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Aug 14

Stanaway, Thiim Added To AMR Lineup For WEC Brazil

Circuit de La Sarthe, Le Mans, France. 19th - 23rd June 2013. Christoffer Nygaard/Kristian Poulsen/Allan Simonsen, Aston Martin Racing (Prodrive), No.95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE

Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic

Aston Martin Racing’s five-car entry for next month’s Six Hours of Sao Paulo will feature a new and returning driver to the factory British squad.

Nicki Thiim will make his debut with AMR, filling the seat of Allan Simonsen, who lost his life in an early race accident at Le Mans. Thimm will be joined by fellow Danes Christoffer Nygaard and Kristian Poulsen, who both currently sit fifth in the GTE-Am drivers’ championship.

Aug 14

Crutchlow – No Choice But Ducati

Future Ducati rider Cal Crutchlow

Photo Credit: Tech3

PROGRAMMING NOTE: The Red Bull Indianapolis GP will air LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Sunday, August 18 in a four-hour programming block that starts at 11:00am ET.

Cal Crutchlow says he simply had no other choice but to accept the biggest payday of his career to become the latest ‘savior’ for Ducati’s troubled Desmosedici MotoGP project.

A two-year deal that will secure his financial future and a contract that guarantees his status as factory rider proved irresistible to the 27-year-old Briton.

Crutchlow returns to racing after the summer break for the Indianapolis Grand Prix this Sunday secure in the knowledge that from 2014 he is a full factory rider. It is something he wanted from Yamaha, who were unwilling to match Ducati’s dollars and factory level bikes and technical support.

Crutchlow will complete the nine races remaining this season with the Monster Tech3 Yamaha team.

Aug 13

Fox Sports 1 Launches With Enhanced Indy Coverage

Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez

Photo Credit: HRC

PROGRAMMING NOTE: The Red Bull Indianapolis GP will air LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Sunday, August 18 in a four-hour programming block that starts at 11:00am ET.

FOX Sports 1, America’s new 24/7 sports network launching Aug. 17, is poised for LIVE and ENHANCED coverage of the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, round 10 of the 18-race MotoGP World Championship, the globe’s premier motorcycle racing series.

Starting Sunday, Aug. 18 at 11:00 AM ET, the second day of FOX Sports 1’s ‘Launch Weekend,’ all three categories of the MotoGP World Championship take to the 2.62-mile, 16-turn road course situated within America’s most historic racing facility – Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Motor sports broadcast veteran Bob Varsha hosts the show from a stage located behind the famous front-stretch pagoda, and the live telecast begins with Moto 3 at 11:00 AM ET, Moto 2 at Noon ET and the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix at 2:00 PM ET.

Aug 13

Noyes’ Notebook – Reality Check

Noyes' Notebook - Reality Check

Photo Credit: HRC

PROGRAMMING NOTE: The Red Bull Indianapolis GP will air LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Sunday, August 18 in a four-hour programming block that starts at 11:00am ET.

Following nine races — the first half of the 2013 MotoGP schedule — Repsol Honda’s 20-year-old rookie Marc Marquez, has won three races leads his seasoned teammate, Dani Pedrosa, by 16 points. He also holds a 26-point lead — one more than offered by a race win — over reigning defending champion Jorge Lorenzo on the factory Yamaha.

The last time a rookie made a serious run for the premier class championship was in 1998 when Italian Max Biaggi, a four-times 250 champion, who won in his 500cc debut in Japan, was leading the points table with only three races to go with a three-point lead over eventual champion Mick Doohan and a five-point lead over Alex Crivillé.

Going into the Grand Prix of Catalunya that year, Biaggi was on course to match Kenny Roberts’ 1978 feat and become only the second rookie ever to win the premier class title in his first season.

Aug 13

In The Cockpit: Oliver Gavin, Road America

IN THE COCKPIT- Oliver Gavin, Road America

Photo Credit: John Dagys

Three seemed to be the magic number for our weekend at Road America after qualifying 3rd, finishing 3rd and taking our 3rd podium placing from six races this year in the ALMS. Luckily there was one important number one amongst all those threes!

For my team mate Tommy Milner and me, our finishing place gave us enough points to bump us back up into the lead of the GT Drivers’ points’ classification ahead of Dirk Muller and our team mates, Jan and Antonio, who were also on the podium.

After having had a nice sunny, breezy week the rain which started coming down a couple of hours before the start of the race was a bit of a surprise and not a welcome one. It was still raining a bit as Tommy set out in our No.4 Corvette C6.R and there was a lot of spray and jostling for position as the 33-strong field set off.