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2013 December 11

  1. FIA opens new selection process for 12th team in F1

    Dec 11, 2013, 8:45 PM EST

    A man cleans a motorhome of the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) in the paddock area of the Nuerburgring racing circuit

    After 11 teams contested this year’s Formula One World Championship, the FIA is now looking for a 12th franchise to join the F1 grid in either the 2015 or 2016 season. Potential entries have been asked to submit a formal expression of interest and an initial administration fee of $5,000 to the FIA by Jan.…

  2. TCGR sets press conference for Friday regarding 2014 season

    Dec 11, 2013, 7:15 PM EST

    GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma - Day 2

    We may be on the verge of finding out who will replace the retired Dario Franchitti in the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet (pictured) for the 2014 IndyCar Series. This afternoon, TCGR confirmed a press conference for Friday morning at the Performance Racing Industry trade show that’s currently ongoing in Indianapolis. The release…

  3. Baron, Celis, Telitz lead Road to Indy Barber test

    Dec 11, 2013, 7:00 PM EST

    Photo: Indy Lights

    The two-day Chris Griffis Memorial Mazda Road to Indy Test at Barber Motorsports Park is in the books for all of Indy Lights, Pro Mazda and USF2000. This test marked the first time all three series ran together while on Cooper Tires, as Indy Lights makes the switch this offseason ahead of 2014, and all…

  4. Bid to improve racing at 1.5-mile ovals continues for NASCAR

    Dec 11, 2013, 5:43 PM EST

    Dale Earnhardt Jr

    Still searching for ways to improve the on-track product on intermediate ovals, NASCAR staged a second test session today at Charlotte Motor Speedway that featured a series of simulated races for different aero packages in addition to traditional single-car runs. “One of the things that we learned and the reason we’re back here with so…

  5. Still learning: Montoya tackles Phoenix oval in test session

    Dec 11, 2013, 4:11 PM EST

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    Former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Juan Pablo Montoya is no stranger to Phoenix International Raceway. But for his second round of IndyCar testing with Team Penske on Tuesday, he might as well have been. Because while it’s one thing to navigate “The Desert Jewel” with a heavy stock car, it’s quite another to do…

  6. NASCAR names Brent Dewar as new COO

    Dec 11, 2013, 3:07 PM EST

    NASCAR Dewar Hired Auto Racing

    NASCAR has announced details of an executive restructuring, with former General Motors executive Brent Dewar being named as its new chief operating officer. Additionally, NASCAR has promoted three members of its executive management. Steve Phelps (senior vice president and chief marketing officer) and Steve O’Donnell (senior vice president of racing operations) have both been elevated…

  7. Sprint car icon Steve Kinser to run final full season in 2014

    Dec 11, 2013, 2:13 PM EST

    Feed the Children Prelude to the Dream

    In 2014, “The King” of the World of Outlaws will be going after the throne, one last time. Tony Stewart Racing has announced that Steve Kinser, a 20-time champion of the WoO STP Sprint Car Series, will make next year his final full season on the circuit. A year-long farewell tour – dubbed the “Salute…

  8. NASCAR Nation must give Austin Dillon a chance to make his own legacy

    Dec 11, 2013, 1:28 PM EST

    Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 300 - Qualifying

    As a young boy growing up, I watched a lot of NASCAR on Sunday afternoons and I always pulled for Dale Earnhardt in the famous Richard Childress Racing No. 3 car. I suppose I was drawn to the whole attitude that both he and that number represented – a tough, determined and strong attitude, no…

  9. Austin Dillon officially confirmed in RCR’s No. 3 for Sprint Cup

    Dec 11, 2013, 12:44 PM EST

    Ford EcoBoost 300 - Practice

    NASCAR’s worst-kept secret is finally official. Austin Dillon will move up to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series full-time in 2014 with Richard Childress Racing, and he’s bringing back the No. 3 to Cup for the first time since 2001. No driver – not even Dale Earnhardt Jr. – has raced with the No. 3 in…

  10. TUSC: Teams we’ll be missing

    Dec 11, 2013, 11:45 AM EST

    Chris Dyson

    With a grid of 69 confirmed cars for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, split between 29 prototypes and 40 GT cars, and a further nine cars listed as alternates, no one will suggest the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship is lacking quantity or quality of entrants in its four classes. Still, after compiling an entry list…

  11. MotorSportsTalk’s 2013 F1 season review, Part 1

    Dec 11, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    AUTO-PRIX-IND-F1

    Now that we’ve completed our IndyCar and NASCAR season reviews, it’s time for us to focus on everything that went down from Albert Park to Interlagos in the 2013 Formula One World Championship. If you’ve been following us this off-season, you know the drill by now. We’ll start with our respective Top 5 stories of…

  12. Lotus offers “alternative” regulations for F1 in 2014

    Dec 11, 2013, 10:15 AM EST

    AUTO-PRIX-F1-ABU-DHABI-PRACTICE

    There really doesn’t appear to be much middle ground on Lotus F1’s Twitter account and the rest of its social media strategy. You either love it or hate it; personally, I choose the former but it does have its detractors. Still, after seeing the brilliance the team has come up with in response to F1’s…

  13. Sauber’s new car passes homologation test, now it just needs drivers

    Dec 11, 2013, 9:33 AM EST

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    Sauber has officially passed the 2014 homologation test with its new C33 chassis. Good news for the veteran Swiss team. “The chassis of the C33 has passed all static and dynamic tests of the FIA and is officially homologated. The rear crash test, which is not part of the chassis homologation, will take place separately at…

  14. McLaren, Force India not testing next week in Bahrain

    Dec 11, 2013, 12:11 AM EST

    Korea F1 GP Auto Racing

    One day after the FIA named McLaren and Force India among the six teams taking part in next week’s Pirelli test session in Bahrain, both squads have pulled out of the three-day session. Among the multiple regulation changes that were released on Monday, the FIA granted Pirelli an opportunity to develop their 2014 tires at…

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