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04/12/19
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Video: Q&A with Jim Michaelian, President of the Long Beach GP
We talk to the President of the 2019 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Jim Michaelian about this year's race, ticket sales, the great weather and what he thinks will happen if the LA Angeles Baseball Stadium gets built on what today is the paddock. 

[Editor's Note: We doubt the stadium will be built.]



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04/12/19
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Tight at the top in Texas
Maverick Vinales
Maverick Vinales

Less than a second split the top 12 MotoGP riders with Marc Marquez finishing second behind Maverick Vinales on the opening day of practice.

Marc Marquez’s love affair with the Circuit of the Americas showed no signs of stopping as the six-time winner led Free Practice 1 from his first fast lap. The pattern continued into Free Practice 2 as Marquez improved his lap time on just his second flying lap. With the track at 41°C and the sky clear above, Marquez produced a 2’03.901 to end the day as the second fastest rider in Austin after a tense final five minutes of on track action.

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04/12/19
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Video: Long Beach GP Q&A with Al Unser Jr
We talk to the former King of Long Beach, Al Unser Jr., who now works with the Harding Steinbrenner IndyCar team and driver Colton Herta.

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04/12/19
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Telitz Embedded with Bourdais IndyCar Team
Telitz watches IndyCar practice with Jimmy Vasser and James Sullivan
Telitz watches IndyCar practice with Jimmy Vasser and James Sullivan

AIM VASSER SULLIVAN announced today that Aaron Telitz will be embedded with the IndyCar team co-owned by Jimmy Vasser and James “Sulli” Sullivan in the NTT IndyCar Series.

Telitz, a native of Wisconsin, has progressed through the open-wheel racing ranks. He captured the Mazdaspeed/Skip Barber Racing School Scholarship Shootout in 2013 and was the 2014 Team USA Scholarship Recipient. Starting in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Series in 2014, he advanced to the Pro Mazda Championship winning the title in 2016.

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04/12/19
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Long Beach: Dixon over Hunter-Reay in Practice 2
Scott Dixon
Scott Dixon

In a tightly contested session, Ganassi Honda ace Scott Dixon turned the fastest lap at 1m07.794s in the 2nd practice session for the Acura GP of Long Beach.

Dixon's lap, on the softer Firestone Red tires was just 0.0494s faster than Andretti Autosport veteran Ryan Hunter-Reay who ended up 2nd.

Dixon's teammate Felix Rosenqvist was third quick while Josef Newgarden (Chevy) and Patricio O'Ward (Chevy) rounded out the top-5.

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04/12/19
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Jarett Andretti to race in Freedom 100
Jarett Andretti
Jarett Andretti will be a dream come true for dad John Andretti who is fighting cancer

Third-generation racer Jarett Andretti will see a dream come true May 24 when he climbs into an Andretti Autosport Indy Lights machine for the Freedom 100 – his first career Indy Lights race. Jarett is the son of John Andretti, grandson of Aldo Andretti and great nephew of Mario Andretti. 

“To say I’m excited to run the Freedom 100 this year would be an understatement,” said Andretti. “Anytime you get a chance to race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway it’s special. Obviously, Andretti Autosport has a great track record there and I’ve known all the mechanics on the cars for years – I can’t wait to get the Month of May started!” 

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04/12/19
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Petersen Automotive Museum Honors Mario Andretti With Robert E. Petersen Lifetime Achievement Award
Andretti accepts award from Petersen Museum execs
Andretti accepts award from Petersen Museum execs
The Petersen Automotive Museum presented the coveted Robert E. Petersen Lifetime Achievement Award to racing driver Mario Andretti at a special gala reception celebrating the 50th anniversary of his historic Indianapolis 500 win on April 10, 2019.

Mario Andretti’s racing career is one of the most illustrious in history and is considered by many to be the greatest race car driver in the history of the sport. The world watched as he won the Daytona 500, the Indianapolis 500 and ultimately the Formula One World Championship, an unprecedented trifecta. No other race car driver has ever won all three titles. Andretti took the checkered flag 111 times during his career – a career that stretched five decades and across six continents.

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04/12/19
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Ticket sales up slightly for Acura GP of Long Beach
Jim Michaelian expects a bigger crowd for Acura GP of Long Beach
Race boss Jim Michaelian expects a bigger crowd for Acura GP of Long Beach
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 Ticket sales for this weekend's Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach are tracking to be up slightly from last year, when there were a reported 185,000 attendees over three days, according to event President & CEO Jim Michaelian.

Michaelian earlier this week said he was expecting about 55,000 fans Friday and then 65,000 on Saturday for the IMSA race, and another 65,000 on Sunday for the NTT IndyCar Series race.

He credited new title sponsor Acura with helping ticket sales by running a local TV campaign in recent weeks promoting the race.

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04/12/19
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Long Beach: Hunter-Reay tops opening IndyCar practice
Ryan Hunter-Reay
Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport Honda driver Ryan Hunter-Reay turned a lap of 1m07.9335s to top practice 1 of IndyCar practice on the streets as Honda powered cars swept the top-7 times.

“I think we started here with a pretty good baseline (setup),” Hunter-Reay said after the practice. “It’s good fun getting out there, getting the first session in the books. It’s a good place for us to start.

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04/12/19
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Pocono Raceway and PNGAS make major announcement

Pocono
Pocono
The Pocono Raceway, Pennsylvania National Guard Associations and Pennsylvania National Guard Foundation announced the organizations have signed an agreement that enables race fans to help support the Gift for Guard Kids and Guard to Guard missions operated and funded by PNGAS and the Pennsylvania National Guard Foundation.

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04/12/19
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Tesla battery supplier halts expansion, raising red flags
Tesla Nevada Factory
Tesla Nevada Factory
Panasonic is freezing plans to expand its role as Tesla’s electric car battery supplier, a move that raises new questions about demand for Tesla’s Model 3 -- and the company’s future.

“The Panasonic news is a gut punch. This fans the flames on overall demand worries and profitability concerns going forward,” said the usually bullish Dan Ives, equity analyst at Wedbush Securities.

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04/12/19
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Nasr Tops Opening IMSA Practice at Long Beach
Felipe Nasr
Felipe Nasr
Felipe Nasr topped opening practice for tomorrow’s Bubba Burger Sports Car Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Brazilian reeling off a 1:12.394 lap time in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R to edge out the pair of Team Penske Acura ARX-05 entries in the two-hour session.

Ricky Taylor was second on the time sheets in the No. 7 Acura DPi, followed by teammate Juan Pablo Montoya, with the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi fourth in the hands of Joao Barbosa.

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04/12/19
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Toco Warranty To Sponsor Bower's No. 14 Car
Bowyer's Toco sponsorship livery
Bowyer's Toco sponsorship livery
Stewart-Haas Racing has signed a new sponsorship deal with vehicle repair coverage provider Toco Warranty, which sees motorsports fans as the sort of clientele it wants to reach. Toco will have four primary sponsorships on SHR’s No. 14 Ford driven by Clint Bowyer, as well as several primary and associate positions with Tony Stewart’s sprint car team.

In order to give sponsors different platforms, SHR leverages its sister teams in Tony Stewart Racing and Haas F1 Team. SHR also is giving Toco space at Stewart’s Eldora Speedway to activate, and the company will hold online sweepstakes as part of its promotional efforts. SHR VP/Sales & Marketing Mike Verlander said the team initially reached out to Toco in ’17.

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04/12/19
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Stadium Super Trucks Return to the Grand Prix of Long Beach
Stadium Super Trucks
Stadium Super Trucks
SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks continue the 2019 Championship with its seventh straight appearance at the Grand Prix of Long Beach this weekend with practice and qualifying Friday, Race 1 Saturday, and Race 2 the finale of the weekend on Sunday afternoon. 

Last year’s races on the streets of Long Beach saw Gavin Harlien withstand a hard charging Robby Gordon to capture the Race 1 win after the race was declared official after 7 Laps, because of a rollover accident. Race 2 would see Matt Brabham come from his back row starting position to take the lead on Lap 6, and pull away from the field to capture the win in front a capacity crowd.

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04/12/19
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Five teams penalized Cup practice time at Richmond
Harvick, Keselowski and Logano battle
Harvick, Keselowski and Logano battle
Five Cup teams, including Kevin Harvick‘s team, will be docked time in today’s first practice at Richmond Raceway.

Kevin Harvick will lose 30 minutes of practice because his car failed inspection three times before last weekend’s race at Bristol.

The cars of Ryan Newman, David Ragan, Kyle Larson and Jeb Burton each will miss the final 15 minutes of practice because those cars were late to inspection last weekend at Bristol. 

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Friday morning update from Long Beach
There will also be a safety seminar on Saturday
There will also be a safety seminar on Saturday
AutoRacing1.com will be live all weekend here in Long Beach for the Acura GP of Long Beach where the two featured events are the IMSA Weathertech Series 100-minute sprint race on Saturday and the NTT Data IndyCar race on Sunday.

The weather forecast is for perfect weather all weekend, which is very typical here in Southern California as the rainy season runs from around Dec 1st to April 1st.  In over 40 years his event has never had rain on Sunday and one year that we can remember rain on a Friday or Saturday morning.  With low humidity and temperatures on the low 70s it is a perfect environment for fans, crews and drivers alike.

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04/12/19
f1

Chinese GP: Mercedes tries to cheat and gets caught
Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas

(GMM) Mercedes in Shanghai had to tweak a new front wing design after the FIA declared it illegal.

Auto Motor und Sport confirmed that the German team had to add a small piece to the endplate because its original shape did not conform to the regulations.

Reportedly, Red Bull and Williams made similar tweaks earlier this season.

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04/12/19
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Chinese GP: Bottas nips Vettel in Practice 2
Bottas leads Ricciardo
Bottas leads Ricciardo

[More quotes added below] After Ferrari appeared to enjoy a comfortable advantage in Free Practice 1, Valtteri Bottas showed that Mercedes were still in the fight in China, the Finn going fastest in FP2 in Shanghai by just 0.027s from Sebastian Vettel.

Despite early spins for both Bottas and team mate Lewis Hamilton, Bottas recovered to lead the session with a 1m 33.330s, while debris on the track meant Hamilton was unable to nail a quick lap, leaving him fourth and 0.7s adrift of the Finn.

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04/12/19
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Mustangs go 1-2-3 in critical second practice at Phillip Island
Fabian Coulthard
Fabian Coulthard
Fabian Coulthard pipped Shell V-Power team-mate Scott McLaughlin as Ford Mustangs filled the top three places in the second WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint practice.

Coulthard logged a 1:30.1807s on the final runs of the 30 minutes to shade McLaughlin by a mere 0.0060 seconds.

Cameron Waters made it an all-Mustang top three, from the Nissan of Rick Kelly, while the Red Bull Holdens of Shane van Gisbergen and Jamie Whincup were 10th and 11th.

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04/12/19
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Leclerc not denying he wants to be number 1
Charles Leclerc has big aspirations
Charles Leclerc has big aspirations
(GMM) Charles Leclerc has refused to deny he thinks Ferrari should switch the order of the team's number 1 and number 2 drivers.

Prior to the season, boss Mattia Binotto said that despite Leclerc's obvious promise, it is Sebastian Vettel who will get Ferrari's full support for the title.

But Vettel is now under fire for being outpaced and spinning two weeks ago in Bahrain, prompting the question about whether it should be Leclerc with the favored position.

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04/12/19
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Three teams eyeing improvements in China
Kevin Magnussen
Kevin Magnussen
(GMM) Three struggling teams are determined to bounce back this weekend in Shanghai.

Haas went into Bahrain two weeks ago looking inferior only to the top three teams, but the American outfit's pace collapsed in the race.

"There were many reasons, but we highlighted three," said Kevin Magnussen.

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04/12/19
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Hard to overtake at Zandvoort - Hamilton
Zandvoort was never known for its passing
Zandvoort was never known for its passing
(GMM) Lewis Hamilton has welcomed F1's speculated return to Zandvoort for 2020, but notes that the former grand prix circuit is hard to overtake on.

With official confirmation still lacking, it is believed race organizers have inked a five-year contract with Liberty Media for a Dutch grand prix starting in 2020.

Speaking in Shanghai, Hamilton recalls racing at the circuit in his junior category days.

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04/12/19
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NASCAR Shortens Cup Qualifying At Richmond
Richmond action
Richmond action
NASCAR announced that Friday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Busch Pole Qualifying session at Richmond Raceway will see the first two rounds shortened from 10 minutes to five minutes. 

The first round will see all cars go out in group style for a lap or laps with the top 24 moving to Round 2. The top 12 from Round 2 move to the final round, which is also five minutes in length. 

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04/12/19
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2020 Corvette C8 July 18th unveiled confirmed
Chevy released this photo of the camouflaged C8 Corvette
Chevy released this photo of the camouflaged C8 Corvette

The wait is almost over as Chevrolet has finally confirmed the 2020 Corvette will be unveiled this summer.

The company is keeping details under wraps, but said the 2020 C8 is the “sum of each generation before it, but will stand alone as the new standard of performance.” 

Chevrolet is staying tight-lipped, but we already know the model will be a radical departure from its predecessor as it will adopt a mid-mounted 6.2-liter V8 engine that is expected to produce at least 500 hp (373 kW / 507 PS). It will be connected to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission which sends power to the rear wheels.

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04/12/19
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Bourdais and Power enter Long Beach Walk of Fame
Bourdais checks out his medallion
Bourdais checks out his medallion
Sebastien Bourdais and Will Power on Thursday were the first active IndyCar drivers to be enshrined since the inception of the Long Beach Grand Prix Walk of Fame in 2006.

“It’s weird,” he said, smiling. “Like, when they told me I was going to be inducted, I was like, ‘Man, did somebody say I retired or something?’ Because usually it comes after that.”

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