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03/19/16
wscc

Sebring Hour 10: Chevy runs 1-2-3
Hour ten of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring saw several minor incidents shakeup the running order across the four classes.

Action Express Racing still leads overall with Christian Fittipaldi behind the wheel of the No. 5 Corvette DP.

The sister No. 31 Corvette DP hit trouble with 3 hours and 27 minutes remaining when Eric Curran spun from second place.

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03/19/16
motogp

Lorenzo Clinches First Pole Position in Close Qatar Qualifying
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo continued his strong form today during the Qualifying 2 session, returning to the top of the time sheets again under the floodlights of the Losail International Circuit. He secured the 62nd pole position of his career with a 1'54.543s lap, making him the new leader in the all time pole position classification. His teammate Valentino Rossi, on the other hand, left it to the last lap to make his move, securing fifth on the grid for tomorrow's Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar.

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03/19/16
wscc

Sebring Hour 8: Chevy vs. Honda battle at 2/3rds mark
No. 31 Corvette DP being driven by Scott Pruett
No. 31 Corvette DP being driven by Scott Pruett
Scott Pruett in the No. 31 Corvette DP leads the Ligier Honda of Luis Derani at the 2/3rds mark of the 12 Hours of Sebring. However, pitstops and driver changes are about to start so we expect the order to be shuffled.

Three Corvette DPs run 3rd thru 5th driven by Barbosa, Dalziel and Angelelli with the other Ligier Honda of John Pew in 6th a lap down.

Scott Dixon has put the Ford GT in first place in GTLM ahead of the two RLL BMWs.

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03/19/16
wscc

Sebring Hour 6: Corvette DPs 1-2 at halfway
Filipe Albuquerque
Filipe Albuquerque

At the halfway mark in the 64th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida, teams have already been forced to use all the race strategy they can muster. 

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race has been run under completely clear skies, in a deluge, and everything in between.

A weather front crossing from the west to the east hit the historic Sebring International Raceway around noon, with everything from a drizzle to a downpour accompanied by lightning and thunder, and causing IMSA to stop the race for two hours and 15 minutes for track conditions and lightning in the area.

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03/19/16
wscc

Sebring Hour 5+: About to go back racing
After a 3-hour delay the red flag has been withdrawn the yellow flag is waving and cars are rolling. Barring any returning bad weather, we should be racing again soon.

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03/19/16
wscc

Sebring Hour 5: Still under Red Flag
No. 66 Ford GT in Barriers
No. 66 Ford GT in Barriers
Lightning and track conditions has brought the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring to a halt now going on 3 hours.

Action Express Racing currently leads overall with Christian Fittipaldi behind the wheel.

Dane Cameron is second in the team car, with Jordan Taylor completing the top-three for Wayne Taylor Racing.

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03/19/16
wscc

Sebring Hour 4: Still under Red Flag
Lightning and track conditions has brought the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring to a halt with just over nine hours remaining.

Action Express Racing currently leads overall with Christian Fittipaldi behind the wheel.

Dane Cameron is second in the team car, with Jordan Taylor completing the top-three for Wayne Taylor Racing.

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03/19/16
wscc

Sebring Hour 3: Red Flag
A red flag has hit the 12 Hours of Sebring before the 3-hour mark due to heavy rain and lightening and the No. 66 Ford GT in the tire barriers.

The two Action Express Corvette DPs still lead and were very fast in the rain. It appears the team anticipated rain and set the car up for it.

Nick Tandy in the No. 911 Porsche leads GTLM ahead of sister car No. 912 of Earl Bamber.

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03/19/16
wscc

Sebring Hour 2: Corvettes run 1-2-3-4 as rain hits Sebring
Multiple teams have hit trouble in the second hour, following a sudden downpour and accident that has put the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring under the second caution of the race.

Christian Fittipaldi is now out front, leading an Action Express Racing 1-2, after pit stops for both the leading Ligier JS P2 Hondas for Continental wet tires during a first spout of rain.

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03/19/16
Wscc

Hondas dominating early in 12 Hours of Sebring
The Ligier Hondas of Olivier Pla and Luis Derani dominated the early going in the 12 Hours of Sebring. The only reason a Corvette DP is shown in 2nd below is because of pitstops.

Tom Kimber Smith leads PC class, while BMW runs 1-2 in GTLM. Jeff Segal's Ferrari 488 leads in GTD.

Rain is approaching which should mix things up.

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03/19/16
f1

Can Ferrari beat Mercedes in 2016?
 
Aldo Costa when he was with Ferrari during the Schumacher years
Aldo Costa when he was with Ferrari during the dominating Schumacher years. Now it's Hamilton's turn to reap the Italian's genius.

Q: Can Ferrari beat Mercedes in F1 in 2016?

A: The simple answer is no. Like 2015, Ferrari will win a few races because Sebastian Vettel is the best driver, but as we told our readers throughout the off-season, Ferrari is not going to beat the Also Costa designed Mercedes for the championship.

Let's also remember that Ferrari used most of their 2016 engine tokens in the off-season and they are still 8/10ths of a second slower per lap.

Mercedes has plenty of tokens remaining and will use them to bury Ferrari if the Scuderia get close. Make no mistake, Lewis Hamilton is a great driver, but in F1 the car is 99.9% of the equation and Mercedes is simply the better car. Hamilton or Rosberg will win the 2016 title. Mark C.



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03/19/16
f1

Video: Australian GP - Sebastian Vettel


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03/19/16
f1

Even Ecclestone calls for qualifying axe
Ecclestone can't believe what he saw
Ecclestone can't believe what he saw
(GMM) 'Musical chairs' qualifying looks set to be the shortest-lived format for Saturday afternoon in F1's history.

"Remember that stupid qualifying format that only lasted one race back in 2016?" joked an incredulous Martin Brundle as he commentated on the farcical proceedings in Albert Park.

So widespread is the condemnation of the format up and down pitlane that almost no one doubts an ultra-rare unanimous vote of the team bosses to axe it will be made almost immediately.

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03/19/16
wscc

Video: A Lap Around Sebring International Raceway
Take a lap around Sebring International Raceway in the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Honda Ligier JS P2.

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03/19/16
nassprint

Video: Carl Edwards -- I Got Mistaken for Michael Phelps ... in Thailand!
All famous jacked white dudes look the same ... at least to some people in Thailand where NASCAR superstar Carl Edwards says he was once mistaken for the greatest swimmer of all time.

Edwards admits he was at a pool at the time (and fun fact: they're both super ripped) ... but the way he tells the story is pretty hilarious.

We also talked racing with the speedster -- who admitted he once zoned out behind the wheel because he couldn't get that FarmersOnly.com theme song out of his head.

Can't really blame the guy ... it's super catchy. TMZSports.com

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03/19/16
nassprint

Vickers to drive at Martinsville and maybe some sports cars
Brian Vickers
Brian Vickers
Brian Vickers, subbing for injured Tony Stewart in the #14 Janssen Arnie's Army Chaqritible Foundation Chevy, met with members of the media at Auto Club Speedway and discussed a few things including his future schedule, the transcript in part:

Q) WHAT IS YOUR FUTURE SCHEDULE FOR RACING IN THE SPRINT CUP SERIES? 
Vickers: "Well I think practice is next and then qualifying. I'm really thinking long term. I just want to get through tomorrow (laughs). To be honest with you, the only think I do know is I'm going to have a weekend off next weekend. I'm kind of really enjoying this schedule. I don't know if NASCAR is up to changes, but I am loving the weekend off, weekend on thing. That has been very relaxing, very fun. I get to race, but I also get some time off. I'm going to get it again with Easter weekend, but as of right now I'm going to be in Martinsville in the Janssen Arnie's Army Foundation car again. 

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03/19/16
nassprint

Bees force NASCAR to abandon flag stand
There was a lot of buzz Friday at Auto Club Speedway. Literally. A swarm of bees invaded NASCAR's flag stand Friday afternoon at the 2-mile oval, meaning Xfinity Series practice got underway with no green flag and no flag man. FOX Sports cameras zoomed in on a collection of bees - dozens, at least - clinging to a ledge in the flag stand.

Obviously, NASCAR decided it was better to not have a flag man for practice than to expose any officials to needless stings (drivers can still hear about the track conditions from their team radio communications).

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03/19/16
f1

F1 Bosses call for new qualifying to be scrapped
With the new qualifying procedures being a total flop, F1 came away with egg on their face
(GMM)  Leading figures in formula one are calling on the sport to scrap the new 'musical chairs' qualifying format after the woeful spectacle of Melbourne.

The eleventh-hour format tweak was controversial from the start, but few experts or pundits imagined the calamity of late Saturday afternoon in Albert Park.

"The crescendo was the guy getting out of the car.  He could have waved his own checkered flag," said 1996 world champion Damon Hill on Sky television, referring to pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton.

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03/19/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Saturday
  • Marko will block Ricciardo's move
    Marko will block Ricciardo's move
    Marko to block Ferrari switch for Ricciardo
  • Boullier will not 'convince' Alonso to stay in F1
  • Pundit questions Hamilton's podium chances
  • F1 not as good as before - Kubica
  • Pirelli denies 'secret Brazil tire' story
  • Haryanto hit with three-place grid penalty
  • More on Red Bull proposed canopy concept
  • Haas 'nervous' ahead of team debut
  • Renault has changed development approach

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03/19/16
f1

Hamilton leads Mercedes 1-2 in final F1 practice
Lewis Hamilton loves driving the fastest car in F1
Lewis Hamilton loves driving the fastest car in F1

Using the superior Mercedes handling and power, Lewis Hamilton edged out teammate Nico Rosberg in final practice for the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel only two tenths off the pace.

Mercedes used the super-soft tires for the first time this year, with Hamilton clocking a 1m25.624s, 0.176s ahead of Rosberg.

Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz Jr, running a 2015-spec Ferrari engine, split the Ferraris on the super-softs to go fourth quickest, 0.633s adrift of Hamilton and two tenths clear of Kimi Raikkonen.

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