Sergio Perez Q&A: 2014 sabbatical not out of the question
This time last year the future looked bright for Sergio Perez, with a highly-prized McLaren contract in his pocket and the team looking very competitive. Twelve months on and things couldn’t be more different. After a disappointing season with the former champions, Perez is without a drive for 2014. Ahead of this weekend’s 2013 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, the Mexican says McLaren’s decision came as a shock, and that he is now prepared to sit out next season if he cannot find an acceptable drive elsewhere…
Tudor United Sports Car Championship landing manufacturers at high rate Mazda will make its long-awaited return to the ranks of prototype racing in 2014 when it enters a pair of factory-backed P2 cars in the TUDOR United Sports Car Championship.
The Japanese brand will transition from 2013’s two-car Grand-Am Rolex GX Mazda6 SKYACTIV-D diesel program to compete in the TUDOR Championship’s new Prototype class, utilizing the same 2.2-liter bi-turbo SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel powerplant from the GX cars, albeit with performance- and packaging-based changes made to suit the Multimatic-built P2 chassis.
Longtime Mazda solution provider SpeedSource Race Engineering has been charged with running the entire program on the manufacturer’s behalf.
Too many concussions end Dario Franchitti's career Dr. Steve Olvey gave his professional opinion to Dario Franchitti a couple weeks ago in Miami.
“I told him that he had received three significant concussions not too far apart and, in my mind, it was too risky for him to continue driving,” said Olvey, the Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology/Neurosurgery at the University of Miami-Miller School of Medicine. “It was a tough pill for him to swallow but I think he understands what the risks are and he accepted it,” Olvey remarked on Thursday afternoon a few minutes after Franchitti issued a statement he was retiring from IndyCar racing.
DeltaWing Coupe Set for Initial Tudor Championship Test The DeltaWing coupe returns to action this weekend, as the Tudor United SportsCar Championship officially gets underway with balance-of-performance testing at Sebring International Raceway and Daytona International Speedway.
The Florida test sessions will allow officials to determine 2014 specifications for the DeltaWing coupe in the new prototype class configuration. The DeltaWing coupe ran in the P1 class during the 2013 American Le Mans Series season but the new series unites the diverse prototype field into one sports car racing class.
Alonso fit to race in Austin Fernando Alonso has been passed fit to race in Austin this weekend after passing a medical test ahead of the US Grand Prix.
The Spaniard was sent bouncing across the curbs in Abu Dhabi a fortnight ago following an incident with Jean-Eric Vergne, and complained of back pain afterwards.
The Ferrari driver was required to undergo precautionary hospital checks on the evening of the race following the impact, which was measured at 25G, although the two-time World Champion maintained throughout that his participation in Texas this week was never in doubt.
Level 5 Launches Customer Program Four-time ALMS champions Level 5 Motorsports have confirmed that they will launch a new customer program while also expanding into the LMPC and GT classes of the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in 2014.
The championship organization will have its full arsenal of resources on display for potential customers this weekend during the first series test at Sebring (Fla.) Int’l Raceway - opening up its paddock set-up, fielding questions and demonstrating the wide range of capabilities that the organization can offer.
Home of Formula 1 United States Grand Prix now featured on Google Maps Street View Just in time for the 2013 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX (Nov. 15-17) event host site Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, is now a featured location on Google Maps’ Street View program.
The popular web-mapping technology allows Internet users to see the world-class sports and entertainment venue from insidethe 3.4-mile racing circuit. The unique vantage point was captured by the Google Maps photography team inside the circuit’s Turn 13. Race fans and interested parties will be able to see a 360-degree view of Circuit of The Americas’ popular “stadium section” series of turns. To check out the circuit’s Google Maps Street View, click here.
“We’re excited to join the growing number of companies featured by through this technology, since Google Maps is a must-visit online destination for millions of Internet users every day,” Circuit spokeswoman Julie Loignon said. “The timing is perfect as hundreds of thousands of race fans begin their trek to Circuit of The Americas for this year’s Formula 1 United States Grand Prix.”
NBC Sports to provide 18 hours of USGP programming Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing) aims for an unprecedented eighth consecutive victory this Sunday, when NBC Sports presents live coverage of the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX at 1 p.m. CT, highlighting more than 18 hours of Formula 1 coverage across NBC, NBCSN and CNBC this weekend.
Race coverage will begin with F1 Countdown, NBC’s 60-minute, on-site pre-race show, at noon CT hosted by NBC Sports Group’s lead F1 commentator Leigh Diffey. Diffey will be on-site at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, alongside David Hobbs (analyst), Steve Matchett (analyst), and Will Buxton (reporter).
COTA reveals star-studded celebrity list for 2013 F1 USGP Circuit of The Americas (COTA) has unveiled the star-studded list of celebrity guests expected for this year’s FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX, Nov. 15-17. Movie stars, TV heart throbs, sports legends, music sensations and beauty queens will be taking in the world-class racing and entertainment from Circuit of The Americas’ VIP hospitality areas. Many of this year’s A-Listers are coming as guests of QuintEvents and the Circuit of The Americas Experiences program, including key members from the cast of the NBC hit drama “Revolution,” which is currently in production in the Austin, Texas, area.
McLaren confirms Le Mans GT intent McLaren has confirmed that it intends to build a GT car to race at the Le Mans 24 hours in 2016. The company which won the 1995 race with its F1 model will build a car for the race if the on going GT convergence (where GTE and GT3 are merged) delivers a suitable result. “We would like GT plus as soon as possible” Martin Whitmarsh, CEO of McLaren Racing told Racecar Engineering.
Brawn: Final two races will define season Mercedes-Benz F1 team boss Ross Brawn says that his squad's whole season is set to be judged on what it achieves in the final two grands prix.
"The final two race weekends of the season are extremely important for our team and the outcome will determine how our season is judged," said Brawn. "We've gained some momentum from two strong weekends in India and Abu Dhabi which consolidated our position in the constructors' championship, but we can't take anything for granted."
Piquet hospitalized to sort out heart trouble Former three-time Formula 1 world champion Nelson Piquet was admitted into a Sao Paulo hospital for heart trouble, Brazilian media reported on Wednesday.
The 61-year-old retired Brazilian driver Piquet underwent surgery on a blocked artery late on Tuesday at Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo, the online edition of the daily O Estado de Sao Paulo reported.
The daily noted that the hospital did not confirm the operation, however, and that Piquet’s spokespersons said he did not wish to disclose any details about his health.
Muscle Milk sticks with sports cars In the first of a series of announcements regarding Muscle Milk Pickett Racing's 2014 plans, the team is confirming its commitment to the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and IMSA with a full-time entry into the PC class.
It will mark the second time that Pickett Racing fields a PC car after doing a partial season, alongside its Championship winning P1 entry, in the American Le Mans Series at the beginning of 2012.
After many successful seasons in the American Le Mans Series in which it took home 21 wins, 39 podium finishes in 46 races and won back to back P1 Championships, Pickett Racing is thrilled to be taking on a new challenge in the TUDOR Championship, after having to bid farewell to its P1 car.
Local Honda dealers back Milwaukee IndyCar race Andretti Sports Marketing, promoter of the rejuvenated race weekend and festival of speed in Milwaukee, announced today the addition of Metro Milwaukee Honda Dealers to its lineup of sponsors as its new presenting sponsor for what is now known as the ABC Supply Co. Inc. Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest presented by Metro Milwaukee Honda Dealers, the IndyCar race and weekend festival occurring at the Milwaukee Mile facility on August 17, 2014.
Metro Milwaukee Honda Dealers has stepped up to support the revived event at the world's oldest operating motor speedway. The event became a weekend festival in 2012 when Andretti Sports Marketing took over responsibility of the event. With 2014 becoming the promoter's third year of hosting the weekend-long event has turned into much more than just a race on the historic oval track. With the addition of Mazda Road to Indy races in Indy Lights and Pro Mazda competition, along with rickshaw racing, free fair rides and a plethora of food and drink vendors, the ABC Supply Co. Inc. Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest Presented by Metro Milwaukee Honda Dealers has become a family-friendly festival lasting the entire weekend.
IndyCar announces new testing rules INDYCAR announced today that IZOD IndyCar Series teams will be permitted a total of 18 testing days, with the opportunity for additional bonus days, between now and the 2014 season finale.
Full-season IndyCar Series teams will have a total of 18 test days to be used in any combination of engine manufacturer tests, team tests, Open Tests, straight line and full-sized wind tunnel tests through the 2014 season finale at Auto Club Speedway.
"Our objective was to structure the testing rules so that everybody had equal opportunity and an equal number of days," said Derrick Walker, president, competition and operations, INDYCAR. "Rather than INDYCAR designating specific numbers for each category of testing, the onus is on teams to utilize days as they feel is best for their individual program."
Mich. board approves deal to lease Belle Isle to state The transition of Detroit's historic Belle Isle to a state park began Tuesday after the Michigan Emergency Loan Board approved a 30-year lease with the city.
The state has promised to make up to $20 million in improvements to the park over the next three years, while saving the city — which is seeking bankruptcy protection — $4 million to $6 million a year in operating costs. An entrance fee for motorists begins next year.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials will begin a 90-day transition period immediately while assessing the park's capital needs, spokesman Ed Golder said after the meeting.
Racing Past 40: Reaction Times and Other Lies A reader writes, Dear AR1.com and Stephen Cox, Thank you for writing this Racing Past 40: Reaction Times and Other Lies. I wasn't aware of the U of M study, but you have made valid points about its details and how they may or may not apply to auto racing.
I will have to look closer at the protocols used in this research, but one area that is often overlooked is distinguishing between visual and motor reaction time. The former relates to the visual recognition of the stimulus, while the latter involves the actual physical movement. For example, after a skeet shooter first sees the clay pigeon, he must then pull the trigger. Due to a potential decrease in firing of muscle fibers as we age, the mind may be as sharp as ever but the body doesn't have the same movement speed. This can often be attributed to loss of elasticity in the muscle and connective tissue, thus decreasing the production of power.
Watch Ken Block shred tires around obstacle course in 'Gymkhana Six' Internet sensation Ken Block brought out his tire shredding skills once again in “Gymkhana Six,” the latest in a series of YouTube videos, that feature a tricked-out race car ripping around a complicated race course.
Block, whose past videos have garnered more than 250 million views, released the “Gymkhana Six” early Monday. The 6 1/2-minute video was filmed at San Bernardino airport.
Allmendinger returns to the #47 AJ Allmendinger wraps up the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season for JTG Daugherty Racing behind the wheel of the #47 SCOTT Products Win My Car Toyota Camry at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In four starts at Homestead, Allmendinger's performances include one top-five and two top-10 finishes. His best start and finish is fifth (11/21/10). His average start is 18.250 and his average finish is 10.250.
Mikael Grenier to get IndyCar test time with KV Racing at Sebring Canadian driver Mikael Grenier will join Sebastien Bourdais as part of KV Racing Technology's IndyCar Series two-day test this week at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway.
If Grenier's name is foreign to most, that's not a surprise. He has competed in only six Indy Lights races, finishing in the top five only once (in 2011 at Barber Motorsports Park).
Grenier, 21, competed in only one Indy Lights race last season, at Long Beach with Team Moore. His five starts in '11 came with O2 Racing Technology.
Hermann Tilke's Company To Design Moscow Formula One Circuit Plans for a new F1 track on the outskirts of Moscow "took a major step forward Tuesday with the announcement that prolific motorsport architect Hermann Tilke’s company had been tasked with designing the circuit," according to R-SPORT. Tilke has designed all of the last 10 circuits to debut on the F1 calendar "and has reshaped several more existing tracks."
His involvement "is widely seen as a step towards getting the sport's organizers to approve a new race." City planning official Vladimir Zhidkin said, "It is planned to open a race track that will be able to host competitions of the very highest level, right up to Formula One racing." R-SPORT
EY Report Forecasts Formula E To Contribute To Electric Vehicle Sales Increase A report, released on Tuesday by Ernst & Young, has analyzed the global value of the FIA Formula E Championship, revealing that the new zero emission race series will help contribute to the additional sale of 77 million electric vehicles worldwide over the next 25 years. The paper studied the impact of Formula E and its contribution to removing the current barriers affecting the EV market -- such as pricing and technology -- and quantifying that in terms of the number of attributed EV sales.
NASCAR Phoenix TV Ratings ESPN’s live telecast of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, Nov. 10, earned a 2.7 U.S. household rating, averaging 4,271,141 viewers, according to Nielsen Media. The rating and viewership numbers were slightly lower than those for last year’s race, which earned a 2.8 rating with 4,423,473 average viewers.
Of the 8 races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup that have been run and telecast as scheduled, six have had ratings and viewership that were higher than last year. The first race at Chicagoland Speedway was rain-delayed.
ESPN2’s live telecast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Phoenix on Saturday, Nov. 9, earned a 1.0 U.S. household rating, averaging 1,391,586 viewers. The rating was the same as the 2012 rating while the viewership average for 2012 was 1,532,748.
2013 IZOD Indy Car Series Champion Scott Dixon will be the subject of a prime-time segment on the New Zealand version of leading news and current affairs show "60 Minutes" on Nov. 18.
A television crew from New Zealand traveled to New York to spend the day with Dixon as part of his championship-winning media tour. The crew also visited Indianapolis to spend time with members of the Target Chip Ganassi Racing team, including chief mechanic Ricky Davis and crew member Blair Julian (also originally from New Zealand) along with trainer Jim Leo and friend and fellow IZOD IndyCar Series racer Alex Tagliani.
"We wanted to give New Zealand viewers an in-depth insight as to what makes up the three-time IndyCar champion and his path to that third championship title," said David Turner, who produced the segment.
Visit with Hinchcliffe, get free Milwaukee race weekend ticket David Hobbs Honda (6100 N. Green Bay Ave. in Glendale, Wis.) will host IZOD IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe on Nov. 13 to promote the 2014 ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest.
Hinchcliffe, a three-time race winner this season, will greet fans from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (local) at the dealership, which is a presenting sponsor of the 2014 race weekend. The first 50 in line at 11 a.m. will receive a voucher for an Aug. 16 general admission ticket. In addition, the first 10 fans will receive a Hinchcliffe-autographed GoDaddy hat.
Two DRS zones for second Austin race Governing body the FIA has added a second DRS zone to the Circuit of The Americas for this year's United States Grand Prix, following a trend set throughout the season.
The first zone, which has been retained from 2012, is controlled by a detection line just before Turn 11, with the activation area running between Turns 11 and 12. The second area, featuring a detection point after Turn 19, comes along the main straight.
Only the Monaco and Japanese Grands Prix have featured one DRS zone this year.
Trevor Bayne diagnosed with MS It was truly sad to learn of the Tuesday, November 12th, announcement that said NASCAR Sprint Cup, and Nationwide Series, driver Trevor Bayne has begun the fight against a serious illness. His future in NASCAR is extremely bright. That is supported by the fact that Bayne is truly one of the most impressive young men you would ever want to meet while visiting a NASCAR garage area.
An official statement from the driver and his race team read as follows:
"Daytona 500 winner and Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) driver Trevor Bayne has announced that he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Bayne - 22 years old - has undergone extensive testing at the Mayo Clinic and has been cleared by doctors and NASCAR to compete behind the wheel.
Chip Ganassi Racing Teams Partner with TNT Energy Drink Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) announced today a multi-year deal with TNT Energy Drink, continuing Brazilian driver and reigning Indianapolis 500 Winner Tony Kanaan’s longtime relationship with the brand, as well as parent company Grupo Petropolis, who is currently the second-largest brewery in Brazil. TNT Energy Drink is the third-largest energy drink brand in Brazil, and will be associated with the No. 8 NTT DATA Chevrolet IndyCar Series entry for Kanaan.
CGRT and Kanaan announced last month at the Houston IndyCar Series race a multi-year deal to pilot a fourth entry starting with the 2014 IndyCar Series season with sponsorship from NTT DATA, a leading global IT services provider.
McLaren backs away from title sponsor announcement (GMM) The heat of the 2014 'silly season' is now squarely on McLaren, amid rumors the British team has decided to replace Sergio Perez with rookie Kevin Magnussen.
From a commercial point of view, the shift of focus on the driver side would be interesting -- it was believed Mexican Perez's arrival at Woking would precede by a year his backer, Telmex, succeeding Vodafone as the title sponsor.
Indeed, an announcement of Vodafone's unnamed successor had already been scheduled by McLaren for December 2.
From a Model S owner in Tennessee I was driving home from work on the interstate in the right lane at approximately 70 miles per hour, following a truck. In the middle of the lane, there was a rusty three-pronged trailer hitch that was sticking up with the ball up in the air. The truck in front of me cleared the object. I did not have enough time to swerve to avoid the hitch, and it went below my car. I felt a firm "thud" as the hitch struck the bottom of the car, and it felt as though it even lifted the car up in the air. My assistant later found a gouge in the tarmac where the item scraped into the road. Somewhat shaken, I continued to drive.
Gurney and Fogarty Again Co-Drive With Gidley and Law at Rolex 24 Joining regular No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Corvette Daytona Prototype drivers Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty at the season-opening race for the second year in a row, Memo Gidley and Darren Law will return to GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing for 2014's Rolex 24 At Daytona.
The day-long classic will be run on Daytona's signature 3.56-mile road course for the 52nd time, January 23 – 26, and GAINSCO will be looking for its first Rolex 24 victory after finishing a career-best second in the 2008 race.
Team owner says United SportsCar Championship leaders slow to release rules Starworks Motorsport team owner Peter Baron says that United SportsCar Championship organizers have been slow to provide rules and information to the teams. That, according to Baron, is making life difficult for teams trying to secure sponsors and even parts for the 2014 season. The series has yet to even come up with a points structure that will be used to determine its champions.
"2014 is starting off as one of my most emotionally draining years in racing," Baron said. "I have never experienced anything like this. [Driver] Alex [Popow] and I badly want to participate in the new P (prototype) class, but we are a week away from the first official test for the new [USCC] and there are only a few of the planned rules out for the updates to the Daytona Prototype.
Pastrana will not return to NASCAR Travis Pastrana posted the following message on his Facebook page: This past season of NASCAR has been an awesome experience. I have made a lot of great friends, had a lot of fun and gained a new appreciation for all aspects of this sport. Jack Roush and everyone at Roush Fenway Racing have gone above and beyond to try and help me succeed and I am truly grateful for their support. I would like to thank them and all of the other people who stuck behind me during the last two years as I tried to learn how to make a successful career in NASCAR. Its tough to step back now and prove the critics were right, but unfortunately my results were not good enough to get the sponsors I needed to appropriately fund next season.
Red Bull reduced investment in Formula One team and still won Energy-drink manufacturer Red Bull reduced its investment in its championship-winning Formula One team by $28.5 million to $108.9 million last year according to its latest financial statements.
The decreased spending turbocharged the drink manufacturer's return on investment from its involvement with F1 as its Red Bull Racing team took both the drivers' and constructors' championships for the third year running in 2012. Last month, it repeated the feat, and this success is largely due to its spending in 2012 -- development on F1 cars is done during the year prior to their introduction.
Keeping Newey motivated at Red Bull is the way to retain him Newey has been key to Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel's recent domination of F1, while his previous designs were crucial to Williams and McLaren's periods of 1990s success.
Asked if Red Bull was trying to tie Newey down to a five-year deal, team boss Christian Horner said he doubted that was the way to ensure loyalty.
"As with anything - a contract isn't worth the paper it is written on if the individuals aren't comfortable with each other or don't have the desire to be there," said Horner.
All-Electric Kia Soul Under Development for U.S. Market Kia Motors has confirmed the development of an all-electric version of the Kia Soul, scheduled to go on sale in 2014. The 'Kia Soul EV' will be Kia's first all-electric, zero-emissions vehicle marketed outside of Korea.
"The new Soul EV will be at the forefront of Kia's 'Clean Mobility' program, which aims to provide environmentally-friendly vehicles to our customers around the world, when it goes on sale globally next year," said Kia Motors America's executive director of product planning, Orth Hedrick. "Although it is Kia's first globally sold all-electric vehicle, the Soul EV is our second-generation battery electric vehicle and significantly benefits from the in-depth knowledge gained during development of the Ray EV sold in Korea."
Johnson needs to finish 23rd or better to guarantee title He nearly wrecked on the first lap and again later in Sunday’s race. But if he continues to avoid such problems next weekend, Jimmie Johnson will earn his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.
Even after his third-place finish in Sunday’s AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, Johnson was hesitant to celebrate his good fortune. He needs only to finish 23rd or better (depending what Matt Kenseth does) to win the crown.
"Everybody is so eager to predict the champion, but you've got to play the game," he said. "You've got to run the race and stuff happens.
Old man Mark Martin would never cut it in IndyCar or F1
But one of his bigger fans and former car owners isn't so sure. Hes still super-competitive, and I wouldn't bet that he doesn't show up again, Rick Hendrick said before Sunday's AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Martin won five races for Hendrick from 2009-11. Everywhere he goes, hes made a difference, said Hendrick, whose current stable includes Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne.
At his age (54), he deserves to take a break if he wants to, but hes still an awesome driver. Im just telling you, I wouldn't be surprised, as good as he is, if someone (team) gets in a jam and needs a driver, they'll be calling him. And I bet he comes back. Asked about that possibility by azcentral sports Friday, Martin admitted, I can't imagine not getting called. Im prepared to deal with that on a one-on-one basis. ... I won't be in the Daytona 500 under any circumstances. Arizona Republic
Flying Lizard switches to Audi for GT Daytona assault After more than a decade of representing and winning with Porsche – as a privateer and as a factory program – in the American Le Mans Series, Northern California's Flying Lizard Motorsports will leave the brand in favor of rival German brand Audi.
The Audi R8 LMS will be on the grid of the United SportsCar Championship in the 2014 motorsport season. As the first Audi customer team, Flying Lizard Motorsports from California has nominated two R8 LMS cars for the new U.S. sports car series.
GP3 Series conduct development tests for 2014 in Abu Dhabi
Didier Perrin and Mitch Evans
Following the GP3 Series finale in Abu Dhabi, the focus was already on the 2014 season with the GP3 development car in action at the Yas Marina Circuit. 2012 GP3 Series title winner Mitch Evans was at the wheel of the GP3 development car for a three day test session.
On Thursday 7th November and during a day of post-season testing involving all GP3 cars, Evans focused on testing the aero-configuration on the GP3 development car with the purpose to help improve overtaking in the GP3 machine.
Triple ROC ‘Champion of Champions’ Mattias Ekstrom returns Triple ROC ‘Champion of Champions’ Mattias Ekstrom will make a return to the Race Of Champions at Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium on December 14-15.
The Swede has won two DTM championships for Audi in 2004 and 2007 and he still competes in the German touring car series. But he has also appeared in eight WRC rallies and raced in Nascar. This year Ekstrom has spread his wings yet further with a successful appearance in the legendary V8 Supercar race at Bathurst, even leading the field at one point. He also raced strongly in the X-Games in Munich and took second place on his European Rallycross debut in his home country.
IndyCar back to Phoenix? (Ain't going to happen) Phoenix International Raceway would welcome IndyCar back, but the track president doesn't believe those who run the series have much interest in a return.
Bryan Sperber said he's been clear with IndyCar on how the financial arrangement would have to be structured for open wheel racing to run again at the popular oval.
"So really, the ball is in their court," Sperber said. "Hopefully the interest in Phoenix International Raceway becomes sufficient enough that they would like to pursue that opportunity. But up to now that doesn't look like that's in the cards."
Marquez takes Championship as Lorenzo wins in Spain
Marc Marquez is the 2013 MotoGP champ in his rookie season!
Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo wrapped up the 2013 MotoGP season today with victory in the Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana, his third consecutive victory of the season. Trailing leader Marc Marquez by 13 points going into the race, Lorenzo had nothing to lose and everything to gain as the Spanish showdown unfolded in front of a record crowd of 104,000 race fans at the Ricardo Tormo circuit.
Meanwhile, Repsol Honda rookie, Marc Marquez, has won the 2013 MotoGP World Championship by taking 3rd place in the final race of the season in Valencia. Teammate Dani Pedrosa took second to complete the team’s eleventh double podium of the season and claim Honda’s 62nd Constructor’s Championship in the premier class.
Quicken Loans to Sponsor Phoenix Fall 2014 Cup Race Quicken Loans, the nation's largest online mortgage lender, today partnered with Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) to announce it will sponsor the Veterans Day weekend NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on November 9, 2014. An official name and race logo will be announced at a later date.
"All eyes will be on Phoenix International Raceway next year as the end of the season rolls around and drivers are scrapping – literally and figuratively – for every position on the track," said Quicken Loans President and Chief Marketing Officer Jay Farner. "When we looked at the races on the NASCAR schedule, few others offered the same excitement and energy as the fall Phoenix race."
Ecclestone paid 'bribes' to F1 team bosses? (2nd Update)UPDATE #2
The vast majority of Sylt's newspaper reports are exclusive news which has never before been reported such as the reduction in the damages claim. In contrast, sports reporters for several papers and news wires are doing conventional court reporting on the events disclosed in court even though it is perhaps not what they would usually cover.
The challenge for them is the complexity of the material and how to make it relevant to their readers. The latter point is the toughest nut to crack given that the details of the case tend to cover events which are six or seven years old rather than say the results of a race or a match which took place earlier in the day. It means that the sports reporters are likely to latch on to anything sports-related which comes up in the court hearings. This brings us to the news which came to light over the past few days.
Rossi: Another step closer to a F1 race seat (Update)UPDATE
The talented Alexander Rossi gets a token Friday morning outing to help clean the track of dust. You don't make it into F1 with a backmarker team like Caterham unless the check you bring is big enough. The open wheel disease continues.
Alexander Rossi has described his scheduled practice outing at the upcoming United States Grand Prix as another step closer to securing a coveted Formula 1 race seat.
The American, 22, joined Caterham as a reserve driver at the beginning of last year, and will replace Giedo van der Garde for the opening 90 minute session in Austin.
"With the amount of Formula 1 testing I've already done over the last few years, I'm fully prepared to do the best job for the team in FP1," explained Rossi, who this year raced for Caterham's GP2 squad, claiming victory in the Abu Dhabi Feature Race.
"As it's an official practice session it's important that I help the team as much as possible to set the car up right for the rest of the weekend, while, for me, this is another chance to use the session to continue to learn, develop and progress towards the next step up to being the next full-time Formula 1 race driver."
Don't bet against Kyle Busch when he races at Phoenix.
Don't bet against him when he wins the pole for a NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
Kyle Busch did both on Saturday, and with that working for him, Busch blew away the opposition to win his sixth race at the one-mile flat track in the Sonoran Desert.
The driver of the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota finished the ServiceMaster 200 more than four seconds ahead of race runner-up Justin Allgaier, who passed series leader Austin Dillon for the second position on the final lap.
Another DP team (Sahlen) drops out of USCC One of the bedrock teams from the formative days of the Grand-Am Rolex Series has decided to park its pair of Riley-BMW Daytona Prototypes.
RACER has learned the popular Team Sahlen DP program, led by the Nonnamaker family, will not go forward when the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship kicks off in January, leaving at least some portion of the driving team that includes Will, Wayne and Joe Nonnamaker, along with Dane Cameron without a drive in 2014.
"At this point, we will not be campaigning a DP next year, and will be taking a year off from the TUDOR Championship," Will Nonnamaker told RACER. "We're still going to be racing somewhere within the IMSA family, and believe very heavily in the direction the Frances have taken the series. We will be back next year, and will announce those plans in the next few weeks. More at Racer.com
Richard Petty's No. 43 Stock Car Featured in Smithsonian Magazine The November Issue of the Smithsonian Magazine features Richard Petty's famed No. 43 stock car as a part of a feature entitled, 101 Objects That Made America. After sourcing over 137 million artifacts held by 19 different museums, the Smithsonian selected 101 items to be featured. Included in the list is the 1984 No. 43 Pontiac Grand Prix that carried "The King" Richard Petty to his 200th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at the Daytona International Speedway in July of 1984. The fact that Petty won the race with President Ronald Reagan in attendance, the first sitting United States President to visit the track, helped carry the moment, the car and "The King" into American history.
RCR Announces hiring of Mike Coughlan as Technical Director Richard Childress Racing has hired Mike Coughlan as the team's new Technical Director, effective immediately. Coughlan, a native of Surrey, England, brings to RCR more than two decades of motorsports experience, with a heavy concentration and success in Formula 1.
During his 15 years in F1, Coughlan was a chief designer with teams such as Arrows, Benetton, Ferrari, McLaren and Williams; earning more than 20 victories. He has also served as a chief engineer and technical director with several teams. Coughlan also has prior NASCAR experience, having worked with Michael Waltrip Racing in late 2010 and early 2011 before returning to his F1 roots.
The Sports Car Is Dead. Does Anyone Care? Will racing die too? Porsche will unveil a new model this month -- one that would've been almost unthinkable a decade ago.
It's a compact crossover called the Macan, and when it arrives in showrooms in early 2015, it's expected to cost around $40,000.
If the Wall Street Journal and others are correct, the relatively affordable Macan will be a big money-maker for Porsche. Paired with its larger, $75,000 sibling, the Cayenne, Porsche SUVs might outsell the company's better-known sports cars for the first time in history. And if stalwarts like the Porsche 911 can't keep up in today's booming market...well, that looks a lot like the death of the sports car.
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez will start tomorrow’s Championship deciding race from pole position for the ninth time this season, his fifteenth (twelfth successive) front row start of 2013
It’s been another strong day for the Spanish ace, with Marc recording the fastest ever lap here on two wheels in this morning’s FP3 session with a 1’30.803 (beating Dani Pedrosa's pole lap from 2012 of 1’30.844). However, both riders bettered this time again in Q2 with Marc coming out on top with a blisteringly fast lap of 1'30.237 recorded on lap seven of nine. Dani, six time winner in Valencia, sealed his front row start on his final lap of nine with a time of 1’30.663.
Marc, who has a thirteen point lead, can win the Championship tomorrow by finishing in the top four (regardless of Lorenzo’s position).
Toyota wins 6th NASCAR Truck title Tundra driver Erik Jones' victory in Friday night's race at Phoenix International Raceway enabled Toyota to clinch its sixth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) manufacturer's championship in 10 years participating in the series. Toyota regains the series' top manufacturer position after previously winning a record five straight NCWTS manufacturer's championships from 2006 to 2010. Overall, this is the ninth time Toyota has earned a NASCAR manufacturer's title since the start of the 2004 season.
Video: Sebastian Vettel driving GT5 RedbullX1 prototype at Nurburgring
Everything the new IndyCar should have been but wasn't. Now this car would have excited fans.
[Editor's Note: Watch the last segment of the video. Everything an IndyCar should be but isn't.] Initially the X1 Prototype was a single-seater canopied prototype wing car with covered front wheels. Powered by a 1500ps direct-injection V6 Twin Turbo, on paper the performance would have been spectacular, producing a top speed of 400km/h (248.6mp/h) and a maximum lateral acceleration of 6G. But once Red Bull Racing was brought on board to be a partner, the X1 really took off.
Adrian Newey, master aerodynamic engineer and Red Bull Racing's chief technical officer, suggested "Fan Car" technology, a long-held dream of his, be added to the design of the X1 Prototype. A "fan car" is a vehicle having a fan mechanism which forces the air out from underneath the car to reduce air pressure under the car's floor. The resulting suction draws the car to the ground surface and creates a massive amount of downforce.
John Force and the Castrol GTX Ford Mustang continued to flex their muscles Friday, climbing to the top of the Funny Car performance ladder while just missing an Auto Club Raceway track record on the way to the provisional No. 1 qualifying position for Sunday’s 49th annual Auto Club Finals.
While the newly-crowned series champion was putting himself in position to start from the front for the third straight race, rookie Brittany Force was applying an exclamation point of her own by driving the Castrol EDGE Top Fuel dragster through the 1,000 foot timers in a personal best 3.787 seconds and 323.19 miles per hour.
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