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04/08/15
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FOX NASCAR at Texas Motor Speedway Quotes & Programming Schedule
Can Johnson win again?
Can Johnson win again?
NASCAR returns to action under the lights in primetime at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend after its first off week of the season.  FOX Sports offers 18.5 hours of live coverage of the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES and NASCAR XFINITY SERIES from Texas, culminating with the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES race live on FOX on Saturday, April 11 (7:30 PM ET), with pre-race coverage beginning at 7:00 PM ET.

Mike Joy leads the FOX NASCAR booth from the mile-and-a-half track with analysis from NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip and former crew chief Larry McReynolds.  The trio is joined on pit road by Jamie Little, Chris Neville and Matt Yocum.  Chris Myers hosts the network’s coverage alongside analyst Michael Waltrip. Myers also hosts FOX NASCAR SUNDAY from the famed Hollywood Hotel alongside Darrell and Michael Waltrip.

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04/08/15
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Pro Mazda, USF2000 on Deck as Mazda Road to Indy Heads to Louisiana
Drivers from two of the three steps that comprise the Mazda Road to Indy, a scholarship laden development ladder which leads from the grassroots of the sport to the Verizon IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500, will be on stage this weekend at the inaugural Grand Prix of Louisiana. Both the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, which kicked off their 2015 campaigns two weeks ago on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., will continue with two more races this weekend, April 10-12, at the 2.74-mile NOLA Motorsports Park road course situated just across the Mississippi River from downtown New Orleans.

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04/08/15
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IndyCar Chronicles Episode 01: James Hinchcliffe
NBCSN will air the first of five episodes this season of INDYCAR Chronicles on Friday at 5:30 p.m. ET, featuring Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver James Hinchcliffe. Here is a preview.



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04/08/15
Track news

Expanded leadership group for IMS Hall of Fame Museum
Famous Indy Speedway Museum
Famous Indy Speedway Museum
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation, Inc., d/b/a Hall of Fame Museum, is pleased to announce three new directors in an expansion of its Board of Directors and a new executive director on its  leadership team.

"On the verge of the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 and the 60th Anniversary of the Hall of Fame Museum, which take place in 2016, the Museum is now poised to take on a comprehensive strategic planning process and review of its operations," Museum Board President Anton H. George said.  "The Museum, which my grandparents founded in 1956, has evolved over the years to possess one of the top collections of racing and passenger vehicles in the world.  We are expanding the range of expertise available to the Board of Directors of the Foundation to embrace the opportunities that such an important collection provide."

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04/08/15
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Preview: Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana
Luca Filippi testing at NOLA
Luca Filippi testing at NOLA
This weekend the Verizon IndyCar Series travels 700 miles northwest from the familiar city streets of St. Petersburg, Florida to the broad coastal plains of southern Louisiana for the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana.

The excitement that was ignited two weekends ago at the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petesburg will be brought back this weekend, as the series takes to the flat 2.74 mile, 13-turn road course at NOLA Motorsports Park in a race that will feature the highest straightaway speeds of any road configuration this season.

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04/08/15
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f1

NBCSN to Kick Off 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Coverage This Weekend
NBCSN kicks off its 2015 Verizon INDYCAR Series coverage this weekend in New Orleans with the inaugural Grand Prix of Louisiana on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET, highlighting more than 30 hours of motorsports coverage on NBCSN this week.

NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra will provide comprehensive coverage of the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix this week, culminating in live race coverage Sunday morning at 1:30 a.m. ET. In addition to live INDYCAR and F1, NBCSN will provide nearly 15 hours of Mecum Auctions coverage from Houston this week, beginning Thursday at 4:30 p.m. ET.

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04/08/15
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Toyota: NASCAR Notes & Quotes
Denny Hamlin scored his first win of 2015 two weeks ago at Martinsville
TOYOTA TIDBITS

MARTINSVILLE FLASHBACK: Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) and Toyota driver Denny Hamlin enjoyed the fresh success with a victory at Virginia's Martinsville Speedway two weeks ago. It was Hamlin's fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) triumph at the half-mile race track and his first of the 2015 season. His JGR teammates Matt Kenseth (fourth) and David Ragan (fifth) also earned top-five finishes in the race.

TEXAS TWO-STEP: Toyota has had more success at Texas Motor Speedway than any other track on the NASCAR circuit with a total of 23 NASCAR victories across all three national touring series. Three NSCS wins were earned by Hamlin, who picked up a pair of Texas trophies in 2010, and Kyle Busch finished first in April 2013. All seven of the Camry NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) victories at Texas were claimed by Busch (2008-10, 2013 and 2014). Tundra drivers have taken 13 checkered flags at Texas, including both events in 2014 with Matt Crafton (June) and Busch (Oct.). Camry drivers will look for two more events this week to increase the stat to 25 Texas trophies.

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04/08/15
track news

Revenues Up For ISC Thanks To Ticket-Sales
Increased attendance for the 57th annual Daytona 500 and other Speedweeks events gave Int'l Speedway Corp.’s Q1 revenues in FY '15 "a strong boost," according to Clayton Park of the Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL. The 1.6% "increase in ticket sales for the three-month fiscal period that ended Feb. 28 was just ISC’s second in the past six years and the first" in a Q1 since the recent recession began.

ISC generated $136.6M in total revenue in Q1, "mostly from Speedweeks events in Daytona Beach," up from to $131.8M in revenues during the same quarter a year ago. The company also produced a Q1 net income of $15M, or "32 cents per share of its common stock," down from $19.9M, or "43 cents per share, for the same period last year, largely because of costs related to its ongoing" $400M Daytona Rising renovation. Excluding those one-time costs, as well as a tax benefit, ISC’s net income in the latest quarter "actually rose year-over-year" by $1.4M.

Meanwhile, the increase in ticket sales for the Daytona 500 "not only included more tickets sold," but also a 2.3% higher average price. ISC CFO Dan Houser said, "We exceeded our expectations." Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL


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04/08/15
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Changes to the Sprint All-Star Race
Jamie McMurray en route to victory in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race
NASCAR announced Wednesday that the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (May 16, 7:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) will be run with four segments for 25 laps. A driver's average finish in the first four segments will determine the order on to pit road for a mandatory pit stop before a 10-lap shootout crowns the $1 million winner of the annual classic at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The 110-lap distance will be 20 laps more than the 90 scheduled circuits last season.

The race, which will be run with 2015 rules, breaks down as follows:

Segments 1, 2 and 3/25 laps each:  All laps will be counted. ... Optional pit stop during break, teams that pit will not retain their position on track.

Segment 4/25 laps: All laps will be counted. ... Running order at the completion of the fourth segment will be repositioned based on the average finish of the first four segments. ... Running order ties will be broken by the finish of the fourth segment. ... Pit road will be open for a mandatory four-tire pit stop. ... Order of cars returning to the track will determine starting order of the fifth and final segment.

Segment 5/10 laps:  Only green flag laps will be counted.

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04/08/15
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2015 IndyCar Entrant Standings
Below, are the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series entrant standings ahead of this weekend's Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana:

Pos. # Entrant Points
1 2 Team Penske 51
2 1 Team Penske 44
3 10 Chip Ganassi Racing Teams 35
4 22 Team Penske 33
5 3 Team Penske 31
6 11 KVSH Racing 28
7 28 Andretti Autosport 26
8 41 A.J. Foyt Racing 25
9 20 CFH Racing 22
10 27 Andretti Autosport 20
11 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 19
12 67 CFH Racing 18
13 14 A.J. Foyt Racing 17
14 26 Andretti Autosport 16
15 9 Chip Ganassi Racing Teams 15
16 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 14
17 98 BHA with Curb-Agajanian 13
18 25 Andretti Autosport 12
19 8 Chip Ganassi Racing Teams 11
20 4 KV Racing Technology 10
21 83 Chip Ganassi Racing Teams 9
22 7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 8
23 19 Dale Coyne Racing 7
24 18 Dale Coyne Racing 6

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04/08/15
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JR Promotions Signs On With Jonathan Byrd's Racing for Clauson
KVSH/Jonathan Byrd’s Racing is proud to welcome another sponsor to the Indy 500 entry of Bryan Clauson, as JR Promotions LLC has signed on as the official outdoor advertising partner of Jonathan Byrd’s Racing.

JR Promotions Outdoor Advertising (www.jrbillboards.com) is an independent family owned and operated outdoor advertising company with over 900 billboard faces in Indiana.  JR Promotions is headquartered in Columbus, Indiana.

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04/08/15
automotive

Tesla announces the All-Wheel Drive Model S 70D
Tesla Model S 70D
Today, Tesla introduced the Model S 70D, an all-wheel drive electric car with a 0-60 time of 5.2 seconds and a 250 mile range at 65 mph.

Even at a starting price of $75k, the Model S 70D offers a broad and compelling set of features. Moreover, when one factors in the cost advantages over an internal combustion engine vehicle, including fuel savings and incentives, the actual cost of owning Model S 70D comes to about $55k over five years (the average length of new car ownership).

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04/08/15
f4

Manager wants calm for Mick Schumacher's debut
Mick Schumacher
(GMM)  Michael Schumacher's manager on Wednesday urged for calm as the German legend's 16-year-old son started his own climb towards formula one.

We reported earlier that 100 journalists and other media professionals had flocked to the Oschersleben circuit, where Mick Schumacher on Wednesday started official pre-season testing for his first year in single seaters.

But Sabine Kehm, the Schumachers' manager, announced that Mick will not be speaking to the press as he gets down to work in the German Formula 4 series.

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04/08/15
f1

Ecclestone won't let Wolff 'kill' F1
Bernie knows best what's good for F1, and it's not a boring Mercedes 1-2 parade at the front
(GMM)  Bernie Ecclestone has joined Max Mosley in fearing for the very survival of formula one.

Former FIA president Mosley, a famously close ally of Ecclestone's until the end of his reign in 2009, warned this week that the current state of the sport could see it "collapse".

Now, F1 supremo Ecclestone has told Sport Bild: "I will not watch formula one destroy itself because some people made a mistake."

The 84-year-old, who wants F1 to revert to its V8-powered days, sees the new turbo V6 engine regulations as arguably the biggest problem.

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04/08/15
Miscellaneous

Furious 7 - Official Trailer
Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of Fast & Furious 7. James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series that also welcomes back favorites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black. They are joined by international action stars new to the franchise including Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey and Kurt Russell. Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel and Michael Fottrell return to produce the film written by Chris Morgan.

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04/08/15
irl

Is it the car or the driver?
It's the driver and the car combination that makes a winner. However, there are always going to be some wankers in racing that can't drive a nail.
It's often said that a bad carpenter blames his tools, but isn't it also often said that a carpenter is only as good as his tools?

In any sport, this usually is the case. A good football player needs the right shoes just as a good baseball player needs the right bat or the tennis player needs the right racket.

But when it comes to motor sports, specifically the Verizon IndyCar Series, the common question remains on who is responsible for performance.

Is it the driver, or is it the car?

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04/08/15
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Teams will get quicker access to video of pit road violations
Teams to get video showing infractions quickly
Teams to get video showing infractions quickly

Beginning with this weekend's race at Texas, all Sprint Cup teams will be provided adequate bandwidth to allow videos detailing pit road infractions to be sent directly to the appropriate pit box. In late May, when the series moves to Charlotte Motor Speedway, similar connectivity will also be provided in each garage bay. Video showing an infraction is currently sent to the team in question - typically to their haulers where they have adequate bandwidth to handle video - almost as soon as it is received and processed by officials in the PRO trailer.

Some teams have the capability and bandwidth to forward it along to their pit box, where the crew chief and any others may view it as well. Now, when a team commits and infraction, video evidence will be delivered to the crew chief on the pit box almost as soon as it occurs. NASCAR.com



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04/08/15
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Knock'er Loose to debut on the #40
CRC Industries, Inc., the worldwide leader in the production of specialty chemicals for the maintenance and repair professional, serving industrial, electrical, aviation, automotive & marine markets, will debut a new industrial-themed paint scheme on the #40 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car of Hillman Racing with driver Landon Cassill this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.

Cassill will pilot the #40 CRC KNOCK'ER LOOSE Chevy SS - the first of two races for CRC Industrial this season - in Saturday night's Duck Commander 500. CRC Knock'er Loose Penetrating Solvent is specially formulated to dissolve rust, gum, grease and corrosion to allow quick removal of nuts, bolt, pins, screws, bushings, hinges and lugs. In addition to this weekend's race in Texas, CRC Knock'er Loose returns as the primary sponsor of Cassill and the #40 Hillman Racing Chevy at Chicagoland Speedway on September 20. Hillman Racing

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04/08/15
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Mosley warns F1 of inevitable collapse
    Honda 'still 100hp down' on rivals - report
  • Mosley warns F1 facing 'collapse'
  • 100 journalists to cover Mick Schumacher test
  • Ferrari sets sights on more 2015 wins
  • Mercedes takes new front wing to China - report
  • Australian GP boss survives cancer
  • Force India planning 'B' car for mid-season
  • Vettel mechanic Handkammer leaves F1

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04/07/15
track news

ZZ Top to Perform at Coca Cola 600
ZZ Top
Pete McCole/AR1.com
Charlotte Motor Speedway announced today that Hall Of Fame rockers ZZ Top will perform a pre-race concert prior to the running of the 56th annual Coca Cola 600 on May 24. The concert will be free for all Coca Cola 600 ticket holders.

Band members Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill joined NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Danica Patrick, along with Charlotte Motor Speedway President and General Manager Marcus Smith for the announcement.
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Our music has long been synonymous with great NASCAR action and we're looking forward to continuing that tradition with the May 24th appearance at Charlotte Motor Speedway," the band said in a statement. "Fast cars, rockin' music and the greatest fans in the world is a winning combination as far as we’re concerned."

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04/07/15
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IndyCar allows Honda to strengthen its Aero Kit
Honda to strengthen their front wings.
After experiencing issues with Aero Kits creating debris in the season-opening Verizon IndyCar Series race on March 29, Honda has been granted permission by INDYCAR to strengthen and reinforce parts of its kit, Steve Eriksen, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of HPD, told FOXSports.com.

"We've talked to INDYCAR about it and have made a proposal to update a few of the key parts with some additional strengthening as a temporary countermeasure and as a permanent countermeasure to deliver replacement parts with an even higher resistance to car-to-car contact," Eriksen said. "This would be immediate and INDYCAR has approved that.

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04/07/15
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Indy GP of Louisiana pit assignments
Per INDYCAR rules pit assignments for all races excluding the Indianapolis 500 are determined by an entrant's qualifying position at the previous round. Thus, for this weekend's Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana pit assignments are as follows:

Pit

# Entry Expected driver
1 1 Verizon Team Penske Will Power
2 22 Team Penske Simon Pagenaud
3 3 Team Penske Helio Castroneves
4 2 Team Penske Juan Pablo Montoya
5 14 A.J. Foyt Enterprises Takuma Sato
6 11 KVSH Racing Sebastien Bourdais
7 10 Chip Ganassi Racing Teams Tony Kanaan
8 28 Andretti Autosport Ryan Hunter-Reay
9 9 Chip Ganassi Racing Teams Scott Dixon
10 67 CFH Racing Josef Newgarden
11 25 Andretti Autosport Simona de Silvestro
12 27 Andretti Autosport Marco Andretti
12A 83 Chip Ganassi Racing Teams Charlie Kimball
14 26 Andretti Autosport Carlos Munoz
15 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Graham Rahal
16 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe
-- -- Timing and Scoring --
17 4 KV Racing Technology Stefano Coletti
18 8 Chip Ganassi Racing Teams Sage Karam
19 20 CFH Racing Luca Filippi
-- -- Opening --
20 7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Jakes
21 41 A.J. Foyt Enterprises Jack Hawksworth
22 98 BHA with Curb-Agajanian Gabby Chaves
23 19 Dale Coyne Racing Francesco Dracone
24 18 Dale Coyne Racing Carlos Huertas

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04/07/15
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Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana entry list
# Driver Hometown Car Name Aero kit/Engine Entrant
1 Will Power Toowoomba, Australia Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet Verizon Team Penske
2 Juan Pablo Montoya Bogota, Colombia Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet Team Penske
3 Helio Castroneves Sao Paulo, Brazil Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet Team Penske
4 Stefano Coletti (R) Monaco, Monaco Variable Bore Rams – KVRT Chevrolet KV Racing Technology
5 James Hinchcliffe Toronto, Canada Arrow / Lucas Oil Schmidt Peterson Honda Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
7 James Jakes Leeds, England Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
8 Sage Karam (R) Nazareth, PA Comfort Revolution/Big Machine Records Chevrolet Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
9 Scott Dixon Auckland, New Zealand Brita Chevrolet Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
10 Tony Kanaan Salvador, Brazil NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
11 Sebastien Bourdais Le Mans, France Team Mistic E-Cigs KVSH Racing Chevrolet KVSH Racing
14 Takuma Sato Tokyo, Japan ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Honda AJ Foyt Enterprises
15 Graham Rahal New Albany, OH D-A Lubricant Company Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
18 Carlos Huertas Bogota, Colombia Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dale Coyne Racing
19 Francesco Dracone (R) Turin, Italy Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dale Coyne Racing
20 Luca Filippi Savigliano, Italy Fuzzy’s Vodka CFH Racing Chevrolet CFH Racing
22 Simon Pagenaud Montmorillon, France Penske Truck Rental Chevrolet Team Penske
25 Simona de Silvestro Thun, Switzerland Andretti Autosport Honda Andretti Autosport
26 Carlos Munoz Bogota, Colombia AndrettiTV Cinsay Honda Andretti Autosport
27 Marco Andretti Nazareth, PA Merchant First/Snapple Honda Andretti Autosport
28 Ryan Hunter-Reay Fort Lauderdale, FL. DHL Honda Andretti Autosport
41 Jack Hawksworth Bradford, England ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Honda AJ Foyt Enterprises
67 Josef Newgarden Hendersonville, TN Hartman Oil CFH Racing Chevrolet CFH Racing
83 Charlie Kimball Camarillo, CA Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
98 Gabby Chaves (R) Bogota, Colombia Bowers & Wilkins/Curb Honda BHA with Curb-Agajanian


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04/07/15
Track news

ISC Reports Q1 Rise In Sales, Besting Analyst Expectations
ISC today reported a 3.6% rise in sales in Q1, "buoyed by higher attendance at its key Daytona 500 event and increased food revenue."

The results "beat Wall Street expectations," and the company "affirmed its full-year guidance" WSJ.com.

Total revenue for the period ending Feb. 28 was $136.6M, up from $131.8M in the year-ago period. Operating income was $21.6M, compared to $22.3M in Q1 '14. Net income was $15.0M, down from $19.9M a year ago. ISC

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04/07/15
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Chip Ganassi Racing Teams Confirms Sage Karam for NOLA
Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) announced today that development driver Sage Karam will join the team's Verizon IndyCar Series lineup in the No. 8 Chevrolet for the second race of the series at the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana at NOLA Motorsports Park this weekend.

Karam's No. 8 Chevrolet will bear the COMFORT REVOLUTION/Big Machine Records livery to start his second Verizon IndyCar Series event for the team.

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04/07/15
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GP of Louisiana Fast Facts

Track:
2.74-mile, 13-turn road course (clockwise)

Race distance: 75 laps / 205.5 miles

Entry List:  Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana (PDF)

Push-to-pass parameters: 10 activations for 20 seconds each

Firestone tire allotment: Eight sets primary, three sets alternate

Twitter: @GPofNOLA, @IndyCar, #GPofNOLA, #IndyCar

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04/07/15
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Daytona (not Indy) 500 ranks among top 'can't miss' sporting events in survey
Indy 500 no longer a top must-see event for sports fans. This must have been Tony George's 'vision' for IndyCar racing after he split the sport and essentially killed it.
In a survey of U.S. adults of the "can't miss" sporting events during the year, the Daytona 500 ranks seventh.

The Super Bowl ranked No. 1 with 73.9 percent of U.S. adults surveyed listing the NFL's title game.

After the Super Bowl, the top five included the Summer Olympics (62.5 percent), the Winter Olympics (62.1 percent), the World Series (57.8 percent) and the college football championship game (54.7 percent).

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04/07/15
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Louisiana Based Oil Field Rental Tool Company Variable Bore Rams, Inc. to be Primary Sponsor of Stefano Coletti at NOLA
Coletti livery for NOLA
KV Racing Technology announced today that local Louisiana based oil field rental tool company, Variable Bore Rams, Inc. (VBR) will be the primary sponsor of the No. 4 Variable Bore Rams – KV Racing Technology Chevrolet/Dallara/Firestone car driven by Stefano Coletti at the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana, April 10-12, in Avondale, Louisiana.

"I have known Chip for a long time and I know his passion for cars, racing and Louisiana," said KVRT team co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven. "This was a unique opportunity for both companies and I want to thank everyone at Variable Bore Rams for partnering with the team for the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana. KVRT looks forward to producing a good result for VBR and for KVRT in New Orleans."

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04/07/15
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Preferred Freezer Joins With CFH Racing To Enter Hildebrand In The Indy 500
JR Hildebrand
CFH Racing announced today that Preferred Freezer Services will be partnering with the team to field a third entry in both Verizon IndyCar Series events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for JR Hildebrand. Hildebrand will drive the No. 6 Preferred Freezer Services CFH Racing Chevrolet for the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 9 and the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 24.

Preferred Freezer Services offers the most modern, state-of-the-art, full service temperature-controlled warehouses in the United States. The company partnered with what was previously Ed Carpenter Racing to field a car for Hildebrand in the 2014 Indianapolis 500. With corporate headquarters in New Jersey, the company operates in 35 facilities in nine regions nationwide and has an international presence with cold storage warehouses in China and Vietnam.

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04/07/15
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r2i

On-track schedule for Indy GP of Louisiana
Friday April 10, 2015

Series and Session Begin End
Cooper Tires U.S. F2000 Powered by Mazda  Practice 1 8:20 a.m. 8:50 a.m.
Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires Practice 1 8:55 a.m. 9:25 a.m.
Cooper Tires Prototype Lites powered by Mazda Practice 9:40 a.m. 10:10 a.m.
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA Practice 1 10:25 a.m. 11:05 a.m.
Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by B.F Goodrich Tires Practice 1 11:20 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
Verizon IndyCar Series Practice 1 12:15 p.m. 1:45 p.m.
Cooper Tires U.S. F2000 Powered by Mazda Practice 2 2:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m.
Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires Practice 2 2:45 p.m. 3:15 p.m.
Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by B.F Goodrich Tires Qualifying 3:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m.
Verizon IndyCar Series Practice 2 4:15 p.m. 5:35 p.m.
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA Practice 2 5:50 p.m. 6:30 p.m
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Saturday April 11, 2015

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04/07/15
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De Silvestro to race at NOLA
Simona de Silvestro will run this weekend's Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana for Andretti Autosport
INDIANAPOLIS (April 7, 2015) – Following last week's announcement that Simona de Silvestro would become Andretti Autosport's fifth entry for the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500, the team confirmed today the Swiss racer will be back with the four-time IndyCar champions for the second round of Verizon IndyCar Series competition this weekend in New Orleans. The 26-year-old will once again pilot the No. 25 Andretti Autosport Honda for the inaugural event to be held at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, LA.

"It's great to get another shot in the car and improve on everything we learned in St. Petersburg," de Silvestro commented. "I'm really looking forward to being able to work with everyone again and hopefully have a better race! I'm really thankful for all that Michael (Andretti) and everyone at Andretti Autosport have been doing to make all of this happen."

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04/07/15
wec

Toyota's defense of WEC title set to begin
Toyota TS040 - the car the Japanese hope will defeat the Germans again in 2015
Toyota TS040 - the car the Japanese hope will defeat the Germans again in 2015
TOYOTA Racing begins the defense of its World Endurance Championship titles in positive mood following a successful testing program to prepare for this weekend’s Six Hours of Silverstone.

Last season began with a TOYOTA one-two at Silverstone, setting the tone for an impressive year which brought five wins from eight races and established the TS040 HYBRID as the best performing car in the new era of energy-efficient regulations.

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04/07/15
automotive

Best Year for Lotus Cars' Sales Since FY 2008/09
Lotus Evora 400

Today, Lotus is pleased to announce a 55% rise in its global sports car sales at the conclusion of the 2014/15 financial year.

For the full year, the company has increased its sales volume to an excellent 2015 units, contrasted with 1,296 units in the year 2013/14. This is the best result achieved by Lotus since FY 2008/09.

Key global markets showing the renaissance experienced by Lotus are in China (+186%), France (+177%) and Germany (+130%), while Japan (+103%) remains the company’s largest export market. Sales in the UK have more than doubled to 346 units (+102%). The USA market, which sells the Evora range as a road car and the Elise and Exige ranges for track use only, has increased by 24%.

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04/07/15
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • What the Spaniards do not realize is that Alonso had no option to stay at Ferrari. They signed Vettel and asked Alonso to leave.
    Ferrari pushing on for Mercedes title battle
  • Officials defend Alonso amid latest rumors
  • Carmen Jorda backs all-female F1 proposal
  • Spaniards defend Alonso after McLaren switch
  • Merhi admits he could lose Manor seat
  • Toro Rosso happy with Renault progress
  • Formula One teams must talk on money deal, says ex-FIA chief Mosley

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04/07/15
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Formula E - Racing's imitation game
Formula E provides a souped-up golf car soundtrack that is so relentlessly out of place at a race track that it is almost unfathomable
Last September I wrote a column about Formula E, or Formula Ennui as I referred to it. In that column I described Formula E as "a manufactured racing series for people who don't like racing." And after watching the latest Formula E event unfold in Long Beach over the weekend, my assessment hasn't changed. Formula E is described by the FIA as a "... fully-electric single-seater championship designed to appeal to a new generation of motorsport fans, while accelerating the interest in electric vehicles and promoting sustainability."

I see it much differently, however. Under siege from the burgeoning - and belligerent - green movement in Europe, Formula E is instead a cynical ploy by the FIA designed to goad governments, corporations and TV networks into participation because it is presented as being a benign facsimile of the real thing pointing to a sustainable future. It is also way to promote and project electric racing cars while extracting more money from guilt-ridden manufacturers and unsuspecting cities that think this benign form of racing will somehow be okay.

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