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The Rahal Letterman Racing team says it is making a last-ditch effort to find a sponsor so it can compete in the 2009 IndyCar Series.

Team co-owner Bobby Rahal said Thursday the situation looks “pretty grim” but he remains hopeful the reeling economy won’t prevent his cars from running…  More info

Sarah Fisher has another sponsorship for this season.

The Indy Racing League fan favorite announced Friday that IUPUI, a local college, is back on board for 2009.

Details of the deal were not immediately available, but IUPUI wants to use the racing series as a platform to promote the school’s four-year motorsports engineering program.

“We see this sponsorship as an investment in opportunity for our students, and Sarah couldn’t be a better role model as she was once a student here at IUPUI,” said Oner Yurtseven, dean of IUPUI’s school of engineering and technology.

It’s the second deal Fisher has announced since mid-January…  More info


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Formula One fans are to get the chance to learn how the sport’s technology has influenced other fields of industry at a special exhibition at the UK’s Science Museum in London. The free show, which opens next month, has been organised with input from McLaren and will feature the team’s 2006 car, the MP4-21, suspended from the gallery’s ceiling as its centrepiece.

“British engineers, designers and strategists are at the forefront of Formula One,” commented Professor Chris Rapley CBE, director of the Science Museum. “They are world experts at pushing the boundaries of materials, technology and teamwork.

“The outcome is not only a formidable presence on the grand prix track, but a stream of products and innovations that spin out into the world around us…  More info


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There are just so many questions to perplex the F1 fan. So many, in fact, that even as the new season looms, we can easily find ourselves debating the background chatter more than the racing prospects.

Could the keen analytical mind of a master detective deduce the answers? I haven’t got one of those, sadly, but I’ve seen a lot of mystery movies, so I’ll give it my best shot.

Question. Will Toyota press the big red panic button and bail out of F1?

Clue 1: Toyota are writhing in agony, they are now forecasting an annual loss of 450bn yen, about £3.4bn in real money. Note that the company is the world’s biggest car maker, and has never previously made a loss. Source here.

Clue 2: Toyota F1’s biggest sponsor is Panasonic, who have just announced they will cut 15,000 jobs and close 27 plants due to falling sales and a predicted loss of …  More info


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