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Fernando Alonso’s highly anticipated return to McLaren F1 has begun with a thud.
On the advice of his doctors, the two-time World Driving Champion will sit-out the 2015 season-opening Australian Grand Prix on March 15 after suffering a concussion in a crash while testing at Barcelona, Spain, on Feb. 22.
Alonso’s McLaren/Honda will be handled at Albert [...]

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Junior Still Bigger Than The Big One At Talladega
Jeff Hood | Senior Writer

By Jeff Hood | Senior Writer
TALLADEGA, Ala. – Each time the gates swing open at Talladega Superspeedway in east central Alabama, there’s little doubt who the fans that pack this mammoth track will be rooting for on race days.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been mired in a slump for the past seven years when it comes [...]

Fri, 10/18/13 – 17:28 | 2 Comments
Rebellion Wins Petit Pole
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Rebellion Racing is off to a fast start in its return to the American Le Mans Series. The team has been fast all weekend in practice and on Friday, it took the pole for Saturday’s season-ending Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.
Neel Jani was behind the wheel of the Toyota [...]

Fri, 10/18/13 – 17:01 | Comments Off
IndyCar Releases 2014 Schedule On Eve Of 2013 Finale
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
An unprecedented pair of point-paying events at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Month of May and return of doubleheader weekends in Detroit, Houston and Toronto highlight the IndyCar Series’ 18-race schedule for 2014.
Spread over 15 event weekends, next year’s schedule is down one race from the current campaign and will [...]

Fri, 10/18/13 – 7:34 | Comments Off
Harvick Is Exploding, Not Imploding, In Chase
Mark Armijo | Senior Correspondent

By Mark Armijo | Senior Correspondent
PHOENIX, Ariz. – OK, raise your hand if before the season you penciled Kevin Harvick in the No. 3 position with only five remaining races in the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
Yeah, that’s what we thought.
Who would have dared envision Harvick, who announced at last season’s November race [...]

Fri, 10/18/13 – 7:15 | Comments Off
RPM’s Parrott Suspended
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NASCAR announced Thursday afternoon that Todd Parrott, crew chief for the No. 42 Sprint Cup car of Richard Petty Motorsports, has been indefinitely suspended for violating the sanctioning body’s Substance Abuse Policy.
On Oct. 17, Parrott was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (violation of the NASCAR Substance [...]

Thu, 10/17/13 – 16:01 | Comments Off
Petit Notes: Rebellion Setting The Pace At Road Atlanta
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Rebellion Racing continued to out-muscle Pickett Racing in testing for Saturday’s 16th running of the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on Wednesday.
The Rebellion team, returning to the American Le Mans Series after going on a summer-long hiatus, turned the fastest lap in the final day of testing.
With Nicolas Prost [...]

Thu, 10/17/13 – 8:53 | Comments Off
Sadler Takes Vickers’ Seat At MWR
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Michael Waltrip Racing announced Thursday that Elliott Sadler will drive the No. 55 car in the 2013 season’s final four NASCAR Sprint Cup races.
Sadler replaces Brian Vickers who informed MWR on Oct. 14 that he would be unavailable for the remainder of the season due to anti-coagulation medications he will be taking to treat a [...]

Thu, 10/17/13 – 8:42 | Comments Off
Busch’s Final FRR Days Being Filled With Wonder
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Kurt Busch and his enigmatic personality will be running full-bore – from farcical reincarnation of Ricky Bobby to staunch supporter of America’s wounded troops – during his final five starts with Furniture Row Racing.
It’s been NASCAR’s version of a shotgun marriage, one that has re-invented and re-branded driver and team.
“I [...]

Thu, 10/17/13 – 8:09 | Comments Off
Lucas Luhr Has Big Emotions On Petit Weekend
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Lucas Luhr knows his career numbers. In a still-strong German accent, he recites them effortlessly, methodically when they come up in conversation. And, obviously, he knows that those numbers could be even more impressive after this weekend’s Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.
But during a telephone conversation with this [...]

Wed, 10/16/13 – 11:34 | Comments Off
Truex Victim Of Scandal Fallout
John Sturbin | Senior Writer

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Martin Truex Jr. is not part of the “reorganization” announced by Michael Waltrip Racing for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, as the team continues to deal with the fallout from a cheating scandal preceding the current Chase for the Championship.
MWR announced Monday it will downsize from three to [...]

Tue, 10/15/13 – 20:28 | One Comment