Crafton wins first pole of the season in Texas Matt Crafton has found his groove late in the 2010 season and it continued Thursday night at Texas Motor Speedway as the driver of the No. 88 Thorsport Chevrolet won his first pole of the 2010 season.
Crafton, who paced final practice, found more speed in qualifying and grabbed the pole with a lap of 180.216 mph. The last time Crafton won the pole was this race last year, he finished second.
Elliott Sadler will start second in his seventh start in the Truck Series this season with a lap of 179.904 mph. This is Sadler's fifth front row start in those seven races.
Kyle Busch, Ron Hornaday and points leader Todd Bodine rounded out the top five.
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Nissan profit quadruples to $1.26 billion Nissan's quarterly profit quadrupled from a year earlier and the automaker raised its full-year forecasts as surging sales overcame the drag from a strong yen.
Nissan Motor Co. reported today its second quarter profit totaled $1.26 billion, up dramatically from 25.53 billion yen.
Sales at the Japanese automaker, which makes the March subcompact and Leaf electric car, gained 21.4% to $28.0 billion.
Race of Champions renews partnership with TAG Heuer TAG Heuer’s President and CEO Jean-Christophe Babin said: “Motor racing is the perfect showcase of precision and performance. As such it reflects TAG Heuer values in a unique way. So what could be a better fit for TAG Heuer than partnering with such a prestigious international event as The Race of Champions, which brings together friends of the brand and the world’s finest drivers from all the disciplines of racing. With identical cars on the track, it is talent and determination that will make the difference.
“For a century and half TAG Heuer has drawn inspiration from the world of sports to master time to its smallest fraction. That resulted in the longest and strongest association with motor sports and dream cars.
Racing legends like Jo Siffert, Juan-Manuel Fangio, Jacky Ickx, Clay Regazzoni, Niki Lauda, Gilles Villeneuve, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, Mika Häkkinen, Jacques Villeneuve, David Coulthard, Kimi Räikkönen, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button have been on TAG Heuer’s stupendous roster of F1 racing ambassadors.
The tough economy's not slowing the 2010 PRI Trade Show....In just one day recently, the PRI Trade Show offices received 300 requests from racing companies for credentials for this year's show to be held Dec. 9-11 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.
More than 1000 motorsports companies are expected to exhibit in more than 3,000 booths at this year's show with nearly 40,000 racing business people from all 50 states, and 65 countries expected to attend.
In the picture, Nicole Harless tries to keep up with the incoming credential requests.
Remi Lanteigne joins Jensen Motorsport Jensen MotorSport is pleased to announce that renowned Canadian race engineer Remi Lanteigne has joined the team as Chief Technical Officer.
Lanteigne (39) has one of the most impressive resumes in North American open-wheel racing with multiple championships and many race wins in series including Indy Lights, Atlantic, Formula BMW, and Star Mazda.
As Chief Technical Officer, Lanteigne will oversee the engineering program for the Jensen MotorSport entry in the 2011 Indy Lights championship. Lanteigne will also continue to identify and develop the next generation of open-wheel stars as they transition for karting to race cars within the Jensen junior driver development program.
'Pay drivers' keep existing names worried about future (GMM) An increasing trend for 'pay drivers' in formula one is casting a pall over the futures of many of the sport's existing names.
Even Rubens Barrichello, the most experienced driver in the sport's history, is having to wait for Williams to evaluate the talent of the well-funded new GP2 champion Pastor Maldonado in Abu Dhabi later this month.
"I'm talking deeply with Williams and nobody else. My feeling is that I will be here next year," he said confidently on Thursday.
Alonso title due to team orders 'a shame' for F1 say jealous Heidfeld (GMM) Nick Heidfeld on Thursday said it would be a shame if the team orders saga is seen to have influenced the outcome of the drivers' world championship.
With two races to go, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso is 11 points ahead of Red Bull's Mark Webber in the points standings.
7 of those points were earned in Hockenheim, where Alonso's teammate Felipe Massa was controversially moved aside despite team orders being banned in F1.
Ferrari was fined $100,000 for the move but Alonso kept his points.
Panasonic invests in Tesla to develop batteries Japanese electronics giant Panasonic Corp. said late Wednesday it invested $30 million in Tesla Motors Inc. to cooperate on green powertrain development.
Panasonic, which already manufacturers batteries for gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles, joins Toyota Motor Corp. and Daimler AG in taking a stake in the automotive start up headed by Elon Musk. It also underscores increasing confidence in Tesla's technology and ambitions.
Panasonic said its investment came through the purchase of common stock in Tesla. Japanese media reports said the purchase gives Panasonic a 2 percent stake in Tesla.
Villeneuve to enter Canadian Hall of Fame Jacques Villeneuve will officially join his legendary father Gilles in the pantheon of Canadian sporting greats when he is inducted into the nation’s Sports Hall of Fame later this month.
The 1997 F1 world champion is one of Canada's most decorated motorsport names, having also won both the 1995 CART Series and Indianapolis 500, becoming only the second man to have won the 500 and both the F1 and IndyCar championships, after Mario Andretti. Earlier this year, former Williams, BAR and BMW Sauber driver Villeneuve made history again by becoming only the second driver to race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in three major series, adding NASCAR's Brickyard 400 to his previous F1 and CART appearances.
Alonso happy for Massa to win in Brazil (GMM) Fernando Alonso on Thursday insisted he would accept not winning in Brazil this weekend so long as he finishes ahead of his championship rivals.
With two races left to run, the Spaniard is 11 points clear of Red Bull's Mark Webber, meaning that both Alonso and Ferrari will be happy if local hero and Interlagos specialist Felipe Massa wins on Sunday.
"He (Massa) will want to show his fans what he can do so I expect him to be very much up for the fight," said team boss Stefano Domenicali this week.
"He will be very quick, which is exactly what we need right now to reach our goals," added the Italian.
Honda Racing Line Expands Into Karting Continuing its mission to meet the needs of grassroots competitors who are racing Honda products, Honda Performance Development, Inc., will begin offering Honda CR125 parts and engine-rebuild kits within the United States for competition in karting's 'Spec Honda' class.
The rebuild kits and service parts will be available through the Honda Racing Line, HPD's parts and service program for licensed amateur and entry-level professional racers. Licensed kart competitors may now register for the Honda Racing Line through HondaRacingLine.com.
The Honda Racing Line provides its members with a direct connection to Honda Performance Development and its unparalleled record of success at the pinnacle levels of motorsport, including the IZOD IndyCar Series and American Le Mans Series. This channel to factory support provides Honda Racing Line members the opportunity to purchase racing-performance parts via convenient web-based ordering, with expedited, door-to-door delivery.
Giving up title now would be 'stupid' - Vettel (GMM) As the 2010 world championship battles heats up, so too is the competitive rivalry between Red Bull's teammates.
Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel are openly not friends, but with just two races to go this season and 14 points between them, some believe Vettel should now be helping his Australian teammate to the title.
"I am not giving up," 23-year-old German Vettel said on Thursday in an interview with the DPA press agency.
"It would be stupid to give up the belief in the title. I will continue to fight," he promised.
Vettel was asked whether he has a cooperative "deal" in place with Webber as the season winds down.
Interlagos may be one of the shorter laps on the calendar at just over 4.3km, but there’s no shortage of challenges for the drivers and engineers. With one of the longest straights of the season, combined with slow hairpins and a couple of high-speed corners, finding the sweet spot at Interlagos is all about making the right set-up compromise.
The perennial question facing teams at the Brazilian Grand Prix is whether to choose straight-line speed over optimum lap time. It’s a challenge that has been made easier this year thanks to the wonders of the f-duct, but it’s still front-of-mind for the engineers, as Chief Engineer Alan Permane explains: “We usually set the car up to achieve the optimum lap time, and the way the R30 works with our f-duct should still allow us to achieve good straight-line speeds. It means we can have the downforce in the slow infield corners but still be competitive enough to attack or defend down the straights.”
Camaro Named ‘Hottest Car’ in Inaugural SEMA Award
The Chevrolet Camaro has been named the “hottest car” at the 2010 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The inaugural SEMA Award recognizes the most accessory-friendly new models, based on the number of vehicles exhibited at the show.
“A booth space is a ballot, and the models these exhibitors have selected represent their vote,” said Chris Kersting, SEMA president and CEO.
According to SEMA, exhibitors manufacture thousands of products that improve performance, convenience, appearance and comfort. While products are available for every make and model vehicle, exhibitors are investing more into the Chevrolet Camaro than any other car. Consumers, therefore, can expect to find more options for personalizing their Camaro.
“More than any other venue, the cars exhibitors and attendees bring to SEMA embody the passion and excitement of car enthusiasts everywhere,” said John Fitzpatrick, Chevrolet Performance Cars marketing manager. “Based on the sheer number of Camaros displayed on the floor, and parked in the adjacent lots, the Camaro is clearly the hottest car of the show.”
Baltimore Grand Prix: Board OKs money for pit construction The state's Board of Public Works approved Wednesday an additional $1.5 million for preparations for the Baltimore Grand Prix Road Race, as the Maryland Stadium Authority waits for delayed payments from the private group organizing the race.
The allocated funds, which will come from the budget of the Maryland Stadium Authority and go toward converting parking lots at Camden Yards into a pit lane for race cars, were approved without discussion at the board's meeting and is the last step before construction begins this month. The race is scheduled for Labor Day weekend.
Baltimore Racing Development, the company organizing the race, did not make a scheduled Oct. 1 bond payment of $800,000 to the authority because of cash-flow problems.
Korea F3 Superprix cancelled It has been confirmed that this year’s Korea F3 Superprix, set to take place just one week after the prestigious Macau Grand Prix, has been called off. The event was supposed to take place at the brand-new Yeongam circuit, home of the inaugural Formula 1 Korean Grand Prix less than two weeks ago.
Staged on the streets of Changwon between 1999 and 2003, Macau organizer Barry Bland had seemingly brought the Korea F3 Superprix back this year although KAVO (Korea Auto Valley Operation, the country’s motorsport governing body) has now said that the occasion will not be happening due to so far undefined reasons.
Final 2011 F1 schedule approved The FIA has announced the final calendar for the upcoming 2011 Formula One championship season.
Once again the season will begin with the Bahrain Grand Prix while instead of finishing at Abu Dhabi as it will this season, the season finale has reverted back to Brazil. As expected, India features on the calendar between Korea and Abu Dhabi and there will be four sets of back to back events.
Ford sales rise 19.2% in October Ford said today that its October sales in the U.S. increased 19.2% compared with the same month last year, putting the company on track to increase its market share for the second year in a row.
The increase for the month was led by the company’s mainstream Ford brand while sales for Mercury, which is being discontinued this year, also increased.
Sales of the company’s Ford brand rose 20.6%, Lincoln increased 1.5% and Mercury increased 12% as the company worked to clear out remaining inventory for the brand.
General Motors Company Commences $13 Billion Public Offering General Motors Company today announced it has commenced a public offering. The offering will consist of 365 million shares of common stock to be sold by certain of its stockholders. The company will also issue 60 million shares of its Series B mandatory convertible junior preferred stock with a liquidation amount of $50 per share.
The estimated price range for the offering of common stock is $26.00 to $29.00 per share
Unless converted earlier at the option of the holder, each share of the Series B preferred stock will automatically convert on the mandatory conversion date, which is expected to be three years from the original issue date. The conversion provisions depend on the applicable market value of the company's common stock, and are subject to certain anti-dilution adjustments.
Reigning Star Mazda champion, Conor Daly has lost his backing from Jerry Forsythe. The former Champ car team and series owner has backed Daly for the past four years during which he won the 2007 Stars of Karting TaG senior championship, the 2008 Skip Barber National championship and the 2010 Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear. “Jerry was a significant part of what I was able to accomplish in the past four years. He provided us with the opportunity to plan the career moves, and for that I will be eternally grateful” said Daly.
"We still have big plans and my management team will be doing everything possible to continue the great momentum that we have built over the past four years".
Gateway Raceway shut down The owner of Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis says it will cease all operations at the track. Dover Motorsports Inc. said in a release Wednesday that the track could no longer be operated with "an acceptable return." The company previously announced that it would not seek to run any NASCAR Series events at the facility in 2011. The track ran its final NASCAR Nationwide Series event on Oct. 23, 2010. The majority of the track is leased from third parties. The company owns approximately 150 acres of the facility and has been in discussions with several interested purchasers. Yahoo Finance/AP
2011 F2 Calendar revealed Motorsport governing body the FIA has unveiled the 16-race calendar for next year’s Formula 2 Championship. Silverstone will play host to the opening two rounds in mid-April before Barcelona retakes its season-ending slot six months later. In late August, Austria’s Red Bull Ring will make its debut in the series.
2011 FIA Formula 2 Championship calendar:
17 April Silverstone, United Kingdom - Rounds 1 & 2 22 May Magny-Cours, France - Rounds 3 & 4 * 26 June Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium - Rounds 5 & 6 * 03 July Nürburgring, Germany - Rounds 7 & 8 24 July Brands Hatch, United Kingdom - Rounds 9 & 10 28 August Red Bull Ring, Austria - Rounds 11 & 12 * 02 October Monza, Italy - Rounds 13 & 14 * 30 October Barcelona, Spain - Rounds 15 & 16 *
'Miracle' Red Bull haven't wrapped up title - Domenicali (GMM) Ferrari on Wednesday threw a barb back at Red Bull, after Christian Horner said the Italian team winning the 2010 championship would be "frustrating".
The comment was a referral to July's German grand prix, when current points leader Fernando Alonso gained an additional 7 points because his teammate Felipe Massa was ordered to give up the win -- a practice that is illegal and earned Ferrari a $100,000 fine.
"It would be frustrating because we've obviously worked under the auspices that team orders have been illegal," Horner told BBC radio.
Comments attributed to Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali on Wednesday could be seen as a rejoinder to Horner's jibe.
Edmonton was a great airport circuit track with a good crowd
After three years of racing on a temporary City Centre Airport circuit, the IZOD IndyCar Series won't return to Edmonton, Alberta, in 2011.
INDYCAR released the following statement regarding the cancellation of its Edmonton event:
"We are disappointed that the city and the promoter were unable to reach an agreement on the venue changes. It's unfortunate that in a time when IndyCar is experiencing momentum and growth, the city would want to miss out on the opportunity to be part of it. We've enjoyed our time at Edmonton as the fans there truly embraced Indy car racing. We currently are examining options for our schedule to see if there are opportunities to replace the event. As we move ahead into 2011, we are confident that our schedule will continue to produce the fastest and most versatile racing in the world, challenging both driver and team alike while providing exciting entertainment for fans."
Tickets on sale for Brickyard 400, USGP 2011 BRICKYARD 400, RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GP TICKETS ON SALE NOV. 4
INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010 - Tickets for the 2011 Brickyard 400 and Red Bull Indianapolis GP events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will go on sale at 8 a.m. (ET) Thursday, Nov. 4, with special, race-themed incentives for selected early customers.
The 18th annual Brickyard 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is scheduled for Sunday, July 31, with the fourth annual Red Bull Indianapolis GP MotoGP race Sunday, Aug. 28.
For just the second year, Race Day general admission tickets will be offered for the Brickyard 400, with prices starting at $30 - a $10 savings from 2010. Race Day general admission tickets also will be available for the Red Bull Indianapolis GP, starting at $40. All children 12 and under will be admitted free with an adult general admission ticket holder at both events.
As a special incentive, four fans will win a prize package based on when they purchase tickets Thursday. The first online and in-person ticket purchaser each will be awarded prizes, and the 11th and 26th overall (online or in-person) purchasers Thursday also will be winners.
Rahal to get behind the wheel again at Sebring The offseason really is one of racing’s greatest misnomers. As soon as the 2010 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n ended at Road Atlanta last month, thoughts turned immediately to the 2011 season. But for many, like Bobby Rahal, 2010 isn’t quite finished.
Rahal has one more prime weekend of racing left in the season – the Legends of Motorsport finale December 3-5 at Sebring International Raceway. Not only is Rahal driving two cars at Sebring, he also is a founding partner of the Legends series – a collection of premium historic racing events and related lifestyle experiences staged at renowned North American venues.
Ferrari Land opens in Abu Dhabi Ferrari Land in Abu Dhabi, the world’s largest indoor theme park, opened its doors to the public on Tuesday after last week’s original ceremony was put back following the death of Sheik Saqr bin Mohammed Al-Qasimi, Emier of Ras al-Khaimah.
The massive facility, located alongside the United Arab Emirates’ Formula 1 circuit, was supposed to have opened last Thursday although, with the country grieving, Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo presented only a light presentation after which a select few were able to experience the venue for the first time.
Ferrari previews Brazil Brazil will be hosting the two biggest global sporting events, the Olympics and the football World Cup in the next few years, but both these great occasions will have their work cut out matching the excitement generated in recent times by the Brazilian round of the Formula 1 World Championship.
2010 will mark the thirty eighth edition of this race. In the early days of its history it would serve as the season opener, but since 2004 it has more usually brought the curtain down on the year's racing and as such, has been the scene of some dramatic championship deciders.
This year, the scenic and spectacular Interlagos circuit hosts the penultimate round of the season and the battle for the Drivers' crown could not be closer: Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro's Spanish driver, Fernando Alonso is ahead on points with 231 to his name, but in fourth place, Sebastian Vettel is just 25 points - equivalent to one race win - behind, with Mark Webber second on 220, ten points more than third placed Lewis Hamilton.
In theory, Fernando has a mathematical chance of clinching the title this Sunday, but it would require major misfortune to befall his rivals.
"It is unlikely to decide the outcome, but it will be a very important race," is the opinion of Scuderia Ferrari's Team Principal Stefano Domenicali. "If one were to lose valuable points here it would make Abu Dhabi a bigger call."
Changes afoot at Mercedes Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg will both work with new race engineers next year, according to a report.
Eurosport's French portal reports that seven-time World Champion Schumacher, who is working alongside Andy Shovlin this year, will team up with Mark Slade in the 2011 season. Former McLaren engineer Slade is currently working with Vitaly Petrov at Renault.
Rosberg, meanwhile, will be reunited with Tony Ross. The duo worked together at Williams.
Other reshuffles at the Brackley-based outfit next year could see Shovlin taking up another engineering role while team principal Ross Brawn and Mercedes motorsport boss will reportedly take a few steps back in the day-to-day running of the team.
SPEED Set to Deliver Four Hours of World of Outlaws coverage One of dirt track racing’s biggest nights finds its home on SPEED this Saturday. In its first-ever live presentation in high definition, the World of Outlaws World Finals tripleheader from The Dirt Track @ Charlotte starts at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
The four-hour broadcast will be highlighted by season-ending races to decide this year’s champion in WoO Sprint Car, Late Model and Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds, the newest edition to this annual fete.
Dave Despain, host of Wind Tunnel, will anchor the coverage as the network will switch between two broadcast crews. Long-time sprint car series announcer Bobby Gerould and 2001 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee Brad Doty will cover the sprint cars, while the Late Models and Super Modifieds have the familiar voices of Shane Andrews and Dr. Dick Berggren in the booth. Providing insights on pit road are Sarah Jane Hunt and Terry Bokhoven.
Davis And Bacus Crowned 2010 Cayman Interseries Champions Lee Davis and Jim Bacus each won a Cayman Interseries Championship while Keith Carroll scored his first series race victory at the season-ending Savannah/Hilton Head Speed Classic at the Savannah Harbor Race Course, Saturday, October 30. Davis clinched the Cayman Interseries endurance championship with a victory in the one-hour enduro and Bacus sealed the sprint title with a second-place finish to Carroll in the eight-lap sprint finale.
Atherton part of SEMA panel on 'green' racing American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n President and CEO Scott Atherton was part of a blue riband panel Tuesday – “Driving Green Performance” as part of the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
The seminar was part of SEMA’s Vehicle Technology Briefing program and focused on Green Performance, one of fastest growing segments in the specialty equipment Industry. With the government mandating higher mileage while consumers demand even better performance with increased mileage, the search for energy innovation and efficiency is at an all-time high.
Indy Car License returns to GreenLight Collectibles GreenLight Collectibles has recently signed a licensing agreement with the IZOD IndyCar Series. This agreement allows GreenLight to produce 1:18 scale replicas of cars that will be running in the 2011 season. GreenLight has a lot of experience with IndyCar replicas as they were the primary die-cast manufacturer for the series through 2008.
"This license allows us to once again offer our authentic 1:18 scale replica IndyCars to collectors." says GreenLight National Sales Manager Jeff Nelson. "We are happy to be working with the series and look forward to bringing the excitement of the cars and drivers to people's collections."
NASCAR Talladega TV rating plummets The Sprint Cup race Sunday from Talladega Superspeedway earned a 3.1, down 24 percent from a year ago, when the race was shown on ABC. Talladega was always one of NASCAR's highest rated races. Still it was better than other Chase races that averaged a 2.5 rating. The Chase is NASCAR's 'playoff system' so to see it flounder so badly for three straight years now must send chills down the spines of the 'suits' in Daytona.
FIA Official Visits Austin Promoters for the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ revealed that a top U.S. auto racing official made an official visit to Austin, TX to review the site, plans and development progress of the first purpose–built F1 racetrack in the United States and site of the 2012 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™. Nick Craw, president of the Automobile Competition Committee for the United States and Senate president of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, the Formula 1™ sanctioning body, toured the 900–acre site, met with Formula 1 United States team members as well as local, city and state officials and gave the project development plan his approval and a strong “thumbs up.”
“It will be great,” Craw said of the proposed Austin track. “This has some of the most interesting, exciting and different features, drawn from other successful venues around the world. It is a very strong team they’ve assembled here,” Craw continued, “I think it’s a very good plan and a very solid business model. They've set the bar pretty high.”
Budweiser to remain on No. 9 car Budweiser will remain on the No. 9 car at Richard Petty Motorsports for the final three Sprint Cup events of the season, a team spokesman said on Tuesday. There was speculation the sponsor would not be on the car past last weekend's race at Talladega Superspeedway after a report surfaced that Anheuser-Busch would not make its final payment to RPM with Kasey Kahne no longer in the car.
RPM officials said Tuesday that Anheuser-Busch has paid through the end of the season, assuring the Bud logo will remain on the No. 9 car.
"The Budweiser car is a fixture in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and we look forward to finishing out the season," an Anheuser-Busch spokesperson said.
Aric Almirola will drive the No. 9 for the third straight race this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. He replaced Kahne, who was released to move to Red Bull Racing, where he will compete full-time next season. ESPN.com
Kids for just $5 per day at The Glen Tickets to the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen at Watkins Glen International are considered one of the best values in motorsports and families will find it even more affordable than ever to attend NASCAR’s only visit to New York State, August 11-14, 2011. The price for kids ages 18 and under to sit in grandstands now starts at ONLY $20 which means kids can attend the four-day weekend for only $5 a day! Any renewal customers that have already purchased their tickets are encouraged to call 866-461-RACE with their questions; tickets go on-sale to the general public on Friday, November 26.
Tickets on sale for IZOD IndyCar Series return to Milwaukee Mile Within hours of announcing the resumption of IndyCar racing at The Milwaukee Mile in 2011, Chris McGrath's e-mail inbox was filled quicker than a trick or treat sack.
"Response has been outstanding," said McGrath, CEO of AB Productions. "In just a few days following the racing schedule press conference, we received thousands of calls and requests about tickets - many from prior season ticket-holders."
Walker Racing Announces Charity Workshop Tour Firestone Indy Lights team, Walker Racing will open the doors of its Indianapolis headquarters on Nov. 11 for a two-hour open house to support The Spinal Cord Injury Hope Fund.
The team's driver, Dan Clarke, and team owner Derrick Walker will host fans from 4- 6 p.m. for a tour of Walker Racing's facilities. The tour is free to the public and the team will be accepting donations to the SCI Hope Fund, who mission is to provide independence and quality of life through financial grant to individuals with spinal cord injuries.
Kanaan, Meira tackle Ironman 70.3 triathlon Professional triathletes shared Miami roads and the Atlantic Ocean with families, young adults and three IZOD IndyCar Series drivers as more than 2,100 athletes competed Oct. 30 in the inaugural Rohto Ironman 70.3 Miami.
Tony Kanaan completed the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run in 5 hours, 23.43 seconds (285th overall and 72nd of 526 participants in his age group of 35-39). He was in the top 50 of the bike of 2:29.15 in his age group even though he was delayed about 13 minutes because of a flat tire.
Kanaan represented the Blazeman Foundation, which supports ALS research at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. In 2005, Jon Blais was diagnosed with ALS (a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord). Five months later, he became the only individual with ALS to complete an Ironman (in Kona, Hawaii).
Fellow Miami resident Vitor Meira prepped for the Ironman World Championship on Nov. 13 in Clearwater, Fla., by finishing in 5:17.46 (36th in the 30-34 age division). Bruno Junqueira completed the circuit in 6:25.15.
Belardi team expands to Firestone Indy Lights Belardi Auto Racing will expand its efforts to two Road to Indy series in 2011 with plans to field a two-car effort in Firestone Indy Lights in addition to its entry in the Cooper Tires presents the USF2000 National Championship powered by Mazda.
The team, which previously competed as Liberty Motorsports, will be led by IndyCar veteran Larry Nash of the Nash Performance Group, Inc., and will relocate from Rockford, Ill., to Indianapolis.
"This has been a long-time dream of mine," said team owner Brian Belardi. "I have a true passion for open-wheel racing and am completely supportive of the Road to Indy and what it can mean for today's young drivers. To be a part of that process is very exciting."
F2000 & F1600 Series Announce 2011 Schedule April 8-10 VIRginia International Raceway (April 7 test day) May 6-7 Road Atlanta (May 5 test day) June 3-5 Watkins Glen International (June 2 test day) June 30-July 2 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course July 22-24 Mosport (July 21 test day) September 16-17 Lime Rock Park October 14-16 Watkins Glen International
2011 F1600 Formula F Championship Series Schedule
April 8-10 VIRginia International Raceway (April 7 test day) June 3-5 Watkins Glen International (June 2 test day) June 30-July 2 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course September 16-17 Lime Rock Park October 14-16 Watkins Glen International
Chandhok talking to 3 F1 teams Karun Chandhok has revealed that he is currently in discussions with three teams on the subject of a full-time Formula 1 drive in 2011. Despite being on the Hispania Racing line-up at the start of the current campaign, the Indian is yet to compete in a race since the British Grand Prix in July.
It was at Silverstone just over 16 weeks ago when Sakon Yamamoto made his first race appearance for HRT, replacing Bruno Senna and driving alongside Chandhok. However, it is Chandhok who has since been substituted for by the Japanese, with the exception of Singapore when Austria’s Christian Klien returned to the cockpit.
“There’s nothing really to disclose but we are talking to three teams, I would say that,” Chandhok explained to F1Pulse.com when discussing next season.
Domenicali not expecting title win in Brazil Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicali is fully aware that his squad could lose out significantly to its championship rivals if all does not go according to plan this weekend. Furthermore, although Fernando Alonso is the only driver who could pick up the crown in Brazil, the Italian expects the battle to remain open until Abu Dhabi.
Brazil has been the scene of both of Alonso’s crowning moments to date, with the celebrations having taken place with Renault in 2005 and 2006.
Heading into this weekend’s penultimate round of the season, the Spaniard will repeat the feat if he finishes on the podium with Mark Webber fifth, eighth, tenth or lower - with the specific position for the Australian depending on which of the three rostrum results the Oviedo man achieves.
Petty still looking for control of RPM Richard Petty continues to seek investors in a bid to purchase a controlling stake in the team that bears his name. In addition to Petty, at least one other group has expressed interest in making a bid for the financially troubled Richard Petty Motorsports team, but sources say Wachovia Bank -- lead lender for majority owner George Gillett and holder of a defaulted $90 note on the team -- is waiting for Petty to assemble his investor group. Petty's initial offer was said to be long on demands for operational control of the team, but short on cash. Sirius Speedway
Caldwell named GM of Bristol Jerry Caldwell was named as General Manager of Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway by Bruton Smith, Chairman and CEO of Speedway Motorsports Inc. Caldwell, most recently Vice President of Corporate Sales and Acting General Manager at BMS, fills the position held since 1996 by Jeff Byrd, who passed away Oct. 17. Caldwell joined the BMS Sales and Marketing Department in 1997, and was promoted to Vice President of Corporate Sales in 2009. A three-time salesperson-of-the-year at BMS, Caldwell also has been named BMS Employee of the Year and Speedway Motorsports Salesperson of the year. A native of Lexington, N.C., Caldwell is a 1997 graduate of King College in Bristol with a B.A. in Business. During his time at King, he also spent a summer studying at the International Business Institute in Europe. Caldwell and his wife, Belton, are the proud parents of four children and reside in Jonesborough, Tenn. BMS
Who knows why the NASCAR bubble burst? The morning after the Amp Energy Juice 500 was as muddled as the race. It required a long drive home to get the old thoughts in order.
This race featured 87 lead changes. It ended in a side-by-side finish, though, oddly, not at the finish line. The last-place driver in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Clint Bowyer, became the only driver so far to win two of its races. Of course, the reason Bowyer is buried so deeply is the absence of 150 points due to a NASCAR penalty.
Pew Pleased With Paddle Shifters test at VIR John Pew was happy to play the role of pioneer at the recent open Rolex Series test at Virginia International Raceway.
Michael Shank Racing tried out one of the changes that will be in effect for 2011 DP competition. The team had paddle shifters installed on the No. 60 Crown Royal XR Ford/Riley. Teams having a Pro-Am driver are allowed to use the new shifters.
GRAND-AM Announces 10-Race Schedule for 2011 Continental Tire Sport GRAND-AM Road Racing announced today a 10-race schedule for the 2011 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season, including returns to two historic facilities: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif. and Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
The series' 11th season under GRAND-AM sanction will kick off Jan. 28 at Daytona International Speedway and end the weekend of Sept. 16-17 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Mid-Ohio will be the fifth track to host the series' season finale.
Rojas Nominated for Major Mexican Sporting Award GRAND-AM Rolex Series Daytona Prototype co-champion Memo Rojas is among the athletes nominated for the National Sports Award by Mexican Federation of Motor Sports. This is the first nomination for the Mexican driver for the most important award that the Government of Mexico presents to athletes who represent the country in international competition.
Rojas is coming off the most dominant season in Rolex Series history, joining Scott Pruett in nine victories and 11 podium finishes in 2010 competition. It was his second championship in three years competing with TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates.
Legends of Ascot Event a Hit with Attendees and Race Fans The 6th Annual Legends of Ascot Event, held on October 23, 2010, successfully opened a new chapter with its 1st Annual Legends of Ascot “Dave Ward - Bob Michnowicz Memorial Match Race”.
David Cardey, Rip Williams, Tony Jones, and Danny “Showtime” Sheridan were invited to race in a series of four; four lap, four car races, with drivers earning points in each race. The winner, David Cardey, walked away with $5,600 in cash! Cardey won the first of the four races and gained a one point advantage over the competition at the end of four. Congratulations David!
Dallara to break ground on Indy factory Italian chassis manufacturer Dallara will formally break ground on their new United States factory, in the heart of IndyCar country, Speedway Indiana. Dallara, which was named the 2012 chassis manufacture of the IZOD IndyCar Series, has been involved with IndyCar since 1997, in the early years of the Indy Racing League.
Mr. Gian Paolo Dallara birthday is November 16th, and he will be celebrating it at the groundbreaking ceremonies, along with several other representatives from Dallara. The Dallara factory, which will be built on Main Street in Speedway, will also have the Indy Racing Experience attached to it, and representatives from the IRE should be in attendance as well.
Castroneves To Be Featured on "Entertainment Tonight" Team Penske winning driver Helio Castroneves will be featured on “Entertainment Tonight,” the most watched entertainment news magazine in the world, as he makes his return this week to ABC’s popular “Dancing with the Stars” television program.
Castroneves, who captured the Mirror Ball Trophy as the fifth season champion of “Dancing with the Stars” (DWTS) in 2007, returns to the hit show tonight as a guest judge. The invitation was extended to the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and current standout IZOD IndyCar Series driver as the result of being voted one of the top-10 best dances of all-time over the past 10 seasons of the show. DWTS will be celebrating its 200th episode this week and over 50 former contestants have been invited to take part in the celebration.
Interwetten to withdraw from MotoGP The Interwetten Honda team has confirmed rumors that it will withdraw from MotoGP after this weekend's season finale at Valencia - but has vowed to return in 2012. It will continue to run a Moto2 team next season while preparing a new MotoGP project.
Aoyama is currently 15th in the championship, his season having been interrupted by back injuries sustained at Silverstone. He is expected to stay in MotoGP and has been tipped for a move to Gresini Honda.
"It is a pity that the team cannot continue," said Aoyama.
"I had a really good time with them and I want to thank the team for all they did for me."
Motorsports this week on ESPN The Chase Continues: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Live from Texas
The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship continues Sunday, Nov. 7, as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races for 500 miles at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. NASCAR Countdown kicks off ESPN’s telecast at 2 p.m. ET with the race telecast presented by GoDaddy.com at 3 p.m. The green flag is at 3:16 p.m.
ESPN2’s season-long coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series continues at Texas with a telecast of Saturday’s 300-mile race. NASCAR Countdown airs at noon with the green flag at 1:11 p.m.
Marty Reid will call the action with analysis by Dale Jarrett, the 1999 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, and two-time champion crew chief Andy Petree. Two-time champion crew chief Tim Brewer will report from the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage, while pit reporters will be Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch.
ISC signs 7-race deal with Geico International Speedway Corporation (“ISC”) today announced an unprecedented partnership with GEICO Insurance (“GEICO”) at seven of its premier racing facilities nationwide. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Beginning in 2011, the five year deal will provide GEICO with promotional and entitlement rights for camping areas at: Daytona International Speedway®; Darlington Raceway®; Chicagoland Speedway®; Homestead-Miami Speedway; Phoenix International Raceway®; Talladega Superspeedway®; and Watkins Glen International®. Under the terms of the agreement, GEICO will receive on-site signage and branding.
Kubica: Weather could play 'big role' in Brazil Renault F1 team leader Robert Kubica has predicted that this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos could be a bit of a ‘lottery’ and he believes it is likely they will get at least some wet running during the event.
Kubica has had a strong season so far and will be aiming for his 14th points’ finish of the year at the Autodromo José Carlos Pace. The Pole though isn’t expecting it to be an easy weekend.
“Brazil is a bit of a strange track and it’s really difficult to say how we will perform,” he said. “There is a long straight out of the last corner where the f-duct will give us lots of gain and this is also where the power of the engine will be important.
The challenge on Interlagos Interlagos may be one of the shorter laps on the calendar at just over 4.3km, but there’s no shortage of challenges for the drivers and engineers. With one of the longest straights of the season, combined with slow hairpins and a couple of high-speed corners, finding the sweet spot at Interlagos is all about making the right set-up compromise.
The perennial question facing teams at the Brazilian Grand Prix is whether to choose straight-line speed over optimum lap time. It’s a challenge that has been made easier this year thanks to the wonders of the f-duct, but it’s still front-of-mind for the engineers, as Chief Engineer Alan Permane explains...
“We usually set the car up to achieve the optimum lap time, and the way the R30 works with our f-duct should still allow us to achieve good straight-line speeds. It means we can have the downforce in the slow infield corners but still be competitive enough to attack or defend down the straights.”
Tickets on sale for return to The Mile Within hours of announcing the resumption of IndyCar racing at The Milwaukee Mile in 2011, Chris McGrath’s e-mail inbox was filled quicker than a trick or treat sack.
“Response has been outstanding,” says McGrath, CEO of AB Productions. “In just a few days following the racing schedule press conference, we received thousands of calls and requests about tickets – many from prior season ticket-holders.”
Individual tickets for the June 19 IZOD IndyCar Series race are on sale as of Nov. 1 (10 a.m. local) at www.milwaukeemile2011.tix.com or by calling 800-722-3840. It’s Father’s Day weekend, so cross off one gift purchase from your list with the click of a mouse or phone call. Hospitality packages, including paddock passes, and groups sales also are available.
Lewis Hamilton admits winning the World title will be "tough" but the McLaren driver insists he's up to the challenge...
Q: How bad were the conditions during the early part of the race when the race was at its wettest? LH: "During the first start behind the Safety Car, it was pretty tricky - mainly because visibility was so limited. There didn't seem to be too much rain, but there was a lot of water in the air, and that meant that the spray was pretty intense. You couldn't see much in front of you, so it was a good move to red-flag the event.
"But when we restarted again behind the Safety Car, I didn't think conditions were too bad. We've had some pretty full-on wet races over the last couple of years - Fuji 2007, Silverstone '08 - and I think the conditions in Korea were definitely comparable to those. That's why I wanted to go racing.
F1 car spotted in Austin Something caught my eye on North Lamar Boulevard as I was driving home today. It was red and looked fast. I knew I’d seen it before.
What I saw was a Ferrari F2001 that’s currently sitting in the showroom of the Ferrari of Austin at 4108 North Lamar. I had to turn in.
The car has been on display in the showroom for a little more than a week, when it was brought in for an event, said Stacy Burlison, the dealer’s receptionist. It’s owned by the dealer, she said, and previously had been sitting in a warehouse in Houston.
Big moves ahead for GM General Motors Co. will take major strides in the coming days in its 16-month march from bankruptcy to the New York Stock Exchange.
Over the next week to 10 days, GM is expected to take three big steps: release third-quarter earnings, set a price range for its initial public stock offering, and embark on a global marketing push to court investors.
GM's underwriters and the U.S. Treasury Department, which is the company's majority owner, may announce as early as Monday how many shares the government intends to sell in the IPO, as well as set a starting price range, The Detroit News has learned. A final share price will be set shortly before the company goes public with its stock, which is expected in mid-November.
Richard Bradley is 2010 Formula BMW Pacific Champion
Richard Bradley of Singapore clinched the 2010 Formula BMW Pacific Drivers’ Championship and Rookie Cup titles after winning Round 13 at the Okayama International Circuit. Having led the championship right from the start, the 19-year-old Eurasia Motorsport driver never lost his hold on the lead and firmly sealed the 2010 season with one more race in Japan this weekend and the season finale at the 57th Macau Grand Prix in three weeks.
Bradley caught up to second place after starting in fourth place on the grid and went in hot pursuit of race leader Yuichi Nakayama, who qualified in pole position. Although Nakayama crossed the finish line first, the win was awarded to Bradley as Nakayama was faulted for a technical infringement.
Four drivers penalized after Adria Four drivers were penalized after the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters race at Adria. Alexandre Prémat was given a reprimand for causing the huge crash which resulted in the Frenchman rolling and completely destroying his Audi A4 after contact with Maro Engel.
Rockenfeller was given a post-race drive through penalty of 30 seconds for causing an avoidable collision with Paul Di Resta on the opening lap. The penalty dropped Rockenfeller from 11th to 16th.
Di Resta in his turn was given a reprimand for his incident with Miguel Molina in the closing stages of the race.
[Editor's Note: The fourth penalty is hilarious ... Mechanics were indeed throwing water on Ekström's car, because one of the other driver's had thrown up some mud which got stuck on his front-screen ... As DTM race-cars don't carry screen-wiper fluid with them, what else can you do?]
The fourth and final penalty went to Ekström's team, with a fine of 2 000 euro for "team members worked at the pit wall throwing water to one of their cars."
Scheider wins “the best race of his life” in Italy
From left to right: Mercedes F1 test-driver Gary Paffett (2nd), race-winner Timo Scheider (who started 15th !), Bruno Pengler (3rd), who took over the lead in the championship from Force India test-driver Paul di Resta (GB)
Incredible action in the penultimate DTM round of the season at the Adria International Raceway. The spectators got to see an action-packed race with many overtaking maneuvers, a thrilling battle for the title and a winner that nobody had reckoned with prior to the race. Reigning DTM champion Timo Scheider started from 15th place on the grid, showed a great race and crossed the finish line with his Audi A4 DTM as the jubilant winner. “I had a great start and at the end of the first lap, as the race was stopped due to Alexandre Premat’s accident, I already was in seventh place. Before the start, I said to my team as a joke that this could become the best race of my life. And now I have won! Unbelievable”, said Scheider, describing his first race win of the season.
Spies dislocates ankle in p re-race fall American rookie Ben Spies has been diagnosed with a dislocated left ankle following his crash on the way to the grid at Estoril. The Tech 3 Yamaha rider struggled to stand up after the crash and was taken to the medical centre, which it was soon confirmed that he had dislocated his ankle.
Jorge Lorenzo won from pole position for the third year in succession at Estoril as he took victory at the bwin Grande Premio de Portugal on Sunday, finishing ahead of Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso.
The Fiat Yamaha rider, for whom this was an eight win in his title-winning 2010 campaign, edged out his rival and team-mate Rossi as they battled early on and when he took the lead on the 17th of 28 laps he did not look back, eventually taking the checkered flag 8.629s clear of the Italian. It was Lorenzo’s first win since the Brno round, and leaves him on course to still be able to beat Rossi’s 2008 record points haul (373) in a single season in MotoGP.
Sutil still weighing up options for 2011 Force India F1 team’s Adrian Sutil has said no decision has yet been made on who will drive for in 2011, although he has revealed that rumors linking him to Mercedes are wide of the mark.
Sutil, who is currently enjoying his best season to date, is thought to be in talks with a number of teams, including in addition to his current employers, Williams, Renault and Mercedes.
However the 27-year-old has now come out and rubbished talk he will replace Michael Schumacher, who has generally struggled since opting to return after ‘retiring’ at the end of 2006.
“No, there is no truth in that,” Sutil told The Daily Mail when asked about the Mercedes rumors. “Michael is going to stay there for another year at least, and I think he has a three-year contract, so that is how it is.
“Of course it would be great to drive for Mercedes in the future, but I think now is just too early, and they are just rumors.
Q and A with Kyle Busch after closest finish in Truck history KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Traxxas Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports Finishing Position: 1st
What did you think of the move you made to win the race? “That was cool. I didn’t want to do it. Man, Aric (Almirola) deserved to win the race and deserved it from last year. I had Johnny (Sauter) pushing on me and I was getting loose through the tri-oval – just trying to stay with the 51 (Almirola). I turned it back to the bottom to try to straighten it back out and I was still loose alongside of him. I thought the 13 (Sauter) was going to my bottom so I wanted to block him. It was just crazy there at the end. I can’t thank Traxxas, Toyota Tundra – these guys do an awesome job here at Kyle Busch Motorsports. M&M’s, Flexco, NOS Energy Drink, Gillette and my good friend Jim Hunter who passed away this morning. Thoughts go to him and his family and everybody. Real proud of all these guys and this is a cool one.”
Rossi leads still wet MotoGP warm-up The track remained wet at Estoril on Sunday morning for the warm up session, but conditions did appear to be improving for the MotoGP class as Valentino Rossi set the quickest time with a best lap of 1’48.363.
Strong winds continued and large areas of standing water were still present as Rossi led Casey Stoner (Ducati Team) by 0.331s by the end of the session, with pole man Jorge Lorenzo third at just under nine-tenths of a second off Rossi.
Ben Spies (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini) and Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda) completed the top six in the half-hour run, with Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) preparing for his first race back after three out by going around 11th fastest in warm up. The Spaniard will start the race from the fourth row of the grid.
The MotoGP race is scheduled to get underway at 1pm local time.
France family has Gordon's vehicle towed Robby Gordon said track officials (France family owns Talladega as it is an ISC track) had his pickup towed out of a private driver/owner lot at Talladega apparently over a sponsorship issue. "It's gone," Gordon said. "I guess it's at some impound yard somewhere. But it's my personal truck." This weekend, Gordon unveiled his own brand of energy drink, Speed Energy, and the company's logo was on the side of his truck and on his race car. Sunday's race at Talladega is sponsored by a rival energy drink, Amp Energy. "I can appreciate Amp Energy sponsoring the race, but they don't sponsor me," Gordon said. Gordon said other drivers have personal vehicles that feature logos of sponsors that are competitors with official NASCAR or track sponsors. "I just talked to a couple other drivers," Gordon said. "They're Coke (sponsored) drivers, and they're like, 'Well, can we not have Coke on our golf carts or not have Coke on our cars?' This one's a confusing situation for me." Associated Press/USA Today [Editor's Notes: The France family runs NASCAR and its tracks as a dictatorship and they do as they darn well please.]
With his job on the line, Ambrose will spend offseason in U.S Each year since he's been in NASCAR, Marcos Ambrose has made the 9,500-mile journey from Miami to his native Tasmania to be home with friends and family for Christmas. But when the season ends next month, Ambrose and his family will remain in North Carolina. "This year I'm not going back to Australia," Ambrose said Friday at Talladega Superspeedway. "It's all getting pretty hot and heavy, so I've got to stay here and really get ready for 2011." If Ambrose has a Christmas wish list this year, his No. 1 request has to be an infusion of cash for Richard Petty Motorsports, the team he's planning on joining next season. Since news broke that the team was struggling, Ambrose has been in constant contact with his future employers. "I talk to them a lot," Ambrose said. "I have no control over the decisions that are going to get made and the direction they want to take. But I'm fully committed to them and look forward to driving for them in 2011." NASCAR.com
Hmiel nearing return home Shane Hmiel’s road to recovery should take him home to North Carolina for rehabilitation in the next 10 days.
Hmiel, 30, suffered two compression fractures in his neck and two compression fractures in his back following a violent wreck during qualifying at Terre Haute Action Track while driving a United States Auto Club Silver Crown car on October 9th.
Hmiel has been recuperating at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis where he was airlifted following the accident. He has weathered several surgeries and a serious bout of pneumonia. His final surgery was postponed last and has been rescheduled for Monday.
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