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11/27/13
track news
NASCAR Press Release on purchase of Iowa Speedway  
IndyCar's days in Iowa are numbered.
In a strategic move designed to expand its commitment to enhancing event experiences and fan engagement, as well as solidify the future of one of the premier racing and entertainment facilities in the Midwest, NASCAR announced today that it has purchased Iowa Speedway. The agreement, finalized today under a wholly-owned subsidiary, Iowa Speedway, LLC, is effective immediately.

“Iowa Speedway is a great entertainment facility with a very bright future,” said Eric Nyquist, NASCAR vice president, strategic development. “The facility has the support of the region, it’s positioned well in the heart of the Midwest, and year in and year out it provides great short-track racing action for motorsports fans. More ...
11/27/13
track news
Sale of Iowa Speedway pending (2nd Update)  UPDATE #2 A full release formalized the news, including the confirmation that a wholly-owned NASCAR subsidiary, Iowa Speedway, LLC, is the official purchaser.

“Iowa Speedway is a great entertainment facility with a very bright future,” Eric Nyquist, NASCAR vice president, strategic development, said in the release. “The facility has the support of the region, it’s positioned well in the heart of the Midwest, and year in and year out it provides great short-track racing action for motorsports fans.”

This will mean a heavy NASCAR schedule occurs at the track in 2014, and even the verbiage has left IndyCar as “second tier” by comparison. The IndyCar weekend, on July 11-12, is referred to as the  ”NASCAR Camping World Truck Series/IndyCar Series race weekend.” IndyCar shifts its date from a traditional June date to July in 2014, and Higdon added in a tweet later Wednesday that, “#IndyCar race very important to @iowaspeedway #NASCAR. Nothing changes.” More ...
11/27/13
nastruck
Former NASCAR racer Tyler Walker enters plea  The lawyer for former NASCAR racer Timothy Tyler Andrew Walker said his client will be entering a plea-by-mail in relation to a high speed chase that ended on the interstate near St. George in January this year. Meanwhile a one-day trial has been scheduled for Walker’s co-defendant, Raelle McDonald.

Walker, 34, and McDonald, 31, both of Hermosa Beach, Calif., were involved in a high-speed pursuit on Jan. 11 that crossed from Nevada through Arizona and into Utah. They were ultimately stopped by on Interstate 15 at mile post 6 by the Utah and Arizona highway patrols.

Walker and McDonald face a series of class-B and class C-misdemeanors related to drug possession and alcohol. They also face two drug-related third-degree felonies each. In addition to these charges, Walker also faces a class-B misdemeanor for driving under the influence, and a third-degree felony for fleeing from police. More ...

11/27/13
gp2
GP2 Series Champion Fabio Leimer joins ROC line-up  Next month’s Race Of Champions will feature one of motor sport’s brightest talents as newly-crowned GP2 Series Champion Fabio Leimer has signed up for the event at Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium on December 14-15.

The Swiss driver enjoyed a fine 2013 season in the Formula 1 feeder series, starting with wins in the first two feature races. He followed that with another feature race victory at Monza plus four further podiums and a total of 15 top-six finishes. He sealed the title in the Abu Dhabi finale, ending up 20 points clear of a strong field. More ...
11/27/13
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday  
  • Ecclestone - "We should not have changed the engine"
    Ecclestone still thinks V6 switch bad idea
  • Reports of biggest F1 budget 'fantasy' - Ferrari
  • Defeated F1 peers split over Vettel versus Alonso question
  • Horner as Ecclestone's successor a joke - Montezemolo
  • Moves afoot for December tire test with 2013 cars More ...
11/27/13
f1
Luca di Montezemolo and Ferrari - beaten by Red Bull and Vettel yet again  
Luca di Montezemolo
In the wake of the team's failure not only to halt Red Bull, previously mocked by Montezemolo as an energy drink manufacturer, but to hold on to the runner-up spot, the Italian media is unlikely to be in a forgiving mood in terms of what is seen as the nation's team.

Tonight, saw Montezemolo being questioned by RAI Uno's reporter Marco Franzelli, the Ferrari president covering a number of topics.

Asked about 2013, he was quick to admit that it was... "Definitely a year to forget, a disappointing season. There were three main reasons and they're clearly marked in my mind. The first was an inability to develop the car in the second half of the season: I want explanations as to why, because if we don't understand the reasons, then that's not good. More ...

11/26/13
f1
Alonso fans cannot stand to watch Vettel beat their boy  F1 Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel's "recent dominance has scared away the audience for the sport," according to Patricia Cazon of AS. The F1 World Championship "lost 9.2 million viewers in the past year" -- from 88.2 million viewers on Spanish channel Antena 3 in '12 to 79 million in '13.

The "average audience per race also declined by 482,000," dropping from 4.6 million in '12 to 4.2 million in '13. The decrease is "closely connected with Vettel's dominance." It is "interesting to analyze audience behavior: it is as if there were two F1 World Championships this year -- one up until the Hungarian Grand Prix, and the other afterward." More ...
11/26/13
f1
McLaren Opens Doors To Its Technology Center To Google Street View  The McLaren F1 team does not open its headquarters to the public, but as part of its 50th anniversary, McLaren has teamed with Google to map out the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, U.K. for fans to view online. McLaren has allowed Google to bring its Street View cameras to the facility to give the public a view of the building online. One of the main attractions of the online tour will be a selection of iconic race cars on display, including Bruce McLaren's first car. The tour also includes F1 cars from each decade since its first Grand Prix in '66. The facility can be viewed in Google Street View at http://goo.gl/maps/uK4U1 McLaren.

NBC's Keith Collantine wrote on "Motor Sports Talk" that the facility "has been likened to a James Bond villain’s lair and contains some of the greatest and most innovative racing cars ever built." Collantine added, "McLaren’s enormous trophy cabinet is also on view, teeming with hardware from the world’s greatest race. Though not, of course, any from their disappointing podium-free 2013 campaign." NBC
11/26/13
nassprint
Kurt Busch -- How to Get Your Black Friends to Watch NASCAR  Kurt Busch has some advice for all you white folks wonderin' how to get your African American buddies to enjoy NASCAR -- just force 'em!!!

The racing champ was traveling at relatively low speeds around D.C. yesterday ... so we got a chance to ask him a crucial question about his sport: how do you get black people to watch it?

Check out the video for the full tutorial -- you'll be having bi-racial NASCAR parties in no time! See video at TMZSports.com

11/26/13
nassprint
'Rumble' to salute injured Stewart  
Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart (right) shares a moment with fellow driver Cap Henry at last year's "Rumble in Fort Wayne."
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – He's still getting around on a motorized scooter, not a race car, but his badly broken right leg won't keep Tony Stewart away from the "Rumble in Fort Wayne" indoor midget races.

The three-time NASCAR champion, some two months away from returning to driving, will be honored with a "Salute to Tony Stewart" at the 16th annual holiday event on Friday, Dec. 27 and Saturday, Dec. 28 at the Memorial Coliseum Expo Center.

The native Hoosier will enter two cars – Munchkin chassis for longtime indoor teammate Mike Fedorcak and East Coast standout Lou Cicconi Jr. – while also greeting fans and signing autographs both days. More ...

11/26/13
IL
Andersen Promotions Announces AER as Indy Lights Engine Supplier  [Editor's Note:  Horrible news for IndyCar.  Instead of having a car manufacturer associated with the Indy Lights series, they have an engine manufacturer that has zero connection with the fans.  Zero. Ditto for the chassis.  Fans don't buy Dallaras. This helps the series remain miniscule so that never again will there be a breakaway that might threaten the almighty Indy 500.  The IndyCar and Indy Lights series' will remain invisible to the average guy on the street.] Andersen Promotions today announced Advanced Engine Research Ltd (AER) as the new engine supplier for Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires. AER was selected following a thorough review of proposals submitted by five prospective engine suppliers.

AER is owned by Rob and Chris Dyson and company Managing Director Mike Lancaster. The partnership between Andersen Promotions and AER, which extends through 2019, will see a slightly modified, long-mileage version of the multiple sportscar championship-winning AER-P07 2.0 liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine installed in the new Dallara IL-15 chassis prior to testing next August. The new car and engine combination will make its competition debut at the start of the 2015 Indy Lights season. More ...

11/26/13
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday (Update)  UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

Five F1 titles in-a-row for Vettel?  Horner says 2014 Red Bull car ahead of rivals, sending chills down the spines of everyone but Vettel in the F1 paddock.
11/26/13
  • Only Vettel 'sad' 2013 season finally over
  • Kvyat cool ahead of F1 adventure
  • Finishing last not knockout blow for Caterham
  • Maldonado triggers final 'silly season' dominoes
  • McLaren not in Williams-style slide - Button
  • Brawn's Mercedes exit now imminent
  • Red Bull files application for Austria GP approval
  • Ferrari 'determined to get back to the top' New
  • We're ahead of the pack - Horner New
  • Di Resta remains in the dark New
  • Ferrari hits out at “wildly erroneous” budget claims New
  • Lewis Hamilton says winning both World Championships Mercedes' sole 2014 goal New More ...
11/26/13
IL
IndyCar, O2 Racing Technology Announce Resolution from Milwaukee 2011  INDYCAR, the sanctioning body of Firestone Indy Lights, and Mark Olson, owner of O2 Racing Technology, announced today that they have reached a resolution regarding issues arising during The Milwaukee Mile event June 18-19, 2011.

“Upon careful consideration of the facts involved, I believe it’s time that the disagreement with Mark Olson and O2 Racing Technologies be resolved and we wipe the slate clean. Regrettably it’s taken so long to sort this out. I appreciate the passion and commitment that the all drivers and team owners bring to the sport, and Mark is no exception. Indy Lights is committed to work closer together with our team owners in the future to build and maintain a robust championship for decades to come. I’ve had the opportunity to work with Mark and know he is the type of business owner we would welcome in the series,” said Derrick Walker, President of Competition and Operations, INDYCAR. More ...

11/26/13
irl
Video: Montoya first day back in an IndyCar  
11/26/13
f1
No hope for Rossi?  
Alexander Rossi appears to have hitched up with the worse team possible.  He talks to Will Buxton on Friday in Austin before going out in the first practice and burying his more experienced teammate.  Won't some good team give this kid a chance?
It looks like America won't have a driver in F1 that has a chance of winning for quite some time.  The talented Alexander Rossi appears to have the best chance of making the step up to F1, but he is a reserve driver for last place Caterham so his chance of stiffing a podium are nil.  Americans are not going to watch F1 to see an American driver run at the back.  Despite having the best engine on the grid, Renault, Caterham finished dead last in the point standings this year.  That is how bad the team is.

Constructor Cup
1 Red Bull Racing-Renault 596
2 Mercedes 360
3 Ferrari 354
4 Lotus-Renault 315
5 McLaren-Mercedes 122
6 Force India-Mercedes 77
7 Sauber-Ferrari 57
8 STR-Ferrari 33
9 Williams-Renault 5
10 Marussia-Cosworth 0
11 Caterham-Renault 0
11/26/13
nassprint
NASCAR adopts new race sponsorship guidelines  
Given that criminals and nut cases like James Holmes (above) and Adam Lanza will always be able to get a gun, there isn't much you can do to defend yourself.  May as well stand up and ask them to pump you full of lead first.
NASCAR has set a new guidelines that will govern and require approval for race naming rights sold by racetracks starting in 2014. Call it "The NRA Rule." The new policy - established about six months after the National Rifle Association sponsored the Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway - was revealed in sanction agreements filed Friday by Dover Motorsports Inc. with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

"As part of the normal course of annually reviewing our sanction language, there are some changes that take place," NASCAR spokesman David Higdon said Monday. "This is one of those situations. We previously said we'd take a look at this area of the sanctioning agreements, adjust as needed, and that's what we've done." More ...
11/26/13
irl
nassprint
Texas closing backstretch seating; lowering some ticket prices  Texas Motor Speedway will usher in a new era in 2014 with the arrival of the world's largest HD video board by closing the backstretch seating so all ticket holders can benefit from the new amenity as well as offering the lowest-priced individual frontstretch ticket for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in speedway history. Texas Motor Speedway will offer select individual seating on the frontstretch for $30 to both the Texas 500 and AAA Texas 500, the best price point for a NASCAR Sprint Cup event since the speedway opened in 1997. More ...
11/26/13
track news
Daytona Offers "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday" Ticket Specials  Holiday shoppers can give the gift of racing at Daytona International Speedway as the "World Center of Racing" has put together several $49 "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday" Thanksgiving holiday ticket specials. On Friday, Nov. 29 (Black Friday) and Monday, Dec. 2 (Cyber Monday), Daytona International Speedway will have the following $49 ticket package specials available for race fans to select from as they conduct their holiday shopping: More ...
11/25/13
nhra
Video: Pro Mod Driver Adam Flamholc crashes and flips  Pro Mod driver Adam Flamholc got out of the groove back in September and took a hard turn into the wall and crashed at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals. Adam was conscious and transported to the local hospital for further observation.

11/25/13
nnw
Bass Pro Shops Moves to NASCAR Nationwide Series with Ty Dillon  Bass Pro Shops will continue its partnership with Richard Childress Racing in 2014, serving as a primary sponsor on Ty Dillon's No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats will be a primary sponsor for 11 races on the No. 3 Camaro during Dillon's first full season in the series, beginning with the DRIVE4COPD 300 season opener at Daytona International Speedway. The No. 1 outdoor retailer leader will join Yuengling Light Lager for the 2014 season. More ...

11/25/13
irl
First photos and quotes - Montoya Penske IndyCar test (2nd Update)  UPDATE #2 HELIO CASTRONEVES: "He felt really comfortable in the car. I wasn't expecting anything different to be honest. He was really relaxed. He's going to be an addition to the team, for sure, a he's going to be an addition. So I'm excited to see him here. I'm sure a lot of people are going to be excited to have him back and see him as well."

More from Montoya

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA: “It was good. The first run was really, really weird. We did a little bit of buildup on the (steering) wheel to supposedly give it more leverage and I think we overdid it a little bit. The position of the wheel was really different.  With a Cup wheel, you try to put it as low as you can, but it’s so big, the wheel is a lot higher, so getting comfortable is a little bit different. I’ll tell you, the motor runs really good. When you get to gas, it has a ton of torque, that it’s fun.  More ...

11/25/13
nassprint
irl
NASCAR vs IndyCar fan research  A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, I just came across some fan research that was conducted by Taylor, a leading research and PR firm in sports.  One of the things that strikes me is the overall notion that NASCAR is losing the younger audience.  This research (and the TV Ratings) indicates that the opposite is true, and that the Gen. Y fans are very in-tune with the sport.  My observation is that IndyCar continues to lose the younger audience, and they are becoming fans of NASCAR instead.  I think there are some reasons for that in the data:

1.  The younger Avid fans are highly attuned to sponsors in the sport as they are nearly three-times more likely than regular fans to choose their favorite driver based on who the sponsor is, according to the research.  As has been mentioned many times on the AutoRacing1.com site, ride buyers are the norm in IndyCar today, so if the younger fans choose their favorite driver based on who the sponsor is, then there is not much to choose from in IndyCar.  Does Gen Y connect with CITGO, NTT Data, United Fiber, DHL, Barracuda, Mistic, Hydroxycut, ABC Supply, TrueCar, Nuclear Energy, or Acorn Stairlifts? More ...

11/25/13
nassprint
TV News
Jimmie Johnson To Host "SportsCenter" In Wake Of Sixth Sprint Cup (2nd Update)  UPDATE #2 ESPN averaged 931,000 viewers for last Tuesday night’s 6:00pm ET “SportsCenter,” which was co-hosted by Johnson. That figure was up 22.5% from an average of 760,000 viewers for the program in that time slot this fall to date.

11/20/13 '13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson yesterday "became the first athlete co-host" of ESPN’s "SportsCenter" when he joined regular hosts John Anderson and Lindsay Czarniak on the 6:00pm ET edition, according to Nate Scott of USA TODAY.

Johnson was "featured in several segments, including one in which he asked analyst Tedy Bruschi six questions about the NFL." Show producers "tried to make things easy for Johnson, who has little-to-no broadcasting experience, by setting him up for interviews" with Red Sox C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, with "whom he compared beards and talked about winning a World Series," and Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops. More ...
11/25/13
f1
Brazil GP TV rating  The overnight TV rating for the F1 Grand Prix of Brazil Sunday on NBC (not NBCSN) from 11:00am-2:00pm was a 0.9 with over 1.4 million people tuned in.  Had the race been televised on NBCSN about 200,000 people would have been tuned in at best.

IndyCar is straddled with NBCSN ratings, meaning 6 to 7 times less people are tuned into their races than if they were on a network channel like ABC or NBC.  However, the IndyCar leadership likes to deposit the NBCSN check instead of doing what is right to grow the series.

11/25/13
nassprint
JTG Daugherty forms technical alliance with RCR  JTG Daugherty Racing team officials announced a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing that will include receiving ECR Engines and engineering services during the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season with driver AJ Allmendinger behind the wheel of the #47 entry. "We certainly appreciate all the support that TRD (Toyota Racing Development) has provided to JTG Daugherty Racing for five years and we are great fans of their business model," JTG Daugherty Racing co-owner Tad Geschickter said.

"As a single-car team, we feel that aligning directly with a successful multi-car organization like Richard Childress Racing is what will work best for us in 2014." More ...
11/25/13
automotive
Multi Million Pound Boost For Lotus  The Regional Growth Fund (RGF) in the UK has awarded the Lotus automotive firm £10.44 million, which will be used for research and development of products, along with staff training. In addition Lotus is expected to create 313 new full time jobs to support production over the coming years.

Business Secretary, Vince Cable MP visited Lotus’ Norfolk headquarters today, 25 November 2013, where he toured the engineering and factory facilities and formally announced the grant to Lotus management.

The grant is a further boost for Lotus, following a £100 million investment by its owners DRB-HICOM which has allowed the company to enhance its engineering, productivity, efficiency and quality. Lotus is also recruiting for more than 130 new jobs, previously announced in July 2013. More ...

11/25/13
LMES
LMESA
New LMP3 category announced  [Editor's Note: With so many categories in the various sports car series in Europe, Asia and the USA, it is sure to cause major fan confusion to the point almost all will throw up their hands in disgust and what little fans sports car racing has today will slowly evaporate. This just adds to the confusion.]

In order to complete the endurance racing pyramid the Automobile Club de l’Ouest announces the creation of a new sports-prototype category baptized LM P3 (Le Mans Prototype 3). In 2015, this car that opens the door to endurance racing will be eligible for the Asian Le Mans and European Le Mans Series.

The aim of this new prototype is to supply teams and drivers with a low-cost ensemble, which will allow them to make their debut in endurance racing with a prototype whose characteristics are similar to an LM P (Le Mans Prototype). More ...

11/25/13
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Monday  
  • Webber tosses his helmet away after his last race
    Tears and anger as 2013 season closes in Brazil
  • Hulkenberg and Perez for Force India in 2014
  • Lotus 'risk' turns out bad as Kovalainen star fades
  • McLaren doctor Aki Hintsa leaving F1
  • Massa critical of stewards' decision
  • Hamilton had to watch tapes to see he clearly caused Bottas clash
  • Domenicali says actions speak louder than words
  • Alonso: No rest for Ferrari
  • Playing with Fire in Austin
  • Whitmarsh admits no excuses for in 2014 More ...
11/24/13
nnw
NASCAR has plan to build an international presence  While battling daily to shore up its U.S. audience, NASCAR still draws offers to showcase its brand around the world. Singapore. Malaysia. Russia. NASCAR senior vice president Steve O'Donnell said the sanctioning body turned down opportunities to bring one of its national series to each country. "We get approached every day," O'Donnell, who oversees NASCAR's global strategy, told USA TODAY Sports.

"We've had 20 groups approach us from China. But most of them are one-offs. We keep pushing back and saying we're going to do this but in a smart way. If you can show us how we build stock-car racing, that's something we want to pursue." As NASCAR expands its international media rights with new Fox and NBC deals beginning in 2015 (races currently are seen in more than 150 countries in 23 languages), O'Donnell said Brazil, Japan and Russia are viewed as most enticing for building new series. The hope is that foreign drivers will begin gravitating toward aiming at the Sprint Cup Series instead of open-wheel Formula One. See full story at the USA Today

11/24/13
irl
Video: Juan Pablo Montoya on INDYCAR Test  Juan Montoya talks about getting back into an IndyCar tomorrow.

11/24/13
f1
Peter Windsor remembers Webber's career  Peter Windsor remembers Mark Webber who joins him for a final interview before he leaves F1.

11/24/13
uscc
8Star Confirms PC Program, Hopeful of DP Entry  Following an impressive podium run in its class debut, 8Star Motorsports will contest next year’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in the Prototype Challenge category, while also working to finalize a single-car effort for the Prototype class.

Team boss Enzo Potolicchio confirmed to Sportscar365 that his Florida-based team has submitted a full-season entry for its Oreca FLM09, with 2013 IMSA Lites champion Sean Rayhall set to graduate to the top series alongside the Venezuelan owner/driver. More ...

11/24/13
f1
Vettel picks up DHL Fastest Lap Award  
DHL, the world's leading logistics group, honored Sebastian Vettel with this year’s DHL Fastest Lap Award during a special ceremony at the final Grand Prix of 2013; the FORMULA 1 GRANDE PREMIO PETROBRAS DO BRASIL 2013 on November 24. In a carbon copy of his dominant performance in 2012, Vettel triumphed in both the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship for Drivers and the DHL Fastest Lap Award 2013. As in 2012, his Red Bull Racing team also secured the Triple Crown with victory in the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship for Constructors. More ...
11/24/13
Racing News
The Whittington Brothers still dealing drugs?  A search warrant executed in late October by the Drug Enforcement Agency collected information from several e-mail accounts belonging to members of the Whittington family, including the father and uncle of The Springs Resort and Spa owners Nerissa and Keely Whittington.

The affidavit for the search warrant implicates The Springs, as well as other businesses owned by the Whittington family, in alleged money laundering and drug trafficking offenses. More ...
11/24/13
f1
Honda beginning to poach Mercedes staff - Wolff  (GMM) Honda, to return to F1 in 2015 with McLaren, has begun to poach staff from rival manufacturers like Mercedes.

That is the claim of Mercedes' motor sport chief Toto Wolff, who said the Japanese marque's quest for talented and experienced F1 staff is "quite civilized" at the moment.

And Wolff told Germany's Auto Bild that Honda's moves to poach Mercedes engineers is "quite normal". More ...
11/24/13
nnw
Sam Hornish ready for next chapter of his NASCAR career  Sam Hornish Jr. came within three points of winning the Nationwide Series championship in 2013, and while he has no championship trophy, his performance should be good enough to get him something else — a ride for 2014.

Hornish said Monday that he hopes to have something lined up soon. He found out in September that he wouldn’t be back at Penske Racing, where he has spent his whole NASCAR career. Having spent the last 10 years at Penske, where he won an Indianapolis 500 and one of his three IndyCar championships, Hornish drove in only 11 Nationwide races before moving to Cup in 2008. His inexperience showed as he finished 35th, 28th and 29th in the Cup standings. he was a part-time Nationwide driver in 2011 before finishing fourth in the 2012 Nationwide standings and then second in 2013. More ...
11/24/13
f1
Massa tips awkward Raikkonen pairing for Alonso  
Alonso
(GMM)  Felipe Massa has tipped Fernando Alonso to share an awkward relationship with his new Ferrari teammate.

Between 2007 and 2009, before Spaniard Alonso arrived at the fabled Italian team, Brazilian Massa shared the scarlet garage with Kimi Raikkonen.

The Finn is returning to Ferrari to be Alonso's teammate in 2014, but Massa warned Alonso not to expect an easy relationship with the aloof and unusual Raikkonen. More ...

11/24/13
f1
Caterham first in line for 2014 car crash test  (GMM)  Caterham is the first team in line to pass the FIA's mandatory static crash test with its all-new 2014 chassis.

That is the claim of Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, adding that although many teams are now ready for the test, Caterham was the first in line and will be visited by the FIA officials at its UK headquarters next week.

The checkered flag of the 2013 season has not even been waved, but winter testing - to begin in late January - is already looming large, and teams are busier than ever to prepare for the sweeping rule changes for next season.

Auto Motor und Sport said Williams, for instance, already has 1500 kilometers clocked up on its new 8-speed gearbox on a Toyota test facility in Cologne. More ...

11/23/13
f1
Rain delays Q3 in Brazil  The final segment of qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix has been delayed by bad weather but conditions were improving.
11/23/13
irl
IndyCar's No. 1 problem  A reader writes, To me, one of the largest obstacles (and easiest fixes) for getting new fans to pay attention to Indycar and for Indycar to capitalize on a new fan’s “awe” of the sport or of a driver (a new hero) is the livery of the cars.

Imagine going to a football game to cheer for your favorite player on your favorite team. Yet, at almost every game he is wearing a different number on his jersey or the team is a different color or the team is using a different logo. How can you keep up with who is who and which team is which unless you are a diehard fan (and even then it is difficult)? Well, that is exactly what you have in Indycar. More ...
11/23/13
f1
Ferrari denies 2015 'pre-contract' with Hulkenberg  (GMM) Ferrari has played down rumors Nico Hulkenberg is in line to join the Maranello based team in 2015.

Although now fighting simply to stay on the grid next year, the highly rated German came tantalisingly close to signing a Ferrari contract for 2014, until the fabled Italian marque agreed a deal with Kimi Raikkonen instead.

"I was disappointed," Hulkenberg admits to Germany's Die Welt newspaper. "Who in our job doesn't dream of driving for Ferrari?

"The opportunity was very real, but the negotiations came suddenly to a halt and I got over it relatively quickly," he said in Brazil. More ...
11/23/13
f1
Brazilian GP: Mark Webber quickest in final wet practice  Mark Webber topped a rain-spoiled final practice session, ahead of what is almost certain to be a wet qualifying session for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The Australian Red Bull driver, in his final Formula 1 race, posted a time of 1m27.891s late in the session, when conditions improved ever so slightly.

Lotus' Romain Grosjean was second quickest, ahead of teammate Heikki Kovalainen. Valtteri Bottas was fourth quickest in the Williams, followed by Sauber's Nico Hulkenberg.

Some drivers did not even bother to go out because it was just a waste of time. More ...
11/23/13
f1
Rain continues in Brazil  
Wet and miserable in Brazil
For the 2nd day in a row rain continues at the 4.309km Interlagos circuit, with yet more rain to come.

A cold front is still hovering over southeast Brazil. There will be further showers and periods of drizzle over the next few hours, lasting until after this afternoon's qualifying session.

And it is rather cold.  In other words it continues to be a miserable weekend in Sao Paolo.

11/23/13
automotive
U.S. tax payers lose $139 million on Fisker sale  Fisker Automotive Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Friday and the Energy Department sold its green-energy loan for $25 million to investor group Hybrid Tech LLC.

Taxpayers will lose $139 million on the $192 million loan to the failed electric vehicle startup, the Energy Department confirmed let Friday.

Hybrid Technology agreed to purchase the $170 million loan made to Fisker. "This purchase marks the first step towards an acquisition of Fisker’s assets by an affiliate of HT that will eventually lead to the restarting of production and distribution of the Karma sedan, as well as the development and production of future advanced hybrid electric vehicles," the company said. More ...

11/23/13
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Ferrari protege Raffaele Marciello dominates Formula Renault 3.5 test  Just as he did on Wednesday and Thursday, Raffaele Marciello (Arden Caterham) snatched the fastest time in Friday’s two sessions of Formula Renault 3.5 Series collective testing at Motorland Aragon. The Italian’s best lap of 1:39.815 gave him the day’s honors, with Marlon Stockinger (Lotus) just a thousandth of a second behind him, followed by Oliver Rowland (Fortec Motorsports).

The season’s final day of collective testing brought with it plenty of personnel changes. After spending two days with Strakka Racing, Raffaele Marciello linked up with Arden Caterham, while Will Buller switched from AV Formula to Tech 1 Racing, where he sat in for Jordan Oon, who jumped over to Zeta Corse. Jazeman Jaafar made the move from ISR to Lotus to replace Kimiya Sato, who teamed up with Pons Racing. Sergey Sirotkin was back behind the wheel for ISR, while Norman Nato was reunited with DAMS and Will Stevens with Strakka Racing. Last but not least, Meindert van Buuren took over from Luca Ghiotto at International Draco Racing. More ...

11/23/13
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Saturday  
  • Kvyat buries teammates in the wet
    Lotus hopes for Quantum deal 'next week'
  • Alonso would have won title for Lotus - Villeneuve
  • Marko hails Kvyat's 'big balls'
  • Pirelli considers buying new F1 test car
  • Kovalainen better now than in McLaren days
  • F1 team boss reneged on Magnussen deal - Whitmarsh
  • Horner 'reaffirms Red Bull commitment' after Ecclestone comments
  • Beauty queens are invited to Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix
  • Swiss Formula One rights secured until 2016 More ...
11/23/13
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Mikhail Aleshin to Drive 2nd SPM Car in 2014 IndyCar Season (Update)  UPDATE With Aleshin replacing Tristan Vautier the IndyCar revolving door continues.  The fan base continues to shrink because drivers come and go as their money dries up.  You cannot build a fan base on a revolving door of drivers.  The ride-buying cancer that is destroying IndyCar racing is a direct result of IndyCar racing being broadcast on an obscure cable channel.  Low TV ratings = little sponsor money = eventual death of the sport.  But the owners of IndyCar are happy to deposit that big NBCSN check that gets biggest in the final years of the contract. Nero fiddles while Rome burns.

11/22/13
Mikhail Aleshin is talented, but he won't fill up the grandstands in Iowa
Sam Schmidt Motorsports (SPM) has signed 26-year-old Russian Mikhail Aleshin, who most recently competed in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, to drive its second entry for the 2014 IndyCar season.

Aleshin got his first seat time in an IndyCar on Nov. 18 when he tested with SPM at Sebring International Raceway.

“(Sebring) was my first test in an IndyCar and things were much different than what I’m used to inside the car,” Aleshin said. “In Europe there are different standards, but I like (the IndyCar) already, it’s really fun to drive. ”

The Moscow-native won the Formula Renault 3.5 Championship in 2010 and tested the Lotus Renault F1 car as well as the Red Bull F1 car before setting his sights on the North American based IndyCar Series. More ...

11/23/13
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Video: Thank you, Dario  An official video salute by the IndyCar Series from his fellow drivers to three-time Indy 500 winner and four-time series champion Dario Franchitti following his retirement.

11/23/13
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Ride around Indianapolis Motor Speedway's road course with IndyCar's Tony Kanaan  Take A Lap Around The New IMS Road Course Layout With Indy 500 Champion Tony Kanaan
11/23/13
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Video: Humpy Wheeler tries to solve what’s wrong with IndyCar  As one of the greatest promoters in NASCAR history, Humpy Wheeler has never been short of ideas. And in his latest YouTube dispatch, the former president and GM of Charlotte Motor Speedway puts his mind toward trying to revive IndyCar racing’s mainstream presence.

In the five-minute-plus video, Wheeler commends IndyCar for its great on-track product but also critiques it on several fronts. To start off, he believes that the open-wheelers are simply too quick for those in the grandstands and that they need to be slowed down. More ...

11/22/13
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Horner downplays Ecclestone talk  Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner has played down talk that he could one day replace Bernie Ecclestone as the head of F1.

Ecclestone had been quoted in the British media as being an 'ideal' figure to replace him when he elects to stand down from his role, with the 40-year-old being a figure who both knows the sport and who could be trusted in the position.

The 83-year-old also said he would prefer not to see the role taken up by someone from outside the sport, with the likes of Justin King and Richard Scudamore having also been mentioned as possible successors. More ...

11/22/13
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Calado admits F1 chances 'unlikely'  James Calado has admitted that his chances of landing a Formula 1 race seat for the 2014 campaign are now "unlikely".

The Briton, 24, has been serving as Force India's test and reserve driver this season, completing the latest in a series of Friday practice outings at this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix.

But with a driver market bottleneck beginning to form, he concedes his chances of making the step up have reduced. More ...

11/22/13
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Andersen Promotions Unveils Dallara IL-15 Car Renderings  
Oval setup
Following an announcement on October 31 that Dallara Automobili had been selected to design and develop the next-generation Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires chassis which will compete in 2015, Andersen Promotions today unveiled renderings of the Dallara IL-15. The car's design is a joint effort between Dallara's Italian headquarters in Varano Melegari (Parma) and Dallara LLC in Speedway, Ind. The car will be assembled at the company's U.S. headquarters located near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Road Course setup.  Can you see the difference?
"The new Indy Lights Dallara IL-15 will be built to the highest safety and reliability standards that Dallara is known for and offer a modern stylish appearance that we know our drivers and fans will love," said  Dan Andersen, Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions. "We've been working with Dallara to present a car that will perform well, provide the proper training required for drivers in our series as the final step on the Mazda Road to Indy ladder and still be exciting to look at. We believe the designers have accomplished all of our goals. Seeing it on the track next August in testing cannot come soon enough for us." More ...
11/22/13
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Mario Andretti to be inducted  Racing legend Mario Andretti will be inducted in the National Motorsports Hall of Fame located at Darlington Raceway in January ceremonies near Charlotte, N.C.
11/22/13
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Brazilian GP: Rosberg still on top in 2nd wet practice  
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Nico Rosberg kept Mercedes at the top of the timesheets in a second wet Friday practice session for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Heavy rain before the start of the session left the Interlagos track saturated, contributing to very little running until a frantic final 10 minutes. More ...

11/22/13
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Brazilian GP: Rosberg top in wet first practice  Nico Rosberg led a Mercedes one-two in a wet first practice for the season-ending Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at Interlagos on Friday.

The German lapped the anti-clockwise circuit with a best time of one minute 24.781 seconds, set early on before conditions became more treacherous, with teammate Lewis Hamilton second quickest in 1:25.230.

The times were largely meaningless, with Red Bull's quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel leaving it late in the 90 minute session to set a timed lap but ending up third on the timesheets. More ...

11/22/13
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KVSH Racing Announce Mistic Electronic Cigarettes as Co-Primary (Update)  UPDATE Adding photo of Bourdais' paint scheme:


11/19/13 KVSH Racing announced today that Mistic Electronic Cigarettes will serve as the co-primary sponsor of the No.11 car piloted by Sebastien Bourdais for the 2014 and 2015 IndyCar Series seasons.

KVSH also unveiled the livery of the "Mistic Machine" which will campaign seven race weekends in 2014. More ...

11/22/13
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Friday  
  • Alonso says the 2014 F1 car will be a handful
    F1 loses sponsor LG
  • Maldonado, Hulkenberg keys to 2014 'silly season'
  • Ecclestone names Horner as 'ideal' successor
  • Webber gets early release for new Porsche era
  • Alonso to respond to Montezemolo rating 'on the track'
  • Offer to buy embattled Nurburgring rejected
  • Kovalainen responds to Briatore criticism
  • Ferrari duo say 2014 car 'difficult to drive'
  • Two DRS zones for Interlagos race  More ...
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