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Mar 1

F1: Jenson Button Upbeat Despite Gearbox Problems

Jenson Button pilots the McLaren MP4-29 Mercedes. (Photo: Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic)

Jenson Button pilots the McLaren MP4-29 Mercedes. (Photo: Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic)

Despite a rare reliability glitch with the new McLaren, Jenson Button was encouraged by the form of the car in Bahrain on Friday.

McLaren has been near the top of the mileage charts all winter, but on Friday, Button ran only 49 laps after the car required some gearbox work.

Mar 1

F1: Petrov Moves To DTM With Mercedes

Former F1 driver Vitaly Petrov will race in the DTM for Mercedes. (Photo: Courtesy of Mercedes)

Former F1 driver Vitaly Petrov will race in the DTM for Mercedes. (Photo: Courtesy of Mercedes)

The Mercedes team has confirmed Vitaly Petrov will race in the DTM for the 2014 season.

Petrov last raced in F1 with Caterham in 2012, but has been unable to find a way back in. He did promotional driving for Mercedes in Moscow last year, and had his first test in Portimao last month.

Feb 28

IndyCar: Panther Racing Sues Series, Rahal Over Sponsorship

National Guard sponsored Panther Racing in 2013. (Photo: Getty Images)

National Guard sponsored Panther Racing in 2013. (Photo: Getty Images)

Panther Racing has sued Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, IndyCar and others, saying it lost a $17.2 million sponsorship with the Army National Guard because of bid-rigging and other improprieties.

The lawsuit filed Feb. 19 in Marion County Court in Indianapolis follows a ruling earlier this year by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. The GAO denied Panther’s appeal of moving the Army National Guard sponsorship to Graham Rahal’s car for the upcoming IndyCar season.

Feb 28

F1: FIA Delays Decision On Haas Formula 1 Entry Bid

The FIA has yet to announce which team will join the F1 grid. (Photo: LAT Photograpic)

The FIA has yet to announce which team will join the F1 grid. (Photo: LAT Photograpic)

The FIA has delayed its decision on a future Formula 1 team entry, which was due to be made today.

The FIA first announced a “call for expression of interest” on Dec. 12, and noted that a decision would be made on Feb. 28.

Gene Haas is in competition with a Romanian project, and the governing body has written to the candidates apparently not given a reason for the delay, or an alternative deadline. However it’s worth speculating that Jean Todt and Bernie Ecclestone might have different ideas about which team should get the nod.

Feb 28

SX: The Holeshot – 22 Takeaways From Atlanta

450SX riders compete in the Georgia Dome. (Photo: Frank Hoppen)

450SX riders compete in the Georgia Dome. (Photo: Frank Hoppen)

Atlanta has always been known to produce memorable races as the red Georgia clay and the packed house inside the Georgia Dome bring the best out of riders. Last weekend, it lived up to expectation with another dramatic night of competition that ultimately tightened up the championship battle in the premier class and produced the third first-time winner in as many weeks in the 250SX Class.

Each week, The Holeshot will provide 22 takeaways – a full starting gate – from the most recent round of action.