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02/10/17
nastruck

Regan Smith stepping down to trucks in 2017
Regan Smith
Regan Smith - his check wasn't big enough to stay in the Cup series

Regan Smith will continue his NASCAR racing career this season in the lowly NASCAR truck series.

Ricky Benton Racing announced Thursday that Smith would drive its No. 92 Ford for at least 12 races in the Camping World Truck Series this season, including the Feb. 24 season opener at Daytona International Speedway.

"Ricky has invested a lot in his team because he loves to go racing," Smith said in a statement. "We have had discussions in the past about me coming to run a race or two with them, but it has never worked out in our schedules.

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02/10/17
nhra

Kalitta, Hagan, Anderson lead Pomona qualifying
Doug Kalitta
Doug Kalitta ran his career best elapsed time to lead Top Fuel qualifying Friday at the 57th annual NHRA Circle K Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Due to weather, only Pro Stock was able to run both rounds of qualifying. Rain began halfway through the Funny Car second session before NHRA officials concluded racing activities.

Matt Hagan (Funny Car) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) were also qualifying leaders in their respective categories at the season opening event of the 24-race 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

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02/10/17
f1

Head: Mercedes will be even more dominant in 2017
Will Aldo Costa win yet another F1 title? Drivers do not win in F1, Aldo Costa does.
Will Aldo Costa win yet another F1 title? Drivers do not win in F1, Aldo Costa does.

F1 design veteran Patrick Head is dismissive of claims that 2017 rules will help close the field.

It is fair to say that Williams co-founder Patrick Head has forgotten more about the sport than most of us will ever know. For while, like anuses, everyone has an opinion, there are certain people within the F1 industry whose words should be carefully listed to when uttered, and Head is one of them.

While others are falling over themselves telling us how good 2017 is going to be courtesy of the new aero regulations and tires, Head believes it will pretty much be a case of 'same old, same old', indeed, he insists under the current set-up it will always be so.

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02/10/17
irl

Andretti tops test session 2 at Phoenix
Marco Andretti
Marco Andretti

Nighttime was the right time for Honda on the first day of the Verizon IndyCar Series open test at Phoenix Raceway. Andretti Autosport driver Marco Andretti topped the night practice session for the IndyCars at Phoenix Raceway Friday night.  Andretti led a Honda 1-2-3-4-5-6 after Newgarden led a Chevy 1-2-3-4 in session 1. 

Drivers stocked with Honda engines and aero kits recorded the six fastest laps of the three-hour evening practice, after Chevrolet drivers nailed down the first four spots in the afternoon session. Tonight it was Marco Andretti, driving the No. 27 hhgregg Honda for Andretti Autosport, who led the 21-car contingent with a lap of 189.122 mph (19.4541 seconds).

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02/10/17
irl

Visor Cam: Graham Rahal at Phoenix Raceway
Take a few laps around Phoenix Raceway with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver Graham Rahal.

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02/10/17
imsa

IMSA, FOX Sports announce updated TV package
Sebring
Sebring
IMSA and FOX Sports have announced additional television coverage and schedule updates for the balance of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and also released the 2017 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge television schedule. In addition, IMSA and FOX announced that the IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda will have FS2 television coverage throughout the 2017 season.

"Our partnership with FOX Sports continues to pay dividends," said IMSA Vice President, Marketing, David Pettit. "Between the additional improvements we've made to the WeatherTech Championship television schedule, the continuation of a strong FS1 package for the Continental Tire Challenge and the introduction of FS2 coverage for IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda, we head into the 2017 season in an extremely strong position from a domestic television perspective."

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02/10/17
Wrc

Hyundai Motorsport sets Sweden pace as Neuville dominates Friday
Thierry Neuville attacks the ice and snow
Thierry Neuville attacks the ice and snow

Torsby, Sweden - Hyundai Motorsport has taken five stage wins on the first complete day of this weekend's Rally Sweden with Thierry Neuville heading the classification by an encouraging 28.1s. 
 
Like at the season-opening round in Monte-Carlo, the Belgian put himself in strong contention at the front of the field from the outset of the rally, building confidence alongside co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul as the day progressed. 
 
In the second round of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Hyundai Motorsport is aiming to fulfil the clear performance promise shown by its Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC so far.  

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02/10/17
nasx

FOX NASCAR Announces Next Lineup of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Drivers as Guest Analysts
For the third consecutive year, FOX Sports features a rotation of prominent MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES drivers as guest driver analysts for its 2017 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race telecasts, beginning with the season opener at Daytona.

FOX NASCAR adds to the TV booth for the first time Chase Elliott (one race) and Jamie McMurray (one), who join Kevin Harvick (five), Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano (two each). The full schedule is included below.

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02/10/17
irl

Newgarden hits 190 mph to lead session 1 at Phoenix
Josef Newgarden
Josef Newgarden
Apparently, Josef Newgarden feels right at home in his new home.

The newest driver for Team Penske ran the fastest lap this afternoon in the opening session of a two-day Verizon IndyCar Series open test at Phoenix Raceway. Driving the No. 2 Verizon Chevrolet, Newgarden’s top lap of 190.129 mph (19.3511 seconds) set the pace as the 21 drivers turned 910 laps in the first of four three-hour practices on the 1-mile oval.

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02/10/17
irl

Phoenix IndyCar test being streamed live now (Update)
UPDATE Less than 30 min. into the session and Conor Daly already blew up one of AJ Foyt's new Chevy engines after just 7 laps. Dropped oil everywhere. Must have been a fairly major failure.

02/10/17 Indycar is live streaming today's Open Test at Phoenix International Raceway - Session 1 is now on.

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02/10/17
nasmon

LVMS announces race-stage information for 2017
Las Vegas
Las Vegas
Race breaks have been set for all 2017 NASCAR national events at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, LVMS announced on Friday. Under NASCAR's new stage-based racing format, each track's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series races are being broken into three segments in an effort to enhance in-race excitement for fans. LVMS's 267-lap Kobalt 400 will have breaks after laps 80 and 160, on Sunday, March 12, while the 200-lap Boyd Gaming 300 on Saturday, March 11, will break after laps 45 and 90. In addition, the 146-lap Sept. 30 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race will have breaks at laps 35 and 70.

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02/10/17
nasmon

ISC announces new Director of Multicultural Affairs
Shameeka E. Quallo, Esq
Shameeka E. Quallo, Esq
International Speedway Corporation (ISC) announced that Shameeka E. Quallo, Esq., Corporate Counsel, ISC Legal, is now adding Director of Multicultural Affairs to her title.

Quallo will strengthen ISC's diversity and inclusion efforts working in collaboration with the NASCAR Multicultural Development team.

"Shameeka brings with her a wealth of knowledge in the diversity arena," stated ISC Senior Vice President, Legal, Brett Scharback.

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02/10/17
f1

Pirelli to change wet weather tire test after Vettel crash
Vettel on the wide dry tires
Vettel on the wide dry tires
Formula 1 tire supplier Pirelli will rearrange its wet weather test with Ferrari after Sebastian Vettel’s crash at Fiorano on Thursday.

Ferrari was set to conduct two days of running at its Italian test track in association with Pirelli, in order to gather data for the company’s wet tires.

However, Vettel went off at a left-hander during Thursday’s running, which took place in cold conditions, and caused damage to the squad’s 2015 mule car.

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02/10/17
f1

McLaren confirms fuel and lubricants deal with BP/Castrol
Alonso's McLaren-Honda
Alonso's McLaren-Honda

McLaren-Honda has confirmed that its fuel and lubricants supplier this season will be BP and its oil brand Castrol, ending its long-standing relationship with ExxonMobil.

McLaren had developed a partnership with ExxonMobil that stretched back over two decades, but the company moved to link up with rivals Red Bull ahead of the 2017 campaign.

McLaren will now utilize equipment from BP/Castrol for the upcoming season, joining Renault in using products from the company, which is returning to Formula 1 this year.

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02/10/17
usf4

Nagel to Compete in F4 U.S. Championship
Lawson Nagel
Lawson Nagel
Lawson Nagel is just 15, but he's been racing karts with much success since he was 8. This year he'll make the transition to race cars, as Miller Vinatieri Leguizamón Motorsports (MVL Motorsports) has signed the Azle High School freshman to do a full season of the F4 United States Championship Powered by Honda.

The series, designed just for drivers like Nagel who are coming up from karting or quarter midgets, is sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing and certified by the FIA, which organizes the Formula 1 World Championship. It is scheduled to host six events this year from April through September at some of the best road courses in North America, including the venerable Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the state-of-the-art Circuit of the Americas in Austin. Three races are held at each event for an 18-race season. The cars are all built by the same chassis manufacturer, and use 2.0-liter Honda engines.

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02/10/17
usac

USAC Silver Crown Series Returns To Phoenix Raceway
Phoenix Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced today that the USAC Silver Crown Series will return to one of its most famous tracks in the Phoenix Copper Cup on Saturday, April 29. The series will bring their Quarter Midget division for a full day of racing action ahead of the Phoenix Grand Prix held under the lights.

"We’re thrilled to add the USAC Silver Crown series to our Verizon IndyCar weekend," said Sperber. "The series has a tremendous history here and has produced some incredible races. I’m certain this race will be a popular addition to the Phoenix Grand Prix schedule."

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02/10/17
f1

The Green Hell
The Green Hell
The Green Hell
"Lurking in the German region of Eifel, the “Nordschleife” (or “North Loop”) is the most demanding and difficult racing circuit in the world.

Built in 1925, the 15.5 mile Nurburg Ring remains the benchmark of performance for racers and manufacturers even today. The lap record for a licensed car, currently held by Porsche’s 918 Spyder at 6min 57sec, is the target and temptation, for new supercar and for every driver, both professional and amateur.

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02/10/17
grc

Oberto And Circle K Partner With Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross

Circle K Convenience Stores and Oberto All Natural Beef Jerky are teaming up with Scott Speed for the 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) season. Circle K and Oberto will take over branding of Speed’s Volkswagen Beetle GRC for six of eight race weekends as the American driver seeks a third consecutive championship with the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team (VARX).  

Seattle-founded Oberto All Natural Beef Jerky strongly supports living the active lifestyle embodied by extreme sport athletes, making Speed an instinctive fit for the brand.  

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02/10/17
irl

Can ABC again make up for NBCSN's declining viewership?
As long as IndyCar has most of its races on NBCSN instead of network TV, the series will never grow
As long as IndyCar has most of its races on NBCSN instead of network TV, the series will never grow

According to Nielsen Media Research, an average audience of 1.28 million viewers tuned in for the 16 races in the 2016 season. That's up from 1.14 million in 2015 and 989,000 in 2014 thanks to ABC.

All the IndyCar races should be live on ABC. Thanks to ABC IndyCar finished the ’16 season averaging 1.28 million viewers across NBCSN and ABC, marking the open-wheel racing league’s best figure since ’11. This season was up from 1.2 million viewers last season, and 1.0 million viewers in ’14. This season’s figure excludes the event at Pocono Raceway, which was rained out on a Sunday and ran on a Monday. Included is the Texas Motor Speedway event, which was run in part in June (CNBC) and then finished in August on NBCSN.

NBC Sports Group saw its TV ratings for its broadcasts of the Verizon IndyCar Series dip in 2016 after a record-setting 2015.

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02/10/17
F1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • Sebatian Vettel
    Sebastian Vettel - Why were they testing rain tires in 40 degree F temperatures?
    Vettel bruised after Fiorano crash
  • Alonso to debut 2017 McLaren
  • Raikkonen to open karaoke bar
  • India moves for Mallya's extradition
  • Private companies to pay Russia GP race fee
  • Renault not replacing boss Vasseur - Abiteboul
  • F1 engines not ready to crack 1000hp - Abiteboul
  • Perez backs Mexico GP anti-Trump campaign
  • Bottas hits back at Hamilton 'career killer' jibe
  • Zak Brown Says F1 Teams Continue To Push For Standard Parts
  • Tost calls for Mercedes engine to be frozen

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