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02/16/16
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Video: Robin Miller on Roger Ward
RACER's Robin Miller recounts the life of Indy 500 winner Roger Ward, who was the benchmark for success during the 1960s.

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02/16/16
promazda

PRO MAZDA: National class added for 2016
The Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires will include a revised sub-class for 2016 following today's announcement that the Expert Series, which previously catered to drivers over the age of 30, will be brought more in line with the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Presented by Mazda and replaced by a new National class.

Pro Mazda represents the middle rung on the acclaimed Mazda Road to Indy development ladder which provides Mazda scholarships to assist drivers graduating from karting through USF2000, Pro Mazda and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires to the Verizon IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500.

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02/16/16
irl

Updated Construction Plan and Road Closures for Grand Prix of Boston
UPDATE Another group that supports the Grand Prix of Boston has started this website.  Please consider signing the petition.

02/16/16
On February 9th, IndyCar Boston held an informational meeting at the convention center and presented new details about the race.

An expanded, 7-month construction plan was presented, starting May 1st with "pre-race" road construction and running through November. Most of the construction is still scheduled to happen at night, from 8pm to 5am.
Proposed road closures and changes to the Silverline for race week were also outlined. Schedules and details for the music concerts were not presented, outside of some information in a post on their Facebook page which offered VIP access to tickets for people who supported them at the meeting. It hinted that the acts have "38 Grammy awards and 17 CMT awards" and that they would be performing both at stages "setup around the track" as well as the Blue Hills Pavilion.

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02/16/16
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Construction Begins on Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Race Circuit
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia operates a Gehl forklift to drop one the more than 2,400 concrete blocks into place on the race circuit with Grand Prix Association of Long Beach President & CEO Jim Michaelian and Laborers Union Local 1309 Business Manager and Secretary/Treasurer Peter Santillan assisting
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia operates a Gehl forklift to drop one the more than 2,400 concrete blocks into place on the race circuit with Grand Prix Association of Long Beach President & CEO Jim Michaelian and Laborers Union Local 1309 Business Manager and Secretary/Treasurer Peter Santillan assisting
The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is officially speeding into Spring!  The 42nd edition of the iconic street race, set to take place April 15-17, took its first steps toward the green flag when the first full day of construction began this morning on Shoreline Drive, the racing circuit’s world-famous front straightaway.

The construction got underway with Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia trying his hand at operating a brand-new Gehl forklift, placing one of the more than 2,400 concrete blocks that anchor the safety system around the 1.97-mile, 11-turn racing circuit. Garcia, along with Laborers Union Local 1309 Business Manager and Secretary/Treasurer Peter Santillan and Grand Prix Association of Long Beach President and CEO Jim Michaelian appeared at the track for a kickoff photo shoot in what will become the track’s Turn 10. The photo also included a Verizon IndyCar Series show car.

“The race has a huge economic impact to the city with hotel bookings, restaurants, businesses and all the people who come down to spend their money for the weekend,” said Garcia. “But it’s also a lot of fun and has a lot of tradition here. Generations of fans come here to enjoy it and we’re looking forward to a great race weekend.”

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02/16/16
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Porsche Reveals First Photos of 919 Hybrid Combustion Engine
Porsche 919 V4 Hybrid
Porsche 919 V4 Hybrid

For the first time Porsche is showing images of the centerpiece of its Le Mans winning Porsche 919 Hybrid. Back in 2014, the company entered the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) with the most innovative drive concept on the entire grid: a turbo charged four-cylinder combustion engine to drive the rear axle, an exhaust energy recovery system, the latest lithium-ion battery technology for energy storage to serve the e-machine on the front axle, complex hybrid management – Porsche had set new standards in this technically most demanding world championship. In 2015, which was only the second year of competing, the team was rewarded with successes: A one-two result at the Le Mans 24-Hours and the manufacturers’ and drivers’ World Championship titles. The Porsche 919 Hybrid’s engine will be on display at race events, exhibitions and, of course, in the Porsche Museum at Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen.

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02/16/16
Track News

ISC Adds Two Hotels, More Retail Stores As Part Of One Daytona Project
One Daytona development
One Daytona development

ISC yesterday announced that a number of businesses "are under contract and are expected to grab a spot" in its planned One Daytona development near Daytona Int'l Speedway, according to Eileen Zaffiro-Kean of the Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL. Filling in the vacant property will be a P.F. Chang's restaurant, a Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, clothing store Hy's Toggery that sells brands such as Tommy Bahama and Guy Harvey, sweets shop Kilwins Confections and a Marriott hotel "that will be called The Daytona."

This week's announcements "come after a dry spell for the project" that had previously "inked deals with Bass Pro Shops and Cobb Theaters."

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02/16/16
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NASCAR Searches For Its Next Ambassador In Wake Of Jeff Gordon's Retirement
Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon

Jeff Gordon's crossover appeal into pop culture "helped transform NASCAR from a burgeoning regional phenomenon into a national league," and if a current driver can step into the void created by Gordon's retirement it "could do wonders" for the profile of that driver and NASCAR, according to Brant James of USA TODAY. 

Gordon for most of his career was "able to exploit his on-track success, relatability and desire to attain the celebrity he sought," and in the process he "brought NASCAR to an amenable mainstream" in the '90s and '00s. 

Most drivers are "offered to the mainstream as spokespersons for their various sponsors, tracks, or the series," and they "enjoy or humor it as an ancillary part of a profession in which sponsor benefaction enables their livelihood." But there is a "subset of drivers who have displayed ambition beyond the track and the commercial shoot."

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02/16/16
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Allmendinger: I will never return to IndyCar unless they have closed cockpit
Until canopies are added to IndyCars to make them safer, Allmendinger isn't going to race one
Until canopies are added to IndyCars to make them safer, Allmendinger isn't going to race one
NASCAR racer AJ Allmendinger has ruled out an IndyCar comeback following the death of friend Justin Wilson last August.

Wilson was killed in an accident at last year’s IndyCar round at Pocono Raceway, and former CART star Allmendinger insists he would now only ever consider a return to the series if closed-cockpit safety was introduced.

"The moment Justin Wilson passed away is the moment I said 'never'," Allmendinger said. “Never again.

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02/16/16
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ROUSH Performance ready to tear into 2016 racing season
From Long Beach to Austin to Daytona, race teams backed by ROUSH Performance are ready to tear into this year's season. ROUSH Performance will sponsor racing efforts that span the gamut from road racing to drag racing to NASCAR to drifting.

"Our company was founded on a passion for performance," said Jack Roush Jr., race car driver and brand manager for ROUSH Performance. "What better way to showcase this passion and capability than to put ourselves to the test across vastly different forms of racing."

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02/16/16
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OneMain to sponsor Cole Custer in three races
MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Cole Custer's No. 00 Chevrolet Silverado will wear OneMain blue and white for three races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) this season, beginning at Ohio's Eldora Speedway (July 20).

OneMain, which joined JR Motorsports as backer of the No. 1 OneMain Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with Elliott Sadler, will also be on Custer's No. 00 entry at Talladega Superspeedway (Oct. 22) and again the following week at Martinsville Speedway (Oct. 29).

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02/16/16
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Weiron Tan joins Team Pelfrey
Weiron Tan captured 4 victories last season in Pro Mazda driving for Andretti Autosport
Weiron Tan captured 4 victories last season in Pro Mazda driving for Andretti Autosport
Malaysian driver Weiron Tan is set to challenge for the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires title in 2016, after signing with Team Pelfrey to embark on his second year in the series. He is aiming to build on a successful rookie year, which saw him finish fourth in the standings, scooping four race victories along the way. He also finished Vice-Champion in the Cooper Tires Winterfest, scoring two wins and three second places from five races. 

Tan joined the Pro Mazda series in 2015 after a successful junior open-wheel career in Europe.  At the age of just 17 he was selected by the Caterham F1 Team for its young driver development program.

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02/16/16
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Daytona 500 Frontstretch Reserved Seating Sells Out
101,500 seats sold out
101,500 seats sold out
Daytona Int'l Speedway this morning is announcing that reserved frontstretch seating for Sunday's Daytona 500 is sold out. DIS as part of its $400M renovation now has a capacity of 101,500 permanent and wider seats. Premium hospitality, infield admission and Sprint FanZone pre-race access still remain. Track owner ISC had been under pressure to sell out for the first Daytona 500 after the renovation.

Meanwhile, NASCAR today is naming Mack Trucks the official hauler of the sanctioning body after Freightliner left following a decade-long relationship. The deal is for multiple years and is a mix of guaranteed cash to NASCAR plus value in kind. Adam Stern/Sportsbusinessdaily.com

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02/16/16
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Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
UPDATE Update shown in red below.

02/16/16
  • Ivan Capelli
    Ivan Capelli
    Capelli warns against white Ferrari livery
  • Family pays tribute to absent Schumacher
  • Ferrari confirms February 19 car launch
  • Gene Haas believes Gutierrez has a point to prove
  • Renault plans to recruit 160
  • Wehrlein, Ocon to share Mercedes reserve role
  • Toro Rosso to have interim livery at first test New

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02/16/16
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Phelps says 'lot of interest' in its search to replace Sprint as title sponsor
NASCAR Chief Marketing Officer Steve Phelps
Steve Phelps
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With Sprint set to begin its final season sponsoring stock-car racing's premier series, NASCAR Chief Marketing Officer Steve Phelps said the hunt for a replacement remains steady.

"I think we would characterize it as we're tracking as we thought we would, so a lot of interest," Phelps told NBC Sports in an interview last week.

"A lot of presentations. We have a number of companies active with us in the search, but nothing to report at this point."

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02/16/16
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Fanatics Revamps NASCAR Trackside Superstore for 2016 Season
Fans visiting Daytona International Speedway's (DIS) new motorsports stadium during Speedweeks 2016 will enjoy more than 100,000 square feet of retail options as part of the Fanatics Trackside Superstore shopping experience.

The experience will be highlighted by a Superstore located on the Speedway's revamped Midway featuring a customization area for fans to add imagery to leather products and headwear. Fans will also be able to purchase the Official Daytona 500 Champion's Hat (produced by New Era) from this location immediately following the race.

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02/16/16
track news

Daytona International Speedway to hold "Open House" for fans on Wed
Daytona Rising
Daytona Rising
Daytona International Speedway (DIS) will hold an "Open House" for the general public on Wednesday, February 17, giving fans the opportunity to explore the amenities featured in the new motorsports stadium during Speedweeks 2016. Tickets are not required. DIS will offer self-guided tours around the stadium to showcase the vertical transportation, wider and more comfortable seats and 11 spacious social areas/"neighborhoods."

The "Open House" will take place between 3:00 pm and 7:00pm and is free of charge. Attendees will also have the opportunity to watch NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice for the Daytona 500 from 5:00 to 7:00pm/et.

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02/15/16
F1

Vettel says F1 far too complex now
UPDATE 
Vettel hopes to stop the Mercedes borefest at the front of F1
Vettel hopes to stop the Mercedes borefest at the front of F1
Lewis Hamilton's winning streak at Mercedes has become a turn-off for Formula One fans, according to Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel, who has also been accused of turning viewers away from the sport after he won four consecutive championships with Red Bull between 2010 and 2013, said F1 is too complicated.

Mercedes - winners of 32 of the last 38 races - have dominated the sport for the past two seasons and with very few changes to the regulations over the winter they will head into the new campaign as the favorites.

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02/15/16
F1

Mediapro Deploys F1 Coverage
For the second year in a row, Spain's Mediapro is "deploying its Formula One network" across Latin America, reaching 7 million homes out of nearly 70 million pay-TV households, according to Juan Fernandez Gonzalez of RAPID TV NEWS. 

For the upcoming Formula 1 season, Mediapro's Canal F1 Latin America "will broadcast the whole championship in HD," with 11 Grands Prix being exclusive to the network, namely Bahrain, Russia, Spain, Canada, Azerbaijan, Austria, Hungary, Malaysia, Japan, the U.S. and Abu Dhabi.

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02/15/16
F1

Eleven Sports To Bring Live F1 Races To Poland
Eleven Sports Network will bring live F1 action to Poland after securing the exclusive rights in a multi-year agreement. Eleven Sports Network will showcase the action complete with Friday and Saturday practice and qualifying sessions, and Sunday races, through live, delay and repeat broadcasts. Eleven Sports


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02/15/16
track news

Zandvoort has been sold
Andretti leads Peterson to win the 1978 Dutch GP at Zandvoort
Andretti beats Peterson to win the 1978 Dutch GP at Zandvoort
The Zandvoort circuit has been purchased by a company called Chapman Andretti Partners BV. This clearly suggests that the buyers are F1 fans, as Mario Andretti won the Dutch GP in 1978, driving one of Colin Chapman’s Lotus 79s.

Chapman Andretti Partners is a company that has been set up by Prince Bernhard of Orange-Nassau, a cousin of King Willem-Alexander, and investor Menno de Jong. The two men have been in business together since college days, often in league with another friend called Paul Mol. Initially they concentrated on the IT sector, but in recent years their primary interest has been real estate development, specifically commercial and industrial real estate with a company called Vondel Capital. The acquisition of Zandvoort is thus seen as probably being a little similar to the idea that MEPC has to develop an automotive and high- performance technology park at the circuit. The buyers say that the purchase will have no impact on the circuit’s current activities, but there is no doubt that the new owners are looking to the future.

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02/15/16
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Richard Petty Motorsports Locks Jeb Burton for XFINITY Series Ride in 2016
Jeb Burton
Jeb Burton
Richard Petty Motorsports announced today that NASCAR driver Jeb Burton will compete full time in the NASCAR XFNITY Series for the 2016 season. Burton will debut the No. 43 Ford Mustang this Saturday in the XFINITY Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway.

Burton comes from a long family line of racing in NASCAR's premier series. Burton's father, Ward, is a former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver and Daytona 500 Champion, and Burton's uncle, Jeff, is also a former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver and current NBC Sports broadcaster. Along with his family's racing background, Burton brings four years of NASCAR experience to Richard Petty Motorsports. He competed full time in the Camping World Truck Series in 2013 and 2014, earning one win, seven Top-Five finishes and 20 Top-10 finishes in 50 starts. In the Sprint Cup Series, he competed for BK Racing in 2015 with 28 starts.

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02/15/16
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NASCAR's Phelps: Companies "Active" In Search For Cup Sponsor
NASCAR Exec VP & CMO Steve Phelps recently discussed efforts to replace Sprint, which is in its final season as sponsor of the top-tier Cup Series.

Phelps: "We have a number of companies active with us in the search, but nothing to report at this point." He added that there is "good news with team sponsorship," which has "grown in terms of the number of companies but become more diffuse in terms of how much each is spending per team."

Only a "handful of sponsors" are on a Cup Series car for "virtually the entire 36-race season." NBCSPORTS.com

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02/15/16
track news

Tickets Now Available For All Eldora Events
Fans can now purchase tickets, suites and select campsites for all 28 racing events at Eldora Speedway’s half-mile dirt oval.

All orders can be placed at www.EldoraSpeedway.com, by phone at (937) 338-3815 or at the box office at the race track.

Since December 2015, the ticketing department has been filling orders for the 22nd annual Dirt Late Model Dream presented by Ferris Mowers (June 9-11); the expanded 33rd annual Kings Royal (July 14-16), the fourth annual NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race (July 19-20) and the 46th annual World 100 (Sept. 8-10).

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02/15/16
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AMSOIL Backing IHRA Opener In Orlando
AMSOIL has signed on as the title sponsor of the inaugural International Hot Rod Ass’n Nitro Nationals at Orlando Speed World Dragway in Florida.

The IHRA Drag Racing Series season-opener is scheduled for March 4-6.

AMSOIL entered its partnership with the IHRA in 2014, becoming the official oil of the racing association. The extended relationship includes the company’s first appearance as a title sponsor in the IHRA Drag Racing Series at the Nitro Nationals. AMSOIL will also serve as the class sponsor of the IHRA Nitro Funny Car class in 2016.

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02/15/16
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Video: Steer Clear: Busch makes 'Sprint Unlimited' saves
Relive Kyle Busch's spectacular saves in the 2012 and 2014 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway.

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02/15/16
f1

Convicted conman posed as Formula One boss to run up hotel bills
A fantasist posed as the chief operations officer of the Mercedes Benz Formula One racing team to run up hundreds of pounds worth of bills at hotels in Warwickshire and Worcestershire in England.

Convicted conman Stuart Howatson also used the same false identity in arrangements to purchase computer software and systems costing hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Howatson, 37, of Fisher Road, Bishops Itchington, had pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to a total of 12 charges of fraud and one of theft.

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02/15/16
f1

Video: Hunting the new W07, wind tunnel model revealed & F1 tires explained!
On this week’s studio show Rosanna goes in search of the new W07, we reveal how a wind tunnel model translates to a Championship-winning car and we’re talking tyre and regulation changes for 2016.

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02/15/16
F1

Hear the 2016 F1 title winning Mercedes car startup
See the Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid burst into life – and get a glimpse of our great new pipes for 2016.



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02/15/16
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Truex, Harvick, Vickers fail inspections at Daytona 500 time trials
Three drivers were moved to the rear of their respective Daytona 500 qualifying race fields after inspection revealed that their cars did not meet NASCAR specifications during time trials Sunday at Daytona International Speedway.

Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick and Brian Vickers are scheduled to start at the back of Thursday night’s 150-mile qualifying races that determine much of the starting order for Sunday’s 500, NASCAR's version of the Super Bowl.

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02/15/16
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Stewart breaks silence, answers injury questions
Tony Stewart
Tony Stewart crashed at 5 mph and broke his back
Tony Stewart is up and walking, breaking his social media silence for the first time since suffering severe back injuries in an all-terrain vehicle accident Jan. 31.

The three-time NASCAR champion answered questions about his injuries, his future and his outlook through two live-streaming Periscope sessions Friday morning from his North Carolina home. Stewart was seen walking on a treadmill and briefly showed the scars from his back surgery, which repaired the burst fracture of his L1 vertebra.

"We're starting to get the pain under control," said Stewart, who aims to return for the remainder of his final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. "I didn't want everybody to think that while everyone was at Daytona today, I was sitting on my ass in Charlotte."

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02/15/16
Fe

New central location for Berlin ePrix
New Berlin circuit
New Berlin circuit

The Berlin ePrix will take place on a new bespoke track in the heart of the German capital on May 21. The 2.030km circuit, which remains subject to approval from the Berlin city authorities, and FIA track homologation, will feature 11 turns and wind its way around Strausberger Platz and towards Alexanderplatz with the pitlane on Karl-Marx-Allee. All relevant parties are working hard on the approval of the new location so the event will take place in Berlin in 2016.

Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, said: “It is fantastic news that we have been able to find a new location to race in Berlin and I want to thank everybody who has been involved in making this happen for all their hard work in such a short space of time. Germany is an incredibly important market for Formula E as the home of DHL, the championship’s Official Logistics Partner, and BMW i, the Official Vehicle Partner of the series. I am sure that this race will capture the imagination of the German fans and be a great success.”

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02/15/16
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Video: Crew Chief Corner with Leonard Wood
In this special Daytona 500 edition of “Crew Chief Corner,” Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion crew chief Jeremy Bullins and NASCAR Hall of Fame crew chief Leonard Wood talk about the Wood Brothers' colorful and successful history in the Great American Race.  Wood discusses how Tiny Lund came to drive the 21 in 1963, David Pearson and Trevor Bayne's improbable triumphs.

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02/15/16
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grc

Axia Technology Partners Goes Global with Andretti
INDIANAPOLIS - Axia Technology Partners, the leading national provider of converged IP technology and software solutions, has expanded its existing partnership with Andretti Autosport and its global family of race teams. With efforts spanning around the world in the Verizon IndyCar Series, Red Bull Global Rallycross and the FIA Formula E Championship, AxiaTP’s Kerauno software platform keeps Andretti’s internal communications flowing smoothly across multiple devices.

"When racing around the world, it’s important for our staff and teams to be able to communicate seamlessly,” said Andretti’s President, Chairman and CEO Michael Andretti. “AxiaTP has provided us with a proven successful solution that keeps all of our racing efforts moving toward success."

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02/15/16
F1

Vettel not ruling out 2016 'title tilt'
Whether Vettel can win the title comes down to whether his Engineer (James Allison) can design a better car that Mercedes Engineer (Aldo Costa). Costa is the best so doubtful.
Whether Vettel can win the title comes down to whether his Engineer (James Allison) can design a better car that Mercedes Engineer (Aldo Costa). Costa is the best so doubtful.
(GMM) Sebastian Vettel is still not ruling out the possibility that he will be able to challenge Mercedes for the 2016 world championship.

Ferrari announced on Monday that it will reveal its new red car, reportedly set to feature a white engine cover, on the internet on Friday.

Team and Fiat Chrysler Sergio Marchionne has clearly targeted the title, but German Vettel warned that Ferrari had a big task over the winter.

"It's no secret that we were still not where we wanted to be, and there are things we need to improve," he told his own website. "But we're working on it and 2015 showed that we are on the right track."

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02/15/16
automotive

You can reserve Tesla's low-cost Model 3 starting March 31
The Chevy Bolt (above) will go head-to-head with the Tesla Model 3 in the same price range
The Chevy Bolt (above) will go head-to-head with the Tesla Model 3 in the same price range
Elon Musk has announced that customers will be able to reserve Tesla's highly anticipated Model 3 starting March 31.

Reservations require a $1,000 deposit and a trip to a Tesla store. Online reservations will be accepted starting April 1.

The Model 3 is Tesla's "cheaper" electric car, and is expected to cost in the neighborhood of $35,000. Federal and state tax credits may knock $7,500 to $10,000 off the purchase price in the U.S.

Musk said that unlike the automaker's Model S and X, there will be no "signature" edition of the Model 3.

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02/15/16
nassprint

Video: We Show Tough Love on Valentine's Day
Love comes in many different forms, and that's especially true when frustrations boil over on the track.

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02/15/16
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Video: JGR's Big Names Collected in Multi-Car Wreck
Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski make contact, sending the No. 19 into the wall along with Kyle Busch and others.

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02/15/16
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Video: Vickers spin wrecks Junior, Harvick and others
Brian Vickers has a Goodyear tire go down going into Turn 1 sending the No. 14 around and into Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick and more.

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02/15/16
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Video: How Formula E's all-electric cars work
There's a wealth of information to be found about the cars of Formula E, if you're looking for it. The FIA's website for the series has done a decent job of making the series accessible, and the leading dedicated publication, Current E, posts all sorts of infographics, car breakdowns, etc.

All of that is great for fans who want to go deep. But understanding how the cars work on a basic level can be tricky if you're new to the series. Luckily, Formula E came up with a really excellent video. Originally aired during the broadcast of last weekend's excellent race in Buenos Aires, the video explains how the battery, inverter, the motor, and the transmission all work together. It also sheds some light on where the teams are free to innovate, as well as where they're limited.

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02/15/16
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Jeff Gordon Draws Mostly Positive Reviews In Fox Debut
Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon
New Fox Sports NASCAR analyst Jeff Gordon made his race broadcasting debut during last night’s season-opening Sprint Unlimited, and the new-look booth received mostly favorable reviews writes Adam Stern of Sports Business Daily. The race, which was won by Denny Hamlin’s No. 11 Toyota at Daytona Int'l Speedway and held before an estimated 35,000 fans, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, was the first NASCAR event in the newly renovated facility.

ESPN.com’s Ryan McGee tweeted, “Little while ago I watched 10 mins of #NASCAR practice & @JeffGordonWeb taught me like 3 things I didn't know. So...good hire.” SB Nation’s Jordan Bianchi: “Fox has done a nice job incorporating Jeff Gordon into its coverage while not completely diminishing Larry McReynolds’ role.” But media commentator John Daly added: “Same addiction to zooming in live and trying to be cute and fancy. Just let us watch the racing.”

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02/15/16
GTA

Motorsport Asia acquires sole ownership of GT Asia
GT Asia Series
GT Asia Series

With every passing year the GT Asia Series continues to gain great momentum. Season 2015 saw the most competitive field on record, with a string of factory-supported teams, some of the world's best GT3 drivers and a list of events on some of Asia's leading circuits, but for Motorsport Asia, 2016 will represent a great new opportunity after taking sole ownership of the category late last season.

"For 2016 Motorsport Asia Limited has the opportunity to really take GT Asia to new heights after working in a partnership with Supercar Club Hong Kong since the Series first began," David Sonenscher, the CEO of Motorsport Asia confirmed.

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02/15/16
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Wood Brothers Racing leaves Race Team Alliance
Ryan Blaney in the Wood Brothers #21
Ryan Blaney in the Wood Brothers #21
Wood Brothers Racing team members expressed disappointment Friday that they didn't receive one of 36 charters issued by NASCAR this week and said they had pulled out of the Race Team Alliance. The 36 teams with charters have automatic starting spots in each Sprint Cup race.

The other four spots on each starting grid will be available to "open" teams like the Woods and their driver, Ryan Blaney, through qualifying.

Although the Woods' team, one of the oldest in NASCAR, has been racing since the sanctioning body's first season, the fact that it has been running part-time over the past several years caused the #21 to fail to meet the numbers for a charter.

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02/15/16
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Chase Elliott, Chevrolet's Daytona 500 pole is latest fodder for NASCAR conspiracies
Chase Elliott - it's been known for decades that everything happens in NASCAR for a reason
Chase Elliott - it's been known for decades that everything happens in NASCAR for a reason

For the fourth consecutive year, the Daytona 500 pole went to the driver who was arguably the story of the preseason in NASCAR, as Chase Elliott captured the top spot in qualifying on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway.

It was just another chapter in the NASCAR conspiracy file for those fans into that sort of thing.

Consider:

-- In 2013, Danica Patrick won the Daytona 500 pole in her rookie NASCAR season following a preseason of hype.

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02/15/16
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Goodyear tires again the story in NASCAR
As NASCAR roared back to life in the Sprint Unlimited on Saturday night, so did a common problem as tire issues persisted throughout the event.

Cut tires contributed to the high number of crashes the exhibition event is known for. The first came in the opening segment as Ricky @StenhouseJr cut a tire and spun in Turn 2 on Lap 13. He was riding behind the thunderous pack with eventual race winner@DennyHamlin when the incident occurred. The No. 17 Fastenal Ford received minimal damage and bounced back to finish sixth, a career best result in the event for the 28-year old.

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02/15/16
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Andretti Short Track welcomes MCL Restaurant & Bakery
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. (February 15, 2016) – Continuing to grow, Andretti Autosport Short Track announced today the addition of MCL Restaurant & Bakery to its list of team partners and driver Jarett Andretti.  MCL will be a season-long associate sponsor of Andretti as he prepares to compete in his non-wing 410 Sprint Car throughout 2016.
 
The new partnership was a natural one for both family owned and operated businesses.  Just as Andretti Autosport Short Track team owner, John Andretti, is second-generation racer and son Jarett is a young third-generation driver, MCL family owners have also passed their traditions of excellence down through their own generations.

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02/15/16
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New EXR Racing Series announces 2016 schedule
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (February 15, 2016) -- The EXR Racing Series today announces a schedule of 16 exciting races for its inaugural season, with competition set to take place over eight weekends at some of the most iconic motorsport facilities in the United States.

The schedule for the new arrive-and-drive series includes highlight stops at Circuit of the Americas, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Sonoma Raceway. "We selected only the best venues where drivers could be guaranteed a great experience both on and off the track," said series co-founder Romain Thievin. "It's going to be an incredible season of racing with the EXR Racing Series."

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02/15/16
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February 14th Marked the Anniversary of Roush Fenway's entry into NASCAR
Mark Martin in the 1988 Daytona 500 Roush entry
Mark Martin in the 1988 Daytona 500 Roush entry

While across the world, Feb. 14th annually marks the celebration of St. Valentines Day, the date holds a different significance for Jack Roush and the Roush Fenway Racing team. It marks the anniversary of Roush’s first foray into the world of NASCAR; his first race at the highest level of automobile racing and a day that would serve as the launch pad for one of the most successful organizations in professional sports history.

Competing with a backup car not even built for a superspeedway, Roush and his newly formed team covered only 19 laps before overheating and finishing 41st in its debut Daytona 500 on Feb. 14, 1988. Humble beginnings for a team which 29 years later has accumulated a NASCAR record 322 wins and hoisted championships in all three of NASCAR’s highest levels of competition.

Ronald Reagan was President of the United States on that day. A gallon of gas cost 96 cents, the average price of a car was just over $14,000, a loaf of bread would run you 61 cents and Roush was in the early stages of building the winningest team in NASCAR history.

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02/15/16
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Latest F1 news in brief - Monday
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02/14/16
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Can-Am Duel Qualifying Race Lineups
Chase Elliott and Matt Kenseth will start from the pole in Thursday's Can-Am Duel qualifying races that will set the field for Sunday's 58th running of the Daytona 500.

Daytona 500 pole-winner Chase Elliott will lead the field to the green flag in the first Can-Am Duel race with Dale Earnhardt. Jr. on the outside front row. The rest of the top five starters include Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Ryan Blaney and Austin Dillon.

Second-place qualifier Matt Kenseth will have the pole for the second Can-Am Duel with Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch to his outside followed by Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards and Kurt Busch.

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02/14/16
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Video: Repsol Honda Team 2016 Launching in Jakarta
The Repsol Honda MotoGP team launched their 2016 challenger in Jarkata:

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02/14/16
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Video: DIS ARCA announcement, Tony Stewart replacement
From the AutoRacing1.com YouTube Page - Daytona International Speedway/ARCA announcement; Stewart-Haas Racing Announcement: Brett Frood (President, Stewart-Haas Racing), Greg Zipadelli (Vice-President of Competition, Stewart-Haas Racing), Mike Bugarewicz (Crew Chief, No. 14 Team of Stewart-Haas Racing) and Brian Vickers (No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing):

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02/14/16
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Video: Johnson, Logano and Truex Jr on Sprint Unlimited
From the AutoRacing1.com YouTube Page - Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet) and Steve Post (MRN) , Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford)  and Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Furniture Row / Denver Mattress Toyota):

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02/14/16
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Video: Wood Brothers goes full-time
From the AutoRacing1.com YouTube Page - Wood Brothers Racing: Eddie Wood, Len Wood and Jon Wood talk about going full-time in 2016:

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02/14/16
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Credit One Bank Signs Deals With NASCAR, Chip Ganassi Racing
UPDATE Video from Press Conference from the AutoRacing1.com YouTube page:

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02/14/16
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Already three NASCAR Charters change hands
A charter for the #41 Busch car
A charter for the #41 Busch car
Saturday afternoon brought confirmation of the first sales of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series charters under the new ownership model announced on Tuesday in Charlotte, NC. "Charter for the #41 car (driven by Kurt Busch) has been secured," Stewart-Haas Racing asserted on its Twitter account during Daytona 500 practice on Saturday afternoon. "SHR officially has 4 charters. #NASCAR"

Joe Gibbs Racing made a similar proclamation a few minutes later. "It's official!" JGR tweeted. "Today JGR secured a 4th charter to be used for the #19 team (with driver Carl Edwards)." Stewart-Haas and Gibbs obtained their charters from Rob Kauffman, who earned two charters as a principal with Michael Waltrip Racing, which ceased operations at the end of the 2015 season.

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02/14/16
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NASCAR finally dumps antiquated analog gages
Digital Dash on one of the Ganassi Sabates cars
Digital Dash on one of the Ganassi Sabates cars

NASCAR has dumped the analog gauge and moved to a digital dash for all Sprint Cup cars in 2016.

The digital dash resembles ones found in street cars and should provide drivers with more accurate data.

"I want to go really far with that because it has a real opportunity for us to connect our fans with," technology, NASCAR chairman Brian France said.

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02/14/16
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Brian France considering Chase waiver for Stewart
UPDATE Kyle Busch believes Tony Stewart has a “taller order” in returning from injury to salvage his season than Busch did last year.

The defending Sprint Cup Series champion told USA TODAY Sports that Stewart’s injury -- a broken back -- is a “bigger deal” compared to the broken leg and foot Busch suffered at Daytona International Speedway a year ago.

But Busch expressed some optimism for the three-time champion.

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