Wednesday, June 25, 2008

F1 France back in 2009

French Formula 1 Grand Prix Today, Nicolas Deschaux, the President of the French Motor Sports Federation, confirmed the calendar entry of the 2009 French Grand Prix.

“I’ve anticipated the decision of the FFSA General Assembly by confirming the entry of the French Grand Prix on the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar as of 28th June. Of course, the General Assembly, which will meet tomorrow, Thursday, will have to confirm this decision, and also determine the future of the French Grand Prix from 2010 onwards,” stated Nicolas Deschaux.

Formula 2 returning in 2009

In a surprise move, the FIA has announced plans to resurrect the Formula Two name in 2009 as a feeder series into F1.

At the latest meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Paris, the FIA revealed its intention to bring in F2 as a low-cost series for young drivers making their way up the motorsport ladder although few details were revealed on exactly how the governing body intended to keep costs down to the level it is targeting.

"The FIA will invite tenders for a new feeder series for Formula One," an FIA statement read. "This championship, called Formula Two, would be launched in 2009 and used as an inexpensive platform to develop emerging driver talent for Formula One.

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"It is hoped this can be achieved within a budget of around �200,000 a car per season."

It remains to be seen what kind of machinery the FIA intends to be used in the series, with the budget to run a car in a number of the current junior formulae already exceeding the �200,000 marker.

The FIA has also made no comment on where F2 events would be run or where it would fit into the current motorsport ladder, although there has been nothing to suggest that it would be brought in as a replacement for GP2, despite increasing budgets in the series currently viewed as the closed thing to a Formula 1 feeder series.

Indeed, when contacted by, one leading GP2 team owner admitted that he hadn't even heard anything about the plans prior to being asked for his reaction.

"Wow, that is news to us," he said. "The important point is that GP2 runs until the end of 2010, regardless of any other championships taking place - A1GP, World Series by Renault etc - so I don't think it's a real problem.

"We will be wherever there is a race to be raced and that is all that really matters in the end."

source: crash,.net

2009 Provisional F1 Calendar

2009 Provisional F1 Calendar
March 29 Australia
April 5 Malaysia
April 19 Bahrain
May 10 Spain
May 24 Monaco
June 7 Canada
June 21 Great Britain
June 28 France
July 12 Germany
July 26 Hungary
August 9 Turkey
August 23 Europe [Valencia]
September 6 Italy
September 13 Belgium
September 27 Singapore
October 11 Japan
October 18 China
November 1 Brazil
November 15 Abu Dhabi

Dowd Sweeps Vet Weekend at Ford Mammoth Motocross

McGrath Edged into Second, Kyle Lewis Takes Third, Racing Continues

Mammoth Mountain, CA – After two days of strong racing and perfect weather, the Dunlop Vet weekend at the Ford Mammoth Motocross closed with a battle to be remembered between Suzuki’s John Dowd and Jeremy McGrath. With fans surrounding the track, the two battled back and forth for the lead over two days and four motos, all which came down to the final lap. Dowd finally took the win and the overall title for the weekend when McGrath developed a front flat tire with half a lap to go. Kyle Lewis finished third overall, also with an outstanding series of rides.

This was Dowd’s third trip to the Ford Mammoth Motocross and he was finally able to steal the vet title from McGrath, winning all four motos of the 40 expert class and edging out Thor’s Victor Sheldon in the process. It seems “Mr. Dowd” has finally paid his dues at Mammoth and his efforts will become legendary.

Ford Mammoth Motocross runs through the week, with intense competition June 24-29, as a collection of the best amateur riders compete in the Mini, 450, 250 and Open divisions. For complete schedule and results, visit

2008 Ford Mammoth Motocross Schedule

June 26: Practice*

June 24-25: AXO Mini Races (Two-day event with finals each day.)

June 27: Hot Cams 450Day (301cc+), Women, Schoolboy

June 28: Fritz Pflock/TRE 250 Day

June 29: Dirt Digits Open Day

Racing starts daily at 8 a.m.

Official Mammoth Motocross Party

Don’t miss the only Official Mammoth Motocross Party, sponsored by TransWorld Motocross, on Saturday, June 28, 2008 at The Village from 6-9pm. Here the action continues into the night with Celebrity Pit Bike Demo, live music, giveaways, food, and drink specials.

*Practice passes must be purchased in advance. Each division to practice as scheduled. Visit for details.

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Las Vegas Events Announces Cancellation of SCORE Las Vegas Cup IV

LAS VEGAS (June 23, 2008) – Las Vegas Events announced today that July’s scheduled SCORE Las Vegas Cup IV has been cancelled. The event was scheduled to be held July 18-19 at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“The SCORE Las Vegas Cup has been an important summer event for Las Vegas Events,” said Pat Christenson, president of Las Vegas Events. “Unfortunately, we could not deliver a race experience this year that SCORE fans have become accustomed to and expect. In the future, we will continue to support SCORE desert racing.
“It is very disappointing for SCORE to see this exciting event be cancelled, but circumstances beyond our control significantly dictated the outcome,” said Sal Fish, SCORE President/CEO. "We want to thank Las Vegas Events for their commitment and support, as well as those racers who had signed up and were ready to participate. Unfortunately, there were not enough entries."
Las Vegas Events will give full refunds to fans who have purchased tickets for the event. Fans can call 866-388-FANS for more information.
The SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge, held each January, and September’s SCORE Terrible's Primm 300 are also both sponsored by Las Vegas Events and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
Founded in 1981, Las Vegas Events, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit organization that serves as the exclusive special events agency for the city.
SCORE International, based in Los Angeles and founded in 1973, is the world’s leading desert racing organization. SCORE produces the annual SCORE Desert Series, which includes three races in Baja Mexico and three in Southern Nevada.
Next up for the 2008 SCORE Desert Series will be the 13th Annual SCORE Terrible’s Primm 300 desert race, to be held September 5-6 in Primm, Nevada.