Sunday, January 31, 2010

ARGO Racing Changes Rides in GT3

ARGO Racing has announced that it will run Lamborghini Gallardo's rather than last years Audi R8 LMS. Their sponsor will be the ATEC Automotive group owned by the same family as ARGO, the Lambert's.
The new LP560 has been faster than even the firm that prepares the cars, Reiter Engineering, had expected.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Update to Carrera Slot Car and Ferrari Exclusive Agreement

The Carrera/Ferrari agreement is really strong. Because Carrera has obtained this agreement, any other manufacturer having Ferrari's in their 2010 line up must produce them and release them and have them sold by June 30th, 2010, and then abandon and destroy any remaining product!
This has adversely affected most other slot car manufacturers who planned production of Ferrari vehicles.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Some Slot Racing News!

This is a little old, but at the upcoming Nurenberg Toy Fair, Carrera and Ferrari will announce a 3 year agreement for Carrera to be the sole producer of Ferrari slot cars.
Bad for other brands but good for Carrera.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

2 Major ALMS Teams Finalize Drivers

Porsche factory driver Wolf Henzler will team with Bryan Sellers in the Team Falken's 911 GT3 RSR, while former Formula 1 driver and FIA GT2 champion Gianmaria Bruni is to contest the full American Le Mans Series for the first time after joining Jamie Melo in the Risi Ferrari lineup.
Henzler is a real ace for Team Falken and Melo and Bruni, who both reside in Rome, will be driving together in the GT2 Ferrari in the European LMS series, also.
Look out Flying Lizard and Corvette and BMW and.................
Should be a good year in ALMS GT.

Whitmarsh Elected as New FOTA Chairman

19 January 2010
Martin Whitmarsh elected as new FOTA Chairman
The Executive Committee of the Formula One Teams Association elected Martin
Whitmarsh as its new Chairman for the year 2010.
Stefano Domenicali will be the Vice Chairman. Completing the team which will lead FOTA
in 2010, Christian Horner takes the role of Chairman of the Sporting Regulations Working
Group while Ross Brawn will maintain his role of Chairman of the Technical Regulations
Working Group. The activities of the Commercial Development Working Group will be
directly managed by the Executive Committee.
All members placed on record their thanks to Luca di Montezemolo for his valuable
leadership and remarkable contribution in the successful establishment of FOTA, as well
as all the other key figures who contributed greatly to a successful first year. FOTA Teams
now look forward to working with Martin Whitmarsh to continue the development of
activities in the long-term interest of Formula One, in collaboration with all other
Each member of the association, which now includes all Teams competing in Formula
One, is entitled to appoint one representative within the Executive Committee and within
each of the standing Working Groups. The different bodies work closely together in order
to define FOTA’s objectives and initiatives.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Dubai 24 Hours Results

After 24 Hours the top 3 were:
1. Narac/Pilet/Holzer (F/F/D), Porsche 997 GT3 RSR, 608 laps in

2. Taniguchi/Yanagida/Hairuman/Stuck/Yoshida (J/J/MAL/LIE/J), BMW Z4, 3 laps

3. Al Faisal/Hürtgen/Hartung/Al Faisal (KSA/D/D/KSA), BMW Z4, 5 laps

The AF Corse Ferrari F430 which had, among others driving, Michael Waltrip and Marcos Ambrose from NASCAR, ran in the top 10, worked up to 6th at one time, but was eliminated in the 9th hour after an unavoidable collision while Waltrip was driving.

FIA GT1 Series Ready!

A quote from Stephane Ratel on the fact 6 makes, 12 teams and 24 entries are paid to begin the new series.

“With two car teams only and two teams per brand, this will be the most professionally presented grid outside of Formula One, the only one to display such clear visibility for the Media and the fans. It is a long held dream becoming reality and even if a lot remains to be developed in terms of promotion, media and television, there is no doubt that we are at the beginning of something big.”
“We are convinced of the unlimited potential of a series that brings together all the ingredients for success: an official World Championship title, a fair balance between the teams’ budget without direct manufacturer involvement, a truly global calendar visiting four and possibly five continents, a collection of great circuits, a format appealing to spectators and TV audiences, and most importantly the best, looking, best sounding and most prestigious cars around.”
“We have no doubts that the many brands that are looking at the series will soon decide to join in and their only way to do so will be to come through the 12 original teams who started the series. It is our objective that in 2012, all of the teams will benefit from manufacturer support; it is our aim to bring together 10 to 12 brands represented by one team of two cars each.”

Personally, I can't wait.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

New LMP Lola

This is the release of the artist rendering of the new Lola LMP 1 & 2 coupe, designated the B10/60 - 80.
The areo changes are incorporated into the redone body work particularly noticeable on the rear side panels of the car.
Changes, according to a Lola spokesperson were "50/50" to the body and the basic chassis and suspension of the previous addition, re done in 2009.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

USF1 Interview w/Bob Varsha

This is very interesting link as USF1 appears to play it close to the vest even on camera. This is Part 1. Ummmm.............

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Alabama 1st Test for USF1 (From Official F1 Website)

True to their roots, the new US team have confirmed their 2010 car’s first run will take place on home soil in the United States. The new machine will make its test debut at the Barber Motorsport Park in Alabama early next month.

The US team is one of four new squads joining the grid this year, along with Lotus, Campos and Virgin, but they are the only one based outside of Europe, which means they will not be at the first of February’s pre-season tests in Spain.

“Because we are a new team and start everything from zero the first time we will run the car will be in the United States at the Barber Motorsport Park in Alabama, the circuit that was nominated by the FIA for us,” sporting director Peter Windsor told

“We’ve got the dispensation from the FIA, which is fantastic, because we are not based in Europe. We are the only team that does have a test circuit outside Europe, so it is totally logical for us that we run the car the first time in the US at the beginning of February.”

Though the team’s initial testing will be in the US, Windsor said they do plan to run alongside their rivals before the season gets underway on March 14.

“We are allowed three sessions in the US,” he explained. “Then we will ship it (the car) to Spain to do some testing there before we fly out to Bahrain.”

The Charlotte-based team has yet to confirm any drivers, despite reports late last year that former Renault tester Jose Maria Lopez was close to signing a deal. However, Windsor confirmed that an announcement on their line-up can be expected shortly.

“We are very close to announcing our drivers,” he said. “We’ve been talking to some great racing drivers over the last couple of months - and it is very difficult choosing from the good drivers that are around.

“I think there are still a lot and the difficult thing is to choose only two out of ten that are available. It’s a difficult job and I hate having to do that. We have not signed our forward deals yet in terms of the contracts, but we are pretty near to announcing.”

2010 Aston Martin Racing Teams in GT1

Two teams, Young Driver and Team Hexis will enter 2 DBR9's each in the 2010 GT1 class.
Looks like racing in Europe is going forward very nicely, despite the economy.