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01/19/20
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Battery Temp Management Netted Guenther First Win
Andretti BMW driver Guenther
Andretti BMW driver Guenther
Max Guenther and his team principal Roger Griffiths both attributed the German’s last-lap overtake in Saturday’s Santiago E-Prix to successful battery temperature management in scorching conditions.

A forceful move late in the race put DS Techeetah’s Antonio Felix da Costa ahead of Guenther but the BMW I Andretti Motorsport driver was able to fight back on the last lap with da Costa nursing an overheating battery.

Air temperatures of 34 degrees Celsius (93 degrees Fahrenheit) in the Chilean capital made overheating considerations a vital part of the race, and BMW believes it managed this better than its rivals at DS Techeetah.

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01/19/20
fe

Video Highlights Santiago, Chile ePrix
The Formula E race of the decade? Strap yourself in for highlights from an unbelievable Santiago E-Prix.

With Panasonic Jaguar Racing's Mitch Evans starting on pole position, could the Kiwi go on to win his first race of the season or will the American Andretti/BMW team take the Europeans to school?

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01/19/20
f1
wseries

Video: Meet Jamie Chadwick, the Danica Patrick of F1
Jamie Chadwick
Jamie Chadwick
Meet the Danica Patrick of Formula 1 - Jamie Chadwick.  She's cute, she's fast, she's breaking new ground, and she's so good she schooled the boys in Formula 3 earlier this weekend.

We spoke to W Series champion Jamie Chadwick after it was announced she would remain part of the ROKiT Williams Racing F1 team as a Development Driver in 2020.

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01/19/20
nascup

Anticipated 2020 Daytona 500 Entry list
Created by Jayski, this list is unofficial. The official Daytona 500 entry list is not likely to be released by NASCAR until the first week of February.

CountCar #DriverTeam
100Quinn HouffStarCom Racing
21Kurt BuschChip Ganassi Racing
32Brad KeselowskiTeam Penske
43Austin DillonRichard Childress Racing
54Kevin HarvickStewart-Haas Racing
66Ryan NewmanRoush Fenway Racing
78Tyler ReddickRichard Childress Racing
89Chase ElliottHendrick Motorsports
910Aric AlmirolaStewart-Haas Racing
1011Denny HamlinJoe Gibbs Racing
1112Ryan BlaneyTeam Penske
1213Ty DillonGermain Racing
1314Clint BowyerStewart-Haas Racing
1415Brennan PoolePremium Motorsports
1516*Justin HaleyKaulig Racing
1617Chris BuescherRoush Fenway Racing
1718Kyle BuschJoe Gibbs Racing
1819Martin Truex, Jr.Joe Gibbs Racing
1920Erik JonesJoe Gibbs Racing
2021Matt DiBenedettoWood Brothers Racing
2122Joey LoganoTeam Penske
2224William ByronHendrick Motorsports
2332Corey LaJoieGO FAS Racing
2434Michael McDowellFront Row Motorsports
2536David RaganRick Ware Racing
2637Ryan PreeceJTG Daugherty Racing
2738John Hunter NemechekFront Row Motorsports
2841Cole CusterStewart-Haas Racing
2942Kyle LarsonChip Ganassi Racing
3043Bubba WallaceRichard Petty Motorsports
3147Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.JTG Daugherty Racing
3248Jimmie JohnsonHendrick Motorsports
3349*Chad FinchumMotorsports Business Management
3451Joey GaseRick Ware Racing
3552J.J. YeleyRick Ware Racing
3654*TBARick Ware Racing
3762*Brendan GaughanBeard Motorsports
3866*Timmy HillMotorsports Business Management
3977Ross ChastainSpire Motorsports
4088Alex BowmanHendrick Motorsports
4195Christopher BellLeavine Family Racing
4296Daniel Suarez?Gaunt Brothers Racing
43TBAJames Davison?TBD
Maybe
27Reed Sorenson?Premium Motorsports

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01/19/20
nascup
nasx

Video: Roger Penske Brickyard 400 Press Conference
Roger Penske
Roger Penske
Racing fans can “Go 4th” at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the exciting, revamped annual NASCAR event weekend on July 3-5 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The action-packed holiday celebration will feature a first-ever NASCAR Xfinity Series road course race at IMS, sponsored by Pennzoil.

This year’s Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line will include a full-blown FGL concert Saturday night, a fireworks show, new infield camping experiences and gourmet barbecue as part of a star-spangled celebration of America’s birthday and motorsports.

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01/19/20
dakar

Video: 2020 Dakar Rally Highlights
The Dunes of Saudi Arabia
The Dunes of Saudi Arabia
The 42nd edition of the Dakar took competitors from the shores of the Red Sea in Jeddah, around the canyons and mountains of the western part of the country, over the dunes of the Empty Quarter and all the way to the Qiddiya Sports and Culture Complex near the capital Riyadh.

In the end, American biker Ricky Brabec put an end to Honda's 31-year drought, Carlos Sainz took his third title in his third different car, Casey Currie gave America another reason to celebrate in the SSV race, Ignacio Casale took back the throne in quads and Andrey Karginov extended the victorious streak of the Kamaz trucks.

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01/19/20
dakar

VIDEO: American Ricky Brabec, Honda win the Dakar Rally 2020
Ricky Brabec
Ricky Brabec
After Africa and South America, the most recent chapter of Dakar Rally history, in the Middle East, has opened, adorned in the colors of Monster Energy Honda Team and American Ricky Brabec as the leading race protagonists.

The vast and unchartered desert of Saudi Arabia has, for a fortnight, proved ideal ground for the Monster Energy Honda Team show of strength in the toughest, most demanding race in the world. Through twelve, the Honda CRF450 RALLY riders stole the show over 5000 kilometers of timed specials, to eventually claim a haul of six stage wins, after leading the race from day three.

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01/19/20
usac

Larson beats Bell to win 2020 Chili Bowl
Kyle Larson
Kyle Larson

NASCAR Cup drivers Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell took the open wheel regulars to school Saturday night in Tulsa, Oklahoma by finishing 1-2 in the 2020 Chili Bowl.

"I’m sorry NASCAR, I’m sorry Daytona, but this is the biggest effing race I’ve ever won. I hope to win Daytona in a few weeks, but this is badass!”

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01/18/20
TV News

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern
Saturday, January 18, 2020LocationTV TimesNetwork
FIA Formula E QualifyingSantiago2:30pm - 3:30pmFS2
FIA Formula E RaceSantiago3:30pm - 4:30pmFS2
ArenacrossLoveland, Colo4:30pm - 5:30pmFS2
Barrett-Jackson AuctionsScottsdale4:00pm-12:00am (L)MotorTrend TV
NHRA in 30 — They Walked Away-5:30pm - 5:55pmFS2
Chili Bowl Tulsa ShootoutTulsa6:30pm-8:30pmMAVTV
Chili Bowl NationalsTulsa8:30pm-11:30pm (L)MAVTV
AMA SupercrossAnaheim10:00pm - 1:00am (L)NBCSN
Sunday, January 19, 2020LocationTV TimesNetwork
Chili Bowl NationalsTulsa1:00am-4:00am (R)MAVTV
Barrett-Jackson AuctionsScottsdale2:00pm-6:00pm (L)MotorTrend TV
World of Outlaws Can-Am World FinalsCharlotte6:30pm-7:00pm - Night 2 (L)CBSSN




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01/18/20
fe

Practice 2 cut short ahead of Qualifying, Rowland fastest
Oliver Rowland
Oliver Rowland
Following a smooth first Practice session in the morning, the second session of the day saw two Red Flags, which ultimately brought the session to a close early. Despite the disruption on track, it was Nissan e.dams's Oliver Rowland who went fastest as one of the few drivers who completed a full power lap (1:04.799). Behind the Brit was Rokit Venturi Racing's Felipe Massa with a time of 1:04.930 and Panasonic Jaguar Racing's Mitch Evans with a time of 1:05.046. 

Despite many of the drivers being unable to complete a full power lap, 13 cars finished within a second of each other around the Parque O'Higgins circuit.

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01/18/20
imsa

Belfast driver gets late call up for Rolex 24
Andrew Watson
Andrew Watson
Andrew Watson will make his American race debut next week after getting a late call-up to join the Aston Martin team for the 24 Hours of Daytona.

The Donaghmore driver is an official Aston Martin Junior, along with fellow Ulsterman Charlie Eastwood, but will step up to the senior AMR team to replace the injured Paul Dalla Lana for the classic Florida race.

He will partner Pedro Lamy, Mathias Lauda and Ross Gunn in their Aston Martin Vantage GT3 for the January 24/25 race, which is part of the American IMSA series and features many of the top Indycar drivers, including Helio Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya, Sebastien Bourdais and Scott Dixon.

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01/18/20
F3Asia

Chadwick starts on pole, beats the boys to win, then loses top spot after time penalty
Chadwick schools the boys
Chadwick schools the boys
Britain's Jamie Chadwick won the final race of the F3 Asian Championship Hitech Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi but was then demoted due to an infringement of rules at the start.

The 21-year-old, who won the inaugural edition of the all-female W Series in 2019, started on pole having set the fastest lap in qualifying and was first to cross the finish line.

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01/18/20
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Sam Bird sets the pace in Practice 1 in Santiago
Sam Bird
Sam Bird
After the 2020 Antofagasta Minerals Santiago E-Prix got underway with the first Practice session of the day, it was last season's race winner and Envision Virgin Racing driver Sam Bird who posted the fastest lap time of the morning (1:04.914) - over six seconds faster than the lap record set last year. In second, was DS Techeetah's Antonio Felix da Costa (1:05.064) with Rokit Venturi Racing's Edoardo Mortara in third (1:05.096).  

Within the first few laps, 23 drivers were already posting lap times over one second faster than the record set by Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler's Daniel Abt (1:11.263) last year, partly due to the new track layout. By the end of the session, 18  drivers finished within a second of each other, hinting at another close race later today in Santiago. 

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01/18/20
nascup

Erik Jones shares thoughts on sequential shifter, aero differences in Next Gen car
Jones tests the NextGen 'spec' NASCAR Cup car
Jones tests the NextGen 'spec' NASCAR Cup car
Erik Jones became just the third NASCAR Cup Series competitor to take a spin in the Next Gen car this week at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver spent two days on Florida’s 1.5-mile track piloting the prototype in its third test. Throughout the process, Jones definitely noted a few differences between this future car and the current model. Next Gen is set to make its competitive debut in the 2021 season.

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01/18/20
nhra

John Force edition 2020 COPO Camaro auctioned for $600,000
Barrett-Jackson Photo
Barrett-Jackson Photo

“This is very special,” 16-time National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Funny Car champion John Force said after hearing the hammer price of $600,000 on the one-of-a-kind 2020 Chevrolet COPO Camaro John Force edition at the 49th Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Scott Libersher of Wilmington, Illinois, who drives a COPO Camaro in NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series categories, was the winning bidder for his ninth COPO Camaro. Proceeds from the sale, including Barrett-Jackson Auctions waiving its fees and commissions, will benefit DonorsChoose.org.

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01/18/20
Dakar

Alonso unsure of Dakar return
Can Alonso be satisfied with a 13th place finish in the Dakar? He says he was.
Can Alonso be satisfied with a 13th place finish in the Dakar? He says he was.
After almost killing himself in the Dakar Rally (see video of roll below), Fernando Alonso isn't sure he'll return to Dakar in the future but leaves the door cracked open.

"I have felt competitive almost every day," said Alonso at Friday's finish at Qiddiya.

"On this last stage, we had a puncture, we caught Yazeed [Al Rajhi] and we still finished fourth, so I think we would have been in with a shot at winning the stage."

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01/18/20
imsa

IMSA neuters Acuras and Ferraris ahead of Rolex 24
It's clear IMSA wants the France Family's Daytona DPis to win the Rolex 24 again. The France Family owns IMSA
IMSA gives Daytona DPis an advantage

Acura has been the heaviest hit with Balance of Performance adjustments, in both the DPi and GT Daytona classes, ahead of next weekend’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Confirmed in a technical bulletin sent to teams on Thursday, the Acuras are among the many cars adjusted following data received and reviewed by IMSA at the Roar Before the Rolex 24.

The Acura DPi will face a roughly 6.7-horsepower reduction, through mid to high range RPMs, compared to its configuration at the pre-season test.

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01/17/20
usac
nascup

NASCAR driver schools open wheelers in Tulsa
NASCAR driver Chris Bell took the open wheelers to school at their own game
NASCAR driver Chris Bell took the open wheelers to school at their own game
Christopher Bell’s fifth preliminary night victory in as many years, and sixth overall prelim triumph, the driver of the Tucker-Boat No. 84x was the class of the field in Thursday’s John Christner Trucking Qualifying Night.

“Man, this race…I say it time, and time again, this race literally is what motorsports means to me. This is the pinnacle for me growing up in Oklahoma. I hope that this is the race I can run the rest of my life until I can come back here owning a racecar and have another Buddy Kofoid drive for me,” commented Bell, who is locked into his seventh championship A-Feature in as many years.

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01/17/20
TV News

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern
Friday, January 17, 2020LocationTV TimesNetwork
Dakar Rally MarathonSaudi Arabia1:00pm - 6:00pm (R)NBCSN
Dakar Rally Stage 12Haradh to Qiddiya6:00pm - 6:30pm (New)NBCSN
Saturday, January 18, 2020LocationTV TimesNetwork
FIA Formula E QualifyingSantiago2:30pm - 3:30pmFS2
FIA Formula E RaceSantiago3:30pm - 4:30pmFS2
ArenacrossLoveland, Colo4:30pm - 5:30pmFS2
NHRA in 30 — They Walked Away-5:30pm - 5:55pmFS2
Chili Bowl Tulsa ShootoutTulsa6:30pm-8:30pmMAVTV
Chili Bowl NationalsTulsa8:30pm-11:30pm (L)MAVTV
AMA SupercrossAnaheim10:00pm - 1:00am (Live)NBCSN
Sunday, January 19, 2020LocationTV TimesNetwork
No Events at this time-No EventsNo Events

 



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01/17/20
fe

Porsche highly motivated to score points in Chile this weekend

Neel Jani
Neel Jani
Neel Jani (Porsche works driver, #18)

How have you spent the past few weeks preparing for the Formula E race in Santiago de Chile?

“The two races in Saudi Arabia at the end of November were a steep learning curve for me and the whole team. I was not happy with my weekend. Over the past few weeks, we have worked hard and grappled intensively with all the details to analyze the areas where we still have room for improvement. The focus was on the car set-up and energy management. The difficulty is bringing everything together. Everyone has done their homework during the winter break, so let’s see how we get on in Chile. The goal is definitely to score points.”

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01/17/20
f1

Ferrari Academy signs Leclerc's brother
Arthur Leclerc
Arthur Leclerc
The Ferrari Driver Academy is pleased to announce that two new drivers are joining the Maranello marque’s racing driver training and development program, which has now been operational for eleven years. The drivers in question are Arthur Leclerc and Dino Beganovic, whose 2019 performances showed they have what it takes to be part of the FDA.

In Formula Regional. Arthur Leclerc is the younger brother of the highly rated and current Scuderia Ferrari driver Charles, himself a former alumnus of the FDA. Arthur was born in Monaco on 14 October 2000 and will tackle the Formula Regional series this year, having first raced single-seaters in 2018 in the French Formula 4 championship. In only his second race, he won at Nogaro, going on to repeat that feat later in the year at Magny-Cours.

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01/17/20
automotive

Tesla beginning to destroy German car companies
Tesla has not even broke ground on its Europe Gigafactory and already German car manufacturers are seeing Tesla's impact
Tesla has not even broke ground on its Europe Gigafactory and already German car manufacturers are seeing Tesla's impact

Since the Tesla Model 3 began initial deliveries in Summer 2017, figures show that the United States’ ten most popular petrol-powered luxury sedans have seen a decline in popularity. All ten of the sedans have experienced a drop in sales when comparing numbers from 2017 and 2019.

The sales figures for the Model 3 have shown a striking increase over the past two years since its release. But a report from wheelsjoint.com shows other automakers haven’t had the success Tesla has experienced.

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01/17/20
f1

Domenicali doubts Hamilton heading to Ferrari
If Mercedes decides to quit F1 then Hamilton will be forced to find a new home
If Mercedes decides to quit F1 then Hamilton will be forced to find a new home
(GMM) Former Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali does not think Lewis Hamilton will be heading to Maranello any time soon.

Especially after his meeting with Ferrari chairman John Elkann was leaked, rumors have been swirling that six-time champion Hamilton could switch to Ferrari for 2021.

But Domenicali, who ran the Ferrari team until 2014, told Sky Italia: "I think it's normal to talk about this potential move of Hamilton to Ferrari.

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01/17/20
f1

F1 viewership collapsed in France - Prost
Alain Prost realizes that since his French Renault team stinks and Pierre Gasly got his lunch eaten by Max Verstappen, the French fans had nothing to cheer for
Alain Prost should also realize that since his French Renault team stinks and French driver Pierre Gasly got his lunch eaten by Max Verstappen, the French fans had nothing to cheer for so they stopped watching

(GMM) Television viewership has collapsed in France, according to F1 legend Alain Prost.

In the country, all the races are only shown live on Canal Plus, a pay broadcaster. The sport's free-to-air coverage, on TF1, only involves three races.

"We used to have 8 million fans in France watching TF1, but now that it is on Canal Plus it is 750,000," the quadruple world champion and Renault team advisor told Speed Week.

"But that's how it works when you move everything to pay TV."



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01/17/20
f1

Formula 1 loses $26m sponsor
Sean Bratches on way out.  With no Indian GP or Indian F1 driver, Tata is gone.
Sean Bratches on way out. With no Indian GP or Indian F1 driver, Tata is gone.
(GMM) Formula 1 has lost a major sponsor.

Citing a source close to the company, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reports that Tata Communications, a major Indian multinational, will no longer be F1's connectivity partner.

Forbes' F1 business journalist Christian Sylt said the deal, which has run for eight years, was worth $26 million.

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01/17/20
f1

Zandvoort holding back F1 team simulation data
Track designer Jarno Zaffelli apparently has not seen much American Racing
Track designer Jarno Zaffelli apparently has not seen much American Racing
(GMM) Zandvoort will be a Formula 1 circuit "for the brave", according to track designer Jarno Zaffelli.

Zaffelli, boss of the Italian circuit design company Dromo, has been charged was modifying the classic John Hugenholtz-designed layout ahead of the 2020 Dutch GP.

"It is no coincidence that both Zandvoort and Suzuka were designed by Hugenholtz," Zaffelli told the Dutch publication Formule 1.

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01/17/20
f1

F1 uses women drivers to 'attract attention' - Florsch
Sophia Florsch says to F1, women are just marketing objects. Kids are too, hence the Grid Babies instead of Grid Girls
Sophia Florsch says to F1, women are just marketing objects. Kids are too, hence the Grid Babies instead of Grid Girls
(GMM) German racer Sophia Florsch thinks Formula 1 too often uses female drivers purely to "attract attention".

On Twitter, the 17-year-old hit out after Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto announced that the Italian F1 team's driver 'academy' is looking for female drivers.

She said women are too often seen as mere "marketing stuff".

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01/17/20
f1

Red Bull-Honda eyes 'more than five' wins in 2020
Dr Helmut Marko optimistic
Dr Helmut Marko optimistic
(GMM) Dr Helmut Marko says he has set a target of "more than five" wins for Red Bull-Honda in 2020.

The team, having finished behind Mercedes and Ferrari last year, is clearly targeting the title with Max Verstappen in 2020.

Marko also set the five win target for 2019, but Verstappen only won in Austria, Hockenheim and Brazil.

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01/17/20
nascup

Auto-Owners Insurance to continue backing Martin Truex Jr. through 2021
Martin Truex Jr. running Auto-Owners Insurance colors at Martinsville last year
Martin Truex Jr. running Auto-Owners Insurance colors at Martinsville last year
We are pleased to announce Auto-Owners recently signed a new contract with Joe Gibbs Racing that will allow us to continue our sponsorship of Martin Truex Jr., and his new #19 Toyota, through 2021.

“To us, Martin is more than just an awesome driver and spokesperson for Auto-Owners, he has truly become a dear friend to our team.” said Mary Pierce. “We are excited to have the opportunity to continue our partnership with Martin, and look forward to working with Joe Gibbs Racing and the #19 team as we root Martin on to another championship.”

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01/17/20
irl

Hinchcliffe gets funding for Indy 500 and Indy GP


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01/16/20
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AJ Foyt turns 85


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01/16/20
dakar

Video: Alonso goes tumbling
Did he choke and hit the brakes? Was he supposed to jump the dune like others did? Instead he hit the brakes, turned sideways, and went for a ride.


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01/16/20
fe

FOX Sports Announces 2020 Formula E USA TV Schedule
Formula E has great global TV distribution, hence the series is flush with sponsors and car manufacturers.  IndyCar has zero global TV distribution and has to scrape for every penny of money
Formula E has great global TV distribution, hence the series is flush with sponsors and car manufacturers. IndyCar has zero global TV distribution and has to scrape for every penny of money
Coming off the December season-opening Rounds 1 and 2 from Saudi Arabia, FOX Sports sets its 2020 television schedule for the fully electric ABB FIA Formula E Championship, highlighted by a total of 11 live events*, and continuing this weekend with Round 3 from Santiago, Chile on FS2.

Host Vernon Kay is joined by play-by-play announcer Jack Nicholls, four-time IndyCar champion and three-time Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti and reporter Nicki Shields.

Former F1 mechanic and author Steve Matchett hosts FOX Sports’ Formula E coverage throughout the season, adding his unique brand of technical insight.

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01/16/20
nastruck

Natalie Decker to Pilot No. 44 for Niece Motorsports in Partial Schedule
Natalie Decker
Natalie Decker
Natalie Decker will pilot the No. 44 Chevrolet Silverado for Niece Motorsports in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series (NGROTS) on a part-time basis during the 2020 season.

Decker will make her debut with Niece Motorsports in the first race of the 2020 season, at Daytona International Speedway.

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01/16/20
automotive

Tesla to open design center in China
Tesla Chinese design concept
Tesla Chinese design concept
Tesla announced plans to build a design studio and R&D center in China in order to build a car and in the announcement, it released a new design drawing.

At an event for the start of made-in-China Model 3 deliveries to customers and the launch of the Model Y program last week, CEO Elon Musk said Tesla will design an electric car in China for the global market.

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01/16/20
f1

Hanoi Circuit Pit Building Completed
Completed garages and suites
Completed garages and suites
The Vietnam Grand Prix Corporation (VGPC), Promoter of the Formula 1 VinFast Vietnam Grand Prix 2020, is delighted to confirm the completion of the Hanoi Circuit Pit Building. New images released today showcase the finalized, 300m long Pit Building - purpose built for the arrival of F1 in Vietnam - now that construction has been concluded. 

Considered the heart of the newest circuit in Formula 1 as it overlooks the starting grid, the Pit Building’s stunning design has been inspired by Hanoi's famous Imperial Citadel of Thang Long as well as the Pavilion of the Constellation of Literature – the symbol of Hanoi - representing this proud nation's long history and strong cultural legacy.

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01/16/20
elms

John Schauerman and Wayne Boyd to race Ligier JS P320 in ELMS support series
John Schauerman
John Schauerman
United Autosports are pleased to confirm that John Schauerman and Wayne Boyd will join their Michelin Le Mans Cup team for 2020.

John joins United Autosports for the first time, but has raced in the Michelin Le Mans Cup for the last two years, finishing a fantastic fifth at Spa last year. Wayne has raced for United Autosports since 2016 and made his Le Mans Cup debut last year. His best result was a third place at Barcelona alongside Mike Guasch.

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01/16/20
f1

Leclerc admits 'still learning' from Vettel
Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc
(GMM) Charles Leclerc has admitted to "tensions" with Sebastian Vettel last year, but he is hoping the Ferrari teammates can work well together in 2020.

Last year, Vettel's new and decade-younger teammate successfully challenged the quadruple world champion's number 1 status at Ferrari.

But Leclerc insists he respects the 32-year-old German.

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01/16/20
f1

Hamilton lifestyle impossible in 'normal' car - Alonso
Where would Hamilton be without the best car in F1? From 2009 to 2012 in the McLaren he won some races but was not very spectacular. In F1 the car is 99%, the driver 1%
Where would Hamilton be without the best car in F1? From 2009 to 2012 in the McLaren he won some races but was not very spectacular. In F1 the car is 99%, the driver 1%
(GMM) Lewis Hamilton would not be able to indulge his extravagant character and lifestyle if he raced a "normal car" in Formula 1.

That is the view of former F1 driver Fernando Alonso, who thinks Hamilton is able to match Michael Schumacher's record seven titles in 2020.

"Hamilton can win his seventh," he said, before comparing the way the 35-year-old Mercedes driver and Schumacher were able to achieve their respective feats.

"Each have their own character," Alonso told La Gazzetta dello Sport during the Dakar rally.

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01/16/20
f1

Florsch criticizes Ferrari for seeking female driver
Sophia Florsch thinks Ferrari wants women as a marketing token, not because they are good enough
Sophia Florsch thinks Ferrari wants women as a marketing token.

(GMM) Sophia Florsch, who made global headlines by surviving a horror Formula 3 crash at Macau in 2018, has dismissed Ferrari's push to sign a female driver.

Referring to Ferrari's driver academy, whose star signing at present is Mick Schumacher, boss Mattia Binotto said recently that he would like some women on the roster.

"Women should be part of the Ferrari academy," he said. "That's something on which we are working right now to make sure that it may happen very soon." 

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01/16/20
f1

Brundle thinks Claire Williams should step aside
Williams to remain dead last under Claire Williams
Williams to remain dead last under Claire Williams
(GMM) Former F1 driver and respected pundit Martin Brundle thinks it is time for Claire Williams to step down at the struggling British team.

On Wednesday, Williams was in Tel Aviv, where Roy Nissany - an almost completely unknown driver but with key backing in Israel - was announced as a Friday and test driver for 2020.

"Today we can see the support he has in Israel," team boss Claire Williams, the daughter of team founder Sir Frank Williams, said.

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01/16/20
f1

Gasly deserves 'some blame' for Red Bull demotion
Pierre Gasly - destroyed by Verstappen
Pierre Gasly - destroyed by Verstappen
(GMM) Pierre Gasly deserves "some of the blame" for the failure of his time at Red Bull's top F1 team last year, according to Dr Helmut Marko.

The Frenchman has expressed some unhappiness with the way his demotion to Toro Rosso was handled, revealing that "some promises were not kept".

But boss Marko told motorsport.com's Russian edition: "It seems to me that Pierre should take some of the blame.

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01/16/20
wseries

W Series to race alongside F1 in USA and Mexico
Mexico City
Mexico City
W Series, the revolutionary one-year-old single-seater championship for female racing drivers only, will stage all-new races in USA and Mexico this coming autumn, alongside Formula 1. W Series’ USA race will take place at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, on Saturday October 24th, and W Series’ Mexico race will take place at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in the capital, Mexico City, on Saturday October 31st.

The two all-new W Series races will form an exciting championship-deciding ‘double header’, held on consecutive weekends, and will be rounds seven and eight of the eight-race 2020 W Series championship.

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01/16/20
Bathurst

Bathurst 12 Hour signals start of 2020 Australian GT season
Action in the esses
Action in the esses
The annual Bathurst 12 Hour at Mount Panorama signals the start of what is an extensive season of events for Australian GT in 2020. Taking in the 12 Hour journey as part of a three-round Australian Endurance Championship that includes arguably Australia’s best and most recognised circuits, the event signals the start of a new direction for the category that is focussed on providing value for money GT racing on Australia’s best circuits.

“Bathurst heralds the start of something new for Australian GT,” category rights holder Jim Manolios explained. “Drivers competing in the 12-Hour can register to be a part of the Endurance Championship - with those registered series entrants awarded points respective to their finishing positions against other registered drivers.”

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01/16/20
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Record Production Year for BMW Manufacturing in SC
Cars roll off the Spartanburg, SC Assembly line
BMW SUVs roll off the Spartanburg, SC Assembly line

During its 25th year of production, BMW Manufacturing set a new production record with a total of 411,620 X models produced in 2019, topping the previous record by 449 units (411,171 in 2016). This confirms the South Carolina plant will remain the largest plant by volume in the BMW Group’s global production network. 2019 marked the third time BMW Plant Spartanburg has topped the 400,000 mark (2015: 400,904 and 2016: 411,171). A breakdown of 2019 production by model is below:

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