SEMA eNews Vol. 12, No. 30, July 30, 2009

Racing News: Formula One's Felipe Massa Awake and Alert After Serious Head Injuries

INJURED: Formula One driver Felipe Massa and IndyCar Series driver Tony Kanaan each suffered injuries over the weekend. Massa was hit on the head by a spring from another car causing him to crash. He suffered serious head injuries and was in a medically induced coma for 48 hours, but was awake, alert and talking with family on Monday afternoon. Kanaan, meanwhile suffered burns on his hands and face when his car was engulfed in flames during a pit stop. Kanaan plans to race this weekend.

INVESTIGATED:
Former Grand Am driver Henri Zogaib is being investigated on charges he cheated investors including Grand Am and NASCAR drivers out of $5.4 million in what is being termed a Ponzi Scheme.

SHORT TRACKING: Honda Performance Development is planning to expand its racing presence into the grassroots motorsports market, developing products and services for amateur and entry-level professional competitors.

SWEET HOME ALABAMA: The Indy Racing League IndyCar Series will take its show to Alabama’s Barber Motorsports Park next April after opening the season on a street course in Brazil. While that race is new, it is apparent that Richmond International Raceway will not host a race for the series for the first time in many years. The full schedule is expected to be announced August 1.

SPONSOR HUNT:
Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth and his Roush Fenway Racing team are hunting a new sponsor after announcing DeWalt Tools will leave the team at the end of the season.

STILL ON TOP: Tony Stewart remained on top of the National Speed Sport News Power Rankings, which rates drivers from all auto-racing disciplines. However, NHRA Top Fuel driver Antron Brown jumped from sixth to second. The rankings appear weekly in America’s Motorsports Authority.

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