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01/26/17
scca

Sonoma Raceway Named 2018 SCCA National Championship Runoffs Venue
2016 Runoffs
2016 Runoffs
Jay Bonvouloir

The Sports Car Club of America today announced that the 2018 SCCA National Championship Runoffs will be held at Sonoma Raceway, Oct. 16-21, 2018. It is the first time the Runoffs will be held at the Northern California facility.

“We’re excited to have the Runoffs again head west, continuing the Board of Directors’ initiative to move the event around the country to iconic and challenging racetracks,” SCCA VP and COO Eric Prill said. “With its deep heritage, dramatic setting and inspired layout, Sonoma Raceway is certainly right at home on the list of Runoffs host venues.”

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01/26/17
f1

Bernie sells $28m in F1 shares
Bernard Ecclestone
Bernard Ecclestone
The end of Bernie Ecclestone's four-decade reign in Formula One could see the sport return to being a more entertaining spectacle, former McLaren chief executive Martin Whitmarsh said on Wednesday.

Ecclestone's time as the colorful ringmaster of the Grand Prix circuit effectively ended on Monday when US-based Liberty Media completed its takeover of motorsport's most prestigious brand in a deal valued at about US$8 billion (S$11.35billion).

According to a prospectus released on Wednesday, seven of F1's key figures are selling up to US$39.9 million of shares in Liberty and the biggest seller is Ecclestone, who became F1's chairman emeritus following the takeover, after 40 years at the helm.

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01/26/17
nasmon

Daytona 500 to be Michael Waltrip's final race
Michael Waltrip
Michael Waltrip
Aaron's, Inc., a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions, and racing legend Michael Waltrip today announced that the upcoming Daytona 500 will be Waltrip's last NASCAR race.

Waltrip, who will mark his 30th start at the Daytona 500 on February 26, will be at the wheel of the Aaron's #15 Thanks Mikey Toyota. Aaron's and the two-time Daytona 500 winner have been partners for more than 17 years and announced a renewed multi-year partnership last year with Waltrip as Aaron's spokesperson.

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01/26/17
wscc

Ferrari Sweeps GT-Daytona Front Row in Qualifying at Daytona
Alessandro Pier Guidi
Alessandro Pier Guidi
Ferrari 488 GT3s have taken over the front row of the GT-Daytona field for this weekend’s 24 Hours of Daytona.

In Thursday’s qualifying session, Alessandro Pier Guidi drove the No. 51 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GT3 to pole position with a time of 1:47.099 around the 3.56-mile road course at Daytona International Speedway. Pier Guidi, who won the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2014 in a Ferrari 458 Italia, will share his car this weekend with Peter Mann, Rino Mastronardi, Maurizio Mediani and Ferrari factory driver Davide Rigon.

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01/26/17
arca

Cars Have Officially Hit the Track at Talladega Superspeedway
Defending General Tire 200 Champ, Gus Dean, stands victorious in Gatorade Victory Lane at Talladega Superspeedway after the ARCA Racing Series event in 2016. The ARCA Racing Series has been as staple at Talladega since inception in 1969 and will return to the mammoth 2.66-mile venue May 5, for another exciting running of the General Tire 200
Defending General Tire 200 Champ, Gus Dean, in 2016.
The anticipated 2017 motorsports season is just a few short weeks away, and drivers in the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards hit the track Thursday at Talladega Superspeedway to conduct open testing before the season opener at Daytona International Speedway Feb. 18.

Seasoned drivers Carl Long, of Roxboro, NC, Bo LeMastus, a Louisville, KY native, and Mark Thompson, of nearby Cartersville, GA all took advantage of the mammoth 2.66-mile tri-oval to practice speed and gaining additional experience on the high-banks of a superspeedway. All three drivers participating in testing Thursday have competed in years past at NASCAR’s Most Competitive venue - Talladega Superspeedway.  

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01/26/17
nasmon

ISC Blames Absence Of Star Drivers, Election For Admission Decrease In '16
At the end of the day, a sport is about the athletes, not about the ball, the bat or the car. Lose your stars and you'll lose your sport
ISC this morning released Q4 and full-year results for FY '16, showing an overall increase in revenue from the previous year but a drop in admissions. ISC, which owns 12 speedways and one dragstrip, saw total revenue of $661M for the FY ended Nov. 30, up about 2% from $645.4M in '15. That comes largely on the back of the completion of the Daytona Rising project and contracted increases in broadcast fees. However, admission revenue for the year was $123.5M, down about 5% from $130.2M in '15.

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01/26/17
f1

Epstein now believes second U.S. F1 Race could be beneficial
Bobby Epstein
Bobby Epstein
Circuit of the Americas Chair & CEO Bobby Epstein said that a second U.S. F1 event "should eventually build more interest" in the U.S. GP, even if the Austin race "might suffer a bit initially," according to Kevin Lyttle of the AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN.
 
Epstein: "In the long run, it will bring more attention to the sport and our race. A second U.S. race would keep the sport in front of people for a longer period. One of the drawbacks of F1 in America is most races (on the schedule) start at 7 a.m. or even earlier. If you add a race in our time zone, it will grow the fan base, and that’s good for all of us."

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01/26/17
irl
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imsa

Chip Ganassi Garners RRDC's 2017 Phil Hill Award
Chip Ganassi
Chip Ganassi
Chip Ganassi, a former race-car driver who is now one of the most successful and innovative race team owners in the world, was honored by the Road Racing Drivers Club with the 2017 Phil Hill Award. RRDC president Bobby Rahal made the presentation at the annual RRDC members' dinner on Jan. 25 prior to the running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the season opener of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

The Phil Hill Award has been presented annually since 1993 to the person who the RRDC feels has rendered outstanding service to road racing. The recipient may be a driver, entrant or outstanding member of a sanctioning body.

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01/26/17
Fe

Touchdown in New York for Formula E
The FIA Formula E Championship - the world's first fully-electric single-seater racing series - has launched ticket sales for the inaugural New York City ePrix in style, with the help of NFL star and New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.

The Brooklyn Cruise Terminal will host the first FIA-sanctioned open-wheel race to take place within the five boroughs of New York City. This historic event will take place over two days on July 15 and 16.

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01/26/17
automotive

ChargeNow by EVgo public charging programs in more than 50 metro areas across the U.S.
BMW of North America announced the expansion of ChargeNow by EVgo programs (including ChargeNow DC Fast) to more than 50 metro areas* in the US, encompassing the entire EVgo public charging network, the largest public DC Fast charging network in the nation. With this expansion, more than 92 percent of BMW i3, BMW i8 and BMW iPerformance (BMW X5 xDrive40e, BMW 740e xDrive, BMW 530e and the BMW 330e) drivers in the U.S. will be able to enroll to take advantage of a ChargeNow by EVgo program tailored to their vehicle, at any EVgo station.

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01/26/17
motogp

2017 MotoGP calendar confirmed
RoundDateGrand PrixCircuit
126/03Qatar*Losail International Circuit
209/04Republica ArgentinaTermas de Rio Hondo
323/04AmericasCircuit of The Americas
407/05SpainCircuito de Jerez
521/05FranceLe Mans
604/06ItalyAutodromo del Mugello
711/06CatalunyaBarcelona-Catalunya
825/06NetherlandsTT Circuit Assen
902/07GermanySachsenring
1006/08Czech RepublicAutomotodrom Brno
1113/08AustriaRed Bull Ring - Spielberg
1227/08Great BritainSilverstone
1310/09San Marino e della Riviera di RiminiMisano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli
1424/09AragonMotorLand Aragon
1515/10JapanTwin Ring Motegi
1622/10AustraliaPhillip Island
1729/10MalaysiaSepang International Circuit
1812/11Comunitat ValencianaComunitat Valenciana - Ricardo Tormo

* Evening Race


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01/26/17
nasmon

Earnhardt, Jr. leaves drivers council
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. told NBC Sports on Wednesday that he won't be on the Cup Drivers Council this year after playing a key role in organizing the group and running the group text.

Earnhardt told NBC Sports it was his decision, citing time commitments. Earnhardt was a part of the first Drivers Council meeting with NASCAR in May 2015.

"We're just trying to work together," Earnhardt said after that first meeting at Dover. "There's better dialogue and communication that way." Kyle Busch has confirmed that he'll be back on the council. Joey Logano told NBC Sports he will be back on the council. NBC Sports

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01/26/17
nasmon

BK Racing unsure of plans for #83 team charte
BK Racing is still determining the fate of one of its charters a month away from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Granted two charters under the business model NASCAR implemented going into 2016, a spokesperson for the team told RACER that the # 23 Toyota will use its charter "for sure" in 2017.

Joey Gase will drive the car in the season-opening Daytona 500 on Feb. 26, as well as in two other races this season with backing from Best Home Furnishings. Gray Gaulding was announced Tuesday as the primary driver. Dr. Pepper will remain with the team as the sponsor. However, the charter for the #83 Toyota is still to be determined. On Wednesday, Corey LaJoie was announced to run multiple races in the #83 this season. Racer

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01/26/17
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
Will Bottas prove to be better than Rosberg?
Will Bottas prove to be better than Rosberg?
  • Bottas 'as good as Rosberg' - Lauda
  • Wolff admits Bottas rivals on 2018 radar
  • I can deal with Mercedes pressure - Bottas
  • F1 door open for Lamborghini - Domenicali
  • Bottas more talented than Rosberg - Merhi
  • New Formula 1 Managing Dir Of Commercial Operations Lays Out Four-Point Plan
  • New Digs
  • Brawn presents vision
  • Abu Dhabi joins test roster
  • COTA Chair Bobby Epstein Says Track Has No Immediate Plans To Renegotiate F1 Deal
  • COTA eager to hop on fast track with new F1 owners
  • Formula 1 confirms new in-season test program
  • Ocon: The cars will look awesome, but the racing might not be

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01/25/17
irl

Sebring test gives Jones seat times he so needs
Ed Jones
Ed Jones
Ed Jones climbed from his car shortly before noon Wednesday at Sebring International Raceway and removed his helmet and balaclava, revealing a face dripping with sweat.

The rookie has been working hard.

Jones' second day in the No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda was as busy -- if not busier -- than his first test session on Tuesday. While no official statistics were kept for the private test, the evidence of him recording the most laps among the five drivers participating was clear to Jones.

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01/25/17
nasmon

Video: NASCAR Media Tour Day 2 - Keselowski, Logano, Allgaier & Larson
Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Team Penske Ford), Joey Logano (No. 22 Team Penske Ford), NASCAR XFINITY Series: Justin Allgaier (No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet), Kyle Larson (No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet)

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01/25/17
nasmon

Video: NASCAR Media Tour Day 2 - Dillon, Sadler, Ragan & Blaney
Austin Dillon (No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet), NASCAR XFINITY Series: Elliott Sadler (No. 1 JR Motorsports Chevrolet), David Ragan (No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford), Ryan Blaney (No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford)

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01/25/17
nasmon

Video: NASCAR Media Tour Day 2 - Gallagher, Haley, Gaulding, Case & Peters
GMS Racing: Spencer Gallagher (No. 23, GMS Racing Chevrolet, NASCAR XFINITY Series) and Justin Haley (No. 24 GMS Racing Chevrolet, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), Gray Gaulding and Joey Gase (No. 23 BK Racing Toyota) and Timothy Peters (No. 17 Red Horse Racing Toyota)

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01/25/17
nasmon

Video: NASCAR Media Tour Day 2 - Hamlin, Suarez, Menard, Crafton & Day
Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota), Daniel Suarez (No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota), Paul Menard (No. 27 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet), NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: Matt Crafton and NASCAR Next Driver: Alon Day

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01/25/17
f1

McLaren announces that 2017 car passed FIA crash test
Alonso's McLaren
Alonso's McLaren
McLaren has announced that its 2017 challenger has passed the FIA's crash tests.

Formula 1 is preparing to enter a new era of technical regulations, with 2017 cars expected to be four to five seconds per lap faster than 2016, due to revised aerodynamics and much wider Pirelli tires.

Force India, Toro Rosso and Haas have also cleared the mandatory crash test hurdle.

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01/25/17
f1

Video: Jackie Stewart tests the P34 Tyrrell 6 wheeler
Jackie Stewart test drives the Tyrrell P34.

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01/25/17
f1

Video: Brabham BT46B Fan Car in a BBC 4 Documentary About Gordon Murray
Clip from the BBC Four documentary "How to Go Faster and Influence People: The Gordon Murray F1 Story" featuring Murrays Design for the Brabham BT46B Fan Car. The full documentary is here:

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01/25/17
irl
wscc

K1 Speed Joins Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach As Official Sponsor
Turn 1 Lap 1 in 2016
Turn 1 Lap 1 in 2016

The Grand Prix Association of Long Beach announced a multi-year agreement with K1 Speed to join the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach as Official Go-Kart Track Operator.

K1 Speed, with 35 kart racing locations across the U.S. and Mexico, will continue to run the popular Go-Kart Challenge track for Grand Prix fans atop the Long Beach Arena parking garage, as well as receive signage around the world-famous, 1.97-mile track.

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01/25/17
USF4

Early Entries Fill Out Grid For Season Two Of The F4 U.S. Championship
Kent Vaccaro
Kent Vaccaro
The first entry for the second season of the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda was secured by 15-year-old, series newcomer Kent Vaccaro of Plattsburgh, New York. As F4 bridges the gap from karts to cars, Vaccaro will get his first open-wheel experience while piloting the No. 16 machine.

"I am looking forward to the challenge that F4 U.S. offers," said Vaccaro. "I may be stepping-up from karts to racing open-wheel cars for the first time, but a lot of my skills from karting will still carry over, like the ability to make quick decisions and the physical and mental endurance it takes to complete a long race. My goals for the season are to increase my speed and for me to earn the respect of the other drivers to confidently go wheel-to-wheel with me."

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01/25/17
wscc

2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona Schedule (Update)
Start of 2016 Rolex 24
Start of 2016 Rolex 24
UPDATE
 The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship kicks off a new era this weekend with Saturday’s 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona at Daytona International Speedway in the twice-around-the-clock race on the 3.56-mile road course.

The race will be streamed live flag to flag on the FOX Sports GO app with FS1 authentication, beginning at 2 p.m ET on Saturday, January 28 and continuing to 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 28. Live TV coverage begins on FOX from 2-5 p.m., switches to FS2 for 5-10 p.m. as well as 11 p.m.-1:00 p.m. and then finishes off on FS1 from 1-3 p.m.

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01/25/17
nasx

Video: NASCAR Media Tour Day 2 - Reed, Wallace Jr & Tifft
NASCAR XFINITY Series: Ryan Reed (No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford), NASCAR XFINITY Series: Darrell Wallace Jr. (No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford), NASCAR XFINITY Series: Matt Tifft (No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota) and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota).

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01/25/17
nasmon

Earnhardt Jr. probably won't retire until he gets his bell rung again
We suspect Dale Jr. will race until he gets another concussion, which would probably end his career
We suspect Dale Jr. will race until he gets another concussion, which would probably end his career
Earnhardt, Jr wants to retire on his own terms: Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s highly anticipated return to Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing is less than one month away. No one is more enthusiastic about the most popular driver's comeback than Earnhardt, who spoke with media during Wednesday morning's segment of the 35th Annual NASCAR Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway. Earnhardt hasn't competed since last July at Kentucky Speedway when the after effects of a concussion he sustained in a crash in June forced an early end to the 26-time race winner's season. During his time out of the car, Earnhardt had an eventful December which saw the Hendrick Motorsports driver get married and get cleared to return to action this year. He still had a decision to make, though.

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01/25/17
nasmon

Video: NASCAR Media Tour Day 2 - Earnhardt Jr., Kahne & Landauer
Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet), NASCAR Next driver: Julia Landauer

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01/25/17
nasmon

Video: NASCAR Media Tour Day 1 - Kurt Busch, William Byron Allmendinger & Danica Patrick
Kurt Busch (No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford), NASCAR XFINITY Series: William Byron (No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet), AJ Allmendinger (No. 47 JTG-Daugherty Racing Chevrolet), Danica Patrick (No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford)

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01/25/17
automotive

As expected Ford GT is not an Econbox (Update)
Ford GT
Ford GT

UPDATE Finally, after two years of pure speculation, Ford released official power figures, top speed, and some lap times for the immensely popular Ford GT supercar.

When the car broke cover at the 2015 Detroit auto show, Ford claimed power figures to be "over 600 hp," a promise it's made good on. In production spec, the 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 produces 647 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque. Don't worry, this power isn't peaky -- Ford says 90 percent of torque is available from 3,500 rpm.

This tremendous oomph is sent to the rear wheels through a super-quick seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, allowing a 0-60 time likely south of the 3.0-second mark. Ford reports a lofty top speed of 216 mph.

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01/25/17
racing news

Mark Ellis Named AER Tech Director
AER P60 LMP1 engine
AER P60 LMP1 engine
Dr. Mark Ellis has been named to the newly-created position of Technical Director for Advanced Engine Research, Ltd. Ellis, whose relationship with AER goes back to 2009, has most recently held the title of Senior Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering at London South Bank University, while maintaining a consulting relationship with AER. He will be responsible for technical leadership within the company, including reliability and performance development. Ellis will have a significant role in business strategy as well as development of future engine projects. He will also have line management responsibility for engineering personnel and will lead design, simulation, performance-development, and engine-testing.

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01/25/17
track news

Martinsville to test lighting system
Martinsville Speedway will test its new LED lighting system on Wednesday. NASCAR's oldest venue, which celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2017, announced the project to illuminate the half-mile paperclip-shaped circuit last October. For track president Clay Campbell, whose grandfather H.Clay Earles founded Martinsville Speedway in 1947, the progress has been exciting to watch.

"They put the last light pole up last week," Campbell told Motorsport.com. "They've got another month to do the wiring and focus all the individual lights. I think each light pole has about 19 or 20 lights on it, so each one has to be individually focused. We're doing a test this coming Wednesday with all the lights on the backstretch to start focusing those. It's pretty thrilling to see 'em coming up. They're pretty well on schedule so it will be ready shortly." Motorsport

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01/25/17
f1

Latest F1 News in Brief - Wednesday
  • The new and the old, Chase Carey (L) and Bernie Ecclestone (R)
    The new and the old, Chase Carey (L) and Bernie Ecclestone (R)
    New F1 Chair Chase Carey Calls Ecclestone's Departure Necessary For 'Fresh Start'
  • Ecclestone offices 'too small' for F1
  • Teams welcome 'experts' replacing Ecclestone
  • Teams turned down offer of F1 shares - Wolff
  • New F1 rule to reduce driver penalties
  • British GP safe in Liberty era - Carey
  • Liberty era future brighter for German GP
  • Brawn to attend F1 winter tests
  • Giovinazzi would 'accept' 2017 debut
  • 2017 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Early Bird Tickets – One Week To Go!
  • Mercedes pays over $5m in 2017 Formula 1 entry fees

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01/25/17
nasmon

Video: 2017 NASCAR Competition Enhancements
Brian France (Chairman & CEO, NASCAR), Steve O’Donnell (Vice President and Chief Racing Officer), Jeff Gordon (FOX Sports), Jeff Burton (NBC Sports), Joie Chitwood (Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of International Speedway Corporation), Steve Newmark (President of Roush Fenway Racing), Marshall Carlson (President of Hendrick Motorsports), Dave Alpern (President of Joe Gibbs Racing), Brett Frood (President of Stewart-Haas Racing), Marcus Smith (President and CEO of Speedway Motorsports), Denny Hamlin (driver of the No. 11 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports) and Brad Keselowski (driver of the No. 2 Ford for Penske Racing)

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01/25/17
f1

Growing financial loss at Austrian GP - report (Update)
Like all GPs without government backing, the Austrian GP is losing its shirt on F1
Like all GPs without government backing, the Austrian GP is losing its shirt on F1. The Americans aim to fix that

UPDATE In Melbourne, Peter Rolfe reported Ecclestone's exit "opened the door for a fairer future race deal for the Melbourne Grand Prix."

The "changing of the guard" could see a fresh deal brokered with the new owners and the "secret fee paid by Victorians to host the Albert Park race slashed."

Australian Grand Prix CEO Andrew Westacott vowed to “explore all opportunities with the new owners’’ and the estimated A$50M ($38M) license fee could be on the table.

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01/25/17
nasmon

Video: NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2016 Induction Ceremony
Mark Martin (2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee); Terri Parsons (widow of 2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Benny Parsons), Keith Parsons and Kevin Parsons (sons of Benny Parsons), Violet Parks (widow of Raymond Parks), Patricia DePottey (Granddaughter of Raymond Parks); Richard Childress (2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee), Judy Childress (wife of Richard Childress), Austin Dillon (grandson, driver for Richard Childress Racing), Ty Dillon (grandson, driver for Richard Childress Racing); Rick Hendrick (2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee), Jimmie Johnson (driver for Hendrick Motorsports) and Linda Hendrick (wife of Rick Hendrick)

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01/25/17
nasmon

Video: NASCAR Media Tour Day 1 - McDowell, Kyle Busch, Bowyer & Harvick
Michael McDowell (No. 95 Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet), Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota), Clint Bowyer (No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford) and Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford)

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01/25/17
nasmon

Video: NASCAR Media Tour Day 1 - McMurray, Ty Dillon, DiBenedetto & Almirola
Jamie McMurray (No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet), Ty Dillon (No. 13 Germain Racing Chevrolet), Matt DiBenedetto (No. 32 Go FAS Racing Ford) and Aric Almirola (No. 43 Ford)

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01/25/17
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nasx

Video: NASCAR Media Tour Day 1 - Poole, Cassill, Kenseth & Custer
NASCAR XFINITY Series: Brennan Poole (No. 48 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet), Landon Cassill (No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford), Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota), Cole Custer (No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford)

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01/24/17
nasmon

Video: NASCAR Media Tour Day 1 - Truex Jr., Jones, Elliott & Johnson
Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota), Erik Jones (No. 77 Furniture Row Racing Toyota), Chase Elliott (No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet) and Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

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01/24/17
nasmon

Video: NASCAR Media Tour Day 1 - Stenhouse, Bayne, Newman & Buescher
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford), Trevor Bayne (No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford), Ryan Newman (No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet) and Chris Buescher (No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet)

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01/24/17
automotive

Over 10,000 EV charging stations planned for CA
On the heels of the California Air Resources Board’s Midterm Review of the Zero-Emission Vehicle Program, the state’s electric utilities are seeking to expand electric vehicle infrastructure with thousands of new charging stations.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) all submitted new plans to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) last week to collect about $1 billion more from their customers in order to finance the important expansion.

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01/24/17
nasmon

Fresh From Florida Campaign Returns with Aric Almirola and Richard Petty Motorsports
Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) announced today that the "Fresh From Florida" campaign will return for their fourth season with Aric Almirola and RPM. Through the partnership, Almirola, who is Fresh From Florida himself, will drive the No. 43 Fresh From Florida Ford at Talladega Superspeedway (May 7) and the No. 98 Fresh From Florida Ford at Daytona International Speedway for both NASCAR XFINITY races, as well as Atlanta Motor Speedway (March 4), Talladega Superspeedway (May 6) and Charlotte Motor Speedway (May 27).

The partnership will kick off during Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway, perfectly timed for peak season for strawberries, tomatoes, sweet corn and peppers. A Florida native, Almirola knows the importance of agriculture in Florida's economy.

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01/24/17
automotive

Toyota announces 2019 expansion at Indiana plant
Toyota said it will invest $600 million at its Princeton, Ind., plant to increase production capacity for the Highlander midsize crossover and retool and modernize the factory for the next-generation model. The project won't begin until the fall of 2019. The early announcement Tuesday is intended to signal the company's commitment to U.S. production amid threats from President Donald Trump to slap tariffs on vehicle imports, particularly from Mexico. Trump had singled out Toyota's investments in Mexico in a critical Twitter message weeks before his inauguration.

"This announcement shows Toyota's commitment to continued U.S. investment," the company said in a statement. "This expansion is part of Toyota's localization strategy to build vehicles where they are sold."

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01/24/17
wscc

Gidley Set for Return to Daytona
Memo Gidley
Memo Gidley

is returning to Daytona International Speedway this week, three years after he was injured in a heavy crash during the third hour of the 2014 Rolex 24 At Daytona.

Gidley and his wife, Mari, are attending the 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona on Saturday and Sunday as guests of IMSA.

He will participate in a media availability on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. in the Daytona media center, and also plans to visit with doctors and staff later this week at Halifax Health Medical Center, where he was transported after the incident and spent several days undergoing treatment for his injuries.

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01/24/17
automotive

Trump to Meet With Detroit Auto CEOs on Jobs, Taxes and Mexico (Update)
UPDATE 
Barra, Marchionne and Fields talk to reporters after the meeting
Barra, Marchionne and Fields talk to reporters after the meeting
President Donald Trump met Tuesday with the CEOs of the Detroit 3 automakers as he looks to persuade car manufacturers to keep production within the country.

"We have a very big push on to have auto plants and other plants -- many other plants," Trump told reporters at the meeting. "It's happening."

Before the meeting, he tweeted: "I want new plants to be built here for cars sold here!"

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01/24/17
racing news

McLaren Heads Down Under To Defend Bathurst Crown
McLarens at last year's Bathurst
McLaren leads Nissan at last year's Bathurst
The McLaren 650S GT3 will return to Mount Panorama circuit in Australia next month with four customer team-run entries confirmed for the 2017 Bathurst 12 Hour. The race will also mark the competitive debut outing of Ben Barnicoat who joins the McLaren GT Driver Academy for 2017.

20-year-old Ben Barnicoat joins the McLaren GT Driver Academy after impressing in single-seater racing over the past few seasons. Barnicoat is supported by the prestigious Racing Steps Foundation – a private non-profit organization focused on developing the UK’s greatest young talent in motorsport – and was a part of the McLaren Formula 1 Young Driver Program from 2010. The Chesterfield-born driver’s CV also includes a Formula Renault 2.0 North European Championship in 2014 and two race wins in his debut season in the 2016 FIA European Formula 3 Championship.

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01/24/17
irl

Cadillac and Chevrolet Renew Support of Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Start of 2016 race
Start of 2016 race
For the fourth consecutive year, Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg announces the renewal of its partnership with Cadillac and Chevrolet for the upcoming race on March 10-12, 2017.  These classic American brands are designated as the official luxury car and the official truck, respectively.

Cadillac and Chevrolet will display an expansive line-up of their 2017 cars, trucks, crossover/SUVs and performance vehicles.  Their on-site exhibits will also be a gathering point for fans to meet Pirelli World Challenge and Verizon IndyCar Series drivers racing for Cadillac Racing and Team Chevy.  The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg serves as the season-opening event for both race series.

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01/24/17
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Indy Cycling Challenge to Support Prostate Cancer Canada
TORONTO (January 24, 2017) – Cycling enthusiasts have the opportunity to band together for a great cause while experiencing the Honda Indy Toronto like never before.  Teams composed of four riders each can register now to compete in the Indy Cycling Challenge held on July 13, 2017, on the 2.89km temporary race circuit at Exhibition Place.

The Indy Cycling Challenge is organized to broaden awareness and raise funds for the mission of Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC).  Special guests supporting this inaugural event include official ambassador, Curt Hartnett, a four-time Canadian Olympian winning three Olympic medals and many additional international competitions, and Steve Fleck, an avid cyclist, runner and triathlete plus leading endurance sports race and event announcer, as the emcee of the cycling festivities.

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01/24/17
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Auto execs want some relief on the 54.5 mpg CAFE limit
The auto industry leaders are very open to the idea of cutting corporate taxes, as well as Trump's pledge to scale back government regulations in exchange for moving manufacturing back to the USA. Nowhere would they like to see that more than when it comes to CAFE. The outgoing Obama administration just last week locked down the controversial 2025 target of 54.5 mpg.

A study predicts that while the industry could reach that goal, it could add thousands of dollars to the average vehicle's price tag, hammering demand. Which of course is BS as more electric cars come onto the market and battery prices plunge. 

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01/24/17
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Earnhardt Jr. Applauds New Format (Of course he does)
Dale Jr. is smart enough to know who butters his bread
Dale Jr. is smart enough to know who butters his bread
NASCAR's new stage-based race format was unveiled Monday in front of assembled media and industry stakeholders at the Charlotte Convention Center. You can read AR1.com's full report here.

The format, which will see points awarded throughout each event and also make each race more meaningful as drivers battle for playoff points, was lauded by the assembled drivers, executives and industry members.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., known as a diehard fan of NASCAR's glory days, said the new format will give drivers and teams much needed incentive throughout each event on the NASCAR schedule as they battle for playoff points.

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01/24/17
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WIX Filters Announces Partnership with FRR
Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr.
GASTONIA, N.C. (Jan. 24, 2017) – WIX Filters, a global manufacturer of filtration products, has joined Furniture Row Racing as a key technical partner, which includes a primary and associate sponsorship role with the Denver, Colo.-based team during the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series season.

Martin Truex Jr.’s No. 78 Toyota Camry will carry the WIX Filters primary paint scheme in the July 16th race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. In addition to the primary sponsorship, WIX Filters will have logo placement for the full season under the hood and on the C-post of Truex’s race car and also on the chest of his firesuit.

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01/24/17
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Zedd and Marshmello to Headline Indy 500 Snake Pit Presented by Coors Light
The Indy 500 Snake Pit Presented by Coors Light is proud to announce the official lineup for 2017! EDM superstars ZEDD and MARSHMELLO will headline, along with support by RL GRIME, ACTION BRONSON, ADVENTURE CLUB and THE TRAP HOUSE, in addition to wrestling legend RIC FLAIR as the special emcee. The Snake Pit will take place over Memorial Day Weekend, on Sunday, May 28, during the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race Presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

You can see the official lineup launch video featuring Flair below.  

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01/24/17
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Ecclestone put out to pasture
    Ecclestone put out to pasture
    F1 supremo Ecclestone 'dismissed'
  • No regrets after saying 'no' to F1 - Rossi
  • Manor needs funds for testing
  • Honda aims for top engine makers in 2017
  • Meet the new F1 bosses

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01/24/17
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Nationwide Creates Six-Part Series To Promote Return Of Dale Earnhardt Jr. To NASCAR
Nationwide Insurance has "created a six-part series it will push on social channels" that focuses on Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s return to NASCAR racing, according to Bob Pockrass of ESPN.com.

The first 3-minute episode airs tomorrow night, with 90-second episodes "each of the following Tuesdays leading up to the Daytona 500." The series was "filmed primarily over two days in late November, a couple of weeks before Earnhardt's test" to get race clearance following the concussion that ended his '16 campaign.

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