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Dakar: Team Peugeot Total in the starting blocks!
  Dakar Rally Starts Saturday
The four PEUGEOT 2008 DKRs and its intrepid Team Peugeot Total crews are ready to get stuck into the 9583 kilometers of dust and adventure that await them on the 2016 Dakar Rally, which gets underway on Saturday 2nd of January. 
O'Connell says his 2015 title was his Most Satisfying
  Pirelli World Challenge GT Champion
Veteran racer Johnny O'Connell, one of North America's most accomplishment sports car drivers, capped off a spectacular "come-from-behind" 2015 Pirelli World Challenge season to capture his fourth consecutive GT drivers' championship for Cadillac Racing. Driving an all-new Cadillac ATS-VR GT3 sedan, O'Connell survived an early mishap at Long Beach as well as a big fire at Barber Motorsports Park to record four victories and eight additional Top 5 performances in securing a coveted fourth crown.
Scenes from the Punta del Este ePrix
  Formula E in Uraguay
Sebastien Buemi recharged his title assault with a sensational win in the Julius Baer Punta del Este ePrix. For the first time this season the Renault e.dams star failed to take pole position, but from fifth position on the grid he produced a charging drive to the delight of over 10,000 passionate Uruguayan fans to score his fifth career victory.
Daniel Juncadella is Stars & Cars Champion of 2015
  Hamilton & Rosberg get their lunch eaten
A perfect way to round off the most successful year in the motorsport history of Mercedes-Benz, as Daniel Juncadella is crowned first ever Stars & Cars Champion. In front of 35,612 spectators at the Mercedes-Benz Arena Stuttgart, the Mercedes-AMG DTM driver prevailed over Pascal Wehrlein in the fourth and final round of the day. This victory for Juncadella rounded off a motorsport season in which Mercedes-Benz claimed no fewer than 19 titles in Formula 1, the DTM, Formula 3, the GP3 Series and the AMG Customer Sports Program.
Winterbottom Claims 2015 V8 Supercars Championship
  Finally after 13 years
It's taken him 13 years but Mark Winterbottom has finally realized a lifelong dream by winning his first V8 Supercars title. Fittingly, the boy from Western Sydney clinched the title on his home turf when he finished third in today's second race at the Coates Hire Sydney 500 at Sydney Olympic Park. It gave him an unassailable 220-point lead over nearest rival Craig Lowndes with just one race remaining tomorrow when the man known as `Frosty' will be officially crowned as the 2015 Champion.
Motor sport champions of 2015 honored in Paris
  F1, WEC and more
The winners of this year's FIA Championships have been honored in a glittering 2015 FIA Prize-Giving ceremony at the famed Lido theatre in Paris. In the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe, the most significant triumphs of the motor sport year took center stage at the iconic home of cabaret on the Champs-Elysees.
Lucas di Grassi wins Formula E race in Malaysia
  Incident filled slows race speed to a crawl
Lucas di GrassiPUTRAJAYA, MALAYSIA- Lucas di Grassi claimed his second FIA Formula E Championship win in a race at Putrajaya in Malaysia that was packed with incident from start to finish. Even before the race had started Stephane Sarrazin was in trouble as his Venturi cut out on the dummy grid.
The 'Perfect Storm'
  by Brian Carroccio
It's been something of a slow period in racing lately. Yes, NASCAR has continued its weekly approach towards The Chase. However, for those inclined towards racing of the single-seater variety, Formula One and IndyCar have been off the past couple of weeks. Still, that doesn't mean there hasn't been news to chew on, and we'll get to some of the news from IndyCar and F1 soon.
Mario Andretti's F5000 Lola wins again
  At Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
It was significant that Zak Brown's Lola T332, in the hands of Richard Dean, won Sunday's Formula 5000 race at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion: when the last professional Formula 5000 race was held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca 40 years ago (October 12, 1975), it was won by Mario Andretti in the same car. Snapshots into the past are at the heart of vintage automobile racing, and the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion managed to reel off plenty of those over four competition days - two devoted to practice sessions followed by the August 15-16 weekend of Rolex races - for 15 groups of cars representing nearly a century of motorsports history.
AR1 Up and Comers: Bruno Carneiro
  by Brian Carroccio
A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to speak with 16-year-old race car driver Bruno Carneiro. The Brazilian-born Riverton, Utah native has made a very successful transition from karting to cars this past year with aspirations of climbing the single-seater racing ladder and ultimately competing at the top-level. Already, Carneiro has gained the attention of local media in the Salt Lake City area...
A Better Idea to Save Auto Racing
  by Stephen Cox
Every motorsports enthusiast is painfully aware that racing, in general, is experiencing tough times. Fewer fans are in the stands, and those fans are aging. The question is, what to do about it? Perhaps the most immediate and pragmatic idea for reviving American motorsports comes from racing journalist Mark Cipolloni of, who shared his amazing concept with me on the phone a few weeks ago.
Buemi wins London Rdn 1; Formula E title tightens
  by Brian Carroccio
Sebastien Buemi qualified on pole and won today's opening race of the Visa London ePrix to score his series-high third FIA Formula E victory. With the win Buemi helped clinch the Team Championship for e.dams-Renault. The French team owned and operated by four-time Formula 1 World Champion Alain Prost has won 4 races with Nicolas Prost adding a victory in Miami to Buemi's three.
AR1 Head to Head: Formula E finale
  Brian Carroccio & Spencer Pigot
Next weekend, the world’s first all-electric racing car series will crown its first season champion. Joining AutoRacing1 senior motorsports columnist Brian Carroccio to discuss the debut season of FIA Formula E and preview this weekend’s Visa London ePrix is Juncos Racing Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires driver Spencer Pigot. You might remember Spencer and Brian did a mid-season review of Formula E after the Buenos Aires ePrix in February.
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.
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