We can’t return we can only look behind From where we came . . . Joni Mitchell (The Circle Game) There was a bittersweet symmetry to yesterday’s races at Martinsville Speedway and the Buddh International Circuit. In Virginia, Jeff Gordon captured the 88th win of his considerable career to put himself squarely in the running … Read the Rest »
Willy T Ribbs’ grandfather — a no-nonsense guy if ever there was one – once described auto racing as an exercise in “turning money into noise.” Mr. Ribbs’ observation regularly occurs to me while watching single car qualifying sessions on oval tracks, be they NASCAR or IndyCar, in person or on television. With the exception … Read the Rest »
iRacing Awards $30,000+ to World Championship Sim-Racers Bedford MA (October 23, 2013) – Finland’s Greger Huttu captured his third iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series crown this season in convincing fashion, scoring nine wins in 15 starts to outdistance Atze Kerkhof (The Netherlands) and 2011 champion Hugo Luis (Brasil) by a wide margin. Huttu will receive … Read the Rest »
iRacing Awards $30,000+ to World Championship Sim-Racers Bedford MA (October 23, 2013) – Tyler Hudson captured the 2013 NASCAR iRacing.com World Championship Series last week in dramatic fashion, taking a third place finish in the online racing season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway to dethrone two-time champion Ray Alfalla in the closest point race in series history. … Read the Rest »
This promises to be an historic weekend in the annals of sports car and Indy car racing, albeit for different reasons. The 16th annual running of the Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda at Road Atlanta brings the curtain down on the American Le Mans Series which will merge with the GRAND-AM Sports Car Series … Read the Rest »
IndyCar title rivals Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves will both take 10-place grid penalties for engine changes in this weekend’s Fontana decider.With the 500-mile superspeedway race placing tough demands on engines and recovering ground in the race likely to be straightforward given the ease of overtaking, tactical engine changes had been widely anticipated.Ganassi driver Dixon leads Penske opponent Castroneves by 25 points going into the event.IndyCar rules stipulate that engines must go 2000 miles between changes and that only five fresh engines per entry are permitted each year.In addition to Dixon and Castroneves, Dragon driver Sebastian Saavedra, Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s Graham Rahal, Foyt racer Takuma Sato and Sarah Fisher Hartman’s Josef Newgarden are also taking new engines and grid penalties for Fontana.
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