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02/19/15
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FOX Sports Racing New Face Of All Things Fast In Canada, Caribbean
FOX Sports today announces the re-branding of SPEED International, its motor sports and automotive network in Canada and the Caribbean, as FOX SPORTS RACING on Friday, Feb. 20, bolstering the high-octane programming lineup to deliver additional motor sports and big-event competition programming for 2015 and beyond.

“We’ve put the power and influence of the FOX Sports brand behind our commitment to motor sports,” said Eric Shanks, President & COO/Executive Producer of FOX Sports. “With highly anticipated NASCAR and MotoGP seasons about to get underway, and several other popular series up and running, FOX SPORTS RACING is now the hub for a vast and diverse community of passionate race fans.”

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02/19/15
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Winterfest: Aitken wins Pro Mazda Race 1
Team Pelfrey's Jack Aitken held off a hard changing Weiron Tan to take the checkered flag at New Orleans Motorsports Park in Pro Mazda race 1 of Cooper Tires Winterfest. The Andretti Autosport driver, who finished a mere three tenths behind Aitken, hounded the Brit for nearly all 19 laps, but was unable to get by.

Juncos Racing's Will Owen finished 9 seconds behind Aitken in third. Raoul Owens, who started eighth turned in an impressive drive to come home fourth. Canadian Garett Grist was fifth.

Pro Mazda Races 2 and 3 are slated for tomorrow at the 2.7-mile Avondale, LA circuit. Full results from race 1 below...

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02/19/15
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Winterfest: Eidson wins U.S. F2000 Race 1
Starting from pole position, Jake Eidson scored a flag-to-flag U.S. F2000 victory in race 1 of  Cooper Tires Winterfest at New Orleans Motorsports Park. The Memphis native came across the line 3.4 seconds ahead of Rice Lake, Wisconsin's Aaron Telitz. Frenchman Nico Jamin was third. 

The drive of the race perhaps was turned in by Brazilian Victor Franzoni. From the 14th starting position, Franzoni moved up to fifth at the start. The Afterburner Autosport driver ran as high as fourth before ultimately finishing sixth.

The U.S. F2000 field will be back in action with two races tomorrow. Full Race 1 results below...

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02/19/15
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Winterfest Pro Mazda: Jack Aitken on pole
Team Pelfrey's Jack Aitken is on pole in the Pro Mazda category at Cooper Ties Winterfest. Full results below...

P No Name FTime Diff Gap FSpeed
1 82 Jack Aitken 1:33.201 0.000 0.000 105.836
2 22 Weiron Tan 1:33.338 0.1369 0.1369 105.681
3 7 Jose Gutierrez 1:33.679 0.4786 0.3417 105.296
4 23 Will Owen 1:33.890 0.6892 0.2106 105.059
5 5 Garett Grist 1:33.895 0.6944 0.0052 105.054
6 10 Florian Latorre 1:34.235 1.0343 0.3399 104.675
7 28 Dalton Kellett 1:34.450 1.2495 0.2152 104.436
8 19 Raoul Owens 1:34.565 1.3646 0.1151 104.309
9 6 Timothe Buret 1:34.607 1.4061 0.0415 104.263
10 2 Daniel Burkett 1:34.737 1.5361 0.1300 104.120
11 14 Alessandro Latif 1:35.581 2.3802 0.8441 103.201
12 18 Nicolas Latifi 1:35.760 2.5591 0.1789 103.008
13 54 Michael Johnson 1:36.464 3.2632 0.7041 102.256
14 13 Bobby Eberle 1:37.616 4.4151 1.1519 101.049
15 33 Carlos Conde 1:39.178 5.9777 1.5626 99.457

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02/19/15
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Larson leads practice 5
Kyle Larson led practice 5 for the Daytona 500 earlier today. Only five cars took part in the session as many teams chose to stay in the garage area preparing for tonight's Budweiser Duel at Daytona qualifying races. Full results...

Pos Car Driver Sponsor Speed Time Gap
1 42 Kyle Larson Target 192.699 46.705 Leader
2 35 Cole Whitt Speed Stick 190.710 47.192 --0.487
3 46 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J 190.098 47.344 --0.639
4 23 J.J. Yeley MAXIM Fantasy Sports app/Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry 189.478 47.499 --0.794
5 26 Jeb Burton LiveDeal.com Download the App Toyota Camry 187.864 47.907 --1.202

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02/19/15
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U.S. F2000 Winterfest: Eidson wins pole
Pabst Racing's Jake Eidson has won the U.S. F2000 pole at New Orleans Motorsports Park for Cooper Tires Winterfest. With a time of 1:36.306, Eidson edged Nico Jamin by 0.1439 seconds. Aaron Telitz was third, with Jordan Lloyd and Nikita Lastochkin rounding out the top-five.

Winterfest Race 1 for the U.S. F2000 Series is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. this afternoon.

Up next at NOLA will be Pro Mazda qualifying, with Pro Mazda race 1 scheduled after the U.S. F2000 race.

Full qualifying results...

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02/19/15
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Winterfest: Tan leads Pro Mazda P1
Andretti Autosport's Weiron Tan led opening Pro Mazda practice today at Cooper Tires Winterfest. Full results below...


Pos No Driver Hometown Team BestTm Diff Gap BestSpd
1 22 Weiron Tan (R) Kuala Lampur, Malaysia Andretti Autosport 01:33.3072 --.---- --.---- 105.715
2 82 Jack Aitken (R) London, England Team Pelfrey 01:33.9053 0.5981 0.5981 105.042
3 28 Dalton Kellett (R) Toronto, Canada Andretti Autosport 01:34.2642 0.9570 0.3589 104.642
4 23 Will Owen Plano, Texas Juncos Racing 01:34.8733 1.5661 0.6091 103.970
5 19 Raoul Owens (R) Kent, England JDC Motorsports 01:35.1953 1.8881 0.3220 103.619
6 5 Garett Grist Ontario, Canada Juncos Racing 01:35.3151 2.0079 0.1198 103.488
7 7 Jose Gutierrez Monterrey, Mexico Juncos Racing 01:35.3350 2.0278 0.0199 103.467
8 6 Timothe Buret (R) Montpellier, France Juncos Racing 01:35.8723 2.5651 0.5373 102.887
9 2 Daniel Burkett (R) Winnipeg, Canada Cape Motorsports w/ WTR 01:36.3457 3.0385 0.4734 102.381
10 18 Nicolas Latifi (R) Montreal, Canada M1 Autosport 01:36.5533 3.2461 0.2076 102.161
11 10 Florian Latorre (R) Winnipeg, Canada Cape Motorsports w/ WTR 01:36.7163 3.4091 0.1630 101.989
12 54 Michael Johnson Flint, Michigan M1 Autosport 01:37.0506 3.7434 0.3343 101.638
13 13 Bobby Eberle Houston, Texas World Speed Motorsports 01:38.4511 5.1439 1.4005 100.192
14 14 Alessandro Latif (R) London, England World Speed Motorsports 01:48.4930 15.1858 10.0419 90.918
15 33 Carlos Conde Scarsdale, NY M1 Autosport 02:15.5011 42.1939 27.0081 72.796

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Winterfest: Jamin leads opening U.S. F2000 practice
Cape Motorsport with Wayne Taylor Racing drive Nico Jamin led opening U.S. F2000 practice for Cooper Tires Winterfest. Full results below...

Pos

No Driver Hometown Team BestTm Diff Gap BestSpd
1 2 Nico Jamin Rouen, France Cape Motorsports w/WTR 01:36.5965 --.---- --.---- 102.116
2 22 Jake Eidson Memphis, TN Pabst Racing 01:36.7885 0.1920 0.1920 101.913
3 3 Aaron Telitz Rice Lake, WI Cape Motorsports w/WTR 01:36.8968 0.3003 0.1083 101.799
4 17 Victor Franzoni Sao Paulo, Brazil Afterburner Autosport 01:37.1937 0.5972 0.2969 101.488
5 23 Yufeng Luo Beijing, China Pabst Racing 01:37.6252 1.0287 0.4315 101.039
6 82 Luke Gabin (R) Perth Australia Team Pelfrey 01:37.9832 1.3867 0.3580 100.670
7 94 Jordan Lloyd (R) Toowoomba, Australia John Cummiskey Racing 01:38.1189 1.5224 0.1357 100.531
8 5 Keyvan Andre Soori Cologne, Germany ArmsUp Motorsports 01:38.2065 1.6100 0.0876 100.441
9 80 Parker Thompson (R) Red Deer, AB JDC Motorsports 01:38.2171 1.6206 0.0106 100.431
10 84 Nikita Lastochkin (R) Moscow, Russia Team Pelfrey 01:38.3056 1.7091 0.0885 100.340
11 83 Garth Rickards (R) Mechanicsburg, PA Team Pelfrey 01:38.3919 1.7954 0.0863 100.252
12 33 Anthony Martin Kalgoorlie, Australia John Cummiskey Racing 01:38.7691 2.1726 0.3772 99.869
13 6 Max Hanratty (R) Hartland, WI ArmsUp Motorsports 01:39.5485 2.9520 0.7794 99.087
14 16 James Dayson (R) Vancouver, BC ArmsUp Motorsports 01:40.5780 3.9815 1.0295 98.073
15 81 Ayla Agren (R) Slemmestad, Norway Team Pelfrey 01:40.6286 4.0321 0.0506 98.024
16 79 Santiago Lozano Bogota, Colombia M2 Autosport 01:40.7106 4.1141 0.0820 97.944
17 12 Augie Lerch (R) Tucson, AZ JAY Motorsports 01:42.5364 5.9399 1.8258 96.200
18 14 Michai Stephens (R) Evanston, IL Afterburner Autosport 02:01.8833 25.2868 19.3469 80.930

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02/19/15
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Barcelona Day 1: Maldonado fastest for Lotus at end
Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari would have been fastest on the first day of F1 testing in Barcelona had it not been for the fact he did not run on the soft Pirelli tires.

Pastor Maldonado used soft tires to go fastest for Lotus-Mercedes on a Barcelona Formula 1 to pip the Ferrari by 0.156s.

Raikkonen had put Ferrari on top, initially on Pirelli's 'winter hard' and then using mediums to do a 1m25.167s, this despite a flurry of soft-tire runs in mid-afternoon, during which both Maldonado and Red Bull-Renault's Daniel Ricciardo went on the faster rubber but could not beat Raikkonen's time.

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02/19/15
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Amy Purdy named Daytona 500 pace car driver
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 18, 2015) -- Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) U.S.A., Inc. and Daytona International Speedway today announced that 'Dancing With the Stars' finalist and Paralympics bronze medalist Amy Purdy will serve as the official pace car driver for the 2015 Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 22.

Purdy, a top-ranked adaptive snowboarder in the U.S., will pace 'The Great American Race' in the bold, new Toyota Camry that was redesigned for 2015.

"Another exciting moment in my relationship with Toyota," said Purdy. "As a race fan, I'm thrilled to be invited to be the Honorary Pace Car driver at the biggest race of the NASCAR season – the Daytona 500. This is another opportunity to try something new and be bold in my own life. I can't wait to visit my fellow Toyota athletes and step into their world by getting behind the wheel of the Camry pace car."

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02/19/15
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Danica Patrick to backup car
Danica Patrick's team was has gone to a backup car after yesterday's practice crash. The #10 Go Daddy Chevrolet will thus start Budweiser Duel 2 this evening from the back of the field.

Denny Hamlin, who tangled with Patrick, was able to stick with his primary car.

AR1 Staff Report

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02/19/15
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Raikkonen under last year's Spanish GP pole time
Kimi Raikkonen
Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen turned a lap of 1min 25.167secs in early Barcelona testing today and he may go faster before the day is out. Currently he sits 1.7 sec faster than anyone else.

This is faster than the pole time of Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes for the 2014 Spanish GP.  Hamilton's time of 1m25.232 sec last year was enough to beat Nico Rosberg's time of 1m25.400s.  No one else was even close last year.  Ferrari appears to have made some real gains this year. They dominated the Jerez test two weeks ago as well.

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02/19/15
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Hendrick tops NASCAR's Most Valuable Teams
NASCAR's most valuable team, Hendrick Motorsports, is now worth $350 million, and it boasts the sport's most valuable sponsorship portfolio. Last year the team collected nearly $120 million from sponsors alone, while only two other teams generated that much in total revenue. The biggest source of that earning power is the four stars that Hendrick has behind the wheel: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne.

Second behind Hendrick and closing the gap is Joe Gibbs Racing, up 18% to a value of $201 million this year. Gibbs has maintained strong relationships with companies like FedEx, Dollar General and Mars, which sponsors Kyle Busch's famous M&Ms car. And in 2015 the driver lineup of Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth will be joined by Carl Edwards as Gibbs expands to four cars. It will be only the third team to do so this year, joining Hendrick and Stewart-Haas, which went to four last season.

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02/19/15
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Rosberg suffering inflamed nerve in neck - report
Nico Rosberg
(GMM)  Both of Mercedes' race drivers are out of action at present.

World champion Lewis Hamilton kicked off the team's four-day test at Barcelona early on Thursday, but had to retire after a handful of laps, reportedly with a fever.

Curiously, he was replaced not by his teammate Nico Rosberg, but by reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein, who at the time was happily circulating for the customer team Force India.

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02/19/15
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Manor books crash tests for early March - report
Last year's Marussia team now basis of the Manor team for 2015
(GMM)  While Barcelona echoed to the sound of turbo V6 engines on Thursday, behind-the-scenes developments were also making noise.

Force India finally began its winter program at the Circuit de Catalunya, but only with the 2014 car and Mercedes reserve Pascal Wehrlein at the wheel.

Wehrlein was then called up by his works employer to replace the ill Lewis Hamilton, leaving race regular Sergio Perez to step into his cockpit of last season for mainly Pirelli tire testing.

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02/19/15
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McLaren-Honda troubles continue in Barcelona
(GMM)  McLaren-Honda's troubled pre-season continued on Thursday as the second winter test at Barcelona began.

At lunch on day one at the Circuit de Catalunya, Jenson Button's work at the wheel of the MP4-30 was over when a design fault on the 'MGU-K' component of the Honda power unit's energy recovery system was found.

McLaren confirmed that the faulty seal causes the "full replacement of the power unit".

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02/19/15
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MRTI: Cooper Tires Winterfest begins today
R.C. Enerson won 2014 Winterfest in the U.S. F2000 division
Pro Mazda and USF2000 Teams Vie for $50,000 Cooper Tires Prize Fund

Palmetto, Fla. – The international nature of this year’s Mazda Road to Indy will be featured prominently this week as drivers from no fewer than 15 nations take part in the annual preseason Cooper Tires Winterfest at NOLA Motorsports Park, near New Orleans, La., and Barber Motorsports Park, near Birmingham, Ala. The Winterfest will hold special significance, since both venues also will host rounds of the “regular season” championships which begin on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., on March 28/29.

All three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy – the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires – which collectively offer opportunities for drivers to progress all the way from the grassroots of the sport to the Verizon IndyCar Series via scholarship packages at every level, will be in action.

The Indy Lights teams will have two days of testing, totaling 10 hours of track time, at each venue, beginning at NOLA on Wednesday, February 18, before moving to Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday, February 24. Contestants in Pro Mazda and USF2000, meanwhile, will contest three races at each track, beginning at NOLA on Thursday, February 19, and then switching over to Barber the following Wednesday, February 25, competing for an enhanced prize fund totaling $50,000 and early bragging rights.

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02/19/15
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Drivers showcase athleticism at NFL Combine
By Kate Guerra
Feb 18, 2015

Josef Newgarden and Sage Karam have been seeing a lot of each other lately. The journey started last week when they arrived in New Orleans for a Mardi Gras parade, continued to Indianapolis for the Verizon IndyCar Series’ annual media day and culminated in a four-drill test at Lucas Oil Stadium as part of the NFL Combine.

Newgarden and Karam were invited to the home of the Indianapolis Colts for the scouting event, where hundreds of NFL hopefuls gather in front of scouts and media hoping to launch their professional careers.

“The combine is great because it’s young guys trying to break into the pro level,” Newgarden said. “It’s very much like young race car drivers racing Indy Lights or some of the lower ladder series of the Mazda Road to Indy trying to become Verizon IndyCar Series drivers. These types of events are where you showcase your talent for your sport.”

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02/19/15
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Formula E: Green Light for London Doubleheader

Following a decision by Wandsworth Council, the London race of the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship has received planning approval to be held within the grounds of Battersea Park.  The London ePrix will encompass two separate races – Rounds 10 and 11 – on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June, increasing the inaugural calendar by one additional race (see full calendar below).

After many months of planning and following lengthy consultations with all parties, the world’s first fully-electric racing series will host its final two rounds on a specially created 15-turn, 2.92km circuit – designed by FE’s London Event Team together with British architect Simon Gibbons.

Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, said: “Discussions for our London Formula E race have been many months in the planning so we’re delighted to be awarded planning approval by Wandsworth Council. Our thanks must go to all the parties involved for their hardwork and co-operation, especially Mayor Boris Johnson, Wandsworth Council and the various stakeholder groups with interests in the location.

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02/19/15
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Barcelona Day 1: Nasr tops morning times
Felipe Nasr led time sheets the first morning of F1 testing at the Circuit de Catalunya with the fastest time of 1min 27.307secs to lead at the lunch break.

He was just five hundredths quicker than Daniel Ricciardo, who made up for missing much of the morning in the pit lane by proving quick when he did eventually emerge in the Red Bull. The Australian has completed just 18 laps to Nasr's 56.

Lewis Hamilton brought his day to an end after just 11 laps when was too ill to continue in the Mercedes. He will be replaced by Mercedes test driver Pascal Wehrlein this afternoon.

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02/19/15
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Alberico Returns to Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing for 2015
Neil Alberico
Rising Star Racing is thrilled to announce that driver Neil Alberico will return to Pro Mazda competition for Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing in pursuit of the 2015 championship title.

Alberico, who took third in the 2014 Pro Mazda Championship after a storming second half of the season, will look to improve on his rookie efforts. He earned seven top-five finishes throughout the year, including runner-up results at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, the streets of Houston, and at Sonoma Raceway.

The young California native will benefit from continuity on several fronts, as the key Road To Indy category is set to visit several of the same tracks as in 2014. Alberico and his Cape Motorsports team will return with a valuable set of data and familiarity of those courses, as they look to convert lessons learned last year into new triumphs in 2015.

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02/19/15
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K-PAX Racing with Flying Lizard Motorsports Announces Driver Lineup
Following a successful first test of the newly formed Pirelli World Challenge team, K-PAX Racing with Flying Lizard Motorsports has announced Robert Thorne and Kevin Estre as the two professional driver entries for the 2015 full season effort. The team completed a two day private test at Sebring International Raceway, running its two new McLaren 650S GT3s.

"This is going to be an exciting season," said Program Manager Darren Law. "Pirelli World Challenge has grown so much the past few years and really has put together an impressive championship. We have a lot of confidence in our two drivers this season. Robert Thorne is back and is an up and coming new talent that showed a lot of speed last year. He finished the 2014 season with a strong drive for the win at Miller Motorsports Park. Then add McLaren factory GT driver Kevin Estre, who is really quick and has a lot of raw talent. I feel like we will be one of the teams in contention all season long."

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02/19/15
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Transportation Impact Partners with Richard Petty Motorsports in 2015
Another addition to Richard Petty Motorsports' (RPM) sponsor line-up in 2015 was announced today. Transportation Impact will join RPM as a full-season associate sponsor on the No. 9 Ford driven by Sam Hornish Jr.

Headquartered in Emerald Isle, N.C., Transportation Impact is a privately held parcel spend management firm that helps their clients reduce shipping costs through small package negotiation and parcel auditing services. The company has partnered with RPM and the Petty Family Foundation over the past several years and is looking to grow their relationship with RPM in 2015.

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02/19/15
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London Formula E race gets green light
London Formula E circuit
London Formula E circuit
LONDON, UK: Following a decision by Wandsworth Council, the London race of the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship has received planning approval to be held within the grounds of Battersea Park. The London ePrix will also encompass two separate races – Rounds 10 and 11 – on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June, increasing the inaugural calendar by one additional race (see full calendar below).

After many months of planning and following lengthy consultations with all parties, the world’s first fully-electric racing series will host its final two rounds on a specially created 15-turn, 2.92km circuit – designed by FE’s London Event Team together with British architect Simon Gibbons.

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02/19/15
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Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • Vettel must beat Raikkonen to salvage his reputation says Coulthard
    Manor on track to exit administration
  • Lotus hits back at 'struggling team' image
  • Dennis defends opposition to FIA cost-cutting
  • Gribkowsky hands over 'bribe' to German bank
  • Bottas preferred Bahrain over Barcelona
  • No quick fix to McLaren-Honda problems - Ramirez
  • Vettel must beat Raikkonen in 2015 - Coulthard
  • Sirotkin confirms talks for Force India test seat
  • Age controversy will soon be old - Verstappen
  • Bahrain confirms Qatar race talks 'still on'
  • Hamilton unwell as Barcelona test begins


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02/19/15
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Sutil linked with Nissan seat for Le Mans (Update)
Adrian Sutil
UPDATE (GMM)  Adrian Sutil's manager has denied reports linking the German driver with a top Le Mans seat for 2015.

The Swiss newspaper Blick reported this week that, after losing his place at Sauber, 32-year-old F1 veteran Sutil could keep his career alive in the top LMP1 endurance sports car category with Nissan.

But Sutil's manager Manfred Zimmermann told GMM on Thursday: "We had and do not have any contact with Nissan.

"At this time we have nothing decided for 2015," he added.

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