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Aug 30

IndyCar Institutes New Pit Lane Rules After Dixon, Power Mixup

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Nothing is going to change the damaging penalty that received for inadvertently making contact with ’s Team Penske pit crew last Sunday.

The mishap did, however, prompt to install new rules involving drivers and the safety of pit crew members.

Dixon was on his way to victory at Sonoma when he received a drive-through penalty with 15 laps to go for clipping a tire in the left hand of a member of Power’s crew. The incident occurred when Dixon’s Honda left his pit directly behind Power’s Chevrolet.

Dixon was livid after finishing 15th, claiming the pit crew member intentionally got in his way. His stance mellowed Friday — to a degree.

“I’m obviously not as angered. I’d probably take back some of the words I used,” Dixon said. “But still, I think the guy was incompetent, not paying attention, and we don’t need that on pit lane. He’s going to cause somebody else harm. I still feel he should be removed from pit lane or some kind of penalty inflicted on him.”

The new rules instituted Friday addressed that concern, and clearly defined where pit crews should stand during the race.

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Aug 30

No Driver Announcement At Monza – Ferrari

Stefano Domenicali. Photo: LAT Photographic

. Photo: LAT Photographic

on Friday confirmed reports it is not ready to announce its full driver lineup for 2014.

We reported earlier that, despite historic Monza often setting the scene for such an announcement, the Italian team is “not ready yet” amid F1′s more chaotic than usual silly season.

“I know it’s hard for people to believe,” team boss Stefano Domenicali told Brazil’s O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper, “but we haven’t really stopped yet to think about it.

“Do you know why?” he asked correspondent Livio Oricchio rhetorically, referring to the undecided identity of ’s teammate next year.

“Because we have no hurry.”

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Aug 30

Lorenzo: Title Close to Impossible, Must Win Silverstone

Lorenzo: Title Close to Impossible, Must Win Silverstone

of Spain (Photo: Getty Images)

Jorge Lorenzo has done the math and now feels he has  only has one option if he is to successfully defend his world champion.

Win races, starting with Sunday’s British Grand at .

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Aug 30

EXCLUSIVE: 8Star Planning For Dual DP/P2 Program

EXCLUSIVE: 8Star Planning For Dual DP/P2 Program

Photo: John Dagys

With the much-talked about / Balance of Performance yet to be finalized, is preparing to hedge his bets in ’ Prototype class title bid for next year’s United SportsCar Racing series.

SPEED.com has learned the Florida-based squad is finalizing plans to field a P2 car alongside its Corvette DPs next year, which would see its lead driver pairing swap between cars on a race-by-race basis, depending on the best-suited package for each specific track.

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