Monthly Archive: December 2009

Dec 31

EFCN Top-10: Star Mazda Championship (+photos)

Dempsey ended his second season of North American racing with a series-leading five wins

Peter Dempsey might not have captured the series title as he desired, but he can certainly look back on the 2009 Star Mazda Championship as a great success. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 31

Dakar: “Scrutineering” – Day 3

Party at the Village

This year more than ever, the Dakar is also a huge popular celebration. The masses who have come to admire the machines and their drivers/riders at scrutineering also had the opportunity of taking a stroll around the Dakar Village, where sponsors have been organizing many events. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 31

Sauber to announce second driver next week (updated)

Fake Sauber announcement fools media

Peter Sauber, the formerly BMW-owned team’s boss and founder, wrote on his Twitter page: “Second driver to be announced next week.  The team is ready to work.  Happy New Year.” Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 31

Lauda not betting on eighth Schumacher title

Niki Lauda believes Michael Schumacher will be competitive in 2010, but he’s not prepared to bet on it.

2009-12-23 - Michael Schumacher Joins MERCEDES GP PETRONAS aThe 60-year-old returned successfully from retirement in the 80s to win the last of his three titles, and thinks Schumacher will also be back on the pace after a three-season break. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 31

Queen to present Brawn with OBE

The 2009 world champion Jenson Button is to be made an MBE

2009-03-29 - Brawn GP 3Ross Brawn will be presented with an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by the Queen. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 31

Dakar: Volkswagen a fortress under siege

Now is the time to make it count

Last year, the Volkswagen team achieved victory by placing a diesel-powered vehicle on the highest step of the Dakar podium for the first time. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 31

Mercedes launch date leaked, late Schumacher debut?

F1 legend Michael Schumacher will not drive the car during the first round of 2010 tests at Valencia

German newspaper Bild has reported that, following the collapse of the common launch concept, the official unveiling of the new Mercedes Grand Prix car will take place at the Mercedes-Benz museum in Unterturkheim in late January. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 31

Miller Barrett Racing sets Rolex 24 driver lineup

Miller, Ludwig and Roush will share driving duty in the No. 48 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car

Miller Barrett Racing will start its first full season of GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series racing with a strong driver lineup for the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January. Bryce Miller of Summit, N.J., will lead the charge, joined by two of his 2009 teammates – Peter Ludwig of New Paltz, N.Y., and Kevin Roush of Upland, Calif. Luke Hines of Sedge Green, Essex, U.K., will complete the foursome. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 31

Robby Gordon targets Dakar Rally glory

Coming off a first-in-class finish and third-place result in the 2009 Dakar Rally

Robby Gordon is determined to compete for the overall victory in his sixth appearance in the endurance race. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 31

Several new cars, returnees entered for January test days

Several GS teams are switching to different models

A plethora of new cars competing during the 2010 GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge are entered the January Test Days, which heightens an already action-packed and strong field of cars that carried over from the 2009 campaign. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 30

Dakar: It all starts at La Rural

The 32nd edition of the Dakar is already a reality for the first competitors

Mainly North and South Americans, who underwent scrutineering. After these three days of gathering and formalities the riders and crews will get to grips with the first stage on New Year’s Day. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 30

Duno: My season

Milka Duno reviews her 2009 races with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

She also looks ahead to 2010 in a narrative for Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 30

Toro Rosso boss denies Ralf Schumacher rumours

Franz Tost has added his own denial to speculation Toro Rosso might pair confirmed driver Sebastien Buemi with Ralf Schumacher in 2010

Schumacher, 34, has this week been back in the F1 headlines, revealing an offer from one of F1’s new teams that he turned down. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 30

Domenicali – pole, fast laps to earn points in 2010?

More changes to the points scoring system to take effect in 2010 are possible, Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali has revealed

Asked by the Italian newspaper La Stampa if just a month of pre-season testing is sufficient ahead of the 2010 race calendar, he answered: “It has to be. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 30

Stefan GP pressing ahead with 2010 plans

Stefan GP has announced that its 2010 car is named S-01.

It is believed the single seater is the one designed this year by Toyota, prior to the Cologne based team’s carmaker parent deciding to quit formula one. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 30

No Campos seat for Piquet in 2010 – Audetto

Campos, F1’s new Spanish team, will not be accommodating Nelson Piquet in 2010

It has been revealed that reports claiming a three-year deal for the 24-year-old ‘crashgate’ conspirator, because the Brazilian’s famous father bought into the team, were not true. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 30

Queen to also honour Ross Brawn

Along with Jenson Button, Ross Brawn is also to be singled out by the Queen in her traditional New Year Honours list

It emerged before Christmas that Button, the new F1 world champion, is to become a Member of the British Empire (MBE) — the initial chivalry class. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 30

Schumacher not a ‘traitor’ – Piero Ferrari

Piero Ferrari has distanced the famous marque from claims within Italy that Michael Schumacher is a “traitor”

65-year-old Ferrari, the only living son of the Maranello based team’s founder Enzo Ferrari as well as a company executive and shareholder, admitted that team figures feel “a little bad” that Schumacher is returning to F1 with Mercedes in 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 30

Website admits Piquet story was hoax

A Spanish motor racing website has admitted its exclusive story about Nelson Piquet signing for the new Campos team was a hoax said earlier this week that the 24-year-old ‘crashgate’ conspirator had penned a three year deal, with his triple world champion father and namesake buying a 15 per cent stake in the Spanish outfit. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 30

EFCN Top-10: Formula BMW Americas (+photos)

2009 was certainly a breakout season for EuroInternational’s Giancarlo Vilarinho

Giancarlo Vilarinho won a series-high seven wins in his second season of Formula BMW competition. The Brazilian having shown good speed at times in his rookie campaign, took a big jump forward in his second-year of Formula BMW Americas competition, becoming the driver to beat for the majority of the season.

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Dec 30

Le Mans: JMW to run Aston Martin in 2010

JMW Motorsport to switch to Aston Martin Vantage GT2 for the 2010 season

JMW Motorsport has announced that it will run an Aston Martin Vantage GT2 in the 2010 Le Mans Series and Le Mans 24 Hours after being named as Aston Martin Racing’s official global GT2 Development Partner. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 30

MOTOGP: Pedrosa unscrewed

Dani Pedrosa underwent a minor hand operation before Christmas

Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa has had the supporting screw removed from an old hand injury in an operation he hopes will allow him greater control in 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 30

ALMS: Endurance of another kind

For Gavin, Mowlen and Smith

American Le Mans Series stars Oliver Gavin, Johnny Mowlem and Guy Smith are among the membership of the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) that will contest this year’s London Marathon on April 25. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 29

No title sponsor yet for 2010 Australian GP

The Australian grand prix is yet to sign a title sponsor for its 2010 event.

Australian Grand PrixThe Melbourne race was previously backed and named after the Dutch bank ING, who early last year announced it would no longer be involved with formula one beyond 2009. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 29

Dakar: “Scrutineering” – day 1: Street out on the… street

On this first day of scrutineering

It was a case of “now you see me, now you don’t” for Jonah Street, one of the rare Dakar stage winners present today. The drowsy American’s visit to the race stewards was over in a flash because he had forgotten his driving licence. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 29

Remarkable Johnson voted NASCAR ”Driver of Year” 2009

Irrepressible Busch receives support from two staffers

NASCAR.COM staff members have chosen their driver of the year for the three national series and now make their choice known for NASCAR Driver of the Year. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 29

Soucek hints Williams test option for 2010

“I would prefer to race with any of the new teams than to be test driver with Williams.”

New F2 champion Andy Soucek has hinted he could be installed as Williams’ test and reserve driver in 2010. As his prize for winning this year’s F2 series, the 24-year-old Spanish-Austrian recently tested for the British team at Jerez. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 29

Ralf Schumacher not confirming Toro Rosso talks

Alguersuari hopes deal announced next month

2009-04-17 - Toro Rosso - 02Ralf Schumacher has refused to deny speculation linking him with Toro Rosso’s vacant race cockpit for 2010. The 34-year-old German, who races with Mercedes in the DTM series, has this week been back in the headlines, revealing an offer from one of F1’s new teams that he turned down. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 29

Piquet to complete 2010 Campos lineup – report

However, the website’s news was not backed by any other well-known publications or sources.

A Spanish motor racing website is reporting that Nelson Piquet will complete the driver lineup of the new Campos team in 2010. said on Monday that the 24-year-old Brazilian’s contract is for three years, ensuring a lineup of famous surnames, after his countryman Bruno Senna also signed for 2010 with the Spanish outfit. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 29

Schu would have raced third Ferrari – Gene

Different rules could have seen Michael Schumacher return to F1 in 2010 with Ferrari.

Micheal SchumacherThat is the belief of Marc Gene, the famous Italian team’s Spanish test driver. He wrote in his column for the El Mundo newspaper that Ferrari pushed hard for a rule-change so that a third car could be entered for Schumacher next year. Read the rest of this entry »

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