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JEREZ, Spain — McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton led the pack of drivers testing out this season’s Formula One cars Thursday.

The circuit champion was quickest of the four 2009 cars testing at the Jerez circuit with a fast lap of one minute 20.737, ahead of Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull, Kazuki Nakajima of Williams and local favourite Fernando Alonso of Renault.

Hamilton’s testing focused on trying out new regulations, including …  More info

Australian Mark Webber calmed fears about his fitness Wednesday after stepping back into a Formula One car for the first time since he broke his leg in November.

The 32-year-old Red Bull driver completed 83 untroubled laps in testing the new RB5 car at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain, leaving new German team mate Sebastian Vettel with nothing to do.

Vettel had been on standby in case Webber felt any discomfort but …  More info


We all could use a break right about now, so let’s go to the races. But you might not recognize racing in its 2009 version.

Motor racing of all types became a huge draw during the First Great Depression, from 1929 until the start of WWII.

Today, though, in this Second Great Depression, motor racing is being hit hard, not just in the US, but worldwide.

Every major racing series, from the quintessentially American series like NHRA drag racing, IndyCar and NASCAR to world events like Formula 1, the exciting and interesting new A1 Grand Prix series to World Rally, European Touring Cars and all the motorcycle sports, too, are trying…  More info


What makes for the best racing? What do people prefer? A Sunday afternoon or Saturday night watching the big boys of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series or a Saturday night at your favorite local paved or dirt 1/4-mile bullring?

Just to keep this from blooming into a wide open discussion, I am going to limit this to stock car, sprint cars and midgets for the most part. Obviously there are many out there that prefer NHRA, Formula One, Indy Car Racing etc.. All good choices, but this is more of a comparison between local weekly shows and the top series in America, NASCAR. …  More info


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