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03/15/16
automotive

VW deleted evidence, lawsuit says
Volkswagen deleted documents and obstructed justice after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accused the automaker of cheating on emissions tests, a former employee alleged in a lawsuit.

Daniel Donovan says in a whistleblower case that he was wrongfully fired Dec. 6 after refusing to participate in the deletions and reporting them to a supervisor. The lawsuit says the evidence deletion continued for three days after the Sept. 18 allegations from the EPA and despite a hold order from the Justice Department.

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03/15/16
f1

Haas F1 special on NBCSN premiers
The Haas F1 Team will be America’s first Formula 1 team in 30 years when it premieres this weekend at the Australian Grand Prix.

Fittingly, it’s the first since another Haas team in 1986, then run by Carl Haas. Meanwhile it’s Gene Haas’ organization that has seen years worth of effort and preparation build for its debut this weekend.

The full release from NBC Sports Group is below:

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03/15/16
nassprint

Vickers to replace Stewart at Fontana
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Stewart-Haas Racing on Monday named Brian Vickers interim driver of its No. 14 Chevrolet SS for the March 20 Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.

In honor of Blood Clot Awareness Month (March), Janssen is partnering with Vickers and the track for the third consecutive year to help raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of blood clots.

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03/15/16
automotive

Lyft and GM Launch Express Drive Program
General Motors and Lyft Inc. today announced a long-term strategic alliance to create an integrated network of on-demand autonomous vehicles in the U.S.
General Motors and Lyft Inc. today announced a long-term strategic alliance to create an integrated network of on-demand autonomous vehicles in the U.S.
Lyft and General Motors today announced the launch of their Express Drive short-term rental program exclusive to the Lyft platform. The program will make cars available to Lyft drivers at affordable rates with insurance and maintenance included.

The launch of Express Drive comes two months after GM entered into a strategic alliance with Lyft to develop an integrated on-demand network of autonomous vehicles.

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03/15/16
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NASCAR will look at limiting contact with suspended crew members
Steve O'Donnell
Steve O'Donnell
NASCAR will examine if there is more it can do to limit the contact suspended individuals, particularly crew chiefs, have with their teams on race weekends. Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR's chief racing development officer, said Monday on "The Morning Drive" that even if the sanctioning body barred suspended crew chiefs from having contact with their team at the track, it would be "very difficult to police."

The question was asked on the SiriusXM NASCAR Radio show after Martin Truex Jr. stated last week that his team would stay in touch with suspended crew chief Cole Pearn via FaceTime, chat and other electronic means last weekend at Phoenix International Raceway.

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03/15/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Jos Verstappen (L)
    Jos Verstappen (L)
    Strife may not hold Sauber back - Jos Verstappen
  • Renault not spending more as works team - Stoll
  • 'Silly season' not more important in 2016 - Bottas
  • Mercedes 'has the edge' on Ferrari - Jos Verstappen
  • 'Mature' Hamilton tips better Rosberg relations
  • CVC sale could change how F1 is run - Ecclestone
  • Red Bull F1 Facing Bleak Future
  • F1 Has Become 'Too Much Of A Technology Race'
  • Limits on F1 radio communication will make driving harder
  • Lauda: New F1 qualifying stupid

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03/14/16
Fe

Formula E, Snapchat Team Up For One-Off Trial At London ePrix Weekend
Formula E and Snapchat have agreed to a one-off partnership for this year's London ePrix weekend in July. The deal, which will be officially announced at a later date, will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the event through a comprehensive story on the video and photo messaging app.

Content for the story will be created by Formula E, its teams, drivers and fans. The season-ending London ePrix will take place over two days on July 2-3. Formula E declined to disclose financial terms of the agreement.

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03/14/16
Fe

Formula E's manufacturing support helps Dragon Racing land partners, Penske says
Jay Penske
Jay Penske
American Formula E team Dragon Racing is benefiting from the series' manufacturer support in attracting new partners, team Owner & President Jay Penske said. The Dragon Racing team last month announced a new partnership with Panasonic. The agreement, which will run for the remainder of the '15-16 Formula E season, is part of the team's deal with electronics distributor Mouser that also includes the Molex brand.

Penske told SBD Global at the inaugural Mexico City ePrix that the series is seeing increased interest from sponsors in part due to its relevance for car manufacturers.

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03/14/16
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Video: 1970 Sebring 12 hours
This film captures the excitement of the 1970 12-hour endurance race at Sebring. A film shot during the golden age of racing. It features notorious race drivers like Mario Andretti, Dan Gurney, Jacky Ickx, Pedro Rodriguez, celebrity driver/actor Steve McQueen and mythical cars like the Ferrari 512S and Porsche 917. There is non-stop racing action as Ferrari driver Mario Andretti barely escapes with the lead over Steve McQueen, driving with a cast on his broken foot. Produced by Triangle Productions in association with the Automobile Racing Club of Florida.

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03/14/16
automotive

Why the Auto Industry Is Making Big Moves With Driverless Technology
In 15 years or less humans will no longer be driving cars. 85% of all fatal accidents are caused by human error. 95% of all accidents in total are caused by human error.

The legacy automakers are coming for you, Google, albeit a bit slowly.

Though there’s debate over how soon consumers will be turning the wheel over to robot cars, it’s clear that the race toward the driverless future has begun. The conversations around driverless cars and the future of autonomous technology, though, are no longer centered around the next big thing Silicon Valley companies are churning up. Increasingly, the words “self-driving cars” can be said in the same breath as the likes of traditional automakers such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, General Motors, Toyota and Ford.

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03/14/16
automotive

Singapore Is Taxing Tesla Model S Customers for Carbon Emissions
Exactly as Donald Trump has been saying - there are barriers to American products being brought into other countries but spineless America let's everyone step all over us
This story illustrates exactly what Donald Trump has been saying - there are barriers to American products being brought into other countries while weak and spineless America let's everyone step all over it
It sometimes seems everything is more of a challenge in Singapore. Even chewing gum is a crime. Now, barriers to importing and American Tesla Model S cars are arising in the Asian nation. One customer, Joe Nguyen, tried to bring an electric car over from Hong Kong in July 2015. He found he was being taxed almost $11,000 with a carbon emissions surcharge for a car with no tailpipe.

Vehicles driving the streets of Singapore are taxed based on how much they are estimated to pollute -- electricity is taken into consideration. So the car’s owner thought he’d be up for a rebate because the car is supposed to be pretty darn clean, consuming 181 Wh/km. But the country’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) claimed it’s consuming more than two times that.

In relation to this barrier, Tesla claimed that “the Model S has almost three times lower CO2 per km than an equivalent gas-powered car. Moreover, as Singapore increases the percentage of grid power from solar and wind, the CO2 from electricity drops with each passing year."

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03/14/16
automotive

Video: Car Makers Test Technology to Make You Pay Attention to the Road
Testing driver alert systems
Testing driver alert systems

Soon your car may be able to give you a lifesaving nudge before you fall asleep at the wheel.

Major auto makers are testing driver-monitoring systems that determine if a driver is too tired or distracted to drive safely, and the first such systems could be available next year.

Such artificial intelligence systems that watch drivers and evaluate their fitness behind the wheel are designed in part to compensate for the auto industry’s embrace of Internet-connected entertainment automation technologies that researchers say contribute to distracted driving.

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03/14/16
automotive

California Awards $8.9 Million for Completion of Fast Charge Corridor
California Energy Commission allocated $8.9 million for nine fast charging infrastructure projects along major corridors (North-South).

Perhaps finally California will catch up with Oregon and Washington with their part of the I-5 West Coast Electric Highway.

“This grant solicitation was an offer to fund projects that will install Direct Current (DC) fast charging stations on Interstate 5 (I-5), State Route 99 (SR 99), and along United States Highway 101 (US-101) from San Jose traveling South in California.”  

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03/14/16
irl

Video: IndyCar St. Petersburg GP race highlights
Verizon Team Penske driver Juan Pablo Montoya controlled the last half of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg to win the Verizon IndyCar Series season opener for a second straight year. Driving the No. 2 Chevrolet, Montoya led teammate Simon Pagenaud across the finish line by 2.3306 seconds, with Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay third and Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves fourth on the 1.8-mile

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03/14/16
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Rossi leads rookie class home at St. Pete
Alexander Rossi
Alexander Rossi

Alexander Rossi finished his first IndyCar Series race just outside the top ten in P12 and leader of the rookies as round one of the 2016 season got underway on the streets of St Petersburg, Florida. 

Alexander and Andretti Autosport made a strong start to the weekend as Friday’s practice session took place under typically blue Florida skies, with Alexander quickly putting his No. 98 car at the sharp end of the field. The American was able to open his first weekend of racing and third day behind the wheel of the black and white Indy car with a strong tally of 47 laps and a best time of 01:01.5198, impressing those around him by his capacity to adapt and immediately get straight on the pace.

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03/14/16
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NASCAR Phoenix TV rating
Fox drew a 3.6 overnight TV rating for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race from Phoenix. However, the 3.6 overnight is down from a 3.8 rating last year. After four Sprint Cup races, Fox has now seen year-over-year declines for each telecast.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter 200 from Phoenix drew a 1.2 overnight rating on Fox.

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03/14/16
irl

IndyCar St. Petersburg GP TV Rating
Miles has to get the next TV contract right, or he should resign
Miles has to get the next TV contract right, or he should resign
ABC yesterday drew a 1.1 'overnight' with over 1.4 million viewers tuned in for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Sunday, which was the opening race for the Verizon IndyCar Series season. That figure is up 37.5% from a 0.8 overnight last year for the same race on the same weekend, also on ABC, and up 83.3% from a 0.6 overnight rating on ABC in 2014.

Readers of AR1.com know we have been preaching this for years - 100% of IndyCar races should be on ABC network TV.  This would give the series an average of over 1.0 rating per race = 1.3 million viewers per race. This would mean the teams would be able to land their own sponsors (sponsors don't look at anything under 1.0), the series would skyrocket, and IndyCar could do away with the Leader Circle welfare program.

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03/14/16
F1

Mark Smith left the Sauber F1 Team
The Technical Director of the Sauber F1 Team, Mark Smith, has decided to go back to the UK for family reasons. He has already left the company.

We would like to thank Mark for his efforts and we wish him all the best for his future. Sauber F1 PR

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03/14/16
f1

Kvyat 'ready' to fight for F1 title
Daniil Kvyat
Daniil Kvyat
(GMM) Daniil Kvyat on Monday said he feels ready to fight for the world championship.

The Red Bull driver's former team boss, Toro Rosso chief Franz Tost, reportedly said recently that the 21-year-old Russian is now good enough to win a title.

"I thank Franz for these words," Kvyat told the Russian news agency R-Sport on Monday.

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03/14/16
wec

Bourdais, Dixon, Johnson and Tincknell join Ganassi for LeMans
Ford Chip Ganassi Racing has assembled a talented team of racing drivers from across the globe, ready for its return to the Le Mans 24 Hours, 50 years on from taking outright victory at the world’s greatest endurance race.

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03/14/16
irl

Double podium finish speared in St. Petersburg for Coyne drivers
Dale Coyne Racing was on its way to a potential double podium finish in the opening race of the Verizon IndyCar Series season, but the team suffered heartbreaking contact and ended up crossing the finish line 13th with Conor Daly and 20th with Luca Filippi.

Both Dale Coyne Racing drivers and race engineers elected to go with an off sequence fuel strategy to get them up front due to their place near the back of the starting grid. 

The strategy quickly paid off as Daly and Filippi were running strong in fourth and fifth following the first pit stop cycle.

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03/14/16
promazda

Telitz Takes his Turn as Team Pelfrey Earns Pro Mazda St. Pete Sweep
Aaron Telitz
Aaron Telitz
Locally based Team Pelfrey enjoyed a banner weekend in the opening two races of the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. After young Mexican Patricio O’Ward claimed top honors yesterday in the first of two races that made up the Allied Building Products Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, today it was the turn of rookie teammate Aaron Telitz to taste the spoils of victory.

O’Ward finished second, while Malaysian Weiron Tan charged up from fifth on the grid to ensure an impressive one-two-three sweep for Team Pelfrey, which is based just a few miles from St. Petersburg in Palmetto, Fla.

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03/14/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Monday
  • Ferrari gap down to a few tenths says the sandbagging Mercedes team
    Ferrari gap down to a few tenths says the sandbagging Mercedes team
    Ferrari gap down to mere tenths - Mercedes
  • Magnussen 'bigger talent' than Palmer - Doornbos
  • Kaltenborn hopes March salaries paid on time
  • Rosberg contrasts 'focus' with Hamilton's lifestyle
  • Mercedes-like dominance not new in F1 - Montoya
  • 'No alternative' to Schumacher silence - manager
  • 'Musical chairs' to go ahead in Melbourne
  • Mercedes warns 'musical chairs' could backfire on F1
  • Williams Appoints Paul di Resta as Reserve Driver for 2016

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03/13/16
fe

VW Emission Scandal Beneficial For Formula E Team Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport
The Volkswagen emissions scandal could be a blessing in disguise for the Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport team, according to its team principal. Hans-Jurgen Abt told SBD Global at the inaugural Mexico City ePrix that the diesel emissions scandal, dubbed "Dieselgate," has had no impact on the team’s business.

In fact, he said, it could be beneficial. "For us, it’s helpful because I think [the electric vehicle market] is getting stronger and stronger," he said.

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03/13/16
irl

Will Power diagnosed with a concussion
UPDATE IndyCar Statement:

"Following his on-track incident on Friday Will Power displayed no signs of injury and was evaluated and cleared by the INDYCAR Medical team. Per INDYCAR protocol we also evaluated the data collected from his ear accelerometers, which provides data specific to the impact on a driver’s head, and nothing gathered from that data indicated further evaluation was required. After learning of Will’s symptoms following qualifications Saturday he was required to submit to another evaluation by INDYCAR Medical Director Geoffery Billows, at which point he was diagnosed with a mild concussion. Power has been entered into INDYCAR’s concussion protocol and will need to be re-evaluated prior to being cleared to drive."

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03/13/16
il

Rosenqvist puts on a clinic in St. Pete
Felix Rosenqvist
Felix Rosenqvist

For the second day running, a driver named Felix won on the streets of St. Petersburg. This morning’s Indy Lights Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Presented by Lucas School of Racing was all about Swedish rookie Felix Rosenqvist, who led from flag-to-flag to claim a dominant victory for Belardi Auto Racing.

Yesterday’s polesitter Kyle Kaiser finished second for Juncos Racing, while Rosenqvist’s teammate, Zach Veach, completed the podium ahead of Saturday race winner Felix Serralles (Carlin).

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03/13/16
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scca

Pirelli World Challenge, SCCA Announce New Multi-Year Extension
WC Vision LL, producers of the Pirelli World Challenge, today announced a multi-year extension agreement with the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Pro Racing division to continue as the sanctioning body for North America’s most popular sports car production-based series.

Now in its 27th year, Pirelli World Challenge enjoyed one of its most successful and competitive seasons in 2015 with seven different auto manufacturers finishing in the top seven driver point positions (Cadillac, Ferrari, Porsche, Nissan, McLaren, Acura and Audi) in the GT division led by Johnny O’Connell’s fourth consecutive championship for Cadillac Racing.

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03/13/16
irl

Wheldon book 'Lionheart - Remembering Dan Wheldon' to be released in May
As the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season gets underway in his adopted hometown, news comes of a new book paying tribute to two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon.

Written and produced by Andy Hallbery and Jeff Olson, "Lionheart - Remembering Dan Wheldon" is a high-quality 216-page book chronicling Wheldon's life, as told by the people who knew him best: his family, friends, teammates, crew members and fellow competitors.

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03/13/16
nassprint

Penske still plans to add Blaney with a third team
Ryan Blaney
Ryan Blaney
Roger Penske has said his young NASCAR protege Ryan Blaney is "part of the family" and is moving closer to becoming a full-blown member of Penske's Sprint Cup lineup. Blaney, 22, is currently entered by the Wood Brothers, using equipment supplied by Penske. Blaney finished sixth at Las Vegas last weekend, and looks set to be brought even closer to the Penske fold next season. "Our goal is ultimately for that to be a Penske entry - or maybe a Wood-Penske entry, depending on how the Charter system works out," said Penske.

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03/13/16
irl

Revised IndyCar starting lineup and tire choice
Starting lineup and start tires. Power is not racing. Servia is in the #12.
SPCarDriver NameC/A/E/TTire
122Pagenaud, SimonD/C/C/FAlternate
23Castroneves, HelioD/C/C/FAlternate
32Montoya, Juan PabloD/C/C/FAlternate
49Dixon, ScottD/C/C/FAlternate
528Hunter-Reay, RyanD/H/H/FAlternate
615Rahal, GrahamD/H/H/FAlternate
711Bourdais, SebastienD/C/C/FAlternate
85Hinchcliffe, JamesD/H/H/FAlternate
941Hawksworth, JackD/H/H/FAlternate
1014Sato, TakumaD/H/H/FPrimary
1121Newgarden, JosefD/C/C/FPrimary
1226Munoz, CarlosD/H/H/FPrimary
1383Kimball, CharlieD/C/C/FAlternate
1427Andretti, MarcoD/H/H/FAlternate
1519Filippi, LucaD/H/H/FPrimary
168Chilton, Max (R)D/C/C/FAlternate
177Aleshin, MikhailD/H/H/FPrimary
1898Rossi, Alexander (R)D/H/H/FAlternate
1910Kanaan, TonyD/C/C/FPrimary
2018Daly, Conor (R)D/H/H/FPrimary
2116Pigot, Spencer (R)D/H/H/FAlternate
2212Servia, OriolD/C/C/FAlternate


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03/13/16
irl

Servia to replace Power (3rd Update)
03/13/16 UPDATE #3 
Oriol Servia
Oriol Servia

Team Penske just announced that Oriol Servia will replace Power in today's race.  As a result of the driver change, Servia must start last in the #12, which moves Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud up to pole position and Helio Castroneves up to the outside of the front row. Mark Cipolloni reporting from St. Petersburg

Press Release from team: As Will Power continues to feel the effects of nausea on Sunday, Team Penske has made the decision to start Oriol Servia in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet in Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

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03/13/16
f1

Wehrlein says Haryanto 'not bad driver'
Rio Haryanto
Rio Haryanto
(GMM) Pascal Wehrlein has defended the credentials of his 2016 teammate.

While the strongly Mercedes-backed and reigning DTM champion Wehrlein is highly rated, there has been scant praise in comparison for Rio Haryanto.

The Indonesian is sponsored by the Indonesian government, he has been derided by the German press, and pundit Robert Doornbos recently wondered if he will fall foul of F1's 107 per cent qualifying requirement.

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03/13/16
f1

Mateschitz renews Red Bull quit threat
Dietrich Mateschitz and Bernie Ecclestone
(GMM)  Dietrich Mateschitz's thoughts about quitting formula one are apparently still alive.

Last year, amid the arguments with Renault and dissatisfaction about the direction of the sport, the Red Bull mogul and billionaire reportedly thought seriously about pulling his two teams out of F1.

Ultimately, Red Bull is still in the paddock, but Toro Rosso's engine is a year old and the premier outfit is still with Renault -- on a one-year deal.

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03/13/16
irl

Sato leads morning warmup in St. Pete
AJ Foyt driver Takuma Sato turned the fastest lap in morning warmup for today's Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. There were 3 Hondas in the top-5 so it appears the Hondas will be closer to the Chevys in race trim. There were a couple of incidents. One saw Juan Montoya hit the tires, another saw Spencer Pigot make an evasive maneuver and go down a runoff area.

Results

POSDRIVERNO.TIMESPEEDLAPSBEHINDGAP
1Takuma Sato1401:01.2361105.82019--.------.----
2Graham Rahal1501:01.2362105.820180.00010.0001
3Josef Newgarden2101:01.5723105.242180.33620.3361
4Marco Andretti2701:01.6619105.089180.42580.0896
5Scott Dixon901:01.7303104.973160.49420.0684
6Simon Pagenaud2201:01.7449104.948150.50880.0146
7Mikhail Aleshin701:01.9348104.626210.69870.1899
8Sebastien Bourdais1101:01.9545104.593170.71840.0197
9Oriol Servia1201:01.9769104.555200.74080.0224
10James Hinchcliffe501:02.0060104.506170.76990.0291
11Helio Castroneves301:02.0226104.478210.78650.0166
12Tony Kanaan1001:02.1714104.228200.93530.1488
13Juan Pablo Montoya201:02.1894104.198170.95330.0180
14Charlie Kimball8301:02.2448104.105181.00870.0554
15Luca Filippi1901:02.3099103.996161.07380.0651
16Alexander Rossi9801:02.3100103.996141.07390.0001
17Conor Daly1801:02.3578103.916111.12170.0478
18Ryan Hunter-Reay2801:02.3932103.857171.15710.0354
19Spencer Pigot1601:02.4013103.844161.16520.0081
20Max Chilton801:02.6161103.488211.38000.2148
21Jack Hawksworth4101:02.7098103.333141.47370.0937
22Carlos Munoz2601:02.7982103.188131.56210.0884


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03/13/16
irl

Morning update from St. Petersburg
Hunter-Reay says the Honda package is still too slow
Hunter-Reay says the Honda package is still too slow

Another beautiful day in sunny Southern Florida as the teams prepare for the opening race of the 2016 IndyCar season. The Honda drivers appear to be behind the 8-ball again in 2016 after Chevy swept the top-5 positions in qualifying Saturday.

2012 IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay has expressed his disappointment at how far off the pace he feels the Andretti Autosport-Honda package is compared with the best of the Chevrolets after he was 0.65sec slower than pole time as the fastest Honda.

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03/13/16
irl

Video: Bourdais vs Aleshin clash
Sebastien Bourdais and Mikhail Aleshin get into it after St. Petersburg pre-qualifying practice.

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03/13/16
automotive
racing news

Tesla Model S sedans to finally race each other in new EV series
Agustin Paya, a professional driver and the technical director for the Electric GT World Series, explains why the Model S was a perfect choice for the championship:

"Although it is a luxurious super tourer it seems to be made for racing. Its weight distribution and astonishing low center of gravity, despite its considerable mass - more than two tons unmodified - allows unbelievable cornering speed, not forgetting its unending torque, which all add up to a great racing car."

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03/13/16
FE

Di Grassi wins Mexico City ePrix then loses it
Story moved to home page as a feature article.

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03/13/16
irl

Video highlights from the St. Petersburg GP
From the AutoRacing1.com YouTube page, Friday and Saturday video highlights from the 2016 St. Petersburg Grand Prix (Not some sections are just video with no narration)

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