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DIRT vs PAVEMENT: An Interview With Scott Kosak
  by Stephen Cox
Paved ovals have been placed on a financial red alert. Times are tough for America's asphalt bullrings even while dirt tracks seem to be thriving, primarily due to the popularity of sprint car racing. I was recently talking with the owner of a well-known asphalt late model touring series who made a remarkable observation.
Is American Oval Racing About to Implode?
  by Stephen Cox
I have good news and bad news. The good news is that a short track series is advertising free admission at their upcoming season opener. The bad news is, of course, that a short track series is advertising free admission at their upcoming season opener. By all means, please go to the Super Cup Stock Car Series race at CNB Bank Raceway on May 2nd in Clearfield, Pennsylvania.
Miscellaneous ramblings on an Easter Weekend
  by Brian Carroccio
The world's first all-electric racing series debuting on the historic streets of Long Beach, highlighted an otherwise empty slate of major circuit racing during this past Easter weekend. Today, we'll look at the Long Beach ePrix, and a host of other subjects making news in the world of motorsports starting with the world of Formula One.
Scenes from Long Beach Formula E race
Thirty five years on, the Brazilian national anthem was played again at Long Beach to celebrate a Piquet victory. Saturday afternoon, Nelson Jr. took his first Formula E win in the same spot where his father scored his maiden Formula 1 victory. Also confirming that sometimes history likes repeating itself, another fellow countryman found his way to the podium: back in the day it was Emerson Fittipaldi, while today Lucas Di Grassi took third.
Piquet wins Long Beach Formula E race
  China Racing driver becomes sixth different winner
Nelson Piquet Jr joins his father as a winner on the streets of Long Beach to become the sixth winner in as many Formula E races. Piquet took the lead from third on the grid diving up the inside of polesitter Daniel Abt on the inside to Turn 1. The Brazilian managed two safety car periods to take the checkered flag ahead of Andretti's Jean Eric-Vergne and Audi Sport ABT's Lucas di Grassi.
Be Sure to Attend One of These Races in 2015
  by Stephen Cox
A truly great fan experience at an auto race is typified by several things. The cars should lose grip and slide in the corners, and fans should be able to see it. They should be able to see the driver's hands struggle on the steering wheel to maintain control. They should be able to see all, or at least most, of the race track. This combination has drawn crowds to race tracks for over a century.
Pigot talks Formula E with AR1's Brian Carroccio
  by Brian Carroccio
The world's first all-electric racing series is now four races old, after last month's ePrix last month in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Amlin Aguri's Felix da Costa scored a surprise win joining Lucas di Grassi, Sam Bird and Sebastien Buemi as Formula E winners. Today, 2014 Pro Mazda Presented By Cooper Tires champion Spencer Pigot joins AR1 columnist Brian Carroccio as a guest analyst to break down the first four races of the 2014-2015 Formula E season.
The grand challenge of electric motor racing
  by Theophile Gouzin
Spark Racing Technology technical director Theophile Gouzin has played a key role in the Spark-Renault SRT_01E's development. Now, four months after the maiden FIA Formula E season kicked off in Beijing, the Frenchman offers a thorough overview of the project's advancement
Dakar: Coma wins 5th, Al-Attiyah his 2nd
  American Robby Gordon wins final stage
216. The number of competitors who managed to finish the 2015 Dakar (79 motorcycles, 18 quads, 68 cars and 51 trucks) out of the 420 which started the rally. Two of them, Ivan Jakes and Robby Gordon, won the final stage in the motorcycle and car categories, respectively. However, the spotlight was on Marc Coma, who drew upon his experience to take his fifth Dakar, and Nasser Al-Attiyah, who claimed his second one after dominating the entire two-week rally.
Preview: Dakar Rally
  Race starts Sunday
Administrative and technical scrutineering were completed in Tecnopolis this afternoon. A total of 406 vehicles (161 motorcycles, 45 quads, 137 cars and 63 trucks) have been cleared to start the 37th edition of the Dakar Rally. A fearsome battle for the four titles at stake looms, especially in the two queen categories, cars and motorcycles, in which the favorites have largely kept their powder dry.
Robby Gordon set to make 11th start in Dakar
  Includes 2-part video
After a full year of work, thousands of miles of testing and countless all-nighters, Robby Gordon and his HST Gordini race car were reunited Monday in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in preparation for Sunday's start of the 2015 Dakar Rally - the world's most challenging motorsports event. Over its nearly 30-year history, the Dakar Rally has become the ultimate test of both man and machine, allowing a select few the opportunity to claim victory in the ultimate international sporting challenge and thousands more- vehicles and competitors alike - beaten and broken in pursuit of glory.
Yamaha Factory Racing's Olivier Pain Talks 2015 Dakar
  Teams prepare for Jan 4th start
With a route of 9000 kilometers, 5000 of which are against the clock, the 2015 Dakar looks certain to live up to its fearsome reputation. Just a few days before the start of this epic adventure and with the rough outline of the stages already on the Dakar website, Yamaha Factory Racing Yamalube's Olivier Pain shares his impressions of the challenge to come. Olivier Pain - "The thing that initially strikes me when I look at the 2015 edition is its similarity with the route the first time we raced the Dakar in South America back in 2009, with a start and finish in Buenos Aires."
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