SEMA eNews Vol. 12, No. 19, May 14, 2009

Racing News: Jeremy Mayfield Fails Drug Test, Suspended Indefinitely

SUSPENDED: Jeremy Mayfield, the owner and driver of the No. 41 Mayfield Motorsports Toyota in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, has been suspended indefinitely following a positive drug test at Richmond International Raceway. Two crew members from other teams were also indefinitely suspended for positive drug tests. Mayfield’s wife, Shana, takes over in the owner’s role, and J.J. Yeley is scheduled to drive the car this week at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

SEE YA LATER:
American Le Mans Series Chief Operating Officer Tim Mayer will be leaving his position at the end of May. His duties will be re-assigned among various personnel and departments within the organization.

A SHOT AT GLORY:
Oriol Servia and Townsend Bell have joined the list of Indianapolis 500 entries this week. Servia has teamed with Rahal Letterman and Bell has teamed with KV Racing Technology. Both teams will be second-weekend-only efforts.

NOT COMING BACK?: Toyota has stated that it does not intend to file an entry for the 2010 F-1 championship unless the FIA changes its new rules that will give teams that agree to a budget cap a technical advantage over the rest of the teams.

JOINING THE HALL:
Johnny Auxter, Karl Busson, Clare Lawicki, Tony Elliott, Tray House and Brian Tyler will be the newest class to be inducted into the Little 500 Hall of Fame May 23 at Anderson (Indiana) Speedway.

BACK TO SPEED: “Hot Rod” Fuller will make his 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series debut at the United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals June 4–7, at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois, behind the wheel of the Vandergriff Motorsports Top Fuel dragster.

BACK ON TOP:
By winning his fourth grand prix in five attempts in 2009 during last weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona, Spain, Jenson Button has returned to the top of the National Speed Sport News Power Rankings, which rates drivers from all auto-racing disciplines. The rankings appear weekly in America’s Motorsports Authority.

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