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Aug 17

Future Of Indianapolis Grand Prix Uncertain

Cal Crutchlow powers his bike at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Cal Crutchlow powers his bike at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Photo Credit: Getty Images

Major revisions to the infield road course are central to the future of the MotoGP race at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Talks were being held in advance of Sunday’s Indianapolis Grand Prix for a contract extension, with the often-criticized infield layout at the Brickyard a central issue.

Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi and British star Cal Crutchlow echoed the thoughts of leading riders after qualifying for the 27-lap race.

Spanish young gun Marc Marquez, riding for the Repsol Honda team, took pole position with a record lap for the 4.2-kilometer Indy track.

Marquez’s time of 1:37.958 was almost one second faster than the previous pole record held by his teammate, Dani Pedrosa.

But lap times could be dramatically faster next if the Indy GP, with track changes, is confirmed on the MotoGP calendar.

Rossi confirmed that IMS wants to continue with the premier-class MotoGP event but is insistent that complete resurface of the road course is essential.

The issue was raised by riders at Friday evening’s Safety Commission meeting at the Brickyard.

Aug 17

Rough Qualifying Run For Rossi at Indy

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Valentino Rossi holds little hope of ending a five-year losing streak at the Indianapolis Grand Prix.

The nine-time world champion has qualified ninth, on the outside of the third row, for Sunday’s 27-lap race.

He was a massive 1.3 seconds off the pace of pole man Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) and in a disconsolate mood after qualifying.

Rossi won the inaugural Indy MotoGP race in 2008 when a wild hurricane hit the Brickyard and forced the raced to be red-flagged after 20 laps.

But in qualifying for the 2013 edition, Rossi put in his worst Saturday performance of this season with his ninth-fastest time.

He has won just one race, the Dutch TT at Assen in June, since rejoining Yamaha at the beginning of this season.

Aug 17

Racing Version Of New Corvette Breaks Cover

Photo Credit: Chevy Racing

Photo Credit: Chevy Racing

The 2014 Chevrolet C7 Corvette Stingray is the most hotly anticipated new car to arrive in the marketplace in a long, long time.

Saturday at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in Monterey, Calif., the competition version of the new Corvette was shown for the first time and it looked both sensational and sinister.

Even with its hallucination-inducing graphics, you can tell this car that this new racer, known as the C7.R,will be striking on the track.

Aug 17

USCR Making Progress With DP/P2 Technical Regs

Photo Credit: John Dagys

Photo Credit: John Dagys

A notable step towards the finalization of the United SportsCar Racing technical regulations was made this week, as series officials completed its first wind tunnel test for a P2 car.

Fresh off a podium finish in last weekend’s American Le Mans Series race at Road America, the No. 01 Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-03b was taken to Windshear in Concord, N.C. for the a test at the state-of-the-art, rolling-road wind tunnel.

The purpose of the test, according to Scot Elkins, vice president, competition and technical regulations for USCR, was to evaluate multiple aerodynamic configurations as the series continues its balance of performance process between P2 cars, Daytona Prototypes and the DeltaWing, which will compete together in the top Prototype class in 2014.