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03/13/19
f1

Charlie Whiting, 66, dies suddenly
Charlie Whiting
Charlie Whiting 1952-2019

Popular and effective Formula 1 Race Director Charlie Whiting has passed away at the age of 66, the FIA has announced Thursday morning in Melbourne.

A brief statement issued by motorsport's governing body on Thursday morning confirmed that Whiting died as a result of a pulmonary embolism.

“It is with immense sadness that I learned of Charlie’s passing," said FIA President Jean Todt.

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03/13/19
wec

Nakajima puts #8 Toyota on top in opening Sebring practice
The #8 Toyota of Nakajima
The 8 Toyota of Nakajima

The No.8 Toyota Gazoo Racing car driven by Kazuki Nakajima set a time of 1m41.957s to lead the sister No.7 Toyota by 0.5s in opening practice for the 1000 Miles of Sebring World Endurance Championship race.

Nakajima set the best lap late in session after the team concentrated on long run stints in preparation for Friday’s 1000 Miles of Sebring. 

Jose-Maria Lopez had set quickest time of session early on with a 1m42.506 in the No.7 Toyota TS050 HYBRID.

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03/13/19
usf2000

Cape Motorsports Braden Eves' sweeps St. Pete USF2000 races
Braden Eves won both USF2000 races in St. Petersburg last weekend
Braden Eves won both USF2000 races in St. Petersburg last weekend
Cape Motorsports has won the last eight straight Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship title and they once again fired up their defense at the season-opening Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in Florida. The first doubleheader of the season was held last weekend (March 8-10) on the 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary circuit that utilizes part of the city’s Alfred Whitted Airport, and all three of Cape Motorsport’s 2019 drivers were impressive. 

The team swept both pole positions, as new recruits Braden Eves and Darren Keane topped the two qualifying sessions, and the team won both main events with Eves dominating the top step of the podium. Keane recovered from a faulty transponder in Race 1 qualifying to storm from 19th to seventh on Friday, and then led all but one lap in Race 2 before a slight miscue in the final corner ended in a spin and contact that resulted in a DNF. 

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03/13/19
irl
imsa

Cold War Kids to Headline Saturday Concert at Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach
Cold War Kids
Cold War Kids
Indie rockers Cold War Kids, who hail from Long Beach, will headline the Saturday night concert presented by Acura and SMG at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 13.

Free to race ticket holders, the show will begin at 6 p.m. after the close of daytime racing activities. Opening for Cold War Kids will be local indie-electronic band Moontower.

Formed in 2004, Cold War Kids rose to prominence quickly in 2006 with their first full-length record, Robbers & Cowards, released that year. Since then, the band has released five additional albums including the critically acclaimed Hold My Home, which featured the Billboard Alternative chart-topping hit “First” in 2015.  Other hit songs include “Miracle Mile,” “Love Is Mystical” and “So Tied Up.”

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03/13/19
irl

Cummins, Indianapolis Motor Speedway ink sponsorship deal
Leaders from Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI), the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and elected officials gathered today to announce a new multi-year partnership between the two 100-year old, Indiana-based companies. 

Cummins is celebrating its centennial this year and as part of this, Cummins will have an enhanced presence at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway throughout the year. Cummins will have a number of activities for the community to enjoy throughout the year, and its iconic Cummins "C" logo and videos will be visible in locations throughout the Speedway. During this year's Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, May 26, Cummins will have all five of its historic Indy 500 race cars together for the first time ever to participate in a pre-race parade lap.

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03/13/19
f1

A virtual lap around Albert Park in the wet
Albert Park
Albert Park
It's the start of the 2019 season and we're back with more virtual laps from McLaren's esports team.

Catch Rudy van Buren's top gaming tips as he drives Albert Park, the location of the F1 season opener.

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03/13/19
irl

Fast Forward: 2019 NTT IndyCar Series at St. Pete
Will Power
Will Power
Watch the entire NTT IndyCar Series season opener aired on NBCSN in less than 30 minutes.

The missing 13 minutes is not shown.

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03/13/19
f1

Racing Point to bring big upgrade to Melbourne
Sergio Perez testing in Barcelona
Sergio Perez testing in Barcelona
In their pre-race press release, Racing Point team principal Otmar Szafnauer says the car it will race at this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix is “quite different” from the version it ran in test

“Winter testing saw us achieve our main objectives and we took away a lot of positives,” said Szafnauer, “but the car you will see in Melbourne is quite different from the car we ran in Barcelona.

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03/13/19
nasmon

Goodyear updates right-side tire for Auto Club Speedway
NASCAR Tires
NASCAR Tires
Goodyear will provide a new right-side tire for this weekend’s NASCAR doubleheader at Auto Club Speedway.

The new tire construction will be used in both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series races on the 2-mile California track. The multi-zone rubber will feature a more durable compound on the tread’s inside two inches, with the outer 10 inches optimized for traction.

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03/13/19
track news

Gateway track is hiring
Gateway NHRA Action
Gateway NHRA Action

Gateway Motorsports Park -- the home of NASCAR, INDYCAR and NHRA in the St. Louis/Metro East region -- has positions available for drag strip announcers and infield media center security people for the 2019 season, according to a press release.

DRAG STRIP ANNOUNCERS

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03/13/19
TV News

Weekend TV Times
All times live and Eastern unless noted
Wednesday, March 13LocationTV TimesNetwork
Formula EHong Kong1:00am-2:00am (R)FS2
Formula E I-Pace Etrophy SeriesHong Kong2:00am-3:00am (R)FS2
Formula 1 Season LaunchMelbourne2:10am-3:00am (L)ESPN3.com
Kicker ArenacrossGreensboro3:00am-4:00am (R)FS2
NASCAR America - Motormouths-5:00pm-6:00pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Race Hub-6:00pm-7:00pmFS1
Thursday, March 14LocationTV TimesNetwork
Blancpain GT World ChallengeAustin2:00am-4:00am (R)CBSSN
Formula 1 - Welcome to the WeekendMelbourne3:00am-4:00amESPN3.com
FIM Motocross MXGPArgentina4:00am-5:00am (R)CBSSN
FIM Motocross MX2Argentina5:00am-6:00am (R)CBSSN
NASCAR America - The Motorsports Hour-5:00pm-6:00pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Race Hub-6:00pm-7:00pmFS1
Formula 1 Practice 1Melbourne8:55pm (L)ESPN3.com
World Endurance Championship QualsSebring9:20pm-10:30pm (L)MotorTrend
Formula EHong Kong11:00pm-12:00am (R)FS2
Friday, March 15LocationTV TimesNetwork
Formula 1 Practice 2Melbourne12:55am (L)ESPNEWS
IMSA 12 Hours of Sebring QualifyingSebring9:45am-11:00am (L)IMSA.TV
World Endurance Championship RaceSebring3:30pm-12:30am (L)MotorTrend
NASCAR Cup QualifyingFontana5:30pm-6:30pm (L)FS1
MotoGP HighlightsQatar9:00pm-10:00pmbeIN Sports
Formula 1 Practice 3Melbourne10:55pm (L)ESPNEWS
Saturday, March 16LocationTV TimesNetwork
Formula 1 QualifyingMelbourne1:55am-3:00am (L)ESPN2
Formula 1 QualifyingMelbourne7:00am-8:30am (SD/R)ESPN2
Superbike World Championship 1Thailand10:00am-11:00am (SD)beIN Sports
12 Hours of SebringSebring10:30am-1:00pm (L)CNBC
12 Hours of SebringSebring10:30am-10:40pm (L)IMSA.TV
12 Hours of SebringSebring1:00pm-3:00pm (L)NBC Online
12 Hours of SebringSebring3:00pm-11:00pm (L)NBCSN
Xfinity Series Pre-raceFontana4:30pm-5:00pm (L)FS1
Xfinity Series RaceFontana5:00pm-7:30pm (L)FS1
AMA SupercrossIndianapolis11:00pm-2:00am (SD)NBCSN
Formula 1 - Pit Lane LiveMelbourne11:30pm (L)ESPN3.com
Sunday, March 17LocationSunday, March 17Network
F1 race On The GridMelbourne12:30am-1:05am (L)ESPN
F1 raceMelbourne1:05am-3:00am (L)ESPN
F1 raceMelbourne6:30am-9:00am (SD/R)ESPN2
F1 raceMelbourne9:00pm-11:30pm(SD/R)ESPNEWS
Superbike World Championship 1Thailand1:00am-2:00am (R)beIN Sports
Superbike World SuperpoleThailand8:30am-9:00am (SD)beIN Sports
Superbike World Championship 2Thailand10:00am-11:00am (SD)beIN Sports
NASCAR RaceDayFontana3:00pm-3:30pm (L)FOX
NASCAR Cup RaceFontana3:30pm-7:00pm (L)FOX
NHRAGainesville7:30pm-11:00pm (SD)FS1

Legend: SD = Same Day Delayed R = Repeat, L = Live
Courtesy of TV Racer

 



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03/13/19
f1

Liberty admits finding F1 sponsors difficult
Greg Maffei
Greg Maffei
(GMM) Liberty Media bosses admit they thought it would be easier to attract sponsors to F1.

Chase Carey, the new CEO, and Liberty chief Greg Maffei took over from Bernie Ecclestone believing they would quickly be able to monetize the new $8 billion acquisition.

Actually, revenues are declining.

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03/13/19
f1

Wolff wants Lauda return 'as soon as possible'
Wolff and his sidekick Niki Lauda
Wolff and his sidekick Niki Lauda
(GMM) Toto Wolff says he wants Niki Lauda to return to the paddock "as soon as possible".

F1 legend and Mercedes team chairman Lauda has been absent ever since a 2018 lung transplant.

"He was there partly as a crutch for Toto (Wolff) to lean on," said Red Bull boss Christian Horner.

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03/13/19
f1

Ricciardo ready to be beaten by Red Bull
Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo
(GMM) Daniel Ricciardo says he knows his old team Red Bull is likely to beat him this weekend in Melbourne.

The Australian has returned to his native country with new colors and a new goal -- to help Renault join Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull in the fight for wins and titles.

"The battle we are in, with the entire midfield, looks really tight," Ricciardo told Kleine Zeitung newspaper.

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03/13/19
f1

McLaren needs new team boss - Ecclestone
Ecclestone says McLaren boss Zak Brown has to go. Ditto for Claire Williams.
Ecclestone says McLaren boss Zak Brown has to go. Ditto for Claire Williams.
(GMM) Bernie Ecclestone says both Williams and McLaren need new management.

The once-great F1 teams are now struggling, and former F1 supremo Ecclestone thinks the problem is the people in charge.

"They are no longer in the hands of super competitive men like Ron Dennis and Frank Williams," he told Corriere della Sera.

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03/13/19
f1

Wolff 'had eye on Ricciardo' for 2019
Toto Wolff
Toto Wolff
(GMM) Only a spike in form for Valtteri Bottas last year ended Daniel Ricciardo's 2019 talks with Mercedes.

That is the admission of Toto Wolff.

Ricciardo starts his new Renault adventure in earnest this weekend, but Mercedes chief Wolff admits he negotiated tentatively with the Australian last year.

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03/13/19
f1

Todt wants two more teams in F1
Jean Todt knows no new teams are coming unless costs are lowered
Jean Todt knows no new teams are coming unless costs are lowered
(GMM) Jean Todt says he would like F1 to have two more teams.

The FIA president admitted he is in talks with Liberty Media about tweaking the next Concorde Agreement so that new teams are able and encouraged to enter.

"At the moment we have ten stable teams," said the Frenchman.

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03/13/19
f1

Verstappen now mature and patient - Marko
Dr Helmut Marko
Dr Helmut Marko
(GMM) Max Verstappen has matured over the winter.

That is the view of his boss at Red Bull, Dr Helmut Marko. With the departure of Daniel Ricciardo, 21-year-old Verstappen is now the clear team leader. 

"Max is still very young, but mature," he told Algemeen Dagblad newspaper.

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03/13/19
f1

Giovinazzi must be careful early in 2019 - Trulli
Antonio Giovinazzi
Antonio Giovinazzi
(GMM) Another driver has urged Antonio Giovinazzi to take it steady in 2019.

Days ago, Giancarlo Fisichella said his fellow Italian should "keep a margin in his pocket" when out on track with Alfa Romeo.

"At least in the first races it is important not to retire or break the car," said the former Renault driver.

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03/13/19
f1

Hard for Gasly in 'Team Verstappen' - Villeneuve
Poor Pierre Gasly, he will be destroyed by Verstappen
Poor Pierre Gasly, he will be destroyed by Verstappen
(GMM) Pierre Gasly needs to look good alongside Max Verstappen in 2019.

That is the view of outspoken 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve. In just his second season on the grid, Frenchman Gasly has replaced Daniel Ricciardo at Red Bull.

"For Gasly, the only goal is to compare himself to Max Verstappen," the Canadian told La Presse.

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03/13/19
f1

Beating Michael's records not easy for Hamilton - Ralf
Hamilton, like Schumacher, was 'made' by Aldo Costa
Hamilton, like Schumacher, was 'made' by Aldo Costa
(GMM) It will not be easy for Lewis Hamilton to break Michael Schumacher's record tally of seven world championships.

That is the view of Michael's brother Ralf, who also raced in F1.

Hamilton won his fifth world championship last year, and now many are expecting him to dislodge Schumacher as the most successful driver of all time.

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03/13/19
f1

Verstappen 'fairly relaxed' for 2019 opener
Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen
(GMM) Max Verstappen has confirmed his boss's view about his maturity and patience in 2019.

Red Bull boss Dr Helmut Marko said the 21-year-old Dutchman, once seen as impetuous and overly aggressive, is now ready to be a title-winning driver.

"I am generally fairly relaxed before the first race," Verstappen told De Telegraaf as he arrived in Melbourne.

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03/13/19
f1

'Fully motivated' Newey 'barely sleeps' - Marko
Adrian Newey
Adrian Newey
(GMM) Adrian Newey is back at "full throttle" in formula one.

That is the news from Red Bull official Dr Helmut Marko. In recent years, renowned but disillusioned F1 designer Newey has taken a step back from the sport.

But Marko says the Honda collaboration has piqued Newey's interest.

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03/13/19
f1

Vettel 'lacked support' in 2018 - Rosberg
Rosberg blames Arrivabene
Rosberg blames Arrivabene
(GMM) Sebastian Vettel now has the support he needs to win the title for Ferrari.

That is the belief of Nico Rosberg, the 2016 world champion. Another former F1 driver, Ralf Schumacher, says the "biggest mistake" made by Ferrari last year was not giving Vettel "everything he wanted".

Rosberg agrees, telling Auto Bild that ousting Maurizio Arrivabene was a good move.

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03/13/19
f1

Podium drought may not end in 2019 - Hulkenberg
Nico Hulkenberg has a formidable teammate in Ricciardo
Nico Hulkenberg has a formidable teammate in Ricciardo
(GMM) Nico Hulkenberg admits it is possible his podium drought could be extended even further in 2019.

The German holds the ignominious record of being the longest-serving driver without a single podium.

"I want to break this spell sooner rather than later," the 31-year-old told SID news agency.

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03/13/19
f1

Kvyat not ruling out Red Bull comeback
Daniil Kvyat must have a big check
Daniil Kvyat must have a big check
(GMM) Daniil Kvyat is not ruling out a shock return to Red Bull Racing.

Dr Helmut Marko, the manager of the Red Bull driver program, says the Russian driver's return to Toro Rosso in 2019 is his "last chance" in F1.

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03/13/19
f1

ROKiT Williams Racing Announces Global Partnership with Tata Communications
Tata is a direct competitor to IndyCar's NTT Data
Tata is a direct competitor to IndyCar's NTT Data
ROKiT WILLIAMS RACING has chosen Tata Communications as the team’s Official Digital Transformation Partner.

The team will benefit from Tata Communications’ seven-season track record in the reliable delivery of network, hosting, broadcasting and security services to the Formula One ecosystem. The team will use Tata Communications’ digital infrastructure to enable real-time data transfer between the pitlane garage at all Grands Prix and the team’s factory in the UK.

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