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12/10/13
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Montoya completes IndyCar oval test at Phoenix
Juan Montoya
New Team Penske IndyCar Series driver Juan Pablo Montoya on Tuesday completed his second round of testing behind the wheel of the No. 12 Dallara-Chevrolet, this time on Phoenix International Raceway’s one-mile oval. Montoya tested previously on Sebring International Raceway’s road course, in November.

“Well, my first impression was when [teammate] Helio [Castroneves] started running,” Montoya said. “We did some laps in [a] road car and I said in NASCAR we brake here and here [at Phoenix]. And he was like, ‘No, this is going to be wide open.’ I’m like, ‘What?’

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12/10/13
uscc

February Dates Set for IMSA Winter Test at Sebring International Raceway
Sebring International Raceway and International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) officials today confirmed dates for open testing for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and other IMSA-sanctioned series.

In preparation for the first TUDOR Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge races on the grueling, 3.74-mile Sebring circuit, two days of IMSA-sanctioned testing have been scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 20 and Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.  The TUDOR Championship and Continental Tire Challenge will have a morning and afternoon session each on both days.

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12/10/13
uscc

Michelin partners with IMSA, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) announced Tuesday that Michelin is now an approved tire supplier for the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class and a partner of IMSA and the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship for the next two years.

“Michelin is pleased to join in the unification of sports car racing in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship,” said Michelin North America Director of Motorsports Chris Baker. “The new TUDOR Championship marks the beginning of a new era of sports car racing in North America and Michelin is pleased to continue our close collaborations with our manufacturer and independent team partners in the open tire competition provided in the GT Le Mans class.”

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12/10/13
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Danica Patrick Tonight Will Co-Host ACA Telecast On Fox
NASCAR driver Danica Patrick will co-host the live Fox broadcast of the American Country Awards tonight at 8:00pm ET. Patrick said, "I just was nervous about doing it, and I kind of wanted to get a few people's opinion: Do you think I can handle this? But they made me feel really comfortable. A few months ago I met with the producers and they said it's going to be easy and you're going to have fun with it. Hopefully they're right." AP

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12/10/13
Team USA

Alberico to Fly Team USA Colors in New Zealand’s Toyota Racing Series
The month of January is traditionally rather quiet on the North American open-wheel auto racing calendar. But thanks to the Team USA Scholarship, talented youngster Neil Alberico, who finished a close second in this year’s Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, winning a series-high six races, will have an opportunity to enhance his preparations for a graduation to the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires by contesting the highly acclaimed Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand.

TRS, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, will comprise three races per event for five consecutive weekends during the Southern Hemisphere summer in January and February. Past TRS graduates include recently confirmed Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 driver Daniil Kvyat, from Russia, and New Zealanders Mitch Evans, who won the 2012 FIA GP3 Series, and Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 test driver Brendon Hartley, who has been a sports car standout in both Europe and North America the past two seasons.

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12/10/13
f1

World champion Vettel to become father
Vettel and Hanna Prater
(GMM)  Sebastian Vettel is set to celebrate his meteoric F1 success with the ultimate prize -- fatherhood.

Multiple authoritative German media sources on Tuesday, including the Bild-Zeitung newspaper and the Bunte magazine, report that the quadruple world champion's long-time girlfriend Hanna Prater is pregnant with their first child.

Red Bull driver Vettel, 26, guards his privacy very closely, but his spokeswoman confirmed the happy news: "Yes, it's true."

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12/10/13
racing news

Simpson introduces Hybrid Sport Head and Neck Restraint
The Hybrid Sport from Simpson Performance Products is the latest in SFI 38.1 approved head and neck restraint technology from one of the most trusted names in racing safety. The evolution of the Hybrid Pro Rage technology and design has led the way for the development of the new high performance Hybrid Sport which promises the racer a better product, at the same price range as the Pro Rage.

The Hybrid Sport is lighter, weighing in at 20% less for the large, including hardware; and the DuPont carbon/polymer construction is sleek, modern and appealing with defined wings for seatbelt containment. The sliding tethers and patent pending multi-tether system enhances side to side range of movement and field of vision. The Hybrid Sport over performed in the strenuous SFI testing lab to gain SFI 38.1 certification.

The Hybrid Sport retails beginning at $595 and is available in sizes Extra Small  Extra Large. The Hybrid Sport will be available in late December, 2013 and will be followed by the Hybrid Sport Youth model, available in February, 2014. The Hybrid Sport Youth is scaled down for the growing racer and will retail at $399. Simpson Performance Products

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12/10/13
f1

Most Intense Moments In Formula 1 History
An epic compilation of the most intense moments in Formula 1 history compiled and edited to the music of Vivaldi and Mozart by Antti Kalhola.



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12/10/13
irl

High winds postpone Montoya's return to an oval in IndyCar
Montoya on the inside at Fontana in 2000 in a CART IndyCar - a real race car
The fastest Juan Pablo Montoya has ever been in his racing career was at Auto Club Speedway in 2000 when, by his own admission, he reached 256 mph on the back stretch. That's the year Gil de Ferran set the world record of 241.428 in a qualifying lap for the CART Marlboro 500.

That's been the last time Montoya was in an IndyCar. After winning the CART title, the personable Colombian jumped to Formula One, where he spent six years before returning to the United States for a Cup ride in NASCAR. At the conclusion of the 2013 NASCAR campaign, Montoya made another jump, returning to open-wheel racing and landing a ride with Team Penske for the 2014 IndyCar Series season.

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12/10/13
uscc

GB Autosport Earns Full-Season IMSA TUDOR Championship Entry
With the countdown accelerating towards the series' first-ever race, IMSA announced the list of accepted entries for the inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship on Friday, with GB Autosport earning a full season entry in the highly competitive GT Daytona (GTD) Class.  The GB Autosport effort is one of 12 Porsche GT America machines slated for the 2014 TUDOR Championship.
 
While GB Autosport may be a new name for many IMSA fans, the group has a deep bench of experience in GRAND-AM and ALMS.  The team’s leadership includes Bob Faieta, a race and championship-winning Porsche driver and team leader based in the Los Angeles area.  Faieta will serve as a Director for the team and will also pilot the entry in select races.

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12/10/13
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Controversy explodes with new 'double points' finale
  • FIA announces F1 'cost cap' coming in 2015
  • Patient Hulkenberg still waiting for winning car
  • Hamilton did pay father, former manager Anthony
  • F1 says no to heavier cars, mandatory pitstops

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12/09/13
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Formula E In Talks With BT Sport, Sky
Formula E, the world’s first electric single-seater motor racing series, "is in talks with BT Sport and BSkyB" about a U.K. TV rights deal, according to Christian Sylt of the London TELEGRAPH. Formula E "is due to launch in September next year."

So far, Formula E "has signed two TV deals which cover more than 90 countries." At the end of November it announced a multi-year agreement with Japanese network TV Asahi. It joined Fox Sports, which will broadcast Formula E across Latin America and the Far East as well as Canada, Australia and some European countries excluding the U.K.

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12/09/13
nassprint

Upcoming Charlotte test will validate changes to 2014 Cup car (Update) UPDATE Due to rain at the track and the poor forecast for today and tomorrow, NASCAR has postponed the test until Wednesday.

12/08/13 Travel included, the time gap between standing on the stage at Wynn Las Vegas and sitting behind the wheel of a car at Charlotte Motor Speedway will amount to less than 60 hours.

With the crowning of six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson still looming large in the rear-view mirror, roughly 25 drivers will assemble Monday at CMS to validate potential changes to the Gen-6 race car for 2014, changes designed to make intermediate speedway racing closer and more competitive.

The test follows an initial gathering of data in October, also at Charlotte.

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12/09/13
f1

F1 creates 'Vettel Rule'
Formula 1 drivers will be awarded double points for the final round of the season from 2014 onwards, in an attempt to prolong championship battles in an attempt to stop Sebastian Vettel from clinching the title too early.

The tweak was agreed by the sport's Strategy Group and Commission in Paris on Monday, and will immediately become part of the regulations as both bodies were handed rule-changing rights by the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) last week.

Both the Drivers' and Constructors' standings will be affected, with 50 points going to the winner, 36 for second place, 30 for third and so on throughout the top ten positions.

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12/09/13
irl

Wilson to Rahal?
Question: I wanted to get your views on a comment made in Autosport around Justin Wilson's availability, and whether you knew which team is supposedly monitoring his availability?

Answer: Yes, I know, and I've tried to let this simmer to see what Dale Coyne is going to do with the option he exercised on Wilson in the days after the Fontana race. But it's not Ganassi. Since you mentioned Pappas is now at Rahal, I'll say that would be a very good place to connect a dot. Curt Cavin, Indy Star

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12/09/13
f1

2014 rules could throw F1 into turmoil
The V8 engines era, which began in 2006, came to an end after the 2013 season, and next year Formula 1 will bring back 1.6-litre V6 turbo engines.

The whole 2014 field will be powered by three different engines manufacturers - Ferrari, Mercedes and Renault - and Ferrari's Pat Fry reckons the regulations are open enough for one of the trio to find a loophole that will mean the FIA will need to get involved.

"I think the aero rules are fairly stable," said Fry. "It is when you get to the power-unit rules they are a can of worms.

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12/09/13
uscc

Krohn Racing Announced Preliminary Plans for 2014 and Beyond
Krohn Racing, which recently moved to owner/driver Tracy W. Krohn’s hometown of Houston, Texas, announced they have submitted an entry for the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona, Round One of the new IMSA Tudor United Sportscar Championship.

Krohn intends to compete in the Ferrari F458 in which he has been racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship GTE-Am class for the past two seasons. The Krohn Racing Ferrari will be entered in the new GT Le Mans class. Krohn Racing also plans to compete in other IMSA races with the GTLM Ferrari, entries pending.

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12/09/13
FE

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio enters Formula E team
(left to right) Bert Hedaya, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gildo Pallanca Pastor and Francesco Costa during the launch of the new Venturi Grand Prix Formula E Team in New York
Venturi Automobiles today announced a joint venture with award-winning actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio to enter a team in the new FIA Formula E Championship - the world’s first fully-electric race series beginning in September 2014.

Based in Monaco, the new Venturi Grand Prix Formula E Team has been co-founded by DiCaprio and Gildo Pallanca Pastor, founder of pioneering EV manufacturer Venturi Automobiles, together with Bert Hedaya and Francesco Costa.

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12/09/13
f1

"I don't want to die as CEO" says Ecclestone
Ecclestone does not want to die as F1 CEO.  He's better off dying at F1 CEO than behind bars if he loses the court case.
Bernie Ecclestone has been in the driving seat of Formula One for nearly 40 years but never has his position been under as much scrutiny as in the past few months.

In October the billionaire celebrated his 83rd birthday and promptly found himself in court being cross-examined in a trial surrounding the sale of F1 to its current controlling shareholder, the private equity firm CVC. Since then Ecclestone has spoken out about the possibility of Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner replacing him - a move which would require the consent of Ferrari as he later revealed to Pitpass' business editor Christian Sylt. Now Ecclestone has challenged one of the most popular beliefs about him and said that he doesn't want to die in F1's hot seat.

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12/09/13
irl

Mazda Road to Indy News
Over 40 drivers from all three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy will be testing over the next two days at barber Motorsports Park in the Chris Griffis Memorial Mazda Road to Indy Open Test. Also, there has been news off the track as Mazda Road to Indy drivers have finalized deals for 2014.

Below are a few notes from the press release:

1. Shelby Blackstock, will once again pilot the Starstruck entry for Andretti Autosport for 2014. The 23 year-old Nashville, Tennessee native finished third in the 2013 Pro Mazda Championship the second race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this past season.

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12/09/13
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Hawksworth enjoys first taste of IndyCar
Jack Hawksworth
If there was any risk of the first taste of driving an IZOD IndyCar Series DW12 not living up to the high expectations of Britain's Jack Hawksworth, then such fears were quickly dispelled when he finally got to head out onto the track at Sebring International Raceway on Tuesday.

"I really enjoyed it," said Hawksworth afterwards. "It was a lot of fun, and I think we had a really strong day as well."

Hawksworth - currently competing in the Firestone Indy Lights championship with Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports - was given the opportunity to try out an IndyCar by Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

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12/09/13
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Monday
  • Vettel factor weighed in Webber's quit decision
  • Drivers to play bigger role in 2014 - Alonso
  • Pirelli vows to address 'marbles' problem
  • Alonso attitude triggered Raikkonen signing - Andretti
  • Todt backs move for permanent race numbers in F1
  • Williams F1 Team Announces Strengthened Aerodynamics Team

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12/08/13
f1

Video: Vettel, others honored at FIA Awards in Paris
Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel led this year’s list of FIA Championship winners in the motorsport governing body’s end-of-season awards.

Vettel and Red Bull nabbed the Formula One Driver and Constructor’s trophies.

Vettel, who had another impressive year, was the overall winner of this year’s Formula One Grand Prix. He also made it to the record books after his eighth straight victories during the season.

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12/08/13
racing news

Audi TT RS wins 25-hour race
Rob Huff, Jeff Altenburg, Robb Holland, Kevin Gleason, and Roland Pritzker shared the winning Audi
The No. 24 Rotek Racing Audi TT RS won the eleventh running of the United States Air Force (USAF) 25 Hours of Thunderhill today.  Following the Rotek Audi to fill out the overall podium was the No.83 Barrett Racing Porsche GT3 Cup in second and the No. 38 Radical West Radical in third.

A field of 57 cars took the green flag at 11 a.m. Saturday morning for 25 hours of racing around the 2.58-mile, 15-turn Thunderhill Raceway. The race witnessed several leaders throughout the running including an ESR Class Wolf, ES Class Superlite and the winning ES Class Rotek Racing Audi TT RS. The Rotek team took over the lead at 5:00 a.m. Sunday morning and never looked back. The stout team was being pressured throughout the early hours by a speedy No. 38 Radical West Racing Radical. At 8:00 a.m. the Audi began stretch its legs and had a 30 lap lead with three hours remaining.  The eventual winning margin to the second place was 28 laps.  The Rotek Audi TT RS was driven by Robb Holland, Kevin Gleason, Jeff Altenburg, Roland Pritzker and Rob Huff. 

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12/08/13
nassprint

Video: Jay Mohr cuts up Danica Patrick (Update) UPDATE Kyle Busch provided one of the "more entertaining speeches." Busch noted he had not been on stage since '10 and noted "not much has changed. Jimmie and Chad win the championship. Dale (Earnhardt) Jr. is the most popular driver. Mike Helton’s mustache is the still the same. And Jay Mohr’s jokes haven’t changed."

12/08/13 Danica Patrick is an easy target for Jay Mohr at the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Awards Banquet. You know, the joke was based in some truth.

Host Jay Mohr joked at Friday night's Sprint Cup banquet that he hoped that Danica Patrick wasn't uncomfortable being close to the stage because she's not used to being up front.

Patrick didn't laugh and neither did boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr. After the joke, Mohr tried his best to smooth things over but it may not have worked very well.

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12/08/13
nassprint

NASCAR CEO reviews NASCAR accomplishments and plans
Brian France
NASCAR CEO Brian France mentioned lots of accomplishments for his organization during the 2013 Sprint Cup Series season this morning in Las Vegas, but noted that it’s also preparing diligently for the year to come.

In a wide-ranging session with reporters, France talked about the ongoing testing for the Gen-6 cars that debuted this past year (he’ll be in attendance for Monday’s second session at Charlotte Motor Speedway) and also disclosed that NASCAR is looking into making changes in qualifying to make it more exciting for fans.

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12/08/13
racing news

New book out: Zapped by Alan Wilson
Alan Wilson’s new eBook novel, ZAPPED, is an exciting and dramatic story of the real probability of high level electronic interference with the performance of Formula One cars during their fight for World Championship honors. Set in the world of modern Grand Prix racing, with a cast of characters that epitomize the skills, will-to-win and emotions of the sport, and also the greed, ego and ambitions of some of the people at its heart, Wilson exposes the very real threat of the technology that drives the sport being used to decimate it’s very future.

Set against the backdrop of current Grand Prix racing, the story follows a talented electronics expert who joins a Grand Prix team and discovers that cars in the World Championship are being affected by unexplained cyber-attacks which decimate their performance. The high-intensity electronics at play suggest near-warfare levels of technology that draws the American military into the search for the source and solution. All the while the World Championship chase rushes to a climax at the Brazilian Grand Prix, where the greed, ego and ambitions of a few people at the center of the sport threaten to unravel its very existence.

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12/08/13
f1

Button not thinking about retirement
Jenson Button
As Formula One welcomes a new era in 2014, Jenson Button says he wants to be around for the long haul.

The McLaren driver will remain with the team for a fifth season next year having joined the Woking outfit on the back of his 2009 Championship success with Brawn GP.

Next season the sport will look rather different to the one Button has known all these years as the V8 engines make way for 1.6-litre turbocharged V6s.

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12/08/13
racing news

BMW Motorsport presents its program for the 2014 season
BMW Motorsport used the 52nd BMW Sports Trophy award ceremony in Munich’s BMW Welt (DE) to present its program for the 2014 season. BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt announced the plans for the DTM, the newly-created United SportsCar Championship (USCC) in North America, the BMW Sports Trophy, and the Formula BMW Talent Cup.

“BMW fans all over the world can once again look forward to a season packed with highlights in 2014,” said Marquardt. “In the DTM, we are now entering our third season since we made our comeback in 2012. Armed with the new BMW M4 DTM, our goal is obviously to both defend the Manufacturers’ title and to win the Drivers’ Championship again. I am very excited about the new USCC, in which BMW Team RLL is looking to back up the huge success it enjoyed in the BMW Z4 GTE’s debut year in the 2013 ALMS.

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12/08/13
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Tagliani aiming to wear the Target bulls-eye in '14
Alex Tagliani would love to stay in the red Target car for 2014
Target Chip Ganassi Racing managing director Mike Hull said during a team test this week at Sebring International Raceway that while selecting an individual to drive the No. 10 Chevrolet-powered car for the 2014 IndyCar Series season is a priority, there's little urgency.

With four-time series champion Dario Franchitti last month announcing his retirement, the team is exploring options to complement its lineup of reigning series champion Scott Dixon, 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan and 2013 race winner Charlie Kimball.

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12/08/13
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Indycar.com down (Update) UPDATE IndyCar.com is back in business now.

12/07/13 IndyCar.com has been down for about 7 hours, but no report of what is going one.

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12/08/13
wec

U.S. test for new Audi R18 e-tron quattro
2014 Audi R18 e-tron
Only a week after the World Championship winning Audi R18 e-tron quattro race car’s last run in a race, its successor is ready to hit the track. Tests of the new LMP1 sports car, which has been kept under wraps up to now, commence today on the U.S. race track at Sebring (Florida).

Audi Sport in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm has developed a fundamentally new Le Mans prototype that corresponds to the Technical Regulations for 2014 and is designed for maximum efficiency. The development started in 2012. The roll-out took place in the early fall of 2013. Starting today, the next-generation Audi R18 e-tron quattro is being tested on the race track where all new Le Mans prototypes of the Audi brand have had to prove their worth: at Sebring.

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12/07/13
automotive

New Ferrari F12 street car makes 731 HP
Ferrari F12
The Ferrari F12, which is the Italian company’s latest front-engined V12 super GT, has 731bhp under its bonnet.

That’s absolutely amazing.

Only the Bugatti Veyron is more powerful and because it’s a lot heavier than the Ferrari it’s not a whole lot faster. Not that on the road you’d notice that the Ferrari is short of a few horsepower.

Try 0-60mph in 3.0sec and a top speed of over 200mph.

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12/07/13
LMESA

2014 Asian LeMans Series schedule and reg changes
With the immanent conclusion of the inaugural Asian Le Mans Series plans have now been confirmed for the 2014 season. 

The provisional schedule for 2014 is:

Korea, Inje: 6th July
Japan, Fuji: 10th August
China, Shanghai: 12th October
China, Zhuhai: 26th October
Malaysia, Sepang: 7th December

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12/07/13
irl

Buy a Toyota GP of Long Beach Ticket, Get a FREE Souvenir Program!
The spirit of giving for the holidays has hit the 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, set to take place April 11-13, 2014!

Between now and Dec. 31, purchase a general admission or reserved seat ticket and get a FREE, expanded 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach official souvenir program (a $12 value). The souvenir program will be packed with special features celebrating the history and heritage of America's #1 street race, from the early days of Formula 5000 and Formula 1 to the present-day IndyCar Series and every other form of racing that has lit up the streets of downtown Long Beach.

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12/07/13
irl

Tickets on sale for 2014 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
ZOOM Motorsports announced that tickets are on sale for the 2014 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama race weekend, which will feature 11 races throughout the three-day weekend.
Tickets are available for sale at www.barbermotorsports.com.

In addition to the IndyCar Series and Indy Lights races, the 2014 weekend will also feature the Pirelli World Challenge Sports Car Series, Pro Mazda presented by Cooper Tires and USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda races at Barber Motorsports Park.

The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama is set for April 25-27, three weeks later than the 2013 event. 

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12/07/13
f1

Di Resta off the grid as money talks the loudest
Paul di Resta praying for a miracle to stay in F1 as the open wheel racing cancer (drivers paying to drive) continues
Scotland's Paul Di Resta will not be on the Formula One grid next season.

The 26-year-old driver from Bathgate has been told there is no race seat with Force India in 2014, just days after the team confirmed the signing of Sauber's Nico Hulkenberg on a "multi-year deal".

Force India, who ran Di Resta and Adrian Sutil in the season just ended, have said they would name their second driver in "due course" but the Silverstone-based team are thought to prefer either Sergio Perez, the Mexican who was recently jettisoned by McLaren, or Sutil, who brings with him several million pounds of sponsorship money.

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12/07/13
f1

Renault commit extra personnel to deal with complex V6 turbo engines
Renault-RS27-F1-engine
Remi Taffin, Renault’s head of track operations reveals that due to the complexity of the new Formula 1 V6 turbo engines, the French engine manufacturer will dedicate an extra technician to each of the team’s they supply power units to in 2014.

“The [2014] engines are more complex because there is more going on. Our plan is that we’re going to augment each of our teams with one extra person, in comparison to this year. That’s simply due to the complexity of the power unit,” revealed Taffin.

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12/06/13
irl

Conor Daly eyes full-time IndyCar ride (2nd Update) UPDATE #2
Reader feels an American from Indiana like Conor Daly would be a hit with fans as compared to another foreigner
A reader writes, Dear AR1: I've been a subscriber for many years, but never written in. I'm mainly a fan, and certainly don't boast any fancy credentials that give me the wherewithal to question Mike Hull and Chip Ganassi. They've won 5championships in six years, multiple Indy 500 wins, sports car excellence, a Daytona 500 winners, and the list goes on. I'm basically an average guy with an 9-5 job, a beer belly, an average house, a wife and two kids.

So, can someone at AR1 explain to me why Mike and Chip aren't considering Conor Daly as Dario Franchitti's replacement? I'd understand if Chip got an F1 guy like Sergio Perez or Paul di Resta. I'd also get it if someone like Ryan Hunter-Reay or Will Power were available. But young Daly can't get a look while Hull and Ganassi want to bring in Ryan Briscoe or Alex Tagliani? Really?

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12/06/13
uscc

DP Testing to Resume Next Week, Teams Wait for Answers
Prototypes will return to the high banks of Daytona International Speedway next week, in what could prove to be a crucial test for teams, manufacturers and IMSA as they look to find solutions from the recent incident-filled TUDOR United SportsCar Championship pre-season test.

Testing for all Daytona Prototypes, P2 cars and Prototype Challenge entries was suspended at Daytona last month following a pair of airborne accidents for 2014-spec Coyote-chassied Corvette DPs, triggered by right-rear tire failures.

Both the Spirit of Daytona entry of Richard Westbrook and Joao Barbosa’s Action Express Racing DP spun around backwards and lifted into the air, with Westbrook’s car nearly clearing the catch fence before going into a series of rolls.

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12/06/13
uscc

Inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship to Feature 29 Prototypes
The debut season of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in 2014 will include 29 prototype race cars across the Prototype (P) and Prototype Challenge (PC) categories as International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) officials today unveiled approved entries for all four TUDOR Championship classes.

The P class will include an intriguing mix of 17 race cars battling for overall victories. The class merges Daytona Prototype (DP) race cars, which previously competed in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, with P2 and DeltaWing prototypes from the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron.

The PC class – which utilizes a spec ORECA FLM09 exclusively – will include a dozen entries in 2014. IMSA officials expanded the PC field by two entries after announcing a tentative cap of 10 entries from the class in October.

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12/06/13
promazda

Alberico Joins 2014 Pro Mazda Championship Fight
American motorsports rising star Neil Alberico is excited to announce he will once again be part of the renowned Mazda Road to Indy program in 2014, competing in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires series. The Californian will be part of Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing new efforts in the prestigious junior formula car championship, reuniting with the team after finishing second in the 2013 USF2000 Championship title fight.

Since first getting behind the wheel of a race car, Alberico has dreamed of one day racing in the IZOD IndyCar Series and challenging for the championship title and an Indianapolis 500 win. The highly-regarded American racer will take another step towards reaching that goal in 2014, as he advances up to the Pro Mazda Championship. Driving for multiple junior formula car champion Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing, Alberico will battle for top honors in the second rung of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder, which trains and develops the future stars of IndyCar.

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12/06/13
gp3

2014 GP3 Series Calendar revealed
GP3 Series organizers have today unveiled the 2014 calendar which will be made up of nine rounds in total, the most in the Series’ history. All rounds have been confirmed to run alongside the Formula 1 World Championship. The calendar features two exciting new venues for GP3: Austria and Russia, whilst the Yas Marina Circuit in the United Arab Emirates will host the season finale for the second consecutive year.

The Series will kick off its fifth season in Barcelona on 09-11 May as the Formula 1 season commences its European campaign. The Red Bull Ring in Austria will follow on 20-22 June before the paddock then travels to Silverstone. Hockenheim and Budapest will run as back-to-back races before the annual summer break.

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12/06/13
f1

Lotus needs Maldonado's 'financial support' - boss
Pastor Maldonado - have check will drive
(GMM)  Lotus has admitted for the first time that Pastor Maldonado will boost the Enstone based team's coffers in 2014.

Earlier, Venezuelan Maldonado said there was no guarantee his departure from Williams would mean his lucrative backer PDVSA will follow him to his next F1 team.

And when Lotus announced that the 28-year-old is arriving to replace Kimi Raikkonen for 2014, it made no mention of the Venezuelan oil giant's millions.

But team boss Eric Boullier always said the not-significantly-sponsored Nico Hulkenberg was actually Lotus' first choice to fill the driver vacancy.

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12/06/13
gp2

GP2 Series 2014 season calendar unveiled
The GP2 Series organizers have revealed their 2014 calendar today which once again will consist of eleven rounds in total, all support events of the official Formula One World Championship. Eight rounds will be held in Europe with three overseas events to complete the calendar, including Sochi in Russia.

The tenth season of the GP2 Series will open in Sakhir on April 04-06 alongside the Formula One Grand Prix. The paddock will then proceed to Europe with its first stop in Barcelona on May 09-11 before going to Monte Carlo two weeks later. After a three week break, the action will resume on June 20-22 in Spielberg which will mark the first time the Series will race in Austria. Silverstone is next on July 04-06 followed by Hockenheim two weeks later, with Budapest back-to-back to close a very busy month of July.

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12/06/13
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Latest F1 news in brief - Friday (2nd Update) UPDATE #2 Latest updates shown in red below.

12/06/13 Updates shown in red below.

12/06/13
  • Lewis Hamilton screwed his own father out of $millions
    Father, ex-manager reveals Hamilton screwed him
  • McLaren denies Dennis power struggle on cards
  • Hamilton tells Ricciardo to 'attack' Vettel
  • Grosjean plays down reports of 2014 Lotus car delay
  • Van der Garde a candidate for Caterham, Force India
  • Infiniti Red Bull Racing confirms 2014 test driver line-up
  • Caterham eyes established star for 2014 
  • Ecclestone Reveals Ferrari Has Veto Over His Successor
  • FIA confirms Todt staying president New
  • Fry doubts big engine differences in 2014 New

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12/06/13
automotive

GM decides to pull Chevy brand out of Europe
General Motors announced "its sponsorship deals with Liverpool FC and Manchester United would not be affected in the wake of its decision to pull the Chevrolet brand from Europe" in '15, according to Sebastian Joseph of MARKETING WEEK.

Despite the withdrawal, GM said that there would be a "level of continuation of experiential and digital work" across the region over the next two years, but the volume of it is currently "unclear." Chevrolet "struck ties to both Premier League clubs last summer in a bid to support a revamped global marketing strategy to build awareness" in markets outside the U.S., "particularly Europe and Asia."

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12/06/13
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For 11th year in row, Dale Jr. most popular NASCAR driver
Earnhardt Jr. with his girlfriend Amy Reimann.  He isn't the best driver in NASCAR, but his taste for woman is impeccable
The votes were tallied and the results were clearly obvious: for the 11th time the fan club known as the Junior Nation came through and proved they still love Dale Earnhardt Jr.

The National Motorsports Press Association announced that Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the recipient of this year's NMPA NASCAR Most Popular Driver Award. The award was presented to the Hendrick Motorsports driver during the December 4th annual NMPA Myers Brothers Luncheon, a part of the season-ending Champions Week activities in Las Vegas.

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12/06/13
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Stenhouse beats girlfriend as top NASCAR rookie
Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse in Las Vegas for the NASCAR champions week
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. quickly learned an important lesson in his race with girlfriend Danica Patrick for NASCAR’s rookie of the year award.

After on-track battles between the two led to at least two accidents, Stenhouse figured out it was best to always take the blame.

“Battles are tough, especially when you are going against your girlfriend,” Stenhouse said.

Stenhouse accepted the 2013 Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year award Thursday during the annual Myers Brothers awards ceremony.

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12/05/13
f1

2014 British GP grandstand seats selling out
Silverstone has confirmed that several grandstands are already close to selling out for next year's 2014 F1 British Grand Prix.

As in 2013, the highest demand has been for premium seats in the 'International Pits Straight' grandstand, opposite the Silverstone Wing Pit and Paddock Complex, and overlooking the start-finish line. The highest priced 'Three Day' and 'Sunday Only' tickets have already sold out in 'International Pits Straight', however, a limited number of tickets are still available in other sections of the grandstand.

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12/05/13
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Hindery not giving up on New Jersey GP
Leo Hindery Jr says work will continue towards a Grand Prix of America despite the latest set-back.

On Wednesday, the World Motor Sport Council confirmed a 19-race calendar for next season which, like this year's, did not include a street race in New Jersey.

The race is now being pushed back to 2105 with Hindery Jr, the GP America executive chairman and promoter, working on restructured financial arrangements.

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12/05/13
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Catching up with... James Hinchcliffe
It's been an offseason filled with travel for James Hinchcliffe. Fresh from a career-best season that saw him take his first three Indy Car wins, the Mayor of Hinchtown headed to Europe to celebrate his brother's birthday and will head off on a week-long cruise of the Pacific Ocean on Dec. 7.

In the latest addition of Catching Up With... the Andretti Autosport driver talks of his travels, and the changes his team will have as it approaches the 2014 season and why today may be the last time we wish him a Happy Birthday.

Q. You've been the bit of a world traveler since the season ended. Where exactly have you been since we last saw you at Auto Club Speedway?

James Hinchcliffe: "I always try to get one trip out of the way pretty close to the end of the season. It's always good to unwind after what's always a hectic, frantic year and end of the year. I went to the UK for my brother's 30th birthday. He's in (graduate) school over there, so my sister (Rebecca) and my girlfriend (Kirsten Dee) and I went over to surprise him.

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12/05/13
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NASCAR's Brian France Bullish On New TV Deals With Fox, NBC
NASCAR Chair & CEO Brian France told attendees at the '13 Motorsports Marketing Forum that he “couldn’t be more pleased” with NASCAR’s new TV deal with Fox and NBC. France said, “NBC has put a huge bet on NASCAR. What I really like about it – people will see over time – is for them to be successful … they have to reinvent the presentation part of NASCAR.” France said Fox has done an “outstanding job for us,” but added the network will be “pushed, in a good way,” because of NBC’s presence beginning in '15.

The conference wrapped up in Las Vegas yesterday. For more from the event, see our On The Ground blog. Josh Carpenter, SportsBusinessDaily.com

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12/05/13
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday (Update) UPDATE Update shown in red below.

12/05/13
  • FIA confirms 19, not 22-race calendar for 2014
  • 2014 rules 'an opportunity for small teams' - Capelli
  • Honda concerned over rivals' progress
  • Horner: We won the title early, enabling us to focus on the RB10 New
  • Ferrari can veto Horner's appointment to top F1 job New 

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12/05/13
Racing News

Auto Racing is at a crossroads
Our sport of auto racing is at a crossroads.

If you’re an auto racing fan – and if you’re reading this blog you must be – you’ve got to be concerned about the future of our sport.  You probably have been for the past couple of years. 

NASCAR, IndyCar, sports car racing, drag racing, Formula One; take your pick.  There is not a major racing series in the world that is in a good place right now.  Attendance is down.  Television viewership is down.  Sponsorship is down.  IndyCar and the NASCAR series formerly known as Nationwide, are both looking for title sponsors just months before the start of the 2014 season.  Not long ago there were bidding wars for those opportunities.

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12/05/13
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Virgin to enter FIA Formula E Championship
Virgin's livery
Virgin, one of the world's most recognized and respected brands, have today announced it will be entering a team in the new fully-electric FIA Formula E Championship after signing an agreement with series promoters Formula E Holdings.

Based in the UK, the Virgin Racing Formula E Team will be headed by Team Principal Alex Tai and has the backing of Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson. Both have been involved in a number of pioneering technology projects in aviation, space and more recently racing.

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