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01/19/16
automotive

Video: Elon Musk on the future of automobiles
In January 2016 Elon Musk talks to BBC Technology Correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones at Tesla's Design Studio in Hawthorne, California. The conversation covers the future of electric vehicles and of autonomous driving technology. The importance of Tesla building an affordable car is discussed along with Musk's confidence that Apple will build an electric car.

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01/19/16
automotive

A list of the world's self-driving cars racing toward 2020
1. Tesla
Tesla's Model SD has an autopilot feature built in, which can detect collision risks, and a camera to monitor road activity. Elon Musk says that his company will have the technology for fully autonomous vehicles ready by 2018, but that laws, regulations, insurance, and other details will take longer to sort out.

2. Google
Google's self-driving car project has a mission is to build level 4 autonomous cars—no humans required—by 2020. They've been testing on existing vehicles like the Toyota Prius and the Lexus RX450h but plan to unveil new models as well, and have already logged more than a million self-driving miles.

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01/19/16
automotive

Germany to spend billions incentivizing electric car expansion
Whereas the USA government is not requiring charging stations be abundantly available like handicap parking (i.e. everywhere) Germany is expanding government installed fast-charging stations

Among European nations, Germany is one of the least active when it comes to policies promoting electric cars.

Even as the country's powerful auto industry has turned more attention to plug-in cars, government support for them has been largely limited to political speeches.

But now German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel apparently wants to put the government's money where its mouth is.

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01/19/16
nassprint

Bass Pro Joins Truex At Furniture Row
Bass Pro Shops Toyota unveiling

Bass Pro Shops, America's most popular outdoor store, will be a primary co-sponsor on Martin Truex Jr.'s Furniture Row Racing Toyota Camry during the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. The announcement was made today (Tuesday) at NASCAR's Media Tour in Charlotte. 

The partnership calls for nine primary Bass Pro Shops paint schemes on Truex's No. 78 Toyota, beginning with two races during Daytona Speedweeks - the 150-mile qualifying race on Thursday Feb. 18 and the season-opening Daytona 500 on Sunday Feb. 21.

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01/19/16
ihra

IHRA Announces the Appointment of a New Interim President
The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) (the "Company") (www.IHRA.com) announced that the IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRGSE) Board of Directors (the "Board") of the Company has appointed Mr. Skooter Peaco, as Interim President of the Company effective immediately.

Mr. Peaco replaces Mr. Scott Gardner who resigned as President of the Company, effective as of the same date in order to pursue other interests.

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01/19/16
irl

State officials approve Long Beach Grand Prix after compromise among business owners, race organizers
Long Beach Acquarium
Long Beach Aquarium
The fact that the Toyota Grand Prix will roar through Long Beach streets in April for the 42nd time is no surprise, but it took some long discussions, negotiations and compromises between city officials, the Grand Prix and the Aquarium of the Pacific to get approval from the California Coastal Commission to run the event this year.

Aquarium President and CEO Jerry Schubel, a longtime critic of the race's negative impact on the aquarium, told the commission last week that having to close the aquarium for the three race days, April 15-17 this year, results in a loss of about $300,000 annually.

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01/19/16
automotive

Deep-learning supercomputers bring autonomous cars closer to reality
Driverless technology is developing at such a fast pace that self-driving cars are likely to hit the streets well before 2020.

The big carmakers already have most of what they need: adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping technology, collision avoidance and automatic lane changing. Armed with video cameras, radar and lidar (laser) sensing equipment, the automobile of the future is morphing into a ­peculiar beast.

And there’s new technology to make it smarter. At this month’s CES technology show in Las Vegas, chipmaker Nvidia launched the Drive PX 2 in-­vehicle artificial intelligence platform for driverless operation.

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01/19/16
ta

Trans Am Series announces new production racing classes for 2016
The Trans Am Race Company (TARC) has formally announced a restructuring of the Series’ production racing class designations commencing in 2016.   Three classes, TA3, TA4 and TA5, will replace the previously existing TA3 American Muscle and International Groups, as the Trans Am Series continues to refine and build upon its production racing platform to offer participants the best possible conditions for competition.  

“We’ve seen a huge outpouring of interest in production racing under the Trans Am banner,” said John Clagett, President of The Trans Am Race Company.  “Nearly every day we receive more and more inquiries from drivers looking to ply their trade in Trans Am.  At TARC we strive to create an environment that improves competition, allows for a customer centric approach and creates quality racing—in these changes we’re continuing to work towards those goals.”  

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01/19/16
nasx
nastruck

Chase Format Extended to XFINITY & Camping World Truck Series
Using the overwhelming success of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format introduced in 2014 as a guidepost, NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France announced the implementation of a playoff system in both the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will each feature a seven-race Chase to decide its respective championships starting in 2016.

"Fans, partners and the industry have embraced the new Chase format like nothing we've seen in the sport's history," said France. "Winning never has been this important, and the excitement generated the past two seasons in the Sprint Cup Series has led to this implementation of the Chase format in all three national series. Competition in both the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will undoubtedly elevate to new heights and shine a spotlight on the rising stars of our sport."

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01/19/16
nassprint

NASCAR America Returns on Tuesday
NASCAR America hits the ignition switch on its third season next week with live coverage from NASCAR's three-day media tour in Charlotte that leads into the 2016 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. NBCSN's daily 5:00pm/et editions of NASCAR America return on Tuesday, January 19.

The lineup of shows is capped by a 90-minute NASCAR America: Hall of Fame Special on Friday, January 22, at 6:30pm/et, leading into the NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at 8:00pm/et on NBCSN.

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01/19/16
nasx

Brian Wilson named crew chief on Team Penske's No. 22 XFINITY Series car
After securing its fourth NASCAR XFINITY Series owners' championship in 2015, Team Penske's No. 22 team will have a new crew chief calling the shots for the 2016 season, the organization announced Monday afternoon.

Former Sprint Cup Series race engineer Brian Wilson will replace Greg Erwin atop the pit box, while Erwin will move into the role of team manager for the organization's XFINITY Series efforts.

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01/19/16
irl

UFD returns to Andretti Autosport
UFSD was the primary sponsor for the #27 Andretti Autosport Honda piloted by James Hinchcliffe in 2014
UFSD was the primary sponsor for the #27 Andretti Autosport Honda piloted by James Hinchcliffe in 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 19, 2016) – The familiar shield of United Fiber & Data will once again be seen on Andretti Autosport entries for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series. The tech company, which served as a primary sponsor for the team’s 2014 season, will return as an associate sponsor with branding on the 27 and 28 cars driven by Marco Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay, respectively. This will mark a third season in the relationship between Andretti Autosport and the Pennsylvania-based company. Full liveries of the cars will be unveiled at a later date.

“We’re excited to have United Fiber & Data back on board for the 2016 season,” said four-time championship team owner Michael Andretti. “Through our years together, we’ve shared success both on and off the track. We’re looking forward to the next chapter of our partnership in support of UFD’s business objectives.”

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01/19/16
uscc

Tire Kingdom to sponsor Michael Shank Racing for Rolex 24 & 12 Hours of Sebring
Pataskala, Ohio (19 January 2016) – When the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship kicks off in January with the 54th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Michael Shank Racing’s Honda-powered Ligier JS P2 will have a familiar look to it as Tire Kingdom® Service Centers, a Florida chain of automotive and tire service centers and a member of the TBC Corporation family of brands, has returned as primary sponsor of the No. 60 prototype for the second consecutive year.

The stunning bright red Tire Kingdom livery, prepared by Michael Shank Racing team partner AERO, impressed fans last year and will once again be in action in the opening two rounds of IMSA competition with the Rolex 24 At Daytona (January 30-31) and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring (March 19).

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01/19/16
f1

Vettel, Ferrari do F1 'filming' test at Fiorano
Vettel drove a 2014 F14T like this one
(GMM)  Ferrari burst into testing action on Tuesday, the Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport reported.

That is despite the fact that official testing action does not begin until next week, when Ferrari, Red Bull and McLaren help Pirelli develop wet tires at Paul Ricard.

And F1's group testing program does not kick off until the end of next month, when all the teams will begin just eight days of winter running at Barcelona prior to the start of the 2016 season.

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01/19/16
racing news

Video: Classis Daytona 24 Hours
Ride along with Olly Bryant as he drives from 25th to 1st place in Group F at the Classic24 from Daytona International Speedway.



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01/19/16
nassprint

WIX Filters joins Hendrick as technical partner
WIX Filters has joined Hendrick Motorsports as a key technical partner with an agreement that will supply innovative filtration products and provide critical development support to the 11-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions through 2019.

With a four-year pact, WIX's air and oil filters will be used in competition by the four Sprint Cup Series teams of Hendrick Motorsports with drivers Kasey Kahne, Chase Elliott, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Its logo will be featured on team equipment, transporters and underneath the hood of Hendrick Motorsports' Chevrolet SS race cars.

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01/19/16
nassprint

Tony Stewart just can't control his temper
Tony Stewart
Tony Stewart
Tony Stewart has learned from his 2014 incident -- or has he?

"I don't like you. I never have."

That was what an off-duty corporal in the Tulsa Sheriff's Department said to Tony Stewart Friday night, after the NASCAR driver went into the stands to confront him during the Chili Bowl Nationals.

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01/19/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Horner helped Hamilton land Mercedes job
    Horner helped Hamilton land Mercedes job
    Horner told Mercedes to sign Hamilton
  • Aston Martin deal possible in future - Force India
  • New Williams is 'biggest evolution' - Smedley
  • Sauber plays down 2016 car test debut 'delay'
  • McLaren worked throughout Xmas on 2016 car
  • Engine rule changes limited to cost reduction - report
  • Sainz: Sochi crash 'worst seconds of my life'
  • The selection of volunteers for the 2016 Russian GP begins

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01/18/16
automotive

GM boss says the future of automobiles is electric and autonomous
By Mary Barra - Mary Barra is Chairman and CEO of General Motors. She is a Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos 2016.

Technological change rarely advances smoothly. It advances in pulses. In revolutions.

Telecommunications progressed from telegraph to telephone, from copper wires to fiber-optics, from analog to digital, from wireless to satellite. Photography changed from daguerreotypes to glass plates to film to digital, as well as from black and white to color.

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01/18/16
v8

Craig Lowndes To Undergo Surgery Ahead Of V8 Supercars Season
Craig Lowndes
Craig Lowndes
Craig Lowndes will undergo surgery later this week for a broken collarbone, following a recreational motorcycle accident on the weekend.

Craig sustained the broken collarbone and minor injuries when he fell whilst riding with family and friends on Sunday.

He will undergo surgery, speeding up the recovery process to ensure he is fully fit for the up-coming V8 Supercars Championship season which will begin with testing in late February when he will steer his brand new Holden Commodore for the first time.

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01/18/16
motogp

Yamaha Racing Reveals 2016 Racing Line-up
After the winter stop, the wait is finally over; Yamaha will be back in action with the strongest team and rider selection in its over 60-year racing history. Yamaha today launched their official 2016 racing teams across multiple classes both on- and off-road. The 2016 Yamaha Racing Global Press Conference took place at the Diagonal 00 in Barcelona, Spain at the headquarters for Telef¢nica, who's Movistar brand is the Factory Yamaha MotoGP team's main sponsor. The event was hosted by MotoGP commentator Gavin Emmett and saw an impressive twelve teams share the podium to show their 2016 racing colors.

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01/18/16
irl
imsa

IndyCar and IMSA personalities to make Detroit appearances
WHAT:          The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix will host some of the top drivers from the Verizon IndyCar Series and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on Friday at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) Grand Prix/Hitachi display. The display is located on the Cobo Center concourse and the drivers, along with the top executives from each racing series, will be available to the media for one-on-one interviews beginning at 11 a.m., before they participate in a Grand Prix panel discussion on stage in the Cobo Center Atrium at 12 p.m.

WHO:             Drivers and executives appearing at the Grand Prix display include:

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01/18/16
F1

Channel 4 confirms ten live F1 races for 2016 in the UK
UK free-to-air broadcaster Channel 4 has confirmed the ten rounds of the 2016 F1 calendar it will broadcast live.

Channel 4 has taken over from the BBC as F1’s free-to-air broadcaster in the UK and will show ten of this year’s 21 races live. All the races will also be live on Sky’s pay TV channel.

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01/18/16
irl

Plowman ties the knot
Nicole Pollard and Martin Plowman
Nicole Pollard and Martin Plowman
Martin Plowman, a veteran of five Verizon IndyCar Series races including the 2014 Indianapolis 500, married longtime girlfriend Nicole Pollard on Jan. 16 at the Vinoy Golf Club in St. Petersburg, Fla. Plowman, 28, also drove two seasons in Indy Lights, finishing third in the 2010 championship with a win from the pole at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Guests at the ceremony included drivers Charlie Kimball and Stefan Wilson and Chip Ganassi Racing team director Mike Hull.

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01/18/16
irl

Clauson finishes close second in 30th Chili Bowl
Bryan Clauson
Bryan Clauson
Bryan Clauson nearly claimed the biggest win of his planned 200-race "Circular Insanity Tour" in 2016.

A night after claiming his fourth preliminary night win in the Vacuworx Global Qualifying Night on Jan. 15, Clauson finished second to Rico Abreu in the 30th Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals finale on Jan. 16 in Tulsa, Okla.

Clauson, who won the 2014 Chili Bowl and will attempt to qualify for his third Indianapolis 500 Mile Race in May with Dale Coyne/Jonathan Byrd's Racing, started the 50-lap feature from the pole and inherited the lead on Lap 9 after Christopher Bell tangled with a lapped car.

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01/18/16
irl

Pagenaud looks forward to Grand Prix of Boston
Simon Pagenaud
Simon Pagenaud
Simon Pagenaud had his first encounter with a pair of Boston sporting venues over the weekend - the track layout for the upcoming Grand Prix of Boston powered by LogMeIn and a Boston Bruins NHL game at TD Garden. The Team Penske driver was impressed with both.

The inaugural Grand Prix of Boston weekend is scheduled for the streets of the city's Seaport District along the South Boston Waterfront on Sept. 2-4, INDYCAR's first venture into Beantown and the penultimate event on the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series calendar.

Racing will take place on a 2.25-mile temporary street course around the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The circuit, which Pagenaud drove in a passenger car Jan. 16, includes a tunnel under a portion of the convention center, which has Pagenaud particularly excited.

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01/18/16
nassprint

Mountain Dew extends sponsorship of Dale Jr., adds two teammates
Hendrick Motorsports has announced a three-year extension of PepsiCo's longstanding partnership with the organization.

As part of the arrangement, Mountain Dew is continuing as a primary sponsor of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and will also be a primary sponsor for Hendrick teammates Kasey Kahne and rookie Chase Elliott beginning in 2016.

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01/18/16
nasx

Menards to Continue With RCR's XFINITY Programs
Building on the triumphs from 2015, Menards will continue its partnership with Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR XFINITY Series program as a primary sponsor for select races with both the No. 2 Chevrolet with Paul Menard and the No. 33 Chevrolet with Brandon Jones for the 2016 season.

Menards, the third-largest home improvement store in the United States, has been prevalent in RCR's XFINITY Series campaign since 2012.

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01/18/16
automotive

First Weekend for NAIAS Draws Hundreds of Thousands to Detroit
Large crowds in Detroit
Large crowds in Detroit
NAIAS was a magnet for 208,327 people on opening weekend – all wanting to get a glimpse of the more than 700 vehicles on display and the over 50 vehicles that debuted earlier in the week at Press Preview. Attendees experienced a show floor that has undergone a remarkable 70 percent transformation, and they interacted with new exhibits that totaled more than $200 million in investment from exhibitors.

Attendance for Saturday’s kick-off to public days was 107,303, while the second day of opening weekend on Sunday saw 101,024 auto enthusiasts and families visit NAIAS.

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01/18/16
nassprint

Has NASCAR abandoned its core fanbase?
NASCAR attendance is down, but still strong
NASCAR attendance is down, but still strong
NASCAR has spent two decades trying to attract the casual fan, but have they permanently damaged their primary base in the process?

I wake up Saturday morning to find out here and everywhere about Tony Stewart confronting a fan at the Chili Bowl. All these stories come around to the same point, does it hurt the sport? The national sports media will say its a black eye having one of its top stars confronting a fan, that racers taking each other out on the track is an embarrassment to the sport. Yet when the Bengals and Steelers play the confrontations are just intensity and drive for the sport. 

When NASCAR went through its explosive growth of the 90’s and early this century it was driven with large personality drivers and action on the track. Those things drove the excitement of its core fans, which helped attract a whole new audience to NASCAR races. The sport was on fire, a new network, FOX, had transformational coverage and spurred on the new fans with advertising during the almighty NFL season.

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01/18/16
f1

Sauber confirms Barcelona delay for 2016 car
Sauber's 2016 car will be late
Sauber's 2016 car will be late
(GMM) Sauber has confirmed reports on Monday that it will not take its 2016 car to the first test of the official winter pre-season next month.

Germany's Auto Motor und Sport said the new car, the C35, will only make its bow at the second and final test at the same Barcelona circuit in March.

So when the testing begins on February 22, the Swiss team and its drivers Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson will be running in the 2015 machine, although reportedly in 2016 livery.

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01/18/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Monday (Update) UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

01/18/16
  • Williams 2015 challenger
    Williams 2015 challenger
    2016 Williams to be ready for Barcelona
  • Williams opposed to return of refuelling
  • Todt distances FIA from football scandals
  • Sirotkin in talks for F1 Friday role in 2016
  • Aki Hintsa making progress amid cancer battle
  • Woman on F1 grid 'extremely unlikely' - Hill
  • Hill: Williams should swap to Honda power New
  • Todt says 21-race F1 season a 'privilege' New

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01/18/16
f1

F1 Teams' pre-season plans taking shape
(GMM) With five weeks until the first official winter test, F1 teams' plans are starting to take shape.

Williams said at the weekend that it will roll out its new Mercedes-powered challenger on the opening morning of the February 22 test at Barcelona.

"There will be no glamorous unveiling," said chief engineer Rob Smedley.

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01/18/16
irl

Firestone celebrating 15 years with IndyCar
An engineer measures the circumference of a Firestone IndyCar tire
An engineer measures the circumference of a Firestone IndyCar tire
Bridgestone Americas' Firestone brand is celebrating its 15th season as the official tire of the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2016 and, in addition, will continue its entitlement and official tire sponsorships at several races this year.

The 2016 season kicks off March 13 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, marking Firestone's third year as title sponsor of the race. For the seventh consecutive season, race fans can look to the Firestone 600--taking place June 11--for some of "most exciting oval racing" on the schedule, Bridgestone said.

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01/18/16
wec

The ACO tells the story of its 110-year history at Retromobile
The founders of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest. From left to right: Georges Durand, Rene Pellier, Georges Carel, Gustave Singher
The founders of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest. From left to right: Georges Durand, Rene Pellier, Georges Carel, Gustave Singher
archives/ACO
2016 is an anniversary year for the Automobile Club de l'Ouest as the club is celebrating its 110 years of existence. To mark this occasion a 1300m2 exhibition will be put on at the Retromobile Show in Paris. Between 3-7 February, thanks to a well-designed, fully-researched setting, which will delight the fans, the ACO will retrace the 110 years it has devoted to the service of the motor car and motorists in general.

Retromobile is a first-class, must-visit show and a Mecca for enthusiasts, the curious and lovers of historic cars in France. The 41st exhibition will provide them with an opportunity to discover - or rediscover - artists, clubs, Federations, rally organizers, spare part dealers, manufacturers, restaurants, auctions, and above all models and collections of exceptional vehicles.

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01/17/16
f1

Doubtful F1 will vote to bring back refueling
Because F1 pressurizes their fuel delivery (instead of gravity feed) to make stops just seconds long, when they have a fire in the pits they really have a fire.
Because F1 pressurizes their fuel delivery (instead of gravity feed) to make stops just seconds long, when they have a fire in the pits they really have a fire.

Formula 1's bosses are once again considering the possibility of bringing back mid-race refuelling to Formula 1 in the near future, FIA President Jean Todt has confirmed.

Last summer, bosses agreed to revive refuelling – banned from 2010 – as part of a major rules shake-up for the 2017 season, but the plan was quickly dropped after negative feedback.

However, Todt has revealed that it is now back on the agenda, brushing aside previous fears, and says it will be discussed during a meeting of the sport's Strategy Group in Geneva on Monday.

"We [will] re-address: is it right not to have refuelling?" Todt told Reuters.

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01/17/16
irl

IMS statement on the passing of Bob Harkey
Bob Harkey in 1975
Bob Harkey in 1975

A statement from Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles about six-time Indianapolis 500 veteran driver Bob Harkey, who died at age 85 on Jan. 16.

"Bob Harkey competed during one of the most transformative times in Indianapolis 500 history as the cars moved from rear-engine to front-engine and from no aerodynamic devices to wings and downforce.

"But what made Bob Harkey special was his continued involvement in and around the Speedway each May after his racing years.

"He always had time for our fans, young and old, and his passion for the Indianapolis 500 was evident in every fan interaction. Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family."

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01/17/16
irl
f1
nassprint
wec

Is the future of motorsports bleak?
A reader writes, Dear AR1, I read with interest your latest article that paints a fairly bleak picture for motorsports as a 'sport' unless we plan for it now. I think you are right. I know I won't pay a dime to watch a silent car race around a track controlled by a computer. The sport I love may soon be over. Dennis Solomon

Dear Dennis, We already saw a drop off in attendance when F1 cars, IndyCar and sportscars went to V6 engines muffled by turbochargers and other hybrid technologies.  Once they go completely silent and cars are all driverless, we're afraid driving will no longer be considered a sport and it will be lights out for motorsports unless we do something now. AR1 staff.

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01/17/16
irl

Brabham to do SIM test to prepare for Indy 500 debut
The simulator at Dallara's state-of-the-art IndyCar factory at Indianapolis
The simulator at Dallara's state-of-the-art IndyCar factory at Indianapolis

Matthew Brabham has returned to the United States to commence preparations for his widely anticipated Indianapolis 500 debut on May 29.

After spending Christmas and the New Year with family in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, the 21-year-old will spend time with the KV Racing outfit which will field his Pirtek Team Murray entry.

The deal, which also includes the Angie’s List Grand Prix on the Indianapolis road course in early May, will see Brabham make his IndyCar debut.

Plans were being swung into action for Brabham to spend valuable time in the highly advanced simulator at the 9,500SqM Dallara IndyCar factory in Indianapolis before any likely on-track testing.

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01/17/16
nassprint

Kvapil has charges dismissed
Travis Kvapil
Travis Kvapil
Per ESPN.com's Bob Pockrass, as part of plea deal, and after completion of two years of probation and community service, domestic violence charges against Travis Kvapil have been dismissed.

Kvapil was originally charged in October 2013 and faced misdemeanor charges of false imprisonment and assault after an incident with his wife at their home.

He was also required to attend an anger management class

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01/17/16
track news

Gary Baker says Nashville Superspeedway could be saved
Nashville Superspeedway
Nashville Superspeedway
Gary Baker, one-time operator of some of NASCAR's most successful racetracks, says Nashville Superspeedway could be revived and turned into a successful venue - and he might be interested in doing it himself. "If someone wanted to call and discuss it, I'd listen," Baker said in discussing the prospects of the Gladeville facility that is entering its fifth season of idleness. "Could the track be successful under the right conditions? The short answer is 'Yes.'" Baker said.

"The question is, can those conditions be met?"

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01/17/16
automotive

Obama Administration Wants to Spend $4B on Self-Driving Cars
Nissan autonomous car
Nissan autonomous car
The Obama administration wants to kick the push for driverless cars into high gear -- proposing to spend nearly $4 billion on development over the next decade, Transportation Sec. Anthony Foxx announced Thursday.

"We are bullish on automated vehicles," said Foxx, flanked by auto executives at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Automakers and safety regulators alike hope self-driving cars could eventually eliminate the 94 percent of fatal crashes that involve some type of human error. They also believe autonomous technology could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and loosen gridlock.

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01/17/16
F1

Current F1 car vs. proposed F1 car
As excitement builds around the start of the 2016 season, Formula One engineers and designers already have one eye firmly fixed on 2017, when significant changes to the F1 rule book will dramatically alter the appearance of the cars, making them both wider and faster. The exact regulations may not yet be finalized, but with the help of drawings from technical illustrator Giorgio Piola, we take a look at how next year’s machines could look if recent proposals come to fruition...

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01/17/16
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nastruck

Abreu passes Clauson late to win Chili Bowl
Rico Abreu
Rico Abreu

Rico Abreu went back-to-back in the Chili Bowl, winning one of the most prestigious Midget Car races in the country for the second consecutive year.

Abreu -- who on Friday announced his full-time ride with ThorSport Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series -- began his ascent into NASCAR with his 2015 win, and he repeated the feat this year in a championship race that started Saturday night and ended after midnight. It was the 30th annual running of the race.

Abreu took the lead with less than 10 laps remaining in the 55-lap event and powered to victory in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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01/17/16
usac

Abreu passes Clauson late to win Chili Bowl
Rico Abreu went back-to-back in the Chili Bowl, winning one of the most prestigious Midget Car races in the country for the second consecutive year.

Abreu -- who on Friday announced his full-time ride with ThorSport Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series -- began his ascent into NASCAR with his 2015 win, and he repeated the feat this year in a championship race that started Saturday night and ended after midnight. It was the 30th annual running of the race.

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01/17/16
usac

Bryan Clauson Leads It All On Chili Bowl Qualifying Night
Picking up his fourth career preliminary night feature win, Bryan Clauson led non-stop in Friday's Vacuworx Global Qualifying Night to set the stage for Saturday's finale of the 30th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire.

"My Golden Driller is lonely, I need to get him a friend," commented Clauson in his postrace interview. "I certainly feel like we have a car capable of winning just watching the first few nights. I wasn't quite as confident going into tonight. I felt like earlier in the week, we needed to get better. I told that to Rusty [Kunz]. We went 12th in the Race of Champions and that's a pretty good gauge."

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01/17/16
nassprint

Stewart confronts heckler at Chili Bowl (2nd Update)
UPDATE #2 


Several videos have emerged of NASCAR star Tony Stewart, getting into an altercation with a heckler in the stands at the Chili Bowl. Witnesses on Twitter said the confrontation that occurred earlier this week, kicked off when the unidentified man flipped Stewart off at the Tulsa indoor track. At the beginning of the video, Stewart, wearing gray, walks up to the racing fan, wearing a red sweatshirt, as he shouts at the NASCAR star, and appears to say, 'You're a p***y, aren't you?'

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01/16/16
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Bentley announces Bathurst drivers and '16 colors
Bentley Team M-Sport livery
Bentley Team M-Sport livery

Bentley Team M-Sport will return to Mount Panorama in Australia next month (5-7 February) to take on the Bathurst 12 Hours with two Continental GT3s in the team’s new 2016 livery that was unveiled at the Autosport International Show  today.

Bentley Boys Guy Smith (GB) and Steven Kane (GB) will once again be joined on the mountain by Matt Bell (GB), and Andy Soucek (ES) and Maxime Soulet (BE) will welcome Aussie V8 star David Russell (AU) to their team.

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01/16/16
automotive

Electric cars taking off in the UK
  • Electric cars sold in the UK
    Electric cars sold in the UK
    Record year of plug-in vehicle uptake as more than 28,000 electric cars are registered, eclipsing combined totals for every year since 2010
  • 2015 plug-in car market growth almost doubles total of previous year with the 14,532 plug-in sales recorded in 2014 surpassed by 94%

Plug-in vehicle registrations reached a record high in 2015 as 28,188 new ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) arrived on UK roads - more than the past five years’ totals rolled into one. The switch to electric power marked a 94% annual rise compared to the previous year - while the popularity of plug-in vehicles shows no sign of slowing with an even greater selection of ULEVs due to be launched in 2016.

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01/16/16
automotive

Nissan now offers 'No Charge to Charge' in 26 of the top markets
Nissan leaf free charging station
Nissan leaf free charging station

Nissan's "No Charge to Charge" promotion has officially arrived in three more markets - New York, Philadelphia and Santa Barbara - providing new Nissan LEAF buyers two years of complimentary public charging with the purchase of the all-electric car from LEAF-certified dealers in each market.

With more than 200,000 global sales and more than 89,000 in the U.S., Nissan LEAF is the world's best-selling electric car. The 2016 Nissan LEAF has a starting price of $26,700* after the federal tax credit of $7,500 for the SV model and $29,290* for LEAF SL after the federal tax credit. Both the SV and SL models boast an EPA-rated range of 107 miles on a single charge. Nissan LEAF S models continue to be equipped with a 24 kWh battery with an EPA-estimated range of 84** miles. Starting price for 2016 Nissan LEAF S grade remains $21,510* after the federal tax incentive.

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01/16/16
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Jeff Gordon Joins FOX NFL SUNDAY Crew Live In-Studio This Weekend
The FOX TV crew gears up for the Daytona 500
The FOX TV crew gears up for the Daytona 500
FOX NASCAR analyst and four-time NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES champion Jeff Gordon joins the FOX NFL SUNDAY crew in-studio on Sunday, Jan. 17 on FOX.  Co-hosts Curt Menefee and Terry Bradshaw and analysts Jimmy Johnson, Howie Long and Michael Strahan welcome the newest member of the FOX NASCAR on-air crew to the set in a live interview at 12:15 PM ET. 

Gordon embarks on his post-driving career as a NASCAR analyst beginning with FOX Sports’ 100 hours of comprehensive coverage from Daytona Speedweeks, culminating with live coverage of the DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, Feb. 21 (1:00 PM ET) on FOX with live pre-race coverage on FOX NASCAR SUNDAY (12:00 PM ET).

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01/16/16
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Happy 81st birthday to A.J. Foyt (Update)
UPDATE A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, In 1985 I was working for Bill Whitington at the speedway, A J would wander in the garage and start joking around with  Bill and Randy Lanier.  He is the funniest man alive.  Us mechanics would just put the tools down and listen to the story's and laugh our asses off. Happy birthday A J.  John Miller

01/16/16 INDYCAR salutes A.J. Foyt, winner of more Indy car races (67) than anyone, on celebrating his 81st birthday today. A.J. is a living legend and icon, the first driver to win four Indianapolis 500 Mile Races and owner of his own race team since late 1965.

Foyt has been an inspiration to many, particularly to young American drivers who “wanted to be like A.J.” With that in mind, we asked several Americans involved with the Verizon IndyCar Series to share their thoughts on the man many say was the best to ever drive a race car.

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01/16/16
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Truck Series driver Ray Black Jr. tapped for full-time XFINITY Series ride
Ray Black Jr., a full-time Camping World Truck Series driver in 2015, is moving to the XFINITY Series in 2016 with SS Green Light Racing.

Black, a 24-year-old native of Palm Coast, Florida, finished 11th in truck points last season with SS Green Light but had just one top-10 finish -- a fifth in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway.

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01/16/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Saturday
  • Hembery does not want any drivers-in-training for 2017 tire tests
    Pirelli wants best drivers for 2017 tests
  • F1 up to 25 per cent louder in 2016 - Symonds
  • Verstappen is future world champion - Berger
  • No Ferrari dream for content Hulkenberg
  • Formula 1 still set for sizeable 2017 gains
  • Manor passes final 2016 crash tests
  • Pirelli announces tire compounds through Russian GP
  • Silverstone boss calls for greater F1 access
  • Video: Jean Todt meets Pope Francis
  • Video: Max Verstappen drives the Red Bull car on a ski slope

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