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Richard Petty thinks the only way Danica Patrick will ever win a NASCAR race is if she’s competing against herself.

The all-time winningest driver with 200 victories in NASCAR’s top division, Petty made his comments while attending the Canadian Motorsports Expo. When asked about Patrick’s chances to win a Sprint Cup race, Petty answered decisively according to Wheels.ca (via Jim Utter of the Charlotte Observer).

Patrick is set to begin her second full year in Cup, and struggled mightily during her rookie season. In 36 starts the former IndyCar driver posted an average finish of 26.1, failed to finish five races due to accidents, and ranked 27th in the standings. Her lone top-10 came in the season-opening Daytona 500, where she placed eighth after becoming the first woman to win a Cup pole.

Patrick’s struggles didn’t go unnoticed by Petty. The seven-time Cup champion feels Patrick landed a premium ride with Stewart-Haas Racing solely because she’s female, which she’s leveraged to attract sponsorship. Petty, however, did acknowledge that the additional attention Patrick has brought to the sport has had benefits for all involved.

“If she’d have been a male, nobody would ever know if she’d showed up at a race track,” Petty said according to Wheels.ca. “This is a female deal that’s driving her. There’s nothing wrong with that, because that’s good PR for me. More fans come out, people are more interested in it. She has helped to draw attention to the sport, which helps everybody in the sport.”

SFi_GP2_2014

Formula 1


SFi_GP2_2014

SAHARA FORCE INDIA EXPANDS DRIVER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM WITH GP2 SQUAD—
 
Sahara Force India has expanded its driver development programme by teaming up with Hilmer Motorsport to create Sahara Force India’s official GP2 team.
 
The new partnership will see Facu Regalia and Daniel Abt race on the GP2 grid in the distinctive colours of Sahara Force India in the Hilmer Motorsport GP2 car.
 
The development programme expands on the success of Sahara Force India’s reserve driver programme, which has already helped progress several drivers to Formula One race seats. It also represents a logical addition to the team’s ‘One From A Billion’ talent hunt, which helped unearth a selection of young Indian karting talents. The most successful candidate has been Jehan Daruvala, a 15-year-old from Mumbai, who graduated into the team’s Academy last year and was crowned British KF3 Junior champion.
 
Dr Vijay Mallya, Team Principal and Managing Director of Sahara Force India: “As a team we’ve always placed great emphasis on nurturing young drivers so I’m delighted to announce our partnership with a GP2 team. It’s the logical next step as we look to bring through the next generation of drivers and provide them with the opportunity to showcase their talent. Our presence in GP2 moves us closer to having a holistic development programme to school drivers from grassroots karting to the higher echelons of professional motorsport.”
 
Franz Hilmer, Team Principal and Managing Director of Hilmer Motorsport: “We are very happy about the collaboration between Hilmer Motorsport and Sahara Force India Formula One Team. I’ve had an association with Sahara Force India for ten years and we are looking forward to working together on a sporting level going forward. With Facu Regalia and Daniel Abt we have two very talented young drivers with the potential to progress to Formula One. We will do our best to support them on their way to the pinnacle of motor racing.”
 
Facu Regalia, Driver #12 Hilmer Motorsport:
“It is incredible news for me to be a GP2 driver with Hilmer Motorsport and Sahara Force India’s driver development programme. I appreciate the belief Franz Hilmer showed in my performances last year and the opportunity to race with him in 2014. I am also very proud to be associated with Sahara Force India and will make the most of the opportunities it presents. The chance to drive a Formula One car at the end of the season is also a huge motivation. My focus is to work as hard as I can to make sure we are fighting at the front of the field and getting the best results possible.”
 
Daniel Abt, Driver #11 Hilmer Motorsport:
“I am very happy about the association between Hilmer Motorsport and Sahara Force India Formula One Team. Over the last few years, Sahara Force India has given young and talented drivers the opportunity to race in Formula One so it’s great to have their support this season. I am determined to have a successful year with Hilmer Motorsport in the GP2 Series and I’m sure that we have the right package to achieve our ambitious goals.”
Another legend joins the 2014 BTCC grid as Airwaves Racing sign double champion Fabrizio Giovanardi

BTCC


Another legend joins the 2014 BTCC grid as Airwaves Racing sign double champion Fabrizio Giovanardi

Another legend joins the 2014 BTCC grid as Airwaves Racing sign double champion Fabrizio Giovanardi

AIRWAVES RACING CONFIRMS TWO-TIME BTCC CHAMPION FABRIZIO GIOVANARDI FOR 2014—

Airwaves Racing has ignited its most ambitious Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship programme to date by revealing multiple touring car champion and BTCC legend Fabrizio Giovanardi as the Motorbase Performance-run squad’s new signing for the 2014 season.
 
Team Principal David Bartrum chose to officially unveil the news during a one-off special edition of the Tin-Top Tuesday radio show earlier this evening (4 February), and the news was simultaneously published on the official BTCC.net website.
 
“This is a very important year for Airwaves Racing. This is going to be the one when we really do underline the product we’ve built here at Motorbase Performance and Fabrizio is the man to show you how it should go,” said Bartrum. “I tried to get Fabrizio on board a couple of years ago, we’ve talked a lot about touring cars and this year I decided just before Christmas that was the right way to try and go. It was something that Airwaves set out in their criteria; they wanted us to up our game, and I was very happy to meet it.”
 
With former champion Giovanardi behind the wheel of the Mountune-powered Ford Focus ST NGTC, the Wrotham-based squad’s sights are set firmly on a return to winning ways after a challenging start to the 2013 season. “The intentions are the same as last year, the team wants to win” continued Bartrum. “We want to win races and we want to go after the championship and if you’re going to go after the championship this is the year to do it. There are thirty cars on the grid and possibly seven guys that have won it before; so I think it’s a fantastic year for Giovanardi to come back and join us.
 
“A lot of work has gone into the car over the winter. I’m really pleased with what the team has done, they’ve worked very hard. As I’ve said before, you need to take a step back and look sometimes, that’s what we’ve done and now we’re hoping to get the reward.  
 
“We’ve always been proud of our driver line-up and no more this year than last year, but this year it’s got a little Italian spice to it that might take the team forward that bit more.”
 
With back to back 2007/2008 championship titles to his name; Giovanardi has an impressive BTCC pedigree.  With 122 appearances, 41 podiums and 24 race wins already under his belt, the twice crowned BTCC champion was last seen in the championship in the 2010 season, where he celebrated two race wins and two podiums during the opening weekend at Thruxton.
 
Following his four year break from the championship Giovanardi is delighted to be joining the Airwaves Racing squad and relishing his highly-anticipated return to the illustrious BTCC grid. “I am really looking forward to coming back to this special championship. For the last four years I have done long distance racing and for me, it’s quite boring! I need to be fighting for championships and this is the best place to find that, so I’m really happy to be back. Obviously, I have to respect the other guys out there but I want to come here and try to win another championship; I need to win the third one!”  
 
Giovanardi’s union with the Airwaves Racing team has been a long time in the making, with behind the scenes talks with the Motorbase Performance Team Boss going as far back as 2010. “When I stopped racing with Triple Eight I had a chat with David Bartrum and we tried to find a deal, but there wasn’t the condition to do that, so now after four years, David has given me the technical effort to win the championship.”
 
“In 2008 and 2009 I had a big battle with this team and they were one of the teams to beat then. After four years I believe they’ve got good experience, they’ve grown up and they are right at this time to give me the winning chance,” added Giovanardi. “These are passionate guys, it’s a small team but with people that work well together. Good people and the right people make the right target and I believe straight away that we can be one of the teams fighting for the championship.”
 
The Airwaves Racing squad will be embarking on its winter testing programme in the coming weeks ahead of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship’s official Season Launch to be held at Donington Park on 18 March. The 2014 BTCC season opener takes place at Motorbase Performance’s local track, Brands Hatch on March 29/30.
Peugeot Sport Director, Bruno Famin with Hansen Motorsport Team Manager Kenneth Hansen

FIA World Rallycross


Peugeot Sport Director, Bruno Famin with Hansen Motorsport Team Manager Kenneth Hansen

Peugeot Sport Director, Bruno Famin with Hansen Motorsport Team Manager Kenneth Hansen

PEUGEOT BECOMES SECOND MAJOR MANUFACTURER TO COMMIT TO WORLD RX

– Peugeot joins Ford in signing up to motorsport’s newest and fastest-growing World Championship 
– Team Peugeot-Hansen to benefit from extensive French and Swedish rallycross expertise
– Manufacturer looking forward to competing in ‘strategically important markets’ in 2014
 
Peugeot has followed in the wheel tracks of Ford in becoming the second major manufacturer to commit to the inaugural season of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy.
 
A name synonymous with rallycross success – having clinched eight French drivers’ championship crowns between 1988 and 2012 and boasting a similar record across the various different divisions in Europe over the same period – Peugeot is a natural fit for motorsport’s newest and most exciting World Championship.
 
After Ford pledged its official backing to OlsbergsMSE’s World RX effort in 2014, fellow big-hitter Peugeot has joined forces with another of rallycross’ leading outfits, Hansen Motorsport, as it prepares to enter the fray for the championship’s debut campaign this year. Team Peugeot-Hansen will compete in the Supercar class in all 12 rounds on the calendar – beginning at Montalegre in Portugal in May – with a T16 silhouette version of its 208 model.
 
Peugeot’s broad involvement in motorsport over the decades has yielded title glory in the FIA World Rally Championship, FIA World Sportscar Championship, gruelling Dakar Rally and round-the-clock Le Mans 24 Hours, not to mention extraordinary record-breaking feats at Pikes Peak hillclimb in the United States.
 
Martin Anayi, Managing Director of World RX Promoter, IMG Motorsport, welcomed the confirmation of the French manufacturer’s latest challenge.
 
“We are delighted that Peugeot Sport has joined Ford Racing in committing to officially supporting professional race teams entering the FIA World Rallycross Championship in its inaugural year,” he said. “To have a second major manufacturer involved in this way is another significant coup for our fast-growing series.
 
“With the knowledge, experience and expertise of Hansen Motorsport behind the project, the team looks set to be a front-running contender in what is sure to be a thrilling and fiercely-disputed season of rallycross competition.”
 
Peugeot Sport Director, Bruno Famin explained that rallycross’ burgeoning popularity amongst a whole new generation of fans – allied to the rapidly-growing discipline’s exhilarating and affordable entertainment in vital markets – made World RX a perfect match for the brand’s international ambitions.
 
“At Peugeot Sport, we are constantly looking to explore different forms of motorsport,” he said. “Rallycross is a discipline that is expanding quickly, and that includes the introduction of an FIA-sanctioned World Championship from this year. We were attracted to the sport by a long list of factors, including its spectacular side, the big crowds it draws and the cars that are involved. They are very close to our target.
 
“We naturally sought to strike up a relationship with one of the best teams in the business, namely Hansen Motorsport. Team Peugeot-Hansen is starting from scratch for this new championship, and we face a fascinating challenge with a calendar of 12 rounds across the world in some of the most strategically important markets for the brand.”
 
Hansen Motorsport Team Manager Kenneth Hansen is the most successful driver in rallycross history, with no fewer than 14 FIA European Championship titles to his name, six silver medals in the series and ten Swedish crowns. The ultra-experienced Swede is hoping his squad can continue adding to its impressive trophy collection in World RX – a championship whose entry list is looking more competitive by the day.
 
“We are very proud and honoured to be working with Peugeot Sport in this year’s FIA World Rallycross Championship,” Hansen said. “We couldn’t be more motivated, but we are also acutely aware that the programme comes with a huge responsibility. Be sure, though, that we will do everything in our power to make sure Peugeot has no regrets about placing its faith in Hansen Motorsport.
 
“My entire focus is now on getting on with the work that awaits us, from the team’s branding to the tiniest of screws which will go into the car. Hansen Motorsport can look back at a successful record, and our big dream right now is to fight at the very front with Peugeot. This is a completely new project which starts here and now, so we will need to work harder than ever in our bid to secure more success in 2014.”
 
The Team Peugeot-Hansen driver line-up will be revealed at a later date.

Massa at Williams 2014

Formula 1 Testing


Massa at Williams 2014

FELIPE MASSA PUTS HIS WILLIAMS ON THE TOP OF THE TIME SHEETS ON THE FINAL DAY OF TESTING—

Massa:It wasn’t a great day because it was raining, but we completed some laps in the wet conditions which was interesting to understand how the car behaves in wet, with the tyres and new power unit. We managed to do many more laps today than we have in the last three days which is important. Today we didn’t have any issues with the car which I think is also another step forward. We now need to concentrate and prepare with an aim to do more laps per day in Bahrain. Overall, I’m happy with my first days with Williams and I’m pleased with what I have seen in the team this week. For sure it is important to be competitive, but testing is testing, and we now need to look to prepare for Bahrain and then towards the first race, which is the most important thing.

Pos Driver              Team                  Time       Gap     Laps
 1. Felipe Massa        Williams-Mercedes     1m28.229s           86
 2. Fernando Alonso     Ferrari               1m29.145s  +0.916s  115
 3. Daniel Juncadella   Force India-Mercedes  1m29.457s  +1.228s  81
 4. Kevin Magnussen     McLaren-Mercedes      1m30.806s  +2.577s  110
 5. Lewis Hamilton      Mercedes              1m30.822s  +2.593s  41
 6. Jules Bianchi       Marussia-Ferrari      1m32.222s  +3.993s  25
 7. Adrian Sutil        Sauber-Ferrari        1m36.571s  +8.342s  69
 8. Nico Rosberg        Mercedes              1m36.951s  +8.722s  91
 9. Kamui Kobayashi     Caterham-Renault      1m43.193s  +14.964s 54
10. Daniil Kvyat        Toro Rosso-Renault    1m44.016s  +15.787s  9
11. Daniel Ricciardo    Red Bull-Renault      1m45.374s  +17.145s  7

 

BARC Gala

BARC


BARC Gala

STARS OF BRITISH MOTOR SPORT SCENE SET TO SHINE AT BARC CHAMPIONSHIP AWARDS GALA— 

The crème de la crème of Britain’s motor sport heroes will be honoured on Saturday, February 15 at the annual British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) Awards Evening.
 
The BARC runs more than 30 high-profile national motor racing championships, including the hugely popular Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship and associated Ginetta, Renault and Porsche support series, the power and thunder of the British Truck Racing Association Championship, the British F3 Championship, classic and saloon car championships and single-make series for BMWs, Mazdas and MGs.
 
The 2013 BARC champions will be celebrated at the Awards Evening, including top names Andrew Jordan, Jordan King, Tom Ingram, Josh Files and Harry Woodhead. The star-studded ceremony will be compered by leading motor sport commentator Alan Hyde and will take place at the Chesford Grange Hotel in Warwickshire.
 
The cost is £65 for BARC members and £75 for non-members, and will include a three-course meal, entertainment by Jake Ward, Alvin ‘The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Show’ and the G-Pro Roadshow. A special B&B rate has been secured with the hotel for those wishing to stay overnight, on a first come, first served basis.
 
If you are interested in attending the Awards Evening, please contact Mandy Curley at mcurley@barc.net or on 01264 882200.

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