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03/03/15
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Honda to unveil IndyCar body Kit March 15th
Honda has scheduled a media event for Sunday evening March 15th at the Barber Motorsports Park museum to unveil their new road and street circuit IndyCar body kit. Honda's hope is that they have out-engineered Chevy and their body kit will give the Honda teams an advantage over the Chevy teams in the battle for the 2015 IndyCar title.

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03/03/15
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German Free-To-Air TV Channel RTL Tightens F1 Broadcasts In '15 After Falling Ratings
Rest assured that F1 is going
to continue to lose fans now
that the signature 'engine
scream' is gone.  The mental
midgets killed it - thinking
race fans care about hybrid
technology.  They do NOT.

The horrible sounding cars and Mercedes 1-2 parade are sending F1 fans headed for the exits. German free-to-air TV channel RTL "will tighten its F1 coverage this year after a drastic ratings decline in '14," according to Alexander Krei of DWDL. The '15 season "will be the 25th in a row for RTL, but it could be a game-changing one as the contract between F1 and the Cologne-based channels expires at the end of the season."

Starting with the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, RTL "will start its coverage not 75 minutes prior to the start of the race but only an hour" before the red lights go off. RTL Sports Dir Manfred Loppe said, "We asked the viewers last year and they gave a clear answer: compact, entertaining and competent." In addition, RTL "will also shorten its post-race coverage and qualifying." RTL "recently suffered a dramatic decrease in viewership." With an average of 4.36 million viewers per race, RTL "recorded its lowest viewership numbers in 20 years" for its F1 broadcasts. DWDL



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03/03/15
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John Force battling to keep NHRA family business on track
John Force
He's anything but your typical mom-and-pop store proprietor, but John Force now shares a common bond with many of them.

Drag racing's most successful driver has been fighting to save his family business.

Force's team, which includes daughters Ashley, Courtney and Brittany and son-in-law Robert Hight, was thrust into financial peril with the loss of two multi-million dollar corporate sponsors after last season. Castrol ended its 29-year sponsorship, and Ford drove away after 17 years with him. Those decisions, which seemed to hit Force with the head-spinning speed of a 300-mph run, wiped out over half his income.

"I thought I'd have people falling out of the sky wanting to sponsor me," said Force, with an NHRA record 141 Funny Car wins, 16 championships and a publicity generating over-the-top personality.

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03/03/15
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r2i

Indy Lights: Jones leads Carlin 1-2 at Barber
Ed Jones and Max Chilton combined for a Carlin 1-2 in today's Indy Lights Presented By Cooper Tires test session at Barber Motorsports Park. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports teammates Scott Anderson and R.C. Enerson clocked in third and fourth, with Andretti Autosport's Shelby Blackstock rounding out the top-5.

Full times below...

P # Name FastTime Diff Laps LapTime Gap FSpeed
1 11 Ed Jones 1:26.253 0.000 47 1:26.253 0.000 95.997
2 14 Max Chilton 1:27.863 1.6100 47 1:28.222 1.6100 94.238
3 77 Scott Anderson 1:28.100 1.8477 26 1:28.100 0.2377 93.984
4 7 RC Enerson 1:28.392 2.1390 51 1:28.555 0.2913 93.674
5 51 Shelby Blackstock 1:28.635 2.3821 55 1:28.657 0.2431 93.417
6 5 Juan Piedrahita 1:28.825 2.5727 94 1:47.889 0.1906 93.217
7 42 Jack Harvey 1:29.114 2.8610 15 1:29.114 0.2883 92.915
8 12 Spencer Pigot 1:30.060 3.8075 31 1:30.218 0.9465 91.939
9 71 Ethan Ringel 1:30.575 4.3220 34 1:30.822 0.5145 91.416
10 18 Kyle Kaiser 1:30.613 4.3603 46 1:30.613 0.0383 91.378
11 4 Felix Serralles No Time --- --- --.--- --- ---

AR1 Staff Report

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03/03/15
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Video: KERS knocks F1 mechanic to ground
Is this what happened to Fernando Alonso? A BMW Sauber technician was injured in 2008 with an electric shock given off by the experimental Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) equipped F1.07C car. The incident occurred when test driver Christian Klien pulled into the pits and the technician touched the car for the first time following a test run at Jerez. Watch

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03/03/15
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Miami ePrix to run on solar power
Florida Power & Light Company has partnered with Formula E to power the cars in the inaugural Miami ePrix.

FPL announced the partnership at its Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center along with famed race car driver and Formula E team owner Michael Andretti.

"Our partnership with Formula E and the Miami ePrix is another example of our commitment to advancing zero-emissions solar energy and the use of electric vehicles in Florida," said Eric Silagy, President and CEO of FPL. "By the end of 2016 we will triple the energy we are able to produce from the sun, furthering our mission to provide low-cost, reliable and clean energy to our 4.7 million customers."

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03/03/15
irl

'Focus' Tops Box Office, Indy cars Impress Stars
"Focus" topped the box office charts with $19.1 million on its opening weekend.

"Focus," released by Warner Bros. and starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie, features Verizon IndyCar Series cars driven by Andretti Autosport's Carlos Munoz and team owner/former Indy car driver Bryan Herta at NOLA Motorsports Park near New Orleans. The venue hosts the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana on April 12.

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03/03/15
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First series title motivates Power for more
Will Power
Will Power
Will Power, who turned 34 on March 1, begins defense of his Verizon IndyCar Series championship in the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 29. New challenges will arise, but the North Carolina resident will seek to retain the "don't over-think it" approach to each of the 16 races. 

"When I look back at the season I was a contender in every single race," he said of 2014, which included three wins and 15 of 18 finishes in the top 10. "It wasn't a more dominant year than I've had in the past with winning and poles, but it was a consistently solid year. I won three and I was always there knocking on the door, capable of a top-five finish."

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03/03/15
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Dixon seeks to extend IndyCar streaks this season
Scott Dixon
Scott Dixon
In the final four races of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season, Scott Dixon earned two victories and a runner-up finish to climb to third in the championship standings.

In fact, Dixon has a nine-year streak of multiple victories in a season - the longest streak of any driver in the modern era -- topped by six victories in his 2008 championship season.

A victory in the March 29 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, in which he's finished second on three occasions, or any of the 16 remaining races of the season would place him in select company.

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03/03/15
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Miami ePrix FanBoost voting now open
You can vote for Daniel Abt and other Formula E stars as FanBoost for the Miami ePrix is now open. 
LONDON, UK (March 3 2015) – Fans can now vote for their favourite driver to receive an extra speed boost for the Miami ePrix and monitor their progress live on a new FanBoost leader board.

The new live leader board lets you view the latest voting results with instant updates to monitor your driver’s position. The registration process has been made easier too and fans can now log in through their Facebook account.

FanBoost is Formula E’s unique fan interaction concept, where fans vote for their favourite driver – and the three with the most votes get a five-second boost of power per car from 200bhp to 240bhp.

You can vote now here or via the official Formula E app – which is available for FREE on iOS and Android.

Give your favourite driver a chance of winning FanBoost by voting now!

FIA Formula E Communications Department

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03/03/15
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Spongebob To Sponsor Kansas Cup Race
Nickelodeon announced Monday that it is the entitlement sponsor of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, May 9 at Kansas Speedway, dubbed the SpongeBob SquarePants 400.

The SpongeBob SquarePants 400, which will be broadcasted on 7:30 p.m. EST on FOX Sports 1, will feature a weekend of Bikini Bottom-themed activities and fun for the entire family.

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03/03/15
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Charlotte: NHRA 4-Wide Nationals By the Numbers
4-wide at zMax
4-wide at zMax
With the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway less than one month away, fans are already getting revved up for the most intense motorsports spectacle around. The nitro-fueled thrill show, March 27-29, brings three days of excitement unlike anything else in sports, with the fastest-accelerating machines on the planet unleashing a 40,000 horsepower assault on the Bellagio of drag strips. For this exclusive event, we've gathered the numbers that racing fans will only experience at zMAX Dragway.

Here are this year's facts by the numbers:

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03/03/15
irl

Sunoco named official fuel for Indy and extends with INDYCAR
Sunoco has been named official fuel of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, continuing the company's rich tradition in motor sports and its successful partnership with INDYCAR.

Sunoco's relationship with INDYCAR goes back to 1968 in Riverside, California, when Mark Donohue drove the No. 12 Sunoco Eagle for Penske Racing. That same team of Penske, Donohue and Sunoco won its first Indianapolis 500 four years later.

Sunoco will continue as the official fuel of INDYCAR in 2015 and beyond. In addition, Sunoco will maintain its support of INDYCAR's young stars as title sponsor of both the Sunoco Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year and the Verizon IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year awards.

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03/03/15
f1

Ferrari 'on par' with Red Bull - Marchionne
Sergio Marchionne thinks Ferrari can match Red Bull this year
Sergio Marchionne thinks Ferrari can match Red Bull this year
(GMM) Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne on Tuesday admitted the Maranello team might have to wait for its next F1 title.

"2018? Absolutely, but we will try to do it a little before," he smiled at the Geneva Motor Show, according to Italian media reports.

Ferrari has emerged from the chaos of 2014 with a car that insiders believe is in a close group behind obvious pacesetters Mercedes.

"We will be on par with Red Bull when we go onto the circuit," Marchionne explained, "but we will go to the track and see.

"I don't want to be critical, but the situation when I arrived was not good. The men and women of Ferrari have done amazing things that I never would have expected in these four months."

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03/03/15
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Police find a 'person of interest' in race car theft
A Morrow detective hopes he is close to overtaking the potential thief of NASCAR Sprint Cup car #44, the theft of which forced a driver to withdraw from a Atlanta race last weekend.

"I have a person of interest I have spoken to and I am setting up an interview with him as well,' Detective Sgt. Larry Oglesby told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday. NASCAR driver Travis Kvapil was forced to withdraw from the race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton when he discovered his Sprint Cup car missing Thursday. That might be the greater crime in the eyes of fans, but the rare theft itself has generated accelerated police work. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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03/03/15
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NASCAR's Jim France makes Forbes' richest list
Jim France, the head of the first family of NASCAR, is among the richest people in the world, according to an annual ranking released by Forbes magazine Monday. The magazine placed France's estimated net worth at $2.1 billion, making him the 894th richest billionaire in the world and the 318th wealthiest in the United States. His father, Bill France Sr., co-founded NASCAR. Jim France, 70, serves as chairman of International Speedway Corp, which owns Daytona International Speedway Corp. and a dozen other motorsports tracks around the country.

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03/03/15
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LVMS expecting smooth vehicle flow for NASCAR Weekend
Officials at Las Vegas Motor Speedway have worked diligently with local and county representatives to make vehicle flow into and out of the 1.5-mile superspeedway an easier and more efficient process. The upcoming NASCAR weekend should put that on full display, as the speedway prepares to welcome more than 100,000 rabid fans to Sunday's Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Speedway officials recommend fans head to the track early and also remember that Sunday at 2 a.m. is Daylight Savings Time and everyone needs to turn their clocks ahead one hour.

The speedway also will put more emphasis on exiting from all lots. Speedway officials will have three gates dedicated to the Lucky 7 Preferred Lot for the first hour following the races on Saturday and Sunday. All fans parked in the Blue Lot can exit through the remaining gates until Lot 7 is cleared. Once Lot 7 is empty, all gates will be opened to those parked in the Blue Lot. Counterfeit handicapped placards have been an issue in the past, and speedway security will continue to monitor and examine the authenticity of such passes on every vehicle. For more information on the traffic plan and links, go to lvms.com

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03/03/15
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Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Lauda says Mercedes won't dominate in 2015. He should become a comedian.
    Manager warns media as Schu son makes car debut
  • Other sports 'inspire' Germans more than F1 - Wolff
  • Wolff says F1 'shark tank' alive and well
  • Renault admits Mercedes still ahead in 2015
  • Mercedes will not totally dominate 2015 - Lauda
  • Female F1 driver Jorda slams 'jealous' rivals
  • Coulthard - can Ricciardo cope with Kvyat defeat?
  • McLaren-Honda and Alonso will win together - Berger
  • Williams Announce Susie Wolff's Testing Schedule for 2015 Season


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03/02/15
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Milwaukee IndyFest tickets now on sale
Milwaukee start in 2014
Milwaukee start in 2014
Tickets are now on sale for the ABC Supply Co. Inc. Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest, which will be held July 11-12 at the Milwaukee Mile at Wisconsin State Fair.

This is the fourth year that Andretti Sports Marketing is promoting the IndyCar Series at the Mile.

Events currently on the docket for the weekend, in addition to the racing, include the Family Fun Zone, INDYCAR Fan Village, Coors Light Music and Beer Garden, National Volleyball League (NVL) tournament and driver autograph sessions.

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03/02/15
irl

With aero kits in house, IndyCar teams prep for testing
Chevy Aero Kit
Chevy Aero Kit
For the first time in a long time, it was a busy weekend for Verizon IndyCar Series teams.

Teams aligned with either Chevrolet or Honda have taken delivery of the initial corresponding road/street course and short oval aerodynamic bodywork kits that will debut in competition in the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 29 (3 p.m. ET, ABC).

Like others, CFH Racing personnel were split into Saturday and Sunday groups "to move things along," according to team general manager Tim Broyles.

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03/02/15
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Smith in the #41 at Las Vegas
Regan Smith
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Stewart-Haas Racing has named Regan Smith interim driver of its No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend March 6-8 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The race on Sunday will be Smith’s sixth Sprint Cup start at Las Vegas. His most recent Sprint Cup start at the 1.5-mile oval was on March 11, 2012 when he finished 15th.

Las Vegas will be Smith’s third race in the No. 41 car. He drove the Haas Automation Chevrolet to a 16th-place finish Feb. 22 in the season-opening Daytona 500 and a 17th-place finish last Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Smith already had some history with Stewart-Haas Racing prior to Daytona. He subbed for Tony Stewart in the team’s No. 14 car last August at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.

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03/02/15
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Reinstatement process outlined for Kurt Busch
Kurt Busch
Suspended driver Kurt Busch has agreed to NASCAR's terms and conditions to pursue reinstatement last Friday, starting the process toward regaining his competition license.

NASCAR issued an indefinite suspension Feb. 20, barring Busch from all NASCAR-related activity after a Delaware family court commissioner found a "preponderance of the evidence" indicated that Busch "committed an act of domestic violence" against former girlfriend Patricia Driscoll last September at Dover International Speedway.

NASCAR spokesman David Higdon said Monday morning that the sanctioning body consulted with an outside expert to personalize the terms and conditions that Busch will need to meet, adding that there is not a target date in place for his potential return to Sprint Cup Series competition.

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03/02/15
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Comcast To Sponsor JGR's No. 19 Toyota In Select Races In '15
Comcast today announced that it will serve as a primary sponsor for Joe Gibbs Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series No. 19 Toyota driven by Carl Edwards for four races in '15. The first activation at Sunday's Kobalt 400 in Las Vegas will see Comcast Business on the paint scheme, marking the first major sponsorship deal for that part of the corporation. The other races with Comcast as the primary will be April 19 at Bristol, Sept. 27 at New Hampshire and Nov. 1 at Martinsville. Comcast PR

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03/02/15
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Schedule Announced For Inaugural Indy Grand Prix Of Louisiana
Organizers of the inaugural 2015 Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana announced today the schedule of on-track action. The three-day weekend will feature 11 different races, showcasing the Verizon IndyCar Series, Pro Mazda presented by Cooper Tires, Cooper Tires USF2000 powered by Mazda, Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama and the Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BF-Goodrich Tires.
 
Saturday action kicks off with four support series qualifying sessions, Verizon IndyCar Series practice and qualifying; ultimately ending the day with four support series races. The main event takes place on Sunday, starting at 2:30PM CT. To see the full track schedule, visit the official event website: GPofNOLA.com.  

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03/02/15
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Single-day tickets on sale now for 2015 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Tony Kanaan speeds on the streets of St. Petersburg, FL
Tony Kanaan speeds on the streets of St. Petersburg, FL
Single-day tickets for the 2015 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, taking place March 27-29, are now on sale and can be purchased online at gpstpete.com or by phone at 877-725-8849.

For a fifth consecutive year, the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will serve as the season-opening race for the Verizon IndyCar Series, which will debut its street/road course aero kits at the event.

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03/02/15
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Fox Sports, AT&T U-verse Entangled In Dispute Over New Programming Fees
FS1 "will continue to be shown" on AT&T U-verse, but "some of its bigger events may not," according to Brian Steinberg of VARIETY. The network on Friday announced that it "would not show some major events to AT&T U-verse subscribers, including Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race from Atlanta; eight other NASCAR Xfinity series races; 17 Big East Conference basketball games," eight USGA events and many MLS matches, "unless the two sides could come to new terms."

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03/02/15
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Sprint Cup Race Sponsor Folds Of Honor Sees Merch Website Crash After Green Flag Falls
S. Air National Guard Major Dan Rooney, whose non-profit organization Folds of Honor was co-title sponsor of yesterday's Sprint Cup Series race in Atlanta, said that shortly after the Fox broadcast began, the organization's merchandise website "crashed after receiving heavy traffic," according to Eric Bailey of the TULSA WORLD. The non-profit also "began getting pledges to help fund scholarships for family of killed or disabled military members actively serving."

Rooney said, "We get notifications of all donations and they are coming in every five seconds. They are pouring in from around the country. The reality is that we’ve planted a lot of seeds in NASCAR nation and I have no doubt that those are going to do anything but grow as we share the mission and the stories of those lives that we’re helping" TULSA WORLD.

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03/02/15
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Cosmo to make World Challenge debut at COTA
Guy Cosmo
Austin, Texas (2 March 2015) -After starting his career in the open wheel ranks and then moving to sports car racing, Guy Cosmo has long been checking off a wide range of boxes on his career to-do list. And this weekend will see one more item marked off the list as Cosmo is set to make his Pirelli World Challenge debut.

The versatile racer has been tabbed by M1 Racing (http://m1racing.co) to pilot the No. 23 Tampa Bay Jaw Surgery Audi R8 LMS ultra as World Challenge opens the 2015 season at the Circuit of the Americas this weekend.

Cosmo’s first shot at sprint racing comes as car owner and driver Walt Bowlin is set for a select schedule of World Challenge races this year in the GTA class, with the COTA event not on that list. But with the stand-alone World Challenge season opening race weekend being staged just down the road from the M1 Racing headquarters in Dallas, the program came together for Cosmo to jump in and take the helm.

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03/02/15
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Combined F1 times from the two Barcelona tests
Courtesy of Sky Sports, combined times from the two Barcelona pre-season F1 tests.  Note the sandbagging Mercedes team was faster than everyone......and they did not dare mount super-softs to reveal just how fast they really are. 2015 will be another year of a Mercedes parade.....as fans head for the exists.

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03/02/15
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Wolff: We used just one engine the entire preseason
Wolff sends further chills down the spines of Mercedes' competitors - not only is Mercedes fast, the engine doesn't fail
Red Bull only won three races last season, thanks to the efforts of Ricciardo, as their power-unit supplier Renault struggled and Mercedes dominated to win 16 of the 19 Grand Prixs.

Ricciardo and Kvyat, who has replaced Ferrari's new signing Sebastian Vettel in the hot seat, will hit the grid for the first Grand Prix of the season in Melbourne on March 15.

Wolff said they had run the hybrid engine at full power. "You need to run them at 100 per cent because you need to find out when it cracks. This is part of the program – running the engine flat-out – to understand where the problems can be.

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03/02/15
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Red Bull team reveals 2015 livery
Red Bull Racing have launched their 2015 Formula One car race livery for the upcoming season as they hope to recapture their titles.

Their new 2015 RB11 car has been used in F1 testing with a camouflage livery in order to ward off rival teams attempting to copy their design secrets.

Red Bull won consecutive Drivers’ and Constructors titles between 2010-13 but relinquished their crowns to a dominant Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton last season.

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03/02/15
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Race promoters wanted helmet change ban - Wolff
(GMM)  Toto Wolff has defended the controversial banning of mid-season driver helmet livery changes.

After the recent meeting of the F1 Commission, it emerged that the growing trend for multiple helmet color changes will no longer be allowed.

The rule has now been enshrined in to the 2015 regulations, which read that drivers must race "substantially the same livery" at every race, on the grounds that they can be "easily distinguished from one another".

Sebastian Vettel, who has changed his colors no fewer than 60 times since debuting in F1, called the move a "joke".

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03/02/15
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Simona de Silvestro drives Formula E car through Geneva
Simona drives the streets of Geneva
Swiss fans got the chance to see the Formula E car in action for the first ever time when the fully-electric single-seater drove through the streets of Geneva.

The event, organized by Formula E’s Official Timekeeper and Founding Partner TAG Heuer with the support of Global Partner Julius Baer, saw local driver Simona de Silvestro behind the wheel of the Spark-Renault SRT_01E.

Setting off from the newly opened TAG Heuer Geneva boutique the SRT_01E continued along the Quai-du-General-Guisan and past the Geneva branch of Julius Baer. There, Simona found a popular face in the Formula E family; Nick Heidfeld waiting for her just outside the Swiss bank office. The Formula E car stroll then continued crossing the Pont du Mont Blanc Bridge before finishing on the Quai du Mont-Blanc.

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03/02/15
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Max Chilton to drive Nissan in LeMans
Max Chilton
Former F1 racer Max Chilton and Nissan regular Alex Buncombe have completed Nissan's squad of nine drivers for the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO.  This news was announced ahead of the Geneva Motor Show where Nissan's LM P1 car will appear for the first time in Europe.

Max Chilton joins Nissan after two seasons in Formula One, where he became the rookie with the ‘safest pair of hands' demonstrated when he finished every single one of the races in his debut season in 2013.  Fast and mistake-free is the order of the day in LM P1 racing so the British racer will be an asset to Nissan's pioneering new team.

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03/02/15
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Audi announces six-team lineup for Pirelli World Challenge
Stephen Cameron Racing No. 19
Stephen Cameron Racing No. 19
Ingolstadt, March 2, 2015 – The Pirelli World Challenge in North America has evolved into one of the best-filled GT racing series in which teams fielding the Audi R8 LMS ultra battle for the title. An impressive line-up of six of the GT3 race cars will be starting the new season at Austin/Texas next weekend. 

No other automobile manufacturer is represented with such a large number of race cars in the top category of North America’s major GT racing series. A look at the field proves how popular the series has become by now. The six Audi cars are meeting with 25 rivals competing in the race cars of ten other marques.

The race calendar featuring eleven events covers many of the great classics in U.S. racing, including the popular city street races in the centers of Long Beach in California, St. Petersburg in Florida and Detroit in Michigan, as well as legendary driver tracks such as Mosport in Canada and the tradition-steeped Californian circuit at Laguna Seca.

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03/02/15
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Circuit of The Americas Renews Partnership with KHP Consulting for 2015
Circuit of Americas in Austin, Texas
Circuit of Americas in Austin, Texas

Circuit of The Americas (COTA) this week announced the renewal of its longstanding partnership with motorsports marketing agency, KHP Consulting. A global leader in sports marketing, KHP works directly with teams, athletes, sponsors, promoters, rights holders and governing bodies in major championships including the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) & the FIM MotoGP World Championship.

"The KHP team has proved to be a key resource for our staff over the past three years, particularly in relation to the three FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX we have successfully staged here in Austin," said Dominic Iacono, Chief Marketing Officer for Circuit of The Americas. "The continuing development of this world class venue and preparation for the arrival of thousands of race fans and national and international media representatives over the course of this coming year will take careful planning and execution. KHP has the necessary experience and knowledge upon which our team can draw as we prepare to welcome the world's motorsports, music and XGames fans to Austin once more in 2015."

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03/02/15
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Renault Sport F1 Barcelona Test 2 Review
Remi Taffin, Director of Operations
This week saw Renault Sport F1 conclude its on-track pre-season preparations at the third and final winter test in Barcelona ahead of the upcoming FIA Formula One World Championship campaign.

Maintaining the momentum gained at the same circuit a week ago, Renault Sport F1's partner teams Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso continued to rack up the kilometers thanks to the Power Unit's overall reliability.

Indeed, all four Renault-powered drivers were able to replicate entire grand prix weekends, including practice, qualifying, grid procedure and race simulation. These, along with the distances covered in the previous two tests, equate to a combined pre-season total of more than 9,800km or 32 grands prix.

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03/02/15
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V8 Supercars roar into 2015
The much anticipated return of the V8 Supercars Championship roared back to life at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide over the weekend.

In a new broadcast era for V8 Supercars, the event was simulcast on TEN, Fox Sports, Foxtel Play and Foxtel Go with substantial audiences Australia wide on all platforms.

The event itself attracted the third highest crowd in more than 20 years when more than 285,000 people attended across the four days. The second highest crowd in history of 93,600 attended on Sunday, more than 10,000 up on the previous year.

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03/02/15
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Latest F1 news in brief - Monday
  • Mercedes remains 1-second per lap faster than the field in 2015
    Early points unlikely for Force India - Perez
  • Alonso entourage suspects car failure - report
  • Ecclestone ends 'cash flow crisis' for small teams
  • Mercedes' gap almost 1 second per lap
  • Candidates line up for second Manor seat
  • Honda freezes engine unsure of 2015 'tokens'
  • Red Bull drops camouflage livery for race season
  • Mercedes signs Qualcomm


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03/01/15
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Barcelona Day 4: Bottas on top as F1 testing comes to end (Update) UPDATE We transposed some of today's test time numbers.  The corrected table is shown below.

03/01/15
Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas used super-soft tires in the morning and his Williams ended the final session of pre-season testing on top.

The Finn's qualifying simulation run before lunch was 1m23.063s, 0.4 seconds clear of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who also was on super-soft tires.

After qualifying runs in the morning, the teams switched to longer race simulation stints after lunch.

Sauber's Felipe Nasr was third quickest, also using Ferrari power.

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03/01/15
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Harvick loses engine; to start from rear
Kevin Harvick
Quick note from Atlanta.

2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Kevin Harvick, who qualified second for today's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, lost his engine in final practice Saturday. Thus, the #4 Jimmy John's/Budweiser Chevrolet will be required to start today's race from the back of the field.

Due to a rather bizarre qualifying session Friday, in which 13 drivers were unable to turn laps due to an inability to get through inspection, Harvick will join an array of fast drivers including Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth starting at the back of the field in today's race. 

AR1 Staff Report

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03/01/15
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Frigid weather keeps fans away from Atlanta
Atlanta has never been an easy market to sell race tickets. Cold temperatures this time of year probably don't help.
HAMPTON, Ga. — Kevin Harvick was on a multi-topic roll. A discussion of the convergence of mechanical engineering and sports marketing. Not a problem. It's Atlanta. It works.

That Cup cars were speedier at Atlanta Motor Speedway than conventional wisdom suggested following NASCAR mandates that reduced horsepower and downforce? The defending series champion had the explanation.

"When you slow them down, going down the straightaway, they're going to get faster through the center of the corner," said Harvick, who won his first career race here in 2001 and led 195 laps last fall before finishing 19th. 

And then a dissertation on Atlanta as a market, as the scant few who attended Cup qualifying on Friday vacated the cavernous premises.

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03/01/15
f1

Bottas quickest Sunday morning in Barcelona
Valtteri Bottas

Williams' Valtteri Bottas led this morning's Formula 1 pre-season testing session at Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona. The Finn ran qualifying simulations on the Pirelli super-soft tires and managed to record a time four-tenths better than Sebastian Vettel of Scuderia Ferrari, and nearly a full second ahead of Sauber's Felipe Nasr.

It was another miserable session for McLaren Honda. In addition to lead driver Fernando Alonso's accident last weekend, the Woking team has been plagued by reliability issues during much of pre-season testing. Today, Jenson Button managed only two laps.

Full times below...

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03/01/15
f1

Arrivabene willing to 'provoke' Ecclestone
Maurizio Arrivabene
Maurizio Arrivabene
(GMM) Maurizio Arrivabene is quickly climbing the ladder as arguably one of the most popular team bosses in formula one.

A former Philip Morris executive, and bearing a striking resemblance to the 'Marlboro man', the 57-year-old Italian emerged from the chaos of last year's Ferrari to put the fabled team firmly back on track.

And he is quickly endearing himself to the sport. 

He put on an entertaining display recently during a press conference with international media, and at the final Barcelona test this weekend has given Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel's fans an unique insight.

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03/01/15
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Vettel says Ferrari massively better than Red Bull
Sebastian Vettel seems quite happy with the 2015 Ferrari.

Sebastian Vettel has described the Ferrari SF15-T as a "massive step" forward compared to the car he drove last year, which happened to be the only car other than a Mercedes to win a race.

The former-Red Bull driver knows it's early days, but he chose to compare his current car to last year’s Red Bull which was good enough to finish second the in the championship.

"I think it's a step forward," he said of the SF15-T. "I didn't drive last year's Ferrari but I think compared to the car I had last year it's a massive step."

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03/01/15
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Ruman grabs pole for Foametix 100 at Sebring
SEBRING, Fla. – After the dust settled on qualifying for the FOAMETIX Trans Am 100 at Sebring International, it was Amy Ruman who secured pole position at the front of tomorrow's 73-car Trans Am grid and the 21-car TA class field. Joining Ruman atop their respective classes are Cameron Lawrence in TA2, Lee Saunders in TA3 International, and Ernie Francis, Jr., in TA3 American Muscle. 

"We're excited to start the season off on pole," said Ruman. "The guys have been working hard all year getting the car ready, and the McNichols 23 was fast today! I'm really excited to be on pole. My dad (Bob Ruman) and the guys made the car easy for me to drive today, and luckily the weather cooperated and gave us a dry session. We've got a huge field and a great showing in our class; I think the race is going to be very interesting and very busy—but my goal is to stay out front and finish out front."

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03/01/15
v8

Coopers and V8 series renew partnership
Australia’s only home-grown brewer Coopers has extended their partnership with V8 Supercars for a further five years, until 2021.

The Adelaide-based, family owned company has been the exclusive Beer and Cider supplier for the V8 Supercars Championship for the past four years with the extension taking them to nine years as a Series partner.

Coopers will provide all beer and cider products at V8 Supercars events, some of Australia’s largest entertainment platforms, enjoying significant at-track presence and increased integration with broadcast and digital spaces.

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03/01/15
IRL

Carpenter doubles size of team
Ed Carpenter
Double the pleasure, double the fun?

That's the plan, according to Ed Carpenter.

The only owner-driver on the IndyCar circuit, Carpenter merged his team with that of Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing and driver Josef Newgarden, giving them a two-car outfit as they ready for the 2015 season. 

In Detroit earlier this week, Carpenter figures with the new aero kit package being introduced to the series this season, adding another car was almost essential in order to facilitate a quicker learning curve.

"That's a big change and anytime there's a big change like that and not much track time for testing to learn about the kits, it's advantageous to have more cars," Carpenter said. "I think that will be a big help right out of the gate that neither of us would have had if we hadn't come together.

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03/01/15
v8

Courtney king of Adelaide with back to back Clipsal 500 wins
James Courtney is the king of Adelaide for the second year running, setting the early benchmark in the V8 Supercars Championship and taking the points lead.

The Holden Racing Team gun backed up his win on the streets of Adelaide this time last year in a fight to the flag ahead of Shane Van Gisbergen and HRT team-mate Garth Tander.

Courtney was intent on letting six-time Champion Jamie Whincup know that he was in his sights and he delivered. Whincup was there and thereabouts all day but didn't have the final push to challenge his rival Holdens in the late stages.

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03/01/15
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Sunday
  • The Mercedes is on another planet says Ricciardo. Mercedes to save German GP so they can show off their superiority
    Mercedes to 'help' save German GP - Wolff
  • Teams warn Ecclestone of 'cash flow crisis'
  • McLaren expecting Alonso health news 'soon'
  • McLaren expecting to struggle for 'a few races'
  • Mercedes in 'another dimension' - Ricciardo


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02/28/15
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After Further Review, Kennedy on Atlanta Pole UPDATE #2 NASCAR has revised the starting lineup for today's Camping World Truck Series race, awarding the pole position to Ben Kennedy.

After a bizarre final round session in Saturday morning's qualifying session, Brad Keselowski was originally awarded the pole with Kennedy starting second.

After reviewing Timing and Scoring, NASCAR determined Keselowski did not complete his lap before the five-minute session expired, nullifying his time. The starting lineup reverted back to the finishing order of the previous round of qualifying, which put Kennedy out in front and Keselowski back in tenth.

02/28/15

02/28/15 Brad Keselowski won the pole for Friday's Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway for his second-career Truck Series pole.

Keselowski topped Ben Kennedy a bizarre qualifying session where each of the 12 qualifiers in the final round waited on pit road until the last minute of the five minute session.

By the time the field came around to the start/finish line, only Keselowski was able to make it to the line before the session expired, clocking in with a time of 31.314 seconds (177.045).

Kennedy was second, followed by Erik Jones, Cameron Haley and Daniel Suarez.

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02/28/15
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Michael Annett Replaces Brian Scott at Atlanta
Annett in Scott's car
Michael Annett will replace Brian Scott as driver of the no. 33 Circle Sport Chevrolet after Annett failed to qualify in the no. 46 entry for the HScott Motorsports team.

Annett, who is scheduled to run a full season with sponsorship from Pilot Flying J, practiced the no. 33 on Saturday afternoon as the team worked to re-decal the car.

Scott qualified 32nd but is only running a partial schedule in the Sprint Cup Series while he runs full-time in the Xfinity Series.

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02/28/15
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Harvick's Chevy blows up in Atlanta
Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick experienced an engine failure during the final practice session

ON WHAT HAPPENED DURING THE PRACTICE SESSION:
"Mainly the Hendrick engine guys just wanting to know what I felt.  This is a very rare occasion.  This is the first one I have ever had.  The engine shop does a great job.  I am just glad that it happened today.  Our Jimmy John’s/Budweiser team is doing a great job and the car is handling good.  If we were going to have something happen, this is a good place to have it happen because you can pass."

ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT STARTING IN THE BACK TOMORROW? IT’S GOING TO BE A HECK OF A RACE WITH THE NAMES BACK THERE:
"It will just make for a better show."

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02/28/15
f1

Barcelona Day 3: Mercedes ends up on top despite harder tires
Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton topped the times on the next to last day of F1 testing in Barcelona.

Hamilton finished with a soft tire lap faster than Williams and Ferrari achieved on super-softs.

Hamilton lap of 1m23.022s was more than two-tenths faster than the super-soft runs of Williams and Ferrari, but slower than Nico Rosberg's 1m22.792s from Friday.

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02/28/15
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Joey Logano on Xfinity Pole at Atlanta
One day after collecting his first-career Atlanta Motor Speedway Sprint Cup pole, Joey Logano doubled up with his first ever Atlanta pole in the Xfinity Series.

Logano turned a lap of 30.104 (184.162 mph) in the no. 22 Ford Mustang, topping Brian Scott and Regan Smith for his 27th Xfinity Series pole. Kyle Larson and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top five.

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02/28/15
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Stolen Sprint Cup Car Found UPDATE Travis Kvapil's stolen Sprint Cup car has been found abandoned in a wooded area in Northeast Atlanta.

Team XTREME posted a picture on their Twitter page showing the car sitting on the ride of a rural road in Loganville, Ga., about 40 miles from the hotel parking lot where the hauler carrying the car was stolen early Friday morning.

"So Happy to have 'old faithful' back. Favorite race car," the team wrote on Twitter.

According to the Gwinnett County Police, they received a call at 2:30 Saturday morning about a "suspicious vehicle" and arrived to find the NO. 44 Chevrolet SS abandoned on the side of the road. The car appears to be undamaged, but the car hauler and the pickup truck that was pulling it were not recovered.

Police have obtained surveillance video of the actual theft, but have yet to identify any suspects.

02/27/15 Team Xtreme Racing confirmed early Friday morning a team's trailer and the No. 44 Chevrolet that was supposed to be raced in this weekend's Sprint Cup event at Atlanta Motor Speedway was stolen from a Georgia hotel overnight.

The incident forced the team to withdraw from the race.

The team's main hauler was at Atlanta Motor Speedway Friday morning, but the car and trailer were still missing. Due to Wednesday's winter weather, the team sent its main hauler to Atlanta, but the team was not finished preparing the car at the shop, according to the team's hauler driver. Once work on the primary car was completed, it was sent to Atlanta in a trailer pulled by a dually truck.

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02/28/15
f1

Barcelona Day 3: Massa uses Mercedes power to lead morning times
Felipe Massa set the pace for Williams in F1 testing Saturday morning in Barcelona, edging out Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen by 0.014s on super-soft Pirellis.

Using super-softs his lap of 1m23.262s on a three-lap run, was half-a-second slower than Nico Rosberg's Friday Mercedes time, which was set on the softs, meaning the Mercedes is easily 2 seconds per lap faster than everyone else.

They say a monkey can win with the Mercedes car, it's that good. It's going to be a very long year for anyone not driving a Mercedes in 2015.

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02/28/15
f1

Manor racing to be ready for Melbourne - Booth
John Booth
(GMM) Team founder John Booth is confident the former Marussia team will make it to Melbourne.

Having fought to secure new investment and convince its creditors to exit administration, the team has secured a place on the 2015 entry list against all odds.

But the race is not won yet.

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02/28/15
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Daytona 500 TV rating (2nd Update) UPDATE #2 Fox finished with a 7.7 final rating and 13.36 million viewers for the Daytona 500 last Sunday, down sharply from '13, which is the last time the race ran without any significant delays. Fox drew 9.3 million viewers for last year's race, which had a record-setting six-hour weather delay and ran up against the Sochi Olympics. The race in '13 drew 16.7 million viewers for Jimmie Johnson’s win, which also saw Danica Patrick start on the pole.

This year's race did set a record for any NASCAR race streamed on the Fox Sports Go app. Meanwhile, FS1 drew 2.94 million viewers for the season-opening NASCAR Xfinity Series race from Daytona last Saturday, up from 2.74 million viewers on ESPN last year, when it ran against Sochi. For the 11 days of Speedweeks programming on FS1, the net averaged 293,000 viewers, up 14% from 257,000 last year. Austin Karp/SportsBusinessDaily.com

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02/28/15
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Gordon talks about not being able to qualify in Atlanta
Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon, who was going for his third consecutive pole [Homestead, Daytona], did not participate in Round 1 Qualifying session due to the inspection mess at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Gordon was among the 13 drivers who did not get a chance to post qualifying times Friday after their cars didn't get through inspection in time to make a qualifying attempt.

Q) HAVE YOU EVER BEEN AT THE RACE TRACK AND NOT BE ABLE TO QUALIFY?
Gordon: "First time ever. There's a first time for everything, I guess. This is absolutely embarrassing. I just feel so bad for my guys and for 3M. To not even get a chance to go out on the race track is ridiculous. I know the fans deserve an apology. I don't know how many cars there must be back here (the garage) that never even got a chance to go on the track. I know we went through twice. When you have this many.....

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02/28/15
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Kenseth discusses not being able to qualify in Atlanta
Matt Kenseth
Matt Kenseth
Matt Kenseth did not participate in Round 1 Qualifying session due to the inspection mess at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Kenseth was among the 13 drivers who did not get a chance to post qualifying times Friday after their cars didn't get through inspection in time to make a qualifying attempt, a few comments by Kenseth

What caused the issues with tech inspection?
Kenseth: "Yeah, I don't know. Obviously, they weren't organized enough to get everybody through tech it appears, so I don't know. We've got all the people up there to watch qualifying and they don't really get top watch everybody qualify, so it's kind of confusing and disappointing for sure."

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02/28/15
track news

Jeff Gordon pushing forward on Canada track
Canadian Motorsports park
Canadian Motorsports park in Fort Erie
Representatives from Jeff Gordon say they remain committed towards the development of the $400 million Canadian Motor Speedway in Fort Erie. Pending approvals from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and Province of Ontario, officials expect to file this spring for the necessary permits to resume construction for the massive track complex along Bowen Road and just off of the Queen Elizabeth Way. The track, whose centerpiece is a Gordon-designed signature speedway, could see its first race take place by 2017.

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02/28/15
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NASCAR tracks continue removing seats amid declining ticket sales
Dover Crowd has dwindled considerably
Dover Crowd has dwindled considerably
Track officials are calling it a renovation, but fans and drivers say it's more a lesson in supply and demand. Charlotte Motor Speedway is the latest NASCAR track to remove seats, which has caused questions about the direction of the sport.

NASCAR experienced a boom in the late 1990s that carried the sport into the new millennium.

"I think we lived high on the horse there for a while. Everything was going good and growing and growing," said NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Fans were filling the stands, causing race tracks to add more seats. Charlotte added 26,000 seats in 1997 and another 11,000 seats in 1998.

"What the tracks did is what we all get caught in to – the demand was there so they keep trying to fill, fill, fill. Finally, they over-filled," said NASCAR hall of famer Richard Petty.

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02/28/15
f1

Sauber happy to be 1.3s off Mercedes
Felipe Nasr
Felipe Nasr says Sauber will be happy if it gets to the first race of the season and is 1.3s slower than Mercedes.

Nico Rosberg set the pace on the second day of the final pre-season test in Barcelona, going comfortably clear of the rest of the field on soft tires. Nasr completed a race simulation on Friday but also managed to put in a soft tire lap that was 1.3s off Rosberg's time and he says Sauber will be happy if the gap is the same come Melbourne.

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02/28/15
v8

Coulthard channels Kiwi Victory in Adelaide
Fabian Coulthard
Proud Kiwi Fabian Coulthard admitted to an in-car fist pump when New Zealand hit the winning runs in his hometown before channeling the victory for his sixth V8 Supercar victory.

Coulthard revealed some of his Kiwi ‘bros’ were keeping him up to date with the thriller in Auckland while he chased six-time V8 Supercars Champion Jamie Whincup at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide.

Within moments of Kane Williamson hitting the winning runs at Eden Park, Coulthard pounced on then leader Whincup, who suffered a flat tire he claimed as the result of on-track debris.

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02/28/15
f1

'Manor Marussia' on 2015 entry list
(GMM)  As predicted earlier, the FIA on Friday published the official 2015 entry list that includes a place on the grid for the revived 'Manor Marussia' team.

Although the backmarker's Russian investor is long departed, it is believed the team has had to keep 'Marussia' in its name in order to qualify for its 2014 prize money.

And the FIA said Manor's entry is also subject to the car's "full compliance with the 2015 technical regulations", after its bid to field last year's car was recently blocked by Force India.

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02/28/15
f1

Vettel hails 'awesome' pace from new Mercedes
This will be the scene in 2015 - Mercedes so far out in front the minnow teams won't even be in sight
(GMM)  After a winter of apparent 'sandbagging', Mercedes finally let the cat out of the bag on Friday.

Team boss Toto Wolff, however, denies that the ultra-dominant reigning 2014 champions have been hiding the potential of the new W06 car until now.

"Our program was planned from the beginning," he said.

"Other may have done it a bit differently to us.  We estimate that we should still be ahead" in 2015, Wolff acknowledged.

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