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03/13/17
F1

Alonso Announces Sponsorship Deal With Adidas Motorsport
Alonso
Alonso
Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso announced via social media that he signed a sponsorship deal with adidas motorsport, according to Francisco R. Checa of EXPANSION. Alonso said on Twitter, "Today is a very special day to announce my new alliance with adidas."
 
He will wear adidas sports equipment and clothing, "and the brand will also sponsor the gloves he wears during races this season." Alonso joins fellow adidas ambassadors Lionel Messi, Gareth Bale, NBA Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio and Novak Djokovic. Alonso announced "a few weeks ago" that he was switching his helmet sponsor for this season, from Arai to Bell. EXPANSION


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03/13/17
nasmon

O'Donnell, France comment on Las Vegas fight (Update)
UPDATE 
Brian France elated by all the press the brawl has brought NASCAR
Brian France elated by all the press the brawl has brought NASCAR

NASCAR Chairman Brian France signaled that Kyle Busch and Joey Logano likely won't face severe penalties, if any at all, for their altercation after Sunday's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

France, speaking on "Tradin' Paint'' on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio said of the incident:

"We're going to have moments. We just shouldn't come out of our chairs over this. It is what it is. The drivers are doing everything they can.

France also said addressed the subject of retaliation, which Busch hinted at in his interview with Fox Sports after the race.

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03/13/17
irl

Video: IndyCar St. Petersburg highlights
A quick glimpse through the ABC broadcast of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

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03/13/17
imsa

FOX Sports Live From Ultra-Challenging 12 HOURS OF SEBRING
This year’s 65th running of the 12 HOURS OF SEBRING, the second round of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, features 46 entries representing 13 different manufacturers across four divisions -- and that may not even be the most challenging part of the iconic once-around-the-clock endurance event.

Contested March 18 on parts of a former World War II U.S. Army Air Forces training facility landing field, Sebring International Raceway’s 17-turn, 3.74-mile road course provides a unique test of skill and concentration for some of the most accomplished racers in the world.

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03/13/17
track news

Chevrolet, Sebring International Raceway Extend Marketing Partnership
Corvette at Sebring
Corvette at Sebring
Chevrolet and Sebring International Raceway confirmed today an extension of their marketing partnership as the two groups head into the 65th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida.

"It’s a pleasure for Chevrolet to continue our relationship with Sebring International Raceway,” said Michael Stouffer, Chevrolet Marketing Motorsports Manager. “This partnership allows us to showcase Chevrolet and the Corvette brand on one of the biggest stages in global sports car racing. Sebring is steeped in tradition, and we are proud to play a significant role in the race’s history with a number of victories and important moments."

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03/13/17
nasmon

Dust-up should give NASCAR early season bump
The Busch-Logano fight was covered on all three network morning shows today, with "GMA” and “Today” both showing footage early in the second hour of their broadcasts.
 
Both reports were short news updates, while “CBS This Morning” also aired a short report about 30 minutes into their broadcast.
 
NBC’s Matt Lauer said, “Things got a little hot under the helmet in a NASCAR race in Las Vegas on Sunday."

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03/13/17
f2

Nobuharu Matsushita tops first day in Barcelona
Nobuharu Matsushita fastest overall
Nobuharu Matsushita fastest overall
Nobuharu Matsushita claimed the first day honors after topping this afternoon’s FIA Formula 2 Championship pre-season test in Barcelona, stopping the clock halfway through the session with   a time of 1:29.061 to lead ART Grand Prix teammate Alexander Albon and Norman Nato, who both finished on the same time, by just under a tenth and top this morning’s best time set by Johnny Cecotto by almost two tenths.

The sun came out for this afternoon’s 3 hour session, with Sean Gelael the first driver to set a competitive time as the teams finished their installation work a third of the way through the session. Matsushita grabbed the top spot at the 1hr20 mark and was never displaced, despite some strong work from Albon, Gustav Malja, Charles Leclerc, Cecotto and finally Nato as the clock wound down to zero.

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03/13/17
nasmon

Video: Las Vegas NASCAR Cup Post Race Q&A
Kyle Larson (No. 42 Target Chevrolet), Chase Elliott (No. 24 NAPA Chevrolet), Cole Pearn (No. 78 crew chief), Barney Visser (Furniture Row Racing owner), Joe Garone (Pres. of FFR), Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Toyota)

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03/13/17
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Video: Joey Logano and Kyle Busch fight at Las Vegas (Update)
UPDATE NASCAR "will review TV and video footage of a post-race fight between drivers Kyle Busch and Joey Logano." Immediately after yesterday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Busch "walked briskly down pit road to where Logano had parked." He "walked directly up to Logano and threw a right punch that appeared to connect." As Busch was "escorted away, he appeared to be bleeding from a cut on his face" MOTORSPORT.com.

After the race, "everybody was talking about the fight and little else." ESPN.com.

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03/13/17
promazda

Martin Wins Again to Maintain his Unbeaten Record in Pro Mazda
Anthony Martin
Anthony Martin
Talented Australian Anthony Martin continued from where he left off yesterday, scoring another flag-to-flag victory in this afternoon’s Allied Building Products Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. He now boasts a perfect two-for-two record in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. Martin, 22, led throughout the 40-minute race to enjoy a weekend sweep for himself and the locally based Cape Motorsports team on the streets of St. Petersburg.

The remaining podium finishers also repeated from yesterday, with Victor Franzoni, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, finishing second for Juncos Racing and California’s TJ Fischer taking third for Team Pelfrey after his Brazilian teammate Carlos Cunha experienced a mechanical failure.

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03/13/17
motogp

MotoGP Organizer Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta Considering Electric Races
No sound? How boring!
No sound? How boring!
MotoGP organizer Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta said that the series could introduce electric races, according to Mela Chercoles of AS.

Ezpeleta: "We are going to do something with electric motors soon. It will be truly ecological. It will not be a world championship, but support races.

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03/13/17
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Monday
  • Algarve circuit
    Algarve circuit
    Portugal willing to be non-championship F1 host
  • F1 to see 'real' Red Bull in Melbourne
  • 2017 'power units' only slightly louder - report
  • Renault confident in midfield battle
  • Liberty boss hints at F1 engine rule changes
  • Ferrari Giving Up Formula 1 Stake In Exchange For Liberty Media Stock
  • Formula 1 Appoints Global Heads For Sponsorship, Research

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03/12/17
Pwc

Patrick. Long wins 2nd PWC race at St Pete
Patrick Long
Patrick Long
Veteran Patrick Long of Manhattan Beach, Calif., took advantage of a wild first turn skirmish Sunday and drove his No. 58 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R to victory in the GT Round 2 of the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by Case●It on the harborside 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary street circuit. Young Alec Udell of The Woodlands, Tex., captured his second straight GTA title Sunday and Preston Calvert of Potomac, Md., scored a second GT Cup win.

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03/12/17
irl

Video: Q&A with 2017 St Petersburg GP Winner Sebastien Bourdais
AR1 interviews 2017 St. Petersburg GP winner Sebastien Bourdais who drove from last to first to win on a day when David (Small Team Dale Coyne Racing) slayed Goliath (the mighty Team Penske).

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03/12/17
irl

Video: St. Petersburg GP Post Race Interview with Dale Coyne
AR1 talks to a happy St. Petersburg GP IndyCar race team owner Dale Coyne in Victory Circle

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03/12/17
f2

FIA Formula 2 breaks cover in Barcelona
The 2017 FIA Formula 2 season officially kicks off tomorrow with the first test session of the year at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain. The teams and drivers have set up camp for the next three days, from Monday 13th to Wednesday 15th, to prepare themselves and their drivers ahead of the debut of the new championship which will start in just one month’s time, on April 14th at the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix.

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03/12/17
il

Video: St Pete GP Indy Lights post race Q&A with Herta & Steinbrenner
From St. Petersburg, Florida, AR1 talks to 16-year old Colton Herta, who won his first Indy Lights race in only his 2nd race start, and rookie team co-owner George Steinbrenner IV could not be happier with his young talent.

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03/12/17
IL

Colton Herta wins 2nd Indy Lights race in St. Petersburg
Colton Herta
Colton Herta

Colton Herta impressed everyone yesterday on his Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires debut by charging through from sixth to second. But that was nothing compared to this morning on the Streets of St. Petersburg. The 16-year-old from Valencia, Calif., started from the pole and displayed remarkable poise as he outpaced the field to win the Mazda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Presented by Cooper Tires in convincing style for Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing.

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03/12/17
irl

Dixon tops morning warm-up in St. Petersburg
PosNoNameTimeDiffGapFLLapsSpeedEngine
19Scott Dixon1:01.9290.00000.00001416104.636Honda
23Helio Castroneves1:02.5030.57340.57341819103.676Chevy
31Simon Pagenaud1:02.5050.57590.00251217103.672Chevy
420Spencer Pigot1:02.6090.67950.10361417103.500Chevy
515Graham Rahal1:02.6570.72780.04831617103.420Honda
618Sebastien Bourdais1:02.7550.82580.09801418103.259Honda
727Marco Andretti1:02.9581.02860.2028817102.926Honda
810Tony Kanaan1:03.0351.10530.0767617102.801Honda
94Conor Daly1:03.0661.13680.03151819102.750Chevy
1014Carlos Munoz1:03.1111.18130.04451418102.677Chevy
1183Charlie Kimball1:03.1611.23160.05031617102.595Honda
128Max Chilton1:03.1611.23180.00021418102.595Honda
1312Will Power1:03.1621.23270.00091417102.593Chevy
145James Hinchcliffe1:03.2051.27570.0430718102.524Honda
1526Takuma Sato1:03.2401.31080.03511012102.467Honda
1621JR Hildebrand1:03.2871.35820.04741517102.390Chevy
1728Ryan Hunter-Reay1:03.4841.55450.196377102.073Honda
1819Ed Jones1:03.5021.57230.01781919102.045Honda
1998Alexander Rossi1:03.5961.66640.09411717101.894Honda
202Josef Newgarden1:03.6581.72870.0623618101.794Chevy
217Mikhail Aleshin1:03.7141.78490.05621718101.704Honda



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03/12/17
irl

Video: St Pete IndyCar race Q&A with Conor Daly
AR1.com talks to AJ Foyt Racing driver Conor Daly after qualifying for the St. Petersburg GP

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03/12/17
f1

McLaren Honda F1 team in dire straits
Eric Boullier
Eric Boullier
While other teams will be making their cars faster each race weekend with continual development, McLaren Honda has to work on just keeping their car running.

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier has said there are "no overnight fixes" for the team, but is hopeful for a better showing in Australia.

The MCL32 needed at least seven power unit changes over the eight days of testing at Barcelona, while Stoffel Vandoorne and the incredibly frustrated Fernando Alonso both suffered double breakdowns on Day Seven and Eight respectively.

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03/12/17
nasmon

Roger Penkse no fan of shorter race weekends
The Captain
The Captain
The latest trend in NASCAR is trimming race weekends, with three speedways announcing they have scheduled qualifying and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup racing on the same day this year.

How fans will react remains to be seen, but at least one NASCAR team owner - Roger Penske - has concerns about the concept.

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03/12/17
nasmon

NASCAR allows teams to see pit road timing data during practice
Kyle Busch about to hit a timing line in Las Vegas
Kyle Busch about to hit a timing line in Las Vegas
Last Sunday at Atlanta, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers collectively were flagged for 13 pit road speeding penalties, with a late ticket to Kevin Harvick changing the entire tenor of the race.

Drivers had to deal with the addition of timing lines on pit road at Atlanta, creating scoring segments that were much smaller than those in play when the series visited the 1.54-mile track last year.

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03/12/17
irl

Brembo sheds blame for IndyCar brake issues
With brakes being a hot-button topic in the Verizon IndyCar Series paddock this weekend, Brembo has sought to clarify its role and explain that it is in no way their fault that IndyCar teams are experiencing overheating problems after IndyCar switched to PFS brake rotors and pads yet retained Brembo calipers.

Brembo released a statement on Saturday afternoon:

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03/11/17
fe

Gutierrez to replace Ma Qing Hua
Esteban Gutierrez
Esteban Gutierrez
Esteban Gutierrez’s first foray into Formula E will be with Techeetah after he turned down an offer for Dragon Racing.

Following his exit from Formula 1 the Mexican announced in January that he was looking to drive in the all-electric series for his home ePrix, even describing the move as a ‘radical decision’.

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03/11/17
irl

Video: IndyCar St Pete GP Q&A with Team Owner Dale Coyne
AR1.com talks to IndyCar Team owner Dale Coyne after qualifying at the St. Petersburg GP in  St. Petersburg, FL.

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03/11/17
il

Video: St Pete Indy Lights Q&A with Colton Herta and George Steinbrenner IV
AR1 talks to Indy Lights rookie Colton Herta, son of former IndyCar driver Bryan Herta, and we also talk to Herta's car owner George Steinbrenner IV

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03/11/17
il

Telitz Dominates but Indy Lights Thrills in St. Petersburg
The start
The start
Aaron Telitz tried his utmost to turn the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season opener into a procession, but fortunately his fellow protagonists failed to follow his script during an otherwise action-packed Mazda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Presented by Cooper Tires. As Telitz, 25, from Birchwood, Wis., romped to an impressive debut victory from the pole for Belardi Auto Racing, the remainder of the 15-car field staged a thrilling contest which ended with fellow Americans Colton Herta (Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing) and Neil Alberico (Carlin) completing the podium.

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03/11/17
irl

Video: Q&A with St. Petersburg GP winner Will Power
AR1.com talks to Will Power after he won the 7th pole in the last 8 races here on the streets of St. Petersburg, FL.

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03/11/17
irl

Video: IndyCar Technical Inspection Process
Brett Barnhart talks us through highlights of the IndyCar inspection process.

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03/11/17
irl

Video: St Pete GP Q&A with AJ Foyt IndyCar team boss Larry Foyt
AR1.com talks to AJ Foyt Racing President Larry Foyt about the changes he made to the team for the 2017 season, the new engines they are running and more.

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03/11/17
pwc

Parente Opens His Pirelli World Challenge GT Title Defense
Alvaro Parente
Alvaro Parente
Reigning GT champion Alvaro Parente of Porto, Portugal opened his Pirelli World Challenge championship defense Saturday with an impressive 10.135-second victory Saturday in the 2017 season-opening PWC Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by Case-It at the 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary street circuit near the beautiful harborside.  Young Alec Udell of The Woodlands,Tex., took the GTA class top honors with Preston Calvert of Potomac,. Md., winning the GT Cup division Saturday in the sun-drenched 80-degree weather.

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03/11/17
irl

IndyCar St. Pete GP qualifying groups
Group 1DriverGroup 2Driver
5Hinchcliffe, James9Dixon, Scott
8Chilton, Max98Rossi, Alexander
27Andretti, Marco18Bourdais, Sebastien
28Hunter-Reay, Ryan2Newgarden, Josef
12Power, Will10Kanaan, Tony
83Kimball, Charlie1Pagenaud, Simon
14Munoz, Carlos15Rahal, Graham
21Hildebrand, JR3Castroneves, Helio
20Pigot, Spencer26Sato, Takuma
7Aleshin, Mikhail19Jones, Ed
4Daly, Conor


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03/11/17
irl

Video: St Pete IndyCar race Q&A with Sebastien Bourdais
AR1.com talks to IndyCar veteran Sebastien Bourdais about his switch back to Dale Coyne Racing, being 5th in practice yesterday, being reunited with some of the key players from the Newman Haas and KV Racing teams and his goals for this year.

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03/11/17
irl

Video: St Pete IndyCar race Q&A with former driver Derek Daly
AR1.com talks with the father of IndyCar driver Conor Daly about the importance of IndyCar having some American stars to compete against the foreign stars.

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03/11/17
irl

Video: St Pete IndyCar race Q&A with rookie Ed Jones
AR1.com talks to IndyCar rookie Ed Jones about the changes for him moving up from Indy Lights to IndyCars, his goals for this year, and his chances of winning the 2017 Rookie of the Year

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03/11/17
irl

Dixon fastest as Hondas continue to dominate in St. Pete
Scott Dixon
Scott Dixon

Scott Dixon led a 1-6 sweep of the top speeds in final practice ahead of qualifying for the Firestone GP St. Petersburg Saturday morning.  James Hinchcliffe was 2nd quick just 0.04sec behind Dixon followed by Andretti Autosport driver Alexander Rossi who made a big improvement from Friday's practice.

Max Chilton was 4th in the 2nd Chip Ganassi car with Sebastien Bourdais rounding out the top-5 for Dale Coyne Racing.

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03/11/17
pwc

Newcomer Daniel Mancinelli steals Pirelli World Challenge GT pole position Friday
Daniel Mancinelli
Daniel Mancinelli
Italy’s Daniel Mancinelli made a shocking debut Friday in the GT/GTA qualifying session when the driver of the No. TR3 Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 capturing the overall pole position in the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by Case●It in the streets of St. Petersburg.

Mancinelli, a former open-wheel racer in Europe, recorded a pole run of one minute, 13.953 seconds (87.62 miles per hour) in the revised 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary circuit on the St. Pete harborside in his first Pirelli World Challenge racing weekend after competing exclusively in his native Italy and European countries.  Mancinelli clocked his fastest lap on his eighth and final lap of the qualifying round.

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03/11/17
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Herta wins pole for 2nd St. Pete Indy Lights race
Colton Herta on pole
Colton Herta on pole

The Andretti Autosport foursome set the pace for Race 2 of the weekend’s Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires double-header on the Streets of St. Petersburg, recovering from a string of bad luck in Race 1’s qualifying session to capture the pole. Rookie Colton Herta, driving the No. 98 Deltro Energy Mazda for Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing, earned his first pole in the series while also capturing the first pole for Andretti Autosport in the Dallara IL-15.

During the 30-minute session, Herta, Dalton Kellett (No. 28 K-Line Insulators USA Mazda) and Nico Jamin (No. 27 Synova Mazda) all flirted with first position, competing for the top spot on a fast track in a tight top-eight field. Kellett, who is in his second year in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, will start tomorrow’s event in his highest starting position in the series.

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03/11/17
nasmon

Kurt Busch says Roush-Yates engines contributing to Stewart-Haas' fast start
Brad Keselowski (Ford) took pole Friday in Las Vegas
Brad Keselowski (Ford) took pole Friday in Las Vegas
Ralph Garcia/AR1.com
Kurt Busch says he believes Roush-Yates engines are contributing to Stewart-Haas' fast start in 2017. He spoke to the media Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:

Busch: "When we made the announcement that we were switching to Ford last year, it came with extra meetings and longer driver debriefs because we were looking at blueprints and different front-end geometry changes because of Doug Yates' engines and how they're built slightly different with where the pulleys are and the way the belt serpentine system works, as well as the pressurized system versus unpressurized, so a lot of extra work had to go into switching our cars over to Ford.

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03/11/17
irl

Saturday morning update from St. Petersburg
Andretti (Honda) chases Newgarden (Chevy) in Friday practice
Andretti (Honda) chases Newgarden (Chevy) in Friday practice
Joe Skibinski | IndyCar
A perfect morning here in St. Petersburg with temperatures 66 degrees F going up to the mid-70s.  There is a chance of showers at race time on Sunday but the hope is that we will stay dry.

Repaved downtown streets intended to smooth your drive could make a big difference in Sunday's Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

About 80 percent of the 1.8-mile, 14-turn street course for the IndyCar season opener has been repaved, including the front straightaway on the Albert Whitted Airport's runway, Turns 5, 6 and 7 on Beach Drive NE, and the backstretch on Bay Shore Drive. Some of the bumps that made braking difficult have disappeared.

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03/11/17
f1

Video: Live Telemetry Secrets Of Formula E!
How do the FIA scrutineers make sure that the cars are following regulations on track? This video takes you inside the world of live data gathering in Formula E.

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03/11/17
f1

Video: What's it like to be an F1 Apprentice?
Car Build apprentice Amber explains how she came to work with the team and why this unique opportunity has already hugely benefited her career…

Have you got what it takes?

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03/11/17
irl

IndyCar CEO doesn't see a cap to its growth
Mark Miles sees a bright future ahead for IndyCar
Mark Miles sees a bright future ahead for IndyCar

The 100th Indianapolis 500 did such an extraordinary box office last year, drawing the first sellout in race history with an estimated crowd of 350,000, that race officials understood that it would be virtually impossible to match ticket sales for the 101st race on May 28 writes Dave Caldwell of the NY Times

Mark Miles, the chief executive for Hulman & Company, which owns Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the IndyCar Series, set a more modest benchmark: Get half of the 130,000 increase in attendance between the 2015 and 2016 races to return in 2017.

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03/11/17
nasmon

Pennzoil To Sponsor Spring Cup Race In Vegas
Beneath the flash of Las Vegas is a city whose heart centers on the exhilaration of high-stakes performance.

Add our name to the list of reasons to make a trip. Because starting March 2018 Pennzoil will sponsor its own NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Enter: The Pennzoil 400

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