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01/21/15
usf2000

John Cummiskey Racing signs Australian Martin
Anthony Martin
John Cummiskey Racing (JCR) today announced it has signed Australian driver Anthony Martin for the 2015 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda season. Martin will compete in his first season of U.S. competition aboard the team's #33 Mazda powered entry.

Martin, 19, was the 2013 Western Australia Formula Ford Champion and Rookie of the Year and 2014 championship runner-up.

"I am very happy to announce that I have signed to race with John Cummiskey Racing for 2015 in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda," said Martin. "Burgess Laser Aligning have come on board as my major sponsor and I would like to thank Trish and Paul Burgess for giving me this wonderful opportunity."

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01/21/15
uscc

Racer Scott Tucker agrees to pay $21 million in payday loan settlement
Scott Tucker

Payday lending companies affiliated with Scott Tucker, a racecar driver on U.S. and European circuits, settled U.S. claims that they charged consumers undisclosed and inflated fees.

AMG Services Inc. and MNE Services Inc. will pay $21 million, the largest recovery in a payday lending case brought by the Federal Trade Commission, the agency said Friday in a statement. In addition to the $21 million penalty, AMG and MNE will waive $285 million in charges assessed against consumers but not collected, the FTC said.

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01/21/15
nhra

Jim Dunn signs ALO Drink as primary sponsor
Jim Dunn Racing has announced ALO Drink as its new primary sponsor on its Funny Car for the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The all-natural, aloe vera-based beverage will be prominently displayed on the Dodge Funny Car and also on the racing team hauler that will be at all 24 races this year.

"The partnership with ALO Drink is very exciting for Jim Dunn Racing and to all our fans. Their drinks not only taste great, but are good for you. All of our family and friends enjoy ALO Drinks and we encourage everyone to try a bottle. We look forward to promoting the ALO Drink brand as we compete in the NHRA Mello Yello Series with new driver John Hale behind the wheel," said team manager, Jon Dunn.

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01/21/15
nassprint

Kenseth, Keselowski, Kurt Busch, 'Dinger conduct Vegas tire test
It's another sign that the 2015 NASCAR season is almost here.

On Monday, Kurt Busch, AJ Allmendinger, Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski participated in a one-day Goodyear tire test at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

With no private team testing in '15, the track time had added importance.

"Last year at this time I think we had three or four tests on our plate and here we are with one until we go to Daytona," Paul Wolfe, Keselowski's crew chief, told NASCAR.com. "So yeah, (it’s) a very important test for us."

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01/21/15
nassprint

Harvick to keep Stewart's pit crew
A 2014 late season pit crew swap between Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick will be permanent, Stewart said Tuesday while making a USO visit with troops and military families at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.

The Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner/driver and Harvick switched crews in September in time for the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup elimination playoff that culminated with Harvick hoisting his first trophy.

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01/21/15
uscc

Rolex Quote board: Jan Magnussen
Jan Magnussen will be piloting the #3 Corvette in the GTLM class at this weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona

Daytona Beach, FL, USA, Tuesday, January 20, 2015: Danish ace Jan Magnussen is ready to return to his winning ways as the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship kicks off with the Rolex 24 at Daytona this weekend.

Magnussen, teammate Antonio Garcia and Corvette Racing pulled off a four-race winning streak last year with the new Corvette C7.R.

The team debuted the new car at the season opening Rolex 24 but suffered "new car issues" -  at both Daytona and Sebring. The season made a dramatic turn when Magnussen and Garcia posted their first of four consecutive wins starting in the streets of Long Beach.  Now with 12 months of development under their belt, Magnussen and Corvette Racing have their sights set on reaching success in the endurance events starting this weekend at Daytona in the historic 24-hour race.

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01/21/15
uscc

CORE seeks repeat 24 victory
CORE autosport will look to repeat as winners in the Prototype Challenge class
The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship will officially begin this week at Daytona International Speedway, where Round One, the grueling Rolex 24 at Daytona, will go green on Saturday, Jan. 24.

CORE autosport is the defending Prototype Challenge category race winner at Daytona. The No. 54 Composite Resources/Flex-Box ORECA FLM09 crossed the finish line one lap ahead of its nearest competitor and in ninth-place overall. It marked the start of championship season number four for CORE, who would also go on to collect the Tequila Patr¢n North American Endurance Cup in the PC category.

The driver and crew lineup from last year's race-winning effort returns in 2015 to attempt a repeat. Jon Bennett, Colin Braun, James Gue and Mark Wilkins will share driving duties. At Daytona, Bennett and Braun will begin their quest to defend their 2014 PC Drivers' Championship.

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01/21/15
tv news
nassprint

Nate Ryan and Dustin Long join NBCSN's NASCAR AMERICA lineup
NBC Sports announced Tuesday the addition of veteran journalists Nate Ryan and Dustin Long to its coverage team, dovetailing with the media group's expanded presence as a returning NASCAR broadcast partner in 2015. Ryan, who has been a regular contributor to NBC Sports Network's "NASCAR America" program since the start of the 2014 season, will leave his spot as USA Today's primary motorsports writer for a multi-faceted role with NBC.

According to a release provided by the media company, Ryan will serve as an on-air reporter during broadcasts, but will also contribute to the organization's online publishing arm as a writer. Long, who most recently served as a writer and editor with Motor Racing Network (MRN) Radio's website, will transition to the same role with NBC Sports, also working alongside Ryan to produce video content. Before his stint with MRN, Long was the lead NASCAR writer for the Landmark newspaper group. In a related move, USA Today Sports announced that Brant James -- most recently a correspondent for ESPN -- would fill the vacancy created by Ryan's departure on the newspaper's motorsports staff.

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01/21/15
nassprint

Wood Brothers Racing is the longest active NASCAR team
David Pearson winning for the Wood Brothers in 1972 at Darlington
Wood Brothers Racing has become something of a common face in NASCAR. Their consistent attendance year in and year out has possibly gone unnoticed to some, so one member of the family has set out to make sure the team's founding fathers get the recognition they finally deserve for their unwavering show of perseverance. Jon Wood, third-generation family member and former Wood Brothers Racing driver, grew up with a fascination for a very peculiar book. That book came to his elementary school once a year when the bookmobile would roll into town. The one book that was so captivating was the Guinness Book of World Records.

"From the beginning I have been fascinated with the Guinness Book of World Records," said Wood. "I remember thinking that one day I would figure out a way to do something worthy of being in the Book. I think that's just part of a child's fairytale-like thought process." His family's race team, founded in 1950 by his grandfather Glen Wood, is generally considered NASCAR's longest active race team.

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01/21/15
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • 2015 Williams
    Honda still not happy with 'unfreeze' ruling
  • Now McLaren gives preview of 2015 design
  • Ferrari signs Spaniard as lead engineer
  • Ferrari writing off hopes for 2015 success
  • Williams Martini team reveals 2015 car
  • Symonds: New nose rules had big impact
  • Video: The Toro Rosso STR10
  • Hamilton's father eyes F1 return for Africa
  • New nose rules a 'headache' - Symonds


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01/20/15
promazda

Andretti Autosport Confirms Weiron Tan for 2015 Pro Mazda Campaign (Update) UPDATE
Weiron Tan
Weiron Tan will enter a new phase of his career this year as the Malaysian driver is set to compete in open-wheel racing in U.S. motorsport, as he and Andretti Autosport partner together for the 2015 Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires campaign.

Kuala Lumpur-born Tan, who was part of the Caterham F1 Young Driver program, moved to Europe in 2012 and competed full time in 2013 in the Protyre British Formula Renault championship, securing second place in the points standings, scoring five wins, nine podiums and six pole positions.

2014 saw Weiron compete in the ATS Formel 3 Cup (commonly referred to as German F3) for Van Amersfoort Racing where he recorded two wins and five podiums for the Dutch outfit and he now feels the time is right to turn his attention to U.S. open-wheel racing.

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01/20/15
f1

First image of 2015 Williams revealed
2015 Williams on cover of F1 Racing Magazine

(GMM)  Williams has given F1 fans an early glimpse of its new car, as the once-great British team eyes a return to the top step of the podium in 2015.

The Grove outfit was the surprise of last season, bursting up the ranks from ninth in 2013 to third in 2014, and now singled out by Toto Wolff as perhaps Mercedes' greatest threat.

"That's a real compliment from Toto," deputy boss Claire Williams told Sky.

And she also told Esquire magazine: "We're here in formula one to win, and we didn't win a race last year.

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01/20/15
irl
r2i

IndyCar/MRTI news and notes, 1/20
Scott Dixon, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Simon Pagenaud are amongst the Verizon IndyCar Series stars in this weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona
Verizon IndyCar Series and Mazda Road to Indy headlines:

1. Fourteen of 33 starters from Indianapolis 500 headline Rolex 24: The Verizon IndyCar Series will have significant star power this week at the 53rd Rolex 24 At Daytona as 14 of the 33 starters from the 98th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race will compete in the first endurance race of the IMSA-sanctioned schedule at Daytona International Speedway.

A Verizon IndyCar Series competitor has co-driven the winning overall entry in the Rolex 24 At Daytona the past four years. Click here for the full story on past winning competitors.

"The 24 kind of kicks off the year and has become part of my calendar," said Hunter-Reay, the reigning Indianapolis 500 winner and 2012 Verizon IndyCar Series champion. "I always look forward to it before the start of the (Verizon IndyCar Series) season. It definitely helps you get in race shape after a long layoff."

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01/20/15
wec
f1

Robert Manzon remembered
Robert Manzon
Robert Manzon, a member of the Le Mans 24-Hours Drivers' Hall of Fame and the doyen on French racing drivers died yesterday at the age of 97. The Automobile Club de l'Ouest would like to present its sincerest condolences to his family and friends.

Robert Manzon, the doyen of French racing drivers died yesterday 19th January at his home in Cassis (Bouches-du-Rhone). He was the last survivor of the first season (1950) of the Formula 1 World Championship. He was born in Marseille on 12th April 1917 and raced in the Le Mans 24 Hours on six occasions between 1950 and 1956. Manzon's name is closely associated with the Gordini story in both F1 and endurance. He was spotted by Amedee Gordini and took part in the 1950 Monaco Grand Prix becoming one of the French make's musketeers with Maurice Trintignant, Jean Behra and Andre Simon.

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01/20/15
uscc

Five Ferraris chasing victory at Daytona
Ferrari will look to score another Rolex 24 win this weekend in Daytona
January 20, 2015 (Englewood Cliffs, N.J.) – Last season’s Rolex 24 at Daytona saw one of the most dramatic finishes in the history of the race as a Ferrari 458 Italia scored the marque’s tenth victory at the legendary endurance classic. This year, five Ferrari 458 Italias are taking the green flag on the banks of Daytona for the first round of the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

Ferrari history runs deep at Daytona International Speedway, with some of its most famous models – including the 250 GTO, 330 P4, Daytona, 333SP and 458 Italia – having visited victory lane.

In the GT-LeMans class, two legendary Ferrari teams and a wealth of GT driver talent will seek the marque’s first GT-LeMans victory at Daytona. Risi Competizione’s famous no. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 458 Italia will be driven by former Scuderia Ferrari driver Giancarlo Fisichella and Pierre Kaffer throughout the season, and will be joined by Olivier Beretta and Davide Rigon in Daytona.

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01/20/15
irl
wec
pwc

Allen Miller Named HPD Race Team Leader
Allen Miller
Allen Miller, a 21-year veteran with Honda Performance Development, has been named Race Team Leader for the company, heading up all on-track activities for HPD's pinnacle motorsports programs.  The appointment was announced today by Art St. Cyr, president of HPD.

"Allen has been a vital part of HPD, virtually from the start of the company, " St. Cyr said of Miller's selection.  "His management skills, diverse racing background and extensive experience will be a huge benefit for HPD and our racing efforts in the Verizon IndyCar Series, the Pirelli World Challenge, and endurance sports car series."

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01/20/15
f1

Sahara Force India begins partnership with Jose Cuervo
Sahara Force India is pleased to announce the beginning of a partnership with world-famous tequila brand, Jose Cuervo.  With a history dating back over 250 years, Jose Cuervo has established its position as the undisputed number one tequila brand in the world.

Jose Cuervo has a worldwide presence in over 90 countries, so Formula One represents the perfect marketing platform for the tequila brand to showcase its range of award-winning products, promote its heritage and support its responsible drinking campaign.

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01/20/15
f1

Palmer to drive on Fridays for Lotus to help clean track
Jolyon Palmer to clean track on Friday mornings
(GMM)  Lotus has signed reigning GP2 champion Jolyon Palmer as its third and reserve driver for 2015.

The Enstone team said the 24-year-old Briton, whose father Jonathan is a former F1 driver, broadcaster and circuit owner, will attend all the races and take part in "a significant number" of Friday practice sessions.

"My goal has been to become a race driver in a competitive F1 team for 2016 and Lotus is a great opportunity for me, particularly with Mercedes engines now," said Palmer.

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01/20/15
naskn

Abreu moves into NASCAR
Rico Abreu is officially following in the footsteps of Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, and best friend Kyle Larson, making the jump from the dirt of sprint car racing to the asphalt of NASCAR in 2015.

On Tuesday, the winner of Saturday night's prestigious Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma, will announce a deal with HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks to drive the full 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule, a feeder series to NASCAR racing's highest levels.

His venture into stock car racing will begin this weekend with the NASCAR-sanctioned Pete Orr Memorial Super Late Model 100 at the New Smyrna Speedway in Florida, followed by his K&N debut at the same track on Feb. 15.

Sources tell ESPN The Magazine that these races will serve as the first stages of a driver development agreement with Chip Ganassi Racing, whom Larson drives for in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Ganassi did little to keep the secret on Saturday night, following the Chili Bowl finish by excitedly posting in his second-ever (and since deleted) tweet: "There's a name you'll be hearing more of. Stay Tuned!"

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01/20/15
uscc

Rolex 24 ushers in a new era for Michael Shank Racing w/Curb-Agajanian
The Rolex 24 victory podium in 2012
Pataskala, Ohio (19 January 2015) – For Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian, the work has not stopped since the checkered flag dropped on the 2014 IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship at Road Atlanta last October. It has been perhaps the busiest off season to date for the Ohio-based organization, which took on a big challenge when the team switched to a Honda-powered Ligier JS P2 car for the 2015 season.

As the group travels to Daytona International Speedway this weekend for the 53rd running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the team is eager to see the fruits of its labors in action as Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian debuts the No. 60 Ligier JS P2 in the classic 24-hour endurance event. Longtime Michael Shank Racing drivers John Pew, Ozz Negri, and AJ Allmendinger are joined by 17-year-old Matt McMurry, who will become the youngest prototype driver in Rolex 24 history when he straps into the No. 60 machine.

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01/20/15
track news

Area 27 track gets green light
Planned Area 27 circuit
Planned Area 27 circuit

Up in British Columbia Area 27 and the Osoyoos Indian Band have completed the designation process for the multitude of uses that will become the Area 27 Motorsports Country Club. We have jointly achieved final approval for the 277 acre site for a period of 110 years. This is the culmination of two extraordinary years of work.

Professional motorsport drivers spend years on circuits all over the world, almost all of them dreaming of designing their own course. Founder and lead designer, Jacques Villeneuve, lights up when talking about the process.

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01/20/15
uscc

DeltaWing aiming for Rolex 24 win
The DeltaWing coupe tests at Daytona
The DeltaWing coupe tests at Daytona
The Claro/TracFone DeltaWing Racing Cars team proved that the revolutionary DeltaWing coupe can be quick on the famed 3.56-mile speedway road course, but the real test comes this weekend, as the team looks to capture their first TUDOR United SportsCar victory in the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The DeltaWing coupe paced among the leaders in last weekend's "Roar Before the Rolex 24" test session, with a quick lap of 1:39.4 in the third practice that put them only three/tenths of a second off the leader's pace. The team has put the hammer down this week, with shop hours dedicated to repairing damage from a Saturday afternoon incident at the Roar and to configuring promising new components. The team also rolls out an updated red, white and blue livery designed to showcase its new partners.

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01/20/15
track news

Veterans' Charity plans to buy Rockingham Speedway
Rockingham Track
The troubled Rockingham Speedway could soon have new life. A judge gave owners a Jan. 1 deadline to find a buyer or put the property up for auction in March. A veterans charity called Help-Vets.Org told Channel 9 that it plans to buy the track and the property and turn it into a reintegration center for veterans.

"What's key about this property is Camp Mackall, the training center for Special Forces, is six miles down the road - Fort Bragg is right here," Help-Vets.Org Executive Director Craig Northacker said. Northacker has big ideas for a $50 million investment, including housing, vocational training and even schooling. Richmond County Community College spokesman Andy Cagle told Channel 9 that the office met with Northacker.

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01/20/15
f1

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

01/20/15
  • Vandoorne
    Bianchi crash means earlier races for 2015 hosts
  • Vandoorne hopes Magnussen setback boosts F1 hopes
  • Grosjean not ruling out color change for Lotus
  • Monza can survive without F1 race - boss
  • F1 assessing impact of 2015 engine 'unfreeze'
  • Ferrari rules out having English HQ
  • Malaysia set for new F1 race contract
  • French driver Robert Manzon, the last of the racers from F1's first season in 1950, dies at 97
  • CNN moves from Caterham to McLaren New
  • Force India will not test 2015 car at Jerez New


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01/20/15
automotive

Ford, Lincoln say no Super Bowl ads
Ford and Lincoln will not run Super Bowl commercials this year, a spokeswoman confirmed today.

The auto ad lineup continues to dwindle ahead of the Feb. 1 game, even though last year's contest was the most watched TV program in history with 111.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen.

So far, six brands - BMW, Kia, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and Toyota - are expected to run spots, but some brands have yet to declare their intentions. In 2014, 11 auto brands aired commercials during the game.

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01/20/15
automotive

Video: The McLaren P1 GTR to debut at Geneva Motor Show
The development program for the most powerful and most exclusive McLaren model to-date has been stepped up over the winter months, with the limited edition McLaren P1 GTR being put through its paces across Europe and the Middle East. Ahead of the start of production later this year, and the start of the bespoke Driver Program, the track-only model will make its global debut in production form at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March.



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