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03/23/19
il

Oliver Askew dominates Indy Lights race
Oliver Askew
Oliver Askew

There was no doubt about the winner of today’s Cooper Tires Indy Lights Grand Prix Presented by Allied Building Products. Oliver Askew, 22, from Jupiter, Fla., took off from his second pole position in just three Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tire starts and, unlike on his home state streets of St. Petersburg two weeks ago, this time he was completely untroubled on his way to an emphatic victory for Andretti Autosport.

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03/23/19
irl

IndyCar COTA qualifying groups

Bourdais goes off in Group 1
Bourdais goes off in Group 1
Group 1

10   Rosenqvist, Felix

28   Hunter-Reay, Ryan

9    Dixon, Scott

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03/23/19
irl

IndyCar at COTA - Team Penske Q&A
Simon Pagenaud, Will Power and Josef Newgarden of Team Penske met with the media Saturday morning at Circuit of the Americas to discuss this weekend's race

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03/23/19
irl

Rossi tops IndyCar practice 3 at COTA
Alexander Rossi, fastest so far at COTA
Alexander Rossi, fastest so far at COTA

Andretti Autosport Honda driver Alexander Rossi is the first and only driver to get down into the 1m46s bracket in the final practice session for the IndyCars at the Circuit of Americas in Austin Texas.

Rossi's lap of 1m46.9148s on the harder black tires was enough to bump rookie sensation Felix Rosenqvist driving for Chip Ganassi racing off the top by 0.1388s.

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03/23/19
FEM

Organizers cancel Formula European Masters F3 season
F3 European Masters car on left
F3 European Masters car on left
Six weeks prior to the scheduled start into the season, the Formula European Masters organizers ‘Formel 3 Vermarktungs GmbH’ have to announce the cancellation of the young-driver series for the 2019 season. Together with the registered teams, those responsible gave their very best to keep the tradition-rich young-gun series alive. But due to the difficult competitive environment represented by European motor sports, the number of drivers who registered for the Formula European Masters was too small – and the series organizers had to opt for making this bitter decision.

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03/23/19
irl

Video: IndyCar COTA Friday Press Conference
Top-2 fastest drivers in Friday practice at Circuit of Americas - Will Power and Felix Rosenqvist

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03/23/19
f1

Video: Celebrating 1,000 Grand Prix Races, Part 1: Landmarks
F1 will celebrate its milestone 1,000th race at this year’s Chinese Grand Prix, with Shanghai playing host to what will be Round 3 of this year’s World Championship. To mark the occasion, Mobil 1 The Grid look back on some of the landmark races and milestones which shaped the history of the sport, starting with the series’ first ever race at Silverstone, in 1950.

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03/23/19
irl

NTT INDYCAR Series: Austin Friday Practice Highlights
The Penske Chevys will be hard to beat at COTA
The Penske Chevys will be hard to beat at COTA
Will Power, Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud each topped a session at Circuit of The Americas to make it a Team Penske kind of day.

Here's a look at the beginning of the #INDYCARClassic where it appears the three Penske Chevys are the ones to beat, their shocks working best over the COTA undulations

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03/23/19
f1

Australian GP attendees told to check for measles
Attendees may have been exposed to measles
Attendees may have been exposed to measles
A health warning from the Victorian state government has been directed at Australian Grand Prix goers, after a person with a confirmed case of measles visited the event.

A woman is currently being treated in a hospital for measles, having contracted the infection in the Northern Territory.

Authorities are warning health providers that she spent Saturday and Sunday at the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park, sitting in the Jones stand on the Saturday and the Fangio stand on the Sunday.

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03/23/19
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Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern and Live unless noted
Saturday, March 23LocationTV TimesNetwork
Formula EChina2:30am-4:00amFS1
NASCAR Cup Practice 1Martinsville9:30am-10:30amFS1
NASCAR Truck QualsMartinsville10:30am-11:30amFS1
IndyCar Practice 3Austin11:00 - 11:45amNBC Sports Gold
NASCAR Cup Practice 2Martinsville12:30pm-1:30pmFS1
NASCAR Truck RaceMartinsville1:30pm-2:00pm - Pre-Race
2:00pm-4:30pm - Race
FOX
IndyCar QualificationsAustin3:00 - 4:30 PMNBCSN
NASCAR Cup QualifyingMartinsville5:00pm-6:00pmFS1
AMA SupercrossSeattle10:00pm-1:00amNBCSN
Sunday, March 24LocationTV TimesNetwork
NASCAR CupMartinsville12:30pm-2:30pm - RaceDay
2:30pm-6:00pm - Race
FS1
IndyCarAustin1:00pm-1:30pm - Pre-Race
1:30pm-3:30pm- Race
3:30pm-4:00pm - Post-Race
NBCSN

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03/23/19
fe

Rowland wins pole in Sanya, China
Rowland takes pole
Rowland takes pole
After a sensational performance in the morning ahead of the 2019 FWD Sanya E-Prix, Nissan e.dams' Oliver Rowland claims his maiden Pole with reigning champ Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah) close behind in second. With Rowland on Pole, the ABB FIA Formula E Championship sees its sixth different Poleman take to the grid in six races.

In third is BMW i Andretti Motorsport's Antonio Felix da Costa, with Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler's Daniel Abt, who starts the race six places above his teammate di Grassi.

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03/23/19
f2

Jordan King returns to F2
Jordan King
Jordan King
Jordan King and Mahaveer Raghunathan will compete for MP Motorsport in Formula 2 this season.

King previously raced in Formula 2 – and predecessor GP2 – from 2015 through 2017, taking two wins and seventh in the 2016 standings.

King spent last year competing in the road/street courses in IndyCar but was unable to secure a full-time seat for 2019 and will now return to Formula 2.

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03/23/19
fe

Buemi tops Sanya practice
Rowland topped practice 1
Rowland topped practice 1

Nissan e.dams' claimed another fastest time in Sanya as Sebastien Buemi followed in his teammate's footsteps, setting a lap time of 1:07.288s in the second Practice session. Close behind was BMW i Andretti Motorsport's Antonio Felix da Costa with a time of 1:07.397s and Bumei's teammate Oliver Rowland third fastest with 1:07.453s.

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03/22/19
automotive

Chevy to produce new EV at Orion plant
The Chevrolet Bolt EV will still be produced at Orion as well
The Chevrolet Bolt EV will still be produced at Orion as well
General Motors is investing $300 million in its Orion Township, Michigan, assembly plant to produce a new Chevrolet electric vehicle that will bring 400 new jobs to the Orion plant. Today’s announcement is part of GM’s new commitment to invest a total of $1.8 billion in its United States manufacturing operations, creating 700 new jobs and supporting 28,000 jobs across six states.

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03/22/19
irl

Lot's of seats available for COTA IndyCar race (2nd Update)
Bobby Epstein expects 30,000 on Sunday
Bobby Epstein expects 30,000 on Sunday
UPDATE
 Circuit of the Americas is expecting attendance of at least 30,000 for Sunday's inaugural NTT IndyCar Series race there, track Chair Bobby Epstein told THE DAILY.

COTA this year is hosting IndyCar for the first time, and Epstein said that sales are about on pace for where the track was expecting to be for the event. On top of its grandstand seating, the track has retrofitted part of its infield paddock that F1 typically uses and turned it into 80 infield camping spots. Epstein said of sales for Sunday: "It’s got to be over 30,000, but it'll depend on the walk-up. We're right about where we expected to be.

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03/22/19
irl

Friday IndyCar quotes from COTA
Matthew Leist
Matthew Leist

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet): "The day was OK. We lost a little bit in Practice 2 and we didn't put up a very good lap on reds (Firestone alternate tires). We look strong on blacks (Firestone primary tires), but we just need to look at the data tonight, especially if we get that rain tomorrow. Overall, I feel good. The PPG Dallara/Chevrolet feels comfy and we need to make sure we execute tomorrow."

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03/22/19
irl

IndyCar Pitstop and Warm-up Practice Times
Pagenaud kept the Penske Chevys at the top of the charts in this session
Pagenaud kept the Penske Chevys at the top of the charts in this session
Pitstop practice and Sunday warm-ups were moved from Sunday morning to Friday afternoon again for this IndyCar race.

Some drivers focused on pitstop practice but other drivers, like Colton Herta who missed practice 2 completely, focused on car setup.

Simon Pagenaud turned the fastest lap to give Team Penske the fastest time in every session. With the track undulations and unevenness here, Penske's shock package is working well.

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03/22/19
il

Rookie Askew Scorches to his Second Indy Lights Pole
Oliver Askew
Oliver Askew
AUSTIN, Texas – Rising American star Oliver Askew set a blistering pace today and will start on pole position for tomorrow’s Cooper Tires Indy Lights Grand Prix Presented by Allied Building Products at the 3.41-mile, 20-turn Circuit of The Americas. The talented rookie from Jupiter, Fla., found the perfect way to bounce back from a major disappointment in the second of two Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires races two weeks ago on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., where he once again started from the pole, only to be eliminated in an incident on the first lap.

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03/22/19
irl

Video: Q&A with IndyCar team owner Trevor Carlin at COTA
Patricio O'Ward
Patricio O'Ward
We talk to Trevor Carlin about how being a team owner in Europe compares to racing here in the USA, and the upcoming Indy 500 in association with McLaren and Fernando Alonso.

He also talks about his new rookie driver from Mexico - Patricio O'Ward.

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03/22/19
irl

Video: Q&A with IndyCar Rookie Sensation Colton Herta at COTA
Colton Herta

We talk to IndyCar rookie sensation Colton Herta at Circuit of Americas after he was fast in opening practice before blowing an engine which kept him out of the 2nd practice.

Herta and Felix Rosenqvist are the two rookies that really have tongues wagging on pitlane.

Herta may be soft spoken but he does all his talking with his right foot.

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03/22/19
irl

Will Power keeps Team Penske on top in 2nd COTA practice
Will Power fastest on Friday
Will Power fastest on Friday

Will Power was the fastest car on the soft red Firestone tires in the 2nd practice session for the IndyCar Classic race at Circuit of Americas Sunday. Power's lap of 1m47.440s was enough to keep the Penske Chevy team on top at COTA.

Rookie sensation Felix Rosenqvist was 2nd quick just 0.1749s behind Power in his Ganassi Honda.

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03/22/19
irl

Newgarden tops opening IndyCar practice at COTA
Josef Newgarden
Josef Newgarden

Josef Newgarden turned the quickest lap in opening practice for the IndyCar Classic at the Circuit of the Americas in his Penske Chevy. Newgarden's lap of 1m48.657s topped rookie sensation Colton Herta who was 2nd quick in the Harding Steinbrenner Honda by 0.1372s.

However, Herta was the latest driver to lose a Honda engine, bringing out a lengthy red flag as the HPD squad scrambles to figure out the problem.

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03/22/19
irl

Friday morning IndyCar update from Austin
Rossi in the dog Manor F1 car at COTA in 2015
Rossi in the dog Manor F1 car at COTA in 2015

This day has finally arrived. The first ever IndyCar weekend at Circuit of Americas (COTA) starts today under fair skies and a morning temperature of just 47 degrees as I write this.  However, it's expected to warm into the 70s this afternoon. First practice begins in about 3 hours.

Three drivers - Alexander Rossi, Marcus Ericsson and Max Chilton - have raced an F1 car at COTA previously, however, that is not expected to be any benefit whatsoever because and F1 car is so much more sophisticated and easier to drive.  In F1, the car is 99% of the equation, but in IndyCar, driver talent means so much more.

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03/22/19
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Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern and Live unless noted
Friday, March 22LocationTV TimesNetwork
IndyCar Practice 1Austin11:15am - 12:00pmNBC Sports Gold
IndyCar Practice 1Austin3:00 - 4:45pmNBC Sports Gold
Saturday, March 23LocationTV TimesNetwork
Formula EChina
2:30am-4:00amFS1
NASCAR Cup Practice 1Martinsville9:30am-10:30amFS1
NASCAR Truck QualsMartinsville10:30am-11:30amFS1
IndyCar Practice 3Austin11:00 - 11:45amNBC Sports Gold
NASCAR Cup Practice 2Martinsville12:30pm-1:30pmFS1
NASCAR Truck RaceMartinsville1:30pm-2:00pm - Pre-Race
2:00pm-4:30pm - Race
FOX
IndyCar QualificationsAustin3:00 - 4:30 PMNBCSN
NASCAR Cup QualifyingMartinsville5:00pm-6:00pmFS1
AMA SupercrossSeattle10:00pm-1:00amNBCSN
Sunday, March 24LocationTV TimesNetwork
NASCAR CupMartinsville12:30pm-2:30pm - RaceDay
2:30pm-6:00pm - Race
FS1
IndyCarAustin1:00pm-1:30pm - Pre-Race
1:30pm-3:30pm- Race
3:30pm-4:00pm - Post-Race
NBCSN

Legend: R=Repeat

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03/22/19
nasx

Allmendinger Lands Xfinity Deal With Kaulig
AJ Allmendinger
AJ Allmendinger
Kaulig Racing has announced the addition of A.J. Allmendinger to its NASCAR Xfinity Series driver roster.

Allmendinger, who has spent the past 13 years driving in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, will drive the No. 10 Chevrolet for multiple races.

Additionally, Allmendinger recently signed a multi-year contract with NBC Sports Group as a motorsports analyst for both IMSA on NBC and NASCAR America. He was also named a member of NBCSN’s American Flat Track broadcast team on Thursday.

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03/22/19
f1

Some drivers claim start lights obstructed
Kubica was not able to see the start lights from the last row
Kubica was not able to see the start lights from the last row

(GMM) F1's governing body is making adjustments ahead of the Bahrain grand prix so that drivers at the back of the grid can see the start lights.

Robert Kubica and Pierre Gasly complained after Melbourne that the new bigger rear wings for 2019 meant they couldn't see when the five lights went out.

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03/22/19
f1

Briatore doubts Ferrari can win 2019 title
Flavio Briatore (R) states the obvious. Aldo Costa designed the Mercedes, not the Ferrari
Flavio Briatore (R) states the obvious. Aldo Costa designed the Mercedes, not the Ferrari

(GMM) Flavio Briatore thinks Ferrari will be unable to win the world championship in 2019.

Some are tipping the Italian team to bounce back in Bahrain, believing that after dominating winter testing, Ferrari still have a car capable of taking on Mercedes.

But former Renault boss Briatore is not so sure. 

"It will be very hard for them," he told Radio Capital.

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03/22/19
f1

Carey in Barcelona for Spanish GP contract talks
Chase Carey
Chase Carey
(GMM) Negotiations to extend Barcelona's contract to host the Spanish grand prix have begun.

Spanish media, including EFE news agency, say F1 chief executive Chase Carey met with circuit officials at the Catalonia parliament on Thursday.

In a statement, the Circuit de Catalunya said the meeting "showed the will" of the region to keep hosting formula one beyond 2019.

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03/22/19
f1

Marko says he was 'right' about Honda power
Honda F1 engine
Honda F1 engine
(GMM) Dr Helmut Marko remains convinced that Red Bull can win the 2019 world championship.

In Australia, Mercedes dominated the season opener but it was Max Verstappen, rather than either of the Ferraris, who shared the podium with the silver-clad drivers.

"I think we will fight for the world championship this year," Marko told Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport.

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03/22/19
f1

Ferrari can 'do better' in Bahrain - Senna
Bruno Senna (R) is clueless
Bruno Senna (R) is clueless
(GMM) Bruno Senna says Ferrari should not give up on winning the 2019 title.

After Australia, where the Italian team's winter promise failed to materialize, many observers said Mercedes is now the overwhelming favorite for the rest of the season.

"Ferrari is good but Mercedes looks stronger," agrees Senna, a former F1 driver whose uncle was the legendary Ayrton Senna.

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03/22/19
f1

Williams being run with 'fear and terror' - Ralf
Claire Williams
Claire Williams
(GMM) Ralf Schumacher, who won all six of his F1 victories with the British team, thinks the problem at Williams could be its management.

He told Germany's motorsport-total.com that the struggling Oxfordshire based outfit is currently being run with "fear and terror".

Schumacher, 43, said it was the same as when Sir Frank Williams ran the team alone in the 70s.

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03/21/19
irl
imsa

Laborers International Union to Sponsor Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach
Long Beach GP
Long Beach GP

The Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) has joined the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach for the first time as an Associate Sponsor.

LIUNA, represented locally by Local 1309, has supplied workers to build the Acura Grand Prix’s grandstands, safety system and VIP suites since its earliest days, has also been responsible for the development and building of much of the City of Long Beach and the surrounding areas, including many of the parks, bridges, libraries, schools, freeways and city infrastructure used daily by the residents of Long Beach.

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03/21/19
tv news

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern and Live unless noted
Thursday, March 21LocationTV TimesNetwork
Blancpain GT4 Sprint XAustin8:00pm-9:00pm (R)CBSSN
Blancpain GT4 SprintSt. Petersburg9:00pm-10:00pm (R)CBSSN
NHRAGainesville10:00pm-1:00am (R)FS2
Friday, March 22LocationTV TimesNetwork
IndyCar Practice 1Austin11:15am - 12:00pmNBC Sports Gold
IndyCar Practice 1Austin3:00 - 4:45pmNBC Sports Gold
Saturday, March 23LocationTV TimesNetwork
Formula EHong Kong2:30am-4:00am (R)FS1
IndyCar Practice 3Austin11:00 - 11:45amNBC Sports Gold
Gander Outdoors Truck SeriesMartinsville1:30pm-2:00pm - Pre-Race
2:00pm-4:30pm - Race
FOX
IndyCar QualificationsAustin3:00 - 4:30 PMNBCSN
AMA SupercrossSeattle10:00pm-1:00amNBCSN
Sunday, March 24LocationTV TimesNetwork
NASCAR CupMartinsville12:30pm-2:30pm - RaceDay
2:30pm-6:00pm - Race
FS1
IndyCarAustin1:00pm-1:30pm - Pre-Race
1:30pm-3:30pm- Race
3:30pm-4:00pm - Post-Race
NBCSN

Legend: R=Repeat



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03/21/19
automotive

Ford will invest $850 million to add more production capacity for EVs
Ford plans to invest more than $850 million to add more production capacity at a second U.S. factory for its next-generation battery-electric vehicle program.

The investment, which will be made through 2023, will focus on expanding Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant in southeast Michigan. The plant investment also includes funding to build the next-generation Mustang and is part of a $900 million investment in Ford’s operations in southeastern Michigan.

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03/21/19
irl

Jones' finger to be re-evaluated prior to COTA weekend (Update)
Ed Jones
Ed Jones

UPDATE NTT IndyCar Series driver Ed Jones has been cleared to drive in the INDYCAR Classic at Circuit of The Americas following a re-examination by Dr. Geoffrey Billows, INDYCAR medical director.

Jones sustained a small non-displaced fracture of the distal fourth metacarpal in his left ring finger when  his No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet made contact with the wall during the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 10. Jones met with a hand surgeon in Miami in the days following the race and had the hand properly splinted.

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03/21/19
irl

Firestone to use Road America tires for COTA this weekend
Santino Ferrucci
Santino Ferrucci
"Our Firestone Race Tire Engineering team tested at Circuit of The Americas last fall to select the best tires for the first NTT IndyCar Series event at this beautiful 20-turn road course. Without previous race data to pull from, the Firestone team relied on vehicle data, track roughness information, and input from our test teams in selecting race-proven technology that will meet the demands of this iconic track. The black sidewall primary tire features the 2018 Road America construction and the 2018 Indy GP compound, while the red sidewall alternate is the same construction and compound as 2018 Road America." 

- Cara Adams, Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Americas Motorsports

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03/21/19
f3fia

Christian Lundgaard ends inaugural F3 pre-season test on top
Christian Lundgaard
Christian Lundgaard
Renault Sport Academy driver Christian Lundgaard set the fastest laptime of the first FIA Formula 3 pre-season testing at the Circuit Paul Ricard in France. The Dane clocked in a time of 1:48.786 to top the two-day test session overall. In the afternoon, it was Yuki Tsunoda from Jenzer Motorsport who was quickest in a 1:49.301.

The pitlane opened at 9am local time on the second day of testing and under blue skies. The three ART cars rushed to the track, led by Max Fewtrell, but it was David Beckmann who quickly set the early pace. PREMA’s Jehan Daruvala dipped under 1m51s to go top ahead of Richard Verschoor and Lundgaard. The Dane improved further to claim the top spot in 1:50.410.

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03/21/19
automotive

Just call them 'Revenuers'
They are not there is serve and protect, the 'Revenuers' are there to extract as much money from your wallet as possible
They are not there is serve and protect, the 'Revenuers' are there to extract as much money from your wallet as possible
Newly released federal court documents have revealed that Massachusetts State Police had a quota system requiring troopers to issue a certain number of tickets.

CBS Boston reports that troopers were required to issue at least eight tickets during specialized overtime shifts. Prosecutors uncovered the scheme in the latest court filing in an ongoing overtime pay scandal within the Massachusetts State Police.

The Accident and Injury Reduction Effort (AIRE) was one of the overtime programs implemented by the police. It was aimed at reducing crashes on the Massachusetts Turnpike and targeted aggressive and speeding drivers.

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03/21/19
f1

Sir Jackie Stewart drives Dan Gurney's Eagle at Revival
Legendary F1 driver Sir Jackie Stewart made a special appearance at Goodwood Revival with a lap in one of Dan Gurney's classic Eagles at #GoodwoodRevival.

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03/21/19
f1

Juan Manuel Correa joins Alfa Romeo F1 team as Development Driver
Juan Manuel Correa
Juan Manuel Correa

Alfa Romeo Racing is pleased to announce that Juan Manuel Correa is joining  the Team as Development Driver.

The 19-year-old American driver is currently competing in the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship with the Sauber Junior Team, and will now take a next step in his career by entering a new role with Alfa Romeo Racing.

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03/21/19
f1

Mercedes identifies Hamilton as the culprit of his floor damage
Hamilton hit a curb too hard and broke his floor
Hamilton hit a curb too hard and broke his floor

Mercedes' post-race analysis suggests Hamilton broke the floor on his Mercedes and ruined his race in Melbourne by hitting a curb too hard.

Hamilton finished second behind teammate Valtteri Bottas in the opening round of the 2019 season in Australia, but admitted that the performance of his W10 had been impacted by a handling issue.

In his post-race 'Pure Pitwall' debrief, Mercedes strategist James Vowles shed some light on the possible reason for the damage that had been incurred.

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03/21/19
f1

Domenicali tips Ferrari to bounce back in Bahrain
Failed former Ferrari boss Domenicali will have to eat his words after Mercedes destroys Ferrari in Bahrain
Failed former Ferrari boss Domenicali will have to eat his words after Mercedes destroys Ferrari in Bahrain
(GMM) Former Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali is expecting the Maranello team to bounce back in Bahrain.

"Yes, that was a difficult weekend for them," the Italian is quoted by Speed Week, after Ferrari's winter of promise ended with the team being outpaced by Mercedes and Red Bull-Honda in Melbourne.

"Ferrari could not show a normal level of performance," said Domenicali, "but let us not forget that Melbourne is a special place.

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03/21/19
f1

Top drivers don't want Melbourne resurfacing (Update)
Anyone who thinks Albert Park needs resurfacing has not driven on the washboard tracks in the USA
Melbourne to get resurfacing even though drivers say don't waste your money

UPDATE (GMM) Organizers of the Australian grand prix look set to proceed with a full resurfacing of the Albert Park track in Melbourne.

Last weekend for the 2019 season opener, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel urged against the resurfacing, saying the bumps are part of the character of the venue.

"We will have to get the report back from (acting race director) Michael Masi, but I think we will be resurfacing in the next year or two," Australian Grand Prix Corporation chief Andrew Westacott told The Age.

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03/21/19
f1

MotoGP funding system 'different to F1' - Ezpeleta
MotoGP action in Qatar
MotoGP action in Qatar
(GMM) Carmelo Ezpeleta, boss of the MotoGP rights holder Dorna, has suggested that the premier motorcycle racing category's funding model is superior to that seen in F1.

With F1 locked in tough negotiations over the 2021 Concorde Agreement, Ezpeleta told France's Auto Hebdo that the MotoGP model is "different" to how formula one runs its show.

"Our commercial arrangements benefit both Dorna and the teams," he said.

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03/21/19
f1

Alguersuari felt like 'a puppet' in F1
Jaime Alguersuari, now is a full-time DJ
Jaime Alguersuari, now is a full-time DJ
(GMM) Former F1 driver Jaime Alguersuari says the top category of motor racing turns drivers into "a puppet".

The Spaniard, now 28, raced for Toro Rosso until he was ousted in 2011.

He is now a full-time DJ.

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03/21/19
f1

No 'new Bottas' in Melbourne - Ralf Schumacher
Will Hamilton let Bottas win anymore races in 2019?
Will Hamilton let Bottas win anymore races in 2019?
(GMM) Ralf Schumacher has hit back at claims that F1 gave birth to a "new" Valtteri Bottas in Melbourne.

Disappointed with his performance in 2018 and fearing for his Mercedes seat, Finn Bottas reinvented himself over the winter, growing a beard and insisting he is determined to do anything to succeed.

In Melbourne, he duly won.

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03/21/19
f1

Glock defends Kubica after poor F1 return
Kubica's mangled right arm is not much help when driving
Kubica's mangled right arm is not much help when driving
(GMM) Timo Glock has defended Robert Kubica in the wake of the Pole's disappointing return to F1 in Melbourne.

Kubica's comeback after an eight year layoff due to injury was a big story in Australia, but he qualified dead last, made mistakes and was even lapped by his own teammate George Russell.

It has raised questions about whether the 34-year-old is up to the challenge of racing at the highest level.

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03/21/19
f1

Ferrari may charge for fastest lap in future
The Ferrari would have needed new tires to set fastest lap, not so for the Mercedes' - they set fastest laps on worn out tires
The Ferrari would have needed new tires to set fastest lap, not so for the Mercedes' - they set fastest laps on worn out tires
(GMM) Ferrari may chase the bonus 'point for fastest lap' in Bahrain and beyond.

In Melbourne, surprised and disappointed to be off Mercedes and Red Bull-Honda's pace, team boss Mattia Binotto decided that Charles Leclerc would not be given the opportunity to go for the fastest lap.

"We had the window to give Charles new tires, but I think at that stage every pit stop is a risk and for us it was more important to get the car home and secure the points for fifth place," he told Auto Bild.

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03/21/19
f1

Pirelli announces tires for Monaco GP
As with Montreal, Pirelli is bringing the three softest compounds to the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix (May 23-26).




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03/21/19
tv news

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern and Live unless noted
Thursday, March 21LocationTV TimesNetwork
IMSA 12 Hours of SebringSebring1:00am-3:00am (R)NBCSN
NASCAR Race HubStudio4:00am-5:00am (R)FS1
NASCAR AmericaStudio5:00pm-6:00pmNBCSN
NASCAR Race HubStudio6:00pm-7:00pmFS1
Blancpain GT4 Sprint XAustin8:00pm-9:00pm (R)CBSSN
Blancpain GT4 SprintSt. Petersburg9:00pm-10:00pm (R)CBSSN
NHRAGainesville10:00pm-1:00am (R)FS2
Friday, March 22LocationTV TimesNetwork
IndyCar Practice 1Austin11:15am - 12:00pmNBC Sports Gold
IndyCar Practice 1Austin3:00 - 4:45pmNBC Sports Gold
Saturday, March 23LocationTV TimesNetwork
Formula EHong Kong
2:30am-4:00am (R)FS1
IndyCar Practice 3Austin11:00 - 11:45amNBC Sports Gold
Gander Outdoors Truck SeriesMartinsville1:30pm-2:00pm - Pre-Race
2:00pm-4:30pm - Race
FOX
IndyCar QualificationsAustin3:00 - 4:30 PMNBCSN
AMA SupercrossSeattle10:00pm-1:00amNBCSN
Sunday, March 24LocationTV TimesNetwork
NASCAR CupMartinsville12:30pm-2:30pm - RaceDay
2:30pm-6:00pm - Race
FS1
IndyCarAustin1:00pm-1:30pm - Pre-Race
1:30pm-3:30pm- Race
3:30pm-4:00pm - Post-Race
NBCSN

Legend: R=Repeat



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