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02/10/18
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Sato again fastest as IndyCar testing wraps up in Phoenix
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02/10/18
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Saturday Evening IndyCar Notebook from Phoenix
Leist caused multiple yellow flags tonight

The IndyCars are running under the lights again at ISM tonight, testing the new Dallara car on the tricky oval.  The weather is perfect at 69 degrees tonight.  The evening session had a yellow flag at 7:20 pm for Matheus Leist, Foyt Racing's rookie driving their number 4 car.  The young Brazilian managed to just brush the wall with no damage to the car. Leist also had a moment on Friday night where he also saved the car from damage.

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02/10/18
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Busch and Byron top Daytona 500 practice sessions
Kyle Busch fastest in practice 1
Kyle Busch fastest in practice 1
Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Kyle Busch led all drivers in Saturday’s opening Daytona 500 practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway, circling the track at 199.743 mph in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

Busch led all four JGR drivers, who all finished in the top five: Denny Hamlin was second-fastest in the No. 11 Toyota at 199.623 mph, Daniel Suarez was third in the No. 19 Toyota at 199.610 and Erik Jones was fourth in the No. 20 Toyota at 199.517 mph.

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02/10/18
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Sato keeps Rahal team on top in Phoenix
Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato

Takuma Sato turned a lap at 189.728 mph to lead the 4th IndyCar preseason test session at ISM in Phoenix Saturday afternoon. The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda team has been fastest in all three sessions so far.

Will Power was 2nd quick in his No. 12 Penske Chevy just 0.0463 sec. slower.

Power was followed by the Hondas of Scott Dixon and Ryan Hunter-Reay while Simon Pagenaud rounded out the top-5 in his Penske Chevy.

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02/10/18
nhra

John Force walks away after Funny Car explodes in Pomona
John Force walked away after blowing the body off of his Funny Car after an explosion in Q2 at the Winternationals in Pomona.

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02/10/18
nasmon

Ryan Blaney Leads Final Clash Practice at Daytona
Ryan Blaney
Ford Performance

Ryan Blaney led the field in Saturday's lone practice session for Sunday's Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway.

Blaney clocked in at 199.601 mph in the no. 12 Team Penske Ford, leading a parade of Blue Ovals that made up the top four positions, including Joey Logano (199.543), Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (199.508) and Brad Keselowski (199.490). Kyle Larson was fifth fastest with a speed of 199.468 mph in the no. 42 Chevrolet.

The 75-lap, 187.5-mile exhibition race - the traditional kickoff to the start of the season - will take the green flag at 3pm ET on Sunday.

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02/10/18
nhra

Millican, Beckman, Skillman Lead Opening Pomona Qualifying
Clay Millican
NHRA
The 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season kicked off Friday and Jack Beckman powered to the Funny Car qualifying lead at the 58th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Clay Millican (Top Fuel) and Drew Skillman (Pro Stock) are also provisional qualifying leaders in their respective categories at the first of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. 

Millican leads the Top Fuel category with a run of 3.694 at 327.74 in his Great Clips/Parts Plus dragster posted during the second qualifying session. After earning a career-best five No. 1 qualifiers in 2017, he is looking for his first of the season when he hits the track on Saturday.

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02/10/18
f1

Lowe stuck with slow ridebuyers
Paddy Lowe stuck with his slow ride-buyers because team needs their money to keep doors open
Paddy Lowe stuck with his slow ride-buyers because team needs their money to keep doors open
Williams Martini Racing Chief Technical Officer Paddy Lowe believes that their 2017 car had more performance in it, but that the inexperienced Lance Stroll was unable to extract it.

Stroll had a tumultuous time at the start of his rookie season, failing to finish the first three races and missing the points in the first six, however a first points finish came in his home Grand Prix in Canada, which he followed up with a third place in Azerbaijan.

At the same time team-mate Felipe Massa found four points finishes and twenty points in those first six races, prompting Lowe to tell RACER that the team didn’t get the points it should have in that first half of the season.

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02/10/18
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FOX Sports Powers Into Daytona 500, Kicking Off 18th Season of NASCAR Coverage
Fox Sports Daytona Broadcast Team in the booth
Fox Sports Daytona 500 Broadcast Team in the booth
FOX Sports powers into its 18th consecutive season of NASCAR coverage, beginning with Daytona Speedweeks, which culminates with the 60th running of the iconic DAYTONA 500 from Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 18 (2:30 PM ET). Live coverage begins at 1:00 PM ET with FOX NASCAR SUNDAY, preceded by NASCAR RACEDAY at 11:00 AM ET, also on FOX.

FOX NASCAR’s presentation of Daytona Speedweeks, highlighted by FOX Sports’ 15th DAYTONA 500, features nearly 100 hours of multi-platform programming.

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02/10/18
irl

IndyCar drivers comment on first day with new car on ISM oval
Josef Newgarden
Josef Newgarden

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet): "It was an OK day. It's good to get back. It's fun driving the Hitachi car officially today in an official session. We have a little bit of work to do and I feel like we got off to a good start. We'll try and debrief tonight with everyone and see what we can do for tomorrow and make some more progress. Then we'll come back here in April and we'll be ready to rock."

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02/10/18
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ESPN confirms coverage lineup for 2018 IndyCar races

As confirmed by ESPN’s Andy Hall on Twitter, the network has brought back veteran play-by-play man Allen Bestwick, color commentator Eddie Cheever, and pit reporter Dr. Jerry Punch for the 2018 season.

Bestwick and Punch had been confirmed victims of the layoffs, while Cheever was heavily rumored. SportsMediaWatch reports that Bestwick and Punch are the only two laid-off employees from ESPN to return to work there since 2016.

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02/10/18
arca

Natalie Decker wins Daytona pole for ARCA race
Natalie Decker
Natalie Decker

Natalie Decker, in her first attempt at Daytona, won the General Tire Pole for Saturday's Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona Int'l Speedway.

The Eagle River, Wisconsin rookie qualified with a top speed of 181.859 mph in her No. 25 Venturini Motorsports-prepared N29 Capital Partners Toyota. Her top speed came from the fourth group among the six groups that qualified.

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02/09/18
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Rahal team runs 1-2 in 3rd IndyCar test session
Graham Rahal
Graham Rahal

Graham Rahal and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing teammate Takuma Sato were the only drivers to break into the 189 mph bracket to lead the 2nd IndyCar test session under the lights at Phoenix.

Rahal's lap of 189.090 mph was only slightly faster than Sato's lap of 189.065 mph

Penske Chevy drivers Simon Pagenaud and Josef Newgarden were third and fourth fastest while Tony Kanaan rounded out the top-5 in his AJ Foyt Chevy.

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02/09/18
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f1

Fernando Alonso can't believe the power of the Toyota
After testing ahead of his FIA World Endurance Championship debut this year, Formula 1 star Fernando Alonso says the hybrid boost produced by his 1000bhp Toyota TS050 made it feel like a “rocket ship” compared to the anemic F1 car he is accustomed to.

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02/09/18
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Takuma Sato tops opening IndyCar test at Phoenix
2017 Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato driving for the Rahal team this year
2017 Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato driving for the Rahal team this year

UPDATE IndyCar has declared the first scoring box below to be the correct one.  There was a glitch in the last few seconds of the session which caused Sato's time to be erased. Sato, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in the number 30 entry, was the fastest of today's afternoon session.

02/09/18

With a late session run, Takuma Sato (Honda) turned the fastest lap at 187.022 mph in the opening test session for the IndyCars at Phoenix Friday afternoon. 

Or did he?  At the last minute IndyCar's Timing & Scoring all changed and put Tony Kanaan at the top. It appeared to be a technical glitch.

We think Simon Pagenaud was 2nd quick in the Penske Chevy followed by the AJ Foyt Chevys of Tony Kanaan and rookie Matt Leist.

Sebastien Bourdais rounded out the top-5 in the Dale Coyne Honda.

Session Results

PosNoNameFTimeDiffGapLapsFSpeedEngineTeam
130Takuma Sato19.673--.------.----44187.022HondaRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
222Simon Pagenaud19.7160.04330.043354186.611ChevyTeam Penske
314Tony Kanaan19.7690.09610.052821186.112ChevyAJ Foyt Enterprises
44Matheus Leist19.7710.09810.002040186.094ChevyAJ Foyt Enterprises
518Sebastien Bourdais19.8250.15240.054350185.584HondaDale Coyne Racing
615Graham Rahal19.8560.18330.030931185.295HondaRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
798Marco Andretti19.8640.19150.008235185.219HondaAndretti Autosport
89Scott Dixon19.9130.23990.048422184.768HondaChip Ganassi Racing Teams
928Ryan Hunter-Reay19.9550.28230.042444184.376HondaAndretti Autosport
1012Will Power20.0110.33840.056145183.859ChevyTeam Penske
1127Alexander Rossi20.0160.34340.005048183.813HondaAndretti Autosport
1210Ed Jones20.0590.38670.043356183.416HondaChip Ganassi Racing Teams
136Robert Wickens20.1940.52140.134753182.193HondaSchmidt Peterson Motorsports
1426Zach Veach20.2090.53610.014745182.060HondaAndretti Autosport
155James Hinchcliffe20.2250.55210.016038181.916HondaSchmidt Peterson Motorsports
1632Kyle Kaiser20.2370.56410.012062181.808ChevyJuncos Racing
1721Spencer Pigot20.2640.59120.027151181.565ChevyEd Carpenter Racing
1819Pietro Fittipaldi20.2780.60560.014436181.436HondaDale Coyne Racing
1920Ed Carpenter20.2840.61100.005416181.388ChevyEd Carpenter Racing
201Josef Newgarden20.2880.61510.004127181.351ChevyTeam Penske
2188Gabby Chaves20.4550.78260.167545179.866ChevyHarding Racing
2223Charlie Kimball20.8241.15180.369244176.677ChevyCarlin
2359Max Chilton21.2391.56620.414434173.230ChevyCarlin



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02/09/18
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Weekend TV Times
All times eastern
Friday, February 9LocationTV TimesNetwork
IndyCar - preseason testingPhoenix3:00pm-6:00pm(L)Online
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NHRA- qualifyingPomona6:00pm-7:00pm (L)FS1
IndyCar - preseason testingPhoenix8:00pm-11:00pm(L)Online
Click Here
Saturday, February 10LocationTV TimesNetwork
IMSA Continental TireDaytona8:00am-10:30am (D)FS1
NASCAR Cup- Clash practiceDaytona10:30am-12:00pm (L)FS1
NASCAR Cup - practiceDaytona1:00pm-2:00pm (L)
3:00pm-4:00pm (L)
FS1
IndyCar - preseason testingPhoenix3:00pm-6:00pm(L)Online
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IndyCar - preseason testingPhoenix8:00pm-11:00pm(L)Online
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Sunday, February 11LocationTV TimesNetwork
NASCAR Cup - qualifyingDaytona12:00pm-2:00pm (L)FOX
NHRA- qualifyingPomona2:00pm-3:00pm (D)FS1
NASCAR Cup - ClashDaytona3:00pm-5:00pm (L)FS1
NHRA- finalsPomona5:00pm-8:00pm (L)FS1

Legend: D = delayed; L = live

 



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02/09/18
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24H Le Mans Entry List Released
LeMans
LeMans

The entry list for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans has been released with a capacity total of 60 cars set for the French endurance classic on June 16-17.

The grid includes an equal split of prototypes and GTE cars with LMP2 the largest class at 20 entries.

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02/09/18
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wec

Enzinger Appointed New Head of Volkswagen Group Motorsport
Fritz Enzinger
Fritz Enzinger
Former Porsche LMP1 Vice President Fritz Enzinger has been appointed the head of Volkswagen Group Motorsport, replacing the departing Wolfgang Durheimer, the German manufacturer has announced.

Enzinger, who retains his role with Porsche, started in his new capacity on Jan. 31 and now reports directly to VW CEO Matthias Mueller.

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02/09/18
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Leist still smiling after Rookies' Test
Leist at speed
Leist at speed
Driving the No. 4 ABC Supply Chevrolet, Matheus “Matt” Leist set quick time in rookie testing at ISM Raceway as the Verizon IndyCar Series officially got underway Thursday afternoon at the mile oval formerly known as Phoenix Raceway

Leist emerged from the cockpit to hear his race strategist and boss Larry Foyt say “Good Job.” Team owner A.J. Foyt seconded that adding, “I’m proud of you.”

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02/09/18
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Friday Afternoon Test at ISM
UPDATE There is a new LED panel on the Ganassi cars today.   AR1 asked what is up with the different screen and we were told that it is new for 2018.  The numbers still light up green while in the pits and red with the position of the car but the numbers are a bit larger. 

The first test session of the day has been clean.  No incidents so far.  The top fastest drivers are Tony Kanaan driving for Foyt Racing at 186.112, Graham Rahal is second at 185.295, Scott Dixon is third at 184.768, Ryan Hunter-Reay is fourth at 184.376 and Matheus Leist is fifth at 184.270.



02/09/18  

Kanaan jokes with his new boss, AJ Foyt

 

Good afternoon from ISM in Phoenix.  The temperature is 75 degrees with blue skies.  I almost feel guilty that I am missing the heavy snow falling in the Midwest.  I said almost!   The three hour session just started with only 2 cars going out.  And we have our first yellow for track inspection.  About half of the series have cars in pit lane.

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02/09/18
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WIX Filters Joins Stewart-Haas Racing
WIX Filters has been named Stewart-Haas Racing’s official filter.

WIX Filters will be outfitted on all of SHR’s race cars, with the team fielding four entries in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and two entries in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

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02/09/18
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Brichacek joins Jay Howard F4 team
Wyatt Brichacek karting
Wyatt Brichacek karting
As the FIA Formula 4 United States Championship gears up for its third season, Jay Howard Driver Development announces Colorado driver Wyatt Brichacek will join the team for its 2018 campaign.

Team Principal Jay Howard said, "The Jay Howard Driver Development team is happy to announce Wyatt Brichacek as our first driver to sign for this year’s F4 season. Wyatt tested with our team during the summer months in 2017 and immediately he showed great pace. As a team, we all knew we wanted to have Wyatt on the program for the Championship. We have high expectations for him this year."

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02/09/18
nasmon

NASCAR Still Looking For Pole Sponsor After Coors' Exit
No more Coors Light
No more Coors Light
NASCAR is looking for a new pole award sponsor to replace Coors Light, but until it does, the mark will simply be called the Pole Award. Coors had been the official beer of the sport since '08 and had the pole award entitlement for all three national series included in its deal, but the brewer let the deal expire last year without a renewal. The first pole award of the year will be handed out Sunday afternoon during qualifying for the Daytona 500, which will be held one week later.

NASCAR is thought to be talking to both current and prospective partners about taking on the asset. Coors’ original NASCAR deal that included the pole award entitlement was worth $4M annually, but its current value is unclear. Adam Stern/SBD

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02/09/18
track news

Texas Motor Speedway grandstands going smoke-free
TMS
TMS
In an effort to create a better overall experience for all of its fans, officials announced Tuesday that the grandstands at Texas Motor Speedway will be completely smoke-free, including all electronic cigarette devices, beginning this year.

Texas Motor Speedway established a ban on smoking in the grandstands in 2013, but the updated policy to include e-cigarettes and vapes comes as a result of strong feedback from guest surveys and the speedway's fan council. Speedway guests will still be able to smoke - both standard and electronic smoking products - in designated areas throughout the lower concourse area.

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02/09/18
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nhra

Omnicraft Reveals NASCAR & NHRA Sponsorships
Omnicraft, Ford Motor Company’s newest brand of parts, will be the primary sponsor on the Wood Brothers Racing No. 21 Ford Fusion during the season-opening Daytona 500 and season-ending Ford 400.

Omnicraft will also serve as primary sponsor of Tasca Racing in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series at select events, beginning with the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park on Feb. 25.

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02/09/18
wec

WEC announces 36-car full season entry
LeMans
LeMans

A capacity and high profile full-season entry list for the 2018-2019 FIA World Endurance Championship Super Season has been revealed during an online press conference broadcast from Paris, France.

The grid will be made up of 36 cars from 12 different nations, the highest number entered for a season since the Championship began in 2012 demonstrating that the discipline of endurance racing, and the World Endurance Championship in particular, is in extremely good health.

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02/09/18
irl

Ruoff Home Mortgage Returns With Andretti Autosport
Ruoff returns with Andretti
Ruoff returns with Andretti
The blue, green and white of Ruoff Home Mortgage will dress the No. 98 Andretti-Herta Autosport entry for two races during the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series. The Indy 500-winning partnership will open the season on the streets of St. Petersburg as Marco Andretti’s primary sponsor and return mid-season on the livery at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Mark Music, president and CEO of Ruoff Home Mortgage, had this to say about the sponsorship, “Being affiliated with the Andretti name again, particularly on Marco’s car, aligns us with the best name in racing. Speed and precision are just two tenets that are synonymous with Andretti and with Ruoff."

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02/09/18
nasmon

40 Cars On Daytona 500 Entry List
40 drivers will take the green flag for the 2018 Daytona 500

NASCAR has released the entry list for next Sunday's season-opening Daytona 500, with 40 cars entered for the first race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

36 of the drivers entered are with Chartered teams, meaning they are automatically qualified for the event. With 40 starting spots available and only 40 entries, all drivers entered are guaranteed to the make the race.

The two front-row starting spots will be determined in this Sunday's qualifying sessions, while the rest of the race lineup will be set by the finishing order of the two Can-Am Duel races on Thursday, Feb. 15.

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02/09/18
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TriStar Motorsports Welcomes Corey LaJoie To Driver Lineup, Adds New Sponsor
Corey LaJoie

TriStar Motorsports announced they will continue to field a full-time entry in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2018, adding driver Corey LaJoie to their driver lineup alongside driver Cole Whitt.

The team also announced a new sponsorship agreement with Schluter-Systems, who will serve as primary sponsor for LaJoie for four races this season including the season-opening event at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 18.

TriStar Motorsports has acquired a charter from Front Row Motorsports for the 2018 season and will continue competitive efforts under the direction of Crew Chief Frankie Kerr.

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02/09/18
f1

Video: 10 Questions to 10 STR People
Meet some of the people who make Toro Rosso the great team that it is! 10 questions to 10 people by Giorgio Terruzzi & Red Bull Italy.

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02/09/18
f1

Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo drives the streets of Colombo
As part of their #OnBoard series join Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo for a wild ride through the Streets of Colombo, Sri Lanka - not a a muted current car, but a screaming V8! If they used a current car, fans would not come away thrilled.

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02/09/18
f1

F1 Explained: The hideous looking Halo
Whether you like it or not, the Halo is here to stay. Technical Director James Allison explains all you need to know about the Halo ahead of the 2018 F1 season...

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02/09/18
nasmon

Who would NASCAR drivers select for their bobsled team?
NASCAR drivers reveal which of their competitors they would use to make a four-person bobsled team at the Winter Olympics.

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02/09/18
nasmon

Title defense: Can Truex go back-to-back?
NASCAR.com takes you through the recent history of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champions and their quests to defend their championship trophies.

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02/09/18
irl

Video: IndyCar Windscreen Test at ISM Raceway
Scott Dixon and Chip Ganassi racing test the IndyCar windscreen at ISM Raceway in Phoenix.

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02/09/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • F1 put a royal screw to woman models who loved being hired as Grid Girls.
    F1 put a royal screw to woman models who loved being hired as Grid Girls. And to say the fans did not want them - did they do a vote, or did the mental midgets give in to some Libtard special interest group?
    F1 will still feature 'pretty girls' - Carey
  • Carey hits back after Formula E comments
  • Grid girl ban 'step backwards' - Hulkenberg
  • McLaren would welcome Hamilton back
  • Alonso could do Indy 500 again in 2019
  • Piquet tips Alonso to be Le Mans champion
  • McLaren hopes to 'influence' Renault engine
  • Verstappen not ruling out title bid
  • Jamiroquai Announced as Opening Night Headliner at Baku
  • We Can Only Hope F1 Cars Will Look This Good In 2025

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