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.

Feb 28

F1: Ricciardo Praises Red Bull Racing’s Preseason Progress

Daniel Ricciardo drives during Day 2 of F1 testing in Bahrain. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Daniel Ricciardo drives during Day 2 of F1 testing in Bahrain. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Red Bull Racing enjoyed its best day of the season so far in Bahrain as Daniel Ricciardo completed 66 laps and set the third fastest time of the day in a run on soft tires.

While those numbers are encouraging, the distance covered was far below the 100 plus laps managed by five rival teams today, and while fast for today, Ricciardo’s time was still 2.5 seconds off the best lap recorded last week.

Feb 28

MotoGP: Aleix Espargaro Consistently Fast On ‘Open’ Yamaha

Aleix Espargaro set the fourth fastest time on Friday at Sepang. (Photo: Getty Images)

Aleix Espargaro set the fourth-fastest time on Friday at Sepang. (Photo: Getty Images)

The second 2014 MotoGP preseason test session concluded at Sepang with highly positive results for the NGM Mobile Forward Racing Team.

Aleix Espargaro was consistently quick over the three days of testing, scoring the fourth-best time in the combined lap-times classification with a best lap of 2:00.101.