June 25, 2012
Kenseth looking for a new ride?
By DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency
Lots of speculation this past weekend that Matt Kenseth is talking to other teams about a contract for next season.
Kenseth, the current Daytona 500 champion, has been with Roush-Fenway Racing since he started in NASCAR but that deal is due for renewal at the end of the current season.
Rumours have it that he is in talks with both Joe Gibbs Racing and Penske Racing where Joey Logano and A.J. Allmendinger, respectively, are in their final contract year.
Kenseth, who acts as his own agent, said he has nothing new to say on the contract matter.
“I’d like to have something to tell you, but I don’t have anything to talk about right now,” he said. “Until I have something to announce, I don’t talk about it.”
IndyCar seeks fence probe
IZOD IndyCar Series medical boss Dr. Terry Trammell is set to ask the FIA to launch a study on how to make catch fences at race tracks safer for drivers and spectators.
Some among IndyCar executives blamed the design of the catch fence at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Dan Wheldon’s death in the 2011 series finale.
“We have been trying to initiate a study of fencing and come up with some better ideas about how to manage fencing to satisfy the need to keep the car and car parts out of the crowd and have a lesser potential for injuring the driver,” Trammel told IndyCar.com.
Vergne fined $31,000
Formula One race stewards have come down hard on Jean-Eric Vergne, judging him guilty of causing a collision at the European Grand Prix with Heikki Kovalainen.
Vergne will have to start 10 places back from his qualifying effort at the British Grand Prix — the next race on the F-1 calendar.
He was also fined $31,000 U.S.
Johnson wins Can-Am Cup
Orangeville’s Caitlin Johnston got a win in the Ontario Formula Ford Championship this past weekend in the Can-Am Cup race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park as part of the Sports Car Doubleheader Weekend.
In the Pirelli World Challenge Championship Mike Skeen, of Charlotte, N.C., won both weekend races in his Corvette.
In the GTS class, Mark Wilkens, of Aurora, won in a Kia Motors Optima, while in the Touring class, Gary Kwok, of Markham, drove his Honda Civic to victory.
And Andre Rapone of Thornhill won in the B-Spec class, with Mike Mallais, of Scarborough, winning both Porsche 944 Cup races in the Super Cup class.
IndyCar won’t rush new event
There will be no replacement on the IZOD IndyCar schedule for the cancelled China event, CEO Randy Bernard announced on Monday.
There was a hope that another venue could be found to replace China.
“After carefully considering all possible options for an additional race, we felt it was in our best interest to keep our schedule at its current 15-event lineup,” Bernard said. “We want to make sure that when we add events to our roster they have long-term potential and are given every opportunity to be successfully promoted. The more we explored, the more we felt like we were rushing what could be good, long-lasting opportunities for the sport.”