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Who is McLaren's Alvaro Parente?
  The Story Behind Parente, K-PAX Racing and McLaren GT Title Run
You had figured this new guy, Alvaro Parente (ALVA-ROW PAW-RENT), was going to be a factor in the Pirelli World Challenge GT series in 2016. Coming from single-seaters in Europe and a four-year McLaren factory sports car racer, Parente had some impressive credentials. He was scheduled to be the leading driver for the K-PAX Racing squad that included youngsters Colin Thompson (age 21) and Austin Cindric (age 17). He had just won the 12 Hours of Bathurst in Australia last February too. So, when he hit the U.S. scene later that month for his first Pirelli World Challenge test at Circuit of the Americas, you had to think he was going to be in the mix for the coveted GT title.
Fraga beats Barrichello for title
  Interlagos hosts thriller to crown Felipe Fraga as its youngest champion
Packed grandstands at the home of the Brazilian Grand Prix saw a battle for the win and the title; rain mixed the field as Fraga crossed the line in 10th place to clinch the title; Rubens Barrichello finished the race in second place. Daniel Serra won in Red Bull’s farewell
Scott Speed looks ahead to what's next
  2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross champion
The 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship came down to the wire between Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross teammates Scott Speed and Tanner Foust. After the dust settled, Speed stood atop the podium, taking his second consecutive Red Bull GRC crown by a narrow six-point margin over his teammate, joining Foust as a multiple-time series champion. We caught up with Speed a few weeks after his big win to ask him about his second championship and what he's been up to in the offseason so far.
FIA announces World Motor Sport Council decisions
  World Council ratifies LMP1 tech freeze
The FIA held its last World Motor Sport Council of the year today as part of its Annual General Assembly and Prize Giving week in Vienna. During the meeting, the following decisions were taken:
FIA Formula One World Championship Calendar
FIA Formula 3 European Championship Calendar
FIA Formula 3 World Cup Calendar
FIA Formula E Championship Calendar
FIA World Endurance Championship Calendar
Da Costa beats Rosenqvist in Macau
  Takes his 2nd Macau GP title
Antonio Felix da Costa produced a brilliant performance to take his second victory in the 63rd Suncity Group Formula Three Macau Grand Prix - FIA F3 World Cup on Sunday. The Carlin driver initially lost the lead from pole position to teammate Sergio Sette Camara, but capitalized at a Safety Car restart on lap seven to retake the top spot and then hold on for victory. Felix Rosenqvist was gunning for an historic three-peat, but had to settle for 2nd after starting 6th. Sergio Camara rounded out the podium.
Makishima and Shawhan Win in Rainy USTCC at Sonoma
  by Ali Arsham
Doug Makishima won the Super Touring class of the United States Touring Car Championship (USTCC) at Sonoma while Michael Shawhan won the Touring class.  Larry Bani won the Sportsman class and Daniel Akhromtsev won the GT battle. It was a very wet weekend as huge puddles from sudden downpours made driving treacherous.
VW Andretti Rallycross Secures Championship Lockout
  In Los Angeles
Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross capped off a magnificent 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross season in Los Angeles, helping driver Scott Speed to a second consecutive Driver's Championship, and locking out the top two positions in the championship with Tanner Foust's second place showing. The final Driver's Championship standings were the latest in a litany of success for Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross. 
O'Connell, Fuentes and Fergus Score PWC poles
  Pirelli World Challenge
Johnny O'Connell

SALINAS, Calif. -- Johnny O'Connell, Martin Fuentes and Corey Fergus scored the poles for GT/GTA Round 20 and GT Cup Round 19 part of the Pirelli World Challenge Championship Finale Weekend presented by Nissan at MRLS. The 45-minute segment was held under sunny, breezy 71-degree weather conditions. GTA and GT Cup competitors took to the track first for their 20-minute session.

Stroll is first North-American to win the European F3 title
  Young Canadian on his way to F1
So far, the laurels of the FIA Formula 3 European Champion often remained in Europe, with only few drivers from a different continent being able to win. Thanks to Canadian Lance Stroll (Prema Powerteam), North-America is now on the winners’ list as well as he wrapped up an early 2016 FIA Formula 3 European Championship title at Imola. The 17-year-old development driver of the Williams Formula 1 team was the dominant driver this season and already scored his third title in car racing.
Heitkotter Doubles Up in Utah
  Pirelli World Challenge
Bryan Heitkotter of Fresno, Calif., drove to a dominating second Pirelli World Challenge GT Class win Sunday at Utah Motorsports Campus with a 1.375-second victory in his No. 05 Always Evolving Replay XD Nissan GT Academy Nissan GT-R GT3 sports car. Heitkotter, 35, led every lap in the two GT features this weekend in the PWC Grand Prix presented by Energy Solutions. Heitkotter won his first PWC GT main event on Saturday.
A Week in the Life of a Short Track Racer
  by Stephen Cox
Last season was a dream year. Seven starts produced three poles, a track record, five podiums and three wins. This year not so much. My car caught fire in a well-publicized road race at Circuit of the Americas, burning the team's Porsche to the ground and sending me to intensive care. Driving for NASCAR's Rohrbaugh Racing at Midvale Speedway in June, we set a new track record and won the pole but went home a disappointing second place after a controversial finish.
Speed wins D.C. GRC Race
  by Brian Carroccio

Scott Speed completed a dominant weekend in winning today's Washington D.C. Red Bull Global Rallycross race. The reigning series champion drove the No. 41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle to the lead in the first turn and led the entire way. Bryan Herta Rallysport's Patrik Sandell was second with Tanner Foust placing the sister Andretti Beetle on the final podium spot after an entertaining scrap with Brian Deegan. 

We Preview Red Bull Global Rallycross Washington D.C.
  by Brian Carroccio

The Red Bull Global Rallycross Series descends upon Washington, D.C this weekend for round 7 of the 2016 championship. It will be the third consecutive year the series has visited the nation’s capital. Last year, Nelson Piquet took the checkered flag in the race’s main event with Patrik Sandell coming home second, the reverse order of how the two finished in 2014. This weekend one of the headline stories is Piquet, as the inaugural FIA Formula E champion makes his first GRC start of 2016, replacing Jeff Ward at SH Rallycross. 

A Pro-Racer Driven To Make Tracks Safer
  By Richard RJ Valentine
In my 40 years as a pro-racer, there have been memorable highlights and multiple finishes, but there have also been serious injuries.  Same can be said for many other drivers but, in some cases, they lost their racing career and in others, their life. I have always contended that it's impossible to understand how critical track safety is, unless you've personally been behind the wheel, racing at 100+ miles per hour, knowing you could hit a wall that might maim or kill you. The bottom line is track operators aren't the ones risking their lives in the driver's seat. 
Di Grassi extends championship lead with Paris victory
  Formula E
Lucas di Grassi has extended his lead in the FIA Formula E Championship with a flawless drive in the Visa Paris ePrix. The Abt Schaeffler driver sprung off the line to take the lead at the start. Aside from two laps during the car swap pitstop phase, he led the entire way. The sell-out event crowd of 20,000 was denied the grandstand finish the race deserved when series debutant Ma Qing Hua crashed heavily in the closing stages. The Chinese racer was unhurt.
Alfonso Ribeiro Wins 40th Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race!
  Wins race of previous winners
Alfonso Ribeiro won the 2016 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, triumphing over the most accomplished field the annual charity racing event has ever seen. The roaring crowd witnessed the stunning performance by Ribeiro, who started the race in the 8th position and successfully avoided any collisions or walls to take the checkered flag. Ribeiro, now a four-time Toyota Pro/Celebrity winner (1994, 1995 & 2015), is best-known for his role as 'Carlton' on "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." Ribeiro, who is the new host of "America's Funniest Home Videos," had the fastest lap of the day with a time of 1:42.102.
Formula E: Di Grassi's Shoreline sensation
  Abt Schaeffler star retakes championship lead with stunning drive
Redemption came to Lucas di Grassi in the shape of a perfectly-judged win in the FIA Formula E Faraday Future Long Beach ePrix. The Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport driver had sprayed the victory champagne at the last race in Mexico City, only for the disappointment of disqualification to hit home long after the bubbles had fizzled out. But with a steely determination Long Beach would be a different story.
Di Grassi wins Mexico City ePrix then loses it
  2nd Update
Jerome D'AmbrosioLucas di Grassi has been excluded from the result of the Mexico City ePrix, handing victory to Jerome D'Ambrosio. Di Grassi's Abt Schaeffler car that he used for the first part of the race, was found to weigh 886.2kg, 1.8kg under the 888kg minimum. Abt has decided not to appeal the decision. The decision means di Grassi is now 22 points behind Sebastien Buemi, who is promoted to second place. 
Inside a burning race car
  by Stephen Cox
It was the same sound you hear when you pour too much lighter fluid on the charcoal as you're preparing a Fourth of July barbecue. A giant "whoosh" followed by a flash of flame. Except it was a thousand times louder. And it wasn't charcoal that was on fire. It was me. On COTA's massive back straightaway, the fastest point on the course, I smelled fuel and felt a cold spray over my right hand and leg. There was a sudden flash and my whole world turned a bright, terrifying orange. Everything was on fire.
Erick Rudolph Wins Race And Title In Trenton Indoors (Update)
  2nd place DiMattia disqualified
Erick Rudolph wrapped a near-perfect weekend Saturday night at Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, N.J., when he won the 40-lap Battle Of Trenton TQ Midget Indoor race. The victory was his second of the three race Len Sammons Motorsports Productions VP Racing Series 2016 season and he earned his second straight Series title with the win.
Battle of Trenton Heat Races
  Nick Ladyga, Jimmy Blewett and Ryan Susice win
Nick Ladyga of Voluntown, Ct., Jimmy Blewett of Howell, N.J., and Ryan Susice of Ransomville, N.Y., each punched their ticket into the 40-lap Battle Of Trenton TQ Midget feature Saturday by winning 20-lap TQ Qualifier races Friday at Sun National Bank Center. Their wins guaranteed them starting berths in Saturday night's 40-lap Battle Of Trenton feature race.
Bird holds off Buemi for Buenos Aires win
  Before 17,000 fans
Sam Bird produced a brilliant performance to hold off the charge of Sebastien Buemi and claim the first Formula E win for the DS Virgin alliance. Bird started the race from pole and controlled the pack from the front, just using enough energy to keep Nico Prost (Renault e.dams) and then Team Aguri’s Antonio Felix da Costa at bay.
The Lure of The Ring
  by Stephen Cox
Trophies are nice, but rings are forever. Trophies eventually end up at the bottom of a closet. A championship ring is a legacy that is passed on for generations. Trophies sit in an office or a garage to be seen only by the few who visit. Championship rings are worn proudly by the owner. Everywhere he goes. For the rest of his life.
Dakar: Peterhansel, Price and Patronelli celebrate
  6th Dakar win for Peterhansel
After a grueling Dakar journey of 9,500km through Argentina and Boliva a trio of Red Bull Desert Wings have emerged victorious across the car, bike and quad categories. Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel cemented his title of Monsieur Dakar with his sixth car win while Australian biker Toby Price won the rally for the first time. The crowds at the finish line in Rio Cuarto, Argentina also had a local hero to cheer home as Marcos Patronelli won the quad category for a third time.
Lost Treasure: From Shasta Speedway's '51 Season
  by Stephen Cox
You just never know what you'll find in the bottom of your grandmother's closet. Northern California's Shasta Speedway held its first full season of competition in 1951. The 3/8th mile former horse racing track had been opened to motor racing the previous summer and immediately attracted the attention of a mechanically-inclined teenager from Indiana. Bud Pedigo had dated my grandmother, Ruth, when they attended high school together in Indianapolis in the mid 1930's.
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