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01/31/16
F1

Pirelli To Host 'Vital' Meeting On Formula 1 Tires
Hembery wanted 18" wheels but he's not getting those
Hembery wanted 18" wheels but he's not getting those
Pirelli will host a meeting of Formula 1's key stakeholders in Milan next week "to discuss how the sport wants the tires to perform in future."

F1 is currently planning a rewriting of the rules from '17 to "improve the show with faster and more aggressive-looking cars."

Drivers have said repeatedly that they want tires that "let them race flat out from start to finish rather than the current quick-wearing ones that require careful management over a distance." Reuters

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01/31/16
wscc

Rolex 24 post-race driver quotes
 
Scott Sharp
Scott Sharp

Scott Sharp
For us, as a team with ESM to be so incredibly supported by Tequila Patron for six years, these are the kind of races you want to reward them with. These are the kind of races you want to win. Especially after last year, things were a bit bleak. We had a rough year changing chassis, going to new tracks, just the whole WEC experience. We made a lot of changes post the last race of the year, and to see all that come together so quickly is very rewarding. It's a great way to start the season, and I'm pretty excited about what this year is going to hold.

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01/31/16
wscc

Angelelli stable and conscious at local hospital
Max Angelelli suffered carbon Monoxide poisoning in the No. 10 Corvette DP
Max Angelelli suffered carbon Monoxide poisoning in the No. 10 Corvette DP
Wayne Taylor Racing driver Max Angelelli was taken to a local hospital following today's Rolex 24 at Daytona. It is suspected that Angelelli is being treated for inhaling fumes in the cockpit of the #10 Corvette DP, although that has not been confirmed. After finishing today's race second the Italian pulled off course and was shortly thereafter taken to a local hospital.

Confirmation came a few minutes ago that Angelelli was conscious, stable and being evaluated at a local hospital. We will pass along more information as we receive it.

AR1 Staff Report

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01/31/16
motogp

Stoner to join official Sepang test
Casey Stoner now with Ducati
Casey Stoner now with Ducati
The first official test of 2016 MotoGP season will start tomorrow at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit where Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa are looking forward to getting back in action on their Repsol Honda RC213V after two months of test ban.

Waiting for them in the Repsol Honda Team garage there are two bikes equipped with two different engine specs: the one they used in the last test at Jerez and an evolution spec.

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01/31/16
wscc
track news

Rolex 24 Fans Get First Taste Of Renovated Daytona Int'l Speedway
Fans at this weekend's Rolex 24 At Daytona got their first look at the "phenomenal" DIS following the $400M Daytona Rising project. New amenities include "1,400 video monitors, enhanced technology, modernized bathrooms and huge concourses."

DIS President Joie Chitwood III: "It's overwhelming -- what we were to what we are now. It's a complete transformation. I'm glad to hear that fans agree." Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL


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01/31/16
nassprint

NASCAR Inches Closer To Charter System With Draft Approval
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams and the sanctioning body on Friday approved a draft of the sport’s new charter system, appearing to clear the way for its passage before the start of the ’16 campaign, sources said. The deal is not officially signed yet, but barring an unforeseen snag, the system is now likely to be rolled out as soon as next week, or one week before Speedweeks and the Daytona 500. The deal is for five years with a four-year option, sources said, so that it can run concurrently to NASCAR’s media-rights deals. Adam Stern/THE DAILY

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01/31/16
wscc

Video: Final lap of Rolex 24
Watch the final lap of the 54th Rolex 24 at Daytona, a race won by Tequila Patron ESM and drivers Pipo Derani, Scott Sharp, Johannes van Overbeek and Ed Brown.



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01/31/16
wscc

Rolex Hour 23: Derani in control (Update)
UPDATE Just as the update below was posted, Pipo Derani began to report an unexpected sound which he thought might be a gearbox issue. The team is currently trying to resolve whatever issue there may by studying the telemetry. However, Jordan Taylor has begun to close the gap ever so slightly and is 6.8s behind Derani. 

Brian C. reporting for AutoRacing1



Pipo Derani has been the star of this year's Rolex 24
Pipo Derani has been the star of this year's Rolex 24

01/31/16 Brian C. here writing with about 70 minutes remaining in the 54th Rolex 24 at Daytona.

A few minutes before 1 p.m., the #2 Ligier JS P2 Honda driven by Pipo Derani blew past the Ricky Taylor in the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP to take the lead. And ever since, the 22-year-old Brazilian has been pulling away at a pace of about 1.3-1.7 seconds per lap. IndyCar star Ryan Hunter-Reay sits third in the #90 VisitFlorida Racing Corvette DP.

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01/31/16
wscc

Rolex 24 Hour 22: #10 leads but #2 gaining
Derani is gaining fast in the No. 2 Ligier Honda
Derani is gaining fast in the No. 2 Ligier Honda
Luis Felipe Derani is the fastest driver in the Rolex 24 this year and he is singlehandedly driving the No. 2 Ligier Honda toward the front by consistently gaining 2 seconds per lap on the No. Corvette driven by Ricky Taylor.

Ryan Hunter-Reay has the No. 90 Visit Florida Corvette back on the same lap as the leaders in third but he runs almost 21-seconds behind while turning laps as fast as the leader.

Lance Stroll in the No. 01 Ganassi Ford in 4th 3 laps off the pace.

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01/31/16
wscc

Rolex 24 Hour 21: Taylor's #10 Corvette still leads
The #10 being driven by Rubens Barrichello, the Taylor Brothers and Max Angelelli are in position to win
The #10 being driven by Rubens Barrichello, the Taylor Brothers and Max Angelelli are in position to win
With 3 hours to go the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Corvette DP being driven by Max Angelelli continues to lead the Rolex 24 at Daytona over the No. 2 Patron Ligier Honda still in the hands of Van Overbeek.

Marc Goosens has the No. 90 Visit Florida Corvette that he shares with Ryan Hunter-Reay and Ryan Dalziel in 3rd but they have fallen one lap down. The Ganassi Ford No. 01 is 4th but seemingly out of contention for the win 4 laps down.

The No. 02 Ganassi Ford has crashed out and is done.

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01/31/16
wscc

Video: DeltaWing Crashes Out in Turn 1 in Rolex 24
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship: After running well for the first 4 hours, the DeltaWing clobbers the back end of a stalled car in Turn 1 at Daytona.



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01/31/16
nassprint

Members of SHR help out family of stricken crewman
The family of a Stewart-Haas Racing team member who suffered a stroke on New Year's Day is getting a helping hand from fellow team members with the Kannapolis, NC based organization. Les Huntley, a front suspension mechanic for SHR and second gas man for #10-Danica Patrick last season, was left with paralysis on his left side in the wake of his medical emergency. As of a week ago, Huntley was still not walking, nor able to use his left arm and hand. Members of SHR spent their Saturday providing assistance to Huntley's family as they move into a new home. FoxSports

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01/31/16
f1

Halo protection not ideal but the best compromise
Mercedes Halo design
Mercedes Halo design
Anthony Davidson says the proposed ‘halo’ concept aimed at improving driver head protection is “not ideal” as it impairs vision, but the former F1 driver thinks it is the “best compromise” at the moment.

In the wake of Jules Bianchi and Justin Wilson’s deaths, the FIA has been ramping up testing and investigations to prevent further head injuries.

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01/31/16
wscc

Rolex 24 Hour 20: #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette leads
Angelelli leads in the No. 10 Corvette DP
Angelelli leads in the No. 10 Corvette DP
Brian C. here. We'll do the leaders, a few bullet points, then the overall standings. 

Leaders

Prototype (and 1st overall) #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette, Max Angelelli
GTLM (7th overall) - #4 Corvette Racing Corvette, Marcel Fassler
GTD (14th overall) - #22 Alex Job Racing Porsche, Shane van Gisbergen
PC (25th overall) - #85 JDC Motorsports Oreca FLM09, Chris Miller

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01/31/16
wscc

Rolex 24 Hour 19: Derani leads in #2 Honda
The #2 Tequila Patron ESM Ligier Honda
The #2 Tequila Patron ESM Ligier Honda
Shortly after our last update, Pipo Derani moved the #2 Tequila Patron ESM Honda to the lead. The 22-year-old Brazilian has spent the last 45 minutes or so building a 27 second lead over second place Max Angelelli in the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette. Filipe Albuquerque sits third in the #5 Action Express Corvette.

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01/31/16
IRL
wscc

Rolex 24: IndyCar driver update
Spencer Pigot
Spencer Pigot
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Spencer Pigot experienced a baptism by fire in an extended first stint in the Rolex 24 At Daytona endurance sports car race.

Unfortunately, the fire that his No. 55 Mazda Motorsports Prototype experienced shortly after Pigot finished the stint sent any chances for victory up in smoke.

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01/31/16
wscc

Rolex 24 Hour 18: Fittipaldi leads in #5 Corvette
The #5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP
The #5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP

With 6 hours remaining, the #5 Action Express Racing Corvette currently driven by Christian Fittipaldi leads the 54th Rolex 24 at Daytona. Jordan Taylor sits second less than a second behind Fittipaldi in the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette, while Pipe Derani is third in the #2 Tequila Patron ESM Honda.

Antonio Garcia has moved the #3 Corvette to the top of the GTLM class and sits eighth overall.

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01/31/16
irl

Reality TV star to use Indy 500 to launch energy drink
Richard Rawlings of Gas Monkey
Richard Rawlings of Gas Monkey
Dreyer & Reinbold–Kingdom Racing has signed a deal making Gas Monkey Garage its primary sponsor for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500.

Rising IndyCar star Sage Karam, 20, will pilot the car.

Gas Monkey Garage, which features performance car builds in the global television show “Fast N’ Loud” on Discovery Channel, will make its first appearance in the Indianapolis 500.

Led by Richard Rawlings, Gas Monkey Garage has been a successful automotive brand and collector car restoration business since 2002.

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01/31/16
wscc

Rolex 24 Hour 17: Ricky Taylor leads in #10 Corvette
The #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP
The #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP

With 7 hours remaining, Ricky Taylor leads the 54th Rolex 24 at Daytona in the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette. Another Corvette sits second with Christian Fittipaldi at the wheel of the #5 Action Express Racing entry. Scott Sharp is third in the #2 Tequila Patron ESM Honda.

Nick Tandy continues to lead GTLM in the #911 Porsche. Porsche also leads the GTD class with Patrick Long at the wheel of the #540 entry. The #85 leads Prototype Challenge.

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01/31/16
wscc

Rolex 24 Hour 16: Fittipaldi leads Hunter-Reay
No. 90 Corvette of Hunter-Reay and Dalziel runs 2nd
No. 90 Corvette of Hunter-Reay and Dalziel runs 2nd

The No. 5 Action Express Corvette DP with Christian Fittipaldi driving led the No. 90 Visit Florida Corvette DP with Ryan Hunter-Reay still at the wheel as the clock struck 16 hours in the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Ricky Taylor was half a second behind Hunter-Reay in the No. 10 Corvette DP ahead of the No. 01 Ganassi Ford driven by Andy Priaulx.

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01/31/16
wscc

Rolex 24 Hour 15: Barbosa leads Hunter-Reay
The #4 Corvette with Oliver Gavin driving leads in GTLM
The #4 Corvette with Oliver Gavin driving leads in GTLM
The No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP of Joao Barbosa leads the 54th Rolex 24 at Daytona with 15 hours complete, but the sister No. 31 car, caught fire in the pits while refueling and Dane Cameron bailed from the race-contending No. 31 Corvette DP. Cameron was uninjured and the team managed to get the car back on track without losing a lap.

Ryan Hunter-Reay runs second in the No. 90 Visit Florida Corvette DP, with Brendon Hartley third in the No. 01 Ford Chip Ganassi Riley-Ford DP.

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01/31/16
wscc

Rolex 24: Porsche Video Update
A Porsche Motorsport Video News featuring the Porsche 911 RSR and the Porsche 911 GT3 R. Watch the first hours of the legendary 24 Hours of Daytona.



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01/31/16
wscc

Rolex 24 Hour 10: Corvette DPs run 1-2-3
The leading No. 5 Corvette DP with Scott Pruett at the wheel
The leading No. 5 Corvette DP with Scott Pruett at the wheel

Scott Pruett took over the lead in the Action Express No. 5 Corvette DP as the Rolex 24 hit the 10-hour mark in the middle of the night in Daytona Florida.  He led Max Angelelli in the No. 10 Corvette DP and Ryan Hunter-Reay who brought the No. 90 Corvette DP up to third.

Alex Wurz ran 4th in the No. 01 Ganassi Riley Ford with Simon Pagenaud rounding out the top-5 in the No. 31 Corvette DP giving Chevy 4 of the top-5 positions.

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01/31/16
wscc

Video: Hour 7 Race Recap - 2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship: AJ Allmendinger leads the field in the No. 60 car after 7 hours of racing in the 24 Hours at Daytona.



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