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03/28/19
v8

DJR Team Penske statement on Supercars neutering
DJR Team Penske Cars
DJR Team Penske Cars
After the Beaurepaires Melbourne 400, the Supercars technical department, within their remit, conducted a Centre of Gravity (CoG) test on 10 cars.

Following this test, the technical department identified an imbalance, and a rule was then drafted to address and provide for CoG parity. This rule was subsequently passed by the Supercars commission and ratified by the Supercars board, which saw an adjustment made to the Mustang and ZB in the interests of technical parity.

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03/28/19
irl

COTA happy with first IndyCar crowd
COTA start
COTA start
COTA boss Bobby Epstein told Autoweek on Sunday night that he was pleased with the crowd for Sunday’s race and said it was at the “upper end of our projections.” He had predicted 30,000 on race day.

“The thing about the venue that a lot of people don’t realize is people like to wander,” Epstein told Autoweek. “They have some of their favorite hills and want to watch in the turns, so they aren’t really sitting in their grandstand seat. We realized that when we priced the IndyCar ticket. There wasn’t really a difference if you had general admission or had a ticket.

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03/28/19
nasmon

Interstate Batteries Renews With Joe Gibbs Racing
Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch
Getty Images for NASCAR

Joe Gibbs Racing has announced that it has renewed its on-going partnership with Interstate Batteries in a multi-year agreement that will extend the relationship beyond 30 years.

Interstate Batteries will continue to serve as the official battery of Joe Gibbs Racing and primary sponsor on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series No. 18 Toyota Camry driven by Kyle Busch for six races.

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03/28/19
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Lynn replaces Piquet Jr. at Jaguar Formula E team
Nelson Piquet Jr
Nelson Piquet Jr
Due to poor results, Formula E’s first champion Nelson Piquet Jr has left the all-electric racing series to focus on Brazilian stock cars and will be replaced by British driver Alex Lynn, the Jaguar team said on Thursday.

“Recent results have not met his or the team’s expectations,” said team boss James Barclay in a statement.

Editor's Note: 33-year old Piquet Jr. has hit that age when the reflexes begin to slow just enough that he can no longer win in an open wheel car.  Some drivers hit it at an earlier age than others. Drivers who are no longer competitive in open wheel racing give stock car racing a try.

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03/28/19
f1

Amnesty accuses Bahrain of using F1 to 'sportwash' image
Briatore with Flavio Briatore, Renault with the prince of Bahrain Salman bin Hamad in 2005. As long as the government pays their F1 bill, F1 does not care to get involved with politics
Flavio Briatore, Renault with the prince of Bahrain Salman bin Hamad in 2005. As long as the government pays their F1 bill, F1 does not care to get involved with politics
Amnesty International on Thursday accused Bahrain of using this weekend's Formula One race to "sportwash" its image, amid an intense crackdown on political dissent in the Gulf kingdom.

"Beneath the glamour of the F1, there is a far more sinister side to Bahrain, revealing the country as a deeply repressive state where anyone critical of the government can be jailed merely for posting a tweet," said Amnesty's Middle East director Samah Hadid.

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03/28/19
track news

2019 Lexus Performance Driving School Announced at Laguna Seca
Laguna Seca
Laguna Seca

The Lexus Performance Driving School is an all-new, full-day experience designed and produced by world-class driving instructors to build your skills and confidence as a driver--on and off the track. To kick off the 2019 season, Lexus will be hosting all of its Performance Driving School events at our new home circuit, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, on May 23-26 and November 15-17.

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03/28/19
f1

Ticktum gets to test RB15 in Bahrain
Dan Ticktum
Dan Ticktum
Red Bull Junior driver Dan Ticktum will be sharing RB15 driving duties with Max Verstappen at the first in-season test of the 2019 F1 season. Dan has been a member of the Red Bull Junior Team since 2017 and following a successful 2018 season in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, where he finished second, coupled with consecutive Macau Grand Prix victories, Dan will now take the next step with an official F1 test in the RB15.

2019 also sees Dan continue his racing education, competing in Japan’s highly competitive Super Formula championship with Honda for Mugen Motorsport.

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03/28/19
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Ericsson says IndyCar is real racing
Ericsoon says F1 passes are 'fake' passes - just push the DRS button and pass.
Ericsson says F1 passes are 'fake' passes - just push the DRS button and pass. No skill required.

Writing on social media, former Formula 1 driver Marcus Ericsson reacted to news that a third DRS zone would be introduced for this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix: "Not sure about this," he said.

"One of the great things I’ve found in IndyCar so far is the fact we don’t have DRS [which] means there is so much more proper fights on track, wheel-to-wheel and corner-to-corner.

"You don’t 'wait' for a DRS zone to overtake, you just go for it when you get the chance.

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03/28/19
f1

Renault Sport Racing and DuPont Announce Strategic Partnership
Cyril Abiteboul hopes DuPont can help his mid-pack team
Cyril Abiteboul hopes DuPont can help his mid-pack team
Renault Sport Racing and DuPont today announce a multiyear strategic technical partnership to deliver new technology, beginning with hybrid and electric powertrain innovative solutions to help advance Formula 1 and other racing programs. Through a shared vision to address unique challenges in the rapidly changing mainstream automotive industry, Renault Sport Racing and DuPont also will explore opportunities to co-innovate and accelerate development of new technology for future consumer and road car applications.

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03/28/19
nasmon

NASCAR issues update to superspeedway package
The rules change won't prevent wrecks galore at Daytona and Talladega
The rules change won't prevent wrecks galore at Daytona and Talladega
NASCAR has announced alterations to its rules package for the Cup Series at superspeedway races.

The changes come after a test at Daytona the day after the Daytona 500. In that test, speeds were faster than NASCAR wanted.

As a result, NASCAR has instituted the following updates:

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03/28/19
f1

Formula 1 adds third DRS zone in Bahrain
Sakhir circuit
Sakhir circuit
A third DRS zone has been added to the Bahrain circuit for this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix.

In a bid to spice up the show, drivers will be offered an opportunity to gain an advantage on a preceding car right after the first three corners of the Sakhir layout.

The detection zone for the third DRS shall be placed 50 meters before the first corner, with activation located right at the exit of Turn 3.

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03/28/19
f1

Details of 'ground effect' 2021 car concept leaked
F1 copies IndyCar in many areas of new car
F1 copies IndyCar in many areas of new car
(GMM) Technical details about the proposed 2021 cars have leaked in the days since highly secretive meetings took place in London.

While the meetings themselves were not secret, it is believed all the leading players have agreed with Liberty Media to maintain radio silence.

It is amid a particularly tense time, with the 2021 regulations needing to be finalized in June and the Concorde Agreement also not agreed on all sides.

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03/28/19
f1

Masi to again replace Whiting in Bahrain
Michael Masi
Michael Masi
(GMM) Michael Masi will once again replace F1's late race director Charlie Whiting this weekend in Bahrain.

Whiting, also the sport's long-time race starter, died suddenly in Melbourne on the eve of the 2019 season opener.

"The FIA does not yet have a long-term plan to fill the position Whiting held at the time of his death," Brazil's Globo reports.

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03/28/19
f1

Villeneuve slammed over Kubica comments (Update)
Jacques Villeneuve
Jacques Villeneuve

UPDATE (GMM) A friend and former colleague of Robert Kubica has hit out at claims the Pole should not be in F1.

1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve has enraged Kubica's fans by suggesting the pinnacle of motor sport is no place for a driver with a "disability".

Lucas di Grassi, a former F1 driver, said the Canadian's comments were "absurd".

Also defending Kubica is Dario Katta, who according to sport.pl sponsored the now Williams driver when he contested a 24 hour race in Adria in 2016.

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03/28/19
f1

Verstappen 'extremely narcissistic' - Rosberg
Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen
(GMM) Max Verstappen is "extremely narcissistic".

That is the view of 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg, but he doesn't think that egotistic personality trait is necessarily a problem for the Red Bull driver.

"If you take Verstappen, he is like a 'narcissist' like you see it in the dictionary," Rosberg told his Beyond Victory podcast.

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03/28/19
f1

F1 says 'no hurry' over 2020 Dutch GP deal
Zandvoort
Zandvoort
(GMM) There will be "no news" about the fate of the 2020 Dutch grand prix on March 31.

That is the official word from Formula One Management, even though Dutch reports have said the last day of March is the deadline for Zandvoort to ink a race deal with Liberty Media.

Days ago, the municipality of the Dutch beach resort town said it would pledge EUR 4 million towards the funding of the F1 race.

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03/27/19
skipbarber

Hagerty and Skip Barber partner to bring driving experiences to iconic tracks nationwide
The school uses cars close to vintage age
The school uses cars close to vintage age

As part of its ongoing mission to save driving for future generations, Hagerty is partnering with the Skip Barber Racing School (SBRS) to introduce the Hagerty Driving Academy – a series of 40 events nationwide that teaches safe, proficient driving skills and the art of shifting a manual while sharing the excitement of being behind the wheel of fun cars.

“Hardly anyone teaches driving a manual transmission anymore,” said McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty. “But we think it’s a fantastic skill for all drivers to have. We also think they need experience in the kind of crash avoidance techniques that Skip Barber Racing School excels at teaching. This partnership is all about safety, education and fun.”

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03/27/19
f1

Brawn: F1 will have cheaper, simpler, louder engines
Ross Brawn
Ross Brawn
It appears Formula 1 players have settled on a compromise according to latest statements made by Sporting Director Ross Brawn.

Brawn admitted in an interview with Motorsport Network, “In that case, I was perhaps a bit more ambitious in terms of the changes that could have been made, but when the arguments were presented they were well presented, the models were well presented, and the examples were given.”

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03/27/19
f1

Video: Red Bull's Pierre Gasly Re-Lives The 2018 F1 Bahrain Grand Prix
Pierre Gasly
Pierre Gasly
The F1 Bahrain Grand Prix of 2018 was a watershed race for Pierre Gasly. Driving for Toro Rosso at the time, the Frenchman pulled off an unlikely fourth place finish, signaling both he and the team’s ambitions for a bright future.

Speaking to Mobil 1 The Grid, the 21-year-old reflects on a race to remember as he looks to build on last year’s performance with his new team for 2019, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing.

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03/27/19
f1
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Video: F1 vs IndyCar comparison at COTA
Going wide at Turn 19
Going wide at Turn 19

It's not that often we get to see IndyCar visit a contemporary Formula 1 circuit, but that happened last weekend when the series hosted a race at Austin's Circuit of the Americas at the first time. Autosport's Tom Errington and Ben Anderson join Glenn Freeman to discuss how the speed of the two championships compares, how much that really matters, the quality of the racing we saw and IndyCar's surprising approach to the thorny issue of track limits - which is always a major talking point whenever F1 visits the US venue.

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03/27/19
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Video: NASCAR's Steve O'Donnell breaks down 2020 schedule changes
Steve O'Donnell
Steve O'Donnell

NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell hosted a media teleconference following the release of the schedule and explained the thought-process behind it and provide some perspective towards what could come next.

Why the move from Homestead to Phoenix for the Championship Race?

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03/27/19
v8
nasmon

Penske Cup car goes to Penske Supercars team
Penske Cup car at Surfers last October
Penske Cup car at Surfers last October

Supercars DJR Team Penske has taken delivery of the 2019 NASCAR Cup car which conducted a demo at the Superloop Adelaide 500.

The Penske built Ford Mustang NASCAR was driven by Marcos Ambrose at Adelaide in demonstration runs alongside Dick Johnson in a current specification Mustang Supercar and Scott McLaughlin in a road going Mustang.

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03/27/19
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imsa

Comerica Bank Free Prix Returns to the Detroit Grand Prix
Last year's winner Pipo Derani will be in the #31 Cadillac this year
Last year's winner Pipo Derani will be in the #31 Cadillac this year
Thanks to Comerica Bank, fans will have the opportunity to experience all the fun and excitement of the 30th Grand Prix in Detroit’s history FREE of charge on Friday, May 31. For the seventh consecutive year, Comerica Bank Free Prix Day will allow everyone to witness the first day of on-track activity at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear at no cost. Fans are encouraged to visit the Raceway at Belle Isle Park, tour the paddock, known as the “locker room of motorsports,” watch the world-class racing action and experience all of the interactive games, displays and family fun at the Grand Prix, courtesy of Comerica Bank.

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03/27/19
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Will Owen back with United Autosports
Will Owen
Will Owen
United Autosports announced that Will Owen will return to the team for the 2019 European Le Mans Series.

The American racer returns to United Autosports for his third season, racing alongside Alex Brundle and Ryan Cullen in a Ligier JS P217. Will first joined the team in 2017 as they made their LMP2 debut in the European series. After scoring two wins and three podiums Will, along with Hugo de Sadeleer and Filipe Albuquerque, finished second in the championship. Will also made his Le Mans 24 Hours debut the same year, finishing fourth in the LMP2 class. 

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03/27/19
imsa

Three questions for Christina Nielsen
Christina Nielsen
Christina Nielsen
The 27-year-old Dane is one of the stars of North American motorsport. In 2016 and 2017, she won the GTD class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. This year, she is competing for the first time in a Mercedes-AMG GT3. After her debut in the 12h Bathurst, Christina will compete next weekend for STRAKKA Racing together with Dominik Baumann (AUT) and Adam Christodoulou (GBR) at the California 8 Hours of Laguna Seca, the second round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge (IGTC). 

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03/27/19
f1

Schumacher can handle hype of debut F1 test
Mick Schumacher
Mick Schumacher
(GMM) Mick Schumacher says he can deal with all the hype surrounding his meteoric rise to formula one.

Ferrari and Alfa Romeo have now confirmed reports that the 20-year-old son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher will test for both teams on consecutive days in Bahrain next week.

Schumacher said he can handle all the hype.

"It's just the way it has always been," he told Kolner Express.

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03/27/19
f1

Honda makes Red Bull 'a threat' in 2019
Max Verstappen - Red Bull Honda
Max Verstappen - Red Bull Honda
(GMM) Honda is turning Red Bull back into a true world championship contender.

That is the view of Toto Wolff, the Mercedes boss who had expected the German team's battle to be only with Ferrari in 2019.

But it was a Honda-powered Max Verstappen sharing the podium with the two Mercedes in Melbourne, prompting Wolff to observe that Red Bull's new engine supplier has made "a huge step forward".

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03/27/19
f1

Ecclestone backs Wolff over budget cap
Bernie Ecclestone
Bernie Ecclestone
(GMM) Bernie Ecclestone has backed Toto Wolff's position over the proposed F1 budget cap.

Amid tense negotiations between Liberty Media, the FIA and the teams over the 2021 Concorde Agreement and rules, the parties got together in London on Tuesday.

Afterwards, F1's official website declared that the meetings moved the sport "a step closer" to agreeing to rules, governance, income distribution and "cost controls" for the future.

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03/27/19
f1

Alonso hits out at official F1 podcast
Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso
(GMM) Fernando Alonso has kept himself in the F1 headlines by lashing out at the sport's official podcast.

The latest Beyond The Grid podcast is with former Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, who made some comments about the Spaniard's time with the team.

Montezemolo said Alonso was "less close to the team" than were Niki Lauda and Michael Schumacher, and in a Tweet to promote the podcast, reportedly added: "When he wins, he's happy. When he doesn't win, it's the problem of the team".

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03/26/19
nasmon

Gordon and Keselowski Break Down the 2020 NASCAR Schedule Changes
Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon
NASCAR on Tuesday announced significant changes to the 2020 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES race schedule. Afterward on FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB, FOX NASCAR analyst Jeff Gordon and FOX NASCAR driver analyst Brad Keselowski offered reaction to the shakeup. Below are their thoughts:

FOX NASCAR ANALYST JEFF GORDON SAYS THE 2020 SCHEDULE CHANGES ARE MORE SUBSTANTIAL THAN HE EXPECTED:

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03/26/19
f1

Schumacher to also test for Ferrari
Mick Schumacher
Mick Schumacher
Besides testing for Alfa Romeo, Mick Schumacher will drive the Ferrari SF90 for the first time on the first day of the test, Tuesday 2 April, following the Bahrain Grand Prix. The German, who is racing in Formula 2 this year with the Prema team and is a Ferrari Driver Academy member, will drive on both days, as after first driving the Ferrari he will jump into the cockpit of the Alfa Romeo Racing car for the Wednesday.

On the second day of testing at the Sakhir circuit, it will be the turn of Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow driver Sebastian Vettel to continue with testing work. With the race having taken place just a couple of days earlier, this will provide the engineers with a good reference point for their data.

It won’t be long until another FDA driver is seen at the wheel of a Formula 1 car. Callum Ilott, currently racing in Formula 2 with the Sauber Junior Team by Charouz Racing, will be driving the Alfa Romeo Racing car at the forthcoming Barcelona test, on 14 and 15 May.

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03/26/19
nasmon

Annual NASCAR Event Moving to Fourth of July Weekend in 2020 on IMS Oval
The NASCAR race moves to July 4th weekend - back to the sweltering heat
The NASCAR race moves to July 4th weekend - back to the sweltering heat
The Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line will move to Fourth of July weekend starting in 2020, creating a new marquee summer event in Indianapolis and on the national sporting calendar.

The 27th annual NASCAR event weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will take place July 3-5, 2020 on the 2.5-mile oval, with the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race taking place Sunday, July 5.

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03/26/19
nasmon

Pocono doubleheader highlights new-look summer of racing
Pocono action
Pocono action

Pocono Raceway will host a double-header race weekend in 2020, featuring two NASCAR Cup races on back-to-back days, on Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28. Camping and Cup race ticket prices will not increase for the 2020 NASCAR race weekend.

While tickets for the 2020 NASCAR race weekend will not be available for sale until later this year, there are no plans to increase any NASCAR Cup race ticket in 2020. Fans will be able to purchase June 27 and/or June 28 tickets at the same price currently being offered for the Raceway’s Pocono 400 (June) and Gander RV 400 (July) Cup events this summer. Additionally, there will be no changes to camping prices next year. The Raceway’s Kids Free Initiative and Worry-Free Weather Guarantee Presented by AccuWeather will be offered in 2020.

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03/26/19
irl

Fast Forward: 2019 NTT IndyCar Series at Austin
It was a historic day as INDYCAR kicked off its run with Circuit of The Americas. Will Power and Team Penske dominated most of the race, but a younger star stole the show by the end of the race.

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03/26/19
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imsa

8th Annual Racing Goes Safer Seminar at Long Beach Grand Prix
The Stand 21 Safety Foundation’s 8th Annual “Racing Goes Safer” driver safety seminar at the Long Beach Grand Prix will be held on Saturday, April 13th, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon, followed by informal conversation and a light lunch.

David Hobbs, the versatile veteran racer and TV expert race analyst will be a special guest speaker. He will talk about motorsports safety from his perspective based on a full career both behind the wheel and behind the microphone, sharing stories from his book HOBBO, Motor Racer, Motor Mouth

The event is free to racers at all levels, their crews and families, and sanctioning bodies who are interested in practical advice on how to better protect themselves from dangers at the track.

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03/26/19
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Video: The Wave-Makers - Colton Herta Leads The IndyCar Rookie Class Of 2019
Colton Herta
Colton Herta
18-year-old Colton Herta made headlines at COTA with a fairy-tale win at the inaugural IndyCar Classic, a victory which would see the Harding Steinbrenner Racing driver become IndyCar's youngest-ever race winner.

But Herta is not the only Rookie looking to make his mark in the series this year, with Felix Rosenqvist, Santino Ferrucci and former F1 driver Marcus Ericsson among the names also in the mix.

Mobil 1 The Grid spoke to all there drivers, along with NTT IndyCar Series season mainstays James Hinchliffe, Tony Kanaan and Alexander Rossi, to find out more.

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03/26/19
irl

IndyCar Historical TV Ratings (Thru Austin)
 
Venue‘16 Net‘16
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Viewers
‘17 Net‘17
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18-49
St. PetersburgABC11,400KABC0.81,190KABC0.811,144K256KNBCSN0.32495K82K
PhoenixNBCSN0.29363KNBCSN0.21343KNBCSN0.19253K74K    
Austin          NBCSN0.23341K84K
Long Beach NBCSN 0.37402KNBCSN0.21321KNBCSN0.24370K82KNBCSN   
BarberNBCSN0.26279KNBCSN0.39470KNBCSN<0.20310K50KNBCSN   
Indy GP ABC11,300KABC0.71KKABC0.81,140K181KNBC   
Indy 500 ABC3.96KKABC3.45,500KABC3.14,900K928KNBC   
Detroit 1ABC0.71KKABC0.6847KABC0.55751K189KNBC   
Detroit 2ABC0.6918KABC0.91,400KABC0.6936K212KNBC   
TexasNBCSN0.3388KNBCSN0.35561KNBCSN0.21336K59KNBCSN   
Elkhart LakeNBCSN0.33470KNBCSN0.37568KNBCSN0.22322K65KNBC   
IowaNBCSN0.37534KNBCSN0.37534KNBCSN0.31452K78KNBCSN   
TorontoCNBC 171KCNBC (live) 187K        
TorontoNBCSN (delay)0.3530KNBCSN (delay)0.32489KNBCSN0.29458K107KNBCSN   
Mid-OhioNBCSN0.55811KNBCSN (delay)0.39576KNBCSN (delay)0.39644K153KNBC   
Mid-Ohio   CNBC (live)0.13200KCNBC (live)0.09139K33K    
PoconoNBCSN0.45635KNBCSN0.4618KNBCSN0.34542K110KNBCSN   
Gateway   NBCSN0.23359KNBCSN0.23391K76KNBCSN   
Watkins GlenNBCSN0.29440KNBCSN0.41604K        
Portland      NBCSN0.35529K75KNBCSN   
Sonoma NBCSN0.33528KNBCSN0.33536KNBCSN0.38629K137KNBC   
Laguna Seca          NBC   


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03/26/19
nasmon

NASCAR Martinsville TV Rating (Update)
Austin Dillon pitstop
Austin Dillon pitstop

UPDATE FS1 earned a 1.51 final rating for Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville.

2.45 million total viewers tuned in and 465,000 in the all important 18-49 age category watched the race.

The NASCAR truck race on Saturday pulled a 0.64 final rating on FOX with 968,000 total viewers, up 48.8% from last year's final rating on FS1.

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03/26/19
irl

IndyCar COTA TV Rating (Update)
Series growth because of NBCSN TV Ratings
Series growth because of NBCSN TV Ratings
UPDATE
 NBCSN earned a 0.23 final rating for Sunday's inaugural IndyCar Classic at COTA, representing a 23.3% drop from the overnight.

341,000 total viewers tuned in but only 84,000 in the all-important 18-49 year old age category that sponsors care about.

Editor's Note: IndyCar was expecting a bump up in ratings for this event because of the curiosity factor of the Circuit of the Americas. Instead, the final rating was only a 0.23 despite all the promotion and hype NBC is now putting around IndyCar.....as we predicted.  It is a death knell for any race series and growth of the series has been stunted now for 10 years running because of the poor, and falling NBCSN TV ratings. And we want to stress - the production and the TV announcers are excellent.  That is NOT the problem. The problem is the fact that NBCSN is a channel no one watches, and no one channel surfs too.

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03/26/19
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Hot Wheels Backing IndyCar, USAC.25 & Honda
IndyCar driver Graham Rahal served as the USAC.25 Grand Marshal this weekend at the Circuit of The Americas and posed with Honda Red Rookie Quarter Midget racers to announce the 2019 Hot Wheels-USAC Quarter Midget mentoring initiative.
IndyCar driver Graham Rahal served as the USAC.25 Grand Marshal this weekend at the Circuit of The Americas and posed with Honda Red Rookie Quarter Midget racers to announce the 2019 Hot Wheels-USAC Quarter Midget mentoring initiative.
Continuing its support of young racers pursuing their racing dreams, Hot Wheels™ is partnering with IndyCar, USAC.25 and Honda Performance Development to bring mentorship and support to North American Quarter Midget racers. 

Quarter Midgets have been around since before World War II and feature drivers from ages four through 16. Resembling small-scale version of full-size Midget race cars, these Quarter Midgets racers can compete on paved or dirt ovals to help drivers hone racecraft as they progress though their race classes. Many of today's most recognizable names in IndyCar racing got their start in Quarter Midgets and are eager to give back to the sport they fondly remember. 

"For more than 50 years, Hot Wheels has been igniting the challenger spirit in automotive fans of all ages," said Ricardo Briceno, Hot Wheels Director of Global Brand Marketing at Mattel. "We're proud to take that to next level with IndyCar and Honda through this training and mentoring program, giving kids the tools and encouragement needed to become the next generation of great American racers."

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03/26/19
f1

Wehrlein not interested in uncompetitive F1 return
Pascal Wehrlein
Pascal Wehrlein
(GMM) Pascal Wehrlein says he "definitely" is not angling to return to formula one with a back of the grid team.

The former Manor and Sauber driver now races in Formula E, but he has also been signed up for 2019 by Ferrari, where he will be a simulator driver assisting the championship charge of his friend and countryman Sebastian Vettel.

When asked if he is targeting a return to F1, Wehrlein told Bild newspaper: "Not at any price.

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03/26/19
f1

Non B-teams trying to 'harm' Haas - Steiner
Gunther Steiner
Gunther Steiner
(GMM) Haas boss Gunther Steiner says rival teams are trying to "harm" the Ferrari-linked outfit by lobbying to stop the practice of so-called 'B teams'.

Ahead of crunch meetings with the FIA and Liberty Media and tough negotiations over the next Concorde Agreement, Renault and McLaren in particular are reportedly lobbying to prevent top teams like Ferrari from allying with smaller rivals.

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03/26/19
f1

Ferrari make 'corrections' for Bahrain
How bad will the Mercedes beat Ferrari in Bahrain?
How bad will the Mercedes beat Ferrari in Bahrain? Or will Ferrari rebound?
(GMM) Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto has confirmed the Italian team has made "corrections" ahead of the Bahrain grand prix based on the outcome of the 2019 season opener in Australia.

Earlier, a Ferrari insider said team bosses "understand" what went wrong and caused a winter of testing promise to result in being beaten by Mercedes and Red Bull-Honda in Melbourne.

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03/25/19
irl

Scott Dixon and Wife Emma Davies-Dixon Announced as Honorary Co-Chairs
Scott and Emma Dixon with their children and dogs. The family also owns a retired race horse, Otis
Scott and Emma Dixon with their children and dogs. The family also owns a retired race horse, Otis
IndyHumane announced today that five-time NTT IndyCar Series Champion Scott Dixon and his wife, Emma Davies-Dixon, will be the official honorary co-chairs of its 2019 Mutt Strut fundraiser. The annual event will take place on April 27, 2019 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Dixon holds the distinction of being the winningest active IndyCar driver with 44 victories and is currently ranked third on the all-time IndyCar win list behind only AJ Foyt and Mario Andretti. In addition, he ranks second on the all-time list for most consecutive starts dating back to the 2004 race in Michigan. He was the 2008 winner of the Indianapolis 500 and returns to Chip Ganassi Racing in 2019 for his 18th season – the longest tenure for a driver in team history.

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03/25/19
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Multi-Year Agreement Positions GEICO As Official Insurance Partner of NASCAR
The Geico Gecko
The Geico Gecko
NASCAR and GEICO announced today a multi-year agreement designating the blue-chip brand as the "Official Insurance Partner of NASCAR" and expanding its presence across the sport.  

GEICO’s involvement in NASCAR spans more than a decade through a partnership with International Speedway Corporation (ISC), which includes highly visible assets such as the GEICO Restart Zone, race entitlements and campgrounds sponsorships. Additionally, GEICO has a team relationship with Germain Racing, sponsoring the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet driven by Ty Dillon in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. 

"Our affiliation with NASCAR has been successful over the past decade, and expanding our partnership to include rights with the sanctioning body was the next logical step," said Bill Brower, assistant vice president of marketing for GEICO. "Our expanded presence will allow us to further engage the most brand loyal fans in sports and bolster our effective marketing platform."

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03/25/19
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NASCAR rectifies qualifying snafu
Fontana action
Fontana action
NASCAR issued a memo to Monster Energy Cup Series teams on Monday that confirmed the sanctioning body’s commitment to group qualifying but not without crafting harsher penalties for drivers that do not make a timed lap before time expired in any given round.  

Starting at Texas, any driver that does not take a lap in any of the qualifying rounds will have all previously posted times in the session disallowed – which means instead of falling back on the previous round’s time, that driver would start the race from the back. Additionally, any driver who blocks pit road — at the judgment of NASCAR – in a way that prohibits other drivers from exiting pit road will incur a penalty, such as disallowing that team’s posted qualifying speed and/or disqualifying that car from additional qualifying rounds.

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03/25/19
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COTA IndyCar Honda Race Summary
Honda wraps up their results from the IndyCar race at COTA (Circuit of Americas) where a Honda car won and Honda took 8 out of the top 10 places.

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03/25/19
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COTA: Smaller crowds than F1, but race was captivating show
Turn 1 General Admission area
Turn 1 General Admission area

The cars may have looked similar to Formula One, but the experience was altogether different for the first IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas.

Prior to the race, pit line was open for fans to take photos with drivers and cars just minutes before the engines started. The racing captivated from start to finish, with the lead pack of Will Power, Alexander Rossi and Colton Herta never far apart. A late twist caused controversy as well as history with Herta becoming the youngest winner in series history after a caution flag wreaked havoc on Power and Rossi’s tire strategy.

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03/25/19
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ExxonMobil F1 Q&A: David Tsurusaki
David Tsurusaki
David Tsurusaki
Formula One may have enjoyed a winter break, but the work behind the scenes at the teams and their suppliers has continued at a rapid pace. ExxonMobil has been working flat-out, testing 36 engine oil and 40 race fuel variations over the winter. Let’s meet David Tsurusaki, who is at the heart of the ExxonMobil Formula One project…

How smooth has ExxonMobil found Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s transition from Renault to Honda power for 2019, bringing them in-line with sister team Scuderia Toro Rosso?

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03/25/19
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McReynolds, Smith & McMurray on Martinsville Race
Brad Keselowski
Brad Keselowski
Larry McReynolds on Brad Keselowski’s domination at Martinsville:

“At a short track, it is hard to lead that many laps. That was a good old southern tail-kicking we saw today. It was almost a flawless day. It didn’t take long into the race to realize the No. 2 was the car to beat.  The only way they could beat him was if he beat himself.”

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03/25/19
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Race Recap: Keselowski's Martinsville win highlights
Relive Brad Keselowski's victory at Martinsville Speedway, his second victory of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. 

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03/25/19
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INDYCAR Series: Austin Race Highlights
It was a historic day at Circuit of The Americas as INDYCAR raced the track for the first time.

A rookie became the youngest winner in the sport, too, spoiling Will Power's shot at a $100,000 bonus.

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03/25/19
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Zandvoort secures EUR 4m towards F1 race deal (Update)
4M Eur means Zandvoort has 1/10th of what they need for an F1 race
Zandvoort

UPDATE (GMM) Dutch GP boss Jan Lammers says money is "not really the problem" as Zandvoort struggles to secure a F1 race for 2020.

It has been widely reported that the circuit must find tens of millions in funding by the end of March to finalize the deal with Liberty Media.

"The money is not really the problem for the people behind it," Lammers told Ziggo Sport.

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03/25/19
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F1 should look into 'e-fuels' - Abiteboul
Cyril Abiteboul
Cyril Abiteboul
(GMM) Cyril Abiteboul says F1 should look into introducing "e-fuels".

In an increasingly environmentally-minded world, the Renault boss doubts F1 did enough in 2014 by introducing the 'greener' hybrid engine formula.

"It is in our hands whether the young generation is still enthusiastic about driving in circles," he is quoted by Auto Bild.

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03/25/19
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Sainz Jr. hails Renault progress in 2019
Sainz Jr. in Melbourne
Sainz Jr. in Melbourne

(GMM) Carlos Sainz Jr. has hailed the improvement made by McLaren's engine supplier Renault over the winter.

After years of struggling with customer Renault power, Red Bull is delighted with its switch to Honda for 2019.

But Sainz says Renault - now McLaren's customer supplier - has really improved since last year.

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03/25/19
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Kubica return 'terrible' for F1 - Villeneuve
Villeneuve
Villeneuve
(GMM) Jacques Villeneuve thinks Robert Kubica's return to F1 is "terrible" for the sport.

After an eight-year absence to recover from and adjust to his permanent arm injuries sustained in a 2011 rallying crash, Kubica finished dead last on his Melbourne return.

Villeneuve, the outspoken 1997 world champion, said the return is nonetheless a "great achievement" for the Pole.

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03/25/19
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McLaren threatens to quit F1 (Update)
Zak Brown
Zak Brown

UPDATE (GMM) McLaren is threatening to quit F1.

The once-great British team has struggled in its most recent Honda and Renault-powered eras.

Ahead of the crunch meeting with Liberty Media on Tuesday over the 2021 regulations, current boss Zak Brown said F1 in the future needs to be "financially viable" and allow the team to "fight fairly and competitively".

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03/24/19
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Watpac retains naming rights of Townsville 400
Townsville
Townsville
Leading national construction company Watpac has recommitted to one of Supercars largest events, renewing naming rights to this year’s Watpac Townsville 400.

It is the third consecutive year Watpac has been the naming rights partner of North Queensland’s largest annual event, after first taking the rights in 2017.

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03/24/19
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Video: Q&A with Colton Herta co-team owner George Steinbrenner IV after COTA win
Steinbrenner IV (C)
We talk to an elated Harding Steinbrenner Racing co-team owner George Steinbrenner IV after his driver won the inaugural IndyCar Classic at the Circuit of the Americas.

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03/24/19
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Video: Q&A with Colton Herta's father Bryan after 2019 COTA win
Son Colton
Son Colton

We talk to the father of COTA IndyCar race winner Colton Herta after the inaugural IndyCar Classic race at the Circuit of the Americas.

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03/24/19
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Video: Q&A with Art St Cyr after Honda COTA win
Art. St. Cyr
We talk to outgoing Honda HPD president Art. St. Cyr after Honda won the IndyCar race at Circuit of the Americas with Colton Herta and took 8 of the top-10 finishing positions.

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03/24/19
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Q&A with Team Owner Roger Penske at COTA
Roger Penske
Roger Penske
We speak to the most successful IndyCar team owner in the history of the sport, Roger Penske, on the grid at Circuit of Americas (COTA).

It is the first time IndyCars have even raced at COTA.

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03/24/19
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Indy Lights: Askew goes 2-for-2 at COTA

Oliver Askew put an exclamation point on his weekend at Circuit of The Americas this morning by claiming his second race win in as many days and taking over the lead in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires title-chase after four of 18 races. Askew, 22, from Jupiter, Fla., took the checkered flag in the Cooper Tires Indy Lights Grand Prix Presented by Allied Building Products just over two seconds clear of Andretti Autosport teammate Robert Megennis, from New York, N.Y., to ensure a perfect weekend sweep of two pole positions, two race wins and a maximum possible 64 championship points.

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03/24/19
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Video: Porsche at Super Sebring 2019
One weekend. Two racing series. Three victories. We are looking back on countless exciting moments at Super Sebring 2019. An event that showed us once again that the strength lies within the team. Whether it’s our fans, friends or our amazing works and customer teams: we drove it all home together. Thanks to everyone for being part of this amazing journey.

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03/24/19
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Race Highlights - 2019 FWD Sanya E-Prix
The ABB FIA Formula E Championship rolled into Sanya for another spectacular E-Prix. There was incidents galore throughout the race, and you can enjoy them here!

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03/24/19
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Video: INDYCAR Series: Austin Qualifying Highlights
Felix Rosenqvist set the IndyCar track record
Felix Rosenqvist set the IndyCar track record
Felix Rosenqvist turned a lighting-fast lap during Qualifying at Circuit of The Americas, but it was Will Power who took P1. Here's all the action from Day 2 of the #INDYCARClassic .

Qualifying ace Will Power squeezed in two sets of reds in the Fast Six and that second run was enough to knock Alexander Rossi off the pole for the IndyCar Classic at Circuit of Americas in his Penske Chevy. Rossi came up 0.1584s short in his Andretti Honda and he led a bevy of Honda drivers in 3rd through 6th. 

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03/24/19
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Video: NASCAR Martinisville Monster Cup Post-Qualifying Q&A
Busch Pole Winner, Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford). Logano led a Ford charge in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying at Martinsville speedway on Saturday, winning the pole with a speed of 97.830 mph. Aric Almirola will start on the outside of the front row. Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick will take up the second row.  Denny Hamlin was the only non-Ford driver to crack the top 5. William Byron’s last-second run made him the top Chevrolet driver in sixth.

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03/24/19
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Video: NASCAR Martinsville Truck post-race Q&A
Race Winning Crew Chief Ryan Fugle and Kyle Busch (No. 51 Cessna Toyota). A week after locking up his 200th NASCAR national series victory at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, Kyle Busch took the first step toward the next century mark. Holding off challenges from Ross Chastain and runner-up Ben Rhodes, Busch survived a late restart in winning Saturday’s TruNorth Global 250 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway.

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03/24/19
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City vote to put Miami Grand Prix up for discussion this week
Proposed Miami GP area
Proposed Miami GP area
Miami has formally put its planned Formula 1 street race back on the docket, with its City Commission set to vote once again on the event on March 28.

Last September, the commission voted to defer the discussions on the race, but the subject will be debated once again next Thursday with the hope for F1 that the project will this time advance to the next stage.

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03/24/19
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Pirelli targeting six 2019 test days with 18-inch tires
2021 car with 18-inch wheels
2021 car with 18-inch wheels
Formula 1 tire supplier Pirelli is hoping to carry out six days of testing on 18-inch wheels this year, as it begins preparations for 2021.

Formula 1 is poised to introduce 18-inch wheels as part of the 2021 regulatory overhaul, with Pirelli – sole supplier since 2011 – already confirmed as the exclusive partner through at least 2023.

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