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02/08/16
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Video: What It Takes to Be a Champion - with Bobby Unser
The Unser family is a true legend in racing - nine Indy-500 wins and some twenty-five Pikes Peak victories among their many accomplishments.

In Safe-Is-Fast's latest video, “Uncle Bobby” talks about the secret behind his success - and what it takes for young drivers to become champions.

And he explains it all in his own inimitable style. I think you’ll enjoy this one says Bobby Rahal:

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02/08/16
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wscc

Ford, like Chevy, too smart to blow money on LMP1
Ford will stick to their GT program
Ford has ruled out a future move to the LMP1 class, while discounting any future prototype program unless it has a practical use to its production and race car technologies.

The American manufacturer, which enters the first of a planned two-year factory program with the Ford GT, has been in the center of the rumor mill about a potential top-level prototype effort once the GT program concludes.

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02/08/16
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wec

Manor considered IndyCar but went elsewhere
Graeme Lowdon
Graeme Lowdon - Probably not impressed with IndyCar's miniscule TV ratings on NBCSN

Manor's John Booth and Graeme Lowdon revealed the team almost pursued a move to the United States and the IndyCar Series before choosing to commit to a sportscar future with a Le Mans 24 Hours bid.

Manor was revealed as one of 60 entries for this year's endurance classic with its Nissan-powered Oreca 05 LMP2 machine, alongside a full season competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

The 'revival' of the Manor team Booth founded comes after he and sporting director Lowdon exited the F1 team of the same name at the end of 2015 following a break down in relations with the outfit's new owners. The redubbed Manor Racing will continue to race in F1, though it is yet to reveal its drivers for 2016.

Indeed, Booth and Lowdon say they still had a strong desire to remain in motorsport, having made its name in F3 before stepping up to F1 as 'Virgin Racing' in 2010, with the IndyCar Series considered initially.

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02/08/16
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Boston IndyCar opponents ask for environmental review
Opponents of an Indycar race planned for the Seaport over Labor Day weekend are trying to stop the checkered flag by erecting more red tape.

The Coalition Against IndyCarBoston has asked Governor Charlie Baker’s administration to require race promoters, the City of Boston and state agencies working with the Grand Prix of Boston to undergo an extensive review under the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act, typically a painstaking and time-consuming process.

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02/08/16
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Six IndyCar Drivers to Test at Sonoma Raceway This Wednesday
Simon Pagenaud will be one of six drivers testing
Simon Pagenaud will be one of six drivers testing
Six drivers from the Verizon IndyCar Series will take part in a one-day Chevrolet test session at Sonoma Raceway this Wednesday, Feb. 10. This marks the first IndyCar test of the year at Sonoma Raceway, which will host the 2016 season finale at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, Sept. 16-18.

All four Chip Ganassi Racing Team drivers will take part in the test, including the team’s newest driver, Max Chilton, who will take his first-ever laps in an Indy car. Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves will also test.

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02/08/16
track news

The NEW Daytona International Speedway
With 40 escalators spanning a frontstretch that stretches 9/10 of a mile, Daytona International Speedway is now more accessible than ever. 11 football field-sized “neighborhoods” provide fans with everything they need, including dedicated bars, a variety of food options, and even charging stations.


The most escalators - 40 frontstretch escalators are the most of any outdoor stadium in the United States

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02/08/16
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Tungaloy America joins Team Penske
Team Penske and Tungaloy America today announced a strategic alliance between the two organizations. As part of the new partnership, Tungaloy America will serve as a preferred supplier, as well as a technical partner, to Team Penske for both its NASCAR and INDYCAR racing programs. Tungaloy America will provide expertise to Team Penske in order to enhance efficiency and accelerate machining within the team’s manufacturing processes

"We are always excited to welcome new partners from a business perspective, and it’s even better when that new partner is capable of enhancing our competitive edge,” said Team Penske President Tim Cindric. “Tungaloy America is an industry leader and we are looking forward to utilizing their products and services to impact our future success."

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02/08/16
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AF Racing expands to 4-car GRC Lites effort
Colombian-owned AF Racing will expand its GRC Lites operation for the second consecutive year in 2016, doubling in size from two cars to four. Alejandro Fernandez will return for his third season in GRC Lites, joined by second-year driver Jackie Heinricher, and rookies Travis Pecoy and Christian Brooks. The expansion will establish AF Racing as the largest team in GRC Lites.

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02/08/16
f1

'Better' Mercedes deserves to win - Prost
F1 is almost 100% engine formula now - Mercedes cannot be beaten
F1 is now an almost 100% engine formula - Mercedes cannot be beaten
(GMM) Alain Prost has hit back at the criticism of F1's 'power unit' era.

The F1 legend is an ambassador for the new works team project at Renault, the French carmaker that has struggled so far with the turbo V6 rules.

But Frenchman Prost said F1 is on the right track with its controversial 'hybrid' era. 

"Let's go back a few years: all the major manufacturers had more or less the same (V8) engine," he told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport.

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02/08/16
Racing News

GT Motorsport takes stunning debut Bathurst 12 Hour class victory
Greg Taylor (c) with teammates Barton Mawer and Nathan Antunes
Greg Taylor (c) with teammates Barton Mawer (R) and Nathan Antunes
"This is incredible! We never expected to win at Bathurst at our first attempt - things just seemed to go our way all day."

That was Greg Taylor's stunned reaction after his GT Motorsport team won the Amateur class in yesterday's Bathurst 12 Hour race.

The Sydney driver and his team-mates Barton Mawer and Nathan Antunes ran at their own pace in their Audi R8 throughout the round-the-clock enduro.

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02/08/16
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Tony Stewart's replacement named for Sprint Unlimited
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will replace Tony Stewart in the year's first NASCAR race. That would be the Sprint Unlimited, a 25-car competition on Feb. 13 at Daytona.

Stewart is out of action for an undetermined length of time because of a severe back injury. His organization, Stewart-Haas Racing, has yet to announce a driver for his No. 14 car.

Stewart had surgery on Wednesday for injuries from an ATV accident on Jan. 31 in the California desert.

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02/08/16
track news

Sochi track lands Lukoil sponsor
Lukoil ad on Sochi main straight
Lukoil ad on Sochi main straight
PJSC "LUKOIL" and Sochi Autodrom have entered into a partnership agreement, which is to last till 2019. It is aimed at preparation and delivery of sporting events at the most modern racing circuit in the country.

As part of the cooperation, LUKOIL will be a partner of the Russian TCR round which Sochi Autodrom will host for the second time this year. In addition, the Main Grandstand of the circuit will be officially known as LUKOIL Grandstand.

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02/08/16
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IndyCar test Phoenix Raceway Feb 27
IndyCar will attempt a go at a NASCAR owned track a few weeks after a NASCAR Sprint Car race
IndyCar will attempt a go at a NASCAR owned track a few weeks after a NASCAR Sprint Car race 
The Verizon IndyCar Series teams (20+ drivers) will be at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, February 27 for the Prix View Inaugural Testing Event and you're invited!

Fans will be able to watch IndyCars on the track during two testing sessions including an evening session beginning at 5:00 p.m., concluding under the lights. Be there as teams prepare for the Phoenix Grand Prix, Verizon IndyCar Series Race.

In addition to seeing the Verizon IndyCar Series on the one-mile oval for the first time since 2005, you'll be able to snap photos with the IndyCar Show Car, win ZOOMTOWN, U.S.A. Phoenix International Raceway gear by downloading the PIR Mobile App, participate in a driver autograph session* and more!

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02/08/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Monday
  • Is Rossi's check bigger than Haryanto's and Wehrlein's?
    Is Alexander Rossi's check bigger than Haryanto's and Wehrlein's?
    Manor chances 'looking positive' - Rossi
  • Booth, Lowdon launch Le Mans team
  • Briatore rules out returning to current F1
  • Mercedes expecting rivals to challenge in 2016
  • Red Bull to be strong with Renault power - Vasseur
  • Renault expecting big power leap for 2016
  • Monza eyes new F1 deal before Melbourne
  • F1 banker Gribkowsky to leave jail
  • Magnussen and girlfriend victims of stalking
  • Caterham collapse probes taking place - report
  • McLaren would not release Vandoorne to Renault
  • Buemi still working for Red Bull

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02/08/16
track news

Bristol "tops off" support towers for Colossus
The fourth and final structural tower that will support Colossus, the world's largest outdoor, center-hung 4-sided screen, was "topped off" Thursday with the raising of an American flag. In addition, the scoring pylon in the infield has been removed. The next phase of the colossal undertaking is to install the cables that support Colossus TV as well as the state-of-the-art, 540,000-watt audio system powering 380 3-way loudspeakers and 48 stadium subwoofers - enough to make any rock star squirm with envy. The team at Bristol Motor Speedway has put together two timelapses that give a view of the removal of the scoring pylon and the building of one of the four towers.
Pylon removal
Tower construction Bristol Motor Speedway PR

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02/08/16
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Furniture Row ready for new season; still looking at 2nd team in 2017
#78 Furniture Row switches from Chevy to Toyota in 2016
#78 Furniture Row switches from Chevy to Toyota in 2016
Much is new for 2016 at Furniture Row Racing, which will have a new manufacturer, a new means of engine and chassis delivery and a new pit crew. But one thing hasn't changed for the Denver-based team that enjoyed a breakthrough 2015 that culminated with reaching the championship round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Among the new elements the team will be adapting to this year:
  • Its engines will be shipped via airfreight from Toyota Racing Development headquarters in Costa Mesa, California, instead of trucked in from Richard Childress Racing in Welcome, North Carolina (actually cutting the transport time in half to Furniture Row Racing's shop in Denver, Colorado).

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02/08/16
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BK Racing to run fourth team at Daytona with Richardson
BK Racing is welcoming Stalk It as a partner for the upcoming Daytona 500 with driver Robert Richardson Jr. Veteran NASCAR Crew Chief, Mike Ford, will lead the effort. Stalk It is an innovative eco-driven longboard company that uses CornBoard in the construction of its custom, hand-crafted longboards.

Utilizing innovative CornBoard material allows Stalk It to reduce dependency on wood products while creating boards that are high-performance with low-ECO impact. All Stalk It boards are hand-made in the USA. "I feel very blessed with the opportunity to be back in the driver's seat for Daytona," said Richardson Jr.

"I can't thank Lane and Stalk It enough for coming on board. I'm looking forward to working with Mike (Ford) and the entire BK organization." 140 Buzz/BK Racing

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02/07/16
f1

Newey exposes the fallacy of F1's attempt to reduce cost
Adrian Newey warns of runaway costs
Adrian Newey warns of runaway costs
Moves to open up engine development in '17 will trigger a Formula One "spending frenzy" likely to increase the dominance of champions Mercedes and Ferrari, Red Bull Technical Head Adrian Newey has warned, according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS.

When asked about the consequences of plans to scrap the current power unit "token" system and allow unrestricted development, Newey said, "More spending, simple as that."

The change, confirmed last week by Renault Sport Managing Dir Cyril Abiteboul, is "part of a deal agreed with the manufacturers to provide privately-owned teams with far cheaper engines."

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02/07/16
Automotive

Video: Funny Hyundai Super Bowl commercial (Update)
UPDATE This ad was voted the #1 ad of the 2016 Super Bowl according to the USA Today ad meter.

02/04/16 One of the benefits of advanced GPS technology, we can all agree, is spying on your loved ones. Hyundai speaks to this basic - if shameful - human impulse by selling its "find your car anywhere" function by following Kevin Hart tracking his fictional daughter on a date by lending her boyfriend his new car - a Hyundai with car finder technology. While Hart's daughter remains oblivious, the terrified young man sees her father's menacing face everywhere. 

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02/07/16
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Villeneuve to run part-time Xfinity Series schedule
According to racer.com, Wing Nut Racing, a new team that says it "will be debuting this year with a wide variety of racing avenues from off-road to stock car racing," announced it has signed Jacques Villeneuve to drive its entry in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, with backing from Alsco, K1 Speed, and SpeedForSale.

"Alsco is excited to be part of the Wing Nut Racing #68 race team. We will partner with Wing Nut for one race in the 2016 Xfinity series as a primary sponsor and will be an associate partner with them for an additional five races this year," said Jim Divers, Alsco's Director of Sales and Marketing. "Jacques Villeneuve is a proven winner in motorsports and we look forward to being with him in Victory Lane."

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02/07/16
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Bruce McLaren's wife dies
Patty and Bruce McLaren
Patty and Bruce McLaren
Patty McLaren, the widow of McLaren founder Bruce McLaren passed away today.

McLaren Technology Group Chairman and CEO, Ron Dennis, paid tribute to the life of a women who played an instrumental role in encouraging and supporting her husband and his extraordinary achievements.

"It was with great sadness that I heard the news that Patty McLaren, the widow of our company's founder Bruce, had passed away.

"Patty was a wonderful woman, and, over the 46 years that have elapsed since Bruce's death in a testing accident at Goodwood in the summer of 1970, she has always remained close to the company that bears her husband's name.

"She was especially resolute in the period immediately after Bruce's accident, inspiring 'my boys', as she used to refer to the men who made up the grief-stricken team, not only to keep McLaren alive but also to make it successful.

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02/07/16
track news

Fire destroys inn owned by Pocono Raceway
Blakeslee Inn on fire
Blakeslee Inn on fire
A blazing fire, that required fire companies from four counties, did extensive damage Wednesday to the Blakeslee Inn in Tobyhanna Township. The inn and restaurants, which are on Route 940, are owned by the Mattioli family, which also owns and operates Pocono Raceway, just a few miles from the inn.

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02/07/16
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Fox teaming with SI to cross promote Daytona 500, Swimsuit Issue:
The teaser Sports Illustrated put out was pretty racy
The teaser Sports Illustrated put out was pretty racy
Fox Sports and SI announced they are joining forces to cross promote the Feb. 21 Daytona 500 and '16 SI swimsuit issue, which comes out Feb. 15. A major facet of the deal will come the night before the race, when new Fox analyst Jeff Gordon will co-host a 200-person VIP party. The event will air on Fox at 9:00pm/et and see models Erin Heatherton and Hannah Ferguson in attendance. The telecast will offer features on Daytona's renovation, plus the upcoming NASCAR season.

Meanwhile, on its digital and social channels and during the party, Fox will give coverage to two other events around the issue leading up to its release -- the two-day Swim City fan festival in N.Y. and the two-day Swim Beach festival in Miami. Sports Business Journal

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02/07/16
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Pit crew changes for Danica Patrick
Danica Patrick
Danica Patrick
Danica Patrick and the #10 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet SS team will have a new look on its pit crew for the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Nate House will take over for Tony Cardamone at jackman with Cardamone moving from jackman to gasman. House filled in for Cardamone for several races in 2015 while Cardamone recovered from a back injury.

Continuing on the team from last year are front changer Eric Maycroft, front carrier Jeff Shoaf, rear carrier Matt Holzbaur and rear changer Ryan Mulder, who was on the team for nearly half of last season. PitTalks/NASCAR.com

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02/07/16
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Van Gisbergen Drives McLaren To Bathurst win
A THRILLING Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour has ended with McLaren drivers Shane van Gisbergen, Alvaro Parente and Jonathan Webb spectacularly taking victory in another tense finish at Mount Panorama.

Kiwi superstar Shane van Gisbergen held out a fast-finishing Katsumasa Chiyo in the Nissan GT-R to record the first win for McLaren at Mount Panorama, after a day of high drama that claimed several leading contenders early in the race.

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02/07/16
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Richard Petty Scheduled for Super Bowl Kick-Off Show
Richard Petty
Richard Petty
Celebrating the 50th addition of the Super Bowl, CBS Sports recently sat down with "The King" Richard Petty to collect his experiences and insights of the history and tradition of the Super Bowl.  

Petty was interviewed for the feature at the Petty Museum in Level Cross, N.C. that will also include other worldwide sports and entertainment celebrities.  The feature is scheduled to run just before kick-off on CBS.

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02/06/16
nhra

John Force Racing Wraps Up Successful Test Session In Phoenix
John Force
John Force
The quartet of John Force Racing race cars wrapped up a successful four days of NHRA pre-season testing at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park today. John Force Racing cars claimed seven of the 10 quickest runs of the day. Brittany Force and the Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster team led all Top Fuel dragsters today with a 3.721 second pass at 319.07 mph.

"I am definitely glad we are here in Phoenix testing. We were here for four days and I needed every single run that we made to make me feel more comfortable. Teaming up with Alan Johnson and Brian Husen as my crew chief has been great," said Force, who finished the 2015 season in 7th place. "They have made a lot of changes to this Monster Energy dragster. They run a whole different system that what we used to run. It takes some time to adjust to that and I am learning the car. It is starting to feel like home. We ran a couple of 3.72s and I am ready to get to Pomona."

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02/06/16
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Mercedes to make mockery of F1 series again in 2016
The Mercedes engine is now producing over 900 HP. No one else is even close
The Mercedes engine is now producing over 900 HP. No one else is even close
Mercedes' engine department are still finding "huge gains" in performance despite already leading the field, but those gains are becoming increasingly difficult to find according to engine boss Andy Cowell.

Speaking to ESPN, Cowell revealed that their power unit is already producing more than 900bhp - making it Mercedes' most powerful Formula 1 engine ever - and he promises there is more to come this year.

"It's the most powerful F1 engine [we've made] with over 900bhp," explained Cowell. "It's pretty good going from this little nimble 1.6 liter engine.

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02/06/16
wec

Toyota Reveals TS050 For 2016 WEC
Toyota TS050 Hybrid
Toyota TS050 Hybrid
Toyota has revealed its new hybrid Le Mans prototype that will compete in the 2016 World Endurance Championship, the highest echelon for endurance racing and whose highlight is the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The car is the TS050 Hybrid, which like it its TS040 predecessor will compete in the premier LMP1 Hybrid class alongside similar prototypes from Audi and Porsche. Unfortunately, Nissan has confirmed its own LMP1 project has been canned.

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02/06/16
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Ilmor only working on small part of Renault's engine
Pieces of current power units
Pieces of current power units
New Renault chief technical officer Bob Bell says that Ilmor Engineering is only helping the French constructor develop its internal combustion engine (ICE).

Renault has taken on the services of engine designer Mario Illien’s company in order to boost power unit development, having suffered from poor reliability and performance in the latest turbo era.

Bell, whose return to the Renault fold was confirmed during last Wednesday’s launch in Guyancourt, took the opportunity to give more details about what Ilmor’s input entails.

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02/06/16
F1

Rossi says it is "looking positive" he will return to the F1 grid in 2016
Alexander Rossi
Alexander Rossi will need a big check
Alexander Rossi says it is "looking positive" he will return to the F1 grid in 2016 and is holding talks every day.

The American drove for Manor in five grands prix towards the tail end of last season, having previously driven in one practice session for the team and four for Caterham.

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02/06/16
fe

Bird wins Buenos Aires ePrix (Update)
Report moved to home page.

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02/06/16
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Atlanta offering cheaper ticket prices
Johnson gets service at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Johnson gets service at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Attending the 2016 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway will be less expensive than in the past, as ticket prices for the Feb. 28 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race are reduced an average of 15 percent. This year, Sunday racegoers will spend no more than $99 for an individual grandstand ticket, with prices starting at just $39. Also new in 2016, AMS is offering affordable options for fans who want to attend all three days of the race weekend. Some of the best deals in NASCAR, the "Good," "Better" and "Best" ticket packages, offer reasonable options in increments that allow fans to customize their race weekend with attractive packages according to their budgets.

"The "Good" ticket package, priced at $79, includes upper Petty Grandstand seating for Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, plus general admission seating to Friday's Active Pest Control Qualifying Day and Saturday's doubleheader, a savings of $40 off the regular prices.

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02/06/16
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Kenseth's spotter not healed enough to be at Daytona
Kenseth will have a new spotter for Daytona
Kenseth will have a new spotter for Daytona
Matt Kenseth will be without spotter Chris "Crazy" Osborne for next weekend's Sprint Unlimited and likely the Daytona 500. Osborne told NBC Sports that he continues to recover from injuries suffered in a Dec. 17 auto accident and will not spot for Kenseth in the Feb. 13 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway.

Osborne's next doctor's visit is Feb. 16. The doctor will determine then if Osborne will be able to spot for Kenseth in the Daytona 500.

"My gut feeling is I won't make Daytona," said Osborne, entering his fourth season spotting for Kenseth. "I want to be there as bad as anyone. It kind of knocked the wind out of my sails when they said I absolutely would not be going to the Unlimited."

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02/06/16
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Latest on Jerry Nadeau
Jerry Nadeau
Jerry Nadeau
Thirteen years ago, Jerry Nadeau's life changed forever. During a practice session at Richmond International Raceway, he crashed hard into the wall, driver's side first. That crash left Nadeau with a traumatic brain injury, immobility on his left side, a collapsed lung and broken ribs. The crash not only ended Nadeau's career, but also had great implications for his personal life.  

"A lot of tough things happened," Nadeau said. "I got divorced, had to sell my house and had to start over again. Then I lost my father who I was very, very close to from cancer." While Nadeau admits his road has been up and down, he has had some successes recently both on and off the track.

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02/06/16
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Sorenson, Theme Park Connection Join MB Motorsports for Daytona
Reed Sorenson
Reed Sorenson

Reed Sorenson will team with MB Motorsports and Theme Park Connection for the season-opening race for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Feb. 19 at Daytona International Speedway.

This will mark Sorenson's first ever Truck Series start. The 30-year-old Peachtree City, Ga. native has competed at the NASCAR national level since 2004. He is a winner of four NASCAR Xfinity Series races and made 234 career starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Trip Bruce will serve as crew chief for Sorenson's No. 63 Theme Park Connection Chevrolet Silverado.

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02/06/16
automotive

Ferrari's stock price falls off a cliff - down 50%
Not as many people want a Ferrari road car when you come off looking like a 'loser' on the race track
Not as many people want a Ferrari road car when you come off looking like a 'loser' on the race track

It was a bad day for Ferrari on the New York Stock Exchange.

Warning that sales growth would slow because of the economic slump in China, Ferrari NV watched its stock price slump accordingly. Shares of the company were down more than 13 percent in afternoon trading, falling to $34.64.

Sprung from the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles less than four months ago, Ferrari's stock has lost a third of its value since its October initial public offering and is nearly half the price of its $62 high set days after the IPO. In a conference call with investors, chairman Sergio Marchionne said the company expected to ship approximately 7,900 vehicles this year.

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02/06/16
TRAXXAS

Gordon to start 1st in Desert Parker 425
Robby Gordon
Robby Gordon
Competing in the famed King of the Hammers off-road event the day before in a Arctic Cat Wildcat X, Robby Gordon qualified the quickest of 62 entries for the Best in the Desert Parker 425, topping young Mexican racer Apdaly Lopez by 3.33 seconds for Saturday’s off-road race.

Driving his familiar No. 77 orange and black SPEED Energy, TRAXXAS and Toyo Tires-sponsored truck, Thursday’s blistering qualifying run set a positive tone for the Orange, Calif. driver as he starts the 2016 North American portion of his 2016 racing schedule after spending three weeks of January in South America competing in the 13-day Dakar Rally.

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02/06/16
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FOX NASCAR Analysts Waltrip & McReynolds Weigh in on 2016 Storylines, Including Tony Stewart Injury
Darrell Waltrip
Darrell Waltrip
FOX Sports and the NASCAR industry set up shop in Daytona in less than a week, and as the days tick off until FOX NASCAR commences its nearly 100 hours of Daytona Speedweeks coverage (culminating with the DAYTONA 500 on FOX on Sunday, Feb. 21) analysts Larry McReynolds and Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip share their thoughts on the 2016 season, including the latest news regarding three-time champ Tony Stewart’s injury.

On how much of a disappointment it is for Tony Stewart to not compete in the DAYTONA 500 for the final time and miss an undetermined number of races in his final season as a driver:

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02/06/16
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Davey Hamilton Jr. to run Indy Lights
Hamilton tweet
Hamilton tweet
Davey Hamilton Jr., son of veteran Indy car competitor Davey Hamilton, has come to terms to compete for Jack McCormack and McCormack Racing in the 2016 Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires.

The third generation driver originally from Boise, Idaho, will be making his debut campaign in a single seater.

Hamilton hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps as the latest American racer to translate asphalt open wheel and sprint car success into a career in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Hamilton Jr.’s 2015 concluded with his fifth sprint car win of the year at Madera (Calif.) Speeedway in November en route to the King of the Wing Western Sprint Car Series championship.

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02/05/16
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Kimmel returns to Team Stange with JUICE Replay support
 

Broadview, Illinois; Team Stange Racing, LLC officially announces its 2016 ARCA Series presented by Menards Major sponsor for the #46 Ford that will be piloted by 10-time ARCA series Champion Frank Kimmel and sponsored by JUICE® Replay™.   Rumors linking Kimmel to return to the #46 where he won 9 of his 10 ARCA Championships had been swirling for weeks prior to today’s confirmation.  “It’s great to see Frank back in the #46 seat,” former team owner Larry Clements proclaimed, “I will be cheering him on right alongside all his fans.”

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02/05/16
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Heidfeld to race in Buenos Aires
After missing the Punta del Este ePrix due to a wrist injury, Nick Heidfeld has been cleared to race tomorrow in Buenos Aires. Adam Carroll had been called to fill in at Mahindra Racing if Heidfeld had missed but the German will be back behind the wheel. 

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02/05/16
irl

Marco Andretti engaged
Marco Andretti
Marco Andretti tweet

IndyCar driver Marco Andretti tweeted that he and longtime girlfriend Marta Krupa are engaged.

Krupa is the younger sister of reality star Joanna Krupa -- who's appeared on 'Real Housewives' and "Dancing with the Stars."

We wish the bride and groom to be all the best. 



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02/05/16
nasx

Team Penske To Give Away Ford Mustang GT In #Penske50 Sweepstakes
Team Penske will celebrate its landmark 50th anniversary season with fans in some unique ways in 2016.  One of those ways is to give away a brand new Mustang.

Today, the team launched the #Penske50 Mustang Sweepstakes - a special online promotion in conjunction with Ford that will see one lucky fan win a Ford Mustang GT as part of a year-long celebration of Team Penske’s 50 years in motorsports. 

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02/05/16
wec

Four-car Le Mans 24 Hours entry confirmed for Ford's GT
Can the fragile Ford GTs be fixed in time for LeMans?
They are fast but can the fragile Ford GTs be fixed in time for LeMans?

The organizers of the Le Mans 24 Hours, the ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest), today confirmed that all four Ford GTs have received a place on the prestigious entry list for the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours.
 
Fifty years on from Ford’s famous 1-2-3 outright victory at Le Mans, all four Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GTs will compete for GTE Pro class glory at the world’s greatest motor race, which takes place on June 18-19.

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02/05/16
nasx

JR Motorsports and Cessna Announce Partnership
JR Motorsports (JRM) and Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced today a new relationship making Cessna the official business jet choice of Dale Earnhardt Jr. As part of the agreement, JRM’s No. 88 Chevrolet will carry the Cessna brand as primary sponsor in six races during NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) competition in 2016 with drivers Alex Bowman and Cole Custer.

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02/05/16
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wscc

Nine Full-Time WeatherTech Championship Teams Set for 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans
The Rolex 24 GTLM winning Corvettes are going to LeMans
The Rolex 24 GTLM winning Corvettes are going to LeMans
Led by the Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R team that won the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class in last weekend’s Rolex 24 At Daytona and the GTE Pro class in the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans, a total of nine full-time IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams have confirmed entries for the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Corvette Racing has a pair of GTE Pro entries. The No. 64 C7.R (which wore No. 4 en route to its Rolex 24 victory) returns with the same driver lineup that took last year’s Le Mans victory:  full-season drivers Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner, as well as WeatherTech Championship Prototype racer Jordan Taylor. The No. 63 Corvette will be co-driven by Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia and a new co-driver: Jordan Taylor’s older brother and WeatherTech Championship co-driver, Ricky Taylor.

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02/05/16
wec

Manor to enter 2016 WEC
Manor Oreca LMP2
Manor Oreca LMP2
Twenty-six years after entering its first season of competition, Manor will embark on its first season in the FIA World Endurance Championship which will include the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans race.

Manor Motorsport has established a subsidiary, Manor Endurance Racing Limited, which will initially enter one car into the LMP2 class of the championship which kicks-off with the UK based team’s home race at Silverstone on 17th April 2016.

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02/05/16
elms

ELMS: 44 cars, 34 teams, 14 nationalities, 3 categories
For the fourth season since the relaunch of the European Le Mans Series in 2013, Europe’s leading endurance race series starts 2016 with the unveiling of a fantastic grid of 44 entries, the largest so far.

In a change for 2016 the 44 car entry will be divided between three categories on the ELMS grid, with competitors taking part in the Le Mans Prototypes 2 (LMP2), Le Mans Prototypes 3 (LMP3) or Le Mans Grand Touring Endurance (LMGTE) classes.  The former GTC teams will be able to enter the Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup, for which the list will be unveiled after March 15th.

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02/05/16
f1

Michelin still wants F1 return
Michelin wants to return to F1 but with 18 inch wheels.  If they write a big enough check, we're sure Bernie will find a way to work them back in
Michelin wants to return to F1 but with 18 inch wheels. If they write a big enough check, we're sure Bernie will find a way to work them back in
Michelin remains interested in returning to Formula 1 at the earliest opportunity despite losing out to Pirelli for the 2017-19 tyre deal.

But it is still adamant F1 would need to switch to 18-inch wheel rims if it came back.

Key to Michelin's proposal was a move away from the current 13-inch spec.

Michelin and current supplier Pirelli both passed the FIA's requirements in the tyre tender for 2017-19, before commercial chief Bernie Ecclestone opted for Pirelli, which will keep the current rim size.

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02/05/16
wec

WEC: Starting numbers 1 and 2 for Porsche
Porsche 919
Porsche 919 in 2015
The two Porsche 919 Hybrids with around 900 hp will carry the starting numbers 1 and 2. This was confirmed at today’s press conference in Paris by the Le Mans organizers, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), and the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).

Team Principal Andreas Seidl said: “Competing with the starting numbers 1 and 2 is an honor and a challenge at the same time. We expect even stronger competition in 2016, but still want to be able to fight for race victories and try to defend our titles. In February our intensive test and training program kicked off in Abu Dhabi.”

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02/05/16
nasx

JR Motorsports and Cessna announce partnership
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 5, 2016) – JR Motorsports (JRM) and Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced today a new relationship making Cessna the official business jet choice of Dale Earnhardt Jr. As part of the agreement, JRM’s No. 88 Chevrolet will carry the Cessna brand as primary sponsor in six races during NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) competition in 2016 with drivers Alex Bowman and Cole Custer.
“We are looking forward to representing Cessna on both the business and competition front,” said Kelley Earnhardt Miller, general manager of JR Motorsports. “Cessna is a strong and leading brand and our business strategies complement one another. Together we have a unique partnership with tremendous potential for growth.”

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02/05/16
wrc

Hyundai Motorsport set to field trio of New Generation i20 WRCs at Rally Sweden
New Generation i20 WRC - Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team
New Generation i20 WRC - Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team

Fresh from its podium finish in the season-opening round of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) at Monte-Carlo, Hyundai Motorsport moves to Sweden where it will compete with three New Generation i20 WRC cars for the first time.  

The New Generation i20 WRC made a successful debut at Rallye Monte-Carlo helping the team to take its first ever Monte stage wins as well as Power Stage points, and a third place finish.

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02/05/16
nassprint

Back Injury Sends Stewart To Hospital (3rd Update)
UPDATE 
Stewart out for months
Stewart out for months
Tony Stewart suffered a burst fracture of his L1 vertebra and had surgery Wednesday in North Carolina. There are varying degrees of burst fractures, said ESPN college sports and motorsports announcer and reporter Dr. Jerry Punch, who also said he expects Stewart to be out for months. Punch has not talked with Stewart and is not treating him but said the burst fracture is worse than a compression fracture. Denny Hamlin missed five weeks after a compression fracture of his L-1 vertebra (the highest bone in the lower back) in 2013.

"[A burst fracture] is basically an explosion of the vertebrae, typically the body of the vertebrae," Punch said in a phone interview. "Unlike a compression fracture, where it sort of gets pushed down on itself, a burst fracture usually involves multiple fractures and multiple fragments. ... Normally when someone has a burst fracture, you're talking months of healing, you're talking people wearing these big lumbar braces for two to three months."

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02/05/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • Michael Schumacher
    Schumacher news 'not good' - Montezemolo
  • Magnussen had another F1 offer for 2016
  • Renault can win again in future - Briatore
  • McLaren-Honda must be better in 2016 - Prost
  • Magnussen sympathizes with ousted Maldonado
  • Chris Dyer returns to F1 with Renault
  • 2016 Renault car 'conservative' - Abiteboul
  • Renault not surprised by Marko comments
  • Friday outings possible for Ocon
  • Video: Bob Bell discusses Renault technical role

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02/05/16
f1

Video: Cyril Abiteboul on Renault's return
Renault's Managing Director, Cyril Abiteboul, discusses the manufacturer's full-scale return to Formula 1.



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02/05/16
nassprint

Waltrip Joins BK Racing For Daytona 500
Michael Waltrip
Michael Waltrip
Michael Waltrip will attempt to qualify for his 29th Daytona 500 at Daytona Int’l Speedway driving the No. 83 Toyota for BK Racing.

Waltrip, a two-time Daytona 500 winner, announced he was joining the team Thursday evening during an episode of NASCAR Race Hub on Fox Sports 1. The car will carry sponsorship from Maxwell House, a former sponsor of Waltrip’s now defunct Michael Waltrip Racing organization.

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