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Dumping Start-And-Parkers Presents Problems
Tuesday, 29 Jan, 2013 – 9:13 | 5 Comments
Dumping Start-And-Parkers Presents Problems

By Rick Minter | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Speedway Motorsports chairman Bruton Smith told reporters in attendance at last week’s Media Tour that he wanted NASCAR to do something to end the practice of teams starting and parking in races. He also appealed to NASCAR to reduce the top speeds of race cars, using the argument that racing [...]

Flat Spot On: Daytona Needs Faster Prototypes
Saturday, 26 Jan, 2013 – 9:01 | Comments Off
Flat Spot On: Daytona Needs Faster Prototypes

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – On the eve of this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, count me among those lamenting the passing of the American Le Mans Series at the end of the season and one who appreciates the future of a single unified endurance racing series in America under the Grand-Am. [...]

Force Funny Cars Show Their Winter Capabilities
Sunday, 20 Jan, 2013 – 9:14 | One Comment
Force Funny Cars Show Their Winter Capabilities

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
NHRA Funny Car teammates Robert Hight and Courtney Force proved quickest off the trailer and Doug Kalitta paced the Top Fuel time sheet during the rain-shortened PRO Winter Warm-Up at Palm Beach International Raceway.
Saturday’s scheduled second day of activity in Jupiter, Fla., was cancelled by persistent rain, leaving teams with [...]

Gen 6 Cars: Very Pretty, But Can They Race?
Thursday, 17 Jan, 2013 – 8:51 | One Comment
Gen 6 Cars: Very Pretty, But Can They Race?

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
The theme which emerged from last weekend’s three-day Preseason Thunder test session at Daytona International Speedway was impossible to miss or misinterpret: The Gen 6 cars look great.
And in announcing that view loudly and constantly, NASCAR and its teams and its drivers and its manufacturers also were issuing a subtle [...]

Kanaan Says IndyCar Needs To Face Up
Friday, 11 Jan, 2013 – 9:53 | Comments Off
Kanaan Says IndyCar Needs To Face Up

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Tony Kanaan says it has remained difficult for him to judge the protocol surrounding Randy Bernard’s dismissal as INDYCAR chief executive officer last fall. But Kanaan insists he knows what the open-wheel series lacks heading into testing next month for the 2013 season.
“We need a face,” said Kanaan, the 2004 [...]

Thunder Claps: Danica Plans And Driver Feuds
Thursday, 10 Jan, 2013 – 19:04 | 2 Comments
Thunder Claps: Danica Plans And Driver Feuds

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
RacinToday.com
News, notes and quotes from Day 1 of the three-day Preseason Thunder test session at Daytona International Speedway:
Danica Patrick kicked off her first season as a full-time Sprint Cup driver on Thursday. Between practice runs, she shed a bit of light on her racing life in 2013.
First, she said that [...]

After One, Barrichello Is Done In IndyCar Series
Saturday, 29 Dec, 2012 – 8:53 | Comments Off
After One, Barrichello Is Done In IndyCar Series

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Rubens Barrichello’s tenure as an IZOD IndyCar Series driver will go into the open-wheel record books as one-and-done.
Barrichello, who spent last season with KV Racing Technology, confirmed this week that he will race in his native Brazil’s Stock Car V8 Series in 2013. Barrichello reportedly will drive a Peugeot for [...]

Reflective Franchitti Adds To Etchings Collection
Sunday, 23 Dec, 2012 – 9:23 | Comments Off
Reflective Franchitti Adds To Etchings Collection

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The inspiration for Dario Franchitti’s third Indianapolis 500 victory in May was drawn from a pair of disparate sources – the memory of the late Dan Wheldon and “The Book of Johnny.”
The base of the BorgWarner Trophy – the most coveted award in worldwide motorsports – recently was removed from [...]

NASCAR Shakes Up Its Competition Department
Tuesday, 18 Dec, 2012 – 17:24 | Comments Off
NASCAR Shakes Up Its Competition Department

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NASCAR announced Tuesday several revisions to its Competition personnel structure.
The following changes will take effect in 2013:
– Joe Balash, who has served as the NASCAR Nationwide Series director since 2004, will be assuming a new role as International Competition Liaison. This position will be the NASCAR point of contact for competition-related matters relative to the [...]

Campbell Exchanges Luxury Suite For Fire Suit
Saturday, 15 Dec, 2012 – 9:02 | Comments Off
Campbell Exchanges Luxury Suite For Fire Suit

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – When the stock car portion of Speedweeks gets under way at Daytona International Speedway in February, Martinsville Speedway president Clay Campbell plans on having a front row seat.
The grandson of Martinsville Speedway founder Clay Earles, the 52-year-old Campbell has his sights set on competing in the [...]