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04/05/17
automotive

GM and SAE International Select 8 North American Universities for New Autonomous Vehicle Competition
Students and faculty advisers from eight selected AutoDrive Challenge universities pose alongside a Chevrolet Bolt EV.
Students and faculty advisers from eight selected AutoDrive Challenge universities pose alongside a Chevrolet Bolt EV.
SAE World Congress Experience, SAE International and General Motors announced the eight North American universities who will compete in the upcoming AutoDrive Challenge.

This new autonomous vehicle design competition is a three-year challenge to develop and demonstrate a fully autonomous passenger vehicle. The competition’s technical goal is navigating an urban driving course in an automated driving mode as described by SAE Standard (J3016) level 4 definition by Year 3.

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04/05/17
nasmon

Eagles-Axalta Initiative To Sponsor Earnhardt's Ride At Pocono
Earnhardt's sponsors for Pocono
The Eagles and Axalta are adding a new promotional wrinkle to their All-Pro Teachers initiative in order to increase the visibility of the program, now in its third year, in the greater Philadelphia region. 

The Axalta All-Pro Teachers logo will be prominently displayed on Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 88 Chevrolet driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pocono 400 on June 11 at Pocono Raceway.  Philadelphia Eagles PR



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04/05/17
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irl

Montreal Paying At Least $24M To Host Formula E Race, but not IndyCar
IndyCar would love to race in Montreal. Montreal will lose about $20 million on the Formula E race, but they prefer to do that then host an IndyCar race because Formula E has international TV deals that deliver 12-15 million viewers to showcase the city.
Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said that the city will "pay at least" $24M (all figures C) to bring a Formula E race to the city "for the first time," according to Jason Magder of the MONTREAL GAZETTE.

Coderre said that the money will "benefit the city for several years to come, since part of it will pay to repave city streets in the downtown core where the circuit will run" July 29-30.

He said, "We can’t have the race on streets with potholes, and these streets would have to be redone anyway."

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04/05/17
f1
irl
nasmon
motogp
wscc

Weekend TV Times
 All times Eastern
Friday, April 7
EventLocationTimesNetwork
F1 World Championship - practice 2Shanghai2:00am-3:30am (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Monster Energy Cup - practiceTexas12:00pm-1:00pm (L)FS1
NASCAR Xfinity Series - practiceTexas1:00pm-2:00pm (L) 5:00pm-6:00pm (L)FS1
Verizon IndyCar Series - practiceLong Beach5:00pm-6:30pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Monster Energy Cup - qualifyingTexas6:00pm-7:00pm (L)FS1
Saturday, April 8
F1 World Championship - practice 3ShanghaiTBANBC Sports Streaming
F1 World Championship - qualifyingShanghai3:00am-4:30am (L)NBCSN
MotoGP - qualifyingArgentinaTBAbeIN
NASCAR Monster Energy Cup - practiceTexas9:30am-10:30am (L - FS1) 12:00pm-1:00pm (L - FS2)FS1 and FS2
NASCAR Xfinity Series - qualifyingTexas10:30am-11:30am (L)FS1
NASCAR Xfinity Series - raceTexas1:00pm-1:30pm - prerace (L) 1:30pm-4:00pm - race (L)FOX
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar ChampionshipLong Beach4:00pm-6:00pm (L)FOX
Verizon IndyCar Series - qualifyingLong Beach7:00pm-9:30pm (SDD)NBCSN
Sunday, April 9
F1 World Championship - raceShanghai1:00am-1:30am - pre-race (L) 1:30am-4:00am - race (L)NBCSN
MotoGP - raceArgentinaTBAbeIN
NASCAR Monster Energy Cup- raceTexas1:00pm-1:30pm - pre-race (L) 1:30pm-5:30pm - race (L)FOX
Pirelli World Challenge - GTLong Beach2:30pm-4:00pm (SDD)CBS-SN
Verizon IndyCar Series - raceLong Beach4:00pm-4:30pm - prerace (L) 4:30pm-7:00pm - race (L)NBCSN

Legend: D = Tape Delayed; L = live; SDD = same-day delay; R = Replay



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04/05/17
irl

NBC's Townsend Bell previews NBCSN 2017 IndyCar season kickoff
The Verizon IndyCar Series hits the streets of Long Beach this weekend for Round 2 of the season, for the first of 12 races you’ll see on NBCSN this season. NBCSN carries Rounds 2 through 4 from Long Beach, Barber and Phoenix, and resumes from Round 9 in Texas through to the season finale, Round 17, at Sonoma.

IndyCar on NBCSN analyst Townsend Bell checks in again with NBCSports.com for a few predictions and thoughts heading into the year. Coverage from Long Beach begins with free practice two on Friday at 5 p.m. ET, with qualifying coverage Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET and live race coverage on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET, all on NBCSN. Tune-in and streaming details are here.

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04/05/17
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Wolff and wife Suzie await first child
    Wolff and wife Susie await first child
    Wolff could miss birth of child
  • Ferrari insiders tip Shanghai struggle
  • Bottas would obey Mercedes team order
  • Alonso to launch fashion brand
  • Berger thinks Mercedes still ahead
  • Raikkonen wants to stay beyond 2017
  • Trulli hopes Giovinazzi gets full F1 season

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04/05/17
irl

Bourdais tops 13-car Honda test at Sonoma (Update)
UPDATE Added test times below. As you can see, Sebastien Bourdais, who won for Dale Coyne Racing in St. Petersburg, topped both sessions.

Scott Dixon with NTT Livery for this weekend in LB
Scott Dixon with NTT Livery for this weekend in LB

04/04/17

Thirteen drivers from five Verizon IndyCar® Series teams completed a one-day Honda test session at Sonoma Raceway on Tuesday.

This marked the largest IndyCar test of the year so far at Sonoma Raceway, which will host the 2017 series season finale for the third consecutive year at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, Sept. 15-17.

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04/04/17
irl

Video: IndyCar Sonoma test Scott Dixon, Ryan Hunter Reay Q&A
Thirteen drivers from five Verizon IndyCar Series teams completed a one-day Honda test session at Sonoma Raceway on April 4th. Here Scott Dixon and Ryan Hunter-Reay talk about the test.

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04/04/17
wec

No new LMP1s until 3 to 4 years
ACO Sporting Director Vincent Beaumesnil has admitted that the earliest arrival of a new LMP1 manufacturer is not likely to be until 2020, as discussions continue on the shape of the next set of technical regulations.

The FIA and ACO have held talks with both existing manufacturers Porsche and Toyota, along with Peugeot, which has been eyeing a comeback to top-level prototype racing, on the category's future path.

Toyota's TS050 2017 LMP1 car
Toyota's TS050 2017 LMP1 car. Rest assured, the new regs won't favor diesels like they did for years
"We're discussing what we do in 2020, which is the window where new manufacturers can come and where we can discuss the evolution of the rules," Beaumesnil told Sportscar365.

"Having a new manufacturer coming, between the original discussion, the decision and having the car racing, you need a lot of time.

"You know there will not be a new guy coming next year. It takes some time."

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04/04/17
automotive

Stick a fork in diesel, it's nearly done
Europeans can't get away from diesels fast enough. Meanwhile some stupid American companies, like Chevy, are adding diesel power to some of their lines. Cough, Cough, how dumb can you get after the VW USA diesel debacle?
With electrification becoming increasingly normal and regulators--in Europe at least, we don't seem to give a shit in America anymore--continuing to tighten clean air laws, we probably would have eventually seen an end to diesel engines in cars. But then Volkswagen went and fired, with great enthusiasm, a giant nail gun into diesel's coffin.

We will now probably see an end to diesel sooner than would have happened otherwise, and that is something the European Union industry chief confirmed at a Parliament meeting this week. Tougher rules there are coming on how the Europeans test and certify diesel, as well as harsher fines. This is probably the beginning of the end, reports Reuters:

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04/04/17
track news

TV revenue growth offsets declining ticket revenue for ISC
ISC made a real net profit of over $21 million in the last quarter. This was largely on the back of contractually slated upticks in broadcasting revenue, and to a lesser extent due to corporate sponsorships. ISC saw an approximately $500,000 decline (2%) in admissions revenue
International Speedway Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market:ISCA) (OTC Bulletin Board:ISCB) (“ISC”) today reported financial results for its fiscal first quarter ended February 28, 2017.

"Financial results for our first quarter exceeded expectations," stated Lesa France Kennedy, ISC Chief Executive Officer.  "Speedweeks at Daytona was a huge success, driven by corporate partnerships and broadcast revenues both at historic levels and culminating with a consecutive sold-out Daytona 500.  These achievements demonstrate the sustained value generated by our investment in Daytona International Speedway.

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04/04/17
irl

One Indy 500 win = 4 or 5 Championships
Al Unser knows one Indy 500 win pays as much as 4 or 5 IndyCar titles
Al Unser knows one Indy 500 win pays as much as 4 or 5 IndyCar titles, hence why most drivers pick an Indy 500 win over a championship
Racing legend Al Unser may be 77, but his opinion still packs a punch writes Robert Morales.

"The Indy 500s," Unser said quickly, when asked what meant more to him - his three series championships or his four Indianapolis 500 wins. "You've gotta take into consideration the prestige that the Indy carries, and the money. There isn't another race in IndyCar series that pays near the money and gives you near the working angle to go after.

"People don't say, ‘Well, did you win Long Beach? Did you win Phoenix?' They say, ‘Did you ever race at Indianapolis?' So that's why."

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04/04/17
nasmon
nastruck
nhra

Final weekend TV Ratings
NetEventDayViewers18-49 ViewersRatingLocation
FS1NASCAR Cup Race LSun3.963M0.984M2.34Martinsville
FS1NHRA LSun1.025M0.251M0.61Las Vegas
FOXNASCAR Truck race LSat1.591M0.366M1.05Martinsville
FS1NASCAR Truck QualsSat0.370M0.061M0.28Martinsville



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04/04/17
usf4

US F4 field grows to 32 entries
#16 Kent Vaccarro
#16 Kent Vaccaro
Last minute entries for the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda continue to intensify the competition, increasing the grid to 32 entries for the season debut at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida, April 8-9.

Returning to the F4 U.S. lineup is second-year driver Benjamin Pederson of Copenhagen, Denmark, with Global Racing Group and competing for a partial season under Group-A Racing is inaugural season first runner-up Konrad Czaczyk of Loxahatchee, Florida. John Paul Southern Jr. of Westlake, Ohio, was also confirmed by Jay Howard’s Motorsport Driver Development as its fourth driver.

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04/04/17
nasmon

NASCAR Team charters currently selling for big money
Charters belonging to smaller NASCAR Cup teams have, on average, been sold or leased for between $2-3 million, according to a report by the Sports Business Journal.

Eight charters were sold or leased during the last offseason. Among them SBJ reports, Tommy Baldwin Racing sold its charter to Leavine Family Racing for $3.5 million. BK Racing also sold one of its charters to Front Row Motorsports for about $2 million.

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04/04/17
nastruck

Truck Series Race from Martinsville Most-Watched Truck Race in Five Years
Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on FOX from Martinsville (Va.) Speedway scored 1,591,000 viewers according to Nielsen Media Research, making it the most-watched NCWTS race on any network in five years.

The race, won by Chase Elliott, peaked at nearly two million viewers (1,952,000) during the final 30 minutes of the broadcast, and was the most-watched since the 2012 NCWTS race from Daytona International Speedway on SPEED.

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04/04/17
pwc

CBS Sports Network to televise PWC GT Long Beach race
The highly-competitive GT/GTA racing action of the Pirelli World Challenge in the legendary streets of Long Beach will be televised this Sunday on the CBS Sports Network at 2:30 p.m. EDT/11:30 a.m. PDT in same-day coverage.

The world-class GT/GTA field will compete at the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit in the PWC Grand Prix of Long Beach presented by Optima Batteries, part of the 43rd annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend. The field will showcase exotic sports car machinery from Cadillac, Porsche, Ferrari, McLaren, Audi, Acura, Bentley, Aston Martin and Mercedes-Benz in a scheduled 50-minute wheel-to-wheel sprint race.

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04/04/17
irl

NTT DATA to sponsor Dixon in Long Beach
Dixon's sponsorless #9 to get NTT Data backing for Long Beach
Dixon's sponsorless #9 to get NTT Data backing for Long Beach
Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that four-time Verizon IndyCar Series Champion and Indianapolis 500 Winner Scott Dixon will be sporting the colors of NTT DATA in Round 2 of the Verizon IndyCar Series on April 9 at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (4pm ET, NBCSN). Now in their fifth year of partnership with CGR, NTT DATA will also expand its relationship as an associate-level partner on the No. 9 for additional key race markets, including Phoenix and Indianapolis.

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04/04/17
automotive

Mercedes teams up with Bosch for autonomous driving
Stuttgart - Bosch and Daimler are joining forces to advance the development of fully automated and driverless driving. The two companies have entered into a development agreement to bring fully automated (SAE Level 4) and driverless (SAE Level 5) driving to urban roads by the beginning of the next decade. The objective is to develop software and algorithms for an autonomous driving system. The project combines the total vehicle expertise of the world's leading premium manufacturer with the system and hardware expertise of the world's biggest supplier. The ensuing synergies should ensure the earliest possible series introduction of the secure technology.

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04/04/17
track news

Safety Enhancements Continue at Pocono Raceway
Pocono
Pocono
Pocono Raceway has added an additional 5,197 feet of Steel and Foam Energy Resistant (SAFER) barrier and is among the top three tracks in terms of length of the safety feature.

With a late start to winter, Pocono Raceway was able to cover the front stretch of the 2.5-mile raceway as well as areas between Turns 2 and 3.

In addition to the SAFER barrier walls, Pocono Raceway upgraded the three track crossover gates located around the track with new gates that incorporate SAFER into their construction.

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04/04/17
f1

Chandon Presents: An Unexpected Race
Watch Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne go head to head in an 'Unexpected Race' around Chandon vineyards.

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04/04/17
Fe

Video: Julius Baer Mexico City ePrix Highlights 2017
It’s time for round four of the season, the Julius Baer Mexico City ePrix, which is being held on the famous Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in the Mexico capital.

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04/04/17
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Some think DTM convert Wehrlein not fast enough for F1
    Some think DTM convert Wehrlein not fast enough for F1
    Doubts surround Wehrlein 'fitness' story
  • F1 return now 'more likely' - Kubica
  • Grosjean not complaining 'good sign' - Haas
  • Ferrari boss drops more hints about Formula E involvement
  • Abiteboul: Renault focused on reliability
  • McLaren expects to be 'exposed' in China
  • Wolff: Mercedes getting homework done

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