INJURED: Renault Formula One driver Robert Kubica was seriously injured in a crash during the Ronde di Andora Rally in Italy Sunday and will miss the Formula One season.
OPEN AGAIN: The International Hot Rod Association has signed a multi-year sanctioning agreement with the new owners of Tennessee’s Memphis International Raceway, previously known as Memphis Motorsports Park.
WELCOME TO THE TEAM: Andretti Autosport has added Englishman Mike Conway to its four-car IZOD IndyCar Series effort in 2011.
BACK ON TRACK: Four-time Champ Car World Series title winner Sebastien Bourdais tested a Dale Coyne Racing IZOD IndyCar Series entry at Sebring (Florida) International Raceway last week and may return to American open-wheel racing for the first time since 2007.
GOOD BREW: Ted Christopher continued his dominance on the indoor midget circuit by capturing the 40-lap Coffee Cup for three-quarter midgets Saturday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
BEHIND THE WHEEL: Cristiano da Matta, a former Champ Car World Series champion, will return to professional racing this season as a driver for the Jaguar RSR American Le Mans Series team.
NEW RIDE: Defending King of California sprint-car champion Kyle Larson will compete for the USAC Mopar National Midget Series championship aboard an entry owned by Keith Kunz Motorsports.
HE’S STILL GOT IT: Tim Shaffer opened the O’Reilly All Star Circuit of Champions sprint-car season the same way he ended the 2010 season, by visiting victory lane at Ocala (Florida) Speedway Friday night.
NEW IN TOWN: Frank Stoddard, a 14-time race winner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, has formed his own team and plans to run the full 36-race schedule with the No. 32 Ford.
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