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04/28/16
wscc

Corvette, Porsche Battle Set to Resume at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Corvette ready to do battle in Monterey
Corvette ready to do battle in Monterey
One of the most talked-about moments from the last IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race, the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach, was the incident that took the No. 4 Corvette Racing C7.R of Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin out of the GT Le Mans lead with only two minutes left.

Milner and Gavin were going for their third straight win -- a sweep of the season so far -- when the No. 912 Porsche North America 911 RSR driven by Frederic Makowiecki hit the Corvette driven by Milner in the passenger-side rear, taking out both cars, and deeding the win to the third-place No. 911 team Porsche driven by Patrick Pilet and Nick Tandy.

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04/28/16
automotive

Mitsubishi says they did not 'cheat' in the USA
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation in Tokyo recently announced irregularities concerning fuel consumption testing data.

To confirm that U.S. market vehicles are not affected by this issue, Mitsubishi Motors R&D America, Inc., working together with Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, proactively conducted an internal audit of U.S. market vehicles going back several model years to check previously submitted data to the EPA. After a thorough review of all 2013MY – 2017MY vehicles sold in the United States, we have determined that none of these vehicles are affected. Our findings confirm that fuel economy testing data for these U.S. market vehicles is accurate and complies with established EPA procedures.

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04/28/16
irl

Alfe Heat Treating Set To Unveil No. 35 "Tribute to A.J. Foyt" IndyCar

You’ve seen the pictures but on Tuesday, May 10th, Alfe Heat Treating will host a private unveiling of its No. 35 "Tribute to A.J. Foyt"   IndyCar for the media at the Foyt Wine Vault in Speedway, Ind. 

Honoree A.J. Foyt and his No. 35 driver Alex Tagliani, the 2011 Indianapolis 500 pole winner, will be joined by Kurt Westman, founder and CEO of Alfe Heat Treating, Larry Foyt, president of A.J. Foyt Enterprises, Inc. plus Takuma Sato and Jack Hawksworth, drivers of the ABC Supply Hondas, of which Alfe Heat Treating is an associate sponsor.

Race fans can enter a contest on Facebook to win a Ticket for Two to the "35 Unveiling" on May 10th plus two tickets to the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indy on May 14th so they can see the No. 35 Alfe Heat Treating Honda in action in the fifth event of the Verizon IndyCar Series.

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04/28/16
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nasx

Two-Round Qualifying Format for The GEICO 500 & Sparks Energy 300
Jeff Gordon, who retired at the end of last season, was all smiles after winning the 2015 GEICO 500 Pole Award. There will be a new pole winner to lead the field to the green flag for this year’s GEICO 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.
Jeff Gordon, who retired at the end of last season, was all smiles after winning the 2015 GEICO 500 Pole Award. There will be a new pole winner to lead the field to the green flag for this year’s GEICO 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.

NASCAR’s “Two-Round” qualifying procedure will be in effect this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway when both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) and the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) return to the biggest and baddest track on the planet this Saturday, April 30.

Qualifying for both the Sparks Energy 300 and GEICO 500 will consist of two rounds that will feature every driver taking one timed lap around the 2.66-mile tri-oval during the first round. The drivers with the 12 fastest lap speeds will advance to the second round. The top-12 starting positions for both races will be determined by the fastest lap speed in the second round, while positions 13 and beyond will be established off the first-round speeds.

NASCAR officials will send cars onto the track at predetermined intervals, resulting in a constant flow of drivers making qualifying runs. The action on the track will never stop, except for the 10-minute break between rounds. There will be a new pole winner for this year’s GEICO 500 as Jeff Gordon, who retired at the end of last season, led the field to the green flag a year ago. Austin Dillon, grandson of 12-time Talladega winning car owner Richard Childress, captured the top spot for last year’s Sparks Energy 300.

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04/28/16
motogp

Aspar team present their new Ducati
 
Ducati Desmosedici GP 14.2

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04/28/16
nhra
irl

Art Chrisman fighting cancer
Art Chrisman in Nov. 2015
Art Chrisman in Nov. 2015
It looks like the end of the trail for a revered member of the drag racing fraternity. Art was an early pioneer and  very successful drag racer and Bonneville participant. Some will remember him from his years as an Autolite tech at those events and the Indy 500. He is a great guy and very highly respected in the racing community.

This Facebook message is from Art Chrisman’s granddaughter, Kelley:

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04/28/16
nastruck

Keselowski Racing Announces Third Truck Driver
Austin Cindric
Austin Cindric
Brad Keselowski Racing announced today its driver lineup today for the upcoming NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races at Dover (Del.) International Speedway and Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

Austin Cindric will drive the team's No. 2 Ford F-150 in the Dover 200 on May 13 at Dover, while Austin Theriault will return to the driver's seat for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 on May 20 at Charlotte. Cindric and Theriault will join BKR's full-time NCWTS contenders Daniel Hemric (No. 19) and Tyler Reddick (No. 29).

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04/28/16
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Fans Representing 17 Countries, 49 States Set to Attend Talladega's Tripleheader Race Weekend
Race fans from across the globe are coming to NASCAR’s biggest and baddest track for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500, NASCAR XFINITY Series Sparks Energy 300 and ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards General Tire 200 this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.

Fans that have bought tickets for the tripleheader at the 2.66-mile venue will come from 17 countries across five continents (North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia), including 49 states and the District of Columbia.

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04/28/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday (2nd Update)
UPDATE #2 More updates shown in 'blue' below.

04/28/16 Updates shown in red below.

04/28/16
  • Will Hamilton mount a comeback?
    Will Hamilton mount a comeback?
    Pundit predicts Hamilton 'will come back'
  • Drivers to work harder with 2017 cars - Surer
  • No need for meldonium in F1 - Kvyat
  • Sochi tweaks track after Sainz crash
  • Report reveals Marchionne's incredible income
  • Massa wants 'windbags' to stay united
  • Sahara Force India welcomes Felio Siby as lifestyle partner
  • Pirelli to take Ultra Soft tire to Austria New
  • Celis Jr. to replace Hulkenberg in practice New
  • Hulkenberg prefers Red Bull 'aeroscreen' New
  • Nasr to get new chassis in Russia New
  • Grosjean not worried about Pirelli test advantage New

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04/28/16
f1

Video: Scuderia Toro Rosso Pick'n'Mix Games: 4 Turn Sprint
Have you ever sprinted across your office? Here at Toro Rosso, we made a race out of it! Watch Carlos and Max run a lap of the second floor of our factory as quick as they can… Who do you think was fastest?!

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04/28/16
F1

Video: Burning Rubber - Behind The Scenes With Pirelli Tires
Speaking from Pirelli’s Research & Development Facility in Milan, Mobil 1 The Grid caught up with the Italian manufacturer’s Head of Indoor Testing, Diego Sabato, to understand how concepts are taken from design, all the way to the racetrack.

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04/28/16
f1

Video: Red Bull's Jordan run
Red Bull's Pierre Gasly demonstrates a Formula 1 car alongside the Dead Sea in Jordan

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04/28/16
f1

Video: Nico and Sergio hit a century: a celebration
The Russian Grand Prix will be the 100th time Force India drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez enter a Formula One race weekend. We look back at a century of races with both of our drivers.

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04/28/16
F1

Video: Vettel previews Russian Grand Prix
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel provides a guide of the Sochi Autodrom and its challenges, ahead of this weekend's Russian Grand Prix, the fourth round of the 2016 Formula 1 season.

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04/28/16
nassprint

Ty Dillon will also qualify for Stewart at Talladega
Ty Dillon
Ty Dillon
Ty Dillon said Wednesday that he plans to qualify Stewart-Haas Racing's #14 Chevrolet as part of his relief efforts for owner/driver Tony Stewart this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.

Dillon told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that he's discussed a preliminary game plan with #14 crew chief Mike Bugarewicz to split time in the cockpit with Stewart, who made his season debut last Sunday at Richmond after missing the first eight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races of 2016 with a broken back.

"Sounds like Tony's got to get in and make some practice laps to make it official and then I'll get in and run some practice and not sure if we're going to draft or what," Dillon told SiriusXM.

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04/28/16
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NASCAR tire test this week at IMS (Update)
UPDATE Four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers concluded a two-day Goodyear tire test Wednesday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. For three-time series champion Tony Stewart, it wrapped up what he said would be the final tire test of his career. Stewart joined last weekend's winner Carl Edwards, Aric Almirola and rookie Chase Elliott among drivers involved at the Brickyard, helping Goodyear officials determine the proper tire compound for the Sprint Cup Series' annual visit on July 24. Stewart was fresh from his season debut at Richmond International Raceway.

"I'm actually having fun up here," said Stewart, an Indiana native. "This is my last tire test as a driver, so I've been having fun working with the Goodyear guys and it's been kind of fun because three of the main guys here when I started here are at this test, which they don't always get to come to the same test together. It's kind of nice to be working with them one last time."

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04/28/16
nassprint

NASCAR Attendance Woes Continue
Until USA motorsport gets together and puts a proposal together to the NCAA to make go-kart racing a sanctioned sport in all high schools and colleges (so millennials get exposed to racing and learn just how hard it is to be good), motorsports attendance and TV ratings will continue to drop in the USA and some day the sport will no longer exist

Whether you watch the races in person or from the comfort of your own home, one thing remains consistent from track to track, the lack of spectators in attendance. It’s no secret that NASCAR has been struggling with attendance in recent years. Most tracks have resorted to reducing their seating capacities. Daytona, Charlotte, Atlanta, Richmond, California, Talladega, Chicagoland, Michigan, Homestead and Darlington have all reduced their seating capacities significantly.

One of the biggest eye-openers this season was the recent race at Bristol. The track holds nearly 160,000 spectators and to say it was even half full is being generous. In Bristol’s prime, those in attendance would sacrifice their firstborn just to watch a race from the last great Colosseum. Fast forward to today, Bruton Smith might have to start sacrificing a goat in hopes of filling the stands back to its glory days.

Then, there’s Richmond, who took out their entire backstretch seating of approximately 9,000 seats leading up to the race last Sunday. Overall they’ve reduced capacity from over 100,000 seats to just over 60,000. Following the reductions at Richmond, sections of the stands still lacked spectators during Sunday’s race.

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04/28/16
f1

Video: 2015 Russian GP Nico Rosberg Pole Position Lap


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04/28/16
nhra

Advance Auto Parts Supports John Force
John Force
John Force
Sixteen-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force will be racing an Advance Auto Parts-branded Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car this weekend during the NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway.

The 10,000 horsepower Funny Car will continue to fly the standout blue PEAK Antifreeze branding, but Force will be looking for his unprecedented 144th career Funny Car win with some new partners. The race at Royal Purple Raceway will be the first of eight races during the season Force will be in the red and blue Funny Car.

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04/28/16
nhra

Racing RVs Joins NHRA Family Of Sponsors
Racing RVs, an Ohio company that specializes in new and used Semi style motorhomes, has signed a multiyear agreement to become the presenting sponsor of the NHRA Top Dragster and Top Sportsman national championships.

Drivers in the Top Sportsman and Top Dragster classes will be awarded points at various NHRA divisional events, the JEGS NHRA SPORTSnationals, and at selected NHRA national events toward the annual year-end Top Dragster national championship and the annual year-end Top Sportsman national championship.

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04/27/16
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Divers Council To Donate Stewart's Fine To Autism Delaware
Sprint Cup Drivers Council To Donate Stewart's Fine To Autism Delaware: The Sprint Cup Drivers Council will donate the $35,000 it raised last week to pay Tony Stewart's fine to Autism Delaware. Artie Kempner, coordinating director, NASCAR on FOX, and his wife, Marcy, founded Autism Delaware in 1998. It has raised more than $5 million and served more than 1,000 children and adults living with autism.

"I appreciated the Drivers Council support, but I didn't want them to pay the fine. We decided as a group to donate the money to charity," Stewart said.

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04/27/16
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NASCAR Talladega Preview
NASCAR rolls into Talladega Superspeedway this weekend, its biggest and most unpredictable track.  FOX Sports is live with 21 hours of action from the 2.66-mile superspeedway, including FOX's live coverage of the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race on Saturday, April 30 (3:00 PM ET) and the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES on Sunday, May 1 (1:00 PM ET). 

On Sunday, Mike Joy leads the FOX NASCAR booth with analysis from NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip, four-time champ Jeff Gordon and former crew chief Larry McReynolds.  Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Vince Welch and Matt Yocum cover pit road.  Chris Myers hosts FOX NASCAR SUNDAY's pre-race coverage (12:30 PM ET), alongside analysts Michael Waltrip, Gordon and Darrell Waltrip. This weekend at Talladega, NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES qualifying is live on FOX on Saturday at 12:30 PM ET, immediately preceding live NASCAR XFINITY SERIES coverage.

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04/27/16
CART
irl

Record 117 entries for Indy 500
The 1984 Indy 500 run in the CART era had a record 117 entries, that was before Tony George took his hammer to the sport. Now every year the IndyCar Series struggles to get 33 cars and they are lucky if there is any bumping on Bump Day. CART was so terrible that Tony George and his minions had to destroy it.

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04/27/16
nassprint

Stenhouse's Crew Chief Suspended
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Nick Sandler, crew chief of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. at Roush Fenway Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, has been suspended one race by NASCAR and will miss Sunday’s event at Talladega Superspeedway.

The suspension, which is in addition to a $20,000 fine and probation until Dec. 31, is the result of an infraction discovered last weekend at Richmond (Va.) Int’l Raceway. According to NASCAR, he violated Section 20.13.I-1.d of the NASCAR Rule Book.

That section of the NASCAR Rule Book covers the steering wheel coupler, which attaches the wheel to the steering column. The issue was detected during opening day inspection on Friday at Richmond.

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04/27/16
nassprint

Kyle Busch Looks to Build on Strong Resume at Talladega
Busch plays to the 2015 Talladega crowd
Busch plays to the 2015 Talladega crowd
Kyle Busch, like many seasoned NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers, has about seen it all at Talladega Superspeedway. Busch, who will be a favorite in Sunday’s GEICO 500, has always been a strong performer at NASCAR’s Most Competitive venue, but not without a few mishaps along the way.

He’s found himself caught up in “The Big One” at Talladega on a few occasions. In 2007, Busch made highlight reels around the racing world, sliding on his roof down the backstretch during a NASCAR XFINITY Series race. Seconds before, he was running second. That’s just how quickly things can change at Talladega.

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04/27/16
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Toyota Talladega Preview
TOYOTA OWNER’S TRIUMPH: Camry driver Carl Edwards won the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway on Sunday to claim his second-consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) victory and the fourth-straight win for Toyota and Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR). Edwards led a race-high 151 laps (of 400) to become the first Camry driver to win the Toyota Owners 400 since Toyota began sponsoring the race four years ago. With the victory, Toyota and JGR have won five of nine NSCS events to start the 2016 season.

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04/27/16
nassprint

Watch a NASCAR Cup car on the streets of London
It's not every day Londoners see a NASCAR stock racer driving through city streets. But that's exactly what they recently witnessed.

Orchestrated by the same people behind the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival, a publicity stunt brought a Sprint Cup-spec Chevy SS through the British capital, just to see how people would react.

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04/27/16
f1

Sirotkin admits targeting Renault race debut
Sergey Sirotkin
Sergey Sirotkin

(GMM) Sergey Sirotkin on Wednesday admitted he is targeting a full race seat at Renault for 2017.

24 hours ago, the French works team announced that the 20-year-old Russian, backed by the Vladimir Putin-supported SMP Racing, will drive in Kevin Magnussen's place at Sochi on Friday morning.

"In fact, the program is quite extensive," Sirotkin, who had his seat fitted in Magnussen's car in the Renault team garage on Wednesday, told Russia's Championat.

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04/27/16
f1

Ecclestone wants to be 'dictator' again
Bernie Ecclestone the dictator
Bernie Ecclestone the dictator
(GMM) Bernie Ecclestone on Wednesday said he would like to become F1's "dictator" once again.

Speculation in recent days has suggested the sport's major carmakers including Ferrari may be moving against the F1 supremo, in a bid to see his long reign ended.

Ecclestone, 85, confirmed to the Russian sports newspaper Sovetsky Sport that he is not happy with the status quo.

"I have often complained and now I complain again -- our structure is wrong," said the Briton.

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04/27/16
dtm

Audi DTM drivers put through their paces
Audi gets their drivers in shape
Audi makes sure their drivers are in shape

On May 7 and 8, the DTM will start its new season at Hockenheim. Audi Sport has once more optimized the current Audi RS 5 DTM in many details for its last racing season. The Audi drivers are fit for the fierce competition with BMW and Mercedes-Benz, too – as their most recent fitness checkups at Technical University Munich revealed.

Audi relies on "Vorsprung durch Technik" not only with its race cars. The brand with the four rings is one of the first automobile manufacturers to have recognized early how important fitness and health of the drivers is in achieving success. Even as far back as in the days of the legendary original quattro in the World Rally Championship a team physician would accompany all the factory-backed commitments of the brand from Ingolstadt. The joint winter camp involving all the drivers that Audi Sport organizes every year before the start of the season dates back to the nineteen-nineties.

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04/27/16
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Stewart can still make the Chase with relief driver
Tony Stewart
Tony Stewart
Tony Stewart doesn't plan on finishing the race Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, but NASCAR rules could make him a big winner. Stewart, who missed the first eight races with a broken back and returned to racing last weekend at Richmond, plans to get out of his car at the first caution Sunday because of the increased potential to be involved in a crash in this race. Ty Dillon will be his relief driver and, with the unpredictable nature of restrictor-plate racing, a win isn't out of the question.

NASCAR rules have always credited the initial driver with the result of the relief driver. Most notably in recent years, Aric Almirola was credited with the victory in the Xfinity Series when he started the race but handed off to a late-arriving Denny Hamlin in 2007 at Milwaukee.  

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04/27/16
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JACOB Companies joins Richard Petty Motorsports as associate sponsor
Brian Scott
Brian Scott
Returning for a second year in 2016, JACOB Companies has partnered with Richard Petty Motorsports and the #44 team as an associate partner. JACOB Companies joined Richard Petty Motorsports in 2015 and is continuing the partnership through the 2016 season with Brian Scott and the #44 team.

JACOB Companies is a nationwide full service General Contractor offering design, development, construction, technology and management services to a diverse portfolio of clients in various industries. JACOB Companies specializes in High Rise Structures, Universities, Hotels, Automotive Dealerships, Athletic Facilities both Professional and Collegiate, and Parking Structures. Richard Petty Motorsports

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04/27/16
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Lixar Becomes a Preferred Technology Partner of NASCAR
NASCAR and Lixar, a technology company driven by mobile and data science innovation, announced a multi-year deal, designating the company as a preferred technology partner of NASCAR. Lixar specializes in mobile solutions for enterprise airline, automotive and travel clients and will work with NASCAR to enhance the guest experience at national series events, specifically related to garage access. NASCAR's Garage Access Program is a three-year initiative to enhance guests' experience while visiting the garage.

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04/27/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Arrivabene chuckles at reports
    Arrivabene chuckles at reports
    Arrivabene plays down engine upgrade reports
  • Sirotkin deal could go beyond 2016 - manager
  • Rosberg finally ready to be champion - Hakkinen
  • Manor founder John Booth joins Toro Rosso
  • Still no agreement after key F1 meetings
  • New chassis not ready for struggling Nasr - Sauber
  • Formula One Mexican TV Audience Increases 500%
  • Red Bull Racing and Pepe Jeans renew partnership

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04/27/16
irl

Brabham completes first KV test in preparation for Indy 500
Driving one of Sebastien Bourdais’ chassis, Matt Brabham is at Sebring International Raceway Tuesday to test with PIRTEK Team Murray, which has a technical alliance with KVSH Racing, Bourdais’ full-time team.

Brabham made a seat fit on Monday, and has previously tested with Andretti Autosport, both at Sonoma and Iowa last year.

This is all in preparation for his IndyCar debut – at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, arguably the toughest place on earth to start the next chapter of your racing career – in next month’s 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. His first start will come in a couple weeks at the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

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04/27/16
automotive

Driverless cars will have challenges in cities
When it comes to adopting self-driving cars and trucks, the easiest part may well be building them. The far more difficult task will be maintaining our urban transportation infrastructures for autonomous vehicles to be functional, safe and practical.

Consider that last year, a modified Audi completed a 3,400-mile cross-country trip, driving itself 99% of the time. The 1% of roadway the car couldn’t navigate on its own: construction zones and other complicated traffic situations--hallmarks of urban traffic.

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