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FORMULA One teams BMW, Toyota, and Ferrari are all set for testing in Bahrain next week.

Both BMW and Toyota confirmed with the GDN last night that their Grand Prix drivers will be in the cockpit of their 2009 cars at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC). Officials at world champions Ferrari could not be reached.

The tests at Sakhir will be held over eight days, divided into two sessions. The first will be between February 10 and 13, followed by the concluding session between the 16th and 19th. BMW stars Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld will be joined by reserve driver Christian Klien in Bahrain.  More info…

FIA president Max Mosley has dismissed the notion that replacing Formula 1’s points system with medals for the top three finishers would encourage overtaking and lead to better racing.

The medals scheme is being pushed by the sport’s commercial boss Bernie Ecclestone, who believes the current points structure offers insufficient reward for winning and therefore too little incentive to overtake…  More info

…a series of four separate announcements that were released within a span of 72 hours.  Each of these announcements taken individually would have been just some bad news but happening one after the other in quick succession reminded me of Dominos tumbling.  Like dominos tumbling I theorized that this could be the start of a series of more bad news for the IRL’s Indy Racing League.

I hate to say it but it seems like I am right as three more dominos tumbled in Indy land.

Today’s first domino was the report from Speed’s Robin Miller that the winningest team of the past 20 years in open wheel will be signing two ride buyers.  One of the drivers Newman/Haas/Lanigan will be the…  More info

Tough times and cutbacks, or even outright cancellation of programs, are mode throughout today’s motorsports programs, and while the Indy Racing League (IRL) has announced it will delay application of its new engine package until 2012, the proposed format is already drawing interest from diverse quarters.

The plan had initially been to enact the new engine proposal for the 2011 season, but that has been scrapped to help allow teams and sponsoring manufacturers time to cope with the current economic situation…  More info

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