Friday, September 30, 2005

American LeMans Series 2006 Schedule


Featuring two new venues in highly sought after markets and an enhanced television broadcast package involving both CBS Sports and SPEED Channel, the American Le Mans Series announced its 10-race schedule for 2006 today during its annual "State of the Series" address.

2006 Schedule:
March 18, Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Sebring, Fla., SPEED
May 12, Lone Star Grand Prix, Houston, CBS Sports
May 21, American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio, Lexington, Ohio, CBS Sports
July 1, New England Grand Prix, Lakeville, Conn., CBS Sports
July 15, Grand Prix of Utah, Toole, Utah, CBS Sports
July 22, Portland Grand Prix, Portland, CBS Sports
Aug. 20, Generac 500 at Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis., SPEED
Sept. 3, Grand Prix of Mosport, Bowmanville, Ontario, SPEED
Sept. 30, Petit Le Mans, Braselton, Ga., SPEED
Oct. 21, Monterey Sports Car Championships, Monterey, Calif., SPEED


Jay Leno Harley-Davidson sold for $505,100.00 for American Red Cross

Jay Leno's Harley-Davidson Celebrity SIGNED 2006 Road Glide SOLD yesterday with a final bid of $505,100.00 with 95% of the final sale price will support the American Red Cross.

(Read -- List of Celebrities and photos of the bike)

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

American Chopper: NY Yankees bike and New Episodes


Last night was part 2 of the New York Yankees bike were the OCC crew meet with New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada to build a bike to benefit his foundation. The bike came out great and was auctioned off for $150,000.

Named: NASA Space Shuttle Tribute Bike 1 & 2 -- Oct. 3rd and 10th
Building a Space Shuttle tribute bike to honor NASA employees.

Named: Rick's Dream bike 1 & 2 -- Oct 17 and 24th
As Senior and Rick finish a production bike together, Senior decides to surprise Rick and tells him that the next bike that they build will be for him. Mikey comes in to help Rick, and acts as his inspiration.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Jimmie Johnson narrowly wins at Dover

After last weeks wild but exciting New Hampshire race for round one of the race to the nextel cup, the Nextel Cup teams were off to Dover for round two. Before yesterday's race, in the drivers meetings, Mike Helton warned the drivers to settle down and act like professionals. This time around in Dover, the racing was still interesting, but not as much side by side racing. One fan on WindTunnel described this race as boring, NASCAR had taken the fun out racing, but I liked the race.

At the drop of the green flag, Rocketman Ryan Newman who started on the pole lead a couple of laps and then fell back giving the lead to Roush racing's Kurt Busch who lead the most laps, but would have problems again with having to pit under green for a tire going down just after a restart, Buschs teammates also had there own tire problem too, multi-winner Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth both had to come down pit road under green for tires going down as well. Dale Earnhardt Jr. who also had a fast car had brake problems in the early stages of the race putting him several laps down. After several caution flags for debris and spin outs, Jimmie Johnson raced his way to the front to take the lead and to capture the victory after holding off a hard charging Kyle Busch and to take the points lead. Rusty Wallace finished third with Mark Martin and polesitter Ryan Newman grabbing a top 5 finish.

Race To The Nextel Cup Standings:
1. Jimmie Johnson Leader
2. Rusty Wallace -7
3. Ryan Newman -12
4. Mark Martin -21
5. Tony Stewart -23
6. Greg Biffle -23
7. Jeremy Mayfield -81
8. Carl Edwards -103
9. Matt Kenseth -124
10. Kurt Busch -170
11. Elliott Sadler

Next week its off to the high-banked Talladega Superspeedway for Round Three!

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Montoya wins the race and Alonso is World Champion

Going into this weekends Formula One race in Brazil, Fernando Alonso could clinch the World Championship by finishing in the top 3.

At the start of the Fernando Alonso was on the pole, but the 1st and only incident of the race came out at the begin with David Coulthard making contact with another driver on the front straight going into turn one bring out the safety car. When the green back came out, it was business for the front runs with Montoya grabbing the lead away from the polesitter Fernando Alonso putting Alonso back to 2nd until Kimi Raikkonen who started 5th went rocketing by Fisichella and Alonso to take over 2nd place place putting Alonso back the 3rd position were he would stay for the remainder of the race, Juan Pablo Montoya would go on to capture his 3rd victory of the season with Kimi doing everything he could to keep his championship hopes alive, but Fernando Alonso would finish in 3rd position clinching the World Championship.

The final two races of the 2005 season starts in two weeks in Japan and ending up the week after for the final race in China. Fernando Alonso is World Champion.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Engineuity Presents a Breakthrough in Alternative Fuel

I read this article a couple days ago on published by Stuart Waterman about a Israel-based startup Engineuity announced today a new hydrogen fuel technology that avoids problems of fuel distribution and storage by generating hydrogen onboard the vehicle, as it’s needed.

(Read article)
(Read The System -- developers story)

Friday, September 23, 2005

Waltrip and NAPA Head to Bill Davis Racing in 2006

NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip and NAPA AUTO PARTS announced today they have entered into a partnership with Bill Davis Racing (BDR) for the 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season. There is no word on how long the deal is signed for nor what number he will drive. Waltrip's teammate has also not been announced yet... There will be more details on Trackside tonight (Friday night). (Read)

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

More Formula One News: Button and BAR

Button buys his way out of Williams
Williams confirmed on Wednesday that they have agreed a financial settlement with Jenson Button to release him from his contractual commitment to the team for 2006 and beyond. (Read)

BAR delighted with Button-Barrichello pairing
BAR could finally announce their 2006 driver line-up on Wednesday after confirmation that Jenson Button has been released from his Williams contract. Button will race alongside Rubens Barrichello next season, with Takuma Sato's future uncertain. (Read)

Formula One returning to Indianapolis next year

The 2006 United States Grand Prix set for July 2 in Indianapolis.

The United States Grand Prix will take place Sunday, July 2, 2006 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the seventh consecutive year that the only round of the FIA Formula One World Championship in America will be run at the historic.

The 2006 race date is subject to final approval by the FIA, which is the sanctioning body for Formula One. Further details about the event schedule will be provided later. (Read)

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Big Brother 6: Finale, winner is Maggie

Here we are, the big brother 6 finale, let the questions by the jury to the final two Ivette and Maggie begin... "You have to be a person of your word" said by Howie is the truth and looks like it could win you the game. The reuniting of all the 14 houseguests was interesting with some battles and some friendships, but it was all in some fun, anyway.. The votes are in by the jury members and the winner of Big Brother 6 and $500,000 is Maggie, by at vote of 4-3. Ivette takes home $50,000, plus two scooters that she won in the 3rd gold safe.

"My Take" Good game with lots of drama and a good winner. The key to this game was promises and strategy.. who played and who didn't. Everyone did what they had to do in the house and going back, anyone can second guess someone now, but the only two things I see was Kayser and Jennifer. Kayser had a good thing going in the first week, but showed his hand to early in the game by backdooring Eric. Jennifer, not keeping her promise to Kayser and backdooring James got her evicyed, but she had a huge target on here when it was just her and Kayser going for the victory and even more when see won HOH, but promises win... enough said.. The biggest thing in the game had nothing to do with the houseguests,

It was the 24/7 live video feed and the number of things you could not see, paying out $30 for 3 months or $12.95 per month for the Real Superpass and the only thing most people wanted, including me, was the 24/7 feed, but the only thing you could watch was conversation and two HOH competitions, it wasn't worth it and I will not do it next year.. fish, fish, fish, all day and night fish, you can keep it.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Four teams receive fines, penalties after Loudon

He we go again, a wild race at New Hampshire International Speedway with full penalties. What happened to the 5-second delay on the television coverage by NBC Sports. (Read that article) Could it be that NBC is Network TV and TNT is CABLE TV. Also would that make both inappropriate gesture "the bird" and improper language during on television wrong to give a penalty too.. including Martin Truex Jr. last week at Richmond too, on TNT. News:
1. Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 9 Dodge, was fined $25,000 because of an on-track altercation with another competitor during a caution period and placed on probation for the remainder of the year. Plus 25 owner/driver points.

2. Lance McGrew, crew chief for the No. 25 Chevrolet driven by Brian Vickers, fined $10,000 and placed on probation for the remainder of the year. Plus 25 owner/driver points.

3. Robby Gordon, driver of the No. 7 Chevrolet, was fined $25,000 for attempting to hit another competitor's car during a caution period, and then throwing his helmet at another competitor's car. Gordon also was fined $10,000 for use of improper language during a television interview during the race and Gordon has been placed on probation for the remainder of the year. Plus 50 owner/driver points.

4. No. 15 Chevrolet driver Michael Waltrip, involved in the on-track altercations with Gordon, was fined $10,000 and penalized 25 driver points because of an inappropriate gesture during a televised broadcast, while car owner Teresa Earnhardt was penalized 25 owner points.

"My Take" Robby Gordon... He got off really easy, the only message to give to Gordon is suspension from a race, NASCAR did the same thing to both Harvick in 2002 at the Virgina 500 and a couple years ago to Jimmy Spenser, both drivers got the message, 50 owner/driver points and $35,000 does nothing. Also another inappropriate gesture during a televised broadcast penalty, whats NASCAR goal here, no driver can every react after being wrecked period, yeah right!

The penalty for both inappropriate gesture and improper language during a television interview is 25 owner/driver points plus $10,000.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Rocketman Ryan Newman wins a wild one at NHIS

Words can not describe this race.. But damn, what a race. The race to the nextel cup begins at NHIS for the Sylvania 300, Tony Stewart started on the pole with Jeff Gordon starting on the outside of the frontrow, Tony Stewart dominated early on leading till about halfway, but the action begun on Lap 3 when Riggs gets into Kurt Busch sending him into the turn two wall and sending him to the garage, he would return 66 laps down.

Tony Stewart continued to lead dodging a couple of cautions including Kyle Busch getting into Kasey Kahne damaging his car beyond repair, but on the way back to pit road, Kahne hits Busch in pay back. That wasn't the only pay back in the race, after the caution came out again for a wreck in turn one, Michael Waltrip and Robby Gordon get together with Gordon into the wall, the next time by Gordon backs his car down the track trying to hit Waltrip and almost hitting Stewart who fell back after pit stops, on the next lap, Gordon though his helmet at Waltrip's car hitting the door.

Stewart would retake the lead several times thought the race, but green flag pit stops would play out putting Stewart back up front. With around 20 to go during pit stops, the caution came out setting up for the finish were Stewart would swap the lead with Ryan Newman several time with Newman taking back the lead with a couple laps to go and went on the capture his first victory of the season with Stewart, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle and Dale Earnhardt Jr. finishing in the behind him (top 5). Expect NASCAR to announce many penalties later in the week.

Race To The Nextel Cup Standings (Unofficial)
1. Tony Stewart Leader
2. Greg Biffle -20
3. Ryan Newman -40
4. Rusty Wallace -40, finished 6th
5. Matt Kenseth -50
6. Jimmie Johnson -53
7. Mark Martin -54, finished 7th
8. Jeremy Mayfield -95
9. Carl Edwards -109
10. Kurt Busch -142
11. Jamie McMurray

Next week its Dover, for 400 miles on the concrete.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Tony Stewart on the pole at Loudon

The NASCAR Craftsmen Truck Series and Nextel Cup Series are in action this weekend at the New Hampshire International Speedway, for the Nextel Cup, yesterday was the start of the Race to the Nextel Cup with Rusty Wallace on top in Happy Hour and earlier today, Tony Stewart has grabbed the pole over Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr for (tomorrow's) Sunday's Sylvania 300 set to go off on TNT starting at 12:30pm. Tony Stewart won in July and Kurt Busch is the defending champion of his race, Earlier this week, both Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced a crew chief change, both seem to be working. The Truck Series are also in action with Matt Crafton earning his first career pole for later today's Sylvania 200 set to go off on Speed Channel at 3pm.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Eury Jr. back in as crew chief for Earnhardt Jr. news services & The AP News: Tony Eury Jr. will take over crew chief duties for Dale Earnhardt Jr. beginning this week in New Hampshire, ESPN's Mike Massaro confirmed with sources at Dale Earnhardt Incorporated.

Eury had been the crew chief for Michael Waltrip throughout the 2005 season but was a key member of Earnhardt's team up until the infamous personnel swap this past offseason with DEI teammate Waltrip.

Earnhardt has had a sub-par 2005 season, already missing out on the Nextel Cup's 10-race playoffs.

It already seemed in recent weeks as if Earnhardt is looking to next season, anyway. Eury Jr. stopped by his car at Michigan and helped his crew make some adjustments that Earnhardt said improved his No. 8 Chevrolet.

The two were separated at the end of last season because of their constant bickering -- the two are cousins -- and both have said the year apart helped strengthen the relationship. (Read)

Gesture costs Truex Jr. 25 points, $10,000

Credit: Autostock, -- Borrowed for this article. News: NASCAR announced Tuesday that Martin Truex Jr., driver of the No. 8 Chevrolet, has been penalized, fined and placed on probation after a rule violation during the NASCAR Busch Series race Friday night at Richmond International Raceway. Additionally, three other NASCAR Busch Series crew chiefs were penalized following rule infractions at Richmond. Now Martin Truex Jr's lead is now down to -69 points over Clint Bowyer.

"My Take" The headline says it all, I don't now what NASCAR is thinking on this penalty at all, Let me get this straight, Mike Wallace accidentally puttings Truex into the wall, or on the wall and rim rides the entire backstraight and Wallace blames it on his spotter, so Truex goes back on the track and gives Wallace a gesture, now wrecking, a gesture and that is worth 25 points and $10,000.

What would Truex have received if he wrecked him, a 1 lap penalty like Dale Jarrett got at Bristol after wrecking Ryan Newman, after Newman spun him out. Somebody explain this to me? Hopefully an appeal is in the works...

Monday, September 12, 2005

Over 150 posts in six months and still running strong.

Wow Racedriven dot com weblog has been up and running for over six months now, I have been blogging since March 11th -- 12th and loved every minute of it. perfect. The traffic has doubled in the last three months and I have also landed an advertisement. Thank You.. to everyone who visited my site and to those who keep coming back. What do you think, is there anything I can do to improve my website? I would love to hear your feedback. Have a nice day....

My future plans are simple, this winter I will continue to develop both and my professional site with new improved look, better navigation, more postings and a better description.

I am considering an autosports blog plus "My Take" for the description of this site, after reading a comments on another site by a viewer of they are looking for.

Thank You and See Yeah!

Raikkonen wins again in Belgian

At the start, it was Montoya jumping out to the early lead with his teammate Raikkonen in pursuit, but this time around, the track was wet and it showed with several drivers spinning out and some hitting the wall. In the late stages of the race, Michael Schumacher was hit from behind by a Bar Honda car and they were both out and then the 2nd place Montoya was also hit from behind by a William's car sending him into the wall, that gave Alonso 2nd place behind Kimi Raikkonen who went on to take his 6th victory of the season, a tie with Alonso in wins.

Fernando Alonso can clinch in two weeks in Brazil on September 25th. Alonso lead is now 25 over Raikkonen with 30 points up for grabs in the final 3 races.

"My Take" Kurt Busch & Ryan Newman win big in Richmond

Alright here we go, green flag is in the air at Richmond for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400, there was two races going on at Richmond on Saturday night with the first race to see who would be in The Chase for the 2005 Nextel Cup Championship were 8th, 9th and 10th were up for grabs and the who would win the race.

Getting down to it, passing was tough with most of the passing on the highside unless your car was setup just right, Kurt Busch wasted no time by going to the front and battling with Kevin Harvick who was trying to pull a Mayfield, but Kurt Busch would get by and lead the race early on and offen during the race leading the most laps. The first of the chase hopefulls Jeff Gordon hit the wall just after halfway and his night was over, next up was Jamie McMurry who slowed for a caution after hitting someone and was hit from behind, sent into the wall and ended his night as well. That lead to the last pit stop and Kurt Busch went on to take his 3rd victory of the season over Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch and Rusty Wallace.

The Chase for the 2005 Nextel Cup Championship:
1. Tony Stewart Leader
2. Greg Biffle -5
3. Rusty Wallace -10
4. Jimmie Johnson -15
5. Kurt Busch -20
6. Mark Martin -25
7. Jeremy Mayfield -30
8. Carl Edwards -35
8. Matt Kenseth -35
10. Ryan Newman -45

Jack Roush got all five of his drivers into the chase and Rocketman (the bubble man) Ryan Newman got the final bubble spot.

My Take on the Chase, the way it stands right now, the top 6 drivers are going to be the ones by looking at numbers to fight for the championship, but remember, another can and will happen, just like last year starting at New Hampshire. The word in the garage area is that NASCAR is considering changing the top 10 to the top 12, I don't like this idea, your in your in and your out your out and 10 spots sound perfect. Now the 11th spot is up for grabs with the prise being a table at the Waldoff and $1 million dollars.

Next up is New Hampshire... See Yeah!

Saturday, September 10, 2005

The Rundown from Richmond: Sept 10th

Richmond International Raceway played host to this weekends IROC and 3 big NASCAR racing series.

On thursday night, first up was the IROC series with the best 12 drivers in most racing series going at it, the name of the game was cautions, but after the final restart, it was between Kurt Busch on the inside and 2nd place Mark Martin on the outside with just 5 laps to go, it was drag race all around the 3/4 mile with Mark Martin edging Kurt Busch out for the victory.

Martin’s series’ best 13th-career victory clinches the 2005 series points title when he starts the last race of the season at Atlanta Motor Speedway on October 29, giving him a record-breaking fifth IROC Series crown and the $1 million first-place purse.

Also on Thursday night was the Craftsmen Truck Series turn, and what a 200 lap race it was with Mike Skinner picking up his second victory in a row and points lead Dennis Setzer finished 34th and lost a bunch of points and his lead is now 49 points over second in points Ted Musgrave.

On Friday night, it was the Busch Series turn in the Emerson Radio 250 were Kevin Harvick after winning the pole for the Nextel Cup Series went out and dominated the race to take the victory. The big story of the race next to the dominate Kevin Harvick was Martin Truex Jr. taking a wild ride late in the race after he tried to pass the #38 Mike Wallace on the side coming out of turn 2 and got pitched in to the wall and up on top of the wall rim riding down to turn 3 and back on his wheels. Truex finished 27 and his lead is now only 94 points. Next week is a week off and them its off to Dover.

The last Race for the Chase for the Nextel Cup Series is next at Richmond, who will be in and who will be out? See Yeah!

Spy Shots: Ford Shelby Cobra GT500 has caught two Ford Shelby Cobra GT500 test mules sitting outside the Westin Casuarina in Las Vegas off Flamingo Rd. Sept. 5, 2005. Both identical in terms of test equipment.

The production vehicle by SVT set to hit the streets in 2006 with a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 engine. For the complete specs by SVT.

-- View photos caught by Melvin's Photo

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Thursday, September 8, 2005

ALMS announces race at the 4.5 mile Miller Motorsports Park.

ALMS News: In another landmark development for 2006, the American Le Mans Series announced Wednesday night its association with the new Miller Motorsports Park, which will play host to an ALMS event next summer. The Grand Prix of Utah, the new track's marquee event of 2006, is scheduled for July 13-15 and will be televised on CBS Sports. (Read)

The 4.5 mile Miller Motorsports Park located in Tooele, Utah, is the longest road course in the U.S., featuring a 3,500-foot main straight and 24 turns. It also consists of a 2.2 mile East Track, a 2.2 mile West Track, as well as a 3.06 perimeter course. The track opens in the fall of 2005. The 4.5 mile track already has SCCA, AMA Superbikes and the Grand American Road Racing Series. (Read)

Tuesday, September 6, 2005

2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup schedule is out News: The 2006 Nextel Cup schedule is out -- with 36 points races beginning at Daytona and ending at Homestead. However, Richmond and Darlington swapped their May dates, while Kansas and Talladega did the same in October. The Busch Series and Craftsmen Truck Series Schedule is due out any time now. (View 2006 Nextel Cup Schedule)

Three Notes: There is also an article: Petty: 40-race schedule possible with a one day event on Wednesday or Thursday night.. On the Nextel Cup Schedule, As expected, there is no Kentucky Speedway cup date. Also the 2006 Richmond Schedule is out with NO Craftsmen Truck Series race. That truck race has been moved to Talladega Superspeedway in the fall of 2006. (Read)

"My Take" The 2006 Nextel Cup Schedule really has no changes and that doesn't surprise me, no adds and no removed dates. The 2006 schedule is ok, I would still like to see some changes in the future. (Read my ideas) Also, the idea of a 40-race schedule is not really possible, expecially putting on a one day show on Wednesday or Thursday night, this is not the Busch Series or Truck Series. Now let's go racing in 2006.

Is it time for road courses to hit the road? NO, the schedule needs 3 road courses and 3 superspeedways.

Monday, September 5, 2005

"My Take" Kyle Busch wins first victory in California

One word to describe last night's action at California Speedway, "incredible"... This time around in California was different than back in Febuary, this time the race started later in the day with half the race, surviving the sunset and the other half, under the light's were the real action began with a total of 11 cautions mostly for debris, flat tires and spin outs, but the big story of the night the young gun Kyle Busch taking over were he left off at Michigan after an engine failure, but this time around, Busch diced his way up thought field to take the lead on lap 83 to become the first non-roush driver to lead all day, swapping the lead back and fourth with Tony Stewart and then Kyle Busch retakes the led on lap 174, and set sails leading the most laps and after surviving a green-white-checkered finish, he captured his first career victory and the became the youngest driver to win a Nextel Cup race.

The Sony HD 500 Results:
1. Kyle Busch
2. Greg Biffle
3. Brian Vickers
4. Carl Edwards
5. Tony Stewart
6. Kasey Kahne
7. Matt Kenseth
8. Jamie McMurray
9. Ricky Rudd
10. Joe Nemechek

Next up is the last race in Richmond, before the "Chase to the Championship" begins in New Hampshire. See Yeah!

Sunday, September 4, 2005

Alonso wins in Italy and Edwards wins in California

Last night, the NASCAR Busch Series had there night under the lights at the California Speedway were after Greg Biffle and Clint Boywer showed the way early, but after a late race restart on lap 116, Carl Edwards went to the front and took the lead on lap 120 and cruised to his fourth-victory of the season in the Ameriquest 300.

Point Standings/Finished in the Ameriquest 300:
1. Martin Truex Jr. - Leader/finished 15th
2. Clint Bowyer -142/finished 3rd
3. Carl Edwards -358/finished 1st
4. Reed Sorenson -380/finished 12th

Early this morning, it was Formula One's turn for the Grand Prix of Italy were after Raikkonen won the pole on Saturday, but was penilies back 10 spots on the start, that put Juan Pablo Montoya upfront and on the start jumped to the lead and never looked back with a hard-charging Alonso following him all the way to the finish and had a right-rear tire coming apart that sent his teammate to pit road, Montoya held it together and took the victory.

Alonso can clinch the Driver's Championship next week at Belgium.

Thursday, September 1, 2005

"My Take" NASCAR, Motorsports & Fuel

On last weeks TNT Broadcasting of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series live from Bristol, one of the announcers said during the last gasoline crisis, NASCAR shortened the Winston Cup event at Bristol by 100 laps to a 400 lap race. As a huge Nextel Cup Series fan who lives for it, Nobody including me wants to see this happen again.

With the IRL announcing earlier this season that they are changing over from Methonal to Ethonal, earlier this season I thought that this charge was a big, bold, good move, but now I don't know.

With the IRL's announcement, its now the sports car's and NASCAR's turn to change from high-octane gasoline to something entirely different, whether its Ethonal too, Methonal, or even Hydrogen, this move might help develop hydrogen (hydrogen-powered vehicles) faster from the track to the street. I understand this is unique, but not extreme, the time is now to make this change, even though we love the smell of gas, but who wants to see shortages or shortened events. That's My Take.