Saturday, 17 December 2011

Top 10 Stories of 2011 ? #10 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

10-2010 Sunoco Rookies-of-the-Year Win Championship Two NASCAR national series champions gave media and fans yet another reason to keep an eye on the newcomers. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., whose uneven performance nearly cost him his job with Roush Fenway Racing in 2010, recovered to claim NASCAR Nationwide Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors. Roush?s faith [...]

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Report: Mercedes-Benz USA announces Cannon as new CEO

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Steve Cannon, MBUSAMercedes-Benz USA has named marketing boss Steve Cannon as its new Chief Executive Officer effective January 1. Automotive News reports that Cannon, who has been with MB for 20 years, is only the second American to hold the post in the luxury brand's long history.

Financial boss Herbert Werner had been serving as interim CEO after the departure of MB USA boss Ernst Lieb. Lieb left the company in disgrace after a scandal was uncovered involving improper use of company funds.

According to Automotive News, dealers appear happy with the choice of Cannon. Michael Cantanucci, who runs the Mercedes dealer board here in the States, called the move "a good decision," and added that dealers are "excited and we're pleased."

Cannon, who was a U.S. Army Airborne Ranger before signing on at Mercedes, points out that the company's dealer relations are at a 20-year high, and tells AN that his appointment shows "it wasn't necessary to take someone from the global organization or Stuttgart and parachute them in to run this show."

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Honda to Preview 2013 Accord with Accord Coupe Concept at Detroit Auto Show

Honda has announced that it will bring a design study of the 2013 Accord Coupe to the Detroit auto show. The Detroit show is already shaping up to be a big one for Honda?Acura, its luxury subsidiary, will debut the next NSX sports car, RDX crossover, and the new Honda Civic?based ILX in Detroit?and the [...]

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Buick Teases Five-Seat 2013 Encore Crossover Ahead of Detroit Auto Show Reveal

Buick has announced that a new five-passenger crossover called the Encore will join its 2013 lineup and released a teaser photograph of the sub-Enclave-sized SUV. Judging from the headlight seen here, the Encore will be somewhat less exciting than the Envision concept from this year?s Shanghai auto show. While we speculated that a production version [...]

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Barnhart still struggles with emotions of crash

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David Ragan and Jacquelyn Ann Butler Engaged

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Report: Technician sues Ferrari shop after being paralyzed in high-speed accident

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The Ferrari Centre, Kent UK

In 2008, a technician at The Ferrari Centre in Kent, England took a customer's Ferrari 348 TS for a test ride. The tech, Shane Harris, said he was told by the shop owner, Roger Collingwood, to "open her up" and do 100 miles per hour. So Harris opened it up on the A274 highway, and while he didn't reach 100 mph, he did get up to 80 - and then he crashed. After losing control of the car, Harris plowed into another car and then into a stand of trees.

According to the Telegraph, Harris was paralyzed by the accident and requires around-the-clock care. Now, he's suing Collingwood for damages. It was part of Harris' job to take cars for test drives before returning them to customers, but in this case, he says that his employers were negligent and that testing high-performance cars on public roads is "unsafe."

Collingwood has denied any wrongdoing, saying that all employees are instructed to never break the speed limit. The case goes to court next year.

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Video: Kurt Busch Statement after leaving Penske Racing

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Ford Racing Announces 2012 Crate Engine Lineup, Including Turbo and N/A Inline Fours

When you think of Ford Racing crate motors?engines you can buy ready to install wherever you can make them fit?your mind, like ours, probably wanders to thunderous V-8s with names like ?Boss.? Prepare to add four-cylinders to that list: Ford?s motorsports outfit has announced that a new line of 2.0-liter inline-fours will join its crate [...]

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Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Tested: Not the Fastest or Priciest, But Still the Most

Really, as a bull trotting into a Spanish fighting ring, the best you can hope for is to someday have a Lamborghini named in your honor. Because after the mules drag out your skewered carcass, your future is pretty much one of minute steaks and dog food. Keep Reading: 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 – Road [...]

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Lotus: Driver choice shows intent

Group Lotus CEO Dany Bahar says Renault has delivered proof of its resolve to get back to the front in Formula 1 after opting for talent over sponsorship in its driver choice for 2012. On the back of the bold decisions to lure Kimi Raikkonen back to F1, and sign Romain Grosjean at the expense of Vitaly Petrov, Bahar believes the soon-to-be-called Lotus outfit has shown how committed it is to success

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/formula-one-news/f1-formula-one-news/lotus-driver-choice-shows-intent/

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Friday, 16 December 2011

2013 Mini John Cooper Works Countryman Driven: The Un-Mini Gets Un-Screwed Up

At the Geneva auto show in March, Mini will unveil the John Cooper Works Countryman. But this week, high in the Austrian Alps, the company gave us the opportunity to try one ahead of its official debut. After flogging it through ice- and snow-bathed roads winding through the mountains, we have good news to report: [...]

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Wheldon's head hit post

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World GT1 reveals 2012 schedule

The FIA GT1 World Championship has announced a 2012 calendar that features the series' debut in Russia, but no British round at present. Abu Dhabi, the Sachsenring, Silverstone and Paul Ricard have lost their places on the schedule, with the French round moving to Nogaro and becoming the season opener. Zandvoort gets a date for the first time, while the series keeps its Chinese double-header, and hopes that the Beijing round can become a street race next year.

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/real-world-racing/3rdparty/world-gt1-reveals-2012-schedule/

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Video: 2012 BMW M5 takes on S 1000 RR motorbike at Cadwell Park

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BMW S 1000 RR vs M5

Once again, the car versus bike conundrum takes to the track, this time at the behest of the blokes from Auto Express in the UK. BMW is an obvious choice when it comes time to single out a manufacturer, as it offers machines at the pinnacle of performance on both two wheels and four.

And so we have the S 1000 RR up against the 2012 M5, lapping the famous Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire, England. With 560 horsepower from its 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 and a curb weight of about 4,300 pounds, the M5 is a formidable competitor. But it's the bike, with 193 horsepower and a dry weight of just 400 pounds, that takes the power-to-weight crown.

The bike's advantage can be illustrated this way: 3.0 seconds versus 4.4 seconds. Those are the times it takes the S 1000 RR and M5 to hit 60 miles per hour. But that's not the whole story. With twice the number of contact patches, the M5 ought to be able to regain plenty of time in the corners and under braking.

Throw in an extremely slippery track surface - wet with a smattering of dead leaves - and we'd expect an awfully tight race. And, despite the conditions making it a bit unfair for the two-wheeler, that's exactly what we got. Hit the jump to watch it all play out on video. Spoiler alert: The BMW wins.

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Pinnacle Foods? Armour� Brand to Sponsor Richard Childress Racing Teams

Richard Childress Racing (RCR)WELCOME, N.C. (December 9, 2011) – Pinnacle Foods Group LLC, a leading packaged foods company, and Richard Childress Racing have reached a partnership agreement for sponsorship of two of RCR’s teams for 2012. Pinnacle’s Armour� brand will be the primary sponsor for three NASCAR Nationwide Series races on the No. 33 Chevrolet...more»

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Silverstone plans get approval

Silverstone has received planning permission for its 'masterplan', the latest stage in its major revamp programme. Recent years have seen the track layout heavily revised, and a new pit and paddock complex constructed between Club and Abbey, where the start/finish straight is now located

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/formula-one-news/f1-formula-one-news/silverstone-plans-get-approval/

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NTSB: States Should Ban Hands-Free Calls While Driving

In Missouri last year, a 19-year-old driving a pickup at 55 mph sent or received 11 texts in the 11 minutes immediately before he caused a deadly crash.
A deadly pile-up involving two school buses, a tractor-trailer, and a pickup truck was caused, in part, by texting by the pickup driver. Photo: Jeff Roberson/AP
The ensuing collision [...]

Source: http://dc.streetsblog.org/2011/12/15/ntsb-states-should-ban-hands-free-calls-while-driving/

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In the Rearview Mirror: Kulwicki and Stewart comparisons are truly unjust

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2013 Scion FR-S First Drive: Delivering On Its Promise

The U.S.-market sister ship to the Subaru BRZ, the Scion FR-S will go on sale this spring. It is an unusual car for parent company Toyota, or at least the Toyota of late. Before the creation of the FR-S, Akio Toyoda (president of Toyota, and grandson of the company?s founder) asked himself, ?Where is the [...]

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Talkin? Trucks with David Pepper: A Key Player at ThorSport Racing

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Today?s Headlines

NYT to Cuomo: Stop Stalling and Sign the Outer-Borough Taxi Bill
Taxi Deal Sidelined By Fight Over Hospital Privatization (Post)
Signing MTA Tax Cut, Cuomo Promises to Build More Roads (Newsday)
Cuomo Public-Private Investment Plan Doesn’t Offer Much for MTA (HuffPo)
On Tappan Zee Bridge, “Are Governments Coercing Funds to Invest?” (Asset Int’l)
Upper West Side CB Asks E-Bike Riders [...]

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Tomczyk: BMW can fly from the start

DTM champion Martin Tomczyk feels there is no reason why BMW cannot be competitive from the outset in 2012 after his first test in the M3 at Monteblanco. The former Audi driver joined team-mates Andy Priaulx and Bruno Spengler, plus single-seater men Romain Grosjean and Marco Wittmann, for three days of running at the Spanish track. It was Tomczyk's first chance to try the car with which he will defend his title

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/other-news/miscellaneous/dtm/tomczyk-bmw-can-fly-from-the-start/

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Thursday, 15 December 2011

Kimber-Smith stays with Greaves

Tom Kimber-Smith will remain with Greaves Motorsport for next year's Le Mans Series. The 27-year-old Briton enjoyed a successful 2011 season, taking LMP2 honours at the Le Mans 24 Hours and the class title in the LMS as well, and will partner Alex Brundle in the team's Zytek-Nissan in 2012.

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/real-world-racing/3rdparty/kimber-smith-stays-with-greaves/

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Amberg joins Pons for FR3.5

Pons Racing has announced that Swiss driver Zoel Amberg will join the team for two seasons of Formula Renault 3.5 from 2012.

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/real-world-racing/3rdparty/amberg-joins-pons-for-fr3-5/

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Mike Wallace and No. 01 I Hate Steven Singer team close season with another top 20 at Homestead-Miami Speedway

No. 01 I Hate Steven Singer Chevrolet Impala (Photo Credit: Phil Cavali)GAFFNEY, S.C. (November 20, 2011) ? Mike Wallace and the No. 01 IHateStevenSinger.com Chevrolet team of JD Motorsports closed out their 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series season with another top-20 finish in Saturday?s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The teams only had one practice session on...more»

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Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski To Visit Troops And Families On NASCAR-USO Tour To Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Joey Logano, driver of the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, and Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge for Penske Racing, will step off the track and onto military bases as part of a NASCAR-USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Dec. 12-14. As part of the [...]

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Ecclestone hopes Bahrain goes ahead

Bernie Ecclestone says he still hopes there are no obstacles to next year's Bahrain Grand Prix going ahead - but has left the door open to calling the race off if there is clear evidence of atrocities taking place in the nation. The Gulf event was first postponed, then cancelled, this season due to the political situation in Bahrain during the spring. This week the FIA World Motor Sport Council approved a 2012 calendar featuring Sakhir as round four on 22 April, but there have been concerns over continuing unrest in the country

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/formula-one-news/f1-formula-one-news/ecclestone-hopes-bahrain-goes-ahead/

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Boullier: Driver strategy shows ambition

Lotus Renault boss Eric Boullier says the team's decision not to hire a pay driver shows its ambition to return to the sharp end of the grid. The team has signed Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean for 2012, the Frenchman replacing Vitaly Petrov, who was believed to have significant financial backing. Boullier says having signed two drivers that will not bring big financial support to the team is a strategy aimed at building a better future for the outfit

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NTSB: States Should Ban Hands-Free Calls While Driving

In Missouri last year, a 19-year-old driving a pickup at 55 mph sent or received 11 texts in the 11 minutes immediately before he caused a deadly crash.
A deadly pile-up involving two school buses, a tractor-trailer, and a pickup truck was caused, in part, by texting by the pickup driver. Photo: Jeff Roberson/AP
The ensuing collision [...]

Source: http://dc.streetsblog.org/2011/12/15/ntsb-states-should-ban-hands-free-calls-while-driving/

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Pagenaud confirmed at Schmidt

Sam Schmidt Motorsports has officially confirmed that Simon Pagenaud will join it for the 2012 IndyCar season. The long-anticipated deal between the Frenchman and Schmidt's Honda-powered squad was formally announced at a press conference in Indianapolis today.

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/real-world-racing/indycar-news/indycar/pagenaud-confirmed-at-schmidt/

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Ricciardo, Vergne to race for Toro Rosso

Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne will race for the Toro Rosso team in the 2012 Formula 1 season, the team has announced. The news means the duo will replace Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/formula-one-news/f1-formula-one-news/ricciardo-vergne-to-race-for-toro-rosso/

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Pic: Test limit makes F1 debut tough

Virgin Racing's new recruit Charles Pic has admitted he faces a tough challenge to get himself prepared for Formula 1 before the first race of 2012, with just six days of testing pencilled in for him prior to his grand prix debut. The Frenchman had his first outing in an F1 car during the recent young driver test at Abu Dhabi and, with only 12 days of running available for his team before Melbourne, he will have to split the time equally with team-mate Timo Glock.

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/formula-one-news/f1-formula-one-news/pic-test-limit-makes-f1-debut-tough/

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Clint Bowyer Testing Walt Disney World Speedway This Week

CLINT BOWYER No. 15 5-hour ENERGY� TOYOTA TEST: WALT DISNEY WORLD SPEEDWAY CORNELIUS, N.C. ? The Daytona 500 is about 75 days away, but Michael Waltrip Racing?s new No. 15 5-hour ENERGY team is ready to hit the track this week in preparation for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. New driver Clint Bowyer and [...]

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Today?s Headlines

NYT to Cuomo: Stop Stalling and Sign the Outer-Borough Taxi Bill
Taxi Deal Sidelined By Fight Over Hospital Privatization (Post)
Signing MTA Tax Cut, Cuomo Promises to Build More Roads (Newsday)
Cuomo Public-Private Investment Plan Doesn’t Offer Much for MTA (HuffPo)
On Tappan Zee Bridge, “Are Governments Coercing Funds to Invest?” (Asset Int’l)
Upper West Side CB Asks E-Bike Riders [...]

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Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Black and gold for Lotus works teams

Lotus has announced that the teams it works with outside Formula 1 will switch to black and gold livery for 2012 to bring them in line with the grand prix squad's image. Amid the dispute over the rights to use the Lotus name in F1 this year, Tony Fernandes' Team Lotus used traditional Lotus green and gold, while the Group Lotus-backed Renault team ran in the black and gold colours made famous when the original Lotus F1 operation had John Player sponsorship. But the Group Lotus-sponsored teams in IndyCar, GP2 and GP3 all ran in green and gold.

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/real-world-racing/indycar-news/indycar/black-and-gold-for-lotus-works-teams/

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Burns Tops the Field at USA

Tommy Burns came out on top during Round Four of the iRacing.com Late Model Tour (iLMT) when the series visited Florida?s USA International Speedway. Burns, who hails from New York, bested 565 other sim racers from around the globe to take the victory in Week Four at the half-mile facility. Burns took home 179 points for his win on Wednesday, one of his two starts for the week. The race, rated at 2945 Strength of Field (SoF), saw Burns lead two thirds of the 45 laps en route to the win over Jeremy Hughes, Travis Powell, Tony Dugan and Todd Garren. Hughes led the first 15 laps of the race from the pole position before handing the lead over to Burns in the only lead change of the race. Burns [...]

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/nascar-news/burns-tops-the-field-at-usa/

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FIA announces new sporting rules

The FIA's World Motor Sport Council has announced several changes to the sporting rules for the 2012 Formula 1 season. From next year, all cars will have to pass all the mandatory crash tests in order to be able to take part in winter testing.

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/formula-one-news/f1-formula-one-news/fia-announces-new-sporting-rules/

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Webber: Results not age key to future

Mark Webber says his decision on when to retire from Formula 1 will not be based on his age, but on whether he is still delivering results. The 35-year-old Australian signed a new one-year deal with Red Bull Racing during the summer

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/formula-one-news/f1-formula-one-news/webber-results-not-age-key-to-future/

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Do the Math: NYPD?s Blame-the-Victim Routine Doesn?t Add Up

Time after time, when a person loses his or her life while walking or biking in the city, the narrative unfolds according to script. Pedestrian or cyclist killed. Driver remained at the scene. No charges filed. Not only is it rare to hear of a driver held to even the minimum standard of care by [...]

Source: http://www.streetsblog.org/2011/12/14/do-the-math-nypds-blame-the-victim-routine-doesnt-add-up/

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Hudson Rolls

Charlotte Motor Speedway hosted Week Five of the iRacing.com Street Stock Series. Some 600 sim racers showed up at the North Carolina track to participate in at least one race on the � mile legends oval, with 225 of them turning a lap in qualifying. Weekly High Strength of Field Last week’s high Strength of Field race had an SoF of 2546, which was one of the lowest SoF?s of the season. Cole Anderson (Midwest) started on the pole for the 50 lap race and lead every lap in route to a nine second victory. For his efforts, Anderson collected 153 points for the win. Mike Springer (California) finished in the second position and received 136 points, while third belonged to CJ LaVair (New York), who finished 9.8 seconds behind [...]

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/iracing-news/hudson-rolls/

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Robert Richardson Jr. and No. 23 Tia Rosa Tortilla / Takis Chevrolet close out season with 22nd place effort at Homestead-Miami Speedway

No. 23 Tia Rosa Tortilla / Takis Chevrolet ImpalaCHINA GROVE, N.C. (November 20, 2011) ? Robert Richardson, Jr. and No. 23 Tia Rosa Tortilla / Takis Chevrolet of R3 Motorsports finished out the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series with a commendable lead-lap finish of 22nd place at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday. After qualifying 37th for the...more»

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AMA SBK: Cardenas Named Top Rookie

Martin Cardenas was the most outstanding AMA Pro Road Racing rookie in 2011 with his spectacular maiden Superbike season.

Source: http://moto-racing.speedtv.com/article/ama-sbk-cardenas-takes-rookie-of-the-year-honors/

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Nissan to Go Racing With Leaf NISMO RC Concept

Just Marketing International (JMI) issued a release today stating it was named Nissan?s ?global motorsports agency of record,? charged with developing Nissan?s international motorsports line of attack. And while that news is anything but earth shattering, a tidbit in the text caught our eye. The release says, ?JMI will also develop and execute regional and [...]

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2012 Honda Civic Hybrid Tested: Still Quiet, But No Big Efficiency Gains

It now falls more quickly between two stools. While the standard, ninth-generation Honda Civic goes down the road with almost no fervor, the iconic small car has become more comfortable, more advanced, and easier to live with as it matures. ?As it did with its conventionally powered model, Honda has made a significant number of [...]

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Raikkonen unhurt in snow mobile fall

Renault says Kimi Raikkonen did not suffer any serious harm when he crashed in a snow mobile race in Austria today. The Formula 1 returnee was reported to have fallen on an early run in the event and suffered pain from his left wrist, ruling him out of the rest of the weekend.

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/formula-one-news/f1-formula-one-news/raikkonen-unhurt-in-snow-mobile-fall/

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MINI WRC wins Rally Car of the Year Award

PRODRIVE MINI WRC Monday, 5 Dec 2011 The MINI John Cooper Works World Rally Car has been named Rally Car of the Year at the Autosport awards in London, the most prestigious event in the motorsport industry calendar....

Source: http://www.motorsportsjournal.com/archives/2011/12/mini_wrc_wins_rally_car_o.php

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Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Grosjean gets second Renault seat

Romain Grosjean will make a Formula 1 comeback next season after Renault opted to hand the Frenchman a seat alongside Kimi Raikkonen in 2012. Following intense speculation over the past couple of weeks about the second seat at Renault, the Enstone-based outfit announced early on Friday that Grosjean will replace Vitaly Petrov

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/formula-one-news/f1-formula-one-news/grosjean-gets-second-renault-seat/

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Grubb named Hamlin's new crew chief

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Brian Hart Gene Hartley Masahiro Hasemi Naoki Hattori Paul Hawkins Mike Hawthorn

Bill France Jr. to be inducted into Sport Video Group?s Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame

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Autoblog Podcast #260

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Dodge Dart teased, Scion FR-S First Drive, Fiat 500 crash test, Acura NSX and ILX, BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe

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Episode #260 of the Autoblog Podcast is here with Chris, Dan, Chris Paukert and Zach this week. Topics include the teaser images Chrysler has released of the 2012 Dodge Dart, our first drive of the Scion FR-S, the Fiat 500 crash test aftermath, A new Acura NSX and ILX, and the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe. Your questions and comments power the end of the 'cast, and for those of you who hung with us live on our UStream channel, thanks for taking the time. We've embedded our Q&A module after the jump for you to scroll through and follow along, too. Thanks for listening!

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Hosts: Dan Roth, Chris Shunk, Zach Bowman, Chris Paukert
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Aaron Robinson: What It?s Like to Write for The Car Show

Any new car TV show is dogged by The Big Question: Will it be as good as Top Gear? Answer: almost certainly not. I?m watching my brief television career implode from a control room at 20th Century Fox Studios in West Los Angeles. On a sound stage where they normally tape shows for Fox Sports, [...]

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FIA announces new sporting rules

The FIA's World Motor Sport Council has announced several changes to the sporting rules for the 2012 Formula 1 season. From next year, all cars will have to pass all the mandatory crash tests in order to be able to take part in winter testing.

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/formula-one-news/f1-formula-one-news/fia-announces-new-sporting-rules/

Stefan Johansson Eddie Johnson Leslie Johnson Bruce Johnstone Alan Jones Tom Jones

Ecclestone: Hamilton badly influenced

Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has labelled Lewis Hamilton's decision to choose a management company more accustomed to dealing with show business than motor racing as a 'disaster' - after suggesting the former world champion would probably have been better off keeping close ties with his father Anthony. Hamilton endured a challenging 2011 campaign, where issues in his personal life, and a number of incidents on the track, left him out-classed by McLaren team-mate Jenson Button

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/formula-one-news/f1-formula-one-news/ecclestone-hamilton-badly-influenced/

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Confirmed: Next-Generation Subaru WRX Will Have Turbocharged 2.0-Liter Flat-Four

Subaru has confirmed that the next-generation Subaru WRX, due as a 2013 model, will be powered by a turbocharged version of the new FA direct-injection, 2.0-liter flat-four that debuted in the BRZ sports car. There?s no word from Subaru on what will be under the next STI’s hood, but it’ll almost certainly be a more [...]

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Willi Heeks Nick Heidfeld Theo Helfrich Mack Hellings Brian Henton Johnny Herbert

15-car entry for Euro Series

The F3 Euro Series has announced a 15-car entry list for next year's championship.

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/real-world-racing/3rdparty/15-car-entry-for-euro-series/

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2012 10Best: Biggest Sales Gainers and Losers of 2011

The brands that most spectacularly tanked and triumphed over the past year. Keep Reading: 2012 10Best: Biggest Sales Gainers and Losers of 2011 – 10Best Cars

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Four Series Champions Honored At Awards Banquet In Miami Beach

“Stenhouse Jr., Dillon, Roush Fenway Racing, Kevin Harvick Inc. Celebrate 2011 Titles” NASCAR Logo LargeMIAMI BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 21, 2011) ? NASCAR?s future was front and center Monday night as four champions in two national series were crowned. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 24 and Austin Dillon, 21, officially were proclaimed champions of the NASCAR Nationwide Series...more»

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Red Bull set for Milton Keynes parade

Red Bull Racing will take to the streets of its Milton Keynes hometown this weekend to celebrate its hugely successful 2011 Formula 1 season.

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/formula-one-news/f1-formula-one-news/red-bull-set-for-milton-keynes-parade/

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Monday, 12 December 2011

Racing Car of the Year: Red Bull RB7

The Red Bull RB7 has been named as Racing Car of the Year at the 2011 AUTOSPORT Awards in London. The machine, which took Sebastian Vettel to the Formula 1 world title and Mark Webber to third place in the championship, overcame competition from the rival McLaren MP4-26, the Audi R18 and Peugeot 908 sportscars, the new generation Dallara GP2/11 and the World Touring Car Championship-dominating Chevrolet Cruze to take the prize. It is the second year in a row that a Red Bull has won the award, the RB6 having taken it in 2010.

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/real-world-racing/3rdparty/racing-car-of-the-year-red-bull-rb7/

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Racing Car of the Year: Red Bull RB7

The Red Bull RB7 has been named as Racing Car of the Year at the 2011 AUTOSPORT Awards in London. The machine, which took Sebastian Vettel to the Formula 1 world title and Mark Webber to third place in the championship, overcame competition from the rival McLaren MP4-26, the Audi R18 and Peugeot 908 sportscars, the new generation Dallara GP2/11 and the World Touring Car Championship-dominating Chevrolet Cruze to take the prize. It is the second year in a row that a Red Bull has won the award, the RB6 having taken it in 2010.

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/real-world-racing/3rdparty/racing-car-of-the-year-red-bull-rb7/

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Phoenix would welcome IndyCar back in 2013

Source: http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/12/09/1700944/phoenix-would-welcome-indycar.html

David Hobbs Gary Hocking Ingo Hoffmann Bill Holland Jackie Holmes Bill Homeier

Video: Will it drift? Yes, the 2013 Scion FR-S will drift [UPDATE]

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The Scion FR-S may not be big on power, but Toyota and Subaru engineers have delivered a lightweight, rear-drive coupe at what should be a palatable price point. That sounds like a recipe for track day fun if you ask us, or you can watch the post-jump video for visual evidence.

One drifter as he has his way with the FR-S on a track, and his camera was capturing the frames for proof. The unnamed cockpit commander seemed easily able to nose in and kick out the rump, often without the use of the parking brake. A light rain may have helped the drifts along a bit, but we're encouraged by what we see. Hit the jump for some entertaining sideways shenanigans.

UPDATE: The wheelman in question is Formula Drift racer Ken Gushi, wheeling around Sodegaura Forest Raceway just outside Tokyo.

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Ferrari, Red Bull pull out of FOTA

Source: http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/12/05/1696499/ferrari-red-bull-pull-out-of-fota.html

Duncan Hamilton Lewis Hamilton David Hampshire Sam Hanks Walt Hansgen Mike Harris

AT&T WILLIAMS 2011 Brazilian Grand Prix Race Report

AT&T WILLIAMS 2011 Brazilian Grand Prix Race Report Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Interlagos, Brazil, Sunday November 27 2011 Weather Clear and sunny Air : 24 ? 26�C Track: 38 ? 47�C AT&T Williams ends 2011 with a 14th place finish...

Source: http://www.motorsportsjournal.com/archives/2011/11/att_williams_2011_brazili_2.php

Kenny Dale Irwin Jr Dale Arnold Jarrett Jimmie Kenneth Johnson Kasey Kenneth Kahne Matthew Roy Kenseth Alan Dennis Kulwicki

Hakkinen completes Mercedes test

Former F1 world champion Mika Hakkinen was delighted after completing his test at the wheel of Mercedes's new DTM car in Spain. The Finn, who had last raced at the Zhuhai ILMC event in November, got behind the wheel of the C-Class that will be used by the German car maker during the 2012 season.

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/other-news/miscellaneous/dtm/hakkinen-completes-mercedes-test/

Beppe Gabbiani Bertrand Gachot Patrick Gaillard Divina Galica Nanni Galli Oscar Alfredo Gálvez

IndyCar not returning to Las Vegas in 2012

Source: http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/12/08/1699109/indycar-not-returning-to-las-vegas.html

Gene Hartley Masahiro Hasemi Naoki Hattori Paul Hawkins Mike Hawthorn Boy Hayje

Michael Annett Concludes 2011 Season Ninth in Nationwide Series Championship Point Standings

Rusty Wallace Racing (RWR)Homestead, Fla. (November 21, 2011) – Rusty Wallace Racing driver Michael Annett closed out his 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series campaign as the ninth place contender in the championship points standings. The 25-year-old Des Moines, Iowa native looks forward to continuing his partnership with both Rusty Wallace Racing and his sponsor, Pilot Flying...more»

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RBR ?still committed to cost controls?

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner says his squad remains committed to cost control regulations despite withdrawing from the Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) amid the impasse over the Resource Restriction Agreement (RRA).

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/formula-one-news/f1-formula-one-news/rbr-still-committed-to-cost-controls/

Hans Klenk Peter de Klerk Christian Klien Karl Kling Ernst Klodwig Kamui Kobayashi

Sauber also leaves FOTA

Sauber has become the latest team to quit the Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA), AUTOSPORT can reveal, as doubts also emerge about Scuderia Toro Rosso's position in the body. In the wake of Ferrari and Red Bull Racing's decision to withdraw from the team's organisation last week, sources have revealed that Sauber also notified FOTA members several days ago that it too was leaving.

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/formula-one-news/f1-formula-one-news/sauber-also-leaves-fota/

Mark Anthony Martin Jeremy Allan Mayfield James Christopher McMurray Casey James Mears Juan Pablo Montoya Joseph Francis Nemechek III

Rally Driver of the Year: Loeb

Eight-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb has won Rally Driver of the Year at the 2011 AUTOSPORT Awards. It is the sixth time he has been voted the season's top rally driver by AUTOSPORT readers

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/real-world-racing/3rdparty/rally-driver-of-the-year-loeb/

Bobby Grim Romain Grosjean Olivier Grouillard Brian Gubby André Guelfi Miguel Ángel Guerra

Sunday, 11 December 2011

First pics of the Grand-Am Rolex Series Audi R8 LMS

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Audi of America recently took delivery of a U.S.-customer-spec R8 LMS Ultra meant for testing next month, and the gents at Quattroworld were able to get a picture of it. Being lighter, safer, and better balanced, the V10-powered racer with up to 570 horsepower is expected to outdo its multiple-title-winning predecessor.

It will be campaigned by APR racing in 2012. Although the stars-and-stripes outerwear doesn't look nearly as mean as just plain silver, the patriotic paint scheme could be good for shaving off a few tenths per lap when the winged coupe officially rolls out at the Grand-Am test days in January.

Head on over to Quattroworld for more details on this car and some tidbits on Audi's racing program, including the outrageous revelation offered by an Audi engineer when asked how often they had to overhaul the engines: "I don't know, we never have had to rebuild one."

First pics of the Grand-Am Rolex Series Audi R8 LMS originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 10 Dec 2011 14:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Light Makes Right: BMW?s New i Division Rethinks EV Construction

BMW will launch its new ?i? alternative-propulsion sub-brand at the end of 2013 with the i3, a four-seat electric car that promises a range of about 100 miles between charges (and also, possibly, a copyright-infringement lawsuit from chipmaker Intel). Unlike mainstream electric-car makers that repurpose steel production-car unibody structures, the ?i? division is starting from [...]

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Improving the Sound of iRacing

Although iRacing.com is constantly adding new elements to our online racing service there are always many improvements we would like to make to our current features.� One of those features is sound, which happens to be a very broad topic. When we think of sounds in a racing game, most of us think of the cars? engine noises, and that certainly that is a focus of our work.�� We have some good ideas on how to improve those engine sounds and add more range.�� Of course, our objective is to be authentic when it comes to engine sounds — or any sound for that matter.� That?s why we go to the track and record every car in iRacing, and also do things like taking sound meters to the tracks to [...]

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Gregor Grant Award: Dan Wheldon

Dan Wheldon was honoured at this year's AUTOSPORT Awards as he received a posthumous Gregor Grant Award in recognition of his lifetime achievements in motorsport. Wheldon, a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner and the 2005 IndyCar Series champion, died on Sunday 16 October as a result of injuries sustained in a crash at the IndyCar season finale at Las Vegas

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/real-world-racing/3rdparty/gregor-grant-award-dan-wheldon/

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Joe Gibbs Racing Names Darian Grubb Crew Chief for No. 11 Sprint Cup Series Team

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR)HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (December 9, 2011) ? Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today that Darian Grubb has been named crew chief for its No. 11 FedEx Toyota NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team. ?Darian is a great addition to our organization and person to lead our No. 11 FedEx team,? said Joe Gibbs, owner...more»

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Austin construction set to go ahead

Circuit of the Americas chiefs have announced construction of the track will resume immediately after saying they have reached an agreement with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone. The event, scheduled to host the penultimate round of the 2012 championship, was in doubt after construction was stopped because of problems with the contracts

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/formula-one-news/f1-formula-one-news/austin-construction-set-to-go-ahead/

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Brendan Gaughan to Compete in Limited NNS and NCWTS Schedules for RCR

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Ford Racing Announces 2012 Crate Engine Lineup, Including Turbo and N/A Inline Fours

When you think of Ford Racing crate motors?engines you can buy ready to install wherever you can make them fit?your mind, like ours, probably wanders to thunderous V-8s with names like ?Boss.? Prepare to add four-cylinders to that list: Ford?s motorsports outfit has announced that a new line of 2.0-liter inline-fours will join its crate [...]

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Video: Mentos and Diet Coke-powered car sets distance record

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Surely you're hip to the Diet Coke and Mentos phenomenon of a few years ago. When an enterprising duo realized that the hard-coated candies interacted with the soda in an explosive way, an internet meme was instantly born. Over the last couple of years, though, interest in the parlor trick seemed to wane. Until now.

Fritz Grobe and Stephen Voltz, the two men who helped kick off the fun in the first place, are back, claiming a new record for the longest distance traveled in a car powered by Diet Coke and Mentos: 239 feet.

No, that doesn't seem very far to us, either, though Mark II of their machine is a marked improvement over Mark I. The Mark II vehicle is more aerodynamic and seems to have less mass than its predecessor, which positioned the rider way out in front over a bicycle-like contraption. That said, we think Grobe and Voltz do even better... especially since they used just half the fuel this time 'round.

After dissecting the video, we believe there's a lot more power in the Diet Coke and Mentos recipe to be had, and there must be a better way to stop so much of the fuel from leaking out instead of providing forward thrust. Duct tape, perhaps?

Until they try again with Mark III, feel free to check out the latest Diet Coke and Mentos-powered car in the video after the break.

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Red Bull set for Milton Keynes parade

Red Bull Racing will take to the streets of its Milton Keynes hometown this weekend to celebrate its hugely successful 2011 Formula 1 season.

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/formula-one-news/f1-formula-one-news/red-bull-set-for-milton-keynes-parade/

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