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01/05/15
dakar

Dakar Day 2: Barreda and Al-Attiyah take control
Barreda
A steady fourth place on a quick first stage where there was more to lose than to win, Joan Barreda got the show on the road today during the first major special stage of the Dakar with an imposing victory. Sam Sunderland experienced disillusion by getting lost for a (very) long time 70 km from the finish. In the car race, Nasser Al Attiyah put in dazzling performance to win 8'30’’ ahead of his nearest rival. In fact, the stage wreaked havoc on plenty of levels.

Already a ten times stage winner on the Dakar, Joan Barreda has had to content himself so far with a 7th final position as his personal best, which can be qualified as a disappointment for the Spaniard who appears to be determined to do his utmost for victory in 2015. This goal is perfectly within his reach, since the Honda rider continued his collaboration with HRC with a victory on the second stage of the rally between Villa Carlos Paz and San Juan.

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01/05/15
irl

Andretti snatches Rob Edwards from SPM
Rob Edwards
Following the departure of longtime team director Kyle Moyer to Team Penske, Andretti Autosport has hired Rob Edwards from Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

Edwards becomes Andretti Autosport's director of race operations and engineering, effectively immediately, the team confirmed Monday.

Under Edwards' direction, the team co-owned by Sam Schmidt and Ric Peterson won four races over the past two seasons with Simon Pagenaud driving the No. 77 car. Pagenaud signed with Roger Penske's team last fall. James Hinchcliffe, formerly with Andretti, was hired as Pagenaud's replacement.

Edwards also worked for Schmidt when the team helped with Dan Wheldon's Indianapolis 500-winning entry.

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01/05/15
uscc

Turner Motorsports returns to GTD class for 2015
Amesbury, MA -- January 5th, 2015 – In wake of the highlight 2014 race season, Turner Motorsport begins final preparation for the 2015 return to the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship GT Daytona (GTD) class.

Turner is excited to announce its return to the TUDOR Championship as defending 2014 GTD Champions. The No. 97 GTD-class BMW Z4 in Turner Blue and Yellow will make its debut at the Rolex 24 At Daytona. The No. 97 BMW Z4 will be driven by two endurance racing veterans, Michael Marsal and Markus Palttala for the entire 10-race season.

“I have been working on putting this program together since the last race – I’m happy to say that everything just fell into place this past weekend - now my guys are going to have to work round the clock to get the car ready for Daytona, said team owner Will Turner."

Michael Marsal, who has appeared in several Turner Motorsport racecars over the years as well as in the P1 class in Europe, is returning for his fifth full season with Turner. In Marsal’s rookie season with Turner, he and co-driver Joey Hand finished second in driver points with two wins and eight podiums.

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01/05/15
irl

Hamilton named managing director of Kingdom Racing
Davey Hamilton
From the Houston Chronicle -- Davey Hamilton, a former IndyCar driver, was named managing director of Kingdom Racing on Jan. 5."This is a great day for Kingdom Racing as Davey is one of the most respected and courageous people in motorsports," said founder George Del Canto. "We are blessed to have him at the helm as Kingdom Racing reaches for new heights in 2015 and beyond.

Hamilton will oversee all of the IndyCar race operations as well as sponsorship activities for the team.

This year will mark Kingdom Racing's eighth year competing in IndyCar and ministering through motorsports.

Hamilton has partnered with Kingdom Racing since 2008. Through Hamilton's efforts, Kingdom Racing has established a history of success in the IndyCar Series and especially at the Indianapolis 500.

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01/05/15
f1

Rolex renews title sponsorship of Australian Grand Prix
Rolex will sponsor the Australian Grand Prix for a third straight year
The Swiss luxury watch brand will put its name to the season-opening race in motorsport's premier global series for a third successive year. Rolex is also the official timekeeper of Formula One.

Arnaud Boetsch, the Rolex communication and image director, said: “The opening round in Australia is always highly anticipated by sporting fans worldwide. It’s a truly world class event which is not only a favourite of drivers and teams, but fans too.

"The Formula One Rolex Australian Grand Prix is a crowning moment in Rolex’s support for Formula One and sets the scene for the rest of the season."

Formula One Group chief executive Bernie Ecclestone added: "From the beginning, we have worked towards this being a long-term union, and it’s superb to see that as we enter our third year those intentions are coming to life.

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01/05/15
nhra

Al-Anabi Racing Terminates Funding
The Qatar Racing Club announced today they have terminated funding for all of their North American motorsports activities, including both of their NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top Fuel drag racing operations.

The Al-Anabi team currently operates two Top Fuel teams driven by 2013 World Champion Shawn Langdon and Khalid alBaloosh. The teams current plans for the upcoming 2015 NHRA season are still undecided.

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01/05/15
uscc

Flying Lizard announces Rolex 24 lineup
The #45 Flying Lizard Audi
(January 5, 2015 – Sonoma, California) After a controversial second place finish at the 2014 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, Flying Lizard Motorsports has announced the driver lineup for their fight for the 2015 endurance event title. The #45 Audi R8 LMS will be driven by Japan's Tomonobu Fujii and Satoshi Hoshino, American Robert Thorne and German Markus Winkelhock.

In the final lap of the 2014 event, the No. 45 Flying Lizard Audi and the Level 5 Motorsports Ferrari were involved in an intense battle for the lead position. Given a 75 second penalty for avoidable contact, the Ferrari dropped to fourth place in the provisional results. Five hours after the Lizards celebrated their class win, the penalty was reversed, naming Level 5 as the winners.

Hungry to reclaim the top step in 2015, the team heads to Daytona International Speedway January 9-11 to participate in the first official test of the season at the Roar Before the 24. Like the rest of the team, Program Manager Darren Law feels the events of 2014 provide even more motivation for the 2015 effort.

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01/05/15
f1

F1 engine makers to meet in Geneva
(GMM)  As ever in formula one, the future is always just around the next bend.

On Tuesday, at Bernie Ecclestone's behest, representatives of the four engine manufacturers - Mercedes, Renault, Ferrari and newcomer Honda - will get together in Geneva.

The F1 supremo wants them to talk about a new beginning for F1 in 2016, having briefed them to consider a new, more powerful, cheaper and louder engine formula.

According to Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, Ecclestone also wants more aggressive-looking cars that are more difficult to drive and exciting to watch.

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01/05/15
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Monday (2nd Update) UPDATE #2 Additional update shown in red below.

01/05/15 Updates shown in red below.

01/05/15
  • Pay drivers keep Sauber from complete collapse in 2015
    Struggling teams still face uncertain future
  • Sainz' father says surname no ticket to F1
  • Force India sets January 21 launch date
  • Rookie Verstappen plays down high expectations
  • When Lotus didn't pay its staff, all the good people left
  • Marussia owes suppliers $48.1 million
  • Key 2015 F1 dates 
  • Button's McLaren engineer switches to Williams
  • Wolff to test Williams in Barcelona New

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01/05/15
f1

Williams reorganizes engineering department
Williams have announced changes to their engineering department ahead of the 2015 season, including the recruitment of Dave Robson as Felipe Massa’s new race engineer.

Robson, who will work under the team’s head of vehicle performance Rob Smedley, joins from McLaren where he spent several years as Jenson Button’s race engineer.

As part of the shake-up, Massa’s former engineer Andrew Murdoch has been promoted to senior performance engineer. In this role Murdoch will lead the performance group at Williams’ Grove base, developing new techniques and processes within the engineering team to ensure continual performance improvements are brought to both cars throughout the season.

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01/05/15
irl

'Many differences' between IndyCar aero kits
Red parts can be modified

IndyCar aerodynamic development chief Tino Belli says there will be "many differences" between rival aero kits produced for the 2015 season.

Chevrolet and Honda are manufacturing and supplying kits - to be fitted to the standard Dallara chassis - for speedways and road and street course/short oval events.

One road and street course/short oval kit is due to be delivered to each entrant by March 1, with the speedway kit following on April 1.

"Differences between the 2014 Dallara chassis and the 2015 aero kits and between the Chevy and Honda aero kits will be quite easily spotted by an interested fan," explained Belli.

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01/05/15
dakar

Dakar Day 1 Standings - Nasser Al-Attiyah penalized (Update) UPDATE Nasser Al-Attiyah completed the competitive section fastest of all but was given a two minute penalty after the stage for speeding through a checkpoint, handing the stage victory and the rally lead to local hope Orlando Terranova.

Revised top-10 standings

1 Orlando Terranova (ARG)/Ronnie Graue (ARG) Mini    1hr 13min 12sec
2 Robby Gordon (USA)/Johnny Campbell (USA) Hummer  1hr 13min 54sec
3 Giniel de Villiers (RSA)/Dirk von Zitzewitz (D) Toyota  1h4 14min 02sec
4 Krzysztof Holowczyc (PL)/Xavier Panseri (F) Mini    1hr 14min 06sec
5 Emiliano Spataro (ARG)/Benjamin Lozada (ARG) Renault  1hr 14min 08sec
6 Bernhard Ten Brinke (NL)/Tom Colsoul (B) Toyota    1hr 14min 28sec 
7 Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT)/Matthieu Baumel (F) Mini    1hr 14min 50sec
8 Carlos Sainz (E)/Lucas Cruz (E) Peugeot 2008 DKR  1hr 14min 56sec
9 Erik van Loon (NL)/Wouter Roesegar (NL) Mini    1hr 15min 10sec
10 Stephane Peterhansel (F)/J-P Cottret (F) Peugeot 2008 DKR 1hr 15min 25sec

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01/05/15
wec

LMP1 Teams Set to Resume Testing
LMP1 teams will be back on track shortly, as Toyota, Porsche and Audi have all scheduled testing to begin this month in preparation for the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship season. Porsche, which has already rolled out its 2015-spec 919 Hybrid, has a five-day test scheduled at Yas Marina Circuit for Jan. 18-22, while Motorland Aragon will play host to separate tests for Toyota and Audi at the end of the month.

Defending FIA WEC champions Toyota will have a three-day test at the Spanish circuit, including a night session, while Audi has four days scheduled for its updated R18 e-tron quattro, also at Aragon.

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01/04/15
dakar

Honda Team gets down to business with a fine start to the Dakar 2015
Paulo Goncalves was 2nd overall in Bikes for the Honda HRC team

Countdown. Revs up. Clutch out. And with a roar the Dakar Rally exploded into life today. With three riders finishing the special in the top six, the race for Team HRC is most definitely underway.

Yesterday, was a chance for the riders to lap up a warm welcome from the thousands of fans gathered along the streets of Buenos Aires. Today, an altogether harsher greeting awaited as the first stage took to the track. Team HRC's five riders all finished in the first seventeen positions.

The first of the Dakar's specials, at only 175 kilometers, was barely enough to unfold any significant differences, but already the pecking order is beginning to establish itself. Paulo Goncalves rode a cracking pace aboard the Honda CRF450 RALLY, to finish in second, just five seconds behind the specials winner.

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01/04/15
nassprint

Logano to appear at Philadelphia Motorsports show
Joey Logano
Joey Logano, the man who could very well become the next NASCAR Sprint Cup champion will visit with fans at the huge Pioneer Pole Buildings Motorsports 2015 Presented by Sunoco Race Fuels Distributed by Insinger Performance Race Car and Trade Show which is set to take place at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, PA January 23-25.  Many have indicated strong feelings that 24 year old Joey Logano, recently married, could very well take the title in 2015 based on the improvement he has shown in recent years and the big year he had with five Cup wins this past season.

Joey Logano was part of the championship battle final race of the 2014 season for the Sprint Cup cars at Homestead-Miami Speedway that featured him and three others (Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, and Denny Hamlin) battling for the lucrative NASCAR title. Logano finished fourth while Harvick went on to win the championship.

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01/04/15
dakar

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01/04/15
il

Jones excited by Indy Lights chance
Ed Jones to race Indy Lights in 2015
Dubai-born Edward Jones says that Carlin's decision to contest the 2015 Indy Lights series has come at just the right time for his own career.

The 19-year old admits to having long held an ambition to race in the US, and that Carlin's expansion into IndyCar feeder category coincides nicely with his plans. Jones was part of Carlin's F3 line-up in 2014 and, although his season was curtailed by injury, he still managed to finish on the podium twice. Now the two parties are set to embark on a new adventure together.

"I am really excited and thankful for this opportunity to race in Indy Lights," UAE-based Jones said, "I have always seen myself going over to the States for racing at some point and Carlin's choice to participate in the series has made it an ideal time to make the transition a reality.

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01/04/15
f1

Horner shocked by Renault deficit to Mercedes
Not only did the Renault Power Unit not put out a lot of power, it broken down regularly.
Christian Horner admits he was shocked by Renault's deficit to Mercedes in terms of performance throughout last year's Championship.

Red Bull lost their position as Formula 1's leading team last year as Mercedes emerged as the dominant power.

Not only did Red Bull's Renault engine lack reliability but it also failed to match Mercedes' unit for pace.

While the Brackley team romped away with the Championship titles, Red Bull dropped to second best with Daniel Ricciardo claiming the team's only three wins of the campaign.

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