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03/01/18
f1

F1 owner reports 4th quarter results
Liberty F1 boss Chase Carey
Liberty F1 boss Chase Carey
Liberty Media Corporation today reported fourth quarter and year end 2017 results. F1 Highlights include:

Attributed to Formula One Group

  • Repaid $400 million of first lien term loan and reduced margin on remaining balance from 3.00% to 2.50% in January 2018
  • 2017 season audience figures increased across TV and digital platforms; Formula 1 (“F1”) was fastest growing sports brand on social media platforms
    • Announced several broadcast agreements, including RTL agreement in Germany, Movistar in Spain, Fox Sports in Latin America and Sky Italia in Italy
    • 2018 F1 season kicks off March 25th in Melbourne; 21 Grands Prix in 2018 season

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03/01/18
f1

Hamilton tops final test day in Barcelona
Lewis Hamilton in the unbeatable Aldo Costa designed Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton in the unbeatable Aldo Costa designed Mercedes

It's getting clearer by the day that Aldo Costa has designed yet another unbeatable Mercedes F1 car.  On Thursday afternoon, after the track finally dried, Lewis Hamilton but the Mercedes atop the time charts by a wide margin, using, get this, a tire 4 levels harder than the 2nd quick driver, Stoffel Vandoorne, in the McLaren.

McLaren has continued to mask their lack of pace by setting fast times on tires much softer than everyone else.

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03/01/18
irl

Boss Laser Enters Technical Partnership With Andretti Autosport
Marco Andretti
Marco Andretti
Boss Laser has partnered with Andretti Autosport, becoming the “Official Laser Cutting, Engraving and Marking Provider” of the back-to-back Indianapolis 500-winning race team.

Boss Laser, located north of Orlando, FL, has been building precise and reliable laser systems since 2012, offering hobbyists, businesses, educational institutions and government agencies quality laser cutting and engraving systems, and has supplied Andretti Autosport with a FM-50 Desktop Laser Engraver equipped with a 50-watt fiber laser power source.

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03/01/18
track news

Richmond Raceway Extends With Federated Auto Parts
Richmond
Richmond
Dan Currier
Richmond Raceway this morning will announce that Federated Auto Parts has extended its deal for an additional four years through '22 according to Adam Stern with Sports Business Daily.

The ISC-owned track announced last September that Federated had renewed for this year's fall Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, but the sides later tacked on another four years and are revealing that now.

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03/01/18
f1

Toro Rosso F1 Testing Hospitality Tour
Let Brendon Hartley take you on a tour inside their Testing hospitality... have a look around!

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03/01/18
automotive

Drunk Dude In A Skyjack Has To Be The Funniest Police Stop ever
Most traffic stops that police carry out, we’d imagine, are pretty routine. License and registration and all that. Maybe the driver gets a ticket, maybe not. Maybe he or she gets arrested. But this… this is something else entirely.

Posted some time ago on Facebook is dashcam footage of a cop pulling over a guy riding a skyjack rolling scissor lift down the street. Not exactly a roadworthy vehicle, designed as it is to operate on job sites – not on public highways. But it gets funnier than that. Video by Officer Earl Dribbes Jr.

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03/01/18
f1

Vandoorne fastest on drying Barcelona track
Ericsson caused the only red flag despite the weather
Ericsson caused the only red flag despite the weather
McLaren driver Stoffel Vandoorne set the pace on a wet final morning of the first week of Formula 1 pre-season testing at Barcelona. After Wednesday's running was for the most part cancelled by snow and persistent rain, conditions on Thursday morning were wet but no snow. The track was dryer toward the 1PM lunch break and that is when Vandoorne set his fast time and he did it on much softer tires than anyone else.

The only red flag of the morning was prompted by an off for Ericsson at Turn 2, with the Sauber returning to action shortly after running resumed.

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03/01/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • Ross Brawn to reveal budget caps and more
    Ross Brawn to reveal budget caps and more
    Brawn to reveal Liberty plans in first half of 2018
  • Honda 'perfect' at Toro Rosso so far - Hartley
  • Boullier wants McLaren win in 2018
  • Steiner plays down hopes for Bahrain testing
  • Bottas not planning Hamilton 'mind games'
  • Australian Grand Prix hoping for earlier start

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02/28/18
nasmon

Suspensions Handed Out after Kyle Busch's Pit Miscue
Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch
NASCAR released the weekly penalty report from last weekend’s races at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Wednesday (Feb. 28). The most notable penalties handed down came in the Camping World Truck Series.

Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 4 team had an untimely pit miscue on its final stop on Saturday, which resulted in a penalty.

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02/28/18
track news

Texas Motor Speedway Unveils Host Of New Track Partners
TMS President Eddie Gossage
TMS President Eddie Gossage
Texas Motor Speedway named a host of new partners -- from midway activation sponsors and a re-branded infield restaurant to a new ring company to make rings for race winners.

In-N-Out Burger will get midway activation and signage rights over multiple years, while Austin-based Torchy’s Tacos will refurbish and rebrand a 5,100-square-foot restaurant in TMS’ infield.

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02/28/18
v8

Vodafone signs new three-year naming rights deal with Supercars GC600
Surfers Paradise Podium
Surfers Paradise Podium
Vodafone Australia has signed a new landmark three-year deal with Supercars to continue their naming rights partnership of the iconic Gold Coast 600 and the Championship’s Safety, Medical and Course Cars until 2020.
 
The new deal will ensure Vodafone continues its role as the official Telco partner of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship for the next three years.

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02/28/18
automotive

California green lights driverless car testing
No driver needed in this Chevy
No driver needed in this Chevy
Driverless cars will be tested on California roads for the first time without a human being behind a steering wheel under new rules for the fast-developing technology.

The regulations approved Monday are a major step toward getting autonomous vehicles onto the streets of California.

Until now, driverless cars could only be tested with human backup drivers who could take over in an emergency.

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02/28/18
nasmon
nasx

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern

Friday, March 2LocationTV TimesNet
NASCAR Cup - practiceLas Vegas2:00pm-3:00pm (L)FS1
NASCAR Xfinity -practiceLas Vegas3:00pm-4:00pm (L)
5:00pm-6:00pm (L)
FS1
NASCAR Truck - qualifyingLas Vegas6:00pm-7:00pm (L)FS2
NASCAR Cup - qualifyingLas Vegas7:00pm-8:30pm (L)FS1
NASCAR Truck - raceLas Vegas8:30pm-9:00pm - pre-race (L)
9:00pm-11:00pm - race (L)
FS1
Saturday, March 3LocationTV TimesNet
NASCAR Cup - practiceLas Vegas12:00pm-1:00pm (L)
2:30pm-3:30pm (L)
FS1
NASCAR Xfinity -qualifyingLas Vegas1:00pm-2:00pm (L) FS1
NASCAR Xfinity - raceLas Vegas3:30pm-4:00pm - pre-race (L)
4:00pm-7:00pm - race (L)
FS1
Sunday, March 4LocationTV TimesNet
NASCAR Cup, - raceLas Vegas3:00pm-3:30pm - pre-race (L)
3:30pm-7:00pm - race (L)
FOX

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02/28/18
dtm

DTM 2018: The changes for the new season
Paul di Resta
Paul di Resta
DTM fans may look forward to an even more thrilling and diversified season, this year, as the DTM regulations for 2018 were enhanced according to the credo 'better racing due to lower downforce'. The reduction of aero components mounted on the outer skins and the dropping of mechanical below the body move the driving skills of the drivers even more to the fore.

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02/28/18
irl

Newgarden tops final Sebring test before IndyCar opener
Sebring test pits
Sebring test pits
Mike Hull
16 IndyCar drivers wrapped up two days of testing at Sebring today ahead of the IndyCar season opener in St. Petersburg, FL next weekend.

Carlin, Shank A.J. Foyt Racing, Ed Carpenter Racing and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing test tomorrow.

Sebring Test Times

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02/28/18
irl

Scott Pruett Named Grand Marshal for Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Scott Pruett
Scott Pruett
Hall of Fame driver Scott Pruett will serve as Grand Marshal for the 44th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday, April 15, giving the command “Drivers, start your engines!” before the Verizon IndyCar Series race.

It’s been 36 years since, as a 22-year-old, Pruett won the 1982 Bridgestone Pro/Kart Challenge on the Long Beach city streets. It helped launch a distinguished, versatile racing career that ended with his retirement following the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.

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02/28/18
irl

Karam confirmed for D&R for Indy 500
Karam back with Dreyer & Reinbold
Karam back with Dreyer & Reinbold

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing team owner Dennis Reinbold and driver Sage Karam will make an announcement concerning the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at 11 a.m. ET Thursday at during an INDYCAR media teleconference.

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, which has entered and qualified 36 cars in the Indy 500 dating back to 1999, has run single-car entries in the Indy 500 for the past six years after being a multi-car operation through 2011.

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02/28/18
irl

OGIO To Be Official Travel Gear Provider of RLL Racing's team
OGIO travel gear
OGIO travel gear
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that OGIO, makers of the world’s most uniquely innovative golf bags, backpacks, duffle bags, and travel gear will be the official travel gear provider of the team’s Verizon IndyCar Series program in a multi-year deal. 

"Our race team and crew are constantly on the go and we depend on having innovative travel bags, gear bags and backpacks while we are on the move,” said Tom Knox, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. “OGIO is able to provide RLL with a one-stop solution for our entire race team travel needs and they help us transport the team gear and equipment necessary to win the race with style and functionality.  We are proud to be aligned with the OGIO brand and look forward to having a travel partner on the road."

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02/28/18
f1

Third day of F1 testing in Barcelona a washout
The track was red most of the day
The track was red most of the day

Snow, rain and cold temperatures conspired to keep nearly all teams from logging any substantive laps in the third day of preseason testing Wednesday at Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya. The 4.655-kilometer (2.892-mile), 16-turn track remained wet the entire day, with the runoff areas covered in snow and slush throughout the morning and early afternoon.

Just five drivers braved the elements and ventured onto the track, with only McLaren’s Fernando Alonso logging anything more than reconnaissance laps. The two-time Formula One champion totaled 11 laps, with his best being a 2:18.545.

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02/28/18
f1

Mercedes Created The World's Most Efficient Racing Engine
Mercedes F1 car
Mercedes F1 car
Mercedes has developed the world's most efficient internal combustion engine used in automotive racing. With a test engine developed for Formula 1, Mercedes has exceeded thermal efficiency greater than 50%, a remarkable achievement for the automotive world. 

This achievement is a result of many, many different technological strategies and improvements throughout the power unit. Two of the major strategies will be discussed in this video, which include the MGU-H, as well as pre-chamber ignition allowing for lean burning. Of course an electric car motor runs 90% to 98% efficient - i.e. internal combustion engines are inefficient dinosaurs.

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02/28/18
f1
irl

Chilton thinks F1 could learn from IndyCar
If he was in F1, Bernie Ecclestone would lecture Chilton on how he grew F1 to dwarf IndyCar by making the paddock off-limits. Bernie's argument was that people want what they can't have.
If he was in F1, Bernie Ecclestone would lecture Chilton on how he grew F1 to dwarf IndyCar by making the paddock off-limits. Bernie's argument was that people want what they can't have. Was Bernie right?

After three seasons racing in the USA, British driver Max Chilton has learned to embrace IndyCar's approach to fan experience. The former Formula 1 racer believes that America's more welcoming approach is something that grand prix racing should aim to emulate.

"IndyCar is very open and it's basically access all areas apart from the pit lane", said Chilton speaking to GQ magazine. "Anyone can walk around the paddock, so I think that gives fans real value for money." 

While F1 does have larger attendance figures as a whole, which can in part explain its lack of access, IndyCar is able to offer close access to fans even at its flagship event: the Indy 500. With a reported crowd in excess of 300,000 spectators at the track on raceday, the Indy 500's attendance was only surpassed by three grands prix in 2017: Mexico (337,000), Britain (344,500) and Canada (360,000), albeit that these races took three days to accomplish these numbers.

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02/28/18
nasmon

Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 goes purple for Vegas
Petty #43 goes purple
Petty #43 goes purple
This weekend, the famed Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 will carry new colors for one race. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will be the primary sponsor of the team and driver Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr, boasting the luxury property's signature shade, a jewel-toned purple. The No. 43 Cosmopolitan Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will race in the Pennzoil 400 this Sunday, March 4 at the Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway.

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02/28/18
irl
f1

Andretti turns 78
Mario Andretti, a young 78 today
Mario Andretti, a young 78 today

Happy Birthday to Mario Andretti, he is 78 today:

Career Highlights
'65, '66, '69 '84 IndyCar Champion
'66, '67 & '87 Indy 500 Pole

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02/28/18
f1

Max Power - Red Bull's Max Verstappen Previews The New F1 Season
Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen will be looking to build on his pair of 2017 victories when the new F1 season gets underway.

Ahead of the curtain-raiser, Mobil 1 The Grid spoke to the Dutchman to get his early predictions about the pecking order and his thoughts on the new Halo cockpit protection device.

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02/28/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • The aero details on the new Mercedes are phenonominal
    The aero details on the new Mercedes are phenomenal
    F1 to simplify aero rules for 2019
  • No extra test day in freezing Barcelona
  • Snow delays start of Wednesday running at Barcelona
  • Force India racing ban over now
  • Kubica wants media to move on from 'limitations'
  • Martini not put off by young drivers - Williams
  • Renault imposes May deadline on Red Bull
  • F1 Launches TV Streaming Product That Puts Fans In Control
  • Video: The Renault R.S.18 on track for the first time!

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