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  • David Phillips
    Editor And Chief
    David Phillips is a long-time contributor to print and electronic publications in the U.S. and abroad, including Racer, Autosport, AutoWeek, Motor Sport and SPEEDtv.com, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for inRacingNews.com.
  • Matt A Kingsbury
    Contributor

    Kingsbury lives in Fairfield county, Connecticut where he currently attends Sacred Heart University. He is a fan of any form of racing, from NASCAR to IndyCar, Formula 1, and especially endurance racing. The summer of 2013 saw Kingsbury attend IndyCar's return to Pocono Raceway as well as the ARCA race at Pocono which Corey Lajoie won and got some pictures (including the accompanying mug shot) in Victory Lane thanks to Corey's aunt!

  • Wil Vincent
    Contributing writer

    Wil is a 25 year old student, town planner, and sim racing commentator, most well known for his work as the lead commentator for GlacierTV. Wil got into commentating through his college student radio, where he also worked as a journalist and interviewer, covering gigs and festivals within the UK, and joined GlacierTV in February 2012, becoming lead commentator a month later. His work culminated in him commentating on the 2013 iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series, iRacing Indy 500, and iRacing All Star Race. When he gets in the virtual cockpit, you'll normally see will taking on the thrill of IndyCar Oval racing, or trying his hand in GT action

    Outside of iRacing, Wil's an avid IndyCar fan, having watched the sport since the late 1990s, and always looks forward to the Month of May. He also enjoys watching NASCAR, Formula 1, and V8 Supercars.

  • Brooks Westfall
    Silver Crown Writer

    I've been sim racing since 2011 when I joined iRacing. I've jumped to many different sims, including rFactor, Richard Burns Rally, and the famous NASCAR Racing 2003. I picked up a copy of NR2003 with my birthday money when I was only 9, but was limited to a keyboard and a controller. After reciving a G25 for Christmas in '11, I've loved sim racing and the community iRacing has. I hope to end up writing for a car magazine or website in the near future, and intend on attending university to accomplish that.
    Aside from my career in sim racing and the real world, I hope to have my own small, yet functional race team soon with the purchace of a go kart. Since I'm currently residing in Maryland, I don't have a wide range of racing to choose from. My only options on a small budget are drag racing or kart racing. After the completion of my senior year in high school next year, I hope that inRacing News and other affiliates will help my dreams of writing for Road & Track become a reality!

  • Jeff Jacobs
    Contributor

    Jeff Jacobs started autocrossing with the SCCA in 1990 while a student at the University of Florida. He has competed in the SCCA's National Tour and ProSolo series since 1995, winning a ProSolo National Championship in H-Stock in 2011 driving a 2010 MINI Cooper. Jeff completed his SCCA Club Racing drivers' school in 2012 at Roebling Road in a Spec Miata. He currently writes a column for the SCCA's Northeast Division in SportsCar Magazine and is the Region Executive of the Philadelphia Region SCCA.

    Jeff joined iRacing in October 2012. After starting with the MX-5 and SRF cars, he has been concentrating on the Ford Mustang FR500S, competing in the iRacing.com Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • Jordan Hightower
    Contributor

    Jordan began sim-racing in 2005 with the NASCAR Racing 2003 Season sim and then joined the iRacing community in June of 2008. He hails from Fort Smith, Arkansas where he is currently enrolled at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, after which he plans to attend the University of Arkansas to earn his MBA. Although he enjoys watching and playing basketball, most of Jordan's focus is on motorsports, particularly NASCAR: "Anything that burns gas and goes fast, I like."

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

    Justin is 29 and lives in Texas with his girlfriend and three dogs. Although always a fan of road racing growing up, Sutton never got the chance to participate in Sim-Racing until 2012 and didn't join iRacing until 2013. The son of a writer, and former resident of Connecticut and Philadelphia, his interests vary. Currently Sutton is a co-owner of YouTube channel focused on racing games and simulators and more specifically Formula One along with his partner Mikko from Finland (BoxBoxBoxGaming). Currently Sutton writes the Skip Barber F2000 and Lotus 49 articles (and the occasional F1 article) for iRacing News, and doesn't get nearly enough time to race the cars he writes about.

    Gaming is a big part of Sutton's life as well as he is both viewer and broadcaster on Twitch along with his girlfriend of seven years. In addition to being an aspiring writer he is a skilled speaker with a focus on commentary of races and hopes one day to do commentary for road racing of some kind.

  • Marc Dorval
    series contributor

    Marc Dorval has been a dedicated but talentless iRacer since 2009. Currently hanging out near the back of the Lotus 79 pack, he nonetheless contributes to the community through posts, statistics, and a weekly recap on the main events of the Lotus 79 series.
    Outside of iRacing, Marc is married with two grown-up children, loves Jaguar cars, and runs an IT consulting practice.

  • Matt Holden
    Contributor

    Matt Holden began his involvement in motorsports at an early age, moving to Charlotte, NC when he was 6 months old. Growing up next door to a NASCAR TV personality, racing has always been a major part of his life. Currently studying Mechanical Engineering at UNC Charlotte, Matt works for US Legend Cars International as a technical inspector and race official at local tracks such as Charlotte Motor Speedway and Concord Speedway. Within iRacing, Matt is the Crew Chief for Gale Force Racing's #05 car in the NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series, as well as Chassis Engineer for the team's R&D program.

  • Paul Slavonik
    iRacingNews Series Writer

    For all intents and purposes, Paul Slavonik was a late-bloomer to racing. Growing up watching NASCAR drivers such as Davey Allison and Earnhardt Sr. was the furthest extent of Paul’s racing aspirations at the time. Fast forwarding 20 years, Paul began watching the UK show Top Gear and thus ensued a fascination with all things fast. Soon after, Paul stumbled upon iRacing.com and has been hooked on racing ever since.
    A United States Army Veteran, Certified Audio Engineer and aspiring author, Paul spends his time hanging out with his wife and working on his first book. Currently residing in Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), TX, his favorite racing series is the Australian V8 Supercars (go FPR!) and he has recently joined a local ChumpCar racing team. Paul began writing news stories for iRacingNews in January of 2014 and currently covers the GT3 Challenge Series and the V8 Supercars Series.

  • Ray Kingsbury
    Contributor

    Ray Kingsbury is a motorsport enthusiast and full-time university student, born and raised in Connecticut. He started his own racing career in BMX, riding bicycles competitively on the state level. In eight years he claimed the state championship and was ranked nationally before moving away from the sport. This void of activities led him to rediscover sim-racing in the form of NASCAR Heat. After a championship in the game's most competitive league Kingsbury started focusing full-time on his involvement in Live for Speed. There he founded Last Lap Motorsports which today has more than 20 members worldwide.

    When a few Last Lap Motorsports members decided to give iRacing.com a chance to feed their desire for more oval racing, Ray teamed with his brother Matt, Nathan Lamothe and newcomer Jimmie Jones to enter the ETV! Live Team Series and claimed the title after a dominating performance at Watkins Glen. To this day the team continues in both Live for Speed and iRacing.com and Ray still takes much delight in his own sim-racing career. A reporter for his high school newspaper before moving to university, Kingsbury keeps-up his writing activities by contributing to iRacing News.

  • Thiago Izequiel
    Contributor

    Born in 1985 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Thiago Izequiel is a graphic and web designer, go kart racer, aiming to get a career in motorsports. He started racing in 2007 and joined iRacing in 2010. Thiago lives in Maricá, a little town located in Rio de Janeiro state, around 60km far away from Rio de Janeiro city. In 2014 he started to write for iRacing News and also started to design layouts for racing cars.

    Working as a freelancer today, he started working as a designer in 2006. After a few years working in web design agencies, Thiago decided to follow his dreams and quit his job to work with a racing driver named Suzane Carvalho in 2011, on her driver's school. Things didn't worked out as expected and Thiago, after getting jobs as a front-end developer and social media content developer, went back to the dream path as a freelancer so he could have more time to focus on his driving career.

  • Tom O'Leary
    author

    Tom is an 18-year old student from London, UK. Tom started sim-racing quite recently, although his passion for motorsport started at an early age, watching BTCC since the late 90s. Tom has since then expanded his interests in motorsport, watching Le Mans 24hr (and endurance racing as a whole) as well as the DTM, F1, and since starting to write about the NASCAR iRacing Series - NASCAR!

    Tom appeared on the sim-racing scene by trying out rFactor, rFactor 2 and then iRacing - where he spends most of his time racing in the Star Mazda Series where he has claimed third and then second overall in the two full seasons he has competed. On the oval side, Tom has completed a few races in the NASCAR Class C (Fixed) although he most enjoys the road side. Tom is an active member of Friction Racing, a team which focuses on the Star Mazda and the Williams-Toyota FW31, with the aim of reaching the Pro Series - and the iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series.

    In his personal life, Tom spend time with his girlfriend (they have been together for two years) and likes a variety of games and has started to livestream his races/gameplay on Twitch, to give an insight to his approach to racing and gaming.

  • Jason Lofing
    iRacing.com Series Writer
    Jason is 21 years old and was born and raised in Elk Grove. California. A big time NASCAR fan, he hasn’t missed a race on Sunday in years. Lofing is also a huge San Fransisco Giants fan and tries to take in at least a couple games a year. Other than sim racing, his biggest (and far more expensive!) hobby is photography. Although he is rather new to sim racing, Lofing has already accomplished some pretty impressive results, qualifying for the 2011 iRacing Oval Pro Series in Season 1, 2011, winning the inaugural Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge and finishing runner-up in the second one.
  • Katier Scott
    Contributing Writer
    I am a veteran sim racer who first started racing way back in 1993 on the SPRTSIMS section of Compuserve with a league who can trace themselves all the way to the present. Within that league I act as Chief Steward and try to bring the unique viewpoint that this experience gives me into my articles.
    I have a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Editorial design and have been writing for seven years and currently cover the Lotus 79 CTC and Radical series alongside my freelance work. Living in the UK, as well as motorsports I love Photography, Arts and Crafts and reading.
  • David Ifeguni
    Contributing Writer
    I was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1988 and moved to Midland, Michigan when I was two years old. I stayed there until third grade when I moved to Farmington Hills, Michigan and now I currently live in Naperville, IL where I'm attending Metea Valley High School as a 9th grader. In the past, I have participated in soccer and this year I plan on joining swimming or water polo. My family includes my 15 year old sister, a 7 year old sister and my mom and dad. I have been writing since 6th grade and have participated in many writing contests in my school and have received several awards for writing.
    My fascination for motorsports began when I was nine. The first NASCAR race I watched on TV was the 2009 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, won by Kasey Kahne. My favorite NASCAR drivers are Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Jimmie Johnson. I have watched all the races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series since 2010. I currently have three wins on iRacing, two of them in the Nationwide car at Daytona and one in the Street stocks at Charlotte. My favorite car and type of track on iRacing is the Nationwide Series (B Class) car and superspeedways.

Zeta Corse may field one car at Ricard

September 17th, 2014

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Formula Renault 3.5 championship contender Roberto Merhi could race without a team-mate at the next round at Paul Ricard. Merhi’s regular team-mate at Zeta Corse, Roman Mavlanov, has decided to skip the French round of the series to prioritise the GT Open race at Monza, as he is in contention for the title. Mavlanov will return to Zeta’s FR3.5 line-up for the season finale at Jerez, but the Russian-owned team has been in discussions with drivers about a one-off deal to fill the vacant seat on September 27-28. Head of Zeta, Roman Novikov told AUTOSPORT: “At the moment we have only one driver for Paul Ricard. “We have spoken with a few drivers but we have not managed to do a deal yet. We cannot give away the seat for [...]

MSA Formula to use Mygale F4 cars

September 17th, 2014

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The new UK variant of FIA Formula 4 will use Mygale chassis when it replaces British Formula Ford next season under the name MSA Formula. Mygale has been the main chassis provider for British FFord for several seasons and its carbon-composite monocoque FIA F4 chassis will be used from 2015 as the series adopts the world governing body’s blueprint for a universal junior formula. The championship, which will be fully branded MSA Formula Certified by FIA Powered by Ford EcoBoost, will unveil the new car on the Saturday at the Silverstone BTCC round later this month, with the first 15 being delivered by the end of the season. Ford’s head of racing in Europe Gerard Quinn praised the quality of Mygale’s FIA F4 car and said the time taken to [...]

Ambrose: NASCAR career had plateaued

September 16th, 2014

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Marcos Ambrose says that a belief that his NASCAR career had plateaued was a driving force behind his decision to quit stock car racing at the end of this season. Ambrose, who won two V8 Supercars titles before moving to the US to try NASCAR nine years ago, was confirmed earlier this week as the lead driver for the team being formed out of a partnership between Penske and long-standing V8 operation DJR. The move was motivated in part by his family, with Ambrose wanting to be closer to his them in Tasmania and give his children the opportunity to grow up in his native country, but he also admitted that he has achieved all that he can in the US. “I think the timing for me personally was right,” [...]

Turkington predicts battle to the wire

September 16th, 2014

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British Touring Car Championship leader Colin Turkington believes the title fight will go to the final round despite the Northern Irishman being able to clinch the crown at Silverstone. The West Surrey Racing driver claimed his seventh and eighth wins of 2014 at Rockingham to move 55 points clear of MG’s Jason Plato in the standings. It is the largest lead a series leader has had since 1997, but Turkington, whose rear-wheel drive BMW 125i M Sport has been the championship’s main talking point this year, says he does not think he will clinch the title before the Brands Hatch finale. “I’ve been about long enough to know how quickly things can turn,” he said. “We’re working hard and getting the merits but nobody’s ever out of it. “Silverstone is [...]

FE to seek world championship status

September 15th, 2014

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Formula E could make a bid for world championship status in the future. Series boss Alejandro Agag stated during the course of last weekend’s inaugural event in Beijing that an application to the FIA for Formula E to become a world championship is a possibility when the rules open up to allow full manufacturer involvement. “There is a condition of a world championship to have a certain number of manufacturers; you cannot be a world championship as a one-make series,” he said. “We hope to attract manufacturers, meet the conditions and hopefully the FIA will grant us world championship status.” Formula E is starting out as a one-make championship, but the rules have been framed to allow manufacturers and teams to develop their own power trains for year two of [...]

Premat returns to ART McLaren line-up

September 15th, 2014

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Former Audi factory driver Alexandre Premat will return to the ART Grand Prix McLaren team for this weekend’s Nurburgring Blancpain Endurance Series finale. Premat, who raced for Audi in both LMP1 and the DTM and is currently a factory Volvo driver in V8 Supercars’ enduros, has been brought back to drive the #98 ART McLaren MP4-12C in which he won the opening round of the series at Monza and also drove in round two at Silverstone. The Frenchman takes the place of Nicolas Lapierre, who was brought in to share with Alvaro Parente and Gregoire Demoustier at the Paul Ricard and Spa 24 Hours BES rounds, but is unavailable for this weekend because he is racing for Toyota in the Austin World Endurance Championship round. ART boss Frederic Vasseur explained [...]

Di Meglio undergoes surgery

September 15th, 2014

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Mike di Meglio underwent successful surgery on Monday following the injury he suffered during Sunday’s MotoGP race at Misano. The Avintia Racing rider broke the fourth metacarpal bone of his left hand when he crashed on the opening lap of the San Marino Grand Prix. The Frenchman underwent surgery in Barcelona on Monday and will be discharged from hospital on Tuesday before he begins his rehabilitation. MotoGP’s next round takes place at Aragon on September 28.

Keselowski begins Chase with victory

September 14th, 2014

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Brad Keselowski opened the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase by fighting back from a pit delay for victory at Chicagoland. An additional pitstop for a loose wheel dropped the Penske Ford down the order early on, but going into the closing stages he joined two other drivers on comeback runs in the battle for the win. Long-time race leader Kevin Harvick had overcome exactly the same pit problem as Keselowski, while Ganassi’s rookie Kyle Larson fought through from last to first after a practice crash forced him to switch to his back-up Chevrolet. Having narrowly missed out on a Chase spot, Larson looked capable of beginning the title shootout by defeating all the championship contenders, as he battled with Harvick on what turned out to be the penultimate restart. But [...]

Redding to ride Marc VDS Honda in ’15

September 14th, 2014

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Scott Redding will rejoin Marc VDS in MotoGP for 2015 as the dominant Moto2 team moves up to the top class running a factory Honda. Marc VDS had been at the forefront of the chase for the works-specification Honda relinquished by Redding’s current MotoGP team Gresini when a funding shortfall led to it switching to a new role as Aprilia’s works team. Currently leading the Moto2 standings with Tito Rabat and Mika Kallio, Marc VDS had explored a MotoGP move several times in recent years but appeared set to wait until the 2016 rules before the Honda opportunity emerged. Redding is riding Gresini’s Open class Honda for his rookie MotoGP season. He had been expected to replace Alvaro Bautista on the team’s works-specification bike prior to the Aprilia move. The [...]

MotoGP announces software freeze

September 14th, 2014

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MotoGP has announced a software development freeze effective from the end of June 2015 in preparation for the switch to standard electronics in the ’16 rules. Four seasons of a split format will end after next year when the entire field adopts a control ECU. At present, teams still running to Factory specification develop their own electronics, while those running to Open class rules – including the works Ducati team – already run control ECUs but get other rules breaks regarding engine development, tyre compounds and fuel allowance. The Grand Prix Commission agreed at Misano this weekend that software development would be prohibited after June 30 next year. “After that date manufacturers will not be permitted to update their software except for minor bug fixes that might affect safety,” said [...]

Porsche wins, but Attard is champion

September 14th, 2014

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Phil Keen and Jon Minshaw won the final round of the British GT Championship at Donington Park after a dramatic two-hour showdown in which the title was decided in favour of Marco Attard. Keen moved the Trackspeed Porsche 911 GT3 R ahead of long-time leader Michael Caine, sharing the Motorbase Performance Aston Martin Vantage GT3 with Ahmad al Harthy, with 13 laps remaining. The Aston crew needed to win the race to take the crown but Caine slipped to fourth with braking issues. That handed the title advantage to the Attard/Alexander Sims Barwell-run Ecurie Ecosse BMW Z4, which had been ruled out of the race after only 10 laps with a gearbox problem. Following Keen to the flag was the FF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia of Gary Eastwood and stand-in [...]

Wittmann’s title, Wehrlein’s victory

September 14th, 2014

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Pascal Wehrlein took his maiden DTM race win in mixed conditions at the Lausitzring, as Marco Wittmann cruised to the 2014 title with two races to spare. Wehrlein had the most straightforward of races, charging into the lead from pole position before breaking away at almost a second a lap for the first 10 laps of the race in tricky drying conditions. With that lead established, and with Christian Vietoris playing rear-gunner in second, the Mercedes driver could shadow the strategy of others, switching from wets to the option tyre on lap 29, before cruising to a 15.4s win. “Amazing day, amazing weekend, amazing week,” said the 19-year-old. “It was impressive, our pace in qualifying and the race. I could control the race.” Vietoris, who started back in 11th, did [...]

Rao win takes title fight to finale

September 14th, 2014

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Matt Rao kept his slender championship hopes alive with a dominant victory in the second British Formula 3 race at Donington Park. Rao didn’t repeat his poor race one start as he drew alongside reversed-grid poleman Camren Kaminsky through Redgate. He could not find a way past there but further round the lap both he and Fortec team-mate Martin Cao got ahead of the American. Rao proceeded to eke out a gap over his title rival, while Max Marshall was forced into the pits with a flat front-right tyre after contact when battling with his Double R team-mate Kaminsky. Marshall used his fresh rubber to good effect and wrestled the fastest lap away from Rao at mid-distance. But the leader retaliated shortly after to ensure he could take every point [...]

Merhi pips Sainz in dramatic session

September 14th, 2014

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Roberto Merhi took pole position for the second Formula Renault 3.5 race at the Hungaroring on a drying track in a dramatic qualifying session. The Spaniard, who won yesterday’s opening race and is closing in on championship leader Carlos Sainz Jr, was the last driver to cross the line, giving him the best of the track conditions. Only DAMS duo Sainz and Norman Nato had also got an extra lap in before the chequered flag, essentially turning the fight for pole into a three-way scrap. Sainz beat Merhi’s previous benchmark with his final lap and Nato couldn’t better it, but a few seconds later Merhi – the championship’s in-form man – came out of the final corner to take pole by 0.362s from his title rival. Race one polesitter Oliver [...]

Berthon ends Tincknell’s pole streak

September 14th, 2014

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Nathanael Berthon and Murphy Prototypes ended Jota Sport’s European Le Mans Series pole streak in Paul Ricard qualifying. Harry Tincknell had put the Jota Zytek-Nissan on pole for all three 2014 ELMS rounds so far, but GP2 convert Berthon’s 1m47.837s in the Murphy ORECA-Nissan at Ricard was just under three tenths better than Tincknell could manage. Berthon shares the Murphy car with British Formula 3 race winner Pipo Derani for the first team this weekend, alongside team regular Rodolfo Gonzalez. Ex-Formula 1 driver Christian Klien qualified third in the Morand Morgan-Judd, ahead of Franck Mailleux’s Race Performance ORECA-Judd. ELMS debutant Arthur Pic began his dabble with endurance racing by placing the Sebastien Loeb Racing ORECA sixth, behind the championship-leading Signatech Alpine entry. SMP’s Ferraris took pole in both GTE and [...]

Whincup/Dumbrell dominate Sandown 500

September 14th, 2014

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Jamie Whincup and Paul Dumbrell took a commanding Sandown 500 victory as V8 Supercars’ endurance season began. The defending race winners got off to a perfect start, with Dumbrell leading from pole and putting in an impressive 85-lap run before Whincup took over in the Triple Eight Holden. From there, the current championship leader continued at the front of the field for the remaining 76 laps to take the chequered flag 2.6359s ahead of James Courtney. Second season pairing Courtney and and James Murphy were in the mix all race long in the factory Holden Racing Team Commodore and when Courtney took over from his four-time Bathurst winning co-driver, he began trimming away at Whincup’s lead. His charge was scuppered, however, when a second safety car period was called on [...]

Rossi retains Fenati for VR46 team

September 13th, 2014

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Valentino Rossi will retain Romano Fenati for his VR46 Moto3 team into 2015. Fenati led the line-up for the seven-time MotoGP world champion’s first foray into team management this season, and was initially a frontrunner in the Moto3 title battle. But the 18-year-old Italian has tumbled down the standings over the past three months, achieving only one podium finish since winning at Mugello in June, and struggling to finish in the top 10 in recent races. Now fifth in the championship, 44 points behind leader Jack Miller, Fenati will start 11th for Sunday’s Misano race. Rossi indicated earlier in the season that his intention was for Fenati to spend a fourth season in Moto3 next year, and the deal was confirmed during the San Marino Grand Prix weekend. “The team [...]

Ambrose to leave Petty and NASCAR

September 13th, 2014

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Marcos Ambrose will split with Richard Petty Motorsports’ NASCAR Sprint Cup team at the end of the season and return to his native Australia. The move brings the NASCAR chapter of the two-time V8 Supercar champion’s career to an end after nine years and was announced on Saturday in a team statement. “Marcos will always be a part of our extended racing family,” Richard Petty said. “He came over to the United States with his family and dedicated his time here to giving it the best he had each week. “I couldn’t ask anything more from Marcos and his commitment on and off of the track to our race team and our partners.” Ambrose’s two Cup wins came in 2011 and ’12 at Watkins Glen, the same venue where he [...]

Wehrlein secures maiden DTM pole

September 13th, 2014

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Pascal Wehrlein secured his maiden DTM pole position on a day of interruptions and delays at the Lausitzring. After foggy conditions caused practice to be scrapped and replaced by a 15-minute warm-up, the qualifying format also had an unscheduled shake-up. Q1 was abandoned five minutes in when Joey Hand beached himself in the gravel, with a 20-minute combined Q1 and Q2 taking place instead, before the top eight fought it out for pole as usual. The last minute format change was no problem for Wehrlein, however, with the Mercedes driver going third fastest in the combined long session, before storming to pole with a 1m17.547s just over two minutes from the end of Q3. It is the 19-year-old’s first pole position, his previous best qualifying position being fourth at the [...]

Fog disrupts Lautsitzring DTM event

September 13th, 2014

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Fog has forced the DTM to heavily alter its planned Saturday schedule at the Lausitzring. The series was supposed to have two 60-minute practice sessions ahead of the 4:45pm local time qualifying session, but has been unable to complete any running at all due to low cloud. This would prevent the medical helicopter from being able to take off in the case of a serious accident. The only track action so far has been from the German Superbike Championship, which is able to run thanks to having no requirement for a helicopter written into its safety regulations. Should the weather clear this afternoon, the DTM drivers will have a 15-minute practice session (scheduled for 4:00pm local time), followed by qualifying in the regular timeslot, to uphold television commitments. In the [...]