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02/27/18
nasmon

1972 Richard Petty / Lowe's Commercial
Way before Lowe's sponsored 7-time NASCAR Champion, Jimmy Johnson they chose another Champion as their spokesperson: "The King ~ Richard Petty"

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02/27/18
nasmon

Final Weekend TV Ratings
Atlanta start
The Atlanta race lost 1 million viewers in one year

UPDATE The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series race at Atlanta last year scored a 3.78 rating and averaged 6.6 million viewers on FOX.

That's down from a 4.36 rating and 7.3m viewers for the 2016 Cup race at Las Vegas, which aired on the weekend after Daytona last year (also on FOX).

The Atlanta Cup race lost 1 million viewers from last year, and now you know why Monster is having 2nd thoughts.

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02/27/18
irl

What is the solution for Phoenix's lack of passing?
A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, After seeing the recent test at Phoenix with the revised IndyCar, I came away convinced there will be very little passing during the race in April. Is there a fix? Gene Murphy

Dear Gene, The issue is that with the tire marbles the 2nd groove never comes in and the track is inherently a one groove track. Some have proposed dragging tires around before the weekend to lay rubber down in the 2nd groove. That won't work very well.  The real solution is to spray the surface with PJ1 Track Bite Traction Compound.

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02/27/18
automotive

Further proof government officials are incompetent
Government regulators at work. One of the great things about electric cars is the peace and quiet they afford. Imagine driving at low speeds with your window open having to hear some artificial noise. With autonomous technology coming, cars will know when a pedestrian is there.
Government regulators at work. One of the great things about electric cars is the peace and quiet they afford. Imagine driving at low speeds with your window open having to hear some artificial noise. With autonomous technology coming, cars will know when a pedestrian is there. Did you ever wonder how far up there they can get their head?

Way back in 2010, Congress declared that quiet vehicles such as electric and hybrid cars must make some kind of noise at low speeds to alert pedestrians, cyclists, and the blind to their presence. After many delays, this legislation was supposed to take effect Sep. 1, 2019, however, the U.S. Department of Transportation on Monday finalized rules requiring half of all hybrid and electric cars comply by that date, with the rest due to be in compliance by 2020.

At speeds below 18.6 mph, these cars will be required to emit some kind of noise to make their presence better known to others in the surrounding area. At higher speeds noise from the tires, wind, and elsewhere makes these devices unnecessary. Nissan had argued that the alert was only needed up to 12.4 mph, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not agree.

The NHTSA says that the new rules will help prevent 2,400 injuries each year by 2020. The agency expects about 530,000 quiet vehicles will be equipped with audible alerts by 2020 at a cost of $40 million annually.

Rather than a siren, which would be illegal for street use, regulators are considering allowing manufacturers to offer a variety of sounds their quiet vehicles can make, which the driver can select. Can we have a screaming V10 F1 engine sound please? That will get the walking Zombies attention.

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02/27/18
irl
f1

Former race driver Doornbos has to pay back 10 million Euro to sponsor.
Robert Doornbos
Robert Doornbos
Former race car driver Robert Doornbos has to repay more than 10.6 million euros in sponsor money to the Limburg entrepreneur Harry Muermans.

The court in Den Bosch determined this on Tuesday in a trailing procedure between Doornbos and his former sponsor. Muermans financed the racing career of Doornbos, who in 2005 and 2006 drove for Minardi and Red Bull in Formula 1.

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02/27/18
f1

Vettel tops Day 2 of F1 testing in Barcelona
Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel

On a cold day that ended wet, Sebastian Vettel put Ferrari on top on the timing results with a 1m19.673s lap. Tomorrow is expected to be very wet so teams ran as much today as possible.

Valtteri Bottas was the only other driver in the 1m19s bracket for Mercedes, but that time was set on medium tires while Vettel's quick lap was on softs.

McLaren continues to cover-up how slow they are by running much softer tires than everyone else - 4 levels softer than everyone else. So Stoffel Vandoorne's third quick time is not representative of the real pecking order.

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02/27/18
irl

Autogeek Expands Partnership With Ed Carpenter Racing For St. Pete race (Update)
UPDATE We checked to see if Autogeek carries Sonax (Tony George is the US distributor). Sure enough they do. So we do a Google and find out a bit more...

Basically Tony George's company is sponsoring his stepson's team (ECR) for one race. 

BTW if you ever wondered where Terry Angstadt ended up, read the entire press release.

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02/27/18
pwc

Forgeline Motorsports: Now An Official Sponsor Of The Pirelli World Challenge
Parente at Mid-Ohio
Parente at Mid-Ohio
WC Vision, producers of the Pirelli World Challenge, announced today the partnership with Forgeline Motorsports, the custom race wheel experts, as an official sponsor of the 2018 10-weekend Pirelli World Challenge racing series, North America’s top GT production-based road racing campaign. 

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02/27/18
f1

Barcelona Testing 3PM update
Sebastian Vettel fastest so far but day is not over
Sebastian Vettel fastest so far but day is not over

At mid-afternoon (3PM) Sebastian Vettel had moved the Ferrari to the top of the charts on Medium tires and then lowered his mark further on Soft rubber, the same rubber most drivers set their fast time on so far. 

McLaren continues to coverup how slow they are by running much softer tires than everyone else - 4 levels softer than everyone else. Meanwhile the Honda in the Toro Rosso is looking strong, zero issues and they have turned the most laps so far today. So the question last year is - was it Honda or was it really McLaren that was at fault for all their problems?

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02/27/18
irl

Petro-Canada Lubricants and SPM Announce Multi-Year Partnership Extension
Hinchcliffe gets a new associate sponsor
Hinchcliffe gets an associate sponsor extension

MISSISSAUGA, ONT.  – Petro-Canada Lubricants Inc. (PCLI) and Verizon IndyCar Series team Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) announce a multi-year extension agreement. In addition to team partnership, PCLI has increased its alignment with SPM’s veteran driver and Ontario, Canada native, James Hinchcliffe.
 
In addition to logo placement on Hinchcliffe’s No. 5 Honda Indy car and SPM’s second full-time entry piloted by fellow Canadian Robert Wickens in the No. 6, PCLI’s Research and Development team is working closely with SPM engineers to integrate products into operations to assist on and off the track.

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02/27/18
f1

Bottas tops Tuesday morning test times
Bottas begins to flex Mercedes' muscle
Bottas begins to flex Mercedes' muscle
On a frigid morning in Barcelona Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas topped a quiet second morning of Formula 1 pre-season testing as almost no one went out for the first 3 hours.

Overnight sleet made for cold conditions at the start of running at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with the track temperature recording at just 2.8ºC at 9 a.m., prompting teams to only complete a handful of installation laps in the opening hours.

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02/27/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Horner was smiling on Monday but he won't be when Mercedes turns up their power
    Horner was smiling on Monday but he won't be when Mercedes turns up their power
    1000hp engine should make Mercedes confident - Horner
  • Teams propose to extend first winter test
  • McLaren dumping Honda was 'mistake' - Hartley
  • Force India still to reveal new name, 2018 car
  • Aston Martin Reveals $121M Pre-Tax Profit In '17
  • Red Bull boss cries foul over Mercedes-Ferrari moves
  • Williams Sponsorship Deal with Martini to Conclude at end of 2018

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02/26/18
automotive

Cobalt a real pinch point for EVs
Central Afica contains most of the world's Cobalt
Central Africa contains most of the world's Cobalt
The road to an imminent electric vehicle future has hit a speed bump -- one made of cobalt writes Rob Nikolewski/LA Times.

An essential ingredient in lithium-ion batteries that power millions of smartphones as well as plug-in electric cars, cobalt is in heavy demand.

But just as the silverish-gray metal has established itself as a critical element in the growth of the market in electric vehicles, cobalt has also become a source of serious ethical and economic concerns.

Most notably, the majority of the world's cobalt production is concentrated in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where in many cases children work in hazardous conditions mining the metal.

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02/26/18
nasmon

Waivers signed by Kevin Ward Jr. don't protect Tony Stewart (Update)
Tony Stewart should still be worried
Tony Stewart should still be worried

UPDATE The trial in the wrongful death lawsuit against Tony Stewart remains scheduled to begin May 7 over whether Stewart acted recklessly in the Aug. 9, 2014, death of Kevin Ward Jr. in an Empire Super Sprints race.

Judge David Hurd denied Monday a Stewart request to immediately appeal a Hurd ruling that the liability waivers signed by Ward are inapplicable. 

Stewart’s legal team argued that an appeals court decision on that issue could facilitate additional settlement talks and the waiver issue was critical to race tracks and series in New York. Hurd ruled Monday that an appeal on all issues after trial is the more practical and economic path. Bob Pockrass/ESPN 

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02/26/18
nasmon

Race Rewind: NASCAR Atlanta highlights
Relive all the action from the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 from Atlanta Motor Speedway in this weeks Race Rewind.

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02/26/18
f1

Video: Daniel Ricciardo takes to F1 testing in Barcelona
The RB14 hit the track at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the first day of Formula 1 testing. Watch Daniel Ricciardo arrive for his first morning back behind the wheel...

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02/26/18
SuperGT

Shaking Down the 2018 Spec Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3
See the massively revised 2018-spec GT-R GT3 hit the track at Fuji Speedway as development driver Michael Krumm gave three new customer GT-R's their shakedown.

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02/26/18
f1

Barcelona Test F1 driver lineup
Christian Horner was happy on Day 1
Christian Horner was happy Monday

Below are the F1 drivers testing in Barcelona this week.

Daniel Ricciardo was fastest for Red Bull Monday but no one is showing their true hand yet.

Team Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Mercedes Bottas/Hamilton Hamilton/Bottas Hamilton/Bottas Bottas/Hamilton
Ferrari Raikkonen Vettel Raikkonen Vettel
Red Bull Ricciardo Verstappen Ricciardo Verstappen
Force India Mazepin Ocon Perez Latifi
Williams Stroll/Sirotkin Sirotkin/Kubica Stroll/Kubica Sirotkin/Stroll
Renault Hulkenberg/Sainz Sainz/Hulkenberg Hulkenberg/Sainz Sainz/Hulkenberg
Toro Rosso Hartley Gasly Hartley Gasly
Haas Grosjean Magnussen Grosjean Magnussen
McLaren Alonso Vandoorne Alonso Vandoorne
Sauber Ericsson Leclerc Ericsson Leclerc


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02/26/18
nhra

Video: NHRA legend John Force taken to hospital after crash in Phoenix (Update)
John Force
John Force

UPDATE John Force was released from the hospital Sunday evening and returned to the track to congratulate his daughter, Courtney Force, who won the Funny Car final while he was at the hospital.

“This was a great day for John Force Racing,” Force said. “Brittany came back from a crash at Pomona and won first round and Courtney won Funny Car for Advance Auto Parts. My struggles continue, but I’m a big boy, I’ll fix it.”

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02/26/18
f1

Ricciardo tops Day 1 in Barcelona (3rd Update)
Raikkonen was third for Ferrari
Raikkonen was third for Ferrari

UPDATE There is now a light rain at the track in Barcelona and running is done for day 1 of the opening F1 test for 2018. The fast times by each driver are as follows:

POSDRIVERTEAMTIRETIMEBEHINDLAPS
1RicciardoRed BullMedium1m20.179s0.000s85
2BottasMercedesMedium1m20.349s0.170s58
3RaikkonenFerrariSoft1m20.506s0.327s80
4HulkenbergRenaultMedium1m20.547s0.368s73
5AlonsoMcLarenSuper-Soft1m21.339s1.160s40
6Sainz Jr.RenaultSoft1m22.168s1.989s26
7HamiltonMercedesMedium1m22.327s2.148s25
8HartleyToro RossoSoft1m22.371s2.192s93
9StrollWilliamsSoft1m22.452s2.273s46
10GrosjeanHaasSoft1m22.578s2.399s54
11EricssonSauberSoft1m23.408s3.229s60
12MazepinForce IndiaMedium1m25.628s5.449s22
13SirotkinWilliamsSoft1m44.148s23.969s21

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02/26/18
nasmon

Petty cars, trophies to be sold at auction on May 12
1975 Petty Dodge Charger
1974 Petty Dodge Charger

Richard Petty told the Associated Press that after "accumulating stuff" for 80 years, it's time to sell some of his most famous cars, trophies and other items.

Petty's iconic day-glow red and Petty blue 1974 Dodge Charger is going on sale at an auction on May 12 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, along with more cars, his 1981 Daytona 500 trophy and other items. Petty drove the '74 Charger to 31 wins, including his fifth Daytona 500 championship.

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02/26/18
nasmon

Video: NASCAR Atlanta Monster Cup post-race Q&A
Harvick leading
Harvick leading
Winner Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Jimmy John's Ford), Crew Chief Rodney Childers & Greg Zipadelli Vice President of Competition, Second-Place Finisher Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Autotrader Ford), Third-Place Finisher Clint Bowyer (No. 14 Haas Automation Ford) and Fourth-Place Finisher Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota).

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02/26/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Monday
  • The new Toro Rosso on track in Barcelona
    The new Toro Rosso on track in Barcelona
    Bad weather could affect F1 testing
  • Ball in McLaren court after Honda exit - Vandoorne
  • No Super Formula campaign for Wehrlein
  • Alonso's new McLaren loses wheel to start F1 testing
  • Red Bull unveils real colors and more detail of RB14

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02/26/18
motogp

Marquez re-signs with Honda for 2 years
Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez
Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) is pleased to announce the extension of its contract with 25-year-old Spanish rider Marc Marquez, currently competing in the FIM MotoGP World Championship for the HRC’s factory team “Repsol Honda Team,” that will see him continue to race for two more years beginning in 2019.

After winning the 125cc Championship in 2010, Marquez moved on to Moto2 racing in 2011 to win the title in 2012. In 2013, in his debut year in the premier class, he became the world’s youngest champion after taking the title for the Repsol Honda Team.

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