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03/07/19
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Latitude Vacation Club enters partnership with HSR for Season Opener
Colton Herta
Colton Herta

Harding Steinbrenner Racing announced that Latitude Vacation Club will serve as primary sponsor of the #88 Honda-powered Indy car for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and primary several races throughout the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season. Latitude Vacation Club is an exclusive travel and lifestyle benefits matrix built for vacationers.

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03/07/19
irl

Dale Coyne Vasser Sullivan Announce Sport Clips Two Year Extension
Sebastien Bourdais
Sebastien Bourdais
On site for the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Vasser-Sullivan co-owner James “Sulli” Sullivan said, “We’re excited to announce that Sport Clips Haircuts has agreed to be a part of our team for the next two NTT IndyCar Series seasons. Sports Clips came back to the series last year after an 11-year hiatus and this extension proves how strong the series is and what a great job the entire team did last year with Sport Clips’ support.”

Sport Clips, the nation’s leading men’s and boys’ hair care provider, ranks in the top 20 of the highly- regarded Entrepreneur Franchise 500® and was recently ranked #1 Best Franchise to Buy by Forbes.

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03/07/19
irl

Patricio O'Ward Joins Carlin For 13 of 17 IndyCar races
O'Ward gets 11 races with Carlin - will work with Fernando Alonso for Indy 500
O'Ward gets 13 races with Carlin - will work with Fernando Alonso for Indy 500

Today, Carlin announced that Patricio O'Ward will be their second entry for the majority of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series. Details of the announcement can be found from the team's official press release below.

Carlin is proud to announce that the 2018 Indy Lights Champion Patricio O’Ward will pilot Carlin’s second entry for 11 events of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season and will also run the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 in a third Carlin entry alongside teammates Max Chilton and Charlie Kimball (11 events includes Detroit doubleheader plus the Indy 500 = 13 of 19 races).

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03/07/19
v8

Andretti team puts Supercar Camaro project on-hold until rules changed
No Camaro until Supercar fixes it's chassis rules
No Camaro until Supercar fixes it's chassis rules
Supercars is actively investigating changes to the control chassis to open the series up to more manufacturers and models for its next set of regulations dubbed ‘Next Generation’reports Speedcafe.

The championship has confirmed a study is well underway regarding the design of the control chassis which could come online as early as 2021.

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03/07/19
f1

Pirelli nominates Spain and Canada tires
2019 Pirelli Tires
2019 Pirelli Tires
Formula 1 tire supplier Pirelli has confirmed the compounds that will be available at Grands Prix in Spain and Canada.

Pirelli has changed the naming system for its compounds this season, ditching the ‘rainbow range’ that has been prominent for several years.

For each Grand Prix it is nominating three compounds from a reduced range of five, numbered C1 to C5, increasing in softness and wear.

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03/07/19
irl

McDonald: Canadian IndyCar fans must pay over $200 to watch the races
McDonald explains how IndyCar was asleep at the wheel
McDonald explains how IndyCar was asleep at the wheel
Let’s cut to the chase.  IndyCar, and IndyCar alone, is responsible for the mess that can laughingly be called a Canadian TV deal writes Canadian Motorsports journalist Norris McDonald.

Yes, Rogers Sportsnet shares some of that blame but when all the dust settles, IndyCar has to carry the can.

Here’s what happened (and I know I’m talking in code but anybody coming to this late will just have to catch up). I pieced this timeline together after talking to multiple sources.

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03/07/19
imsa
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Only 8 IMSA cars make the grade for LeMans
The IMSA DPIs do not qualify to participate in the 24 Hours of LeMans.  IMSA has to be different.
The IMSA DPIs do not qualify to participate in the 24 Hours of LeMans. IMSA has to be different.
The entry list for the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans was released in its entirety on Friday and a number of teams from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – in addition to a wealth of other full-time drivers – will represent IMSA in the prestigious endurance race on June 15-16.

Between LMP1, LMP2, GTE Pro and GTE Am, it’s the GTE Pro category where the majority of the IMSA teams can be found.

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03/07/19
imsa

Twelve Hours of Sebring Entry List Announced
The sun sets on the 2018 Sebring race
The sun sets on the 2018 Sebring race
It’s considered one of the most grueling tests of sports car endurance racing anywhere in the world, and it’s North America’s oldest endurance race.

It’s the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts, which starts just past 10:30 a.m. ET next Saturday, March 16, and it will feature an outstanding field of 38 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship machines ready for a once-around-the-clock battle on the legendary, 3.74-mile Sebring International Raceway circuit.

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03/07/19
f1

Vietnam approves F1 circuit land
88 Hector (217 Acre) Vietnam circuit location approved
88 Hector (217 Acre) Vietnam circuit location approved
Chairman of Ha Noi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung has approved more than 88ha of land in the capital city for the Formula One (F1) race, which is slated to take place in April 2020.

Under the decision on the F1 event, which was issued recently, the planned area will be divided into two main areas.

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03/07/19
irl

McLaren and MindMaze announce 2019 Indianapolis 500 technology partnership
Let's hope Fernando does not have any head impacts
Let's hope Fernando does not have any head impacts
McLaren Racing and MindMaze, a global ‘unicorn’ startup in brain technology, today announced an innovative and strategic partnership for the 2019 Indianapolis 500. The 103rd edition of the iconic race will see McLaren challenge for a fourth victory at the event with Fernando Alonso, who seeks to secure the Triple Crown of motorsport.

The technology partnership will see the companies collaboratively design and develop ‘MindDrive,’ the next generation of safety and performance platforms tailored for motorsport. Using MindMaze’s award-winning brain-sensing technology, the product will be capable of capturing and transmitting key neural signatures from the driver to a track-side medical team in real-time in the event of an incident.

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03/07/19
irl

Over The Top IndyCar TV will see a small number of viewers
In many countries IndyCar TV is only available now as pay-TV streaming. This will result in a plunge in global IndyCar TV viewership
In many countries IndyCar TV is only available now as pay-TV via streaming. This will result in a plunge in global IndyCar TV viewership with a minuscule number of viewers in each of these countries
Canadian pay-television broadcaster Sportsnet has expanded its coverage of the IndyCar motor-racing series to include all races and qualifying sessions on its OTT (Over The Top) streaming platform.

The coverage will be available via SN NOW’s top-tier Plus package from the start of the 2019 season, which begins this weekend in St. Petersburg, Florida.

All races, except for the season opener, will also be available in Canada via the Sportsnet World channel, with the Indianapolis 500 and the Indy Toronto event also set to be broadcast via the Sportsnet 360 and Sportsnet One channels.

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03/07/19
track news

State funding proposed for Rockingham
Rockingham
Rockingham
The future of Rockingham Speedway looks a little bit brighter Thursday.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s recommended budget for 2019 to 2021 has proposed $8 million to Rockingham Properties LLC and The Rock Speedway and Entertainment Complex.

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03/07/19
f2

De Vries ends F2 pre-season testing on top
Nyck de Vries
Nyck de Vries
Nyck de Vries has once again topped the timesheets in the final day of the FIA Formula 2 pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona. The ART Grand Prix driver set a laptime of 1:27.024 in the morning session to head Luca Ghiotto and Louis Deletraz. In the afternoon, Juan Manuel Correa was quickest.

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03/07/19
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Robert Wickens to return to the paddock at St. Petersburg
Robert Wickens
Robert Wickens

Robert Wickens is set to return to the IndyCar paddock for the first time since his massive accident last August at Pocono Raceway that saw his car get up into the lethal catch fencing.

The accident left him paralyzed from the waist down, and Wickens, unable to walk unassisted, has not only not competed in another race, but he has not returned to the IndyCar paddock.

That is set to change this week, as the 29-year-old Canadian is set to return to the paddock for the 2019 season opener, the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, this Sunday, March 10.

Wickens is set to take part in the official IndyCar autograph session at 12:30 p.m. ET on Friday, March 8, and he is set to take part in a meet and greet through Firestone at 10:00 a.m. ET on Sunday, March 10 before the race.

Wickens announced this great news on his Twitter account.

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03/07/19
f1

Racing Point becoming 'normal team' - Green
Otmar Szafnauer
Otmar Szafnauer
(GMM) 2019 will be a transition year for the team formerly known as Force India.

That is the view of team boss Otmar Szafnauer, when asked by Auto Motor und Sport about the future of the new Lawrence Stroll-owned 'Racing Point' outfit.

Force India almost collapsed financially last year prior to the Stroll acquisition, and the re-branded operation then had a particularly quiet winter test season.

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03/07/19
f1

Todt hits out at F1 rule change negativity
Jean Todt says wait to see how they work in actual races
Jean Todt says wait to see how they work in actual races
(GMM) Jean Todt has hit out at the constant negativity in formula one.

The FIA president calls the sport "a world of controversy", and refers as an example to the new aerodynamic rules designed to make overtaking easier.

"I've heard everything, from it's a waste of money to it's a fantastic improvement in overtaking opportunities," he said at the Geneva motor show.

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03/07/19
f1

Alfa Romeo has 'good car' for 2019 - Giovinazzi
Antonio Giovinazzi
Antonio Giovinazzi
(GMM) Antonio Giovinazzi says Alfa Romeo has produced a "good" car for 2019.

Many are even predicting that the former Sauber team, with its ever closer ties to Ferrari, might be ready to become 'best of the rest' this year.

"The tests went well," Giovinazzi, the first Italian on the grid for eight years, said at the Geneva motor show.

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03/07/19
f1

Magnussen expects 'intense' midfield battle
Kevin Magnussen
Kevin Magnussen
(GMM) Kevin Magnussen is expecting an "intense" midfield battle in 2019.

Last year, Haas impressed as it got in the thick of a close midfield scrap with Renault, McLaren, Force India, Sauber and Toro Rosso.

And, based on winter testing, those same protagonists are still closely matched for 2019.

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03/07/19
f1

F1 under pressure over jailing in Bahrain
F1 only cares that they get their money from Bahrain
F1 only cares that they get their money from Bahrain
(GMM) Pressure is once again being applied on the management of formula one by human rights activists.

The activists are concerned about the sport's annual race in Bahrain, where the grand prix was even cancelled amid unrest in 2011.

Human Rights Watch and 16 other groups have sent letters to F1 authorities over the jailing of an activist who protested against the race and the regime on Facebook.

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03/07/19
f1

Sainz Jr. responds to Marko saying McLaren 'at the back'
Carlos Sainz Jr.
Carlos Sainz Jr.
(GMM) Carlos Sainz Jr. has responded to Dr Helmut Marko's claim that McLaren will be "at the back" in 2019.

Red Bull official Marko said last week: "Ferrari is ahead, then it's us in front of Mercedes. And then there is the big midfield, where it will be very tight.

"McLaren and Williams are at the back," he claimed.

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03/07/19
f1

Marko predicts 'three way battle' for drivers' title
Dr Helmut Marko
Dr Helmut Marko
(GMM) Dr Helmut Marko is predicting a "three-way battle" for the 2019 world championship.

Most predictions after winter testing agree that Ferrari is leading Red Bull-Honda and Mercedes as the sport heads to Australia.

That is despite the fact that some observers say the new Red Bull-Honda works collaboration is a "question mark".

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03/07/19
irl

KECO Coatings Renews Its Sponsorship With Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
Hinchcliffe and Ericsson
Hinchcliffe and Ericsson
KECO Coatings announced today that it will continue its longtime associate sponsorship agreement with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for two more years. The sponsorship is one of the longest associations in the NTT IndyCar Series, as the Indianapolis-based provider of coating processes for high-performance industries has sponsored the team’s co-owner, Sam Schmidt, since he began his career as an IndyCar driver in 1997.

Under the renewed agreement, KECO Coatings’ logo will be displayed on the Dallaras of one of the most popular drivers in the series, James Hinchcliffe, as well as series rookie Marcus Ericsson for all of the series’ races in 2019 and 2020.

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03/06/19
irl

Thunder Thursday at The Pike Outlets Set for April 11
Thunder Thursday at The Pike Outlets action, 2018. Credit: Liezl Estipona, City of Long Beach
Thunder Thursday at The Pike Outlets action
Liezl Estipona
Thunder Thursday at The Pike Outlets, the free-to-the-public festival that annually marks the start of the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach race weekend, will take place on Thursday, April 11, and have plenty of fun for the entire family.

Presented by the Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, Thunder Thursday’s activities begin at 6:00 p.m., with NTT 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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03/06/19
irl

Complete IndyCar support races and schedule announced
COTA
COTA
Robby Gordon's Stadium Super Trucks have been added to the COTA event to entertain the crowd.

These high-horsepower off-road trucks can race on virtually any surface and put their versatility to the test during every race. Check out this unique series along with previously announced Global Mazda-5 Cup all during the INDYCAR Classic.

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03/06/19
nasmon

NASCAR 2019 Cup Awards to be hosted in the Music City
NASCAR has announced it will hold its 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series awards in Nashville.

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03/06/19
f1

Video: 2019 vs 2018 Mercedes F1 Car Explained!
It’s not everyday a 2019 Formula One car finds itself parked alongside its predecessor, presenting Mercedes Technical Director James Allison with the perfect opportunity to see just how W10 and W09 compare…

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03/06/19
irl

INDYCAR Championship Ring Presentation at Chip Ganassi Racing
Chip Ganassi thanked the members of his team for helping them chase down yet another championship ring.

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03/06/19
irl

Video: Fernando Alonso's Indy 500 seat fit

Fernando took another step towards motor racing’s ‘Triple Crown’ recently as he visited the McLaren Technology Center for his 2019 IndyCar seat fit.

Watch to see what happened.

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03/06/19
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INDYCAR International Broadcasters for 2019
INDYCAR's exciting 2019 season will be shown worldwide as INDYCAR Media, the in-house global distribution arm of INDYCAR's international media rights, has secured deals for NTT IndyCar Series action to be shown in approximately 100 nations.

The 17-race season begins this weekend with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in Florida. Qualifying will be held Saturday, with the race on Sunday.

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03/06/19
f2

Sergio Sette Camara fastest at Barcelona Wednesday
Sergio Sette Camara
Sergio Sette Camara
Sergio Sette Camara was the quickest man of the second day of FIA Formula 2 pre-testing at Barcelona: the Brazilian set a blazing time of a 1:27.392 in the morning to head the overall session by 2 tenths over Nyck de Vries. Rookie Guanyu Zhou rounded up to the top 3.

The track conditions were cooler than yesterday when the pit lane opened at 9am local time. Jordan King led the rest of the pack as soon as the lights turned green. Still on top form, de Vries set the early pace in a 1:28.922, two tenths quicker than second placed man Luca Ghiotto.

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03/06/19
irl

Andretti Autosport Introduces Expansion Of Commerical Structure
Jim R. Wright (Center)
Jim R. Wright (Center)
Andretti Autosport has today announced a strategic expansion of its commercial staffing as it continues to grow and diversify.  

Drawing upon intellectual property, technical knowledge and experience gained through 13 championship titles, 197 race wins and five Indianapolis 500 victories, Andretti Autosport is embarking upon an expanded commercial structure and strategy to further enhance its offerings to fans, partners and stakeholders.

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03/06/19
irl

IMS Museum honoring Andretti's legendary career with exhibit
Andretti with 1969 Indy 500 winning Brawner Hawk
Andretti with 1969 Indy 500 winning Brawner Hawk
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum will honor 1969 Indianapolis 500 winner Mario Andretti and his illustrious racing career with the exhibit, “Mario Andretti: ICON,” presented by Shell V-Power NiTRO+, opening to the public Wednesday, May 1.

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03/06/19
usf2000

Rubens Barrichello's son makes Road-To-Indy debut
Eduardo Barrichello
Eduardo Barrichello
Eduardo Barrichello is looking to build on the family legacy.

The 17-year-old Brazilian is the son of former Formula One and NTT IndyCar Series driver Rubens Barrichello and is making his highly anticipated debut in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship at this weekend’s season-opening doubleheader during the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

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03/06/19
racing news

Esports: The Game Changer?
With the cost of racing escalating could esports soon become the best way for new drivers to enter motorsports?

Here is a tutorial from a group of racers, who believe esports is fast becoming the preferred training ground for new racers.

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03/06/19
nasmon

Oscar Mayer Bacon Car to Make Sizzling Debut at Phoenix
Can Newman bring home the bacon in Phoenix?
Can Newman bring home the bacon in Phoenix?
If you were to ask Ryan Newman what his favorite food on race day is, he would tell you it’s Oscar Mayer bacon. This weekend at ISM Raceway, his love of bacon will be sizzling on the track and on the side of his No. 6 Oscar Mayer Bacon Ford Mustang.

“We’re excited to continue our promotion of Oscar Mayer’s quality meats this season,” said Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 6 Oscar Mayer Ford Mustang. “For me this scheme and theme makes so much sense as it’s very hunger-inducing. Most everyone loves bacon, so what better way to celebrate it than put it on the side of our car this weekend in Phoenix.”

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03/06/19
irl

Insurance Brokerage Firm Hylant Set to Partner with Chip Ganassi Racing
Felix Rosenqvist
Felix Rosenqvist
Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today a multi-year partnership with Hylant, one of the largest privately held insurance brokerage firms in the United States.

In addition to serving as the official insurance partner to CGR, the deal will also see Hylant branding on the No. 10 NTT DATA Honda of NTT IndyCar Series rookie of the year candidate Felix Rosenqvist for multiple races as an associate partner starting at St. Petersburg this weekend.

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03/06/19
irl

NBC promoting IndyCar drivers across all platforms. Will it work?
We will soon find out after Sunday whether NBC's effforts to promote IndyCar drivers pays dividends. The opening race of the season is on NBCSN. Will the TV ratings be up or down?
We will soon find out after Sunday whether NBC's efforts to promote IndyCar drivers pays dividends. The opening race of the season is on NBCSN. Will the TV ratings be up or down?
NBC commandeered coverage of the Indianapolis 500 and the full IndyCar schedule with the ambitious idea of pushing open-wheel racing across all of its platforms to viewers who love the sport -- and to potential viewers who don’t yet know they like it.

NBC is promoting its IndyCar product on not just its other sports coverage like hockey and horse racing -- and even NASCAR, which it carries for the second half of the season -- but on shows like “American Ninja Warrior” and “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon.

NBC has included IndyCar drivers on other network shows and will feature the drivers in an extensive social-media campaign. There will be more than 20 television spots. Local affiliates will get more involved. Announcers from other NBC sports will be used on telecasts. It is an unprecedented exercise in synergy.

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03/06/19
fe

Neel Jani completes successful rollout for Porsche
Jani tests the Porsche
Jani tests the Porsche
Porsche works driver Neel Jani (Switzerland) completed the first kilometers in the new Formula E car at Porsche‘s testing ground in Weissach yesterday, thereby reaching an important milestone en route to the works entry in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship for Season 6 (2019/20). The first drive with the newly developed fully electric Porsche powertrain passed without incident. It provided valuable findings, which will help the motorsport engineers prepare the car for the first Formula E race in the course of intense testing over the next few months.

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03/06/19
motogp

Indonesian fans rejoice over plans for MotoGP
It has been a 20-year absence for MotoGP
It has been a 20-year absence for MotoGP
MotoGP's return to Indonesia after more than two decades has been met with jubilation on the island of Lombok where sports fans hope it will revive their earthquake-ravaged economy.

MotoGP promoter Dorna Sports announced in February it had signed a five-year deal with the Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) to hold an event on the island in 2021.

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03/06/19
automotive

Ghosn leaves Tokyo jail, vows to fight 'meritless' charges
Carlos Ghosn claims he was framed
Carlos Ghosn claims he was framed
Ousted Nissan Motor boss Carlos Ghosn left prison on a $9 million bail on Wednesday  after vowing to mount a defense against financial misconduct charges that he has called "meritless."

Ghosn paid the 1 billion yen ($9 million) bail, among the highest ever in Japan, after the Tokyo District Court rejected a last-ditch appeal by prosecutors to keep him in jail.

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03/06/19
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Chase Carey - getting ready for Brexit
    Chase Carey - getting F1 ready for Brexit
    Liberty preparing F1 for 'Brexit'
  • Renault in fight with five teams - Abiteboul
  • FIA should keep working on engine 'grey areas' - Abiteboul
  • 'Times not right' for VW in F1 - Domenicali
  • No 2020 Spanish GP negotiations yet
  • CEO confirms no Mission Winnow branding in Melbourne
  • Renault must speed up car development - Ricciardo
  • Magnussen should keep title dream alive - Steiner
  • Alonso would say 'yes' to top team comeback
  • Todt basically admits F1 is 99% car

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