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Thursday, July 31, 2008

McLaren confirms Kovalainen for '09

McLaren's driver lineup remains unchanged for 2009 as the team confirm Heikki Kovalainen will be retained along side Lewis Hamilton.

“We welcomed Heikki on board at the start of the year,” ITV quotes Martin Whitmarsh. “He is under contract to Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, and will continue to race for us in the 2009 season.”

The Finn has proved fast, if plagued with some horrible luck the season, which has seen him well adrift of his teammate in the driver's championship.

Kovalainen helped cement his reputation as a team player in the German Grand Prix, supporting Hamilton's charge back through the field on the way to the Briton's win at Hockenheim.

Not just another whopper from a car dealer...

The BBC reports a Kent car dealer was surprised to find the man who knocked him to the ground in a Fiat van was none other than seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher. Full story here.

IndyCar releases '09 schedule

US open-wheel fans got a glimpse of what a post-merger world really looks like as IndyCar released its first true schedule since swallowing up Champ Car.

It looks a lot like this year's.

The 18-race schedule is comprised of 10 ovals and eight street/road courses.

The season will start on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. as the oval at Homestead moves to the end of the season.

A Toronto street event (a former Champ Car stop) replaces the Nashville oval race, and Long Beach, Calif. is an official event for '09.

Additionally, Motegi moves to the fall and Surfers Paradise is out.

  1. April 5: St. Petersburg, Fla.
  2. April 19: Long Beach, Calif.
  3. April 26: Kansas Speedway
  4. May 24: Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  5. May 31: The Milwaukee Mile
  6. June 6: Texas Motor Speedway
  7. June 21: Iowa Speedway
  8. June 27: Richmond (Va.) International Raceway
  9. July 5: Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International
  10. July 12: Toronto
  11. July 26: Edmonton, Alberta
  12. Aug. 1: Kentucky Speedway
  13. Aug. 9: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  14. Aug. 23: Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, Calif.
  15. Aug. 29: Chicagoland Speedway
  16. Sept. 6: Detroit, Mich.
  17. Sept. 19: Motegi, Japan
  18. Oct. 11: Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway
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1 comment:

Knit*Six said...

10 Ovals???? You gotta be kidding. That's really depressing.

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