Nicolas Prost (REBELLION Racing)

Nicolas Prost confirms Rebellion extension through 2014

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Rebellion Racing is losing one of its aces, Neel Jani, to Porsche’s factory FIA World Endurance Championship effort at the end of 2013. But the team confirmed late Tuesday it has locked up Nicolas Prost, son of four-time World Champion, Alain, through 2014.

The younger Prost joined the team in 2009 and counts the 2012 Petit Le Mans overall win among his victories with the Bart Hayden-led team. He co-drives with Jani and Nick Heidfeld at this weekend’s Petit Le Mans, the American Le Mans Series season finale, in the team’s Lola B12/60 Toyota.

“I’m very comfortable here and I am always involved in the development of the team,” Prost said in a team release. “We have grown together over the years and it feels like absolutely the right thing to stay with REBELLION Racing.The R-One project is really exciting and I am proud to have been associated with the project from the first meeting.”

The aforementioned R-One is a new-for-2014 LMP1 prototype the team is building for 2014 as part of new FIA/ACO P1 regulations, to race in the WEC. Rebellion has been the lone privateer survivor this year against factory efforts from Audi and Toyota, while the OAK, Pescarolo, Strakka and JRM teams have temporarily disbanded their P1 efforts over the last two years due to high costs and issues with equivalency balancing as petrol-powered cars against diesel and gasoline hybrids.

Power, Newgarden, Dixon fastest in first of 2 IndyCar practices today at Barber Motorsports Park

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Will Power was fastest in Friday’s first of two IndyCar practice sessions at Barber Motorsports Park.

Power covered the 2.3-mile permanent road course in 1:07.5987 minutes at 122.488 mph in the 45-minute practice session.

Even though he spun off the course during his session, Phoenix winner Josef Newgarden still managed to be second-fastest (121.919 mph at 1:07.9141 minutes), followed by Scott Dixon (121.296 mph/1:082627), Max Chilton (121.251 mph/1:08.2882) and Ed Jones (121.215 mph/1:09.5692).

 

Sixth through 10th were Simon Pagenaud (121.208 mph/1:08.3122), Jordan King (121.113 mph/1:083661), Graham Rahal (121.059 mph/1:08.3964), St. Petersburg winner Sebastien Bourdais (121.029 mph/1:08.4131) and rookie Zach Veach (121.014 mph/1:08.4216).

Here’s the full speed chart:

Incidents:

* Early in the session, Long Beach winner Alexander Rossi ran off the track and into the grass, striking a small sign, but was able to get back on-track. However, Rossi was only able to complete 10 laps, relegating him to 20th-fastest in the 23-car field.

* Moments later, it appeared the rear brakes locked up on Newgarden heading into Turn 5, spinning him into the gravel trap. He was able to get going and returned to the pits for service and was back on-track with less than four minutes remaining in the session.

ALSO OF NOTE:

* The second practice session of the day will begin at 3:50 p.m. ET. A third practice will take part Saturday morning at 10:50 a.m. ET, followed by qualifying beginning at 4:05 p.m. ET. The race, to be televised live Sunday on NBCSN, is slated to start at 3:30 p.m. ET.

* However, weather forecast does not look promising for Sunday’s race. As of 1 p.m. ET today, the forecast calls for 100 percent rain throughout the day.

* Dixon has had an incredible record at Barber Motorsports Park, with seven podium finishes in eight starts there. Except for one thing: he has yet to win a race there. But he does have five runner-up and two other third-place showings on the permanent road course.

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