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02/07/17
sst

Dontas Joins Stadium SUPER Trucks In 2017
Craig Dontas has announced his racing plans for 2017, as he lines up a drive in the Stadium SUPER Trucks Season together with new major sponsor Shannons Insurance.
 
Dontas is a huge supporter of the Stadium SUPER Trucks, having played a part in bringing the category to Australia through his position with the Clipsal 500 and is looking forward to the challenge of driving in a new category.

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02/07/17
f1
track news

Texas blocks release of F1's US Grand Prix payment details
The Texas attorney general’s office will keep secret how much money Formula One receives from organizers of the U.S. Grand Prix to run the annual race.

The Associated Press had requested financial information related to the 2015 and 2016 races from the governor’s office under state public records law. Race host Circuit of the Americas receives more than $20 million in taxpayer funds to help pay for the event.

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02/07/17
nasmex

12 Races For NASCAR Mexico Series
The return of the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series will take the green flag in March in Monterrey and the champion will be crowned in November at Mexico City, as part of a 12-race calendar.

The schedule for the top racing series in Latin America features a challenging mix of six oval and six road-courses events, and includes stops at nine different venues throughout Mexico.

The NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series will open the season at Autodromo Monterrey, a 2.1-mile road course in Apodaca, Nuevo Leon, on March 26. Daniel Suarez, a Monterrey native and the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion, is a two-time winner on the oval layout at his home track.

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02/07/17
nhra

Jim Dunn Racing Returns with Mooneyes Funny Car at NHRA Season Opener
Jim Dunn Racing Mooneyes dragster
Jim Dunn Racing Mooneyes dragster
At the end of last season, Jim Dunn Racing introduced radically designed artwork on its Funny Car that featured an image of the 1960’s Mooneyes dragster. That artwork returns with even more detail at the NHRA season opener in Pomona, including an overhead view looking at the top of the front engine design on the hood of the Nitro Flopper. Along with new graphics, the team will start the season with new driver, Jim Campbell. A Southern California resident, Campbell lives near the team’s race shop in greater Los Angeles.

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02/07/17
nhra

FOX Sports Broadcast Team Previews 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Season
FOX Sports opens its second season as home to the National Hot Rod Association, with three hours of final-round coverage from the NHRA Circle K Winternationals airing live on the FOX broadcast network Sunday, Feb. 12 (4:00 PM to 7:00 PM ET).

In addition, FOX Sports provides NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing qualifying coverage on Friday, Feb. 10 (7:00 PM to 8:00 PM, FS1), Saturday, Feb. 11 (1:00 PM to 2:00 PM ET, FS1, Live) and Sunday, Feb. 12 (2:00 AM to 3:00 AM, FS1).

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02/07/17
irl
imsa

Long Beach GP track construction begins
Concrete walls being put in place
Concrete walls being put in place
Liezl Estipona
LONG BEACH, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2017) – The "Roar by the Shore" is just two months away! Construction has begun on the iconic Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach race circuit in preparation for the April 7-9 race weekend.

The first of more than 2,400 concrete blocks that anchor the safety system around the 1.97-mile, 11-turn racing circuit have been placed, and construction crews are beginning to build the 14 huge grandstands that line the race course.

Featuring a wide variety of on- and off-track activities for the entire family, the Grand Prix will be headlined by the second round of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series, as well as the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix, featuring the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and its all-new prototype cars. In addition, the weekend will include the Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge under the lights on Friday and Saturday nights; SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks, the powerful sports cars of the Pirelli World Challenge and the new-for-2017 Can-Am Challenge. There will also be concerts, free to race ticket holders, on Friday and Saturday nights.

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02/07/17
usf2000

Ming joins USF2000 field with Pabst Racing
Calvin Ming
Calvin Ming
Calvin Ming will compete in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda for 2017 after signing with Pabst Racing. The 21-year-old will drive the #22 Pabst Racing entry during the 14-round season.

“We are very excited to finally announce the signing of Calvin for the 2017 season,” said team owner Augie Pabst. “After an impressive test with him in late 2016, we knew he was a great fit for our team. We are looking forward to great results.”

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02/07/17
grc

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, Announce Three Full-time GRC Lites Drivers
Christian Brooks
Christian Brooks
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, the defending Red Bull Rallycross Lites champions, announced today that young driving stars Alex Keyes, Christian Brooks and Travis PeCoy have signed with the team to compete in the 12-race 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross Lites division beginning at the series opener scheduled for April 28-29 in Memphis, Tenn.

Keyes, Brooks and PeCoy return to the highly-competitive GRC Lites division with the reigning Lites series winners in Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, the Indiana-based operation which captured five Red Bull Global Rallycross Lites Series main events, 23 heat races and seven fast qualifying honors in 2016. Keyes, racing a limited schedule in 2016, scored two main event wins, seven heat race victories and five fast qualifying times for DRR.

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02/07/17
nasmon

Danica Patrick short $15 million for NASCAR Cup ride (4th Update)
UPDATE 
Surely someone will sponsor this hot woman!
Surely someone will sponsor this hot woman!

Danica Patrick has a favor to ask:

Anybody got $15.2 million to spare?

It's kinda important, and time-sensitive. With Speed Weeks right around the corner in Daytona the following weekend, Patrick has been left in the lurch by her primary sponsor, Nature's Bakery.

The company, based in Nevada and specializing in healthy products like fig bars, is reneging on its NASCAR Monster Energy Cup sponsorship deal with Patrick, who drives for Stewart-Haas Racing.

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02/07/17
nasmon

Watkins Glen stage lengths revealed for August NASCAR race weekend
Watkins Glen
Watkins Glen
When the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series roll into Watkins Glen International this coming August, it will be with a twist. As announced previously by the sanctioning body, the 2017 season will feature an enhanced competition format that will be implemented in both series. Races will now consist of three stages, with championship implications in each stage. The Top-10 finishers of the first two stages will be awarded additional championship points, with the race winner being the recipient of additional championship and playoff points at the conclusion of the final stage. In the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, the first two stages will be made up of 20 laps each, ending with caution periods on laps 20 and 40, respectively. Then, a 50-lap third segment will take the field to the checkered flag.

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02/07/17
automotive

Penske Automotive Q4 net jumps 16%, as revenue slips
Roger Penske raking in the dough
Roger Penske raking in the dough
Penske Automotive Group Inc.’s fourth-quarter net income rose 16 percent to $82.7 million, on a 0.7 percent drop in revenue, due in part to exchange rates, to $4.89 billion, the dealership group said.

“In the fourth quarter, our retail automotive business continued to perform well, and I was particularly pleased to see increases in new vehicle, used vehicle and finance and insurance gross profit per vehicle retailed when excluding foreign exchange,” said Chairman Roger Penske in a statement.

Income from continuing operations rose 12 percent from the year-earlier period to $82.6 million. That figure includes a $5.1 million income tax benefit from the revaluation of a deferred tax liability on the company’s Premier Truck Group investment.

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02/07/17
irl
nasmon

Tony Stewart Returning To Indy 500 To Sponsor Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Entry
Tony Stewart
Tony Stewart
The Tony Stewart Foundation will sponsor Schmidt Peterson Motorsports' No. 77 entry at the Indianapolis 500 “under the auspices" of Team One Cure, a "project to benefit the Colorado State University Flint Animal Cancer Center,” according to Brant James of USA TODAY. A driver “has not been announced, but the news is certain to re-fire fanciful speculation that the 45-year-old Stewart … could race the car.”

Stewart has "vociferously denied any further ambitions to drive in the Indianapolis 500, though, making this bid most likely an outlet for his charitable efforts to benefit children and animals." Stewart drove in the race five times from '96-'01 USATODAY.com.

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02/07/17
nasmon

BoldVu Displays and ISM Vision to Accelerate NASCAR Fan Engagement
Sample BoldVu display
Sample BoldVu display
Manufacturing Resources International (MRI), engineer, designer, and manufacturer of out-of-home industry renowned BoldVu displays, has formed a partnership with Ingenuity Sun Media (ISM), a digital activation, engagement and communications firm, as the exclusive digital media providers to the International Speedway Corporation (ISC).

ISC owns and operates 13 speedways across the US, hosting numerous NASCAR events each year, including the Daytona 500 – one of Forbes' global top-10 most valuable sporting events. MRI and ISM have branded their digital engagement and advertising network- ISM Vision, Powered by BoldVu. BoldVu, MRI's flagship outdoor display, has been the highest performing product of its kind for 12 years running; pairing well with sporting events centered on high performance.

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02/07/17
wec

WeatherTech Racing to Run Ferrari 488 GTE at Le Mans 24
No. 62 Ferrari 488 GTE
WeatherTech Racing together with Scuderia Corsa will field the No. 62 Ferrari 488 GTE in the GTE-Am Class for drivers Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.), Bill Sweedler (Westport, Ct.) and Townsend Bell (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, June 17-18. The all-American trio bring solid miles to the Circuit de la Sarthe.

Sweedler and Bell are returning as the defending Le Mans GTE-Am Class winners from 2016. MacNeil will be making his fourth start at the French classic. Combining the efforts of the seasoned IMSA WeatherTech Championship drivers under the Scuderia Corsa banner for the 24 hours was a natural decision.

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02/07/17
nasmon

FOX Sports Kicks Off Biggest Daytona 500-Themed Digital Content Push Ever with 'Daytona 500 Hour Countdown'
For FOX Sports, too much of a good thing sometimes is a good thing.

In support of FOX Sports’ huge year broadcasting Super Bowl LI and the Daytona 500 only three weeks apart, FOX Sports kicked off its "Daytona 500 Hour Countdown" on Sunday, Feb. 5, at 6:00 PM ET prior to the kickoff of Super Bowl LI (live on FOX at 6:30 PM ET).

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02/07/17
irl

PPG Named Official Paint Sponsor of Green Savoree Racing Promotions Properties
Green Savoree Racing Promotions (GSRP) announces a new partnership with PPG Industries, naming the company as the official paint sponsor of all three GSRP race properties, which include Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Honda Indy Toronto and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course which hosts The Honda Indy 200 in Lexington, Ohio.

PPG, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., and operating in 70 countries worldwide, is an industry leader in high performance automotive refinish products.  PPG boasts an impressive history of more than 35 years in motorsports and is a market leader in coatings, innovation, sustainability and color.

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02/07/17
automotive

UK Motorists turning away from diesel vehicles
Motorists in the United Kingdom are turning their backs on diesel-powered vehicles, instead opting for more environmentally-friendly alternatives.

In the first month of the year, 174,564 new vehicles registrations were made in the UK, the most since 2005. However, of that total, only 78,778 were for diesel vehicles, down from the 82,314 registered in January 2016, representing a 4.3 per cent decrease.

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02/07/17
nasmon

NASCAR settles lawsuit with fan over Daytona wreck
Kyle Larson goes flying
Kyle Larson goes flying
NASCAR has settled with a spectator injured in a February 2013 Xfinity Series crash at Daytona International Speedway, and in doing so was able to avoid having drivers deposed as well as have its crash and fencing reports made public. Allen Davis sued NASCAR and the track parent company International Speedway Corp., in November 2015. The Florida man was sitting in the upper deck and, according to the lawsuit, "was struck in the head by a heavy piece of debris and suffered a catastrophic, traumatic brain injury."

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02/07/17
nassprint

Robert Yates battling liver cancer (Update)
Doug and Robert Yates
Doug and Robert Yates in 2009

UPDATE Robert Yates continues to battle liver cancer, after being diagnosed last year. Monday his son Doug was asked how he's doing during a Ford conference call:

Question: How is your dad doing?
Yates "My dad is hanging tough. He's got two more chemo treatments and then hopefully they can go to surgery, but he's hanging tough. He gets excited when we start racing, so he's ready for us to get to Daytona. After the Rolex standing there in Victory Lane with Dave and Raj (Nair) and the guys from Ford and Chip Ganassi. I had Chip call him up and that was really special to me and gave him some more encouragement, but I appreciate you asking about him and hopefully he'll get through this thing." Ford Racing

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02/07/17
F1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday (Update)
UPDATE Update shown in red below.

02/07/17
  • Unless they bring back screaming engines, F1 cannot be repopularized
    Unless they bring back screaming engines, F1 cannot be repopularized
    Liberty needs to 'repopulate' F1 - Ferrari
  • 8,000 entries in Hamilton competition
  • Kubica wants chance to drive F1 car again
  • Stroll sure of progress with 'mentor' Massa
  • BMW Says Return To Formula 1 Does Not 'Tally' With Long-Term Strategy
  • Steiner: F1 could learn from NASCAR
  • Mosley urges new owners to ax Ferrari bonus New

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02/06/17
irl

IndyCar Headed Back To Phoenix With Free Open Test This Friday
Castroneves testing at Phoenix last year
Castroneves testing at Phoenix last year

The Verizon IndyCar Series will host a test day that is free and open to the public at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday, February 10.

Some of the best drivers in America will come to Phoenix this Friday, and you can watch them for free. The Verizon IndyCar Series is holding its first all-league testing day at Phoenix International Raceway, and it is free and open to the public.

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02/06/17
USF4

VIR Event Rescheduled For F4 U.S. Championship
SCCA Pro Racing officials announced that the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda event slated for April 28-30 at Virginia International Raceway has been rescheduled to run with IMSA Aug. 25-27.

“Circumstances beyond our control required VIR to move the April F4 U.S. event date to August,” said SCCA Pro Racing Vice President Steve Oseth. “While we regret the scheduling impact this places on our teams, both VIR and SCCA Pro feel this date more suits our needs.  Not only does the IMSA date attract a bigger audience with more media attention, but also it is situated in the summer and therefore doesn’t impact the normal school year for our young competitors.”

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02/06/17
nhra

Mopar and Dodge Begin Championship Chase, Celebrate 80 Years of Mopar

When the fastest race cars on the planet roar to life this week for the NHRA Winternationals, a fleet of Mopar-powered Dodge machines will be among the front-runners at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. Drivers and teams will also continue the yearlong Mopar 80th anniversary celebration at the 2017 season-starter as they look to add to the brand's rich drag racing tradition.

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02/06/17
nasx

Rheem, Menards and Richard Childress Racing Tap Young Driver Ben Kennedy
Ben Kennedy
Ben Kennedy is the son of Lesa France Kennedy and Dr. Bruce Kennedy, grandson of Bill France, Jr. and great-grandson of Bill France, Sr.

Rheem, Menards and Richard Childress Racing (RCR) are committed to championing the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) charge to be the series where "names are made," and each have long histories of supporting aspiring drivers from local short tracks to NASCAR's feeder series.

Ben Kennedy will be the latest up-and-coming driver to be given that opportunity when he climbs into the No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro for nine NXS races, the first of which will be at Talladega Superspeedway this spring.

Kennedy has worked his way up through the NASCAR development ladder. In 2016, he competed full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and secured his first NASCAR national touring series win at Bristol Motor Speedway in August. He also finished 10th in his NXS debut last season at Iowa Speedway, driving the No. 2 Ruud Chevrolet for RCR.

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02/06/17
automotive

Faraday scales back EV factory plans in U.S.
Does Faraday Future have a future?
Does Faraday Future have a future?

Electric luxury car startup Faraday Future, one of several Chinese-funded companies taking aim at Tesla Inc., is throttling back its plans to build vehicles in the United States, the company and public officials said.

Faraday, an affiliate of Beijing-based Leshi Internet Information and Technology Corp., also has pared its planned product portfolio down from seven to two models, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the company's plans.

Faraday will build a much smaller auto assembly plant than originally planned in North Las Vegas, a city official said.

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02/06/17
automotive

Elon Musk tweets photo of his giant tunnel boring machine
The entire Los Angeles County Light Rail system was built above ground because going underground was cost prohibitive. Who is going to pay for this charade?
The entire Los Angeles County Light Rail system was built above ground because going underground was cost prohibitive. Who is going to pay for this charade?
Is Elon Musk taking his Hyperloop concept underground? After being stuck in heavy traffic in December, the billionaire came up with a plan to create a giant tunnel under Los Angeles to ease congestion. 

'Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging...', he tweeted.

And he wasn't joking.

Musk has now tweeted an image of what appears to be a tunnel boring machine (TBM) that many believe will do just that - and his SpaceX firm has started digging a large trench near its Hawthorne HQ to test the machine.

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02/06/17
irl

IndyCar tweaks race weekend schedules and times
In a continuing effort to deliver the most effective and entertaining on-track action for fans, the Verizon IndyCar Series has modified the race weekend schedule at some events for the 2017 season.

INDYCAR, the sanctioning body for the Verizon IndyCar Series and Mazda Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires developmental ladder, announced the modifications today, as well as updates included in the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series Official Rule Book.

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02/06/17
nasmon

New "Tech Talk" Video from Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing
In this edition of "Tech Talk," Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion car chief Kirk Almquist explains how cowl and roof flaps as well as other aerodynamic elements on a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car help to keep it stable during racing incidents.

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02/06/17
nhra

Pritchett's wild 3.65 wraps up Nitro Spring Training Saturday
Nitro Spring Training came to an end Saturday at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Ariz. where NHRA Funny Car and Top Fuel teams put all their off-season hard work to the test one week before the start of the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

Leah Pritchett had the unofficial quickest run in NHRA history in her Papa John's Pizza Top Fuel dragster Saturday morning. Pritchett and her crew put down a 3.654-second pass at 331.85 mph during their first try of the day after they ran the two quickest passes Friday with a 3.677 and a 3.685.

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02/06/17
wscc

Rolex 24 TV rating (Update)
UPDATE Final Ratings For The Weekend

Net

Event

Day

Viewers
(1000s)

Viewers
18-49

Rating

Location

FOX

Rolex 24

Sat

714

231

0.50

Daytona

FS1

Rolex 24

Sun

516

112

0.32

Daytona

FS1

Monster Energy Supercross

Sat

275

146

0.16

Glendale

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02/06/17
f1

Briatore compares Verstappen to Senna
Flavio
Flavio
Former team boss of Benetton and Renault, Flavio Briatore, has made some statements in the German press at the weekend regarding the state of F1 and Liberty's involvement.

The charismatic Italian of questionable integrity has been mentioned as a possible consultant for Liberty with regard to running the sport.

"Liberty are in control of Formula One but I don't think they truly understand it." muses Briatore.

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02/06/17
il

Claman DeMelo joins Carlin for Indy Lights assault
Zachary 'Claman' DeMelo
Zachary 'Claman' DeMelo
Canadian racing driver Zachary Claman DeMelo will compete with Carlin in the 2017 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship the team are pleased to confirm today. Claman DeMelo has already enjoyed a solid season racing in the highly competitive series and now joins championship winning team Carlin for his second year.

Prior to racing in Indy Lights Claman DeMelo had previously competed in Europe, taking part in Formula Renault 2.0, NEC and ALPS Championships over the course of the 2015 season.

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02/06/17
irl

Daly eager to add to Foyt team's American legacy
Conor Daly
Conor Daly
Conor Daly goes back to where it all began as he prepares for his second full season in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

The talented 25-year-old Hoosier raced in 2016 with Dale Coyne Racing, but will pilot the No. 4 ABC Supply Chevrolet for AJ Foyt Racing this year, the same team he made his series debut with in a one-off effort in the 2013 Indianapolis 500.

On a scale of one to America, this could be the most patriotic team ever to grace the grid.

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02/06/17
f1

Toro Rosso latest F1 team to announce launch date
Toro Rosso will launch on Feb 26
Toro Rosso will launch on Feb 26
Toro Rosso has announced that it will launch its new Formula 1 car, the STR12, in the pit lane at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on February 26, the day before testing begins.

It is the sixth team to confirm its launch plans, with only Red Bull, Williams, Haas and Sauber yet to communicate a date, though Sauber will roll-out the C36 in just over a fortnight.

Toro Rosso's presentation is the latest of the launches confirmed so far.

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02/06/17
elms

European Le Mans Series LMP3 champions to enter ELMS support race
United Autosports have confirmed their entry into the 2017 Michelin Le Mans Cup.
 
The 2016 European Le Mans Series LMP3 Champions will run the Gulf Marine-liveried Ligier JS P3 in the ELMS support series for Shaun Lynn and Richard Meins.

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02/06/17
irl

Video: Castroneves quizzed on career
INDYCAR Test Drive Episode 13: Helio Castroneves

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02/06/17
F1

Latest F1 news in brief - Monday
  • Bottas has a big advantage with Mercedes - Aldo Costa designs the car
    Bottas has a big advantage with Mercedes - Aldo Costa designs the car
    Mercedes can assess Bottas after four races - Lauda
  • Wehrlein 'as fast as Bottas' - Lauda
  • Berger, Briatore doubt Ecclestone will return
  • Rosberg wanted Alonso to replace him
  • Alonso-Mercedes rumors 'baseless' - Briatore
  • Briatore not expecting strong Ferrari in 2017
  • Finnish track eyes F1 future
  • Wolff comments on Carey's 'super bowl' hopes
  • Webber tips Ricciardo over Verstappen
  • Ferrari can't commit to Formula 1 if popularity continues to dwindle

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02/06/17
automotive

Maserati recalling nearly 40,000 U.S. vehicles
Maserati North America Inc. is recalling at least 39,381 Quattroporte, Ghibli, and Levante vehicles in the U.S. after discovering two defects that could lead to fires.

Adjusting the front seats could potentially lead to electrical shorts and fires in those vehicles from model years 2014 through 2017, according to documents filed with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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