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02/27/19
ta

Trans Am Takes 61-Car Entry to Sebring
Ernie Francis at Sebring last year
Ernie Francis at Sebring last year
The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli will open its 2019 campaign this weekend at the same circuit where it debuted in 1966, returning to the legendary Sebring International Raceway to kick off the year. 

With over 60 cars fielded by a deep roster of talented drivers backed by strong teams, the 2019 Trans Am season is expected to see the series continue to move from strength to strength. Four classes- TA, TA2 powered by AEM, SuperGT and GT, will do battle  in a pair of races on Sebring’s notoriously tough 3.74-mile circuit on Sunday.

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02/27/19
irl

New LED display panels set for all NTT IndyCar Series cars in 2019
LED panel on Takuma Sato's Honda
LED panel on Takuma Sato's Honda
NTT IndyCar Series cars will again be equipped with LED displays to better assist fans with understanding how each driver is performing in every session this season and to aid the efforts of the AMR INDYCAR Safety Team in attending to disabled cars.

The previous-generation matrix LED (light-emitting diode) system was discontinued midway through the 2018 season due to performance inconsistency on the cars. INDYCAR, the sanctioning body for the NTT IndyCar Series, contracted with a new manufacturer, MoTeC, to modify a system used in IMSA and apply it to NTT IndyCar Series cars for 2019.

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02/27/19
nasmon

Kyle Larson accuses Hendrick Motorsports of cheating
He's almost as dumb as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but not quite as dumb as she is. Chip Ganassi Racing gets its engines from Hendrick Motorsports. Larson is never getting a competitive engine from them again. Let's see how many pop.
He's almost as dumb as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but no one can be that dumb. Chip Ganassi Racing gets its engines from Hendrick Motorsports. Larson may never get a competitive engine from them again. Let's see how many pop.
On Tuesday, Kyle Larson was asked by NBC Sports if his Chip Ganassi Racing team had replaced powerhouse Hendrick Motorsports as Chevrolet’s top team in NASCAR. The driver’s response was controversial, accusing the HMS juggernaut of cheating.

“I feel like Hendrick plays games, in a way, with NASCAR. I feel like they always start the year off kind of bad to, like, show NASCAR that they’re being nice and cooperating and following the rules and stuff, and then, it gets a couple of months in, and they start cheating and finding some speed,” Larson said. 

Larson back-tracked Tuesday night, though, apologizing for the accusation and claiming he was joking.

“I want to apologize to Mr. [Rick] Hendrick and Team Hendrick for the comments I made earlier today,” Larson [@KyleLarsonRacin] tweeted. “I feel terrible about it. I meant it jokingly, but shouldn’t have implied they are anything but a strong competitor that gets better as the season goes on. I appreciate the engine support we get from them as they are major part of the reason we have been as strong as we are.”

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02/27/19
f2

De Vries still fastest on Day 2 of testing
Nyck de Vries
Nyck de Vries

Nyck de Vries has topped again the timesheet on Day 2 of the 2019 FIA Formula 2 pre-season testing at Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. The Dutchman set a latpime of 1:24.723 in the opening hour of the morning session to head UNI Virtuosi’s pair Luca Ghiotto and Guanyu Zhou.

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02/27/19
f1

Barcelona Test 2 Day 2: Sainz Jr. ends day on top
Carlos Sainz Jr.
Carlos Sainz Jr.

Carlos Sainz Jr. gave McLaren something to brag about - back-to-back days at the top of the timesheets in the second Formula 1 pre-season test as Ferrari hit problems for the 2nd day in a row.

The Spaniard posted the fastest time seen so far in testing on the morning of the second day of the second winter test in Barcelona and remained fastest when his 1m17.144 benchmark went unchallenged in the afternoon.

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02/27/19
v8

Ford and Vodafone back five safety cars for Supercars
Five Ford Vodafone vehicles
Five Ford Vodafone vehicles
Vodafone and Ford have today announced the backing of a further four vehicles set to join the Supercars grid in 2019.

The Mustang GT Safety Car will be joined by a Vodafone Race Control Mustang GT, Vodafone Endura ST-Line Race Control Car, Mondeo Hatch Vodafone Medical Car and the Vodafone Ranger Raptor Recovery Car.

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02/27/19
f1

Barcelona Test 2 Day 2: Lunch Break Times
Carlos Sainz Jr.
Carlos Sainz Jr.

McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr. posted the fastest time of F1 pre-season so far on a disrupted morning of running in Barcelona as Sebastian Vettel crashed out in his Ferrari when something broke in the left front of the car in turn 3 causing him to go straight into the barriers.

The Spaniard’s 1m17.144s - set on Pirelli’s C4 compound - marked the quickest time seen in 2019 testing, beating Nico Hulkenberg’s previous benchmark of a 1m17.393s (C5) from the first test by over two tenths.

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02/27/19
f1

Barcelona Test 2 Day 2: Sainz Jr fast for McLaren
Carlos Sainz Jr.
Carlos Sainz Jr.
Using softer tires than anyone else, Carlos Sainz Jr. set the fastest time for McLaren in F1 preseason testing just before the lunch break on Wednesday morning in Barcelona..

But the big action was Sebastian Vettel crashing into the barriers in turn 3 soon after setting second quick time on the C3 tires.

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02/27/19
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Haevily revised Mercedes with Lewis Hamilton at the wheel...still sandbagging
    Heavily revised Mercedes with Lewis Hamilton at the wheel...still sandbagging
    'Every aero surface' changed on 2019 Mercedes
  • Renault targets 'lucky' podium in 2019
  • Red Bull-Honda can fight for wins - Vandoorne
  • Boullier not ruling out F1 team return
  • Both Haas drivers now have same manager
  • Rosberg no longer working with Kubica
  • Overtaking 'definitely easier' with 2019 cars - Magnussen

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02/27/19
btcc

Lewis Hamilton's brother signs up for British racing team
Nic Hamilton has Cerebral Palsy
Nic Hamilton has Cerebral Palsy
Lewis Hamilton's brother has been signed up as the new driver for the British Touring Car Championship.

Nic Hamilton will take the wheel for British motor racing team Motorbase Performance, which is best known for competing in the BTCC.

The team, based in Wrotham, Kent, are delighted to welcome the 26-year-old onto their roster, because he is an accomplished driver who hopes to follow in his older brother's tire tracks.

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02/27/19
nastruck

Truck team to skip Las Vegas after hauler incident at Atlanta
#42 truck at Atlanta
#42 truck at Atlanta
Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images
Chad Finley Racing will not complete in Friday’s Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after its hauler and race truck in it were damaged last weekend in an incident at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Robby Lyons was scheduled to have driven the team’s No. 42 truck.

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02/27/19
f1

Fernando Alonso to become McLaren Racing ambassador
Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso
McLaren Racing and Fernando Alonso will continue their relationship with the appointment of the two-time Formula 1 world champion as a McLaren Racing ambassador in a wide-ranging agreement.

Fernando contested 95 Formula 1 Grands Prix with McLaren in 2007 and then 2015 to 2018, winning four races and scoring a total of 241 points for the team. In addition, he contested the Indianapolis 500 with McLaren in 2017.

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02/26/19
il

Dalton Kellett Joins Juncos Racing for the 2019 Indy Lights
Dalton Kellett
Dalton Kellett
Juncos Racing announced today Dalton Kellett would join the team for the 2019 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season. Kellett joins Indy Pro 2000 Champion Rinus VeeKay for Juncos Racing’s two car line-up.

Dalton Kellett (Toronto, Canada) recently completed his third season in Indy Lights where he captured one pole and two podiums. The Canadian recorded three podiums between the 2016-2017 seasons and won the Hi-Tide Boat Lifts Kids on Track Spirit Award in 2017.

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02/26/19
f1

Barcelona Test 2 Day 1: Norris on top, then breaks (Update)
Lando Norris
Lando Norris

UPDATE This article was updated with quotes and photos.  See our full photo page from Day 5 (Week 2 Day 2) of testing.

02/26/19 Lando Norris topped the opening day of the second Formula 1 pre-season test in Barcelona on Tuesday as Mercedes lost most of its afternoon running to an issue on its new W10 car and Ferrari lost most of the morning with cooling issues.

Rookie Norris rose to the head of the timesheets with half an hour left in the day after putting in a lap on the C4 tires, recording a fastest time of 1m17.709s.

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02/26/19
f2

Nyck de Vries quickest at Jerez
Nyck De Vries
Nyck De Vries
Nyck De Vries ended Day 1 of the first 2019 FIA Formula 2 pre-season test at Jerez de la Frontera as the fastest driver. The ART Grand Prix ace set the quickest laptime in both the morning and afternoon sessions to head the timesheets ahead of Nicholas Latifi and Mick Schumacher.

The sun greeted the teams as the pitlane opened on Day 1 of testing. Latifi was the first driver to hit the track for the DAMS team while the rest of the pack followed him closely for their customary installation laps.

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02/26/19
f1

2019 ESPN F1 TV broadcast schedule thru Monaco
The season once again kicks off in Melbourne
The season once again kicks off in Melbourne
Once again ESPN will broadcast all F1 races in 2019 free of any commercials. With TV ratings up 20% vs. NBSN, ESPN is looking to add to those numbers.

The schedules for the upcoming races are listed below (all times Eastern)

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02/26/19
imsa

Ford Adds Johnson, Bomarito to Sebring WEC Lineup
Jonathan Bomarito
Jonathan Bomarito

Billy Johnson and Jonathan Bomarito will drive for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing in next month’s FIA World Endurance Championship round at Sebring International Raceway.

Johnson will partner No. 66 drivers Olivier Pla and Stefan Muecke for the third time this season, while Bomarito is set to make his Ford GT debut in the No. 67 car with Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell. 

2013 Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan joined Priaulx and Tincknell for the season-opening 6 Hours of Spa and last summer’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, but will not feature in the team’s lineup for the 1000-mile American enduro.

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02/26/19
track news

New Hampshire Motor Speedway Given Green Light On Music Festival
New Hampshire
New Hampshire
It is "full speed ahead" for New Hampshire Motor Speedway's plan to host a country music festival later this year after the state Supreme Court "agreed to give them the green light," according to a front-page piece by Van Fleet & Stoico of the CONCORD MONITOR.

Three neighbors had sued the track in '17 "arguing an agreement with the town" in '89 "prevented the track's new owners from holding concerts on the current property."

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02/26/19
track news

Tickets.com Inks Deal With ISC

International Speedway Corporation (“ISC”) announced today a new long-term partnership with Tickets.com for use of its comprehensive ticketing system ProVenue at all ISC motorsports entertainment facilities. The transition to the Tickets.com platform, which includes mobile ticketing technology, begins at Richmond Raceway and will be implemented at all ISC facilities by year-end 2019.

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02/26/19
f1

Barcelona Test 2 Day 1: Giovinazzi tops mid-day times
Antonio Giovinazzi
Antonio Giovinazzi
Using softer tires than everyone else (C4) Antonio Giovinazzi topped the opening session of the second Formula 1 pre-season test in Barcelona on Tuesday.

After seeing Red Bull's Pierre Gasly set an early benchmark in the Honda-powered RB15, Giovinazzi managed to edge ahead and grab P1 with 20 minutes remaining in the morning session, posting a best lap time of 1m18.589s on C4 tires.

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02/26/19
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Alfa Romeo surprised everyone with their unique front wing design
    Alfa Romeo surprised everyone with their unique front wing design
    Alfa Romeo surprised to have aced front wing design
  • Ricciardo hopeful passing will be easier
  • Russell defends Williams after test delay
  • Sainz Jr. plays down 'very small' garage fire
  • Leclerc wants first win 'soon'
  • Norris preparing hard for F1 debut
  • Bottas expects 'equal' treatment early in 2019
  • No B-team alliance leaves Mercedes 'alone' - Marko
  • Mercedes brings heavily revised car back to Barcelona

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02/26/19
f1

Barcelona Test 2 Day 1: Morning Test Times
Pierre Gasly
Pierre Gasly
Times as of 11am Tuesday
PosDriverTeamTiresTimeLaps
1GaslyRed BullC31m18.647s32
2GiovinazziAlfa RomeoC31m18.929s29
3StrollRacing PointDev31m19.139s20
4MagnussenHaasC21m19.64432
5AlbonToro RossoC31m19.967s40
6HamiltonMercedesC21m20.332s6
7HulkenbergRenaultC21m20.781s35
8LeclercFerrariC31m20.830s20
9RussellWilliamsC31m21.102s7
10NorrisMcLarenC31m22.30633

C1=Hardest Tire
C5=Softest Tire
Dev=Development Tire

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02/26/19
irl

Video: IndyCar returns to NBCSN March 10 at St. Petersburg
A new season of IndyCar kicks off at St. Petersburg on NBCSN, March 10.

Will NBCSN fail IndyCar again and the St. Pete TV ratings drop, or will NBCSN hit a home run? We will soon find out.

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02/26/19
irl

2019 IndyCar Championship Odds
Rossi and Dixon are the early favorites
Rossi and Dixon are the early favorites

AutoRacing1.com presents its preseason odds on which driver will win the 2019 IndyCar title.

Only full-time drivers are shown.

Championship rivals from 2018, Scott Dixon and Alexander Rossi, are the early favorites but Ryan Hunter-Reay, Will Power, Josef Newgarden and Felix Rosenqvist are breathing right down their necks.

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02/26/19
automotive

Car thief apprehended when Tesla battery runs out of juice
Filiberto Felix (Courtesy Riverside Police)
Filiberto Felix (Courtesy Riverside Police)
A probationer who led Riverside police officers on a dangerous, high-speed pursuit in a luxury electric sports car was arrested after the plug-in car’s batteries died Sunday night, Feb. 17. The pursuit, which wound its way from Riverside’s Eastside neighborhood into Orange County, ended in a felony stop on the 91 Freeway.

Riverside police officers were first alerted to the vehicle theft around 7:45 p.m., after the owner of an electric-powered Tesla called 911 to report his car had just been stolen from a parking garage on the 1400 block of Everton Pl.

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