Daily Archive: January 11, 2010

Jan 11

Dakar Stage 9: Copiapo to La Serena (+ map and summaries)

354 km, but with a timed section of only 170, are on the menu for the 9th stage

Indeed, alerted by the presence over the last few days of significant amounts of fog during the morning at Copiapo, the organisers have announced that they will be postponing the start times for the 9th special stage (11.00, instead of 7.15) and will shorten the route in order to avoid stragglers arriving too late at the bivouac in La Serena. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 11

McLaren promotes Hamilton’s race engineer

Lewis Hamilton’s race engineer has been promoted.

Phil Prew has worked alongside Hamilton since the British driver made his F1 debut three seasons ago, but he will now be the principal engineer for the entire team, McLaren announced on Monday. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 11

FIA confirms appeal against crashgate ruling

“Nonetheless, an appeal is merited” -FIA

F1’s governing body on Monday said it has decided to file an appeal against the overturning of Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds’ motor racing bans. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 11

Molecule 2009 season review

Molecule Formula Car Challenge had large fields, great venues, and lots of racing action 

Today racers from all over the western seaboard converged on Golden Gate Fields to celebrate the NASA Pro Racing 2009 season. The Molecule Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear year end cash awards and trophies were presented at the banquet. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 11

Europe’s extreme winter could affect F1 testing

Bahrain has already emerged as a possible alternate venue

There is a chance bad weather will affect the forthcoming 15 scheduled days of pre-season formula one testing. Europe is in the grip of an extreme winter, which is affecting even the usually more temperate Spain, where heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures are being recorded. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 11

Schu to test GP2 car at Jerez this week (updated)

Schu agreed F1 return without manager Weber

Michael Schumacher will this week shift his return to formula one into a higher gear. Reports in Blick (Switzerland) and Bild (Germany) reveal that, amid the current F1 testing ban, the 41-year-old will drive a GP2 car at the Jerez circuit in Spain. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 11

McLaren to launch MP4-25 before Valencia debut

“I can’t wait to see the new car and test it.” -Hamilton

McLaren’s 2010 car will reportedly be unveiled the week before it makes its test debut in Valencia at the beginning of February. The British team announced a week ago that the MP4-25 will join the action in the hands of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton at the first group test of the pre-season at the Ricardo Tormo circuit. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 11

Nakajima linked with touted Campos/Stefan solution

Campos has already signed Brazilian rookie Bruno Senna for the 2010 season.

 Although not a feature of the ‘silly season’ until now, Kazuki Nakajima may in 2010 extend his formula one career into a third full season. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 11

De la Rosa/Sauber announcement imminent – reports

Pedro de la Rosa will be confirmed imminently as Kamui Kobayashi’s Sauber teammate for 2010.

The Swiss newspaper Blick, whose F1 correspondent Roger Benoit is close to the Hinwil based team’s founder and boss Peter Sauber, said an announcement could be made this week. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 11

Spokesman confirms Hamilton/Scherzinger split

“They have decided to go their separate ways”

A spokesman representing Lewis Hamilton and Nicole Scherzinger has confirmed the pair’s relationship split. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 11

USF1 not asking to sit out early 2010 races

“I can’t say any more than that we will definitely be on the Bahrain grid.”

Team sources have denied suggestions that USF1 has asked to be excused from the opening races of the 2010 season. According to Italy’s Gazzetta Sportiva, the American team has requested dispensation to sit out the flyaway rounds Bahrain, Australia, Malaysia and China in March and April, and instead make its formula one debut the following month in Barcelona. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 11

Ecclestone hints at F1 future for Saab

“I honestly don’t know what happens next”-Jan Nygren

Should the group involving Bernie Ecclestone succeed in buying Saab, the embattled Swedish carmaker could have a future on the formula one grid. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 11

Barrichello, Burti, complete Disney half-marathon

Barrichello completed the course in 1h55m9s

<i>Walt Disney World</i>® Marathon WeekendIn snow and rain, Rubens Barrichello finished the Disney half-marathon in Florida at the weekend in 1668th position. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 11

Sato in running for Renault seat – report

“We haven’t given u” -Matthew Winter

Takuma Sato has emerged as a leading candidate to be Robert Kubica’s Renault teammate in 2010, according to Auto Hebdo. The French publication said the Japanese veteran, to turn 33 later this month, is effectively vying for the seat with Nick Heidfeld. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 11

The Roar Before The Rolex 24 wraps up

At Daytona International Speedway

The three-day Roar Before The Rolex 24 test session at Daytona International Speedway, the major tune up for GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Sports Car Challenge teams for the Rolex 24 weekend, wrapped up on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 11

Indy Car: The gist

The IZOD IndyCar Series season kicks off March 14

With the inaugural race on the streets of São Paulo, Brazil, and VERSUS will provide extended coverage of the event. The 2010 broadcast schedule, featuring five races with long-term broadcast partner ABC and 12 races on cable television partner VERSUS, was announced in December. Broadcast times were finalized this week. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 11

Star Mazda: Cumming to join GT3 Challenge with World Speed Motorsports

Chris Cumming will make the switch to sports cars in 2010 via the GT3 Challenge

For 2010 World Speed Motorsports has announced it will enter The Patron GT3 Challenge with multiple Star Mazda Championship Expert Series champion Chris Cumming. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 11

Angelelli, Ragginger top final day Of Rolex 24 At Daytona testing Sunday

GRAND-AM competitors wrap up testing in preparation of 48th annual event 

Max Angelelli and Martin Ragginger led their respective classes Sunday at Daytona International Speedway in the final day of the Roar Before The Rolex 24, a three-day GRAND-AM sanctioned practice session leading up to the Jan. 30-31 running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Read the rest of this entry »