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04/21/16
wec

Audi won't appeal Silverstone exclusion
Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich takes one on the chin
Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich takes one on the chin

Audi has decided not to appeal the ruling that resulted in the exclusion of its race-winning entry from last weekend’s FIA World Endurance Championship season-opening Six Hours of Silverstone.

The front skid block of the No. 7 Audi R18 of Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler was found to have exceeded the maximum wear permitted by rules.

While the German manufacturer had initially lodged an appeal, it will not be pursuing it any further, according to a statement released by Audi on Thursday.

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04/21/16
irl

Indy 500 Trivia: which state has produced the most Indy 500 winners?
Most victors are from Kansas and California. Dario Franchitti’s Alma mater hold the title of University with the most Indy 500 wins.



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04/21/16
nassprint

Tony Stewart slams NASCAR and NASCAR slams him right back (Update)
UPDATE 
Boy, you want to race here, you better to learn to keep your mouth shut
Stewart is told 'Son, you want to race here, you better to learn to keep your mouth shut. You understand son?'
Hours after announcing his return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this weekend at Richmond Int’l Raceway, Tony Stewart was fined $35,000 by NASCAR after Stewart made critical comments regarding NASCAR’s commitment to safety.

Stewart’s fine falls under Section 12 of the NASCAR Rule Book.

According to Section 12.8.1, actions that could result in a $10,000-$50,000 fine include disparaging the sport and/or NASCAR’s leadership, or verbal abuse of a NASCAR official, media members, fans, etc.

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04/21/16
f1

Hamilton doesn't see himself at Ferrari
World Champion Lewis Hamilton has revealed that he has no desire to race for Ferrari despite being linked with a move on numerous occasions.

Hamilton, who entered Formula 1 at the tender age of 22, refused to call Ferrari the biggest team in the sport but did, however, add that it is not impossible for him to drive for Scuderia one day.

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04/21/16
wscc

42 Cars Entered For Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix

The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) today released a 42-car entry for the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix powered by Mazda at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Sunday, May 1, Round 4 of the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

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04/21/16
irl
usac

Two new books out soon by Gordon Kirby (Update)
UPDATE They will launch both books in the last week of May at the Speedway. Karl Kainhofer, Merle Bettenhausen and Gordon Kirby will sign books at the IMS Museum on Friday evening, May 27 between 6-8 pm. We will also sign books most of the day on Saturday at the IMS's Memorabilia Show at the Racemaker Press stand.

04/21/16 Renowned motorsports journalist Gordon Kirby is finishing up work on two new books that will be released at a book signing at the Indianapolis Motors Speedway during the month of May. They will be available for purchase from Racemaker Press
Tony Bettenhausen & Sons
Tony Bettenhausen & Sons

TONY BETTENHAUSEN & SONS - An American Racing Family Album

Over the years, American automobile racing has enjoyed a handful of successful racing families such as the Andrettis and Unsers in Indy car racing and the Pettys, Allisons and Earnhardts  in  NASCAR.  We ve  also seen the phenomenon in Europe and international racing with the likes of Graham Hill and his son Damon, world champions both, and also the legendary Ferrari Formula 1 hero Gilles Villeneuve and his son Jacques who was successful in both Indy and F1 cars.

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04/21/16
irl

Corporate Support for Grand Prix of Boston Powered by LogMeIn Continues
Today, the Grand Prix of Boston powered by LogMeIn announced the addition of seven new corporate partners, which brings the total partner count to more than 100, for the inaugural Grand Prix event to be held September 2-4, 2016. 

“An event of this magnitude isn’t possible without corporate partners and we continue to be amazed by the desire of so many Boston and regionally based companies who have joined us for the inaugural Grand Prix of Boston powered by LogMeIn,” said CEO, John Casey.  “Having more than one hundred sponsors for this year’s event is an amazing number for a long-standing event, let alone a first time event like the Grand Prix of Boston. We hope to continue to build on this momentum as we get closer to September.”

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04/21/16
wscc

Mazda Returns to Sharp End of IMSA WeatherTech Championship Prototype Field
Mazda at Rolex 24
Mazda at Rolex 24

Mazda isn’t used to losing, but that’s what has been happening for the past two seasons in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

In 2012, Mazda was third of eight manufacturers in GRAND-AM’s GT series, with two wins and seven podium finishes. In 2011, one win, nine podium finishes on the way to a second-place finish in the championship. In 2010, they dominated GT, winning the championship and six races.

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04/21/16
irl

Further filings needed for construction in Boston

Last night the Boston Conservation Commission voted 4-1 to require the Promoter of the Boston Grand Prix IndyCar race to make further filings with the Commission before work on the Race Project may proceed.

The Promoter had sought to fast-track the Project by obtaining a determination that the proposed work would not alter flood zone areas in the Seaport District of Boston. The Commission found that there were too many unanswered questions regarding environmental impacts of the Race project and ruled that the Promoter must follow the usual procedure for obtaining approval to perform work in protected wetlands areas.

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04/21/16
nhra
nassprint

John Force Racing Teams Up With Rick Hendrick City Chevrolet
See logo on driver's side window
See logo on driver's side window

Two racing legends will come together in Charlotte when John Force Racing and Rick Hendrick City Chevrolet team up in a one race multi-faceted marketing partnership. The 18-time championship Funny Car team will drive Chevrolet vehicles to and from the race track while they are racing at the Lowes Foods Four-Wide NHRA Nationals at zMax Dragway in Concord. The City Chevrolet logo will also adorn all four race cars during the three day event.

Vehicles will be provided for John Force 16-time Funny Car champion as well as 2009 NHRA Funny Car champion and current Funny Car points leader Robert Hight, 2012 rookie of the year Courtney Force and Top Fuel points leader Brittany Force, driver of the Monster Energy Drink Top Fuel dragster. In addition to those drivers, the crew chiefs and support staff for the PEAK Antifreeze, Auto Club, Traxxas and Monster Energy teams will also be driving Rick Hendrick City Chevrolet vehicles.  

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04/21/16
irl

Grand Prix of Alabama schedule and details
Barber Motorsports Park
Barber Motorsports Park
The Verizon IndyCar Series is back in action this weekend (April 22-24) at Barber Motorspots Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Here's what to watch over a busy three days:
 
Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Fast Facts
 
Track: Barber Motorsports Park, a 2.3-mile, 17-turn road course (clockwise) located on the eastern fringes of Birmingham, AL.
 
Race distance: 90 laps / 207 miles

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04/21/16
automotive

Volvo sets goal to sell 1 million electrified cars by 202
Hakan Samuelsson
Hakan Samuelsson
Following a global sales record in 2015, Volvo plans to sell 1 million electrified cars by 2025, the company said today.

"It is a deliberately ambitious target,” Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson said in a statement. "It is going to be a challenge, but Volvo wants to be at the forefront of this shift to electrification.”

Last year, Volvo’s global sales gained 8 percent to 503,127 deliveries.

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04/21/16
F1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • Marchionne (R) says F1 needs to find a replacement for Ecclestone (L)
    Marchionne (R) says F1 needs to find a replacement for Ecclestone (L)
    F1 must look beyond Ecclestone era - Marchionne
  • 'Pressure' also hurting Mercedes reliability - Marchionne
  • Mayor 'certain' Italy GP has future
  • Marko hints at Red Bull seat for Verstappen
  • Magnussen never received McLaren road car
  • Wolff 'afraid' of 2017 rule changes - Marko
  • Manor racing with Sauber, Renault - Wehrlein
  • Uncertain future for China GP
  • Tost: STR must be 'fully concentrated'

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04/20/16
irl

Time for the hideous looking IndyCar aero packages to go (2nd Update)
UPDATE #2 Please take our poll on IndyCar's next generation car. Should they remove the wings - please take our poll on our home page.


04/19/16  See related article penned by AR1 President Mark Cipolloni.

It's time to get rid of all the hideous looking aerodynamic IndyCar appendages
It's time to get rid of all the hideous looking IndyCar aerodynamic appendages and go back to a clean bold look says AR1.com

04/19/16 Every year since Day One of this publication back on June 1, 1999, I have begged, pleaded, cajoled, demanded and cried out for a radical transformation of Indy-type car racing. In watching last Sunday's IndyCar race from Long Beach, I was struck - yet again - by the predictability of it all. That and the fact that the cars are so uninspiring to look at and so woefully lacking in appeal that it barely holds my interest anymore. And I have been an Indianapolis and Indy car racing fanatic for as long as I can remember.

Let's face it, something is drastically missing. To start with, the aero packages and the add-on, craptastic appliance effect they bring with them are simply dreadful. Let's quit pretending that these aren't some of the most hideous looking Indy cars that there have ever been because they are, there's just no getting around that fact.

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04/20/16
automotive

Ford top selling Pony Car
Ford Mustang in France
Ford Mustang in France

In its first year of global availability, Ford Mustang became the world’s best-selling sports coupe. Demand for the iconic pony car remains insatiable.

According to company analysis of the most recent registration data from IHS Automotive, Ford sold around 110,000 Mustang Coupes globally in 2015 -- topping all other sports coupe competitors.

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04/20/16
automotive

German automakers who once laughed at Elon Musk are eating words
Elon Musk - He who laughs last, laughs loudest
Elon Musk - He who laughs last, laughs loudest
It wasn't long ago when the German car industry was still laughing out loud about Elon Musk and his Tesla Motors electric car company.

The proud makers of the world's top-selling luxury brands such as Mercedes, BMW, Audi and Porsche could not fathom how a small-time, loss-making upstart from California could ever compete with the giants of the industry that had a century and a half of experience and expertise. In November, a former Daimler chairman, Edzard Reuter, even called Tesla "a joke that can't be taken seriously compared to the great car companies of Germany" and dismissed Musk as a "pretender."

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04/20/16
irl

Legends Day at IMS will honor 'Champions of the 500'
These same Legens and more will be honored at the speedway
These same Legends and more will be honored at the speedway
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Firestone will honor all winners of the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" at Legends Day Honoring Champions of the 500 presented by Firestone on May 28 - the day prior to the highly anticipated 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

A total of 69 men, from Ray Harroun in 1911 to Juan Pablo Montoya in 2015, have won the Indianapolis 500. Twenty-eight are still alive, from 82-year-old Parnelli Jones to 35-year-old Ryan Hunter-Reay.

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04/20/16
irl

Allison Transmission sponsoring Ed Carpenter Racing entries in May
Allison Transmission Holdings Inc., whose history traces to the founding of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, today announced a sponsorship with Ed Carpenter Racing for the two Verizon IndyCar Series events at IMS in May, the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 14 and the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on May 29.

Allison will appear on the No. 21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet driven by Josef Newgarden for the grand prix on the IMS road course and on the No. 20 Chevy driven by two-time Indianapolis 500 pole winner and team owner Ed Carpenter for the Indianapolis 500.

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04/20/16
irl

Dixon's car takes on Coca-Cola livery for Barber race
Scott Dixon has finished on the podium in all six previous Verizon IndyCar Series races at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, but never on the top step reserved for the race winner.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver is hoping his car's livery for this weekend's Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama will bring a Coke and a smile. Dixon will drive the No. 9 Coca-Cola Chevrolet in the April 22-24 race weekend, the fourth of 16 events on the 2016 schedule.

Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama entry list 

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04/20/16
irl

Newgarden hopes to repeat at Barber
Newgarden celebrates 2015 win
Newgarden celebrates 2015 win
Honda Indy Grand Prix defending champion Josef Newgarden is ready to get back on the Barber Motorsports track this weekend.

But, he said, there's no pressure in returning to the Alabama racetrack where he got his first IndyCar Series win last year.

"There's always pressure wherever you go," he said. "It's really no different being the defending winner. When you win somewhere, of course you feel more confident there."

(The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama takes place Sunday, April 24, at 2:30 p.m. at Barber Motorsports Park. The weekend kicks off Friday and has races and fan events all three days.)

Newgarden, a 25-year-old who hails from Hendersonville, Tenn., is a special breed on the Indy circuit.

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04/20/16
irl

Rahal hopes for another good result at Barber
Rahal hopes to duplicate last year's strong result
Rahal hopes to duplicate last year's strong result

Graham Rahal is remaining optimistic ahead of the IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama around the picturesque Barber Motorsports Park, with the 27-year-old keen to replicate his success from last season around the road course.

Last year Rahal ended the race an exceptionally competitive second at Barber, managing to remain on the podium for the following race around the Indianapolis Motors Speedway road course, finishing yet another strong second.

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04/20/16
automotive

VW shares surge
Volkswagen AG’s shares surged Wednesday on expectations the firm could announce a deal to avoid a trial in the U.S. over its emissions-cheating scandal.

Volkswagen led Germany’s blue chip DAX index for much of Wednesday’s session and closed 6.6% higher at $137.

Volkswagen faces a deadline of Thursday to reach a deal with U.S. authorities that would allow the car maker to avoid a trial. In an agenda proposed for Thursday, attorneys for the plaintiffs asked the court to take the case to trial if no agreement on compensation is reached.

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04/20/16
automotive

Justice Department tells VW not to release results of pollution probe
The Justice Department has told Volkswagen AG to refrain from publicly releasing results of an independent investigation into cheating on diesel-emissions tests to keep confidential names and events key to the U.S. government’s probes.

The request to keep investigative details under wraps could complicate the car maker’s efforts to provide answers to shareholders, dealers and car buyers. The Justice Department has told lawyers for the firm that making any interim findings public would hamstring efforts to pursue potential criminal charges and a multibillion-dollar fine, according to people familiar with the matter.

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04/20/16
Automotive

Electric car sales setting records in the UK
One right-hand-drive nation is going in the right direction when it comes to sales of electric vehicles. The UK recorded 10,496 electric vehicle sales during the first quarter of 2016. This was a quarterly record and a 23 percent jump from last year, according to Autocar Professional. March accounted for 7,144 of those vehicles, a monthly record in itself.

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04/20/16
SCCA
IRL

IndyCar's Will Phillips joins SCCA
A month ahead of the series' U.S. debut, SCCA Pro Racing president Derrick Walker revealed to David Malsher of Motorsport.com that he has hired Will Phillips as technical director, and he also provided some insight regarding the series' arrival on these shores....

Walker has told Motorsport.com that his ex-colleague Phillips, who served as VP of technology at IndyCar for five seasons, was the ideal man for the job, as Formula 4 makes its American debut next month.

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04/20/16
f1

Button says Brawn should write F1 rules
Jenson Button
Jenson Button
Jenson Button believes F1 needs someone outside the sport to take control of its future rule making and believes former team boss Ross Brawn would be the ideal candidate for the job.

As a director of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association, Button was one of the signatories of a recent open letter from F1 drivers urging for change in the leadership and direction of the sport. The letter did not offer an answer to F1's issues, but speaking to ESPN independently of the GPDA, Button believes there is a need to remove the teams from the rule-making process and employ an expert capable of giving the sport a new direction.

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04/20/16
Motogp

Stoner will not accept for Ducati
Casey Stoner
Casey Stoner
Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali has ruled out the possibility of two-time World Champion Casey Stoner returning to compete again in MotoGP.

Stoner won 38 Grands Prix and two world titles for Ducati and Honda, before retiring from the sport at the end of the 2012 season.

Stoner, who remained with Honda as an occasional test rider, returned to Ducati at the start of 2016 and has completed several test runs, prompting speculation that he could make selected race outings.

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04/20/16
irl

IndyCar missed penalty call on Dixon in Long Beach
Dixon cheating by crossing over line with all 4 wheels
Dixon cheating by crossing over line with all 4 wheels
A Reader comments on the controversial call at last weekend’s Long Beach GP.

Dear AR1.com, "Many people thought Simon Pagenaud should have had a more harsh fine than he did which of course would have given the win to Scott Dixon. It should be noted that Dixon actually did the same thing on their first set of pit stops. Note picture as Dixon crosses the yellow lines with all 4 wheels." Steve in Arizona

Dear Steve, Thanks for the photo. Justice was served then and we can all put this incident behind us now. Mark C.

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04/20/16
irl

Video: Roger Penske Takes Laps with IMS President Doug Boles: Part I
Roger Penske, who was announced as the Pace Car Driver for the 100th Running of the Indy 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, took the time to take a few laps around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with IMS President Doug Boles.

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04/20/16
wrx

Volkswagen Push for All-Electric Rallycross Supercars
After being burned by their 'dirty diesel' cars, VW is now on an electric car kick
After being burned by their 'dirty diesel' cars, VW is now on an electric car kick
Volkswagen is considering the development of an all-electric rallycross supercar.

The German firm's head of technology Frank Welsch says the short, sharp format of rallycross events offers the perfect showcase for advances in electric car technology.

“I can certainly imagine a championship done with all-electric cars,” Welsch told Autocar. “The races are around six minutes long, which allows for short, intense bursts of competition and then charging.”

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04/20/16
nassprint

NASCAR Is In Trouble And media sweeps it under the rug
The number of empty seats at Bristol was startling
The number of empty seats at Bristol was startling
The headline story out of Bristol was Matt DiBenedetto coming in the sixth in his underfunded car. The real story coming out of thunder valley was how far NASCAR has fallen and nobody covering the sport seems to care.

In every sport the media members that cover it are the conduit of information not available on television to the fan. They get the interviews and behind the scenes and information from teams that keep you informed. They are the keepers of the history in sport. The journalist that cover those sports also have a responsibility to keep the rulers of the sport honest with their fans. In the NFL we have the domestic abuse scandals which without the media would never have come to light. Or major-league baseball and the steroid scandals that rocked the sport to its core. The NBA had the rogue official in a betting scandal. All situations brought to light by an independent media corps willing to ask the hard questions.

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04/20/16
dtm

Dieter Gass: "Competition in the DTM is extremely fierce"
Dieter Gass
Dieter Gass

Dieter Gass, Head of DTM at Audi Sport, about the aims for the 2016 DTM season which kicks off on May 7 and 8 and the changes made last winter.

Last year, with ten victories scored in 18 races, the Audi RS 5 DTM was the most successful car. Still, a second place in the drivers,’ teams’ and manufacturers’ classifications was all that was achieved ...

The Audi RS 5 DTM was no doubt the fastest car. That’s why not having clinched a title was particularly frustrating. Due to our success in the initial races, we had a lot of weight in our cars at an early stage. That was probably one reason – but not the only one. On some tracks, we simply didn’t extract the maximum and failed to score points on too many occasions. We intensively worked on improving in these areas over the winter.

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04/20/16
F1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Felipe Massa says Williams 4th best
    Felipe Massa says Williams 4th best
    Massa admits 'three teams' better than Williams
  • Vettel-Kvyat a 'normal racing incident' - Heidfeld
  • Lifestyle not reason for Hamilton slump - Heidfeld
  • Monza contract talks still on - official
  • No motivation charge 'absurd' - Alonso
  • Too soon for contract talks - Raikkonen
  • Ecclestone wants six USA races, 25-race calendar
  • Hamilton: I don't owe F1 anything

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