Archive for July, 2008

2009 Indy Car calendar revealed: Long Beach and Toronto in, Nashville out (Indy Car)

The 2009 Indy Car calendar has been announced and there are three big changes.
The Nashville oval is out and two of the top ex-CART/Champ Car venues join the schedule. Both are street tracks: the first is Long Beach, the iconic CART venue once used for Formula 1, which will hold the second round of the [...]

Scott Dixon takes fifth win of 2008 at Edmonton (Indy Car)

Scott Dixon won once again in the Indy Racing League thanks to rapid pit work by his Ganassi pit crew and a slice of fortunate with the race distance.
Dixon had a quiet race until the late stages when one of his Penske rivals was knocked into a spin and the other fell back in the [...]

Ex-Champ Car drivers shine at Edmonton (Indy Car)

The former Champ Car drivers in the Indy Racing League have enjoyed their best qualifying session of the year at Edmonton. It’s the only time the IRL regulars and the ‘transition teams’ will compete together at an ex-Champ Car venue this year.
Penske duo Ryan Brisco and Helio Castroneves locked out the front row but seven [...]

Ryan Briscoe takes second win of 2008 at Mid-Ohio (Indy Car)

Ryan Briscoe won for Penske at Mid-Ohio in a hectic race that started on a wet track.
Briscoe started second alongside Helio Castroneves but dropped back early on as Justin Wilson and Scott Dixon passed him.
But with a few laps the drivers were switxhing to slick tyres and the two that changed earliest - Vitor Meira [...]

Pantano wins after Grosjean penalised; Chandhok takes sprint win (GP2)

Romain Grosjean drove an excellent race at the Hockenheimring to beat Giorgio Pantano to the chequered flag. Grosjean followed Pantano closesly throughout the race and took advantage of a heavy shower late in the race to overtake the championship leader.
But on the following lap he overtook the lapped Marko Asmer under a yellow flag. The [...]

Luca Filippi and Sakon Yamamoto ride the GP2 merry-go-round

Luca Filippi has lost his ART seat to ex-Formula 1 driver Sakon Yamamoto.
In the latest GP2 driver market move Filippi has switched to Arden taking Yelmer Buurman’s place, leaving the Dutchman without a drive.
Rumours suggest a falling-out between Filippi and ART, allegedly because the team neglected the Italian while favouring Romain Grosjean, who won the [...]

Nigel Mansell considering sports car comeback with sons?

Nigel Mansell is planning another return to motor racing according to Motor Sport magazine.
The magazine claims Mansell, along with sons Greg and Leo, is planning to race a Lola LMP1 sports car.
The Mansells tried out a Lola-AER 06/10 LMP1 at Estoril, former home of the Portuguese Grand Prix during a Dunlop tyre test.

Ralf Schumacher’s DTM switch isn’t going well (DTM)

Six races into his first DTM season and six-times F1 Grand Prix winner Ralf Schumacher is struggling to make an impression:

Round
Qualifying
Race

Hockenheim
15
14

Oschersleben
13
10

Mugello
13
DNF

Lausitzring
13
13

Norisring
11
16

Zandvoort
19
12

He’s only made one appearance in the top ten in qualifying or the race all year.

Why can’t they show F1 races at BTCC rounds? (BTCC)

The British Touring Car Championship has revealed the dates of its 2009 races.
In the press release the series organisers explained the decision for releasing the dates of the race weekends before announcing where the races would actually be held:
Inevitably our dates are largely driven by the desire to avoid as many F1 races and other [...]

A1 Grand Prix tweaks 2008-09 car for sponsors (A1GP)

A1 Grand Prix has revised the look of its new Ferrari-designed 2008 car to increase the amount of space given over to sponsors.
I think they’ve spoiled the lines of the original design a bit. But hey, money talks. A rule was brought into F1 to increase engine cover sizes after the 2002 season if memory [...]