October 2012
Most recent news is at the bottom
Michael Schumacher Retires
Oct 4 - F1 driver Michael Schumacer, 43., who has
driven for Mercedes Benz the past three years,
announced his retirement.

The 7-time Formula One champion retired in 2006
then returne
d three years later.  He did not have
much luck with his comeback attempt.

Meanwhile, Kimi Raikonnen returned to Formula One
this year and he has found success, with the Lotus
F1 In Japan
Oct 7 - Points leader Fernando Alonzo spun and stalled
his car at the first turn of the race at Suzuka.  Nearest
points leader, Sebastian Vettel won from pole, pulling
within 4 points of Alonso.

The Japanese fans were estatic when Japanese driver
Kamui Kobayashi finished in 3rd place.  Felipe Massa
finished 2nd.
Tony George Resigns
Oct 20 - Tony George has ran things at IMS for the last
couple of decades and shook things up.  He started the
Indy Racing League in 1996.  He brought Formula One to
Indianapolis in 2000.

He is resigning from the board of his family's Hulman  &
Company so that there is no conflict of interest as he tries
to buy IndyCar.  

According to Hulman & Company CEO
Jeff Belskus, the
race series is not for sale.

George was president of the Indy Motor Speedway from
1990-2004.  He was their CEO, as well as the CEO of the
IRL from 1990-2009.  He also served as president of
Hulman & Company.
The current composition of the Hulman & Company board is Mari
Hulman George, Nancy L. George, M. Josephine George, Katherine
M. George-Conforti, Andre B. Lacy, Michael L. Smith, John F.
Ackerman, Jeffrey G. Belskus, Mark D. Miles and James T. Morris.
Lorenzo 2nd Time Champ
Oct 28 - Dani Pedrosa won the previous three MotoGP
races coming into Australia today, hanging in the
championship as the season is coming to an end.

Unfortunately for him, he lost it in a turn at the beginning of
the race.

Jorge Lorenzo, who has finished in the top two of every
race this year except one, went on to finish 2nd behind
Casey Stoner, clinching his second MotoGP Championship.
Jorge Lorenzo - Factory Yamaha
IndyCar CEO Steps Down
Oct 29 - The board of directors of the Indianapolis Motor
Speedway Corporation convened a special meeting
Sunday, Oct. 28 and has announced that
Randy Bernard
will relinquish his position as CEO of IndyCar effective
immediately. Bernard is completing the third year of a
five-year contract. Bernard said he believed he is leaving
IndyCar in a better position than when he arrived.

Bernard has come under fire for the loss of $9 million with
the cancellation of the planned China race, the higher cost
of car parts which must be bought from Dallara, the
controversy concerning upcoming bodywork kits, losing
marketing president
Terry Angstadt, and having a rift with
Firestone Tires.

According to Autoweek's sources, IndyCar is losing at least
$5 million annually.

Bernard successfully rolled out the new IndyCar chassis as
well as the introduction of multiple engine manufacturers.  
The series has enjoyed more variety in the winner's circle.
He also has oversaw a return to Pocono and Milwaukee.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation President and
Jeff Belskus was appointed as interim CEO.
Belskus, also served as CEO of IndyCar from July 2009
through February 2010.
Randy Bernard
I wonder if this is some political move to contend with Tony
George and his desire to take control back of IndyCar.
NBC Gets F1
Oct 29 - Next year in America, Formula One races will be
broadcast on NBC and NBC Sports Network, which also
broadcasts most IndyCar races.

The NBC deal brings an end to the 17-year association
that F1 has had with the Speed channel.  Whether their
great broadcast team will follow them to NBC is not known.
Bob Varsha, David Hobbs & Steve Matchett
Sebastian Vettel Winning Streak
Oct 29 - The Red Bull Team's Sebastian Vettel won his
4th straight F1 race yesterday, in India.  He passed
Fernando Alonzo for the points championship last week.

The last time a driver won four in a row was
in 2009.  Not only had Vettel won the races, he
has led from pole and not relinquished the lead in the last
3 races for a total so far of 206 laps.  The all time record is
Ayrton Senna with 264 consecutive laps led.

With three races to go and with a 13-point lead over
Alonzo, Vettel's 2nd championship looks promising.

Alonso, though, will not rest as he said: "It's not easy at the
moment fighting Red Bull, but we will never give up."
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