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04/14/16
F1

Rosberg leads Mercedes 1-2 in opening Chinese GP practice
Nico Rosberg (L) and Esteban Gutierrez
Nico Rosberg (L) and Esteban Gutierrez

Nico Rosberg continued his dominance of F1 by leading opening practice for the Chinese GP in Shanghai Friday morning.

Lewis Hamilton was 2nd in the sister Mercedes just over 1/10th of a second behind.

Sebastian Vettel was a further 1/2-second back in his Ferrari despite having an upgraded Ferrari engine.

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04/14/16
Automotive

VW boss agrees to a bonus cut
BERLIN—Volkswagen AG Chairman Hans Dieter Potsch agreed to a sharp cut in bonuses he is entitled to from his time as the car maker’s finance chief, paving the way for a broader agreement among top executives over bonus cuts in light of the company’s crippling emissions-scandal.

Volkswagen said Wednesday that the deal would be approved at a supervisory board meeting on April 22, when the company’s directors are also expected to review a report on the diesel scandal from Jones Day. Volkswagen commissioned the U.S. law firm in September to conduct a thorough independent investigation into the events surrounding the company’s decision to rig diesel engines to cheat on emissions tests.

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04/14/16
Pwc

Stephane Ratel Named to Pirelli World Challenge Board of Directors
Long Beach, California – WC Vision announced today that successful SRO Motorsports Group owner and Blancpain GT Series CEO Stephane Ratel has been named to the WC Vision and Pirelli World Challenge Board of Directors, as part of SRO Motorsports Group becoming a shareholder in WC Vision.

Ratel is the founder and CEO of the SRO Motorsports Group. The business was founded in 1995 and currently operates the promotion, support and organization of various international auto racing series throughout the world including the popular Blancpain GT Series. Ratel is internationally known as "the architect of modern GT racing."

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04/14/16
automotive

BMW recalls 7 Series models due to air bag issue
BMW AG is recalling its new flagship 7-series luxury limousine due to a potential air bag deployment issue, the company said on Thursday.

Airbags in 26,000 cars produced before Dec. 11, 2015 may have a defective air bag control module, the company said, adding that there have been no known cases of faulty deployments.

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04/14/16
irl

Roger Penske to drive Indy 500 celebrity pace car
Roger Penske
Roger Penske
Racing legend Roger Penske will be driving the celebrity pace car for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Owner of auto racing team, Team Penske is one of the most victories as an owner at the Indy 500 with 16 owner victories. Team Penske is also celebrating their 50th anniversary.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is expected to make the official announcement on Monday.

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04/14/16
irl

Theodore Racing Makes Indycar Return With Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Theodore Racing returns to the Verizon IndyCar Series to contest three rounds of the 2016 season; Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach; Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the 100th running of the iconic Indianapolis 500.
 
Teddy Yip's Theodore Racing will make its return to the IndyCar Series, America's premier motor racing category, at Long Beach.  Following a 31-year absence, the team will partner Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing to support full-time driver Graham Rahal who will be joined at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and Indy 500 by teammate, Spencer Pigot.

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04/14/16
irl

GP of Boston Announces Signing of License Agreements and Memorandum of Understanding with City of Boston, State Agencies
BOSTON –Today, the Grand Prix of Boston announced that it has signed and executed License Agreements and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the necessary City of Boston and state agencies, completing another major step for establishing the race to run in the South Boston Waterfront neighborhood this Labor Day weekend.

The License Agreements signed by the City of Boston, Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority and the MOU signed by the Massachusetts Port Authority includes many conditions and protections with guarantees that:

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04/14/16
automotive

Faraday Future officially breaks ground on its $1 billion factory
Faraday Future and Nevada state officials attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the electric-car maker's first US factory.
Faraday Future and Nevada state officials attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the electric-car maker's first US factory.
NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- Some four months after electric-car company Faraday Future announced plans to build its first US manufacturing facility in Nevada, the ceremonial shovels have been driven into the ground.

"Welcome home, Faraday. Welcome home," Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval declared as he took the stage at the construction site in North Las Vegas on Wednesday.

About 4,500 jobs will be created in and around the planned 900-acre factory that will house the assembly line for Faraday Future's forthcoming electric autonomous vehicles.

Some of the core technologies for those rides are in the advanced stages of development, according to Nick Sampson, Faraday Future's SVP of research and development and engineering. He tells Business Insider that the process has been a smooth one so far.

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04/14/16
dtm

Videos from Mercedes Preseason DTM testing
From the AutoRacing1.com YouTube page (3 videos):

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04/14/16
wec

Conway upbeat about new Toyota's prospects
Mike Conway
Mike Conway
Mike Conway will be on home turf this weekend as he returns for his second full season with Toyota Gazoo Racing for the eagerly-anticipated opening round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship - the 6 Hours of Silverstone.

Following a difficult 2015 season, hopes are high for the Toyota team's new TS050 Hybrid to take them back to the front of the field again. Mike Conway flies the British flag next to Stephane Sarrazin and Kamui Kobayashi in the #6 car.

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04/14/16
f1

Video: Pirelli explains new 2016 F1 tire regulations
It may seem like a puzzle, but really it is not so hard to figure out the new tire regulations 2016.

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04/14/16
IHRA

Drag Racing Driver, Dies from Injuries in Crash (Update)
UPDATE Drag Illustrated reporter Ian Tocher "is awake and improving continuously" after undergoing surgery, Drag Illustrated reported on its Facebook page Tuesday night.

Tocher was hit by Ronnie Davis’ 1963 Corvette in a crash Saturday at Rockingham Dragway. Davis, 66, succumbed to his injuries on Sunday.

According to Drag Illustrated Facebook’s news feed, Tocher was in a stable condition when he arrived at UNC Medical Center’s Trauma Center in Chapen Hill, N.C. However, he was sedated and, due to some severe lacerations, suffered a lot of blood loss. He underwent surgery to repair his pelvis, which was flattened in the incident, and his left leg, which was broken in multiple positions.

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04/14/16
f1

Drivers helped F1 axe qualifying - Rosberg
Nico Rosberg
Nico Rosberg
(GMM) F1 drivers played a role in the scrapping of the hated 'musical chairs' qualifying system.

That is the view of Nico Rosberg, who went out on a limb on Wednesday by aiming fire at Bernie Ecclestone's description of the drivers as "windbags".

18 drivers had got together for an ultra-rare collective dinner in Shanghai on Wednesday night, but championship leader Rosberg insisted on Thursday that the drivers were not making another "message".

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04/14/16
f1

Grosjean says Haas critics 'jealous'
Sour grapes says Grosjean
Sour grapes says Grosjean
(GMM) Romain Grosjean dismissed criticism of Haas' approach to formula one as little more than "jealousy".

Some critics say the new American team has scored points in its first two races only because it is basically the Ferrari 'B' operation.

But Frenchman Grosjean said in Shanghai: "We are working no closer with Ferrari than Lotus did last year with Mercedes.

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04/14/16
f1

'No panic' amid Ferrari problems - Vettel
Not worried
Not worried
(GMM) Sebastian Vettel says it is understandable Ferrari has faltered as it bids to catch up with dominant Mercedes.

In the opening two races, Kimi Raikkonen's red car failed in Australia while Sebastian Vettel did not even make it to the Bahrain grid.

"Both were new problems and we understood the causes," German Vettel said in Shanghai on Thursday. "We are sure we have solved them."

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04/14/16
F1

FIA lets Alonso test injuries on Friday
Alonso cleared to drive
Alonso cleared to drive
(GMM) Fernando Alonso got only a partial green light on Thursday to return to action in Shanghai.

After a long wait for news following his meeting with FIA doctors, it was announced the Spaniard can test his recovery from chest injuries in Friday practice.

The McLaren-Honda will then be examined again after the first session to "determine his further eligibility to take part in the remainder of the event", the FIA declared.

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04/14/16
dtm
WRX

Double start for Audi star Mattias Ekstrom
Mattias Ekstrom
Mattias Ekstrom
Mattias Ekstrom has contested 161 DTM races in his career, celebrated 21 victories with Audi and seen just about everything in 15 years of competing in the popular touring car series. Still, the DTM opener at Hockenheim from May 6 to 8 will be a special weekend for the two-time DTM Champion. The versatile Swede is venturing a double start, competing in both the DTM and the FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX).

"Being able to race in the DTM and in rallycross at Hockenheim is like Christmas and Easter combined on a single day for me," says the 2004 and 2007 DTM Champion.

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04/14/16
nassprint

Dale Jr. says he'll be nervous to meet Peyton Manning
Dale Jr.
Dale Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has met Peyton Manning before, but that doesn't mean he won't get nervous when he meets the recently retired Super Bowl champion quarterback Sunday.

Manning is scheduled to join Earnhardt during driver introductions before the Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Just like fans often get when they meet NASCAR's most popular driver, Earnhardt expects to get a little tongue-tied when around Manning as they ride around in the pickup truck waving to fans following driver introductions.

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04/14/16
track news

Watkins Glen to unveil $11M track project
Crews work on the Glen's "boot" section
Crews work on the Glen's "boot" section
Watkins Glen International will unveil its newly resurfaced race track on Friday, and then let the public take their own cars on the track this weekend to test it out.

Contractors began work on the $11 million repaving project began right after the NASCAR Sprint Cup race last August and continued through the winter. The finishing touches are being put on this spring, just in time for WGI's annual Opening Weekend festivities, when fans can take laps to raise money for charity.

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04/14/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday (Update)
UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

04/14/16
  • Mallya to also miss Shanghai race
    Mallya to also miss Shanghai race as India authorities want him back in India so they can prosecute him
    Troubled Mallya to also miss China GP
  • Rosberg hits back at 'windbags' jibe
  • Penalty blow for Hamilton in China
  • Gearbox failure 'risk' too high - Mercedes
  • Alonso still waiting for green light
  • Billionaire not buying into Williams
  • Jackie Stewart tells Mercedes to quit F1
  • Herbert says Alonso incident upset wife
  • Red Bull should sign Sainz, not Verstappen - Herbert
  • Allison back to work after wife's death
  • Sauber Gains A New Partnership
  • Alonso wants to test injuries in practice New
  • Grid penalty is 'opportunity' - Hamilton New

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04/14/16
irl

Live tonight: Top 5 IndyCar legends of all time (Update)
UPDATE You can watch a replay of the event by pressing the red play button below and then dragging the progress bar over to the 1-hour mark.

04/13/16 The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles welcomes the top five winning drivers in ‪Indy car‬ history for an exclusive #IndyCarLegends Q&A symposium, streamed LIVE on IndyCar.com tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET. You won't want to miss it.
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04/14/16
irl

Long Beach Grand Prix TV Times
NBCSN presents the 42nd running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach this Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET, as Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing) looks to build off of his victory at Phoenix International Raceway two weekends ago.

Dixon took the checkered flag in Long Beach last year, his first Grand Prix of Long Beach victory. Simon Pagenaud (Penske) currently leads the point standings following back-to-back second-place finishes to start the 2016 campaign. Coverage begins with qualifying on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN, prior to Sunday’s live grand prix coverage.

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04/13/16
f1

Hamilton slapped with Chinese GP grid penalty
Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton will receive a five-place grid penalty for the Chinese Grand Prix this weekend after Mercedes opted to make a precautionary gearbox change.

The two-time world champion, who starts the weekend 17 points adrift of his Mercedes AMG Petronas team-mate Nico Rosberg in Shanghai, suffered damage during the preceding Bahrain Grand Prix after a collision with Valtteri Bottas on the opening lap.

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04/13/16
wscc

Tune-In Alert: BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season continues with the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach on Saturday, April 16, part of America’s longest-running and most successful street racing event.

After racing a combined 36 hours in Florida’s classic endurance tests at Daytona Beach and Sebring, the WeatherTech Championship shifts into sprint mode with a 100-minute race for the Prototype, GT Le Mans and Prototype Challenge classes.

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04/13/16
automotive

New Ford GTFord Begins Taking Owner Applications For All-New Ford Gt Supercar At Fordgt.Com
  • Applications for the all-new Ford GT supercar may be submitted starting today for the first two years of production - 500 vehicles, via FordGT.com website; online configurator allows anyone to build the Ford GT of their dreams
  • Limited production inspired a unique, customer-focused purchase experience open to all; application process to help identify potential Ford GT owners who will celebrate Ford brand
  • All-new Ford GT Concierge Service to launch for personalized purchase experience

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04/13/16
irl

IndyCar notes for Wednesday
RHR pulling double duty in Long Beach
RHR pulling double duty in Long Beach

 

  1. Hunter-Reay ready for Long Beach double
  2. Newgarden 'brings the heat' for first pitch at Detroit game
  3. Pagenaud leading championship for first time

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04/13/16
f1

F1 drivers meet ahead of Chinese GP
Most of the 2016 F1 drivers met for dinner
Most of the 2016 F1 drivers met for dinner
If further proof were needed that F1 drivers are enjoying a united front these days, one need look no further than social media as 18 drivers met up for dinner ahead of Chinese Grand Prix weekend.

Indeed, all but Kimi Raikkonen, Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen, Jolyon Palmer and Rio Haryanto appeared to be present.

Whilst the whereabouts of Raikkonen - who was actually in Taipei opening a new Ferrari flagship service center and showroom - led to speculation, some wondering if he had gone off for ice cream or was perhaps under the table, it is understood Haryanto was attending a fan event whilst the Renault duo also had 'prior commitments'. Then again, last week Renault revealed that whilst in China Kevin Magnussen prefers Japanese food.

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04/13/16
irl

IndyCar sticks with controversial aero package for Indy 500
IndyCar playing with fire
IndyCar playing with fire
Get ready to learn about domed skids, because IndyCar is sticking with them for next month’s Indianapolis 500, IndyStar learned Wednesday.

The curved pieces are affixed to the bottom of superspeedway cars in an effort to prevent them from lifting off the ground during spins as three Chevrolets did in preparation for last year’s event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. These aerodynamic pieces - used in previous generations of Indy cars – were approved for reintroduction months ago by Chevrolet and Honda, and they were subject to computer simulations and wind tunnel testing.

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04/13/16
nhra

Laurie Force Featured On This Weeks Wfo Radio
Laurie Force (C) with the Force family
Laurie Force (C) with the Force family
Auto Imagery/Richard Shute
HOLLYWOOD, FL. ---- Laurie Force, Matt Hagan, Rick Jones, Aaron Stanfield, Terry Ruckman, NHRA National Dragster's Kevin McKenna, and NHRA's Alan Reinhart all join host Joe Castello on this week's WFO Radio NHRA Nitro.

Laurie Force discusses winning the Pat Garlits Memorial Award. Force discusses the early days with John Force, and raising Ashley, Courtney, and Brittany Force with John on the road in the NHRA.

2-time NHRA Funny Car Champion, Matt Hagan, discusses his team's early season struggles, running a 6 disc clutch while his teammates still use the 5 disc, and his thoughts on the upcoming Lowe's Foods 4-Wide Nationals.

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04/13/16
irl

Indiana Wesleyan University Joins Carpenter For 100th Indy 500
(MARION, Ind.) April 13, 2016 - Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) announced today a partnership with Verizon IndyCar Series driver Ed Carpenter for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Carpenter is the only owner/driver in the series, competing for his own team, Ed Carpenter Racing (ECR). IWU will support Carpenter as he makes his 13th start in the iconic 500-mile race on May 29, 2016.

“It is great to be able to partner with Indiana Wesleyan University. As a full-time athlete and a college graduate, I value the importance of higher education,” Carpenter stated. “Without my degree, I certainly don’t think I would be in the position I am today. I look forward to working with IWU and their current and prospective students!”

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04/13/16
f1

Video: How do F1 teams assess car damage?
Mercedes Chief Track Engineer Simon Cole details how the team assessed Lewis Hamilton's damaged car in Bahrain.

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04/13/16
f1

Video: Scuderia Toro Rosso Pick'n'Mix Games: Office Race
Toro Rosso drivers Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr. take part in a special race on office chairs.

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04/13/16
f1

Video: Ferrari on Shanghai challenges
Sebastian Vettel's race engineer, Riccardo Adami, discusses the challenges of the Shanghai International Circuit, which this weekend plays host to the Chinese Grand Prix.

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04/13/16
track news

Track tussle cancels Rockingham Speedway race
UPDATE A year after the deadline for a court-ordered sale, the legendary Rockingham Speedway is going on the auction block.

According a notice of foreclosure sale filed in Richmond County Superior Court on April 7, the property will be sold "to the highest bidder for cash" at a public auction May 5. The notice states the sale will include "the real property, together with all rights, privileges and appurtenances thereto...and the personal property described in the deed of trust."

It goes on to state that the property will be sold subject to any and all matters superior to the lien of the deed of trust, including: superior mortgages, deeds of trust, liens and assessments, if any; the lien of unpaid ad valorem taxes; valid and enforceable easements and restrictions of record; and matters which would be revealed by a current and accurate survey of the property.

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04/13/16
irl

Councilor threatens Indy for ignoring South Boston (Update)
UPDATE 
David Lurie - is typical of what's wrong with America today - and how a few can ruin something good for the greater mass

Residents raised objections last night to a plan to divert commercial trucks onto West First Street during the IndyCar race on Labor Day weekend.

The planned race course will incorporate New Cypher Street, making it difficult for traffic to move through Summer Street and the Fish Pier without a direct route from the South Boston Bypass to West First Street, Grand Prix of Boston representatives said.

"A connection would be built on West First Street with the intention for it to be only used over the race weekend," said Keri Pyke, principal of planning and public involvement for the race. "Massport and the city said we need to make a provision."

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04/13/16
irl

Graham Rahal reveals new PennGrade livery for Long Beach
The No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda will have new colors and a new primary sponsor this weekend for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, as Graham Rahal revealed the car’s colors on Monday using Instagram.

PennGrade Motor Oil, which of course serves as the presenting sponsor of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, has taken on a greater role with the RLL team this year, and will serve as primary sponsor on Rahal’s No. 15 Honda for Long Beach.

PennGrade is a brand of Lebanon, Ind.-based D-A Lubricant Co., which joined RLL last year.

"I’m thrilled to run the PennGrade Motor Oil livery in Long Beach," Rahal said. "The car is so cool looking, and for me it’s just going to be a lot of fun to get out there and drive it. PennGrade has been a tremendous partner of our team since last year and I am very excited to see what happens with the brand going forward."

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04/13/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • The McLaren name does not guarantee success
    The McLaren name does not guarantee success
    McLaren name 'no guarantee of success' - Coulthard
  • Demanding Marchionne to take another Ferrari role
  • Mick Schumacher not thinking of F1 yet - manager
  • Watson backs Villeneuve over GPDA letter
  • Button gets new engine for Chinese GP
  • Boullier: McLaren must not squander opportunities
  • Nasr hopes Sauber has solved car issues
  • Video: A lap around Shanghai
  • Haas F1 already looking to ramp up 2017 recruitment

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04/12/16
automotive

Ford to replace aging research, engineering campus in Mich.
Ford Motor Co. plans to begin a sweeping overhaul of its 63-year-old research and engineering campus near Detroit this month, transforming an inefficient hodgepodge of buildings into a "modern, green and high-tech" environment that centralizes more employees to encourage collaboration and innovation.

Changes detailed by the automaker today include a new design center to replace the sprawling product development center and historic design dome, a more walkable layout and a building that showcases Ford's commitment to sustainability by creating zero waste and generating its own energy. The new product campus, expected to be mostly complete within seven years, will be served by a network of autonomous vehicles, on-demand shuttles and electric bikes, Ford said.

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04/12/16
imsa
wec

Atherton bullish on IMSA/ACO Relations
Scott Atherton
Scott Atherton
IMSA President and Chief Operating Officer Scott Atherton said there's been healthy and productive dialogue with the ACO, despite the two sanctioning bodies not entirely agreeing on the details of IMSA's new DPi platform, which will debut next year.

"From the beginning of this partnership… it was acknowledged that we were pursuing a common global prototype, albeit with very significant differences in terms of what each entity would utilize that global platform," Atherton told Sportscar365 in an exclusive interview.

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04/12/16
irl

Hunter-Reay says IndyCar is in a tough position
Ryan Hunter-Reay
Ryan Hunter-Reay's Honda
Ryan Hunter-Reay says IndyCar officials are in a tough position over the performance deficit between Chevy and Honda teams.

"It's a bit concerning," the 2012 IndyCar champion and '14 Indianapolis 500 winner told Autosport.

"You are white-knuckling it out there and sweating your rear-end off and holding your breath through the corners trying to get everything you can out of it against Chevrolet, all the while knowing they have a bit of a performance advantage.

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04/12/16
f1

Possible rain for Chinese GP qualifying
Possible rain on Saturday
Possible rain on Saturday
Following the debacle that was the new qualifying format used in Melbourne and Bahrain, the return of the old (2015) format this weekend in China looks set to be further spiced up by the weather gods.

According to UBIMET, the meteorological service provider to the FIA, the latest weather outlook for the Shanghai weekend sees changeable conditions.

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04/12/16
irl

Sahlen's Joins Roger Penske Tribute June 30
Sahlen's, the primary sponsor of the upcoming Six Hours of The Glen IMSA competition at Watkins Glen International, has joined industry stalwarts to honor Roger Penske with the Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for Outstanding Contributions to Motorsports.

Penske, celebrating 50 years as a team owner this year, is being honored on June 30 with the Argetsinger Award at the International Motor Racing Research Center Award Dinner, presented by NASCAR, International Speedway Corp., Watkins Glen International and IMSA.

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04/12/16
f1

James Hunt: A Celebration Of The Most Charismatic Man Ever In Formula 1
It is 40 years since James Hunt beat Niki Lauda to the 1976 World Championship title in Japan, winning by one point and settling one of the fiercest duels in Formula 1 history.

This year the Festival of Speed will be celebrating Hunt, a motoring legend, full of charm, determination and desire to win, once described by Lauda as 'the most charismatic personality there has ever been in Formula 1', and the embodiment of the 2016 theme, "Full Throttle: The Endless Pursuit of Power".

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04/12/16
nhra

DENSO Announces DENSO 2 Win NHRA Sweepstakes
LONG BEACH, Calif. – DENSO, a leading global automotive supplier, invites fans to enter the DENSO 2 Win NHRA Sweepstakes for tickets to the action-packed final weekend of the 2016 NHRA Mello Yellow Drag Racing Series. The exclusive package includes round-trip airfare for two from anywhere in the continental U.S., three-day, four-night hotel accommodations, and VIP access to the NHRA drivers.

DENSO announced the contest at the recent DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas. Fans have until Oct. 16 to enter online at www.densoautoparts.com/denso2win.

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04/12/16
nassprint

FS1's NASCAR Race Hub to Broadcast LIVE from Headquarters of Smithfield Foods
Aric Almirola's Smithfield Livery
Aric Almirola's Smithfield Livery
On Thursday, April 21st, Smithfield Foods, sponsor of the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) race team, is bringing the excitement of racing to Smithfield, VA leading up to race weekend at their "home track," Richmond International Raceway.

FS1's NASCAR Race Hub program, the most-watched NASCAR news and entertainment show on television, will broadcast LIVE from the Smithfield Foods' headquarters from 5:00pm - 6:00pm - a first for the popular FOX NASCAR program. "The King" Richard Petty and No. 43 driver Aric Almirola will be onsite to discuss the upcoming race and meet with fans, take photos, and sign autographs.

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04/12/16
irl

KVSH Racing Announces California Baptist University Partnership
Bourdais' livery for Long Beach
Bourdais' livery for Long Beach
KVSH Racing announced today an innovative partnership with California Baptist University for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar season starting with the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
 
California Baptist University will be the primary sponsor of the KVSH No. 11 entry driven by Sebastien Bourdais for the Long Beach Grand Prix, April 15-17, on the streets of Long Beach, CA. They will be an associate partner of the team for the remainder of the 2016 season. However, that is only half the story…

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04/12/16
irl

INDYCAR and MillerCoors announce long-term partnership
A longtime partner and sponsor in Indy car racing, MillerCoors has reached a multiyear partnership agreement with INDYCAR that will see the second-largest brewer in the United States become the official beer and cider of INDYCAR and activate its status in many Verizon IndyCar Series race markets.

“We’re delighted to welcome MillerCoors back to INDYCAR and excited to add another commercial partner to the Verizon IndyCar Series,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent of INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “The key to this partnership is MillerCoors’ plans to activate in many of our race markets, which we’re confident is an essential component in furthering the momentum of the Verizon IndyCar Series this season.”

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04/12/16
LMESA

Michelin ACO Asian Series partner  for the 2016/2017 season
Japanese sports car fans at Fuji
Japanese sports car fans at Fuji
Michelin has renewed its confidence in the Asian Le Mans Series for the fourth year running, and has extended its involvement in the whole platform put in place by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest on the Asian continent.

This year the French manufacturer will be the exclusive supplier for the whole field in the Automobile Club de l’Ouest’s two Asian series: the Asian Le Mans Series, the ACO’s main championship in Asia that will now be run to a four-hour format, and the Asian Le Mans Series Sprint Cup, the new series reserved for LM P3 and CN prototypes and GT Cup cars, which will have a sprint format with two one-hour races.

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04/12/16
irl

Honda Indy Toronto tickets now on sale
Grandstands continue to contract in Toronto
Grandstands continue to contract in Toronto
Tickets to the 30th running of the Honda Indy Toronto are now on sale for the general public at hondaindy.com and the exclusive Champions Club program and benefits for renewal ticket customers has been extended to new ticket purchasers for a limited time.

From now until April 25, customers who purchase two-day grandstand tickets for the 2016 Honda Indy Toronto will receive exclusive benefits, including Paddock Passes, access to the Verizon IndyCar Series pre-race grid walk and an opportunity to sign the start/finish line.

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04/12/16
irl

IndyCar rides planned ahead of Wabash College panel (Update)
UPDATE 
Mark Miles a Wabash graduate
Mark Miles a Wabash graduate
The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 is coming soon to all those race lovers out there. Along with that, came a premature look at this year’s race with four Wabash alumni and a former Crawfordsville resident who are all involved in the race.

“IndyCar & the Liberal Arts” was presented by the Wabash student newspaper, The Bachelor.

The panel consisted of Mark Miles ’76, President and CEO of Hulman and Company, the parent to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Verizon IndyCar series, Curt Cavin (father of Quinn ’19) longtime sports writer for The Indianapolis Star, sponsors and brothers Jonathan II ’97 and David ’98 Byrd of the Jonathan Byrd’s restaurant and hospitality empire, and their driver Conor Daly, two-time Indianapolis 500 starter. The panel was moderated by Chris Denari ’83, TV voice for the Indiana Pacers and longtime turn 4 announcer for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network.

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04/12/16
track news

SMI Chairman Bruton Smith interested in buying Carolina Panthers
Bruton Smith (L) with son Marcus
Bruton Smith (L) with son Marcus
For O. Bruton Smith, hosting the Battle at Bristol between the University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech on Sept. 20 might not be his sole path to diversifying his entertainment portfolio to football and a broader sports platform.

The Chairman of Speedway Motorsport confirmed his interest in purchasing the Carolina Panthers during an interview at Texas Motor Speedway this past weekend.

"We were talking about this today,” Smith told Motorsport.com. “Would I buy them? I’ve got some boys that want me to, and so we may -- on a weak moment -- we might would do that."

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04/12/16
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City of Windsor and Detroit GP Announce 2016 Partnership and Ticket Package
Detroit GP
Detroit GP
The City of Windsor and the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix today announced their renewed partnership for 2016 and revealed details that will make it even easier for Canadian fans to experience the unique “two-nation destination” Grand Prix weekend.

For the seventh year, the Grand Prix and the City of Windsor will team up in 2016 and provide an efficient and safe way for Canadian fans to visit Belle Isle Park through Transit Windsor and experience the excitement of the 2016 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, June 3-5.

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04/12/16
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Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • After getting egg on its face again, F1 is learning
    After getting egg on its face again, F1 is learning
    F1 'has learned' from qualifying debacle
  • Berger, Coulthard doubt Ferrari can win title
  • Haryanto beat Vandoorne 'head to head' - Campos
  • Rosberg plays down expiring contract
  • Alonso in China for F1 return bid
  • Bottas to keep approach despite Hamilton crash
  • Little 'synergy' with Red Bull now - Toro Rosso
  • Expect pitstops by lap five in China - Lowe
  • Pirelli expects varied strategies to continue
  • Grosjean: Still 'huge potential' to unlock
  • Wolff: 'Zero room for error' at Mercedes

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