Dario Franchitti underwent further surgery on his injured right ankle on Monday.The Ganassi driver suffered fractures to his ankle and vertebrae as well as concussion in a horrific accident on the final lap of the Houston IndyCar race earlier this month.A three-hour operation to repair his talus bone was completed successfully, according to IndyCar’s orthopaedic consultant Dr Terry Trammel.”Dr Tim Weber repaired Dario’s ankle and his surgery went perfectly and just as planned,” said Dr Trammel.”His post-operation x-rays looked great. Everything is positive at this point as Dario continues his recovery.”Alex Tagliani will replace Franchitti for the IndyCar finale at Fontana this weekend.
NASCAR has unveiled an almost unchanged schedule for its 2014 Sprint Cup season, with only a handful of minor tweaks to the dates that form the current calendar.As was the case this year, the 36-race calendar will begin at Daytona and finish at Homestead, with the 10-event Chase retaining the same events in the same order.The only modifications are a date swap between Kansas and Darlington in the spring, and the move of the Texas race from Saturday evening to Sunday afternoon.In addition to confirming the schedule, NASCAR also announced that its Air Titan track drying system will be available at every race during 2014.NASCAR’s senior vice-president of racing operations Steve O’Donnell said this would allow the series to minimise the time lost to rain delays.”Having the Air Titan at each NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend allows us to meet a very important goal set by our chairman and CEO, Brian France: to drastically decrease track-drying time to the best of our ability and ensure our fans in the stands and those watching on TV get to see each race on its scheduled day,” O’Donnell said.2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule Feb 15 Daytona International Speedway (Sprint Unlimited) Feb 16 Daytona International Speedway (Daytona 500 qualifying) Feb 20 Daytona International Speedway (Duels) Feb 23 Daytona International Speedway (Daytona 500) March 2 Phoenix International Raceway March 9 Las Vegas Motor Speedway March 16 Bristol Motor Speedway March 23 Auto Club Speedway March 30 Martinsville Speedway April 6 Texas Motor Speedway April 12 Darlington Raceway April 26 Richmond International Raceway May 4 Talladega Superspeedway May 10 Kansas Speedway May 17 Charlotte Motor Speedway (NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race) May 25 Charlotte Motor Speedway June 1 Dover International Speedway June 8 Pocono Raceway June 15 Michigan International Speedway June 22 Sonoma Raceway June 28 Kentucky Speedway July 5 Daytona International Speedway July 13 New Hampshire Motor Speedway July 27 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Aug 3 Pocono Raceway Aug 10 Watkins Glen International Aug 17 Michigan International Speedway Aug 23 Bristol Motor Speedway Aug 31 Atlanta Motor Speedway Sept 6 Richmond International Raceway Sept 14 Chicagoland Speedway Sept 21 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sept 28 Dover International Speedway Oct 5 Kansas Speedway Oct 11 Charlotte Motor Speedway Oct 19 Talladega Superspeedway Oct 26 Martinsville Speedway Nov 2 Texas Motor Speedway Nov 9 Phoenix International Raceway Nov 16 Homestead-Miami Speedway
The driver of the Porsche that crashed killing Sean Edwards at Queensland Raceway is expected to survive his injuries.Will Holzheimer is currently in an induced coma at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital where he is being treated for multiple fractures, including two broken legs and a broken right arm.Contrary to early reports, he did not suffer any burns in the accident, despite the Porsche 996 GT3 car bursting into flames.The cause of the accident, which is believed to have happened on the final lap of the coaching session, still remains unclear, although Holzheimer was not unfamiliar with the car as he had competed in it for his family-run Dellow Racing team in regional races.
IndyCar will drop Brazil and run to a condensed 15-round calendar, including an event on the Indianapolis road course, in 2014. The changes were expected, with the Indianapolis road course race having been previously announced and doubts over the future of the Sao Paolo street race already long-established.An IndyCar statement indicated that the Brazil race (pictured) could return in 2015.Coupled with the absence of the Baltimore street race, the 2014 season will be contested through 18 races across 15 weekends, with double-headers again scheduled for Detroit, Toronto and Houston.The remaining events are carried over from the current calendar, with St Petersburg to once again open the season in late March, and Fontana to host the finale for the third year in succession.However the season will now wrap up at the end of August, with Fontana falling the week after Sonoma for a back-to-back of Californian races.The Houston event has been moved back to June, three weeks after the series races at Texas Motor Speedway.IndyCar is yet to release any further details of the Houston event, although AUTOSPORT understands that there is still a possibility that it could take place under lights.Meanwhile Milwaukee, which has recently formed part of a packed run of races through June, has been moved back and will now take place the week before Sonoma, meaning that the final three races of the season will take place on a short oval, a road course, and a superspeedway.This year’s taxing cluster of seven races in seven weekends – a stretch that was extended for the crews by the two-week preparations for the Indy 500 that came immediately beforehand – will not be repeated in 2014, with the four-weekend run between Houston and Toronto representing the longest streak of events.2014 IndyCar calendar: March 30 St. Petersburg (street course) April 13 Long Beach (street course) April 26 Barber Motorsports Park (road course) May 10 Indianapolis road course May 25 Indianapolis 500 (oval) May 31 – June 1 Detroit (street course)* June 7 Texas Motor Speedway (oval) June 28-29 Houston (street course) July 6 Pocono (oval) July 12 Iowa (oval) July 19-20 Toronto (street course)* August 3 Mid-Ohio (road course) August 17 Milwaukee (oval) August 24 Sonoma (road course) August 30 Fontana (oval) * Double-header event
A decade after the introduction of NASCAR’s answer to stick & ball sports’ playoff systems, competitors and fans alike still have ambiguous feelings about The Chase for the Sprint Cup. After all, it’s tough to de-program several generations who’ve grown up seeing racing champions crowned based on the points accumulated throughout an entire season rather … Read the Rest »
NASCAR says it is “monitoring” the situation regarding driver Travis Kvapil following his arrest on assault charges.Kvapil, who drives a BK Racing Toyota in the Sprint Cup Series, was arrested on domestic violence charges on Tuesday evening by police in Mooresville, North Carolina. He was released on bail next morning.BK co-owner Ron Devine indicated to FOX Sports that Kvapil would drive in this weekend’s Charlotte round despite the charges.But NASCAR issued a statement on Thursday saying it wanted more information about the incident.”NASCAR does not condone the actions with which Travis Kvapil has been charged and we are disappointed to learn of this incident,” it said.”We have been in close communication with the race team and are in the process of gathering as much information as possible.”NASCAR takes this matter very seriously and will continue to monitor the situation as it moves forward.”Kvapil won the Truck Series title in 2003 but has been a midfielder in his nine seasons at Cup level, with a best career result of 23rd in the 2008 championship for Yates Racing.
Penske has added a third car for AJ Allmendinger for next weekend’s IndyCar finale at Fontana in the hope of providing additional reinforcement to Helio Castroneves’ title bid.Allmendinger also supplemented the Penske line-up for the Barber, Long Beach and Detroit double-header IndyCar events this year around his NASCAR programmes.”It’s always a great opportunity to compete for Team Penske and I had great time and a solid result in the last 500-mile race back in May at the Indianapolis 500,” said Allmendinger.”Hopefully, we can close out the season with another good finish for Team Penske and for Chevrolet.”Team owner Roger Penske said that Allmendinger would be a valuable addition on the weekend where both the drivers’ and manufacturers’ titles will be decided.”AJ has been a good addition to our team this season and he was terrific in the Indianapolis 500,” Penske said.”With his experience racing on the Fontana oval in the past we believe he will be very competitive as we try and end the season with a strong result for Team Penske.”Allmendinger’s best result in his IndyCar appearances with Penske this year was at Indianpolis, where he led 23 laps on his way to finishing seventh.He has also taken two NASCAR Nationwide Series victories for the team this season.Castroneves goes into next weekend trailing championship leader Scott Dixon by 25 points.On the manufacturers’ side, Will Power’s win in the second race in Houston last weekend means that Honda and Chevrolet are tied on points ahead of the final race.
Alex Tagliani has been given the call-up by Ganassi to substitute for the injured Dario Franchitti at next week’s IndyCar finale at Fontana.Franchitti was ruled out of the race after suffering fractures to his spine and ankle and a concussion in a last-lap accident in Houston last Sunday.Tagliani has been available since standing down from his ride with Bryan Herta Autosport prior to Mid-Ohio.”As a driver you never want an opportunity like this to come under these circumstances, but I’m up for the challenge and looking forward to working with my friend Scott [Dixon] and the whole Target team,” said Tagliani.”I’m thinking of Dario as everyone else is, and wishing him a quick recovery. This team has a championship on the line and I’m ready to step in a help them win it.”Dixon goes into Fontana with a 25-point lead over championship rival Helio Castroneves.Team boss Chip Ganassi said that Tagliani’s experience made the Canadian a logical choice to support Dixon’s title bid.”Obviously the situation is not ideal with Dario being unable to compete in Fontana,” Ganassi said.”As we look to the season finale we needed a driver with experience and the ability to step in and get the job done in the #10 car, and Alex was a logical choice for us.”
Bedford, MA (October 9, 2013) It’s hard to say just how big 800,000,000 is. If you started counting at the rate of one number per second, it would take until the year 2038 to reach 800,000,000. Mileage-wise, 800,000,000 is a little less than the round trip distance between Jupiter and the Sun. On a less celestial … Read the Rest »
Bedford, MA (September 23, 2013) The world’s premier motorsports simulation service keeps getting better and better. Recent weeks have seen the release of the Mac OS X version of iRacing and the addition of full native support for the Oculus Rift Virtual headset to the service. Today, iRacing.com announced a Linux version of the online … Read the Rest »