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Mon 23 Dec 2002
IRL: Jimmy Kite to race Chili Bowl for Lehmann

IRL: Jimmy Kite to race Chili Bowl for Lehmann

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga., Thursday, December 19, 2002 - Open wheel racing expert Jimmy Kite, 26, will add yet another highlight to his already impressive racing resume next month. Lehmann Racing and Kite announced today that the Georgia resident would ...

IRL: F3000 veteran Cioci passes rookie test at Texas

IRL: F3000 veteran Cioci passes rookie test at Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2002 -- European Formula 3000 veteran Marco Cioci passed the speed phase of his Indy Racing League rookie test, driving for Sam Schmidt Motorsports, on Dec. 18 at Texas Motor Speedway. Cioci, 27, from Rome,...

Ken Schrader signs with BAM RacingHeadline

Ken Schrader signs with BAM Racing

BAM Racing had a tough year in 2002, going through six drivers in the No. 49 Dodge. However, they now have signed veteran driver Ken Schrader for the 2003 season, hoping to turn their luck around. Schrader was released at the end of the 2002 ...

Wieth Racing - Vallelunga test summary
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Wieth Racing - Vallelunga test summary

Again a successful long distance test in Vallelunga. Past weekend (14./15. Dec.) Team Wieth Racing was on the track again to test the new F550 GTS. Main target of those very comprehensive tests was not to set new lap records on the Italian track...

Series testing at Daytona wrap up 2002-12-22

Series testing at Daytona wrap up 2002-12-22

ARCA RE/MAX Series test wraps up with Gerhart fastest. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Dec. 22, 2002) -- ARCA RE/MAX Series teams concluded their test session two hours early on Sunday after completing all of their work in preparation for the Feb. 8...

This Week in Racing History (December 22-28)

This Week in Racing History (December 22-28)

This Week in Racing History Michael J. Stucker December 22 NHRA Top Fuel dragracer Shelly Anderson born (1965). December 23 Ferrari F93A unveiled to the public (1993). December 24 Ralph Moody offers Fred Lorenzen a Ford factory stockcar ride...

Stoddart defends 'pay driver' decisionHeadline
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Stoddart defends 'pay driver' decision

Minardi boss Paul Stoddart has defended his decision to take on drivers who can bring financial backing to the team, saying they are not just 'pay drivers'. Teams have been criticized in the past for hiring anyone who can effectively buy the race...

2002 car best strategy for McLaren
F1

2002 car best strategy for McLaren

McLaren intend to start the 2003 season with this year's car, the MP4-17, because there is still more to be exploited from it, said managing director Martin Whitmarsh. The new MP4-18 is unlikely to be used until the championship reaches the...

CMC Racing Championship Shootout notes

CMC Racing Championship Shootout notes

Craig Baltzer wins SCCA Pro Racing/WKA Constructors Championship Shootout Bettendorf, IA (Dec. 22): 2002 WKA/SCCA Constructors Cup and CIK North American ICC Champion, Craig Baltzer took top honors at the SCCA Pro Racing/WKA Constructors Cup ...

Ken Schrader at Motorsports 2003 Show

Ken Schrader at Motorsports 2003 Show

FORT WASHINGTON, PA December 22, 2002 . . . Joining a growing list of national, regional and local racing talents, veteran NASCAR Winston Cup driver Ken Schrader will be signing autographs at Motorsports 2003, the fan & racer motorsports ...

Ralph Millet of Saab fame died 2002-12-20

Ralph Millet of Saab fame died 2002-12-20

Ralph T. Millet, 85, of Old Saybrook, CT., the man who brought the Swedish Saab cars into the United States, and was president of the Saab importing company, and who became a highly respected spokesman for the imported car business in the United...

Saturday, December 21 test day at Daytona

Saturday, December 21 test day at Daytona

Bobby Gerhart looking to continue domination at Daytona. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Dec. 21, 2002) -- Bobby Gerhart doesn't take Daytona International Speedway for granted. He has posted five top-10 finishes, including two victories (1999...

Irvine still hoping for Jordan chanceHeadline
F1

Irvine still hoping for Jordan chance

Eddie Irvine said he has unfinished business with Formula One and is still hoping for a chance to partner Giancarlo Fisichella at Jordan. Made redundant from Jaguar at the end of this season, Irvine has been strongly linked with Jordan recently.

Jordan confirms strength of company
F1

Jordan confirms strength of company

Although the staff at Jordan's Silverstone headquarters and Brackley wind tunnel will be extremely busy over the Christmas and New Year period, the final day of the full working year saw Eddie Jordan address his personnel and receive resounding ...

Lauda turns down Jaguar role
F1

Lauda turns down Jaguar role

Niki Lauda has decided to turn down the offer of an advisory role with Jaguar and has cut all ties with Ford. Lauda was axed as Jaguar team principal and CEO of Ford's Premier Performance Division (PPD) when the company implemented a restructuring...

Fittipaldi looking for his first lap at Daytona

Fittipaldi looking for his first lap at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. * The first day of testing for the ARCA Re/MAX series at Daytona International Speedway began just as the series' race ended during Speedweeks 2002 * rain shortened. Rain soaked the Speedway most of the day and prevented the...

Brainerd now secured on 2003 schedule
AMA

Brainerd now secured on 2003 schedule

AMA Pro Racing secures Brainerd round for 2003 AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship. PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship round at Brainerd (Minn.) International Raceway slated for June 27-29, is now ...

2003 Perris Auto Speedway schedule

2003 Perris Auto Speedway schedule

<pre> Perris Auto Speedway 2003 Schedule DATE EVENT February 5th Practice February 8th VRA Sprint Cars, Super Stocks, Street Stocks, Champ Trucks, Cruisers & Hornets February 12th Practice February 15th SCRA February...

Multimatic conducts first Ford Focus Daytona Prototype testing

Multimatic conducts first Ford Focus Daytona Prototype testing

TORONTO, Ontario (December 20, 2002) -- Multimatic conducted its first-ever testing of the Ford Focus Daytona Prototype this week with great success. The Canadian-based constructor first took the new Daytona Prototype to Kentucky Speedway for an...

Knoxville's 1200-pound Nationals signs Pella as sponsor

Knoxville's 1200-pound Nationals signs Pella as sponsor

Pella Corporation Classic is new name for Knoxville's 1200-Pound Nationals. KNOXVILLE, IOWA (Dec. 20, 2002) - Two world-class entities based in Marion County, Iowa--Pella Corporation and the Knoxville Raceway--are proud to be teaming up for...

G&W Motorsports' BMW Picchio Daytona Prototype conducts test

G&W Motorsports' BMW Picchio Daytona Prototype conducts test

ALTON, Va. (December 20, 2002) -- G&W Motorsports has hit the track with their BMW-powered Picchio DP2 Daytona Prototype. The team reports that testing is going well at Virginia International Raceway, having concluded initial shakedown work, wind...

2003 USAC Silver Crown schedule

2003 USAC Silver Crown schedule

<pre> 2003 USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Championship Series Schedule Date Location Track Distance 3/21-23 Phoenix, AZ Phoenix International Raceway 100 Miles 5/10...

2003 preliminary schedule announced

2003 preliminary schedule announced

12 races on preliminary 2003 USAC Silver Crown schedule. The 2003 USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Championship Series opens with the March 21-23 "Copper World Indy 200" weekend at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway and is scheduled to conclude...

Tom Anderson ready for NHRA

Tom Anderson ready for NHRA

Anderson & Sickles gearing up for 2003 TAFC assault with Meyers RV SuperStores. ROCHESTER, N.Y. - After many successful years as a driver and tuner in the NHRA Nitro Funny Car ranks, and two IHRA Pro Mod World Championships as a tuner, Tom ...

Chuck Gafrarar returns for 2003

Chuck Gafrarar returns for 2003

While no one knows what is exactly going to happen to the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series at the conclusion of the 2002 season, we know that Chuck Gafrarar is thinking ahead with a positive attitude. Gafrarar will return to the series in 2003, with...

Good rally result for H?kkinen may lead to moreHeadline
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Good rally result for H?kkinen may lead to more

A good result for Mika Häkkinen in January's Arctic Lapland Rally could see the Finn continue in rallying. The Lapland rally is so far a one-off event but double Formula One champion Häkkinen said a top two finish might persuade him to do ...

Irwindale revises dragstrip schedule

Irwindale revises dragstrip schedule

Irwindale Drags "Winter Session" schedule revised. Saturday, December 28th has been cancelled. Irwindale, Calif. - - The very well-received decision to keep the Irwindale Dragstrip open and running "year 'round" has yielded a new schedule for ...

Villeneuve critical of Ferrari actionsHeadline
F1

Villeneuve critical of Ferrari actions

Jacques Villeneuve has labeled Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello as 'stupid' because of what happened at the Austrian and US Grands Prix and said Ferrari's actions were embarrassing. Barrichello gifted Schumacher the win in Austria and the...

Jaguar reveal 'virtual' launch plans
F1

Jaguar reveal 'virtual' launch plans

Jaguar Racing is to introduce the R4 on the internet in a novel 'virtual launch' on January 21st. The original 'real life' launch was postponed after Jaguar announced its restructuring programme and boss Niki Lauda was axed. Now the R4 will appear...

Jorge signs agreement with Gorne
F1

Jorge signs agreement with Gorne

Brazilian driver Jonatan Jorge (Pitbull Energy Drink/Montoya Racing) has formalized a representation agreement with former BAR Formula 1 team Co-Founder/Race Operations Director and former partner of Reynard - Rick Gorne - to his management...

PDKA to honor champions January 18, 2003

PDKA to honor champions January 18, 2003

PDKA to honor Pennsylvania State Champion Karters Jan. 18 Enola PA_ The Pennsylvania Dirt Karters Association and Burris Racing will honor the 2002 Pennsylvania State Champion kart riders at the annual awards banquet Jan. 18 at the Harrisburg ...

Denver to hosts 2003 event

Denver to hosts 2003 event

Fran-Am 2000 North American Pro Championship to come to Shell Grand Prix of Denver in '03. Fran-Am 2000 feature up-and-coming drivers from U.S., Canada and around the world. DENVER (Dec. 19, 2002) - The Shell Grand Prix of Denver...

St. Pete hosts 2003 season opener

St. Pete hosts 2003 season opener

Barber Dodge Pro Series to open 2003 season at inaugural Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Dec. 19, 2002) - The Grand Prix of St. Petersburg announced today that it will host the season opener of the 2003 Barber Dodge Pro...

3R-Racing tabs Fitzgerald as team's lead driver
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3R-Racing tabs Fitzgerald as team's lead driver

3R-Racing tabs Mike Fitzgerald as team's lead SPEED World Challenge driver. Denver, Colo. (December 19, 2002) - 3R-Racing announced today the addition of one of the nation's top drivers, Mike Fitzgerald, to the team for the 2003 SPEED World ...

Team Seattle racing for Children's Hospital at Rolex 24

Team Seattle racing for Children's Hospital at Rolex 24

SEATTLE, Wash. (December 19, 2002) -- Team Seattle, comprised of seven Seattle-area race car drivers, will contest the 2003 Rolex 24 At Daytona, February 1-2, as a benefit for Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle. The team...

2003 SCCA Pro Spec Racer North American schedule

2003 SCCA Pro Spec Racer North American schedule

<pre> Tentative 2003 Pro Spec Racer North American Championship Atlantic Tour Round 1 TBA TBA Rounds 2-3 May 2-4 BeaveRun Motorsports Complex Round 4 May 16-18 Mosport International Raceway...