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04/04/19
f1

Alonso set for private Texas Motor Speedway test in April ahead of Indy 500 (2nd Update)
Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso testing at Texas to see if he likes the high-banks?

UPDATE As a reminder, Alonso's test at Texas is scheduled for next Monday, weather permitting. He will drive the #66 McLaren Chevy and McLaren personnel will run the test with some assistance from Carlin who helped prepare the car. 

It marks the first outing for the Bob Fernley run McLaren IndyCar program partnered with Carlin Racing. It is also the Spaniard’s first go in the oval configuration of IndyCar's Universal Aero Kit, having driven the road course kit at Barber Motorsports Park last year.

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04/04/19
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imsa

Roar in the Shore Set for April 10 Ahead of Acura Grand Prix
2018 Roar in the Shore action
2018 Roar in the Shore action
The eighth annual “Roar in the Shore” fan festival in the Belmont Shore area will take place Wednesday, April 10 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. as a preview of the April 12-14 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Free to the public, the event will be centered on Second Street, between Covina and Corona avenues. The Belmont Shore Business Association (BSBA) is presenting Roar in the Shore in partnership with the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach and Legends Restaurant & Sports Bar.

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04/04/19
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nastruck

NASCAR trucks to support IndyCar race at Gateway in 2020
NASCAR Trucks will run on Friday night
NASCAR Trucks will run on Friday night
Gateway Motorsports Park officials today confirmed that its NTT IndyCar Series 500 and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series 200 will take place on the same weekend in 2020. NASCAR released the 2020 Truck Series schedule earlier this week and announced the seventh annual Gateway Truck Series event will take place on Friday, August 21, 2020. The fourth annual Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta and Valvoline for the NTT IndyCar Series will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2020.

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04/04/19
irl

McLaren and Dell Technologies announce extension of partnership to Indy 500
Alonso at Indy in 2017
Alonso at Indy in 2017
McLaren Racing and Dell Technologies today announced an extension of their long-term partnership that will see the brands come together at this year’s Indianapolis 500 in May. The 103rd edition of the iconic race will see McLaren challenge for a fourth victory at the event with Fernando Alonso, who will seek to secure the Triple Crown of motorsport.

Dell Technologies, which became a multi-faceted technology partner to McLaren in February 2018, deploys critical race and business technology across McLaren Racing, McLaren Applied Technologies and the McLaren Shadow Project.

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04/04/19
track news

ISC Sees Q1 Revenue Rise, But Admissions Income Dips
ISC revealed a so-so start to '19 with its Q1 earnings, showing some signs of strength but also slight erosion in the key admissions revenue category. Events for the quarter were mainly comprised of races at Daytona Int’l Speedway, including the IMSA Rolex 24 Hours and NASCAR’s Speedweeks highlighted by the Daytona 500.

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04/04/19
nasmon

Darrell Waltrip to leave broadcasting career
Darrell Waltrip
The Boogity Boogity Boogity man, Darrell Waltrip, is retiring

It will be one to go at the line for NASCAR Hall of Fame driver and FOX NASCAR analyst Darrell Waltrip when he hits the air from Sonoma Raceway in June.

The three-time champion, a member of the original FOX NASCAR broadcast team that debuted at Daytona in February 2001, will retire from his FOX Sports duties at the conclusion of the network’s 2019 season.  Waltrip’s final race calling MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES action will be at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday, June 23 (3:00 PM ET on FS1).

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04/04/19
f1

Formula One announces long-term partnership with Puma
Vettel and Leclerc
Vettel and Leclerc
Formula One has agreed a long-term deal with Puma for the German sportswear company to become the sport’s exclusive merchandise retail partner, it said on Thursday.

Formula One said Puma had gained the rights to design, produce and sell Formula One branded products trackside at grands prix.

As part of the agreement, Puma will install official stores at 17 of the races on the 2019 calendar.

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04/04/19
f1

2019 Bahrain Grand Prix Mercedes F1 Debrief
James Allison (R)
James Allison (R)
Mercedes F1 Technical Director James Allison answers your questions from the 2019 Bahrain Grand Prix - including why Lewis Hamilton did his second stint on the soft tire and whether they considered a one-stop strategy.

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04/04/19
nasx

Dolly Parton Sponsoring Xfinity Series Driver At Bristol On Saturday

Tyler Reddick's pretty pink livery

Dolly Parton’s "smiling profile graces the hood" of the No. 2 Chevy Tyler Reddick will drive at this Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway, part of a sponsorship deal between Dolly Records and Richard Childress Racing, according to Daniel McFadin of NBCSPORTS.com.

The car features "logos from each of Parton’s Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, attractions," as the "very pink scheme makes it stand out." Pigeon Forge is about 108 miles southwest of Bristol. NBCSPORTS.com 

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04/04/19
irl

Harding Steinbrenner Racing partners with GESS International
GESS International
GESS International
GESS International is joining Harding Steinbrenner Racing as primary sponsor of the #88 Honda-powered Indy car for this weekend’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama and as an associate sponsor of the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. An energy service company with twenty-one years of energy efficiency and renewable energy experience, Gess International hopes to continue Colton Herta’s winning momentum following his first-place finish at the Circuit of the Americas in the INDYCAR Classic.

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04/04/19
wec

Derani to drive Risi Ferrari at 24 Hours of LeMans
Luis Felipe "Pipo" Derani
Luis Felipe "Pipo" Derani

Risi Competizione has announced Sao Paolo native, Luis Felipe "Pipo" Derani, as a driver for the 87th annual 24 Hours of Le Mans race, June 15-16.

This will be the 25-year-old's fifth running at Le Mans, having competed every year since 2015, including a fifth-place finish last year in a GTE-Pro Ferrari 488 and a podium in 2017 in a GTE-Pro Ford. Additionally, in 2015 and 2016 he ran in the LMP2 class. This will be his first appearance with the Houston, Texas-based Risi Competizione Ferrari team.

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04/04/19
nasmon

Goodyear brings new tires to Bristol
NASCAR Goodyear Tires
NASCAR Goodyear Tires

NASCAR makes its first visit to Bristol Motor Speedway and “Thunder Valley” this weekend and it will do so with a new set of Goodyear tires in both Cup and Xfinity.

Compared to what was run at Bristol last year, this tire setup features construction updates on both sides of the car and a compound change on the left-side tire. This is the only track at which NASCAR teams are scheduled to run either of these two tire codes.

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04/04/19
f1

Chicago and LA to get F1 festivals in 2019
David Coulthard did donuts in Miami last year atop a heliport, but to no avail, F1 is unlikely to ever race in Miami
David Coulthard did donuts in Miami last year atop a heliport, but to no avail, F1 is unlikely to ever race in Miami
Chicago and Los Angeles will both host Formula 1 global festivals as part of a 4-city visit to take the sport closer to fans again this year.

Fan festivals were held last year in Miami, Milan, Marseille and Shanghai, and the sport will be returning to the Chinese city as part of its build-up to the 1000th world championship race.

Chicago will host a festival in the build-up to the Canadian Grand Prix in June, and another one is planned in Los Angeles around the time of the United States Grand Prix in Austin, which this year takes place from November 1-3.

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04/04/19
f1

Claire Williams admits 'guilt' in key team change
Claire Williams - is she the right person to run the team?
Claire Williams - is she the right person to run the team?

(GMM) Claire Williams has admitted she was responsible for a change in Williams' team structure that resulted in the once-great outfit's 2019 crisis.

She said that during Williams' "four good seasons", including third place finishes in the constructors' championship in 2014 and 2015, she made the change.

"In order to preserve our results and even make progress, we changed something in the internal structure and it turned out to be a mistake," she told France's Auto Hebdo.

"It was my initiative and I admit my guilt."

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04/04/19
motogp

Oakley join Repsol Honda Team as Official Sunglasses Partner
Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez
Honda Racing Corporation is pleased to welcome Oakley as a new Official Partner in MotoGP.

Fresh off their first win of the 2019 season, the Repsol Honda Team are pleased to welcome Oakley as the latest sponsor to join the team. Oakley is an eyewear brand that has become synonyms with high-level performance in a variety of sports. The American company now joins the Repsol Honda Team as their Official Sunglasses Partner for the 2019 and 2020 seasons. Each member of the team will now wear Oakley eyeglasses and mechanics working in pit lane will be provided with helmets.

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04/04/19
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Bristol Motor Speedway extends partnership with Food City
Kyle Busch at Bristol - 2017
Kyle Busch at Bristol - 2017
Bristol Motor Speedway announced a multi-year extension of its partnership with Food City on Wednesday, continuing the track’s longest sponsor partnership.

The regional grocery chain will remain a sponsor of the spring Cup race on the short track (Food City 500) and the fall Xfinity race (Food City 300).

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04/04/19
f1

Schumacher did 'good job' in F1 tests - Vettel
Mick Schumacher
Mick Schumacher

(GMM) Mick Schumacher did "a good job" when he tested for Ferrari in Bahrain this week.

That is the view of Sebastian Vettel, even if some mischievous members of the Italian media are saying the four-time world champion could be replaced by the younger German.

La Gazzetta dello Sport said the sight of a Schumacher at the wheel of a Ferrari was "a picture of the future".

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04/04/19
f1

Verstappen not desperate to be youngest champion
Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen
(GMM) Max Verstappen says it will not be the end of the world if he fails to become F1's youngest ever champion.

Red Bull has made it a goal for the 21-year-old Dutchman to beat Sebastian Vettel's existing record. Vettel was 23 when he won his first of four titles in 2010.

However, it probably won't happen in 2019, as Verstappen acknowledges that Red Bull needs to improve its current car.

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04/04/19
f1

Tiktum not sure if next F1 chance will come
Dan Tiktum
Dan Tiktum
(GMM) Dan Tiktum says he isn't sure if and when he will get the next opportunity to drive a F1 car.

Strongly linked to the 2019 Toro Rosso seat for this year, the 19-year-old Briton ultimately ran afoul of the F1 super license rules and this year is instead racing in Japanese Super Formula.

But he did get the chance to drive for Red Bull in the young driver test in Bahrain on Wednesday.

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04/04/19
automotive

Volkswagen puts 'level-4' self-driving cars to the test on the streets of Hamburg
VW e-Golf test vehicles
VW e-Golf test vehicles
Volkswagen is testing prototype self-driving cars in Hamburg, Germany. The automaker claims these are the first tests of autonomous cars in a major German city. The tests will help ongoing research projects into autonomous driving, a VW press release said.

The test fleet consists of five modified Volkswagen e-Golf electric cars. Similar to test vehicles operated by the likes of Waymo, the e-Golfs are loaded with sensors that allow them to navigate city streets. Each car has 14 cameras, seven radar units, and 11 laser scanners, according to VW. Those sensors generate up to 5.0 gigabytes of data per minute, which is processed by computers in the trunk. The computing power of each car is equivalent to 15 laptops, Volkswagen said.

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04/04/19
automotive

Ghosn rearrested in Japan
Carlos Ghosn
Carlos Ghosn
Ousted Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn has been arrested again in Japan, less than a month after he was released on bail.

Prosecutors accuse Ghosn of using Nissan funds for personal use. They allege that from 2015 to 2018, Ghosn sent payments to an overseas dealer "for the purpose of self-interest," according to a statement from the Tokyo prosecutor's office. Nissan lost about $5 million as a result, the statement said.

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04/04/19
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nastruck

2020 schedules for Xfinity Series, Gander Trucks unveiled

NASCAR today announced the 2020 schedules for both the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, and both include a return to race tracks that were part of the original schedule for each series – venues that have been absent from the respective slates for more than a decade.

For the first time since 2006 – and only the second time in the last 25 years – the Xfinity Series will race at Martinsville Speedway, and the stakes have never been higher. Expect tempers to flare, and emotions to boil over. With a final chance to lock up a spot in the Championship 4, Martinsville will serve as the final Playoff cutoff race in all three national series. The Gander Trucks will race at The Paperclip on Oct. 30 under the lights, with the Xfinity Series making its return on Oct. 31.

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04/04/19
irl

Mario Andretti to serve as Grand Marshal this weekend
Mario Andretti
Mario Andretti
Race legend Mario Andretti will serve as Grand Marshal for the 10th anniversary Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, held April 5-7 in Birmingham. Mario Andretti is considered to be one of the greatest race car drivers in the history of the sport.

In its 10th year, the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, the only IndyCar race in the Deep South, is a signature event on the NTT IndyCar Series circuit. This year’s event will feature nine races over three days, including Lamborghini, Formula 3, Porsche, and the final race with the IndyCar cars on Sunday.

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04/04/19
nastruck

Gateway truck race moves to August in 2020
By moving to Friday night Aug 21, 2020 one can assume the truck race will be a support race to the Saturday night IndyCar race at Gateway in August, but that has not been confirmed
By moving to Friday night Aug 21, 2020 one can assume the truck race will be a support race to the Saturday night IndyCar race at Gateway in August 2020, but that has not been confirmed and perhaps IndyCar is moving their date
Gateway Motorsports Park – the home of NASCAR, INDYCAR and NHRA in the St. Louis-Metro East region – has held its NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series 200 in June since the sanctioning body returned to the challenging 1.25-mile oval in 2014.

NASCAR officials today released the 2020 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series schedule and the track, located in Madison, Illinois, has a new, later date: Friday, August 21. The GMP race now takes on added importance, since it will be the first race of the 2020 Chase for the Championship. The GMP race also is the finale for the NASCAR Triple Truck Challenge, which was announced earlier this year.

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04/03/19
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sst

Stadium Super trucks to join IndyCar at Portland
Stadium Super Trucks Action at COTA 2 weeks ago
Stadium Super Trucks Action at COTA 2 weeks ago
The SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks are heading westward. On Wednesday, Grand Prix of Portland organizers announced the trucks will join the IndyCar Series weekend on 30 August to 1 September.

The date marks SST’s first trip to the Pacific Northwest.

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04/03/19
irl

Vetmotorsports CEO, Program Alumnus To Present At LBGP Safety Seminar
VETMotorsports Founder and CEO Peter Cline, along with one of the military outreach program’s alumni, will present at the Stand 21 Safety Foundation’s annual “Racing Goes Safer” driver safety seminar on Saturday, April 13 at IndyCar’s Long Beach Grand Prix presented by Acura. 

The event, which will raise awareness for the non-profit’s award-winning, non-clinical outreach programming, will feature David Hobbs as the keynote speaker. Hobbs is a retired veteran racer and popular motorsports television analyst. 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.

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04/03/19
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Dale Jr. Officially Joins NBC Sports' Indianapolis 500 Coverage
What does Dale Jr. know about IndyCar racing? At least he won't say Boogity Boogity Boogity at the start of the race
What does Dale Jr. know about IndyCar racing? At least he won't say Boogity Boogity Boogity at the start of the race

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will officially be part of NBC Sports' coverage of the Indianapolis 500 as part of a broadcast team that includes Mike Tirico and Danica Patrick.

Earnhardt is "set to serve as a roving reporter on race day and be featured on NBCSN’s 500 coverage during race week."

It was "widely speculated that Earnhardt might be one of the prominent personalities" to join NBC's first 500.

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04/03/19
automotive

Consumer, environmental groups ask Congress to press DOJ and EPA to expedite ongoing Mercedes diesel emissions investigations
2011 Mercedes ML350 BlueTec. They told buyers it was 'clean diesel'. Was it?
2011 Mercedes ML350 BlueTec. They told buyers it was 'clean diesel'. Was it?
Leading consumer and environmental groups today sent letters to U.S. House Energy & Commerce and Senate Commerce Committees’ leadership, urging them to inquire about the status of pending Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency investigations into the diesel emissions systems of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz marketed its BlueTEC diesel vehicles as “the world's cleanest and most advanced diesel,” but has been accused of equipping them with cheat devices that result in dangerously high levels of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, far exceeding what is legal under U.S. federal and state regulations. The DOJ and EPA have held Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler accountable for similar allegations, but there has been no update on their investigation into Mercedes since it reportedly began in 2016.

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04/03/19
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Formula E extends with Paris for 3 more years
Paris street circuit
Paris street circuit
The ABB FIA Formula E Championship will continue to race on the streets of Paris following a three-year extension to hold a race in the French capital.

The all-electric single seater series will race in Paris for the fourth time later this month, with the fresh deal commencing from 2020, meaning that Formula E will continue to race in the city until the end of the 2021/22 season.

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04/03/19
f1

Bahrain Test Day 2: George Russell puts Mercedes on top
George Russell
George Russell

Mercedes Junior driver George Russell set the fastest time of Formula 1 testing in Bahrain, driving for Mercedes. He was happy to get out of his regular car the 2019 Williams that he on Tuesday at the post-Bahrain Grand Prix test before taking over from Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes.

Russell's best effort of 1m29.029s shaded the Racing Point' Sergio Perez by 0.066s.

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04/03/19
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McLaren and Huski Chocolate announce extension of partnership to Indy 500
Fernando Alonso in 2017
Fernando Alonso in 2017
McLaren Racing and Huski Chocolate today announced an extension of their partnership that will see the brands come together at this year’s Indianapolis 500, where McLaren and driver Fernando Alonso will compete at the 103rd running of the historic sporting event.

Huski Chocolate was announced as a multi-year partner of the McLaren Formula 1 team in February 2019. This extension will see Huski Chocolate represented on the McLaren-Chevrolet and on Fernando’s racesuit, along with the McLaren team apparel at the Indy 500.

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04/03/19
irl

24 cars entered for Honda GP of Alabama
Josef Newgarden favored to win again - he dominates at Barber
Josef Newgarden favored to win again - he dominates at Barber

The third of 17 races on the 2019 IndyCar schedule, the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, is scheduled to take place this Sunday, April 7 at Barber Motorsports Park. A total of 24 drivers are set to compete in the 90-lap race around the 17-turn, 2.38-mile circuit.

1 – Josef Newgarden – #2, Team Penske, Chevrolet
2 – Matheus Leist – #4, A.J. Foyt Enterprises, Chevrolet
3 – James Hinchcliffe – #5, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, Honda

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04/03/19
f1

Schumacher still in no rush for F1 grid
Schumacher exits the garage for his very first F1 drive - a Ferrari nonetheless
Schumacher exits the garage for his very first F1 drive - a Ferrari nonetheless
(GMM) Mick Schumacher says he is still in no rush to step up to formula one.

That is despite the fact the 20-year-old son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher made his F1 test debut for Ferrari in Bahrain on Tuesday.

Only Max Verstappen was faster in the Red Bull. 

When asked if he tried deliberately to be faster than Schumacher, Dutchman Verstappen said: "No, I worked on the program that was planned by the team."

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04/03/19
f1

Experts not sure Schumacher next F1 sensation
Mick Schumacher Tuesday testing a Ferrari. 2nd quick but in F1 the car is 99% and the driver 1%
Mick Schumacher Tuesday testing a Ferrari. 2nd quick but in F1 the car is 99% and the driver 1%
(GMM) Two F1 experts are not so sure that Mick Schumacher will be the next sensation to hit the pinnacle of motor sport.

The 20-year-old son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher, watched on by mother Corinna in Bahrain, made his F1 test debut for Ferrari on Tuesday.

"They're not bad, are they?" said Mick's manager Nicolas Todt, referring also to Bahrain pole sitter Charles Leclerc, who almost won last Sunday.

However, former F1 driver Jan Lammers thinks Schumacher has so far shown that he lacks the meteoric punch with which drivers like Leclerc and Max Verstappen rose to the grid.

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04/03/19
f1

Ross Brawn backs 'B teams' like Haas
Magnussen's Haas is beating up on big teams like McLaren and Renault
Magnussen's Haas is beating up on big money teams like McLaren and Renault
(GMM) Ross Brawn has spoken up in favor of Ferrari 'B team' Haas.

In Bahrain, team boss Gunther Steiner responded to bigger teams like Renault who have strongly criticized the way Haas simply buys many components from Ferrari.

"Leave us alone to do our job," Steiner said.

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04/03/19
f1

F1 teams up with Will Smith on entertainment series
Will Smith and Lewis Hamilton. Smith is a big F1 fan
Will Smith and Lewis Hamilton. Smith is a big F1 fan
Formula 1 has teamed up with production company Westbrook Studios to create an entertainment format that’s aligned with all the Grand Prix weekends.

The series is exec produced by Will Smith – one of the co-founders of Westbrook Studios – and is being made in association with Apollo World Touring, under license from Formula 1.

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04/03/19
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Successful track debut for the new Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01
First test of Mercedes Formula E car
First test of Mercedes Formula E car
The race debut of the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team is getting nearer by the day. Last week, the team passed yet another marker on the way to its first race in season six of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. At Varano in Italy, Stoffel Vandoorne and Venturi driver Edoardo Mortara took the new Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 out for its first sequence of runs last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
 
Edoardo Mortara was a member of the Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM squad in 2017 and 2018, and he still has links with the team. During the test drives at Varano, the Venturi driver stepped in for Gary Paffett who was in action at the Intercontinental GT Challenge at Laguna Seca. 

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04/03/19
f1

F1 return only with title-winning team - Alonso
At Bahrain test Tuesday, talking to Carlos Sainz Jr.
At Bahrain test Tuesday, Alonso talking to Carlos Sainz Jr.
(GMM) Fernando Alonso has repeated his claim that he is not planning to return to formula one.

However, since the Spaniard quit the sport last November, he has also not ruled out a comeback.

In Bahrain, after just a four month break from the F1 cockpit, Alonso was back at the wheel of a McLaren on Tuesday for the post-grand prix test.

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04/03/19
f1

Ricciardo admits struggling with Renault
Daniel Ricciardo - smiling all the way to the bank though
Daniel Ricciardo - smiling all the way to the bank though
(GMM) Daniel Ricciardo has admitted he is struggling to get up to speed at Renault.

The Australian left Red Bull to lead the works French team from the cockpit in 2019, but so far he is not standing out next to Nico Hulkenberg.

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04/02/19
f1

Alonso declares latest McLaren a good step up
Alonso testing unmarked Pirelli control tires
Alonso testing unmarked Pirelli control tires
Double Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso tested McLaren's 2019 car for the first time on Tuesday and declared it a step up on the one he raced last year before leaving the sport.

The 37-year-old Spaniard last drove a Formula One car in November but he was at the Bahrain circuit in a tire testing role as well as to get a feel for the new car and provide feedback.

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04/02/19
f1

How the Mercedes F1 Team Beat the Heat in the Bahrain Desert 160,288 views
Keeping cool when the heat is on in Bahrain! Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin and Chief Engineer Trackside Simon Cole talk through how the Mercedes Team tackle the unique challenge of racing in the desert...

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04/02/19
f1

ESPN Telecast of F1 Bahrain GP Has Largest U.S. TV Audience on Record
Hamilton Wins Again
Hamilton Wins Again
ESPN2’s live telecast of the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday, March 31, attracted the largest U.S. television audience on record for the event, the second Formula 1 event of the season in as many races to do so.

An average of 711,000 viewers watched the telecast on ESPN2, up three percent over the average audience of 692,000 that watched the race last year on ESPN2 and up 72 percent from the 413,000 that watched CNBC’s telecast in 2017. The race began at 11:05 a.m. ET.

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04/02/19
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Ferrucci thinks he found a good setup for Barber
Santino Ferrucci
Santino Ferrucci
Santino Ferrucci is looking to bounce back from a disappointing result at COTA when he takes to the track aboard his #19 Dale Coyne Racing David Yurman car this weekend for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.

After starting from an NTT IndyCar Series career best of 11th, Ferrucci was having a strong run at the previous round at the Circuit of the Americas a couple of weeks ago when he was pushed off track onto an elevated curb. With his two front wheels leaving the pavement, he consequently suffered damage to the rear dampers of his Honda powered Indy car and what had looked like another possible top-10 finish ended up with the rookie taking the checkered flag in 20th.

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04/02/19
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Final Weekend TV Ratings
The F1 race on ESPN2 gained almost 100,000 viewers but the rating stayed the same - 0.44 on ESPN2. The NASCAR Cup Race swapped channels with the Xfinity race, hence why the big change in attendance. 
NetEventLocationDayTot. Viewers18-49
Viewers
2019
Rating
2018
Rating
% Chg
'18 to '19
2017
Rating
% Chg
'17 to '18
FOXNASCAR Cup RaceTexasSun3,652,000754,0002.251.70+32.4%2.74-38%
FS1NASCAR Xfinity RaceTexasSat928,000158,0000.600.95-36.8%1.12-15%
ESPN2F1 RaceBahrainSun711,000240,0000.440.440.00%0.25*+76%
FS1NASCAR Truck RacesTexasFri455,00083,0000.29N/AN/AN/AN/A

*NBCSN - so of course minuscule



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04/02/19
usac

The demise of the Hoosier Hundred
1986 Hoosier Hundred Parade Lap
1986 Hoosier Hundred Parade Lap

The Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center has announced that the Indiana State Fairgrounds one-mile dirt track will be converted from a dirt surface to an all-weather track made of crushed limestone to be utilized for year-round harness training and parking for the Indiana State Fair.

The ultimate impact is that the conversion of the surface means that auto racing events will no longer be held on the famed one-mile track following the 2019 Hoosier Hundred.  The 64th running of the 100-mile, 100-lap race, scheduled for Thursday, May 23, will be the last running of this grand racing event at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

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04/02/19
f1

Bahrain F1 Test - Tuesday: Verstappen nips Schumacher
Schumacher turned competitive times in his first-ever F1 test
Schumacher turned competitive times in his first-ever F1 test

Max Verstappen nipped F2 driver Mick Schumacher in the rain-interrupted opening day of the Bahrain F1 test.

The 20-year-old Schumacher drew attention from the entire F1 paddock at Ferrari as he made his F1 test debut for the Italian team, emulating his father Michael who won five world titles with the Scuderia.

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04/02/19
f1

Tires selected by drivers for Chinese GP
The FIA communicated to Pirelli each team’s tyre choices for the forthcoming Chinese Grand Prix (April 12-14).




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04/02/19
f1

Bahrain F1 test interrupted by rain
Mick Schumacher's laps have been limited due to rain
Mick Schumacher's laps in the Ferrari have been limited due to rain

Haas’ Romain Grosjean topped a rain-disrupted opening morning of in-season Formula 1 testing in Bahrain as Mick Schumacher made his debut behind the wheel of Ferrari's SF90.

Grosjean set a time of 1:30.982 shortly before the first of two rain showers that left the circuit moist, coming off the back of early running that took place in dusty conditions after Monday’s sandstorm in the country.

Grosjean finished 0.106s clear of Toro Rosso’s Alexander Albon during the opening four hours of the test, which will run through 18:00 local time.

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04/02/19
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GRM reveal S5000 Valvoline IndyCar livery
A throwback to the Unser Valvoline days in CART
A throwback to the Unser Valvoline days in CART
Garry Rogers Motorsport has revealed special Al Unser Jr’s 1992 Indy 500 tribute livery on the S5000 chassis that has been completing testing in Australia ahead of the series debut.

The livery was put together as a special tribute to celebrate Valvoline 30 year association with GRM.

“GRM has had a 30 year relationship with Valvoline, so we thought we’d celebrate by painting our S5000 car in the famous red, blue and white colors,” said Barry Rogers.

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04/02/19
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Ferrari 'not alarmed' after engine problem - Binotto
Mattia Binotto
Mattia Binotto
(GMM) Ferrari is "not alarmed" even though it has failed to win either of the opening two races of 2019.

That is the view of the fabled Italian team's new boss Mattia Binotto.

In Australia, Ferrari was simply outclassed by Mercedes, but last weekend in Bahrain it was an engine problem that spoiled Charles Leclerc's cruise to victory.

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04/02/19
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Hamilton comes out in praise of rival Vettel
Vettel loses his Ferrari yet again
Vettel loses his Ferrari yet again
A victorious Lewis Hamilton moved to defend his rival Sebastian Vettel as the four-time champion’s recent form came under scrutiny following another costly spin in Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

Hamilton, who was gifted the 74th win of his career when Ferrari new boy Charles Leclerc’s engine lost power in the final 10 laps, said Vettel’s achievements dwarfed his disappointments.

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04/02/19
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Red Bull must 'quickly' improve car - Verstappen
Max Verstappen. Is he wishing he had a Mercedes or a Ferrari?
Max Verstappen looks on. Is he wishing he had a Mercedes or a Ferrari?
(GMM) Max Verstappen has admitted that, for now at least, he does not have a car with which to challenge for the 2019 title.

Red Bull-Honda started the year with high hopes, but after two races it is clear that Ferrari and Mercedes are ahead.

"We have more questions for the chassis than for the Honda engines," admitted team boss Christian Horner.

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04/02/19
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Renault must solve 'unacceptable' problems - boss
Cyril Abiteboul
Cyril Abiteboul
(GMM) Cyril Abiteboul admitted that Renault's weekend in Bahrain was "unacceptable".

But he did not point the finger at the drivers, Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg.

"As in Melbourne, our qualifying was seriously affected by electronics problems," team boss Abiteboul said.

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04/02/19
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F1 tests 'next step' on road to grid - Schumacher
Mick Schumacher has only one F2 race under his belt and already the media think he is ready for F1
Mick Schumacher has only one F2 race under his belt and already the media think he is ready for F1
(GMM) Mick Schumacher has finally admitted to looking forward to his F1 test debut this week.

F1 legend Michael Schumacher's 20-year-old son attracted a huge media scrum in Bahrain last week, but he insisted he was focused only on his Formula 2 debut.

Now, the young German is looking forward to driving the Ferrari and Alfa Romeo on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.

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04/02/19
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'Invisible' Bottas feels 'zero pressure'
Bottas could not touch his teammate in Bahrain
Bottas could not touch his teammate in Bahrain
(GMM) Like the roundly-criticized Sebastian Vettel, Valtteri Bottas has also denied feeling the pressure in 2019.

After a disappointing 2018 season, the Mercedes driver emerged from the winter with a new attitude and a new beard.

He duly won in Australia, declaring "f**k you" to his critics on the radio, and told Italy's Automoto that he does not fear losing his 2020 seat to Esteban Ocon or George Russell.

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04/02/19
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Leclerc ignored team order by passing Vettel
Leclerc ignored team orders and went for it
Leclerc ignored team orders and went for it
(GMM) Charles Leclerc dodged a team order by passing his number 1 teammate Sebastian Vettel in Bahrain.

Just before mounting the overtake of the sister Ferrari, the 21-year-old dubbed "golden boy" by the Italian press said on the radio: "Guys, I'm quicker".

His engineer replied that he should wait at least two laps.

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04/02/19
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'No room for Vettel' in Ferrari future - press
Vettel (L) has to bounce back or he is done
Vettel (L) has to bounce back or he is done. Leclerc is Ferrari's new golden boy
(GMM) Huge pressure is mounting on Sebastian Vettel.

Following Charles Leclerc's impressive performance in Bahrain, Ferrari 'number 1' Vettel denied that being overtaken by his teammate and then spinning was due to pressure.

"To be honest, I think it's not about pressure," said the German.

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