September 2008
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Sept 2 - Dario Franchitti and Ashley Judd are returning to InydCar for 2009.  Franchitti did not make it through the year in his debut in NASCAR after
having lost his ride.  His highest finish was 22nd.

2007 Indy 500 champion
Dario Franchitti will replace 2005 Indy 500 Champion Dan Wheldon at Target Chip Ganassi Racing, joining 2008 Indy 500
champion
Scott Dixon.  Wheldon is moving to Panther Racing where he'll replace Mr. 2nd Place Vitor Meira.
Sept 10 - IMS has announced that they will offer general admission
on practice and qulaifying days for people without tickets to the Red
Bull Grand Prix at Indianapolis.

You must pay cash at the gate.

Friday will cost only $10 and Saturday will cost $20 per person.
Scott Dixon wraps up 2008 IndyCar Title
Sept 7 -  The IRL Championship came down to the last points race of the
season, with Helio Castroneves trailing Scott Dixon by 30 points.

Castroneves had qualified fourth, but due to dropping down below the
white line, he was moved to last place.  In an exciting race, he worked his
way back up to the front and beat Dixon to the finish line by 12 inches,
the second closest finish in IndyCar history!

However, Dixon had garnered enough points to retain the lead and has
won his second IRL title.

"It's definitely been the toughest two weeks, and Team Penske and Helio
wouldn't let it go," Dixon said. "You've got to tip their hats to them. The
year in whole has been amazing, getting married, winning a (Indianapolis)
500 and a championship all in one year. I bet not many can say they've
done that."

Sarah Fisher hit the wall and limped out of the car. Graham Rahal hit
Buddy Rice when exiting his pit box and would later end up in the wall.

Behind Dixon and Castroneves, Kanaan secured third in the
championship ahead of Wheldon and Briscoe. Andretti Green Racing
teammates Patrick and Marco Andretti are sixth and seventh, with
Hunter-Reay, Oriol Servia and Hideki Mutoh completing the top ten in
points.

All told, it was a fitting end to a solid season. Technically there is another
race on the docket, but it is the non-points event held October 26 in
Surfers Paradise. Castroneves won a closely fought battle but Dixon is
champion of the yearlong war.  See
Final Points Standings
F1 Monza Grand Prix
Sept 14 - Sebastian Vettel took "youngest F1 pole sitter" and "youngest
F1 winner" honors away from Fernando Alonso this weekend in Italy.

Vettel, 21, won in the rain, giving Toro Rosso their first win. Heikki
Kovalainen and Robert Kubica, both first time winners this season,
finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Sept 14 - The Red Bull MotoGP at Indianapolis News
Hayden and Honda split
Sept 14 - Nicky Hayden has finally said in an interview that he would be
leaving Honda at the end of the 2008 MotoGP season.

Famous for downplaying his ability in deferment of the either HRC or the
RCV212V, the Kentucky Kid is changing his tune and gave a surprisingly
telling opinion recently on the HRC outfit. “I really want to feel again like a
teammate, I mean to be in a team where everyone works in the same
direction and shares information. I can't wait for that moment to come.”

At his press conference yesterday in Indianapolis, not only did Hayden
make the split official, he threw in his strongest criticisms to date. Referring
to Pedrosa’s mid-season switch to Bridgestone, Hayden stated, “Obviously
there will now be a wall down the middle of the pit-box, but to be honest
there was already a bit of a wall there.”

The best dig came however while quelling rumors of a mid-season
departure, with Nicky saying “There are probably people in that box that if I
didn’t show up would probably never notice!”

HRC clearly cared more for developing the diminutive 2007 RC212V to
Pedrosa’s wants even whilst Hayden was in the process of being the first
rider to wrest the title from Valentino Rossi in half a decade.

Hayden has officially joined Casey Stoner at Ducati for the 2009 season.
The 27-year-old from Owensboro, Kentucky, will make his debut on
the Desmosedici GP9 on the 27th October in a test immediately
following the Valencia Grand Prix.

Hayden arrives at Ducati after six years in MotoGP with Honda, the
highlight coming in 2006 when he was crowned World Champion.
Paul Newman Dead At 83
Sept 27 - In the 1970s, Paul Newman became
fascinated with auto racing, a sport he studied when he
starred in the 1969 film, “Winning.” After turning
professional in 1977, Newman and his driving team
made strong showings in several major races, including
fifth place in Daytona in 1977 and second place in the
Le Mans in 1979.

“Racing is the best way I know to get away from all the
rubbish of Hollywood,” he told People magazine in 1979.

Newman later became a car owner and formed a
partnership with
Carl Haas, starting Newman/Haas
Racing in 1983 and joining the CART series. Hiring
Mario Andretti as its first driver, the team was an
instant success, and throughout the last 26 years, the
team — now known as Newman/Haas/Lanigan and part
of the IndyCar Series — has won 107 races and eight
series championships.

Newman is survived by his wife, five children, two
grandsons and his older brother Arthur
Rossi Wins Japan MotoGP race and the Title!
Sept 28 - Valentino Rossi clinched the 2008 MotoGP World
Championship in total style at the Motegi circuit in Japan, his
manufacturer's home track. The Doctor clinched his fifth consecutive
win today, number 70 for his all time win record in the premier class.
The Fiat team and Yamaha can both proudly say they helped Rossi
earn his sixth MotoGP title along with their own respective teams' and
manufacturers' crowns.

In all Rossi has earned eight championships starting with his first in
125cc and the second in 250cc. From his humble beginnings he has
won 96 races, earned 148 podiums and started from pole 51 times out
of the 207 races credited to his career. The Italian rider truly has
become a legend from this generation of motorcycle racers.