignore NASCAR's troubles Forget the departure of Red Bull, the rollbacks of other sponsors and the persistent attendance struggles at some tracks.
Forget, too, that premier teams such as Richard Childress Racing and Roush Fenway Racing likely will run fewer cars next season due to a shortage of sponsors. Or that some teams may not be back at all.
And pay no mind to the decline in sponsorship rates, estimated to be off by anywhere from 25 percent to 40 percent in recent years. Ignore, too, the plight of Matt Kenseth, the 2003 champion who sits second in the current championship standings but still lacks a sponsor for the 2012 season.
And that only scratches the surface. The Nationwide and Truck series are in even worse shape.
In an interview this week on the business side of racing, NASCAR Chairman Brian France said it’s worth taking a closer look at what the sport has done to reverse its fortunes amid lingering economic anxiety and a fan base hurt by higher gas prices and persistent unemployment.
UPS reduces NASCAR involvement UPS will move its primary sponsorship of the Roush Fenway Racing No. 6 car and driver David Ragan to an associate sponsorship of Roush Fenway’s No. 99 car and driver Carl Edwards beginning in 2012.
The company decreased its team involvement but is keeping its NASCAR deal, with a multiyear agreement to extend its status as the sport’s official logistics partner, meaning it will have space in the garage at the race tracks for pickups and deliveries - i.e. where it can make money back from teams to offset their cost of sponsorship of the No. 99 car.
Bernie Ecclestone sees even more F1 races in the USA in the future. That will impact IndyCar which is currently the premier open wheel series in North America. Compared to F1, heavy IndyCars will look slow, very slow.
Indian GP: Hamilton tops opening practice, but....
Lewis Hamilton exits pits
Lewis Hamilton was fastest in first practice (track cleaning session) for the Indian Grand Prix, but was later given a three-place grid penalty for setting the time under waved yellow flags at Turn 16.
The Briton had waited until the last possible moment to lead the way in an eventful first free practice session for the Indian Grand Prix, but did not slow for the yellow flags being waved for Pastor Maldonado's stationary Williams.
Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber were 2nd and third behind Hamilton's illegal time of 1m26.836s as the checkered flag fell on the session.
Mario Andretti lives in nearby Nazareth, PA. He was always fast on street circuits
Attention residents of Weehawken and West New York, N.J., living in the area of Pershing Road, Anthony M. DeFino Way, Port Imperial Boulevard and John F. Kennedy Boulevard East: If you see a Lamborghini or some other very sporty looking car speeding past your home one of these days and you think the guy behind the wheel might be Mario Andretti, you may be absolutely correct.
"It's going to spark my curiosity pretty quickly to go there, I guarantee you," the 1978 Formula One world champion from Nazareth said Thursday about the site for the first Grand Prix of America, which will be held on June 20, 2013.
The announcement of a 10-year contract for an F1 race in the streets on the waterfront of the Hudson River, with a backdrop of the New York City skyline, was made earlier this week, and only a prior commitment kept Andretti from being there. He had been invited by promoter Leo Hindery, son-in-law of former Charlotte Motor Speedway promoter Humpy Wheeler, who is a close friend of the Andretti family.
Fernando Alonso met the press this afternoon in the Ferrari hospitality unit in the massive paddock at the Buddh circuit. The location is new, but the first question was much the same as ever, about Scuderia Ferrari’s prospects for the rest of the season.
“We just need to be honest with ourselves and do the best we can in the remaining races and work a lot better and more than we did this year if we want to improve for next year which is already our target,” began the Spaniard. “With both championships decided, all teams are now thinking of 2012, not just us. So we will tackle the remaining races in this spirit, trying to enjoy them, by doing things you maybe cannot do if you are fighting for a championship. We can be very aggressive and take more risks in qualifying for example.”
Emotional funeral service bids farewell to Marco Simoncelli
Marco Simoncelli funeral
A huge gathering of fans, friends, family members and prominent figures from the world of sport attended the funeral service for the MotoGP rider who passed away on Sunday. The funeral was held at 3pm on Thursday at the Santa Maria Assunta church in Coriano, Simoncelli’s hometown, close to Riccione in the Italian province of Rimini.
The casket arrived at the Assunta church carried by friends and members of the Gresini team, and at 3pm the service commenced. Simoncelli’s Gilera bike, on which he won the 2008 250cc World Championship title, and the Honda RC212V, on which he competed in the MotoGP class were displayed on either side of his casket.
Talented teens sign up for 2012 USF2000 season Rising open-wheel talents Thomas McGregor and Zac Silver will compete in the Cooper Tires presents the USF2000 National Championship powered by Mazda in 2012.
The 19-year-old McGregor has signed with two-time defending USF2000 team champion Andretti Autosport while the 15-year-old Silver will join JDC Motorsports
McGregor, from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, spent a year and a half competing in Skip Barber and secured the Skip Barber Racing School Formula Southern Series Championship title in 2011. He was the runner up in both the Skip Barber Formula 2000 Western Series and the Skip Barber MAZDASPEED MX5 championships in 2011. He then moved on to compete in a partial schedule of the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda Championship collecting two wins and a third place podium finish. To date, McGregor has accumulated a total of 17 wins, 33 podium finishes and 11 pole positions in 56 starts in the formula car.
IMS Open test offers taste of Mazda Road to Indy More than 30 cars from the three Mazda Road to Indy series are expected to participate in the two-day Chris Griffis Memorial Mazda Road to Indy Open Test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Testing will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (ET) on Oct. 28-29 with each series receiving a 60-minute session in the morning and in the afternoon sessions. Fans can watch the test from the infield stands in the South end of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The test will be the first opportunity for Mazda Road to Indy Scholarship drivers Petri Suvanto and Tristan Vautier as well as Skip Barber National champion Scott Anderson to sample the cars they will race in 2012.
INDYCAR Ironmen compete with purpose Tony Kanaan would have rather treated his body to a long weekend off from training, but that just wouldn't do given the circumstances. So he'll join fellow IZOD IndyCar Series drivers Vitor Meira and Alex Lloyd in competing in the Rohto Ironman 70.3 Miami on Oct. 30 in honor of former teammate Dan Wheldon.
He's the one honored to participate, weariness notwithstanding.
The trio will wear matching triathlon Pearl Izumi jerseys with Wheldon's logo on front that will be donated to the ongoing eBay auction of sports memorabilia and other items, with all proceeds being directed to the Dan Wheldon Family Trust Fund.
IndyCar Manufacturer testing pushes forward Dario Franchitti was buckled into the 2012 IndyCar to commence the second round of manufacturer testing for Honda at Sebring International Raceway, but he was a million miles away.
The reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion, physically weary from travel and mentally spent from the emotional upheaval of Dan Wheldon's death, wanted to be anywhere else.
But, like Ryan Hunter-Reay in the Chevrolet car 200 yards down pit lane, the program must push forward. It's what, both acknowledge, Wheldon would have wanted. The two-time Indianapolis 500 winner and 2005 series champion was the test driver for the seven-week Dallara chassis validation program through late September.
"As I often say, it's not speed the cause of such a crash. If anything, it could be an aggravating factor," Zanardi said in an interview with Autosprint magazine.
"My early years of oval racing, up to 1998, were always very dangerous. Back then, setting up the car meant finding a compromise on the car's speed. You would let it slide until the downforce wasn't yet too low in a way that penalizes turn speed too much.
"It was drift driving (which takes talent), and tire degradation was an important parameter. If a driver crashed against the wall, it was usually his own mistake after he had underestimated these factors.
UPS renews with NASCAR Moves to associate sponsor with Edwards: UPS and NASCAR have signed a multi-year agreement for UPS to remain the sport's official logistics partner, providing critical pick-up and delivery services for race teams, vendors and suppliers at every NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event throughout the season. In addition to its official partnership, UPS will continue its relationship with Roush Fenway Racing as a full-season associate sponsor of the #99 Ford, driven by Carl Edwards. The decision to continue with NASCAR in an official capacity for a 13th season and Roush Fenway Racing as a sponsor for a fourth season was driven by the positive growth UPS has enjoyed through its direct involvement in the sport. UPS also will continue its successful customer and employee hospitality activations at select events throughout the year in addition to serving as primary sponsor on the #99 Ford at Kentucky Speedway. UPS
Simoncelli dies in Malaysia crashUPDATE #3 In yet another display of grace and poise under extreme pressure, Marco Simoncelli's father has exonerated the marshals at Sepang who dropped his son while carrying the gravely injured Simoncelli to a trackside ambulance after his accident Sunday.
"I was thereabouts, but Marco was dead already," Paolo Simoncelli told Italian media. "I was 10 meters away, but Marco was already dead, it changed nothing. I helped them. When they got back up and passed the stretcher over to my side of the guard rail, I took the stretcher to place it in the ambulance and held Marco's hand and called him, 'Ciao, Marco,' but he was gone already. There was nothing that could be done. Nothing would have changed in that case. As for the rest, maybe more (attention) is needed, but these people try to do their best, so it's useless ... but in our case Marco died on impact. They say God summons the best to heaven. I don't know. I wish that's how it is."
10/25/11 New footage has now surfaced showing that the stretcher with the seriously injured motorcycle rider Marco Simoncelli was dropped by track marshals when they carried him from the track to the waiting ambulance behind the guardrail (which on itself is already very strange, to say the least ... !).
Note: Paolo Simoncelli, Marco's dad, arrives on his moped over the grass (see video and pic l5536244) at the scene just after they (the track-marshals) dropped his son from the stretcher. He then runs to the ambulance. It must have been a terrible moment for Simoncelli sr. when he realized there wasn't anything that could be done to save his sons life. Nonetheless the track-marshals shouldn't have touched Marco Simoncelli, even though he was (most likely) lying lifeless on the tarmac, until the medical staff arrived at the scene. Only they are supposed to start any form of treatment or allow the ambulance personnel to take the injured rider to the medical centre, definitely NOT the track-marshals !
We can't imagine otherwise then that the MotoGP organization has certain rules regarding such accidents, this should be checked.
Andretti Autosport Signs Thomas McGregor Andretti Autosport announced today it has signed Exclusive Management Inc. driver Thomas McGregor for the 2012 Cooper Tires Presents the USF2000 National Championship Powered by Mazda. McGregor will pilot the No. 7 USF2000 car for Andretti Autosport.
McGregor, a 19-year-old from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, previously spent a year and a half competing in Skip Barber and secured the Skip Barber Racing School Formula Southern Series Championship title in 2011. He was the runner up in both the Skip Barber Formula 2000 Western Series and the Skip Barber MAZDASPEED MX5 championships in 2011. He then moved on to compete in a partial schedule of the BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Presented by Mazda Championship collecting two wins and a third place podium finish. To date, McGregor has accumulated a total of 17 wins, 33 podium finishes and 11 pole positions in 56 starts in the formula car.
Randy Bernard understands that a leader must lead in the toughest of times
IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard told The Associated Press this week that he decided to cancel the Las Vegas race after the crash. Some drivers initially wanted to continue, something of a tradition in racing.
"I felt that I didn't really care about tradition on this," Bernard said. "I felt like no driver in their right mind could have a clear head knowing that one of their friends had just died, and I felt this is where I needed to make a stand and say, 'No.' "
Bernard is determined to be the leader IndyCar needs in the difficult period ahead.
"In tough times, that's when you have to be focused," he said. "You have to lead, and I know this is a time I have to make sure I am going to be very decisive, very articulate and be a leader.
"In tough times is where you build your character; it's not in good times."
McLaren previews Indian GP As the Formula 1 circus heads to a new continent and a new grand prix circuit, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes discusses the challenges of preparing for the inaugural Indian Grand Prix with Lewis, Jenson and team principal Martin Whitmarsh.
Have you been to India before?
“Yeah, I’ve been a few times before – we’ve done a few Vodafone promotional days there. The last time was just crazy – just after Singapore, we did a demo run in Bangalore and were expecting 5,000 people to turn up. On the day, there were around 40,000 fans – it was just incredible.”
Wednesday marked the final day of GP3 Series post-season testing in Barcelona, and the teams were greeted with sunny but cold conditions in the morning. There were no new faces in the paddock with the driver line-up remaining unchanged from Day 1 and MW Arden’s Mitch Evans the man to beat.
When the lights turned green the twenty-six young drivers fed out onto the track on Pirelli P Zero slick tires, but the session came to an abrupt halt when Aaro Vainio went off track at Turn 1 on his installation lap. Once back underway it was Matias Laine who set the pace for Marussia Manor Racing before being briefly knocked off the top spot by MW Arden’s rookie Tio Ellinas and teammate Gabby Chaves.
Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen has signed up for the 2011 Race Of Champions, to be held at Düsseldorf’s ESPRIT arena on December 3-4, 2011.
Denmark’s Kristensen is acknowledged as the finest endurance racer in motor sport history. He has a record eight victories in the Le Mans 24-Hour race, plus five wins at the Sebring 12-Hour race and an American Le Mans Series title. This year his bid for Le Mans victory was stopped by Allan McNish’s dramatic crash but he will be back for more in 2012.
Kristensen is also starting to set another endurance record of his own at the Race Of Champions. Of the 2011 drivers, he has the longest run of ROC appearances, dating back to 2001 when it was still held in Gran Canaria. In 2005 he reached the individual Grand Final in Paris and won the ROC Nations Cup for Team Scandinavia alongside Sweden’s Mattias Ekström. The pair also reached the ROC Nations Cup final in 2008 at Wembley (pictured) and they have been reunited this year.
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