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Caterham Cars in Caterham, UK, has already sold all 56 places in its 2004 Caterham Academy motorsport training programme. "We're used to filling up the Academy well before each season," said MD Simon Nearn, "but to have sold out by the end of July is unheard of. It just goes to prove that, no matter what problems motorsport faces at the higher levels, there's no shortage of people who want to take it up and learn the right way to go racing."For £15,950, the Caterham Academy offers the budding racer a road-legal 1.6-litre Caterham Seven Roadsport to keep, a track licence examination, training seminars, and the event and championship fees for hillclimbing, three sprint events and three circuit races.Infineon Raceway resurfacing - Autosport Pro news - AUTOSPORT.com
The 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course at American multi-purpose venue Infineon Raceway at Sears Point, CA, is to be resurfaced at the cost of $1m. Work will begin on August 4, immediately following the NHRA's FRAM Autolite Nationals drag race meeting.Goodyear reports 2003 losses - Autosport Pro news - AUTOSPORT.com
NYSE-listed Goodyear Tire & Rubber, the world's largest tyre maker headquartered in Akron, OH, yesterday reported a net loss of US$73.6m for the second quarter of 2003, compared with net income of $28.9m in Q2-2002. "We are disappointed in our financial results, but we are encouraged by the positive trends in our company and we are optimistic about our turnaround," said chairman and CEO Robert J. Keegan. Goodyear's highest-profile motorsport engagement is now in the NASCAR Winston Cup.British F3 promotion by the Isle of Man - Autosport Pro news - AUTOSPORT.com
Team Isle of Man was formed yesterday as a government-supported vehicle to promote the business community, trade and tourism on the Isle of Man. Companies on the island will sponsor 18-year-old Manx driver Alex Lloyd in the British F3 series over the 2004-05 seasons.Recaro enters Craftsman Truck series - Autosport Pro news - AUTOSPORT.com
Automotive seat manufacturer Recaro will be the primary sponsor of the first German driver to compete in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series when Alex Muller races a Chevrolet Silverado at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Other sponsors are Bruderer, Turboservice.net and Energie Jeans. Recaro's North American production facility is in Auburn Hills, MI.Aaron's signs up with BACE Motorsports - Autosport Pro news - AUTOSPORT.com
Atlanta based Aaron's Sales & Lease Ownership, a furniture, electronics, appliances and computer supplier, entered motorsport sponsorship when it backed the BACE Motorsports team in the Brickyard 400 NASCAR Winston Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.NASCAR mandates fuel cell fire extinguisher - Autosport Pro news - AUTOSPORT.com
American stock car body NASCAR will require an additional Halon fire extinguisher, solely dedicated to the fuel cell area, on all racecars contesting its Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck series, effective August 13. The cylinder must be activated by an automatic, thermally activated discharge nozzle recommended by the manufacturer for this application.The automatic system may have a manual and/or pneumatic override from the driver-activated system. The cylinder must be mounted in the driver's compartment attached to a steel bracket welded to the frame and/or rollcage. A minimum of 10lb of fire-extinguishing agent is required in the cylinder for the fuel cell area.NASCAR moves advertising budget - Autosport Pro news - AUTOSPORT.com
US stock car body NASCAR has appointed the Martin Agency in Richmond, VA, as its official advertising agency, replacing Chicago based Y&R Advertising. The contract is estimated to be worth around $20m.'Thomas Register' on CD-ROM - Autosport Pro news - AUTOSPORT.com
Thomas Publishing in New York is offering both printed and CD ROM/DVD versions of the Thomas Register which, it claims, is the largest directory of North American manufacturers. The print version comprises 20 volumes containing information on 72,000 products and services, company profiles and addresses. The set of multimedia discs allows the user to search the entire database by company, product, service, trade or brand.New Kari Speedway in India - Autosport Pro news - AUTOSPORT.com
A new FIA-approved race circuit near Coimbatore, in the Kerala region of south-west India, will be ready in October, according to Motorsports Association of India president Nazir Hoosein. The 2.1km Kari Memorial Speedway, being built by LGB Group, will be licensed to stage national events for single-seaters and touring cars. The MAI will apply to Motorsport Asia for a round of its 2004 Formula BMW Asia series and an International invitation F3 event is also planned.Pirelli agent to handle Bathurst tyre logistics - Autosport Pro news - AUTOSPORT.com
Motorsport Tyres, the Australian distributor for the Italian-made Pirelli motorsport tyres, is to handle tyre logistics for Procar Australia at its second annual Bathurst 24 Hours in November. The company in Nunawading, VIC, is offering discounts to international teams contesting the event on the Mount Panorama road circuit.New Indian 'junior' single-seater - Autosport Pro news - AUTOSPORT.com
LGB Group in Coimbatore, India, has developed a new, fixed-specification single-seater racing class aimed at providing a stepping-stone for Indian drivers to higher levels of motorsport. The wingless racecar, powered by a 1300cc engine and fitted with road tyres, will be raced alongside the existing Formula Maruti class and Group N touring cars.NASCAR to crash-test escape hatch - Autosport Pro news - AUTOSPORT.com
NASCAR will conduct testing of a 'roof hatch' at the Midwest Roadside Facility in Lincoln, NE, on August 6. It provides drivers with an alternative exit, via a hatch in the roof of the car, in the event of an emergency situation. Facility director Dr Dean Sicking will simulate a rollover-type accident, and a successful result could lead to recommendation of the safety device to Winston Cup and Busch teams.'Surf' used to create Seat GT project - Autosport Pro news - AUTOSPORT.com
Surface modeling, analysis and visualisation software developed by Southampton, UK, company ICEM was used by designers at Spanish car manufacturer SEAT throughout the body design and development process for its new Seat Cupra GT racecar project. ICEM 'Surf' was used to reduce the number of iterations required to arrive at the final shape and to ensure dimensional accuracy and tolerances, helping to reduce overall development time to two months.EMDA investigates Rockingham uses - Autosport Pro news - AUTOSPORT.com
Britain's East Midlands Development Agency has launched a £25,000 investigation into the economic effects on the Corby and Northampton areas that would result from new activities proposed for the Rockingham Motor Speedway, to complement its racing, testing and race school programmes. The study will consider the use of the site for a hotel, leisure and business conference centre, and as a hub for practical engineering education.Graham Brown, EMDA's motorsport programme manager