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02/25/18
promazda

Cunha Fastest as New Pro Mazda Tatuus Impresses at Homestead
Brazilian Carlos Cunha
Brazilian Carlos Cunha

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – The new Mazda-powered Tatuus PM-18, introduced for this year’s Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires – the middle rung on the Mazda Road to Indy open-wheel development ladder – continued to impress this weekend as 15 drivers completed a total of 1610 laps during two days of Spring Training road course testing which concluded this afternoon at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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02/25/18
nasmon

Can Leist and Fittipaldi bring Brazil back to the top?
Pietro Fittipaldi
Pietro Fittipaldi

With a population of 207 million, Brazil is a motorsport-obsessed nation in need of a new racing hero. Felipe Massa’s retirement from Formula 1 last season left Ayrton Senna’s homeland without a driver at the pinnacle of motorsport for the first time since the sixties, a sad situation that might not change in the short term. However, F1’s loss might just prove to be IndyCar’s gain.

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02/25/18
automotive

38% Of American Cars Were Electric In 1900
Wilson Electric Car
Wilson Electric Car

By Jake Richardson/Cleantecnica
In our modern era, we may assume that electric cars are new technology. The Chevy Bolt, Nissan LEAF, and all Tesla vehicles are certainly cutting-edge automobiles, right? But there was a period in America a long time ago when about 30% of all cars were electric. (Today, only about 1% of the fleet runs on electricity.) Electric cars were first created in the early to mid-1800s. 

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02/25/18
nasmon

Austin Dillon To Start In The Rear Of The Field In Atlanta
Austin Dillon
Alan Marler for Chevy Racing
Daytona 500 champion Austin Dillon will start at the rear of the field after a rear gear change in the No. 3 Chevrolet for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, a NASCAR spokesperson confirmed.

Dillon had qualified 25th for the race at the 1.54-mile track in Hampton, Georgia. In five starts at Atlanta, Dillon has an average finish of 25.0 with a best finish of 11th-place in the 2016 race.

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02/25/18
automotive

Toyota, Hyundai recall roughly 110,000 vehicles
Backup for when your Hyundai steering wheel falls off
Backup for when your Hyundai steering wheel falls off
Toyota and Hyundai have recalled roughly a combined 110,000 trucks and sport utility vehicles, including the 2018 Toyota Tundra and Sequoia, and the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport.

In its recall announced Saturday, Hyundai says some of Santa Fe vehicles are at risk for the steering wheel breaking away from the steering column. Roughly 43,900 vehicles are included in Hyundai's recall.

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02/25/18
nasmon

Atlanta NASCAR Saturday Notebook
David Ragan
Ragan To Make Milestone 400th Cup Series Start At Atlanta

David Ragan made his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start on September 24, 2006 at Dover International Speedway.

Twelve racing seasons later, the Unadilla, Georgia driver is set to make his 400th career start in Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.

And what better place to do it than at his home state track, Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Ragan, a second generation driver whose father, Georgia Racing Hall of Fame member Ken Ragan, made a total of 50 Cup Series starts in 10 seasons, says it's appropriate he's making this milestone start at Atlanta.

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02/25/18
nasmon

Atlanta Cup race may not run today (2nd Update)
Dark clouds on the horizon at AMS
Pete McCole/AR1

UPDATE Skies are clouding up here at Atlanta Motor Speedway this morning. As of 9:30am, the rain is only a few miles away and is expected to hit the track within the hour.

There has been no official word from track officials or NASCAR regarding a contingency plan in the event the race is rained out for today, as the forecast for Monday is just as bad. Rumors have been making the rounds in the Cup Series garage of the race being held on Tuesday, or, in the worst-case scenario, returning to run the race during the open weekend on March 31.

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02/25/18
nastruck

Video: Kyle Busch loses tire after pit stop, will SHR Crew Chief be benched?
Kyle Busch, driver of the #4 Cessna Toyota, and Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Rip It/Menards Ford, lead the field to the green flag
Kyle Busch, driver of the #4 Cessna Toyota, and Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Rip It/Menards Ford, lead the field to the green flag

Kyle Busch appeared on the way to his 50th NASCAR Truck Series victory until he left the pits with a loose wheel that ruined his chances.  Busch was forced to reverse into pit road after losing a left-rear tire on his truck at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

NASCAR will have judgment calls to make this week on whether Busch losing a wheel after leaving pit road would result in the suspension of SHR crew members who were moonlighting for Kyle Busch Motorsports at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The rules leave room for a NASCAR interpretation of the intent of the rule and suspensions. Busch's wheel fell off because the lug nuts were loosened before he left pit road, but the wheel that came off wasn't actually changed on the pit stop.

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02/25/18
f1

Video: A Returning Hero - Robert Kubica Joins Williams For F1 2018
Robert Kubica
Robert Kubica
Robert Kubica's burgeoning Formula 1 career was agonizingly cut short in early 2011, when he suffered severe arm injuries in a rally crash. But he recently embarked on a comeback drive, leading to a reserve role with Williams Martini Racing for 2018.

Mobil 1 The Grid spoke to the Pole to get the lowdown on his position and what the future may hold, and to hear the thoughts of new teammates Claire Williams, Paddy Lowe, Sergey Sirotkin and Lance Stroll.

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02/25/18
dtm

DTM: Audi ready for title defense
2018 Audi drivers: Jamie Green, Arno Zensen, René Rast, Loïc Duval, Mike Rockenfeller, Ernst Moser, Dieter Gass, Robin Frijns, Nico Müller, Thomas Biermaier
2018 Audi drivers: Jamie Green, Arno Zensen, Rene Rast, Loic Duval, Mike Rockenfeller, Ernst Moser, Dieter Gass, Robin Frijns, Nico Muller, Thomas Biermaier
Winter in Germany, sun on the Canary Islands: In Lanzarote, Audi's DTM campaigners prepared for the new DTM season in optimum outdoor conditions. In addition, the officials determined which driver is going to race for which Audi team in 2018.

Swimming, strength training, running, cycling and plenty of fun: Under the direction of Le Mans record winner Tom Kristensen and supervision of team physician Dr. Vincenzo Tota, the six DTM drivers spent a week of training involving a large variety of activities. Together with their fellow drivers from Formula E, the team principals and Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass they traveled to Club La Santa in Lanzarote, a facility which is popular as a training camp with professional athletes from around the world. Audi also used the week to bind the DTM team together before the new season. “Team spirit has always been one of our greatest fortes,” says Dieter Gass. “We’ll continue to count on this strength in the future.”

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02/25/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Sunday
  • Ecclestone suggests F1 switch to electric motors knowing fans won't pay to watch silent race cars and F1 would soon cease to exist. Is he planning rival series?
    Ecclestone suggests F1 switch to electric motors knowing fans won't pay to watch silent race cars and F1 would soon cease to exist. Is he planning rival series?
    Ecclestone urges F1 to make bold switch to electric cars
  • Cowell: Significant changes to the Mercedes power unit
  • Summer Deadline for Red Bull to Decide on Possible Honda Switch
  • Sainz Jr. Focused on Performing at Renault

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02/24/18
f1

Liberty focused on 'doing right' by fans claims Sean Bratches
Sean Bratches
Sean Bratches
Formula 1's commercial boss Sean Bratches believes Liberty Media is focused on doing what is right for the fans in order to improve the current climate within the series.

After dealing with contentious issues such as a changing the F1 logo and the removal of grid girls, Bratches has been quick to point out there will always be a difference of opinion between different factions when it comes to making the improvements in F1 which Liberty wants to achieve.

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02/24/18
tv news

Weekend TV Times
All times eastern
Saturday, February 24LocationTV TimesNet
NASCAR Xfinity - qualifyingAtlanta9:00am-10:30am (L)FS1
NASCAR Truck - qualifyingAtlanta10:30am-12:00pm (L)FS1
NASCAR Cup - final practiceAtlanta12:00pm-1:30pm (L)FS1
NASCAR Xfinity - raceAtlanta1:30pm-2:00pm - pre-race (L)
2:00pm-4:30pm - race (L)
FS1
NASCAR Truck - raceAtlanta4:30pm-7:00pm (L)FS1
NHRA qualifyingPhoenix7:00pm-8:00pm (L)FS1
Sunday, February 25LocationTV TimesNet
NASCAR Cup - raceAtlanta12:30pm-1:00pm - pre-race (L)
1:00pm-6:00pm - race (L)
FOX
NHRA finalsPhoenix6:30pm-9:30pm (SDD)FS1
Race Of ChampionsRiyadh8:00pm-9:00pm (D)CBSSN


Legend: D = delayed; L = live; SDD = same-day delay



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02/24/18
nasmon

Atlanta NASCAR Friday Notebook
Chase Elliott received a University of Georgia Bulldogs jersey
Brandon Reed
Elliott Looking For Good Luck In Atlanta Home Stand

After a hard outing a week ago at Daytona International Speedway, Chase Elliott comes into his home track of Atlanta Motor Speedway hoping for a little luck to turn his season in the right direction early on.

And one more "lucky charm" might do the trick for the Dawsonville, Georgia native, as he was presented with a Jersey from the University of Georgia Bulldogs football team, complete with Elliott's name and No. 9, his car number, Friday afternoon.

"I'm a big Georgia (Bulldogs) fan," Elliott said.  "Great to see."

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02/24/18
nhra

Schumacher, Beckman, Laughlin Lead NHRA Qualifying in Phoenix
Tony Schumacher
The 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season continued Friday as Tony Schumacher powered to the Top Fuel qualifying lead at the 34th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.

Jack Beckman (Funny Car) and Alex Laughlin (Pro Stock) are also provisional qualifying leaders in their respective categories at the second of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. 

Schumacher led the category with a run of 3.649-seconds at 334.65 mph in his US Army dragster posted during the first qualifying session to initially set the Top Fuel speed record. Clay Millican followed up with a record-breaking speed of 335.23 in his Great Clips/Parts Plus dragster early in the second round of qualifying, which would only hold up for six pairs on this record-setting day.

Beckman leads the Funny Car category with a run of 3.845 at 332.43 in his Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger R/T. In Pro Stock, Laughlin currently holds the top spot after driving to a 6.537 at 209.43 run in his Hot Wheels Car Care Chevrolet Camaro during his second qualifying pass of the day.

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02/24/18
f1

FIA closes loophole against customer engine equality
Mercedes Power Unit
Mercedes Power Unit

The FIA has announced a decision which it hopes will put works and customer teams on equal footing with regard to engine performance.

While Formula 1's technical rules stipulate that all power units supplied by a manufacturer to its customers must by identical to the engine used by a works team, the regulations failed to stipulate that the same equality applied to how the units were operated.

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02/24/18
f1

Video of the McLaren MCL33 from Navarra, Spain.
Taped coverage of the McLaren MCL33 from Navarra, Spain.

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02/24/18
nasmon
nastruck
nasx

Video: NASCAR Atlanta Pre-Race Q&A
Chase Elliott
Chase Elliott
Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images

Jordan Anderson (No. 3 Bommarito/Lucas Oil Ford), Johnny Sauter (No. 21 Allegiant Airlines Chevrolet), Ben Rhodes (No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Ford), Chase Elliott (No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet),  Martin Truex Jr (No. 78 Bass Pro Shop/5-hour ENERGY Toyota), Ryan Blaney (No. 12 DEX Imaging Ford), Justin Allgaier (No. 7 Rinnai Chevrolet), Kaz Grala (No. 23 Marlow's Tavern Ford), Brandon Jones (No. 19 Menards Toyota) & Tyler Reddick (No. 9 Nationwide Children's Hospital Chevrolet).

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02/24/18
nasmon

Video: NASCAR Atlanta Dillon, Keselowski and Wallace Jr. Q&A
Austin Dillon (No. 3 DOW Chevrolet), Darrell Wallace Jr. (No. 43 NASCAR Racing Experience Chevrolet) & Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Autotrader Ford)

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02/24/18
nasmon

Video: NASCAR Atlanta Cup series post-qualifying Q&A
Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch
Ryan Newman was within seconds of breaking a pole drought that dates to 2013 – until Kyle Busch made his final-round qualifying run at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Covering the 1.54-mile distance in 30.024 seconds (184.652 mph) in the money round of Friday’s knockout qualifying session, Busch edged Newman by 0.038 seconds to win his first pole of the young Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, his first at Atlanta and the 28th of his career.

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02/24/18
f1

How To: Kick Off the F1 Season In Style
Launching an F1 car is never easy! Here's how Mercedes F1 did it in 11 steps!

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02/24/18
track news

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Expands To Capitalize On Its Racing Future
The only thing not being improved is the race track, that features little passing, for race cars, hence small crowds
The only thing not being improved is the race track, that features little passing, for race cars, hence small crowds
According to track officials, SCRAMP, which manages the Monterey County-owned Laguna Seca Recreation Area, has either already completed or is on the fast track to finishing the following physical improvements to the facility:
  • Drainage, erosion control, and water-management improvements
  • Water treatment services and drilling of a new well
  • Top floor of Newman building upgrade; restrooms for all spectator events
  • Campground restroom and shower buildings

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02/24/18
motogp

2018 MotoGP Official 24-Rider Roster
Rossi on the factory Yamaha
Rossi on the factory Yamaha
MotoGP was a bit late releasing the finalized rider-entry list for the 2018 season due to Monster Yamaha Tech3 scrambling to find a replacement rider for Jonas Folger, who is not starting due to health reasons.

But that announcement came Tuesday when the French-based Independent Rider Team signed Malaysian rider Hafizh Syahrin.

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02/24/18
nasmon

Smithfield To Sponsor Richard Petty Motorsports' No. 43 For Six Races
RPM #43
RPM #43
Smithfield Foods will be a primary sponsor of Richard Petty Motorsports' No. 43 Chevrolet for six races in ’18 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series according to Adam Stern of Sports Business Daily.

Smithfield last September announced a move alongside longtime endorser Aric Almirola to Stewart-Haas Racing this season. The company also decided to stay on with RPM for one more season as part of a settlement between the two sides after RPM accused Smithfield of backing out of a handshake deal to renew. However, details of how much Smithfield would be investing into RPM this year had not been revealed until now.

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02/23/18
nasmon

Truex, Jr. To Start In The Rear At Atlanta After Car Fails Inspection
The No. 78 failed to make it through inspection three times
Pete McCole/AR1
Martin Truex, Jr. will have to start in the rear of the field for Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway after his No. 78 Toyota failed three times to make it through NASCAR pre-qualifying technical inspection.

As a result of the infractions, the team's car chief Blake Harris will be suspended from Sunday’s race and the team will also lose 30 minutes of practice time in Saturday’s final practice session. Had the team failed inspection a fourth time on Friday, they would have risked losing crew chief Cole Pearn for the weekend as well.

Truex's car experienced issues with body scan problem and rear toe alignment that the team was unable to resolve in their three passes through NASCAR's optical scanning system, according to NASCAR VP of Competition Scott Miller.

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02/23/18
nasmon

Daytona 500 TV Ratings tumble (2nd Update - Final)
Despite a soldout crowd, almost 2 million less fans tuned in on TV
Despite a sold out crowd, almost 2 million less fans tuned in on TV

UPDATE Note: this press release doesn't really change a thing, TV viewership and the final rating was still a 5.3 and down horribly. The social media numbers are minuscule and.....can you see the car sponsor name on your small iPhone screen? Probably not, hence it is irrelevant to a sponsor and those views should be heavily discounted from any rating number in our opinion.

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With today’s inclusion of Nielsen Media Research out-of-home viewing data, Sunday’s Daytona 500 on FOX averaged 9,781,000 across all platforms, peaking at more than 11.5 million viewers. According to Nielsen, more than 18.1 million viewers watched all or part of the Great American Race.

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02/23/18
automotive

UPS expands its zero-emissions fleet with 50 Workhorse electric trucks
A rendering of UPS and Workhorse's forthcoming electric delivery truck
A rendering of UPS and Workhorse's forthcoming electric delivery truck
Shipping giant UPS has slowly been adding electric vehicles to its fleet of delivery trucks, with 300 already doing the rounds in the US and Europe and an order for 125 Tesla Semis placed in December last year. But a new partnership with EV-builder Workhorse sees it get in on the ground floor, with the pair to build zero-emission plug-in vehicles from scratch at a cost comparable to its conventionally fueled trucks.

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02/23/18
wec

Perrinn 424 LMP1 Is An EV Le Mans Racer With 1,000HP
Perrinn 424
Perrinn 424
This car looks like pretty much any other Le Mans prototype, right? Well, looks can be deceiving, as underneath the familiar shape lies a secret.

The Perrinn 424 is the brainchild of Nicolas Perrinn, a former Williams F1 engineer who’s set about developing a new LMP1 racer powered entirely by electricity alone.

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02/23/18
promazda

Exclusive Autosport Completes Pro Mazda Roster With Serravalle
Antonio Serravalle
Antonio Serravalle
SASKATOON, SK – Exclusive Autosport is pleased to confirm that Canadian Antonio Serravalle has signed with the team to fill their second PM-18 seat in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. The 15-year-old has an extensive karting resume that includes championships in Canada, the United States and Europe, with wins and titles coming most recently in the top-level KZ shifter kart category. Serravalle will team with MRTI veteran Parker Thompson to form the only all-Canadian squad in the program, and young driver from Unionville, Ontario will certainly look to learn from his race-winning teammate.

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02/23/18
nasmon

Cole Custer to make Monster Energy Series debut in Vegas
Cole Custer
Cole Custer
Officials from Rick Ware Racing (RWR) confirmed today that NASCAR Next alumnus Cole Custer will make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) debut March 2-4 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Custer, a native of Ladera Ranch, California, will drive the team’s No. 51 Ford Fusion while also competing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race for Stewart-Haas Racing.

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02/23/18
automotive

Ford's new engine boss must ditch Ecoboost for electrification
Will Ford's Ecoboost engines be racing much longer?
Will Ford's Ecoboost engines be racing much longer?
During last months Detroit Auto Show Automotive News' Richard Truett spoke with Dave Filipe, Ford Motor Co.'s vice president of powertrain engineering. Previously Ford changed focused on its line of high-volume EcoBoost engines, which combined direct fuel injection, variable valve timing and turbocharging.

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02/23/18
irl

Luther Automotive Group to be Primary Sponsor of Rahal's Entry at Iowa Speedway
Luther Auto livery for Iowa
Luther Auto livery for Iowa
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that Luther Automotive Group, the largest new and used dealership group in the Midwest, will be the primary sponsor of the No. 15 Verizon IndyCar Series entry of Graham Rahal at Iowa Speedway on July 8.  Luther Automotive Group will also be an associate sponsor for Rahal’s entry for the full 2018 season. 

“We are proud to be part of the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing family and do our part to support Graham and Takuma as well as Bobby, David and Mike," said David Luther, President of Luther Automotive Group.  "We’re honored to be associated with such as wonderful organization and are looking forward to the start of the IndyCar Series season as well as the race at Iowa Speedway.”

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02/23/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday (Update)
Wolff to Hamilton: Re-sign with us son and Aldo Costa will make you an 8-time world champion
Wolff to Hamilton: Re-sign with us son and Aldo Costa will make you an 8-time world champion

UPDATE Update shown in red below.

02/23/18

  • Wolff hopes for new Hamilton deal in 'weeks'
  • Wolff worried about Liberty Media changes
  • Vettel 'not worried' after seeing rival cars
  • Sainz 'excited' for better Renault - father
  • Wolff would like to take a chainsaw to the halo
  • Renault Formula 1 Announces Partnership With La Liga
  • Williams Signs Oliver Rowland as Official Young Driver
  • DUO partners with Sahara Force India Formula One Team New

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02/23/18
il
f1

Alfonso Celis Jr. Joins Juncos Racing for 2018 Indy Lights
Mexican Alfonso Celis Jr. gives up on F1 wet dream and comes to race in America instead
Mexican Alfonso Celis Jr. gives up on F1 wet dream and comes to race in America instead
Indianapolis, IN – Juncos Racing announced today that Mexican Alfonso Celis Jr. will join the team for the 2018 Indy Lights Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. Celis is the second driver to commit to the reigning 2017 Indy Lights Champions.

Alfonso Celis Jr. (Puebla, Mexico) joins the Indy Lights Championship after a successful season in the World Series Formula V8, where he claimed one pole and one win to finish third in the championship. Celis was also a Formula One Reserve Driver for Sahara Force India Formula One during the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

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02/23/18
f1

Video - Red Bull Racing's Verstappen & Ricciardo On Demo Runs (Update)
The drivers love the demo car - it screams like a proper F1 car
The drivers love the demo car - it screams like a proper F1 car

UPDATE A reader writes, clearly F1 rules makers have their heads stuck up where the sun does not shine. Notice they use screaming F1 cars to sell the sport to new fans. They know people would not be turned on by today's sick sounding hybrid F1 cars. You need to add that photo of the rules makers with their head stuck up their butts because that clearly is where they have them stuck. The graphic is so appropriate. Gordon Leffler

02/23/18 From the paradise beaches of the Dominican Republic to breaking records at Holland’s famous Zandvoort circuit, Red Bull’s array of demo runs bring fans up-close and personal to F1, ensuring the thrill of racing is on display for all to see – in often unique and unusual circumstances.

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