Daily Archive: December 15, 2009

Dec 15

A new team for a new era (+photos)

Virgin signs racer di Grassi, Parente as reserve

Virgin RacingThe Virgin Racing team was officially launched in London today, where it was confirmed that one of the sport’s four new entrants, the LDC backed Manor Grand Prix, has teamed up with Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin – to mount a serious challenge in one of the world’s most prestigious sports – Formula 1 Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 15

NASCAR: Penkse tabs Addington as crew chief for Busch, 2 car

Penske Racing announced that Steve Addington will head up the No. 2 Dodge team beginning in 2010

The 45-year-old Addington, who was crew chief for 12 Cup Series victories during the past two seasons, will team up with driver Kurt Busch, who is coming off a fourth-place finish in the 2009 series championship standings. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 15

Button plays down fears of Hamilton rivalry

“The partnership will be good to start with”

Jenson Button insists he has time to forge a good relationship with Lewis Hamilton prior to the start of the 2010 season. F1’s most recent world champions, both English, will be paired at McLaren next season, and the domestic press is already hinting at a likely tense battle for team supremacy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 15

DTM started its 2009 season with a bang

Statistics special: The closest finish

At the Hockenheimring, Tom Kristensen – who already had announced to retire from DTM at the end of the season – celebrated his fourth DTM win. The Dane crossed the finish line just 0.353 seconds ahead of the future 2009 DTM Champion, Timo Scheider, with Oliver Jarvis and Markus Winkelhock completing the Audi triumph by finishing third and fourth respectively. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 15

Motorcycle legends Miguel and Yvon Duhamel are coming to the Canadian Motorsports Expo

Canadian racing greats make first visit to CME

Canadian Motorsports ExpoThere is no question that Canada’s first family of motorcycle racing is the Duhamel clan, and two of its legendary members will make an appearance at the Canadian Motorsports Expo Jan. 22-24, 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 15

Jägermeister drivers industry with sponsorship of the 2010 Monster Energy® AMA Supercross and FIM World Championship

Number One Selling Imported Liqueur in America Serves as First and Only Spirits Sponsor of Supercross

2009-10-03_133Jägermeister, the brand known for consumer level innovative marketing programs and promotions, will once again be recognized as the official and exclusive spirit sponsor world’s premiere stadium off-road motorcycle circuit: the 2010 Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship. Jägermeister is the first distilled spirit to sponsor AMA Supercross. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 15

New points system could be scrapped – report

The report claims the system was adopted illegally by the F1 Commission

F1’s new points system could be scrapped before the first race in 2010 for two reasons, according to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 15

Martin Brundle visits Lotus

Lotus Appoints New Director of Design

Martin Brundle - Lotus EvoraMartin Brundle, one of the most talked about legends in British motorsport recently spent a day at the world-renowned Group Lotus UK headquarters, sampling a piece of Lotus heritage and driving the firm’s latest offering, the all new Lotus Evora. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 15

Ocean Racing Technology teams up with Fabio Leimer and Max Chilton (+photos)

A young driver line-up to shine in the GP2 Main Series

GP2 - Ocean Racing Technology - Fábio Leimer 2Fabio Leimer and Max Chilton will form the driver duo for the Ocean Racing Technology team in the 2010 GP2 Series. In only their second year of participation in the Formula 1 feeder category, the team belonging to Tiago Monteiro and Jose Guedes is aiming to reinforce its competitiveness and speed which was proven in the 2009 Main Series. Fabio Leimer was at the wheel for Ocean Racing Technology for the opening round of the GP2 Asia Series, in Abu Dhabi last month, where he secured the 3rd best time in qualifying. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 15

Finnish broadcaster denies Kovalainen link

“Finnish participation and success is of course important, but it’s not critical” -Tatu Lehmuskallio.

The sports boss for the Finnish F1 broadcaster MTV3 has denied rumours it might not have shown grands prix to Finnish viewers had Heikki Kovalainen not signed a contract to race in 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 15

Renault to announce F1 takeover on Wednesday

On Tuesday the contract will reportedly be signed

Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn has made his choice about the Enstone based team’s new majority shareholder and it will be announced on Wednesday, according to new French reports. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 15

Twin titles pave the way as SSC East/CRG dominates

The 4th Annual PRI/CKI Karting All-Stars Classic at the PRI Show

IndyCar’s Jan Heylen holds-off International Field to take the All-Star Division; Gary Carlton dominates a Stellar Karter Division to win a second PRI Championship. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 15

Valencia mayor admits city to host F1 launch

F1 officials recently confirmed the agreement but not the date and location

The mayoress of Valencia has all but confirmed reports the Spanish port city will host a common car launch for F1 teams at the end of January. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 15

For the everyman

The seed for a commercial-charity racing partnership lay dormant for four years

As the whirlwind of life caught up with Jonathan Byrd II and his close-knit family. The family patriarch suffered a stroke in 2005, and as they tended to his care and the operation of the namesake Jonathan Byrd Cafeteria in the intervening years racing took a back seat. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 15

Petronas to stay with Sauber – report

Baguette linked with Sauber reserve role

In the wake of BMW’s withdrawal, Sauber is reportedly set to retain Petronas as a major sponsor. With the oil company owned by the Malaysian government, it had been rumoured that Petronas might end its long-term alliance with Sauber in order to back the new Malaysian team Lotus. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 15

Lotus race role for Fauzy possible in future – boss

Fairuz Fauzy could be promoted to a race seat at Lotus, team boss Tony Fernandes has admitted.

Kuala Lumpur born Fauzy, 27, was on Monday named the third driver for the new Malaysian-owned team that will feature grand prix winners Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen in the race cars in 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 15

Campos says de la Rosa deal possible

“The negotiations with Pedro were never stopped” -Carabante

The new Spanish team Campos has clarified reports that suggested it is not likely to sign a Spanish driver for the 2010 season. Campos-Meta has already signed Bruno Senna, but reported problems with sponsorship meant that the team’s desired second driver Pedro de la Rosa was now looking elsewhere. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 15

Schu to test Mercedes prior to signing deal – reports

La Gazzetta dello Sport claims a two-year old car could be made available to the 40-year-old

Mercedes could organise a formula one test for Michael Schumacher before he commits to returning to the grid in 2010, according to reports out of Italy and Germany. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 15

Mosley regrets not keeping carmakers in F1

“There was perhaps one major error on my part”

Max Mosley thinks personal meetings with the bosses of the carmakers BMW and Toyota could have kept them in formula one. The former FIA president has written a series of retrospectives in the British newspaper the Daily Telegraph, and in the latest he admits that not sitting down with CEOs Norbert Reithofer (BMW) and Akio Toyoda was a “mistake”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 15

2009 winners collect their silverware

Sebastien Loeb and co-driver Daniel Elena collected top WRC honours

At the FIA gala prize-giving ceremony in Monaco on last Friday evening. The French/Monegasque pairing were presented with their sixth consecutive FIA World Rally Championship trophy to secure their place in the record books as the most successful crew in the history of the series. Read the rest of this entry »

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