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04/17/17
usf2000

Flinn Lazier To Make USF2000 Debut
Flinn Lazier, son of 1996 Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Lazier, will make his debut in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship driving for Newman Wachs Racing this weekend at Barber Motorsports Park.

"I am very excited to say that we will have Flinn Lazier driving the No. 38 NWR car at Barber and hopefully we’ll have him with us for more events this season," said Newman Wachs Racing Team Manager Brian Halahan. “With all the racing history that the name Lazier carries, this makes a great story and a great opportunity for our team to help him move forward with his racing career."

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04/17/17
track news

Worker killed at Zolder
It already has been 10 years since the Champ Cars ran at Zolder in Belgium. Time is moving quickly, but we are sad to report a worker was killed at Zolder yesterday while placing advertising signs. He was working alone.

Tragically the guy was trapped between the bridge and elevated platform he was working from. He died instantly, or so they say.

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04/17/17
imsa

IMSA PC and LMP3 cars to Debut at Barber Motorsports Park
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 17, 2017) - It's impossible to handicap the pair of IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda races that will take place at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. April 21-22. The series has never competed at Barber, but given how nimble and quick these cars are, and how the complex 2.38-mile road course rewards those two characteristics, this series and this track are made for each other.

There's another reason that the races will be a wild card at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama - one of the two classes that make up the Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda field is brand new for 2017, not only to the series, but to competition in the United States. The LM P3 class originated in Europe and is spreading around the world, and these races at Barber are only the second time the class has competed in North America.

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04/17/17
nasmon

Paint Scheme Jamie McMurray car Bristol NASCAR race
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Bass Pro Shops today announced a special paint scheme that will adorn the Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) No. 1 Chevrolet SS of Jamie McMurray at the Bristol spring race. Noted conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder/CEO Johnny Morris is donating space on the race car to the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage. The No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/NWTF Chevy will compete in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) on Sunday, April 23.

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04/17/17
f1

F1 news in brief - Monday
  • Bottas leads Vettel and Hamilton in Bahrain
    Bottas leads Vettel and Hamilton in Bahrain
    Ferrari, Mercedes 'about equal' - Wolff
  • Massa warns Verstappen over Brazil comments
  • Alonso, McLaren deny 2018 Le Mans reports
  • Bottas downbeat amid rear tire struggles
  • Hamilton apologizes for pit lane penalty
  • Vettel feared Safety Car would ruin race
  • Ricciardo thought victory was possible

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04/16/17
f1

Video Bahrain GP post-race celebration


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04/16/17
wec

Video: 6 Hours of Silverstone Race Highlights
Highlights of the 6 hours of Silverstone, first race of the 2017 WEC season

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04/16/17
F1

Honda lets down Alonso again
Alonso stares into dead space, wondering if Honda will ever come good
Alonso stares into dead space, wondering if Honda will ever come good

In another disappointing conclusion to his race weekend, McLaren's Fernando Alonso didn't hold anything back when it came to voicing his persisting frustrations.

The Spanish driver gave it his best early on when the lights went green in Bahrain, and spent most of the race just outside the top ten, but lamented his Honda engine's power deficit before its ultimate demise a few laps from the checkered flag.

As he saw his work in the corners regularly undone on the straights, Alonso expressed his annoyance over the radio.

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04/16/17
f1

Sainz gets Russia grid penalty for Stroll crash
Carlos Sainz has been handed a three-place grid penalty for the next Grand Prix in Russia in two weeks' time.

Sainz crashed into the side of Lance Stroll's Williams while exiting the pit lane on lap 11. The collision put both drivers out of the race and triggered a safety car.

"I knew it would be very tight at the end of the pits with Lance," the Toro Rosso driver explained. "I tried to take the corner around the inside, and I didn't lock up the tires.

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04/16/17
wec

Video: Silverstone 6 Hour Porsche Race Report
Despite a well calculated but significant aerodynamic disadvantage, Porsche fought for the victory with the 919 Hybrid on Sunday in Silverstone. After six hours of racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship season-opener on the challenging British Grand Prix circuit, the trio of Earl Bamber (NZ)/Timo Bernhard (DE)/Brendon Hartley (NZ) crossed the finish line just 6.173 seconds behind the winning Toyota of Sebastien Google (CH)/Anthony Davidson (GB)/Kazuki Nakajima (JP). Google had clawed in Hartley in a breath taking final stint with only seven laps to go. The second Porsche 919 Hybrid of reigning world champion Neel Jani (CH), André Lotterer (DE) and Nick Tandy (GB) finished third.

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04/16/17
f2

Leclerc storms to dramatic sprint win
From left, Luca Ghiotto, Charles Leclerc, Oliver Rowland
From left, Luca Ghiotto, Charles Leclerc, Oliver Rowland
Charles Leclerc made use of an unexpected Plan B to blast to a dramatic win in this afternoon’s FIA Formula 2 Championship sprint race at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain, stopping for fresh rubber from the lead of the race and emerging in P14 before fighting all the way back up for victory ahead of a crestfallen Luca Ghiotto and Oliver Rowland.

With conditions hot but slightly cooler than yesterday thanks to strong winds the teams were looking for options on a circuit renowned for its abrasive surface, but the decision to make a pitstop in a sprint race was one that took most observers by surprise, particularly coming from the lead: the fight back topped off a superb weekend of racing after Artem Markelov’s strong comeback yesterday.

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04/16/17
V835

Fittipaldi doubles up at Silverstone
Race 1 Podium
Race 1 Podium

Race 1

Pietro Fittipaldi (Lotus) cruised to his first win of the 2017 World Series Formula V8 3.5 by leading race 1 from the pole at Silverstone. The Brazilian crossed the line in front of Egor Orudzhev (SMP Racing by AVF) and Alfonso Celis Jr (Fortec Motorsports) while Italian Damiano Fioravanti (Il Barone Rampante) ended up as the best rookie.

At the start of the race, Fittipaldi maintained the lead while Orudzhev and Matevos Isaakyan (SMP Racing by AVF) passed Rene Binder (Lotus). In P5, Celis was followed by Fioravanti, Konstantin Tereschenko (Teo Martin Motorsport), Diego Menchaca (Fortec Motorsports), Nelson Mason (Teo Martin Motorsport), Yu Kanamaru (RP motorsport), Giuseppe Cipriani (Il Barone Rampante) and Roy Nissany (RP Motorsport).

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04/16/17
wec

DragonSpeed Confirms Felix Rosenqvist For 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours
Felix Rosenqvist
Felix Rosenqvist
Felix Rosenqvist is set to join DragonSpeed for the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours in the team's #21 ORECA 07 Gibson that will compete in the LMP2 class. 

The current Mahindra Racing Formula E star and 2015 FIA F3 European Champion will make his Le Mans 24 Hours race debut as a replacement for DragonSpeed's full-season European Le Mans Series driver Nicolas Lapierre, who steps up to a Toyota Gazoo Racing factory drive for the June classic.

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04/16/17
f1

F1 news in brief - Sunday
  • The McLaren is fast around the corners says Alonso
    The McLaren is fast around the corners says Alonso
    McLaren chassis 'among best' in 2017 - Alonso
  • Sainz eyes 'top three teams' for future
  • 'Stress gone' between Mercedes drivers - Wolff
  • No new rule after Vettel grid position controversy
  • 'Correlation' to blame for Red Bull problems
  • Flexible Ferrari story 'nonsense' - Lauda
  • Wehrlein can still feel old back injury
  • Vandoorne still 'future champion' - Vasseur
  • Hamilton admits Bottas 'did the better job'
  • Vettel surprised by pole deficit to Mercedes
  • Force India gives Celis Jr. another test day

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04/15/17
nasmon
IMSA
irl

Final weekend TV Ratings (Update)
UPDATE An expanded list of Ratings. Those NBCSN ratings are enough to make anyone cry.
NetworkTypeRaceDayViewersAge 18-49 ViewersRatingLocation
FOXNetworkNASCAR Cup (L)Sun4.528 M1.163 M2.74Texas
FOXNetworkNASCAR Xfinity (L)Sat1.667 M0.386 M1.12Texas
FOXNetworkIMSA (L)Sat0.837 M0.242 M0.58Long Beach
NBCSNCableIndyCar (L)Sun0.321 M0.083 M0.21Long Beach
NBCSNCableF1 Race (L)Sun0.263 M0.106 M0.18China
NBCSNCableF1 QualsSat0.168 M0.047 M0.11China
NBCSNCableIndyCar Post-RaceSun0.150 M0.031 M0.10Long Beach
NBCSNCableIndyCar QualsSat0.149 M0.034 M0.10Long Beach
NBCSNCableFl PRE RACESun0.136 M0.042 M0.09CHINA
NBCSNCableINDYCAR CENTRALPRESun0.1130 M0.043 M0.01LONG BEACH
NBCSNCableFI EXTRASun0.1070 M0.059 M0.01CHINA
NBCSNCableFI QUALIFYlNGSat0.0920 M0.019 M0.005CHINA

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04/15/17
f1

Pirelli Agrees to F1 Test Calendar for 2018 tires
Together with the teams, Pirelli has defined the development program for its 2018 slick and wet weather Formula 1 tires. The program will start next Tuesday, during the in-season test immediately after the Bahrain Grand Prix, and will conclude from 14-15 November at Interlagos in Brazil.

The sporting regulations state that the tests will take place over a total of 25 days of running (with one day of running equating to the use of one car). Unlike last year, all the teams will take part. As a result, Pirelli’s 2018 tires will be tested using current cars, without the need for mule cars like last year.

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04/15/17
wec

Davidson puts Toyota on top in final practice at Silverstone
#8 Toyota fastest
#8 Toyota fastest
In final practice for the 6-Hours of Silverstone Toyota’s Anthony Davidson put Toyota on top with a 1m39.476s in the #8 car, 0.747s faster than Neel Jani's Porsche.

Brendon Hartley was 0.150s back in third place in the sister #2 Porsche, ahead of the second of the #7 Toyota which ran into technical issues.

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04/15/17
wec

2020 LMP1 Specs to Be Revealed at Le Mans
Toyota LMP1
Toyota LMP1

Further details on the 2020 LMP1 regulations, and news on LMP1 non-hybrid, are expected to be revealed at this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans, according to ACO President Pierre Fillon.

Fillon confirmed that a roadmap for the top prototype ranks, including the non-hybrid category, will be presented during the ACO's annual press conference, which will now take place on Friday of race week, instead of the traditional Thursday.

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04/15/17
f2

Markelov blasts to Bahrain win
From left, Norman Nato, Artem Markelov, Charles Leclerc
From left, Norman Nato, Artem Markelov, Charles Leclerc

Artem Markelov gambled on a different tire strategy to his rivals at the first FIA Formula 2 Championship feature race this afternoon at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, mastering the scorching conditions and the life of his tires to blast past Norman Nato and Charles Leclerc in the closing stages of the race for a masterful win.

The Russian made use of a stronger car in the extreme desert heat to run longer on his prime tires than any of his rivals, gambling that the time he lost between their stops and his would be returned to him, and it was a choice that paid off handsomely.

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04/15/17
f1

Bahrain GP: Verstappen tops final practice times
Vettel watches lap times of competitors
Vettel watches lap times of competitors

In the heat of the day, Red Bull's Max Verstappen turned the fastest lap in final practice for the Bahrain GP with a lap of 1m32.194s to nip Mercedes' Lews Hamilton by 0.110s.

With all drivers setting their best lap on the red 'soft' Pirellis, Sebastian Vettel was third for Ferrari 1/2-second behind the Red Bull.

The rest of the top eight was incredibly close, with less than two-tenths of a second covering Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas, Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, Williams’ Felipe Massa, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg.

With just over 20 minutes remaining, the red flags came out briefly after Romain Grosjean lost the rear end of his Haas at Turn 4, spinning and losing his front wing against the tire wall. The Frenchman was able to rejoin the track and return to the pits for repairs, though, and resumed action before the hour was out.

Results

PosNoDriverCar-EngineTimeGapLaps
133Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing TAG Heuer1:32.194+0.000s8
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes-Mercedes1:32.304+0.110s10
35Sebastian VettelFerrari-Ferrari1:32.750+0.556s10
477Valtteri BottasMercedes-Mercedes1:32.754+0.560s13
57Kimi RaikkonenFerrari-Ferrari1:32.785+0.591s9
619Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1:32.801+0.607s12
73Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing TAG Heuer1:32.809+0.615s8
827Nico HulkenbergRenault-Renault1:32.933+0.739s9
955Carlos SainzToro Rosso-Renault1:33.604+1.410s18
1026Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Renault1:33.744+1.550s11
1111Sergio PerezForce India Mercedes1:33.916+1.722s14
1214Fernando AlonsoMcLaren Honda1:33.922+1.728s10
1394Pascal WehrleinSauber Ferrari1:33.947+1.753s15
1418Lance StrollWilliams Mercedes1:33.965+1.771s15
152Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren Honda1:34.027+1.833s15
1631Esteban OconForce India Mercedes1:34.064+1.870s17
1720Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:34.198+2.004s13
188Romain GrosjeanHaas Ferrari1:34.205+2.011s14
199Marcus EricssonSauber Ferrari1:34.268+2.074s15
2030Jolyon PalmerRenault-Renault1:34.417+2.223s11


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04/15/17
GTA

GT Asia and China GT collaborate for the future of Asian motorsport
GT Asia
GT Asia
In Italy last month, Motorsport Asia Limited and China GT Management Company Limited, the promoters of the GT Asia Series and China GT Championship respectively, unveiled plans to build a collaborative and stable GT platform. 

With more than 20 years of managing successful motorsport championships in the region, David Sonenscher carries a wealth of knowledge and experience in Asia, something from which the successful foundations of major Asian championships such as the GT Asia Series, Porsche Carrera Cup Asia and TCR Asia Series amongst others were built, whilst Jim Ye and his team have taken the GT concept in China and created one of the fastest growing and increasingly relevant championships in the region.

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04/15/17
nasmon

Court deposition: NASCAR star Tony Stewart tried to avoid Kevin Ward
Tony Stewart
Tony Stewart
Tony Stewart said in a court statement that he "attempted to change direction" in the sprint-car accident that resulted in the death of fellow driver Kevin Ward at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in Ontario County, New York, on Aug. 9, 2014.

NBC Sports has published excerpts from a 171-page deposition that is part of the Ward family's wrongful death lawsuit against the three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion. Stewart gave his statements in December, according to NBC Sports.

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04/15/17
f1

Has Bernie gone mad?
Has Bernie gone mad?
Has Bernie gone mad?
Has Bernie Ecclestone gone mad? After years of raking race promoters over the coals, Ecclestone now says that new F1 owners Liberty should cut the fees that promoters pay to host races, amid fears that events will be lost because governments no longer want to subsidize them.

"The only thing that would be good for everyone, I think, would be if we could charge the promoters a lot less money," Ecclestone told Motorsport.com.

"I did some good deals commercially. They are paying a lot of money, and most of them if not all of them are not making any money, quite the opposite.

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04/15/17
f1

F1 news in brief - Saturday
  • Horner thinks the Ferrari flexes
    Horner thinks the Ferrari flexes
    Red Bull concerned about flexible Ferrari
  • Red Bull admits 2017 title unlikely
  • Ferrari wrong to criticize Raikkonen - Surer
  • Alonso says Indy 500 criticism 'normal'
  • 'Young' Verstappen is 'developing' - Marchionne
  • Hamilton: Ferrari 0.2s ahead in race-trim
  • Horner renews call for ban on T-wings
  • Horner: McLaren 'barking mad' over Indy

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