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01/19/17
wrc

Spectator dies in tragic start to Monte Carlo Rally
No wonder spectators get killed all the time in WRC. Look where they are standing
No wonder spectators get killed all the time in WRC. Look where they are standing

Belgian driver Thierry Neuville holds the overall lead after a tragic beginning to the opening World Rally Championship round which has resulted in the death of a spectator.

The spectator died in an incident during the first of the two night stages when Hayden Paddon crashed although the exact cause of the fatality is unclear.

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01/19/17
irl

Gateway reveals IndyCar race title sponsor
John Bommarito, President of the Bommarito Automotive Group (right) and Curtis Francois, Owner and CEO of Gateway Motorsports Park (left) unveiled the race sponsorship at the St. Louis Auto Show on Jan. 19. 
(Bisci photo)
The Bommarito Automotive Group, the leading retailer of new and used vehicles in the St. Louis region, is partnering with Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois to sponsor the inaugural Verizon IndyCar Series event at the track on August 26. The title of the INDYCAR event at the 1.25-mile oval will be the Bommarito Automotive Group 500.

The announcement was made today at the St. Louis Auto Show.

Truly an international event, the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 for the first time will bring to GMP all of the cars and stars of the Indianapolis 500. In addition to America’s best drivers, the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 also will draw competitors from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

“We are pleased to announce that Bommarito Automotive Group will join Gateway Motorsports Park in the production of our inaugural INDYCAR event as the title sponsor,” said Curtis Francois, Owner and CEO of Gateway Motorsports Park. “This is a tremendous event for the St. Louis region and no one knows our town better than the folks at Bommarito. They are a progressive group, known for a high standard of quality and excellence. It’s the same standard of on-track action and family-friendly experience that we look forward to delivering with our landmark event.”

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01/19/17
automotive

U.S. regulator closes Tesla death probe; no evidence of defects
WASHINGTON -- U.S. regulators said on Thursday they found no evidence of any defects in Tesla electric cars after investigating the death of a man whose Model S collided with a truck while he was using its Autopilot system, the first known fatality involving semi-autonomous driving software.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a report it will not seek a vehicle recall after conducting a six-month investigation. The crash drew enormous attention and raised questions about the safety of systems that can perform driving tasks for long stretches with little or no human intervention.

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01/19/17
irl

Phoenix Raceway Hosts Second Annual "Prix View" Indycar Testing Session
Dixon pits at Phoenix on his way to victory
Dixon pits at Phoenix on his way to victory

PHOENIX – Phoenix Raceway invites fans and media to the second annual "Prix View" Testing event for the Verizon IndyCar Series on Saturday, Feb. 11, Phoenix Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced today. The event will feature virtually the entire field of drivers and teams as they prepare to race under the lights in the Phoenix Grand Prix on Saturday night, April 29, 2017.

"The Prix View is an important testing opportunity for all the teams of the Verizon IndyCar Series to refine their approach to the championship before the season begins," said Sperber. "We are pleased to be able to open the track so fans can see firsthand the critical adjustments the teams are making in preparation for the Phoenix Grand Prix and the entire 2017 season schedule."

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01/19/17
F1

Video: Q&A with Verstappen and Marko after filming Red Bull ski event
Select interviews with Max Verstappen, Dr. Helmut Marko and Axel Naglich talking about 2017 season

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01/19/17
nasmon

Tony Stewart talked about racing Le Mans, Rolex 24 this year
Tony Stewart
Tony Stewart
Tony Stewart said Wednesday that he had discussions about driving in both the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year, but both deals failed to materialize.

Still, Stewart told FOXSports.com that he could compete in more than 80 races this season, mostly in sprint cars and late models, although if the right opportunity came up, he'd be open to running sports cars, too.

"I had some interesting conversations about running Le Mans and running the Rolex and both of those opportunities in a three-day period fell through," said Stewart. "And both of them were a second car in an organization that they decided they weren't going to run a second car.

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01/19/17
scca
ta

SCCA Pro Racing and the Trans Am Race Company extend contract to 2042
Paul Fix leading
Paul Fix leading
After marking their 50th Anniversary in 2016, the Trans Am Series, presented by Pirelli Tire, and SCCA Pro Racing are set to celebrate their Diamond Anniversary after signing an unprecedented 25-year agreement with the Trans Am Race Company (TARC). 

The landmark deal is the continuation of TARC's licensing and services agreement with SCCA Pro, securing the management, marketing and operational platform that has seen Trans Am grow substantially since the creation of the original partnership in late 2011.

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01/19/17
roc

Race Of Champions in numbers

ROC FACTS

ROC Miami will be the 28th Race Of Champions since its first event in Paris in 1988.

Miami's Marlins Park is the 13th venue to host the Race Of Champions, following a range of prestigious venues all over the world – including London's Olympic Stadium and Wembley Stadium, Beijing's ‘Bird's Nest' Olympic Stadium, Bangkok's National Stadium, Bushy Park Barbados and the Stade de France in Paris.

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01/19/17
f1

Video: The making of Red Bull's 2017 RB13 F1 car
A short film which shows the activity in the Factory during the pre-season is now available to download from the Red Bull Content Pool.

From the initial design through to final production, the process of creating and constructing a new Formula One car is a hugely complex task. And this year, more than most, the mission is even more involved. With 2017’s cars undergoing a radical rethink there are fewer elements than normal that can crossover from previous designs to the new generation of quicker, more aggressive looking F1 machines.

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01/19/17
gp3

George Russell Joins Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Junior Driver Program
George Russell
George Russell

2016 proved a breakthrough year for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Junior Program. Pascal Wehrlein shone in his first Formula One season with Manor Racing, posting a string of impressive qualifying performances to reach Q2 five times - in addition to clinching only the second ever points scoring finish for the team at the Austrian Grand Prix. Esteban Ocon joined Pascal at Manor from the Belgian Grand Prix through the remainder of the year - showing his class to adapt quickly from his first experience of tin-top racing in the DTM to a half-season in an F1 cockpit.  

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01/19/17
racing news

Jean Argetsinger Dies
Jean Argetsinger and Jackie Stewart June 1999
Jean Argetsinger hosts racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart at the opening of the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen, N.Y., in June 1999. Argetsinger, who died Monday, was a founder of the IMRRC
Jean Argetsinger, the matriarch of early American road racing and a leader in the creation of the International Motor Racing Research Center, died Monday, Jan. 16.

Argetsinger was a true partner to her late husband, Cameron R. Argetsinger, who is credited with the re-birth of road racing in the United States after World War II. In establishing Watkins Glen as one of the most important racing venues in the world, Jean Argetsinger was at the forefront in hospitality, publicity and community involvement.

Jean was predeceased by Cameron in 2008. She died at her home in Burdett, N.Y. She was 97.

Calling hours will be Friday, Jan. 20, from 3-6 p.m. at Vedder & Scott Funeral Home, Montour Falls, N.Y.  A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church in Watkins Glen at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21.

Argetsinger was a founder of the IMRRC. She served on the IMRRC Governing Council from its inception.

"Jean Argetsinger and I collaborated on so many motorsports and other community projects through the years," John Saunders, president of the International Speedway Corp., said Wednesday.

"Perhaps our most rewarding was the creation and development of a lasting legacy to recognize the 50th anniversary of racing at the Glen in 1998, the International Motor Racing Research Center. Nearly 20 years later, IMRRC excels as a global repository of motorsports history for generations to experience," Saunders said.

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01/19/17
wrc

Sparco With Citroen And M-Sport In WRC
Citroen C3
Citroen C3
Only few hours before the start of the World Rally Championship in Montecarlo. Also in 2017 SPARCO will be in the WRC and will point at the top along with the drivers of the Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team and the M-Sport World Rally Team.

The French team, led by Yves Matton, will field two cars in Monte Carlo, awaiting the third Citroen C3 WRC Plus that will come during the season. Kris Meeke, Stephane Lefebvre and Craig Breen, with their co-drivers Paul Nagle, Gabin Moreau and Scott Martin will be the crews of the transalpine team that will debut in the World Rally Championship the Prime SP-16 + suit, the same worn, in the last season, by the McLaren F1 team’s drivers, and that has accompanied the drivers in the Peugeot 1-2-3 at the 2017 Dakar. The lightest suit ever produced by SPARCO, with a weight of just 590 grams and with its two layers, will be the "second skin" of the Citroen’s drivers, also, wear Arrow RG-7 gloves and Formula RB-8 boots that will ensure comfort and grip on the World Rally Championship special stages.

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01/19/17
irl

IndyCars won't have a 'Halo' anytime soon (Update)
IndyCar has no plans to implement a Halo device anytime soon. They think they want a windscreen but that will make the cars look hideous
IndyCar has no plans to implement a Halo device anytime soon. They think they want a windscreen but that will make the cars look hideous. Of course IndyCar has run the hideous Dallara for years and only now, in 2018 are they going to attempt to make it look better with a new bodykit, only to ruin it with a windscreen.

UPDATE "I think IndyCar, from the stuff I've seen, is going in a different direction, probably more of a screen implementation with some pretty trick materials," Scott Dixon told Motorsport.com.


"I think 2018 is kind of the goal right now, and they were talking about possibly running simulations at the end of '17 to see how it works. I know that they're gearing up to try.

"I think there's areas where safety can be achieved quite quickly, and then there's areas that take a lot more thought. It's easy to apply things but not totally understand the consequences of what could happen in different scenarios.

"Something that's going to push a pretty large safety item forward has to be managed quite well and understood fully before it can just be thrown out there."

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01/19/17
nasmon

Stewart pleased with move to Ford
Stewart happy with Ford. Of course he is, they gave him big $$ to switch
Stewart happy with Ford. Of course he is, they gave him big $$ to switch
The move from Chevrolet to Ford during the offseason was more than just an undertaking of putting new body panels on the cars for Stewart-Haas Racing. As part of the switch, SHR now solely relies on building its own chassis (the car frame) instead of getting chassis from Hendrick Motorsports. That change by itself meant adding people to the payroll and a lot more work to get ready for 2017. Team co-owner Tony Stewart seems pleased with how his team has converted to a new fleet of cars.

Speaking at the Ford Performance racing support center, Stewart said Wednesday he feels confident his team has been organized well enough to make the switch without losing a beat. SHR doesn't build engines. It will move from Hendrick engines to Ford supplier Roush Yates Engines. Stewart said he felt the transition so far was smoother than he thought it would be when the team made the decision to change, a decision it did not take lightly considering Stewart's long relationship with General Motors and the quality cars and engines SHR had in winning the 2011 title with Stewart and the 2014 title with Kevin Harvick.

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01/19/17
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • Ecclestone made F1 what it is today
    Ecclestone made F1 what it is today
    Ecclestone to exit as FIA approves F1 buyout
  • McLaren hints at 2017 livery change
  • Surer unsure Bottas can challenge Hamilton
  • Piero Ferrari eyes 'three wins' in 2017
  • F1 teams back away from buying shares - report
  • Stroll happy Massa replacing Bottas
  • GP2 champion Gasly heads to Japan
  • Family should tell truth about Schumacher - Weber
  • Klien starts military service in Austria
  • Mercedes seat 'too early' for Wehrlein - Wolff
  • Giovinazzi won't stagnate in Ferrari role - Wolff
  • Magnussen 'disappointed' with Renault criticism
  • Tickets for the 2017 FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX on sale

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01/18/17
Roc

CBS Sports Network joins broadcasters screening ROC Miami LIVE on TV all around the world
RoC TV coverage
RoC TV coverage
The Race Of Champions is coming to Miami’s Marlins Park on Saturday and Sunday – and television coverage will be available via a range of outlets all over the world, so no one should miss out on any of the action.

Viewers in the USA can watch Sunday’s ROC Nations Cup live on CBS Sports Network from 12pm to 2pm Eastern Time.

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01/18/17
automotive

GM Resolves SEC Ignition Switch Investigation
General Motors Co. announced today that it has resolved a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation arising from the company's 2014 ignition switch recalls by consenting to an administrative SEC Cease and Desist Order, without admitting or denying any wrongdoing. 

The SEC settlement does not call into question any of GM's current or prior financial statements or its disclosures.  Also, no material weakness or significant deficiency was found by the SEC.  

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01/18/17
nasmon

Credit One To Sponsor Larson's Chevy In NASCAR Cup Series
Kyle Larson
Kyle Larson

Credit One Bank, one of the largest and fastest growing credit card issuers in the United States, is expanding its relationship with Chip Ganassi Racing by partnering with Kyle Larson and the #42 team during the inaugural Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, beginning with The Clash at Daytona.

Credit One Bank, who first partnered with CGR last season for several races with the #1 team, will also continue its partnership as an associate sponsor with Jamie McMurray and the #1 team in 2017.

Credit One Bank will serve as the primary sponsor for multiple races on Larson's #42 Chevrolet SS, as well as an associate sponsor with the #42 team throughout the 2017 season. Chip Ganassi Racing

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01/18/17
track news

Daytona Beach Tourism Campaign Featuring Danica Patrick Set To Debut
The first of a series of digital ads featuring Danica Patrick is expected to debut today as part of a “highly anticipated online marketing campaign by the Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau,” according to Jim Abbott of the Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL.
 
The first 30-second spot is titled "Soakin'" and shows Patrick “in a waterfront lounge chair to tout ‘23 solid miles’ of cool Atlantic Ocean waters as a big motivation to endure the heat of a NASCAR race.”

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01/18/17
f1

Video: On-board with Alexander Rossi in the Lotus 49 at COTA
Onboard video of Alexander Rossi driving Jim Clark's 1967 Lotus 49 Formula 1 car at the Circuit of the Americas for the May 2013 issue of Road & Track

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01/18/17
f1

Video: Alexander Rossi talks about the Lotus 49
Alexander Rossi was America's only F1 driver. Here, he weighs in on what it was like to be exposed to Jim Clark's 1967 Lotus 49 for the first time as part of Road & Track magazine's May 2013 cover feature.

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01/18/17
nasmon

NASCAR Redesigns Website To Increase Mobile Functionality For Users
New Home page
New Home page
ASCAR yesterday launched a revamped version of its official website geared toward mobility, responsiveness and simplifying its Race Center page.

The homepage has been redesigned with mobile and live events in mind. The new look and functionality improves the user experience by taking fans to the track and the news of the day on any device, wherever they are.

The more visual layout presents top stories, videos and photo galleries in a consistent way across computers, tablets and phones. A single homepage highlights news, schedules and standings for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series.

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01/18/17
f1

F1 sale to Americans final
The World Motor Sport Council has unanimously approved the change of control of Delta Topco Limited (the holding company of the Formula One Group and thus the owner of the Commercial Rights of the FIA Formula One World Championship) from CVC Capital Partners in favor of Liberty Media Corporation at an extraordinary meeting today in Geneva.

The transaction will see the transfer of 100% of the shares in Delta Topco to Liberty Media Group, one of the tracking stocks of Liberty Media Corporation.

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01/18/17
automotive

Petty's Garage Announce Custom Petty Packages for Ford F-150 Trucks
Custom Ford F-150 Built by Petty's Garage
Custom Ford F-150 Built by Petty's Garage

If you have ever dreamed of your truck being the king of the road, Petty's Garage is now making that dream come true. Petty's Garage, the high performance automotive shop owned by "The King" Richard Petty, announced their latest custom Petty Packages for Ford F-150 trucks today.

The Garage is now outfitting F-150 trucks with more than a dozen custom components to make your truck stand out above the rest. Customers and dealers can also purchase an exclusive high-performance package for the Ford F-150, equipped with a Whipple supercharger system producing up to 700 horsepower and supported by a three-year, 36,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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01/18/17
scca

Neil Verhagen, 15, Earns RRDC Mark Donohue Award at SCCA National Runoffs
Neil Verhagen
Neil Verhagen
Neil Verhagen, a 15-year-old high school student from Mooresville, N.C., was named the 46th recipient of the RRDC Mark Donohue Award. This unique award is presented annually by the Road Racing Drivers Club for outstanding performance, competitiveness and sportsmanship during the SCCA National Championship Runoffs. It is voted on by RRDC members attending the Runoffs and/or viewing them live on the Internet.

Verhagen became the youngest SCCA National Champion in history, winning the Formula F class during the SCCA Runoffs presented by Garmin VIRB at the 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Sept. 19-25, 2016. Before this win, IndyCar racer Graham Rahal, a full year older than Verhagen, was the youngest when he captured the Formula Atlantic National Championship at Mid-Ohio in 2005.

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01/18/17
irl

NAPA back with Rossi for 7 races in 2017
Rossi took NAPA to victory lane in the 100th running of the Indy 500
Rossi took NAPA to victory lane in the 100th running of the Indy 500

NAPA AUTO PARTS and Alexander Rossi drove into racing history by capturing the twin-checkers at the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, and the pair will again join with Andretti Autosport in 2017. The seven-race, co-primary sponsorship will see the reigning Indy 500 champion take the wheel of Andretti's No. 98 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda starting at the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season opener in St. Petersburg, Florida. Rossi will then carry NAPA Know How for races in Long Beach, Indianapolis, Road America, Watkins Glen and Sonoma.  

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01/18/17
nasmon

Advance Auto Parts To Title Sponsor NASCAR's Clash At Daytona
Daytona Int'l Speedway this morning will announce that Advance Auto Parts has landed the entitlement for the Clash, a season-opening, non-points Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The deal is for multiple years, and a source said DIS was asking low- to mid-six figures annually. The 75-lap race, which will be known as the Advance Auto Parts Clash, was most recently known as the Sprint Unlimited. The ISC-owned track in late November announced that the race was reverting to the Clash name, and it had been searching for a title sponsor since. Adam Stern/SBD

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01/18/17
f1

Video: LIVE FAN Q&A with Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri had plenty to do on his first working day at the Silver Arrows, including a live question and answer session with the fans.

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01/18/17
f1

Video: First interview with new Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas
How does it feel to be a member of the Silver Arrows driver line-up? This was just one of the questions Valtteri answered in his first interview as a Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport driver.

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01/18/17
f1

Video: Bottas being introduced to Mercedes factory workers
Now it's official! Valtteri Bottas will be lining up alongside Lewis Hamilton for the Silver Arrows in 2017. On Monday, the team introduced Valtteri at the Brackley factory, where he was warmly received by his new team colleagues

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01/18/17
nasmon

Texas to host Daytona 500 watch party
Big Hoss
Big Hoss
NASCAR fans excited to kick off the season but unable to attend the Daytona 500 can grab the next best seat - watching the race on the "World's Largest TV" for free. Texas Motor Speedway will open its gates for the annual Daytona 500 Watching Party where fans can camp or tailgate inside the speedway and watch the racing action from Daytona Beach, Fla., on "Big Hoss" - the 12-story tall, high-definition TV located on the backstretch.

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01/18/17
WRX

Audi Sport to enter World RX
Audi S1 RX quattro
Audi S1 RX quattro
AUDI AG will be providing factory support to Mattias Ekstrom’s rallycross project EKS starting in the 2017 season. As a result, Audi Sport, in addition to its commitments in Formula E and the DTM, will be competing in the FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX) in the future as well.

Long-standing Audi factory driver Mattias Ekstrom had formed EKS at the beginning of 2014, subsequently leading the squad to the top spot in the world rankings with great personal commitment within the space of only three years. In the 2016 season, EKS, with the Audi S1 EKS RX quattro, won both the drivers’ and the teams’ world championships against strong competition from Ford, Peugeot, Volkswagen and numerous privateer teams.

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01/18/17
f1
automotive

Singapore's first hypercar benefits from Formula 1 technology
Dendrobium Prototype
Dendrobium Prototype

This is the Dendrobium, a new all-electric hypercar developed by Singapore electric mobility company Vanda Electronics and Williams Advanced Engineering.

The two-seater, which is the first hypercar to come out of Singapore, features advanced drivetrain and aerodynamic technology that benefits from Williams’ experience in Formula 1.

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01/18/17
nhra

NHRA & FOX To Air Finals Live At 16 Events
Jason Line
Jason Line
Officials from NHRA and FOX Sports have unveiled the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series television schedule for the season’s Sunday eliminations shows. The 2017 season is highlighted by 16 live Sunday finals shows, including four on the FOX broadcast network.

The 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will open with a live Sunday broadcast of the 57th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals on the FOX broadcast network. The other three Sunday finals shows that will be aired live on the FOX broadcast network include the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Denver, the NHRA Northwest Nationals in Seattle and the prestigious Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals from Indianapolis.

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01/18/17
F3
GP3
F4

Red Bull Junior Team 2017
Pierre Gasly leads the junior team for Red Bull
Pierre Gasly leads the junior team for Red Bull
The Red Bull Juniors storm into 2017, taking on challenges across the globe. Sixteen-year-old Dutchman Richard Verschoor is already campaigning the Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand. After winning both NEZ and Spanish F4 Championships in 2016 he moves up to the Formula Renault 2.0 series, following his Southern Hemisphere expedition and is joined there by first year Juniors 17-year-old Briton Dan Ticktum and 15-year-old American Neil Verhagen.

Finnish 17-year-old Niko Kari is also racing in Europe, for his second season as a Red Bull Junior he steps up from F3 to GP3 and joins Arden International. The same team is running the Renault 2.0 for Ticktum while Verhagen and Verschoor are with MP Motorsport.

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01/18/17
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Rosberg curious how Bottas does compared to him against Lewis Hamilton
    Rosberg curious how Bottas does compared to him against Lewis Hamilton
    Rosberg "curious" to watch successor Bottas
  • Lauda 'tension' gone after Bottas signing
  • Alonso 'not afraid' of rookie Vandoorne
  • Liberty still seeking FIA green light
  • Lotus F1 foray 'not a failure' - Lopez
  • Kovalainen made bid to replace Bottas
  • 'No problems' in Bottas-Hamilton pairing - Kovalainen

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01/17/17
automotive

Another black eye for 'dirty diesel'
This shouldn't come as a surprise. Last week, the EPA issued a notice of violation to FCA after it determined that Jeep and Ram installed eight undisclosed auxiliary emissions control devices on diesel vehicles. Since then US law firm Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC and Canadian firmSotos LLP have launched class action suits on behalf of owners. These latest lawsuits are unrelated to a previous class action suit brought against FCA and Cummins over NOx emissions in 2007 to 2012 Ram models.

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01/17/17
f1

Liberty Media shareholders approve purchase of F1
John Malone's Liberty is one step away from owning F1
John Malone's Liberty is one step away from owning F1
Liberty Media Corporation ("Liberty Media") (NASDAQ: LSXMA, LSXMB, LSXMK, BATRA, BATRK, LMCA, LMCK) announced today that, at its special meeting of stockholders held on January 17, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. MT, the holders of its common stock entitled to vote thereat approved (i) a proposal relating to the issuance of shares of Series C Liberty Media common stock in connection with its pending acquisition of Formula 1 (the "Acquisition") and (ii) a proposal relating to the adoption of the amendment and restatement of Liberty Media's restated certificate of incorporation to effect the name change of the "Media Group" and the "Liberty Media Common Stock" to the "Formula One Group" and the "Liberty Formula One Common Stock," respectively.

The closing of the Acquisition remains conditioned upon approval from the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile, the governing body of Formula 1. The Acquisition is still expected to close before the end of the first quarter in 2017.

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01/17/17
Wec

Manor to step up to LMP1 in 2018
The Manor Racing FIA World Endurance Championship team has revealed it will add a customer LMP1 program in 2018. The U.K.-based program has chosen the recently announced Ginetta LMP1 privateer chassis for its expansion into the top WEC class.

"This is the ideal program to take our sports car racing program forward," Manor's team president Graeme Lowdon told DailySportsCar.com. "We are looking for a project that plays to our team's strength, our ability to contribute to the development of a race car and to use that to develop talent on and off the track, and to challenge for results.

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01/17/17
r2i

My Mazda Road to Indy: 10 Questions with Chandler Horton
Chandler Horton
Chandler Horton
Like good friend Colton Herta, Chandler Horton grew up at Verizon IndyCar Series races. His father Jeff is the longtime INDYCAR Director of Engineering, and young Chandler played with many a race car in paddocks across the country. Starting out on dirt bikes then progressing from karts to formula cars, the 19-year-old now moves into the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires, driving for RJB Motorsports in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.

Here, Horton details his other racing passion (cycling), how he became the family appliance mechanic, and the time he spent actually living inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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01/17/17
USAC

Heartland Environmental Associates joins Andretti Short Track
Andretti Autosport Short Track program is pleased to announce partnership with Heartland Environmental Associates for the 2017 season. Heartland Environmental Associates provides a wide range of services including: environmental due diligence property transaction evaluation, Brownfields redevelopment management, emergency response plans, risk assessment and management, and toxicology evaluation. They are the premier partner in environmental consulting services and continually work to meet the environmental needs of their clients.

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01/17/17
irl

Newgarden named honorary chair for 2017 Rev charity event
Josef Newgarden
Josef Newgarden
Without question, Verizon IndyCar Series driver Josef Newgarden will be hungry to win the Indianapolis 500 and INDYCAR Grand Prix when he arrives at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Team Penske in May.

But the organizers of Rev presented by Fifth Third Bank - the 3,000-person strolling food event that kicks off the month of May at IMS - are betting he'll be hungry for even more than that. Today, Rev announced that Newgarden will serve as the fourth honorary chair for the popular May 6 party, which will include food from more than 60 restaurants, multiple live bands and showcase Verizon IndyCar Series drivers and Indianapolis' celebrated culinary scene.

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01/17/17
track news

Chevrolet Extends Partnership As Official Vehicle of Road America
Road America and Chevrolet announced an extension of their partnership today with Chevrolet remaining as the Official Vehicle of the storied four-mile, 14-turn road circuit, through the end of 2019.

"We're honored that Chevrolet has played a key role in Road America's racing heritage from the track's opening in 1955 to today," said George Bruggenthies, Road America president and general manager. "We're excited to celebrate this longstanding association of two iconic racing brands and to continue our long, successful relationship together."

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01/17/17
nasx

Daniel Defense Partners with Richard Childress Racing's No. 3 XFINITY Series Team
WELCOME, N.C. - Richard Childress Racing (RCR) has partnered with Daniel Defense, a leading manufacturer of premium firearms, rail systems, and accessories, to be primary sponsor of the No. 3 NASCAR XFINITY Series team for select races during the 2017 season.

This partnership marks Daniel Defense's first venture in NASCAR. The company's signature black-and-gold logo was unveiled on the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro today at the annual SHOT Show in Las Vegas.

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01/17/17
USF4

Cape Motorsports Set To Enter F4 US Championship in 2017
Cape Motorsports, the winningest team in American junior formula car competition, will expand its program in 2017 by adding a three-car team to campaign in the F4 United States Championship Powered by Honda. The Cape brothers – Dominic and Nicholas - are currently in talks with drivers for the coming year, but the first seat is confirmed and veteran open wheel formula car pilot Steve Bamford will lead the line-up. The Canadian has been a frontrunner in the F1600 and F2000 Championship series for the last five years and has won back-to-back Masters Championships in the F2000 program. The Capes have taken delivery of three new Crawford F4 chassis and assembly is underway for the expected launch of a testing program later this month.

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01/17/17
irl

INDYCAR announces multiyear contract extension with Firestone
Firestone Tires
Firestone Tires
INDYCAR announced a multiyear contract extension today with Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC (BATO), continuing its longtime partnership with Firestone as the official tire supplier of the Verizon IndyCar Series. The announcement extends the tire brand's involvement in open-wheel racing that dates to Ray Harroun's Firestone-equipped Marmon Wasp winning the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911.

"Firestone is part of the fabric of INDYCAR and its commitment to evolving performance, innovation and safety in the Verizon IndyCar Series has been remarkable," said Jay Frye, INDYCAR president of competition and operations. "The Firestone brand has been part of our sport for more than 100 years and continues to be an integral partner in the growth of INDYCAR on and off the racetrack."

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01/17/17
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AJ Foyt Racing Makes Switch To Chevrolet Official
Foyt Team
Foyt Team from left, Larry and AJ Foyt, and drivers Carlos Munoz and Conor Daly

As has been speculated since late last year, AJ Foyt Racing announced today that it will compete with Chevrolet engines and aero kits for its two ABC Supply entries in the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series.

It is a reunion for team owner A.J. Foyt, whose last race as an Indy car driver came with Chevy power at the 1992 Indianapolis 500 and whose Verizon IndyCar Series team ran Chevrolet engines as recently as 2005 with grandson A.J. Foyt IV at the wheel.

"I am looking forward to what will be a new chapter for us that involves returning to an old friend in Chevrolet," said Larry Foyt, the team president and A.J. Foyt's son. "There are a lot of changes happening within our team this offseason and I won't minimize the challenges, but I see a lot of potential with our plan."

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01/17/17
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Hunt Brothers Pizza Continues Partnership with JR Motorsports
JR Motorsports and Hunt Brothers Pizza have extended their partnership with a multi-year deal, as the brand joins Elliott Sadler and the No. 1 team as primary sponsor for two NASCAR Xfinity Series races in each of the next two seasons. In 2017, Sadler will drive the Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet Camaro at Atlanta Motor Speedway (March 4) and Kansas Speedway (Oct. 21).

“Hunt Brothers Pizza has been a great partner of mine for many years and a great supporter of JRM,” Sadler said. “As an owner of several Hunt Brothers Pizza locations, it’s awesome to sport their colors again in 2017. I live off of pepperoni pizza, so this is a natural fit for us to reunite once again on the track.”

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01/17/17
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Video: The Greatest Innovations In Formula One


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01/17/17
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Hyundai, Kia plan $3.1 billion U.S. investment, consider new plant
The elite rich Libtards can't stand this turnaround before Trump is even in office. They want America to outsource jobs overseas to slave labor countries and put Americans out of work so they can line their pockets with more profits
Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. said they will spend $3.1 billion in the U.S. in the next five years, joining other vehicle manufacturers in announcing investment plans amid threats from President-elect Donald Trump of higher levies on auto imports from Mexico.

The planned U.S. investment by South Korea’s two largest automakers is nearly 50 percent more than the $2.1 billion they spent in the previous five-year period, Hyundai Motor President Chung Jin-haeng told reporters in Seoul on Tuesday. The group is considering building a new factory in the U.S. and may produce Hyundai’s upscale Genesis vehicles and a U.S.-specific SUV in the country, said the executive, who also oversees the strategic planning for Kia.

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01/17/17
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GM to announce $1B investment in USA and 1,000 new jobs
General Motors, days after being called out by President-elect Donald Trump for expanding operations in Mexico, plans to announce U.S. investments totaling at least $1 billion that would create more than 1,000 jobs, two people with knowledge of the plan said late Monday.

A GM spokesman said the automaker plans to make an announcement Tuesday but declined to comment further.

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01/17/17
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NC lawmakers seek permanent race car exemption from EPA anti-pollution standards
NASCAR plans to keep it's signature sound forever - no electric cars for them
NASCAR plans to keep it's signature sound forever - no electric cars for them
After a scare last year among auto racing fans that the federal Environmental Protection Agency might enforce a new anti-pollution regulation affecting the industry, some North Carolina Republicans in Congress want a new law to protect the sport. Western North Carolina congressman U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry filed a bill this week that would permanently block the EPA from regulating modified engines frequently used in amateur car racing.

McHenry's proposed legislation would amend the Clean Air Act to make race cars exempt from federal emissions standards on vehicles.

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01/17/17
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Chevy SS to end, no replacement planned (Update)
What car will the Chevy teams run now?
What car will the Chevy teams run now?

UPDATE With the Chevrolet SS on its way out, Chevy will be looking for a new car to serve as the basis for its NASCAR stock car body for the 2018 racing season.

The automaker has already confirmed its new racecar will arrive in time for the 2018 NASCAR season, but it has so far remained tight-lipped as to what it will be.

Chevy's motorsports director in the U.S., Jim Campbell, refused elaborate on the brand's 2018 NASCAR stock car body in a statement released by General Motors.

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01/17/17
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Ganassi hires new competition director
Chip Ganassi Racing has hired widely respected Mark McArdle as its new competition director. McArdle joins Ganassi following a two-year stint with Roush Fenway Racing. He will report to general manager Max Jones. Motorsport

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01/17/17
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Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Bottas has his Mercedes ride while Wehrlein and Massa have theirs
    Bottas has his Mercedes ride while Wehrlein and Massa have theirs
    Last pieces of 2017 F1 puzzle in place
  • 'Angry' Sainz Jr. also 'patient' for future
  • One year deal for Bottas 'strange' - Salo
  • Vandoorne unsure McLaren can win in 2017
  • Wolff: Bottas a 'great fit' for Mercedes
  • McLaren to launch car on February 24

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01/17/17
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Ecclestone played George like a 'dam' fiddle
AR1.com has said for 20 years that Bill FRance Jr. and Bernie Ecclestone played Tony George like a fiddle and got him to break up CART and destroy IndyCar racing
AR1.com has said for 20 years that Bill France Jr. and Bernie Ecclestone played Tony George like a fiddle and got him to break up CART and destroy IndyCar racing
1995 IndyCar champion and '97 Formula 1 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve has said that the media and fan attention that followed Nigel Mansell from Formula 1 to CART Indy car racing in 1993 "annoyed" Bernie Ecclestone.

Speaking on stage at Autosport International in the Birmingham, UK, Villeneuve reminisced about his switch from Japanese Formula 3 racing to Formula Atlantic in America in 1993, and said initially he thought he might remain in U.S. open-wheel racing because it was booming.

However, he believes that Formula 1 leader Bernie Ecclestone played a role in Tony George splitting from CART Indy car to form the rival Indy Racing League. CART went bankrupt and its assets were bought by Champ Car, which finally reunified with the IRL to form IndyCar in 2008.

Villeneuve, who finished third in Atlantics in '93, before graduating to Indy cars in '94, and winning the Indy 500 and CART title in '95, said: "At that point I was thinking it would be great to make it to F1, but perhaps the rest of my career would be in the States. Remember that's when Nigel Mansell went to Indy car, and Indy car was starting to be bigger and bigger and bigger, and the viewership was starting to get super-strong.

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01/17/17
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Revised PWC Points Structure for 2017
Pirelli World Challenge has revised the points structure for both the drivers’ and teams’ championships, as part of its integration with USAC as the championship’s new sanctioning body.

The sprint race championship has eliminated the SCCA-based points system in favor of a more simplified format, awarding the top-20 finishers with points, ranging from 25 points for a win, 23 for 2nd, 21 for 3rd, and decreasing to 1 point for 20th position.

Bonus points for pole position and fastest lap in Race 1 in each class will also remain, but at a single point each, instead of the previous 7 points.

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01/17/17
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Video: Jochen Mass's Expert Guide to Sebring
Motorsport legend Jochen Mass turns tour guide as he shows you around the world famous Sebring International Raceway during HSR's Classic 12 Hours

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