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Nov 15

F1: Photo Gallery Of The Formula 1 Nightlife — Circuit Of The Americas

The culture of partying, VIP’s, and all-night festivities have always been an attractive part of Formula 1. The countless special events taking place this weekend in Austin will be no exception. With the beginning of on-track practice, we want to give you a preview of what to expect as the sun goes down.

Enjoy this photo gallery of F1 night life!

Nov 15

F1: Alonso Fastest In First USGP Practice

Fernando Alonso drives during first practice at Circuit of The Americas. (Photo: Getty Images)

Fernando Alonso drives during first practice at Circuit of The Americas. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso posted the fastest time in the first practice session at the United States Grand Prix, followed closely by McLaren’s Jenson Button in a session first delayed by fog and then interrupted and shortened because the medical helicopter was late to arrive.

Alonso drove the Circuit of the Americas in 1 minute, 38.343 seconds. That was 0.0028 seconds faster than Button.

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, who is chasing a record eighth consecutive victory in a single season, was 18th at 1:40.662.

Nov 15

MotoGP: Pedrosa Undergoes Successful Surgery In Barcelona

Dani Pedrosa underwent surgery Thursday to remove a plate and 13 screws from his right collarbone. (Photo: Getty Images)

Dani Pedrosa underwent surgery Thursday to remove a plate and 13 screws from his right collarbone. (Photo: Getty Images)

Dani Pedrosa looks forward to his recuperation period, having undergone surgery in Barcelona on Thursday immediately after the MotoGP test session in Valencia.

The operation, carried out by Dr. Xavier Mir at Barcelona’s Quiron Dexeus University Hospital, involved removing a plate and 13 screws from the Repsol Honda Team rider’s right collarbone. These had been inserted after the Spaniard was injured in a crash with Marco Simoncelli at the 2011 French Grand Prix.

“I’ve undergone surgery to remove the plate and 13 screws from my right collarbone operation in 2011, which I required as a result of the crash I had that season,” Pedrosa explains on Friday.

Nov 15

What To Watch: Your Weekend Racing Schedule

What To Watch: Your Weekend Racing Schedule

Narain Karthikeyan of India and Hispania Racing Team drives during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on Nov. 18, 2012. (Photo: Getty Images)

Friday, November 15

On Demand – Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli | Imola (www.Speed2.com)

10 a.m. – Formula 1 | USGP Austin P1

2 p.m. – Formula 1 | USGP Austin P2

Saturday, November 16

On Demand – Superstars GT Sprint | Imola (www.Speed2.com)

10 a.m. – Formula 1 | USGP Austin P3

1 p.m. – Formula 1 | USGP Austin Qualifying

Sunday, November 17

On Demand – Superstars International | Imola (www.Speed2.com)

2 p.m. – Formula 1 | USGP Austin Race

2 p.m. – Lucas Oil Off Road | Las Vegas (FOX Sports 1)

8 p.m. – FIA World Touring Car Championship | Hungary (FOX Sports 2)

9 p.m. – FIA GT1 World Championship | Netherlands (FOX Sports 2)

**All times Eastern Standard

Nov 14

IndyCar: Dario Franchitti Announces He’s Unable To Continue Racing Career

IndyCar: Dario Franchitti Announces He Is Unable To Continue Auto Racing Career

Dario Franchitti, of Scotland, is a former IndyCar champion. (Photo: Getty Images)

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti said on Thursday that doctors have told him he can no longer race because of injuries sustained in an IndyCar crash last month.

Franchitti broke his spine and right ankle and suffered a concussion in the Oct. 6 crash at Houston. The crash occurred on the last lap when his car made contact with another car and went sailing into a fence.

The 40-year-old Franchitti underwent two surgeries on his ankle and recently returned home to Scotland to recover.

“One month removed from the crash and based upon the expert advice of the doctors who have treated and assessed my head and spinal injuries post accident, it is their best medical opinion that I must stop racing,” Franchitti said. “They have made it very clear that the risks involved in further racing are too great and could be detrimental to my long-term well-being. Based on this medical advice, I have no choice but to stop.”

The four-time IndyCar champion has been the face of the series since he returned in 2009 following a brief stint in NASCAR. He won three consecutive titles from 2009 to 2011, and two of his three Indy 500 wins.

Franchitti had crossover appeal for the IndyCar Series through his 11-year marriage to actress Ashley Judd, which ended in January. But he was personable, well-spoken, popular in the paddock and passionate about the series. It resonated with fans and made Franchitti one of IndyCar’s all-time greats.

Franchitti’s 31 victories are tied for eighth on the all-time list, and his 33 poles are sixth on the all-time list.

“Dario Franchitti has done so much for Target Chip Ganassi Racing, so it will be very disappointing to not see him in our cars next season,” Ganassi said. “But simply put, Dario is a motorsports legend and will be sorely missed on the race track by everyone in the paddock and in the stands. His contributions to the sport of motor racing are too many to list, but I can tell you that they go way beyond what he has done on the track.”