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What’s Happening This Week at

Homestead Miami Speedway?

 

Tickets for Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead Miami Speedway are on sale. Ford Championship Weekend is November 15th, 16th and 17th 2013. For tickets Call 866-409-RACE (7223) or visit www.homesteadmiamispeedway. com

From the Racetrack to the Rink

Get a ticket to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Ford EcoBoost 400, a Pre-Race Pit Pass on Nov 17 & a ticket to one of the 3 Florida Panthers Games and post-game slapshot on the ice!

Package Price $99.00 You Save $200!

Choose your Florida Panthers Game:

November 1 vs St. Louis/November 25 vs Philadelphia/ December 3 vs Ottawa

2013 Tent Camping Packages

ADD A CAMPSITE TO ANY TICKET FOR ONLY $75!

or choose a Tent Camping Package:

4 Person Camping Package Includes:

4 Three Day Tickets in Turn 1

Campsite on HMS grounds

And the on site camping amenities

For $500!

Or Call (305) 230-5255

2 Person Camping Package Includes:

2 Three Day Tickets in Turn 1

Campsite on HMS grounds

And the on site camping amenities

For $290

Or Call (305) 230-5255

Camping Amenities

Tram service (within RV Lot)

Convenience store

Potable water station

Bathrooms

24-hour security

Dog park

Ford Championship Weekend to Feature an Array of Ticket Packages

and Perks for Fans Including Appearances by All Three Champions

2012 NASCAR champions Keselowski, Stenhouse and Buescher to visit Speedway Club

MIAMI – Homestead-Miami Speedway today announced several unique ticket packages for Ford Championship Weekend, which will return to South Florida for the 12th consecutive year November 15-17, 2013. Track President Matthew Becherer made the announcement.

Highlights include appearances by 2012 NASCAR champions in its top three national series each day of race weekend. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner James Buescher will appear at the Speedway Club on Friday (November 15), while NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski will visit with fans in the Speedway Club on Saturday (November 16). Two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr., now a full-time participant in the Sprint Cup Series, will be in the Speedway Club on Sunday (November 17) prior to the weekend’s signature event, the Ford EcoBoost 400. The driver appearances will include question and answer sessions.

Fans will have
access to these driver appearances with the purchase of a Speedway Club ticket, which are on sale now.

Speedway Club tickets include: Exclusive hospitality access to all Championship finales, reserved outdoor chair-back seating with armrests and cup holders, Pre-Race Pit Passes for Saturday and Sunday, and VIP parking. The Speedway Club features new amenities including a partially-enclosed area, new flooring, and flat screen TVs.

“We are proud of our offerings, including all three champions visiting the Speedway Club,” said Becherer. “Even though we are hosting three championship races, it’s important to have something for every taste and budget. Whether it’s the longtime NASCAR fan or someone that has never felt the power and speed of stock cars firsthand, it’s a ‘can’t miss’ weekend. Accordingly, we encourage fans to act fast – several areas are near capacity.”

Homestead-Miami Speedway is on course to offer an unprecedented number of NASCAR driver appearances during Ford Championship Weekend. The appearance schedule will be announced at a later date.

Other ticket options for Ford Championship Weekend include:

The Pit Box

Located in the Infield on the Start/Finish line, a three-day pass to the high-end club includes:

o Access to all three championship finales

o Indoor state-of-the-art lounge area with buffet, bar and seating to watch the races

o Private outdoor cabanas with comfortable open-air chair-back seating with armrests

o All-inclusive food and beverage bar

o Pre-Race Pit Pass (Saturday and Sunday)

o Preferred parking

o Access to race track for post-race championship celebration

Champions Club

Located eight stories above Turn 1, the Champions Club combines a bird’s-eye view of championship racing with premium service.

Champions Club seating includes:

o Exclusive hospitality access to all championship finales

o Private, spacious, air-conditioned club

o All-inclusive food and beverage bar

o Pre-Race Pit Pass (Saturday and Sunday)

o Flat-screen TVs, private restrooms and elevators

o Preferred parking

o Access to race track for post-race championship celebration

Coke Zero Fan Zone

Now located in the Chalet Village, fans can enjoy hospitality before and during Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford EcoBoost 300, and the main event, Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400. Fans must have an admission ticket for race for access to Coke Zero Fan Zone. The area includes:

o Complimentary buffet lunch and snacks

o Q&A sessions with NASCAR celebrities

o Pre-Race Pit Pass

o Unlimited Coca-Cola beverages

o Three beer coupons (21 and older)

o Door prizes and gifts

o Cash bar

Race Day with Juan

Juan Pablo Montoya and Homestead-Miami Speedway have teamed up again to offer this special package benefiting the Formula Smiles Foundation. It was announced earlier this week that the veteran driver will not return to NASCAR in 2014, making this event an opportunity to provide a fitting sendoff to Montoya, a Miami resident.

Each Race Day with Juan purchase includes:

o One ticket to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship race, the Ford EcoBoost 400

o Exclusive Q&A session with Miami’s own Juan Pablo Montoya

o Pre-Race Pit Pass

o Juan Pablo Montoya commemorative gift

For a complete list of ticket options, please call 305.230.5255 or click here. Ticket packages can be purchased at HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com; by phone at 305.230.5255; via smartphones – utilizing a redesigned interface, the Homestead-Miami Speedway mobile app; the easy to use Facebook Store tab; or in person at the Homestead-Miami Speedway box office (1 Ralph Sanchez Speedway Blvd, Homestead, FL 33035).

The Color Run

October 12, 2013

(8:00AM-Noon) The Color Run is the largest event series in the United States and is the original paint race. The Color Run is a 5-kilometer event where participants get showered in colorful powder at each kilometer. At the end of the event, there is a “Finish Festival”, where there is music, dancing and all of the participants participate in giant color throws. We can promise that this will be the best post-5k party on the planet.

Formula & Automobile Racing Association (FARA)

October 12 – 13, 2013

(9:00AM-5:00PM) Amateur drivers or beginners compete in multiple classes on an equal-level playing field. FARA provides a cost-effective series for drivers and teams at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Admission: Saturday/$10 adults & Sunday/$10 adults/children 12 and under are free. [Infield/Grandstand Viewing]

 

What’s Happening at Palm Beach International Raceway

Side by Side Mud Drags by MTW Promotions

MTW Promotions presents Side by Side Mud Drags on Saturday, October 12, 2013.
Gate 3 for racers opens at 1:30 pm and the main gate for Spectators opens at 4:30 pm.
Registration for racers: 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Racing starts at 6 pm.
$30 to race. Spectator or Crew tickets are $15 each. Kids 12 and under are free.

Palm Beach 5 Day Bracket Championship, Nov 4 to 8, 2013

The Palm Beach 5 Day Bracket Championship featuring the Triple $20s will return to Palm Beach International Raceway November 4 to 8, 2013. The new format of this historic race will feature Triple $20K races on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, plus a $5K Shootout on Monday and a $10K Showdown on Friday.

Citrus Nationals

Friday November 8th thru Sunday November 10th 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harvick wins Kansas: #29-Kevin Harvick won the Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway for his 3rd win of 2013 and 22nd career win. Harvick led the most laps and won his 3rd career race from the pole.
#78-Busch finished 2nd followed by #24-Gordon, #22-Logano, #99-Edwards, #48-Johnson, #27-Menard, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #9-Ambrose and #43-Almirola.
#18-Busch who started from the rear of the field in a backup car, crashed on lap 200 and finished 34th. #39-Newman was caught up in a wreck earlier and finished 35th.

Keselowski asks NASCAR about “100% effort”: Defending Sprint Cup champion #2-Brad Keselowski asked NASCAR to clarify its definition of 100%  effort at the drivers meeting prior to Sundays NASCAR Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Keselowski, who was sent in to the wall by Kyle Busch during Saturdays Nationwide series, wanted to know if intentional wrecking fell under the guidelines established after the controversy at the end of the race at Richmond last month.
The answer is whatever NASCAR decides. Its still on us to decide whether its aggressive, hard, NASCAR-type racing,  NASCAR president Mike Helton told Keselowski, and when that racing turns out to be something other than that. Thats a subjective call, but NASCAR-style racing is expected to be close, aggressive and hard. It is possible to cross that line, and if that happens, we will step into it. Its a subjective line for us to decide when it happens, what the difference is between NASCAR-style racing and something thats intentional. (Kansas City Star)(10-7-2013)

Stewart Undergoes Third Surgery on Leg: #14-Tony Stewart underwent a third surgery on his right leg early on Monday, Oct. 7 to examine and close a wound on his shin stemming from the broken tibia and fibula he sustained in a sprint car crash Aug. 5 at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Stewart will remain hospitalized for observation. The surgery served as a proactive measure and team officials do not expect it to impact Stewarts return to the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet in 2014. Stewarts first surgery on Aug. 6 in Iowa served as a preliminary procedure to stabilize and clean the Grade 2 injury. The second surgery on Aug. 8, by a specialist in North Carolina, involved inserting a metal rod inside the tibia, pressing it to its anatomic position.(True Speed Communication / Stewart-Haas Racing)(10-7-2013)

Where did the 2013 Sprint Cup Chase Drivers finish at Kansas:
[listed by driver points position before the race (start pos)]
1) #20-Matt Kenseth, finished 11th (started 7th)
2) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 6th (3)
3) #18-Kyle Busch, 34th (18)
4) #29-Kevin Harvick, WON (1)
5) #24-Jeff Gordon, 3rd (14)
6) #16-Greg Biffle, 13th (26)BR> 7) #39-Ryan Newman, 35th (17)
8) #15-Clint Bowyer, 14th (22)
9) #78-Kurt Busch, 2nd (19)
10) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 8th (6)
11) #99-Carl Edwards, 5th (9)
12) #22-Joey Logano, 4th (5)
13) #5-Kasey Kahne, 15th (15)

2013 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
[after Kansas, race 30 of 36]
1) #20-Matt Kenseth [7 wins], 2183
2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [5 wins], 2180, -3
3) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 2158, -25
4) #24-Jeff Gordon, 2151, -32
5) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 2148, -35
6) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 2139, -44
7) #78-Kurt Busch, 2136, -47
8) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2129, -54
9) #15-Clint Bowyer, 2128, -55
10) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 2124, -59
11) #99-Carl Edwards [2 wins], 2123, -60
12) #39-Ryan Newman, 2110, -73
13) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 2100, -83

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fast Facts

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Next Race: Bank Of America 500

The Place: Charlotte Motor Speedway

The Date: Saturday, Oct. 12

The Time: 7:30 p.m. (ET)

TV: ABC, 7 p.m. (ET)

Distance: 334 miles (501 laps)

NASCAR Nationwide Series

Next Race: Dollar General 300

The Place: Charlotte Motor Speedway

The Date: Friday, Oct. 11

The Time: 7:30 p.m. (ET)

TV: ESPN2, 7 p.m. (ET)

Distance: 300 miles (200 laps)

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Next Race: FRED’S 250 powered by Coca-Cola

The Place: Talladega Superspeedway

The Date: Saturday, Oct. 19

The Time: 4 p.m. (ET)

TV: FOX Sports 1, 3:30 p.m. (ET)

Distance: 250 miles (94 laps)

Charlotte Motor Speedway Data

Season Race #: 31 of 36 (10-12-13)

Chase Race #: 5

Track Size: 1.5-miles

Banking/Turn 1 & 2: 24 degrees

Banking/Turn 3 & 4: 24 degrees

Banking/Frontstretch: 5 degrees

Banking/Backstretch: 5 degrees

Frontstretch Length: 1,980 feet

Backstretch Length: 1,500 feet

Race Length: 334 laps / 500 miles

 

Qualifying/Race Data

2012 pole winner: Greg Biffle, Ford, 193.708 mph, 27.877 secs. 10-11-12

2012 race winner: Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 154.935 mph, (03:14:01), 10-13-12

Track qualifying record: Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 195.624 mph, 27.604 secs. 05-24-13

Track race record: Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 160.306 mph, (03:07:31), 10-11-99

CHARLOTTE-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

1 – Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota)

· Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 110.8

2013 Rundown

· Seven wins, eight top fives, 16 top 10s; two poles

· Average finish of 12.7

· Led 21 races for 1,401 laps

Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:

· Two wins, seven top fives, 14 top 10s

· Average finish of 14.2 in 28 races

· Average Running Position of 14.3, sixth-best

· Driver Rating of 95.3, fourth-best

· 3,947 Laps in the Top 15 (64.6%), sixth-most

· 732 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), fourth-most

2 – Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Dover White Chevrolet)

· Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 107.1

2013 Rundown

· Five wins, 12 top fives, 19 top 10s; two poles

· Average finish of 11.7

· Led 18 races for 1,429 laps

Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:

· Six wins, 11 top fives, 15 top 10s; three poles

· Average finish of 11.9 in 24 races

· Series-best Average Running Position of 8.1

· Series-best Driver Rating of 110.0

· 549 Fastest Laps Run, second-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 176.803 mph, second-fastest

· Series-high 5,255 Laps in the Top 15 (86.1%)

· Series-high 879 Quality Passes

3 – Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet)

· Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.1

2013 Rundown

· Three wins, eight top fives, 16 top 10s; one pole

· Average finish of 12.0

· Led 10 races for 191 laps

Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:

· Two wins, three top fives, eight top 10s

· Average finish of 17.3 in 25 races

· Average Running Position of 18.3, 19th-best

· Driver Rating of 77.8, 18th-best

· 1,350 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most

· 3,206 Laps in the Top 15 (52.5%), 10th-most

· 571 Quality Passes, 11th-most

4 – Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet)

· Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 91.4

2013 Rundown

· Seven top fives, 15 top 10s; one pole

· Average finish of 14.4

· Led 13 races for 278 laps

Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:

· Five wins, 16 top fives, 21 top 10s; eight poles

· Average finish of 16.2 in 41 races

· Average Running Position of 15.7, 10th-best

· Driver Rating of 87.1, ninth-best

· 193 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most

· 1,181 Green Flag Passes, 13th-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 176.050 mph, seventh-fastest

· 3,523 Laps in the Top 15 (57.7%), ninth-most

· 649 Quality Passes, eighth-most

5 – Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Toyota)

· Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 102.2

2013 Rundown

· Four wins, 14 top fives, 18 top 10s; three poles

· Average finish of 13.5

· Led 16 races for 1,200 laps

Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:

· Eight top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole

· Average finish of 16.5 in 19 races

· Average Running Position of 9.9, second-best

· Driver Rating of 107.2, second-best

· 434 Fastest Laps Run, third-most

· Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 176.833 mph

· 4,821 Laps in the Top 15 (79.0%), second-most

· 870 Quality Passes, second-most

6 – Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Ford)

· Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 83.2

2013 Rundown

· One win, four top fives, 12 top 10s

· Average finish of 14.4

· Led 4 races for 117 laps

Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:

· Five top fives, eight top 10s; one pole

· Average finish of 17.1 in 21 races

· Average Running Position of 14.6, eighth-best

· Driver Rating of 92.1, sixth-best

· 302 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most

· 1,223 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 176.081 mph, fourth-fastest

· 3,784 Laps in the Top 15 (62.0%), seventh-most

· 666 Quality Passes, seventh-most

7 – Kurt Busch (No. 78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet)

· Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.4

2013 Rundown

· 10 top fives, 15 top 10s; one pole

· Average finish of 14.5

· Led 13 races for 441 laps

Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:

· One win, six top fives, seven top 10s

· Average finish of 19.1 in 26 races

· Average Running Position of 17.3, 17th-best

· Driver Rating of 84.1, 11th-best

· 200 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most

· 3,105 Laps in the Top 15 (50.9%), 12th-most

8 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Time Warner Cable Chevrolet)

· Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 95.8

2013 Rundown

· Six top fives, 17 top 10s; two poles

· Average finish of 14.0

· Led 11 races for 255 laps

Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:

· Five top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole

· Average finish of 19.6 in 27 races

· Average Running Position of 20.3, 24th-best

· Driver Rating of 78.2, 17th-best

· 146 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most

· 1,284 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 175.727 mph, 13th-fastest

9 – Clint Bowyer (No. 15 Raspberry 5-hour ENERGY-Living Beyond Breast Cancer Toyota)

· Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.3

2013 Rundown

· Eight top fives, 15 top 10s

· Average finish of 12.4

· Led 8 races for 291 laps

Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:

· One win, two top fives, five top 10s

· Average finish of 15.8 in 15 races

· Average Running Position of 17.1, 15th-best

· Driver Rating of 81.7, 14th-best

10 – Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil / Hertz Ford)

· Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 91.2

2013 Rundown

· One win, 10 top fives, 16 top 10s; two poles

· Average finish of 14.7

· Led 12 races for 282 laps

Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:

· Three top fives, six top 10s

· Average finish of 9.6 in nine races

· Average Running Position of 14.3, seventh-best

· Driver Rating of 88.9, eighth-best

· Average Green Flag Speed of 175.899 mph, 11th-fastest

11 – Carl Edwards (No. 99 Fastenal Ford)

· Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 93.6

2013 Rundown

· Two wins, nine top fives, 15 top 10s; one pole

· Average finish of 12.7

· Led 12 races for 448 laps

Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:

· Five top fives, 10 top 10s

· Average finish of 11.9 in 17 races

· Average Running Position of 15.0, ninth-best

· Driver Rating of 89.5, seventh-best

· 123 Fastest Laps Run, 13th-most

· 1,386 Green Flag Passes, second-most

· Average Green Flag Speed of 175.867 mph, 12th-fastest

· 3,676 Laps in the Top 15 (60.2%), eighth-most

· 681 Quality Passes, fifth-most

12 – Ryan Newman (No. 39 Quicken Loans Chevrolet)

· Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 81.5

2013 Rundown

· One win, six top fives, 14 top 10s; two poles

· Average finish of 16.2

· Led 13 races for 93 laps

Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:

· Four top fives, nine top 10s; nine poles

· Average finish of 19.6 in 25 races

· Average Running Position of 18.1, 18th-best

· Driver Rating of 76.8, 20th-best

13 – Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Quaker State Chevrolet)

· Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 97.0

2013 Rundown

· Two wins, eight top fives, 11 top 10s

· Average finish of 16.6

· Led 7 races for 497 laps

Charlotte Motor Speedway Outlook:

· Four wins, eight top fives, 11 top 10s

· Average finish of 11.9 in 19 races

· Average Running Position of 11.8, third-best

· Driver Rating of 100.5, third-best

· Series-high 593 Fastest Laps Run

· 4,129 Laps in the Top 15 (67.6%), fourth-most

· 782 Quality Passes, third-most

Kvapil charged with assault: Police in Mooresville, NC say a NASCAR driver has been arrested and charged with assault after getting into a dispute with his wife. According to the Mooresville Police Department, officers were called to the home of Travis Wade Kvapil, 37, on Tuesday evening after getting a 911 call. Officers say Kvapil, who is currently the driver of the #93 Burger KIng / Dr. Pepper Toyota in the Sprint Cup Series, and his wife had been involved in a domestic dispute. Kvapil was arrested and charged with assault on a female and false imprisonment. Kvapil was taken to Iredell County Jail and held under a domestic hold awaiting an appearance in District Court. Kvapil drives for BK Racing, with teammate #83-David Reutimann. BK Racing posted a photo of Kvapil and Reutimann’s race cars on Twitter around 1:00pm/et on Wednesday showing both cars with ribbons supporting Breast Cancer Awareness and Domestic Violence Awareness. That photo was pulled from Twitter after news of Kvapil’s arrest broke.(WBTV)(10-9-2013)

Earnhardt Jr. Set To Make 500th NASCAR Sprint Cup Start: Only 33 drivers have started 500 races in their NASCAR Sprint Cup Series careers, but this Saturday in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. plans to add his name to that elite list. Fourteen years ago in May 1999, the Kannapolis, N.C., native made his series debut at his home track. The then-24-year-old driver started eighth in the No. 8 Chevrolet owned by his father, seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt  who, it so happens, also made his series debut at the 1.5-mile track. The younger Earnhardt finished the 1999 Coca-Cola 600 16th, three laps off the lead lap. Earnhardt also scored his first career pole at CMS, in 2000.
Now, with 499 races in the books, he’s compiled 19 wins, 111 top fives, 199 top 10s and 13 poles. If Earnhardt, who celebrates his 39th birthday on Thurs., Oct. 10, wins this weekend, he would become the third driver to win in their 500th start (Richard Petty in 1970; Matt Kenseth three weeks ago at New Hampshire).(NASCAR)(10-9-2013)

France ends lawsuit against former wife: The nasty court battle between NASCAR CEO Brian and former wife Megan France has come to an end. For years, much of that legal fight was hidden to the public because a judge sealed the France file. Documents showed that Brian France was worth half a billion dollars with homes in Charlotte and Florida, in addition he was entitled to three condos in Los Angeles worth $4M, three condos in Florida worth $1.8 million, a condo in New York’s Central Park valued at $10.6M; even the maid gets a $780,000 condo. Under the separation agreement, Megan France is left far from broke. She gets $32,000 a month in alimony, $100,000 a year for a nanny, a $3.2M home in Myers Park, and a $9M payment for keeping the children in the Charlotte area. On September 26th the two sides filed a dismissal agreement reaching a private settlement out of court.(in part from NBC Charlotte)(10-8-2013)

MWR hoping to unveil new plan soon: Michael Waltrip Racing majority owner Rob Kauffman told FOXSports.com on Sunday he hopes to unveil the company’s reorganizational plan “relatively soon.” The moves will come following MWR’s penalties for attempts to manipulate the outcome of the Richmond International Raceway race on Sept. 7 and the subsequent announcement from NAPA to pull its sponsorship from the #56 Toyota team. “We’re working on an announcement,” Kauffman said. “I think it’s been a week since we last spoke, so we’re trying to get it all together. But we have a couple of good options. I think rather than use the word ‘release,’ I’d prefer to say allow guys to explore all their options  just as we’re exploring all of our options. Is that exactly negative? I think it’s the right thing to allow people to investigate all their options. A lot of these contracts have provisions that say ‘you can’t speak to anyone.’ So, technically, it’s a release, but it’s really more correct saying, ‘Look, there’s a challenge here. We want you to investigate all your options. Of course, we’re one and let’s stay in close communication.’ I don’t think there’s anything negative around it at all. It’s just letting people figure it out.”(FoxSports)(10-7-2013)

 

 

 

Franchitti, fans hurt in Houston: Four-time IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti was injured in a multicar accident near the end of Sunday’s Grand Prix of Houston. According to IndyCar medical director Dr. Michael Olinger, Franchitti was awake and alert at the scene of the crash. He was transported by ground to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, where it was determined he sustained a concussion, a spinal fracture that will not require surgery, and a fracture to his right ankle. He underwent surgery on the ankle and will remain hospitalized overnight. A considerable amount of debris, including a wheel and tire assembly, flew toward a spectator area near Turn 5 of the 1.7-mile temporary track that winds through Reliant Park. Houston Fire Department spokesman Ruy Lozano said at least 13 people were treated for minor injuries, with two transported to Memorial Hermann. One of those transported was IndyCar timing and scoring worker Kim Tyger, whose injuries were called “very minor” by the sanctioning organization.(See full story at ESPN.com)(10-7-2013)

Rainmagic Helps Drivers In Wet Weather

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