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Grand-Am: Daytona

Scott Dixon, Dan Wheldon and Casey Mears celebrate their Rolex 24 win.

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A crowd of 100,000 was on hand for the weekend, the biggest A1GP race to date.

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The pole sitting Porsche spins after breaking a 2nd half shaft.

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American Phil Giebler spins after colliding with the Team Australia car.

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Jos Verstappen wins for Team Netherlands.

Grand-Am: Daytona
The 2nd-place Lexus Riley of AJ Allmendinger and Justin Wilson.

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Feature Articles

Harvick to keep options open for 2007
by Pete McCole

Kevin Harvick says he plans to take the "wait and see" approach before sitting down with team owner Richard Childress to discuss his future behind the wheel of RCR's no. 29 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet. Harvick has the upper hand, and he knows it.  ''Our position right now is favorable,” a smiling Harvick told the assembled media.

Scenes from the Rolex 24 at Daytona
 by Scott Morris 





Target Chip Ganassi Racing wins their first Rolex 24

The all-star driver lineup of IRL IndyCar® champions Scott Dixon and Dan Wheldon and NASCAR star Casey Mears captured the 44th anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates.  2nd was the Michael Shank entry of Champ Car drivers Justin Wilson, AJ Allmendinger.  More....

Verstappen grabs win for Netherlands in Durban

The A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Durban, South Africa, attended by President Thabo Mbecki and just over 100,000 people over the course of the weekend provided one of the most spectacular races of the season to date.  As the cars were on their last lap, Jos Verstappen took his opportunity and passed the leader for the win.  More....

Williams unveils their 2006 challenger

WilliamsF1 launched their 2006 season race car, the FW28, at their headquarters near Oxford this afternoon. The FW28 is a manifestly purposeful race car, its defining visual cue being the aggressive barbed sting on the back of the engine cover.  More

Lucas Luhr puts Alex Job Racing on pole for Rolex 24
Porsche wins all three poles in Daytona

Lucas Luhr, the German driver now living in Monaco, survived a Pontiac and Lexus Riley onslaught to put the Alex Job Racing Shred-it Porsche Crawford on the pole with a speed of 123.220 miles-per-hour around the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway high banking and road course for the 44th running of the Rolex 24 Hours.  More

Wrap-up to a big media week for NASCAR
by Rick Benjamin

The annual NASCAR Media Tour wrapped up its 23rd year on Thursday, with several showcase events at its headquarters hotel. Richard Childress Racing brought its three Nextel Cup series drivers to the University Hilton to spotlight Chevrolet’s ’06 Monte Carlo SS Cup cars. More

A visit to Penske South -  NASCAR Media Tour Day 3
by Pete McCole

Penske Racing South welcomed the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Media Tour to its sprawling 240,000 square-foot complex housing the organization's two Nextel Cup teams on day three of the four-day press event, starting up Wednesday night's activities with the introduction of their driver lineup for the new season, including 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Champion Kurt Busch taking over the wheel of the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge.  More.......

Familiar faces on Day 3 of NASCAR media tour
by Rick Benjamin

The third day of the annual NASCAR Media Tour in Charlotte highlighted the 2006 plans of two of Nextel Cup racing’s major teams, and one team that would like to return to that status.  Wednesday was capped by the tour’s annual visit to Hendrick Motorsports, usually the most heavily attended stop of the week. Team owner Rick Hendrick hosted the media throng in his usual positive tone, despite the personal tragedies of recent months.  More....

Honda unveils 2006 car

The Honda Racing F1 Team unveiled its challenger for the 2006 Formula One season in Spain this morning with the new driver line-up of Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello. This marked an important milestone for Honda as it is the first Formula One car launched by a Honda works team since 1968. The RA106 sported its new base canvas of Honda Racing White.  More | Technical Specifications

Highlights of 2006 NASCAR Media Tour - Day 2
by Pete McCole

The 23rd Annual NASCAR Nextel Cup Media Tour presented by Lowe’s Motor Speedway rolled onto day two on Tuesday starting off with a visit to the shops of Robert Yates Racing.  Team owner Robert Yates was on hand to outline several key personnel changes.  More....

Toyota names first Nextel Cup teams
by Rick Benjamin

Anyone watching closely over the past several seasons has undoubtedly concluded that when Toyota decides to take part in a racing series it makes a full-throttle commitment.  No one expects anything less from Toyota as it enters Nextel Cup and Busch Series racing come 2007. But while the number of Cup Camrys on the grid next year won’t be huge, it will contain a major surprise: Red Bull will become a Toyota team owner in NASCAR.  More.....

Ray Evernham makes changes to improve team
by Pete McCole

Day one of the 23rd Annual NASCAR Nextel Cup Media Tour presented by Lowe’s Motor Speedway concluded on Monday with a visit to Evernham Motorsports’ sprawling race complex located in Statesville, NC. 2005 was a disappointing year for the team, despite putting both of his Cup teams in victory lane and driver Jeremy Mayfield making the 10-race Chase.  For The Nextel Cup for the second year in row, team owner Ray Evernham expected more. More..

Audi R10 and Porsche Spyder lead way at Sebring

Speeds were up and times were down on the second day of the American Le Mans Series Winter Test, with the Audi R10 heading to the top of the speed chart. Rinaldo Capello turned a 1:48.816 during the second of the three sessions Tuesday at Sebring International Raceway. Next was Penske Racing’s Porsche RS Spyder, with Lucas Luhr posting a lap of 1:49.477.   More....

Ferrari launch ’248 F1’ at Mugello

Breaking the recent five-year tradition, Ferrari has christened its new 2006 grand prix challenger the '248 F1'.  Since 2001, the scarlet single seater has followed the naming pattern 'F2001', and so on. The habit continued until last year, with the unsuccessful 'F2005' model.  For the record, the '248' designation is derived from F1's new engine formula -- '24' as in 2.4 liter capacity, and '8' meaning eight cylinders.  More....

2006 NASCAR Media Tour - Day 1
by Rick Benjamin

Official confirmation that Toyota will be moving into the NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series in 2007, plus confirmation that NASCAR’S Car of Tomorrow project will become part of Cup racing next year, topped the list of major announcements during day one of the annual NASCAR Media Tour in Charlotte. Dave Illingworth, Toyota’s Director of Planning and Development, made the official announcement. More.....

Toyota to Compete in NASCAR Cup, Busch Series

NASCAR and Toyota announced today the manufacturer’s plans to expand its NASCAR program by competing in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and the NASCAR Busch Series starting in 2007, fielding the Toyota Camry model.  More....

Car of Tomorrow Implementation to Begin '07

NASCAR announced today the Car of Tomorrow will begin competition in 2007. Teams will use the newly-designed race car for 16 events next season, beginning with the spring race at Bristol Motor Speedway – currently the fifth event on the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series schedule.  More....

Pit Pass: Interview with IMSA's Tim Mayer
 by John Hammer

John Hammer brings you this week's edition of Pit Pass - An interview from the North American International Auto Show with the Chief Operating Officer from IMSA, Tim Mayer.  Mayer talks about IMSA's role today, the big things that are happening at ALMS, and what's new in the sports car world.  Audio Page

First photos of 2007 Champ Car

As the 2006 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season continues to sneak closer, officials from Élan Motorsports Technologies (EMT) and Champ Car have their eyes even further down the road as EMT put a scale model of the 2007 DP01 chassis in the wind tunnel for the first time. More....


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