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04/26/18
automotive

General Motors Sticking With Sedans
GM going to keep sedans
GM going to keep sedans
Ford Motor Company sent shockwaves through the automotive industry on Wednesday when it announced it would be axing most of its small and midsize car lineup in North America, leaving just the venerable Ford Mustang, a new raised hatchback called the Focus Active, and a whole lot of crossovers and pickup trucks. Is this the beginning of the end for the sedan? Over at General Motors, the answer is not yet. 

On a conference call with reporters to discuss first-quarter earnings, GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra laid out why the automaker feels comfortable sticking with its stable of sedans and hatchbacks--for now--even as the market continues to shrink. The company poured a lot of money into refreshing most of the vehicles in question since 2015, and with those expenses in the rear view mirror, Barra believes it has a competitive lineup that won't require a lot of money to update over the next few years.

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04/26/18
nasmon

Succession plans in place at Roush-Fenway
Jack Roush has a horizontal retirement plan. He plans to go out of the paddock horizontally
Jack Roush has a horizontal retirement plan. He plans to go out of the paddock horizontally and not before
As the driver landscape in NASCAR trends younger, the ownership landscape is seeing an upwards trend.

Jack Roush, owner of Roush-Fenway Racing, celebrated his 76th year of life last week. Despite being 76, Roush has no plans for retirement, according to Steve Newmark, president of Roush Fenway Racing. 

“Jack’s in it for the long haul. He has no retirement plans. This is his retirement. We talk about it all the time. He doesn’t want to go play golf. He doesn’t want to sit on a yacht. He wants to come to the racetrack,” Newmark stated.

Since he retired from racing, Mark Martin can be seen in a small “behind-the-scenes” role with the organization as an advisor and “cheerleader”.

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04/26/18
nasmon

SMI's Revenue Declines In Q1
With many tracks suffering a downturn in attendance, ticket revenue is way down, but the TV network money makes up for much of it
With many tracks suffering a downturn in attendance, ticket revenue is way down, but the TV network money makes up for much of it
With several rain-impacted events and Las Vegas Motor Speedway switching to two NASCAR weekends this year, SMI’s Q1 earnings showed an expectedly sharp drop in admission revenue.

The track operator has been beset by poor forecasts and rain at almost all of its NASCAR events so far this year, leading to smaller crowds that have hamstrung efforts to reverse years’ worth of attendance declines. SMI’s Q1 events at Atlanta and Las Vegas both had poor forecasts/weather at different parts of the weekend.

The weather and lower attendance at LVMS’ spring race led to Q1 admission revenue of $10.9M, down 26% from $14.8M last year.

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04/26/18
irl

Details of upcoming Indy Speedway test
New IndyCar w/Speedway aero kit
New IndyCar w/Speedway aero kit
Verizon IndyCar Series teams and drivers will continue their preparation for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil through INDYCAR open and Indianapolis 500 rookie/refresher testing and manufacturer private testing Monday, April 30, Tuesday, May 1 and Wednesday, May 2 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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04/26/18
tv news

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern and live unless noted

Friday, April 27LocationTV TimesNet
F1 -practice 1Azerbaijan 4:55am-6:30amESPN3
F1 -practice 2Azerbaijan 8:55am-10:30amESPN3
NASCAR Cup - practiceTalladega12:35pm-1:35pmFS1
NASCAR Xfinity - practiceTalladega1:35pm-2:25pmFS1
NHRA - qualifyingCharlotte8:00pm-9:00pm (SDD)FS1
Saturday, April 28LocationTV TimesNet
F1 -practice 3Azerbaijan 5:55am-7:30amESPN2
Formula E - qualifyingParis8:00am-9:30amFS2
F1 -qualifyingAzerbaijan 8:55am-10:30amESPN2
Formula E - raceParis9:30am-11:00amFS1
NASCAR Xfinity - qualifyingTalladega11:00am-12:30pmFS1
NASCAR Cup - qualifyingTalladega1:05pm-2:30pmFS1
NASCAR Xfinity - raceTalladega2:30pm-3:00pm - pre-race
3:00pm-5:30pm - race
Fox
NHRA - qualifyingCharlotte2:30pm-4:00pmFS1
Sunday, April 29LocationTV TimesNet
F1 - raceAzerbaijan 7:30am-8:00am - pre-race
8:05am - 10:30am - race
ESPN2
NASCAR Cup - raceTalladega1:30pm-2:00pm - pre-race
2:00pm-6:30pm - race
Fox
NHRA - finalsCharlotte6:00pm-9:00pm (SDD)FS1
F1 -raceAzerbaijan7:30pm-10:00pm (R)ESPNews
F1 -raceAzerbaijan10:00pm-12:30am (R)ESPN2

Legend: D = delayed; SDD = same-day delay



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04/26/18
f1

FIA Renews Partnership With EDF
PARIS – The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile has announced the renewal of its partnership with EDF as an official technical supplier.

The two-year extension runs through 2020, pushing the total length of the partnership between the two sides to seven years by the end of the next deal.

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04/26/18
nasmon

NASCAR Using Suarez' Success To Make Push For More Latino Fans
Daniel Suarez
Daniel Suarez
NASCAR is making a "real push for Latino fans," as the rise of Mexico's Daniel Suarez "presents the sport ... with a chance to get its foot in the puerta of America's fastest-growing demographic," according to Roy Bragg of the SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS.

NASCAR Multicultural Marketing Dir Edwin Gotay said, "Car culture, along with soccer, has always been a big part of Hispanic culture. NASCAR has not been. We don’t get covered by Univision. The reality is we’re responsible for getting them interested."

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04/26/18
nasmon

Coca-Cola Unveiled as Primary Sponsor for Austin Dillon in Coca-Cola 600
Look for Dillon to sit on the pole for the 600
Look for Dillon to sit on the pole for the 600
Coca-Cola, one of the world's iconic brands, will be featured as primary sponsor on the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Charlotte Motor Speedway during the 2018 Coca-Cola 600. Coca-Cola's longtime partnership with Richard Childress Racing (RCR) will continue its deep-rooted history over Memorial Day Weekend with defending race winner Austin Dillon carrying the Coca-Cola colors. Dillon recorded his first-career Cup Series victory last May at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Coca-Cola 600, one of NASCAR's crown jewel races.

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04/26/18
il

Seven Corners to support Colton Herta
Carmel-based travel insurance company, Seven Corners, has joined forces with Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing to support Colton Herta for his second season of Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires competition.

"Seven Corners is thrilled to partner with Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing,"
said David Fischer, chief revenue officer of Seven Corners. "We look forward to the upcoming racing season and are proud to support this talented driver and team." 

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04/26/18
automotive

Penske Corporation and Hitachi Begin Collaborative Creation to Improve Vehicle Performance Using IoT
Hitachi sponsors Newgarden's Penske Chevy in some IndyCar events
Hitachi sponsors Newgarden's Penske Chevy in some IndyCar events
Hitachi, Ltd. today announced it has started a collaborative creation process with Penske Corporation for Penske's next-generation data solution. The goal of the collaboration is to improve vehicle performance while leveraging Hitachi's digital and IoT technologies.

With the continuing trend toward digitalization impacting every industry, IoT and digital technologies are being increasingly adopted in the automotive field aimed at improved safety, labor optimization, fuel efficiency, and vehicle operations. Penske and Hitachi have a long history of innovation. This joint effort marks the next wave of their collaboration and shows Penske's commitment to embracing digitalization to continually improve vehicle performance for its customers.

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04/26/18
f1

McLaren starting to clean failed Engineering house
British engineer Tim Goss gets the axe
British engineer Tim Goss gets the axe

Tim Goss has been removed from his position as chief technical officer of McLaren, BBC Sport is reporting. Goss, a British motor racing engineer, may not be the last to go.

The move follows the team's poor pace in the first three races of the season following a switch to Renault engines.

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04/26/18
motogp

MotoGP Riders call for COTA resurfacing
The Texas soil under COTA is subsiding/settling and the track is getting too bumpy
The Texas soil under COTA is subsiding/settling and the track is getting too bumpy
MotoGP riders have called for the Circuit of the Americas to be completely resurfaced for next year, after attempts to smoothen the track's bumps failed.

The 3.3-mile Austin circuit was treated with diamond-grinding trucks prior to last weekend's race, after widespread complaints from the grid during last year's event regarding the bumps.

However, the process failed to reduce the severity of the circuit's many bumps, with some even saying the situation has deteriorated further from 2017.

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04/26/18
nasmon

Bowman answers questions at Michigan Tire test
Bowman streaks by S/F line
Bowman streaks by S/F line
The cars returned to Michigan International Speedway when five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers and teams took to the track for a Goodyear tire test. 

The drivers all had the same goal in mind and that was helping Goodyear create the best tire for the racing on the two-mile oval.

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04/26/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • The more F1 races Carey and Bratches sign the more money they make
    The more F1 races Carey (above) and Bratches sign the more money they make
    F1 eyes new races in Vietnam, China - Bratches
  • Vettel learned from 2017 Baku incident
  • Sauber racing Williams now - Ericsson
  • China a turning point for Verstappen - Haug
  • Sainz can still improve in 2018 - Gene
  • Alonso right to do Le Mans in 2018 - Todt
  • Pirelli becomes title sponsor of Formula 1 2018 GP de France
  • U.S. Grand Prix signs up Bruno Mars and Britney Spears

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04/26/18
irl

Another IndyCar windscreen test and what's next
Scott Dixon testing windscreen
Scott Dixon testing windscreen

The IndyCar series will test the windscreen cockpit protection system for the second time on Monday, April 30 after the planned test session on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval.

Penske's Josef Newgarden will be behind the wheel this time. 

Scott Dixon had completed windscreen testing on Phoenix's oval and reported no issues beyond the change in airflow preventing cooling in the cockpit and minor distortion explained as a consequence of the early prototype.

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04/26/18
irl

James Hinchcliffe Becoming IndyCar Series' "Greatest Ambassador"
James Hinchcliffe
James Hinchcliffe

IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe is one of the "most charismatic, effortlessly charming athletes" in sports, and he has become the "greatest ambassador" for the Verizon IndyCar Series in recent years, according to Jim Ayello of the INDIANAPOLIS STAR.

Hinchcliffe is "arguably the most recognizable face in the series" after his recent appearance on "Dancing With The Stars," and he "uses that platform to pump IndyCar."

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04/26/18
nasmon

Near, Far, Wherever They Are, Talladega Fans Don't Let Distance Hold Them Back!
Talladega
Talladega

No distance is too far for Talladega Superspeedway fans as thousands will make the trek to NASCAR’s biggest track this week, turning the facility into one of the largest cities in sweet home Alabama. The weekend features three full days of heart-pounding racing featuring the GEICO 500 on Sunday, Saturday’s Sparks Energy 300 and the General Tire 200 to kick things off on Friday.

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04/25/18
irl

HPD Honda Grand Prix of Alabama Highlights
Honda HPD highlights from the 2018 Honda Grand Prix of Alabama held at Barber Motorsports Park

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04/25/18
irl

IndyCar drivers to participate in Charity Race
Alexander Rossi
Alexander Rossi
WHAT: 
Celebs in the Sulky is the first-ever IndyCar Driver celebrity race for charity. Just off the race circuit and taking the reins in the sulky, world-famous Verizon IndyCar Series drivers Alexander Rossi, James Hinchcliffe, Robert Wickens, and Zach Veach will pair with Hoosier Park's leading harness drivers Trace Tetrick, John DeLong, Sam Widger, and Ricky Macomber. 

The race will start at 6 p.m., followed by a check presentation and a celebrity meet and greet in the lower level of the Terrace Showroom. All ages are welcome to attend the event.

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04/25/18
automotive

Audi recalling 1.16 million vehicles worldwide
Volkswagen Group's luxury unit Audi said on Tuesday that it was recalling 1.16 million vehicles worldwide because of concerns that an electric coolant pump could overheat or short-circuit from moisture within the pump and pose a fire risk.

Audi told U.S. regulators the recall covers some 2013-2017 Audi A5 Cabriolet, A5 coupe and Audi Q5 vehicles, 2012-2015 Audi A6 vehicles and 2013-2016 Audi A4 Sedan and A4 Allroad vehicles with 2.0-liter Turbo FSI engines.

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04/25/18
r2i

Royal Purple Synthetic Oil Pumps Up the Purple
Urritia
Urritia at St. Pete
Royal Purple Synthetic Oil – the Official Oil of the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires – will once again headline all six rounds of competition at the hallowed Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 11 and 12 as competitors on all three levels of the acclaimed driver development ladder system gather in support of the INDYCAR Grand Prix.

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04/25/18
f1

Why does Vettel's Ferrari have an extra paddle on the steering wheel?
Ferrari likes to keep its steering wheel details secret - but Sebastian Vettel accidentally revealed a key detail recently.

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04/25/18
automotive

2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 review
A good review video with a few minor errors.



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04/25/18
automotive

Watch the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 hit 212 mph at proving ground test track
Watch the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 hit 212 mph at proving ground test track in Germany - the average of two runs of 210 and 214 mph

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04/25/18
pwc

99 Entries Set for PWC Grand Prix of VIRgin
Mercedes
Mercedes
ALTON, Va. (April 25, 2018)
– The fast and challenging 3.27-mile, 17-turn VIRginia International Raceway poses as a daunting figure to nearly 100 entries this weekend (April 27-29) when all eight Pirelli World Challenge classes  -- GT/GTA/GT Cup SprintX, GTS/GTSA SprintX, TCR, TC and TCA – compete in Rounds 3 and 4 doubleheader action in the PWC Grand Prix of VIRginia presented by Audi Sport.

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04/25/18
automotive

Ford says no to GM transmission
GM 9-speed transmission
GM 9-speed transmission

After General Motors and Ford committed to co-developing new 9- and 10-speed automatic transmissions, Ford has passed on the former.

Per the agreement, Ford took on work for the 10-speed automatic, used for rear-wheel-drive vehicles, and GM undertook the 9-speed automatic for front-wheel-drive applications. Ford's reason for rejecting GM's transmission? The efficiency gains didn't outweigh the extra weight and cost, Ford spokesman Mike Levine said in a statement to Automotive News on Monday. Strangely enough, Ford apparently decided against using the 9-speed transmission before GM introduced the unit.

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04/25/18
nasmon

Video: Ford Mustang Comes to NASCAR Cup Series in 2019
The Ford Mustang, the car "born to race" since its debut in 1964, will make its first appearance in stock car racing's top series - the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series - starting in February 2019.

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04/25/18
irl

FAST FORWARD: 2018 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
Key moments in the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama

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04/25/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Claire Williams - we are incapable of winning
    Claire Williams - we are incapable of winning
    Williams cannot win again without F1 changes - boss
  • Street race in Hanoi could lead Formula One's Asia expansion
  • FIA opens door to allow F1 teams to mount mirrors on halo device
  • Leclerc says he's a Fan of street circuits
  • Verstappen: Difference between the engines is still too large
  • Horner: If I were Mercedes I'd want this engine formula until 2050!
  • Verstappen: Fans don't care about tire compounds

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