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Richmond hoping track access boosts fan experience (The Associated Press)

FILE - In this April 27, 2013, file photo, Matt Kenseth, front right, leads the field at the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va. From 2-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, fans can walk the entire track, enjoy live music, tour a NASCAR hauler and visit key spots in the track's history. Track president Dennis Bickmeier says the idea spawned from a survey the track did with ticker-holders who stopped coming. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

They are calling it ”Track Takeover” at Richmond International Raceway, and track President Dennis Bickmeier hopes allowing fans onto the racing surface a few hours before race time on Saturday night will not only improve their experience at the 0.75-mile oval, but bring more of them, or bring them back. ”This is a way to give people that access and let them kind of see the sport up close, or a little closer,” Bickmeier said Thursday. ”This sport defined access, and we’ve got to keep that going.” At a time when most agree the racing in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series has been better than in several years, tracks are always looking for ways to bring fan support back up to the days when it sold itself. ”They focused on selling the Friday night race,” Bickmeier said.

Posted on 25 April 2014 @ 12:29 am

Elliott: ‘The future will figure itself out’ (

RICHMOND, Va. — Outside of it producing some momentum and morale, Chase Elliott says he is taking his two-race NASCAR Nationwide Series winning streak in stride — even if everyone else is plenty impressed with the 18-year old’s debut in a NASCAR national series. Seven races into the season Elliott has six top-10 finishes, punctuated by back-to-back victories in the last two races at Texas and Darlington, which put him atop the championship standings. Elliott comes to Richmond International Raceway for Friday night’s Aaron’s 312 looking to become the first driver to win three straight in the series since Kyle Busch won three in a row last year (at Bristol, Auto Club and Texas). Should Elliott’s No. 9 NAPA Chevrolet visit Richmond’s Victory Lane, he would be the first Nationwide Series regular since his team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win three straight.

Posted on 24 April 2014 @ 9:00 pm

Kligerman speaks out on Swan Racing restructure (

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Parker Kligerman said Thursday that he and Swan Racing team owner Brandon Davis remain “good friends” and the two are exploring potential racing opportunities for later in 2014.  Kligerman, speaking on his “Kicking It With Kligerman” weekly podcast, addressed the recent news of Swan Racing’s demise, a move that left the Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate without a ride in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. “Obviously my race team, Swan Racing, has taken a chance in this break to restructure,” Kligerman said. Brandon Davis and I are still good friends.

Posted on 24 April 2014 @ 5:56 pm

NAtionwide Series Richmond qualifying order (

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Posted on 24 April 2014 @ 5:33 pm

After near miss, Scott seeks Richmond rebound (

Scott gets his shot at redemption in Friday night’s ToyotaCare 250 (7 p.m. ET, ESPNEWS), aiming to end a string of 20 straight Nationwide victories at Richmond by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regulars. Scott entered the track’s most recent 250-lapper with no finishes better than 14th in eight Richmond appearances.

Posted on 24 April 2014 @ 5:03 pm

Taxing expansion process took toll on Swan (

“I want to build a race team for the long haul,” the owner of Swan Racing said just seven months ago, when asked why he was replacing former driver David Stremme. There have been plenty of fly-by-night owners in NASCAR throughout the years, men who got in too deep too soon and then got out. Until Wednesday, when a struggling and overextended Swan Racing team shed its two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series programs, in the process leaving rookie Parker Kligerman under contract, but without a ride. The No. 26 car and rookie driver Cole Whitt have each been transferred to BK Racing — which overnight becomes a three-car operation — under the ownership of Anthony Marlowe, a former Swan minority partner.

Posted on 24 April 2014 @ 5:03 pm

Driver Reports: Previewing the Richmond race (

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Posted on 24 April 2014 @ 4:31 pm

Speed TV - United States

IndyCar: Rookies impress early in 2014 season

Amongst the 23 drivers that have competed so far in the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series are four rookies, which have already tallied three top-ten finishes in the first two races. Carlos Munoz, Mikhali Aleshin and Carlos Huertas were all able…

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Posted on 24 April 2014 @ 8:31 pm

MotoGP: Tire wear a hot topic entering this weekend’s Argentine GP

Argentina is the next stop for the 2014 MotoGP™ World Championship as the revamped Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo hosts round three of the season. The 4.8km circuit is characterized by numerous fast, long-radius corners that are expected to result…

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Posted on 24 April 2014 @ 7:20 pm

F1: Hakkinen blasts Vettel for ignoring orders

Former world champion Mika Hakkinen has criticized Sebastian Vettel for ignoring team orders. Although Red Bull and the German driver have claimed Vettel ultimately decided to let teammate Daniel Ricciardo past in China, initially he answered “tough luck” when the…

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Posted on 24 April 2014 @ 6:29 pm

‘Shut Up And Drive’ Finale: Racers go flat out through Mulholland Highway

The season finale of “Shut Up and Drive” will be shown at 7 p.m. ET Sunday on FOX Sports 1, where IndyCar racer Townsend Bell and Le Mans winner Justin Bell face off on the famous ‘snake’ section of the…

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Posted on 24 April 2014 @ 5:50 pm

Marquez: the next Marc Marquez? — Numbers Never Lie

The record books are at the mercy of Marc Marquez as MotoGP’s shooting star continues his seemingly unstoppable rise to the top of the sport. Marquez, 21, is zooming towards becoming the next…. well, the next Marc Marquez. Already MotoGP’s…

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Posted on 24 April 2014 @ 3:20 pm

Stratos jumper Felix Baumgartner to compete in Nurburgring 24 Hours

Felix Baumgartner, renown for his 22-mile jump from the stratosphere in October 2012, will be behind the wheel of an Audi R8 LMS ultra in the Nurburgring 24 Hours this June. Sharing the ride with Frank Biela, Marco Werner and…

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Posted on 24 April 2014 @ 2:36 pm

VIDEO: Ken Block Takes On Neymar Jr In An Epic Game Of Footkhana

What do you get when you cross the jaw-dropping driving spectacle of Ken Block’s Gymkhana with a group of world-class soccer stars led by Brazilian ace Neymar Jr and two-time FIFA World Cup winner Cafu? The answer is “Footkhana” and it…

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Posted on 24 April 2014 @ 11:00 am

Racer Indycar - United States

Robin Miller’s Mailbag for February 5

IndyCar vs. F1 speeds, how to spice up practice days, sports car vs. IndyCar engine specs and more.

Posted on 5 February 2014 @ 7:18 am

IndyCar: Conway, Carpenter team test at Sebring

Mike Conway and Ed Carpenter Racing took part in a team test day at Sebring International Raceway this week in company with Chevrolet engineers.

Posted on 4 February 2014 @ 8:49 pm

IndyCar adds technical expertise to Olympic bobsled effort

Former Panther Racing engineer David Cripps and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing co-owner Bobby Rahal have played a role in getting Team USA into medal contention.

Posted on 4 February 2014 @ 8:43 pm

IndyCar: Chevy, Honda weigh in on 2014 car counts

An active off-season has seen most IndyCar seats filled before the New Year, but a few cars and at least one team have yet to fall into the category of confirmed programs. RACER spoke with the two men responsible for providing the paddock with engines to get an accurate count on what the March 30 season opener will look like.

Posted on 4 February 2014 @ 6:05 pm

VIDEO: Sonoma Raceway’s Steve Page on 2014 IndyCar plans

Sonoma Raceway president Steve Page talks about the track’s 2014 IndyCar Series race, which will mark the 10th consecutive year that the track has hosted the series.

Posted on 3 February 2014 @ 5:57 pm

IndyCar: Bourdais bringing new attitude to KV

A variety of adjectives have been used to describe the demeanor and working habits of four-time Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais, but with a new opportunity to lead the KV Racing IndyCar team this season, the Florida-based Frenchman says he’s ready to put the past behind him and make a fresh start.

Posted on 3 February 2014 @ 5:12 pm

IndyCar: Rahal expands technical department

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing continues to bolster its technical department in an effort to rebound from a disappointing 2013 season, signing John Dick to serve as RLLR’s technical director.

Posted on 30 January 2014 @ 4:43 pm

Formula 1 - Great Britain

McLaren map out bold upgrade plan through to Silverstone

McLaren will implement an “aggressive” development plan in a bid to arrest their recent slump, racing director Eric Boullier says, with developments already mapped out until July’s race in Britain.

The team scored a double podium in Australia to take an early lead in the constructors’ championship, but have since dropped to fifth after suffering a double retirement in Bahrain and failing to break the top ten in China

Posted on 23 April 2014 @ 3:03 pm

FIA post-race press conference – China

After Sunday’s race in China, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg made their now familiar appearances in the post-race press conference. Joining the Mercedes duo for the first time this season was Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso. Read what all three had to say in the official transcript

Posted on 20 April 2014 @ 10:46 am

Race – selected team and driver quotes

Romain Grosjean on his points ambitions being ended by gearbox issues; Jenson Button on McLaren’s chronic front-end problems; Williams on a bittersweet race and Felipe Massa’s pit stop delays. Drivers and senior team personnel report back on an intriguing race in Shanghai

Posted on 20 April 2014 @ 10:27 am

Race – Hamilton dominates, Alonso beats Red Bulls in China

Lewis Hamilton claimed his third straight victory with an emphatic performance in China on Sunday that moved him to within four points of championship leader and Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg.

Rosberg fought back from a poor start to finish second, while Fernando Alonso earned Ferrari’s first podium of the season in third, having resisted increasing pressure from Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo in the race’s closing stages

Posted on 20 April 2014 @ 9:36 am

FIA post-qualifying press conference – China

Drivers: 1 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes); 2 – Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing); 3 – Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing)

Q: Lewis, congratulations, your third pole this year. That must have been so difficult with so many difficult and different conditions out there. What sort of satisfaction do you get from that

Posted on 19 April 2014 @ 8:48 am

Qualifying – selected team and driver quotes

Lotus’s Romain Grosjean on breaking into Q3 for the first time in 2014; Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne on hooking up a ‘perfect lap’; and Kamui Kobayashi on Caterham’s efforts to spring a Q1 surprise. The drivers and senior paddock personnel report back on a rain-hit and dramatic qualifying session in Shanghai

Posted on 19 April 2014 @ 7:53 am

Qualifying – Hamilton takes dominant wet-weather pole in China

Lewis Hamilton romped to his third pole position of the season with a sublime performance in a rain-drenched qualifying session in Shanghai on Saturday afternoon.

The Mercedes star, who now has more poles than any other British driver, was over half a second quicker than Daniel Ricciardo, with the Australian’s Red Bull team mate Sebastian Vettel pipping the spinning Mercedes of Nico Rosberg to third

Posted on 19 April 2014 @ 7:26 am

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