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Oct 11

Sports Cars: Kansas Added to 2014 United SportsCar Schedule

Kansas Speedway. (John Dagys)

Kansas Speedway. (John Dagys)

IMSA announced Friday a shakeup in the schedule for next year’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, which includes the addition of a 13th event at Kansas Speedway and other changes in the Prototype Challenge calendar.

With expected oversized grids, the PC class has been reduced to 10-round schedule, with the elimination of the Detroit and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park events in favor of a standalone race at Kanas Speedway on June 7.

Oct 11

F1: Teams And Drivers Pay Tribute To ‘Inspirational’ Maria De Villota

Maria de Villota was known for her courage, strength and determination. (Photo: Getty Images)

Maria de Villota was known for her courage, strength and determination. (Photo: Getty Images)

The Formula 1 community pays its respects to Maria de Villota, who passed away Friday morning at the age of 33.

Her family led the tribute, stating: “Dear friends. Maria has left us. She had to go to heaven like all angels.

“We are thankful to God for the extra year and a half that he left her with us,” the de Villota family said, referencing a 2012 testing crash which left her with severe head injuries and resulted in the loss of her right eye.

Oct 11

F1: Stewards Hit Williams Team With Massive Fine

Pastor Maldonado drives during practice for the Japanese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Pastor Maldonado drives during practice for the Japanese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Williams has been fined €60,000 (approximately $81,300) by the FIA Stewards for failing to properly secure the left rear wheel that became detached from Pastor Maldonado’s car during first practice in Japan.

The stewards noted that “this is regarded as a serious safety issue” and have paid extra attention to the securing of wheels since Mark Webber’s incident in Germany.

The wheel fell off at Turn 13 on the Venezuelan’s third consecutive fast lap, and bounced harmlessly into a gravel trap as the car spun around.

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Oct 11

MotoGP: Injured Crutchlow Overcomes Pain To Start Strong

Cal Crutchlow of Great Britain and Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rounds the bend during the MotoGP Of Malaysia - Free Practice. (Photo: Getty Images)

Cal Crutchlow of Great Britain and Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rounds the bend during the MotoGP Of Malaysia – Free Practice. (Photo: Getty Images)

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider Cal Crutchlow made a good start to the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix on Friday, setting the third fastest time on the opening day of practice.

Sixth fastest in typically hot and humid conditions in Friday morning’s opening 45-minute session, Crutchlow was almost a second faster in FP2 to surge up the rankings into the top three behind Spanish duo Dani Pedrosa and World Championship leader Marc Marquez.

Oct 11

MotoGP: Hayden In Shock Over Aprilia Turmoil

Nicky Hayden's MotoGP future may be in doubt after a shakeup at Aprilia. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nicky Hayden’s MotoGP future may be in doubt after a shakeup at Aprilia. (Photo: Getty Images)

Shocked American rider Nicky Hayden has had his plans to race an Aprilia in next year’s MotoGP world championship turned upside down and he may now make a surprise switch to Honda.

The uncertainty has been created by the sudden defection of acclaimed Aprilia race boss Gigi Dall’Igna to Ducati who are desperate to arrest their sad decline.

Ducati only announced the poaching of Dall’Igna yesterday.

Hayden was close to inking his Aprilia deal following a visit to their factory last month and a positive meeting with Dall’Igna.