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03/14/18
irl

Phoenix IndyCar race to showcase iconic Mario Andretti cars
Mario's final win in 1993 at Phoenix
Mario's final win in 1993 at Phoenix

UPDATE Added photos to the right and below of Mario Andretti at Phoenix and the cars that will be on display.

03/13/18 As part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the final win of Mario Andretti’s illustrious career, ISM Raceway will showcase four iconic race cars that were victorious in Phoenix over a special reunion weekend for the Verizon IndyCar Series Phoenix Grand Prix on April 6-7, 2018. The four race cars will honor the anniversary of Andretti’s checkered flag in the Phoenix Grand Prix at ISM Raceway on April 4, 1993.

In the lead-up to the 25th anniversary celebration, ISM Raceway, the Verizon IndyCar series and Classic Racing Times will work together to honor the cars and drivers from the 1993 race. That star-studded field consisted of some of the most successful open-wheel drivers of that era, including Al Unser Jr., Emerson Fittipaldi, Bobby Rahal, Arie Luyendyk, Paul Tracy, Robby Gordon, Eddie Cheever Jr., Scott Pruett and Jimmy Vassar.

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03/14/18
track news

New York State Legislature recognizes Watkins Glen International
From left, at the Motorsports Appreciation Week exhibit: WGI President Michael Printup, Senator Tom O’Mara, Katherine Legge, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, and Assemblyman Chris Friend
From left, at the Motorsports Appreciation Week exhibit: WGI President Michael Printup, Senator Tom O’Mara, Katherine Legge, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, and Assemblyman Chris Friend
New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R,C,I-Big Flats) this week welcomed Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup, Watkins Glen International Vice President Andrew Smith, and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar driver Katherine Legge to the State Capitol to celebrate the contributions of motorsports to the economy and culture of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide.

Legge has been racing since the age of seven and currently races the Acura NSX with Michael Shank Racing. She is also the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Ambassador for Girl Scouts.

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03/14/18
irl

Cindric is wrong at so many levels
Tim Cindric wants t outspend everyone on engineering to win instead of winning with physical and mental talent.
Tim Cindric wants to outspend everyone on engineering to win instead of winning with physical and mental talent of his team.
Team Penske President wants to turn IndyCar from being a sport, to being an exercise in engineering.  Engineering is not a sport but Cindric wants to open up more areas of the IndyCar for development.

Why?

So rich Team Penske can outspend everyone else on engineering and win everything.

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03/14/18
irl

New Indianapolis 500 Premium Club Area Planned in Turn 3 To Accommodate High Demand
Turn 3 Club Seating
Turn 3 Club Seating
A new premium viewing area will be constructed outside Turn 3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, offering an all-inclusive Race Day experience for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

The Turn 3 Club is being offered in response to increased demand for premium seating and hospitality at IMS. Suites are sold out for Indianapolis 500 Race Day, while limited availability remains in the Hulman Terrace Club. Hospitality and premium sales are well ahead of the pace from 2017, with demand mirroring that from the landmark 100th Running in 2016.

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03/14/18
imsa

Darren Law Joins FOX Sports Broadcast Team for Twelve Hours of Sebring
Darren Law
Darren Law
Flying Lizard Motorsports Program Manager and Team Principal Darren Law will join the FOX Sports broadcasting team in pit lane this weekend in Sebring Florida for the 66th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts.

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03/14/18
gp3

Hubert ends Day 1 at Jerez on top
Anthoine Hubert
Anthoine Hubert
Anthoine Hubert was quickest overall in the first day of the second GP3 Series pre-season test at Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, setting a 1:30.449 in the afternoon session to beat MP Motorsport’s Dorian Boccolacci and Campos Racing’s Leonardo Pulcini to the top of the timesheets.

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03/14/18
automotive

Ford Issues Recall for Steering Wheels That Could Suddenly Detach
Ford backup steering wheel
Ford backup steering wheel

Ford has issued a safety compliance recall for select Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles for potentially loose steering wheel bolts that over time could lead to the steering wheel detaching from its assembly. Yes, you read that right, the steering could literally come off while you're driving.

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03/14/18
imsa

Continental Debuts New Tires at Sebring
IMSA action
IMSA action
Continental Tire will debut a new dry tire for both the Prototype and GTD classes at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

The new tire, set to be raced the remainder of the 2018 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, is built specifically for road courses (following the only oval-based circuit of the year which utilizes a Daytona-specific tire).

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03/14/18
nasmon

NASCAR, Busch Beer announce return of Busch Pole Award
The Coors Light Pole award is back
The Coors Light Pole award is back as the Busch pole award

NASCAR and Anheuser-Busch announced today a multi-year agreement that welcomes the global brand back as an Official Partner and designates Busch Beer as the "Official Beer of NASCAR." The new partnership builds upon Busch's industry-wide presence and includes sponsorship of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Busch Pole Award, rewarding the driver with the fastest qualifying time each week.

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03/14/18
automotive

Ice ballet on the frozen lake of St. Moritz
Our definition of "a fun day in the snow": Two Porsche legends, Lake St. Moritz and pure sunshine. What else can you ask for?

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03/14/18
nasmon

Video: SHR crew chiefs dish on 2018 speed
NASCAR.com's Jonathan Merryman talks to all four SHR crew chiefs about their recent success in 2018.

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03/14/18
f1

Video: Red 5 Reflects - Nigel Mansell On F1 Safety, Lewis Hamilton & More
Nigel Mansell at Indy in 1994
Nigel Mansell at Indy in 1994

Nigel Mansell remains the only driver to win the Formula 1 and IndyCar titles back-to-back, having achieved the feat in the early 1990s. Mobil 1 The Grid sat down with the man they call 'Il Leone' to reflect on his motor racing career and how the sport has changed over the years.

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03/14/18
TV News

Weekend USA TV Times
All times Eastern

Friday, March 16LocationTV TimesNet
NASCAR Cup, - practiceFontana2:30pm-3:30pm (L)FS1
NASCAR Xfinity Series, - practiceFontana3:30pm-4:30pm (L)
5:30pm-6:30pm (L)
FS1
NASCAR Cup - qualifyingFontana7:00pm-8:30pm (L)FS1
NHRA - qualifyingGainesville8:30pm-9:30pm (SDD) FS1
Saturday, March 17LocationTV TimesNet
IMSA 12 Hours of SebringSebring10:30am-12:30pm (L)FS1
MotoGP - qualifyingQatar11:00am-12:30pm (SDD) beIN
IMSA 12 Hours of SebringSebring12:30pm-3:40pm (L)
6:00pm-11:00pm (L)
FS2
NASCAR Cup - practiceFontana12:30pm-1:30pm (L)
3:30pm-4:30pm (L)
FS1
NASCAR Xfinity-qualifyingFontana1:30pm-3:00pm (L) FS1
IMSA 12 Hours of SebringSebring3:40pm-6:00pm (L)Fox Online
NASCAR Xfinity- racePhoenix4:30pm-5:00pm - pre-race (L)
5:00pm-7:30pm - race (L)
FS1
NHRA - qualifyingGainesville11:00pm-12:00am (SDD) FS1
Sunday, March 18LocationTV TimesNet
Formula E - qualifyingPunta del Este8:30am-9:30am (D) FS2
Formula E - racePunta del Este12:30pm-1:30pm (D) FS1
MotoGP - raceQatar1:30pm-3:30pm (SDD) beIN
NASCAR Cup - raceFontana3:00pm-3:30pm - pre-race (L)
3:30pm-7:00pm - race (L)
FOX
NHRA - finalsGainesville7:00pm-10:00pm (L) FS1

Legend: D = delayed; L = live; SDD = same-day delay;



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03/14/18
dtm

Three questions for Daniel Juncadella
Daniel Juncadella
Daniel Juncadella
Dani, how does it feel to be competing in the DTM again this year?

Daniel Juncadella: It's great. For me, it's very special to be part of such a historic year. After a one-year absence, I am up for it. 2016 was a difficult season for me, and I wasn't happy with the situation. That's why I needed the change that one year away from the DTM provided. Now I've recharged my batteries, and I'm looking forward to competing in such a strong field. It's great that we have such a strong driver squad at Mercedes and that I have the opportunity to measure my performance against that of my teammates.

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03/14/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Cyril Abiteboul: F1 already knows the name of the 2018 F1 World Champion. F1 is not a sport, it's an exercise in engineering. Engineering is not a sport.
    Cyril Abiteboul: F1 already knows the name of the 2018 F1 World Champion.
    Abiteboul says F1 'cannot go on like this'
  • Vettel not worried about winter testing results
  • Halo still 'annoying and ugly' - Magnussen
  • Todt: End of year deadline to attract new engine manufacturers
  • Valtteri Bottas Has "No More Excuses"
  • Mercedes unboxing

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03/13/18
automotive

Volkswagen Vows to Overtake Tesla
Musk should be worried
Musk should be worried
BERLIN - Volkswagen has pulled into Tesla Inc.’s rearview mirror and vowed to overtake the electric-car pioneer with an extensive rollout of battery and hybrid models over the next five years, as well as new production facilities around the world.

The German car maker--which is the largest world-wide, with sales of 10.7 million vehicles last year--said Tuesday that it would build at least 16 electric-vehicle plants by 2025 in Europe, China and the U.S. The company expects nine of those plants to be in operation by 2020.

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03/13/18
automotive

VW Secures $25 Billion Battery Supplies for Electric-Car Surge
VW Vizzion
VW Vizzion
Volkswagen AG secured 20 billion euros ($25 billion) in battery supplies to underpin an aggressive push into electric cars in the coming years, ramping up pressure on Tesla Inc. as it struggles with production issues for the mainstream Model 3.

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03/13/18
irl

IndyCar Driver Hinchcliffe Stars In Honda National Campaign (Update)
Hinchcliffe resonates with customers
Hinchcliffe resonates with customers

UPDATE IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe is staring in a new series of ads for Honda to help kick off the “Honda Dream Garage Spring Event”. Starting this week, the ads will feature James as he showcases a multitude of “dream” deals to be had on Honda’s lineup of vehicles, powersports and marine equipment. In total, James stars in 5 different spots focusing on CR-V, HR-V, Clarity PHEV, Pilot and the Civic. The ads will air across national television, radio and online/social media platforms.

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03/13/18
irl
v8

Supercars crew to boost Andretti Indy 500 team
Shane Van Gisbergen
Shane Van Gisbergen
Members of the Walkinshaw Andretti United Supercars squad are set to support Andretti Autosport’s IndyCar team in May’s Indianapolis 500.

Extra crew are needed for the showpiece event, where Andretti will up its IndyCar commitment from four full-time cars to six.

The Indianapolis 500 takes place on May 27, a week after the Winton round of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

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03/13/18
irl

IndyCar season finale loses title sponsor
GoPro is gone, which does not bode well for the future of the race. Without a title sponsor, and given the low attendance, SMI will now lose their shirt on the event.
GoPro is gone, which does not bode well for the future of the race. Without a title sponsor, and given the low attendance, SMI will now lose their shirt on the event.

GoPro did not renew its deal with Sonoma Raceway to title sponsor the Verizon IndyCar Series season finale this year at the track. The S.F. based action-camera company initially signed on in ’12 for three years and eventually extended through ’17.

The company's decision not to renew the deal for '18 comes at a time when it has started to face serious business issues amid increasing competition.

The company’s stock price is down around 90% since mid ’15. Sonoma Raceway President & GM Steve Page said that the track is now actively searching for a replacement sponsor for the race, which will be on Sept. 16. Adam Stern/SBD



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03/13/18
nhra

7-Eleven & Oberto Funny Car to Make 2018 Debut at NHRA Gatornationals
Jim Campbell with Gene Simmons
Jim Campbell with Gene Simmons
Two days after the recent season opening NHRA Winternationals in California, Funny Car driver, Jim Campbell, and Jim Dunn Racing team manager, Jon Dunn, took the 7-Eleven / Oberto Beef Jerky Funny Car to the 7-Eleven North America franchisee convention.  That Funny Car will make its racing debut at the NHRA Gatornationals in Florida, March 16-18, 2018.

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03/13/18
automotive

Customers won't buy a Butt Ugly car (Update)
UPDATE A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, If you think they ruined the Accord, you should see the Honda Clarity Plug-in hybrid. My 10-year could design a better looking car. Whoever is running the Honda design studio these days needs to find another career. Dave Steele

They ruined the front look of the 2018 car. Less people will buy it.
They ruined the front look of the 2018 car and the roof line in the side view. Less people will buy it.

03/12/18 The all-new 2018 Honda Accord is a significant improvement over the already good previous model. It won the North American Car of the Year Award. Yet sales are down significantly month-to-month over last year since the new Accord became available last fall, according to GoodCarBadCar.

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03/13/18
irl

IndyCar St. Petersburg GP TV Rating (Update)
St. Petersburg GP
St. Petersburg GP

UPDATE The final ratings are in for the Firestone GP of St. Petersburg and IndyCar finished flat from 2017 - the rating ticked up but the total viewers ticked down. It is significantly down from 2016. Conclusion, the series isn't growing despite the hype, but at least it pulled in over 1 million viewers because the race was on network TV.

NetEvent Location Day Viewers 18-49
Viewers
Rating 2017
Viewers
2017
Rating
2016
Viewers
2016
Rating
ABCIndyCarSt. PetersburgSun1.144 M0.256 M0.811.199 M0.801.40 M1.0

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03/13/18
nhra

NHRA Changes Centerline Rules
NHRA Pro Stock action at Pomona
NHRA Pro Stock action at Pomona
NHRA notified drivers of a rule change regarding centerline crossing and/or the striking of timing blocks.

In addition to the current centerline policy of disqualifying runs/times, additional penalties of a rule change regarding centerline crossing and/or the striking of timing blocks will be imposed on drivers crossing the centerline or striking the timing blocks during any qualifying or elimination round.

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03/13/18
automotive

Marchionne has failed FCA by largely ignoring the move to electric
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has failed FCA and his Ferrari F1 team can't beat Mercedes
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has failed FCA and his Ferrari F1 team can't beat Mercedes. Are his days numbered?
Electric cars aren't in the majority (yet), but there's no denying that during the past year, there has been a large surge in popularity. Manufacturers are switching resources from traditional gasoline-powered vehicles in favor of electrifying their fleets, or even completely swearing off gasoline in the name of clean energy. One manufacturer in particular, however, believed that electrification was a bad bet in Q4 2017, but ate its words in Geneva this year, less than six months after folding its proverbial hand. 

During the annual Geneva Motor Show, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne sat down with press during a round table event where he discussed various rumors and aspects of the FCA brands. One particular area which Marchionne addressed was that of electric cars, specifically regarding the company's bet that investing in Chinese-market electrification was a waste of time.

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03/13/18
imsa

Brundle Chosen as Senna's Replacement
Bruno Senna is sick
Bruno Senna is sick

Alex Brundle has been confirmed to replace Bruno Senna within the United Autosports line-up for this weeks Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, with the Briton returning the team that he won the European Le Mans Series LMP3 title with back in 2016.

Senna was ruled out due to illness last week, with Brundle taking his place in the team’s Ligier JS P217 during the official test at the Sebring International Raceway late last month, with the Briton now confirmed to race this weekend alongside Paul Di Resta and Phil Hanson.

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03/13/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Alain Prost knows no one is going to beat the Aldo Costa designed Mercedes once again.
    Alain Prost knows no one is going to beat the Aldo Costa designed Mercedes once again.
    Renault not targeting 2018 race win - Prost
  • McLaren 'not pessimistic' about 2018 - Alonso
  • Haas changes Friday driver policy for 2018
  • Pirelli reveals tire choices for Melbourne
  • Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport and TIBCO Extend Partnership
  • Alonso almost quit at end of 2017

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03/13/18
automotive

Schwarzenegger planning to sue oil companies for 'knowingly killing people'
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Would someone tell tree hugger Arnold Schwarzenegger that electric cars were not an alternative until now

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is planning to sue oil companies, alleging they are "knowingly killing people all over the world."

Schwarzenegger said during an interview with Politico's "Off Message" podcast that he is still working on the timing for his push, but he is now speaking with private law firms.

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03/13/18
SST

Stadium Super Trucks thrill in Adelaide
Robby Gordon's Stadium Super Trucks were a support race for the Supercars weekend in Adelaide, Australia recently. This has one of most exciting final laps of any race in recent memory. Please enjoy the jumps, the crashes, and the truck on three wheels pirouetting across the line, creating a smoke machine for the other trucks to drive through. We pick up the race with 1.5 laps to go....

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03/13/18
irl

The Bachelor stars burn up St. Petersburg
Lauren Burnham went for a hot lap with Mario Andretti
Lauren Burnham went for a hot lap with Mario Andretti
Just days after the dramatic conclusion to their season of The Bachelor, race car driver Arie Luyendyk Jr. took his new bride-to-be, Lauren Burnham, for a few laps around the IndyCar race track in a car emblazoned with his name. 

The fast and furious couple were in Florida for last weekend's INDYCAR’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

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03/12/18
irl

Tracy blames Wickens for losing race (Update)
Rossi is a future star, not a wanker.  He saw the hole, went for it, and almost won.
Rossi is a future star, not a wanker. He saw the hole, went for it, and almost won.

UPDATE Added video of accident below.

03/12/18 There was a lot of blame being pointed Alexander Rossi's way after the St. Petersburg GP for putting Robert Wickens into the Turn 1 wall with two laps to go. AR1.com did not see it that way and neither did Paul Tracy, Wickens countrymen.

From our perspective, show us a driver who doesn't go for the win at the end of a race if the chance avails itself, and we'll show you a wanker.

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03/12/18
irl

Fast Forward: Firestone GP of St. Petersburg
Relive the thrilling 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season opener to start your week right, in a 30-minute recap taken straight from the ABC broadcast.

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03/12/18
grc

DRR signs 17-year-old high school student
Travis Pecoy
Travis Pecoy
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, the 2016 Red Bull Rallycross Lites champions, announced today Travis PeCoy of Yorba Linda, Calif., has signed with the team to compete in the 12-race 2018 Red Bull Global Rallycross Gold class beginning at the series opener scheduled for June 9-10 in Buffalo, N.Y.

PeCoy will drive in the highly-competitive GRC Gold class after a stellar 2017 season where the high school racing star placed third in the final Lites standings with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing. The Esperanza High School junior recorded five main event podiums (including a second place at the Ottawa round) and six heat races wins.

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03/12/18
automotive

Tesla's Semi makes first deliveries
Tesla Semis already being used by Tesla itself
Tesla Semis already being used by Tesla itself

Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk announced late last week the company conducted the first production cargo trips of its electric Semi.

Musk posted a photo of two Class 8 trucks on Instagram and said they were transporting battery packs from the Gigafactory in Nevada to the company’s car factory in Nevada, a distance of about 240 miles each way.

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03/12/18
pwc

Video: Big crash At GP St Petersburg - Parente Bentley
Alvaro Parente had a huge crash in the Pirelli World Challenge today at St Petersburg, Florida in Bentley Continental GT3 - apparently no brakes

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03/12/18
nasmon

MetroPCS Sponsors Texas Motor Speedway In Multiyear Deal
Texas Motor Speedway
Texas Motor Speedway
Texas Motor Speedway this morning will unveil a new deal with T-Mobile’s prepaid wireless brand MetroPCS, one of the sport’s first pacts with a telecom carrier since Sprint exited the sport after '16. Financial terms were not disclosed for the multiyear deal, which will be focused on TMS’ two annual NASCAR national series race weekends.

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03/12/18
nasmon

ISM Raceway Highlight Recap
Relive Kevin Harvick's victory in the NASCAR Monster Cup TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway in Phoenix.

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03/12/18
f1

On Track With the 2018 Mercedes F1 W09
A different perspective... Go 360 and see the 2018 Mercedes F1 W09 from a whole new angle!

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03/12/18
f1

The Hope Of A Nation - Robert Kubica On Polish Fans

Robert Kubica makes a welcome return to Formula 1 in 2018, after signing for Williams Martini Racing as the team's reserve and development driver.

In an exclusive interview with Mobil 1 The Grid, he highlights the importance of his fans during his long road to recovery, particularly those back home in Poland, and talks about the nation's chances in this summer's football World Cup.

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03/12/18
irl

As expected, Hondas dominated IndyCar season opener
For years AR1.com said the Honda cars were dragging a parachute around with their closed 'Butt Bumpers". They are gone now
For years AR1.com said the Honda cars were dragging a parachute around with their closed 'Butt Bumpers". They are gone now
A thrilling late-race battle for victory ended in disappointment for Robert Wickens, and a second consecutive Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg win for Sebastien Bourdais, as Honda drivers and teams swept the season-opening round of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series.  Honda drivers claimed the top six finishing positions and eight of the top 10.

Four Honda drivers led 105 laps of the 110-lap contest Sunday on the 1.8-mile downtown St. Petersburg circuit, with Wickens dominating at the point for a race-high 69 laps.

Art St. Cyr (President, Honda Performance Development) on today’s season-opening Honda sweep: “That was a great way to start the season! It’s always nice to see all the hard work put in by the HPD associates rewarded after a very busy off-season.

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03/12/18
fe

DS Virgin Racing completes move to new Silverstone headquarters
DS Virgin car in new empty shop
DS Virgin car in new empty shop
Leading Formula E Team DS Virgin Racing has completed the move of its operational arm to new state-of-the-art facilities at Silverstone Park – a stone’s throw away from Silverstone Circuit, the home of British motor racing.

The UK-based team, which has competed in the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship since its inception, moved into the premises last summer in preparation for the fourth season but has now put the finishing touches to the new premises.

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03/12/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Monday
  • Newey frustrated with F1, says Mercedes can't be beaten
    Newey frustrated with F1, says Mercedes can't be beaten
    Newey says Mercedes is superior, hybrid engine not greener
  • Haas emerges as dark horse of 2018
  • Ferrari holding F1 to 'ransom' wrong - Horner
  • No May engine deadline for Red Bull - Horner

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