NASCAR News January 31st 2010

January 30, 2010

  • Atlanta NASCAR Examiner:
    NASCAR top 40 preseason countdown (10th to 1st) by Jeremy Dunn
  • Bump Drafts:
    RPM’s Made Changes, But Will It Change Results? by Jim McCoy
  • CBS Sports:
    Write Turn: Kudos to NASCAR for spoiler, other changes by Pete Pistone
  • Fayetteville Observer:
    Perfect timing for NASCAR’s Ambrose by Thomas Pope
  • Fox Sports:
    Toyota: Recall won’t stop race teams by Lee Spencer
  • Insider Racing News:
    Brett Favre’s Lesson for NASCAR by Brenda Benedict
  • Las Vegas Sun:
    Will Ford’s $2.7 billion profit have an impact on its Sprint Cup program? by Mike Smith
    Penske likes edge Dodge provides; others not sold by Joe Menzer
  • NASCAR Examiner:
    NASCAR baby boom continues: Montoya becoming father for third time by Greg Engle
  • Racing Win:
    Kyle Busch is Getting a Pay Cut by Buck Black Jr
  • Scene Daily:
    Richard Childress Racing’s Clint Bowyer has continuity on his side by Kris Johnson;
    Should RCR’s black #3 return to NASCAR’s Cup series? by Jeff Owens
  • Spotter Stand:
    For Earnhardt Jr., A Strong Showing in 2010 Could Revive His Career by Patrick Baldwin
  • Hey OHIO…Wake Up…Jeff Gordon part of track plan

    January 30, 2010

     Jeff Gordon’s name is being linked to a project to turn an old Ohio baseball stadium into a race track, The Columbus Dispatch reported. Gordon’s stepfather, who’s also the vice president and general manager of Jeff Gordon Inc., says the NASCAR star would help design the half-mile track at Cooper Stadium in Columbus. John Bickford says the project also could include a school for mechanics school and auto technology center similar to one Gordon is involved with in Charlotte, N.C. The developer says Gordon’s company would become a partner in the track, which still requires several approvals.(Charlotte Observer)(1-30-2010)

    Danica Patrick Race News from JR Motorsports

    January 30, 2010

    MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 28, 2010) – Danica Patrick will compete in 12 NASCAR Nationwide Series races with the possibility of 13 in her debut season with JR Motorsports, co-owner and general manager Kelley Earnhardt announced today.
    The only event uncertain on Patrick’s schedule is the Feb. 13 season opener at Daytona International Speedway.  The No. 7 Chevrolet is entered in the event, but its driver will not be determined until after Patrick’s race in the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) event on Feb. 6.  Patrick will compete in the Daytona ARCA race in a JR Motorsports-prepared No. 7 Chevrolet.
    Beyond Daytona, Patrick’s 2010 campaign is confirmed starting with the Feb. 20 race at Auto Club Speedway and the Feb. 27 race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Following Vegas, Patrick will take a four-month hiatus to focus on her IndyCar Series responsibilities before returning to drive the No. 7 Chevy in the Nationwide Series June 26 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Listen Now

    Penske, Dodge Have Uphill FIGHT

    January 30, 2010

    Maybe he was just saying it because he figured he had to, but Roger Penske sure seemed to believe his own hype.

    His Penske Racing operation, which consists in 2010 of three full-time Sprint Cup cars and two full-time Nationwide Series cars, is down to being the sole remaining NASCAR organization aligned with Dodge Motorsports. But just when everyone else was looking at this fact as a potential disaster in the making, Penske made them do a double-take.

    You’ve got to make sure you’re able to provide the equipment that’s necessary for us to try to get to the winner’s circle. … I think our friends at Dodge will work really hard to help make that happen.

    – ROGER PENSKEHe insisted that it is “a competitive advantage” for his organization to be the last remaining survivor of NASCAR’s Dodge racing family. His thinking is that now he has to share Dodge’s dollars and technology with absolutely no one. Listen Now

    IHRA Race News

    January 30, 2010

    Qualifying works if you’re patient, a word not often used for drag racers used to working seconds at a time.

     It certainly wasn’t working for International Hot Rod Association fans, who wanted a more immediate outcome for their day at the track. Figure in the economic downturn and the drag racing circuit had no choice but to regroup.

    The result is a reinvented series with a new name (Nitro Jam), several new pro classes and a format that eschews qualifying in favor of daily champions. The season kicks off Friday and Saturday in Palm Beach, Fla.

    “We’re just trying to keep it as simple as possible,” said IHRA president Aaron Polburn, whose makeover includes reduced ticket prices. “The story will now be told in two days rather than three days. There will be skepticism because of the new look, but if spectators leave with a good feeling and you put on a good show at a reasonable price, you’ll have disciples.” Listen Now

    Ferrari Formula Race News

    January 30, 2010

    MARANELLO, Italy — Ferrari launched its car for the upcoming Formula One season Thursday, naming it the F10 in hope of a return to the team’s winning tradition.

    For years, Ferrari named its cars with an “F” for Ferrari followed by the year, but last year’s uncompetitive car was called the F60 to honor Ferrari’s 60th year in F1.

    “We’re coming off a season that was not competitive for us and this should mark a turning point for the future,” team director Stefano Domenicali said. “We want to win again.”

    In another change, the new car features white wings to feature the team’s new sponsor, the Spanish bank Santander.

    Last season, Ferrari finished a disappointing fourth in the constructors’ standings and Kimi Raikkonen, Felipe Massa and Giancarlo Fisichella placed sixth, 11th and 15th, respectively, in the drivers’ ranks. Listen Now

    Tony George’s Fall from Grace..IRL Team Shuts Down

    January 30, 2010

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indy Racing League founder Tony George told his Vision Racing team he was suspending operations on Thursday because he lacked enough sponsors.

    “He had a meeting with all of his staff this morning and he was fairly emotional,” team spokeswoman Pat Caporali said. “The reality of the situation was that we had not secured sponsorship for 2010.”

    George, who spent 20 years as president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, was not available for comment, though Caporali said the team may continue seeking sponsors. If George finds one, the team could jump back into the IndyCar Series this season or next season.

    But the reality was that George and his team were running out of time to be ready for 2010.

    The series’ first of two open tests was set for Feb. 24-26 at Barber Motorsports Park, a road course in Birmingham, Alabama. The IRL season-opener was on March 14 in Sao Paulo, and without money, it would have kept George and his team scrambling for money. Listen Now

    It Rolex Time 24 Hours Fires off Today

    January 30, 2010

    In its bid to recapture the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates is employing new drivers and new wheels.
    The team, which became the first to win three consecutive editions of the renowned endurance race at Daytona International Speedway from 2006 to 2008, has switched to a BMW-powered Riley and has added Indy-car winners Justin Wilson and Max Papis (currently running in NASCAR) to team with Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas.

    Ganassi’s other Daytona Prototype will team its NASCAR Sprint Cup lineup (Juan Pablo Montoya and Jamie McMurray) with its IndyCar champions (Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti).

    Other NASCAR drivers entered include four-time defending Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, 2000 champ Bobby Labonte, Casey Mears, A.J. Allmendinger and Paul Menard. Listen Now

    American LeMans Schedule Below

    January 24, 2010

    58th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida
    Sebring, FL, USA
    For the 11th time, the American Le Mans Series will open its season at America’s greatest sports car race – the 58th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida. No race in the world punishes man and machine more than the annual 12-hour classic which attracts thousands and thousands of spectators each year.
    March 20, 2010
    10:00 a.m. ET
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    April 16-17, 2010
    4:15 p.m. PT
    Duration: 1h 40m
     Long Beach Grand Prix
    Long Beach , Calif., USA
    The American Le Mans Series returns to North America’s premier street event for the fourth consecutive season. The collection of premier teams and manufacturers attracts legions of fans at Long Beach. The event has produced different winners in every Series class since its debut in 2007.  Click more for complete schedule Listen Now

    Venturini Motorsports Hits Jackpot Five Drivers in ARCA Slick Mist 200

    January 24, 2010

    CONCORD, North Carolina (January 24, 2010)–Venturini Motorsports will open the 2010 ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards with a strong driver lineup in the February 6 Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona International Speedway. The family-run and operated team–led by former driver Billy Venturini–has entered five cars into ARCA’s season-opening race, a record number of entries for any car owner in the national stock car tour’s 57-year history. The Concord, North Carolina-based team, responsible for fielding race winning entries for drivers Joey Logano and Sean Caisse in 2009, has entered Mikey Kile, Steve Arpin, Alli Owens, Mark Thompson and John Wes Townely into this year’s edition of the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200.

    Venturini Motorsports participated in a three-day ARCA-sanctioned test session in preparation for the race this past December, dominating three of the top-four overall positions on the speed charts with Mikey Kile turning the fastest lap of the weekend (49.164 seconds/183.061 mph) in a Toyota and teammates Steve Arpin and Alli Owens posting times nearly identical to Kile’s.

    Kile, a Westlake, Louisiana, native will run the full 20-race ARCA Racing Series in Venturini Motorsports’ familiar No. 25 entry-the same number that both Billy and Bill Venturini drove during their ARCA Racing Series careers. Listen Now

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