Daily Archive: March 12, 2012

Mar 12

Bike Week 2012 in full swing after three days of rain

Heavy rains turned everything into mud this past Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the first week-end of Bike Week 2012.

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2011-05-25_0006Happily, things are back to normal this day, Monday, with great weather predicted for the rest of the week. We filmed this video on Main Street in Daytona Beach, with bumper-to-bumper people on the sidewalks, and all the shops, food, accessories, and music almost as noisy as the bikes passing by… One can find at least 10 more similar sites in and around Daytona, where the 200,000 expected visitors spread out to try to take in all the action.

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Mar 12

McNish, Audi start strong in Sebring testing

 Level 5 out front in P2, Ferraris strong in GT

Audi 2012-03-12ALMSAudi Sport Team Joest’s Allan McNish set the best time of Monday’s opening test for the 60th Anniversary Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. The three-time winner of America’s greatest sports car race set a time of 1:47.187 (125.612 mph) in the Audi R18 he will share with Dindo Capello and Tom Kristensen. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

Antonio Spavone lines-up with Trident Racing in GP3 Series

Trident Racing is proud to announce the deal signed with Antonio Spavone, one of the best young talents of Italy.

GP3 - Trident Racing - Antonio Spavone portraitGP3 - Trident Racing - Antonio Spavone carAntonio will enter the 2012 GP3 Series alongside the already-confirmed Vicky Piria. The Napoli-based racer, who’s only 17, made his way in open-wheel competition in the 2010 Italian Formula Abarth Championship.

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Mar 12

Marussia F1 Team teams up with JCC

Light fantastic

Marussia F1 Team logo_001.jpg2012-03-08 - Marussia F1 Team - Maria De VillotaThe Marussia F1 Team is pleased to announce that it has joined forces with JCC, the advanced lighting technology company. JCC has been at the forefront of lighting technology since the 1980s and is developing the next generation of LED lights that are highly energy efficient and have minimum carbon footprint.  LED lighting is revolutionising the office and home environment. JCC are market leaders in Fireguard domestic lighting and specialists in office and commercial lighting. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

Mitch Evans fastest in opening day of Barcelona test

New Zealander quickest on day one of pre-season testing in Spain 

GP3 - MW Arden - Mitch EvansGP3 - Lotus GP - Daniel AbtGP3 Series testing resumed in Barcelona at the Circuit de Catalunya for the second official pre-season test of 2012. There were six new faces on show: Carmen Jorda (Ocean Racing Technology), Kotaro Sakurai (Status Grand Prix), Tom Blomqvist (Status Grand Prix), Kevin Ceccon (Trident Racing) and John Wartique (Atech CRS GP). Carlos Sainz Junior stepped in at Lotus GP for Aaro Vainio who will return to action on day two of the test.  Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

Ike Janacek appointed Edmonton Indy General Manager

New GM brings to Octane Motorsports Events outstanding experience in customer services

Edmonton Indy 2012 - François Dumontier - Ike JanacekEdmonton Indy logoFrançois Dumontier, President and CEO of Octane Motorsports Events, promoter of the Edmonton Indy, is proud to announce that Edmontonian Ike Janacek, until recently General Manager of downtown’s Sutton Place Hotel and Co-Chair of DMF Downtown Cluster, has been named General Manager of the Edmonton Indy. The 11th round of the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series is scheduled for July 20-22 at Edmonton’s City Centre airport racecourse. Janacek’ appointment comes into effect today. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

Too soon for Mercedes title challenge – Haug

Norbert Haug on Monday played down reports Mercedes could be set to be a shock title contender in 2012.

2011-03-26 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Australia - Ross Brawn - Nico Rosberg - Michael Schumacher - Norbert Haug 012012-02-24 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Nico Rosberg 03Some new analysis in the sport’s specialist media claims the W03, to be raced by Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg this season, was actually quicker than all comers in the crucial ‘long runs’ during recent pre-season testing. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

Briatore: “Auto GP can be a winning concept”

Auto GP World Series had a very special guest for the opening round of the 2012 season

Auto GP World SeriesFlavio Briatore - Enzo ColoniFormer F1 top manager Flavio Briatore showed up in the paddock on Sunday to visit his longtime friend Giuseppe Cipriani and Series boss Enzo Coloni, the two being friends since the years of Coloni’s F1 commitment. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

Montezemolo denies heads to roll in Ferrari crisis

Luca di Montezemolo insists heads will not roll, as Ferrari looks set to race into the 2012 season without the chance of a podium.

Luca di Montezemolo 2011-12-182012-02-24 - Scuderia Ferrari - Felipe Massa 12The famous team wrote off last year’s championship early to focus on 2012 with an aggressive project, with new British technical chief Pat Fry in the spotlight. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

Marko not worried about new cheat rumours

“The regulations stipulate the position of the exhaust, within a certain parameter.”

2011-09-09 - Red Bull Racing - Italy - Christian Horner - Sebastian Vettel - Helmut Marko2012-02-23 - Red Bull Racing - Mark Webber 05Dr Helmut Marko has dismissed suggestions Red Bull is entering the 2012 season with a question mark over the legality of its new car. With two days of pre-season testing remaining, the reigning world champions took a heavily revised car to Barcelona recently and guarded the rear exhaust solution intensely, with covers and – oddly – even umbrellas. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

Red Bull not yet a great team – de la Rosa

Red Bull is not yet one of F1′s ‘big two’ teams, according to Pedro de la Rosa.

01 - Red Bull Racing2012-02-21 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel 03The HRT driver admits his own Spanish employer is the “worst” in the field at present, but at the other end of the grid, he insists the “best” – Red Bull – is not yet one of the greatest. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

Vettel to push for rare title hat-trick

No personal sponsors for champion Vettel

2012-02-09 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel2012-02-09 - Red Bull Racing - Sebastian Vettel 1If Sebastian Vettel hangs on to the drivers’ world championship trophy at the end of 2012, he will be only the third driver in the sport’s history with a title hat-trick. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

Hamilton vows to focus more on F1 in 2012

“Now I’m looking forwards.  This year is what matters.” -Hamilton

2012-02-24 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Lewis Hamilton 092012-02-24 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Lewis Hamilton 10Lewis Hamilton has promised to stop partying and focus more on performing, the 2008 world champion has told mainstream British newspapers. The McLaren driver had a tumultuous 2011 season on and off the track, but the 27-year-old has vowed to bounce back now. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

Salo plays down Ferrari test in 2011 car

Mika Salo has now played down his two-day test for Ferrari this weekend.

2011-05-07 - HRT F1 Team - Turkey - Mika Salo - Vitantonio Liuzzi 012012-02-24 - Scuderia Ferrari - Felipe Massa 01It emerged last week that the 45-year-old Finn, who in 1999 replaced Ferrari’s injured Michael Schumacher, would test the famous Maranello team’s single seater at the Suzuka circuit. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

Mercedes ‘even faster than Red Bull’ – reports

Mercedes could be set to surprise the entire F1 world by setting the pace in 2012.

2012-02-24 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Michael Schumacher 032012-02-24 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Nico Rosberg 02That is the claim of the German magazine Auto Motor und Sport, having found that the W03 had the strongest ‘long run’ pace during recent pre-season tests. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

Schumacher insists ‘still good enough’ for F1

Michael Schumacher insists he is still good enough to be competing against drivers decades younger than him.

Michael Schumacher 2012-03-022012-02-24 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Michael Schumacher 01The 43-year-old is yet to stand on a single podium since returning from retirement two years ago, intensifying speculation Mercedes might need to move on for 2013. But ahead of the 2012 season opener, the seven time world champion told the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper: “Whether I can still compare myself with my 30-year-old self, I don’t know. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

Raikkonen broke wrist in Christmas crash

Kimi Raikkonen has revealed he actually broke his wrist just before Christmas.

2012-02-07 - Lotus F1 Team - E20 - Jerez - Kimi Raikkonen 052012-02-07 - Lotus F1 Team - E20 - Jerez - Kimi Raikkonen 02The media made much of the returning Lotus driver’s apparently hurt arm, but he insisted at the time it was “the smallest and slowest crash I’ve ever had”. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

Optimistic Grosjean eyes third for Lotus

Fourth in the 2012 championship is a “realistic” target for Lotus.

2012-02-10 - Lotus F1 Team - Romain Grosjean 012012-02-24 - Lotus F1 Team - Romain Grosjean 04That is the claim of reigning GP2 champion Romain Grosjean, amid suggestions his new mount – the black and gold E20 – is among the very best cars on this year’s grid. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

Sauber flattered as Red Bull copies 2012 exhaust

“For our engineers, it was an extra confirmation that they have chosen the right development direction.” – Sauber

2012-02-24 - Sauber F1 Team - Kamui Kobayashi 012012-02-07 - Sauber F1 Team - Sauber C31-Ferrari - Jerez - Peter Sauber 03Peter Sauber has admitted his Swiss team is flattered after Red Bull apparently copied the C31′s exhaust layout ahead of the 2012 season. Red Bull ran at the initial Jerez and Barcelona tests – and then the two opening days of the final Barcelona test – with its own solution in the wake of the FIA’s blown exhaust clampdown. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

HRT was ‘risky team’ for Senna – mother

HRT was a “risky team” for Bruno Senna to drive for in 2010, the Brazilian’s mother Viviane has admitted.

2010-09-26 - HRT F1 Team - Bruno Senna 032010-09-26 - HRT F1 Team - Bruno Senna  00Senna, whose mother is the great Ayrton Senna’s sister, went on to race for Renault (now Lotus) last year and for 2012 has switched to Williams. Read the rest of this entry »

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