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01/26/18
nasmon

Jack Roush to Be Honored by NCMA with Prestigious 'Achievement in Motorsports Tribute Award'
Jack Roush
Jack Roush

Racing legend and entrepreneurial pioneer Jack Roush will receive the prestigious Achievement in Motorsports Tribute Award by the North Carolina Motorsports Association (NCMA) during the 12th Annual Awards Ceremony presented by Fifth Third Bank on Tuesday, Jan. 30.

“Jack Roush’s contributions to motorsports are immeasurable and for 30 years, Roush Fenway Racing has been the standard in innovation and performance,” said NCMA Chairman Greg Fornelli. “When you look at his innovations, his record of success and his impact on the sport of auto racing, Jack Roush is the epitome of achievement in motorsports and we look forward to celebrating his amazing career on our biggest night.”

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01/26/18
automotive

Genesis Establishes Independent Dealer Network In The USA
Genesis G80 and Genesis G90
Genesis G80 and Genesis G90

Today, Hyundai Motor America and Genesis Motor America informed existing Hyundai dealers that offers would be forthcoming soon to pave the way to establishing a distinct and properly-sized Genesis retail network. Additionally, certain dealers who are parties to the Genesis Participation Agreement (GPA), currently doing business in defined key markets, will be given the first opportunity to apply for the Genesis franchise. Applications are expected to be received within a specified timeframe and the Genesis retailer selection process will begin concurrently.

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01/26/18
imsa

United Autosports commits to IMSA endurance races
Hanson and Senna
Hanson and Senna
United Autosports have confirmed they will enter the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup this year.

The Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen and the Motul Petit Le Mans will complete the four North American endurance events, joining the Rolex 24 At Daytona the team are competing in this weekend.

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01/26/18
automotive

VW's Scania plans to invest in $5 billion Swedish battery plant
Volkswagen-owned truckmaker Scania will invest 10 million euros ($12.4 million) in a 4 billion euro ($5 billion) project to build Europe's biggest battery cell plant in northern Sweden.

Sweden's Northvolt, whose CEO Peter Carlsson used to work for Tesla, is racing against rivals such as South Korea's LG Chem to set up large-scale battery cell plants across Europe, where automakers and industrial firms have so far been largely reliant on Asian imports. LG Chem will open a lithium-ion battery factory in Poland next year.

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01/26/18
arca

ARCA and MAVTV Motorsports Network Announce 12-Race Broadcast Schedule
Officials from the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) and MAVTV Motorsports Network announced today that MAVTV will televise 12 ARCA Racing Series, presented by Menards, race events in 2018. 

Eleven of the 12 races will be Live on MAVTV in 2018, the second year of a three-year broadcast agreement with ARCA. The 2018 broadcast package includes the first ever superspeedway event scheduled for live coverage on the MAVTV Motorsports Network from Michigan International Speedway, Friday afternoon, June 8.

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01/26/18
irl

Foyt team happy after Sebring test
Kanaan talks to Foyt engineer Cowdin
Kanaan talks to Foyt engineer Cowdin
Smiles all around. A.J. Foyt’s ABC Supply team ran its first two-car test with INDYCAR’s new aero kit at Sebring International Raceway’s modified road course this past Wednesday and Thursday and deemed the test a success on all counts. Tony Kanaan had tested the aero kit in December but this was the team’s first experience with the new and much more complex electronics system that will be used this season by all teams.

Kanaan did the development work for the team as his rookie teammate Matheus ‘Matt’ Leist familiarized himself with the car and the track as it was his first time testing at the central Florida circuit.

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01/26/18
imsa

Conway Fastest in Final Rolex 24 Practice at Daytona
Mike Conway
Mike Conway
Action Express Racing’s Mike Conway set the pace in the fourth and final practice session on Friday morning for the Rolex 24 at Daytona with a lap of 1:36.865 in his No. 31 Cadillac DPi-V.R to go 0.181 seconds quicker than Lance Stroll’s No. 37 Jackie Chan DCR JOTA Oreca 07 Gibson. 

Tristan Vautier was third for Spirit of Daytona Racing while Rene Rast came fourth in the No. 77 Mazda RT24-P. 

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01/26/18
irl

Comerica Bank Free Prix Day Returns for 2018 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix
Detroit GP
Detroit GP
A tradition that began back in 1982 with the first Grand Prix on the streets of Detroit will continue in 2018 thanks to Comerica Bank. Today at the North American International Auto Show, the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear will announce the return of Comerica Bank Free Prix Day on Friday, June 1, which will allow all guests free entry to the race venue and the paddock area at Belle Isle. 

All fans will be able to visit the Raceway at Belle Isle Park and tour the paddock, known as the “locker room of motorsports,” courtesy of Comerica Bank. It will mark the sixth consecutive year that Comerica Bank has provided fans this free access, inviting everyone to experience the first day of on-track activity at the Grand Prix. 

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01/26/18
irl

Pietro Fittipaldi says IndyCar ride would be 'a dream' after Dale Coyne test
Pietro Fittipaldi
Pietro Fittipaldi

Pietro Fittipaldi says competing in IndyCar would be a “dream” after receiving his first test with Dale Coyne Racing at Sebring.

Coyne has been left without a second driver for 2018 after the unexpected departure of Ed Jones to Ganassi, and has run Zachary Claman DeMelo in its No. 19 car at this week’s test.

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01/26/18
irl

Bobby Rahal named recipient of 2017 Bob Snodgrass Award
Bobby Rahal
Bobby Rahal
Bobby Rahal, a principal of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, which runs BMW Team RLL in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Rolex Bob Snodgrass Award of Excellence, presented by Gorsline Company.

The announcement was made by Bob Snodgrass' son Harris during the Road Racing Drivers Club annual members' dinner, held at the Daytona 500 Club on Wed, Jan. 24.

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01/26/18
imsa

Tomy Drissi Will Sit Out Rolex 24
Tomy Drissi
Tomy Drissi
In an unforeseen turn of events, Tomy Drissi finds himself sitting out the annual twice around the clock motorsports spectacular. Drissi was slated to drive the No. 20 BAR1 Motorsports Gibson powered Riley Multimatic MK30. Unfortunately, business commitments will keep the Trans Am Champion in California.

“I knew going in there was a small window this situation might arise,” said Tomy. “it’s an ongoing project that demands my personal attention. Everything looked good just a week ago, however early this week, that small window became a large. I can’t describe my disappointment… but business is business.”

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01/26/18
ROC

Champions from top motorsport series all over the world join ROC Riyadh line-up
2017 ROC drivers in Miami
2017 ROC drivers in Miami

Many of the reigning champions who dominated motorsport series all over the world in 2017 have joined the field of driving royalty assembling for next week’s Race Of Champions – to be held on February 2-3, 2018 in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at Riyadh’s King Fahad International Stadium.

The ROC Riyadh field already includes some of the greatest names in the history of motorsport such as Formula 1 stars, Indianapolis 500 winners and Le Mans legends. Now they will be joined by a host of current stars who are at the top of their game in everything from rallycross to touring cars to endurance racing to NASCAR.

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01/26/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • Is Sean Bratches running F1 right into the ground on the commercial side? With more countries going to pay-TV channels (like cable in the USA) viewership will be down and sponsor will walk right out of the paddock.
    Is Sean Bratches running F1 right into the ground on the commercial side? With more countries going to pay-TV channels (like cable in the USA) viewership will be down and sponsors will walk right out of the F1 paddock.
    No pay TV deal for 'critical market' Germany
  • F1 Execs Confirm Exclusive TV Deal With Sky Italia
  • Halo to 'look better' in 2018 - Key
  • Alonso says Le Mans chances '50-50' for 2018
  • Vasseur Pulled Plug On Proposed Honda Engine Deal in first hour

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01/26/18
fe

Formula E To Donate 100% Of Ticket Sales To Legacy Program
Tickets for the Formula E Mexico City ePrix, which is scheduled for March 3, went on sale last week. The circuit announced 100% of all box office profits (what profits, race promoter will lose shirt) will be donated to the city's Legacy Program, which is making contributions to reconstruction in the wake of the earthquake on Sept. 19  LA AFICIÓN

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01/25/18
irl

Detroit GP Has $58 Million Impact On Local Economy
Helio Castroneves
Helio Castroneves
Last year’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear generated an all-time high in total spending and economic impact for the metropolitan Detroit area.

According to an independent study conducted by the nationally-recognized consulting firm Sportsimpacts, the 2017 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear created an estimated $58 million in total spending within the Greater Detroit region of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. The total represents an increase of nearly $11 million in total spending from the last Detroit Grand Prix economic study, conducted in 2014. Total spending accounts for all local and non-local expenditures related to the event.

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01/25/18
nasmon

Coca-Cola changing motorsports marketing strategy
Kyle Larson will replace Danica Patrick this year in the Coke Family of Drivers
Kyle Larson will replace Danica Patrick this year in the Coke Family of Drivers
Coca-Cola this year will have a different motorsports marketing strategy as it aligns the program with the company's overarching One Brand strategy. That strategy brings together Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coke Zero Sugar and Coca-Cola Life under one portfolio and markets them collectively. However, Diet Coke will continue to be excluded from motorsports marketing.

The company will continue to promote Mello Yello in NASCAR -- even though it is not part of the sparkling soft drink portfolio -- because it is such a good fit for the NASCAR fanbase.

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01/25/18
irl

Group One Thousand One Unveils Zach Veach's No. 26 Indy Car (Update)
Zach Veach
Zach Veach

UPDATE We now have a better photo of the car - shown to the right.

01/24/18

INDIANAPOLIS -- Group One Thousand One and Andretti Autosport have unveiled the new livery for Zach Veach’s No. 26 Group One Thousand One Honda Indy car competing in the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series championship. Veach has raced in every step of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder with Andretti Autosport, including a career-best Indy Lights championship finish of third in 2014.   

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01/25/18
irl

Indycar driver raising money to end cancer
Indycar Driver Ryan Hunter-Reay hosting fundraiser, "Racing to Beat Cancer" on TV Channel 25 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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01/25/18
wec

Risi Competizione and Keating Motorsports form joint effort for 24 Hours of Le Mans
Giuseppe Risi
Giuseppe Risi

Risi Competizione and Keating Motorsports have announced a partnership for the 86th Annual 24 Hours of Le Mans race to be held June 16-17, 2018.

Giuseppe Risi and Ben Keating, both business owners and automotive dealers in the state of Texas with racing connections, have joined forces for this years' 24-hour race at the Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France. Risi is the Team Principal of Risi Competizione and owner of Ferrari of Houston and Ferrari of Woodlands. Keating is the owner of Viper Exchange and Keating Motorsports, along with many car dealerships in Texas as well.

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01/25/18
usf2000

Newman Wachs Racing Signs David Osborne to Rookie USF2000 Effort
David Osbourne
David Osbourne

Newman Wachs Racing is pleased to announce its third driver for the 2018 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, confirming Cincinnati, Ohio's David Osborne. The 21-year-old has been hard at work developing his skills and racecraft in the F1600 series, before testing with NWR last October at the Chris Griffis Memorial test. Osborne will now join Newman Wachs Racing's two previously-confirmed drivers - Darren Keane and Oscar Deluzuriaga.

"David tested with us in October at Indy and I was impressed by the way he went about everything and with the speed that he produced by the end of the day," said Brian Halahan, NWR Team Manager. "Since then, we have had a chance to do two more test days and we've learned more of what he likes in the car and we have high expectations for him. We are really excited to have David as a part of the team."

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01/25/18
irl

The Amazing Race episode 4 and 5 results: How are IndyCar drivers doing?
Rossi and Daly won Episode 4 but fell back to 5th after episode 5
Rossi and Daly won Episode 4 but fell back to 5th after episode 5

Did you watch the two back-to-back episodes of “The Amazing Race” on Wednesday (Jan. 24)? After seeing all the remaining teams in action as they raced around France in the fourth and fifth legs do you have a favorite pairing that you are rooting for to win the million dollar grand prize?

The two-hour double episode began in Morocco, where the nine remaining teams were told to fly to Nice, France, then drive to St. Tropez on the French Riviera.

Indy racers Alexander Rossi and Conor Daly pulled into first in leg four by winning the second Head-to-Head contest over professional skiers Kristi Leskinen and Jen Hudak. Another pair of athletes, NBA all-stars Cedric Ceballos and Shawn Marion, ended up being eliminated after losing their match-up.

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01/25/18
racing news

David Hobbs wins 2018 RRDC Phil HIll Award
David Hobbs
David Hobbs
David Hobbs, whose career as a championship race-car driver has spanned three decades and his stint as a television commentator for more than four, was honored by the Road Racing Drivers Club with the 2018 Phil Hill Award. RRDC president Bobby Rahal made the presentation at the annual RRDC members' dinner on Jan. 24 prior to the running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the season opener of the 2018 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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01/25/18
imsa

IMSA Extends Homologation For Prototype, GTLM Classes
IMSA Field
IMSA Field
LAT for IMSA
International Motor Sports Association officials confirmed that the homologation period for the cars in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Prototype class and GT Le Mans class have been extended.

The extension was made possible through the partnership between IMSA, the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, which organizes the FIA World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, respectively. 

Under the new WEC Super Season format launching in 2018, the FIA extended current LMP2 and GTE Homologation periods to coincide with its new schedule format, which now will close with the season-ending 24 Hours of Le Mans event. Subsequent seasons will begin in the fall of one year and close at Le Mans the following year.

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01/25/18
track news

Guest enhancements coming at MIS in 2018
Michigan RV Area
Michigan RV Area
Michigan International Speedway continues to enhance the experience for guests all week long at NASCAR’s most entertaining track.

In 2018, MIS will debut a new high-end campground, seating option, ticket package and hospitality area. A new high-end campground will overlook Turn 1 with upscale amenities. In addition, countertop seating will be added to rows in the Turn 1 Grandstands. The track is also introducing a new all-you-can eat ticket package and the track’s hospitality area will move to Turn 1. 

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01/25/18
automotive

GM Sued by Motorcyclist After Crash with Autonomous Chevy Bolt
Autonomous Chevy Bolts being assembled
Autonomous Chevy Bolts being assembled
Implementing this technology was never going to be easy for automakers, but considering what's at stake - staying in business or slowly fading out - the companies are understandably rushing to be among the first to offer it to the public once the legal shackles come off.

Thanks to its CEO's Twitter skills and the fact it has been rolling out cars with the necessary (as claimed by the manufacturer) hardware for two years now, a lot of people credit Tesla with being in the pole position, but others are working toward that same goal as well.

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01/25/18
fe

Nicki Shields races an autonomous ca
Roborace challenged Nicki Shields to take on DevBot at the Hong Kong ePrix. Watch DevBot testing new software on the tricky Hong Kong street circuit racing Nicki Shields. Soon drivers will no longer be needed in motorsports and the sport will totally be removed from the sport.

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01/25/18
motogp

Self Driving Robot Attempts to beat Valentino Rossi
Valentino Rossi
Valentino Rossi

Yamaha has been hard at work on its autonomous Motobot racing bike, and this year, the company was confident enough to pit its creation against one of the best riders around.

Yamaha's Motobot goals for 2017 are twofold: Achieve a straight-line speed of 200 kph (124 mph) and beat Valentino Rossi -- a seven-time MotoGP champion -- in a lap around a racetrack. After accomplishing the first task, Yamaha set out to nail the second. Sadly, it was still about 30 seconds off Rossi's time, but it's getting there and that's the most important part.

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01/25/18
automotive

Off-the-Shelf Nuclear Plants Could Soon Help Power Electric Cars
Nuclear power plants means zero emissions from the source to the road with EVs
Nuclear power plants means zero carbon emissions from the source to the road with EVs
Demand for low-carbon electricity to power a future wave of electric vehicles could be provided by small, factory-built nuclear reactors.

As Britain’s old coal and nuclear stations shut from 2025, the nation faces a tough challenge in keeping a future fleet of electric cars powered and meeting the nation’s clean energy goals when renewable sources like wind and solar aren’t available.

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01/25/18
automotive

Volvo announces that it will put electric trucks on the road this year
Tesla has woken up the industry
Tesla has woken up the industry
This week, Volvo is adding itself to the list of many truck manufacturers working on electric trucks.

The Swedish group says that it will bring the electric trucks to the road as soon as this year and start selling them next year.

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01/25/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • Juan Montoya supports Alonso's efforts to branch out
    Juan Montoya supports Alonso's efforts to branch out
    Montoya backs Alonso's 'triple crown' bid
  • McLaren to be 'at the front' in 2018 - Brown
  • Haas can be like Force India - Magnussen
  • Wehrlein could return to F1 in 2019 - Wolff
  • Alonso no longer ruling out Nascar
  • EU complaint has been withdrawn
  • Formula 1 Appoints Wavemaker, Brainlabs To Run Its Media Accounts
  • Zak Brown: We can’t compete with top two teams
  • New Toro Rosso to make track debut at Misano before first F1 test

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01/25/18
f1

Oz GP Bound! Mercedes already packing freight for Melbourne
It's only January but we're already packing for Melbourne! See how we sign off our sea freight for the first race of 2018, in Australia

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01/25/18
nasmon

NASCAR FedEx Preview Show: New faces in new places for 2018
NASCAR.com's Kim Coon and Jonathan Merryman highlight everything you need to know to get ready for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

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01/25/18
automotive

The Sierra Club's new video attacks Ford for its polluting cars
1912 Ford Model T
1912 Ford Model T
In a video made public Wednesday, the Sierra Club denounced Ford Motor Company for lobbying the Trump administration and “#PollutingPruitt” to roll back vehicle efficiency and and emission standards.

The environmental organization timed the airing of their new video with the D.C. Auto Show, at which Ford isn’t showing any electric vehicles despite claiming a commitment to sustainability, according to the Sierra Club.

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