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02/15/18
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Ozomatli to Headline Fiesta Friday Concert at Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Ozomatli
Ozomatli
Popular Latin/Hip Hop band Ozomatli will headline the April 13 Fiesta Friday Concert at the 2018 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, officials announced today.

The Fiesta Friday Concert will begin at approximately 6:45 p.m. on the plaza in front of the Long Beach Performing Arts Center adjacent to the Long Beach Convention Center and is free to Friday race ticket holders. Space at the plaza is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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02/15/18
nasmon

FOX NASCAR Brings Back Star-Studded Cast for 'Drivers Only' Race Broadcast

“As long as no one sets fire to the FOX Sports booth or pulls the plug that knocks us off the air, the drivers have free rein …”

Those were the words of John Entz, FOX Sports President & Executive Producer of Production, last May when FOX Sports announced it would undertake an unprecedented challenge -- broadcasting a NASCAR XFINITY SERIES (NXS) race called entirely by active drivers.  Fortunately, there was no fire or loss of transmission signal, so FOX Sports has issued a “callback” to the cast of characters that debuted last June on FOX in the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race broadcast from Pocono Raceway. 

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02/15/18
f1

Haas F1 is not American
Steiner and Haas have made their team 0.00% American, including zero American drivers
Steiner and Haas have made their team 0.00% American, including zero American drivers
Team principal Guenter Steiner has said that "90% of the components of our car are made in Italy” and the team has a unit near Dallara where it is being assembled, with staff shipped over from the base in Banbury, UK to complete the car build. The other 10% is made in the UK.

0% of the anti-American team car is made in the USA

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02/15/18
nasmon

BK Racing Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
Gray Gaulding is scheduled to race the no. 23 at Daytona
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BK Racing filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy with a North Carolina court on Thursday afternoon, just hours before the team was due to compete in the Can-Am Duel Daytona 500 qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway.

BK Racing's bankruptcy filing was made in response to a lawsuit filed by Union Bank & Trust of Virginia, and a court request to appoint a receiver to oversee BK Racing's operations. BK Racing is current in default of a $9 million load from the bank, which took BK Racing's NASCAR racing charter for it's no. 23 and no. 83 teams as collateral on the loan, and is now seeking to have the charter that is scheduled to compete this weekend at Daytona. BK Racing sold the no. 83 charter to Front Row Motorsports before the beginning of the season, who then in turn leased it to TriStar Motorsports.

In their bankruptcy filing, BK Racing listed more than $10 million in liabilities among 20 creditors.

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02/15/18
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FOX Sports Daytona 500 Tech: Drone, Visor Cams, Record-Setting In-Car Cameras
Fox Sports Visor Cam
Fox Sports Visor Cam
FOX Sports, marking its 15th Daytona 500, is raising its game yet again, adding aerial drone coverage and a record number of in-car cameras to its already standard-setting production lineup for the 60th running of the Great American Race on Sunday, Feb. 18 (2:30 PM ET) on the FOX broadcast network.

In an industry first, and working closely with NASCAR and ISC, FOX Sports is utilizing a drone to provide live coverage from behind the backstretch at iconic Daytona International Speedway.  Tethered to allow it to fly for longer periods of time, it will be able to hover and move around outside of the racing area to cover the action from an entirely new angle for viewers.

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02/15/18
nasmon

RCR Agrees to Technical Partnership with ANSYS, Inc.
Austin Dillon
Austin Dillon
Richard Childress Racing (RCR) will improve racing times with ANSYS (NASDAQ: ANSS) through a new, multi-year partnership. RCR will leverage ANSYS Pervasive Engineering Simulation software to more accurately predict machine performance and enhance vehicle speed on the race track by enabling a true digital twin of a race car.

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02/15/18
imsa

Di Resta books two more IMSA races with United Autosports
Paul di Resta
Paul di Resta
Former F1 driver Paul di Resta will join United Autosports for the next two endurance rounds of the IMSA Sportscar Championship.

The 31-year-old Scot will co-drive the Anglo-American team's Ligier JSP217-Gibson with Bruno Senna and Phil Hanson at the 12 Hours of Sebring in March and the 6 Hours of Watkins Glen in July.

Di Resta finished fourth on his endurance racing debut at the Daytona 24 Hours last month, in a United-run Ligier shared with Senna, Will Owen and Hugo de Sadeleer.

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02/15/18
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Keihin Returns as a Full-Season Associate RLL Sponsor in a Multi-Year Agreement
Graham Rahal
Graham Rahal
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that Keihin North America, a leading manufacturer of precision technology parts for both the automotive and powersports industry, has returned to the team as a full-season associate sponsor after having been an associate sponsor of Graham Rahal’s entry in the 2017 Indianapolis 500.  Keihin, a major supplier to the Automotive and Powersports Industries, will be featured on the entry of reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Takuma Sato as well as Rahal’s entry in a multi-year program.

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02/15/18
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nhra

Weekend Final TV Ratings (Update)
The Clash viewership and attendance continues plummet
The Clash viewership and attendance continues plummet
UPDATE
 The Daytona Clash race, on Fox Sports 1, drew a final 1.35 rating and 2.3 million viewers. That was the lowest rated and least-watched Clash in at least 20 years, not including rainouts.

The previous lows were a 2.0 rating and 3.5 million in the 2014 race, which also was carried on Fox Sports 1.

Last year’s race was rescheduled by rain, but the 2016 numbers were a 2.8 rating and 4.8 million viewers.

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02/15/18
nasmon

Danica Patrick: Aaron Rodgers to be at Daytona 500
Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers
My boyfriend Aaron Rodgers is going to be here [at the Daytona 500] to support me and he's excited", Danica Patrick told The Associated Press this week. "I've never done that in my career."

Will little Ricky Stenhouse be looking on in jealously after being dumped by Danica for the bigger and stronger Rodgers?

Things will get real juicy if Little Ricky puts Danica in the wall, and Rodgers punches Little Ricky out.

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02/15/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • Haas tries to defend Gunther Steiner who never once gave an American driver a look
    Haas tries to defend Gunther Steiner who never once gave an American driver a look
    Haas defends team boss after controversy
  • Bottas not targeting Alonso's 'triple crown'
  • New Force India 'similar' to 2017 car

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02/15/18
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Amazing Race: IndyCar drivers win legs 9 and 10
Conor Daly milking a camel
Conor Daly milking a camel

In Episode 9 the teams had an impossible time navigating their way through the streets of Bahrain. Team IndyCar passed Team Big Brother on their way to the next challenge, which included milking a camel. Next, teams had to race to the next pit stop, “The Tree of Life.” Team IndyCar was the first to arrive, winning $7,500 each. Team Extreme finished next, followed by Team Yale and Team Big Brother.

The next morning the remaining teams each had to catch a flight to Thailand. With only four teams left, there was no room for mistakes! The Indy Car drivers were the first to receive their next clue, but all the teams were close. At the Detour, teams had a choice between taking height and weight measurements of elephants or catching 20 bullfrogs.

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