The Mercedes GP Petronas Formula One Team made its re-launch debut at the 2010 F1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, with both of its drivers scoring points for the fledgling team. Nico Rosberg finished the race in fifth place, scoring 10 points, with seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher hot on his heels in sixth place, scoring 8 points.
Having competed in Grand Prix motor racing in the 1930s, Mercedes-Benz first entered the F1 racing scene back in 1954. The team enjoyed a measure of success that season, as well as the following season, after which it withdrew from the sport, although Mercedes continued with part ownerships and supplied engines through the 1990s and into the new century.
The team is based in Brackley, Northamptonshire, UK. The CEO of the team is Nick Fry, with Ross Brawn (of former Brawn GP – winner of the 2009 Constructors championship) and Norbert Haug as team principals. The legendary Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg are the team’s drivers, with Nick Heidfeld as test driver. Interestingly, all three drivers are German.
Certainly, with the wealth of talent in the team, and the excellence of the Mercedes product, there is plenty of excitement ahead for the Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team as the Formula One Championships progress.
Virgin Racing made its F1 debut as one of the four new teams granted entry to the 2010 Formula One Championships. Originally granted entry as Manor Grand Prix on 12 June 2009, the team changed its name to reflect its title sponsor – Richard Branson’s Virgin Group – with the FIA releasing a revised entry list with the team’s new name on 30 November 2009.
Virgin Racing is based in Dinnington, South Yorkshire, England, with John Booth as the team principal and Nick Wirth as the technical director. The team’s drivers are Timo Glock of Germany, and Lucas di Grassi of Brazil, with test drivers being Luiz Razia (Brazil) and Andy Soucek (Spain). The team boasts cars designed entirely using computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Its chassis is the VR-01 with Cosworth CA2010 engine and sporting Bridgestone tires. While the team is based in Dinnington, the development and production of the cars is handled by Wirth Research, based in Bicester. Virgin owns eighty percent of the team, with other sponsors being Lloyds Banking Group, Bridgestone, UST Global, Carbon Green, and CSC.
Both drivers were forced to retire from their debut race at the 2010 Bahrain F1 Grand Prix. Nonetheless, the entire team has displayed a positive attitude noting that while they have some teething problems to overcome, the season is still young and there is plenty of opportunity to show that Virgin Racing has what it takes to compete in this demanding, and exciting, sport.
Lotus Racing made its F1 Championship debut at the 2010 Bahrain F1 Grand Prix, with drivers Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli finishing in fifteenth and seventeenth place respectively. The CEO of Lotus Racing is Riad Asmat, with Mike Gascoyne as the technical director. The team’s drivers are Italian Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen of Finland, with Malaysian Fairuz Fauzy as test driver. The Lotus T127 chassis is powered by a Cosworth CA2010 engine, with Bridgestone supplying the tires.
While the name Lotus may be a familiar one to racing enthusiasts, Lotus Racing is not a resurrection of the original Team Lotus that was so prominent on the F1 scene between 1954 and 1994. It is a new team that is an initiative of the Malaysian Government to promote national unity, and is backed by a consortium of Malaysian entrepreneurs, including Proton (the owner of Lotus Cars and the connection to the original team), Tune Group, Sepang International Circuit, Naza Motors, the Automobile Association of Malaysia, and the Motorsports Association of Malaysia.
Lotus Racing was a late entry into the 2010 F1 Championships, and pulled out all the stops to have its cars on the grid for the first race of the season. Having successfully completed their debut event, the future looks promising for this new team, with a legendary name.
Dale Earnhardt Inc. merged its NASCAR operations with those of Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates in November 2008 to form Earnhardt Ganassi Racing.
Dale Earnhardt Racing, or Dale Earnhardt Inc., was established by Dale and Teresa Earnhardt in 1980. The humble little company has certainly grown over the years, but in 1983, Teresa was the first employee and the offices were a three-bay garage. Teresa supported Dale in all his racing ventures and all the general work that needed to be done. As the company grew, the need for more space was apparent, as they needed room for race cars and equipment. Dale and Teresa moved the company into a brick house right next to Coddle Creek Highway. They now had five offices and a few employees. Dale Earnhardt Inc also used to be the part time Busch Series team for Dale Earnhardt.
The team was extremely successful. Together they won 21 races, were placed in the top five 65 times, and were in the top 10, in 76 races. Dale Earnhardt Racing was actually just a part time job at Dale Earnhardt Inc. The company actually concentrated on merchandise and sponsorship sales, which enabled Dale Earnhardt Inc to become leaders in this field, in the fast growing popularity of racing. Some of the big sponsorships that were sold at the little office next to the Coddle Creek Highway, are still a part of Dale Earnhardt Inc. today.
Dale and Teresa Earnhardt started fielding a full time Busch Series team, and later in 1995, the took on a Craftsman Truck Series team as well. With the company going through another growth period, the little brick house became insufficient, and another building was added to accommodate them. During the second season, Dale Earnhardt Inc. was given the NASCAR Championship by NAPA and Ron Hornaday, and received the honor again in 1998. Steve Park was recruited in 1997 to take over as driver of the Busch ride for the 1997 season, with ACDelco sponsoring him. And he did not disappoint. Park went on to win three races, Rookie of the Year and took third place in regard to points accumulated.
In June 1999, Dale and Teresa opened the new Dale Earnhardt Inc headquarters, complete with showroom, administration offices, retail store, a Trophy room, and the new home to the 1 Pennzoil team. When Steve Parks decided to move on, Dale Earnhardt, already had a replacement in mind, namely Dale Earnhardt Jr. For the fourth time, they needed space, yet again. The little old brick house along the Coddle Creek Highway was torn down for the construction of a new building, and the home to Dale Earnhardt Jr and his Budweiser team.
The growth of Dale Earnhardt Inc, has made it one of the premier NASCAR racing teams. And with all its success, it has not forgotten it’s humble beginnings. The company is often involved in charitable work and functions that can improve the lives of many children, help conserve nature, and assisting in education and general wildlife preservation.
Evernham Motorsports became Gillett Evernham Motorsports in 2007. It then merged with Petty Enterprises to form Richard Petty Motorsports.
The Evernham Motorsports team was founded in 1999 by Ray Evernham. Evernham’s mission was to help bring Dodge back into the limelight of NASCAR racing – a goal which he has certainly achieved through excellent management, good cars and skilled driving. Today Evernham Motorsports is recognized as being one of NASCAR’s premier racing teams and it currently fields full-time Dodge motor vehicles in the NEXTEL Cup, the Craftsman Truck Series and the Busch Series. It also fields a part-time Dodge Charger in the ARCA RE/MAX Series.
Evernham, himself a driver, started to enjoy great racing success shortly after partnering with Jeff Gordon. Under Evernham’s leadership, the two were able to win 47 Winston Cup races and three Winston Cup championships. Not long afterwards, Dodge approached Evernham with a massive challenge – help Dodge return to NASCAR Winston Cup racing in just 500 days. Prior to this, Dodge had not been involved in the Winston Cup for roughly twenty years. It was a challenge that Evernham was ready to accept. Working with the same determination and passion that had characterized much of his racing career, Evernham met the challenge with success. What’s more, he has continued to oversee the operation of his various race teams up to the present.
Evernham Motorsports accredits much of its success to the high level of innovation and technology which it supports. The team currently produces it’s own chassis and its engines are both powerful and reliable – so much so, in fact, that other Dodge teams often make use of Evernham Engines in their own vehicles. Evernham Motorsports’ most recent successes include the 2006 NEXTEL Cup Season wherein the team won six races in their number 9 car with Kasey Kahne behind the wheel. They also enjoyed 13 top-five and 29 top-ten finishes as well as two wins in the Busch Series that same year. Current drivers include Kasey Kahne, Elliot Sadler, Scott Riggs and female driver Erin Crocker. Crocker’s signing with the team is part of their driver development programme which continues to help talented and aspiring drivers achieve greater measures of success. Crocker, who has been driving since she was seven, is the first woman to join the Evernham team. Fans can be sure that as long as Ray Evernham is behind the wheel at Everham Motorsports, they will see many more great Dodge successes in years to come.