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02/23/16
f1
irl

Chilton blasts IndyCar safety standards
Max Chilton
Max Chilton
Former Formula One driver Max Chilton is only a few weeks into his new IndyCar Series career with Ganassi Racing, but he’s already developed some strong opinions, and he’s sharing them.
 
On the cars: “I knew they always had an amazing amount of downforce. They perform well in the corners. They performed better in the corners, better than I expected.”

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02/23/16
irl

IndyCar teams ready for first full test of season
Rossi won't be testing but he has no oval experience and needs the test more than anyone
Rossi won't be testing but he has no oval experience and needs the test more than anyone
The first full complement of Verizon IndyCar Series entries for 2016 will be on track together Feb. 26-27 for the promoter test at Phoenix International Raceway. The "Test in the West" features 21 car/driver combinations on the entry list. To view the full entry list, click here.

Scott Dixon returns this year to defend his 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series championship in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet. Other past champions participating in the test include Tony Kanaan (2004), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2012), Will Power (2014) and Sebastien Bourdais (2004-2007 in Champ Car), as well as three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves and two-time and reigning Indy 500 victor Juan Pablo Montoya.

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02/23/16
f1

Alonso expects 2016 to be another boring Mercedes parade
Alonso knows 2016 will be another Mercedes parade at the front
Alonso knows 2016 will be another Mercedes parade at the front
While Sebastian Vettel, who replaced Fernando Alonso at Ferrari, posted the fastest lap at Barcelona for the second successive day, Nico Rosberg completed almost three races distances after he racked up 172 laps in his bullet-proof Mercedes.

"I think the Mercedes domination has not finished," Alonso warned. "They are very, very strong and they have had some interesting days.

"With that amount of laps it means they are very clear of things, so when they put that together with their potential they are stronger than ever probably.

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02/23/16
f1

Aldo Costa outsmarts other F1 designers again
Aldo Costa's W-Floor
Aldo Costa's W-Floor will have other cars sucking Mercedes' wind
Having completed more than the targeted mileage on the first day of testing, and actually topping their mileage record from any test session since the introduction of the current engine regulations, Mercedes are again one step ahead of the competition as they have already started to add new aerodynamic components on their car, a single day after the W07 debut.

Named the W-floor by Mercedes, the area ahead of the sidepod now features a number of serrated horizontal and vertical panes, all aimed at directing or conditioning airflow towards the rear of the car. The more conventional layout here is to have a barge board, which is a solid vertically standing panel that guides air away from the centerline of the car, and around the sidepods. The thing is that with sidepod undercuts becoming so thorough and smooth, that there is less need for such a panel, forcing teams into the investigation of other things to put in this - largely unregulated - area.

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02/23/16
f1

Conclusion on new louder 2016 F1 engines: Crap
Ecclestone says the engines are still crap. They certainly sound crappy
Ecclestone says the engines are still crap. They certainly sound crappy

Remember how we were promised the 2016 Formula 1 grid would be "around 12 percent louder," thanks to a newly-designed dual exhaust setup specifically and solely made to emit more noise? Heh. Psych. Turns out it sounds exactly the same as the old setup, to spectators and drivers alike.

That's the report from The Associated Press. Reporter Tales Azzoni, covering F1 preseason testing at the Catalunya racetrack outside Barcelona, Spain, interviewed drivers and fans and found that nobody can really sense any difference in how the 2016 cars sound. See for yourself:

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02/23/16
track news

Iowa Speedway announces concert series performers
Race fans and music lovers will come together at Iowa Speedway for three weekends of entertainment this summer.

The Speedway has announced the full NAPA Auto Parts Concert Series lineup, featuring three dynamic acts at the Pork Party Pavilion, complementing eight thrilling races on the 7/8-mile oval. The lineup includes Buckcherry, Eric Paslay and Snake Oil.

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02/23/16
f1

Sandbagging Mercedes complete five race distances in two days of testing in Barcelona
The new Mercedes appears unbreakable
The new Mercedes appears unbreakable. They have not attempted any fast laps yet. They prefer to not show their hand until opening weekend.

World champions Mercedes have now completed an incredible five race distances in two days of ominous pre-season testing in Barcelona.

Lewis Hamilton, the triple-world champion, racked up 156 laps on Monday before team-mate Nico Rosberg added a further 172 to the team's impressive overall tally.

And while it was Sebastian Vettel, the four-time world champion, who topped the order for the second successive day, it is Mercedes who have delivered a stark warning to their rivals ahead of the new season which starts next month in Australia.

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02/23/16
f1

Vettel says Ferrari handling the way he asked for it
Vettel got the design changes he asked for
Vettel got the design changes he asked for and the car is responding

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel says he is happy with the handling of the SF16-H after he topped the timesheets for a second successive day at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Vettel surged clear with a lap of 1:22.810 on the Ultra Soft tires shortly before the lunch break, as he finished the day seven tenths of a second ahead of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.

Vettel will now hand over testing duties to team-mate Kimi Raikkonen for the remainder of the first test.  

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02/23/16
f1

Alonso: MP4-31 is good chassis
Fernando Alonso dreaming if he thinks the McLaren will be better than the Aldo Costa designed Mercedes
Fernando Alonso dreaming if he thinks the McLaren will be better than the Aldo Costa designed Mercedes
Fernando Alonso says McLaren has set itself the target of having the best chassis on the grid by the start of the European season.

McLaren endured a dismal reunion with Honda in 2015, as the Japanese manufacturer struggled for engine reliability and performance.

As he waits to determine just how much Honda has gained over the winter, Alonso spoke of a desire at McLaren to perfect its chassis.

"I think the target to have the best chassis is achievable by the European races, and the motivation for this is very high," explained Alonso.

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02/23/16
nassprint

NASCAR Atlanta entry list
Below, are the 39 entries for Sunday's Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. 

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02/23/16
irl

IndyCar Phoenix Test Entry List
Below is the entry list for this weekend's Verizon IndyCar Series Test in the West at Phoenix International Raceway. 

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02/23/16
f1

F1 Testing Day 2: Vettel again fastest in Barcelona
UPDATE 
Vettel
Vettel

Sebastian Vettel was back in action at the Catalunya track this morning, for the second day of the four day session.

His program concentrated on mechanical set-up work and a look at the softer end of the tire compound range, as he did runs on the Supersoft, new Ultrasoft and Soft.

The German completed 46 laps prior to the lunch break, the best in a time of 1.22.810, set on the Ultrasoft tires.

Vettel recorded a fastest lap time beat his Monday benchmark by over two seconds.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo also tried Pirelli's new product, ending the day seven tenths of a second behind his former team-mate.

Sergio Perez placed third for Force India, a tenth slower than Ricciardo, having only used the Super Softs during an afternoon run.

Mercedes again led the mileage charts, this time with Nico Rosberg in action, as the F1 W07 completed almost three race distances.

Rosberg's best effort came on the Medium tire, leaving him two seconds adrift.

Vettel again fastest
Vettel again fastest

02/23/16 With rain hitting the track for the last hour, the following times as of 4 PM Tuesday are final with Sebastian Vettel again fastest for Ferrari. Mercedes continues to do full race simulations and hence are not showing their hand yet.

Day 2 results as of 4pm.

1. Sebastian Vettel Germany Ferrari-Ferrari 75 laps 1m 22.810s
2. Daniel Ricciardo Australia Red Bull-TAG-Heuer 95 laps1m 23.525s
3. Sergio Perez Mexico Force India-Mercedes 65 laps 1m 24.238s
4. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 127 laps 1m 24.867s
5. Marcus Ericsson Sweden Sauber-Ferrari 80 laps 1m 25.734*
6. Valtteri Bottas Finland Williams-Mercedes 94 laps 1m 25.872s
7. Pascal Wehrlein Germany MRT-Mercedes 46 laps 1m 25.925s
8. Fernando Alonso Spain McLaren-Honda 100 laps 1m 26.082s
9. Jolyon Palmer Britain Renault-Renault 42 laps 1m 26.189s
10. Esteban Gutierrez Mexico Haas-Ferrari 44 laps 1m 26.931s
11. Max Verstappen Netherlands Toro Rosso-Ferrari 89 laps 1m 27.211s

*denotes 2015 Sauber


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02/23/16
il

Hargrove signs with Team Palfrey for St. Pete
Canadian Scott Hargrove will drive at Team Palfrey Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires at the season opening race weekend in St. Petersburg. 

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02/23/16
il

Rosenqvist signs with Belardi
Felix Rosenqvist
Felix Rosenqvist
BROWNSBURG, IN (February 23, 2015) – Belardi Auto Racing is pleased to announce that they have added another extremely talented pilot to their driver roster for the upcoming 2016 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires program, teaming reigning European Formula 3 champion Felix Rosenqvist with multi-time series race winner Zach Veach to form an impressive one-two punch on the Mazda Road to Indy’s top rung.  Rosenqvist tested with the operation at Homestead-Miami Speedway in January and topped the time charts, coming up to speed quickly as he became more comfortable with the car and the team.  Felix and Zach will be back in their trademark red and white Belardi Dallara IL-15s this Thursday for an oval test at Phoenix International Raceway, ahead of the official MRTI test at Barber Motorsports Park on March 5.

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02/23/16
wscc

IMSA enacts sandbagging rule, Lamborghini penalized after Rolex 24
Lamborghini and its customer teams have been hit with a series of penalties following last month’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, IMSA announced Monday.

All five of the Lamborghini Huracan GT3 entries, fielded by Konrad Motorsport, Paul Miller Racing, O’Gara Motorsport and Change Racing, have been given post-race time penalties equivalent to a stop and hold plus 5-minute penalty.

Additionally, Lamborghini has lost all of its GTD championship points from Daytona and has also been given a $25,000 fine.

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02/23/16
irl

Rossi joins Andretti Autosport for 2016
Alexander Rossi
Alexander Rossi
INDIANAPOLIS
 (Feb. 23, 2016) – Alexander Rossi will make his Verizon IndyCar Series debut in 2016 with Andretti Autosport. Rossi, who will make the transition from the FIA Formula 1 World Championship to IndyCar, will pilot the No. 98 Honda. Rossi makes his transition to IndyCar official with a rookie test day March 1 at Sebring International Raceway. 

“I'm very much looking forward to making my IndyCar Series debut this season and am proud to be racing with a team of such high caliber and pedigree as that of Andretti Autosport,” said Rossi. “As a racer through and through, I cannot wait to get started; our goal is to be competitive immediately at the first race in St. Petersburg.”

The No. 98 entry recently joined the Andretti stable as a result of a merger between Bryan Herta Autosport and Michael Andretti’s organization. Herta will serve as the race strategist for Rossi in the combined team effort while racing veteran Tom German will serve as the American’s lead engineer.

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02/23/16
nassprint

Valvoline to sponsor Menard for four races in 2016
Paul Menard
Paul Menard B2B deal - Daddy's Menard Stores sells Valvoline Oil
Valvoline the petroleum industry's first U.S. trademarked motor oil brand now celebrating its 150th anniversary announced its 2016 sponsorship alignment with Menards home improvement centers and Richard Childress Racing (RCR) driver, Paul Menard.

Valvoline will be co-primary sponsor with hood branding for four upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, beginning with the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 to be held Feb. 28 at Atlanta. Additionally, Menard will be featured in Valvoline's LEGACY video series, designed specifically to tell the story of its motorsports history, commitment to excellence and dedication to developing cutting-edge motor oil.

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02/23/16
nassprint

Denny Hamlin Begins Champion's Media Tour
Denny Hamlin
Denny Hamlin

Newly crowned DAYTONA 500 champion Denny Hamlin kicked-off his four-day media tour Monday morning with the annual Champion's Breakfast in the Bill France Room at Daytona International Speedway. Hamlin was presented with the traditional champion's jacket and a steel-and-gold Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watch - which he will need to stay on schedule for the media frenzy ahead of him. In addition, his #11 FedEx Express Toyota was brought to its new home for the next year, inside the speedway's Ticket and Tours Building where it will be viewed by fans.

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02/23/16
f1

F1 Testing: Vettel fastest on day two morning with ultra-soft tires
Vettel making headlines now while Mercedes sandbags
Vettel making headlines now while Mercedes sandbags
Sebastian Vettel turned the fastest time in the morning on the second day of pre-season Formula 1 testing before the lunch break.

Vettel finished the opening day at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya quickest on the medium compound but today he was over 2-seconds faster on Pirelli's new ultra-soft compound with a lap of 1m22.810s.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was second quick with a lap of 1m23.525s, also on purple ultra-soft tires.

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02/23/16
automotive

Stick a fork in car insurance, it could eventually be dead
Allstate and other insurance companies will suffer huge losses when humans are no longer driving cars - and that's a good thing.
Allstate and other insurance companies will suffer huge losses when humans are no longer driving cars - and that's a good thing.

The "Good Hands People" are getting a little worried about cars that don't require anyone's hands on the wheel.

In its 2015 annual report, filed Friday, Allstate acknowledged that driverless cars are a potential threat to its business. The Northbrook-based insurer also is concerned that increasingly connected cars could someday be vulnerable to hacking.

Allstate's 2014 annual report didn't lay out those two challenges in the section of the document that outlines risks of investing in the company. Disclosures of a wide range of "risk factors" that public companies face are common in SEC filings.

Allstate has been investing in driver-monitoring technologies, commonly called telematics in the car-insurance industry.

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02/23/16
automotive

94% of people killed in car crashes are killed because of human error
Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S

The Tesla Model S is the closest thing to a totally driverless car available now. I had to leave my state to test-drive it. New York's archaic laws forbid taking both hands off the wheel.

Once outside New York, the Tesla representative in the passenger seat had me turn on the autopilot.

Suddenly, I was doing nothing. The car drove itself.

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02/23/16
automotive

Lamborghini appoints former Ferrari F1 chief Stefano Domenicali as boss
Stefano Domenicali
Stefano Domenicali
Lamborghini has appointed Stefano Domenicali as president and CEO, replacing Stephan Winkelmann who will move to Audi’s Quattro GmbH division.
Domenicali, who led Ferrari’s Formula One team between 2008 and 2014, will take up the post with Lamborghini on 15 March.

"I am very excited to be taking on the challenges of this great legacy," Domenicali said. "It is now my duty to continue the successes that my predecessor Stephan Winkelmann achieved for Automobili Lamborghini."

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02/23/16
irl

IndyCar's B2B sponsorships killing the sport
Miniscule TV ratings on NBCSN means sponsors in the IndyCar paddock have little interest in growing the sport
Minuscule TV ratings on NBCSN means sponsors in the IndyCar paddock have little interest in growing the sport
As AR1.com has pointed out on numerous occasions, because its TV ratings are so low on NBCSN, IndyCar teams cannot attract sponsorship for their cars - we mean real sponsors.

The majority of the deals are business-to-business deals or ride-buyer deals. Hence the sponsors do very little in the way of TV commercials that feature the drivers - funny commercials that are memorable and make the viewer laugh.

More importantly they make the driver a household name.

IndyCar has very little to none of that, hence its drivers are not known to the vast majority of the public.

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02/23/16
f1

Video: The VF-16: Haas F1 Team's First Racecar
The origin of naming the car “VF-16” goes back to the first CNC machine manufactured by Haas Automation, the VF-1, launched in 1988. The “V” stands for vertical, which is an industry standard designation for a vertical mill. Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation, added “F1” to the name to unofficially designate it as the company’s “Very First One”.



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02/23/16
f1

Video: Pirelli presents Ultra Soft tire
Purple is the sidewall color of the new tire for dry conditions. Will the first day of testing be enough to tell us something about the Ultrasoft tire?



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02/23/16
F1

Video: Red Bull in action at Barcelona
With the first Formula One pre-season test taking place at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain this week, we go on-track into the thick of the action for a first glimpse at the Red Bull Racing -TAG Heuer RB12.

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02/23/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Mercedes is sandbagging. Can the new Ferrari really challenge them in 2016?
    Vettel practicing the view he will have of the new Mercedes in 2016. Mercedes is sandbagging. Can the new Ferrari really challenge them in 2016?
    Red versus silver battle begins in Barcelona
  • Renault engine still struggling in 2016
  • F1 not much louder for 2016 - report
  • Ecclestone comments trigger storm before Geneva meeting
  • Today's F1 is 'broken' - Briatore
  • Ecclestone 'must be paid' for new Monza deal - Briatore
  • F1's loss of sponsorship caused by same stupidity inflicting IndyCar
  • Honda's Arai leaves McLaren project
  • Vettel labels SF16-H a 'step forward'
  • Haas flying in front wing for second day
  • Hamilton: Mercedes test start 'remarkable'
  • Haryanto: Talent backs up financial support
  • Ryan: Manor aiming for 'respectability'

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