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02/13/16
irl
usac

90 Ascot drivers who were also Indy 500 drivers
Mario Andretti
Mario Andretti
Alphabetically, here are the 90 drivers who raced midgets or sprint cars at Ascot and who also raced in the Indianapolis 500. I have added more data on the 78th through 90th drivers on my list because they are the drivers I uncovered during my more extensive discovery phase. Their racing experience at Ascot surprised other racing historians and yours truly.

A - George Amick (ran # 15 Harold Guidi Offy midget in 12/28/58 Ascot 100-lap race seven weeks before he was killed on the final lap of a USAC Champ Car race at the new 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway); John Andretti; Mario Andretti; Frank Armi - ran four USAC midget races at Ascot 4/61 (#20 Ward Offy), 4/62 (# 99jr Eddie Meyer Offy), plus 4/63 and 8/64 (# 35 A. J. Walker Offy); Chuck Arnold (raced a # 97 Vel's Ford sprint car 11/6 and 11/13/65); Charles "Sonny" Ates-one 500 start in 1969 and ran USAC sprint car at Ascot.

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02/13/16
nassprint

Earnhardt, Jr., Logano Fastest In Daytona 500 practice
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Joey Logano logged the fastest laps in Saturday's opening practice sessions leading up to Sunday's qualifying for the Daytona 500.

Earnhardt, Jr. posted the fastest lap in the first session with a lap of 194.116 mph. All 44 cars on the entry list took to the track, with most making single-car runs to shake down their setups for qualifying. Logano ran the second fastest lap, followed by Matt Kenseth, Chase Elliott and Kasey Kahne.

Logano led the second practice session with Penske teammate Brad Keselowski following with the second-fastest lap. Penske development driver Ryan Blaney was third fastest driving for the Wood Brothers, who share a technical alliance with Penske. Kurt Busch was fourth followed by defending Sprint Cup Champion Kyle Busch.

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02/13/16
usf2000

Cape Motorsports Add Anthony Martin To USF2000 Line-Up
Anthony Martin
Anthony Martin

Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing has completed its three-driver line-up in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, adding the talented Anthony Martin to the team. The Australian won last year’s Rookie of the Year crown and finished fourth in the championship standings. The 21-year-old will join the previously announced Parker Thompson and Nikita Lastochkin in Cape’s international trio of USF2000 pilots.

“We’re delighted to announce that after a spectacular season that handed him the Rookie of the year honors in the 2015 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda series, young racer Anthony Martin will be stepping into one of our cars for our 2016 campaign,” enthused Dominic and Nicholas Cape. “We know from watching him last year the potential he has. With Anthony running alongside Parker and Nikita, we have a very strong team. We now have the opportunity to go to war and see what we can achieve as a team. Race wins are the motivation from the get-go.”

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02/13/16
automotive

People pay $116,500 for a spot in this Palm Desert garage
The Vault at Big Horn may be the world's most expensive parking lot. Residents at the exclusive Palm Desert compound pay a $110,000 initiation fee, and $6,500 a year, to secure one of the limited spaces in the private garage
The Vault at Big Horn may be the world's most expensive parking lot. Residents at the exclusive Palm Desert compound pay a $110,000 initiation fee, and $6,500 a year, to secure one of the limited spaces in the private garage

Palm Springs real estate is expensive. But if you want to pay top dollar for parking, look to nearby Palm Desert.

Members of the Bighorn Golf Club, a private facility inside a golfing community in that desert town, paid an initiation fee of $110,000 and $6,500 in annual dues for the privilege of parking their exotic cars in The Vault, Bighorn's extra-exclusive private garage.

Bikers get a break. They paid only $55,000 for their spots.

The 50 car spaces at the 24,000-square-foot facility were sold before The Vault began construction in 2014, and the additional eight motorcycle slots also were gone before the museum-like space opened in November. Now there's a waiting list.

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02/13/16
nassprint

Video: Crew Chief Corner - Ryan Blaney
Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion Crew Chief Jeremy Bullins and Driver Ryan Blaney discuss racing full time in 2016 and their prospects for the Daytona 500.



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02/13/16
Motogp

Rossi demands 2-year contract extension
Rossi at recent Sepang test
Rossi at recent Sepang test
Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi says he will only stay in MotoGP beyond the end of 2016 if he is willing to commit to a new two-year deal with the team.

Rossi re-joined Yamaha at the start of 2013 on a two-year deal and, having assessed his situation after the first part of 2014, pledged a further two years to the Japanese manufacturer.

Rossi says he will review his form after the first third of the upcoming season to see whether he wishes to remain in the sport until 2018, by which time he will be 39.

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02/13/16
F1

Mercedes hits 900bhp with more improvements coming
Can anyone touch the powerful Mercedes engine in 2016?
Can anyone touch the powerful Mercedes engine in 2016?

Mercedes' Andy Cowell has confirmed that the team's engine facility at Brixworth have managed to hit 900bhp with their hybrid 1.6l turbo V6 Formula One engine. Even more so, Cowell is adamant that the limit is far from being reached.

Talking to media at Mercedes' High Performance Power Trains headquarters in Brixworth, Andy Cowell revealed Mercedes has hit 900bhp last year and is now peaking in excess of that number.

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02/13/16
f1

Wolff admits Manor could be 'B' Mercedes team
Mercedes gave Manor a big discount on engines so they would take German driver Pascal Wehrlein
Mercedes gave Manor a big discount on engines so they would take German driver Pascal Wehrlein

(GMM) Mercedes is not ruling out making Manor its de-facto 'B' team.

Team boss Toto Wolff admits he has some concerns about the new close relationship forged between title rival Ferrari and the new American team Haas.

"We look at it with one eye laughing, one eye crying," he told Auto Motor und Sport.

"Ferrari has taken an intelligent step in collaboration with Haas, and it could well be that it has had a performance result. If that is true, they have done everything right," said Wolff.

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02/13/16
irl

It's going to be an All-Star weekend for Hinchcliffe, Newgarden and Daly
James Hinchcliffe
James Hinchcliffe

TORONTO – This isn’t the city that James Hinchcliffe, Josef Newgarden and Conor Daly are used to when they visit each summer for the Honda Indy Toronto.

For starters, it’s about 60 degrees warmer on Verizon IndyCar Series race weekend. That, and sports fans are abuzz with news of the popular 30-year-old Indy car race, erected through the streets of the city around Exhibition Place.

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02/13/16
arca

General Tire Goes All In With ARCA
In addition to the recent sponsorship announcement to support the ARCA Racing Series opener at Daytona Int'l Speedway, General Tire has announced several additional partnerships in support of the ARCA Racing Series.

General Tire will first serve as the entitlement sponsor of the General Tire 200 ARCA Racing Series event slated for April 29. The 2.66-mile, 33-degree banked Talladega Superspeedway has hosted ARCA since the track's initial season in 1969.

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02/13/16
automotive

Elon Musk is the new Steve Jobs
Elon Musk is the same sort of visionary as Steve Jobs was, and exhibits the same trait of driving his staff to achieve the impossible. Apple needs Elon Musk to give them the 'vision' again and Musk needs Apple's cash hoard to deliver 500,000 cars a year by 2020
Elon Musk is the same sort of visionary as Steve Jobs was, and exhibits the same trait of driving his staff to achieve the impossible. Apple needs Elon Musk to give them the 'vision' again and Musk needs Apple's cash hoard to deliver 500,000 cars a year by 2020. Why the two companies don't merge is beyond us.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -- Leave it to Elon Musk to make a company's stock jump nearly 5 percent a day after reporting widening losses -- all in the middle of a market selloff.

Musk's electric vehicle startup, Tesla Motors Inc., on Wednesday posted its eleventh straight quarterly loss, when analysts had expected a profit. Tesla also said it planned $1.5 billion in capital spending this year but had just $1.2 billion in the bank.

Investors focused instead on Musk's promises to make Tesla profitable this year and to deliver 60 percent to 80 percent more vehicles than last year. Analysts described the forecasts as ambitious but not impossible.

It's precisely that outsized optimism that defines Musk and his appeal to the market, despite blown deadlines and long waits for profits in high-risk industries. Musk's two other ventures, SolarCity Corp. and Space Exploration Technologies, also face steep challenges in cutting-edge industries.

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02/13/16
nassprint

Tony Stewart: 'We've been through worse'
Tony Stewart - down but not out
Tony Stewart - down but not out

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- As Stewart-Haas Racing held a news conference Friday to introduce Tony Stewart's replacement for the Daytona 500, the more compelling comments came from Stewart himself on social media.

Stewart used the Periscope app to live-stream himself walking on the treadmill and watching the news conference from his home in North Carolina, addressing fans about his broken back for the first time. Brian Vickers will fill in for Stewart in the Sprint Unlimited and the Daytona 500, and Stewart is out indefinitely as he recovers.

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02/13/16
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Brian Vickers In For Tony Stewart At Daytona
Brian Vickers
Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images
Stewart-Haas Racing on Friday officially announced Brian Vickers as interim driver of the no. 14 Chevrolet for the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup events at Daytona International Speedway.

Vickers, the 2003 Xfinity Series Champion, will fill-in for the injured Tony Stewart in both Saturday night's Sprint Unlimited races, as well as the season-opening Daytona 500 on Feb. 21.

Stewart suffered a burst fracture of the L1 vertebra in an all-terrain vehicle accident on Jan. 31 which is likely to keep him on the sidelines for up to six months. Stewart-Haas Racing has yet not announced who will drive the car following next weekends race.

Vickers has not had a Sprint Cup Series start since March of last year after suffering a recurrence of blood clots. NASCAR announced they had medically cleared Vickers to race and declared him eligible for Sprint Unlimited event.

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02/13/16
nhra

Schumacher, Hight, Butner Lead NHRA Winternationals Qualifying
Tony Schumacher
Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Bo Butner (Pro Stock) led Friday's qualifying sessions for Sunday's season-opening Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif.

Schumacher set the time to beat in Top Fuel with a run of 3.722 seconds at 323.66 mph in the second qualifying session to knock Clay Millican from the provisional pole. Hight led Funny Car with an ET of 3.942 seconds at 322.19 mph while Butner clocked in at 6.606 seconds at 209.43 mph to lead the Pro Stock field.

Qualifying resumes Saturday at 12:30 pm


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02/13/16
nassprint

Jimmie Johnson On Pole For Sprint Unlimited
Jimmie Johnson will lead the field to the green flag in Saturday night's Sprint Unlimited race at Daytona International Speedway.

Crew chiefs randomly drew for their driver's starting position, with Johnson's crew chief Chas Knaus drawing the pole position for the in the 25-car field. Friday's draw will mark the first time Johnson will start in the pole for the pre-season, non-points event. Johnson has one victory in 13 starts in the event.

Brad Keselowski drew the outside pole, while AJ Allmendinger and Kyle Larson make up the second row. Ryan Newman rounded out the top five.

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02/12/16
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Larson, Hamlin Lead Sprint Unlimited Practice
Kyle Larson and Denny Hamlin were fastest in Friday's practice sessions for Saturday night's Sprint Unlimited race at Daytona International Speedway.

Larson led the opening practice session with a lap of 199.344 mph in the no. 42 Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing. Kasey Kahne was second, followed by Hamlin, Paul Menard and Carl Edwards.

Hamlin followed up with e fastest lap in the final practice session, turning in a lap of 198.930 mph in the no. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Clint Bowyer was second, while Aric Almirola was third. Brian Vickers, filling in for the injured Tony Stewart, was fourth fastest while Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five.

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02/12/16
automotive

Chevy debuts a horror movie trailer with a twist
Fans of classic horror movies have all experienced that moment where the music takes an ominous turn and the unsuspecting character is on the verge of opening a door where danger awaits. Imagine however, if for once, that character could heed the warnings of theatergoers and avoid the inevitable threat.

Inspired by those very scenes, Chevrolet is drawing attention to the wide array of available active safety technologies in its all-new 2016 Malibu and Cruze in a trailer that is playing in theaters nationwide.

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02/12/16
usf4

F4 Crawford chassis gains approval from FIA for inaugural season
The new Formula 4 United States Championship powered by Honda took one step closer to launching its inaugural season this week as the chassis for its car was approved by the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA)

The F4 chassis passed the FIA crash test, completing the chassis certification process and allowing Crawford Composites to begin the process of completing and delivering chassis to teams. The Crawford chassis is the first to be approved and built in the United States.

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02/12/16
nassprint

Q & A with Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr.
Furniture Row Racing driver Martin Truex Jr. was made available to the media at Daytona International Speedway:

MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Toyota Camry, Furniture Row Racing

How do you feel heading into the Sprint Unlimited?

"Looking forward to it. It's always a fun race and really a neat race to kick off the season – you don't worry about points or anything and just go out there and try to win, so be a fun night for everybody. Everybody's been kind of ready to go here for a few weeks and we're pretty antsy, so hopefully it will be a good show, it will be a fun race and we can get there and knock the rust off and get the pit crew involved and get them going in preparation for next week. Looking forward to figuring out our new Toyota and getting a glimpse on how Speedweeks is going to look for us."

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02/12/16
automotive

Google self-driving car project expands hiring, posts manufacturing jobs
Google car
Google car
Google's self-driving car project is advertising dozens of jobs on its website with a special focus on manufacturing expertise.

Thirty-six jobs related to the Google X car project were listed including engineers working on motion control, displays, robotics and sensors as well as managers charged with operations, materials and marketing.

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02/12/16
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nasx

Dale Jr.'s Dirty Mo Radio Set for Fourth Season
Dale Earnhardt Jr's empire continues to grow
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 12, 2016) –
 NASCAR driver and team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced today that one of his digital properties, Dirty Mo Radio, will launch its fourth season this week and debut a line-up that includes eight programs, four of which are brand new.
Some of the new programming includes an outdoors lifestyle podcast co-hosted by Earnhardt Jr.’s brother, Kerry Earnhardt, as well as an edgy, pop culture podcast co-hosted by his 15-year-old niece, Karsyn Elledge.  Dirty Mo Radio podcasts are available free of charge on DaleJr.com as well as all major podcasting outlets such as iTunes, Stitcher and TuneIn Radio. 
 
“We’ve added programming to Dirty Mo Radio every year, but this is our biggest jump to date,” said Earnhardt Jr., who will begin his 17th full season of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing tomorrow night with the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway.

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02/12/16
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nasx

Iowa Speedway and Iowa Corn Cultivate Multi-Year Partnership
Iowa Corn will sponsor IndyCar's annual stop in Iowa through 2018
Iowa Corn will sponsor IndyCar's annual stop in Iowa through 2018
NEWTON, Iowa  – Iowa Speedway and Iowa Corn today announced a multi-year sponsorship renewal that will keep Iowa Corn as title sponsor of the Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300 through 2018. Iowa Corn is in its 10th year of partnership with “The Fastest Short Track on the Planet.” The renewed agreement continues the second longest entitlement sponsorship in INDYCAR racing.

“The state of Iowa continues to lead this country in the production of corn and corn-based ethanol, and we are honored to celebrate and promote these industries at Iowa Speedway,” said Iowa Speedway President Jimmy Small. “This has become a lauded Iowan tradition enjoyed by millions across the globe. We are incredibly proud to authentically demonstrate the performance of ethanol in the world’s fastest race cars here at the Fastest Short Track on the Planet.”

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02/12/16
f1

Schumacher family should give health update - Weber
Willi Weber (L) and Michael Schumacher (R)
Willi Weber (L) and Michael Schumacher (R)
(GMM) Michael Schumacher's former manager thinks the family should reconsider its decision to keep the public in the dark about the F1 legend's health.

Just after Christmas, Willi Weber, who handled Schumacher's career from the junior formula through to title stardom, revealed that he has been unable to visit the great German since his 2013 skiing crash. 

"Unfortunately, it is just as I wrote on Facebook," he told Bild newspaper. "Corinna prevents me from having any contact with Michael."

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02/12/16
F1

Nurburgring sacks circuit boss
(GMM) News emerged on Friday from the Nurburgring, an historic German circuit battling to keep its grand prix up and running.

The German grand prix is returning to the calendar in 2016, after an ownership crisis at the Nurburgring led to the country's first absence from F1 in decades last year.

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02/12/16
F1

Manor gives Haryanto more time to buy last seat
Rio Haryanto waiting for check to clear and final F1 seat for 2016 is his
Rio Haryanto waiting for check to clear and final F1 seat for 2016 is his

(GMM) Rio Haryanto on Friday admitted the race is on to secure the final place on this year's F1 grid.

The Mercedes-backed Pascal Wehrlein this week secured the first of the Manor seats, which according to Toto Wolff is a victory for talent over much bigger checkbook.

"It is very pleasing to see young drivers earning their spot in formula one on merit and to see that talent is being rewarded by the system," said Wolff.

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02/12/16
irl

Video: Sonoma IndyCar Test Interviews
Verizon IndyCar Series drivers Scott Dixon, Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan, and Simon Pagenaud speak with The RACER Channel's Marshall Pruett at Sonoma Raceway during their first road course test of 2016.



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02/12/16
automotive

Penske Automotive says earnings improved 4.5% in Q4; stock rises
Roger Penske - raking in the money
Roger Penske - raking in the money
Penske Automotive Group today posted mixed results for the fourth quarter as earnings from continuing operations improved but net income fell.

The company said continuing operations income rose 4.5 percent to $73 million, but net income dropped 2.6 percent to $71.3 million.

Total revenue rose 11 percent in the quarter to $4.9 billion.

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02/12/16
nassprint

FOX offers 100 Hours of NASCAR Daytona Speedweeks Coverage
Headlined by the addition of four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon, FOX broadcasts the 58th running of the Daytona 500 -- the Great American Race -- from the newly renovated Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 21, with live coverage beginning at 12:00pm/et with FOX NASCAR Sunday.

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02/12/16
nassprint

NASCAR 2016 Procedural Changes

Maximum Field Sizes / Corresponding New Points Systems

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - Maximum 40-car field (36 Charter team cars, 4 Open team cars), race winner awarded 40 points, 40th place awarded one point.
NASCAR XFINITY Series - Maximum 40-car field, race winner awarded 40 points, 40th place awarded one point.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - Maximum 32-truck field, race winner awarded 32 points, 32nd place awarded one point
New points systems apply to driver, owner, and manufacturer championships. Existing 2015 Bonus points remain in place for 2016.

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02/12/16
motogp

MotoGP publishes final 2016 calendar
MotoGP organisers have issued a final version of the 2016 calendar, with the Jerez and Brno rounds now fully confirmed, after previously being listed as provisional.

All dates remain the same, with Qatar the opener on March 20, the same weekend as Formula 1's Australian Grand Prix, before further flyaways in Argentina and the US.

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02/12/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • German Haug pumps up German Wehrlein
    German Haug pumps up German Wehrlein
    Manor wise to sign Wehrlein - Haug
  • '50-50 chance' of Ferrari-Mercedes battle in 2016
  • Renault's Bell looks to repeat Mercedes success
  • Verstappen to drive 2016 car in simulator
  • Andretti hopes 21-race F1 calendar here to stay
  • Bottas more prepared for F1 rumors now
  • Magnussen must brush off Vasseur comments - pundit
  • Vandoorne to drive in Japan's Super Formula
  • 'Engine parity would improve F1' - Key
  • Wehrlein to use number 94 in Formula 1
  • New McLaren passes FIA crash tests
  • Mercedes-Benz pays to place junior drivers Wehrlein and Ocon in F1
  • Losing to Mercedes is damaging the Ferrari, Honda, and Renault brands

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