Daily Archive: March 12, 2013

Mar 12

Franchitti fastest in damp Sebring session

Conditions looking better for afternoon’s one-hour test

American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón logo12 Hours of Sebring logoMarino Franchitti set the best time in a soggy one-hour test session for the 61st Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida on Tuesday. The Scottish star set a best lap of 2:15.391 (99.445 mph) in Level 5 Motorsports’ No. 055 Honda Performance Development ARX-03b prototype as only three cars posted times. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

Ray Courtemanche Jr. at Bristol for K&N Pro Series East opener

“We had many reasons to come back for this particular race. Everyone from NASCAR is here” – Ray Courtemanche Jr.

NCATS - Ray Courtemanche Jr. - BristolNASCAR K&N Pro SeriesThe Montreal driver will compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season opener this coming Saturday (March 13) aboard a MacDonald Motorsports-prepared car, with the support of La Cité de Mirabel inc. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

Daly tops day one at Barcelona pre-season test

ART Grand Prix’s Conor Daly sets the pace on day one in Spain

GP3 - Nick Cassidy (Marussia Manor Racing)GP3 - Conor Daly (ART Grand Prix)American Conor Daly recorded the quickest time of the day with a 1:34.578 which was 3.5 seconds faster than the best lap set in the GP3/10 car in 2012 as GP3 Series had another successful day with the second generation car with the full grid of 27 drivers continuing to learn in the new GP3 machine. Marussia Manor Racing’s Nick Cassidy topped the timesheets in the morning. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

Kart-O-Mania invites the public to help support the Sainte-Justine UHC Foundation

Kart-O-Thon March 29th …

Kart o thon Poster FRENCH.inddKart-O-Mania logoKnown by motorsport enthusiasts for its numerous karting races, the Kart-O-Mania complex is organizing a new and exclusive event on March 29th at 6pm to benefit the Sainte-Justine UHC Foundation. Tickets for this Grand Prix karting race will be sold for $60 each with all profits going to the Sainte-Justine UHC Foundation. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

Ricciardo vows to thrash Vergne in 2013

Daniel Ricciardo has vowed to thrash Jean-Eric Vergne in 2013, proving he deserves to graduate to the world championship-winning Red Bull team.

2012-11-04 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Abu Dhabi - Daniel Ricciardo (4)2012-11-04 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Abu Dhabi - Jean-Eric Vergne - Daniel RicciardoOnce good friends, the Toro Rosso pair recently admitted the fire of their rivalry had driven them apart. “No, we don’t see each other away from the track and we are not friends,” Vergne, 22, confirmed last month. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

FIA vice president loses license for drink-driving

Carlos Gracia, a vice-president of F1’s governing FIA, has lost his license for drink-driving.

2011-03-12 - HRT F1 Team - Barcelona - Vitantonio Liuzzi - Carlos Gracia - Jose Ramon CarabanteFlagworld - FIASpain’s El Confidential reports that the Spanish motor racing chief was pulled over in the Aragon region last October. The 72-year-old failed the breath test, the report added. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

McLaren chose money over talent for 2013 – Watson

John Watson has accused his former team McLaren of effectively hiring a pay-driver to replace Lewis Hamilton in 2013.

03 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes2013-03-03 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Barcelona - Sergio Perez 06Ulsterman Watson, a McLaren winner three decades ago, thinks McLaren was tempted by team newcomer Sergio Perez’s connections to the Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim. “Politically they have always tried to employ the best possible drivers who were available.  Not who they could afford but who were available,” he told the Guardian. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

Mother says Raikkonen’s comeback ‘a surprise’

Kimi Raikkonen’s mother says her son is once again enjoying formula one, after his rallying sabattical in 2010 and 2011.

2013-02-23 - Lotus F1 Team - Kimi Raikkonen 22013-02-23 - Lotus F1 Team - Barcelona - Kimi Raikkonen 02The famous Finn burst back into F1 with Lotus last year, earning legions of new fans who enjoy his unique personality, and finishing a surprise third in the world championship. Raikkonen’s mother, Paula, said she was surprised late in 2011 when she read rumours her 33-year-old son was thinking about returning to F1. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

Boullier admits to saving Grosjean from axe

Eric Boullier, Lotus’ team boss, has admitted he intervened personally to rescue protege Romain Grosjean’s F1 career at the end of last year.

2013-03-03 - Lotus F1 Team - Barcelona - Romain Grosjean 032013-02-23 - Lotus F1 Team - Romain Grosjean 2Lotus openly considered ousting the French driver, after he was banned by the FIA in Monza and angrily denounced a ‘first lap nutcase’ by rival Mark Webber. But countryman Boullier thought Grosjean, in spite of his tumultuous 2012, deserved another chance. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

Mercedes lets Hamilton keep helmets, trophies

Lewis Hamilton has revealed that part of his new Mercedes deal is being allowed to keep his helmets and trophies.

2013-02-23 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Barcelona - Lewis Hamilton 022013-02-23 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Barcelona - Lewis Hamilton 06Although some see his move as ‘leaving home’ after years of grooming at McLaren, or simply seeking a better financial deal, the Briton last year insisted McLaren’s refusal to let him keep his helmets and trophies was a deep frustration. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

Hulkenberg tipped to win Melbourne opener

“I think Nico Hulkenberg will win the first race in Melbourne”

2013-02-10 - Sauber F1 Team - Jerez - Nico Hulkenberg 012013-02-23 - Sauber F1 Team - Barcelona - Nico Hulkenberg 04Hans-Joachim Stuck, the motor racing boss for the German federation as well as Volkswagen, has picked a curious favourite for this weekend’s 2013 season opener. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

‘Being a Webber’ not enough – Villeneuve

Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne need to really shine if they are to be promoted by Red Bull.

2013-02-04 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - STR8 - Jean-Eric Vergne - Daniel Ricciardo (4)Jacques Villeneuve - photo Getty ImagesThat is the claim of Jacques Villeneuve, the outspoken 1997 world champion turned television pundit. Youngsters Ricciardo and Vergne have been given a second full season each at Red Bull’s junior team Toro Rosso, but Villeneuve thinks they face a tough task to prove they should be slotted in for 2014 alongside Sebastian Vettel. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

2013 tyres better than last year’s – Alguersuari

Jaime Alguersuari has leapt to Pirelli’s defense, claiming this year’s tyres are actually better than the 2012 range.

2012-05-10 - Pirelli - Jaime Alguersuari 12011-05-07 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Turkey - Jaime Alguersuari 4Throughout the winter, tales of disintegrating tyres have raised alarm up and down the paddock, with some predicting handfuls of pitstops come Melbourne. Speaking on Austrian television Servus TV, Pirelli test driver Alguersuari admitted there is a “big difference” between last year’s tyres and the 2013 range. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

Schumacher back at speed on two wheels

Despite vowing never to race on two wheels again, Michael Schumacher is back on the saddle of a powerful racing motorcycle.

2012-03-24 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Malaysian Grand Prix - Michael Schumacher - Sam Bird2011-05-20 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Spain - Michael Schumacher 11German reports say the newly re-retired seven time world champion tried to keep his test outing this week at the Valencia circuit strictly secret. But DPA news agency, and other news outlets, say Schumacher was definitely at full speed on a 220 horse power Honda, with the Holzhauer team. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

Kobayashi signs sports car deal with Ferrari

Kamui Kobayashi, who has lost his race seat at Sauber, will continue his career in Le Mans-style GT sports car racing in 2013.

2012-11-04 - Sauber F1 Team - Abu Dhabi - Kamui Kobayashi 01AF Corse  2012-04-07Last month, the popular Japanese tested for the closely Ferrari-linked AF Corse sports car team. He has now inked a deal to contest this year’s World Endurance Championship at the wheel of a Ferrari 458. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

Superstars International Series: Cadillac RC Motorsport back to the series with two CTS-V racecars, Benedetti, Del Castello

Rome-based squad to field two highly-revamped American racers while keeping committed to GTSprint

Superstars - benedetti-del-castelloSuperstars logoCadillac RC Motorsport is about to make their comeback to the Superstars International Series by fielding two revamped Cadillac CTS-V racecars in the upcoming 2013 competition. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Food City 500

There have been 104 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway

Bristol Motor Speedway logoFood City 500Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee going into the Food City 500 on March 17.

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Mar 12

Sebring returns to SPEED to open 2013 season

More than 10 hours of coverage of America’s toughest endurance race

SPEED-Sebring-112 Hours of Sebring logoThe American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón returns to SPEED next week for its 2013 season opener. Television’s leading motorsport channel will air 10.5 hours of the 61st Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida on Saturday, March 16. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

Strong 30-car field set to open the USF2000 2013 season at Sebring


USANA’s Rev3 Energy® Becomes Official Energy Drink of USF2000

USF2000 logoJesse Lazare - FloridaThe Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda will return to Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla., this week to open its seven-event, 14-race, 2013 season. Read the rest of this entry »