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Renault set to supply four teams with engines in 2014

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Renault Sport’s Formula One director Jean-Michel Jalinier has confirmed that the French manufacturer will supply four teams with engines next season whilst speaking at an event in France.

Currently, Renault provide Red Bull, Lotus, Williams and Caterham with engines, and this number will remain stable as Toro Rosso replace Williams in 2014, with the latter opting to take on Mercedes power units.

“We very likely will end up with four teams,” Jalinier was quoted as saying by Reuters.

“The discussions with Lotus and Caterham have progressed. It’s almost done with them, so there’s a high probability that we end up with four in 2014.”

Caterham have already confirmed that they are keen on extending their deal with Renault, whilst Lotus are thought to be considering a change in 2015 when Honda re-enter the sport with McLaren.

Additionally, Red Bull are poised to rebrand their Renault power units as ‘Infiniti’ to coincide with their agreement with the luxury division of Nissan. The team, currently running as Infiniti Red Bull Racing, would become Red Bull-Infiniti should the deal be confirmed.

NHRA: New book a celebration of life, love and drag racing

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The overpowering smell from nitromethane that powers Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars in the National Hot Rod Association oftentimes brings fans to tears after getting a whiff of the stuff.

Now there’s a new inspirational book that will also bring tears to the eyes of die-hard drag racing fans.

Veteran crew chief Jim Oberhofer has released “Top Fuel For Life, Life Lessons From A Crew Chief,” a touching homage to both his late wife and persevering and overcoming adversity in the highly competitive world of NHRA drag racing.

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Oberhofer wears a number of hats as vice president of one of the sport’s most veteran and successful teams, Kalitta Motorsports, including serving as crew chief for Top Fuel driver Doug Kalitta’s dragster.

Oberhofer relates a number of stories about overcoming adversity in the book, but none more touching than how he watched his beloved wife “Tammy O” lose a long and painful battle to stage 4 metastatic lung cancer.

While Oberhofer has spent his life using wrenches and tools working on 10,000-horsepower engines, his new book shows that he is also a very gifted writer.

Known in the sport as “Jim O,” Oberhofer describes the fight his wife went through in gritty and descriptive prose, but with a foundation built upon what the love of his life meant to him – and continues to mean to him more than two years since she passed away.

“When you take a long hard look at your life, I guarantee you that being a winner has little to do with crossing the finish line,” Oberhofer said. “After many mistakes and a whole lot of heartache, I learned that happiness comes from a deeper, simpler place. That’s the big win.”

“Top Fuel For Life” is available on Amazon for $19.95.

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Report: Ecclestone believes F1 could be sold by year’s end

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Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone on Tuesday said the racing series is up for sale and has as many as three potential buyers.

Ecclestone told The Associated Press that a deal could still be struck by year’s end.

“I think so, maybe this year,” Ecclestone said. “There are three people mentioned to buy. So it’s a case of whether CVC or Mr. Mackenzie wants to sell.”

Ecclestone was referring to F1’s largest and controlling shareholder, CVC Capital Partners co-chairman Donald Mackenzie.

But even if F1 is sold, the 84-year-old Eccelstone doesn’t plan on going anywhere.

“The people that I’ve spoken to … have asked me if I would stay,” Ecclestone told AP.

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