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03/23/18
F1

Rain hits Melbourne
Heavy downpours have hit Melbourne hours before final practice and qualifying for Formula 1's season-opening Australian GP.

Friday's two practice sessions were bathed in beautiful warm sunshine but the poor weekend weather which had been forecast all week arrived with a vengeance by the time teams and drivers started arriving in the Albert Park paddock on Saturday morning.

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03/23/18
nasmon

Possible rain for Martinsville
Will the Air Titans get a workout this weekend
Will the Air Titans get a workout this weekend
There are concerns about the weather on Saturday and Sunday at Martinsville Speedway.

Local weather forecasts states that the area could receive nearly one to two inches of snowfall beginning on Saturday into Sunday morning.

Here are the scenarios on when cars and trucks could hit the track:

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03/23/18
nasmon

PNC Bank becomes Official Bank of NASCAR with five-year agreement
How long will PNC Bank stay on Dixon's car now?
How long will PNC Bank stay on Dixon's car now?
NASCAR and PNC Bank today announced a five-year agreement that introduces the bank as the "Official Bank of NASCAR" and "Official Wealth Management Partner of NASCAR."

The agreement provides PNC exclusive status and promotional rights around retail, corporate and private banking across the country and U.S. military bases abroad. PNC will be present at key NASCAR races throughout each season and offer its services to the industry, providing valuable insights to drivers, teams, tracks and sponsors. The agreement takes effect immediately.

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03/23/18
irl

IndyCar drivers to test at the Brickyard (Update)
Indy testing starts this Friday
Indy testing  pushed back to next Monday

UPDATE Expected inclement weather has forced the postponement of the Verizon IndyCar Series testing for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil to Monday, April 30 through Wednesday, May 2 on the 2.5-mile oval at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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03/23/18
irl

Jay Howard Rejoins SPM for Indy 500
Jay Howard livery
Jay Howard livery
Verizon IndyCar Series team Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) announced today that INDYCAR veteran Jay Howard will return to the team to compete in this year’s Indianapolis 500. The effort will be, for the second year, in partnership with One Cure, an organization deriving from the Flint Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University which brings awareness to comparative oncology – the researching and studying of cancer and treatments across different species. The partnership was made possible with great thanks to a benefactor who believes in One Cure.

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03/23/18
f2

Gunther on top in final day of Bahrain test
Arden's Maximilian Gunther
Arden's Maximilian Gunther
Maximilian Gunther set the fastest lap of the FIA Formula 2 Championship pre-season test at Sakhir, Bahrain on the final day, leading the way with a 1:42.756 set in the morning session to beat Charouz Racing System’s Louis Deletraz and ART Grand Prix’s George Russell. Gunther’s BWT Arden teammate Nirei Fukuzumi was quickest in the afternoon session.

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03/23/18
nasmon

Richard Childress Racing and eBay Motors Team Up for 2018
Ryan Newman gets 1-race sponsor
Ryan Newman gets 1-race sponsor
Richard Childress Racing is joining forces with eBay Motors for its 2018 NASCAR marketing campaign by providing compelling feature content and vignettes featuring the No. 31 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup team to appear on FOX broadcasts. The unique partnership includes the primary sponsorship of the No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at the MENCS race at Martinsville Speedway on March 25.

Heading into Daytona Speedweeks, Richard Childress Racing (RCR) and eBay Motors held a production day at the RCR campus with eBay Motors driver Ryan Newman, crew chief Luke Lambert and the No. 31 pit crew to bring fans up to speed on the latest NASCAR enhancements to competition. The team's authentic stories will be shared during the FOX telecast debuting during the Martinsville Speedway STP 500. Geared directly to the Do-It-Yourself viewers, they'll be able to easily visit eBay Motors to virtually access an unlimited selection of parts to repair or upgrade their own vehicles.

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03/23/18
wec

WEC Announces Return To Interlagos
Audi at Interlagos in 2014
Audi at Interlagos in 2014
The FIA World Endurance Championship has announced that it will be racing again at Interlagos from the 2019-2020 season.

Announced today at a press conference in the Brazilian city, the 6-hour race will form part of a calendar which is due to be revealed this summer. A date for the 6 Hours of Sao Paulo will be communicated in due course.

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03/23/18
v8

McLaughlin defeats Whincup in Albert Park opener
Scott McLaughlin leads Whincup
Scott McLaughlin leads Whincup

Scott McLaughlin found his mojo in Melbourne with an historic win the first Championship points race at the Coates Hire Melbourne 400 over arch rival Jamie Whincup.

The pair had their own battle in an intriguing first-up race of four at Albert Park this weekend to claim bragging rights as the first points winner at the event.

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03/23/18
f1

Latest F1 News in Brief - Friday
  • Vandoorne knows McLaren cannot be failures much longer
    Vandoorne knows McLaren cannot be failures much longer
    Vandoorne admits 'pressure' on McLaren
  • Alonso cannot win in 2018 - Rosberg
  • F1 cars 'too safe' - Ecclestone
  • Red Bull says Mercedes still favorites
  • Kubica may sabotage Williams car - Villeneuve
  • Gasly admits eyeing Ricciardo's seat
  • Mercedes cool as Ferrari poaches FIA man
  • Haas admits it could be 'best of the rest'
  • Ricciardo handed three-place grid drop for Australian GP

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03/23/18
f1

Hamilton tops Verstappen in 2nd practice
Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton topped Max Verstappen to lead both of Friday's practice sessions for the 2018 Formula 1 season's curtain-raising Australian Grand Prix.

Hamilton time of 1m23.931s was good enough to keep Mercedes ahead of Red Bull around Melbourne's Albert Park circuit.

Hamilton used the softest Pirellis available, the ultrasofts, to set his time of 1m23.931s.

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