USF2000 Revises 2011 Schedule Officials of the "Cooper Tires Presents the USF2000 National Championship Powered by Mazda" announced today that they have removed a July 30-31 doubleheader at the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Ill. from the series' 2011 schedule.
Dan Andersen, the series' promoter, said he does not anticipate adding another doubleheader to the schedule as a replacement, so the series' 2011 schedule now stands at 12 races over seven events.
"The Autobahn race organizers were unable to obtain enough sponsorship to ensure the event's success, so that date has been dropped from our 2011 schedule," Andersen said.
GE to buy 12,000 Chevy Volts General Electric will convert half its 30,000 worldwide fleet of vehicles to electrics, including purchasing 12,000 cars from GM beginning with the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, the company said today.
In all, the Fairfield, Conn.-based company, which makes charging stations, will purchase 25,000 plug-in electric cars by 2015, adding electric vehicles from other automakers as they expand their lineup of battery-powered cars
The first Volts start rolling off the assembly line at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant this month. In its first year, GM plans to sell only 10,000 Volts, eventually expanding production to 45,000 in 2012. A GM spokesman said this morning that it won't ramp up production further to fill GE's order. GE will receive its first 1,000 Volts in mid to late 2011 with 2,000 to 3,000 more arriving each following year until 2015, GM said. The automaker wouldn't release details about how much GE is paying for the bulk fleet order or the shipping costs.
Ferrari signs two year Formula 1 sponsor agreement with Kaspersky Lab Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content and threat management solutions, announces its plans to partner the Scuderia Ferrari Formula One team in 2011 and 2012. At the final F1 Grand Prix of the 2010 season in Abu Dhabi the company is set to unveil its official sponsorship of the world-famous racing team for the forthcoming two years.
As well as deciding the final standings of the 2010 F1 World Championship, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will also be the setting for an announcement by Kaspersky Lab regarding its plans for a high-level partnership deal with Scuderia Ferrari – one of the racing world's leading teams.
Villeneuve honored in Canada's Sports Hall of Fame Last night Jacques Villeneuve was honored for his racing achievements and career success, when the popular French-Canadian racing driver was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.
The 2010 Induction Gala was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Calgary, and entering the Sports Hall alongside the 1997 Formula One World Champion were hockey legend Patrick Roy, freestyle skier sensation Jean-Luc Brassard, wheelchair racer Chantal Petitclerc, speed skating / cycling Olympian Clara Hughes, and Olympic gymnast Kyle Shewfelt.
Danica gets Kanaan's sponsor 7-Eleven announced that it would be ending its sponsorship of IZOD IndyCar Series driver Tony Kanaan after eight years as Kanaan and Andretti Autosport have parted ways.
Instead, they’d just continue their relationship as an associate sponsor to Kanaan’s teammate Danica Patrick.
7-Eleven has had a relationship with Patrick since she joined Andretti Autosport in 2006 and signed an associate sponsor agreement in November 2009.
If you are putting your sponsorship through budget cutting, then it’s best to align yourself with the driver who’ll bring you the most publicity.
Patrick would seem to be the one you’d want to go with as she is seen as the sports’ most popular driver, attracting to both IndyCar Series and NASCAR fans. She’s also got looks that young males love so therefore it’d allow them to attract the target market that they’re looking for.
Lotus team to use pull-rod suspension in 2011 Lotus Racing have recently announced a switch of suppliers for both their engine and their drivetrain packages after feeling disappointed with the performance of the current package. The Lotus 2011 car will therefore be powered by a Renault engine fitted to a Red Bull Racing gearbox.
When talking to Red Bull's website, Mike Gascoyne explained the decision to go for the Red Bull gearbox as being very straightforward:
MIS improvements for 2011 A number of enhancements to Michigan International Speedway’s LED scoreboard will begin this week, continuing the track’s firm commitment to give fans the very best race experience each time they visit the Irish Hills for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
The scoreboard, the first of its kind in motorsports when it was installed in 2008, will receive a makeover. One of the most noticeable changes will be an increase in the overall height of the scoreboard from 108-feet tall to nearly 155-feet tall, a difference of 47 feet.
SPEED Live from Historic F1 Finale Bob Varsha is hosting SPEED’s live coverage of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Sunday at 7:30 ET) as, for the first time in the sport’s 60-year history, four drivers are in contention to win the FIA Formula One World Championship heading into the final race of the season.
“It’s just a spectacular way to end what has been a surprising season,” Varsha said. “We’ve had a record-tying number of drivers leading the points and it will be incredibly exciting to see how (Fernando) Alonso deals with the Red Bull teammates … and it will be equally thrilling to see how the Red Bull teammates deal with each other.
No McLaren race drivers for first Pirelli test (GMM) McLaren will be the only top team not deploying at least one of its race drivers for next week's first Pirelli tire test in Abu Dhabi.
"I wanted to do the test, but the team said 'really we don't think it's the right time for you to be testing the tires because they're going to change a lot'," Jenson Button told reporters at the Yas Marina circuit on Thursday.
Button said McLaren's first "serious testing" with the 2011 tires will therefore occur only after the MP4-25's successor is launched.
Lewis Hamilton will also not be testing on 19-20 November, with Gary Paffett and Oliver Turvey to drive the 2010 car instead.
Superleague Formula to go to Wales Chris van der Drift will take to the streets in Wales this weekend for the Superleague Formula when he demos the Liverpool FC car in Cardiff. His run across the Cardiff Bay Barrage is set to be a highlight of the World Rally Championship street show, the 750bhp, V12-powered single seater blasting from the Penarth end to the Port and back on Saturday evening.
van der Drift was a challenger for this season’s title until suffering a massive accident at Brands Hatch on August 1.
While his Olympiacos club went on to finish fourth in the standings with the help of Ben Hanley and Neel Jani, the Kiwi was sidelined for half the year before returning from injury for the final round in Spain. SF has done a number of urban demos this season, with similar ones in Assen, Liverpool and Portimao.
DRIVERS: Fernando ALONSO (Ferrari) Lewis HAMILTON (McLaren) Nico HÜLKENBERG (Williams) Sebastian VETTEL (Red Bull) Mark WEBBER (Red Bull)
PRESS CONFERENCE Q: A question to all the championship contenders. How do you approach this race? Do you approach it tactically, just to win, or does the approach evolve during the weekend? Lewis, from your point of view I guess it is relatively simple? Lewis HAMILTON: For me, I have nothing to lose. The guys in front of me have everything to lose, so for me I am going to be flat out as always. They have got generally faster cars than me but that doesn’t mean that we cannot fight for a win. Obviously I have to win this race. That’s what we plan to do. Sebastian VETTEL: Yeah, I am in a little bit of a similar situation to Lewis. It is pretty easy. Some 40 years ago, or a bit more, a Formula One driver said that in these races there is no tactics, the only tactic is to go flat out. The approach hasn’t changed for the last couple of races and, for myself at least, it will not change here. It is a long weekend and we try to do our best and ideally try to put us in a similar situation as in Korea and the last race and then we see.
Wilson to stay with Dreyer & Reinbold Justin and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing announced today that they will continue their successful partnership in the IZOD IndyCar Series.
In their first year together, Justin and DRR scored two podiums (runner-up at St. Petersburg and Long Beach), a further six top-10 finishes and the team's second pole position (Toronto). Justin is looking to build on that momentum as the team prepares for another fiercely competitive season of IndyCar racing.
"It's really exciting to be back with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing," said Justin. "We put some strong foundations in place in 2010 and we've got big ambitions for 2011. Agreeing things early means we can work hard on building our program during the off-season and hit the ground running next year."
Daly tests Indy Lights with Andretti Autosports Conor Daly spent the day, Wednesday November 10th, at Putnam Park road course behind the wheel of an Andretti Autosport prepared Indy Lights car. "Although it was a late decision", said JF Thorman, Managing Director, Andretti Autosport, "after a mighty impressive 2010 season in Star Mazda we wanted to give him a run in our Lights car as soon as the opportunity presented itself".
Daly completed 225 trouble free miles as he worked through a variety of set ups. "I want to stay active in as many race cars as possible now that the race season is over", said Daly. "Andretti Autosport is an impressive winning team and I want to thank them for this awesome opportunity".
Daly will travel back to Europe in December to attend the Autosport Awards where he will be presented with the 18th annual Gorsline Scholarship by British racing legend, Sir Sterling Moss.
Q & A with Mike Helton NASCAR president Mike Helton attended Halifax Health Medical Center's 10th anniversary Speediatrics celebration Wednesday. Before the celebration, Helton answered questions about the current issues in NASCAR .
Is NASCAR still reevaluating the Sprint Cup Series Chase playoff format?
'We do that each year. This year we have some different twists and angles we're looking at, as well as some of the angles we have looked at in the past. But we are pretty much committed to this season before we get too deep into any more conversations about it (changing the format). After the next couple of weeks are done, we'll back to it. There is still things we are looking at."
Sam Schmidt Motorsports moves into Tony George's former shop The Sam Schmidt Motorsports race team recently moved to a race shop on Coffman Road, near Georgetown Road. Team officials said they’ll increase its work force from 12 to 40 employees by 2012.
Team owner Sam Schmidt said he was initially attracted to the shop, previously occupied by Vision Racing, because of its location and potential.
Vision Racing, which was founded in 2007 by former Indianapolis Motor Speedway CEO Tony George, shut down last year.
Die-hard NASCAR fans skew early HOF survey With the half-year mark in the rearview mirror, the NASCAR Hall of Fame is collecting data that points to impressive customer service and satisfied patrons. Survey results were gathered from more than 3,200 visitors who have experienced the NASCAR Hall of Fame since its May 11 grand opening, and the new Charlotte attraction is earning high marks on features like quality of exhibits and artifacts and economic impact.
Among many encouraging results, 84% of visitors to the venue are coming from at least 50 miles away, staying for approximately 2.1 days and traveling with a party size of 3.5 guests. True die-hard NASCAR fans that will do anything, go anywhere for NASCAR. Even more encouraging, 57% of respondents say they’re making the trip primarily to visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame. That’s a significant visitation indicator since the economic impact of these visitors is approximately $191 per person per day – nearly double what Charlotte typically sees from leisure travelers.
Danica mania about to hit Phoenix International Raceway On the eve of her first Valley race in five years, Danica Patrick admits NASCAR has been more difficult than she expected, yet is less stressful than the IndyCar series where she gained national fame.
"Yes, it has been a little more difficult than I thought it would be," Patrick said in an interview with The Republic before Saturday's Wypall 200 Nationwide series event at Phoenix International Raceway.
"But, there have been times when it's been easier, like, 'OK! Why can't that happen every time?'"
The Scottsdale resident's great adventure into stock car racing, however, has been more rough road than paved highway.
Cosworth welcomes Marussia Motors investment in Virgin Racing As a key client of Cosworth, Marussia Motors’ investment in the Virgin Racing Formula One team, announced today, has been warmly welcomed by the British-based international engineering group.
Cosworth has been working with Marussia since mid-2009, developing powertrain systems for its range of road cars, starting with the Marussia B1 and B2, which made their debuts at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year and were revealed to invited guests at this year’s Monaco Grand Prix in May.
Deliveries of the Cosworth-developed V6 turbo Marussia B1 engine and 6-speed paddleshift operated automatic transmission commenced this autumn with production at Marussia’s Moscow factory coordinated closely with Cosworth.
SCCA Pro Racing President and CEO Wildberger Resigns SCCA Pro Racing’s Board of Directors announced today that current SCCA Pro Racing President and CEO Bob Wildberger will be resigning his position, effective January 17, 2011.
Wildberger has served as the SCCA Pro Racing president and CEO since December of 2006.
“My tenure as president and CEO of SCCA Pro Racing has been an opportunity of a lifetime,” Wildberger said. “I thank the Board of Directors for their vote of confidence allowing me to lead the revitalization and growth of Pro. In just four years we have more than doubled the number of Pro sanctioned race series and put the company on a sound financial footing – poised for continued growth into the future. I have decided to pursue new challenges and a new chapter in my life. My experience and successes at Pro will prove invaluable.”
Chicagoland to sell single event tickets Chicagoland Speedway today announced a new ticketing strategy that will see it sell single-event tickets for the first time. The track previously sold only ticket packages that included tickets to all of its events from IndyCar to NASCAR to Nationwide races. Fans in '11 will be able to purchase tickets for single events like the Sept. 18 Sprint Cup Series race. Tickets for the Sprint Cup race will start at $55.
The track also plans to widen the space of its entire bench-seating area next spring. The widening will reduce capacity of Chicagoland by a couple of thousand seats. It currently seats 70,000 spectators.
NASCAR Texas TV RatingsUPDATE ESPN’s live telecast of the AAA Texas 500 on Sunday drew a final 2.9 national rating, down 22 percent from the 3.7 rating on ABC last year for the November race from Texas Motor Speedway. Despite Denny Hamlin winning the race to take over the points lead in the Chase For The Sprint Cup and a fight between Jeff Gordon and Jeff Burton, ESPN’s ratings during the Chase continued a sharp decline. Ratings for all races in the 2010 Chase have been down, with six of the eight having dropped more than 20 percent. The race averaged 4.85 million viewers.
11/09/10 The AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway earned a 2.7 with a 5 share televised on ESPN. That is down 16% from last year's 3.2/6 which aired on ABC. AND ESPN's live telecast of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, Nov. 7, earned a final national household coverage rating of 3.4 (2.9 U.S.), averaging 4,845,820 viewers, according to the Nielsen Company. Last year's race aired on ABC and earned a 3.7 rating (5.83 million viewers). ESPN2's live telecast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Texas on Saturday, Nov. 6, earned a 1.1 final national household coverage rating, up from a 0.9 for last year's race that also aired on ESPN2. ESPN PR
Roush impounds Petty cars Eight Richard Petty Motorsports Fords scheduled to compete this weekend at Phoenix international Raceway remain at Texas Motor Speedway today, waiting to be paid for so they can be released to travel to PIR. Reliable sources tell Sirius Speedway that as of 1:00 pm/et today, the cars sit on an unmarked, white Roush Fenway Racing transporter in a parking lot at Texas Motor Speedway. Alongside sit the respective Richard Petty Motorsports transporters, empty and waiting for permission to load the cars and begin their drive from Fort Worth to Avondale, Arizona.
"The plan was to take RPM's Phoenix cars to Texas and hold them there until the check cleared," said a source close to the situation, speaking on the condition on anonymity. "The money was supposed to be there Monday, but that didn't happen. It didn't happen again yesterday, and everyone's still there today, on hold. Everyone knew this was going to happen before they left for Texas. Our hands are tied and there's nothing we can do but wait."
Diverse lineup highlights Honda Indy Toronto The 2011 Honda Indy Toronto will celebrate the 25th anniversary of racing on the streets of Toronto with a diverse slate of racing. Ontario's largest annual sporting event will feature the highest levels of IndyCar, stock car, touring car and, for the first time, exotic car racing from July 8-10.
"Fans appreciate diversity, accessibility and quality in our weekend schedule," said Charlie Johnstone, vice president and general manager for Honda Indy Toronto. "We could not hope for a better lineup to celebrate 25 years of racing on the streets of Toronto."
Saavedra to join Guerrero for Baja 1000 Roberto Guerrero will celebrate his 52nd birthday Nov. 16 with a close circle of friends - all of whom will begin competition two days later in the 43rd Baja 1000.
The 15-time Indianapolis 500 starter (runner-up in 1987) will mark his sixth time participating in the race along the rugged long-distance desert course that begins in Ensenada (south of Tijuana) and finishes in La Paz, Mexico. IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights competitor Sebastian Saavedra, five-time Indy 500 starter Davy Jones, Marco Guerrero and Mike Cassling will form the team in the Baja Challenge class.
"I was invited to do it in 2000, which was the Baja 2000 (2,000 miles)," Guerrero said. "It was a great challenge and a lot of fun and I have done it most years ever since. We'll be racing with Wide Open Baja and they do a great job with the whole logistics, preparation of the cars and chase crews."
Challenge of Ironman World Championship 70.3 up next for Meira: Vitor Meira will plunge into the 64-degree Gulf of Mexico about 6:50 a.m. Nov. 13 for a 1.2-mile swim. He'll then efficiently transition to his bike for a 56-mile ride in and around Clearwater, Fla., and return to Pier 60 to shed his helmet and set off on a 13.1-mile run on a course that includes a 12 percent grade. All of his own accord.
The IZOD IndyCar Series driver is looking forward to the Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 adventure alongside more than 1,800 professionals and fellow amateurs.
"This was actually on my bucket list," said Meira, who was invited to participate in May. "I'm really honored to accept this invitation to participate in the World Championship 70.3. Not only is the training part of what I do for racing, the running, biking and all the preparation, but I also always like it. It's going to be a cool experience."
GP3 champ graduates to GP2 in 2011 GP3 champion Esteban Gutierrez will graduate to GP2 with the Lotus ART team next year.
The 19-year-old Mexican dominated the inaugural GP3 series with ART this season, and team boss Frederic Vasseur said keeping him on board was an easy decision.
"After our title in the GP3 Series, this is the logical next step to make with Esteban and I'm delighted our collaboration will bring him to the best F1 feeder series, the GP2 championship," said Vasseur. "Esteban is an extremely talented driver and despite his young age, is also very mature. He is an easy-going person and everyone at the Lotus ART team enjoys working with him and we look forward to racing with him again next season."
Racing leaders headline PRI roundtable Leaders from around the world of motorsports in a variety of facets will convene to discuss and provide insight to the challenges and changing trends of the sport at the PRI Trade Show Industry Roundtable, Wed., December 8 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
The annual Industry Roundtable is one of a variety of events open to attendees of the 23rd Annual PRI Trade Show, which will run from Dec. 9-11 in Orlando. There is no cost for credentialed attendees.
Among those headlining the Industry Roundtable are:
Cosworth Group provides engineering edge to the fastest car on earth Cosworth Group will call on its aerospace, automotive and motorsport expertise to provide unique technology to support the BLOODHOUND SSC – a car which will travel faster than a bullet in an attempt to break the world land speed record in 2012.
Cosworth Group’s advanced electronics and high performance engine technologies will feature in the world’s ultimate racing car, which is powered by two engines and a rocket, to reach a top speed of 1050mph.
Cosworth Group’s data electronics, which are used in a wide range of highly demanding applications from aerobatics planes and racing cars to wind turbines and sailing boats, will be incorporated into the BLOODHOUND SSC to gather data which will help to control the vehicle and understand its performance.
Virgin Racing Welcomes QNet into F1 Virgin Racing is delighted to announce a new long term partnership with International Direct Selling Company QNet, commencing with effect from this weekend’s 2010 Formula One season finale in Abu Dhabi. The QNet brand will feature on Timo Glock and Lucas di Grassi’s racewear and the sidepods of their Virgin Racing VR-01 race cars as they race from dusk through to night, under the lights of the Yas Marina Circuit.
QNet, a leader in Direct Selling in Asia and with a significant presence in the Middle East is the flagship subsidiary of the QI Group of Companies, an international conglomerate headquartered in Hong Kong. QNet distributes a wide range of wellness and lifestyle products and services through its cutting edge e-commerce platform to millions of customers worldwide. For QNet, which has been involved with motorsport through its sponsorship of teams in the Formula BMW, Formula V6 and the GP2 Asia series from 2004 to 2009, the move to Formula One is a natural progression, ensuring exposure for the brand on a global stage, in one of the most prestigious sporting arenas.
Bank of Moscow not new Renault F1 sponsor (GMM) The branding of the Bank of Moscow will feature on the Renault R30 cars this weekend in Abu Dhabi.
The news would seem to be a further boost to Russian driver Vitaly Petrov's hopes of retaining his race seat with the Enstone based team in 2011.
The bank, with a red and black logo to feature on the nose and the turning vanes, is partially owned by the Russian capital as well as the energy company Mosenergo, oil companies Surgutneftegaz and Lukoil and investment banks Bear Stearns and Goldman Sachs.
But in fact, Renault does not have a new sponsor.
Due to the anti-alcohol advertising laws in Abu Dhabi, the branding of Renault's Russian sponsor Flagman is not allowed on the cars this weekend.
Kovalainen to sit out Friday practice at finale (GMM) Heikki Kovalainen will sit out this weekend's initial Friday practice session in Abu Dhabi.
The Finn will defer to Malaysian team Lotus Racing's Kuala Lumpur born test driver Fairuz Fauzy, who has had a similar role at a few other grands prix this season.
"The real challenge for me is to try and push on what will be a very green track," said the 28-year-old.
The similarly-aged Kovalainen, however, is set to re-sign with the team for 2011, after recently staying with team boss Tony Fernandes in Malaysia and even buying $150,000 in shares of his AirAsia airline.
Lotus is currently locked in a bitter naming dispute with the separate Group Lotus, but Fernandes insisted the team is looking fervently at stepping up in 2011.
"We went about our business in our own unassuming way, letting our actions speak louder than our words, and we will continue to do just that," he said.
And Kovalainen insisted that the Abu Dhabi finale is one final fling before "focusing entirely on next year".
GM announces 3rd quarter results General Motors Company today announced that for the third quarter ending September 30, 2010, the company generated:
Revenue of $34.1 billion
Net income attributable to common stockholders of $2.0 billion
Earnings per share on a fully diluted basis and adjusted for 3-1 stock split of $1.20
Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) of $2.3 billion
Net cash flow from operating activities of $2.6 billion
Free cash flow of $1.4 billion
“As demonstrated by our third consecutive quarter of profitability and positive cash flow, these results continue our significant progress,” said Chris Liddell, vice chairman and chief financial officer.
Schumacher eager for Abu Dhabi debut The final race of the 2010 Formula One World Championship takes place at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi this coming weekend, Formula One's only twilight race with the floodlights allowing the race to start at 5 pm local time.
This may be the second running of this event, but for seven time world champion it will be a new challenge and the perfect way to finish off his return season to the pinnacle of Motorsports with the Mercedes Grand Prix team. Michael’s strong race at the Brazilian Grand Prix last weekend gives him added confidence ahead of this event and he is hoping that this impressive venue will see his best performance of the year.
Edmonton IndyCar race could be resurrected The Edmonton City council is fighting to keep the IndyCar race alive after its stupid decision regarding the City Centre airport track caused the race to be cancelled reports the Edmonton Journal.
In a meeting Tuesday night, council put forward a motion instructing city administration to leave no stone unturned in their efforts to restart the Indy's engine.
"It instructed the administration to talk to Octane and negotiate as vigorously as possible to allow the Indy to continue," said Bryan Anderson, Ward 9 councilor.
The fate of the IndyCar Racing event has looked grim since negotiations between the city and Octane Racing Group turned sour in late October.
In July, council approved $5.5 million in funding for the Indy over the next three years, as well as $1.5 million in transit and emergency services.
However, the two sides couldn't agree on how to cover an additional $3 million in costs, which arose from the need to move the race to the east side of the City Centre Airport.
Jeroen Bleekemolen and Bertrand Baguette to represent Belgium Jeroen Bleekemolen and Bertrand Baguette will compete for Team Benelux at this month’s Race of Champions after winning a public vote to decide the most popular drivers from The Netherlands and Belgium.
After over 10,000 votes were cast, Bleekemolen came out on top of the Dutch poll, pipping rivals Tom Coronel and Robert Doornbos.
For Belgium, Baguette was the winner over François Duval and Eric van de Poele.
The duo join a dazzling ROC 2010 line-up that includes seven-time F1 world champion Michael Schumacher, seven-time world rally champion Sébastien Loeb and 2010 F1 title contender Sebastian Vettel.
Petty team saved.....for now?UPDATE The situation at Richard Petty Motorsports remains tenuous at best, despite reports to the contrary. Last week team officials said everything was set for this weekend's Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway as well as the season finale the following week. But five truck drivers remained in Fort Worth at Texas Motor Speedway waiting for the call as to whether they were heading west to the next race or back to the shop in the east as of Tuesday evening. The organization has been in limbo as team owner George Gillett is still reeling from the financial hit he took Oct. 15 when the English soccer team he co-owned -- Liverpool Football Club -- was taken over.
RPM had planned to run two cars next season with AJ Allmendinger and Marcos Ambrose. However, until money can be secured to settle the current debts at RPM, it's uncertain how much longer the organization will be around. Sources told FOXSports.com that Richard Petty, the team's namesake, was in talks with Andrew Murstein, President of Medallion Financial Group, in a bid to gain financial control of the company from Gillett.
Knaus to blame if Johnson loses titleUPDATE #2 | Chad Knaus comments about pit crew swap: COMMENT ON THE DECISION TO MOVE FORWARD THE REMAINDER OF THE YEAR WITH THE 24 AND 48 SWAPPING CREWS: Knaus "Yea, you know. It's a difficult decision for sure. There's always emotions involved but I think the thing that everybody has to realize is when we set up this team it was a one team situation. That's what we are and we always have been. We've had crew members from the 24 pit the 48, we've had crew members and mechanics on the 48 pit the 24. It's always been like that and we're going to continue to work that way. We set it up at the beginning of the year that we were going to have five or six tire changers, we were going to have three or four jackmen for the 24 and the 48 and that was explained to the guys at the beginning of the year and everyone understands that and that's the way it is." YOU SAID ON SUNDAY THAT YOU WANTED TO GET YOUR GUYS BACK HOME AND REGROUP. HOW DID YOU COME TO THE DECISION TO MAKE THE CHANGE? Knaus "It was obviously a collective decision. We got everybody involved, Stevie (Letarte) and myself initially. We actually talked about it Sunday night quite a bit on the flight home from Texas. We had a couple of hours there where we could run through some ideas and how we wanted to approach it. We felt like it was a good thing for the 48 obviously. And it could be a definite positive for the 24 as well. We got the drivers involved. We got Mr. (Rick) Hendrick and Mr. Carlson (Marshall Carlson, President, Hendrick Motorsports) involved and we discussed it and came up with a choice. And then we got the guys together and we discussed it with them and they all bought into it 100% and there's a lot of positive in it to be honest." Team Lowe's
Despite a difficult qualifying which left Fernando Alonso down on the third row of the grid in fifth place, the Spaniard produced another solid performance in Brazil on Sunday, to do what he has always said was required if he is to win the Drivers’ championship and finished on the podium in third place. He has also been proved right in the statement he has stuck with for almost half a season now, namely that the maths would only be done at the very final race in Abu Dhabi. Now, just seven days on from the Sao Paolo race, that time has come and every member of Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro knows what it must do.
“We must do the maximum we can,” said Team Principal Stefano Domenicali before leaving Brazil. “It’s clear that at this point we still haven’t achieved the most difficult part of all but we will do everything that we can until the very end.”
Despite odds, Hamilton not ready to throw in the towel Lewis Hamilton has admitted he would love to see Mark Webber emerge victorious in this year's Formula One World title race if he cannot claim the championship for himself.
Hamilton needs a win in Abu Dhabi on Sunday and at the same time must hope Ferrari star Fernando Alonso fails to score and Red Bull duo Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel do not secure the few points they would need.
It is no wonder Hamilton is a 100/1 outsider with most bookmakers as only a remarkable final day will see him crowned Champion again.
NASCAR fines Kyle Busch $25,000 for giving official The Finger Kyle Busch was fined $25,000 by NASCAR on Tuesday for his obscene gesture, and the driver again apologized for losing his temper.
Busch was also placed on probation through Dec. 31-- the same day as his wedding -- for what NASCAR called unsportsmanlike conduct in Sunday's race at Texas Motor Speedway.
"I lost my cool, plain and simple," Busch said in a statement. "It's not acceptable, and I know that. I apologize to NASCAR, its fans, all the partners who support Joe Gibbs Racing, and all the people who work so hard to give me a racecar that's capable of winning races every week. All of those people deserve better from me, and I owe it to them to keep my emotions in check."
Weekly NASCAR Cheating report On November 9, 2010, the National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel heard and considered the appeal of the #46 Whitney Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team. The penalties concern Section 12-1 of the NASCAR Rule Book "Actions detrimental to stock car racing"; Section 12-4-J: "Any determination by NASCAR Officials that the Race Equipment used in the Event does not conform to NASCAR Rules"; and Section 20-2.3A: "Unapproved added weight location and unapproved added weight. Lower A-frames were filled with weight pellets." This stemmed from opening day inspection for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Talladega Superspeedway on October 29, 2010. The penalties assessed were:
Lorenzo tops MotoGP test Less than 48 hours after the conclusion of the 2010 MotoGP season the 2011 preparations began at Valencia on Tuesday. Valentino Rossi completed his first day in action at Ducati in black and yellow. The Italian saw his Yamaha team-mate Lorenzo finish on top of the time sheets.
The 2010 World Champion was quickest ahead of Casey Stoner (Honda) and new Yamaha team-mate Ben Spies. Valentino Rossi made his much-awaited Ducati debut, whilst British rookie Cal Crutchlow continued his adaptation to MotoGP.
Assuming top spot on the timesheet at the Ricardo Tormo circuit as he had done on the podium on Sunday was factory Yamaha rider and 2010 World Champion Jorge Lorenzo, who led the 17-strong field of riders with a best time of 1’32.012 from 48 laps on his M1 machine – a little over two-tenths of a second off Casey Stoner’s pole position time from the weekend.
Stupid Red Bull would rather lose than use teamwork Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz has said he would rather both of his drivers’ miss out on the F1 drivers’ title this year and lose ‘under the correct circumstances’, than resort to Ferrari tactics and the imposition of team orders.
Red Bull Racing have tried to maintain a policy of equality throughout the season - albeit not always successfully - and yesterday Team Principal Christian Horner said it would be up to the drivers’ to decide if they help one another in Abu Dhabi.
Now Mateschitz has reiterated that the Milton Keynes-based outfit will not manipulate the result of this weekend’s season finale.
Chevy see value in NASCAR despite plummeting attendance, ratings Chevrolet has already clinched the Sprint Cup manufacturers title, re-signed Earnhardt Ganassi Racing and fields two of three drivers vying for the Cup title. But maybe more importantly, the car manufacturer has seen an increase in the value of its sponsorship during a time of declining television ratings and attendance.
“NASCAR provides scale and reach to the public for us to have a marketing opportunity,” said Chevy Racing Manager Terry Dolan on Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway. “While it’s true that ratings and attendance have been impacted, our actual connectivity with the consumers, … the amount of consumers that connect with us looking for additional product information, our numbers are actually up year over year.
Bowyer and Dillon on The Price is Right NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Clint Bowyer and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie Austin Dillon speed into THE PRICE IS RIGHT for a special NASCAR-themed episode, Monday, Nov. 15 (11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, ET; 10:00-11:00 AM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. Bowyer and Dillon will present two NASCAR-themed showcases, featuring a trip North Carolina to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, a trip to Miami to see the season-ending races in all three National Series at the end of November and a Chevy Impala LS.
Jeffrey Earnhardt Set For Rolex 24 Debut Ten years after his grandfather and uncle scored a podium finish in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, fourth-generation driver Jeffrey Earnhardt will make his debut in America's premier sports car race.
Earnhardt, Stanton Barrett and Kevin O'Connell will be part of a NASCAR-flavored driver lineup in a Porsche fielded by Rick Ware Racing in the Jan. 29-30 event at Daytona International Speedway.
The race will mark the 10th anniversary of Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jr. co-driving in the Rolex 24, when they finished fourth overall and second in the GTS class in a Corvette. The 21-year-old son of NASCAR veteran Kerry Earnhardt, Jeffrey Earnhardt plans to drive for Rick Ware Racing in the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season.
Force India young driver test lineup The Force India F1 Team today announced its driver line-up for the young driver test on 16 and 17 November 2010 at the Yas Marina circuit, Abu Dhabi. Dutchman Yelmer Buurman and Portuguese Antonio Felix da Costa will share driving duties of the VJM03 with test and reserve driver Paul di Resta.
For Yelmer and Antonio this will be their first taste of an F1 car and an opportunity to gain experience of top flight motorsport.
Twenty-three year old Yelmer has competed in the Superleague Formula, in which he finished second overall in 2008, and in the GP2 Winter Series with Trust Team Arden as team-mate of Sebastien Buemi, stepping onto the podium several times. He started his racing career in the German-based Formula Konig series in 2002 before moving to compete in Formula Renault championships across Europe from 2003 to 2005. He secured third position in the 2003 Formula Renault 2000 UK Winter Championship and also the 2004 Renault 2000 series in his native Holland. In 2005 Yelmer made the step to British F3, participating in two races before a full championship campaign in 2006. That same year he also raced in the Macau Grand Prix, finishing eighth. After a handful of F3 Euroseries races in 2006 Yelmer contested the championship in 2007, before graduating to GP2 and the Superleague Formula in 2008 and 2009 where he did several races with Ocean, building a strong relationship with Tiago Monteiro.
Road America ALMS race returns to 4-hour format The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n announced today that its race at Road America originally scheduled for Sunday, August 21 is now set for Saturday, August 20. As a result, the Series’ 10th annual stop in Elkhart Lake, Wis., will revert back to a four-hour format instead of two hours, 45 minutes as originally announced.
“The ALMS is endurance racing at its finest.” said Road America President and GM George Bruggenthies. “It just makes sense that this premier sports car series should have the chance to stretch its legs a little on one of America’s most storied road courses. But most importantly, it is something that our fans have asked for, so we are delighted to bring back the four-hour race to our 2011 schedule. The fans have always appreciated the sophisticated race cars and the excitement that the ALMS’ multiple classes provide along with that spectacular sunset finish.”
F1 finale sold out Tickets for the 2010 Formula 1TM Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix have sold out three days before the race weekend begins. With all seats sold, the final race of the F1 season will take place in front of a capacity crowd.
“We are delighted to have sold out all our tickets for the second year running,” said Richard Cregan, Chief Executive Officer of Yas Marina Circuit. “Our inaugural event last year also sold out, and we worked hard to create an attractive package which we believe will result in a fantastic experience for our fans.
Kia Motors Posts 22.7% Global Sales Growth in October Kia Motors Corporation announced its global sales figures for passenger cars (export sales, domestic sales and sales from overseas plants), recreational vehicles (RVs) and commercial vehicles for October 2010, recording a total of 182,288 units sold. This figure represents a year-on-year increase of 22.7%. In October, Kia posted year-on-year sales increases in all regions of the world – 36.8% in North America (35,687 units sold), 30.0% in general markets (38,498 units sold), 25.0% in China (31,124 units sold), 19.8% in Korea (43,147 units sold) and 5.9% in Europe (33,832 units sold).
Comcast Still Expect Year-End Close For NBC Deal [Editor's Note: IndyCar hopes that if this deal goes through Comcast will put the NBC name on Versus and make it into a direct competitor to ESPN. Short of that IndyCar will be mired in obscurity on Versus, a channel very few people watch.] Comcast, which today reported an 8.2% drop in third-quarter profit, said it continues to expect to close its takeover of NBC Universal by the end of the year. The FCC earlier this month asked Comcast and NBC for additional documents and details about their businesses as Washington regulators pore over the deal valued at roughly $13.75 billion in cash and assets.
Here is what Brian Roberts said on a conference call about the NBC Universal deal, according to a real-time transcript from Thomson Reuters:
“On NBC Universal, the regulatory reviews are continuing and we believe they are on track to enable us to close by the end of this year. The integration of NBC Universal is a huge task and I am delighted that Steve Burke will become the new CEO of NBC Universal upon closing. Over the past 11 months, Steve has been spending a lot of time planning so we can hit the ground running when the deal closes. I believe we are in a strong position to deliver a great entertainment experience to consumers and to really drive new value creation for our shareholders.”
Star Mazda Championship Announces 2011 Schedule The Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear today made the first in an upcoming series of major announcements with the release of the series' 10-weekend, 11-race schedule (with one TBA) for the 2011 season; included are five IndyCar weekends, two with American Le Mans, one with USAC and one where Star Mazda will race a double-header as the co-feature. Rising racing stars from around the world will hone their driving skills at three road courses, four street circuits and three ovals.
The first Star Mazda Championship race of 2011 will be at one of IndyCar's most high-profile events, the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 26-27. Also on the schedule, as they will be at many races this season, are the other series in IndyCar's 'Road to Indy' program: the Cooper Tires Presents the USF2000 National Championship Powered by Mazda; the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear; and the Firestone Indy Lights series.
Truck Series TV Rating up slightly on SPEED According to Nielsen Media Research, ratings for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Texas were up 6 percent year-to-year, with Friday night’s live coverage on SPEED scoring a 0.73 (561,000 households) against last year’s 0.69 (517,000 households). The race, won by Kyle Busch, peaked at a 0.93 (714,000 households), up 11 percent from last year’s peak of 0.84 (618,000 households).
After early season postponements at Daytona (rain) and Gateway (electrical) put the series in a ratings hole, the Trucks continue to build momentum with two races remaining in the season, scoring increases in seven of the last 11 events (Pocono up 78%, Darlington up 19%, Bristol up 3%, Kentucky up 115%, Las Vegas up 17%, Martinsville up 41% and Texas). Since July, NCWTS ratings are up 3 percent year-to-year.
Indy Series drivers compete in Colombian karting event IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights driver Sebastian Saavedra nearly stole the show in the ninth Grand Prix Easykart of Cartagena in his native Colombia on Nov. 6.
Saavedra, who teamed with 2009 Firestone Indy Lights championship runner-up James Davison, led most of the event in a close battle with Federico Montoya, younger brother of 2000 Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya, who founded the race in 2002.
But Saavedra's kart suffered a mechanical issue five laps from the end of the race, allowing Montoya to pass and eventually forcing him to retire.
Two other guest drivers with ties to INDYCAR also had bad luck. Helio Castroneves retired with a blown motor, while Carmen Jorda had an incident on the track that forced her to retire from the event, which raised funds for wounded Colombian soldiers through the Tejido Humano Foundation.
Indy 500 Centennial Tour begins to take shape An overseas tour of auto racing personalities representing the past, present and future of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race is beginning to take shape as more participants and details of the trip are confirmed.
1969 Indianapolis 500 winner Mario Andretti and Cameron Haven, the IZOD Trophy Girl, have confirmed their participation on the Indy 500 Centennial Tour will take participants to visit American military personnel stationed in Europe and Southwest Asia in January.
Peter Dempsey Wins Third Walter Hayes Trophy Irish racecar driver Peter Dempsey won the prestigious Walter Hayes Trophy event for the third time this weekend at the world famous Silverstone Circuit in England, matching British driver Joey Foster’s win record and therefore becoming the second ever driver to do so. In the knockout-style racing event with over 120 entrants, the 24-year-old not only won the final, but he also raced his #3 Cliff Dempsey Racing Formula Ford to victory in both his heat qualifying race and his semi-final race.
With the second fastest overall race time and a win in his semi-final, Dempsey qualified second for the 15-lap, 36-car final. A perfect start saw him taking the lead from pole-sitter Wayne Boyd on lap one where he stayed comfortably for the remainder of the race, ultimately crossing the finish line over one second ahead of second-place finisher Ivor McCullough.
Motorsports This Week on ESPN The Chase Continues: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Live from Phoenix
With only two races left, the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship continues Sunday, Nov. 14, as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in the Kobalt Tools 500 at the 1-mile Phoenix International Raceway. NASCAR Countdown kicks off ESPN’s telecast at 2 p.m. ET with the race telecast at 3 p.m. The green flag is at 3:15 p.m.
Also from Phoenix, NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying will air on ESPN2 on Friday, Nov. 12, at 5:30 p.m. Practice sessions air Friday at 2 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m.
ESPN2’s season-long coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series continues at Phoenix with a telecast of Saturday’s 200-mile race. NASCAR Countdown airs at 4 p.m. with the race telecast presented by Dodge at 4:30 p.m. The green flag is at 4:45 p.m.
Two fans injured at NASCAR race Two fans suffered non-life-threatening injuries Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway when a brake pad crashed through the glass on the eighth floor of the Speedway Club. The incident took place during the running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ AAA Texas 500 at the 1.5-mile track.
According to track spokesman Mike Zizzo, information on the injured parties could not be released due to federal privacy laws. It wasn’t known whose car the brake pad came from, or exactly when the incident took place.
According to the TMS web site, the Speedway Club, which is located above Turn 1, is a $30 million structure offering dining, banquet and meeting space as well as a health club and spa.
Repsol and Honda United Again With Three-Rider Team in 2011 HRC (Honda Racing Corporation) is delighted to announce the extension of the long-standing partnership with Repsol as title sponsor of its factory team for another two seasons.
In addition, HRC is pleased to confirm that the Repsol Honda Team will race with three riders next year, just as it did when Repsol and Honda first joined forces in 1995.
Dani Pedrosa, Andrea Dovizioso and Casey Stoner will form a very strong factory Honda team line-up in 2011, evoking memories of the mid nineties, when Mick Doohan, Alex Criville and Shinichi Ito first rode in Repsol Honda colors.
The new deal with Repsol extends the instantly recognizable Repsol Honda Team partnership which has resulted in eight riders World Championships, 90 race victories and 252 podium finishes.
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Russia's Putin races Formula One car in new stuntUPDATE See photos here and we added a video below.
11/07/10 In a helmet emblazoned with the emblem of Russia and reaching a speed of 240 kilometers (150 miles) an hour, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin Sunday burned rubber on a racing circuit in a Formula One car.
The high-speed session -- unthinkable for almost any other world leader -- was the latest in a series of widely publicized hardman outings for Putin as he seeks to cement his image as the Russian strongman ahead of 2012 elections.
It was also aimed at raising the profile of the sport in Russia as the country prepares to host its first Formula One Grand Prix from 2014 in the southern city of Sochi, under a plan championed by Putin.
Danica Patrick said at Texas Motor Speedway, where she’ll race in Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide series race, that while she’ll miss Tony Kanaan on her IZOD IndyCar Andretti Autosport team, she didn’t get along with the former series champion this past season.
Kanaan was released by the Andretti team after his sponsor — 7-Eleven — withdrew its support.
“We weren’t on the best of terms all year,” Patrick said. “We didn’t really speak a lot after (Texas). But I’m sure he’ll figure something out. He’s a good driver, and he’s got a lot of good racing in him.” And she said there are others on the AA team ready to take up the leadership void left by Kanaan.
“I think we’ll all feel like leaders in the team,” Patrick said. “I really think Tony has so much experience, and he’s been around for so long, and it’s hard for everyone to feel like leaders when Tony’s there. So I think we’ll all feel like that a little bit.” blogs.canoe.ca
RPM 'in limbo' in quest for backing beyond 2010UPDATE A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, If this sport was run like real business this backmarker team would be allowed to go out of business. They have no hope of winning a race and are only artificially kept alive to preserve the Petty name in NASCAR. And don't think for one minute that their pole position was real in Texas - like every other pole in NASCAR it was computer generated by NASCAR's Timing & Scoring computers because the team needs help. After starting 1st Sadler faded to a 23rd place finish. Every week you can sit back and ask yourself why is so-and-so on the pole, and if you follow NASCAR you'll figure out why. It's so transparent it's an insult to every race fan who has half a brain. Ebenezer Greenberg
11/08/10 Richard Petty says he is closer than he was two weeks ago to finding a solution that will keep Richard Petty Motorsports alive. "What that something is I don't know yet," Petty said before Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway. "We thought it was [done] last week. Last week we thought it was the week before. Still in limbo."
The situation was so dire that there were concerns whether RPM would keep its doors open for the remainder of the Sprint Cup season. Robbie Loomis, vice president for competition, said Saturday that the organization had enough backing to finish the final three races -- at Texas, Phoenix and Homestead-Miami Speedway.
"As far as I know," Petty said. "The cars are here [and] ready to go to Phoenix." Petty said the outpouring of support to keep RPM on the track has been overwhelming. "There's been a lot of support to keep us running from all facets, from manufacturers and fans and NASCAR, even the competitors," Petty said. Among those who have offered help is former team owner Ray Evernham, who still has a minority interest in RPM after selling majority interest of what was then Evernham Motorsports to Gillett in 2007. "He called and said, 'What can I do?' " Petty said. "Right now, we don't know." Petty declined to comment on whether he would have majority control ultimately. "I don't know what we've got to do to make it work," he said. "Until we figure it out, can't do nothing." ESPN
Jeff Gordon was so mad he tried to punch Burton's face in
Jeff Gordon comments on incident with Jeff Burton: from a Team Chevy Transcript:
Q) BURTON HAS SAID IT WAS DEFINITELY HIS FAULT. HE OWNED UP TO THAT. WHAT IS YOUR PERSPECTIVE OF WHAT HAPPENED AND WHY YOU WERE SO ANGRY? Gordon: "Oh, well, I'll walk you right through it. We went down into (Turn) 3. He went wide going into (Turn) 3. I got to the inside of him and there were four car widths between us and he drove from the wall all the way down to me; almost in the second groove up. I didn't understand why and so the caution came out and we went down into (Turn) 1 and I just drove up next to him. I didn't even touch him. And I don't know, I guess he was just really frustrated with the way his car was handling or something and he just drove into my right rear and put me in the wall under caution. Of all the people out there, I never thought that would happen to Jeff Burton and me. I've always has a tremendous amount of respect for him. But I certainly lost a lot of respect today. I don't think we're going to be able to fix the DuPont Chevrolet. We were battling enough as it was but I really had confidence we were going to be able to battle back and get a decent finish, maybe a top 10 or 15, but that's certainly not going to happen today."
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