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11/07/11
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Former NASCAR star, Mayfield, indicted on felony drug charge  A week after a raid at his home that deputies say turned up meth, 69 guns and $100,00 in stolen goods, Jeremy Mayfield has been indicted by a grand jury on drug charges. Mayfield, a former NASCAR driver, was indicted by the Catawba County grand jury on Monday for felony possession of methamphetamine. Deputies say they found 6 baggies of meth in his home during a search they did on Nov. 1 for stolen goods.

The tipster also tells police Mayfield would steal the items to get money to support his drug habit. The person told police the former driver used methamphetamine frequently. The source alleges Mayfield consumed the drug more than 500 times in their presence. More ...

11/07/11
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NASCAR Fines Kyle Busch; Places Him On Probation For Remainder Of Year  NASCAR has fined Kyle Busch $50,000 and placed him on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31 for his actions during the Nov. 4 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch violated Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) of the 2011 NASCAR Rule Book. NASCAR took immediate action, parking Busch for the remainder of Friday night's event and maintaining the parked position for the NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. On Monday, the parking directive was lifted by NASCAR. In issuing Monday's penalty, NASCAR went on to say that "if during the remaining NASCAR events in 2011 there is another action by the competitor that is deemed by NASCAR officials as detrimental to stock car racing or to NASCAR, or is disruptive to the orderly conduct of an event, the competitor will be suspended indefinitely from NASCAR."  NASCAR
11/07/11
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Busch punishment does not fit the crime  If you’ve watched as many episodes of Law and Order as I have, you know that sometimes the punishment doesn’t fit the crime.

That said, with all due respect to NASCAR, the suspension of Kyle Busch this past weekend at Texas Motor Speedway was the wrong punishment for the crime.

In case you missed it, Busch intentionally crashed Ron Hornaday into the turn three fence under caution early in Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at TMS.

As warranted, NASCAR immediately parked Busch for the remainder of the Truck Series contest. Saturday morning, the sanctioning body dropped section 9.12 of the NASCAR rulebook on Busch suspending him for the rest of the weekend’s TMS events – the NASCAR Nationwide Series race later that day – and Sunday’s Sprint Cup clash. More ...

11/07/11
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Busch fans unhappy about Texas parking ticket  Russ Thibodeaux made the seven-hour drive from his home in Breaux Bridge, La., to Texas Motor Speedway. He brought along his 10-year-old son, Taylor, and both were excited about a chance to cheer on their favorite driver, Kyle Busch.

But they weren't in the best mood Sunday morning, walking around the midway and stopping at the Toyota tent. Busch had an appearance scheduled for 10:45 a.m., but Denny Hamlin showed up instead.

Busch, of course, had been parked by NASCAR for the AAA Texas 500 Cup race for intentionally wrecking NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship contender Ron Hornaday under caution on Friday. More ...

11/07/11
racing news
Philadelphia racing museum finalist for Museum of Year award  The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia – a collection of 65 rare and significant racing sports cars – has been selected as one of five finalists for the International Historic Motoring Awards' "Museum of the Year." The judging panel includes such noted figures as TV host Jay Leno, vintage car racer and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, Pebble Beach Chief Judge Ed Gilbertson, five times Le Mans winner Derek Bell and Lady Susie Moss, wife of racing icon Sir Stirling Moss, among others.

The other museums nominated are the National Motor Museum of England and the Jaguar Heritage Museum in the UK, the Peterson Museum in Los Angeles, and the Auto Museum Prototype in Germany. More ...

11/07/11
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Excitement builds in Zhuhai, China  
Near Macau, Zhuhai is where IndyCar should be racing too....rather than spending the money on a new circuit in Qingdao
The excitement is building up at the Zhuhai International Circuit. On Sunday, the Chinese track will host the final round of the 2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup. A prestigious victory in the biggest car market in the world and the battle for the title in LM GTE are what’s at stake in the 2011 Zhuhai 6 Hours.

Just one race to go and Peugeot will be crowned 2011 ILMC manufacturers’ and teams’ champion. Mathematically speaking these two titles cannot escape the French make no matter what the result of its main rival, Audi, on Sunday at the end of the Zhuhai 6 Hours. But this race whets the appetite of the major manufacturers like almost no other: for them victory in China, now the biggest car market in the world, is of capital economic importance. More ...
11/07/11
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Toyota Motorsport GmbH reveal drivers for hybrid LMP1 car  Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) has now confirmed that Alex Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre and Kazuki Nakajima will share its new hybrid LMP1 car in selected World Endurance Championship races, including the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Alex Wurz from Toyota Motorsport GmbH

Alex Wurz, one of Toyota Motorsport GmbH's trio of new LMP1 drivers

Each driver has significant experience at the top level of international motorsport and they have been selected to help the team develop during what is expected to be a learning season in 2012.

One car will be entered in selected rounds, although the final identity of the team and its race schedule remain under discussion. More ...

11/07/11
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Dan Wheldon Memorial Kart Race  Dan Wheldon will be honored in a special memorial kart endurance event on Monday, December 5, at Daytona Milton Keynes (UK).

Appropriately staged just 10 miles away from Dan’s hometown of Emberton, Buckinghamshire, the event will see drivers from across the realms of worldwide motorsport join together to remember their close friend and colleague.

Members of the public will also be able to honor Dan, who lost his life in the final round of the IZOD IndyCar series at Las Vegas last month, in the hope of raising funds for the Wheldon family’s nominated charity, the Alzheimer’s Society. More ...

11/07/11
tv news
Motorsports This Week on ESPN  
Chase for NASCAR Sprint Cup Continues at Phoenix
The NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will be at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend and both races, as well as selected practice sessions, will appear on ESPN networks. Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race will be the next-to-last race in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. All NASCAR programming on ESPN and ESPN2 is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets with the WatchESPN app and WatchESPN.com. More ...
11/07/11
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British F3 announces 2012 calendar  SRO Motorsport Group today reveals an exciting calendar for the coming year of the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series, a season which will see the introduction of Dallara’s new chassis as well as fresh impetus for the junior division of the championship, the National Class, and a headlining visit to the famous Grand Prix de Pau in south-west France.

The season will be spread over 10 events with three races at each, with the exception of the Pau meeting, and will take in the Grand Prix circuits of Monza in Italy, Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium and Silverstone, as well as all of Britain’s leading tracks. More ...

11/07/11
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Force India boss looks back on Indian GP  Team Principal and Managing Director, Dr. Vijay Mallya, reflects on an emotional Indian Grand Prix and looks forward to the penultimate race of the year.

The Indian Grand Prix weekend was obviously a huge one for you personally. How would you sum it up?
It was outstanding. It was emotional and there was a great sense of pride. It was a dream come true. When Force India became the first and only Indian team on the grid in 2008, it was a great moment for me too, but even at that time I really didn’t think that India would ever host a Grand Prix. It couldn’t be better, it was like the confluence of two dreams: owning an F1 team and racing on home turf. The icing on the cake was at least getting one car into the top ten and into the points. More ...
11/07/11
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Glock and Scheider to team up for ROC  
Timo Glock
Host country Germany will have two teams in the ROC Nations Cup on December 3 as Timo Glock and Timo Scheider join forces for the event.

Glock and Scheider will race for SAT1 Team Germany 2 as they look to defeat their compatriots and four-time ROC Nations Cup victors Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher – along with the rest of the star-studded field from around the world.

Glock has enjoyed a busy and successful racing career on both sides of the Atlantic, recently establishing himself as a fixture on the Formula 1 grid. The 2007 GP2 series champion has reached the F1 podium three times and is now putting his energy into bringing the Marussia Virgin Racing team up the grid. More ...

11/07/11
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Latest F1 news in brief - Monday  
  • Robert Wickens
    Wickens to replace d'Ambrosio in Abu Dhabi practice
  • 2012 US GP 'silence' worries Jackie Stewart
  • Force India invests to safeguard $9m in F1 income
  • Coulthard tells Webber to try 'new approach'
  • Bourdais predicts era of dominance for Vettel
  • Ferrari chiefs say Massa staying in 2012
  • Lola wants FIA to re-open 13th team bidding
  • Life after F1 might be better - Barrichello
  • Alguersuari keeping Red Bull dream alive
  • Brundle pleased about Virgin team name change
  • Two DRS zones could transform Abu Dhabi spectacle More ...
11/07/11
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Kyle Busch apologizes, takes ‘full responsibility’ for his actions  UPDATE "The recent actions by Kyle Busch are not consistent with the values of M&M'S and we're very disappointed. Like you, we hold those who represent our brand to a higher standard and we have expressed our concerns directly to Joe Gibbs Racing."  M&Ms Facebook page

11/05/11 Suspended NASCAR driver Kyle Busch issued a letter of apology Saturday night to fans, his team, his sponsors and even driver Ron Hornaday.

Busch’s letter stated:

“I've had a lot of time today to sit and reflect and try to put my thoughts into words as best I can.

“I want to sincerely apologize for my actions during Friday night's Truck Series race at Texas.

“I apologize to my fans, all my sponsors, everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing and Kyle Busch Motorsports. More ...

11/07/11
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FMX rider dies at TMS  Jim McNeil, a motorcycle rider in the FMX series, died after injuries suffered during practice for an exhibition prior to the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, Boost Mobile announced Sunday. McNeil, 32, was practicing on The Midway, a souvenir area outside the frontstretch, before it was opened to the public Sunday morning. He was taken by CareFlight to a local hospital and pronounced dead there. McNeil, Boost said in the announcement, was part of the Boost Mobile FMX team for 9 years. McNeil is from Phoenix, Ariz., and was a five-time XGames competitor as an extreme motorcycle stunt rider. ESPN.com
11/07/11
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Ferrari chief Luca di Montezemolo still favors third car  Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo wants to see the big teams running a third car in Grand Prix in the future rather than seeing smaller teams being lapped. Speaking from an event at Mugello, just outside Florence, the Ferrari boss lent his weight to support for teams running a third car.

'I think it would be a lot more interesting to have a third Ferrari or other competitive constructors' cars, managed by smaller teams, on the track rather than having these backmarkers lapping two seconds a lap slower and getting lapped very quickly,' said Mr. Di Montezemolo.

'A third car would be important for the spectacle and to have more competitive cars.' Mr. Di Montezemolo also wants to move away from competitiveness being determined almost exclusively by aerodynamics.

11/07/11
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Zanardi Wins Class At New York Marathon  
Zanardi won a tight race with Rafal Wilk, edging the Pole by just two seconds
From great tragedy is coming great triumph for one former CART IndyCar race car driver.

Italy's 45-year old Alessandro Zanardi won the New York City Marathon's handcycle division Sunday with a time of 1 hour, 13 minutes and 58 seconds, topping a field of 93 participants.

Zanardi made his handcycle racing debut in the 2007 New York city marathon, placing fourth after only four weeks of training. More ...

11/06/11
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Grandstands seats sold out for Phoenix race  Track President Bryan R. Sperber today announced that Phoenix International Raceway’s grandstands are sold out for the Kobalt Tools 500 on November 13. Race fans wishing to attend NASCAR’s final West Coast race of the season – the first Sprint Cup Series event on Phoenix International Raceway’s newly repaved and reconfigured 1-mile oval – may still purchase general admission tickets to PIR’s hillside area or infield passes by calling 866-408-RACE or visiting PhoenixRaceway.com. PIR also sold out its grandstands for February’s SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™ NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. More ...
11/06/11
racing news
Honda Solar Technology Now Helping Power Honda’s U.S. Motorsports  American Honda Motor Co., Inc., today announced the installation of its largest commercial solar-cell demonstration project in the United States, at Honda Performance Development (HPD), Inc., the company’s advanced motorsports engineering facility in Santa Clarita, CA. The 100-kilowatt, 800-cell array of thin-film CIGS solar panels, manufactured by Honda Soltec Co., Ltd., are installed on the roof, carport, and loading dock canopy at the headquarters of HPD, where the company develops engine technology for the IZOD IndyCar series, the American Le Mans Series, the Le Mans Series in Europe, and other racing programs. 



The Honda solar array complements other unique environmental technologies installed at the facility, as well as HPD’s plans for “green racing” motorsports programs. Honda Soltec is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Honda based in Kumamoto, Japan.  More ...
11/06/11
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Some teams forced to add braces to deck lids  More than a half a dozen Sprint Cup teams going through inspection on Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway were told by NASCAR inspectors they would have to add additional braces to their rear deck lids. NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said the deck lids were legal, but inspectors noticed some deflection on some. The additional braces would prevent any deflection. In theory, a deflecting rear deck lid would be like having a deflecting and movable rear spoiler, which could provide an aerodynamic advantage. Charlotte Observer
11/06/11
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Lola still harbor hope of F1  Lola have not given up hope of returning to Formula One, saying they are "ready and waiting" for the FIA to re-open the bidding process for a 13th team.

The British carmaker, who last competed in the sport in 1997, was one of several teams who showed an interest in applying for the 13th slot which became available after USF1 failed to make it onto grid in 2010. However, they decided not to push ahead with plans after the FIA scrapped the budget cap.

That, though, doesn't mean Lola have completely abandoned plans to enter the sport again. More ...

11/06/11
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Stoner nips Spies for Valencia victory  
Casey Stoner (R) nips American Ben Spies at the line
World Champion Casey Stoner could not have finished the season any better, after winning the final race of the season in Valencia in spectacular fashion in a race to the line with Ben Spies. With this podium, Casey celebrates his 16th podium finish of the year, equaling the record for most podiums in a single season in the premier class, previously achieved by Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo.

The Repsol Honda rider launched from pole position and into the lead off the start of the Gran Premio Gernerali de la Comunitat Valenciana, the final race of the season and of the 800cc machines. Although the race was declared wet, the field all sported slicks tires in the difficult conditions that claimed the first casualties in the very first corner. More ...
11/06/11
racing news
Kevin Fandozzi named 41st annual recipient of RRDC Mark Donohue Award  Kevin Fandozzi, of St. Joseph, Mich., was selected as the 41st annual recipient of the prestigious Road Racing Drivers Club Mark Donohue Award for his outstanding Touring 3 class victory at the 2011 SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., in September. He will be officially presented the award at the 2012 SCCA National Convention on March 1-3, 2012, at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas.

Fandozzi, 41, a mechanical engineer, formerly with General Motors and now running his own company, Insight Driven, won his first SCCA National Championship after four straight appearances at the Runoffs, racing his Insight Driven/Carbotech/Hoosier 2008 Chevy Cobalt SS. More ...

11/06/11
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ALMS may lose Autocon team  Autocon Motorsports returned the LMP1 scene in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n this season. The California-based team, owned by Michael Lewis, placed third in the 2011 LMP1 team championship – certainly no small feat. Lewis explains Autocon’s season and what the future may hold.

ALMS: How beneficial were the chassis updates from Lola?
Lewis:
They were really not updates; it was more just a freshening of the chassis to make sure the loading capacity was still to spec. A weak spot in the front was identified and corrected. We also fixed a couple issues on the front bulkhead. More ...
11/06/11
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Aston Martin event to be 2012 LeMans closer  24 Hours. One field will only consist of Aston Martin GT3 and GT4s. An open race for Group C will complete the festivities of the weekend.

After Porsche in 2010 and Ferrari in 2011, it will be the turn of Aston Martin, another emblematic make of the Le Mans 24 Hours, to come and race on the big circuit. The event in which the magnificent cars from the Abington factory will take part, will see GT3S and GT4s going head-to-head – Vantage GT4s and N24s, and the new Vantage GT3s, which will be homologated in 2012. More ...

11/05/11
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British tax authority looking into Ecclestone  
Bernie Ecclestone
(GMM)  British authorities have confirmed they will also look into the millions paid by Bernie Ecclestone to beleaguered former F1 banker Gerhard Gribkowsky.

Ecclestone, the F1 chief executive who admits to paying Gribkowsky but denies it was a bribe, will appear in Munich on Wednesday as a witness in the trial of the former BayernLB risk manager.

A report in the Sunday Telegraph suggested the UK's Attorney General and Revenue and Customs offices might be interested in the possible connection between Ecclestone and his offshore family trust Bambino. More ...

11/05/11
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Petty, Dunlap React to Kyle Busch's Suspension at Texas  
Kyle Busch enters the NASCAR trailer and gets read the riot act
Getty Images for NASCAR
NASCAR drew a line in the sand Saturday morning at Texas Motor Speedway by suspending Kyle Busch from Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race for his actions in Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.  Busch intentionally wrecked Truck Series championship contender Ron Hornaday, Jr. early in Friday’s Truck Series race after the two got together racing for position.  Busch’s retaliation relegated Hornaday to a 34th-place finish and eliminated him from championship contention. 

NASCAR immediately parked Busch for the remainder of the Truck Series race, briefly met with him and stated they would review the matter and again meet with Busch Saturday morning.  The sanctioning body emerged from that meeting to announce it had suspended Busch from the remainder of the weekend’s events. More ...

11/05/11
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Joe Gibbs interview on Busch suspension  
Joe Gibbs talks to the media
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JOE GIBBS, owner, Joe Gibbs Racing 

Opening Statement: 

"I wanted to meet with everybody and just say that we met this morning with NASCAR and they explained their situation and their decision and, after that, sometimes in life you have to deal with some real tough things.  This is a tough situation for us and basically what we are trying to do is go through it the right way.  Everybody here with our race team (Joe Gibbs Racing) is trying to meet with everybody that was affected by this and obviously we have a lot of work to do there and a lot of people to see, but we're going to be trying to go through this and trying to handle everything in the right way." More ...

11/05/11
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Toyota statement on Busch suspension  "Toyota understands it is NASCAR's responsibility to enforce their rules for the well-being of the sport.  We recognize this is a difficult situation for both Joe Gibbs Racing and Kyle Busch with respect to the incident that occurred at Texas Motor Speedway during Friday (Nov. 4) night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. However, we are confident in the leadership of Joe and J.D. Gibbs, and are certain the team will handle this difficult situation in an appropriate manner.  Toyota remains 100 percent committed to its support of Joe Gibbs Racing and its drivers."
11/05/11
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Video: Busch crashes Hornaday  
11/05/11
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NASCAR suspends Kyle Busch for crashing Hornaday  
Mike Helton talks to the media about Busch's suspension
Getty Images for NASCAR
NASCAR took an unprecedented step Saturday morning at Texas Motor Speedway when it parked Kyle Busch for his remaining two races for "aggressive driving" in Friday night's Camping World Truck Series race.

Even though NASCAR has a small history of parking drivers across two series' lines for egregious actions, a penalty affecting all three national series has never been levied.

The penalty also was unique in that on Friday night, Busch was driving for his own Kyle Busch Motorsports team, while earlier Friday, Busch qualified Joe Gibbs Racing cars 17th for Sunday's Sprint Cup race and second for Saturday's Nationwide race. More ...

11/05/11
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Stoner clinches 12th and final pole of the 2011 season  
Casey Stoner waves to crowd after winning pole
Casey Stoner took his 12th pole of the season in the final race of the 2011 World Championship in Valencia, with Dani Pedrosa in second place.. This is Casey's fourth consecutive pole position at the Ricardo Tormo circuit and with it he equals Mick Doohan's record of 12 pole positions in a single season.

With light rain appearing throughout the session, it was difficult for the riders to determine how wet and slippery the circuit was. Casey went to the top of the timing sheets early on in the session with teammate Dani Pedrosa just behind him in second.

After the brief rain showers disappeared, lap times once again started to improve and with under ten minutes of the session remaining, Casey on a fresh rear soft tire recorded his fastest lap of 1'31.861 which remained unbeaten for the remainder of the session with Dani Pedrosa closely behind in second position with a 1'32.875 lap. Unfortunately, on his final lap of the session, Repsol Honda's Andrea Dovizioso suffered an accident in turn four and finished in 8th position. He visited the circuit medical centre and was released without any serious injury, just a dislocated and heavily bruised left thumb. More ...

11/05/11
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Wolff confirms Raikkonen, Bianchi among 2012 options  (GMM) Williams shareholder Toto Wolff has confirmed that "serious" negotiations with Kimi Raikkonen about a 2012 race seat are taking place.

Until now, the rumors linking the 2007 world champion and a return to formula one with the beleaguered British team have been taken with a pinch of salt.

"Yes, it's true!" Wolff, a minority shareholder of the Oxfordshire based team, told Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung. More ...
11/05/11
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2012 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Unveiled  
2012 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
The 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR features heavily redesigned bodywork, conforming to new ACO regulations that allows an increased width.

The new Porsche 911 GT3 RSR is ready to race. The top model of Porsche Motorsport’s customer racing vehicles will head into the 2012 season with extensive modifications. Particularly striking at first glance are the changes to the body: the width of the new GT3 RSR has grown by 48 millimeters. Built to conform to the A.C.O. “LM” GTE regulations, the 911 represents the crowning pinnacle of a range of successful customer sport race cars that are based on the 997 type 911 GT3 RS street sports car. More ...

11/05/11
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3,000 people to improve Indian circuit  Some 3,000 people (peasants?) will be drafted into India’s Buddh International Circuit in order to make improvements ahead of next year’s second Formula 1 race at the venue.

“Over 3,000 people are being moved in to make improvements to the BIC based on teams’ feedback - fantastic commitment from Jaypee (event organizer and promoter) to Indian Grand Prix!” Team Lotus reserve driver Karun Chandhok explained via Twitter, having worked closely with Jaypee Sports for the past two years.

One planned improvement is to the trackside curbs, with Felipe Massa having twice broken his front suspension by hitting what are known as ‘negative Vallelungas’.

11/05/11
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NTSB issues preliminary report on Hendrick plane crash  The plane carrying Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick and his wife, Linda, crossed a 600-foot overrun, impacted the far side of a ditch, crossed a dirt road, cleared another ditch and came to a stop 820 feet from the departure end of the runway when the brakes failed Monday in Key West, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The NTSB preliminary report, released Thursday evening, said the Gulfstream G150, manufactured by Israel Aircraft Industries, sustained "substantial damage" after it lost its brakes and the nose landing gear collapsed. The flight originated in Stuart, Fla., at 7 p.m. and the accident happened at 7:40 p.m. The NTSB will continue its investigation and considers all of its current findings "preliminary" until its investigation is complete. Scene Daily
11/05/11
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NASCAR to meet with Kyle Busch Saturday morning  Tempers flared early in Friday night's truck race at Texas Motor Speedway. As they ran three-wide early in Friday's race, Ron Hornaday moved up the track, causing Kyle Busch, running on the outside, to hit the wall. Hornaday also hit it. As they slowly went around the track, Busch ran up on the rear of Hornaday and caused Hornaday to smack the wall head-on in what was hard contact. Hornaday was uninjured. NASCAR called Busch to the hauler to meet with officials after the race. NASCAR met with Kyle Busch for less than five minutes on Friday night after the race. They will meet with Busch before Saturday morning's Cup practice (which is at 8:45am/et) to discuss the incident. Hornaday went to the NASCAR hauler (he wasn't called there by officials) after Kyle left and said: "If NASCAR doesn't (park Busch), I'm hanging around, and I'm going to buy Tommy Baldwin's ride and that guy will never finish another race. That's a promise. He's got to be parked. They did it to Harvick at Martinsville.'' Hornaday was reminded that the Harvick parking was in 2002, which Hornaday said: "So, let's have at it? So I can go over and beat his ass and let's have at it? He lives too close to me. We'll see what NASCAR does. If they don't handle it right, I'll be over at his house Monday morning.'' Virginian-Pilot
11/05/11
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Open cockpit biggest safety issue for open wheel  UPDATE
IndyCar incorrectly thinks that putting bodywork behind the rear wheels of the new car (above) will prevent tire-to-tire contact and cars flying through the air.  In the top photo from 2009 Carl Edwards flies through the air at Talladega in a stock car and their wheels are fully enclosed. BTW - he hit the catch fence hard.
A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, When you first proposed IndyCar add a canopy to their cars to protect the driver's head I was against it.  After reading this article I think there is no doubt they have to, especially since the driver's head is more exposed in the new car than the old car. This is another tragedy waiting to happen. Mary Dugan

"Obviously a lot of the serious injuries in IndyCar come from head injuries. Being covered like that, there is definitely a level of comfort. I’m pleased to have a roof over my head this weekend.” --
Danica Patrick in Texas this weekend for NASCAR race

11/03/11 The tragic loss of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, Dan Wheldon, is without a doubt the most significant death in open-wheeled motor racing in nearly two decades.

Not since the loss of Ayrton Senna has an open-cockpit formula lost such a high profile driver, nor has there been such calling for re-evaluation of driver safety.

Both drivers suffered remarkably similar deaths with Wheldon's from blunt trauma to the head, and Senna's from multiple skull fractures. In the aftermath of Senna's accident, wide spread safety changes were made to improve the protection of the driver's head in Formula One. More ...

11/05/11
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Ganassi: IndyCar change has to occur  
Chip Ganassi says IndyCar must make several changes to improve safety
IndyCar team owner Chip Ganassi said a measured, reasoned approach as opposed to wholesale changes is the best route for IndyCar to take after Dan Wheldon was killed in Las Vegas last month.

"It's a sad fact, but always something has to happen for there to be a step change," he said Friday before ceremonies revealing a renovated library at the Woolslair K-5 school in Bloomfield, PA, a project funded by longtime Ganassi sponsor Target. "And there needs to be a step change now. And there probably will be."

Ganassi said sweeping measures are not the best prescription given that IndyCars always have led the effort to promote safety. He cited advancements in chassis and helmet design and softer walls, among numerous changes. More ...

11/04/11
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REBELLION Racing will remain the exclusive partner of Toyota  
Rebellion Lola
Interview with Alexandre PESCI, REBELLION Racing Team Principal:

What are your feelings after Toyota has announced their return to Le Mans with a petrol-hybrid LMP1 next year?

"The prospect of Toyota returning to Le Mans with a car of their own design is exciting for endurance racing.  The results that REBELLION Racing have been able to achieve in 2011 through our partnership with TMG have provided a platform upon which Toyota will be able to build in 2012.  For ourselves too, we will benefit from the lessons learned through the first year of our partnership and some of the developments that we have planned for the future might be accelerated now that the "works "car will be present.  The new Toyota car will be a petrol-hybrid and we expect that it will be at the leading edge of technology with a significant KERS capability, so it will be interesting to see if it can truly challenge the dominance that the diesel powered cars have had in recent years.  The demands of endurance racing are very different to those required of for example KERS in Formula 1.  The development of a significant KERS capability such as one that might be expected to appear on the Toyota “works” car needs a lot of resources and is not the work of a moment.  At REBELLION Racing we are keen to retain our own identity and to focus our resources on building upon the results we have achieved to be the best privateer team in LMP1." More ...

11/04/11
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Dillon to carry Dale Earnhardt’s famous No. 3  
Austin Dillon to run Earnhardt's famous No. 3
Current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader Austin Dillon will compete full time in the Nationwide Series in 2012, and he’ll carry the famous No. 3 with him.

Dillon, the grandson of team owner Richard Childress, will race a Nationwide car bearing the No. 3, the popular car number of former RCR driver and seven-time Cup champion Dale Earnhardt. Dillon has raced the No. 3 in the truck series. He will have primary sponsorship from AdvoCare in the Nationwide Series next year. More ...

11/04/11
tv news
Wind Tunnel Sunday  1985 Indy 500 winner and 1988 CART Champion, Danny Sullivan, will be LIVE in the WT studio this Sunday to co-host with Dave Despain. Danny co-hosted the show once last year.

Travis Pastrana just got married and will be back on the show for the first time since 2007 to talk about how his broken leg is healing and to talk about his NASCAR Nationwide plans for 2012.

Aspiring American open wheel racer, Michael Lewis, will check in from Italy where he is preparing to test a Ferrari F1 car. He earned this opportunity for claiming the Formula 3 Italia Rookie Championship. Michael’s father is famed USAC Midget team owner, Steve Lewis. More ...

11/04/11
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Red Bull 'committed' to Formula One long-term  
Christian Horner
Christian Horner  says Red Bull is "committed" to a long-term future in Formula One, even if it fails to repeat its current success in the future.

Red Bull bought out the Jaguar team in 2005, and having shown an immediate improvement on the previous outfit it continued to progress to become a race-winning team in 2009. Having now secured back-to-back constructors' championships and 26 victories Horner was asked if he thought the drinks company could withdraw its backing after having gained such success.

"I don't think so," Horner is quoted by Autosport. "I think Red Bull is committed to F1. Dietrich [Mateschitz] is passionate about the sport and, as a sponsor and a shareholder in another team, Sauber, Red Bull has been around F1 for over 15 years now. More ...

11/04/11
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Stewart-Haas Reveals Danica Patrick’s 2012 Schedule and Car  
Danica Patrick and Tony Stewart show off her GoDaddy Cup car
The wait is over. Go Daddy Girl Danica Patrick’s limited NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) is known, as is the car number that will adorn her GoDaddy.com Chevrolet Impala.

In a news conference today at Texas Motor Speedway, SHR co-owner Tony Stewart announced Patrick’s slate of Sprint Cup races in 2012 and revealed her new car number and paint scheme.

Patrick, a seven-year veteran of the IZOD IndyCar Series where she became the first woman in series history to win a race, is making the full transition to stock cars in 2012, competing in the entire NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule for JR Motorsports and a 10-race Sprint Cup schedule for SHR. More ...

11/04/11
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Danica Patrick announces 2012 Cup schedule and number  
The biggest star in NASCAR is now Danica Patrick
Tony Stewart announced Danica Patrick's slate of Sprint Cup races in 2012 and revealed her new car number and paint scheme. Patrick, a seven-year veteran of the IZOD IndyCar Series where she became the first woman in series history to win a race, is making the full transition to stock cars in 2012, competing in the entire NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule for JR Motorsports and a 10-race Sprint Cup schedule for SHR. Patrick's Sprint Cup debut will come in the 54th annual Daytona 500 on Feb. 26 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

Her remaining Sprint Cup races are as follows: May 12 -Darlington; Aug. 25 -Bristol; Sept. 2 - Atlanta; Sept. 16: Chicagoland; Sept. 30 - Dover; Nov. 4 - Texas; Nov. 11 - Phoenix. Two Sprint Cup races are to be determined, with the plan being to assess Patrick's development in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series as the season progresses and then choose the remaining venues based on need and competitive reasoning. In addition to the schedule, Stewart and Patrick also took the wraps off the GoDaddy.com Chevy Patrick will race for SHR in Sprint Cup.

The bright green machine will feature the #10, which Patrick used throughout her early racing career in karting before moving to Europe where she competed in Formula Ford and Formula Vauxhall - stepping-stone divisions to Formula 1.  TrueSpeed Communications
11/04/11
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Wickens to drive Marussia Virgin car in Abu Dhabi Friday morning  
Robert Wickens
Marussia Virgin Racing Reserve Driver Robert Wickens will take part in the first Free Practice session of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (11-13 November) as a reward for winning the 2011 World Series by Renault Formula Renault 3.5 Championship.

Robert’s FR3.5 challenge was supported by Marussia, who decided that his success in securing the title was deserving of the opportunity to test the car in a race weekend environment.

Robert took part in a straight-line test for Marussia Virgin Racing in September in Vairano, Italy, where he helped the team gather data for its aerodynamic evaluation program. His role next Friday (11 November) will provide a continuation of this experience but in the more critical context of a Grand Prix, where his feedback will have a direct benefit on the team’s race weekend performance. More ...

11/04/11
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Derrick Walker joins Ed Carpenter Racing  Among Derrick Walker's roles at Ed Carpenter Racing will be allowing the team co-owner/driver to concentrate his efforts on the racetrack.

“Personally, he won’t be able to do it any other way,” said Walker, who will be the team manager of the IZOD IndyCar Series start-up team for the 2012 season. “The series is very competitive and you just can’t cover both bases effectively. Hopefully (team co-owner Tony George and I are) there to carry that load and help set it up.”

Carpenter, whose one-car team is backed Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka, isn’t disillusioned about the commitment on and off the track. He was the driver when George (his stepfather) started Vision Racing in 2005 and has consulted Sarah Fisher regarding the dual role. Carpenter, 30, plans to compete in all events in 2012. More ...

11/04/11
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Danica Patrick says she feels safer in Sprint Cup car  Danica Patrick said Friday she is glad to have a "roof over her head" this weekend in a Nationwide Series car, two weeks after the tragic death of IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon in a race at Las Vegas.
"It does feel safer," she said. "It felt safer two years ago when I first got in a Nationwide car. I'm pleased to have a roof over my head this weekend. Accidents still happen, but not a lot of serious head injuries. Having my head covered definitely adds a level of comfort."

Patrick was racing in her final IndyCar event as a full-time driver when Wheldon was killed in a terrifying multi-car accident early in the race. She is moving full-time to NASCAR in 2012. More ...

11/04/11
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Hendrick plane stopped 820 feet from end of runway  The plane carrying Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick and his wife, Linda, crossed a 600-foot overrun, impacted the far side of a ditch, crossed a dirt road, cleared another ditch and came to a stop 820 feet from the departure end of the runway when the brakes failed Monday in Key West, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

The NTSB preliminary report, released Thursday evening, said the Gulfstream G150, manufactured by Israel Aircraft Industries, sustained “substantial damage” after it lost its brakes and the nose landing gear collapsed.

The flight originated in Stuart, Fla., at 7 p.m. and the accident happened at 7:40 p.m. More ...

11/04/11
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Martin joins Michael Waltrip Racing, will run 25 Cup races in 2012  
Ken Butler, president of Aaron Sales and Lease poses with driver Mark Martin and team owner Michael Waltrip after announcing Martin's move to the No. 00 Aaron's Toyota
Three weeks ago, Mark Martin never thought he would drive for Michael Waltrip Racing. But then he got a text message from team co-owner Michael Waltrip about his 2012 plans and now Martin can expect many more texts from his new boss.

Martin will drive the No. 00 car in 25 Sprint Cup events – 24 points races, including the Daytona 500, and the Sprint All-Star Race – in 2012 and 2013 for MWR.

Replacing David Reutimann as the driver of the No. 00 car, the 52-year-old Martin could be involved with the team beyond 2013 as a driver mentor or in another competition-related role. More ...

11/04/11
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Stoner tops wet opening day in Valencia  The final round of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship kicked off today under difficult conditions at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia.

The cold temperatures that reached a high of 16 degrees in the afternoon, mixed in with rain showers throughout the day, resulted in a very slick circuit making it almost impossible to take any direction in set up of the bike. Repsol Honda's Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa finished first and second respectively in the combined free practice times.

The final classification of this first day of free practice sessions was determined in this morning's FP1 when, with the track drying up in the last minutes, new World Champion Casey Stoner set a fastest lap of 1'45.513, closely followed by Dani Pedrosa with a 1'45.736 lap. More ...

11/04/11
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Ed Carpenter gives away 2011 Pace Car  Andrew Walker of Brentwood, Tenn., was awarded the keys to a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible Pace Car Replica by Indianapolis 500 driver and team owner Ed Carpenter Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Walker was awarded the Camaro after winning a sweepstakes designed to promote the sale of 2012 Indianapolis 500 tickets. The sweepstakes took place the two weeks immediately following the 2011 Indianapolis 500. The 2012 Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The grand prize Camaro SS Convertible Pace Car is a mirror image of the car in which four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt paced the historic 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500 to the green flag, with IMS Chairman of the board Mari Hulman George as his passenger. More ...

11/04/11
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#66 team crew member suspended  UPDATE "Regarding the suspension of crew member Charles Day, HP RACING has zero tolerance with crew members failing on NASCAR drug tests. As a result, the crew member is no longer with the team. We fully support NASCAR's substance abuse program." HP Racing

11/03/11 Charles Day, a crew member for the #66 team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, has been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body's substance abuse policy. Day was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (violation of the NASCAR substance abuse policy) of the 2011 NASCAR rule book. NASCAR
11/04/11
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Gateway International Raceway confirms re-opening plan for 2012  After a year of closure, Gateway International Raceway outside St. Louis is set to reopen for the 2012 season. Madison, Ill.-based KSKD TV reports a group of investors led by real estate developer and one time Indy Lights driver Curtis Francois have come to terms on bringing the track back to use.

An NHRA event will run in October 2012 as the highlighted event of Gateway reopening. Francois said a “full season” would kick off in March, and whether that would include either a NASCAR or IndyCar return was not specified. More ...

11/04/11
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Caterham Team AirAsia announce Razia for Abu Dhabi  
Razia (above) will join American Rossi in Abu Dhabi with Caterham Team Air Asia
Caterham Team AirAsia is delighted to announce that Luiz Razia will complete the team’s strong driver line-up for the forthcoming GP2 finale in Abu Dhabi next week before taking part in the F1 young driver test for the GP2 team’s senior counterparts Team Lotus.

The popular Brazilian was the first driver to sign for the brand new GP2 team in 2011, competing in its debut race in February as part of the GP2 Asia Series. Luiz will return to Abu Dhabi where it all began next week following a positive season, pairing up with Alexander Rossi to fight for a race win at the Yas Marina Circuit in the GP2 2011 finale race Abu Dhabi, from 11th – 13th November. Reprising his role of the Team Lotus Third Driver he will then take part in one full day of the F1 test at the Yas Marina Circuit, taking place from 15th – 17th November. More ...

11/04/11
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Latest F1 news in brief - Friday  UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

11/04/11
  • Tilke says Austin is still on schedule
    F1 panel approves name changes, 2012 calendar
  • F1 panel says no to customer cars
  • Kubica set for new wrist operation
  • Ron Howard talks about Formula 1 movie
  • Barrichello hopes Brazil won’t be last race
  • Austin puts brakes on annexing F1 land for now New
  • Tilke says construction of Austin circuit is on schedule New
  • Ceccon gets shot at F1 test New  More ...
11/04/11
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BMW patents new electric turbochargers  BMW has recently patented an electric turbocharger, after months of speculation that something like this was in the works.

Basically the system uses an electric motor and a series of clutches to help eliminate turbo lag. When the driver of the vehicle hits the accelerator pedal, the electric motor spools the turbo up to its optimal performance.

Once the electric motor is no longer needed, it acts like an alternator and charges the battery. When this happens, the motor also prevents the turbo from spinning too quickly, which eliminates the need for a wastegate, as you would need if you used a traditional turbo setup.

At this stage we are not sure when BMW will put this into production but it has been suggested that these electric turbos were under consideration for the next M3, so maybe we will see them then.
11/04/11
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Rain washes out Thursday IndyCar testing  Rain washed out Thursday's IndyCar manufacturer testing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Tony Kanaan (Chevrolet) and Dario Franchitti (Honda) are scheduled to run today and possibly Saturday. They each ran about 100 laps on the oval Wednesday.
11/04/11
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Mayfield arrested for meth possession, gun arsenal seized  UPDATE #4
Former NASCAR star Jeremy Mayfield in more trouble
A confidential source told authorities that Jeremy Mayfield was stealing to support his drug habit. A search warrant obtained by Eyewitness News says the source knew specific details about reported break-ins and thefts and said Mayfield was involved in it all and that all the stolen property would be found at his home.

On Monday, police seized hundreds of items -- mostly tools, metals and machinery -- worth $100,000. They also said they found 1.5 grams of meth and a meth pipe. The confidential source said he or she watched Mayfield purchase and consume meth “over 500 separate times,” saying Mayfield stole to support his drug habit.

On Thursday, Mayfield's lawyer denied the new allegations, saying: "Mr. Mayfield has no knowledge of either stolen property or methamphetamine being present on his property." More ...

11/04/11
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Team owner sues IndyCar series over suspension  Racing team owner Mark Olson is suing IndyCar after he was suspended from the second-tier Firestone IndyLights series for allegedly trying to orchestrate a boycott.

Olson denies that he attempted such a thing, and his lawsuit alleges that IndyCar officials knowingly perpetuated a false rumor, damaging his reputation in the process.

The suspension effectively killed O2 Racing Technology, which had signed up-and-coming driver Peter Dempsey and landed $750,000 in sponsorships, Olson said. His lawsuit, filed in late September in Marion Superior Court, seeks damages for defamation, violation of Indiana’s franchise law, and breach of contract. More ...

11/04/11
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Texas Truck Pole Sweep for Buescher  James Buescher made it a clean sweep of Camping World Truck Series poles at Texas Motor Speedway this year when he grabbed the top spot for Friday's WinStar World Casino 350.

Buescher earned his third pole of the season after turning a lap of 181.062 mph. It was also his third career pole in 71 series starts.

The Turner Motorsports driver enters the weekend trailing series point leader Austin Dillon by 11 points. More ...

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