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Aug 9

Ganassi Evaluating Switch To P2

USCR- Ganassi Evaluating Switch To P2

Photo Credit: Brian Cleary

The most successful team in Daytona Prototype history could be making a radical switch to -spec machinery for next year’s United SportsCar Racing championship.

SPEED.com has learned that is undecided on its 2014 sports car program, with the six-time and defending class champions considering either to continue with its proven Riley-BMW package or make the move to a Le Mans Prototype.

A decision has yet to be made, according to team manager Tim Keene, who is waiting on the technical regulations for the new combined Prototype category, comprised of DPs, P2s and the DeltaWing, to be finalized.

“We don’t really know what to look at,” Keene told SPEED.com. “We’d like to have an on-track test to see where we’d actually stand before we can make any kind of decisions. We don’t want to base a decision on what we think is going to be right because we don’t really know what the regulations will be.”

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Aug 9

Miller’s Mailbag, 8.9

Charlie Kimball's win was a popular one among Mailbag readers.

Photo Credit: Marshall Pruett

Hello open-wheel types and thanks for all your questions. I intend to answer your questions every week during the season, so just email me at openwheelmailbag@gmail.com. Don’t feel left out if I didn’t directly respond. I appreciate your interest and passion.

~Robin Miller

Q: It was great seeing Charlie Kimball get the win at Mid-Ohio. I have been waiting all season for the “we need to save fuel” strategy to blow up in someone’s face. I get so sick and tired of hearing the phrase “save fuel.” The races should be a sprint with the drivers pushing the entire way, not a clinic on fuel conservation. If we wanted to watch clinics on fuel conservation we would watch people roll on down the road in Hybrid . Bravo to Charlie for pushing the car. I do have some gripes to add though, can we get rid of these big gaps between races in 2014 or can we have more races in 2014? Can we get MIS back on the schedule in May, June, July, August, or September? Invite the Brewers guild, and Michigan car clubs the people will come in droves.

CJ Shoemaker, Charlotte NC

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Aug 9

FOX Sports Inks International Multi-Media Deal With FIA Formula E Championship

FOX Sports Inks International Multi-Media Deal With FIA Formula E Championship

FOX Sports has signed a multi-year, international multi-media deal with the Championship, the world’s first fully-electric car racing series…

New global electric race series to broadcast across FOX family of networks spanning 88 territories over six continents

FOX Sports, one of the largest global sports networks, has signed a multi-year, international multi-media deal with the FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s first fully-electric car racing series beginning in September 2014.

Formula E (www.fiaformulae.com) is a new FIA Championship featuring open-wheel powered exclusively by electricity and racing in the heart of 10 of the world’s leading cities, including two in the US with Los Angeles and Miami. Designed to promote interest and investment in electric vehicles and sustainable motoring, 10 teams each with two drivers will compete in one hour races using Formula capable of reaching speeds of more than 220kph with zero emissions.

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Aug 9

Edwards Paces GT Practice At Road America

Photo Credit: John Dagys

Photo Credit: John Dagys

John Edwards saved his best for last in Friday’s second practice session for the Orion Energy Systems 245 at . Edwards lapped the 4.048-mile circuit in 2:04.711 (116.853 mph) in the No. 56 BMW North America, LLC/Crowne Plaza BMW Z4 GTE. His best lap came in the final minute of the session, knocking Marc Goossens – who led the day’s first session – out of the top spot in GT.

Lucas Luhr kept the No. 6 Muscle Milk HPD ARX-03c on top of the overall charts with a lap of 1:52.106 (129.991 mph), 5.467 seconds ahead of Chris McMurry in the No. 16 Mazda/Thetford/Norcold Lola B12/60 Mazda.

Quickest in the class was Johannes van Overbeek in the No. 02 Tequila Patrón HPD ARX-03b at 1:57.573 (123.947 mph). Simon Pagenaud, 1:57.969 (123.531 mph), and Marino Franchitti, 1:58.407 (123.074 mph) rounded out the top three.

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Aug 9

Barrett-Jackson Reno Opens Strong, Heating Up

Photo Credit: Tom Jensen

Photo Credit: Tom Jensen

The opening day of the inaugural Reno Tahoe Hot August Nights collector-car auction was a huge success, as the Reno Convention Center was jammed with fans and the energy was palpable all Thursday afternoon and evening.

All told, 72 crossed the auction block, all selling for no reserve. The sales totals on the opening day were $1,377,000, plus a 10 percent buyer’s premium for each car that crossed the auction lot.

The high seller on the day was a beautiful white 1956 Ford Thunderbird with two tops that brought $49,500, with 10 percent buyer’s premium included.

Second on the list at $45,100 was a 1993 Chevrolet ZR- Corvette with only 9,000 original miles and the highly desirable 40th Anniversary Package.

Then came a 1949 Ford F-1 pickup truck at $40,700; a 1965 Ford Mustang at $38,500; and a custom 1966 Chevrolet Nova at $37,400.

One of the evening’s highlights was the appearance of legendary drag racer Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, who displayed his 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda Funny Car and its hauler, and the ’70 Plymouth Duster Funny Car of former teammate Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen.

Those two cars and their respective haulers will be shown again at the Sixth Annual Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Sept. 26-28, and then auctioned off as a package during the 43rd annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January 2014.

But the main story at Reno is what happens on the auction floor, and there was plenty of action on Thursday. As is the case with every Barrett-Jackson auction, the first day features the lowest-priced cars and typically has more than its share of bargains.

One of the cars that caught the eyes of the SPEED on-air talent was a 1998 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra convertible that carried a notarized affidavit that it had just 40,498 original miles. Purported to be in great condition both cosmetically and mechanically, it sold for just $11,000, which made it an exceptional value.

In Day 2 of Barrett-Jackson Reno Tahoe, the quality of cars will go up and expect the prices to increase commensurately. The second day of the docket is heavy with pickup trucks of all shapes and sizes, ranging from strictly stock nut-and-bolt restorations to wild customs.

One of the more intriguing offerings is Lot 325, a 1968 Chevrolet El Camino restored to an exceptionally high standard. What’s particularly interesting about this truck is that it came from the factory with no options whatsoever — It carries a three-on-the-tree manual transmission, manual brakes and manual steering.

Another interesting Chevrolet — although you’d never be able to identify it as a Chevy — is a 1930 rat rod, Lot 330, that’s chopped, channeled and powered by an engine from a 1964 Buick Wildcat.

Hot rods obviously are huge here in Reno, and one very sharp one is Lot 428, a 1932 Ford custom roadster finished in an eye-catching shade of metallic purple. Powered by the ubiquitous Chevrolet small-block engine, it has a very period-correct 1950s feel to it.

SPEED and SPEED.com will bring you all the action from Barrett-Jackson today, with live television coverage from 6-11 p.m. ET and live streaming during the same period. Tune in and watch another day of action from Barrett-Jackson Reno Tahoe Hot August Nights.

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