maandag 28 februari 2011

Daimler to take majority stake of Mercedes F1 team (PA SportsTicker)

Daimler AG will take a majority stake in the Mercedes GP Formula One team by acquiring the 24.9 percent owned by Brawn GP.


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Menzer: Offseason changes at HMS paying dividends early (

Menzer: Offseason changes at HMS paying dividends early


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CSI: Miami - Stoned Cold

A high-school bully is stoned to death, and revenge is believed to be the motive as the investigation centers on a group unpopular kids at the school


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NASCAR salutes wounded warriors


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Pole Report: Subway Fresh Fit 500


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Webber: Schedule change no big deal

Mark Webber believes that the extended gap prior to the first grand prix in Melbourne is unlikely to have a massive effect on the competitive order of the teams. Organisers of the Bahrain Grand Prix today announced that they have withdrawn the event from its opening slot on the calendar


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zondag 27 februari 2011

JEGS Foundation receives a special donation

JEGS DELAWARE, Ohio (Dec. 23) Most 12-year-olds who sell their prize-winning livestock at a county fair do so with their eye toward using the money to benefit themselves – a bicycle or a video game. Luke Kleilein wanted to make...


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Stoner leads first day at Sepang

The works Honda team continued with its strong showing in pre-season testing, with Casey Stoner setting the pace on the opening day of running at Sepang on Tuesday. The Australian posted the quickest time with a lap of 2m00.987s, outpacing team-mate Dani Pedrosa by nearly four tenths of a second. Stoner resumed testing with the same set-up he had used on the final day in the first test, and spent the day alternating between the two chassis options he had at his disposal.


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Busch leads final 107 laps to win at Phoenix

Kyle Busch was fastest out of the pits on the opening stop and on the track the rest of the night, leading the final 107 laps to win a wreck-filled NASCAR trucks race at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday.


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Team Chevy, 2011 NSCS SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 Post-Qualifying Recaps

Team Chevy LogoAVONDALE, AZ – (Feb. 26, 2011) -  For the first time this season, the new qualifying procedure based on practice times was utilized in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition.  It proved to be a unique and interesting format for the fans and drivers alike. With a fifth-place qualifying effort, Regan Smith, No. 78 Furniture...more»


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Kyle Busch Leads Final 107 Laps of Phoenix Truck Race

By Reid Spencer Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service (February 25, 2010) AVONDALE, Ariz. — Win the race off pit road. Win the race. After taking the lead under caution on Lap 44 of Friday night’s Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway, Kyle Busch led the final 107 to post his second win at the [...]


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Fast Facts: Danica Patrick


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zaterdag 26 februari 2011

Edwards Wins Cup Pole in Phoenix

2011 Carl Edwards - Photo Credit: Christian Peterson/Getty ImagesCARL EDWARDS POLE-WINNING PRESS CONFERENCE – “That’s a big deal.  We’ve had a lot of support from Subway.  It’s been a lot of fun representing them and to be on the pole is huge.  This new qualifying format is a little stressful.  I had to watch Kyle...more»


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Video: Mazda takes the MX-5 to the ice

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Bentley isn't the only company that's been busy on the ice lately. Mazda just wrapped up a four-hour race in Åre, Sweden, that brought 20 MX-5 roadsters out on the open ice for a little fender-to-fender action.

Teams faced temperatures that dipped as low as -24 degrees Fahrenheit and stiff competition from racers from around the world. Spiked tires were standard equipment for all of the vehicles, though it's worth noting that the talent behind the wheel wasn't professional by any stretch of the imagination. Mazda invited fans and automotive journalists from a total of 26 countries to participate in the event.

While early on it looked as if a team from Australia would take home the checkered flag, a late-race spin allowed a Russian team to pull ahead and complete the most laps around the three-mile circuit within the four-hour time frame. Hit the jump to check out video from the event as well as the full press blast.

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Steve Cuozzo Hides the Truth: Midtown Biz Leaders Support Street Redesigns

Steve Cuozzo columns about street reclamation are usually so divorced from reality that we’ve been letting him go unchallenged for a while. The insanity is usually self-evident.
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His latest screed against the 34th Street busway is no different. It’s got all the usual fearmongering (“be afraid,” is the mantra), contradictions (in [...]


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Blake Koch / MacDonald Motorsports Phoenix International Speedway Preview

MacDonald MotorsportsDaytona Wrap Up: MacDonald Motorsports goes into the second race of the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series season at Phoenix International Raceway this Saturday, February 26th. Donnie Neuenberger brought the Eagle Convenience Store’s No. 81 Dodge home in 23rd position last week and that is where the team sits in the current owner’s standings. Driver:...more»


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Allmendinger leaving IndyCar option open

Former open-wheel driver A.J. Allmendinger says he might be open to racing in IndyCars season finale in Las Vegas for a chance at $5 million.


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Auto GP to award prize GP2 tests

Auto GP will award prize GP2 tests to two of its drivers this season. The series champion and the winner of the newly-created Under-21 Trophy, for drivers under 21 years of age, will receive the tests at the end of the year. Auto GP boss Enzo Coloni said: "I believe this prize GP2 test can be a great opportunity for our drivers, especially for the younger ones.


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vrijdag 25 februari 2011

2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet – First Drive Review

Just as ridiculous as it looks—but somehow somewhat likeable.
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn is credited with one of the most quotable statements to come from an auto executive in recent years: “There is no car company problem that can’t be solved by great product.” Ghosn also is cited as the driving force behind [...]

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AUTOS: Horatio Pagani's Carbon-Fiber Dream

From humble beginnings, founder of supercar company wove his vision into revolutionary creations for road and race track.


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Rosberg tops Barcelona day three

Nico Rosberg put Mercedes on top with a rapid late lap in a Barcelona testing session that began wet before later drying. A shower at the start of the morning and a combination of high humidity and low temperatures meant it was not until the eve of the lunchbreak that drivers were able to try slick tyres, and even then conditions remained treacherous, with lap times five seconds off yesterday's fully-dry pace even on slicks. But by the afternoon only a few off-line damp patches remained, and Rosberg made the most of the clear running to go quickest with a 1m23.168s on a single-lap, qualifying-style, run with a quarter of an hour to go.


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2011 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG – Quick Take

More power and better fuel economy? Also downsized for growth. Well, okay.
Let us first acknowledge that we will miss the rapturous sound of the 6.2-liter V-8 that no longer powers the S63 AMG. We will miss the delightful juxtaposition of a full-on luxury freighter with the ripping exhaust tone of a big, naturally aspirated V-8. [...]

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FIA fully supports Bahrain decision

Formula 1's ruling body, the FIA, says it fully supports Bahrain's decision to withdraw the opening race of the 2011 season. Following days of uncertainty, the Bahrain International Circuit announced on Monday it was withdrawing the race as the country needed to focus on calming the unrest that has made the headlines in recent days. The season will now start in Australian on March 27


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Eric McClure, No. 14 Hefty® BlackOut™ Chevrolet Impala Phoenix International Raceway Preview

­No. 14 Hefty® BlackOut™ Chevrolet ImpalaEric McClure No. 14 Hefty® BlackOut™ Chevrolet Impala NASCAR Nationwide Series (Race 2 of 35)—Phoenix International Raceway Daytona Recap: - Eric McClure started the event in the 34th position and worked his way up to the 14th position before a broken spark plug forced him to the garage area for...more»


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donderdag 24 februari 2011

Around the Circuit - Phoenix


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Today’s Headlines

Private Firm Will Build and Finance the New Goethals Bridge and Its Additional Lanes (News)
From L.A., a Transplanted NYer Shakes His Head at Schumer’s Anti-Bike Lane Vendetta (HuffPo)
NBBLers Now Get Quoted in Every Bklyn Paper Story About Bikes
How Many Trees Die Because the Post Prints Garbage By Sally Goldenberg?
Video: Why the Central Park Red Light [...]


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Porsche buffs go searching for great German beer... deep in the heart of Texas?

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A good roadtrip needs a few items for success; great people, interesting destinations and, of course, the right vehicles. We can't vouch for the people on a personal level in this tale, but Autoweek took on a Texas roadtrip and seems to have gotten the ingredients just right. How do six tuned Porsches, 800 miles and four breweries sound? As long as the drinking is done when the driving is finished (which of course it was), then you would be correct to say it sounds like heaven on earth.

Autoweek's Jeff Bolton embarked on a quest for good German beer, using good German sports cars to shuttle him around the Great State of Texas. Starting in Dallas, the crew moves about until they end up in Shiner, Texas, where they chat with long-time brewmaster Jimmy Mauric.

If roadtrips were eligible for awards, this Texas Porsche beer run would be an early front-runner for Best of 2011. Head over to Autoweek to read about the trip, and be sure to check out the video as well.

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Mercedes-Benz Taking Over U.S. Smart Distribution from Penske Automotive Group

Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will take over American Smart distribution from Penske Automotive Group; Penske has served as the sole importer and manager of the brand in the U.S. since its 2008 launch. This was a unique arrangement, since in every other country where Smart cars are available they are imported and sold through the [...]

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Remembers His Father in His Own Way

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The white No. 3 decals are no bigger than a fist and sit just above and behind the driver's side window of all the Richard Childress Racing team's Chevrolets. Crew members wore black baseball caps with the same No. 3 logo and driver Tony Stewart strolled through the Daytona International Speedway garage Friday afternoon clutching one of the prized caps himself.

Friday marked exactly 10 years since the driver of the Richard Childress Racing No. 3, seven-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt, was killed in Turn 4 of this track after crashing on the last lap of the Daytona 500. The speedway will remember the NASCAR icon with a moment of silence and fans will hold up three fingers on the third lap of Sunday's Daytona 500.

But for such an overwhelming event, it has been a subdued, subtle and suiting anniversary.

For the past week, Earnhardt's competitors, teammates and friends have shared emotional stories about that fateful Sunday afternoon. But the one person you won't see participate in any contrived memorial this weekend is Earnhardt's son, Dale Jr. No hat, no decal. None necessary.

"I'd personally rather just watch it and stand on the sidelines,'' Earnhardt said of the various tributes and memorials planned for the weekend.

"It's more fun for me hearing how other people reflect, hearing other people's stories. I know how I feel in my heart and I don't feel a real need to discuss that a lot.

"I want to do what's right and honor him, but I don't need to do it in front of a bunch of people. I feel like he carries his own weight and he doesn't need me being a part of the celebration or whatever you want to call it. I don't want to take away from it in any way.''


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AMA SBK: Rog's Second Chance (Pt. II)

Roger Hayden talks about hitting the bottom following the 2009 season and describes just how close he came to calling it a career.


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woensdag 23 februari 2011

BMW Announces “i” Sub-Brand, i3 and i8 Production Cars – Car News

For when EfficientDynamics isn’t quite enough: The BMW i brand is official.
BMW’s “Project i” group, a self-described think tank, has been working on electric mobility since 2007. One tangible result was the two-seat Mini E, a car that’s to be followed by the electrified BMW 1-series ActiveE, a small fleet of which will [...]

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Safety-Kleen Renews Partnership With NASCAR

Safety-KleenDaytona Beach, Fla. (Feb. 23, 2011) — The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) announced that it has reached a multi-year agreement to renew its relationship with Safety-Kleen as an official partner of the sport. Safety-Kleen, a NASCAR official partner since 2004, provides on-site trackside support with its NASCAR performance cleaning products and...more»


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Subaru Teases Boxer-Powered, RWD Sports Car Ahead of Geneva Show – Auto Shows

Finally, confirmation of the layout for Subaru’s hotly anticipated sports coupe.
The fastidiously watched pot of Subaru/Toyota sports cars is finally starting to boil, with both set to debut in lightly disguised concept form at the upcoming Geneva auto show. Toyota took its turn first in releasing a teaser pic of its version of [...]

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White Collar - Payback

U.S. Marshals ask Peter and Neal to track down an FBI agent accused of selling witness locations.


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Drivers surprised by durability of inters

The durability of Pirelli's intermediate tyre impressed drivers during the first hours of today's Barcelona test. The track was damp at the beginning of the day, allowing teams to run both the wet and intermediate tyre before it dried out


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Teams will follow FIA, FOM on Bahrain

Formula 1 teams will back the decision made by Bernie Ecclestone and the FIA over whether the under-threat Bahrain Grand Prix will take place, according to Red Bull team principal Christian Horner. The 2011 season opener, scheduled to be held on March 13, is in doubt because of unrest in Bahrain - which forced this weekend's GP2 Asia race to be canned. Horner, speaking on behalf of the Formula 1 Teams' Association (FOTA) after a meeting held after today's testing in Barcelona, insists that it's not down to the teams to make the call.


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dinsdag 22 februari 2011

Pole Report: DRIVE4COPD 300


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Extreme Makeover: Home Edition - Williams Family

Ty's team renovates a home that is too small to accommodate two disabled family members; NFL player Michael Oher and the Tuohy Family assist with the project.


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Ducati takes AMG's place with special edition Cigarette speedboat

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To most people, two may be company, but three's a crowd. If you're looking for real performance, though, a little menage-a-trois could be just what the proverbial doctor ordered. Case in point: Mercedes AMG, Ducati and the Cigarette Racing Team. One makes muscle-bound automobiles, the other some of the fastest sport bikes in the business, while the third makes speed boats that'll outrun just about anything on the water. Strange bedfellows? We'd call them kindred spirits, and they've all jumped in to bed together.

AMG and Ducati, as you may recall, shacked up together in Los Angeles last year when they announced their partnership in the MotoGP series. AMG partnered in similar fashion with the Cigarette Racing Team in Miami, where they presented a special liveried offshore racing boat at the 2010 Miami International Boat Show. Now the nautical equivalent of the Detroit Auto Show is coming around again, but this time it's Ducati and Cigarette that are getting wet, and this is their love-child.

In the place of the 2,700-horsepower 46-foot AMG version from last year, the Cigarette 42X Ducati Edition is a 42-foot speed boat with a pair of 1,100hp Mercury Racing engines capable of speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour. That's fast no matter which way you look at it, but on the open water it's insanity in fiberglass. Cigarette says it's included a number of innovative new features in the boat's design, but Ducati's participation seems largely confined to the badass paint scheme. Follow the jump for the full press release, and check out the images in the gallery below.

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Future Supercross and Motocross stars will battle for points and purse at 2011 AMA Racing Pro/Am events

American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) PICKERINGTON, Ohio Dec. 22, 2010 The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is pleased to announce the 2010 AMA Racing Pro/Am motocross schedule. These events are where dreams begin for amateur racers, and where they earn the credentials...


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2012 Fisker Karma – First Drive Review

We finally get our hands on the gorgeous Fisker Karma.
Three years and a billion investment dollars after the Fisker Karma rolled forth as a stunning plug-in-hybrid concept, it’s finally ready to rock as a stunning production car. All in less time (and for far less money) than GM needed to produce the [...]

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Kubica to leave intensive care unit

Robert Kubica is set to leave the intensive care unit at the Santa Corona hospital following his final operation. The Pole underwent his final surgery on Wednesday and had to stay in the intensive care unit for a few days, as it's normal procedure following that kind of operation. His Renault team said on Friday that Kubica is now set to be transferred to the rehabilitation department to continue his recovery.


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maandag 21 februari 2011

Lally Finishes 33rd in Super Eco-Fuel Saver Chevy at Daytona

2011 NSCS No 71 Super Eco-Fuel Saver Chevrolet ImpalaDaytona Beach, FL, (February 20, 2011) - Andy Lally drove the TRG Motorsports No. 71 Super Eco-Fuel Saver Chevrolet Impala to a 33rd place finish in today’s running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. The race started on an exciting...more»


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Daytona 500 Fast Facts

Race Fast Facts Daytona International Speedway 53rd Annual Daytona 500 Provided by NASCAR Statistics – Sun, February 20, 2011 @ 06:20 PM Eastern Race Winner: Trevor Bayne Age: 20 Team : No. 21 – Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Owner: Wood Brothers Crew Chief: Donnie Wingo Trevor Bayne won the 53rd Annual Daytona 500, his first victory [...]


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Fourteen-Car Crash Comes Early in Daytona 500

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The racing may look different at Daytona, but the big crashes are still around.

Less than 30 laps in to Sunday's Daytona 500, contact between a former Daytona winner, Michael Waltrip, and another car he owns set off a 14-car melee in turn four. Waltrip nudged David Reutimann into a spin on the race's 29th lap to start the incident.

Earlier in the race, Waltrip spun Kyle Busch on lap six -- an incident that managed to miss the rest of the pack.

"They make a quick move and it just spins them out," Waltrip said. "I've been doing this all week and I haven't spun anyone out. I'm involved in both of them and I don't know what I could have done different."

The crash collected several of the race's likely contenders, including reigning five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson as well as his teammates Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin.


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Drive For 600 Complete as Trevor Bayne Puts Ford Racing in Victory Lane with Manufacturer’s 12th Daytona 500 Triumph

Trevor Bayne climbs out of the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford in victory lane after winning the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. - Photo Credit: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images for NASCAR• Today’s win in the Daytona 500 was the 600th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win for Ford Racing and its 12th...more»


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Trevor Bayne Wins Wild Daytona 500

RACE RECAP | DAYTONA 500 10 Mark Martin 9 Paul Menard 8 Kyle Busch 7 Regan Smith 6 Juan Montoya 5 Kurt Busch 4 Bobby Labonte 3 David Gilliland 2 Carl Edwards VICTORY LANE 1 Trevor Bayne a rookie in just his second Cup Series race ever, wins the sports biggest race driving for one [...]


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Infiniti Etherea Concept Debuting at Geneva Auto Show

Infiniti will blur the distinctions between traditional car body styles with its Etherea concept; the compact vehicle is said to combine coupe, sedan, hatchback, and crossover elements. It debuts at the Geneva auto show and presages a future entry-level Infiniti model that will be smaller than the current G.

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zondag 20 februari 2011

The unofficial Sprint Cup standings


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2012 Daytona 500 to be held on February 26, 2012

Daytona (Fla.) International SpeedwayDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III announced today that the 54th Annual Daytona 500 will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2012. “The decision to kick-off to the NASCAR racing season one week later was made in close partnership with the sanctioning body, our broadcast partners including...more»


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The Continental: Lancia’s New Chryslers, Renault’s R-Space Concept Leaks, Greenpeace Takes on Electrics, and the SEAT Exeo on the Autobahn

Each week, our German correspondent slices and dices the latest rumblings, news, and quick-hit driving impressions from the other side of the pond. His byline may say Jens Meiners, but we simply call him . . . the Continental.
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Dr. Piëch’s Legacy: Hits and Misses from a Distinguished Career – Feature

A look back at Chairman Piëch’s triumphs (Bugatti Veyron!) and failures (VW Phaeton!).
The Volkswagen Group, a collection of 10 car brands with the potential to usurp Toyota as the largest carmaker in the world, is essentially under the control of one man, Dr. Ferdinand Karl Piëch.
Keep Reading: Dr. Piëch’s Legacy: Hits and Misses [...]

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Liuzzi set to test for Hispania

The Hispania Racing team is planning to test Vitantonio Liuzzi at the Barcelona circuit this weekend, as the Spanish squad evaluates him for its second racing seat.


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zaterdag 19 februari 2011

Florida Gov. Rick Scott Has Some Strange Ideas About Job Creation

Yesterday was a bad day for the state of Florida.
At the behest of Governor Rick Scott, the state forfeited more than $3 billion for a high-speed rail line connecting Tampa and Orlando. That money, and the 23,000 jobs it was expected to produce, will be transferred to other states — along with the opportunity to [...]


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Di Resta hopes for Force India progress

Paul di Resta is hopeful there is more to come from his Force India team, after admitting early testing of the new car has not been easy. "It's been difficult and I must say the days that we've had some things that definitely haven't run quite as smoothly as possible, but I think it is definitely better to get it out of the way at this point of the year, as opposed to coming at Bahrain," said di Resta at the end of the second day of testing at Barcelona


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2011 Daytona 500 Friday Q & A with Ford Racing NSCS Driver, Carl Edwards

Carl Edwards - Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCARCarl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Aflac Ford brings a two-race win streak dating back to last season into Sunday’s Daytona 500 where he looks for victory for the first time. Edwards will start 22nd in the 500 and answered questions from the media on...more»


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Team Lotus hits back at Proton

Team Lotus has hit back at Proton after the Malaysian car maker claimed the team had asked for a big sum of money to end their naming rights dispute. As the public war of words continued between the two parties, Lotus issued a statement on Friday revoking claims from Proton, which had claimed in another statement on Thursday that Team Lotus boss Tony Fernandes had asked for up to £37 million to settle the naming row. "The statement contained a number of factual errors that are at best misleading and at worst straight lies," said Lotus on Friday about Proton's claims.


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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Crashes in Practice, Will Start Daytona 500 in Back

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Daytona 500 pole-winning Chevy was involved in a crash Wednesday afternoon and sustained enough damage that the team had to go to a back-up car and will now have to start both Thursday's Gatorade Duel qualifying race and Sunday's Daytona 500 from the back of the field instead of from the front.

Earnhardt's No. 88 AMP Energy Chevy was riding second in a two-car draft behind Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson when they slowed to avoid traffic. The two cars behind them -- Martin Truex Jr. and Brian Vickers --- didn't react quickly enough and Truex hit Earnhardt from behind, sending both cars into the inside wall.

Because of the unique qualifying format for the Daytona 500, only the two fastest cars officially "qualified" for the 500 during Sunday's time trials -- polewinner Earnhardt and second fastest Jeff Gordon. NASCAR rules state that if a driver has to switch from the car he qualified in, then he must drop to the rear of the field for the green flag. When that happens, the third place starter -- which will be determined in Thursday's Gatorade Duel 150-mile qualifying race -- will move up into the first position alongside Gordon for the start of the Daytona 500.

Earnhardt, who had won his first career superspeedway pole, said he had a bad feeling about even running in the rain-delayed practice Wednesday.

"We've got the pole-sitting race car, we didn't need practice,'' an obviously frustrated Earnhardt said, 'I had a fast car and I didn't want to practice it.

"I had a bad feeling about it and we come running up on some guys that didn't have their heads on straight and got into an accident.''

And now, "Get the next one ready,'' he said shaking his head.


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Not-Quite-A-Spoiler Alert: Some general Cars 2 plot points are discussed below, but we don’t give away much—we haven’t seen the movie yet, either.
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Chevrolet MyLink brings the app fight to Ford Sync, Toyota Entune

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General Motors is finally bringing the smartphone battle to Ford with the introduction of Chevrolet MyLink, an integrated infotainment system that connects to your smartphone and allows you to access apps through either the steering wheel controls or the console-mounted touchscreen.

The wraps officially came off at tonight's Engadget Show and boasts similar functionality to Ford's AppLink and Toyota's recently revealed Entune system. MyLink connects your Android or Blackberry device over Bluetooth, allowing you to wirelessly access apps. And if you're partial to Apple's iOS devices - namely the iPhone or iPod Touch - you get the same functionality, but can only be controlled by plugging it in via USB.

At launch, MyLink is only compatible with Stitcher and Pandora radio, with other apps due to be released later this year. The Chevrolet Volt and Equinox will be the first two models to come equipped with the new system, and in addition to voice-control functionality courtesy of Nuance, both models will be available with PowerMat's inductive charging system, so you don't have to worry about your Bluetooth-tethered phone running out of juice. Pricing hasn't been announced yet, but expect MyLink to be available within the next few months. Hit the jump for the official release and get more details at our tech-obesessed sibling site Translogic.

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Rendered Speculation: Bentley looking to expand with entry coupe, crossover?

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Bentley crossover renderingRumors continue to swirl that incoming Bentley boss Wolfgang Dürheimer, who previously served as head of research and development at Porsche, is looking long and hard at how to expand the luxury marque's product line. Considering Dürheimer's experience making magic happen at Porsche, it seems likely that Bentley would tap into the platform used for the Panamera sedan, and that's exactly what the blokes from Auto Express are suggesting.

The first new model may be an ultra-luxe machine that would fit into the burgeoning four-door-coupe segment. If so, expect a price tag in the mid-$250,000 range and engine choices ranging from the tried-and-true W12 to a new turbocharged 4.0-liter V8.

Those powertrains may also find their way into the engine bay of a Bentley crossover, says Auto Express. As much as some may protest, a Porsche Cayenne-based Bentley with a price near the $200K mark would seem a very real possibility... as would an optional diesel engine, which would be new territory for the brand.

Finally, the long-rumored entry-level (can anything with a $150,000 price tag be called entry-level?) Bentley coupe that would slot below the Continental GT is still a talking point. Branching out into any or all of these segments are seen as a way to get back to the 10,000-unit peak sales year of 2007, as compared to just 4,616 units in 2009.

Head on over to Auto Express to see some rendered speculation on what these vehicles could potentially look like.

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