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03/04/18
v8

V8 Supercars Race To Continue To Be Known As Adelaide 500
The V8 Supercars draw big crowds in Adelaide
The V8 Supercars draw big crowds in Adelaide
Adelaide will "carry the name of Australia’s premier street-race into the future" as the state government declared it is awaiting "an offer we can’t refuse" on naming rights sponsorship of the V8 Supercars race, according to Kemp & Gailberger of THE ADVERTISER. 

Bumper crowds, "a double Holden win," and the capital city’s name being broadcast to 130 countries for the first time after the "death of the Clipsal 500 last year" have made the Supercars 20th anniversary a "runaway success."

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03/04/18
ta

Ernie Francis, Jr. wins Opening Trans Am Races at Sebring
Ernie Francis Jr.
Ernie Francis Jr.
Ernie Francis, Jr., and Marc Miller captured the first Trans Am victories of 2018 today at Sebring International Raceway as the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli held two 100.98 mile, 27 lap races for its opening round.  Also capturing class wins were Mark Boden and Andrew Aquilante, in TA3 and TA4, respectively.

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03/04/18
irl

Rossi Ready To Race To Next Level In 2018 Indycar Season
Alexander Rossi
Alexander Rossi
Alexander Rossi has firmly placed himself as one to watch this upcoming season in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

Momentum is everything in racing and few are rolling into 2018 with more than the 26-year-old Californian, who finished sixth or better in six of the final seven races last year, including a win at Watkins Glen and three podiums.

For that very reason, there’s not just hope. Now, there are expectations.

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03/04/18
automotive

Jaguar reveals its 'Tesla fighter'
Jaguar i-Pace
Jaguar i-Pace

Tesla's had the luxury electric car segment all to itself since it introduced its original Roadster in 2008.

Now, years later, serious competition is swarming in.

On Thursday, Jaguar officially unveiled the I-Pace, an all-electric luxury crossover that goes up against the Tesla Model X sport utility vehicle and could lure other buyers who might otherwise be considering a Model S high-end sedan or the somewhat lower-priced Model 3.

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03/04/18
f1

On Board with David Coulthard for a flying lap at Paul Ricard
F1 returns to Paul Ricard this year. Join David Coulthard for a flying lap around Paul Ricard circuit in the south of France in a Red Bull F1 car.

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03/04/18
f4

Billy Monger On His Return To Racing, Lewis Hamilton & More
Billy Monger
Billy Monger
2017 was a life-changing year for teenager Billy Monger, who suffered serious injuries after a crash at Donington Park in British F4. Not one to be deterred, the young Briton has since earned fame and respect for his positive outlook and fighting spirit.

Speaking at Autosport International, Billy sat down with Mobil 1 The Grid to discuss the prospect of a return to racing, and his new found friendship with F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton.

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03/04/18
f1

Flat Out in Finland! Ice Racing with Valtteri Bottas
How do fast Finns fulfill their need for speed during the off-season? Formula One race winner Valtteri Bottas and rising Rallycross star Niclas Gronholm - son of rally legend Marcus Gronholm - show us how it's done...

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03/04/18
nasmon

Richard Petty Motorsports Pit Crew Member Injured at Las Vegas
Bubba Wallace car
Bubba Wallace car
Josh Frankos, the front tire changer of the No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr, suffered a hand injury Sunday morning while preparing for the Pennzoil 400 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Frankos was transported to a local medical center. 

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03/04/18
fe

Video: Mexico City E-Prix highlights
Highlights from another unpredictable race in Mexico City!

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03/04/18
pwc

40 Entries for St. Pete in GT, GTS Sprint Openers
Mancinelli at St. Pete in 2017
Mancinelli's Ferrari 488 at St. Pete in 2017
A total of 40 entries across the GT and GTS classes are set for next weekend’s Pirelli World Challenge season-opener on the streets of St. Pete.

It features a 12-car grid between GT and GTA class competitors and 28 GT4-spec cars set to do battle in GTS, including a sizable 18-car field of GTSA entries.

ENTRY LIST: St. Pete



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03/04/18
f1

F1 drivers say Halo is OK
Drivers say your mind quickly adapts to the loss of visibility from the Halo
Drivers say your mind quickly adapts to the loss of visibility from the Halo
With relatively stable year-on-year regulations the most striking aesthetic change is the introduction of the halo. Following over two years of testing, during which other concepts were rejected, the system – strong enough to withstand the weight of a double decker bus – will feature on all 20 Formula 1 cars this season.

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03/04/18
irl

Rene Binder ready for IndyCar debut
Rene Binder
Rene Binder will do between 4 and 6 IndyCar races for Juncos
Rene Binder spent a whirlwind two days in Florida this week in his first official capacities as a Juncos Racing driver in the Verizon IndyCar Series. As a result, the 26-year-old Austrian has a much better feel on the car he’ll drive in the season opener eight days from now and has at least seen the track where he’ll make his series debut.

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03/04/18
v8

Van Gisbergen makes it four in a row in Adelaide
Shane Van Gisbergen
Shane Van Gisbergen
Shane Van Gisbergen emulated two of the country’s greatest racers with a fourth consecutive win on the spectacular Adelaide circuit to stamp an early mark on the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

The new King of the Adelaide circuit did only what his seven-time Champion team-mate Jamie Whincup managed in 2008-2009 and all-time great Marcos Ambrose (2004-2005) with four back-to-back race wins, repeating his twin victories of last year.

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03/03/18
automotive

Rome plans to ban diesel cars by 2024
The sooner the world rids itself from dirty diesel the better
The sooner the world rids itself from dirty diesel the better. Elon Musk is proven electric trucks are superior to diesel. Nothing beats the torque of an electric motor.
Joining a number of major European cities that have resolved to phase out diesel cars from their municipal borders, the city government of Rome announced earlier this week to ban diesel cars from the center of the city by 2024.

Plans by the city government to exclude diesel-engine cars from the city center are among the most ambitious yet among European capitals; Rome would join Paris, which announced plans to ban diesel- and gas-engined cars by 2025, and all of the U.K., which aims to do the same on a nationwide level by 2040.

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03/03/18
nascar

Former NASCAR Truck Series Driver Charged With Sex Crime
Rick Crawford

Former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Rick Crawford was arrested on Thursday in Seminole County, Fla. on charges of "attempted enticement of a minor."

Crawford, 59, is currently being held without bond pending his next court appearance on March 8.

According to court records obtained by KickinTheTires.net, Crawford was caught in a sting operation where he was found to be corresponding via text messages with a man offering sex for money with his 12-year-old daughter. The man was actually an undercover officer working on a sting operation involving the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI.

Court records show that after initially responding to an internet posting, Crawford then began a text conversation with the officer offering money in exchange for sex with the man's "daughter". Crawford was then subsequently arrested when he showed up at a pre-arranged spot to have sex with the child. 

Crawford began his NASCAR career in he truck series in 1997, and made 336 starts over the next 15 season, tallying five wins. His last truck series start was at Talladega in October of 2012.    

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03/03/18
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nasx

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern
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


Legend: L = live



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03/03/18
automotive

Ford's self-driving cars roll into Miami
Ford Autonomous car in Miami
Ford Autonomous car in Miami
Ford is kicking off a pilot in Miami exploring how self-driving vehicles can ease the city's notorious traffic problems

Ford hasn't been making the bold strides of some competitors when it comes to autonomous vehicles, with plenty of testing already underway from various companies, including public trials from Nissan, Uber, Google's Waymo and Tesla's progress with its Autopilot software. The automotive giant is now looking to make some serious headway in Miami, where it is kicking off a pilot exploring how self-driving vehicles can ease the city's notorious traffic problems.

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03/03/18
motogp

Zarco tops wet Day 3 of Qatar test
Zarco tops Day 3 in Qatar
Zarco tops Day 3 in Qatar
With a masterful lap of 1:54.029 Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider Johann Zarco dominated the MotoGP field on the last day of testing before the start of the 2018 season. The remarkable Frenchman took over the top spot with two hours to go, before he carried out a race simulation in order to be perfectly prepared for the first race, which takes place in two weeks' time under the floodlights of the Losail International Circuit.

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03/03/18
V8

Van Gisbergen's dominance in Adelaide marks spectacular Supercars season return
Van Gisbergen
Van Gisbergen

Kiwi Shane van Gisbergen has started 2018 as he did 2017, with victory on the streets of Adelaide in the opening race of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

It was the Red Bull Holden Racing Team driver’s third consecutive win at the Adelaide 500, after taking out both races last year.

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03/03/18
automotive

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to phase out diesel in passenger cars by 2022
4 more years of FCR diesel pollution
4 more years of FCR diesel pollution

Fiat Chrysler plans to phase out diesel engines from its passenger cars due to decreased demand and an uncertain regulatory future, the Financial Times reports. The automaker, which is composed of the Alfa Romeo, Fiat,Chrysler, Ram, Jeep, Maserati and Dodge brands, will enact the phase-out in accordance with a four-year plan which will be made public later this spring, the paper reports.

Such a plan is not expected to affect trucks and SUVs offered in the U.S.; the reported shift is instead aimed at passenger cars sold in Europe, which include a number of Fiat and Alfa Romeo models. This means that some U.S. models, such as the Ram 1500 and the new Jeep Wrangler, will continue to offer diesel powerplants in the near future.

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03/03/18
irl

Video: In-depth look at IndyCar windscreen
Jon Beekhuis, our own Professor B, breaks down the history and details of the windscreen prototype that was recently tested at ISM Raceway near Phoenix by four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon.

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03/03/18
f1

Sky TV forced to slash cost of its F1 package
F1 puts it to Pay-TV channels
F1 puts it to Pay-TV channels
Sky has slashed the price of its Formula 1 package in the UK following the announcement of Formula 1's own F1 TV Pro, a new streaming service from Liberty Media, which is set to launch this year.

F1 TV Pro will show all practice sessions, qualifying and races live through a dedicated service in a select number of countries – that list doesn't include the UK due to the existing broadcast deal in place with Sky, which will have exclusive rights from 2019 to 2024.

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03/03/18
fe

Formula E to use full Monaco Grand Prix circuit
Monaco podium in 2017
Monaco podium in 2017

As part of Formula E's season five calendar, the all-electric single seater series will make use of the full Monaco Grand Prix circuit in 2019.

The biennial Monaco ePrix made its debut on the Formula E calendar as part of the series' opening season of competition, returning last season while it will once again return next year, alternating with the Historic Grand Prix in agreement with local laws that allow two motorsport events in the principality per year. 

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03/02/18
imsa

12 Hours of Sebring Broadcast Schedule
The race isn't for another two weeks, but IMSA has finally published the 12 Hours of Sebring TV schedule.


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03/02/18
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nasx

NASCAR Las Vegas Cup & Xfinity pre-race Q&A
Kyle Larson
Kyle Larson
Ryan Blaney (No. 12 Menards / Pennzoil Ford), Kyle Larson (No. 42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet), Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Ford), Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford), Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Caramel Toyota); NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers:Christopher Bell (No. 20 Rheem-Smurfit Kappa Toyota), Spencer Gallagher (No. 23 Allegiant Chevrolet), Daniel Hemric (No. 21 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet).

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03/02/18
f1

F1 confirms territories in which TV Pro will be available
Proposed F1 online broadcast
Proposed F1 online broadcast
Formula 1 has confirmed the territories in which its new subscription service will be available this year.

The service was officially announced on Tuesday, and on Wednesday a full list of territories in which F1 TV Pro will be available was released.

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03/02/18
irl

Thunder Thursday at The Pike Outlets Set for April 12 Ahead of Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Scene from last year's event
Scene from last year's event
Thunder Thursday at The Pike Outlets, the free-to-the-public festival that annually kicks off the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach race weekend, will take place on Thursday, April 12, and have plenty of fun for the entire family.

Presented by the Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, Thunder Thursday’s activities begin at 6:30 p.m., with Verizon IndyCar Series pit stop competitions on Shoreline Drive, west of Pine Ave., taking place at 6:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Tony Carbajal’s stunt motorcycles will wow the crowd at 7:05 p.m. and 8:05 p.m. and the always-exciting freestyle motocross demonstrations will take over Shoreline Drive at 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Spectator viewing for these events will be located in and around the three grandstands adjacent to The Pike Outlets at Pine Ave. and Shoreline Drive.

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03/02/18
motogp

Iannone Tops Day 2 of Qatar MotoGP test
Pedrosa testing at a deserted track
Pedrosa testing at a deserted track
The second day of testing in Qatar was marked by temperatures slightly cooler than yesterday (22° C air / 20° C track at the end of the session) with a few drops of rain falling on the Losail circuit around midday. Most riders went out on track around 4 pm.

Marquez, was a victim of the Losail circuit’s tricky turn 2, where he suffered a tumble at around 8 pm, but set the third fastest time of 1’54.753” on lap 58 of 59, just 0.167” down on today’s pace setter, Andrea Iannone.

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03/02/18
nasmon

NRA To Still Be Part Of Official Name At Bristol NASCAR Race (Update)
Delta Airline officials
Delta Airline officials

UPDATE The airline said only 13 passengers ever bought tickets with an NRA discount. They cancelled the discount and lost a $40M tax break. That translates into each discount costing the airline about $3 million in tax breaks.

03/01/18 While Delta Airlines lost tens of millions of dollars in tax breaks from the state of Georgia because they dropped their NRA discount, the NRA will "continue to be a part of the official name" of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway in August, despite many other corporations having "moved to distance themselves from the NRA," according to Nick Bromberg of YAHOO SPORTS.

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03/02/18
f1

Pirelli reveals teams, dates for 2019 tire testing
Pirelli has finalized its F1 tire testing program for the coming season, with all 10 teams contributing to the development of its 2019 slicks.

Full testing schedule

DateTireTrackTeams
April 17-18SlickShanghai*Force India
April 19-20WetFioranoFerrari
May 15-16SlickBarcelonaMcLaren, Haas
May 30-31WetPaul RicardMercedes
June 14-15SlickVallelungaToro Rosso
July 10-11SlickSilverstoneRed Bull, Williams
September 5-6WetPaul RicardMcLaren
September 20-21SlickPaul RicardMercedes, Ferrari
October 9-10SlickSuzukaRenault
October 30SlickMexico CitySauber

* To be confirmed

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03/02/18
nasmon

BodyArmor Reaches Deal To Sponsor Ryan Blaney's No. 12 Car
Team Penske announced today that BODYARMOR Sports Drink will be featured as the primary sponsor on the No. 12 Ford Fusion driven by Ryan Blaney for the NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, July 7. This marks the first-ever race team partnership for BODYARMOR, which began working with Blaney last season.

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03/02/18
nasmon

BK racing bankruptcy provides insight into NASCAR team finances (Update)
UPDATE As BK Racing works to reorganize under Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the Internal Revenue Service submitted paperwork claiming it is owed more than $2.53 million from the team. It claims BK Racing has not paid nearly $1.54 million in taxes, mostly payroll taxes, and owes $829K in penalties and $172K in interest. The IRS also has an unsecured claim for an additional $348K from recent tax periods. The taxes are not from profits – according to an attorney representing Union Bank & Trust at a hearing last week, the team lost approximately $28.5 million from 2014-2016.

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03/02/18
track news

Pocono Raceway to upgrade camping locations with power and water
Pocono Raceway
Pocono Raceway
Pocono Raceway is currently in the process of updating their Trackside RV Camping area and adding a new 50-Amp Camp location. These will be the first RV camping locations to include electricity, water, a larger camping area, complimentary daily ice services and complimentary sewage service. A limited quantity of these camping tickets are available for purchase for the 2018 Pocono 400, Gander Outdoors 400 and ABC Supply 500 race weekends.

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03/02/18
automotive

Video: Porsche's new 911 GT3 RS
Porsche revs into its anniversary year with the premiere of the most powerful road-approved high-performance sports car featuring a naturally aspirated engine. At the 88th International Geneva Motor Show (March 6-18, 2018), the Stuttgart sports car manufacturer unveils the new 911 GT3 RS on Tuesday, 6 March, at 9:20 a.m. (CET).

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03/02/18
ta

Trans Am to Open 2018 at Sebring
Francis at Sebring last year
Francis at Sebring last year
For the fifth consecutive year the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli will begin the racing season at Sebring International Raceway.  The 2018 championship will commence this weekend, March 3-4, with 63 competitors participating across its four classes.   The annual pilgrimage south is more than a modern-day tradition, the event stands as a return to Trans Am’s very birthplace where its inaugural event was held in 1966, a fitting way to begin each season anew. 

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03/02/18
dtm
f1
irl
nasmon

Berger: Racing isn't a sport anymore, its an engineering exercise
Berger believes that a balance needs to be found between what the manufacturers want to accomplish and what creates an enjoyable spectacle on the track
Berger believes that a balance needs to be found between what the manufacturers want to accomplish and what creates an enjoyable spectacle on the track

Gerhard Berger thinks racing as a whole needs to re-evaluate where they draw the line between motorsport as entertainment and an exercise in engineering. Where have you heard that before? AR1.com has said for years that F1 is no longer a sport, but an engineering exercise.  Ditto for DTM, WEC, Formula E and any other series where engineers win races, not drivers.

"Everywhere in Motorsport you find the same problem," warned the Austrian speaking to Speedweek. "It depends on the series but they all have their problems. Motorsport as a whole is sick and needs urgent treatment partly because it disregards the fans and because the cost/benefit ratio is often not right."

In order to execute this vision of a better spectacle, the DTM series he runs has a adopted a number of measures to reduce aerodynamic efficiency by 30% in 2018. The idea is aimed at preserving the touring car DNA of the championship.

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03/02/18
btcc

WSC Technology launches E TCR a new concept for Touring Car racing
SEAT release first image of world’s first fully electric touring car
SEAT release first image of world’s first fully electric touring car
WSC Technology Ltd., a subsidiary of WSC Ltd. the body behind TCR, has launched E TCR – a new concept of Touring Car racing vehicles solely powered by electric motors.

The Cupra E-Racer that will be exhibited at the Geneva International Motorshow is the first electric vehicle for Touring Car racing built in total compliance with the E TCR Technical Regulations.

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03/02/18
v8

Whincup starts title defense with qualifying crash in Adelaide
Whincup's car comes back on the flatbed
Whincup's car comes back on the flatbed

The 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship has started in spectacular fashion with defending champion Jamie Whincup crashing out of qualifying at the Adelaide 500 today.

Whincup's teammate Shane van Gisbergen's run of strong results in Adelaide continued when he recorded the quickest time in qualifying, while Whincup's crew has some major repair work ahead of them this evening to get his car ready for the opening race of the year tomorrow.

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03/02/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • Wolff predicts a 3-way fight. He is being kind. The way Hamilton buried everyone this week on harder tires than everyone else tells us the Mercedes will be unbeatable
    Wolff predicts a 3-way fight.
    Wolff predicts three-way fight in 2018
  • Magnussen to push even harder in 2018
  • Mercedes, Ferrari 'spectacular' in 2018 - Sainz
  • Renault pushes FIA to enforce oil burn rules
  • 'No excuses' for Bottas in 2018 - Wolff
  • F1 Eyeing 5 Million Potential Subscribers For OTT Service
  • Garage Italia partners with the Alfa Romeo Sauber

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