Sunday, May 6, 2012

Spies quickest in damp Estoril practice

Ben Spies was quickest for Yamaha in a damp first practice session for MotoGP's Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril. For the second week in succession, Friday morning practice saw little activity as Jerez's tricky conditions were replicated in Portugal. With the track never fully wet but too tricky for slicks until the closing minutes, for most of the morning the spectators just had a handful of CRT bikes to watch

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/other-news/motorcycles/motogp/spies-quickest-in-damp-estoril-practice

Mika Häkkinen Bruce Halford Jim Hall Duncan Hamilton

The Eyes Have It

Week Five of the iRacing.com saw the Skip Barber Racing School Premier Series visit historic Watkins Glen, NY for half a dozen races on the 3.4 mile, 11 turn ?Boot? version of the circuit.� Despite seeing his undefeated streak broken at Road Atlanta two weeks ago, Christian Aranha arrived at The Glen in complete control of the overall standings�� . . . and eyeing the grand prize of the series: �a 3 day racing school courtesy of Skip Barber. On the other hand, 92 sim racers had their eyes set on Aranha in Week Five.� Suffice to say, with his performance at Watkins Glen he was able to re-claim his nickname, the ?Flawless Floridian?. The morning race (10:00 GMT) was an eye opener for the field, as Aranha marked his [...]

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/iracing-news/the-eyes-have-it

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Report: NYC comptroller threatens Nissan taxi deal over wheelchair accessibility

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John Liu

John Liu, New York City comptroller, has said he won't register the contract for a fleet of new Nissan taxis until every last one is made wheelchair accessible. There are currently just 231 cabs with wheelchair ramps in the city, though that number will jump by another 2,000 units next year. Even so, Liu said the current cab system is "separate and unequal." The city comptroller signs off on every contract the city makes, but Liu doesn't technically have the authority to block the contract unless there's evidence of corruption. While speaking at his press conference, Liu admitted as much during questioning from reporters.

According to The New York Post, Liu may be attempting to draw attention away from a federal probe into his campaign finances as he vies to be a mayoral candidate in the next election. While he says he takes the federal investigation seriously, he also plans to continue with the work of his office and his blossoming campaign for mayor.

NYC comptroller threatens Nissan taxi deal over wheelchair accessibility originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 04 May 2012 14:17:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Mike Conway signs with AJ Foyt Racing for the 2012 Indy Car season

AJ Foyt Racing Mike Conway London, UK - Tuesday 20th December 2011 Long Beach Grand Prix winner Mike Conway has signed with AJ Foyt Racing to drive the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda in the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series....

Source: http://www.motorsportsjournal.com/archives/2011/12/mike_conway_signs_with_aj.php

Phil Hill Peter Hirt David Hobbs Gary Hocking Ingo Hoffmann

TV Schedule: May 4-6

Source: http://www.skirtsandscuffs.com/2012/05/tv-schedule-may-4-6.html

Out! Pet Care Toyota Jason Leffler Great Clips Toyota Paul Menard

In Honor of Jane Jacobs, Take a Walk This Weekend

Jane Jacobs holding up petitions from the Committee to Save the West Village. Honor her life this weekend by attending one of over 70 NYC-area Jane's Walks. Image: Wikimedia
This weekend marks the sixth annual set of Jane’s Walks, walking tours about urban history and planning held in honor of the patron saint of 20th century [...]

Source: http://www.streetsblog.org/2012/05/04/in-honor-of-jane-jacobs-take-a-walk-this-weekend/

Danny Kladis Hans Klenk Peter de Klerk Christian Klien Karl Kling

Force India ordered to pay court costs

Force India has been ordered to pay �650,000 costs in relation to its legal action against Caterham, Mike Gascoyne and Aerolab over potential copyright infringement. Back in March, the High Court awarded Force India �21,000 in damages after ruling that parts of its 2010 car had been used in the design process of that year's Lotus contender.

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/formula-one-news/f1-formula-one-news/force-india-ordered-to-pay-court-costs

Peter Hirt David Hobbs Gary Hocking Ingo Hoffmann

Automated-Vehicle Cheat Codes: How to Get the Most Out of Cars that Drive Themselves

Self-driving cars have arrived: Google has a fleet of autonomous Toyota Priuses roaming Silicon Valley, Audi raced a driverless TTS up Pikes Peak, and Ford has proven that a modern Walkman can parallel-park better than you. Here?s a handful of ?hacks, tips, and cheats that?ll help humans get back some of their dignity once the [...]

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Brian Gubby André Guelfi Miguel Ángel Guerra Roberto Guerrero Maurício Gugelmin

LE MANS: McNish On Spa WEC Pole

Historic pole for Audi R18 e-tron quattro; ADR-Delta (LMP2), Luxury Racing (GTE-Pro) and IMSA Performance Matmut (GTE-Am) class pole sitters...

Source: http://auto-racing.speedtv.com/article/le-mans-mcnish-on-spa-wec-pole/

Oscar González Aldo Gordini Horace Gould Jean Marc Gounon

Clint Bowyer Hopes To Carry Dega Success To MWR

Clint Bowyer has several reasons to be excited about racing at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend. Bowyer finished second in last year?s Aaron?s 499 and won the track?s fall race in 2011. He?s also fighting to a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup? having just missed qualifying for NASCAR?s post season a year [...]

Source: http://thefinallap.com/2012/05/04/clint-bowyer-hopes-to-carry-talladega-success-to-mwr-michael-waltrip-racing/

Brian Henton Johnny Herbert Al Herman Hans Herrmann François Hesnault

MOTOGP: Stoner Leads Spies On Friday

Defending champ Casey Stoner posted the fastest lap of the day while American Ben Spies had a promising Friday, topping FP1 and finishing second in FP2.

Source: http://moto-racing.speedtv.com/article/motogp-stoner-leads-spies-on-friday/

Duncan Hamilton Lewis Hamilton David Hampshire Sam Hanks

Friday, May 4, 2012

2012 NNS Aaron?s 312 Final Practice Session Speeds

Kurt Busch (L), driver of the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota, poses with his brother and team owner Kyle Busch (R) after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway on Friday in Richmond, Va. - Photo Credit: Drew Hallowell/Getty Images for NASCARKurt and Kyle Busch, with the identical...more»

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James Christopher McMurray Casey James Mears Juan Pablo Montoya Joseph Francis Nemechek III Ryan Joseph Newman

In The Hunt with RCR: Richmond

Source: http://www.skirtsandscuffs.com/2012/04/in-hunt-with-rcr-richmond.html

Dick Gibson Gimax Richie Ginther Yves Giraud Cabantous

2012 NNS Aaron?s 312 Final Practice Session Speeds

Kurt Busch (L), driver of the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota, poses with his brother and team owner Kyle Busch (R) after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway on Friday in Richmond, Va. - Photo Credit: Drew Hallowell/Getty Images for NASCARKurt and Kyle Busch, with the identical...more»

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Peter Hirt David Hobbs Gary Hocking Ingo Hoffmann Jimmy Jackson

Yamaha and PETRONAS Conclude MotoGP Partnership

Yamaha Racing Sunday, 01 Jan 2012 As 2011 draws to a close it marks the end of a successful partnership between Yamaha's Factory MotoGP Team and PETRONAS....

Source: http://www.motorsportsjournal.com/archives/2012/01/yamaha_and_petronas_concl.php

Parker Kligerman Trevor Bayne Out! Pet Care Toyota Jason Leffler

Eyes on the Street: Summer Streets, May Day Edition

A stretch of 23rd Street closed to traffic yesterday as a result of the Occupy Wall Street May Day protests. Image: Philip Winn
New Yorkers got an unusual taste of what car-free streets feel like yesterday, thanks to the combination of Occupy Wall Street’s May Day march and the New York Police Department.
To mark the labor [...]

Source: http://www.streetsblog.org/2012/05/02/eyes-on-the-street-summer-streets-may-day-edition/

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Denny Hamlin wins pole at Auto Club Speedway

Denny Hamlin went low when most drivers went high at Auto Club Speedway, and he ended up in pole position for Sundays race.

Source: http://www.nascarracinglive.com/nascar/denny-hamlin-wins-pole-at-auto-club-speedway.html

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Colin Monahan Named Marketing Coordinator at Infineon Raceway

Infineon Raceway SONOMA, Calif. (Jan. 4, 2012) Colin Monahan has been named Marketing Coordinator at Infineon Raceway, raceway officials announced....

Source: http://www.motorsportsjournal.com/archives/2012/01/colin_monahan_named_marke.php

Richmond Menards Ford Kyle Busch Toyota Kimmy Z Line Designs Toyota Carl Edwards Copart Ford

Thursday, May 3, 2012

2011 Southern 500 Victory Still Holds Special Place for Regan Smith

Regan Smith climbs out of the No.78 Furniture Row Chevrolet after winning the Showtime Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway - Photo Credit:Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCARDefending champion looks forward to returning to Darlington Raceway on May 12 for the Bojangles? Southern 500� DARLINGTON, S.C. (May 3, 2012) ? Regan Smith, driver of the No. 78...more»

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Rupert Keegan Eddie Keizan Al Keller Joe Kelly

Brian Scott, No. 11 Dollar General Toyota Camry Talladega Superspeedway Preview

No. 11 Dollar General Toyota Camry (Brian Scott) - Photo Credit: Matthew Stockman / Getty Images for NASCARBrian Scott / No. 11 Dollar General Toyota Preview Aaron?s 312 at Talladega Superspeedway No. 11 Dollar General Toyota News and Notes: � DOLLAR GENERAL TEAM HEADS TO DEGA: Brian Scott and the No. 11 Dollar General team...more»

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Scott Russell Riggs Hiroshi Fushida Beppe Gabbiani Bertrand Gachot Patrick Gaillard

Espargaro wins truncated Moto2 race

Pol Espargaro beat Marc Marquez and claimed his maiden Moto2 victory in a rain-shortened thriller at Jerez. The race was stopped with eight laps to go as rain arrived

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/real-world-racing/3rdparty/espargaro-wins-truncated-moto2-race

Eric McClure Kroger Ford Kenny Wallace Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet

Report: Cars of the Rich and the Famous



If you were one of the world's richest human beings, what kind of car would you own? The richest man in the world, Carlos Slim Helu (worth about $69 billion), drives himself to work in a Bentley Continental Flying Spur. MSRP: $300K.

On the other hand, if you were Ingvar Kamprad, founder of Ikea, you'd drive something more humble like a 1993 Volvo 240. We wonder if he had to put it together himself.

Then there's Bill Gates. Another of the world's wealthiest people, Mr. Gates showed a video at the 2008 CES keynote of him driving away from his last day at work at Microsoft in a Ford Focus. While that may or may not be his daily driver, one of his cars has been well documented.

In 1999, President Clinton signed into law the "Show and Display" rule that exempted certain collectible cars from government emission and crash worthiness rules. Bill Gates and several other very rich motor nuts were instrumental in getting the law passed. The exemption allowed Gates to break his Porsche 959 free from the customs impound lot after more than a decade.

Check out the other 11 gajillionaires and their rides here.

Cars of the Rich and the Famous originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 03 May 2012 10:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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NASCAR Fan Picks: Top Five Drivers in the Auto Club 400 at Fontana, California (Yahoo! Contributor Network)

NASCAR heads to Fontana, California this weekend with Sprint Cup drivers racing in the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, March 25 at 2:30 p.m. EST. Who will capture the checkered flag? Here is a look at the five drivers who have the best chance at a victory.

Source: http://www.nascarracinglive.com/nascar/nascar-fan-picks-top-five-drivers-in-the-auto-club-400-at-fontana-california-yahoo-contributor-network.html

Cuth Harrison Brian Hart Gene Hartley Masahiro Hasemi

Bristol Motor Speedway Officials Turn Focus to Next Fan Initiative

Bristol Motor Speedway LogoProviding More Camping Options for Fans� BRISTOL, Tenn. (Wednesday, May 02, 2012) ?�A week after responding to fan requests by making major changes to the track surface, Bristol Motor Speedway General Manager Jerry Caldwell today announced the next BMS fan initiative. Attacking the continuing economic challenges facing guests, Caldwell revealed a bold...more»

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Cecil Green Keith Greene Masten Gregory Cliff Griffith Georges Grignard

Rossi pin-points corner entry issues

Valentino Rossi says corner entry speed is the fundamental reason for his continued struggles on the Ducati GP12. Rossi cast a downbeat figure after the season opener in Qatar, conceding that he could not get to grips with his 2012 bike after finishing a lowly 10th. His woes continued in a dry qualifying at Jerez, the Italian qualifying 13th - behind both satellite Ducatis and more than two seconds down on team-mate Nicky Hayden, who was third.

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/other-news/motorcycles/motogp/rossi-pin-points-corner-entry-issues

Denny Hamlin Z Line Toyota Clint Bowyer Zaxby s Chevrolet

Sam Hornish Jr., No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Challenger R/T Talladega Superspeedway Preview

No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Challenger R/TSam Hornish Jr. No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Challenger Aaron?s 312 Talladega Superspeedway ? Talladega, AL May 5, 2012 TV- ABC @ 3:00 p.m. ET; Radio ? MRN/Sirius 90 No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Team News and Notes Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the Penske Racing...more»

Source: http://www.catchfence.com/2012/nationwide/05/01/sam-hornish-jr-no-12-alliance-truck-parts-dodge-challenger-rt-talladega-superspeedway-preview/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sam-hornish-jr-no-12-alliance-truck-parts-dodge-challenger-rt-talladega-superspeedway-preview

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

RPM's hiring of Ford marks start of silly season

Source: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/04/30/2034495/rpms-hiring-of-ford-marks-start.html

Mack Hellings Brian Henton Johnny Herbert Al Herman

Mercedes Opens First AMG-Only Dealership in Beijing

China is not the perfect place for fast motoring: Traffic is congested, speed cameras abound, and when you leave the urban centers, people don’t expect you to barrel along country roads at triple-digit speeds. Nevertheless, China is the perfect place for selling powerful cars: The country’s entrepreneurs take great pride in their success and enjoy [...]

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Scott Russell Riggs Hiroshi Fushida Beppe Gabbiani Bertrand Gachot Patrick Gaillard

Audi R8 LMS ultra to fight for World Champion's title in 2012

AUDI Motorsport Ingolstadt, December 20, 2011 - GT1 World Championship to be held with GT3 cars in 2012 - Team WRT from Belgium is set on battling for championship - Two new Audi R8 LMS ultra cars on the grid...

Source: http://www.motorsportsjournal.com/archives/2011/12/audi_r8_lms_ultra_to_figh.php

François Hesnault Hans Heyer Damon Hill Graham Hill

NASCAR drivers divided on proposed Bristol changes

If Bristol Motor Speedway goes back to its rough-and-tumble roots before NASCAR returns in August, the drivers say theyll be ready for it.

Source: http://www.nascarracinglive.com/nascar/nascar-drivers-divided-on-proposed-bristol-changes.html

Cecil Green Keith Greene Masten Gregory Cliff Griffith Georges Grignard

Hunter-Reay leads wet warm-up

Ryan Hunter-Reay topped a wet warm-up session ahead of Sunday's IndyCar race on the Sao Paulo street circuit. A combination of the weather and a proliferation of red flags made it difficult for drivers to do any meaningful running, but Andretti's Hunter-Reay capitalised on the slightly improved conditions toward the end of the session to post a lap of 1m36.3690s

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/real-world-racing/indycar-news/indycar/hunter-reay-leads-wet-warm-up

Out! Pet Care Toyota Jason Leffler Great Clips Toyota Paul Menard

Red Bull to feature fans? faces again

Red Bull Racing is offering Formula 1 fans the chance to get their photographs on its car at this year's British Grand Prix as part of a charity effort. Following the success of a similar initiative in 2007, fans who make a donation to the team's Wings for Life project can upload a picture of themselves, which will be put on to Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber's cars for the Silverstone weekend.

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/formula-one-news/f1-formula-one-news/red-bull-to-feature-fans-faces-again

Phil Hill Peter Hirt David Hobbs Gary Hocking Ingo Hoffmann

KYLE BUSCH HOLDS OFF DALE EARNHARDT JR. TO WIN RICHMOND

RACE RECAP – RICHMOND 10 Carl Edwards led the most laps, jumped a restart 9 Brad Keselowski 8 Mark Martin was the pole sitter 7 Clint Bowyer 6 Jimmie Johnson 5 Kasey Kahne 4 Denny Hamlin 3 Tony Stewart gave it away on pit road, and spun the tires on the restart 2 Dale Earnhardt [...]

Source: http://thefinallap.com/2012/04/28/kyle-busch-holds-off-dale-earnhardt-jr-to-win-richmond-recap/

Joseph Francis Nemechek III Ryan Joseph Newman Kyle Eugene Petty Floyd Anthony Raines

Brian Scott, No. 11 Dollar General Toyota Camry Talladega Superspeedway Preview

No. 11 Dollar General Toyota Camry (Brian Scott) - Photo Credit: Matthew Stockman / Getty Images for NASCARBrian Scott / No. 11 Dollar General Toyota Preview Aaron?s 312 at Talladega Superspeedway No. 11 Dollar General Toyota News and Notes: � DOLLAR GENERAL TEAM HEADS TO DEGA: Brian Scott and the No. 11 Dollar General team...more»

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Olivier Grouillard Brian Gubby André Guelfi Miguel Ángel Guerra Roberto Guerrero

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

2012 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Marks 20th Anniversary Of Historic ?One Hot Night? Race At Charlotte Motor Speedway

The 2012 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, scheduled for May 19, marks the 20th anniversary of the historic 'One Hot Night' race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.Twenty years after Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Chairman Bruton Smith floated the idea of installing a first-of-its-kind lighting system at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the seemingly impossible notion of racing at night has...more»

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Gene Hartley Masahiro Hasemi Naoki Hattori Paul Hawkins

Jaguar/Land Rover Officially Launches Engineered to Order Division [Beijing Auto Show]

The Beijing auto show debut of Land Rover’s Range Rover Evoque Special Edition with Victoria Beckham had us initially scratching our heads. Not necessarily because we were perplexed by Mrs. Beckham’s taste, or even by the fact that it exists, but because the few examples that will come here likely will run around $100K. That’s [...]

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Miguel Ángel Guerra Roberto Guerrero Maurício Gugelmin Dan Gurney Hubert Hahne

Report: Mercedes could reclaim No. 2 luxury spot from Audi by 2015

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A report by the Center of Automotive Research at the university of Duisburg-Essen in Germany has revealed that Mercedes-Benz, currently the number three luxury carmaker, could move up to number two in 2015, Automotive News reported. Mercedes owned the second slot until last year, when Audi overtook it. BMW has held the lead in the luxury market since 2005.

"We aim to be the front-runner wherever we compete on a permanent basis," Zetsche said in a speech earlier this month. "Wherever we are not number one, we will strive to become it," he added.

BMW will sell 1.76 million vehicles in 2015, followed by Mercedes with 1.68 million and Audi with 1.63 million, the CAR report said. One of the reasons Mercedes could see such growth is that it intends to introduce 10 new models by 2015, including a sportier version of the A Class (above).

Audi and BMW have no plans to cede any ground to Mercedes in the World War of Luxury Vehicles as the two German brands continue to vie for number one. Audi has said it plans to sell two million vehicles by 2020, which would surpass BMW and Mini total sales. Additionally, Audi plans to build a plant in Mexico, which could increase it's U.S. lineup from 16 vehicles to 27.

Mercedes could reclaim No. 2 luxury spot from Audi by 2015 originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 01 May 2012 10:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Rewind: Confusion and flags at Richmond

Source: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/04/29/2032369/rewind-confusion-and-flags-at.html

Al Herman Hans Herrmann François Hesnault Hans Heyer Damon Hill

F1 teams gear up for Mugello test

Formula 1 teams are gearing up for their first proper in-season test for four years, which starts at Mugello on Tuesday, with those involved in no doubt that any progress made there will help play a defining role in the outcome of the world championship. The first four races have proved just how competitive the field is this year - with almost nothing separating the leading contenders in the battle for victory. With further complications caused by the sensitive nature of this year's Pirelli tyres, teams have been left with a huge workload to try and get through at Mugello to ensure that they can hit the ground running at the next race in Spain.

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/formula-one-news/f1-formula-one-news/f1-teams-gear-up-for-mugello-test

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In case you missed it: Top Gear takes on TMS

Source: http://www.skirtsandscuffs.com/2012/05/in-case-you-missed-it-top-gear-takes-on.html

Brian Hart Gene Hartley Masahiro Hasemi Naoki Hattori Paul Hawkins

2012 NNS Virginia 529 College Savings 250 Final Practice Session Speeds

2012 NNS Ricky Stenhouse Cockpit - Photo Credit: Justin Edmonds/Getty Images for NASCARIn the only practice session being held for tonight’s NNS Virginia 529 College Savings 250 race at Richmond International Raceway, it was the defending series champion, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., with a lap speed of 122.990�mph, showing the quickest way around the 0.75 mile...more»

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Horace Gould Jean Marc Gounon Emmanuel de Graffenried Lucas di Grassi

Brad Keselowski, No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger R/T Richmond International Raceway Preview

No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger R/TBrad Keselowski No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger Virginia 529 College Savings 250 Richmond International Raceway Friday, April 27, 2012 TV: ESPN2 at 7:00 PM ET Radio: MRN/Sirius 90 No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger News and Notes � This Week?s Challenger? Brad Keselowski and the Penske Racing Discount...more»

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Richie Ginther Yves Giraud Cabantous Ignazio Giunti Timo Glock Helm Glöckler

Monday, April 30, 2012

Ford hired as Almirola's new crew chief

Source: http://www.skirtsandscuffs.com/2012/04/ford-hired-as-almirolas-new-crew-chief.html

Mike Wallace Dollar General Toyota Denny Hamlin Z Line Toyota

Sordo rules out Citroen fight

Ford driver Dani Sordo has admitted he is still struggling for confidence aboard the Fiesta RS WRC and has ceased his pursuit of the Citroens ahead.

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/world-rally-championship-news/wrc/sordo-rules-out-citroen-fight

Joe James John James Jean Pierre Jarier Max Jean Stefan Johansson

NASCAR drivers divided on proposed Bristol changes

If Bristol Motor Speedway goes back to its rough-and-tumble roots before NASCAR returns in August, the drivers say theyll be ready for it.

Source: http://www.nascarracinglive.com/nascar/nascar-drivers-divided-on-proposed-bristol-changes.html

Ukyo Katayama Ken Kavanagh Rupert Keegan Eddie Keizan

Stoner unsure about arm pump

Casey Stoner said that the wet conditions in MotoGP's first and second practice sessions at Jerez prevented him from assessing the arm pump problems he suffered in Qatar. Stoner was leading in Qatar when he developed an arm pump issue that allowed Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo and his Honda team-mate Dani Pedroza through to claim first and second. The Honda rider has been treated since the Losail race using similar methods to those used in 2010 when he had the same issue at Silverstone.

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/other-news/motorcycles/motogp/stoner-unsure-about-arm-pump

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Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series to Serve as 2012 DTM Safety Car

Mercedes-Benz has announced that for the 2012 DTM season, it is retiring the C63 AMG sedan safety car it fielded last year?and replacing it with a C63 AMG Coupe Black Series. We already feel, uh, safer. Despite the apparent irony in pairing AMG?s most hard-core and angry C63 iteration with the title of safety car, [...]

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Mark Anthony Martin Jeremy Allan Mayfield James Christopher McMurray Casey James Mears

Mears and GEICO Team Rebound in Richmond

2012 NSCS Casey Mears - Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCARRichmond, VA (April 28, 2012)�? After a tough race in Kansas, the best medication would be a solid run in Richmond, VA.� Mears and the GEICO team arrived at Richmond International Raceway on Friday poised for redemption and eager for a good result. If...more»

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Christian Goethals Paul Goldsmith José Froilán González Oscar González Aldo Gordini

Caption this winner: Cindi Luckett-Gilbert

Source: http://www.skirtsandscuffs.com/2012/04/caption-this-winner-cindi-luckett.html

Joe James John James Jean Pierre Jarier Max Jean

KYLE BUSCH HOLDS OFF DALE EARNHARDT JR. TO WIN RICHMOND

RACE RECAP – RICHMOND 10 Carl Edwards led the most laps, jumped a restart 9 Brad Keselowski 8 Mark Martin was the pole sitter 7 Clint Bowyer 6 Jimmie Johnson 5 Kasey Kahne 4 Denny Hamlin 3 Tony Stewart gave it away on pit road, and spun the tires on the restart 2 Dale Earnhardt [...]

Source: http://thefinallap.com/2012/04/28/kyle-busch-holds-off-dale-earnhardt-jr-to-win-richmond-recap/

Steve Wallace 5 hour Energy Toyota Tony Raines Long John Silver s Chevrolet Tayler Malsam

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Chevrolet accepts IndyCar?s ruling

Chevrolet says that it accepts an IndyCar panel's decision to uphold the ruling to allow Honda to make a parity-based upgrade to its turbo units ahead of this weekend's race in Sao Paulo, although it admits that it is disappointed with the decision.

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/real-world-racing/indycar-news/indycar/chevrolet-accepts-indycars-ruling

Ruby Tuesday Dodge Carl Edwards Copart Ford Denny Hamlin

Menu leads Slovakia practice two

Chevrolet's Alain Menu topped the timesheets in World Touring Car free practice two at the Slovakia Ring. The Swiss racer, who is chasing a 24-point deficit to team-mate Yvan Muller in the drivers' standings, recorded a fastest time of 2m13.837s. Reigning world champion Muller finished 0.477 seconds behind Menu in second position

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/other-news/touring-cars/wtcc/menu-leads-slovakia-practice-two

Willi Heeks Nick Heidfeld Theo Helfrich Mack Hellings Brian Henton

Ford admits top five too far for Solberg

Ford team principal Malcolm Wilson has admitted Petter Solberg's target of fifth place on Rally Argentina could now be out of range. Solberg retired from the lead on the opening leg of the event on Friday and started Saturday's stages under Rally 2 regulations in 11th place - chasing fifth and 10 points. The five-minute gap between his Fiesta RS WRC and the similar car of Martin Prokop in fifth is now looking like a tall order going into the final day of the event.

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/world-rally-championship-news/wrc/ford-admits-top-five-too-far-for-solberg

Joe James John James Jean Pierre Jarier Max Jean

Post-race penalties give Dillmann pole

Tom Dillmann has been elevated to pole position for the GP2 sprint race in Bahrain on Saturday after several drivers were given penalties for the feature event - including seventh-placed finisher Felipe Nasr.

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/other-news/formula-cars/gp2/post-race-penalties-give-dillmann-pole

Mike Hailwood Mika Häkkinen Bruce Halford Jim Hall Duncan Hamilton

2013 Dodge Dart First Drive: Fiat and Chrysler?s First Kid is a Good One

Chrysler must have a death wish, an inferiority complex, or a burning desire to stay third among the domestic Big Three. Thirty-odd years ago, Lee Iacocca begged Congress for loan guarantees to keep the Chrysler ship afloat. This company had another encounter with the Grim Reaper in the Nineties followed by a full Chapter 11 [...]

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/caranddriver/blog/~3/P7cQbFaIOwc/2013-dodge-dart-first-drive-review

Paul Menard Richmond Menards Ford Kyle Busch Toyota Kimmy Z Line Designs Toyota

2012 NSCS Capital City 400 Race Results

Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M's Ms. Brown Toyota, celebrates with the checkered flag after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Capital City 400 at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday. - Photo Credit: Drew Hallowell/Getty Images for NASCARFor the fourth consecutive year, Kyle Busch wins the spring NSCS event at Richmond International Raceway,...more»

Source: http://www.catchfence.com/2012/sprintcup/04/28/2012-nscs-capital-city-400-race-results/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=2012-nscs-capital-city-400-race-results

Jason Keller TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet Coleman Pressley R3 Motorsports Chevrolet Mike Wallace

Kurt Busch wins at Nationwide race at Richmond

Source: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/04/27/2029952/kurt-busch-wins-at-nationwide.html

Joe Nemechek Gator com Chevrolet Hyatt Place Richmond Airport Toyota Ricky Stenhouse Jr

Roush Fenway Racing No.6 Team Fueled by Cargill Beef

Roush Fenway Racing "25 Years of Winning" LogoWICHITA, Kan. ? Cargill Beef today announced a new paint scheme for the Roush Fenway Racing No. 6 Ford Mustang driven by defending NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Additionally, Cargill Beef has expanded its schedule of sponsored races entering grilling season, increasing the total number of...more»

Source: http://www.catchfence.com/2012/nationwide/04/27/roush-fenway-racing-no-6-team-fueled-by-cargill-beef/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=roush-fenway-racing-no-6-team-fueled-by-cargill-beef

Bruce Halford Jim Hall Duncan Hamilton Lewis Hamilton David Hampshire

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Denny Hamlin wins pole at Auto Club Speedway

Denny Hamlin went low when most drivers went high at Auto Club Speedway, and he ended up in pole position for Sundays race.

Source: http://www.nascarracinglive.com/nascar/denny-hamlin-wins-pole-at-auto-club-speedway.html

Theo Helfrich Mack Hellings Brian Henton Johnny Herbert

Mercedes-Benz Shows Off Viano Vision Diamond Van Concept [Beijing Auto Show]

Introducing the Mercedes-Benz Viano Vision Diamond concept, the fanciest van you?re likely to see this year, which debuted at the Beijing auto show. The luxurious van follows the yacht-themed Viano Vision Pearl concept that debuted in Frankfurt last year. Instead of the Pearl?s maritime ambience, the Vision Diamond gets a subtle nod to the number [...]

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Red Line Oil Dodge Steve Wallace 5 hour Energy Toyota Tony Raines Long John Silver s Chevrolet

Rally leaders face tyre shortage

The drivers fighting for victory on Rally Argentina will have to switch to unsuitable hard compound tyres for Saturday afternoon after exhausting the limited supply of soft Michelins in the morning. Following shocking scenes on this event last season, when tyres were shredded by asphalt sections of the stages, the FIA permitted the use of 10 emergency tyres which would be used in more extreme weather conditions.

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/world-rally-championship-news/wrc/rally-leaders-face-tyre-shortage

Ryan Truex NAPA Toyota Joe Nemechek Gator com Chevrolet

Drivers praise newly repaved Pocono Raceway

Source: http://www.skirtsandscuffs.com/2012/04/drivers-praise-newly-repaved-pocono.html

Eddie Johnson Leslie Johnson Bruce Johnstone Alan Jones Tom Jones

Beijing: Renault says very little about its new Talisman sedan

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Renault Talisman

The breadth and scope of the Chinese car market has ballooned to such an extent that it makes sense for many foreign automakers to design cars specifically for China. Case in point: the new Renault Talisman.

Instead of building the Talisman in China through a joint venture, manufacturing is handled in nearby Korea by Renault Samsung Motors - the same division that has already brought Renault eight awards and sales increasing fourfold since 2009 due to the success of the Koleos crossover.

As for the Talisman itself, Renault has releases suspiciously little information, and even less photos. It's billed as a "casual luxury" sedan, whatever that means, but more than that we couldn't tell you. Which is just fine, because unless you live in China, you'll probably never see one. Feel free to peruse the press release below.

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Source: http://www.autoblog.com/2012/04/27/renault-says-very-little-about-its-new-talisman-sedan/

Tayler Malsam Iron Horse Jeans Toyota Mike Bliss Key Motorsports Chevrolet

Hirvonen to go ?flat out? from start

Citroen driver Mikko Hirvonen has admitted he will go flat out from the start of this week's Rally Argentina - despite many feeling a measured approach will pay dividends on the longest World Rally Championship stage event since 1996. Speaking to Autosport immediately after running through the 312-mile route twice on this week's three-day recce, the Finn said he wasn't worried about the length of the event or the challenge it posed

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/world-rally-championship-news/wrc/hirvonen-to-go-flat-out-from-start

JR Motorsports Chevrolet Terrence Lee Labonte Randy Joseph Lajoie Kevin Paul Lepage William Ashton Lewis Jr

Quick Hits From the 2012 RPA Regional Assembly

The tri-state area’s transportation and infrastructure leaders are gathered at the Waldorf Astoria today for the Regional Plan Association’s annual gala. For a few years now, the proceedings at the Regional Assembly have been haunted by the death of congestion pricing and bridge tolls in Albany, and lately the complete gridlock in Washington over a [...]

Source: http://www.streetsblog.org/2012/04/27/quick-hits-from-the-2012-rpa-regional-assembly/

Red Line Oil Dodge Steve Wallace 5 hour Energy Toyota Tony Raines

Hamstead Takes Maiden V8 Title

The final round of the� iRacing.com V8 Supercars Series presented by BigPond headed to the United Kingdom to race around the world famous Oulton Park circuit.� For the teams and drivers it was the first time they had driven on Oulton’s 4.2km International Circuit.� Heading into the final week Richard Hamstead had only a two point lead in the championship and as it came to race day he found himself sitting on the grid in second place just behind Rens Broekman and one place in front of the man he had to beat for the title: Mitchell McLeod. McLeod got the better of Richard Hamstead in Race One when going through Turn Four, Hamstead blew his motor which gave McLeod a big chance to win the title taking a 14 [...]

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/iracing-news/hamstead-takes-maiden-v8-title

Graham Hill Phil Hill Peter Hirt David Hobbs Gary Hocking

Friday, April 27, 2012

The Weekly Carnage

The Weekly Carnage is a Friday round-up of motor vehicle violence across the five boroughs and beyond. For more on the origins and purpose of this column, please read About the Weekly Carnage.
An elderly woman was fatally struck by an ambulette van driver as she crossed Avenue S in Brooklyn. No charges have been filed. [...]

Source: http://www.streetsblog.org/2012/04/27/the-weekly-carnage-171/

Theo Helfrich Mack Hellings Brian Henton Johnny Herbert

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and JR Motorsports To Partner With Clean Coal Campaign

“Multi-faceted package includes team sponsorship & Dale Jr. ad rights” JR MotorsportsMOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 25, 2012) ? Dale Earnhardt Jr. has signed an agreement to represent and drive awareness to the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) as part of its nationwide campaign to promote the importance of clean coal technology. The agreement is...more»

Source: http://www.catchfence.com/2012/nationwide/04/25/dale-earnhardt-jr-and-jr-motorsports-to-partner-with-clean-coal-campaign/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dale-earnhardt-jr-and-jr-motorsports-to-partner-with-clean-coal-campaign

Narain Karthikeyan Ukyo Katayama Ken Kavanagh Rupert Keegan Eddie Keizan

Today?s Headlines

Precinct Commander: Tamon Robinson Killed Himself by Striking NYPD Cruiser (NYT)
Cuomo’s Tappan Zee Passed Over for Federal Loan (U.S. DOT via Transpo Nation)
Traffic Crashes Boost U.S. to Top of Mortality List for Ages 10 to 24 (News)
City and MTA in Talks to Bring MetroCards to East River Ferry (DNA)
Lisberg on X Line: We Can’t Afford [...]

Source: http://www.streetsblog.org/2012/04/26/todays-headlines-1376/

Hans Herrmann François Hesnault Hans Heyer Damon Hill

Lotus: Raikkonen pace was expected

Kimi Raikkonen's performance in the Bahrain Grand Prix is exactly what Lotus was expecting of the Finn this year, according to team owner Gerard Lopez. Although some questioned the wisdom of the Enstone-based team luring Raikkonen back to F1 after two years away from the sport, Lopez insists that he never had doubts the former world champion would deliver. "I remember not being happy about the interview where people kept on coming back to saying it's a gamble," Lopez told AUTOSPORT.

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/formula-one-news/f1-formula-one-news/lotus-raikkonen-pace-was-expected

Jim Hall Duncan Hamilton Lewis Hamilton David Hampshire Sam Hanks

Rosberg escapes penalty in Bahrain

Nico Rosberg has escaped any sanction for the on-track moments during the Bahrain Grand Prix when he appeared to push Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso off the track. The stewards of the meeting met with the drivers and their team representatives after the race to look into the details of the clash that took place as Hamilton exited the pits on lap 11 and tried to retake a position

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/formula-one-news/f1-formula-one-news/rosberg-escapes-penalty-in-bahrain

Stefan Johansson Eddie Johnson Leslie Johnson Bruce Johnstone

Photos: Saturday at Kansas Speedway

PHOTO CREDIT: NASCARMEDIA (USED WITH PERMISSION)

Source: http://thefinallap.com/2012/04/21/photos-saturday-at-kansas-speedway/

Z Line Toyota Clint Bowyer Zaxby s Chevrolet Paul Menard Richmond Menards Ford

Honda wins IndyCar turbo battle

IndyCar has rejected Chevrolet's protest against Honda's turbocharger upgrade.

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/real-world-racing/indycar-news/indycar/honda-wins-indycar-turbo-battle

Juan Jover Oswald Karch Narain Karthikeyan Ukyo Katayama

Roewe 950: China Builds a Better (Looking) Buick [Beijing Auto Show]

Among the 2012 Beijing auto show?s debutantes is a large new sedan called the 950, offered up by China?s homegrown Roewe brand. It has lovely proportions, a big back seat, a strong front end with bold headlamps that sort of look like?hey, wait a minute?that?s a Buick LaCrosse! After a little digging in the concrete [...]

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Oswald Karch Narain Karthikeyan Ukyo Katayama Ken Kavanagh Rupert Keegan