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'To the very last second'
  Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM documentary
Thirty years ago, Mercedes-AMG Motorsport wrote the first chapter of a long and extremely successful motor racing story with the entry of a works team in the DTM. Since then, the most successful brand in the history of the series has enjoyed many spectacular victories, set new records and experienced moments of high emotion. 
Da Costa gives Andretti BMW team first Formula E win
  Holds off late charge from Jean Eric Vergne
Felix da Costa held off a late charge from Jean Eric Vergne to win the Season 5 opening Formula E race in Saudi Arabia. It was the first Formula E win for the Andretti BMW team but it was Vergne and his teammate Andre Lotterer driving for the DS Techeetah team who had the fastest cars on track but lost the race due to drive-thru penalties. Jerome d'Ambrosio rounded out the podium for the Mahindra team.
Antonio Felix da Costa gives Andretti BMW debut pole
  Formula E Season 5 opener in Saudi Arabia
On a partially wet track, Antonio Felix da Costa scored his first pole position in a hectic qualifying session for the opening ABB FIA Formula E Championship round of the season in Ad Diriyah on Saturday. The BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver set a flying lap of 1:17.728 in the first of two qualifying sessions and will start this afternoon’s race from pole for the first time. Jose Maria Lopez is expected to start alongside the Portuguese driver this afternoon despite qualifying third, as second-placed Tom Dillmann looks set to get a penalty.
Gordon plans 3-car assault on Dakar
  2019 Dakar Rally
Robby Gordon and Team SPEED will return to the 2019 Dakar Rally with three SPEED Edition Textron Off-Road XX’s in the car category sponsored by Toyo Tires and King Off-Road Racing Shocks. Gordon will drive his familiar bright orange and black SPEED Energy/ Toyo Tires/ SPEED Edition Textron XX entry, while joining Team SPEED for their first Dakar Rally attempt; young Stadium SUPER Truck racers Blade Hildebrand and Cole Potts will field there own separate SPEED Edition Textron XX race vehicles. 
Ad Diriyah ABB FIA Formula E E-Prix circuit
  Formula E season opener
The ABB FIA Formula E Championship heads to Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia for the Season 5 opener, where all 11 teams and 22 Gen2 cars will take to the track for the very first time. Here’s all you need to know.  Old meets new. Racing in the ancient surroundings of Ad Diriyah, all 22 Gen2 cars and drivers will take to the 2.495km track to battle for the first victory of the season. With 21 twists and turns, the drivers will skirt the historic town walls before heading back towards the start/finish line in the heart of the district. Who will emerge victorious?
Jaguar Racing Fully Charged For 3rd Formula E Season
  Series Season 5
Panasonic Jaguar Racing will return for its third season in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship on December 15 at the inaugural Ad Diriyah E-Prix in Saudi Arabia. The race in Riyadh is one of three new locations on the Formula E calendar and kicks off a season of firsts for Panasonic Jaguar Racing, with a new car and new support series also launching in the Middle East. Panasonic Jaguar Racing drivers Nelson Piquet Jr and Mitch Evans will return to race in the all-new, faster Jaguar I-TYPE 3, taking on the new 2.495km street circuit as they strive for a podium finish. 
FIA Announces World Motor Sport Council Decisions
  Saint Petersburg, Russia meeting
Hosted by FIA President Jean Todt and FIA Deputy President for Sport, Graham Stoker, the World Motor Sport Council gathered today in Saint Petersburg during the 2018 FIA Annual General Assembly for its final meeting of the year. All final race schedules were ratified. The following is a summary of the decisions taken during the meeting:
Big changes for Formula E
  Attack mode implemented and no more driver changes
The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is entering its most exciting season yet by introducing a first-of-its-kind innovation in sport to further enhance the fan spectacle and retain the unpredictable nature of electric street racing. With the start of season five on the horizon and the largest shake-up in regulations in the short history of the series, Formula E enters a new era with its advanced new-look Gen2 car and revised race format - keeping fans on the edge of their seats with the eagerly-awaited ATTACK MODE.
Steele takes overall, SCORE Trophy Truck win
  Baja 1000
After the dust settled early Sunday morning and the vehicle tracking devices had been reviewed, popular action sports TV announcer/desert racer Cameron Steele was officially awarded the overall 4-wheel vehicle and SCORE Trophy Truck race victory at the epic 51st SCORE Baja 1000 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. 
Indy 500 Winner Rossi Looks Forward To Baja Challenge
  To make Baja 1000 debut with Honda Off-Road Racing Team
Honda racer Alexander Rossi, rookie winner of the historic 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016, is excited to tackle a new challenge – the SCORE Baja 1000 – as he joins the Honda Off-Road Racing Team for November’s 61st running of the legendary race. Rossi, who took runner-up honors in the Verizon IndyCar Series this season with three wins, will share driving duties in this year’s Baja 1000 with Jeff Proctor in the No. 709 Honda Ridgeline Baja Race Truck.
FIA announces World Motor Sport Council decisions
  At third World Motor Sport Council of 2018 today in Paris
Final approvals for the following categories:
-Formula 1
-Formula E
-World Rally
-WEC
-FIA-GT
-And More.......
W Series Announces Series For Women Drivers Only
  All-New Single-Seater Motor Racing
W Series today announces an all-new ground-breaking free-to-enter single-seater motor racing series for women drivers only, with a prize fund of US$1.5 million (US$1,500,000). The inaugural W Series season will commence in the spring of 2019 and will encompass a number of races run on some of the best and most famous circuits in Europe, most of which have staged Formula 1 races for many decades. In forthcoming seasons the W Series schedule is set also to include races in America, Asia and Australia.
BMW and Andretti launch new Formula E car in Munich
  Andretti Autosport to be factory BMW team
The stage is set for the car and the team with which BMW will contest the ABB FIA Formula E Championship as of Season 5. On Friday, BMW i Motorsport presented the new BMW iFE.18 and the new BMW i Andretti Motorsport team at BMW Welt’s double cone in Munich (GER). The all-electric racing car impresses with a fascinating design, whereas the showpiece of the BMW iFE.18 – the innovative drivetrain – is hidden deep inside.
Wolff: Those seven years shaped me
  Prepared for Future
Susie Wolff raced for seven years in the German Touring Car Championship, DTM, flying the flag for the brand synonymous with the three-pointed star. Here she talks about how her time in DTM, from 2006 to 2012, shaped her life both as a racing driver, and as a person.
Champion Vergne closes season in style with Audi in NY
  Formula E finale
Jean-Eric Vergne picked up his fourth win of the season at the final race of the 2017/18 ABB FIA Formula E Championship in New York to round-off a sensational day of sport for the French nation. The TECHEETAH driver - and newly-crowned Formula E champion - fended off pressure from the outgoing title-winner Lucas di Grassi in a fight to the flag reminiscent of the nail-biting finish from earlier this season in Punta del Este.
Di Grassi takes victory in New York as Vergne clinches
  Jean-Eric Vergne fights through the field to win title
Lucas di Grassi took his second consecutive win of the season in New York, as Jean-Eric Vergne fought through the field to move out of reach of title rival Sam Bird and secure the ABB FIA Formula E Championship with one round to spare. Both title contenders started on the back foot after a difficult qualifying session, but Vergne drove a resilient race from the back row of the grid to fifth position - beating Bird and extending his lead to 31-points and clinching the Formula E crown regardless of the result tomorrow. 
Gordon Kirby's new book honors Wally Dallenbach Sr.
  by Tim Wohlford
Normally we don't plug books here, but this time it's long-time motor sports journalist Gordon Kirby writing a book about highly respected CART steward Wally Dallenbach.  Gordon commented to me that this book was fun to write, with lots of respect and praise for Wally's career in motor sports. 
Vergne wins Paris ePrix
  Formula E

After a turbulent and testing race in the heart of Paris, it was a fairytale ending for home race hero Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah), who stormed to victory in front of a packed home crowd. Following the Frenchman across the line was Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler's Lucas di Grassi in second, followed by DS Virgin Racing's Sam Bird in third.

Bird claims historic victory in Rome
  Wins over di Grassi and Lotterer
Sam Bird held his nerve in the closing laps of the CBMM Niobium Rome E-Prix presented by Mercedes EQ and fended off multiple attacks from both Lucas di Grassi and Mitch Evans to etch his name in the history books as the first-ever winner on the streets of the Italian capital. The DS Virgin Racing driver pumped his fist in the air as he crossed the finish-line.
Career first Trans Am victory for Chris Dyson
  Driving #20 Ford Mustang at Road Atlanta
Road racing veteran Chris Dyson secured his first career Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli victory in the TA class today at Road Atlanta.  Dyson was joined in the celebrations by Randy Kinsland, who secured his second consecutive TA3 class Road Atlanta win following the conclusion of the multi-class competition.
Francis and Haley Grab Georgia Trans Am Poles
  at Road Atlanta
Ernie Francis, Jr., and Justin Haley will start on pole come tomorrow’s duo of Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli races at Road Atlanta, Round 2 of the 2018 championship.  Also setting pole for the TA3 class was Randy Kinsland, his second consecutive production class pole at Road Atlanta.
Vergne edges out di Grassi in nail-biting finish in Punta
  TECHEETAH driver extends gap to rivals in title fight
Jean-Eric Vergne extended his lead at the top of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, narrowly edging out Lucas di Grassi in a nail-biting finish on the shores of Uruguay for the CBMM Niobium Punta del Este E-Prix. The Frenchman stood firm with persistent pressure from reigning champion Lucas di Grassi throughout the race. Despite close competition from behind in the closing stages, Vergne kept his nerve to seal victory at the scene of his first-ever race in Formula E where he made his debut for Andretti in 2014.
Daniel Abt wins in Mexico City as Felix Rosenqvist falter
  Commanding victory in E-Prix in Mexico City for Audi

Daniel Abt from the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler squad is the first German winner in Formula E history. In Mexico City, the 25-year-old produced a faultless race and in doing so simultaneously clinched the first victory for the Audi works team in the electric race series. Team mate Lucas di Grassi completed the big day for Audi with a comeback drive from last on the grid to ninth and the fastest race lap.

Frijns leads Audi to Bathurst 12 Hour victory
  Robin Frijns, Stuart Leonard and Dries Vanthoor
Audi Sport Team WRT has claimed the 2018 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour victory on their first visit to the Mount Panorama Circuit. One of the world’s most successful GT3 teams, the Belgian-based outfit won a dramatic race that was sensationally declared under red-flag conditions within the final ten minutes following a large accident at the top of Mount Panorama. The team has won a majority of the world’s top GT3 races and added Bathurst to their tally with factory drivers Robin Frijns, Stuart Leonard and Dries Vanthoor.
Vergne beats teammate for 1-2 finish in Santiago
  Formula E
Vergne leads

For the first time in ABB FIA Formula E history, Techeetah drivers Jean-Eric Vergne and Andre Lotterer finished first and second in an exhilarating inaugural E-Prix on the streets of Santiago. "That was great fun!" said an ecstatic Vergne as he took the checkered flag. "It's racing in the end and I had a lot of pace in the car. He knows exactly how to defend!" said Lotterer justifying his numerous attacks on his teammate. "A one-two win, buddies, and podiums - life is good!" said added Lotterer.

RoC: Coulthard defeats Solberg to earn title
  Individual title
13-time Formula 1 grand prix winner David Coulthard put in a stunning performance to eclipse 19 fellow superstars of motor sport and win the Race Of Champions for the second time on a thrilling afternoon of non-stop action and entertainment at Riyadh’s King Fahad International Stadium. Following Team Germany’s triumph in last night’s ROC Nations Cup, all cooperation went out of the window today. 
ROC: Rene Rast Powers Team Germany To Victory
  Individual competitions up Saturday
Podium

Team Germany’s World Endurance Champion Timo Bernhard and DTM Champion Rene Rast are celebrating after they took a stunning victory in the ROC Nations Cup at Riyadh’s King Fahad International Stadium. On a chilly evening in the Saudi Arabian capital, legends from the world’s biggest motor sport series teamed up in pairs to battle for national and regional pride.

GHOST TRACKS: Indiana's Armscamp Speedway
  by Stephen Cox

"No Trespassing" signs were everywhere. I had taken a wonderful 90-minute ride on my Triumph Bonneville to see the old race track and I didn't want to go home empty-handed. It took half an hour to find someone who assured me that I could take a few quick photos of the former Armscamp Speedway in Alexandria, Indiana. There's not much left. 

Motorsport greats from all over the world arrive for ROC
  In Riyadh

Driving greats from all over the world have arrived in Riyadh ahead of this weekend’s Race Of Champions – and today they put in their first practice laps of the brand new ROC parallel track inside the King Fahad International Stadium. The annual Race Of Champions brings together some of the world’s greatest drivers from motor sport’s major disciplines – including Formula 1, IndyCar, Le Mans, Rally X and Touring Cars – and sets them free to battle head-to-head in identical supercars. 

Sainz wins Dakar Rally for 2nd time
  Matthias Walkner became the first Austrian winner on a bik

The victories achieved by Kevin Benavides in the bike race, Ignacio Casale in the quad category, Giniel de Villiers in the car race and Ton van Genugten in the truck category did not affect the positions at the top of the rally’s hierarchy. Matthias Walkner became the first Austrian winner on a bike, with Austrian brand KTM continuing to dominate the event thanks to a 17th consecutive success. For its last participation, Peugeot also retained the title, but this time only one of their cars was on the podium, namely the 3008 Maxi driven by winner Carlos Sainz. 

Rosenqvist beats Buemi for Marrakesh Formula E win
  Takes lead with 4 laps to go

Felix Rosenqvist made it back-to-back victories in the Marrakesh ePrix by passing Renault e.dam’s Sebastien Buemi with four laps to go. By winning his second race in a row, the Mahindra driver took the championship lead. Sam Bird came home in third while Nelson Piquet Jr. and Jean-Eric Vergne avoided trouble to claim fourth and fifth respectively, the Frenchman rising from 13th on the grid.

1 Year Later, 16 more Deaths Caused by Primitive Walls
  by RJ Valentine
In mid-2016, I wrote an article explaining why I’m so driven to make race tracks safer. For eleven paragraphs, I stood on my soapbox expounding the many reasons antiquated track barricades represent an unnecessary and extreme danger to drivers. I vainly hoped this, along with our many other efforts to further the cause, would help inspire changes. Yet, here I am, over a year later and, not only has progress been minimal, but at least 16 more drivers have died as a result of concrete walls, Armco guardrails and other antiquated barrier methods.
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