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10/31/13
f1

"What's Your Number with AT&T" offers chance to visit Red Bull F1 headquarters
Circuit of The Americas, Red Bull Racing and AT&T have joined forces for "What's Your Number with AT&T," a contest offering a chance to win over 40 prizes including an Infiniti Red Bull Racing soft shell jacket, mini Circuit of The Americas helmet autographed by Mario Andretti, or the grand prize of a trip to London to visit Infiniti Red Bull Racing headquarters.

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10/31/13
f1

Predictable Finish Leaves F1 Scrambling
The F1 season "has come to resemble a car at the back of the grid: fast-moving but prone to technical problems and in need of something new and exciting," according to Blitz & Allen of the Financial Times.

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel’s victory at last weekend’s Indian Grand Prix "sealed a fourth consecutive drivers’ championship for the German." Yet "the much-predicted outcome also means the final three races of the season, in Abu Dhabi this weekend, and the U.S. and Brazil later in the month, will be processional" -- of interest "only as historical footnotes and likely to hit audience ratings."

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10/31/13
nassprint

No more sexy GoDaddy ads for Danica
GoDaddy isn't done with Danica Patrick. The company is just done using her in risque innuendos with its Super Bowl ads.

The website hosting company will put Patrick in her 13th Super Bowl commercial — more than any other celebrity — on Feb. 2 but the storyline could be more conservative and much more tame than its typical racy ads. GoDaddy, under new CEO Blake Irving, is trying to deliver its company message more than just trying to get noticed.

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10/31/13
irl

Champion's New York tour: Face time with Astor Cup
Could one fit an 18-pack (with ice) in the Astor Cup? How good are you at blindfolded darts? What's your favorite '80s group?

IZOD IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon addressed those questions and many more during a two-day media tour of New York that included TV show appearances and magazine interviews.

Dixon, who earned his third series title Oct. 19 at Auto Club Speedway, said this one is probably the sweetest considering that he was seventh in the championship standings through 10 races. The 33-year-old New Zealander won four of the final nine races and finished fifth in the season finale to edge Helio Castroneves by 27 points.

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10/31/13
nassprint

NASCAR's downhill slide further indication motorsports is in big trouble
AutoRacing1.com has talked about this problem for over a year now.  The youth of this country have fallen out of love with the automobile and that does not bode well for the future of the automobile sales, nor does it bode well for the future of motorsports. AutoRacing1.com proposed what is probably the only thing that can save this sport from extinction - getting the NCAA to sanction go-kart racing at the high school and college level and getting universities involved in the sport at the professional level - i.e. make racing a 'sport' in the minds of the youth of this country .  But the fat cats running motorsports appear oblivious.

Commentator Frank Deford said, "As the NASCAR season climaxes, America's prime motorsport continues to see its popularity in decline. For several years now revenues and sponsorship have plummeted, leaving an audience that increasingly resembles the stereotype that NASCAR so desperately thought it could grow beyond: Older, white, Dixie, working-class."

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10/31/13
nastruck

Martinsville Truck Penalties Announced
Penalties have been issued to the No. 3 team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series following last weekend’s race at Martinsville Speedway.

The team has been penalized for violating Sections 12-1 (Actions detrimental to stock car racing; throwing an object at a competitor’s race truck) and 9-4A: (The Crew Chief assumes responsibility for the actions of his/her Driver, Truck Owner and team members). The infractions occurred during the race on Saturday, Oct. 26.

As a result of these violations, crew chief Paul (Marcus) Richmond has been fined $10,000 and crew member Adam Brown has been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR.

The penalties stem from an on-track incident during Saturday’s race between drivers Ty Dillon and Kevin Harvick. The incident continued later on pit road when Brown was seen throwing a large orange hammer at Harvick’s truck. Dillon and Harvick had harsh words for each other after the race, but neither driver was penalized by NASCAR.

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10/31/13
f1

Maldonado yet to finalize F1 future
Pastor Maldonado says he is yet to reach a final decision over which team he will be driving for next season, and insists that his Formula 1 future is in his own hands.

Having spent the past three seasons at Williams, the Venezuelan looks poised to leave the Grove-based outfit at the end of the current campaign, with Lotus, Force India and Sauber the three teams being mooted as potential employers in 2014.

And while Lotus has consistently stated that Nico Hülkenberg is its preferred driver if an investment deal with Quantum Motorsports, formerly Infinity Racing, comes off in the near future, Maldonado has argued that the ultimate choice "will be down to me".

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10/31/13
fil

Dallara (of course) wins Indy Lights contract
Following a lengthy review process, Andersen Promotions today announced that Dallara Automobili has been selected to design and develop the next generation Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires chassis which will compete in 2015 - the Dallara IL-15. Dallara, manufacturer of the present spec Indy Lights chassis which debuted in 2002 and current DW12 Indy car, exceeded expectations to a committee led by Tony Cotman, President and Founder of NZR Consulting and the former Vice President of Competition at INDYCAR, in final proposals submitted by three manufacturers.

Dan Andersen, Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions and a former Indy Lights team owner, placed heavy emphasis on team budgets, with the cost of the new car and spares at the forefront in the final decision-making process. Andersen's goal was to present a new car that is contemporary in design and technically advanced, able to reach 200 miles per hour, meet safety and reliability requirements and present the most desirable up-front terms for both established and new team owners.

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10/31/13
fe

Hong Kong authorities struggling with proposed Formula E track layout
The FIA and authorities in Hong Kong haven’t reached an agreement yet to host the Formula E race through the streets of the Central district in November 2014. According to the South China Morning Post some of the parties involved have raised objections to one part of the track, which is close to governmental buildings.

This particular section of the track is near the exit of a governmental complex and however the race is being held during the weekend, not all parties could agree. The length of the track is therefore shortened from 2.6 kilometers to 2.1 kilometers and this version will be studied next month.

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10/31/13
irl

Veteran engineer Bill Pappas leaves Coyne, joins RLL
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that Bill Pappas will join the team as race engineer for Graham Rahal’s IndyCar Series program beginning November 1. Pappas has over 25 years of racing experience after working with teams such as Roush Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing, Walker Racing, Panther Racing, and others. Most recently he was the race engineer for Justin Wilson at Dale Coyne Racing from 2012-2013.

“I’m very pleased that Bill is joining us,” said Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan. “His track record and experience is really second to none and I feel that he can provide a big benefit to the team and Graham.”

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10/31/13
CART
IRL

14th Anniversary of Greg Moore's Passing
Today is the 14th anniversary of Greg Moore's passing in the 1999 CART finale at Fontana. Moore, of course, lost control of his Player's/Forsythe Racing Mercedes/Reynard on lap nine, and subsequently crashed horrifically and fatally. The Maple Ridge, British Columbia native was 24.

During his brief career, Moore scored 5 wins, 4 pole positions and 17 podiums. Not only was he monumentally talented on track, but Moore combined that talent with a distinct blend of youth, charisma, and bravado. Because of this, Moore was one of the most beloved drivers of his era amongst competitors and fans.

Moore's legacy has been carried on by two of his best friends from that era Tony Kanaan and Dario Franchitti. Both have carved out their own chapters in the IndyCar record books as Indy 500 winners and series champions. Young Canadian star James Hinchcliffe, who wears red gloves in tribute to his childhood hero Moore, joined the rank of IndyCar winners this past season.

While today will no doubt be one in which we reflect sadly on a supreme talent taken from us far too soon. However, for those of us who had the pleasure of watching him race, we can also take a moment to cherish the memories of seeing the great Greg Moore at the front.

Brian Carroccio, AutoRacing1

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10/31/13
f1

F1 news in brief - Thursday (2nd Update) UPDATE #2 Video for last F1 news item noted below:


10/31/13 Updates shown in red below.

10/31/13
  • The unbeatable Newey/Vettel duo appears set to continue for many years at Red Bull.  Newey who came to F1 from CART IndyCar, is pure genius
    Red Bull's Newey era set to end? Nope!
  • Newey says he's staying with Red Bull for many more years
  • Vettel not ready to lift throttle in 2013
  • Red Bull denies driver reshuffle for Webber, Ricciardo, Kvyat
  • Raikkonen won't give up fights with Grosjean - manager
  • Chilton could block Hulkenberg's Force India return
  • Lowe got married before Abu Dhabi
  • Bids For Germany's Nurburgring Racetrack Currently Being Assessed
  • NBC to offer live qualifying for final three F1 races on CNBC (But all qualifying was live on Speed) New
  • Infiniti Red Bull Racing celebrates in style New

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10/31/13
f1

Mercedes and Ferrari both claim pitstop record
Alonso exits the pits
(GMM)  In recent days, both Mercedes and Ferrari have claimed to now hold the record for the fastest pitstop ever recorded in formula one.

We reported after Suzuka that Mercedes had stopped the clock during the Japanese grand prix at 2.02 seconds, which is 0.04 seconds faster than the previous pitstop record set earlier this season by Red Bull.

But at almost exactly the same time, Ferrari was also claiming a 1.95 second pitstop in Japan.  "Who is right?" wondered Auto Motor und Sport correspondent Michael Schmidt.

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10/31/13
f1

Webber's problems no conspiracy - Newey
Bad-luck Webber
(GMM)  Adrian Newey has dismissed suggestions Mark Webber's reliability problems are something other than just bad luck.

While Sebastian Vettel collected his four consecutive world championships, Australian Webber always seems to be the one struck by car problems.

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner doesn't think Webber is simply harder on his equipment.

"I don't think so," he is quoted by Sky, after Webber's latest alternator problem in India.

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10/31/13
f1

Hulkenberg unwell in Abu Dhabi
Nico Hulkenberg
(GMM)  Nico Hulkenberg is spending Thursday in his hotel room rather than at the Yas Marina circuit.

German reports by SID news agency and Auto Motor und Sport say the Sauber driver is unwell, apparently with an upset stomach picked up last week in India.

The reports say the Hinwil based team is allowing Hulkenberg to recuperate rather than fulfill his media duties so that he is well enough to drive on Friday.

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10/30/13
f1

Red Bull To Pay Vettel Bonus Of $6.9M, Employees To Get $16,500 Each
Vettel a richer man today
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel "will receive a proper bonus payment from his employer after winning his fourth consecutive F1 world championship," according to the SID. Red Bull "reportedly will pay Vettel a title bonus" of around €5M ($6.9M). In addition, Red Bull, which also won the F1 constructors' title, "will pay each of its about 650 employees a bonus" of around €12,000 ($16,500). However, despite all his success, Vettel "is not F1's top earner."

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10/30/13
irl

Scott Dixon interview on David Letterman Show


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10/30/13
motogp

Casey Stoner completes productive three day test at Sugo Circuit
Sugo Japan 2.323 miles
HRC test rider and two time World Champion Casey Stoner has completed a grueling three day test at Sportsland Sugo, Miyagi Prefecture. On this occasion the testing was held in good conditions with rain arriving only after lunch on day three, when the test program was completed.

The 3.737 km facility played host to the HRC test team as Casey worked on the 2013 and 2014 RC213V prototype machine. He tested various items including a new frame and new engine. However, he did not have time to complete more test time on the Production Racer, instead these duties were left to Takumi Takahsahi.

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10/30/13
nassprint

Female crew member leaves MWR
Christmas Abbott, who in February became the only woman employed in NASCAR as a full-time pit crew member, has left her Michael Waltrip Racing team without ever changing a tire in a race. Abbott's departure was confirmed on Tuesday night by a MWR spokesman. The team declined to release any other details regarding her departure. In February, Abbott, an elite-level fitness athlete whose journey to become a full-time pit crew member has been well-chronicled, was named to MWR's Sprint Cup organization's traveling pit support team. Abbott, however, never made it into a race with the MWR organization and in recent months wasn't seen at the track on race day. Charlotte Observer

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10/30/13
f1

F1 news in brief - Wednesday (Update) UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

10/30/13
  • Red Bull's Helmut Marko (L) has to thank Christian Horner (R) for assembling a great Red Bull team
    Swiss authorities open criminal probe against Ecclestone
  • Webber's bad mood with Vettel started in 2007 - Marko
  • Williams denies talks with Brawn
  • F1 doctor slams doping claims
  • F1's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix a sell-out again
  • Rosberg on the Magic Bus
  • In praise of Christian Horner New
  • Bids received for Nurburgring New
  • Yas Marina Circuit: three corners in detail New

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10/30/13
automotive

Penske's Q3 net surges 59% on strong U.K. sales
Roger Penske, a winner on and off the track
Penske Automotive Group Inc., the nation's second-largest dealership group, reported strong third-quarter gains due in part to its concentration of stores in the United Kingdom. The company also kept costs down and had solid sales of finance and insurance products.

Penske's net income surged 59 percent from the year-earlier quarter to $65.3 million, as revenue rose 15 percent to $3.82 billion.

"We remain confident in our ability to continue growing our business, and we expect both the U.S. and U.K. markets to continue to perform well," said Chairman Roger Penske in a statement.

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10/30/13
uscr

United SportsCar Championship’s ‘Balance of Performance’ makes series a guessing game
There was a lot of sports-car racing news made last weekend during the American Le Mans Series Petit Le Mans, most of it occurring off the track. Leading that list was the private distribution of IMSA Competition Memo No. 14-06 to Grand-Am teams running Daytona Prototypes, and ALMS teams running LMP2 cars. The DP and LMP2 machines will compete directly against each other next year in the top class of the merged Tudor United SportsCar Championship, beginning with the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona on Jan. 25, barely three months away.

The memo, marked CONFIDENTIAL, listed a semi-final proposal on how IMSA, the sanctioning body, plans to equalize the DP and LMP2 cars, which are entirely different under the skin. It’s called BOP, or Balance of Performance.

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10/30/13
irl

Turbo’ Will Turn a Profit and Digital Sales Are Up
When “Turbo” grossed a middling $31 million during its opening weekend in July, it was immediately branded a misfire and had some analysts projecting DreamWorks Animation would lose money on the movie.

DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg expressed his disappointment with its performance on the company’s subsequent earnings call, blaming a crowded summer of animation.

Yet Katzenberg assured investors the film would still be profitable, thanks to the overseas box office.

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10/29/13
irl

Two important IndyCar questions
A reader asks, Dear AutoRacing1.com, Two important questions that have been left unanswered:
  1. NBCSN & Indy car have a contract, can Indy car get out of it (assuming they want to)?
  2. Does ABC/ESPN want a series (even if Indy Car pays through the nose) that hardly anyone watches?

My personal feeling is that TV audiences and track crowds all say the same thing, the USA is not really interested in open wheel racing.  With a few exceptions it doesn't matter what track they go to or what channel they are on, the fans/viewers just aren't there. Ralph

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10/29/13
nassprint

Truex, Furniture Row still finalizing deal
When is a deal with terms acceptable to all parties not quite a done deal? When the parties involved have accepted those terms, but haven't yet put pen to paper to confirm those acceptable terms. Other than that small detail, it's a done deal and in this case, everyone knows it. That's the situation at Furniture Row Racing, the home of Martin Truex Jr. after this NASCAR season. According to knowledgeable sources close to and inside the Denver, Colo.-based Sprint-Cup company, Truex and team owner Barney Visser have agreed to terms.

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10/29/13
nassprint

Bowyer comfortable with where MWR is
Clint Bowyer
After a turbulent couple of months, #15-Clint Bowyer believes Michael Waltrip Racing has turned the corner. Though the recent news that teammate Brian Vickers would miss the rest of the season with blood clots was another reminder of how much adversity the organization has faced since being embroiled in a team orders scandal.

"I don't know if everyone's at a good place, but the biggest thing is we have a good game plan," Bowyer said Monday. "I'm very proud of where we're at considering all the circumstances," he said. "With all the distractions, all the melees going on with our organization, it would have been very easy to take our eye off the ball and lose focus and not be a factor at all. I'm pleasantly surprised by the dedication, hard work and drive of everybody."

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10/29/13
f1

Now Swiss Prosecutors Launch Criminal Probe Into Formula One Bribery Scandal (2nd Update) UPDATE #2
Is Bernie Ecclestone the 'Teflon Don' of motorsports?  Teflon Don was the nickname given to Mafia boss John Gotti because he was charged with different crimes multiple times but he was never convicted. The charges would never stick, hence the name.
In London, Duncan Robinson reported Ecclestone "was not present" when the legal battle kicked off at the High Court. Ecclestone denies that F1 "was undervalued and is vigorously contending the lawsuit." Constantin Medien "had sought to put the details of the German indictment on file in the case at the High Court, "a move that Ecclestone’s lawyers had contested. Acting for Constantin Medien, Philip Marshall said that the German indictment revealed a "corrupt bargain" between Ecclestone and Gribkowsky. Financial Times

10/29/13 In London, Tom Cary reported the suit "is the first of several cases around the world, all of which are linked to ongoing bribery allegations in Germany." The central charge against Ecclestone, which is still being investigated in Germany, is that he paid $44M in bribes to a German banker to engineer the sale of the sport to present owners CVC Capital Partners in '05. German prosecutors "are likely to be watching closely to see what happens in the High Court," where Constantin Medien "will argue that Ecclestone and three other defendants deliberately undervalued Formula One." Constantin claims that CVC "was Ecclestone’s preferred buyer as it had agreed to retain him as F1’s chief executive" London Telegraph

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10/29/13
nastruck

Charges for stealing race equipment dropped
Mike Harmon
Larceny charges against NASCAR driver Mike Harmon and others involved in an ownership dispute over equipment and a race hauler have been dropped.

Harmon and David Novak were among those charged in May and June for allegedly stealing Jennifer Jo Cobb’s race hauler, vehicles and other equipment belonging to Cobb.

All the criminal charges in the case were dropped Friday by the Rowan County (N.C.) district attorney’s office, which said it was dropping the charges in part due to the fact that determining ownership of the racing equipment was more a civil matter.

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10/29/13
track news

ISC Unveils Plans For Multimedia At-Track Enhancements
ISC today unveiled plans for multimedia enhancements at its motorsports facilities over the next few years. Upgrades will include increased connectivity on race days, more multimedia content available via mobile and new HD video screens at racetracks. Talladega Superspeedway will be the first track to get new HD video screens. The enhancements will begin this year and continue in '14 and '15. In total, the company and its partners have contributed more than $50M to the projects through '15. ISC

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10/29/13
track news

Road America announces 2014 schedule
Road America President and General Manager, George Bruggenthies, announced Road America's 2014 season schedule today.

"Road America is widely known for having the most active and diverse schedule of any road race circuit in the U.S. and we look forward to hosting the AMA, NASCAR Nationwide Series, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship (TUSCC) and three separate vintage events again in 2014," said Bruggenthies. "We are equally excited to announce that Johnsonville Sausage will be returning as a presenting sponsor for the NASCAR Nationwide event in June. This is just the start of a promising season as we also are working on many new facility improvements designed to enhance the overall fan experience; such as making the famous Corvette Bridge wider for improved fan access and new viewing locations in turn 6. Without question, 2014 is going to be a great season and we have more news to share in the coming months. We encourage all our fans to get their season tickets early, so they can enjoy another season of great racing and memorable experiences at Road America."

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10/29/13
nasspprint

NASCAR Martinsville TV Ratings
ESPN's live telecast of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 27, earned a 2.7 U.S. household rating, averaging 4,315,850 viewers, according to Nielsen Media. The rating was up 12 percent from last year's race, which earned a 2.4 rating with an average of 3,617,199 viewers. Of the six races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup that have been run and telecast as scheduled, five have seen ratings and viewership growth over 2012. Greensboro, N.C., led all metered markets across the country with an 8.4 rating for the Martinsville race telecast, followed by Greenville, S.C., at 7.6 and Norfolk, Va., at 6.9. Indianapolis (5.7) and Charlotte (5.6) completed the top five. The rest of the top 10 markets were Richmond, Va., (5.5), Birmingham, Ala., (5.4), Knoxville, Tenn., (5.3), Nashville, Tenn., (5.1) and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., (4.9). ESPN

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10/29/13
f1

FIA checks Red Bull for bending floor
(GMM)  Another secret of Red Bull's dominance in the second half of the season is emerging.

Germany's Auto Motor und Sport said former Stewart and Jaguar designer Gary Anderson, now a technical pundit for the BBC, floated the theory about the RB9.

The car, which in Sebastian Vettel's hands has won the last six grands prix on the trot, caught Anderson's attention recently when images of a rear-facing thermal camera were broadcast.

The images show that the floor just underneath the drivers' feet, the so-called 'tea-tray', was running extremely hot at slow speeds.

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10/29/13
f1

Ricciardo: I can't wait for Vettel challenge
Daniel Ricciardo has congratulated future teammate Sebastian Vettel for securing his fourth successive world title, and says he is looking forward to seeing how he matches up against the German when he joins him at Red Bull next season.

Toro Rosso driver Ricciardo, who is replacing fellow Australian Mark Webber at the Milton Keynes-based outfit, admits that it will be a "real challenge" to race alongside Vettel, but he is hopeful of giving the 26-year-old "a tough run for his money".

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10/29/13
nassprint

Biffle tweets apology for confrontation with Jimmie Johnson
A few hours after confronting Jimmie Johnson on pit road after Sunday’s race at Martinsville, Greg Biffle tweeted an apology for lashing out at Johnson.

Greg Biffle was furious with Jimmie Johnson after Sunday’s race, confronting him on pit road after the two made contact on the track.  Biffle grabbed Johnson while he was doing post race interviews, gave him a slight shove and yelled, “Hey, you tore my rear bumper off, you (expletive).”  After the two had words, Biffle issued a stern warning: “If he’s running for the title, he better not tear my rear bumper cover off because that will be the last race he finishes.”  But a few hours later, Biffle tweeted an apology for confronting Johnson. He also got some good-natured ribbing — and support — from fans over the incident.

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10/29/13
irl

Castroneves likes IndyCar's doubleheader format
Castroneves was his own worse enemy in Houston
If there is one Izod IndyCar Series driver who could be excused for having a disdain for the doubleheader format, it would be Team Penske's Helio Castroneves. After all, Castroneves came into the final doubleheader of the season at Houston with what seemed like a healthy 49-point lead in the championship.

One dismal doubleheader weekend in Houston later – finishes of 18th on Saturday and 23rd on Sunday – and Castroneves left the Lone Star State licking his wounds. He found himself in second place in the championship, 25 points behind Scott Dixon, with just one race to go.

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10/29/13
irl

Man tries to rob Hildebrand with fake gun
JR Hildebrand (L) and Oriol Servia
A person armed with a fake gun tried to rob JR Hildebrand Monday evening.

It happened around 8 p.m. at 50th Street and Washington Boulevard, which on the city's north side. The IndyCar Series driver says he was out walking his dog.

"A guy came up behind me and was yelling something at me and I turned around and he was standing there trying to get me to give him my phone. It was sort of dark so I didn't really realize it at first but had something that looked like a gun. It obviously didn't turn out to be a real gun because I could hear him clicking it at me and it wasn't doing anything," he said.

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10/29/13
nassprint

Brian Vickers says he will return in 2014
Brian Vickers
Brian Vickers met with the media Sunday morning at Martinsville Speedway:

How are you feeling?
Vickers: "I feel like I could drive a race car, I just can't. I feel great. Still training, still exercising. I can't complain. I've got a great life and family and friends. I'm frustrated and I've been bummed since obviously all this happened again. I'm just kind of looking forward. Things happen in life -- that's part of it. You just keep fighting and have faith. That's all you can really do. I'm going to be out for three months and back in time for Daytona to race for a championship."

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10/29/13
f1

F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Vettel really is #1
    Lotus apologizes after Permane death threats
  • Vettel helped mechanics pack up India garage
  • Sainz 'satisfied' despite wait for F1 debut
  • Alonso's mind games 'like Muhammad Ali' - Mateschitz
  • Mercedes F1 team fuels $300m investment in the UK

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10/29/13
cart
f1

CART IndyCar rivaled F1
Who would have ever thought this guy might be designing yachts someday
A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, At one time IndyCar, under CART rule rivaled F1 in popularity and annual sponsor dollars.  So successful were IndyCars under CART that Bernie Ecclestone would badmouth CART every week for fear it would go worldwide and displace F1.

And it attracted the best drivers in the world and some of the best engineers. Who is that engineer for Bobby Rahal in 1984 (top right)?

Who is that engineer for Mario Andretti sitting on his sidepod in Nazareth in 1987 at Nazareth?

In both photos it is Red Bull F1 design great Adrian Newey, who thought CART IndyCar was challenging enough in the mid-80s to work in.

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10/28/13
f1

RTL, Sky Draw High Ratings With Indian F1 Race
German free-to-air TV channel RTL "recorded satisfying ratings with its broadcast of Sunday's Indian F1 Grand Prix," according to Alexander Krei of DWDL. An average of 5.6 million viewers tuned in to watch Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel win his fourth consecutive world championship title. The number translated into a market share of 37.9%. In the target demographic 14-49, RTL obtained a 33.6% market share. In addition, German pay-TV channel Sky attracted an average of 410,000 viewers to its broadcast of the race. In the target demographic, the network received a 3.9% market share. DWDL

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10/28/13
f1

Hamilton: Vettel could be greatest ever
First he says Alonso could do more than Vettel with the Red Bull car, now he says Vettel could be greatest ever.  So which is it Lewis?
Lewis Hamilton believes Sebastian Vettel is on his way to becoming the greatest Formula 1 driver of all time after securing his fourth consecutive title.

The Red Bull driver clinched the championship at the Indian Grand Prix after a sixth straight victory that means he is undefeated since the summer break. Vettel, who is the youngest double, triple and now quadruple world champion at 26, also became only the fourth driver in history to win four titles alongside Juan Manuel Fangio, Alain Prost and Michael Schumacher.

Hamilton is in no doubt that Vettel's achievements have been extraordinary.

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10/28/13
f1

Ecclestone one of four defendants as court case opens in London over sale of F1
Bernie Ecclestone, as slippery as Teflon
Tomorrow in London, F1′s commercial boss Bernie Ecclestone begins the defense of a US$170m legal action against him and three other defendants, over the sale of F1 by Bayern LB to CVC in 2005 and the payments around the time of the sale, made by Ecclestone to disgraced Bayern LB employee Gerhard Gribkowsky.

Ecclestone has acknowledged making the payments, but denies they were bribes. He says that the payments were in response to Gribkowsky blackmailing him over the conduct of the Bambino Trust. The German threatened to claim to UK Tax Authorities that Ecclestone controlled the trust which would open him up to complicated tax investigations.

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10/28/13
irl

Voice of Indy resigns
The Indianapolis 500 will have a new chief radio announcer next year for one of the few times in its history, The Indianapolis Star reports.

Mike King, who has held the position since 1999, resigned Monday. He had been with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network since 1995.

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10/28/13
nassprint

National Guard Extends Sponsorship Of Earnhardt's Sprint Cup Ride
The Army National Guard has “extended its sponsorship” of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Hendrick Motorsports through the ‘14 season, according to Jenna Fryer of the AP. The National Guard will be the primary sponsor of the No. 88 Chevrolet for 20 Sprint Cup races, including the Daytona 500. Hendrick Motorsports on Friday said that the National Guard also will “have prominent brand placement during all non-primary events.” The reserve military force has been partnered with Earnhardt since ’08.

Hendrick Motorsports said that recent research showed 85% of those who “enlisted or re-enlisted in the National Guard since 2007 agree that professional sports are beneficial to its overall efforts to attract and retain soldiers.” A majority of respondents were “exposed to recruiting or retention materials incorporating NASCAR and had seen NASCAR leveraged at a recruiting center or event.” Meanwhile, PepsiCo's brands are “committed to the No. 88 team with sponsorship of five primary races annually” through the ‘15 season. Hendrick Motorsports said that additional sponsorship “will be announced at a later date” AP

SPORTING NEWS’ Bob Pockrass wrote while Earnhardt still has 13 races "open for next season," he is "happy to have the majority of races sponsored." SPORTINGNEWS.com

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10/28/13
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Porsche Coming To Pirelli World Challenge
WC Vision, the organizers of the Pirelli World Challenge, announced today that it will homologate the Porsche 911 GT3 R for competition in the Pirelli World Challenge GT class for the 2014 season.

As such, Porsche Motorsports will again join the series’ Manufacturers Council for next season.

Pirelli World Challenge Competition Director Geoff Carter will work hand-in-hand with Porsche Motorsport to homologate the GT3 R for the series. A to-be-named team has plans to run a two-car 911 GT3 R team in GT in 2014.

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10/28/13
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The state of IndyCar
It seems that AR1.com isn't the only media outlet that tells it like it is when it comes to IndyCar's sad state of affairs.  And believe us when we say we take much pain in having to report these horrible facts. Gordon Kirby writes in his latest MotorSport magazine article, very similar facts that AR1.com has highlighted:

The California Speedway (or Auto Club Speedway as it’s officially known these days) remains committed to IndyCar for at least one more year, but over the past 15 years no fewer than 40 tracks have given up the battle of trying to draw crowds. Among these are 21 ovals, 11 street circuits and nine road courses. A sad story indeed.

Clearly, IndyCar has lost the battle for popularity on ovals to NASCAR. There were only six ovals on this year’s IndyCar calendar with small crowds at most of them and little or no prospect for any additional oval races in the years ahead.

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10/28/13
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Ganassi on a roll
AJ Foyt and Chip Ganassi chat before the Houston race
Pittsburgh native Chip Ganassi has been on a remarkable run the past two months. And it was capped last weekend by an improbable IndyCar Series championship and a stunning Sprint Cup victory at Talladega.

In the aftermath of Scott Dixon winning his third IndyCar title, an emotional Ganassi fought back the tears. When Jamie McMurray outdueled Dale Earnhardt Jr. to the checkered flag last Sunday for his first Cup win in three years, a jubilant Ganassi was nearly speechless.

It couldn't possibly get any better for Ganassi — save winning the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 in the same season as he did in 2010.

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10/28/13
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Video: Newey on winning 4th straight title


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10/28/13
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F1 news in brief - Monday
  • Horner: It was an enormous day for us
    Red Bull has EUR 25,000 less for jagermeister party
  • Pirelli situation became even more strained in India
  • Ecclestone court action to begin on Tuesday
  • Hulkenberg upset to lose points finish
  • Horner hails 'enormous day' for Red Bull
  • Prost praises 'great champion' Vettel
  • Hamilton 'destroyed tires' behind Massa
  • Mercedes moves back ahead of Ferrari in points
  • Winners and losers since F1 changed the tires

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10/27/13
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Kevin Harvick calls Ty Dillon ‘punk-ass’ kid (2nd Update) UPDATE #2
Ty Dillon is the grandson of team owner Richard Childress who of course gets favored status and who Harvick calls a "punk-ass kid."
Kevin Harvick apologized Sunday for calling teammate Ty Dillon “a punk-ass kid” after they tussled on the track in the Camping World Truck Series race Saturday at Martinsville Speedway.

Speaking on Fox Sports’ “NASCAR RaceDay” program Sunday, Harvick said he was overcome with the emotion of the wreck with a dozen laps remaining. “There was just a lot of emotion involved,” he said on the Fox show. “I hate it for everybody at RCR. You go back and look at the things that happened, and sometimes you regret the things that you say for sure.

“Yesterday was definitely one of them. I hate it for my guys, and everybody working on the cars. Obviously, when those emotional situations come about, you say things that you really don’t want to say. I just want to apologize to all of those guys, work hard today and try and do everything we can to win the race.” [Sounds like someone got a call from the NASCAR trailer "boy, you want to race in this series you had better apologize.  Don't you know that Ty Dillon is going to drive Dale Earnhardt's Black No. 3 and is one of our anointed ones?  Got that boy?]

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10/27/13
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Lame FIA summons Vettel after title 'donuts' (2nd Update) UPDATE #2
Vettel's Donut letter
Sebastian Vettel got off with a reprimand but Red Bull were slapped with a 25,000 euros ($36,000) fine over the German's rubber-burning 'doughnuts' after sealing the world title in India.

Vettel defied the officials and span round and round in his car in front of the packed grandstand, raising a plume of smoke, after winning the race and his fourth straight championship.

He then climbed on top of his Red Bull and saluted the crowd before kneeling down in front of his car in mock worship, raising a huge roar from the spectators.

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10/27/13
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Alonso: If Ferrari want to win, we need a better car (No kidding)
Since Stefano Domenicali took over as team boss at Ferrari they have not had a championship winning car
Fernando Alonso issued a rallying cry to Ferrari to produce a much better car next season after seeing his faint world title hopes finally extinguished by Sebastian Vettel in yesterday’s Indian Grand Prix.

Alonso needed to win the race at the Buddh International Circuit and hope Vettel finished lower than fifth to keep the fight alive heading to Abu Dhabi next week, but a scrappy first lap ended the Spaniard’s hopes as Vettel cantered to victory.

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10/27/13
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Biffle warns Jimmie Johnson: 'You better watch it'
An angry Greg Biffle confronted Jimmie Johnson following the Sprint Cup race at Martinsville, furious over contact between the two drivers with about 130 laps left in the race.

The contact turned Biffle's rear bumper until a liability, and NASCAR ordered the Roush Fenway Racing driver into the pits under caution to fix it.  Biffle fell back to 25th and rallied to finish ninth but wasn’t happy with the contact. He approached Johnson soon after the race and gave him a slight shove while Johnson was doing postrace interviews.

“Hey, you tore my rear bumper off, you (expletive),” he told Johnson.

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10/27/13
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Chevy wins NASCAR title again
Jeff Gordon’s win of the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway captured the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturers’ Cup Championship for Chevrolet. It marks the 11th consecutive year, and the 37th time overall that the Bowtie Brand has captured the prestigious title in NASCAR’s premiere series. It is also the first Manufacturers’ Cup award for the Gen-6 Chevrolet SS race car.

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10/27/13
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NASCAR Makes Three Changes To ’14 Truck Series Schedule
NASCAR on Friday unveiled the ’14 Camping World Truck Series schedule, and there are "three significant changes" from this year’s slate. Rockingham Speedway and one event at Iowa Speedway were dropped from the schedule, while races at Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis and New Hampshire Motor Speedway were added. Charlotte Observer.

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10/27/13
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Why the team was worried about Vettel finishing
Thank you Lord for getting my car to the end
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner revealed after the race that a faulty sensor from Vettel's car had indicated that there could be similar problems - which is why the team started winding down systems on the RB9 to protect its alternator.

"After the failure on Mark's car which was sudden, there was no reason to expect that it would not happen on the other car," said Horner.

"Immediately we tried to reduce the amount of draw on the alternator as much as possible – which included even turning off the KERS in the end.

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10/27/13
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Lorenzo wins in Japan
Jorge Lorenzo
As the flag dropped at the finish line in Motegi this afternoon it signaled not just an incredible victory for Jorge Lorenzo but also a defining moment for Yamaha. The race win is the 200th Grand Prix victory for Yamaha in the premier class of Grand Prix racing.

Both Jorge and his teammate Valentino have made an incredible contribution to this score, adding the last 49 of the 50 race wins taken since 2007 with Ben Spies the only other Yamaha Factory Racing rider to claim a single race win in that time.

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10/27/13
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Lauda hopes 2014 cars will slow Vettel
Niki Lauda
Austrian legend Niki Lauda hopes Formula One will be more competitive next year but adds he did not long for the days of Hollywood movie 'Rush'.

Lauda, whose rivalry with Britain's James Hunt is depicted in the film, and who is badly scarred from a crash in 1976, said Formula One was "not boring at all" nowadays but much, much safer.

"There are different drivers today because they need not to be worrying about getting killed," he told reporters at the Indian Grand Prix.

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10/27/13
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Taylor brothers to drive for dad
Wayne Taylor’s longtime dream has finally become reality as his sons Ricky and Jordan Taylor will assume the role of full-time co-drivers of the No. 10 Corvette Dallara DP for Wayne Taylor Racing when the inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship kicks off with the 2014 Rolex 24 At Daytona.

Jordan Taylor, who at 22 became the youngest Daytona Prototype-class champion in GRAND-AM Rolex Series history when he co-drove with veteran Italian Max “The Ax” Angelelli to five victories in his first season with his father’s team in 2013, will join forces with his 24-year-old brother Ricky Taylor when the combined entities of the Rolex Series and American Le Mans Series begin competing under the Tudor United SportsCar Championship banner. Ricky Taylor returns to WTR after a one-year stint at Spirit of Daytona Racing.

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10/27/13
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Franchitti wins Dan Wheldon Pro-Am Karting Challenge
With two laps to go in the Dan Wheldon Pro Am Karting Challenge, five karts had a chance to come away with the win.

But shortly after the white flag, the lead three karts made contact, sending two into the grass and allowing Big Machine Records' Marino Franchitti and Machine of Awesome's Ed Carpenter to sneak by and take the checkered flag.

"I saw they had a bit of an issue in the front and it was able to get me back in the lead and that was enough to hold on," said Franchitti, who was filling in for his brother Dario. "It was just great racing all days and a great way to celebrate Dan and his life. I just wish he were here racing with us because he would have been kicking all of our arses."

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10/27/13
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F1 news in brief - Sunday
  • Massa went against advised Ferrari strategy
  • 2014 not ultimatum year for Vergne - Tost
  • Raikkonen, Ferrari, not 'worried' about 2013 form

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