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Boullier named as McLaren racing director

Motorsportstalk.nbcsports.com  -  Given he left Lotus at a time when McLaren was reorganizing its operational structure, perhaps it’s not a huge surprise that on Wednesday, Eric Boullier has been confirmed as McLaren’s new racing director, starting Monday, Feb. 3. “First of all, I regard this appointment as an honor, a privilege and a wonderful opportunity,” said Boullier.… 270 days

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Former F1 star Eddie Irvine has close encounter with a shark

Motorsportstalk.nbcsports.com  -  Retired Formula One star Eddie Irvine faced a lot of battles in his racing career, but likely nothing like the recent run-in he had with a shark. According to a BBC report, the former Jordan, Ferrari and Jaguar F1 pilot was swimming and spear fishing for dinner in the Atlantic Ocean near his home in… 270 days

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Schumacher being brought slowly out of medically induced coma

Motorsportstalk.nbcsports.com  -  Sabine Kehm, the press officer for Michael Schumacher, has confirmed that doctors are now slowly bringing the seven-time Formula One World Champion out of his medically induced coma. Schumacher has been in a Grenoble, France hospital since sustaining a major head injury in a skiing accident on Dec. 29 in the French ski resort of… 273 days

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NASCAR makes big changes to Chase format

Espn.go.com  -  NASCAR announced major changes to its Chase for the Sprint Cup playoff, expanding the field to 16 drivers from 12, with drivers ousted at three-race intervals until four are left to vie for the points championship in the Homestead-Miami finale. 273 days

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R. Blaney to have increased role for Penske

Espn.go.com  -  Team Penske has filled a schedule for 20-year-old driver Ryan Blaney that will get him at least two Sprint Cup Series starts this year. 274 days

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Hamilton calls today’s testing crash “a small hiccup” (VIDEO)

Motorsportstalk.nbcsports.com  -  Mercedes driver and former World Champion Lewis Hamilton kept things positive after his Turn One crash today during Formula One testing at Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. Hamilton suffered a front-wing failure on the new Mercedes W05 before sliding off the track, through a gravel trap and into the tire barriers. He had completed 18… 275 days

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Count Danica Patrick out of Indy 500 — but not Kurt Busch, AJ Allmendinger

Motorsportstalk.nbcsports.com  -  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Even though new Stewart Haas Racing teammate Kurt Busch hopes to realize his lifelong dream to race in the Indianapolis 500 this May – and then double up by competing later the same day in NASCAR’s longest race, the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte — count Danica Patrick out of doing the same.… 276 days

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Bourdais wins an elusive 24-hour race; adds to IndyCar driver tally

Motorsportstalk.nbcsports.com  -  File this one in the long overdue department, but Sebastien Bourdais has a 24-hour race victory at long last. The Frenchman has famously come close but no cigar at his home race at Le Mans, and now has his first win in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in five attempts. “I’ve been chasing Le Mans…… 277 days

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