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03/18/17
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Sebring Hour 10: Jordan Taylor puts #10 Cadillac in lead
The #10 Cadillac now leads
The #10 Cadillac now leads

With 2.5 hours left to run in the 12 Hours of Sebring Jordan Taylor (#10 Taylor Cadillac) used traffic perfectly to pass Filipe Albuquerque (#5 Action Express Cadillac) for the lead and then began to inch away.

The #31 Cadillac continues to run 3rd  just under 2 laps behind.

The #66, #67 and #68 Ford GTs run 1-2-3 with 2 hours left but the #3 Corvette is right on their tail.

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03/18/17
wscc

Video: Pre-Season Preparation With Porsche's Neel Jani
Victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans capped off a standout year for Porsche’s Neel Jani, whose performances would eventually see him crowned 2016 WEC Champion. And with his sights set on a repeat performance in 2017, Mobil 1 The Grid traveled to the snowy heights of Seefeld, Austria for an exclusive look at the Swiss driver’s winter training schedule.

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03/18/17
f1

Video: Eddie Jordan On Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes & The 2017 F1 Season
Speaking from the King of the Hammers event in the depths of the Arizona desert, Eddie Jordan shares his thoughts on the 2017 Formula One season - including his thoughts on Mercedes, Nico Rosberg's retirement & Valtteri Bottas' chances against Lewis Hamilton.

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03/18/17
wscc

Sebring Hour 9: Cadillac 1-2-3 at 3/4 mark
The #5 Cadillac still leads as the sun sets on Sebring
The #5 Cadillac still leads as the sun sets on Sebring
With 3 hours remaining in the 12 Hours of Sebring the battle is on.  The #5 Cadillac driven by Filipe Albuquerque holds a slim 4.3 sec lead over the #10 Cadillac with Jordan Taylor at the wheel and it's going to be a sprint to the finish.  The #31 Cadillac runs 3rd 2 laps down after an earlier spin, and although they are the fastest of the three Cadillacs, they have no chance barring an accident between the two leaders.

The #66 Ford GT with Dirk Mueller at the wheel hold a 10-sec lead over the #62 Ferrari of Toni Vilander followed closely by the #67 and #68 Ford GTs.

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03/18/17
wscc

Sebring Hour 6: Cadillac 1-2 at halfway
The #5 Cadillac still leads
The #5 Cadillac still leads

Six hours down, six hours to go in the 65th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida, and we’ve already seen some of the favorites fall by the wayside.

Up front in the four classes: The familiar No. 5 Action Express Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi V.R currently driven by veteran Joao Barbosa leads the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi V.R, driven by Ricky Taylor, by two seconds.

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03/18/17
F1

Manor F1 assets go up for auction
A rare opportunity to own some unique Formula 1 hardware has come about following the demise of the Manor F1 operation. The British-based team has placed all its F1 assets up for auction, including:
  • 4 x Manor Racing Formula 1 Rolling Chassis Show Cars (2015/2016)
  • 2017 Manor Formula 1 Wind Tunnel Model (6:1)
  • Pit Lane Equipment
  • Manor Racing Drivers and Race Team Clothing & General Merchandise

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03/18/17
nasx

William Byron on Xfinity Pole at Phoenix
William Byron
Ralph Garcia/AR1.com

NASCAR Xfinity Series rookie William Byron scored his first-career Xfinity Series pole in Saturday's qualifying for the DC Solar 200 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Byron bested Erik Jones in the final round of qualifying with a lap of 133.487 mph in the no. 9 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports. The front-row start is Byron's best since taking the outside pole two weeks ago at Atlanta.

Jones held onto second with a lap of 133.432 mph. Austin Dillon (133.033) was third, followed by Blake Koch (132.724) and Justin Allgaier (132.694)

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03/18/17
irl

Video: 2017 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Full replay of the ABC broadcast of the 2017 St. Petersburg GP

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03/18/17
track news

Video: Texas Motor Speedway repaved and reconfigured
Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage talks about the track's recent repave and the decision to change the banking in turns one and two.

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03/18/17
wscc

Sebring Hour 4: Cadillac 1-2 at the 1/3 mark
#5 Cadillac still leads
#5 Cadillac still leads at the 1/3 mark

Filipe Albuquerque holds a comfortable lead over Jordan Taylor after four hours in the 65th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

The No. 5 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R has turned the race into a borefest, with the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac moving up into second after a fierce duel between Alex Lynn and Chris Miller in the third place No. 85 Oreca 07 Gibson for JDC-Miller Motorsports.

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03/18/17
wscc

Sebring Hour 3: Cadillac leads at the 1/4 mark
The #5 Cadillac driven by Albuquerque, Fittipaldi and Barbosa lead
The #5 Cadillac driven by Albuquerque, Fittipaldi and Barbosa lead at the 1/4 mark of the 12 hour race

Eric Curran spun out of the lead in the No. 31 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R in the third hour of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

As the clock struck the 3-hour mark Filipe Albuquerque now leads in the No. 5 Cadillac, with the No. 85 JDC-Miller Motorsports Oreca 07 Gibson of Chris Miller moving into 2nd.

Contact between Curran’s car and the No. 22 Tequila Patron ESM Nissan Onroak DPi of Johannes van Overbeek resulted in both cars getting turned around in Turn 17 and the defending IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Champion unable to re-fire his Cadillac. 

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03/18/17
wscc

Video: Brakes Fail on No. 70 Mazda in Hour 2 at Sebring
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship: The brakes fail on the No. 70 Mazda and it's sent hard into the tire barriers in turn 17.

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03/18/17
nhra

Schumacher, J. Force, Line, Krawiec Fastest In Gatornationals Qualifying
John Force
John Force raced to the Funny Car qualifying lead Friday evening at the 48th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also provisional qualifying leaders at the third of 24 events on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

Force, a sixteen-time world champion, ran a track elapsed time record of 3.832 seconds at 333.25 mph in the second qualifying session.

Schumacher, a nine-time Top Fuel world champion, leads qualifying after his track elapsed time record run of 3.682 at 328.22 in the U.S. Army dragster during the second session. Defending world champion Jason Line holds the Pro Stock top spot after running a 6.476 at 213.87 in his Summit Racing Equipment Chevy Camaro in the second session while three-time world champion Eddie Krawiec currently sits in the No. 1 qualifier position in Pro Stock Motorcycle with a 6.791 pass at 198.17.

 



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03/18/17
f1

T2 Grandstand of Sochi Autodrom named after Vitaly Petrov
T2 Grandstand of Sochi Autodrom will now be named after first Russian Formula 1 driver in history Vitaly Petrov
 
The Grandstand is positioned in one of the sharpest corners of the racetrack. From here, fans can see cars braking from about 339 km/h before the most difficult section of the track that hardly exceeds one hundred meters. In several seconds a driver experience more than 5g, and the force of pressing the brake pedal is 126 kg. The second corner is a challenge for drivers, and even the smallest mistake can result in running off the track and losing precious seconds.

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03/18/17
racing news

Can-Am History Roars Back To Life At Spring Classic May 19-21
Vic Elford's Shadow leads Mark Donohue's Penske Porsche at Laguna Seca in 1973
Vic Elford's Shadow leads Mark Donohue's Penske Porsche at Laguna Seca in 1973
Sports car racing’s booming popularity following WWII resulted in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and the CASC (Canadian Automobile Sports Club) founding the Can-Am Series for Group 7 type sports racers in 1966. Armed with sponsorship from Johnson Wax, the Can-Am Series was the best paying racing series in the world.

As a result, it attracted the best of the best in the world of international auto racing. Formula One world champions John Surtees, Jody Scheckter, Jack Brabham, Graham Hill, Phil Hill, Denny Hulme, Jackie Stewart, and Mario Andretti and Indy 500 winners A.J. Foyt, Mark Donohue, and Parnelli Jones all participated in the Can-Am Series at one time or another.  

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03/18/17
automotive

Tesla Model S 60, 60D Discontinued Ahead Of Model 3 Launch
Teslas
Teslas
Ahead of the rollout of the Model 3 electric sedan in the second half of 2017, Tesla is discontinuing the cheapest variant of the Model S. The two versions of the 60 kWh battery option of the Model S -- 60 and 60D -- can be ordered only till April 16, the company announced Friday night.

In an emailed newsletter, Tesla said: "One year ago, we introduced the Model S 60 kWh battery as a more affordable option to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles. However, most customers ended up buying an equivalent to the Model S 75 kWh. To simplify the ordering process for our customers, we will be removing the 60 kWh option from our lineup."

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03/18/17
nasmon

Roush eyes retirement (Update)
Jack Roush - will he tend to his garden or fly airplanes and hopefully not crash again
JRoush turns 75 on April 19.

UPDATE Not so, Roush told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Friday.

"I have no retirement plans whatever," Roush said. "The article came from an ill-advised stream of consciousness I had at the end of last season."

He then said: "People retire in order to go do things they're passionate about. I already have a job that allows me to be passionate beyond my imagination as a youngster."

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03/18/17
imsa

CJ Wilson hangs up baseball glove for the cockpit

For CJ Wilson making his professional racing debut in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup USA, seat time in his new car was a priorty. For Till Bechtolsheimer and his partner and driver coach, Marc Miller, getting intimately acquainted with the Florida track's 17 turns was the number one goal but that did not require spending any time at the historic 3.74 mile venue.

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03/18/17
nasmon

Video: NASCAR Phoenix Blaney, Truex Jr and Logano Q&A
Ryan Blaney - No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford; Martin Truex Jr. - No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Toyota; Joey Logano - No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford. All videos courtesy of the AutoRacing1 YouTube Site

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03/18/17
nasmon

Video: NASCAR Phoenix Kyle Larson Q&A
Kyle Larson - No. 42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet

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03/18/17
nasx

Video: NASCAR Phoenix Xfinity Prerace Q&A
Daniel Suarez - No. 19 ARRIS Toyota; Justin Allgaier - No. 7 BRANDT Chevrolet, Brennan Poole - No. 48 DC Solar Chevrolet, Matt Tifft - No. 19 Surface Sunscreen / Tunity / Braingear Toyota

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03/18/17
nasmon

Video: NASCAR Phoenix Post Qualifying Q&A
Post Qualifying Press Conference - Second Qualifier - Ryan Blaney - No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford; Post Qualifying Press Conference - Coors Light Pole Award Winner - Joey Logano - No. 22 Shell Pennzoil

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03/18/17
NASMON

Kyle Busch says 'everything is great'
Busch prepares to get in car
Busch prepares to get in car
Wearing sunglasses and ready to get into his car about 15 minutes before practice Friday at Phoenix Raceway, Kyle Busch had a message for the media: "Everything is great."

The last time Busch was at a racetrack, he walked out of Las Vegas Motor Speedway with blood on his forehead -- the result of being tackled after he threw a punch at Joey Logano following a last-lap wreck.

NASCAR officials met with Logano and Busch prior to Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice Friday.

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