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17-year old wins NASCAR Truck race  Toyota Tundra driver Erik Jones became the youngest race-winner (17 years, 5 months, 9 days) in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) history when he earned his first victory on Friday night at Phoenix International Raceway.

The finish allowed Toyota to clinch the 2013 NCWTS manufacturer's championship, giving Toyota six titles in 10 years competing in the series (2004-2013).

Jones started second and led a race-high 84 laps (of 150) en route to his first career victory in only his fifth series start.

Debate over return of apron at Indy could have impact on safety  
Rick Mears re-passes Michael Andretti on the first turn apron at Indy in 1991
Debate over return of apron at Indianapolis Motor Speedway could have impact on NASCAR race
Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s apron is not coming back in 2014, track president Doug Boles said this week, but the possible use of it in the future remains a hot topic as it relates to spicing up NASCAR’s Brickyard 400.

Before being removed two decades ago, the IMS apron was the car-width stretch of asphalt along the bottom of the oval track’s corners, an additional lane that earned iconic Indianapolis 500 status after several late-race battles in the 1980s and early 1990s. More ...

Q and A with Kimi Raikkonen ahead of USGP  
Kimi Raikkonen
What do you think of the Circuit of the Americas?

Kimi Raikkonen:
It's a nice circuit. The layout is quite interesting and the racing last year was good. The sectors of the track are fairly different, so there's a challenge there. Last year the days started out pretty cold so it was very slippery, but hopefully now it's been used a bit more the track surface won't be as shiny, so it should be easier to get the car as we want it.

You'll be using the shorter wheelbase car again; why is this?
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Ticket distribution for USGP has turned into a fiasco for COTA  With the United State Grand Prix, Formula One's only stop in the U.S. this year, just 10 days away (less than a week until the first practice), you would think that anyone making plans to go would already have their tickets.

But you would be wrong.

Inconvenience has morphed into a fiasco down in Austin as ticketless F1 fans are getting more and more irate with the race host, the Circuit of the Americas. More ...

Celebration Of Automobiles Returns To Launch Month Of May  The Celebration of Automobiles will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a fourth consecutive year on May 8-10, 2014, as the event continues to grow into one of the premier showcases in North America for car aficionados.

Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser will serve as the honorary head judge during the Vintage and Classic Car Show on Saturday, May 10, the centerpiece of the event. As part of his role, Unser will determine which classic/vintage car will win the prestigious Driver's Choice Award. More ...

Toppe Rejoins JDC MotorSports for USF2000 Championship Effort  JDC MotorSports is pleased to announce Texas up-and-comer Clark Toppe has rejoined the standout junior formula car outfit for a second season of Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda action in 2014. The American teenager will once again be part of a multi-car effort by the Minnesota-based team in the Mazda Road to Indy series, with the goal of building on what was a successful rookie campaign.

When the USF2000 Championship title chase officially commences in St. Petersburg, Fla., in late March, JDC MotorSports will once again have a driver worth keeping an eye on, thanks to the signing of returning racer Toppe. The multiple USF2000 race-winning team, which has a proven track record of developing young talent, is confident the 16 year-old from The Woodlands, Texas, is ready to take the next step in his evolution as a driver, following a solid first season of USF2000 action. More ...

David Hobbs Honda returns as Official Hometown Dealer for Milwaukee IndyFest  David Hobbs Honda has been named the Official Hometown Honda Dealer of the 2014 ABC Supply Co. Inc. Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest for its third year. The award-winning dealership has signed on to the Andretti Sports Marketing event held at the legendary Milwaukee Mile for three additional years beginning in 2014.

"Here at David Hobbs Honda we are so excited to have a major supporter of this historic Milwaukee event. Together Andretti and Hobbs, two giant names in motorsports in the U.S., have helped deliver Milwaukee a major sports event and we at David Hobbs Honda are so proud to be a part of that," said Greg Hobbs, Managing Director for David Hobbs Honda. More ...

Repsol Honda duo on top after first day in Valencia  
Marquez and Pedrosa do 'double wheelies'
It’s been a positive first day for the Repsol Honda team in Valencia, with Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa finishing on the top of the time sheets.

Championship leader Marc, winner in Valencia last year in Moto2, had a good start to the day finishing first in FP1 with just 0.024 separating the top three riders - Marc 1'31.557 (lap 20 of 21), Lorenzo 1'31.575 (lap 12 of 19) and Dani 1'31.581 (lap 10 of 18) - with all three lapping under the Circuit Record Lap set by Casey Stoner in 2008 (1'32.582).

In the afternoon’s FP2 session, times improved on the new asphalt and both Marc and Dani (who is the only rider to have won here in all three classes) bettered this morning’s times, using the hard rear tire. Marc recorded a time of 1'31.220 on lap 16 of 20, and Dani was second fastest with 1'31.286 on lap 16 of 22. More ...

Complete 2014 Pirelli World Challenge Schedule Announced  WC Vision announced the complete 2014 Pirelli World Challenge schedule at its annual State of the Series Meeting held at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. GT/GTS classes will compete across nine event weekends with a total of 16 races, while TC/TCB classes will compete across seven event weekends and a total of 14 races. The 2014 season marks the 25th anniversary for the series.

As previously announced, the GT/GTS classes will begin their 2014 season on the Streets of St. Petersburg (March 28-30), part of the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, with stops at Long Beach (Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach), Detroit (Grand Prix of Detroit), Road America (with NASCAR Nationwide Series), Toronto (Honda Indy Toronto) and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (Honda Indy 200). Newly announced dates include Barber Motorsports Park in April (with IndyCar), Sonoma Raceway in August (with IndyCar) and the season finale in September at Miller Motorsports Park. More ...

Andretti: America has solid F1 home at COTA  
Mario Andretti (L) interviews last year's winner Lewis Hamilton (C) and Fernando Alonso (R)
Mario Andretti believes that the Circuit of The Americas (COTA) represents a "solid home" for Formula 1 in America, following the success of its maiden race last year.

With a week to go until this season's event, circuit organizers are hopeful of emulating the sell-out crowds of 2012, and former World Champion Andretti – who currently acts as a venue ambassador – is certain that support for the race will continue to grow. More ...

Williams F1 reverts to last year's exhaust and sees gain  Williams’ improved performance during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend running without its Coanda exhaust is a positive sign for 2014, according to Valtteri Bottas.

As part of its preparations for 2014, Williams ran with a 2012-style non exhaust-blowing set-up during Friday practice.

It opted to continue with the package because there was an overall performance gain, even though the loss of exhaust-generated downforce would be expected to make the car significantly slower. More ...

Ecclestone "indicted" in Gribkowsky bribe case (4th Update)  UPDATE #4 Bernie's bizarre 360 degree spin through a door that we linked to below:

11/07/13 Bernie Ecclestone was accused of "fabricating" evidence on Wednesday on a tense first day of cross-examination in his £100 million damages lawsuit in the High Court.

Formula One's 83-year-old chief executive is defending a claim brought by German media firm Constantin Medien who accuse Ecclestone and three other defendants of deliberately undervaluing Formula One in the 2005 sale of the sport to CVC Capital Partners. More ...

Massa says Alonso a smarter driver than Schumacher  
Massa was teammate to Schumacher when he was old, tired and about to retire.  Schumacher still beat him.
Felipe Massa says Fernando Alonso is a stronger driver than Michael Schumacher having raced with both at Ferrari.

Massa will leave Ferrari at the end of the year after eight seasons with the team, during which he was Schumacher's team-mate for one season and Alonso's team-mate for four. Asked during an interview for the official Ferrari website which of the two drivers was stronger, Massa was clear in his answer.

"Fernando," Massa said. "Schumacher was as quick, but in terms of intelligence, Alonso is better because he manages to put everything together perfectly." More ...
Kanaan gearing up for Ganassi switch, first test  
Tony Kanaan
There’s only been a couple weeks since the 2013 IndyCar season ended, and already preparations are well underway for the first round of offseason testing.

Reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan, with his KV Racing Technology stint over, can now properly look ahead to his new ride with Chip Ganassi Racing.

“It’s a huge opportunity for me, to join the team that just won the championship,” he said at the Borg-Warner display at the SEMA Show on Tuesday. “It’s quite remarkable to be able to go there at this stage in my career.” More ...

Force India sent 'observer' to Red Bull test  
Force India trying to catch Red Bull cheating the test ban rules
(GMM)  Force India sent an observer to a 'filming day' conducted this week by world champions Red Bull.

Germany's Auto Motor und Sport said Force India, the Silverstone based team, sent the observer because it suspects F1's dominant team may be exploiting a loophole in the strict testing ban.

Correspondent Michael Schmidt said that while teams are supposed to only run their cars for promotional and filming purposes, some teams including Force India suspect Red Bull might be testing new parts. More ...

Ken Block finally wins first GRC race  
Ken Block celebrates

That’s the initial reaction from Ken Block after he took his Fiesta ST to a first career Global Rallycross Championship (GRC) win tonight in Las Vegas.

Block’s victory in Round 9 of the championship led Ford Fiesta to a 1-2 finish, with Tanner Foust second.

"I am absolutely stoked," said Block. "I’ve proven this year that I’ve got the speed and just had some back luck in the first corner so it’s nice to have some good luck and great battles tonight with Pastrana and Foust." More ...
Nissan's V8 Supercars Season A $5M 'Waste'  Nissan has written off its debut V8 Supercars season as a A$5M ($4.7M) "waste with a botched aerodynamics test" ruining its history-making year, according to James Phelps of the Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH. The powerful Japanese manufacturer "has demanded a new test on their aerodynamics package with drivers claiming the cars feel as if they are being held back by a parachute."

Privately it calls its Nissan V8 "a flying fridge." Nissan Global Motorsport Dir Darren Cox fronted V8 Supercars CEO James Warburton and "was given the go-ahead to redesign the car in a move that will see Kelly Brothers Racing hit the grid with four new look Nissan Altimas next year." Nissan has been "on the warpath since learning the aero package on their car was to blame for their poor performance -- not the engine as previously thought." Kelly Brothers co-Owner & driver Rick Kelly said, "We knew it was an aero problem then and while frustrating, it is great that we know what is wrong and have been given permission to do something about it." DAILY TELEGRAPH
Miles paints a rosy picture for IndyCar  
Mark Miles
As Mark Miles nears his one-year anniversary as CEO of Hulman & Co. -- the parent organization of IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway -- he faces numerous concerns, real and perceived. He addressed some of them with Autoweek as the season came to a close.

Autoweek: There are numerous top-of-mind sponsor issues, including the departures of title sponsor Izod, and team sponsors GoDaddy, Hewlett-Packard and possibly the National Guard. How do you curb fears IndyCar is hurting?

Mark Miles: The Izod decision was made a very long time ago, but it wasn’t announced until recently because they wanted to get more value out of this year, and, as I’ve mentioned, we’re having encouraging conversations about new sponsors. The National Guard issue, as I understand it, is how they’re going to stay in IndyCar, not that they’re looking to get out, so I don’t think that should be in that question. GoDaddy made its decision, but Andretti’s team signed a new company for the sport [United Fiber & Data]. More ...

Johnson embraces hate on Twitter but says some fans cross the line  
Johnson 'The Dominator'
Jimmie Johnson still takes a look at his Twitter timeline almost every day, even though it brings a lot of hate as he contends for a sixth Sprint Cup championship.

Johnson, who leads the Cup standings by seven points over Matt Kenseth with two races remaining in the Chase, has embraced engaging with fans - even those who hate him - over the last couple of years. He knows that if he wins the championship again - he won five straight from 2006-2010 - there will be a segment of NASCAR fans that won’t be happy. More ...

Ferrari Wind Tunnel back in business (Update)  UPDATE AUTOSPORT's Edd Straw reported "although Ferrari is still in the early stages of evaluating its improved wind tunnel," Fry is "encouraged by progress."

Fry: "We have certainly made some reasonable improvements there. Time will tell if we are exactly where we would like to be but the signs are good at the moment."

To assess the "effectiveness of the Maranello wind tunnel, Ferrari has been conducting some tests specifically to ensure it is generating the same results as the Toyota." Though the new "1.6-litre turbocharged V6 engines that will be introduced next year will be a significant performance differentiator next year, Fry has no doubts aerodynamic development will also remain vital." AUTOSPORT More ...
Ecclestone The Man, The Myth  
Bernie Ecclestone, perhaps the most cunning businessman ever
The BBC's Andrew Benson reported with Ecclestone, the "myth is so much wrapped up in the man that it is often hard to separate fact from fiction."

This son of a Suffolk trawlerman "has ruled Formula 1 for nearly 40 years with a combination of astuteness, cunning, sharp practice and sheer intellectual power arguably unmatched across business and sporting worlds." He "has turned what was essentially a minority activity for enthusiasts into the most-watched global sport outside the Olympics and football's World Cup." More ...
Ecclestone Dismisses Accusations By German Banker In London's High Court (Update)  UPDATE
when it comes to business deals, no one can beat Bernie Ecclestone
In London, Tom Cary reported it emerged in court that Gribkowsky at one stage "felt so threatened" by Ecclestone that he "went to the police to register his concerns." Referring to a witness statement given to Munich police in Dec. '04, Philip Marshall QC, representing Constantin Medien, suggested to Ecclestone that Gribkowsky appeared to be "concerned by a physical threat from you" at the time. TELEGRAPH

11/07/13 F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone "laughed off suggestions" that he "frightened a German banker into fleeing to the police to protect himself," according to Kevin Eason of the LONDON TIMES. More ...
The new USCR DP rules reaction  Someone took to Youtube and Hitler videos to voice their displeasure of the new DP rules:

Miller calls for ABC to Change Up announcers  This is an open letter to Rich Feinberg, ABC/ESPN's vice president of motorsports production, about whom to choose as the next play-by-play announcer for the Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Series.

I'm writing instead of calling because I figure Rich probably wouldn't take my call and I understand that because I've been critical of ABC's direction, production and booth talent ever since somebody told Bobby Unser he could no longer criticize Sam Posey and Paul Page.

Since then, my moniker for the only network that's ever telecast the Indy 500 live has been Always Bad Coverage. It doesn't sit well with Feinberg and really hasn't changed anything so I backed off from the weekly criticisms in my Mailbag during the past year. Also, the fact I work for NBC Sports Network might make critical comments look like unfair favoritism, but I must point out that I was badmouthing ABC long before joining NBC's IndyCar coverage three years ago. More ...

F1 Teams 'on the limit' to prepare 2014 cars  McLaren Sporting Director Sam Michael believes that Formula 1 teams are "on the limit" to prepare their new cars in time for the opening pre-season test of 2014.

Next year, turbocharged 1.6-litre V6 engines are being introduced along with various aerodynamic and chassis modifications, meaning very little development carry-over.

And with two months separating this year's season finale and the first test at Jerez, which takes place from January 28-31, Michael has reiterated the challenge ahead.

"It will be on the limit," he said. "These days we have simulations, stress analysis and dynos that are much more sophisticated than when we had the last big changes, but you are still upsetting your systems which are quite methodical and procedural.

"Teams now have operational procedures to make sure they don't make mistakes, and almost all of those will go in the bin. That is why you will see variations. All teams at all ends of the grid will have problems getting to grips with the new systems."

Michael added that, unlike in recent years, he does not expect teams to skip the first test in favor of additional development work or wind tunnel testing, with track time fundamental to gain a better understanding of the new technology and Pirelli tires.

The opening pre-season test at Jerez will be followed by two gatherings in Bahrain.

Stoffel Vandoorne dominates Day 3  The final day of post season testing took place today at Yas Marina Circuit with a slightly changed field, some drivers who have been testing on the previous days moving to new teams whilst new drivers joined the action.

The pitlane opened this morning and all twenty six cars fed onto the track. Jordan King (Addax) set the early pace ahead of Stephane Richelmi before a short red flag period as Daniel Abt (Hilmer) stopped on track. At the re-start Carlin’s Jazeman Jaafar claimed the top spot ahead of Stoffel Vandoorne who switched to DAMS today. The Belgium later improved on the Malaysian’s time by five tenths and led the way. His teammate Richelmi was the first man to dip under 1m50s and with thirty minutes left on the clock, Vandoorne found some extra pace and reclaimed P1. A second red flag period interrupted the proceedings as Rene Binder (Lazarus) also stopped on track. The track was live again shortly after, but Vandoorne remained top. At the checkered flag, he was leading GP3 runner-up Facu Regalia (Addax), Richelmi, Arthur Pic (Arden), Simon Trummer, Mitch Evans (Racing Engineering), GP3 graduate Giovanni Venturini (Trident), Andre Negrao (Carlin), Johnny Cecotto (Rapax) and Dani Clos (Lazarus). More ...
O'Donnell, Frye Named To Executive Roles At Hulman Motorsports  
Connell J. (C.J.) O'Donnell
Hulman & Company CEO Mark Miles has completed the formation of his leadership team by naming two accomplished sales and marketing executives with extensive automotive and racing industry roots as the leaders of the sales, licensing, marketing and communications functions of Hulman Motorsports.

Connell J. (C.J.) O'Donnell, who has worked in key marketing positions for various brands within Ford Motor Company, will join Hulman Motorsports as chief marketing officer, and Jay Frye, a racing executive who successfully transformed two teams into NASCAR Sprint Cup contenders, is the new chief revenue officer.

"We've set a new strategic direction for our motorsports entities, and Jay and C.J. are both top performers who will help us take big leaps forward," Miles said. "Among their immediate goals are to add sponsors for INDYCAR and IMS, improve our level of fan engagement and develop strategies to build alignment among our teams, drivers, venues and sponsors. Our team is in place, and there's no offseason as we prepare for 2014." More ...

Epps is ready to hit top gear after clinching a new deal  
Michael Epps
Michael Epps will be back for another shot at the Cooper Tires USF2000 National Championship title after signing to compete in the 2014 season with Belardi Auto Racing.

Despite experiencing what was, at times, a rocky debut campaign in the USA, Epps put in a strong showing during the final rounds supporting the IndyCar GP of Houston in Texas to finish the season with a flourish.

He came agonizingly close to grabbing a podium place and consistently set top-five times, and he is being touted as one of the potential title challengers for next year.

“I’m excited to get going now. This has all come about pretty quickly but it became clear that it’s the place to be for me and the deal was done,” said Epps.

“I can’t wait to get testing to put together a championship-winning package for next season.” More ...

F1 news in brief - Thursday (Update)  UPDATE
Is McLaren using Magnussen to get Carlos Slim to write a bigger check for Perez?
Update shown in red below.

  • McLaren yet to decide between Perez, Magnussen
  • New Pirelli deal to be for three years only - chairman
  • Managing tire situation in 2013 'just luck' - Newey
  • 'No interest' in succeeding besieged Ecclestone - Horner
  • Rosberg confident Mercedes can beat Red Bull in 2014
  • Raikkonen could race a Sauber in Austin - Salo
  • Stepney reveals 2007 F1 espionage scandal details New More ...
NASCAR has been looking at new technical rules to tweak the cars for 2014  NASCAR has been looking at new technical rules to tweak the cars for 2014.

A mid-December test at Charlotte Motor Speedway, yet another NASCAR test there, should help set things.

Some teams, however, think all this rules testing stuff is more for show than for go.

But if the new body stylings didn't light a fire under fans, after all the pre-season hype, and early season penalties, why should a few rules tweaks change the dynamic.

NASCAR is now expected to bring the 'tapered spacer' to the Cup series, to try to take 90 horsepower out of these 900 horsepower engines. More ...

F1 wins by starting position  
Wins from 2013* 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003
1st place 8 9 9 8 9 8 11 10 9 11 9
2nd place 6 6 6 6 3 6 4 3 3 4 -
3rd place 1 1 3 3 1 1 2 1 2 - 3
4th place - 1 - 1 2 2 - 1 1 1 -
5th place 1 - - 1 1 - - 1 1 - -
6th place - - - - 1 - - 1 1 1 -
7th place 1 - 1 - - - - - 1 - 2
8th place - 1 - - - - - - - - 1
9th place - - - - - - - - - - -
10th place - - - - - - - - - 1 -
11th place - 1 - - - - - - - - 1
12th place - - - - - - - - - - -
13th place - - - - - - - - - - -
14th place - - - - - - - 1 - - -
15th place - - - - - 1 - - - - -
16th place - - - - - - - - - - -
17th place - - - - - - - - 1 - -

* So far

Catching up with Charlie Kimball  
Charlie Kimball
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing's Charlie Kimball hasn't slowed down even though the IZOD IndyCar Series season ended nearly three weeks ago. The California native has been busy travelling the country making sponsor appearances on behalf of Novo Nordisk.

Q. Have you had a chance to enjoy the "offseason" yet?

CHARLIE KIMBALL: With November being Diabetes Awareness Month, I'm always busy in November, but especially busy this year. Coming off the team's success with Scott (Dixon) getting the championship, we had a pretty big appearance for Cessna, as part of the Textron Companies' involvement with the team.  I also had a chance to talk at my high school, which was interesting. It was good to go back and see everyone. More ...

Red Bulls' Runaway Victory Could Be The Most Expensive Championship Ever  Four-time F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel’s "relentless pursuit of victory" could drive Red Bull "to the most expensive world championship win in the history of Formula One," according to Kevin Eason of the LONDON TIMES. Red Bull is expected to pick up an estimated £80M ($130M) prize, but the team faces a payout of up to £10M ($16M) in bonuses "to the best-rewarded staff in F1," and record fees to the FIA.

Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner is expected to "rubber-stamp bonus payments" to the team’s 550 staff of £10,000 ($16,000) each. Senior staff "are thought to have been paid up to four times more," and Vettel could receive more than £3M ($4.8M) "as a reward for his 11 race wins so far this season." More ...
French court orders Google to block Mosley 'orgy photos'  
Max Mosley
Google, the world's leading search engine, has been ordered by a French court to remove links to images of ex-F1 boss Max Mosley with prostitutes.

Google said the ruling "should worry all those who defend freedom of expression on the internet". It intends to appeal, French media say.

Mr. Mosley successfully sued the UK's now-defunct News of the World after it ran a story in 2008 claiming he had organized an orgy with Nazi overtones.

He won damages for breach of privacy. More ...

John Force Racing drivers Courtney, Brittany and John star in 'sexy' TV commercial  This commercial was produced by John Force Entertainment and stars John, Brittany and Courtney Force. Check out the System 51 Display at the World Finals in Pomona, CA November 7-10 next to the John Force Racing Midway. Enjoy the commercial!

IndyCar is going part-time  Let’s face it, IndyCar hangs on every year as a major league sport because of one, and only one event: the Indianapolis 500, [which is exactly what the Hulman-George family always wanted - the series cannot usurp the Indy 500 so keep it miniscule.]

With that said, just like so many other businesses are doing during this elongated recessional time, it looks like the Hulman family and IndyCar have decided to go the direction of an 18-race schedule that will last little more than 150 days.  At least the drivers and teams have a nice long offseason.  Yes, it appears that IndyCar is going part-time.

There will be no IndyCar race in Brazil for the condensed 2014 schedule. More ...

Red Bull boss Christian Horner dismisses reports he will replace Bernie  
Christian Horner has denied renewed rumors he is being lined up to replace F1’s under-pressure ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone.

The 83 year-old billionaire is fighting two court cases over the sale of Formula 1.

He was in the High Court on Wednesday, where German media company Constantin Medien argued Ecclestone was involved in deliberately undervaluing the sport when private equity fund CVC Capital Partners bought into the business in 2006. More ...

Rio Haryanto quickest on Day 2  Rio Haryanto topped the second day of post season testing at the Yas Marina Circuit. The Indonesian who switched to EQ8 Caterham Racing today set a laptime of 1:49.203 this evening. In the morning session, it was FIA Formula 3 European Champion Raffaele Marciello who led the way.

When the pitlane opened this morning, Stoffel Vandoorne (ART) was quick to set the early pace ahead of Rio Haryanto, the Indonesian driver having moved to Caterham for the day. Thirty minutes into the session however, it was Jolyon Palmer who topped the timesheet in 1:50.556 with the DAMS car. The Briton remained the fastest man on track until the final hour when Marciello broke under the 1m50s barrier with a laptime of 1:49.964. More ...
Charlotte close to selling out World of Outlaws final for fifth straight time  Charlotte Motor Speedway this week is close to selling out its fifth consecutive World of Outlaws World Finals. The three days of racing, which begins tomorrow at the speedway’s dirt track, will attract spectators from 50 states, seven Canadian provinces, Australia and other countries. The venue holds 14,000 spectators and more than 70% of spectators will be from outside North Carolina. A three-day ticket costs $94. CMS officials responded to the demand by expanding its fan zone 20% to 80,000 square feet this year. More than 25 companies will have displays near the pits, including Penske Shocks, Hoosier Tire and Roush Yates Performance. CMS also sold out six corporate suites.
Daly Confirmed for Final Day of GP2 Testing in Abu Dhabi  He stayed around the Yas Marina circuit after the final GP3 races just in case. There were to be three days of GP2 testing and American Conor Daly was eager to take part. Day three of the official test will see Daly aboard the French No. 3 ART Grand Prix car as he takes part in the team's 2014 test program. "I am happy to assist ART with their GP2 test program. It's hard to stand around without access to a car but it was well worth staying at the circuit to take advantage of this opportunity," said Daly. "My biggest issue will be that my suit will be smelly from a GP3 weekend of racing but I don't think anyone will mind." More ...
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Tesla posts $38 million third-quarter loss  Tesla Motors Inc. posted a net loss of $38 million on $431 million in revenue during the third quarter -- a steeper loss on slightly higher revenue than in the second quarter.

In the third quarter of 2012, when Tesla was just starting production of the Model S, the automaker lost $111 million on $50 million in revenue.

The electric vehicle maker said Tuesday it posted a gross profit of $102 million in the latest quarter before r&d and sales, general and administrative expenses were factored. More ...

Ganassi switches to Ford engines for sports cars (Update)  UPDATE Video of announcement - Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing announced plans and integration of the Ford EcoBoost power for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in 2014 at SEMA Tuesday:

11/05/13 Telcel/TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS), winner of seven of the last 10 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype Championships, will switch to the power and fuel-efficiency advantages of the new Ford EcoBoost sports car engine package starting next year.

The announcement was made Tuesday during the Ford press conference at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. More ...

Pro Mazda veteran Meyer signs with Team Moore  Team Moore Racing announced it has signed 21-year-old Canadian Zack Meyer to drive its No. 2 car in the 2014 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season.

"I am more than excited to be racing and be a part of Team Moore Racing for the 2014 season of Indy Lights," said Meyer, who finished sixth in the 2013 Pro Mazda Championship. "The atmosphere at the shop and around the team is exactly what a racecar driver needs to be focused and on point at all times. More ...

Hinchcliffe among nominees for SportsNet honor  
James Hinchcliffe
James Hinchcliffe draped the flag of Canada over his shoulders moments after arriving in Victory Circle on March 24 to celebrate his initial IZOD IndyCar Series victory in the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

It was a great start to the 2013 season for the Toronto native, who was entering his second season with Andretti Autosport.

A dramatic final-turn pass gave Hinchcliffe another victory five weeks later in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and he won for the third time on June 23 on the Iowa Speedway oval. More ...

Pirelli World Challenge Confirmed for 2014 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach  
Officials from the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, WC Vision and SCCA Pro Racing today announced the return of the Pirelli World Challenge Championships to the 2014 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

The race, which will feature the GT and GTS divisions of the Pirelli World Challenge, will take place Sunday afternoon, April 13, after the conclusion of the IndyCar Series race. More ...

Penske adds AutoZone sponsorship  Penske Racing announced today that AutoZone will join the organization as an associate sponsor for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

AutoZone and Penske Racing will embark on an extensive business-to-business relationship as the company’s logo will be prominently featured on the C-post of the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion driven by 2013 Chase driver Joey Logano beginning next season. AutoZone will also work with other Penske Racing partners to increase its presence in the racing community. In addition, the Memphis, Tenn.-based company will launch a marketing campaign focused around Penske Racing and Logano. More ...

Texas TV Ratings  ESPN's live telecast of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, Nov. 3, earned a 2.6 U.S. household rating, averaging 4,179,369 viewers, according to Nielsen Media. The rating and viewership rose from last years race, which earned a 2.5 rating with an average of 3,943,274 viewers. Of the seven races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup that have been run and telecast as scheduled, six have had ratings and viewership growth over last year. The opening race of the Chase at Chicagoland Speedway was delayed by rain. More ...
Rossi and Raffaele top Day 1 of post-season GP2 testing  
Alexander Rossi proving he has the speed for F1
F3 European champion Marciello Raffaele impressed on his first GP2 outing: the Italian set the best laptime of the day at the wheel of the Trident Racing car in a 1:49.811 in the evening session at Yas Marina Circuit. 2013 season best rookie Alexander Rossi was quickest in the morning session in his backmarker Caterham machine and then focused on long runs in the evening.

Just a couple of days after the checkered flag has dropped on the 2013 GP2 Series season, all thirteen teams stayed in Abu Dhabi for a three-day post-season test session, sharing the track time with GP3 Series cars. Pirelli have nominated Medium tires for all three days. More ...
Stoneman quickest on Day 1 of post-season testing  The 2013 GP3 race season may be over but the action resumed in Abu Dhabi with three days of post-season testing. Dean Stoneman who stormed to a podium in Sunday’s Race 2 at the Yas Marina Circuit led the way in both the morning and afternoon sessions with a best lap time of 1:55.829

Carlin’s Jan Mardenborough was first onto the track in the morning session which saw a full line-up of 27 cars taking part in the test. The British driver lapped in the 1m57’s with Adderly Fong (Koiranen GP) topping the timesheets early on. There was a short delay covered by the red flags when David Fumanelli made light contact with the barrier at Turn 8 in the Jenzer Motorsport car. More ...
track news
Iowa Speedway explains reduced 2014 race schedule  Iowa Speedway became a popular stop of NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series during the past two seasons as drivers praised the character of the track and appreciated the chance to play a starring role twice a season in Newton.

But after pressing the pedal the past two years with five major circuit race weekends, Iowa Speedway is dialing it down to three next season when the trucks make just one appearance in Newton, sharing a July 12-13 weekend with IndyCar. More ...

Formula E CEO Enthused Over Hong Kong's Addition As Venue  
Alejandro Agag
Spanish Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag is "so enamored" with Hong Kong that when he heard the city "wanted to become part of the inaugural FIA Formula E world championship, he had no hesitation in bumping off another city already penciled in, and inviting 'Asia's World City' to join the 10-race street series," according to Alvin Sallay of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST.

Agag: "Hong Kong was a last-minute inclusion in our provisional calendar. They only confirmed they wanted to host a leg a couple of weeks before we announced the 10 cities in late September, but we had no hesitation in accepting them." Rome, Rio de Janeiro and Bangkok had been on the "original list, but when Formula E released its provisional calendar for the series starting in Beijing next September, they had been replaced by the glamorous harbor of Monte Carlo, Uruguay's picturesque beach resort of Punte del Este and Hong Kong." More ...
F1 news in brief - Wednesday  
  • Happy times at Ferrari for Raikkonen in 2007.  But now that they are becoming backmarkers?
    Alonso's Pirelli criticism 'very nervous' - chairman
  • Vettel tells Newey to forget yachting
  • Record-breaker Chilton 'likely' to stay at Marussia
  • Raikkonen already regretting Ferrari return - pundit

Alonso's Pirelli criticism 'very nervous' - chairman
(GMM)  Pirelli chairman Marco Tronchetti Provera has hit back at Fernando Alonso's criticism of the Italian marque's F1 tires in 2013.

Spaniard Alonso, the highest paid and arguably most highly rated and influential driver on the grid, recently slammed the questionable "quality" of this year's Pirellis. More ...

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