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Ron Dennis and Fernando Alonso reunited. McLaren finally announced Alonso will drive for them.
Superprestigio DTX: Barcelona
Marc Marquez is so good he entered the Superprestigio DTX dirt bike race in Barcelona and won it.
David Coulthard was the overall winner of the 2014 Race of Champions
Formula E: Punta del Este
Sebastian Buemi on his way to winning the third round of the 2014/2015 Formula E championship
The ECM Patron team ran their first test with the Honda ARX-04b prototype coupe they will contest the 2015 WEC championship with
Tudor US Sports Car
Chevy unveiled their new Daytona DP bodywork to resemble the C7 Corvette
Formula E: Punta del Este
The Punta del Este beachfront course
Race of Champions podium, from left, Pascal Wehrlein, winner David Coulthard, and Esteban Ocon
Road To Indy
With the addition of Indy Lights, Mazda announced that they will supply engines to the entire IndyCar ladder system
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Three Reasons Not to Take Sides in Busch Fight
by Stephen Cox
There is no issue so grave or problem so serious that government cannot make it worse. Exhibit A, the current courtroom clown show surrounding NASCAR driver Kurt Busch, who stands accused of domestic battery against his former girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll. Early testimonies seem to be confirming what rational people suspected all along. Witnesses testified that Busch suffers from depression, has a lousy temper and a worse attitude, while Driscoll is a war profiteer who claims to "own Washington" and boasts of having worked as a government assassin (even if it were true, wouldn't most people have the decency to be ashamed?).
We drive the Ford Focus ST
by Ali Arsham
The hot hatchback is probably the best car category out there. There is nothing quite as satisfying as a small and lightweight performance car with room for lots of people and cargo. Yes, you can buy an exotic supercar that costs as much as a house but it is much more difficult to produce a good performance car for under $25,000. That is where the Ford Focus ST really shines. It is an amazingly fun car that would be a bargain at twice its price. We got our hands on a beautiful example and fell in love instantly.
Alexander Rossi looks back at '14 and ahead to '15
Alexander Rossi could be IndyCar bound in 2015
With the holidays and New Year fast approaching, I find myself busy preparing for a 2015 race program. This is also a good time to reflect on 2014 and it's important for me to share my journey and my appreciation towards all of you. This year has been an invaluable chapter in my racing career, as my pursuit of an F1 seat continued. Most years of a racecar driver's career are important and memorable; however, this one had some extraordinary peaks and valleys filled with success, tragedy, new relationships, opportunities, missed opportunities, heartache and disappointment, but most of all, gratitude.
Say Goodbye to 2014. Motor racing's future is upon us
by Brian C. Mackey
For the past several years, I've been one of many preaching about changes needed to revive motor racing's sagging popularity. Unlike others however, I have stressed that the changes needed won't solely come from the more routine solutions that periodically arise from various sources. Instead, the real changes of noteworthy distinction will be represented by the relevant use of now emerging technology. As a marketer, I believe that motor racing's revitalization will rise from the doldrums through the fan's experience at a race event, my "events begets fans" philosophy more than any other single modification.
Send some good thoughts to Brian Vickers
by Dave Grayson
In some very sad news, NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Brian Vickers once again finds himself on the disabled list due to heart issues. It now appears that the driver of the Michael Waltrip Racing, (MWR), #55 Toyota will not be sitting behind the wheel of his ride during the early portion of the 2015 season. Further describing his latest medical situation, in a prepared statement released by MWR, Vickers said: "First, I want to thank everyone for their sincere support. I have faced obstacles before and it has made victory that much sweeter and I know that will be the case again.
Scenes from the Gulf 12 Hours at Yas Marina
by Gary Parravani
A last minute safety car caused by a spin from the Kessel Racing Ferrari 458 GT3 of Jorge Lorenzo changed the face of the 2014 Gulf 12 Hours race. Michele Rugolo, driving the AF Corse Ferrari 458 GT3, made the best use of the lapped traffic following the restart with just 30 minutes remaining, to take the win by 3.058 seconds after 315 laps of racing at the Yas Marina Circuit. Our Gary Parravani was there to capture all the action.
The fallacy of IndyCar's shortened schedule
by Brian Carroccio
Did they actually pay for such advice? That was my first thought 22 or so months ago after reading ideas of daredevil drivers and a 5 month IndyCar season in the leaked Boston Consulting Group internal review of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway 22 months ago. Well, they paid for it alright. Fast forward to December 15, 2014, with more than 100 days of the demented horror show concocted by the BCG and carried out by Hulman &Co. CEO Mark Miles behind us, it seems that they’re going to be paying for it at the corner of 16th and Georgetown for quite a while.
David Coulthard crowned Champion of Champions
In Race of Champions
Multiple Formula 1 grand prix winner David Coulthard put in a stunning performance to eclipse 15 fellow stars of motor sport and win the Race Of Champions on a thrilling afternoon of action and entertainment at Bushy Park Barbados. Following Team Nordic's triumph in Saturday's ROC Nations Cup, today's Race Of Champions pitted many of motor sport's biggest names against each other in identical cars on a purpose-built parallel track.
AR1 speaks with 2014 Pro Mazda Champion Pigot
by Brian Carroccio
Following a championship season in Pro Mazda, it was announced last month that Spencer Pigot would be contesting the 2015 Indy Lights Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. Recently, AR1's Brian Carroccio caught up with the 21-year-old Orlando native. Amongst the topics covered were Pigot's journey up the American open wheel racing ladder, his 'do or die' weekend this past August in Sonoma and the goals going forward for one of the sport's more promising up and coming homegrown talents.
McLaren presents Alonso and Button as lineup for 2015
McLaren has finally announced its lineup for next season. Fernando Alonso has been signed as the big star and he will be joined by Jenson Button for 2015. McLaren delayed its decision a couple of times because it couldn't choose between Button and Kevin Magnussen. The young Dane has now been informed that he no longer will be racing for McLaren.
Hamilton headlines AUTOSPORT Awards winners
on star-studded night
Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton received rapturous applause when he was announced as International Racing Driver of the Year at tonight's star-studded AUTOSPORT Awards 2014 in association with Mercedes-Benz at London's Grosvenor House Hotel as fellow champions Petter Solberg, Sebastien Ogier and Colin Turkington amongst many others were similarly recognized for their outstanding success.
Kevin Harvick roasted then lauded in Vegas
2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion celebration
The spot at the head table at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards was all Kevin Harvick's, with wife DeLana and 2-year-old son Keelan joining the Stewart-Haas Racing group in the celebration. The only problem was that host Jay Mohr had become accustomed to finding six-time champion Jimmie Johnson and Co. to his right, jokingly mistaking the Harvicks' identity. The jokes came fast and heavy in Friday night's awards gala at the Wynn Las Vegas with first-time champion Harvick not immune from Mohr's skewering.
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