August 26th, 2013
Former Jaguar Formula 1 test driver Bjorn Wirdheim will make his prototype debut in this weekend’s Interlagos round of the World Endurance Championship with the Greaves LMP2 squad. The 33-year-old, who has raced in Japan since 2006, will drive the Greaves Motorsport Zytek-Nissan Z11SN alongside Gunnar Jeannette and Christian Zugel in Brazil.
August 25th, 2013
DRIVERS 1 – Sebastian VETTEL (Red Bull Racing) 2 – Fernando ALONSO (Ferrari) 3 – Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes) PODIUM INTERVIEW (Conducted by David Coulthard) Q: Sebastian, your 31 st Grand Prix victory, you’re now just one behind the man who finished in second place.
August 7th, 2013
Reigning Japanese Formula 3 champion Ryo Hirakawa is in the frame to make his IndyCar debut with Dale Coyne Racing at Sonoma in two weeks. The 19-year-old, who is currently 11th in the Super Formula (formerly Formula Nippon) standings, is expected to test with the team before the end of the year and could sample its second car as soon as the open test on August 21st at Sonoma. Team owner Dale Coyne confirmed that there are plans to test the Japanese driver but said that putting him into the race at Sonoma was unlikely due to a date clash.
August 5th, 2013
Jann Mardenborough and Alex Buncombe will make their Super GT debuts at Fuji in November as part of Nissan’s driver exchange programme. Mardenborough, the 2011 GT Academy winner, teamed up with 2011 Blancpain champion Buncombe in British GT last year
August 2nd, 2013
Honda will run a third works World Touring Car Civic for Takuya Izawa, the current Super GT championship points leader, for his home race at Suzuka. It will be the first time Izawa, who has won in a multitude of series from Japanese Formula 3 to Formula Nippon, has competed in World Touring Cars. He has however tested for JAS, which runs Honda’s factory WTCC effort, previously.
July 29th, 2013
MotoGP’s Australian Grand Prix organisers are hoping to lure Casey Stoner out of retirement for this year’s race at Phillip Island.
July 23rd, 2013
Double world champion Casey Stoner will make a dramatic return to MotoGP action as a test rider for Honda in the coming months. The Australian will undertake four tests at Motegi for Honda’s R&D team, with the aim of evolving the RC213V and developing the new production-based racer Honda will sell to selected teams for next year’s championship. Honda however categorically ruled out Stoner making a race return
July 13th, 2013
Auto GP is weighing up a return to the FIA World Touring Car Championship package in 2014. The series ran exclusively with WTCC in 2012, before reducing the number of events it shared with the Eurosport-promoted championship to three this season. Series organisers have presented a proposal to teams in Mugello to move away from this year’s largely European-based calendar and adopt an increased number of fly-away races
July 13th, 2013
The new North American-based DTM series will start in 2017 at the earliest – at least a year later than planned. DTM promoter the ITR announced on Saturday morning at the Norisring that the date for adoption of the series rules by both Grand-Am and Super GT had now been rubber-stamped
July 11th, 2013
Honda has revealed that it will base its new Formula 1 operations at a factory in Milton Keynes. The Japanese manufacturer is returning to F1 with McLaren in 2015 and has now finalised plans to have its European base at a facility already prepared for Mugen. Although the development and manufacture of the new V6 turbo engines will be done at Honda’s R&D facility at Tochigi in Japan, Honda wanted to base its personnel and support operations in the United Kingdom.
June 26th, 2013
James Rossiter will make his grand prix weekend debut for Force India in Friday morning practice for the British Grand Prix. The 29-year-old, who is Force India’s simulator driver and appeared for the team in last year’s young driver test, will take over Adrian Sutil’s car
June 17th, 2013
Suzuki has edged closer to its MotoGP comeback by joining the field for the post-race test at Barcelona. The Japanese firm has yet to give an official green light to its new MotoGP project, but has been testing extensively in Japan.
October 12th, 2010
EARLY CONTACT: Vitantonio Liuzzi’s Force India machine goes airborne after contact with Felipe Massa at the start of Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix. (Steve Etherington Photo) SUZUKA, Japan — Having the world’s richest man as a backer is not a bad deal in the expensive world of F-1.
October 10th, 2010
Sebastian Vettel makes his way around Suzuka Circuit en route to winning Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix. (Steve Etherington photo).
October 6th, 2010
J.K. Vernay won five races en route to winning the Firestone Indy Lights Series title in his rookie season this year. (Jim Haines/IRL IndyCar Photo) INDIANAPOLIS — J.K
October 5th, 2010
CLOSE, BUT NOT ENOUGH: Eventual race winner Scott Dixon (9) races alongside Will Power during Saturday night’s IZOD IndyCar Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
September 21st, 2010
MOTEGI, Japan — The most popular driver in the IZOD IndyCar Series at Twin Ring Motegi was Takuma Sato of Japan, who was hailed as a racing hero and surrounded by mobs of race fans all weekend. Despite a crash on his third lap of practice Saturday morning that forced his KV Racing crew to spend hours repairing the car, Sato started 10th and finished 12th. He was the highest-finishing driver of the three Japanese-heritage racers in the field
September 21st, 2010
MOTEGI, Japan — As the IZOD IndyCar Series season nears a conclusion the focus has shifted to the 2011 driver lineup with Graham Rahal, Justin Wilson and Dan Wheldon as the focal points of speculation.
September 16th, 2010
MOTEGI, Japan — After the way Ryan Briscoe finished the 2009 IZOD IndyCar Series season, he is hesitant to give teammate Will Power advice as the series returns to Twin Ring Motegi this weekend.
September 14th, 2010
MONZA, Italy — Next year’s F-1 schedule consists of a record 20 races and runs from mid March until the end of November. All 19 events this season are retained and India joins, although it remains tentative until the new circuit passes the FIA inspection. Much to the resentment of those who do all the hard work on the F-1 trail — the mechanics and the hospitality staff — Monaco is, as it was this year, on the weekend following the Spanish race.