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04/24/18
imsa

Acura Facing Stiff Competition In IMSA Prototype Class
Penske Acuras
Penske Acuras
The first three races of the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship have reinforced one thing about racing in the Prototype class: competition is really tough.

Heading into its debut season in the WeatherTech Championship at the beginning of this year, expectations for the two-car Acura Team Penske program and the new ARX-05 Daytona Prototype international (DPi) race cars were high. And with good reason.

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04/24/18
nasmon

FOX News Talladega Superspeedway Quotes & Programming Schedule
Talladega
Talladega
The MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES heads to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend, site of FOX’s second-annual “Drivers Only” NASCAR XFINITY SERIES broadcast, with FOX Sports set to offer more than 18 hours of live action from NASCAR’s biggest track.  Included are FOX’s live race coverage of the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES on Sunday, April 29 (2:00 PM ET), the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES “Drivers Only” race broadcast on Saturday, April 28 (3:00 PM ET) and Cup Series qualifying on Saturday (1:00 PM ET).

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04/24/18
irl

New IndyCar museum open in New England
Heritage Museum
Heritage Museum
The crown jewel of American motorsports has come to Heritage Museums & Gardens! Start Your Engines! Cars and Stars of the Indy 500 opened on April 14, 2018 featuring some of the most renowned cars from this high-octane event. Since 1911, the Indy 500 has captivated fans and created race car legends. Twenty iconic Indy 500 race and pace cars will be on display--from the 1914 Duesenberg driven by Eddie Rickenbacker to the 2016 NAPA winner driven by Alexander Rossi. The exhibit captures all the excitement of the Indy 500, with photos and videos from the races, race equipment worn by the winners, memorabilia, and the sights and sounds of the race. Visitors even have the chance to sit in a real Indy racer, re-enact what the winners do at the end of a race, and enjoy related programs and events.

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04/24/18
irl
nasmon
nhra

Final Weekend TV Ratings
Newgarden won in the rain but hardly anyone saw it - on both Sunday (first 22 laps) or Monday's finale
Newgarden won in the rain at Barber but hardly anyone saw it - on both Sunday (first 22 laps) or Monday's finale

Final TV ratings from last weekend. NBCSN delivered IndyCar another home run with a rating so low they don't bother reporting it - when it gets less than 300,000 viewers we assume they equate it to a test pattern. The NBCSN broadcast personnel always do a good job, but hardly any sports fans watch NBCSN so the ratings will always be minuscule, sending sponsors running for the exits. The new IndyCar TV contract should have gone to ABC/ESPN with ABC/ESPN hiring the broadcast team away from NBCSN. That would have been the best scenario for IndyCar.

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04/24/18
nasmon

NASCAR Richmond TV rating (Update)
UPDATE The final ratings are in. 3.03 million people watched Saturday night’s NASCAR Cup race race, down 31% from the 4.4 million last year and down 43% from the 5.4 million in 2016.

04/23/18 The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 from Richmond Saturday night garnered a 1.7 overnight TV rating on FOX, down 37% from last year's 2.7 overnight and down 45% 2016's 3.1 rating. The NASCAR tailspin appears to be accelerating.

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04/24/18
automotive

Amazon will now deliver packages to GM vehicle owners
Amazon packages can now be delivered to more than 7 million Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles
Amazon packages can now be delivered to more than 7 million Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles
Starting today, more than seven million owners of eligible Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles in the United States can enjoy the convenience of having Amazon packages delivered inside their vehicle using Amazon Key. In-Car Delivery comes at no extra cost for Amazon Prime members with an active OnStar account and is available in 37 U.S. cities and surrounding areas, with more cities to follow.

“Partnering with Amazon to leverage our embedded in-vehicle connectivity gives Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac owners the option to conveniently receive deliveries inside their vehicle parked at home, work or near other locations in their Amazon address book,” said Alan Batey, President, General Motors North America. “This is another example of how we provide customers with technologies that add value and enhance the ownership experience.”

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04/24/18
irl
nasmon

NASCAR journalist comes away impressed by IndyCar
Driving an IndyCar in the rain is very very difficult
Driving an IndyCar in the rain is very very difficult
With NASCAR's popularity waning, perhaps we will see more NASCAR journalists report on IndyCar races. Christian Koelle of Frontstretch writes:

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to cover the Verizon IndyCar Series in Birmingham, Alabama. For roughly 13 years, I have attended and covered nothing but NASCAR racing so it was definitely a different experience.

Then along came Mother Nature to intervene and add an extra level of unfamiliar territory I had never seen before, at least in person.

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04/24/18
irl

Rossi: Gamble did not payoff at Barber
Alexander Rossi finished off the podium for the first time this season with his 11th place finish at the Honda Indy GP of Alabama.. If video does not play click here

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04/24/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Horner happy to have a choice. Will likely pick Honda
    Horner happy to have a choice. Will likely pick Honda
    Red Bull can choose 2019 engine supplier - Horner
  • Horner wants Ricciardo decision by August
  • Hamilton hints at long-term Mercedes deal
  • FIA considering pitstop safety changes
  • Kvyat drives Ferrari for the first time
  • FIA clamps down on exhaust blowing... again New

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04/23/18
irl

Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Race Day 2 Highlights
Watch Josef Newgarden school the field in Alabama

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04/23/18
automotive

Venture Capitalists sucking up automotive talent
Some investors think they can beat the fossil-fuel hungry automotive giants
Some EV investors think they can beat the fossil-fuel hungry automotive giants
Deep-pocketed investors looking to create the next Tesla are turning to seasoned automotive executives for help making sense of the complicated and capital-intensive car business.

A little-known Los Angeles electric-vehicle startup, EVelozcity, is the latest firm to lure big-name talent. The company, attracting commitments for $1 billion in funding since December, has hired Karl-Thomas Neumann, the former head of General Motors Co.’s European division, along with several former BMW AG executives.

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04/23/18
irl

Monday update from Barber
Newgarden leads early Monday
Newgarden leads early Monday
Monday has dawned sunny and cool at Barber Motorsports Park and the race restart is about to get underway. 

When lead-lap cars cross the start/finish line for Monday's resumption, 23 laps will be complete and about 75 minutes will remain on the race clock. Will Power's team has begun to work on his damaged car and they expect to love about 15 laps.

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04/23/18
f1

Rosberg launches young driver academy
Nico Rosberg
Nico Rosberg
2016 Formula 1 World Champion Nico Rosberg has launched a young driver academy, in association with his ex-karting boss and sponsor Petronas.

Rosberg announced on Sunday that he has joined forces with kart legend Dino Chiesa to form a young driver academy, the latter having run the Mercedes-Benz-McLaren team that fielded Rosberg and Hamilton in the early 2000s.

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04/23/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Monday
  • Major design flaw in Paddy Lowe's Williams
    Major design flaw in Paddy Lowe's Williams
    Mercedes could help solve Williams problem - report
  • Official denies Spanish GP in doubt
  • Ericsson doesn't deserve reputation - Leclerc
  • Rosberg steps away as Kubica's manager
  • Hamilton: We've lost performance since Melbourne

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04/23/18
track news

Video: Phoenix ISM Raceway Scoring Tower Demo

On Sunday, April 22 at 7 a.m. the ISM Raceway Scoring Tower was knocked down in spectacular style.

At over at over 150 ft. tall the scoring tower stood taller than a 15 story tall building.

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04/23/18
motogp

Video: MotoGP highlights from Austin
All the very best clips from a fantastic MotoGP weekend of racing at COTA

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04/23/18
irl

Video: Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Race Day 1
Highlights from the start of the 2018 Honda GP of Alabama that had to be stopped after 22 laps due to unsafe conditions from the heavy rain.

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04/22/18
irl

'What They're Saying' from Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama postponement
Josef Newgarden
Josef Newgarden in good position to win again at Barber
JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet, 2017 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama winner, 2018 pole winner):
"It's tough because we have so many people that come out here to watch us. We want to put on a good race. We want to put on a show. So calling the race, running around behind the pace car not running, it's tough, it's tough to do that. But I think it was the right thing in the end. When we started the race, the conditions were OK. You could run at that level of rain. Then, it intensified right before that first caution. I think when the caution came out, it got to a point where it was just too much.

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04/22/18
nasmon

NASCAR Richmond Monster Cup post-race Q&A
Race winning team Kyle Busch, owner Joe Gibbs and crew chief Adam Stevens (No. 18 M&M’s Flavor Vote Toyota); Third place finisher Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota) and second place finisher Chase Elliott (No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet) 

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04/22/18
nasmon

NASCAR Weekend Marks Fresh Start For Richmond Raceway
2017 Spring Crowd
2017 Spring Crowd
Dan Currier
This weekend's NASCAR races at Richmond Raceway "marked a new beginning" for the track, as years of attendance declines were "finally reversed."

The crowd for last night's Monster Energy Cup Series Toyota Owners 400, while "not full, looked significantly better than it did last spring."

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04/22/18
irl

IndyCar race rained out, will run Monday
Only Newgarden had a clear view out front
Only Newgarden had a clear view out front

Persistent rain showers today at Barber Motorsports Park forced Verizon IndyCar Series officials to postpone today’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama following the completion of 22 of a scheduled 90-laps.  The race is scheduled to resume tomorrow at 12 p.m. EDT.

The race ran for 22 laps, including two red-flag periods but the conditions were just too bad to restart the race a third time. Several drivers spun in the wet conditions, and Will Power damaged his car when he aquaplaned in the pit straight and spun into the inside pit wall.

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04/22/18
nasmon

JGR renews with Toyota
Joe Gibbs
Joe Gibbs
Joe Gibbs Racing has signed an extension with Toyota Racing, an agreement confirmed by team owner Joe Gibbs on Saturday afternoon at Richmond Raceway.

Gibbs, 77, would not disclose the length of the contract.

"Quite a while," Gibbs said with a laugh. "It was good."

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04/22/18
irl

Sunday at Barber (2nd Update)
Will Power in the rain before he crashed
Will Power in the rain before he crashed

UPDATE As the rain falls much harder in Birmingham, the IndyCars sit covered up in pit lane.  The drivers have been drying out in their garages.

IndyCar is monitoring weather conditions and are working on track conditions.  The current cell over us could be gone in 15-20 minutes.  We will have another update at 4:30 pm central time.

IndyCar is trying to do all they can to get this race run today under safe conditions, but AR1.com predicts the race will be called today and run Monday.

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04/22/18
il

Patricio O'Ward Sweeps Alabama Race Weekend
A very wet start
A very wet start

Young Mexican Patricio “Pato” O’Ward was in a class by himself this morning for Andretti Autosport, making light of treacherous conditions as he swept to victory in the Mazda Grand Prix of Alabama Presented by Cooper Tires.

Only Victor Franzoni, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, aboard Juncos Racing’s Soul Red Dallara-Mazda IL-15, was able to keep O’Ward in his sights. Last year’s winner of the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires finished a strong second, 5.8325 seconds adrift after 30 laps around the tricky Barber Motorsports Park road course. Colton Herta finished a distant third for Andretti Steinbrenner Racing.

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04/22/18
irl

IndyCar Grand Marshal Channing Tatum makes first Barber appearance
Actor Channing Tatum with Ed Jones, Graham Rahal, Sebastien Bourdais
Actor Channing Tatum with Ed Jones, Graham Rahal, Sebastien Bourdais

Sporting a turned-backwards Alabama cap and proclaiming a "Roll Tide," actor and Cullman, AL native Channing Tatum talked about his love for speed and his home state at Sunday's Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.

Tatum served as the grand marshal of Sunday's Verizon IndyCar Series race, and found the event appropriate for his love of motorcycles and other speedy vehicles.

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04/22/18
f1

Gene Haas slams F1 critics
Gene Haas outsmarts F1 rivals by buying most of his car from others.
Gene Haas outsmarts F1 rivals by buying most of his car from others.

Gene Haas has slammed critics of his Formula 1 team for copying last year's F1 car design, including Fernando Alonso, who called it a Ferrari replica when the Haas cars dusted his McLaren. 

Speaking to the official F1 website, Haas said, “When we’re doing badly, people will say that we’re just another stupid American team and when we’re doing well, it’s the Ferrari team.”

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04/22/18
f1

Pirelli announces French GP tires
Paul Ricard
Paul Ricard
Pirelli has confirmed its tire choices for the French Grand Prix's Formula 1 return in June, offering teams the Soft, Supersoft and Ultrasoft compounds for the Paul Ricard weekend. 

Each driver must save one set of the softest of the three nominated compounds for Q3.

This set will then be returned for those who qualify in the top 10, but the remaining drivers will keep it for the race.

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04/22/18
v8

McLaughlin wins two out of two at Phillip Island
Scott McLaughlin
Scott McLaughlin

Scott McLaughlin has capped off a perfect weekend at the WD-40 Phillip Island 500, winning this afternoon's 250km race in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

As was the case yesterday, McLaughlin had to make an inch-perfect passing move at high-speed to claim the race lead, but as he did yesterday, the 24-year old kept his cool to make it two pole positions and two wins for the weekend.

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04/21/18
irl

Franchitti hits out at anti-American Guenther Steiner after IndyCar jibe
The man who runs the American Haas F1 team hates everything about America and its drivers
The man who runs the American Haas F1 team hates everything about America and its drivers
Four-time IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti has hit out at Haas Formula 1 team boss Guenther Steiner following the Italian's comments about the American series and F1's future.

F1 is currently looking ahead to 2021 when a new rules package will be introduced with the aim of increasing overtaking and closing the gap between the frontrunners and midfield. Part of that plan involves moving to greater use of standardized parts.

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04/21/18
irl

Record Attendance Saturday at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
Will the rain predicted effect Sunday's attendance
Will the rain predicted effect Sunday's attendance

AR1 received this email from the promoter of the Grand Prix this weekend.  

The 2018 Honda Grand Prix of Alabama presented by Americas First had an attendance of 34,240. This is the highest Saturday attendance in the history of the event.
 
It was perfect weather today which helped bring the people out to this event.  The hospitality shown to anyone who enters the gates is outstanding.  

 

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04/21/18
nasmon
irl
imsa
f1

Final Weekend TV Ratings (2nd Update)
Long Beach
Long Beach

UPDATE Last Monday's rescheduled NASCAR Cup Series Bristol 500 earned 2.0 million viewers on FOX, down 12% from last year's race, which was also postponed to Monday (2.2M). The initial portion of the race last Sunday had a 2.4 rating and 3.8 million viewers. The spring Bristol race has been run as scheduled just once since 2013.

In other action, last Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series race from Bristol pulled a 0.7 rating (flat) and 979,000 viewers (-9%) on FS1. That race was run as scheduled.

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04/21/18
il

O'Ward Wins and Claims Indy Lights Points Lead
Patricio “Pato” O’Ward takes Indy Lights race #1
Patricio “Pato” O’Ward takes Indy Lights race #1
Patricio “Pato” O’Ward made an opportunistic move on polesitter, fellow teenager and Andretti Autosport teammate Colton Herta to take the lead on the opening lap of this afternoon’s Mazda Grand Prix of Alabama Presented by Cooper Tires.

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04/21/18
promazda

Thompson Dominates in First Pro Mazda Win for Exclusive Autosport
Parker Thompson
Parker Thompson
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Parker Thompson displayed peerless form this afternoon in the first of two races that will comprise this weekend’s Pro Mazda Grand Prix of Alabama Presented by Cooper Tires at Barber Motorsports Park. After annihilating the old Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires track record during qualifying yesterday afternoon, the 20-year-old from Red Deer, Alb., Canada, continued that form into the race as he led from start to finish for the Exclusive Autosport team. The victory was Thompson’s first since stepping up one rung on the Mazda Road to Indy from the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.

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04/21/18
irl

Q&A with Jimmy Vasser at Barber
Vasser (2nd from left) with his team after winning the St. Petersburg GP in March
Vasser (2nd from left) with his team after winning the St. Petersburg GP in March
AutoRacing1.com catches up with team co-owner Jimmy Vasser Saturday morning before practice 3 of the Honda GP of Alabama.

Vasser talks about the season so far and the Napa valley fire that hit is winery hard.

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04/21/18
irl

Q&A with Andretti COO Rob Edwards at Barber
AutoRacing1.com catches up with Andretti Autosport Chief Operating Officer Rob Edwards Saturday morning before practice 3 of the Honda GP of Alabama

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04/21/18
irl

IndyCar Qualifying Groups for Barber
Group 1
 6    Wickens, Robert
28   Hunter-Reay, Ryan
 1    Newgarden, Josef
20   King, Jordan

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04/21/18
irl

Power keeps Team Penske on top at Barber
Will Power
Will Power
Will Power and Penske Chevy teammate Josef Newgarden were fastest in the two practice sessions Friday for the Honda GP of Alabama and Power repeated the feat Saturday morning in the final practice before qualifying.

Power's lap of 1m07.3430s was 0.22sec faster than Robert Wickens in the Lucas Oil Honda.

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04/21/18
irl

Q&A with IndyCar team owner Trevor Carlin at Barber
Trevor Carlin
Trevor Carlin
AutoRacing1.com catches up with IndyCar rookie team owner Trevor Carlin Saturday morning before practice 3 of the Honda GP of Alabama.

Carlin has had success in the junior motorsport formulas in a period spanning over 25 years. Carlin's career began in International Formula Three. As Team Manager of Bowman Racing, he assembled a talented group of engineers and achieved 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in the British Formula Three Championship in the team's first three seasons and won the 1989 Macau Grand Prix with David Brabham driving.

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04/21/18
irl

Q&A with IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan at Barber
AutoRacing1.com catches up with Tony Kanaan Saturday morning before practice 3 of the Honda GP of Alabama

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04/21/18
irl

Q&A with IndyCar driver Graham Rahal at Barber
AutoRacing1.com catches up with Graham Rahal Saturday morning before practice 3 of the Honda GP of Alabama

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04/21/18
irl

Q&A with IndyCar driver Will Power at Barber
AutoRacing1.com catches up with Will Power Saturday morning before practice 3 of the Honda GP of Alabama

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04/21/18
v8

Whincup stripped of second by post-race penalty
Jamie Whincup
Jamie Whincup
A post-race penalty has dropped Jamie Whincup from second to 14th in the results from the opening leg of the WD-40 Phillip Island 500.

Whincup has received a 38 second post-race time penalty for turning off his pitlane speed limiter prior to reaching the end of pitlane following his first pitstop.

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04/21/18
automotive

Porsche Powertrain Chief Reportedly Arrested
You sell dirty diesels you pay the price
You sell dirty diesels you pay the price
Another arrest has been made in connection with Volkswagen's diesel emissions-cheating scandal. Automotive News Europe reports Porsche powertrain boss Jorg Kerner has been arrested, and is now in custody. Kerner joined Audi's powertrain development team in 2004 after working for nearly two decades at Bosch.

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04/21/18
irl

Saturday morning update from Alabama
Rookie Jordan King put up some very respectable times on Friday
Rookie Jordan King put up some very respectable times on Friday

Saturday has dawned sunny and cool here at Barber Motorsports Park in the rolling hills just east of Birmingham, Alabama. The comment up and down the paddock is why can't the weather be like this tomorrow.  It is an absolutely gorgeous day as the sound of internal combustion engine explosions resonate out the exhaust pipes and echo off the tall trees surrounding the circuit.

It truly is the 'Augusta; of IndyCar and yet the local media largely ignores this event.  No front page headlines and very few stories. It's the best kept secret in motorsports here in Alabama.  I guess if it isn't Talladega (just east of here) or Auburn footballs, they don't care.

On tap this morning is the third practice session for the IndyCars at 10:50 am Central Time, as well as Pro Mazda and Indy Lights qualifying.

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04/21/18
f1

Haas F1 Team: At The Circuit - Geoff Simmonds
In this video series, Hass F1 take you behind the scenes at the circuit to meet key personnel.

First up, their race team operations manager, Geoff Simmonds.



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04/21/18
racing news

Malcolm & Donald Campbell And The Legacy Of The Bluebird
Campbell is perhaps the most famous name in speed record circles, with father Malcolm and son Donald holding more than 20 land and water titles between them. Mobil 1 The Grid speaks to Malcolm’s granddaughter, Gina, and grandson, Don, about their family’s legacy, and how it lives on to this day. Also featuring Toby Moody.

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04/21/18
nasx

Highlights from NASCAR Xfinity race at Richmond
Christopher Bell takes home his first Xfinity Series win in 2018 at Richmond Raceway.

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04/21/18
irl

Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama highlights
Highlights of all the spins and actions at Barber Motorsports Park Friday

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04/21/18
nasx

Richmond Xfinity post-race Q&A

Race winner Christopher Bell and crew chief Jason Ratcliff (No. 20 Rheem Toyota), Dash 4 Cash winner Elliott Sadler (No. 1 Chevrolet) and second place finisher Noah Gragson (No. 18 Switch Toyota) 


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04/21/18
v8

McLaughlin wins battle with Whincup and jumps into Championship lead
Scott McLaughlin
Scott McLaughlin

Scott McLaughlin won the heavyweight battle with arch rival Jamie Whincup at the WD-40 Phillip Island 500 in a cat and mouse game, at the same time assuming the lead of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship by a single point over the seven-time Champion.

The pair, as they did yesterday, went toe to toe for the best part of an hour and a half with the young tyro prevailing in the first of two 250km races this weekend.

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