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12/15/13
wec
Lieb and Hartley join Webber for Porsche LMP1  Porsche has completed the driver line-up with its return to front-line sports car racing next year with the signing of Marc Lieb and Brendon Hartley to go along with Mark Webber and others.

Lieb said: "This is something special for me. I was brought up in Stuttgart, my father had been a Porsche apprentice, so as a kid I dreamed of winning the Le Mans 24 Hours with Porsche and not about Formula 1.

"When Porsche announced that it was coming back with an LMP1, I thought this was a once in a lifetime opportunity to try to win Le Mans outright." More ...

12/15/13
irl
Kanaan: Dario wanted me to replace him  
Tony Kanaan
Tony Kanaan says his installation as the new driver of Chip Ganassi Racing's No. 10 Target entry has the full backing of the car's former occupant, Dario Franchitti.

Kanaan had earlier been signed to drive Ganassi's No. 8 car alongside Charlie Kimball, but became a contender for the No. 10 seat following Franchitti's sudden retirement, a decision made on medical advice after his heavy crash in Houston. More ...

12/15/13
wec
Porsche Acquires Majority Ownership of Manthey Racing  Porsche announced Saturday that it has acquired majority ownership in Manthey Racing GmbH, its operations partner for this year’s factory GTE-Pro program in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

The German manufacturer now holds a 51 percent stake in the organization, founded by former DTM driver Olaf Manthey (pictured) in 1996. Manthey Racing merged with fellow VLN squad Raeder Automotive in December of last year. More ...

12/15/13
automotive
Michelin recalls 1.2 million tires in U.S.  Michelin North America is recalling 1.2 million tires in the United States -- including some used as original equipment on some of Ford Motor Co.'s full-sized vans -- because the tread might come apart.

Michelin said it had detected a “tread/belt endurance” problem through warranty claims and 20 claims from consumers seeking reimbursement for damage to their vehicles.

There have been no reports of injuries, the company said. More ...

12/15/13
wec
Porsche names new LMP1 racer  In a press release today Porsche has named its new LMP1 coupe the 919 hybrid. "The vehicle name 919 hybrid follows on from the tradition of the Le Mans-winning 917, but it is also with a view to the 918 Spyder and also acknowledges the company's embarkation into the hybrid future," explained Porsche research and development boss Wolfgang Hatz, the board member responsible for motorsport.

Porsche briefly showed the 919 at its Night of Champions event in Germany on Saturday night, but did not reveal technical details. That means it has yet to confirm the configuration of gasoline-powered turbo engine in the car, which is understood to be a V4.

12/15/13
v8
Erebus announce timely sponsorship extension with CITIZEN  Erebus Motorsport and Citizen Watches Australia have announced a partnership extension which will continue to see the logos of the timepiece adorned on the Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 race cars in the V8 Supercars Championship.

As the official timepiece partner of Erebus, CITIZEN watches are worn by the drivers, including Lee Holdsworth, and all members of staff at the track and every day of the week.

The sponsorship announcement was made in the presence of Tomoaki Imazeki CEO of Citizen Watches Australia, and Naoto Hosogaya Managing Director of Citizen Watches (H.K.) Ltd. during the final round of the V8 Supercars at the Sydney NRMA Motoring & Services 500 around the Olympic Park street track. More ...

12/15/13
irl
IndyCar replay - epic Sao Paulo finish  The final 5 laps of the Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 on the streets of Sao Paulo, round 4 of the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season. The best IndyCar race of the 2013 season, and in typical IndyCar style, they managed lose the event.

12/15/13
irl
Video: No pain, no gain for Newgarden in the gym  Donavon McNabb should watch this.

12/15/13
f1
Alonso pleased with 2014 progress  
Alonso gets a gold plated Ferrari Exhaust Header at Ferrari's Christmas lunch
Fernando Alonso tried the 2014 Ferrari F1 car in the simulator for the first time recently.

Next year's regulations are built around a 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 engine, a rule change that will also have a significant effect on the car.

"I'm pleased with the way the day on the simulator went," Alonso told Ferrari's official website. More ...

12/15/13
f1
Montezemolo: "Avoiding mistakes next year"  Luca di Montezemolo gives an overview of the Formula 1 season that’s just ended. In an interview the Ferrari President gave to RAI Uno’s reporter Marco Franzelli here are some highlights.

2013

“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. The second is the tires, although I’m not looking to make excuses. We built a car to work with certain tires, with which we proved to be very competitive. Then the tires were changed, definitely proving to be a disadvantage for us and an advantage for others. Furthermore, there was an interpretation of the rules from one team, which one has to say was a bit strange and which incurred a punishment that, to say the least, had a touch of the Pontius Pilate about it. More ...
12/15/13
irl
Last week of IndyCar testing for 2013  
More testing for Montoya
With the IndyCar Series testing window for 2013 set to close on Friday, Dec. 20, multiple teams are preparing to get some final pre-Christmas sessions in during the coming days.

On Monday, Team Penske’s Juan Pablo Montoya will continue his transition back to open-wheel racing with a test session around the winding Sonoma Raceway in northern California. More ...

12/15/13
f1
Tax Dept asserts first claim to recover dues from Kingfisher  
F1 team owner Vijay Mallya with driver Nico Hulkenberg
Asserting its primary claim, the Income Tax Department has maintained that dues to it will have to be settled first by Vijay Mallya-led Kingfisher Airlines, in the wake of a lender consortium of banks laying claim to “Kingfisher House” in Mumbai to recover part of their loans.

Kingfisher Airlines Limited had deducted tax at source from employee's salary and other payments for many years but failed to remit it to the government account following which it owes over Rs 350 crore as taxes, the Department said. More ...
12/15/13
f1
Sauber boss Monisha Kaltenborn: F1 finances "flawed"  
Monisha Kaltenborn with Bernie Ecclestone
Sauber boss Monisha Kaltenborn has hit out at the financial structure of Formula 1, suggesting it is "terribly flawed" and the ability of bigger teams to spend their way of trouble ruins the sporting spectacle.

A budget cap is set to be introduced to the sport from 2015 and Kaltenborn hinted that changes need to be made to level the playing field.

She told Autosport: "We are not for having equality everywhere, not at all. This is a competition and the best win. More ...

12/15/13
dtm
Grand ADAC Christophorus for Mike Rockenfeller  
Mike Rockenfeller
Mike Rockenfeller was recognized as ‘Motorsportsman of the Year’ by the ADAC this weekend. The Audi driver was presented with the ‘Grand Christophorus’ made of Nymphenburg porcelain at the sports gala event in Munich. The title has been awarded for outstanding achievements in motorsport since 1980. The winners’ list starts with World Rally Champion Walter Röhrl. Record Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher, four-time Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel, record DTM Champion Bernd Schneider as well as the five-time World Motorcycle Champion Anton Mang were recognized with this accolade as well. More ...
12/15/13
f1
Brawn excited by 'extreme' 2014 rules  
When the rules change, Ross Brawn finds a way to exploit them as he did in 2009.
Ross Brawn was part of the Benetton management when F1 eradicated driver aids at the end of 1993. Benetton and Michael Schumacher stole a march over the field that winter and dominated much of '94.

In 2009, Brawn's own Brawn GP team was a commanding pacesetter in the first races following a major aerodynamic regulation change, with driver Jenson Button winning the title.

F1 2009-2013 part two: Brawn and the double diffuser

"I think it's going to be a pretty extreme case next year," Brawn told AUTOSPORT.

"I've been involved in those situations more than once, 1994 was a good example, 2009 was a good example and I'm sure there are ones in between that don't come to mind!" More ...

12/15/13
f1
VW continues to thumb nose at F1  Volkswagen has told ESPN that it is not interested in entering Formula One after the FIA opened up a search for a new team.

It was announced on Wednesday that the FIA would be looking for a new team "to participate at a competitive level in the FIA Formula One World Championship from the start of the 2015 or 2016 season up to 2020 inclusive". With initial interest having to be registered by 3 January 2014 and the FIA looking to make a final decision on 28 February 2014, the short time-frame could mean the FIA already has received strong interest. More ...

12/14/13
f1
Webber 'Hamilton not in the same class as Vettel and Alonso  
Lewis Hamilton overrated?
Mark Webber believes Lewis Hamilton isn't in the same class as reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari's two-time former Drivers' Championship winner Fernando Alonso.

During an exclusive interview with the BBC, the former Red Bull driver said that Vettel and Alonso were the best drivers he competed against, although he admitted Michael Schumacher was past his prime when the Australian joined the four-time Constructors' Champions.

"Probably between Seb and Fernando," the 37-year-old said when asked his toughest opponents were on the F1 circuit. More ...

12/14/13
f1
Alonso begins 2014 simulator work for Ferrari  
Alonso
Fernando Alonso has had his first taste of Ferrari's 2014 car in the team's simulator.

Following the end of the season in Brazil, Alonso has been busy in Spain with the opening of the Fernando Alonso Collection in Madrid. However, he returned to Ferrari's headquarters on Friday to work through new procedures which drivers will be required to carry out as a result of the new regulations next year. More ...

12/14/13
track news
Humpy Wheeler's Brainchild, Speedway Benefits, Translates into Millions for Potential Sponsors  In just 45 business days, a unique idea that could save many of the nation’s grassroots racetracks was born, and the results have been sensational.

The idea was created by NASCAR legend Humpy Wheeler and his son Trip. It was simple: amass as many grassroots racetracks as possible and pool them together to sell advertising and collectively buy the products they use most.

Speedway Benefits, LLC has already signed close to 300 tracks translating to an annual attendance of over 12,000,000 fans.  Members include many of the top tracks in the nation: Marshalltown Speedway, IA, Maryland International Raceway, MD, Lernerville Speedway, PA and Caraway Speedway, NC. More ...

12/14/13
nassprint
Flowmaster Becomes Exclusive Performance Exhaust Of NASCAR  NASCAR announced a new multi-year agreement with Flowmaster designating it as the exclusive NASCAR Performance partner for performance exhaust system components, which include performance mufflers, catalytic converters, headers and installation accessories.

Flowmaster will complement their category rights with participation in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Contingency Program. Flowmaster will leverage its new designation for exhaust system components and the power of NASCAR's intellectual property to activate at various retail and wholesale channels nationwide and at-track through aggressive customer hosting. More ...

12/14/13
F1
Marko backs Sutil's Sauber switch  
Dr Helmut Marko
(GMM)  Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko thinks Sauber has made a good choice by signing Adrian Sutil for 2014.

The Swiss team Sauber, a constant midfield presence on the F1 grid since 1993, struggled through last season with financial problems.

Nico Hulkenberg, who often shone in the increasingly-competitive 2013 Sauber, has jumped ship to Force India for 2014.

So Force India refugee Sutil, who has spent his entire grand prix career with the Silverstone based team, now replaces German Hulkenberg at Sauber. More ...

12/13/13
F1
Ecclestone must wait as judge reserves judgment in £27m bribery trial  
Bernie Ecclestone
A High Court judge has reserved judgment in Bernie Ecclestone's £27 million bribery trial which ended on Friday, while a German bank has won access to court documents as it prepares a £246 damages claim against the F1 boss. (See related rumor

Lawyers acting for BayernLB, the state-owned German bank which is preparing a $400 million (£246 million) damages lawsuit against Bernie Ecclestone, will have access to documents from the High Court trial that ended on Friday after an agreement was reached on the final day. More ...

12/13/13
IL
Jack Harvey To Join Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Indy Lights Team In 2014  Indy Lights was launched in 2002 as a feeder series for the Indy Car Series; America’s biggest and most coveted single-seater racing series. The 2014 season will cover fourteen races held over ten race weekends, including the iconic Indianapolis Speedway.

The 20-year-old from Bassingham, England, who is managed and funded by the Racing Steps Foundation, scored GP3 victories at Silverstone and Monza in 2013, driving for ART Grand Prix. His 13 top-10 finishes carried him to fifth place in the GP3 Series Championship, one of Formula 1’s feeder series. More ...

12/13/13
irl
The Briscoe choice is good for Ganassi, but does nothing for Indy Car  
Ryan Briscoe, Nice guy, good driver, no pizzazz
"More than 50" suitable names reached out to Chip Ganassi for a chance to fill the vacant seat left by Dario Franchitti’s  enforced retirement.

When all the dominos fell, and the announcement revealed, the confirmation was that Ryan Briscoe would take over the fourth seat at one of IndyCar’s two most successful teams.

How utterly boring. Yet another foreigner in a top IndyCar ride.

A disclaimer first: I like Briscoe. He’s quick, unselfish, good with fans, one of the nicer drivers in the paddock, and a Green Bay Packers fan. These are things I appreciate from a media perspective. More ...

12/13/13
irl
uscc
SUPER Trucks Set For Detroit GP  DETROIT — The SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Series will compete as part of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix May 30-June 1.

In only its second season and coming off a wildly-popular debut in 2013, the SST Series will compete on the 2.3-mile Raceway at Belle Isle Park street circuit with two races run during Grand Prix weekend. The high-flying trucks will launch from a standing start for each race and they jump ramps that will be set up on the Grand Prix race circuit. More ...

12/13/13
irl
Detroit GP Announces Promotional Partnership with Palace Sports & Entertainment  Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix officials announced today that the event has formed a promotional partnership with Palace Sports & Entertainment (PS&E).

With a common fan base shared among the two community-focused and popular sports and entertainment entities, the Grand Prix and PS&E will begin to work together immediately on mutually beneficial promotional opportunities leading up to the Grand Prix, which will take place May 30-June 1, 2014. More ...

12/13/13
f1
Sauber F1 Team announces Adrian Sutil as its driver for 2014  The Sauber F1 Team is pleased to announce Adrian Sutil as one of its drivers in 2014. The German will embark on his seventh season in Formula One with the Swiss outfit.

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal:
“We are pleased, that we were able to sign Adrian, particularly as we have been wanting to work together with him for a while. Adrian had already visited the factory at the end of September to have a look at the infrastructure. Adrian is not only very fast, but also brings a lot of experience, which is very important looking at the new regulations for next year. We welcome Adrian to the Sauber F1 Team and look forward to a successful collaboration.” More ...

12/13/13
irl
Ganassi announces Briscoe for NTT Data car and Kanaan to the No. 10 Target car  Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) and NTT DATA, a leading global IT services provider, announced today they have signed Indy car veteran and seven-time winner Ryan Briscoe to drive the No. 8 NTT DATA Chevrolet in the IndyCar Series.  Along with the signing of Briscoe, Tony Kanaan will move into the seat vacated by four-time IndyCar Series Champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 Winner Dario Franchitti in the No. 10 Target Chevrolet.  Kanaan will run alongside three-time and reigning IndyCar Series Champion and Indianapolis 500 Winner Scott Dixon as part of Team Target.

The team had previously announced an agreement with 2004 Series Champion and 16-time race winner Kanaan to pilot the No. 8 NTT DATA Chevrolet in 2014.  Briscoe piloted the NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing entry in the 2013 Indianapolis 500, and started his Indy car racing career in 2005 with CGRT. More ...

12/13/13
fe
Andretti Autosport Marketing to host Miami Formula E race  
Agag and Michael Andretti sign the deal
Andretti Sports Marketing  has today been appointed by Formula E to be the official event organizers for the Miami Formula E race - a new fully-electric racing championship taking place on the streets of Downtown Miami on 14 March 2015.

Based in Indianapolis, Andretti Sports Marketing is a sports, entertainment, event and experiential marketing company that has successfully managed and operated several large scale urban events around the world, including IndyCar and sports car races. In 2013, Andretti Sports Marketing partnered with Global Rallycross to promote and manage their ESPN X Games global events in Spain, Brazil, Germany and the United States, including the championship finale held on the strip in Las Vegas, Nevada. More ...

12/13/13
irl
Montoya enjoys first oval test for Penske  Despite the best efforts of Mother Nature, Juan Pablo Montoya completed his first two IndyCar Series oval track tests for Team Penske this week at both Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) and Auto Club Speedway (ACS). The team was originally scheduled to test at ACS on Monday, Dec. 9 and PIR on Wednesday, Dec. 11, but high winds in Fontana, Calif. forced an adjustment to the schedule as the Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet instead ran at PIR on Tuesday and ACS on Thursday.

The tests marked the first time in an IndyCar on an oval for the 1999 CART Series champion and 2000 Indianapolis 500 winner since the 2000 season. Team Penske teammate, Helio Castroneves, turned a handful of laps at each venue before turning things over to Montoya. Each day Montoya improved his lap times and was able to get close to the times set by Castroneves, a 16-time oval winner in IndyCar, including three Indianapolis 500 victories. More ...

12/13/13
irl
Rising Star Racing to promote worthy talent on IndyCar ladder  
Josef Newgarden, Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda
Josef Newgarden, Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda
Photo by: Jay Alley
Rising Star Racing officials announced its inaugural class of drivers on Thursday at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show in Indianapolis as Josef Newgarden, 22 of Hendersonville, Tenn., Neil Alberico, 21 of Los Gatos, Calif., and Spencer Pigot, 20, of Orlando, Fla., have been selected to represent Rising Star Racing beginning with the upcoming 2014 racing season.

The Rising Star Racing organization has an important mission in the world of motorsports – to help ensure that the most deserving drivers get the opportunities they have earned. Rising Star Racing subscribes to the ideal that world-class talent, hard work, dedication and desire should rise to the top in motorsports just as it does in other sports.

“It is fantastic news, because having driver development programs in place that offer opportunities to talented drivers is only going to benefit our sport,” said Jason Penix, Director of Development Series for IndyCar and Andersen Promotions. “Having a pipeline of talented American drivers complements the international base of drivers that we have and will help to make sure that we have the best drivers in the world competing in IndyCar and in the Indianapolis 500. Having a grassroots program like this is key to the long term future of the sport and I’m very happy to see people take such an interest in the future of our sport.” More ...

12/13/13
f1
Caterham fully behind the cancer that is killing open wheel racing  
Talented American Alexander Rossi does not have a big enough check to buy an F1 ride.  His check is only big enough to play Friday morning track cleaner on occasion. The cancer that is killing open wheel racing continues.....
Open wheel racing drivers come and go in F1 and IndyCar, replaced by the next ride-buyer who brings a bigger checkbook.  Which means open wheel racing is no longer a professional sport.  Ride-buying is rank amateurish.  With driver turnover the teams that take ride-buyer checks never become front runners because they never have a consistent team of drivers and engineers that can gel.  They exist just to fill the field with cars.  Fans begin to lose interest and the sport eventually dies. 

Case in point - IndyCar Racing.  Sure it's dying because Tony George destroyed it, and because he destroyed it, it has lost its commercial value.  The only way for it to survive now is on the backs of ride-buyers with big checks. And because of that, it will never be able to pull itself up out of the pit it finds itself in. More ...

12/13/13
nhra
Veteran nitro tuner Lee Beard named NHRA Top Fuel and Funny Car consultant  
Veteran crew chief Lee Beard has been named Top Fuel and Funny Car consultant to NHRA and will work closely on Top Fuel and Funny Car initiatives with NHRA’s tech department; it was announced today by Glen Gray, NHRA vice president of technical operations.

“Lee’s vast experience in the sport, as well as his knowledge of current technologies, will be a valuable addition to the NHRA Tech Department,” Gray said. “We are looking forward to having Lee, with his knowledge and experience in nitro racing, work alongside us to continue to improve these two categories.” More ...

12/13/13
nassprint
NASCAR Season Review Specials Airing Sunday on ESPN2  NASCAR fans looking for some off-season action will have the opportunity to relive some of the highlights of the 2013 season when ESPN2 airs a pair of programs on Sunday, Dec. 15.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season will be reviewed in a half-hour program airing at 4 p.m. ET, immediately following a program reviewing the NASCAR Nationwide Series season that airs at 3:30 p.m.

Live NASCAR racing will return to ESPN in 2014, with the entire NASCAR Nationwide Series season airing across ESPN networks. In addition, the final 17 races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, including all 10 races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, will air on ESPN (14 races) and ABC (three races).

12/13/13
uscc
VP Racing Fuels Named Official Fuel Provider of IMSA  The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) today named VP Racing Fuels the Official Fuel Provider and a Proud Partner of IMSA and the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship as well as Official Fuel Supplier of the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda in 2014.

VP Racing Fuels, Inc., based in Elmendorf, Texas, also will be the exclusive provider of racing fuels for the IMSA-sanctioned Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series and the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America series. VP Racing Fuels will provide two fuel blends for use by TUDOR Championship teams: Motorsport 100 and E85, with each supporting the IMSA Green platform.  In particular, the ethanol used in blending both Motorsport 100 and VP’s E85 is cellulosic, which is derived from renewable, non-food chain feedstock. An additional announcement on a third fuel formulation will likely be made in the near future. More ...

12/13/13
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Friday  
  • Sergio Perez
    Perez hopes to impress 'top team' in 2014
  • Sutil, di Resta moving on after Force India axe
  • Perez defends new 'double points' rule
  • Ecclestone fighting on as legal woes mount
  • Gutierrez says Sauber 'priority' in 2014 talks
  • FIA kicks off driver number process
  • Green light for new F1 penalty system
  • Force India: di Resta had fair chance
  • Mallya skips his day in court More ...
12/12/13
irl
How it used to be... (Update)  UPDATE A reader writes, Dear AutoRacing1.com, I found it sad the video of How it used to be. I have that race recorded as I do all Cart, Champ Car, and IndyCar races since 1987. The start of that broadcast still raises the hair on the back of my neck, I keep it out and probably watch the beginning segment once a month. If they dubbed in the names each year and ran it, it would be better than what we have. It is sad that such a mighty sport could be run in the ground by incompetence. I cannot imagine what Mr. Hulman would think if he could see it today. Maybe someone at 16th & Georgetown should watch it everyday when they come to work to give them direction on what to do. Regards, Jerry M., Topeka, KS. More ...
12/12/13
v8
V8 Supercars To Continue Despite Holden's Decision To Stop Making Cars In '17  
V8 Supercars in Surfers Paradise
Speculation that "Holden's decision to stop making cars at the end of 2017 will take the V8 out of V8 Supercars is flawed," according to Mark Fogarty of THE AGE.

Not only "is there no plan for the series to drop the V8 tag once production of V8 Commodore road cars ceases, little more than a year after the demise of V8 Falcons, but the two things are unrelated." While Holden "may choose not to continue competing in V8 racing from 2018 for marketing reasons, it won't be forced out because it doesn't make or sell a V8-powered model."

The fact is, under the wider eligibility rules of the new-generation car regulations, "virtually any make can compete whether the model it wants to race is sold with a V8 engine or not." The only requirement is that the racing version "uses a five-liter V8 that drives the rear wheels." The Age
12/12/13
irl
IndyCar Aero-Kits a Go for 2015 (Update)  UPDATE INDYCAR announced today that Chevrolet and Honda will provide distinct aerodynamic configurations for the IndyCar Series chassis beginning in 2015.

As part of its long-range focus on innovation, INDYCAR announced in June that aerodynamic bodywork "kits" would be introduced and utilized for all 2015 races and include separate specifications for superspeedways and road/street/short ovals.

The bodywork components mated to the Dallara rolling chassis will provide INDYCAR a platform for performance and efficiency developments.  Fans can look forward to cars with new, distinctive looks that are branded by the manufacturers.  This is a significant element in a suite of technical changes that make the cars capable of achieving higher speeds. More ...

12/12/13
f1
Ecclestone’s troubles mount as German state bank seeks $400 million in damages (Update)  UPDATE Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone said he would fight a $400 million damages claim that German bank BayernLB is planning to file in London over the sale of the motor racing business in 2005.

The fresh threat of legal action is the latest fallout from the deal eight years ago, in which private equity fund CVC acquired control of Formula One from a group of banks including BayernLB.

German company Constantin Medien is already seeking more than $100 million from the 83-year-old Ecclestone in a separate case which is close to concluding in the High Court in London. More ...

12/12/13
f1
Perez joins Sahara Force India with multi-year deal  
Perez and Mallya
Sahara Force India is delighted to announce the signing of Sergio Perez as race driver for the team in 2014 and beyond.

The 23-year-old Mexican completes Sahara Force India’s 2014 line-up alongside Nico Hulkenberg and helps create one of the most exciting pairings on the grid. More ...
12/12/13
track news
NASCAR appoints 28-year-old Jimmy Small as Iowa Speedway president  The new president of Iowa Speedway has operated under the noses of central Iowans for months.

NASCAR will announce today that 28-year-old Jimmy Small has been tabbed to operate the auto racing facility located outside of Newton.

Small was informed by NASCAR CEO Brian France in late September that he would lead the speedway if a deal to purchase the facility from the family of Featherlite Trailers founder Conrad Clement was finalized.

The ownership exchange wrapped up late last month. More ...

12/12/13
irl
nassprint
Racing in a vacuum to oblivion  Editor's Note: When Peter first wrote this column back in October, it resonated throughout the racing industry, drawing favorable - albeit sobering - comments from far and wide. We felt it was important to run it again, especially now that the dust has settled from the season-ending NASCAR and INDYCAR championship banquets, in order that the discussion and reflection can continue.

By Peter M. De Lorenzo

Detroit. After another tedious NASCAR restrictor-plate race at Talladega, an almost spectator-less finale for the INDYCAR season at California Speedway, and a fitting swan song for the American Le Mans Series at Road Atlanta, I'm left with a sinking feeling that of the two so-called pillars of American racing - NASCAR and INDYCAR - one is mired in an ever-growing paralysis, and the other is threatening to disappear altogether in a cloud of indifference. More ...

12/12/13
nassprint
Finch plans to enter a car in Daytona 500  James Finch has asked 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champ Bobby Labonte to run a second Phoenix Racing Chevy in the 2014 Daytona 500. Finch, who sold majority interest of his team to Harry Scott last summer, said he hopes to have the car, engine and team solidified next week. "We'll be running out of the Phoenix Racing shop," Finch said. "I hope to have a number before Christmas. I'm waiting for NASCAR to get back to me on that." FoxSports
12/12/13
nassprint
Childress consulted with Earnhardt's before using No. 3  The late Dale Earnhardt's famed #3 will be back on track in the elite Sprint Cup Series next season with Austin Dillon using the number. The move has been long anticipated because car owner Richard Childress has allowed his grandson to use the #3 as he's moved through NASCAR's ranks. Childress said he's consulted with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his sister, Kelley, every time he's moved the #3 to a different level on the track and the Earnhardt family has been supportive. Earnhardt Jr. declined to use the #3 following his father's death, but has raced the number in the Nationwide Series. "I would be worried if I didn't think he'd respect it or not understand the legacy, but he does. I know he does. He appreciates it," Earnhardt Jr. said last week of Dillon using the #3. Associated Press
12/12/13
wec
New LMP1 race car from Audi for the 2014 season  
Audi R18 e-tron quattro
The name remains unchanged but the technology is completely new. In the 2014 season, Audi is aiming to achieve the hat-trick in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and another success in the Le Mans 24 Hours with a Le Mans prototype that has been redeveloped from scratch – combined, yet again, with technical innovations that are relevant to the production models of the brand with the four rings as well.

The 2014-generation Audi R18 e-tron quattro is the most complex race car ever built by Audi. At first glance, the new hybrid sports car appears like a continuous further development of the World Championship winning car and Le Mans winner of the past two years. However, due to the new LMP1 regulations that will come into effect in 2014, Audi Sport factually redeveloped every single component. More ...
12/12/13
f1
Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday  
  • F1 seeking twelfth team for 2015
  • Van der Garde very confident of 2014 seat
  • Force India to announce Hulkenberg's teammate
  • Vettel, Alonso to sit out Bahrain test
  • German bank to sue embattled Ecclestone for $400m
  • Williams best place for Massa - Maldonado More ...
12/12/13
track news
IMS President Doug Boles With A Project100 Update  IMS President Doug Boles with a Project 100 update on WiFi, the apron, video screens and other improvements.

12/12/13
wec
Porsche LMP1 to use 4-cyl hybrid powertrain  
Mark Webber tests the LMP1 Porsche
With the Formula One season – and indeed his entire F1 career – now behind him, Mark Webber took advantage of his early release from Red Bull Racing to try out the new LMP1 which Porsche is developing, undertaking the final test session of 2013 before Porsche throws it head first into the FIA World Endurance Championship next April. The session – which followed previous tests at Magny-Cours, Monza, Paul Ricard and the Eurospeedway at Lausitz – was held at the Algarve circuit in Portimao, Portugal, in collaboration with Michelin, which is developing the tires for the car. But that's hardly the news here. More ...
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A wedding for a king  During the recently completed NASCAR Champion's Week in Las Vegas, one of the more heartwarming stories involved the announcement that said NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Clint Bowyer and his lovely girlfriend Lorra Podsiadio were now engaged to be married.

Commenting on wedding plans to the media, the always fun Bowyer offered his thoughts on the perfect ceremony. If it was up to him, Bowyer would like to see the wedding performed in that famed Las Vegas chapel with their Elvis impersonator presiding over the ceremony. Bowyer also said he would be willing to spring for the deluxe wedding package including the box set with the commemorative T shirts and coffee mugs adding he would like a small ceremony with four witnesses standing behind him with at least two of them being midget Elvis impersonators. More ...

12/12/13
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NASCAR's Danica Patrick Dresses Up as a Showgirl  
Danica Patrick shows off her assets as a showgirl.  Bill France Sr. must be rolling over in his grave watching what has become of NASCAR's image
In her second award-show appearance in the last week, NASCAR driver Danica Patrick co-hosted the American Country Awards with country singer Trace Adkins. During the show Patrick dressed as a Vegas showgirl and performed on stage with other dancers. She even joked about a wardrobe malfunction.

At one point, Patrick was reading the teleprompter very fast and Adkins said, "Easy there Speedy, you don't have to read everything as fast as you possibly can. I'm still having a little trouble adjusting to you." Patrick replied, "It's alright Trace, I'll slow down every once in awhile and let you catch up."

Later in the broadcast, Adkins walked on-stage wearing a large version of Patrick's GoDaddy neon green racing firesuit and she was wearing a large cowboy hat. Adkins said, "Since you've crossed over into to my world of country music I thought I'd cross over a little into yours." Patrick replied, "So you're a cross-dresser?" Adkins: "No, not that there's anything wrong with that." "American Country Awards," Fox More ...

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Chevrolet Racing Claims 12 Championships in 2013  Chevrolet was the most successful name in professional motorsports in the United States this year, capturing 12 manufacturer, driver and team championships in NASCAR, IndyCar, ALMS, GRAND-AM and the Pirelli World Challenge series.

Chevrolet will kick off the 2014 season with the debut of the all-new Corvette C7.R at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The new Corvette race car, wearing an updated “Jake” mascot, will make its competition debut at the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Jan. 25-26, 2014. More ...

12/11/13
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NASCAR names Brent Dewar as new COO  NASCAR has announced details of an executive restructuring, with former General Motors executive Brent Dewar being named as its new chief operating officer.

Additionally, NASCAR has promoted three members of its executive management. Steve Phelps (senior vice president and chief marketing officer) and Steve O’Donnell (senior vice president of racing operations) have both been elevated to executive vice president, while Gary Crotty (general counsel) has been made chief legal officer. More ...

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FIA opens selection process for new team  The FIA has opened a selection process for a new team to join the F1 grid from as early as 2015.

Interested parties have been requested to register "a formal expression of interest" with the governing body's Secretariat by 5pm CET on Friday January 3, following which each party will be given further details.

"The FIA has decided to open a new selection process to identify a candidate team to participate at a competitive level in the FIA Formula One World Championship from the start of the 2015 or the 2016 season up to 2020 inclusive," read a statement issued by the governing body on Wednesday evening. More ...

12/11/13
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The 'chosen one' to drive The Intimidator's No. 3 in 2014  
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Austin Dillon, a champion in both the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, will compete full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series beginning in 2014 driving for Richard Childress Racing.

Dillon joins Paul Menard, who will drive the No. 27 Menards Chevrolet with crew chief "Slugger" Labbe, and Ryan Newman, who will drive the No. 31 Caterpillar/Quicken Loans/Wix Filters Chevrolet with crew chief Luke Lambert, as full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers under the RCR banner in 2014. The Welcome, N.C., organization has invested significant resources in its competition and engineering departments to prepare for the 2014 season. Many of these changes were spearheaded by the additions of Dr. Eric Warren (director of competition) and Mark McCardle (director of racing operations) to the organization, along with the recent addition of Mike Coughlan (technical director). More ...

12/11/13
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Mexican Teenager Alfonso Celis Tops Test Times for Juncos Racing  
Alfonso Celis Jr
Judging by the results of the past two days at the Chris Griffis Memorial Mazda Road to Indy Test, the future looks extremely bright for the rejuvenated Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. A different driver topped the timing charts in each of the four sessions at Barber Motorsports Park, with 17-year-old series newcomer Alfonso Celis Jr., from Mexico City, Mexico, finally edging out returning Pro Mazda veterans - and 2013 race winners - Shelby Blackstock and Spencer Pigot with a best time of 1:20.490 (an average speed of 106.448 mph) around the undulating and challenging 2.3-mile road course. A total of 19 drivers took part in the test. More ...
12/11/13
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Rookie Telitz Tops USF2000 Times for Afterburner Autosport  
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After well over four hours of track time and a wide variety of weather conditions at the Chris Griffis Memorial Mazda Road to Indy Test, named in honor of the former Sam Schmidt Motorsports' Indy Lights Team Manager, rookie driver Aaron Telitz and the Afterburner Autosport team earned first bragging rights as preparations began early for the 2014 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.

Telitz, from Birchwood, Wis., who will celebrate his 22nd birthday on Friday, gave himself an early present by posting the fastest time of the test yesterday afternoon. The recent winner of the Skip Barber Race Series Scholarship Shootout, earning himself a MAZDASPEED Driver Development Scholarship to graduate into USF2000 in 2014, served notice of his intentions by leaping to the top of the charts in the closing minutes, lapping the challenging 2.3-mile Barber Motorsports Park road course in 1:23.283 for an average speed of 102.878 mph. More ...

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Frenchman Alex Baron Leads the Way for Belardi in Indy Lights Testing  
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Alexandre Baron, from Narbonne, France, is developing a habit of causing upsets. The teenager who burst onto the scene in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda in September, winning on his debut at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, yesterday marked his very first appearance in an Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires car by posting the fastest time of the Chris Griffis Memorial Mazda Road to Indy Test at Barber Motorsports Park.

Baron lost no time in making his presence felt in the #4 13th Avenue entry. He set the second fastest time in both Monday sessions, headed in the first one by Matthew Brabham and in the afternoon by Brabham's Andretti Autosport teammate, Zach Veach, but led the way in both of yesterday's outings. His best time of 1:15.726 was faster than the record race lap of 1:16.0858 set this past April by Veach. More ...

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2014 Sauber passes FIA crash tests  (GMM)  Sauber has hit back at speculation about its future by revealing it is well on track to debuting an all-new 2014 car.

Having lost the talented Nico Hulkenberg to his former team Force India, Hinwil based Sauber - after its financially-embattled 2013 - is now only in the company of Caterham with its two vacant race seats for next season.

"Never in Sauber's 21-year grand prix history has not even one of its drivers for the following season been known by this time," the respected Swiss correspondent for the well-connected Blick newspaper, Roger Benoit, said. More ...

12/11/13
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The Grand Prix of Indianapolis is a bad move for IndyCar  [Editor's Note: A rant from a fan who is against the IndyCar road course race at Indy.  While we don't agree with everything he says, we do agree there should not be a road course race in May at Indy.  The race should have been on the oval on Labor Day weekend to end the season. A no-brainer huge event as the season finale.]

The IndyCar Series schedule for 2014 was recently released, and – to the dismay of many, including me – there was a new event.

Now normally that’s not a bad thing, because the growth of open-wheel racing in America by way of a new race is never something we should thumb our noses at. More ...

12/11/13
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Conway Ready For Testing in ECR/Fuzzy's Chevy IndyCar in Sebring  
Ed Carpenter, Mike Conway and Bret Schmidt get ready for Conway's seat fitting
Racer Mike Conway is usually a quiet, calm guy.

But Monday you could tell the England native was excited to be in the Ed Carpenter Racing headquarters as he prepares for his first testing run in the No. 20 Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet next week in Sebring, Fla. Conway sat in the race car for the first time Monday as the crew worked to fit him in the machine for the upcoming Dec. 18-19 test.

Conway, the 2013 Detroit IndyCar Series race winner, returned to the IndyCar Series last year in impressive style as he dominated the opening round of the Chevrolet "Duals in Detroit" Belle Isle event. He also scored the pole position in the second Belle Isle race that weekend and placed third. More ...

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Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday  
  • If you can't beat him, you change the rules
    Red Bull, Vettel slam new 'double points' rule
  • Vettel to be father in one month - report
  • Lotus asks for delay of first 2014 test
  • Webber tests Porsche's Le Mans car
  • Di Resta admits Perez likely to replace him
  • McLaren's Magnussen experiment could fail - Kovalainen
  • How revised F1 point system would have changed who was World Champion
  • Bernie's 2013 Christmas Card More ...
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