F1's New Engine Regulations Will Increase Costs For Customer Teams In '14 F1 cars will be powered by six-cylinder turbo engines starting in '14 under the racing series' new engine regulations that are supposed to "revolutionize F1," according to AUTO MOTOR UND SPORT. F1 team Toro Rosso will switch its engines from Ferrari to Renault. There are also rumors that Force India will switch from Mercedes to Ferrari engines in '14.
The regulations will allow current V8 engines to be replaced by 1.6-liter turbo engines with direct injection, integrated hybrid technology and drastically reduced gas mileage. The gas mileage of F1 cars "will increase by one-third." The cars will be allowed to carry only 100kg of gas (135 liters) during a race. Because Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault have each individually spent more than €90M ($115M) on the development of the new engines, the prices for their customer teams will also increase. Currently, all customer teams pay €8M ($10.2M) annually for the engine service. The prices for KERS (kinetic energy recovery system) fluctuate, depending on the provider, between €1M ($1.3M) (Ferrari) and €6M ($7.7M) (Mercedes).
In '14, customer teams can expect to pay up to €21M ($26.8M) for the whole package. Perhaps there also will be fluctuation depending on the manufacturer. The question that remains is, "what will happen to the two Cosworth teams HRT and Marussia, given they are still competing in '14?" Auto Motor Und Sport
Ohio SCCA Racer Tops Final-Four To Score Biggest Prize in Club Racing Patrick Gallagher had an impressive racing resume last week. Now he can add 2012 Mazda Club Racer Shootout winner to his list of accomplishments. Gallagher will follow in the footsteps of Andrew Caddell, Brad Rampelberg, Justin Piscitell, Nick Evans, Scott Shelton, and Elliott Skeer, the six previous Mazda shootout winners.
He also joins the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Driver ladder, which includes the Mazda Road to Indy, program class of 2013. The MAZDASPEED ladder has been a critical part of the success of up-and-coming racers including Raphael Matos, John Edwards, Conor Daly, Joel Miller, Matthew Brabham, Connor De Phillippi, Dane Cameron, Jack Hawksworth, Stevan McAleer, Jason Saini, Todd Lamb, Eric Foss, Michael Cooper, Trent Hindman, Danilo Estrella, Adam Christodoulou, Sage Karam, Spencer Pigot, Felix Serralles, Tristan Vautier, Petri Suvanto, Scott Anderson, and Yago Cesario.
Grand Prix Of Baltimore's Attendance, Economic Impact DeclineUPDATE The study by Forward Analytics found the economic impact on the city was $42.3M, down from $47M. Organizers said that they are "pleased with the numbers considering the short turnaround time they had to make the race a reality." BizJournals.com
11/15/12 A study commissioned by Grand Prix of Baltimore organizers Race On LLC found that the '12 event drew an estimated 131,000 attendees, down from 160,000 for the inaugural race in '11. Race On partner J.P. Grant said that he believes ticket sales and sponsorships "were negatively impacted by the uncertainty surrounding the race." BaltimoreSun.com
HRT Formula 1 Team confirms Ma Qing Hua for FP1 at Austin HRT Formula 1 Team confirms that Ma Qing Hua will take part in the first free practice session of the United States Grand Prix, which will get underway tomorrow at Circuit Of Americas in Austin, Texas. This will be the fifth time for the Shanghai born driver at the F112 wheel and will be replacing Narain Karthikeyan for that single session.
Ma Qing Hua: "It’s fantastic to be able to step back into the car for a free practice session and to do so at a new circuit for every team and driver makes it even more special and fun. Being the first out on track to help the team is a great responsibility and I want to thank them again for the opportunity they’re giving me. Little by little I’m racking up more miles and gaining the necessary experience to grow as a driver, and the continuity I’m getting is also important to help my confidence. Last week I was in Shanghai and received a lot of support from my country, which makes me work even harder to be prepared for any challenge”.
NBC Sports confirms F1 and IndyCar announcers NBC Sports has confirmed its announcers' lineup for its coverage of Formula 1 races beginning next season, hiring three veteran talents from SPEED – but not the same lineup that SPEED currently employs.
Veteran motorsports voices Leigh Diffey will serve as play-by-play man for both NBC Sports Network's F1 and IZOD IndyCar Series coverage. David Hobbs (analyst) and Steve Matchett (analyst) will move over from SPEED to form the new broadcast team for the NBC Sports Group's F1 coverage, which begins in March 2013. Additionally, Diffey will call IZOD IndyCar races on NBC Sports Network, following the retirement of legendary motorsports voice Bob Jenkins at the end of this season.
Flying Lizard Announces 2013 GTC Racing Plan and Customer Program Flying Lizard Motorsports announced today that the team will run the No. 44 Flying Lizard Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n GT Challenge class in 2013 with drivers Seth Neiman and Spencer Pumpelly. In addition, for the first time in its history, Flying Lizard is introducing a customer program for Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars.
"We're excited to race in GTC in 2013," team manager Eric Ingraham explained. "Moving to GTC also gives us the opportunity to share our Porsche experience with customers who want to race professionally in either the ALMS GTC or IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge series."
More details emerge for Ft. Lauderdale Grand Prix The Fort Lauderdale street race is apparently moving forward and could end up on the 2013 IndyCar and ALMS schedule despite being left off in the initial calendar. The Broward County Commission has a request for discussion about potential sponsorship of Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday (today), and the proposal offers a wealth of details about the event.
We got our hands on the Andretti Sport Marketing’s power point that answers a lot of questions.
First off it seems that Tony Cotman’s NZR Consulting firm is working on track design (NZR is responsible for the layout and construction of the street circuits in Sao Paulo and Baltimore.) The weekend would feature ALMS and a vintage car race, but as of yet there was no references to any of the Road to Indy support series. They are seeking a five year contract with a three year option.
Office Depot's last NASCAR race The season finale at Homestead will be a bittersweet moment for #14-Tony Stewart and everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing as it marks the last race with Office Depot as the #14 team's primary sponsor. With its headquarters just north of the track in Boca Raton, Fla., Office Depot, a leading global provider of office supplies and services, considers Homestead its home track. In the company's four-year partnership with Stewart, the pairing produced 14 wins, four poles and the 2011 Sprint Cup championship. Stewart-Haas Racing
Provisional Macau GP pole for Carlin’s Da Costa Carlin’s Antonio Felix da Costa has taken a great provisional pole position in this afternoon’s qualifying session for the Macau Grand Prix in his Volkswagen powered Dallara Formula Three car. After a fast paced first qualifying session it was the Red Bull Junior driver who came out on top with team mate Carlos Sainz Jnr close behind in third position. Felipe Nasr had another strong session however made slight contact with the wall on his final flying lap to qualify sixth while Daniel Abt, who had been suffering with illness all day, qualified in 11th position. William Buller ended the session in 15th while Jack Harvey qualified 18th after suffering with a steering issue during the session.
Max Angelelli Sets Fastest Time In Final Session At Daytona GRAND-AM wrapped up its 2012 season Wednesday with the final day of open testing for the Rolex Sports Car Series at Daytona International Speedway. Max Angelelli gave his team a pat on the back by turning the test’s fastest lap in the closing minutes of the session.
“This was good for the guys,” Angelelli said after running an unofficial lap of 1:41.118 (126.743 mph) in the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP he shares with new co-driver Jordan Taylor. “This is also good for our partners and sponsors. Now we want to maintain this pace, this status. We do not want other people going faster.”
GM, ABB put to bed what to do with used electric car batteries
Chevy Volt batteries recycled into use for home backup power system
General Motors and ABB today showed the next stage in battery reuse, the repackaging of five used Chevrolet Volt batteries into a modular unit capable of providing two hours of electricity needed by three to five average American homes.
The uninterruptable power supply and grid power balancing system was demonstrated during GM’s Electrification Experience. The prototype unit provided 25 kW of power and 50 kWh of energy to power all the support lighting and audiovisual equipment in an “off-grid” structure used for the event.
The accomplishments by three of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron’s best in 2012 is already reaping rewards for 2013. Level 5 Motorsports, Conquest Endurance and Extreme Speed Motorsports each received invitations today to next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The International Motor Sports Association – sanctioning body of the ALMS – selected the trio as at-large picks to represent the Series in the great French classic. Level 5 won its second straight ALMS P2 championship just ahead of Conquest, a first-year team in the Series. Extreme Speed finished third in the ALMS’ GT class, undoubtedly the premier category of road racing in the world.
Tickets on sale this week for Houston GP Tickets for the inaugural Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston will be available for purchase Nov. 15.
The Oct. 4-6 event, featuring the IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights, will be held at Reliant Park. The race weekend includes an IZOD IndyCar Series doubleheader (one race each on Saturday and Sunday).
"We're exciting that tickets are going on sale and we're gaining a lot of enthusiasm and momentum going into 2013," said Mike Lanigan, CEO of event promoter Mi-Jack Promotions. "It will be here before we know it. We think it will be on heck of a race weekend on one of the best venues in INDYCAR."
Biffle and Edwards on Good Morning America Tune into ABC’s “Good Morning America” this Saturday, November 17th to see Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards attempt to teach some of your favorite anchors how to drive a stock car. Biffle was teamed up with Dan Harris, while Edwards coached Bianna Golodryga. The Roush Fenway teammates took on Joey Logano and Darrell Wallace Jr., from Joe Gibb’s Racing to see whose anchor could become the best driver. Biffle and Edwards took their respective anchors for a few laps around Charlotte Motor Speedway to show them the way around the 1.5-mile track. Be sure to watch “Good Morning America” to see which coach turned out the best student.
“Dan was a pretty brave passenger,” said Biffle. “Definitely tune in to see how it all went, the track was a little on the damp side so I couldn’t go really fast, but Dan seemed to think it was fast anyway. One of the girls hadn’t driven a car in seven years living in New York City, so I think Dan stands a good chance.”
Quotes from GRAHAM RAHAL and BOBBY RAHAL announcement Graham Rahal, driver of the No. 15 entry for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing: “It’s extremely exciting for me to join Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing fulltime. It’s something that I thought really wouldn’t happen this early in my career but, at this point, it absolutely makes the most sense for us. For me, this is probably the most excited I have been to join any team because I see the potential behind what my dad and the rest of the team have been able to accomplish over the last year with Takuma. And knowing the development and other things that the team will now have the time to do to prepare for the season makes me more than thrilled to be here. I can’t wait for the whole process to begin – the testing and obviously going racing! It’s really an exciting time for me.”
Edwards and Fennig to Team Up for Championship Run in 2013 Roush Fenway Racing has announced that veteran crew chief Jimmy Fennig will lead Carl Edwards and the No. 99 Roush Fenway Sprint Cup team in its championship run in 2013. In addition, up and coming crew chief Scott Graves will lead the No. 17 team and defending Nationwide Series Champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. during his rookie campaign next season.
“We are excited about this change on both fronts,” said team owner Jack Roush. “Pairing two highly successful veterans like Carl and Jimmy should be quite a matchup and it is our expectation based on what Jimmy has been able to accomplish with many high profile drivers, that it will provide the spark to get the No. 99 program and Carl back into championship form.
FIA will not renew Hartstein's contract Gary Hartstein, current FIA head doctor, has revealed that his contract will not be renewed at the end of the 2012 Formula 1 season. The well-respected 57-year-old has worked in the sport since the early 1990s and currently travels to every Grand Prix on the calendar, providing medical cover for all practice, qualifying and race sessions.
"Have just been informed that president of the FIA and president of FIA medical commission have decided not to renew my Formula 1 contract," Hartstein said via the social networking website Twitter. "Brazil will therefore be my 247th and last Formula 1 Grand Prix. It's been a life changing experience and something I'll never forget."
In a long-anticipated move, Graham Rahal, 23, has signed a multi-year contract to compete in the IZOD IndyCar Series for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) – a team his father, 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner and three-time Indy car champion Bobby Rahal co-owns with CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Michael Lanigan. TBC Retail Group, who has sponsored Graham since 2010, will be the primary sponsor while Valvoline will be a major associate sponsor.
“It’s extremely exciting for me to join Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing fulltime,” said Graham Rahal. “It’s something that I thought really wouldn’t happen this early in my career but, at this point, it absolutely makes the most sense for us. For me, this is probably the most excited I have been to join any team because I see the potential behind what my dad and the rest of the team have been able to accomplish over the last year with Takuma. And knowing the development and other things that the team will now have the time to do to prepare for the season makes me more than thrilled to be here. I can’t wait for the whole process to begin – the testing and obviously going racing! It’s really an exciting time for me.”
2013 Canadian GP tickets on sale The Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada announces today that it has put on sale for the first time in its history, special ticket packages that are offering the holder a reserved seat in a different grandstand for each of the three-day event. This brand new product was requested by a growing number of fans and is now offered in limited quantities, in three combinations; Gold, Silver and Bronze trio packages. These trio packages are respectively priced at $485, $449 and $267.50.
"A good number of fans have been telling us over the last few years that they would appreciate being able to occupy a different grandstand each day of the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada weekend. This is a formula increasingly popular elsewhere and we are happy to be able to offer to our fans these new exciting trio packages as of today, said François Dumontier, President and CEO of Octane Racing Group Inc. and President of the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada. For a number of fans, this new product of which we are proud will make the weekend spent in Circuit Gilles Villeneuve’s grandstands even more exciting. We must add that if they are ordered now and in the upcoming weeks, our Gold, Silver or Bronze trio packages will make an original gift for the Holiday season.''
You are probably aware by now that I am leaving IndyCar after leading the organization over the last three years. I wanted to take a moment to reach out to you and thank you for the opportunity to work with and get to know you throughout this journey.
We were able to accomplish many good things in this short period of time and I am pleased with where IndyCar is heading as it prepares for the 2013 racing season.
When I arrived here in March 2010 I was overwhelmed by how quickly the racing community accepted me and offered advice and support to shorten my learning curve.
Thirteen teams automatically selected for the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours Taking into account the results of the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours as well as those of the FIA World Endurance Championship, the European Le Mans Series and the American Le Mans Series, thirteen teams have won invitations to take part in qualifying practice for the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours, which represent a maximum of 16 cars out of the 55 places on the grid for the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours.
The following teams have been awarded this much sought-after invitation.
One invitation for:
Starworks Motorsport: LM P2 category winner in the Le Mans 24 Hours. An invitation in LM P2. Larbre Competition: LM GTE Am category winner in the Le Mans 24 Hours. Invitation in LM GTE Am. Thiriet by TDS Racing: European Le Mans Series LM P2 winner. Invitation in LM P2. OAK Racing: 2nd European Le Mans Series LM P2. Invitation in LM P2. JMW Motorsport: European Le Mans Series LM GTE Pro winner. Invitation in LM GTE Pro. JMB Racing: 2nd European Le Mans Series LM GTE Pro. Invitation in LM GTE Pro. IMSA Performance Matmut: European Le Mans Series LM GTE Am winner. Invitation in LM GTE Am. Boutsen Ginion Racing: European Le Mans Series LM PC winner. Invitation in LM P2. Conquest Racing: designated by the American Le Mans Series. Invitation in LM P2. Level 5 Motorsports: designated the American Le Mans Series. Invitation in LM P2. Extreme Speed Motorsport: designated by the American Le Mans Series. Invitation in LM GTE (this entrant can choose between GTE Pro and GTE Am.).
A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, Considering the sad state of affairs, and the fact that I forgot IndyCar existed due to it finishing its season the last ice age.... maybe you forgot. I nearly did.
If not, I'm left to presume that you, like me after nearly 20 years of the most nonsensical decisions being made by a pin the tail on the donkey in the dark approach of 16th and Georgetown, are in such dire, dire hopes of resurrection or success down the road that you can't bear to think about it. For God's sake, people clamoring for NASCRAPwagon to purchase the series? Pray tell... things must be bad. Why not have Lifetime Network or Jerry Springer buy it, they'd at least make up enough of the kind of drama that people watch instead of that which turns folks away.
Fittipaldi Paces Day One Of Daytona Test While 20 GRAND-AM Rolex Series teams were preparing for 2013 competition Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway, an American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n team was on hand providing valuable data looking ahead to 2014 competition.
Joao Barbosa ran the fastest unofficial Daytona Prototype lap of the day, running 1:41.334 (126.473 mph) in the No. 9 Action Express Racing Corvette DP also driven by Christian Fittipaldi and brothers Burt and Brian Frisselle.
“We spent today trying different chassis setups,” said Barbosa, winner of the 2010 Rolex 24 for Action Express. “We definitely have a lot of work to do, but we improved with every session and it’s definitely working better than it did here last January. We’ve got plenty of room to improve, but we’re heading in the right direction.”
Law and Gidley join Gainsco for Rolex 24 Debuting team driver Darren Law and a returning Memo Gidley will join two-time GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Champions Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty at the wheel of the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Corvette Daytona Prototype for the 51st Annual Rolex 24 At Daytona, January 24 – 27, 2013. The announcement was made today by GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing team owner Bob Stallings who was joined by all four drivers in a press conference at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) on the opening day of a two-day test session on the 3.56-mile DIS road course.
“Last year we had three drivers but we decided we would have four drivers this year,” Stallings said. “We think four guys might be better this year and we had a pretty big list of recommended drivers given to us by GM. I always consult with Jon and Alex on anything as important as this, and honestly both of them came up with Darren’s name as the perfect complement to what Memo brought to the team last year. That’s our lineup and we are real excited about having four real fast and very experienced drivers driving the GAINSCO ‘Red Dragon’ Corvette and hopefully we can put that thing on the top edge of the podium this year.”
GAINSCO’s best finish in the Rolex 24 At Daytona was a second-place finish in 2008 when Gurney and Fogarty were joined by Jimmie Johnson and Jimmy Vasser. Gurney also won the pole with GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing for the 2007 Rolex 24.
Mario Andretti will be one of many Formula One world champions featured in the F1 documentary, 1.
A spectacular new Formula One documentary will be unveiled next Thursday in Austin during the build-up to the 2012 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix. Entitled ‘1’, the film tells the story of the drivers who raced during the sport’s most dangerous era in the 1960s and ‘70s and those who stood up to improve safety standards.
Using rare archive footage, ‘1’ features the largest list of F1 interviewees ever assembled for a single film, among them 12 world champions. Contributors include Bernie Ecclestone, Max Mosley, Sid Watkins, Jackie Stewart, John Surtees, Niki Lauda, Emerson Fittipaldi, Mario Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Jody Scheckter, Damon Hill, Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Jacky Ickx and Martin Brundle.
Rossi gets Yamaha return underway Italian Valentino Rossi spent seven years with the Yamaha Japanese squad before making his ill-fated switch to Ducati for 2010. During Rossi's first Yamaha sojourn, he won four MotoGP titles and claimed 46 wins for the manufacturer.
Speaking before the weekend, Rossi had said he was excited to understand his potential after the first two winless seasons of his career on board the Desmosedici, and to see how he compared to champion team-mate Jorge Lorenzo.
"We are here to try and get the best results, and after two difficult seasons now we move forward," he said.
"It will be very important if we are able to do one or two dry days in [the] test to understand our potential, but I am happy [to join Yamaha].
"I'm very curious, but most of all I hope to become a problem for Lorenzo."
NASCAR Phoenix TV RatingUPDATE ESPN’s live telecast of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, Nov. 11, earned a 3.3 'final' household coverage rating (2.8 U.S. rating), averaging 4,423,473 viewers, according to the Nielsen Company. The rating was even with last year’s race and up from a 2.9 for the race in 2010.
ESPN’s live telecast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Phoenix on Saturday, Nov. 10, earned a 'final' 1.1 household coverage rating (1.0 U.S. rating), averaging 1,532,748 viewers.
11/12/12 ESPN also earned a 2.4 overnight for the penultimate NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race yesterday, with the telecast from Phoenix down 8% from the same race last year.
Fort Lauderdale Grand Prix funding in front of Broward County Tuesday Broward County commissioners will be asked Tuesday to approve hotel-tax funds to help promote an annual Grand Prix race weekend in Fort Lauderdale that could begin as early as autumn 2013.
Some cities that host Grand Prix events offer help to organizers in the form of reduced rents for venues or some hours of police and fire personnel for free.
Organizers plan a three-day weekend every autumn for at least five years to feature an IndyCar Series race, American LeMans race, charity gala and other events. Races would take place on a two-mile route that would loop around beachfront A1A and Seabreeze Boulevard south from Las Olas.
One DRS zone for first Grand Prix in Texas Formula 1 governing body the FIA has organised a single DRS zone as the sport heads to Austin’s Circuit of the Americas for the first time.
As has been the case at past venues such as Istanbul Park, the sole DRS zone is not on the start/finish straight. For the Texas race, drivers will be able to deploy the rear wing device between Turns 11 and 12, as the second half of the lap begins.
This means DRS will come into play after the hairpin at Turn 11. Both before the hairpin and after the back straight, the brand-new track features sweeping curves.
NASCAR double standard at play with GordonUPDATE “I take responsibility for my actions on the racetrack,” Gordon said in a statement. “I accept NASCAR’s decision and look forward to ending the season on a high note at Homestead.”
Translation: I'll pay $100,000 and surrender 25 points when I'm not in championship contention if I feel the need to settle a score.
I wonder if Clint Bowyer, who is now out of championship contention, is thinking well, if that's all it costs to get Gordon back.....
Bottom line: NASCAR's cursory, laughable, slap on the wrist penalties do not deter such behavior. Until NASCAR suspends Gordon, Carl Edwards, and the rest, this boorish behavior will continue. Brian C. AR1.com
Anticipating Austin “I’ve got a lot of people who want to come to Austin, and they think it will be the best race on the calendar,” said England’s Jenson Button, a McLaren driver who was the 2009 F1 champ.
Germany’s Sebastian Vettel, who is pursuing his third consecutive world title, said, “I’ve never been to Texas before. I need to buy a cowboy hat before I go.”
Hard track, hard tires
Formula One teams will have an extra set of hard tires to use during Friday’s practice sessions.
Italian manufacturer Pirelli supplies eight types of tires for F1: six dry tires with no grooves and two grooved tires for rainy and wet conditions.
Before each race, Pirelli designates two types of dry tires, and teams must use at least one of each compound in the race. In Austin, teams will use the hard and medium tires.
“We’ve chosen the hard and the medium compounds as we think it will be quite a demanding track, based on the asphalt samples and simulation data we have gathered,” said Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s motorsport director.
Bernie sends a message Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has posted at least one large message in Austin.
At U.S. 183 and Burleson Road, a billboard reads, “Stay Strong Gustavo! A lot to be proud of … Bernie.”
Gustavo Hellmund, 66, is the father of Tavo Hellmund, an original founding partner of the Circuit of the Americas. Gustavo and Ecclestone brought F1 to Mexico in the 1980s. Gustavo has been battling cancer for a year and a half but is hoping to be on hand for the big race.
Motorsports This Week on ESPN NASCAR Season Finales Live on ESPN from Homestead The 2012 NASCAR season comes to an end this weekend and ESPN will have live telecasts of the season finale races for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17-18, from Homestead-Miami Speedway in South Florida. Brad Keselowski will try to hold off five-time champion Jimmie Johnson to win his first Sprint Cup title. Coverage of Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race begins with an extended NASCAR Countdown at 1:30 p.m. with the green flag at 3:15 p.m. Saturday’s Ford EcoBoost 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race has NASCAR Countdown at 4 p.m. and the green flag at 4:45 p.m. Also from Homestead, ESPN2 will air NASCAR Sprint Cup practice on Friday, Nov. 16, at 1:30 p.m. followed at 3 p.m. by NASCAR Nationwide Series practice. All NASCAR programming on ESPN and ESPN2 is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets with the WatchESPN app and WatchESPN.com.
Plowman Testing Conquest P2 as work on ’14 class structure continues
Martin Plowman will take a step into The Future on Tuesday. It won’t be in a time machine, a la Michael J. Fox. Nope… his ride will be much cooler and stylish than the one that made DeLorean a household name in the mid-1980s.
With the 2012 season for the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron in the books, Plowman is set to drive Conquest Endurance’s Nissan-powered Morgan prototype at Daytona International Speedway as part of a two-day open test for GRAND-AM Rolex Series. The No. 37 entry, which finished second in the ALMS’ P2 championship, will provide data as an initial step toward building a class structure for the unified sports car championship to launch in 2014.
The Tesla Model S proves that the days of cars powered by internal combustion engines are numbered
Motor Trend magazine has named the Tesla Model S its Car of the Year. The magazine's staff selected the all-electric plug-in luxury car out of a field of 11 finalists that included models such as the Ford Fusion, Porsche 911 and Hyundai Azera.
It is the first time the magazine's Car of the Year award has ever gone to an all-electric car.
Just being electric wasn't enough to earn the Model S the prize, though.
Porsche to scrap weekend shifts on weak demand Porsche will halt weekend production of two-seater sports cars at its biggest plant next year as Europe's deepening debt crisis is eroding demand for luxury vehicles, company sources told Reuters.
Porsche will limit the working week to five days at its headquarters factory in Zuffenhausen, Germany, from January, the sources said today on condition they not be identified because the matter is confidential.
Porsche has been running eight extra shifts at the factory on Saturdays since September to clear orders for the revamped 911 model.
McReynolds and Waltrip React to NASCAR Penalties Earlier today, NASCAR handed down penalties to three Sprint Cup teams as a result of rule infractions this past weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. Jeff Gordon violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) by intentionally wrecking Clint Bowyer towards the end of Sunday’s race. Gordon was fined $100,000, docked 25 championship driver points and put on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31. Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick was also penalized 25 championship owner points and Gordon crew chief Alan Gustafson was placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31. Brian Pattie, crew chief of the Clint Bowyer’s No. 15 car, violated Sections 12-1 and 9-4A and was fined $25,000 and placed on probation until Dec. 31. The wreck by Gordon on the track led to a fight between pit crews for both teams shortly after.
HRT goes up for saleUPDATE The future of Spanish F1 team HRT "is up in the air," according to Javier Rubio of ELCONFIDENCIAL.com. With "serious economic difficulties" as the season gets close to a finish, 32 employees of the team have been told that their services were not needed anymore. Furthermore, HRT owner Thesan Capital, has put the team up for sale with a goal of finding a buyer "before December." If no deal is reached, "it could mean the end of the Spanish team."
Thesan Capital released the following statement, "TC II S.a.rl., the current owner of the HRT Formula 1 Team, would like to confirm that they are currently in talks with a number of groups interested in buying the team. HRT's current management hopes to conclude the sale in the upcoming weeks and, with it, enable the team to continue progressing and become a reference in modern-day Formula 1 after the important achievements already accomplished in this 2012 season." ELCONFIDENCIAL.com
Bowyer ripped by NASCAR fans for using R-word in interview
Bowyer chastised for saying NASCAR looks like a bunch of retards
Clint Bowyer is being widely criticized by NASCAR fans for using a derogatory term Sunday night to describe himself and Jeff Gordon after their wreck at Phoenix International Raceway.
Bowyer ran into Gordon during a battle for position late in the race, causing Gordon to cut a tire and wreck. Gordon then retaliated against Bowyer, intentionally wrecking him and destroying his car. The incident ignited a brawl between their teams when Bowyer’s crew went after Gordon in the garage.
After meeting with NASCAR officials about the incident, Bowyer was addressing the media when he used the derogatory term.
McAfee sponsors the No. 7 Dragon Racing car, but John McAfee is not associated any longer having cashed out in 1994
Antivirus pioneer John McAfee is on the run from murder charges, Belize police say. According to Marco Vidal, head of the national police force's Gang Suppression Unit, McAfee is a prime suspect in the murder of American expatriate Gregory Faull, who was gunned down Saturday night at his home in San Pedro Town on the island of Ambergris Caye.
Details remain sketchy so far, but residents say that Faull was a well-liked builder who hailed originally from Florida. The two men had been at odds for some time. Last Wednesday, Faull filed a formal complaint against McAfee with the mayor's office, asserting that McAfee had fired off guns and exhibited "roguish behavior." Their final disagreement apparently involved dogs. Detroit Free Press
Pocono Raceway Enlists Front Row Marketing Services to Drive Sponsorship Opportunities Pocono International Raceway, Inc. today announced a new partnership with Front Row Marketing Services, one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing sports and entertainment marketing firms, making it the Raceway’s agency of record for commercial rights, corporate partnership development, and sales opportunities. Pocono is the long-running largest and most innovative independent racing facility in North America, and in 2013 will host two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends as well as the return of Indy Car racing for the first time since1989.
NASCAR Issues Penalties From Sunday’s Event At PhoenixUPDATE Statement From Robin Pemberton, NASCAR Vice President of Competition:
“Following a thorough analysis of the actions that took place during Sunday’s race at Phoenix International Raceway, we have issued penalties based upon our review. The decisions announced today cover NASCAR’s full assessment of penalties for the incidents that occurred.
“There’s no doubt that a unique set of circumstances combined with a championship battle on the line resulted in raw emotions coming into play. We consider the penalties appropriate and those involved understand our decision and we expect them to abide by them.”
Dunlop drops out of ALMS Scott Atherton, President and CEO of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n, offers the following statement on Dunlop’s announcement that it is concentrating solely on European-based championships for the 2013 season.
“Dunlop achieved multiple race wins and championships in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patr¢n,” Atherton said. “We thank Jean-Felix Bazelin and his team for the support and level of competition they brought to our prototype and GT classes for the past several years. Dunlop’s decision to concentrate on its European activities is understandable – and yes, disappointing. However we still enjoy strong manufacturer participation from Michelin, Falken and Yokohama going into the 2013 ALMS championship along with on-going discussions from other tire brands investigating ALMS involvement."
Honda Secures 61st Constructors Championship Sunday in Valencia, with Dani Pedrosa's victory, Honda Motor Company won their 61st Constructor's Championship (Repsol Honda RC213V).
The 2012 MotoGP Constructors Championship is Honda’s 19th in the premier class - six in MotoGP and thirteen in 500cc - to add to the six 350cc titles, nineteen in the 250cc class, fifteen in the 125cc class, and two in the 50cc category. With 12 victories this season, Honda riders have won 658 races, a number that’s sure to continue growing.
NASCAR releases clinch scenarios for Homestead Brad Keselowski leads five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson by 20 points going into Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Keselowski clinches his first NASCAR Sprint Cup championship with a finish of 15th or better; or 16th and at least one lap led; or 17th and the most laps led, even if Johnson wins and leads the most laps.
All other drivers have been eliminated from championship consideration.
Organization Paves Way for IndyCar Racing’s Return
After a three-year absence, IndyCar racing returned to Belle Isle last June, but a triumphant return was marred when the Detroit Grand Prix was red-flagged for two hours to repair two sections of the circuit after the track began to fall apart. Fans watched at the track and on live TV while crews scrambled to fill holes and replace long strips of synthetic rubber that had come loose. Once the temporary fix was completed, only 60 of the scheduled 90 laps were completed, due to time constraints.
After the race, the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, a 501(c)3 organization and subsidiary of the Downtown Detroit Partnership, conducted an engineering evaluation of the circuit to determine the extent of the repairs needed. “The concrete broke at the joints,” said Gary Baise, operations director. “It had been neglected.”
Drivers react to Jeff Gordon-Clint Bowyer fight The wild race Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway and the melee that erupted after Jeff Gordon retaliated against Clint Bowyer generated plenty of reaction from NASCAR drivers on Twitter.
NASCAR set a precedent two years ago by allowing drivers to retaliate and settle their differences on the track, implementing its infamous “boys have at it” policy, which has led to several instances of retaliation.
Still known as one of NASCAR’s most aggressive drivers, Brad Keselowski said NASCAR should stop such retaliation.
“We’ve got a bunch of drivers that feel like they have to retaliate or they’re being challenged as a man, and that’s ridiculous,” Keselowski said. “It’s not what this sport needs. I don’t think it’s good for anybody, and it’s going to get somebody hurt.”
Here’s a sampling of the reaction from NASCAR competitors:
After Danica wrecked in Turn 3 and oiled down the track she was then hit by Paul Menard on the next lap because NASCAR did not throw a flag and let the race continue.
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NASCAR officials created a firestorm of controversy Sunday when they didn’t throw a caution flag on the final lap at Phoenix International Raceway, despite Danica’s Patrick’s wrecked car sitting on the track and oil covering the racing surface.
NASCAR officials did not throw a caution flag because it did not see any oil on the track, NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton said following the wild, crash-marred race. Drivers complained of oil and debris on the track but NASCAR let the race run to the finish after Patrick hit the wall after the leaders had taken the white flag. If NASCAR had thrown a caution, it would have frozen the field and meant that the race was over at that point.
Schumacher: “This won’t be my last Race Of Champions”
Defending Team Champions Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher represent Germany
Michael Schumacher may have just two grands prix remaining in Formula 1 ahead of his retirement, but his career at the Race Of Champions is far from over. Not only will the German compete at ROC 2012 in Bangkok on December 14-16 but he is vowing to be back for more in the future.
Schumacher has partnered fellow multiple world F1 champion Sebastian Vettel to the ROC Nations Cup title for a record five consecutive years. But even if the pair extend their winning run to six in Bangkok, it will not sate 43-year-old Schumacher’s appetite for glory – and good fortune…
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