Monthly Archive: August 2009

Aug 31

Sticky: The day after…

The third edition NASCAR Nationwide race at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve

This is a salute to the extraordinary weekend that Francois Dumontier and his team put together in Montreal this past weekend. There was so much to say, so much to see, so many people to thank for the great opportunity we had covering this spectacular event of the weekend that time was not available last night to complete our report.

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Aug 31

CJM Racing produces their first top-5 of the season

CJM Racing gets back on track with a season high finish of third in Montreal

09-08-30_361NASCAR went international over the weekend and with the trip north of the border, CJM Racing turned their luck around. Native Canadian driver, Andrew Ranger was enlisted to drive the No. 11 RIDEMAKERZ Toyota and the young driver would not disappoint. With top speeds in practice, a top-10 qualifying run and the team’s first top-five finish of the season; the trip to Montreal proved to be a success and a long awaited one. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 31

Brawn tried ‘shark fin’ in Spa practice

“We tested it in the wind tunnel but the data suggested no improvement”-Ross Brawn

2009-07-25 - BrawnGP - Rubens Barrichello 06Sharp-eyed observers would have noticed the Brawn team trialling a ‘shark-fin’ engine cover over a few practice laps at Spa-Francorchamps last weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 31

Mallya tells promoters to push for GP backing

Force India expects Ferrari to move on Fisichella

2009-02- 28 - VJM02 - 4 Dr. Vijay Mallya - 133Despite the uncooperativeness of the Indian sports ministry, Vijay Mallya is sure plans for a grand prix in the country remain on track. Following a request for funding by the organisers of a 2011 round of the world championship, the government department ruled that formula one is in fact not a sport. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 31

Schu races karts but insists not comeback training

“My neck is okay” -Schumacher

With the media ready to pounce on any new development, Michael Schumacher has immediately ruled out claims he did not travel to Belgium this weekend because he is stepping up preparations to return to formula one. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 31

Edwards passed Ambrose on last corner of last lap to win Montreal

Andrew Ranger on the podium for the second time of the day

Swear out a warrant. On second thought, break out the champagne. Carl Edwards’ grand larceny Sunday at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve ended with a back flip and a celebration, not a jail term.

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Aug 31

Grosjean upsets rivals with Spa crash

Button nonetheless said Grosjean was “100 per cent to blame” for the crash

Romain Grosjean 02Jenson Button was unimpressed with F1’s newest rookie after the pair crashed out of the Belgian grand prix. The Brawn driver’s title lead over his teammate Rubens Barrichello and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel shrank by 2 and 6 points respectively on Sunday, when multiple cars tangled at the Les Combes corner on lap one. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 31

Ferrari seat for Alonso at Monza ‘impossible’ – Briatore

Whitmarsh apologised for Alonso comments – Domenicali

2009-04-26 - Bahrain GP - Renault - Fernando Alonso 02A member of the Ferrari team has admitted the “possibility” that Fernando Alonso will line up in injured Felipe Massa’s car number 3 at Monza in two weeks. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 31

Bosses say no to early Alonso switch theory

Giancarlo Fisichella is mentioned as the more probable solution for Monza

2009-04-23 - Ferrari - Kimi Raikkonen 03With the ‘silly season’ in high gear at Spa, one solution floated to solve the problem of the sluggish Luca Badoer was to speed up Fernando Alonso’s switch to the Italian team. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 31

FIA probes claims of deliberate Piquet crash

“I lost the rear of my car. I hit the wall heavily” -Piquet

The FIA has confirmed it will investigate claims that Nelson Piquet was ordered to deliberately crash during last year’s Singapore grand prix. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 31

Chicagoland crash ends Hinchcliffe’s charge

Canada’s James Hinchcliffe crashed out of the penultimate round of the 2009 Firestone Indy Lights Series at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday, 29th August, as he was collected in the aftermath of a separate incident on the 1.5-mile oval. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 31

Atlantic Championship to continue alongside American Le Mans Series and IMSA in 2010

Atlantic Championship firmly established as the top rung of the open wheel ladder

The 2010 Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda will again team up with the American Le Mans Series and be sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) in 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 31

Ecclestone says Hockenheim solution ‘close’

“We are very, very close.  It looks good”

A solution has reportedly been found so that Hockenheim will stage the German grand prix next year. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 31

Spa confirms plan to alternate GP with Nurburgring

Etienne Davignon on Sunday confirmed the event makes a loss every year

The organisers of the Belgian grand prix have confirmed that annually alternating their formula one race with the Nurburgring is an option for the future. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 31

Brent Dragon Wins Second Annual Showdown at Chaudiere (+results)

Dragon has already qualified for the ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Milton’s Brent Dragon dominates the final half of the second annual Showdown at Chaudiere 200 at Autodrome Chaudiere and leads the U.S. team to the overall victory. The first 91 laps saw a battle between former Serie ACT Castrol champion Karl Allard and current ACT Tour point leader Scott Payea.

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Aug 31

Ferrari driver decision within days – Domenicali

Still no confirmation of Fisi’s Ferrari switch

2009-05-08 - Spain GP - Ferrari - Kimi Raikkonen 07Stefano Domenicali on Sunday admitted Ferrari is seriously considering whether to replace Luca Badoer ahead of the forthcoming Italian grand prix at Monza. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 31

Drivers not penalised after Spa carnage

No drivers were penalised for the crashes on the first lap of Sunday’s Belgian grand prix

Two separate incidents that occurred at the Les Combes corner were investigated by stewards: one between Jenson Button and Romain Grosjean, and another after which both Lewis Hamilton and Jaime Alguersuari also both retired from the race. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 30

NAPA 100: JR Fitzpatrick wins the red flagged race (+results, UPDATED)

Major accident ends the NASCAR Canadian Tire NAPA 100

Everybody was looking forward to the presentation of the NASCAR Canadian Tire NAPA 100 hoping for another victory for Andrew Ranger, winner of the last three races on road course in Mosport, Edmonton and Trois-Rivières.

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Aug 30

Summerton leads 1-2 sweep for Newman Wachs Racing at Mosport

“I’m just really excited” -Summerton

The battle for the 2009 Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda just got a whole lot tighter as Jonathan Summerton led a 1-2 sweep for Newman Wachs Racing in the Grand Prix of Mosport.

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Aug 30

NAPA 200: First victory of the day to an Ontarian driver

Emergency plan for Patrick Laperle

The sun is back this Sunday morning at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve on Ile Notre-Dame for the presentation of the third edition of the NASCAR Nationwide NAPA 200 that will be preceeded by the NASCAR Canadian Tire NAPA 100.

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Aug 30

Formula One teams Belgium Grand Prix race report

Belgium Grand Prix Formula One race report

Today’s report from Formula One teams & drivers in Spa-Francorchamps. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 30

Unexpected victory for Raikkonen and Ferrari in Spa

Hamilton and Button éliminated from the start

Last week, the Finn Kimi Raïkkönen mentioned that he had no hopes of winning the Belgium Grand Prix with his Ferrari. For his part Giancarlo Fisichella did not believe he could ever get BACK on the podium. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 30

Briscoe nips Dixon for Chicago IndyCar win (+result)

Points leader Ryan Briscoe edged Scott Dixon for Saturday night’s IndyCar win

He retained his slim lead in the championship series over contenders and teammates Dixon and Dario Franchitti. Briscoe’s margin of victory was only 0.0077 of a second as he got his third victory of the season in the PEAK Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 30

Summerton takes fourth pole of season at Grand Prix of Mosport (+grid)

He is looking for his third victory of the season in today’s race

Jonathan Summerton will start from the pole position in the Grand Prix of Mosport after a weather-challenged qualifying session on Saturday afternoon at Mosport International Raceway. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 30

De Silvestro qualified in the second position

Team Stargate World’s Simona De Silvestro at Mosport International Raceway 

Improving from a fifth place practice effort yesterday, the youngster, and current Championship points leader put on another strong qualifying effort in preparation for tomorrow’s Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda race. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 30

Brabham nipped Pagenaud for Mosport pole (+result)

With a best lap of 1:05.323 (135.517 mph)

David Brabham captured pole position for Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport on Saturday in his Patrón Highcroft Racing Acura ARX-02a. The reigning 24 Hours of Le Mans champion turned in a best lap of 1:05.323 (135.517 mph) and edged out de Ferran Motorsports’ Simon Pagenaud by a scant 0.074 seconds.

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Aug 30

Till’s take: Mosport International Raceway

With the season winding down and only three races to go

The challenges still remain aplenty for competitors in the American Le Mans Series. And there is no greater challenge the competitors will face than the daunting high-speed corners of Mosport International Raceway, the site for Round 8 of the 2009 championship. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 30

GP2 Series teams Belgium Grand Prix race 2 report (UPDATED)

 Belgium GP2 Series race 2 report

Today’s report from GP2 Series teams & drivers in Spa-Francorchamps. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 30

Van der Garde powers to ‘home’ victory

Dutchman leads iSport 1-3

Giedo van der Garde stormed to victory in the closest thing the Dutchman has to a home race this morning at the fabled Spa-Francorchamps Circuit, leading from lights to flag to head an iSport 1-3 ahead of Roldan Rodriguez and Diego Nunes. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 30

Williams vows to ‘block’ three car concept

“Three cars?  I would block that” -Williams

Just as he said no to Michael Schumacher’s F60 test, Sir Frank Williams has indicated he will also bluntly reject Ferrari’s push to allow third car entries in formula one. Read the rest of this entry »

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