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2006 Silver Crown Schedule 2006 Silver Crown ScheduleThe New Car listed is the new Speedway car that most of the owners refuse to buy.
Jan 22-23 Phoenix,AZ New car
Mar 26 Homestead,FL New car
May 21 Ind. State Frg. Dirt Champ Car
Jun 16 Sparta, KY New Car
Jun 23 Richmond, VA New car
Jul 09 Chicagoland New car
Jul 23 Milwaukee New car
Aug 03 IRP Dirt Champ Car
Aug 19 Springfield,Il Dirt Champ Car
Sep 03 Duquoin, Il Dirt Champ Car
Sep 16 Iowa New car(?)
Sep 22 Eldora Dirt Champ Car
Sep 30 Kansas New Car
TBA Terre Haute, IN Dirt Champ Car
Formula BMW
New headquarters for Gelles Racing New headquarters for Gelles RacingIn its ongoing effort to become one of the prime ladder racing teams in North America, Gelles Racing announces the opening of a second headquarters in Indianapolis for its New Formula Atlantic team. Tim Jennings becomes Vice President of Operations at Gelles Racing and will manage both facilities in Indiana and Virginia. The Formula BMW USA FB2 cars will remain in the original Front Royal building. While testing is on going with 2006 hopefuls, the crews are outfitting both race shops with the latest technology. 

 “We have never been this busy in the off-season, declares team owner Bob Gelles. We needed to be close to the action with our new Atlantic program and Indianapolis was the best option. With two locations, we needed someone who could manage two racing programs and Tim Jennings became the logical choice as our on-site Vice President of Operations. Tim has a wealth of experience as a driver, manager and coach and proves a valuable addition to our team. He is supervising the outfitting of both facilities. With the high quality support infrastructure we purchased from Mo Nunn and Treadway, our Atlantic team will have a solid base to work with. We will be ready when the new cars roll in our shop next March.”

Only new race cars next year
Not only will the team take new Atlantic race machines to the track in 2006 but the team has ordered new BMW FB2 machines for the next season. “Our drivers deserve the best, continues the team principal. They deserve fresh new material and that is what they will get. With the kind of testing we have done in the last weeks, we feel we have all the elements required to earn the championship.”

Winter testing
Gelles Racing has tested many drivers for both series and will keep visiting racetracks around the United States with 2006 hopefuls. “We have tested many candidates who have posted very impressive times at different venues, said Gelles. No doubt we will come up with a slate of wining drivers.”

With Jennings taking care of daily operations, Bob Gelles will focus more time looking for the quickest drivers around the globe, building a broader sponsor base and setting up the next season. “We will have more announcements in the coming weeks regarding new sponsors, new staffing and our 2006 driver line up. Much more to come.”

Racing News
Vote for Driver of 4th Quarter Vote for Driver of 4th QuarterVOTE for Driver of the 4th Quarter.  The criteria for 4th Quarter Driver of the Year is:
    Track Performance
    Fan Recognition
Competitors for the fourth quarter award include Sebastien Bourdais, Tony Stewart, Mark Martin, Dan Wheldon, Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Steve Kinser and Tony Schumacher.
Trulli slams F1 rules changes Trulli slams F1 rules changesJarno Trulli has slammed officials for constantly changing the F1 rulebook. The Italian, a key member of the drivers' 'GPDA' group, said yet another wave of changes is not good for the sport. "Seven qualifying formats in three-four years," the Italian told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "Either who is in charge hasn't understood a thing,' he said, "or there have been several errors of judgment." Trulli called the 2006 'knockout' qualifying proposal 'very complicated', and warned that fans 'are sick' of the lack of rule stability. "Tire changes are another sore point," he told the 'paper in reference to the 2005 rule that has been binned. Trulli stated: "It's either the correction of a mistake, or once more we're jumping from one thing to another without knowing the objective."
Industry news
Jaguar tops JD powers sales satisfaction rating Jaguar tops JD powers sales satisfaction ratingJaguar topped the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Satisfaction Index for the second straight year.  The study measures the satisfaction new-vehicle buyers express with the sales process.  In the 2005 study released Wednesday, Jaguar tallied 889 points on a 1,000-point scale. Lexus was second with 888 points. Last year, Jaguar and Lexus tied for first.
Champ Car extends Edmonton thru 2010 Champ Car extends Edmonton thru 2010If the people of Edmonton proved one thing with their inaugural Champ Car race in 2005, it was that they know how to put on a great show.

The show went on in Edmonton again on a sunny Thursday as more than 300 guests and VIPs turned out for the official event launch for the 2006 Champ Car race.  The guests were greeted by appearances by Edmonton Mayor Steven Mandel, Minister of Economic Development of Alberta Clint Dunford and Champ Car President Steve Johnson, along with a visit from Canadian Champ Car star Alex Tagliani (#15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone)

The first Grand Prix of Edmonton drew 200,052 fans to see the Champ Cars do battle on the 1.9-mile Finning International Speedway layout at the Edmonton City Centre Airport, and today that level of support was rewarded as Champ Car and the Edmonton Airport Authority, along with GPE General Manager Greg MacDonald announced an extension that will keep the Champ Cars in Edmonton through 2010.

“Edmonton truly showed greatness in its first year, reaching a level that some events take 10 years to reach,” Johnson said. “Canada is a big part of our heritage and we value all of the support we receive in our Canadian events. We are very pleased to announce this extension and look forward to many years of racing in Edmonton.” zzzz

Race organizers announced a number of changes to the track layout for next year’s event, including the addition of 3,600 grandstand seats in the Turn 4-5-6 complex near the event’s family zone. In addition, the grassy area between the pits and the frontstretch will be eliminated, moving the pits next to the track and allowing the movements of suites and grandstands 300 feet closer to the action.

“We made some changes based, in part, on the input of our valued fans,” said event Technical Director Tom Doerksen. “We want to make sure our fans have every opportunity to experience world-class racing as closely as possible.”

Tagliani was on hand along with his 750-hp Team Australia Champ Car and assured the crowd that the success of last year’s race was one that stuck with the series all year long.

“It made me proud to be Canadian last year because all season, the other drivers talked about what a great event we had,” he said. “The guys couldn’t believe what incredible support we got from the fans there.”

In addition, MacDonald announced new theme zones that will be set up for the 2006 event. A tuner zone with fan activities and a speed shop will be available along with a 115,000 sq. ft. area devoted to an Alberta Natural Resources Expo. The event organizers are planning a week-long festival surrounding the race complete with a street party, a traveling road show across Western Canada and a Miss Indy competition.

Tickets for the 2006 Grand Prix of Edmonton go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. Fans can get their tickets through ticketmaster.com or by calling 780-451-8000.

Panoz and Multimatic join forces Panoz and Multimatic join forcesIn a move that will enhance the development and future performance of its race cars, Panoz Motor Sports has announced that Multimatic Motorsports will field the factory's pair of Panoz Esperante GTLMs in the 2006 American Le Mans Series. The Multimatic Motorsports Team Panoz effort will compete in the full 10-race American Le Mans Series season.

In just its third season of competition, the Panoz Esperante GTLM showed tremendous potential. It scored an historic GT2 class victory at the Grand Prix of Atlanta as it beat Porsche, the world standard when it comes to GT2 sports car racing. The two-car Panoz effort also posted two podium finishes, including a second-place effort in the American Le Mans Series' season finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, and six top-five GT2 finishes during the 2005 campaign.

In Multimatic, Panoz Motor Sports gets a proven partner with a long history of success in professional sports car racing. The Toronto-based operation campaigned the Mugen-powered Panoz LMP07 in 2002 and most recently won the Grand-Am Cup championship with a Ford Mustang. Multimatic has been an active technical partner with Elan Motorsports Technologies (EMT), the constructor of the Panoz Esperante GTLM race car, in providing engineering support and a comprehensive damper (shock absorber) program.  zzzz

Multimatic Motorsports is the second team to take delivery of Panoz Esperante GTLM race cars for competition in 2006. Team LNT, a top-level European racing organization, will field a pair of the cars in the Le Mans Endurance Series and potentially other sports car championships in Europe, with factory support coming from EMT.

"The combination of Team LNT in Europe and now Multimatic in North America places the Panoz brand in very capable hands, both on and off the race track," said Dr. Don Panoz, the founder of the American Le Mans Series and principal behind the Panoz Esperante GTLM racing efforts.

"We are very pleased to be affiliated with these world-class organizations and expect outstanding results from both efforts in 2006 and hopefully for many seasons to come," added Panoz.

Multimatic Motorsports Team Panoz will debut at the 54th annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in March, the first round of the 2006 American Le Mans Series.

"The idea here was to create an independent entity to run the factory GT2 race effort," explained Larry Holt, vice president and motorsports technical director of Multimatic. "This is the organizational methodology utilized by most car manufacturers involved in racing, and so Don and Danny Panoz felt it was time to take the same approach."

EMT will continue to develop the Panoz Esperante GTLM race cars, provide track-side technical assistance, spare parts service and a comprehensive engine development program for both Team LNT and Multimatic Motorsports. The company also will be busy with the continuing construction and servicing of the Panoz IRL chassis, the Star Mazda race car and the Formula SCCA spec racer.

"I foresee us having a cooperative arrangement with LNT's two-car effort in Europe, except for when we are competing against each other," Holt said.

"All technical development will continue to be led and coordinated by EMT, assuring that customers get the latest technical advancements from the race track," he added. "From this perspective not much will change; it is only the at-track running of the cars that is being passed to us, and even there I am trying to bring as many of the old Panoz Motor Sports staff into the fold because of their experience and expertise. Unfortunately somebody told them about the Canadian winters, so I won't be getting all of them."

In addition, EMT soon will begin work on the new Panoz DP01 Champ Car chassis, which will debut in 2007.

All efforts are certain to increase the awareness and profile of the Panoz Esperante race and road cars, Elan Motorsports Technologies and the overall Panoz brand around the world.

"Virtually every road car manufacturer competing in the American Le Mans Series has aligned itself with a professional racing company to administrate their racing efforts," said Scott Atherton, president and CEO of Panoz Motor Sports Group, the parent company of the American Le Mans Series. "General Motors working with Pratt & Miller, Audi with Joest and Champion Racing, Porsche with Alex Job and Penske Motorsports, and Aston Martin with Prodrive are all examples of such successful arrangements. By making this move we believe Panoz confirms a similar arrangement with Multimatic. We view this as confirmation of another very strong GT2 effort for 2006 and we look forward to seeing the results of this collaboration on-track."

Herta, Enge race in Malaysia Herta, Enge race in MalaysiaIRL IndyCar Series veterans Bryan Herta and Tomas Enge are scheduled to compete in the fifth round of the World Cup of Motorsport at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia.  Herta will make his second A1GP start for Team USA. He debuted with the team when the series raced in Sydney, Australia earlier this month. He finished 10th in the feature event, earning the final point-paying position.  Enge, the lead driver for the Czech Republic squad, also has never raced in Malaysia. Enge, who has competed in three of the four previous A1GP events, will split track time with Jarek Janis this weekend.  Tomas Scheckter, who has competed in two events for the South African team, could make his third appearance this weekend as well.
NASCAR isn't mainstream yet NASCAR isn't mainstream yetIn racing circles NASCAR is big, very big, but when it comes to getting covered by the traditional media outlets run by stick-and-ball sport lovers, NASCAR has a long way to go. More....
Dixon wins age group at triathlon Dixon wins age group at triathlon2003 IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon finished 18th overall at the Miami Man Triathlon on Nov. 12-13. Dixon competed the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run in 4 hours, 51 minutes, 34 seconds, well below his goal of six hours.  Dixon was the overall winner of the Men's 25-29 age group.
Shnaider receives Russian license for F1 team Shnaider receives Russian license for F1 teamVictor Kiryanov, President of the Russian Automobile Federation (RAF), today presented Midland Group Chairman and MF1 Racing team founder Alex Shnaider with an official license for the team's entry into the 2006 Formula One World Championship. Having acquired a license from the RAF, MF1 Racing now becomes the first team to compete under the Russian flag in the world's most prestigious motor racing series. International Automobile Federation (FIA) rules state that in order to participate in the F1 World Championship, a team should make an entry application with a license issued by a national motorsports authority attached to it.

At the team launch in Moscow's Red Square in February 2005, Mr. Shnaider announced that the new team, created on the basis of the Jordan Grand Prix team acquired by Midland Group, would bring Russian style and technical know-how to the world of Formula One.  zzzz 

Alex Shnaider, Midland Group Chairman, MF1 Racing Founder stated: "As a Russian-born person, I am extremely pleased that the team founded by Midland Group will compete in the Formula One World Championship with a Russian identity. It has always been Midland's intention to enter F1 with a Russian license - an association which reflects this project's core targets and values - and I am very grateful to the RAF and Victor Kiryanov, President of the Federation, for their support. I believe that Midland Group's decision to enter its team under the Russian flag will push forward the development of Russia's motorsport and open new horizons for Russian racing drivers at the international level. MF1 Racing will make every effort toward achieving this goal and welcomes collaboration with the Russian authorities and Russian businesses in this challenging and extremely important undertaking."

Victor Kiryanov, President of the Russian Automobile Federation, commented: "Russian motor sport needs support from big business to develop and I am very happy that, thanks to Midland Group, our country will gain entry to the most important racing series on the planet. Getting a Russian team into F1 is a crucial step forward, both for Russian motorsport and for a nation that wishes to be seen as increasingly progressive in the modern world. Acquiring the Russian license marks the first step of a long journey for the Russian motor sport and for our country toward reaching the highest levels of international motorsport. I hope that some day, thanks to our joint efforts, Russian drivers will be racing and excelling in Formula One."

Bernie Ecclestone, Formula One Management President, said: "I am very happy that we now have in Formula One a team with a Russian license. I am sure the MF1 Racing team will create interest not only in Russia but also worldwide. I wish Alex Shnaider and the team the best of luck and the support of a great nation."

Bourdais nominated for 4th Quarter DOY Bourdais nominated for 4th Quarter DOYAfter winning his second straight Bridgestone Presents Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford championship, accolades and awards have been piling up for Sebastien Bourdais.  Most recently the Frenchman has been nominated for SPEED Channel’s driver of the fourth quarter.

Bourdais is very familiar with being put on this impressive list, having been nominated in each of the previous three quarters in 2005. Last season he was also nominated three out of four quarters and lay claim the title of people’s champion in the SPEED Channel Driver of the Year standings, capturing top honors in the fans' vote. zzzz

In the  final quarter of the 2005 Champ Car season Bourdais recorded victories in both Surfers Paradise and Las Vegas, and earned two Bridgestone Pole Awards in Montreal and Las Vegas, before wrapping up the 2005 Champ Car title  in Australia . Overall Bourdais recorded six wins on his way to his championship, but more important to his title hopes was the fact he scored nine consecutive top-five finishes and completed more than 99 percent of the scheduled race laps this year. Bourdais became the seventh driver in the last forty years of Champ Car World Series racing to record back-to-back championships. Even more impressive he is only the third driver to accomplish this feat in his second and third years of competition, joining the ranks of Champ Car Champions Mario Andretti and Alex Zanardi.

This quarter Bourdais will be dueling for the Driver of the Quarter honor with Tony Stewart (NASCAR), Dan Wheldon (IRL), Carl Edwards (NASCAR), Jimmie Johnson (NASCAR), Steve Kinser (World of Outlaws), Mark Martin (NASCAR), and Tony Schumacher (NHRA Top Fuel).

In its 39th year, the Driver of the Year Award will be determined by an independent vote of an 18-member panel of blue ribbon auto racing journalists and broadcasters. Drivers' achievements are evaluated using the following criteria: Track Performance, Sportsmanship, Humanitarianism, and Fan Recognition.

There is also a 19th vote that will be counted in the balloting, the fans.  Fans can vote for the award by log going on to www.speedtv.com. Voting will continue through Wednesday, December 23 and the winner will be announced exclusively on Speed Channel Saturday, December 26 at 7:00pm ET.

Formula BMW
Lee and Thorne join Team Autotecnica Lee and Thorne join Team AutotecnicaFifteen-year-old race car drivers Matt Lee of Syosset, N.Y. and Robert Thorne of Sherman, Conn. are pleased to announce that they will join Team Autotecnica for the 2006 Formula BMW USA series.

Team Autotecnica, based in Toronto with a U.S. shop in Lake Park, Fla., won the series championship in 2005, posting three victories and six poles in the 14-race season.

Prior to the 2006 season opener Autotecnica will also prepare and field Lee's car at the Formula BMW World Final in Bahrain Dec. 13-16.  Lee will be one of 34 drivers from 15 nations competing in that event, where drivers from the four regional Formula BMW series compete against each other for a $60,000 purse and a Formula 1 test drive.

Thorne will also make the trip to Bahrain for testing after the World Final to prepare for the 2006 Formula BMW USA season.

Lee's car will be sponsored in part by Credit Suisse and Auto Parts Warehouse/Bumper to Bumper. Both teens are searching for additional sponsorship for the 2006 season. zzzz

Lee, who will turn 16 on Nov. 27, is a junior at Syosset High School while Thorne, who turns 16 on March 24, is a sophomore at Canterbury School in New Milford, Conn.

Both young drivers are former karting stars and they've raced together in the past, although not as part of the same team.  They've been friends for approximately five years.

Lee was a rookie in the Formula BMW USA series this year.  Thorne did not compete in the series but he won one of five $40,000 Formula BMW Junior scholarships for the 2006 season due to his performance at a two-day run-off at the Formula BMW Racing Center in Valencia, Spain Aug. 31-Sept. 1.

"Hopefully Robert can win the Formula BMW Rookie of the Year award next year and I can win the championship," Lee said.  "That's our goal as a team.

"Autotecnica won the championship this year, so right now they're the best team out there," Lee noted. "We want success, and hopefully they can help us achieve it."

Lee is looking forward to the 2006 season.

"Robert lives two hours away from me, but we've raced against each other in karts and sometimes in the summer I visited him at his house," Lee added. " It will be fun to be at the races together again."

Both teens have tested with Autotecnica recently at Canadian tracks, and both are excited to be part of such a strong team.

"Autotecnica is very good," Thorne noted.  "The team was really prepared and very professional at my test.

"Matt's dad and my dad thought it made a lot of sense to run together in a two-car team for 2006, and it seemed like the right series for me," continued Thorne, who is an amateur deejay at parties in addition to being a student and a race car driver.  "My challenges are going to be learning the tracks, getting to know the team and the driver coaches, and getting used to the competition.  Matt and I are friends; we enjoy a lot of the same things.  Hopefully we will be able to help each other and together do very well next year.  I know that all the things that Matt learned this year should help us both next year."

For Some, Mexico’s BAJA 1000 is a Family Affair For Some, Mexico’s BAJA 1000 is a Family AffairUPDATE One of Cosworth's Champ Car Track Support Techs, Jeremy Sundt, will also be competing in the race.  The car he is driving (Car. No. 1602) is a 2-seat 1600 cc VW powered tube Chassis buggy.  Dave Caspino is the Driver of Record; He will drive the first 200 miles and hand it off to Robert “Fig” Naughton.

The race will be broadcasted live via The Weatherman over the Internet. The Weatherman is the radio relay for all of the Baja 1000. He is an old dude who sets up antennas/repeaters and sits on top of a mountain in Baja. He is used as a radio relay for all the teams. If you know car numbers you can get a really good idea of the story of the race by listening to him. For anyone who is interested in how to translate the radio jargon here is what you need to know. During the race each radio transmission will begin with a car number that identifies the driver of record followed by the request of the driver or pit crew member. The Weatherman’s presence at the 1000 has saved many lives through the years. In addition to the Weatherman, there will be several real time updates on various other sites, which I will attach, links to. If you really want to get a good idea of what this race is all about, you should rent the movie, From Dust to Glory. It is a documentary on the 2003 race, available at most of the chain video stores.

11/16/05 On November 18 at Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, among the 16 entries registered for the CENTRIX Financial Wide Open Baja Challenge at the SCORE Tecate Baja 1000 will be at least four families who consider competition a family value.

For the second time, Robert Sutton, chairman and chief executive officer of CENTRIX Financial, and 2002 and 2003 winner of the Baja Challenge class, his son David, and daughter Kate are entered on different teams. Kate Sutton, who raced on the first all-woman team at Baja in 2003 is founder and president of Birdie women’s golf apparel. Kate and her dad are the only father-daughter tandem scheduled to compete in this year’s desert classic. David, a University of Colorado senior and seasoned Baja driver, will be focused on bringing home a win for his team.

“Racing is a passion of mine,” said Robert Sutton. “But it’s not the only thing – my main focus has always been my family. Fortunately we all love to race. The fact that we get to race against other families only makes this event more special to me.”

Last year, racing with acting legend Paul Newman, Sutton’s vision of a three-peat was knocked off by another Team CENTRIX family – Mexico’s own Jourdain family. Michel Jourdain Jr., a former Champ Car driver and NASCAR’s newest open-wheel convert, will be sharing the driver’s seat with his father, Michel Jourdain Sr., who competed in the Mexico City Champ Car races in the 1980s. Also in the car with them will be Michel Sr.’s brother, Bernard Jourdain, 1989 Indy 500 co-rookie of the year. zzzz

Another Team CENTRIX family that will be racing this year is the Servias of Spain. Oriol Servia, who finished second in Champ Car World Series this year, will be racing with his father, Salvadore Servia, himself a two-time Spanish Rally champion. Oriol’s Newman/Haas Racing “brother”, Sebastien Bourdais, the 2004 and 2005 Champ Car World Series Champion, will also be racing for Team CENTRIX.

The final racing clan from Team CENTRIX includes Rhys Millen, the Formula D drifting champion who is also known for his stunt driving in the recent hit movie Dukes of Hazzard. Racing against Rhys, will be his father, Rod Millen, world renowned rally driver and Pikes Peak Hill Climb record holder. Finishing up for their family will be Rod’s son Ryan, an emerging open-wheel driver.

This year, a record 359 entrants from 31 U.S. states and 12 countries will have 30 hours to complete the 709 mile Baja 1000 course through some of the region’s roughest terrain, starting and finishing in Ensenada-Baja California, Mexico.

McIntosh to test World Series by Renault McIntosh to test World Series by RenaultWhile Sean McIntosh prepares himself to compete for Team Canada in this weekend’s fifth round of the A1 Grand Prix of Nations in Malaysia, the 20-year-old’s on-track achievements in the 2005 Formula Renault UK Championship have been highly recognized by the world-famous motorsport publication, Autosport.

The magazine’s traditional review of the season lists Sean as the #1 ranked driver in the Formula Renault UK Championship having battled eventual champion Oliver Jarvis all the way to the final round of the 20-race series, the closest title fight in 16 years. McIntosh comfortably secured the Vice-Champion standing courtesy of five wins from eight podium finishes.

Promoted up three spots from his Autosport ranking in last year’s Formula Renault review, when the young Canadian won the inaugural ‘Graduate Cup’ Championship for rookie drivers, this year Autosport described McIntosh as ‘Perhaps naturally, the fastest driver in the field.’ 

In recognition of his success with Ian Barnwell’s tightly-run Team Firstair organization, Autosport went on to state that even though Sean did not enjoy all of the experience and resources provided by the more established teams in Formula Renault UK, together he and Team Firstair had ‘Proved that you don’t need to be with a big team to win races.’

Following his two accomplished seasons in the Formula Renault UK Championship, and his immediate success in A1 Grand Prix, Sean now has his sights set for 2006 on the next step in Renault Sports’ development ladder to Formula One – the World Series by Renault.

On his return from this weekend’s races in Malaysia Sean has a quick turnaround before heading to Valencia in Spain to test Comtec Racing’s 425bhp Dallara-Renault, 22nd-23rd November. Sean is then scheduled to test again with Comtec at the second official World Series by Renault test, this time at the Paul Ricard circuit in France in early December.

Track News
ISC Asks Kitsap Taxpayers To Help Foot $330M Track Costs ISC Asks Kitsap Taxpayers To Help Foot $330M Track CostsISC indicated that it wants an “even split” with taxpayers on the $330M cost of building a Kitsap County (WA) NASCAR track, according to Emily Heffter of the Seattle Times. Grant Lynch, President of ISC subsidiary Great Northwest Sports, said the company’s contribution would be a “massively bigger” share than the $50M the company pledged last year for a track in Snohomish County (WA). State Rep. John McCoy said, “We’ve told [ISC] to their face: ‘Look ... you’re going to have to put up a substantial amount of money.” ISC Dir of Public Affairs Sue Santa would not say exactly how much public money the company was hoping to get for the track. Santa: “To say that it’s going to be exactly 50-50 right now ... that would be presumptuous of us to say exactly what it’s going to be.” Lynch added, “It might be 52[%] one way and 48[%] the other ... but balanced, meaning fairly equal partnerships.” But Bremerton Area Chamber of Commerce Exec Dir Silvia Klatman said Santa told the chamber that it would be a “50-50 split.” Heffter notes that under the company’s proposal, Kitsap Co. would own the track and lease it to ISC Seattle Times

Santa told the Bremerton Chamber Tuesday, “There would be no new burden on any local person or any local business” AP Report Wednesday  (Related Article)

First trees planted in Earnhardt Forest First trees planted in Earnhardt ForestThe first 50 of 77,000 trees that will honor the memory of NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt were planted today by the national nonprofit American Forests and The Dale Earnhardt Foundation. The trees were planted in Sloan Park outside Mooresville, NC home of The Dale Earnhardt Foundation and Dale Earnhardt Incorporated.

A total of 77,000 trees are planned for the 15-county region surrounding Charlotte. The goal of the Dale Earnhardt Forest is to restore trees to the city of Charlotte and to restore wildlife habitat, expand greenways, and return trees to riparian areas.

“We are delighted to join with Teresa Earnhardt and The Dale Earnhardt Foundation to honor Dale’s commitment to the environment—and to environmental education,” American Forests executive director Deborah Gangloff said. “We hope race fans everywhere will join this effort by planting a tree in his memory.” zzzz

The project was announced last year with the planting of seven trees—symbolizing Earnhardt’s seven NASCAR Championships —at Dale Earnhardt Day, which coincides with Arbor Day and the late racing legend's birthday. The former Mooresville resident and NASCAR legend was an avid outdoorsman and conservationist who championed environmental causes and environmental education.

"Dale was passionate about conservation and very much interested in educating today's youth on environmental preservation," said Teresa Earnhardt, CEO and President of Dale Earnhardt Inc., said in making the announcement

The Dale Earnhardt Foundation is also supporting American Forests’ efforts to bring high tech environmental education program to 120 middle and high school classes in 2006. The program combines computer technology and math, science and geography with tree care and hands-on activities to teach students to value trees in their local areas.

90th Indy 500 to retain format 90th Indy 500 to retain formatThe 90th Indianapolis 500 will continue with the schedule format introduced in 2005 that proved popular with fans and competitors, Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials announced Nov. 17.

The race is scheduled Sunday, May 28, 2006. Opening Day is scheduled for Sunday, May 7, with a full three weeks of activity during the traditional Month of May at the Speedway.

"Changes that we introduced to the 2005 schedule helped to create one of the most memorable months of May in Indianapolis Motor Speedway history," said Joie Chitwood, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president and chief operating officer. "Fans and competitors were very enthusiastic about the new format, so it makes sense to maintain a similar schedule for 2006 as we celebrate the 90th running of the 500-Mile Race." zzzz

Schedule changes introduced in May 2005 for the event, culminating in Dan Wheldon's thrilling duel with rookie Danica Patrick for victory, that will continue for the historic 90th running of the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" include:

  • Rookie Orientation Program taking place the first two days of practice, Sunday, May 7 and Monday, May 8.
  • Practice days with on-track activity taking place from noon-6 p.m. each day except for May 7-8.
  • A four-day qualifying format that produces bumping on each day of qualifying. MBNA Pole Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 13, with Second Day Qualifying on Sunday, May 14, Third Day Qualifying on Saturday, May 20 and Bump Day Qualifying on Sunday, May 21.
  • Miller Lite Carb Day taking place Friday, May 26. The popular day, which includes the final Indianapolis 500 practice, the Checkers Rally's Pit Stop Challenge, the Freedom 100 Menards Infiniti Pro Series race and the Miller Lite concert, moved from Thursday to Friday of race week last year with great success.
  • A start time of noon (local time) on Race Day.

A variety of special fan-oriented activities during the month of May to honor the 90th running of the most prestigious auto race in the world will be announced in the future.

Tickets for the 90th Indianapolis 500 will go on sale to the general public Friday, Nov. 18, with Race Day prices starting at just $20.

All fans can order tickets online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, by calling the
IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or at the ticket office at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Parking and camping information also can be obtained through the ticket office.

Hours for phone orders and the ticket office are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (EST) Monday-Friday, while online orders can be made at any time.

Rusty to also say goodbye Sunday Rusty to also say goodbye SundayFormer series champion Rusty Wallace (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge), 49, will compete in his final NASCAR NEXTEL Cup event Sunday at Homestead. It concludes a 22-year career that began in 1984, his first full-time season, with the highlight his 1989 series title.

•  Wallace ranks eighth on the all-time win list (55) and his participation in the 2005 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup assures that he will finish in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Top 10 for the 17th time in his career.

•  Other Wallace career marks: He was the 1984 Raybestos Rookie of the Year and a series runner-up twice, in 1988 and 1993.

•  Wallace’s retirement also means the end of one of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup garage’s longest-running driver-team alignments. Wallace has driven for Penske Racing South – and owner Roger Penske – since 1991, a span of 15 seasons.

•  Recent poor luck knocked Wallace out of contention for the 2005 series title: he has finished 19th or worse in the last five Chase events, but has been running at the finish for 48 consecutive races – since September 2004 at Bristol – the longest current streak. He has five top-15 finishes in six career Homestead starts.

•  Wallace remains 59 laps shy of leading 20,000 laps in his career. He ranks seventh all-time in that category.

Rudd to say goodbye Sunday Rudd to say goodbye SundayRicky Rudd (No. 21 Motorcraft Ford), who announced his retirement from full-time competition last Tuesday, is the other NASCAR NEXTEL Cup regular who will say farewell on Sunday. Rudd, 49, will end a career that began in 1975.

•  A NASCAR record likely will be set following Sunday’s event at Homestead. Rudd is scheduled to make his 788th consecutive career start, the all-time NASCAR record for consecutive starts. It also will be his 875th career start, third all-time only to Richard Petty (1,185) and Dave Marcis (883), respectively.

•  Rudd has finished in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Top 10 on 19 occasions – more than any other driver. He ranks all-time behind Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt, respectively.

The battle for 11th place The battle for 11th placeAs the Chase progresses, so does the race for 11th-place, a spot worth over $1 million as a bonus from the season-ending point fund. The goal remains the same – winning races – and so does the incentive – to excel and improve one’s position in the standings. Here’s a look at drivers in spots 11 through 15 entering race No. 36 at Homestead-Miami Speedway:

•  11th place – Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet), currently controls that position. He gained a spot following his third-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway.

•  12th place – Jamie McMurray (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge) is in 12th place. He lost a spot following an 18th-place finish at Phoenix. McMurray trails Gordon by 10 points.

•  13th place – Elliott Sadler (No. 38 M & M’s Ford) is in 13th place. He retains the spot for a third consecutive week following an 11th-place finish at Phoenix. Sadler trails Gordon by 41 points.

•  14th place – Kevin Harvick (No. 29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet) is in 14th place. He retains the spot for a third consecutive week following his 23rd-place finish at Phoenix. Harvick trails Gordon by 106 points.

•  15th place – Joe Nemechek (No. 01 U.S. Army Chevrolet) is in 15th place. He retains the spot for a third consecutive week following his 17th-place finish at Phoenix. Nemechek trails Gordon by 174 points.

Cabela's to sponsor No. 66 at Homestead Cabela's to sponsor No. 66 at HomesteadPeak Performance Motorsports announced that its #66 entry will be sponsored by Cabela's (Cabelas.com) in the season-ending race at Homestead this weekend. Kevin Lepage will be backed by the nation's largest direct marketer and leading specialty retailer of hunting, fishing, camping and related outdoor merchandise for the Ford 400. "We are wrapping up the season on a high note with this announcement from Cabela's," said team owner Jeff Stec. "It's been an exciting year and we are pleased to welcome such a fine company on board for our final race of the season. We are hopeful of having a strong weekend and that we can carry our year-end momentum into 2006." PSE-3 PR
Stremme to attempt Homestead Stremme to attempt HomesteadDavid Stremme will attempt to qualify for his fourth NEXTEL Cup Series start this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the #39 Commit Dodge from the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates stable. It will be the second race this season for Stremme in the Commit car after its Charlotte debut. Previously in Cup competition this season, the South Bend, Ind. native drove the #39 Navy Dodge for CGRFS at Chicagoland Speedway and Richmond International Raceway (September race), and most recently piloted the #39 Commit car at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Lee McCall will serve as Stremme's crew chief this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. McCall joined Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates at the beginning of the 2001 season to lead the #40 team. McCall has amassed five wins as a crew chief at CGRFS, four with Sterling Marlin and one with Jamie McMurray. Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR
65 Cameras at Homestead 65 Cameras at HomesteadThe "Chase for the Nextel Cup" races to the finish line at the Ford 400, Sunday, 3:00pm/et from Homestead-Miami Speedway, live in high definition on NBC. Coverage begins with a special one-hour "Bank of America Countdown to Green" pre-race show, followed by green flag racing at 4:00pm/et. NBC's production arsenal for the Ford 400 NASCAR Nextel Cup finale will include 65 cameras, including eight cars with in-car cameras and three isolation cameras focused on the top three drivers in the championship "Chase." The "Tony-Cam," "Jimmie-Cam" and "Carl-Cam" will be isolated on points leader Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson (-52) and Carl Edwards (-87) respectively. NBC also will have a "Crew-Cam" mounted on the helmet of Stewart's rear tire carrier, Jody Forston, that will show the speed and pressure from his point of view during Stewart's pit stops. NBC PR
F1 set for boon years F1 set for boon yearsThe F1 Sponsorship Forum is happening in Monte Carlo and there have been some interesting observations on the sport.

Juan Villalonga, the former boss of Telefonica, said that Formula 1 is "an amazing club" but he believes that the business is seriously underperforming and says that the sport can increase its value five-fold in the next three years by adopting more effective partnerships from those involved. Villalonga said that the growth explosion will come with new consumers in Asia and Latin America.

"What is needed are more partnerships, more innovation, more passion to bring to the management the courage and audacity of the teams and drivers."

Formula One Management's Michael Payne said that China will be an important force.

"I guarantee you that in five to 10 years there will be multiple Chinese companies that will be household names," he said. "And they will have got there by using sport." Grandprix.com

Ferrari brand brings in $700m Ferrari brand brings in $700mFerrari's head of brand development and partnerships Giulio Zambeletti has revealed at the F1 Sponsorship Forum that Ferrari's income from merchandising and licensing deals, including the new Ferrari shops around the world is now worth $700m a year to the Italian car company in terms of revenues. Zambeletti said that racing is "absolutely mandatory for the brand and the product" but says that the company is planning a chain of 50 stores around the world, despite the dangers that exist in diluting the company brand. Zambeletti would not go into further detail but estimates of Ferrari's income from merchandising are around $70m, which is about five times that of any of the other F1 teams. Grandprix.com
Renault's success in numbers Renault's success in numbersWhat do 0.06 and 259,000 stand for? Find out with the Renault F1 Team’s guide to the season’s key figures!

0.06: The friction coefficient of the greases in the transmission of the R25. That is roughly twenty times lower than on a normal road car.

7: The number of pole positions for the Renault F1 Team in 2005: Australia, Malaysia, Bahrain, France, Great Britain, Brazil and China. It is also the number of races Fernando won: Malaysia, Bahrain, San Marino, Europe, France, Germany and China.

9: The weight, in kilograms, of the fuel the Renault F1 Team’s rigs pump into the R25 per second.

18: The number of podiums won by the Renault F1 Team in nineteen races in 2005. zzzz

100: The pressure in tones per square meter on certain parts of the RS25 engine, such as the distribution system.

105: The number of Grand Prix victories scored by a Renault-powered car.

130: The noise level, in decibels, of the RS25 engine at full revs.

133: The number of points scored by Fernando Alonso this year. Aside from Michael Schumacher (2002 and 2004 with 144 and 148 pts), no other driver has ever scored so many points in a season.
147: The number of pole positions won by Renault engines in F1 since 1977.

191: The total points score of the Renault F1 Team this year. No team has ever scored so many, except Ferrari in 2002 and 2004.

192: The number of Grands Prix in which Renault powered cars have participated, from Silverstone 1977 to Shanghai 2005.

200: The number of chemical families (molecules) in the specially-formulated fuel burned by the RS25, bringing a significant horsepower gain.

280: The number of podiums scored by a Renault engine since 1977.

452: The number of laps completed in the lead by the Renault F1 Team this year.

600: A piston goes from 0 to 37 m/s 600 times a second when the engine is running at full revs. In these conditions, the thickness of the oil between certain parts is just several thousandths of a micron, and the pressures involved can exceed a GigaPascal (100 tonnes2).

2,500: The average number of gearchanges during a Grand Prix.

9,200: The number of kilometres a 100% Renault car has spent in the lead since 1977.

9,700: The total distance in km completed by the Renault F1 Team in races this year.

16,650: The number of racing laps a 100% Renault car has completed since 1977.

19,250: The engine speed of the RS25 during qualifying in Shanghai.

79,000: The total number of kilometres a 100% Renault car has completed in race conditions since Silverstone 1977.

259,000: The total distance in km completed by Renault works engines since Renault arrived in F1. Source Renault

GP2 series grid grows for 2006 GP2 series grid grows for 2006Following Tuesday’s deadline for entries, the GP2 series reports today that the 12 teams who took part in the inaugural year of the championship have been confirmed for the 2006 season. On the occasion of announcing the race numbers for the forthcoming campaign, the series also announced the addition of a 13th team in 2006, thus raising the size of next year’s grids to 26 cars.

Following a challenging selection process, Trident Racing has been chosen to join the 12 existing teams in competition for honors in the forthcoming championship season.

The GP2 series received a high number of extremely strong entry proposals at the end of our inaugural season, and from this initial list, the three most promising were chosen to go through to the final stage of competition for the 13th grid place. Following much discussion and deliberation, the technical, engineering and financial package put forwards by Trident Racing was considered to be the strongest and most stable of the three finalists both in the short and long term.

The new team will take race numbers 26 and 27 when they first hit the track in 2006. With our 12 original teams all confirmed for the 2006 season, race numbering will be allocated by championship order from the final standings of 2005, as per the GP2 series sporting regulations.
Bruno Michel – GP2 series organizer “Following the fantastic first season of the GP2 series, I am delighted to see our 2006 grid grow to 26 cars. Trident Racing put forward a proposal which promised strong sporting and engineering excellence with a rigorous and stable financial plan. Theirs was a proposal which could not be overlooked, and I am very happy to welcome them to the GP2 family. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the teams who submitted a proposal. The strength of their applications made it very hard to pick just one team."

“With just one test session remaining this year, I am looking forward to seeing the new season kick off. With our 12 original teams confirmed for next year, and the strength of a new team to add to the competition, 2006 is sure to be another exciting year for the GP2 series.”

2006 GP2 series Race Numbers

ART Grand Prix 1, 2
Arden International 3, 4
Super Nova International 5, 6
iSport International 7, 8
Racing Engineering 9, 10
Piquet Sports 11, 12
DAMS 14, 15
Coloni Motorsport 16, 17
BCN Competicion 18, 19
DPR 20, 21
Durango 22, 23
Campos Racing 24, 25
Trident Racing 26, 27 Press Release GP2 Series

Formula 3
Kubica takes provisional pole in Macau Kubica takes provisional pole in MacauRobert Kubica put set-up dramas and a problem with his seat behind him to take provisional pole position for the Macau Grand Prix on Thursday.

The Carlin Motorsport driver had to come into the pits early in the session to make radical alterations to the set-up of his car after going the wrong way following the morning’s free practice session. His team also needed to make modifications to his seat after it was coming lose in the cockpit.

But despite those dramas, Kubica steadily moved up the timesheets over the 45 minute session and grabbed the top spot with just more than one minute of qualifying remaining. He eventually edged out Brazilian Lucas di Grassi and Frenchman Loic Duval.

“We had to change the set-up completely, so I had to stop to make sure we were back in the right direction,” said Kubica. “The car was better but we can still improve. And although the team tried to fix my seat, it was still moving around a bit in the car so we will have to sort that. But I’m happy, although it’s more important to be on pole position tomorrow.”

Di Grassi, who had been on the pole spot for the final 10 minutes of the session before being pipped by Kubica, was unable to respond to his rival’s efforts after complaining of traffic. But he was still pretty pleased with the feel of his car.

“There was far too much traffic,” said the Manor Motorsport driver. “I could not match the best potential from my tires with getting a clean lap, but I am pretty pleased to have done two laps very close together in the 2m13s. That makes me confident for tomorrow.”

Duval had been the early pacesetter but slipped down to third, while Fabio Carbone put in a late effort to take a provisional fourth place on the grid – one slot ahead of Naoki Yokomizo. Danny Watts was sixth with Joao Paulo de Oliveira seventh and Briton Mike Conway eighth.

Sebastian Vettel (right), who had been a sensational third fastest in the morning free practice session, was baffled about his lack of pace in qualifying as he ended up 12th, while morning pace setter Paolo Montin was a lowly 14th after stopping with mechanical problems. Cheong Lou Meng damaged the front of his car after crashing out early in the session.
Pos Driver Make-Engine Time Laps
 1. Robert Kubica Dallara Honda-Mugen/NB 2:12.754 16
 2. Lucas Di Grassi Dallara Mercedes-HWA + 0.327 17
 3. Loic Duval Dallara Mercedes-HWA + 0.360 16
 4. Fabio Carbone SLC Opel-Spiess + 0.552 16
 5. Naoki Yokomizo Dallara Nissan-Tomei + 1.076 15
 6. Danny Watts Dallara Toyota-Tom's + 1.312 16
 7. Joao P De Oliveira Dallara Toyota-Tom's + 1.492 16
 8. Mike Conway Dallara Mercedes-HWA + 1.668 16
 9. Kohei Hirate Dallara Opel-Spiess + 1.837 16
10. Franck Perera Dallara Opel-Spiess + 1.911 13
11. Kazuki Nakajima Dallara Toyota-Tom's + 1.947 8
12. Sebastian Vettel Dallara Mercedes-HWA + 2.046 17
13. Romain Grosjean Dallara Opel-Spiess + 2.093 19
14. Paolo Montin Dallara Honda-Mugen/NB + 2.176 13
15. Christian Bakkerud Dallara Honda-Mugen/NB + 2.198 17
16. Guillaume Moreau Dallara Opel-Spiess + 2.283 18
17. Bruno Senna Dallara Honda-Mugen/NB + 2.766 18
18. Daisuke Ikeda Dallara Toyota-Tom's + 3.267 17
19. Charlie Kimball Dallara Honda-Mugen/NB + 3.428 14
20. Karl Reindler Dallara Honda-Mugen/NB + 3.573 19
21. Taku Bamba Dallara Toyota-Tom's + 3.798 12
22. Dan Clarke Dallara Opel-Spiess + 4.371 16
23. Fillip Salaquarda Dallara Opel-Spiess + 4.834 16
24. Rodolfo Avila Dallara Mercedes HWA + 5.093 16
25. Michael Ho Dallara Toyota-Tom's + 5.908 14
26. Stephen Jelley Dallara Opel-Spiess + 5.946 18
27. Lei Kit Meng Dallara Opel-Spiess + 9.743 18
28. Jo Merszei Dallara Honda-Mugen/NB + 11.423 11
29. Cheong Lou Meng Dallara Honda-Mugen/NB + 11.834 4
30. Steven Kane Lola Honda-Mugen/NB + 13.655 5

Racing News
Porsche Confirms Marchy Lee for Macau Grand Prix Porsche Confirms Marchy Lee for Macau Grand PrixPorsche Asia Pacific has confirmed that Hong Kong racing star Marchy Lee will compete in the final round of the 2005 Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup Asia at the Macau Grand Prix on November 20. Also backed by PUMA and IDA Hair Care Collection, Lee is an exciting addition to the already-stellar line-up for the championship decider on Macau’s notorious Guia street circuit.

Lee’s first outing in the series - and first ever in a Porsche - came in 2003, when he beat Hong Kong racing legend Charles Kwan to take a convincing win in Johor. He was last at the wheel of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car in Macau that same year when he finished fifth.

Preparing for his Macau return Lee said: “I’m absolutely thrilled at the prospect of racing a Porsche at Macau again! The Macau Grand Prix is very much my “home” event, and the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is really great car to race there. I know the circuit well, which can be an advantage, but I’ll be competing against drivers who have been racing the whole season so are much more familiar with the car. I know the championship will be decided at Macau, but I’ll be right in there fighting for a win. It’s a highly competitive field full of quick drivers – but so am I!” zzzz

As Lee throws down the gauntlet to the region’s leading sportscar pilots, his inclusion on the Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup Asia grid is guaranteed to further stir the highly-charged atmosphere as British GT Champion, 18-year-old Jonathan Cocker, Thailand’s Charoensukhawatana Nattavude, Team Jebsen’s Darryl O’Young, and reigning champion Matthew Marsh, prepare for the Class A championship decider.

“I’m grateful to Porsche Asia Pacific, PUMA and IDA Hair Care Collection for giving me the opportunity to race at Macau,” continued Lee. “The Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup is an impressive series and I’m looking forward to what I am sure will be a tremendous race.”

Commented Porsche Asia Pacific’s Project Manager Motorsport, Michael Dreiser: “We’re delighted to have arguably Hong Kong’s most popular racing driver at the wheel of a Porsche for what will be one of the most fiercely-contested and, I have no doubt, memorable races the series has ever seen. Marchy is very well known throughout Asia, and he makes an exciting addition to our impressive field. I’m sure all his Hong Kong fans will be cheering him on come race day.”

Lee began his racing career in karts at the age of 13, before moving up through the single seater categories and attending the famous La Filiere racing school in France. Although best known for single seater racing, he has proved he is just as competitive in sports and touring cars and, as his extraordinary victory over Kwan proved, adapts quickly.

The final round of the 2005 Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup Asia will be run over 10 laps of the Macau Guia Circuit, with the race scheduled to start at 10:10am on Sunday, November 20.

Supporting the Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup Asia are two of the most recognized names in international motorsport, Mobil1 and Michelin. Mobil and Porsche have been partners since 1996. Close co-operation in research and development has led to every new Porsche engine being filled with Mobil1 high-performance lubricant. Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup Asia drivers also have the advantage of racing on cutting-edge tires supplied by series partner Michelin. The consistent performance and leading technology of Michelin tires constantly improve the performance of many teams in international motorsport. The partnership between Michelin and the Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup Asia has emerged from a worldwide agreement signed between Porsche AG and the Michelin group

The Porsche Infineon Carrera Cup Asia runs as part of the Asian Festival of Speed, organized by Malaysian-based Motorsport Asia Limited.

About Infineon
Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions for automotive, industrial and multimarket sectors, for applications in communication, as well as memory products. With a global presence, Infineon operates through its subsidiaries in the US from San Jose, CA, in the Asia-Pacific region from Singapore and in Japan from Tokyo. In fiscal year 2004 (ending September), the company achieved sales of Euro 7.19 billion with about 35,600 employees worldwide. Infineon is listed on the DAX index of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX). Further information is available at www.infineon.com.

Latest F1 news in brief Latest F1 news in brief
'I knew I'd catch Kimi'
Webber defends limp form
Generous Bernie
Monza told to reduce noise
China, Japan, swap '06 dates
Narain to unveil future
Spaniard is F1's 'new Schu'
Todt partner adopts children
Fangio statue unwrapped
Trulli blasts F1 reform
Monteiro has seen 'M16' car
Sato banner up for grabs
Cora not to blame - Ralf
McLaren not boring - Montoya
TV News
USA TV reminders for Friday USA TV reminders for Friday
'NASCAR Live!'
Homestead-Miami Speedway
5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. ET (Live) SPEED
NASCAR NEXTEL CUP - Final Practice
Ford 400
Homestead-Miami Speedway
6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. ET (SDD) SPEED
Homestead-Miami Speedway
7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. ET (Live) SPEED
Ford 200
Homestead-Miami Speedway
8:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m. ET (Live) SPEED

For a complete listing of Friday's TV Programs, see TVRacer.com and Race Fan TV.

A1 Grand Prix
A1 Grand Prix moves from strength to strength A1 Grand Prix moves from strength to strengthKuala Lumpur - The A1 Grand Prix series is reaching a global audience via its television viewers and the international corporations that have invested in this unique series in its inaugural year. 

When the Series takes to the Sepang International Circuit for the fifth round of the World Cup of Motorsport later this weekend (18-20 Nov) there are 119 TV stations in 119 countries showing the race. Meanwhile, in countries where deals are still in negotiations A1GP has made viewing the races available on the world wide web www.a1gp.com

"My aim was for the people of each country represented by a national team to be able to watch their driver race for the pride of his nation and we have achieved that" said series Founder, President and Chairman, Sheikh Maktoum.  Broadcast Director, Richard Dorfman, also added: "We are on the verge of signing a deal for North America as we have three offers on the table, while in Japan we are in final discussions with two separate channels. Also after our recent involvement in Sportel we are in advanced negotiations with the remainder of our target countries."  zzzz 

"We have one of the most exciting racing series on the planet. We have wheel to wheel racing, overtaking maneuvers from the front to the back of the field and unpredictable race results with the pit stops pitching some unlikely countries to the top of the leaderboard. We came up with a new qualifying format and this has proved a huge success with both the teams and fans. When the first winner of the World Cup of Motorsport is crowned at the end of the season in Shanghai it will be a country that has performed the best technically with drivers that have driven to the best of their ability," said Sheikh Maktoum. 

The sponsorship model that A1 Grand Prix has provided as a platform has proved as an enormous success. The sponsors have enjoyed global coverage while supporting their own nation in the World Cup of Motorsport. That has crystallized in A1 Team Australia with Foster's for the first time in 16 years having to chosen a race car. 

A1GP would like to thank the following sponsors for their involvement with the Series and look forward to mutually beneficial long term relationship: 

ABSA Bank, AC Lighting, Astro, Celmex, Cooper Tires, Emirates, Energem, First Africa, Fisher Paykel, Foster's, Giltrap Group, Investec, Kombat Clothing, Le Royal, Line 7, R9,SABC 3 Sport, Soviet Clothing, Starzone,  Yachting Unlimited, Zespri,   ,. 

A1GP is proud to announce it has won the Motorsport Award in the prestigious 2005 Autocar Awards, beating the Renault F1 team who claimed both F1 titles and had the youngest F1 Champion in history. This was presented to A1 Grand Prix at a ceremony in London on Monday (14 November). A1 Grand Prix

A1 Grand Prix
Heat will be a factor in Malaysia Heat will be a factor in MalaysiaThis weekend's round 5 of the 2005 A1 Grand Prix of Nations will literally put many of the top 10 teams in the "broiling pot" for the first time at the Sepang International Circuit near Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and A1 Team Malaysia to feature both Alex Yoong and Fairuz Fauzy must take advantage of this.

Drivers of the top 5 teams placed in the championship so far - France, Brazil, Switzerland, New Zealand and Great Britain - and favorites again for this round have never raced under such hot and humid conditions before in their racing careers while Malaysia's Alex and Fairuz have experienced many races in hot equatorial conditions and have even done 12 hour endurance races in closed cockpit GT cars at their home venue.

The Lola built and Zytek powered A1 cars will also be subjected to this new environ which may affect their performance with all eyes on their reliability especially in the hour long Feature race. A1 Team Malaysia is however ready for this challenge in the inaugural A1 Grand Prix series.

Expect the attendance to be near-zero due to the heat.

Wallace looking for ride Wallace looking for rideJust a few months ago it was announced that Morgan McClure Motorsports decided to quit playing the "pull the driver out for this race" game with Mike Wallace, and had told him he would be their driver for the rest of 2005. But, as they did earlier in the season, they apparently changed their mind. Today Morgan McClure Motorsports announced Todd Bodine as their driver of the #4 Lucas Oil Chevy for the season finale NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead, FL. This announcement comes one day after Mike's brother Kenny Wallace was announced as the fill-in driver for the #97 Roush Racing Ford, which could have put the two in the final regular season NASCAR Nextel Cup race with their older brother Rusty, who is retiring from behind the wheel after Homestead.

Motorsports Lounge talked with "Team ML" driver Mike Wallace this evening about the situation at Morgan McClure Motorsports as well as other issues surrounding this weekend. "They have to do what they feel they need to do," said Mike Wallace to Jason Stix Buckley. "They apparently feel the driver change will help them run better at Homestead, so that is that." With older brother Rusty retiring after this race, Mike was really hoping to race against him. "Kenny and I started this season racing against Rusty at Daytona, and it would be really cool if we could end it also in the same race. It would mean a lot to our family. Kenny is now in the #97 for the race, so now I need to find a ride. If a team out there wants a driver for the Homestead NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race, give me a call!" Even if Mike doesn't get that call for this memorable occasion, he will still be racing in Homestead. "This weekend I will be driving Rusty's Miller High Life car in the Busch Series race," Mike said. "Rusty's team has great equipment, so we are going down there to have some fun and win the race." But, that isn't all the fun for Mike this weekend. "We are going to go down and hang out with country singer Chris Cagle. We are going to watch him perform and just have a great time!"

What does next season hold for Mike Wallace? "We will deal with next season after this weekend," said Mike. "Right now we are looking forward to seeing Chris Cagle, racing Rusty's car and hopefully getting a ride for the Nextel Cup race. Also, my daughter Chrissy will be racing her Pro Challenge car at Friendship Motor Speedway Saturday, so hopefully we both can bring home trophies this weekend!" Motorsports Lounge PR

Rick Hendrick passes Junior Johnson Rick Hendrick passes Junior JohnsonKyle Busch's victory Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway marked the 140th Cup Series win for car owner Rick Hendrick, who is now second on NASCAR's all-time list. Petty Enterprises is first with more than 200 Cup-level wins and Junior Johnson sits third with 139.
Customer versions of the Pontiac GTO.Rs available Customer versions of the Pontiac GTO.Rs availableCustomer versions of the Pontiac GTO.R race cars that successfully debuted in this year's GT class of the Grand American Rolex Series are now being offered for sale by GM Racing. Identical to the #64 and #65 Pontiac GTO.Rs that TRG campaigned in the latter half of the 2005 season of the Rolex Series, the cars will be deliverable by December 16th, 2005 and will be available for the Test Days at Daytona International Speedway January 4 through 7, 2006.

"The Pontiac GTO.R has firmly established itself as a strong competitor in the GT class of the Rolex Series," said Mark Kent, director of GM Racing. "After entering the series mid-season, the two TRG cars scored four wins, three additional podium finishes and two poles in eight races.

"We're now offering this winning car to teams at prices comparable to those of other GT class race cars - which means significantly less than comparable professional standard race cars in other series," Kent said. "The Grand American Series concept and rules not only provide extremely close and competitive racing but also enable us to offer this GTO.R package as the basis of a remarkably cost-effective race season for a professional team."

A complete vehicle (excluding engine management and data system) will be offered to customer teams for $275,000 with a required spares package (suspension, body and driveline components) for an additional $100,000.

The race cars will include the following:
. Complete chassis systems, including suspension, brakes, steering and interior systems
. Penske triple adjustable 8760 series dampers
. Cockpit adjustable front and rear anti-roll bars
. AP Racing endurance calipers and rotors with PFC-01 brake pads
. 1 set of Fikse 3-piece 11.5" x 18" wheels and 1 set of Hoosier GT tires
. Pratt & Miller FIA approved racing seat
. Xtrac 399GT 5 speed sequential transaxle with Daytona gear ratio sets
. Complete chassis and engine management electrical wiring loom
. GM Racing prepared data acquisition wiring loom excluding Motec ADL2 data logger and instrumentation.
. ADD IPU-16 Power system
. 1 set of alignment bars
. GM Racing prepared and sealed production-based LS2 engine
o Engine wiring harness for Bosch MS 4.0
o A-plate with scavenge pump drive mounting
o Scavenge pump assembly including cast pan and manifold
o ATI damper with machined hub
o Camshaft sprocket and reluctor rings compatible with Bosch MS 4.0
o Engine control sensors compatible with Bosch MS 4.0
o Fuel rail, coolant and oil fittings compatible with GTO.R vehicle
o Engine to be dyno verified by GM Racing prior to shipment

Customers may supply their own engine management, communications and data systems as well as driver cooling systems and ballast or purchase this equipment from GM Racing at additional cost.  GM Racing will also provide technical support to all approved GTO.R customer teams, including:
. Access to all vehicle lab test, track test and vehicle setup information
. Access to vehicle performance updates
. Distributed engine hardware and calibration support
. Distributed chassis engineering support that includes aerodynamic and vehicle setup, data analysis and vehicle simulation assistance

Sherman to the No. 49 Sherman to the No. 49Brent Sherman, the talented rookie driver from the Chicago metro area, will drive the #49 Dodge for BAM Racing beginning with the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season. Car owner Beth Ann Morgenthau made the announcement today. Runner-up only to the legendary Frank Kimmel for the 2004 ARCA championship, Sherman exhibited the consistency necessary for success in the major leagues of stock car racing. That came after his first full season in ARCA, when Sherman finished fourth in the final national standings. This past season, he has competed in 25 NASCAR Busch Series events with a pair of different teams. The 31-year-old Sherman is a native of North Barrington, Ill., on the northwest side of Chicago. Unlike many of those who will be running for Rookie of the Year in NASCAR's Nextel Cup Series next season, Sherman has never started a race in the series. BAM Racing, completing just its fourth year of operation, is owned by the Morgenthaus, investors from Coral Gables, Fla. Ms. Morgenthau, whose initials make up the name of the team - BAM Racing - is the only female car owner in motorsports to become involved without prior family connections. General manager Eddie Jones is a veteran of the NASCAR Nextel Cup wars, enjoying a championship career as a crew chief, mechanic and team leader. Crew chief David Hyder has over 20 years of racing experience both driving and as a chief mechanic. Car chief Ron Otto is a former crew chief with years of successful experience in major league stock car racing. Williams Company
Metris to sponsor MF1 Racing in 2006 Metris to sponsor MF1 Racing in 2006UPDATE A reader writes, Dear AutoRacing1.com,  I thought this quote was rather interesting “Metris will supply MF1 Racing with high technology optical measurement systems for dimensional quality control, testing and reverse engineering.”  Exactly what do they intend to reverse engineer?  Their own parts or other teams parts? Gary Shell 11/16/05 MF1 Racing, the Formula One team owned and operated by The Midland Group, is pleased to welcome Metris as official industrial supplier to the team for the 2006 season. Colin Kolles, Managing Director of MF1 Racing, and Bart Van Coppenolle, CEO of Metris, finalized the deal today.

Metris will supply MF1 Racing with high technology optical measurement systems for dimensional quality control, testing and reverse engineering. These systems will enable the team to speed up the R&D processes it uses to fine-tune their F1 car for optimal car geometry for aerodynamics and torsional analysis for improved driving stability, as well as ensure compliance with the regulations set out by the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile). The dimensions of an F1 car’s bodywork are subject to strict regulations with respect to height, distance, shape etc., and the Metris systems will expedite race preparation and assist the team in optimizing their cars’ specifications.

"Metris is very proud to be an official industrial supplier to the Midland team," commented Bart Van Coppenolle, CEO of Metris. "It is both a great honor and a major responsibility for us to work together with MF1 Racing and to accompany its high-profile entry into the highest level of motorsports. Formula One activities are an excellent platform on which to showcase breakthroughs for emerging technologies such as the Metris’ optical metrology solutions to commercial automotive manufacturers."

Colin Kolles, Managing Director of MF1 Racing, says: "The co-operation between Metris and MF1 Racing is progressing very well and we are pleased to confirm this partnership for the 2006 F1 season. Having a team partner like Metris matches perfectly with our goal of continuous improvement and we look forward to advancing up the grid with their assistance." Metris has a long history of Formula One partnerships, supplying systems to major F1 teams which have utilized Metris solutions during R&D, testing and production. The FIA has also installed a Metris system to perform legality checks on the dimensions of F1 cars during every Grand Prix race.

Metris is also supporting Jeffrey van Hooydonk, an ambitious Belgian race driver who will test for MF1 Racing on the Spanish racetrack of Jerez in the second week of December. MF1 Racing

China and Japan swap 2006 F1 dates China and Japan swap 2006 F1 datesFollowing the agreement of the two national sporting authorities, the FASC (Federation of Automobile Sports of the People’s Republic of China) and JAF (Japan Automobile Federation), and with the approval of the FIA World Motor Sport Council, the dates of the Chinese and Japanese Grand Prix have been swapped.

Updated 2006 F1 calendar:
March 12 Bahrain
March 19 Malaysia
April 2 Australia
April 23 San Marino
May 7 European GP
May 14 Spain
May 28 Monaco
June 11 Great Britain
June 25 Canada
July 2 United States
July 16 France
July 30 Germany
August 6 Hungary
August 27 Turkey
September 10 Italy
September 17 Belgium
October 1 China
October 8 Japan
October 22 Brazil (Subject to contract approval)

Top Kart will send its top 2006 JICA Competitor to Italy Top Kart will send its top 2006 JICA Competitor to ItalyTop Kart, the elite Italian kart chassis manufacturer, announced today that it will reward its top JICA competitor in the 2006 Snap-on Stars of Karting presented by the Indy Racing League with a fully-funded drive in the 2007 Winter Cup in Lonato, Italy.  The announcement follows the commitment of other Italian manufacturers, who are using the international Winter Cup event as a reward to their North American clientele and an attempt to strengthen links with the CIK format in North America.  “Grand Products has done an excellent job for us in 2005 with putting together with Ron White’s Mirage Motorsports a very good National Team and we want to be able to give back to our best junior drivers the reward to come to Italy and race,” stated Top Kart owner William Santini. Some of Top Kart’s current front-runners in the Snap-on Stars of Karting include Ron White, Joe White, Levi Roberts, Billy & Joshua Goshen, Laura Hayes and Sage Karam (2005 Grand Products Cadet National Champion).

“Top Kart jumping on board for this program for next year really gives us some good momentum.  I can’t wait to see how our ambassadors from the series do at the 2006 Winter Cup.  It’s truly a program that has grown much further than we imagined,” stated series marketing director Jeff Swoboda.

Brooks Associates Racing tests 7 drivers for 2006 Brooks Associates Racing tests 7 drivers for 2006In preparation for the new season, Brooks Associates Racing, one of the longest running teams in the Atlantic series, has been testing a variety of fast, young drivers.  In twelve days of testing at Firebird and other Southwest tracks, seven drivers, including Robbie Pecorari, have showcased their talents in the hopes of joining the competitive Atlantic field.
"I have really been impressed by how quick these young drivers are jumping in.  Robbie, for example, wasted no time in setting top speeds and was notably faster than the track record. " said John Brooks, team owner.  “The other area that is quite positive for the series overall is the interest level from international drivers.  I think the generous Champ Car incentive, combined with the addition of Champ Car teams as Atlantic team owners, will make 2006 a very exciting year.”
The team will continue testing until the holidays, finalizing its roster for its two car effort in early January. 
John Brooks of Brooks Associates Racing was named Team Owner of the Year in 2005 by the series and has fielded such notables as Ronnie Bremer (now in Champ Car), Andreas Wirth (who was second in the championship going into Road America before being sidelined by an accident), Al Unser III, Fernando Rees and Daniel Pappas.  In 2006, competitors will fight for the 12-race championship and the unique $2 million Champ Car series champion's bonus. For more information on the Atlantic series, please visit www.champcaratlantic.com.
11th F1 team hangs in balance 11th F1 team hangs in balanceUPDATE The FIA - F1's governing body, has officially confirmed that they have received an application from the Super Aguri team to contest the 2006 season.  However whether or not they will actually be apart of the championship next year remains unclear, as the official entry list will not be published by the FIA until December. 11/15/05 The possibility of an 11th team joining the Formula One grid next season hangs in the balance after the deadline closed for entries on Tuesday.  Governing body the FIA revealed it had received an application from the Japanese Super Aguri team.   But no decision will be reached until the FIA publishes the full entry list until early next month.

Four teams on the grid - BAR, Sauber, Jordan and Minardi - have also applied to change their names for next season.

Sauber will be known as BMW Sauber F1, Jordan will be renamed Midland F1 and Minardi will become Squadra Toro Rosso.

BAR, who will be owned by Honda, have yet to reveal what they will be called.

The Japanese manufacturer is also set to supply engines and technical support to the proposed Super Aguri team.  The new team, if approved, will be led by former F1 driver Aguri Suzuki. BBC

Jeffrey van Hooydonk to test for MF1 Racing Jeffrey van Hooydonk to test for MF1 RacingMidland MF1 Racing will use its five-day Jerez test from 7th to 11th December, 2005, as an opportunity to evaluate up-and-coming drivers. The team is therefore pleased to announce that Jeffrey van Hooydonk will take part in a one-day test at Jerez on 8th December 2005. Prior to this test, he had a seat fitting at the factory on 15th November.

Colin Kolles, Managing Director of Midland MF1 Racing, stated: "I have known Jeffrey van Hooydonk since he was competing in Formula Renault and Formula Three; two Championships in which he did a good job. Therefore, we are very pleased to give him the opportunity to prove his skills and potential."

Jeffrey van Hooydonk said: "The upcoming test in Jerez is the result of ongoing negotiations between my management, my sponsors and the Midland team since the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim. From there, we have been working hard to find a way to organize this test. I am happy that we have been in contact for a few months already, as I have been able to work on my physical condition. The circuit in Spain is pretty demanding, with quick corners, so I expect it to be tough on the neck but I think I am fit enough. I have some previous experience driving a Formula One car, as I did a demonstration drive last year with Minardi at Misano, so I know more or less what to expect. I have also quite a lot of experience with single seaters. However, it is impossible to compare a Formula One car with any other category of racing car. I expect it to be a hard but exciting day. I am very excited to be given this opportunity, especially as many Belgian fans are eagerly awaiting another Belgian driver in F1. I will definitively give my best and then have to wait and see what the future will bring." MF1 Racing

Track News
New Road Course To Open in Texas New Road Course To Open in TexasSaturday will be the opening of Motor Sport Ranch Houston.  The 2.4-mile road course, located 35 miles southwest of downtown Houston, is being billed as a "motorsports country club" -- a venue for racing enthusiasts to take their street-legal cars, trucks or bikes and drive them in a safe and competitive environment.

"We can't build the storage buildings fast enough," said Kim Campbell, president of Motor Sport Ranch Houston. "The members are coming in and they're all wanting to store cars. We haven't even opened and have something like 65 members."

Motor Sport Ranch Houston's racing surface is 40 feet wide, with three straightaways that are each progressively longer. The longest straight -- 3,000 feet -- culminates in a quick left-hand turn, followed by a right-left bus stop. The pits have three full lanes with concrete stalls.

MSRH is expected to hold 100,000 fans so it could host professional racing.

A1 Grand Prix
France aiming to continue domination France aiming to continue dominationAfter another dominant performance in the Australian round of the A1 Grand Prix championship A1 Team France heads to Malaysia aiming to extend its dominant run of victories. Alexandre Prémat will be back behind the wheel of the French car defending the France colors after Nicolas Lapierre took another double victory in Australia. It was A1 Team France’s sixth straight win of the season.

This weekend will be Alexandre Premat's first time in Malaysia. "It looks like Sepang will be very demanding because of the high temperatures,” he said. “I have looked at the track and see there are a lot of high-speed corners. Stability is therefore important, together with a good balance. Most of the corners are quick – at least three-quarters of them - so the G force will put a lot of strain on my neck and shoulder muscles. But I am feeling very fit and ready to race after my vacation."

"In Australia, we were pleased with the performance of the car,” he added. “We will do our best to perform well in front of our fans and the Malaysian public. We will stay near the airport and I’m pleased to have already spent a few days in Langkawi, after I arrived from the race in Australia. I am looking forward to seeing more of the country next year."
Jean-Paul Driot, team principal A1 Team France commented: "It looks easy to win consecutively, but it isn’t. It takes a lot of concentration and a lot of precision. We will remain focused and not relax. Sepang is a very challenging track, and also quite hard on the drivers physically. Nevertheless I’m confident we will perform well and hopefully we can extend our winning streak."

A1 Team France is one of 25 teams contesting the new A1 Grand Prix Series, the 'World Cup of Motorsport'. After the fourth round of the new A1 Grand Prix Series, Team A1 France leads the Championship with 71 points, 19 ahead of Brazil. To date the team has scored six consecutive wins. Source A1GP France

Companies See Growth In Value Of IRL Sponsorships Companies See Growth In Value Of IRL SponsorshipsUPDATE A reader writes, Servia is really asking the wrong question, why are all the big name IRL sponsors in the IRL? No fan base, no ratings on TV, no fans in the stands, lost races from the schedule-ALL the money and nothing to show for it. I read your value of sponsorship piece and it seems Unbelievable & Untrue. Champ Car averages 150,000 people per event. Take Indy out of the IRL equation and there can't be more than a 30-40k average at the IRL races? What gives? Who is doing the math? Brian Kellione, Colorado Springs, CO. Dear Brian, For years the IRL has put out a similar report from the same company. The numbers have been unbelievable for years. Red Bull, Chevy, Toyota and others didn't believe them and are gone. Reports like that insult one's intelligence. Mark C.

11/15/05 IRL IndyCar® Series sponsors saw a 57 percent increase in the comparable value of their sponsorships during the 2005 IndyCar Series season, according to the year-end report compiled by Joyce Julius and Associates.

The report, which tracks exposures for all event telecasts during the season, found that the overall exposure value during the season was $339,795,225, up $36.3 million over 2004. It also found that overall television time increased by 31 hours, 18 minutes and 16 seconds, a 57 percent increase, while overall sponsor mentions were up 447, a 16 percent increase.

Team sponsors accounted for 56 percent of the total in-focus exposure time and nearly 30 percent of all verbal recognition. The top-25 team sponsors averaged a 28 percent increase in exposure value from 2004.

Leading the team sponsors in exposure were Pioneer and Argent Mortgage, the co-primary sponsors of 2004 Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Rice and 2005 Bombardier Rookie of the Year Danica Patrick. The companies received nearly a $20 million increase in exposure through its use of in-car cameras, driver uniforms, car identities, crew member uniforms and shirts. Overall, Pioneer generated $16,102,050 in comparable value, while Argent Mortgage generated 15,731,110, according to the report.

7-Eleven, the primary sponsor of Andretti Green Racing driver Tony Kanaan, received $12,344,640 in exposure in 2005 through its use of in-car cameras, driver uniforms, verbal references, car identity and crew member uniforms.

Target, which served as sponsor of Target Chip Ganassi Racing, received $8,847,905 in exposure, while Klein Tools, the co-primary sponsor of 2005 IndyCar Series champion Dan Wheldon, received $8,573,335.

 "Marketing partnerships are an integral part of the league's success and we are very pleased to see the results of league, team, driver and event sponsors in this report," IRL President and COO Brian Barnhart said. "We look forward to continuing to maximize benefits to sponsors via the IndyCar Series."

The annual report contains year-end exposure for all entities. During each broadcast, all clear, in-focus exposure time was monitored and tabulated in the Sponsors Report. In addition, mentions of a sponsor's or entity's name or product were counted and valued.

To determine a dollar value for each sponsor's exposure, on-screen time and mentions were compared to a network's estimated cost per 30-second commercial rate for each particular telecast.

The Sponsors Report provides comprehensive documentation of in-broadcast brand exposure during sports, special event, and entertainment television programming. Offered by Joyce Julius and Associates since 1985, the Sponsors Report has become the most recognized name in television exposure valuation. IRL

Reorganization at Evernham Reorganization at EvernhamAs the 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup season winds down, planning for 2006 is already well underway at Evernham Motorsports. For President and CEO Ray Evernham, it is anything but business as usual. Evernham is developing a new architecture for team success, one designed to foster better collective thinking, decision making and intellectual innovation. In 2006, Evernham will do away with the crew chief position on all of his race teams, instead installing a leadership team similar to many corporate structures. Each of the Evernham Motorsports Nextel Cup teams will have a Team Director, a Car Director and an Engineer. Evernham designed the new team structure with an eye toward the future and the continued evolution of the sport.

#19: For 2006, the leadership and team members of Evernham Motorsports will shift their alignment to better share the knowledge and thought-processes throughout the organization. The team that comprises the #91 Evernham Dodge Charger today will move to the #19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger, driven by Jeremy Mayfield. It will be led by Chris Andrews as Team Director. Kirk Almquist will be the Car Director and Tim Malinovsky will be the Engineer.

#9: The #19 team will shift to the #9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger, which Kasey Kahne will continue to drive. Kenny Francis will be the Team Director for the #9 team, Mike Shiplett will be the Car Director and Keith Rodden will be the Engineer.

#10: The #9 team will support the new No. 10 Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge Charger and driver Scott Riggs. Rodney Childers is the acting Team Director, and the leadership team will be announced at a later date.
The new team structure will be in effect for the final race of the 2005 season at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2005. Tommy Baldwin, Team Director of the #9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger, will serve as a team consultant at Miami before moving on to pursue his dreams of running his own team. "Tommy will be leaving Evernham Motorsports to hopefully start his own operation," added Evernham. "He's very interested in being a team owner, and I want to help him get started just like Rick Hendrick helped me get started. I've known Tommy since he was 10 or 11 years old, and wish him the very best in the future."  zzzz

"I appreciate the opportunity to work with Ray for several years," said Baldwin. "I've learned an awful lot from him. I also appreciate him letting me move on and helping me accomplish what I want to accomplish in the future. I came to Ray some time ago and told him this is what I've wanted to do. He didn't have any problems with that. He was in the same position with Rick (Hendrick) when he wanted to move on. Ray has helped me through all this and helped my decision making. I'm thankful for his friendship. Kasey and I have talked about this," he added. "He's going to win plenty of races with me or without me. He just has a God-given talent. I'm not worried about that. I'm glad I've become really good friends with him, and hopefully we can carry that into the future."

The remaining positions within the new team structure at Evernham Motorsports are expected to be named in the next few weeks. Clear Blue/Evernham Motorsports PR

Latest F1 news in brief Latest F1 news in brief
Red Bull go for late launch
Fisi eyes 2006 crown
F1's Skip Barber
Karthikeyan honored
Legge to test next week
'Schu Snr' to stay with Weber
American drivers form United Racing for Brazilian Endurance race American drivers form United Racing for Brazilian Endurance raceBrazil's Siemens Granja 500 has become one of the most traditional endurance races in motor sports, and one of the coolest season-end gatherings for some of the top drivers in the world. Now in its' 9th edition, this 500 miles, close to 12 hours race attracts names like Montoya, Barrichello, Fittipaldi, Castroneves, Wheldon, Massa and many more. They are joined by the best of the national Brazilian kart and car racing scene.

This year, some American drivers got their resources together and formed a team to race in this temple of motor sports: Patrick Long (Porsche factory driver, ALMS GT2 05 Champion, 24 hours of Le Mans and 12 hours of Sebring GT2 winner), Matt Jaskol (ASA Speed Truck Series 05 Champion, Stars of Karting Champion and Granja 500 podium in 04), Phil Giebler (F3000 points scorer, Stars of Karting regular, IPS race winner), Tim Maddux (Pro karting racer, Bondurant Racing School instructor) and Peter Stark enlisted the help of Jaskol's manager, Brazilian native Fernando Avallone of Ava Sports to manage the team and, in the space of a few weeks, United Racing was a reality with the support of Overamerica, Oakley, Douglas Wheel and Ava Sports.

Tuesday 15th was the shake down at the Granja for the Americans, who were delighted to be part of this event. Long: "Now that our team has been built and our great sponsors have stood up to fund this effort; it's all about enjoyment.  Don't get me wrong, we're going to Granja to stand on the Podium at the end of the 500 miles, but this is all about fun and adventure!  It's great to be teamed with friends of mine who I grew up racing with.  This reunion is long overdue! The level of competition here is something to take very serious.  I know from my karting days how strong the Brazilian National scene is.  Add a handful of Formula One and Indy Car Drivers who have won at every level and this is a melting pot of champions!!  I can't wait... "  zzzz

Jaskol:" At the end of the race last year, I was really tired from the whole effort, but when I climbed the podium and looked around me I saw Christian Fittipaldi, Wheldon, Barrichello, and all the others in the same state I was, super worn out but so happy to be standing there after all…I knew I was hooked, and I had to come back with an All American team. I kept bothering Fernando, then Pat, and we finally got it together. I am very glad we made it here and now the real fun begins, there is this full week of testing before we start the race at midnight next Saturday, and from today's shake down I can say we are in the right direction. We are here to fight at the front."

There are 75 karts taking part in the race, as this is the limit imposed by the CIK/FIA to the track which is slightly shorter than a mile. Registration, last September, sold out in a matter of hours, and the event is televised through a major TV network in Brazil.

Servia: Show me the sponsors Servia: Show me the sponsorsOriol Servia likes the direction Champ Car is moving, but until he starts seeing teams able to land sponsorship he's not convinced.

"I've been so much wanting to believe every year that it's getting better that I don't know anymore if it's really getting better or not. For sure, it's come a long way in three years and there are many things that show it's getting better. But for me, the thing that tells how healthy the championship really is, is the teams selling new sponsors, and so far, that hasn't happened. There are a lot of things that look better for next year. Champ Car looks like it's in a stronger position than it has been for quite a few years, but let's see which teams are able to sign new sponsors for next year.

That's the test for the series.

"I have to say I really support and believe in Kevin Kalkhoven. He's one of those guys when you talk to him, I feel he'll do the right thing and he will win. You can see he's a very smart man, and a very motivated man. Often when you see rich people get involved in racing you see them enjoy themselves for a few years, then they get interested in something else and they're gone.

"But Kevin bought a team, and then part of the series, and then he goes and buys Cosworth and Pi. And you start to say, not only does this guy like racing, but he's quite smart and he's buying all the right pieces to give him a very powerful hand. From the beginning, I got a good feeling about him and now I really, really believe in him, and that makes me think we're in better shape than ever." Champ Car

Servia thinks he can beat Bourdais Servia thinks he can beat BourdaisOriol Servia believes he can beat Champ Car champion and teammate Sebastien Bourdais next year if he can stay with Newman/Haas.

"He's been in the same car with the same people for three years and the set-up is all around him. But think that I can beat him next year. I have my own explanations and I think I can get there. For sure, it's gonna be tough, but there have been races where I've been faster than him.

"The thing he's really good at is looking at the data. If there's one corner where you are faster than him, the next session he tries to do what you're doing and he ends up doing it. He has no big ego thinking nobody can be faster than me. He looks at my data all the time. And that's something I'm good at, too. If I have a teammate who is faster and I know the car can do it, then I'm going to do it in the next session. I look at the data and if his car is two mph faster on entry, then I'm going to do it.

"For sure, he's good and it's going to be hard for anybody to beat him. He's very fast. But I'm very glad and very grateful that they gave me the opportunity. As a driver, you always have your belief that you can do a better job. So I'm really hoping that next year I have a real shot." Champ Car

Q and A with Jimmy Fennig Q and A with Jimmy FennigJimmy Fennig helped Kurt Busch win the inaugural Nextel Cup last season at Homestead Miami Speedway, so Ford Racing asked the veteran crew chief what the five keys are to giving yourself a chance at capturing the championship on the final day of the season. Fennig will be the crew chief for the No. 97 Taurus driven by Kenny Wallace in this year’s season-ending Ford 400.

Qualify well – “You’d like to qualify up front and try to get those five bonus points for leading a lap early in the race if you can.  Last year, Kurt sat on the pole and we were able to get off to a good start right off the bat.  That does a lot for everyone’s confidence.

Double and triple check everything – “You want to make sure that you don’t overlook anything as far as equipment goes.  We might not be able to control what happens on the race track, but we can make sure all of the bolts are tight and nothing falls off from being careless.” zzzz

Stay relaxed – “There’s a lot of pressure on the pit crews and the driver in that last race, so it’s important to remain calm and concentrate on your job.  It can all come down to one pit stop and you have to be ready.”

Concentrate on yourself – “I think it’s important for the driver to concentrate on his car and not worry about the competition.  You can’t control how the other guys are running, so just concentrate on what adjustments you need to make in your car and then race them at the end.”

Keep all of your wheels on – “Make sure that all of the lugnuts are tight and the tires stay on the entire race.  If one does fall off, try to make sure it happens at the entrance of pit road.” Ford Racing

Midland shows its new colors Midland shows its new colorsMidland Group announces today the official registration of its Formula One Team - MF1 Racing into the 2006 FIA Formula One World Championship and reveals its new livery.

This livery, a combination of white, silver grey and red, has been designed to create a unique identity for the team. This classy, dynamic livery will adorn the MF1-Toyota M16 for the 2006 season and will also be used during the pre-season test program, beginning in Jerez, Spain, in early December.

The flowing new logo, a stylized 'M', has been designed by the Istituto Europeo de Design (IED) in Milan, one of the most renowned European design academies.

"November 15th, 2005, is a very important day for Midland, as it marks our official entrance into the 2006 FIA Formula One World Championship," stated Colin Kolles, Managing Director of MF1 Racing. "As a new team, the challenge was to find the best way to graphically define our identity in the public’s perception. It was a difficult exercise, but fascinating and rewarding at the same time. I think Rob Taylor, our in house Product Designer, has done an excellent job with the livery, which is powerful and distinct from any other on the grid."

"The logo is a striking concept created by two young Italian design students from the Istituto Europeo de Design and it was great to have been able to give them this opportunity to express themselves." Press Release MF1 Racing

Midland name change Midland name changeThe Midland Group has announced that it will enter the Formula 1 World Championship under the name of MF1 Racing. This is an unexpected change of branding as it was thought that Midland wanted to use Formula 1 to spread its name around the world. MF1 is not going to do that, unless Midland has plans to create a product under that name, which does not seem very likely. When he launched the team a year ago Midland boss Alex Shnaider said that "for a global business conglomerate the search for a global communication platform is natural" which makes the decision to use an unrelated brand all the more confusing. Grandprix.com
Champ Car World Series Season Notebook Champ Car World Series Season Notebook
USGP Notebook USGP NotebookFollowing in the footsteps of his famous father, 1982 World Champion and two-time United States Grand Prix winner Keke Rosberg, rookie Nico Rosberg will compete in the 2006 Formula One season that includes the United States Grand Prix on July 2 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Nico Rosberg, 20, will drive for Williams-Cosworth, the team/car/engine combination his father used to win the world title.

"Williams, Cosworth, Rosberg," Nico Rosberg said. "That was a World Championship-winning combination 24 years ago, so it (will) be very nice."

But while he has a famous name, it was Nico Rosberg's talent and potential that earned him a seat with one of the top teams in F1.

"His natural talent in the cockpit is equally matched by his intelligence out of it, as demonstrated by his depth of technical understanding and communication of data over the months spent as a test driver this season," team owner Sir Frank Williams said. "Despite his youth, his wealth of experience reflects the early start made by contemporary drivers. And it is significant to note that Nico has recorded more race starts by the age of 20 than his father recorded in an entire career."

Rosberg won the inaugural GP2 championship in 2005 against stiff competition that included Renault protégé Heikki Kovalainen and American Scott Speed, who finished second and third, respectively, in the final points standings.

"I am really looking forward to starting work at the end of this month and learning as much from the WilliamsF1 Team as I possibly can," Rosberg said. "You always have to prove yourself, wherever you are, especially in F1. Even Michael Schumacher sees that. After being seven times World Champion they still try and pull him down. It's a hard world, but I am ready for it."

Rosberg was born in Germany and lives in Monaco. His father won the 1984 U.S. Grand Prix in Dallas and the 1985 U.S. Grand Prix in Detroit. zzzz

BAR-Honda targets victories in 2006: Gil de Ferran, 2003 Indianapolis 500 winner and now sporting director of BAR-Honda, believes that the team's drivers Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello can win races next season.

"We certainly have two drivers capable of winning races," he said, "and I'm confident the design and race teams are capable not only of producing a good car but also operating it well enough to achieve that objective. Clearly to win, a lot of different things have to come right on the day, and that's the big challenge. But I don't get out of bed thinking, 'Let's finish second'. I didn't have that attitude when I was a driver, and I certainly don't have it now. I'm here to fight for race wins and championships."

As sporting director, de Ferran's role encompasses a number of different aspects.

"It's hard to pinpoint one specific area but, often, I bring a different perspective to meetings and conversations," he said. "I guess that's because I come from a different background. Whether that's helpful isn't up to me to judge. It's also probably fair to say that I understand some of the situations and psychological aspects relating to the drivers because of my racing background, albeit not in F1."

Barrichello's resume includes nine F1 victories, including the 2002 United States Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Button has yet to score his first F1 victory, but he was third in the 2004 Drivers World Championship and has finished second four times and third eight times in his F1 career.

BMW names new team: BMW, which bought the Sauber F1 team, has registered its team for the 2006 season as BMW Sauber. After six years as an engine partner to Williams, BMW decided to run an F1 squad and bought a majority stake in the Swiss privateer Sauber team. The team's new name reflects the bonding of the original Sauber team in Switzerland and BMW's engine program in Germany.

"The new team name more or less chose itself," said BMW's motorsport director, Dr. Mario Theissen. "It reflects the makeup of the team - run by BMW but with a core of almost 300 Sauber employees. Plus, the 2006 car was developed by Sauber's proven engineers."

The team's winter testing begins with an interim car and the new BMW P86 V8 engine Nov. 28, in Barcelona, Spain.

Toyota switching to Bridgestone: Panasonic Toyota Racing will switch from Michelin to Bridgestone tires next season.

"After a rather successful 2005 season, our sights are now set even higher up the grid, and we feel that Bridgestone is ideally suited to the technical demands of F1 in the future and will be the best match for our 2006 car," said Tsutomu Tomita, the chairman of Toyota Motorsport.

Midland picks driver, livery for 2006: Holland's Christijan Albers will drive for Midland (formerly Jordan) in 2006. He spent his rookie season with Minardi in 2005.

The team also unveiled the new livery for its MF1-Toyota M16 car that will be raced in the 2006 season, including at the United States Grand Prix on July 2 at Indianapolis.

New F1 team files entry: Aguri Suzuki has filed an entry for a new F1 team, but that entry still has to be officially ratified by the FIA.

"We have cleared all the hurdles we had to clear up to this point," Suzuki said. "Obviously there is a huge amount of work left, but we plan to be on the grid in 2006."

The team will use Honda engines and Bridgestone tires but is still organizing its chassis program.

Former F1 driver Suzuki is also involved in the Indy Racing League as co-owner of Super Aguri Fernandez Racing. USGP

Cleveland GP news for 2006 Cleveland GP news for 2006For the second consecutive year, the Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland was the highest-rated television broadcast among all Champ Car World Series races held in the United States.

According to figures provided by Nielsen Media Research, the 24th annual Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by U.S. Bank, held June 24-26 in downtown Cleveland, earned a final rating of .9 with a 2 share. The broadcast, which was aired nationally on CBS television in the 1:30-4 p.m. ET time slot on Sunday, June 26, was seen in approximately 1,006,000 households.

The 0.9 rating earned by the Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland represented the highest-rated broadcast among the seven U.S.-based Champ Car races in 2005. Paul Tracy, the 2003 Champ Car series champion, captured the checkered flag in Cleveland this season in an exciting race that featured six lead changes.

Among all 13 2005 Champ Car events, only the Molson Indy Toronto and the Molson Indy Montreal races earned higher TV numbers than this year’s Roar by the Shore, with both races garnering a 1.0 rating. Of the four races aired on CBS this season Cleveland was the second-highest rated event, trailing only Toronto.

In 2004, the Grand Prix of Cleveland earned the highest rating among 14 Champ Car broadcasts. The ’04 event posted a 0.3 rating on cable television’s Spike TV network.

The Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2006, with a three-day festival of speed scheduled from June 23-25. The event will return to the 2.106-mile road course on the uniquely-designed Burke Lakefront Airport circuit. CBS will once again televise all of the Champ Car racing action on the banks of Lake Erie on Sunday, June 25.

For more information on one of Cleveland’s most popular summertime events, visit www.grandprixofcleveland.com

Daytona gets more time for HOF Daytona gets more time for HOFAn unexpected move by NASCAR has given Daytona Beach more time to line up public money to attract the coveted stock-car-racing hall of fame.  NASCAR executives announced during the weekend that they would hold off on selecting a site for the hall until early next year. That gives state legislators time to revive a plan during a special session next month to sell a NASCAR-themed license plate and use the proceeds to help finance Daytona's bid for the attraction.

Daytona is competing with Charlotte, N.C., Richmond, Va., Kansas City, Kan. and Atlanta for the hall of fame. The city has proposed spending at least $70 million to overhaul Daytona USA and merge it with a new museum. But supporters have been unable to secure significant public money to help pay for construction, which some observers say has undermined Daytona's bid. Charlotte and Atlanta bids, by comparison, include tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies. Sun-Sentinel

Dallara wishes they could have done F1 car Dallara wishes they could have done F1 car"We put our best efforts and plenty of energy in this," Giampaolo Dallara told Autosprint magazine. "Within a couple of years we'll be able to know whether Alex Shnaider's choice was right or not. [To ditch Dallara at the last minute and design the car in-house using ex-Jordan staff]

"The anomalous thing is that the re-defining of the agreement came at such an advanced working state, after having done some 4,000 hours in the wind tunnel. Today, anyway, our relationship is correct, but I can't deny we would have liked to do more."

"Our job, until the end of 2005, concerns the aerodynamic development and a supply of the activities supporting the design," he added. "The car that will race in 2006 will anyway be designed and built by Jordan." 

"It will have been a fantastic chance to increase our knowledge level," Dallara said. "The working methods needed to design an F1 car are a lot more refined compared to what's needed to win in other series. From a technical level it's been a very positive experience anyway."

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CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY-Enhancements set CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY-Enhancements setCalifornia Speedway, the West Coast's premier sports and entertainment venue, unveiled plans for a new Midway and a new logo for the Southern California motorsports facility. Specifically, the redesigned Midway and logo will help bring the Southern California culture into the California Speedway brand.

The new logo will be implemented immediately, while the Midway construction will begin after the February NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series AUTO CLUB 500 and will open for the 2006 Labor Day SONY HD 500 weekend (September 1-3).

"Our goal when this project is finished is to set a new standard for sports facilities," said California Speedway President Gillian Zucker. "California Speedway's location in the backyard of Los Angeles makes a focus on fan entertainment and amenities not only logical, but a great way to differentiate our track from NASCAR's other stops. It's just one of many new features to make the AUTO CLUB 500 and SONY HD 500 'must attend events' for race fans from Birmingham to Beverly Hills." zzzz

Taking California Speedway to new heights with an enhanced look and feel is a new Midway that features a town center, retail store and concert stage. Driver merchandise trailers will wrap around promotional displays throughout the Midway to create a street festival atmosphere. Guests will have easy access to the Midway from the west side of the property with a new accessible bridge from Lot 11.

A full-service outdoor cafe with cuisine by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck will sit at the center of the Midway behind the grandstands. "I'm very excited about our new cafe at California Speedway," said Wolfgang Puck, world-renowned chef and owner of Wolfgang Puck Catering. "I've been a fan of auto racing all of my life and am looking forward to being trackside at the NASCAR race when we open in September." Puck was present at Monday's announcement.

Other key elements in the new Midway include shade features, modified entry gates, expanded hospitality areas, radio broadcast locations, giant video walls, leisure areas and grass and water accents. The new midway, bringing the majority of the key entertainment features within California Speedway's fence line, will nearly double the midway footprint from 12.2 acres to 23.8 acres.

Jeff Gordon, four-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Champion and driver of the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet, was a special guest at Monday's announcement. "I'm very excited about the changes California Speedway is making," said Gordon, a three-time California Speedway winner. "Enhancing the fan experience is a priority for everybody in our sport. I know NASCAR and all of the teams are looking forward to seeing the new amenities the Speedway has planned."

California Speedway has redesigned the track's logo from the classic swoosh that has represented the Speedway since opening in 1997 to a sophisticated moniker that showcases the Southern California roots of the region surrounding the venue. The new logo features the racetrack from the perspective of the start/finish line. This image represents all roads leading to California Speedway. The effect also creates a mountain peak symbolic of Cucamonga Peak that extends over the backstretch of California Speedway. Golden klieg lights, representative of a Hollywood premier, light the way to California Speedway.

Media and race fans interested in tracking the changes and improvements taking place at California Speedway may do so online at www.californiaspeedway.com. A special news section will be devoted to California Speedway's makeover.

Zucker also announced the addition of Gameday Management Group, a full- service traffic-management and parking organization that will oversee the traffic and parking logistics on NASCAR race weekends. The Orlando based organization has orchestrated some of the nation's biggest events, including the most recent Presidential Inauguration, the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, most recent Super Bowls (XXXV-XL), MLB All-Star Game (2004-2005) and the Daytona 500.

California Speedway is owned by International Speedway Corporation, a leading promoter of motorsports activities in the United States, currently promoting more than 100 events annually. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.iscmotorsports.com.

Wolfgang Puck Catering currently operates restaurants and catering services nationally in several leading cultural centers in major markets including the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the St. Louis Science Center, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Benaroya Hall in Seattle, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, the Museum of Science Boston, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Indianapolis Museum of Art, the de Young / Legion of Honor in San Francisco, the new Freedom Forum Newseum in Washington, DC, and Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.

Bourdais to speak at University Bourdais to speak at UniversityUPDATE Photo to right is Bourdais speaking to the students yesterday.  Up front with Bourdais is Tom McGovern, Champ Car PR staff. (Photo by Steve Levinson/AutoRacing111/11/05 Back-to-back Champ Car World Series champion Sebastien Bourdais will discuss his rise to the top of the racing series during a lecture next week at IUPUI.

Bourdais, a member of the racing team owned by Carl Hass and Paul Newman, will speak from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14 in SL 165, located in the Engineering/Science and Technology Building, 723 W. Michigan St.

A 26-year-old Frenchman, Bourdais won the Champ Car Series championship in 2005 and 2004. He was the Champ Car 2003 Rookie of the Year after moving from European road racing.  For additional information about Sebastien’s visit to IUPUI, please contact Terri Talbert-Hatch: ttalbert@iupui.edu.

Chex Mix on the No. 43 at Homestead Chex Mix on the No. 43 at HomesteadThis weekend, Jeff Green and the #43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge team head to the 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway for Sunday’s Homestead-Miami 400. Green will be driving a #43 Chex Party Mix Dodge for this season-ending event. Williams Company
Aaron's to sponsor Long at Homestead Aaron's to sponsor Long at HomesteadAaron's Sales & Lease Ownership has agreed to sponsor the Carl Long and Hover Motorsports endeavor this weekend at Homestead. Aaron's will be the primary sponsor featured on Stan Hover's #80 Dodge driven by Carl Long in the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Carl Long website
Red Baron's back on the No. 49 Red Baron's back on the No. 49Kenny Schrader will drive a #49 BAM Racing Dodge emblazoned with the Red Baron frozen pizza colors this week at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Red Baron frozen pizza products are distributed under the Schwan's Consumer Brands North America banner, which also markets other leading frozen-food retail brands that include Tony's and Freschetta frozen pizzas, Pagoda Asian specialties, and Larry's potato side-dishes. Schwan's Consumer Brands is a division of The Schwan Food Company, whose Schwan's Home Service business unit sponsors Schrader and the #49 BAM Dodge throughout the remainder of the season. “We’ve got Red Baron back on the car this week and I know I’ve told this story before, but it means a lot to me. Red Baron was one of my first sponsors ever in the Cup series and we’ve always had a great relationship. Since the day of my first go around with Red Baron back in 1986, they have always kept my Mom’s freezer stocked with two Red Baron Frozen Pizzas... always! That’s really all you need to know about how I feel and what Red Baron has meant to me during my career", said Schrader. Williams Company
Busch banned from all Homestead events Busch banned from all Homestead eventsA day after Roush Racing suspended Kurt Busch for the remainder of the season, officials at Homestead-Miami Speedway announced that the defending Nextel Cup champion will not participate in events leading up to Sunday's Ford 400. The unveiling of the 2004 Nextel championship banner at 1:00pm/et Tuesday has been canceled, speedway spokesman Phil de Montmollin said. The banner currently is on display, but Homestead had scheduled to formally honor Busch, who last year won the first Nextel Cup under the current chase format. Entering this Sunday's race he ranks ninth, 441 points behind leader Tony Stewart. ``It's not a real big deal for us, because the championship banner will be up,'' speedway president Curtis Gray said. Greg Biffle, fourth in the chase, will replace Busch at a question-and-answer session during the ``All-Star Welcome to Ford Championship Week,'' with Marlins' outfielder Jeff Conine. During the event from 6 to 9 p.m. at Conine's Clubhouse Grille in Hollywood, fans can view the Nextel Cup and win two tickets to the Ford 400. Mercury News [Editor's Note:  Not to honor Busch for last year's championship tells us that NASCAR is very concerned about losing their alcohol sponsors if they don't slam Busch extra hard and make an example out of him.]
Miller Lite Comments on Busch Miller Lite Comments on BuschKurt Busch will be with the Miller Brewing Company when he takes over the #2 Miller Lite Dodge in 2006. Asked if Penske Racing South was still confident that Busch was the right pairing for that sponsorship, the team president, Don Miller, said: "Absolutely. I see some qualities that he has that are excellent. But I've also seen some areas we need to work on." Although he is not yet with Penske, Busch was contacted by officials at Miller yesterday. "We've spoken with Kurt and we're confident he truly understands the significance of his behavior, particularly regarding the fact we cannot and will not tolerate any behavior that demonstrates a lack of responsibility in the consumption of alcohol," the company said in a prepared statement. "We're going to stand by Kurt, but we made it clear to him that we expect him to also stand by us by demonstrating behavior befitting a true champion." New York Times
Menard to help Robby out at Homestead Menard to help Robby out at HomesteadThis coming weekend, #7-Robby Gordon will run the Baja 1000 in Mexico, a race he's won twice. He'll have Busch Series regular (and DEI driver) Paul Menard practice and qualify his #7 Chevy on Saturday for Sunday's Nextel Cup race at Homestead with Gordon racing in the race in on Sunday. Gordon now is running DEI engines. Yahoo Sports
Kenny Wallace to stay in No. 97 Kenny Wallace to stay in No. 97Kenny was called by Jack Roush Monday afternoon and asked to race in the #97 Ford at the Homestead race with the thanks of the Roush Family of teams. "We've asked Kenny to return for an encore performance. He did a really nice job in a car that was not set up for him and he didn't have any practice in the car." Geoff Smith confirmed on Monday, ""We think Kenny deserves a chance with a car that is set up for him and with an entire weekend of work with the team." Also note this means that Kenny and hopefully Mike will race together with brother Rusty in his final Nextel Cup race. Kenny Wallace website
Button was over priced Button was over pricedAccording to the News of the World Jenson Button will earn in the region of £68 million over the next four years at the team and that kind of salary is just too high for a driver like Button Williams BMW's Sam Michael claims.

"If you look at the top drivers, £17m is the kind of salary they are demanding," the News of the World reports Michael as saying. "If you had access to those drivers and had a stable car development program you would definitely consider spending that on a driver. But for that kind of grade one driver we are only talking three options — McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen, Renault's Alonso and Ferrari's Schumacher and they are probably not available for the next two or three years."

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Hakkinen re-signs with Mercedes Hakkinen re-signs with MercedesMika Hakkinen has extended his contract and will race again in the 2006 DTM, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport announced today. The Finn began his preparations for the next season testing at Barcelona Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

Hakkinen came back from his retirement to race with Mercedes-Benz in the DTM this year and won his third DTM race at Spa Francorchamps on his way to fifth position in the championship.

Hakkinen had retired from Formula One at the end of the 2001 season. During his ten-year career, he had won 20 Grand Prix with McLaren Mercedes, and took the title in 1998 and 1999.

"I decided to extend my contract after only a short time of thinking," stated Hakkinen. "Mercedes-Benz and HWA are a fantastic team. From the very beginning, everybody supported me very well and I felt really comfortable. Winning my third DTM race at Spa was the highlight of my season and I want to continue winning races next year."
"In my opinion, the DTM is the best touring car series in the world with close fights for every tenth of a second which I like a lot. As I know from many encounters in the paddock, the fans like it, too. There is no other top racing series offering the spectators such a big return on their money and I'm happy to be part of it again in 2006."

Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport was naturally happy to have Hakkinen back on board for next season.

"We are very happy that Mika will race again with an AMG-Mercedes C-Class in the DTM next year," said Haug. "After his comeback he got used to his new series quick and won his third race, held on such a challenging circuit like Spa-Francorchamps. We had always planned that Mika will stay in the DTM for more than one year, therefore it's great to get his confirmation." Source Mercedes-Benz

Bourdais to appear on Letterman Show Bourdais to appear on Letterman ShowUPDATE A reminder that this show will air tonight on CBS at 11:30 PM ET.  Check local TV listings for time. 11/14/05 2005 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford Champion Sebastien Bourdais may be known for skills behind the wheel, but his quiet, witty sense of humor, is what he will need when he trades in his drivers suit for a business suit as he joins late night funny man David Letterman as his championship media tour makes a stop in New York.  

Champ Car fans will get to see the 2005 Champion battle wits and talk racing on The Late Show with David Letterman when he is featured on Tuesday November 15th (check local listings for time.) Bourdais joins the guest lineup of major film star Joaquin Phoenix (Walk The Line) and Country Music superstar Trisha Yearwood.

In the 2005 season Bourdais recorded six wins on his way to his championship, but when he was not winning it he still finished near the top of standings. In twelve of the thirteen races ran in 2005, Bourdais finished sixth or better. It wasn’t until the season finale in Mexico City that the Frenchman recorded his first DNF of the year. Bourdais also started from the Bridgestone Pole position in six events and recorded an IROC win in Texas.  Clinching the driver’s title at the series’ penultimate event in Australia the Frenchman became the third driver to record back-to-back championships in his second and third years of competition, joining the ranks of Champ Car Champions Mario Andretti and Alex Zanardi. Only Ted Horn has recorded three consecutive Champ Car titles (1946-1948) and Bourdais will have a chance to strive for that mark in 2006. Champ Car

Latest F1 news in brief Latest F1 news in brief
F1 set to slow down - Webber
Weber and Schu sibling split
BMW to keep 'Sauber' name
Another F1 son
Ferrari 'theme park'
'Red Bull Racing' turns 1
Montoya errors defended
Button 'touched by God'
Heidfeld's goal
Button not 'grade one driver'
MV to honor 'Senna'
Rosberg wants Dad's trophy
Father and son to race
Haug 'accepts' Newey exit
Bourdais, Servia and Said entered in Baja 1000 Bourdais, Servia and Said entered in Baja 1000On November 18 at Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, more than 300 racers will have 30 hours to complete the 709 mile course through some of the region’s roughest terrain. At least 30 U.S. states and 10 countries will be represented in the biggest Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 since the mid-1980s.

Today CENTRIX Financial, a nationwide leader in the auto finance industry, announced its Team CENTRIX line-up for the 2005 Baja 1000 race. CENTRIX will be returning to the Baja 1000 for the fourth consecutive year and will sponsor the CENTRIX Financial Wide Open Baja Challenge Class. Team CENTRIX will field five cars in the Baja Challenge Class, which is a unique Pro-Am race pitting professional drivers, media, celebrities and adventure seekers against each other in identical cars.

“This is an event that I look forward to every year,” said Robert E. Sutton, chairman and chief executive officer of CENTRIX Financial. “It is extremely challenging, and it represents the essence of how we work at CENTRIX. It requires perseverance, teamwork and a will to win to make it to the finish line.

Team CENTRIX is known for bringing together a cast of characters including Hollywood actors, championship racer—even whole families—and this year is no exception. Sutton, whose 2004 team included Paul Newman, will be joined by his daughter, Kate, and his son, David. This year, Grey’s Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey will team up with NASCAR Nextel Cup driver Boris Said and Champ Car’s Oriol Servia in an attempt to knock off the returning Baja Challenge Class winning Jourdain family. zzzz

“I am proud of the competitors we have lined-up to represent Team CENTRIX, and I am hopeful that Team CENTRIX can bring home the win like we have for the last three years,” continued Sutton.

2005 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 Team CENTRIX Entries:

BC 5
Boris Said, NASCAR Nextel Cup series driver and road course expert
Kate Sutton, Robert Sutton’s daughter, founder and president of Birdie women’s golf apparel
Oriol Servia, Finished 2nd in the 2005 Champ Car World Series
Patrick Dempsey, Star of ABC series “Grey’s Anatomy”; competed in the 2005 Grand Prix of Long Beach Celebrity race
Salvadore Servia, Oriol’s father and two-time Spanish Rally Champion
BC 6
Rod Millen, World renown rally driver and Pikes Peak Hill Climb record holder
Mouse McCoy, 2005 Baja 500 Winner and star of documentary “Dust to Glory”
Robert Sutton, chairman and chief executive officer of CENTRIX Financial BC 8
Sebastien Bourdais, 2004 and 2005 Champ Car World Series Champion
Wally Fisk, Wide Open Baja, seasoned Baja competitor
Glen Plake, 2-Time World Champion Hot Dog Skier
Jim Galbreath, Denver investment manager, SCCA and motocross racer
BC 9
Michel Jourdain Jr., Former open-wheel driver and 2005 NASCAR Busch Series driver
Michel Jourdain Sr., Competed in the 1980 and 1981 Mexico City Champ Car races
Bernard Jourdain, 1989 Indy 500 co-rookie of the year
BC 10
David Sutton, Robert Sutton’s son and seasoned Baja racer
Rhys Millen, Formula D drifting champion and Hollywood stunt car driver
Ryan Millen, Rod Millen’s son and emerging open-wheel racer

Richert Wins Crew Chief of the Race Award Richert Wins Crew Chief of the Race AwardDoug Richert and the #16 National Guard/Post-it Ford were able to turn it around after a dismal week at Texas Motor Speedway to finish second at the Checker Auto Parts 500.  Biffle led 189 laps, the most in the race, which is the 4th time this season he has done so.  For his preparation getting the #16 Ford ready for Phoenix, Doug Richert was voted the WYPALL® Wipers Crew Chief of the Race. 

Biffle fought hard in the Arizona sun, dominating most of the race.  “Greg had to battle all day so we didn’t gamble as far as tires go,” said Richert.  “We had a really good car; you don’t get that too often, so we were hoping to capitalize.  Overall, we were pleased with the 2nd place finish,” continued Richert.  The #16 Ford’s turnaround from a lackluster performance could also be attributed to fast pit stops.  “The guys have been great all year long; they know every second counts and they performed well today.  We had problems in Texas, but we bounced back and put together some great pit stops for Greg.” 

The panel of voters, including local NBC Sportscasters, a WYPALL® Wipers representative and Robbie Reiser, unanimously voted for Richert as the crew chief that did the best job.  “These guys had a lot on their shoulders this week,” said Reiser.  “It says a lot of Doug Richert to come back after the weekend they had in Texas, bringing such a well prepared car and crew.”

The move is on for the Wood Brothers The move is on for the Wood BrothersWood Brothers Racing is in an expansion mode. The move to a new 129,000-square-foot shop began this week and will be completed by December 1, owner Eddie Wood says. Crew chief Fatback McSwain has been instrumental in hiring the additional crew members needed to operate two truck teams, two Busch teams and the #21 Cup ride. Drivers Bob East and Marcus Ambrose will be part of Ford Racing's developmental program in the Craftsman Truck Series. Jon Wood and Stacy Compton will drive the Busch cars. An announcement will come this weekend that Ken Schrader will drive the Cup car. Sporting News
Legge's Long Beach win nominated in LA Legge's Long Beach win nominated in LARookie Katherine Legge's victory in the Toyota Atlantic Championship Series season opener April 10 at Long Beach was not only a motorsports milestone - it was the first-EVER win by a woman in a major, open-wheel race in North America - it is also one of three finalists for the top auto racing moment of the year in Southern California.

Beginning Nov. 15, the Los Angeles Sports Council is conducting public voting via its web site for the top moments in 16 different sports categories. Fans can vote for their favorite moments by logging on to www.lasports.org and clicking the "Greatest Moments" icon at the top of the page. Voting runs through December 5, with results revealed Sunday evening, Dec. 11 in a star-studded award presentation at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel that will be aired live on KCAL Channel 9.

A blue-ribbon media panel will rank the top 10 overall sports moments of the year and will also select the 2005 Sportsman, Sportswoman and Sports Executive of the year, with those results also announced at the awards show. zzzz

Legge's win was no fluke: she went on to win twice more - at Edmonton and San Jose - and finish third in the 2005 Toyota Atlantic point standings. What's more, her Long Beach win marked the first time in three years that a Toyota Atlantic driver had won a race in his or her debut!

The Atlantic Championship series has long been noted for graduating stars into Champ Car World Series competition, including past Champ Car champions Paul Tracy, Bobby Rahal, Danny Sullivan and Michael Andretti.

Racing milestones are nothing new to the 25-year-old native of Northampton, England. In 2000, Legge was the first woman to capture a pole position in the British Formula Ford Zetec Series, earning her the British Women Racing Drivers Club's "Fastest Lap Speed" Award, and the sobriquet of "fastest woman in the United Kingdom."

She'll be back to defend her Atlantic Series title at the 32nd Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 7-9.

Tickets for the Grand Prix can be purchased from the Grand Prix ticket office by calling the toll-free ticket hotline at (888) 82-SPEED. A handy ticket brochure - which includes circuit map, grandstand and parking locations, ticket prices and an order form - can be obtained by calling the ticket hotline. Tickets are also available online at longbeachgp.com or ticketmaster.com.

Ticket prices for the Grand Prix range from $35 for Friday/Saturday general admission up to $115 for a three-day ticket that includes Saturday and Sunday reserved seats in upper levels of the grandstands. Pre-paid parking packages are also available when ordering through the Grand Prix Ticket Office.

Molson drops sponsorship of Montreal race Molson drops sponsorship of Montreal raceMolson Canada, a unit of Molson Coors Brewing Co., said on Monday it will end its title sponsorship of the annual Molson Indy Montreal car race.

In a statement, the brewer said it had reached the decision after an assessment of the brand's sponsorship activities and commercial agenda, and that it was evaluating other sponsorship opportunities to raise its profile in Montreal.

"We continuously evaluate the ongoing competitiveness of all of our activities and we came to the conclusion that we should focus our investments on activities that are more representative of the Molson Dry brand and of its consumers' interests," Richard Moisan, director of trade marketing and events for Molson in Quebec, said in a statement.

Molson Coors, the world's No. 5 brewer, was created in February when Canada's Molson and U.S.-based Coors merged. Reuters

Karting champ tests Daytona Prototype Karting champ tests Daytona PrototypeJason Bowles, one of America’s most promising young kart racers and winner of the 2004 SKUSA Supernationals, recently completed a one-day test in the Finlay Motorsports Daytona Prototype at Kershaw Raceway in South Carolina.

During the 35-lap test at the 2.3-mile, 12-turn track in the team’s #19 Finlay Motorsports/Air Force Reserve/Make-A-Wish Foundation/ Commercial Defeasance Dinan-Powered Riley Daytona Prototype, Bowles turned very competitive lap times, within 4/10ths of a second of the base lap established  by regular Finlay Motorsports driver Michael McDowell in the same race car.

“Jason did an excellent job considering the short time he was in the car,” says Finlay Motorsports team manager Steve Cameron.  “He was very professional and had no trouble adapting to the car, the track or our team procedures.  His feedback was good and I would definitely rate him as an asset to any team.  Both of our regular drivers, Michael McDowell and Memo Gidley, came up through karting and have a good eye for young racers who show promise.  They felt strongly that we should give Jason a test, and after working with him for a day, we agree with their assessment; this is a fast young driver with a bright future.”  zzzz

Bowles started racing karts in 1993 at age 11, and won his first championship at age 15.  He moved up to the Super Karts USA (SKUSA) national karting series in 2000, winning the prestigious Supernationals event in Las Vegas in 2004.  After 11 years in kart racing, he has made the jump to open-wheel cars, running the Formula Ford Zetec Championship in 2004, finishing 4th in the championship and taking ‘Rookie of the Year’ honors.  He has also run several races with Team Lexus in the Grand Am Cup Series, and recently ran his first Formula Mazda Pro Series race, finishing 12th in a car with suspension damaged by being hit from behind on the opening lap.

“Driving the Finlay Daytona Prototype was a great experience, and a lot different than I thought it would be,” says Bowles.  “I was able to get up to speed more quickly than I expected, and it was hot as an oven in the cockpit.  The acceleration and cornering speeds were both impressive but not overwhelming, and the braking was good, but it takes a lot more pedal pressure than I’m used to in a kart or open-wheel car.  The Finlay Motorsports team was very professional, and I’d like to thank them very much for giving me this opportunity.  I’m not sure yet what I’ll be doing next year, but I’d like to get into the Grand Am series and I feel this test will help me achieve that goal.”  

Finlay Motorsports won the 2005 Rolex Series finale at Mexico City and finished 6th in the championship.  The team has announced that it will compete for the 2006 Grand American championship with a 2-car team of Ford-powered Crawford Daytona Prototypes.

Molson drops sponsorship of Montreal race Molson drops sponsorship of Montreal raceMolson announced today that they have dropped sponsorship of the Montreal Champ Car race.  According to this RDS article, this decision was made following an in-depth evaluation of the activities of mixed liability company of its mark Molson Dry and its commercial program. Molson decided to defer its investments on activities more representative of the mark and interests of its consumers. In other words, because Normand Legault did not promote this year's race very well, Molson got very little value, and are, therefore, dropping the event.  Legault claims he will seek a replacement sponsor.  We don't expect this event to remain on the Champ Car schedule much longer.
Roush Racing statement on Busch Roush Racing statement on BuschUPDATE Diageo in a statement said, “Diageo does not condone this type of behavior from anyone affiliated with our brands or our business. We fully support Roush Racing’s swift actions in this regard”  As part of Diageo’s sponsorship, Busch appears in Crown Royal’s ad campaign promoting responsible drinking. Busch has been involved in a contract dispute with Roush, as he is leaving the team after this season to join Penske Racing South, one year before his deal with Roush was scheduled to expire.  With Busch leaving Roush Racing at the end of the season, “Don’t think for a second that Roush would have taken that action had Busch not asked a few months ago to be released from the final year of his deal” Las Vegas Review Journal. "If Busch weren’t leaving Roush Racing, he wouldn’t have been fired. His relationship with Roush has deteriorated to the point that the two barely speak." Sporting News11/13/05 Roush Racing announced that effective immediately it has suspended Kurt Busch for the remainder of the season.

"This suspension is made after full review of all the circumstances surrounding Kurt's Friday night altercation with the Arizona police, and after consultation with our primary sponsors, Newell Rubbermaid and Diageo," said Jack Roush, team owner. "All parties are in complete support that the action being taken today is necessary and appropriate under the circumstances.

"We give our profound apology and support to the arresting officer and the entire Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and thank all of the officers for the great job they do with helping the Phoenix International Raceway bring our event to so many wonderful Arizona race fans," Jack Roush continued.

Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Industries that operates ten motorsports teams; five in NASCAR Nextel Cup with drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards; three in the Busch Series with Martin, Kenseth and Edwards, and two in the Craftsman Truck Series with drivers Ricky Craven and Todd Kluever.

[Editor's Note: We guess Busch had one too many drink of sponsor Diageo's product that night so to save face they had to suspend him. We hear Diageo is not very happy with their NASCAR sponsorship. Seems not too many NASCAR fans can afford their stuff and their sales have not been what they hoped. This incident may push them over the edge....and out.]

How will Kalkhoven do it? How will Kalkhoven do it?UPDATE Another reader chimes in, Dear AutoRacing1.com, Champ Car needing "sponsors who activate" their drivers would be good, but it is not the solution to marketing the drivers in the series. If there was one lesson learned from CART it was that the series must be in control of its own success. This ranges from the cars the series uses to the ownership and promotion of the races to the marketing of the drivers. Champ Car needs to make the drivers compelling, so that the sponsors will want to be involved with them. In some ways this began this year with the dramatic storyline of Bourdais versus Tracy, two heated rivals that don't get along on or off the track. Next year Champ Car needs to include the other drivers in the marketing. Often drivers like Allmendinger, Wilson and Glock are described as the young guns of the series, but that isn't compelling enough of a marketing campaign. Allmendinger, Wilson and Glock are looking to knock Tracy, Bourdais, and Servia off the podium. It's not racing, it's war at 200 MPH. Only one can ascend to the Throne. That's how it should and will be marketed. Once the storyline is created then the companies will come and "activate" their drivers. Once that occurs then the story may need some managing, but will most likely take on a life of its own. I believe that the people at Champ Car understand this. They have done some pretty amazing stuff in a very short time. Having the whole off-season to put together a compelling marketing campaign for '06 will probably be the most time they've had to do anything since Kalkhoven, Forsythe and Gentilozzi took over the series. Keep up the good work! Joe Yack Richmond, VA

11/14/05 A reader asks, Dear AutoRacing1.com, On Wind Tunnel Sunday night Dave Despain took Kevin Kalkhoven to the carpet by stating he feels the street festivals Champ Car is trying to grow is developing fans of the event, not of the series, hence why TV ratings remain low. Kalkhoven responded that in 2006 Champ Car will begin to focus on making the drivers more well known, something I have seen AutoRacing1.com say for five years now. It's amazing it took CART/Champ Car so long to figure it out. But here's the $64 question - how are they going to do it? Dave Rendersky, Iowa Dear Dave, We addressed this issue many years ago in this article. The crux of the issue is two-fold. Champ Car needs team sponsors who activate and use their drivers in their marketing campaign. We have not seen much of that in a very long time. Second, Champ Car needs more weekly shows like Champ Car Garage that take fans behind the scenes into every aspect of Champ Car. Now that the season is over, Champ Car is invisible until next April and shows like Champ Car Garage keep fans interested and knowledgeable. Out of sight, out of mind. Meanwhile NASCAR and F1 are in the news every single day throughout the off-season. Mark C.

Major new Ferrari themed project in Abu Dhabi Major new Ferrari themed project in Abu DhabiFerrari and ALDAR Properties have today announced an exclusive agreement to develop an innovative and exciting Ferrari Concept in Abu Dhabi themed around the prestigious and renowned Ferrari brand.

The development will provide entertainment for the whole family and the initial concept envisages a race track, numerous rides and attractions, an opportunity to allow visitors to learn the story and history of Ferrari, to participate in Ferrari motoring activities, and to experience the Ferrari brand also through virtual simulations. Another important feature of the facility will be an advanced and sophisticated circuit where tests and driving courses will be organized, as well as races.

The concept will also include hotels, retail, residential and hospitality elements embracing the design ethics of the Ferrari brand.

Making the announcement, ALDAR's Chairman Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh said: "Mubadala's purchase of Ferrari shares earlier this year allowed ALDAR an opportunity to forge a relationship with one of the world's leading brands. We are delighted that this opportunity has swiftly progressed into an exclusive agreement, which has arisen from the natural synergy of ideologies and objectives between Ferrari and ALDAR. This relationship will allow ALDAR to create an exciting destination within Abu Dhabi which offers something for the entire family and underlines the already strong relationship between the Ferrari Brand and the UAE." zzzz

Mr. Al Sayegh concluded: "To this end, we have immediately commenced our design program, so that we can launch the development to the world very early next year. The development will be then be constructed on a fast track, targeting a public opening in 2008."

Commenting on the announcement, Jean Todt Ferrari's Director General said "The agreement with Abu Dhabi offers Ferrari many opportunities: the site will be an important attraction for fans and car lovers worldwide, whilst the structures for sportive and driving activities will have a special appeal for all Ferrari enthusiasts and pilots."

Giulio Zambeletti, Brand Development and Partners Director of Ferrari added: "Ferrari products and stores are having a great success worldwide; hence the confirmation of the enormous potential that our brand can inspire. Ferrari and ALDAR are working together with a team of professionals from all over the world, on a project that will be a dream come true."

"We are extremely excited and honored to be working with Ferrari on what will be a world class development," added Christopher Sims, ALDAR's CEO.

"We have engaged the world's leading designers and creative talents to ensure that this great project will be worthy of the Ferrari and ALDAR brands. When completed it will significantly add to Abu Dhabi's tourism offering - without doubt it will make the Emirate a destination of choice within the region, as well as providing a strong and profitable income base for ALDAR's balanced and diversified real estate portfolio." Press Release Ferrari

Gil de Ferran - We can win in 2006 Gil de Ferran - We can win in 2006Former IRL, CART, and Indy 500 champion Gil de Ferran joined BAR Honda as Sporting Director back in April. Here he talks of his long racing career and his time so far in his new management role.

After so much success in the States, why did you decided to move back to Europe and accept a new career in Formula One?
“For me it wasn’t a geographical issue at all. When I retired from driving, I didn’t want to retire either from working or from motor sport. I wanted to continue to evolve and develop both as a person and as a professional. It was far more a question of finding the best way to utilize my 20-odd years of motor racing experience; then this superb opportunity came along. I knew if I didn’t take up I’d probably live to regret it forever. To be honest it feels like a natural career progression and the fact that it’s in Britain is just a side issue.”

What was your biggest challenge when joining BAR Honda?
“I joined the team well after the start of the season and, of course, at what was a very difficult time. Obviously this is a big group of people and it’s been a huge challenge to get to know everyone and to learn the ropes. It has taken time to understand exactly how everyone operates and how the company ticks. I’m still learning all the time; the company keeps evolving, so it’s a continuous progress.”

In what specific areas are you able to make your most significant contributions to the team?
“It’s hard to pinpoint one specific area but, often, I bring a different perspective to meetings and conversations – I guess that’s because I come from a different background. Whether that’s helpful isn’t up to me to judge! It’s also probably fair to say that I understand some of the situations and psychological aspects relating to the drivers because of my racing background, albeit not in Formula One.” zzzz

As Sporting Director what’s your role between now and the start of the 2006 season?
“It’s to work with our team to create a plan from a racing operations stand-point on how we’re going to win next year.”

What are the big differences between IRL and F1?
“Certainly the size of an F1 team is much greater. Penske had just over 100 people; BAR Honda is four or five times bigger. Beyond that it’s hard for me to make direct comparisons as I’m now fulfilling what’s a very different role. It feels like a whole world of difference, however when the flag drops they seem remarkably similar.”

You have worked closely with Honda in the past. What impact will its purchase of BAR Honda make to the team’s future?
“Firstly it underpins the stability of the team going forwards. Secondly Honda is a company that operates in a no-compromise sort of way – they will do everything that’s necessary to achieve their objective, which is to win races. In the past they’ve always shown a tremendous commitment to win in a wide number of motor sport disciplines and this program will be no different. There has been some uncertainty over the future of tobacco sponsorship, so from my point of view the two most important aspects of Honda’s investment are that it brings stability and a commitment to win.”

With your former team Penske switching back to Honda engines for next year’s IRL championship, do you expect it to provide stiffer opposition to current champions Andretti Green Racing?
“Penske is always a major championship contender. Honda engines have certainly proved to be the class of the field for the last couple of years, and more often than not over the past decade. So, if you put two and two together, for sure Penske will be an even stronger challenger in 2006.”

You played a major role in bringing fellow Brazilian Rubens Barrichello to the team, what difference will his arrival make to Honda’s future success?
“It’s very positive for the team. A guy like Rubens brings a wealth of experience from his previous involvement with Ferrari where he was part of one of the most successful teams in Formula One history. You can’t unlearn what you’ve learned so that knowledge is imprinted into his brain and he’ll bring that with him. Above everything else, of course, he brings his own talent; we all know he’s a very fast driver. A team like ours must always aim to have the best possible drivers and Jenson and Rubens fit that bill.”

You’ve worked closely with Jenson Button over the past seven months. What are your impressions of him, and is he a future world champion?
“He’s a man who has been touched by God! His skill is just remarkable. He’s a driver like few I’ve seen before with a fine touch and an amazing feeling for the car. He has a tremendous amount of natural ability and there’s no question that he has the raw materials within him to achieve the ultimate success.”

From the fans perspective, how do you think next year’s F1 world championship will differ from 2005?
“The biggest difference will probably be the revised qualifying system and reintroduction of tire changes during the race.”

What are your thoughts on the new qualifying format and will the reintroduction of mid-race tire changes result in more or less on track action in 2006?
“Time will tell! The one thing I do like about the latest qualifying system is that we’ll actually get to see who’s the fastest – at least we will during the first part of these sessions when cars will run with low fuel. There’s a definite attraction to that. As for the pit-stops, tire companies – and especially Michelin – have a unique ability of adapting to whatever rules are thrown at them, so I have no doubt we’ll be back to the status quo on that front.”

Do you believe we’ll still see the same teams at the front in 2006?
“I have no reason to believe either McLaren or Renault won’t have another good season. Obviously we’re hoping that we’ll be further up and it would be foolish to discount Ferrari. Red Bull has just acquired the services of the man who’s been involved in the design of numerous winning cars [Adrian Newey], so it’s only reasonable to assume they will be stronger next year, too.”

Nick Fry has targeted wins – plural – in 2006. Is he being realistic?
“I think so. We certainly have two drivers capable of winning races and I’m confident the design and race teams are capable not only of producing a good car but also operating it well enough to achieve that objective. Clearly to win, a lot of different things have to come right on the day and that’s the big challenge. But I don’t get out of bed thinking ‘lets finish second’. I didn’t have that attitude when I was a driver and I certainly don’t have it now. I’m here to fight for race wins and championships.” BAR Honda
All five cities still in running for HOF All five cities still in running for HOFNASCAR Chair & CEO Brian France said that “none of the five cities” competing to land the NASCAR HOF has been eliminated.  Talks with the top candidates will occur “after the holidays,” with the goal of announcing a winner in the first quarter of ’06. Charlotte Observer
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MotorVation Strengthens its Team MotorVation Strengthens its TeamMotorVation Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Derek Daly, announced today that Mark E. Walters has recently joined the company as Vice President of Business Development. With over 20 years of executive level experience, Mark has held positions with start-ups, emerging growth, and Fortune 500 companies.

His background includes extensive experience in Marketing, Sales, Strategic Planning, Consulting and Project Management. Prior to joining MotorVation, Mark held executive level positions at several global technology companies including Electronic Data Systems.

“We are delighted that Mark has joined the MotorVation team. His extensive skills and experience will help us grow the company quickly while continuing to provide our clients with the excellence synonymous with the MotorVation product”, said Daly.

MotorVation is a professional services organization that uses motor sports as a learning and improvement platform for corporations. The motor sports team operating model helps MotorVation clients achieve high performance business results in a compressed time frame….How Fast can you Get Fast. For more information, please contact Derek Daly.

Derek Daly
Mobile: 317 710 1500
Office: 317 774 9102
Email: derekdaly@motorvationllc.com
Web: www.motorvationllc.com

Alex Job Racing, Porsche enter Grand-Am Alex Job Racing, Porsche enter Grand-AmAs a culmination of a year-long development program, Porsche Motorsport North American has announced that four new Daytona Prototypes will be using a Porsche six-cylinder, 3.8-liter engine in the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, beginning with the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January.

"Brumos Racing has been testing and providing development data for our Porsche 911 GT3-based 3.8-liter flat six engine. We are grateful to them for letting us use their race car as a test lab, and we feel confident that the other Daytona Prototype competitors will benefit from the results," said Uwe Brettel, president of Porsche Motorsport North America, who indicated that the individual teams will announce their season-long plans as they finalize.

Brumos Racing, based in Jacksonville, Fla., will use the 3.8-liter engine in their brand-new Fabcar Evolution Daytona Prototypes, which will see their first track time at the Rolex Series test session on December 5 - 6 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Jacksonville-based Porsche racing team will field two of the new Fabcar chassis for the entire 2006 season, with drivers Hurley Haywood, Darren Law, J.C. France and David Donohue already onboard. Other drivers, plus the possible participation of Porsche factory drivers for the Rolex 24, will be announced later when plans are finalized. zzzz 

Synergy Racing, based in Alton, Virginia, and managed by Porsche veterans Cole Scrogham (team manager) and Price Cobb (director of racing operations), will enter a new Porsche-powered Doran JE-4 which will utilize the 3.8-liter motor. The Rx.com No. 8 Porsche-powered Doran Daytona Prototype will make its racing debut at the Rolex 24 At Daytona, January 26-29, and its first test appearance at Homestead in December. Drivers are yet to be named, but Porsche factory drivers are expected to assist the season-long lineup at the Rolex 24.

In addition to the Porsche Daytona Prototype program, Synergy Racing will also continue its championship- winning GT program in the 2006 Rolex Series with multiple Porsche GT3 Cup entries. The team's Porsche racing history began at the GT level, where Synergy has won three Rolex Series drivers and team championships with Porsche race cars. The team's success with Porsche GT entries continued this season as Synergy Racing with driver Craig Stanton won the Rolex Sports Car GT Series drivers championship by one point over Pontiac rivals Andy Lally and Marc Bunting, and he and co-driver David Murry led Porsche to the manufacturers crown.

Alex Job Racing, based in Tavares, Florida, will enter a Porsche-powered Crawford in the 2006 Rolex 24, and hopes to run the entire Rolex Series season pending final sponsorship arrangements. The team has prepared Porsche 911 GT3 R/RS/RSRs in the American Le Mans Series for the past seven years, winning the drivers championship four times and the team title three times. The Alex Job Racing Crawford is expected to utilize Porsche factory drivers for Daytona as well, with the names to be announced shortly. Like the other Daytona Prototypes, the AJR Porsche Crawford will be at Homestead for testing on December 5 - 6.

"We have made a major commitment to customers in the Rolex Sports Car Series, both in the Daytona Prototype and GT classes, providing additional at-the-track service, more technical support, and, for GT customers, the availability of the 2006 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (type 997). We expect 10 - 12 of the new GT cars at the Rolex 24, depending on the delivery schedule to the team," said Brettel.

"We are delighted that Porsche has expanded its commitment to the Rolex Sports Car Series for 2006," said Grand American Road Racing Association President Roger Edmondson. "The Porsche name is synonymous with world class sports car racing, and we fully expect that Porsche will further strengthen a Daytona Prototype category that is already extremely competitive. Porsche has also been a mainstay in the GT class throughout our existence. It would come as no surprise to see Porsches in contention for the overall and GT victories in the Rolex 24 and throughout the season as they have been so often in the past."

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS - Porsche Daytona Prototype 3.8-liter power plant

ENGINE: Six-Cylinder Boxer Porsche 3795 cc - 76.4mm stroke, 102.7mm bore
Horsepower: 510 @ 8500 rpm
Torque: 435 N/meters @ 7500 rpm
Max RPM: 9000
Cooling: Water Cooled
Intake System: Six Individual Throttle Valves
Fuel Injection: Sequential multi-point Bosch MS 4.0 system with ignition control
Lubrication: Dry Sump with Heat Exchanger and Mobil 1 oil

Engine: Bosch MS 3.1 Engine Management
Data: Motec display with integrated data recording
Lap Timing: Lap Trigger with Lap Recording in Display
Battery: 12v 50 Ah Battery
Alternator: McLaren Electronics 110 Amp

Ganassi and Home123 part ways Ganassi and Home123 part waysChip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) announced today that CGRFS and Home123 have mutually chosen to terminate their sponsorship relationship. "We have enjoyed working with Home123," said team owner Chip Ganassi. "This was a good decision for us both and our separation was amicable. We wish them well in their future endeavors."

"While we have enjoyed working with the Ganassi organization and have seen benefit in the team sponsorship, we will be refocusing our 2006 dollars in other areas," said Pat Flanagan, Chief Executive Officer of Home123 Corporation. "We are committed to having marketing programs that strategically position the Home123 brand among our target audiences. We will continue to support the racing sport as the official mortgage company of NASCAR. In addition, we continue to be excited about announcing the winner of the Home123 "Pay Off Your Mortgage Sweepstakes." Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates PR

Kyle Busch walks out of press conference Kyle Busch walks out of press conferenceThere were two post-race press conferences for the winner at Phoenix. #5-Kyle Busch ended the first one abruptly when he found questions about dealing with his older brother’s problems tiresome. After a lapse of about a half hour, the race winner returned and clarified his position. “The only thing out there for us to do is acknowledge the contents of the police report and whatever Kurt Busch will say or release at a later time,” he said. Gaston Gazette

In the PIR infield media center for the traditional winner’s interview, Kyle was queried about his emotions on the day when his brother was suspended following an encounter with local police Friday night. “The only thing I’m going to say is I’m behind my brother 100 percent and usually things in the media are false and that’s what it comes down to sometimes,” Kyle said. Soon after, USA Today reporter Chris Jenkins asked, “Kyle, what specifically has the media written this weekend that’s been false about your brother?” “I’m not going there, bud,” Kyle replied. “That was a really, really inappropriate question.” He then got up and stormed out of the media center, only to return some 15 minutes later. Speed Channel

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Hildebrand Clinches Third Hildebrand Clinches ThirdOne third-place finish and a pair of fourths Sunday at Brands Hatch - highlighted by a handful of sensational around-the-outside passes at the daunting Paddock Hill Bend - was enough to secure a tie for third place in the final Formula Palmer Audi Autumn Trophy standings for 2005 Team USA Scholarship winner J.R. Hildebrand.

"Overall, I'm quite satisfied with how everything has gone," said the 17-year-old from Sausalito, Calif. "I've been able to race on two great tracks - Snetterton and Brands Hatch - while racing against rather stiff competition. I've had a great experience and learned a tremendous amount."

Hildebrand started each of Sunday's three races from the third row of the grid and lost no time in working his way toward the front. He actually lost a position off the starting line in Race One to Stuart Prior, but reclaimed the place in spectacular style by diving around the outside at Paddock Hill Bend - an off-camber, dipping right-hand turn taken in fourth gear at around 95mph. Hildebrand repeated the move on South African Chris Hyman before putting the pressure on Greek driver Andy Demetriou, who staunchly defended his third place until the checkered flag. zzzz

Race Two saw Hildebrand start from sixth after crashing Saturday in qualifying, but once again he stunned onlookers by repeating his outside-line passes on Hyman and Prior - on consecutive laps - at Paddock Hill Bend.

"That was seriously impressive," said a spectating Jonathan Palmer, who won championships in both Formula 3 and Formula 2 in the 1980s before racing competitively in Formula 1 for the Williams team. (Palmer went on to establish a similarly successful business career which includes founding Formula Palmer Audi in 1998.) "Did no one tell him he's not supposed to be able to make that move look so easy?"

Hildebrand again closed quickly on Demetriou, whereupon the pair exchanged positions twice before the Greek tangled with a slower car at the Druid's hairpin, allowing Hildebrand through into third place behind pacesetters Josh Weber, from England, and Iceland's Viktor Jensen.

Race Three was rather more straightforward. After starting fifth, he made a couple of early passes but by then his over-worked tires were past their best and he was unable to hold off a charging Demetriou, who pulled off a gutsy inside-line move at Paddock.

"I was really struggling with the car by then," related Hildebrand. "We only had one set for the weekend and I suppose I overused them while I was learning the race track yesterday morning.

"Of course, I would've liked to bring home another podium, but I'm very pleased with finishing third in the championship. I came to the series not knowing what to expect from cars, tracks and competition that I had never seen, and have come away with a wealth of knowledge for the future. I can't thank all of those who have helped make this possible enough; it's been an amazing experience."

The Team USA Scholarship, now in its 16th year, has received support this year from Mockett.com, a Torrance, Calif.-based producer and supplier of  "Fine Architectural Hardware For Your Fine Furniture," Sparco USA, RACER magazine, Mi-Jack Conquest Racing, Dale Coyne Racing, Jim Russell Racing Schools and former Scholarship winners Jimmy Vasser (1990), Bryan Herta (1991), Tony Ave (1992), Memo Gidley (1995), Buddy Rice (1997), Paul Edwards (1998/'99), Andy Lally (1999), Joey Hand (2000), A.J Allmendinger and Bryan Sellers (2001).

Sunday's results from Brands Hatch:

Race One: 1. Josh Weber (GB), 20m50.236s (88.32mph), 2. Viktor Jensen (ISL); 3. Andy Demetriou (GR); 4. J.R. Hildebrand (USA); 5. Chris Hyman (ZA); 6. Stuart Prior (GB); etc. Fastest lap: Weber, 44.690s, 98.77mph.

Race Two: 1. Weber, 21m32.840s (85.41mph); 2. Jensen; 3. Hildebrand; 4. Hyman; 5. Paul Warren (GB); 6. Mark Powell (GB); etc. Fastest lap: Jensen, 44.819s, 98.49mph.

Race Three: 1. Jensen, 20m30.463s (89.74mph); 2. Weber; 3. Demetriou; 4. Hildebrand; 5. Joshua Southall (GB); 6. Hyman; etc. Fastest lap: Weber, 44.987s, 98.12mph.

Final championship positions: 1. Weber, 116 points; 2. Demetriou, 96; 3. Hildebrand & Jensen, 90; 5. Hyman, 86; 6. Tom Haines, 66; etc.

Bridgestone-shod Williams Cosworth set to test Bridgestone-shod Williams Cosworth set to testWilliams F1's Technical Director Sam Michael says he has already seen enough of Bridgestone to give him confidence the tire manufacturer can help push the team forwards when they re-establish their relationship for 2006.

Williams will switch to Bridgestone for next season and Michael visited the Bridgestone headquarters in Japan ahead of the team's first test in November. The meeting justified to Michael the team's reasons for choosing the Japanese manufacturer.

"This will be a new challenge but everything I have seen of Bridgestone so far has impressed me," said Michael. "They look very switched on, they have a very structured plan of how they are going to get back to where they are and they are not sitting around finger pointing, that is the encouraging thing." zzzz

Bridgestone have become used to sitting on top of the pile having won every World Championship, both Drivers' and Constructors', since 1998, but were finally beaten to victory this year.

"They are into sorting it out and getting back to winning," Michael continued. "I have been really, really impressed with what I have seen so far in terms of their plan to return themselves to the front."
"Within two or three meetings you can see exactly why they have won the last five world championships. They might have lost this year, but you can see exactly why they are going to return to the front."

One of the big things will be an increase in the number of teams that can test tires for Bridgestone, which will not only increase the total mileage but will also give a comparison for all the Bridgestone teams.

And Michael also said: "They have a solid plan in terms of testing information and what they have talked to me about technically, what they are going to work on in the winter, makes me think they are going to get it sorted."

Williams have already had some important assistance from Bridgestone on the development of their new FW28, which will be powered by Cosworth next season.

The advance planning required to design the car for 2006, the concepts for which began even before the middle of the 2005 season, meant it was vital for Williams to know a little about the Bridgestone tires before bolting them on their car.

"I think the main thing to develop next year is always casings and compounds, to make sure you have the best options on the car that you can have and that is a matter of putting in place test plans and getting on with it," said Michael. "There are a three or four areas they have worked directly with us already getting ready for next year and I think we will end up with a very good product because of that.

"From what they have told us about their tires we know enough to make design decisions already on suspension, weight distribution, aerodynamics and so on to allow for that."

The true test will come later this month, when Williams will finally hit the track. Michael is looking forward to a productive build-up to Christmas before unveiling their new car early next year.

"All the way through November and December we will be in Spain testing with Bridgestone, doing tire testing but also we have a new gearbox and engine package, a hell of a lot of stuff," said Michael.

"It is not ideal, in an ideal world you would continue running a B-spec car or something that you could do tire testing on but we don't have that, we will have finished our engine situation with BMW and that is what we have got.

"It won't be boring, that's for sure, and I can see November and December being a bit of a groundhog day, then our new car will be out in February and we want to try to give ourselves the best preparation we can." Source Bridgestone

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Memo Gidley, The Teutul's and The Love Ride Memo Gidley, The Teutul's and The Love RidePaul, Memo, Mikey & Pauley…No, not a new British invasion band, but three of TV's hottest personalities and the winner of last week's major Mexico City Grand Am race.

Memo Gidley joined Paul Sr, Paul Jr and Mikey Teutul, Jay Leno, academy award winning actor Peter Fonda, Terminator 2's Robert Patrick and a cast of over twenty-thousand on motorcycles today, for Southern California's famed; Love Ride.

This was the twenty-second annual Love Ride, a daylong charity event benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association and victims of Hurricane Katrina. The ride began at nine-thirty this morning at a West Coast staple for motorcycle culture; Harley-Davidson of Glendale.

Memo rode in the lead pack through the main streets of Glendale, as thousands cheered along the “parade” route and then north on I-5, where every overpass for fifty miles was packed with flag waving supporters, firemen, their trucks and local military personnel to Lake Castaic for an afternoon of fun, food, blues great B.B. King and over thirty-thousand two wheel enthusiasts.

“It's been an amazing ten days, winning Mexico was definitely a highlight of the season, then throw in a few days off in La Paz where I was born and top if off with a great event and experience like the Love Ride…and I can say Christmas came a little early this year." Said Gidley.

Collard and Boullion win race, title Collard and Boullion win race, titleEmmanuel Collard and Jean-Christophe Boullion won the fifth and final race of the 2005 Le Mans Endurance Series, driving their Pescarolo to victory by little more than a minute over the Audi Team France R8 of Allan McNish and Stephane Ortelli.

Their victory earned the French pair the drivers’ title, and three-time Le Mans winner Henri Pescarolo saw his hard work converting his chassis to the new hybrid regulations rewarded as the teams’ title also went his way. Boullion held off the Audi despite appalling wet weather conditions that suited the chasing Audi better than the more powerful Pescarolo. “The track conditions at the end of the race were doubtful, and I was expecting to see a red flag or a safety car,” said Boullion. “It was very difficult to keep the car on the track, even in second gear.”

The team changed tires at every stop, a gamble that paid off for them. “Emmanuel told us it was a critical situation with the aquaplaning, and we decided to change the tires at each pit stop,” said Pescarolo. “That was a difficult choice because we would lose around 15 seconds each stop, and we did not know what we would gain on the track. It was a difficult choice, but a winning choice.” Hayanari Shimoda, the Japanese driver who survived a 160mph accident in Australia last week, led the point standings at the final round in Istanbul. However his co-driver Tom Chilton started the race, and the team elected to keep the tires for a second stint. That cost them time, and then Casper Elgaard’s first stint lasted less than a lap before he needed to pit again following a puncture. The car finished fourth at the flag, enough for Shimoda to finish second in the championship, two points behind Collard and Boullion. McNish and Ortelli finished third, a further six points behind following their second-place finish on the road. zzzz

British driver Gareth Evans won the LMP2 drivers’ title, and his Chamberlain Synergy the teams’ accolade, having finished second on the road in Turkey. Former Le Mans winner Guy Smith started the race on intermediate tires, and led the class. Co-driver Peter Owen spun off in the final hour though they recovered to take the flag. Evans’ co-driver Bob Berridge, who jointly led the point standings before the race in Istanbul, was involved in the GP Masters event in Kyalami and was forced to miss the race. BMS Scuderia Italia won the GT1 title in the Care Racing-prepared Ferrari 550 Maranello.

Michele Bartyan, Christian Pescatori and Toni Seiler won the title ahead of their BMS team-mate Matteo Cressoni by virtue of having won twice compared to Cressoni’s single victory at the opening round at Spa. Christophe Bouchut and Alexey Vasiliev took third in the championship in the Convers Team Ferrari 550 Maranello. As BMS Scuderia Italia may take only one automatic entry to Le Mans, the Russian-entered team will earn the second. Nathan Kinch and Andrew Kirkaldy won the GT2 event for the Scuderia Ecosse Ferrari 360 Modena team, but the title had already been decided in favour of Xavier Pompidou and Marc Lieb in the Sebah Porsche. The race was decided on the final lap as Luca Drudi challenged for the win and spun. The Italian recovered to finish second.

Pos Num Cla Team Car Gap
1. 17 LM1 Pescarolo Sport Pescarolo C60 173
2. 4 LM1 Audi Playstation Oreca Audi R8 1:09.875
3. 7 LM1 Creation Autosportif DBA 03S Judd 171
4. 15 LM1 Zytek Motorsport Zytek 04S 2:48.750
5. 9 LM1 Team Jota Zytek 04S 169
6. 25 LM2 RML MG Lola EX 264 164
7. 39 LM2 Chamberlain Synergy Motor Lola AER 39.344
8. 8 LM1 Rollcentre Racing Dallara Judd 2:22.906
9. 27 LM2 Horag Lista Racing Lola B05/40 163
10. 51 GT1 BMS Scuderia Italia Ferrari 550Maranello 161
11. 32 LM2 Team Barazi Courage C65 AER 160
12. 52 GT1 BMS Scuderia Italia Ferrari 550Maranello 9.750
13. 67 GT1 Menx Ferrari 550Maranello 158
14. 61 GT1 Convers Team Ferrari 550Maranello 24.813
15. 18 LM1 Rollcentre Racing Dallara Judd 156
16. 93 GT2 Scuderia Ecosse Ferrari 360 Modena 19.125
17. 99 GT2 GPC Sport Ferrari 360 Modena 44.782
18. 83 GT2 Seikel Motorsport Porsche 996 GT3 RS 153
19. 89 GT2 Sebah Automotive Porsche 996 GT3 RSR 152
20. 36 LM2 Paul Belmondo Racing Courage C65 Ford 151
21. 13 LM1 Courage Competition Courage C60 Judd 149
22. 28 LM2 Ranieri Randaccio Tampolli McLaren 148
23. 95 GT2 RaceSport Peninsula TVR TVR Tuscan T400R 146
24. 68 GT1 JMB Racing Ferrari 575 GTC 33.187
25. 73 GT2 Ice Pol Racing Team Porsche 996 GT3 RSR 143
26. 57 GT1 Paul Belmondo Racing Chrysler Viper GTSR 135

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Award for TFSI engine of the Audi R8 Award for TFSI engine of the Audi R8
Ulrich Baretzky is “Race Engine Designer of the Year”
Audi R8 winning streak convinced panel of experts
V8 power unit without single technical failure in 77 races

The Audi R8 is the most successful Le Mans prototype ever and is still the world’s only race car to combine direct fuel injection and turbo charging. For its TFSI technology, which initially established itself on the race track and, meanwhile, inspires high-volume production, Audi was honored yet again: An international panel of experts presented Ulrich Baretzky, Head of Engine Technology at Audi Sport, with the "Race Engine Designer of the Year Award”.
"I’m very proud of this award, which I receive on behalf of my team,” explained Ulrich Baretzky at the presentation in the Royal Air Force Museum in London. "What we achieved with the R8 was genuine team effort.”
In the 77 races contested to date, the Audi R8 scored a total of 61 outright victories, won the 24 Hours of Le Mans five times and the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) six times in succession. Even more impressive is the reliability of its 3.6 liter twin-turbo V8 power unit: Since making its debut in March 2000 there was not a single engine failure during a race – an achievement, which also impressed the Race Tech World Motorsport Symposium expert panel that consists of high-profile technicians from various facets of motorsport including Formula 1.
"BMW Sauber F1 Team" registered with the FIA "BMW Sauber F1 Team" registered with the FIABorn in June, christened in November: the newly formed BMW Sauber F1 Team has been registered under that name with the FIA ahead of the 15th November deadline for entries for the 2006 season.

As BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen explains: "The new team name more or less chose itself. It reflects the makeup of the team - run by BMW but with a core of almost 300 Sauber employees. Plus, the 2006 car was developed by Sauber's proven engineers."

Sauber's Technical Director, the German Willy Rampf, will continue in his post at the Hinwil location. Heinz Paschen, meanwhile, remains Technical Director in Munich, where not just the engine but now the entire powertrain will be built. Walter Riedl will be responsible for coordination between the two locations in his capacity as Project Manager.

Peter Sauber is looking forward to his advisory role and welcomes the latest decisions: "It's nice to see that the Sauber name will continue in Formula One. I'm particularly pleased for Sauber's many loyal fans, who I'm sure will support the team with unbowed enthusiasm in the future. The new team's name is also an expression of the huge respect which BMW has for the employees in Hinwil."

Following the christening, it won't be long before the team takes its first steps. The BMW Sauber F1 Team will be officially presented on 16th and 17th January 2006 in Valencia, Spain, where the new car will embark on its first round of testing without further ado.

First, though, the team will start winter testing with an interim car and the new BMW P86 V8 engine. The testing program begins on 28th November in Barcelona, Spain. BMW

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