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04/29/18
nasmon

Video: NASCAR Talladega Monster Cup post-race Q&A
Third Place Finisher, Chase Elliott (No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet) and Second Place Finisher, Kurt Busch (No. 41 Monster Energy/Stewart Haas Automation); Race Winning Team Owner, Roger Penske and Crew Chief, Todd Gordon (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil/Autotrader Ford)

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04/29/18
f1

Is there anyone Crashstappen hasn't tangled with?
Ricciardo drills Verstappen after Crashstappen cut him off
Ricciardo drills Verstappen after Crashstappen cut him off
Red Bull drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen are "in the doghouse" following their collision during Sunday's Azerbaijan Grand Prix, according to team boss Christian Horner.

Ricciardo slammed into the back of team-mate Verstappen at the first corner of Lap 41 of the 51-lap race at the Baku International Circuit, despite the pair being warned "to calm down" during the race.

"They both recognize that they screwed up today and will be apologizing to the team and to all members of the team," Horner told Sky Sports.

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04/29/18
irl
f1

Ferrari F1 2018 vs IndyCar 2018 - Oval Track
A computer sim we found pretty cool both cars go from a standing start at Daytona -  the Ferrari gets the jump but after a lap and a half the 'spec' Indy car catches up and goes by and buries the expensive Ferrari

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04/29/18
f1

If Max Crashstappen hasn't crashed yet, he will soon (Update)
UPDATE Max Crashstappen makes two moves under braking (only one allowed - see video below) and causes yet another crash, this time taking out his teammate too. He is a complete bonehead and should be suspended for two races.

Max Crashstappen
Max Crashstappen
04/28/18

If you’re interested, hop on over to Crashstappen.com. They’ll keep you updated on all of Max Verstappen's crashes and they have a running clock showing the time since his last crash.

This season, Max Verstappen has been involved in some kind of shenanigans at every single race. In Australia, he spun on his own and lost four places on lap 9.

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04/29/18
f2

Russell streaks to victory in action-packed Baku sprint
Russel takes flag
Russel takes flag
George Russell took his first FIA Formula 2 Championship victory in a dramatic Sprint Race encounter at Baku, Azerbaijan, the ART Grand Prix driver stealing past Carlin’s Sergio Sette Camara to win from 12th on the grid as Nyck de Vries of PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing finished third.

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04/29/18
f1

Mercedes F1 front suspension analysis
Mercedes front suspension
Mercedes front suspension operates in a vertical plane inside the carbon fiber tub
The Mercedes F1 car features a fully hydraulic front end, with the heave or third suspension element the key to understanding how it works.

The heave element is now placed inline with the rocker assembly and helps to control the vertical displacement of the suspension. The dampers sit vertical inside the chassis out of sight. It all sits in front of the drivers feet, which is possible because an F1 car has a much longer wheelbase than an IndyCar.

Although dated, this article explains how a typical F1 front suspension operates in that vertical plane inside the chassis - out of sight of spy cameras.

All of the teams use a third/heave element but only a few have hydraulic units on the complexity level of Mercedes arrangement, likely due to budgetary constraints.

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04/29/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Sunday
  • Paddy Lowe failed in designing the latest Williams. Maybe he can ride on Aldo Costa's coattails if Williams becomes a 'B' team
    Paddy Lowe failed in designing the latest Williams. Maybe he can ride on Aldo Costa's coattails again if Williams becomes a 'B' team
    Stroll not commenting on Mercedes 'B team' rumor
  • Alonso may leave McLaren - Briatore
  • Renault to push for Sainz to stay in 2019
  • FIA says 2018 Ferrari car 'not illegal'
  • Wolff: Ferrari holds small power advantage over Mercedes
  • Sirotkin Says Williams Are "Moving Forward"

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04/29/18
nasmon

Former NASCAR driver James Hylton and his son killed in auto accident
James Hylton
James Hylton
James Hylton, the 1966 Cup rookie of the year, and his son were killed in an auto accident in Georgia, NASCAR confirmed Saturday afternoon.

Hylton was 83. His son James Harvey Hylton Jr. also was killed in the accident on I-85 in Franklin County, Georgia. No other details were available.

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04/29/18
tv news

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern and broadcasts live unless noted
Sunday, April 29LocationTV TimesNet
F2 - Race 2Azerbaijan5:00am-6:00amESPN3
F1 - raceAzerbaijan7:30am-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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04/28/18
f1

Talladega Post-Qualifying Press Conference
Second Place Qualifier, Kurt Busch (No. 41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford) / MENCS Busch Pole Winner, Kevin Harvick (No.4 Busch Beer Flannel Ford)

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04/28/18
f1

Tires for Baku Race
Below are the tires each F1 driver has available to them for the Azerbaijan GP Sunday.
Tires Remaining
Tires Remaining


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04/28/18
f1

Vettel over Hamilton in final Baku practice
Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel has made himself and Ferrari one of the favorites to win the pole for the Azerbaijan GP by easily topping the third and final practice Saturday morning. Vettel's time of 1m43.091s was 0.361sec faster than the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton.

Kimi Raikkonen was third quick in the 2nd Ferrari 0.402s behind his Ferrari teammate.

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04/28/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Saturday
  • Stoffel Vandoorne in the McLaren at Baku Friday
    Stoffel Vandoorne in the McLaren at Baku Friday
    Halo can feature mirrors in future
  • Hamilton 'not concentrated' in 2018 - Ecclestone
  • F1 should be more unpredictable - Briatore
  • Overtaking changes for 2019 unlikely - report
  • Vettel plays down talk about mystery lever
  • Alonso welcomes Button to Le Mans
  • Grosjean defends 'complainer' reputation
  • Engine key to Ricciardo's 2019 move - Horner
  • Bottas not worried about Mercedes rumors
  • Alonso plays down Goss departure
  • Sainz Jr. 'not obsessed' with beating Hulkenberg
  • Drivers not to blame for Williams crisis - Lowe
  • Mercedes' rivals "fooled" FIA and Liberty into 2019 fuel limit change
  • Mercedes teams allowed to run higher modes for longer

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04/28/18
f2

Albon wins Race 1 in Azerbaijan
Albon takes the checkered flag
Albon takes the checkered flag

Alexander Albon rose through a chaotic FIA Formula 2 Championship Feature Race at Baku, Azerbaijan to claim his first victory in the category. The DAMS driver converted his pole position into a win, keeping a cool head amid the mania to stand on the top step of the podium, 1.9s ahead of ART Grand Prix’s Jack Aitken and Antonio Fuoco of Charouz Racing System.

On a windy, overcast day on the Baku City Circuit, Albon was left with the front row to himself after Lando Norris stalled on the formation lap, the Brit joined by fellow staller Tadasuke Makino in starting from the pitlane.

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04/28/18
fe

Stanley signs on as official partner of the DS Virgin Racing
Stanley added to DS Virgin sponsor lineup
Stanley added to DS Virgin sponsor lineup

Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) and DS Virgin Racing today announced that Stanley Black & Decker’s STANLEY brand is now an Official Partner of DS Virgin Racing’s Formula E Team, beginning with this weekend’s FIA Formula E Championship race at the Circuit des Invalides in Paris, France. 

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04/28/18
automotive

Tesla Shareholders Will Vote on Replacing Elon Musk as Chairman of the Board
Does Musk have a conflict of interest?
Does Musk have a conflict of interest?

Earlier this year, Elon Musk agreed to stay on as Tesla’s CEO for another 10 years. But he may not remain as the chairman of its board. This week, the automaker announced some of the proposals to be voted upon at this year’s annual stockholder’s meeting. Among them was a bid to have Musk replaced by an independent director.

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04/28/18
tv news

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern and broadcasts live unless noted
Saturday, April 28LocationTV TimesNet
F2 - Race 1Azerbaijan5:00am-5:55amESPN3
F1 - practice 3Azerbaijan5:55am-7:30amESPN2
Formula E - qualifyingParis8:00am-9:30amFS2
F1 - qualifyingAzerbaijan8:55am-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
F2 - Race 2Azerbaijan5:00am-6:00amESPN3
F1 - raceAzerbaijan7:30am-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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04/28/18
nhra

B. Force, C. Force, Skillman, Reed Lead Opening Four-Wide Qualifying
Courtney Force (foreground) topped Friday's Funny Car qualifying at zMax Dragway
Fans in attendance at the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals witnessed two sisters take the preliminary top spots in their respective categories. Top Fuel pilot Brittany Force and Funny Car racer Courtney Force, are qualifying leaders after the first day of action at zMAX Dragway.

Drew Skillman (Pro Stock) and Cory Reed (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also provisional No. 1 qualifiers at the sixth of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

In the final Friday qualifying session, B. Force raced her Monster Energy dragster to a pass of 3.689-seconds at 318.39 mph to take the provisional top position. She has yet to have a No. 1 qualifying position this season but won the most recent event in Houston. Her elapsed time is a zMax Dragway track record.

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04/27/18
irl

Verizon IndyCars Hinchcliffe wins Charity Race
James Hinchcliffe – with John DeLong for International Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia Foundation
James Hinchcliffe – with John DeLong for International Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia Foundation

Earlier this evening, Verizon IndyCar's James Hinchcliffe and harness racing driver John DeLong won Hoosier ParkRacing & Casino's first-ever IndyCar celebrity horse race for charity. Hinchcliffe accepted a $1,500 check for his charity, International Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia Foundation. A $500 check was presented to the remaining drivers' charities.

The charity race, coined Celebs in the Sulky, began at 6 p.m. and was sponsored by FLAT 12 Bierwerks. Four IndyCar and harness driver duos competed wire to wire on Hoosier Park's 7/8-mile track.

The race results are as follows:

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04/27/18
nasmon

Ty Dillon, Jamie McMurray Lead Practice Sessions for 49th GEICO 500
y Dillon, driver of the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet, led the first practice for Sunday’s GEICO 500 with a fast lap of 202.959 mph at Talladega
Ty Dillon, driver of the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet, led the first practice for Sunday’s GEICO 500 with a fast lap of 202.959 mph at Talladega

TALLADEGA, AL – The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returned to Talladega Superspeedway on Friday, with a pair of practice sessions for Sunday’s 49th GEICO 500. Those sessions were led by Ty Dillon and two-time Talladega winner Jamie McMurray.

Dillon led the first session in the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet with a fast lap of 202.959 mph on the 2.66-mile tri-oval. McMurray, driving the No. 1 DC Solar Chevrolet, led the second session, at 203.975; Dillon was second-fastest in the second session.

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04/27/18
nasmon

Video: McMurray Talladega wreck, NASCAR slows cars
What's left of McMurray's Chevy
What's left of McMurray's Chevy

NASCAR is reducing the size of the restrictor plate openings for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series from seven-eighths of an inch down to 55/64 of an inch for the remainder of the race weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.

The change will be in effect for both Busch Pole Qualifying on Saturday and the GEICO 500 on Sunday at the 2.66-mile, high-banked tri-oval.

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04/27/18
automotive

World's fastest EV charger gives drivers 120 miles in 8 minutes
The Porsche Mission E will be the first EV that can take full advantage of 350-kW chargers
The Porsche Mission E will be the first EV that can take full advantage of 350-kW chargers. We believe ABB is making the 800V chargers that will be installed at all 189 USA Porsche dealerships and over 300 additional locations nationally

Swiss company ABB has launched its Terra High Power DC fast charger, which can put out an impressive 350 kilowatts, charging at nearly three times the rate of Tesla's Superchargers. It'll enable super-fast car charging – but only once cars are ready to handle it.

The fast charger could shift electrons in the battery so fast that an average electric car would be able to gain 120 miles (200 km) of range in just 8 minutes. In order for electric cars to be fully accepted as long-range touring vehicles, they'll need these kinds of crazy charge rates and more, considering that fossil fuel-powered cars can be filled up in a matter of a few minutes. Mind you, when you're not doing long distances, EVs can be charged slowly at home for a tiny fraction of what a tank of fuel would cost you.

Current charging infrastructure is far slower. A CHAdeMO can deliver up to 62.5 kW, the J1772 level 2 spec allows up to 19.2 kW charging, and the current Tesla Supercharger will pump power into a Model S at 120 kW. So the leap to 350 kW is a pretty huge jump.

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04/27/18
f1

Ricciardo nips Raikkonen in practice 2 (Update)
Can Ricciardo win again?
Can Ricciardo win again?

UPDATE Added quotes and photos below.

04/27/18 Last year's Baku winner, Daniel Ricciardo, was fastest during second practice for this weekend’s Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

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04/27/18
nasmon

NASCAR acquires ARCA (Update)
A woman won the pole for the ARCA race at Daytona in February
Decker, a woman, won the pole for the ARCA race at Daytona in February

UPDATE A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, This smells of desperation. ARCA is a failing series with few race fans and NASCAR is in a downward spiral. Two losers don't make a winner. There are too many stock car series and not enough fans and money (sponsors) to sustain them anymore. The only thing that makes sense with this acquisition is that NASCAR buys ARCA and shuts it, and the truck series, down in a couple of years. Joe Brown

04/27/18 In a move designed to strengthen a relationship that dates back more than 60 years, NASCAR announced today the acquisition of the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA).

Both NASCAR and ARCA, a Midwest-based sanctioning body for stock car auto racing, share a long history: ARCA founder John Marcum raced against Bill France Sr. and worked as a NASCAR official. More recently, the series has provided a valuable platform for talented drivers looking to make it to NASCAR's national series.

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04/27/18
nasmon

Talladega Monster Cup pre-race Q&A
Darrell Wallace Jr. (No. 43 Petty’s Garage / Medallion Bank Chevrolet), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (No. 17 Fifth Third Bank Ford),  NASCAR and ARCA Racing Announcement, Alex Bowman (No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet) 

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04/27/18
wec

Button to make Le Mans debut with SMP Racing
Jenson Button
Jenson Button
Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button will drive for the SMP Racing LMP1 team in the 2018/19 World Endurance Championship season, starting with this year's Le Mans 24 Hours.

Button, the 2009 world champion, will make his debut at Le Mans in one of SMP's two AER-powered, Dallara-built BR1s alongside Russian duo Vitaly Petrov and Mikhail Aleshin.

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04/27/18
f2

Albon grabs first F2 pole in Baku qualifying
Alexander Albon
Alexander Albon
Alexander Albon of DAMS took his maiden FIA Formula 2 Championship pole position at Baku, Azerbaijan, snatching the quickest lap on his final run of a 1:54.480 just before the session ended on a red flag to go ahead of Carlin’s Lando Norris and George Russell of ART Grand Prix.

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04/27/18
f1

Bottas tops opening practice in Baku
Bottas
Bottas

Valtteri Bottas put his Mercedes atthe head of the timesheets as a number of drivers had off-track moments on the dirty city circuit in the opening Formula 1 practice session of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix weekend.

Bottas recorded a fastest lap time of 1:44.242 to finish just 0.035 seconds clear of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, who impressed with his run to P2 on the harder Supersoft tire.

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04/27/18
f2

Sette Camara shoots to top of Baku free practice
Sergio Sette Camara speeds around Baku
Sergio Sette Camara speeds around Baku
Sergio Sette Camara topped an eventful FIA Formula 2 Championship free practice session at Baku, Azerbaijan, the Carlin driver setting a 1:57.136 to beat Campos Vexatec Racing’s Luca Ghiotto and MP Motorsport’s Ralph Boschung to the top of the timing boards.

The Trident pair of Santino Ferrucci and Arjun Maini cut through the breezy conditions first to lead the field out onto the track, beginning a series of exploratory laps as the drivers got to grips with the Baku City Circuit. Ferrucci set the opening pace, followed by Nyck de Vries (PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing) across the line.

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04/27/18
f1

Max Crashappen does it again
Max Crashappen surveys his damage
Max Crashappen surveys his damage
Max Crashappen has crashed again, bring out the yellow flags and virtual safety car around the Baku City Circuit. 

Verstappen lost the rear of his Red Bull at Turn 5 and hit the barrier. Verstappen is out of his car as the marshals got involved. The Dutchman helped them to rock the car back and forth to get it out of the barriers.

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04/27/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • Luca Badoer one of very few to visit Schumacher
    Former Ferrari test driver Luca Badoer one of very few to visit Schumacher
    Badoer visits Schumacher 'regularly'
  • Ricciardo among 'best drivers' in F1 - Wolff
  • Hamilton not worried about 2018 'crisis'
  • Stroll rejects Massa comments
  • Haas must work hard to keep Magnussen - Steiner
  • Raikkonen denies being Ferrari 'number 2'
  • Struggling McLaren ousts technical chief
  • Prost sells Formula E stake to focus on F1

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