Sun, 18/03/18 – 8:31 | No Comment

The co-driving trio of Pipo Derani, Nicolas Lapierre and Johannes van Overbeek piloted the No. 22 Tequila Patrón ESM Nissan DPi to the over all victory in Saturday’s Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring race.

Winning in the GT classes were the Porsche 911 GT driven by Nick Tandy, Patrick Pilet and Frederic Makowiecki in GT Le […]

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Bruton Smith Says Cash Will Solve NASCAR’s Problems
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Charlotte, N.C. – While NASCAR is ready to divulge its reworked points system for the Sprint Cup series, track owner Bruton Smith says money is far more important than points.

Smith, whose SMI owns tracks that will host 12 Sprint Cup races in 2011, said NASCAR needs to increase the winner’s purse to add some needed […]

Wed, 01/26/11 – 17:57 | Comments Off on Bruton Smith Says Cash Will Solve NASCAR’s Problems
De Silvestro’s Career Going Nuclear
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Simona de Silvestro’s future in the IZOD IndyCar Series is set for the next three seasons, theoretically at a pace that promises to be nuclear.
Keith Wiggins’ HVM Racing and Entergy Nuclear have entered into a three-year partnership as primary sponsor for de Silvestro, the 2010 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year.
“It’s a really special feeling, and […]

Wed, 01/26/11 – 9:07 | Comments Off on De Silvestro’s Career Going Nuclear
Woody: Racing Doesn’t Need TV-Dictated Finishes
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Larry Woody | Senior Writer
Fox Sports Chairman David Hall believes if races were shortened it would solve the problem of waning NASCAR fan interest.
I’m not so sure.
If the racing is close and exciting, fans will stick with it no matter how long it takes to complete the race.
If the racing is boring, fans’ attention will […]

Wed, 01/26/11 – 8:05 | One Comment
‘Sudden Sam’ Is Slammed Into Reverse
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By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
Charlotte, N.C. – Sam Hornish Jr. has won an Indianapolis 500 and three IndyCar championships. But the what-have-you-done-lately world of auto racing has placed Hornish in a miserable limbo just weeks from the start of the 2011 season.
After three difficult and frustrating years of trying to master the bigger, heavier […]

Tue, 01/25/11 – 17:46 | Comments Off on ‘Sudden Sam’ Is Slammed Into Reverse
Force Hood To Become Mom; Will Skip 2011
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By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
John Force Racing announced Tuesday that his daughter, Ashley Force Hood, and her husband are expecting a child and she will not drive a Funny Car for the JFR NHRA team this coming season.
Headed back to the cockpit for the team will be Mike Neff, a former driver for JFR […]

Tue, 01/25/11 – 16:46 | Comments Off on Force Hood To Become Mom; Will Skip 2011
Kurt Busch Says He Is Going Straight In 2011
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By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
When Kurt Busch goes “double-dipping”  this season, he won’t be concerned with NASCAR’s new single-series point rules.
Busch is going NHRA drag racing in a “Factory Hot Rod.”
NASCAR’s 2004 Sprint Cup Series champion, Busch announced Monday he plans to make his NHRA Full Throttle Series debut during the 41st annual Tire […]

Tue, 01/25/11 – 8:50 | Comments Off on Kurt Busch Says He Is Going Straight In 2011
Waltrip To Enter 2011 500
Michael Waltrip Racing and NAPA AUTO PARTS announced that two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip will drive the No. 15 NAPA Toyota in his 25th consecutive Daytona 500 on Feb. 20.
“This is a very special day,” said Waltrip who unveiled the No. 15 NAPA paint scheme Tuesday morning during the annual Charlotte Motor Speedway media […]

Tue, 01/25/11 – 8:18 | One Comment
Ganassi Has Tough Act To Follow
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Charlotte, N.C. – As bright and shining as the possibilities are for the 2011 racing season, Chip Ganassi  grows a little wistful when he thinks about 2010.
“I’ve got to be honest with you, I didn’t want the year to end,’’ Ganassi  said Monday during the first event of the 29th annual NASCAR Media Tour hosted […]

Mon, 01/24/11 – 17:32 | Comments Off on Ganassi Has Tough Act To Follow
Ingram: Rolex Rain Did Not Intimidate Earnhardt Sr.
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By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer
From the Monday Morning Crew Chief ™:
There will be a lot written about Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s last Daytona 500 in the coming weeks and not much about his first Daytona 24-hour. Because it was the last time I had a conversation with Earnhardt Sr., the Rolex 24 is the race […]

Mon, 01/24/11 – 9:45 | 2 Comments
Hood: Ten 500s Which Will Never Be Forgotten
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By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
The last time Daytona International Speedway was paved the year was 1978 and NASCAR was considered a regional sport at best. A few months later, the fresh coat of asphalt helped produce a memorable Daytona 500 that thrust NASCAR into the national spotlight.
After a series of potholes developed during last year’s Great American […]

Sun, 01/23/11 – 9:11 | 3 Comments