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04/12/18
irl

TV Ratings: It's not just IndyCar
NBC Sports Network can't draw good TV ratings across the board
NBC Sports Network can't draw good TV ratings across the board. In 10 years IndyCar never saw anywhere near a 1.0 rating. Ten years and it's getting worse now.
IndyCar isn't the only sport suffering from low ratings on NBCSN.  NASCAR is down huge on NBCSN and now comes the following NHL hockey report. NBCSN just does not get good TV ratings and they are pretty much falling across the board.

However, IndyCar, in their infinite wisdom, decided to go with NBC and NBCSN for their new TV deal. As good as the racing production is on NBCSN, what good is it if no one sees it?

While the in-booth announcers on ABC were dull and boring (something that could be fixed - Bob Varsha is available) at least from a global number of viewers perspective, ESPN and ABC delivered coverage in 140 countries and their USA TV ratings are higher.  ESPN is a go-to channel for sports fans who channel surf.

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04/12/18
TV News

ESPN+ Launches Today; Historic Indy 500's Part of Library
ESPN+ Over The Top offering
ESPN+ Over The Top offering
The new ESPN App launches today with a completely re-imagined experience that includes the seamless integration of ESPN+, the first-ever multi-sport, direct-to-consumer premium subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International group, in partnership with ESPN.  At launch, the new ESPN App will be Presented by Audi and ESPN+ will be backed by American Express.

Already the industry benchmark and number one sports app, the new ESPN App – now combined with ESPN+ – elevates the digital sports experience, giving sports fans the premier, all-in-one digital sports platform with easy access to all of ESPN’s news, scores, analysis, video and audio content. With enhanced design and mobility in mind, the new ESPN app and ESPN+ are available across mobile and connected living room devices -- with an optimized experience for each platform.

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04/12/18
f1

Everything is wrong with Paddy Lowe's new Williams
Lance Stroll syas everything needs fixing on the lemon Paddy Lowe designed. The car is 4/10ths sec slower than last year while everyone else is much faster.
Lance Stroll says everything needs fixing on the 'lemon' Paddy Lowe designed. The car is 4/10ths sec slower than last year while everyone else is much faster.
"We head to China for the first back-to-back race of the season," said Williams technical boss Paddy Lowe in the team's preview of this weekend's race. "The Shanghai International Circuit is a great track with some demanding high-speed corners and a long back straight which is traditionally good for overtaking.

"It is an important race as it is an exciting new market for Formula one with a rapidly growing fan base," he continued. "It has produced some thrilling races over the years especially because the weather can be a bit challenging which tends to give some twists to the weekend. It can also be very cold at this time of year - one of the coldest races of the season – so always remember to bring your warm clothes to China!"

One would be forgiven for thinking he might have at least touched on his team's current form, and its prospects this weekend, but then again...

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04/12/18
f1

Alonso's karting school to build 40 tracks in China
Alonso going big in China
Alonso going big in China
Fernando Alonso’s karting school has announced plans to expand into the Chinese market, with 40 new circuits set to be constructed across the next five years.

Alonso has a karting facility in his native Spain – adjacent to the museum that houses the cars he has driven during his career – which has held CIK-FIA European Championship events.

China has been an expanding market in recent years, with the country joining the calendar in 2004 at a purpose-built circuit outside of Shanghai.

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04/12/18
WTCC

DTM Champion Rene Rast in Audi RS 3 LMS
Rene Rast
Rene Rast

Audi Sport customer racing is bringing a prominent guest entrant to round three of the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup at the Nurburgring. Rene Rast, who won the DTM title last year in his debut season, will be racing in an Audi RS 3 LMS for the first time. As a result, the 31-year-old Audi factory driver is facing a double commitment from May 10 to 13 because at the same event, in an Audi R8 LMS, he will contest the 24-hour race as well. 

Up to two guest entrants per event will receive a “wild card,” so further enhancing the attractiveness of the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup. Six Audi RS 3 LMS cars are registered as regular entrants. In round three, an additional TCR touring car from Audi Sport with guest entrant Rene Rast is going to join the field. For Rast, the Nurburgring is “familiar turf.” In the Audi R8 LMS, he has been a regular entrant of the 24-hour race. In 2014, together with his teammates, he achieved overall victory in the Eifel and set a distance record that has not been broken to date.

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04/12/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • Marko says the McLaren is still slow on the straight with the Renault engine. As AR1.com said last year, McLaren has to run more downforce to make up for their inferior chasis, so they are slow down the straight. Honda was not the slug, McLaren was
    Marko says the McLaren is still slow on the straight with the Renault engine. McLaren has to run more downforce to make up for their inferior chassis, so they are slow down the straight.
    Axing Honda was McLaren mistake - Marko
  • Hakkinen backs pitstop incident investigation
  • Vettel in China with fresh confidence and haircut
  • No extra Friday sessions for Kubica - Lowe
  • Wolff names Sainz Jr. as Mercedes candidate
  • Why Are Williams so slow? Paddy Lowe can't design a car
  • Tost targeting double points late season
  • Shanghai: Traffic, smog and charm

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04/11/18
nasmon

Bristol to apply traction compound for race weekend
IndyCar desperately needs to try traction compound at Phoenix in the upper groove
IndyCar desperately needs to try traction compound at Phoenix in the upper groove
Bristol Motor Speedway officials announced today that the application of the traction compound to the lower groove, what many in the industry now refer to as "Bristol Bite", will again be utilized for the 2018 Food City 500 weekend.

This is the fourth consecutive race weekend that the Speedway is using the innovative track prep process on the bottom groove of the half-mile, concrete oval, giving drivers multiple options as they navigate around The Last Great Colosseum. Feedback has been positive from fans and drivers alike, including 2017 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race winner Kyle Busch.

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04/11/18
nasmon

Fox Analyst Reaction to New All-Star Race Rules Package
Fox Gang
Fox Gang
What is your reaction to the news Cup Series teams will run restrictor plates in the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway?

“I am thrilled to hear NASCAR is looking at this package for the Cup Series teams.  The All-Star Race is the perfect place to do it.  We all know how good a race the Truck Series puts on everywhere it goes, and this package lends itself a bit to that look, with the increased downforce and drag, the vehicles poking a bigger hole in the air and less horsepower.  When I saw the XFINITY race at Indianapolis with this package last year, I was convinced we have to try this somehow, somewhere with the Cup cars.  I’m even more excited there are no gimmicks – no mandatory pit stops, no field inversion, no average-finish math involved.  Just a straight-up race for $1 million.”

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04/11/18
nasmon

Chase Elliott's Team Penalized by NASCAR for Infraction at Texas
Harvick rear window
Harvick rear window
NASCAR suspended Chase Elliott crew chief Alan Gustafson for two races and docked Chase Elliott 20 points for window braces that did not keep the rear window glass rigid at Texas. Gustafson also was fined $50,000.

It appears they tried to copy the Stewart Haas Racing trick they used on Harvick's Ford a few races ago with the buckling rear window.

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04/11/18
irl
imsa

Mothers Exotic Car Paddock to Feature $40 Million Worth of Cars at LB
Outside of Turn 9 is the Mothers paddock
Outside of Turn 9 is the Mothers paddock
Visitors to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday, April 15 will have the chance to see 170 cars worth a total of more than $40 million in the Mothers Exotic Car Paddock, the most extensive collection ever brought to the “Roar by the Shore.”

Headlining the group are four Agera models – a 2018 “RS1,” 2018 “Draken,” 2018 “Valhall” and 2015 Blue Carbon each valued at $4 million. Built by Koenigsegg, these supercars are the fastest production cars in the world with 1100+ horsepower. One of these cars set a record for top speed by a production vehicle (277.87 mph); that car will be displayed in the Hagerty booth in the Lifestyle Expo.

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04/11/18
imsa

Acura Named Title Sponsor of IMSA race at Mid-Ohio
Penske Acuras
Penske Acuras
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
is proud to announce that Acura will be the title sponsor of Round Four of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) WeatherTech Sports Car Championship, May 4-6, 2018. 

Highlighted by the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio on Sunday, May 6, a full weekend of world-class sports car racing returns to the 2.258-mile, 13-turn permanent road course in Lexington, Ohio, for the first time since 2013.  The race will feature many of the cars and drivers from this year’s Daytona 24 Hours and Sebring 12 Hours events.  It also marks the renewal of a partnership for the track with the Acura brand.  Acura sponsored the sports car events from 2007 to 2009 when the former American Le Mans Series raced at Mid-Ohio.

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04/11/18
nasmon

Wallace Jr.'s Daytona 500 No. 43 Goes to Auction Block
Wallace Jr. Daytona 500 car
Wallace Jr. Daytona 500 car
Julien's Auctions has announced that Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr.'s historic Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will join the PROPERTY From the Collection of Richard Petty, the highly anticipated motorsports auction event of the season, May 12 live at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas and online.

On February 18, Wallace Jr. raced the No. 43 Click n' Close Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 to second place in his first Daytona 500.  Wallace's finish is the highest for an African-American driver in the 60-year history of the Great American Race. Wallace is the first full-time African-American driver on the circuit in 47 years since Wendell Scott.

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04/11/18
fe

Formula E visits the Pope
His Holiness Pope Francis Blessing The Fully-Electric Formula E Car Standing Alongside Alejandro Agag And Alberto Longo.
His Holiness Pope Francis Blessing The Fully-Electric Formula E Car Standing Alongside Alejandro Agag And Alberto Longo.
His Holiness Pope Francis today welcomed a selection of drivers competing in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship to his residence in Santa Marta ahead of the first-ever E-Prix on the streets of Rome on April 14.

Alongside Founder & CEO of Formula E Alejandro Agag - as well as ACI President Angelo Sticchi Damiani - the drivers, team representatives and the official championship car were given a private Apostolic Blessing before attending the papal audience.

Over half the grid and the fully-electric Formula E car made the short trip to Vatican City, prior to the inaugural race in the Italian capital on Saturday for the CBMM Niobium Rome E-Prix presented by Mercedes EQ - round seven of the 2017/18 ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

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04/11/18
f1

Legendary Lap: Ayrton Senna at Donington '93
Senna '93 at Donington
Senna '93 at Donington

McLaren's racers have driven many laps that have left lasting memories. From overcoming adversity to blowing away the field, these are some of Formula 1’s 'legendary laps.' On 11th April 1993, at the European Grand Prix at Donington, some 25 years ago, the late great Ayrton Senna took the win – against all odds – including an opening lap that redefined bravery and skill in the wet. Here, we remember one of the greatest laps of all time, featuring actual footage from the race, and the McLaren team members that remember Senna so fondly.

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04/11/18
f1

A Shang-tastic lap to the full - Chinese GP lap guide
The Chinese Grand Prix is competed on a 3.3-mile track based on the Chinese character for Shang - and it makes for an incredible lap in this Force India F1 team video.

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04/11/18
usac

Memory Lane: Parnelli Jones Wins the 1963 Indianapolis 500
1963 Indy 500
1963 Indy 500

All of Jones’ talent was on display in 1963 in the beautiful roadster famously nicknamed “‘Ol Calhoun” that he also drove in the “500” in 1961 and 1962. He won the pole at a record average speed of 151.153 mph and led 167 of the 200 laps for a 33.84-second victory over Lotus star Jim Clark. But the win didn’t come without controversy.

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04/11/18
nasmon

NASCAR Race Rewind: Texas in 15
From Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Larson's early exit, to a multi-car wreck involving Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson, relive all the action from Texas Motor Speedway in this week's Race Rewind.

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04/11/18
f1

Chinese Grand Prix Preview with Kimi Raikkonen
The greatest orator of all time Kimi Raikkonen (we're being sarcastic) gives us a preview of the Chinese GP. You won't want miss his spirit and enthusiasm.

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04/11/18
f1

Video: Bahrain Grand Prix - Behind the scenes with Ferrari
Behind the scene video from Ferrari at the Bahrain GP

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04/11/18
wec

Video: Time to say Goodbye: A world tour with the 919 Hybrid in 2018
20 Pole-Positions, 17 race victories, 6 World Championship titles and a Le Mans Hattrick: the Porsche 919 Hybrid will one last time say its final goodbye and leave the motorsport stage after its world tour 2018.

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04/11/18
imsa

Video - How Porsche GT Team Prepare For The Mobil 1 12 Hours Of Sebring
#911 Porsche
#911 Porsche

Mobil 1 The Grid joined Porsche GT Team during the recent Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring for a behind-the-scenes look at how the team goes racing.

Hear from Team Manager Morgan Brady, Lead Mechanic Phil Reinhard and drivers Gianmaria Bruni, Laurens Vanthoor, Earl Bamber, Nick Tandy, Patrick Pilet and Frederic Makowiecki throughout the weekend, which yielded victory for the #911 car.

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04/11/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Honda's Toyoharu Tanabe (came from IndyCar) is so happy to be rid of McLaren
    Honda's Toyoharu Tanabe (came from IndyCar) is so happy to be rid of McLaren and cry baby Fernando Alonso
    Honda admits F1 a 'different story' after McLaren
  • 'Difficult' diet gave Ericsson 2018 boost
  • Williams car 'slowest' in 2018 - Stroll
  • Hamilton: I hope Max is learning from these situations
  • Mercedes 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix F1 Debrief

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04/11/18
pwc

Pirelli World Challenge Long Beach Preview
Ryan Dalziel last year at Long Beach
Ryan Dalziel last year at Long Beach
Two-time Long Beach GT Sprint race winner Alvaro Parente seeks his third consecutive “Roar by the Shore” victory this weekend (April 13-15) when the Pirelli World Challenge GT drivers and sports cars do battle in the annual 50-minute GT Sprint feature at the 44th annual spectacular event, Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, known as North America’s premier street race. 20 entries are set to hit the long Beach circuit when practice begins this Friday.

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04/11/18
automotive

Will new Buick PHEV, BEV models for China make it to USA?
Velite 6 fully electric car
Velite 6 fully electric car based on the Chevy Bolt platform
Buick plans to add two new models to its offerings in China: the Velite 6 PHEV and the Velite 6 EV. The question is whether either model will make it to the USA. We expect they will under a different name

China is by far the world’s largest market for the Buick brand, supposedly because former Emperor Pu Yi owned one, though we are not so sure that is true.

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04/11/18
f1
wec

Porsche hybrid race car is faster than Formula One (Update)
Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo

UPDATE Added video of Porsche hybrid run below.

04/09/18

Today, on April 9th, an evo version of the Le Mans winning Porsche 919 Hybrid established a new track record at Spa-Francorchamps. Porsche works driver Neel Jani lapped the 7.004 kilometer long Belgian Grand Prix Circuit in the Ardennes mountains in 1:41.770 minutes. The 34 year old Swiss has beaten the previous record by 0.783 seconds that was set by Lewis Hamilton (GB) at the wheel of a Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid. Hamilton’s lap of 1:42.553 minutes dates back to August 26 in 2017 and secured him pole position for last year’s F1 race. Jani achieved a top speed of 359 km/h and an average speed of 245.61 km/h on his record lap that he started at 10:23 hrs. Ambient temperature was 11° Celsius, track temperature was 13° Celsius.

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04/10/18
tv news

Weekend TV Times (Updated)
All times Eastern
Thursday, April 12LocationTV TimesNet
Virgin Australia SupercarsAdelaide7:00pm-8:00pm (D)CBS-SN
Pirelli World Challenge - TCAustin8:00pm-9:00pm (D)CBS-SN
F1 Chinese GP -practice 1Shanghai9:55pm-11:30pm (L)ESPN3*
Friday, April 13LocationTV TimesNet
F1 Chinese GP -practice 2Shanghai1:55am-3:30am (L)ESPN3*
NASCAR Cup - practiceBristol12:00pm-1:00pm (L)FS1
NASCAR Xfinity -practiceBristol1:00pm-2:00pm (L)
3:00pm-4:00pm (L)
FS1
NASCAR Cup - qualifyingBristol4:45pm-6:00pm (L)FS1
IndyCar -qualifyingLong Beach6:30pm-8:00pm (L)NBCSN
F1 Chinese GP -practice 3Shanghai11:00pm-12:30am (L)ESPNews*
Saturday, April 14LocationTV TimesNet
NASCAR Cup - practiceBristol8:30am-9:30am (L)
11:00am-12:00pm (L)
FS1
F1 Chinese GP -qualifyingShanghai1:55am-3:30am (L)ESPN2*
NASCAR Xfinity -qualifyingBristol9:30am-11:00am (L)FS1
NASCAR Xfinity - raceBristol12:30pm-1:00pm - pre-race (L)
1:00pm-4:00pm - race (L)
FS1
IMSALong Beach4:00pm-6:00pm (L)FOX
IndyCar -qualifyingLong Beach6:30pm-8:00pm (L)NBCSN
Sunday, April 15LocationTV TimesNet
F1 Chinese GP - raceShanghai1:30am-2:05am - Pre-race (L)
2:05am-4:00am - Race (L)
ESPN2*
Formula E-raceRome11:30am-12:30pm (D)FS1
F1 Chinese GP - raceShanghai1:00pm-3:30pm (R)ESPNews*
NASCAR Cup - raceBristol1:30pm-2:00pm - pre-race (L)
2:00pm-5:30pm - race (L)
FOX
Pirelli World Challenge - GTLong Beach2:30pm-4:30pm (SDD)CBS-SN
IndyCar - raceLong Beach4:00pm-4:30pm - pre-race (L)
4:30pm-7:00pm - race (L)
NBCSN
F1 Chinese GP - raceShanghai9:00pm-11:30pm - Race (R)ESPN2*


Legend: * = Commercial Free F1 Coverage; D = delayed; L = live; SDD = same-day delay; R = Replay



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04/10/18
pwc

Audi Sport Named Presenting Sponsor for PWC Grand Prix of Virginia
Pirelli World Challenge announced today that Audi Sport will serve as the presenting sponsor for the upcoming PWC Grand Prix of Virginia schedule for April 27-29 at the picturesque 3.27-mile, 17-turn VIRginia International Raceway permanent road circuit in south Virginia.

Audi Sport, a participant in three of the Pirelli World Challenge categories in 2018 – GT, GTS and TCR – has an extensive program for the VIR racing weekend this month including a variety of consumer activation projects, track hospitality and on-track “hot lap” experiences for many Audi VIP’s.

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04/10/18
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nasmon
f1

Final Weekend USA TV Ratings (Update)
NASCAR and IndyCar TV Ratings
NASCAR and IndyCar TV Ratings
UPDATE
 There was a mistake in the % drop in rating for the NASCAR Cup race from Texas. It has been corrected. Do realize the race was on FOX last year and was moved to cable this year.

04/10/18 All final ratings were down from 2017 except F1 on ESPN2, which saw a 76% increase. As predicted IndyCar would become increasingly invisible on NBCSN and they signed a 3-year extension, which means sponsors will get very little value since hardly anyone watches. At least the IndyCar season opener on ABC had over 1.1 million viewers.  In contract negotiations ESPN offered 10 races (59%) on ABC and IndyCar turned them down. Plus of course ESPN broadcast distribution to 140 countries - all gone as ESPN walks. Apparently IndyCar must have a secret death wish. Nothing else can explain the decision.
NetEventLocationDayTot. Viewers18-49 ViewersRating2017 Rating% Chg
FS1NASCAR Cup RaceTexasSun2,823,000611,0001.702.74-38%
FOXNASCAR Xfinity RaceTexasSat1,473,000312,0000.951.12-15%
FS1NHRA FinalsLas VegasSun907,000170,0000.570.61-15%
ESPN2F1 RaceBahrainSun683,000212,0000.440.25+76%
ESPN2F1 QualsBahrainSat306,000111,0000.20N/AN/A
NBCSNIndyCar RacePhoenixSat<290,000*<75,000*0.190.21-10%

*Number is under 290K and Under 75K - both too low to determine how far under

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04/10/18
f1

ESPN F1 coverage superior to NBCSN - no commercials, better commentary (3rd Update)
The Sky Sports feed via ESPN was a brilliant move and this time there were no technical issues
The Sky Sports feed via ESPN was a brilliant move and this time there were no technical issues.

UPDATE ESPN intends to keep its coverage of F1 races commercial free for the duration of the '18 season, ESPN Exec VP/Programming & Scheduling Burke Magnus revealed to THE DAILY today. ESPN switched to the format for Sunday morning's Bahrain GP, the second race of the season, after an outcry during the opener from Australia over issues cutting in and out of break while using a Sky Sports feed, which led to an out-of-sync feel. Magnus said that he worked arduously over the last two weeks to arrange the new format, which is highly unusual for auto racing broadcasts on U.S. TV and took a host of approvals, among other arrangements.

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04/10/18
motogp

Dani Pedrosa undergoes operation to his right wrist in Barcelona
Dani Pedrosa
Dani Pedrosa
Repsol Honda Team rider Dani Pedrosa underwent surgery to his right wrist this afternoon at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus in Barcelona, Spain, to treat the injury suffered in a crash during Sunday’s race at the Argentina Grand Prix.

A 3D CT scan confirmed that Dani had suffered an intra-articular fracture of the right distal radius.

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04/10/18
irl
nasmon

Are NASCAR, IndyCar Headed In Different Directions In '18?
With Dale Jr. retired, NASCAR lost its biggest hero
With Dale Jr. retired, NASCAR lost its biggest hero

The Verizon IndyCar Series and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series seem as if they are "headed in opposite directions" in the opening months of the '18 season, according to Jenna Fryer of the AP.

IndyCar has had "two competitive races, boasts a new car that contributed to a nail-biting finish Saturday night in Phoenix, and renewed energy and excitement surrounding the beleaguered little series." 

NASCAR "has seven races under its belt." But after Sunday's race at Texas Motor Speedway, some "might wonder if the series is falling off its rails."

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04/10/18
f1

Brown appointed chief executive of McLaren Racing
Zak Brown (R) with Mansour Ojjeh
Zak Brown (R) with Mansour Ojjeh
McLaren announced a management restructuring on Tuesday, with Zak Brown given overall responsibility for the Formula One team and Racing Director Eric Boullier reporting to him.

The McLaren Group said it had simplified the corporate structure into three divisions: Applied Technologies, Automotive and Racing.

Jonathan Neale becomes chief operating officer of the group with Mike Flewitt continuing as chief executive of luxury sportscar maker McLaren Automotive.

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04/10/18
nasmon

Chad Knaus, wife Brooke expecting son
Chad Knaus and wife Brooke
Chad Knaus and wife Brooke
Longtime Hendrick Motorsports crew chief Chad Knaus and wife Brooke Knaus are expecting a baby boy in August, Brooke announced via Twitter on Monday night.

@BrookeKnaus (Tweet)
Chad & I are excited to share that we’ll be welcoming a baby boy in August! Much like my belly, our bookshelf is rapidly growing.

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04/10/18
nasmon

STP Returns to Richard Petty Motorsports at Bristol
STP Petty car
STP Petty car
It's back! The famed No. 43 will again carry the STP colors this weekend during Sunday's Food City 500 at the Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. The Bubba Wallace-designed scheme will make its return to the track after a disappointing finish in the STP 500 at the Martinsville (Va.) Speedway earlier this year.

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04/10/18
irl

Grand Prix of Portland Website Launched for Labor Day Race Weekend
Portland
Portland
Anticipation is building for the return of Indy car racing to the Pacific Northwest after an 11-year absence for the Grand Prix of Portland, August 31-September 2. A brand new website portlandgp.com launched today, and its countdown clock is ticking off to the seconds for the Labor Day weekend race at Portland International Raceway.

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04/10/18
fe

FIA grants Mercedes, Porsche powertrain homologation
Gen 2 car
Gen 2 car

The full list of manufacturers that will homologate powertrains from season six has today been revealed by the FIA - with a total of 11 manufacturers set to compete in the 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

Both Mercedes-Benz and Porsche join the already impressive list of automotive brands and renowned names in the world of motorsport committed to the electric street racing series. The two German giants have a long history in racing and their decision to enter Formula E is further evidence of the unstoppable movement towards electrification on a global scale.

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04/10/18
f1
irl

Video: Daniel Ricciardo & Max Verstappen On F1's Halo (Ft. IndyCar's Scott Dixon)
Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen on the Halo: “The car is very ugly with it. I’ll keep saying that for the rest of the season, because I really don’t like it. It’s a shame really for Formula 1. It’s a bit safer, but at the end of the day, you can never make it 100% safe anyway.”

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04/10/18
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Rosberg buys into Formula E
Nico Rosberg standing trackside at the Formula E season-opener in Hong Kong in December last year
Nico Rosberg standing trackside at the Formula E season-opener in Hong Kong in December last year
Nico Rosberg will treat fans of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship at the Berlin E-Prix to the first public demonstration of the Gen2 car, getting behind the wheel of the striking new model for next season - as well as disclosing his long-term commitment to the series as an investor.

The German star and champion driver is set to make a one-off appearance ahead of the race at Tempelhof Airport on May 19 to drive the next generation Formula E car, which hit the headlines at the Geneva Motor Show last month and is scheduled to make its competitive debut in season five.

Rosberg will buckle-up and take to the track during a dedicated 10-minute slot prior to proceedings getting underway for the fourth edition of the Berlin E-Prix - round nine of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

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04/10/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Verstappen makes so many dumb moves the F1 paddock wonders whether he will ever calm down
    Verstappen makes so many dumb moves the F1 paddock wonders whether he has the mental capacity to be a champion
    Hamilton questions Verstappen's maturity
  • Hulkenberg questions Verstappen crash explanation
  • Ferrari can win 2018 title - Briatore
  • Russia pressing ahead with 'grid girls' plan
  • Gasly admits Bahrain could help F1 career
  • Post-race penalties issued to Sergio Perez, Brendon Hartley
  • Williams in crisis with the worst F1 car on the grid
  • Failed F1 Team Manor Racing Launching New Venture

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