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03/25/18
pwc

Vilander, Molina and R. Ferri Motorsport double up at COTA
Vilander and Molina
Vilander and Molina

The Ferrari brand swept all three Pirelli World Challenge GT SprintX classes Sunday at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in the Grand Prix of Texas led by Toni Vilander and Miguel Molina co-driving the No. 61 R. Ferri Motorsport Ferrari 488 GT3 for the second round GT SprintX race.

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03/25/18
f1

Damon Hill calls for Mercedes and Ferrari to leave F1
Former driver Damon Hill
Former driver Damon Hill
Former Formula 1 World Champion Damon Hill is telling Mercedes and Ferrari to hurry up and leave the sport after their threats to quit continued at the Australian Grand Prix.

Every time the F1 Concorde Agreement, Ferrari and whoever happens to be winning at the time will issue threats to quit the sport. Red Bull have done it previously and Mercedes are now joining the Scuderia Ferrari camp in threatening to breakaway and form a rival championship.

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03/25/18
nasmon

NASCAR Cup race postponed until Monday due to snow
Plowing snow in Martinsville
Plowing snow in Martinsville
NASCAR has postponed Sunday's Cup series race at Martinsville Speedway to Monday because of snow.

Snow began falling Saturday afternoon, stopping the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race after 23 laps. That race will resume at 11 a.m. ET Monday, with the NASCAR Cup series STP 500 to follow at approximately 2 p.m. ET. Both races will air on FS1 as previously scheduled.

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03/25/18
pwc

Vilander, Molina Score PWC GT SprintX Round 1 Win
The Ferri Motorsport Ferrari takes the flag
The Ferri Motorsport Ferrari takes the flag
Austin, Texas
 –  The R. Ferri Motorsport Ferrari 488 GT3, driven by Toni Vilander and Miguel Molina, returned to victory lane Saturday at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in the Round 1 60-minute GT SprintX event as part of the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Texas.

The victory was bittersweet for team owner Remo Ferri, who lost his father and his brother in the past month, and he returned to the PWC victory lane for the first time since 2015.

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03/25/18
f1

Video: Max Verstappen 360- degree spin

Max Verstappen made a mistake in one corner and spun out in the Australian GP, but he recovers nicely after a 360-degree spin.

He didn't have a particularly good race as he came home 6th 29 seconds behind the winner Vettel.

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03/25/18
v8

Reynolds wins, Whincup takes Larry Perkins trophy
David Reynolds leads
David Reynolds leads
Bathurst Champion David Reynolds made amends for what he described as blowing a golden opportunity to win a major with victory in the final race at the Coates Hire Melbourne 400.

Reynolds had let Shane van Gisbergen slip past him in the season opening Adelaide 500 when a victory was in sight, blaming himself for being ‘too soft’ and apologizing to his team.

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03/25/18
f1

Latest F1 News in Brief - Sunday
  • The only way Raikkonen is going to defeat Hamilton or Vettel is with a good dose of luck
    The only way Raikkonen is going to defeat Hamilton or Vettel is with a good dose of luck
    2018 'could be Raikkonen's year' - Villeneuve
  • Mercedes can't be beaten until 2021 - Marko
  • Wolff eases 'pressure' after Bottas crash
  • McLaren will challenge top 3 in 2018 - Alonso
  • Piero Ferrari 'expects victory' in 2018
  • Haas hits back after 'Ferrari clone' jibe
  • Raikkonen: The gap to Mercedes is too big
  • Ferrari already looking ahead to Bahrain
  • Video: Vettel comments after Australian GP win

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03/24/18
nasmon

Qualifying for STP 500 Canceled Due to Inclement Weather
Like last year, rain hit Martinsville
Like last year, rain hit Martinsville

Qualifying for Sunday’s STP 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race at Martinsville Speedway has been canceled due to inclement weather.

The starting grid has been set per the provisions in the NASCAR rulebook. Starting positions are based on the current Owner’s points.

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03/24/18
f1

2018 Marcus vs Charles - The Pit Stop Challenge
Watch as the teammates and rivals Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc compete in a full-crew pit stop battle off-track. Who can change a tire faster? It is definitely more difficult than it looks, and it can be intimidating, but they had loads of fun doing so!

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03/24/18
f1

ESPN F1 coverage superior to NBCSN (Update)
Stoffel Vandoorne
Stoffel Vandoorne

UPDATE More readers are piling in saying how superior the Sky Sports F1 feed via ESPN is to anything NBCSN ever did. Here are a sampling.

Dear AutoRacing1.com, I have to agree with the previous person who said the Sky Sports coverage of F1 through ESPN is superior. I watched practice and qualifying from Melbourne and the fact they have a team of reporters on the ground at every race and the interviews and in-depth analysis they do blows NBCSN away. Thank God ESPN got the contract and fixed this terrible wrong. Dan Morrow.

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03/24/18
nasmon

Truex Jr. leads both Cup practice sessions at Martinsville
Truex Jr.
Truex Jr.

Martin Truex Jr. picked up where he left off last week at Auto Club Speedway, leading the first Cup Series practice at Martinsville in his Toyota with a speed of  95.752 MPH, topping Brad Keselowski’s Ford by 0.022 seconds to lead the session.  Toyota driver Kyle Busch was third, the Chevrolet of Ryan Newman fourth and Kurt Busch in a Ford fifth, meaning all three manufacturers were represented in the top 5.

Chase Elliott, returning to the scene of a near-win before he was spun by Denny Hamlin last fall, ran sixth. Kyle Larson was seventh, Hamlin eighth and teammates Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top 10 in the session.

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03/24/18
v8

Pye gives Walkinshaw Andretti United first Supercar win
Scott Pye gives team owner Michael Andretti his first Supercar win
Scott Pye gives team owner Michael Andretti his first Supercar win
Journeyman Scott Pye caused a huge upset with a breakthrough Supercars victory ahead of some of the biggest names in the sport at the Coates Hire Melbourne 400 in a heart-stopper at Albert Park.

The 28-year-old, in his second year with the newly formed Walkinshaw Andretti United team, scored a deserved victory from third on the grid, a lead they assumed when early leader Scott McLaughlin speared off at turn on after just one lap.

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03/24/18
f1

Latest F1 News in Brief - Saturday
  • Marko can expect that gap to grow as Aldo Costa and his team further develop the car
    Marko can expect that gap to grow as Aldo Costa and his team further develop the Mercedes. It's not the engine as all the Mercedes teams have the identical engine - per the F1 rulebook
    Red Bull 'three, four tenths behind' - Marko
  • FIA closed loophole against customer engine equality
  • Fingers point at Haas' Ferrari car 'clone'
  • Boss happy Renault upsetting 'establishment'
  • Force India now aiming for 2019 name change
  • Webber 'not happy' with Williams drivers
  • Ecclestone is facing a fresh trial over alleged bribery

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03/24/18
tv news

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern
Saturday, March 24LocationTV TimesNetwork
Formula 1 QualifyingMelbourne2:00am-3:00am (L)ESPN2
NASCAR TruckMartinsville1:30pm-2:00pm (L) - Pre-Race
2:00pm-4:30pm (L) - Race
4:30pm-5:00pm (L) - Post-Race
FS1
NASCAR Cup QualifyingMartinsville5:00pm-6:30pm (L)FS1
AMA SupercrossIndianapolis6:30pm-9:30pm (L)FS1
Sunday, March 25LocationTV TimesNetwork
Formula 1 - On the GridMelbourne12:30am-1:00amESPN2
Formula 1 - RaceMelbourne1:00am -3:00am (L),ESPN2
Formula 1 - RaceMelbourne11:00am -1:00am (R),ESPN2
Formula 1 - RaceMelbourne1:00pm -3:00pm (R),ESPNews
Formula 1 - RaceMelbourne9:00pm -11:00pm (R),ESPNews
NASCAR CupMartinsville2:00pm-6:00pm (L) - RaceFS1

Legend: L=Live, R=Repeat, SD=Same Day Delayed



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03/24/18
nasmon

Axalta Extends Sponsorship Of Hendrick Cars Through '22
Alex Bowman
Alex Bowman
Axalta Coating Systems has extended its 26-year partnership with Hendrick Motorsports through '22.

The deal will see Axalta continue sponsoring HMS’ No. 88 driven by Alex Bowman(15 races in '18 and 12 races in '19) plus the No. 24 driven by William Byron (10 races in '18 and 13 in '19) in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

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03/24/18
f1

Vettel tops third practice in wet/dry Australia
Vettel on Ultrasofts
Vettel on Ultrasofts

In the end it will be meaningless but Sebastian Vettel timed his fastest lap perfectly on a drying track in Melbourne to lead a Ferrari one-two in final practice for the Formula 1 season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

The Ferrari driver slapped on the ultrasoft tire in the dying seconds of the hour-long session that resulted in him going fastest at the flag with a 1m26.067s - more than two seconds clear of the rest of the field.

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03/24/18
irl

Rossi tops times in frigid Indy
Rossi hard on the brakes setting up for Turn 12 during the manufacturers test at Indy
Rossi hard on the brakes setting up for Turn 12 during the manufacturers test at Indy
On a frigid day that saw the start of testing delayed until temperatures rose above the low 30s, Andretti Autosport's Alexander Rossi topped Friday's IndyCar test session on the Indianapolis road course. The 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner clocked a lap of 1m09.08s in his NAPA Honda to beat Will Power.

Rossi completed 65 laps and his fast time was set on new Firestones whereas Power's 1m09.14s time was set on 17-lap-old tires.

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03/24/18
irl

Some IndyCar teams using Reynard for wind tunnel models
Photo of the old bodykits in the Reynard ARC wind tunnel
Photo of a car with the old bodykits in the Reynard ARC wind tunnel

Former Champ Car chassis builder Reynard is working with IndyCar teams to help maximize Dallara's universal aerokit, Autosport reports.

"Race teams and engine manufacturers in IndyCar are free to measure and improve the car performance by testing in the wind tunnels, running CFD, or whatever," said Dallara's head of R&D and US business leader, Andrea Toso.

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03/24/18
v8

Whincup gives a driving lesson in the wet
Jamie Whincup
Jamie Whincup

Seven-time Supercars Champion Jamie Whincup got one back on Scott McLaughlin to make the weekend score one-all in the Coates Hire Melbourne 400 at Albert Park.

Red Bull Holden racing Team’s Whincup controlled the short sprint race from the front of the grid following a morning of Melbourne race, taking the second race of the weekend from Shell V-Power Racing’s McLaughlin and his team-mate Fabian Coulthard.

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