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Sep 13

IndyCar Will Not Return To Baltimore In 2014

IndyCar Will Not Return To Baltimore In 2014

A general view of the track during the IZOD IndyCar Series Baltimore Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

INDYCAR announced today that it will not return to Baltimore in 2014.

“After a successful visit to Baltimore, which included record attendance, we are disappointed that our schedules will not align to host an event in 2014,” said Mark Miles, chief executive officer, Hulman & Co., the parent company of INDYCAR.  ”This was simply a matter of trying to find the best date that worked for all parties, since Labor Day weekend was not an option in 2014.  We are thankful to the city of Baltimore, Race On and Andretti Sports Marketing for their support and enthusiasm for the event over the years.”

Miles added: “We continue to finalize our 2014 schedule and anticipate announcing it prior to the end of our 2013 season.”

Sep 13

Strong Start in Misano for Local Hero Rossi

Strong Start in Misano for Local Hero Rossi

Strong Start in Misano for Local Hero Rossi. (Photo: Courtesy of Yamaha Motor Racing)

Valentino Rossi made a strong start to the San Marino and the Riviera of Rimini Grand Prix weekend today, taking third overall in combined times for the first two free practice sessions.

The local hero was enjoying Yamaha’s new seamless gearbox for the first time in a race weekend situation as he tackled the Misano World circuit under hot and sunny conditions. Rossi completed the morning session in fourth, just over half a second from the front then stepped up the pace in the afternoon session, shaving just under quarter of a second off to finish in third, 0.258 seconds behind Marc Marquez at the front.

Sep 13

Rossi Prepares For Showdown With Marquez In Home Race

Rossi Prepares For Showdown With Marquez In Home Race

Valentino Rossi of Italy rides his Yamaha during qualifying practice for the San Marino Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

While Valentino Rossi has hailed Yamaha’s new seamless shift gearbox as a “fantastic” upgrade to the M1, it was Honda riders who dominated the opening day of practice for Sunday’s San Marino Grand Prix.

Rookie sensation Marc Marquez was in stunning form, mastering a series of lurid slides to set the fastest time in both sessions.

Sep 13

Kimi Raikkonen Q&A: ‘I’ll Keep Pushing At Every Race’

 Q&A With Kimi Raikkonen “I’ll Keep Pushing At Every Race”

Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Lotus will be with a new team in 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kimi Raikkonen is Formula One’s man of the moment for obvious reasons, but before he rejoins Scuderia Ferrari in 2014, he still has a World Championship to fight for. Lotus on Friday issued a Q&A with the Finnish star, focusing on his prospects for next weekend’s Singapore GP.

Q: It’s now been announced where you will drive next year; how does that affect the rest of your season?

Sep 13

Marquez Leads Both Friday Sessions At Misano

Photo Credit: Dorna Communications

Photo Credit: Dorna Communications

Marc Marquez set the pace in both practice sessions as Friday signaled the start of the GP Aperol di San Marino e Riviera di Rimini weekend at Misano. The Repsol Honda Team rider narrowly edged out teammate Dani Pedrosa, while Valentino Rossi ended the day quicker than Jorge Lorenzo as both ran seamless transmission of the first time.

Already the championship leader heading to Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Marquez has started as he means to continue by locking out both sessions. The margin was narrow, though, with Pedrosa moving to within 33 thousandths at the end of the day having previously overcome problems as his bike suffered vibrations. In third place, Rossi was ahead of Lorenzo, but Misano marks a critical race for all at Yamaha Factory Racing as it finally puts its seamless transmission system into practice.