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04/30/16
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2016 NASCAR Talladega Xfinity Post Race Interviews
NASCAR XFINITY Series managing director Wayne Auton, race winning driver Elliott Sadler, car owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. and crew chief Kevin Meendering (No. 1 OneMain Chevrolet); second place finisher Justin Allgaier (No. 7 Breyers Chevrolet) and third place finisher Brennan Poole (No. 48 DC Solar Chevrolet)

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04/30/16
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NASCAR Richmond TV Ratings (2nd Update)
UPDATE #2 NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from Richmond earned a 3.1 'final' rating and 4.7 million viewers on FOX last Sunday afternoon, down 6% in ratings and 16% in viewership from 2014, the last time it was run as scheduled on a Saturday night (3.3, 5.6M). Last year's race, which was postponed from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon, had a 3.3 and 5.2 million. The 3.1 rating is the lowest ever for a Sunday Sprint Cup race on FOX, falling below the previous mark of 3.4 for Bristol one week earlier, and the third-lowest regardless of day. The past three races on FOX rank among the network's five lowest rated ever, with Texas dead last, Richmond third, and Bristol fifth at 3.4.

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04/30/16
F1

Alonso demands F1 cockpit protection
While Lewis Hamilton would rather die than run an aeroscreen, Alonso has more intelligence and says they are needed
While Lewis Hamilton would rather die than run an aeroscreen, Alonso has more intelligence and says they are needed
As Red Bull debuted their aeroscreen at Sochi, Fernando Alonso says cockpit protection is the right path for F1 to take as the sport does "not need dead heroes."

Red Bull's aeroscreen and Ferrari's halo have caused a divide amongst drivers and fans alike.

While some believe it the correct route for F1, others feel that element of danger belongs in the sport.

Alonso disagrees with the latter.

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04/30/16
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Sochi Practice 3: Mercedes 1-2 parade continues
Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton
Reports this week were that Ferrari was blowing its wad again on more engine upgrades for the Russian GP. But AR1.com told you Mercedes has plenty in hand and will always stay a step ahead of the Ferrari. So far this year, and through three practices in Sochi, Mercedes has completely dominated the proceedings.

Row 1: Mercedes Row
In final practice in Sochi Lewis Hamilton grabbed top spot over Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by 0.068 seconds. It really does not matter who is driving the Mercedes car, they will turn near identical times because F1 is 99.9% car and the Aldo Costa designed Mercedes is superior.

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04/30/16
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Boston Mayor crashes and burns as IndyCar waves red flag
Mayor Martin J. Walsh is left with as much egg on its face as Mark Miles
Democrat Mayor Martin J. Walsh is left with as much egg on his face as Mark Miles

Mayor Martin J. Walsh was behind the wheel of the Grand Prix of Boston and got burned by its fiery crash, ignoring a series of repeated wrong turns and warning signs that the race would never get off the starting line.

Walsh’s administration spent a year pushing an idea that seemed ludicrous to many Bostonians: hosting a high-speed IndyCar race in a city that can’t even fill potholes or sync up its traffic lights.

The mayor also enabled the race promoters, who made repeated false claims about winning approvals and were ill-prepared to deal with the half-dozen city, federal and state agencies that controlled roads where they wanted to build the course.

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04/30/16
irl

Despite good corporate backing Boston GP was doomed to fail
The day it was announced that the City of Boston was not partnering with the GP and all costs had to be borne by the race promoter was the day AR1.com predicted the race would never happen. That was last September and that prediction has come true. IndyCar was clueless.

The thing that makes me think INDYCAR wanted to make Boston work is that the race -- and the people who worked for it -- appeared to have a lot of corporate partners lined up.

And to be honest, it takes a lot of corporate partners to get an event off the ground -- particularly a first-year street race.

Start first with the Grand Prix of Boston powered by LogMeIn presenting sponsor -- LogMeIn -- which was announced last October.

Here’s what was said at the time, via a release:

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04/30/16
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Latest F1 news in brief - Saturday
  • Ferrari not reliable like the Mercedes
    Ferrari not reliable like the Mercedes
    Ferrari pushing 'like crazy' to catch Mercedes
  • Sirotkin to get another Friday outing - manager
  • Toro Rosso chief admits Verstappen could 'move up' in 2017
  • Russia GP secure with Putin's backing - Ecclestone
  • Palmer suspects Nasr-like chassis flaw
  • FIA confirms agreement on engine rules
  • Hamilton: 'Hard work' needed to stay in front
  • Vettel unconcerned by transmission problem

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04/29/16
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Official statement from the organizers of the GP of Boston (Update and from the City)
UPDATE BOSTON - Friday, April 29, 2016 - Below is a statement from Patrick Brophy, Chief of Operations for the City of Boston:  

"The City of Boston will always be open to opportunities that will positively showcase our city, however as we continued to work with Boston Grand Prix they were unwilling or unable to meet the necessary requirements to hold an event of this size. The Mayor feels strongly in protecting the taxpayers and limiting the impact to residents, and we are not shy that we held them to very high standards."  

Attached is a letter of agreement signed by all parties involved.  

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04/29/16
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Talladega Q&A with Bobby Labonte and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
From the AR1.com YouTube page: Bobby Labonte (No. 32 Rimrock Devlin Ford) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet)

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04/29/16
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Talladega Super Speedway Announcement
From the AR1.com YouTube page: Talladega Superspeedway announcement with Tony Stewart (No. 14 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet) and Danica Patrick (No. 10 Aspen Dental Chevrolet); Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Toyota) and Carl Edwards (No. 19 ARRIS Toyota)

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04/29/16
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Video: NASCAR Talladega Xfinity Q&A with Darrel Wallace Jr and Ty Dillon
From the AR1.com YouTube page - Darrell Wallace Jr. (No. 6 Kleen Performance Ford, NASCAR XFINITY Series) and Ty Dillon (No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, NASCAR XFINITY Series)

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04/29/16
irl

Boston IndyCar race cancelled (Update)
UPDATE The following is a statement from INDYCAR:
IndyCar gets egg on its face yet again.
IndyCar gets egg on its face yet again.

INDYCAR was made aware of the news involving the Grand Prix of Boston this evening. We are obviously disappointed with these media reports and are in the process of gathering additional details and will respond accordingly at the appropriate time. At this stage it is premature for INDYCAR to comment further on the situation locally in Boston or the prospect of an alternate event.

04/29/16

AutoRacing1.com predicted this race would never happen last September. That prediction has come true (See rumor update on rumors page).

Days after Boston GP CEO John Casey told racer.com that all systems were go for the race, AR1.com published an article that said it probably would not happen. We explained to you that the Army Corp of Engineers Permit process for building in a flood zone could never be completed in time. And it's not.

Grand Prix Promoters of an Indycar race in the Seaport this fall are peeling out of Boston and will not race here, said John Casey, president of the Grand Prix of Boston.

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04/29/16
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IMSA Monterey Friday Notebook

Mazda Prototypes Go 1-2 in Friday Practice at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

MONTEREY, Calif. – It would certainly be appropriate, but “appropriate” doesn’t always mean much in motorsports: The fastest cars in the two practice sessions for the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix powered by Mazda, taking place at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, are Mazdas.

It’s the first time the Mazda Prototypes have led a practice day in the nearly two-and-a-half years they have raced in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

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04/29/16
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Stewart talks about his fine, splitting duties with Dillon
Tony Stewart dressed as a fairy talks to the media
Tony Stewart, dressed as a fairy, talks to the media at Talladega Friday while Danica Patrick looks on

Tony Stewart met with the media Friday at Talladega Superspeedway:

WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION TO THE WHOLE LUGNUT CONTROVERSY, WHICH HAS BEEN RESOLVED WITH THE RULES CHANGE? WHAT WENT INTO YOUR DECISION TO MAKE THE DONATION TO THE AUTISM SOCIETY?

Stewart: "I've been trying to figure out how many more $35,000 rules changes I want to make (laughter). I'm glad that something has been done. Scott Miller is a huge asset to NASCAR right now. And from what I understand, he's the one who spearheaded getting something done.

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04/29/16
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Q&A with Toyota driver Carl Edwards
Carl Edwards
Carl Edwards talks with media

Joe Gibbs Racing driver Carl Edwards was made available to the media at Talladega Superspeedway:

CARL EDWARDS, No. 19 ARRIS Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

What is your outlook this weekend at Talladega?

“Now we go practice and we’ve been doing great. The cars have been fast and we’re working well together as a team. Dave Rogers (crew chief) and I are having a blast and that’s cool to have those two wins. We’ve been just running well. We’ve had a couple races where we’ve struggled, but we’ve just kept digging and never quit and we just come here and just duplicate as a group what we were able to do at Daytona, I was really proud of that.”

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04/29/16
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Logano and McMurray top Talladega practice sessions
Jamie McMurray
Jamie McMurray hits 199.7 mph

The Aspen Dental Weekend at Talladega Superspeedway got off to a roaring start on Friday, with a total of five practice sessions between the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards taking to the 2.66-mile oval track.

Jamie McMurray topped the speed charts at 199.737 mph in the first session of practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500 in the No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet. McMurray is a two-time winner, 2009 and 2013, at NASCAR’s Biggest and Baddest track.

Carl Edwards, winner of the past two consecutive NSCS races, said he enters the weekend encouraged by the success displayed by Toyota during February’s Daytona 500, which was won by teammate Denny Hamlin. “It was something like I’ve never been a part of. I don’t know if that same type of thing will work at Talladega, but it’d be hard not to try. We’ve got a really good group that understands what teamwork is.”

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04/29/16
automotive

Renault board maintains Ghosn's 2015 pay despite shareholder revolt
Carlos Ghosn laughing all the way to the bank
Carlos Ghosn laughing all the way to the bank

Renault's board stuck by its decision to pay Carlos Ghosn 7.2 million euros ($8.2 million) for 2015 in defiance of a non-binding shareholder vote against the chief executive's package on Friday.

Shareholders representing 54 percent of voting rights at the French carmaker opposed Ghosn's pay package at its annual meeting.

In a hastily convened session after the gathering, Renault said its board decided to maintain Ghosn's payout, which includes 1.23 million euros in fixed salary, 1.78 million in variable pay and a further 4.18 million in deferred bonuses and stock.

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04/29/16
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Rucker to sing national anthem at 100th Indianapolis 500
Three-time GRAMMY Award winner and multi-platinum recording artist Darius Rucker will perform the national anthem before the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

Rucker will sing in the traditional spot on Indy 500 race day before the 33 drivers are called to their cars and the singing of "Back Home Again in Indiana."

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04/29/16
f1

Vettel hit with five-place grid penalty for gearbox change
Vettel can't catch a brealk as the new Ferrari is quite the 'lemon' from a reliability perspective
Vettel can't catch a break as the new Ferrari is quite the 'lemon' from a reliability perspective
Sebastian Vettel will start the Russian Grand Prix five-places lower than he qualifies, with Ferrari forced to change his gearbox ahead of qualifying on Saturday following yet more reliability troubles for the German.

Vettel stopped on track during second practice on Friday resulting in a brief Virtual Safety Car whilst his car was cleared by marshals. He and the team later confirmed he suffered an "electronics failure", but the team will also change his gearbox according to the FIA - the two incidents aren't related, with Vettel sustaining gearbox damage in China.

"The above driver [Vettel] did finish the last race in Shanghai and this gearbox change was before the six consecutive Events expired. Therefore this is not in compliance with Article 23.6a of the 2016 Formula One Sporting Regulations."

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04/29/16
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Ricciardo: Rain and oil no problem for canopy (Update)
UPDATE 
Ricciardo says visibility not a problem and tearoffs and Rain X will take care of maintaining visibility
Ricciardo says visibility not a problem and tearoffs and Rain X will take care of maintaining visibility
Ahead of his first lap with Red Bull's aeroscreen, Daniel Ricciardo said the device has no major impact on his line of vision.

Ricciardo has already had a feel for the device having spent some time in his RB12 fitted with the aeroscreen in the team's garage on Thursday afternoon.

"First impressions it seems okay," he said.

"Basically the part of the structure is in line with the mirrors, where the mirror structure is, so it does not really block any more vision than what we do have already with the mirrors, and the front is pretty open.

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04/29/16
f1

Sirotkin happy to beat Palmer
Ridebuyer Sergey Sirotkin happy to beat ridebuyer Jolyon Palmer
Ridebuyer Sergey Sirotkin happy to beat ridebuyer Jolyon Palmer
Sergey Sirotkin made a good first impression as he ran in morning practice in Russia.

The Russian, in Kevin Magnussen's car, was a full 0.8 tenths faster than Renault regular Jolyon Palmer.

"Yes, I surprised myself because eight tenths in formula one terms is really a lot," Sirotkin said.

"At the same time we were using a similar amount of fuel. But I did not set it (beating Palmer) as a goal. I cannot say it was the best lap of my life," he added.

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04/29/16
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Sochi Practice 2: Hamilton keeps Mercedes on top
Hamilton on his hot lap
Hamilton on his hot lap

Lewis Hamilton topped the practice 2 timesheets at Sochi for the Russian Grand Prix Formula 1 race on Sunday. Hamilton's time in the Mercedes of 1m37.583s was a full 7/10ths of a second faster than Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari but it appears Ferrari is still sandbagging.

Nico Rosberg was third in the 2nd Mercedes ahead of the 2nd Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen and the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo.

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04/29/16
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Mercedes responds to Ferrari's engine upgrades
Mercedes will always stay one-step ahead of Ferrari
Mercedes will always stay one-step ahead of Ferrari

(GMM) Ferrari is not the only engine manufacturer that spent some performance development 'tokens' ahead of Russia.

It was already known that Ferrari had upgraded its 'power unit', but Auto Motor und Sport now reports that reigning champions Mercedes have also handed in some tokens - two - for Sochi.

"The modifications relate to the fuel system," the German report said, adding that Petronas is also using a new lubricant in Russia.

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04/29/16
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Talladega Driver Notes & Facts
 
  • Talladega
    Talladega
    441 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega; 306 in more than one.
  • Dave Marcis and Terry Labonte lead the series in starts at Talladega with 61 each. Tony Stewart leads all active drivers with 33 starts; followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 32.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Talladega with a 9.750.
  • A total of 68 drivers have made their first series start at Talladega; Jamie McMurray (10/06/2002) is the only active driver to make his series debut at Talladega Superspeedway.

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04/29/16
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Dover adding SAFER barrier
More Safer Barrier for Dover
More Safer Barrier for Dover
ESPN's Bob Pockrass reports, "Dover International Speedway will replace the guard rails it had on the inside of Turn 3 with approximately 500 feet of SAFER Barrier by the time NASCAR visits for its May 13-15 race weekend.

The steel-and-foam barrier is designed to absorb energy in a crash." ESPN.com

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04/29/16
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Pit crew changes at Stewart-Haas
Will pit crew changes give Danica what she needs to finally win?
Will pit crew changes give Danica what she needs to finally win?
In an effort to improve pit stops, Stewart-Haas Racing has moved around several crew members between its teams. This past weekend's Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway saw different faces on different teams.

So let's start with the easy stuff: The #4 (Kevin Harvick) and #41 (Kurt Busch) looked to be the same as at Daytona. Both teams have been performing at a top level for years, and we didn't see any changes as of Richmond.

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04/29/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • Daniel Ricciardo ran the Red Bull Aeroscreen for one lap Friday morning in Sochi
    Daniel Ricciardo ran the Red Bull Aeroscreen for one lap Friday morning in Sochi
    Alonso finally recovered after Melbourne crash
  • New chassis may not solve problems - Nasr
  • Political progress 'a step forward' for Monza
  • Russia GP night race talks still on
  • Vettel confirms Ferrari updates in Sochi
  • GPDA tried to derail 2017 chassis changes
  • Magnussen admits 'pressure' from Sirotkin, Ocon
  • FIA confirms 'Aeroscreen' under consideration
  • Verstappen denies F1 career in plateau
  • F1 close to engine agreement for 2017, 2018
  • Hamilton unimpressed with Red Bull aeroscreen New

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04/29/16
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Sochi Practice 1: Rosberg leads Mercedes 1-2
The Aldo Costa Mercedes’ continued their complete dominance of Formula 1 by topping the opening free practice session for the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi.

Nico Rosberg put up a time of 1m38.127s and outdrove teammate Lewis Hamilton by 0.722 seconds using the same Pirelli SuperSoft tire compound.

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel prevailed in the ‘best of the rest’ category to take third ahead of teammate Kimi Raikkonen and Williams driver Felipe Massa. But was Ferrari sandbagging?

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