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01/24/19
imsa

MemSQL to sponsor No 12 AVS Lexus RC F GT3
#12 Lexus MemSQL livery
#12 Lexus MemSQL livery

AIM VASSER SULLIVAN announced today that MemSQL will be an associate sponsor of the No. 12 AIM VASSER SULLIVAN Lexus RC F GT3 entry during the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech Championship season beginning this weekend with the season opening Rolex 24 At Daytona, January 26-27, 2019, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, FL.

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01/24/19
wec
irl

Alonso "50/50" on LMP1 Return With Toyota
Alonso at Daytona. Will he run more IndyCar races after LeMans? First up would be Road America
Alonso at Daytona. Will he run more IndyCar races after LeMans? First up would be Road America

Fernando Alonso says there’s a “50/50” chance he’ll continue with Toyota Gazoo Racing for a second consecutive season in the FIA World Endurance Championship, admitting that a number of elements still remain at play for his post-Le Mans schedule.

The two-time Formula 1 world champion, who makes his second start in the Rolex 24 at Daytona this weekend, has so far only confirmed his participation in the Indianapolis 500 with McLaren, as well as completing the 2018-19 WEC season, which concludes at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.

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01/24/19
automotive

Porsche doubles planned Taycan output
The Taycan is a game changer - so says former F1 driver Mark Webber who has done extensive testing with it
The Taycan is a game changer - so says former F1 driver Mark Webber who has done extensive testing with it
There are already indications that the demand for the Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron will be higher than the two automakers initially calculated.

Porsche has doubled the planned volume for the Taycan, its first full-electric model, to meet the demand.

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01/24/19
automotive

GM to Invest $22 Million in Spring Hill Plant for Advanced Engine Technology
Cadillac XT6
Cadillac XT6
General Motors is investing $22 million at its Spring Hill, Tennessee, manufacturing complex to enable the engine plant to build 6.2L V-8 engines with GM’s advanced Dynamic Fuel Management technology. With today’s announcement, GM has invested more than $2 billion in the Tennessee complex since 2010.

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01/24/19
irl

Bobby Rahal wins RRDC's 2019 Phil Hill Award
Bobby Rahal
Bobby Rahal

Bobby Rahal, Indy 500 winner, driver, team owner, businessman and President of the Road Racing Drivers Club, was honored by the RRDC with the 2019 Phil Hill Award. The 2018 award recipient, David Hobbs, made the presentation at the annual RRDC members' dinner on January 23 prior to the running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the season opener of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

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01/24/19
irl

Making a case for why NTT will be good for IndyCar
Jeff Olson writes for IndyCar.com and makes this case for why NTT sponsorship will be great for IndyCar:

Back in the 1970s and ‘80s, sportswriters covering NASCAR races could leave the track with free cigarettes, courtesy of R.J. Reynolds and its title sponsorship. If you were a smoker and you followed the series regularly, you rarely paid for smokes. Consider it an early form of sponsor activation. However twisted and coughy, it worked.

My, how times have changed.

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01/24/19
nhra

Courtney Force Steps Away From Driving Duties at John Force Racing
Courtney Force
The winningest female Funny Car driver in NHRA history, Courtney Force, a top 10 finisher in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series in six of her seven professional seasons, announced today that she will be climbing out of the driver’s seat of her 11,000 horsepower, 330 mile per hour John Force Racing Advance Auto Parts Chevy Camaro SS Funny Car.
 
While her driving duties will be coming to an end, Force looks forward to continuing to stay involved within the sport of NHRA Championship Drag Racing by supporting her teammates as well as maintaining off-track partnerships.

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01/24/19
nhra

Dodge//SRT and Mopar Announce Multiyear Partnership Extension with Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) drivers Matt Hagan (left) and Leah Pritchett (right) will carry the torch for Dodge//SRT and Mopar in the quest
Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) drivers Matt Hagan (left) and Leah Pritchett (right) will carry the torch for Dodge//SRT and Mopar in the quest
Dodge//SRT and Mopar are continuing their partnership with Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) with the announcement of a new multiyear sponsorship agreement to kick-off the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

The high-powered relationship began during the 2003 season and ranks as one of the longest running partnerships in motorsports. DSR Mopar-powered Dodge//SRT teams have claimed 12 championships in Funny Car, Top Fuel and Factory Stock Showdown, beginning with Tony Schumacher’s 2004 Top Fuel title and the latest, Leah Pritchett’s 2018 Factory Stock Showdown crown. The first triumph for the partnership came in Englishtown, New Jersey, when Whit Bazemore turned on the win light, and the most recent victory was captured in October 2018 when Ron Capps scored the 252nd for a DSR Mopar-powered driver. 

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01/24/19
motogp

Marquez's shoulder surgery 'worse' than expected
Repsol Honda teammates Marquez (L) and Lorenzo (R) have both undergone off-season surgery
Repsol Honda teammates Marquez (L) and Lorenzo (R) have both undergone off-season surgery
Reigning MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez says the surgery he had on his left shoulder in December was “worse” and more “aggressive” than expected.

Marquez revealed at the conclusion of his fifth title-winning premier class season in 2019 he had suffered a shoulder dislocation early in the year, and this hindered him throughout the campaign.

He underwent an operation in December, just weeks after he dislocated the shoulder twice during the Valencia race weekend.

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01/24/19
automotive

Reality setting in that fully autonomous vehicles may never happen
While monkeys, from which atheists believe we descended are not growing smarter, humans are. Someone decided the world needed a species with supreme intelligence, something a monkey will never have even 10 million years from now
While monkeys, from which atheists believe we descended are not growing smarter, humans are. Someone decided the world needed a species with supreme intelligence, something a monkey will never have even 10 million years from now
You can program a computer to play chess well and beat a human (sometimes) because there are a finite number of chess moves and strategies on a board with fixed number (64) of squares. AR1.com predicted that we are a long way off from having a computer reason like the human mind to control a car in an infinite number of situations where idiot drivers do the dumbest things.

Combine that with varying weather and light conditions and you are asking for disaster.....as all the companies trying to do autonomous vehicles are finding out.

Layoffs are beginning and progress toward a fully autonomous vehicle appears to have ground to a halt.

Whoever designed the human brain did quite a good job.....well OK, yes there are some pretty bad drivers out there, but in general humans do a reasonable job of driving a car and avoiding situations a computer cannot deal with. In a panic situation, a computer can only deal with situations for which it was programmed.

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01/24/19
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • 'Pirelli
    Pirelli 18" wheels and tires
    Getty Images
    Pirelli to test 18-inch tires this year
  • Sochi to make F1 track surface more abrasive
  • Liberty official says F1 wants second Chinese race
  • Schumacher needs super license points in 2019
  • Verstappen 'in the fight' in 2019 - Hamilton
  • Correspondent says McLaren 'lost focus'
  • Newey's 2019 car on schedule - Marko
  • China teen breaks into Formula 1 with Renault
  • F1 Launches Marketing Strategy To Gain Ground In China
  • McLaren's 'Future Grand Prix' concept

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01/24/19
automotive

Ghosn Resigns From Top Job at Renault
Carlos Ghosn learns that paybacks are a bitch
Carlos Ghosn learns that paybacks are a bitch

For two decades Carlos Ghosn stood astride the global auto industry. His tenure atop Renault SA ended in humbler fashion, in a cramped prison cell on the outskirts of Tokyo.

The 64-year-old resigned as chairman and chief executive officer of the largest French carmaker late on Jan. 23, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told Bloomberg TV in an interview on Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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01/23/19
nasmon

JTG Daugherty, Kroger Unveil Sponsor Strategy For '19 Season
Ryan Preece livery for Daytona 500
Ryan Preece livery for Daytona 500
Ahead of its 25th season, JTG Daugherty Racing unveiled a new sponsorship strategy with Kroger behind its two fully-funded cars for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season with drivers Chris Buescher and Ryan Preece.

The cars and plan were made public on Wednesday morning during an announcement at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The No. 47 Chevrolet of Preece will highlight Kroger’s shopping and delivery options including online ordering. The No. 37 Chevrolet of Buescher will carry seven different shopper themes with each theme carrying a specific group of brands to communicate with fans when they are most likely to be focused on specific buying occasions such as spring cleaning in April or grill season in June and July.

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01/23/19
irl

NENT Group secures exclusive media rights IndyCar in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland
Ericsson and Rosenqvist should draw some viewers that will pay to watch
Ericsson and Rosenqvist should draw some viewers that will pay to watch

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) has acquired the exclusive Nordic media rights to the NTT IndyCar Series until 2021. Every race will be shown live on NENT Group’s Viaplay streaming service and Viasat pay-TV channels, with selected races available on NENT Group’s free-TV channels. Swedish drivers Marcus Ericsson and Felix Rosenqvist will both compete in the upcoming IndyCar season, which starts in March and includes the fabled Indianapolis 500 race – the ‘Greatest Spectacle in Racing’.

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01/23/19
nasmon

Keselowski invests $10M in startup
Brad Keselowski
Brad Keselowski
NASCAR driver BRAD KESELOWSKI has invested more than $10M to "start an advanced contract manufacturing company that he hopes will build off the knowledge gained from motorsports' early adoption of 3-D printing."

N.C.-based Keselowski Advanced Manufacturing "expects to work with aerospace, military, and oil and gas companies in the near term and expand to medical ones" in '20. The company "began operating quietly" in '18, and has "planned a press conference" for tomorrow to announce its launch.

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01/23/19
nasmon

Watch full Ally Chevy reveal from 'Good Morning America'
On the streets of NY City
On the streets of NY City

In New York City, Jimmie Johnson took the cover off his 2019 No. 48 Ally Chevrolet Camaro Zl1.

The event unfolded on ABC's "Good Morning America," and the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion was joined by a special guest for the unveil.

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01/23/19
irl

Coyne Vasser Sullivan announce 2019 IndyCar plans
From left, Sullivan, Vasser, Coyne and Bourdais
From left, Sullivan, Vasser, Coyne and Bourdais
Dale Coyne Racing and Vasser-Sullivan announced today they have reached a new multi-year agreement that will see the two organizations competing together as co-entrants in the NTT IndyCar Series. 

The team also confirmed that Sebastien Bourdais would return to the team as driver of the No. 18 SealMaster entry for all 17 races during the 2019 season.

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01/23/19
GT4

Robin Pemberton Joins Andretti Autosport
Robin Pemberton
Robin Pemberton
Robin Pemberton has joined Andretti Autosport to oversee the team’s newest racing initiative in the Pirelli GT4 America Series. With over 10 years served as NASCAR’s Vice President of Competition, and four decades of racing involvement, Pemberton brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the pedigree team. 

“The new Andretti Autosport GT4 program is an incredible opportunity for the team and McLaren to come together,” said Pemberton. “I’m excited to be involved and we are all working together to get the program off the ground. After spending time with Jarett at sprint car races last season, I’m impressed by his determination. He is a good talent with a bright future. I look forward to working with him and the entire Andretti Autosport team in this new challenge.” 

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01/23/19
imsa

Porsche Unveils Special Brumos Racing Celebration Livery
Brumos livery for Rolex 24
Brumos livery for Rolex 24
Porsche Motorsport will continue to celebrate its longstanding motorsport history with a fourth “retro-livery” adorning the pair of current factory-run 911 RSR race cars. This morning, in a surprise announcement at the team’s garages, the Porsche GT Team unveiled the livery created to commemorate both Brumos Racing and IMSA’s 50th Anniversary season at the Rolex 24 At Daytona on January 26 – 27. The Nos. 911 and 912 will carry the blue and red stripes and “sweeps” made famous by the Jacksonville, Florida-based team in the first two rounds of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship including here this weekend at Daytona International Speedway as well as in the 67th edition of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on March 16.

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01/23/19
nasmon

McMurray to Race the AdventHealth Camaro in The Clash at Daytona
McMurray livery for The Clash
McMurray livery for The Clash
AdventHealth announced today that former Daytona 500 champion Jamie McMurray will run the No. 40 AdventHealth Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, in the 2019 Clash at Daytona. The entry, in conjunction with Spire Motorsports, is the season-opening event of 2019 at Daytona Speedweeks Presented by AdventHealth.

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01/23/19
motogp

2019 Repsol Honda Team livery revealed in Madrid
Repsol Honda Launch
Repsol Honda Launch
Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo were joined by Repsol Honda Team legends Mick Doohan and Alex Criville to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Repsol Honda Team.

The two world champions were joined by the world’s press at Repsol’s headquarters in Madrid to unveil the livery in which they will chase the 2019 crown.

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01/23/19
nastruck

Phil Gould to Join Niece Motorsports as Crew Chief in 2019
Phil Gould to crew chief No. 45 TruNorth Chevrolet Silverado driven by Ross Chastain and Reid Wilson
Phil Gould (R) to crew chief No. 45 TruNorth Chevrolet Silverado driven by Ross Chastain (L) and Reid Wilson

Race-winning crew chief, Phil Gould will join Niece Motorsports in 2019, serving as the crew chief for the No. 45 TruNorth Chevrolet Silverado driven by Ross Chastain and Reid Wilson during the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) season.

Gould was most recently with Roush Fenway Racing, as crew chief for Ryan Reed in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS).  In three seasons together, the pair made the Playoffs each year and earned a victory at Daytona International Speedway in 2017.

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01/23/19
nasmon

NASCAR gives teams specs for gaming deals
Let the betting begin
Let the betting begin
NASCAR will allow teams to have gambling sponsors at all races and is searching for a leaguewide data deal whose payments will partially go to teams, according to sources of Adam Stern at Sports Business Daily.

NASCAR formed an industry group last year to explore the wagering space. President Steve Phelps announced that the sanctioning body would release new regulations by the start of the 2019 season. Those rules have started to trickle out to industry executives in recent weeks and some of them were viewed by Sports Business Journal.

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01/23/19
nasx

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Mike Beam to announce new Chevy driver development program
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Dale Earnhardt Jr
A new, joint driver development program between GMS Racing and JR Motorsports will be announced Thursday, January 24th at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

JR Motorsports co-owner and two-time Daytona 500 champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. will join GMS Racing president Mike Beam to announce the program’s initial driver lineup.

The event will be presented by Chevrolet.

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01/23/19
roc
irl

IndyCar rookie O'Ward turns heads in Mexico City (Update)
O'Ward at speed
O'Ward at speed

UPDATE Patricio O’Ward represented his home country of Mexico in grand fashion at his first ever Race Of Champions where he competed against and beat several of the best drivers from around the globe at the Hermanos Rodriguez Autodrome.


The Race Of Champions or “ROC” weekend consists of several opportunities for drivers to go head-to-head in identically matched cars. The two most important competitions of the weekend include the ROC Nations Cup and the individual finale, the Race Of Champions. The ROC Nations Cup pairs drivers with their fellow countrymen to fight for the title of the fastest country.

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01/23/19
nasmon

Quin Houff to Race Select Cup Events for Spire Motorsports
Quin Houff - has check, will drive
Quin Houff
Spire Motorsports announced today that Quin Houff will handle the driving chores for the team’s No. 77 entry in select Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) races beginning with the TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway in Avondale, Ariz., March 10. 
 
For a youngster who grew up working in the shop of the family trucking business, Houff had big dreams. The Virginia native fell in love with racing as a youngster and made it his goal to race his way into the top level of the sport.

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01/23/19
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Vietnam
    Vietnam
    Time short to build new Vietnam circuit - Tilke
  • Brexit would be 'very negative' - Zetsche
  • 2019 McLaren livery to be 'papaya' again
  • Leclerc arrival 'alarm' for Vettel - Zanardi
  • Gasly vows to 'try' to win races in 2019
  • Ferrari 'perfect' for Schumacher - Stuck
  • Force India not confirming end of pink livery
  • Raikkonen's book 'best seller' of 2018
  • Norris wants to beat Sainz Jr. in 2019

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01/23/19
motogp

Yamaha MotoGP Project Leader Steps Down
Yamaha MotoGP project leader KOUJI TSUYA stepped down from his role ahead of the '19 season. Tsuya will be replaced by TAKAHIRO SUMI, who until now has been the head of Yamaha's chassis division. AUTOSPORT

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01/23/19
nasx

MoneyLion & Talladega Announce Entitlement Sponsorship of MoneyLion 300
Talladega
Talladega
Talladega Superspeedway officials announced today that MoneyLion, America’s most powerful financial membership, has partnered with the iconic 2.66-mile venue and will serve as the entitlement sponsor of the MoneyLion 300 Xfinity Series event on Saturday, April 27, 2019.

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01/22/19
Miscellaneous

Who killed JFK? Where is Jimmy Hoffa Buried?
Michael Franzese
Michael Franzese
OK, so this is not motorsports, but we think you will really enjoy this interview to find out the answer to these intriguing questions........during a slow time of year for racing.

Patrick Bet-David interviews Michael Franzese, the highest paid Mafia boss since Al Capone.

It’s a Q&A dialog unlike any other regarding “the life” and several conspiracies.

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01/22/19
nasmon

Dumont Jets renews sponsorship of Leavine Family Racing
Matt DiBenedetto
Matt DiBenedetto
Leavine Family Racing (LFR) is proud to welcome back Dumont JETS as a primary sponsor with the organization for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. The Wilmington, Delaware-based company is a full-service aircraft charter, sales, maintenance, and parts organization who made the foray into NASCAR during the 2018 season.

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01/22/19
IP2000

Kory Enders Joins Deforce Racing For Full Season Of Indy Pro 2000
Kory Enders
Kory Enders

The Indy Pro 2000 Championship is formally known as the Pro Mazda Championship, the middle step of the Road to Indy that eventually leads drivers to the NTT Verizon IndyCar Series. This will be DEForce Racing’s first full season at this stage of the ladder series after competing in several different races since 2016.

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01/22/19
imsa

Audi outlines complete driver lineup for all Rolex 24 classes
Audis
Audis

Audi of America showcases three-class race offerings at the annual ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA race weekend held from Jan. 25-27. Audi Sport customer racing will be represented in the field with eight cars competing in the Michelin Pilot Challenge support series opener on Friday Jan. 25. The 57th running of the 24 hour endurance race will feature four Audi R8 LMS GT3 race cars poised to take the top podium. The brand has won this event twice in the last five years.

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01/22/19
arca

ARCA Makes Changes To Overtime Procedure
The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has announced a change to its end-of-race overtime procedures at its two biggest speedways, Daytona Int’l Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway.

Previously, ARCA allowed unlimited attempts at a two-lap green-white-checkered finish if the white flag had not been displayed, and unlimited green and white together attempts if the white flag had been displayed and the caution flag was necessary prior to the checkered.

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01/22/19
imsa

International TV Coverage for Rolex 24 Confirmed for 200+ Countries
50th Anniversary
50th Anniversary
IMSA will deliver the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship to audiences all over the world through international distribution plans confirmed today.

It has partnered with Greenlight International to secure coverage in 220 countries beginning with this weekend’s 57th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona. 

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01/22/19
nasmon

FOX Sports Films Documentary Explores Rivalry Btw Icons Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon (L) made waves immediately
Jeff Gordon made waves immediately upon entering NASCAR

The Yankees vs. the Red Sox … Lakers and Celtics … Earnhardt and Gordon …

Every sport has an iconic rivalry that defined an era and cemented a fan base for generations to come. In NASCAR, that was found in the memorable battles of two of the most-popular drivers of all time -- seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt and four-time champion and FOX NASCAR analyst Jeff Gordon

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01/22/19
irl

Meyer Shank Racing Expands IndyCar Program in 2019
Jack Harvey in the #60 Meyer Shank Racing Honda
Jack Harvey in the #60 Meyer Shank Racing Honda
Building on the team’s 2018 six-race NTT IndyCar Series program, Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) is pleased to announce that the team will contest a 10-race program in 2019 with driver Jack Harvey.

The MSR schedule will once again include an entry in the Indianapolis 500 and will grow to include nine IndyCar road course events as the team continues to build the program with sponsorship from AutoNation and SiriusXM. 

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01/22/19
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Gene Haas says budget caps will help smaller teams
    Gene Haas says budget caps will help smaller teams
    Liberty continues push for budget cap
  • Whiting inspects Paul Ricard modifications
  • Nicolas Todt to be Mick Schumacher manager
  • Vettel says 2019 world title target 'clear'
  • Gasly 'not the number 2 driver' - Marko

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01/22/19
motogp

New KymiRing circuit 80% complete
The new KymiRing track is nearing its completion as an agreement between circuit bosses and Dorna is in place for the Finnish layout to host MotoGP races between 2020 and 2024.

The date of the Finnish round will be confirmed after a MotoGP test has taken place at the circuit, which is said to be in place in either August or September this year. When complete, the KymiRing will be 4.5km in length and will be composed of 18 corners and a 1.2km straight.

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01/22/19
automotive

Tokyo court rejects Ex-Nissan chair Ghosn's bail request again
Ghosn has learned that like the USA judicial system, the Japanese courts wreak of political bias
Ghosn has learned that like the USA judicial system, the Japanese courts wreak of political bias
A Tokyo court rejected former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn's latest request for bail on Tuesday, more than two months after his arrest.

A statement from the Tokyo District Court announcing its decision gave no explanation for prolonging a detention of the 64-year-old star executive, which has drawn international scrutiny of Japan's justice system.

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