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Racing Results: November 11-13, 2005 by John F. Gardner (11/14/2005)
A couple of big stories in the world’s two biggest series top this week’s news.
• On Monday, Red Bull Racing dropped a bombshell on the Formula 1 world by announcing that it had hired Adrian Newey, one of the most successful designers in the series’ history, to be their Chief Technical Officer. Newey has been at McLaren for eight years, winning two World Championships with Mika Hakkinen. Prior to that he worked for Williams, where his designs were responsible for 58 victories, four World Driving Championships and five World Constructors Championships between 1991-1997. This is a major coup for Red Bull, and it will be interesting to see what the future will bring.
• Ever wonder what an F1 car would do flat-out in a straight line with no rear wing? BAR/Honda did, and they have been working with such a car with the goal of breaking 400kph (248.6mph) at the
• Ferrari continues to tantalize the Italian media by testing Moto GP champ Valentino Rossi. Rossi did three days of running this past week at Ferrari’s Fiorano and Mugello circuits. No times were released, but an Italian newspaper clocked him unofficially at some 4.5sec under the Mugello record set by Rubens Barrichello in 2004. Rossi’s Moto Cup contract with Yamaha expires at the end of the 2006 season, which is the same time that Michael Schumacher’s current Ferrari contract expires.
• Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably already heard all the fuss about Kurt Busch. First of all, as we predicted last week, on Monday it was announced that Kurt had been cleared to leave Roush Racing at the end of the season to take over Rusty Wallace’s No. 2 Dodge at Penske Racing South. Concurrently, it was announced that Jamie McMurray would leave Chip Ganassi Racing to take Kurt’s place at Roush. Casey Mears will take McMurray’s No. 42 for Ganassi, who will only run three cars (two others for David Stremme and Reed Sorenson) instead of the four he had planned.
Then, on Friday, Kurt was arrested in