INDIANAPOLIS IndyCar owner/driver Ed Carpenter said Friday that he will run a partial schedule in 2014, driving six oval races and turning all road/street courses over to Mike Conway.
Carpenter, who won the pole for the Indianapolis 500 in May, finished second in the IndyCar season finale at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., last month.
Conway won a Detroit street race in 2013 and won the Long Beach street race in 2011. The two drivers will split time in the No. 20 ECR Chevrolet/Dallara.
Conway walked away from the 2012 season finale at Fontana, saying he was not comfortable racing on ovals. He has been interested in a return to IndyCar on a street-and-road-only schedule.
We couldn t be happier to welcome Mike Conway to the Ed Carpenter Racing family, Carpenter said in a statement. My partners, (team manager) Tim Broyles, and I are committed to building an organization based on culture, sustainability, and performance. We are very proud of the group of people we have assembled and bringing Mike into the fold creates an opportunity for us to show even more value to our partners and strengthen our team by competing for victories at every single event in the 2014 IndyCar Series.
Conway said he was looking forward to the opportunity.
It is great news to be back in IndyCar next year for all the road and street courses, Conway said. I had a lot of fun this year in the select races that I could do, and I hope that I can continue my success with Ed Carpenter Racing next year.
This will be Conway s sixth IndyCar season. He has four podiums and 18 top-10 finishes in 60 career starts.
I have a great deal of respect for Ed Carpenter to have the vision to put Mike in the car for the street and road tracks, said Conway s agent, former IndyCar driver Mark Blundell. I think that the blend of his skill sets on the ovals combined with Mike s talent and pace makes for a very strong combination over the 2014 season.
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Load security is one of the top issues when Paul Walker, VOSA s Industry Liaison Manager, talks to Operators and Drivers across the country. Paul says: During my meetings with the road haulage sector I am often asked about load safety. I always underline the importance of the driver walk around check to ensure…
Paul says: During my meetings with the road haulage sector I am often asked about load safety. I always underline the importance of the driver walk around check to ensure that the load is safe and secure. If there are any doubts, you should not drive the vehicle until you are satisfied that it is safe.
We want hauliers to go safely about their business without interruption. But if you are stopped by VOSA enforcement officers and there are concerns about load security then we will take robust action.
Unsafe loads are a risk to all road users, so I would strongly urge operators and drivers to make time for the driver walk around check.
Make sure your load is safe
All drivers of goods carrying commercial vehicles have a legal responsibility to ensure the load is secure to the vehicle. As part of the driver daily walk round check the load security should be checked as a matter of course. Even when a driver collects a pre-loaded vehicle they are responsible for making sure the load is secure.
Ask yourself if:
the load can slide or topple forward or back?
the load can slide or topple off the side?
the load is unstable?
the load securing equipment is in good condition?
there is anything loose that might fall off the load or vehicle?
the load security or stability presents an immediate risk of injury?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes or you have any doubt, then reconsider the securing of the load to the vehicle. These are the type of questions VOSA enforcement officers will ask themselves when assessing the load security of your vehicle.
Freight forwarders are falling victim to fraudulent Chinese freight operators demanding ransoms totalling thousands of dollars to release Bills of Lading.
In the UK over the past year, ransoms totalling US$33,500 have been reported.
The British International Freight Association (Bifa) warned operators this month October to be wary of emails from unknown Chinese forwarders, looking for UK partners and offering cheap ocean rates.
Once a signed and stamped agency agreement is in place between both parties and business starts, all appears to be normal. This is until the cargo arrives at the UK port and no-one has received the original Bill of Lading.
When contacted the Chinese forwarder then demands a large ransom for the release of the original Bills of Lading.
Companies which refuse to pay find themselves on an expensive rollercoaster ride of meetings with customers, lawyers, insurers and shipping lines in order to obtain the original Bills of Lading to release the cargo.
By spreading shipments around a number of shipping lines, fraudulent forwarders make this recovery process even more onerous.
Determining whether that mail shot is from a legitimate forwarder in China or part of a scam in the first place can be difficult, however just asking for a signature on an agency agreement with an overseas partner is not good enough, said Bifa.
Dan Harris, a lawyer at Harris & Moure and co-author of the China Law Blog, which focuses on assisting foreign companies doing business in China, writes in one of his blogs on how to avoid Chinese business scams: There is probably no document that has not been faked thousands of times in China. I have seen fake Bills of Lading, fake bank statements, fake contracts, fake purchase orders, fake company registrations, fake IP registrations, even fake lawyers.
If you are going to rely on paper, he said, at least do more than just rely on the document itself. At the very least businesses should check with the company or the governmental body that purportedly issued the document.
Put all of the documents you receive under a microscope. Even the most experienced scammers nearly always make some mistake in their fake documents.
Try to get the company s official corporate records from the official Chinese government sources. Though doing this is neither inexpensive nor easy it can be incredibly enlightening in that it usually goes far beyond the information provided by the basic company search firms.
It is hard to measure the scale of the Bills of Lading scam at present. Only two incidents have been reported in the UK to-date, although The Loadstar understands that forwarders in Australia have also posted warnings about this type of fraud.
The reasons for this could be that either these types of incidents are in their infancy or are underreported.
Michael Yarwood, claims executive for specialist freight insurer TT Club, said the techniques used in the scam are in line with fraudulent activity experienced throughout Europe, where entities pose as legitimate freight forwarders and hauliers with the sole purpose of cargo theft.
He said that the use of cargo clearing websites (or freight exchanges) to carry out theft is increasing.
Fraudulent forwarders pose as legitimate companies with spare capacity. They arrive on-time to collect loads and then disappear.
Another frequently seen scam involves organised gangs creating their own websites and advertising themselves as freight forwarders. These sites are characterised by very basic information, freemail accounts, and mobile phone or Skype contacts only, Mr Yarwood warned.
A third type of fraud commonly seen is where criminal organisations buy failing operators and continue to trade under their name in a state of virtual insolvency. They are able to identify and accept cargo which is subsequently stolen in transit. This type of scam is hard to identify, however checking with Companies House to determine whether there have been any recent changes in a company will help operators avoid being caught out by this type of fraud, Mr Yarwood suggested.
Companies need to perform due diligence in selecting carriers, he argued: Request original documents rather than electronic copies which are much easier to doctor.
He admits this is difficult with time-sensitive cargo and it is with these types of shipments that forwarders take risks they normally wouldn t take.
However, Mr Yarwood maintained that it is commercially less damaging to suggest a customer delays collection than to take a risk with an unknown operator.
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Babcock aimed to accelerate DAF s heavy-duty vehicle market share from between 1% and 2% currently, to between 8% and 10% within the next four years, Babcock Africa division CEO Roger O Callaghan said on Friday.
Speaking at a press briefing on the sidelines of the Truck and Bus Show, at Nasrec, he said DAF, which focused on delivering a full range of performance-enhancing vehicle solutions under its Advanced Transport Efficiency (ATE) programme, had progressed the development of the right trucks, an efficient and wide net of dealer networks and the right sales and marketing push.
By the end of next year, the group aimed to have established a further 30 dealers, to complement the current 21-strong dealer network, nationwide, with a branch in Cape Town coming on line by the end of this year.
A satisfactory finance option, without which the group s ambitions would likely falter, was currently under development and a proposal would be made public by the end of February.
The ATE programme had mobilised enhancements to the 12.9-litre Paccar MX engine fitted in DAF s XF105 model which resulted in a 3% improvement in fuel consumption, besides others.
Low operating costs, best possible driver satisfaction and high reliability are the key design criteria behind DAF trucks for the long haul, said Babcock Africa director responsible for the DAF business Wilna Steyn, noting the vehicle s driver comfort and the generation of high revenue per kilometre for the operator.
Babcock is the sole importer and distributor of DAF trucks in the Southern African market.
Meanwhile, DAF planned to increase its trucks sales, from the current financial year s forecast of 200 units, to over 300 during the year to March 2015.
DAF did not plan to venture into the entire sub-Saharan Africa region, but would narrow its focus to the Southern African Development Community countries.
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INNISFIL, ONT. (October 9, 2013) Rising Canadian talent Matthew Di Leo recently made his European racing debut, contesting sports car endurance events at three of the world’s premier tracks. Joining forces with Dutch-based CorEuser Racing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain and the Silverstone Circuit in England, as well as a privateer effort at the Nurburgring in Germany, the talented Firestone Indy Lights owner/driver showcased his pace, racecraft, and ability to adapt to new surroundings, ultimately securing a podium finish in the 24H Series opener.
While many young racers use the time off between races to relax and have some fun, Di Leo decided to spend the recent break in the Indy Lights calendar to further develop his talents behind the wheel via a European racing adventure.
First up was a trip to Barcelona in northeastern Spain to contest the opening round of the 24 Series. Di Leo, as part of a multi-driver line-up under the CorEuser Racing awning, piloted a Lotus Evora GT4 around the technical Circuit de Catalunya. Quickly getting up to speed in practice and qualifying, the Indy Lights’ MDL Racing owner/driver overcame multiple electrical issues in the 24-hour race to help the squad bounce back in less than ideal wet conditions. The 18 year-old ultimately was behind the wheel when the checkered flag waved, securing second in the SP3 class, thanks in part to regularly posting the fastest lap times.
Initially planning to have a weekend off before rejoining the CorEuser squad in England for a second sports car event, Di Leo, however, found himself back behind the wheel when he was presented with the opportunity to race at the historic Nurburgring.
As part of privateer effort in an Aston Martin Vantage, Di Leo contested the seventh round of the VLN endurance racing championship. Given the famed track in western Germany features 154 corners and is 20-km in length, it came as no surprise that the lead up to the 22-lap race was spent becoming somewhat familiarized to the track layout. Di Leo in the end posted times on par with the front-runners of the SP10 class. Unfortunately, damage and lengthy repairs resulted in an unrepresentative fifth place finish in class.
Di Leo concluded his European sports car racing adventure with a visit to the home of the Formula One British Grand Prix, rejoining CorEuser Racing for Silverstone 1000k event as part of the MSA British Endurance Championship. Returning to the cockpit of a Lotus Evora GT4, the Canadian quickly made his presence felt, despite having never previously visited the Silverstone Circuit. Di Leo proved to be the man to beat in Class 2 during qualifying, posting the fastest lap. Come race time, Di Leo continued his run of form early on, battling for the class lead lap after lap. It, unfortunately, wasn’t to last, as a sudden gearbox failure forced the premature retirement of the CorEuser entry.
“All in all I had an amazing time in Europe,” stated Di Leo. “It was definitely a career building adventure, as I learned so much and gained valuable experience in two cars at some of the premier tracks in the world. I particularly want to thank CorEuser Racing for this great racing opportunity.”
Those interested in supporting this up-and-coming Canadian driver are encouraged to contact Matthew Di Leo directly @ MatthewDiLeo.com to discuss sponsorship opportunities.
Learn more about Matthew Di Leo and MDL Racing at MatthewDiLeo.com and keep up to date via Twitter @ MatthewDiLeo and Facebook @ Matthew-Di-Leo Videos also available on YouTube @ MatthewDiLeo56
A native of Innisfil, Ont., Di Leo began his journey towards a career in motorsports at the age of nine, first getting behind the wheel of a kart. Showing natural talent right from the get go, Di Leo steadily worked his way up the ranks, continually developing his skills. In 2011, the Canadian made his car racing debut. Racing in the Ontario Formula Ford Championship, he won once and stood on the podium in both races he contested. Piloting an F2000 entry as well, Di Leo finished third the USF2000 Winterfest series with two podiums, and was fifth in the USF2000 Championship with one trip to the post-race podium. Last year, Di Leo again got in the cockpit of F1600 and F2000 cars. He scored one win, added another podium finish, and captured two pole positions in the Quebec-based Formula Tour 1600. Racing as an owner/driver under the MDL Racing banner, Di Leo finished fourth in the USF2000 Championship, capturing four podium finishes.
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Co-owner of Mars Inc. was driver of SUV that struck minivan with women from Texas.
The driver of a Porsche SUV that struck a minivan occupied by several Texas women in Aldie on Friday has been identified as Jacqueline Mars, one of the richest women in the world and a co-owner of Mars Inc., the world s largest candy company.1
One of the passengers from the minivan died in the accident, and prosecutors are reviewing the case to determine whether charges should be filed.
The Loudoun County Sheriff s Office confirmed the identity of the SUV driver2, according to Leesburg Today and The Washington Post. A representative for Mars issued a statement.
This tragedy has left Jacquie filled with sorrow for the loss of life and those who were injured in the accident, Kent Jarrell said in a statement. She would like to express her deepest condolences to the families involved.
The accident occurred Friday around 2:30 p.m. as Jacqueline Mars drove her 2004 Porsche SUV west on Route 503 near Briar Patch Lane. According to the Loudoun County Sheriff s Office, Mars SUV crossed the centerline and struck a 2013 Chrysler minivan with six occupants heading east.
Irene C. Ellisor, 86, a passenger in the minivan from Huntsville, TX, died at the scene. The minivan s driver was reported in critical condition at Inova Fairfax Hospital earlier this week, according to the LCSO report, while a front-seat passenger with serious injuries was released.
Two other passengers in minivan were taken to Stone Springs Medical Center, while another was taken to the Cornwall Campus of Loudoun Inova Hospital. All minivan passengers were adult females, according to the LCSO.
Mars was taken to Stone Springs Medical Center and later transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital before being released. The case is awaiting review by the Commonwealth’s Attorney s Office.
Mars Inc. is the largest candy company in the world4, according to Forbes magazine, with $33 billion in sales. Jacqueline Mars co-owns the company with two brothers, all of whom inherited it in 19995 when their father died, according to Forbes. Their grandfather, Frank Mars, founded the company in his Tacoma, WA, kitchen.
Jacqueline Mars is a trustee of U.S. Equestrian Team and on the board of directors of National Sporting Library and Fine Art Museum, according to Forbes.
- ^ driver of a Porsche SUV that struck a minivan occupied by several Texas women in Aldie on Friday has been identified as Jacqueline Mars (www.leesburgtoday.com)
- ^ Loudoun County Sheriff s Office confirmed the identity of the SUV driver (www.washingtonpost.com)
- ^ accident occurred Friday around 2:30 p.m. as Jacqueline Mars drove her 2004 Porsche SUV west on Route 50 (ashburn.patch.com)
- ^ Mars Inc. is the largest candy company in the world (www.forbes.com)
- ^ Jacqueline Mars co-owns the company with two brothers, all of whom inherited it in 1999 (www.forbes.com)
The three former heads of USA Dry Van Logistics (USADV) have been arrested by the FBI on charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. All three were allegedly part of a revolving line of credit scam that cost GE Capital more than $26 million.
None of the three are currently employed by USADV, but they were the CEO, COO, and controller when the scam took place. The scam worked by falsely inflating their company s financial performance data in order to appear more profitable to GE, who would then up their amount of available credit, which they would use to transfer the amounts they claimed to be making in to their accounts, allowing them to falsely inflate their performance again, and repeat the process over and over.
When GE Capital worked out what was actually going on, USADV filed for bankruptcy and once the debt was wiped clean, reopened under new ownership.
Both crimes the defendants are being charged with are punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. This means that each defendant could find themselves spending up to 40 years in jail and having to pay $500,000.