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Despite speculation stating otherwise, Raikkonen confirms he is poised to win the title and will come back hungry for more in Valencia.
Casey Stoner topped yesterday's Brno test.
The IRL looks to adopt another feature from Champ Car with standing starts as soon as next year.
Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Joey Logano and Tony Stewart have been fined 150 points for the Michigan engine incident. Both the 18 and 20 cars will lose 150 owner points as well. Crew chiefs Jason Ratcliff and Dave Rogers have been suspended indefinitely and fined $50,000, along with other team members Dorian Thorsen, Michael Johnson, Toby Bigelow, Richard Bray, and Dan Bajek.
Texaco/Havoline will leave Chip Ganassi next year leaving them with three cars and no sponsors.
19th August 2008
Latest rumours place Fernando Alonso in a BMW-Sauber next year.
Autosport reports that the new 2009 regulations are likely to spread out the field.
Many teams are anticipating safety cars during the European Grand Prix.
Renault has delayed decision on Nelson Piquet's future with the team.
Karun Chandhok expects an F1 drive in 2009. No word which team, but Force India may be a possibility.
Marco Melandri will partner Jon Hopkins at Kawasaki in 2009.
Honda Gresini is in talks with Ben Spies to ride for them next season. Spies' other option is to go to World Superbike with Xerox Ducati.
New regulations for 2008-2009 A1GP season were announced. A mandatory pit stop in the sprint race between laps four and eight is among the changes. Also, all four qualifying sessions have been reduced from fifteen to ten minutes. Sprint races are now 24 minutes, not 19.
The new A1GP Ferrari has passed the FIA safety crash test.
IndyCar team Andretti Green Racing looks to buy the USA A1 effort. Reports claim that Marco Andretti and Danica Patrick would be the drivers.
Peugeot have confirmed a 2-car lineup for the Petit Le Mans.
Indy 500 winner Scott Dixon will pilot the De Ferran Acura at Petit Le Mans alongside Gil de Ferran and Simon Pagenaud.
Andretti Green will not field an ALMS car in 2009. Honda will most likely give that team to Gil de Ferran. Dario Franchitti may drive it.
Dan Wheldon looks to be the leading candidate to drive the number 10 car for Chip Ganassi, but will take a pay cut from this year.
The IRL will adopt the option tyres used in Champ Car and F1 for road and street events.
Subway and CitiFinancial are the leading candidates to be the IndyCar's title sponsor.
Paul Tracy and Walker/Vision look to run the final two races of the season.
Joe Gibbs Racing faces large penalties after messing up dyno readings in Michigan with magnets.
NASCAR has released all three schedules for 2009. The Sprint Cup season begins 15th February at Daytona. Changes include Atlanta moving to 6th September, Auto Club Speedway in the Chase on 4th October, and Talladega on 1st November. In the Nationwide Series, Mexico is replaced with Iowa Speedway, while Montreal's date has moved to later in August. In the Craftsman Truck Series, the second Atlanta race has been replaced with a race at Chicagoland. Sprint Cup will run 36 races, while Nationwide will do 35, and the Craftsman Truck will do 25.
Former Indy 500 winner Danny Sullivan offers to buy Bill Davis Racing. Jacques Villeneuve and Barry Green are rumored to be involved.
Ryan Newman will drive car number 39, not number 4 in 2009. The change comes after former team Morgan McClure Motorsports expressed displeasure with Stewart-Haas using their number.
Red Bull US Rookies Cup
A tragic incident occured during the Red Bull Rookies Cup race at Virginia International Raceway. 14-year-old Toriano Wilson of Bermuda was passed away due to injuries sustained in an accident on the first lap of the race. Luciano Ribodino of Argentina was also involved in the accident, suffering a broken left arm and broken left femur. The Redline staff extends condolences to Toriano's family, friends, and anyone else who may be suffering during this terrible time. RIP.
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