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05/03/16
F1

Rihanna To Headline Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix Race-Day Concert
Rihanna and the Chemical Brothers "will perform" at the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix later this year. The two acts "will be part of the Yasalam After-Race Concerts at Yas Island’s du Arena during the Formula One weekend."

Rihanna "is playing the prestigious final race-day concert" on Nov. 27. The Barbadian pop star was in '15 named as the best-selling digital singles artist of all-time, "clocking sales of more than 100 million."

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05/03/16
irl

Competition crisis in IndyCar: Chevrolet crushing Honda
Honda teams won't be able to attract sponsorship if they have no chance of winning
Honda teams won't be able to attract sponsorship if they have no chance of winning
The IndyCar Series is four races into its season, and a Chevrolet driver has celebrated in Victory Lane each time. A Chevy driver started on the pole each time.

More telling, of the 530 total laps raced this season, Chevy has led a remarkable 506 of them, including every lap run at Phoenix and Long Beach. Yes, that’s right. Honda drivers have been shut out of the lead in half the races and have led only 24 laps this season.

Talk about a competition crisis.

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05/03/16
f1

Pirelli started developing 2017 tires with Vergne at Fiorano
Jean-Eric Vergne
Jean-Eric Vergne

Jean-Eric Vergne is back in an F1 car today; the Ferrari test driver drove the Ferrari F14-T to work on Pirelli’s 2017 tire compounds at the Fiorano test track.

Pirelli has revealed that Vergne’s 2014-spec Ferrari F1 car is fitted with tires that are the 2016 size and contain a number of prototype elements as it begins preparations ahead of next year. 

The 26-year-old Frenchman recently said that Pirelli’s extra testing opportunities could provide him with a chance to run for the Scuderia.

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05/03/16
Automotive

Tesla limits Model 3 preorders to two per customer.
Tesla Motors Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk has moved to quash doubts that reservations for the electric-car maker’s Model 3 may be inflated.

A contributor to the website Seeking Alpha claimed late last week he had submitted 20 reservations for the Model 3, the all-electric sedan Tesla hopes to sell in late 2017. Tesla had limited the preorders to two per customer.

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05/03/16
Nassprint

Hamlin: No fix to the carnage at plate races
Denny Hamlin
Denny Hamlin
Denny Hamlin doesn't think there is an easy fix to the carnage we see at almost every NASCAR restrictor plate race.

"There's only two fixes," he told ESPN at an appearance at a Boys & Girls Club in Concord, North Carolina, on Monday. "You have to slow us way down, like 50mph, or you're gonna have to let us run 250 there and get spread out. That to me is the only way you're gonna avoid these mass wrecks.

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05/03/16
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Two fans found dead at Talladega
The bodies of two men were discovered on Sunday morning in a camper at Talladega, local authorities have confirmed.

Talladega County Coroner Shaddix Murphy told local media that the men had been identified as Joshua Douin, 19, and James Cook, 48. There is no suspicion of foul play, and the pair's remains have been sent to the state forensics lab to determine the cause of death.

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05/03/16
racing news

Racing Goes Safer at Long Beach
Speakers L to R: Dr. Stephen Olvey, Romain Morizot, Yves Morizot, Dr. Jacques Dallaire, Dr. Terry Trammell, Don Taylor, Ed Becker, Joe Powell and Del Worsham.
Speakers L to R: Dr. Stephen Olvey, Romain Morizot, Yves Morizot, Dr. Jacques Dallaire, Dr. Terry Trammell, Don Taylor, Ed Becker, Joe Powell and Del Worsham.
Thanks to the kind support of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach and its President, Jim Michaelian, 2016 marks the fifth year for the Stand 21 Safety Foundation Seminar at the Long Beach Convention Center, held during the Toyota Grand Prix weekend On April 16th. Stand 21 President Yves Morizot and Vice President Romain Morizot welcomed all who had registered in advance to attend the Seminar.

This year’s Guests of Honor were familiar names to the racing community: Brian Redman, the inaugural Long Beach Grand Prix winner in 1975, Indy-500 winner Danny Sullivan, and NHRA Top-Fuel and Funny Car World Champion, Del Worsham.

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05/03/16
f1

Vijay Mallya Resigns From Indian Parliament
Vijay Mallya
Vijay Mallya

Controversial liquor baron Vijay Mallya resigned from India’s upper house of Parliament Monday amid a heated public debate and court cases connected to the more than $1 billion in unpaid debt left by his company Kingfisher Airlines.

Mr. Mallya’s Kingfisher Airlines closed down in 2012 and still owes more than 90 billion rupees ($1.3 billion). Lenders say Mr. Mallya personally guaranteed more than $900 million of the loans and have asked Indian courts to help them find his assets.

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05/03/16
irl

Why IndyCar failed, according to the former Boston Olympics CEO
One lesson learned from Boston’s failed Olympic bid is that a large citywide event needs a thorough public process to succeed, said Rich Davey, the former CEO of Boston’s failed Olympic bid.

And like the Olympic bid, the plan for the recently canceled IndyCar race did not go through that process unscathed, Davey said in an interview on WGBH.

“I think what happened is, on the outset, there were great intentions, [but] there wasn’t great public process with some of the neighborhood groups,” Davey said. “If you want taxpayers to pay anything into an event, you’ve got to make an argument for that."

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05/03/16
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RCR makes changes to pit crews for Nos. 3, 31
No. 3 Austin Dillon
No. 3 Austin Dillon
Richard Childress Racing made changes to the pit crews for the No. 3 of Austin Dillon and the No. 31 of Ryan Newman.

Chase Masterson is the new front tire changer on the No. 31. RCR promoted Masterson from the No. 62 XFINITY team to replace Tim Sheets.

Sheets is now changing on the fronts of the No. 13 Germain Racing team.

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05/03/16
irl

Top-5 Indy 500's of all-time
Hunter-Reay and Castroneves charge to the checkered flag in 2014
Hunter-Reay and Castroneves battle to the checkered flag in 2014

As we approach the 100th running, Racer Magazine has listed their top-5 picks for the greatest Indy 500's of all-time.

  • 1960 Jim Rathmann beats Roger Ward, the two drivers swapped the lead 4 times in the final 11 laps
  • 1983 Gordon Johncock holds off a faster Rick Mears to win by just 0.16 seconds
  • 1991 Rick Mears beats Michael Andretti by 3.1 seconds, both drivers making daring outside passes in Turn 1 on each other in the closing laps
  • 1993 Emerson Fittipaldi held off Arie Luyendyk by 2 seconds for his 2nd 500 win, then drank orange juice instead of the traditional milk in victory lane
  • 2014 Ryan Hunter-Reay wins a 3-way battle and beats Helio Castroneves by just 0.06 with Marco Andretti a car-length behind in 3rd.


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05/03/16
irl

Mayor Walsh says he was blindsided by Grand Prix cancellation (Update)
UPDATE Added video of Mayor Martin J. Walsh talking to reporters about the cancelled GP below.

Democrat Mayor Martin J. Walsh was clueless
Democrat Mayor Martin J. Walsh was clueless
05/02/16

Mayor Martin J. Walsh said he was “kind of surprised” by Friday’s announcement by promoters of the Boston Grand Prix that it was canceling the Labor Day road race in the Seaport District, and said he will look for answers internally as to what happened.

"I found out by the press, I wasn’t expecting to find out that way," Walsh said today in his first public comments on the cancellation. "Certainly I was the biggest advocate for IndyCar of anyone in this whole thing ... I want to see if there was a breakdown on our part. There certainly were some questions unanswered on IndyCar’s part that we were asking for Friday."

Walsh said he was still sorting through what led to Friday night’s announcement.

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05/03/16
automotive

Ferrari profit jumps 19%
Fiat Chairman Sergio Marchionne is now also CEO of Ferrari
Fiat Chairman Sergio Marchionne is now also CEO of Ferrari

Ferrari said net profit rose 19 percent to 78 million euros ($90 million) in the first quarter, its first as an independent company.

First-quarter deliveries rose 15 percent to 1,882 cars, including a 24 percent surge in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and a 16 percent gain in greater China, the company said today in a statement.

Growth was propelled by its 8-cylinder models, particularly the newly introduced 488 GTB and 488 Spider sports cars.

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05/03/16
f1

Honda open to supplying two more F1 customers
Honda is willing to supply up two more F1 teams next year if it is required to do so under the sport's recent engine agreement.

Last year McLaren prevented Honda from brokering a deal to supply Red Bull with engines for 2016, but the regulations for 2017 will include an "obligation to supply" as part of the homologation process.

As a result, Honda could be forced into a second or third engine deal next year and the company's F1 boss, Yusuke Hasegawa, says provisions are being made for such a scenario.

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05/03/16
irl

Organizers rush to find replacement for Boston IndyCar race
Per the AR1.com rumor page, IndyCar won't be racing in Providence RI this year.

Organizers of the aborted Grand Prix of Boston have been working feverishly to keep the race alive elsewhere, as officials in Providence embraced the idea and said there’s no hard feelings after the race originally abandoned Rhode Island for the Hub.

An email sent last night by a Grand Prix official -- obtained by the Herald -- sought to reassure investors and sponsors that the race is not dead after its scheduled Labor Day run in the Seaport District was abruptly called off Friday.

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05/03/16
nassprint

Talladega wrecks cost teams millions
Talladega wrecks created a post-race junkyard
Talladega wrecks created a post-race junkyard
The delicate line between sport and entertainment was dangerously straddled [at Talladega] by 40 drivers roaring along in a pack of cars at 200 mph. When the dust settled, 35 cars had been involved in at least one accident and two cars went airborne. When Kevin Harvick's car lifted off the track in a last-lap crash, it finally put an end to the chaos...we celebrate on Monday that no one was injured, and better yet, no one died in the carnage that was a typical Talladega race.

But all that wrecking came at a price. The cost of damaged race cars on Sunday neared $10 million in losses across the grid, according to an informal survey Monday by The Associated Press of five top race teams. Within that series-wide estimate, some teams estimated they lost $500,000 per car - total loss situations - while others estimated $250,000 without including any engine damage.

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05/03/16
irl

Is there a chance IndyCar regains its senses and returns to Fontana?
IndyCar put on the greatest race in the history of open-wheel motorsports at Fontana last year, but it was too exciting so they won't be back
IndyCar put on the greatest race in the history of open-wheel motorsports at Fontana last year, but it was too exciting so they won't be back
There is more than one Indy car fan in Southern California, or in the West for that matter, that hopes the IndyCar Series comes to its senses and returns to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana now that Boston has opted not to hold a Labor Day race.

The inaugural street race in Boston was set for Sept. 8 but the city fathers and race promoters just couldn’t reach an agreement. What started as a grand venture, it ended with both sides angry at the other.

It really shouldn’t have come as a surprise as Boston’s bid for the 2024 Olympics also quickly vanished less than a year ago.

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05/03/16
irl

Video: Conor Daly, Alexander Rossi at Space Camp
Verizon IndyCar Series drivers Conor Daly and Alexander Rossi attend the U.S. Space & Rocket Center's Space Camp.

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05/03/16
f1

Video: Nico Rosberg's post-race Russia blog
Join Nico Rosberg as he boards a plane home with fellow drivers after winning the Russian Grand Prix.

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05/03/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Nico Rosberg: Pre-chosen by Mercedes to be the 2016 F1 World Champion
    Nico Rosberg: Pre-chosen by Mercedes to be the 2016 F1 World Champion
    Rosberg has 'luck of a champion' - Montagny
  • Sainz hits out at Palmer incident penalty
  • Vettel won't seek revenge on Kvyat - Marko
  • Vettel feeling pressure of Ferrari situation - press
  • Russia not ready for more F1 races - minister
  • Putin meeting surprised Rosberg
  • F1 drivers to discuss race start crashes - Alonso
  • Now Ocon adds to pressure on Palmer
  • Stroll eyes F3 title before F1
  • Red Bull 'pressure' led to Kvyat crash - Alesi
  • Grosjean: Still 'many things' to improve
  • Raikkonen admits Ferrari 'not fast enough'

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05/02/16
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NASCAR will examine Talladega accidents; Dale Jr's steering wheel
Danica Patrick exits who battered Chevy
Stunned, Danica Patrick exits who battered Chevy

NASCAR is looking into what led cars to get airborne Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway and will investigate what caused Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s steering wheel to detach after his second wreck, a NASCAR executive told "The Morning Drive" on Monday.

"Some really intense racing all throughout the day, and some things we didn't like with cars getting up in the air and we're already fast at work at the R&D Center, looking at all the video we have," Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

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05/02/16
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NASCAR restrictor-plate racing panned
Talladega was a wreck-fest
Talladega was a wreck-fest
Jonathan Ferry/Getty Images for NASCAR
I've written so many columns about the highly questionable judgment - or lack thereof -displayed by the powers that be at NASCAR over the last seventeen years of producing this web weekly that it grew old a long time ago. I have reserved particular ire for the lethal joke called "restrictor-plate racing" - the motorized form of Russian Roulette that plays out four times a year at two tracks - Daytona and Talladega. Except that it isn't racing at all. No, it's rampant stupidity of the highest order, a recipe for carnage that courts disaster lap after lap.

The racers hate it. The team owners hate it. And the real fans hate it. And yes, there is a particular strain of vermin out there who call themselves "fans" who think it's highly entertaining and who believe that the drivers should just shut up and drive, but they are irrelevant to this discussion. Why? Because they view the whole display like a video game, where mayhem ensues and there are no real consequences for anyone. Except that there are and there will be. It's just inevitable.

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05/02/16
irl

IndyCar Alabama GP TV Rating (Update)
UPDATE Last Sunday’s IndyCar Series race from Alabama's 'final' rating had 279,000 viewers on NBCSN, down 7% from last year (300K), down 30% from 2014 (400K) and the smallest audience for the race since 2013 (253K). The race ranks as the least-watched of the young season (four telecasts) as IndyCar continues to hang from the NBCSN noose.

04/25/16 Yesterday's Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on NBC Sports Network earned a 0.26 TV rating, up a few percentage points from the 2015 rating of 0.25 but still infomercial numbers while IndyCar continues to hang from the NBCSN noose. Try telling a sponsor your TV rating is 0.26 and see if they don't laugh you out the door.  IndyCar must move 100% of its races to ABC network TV if it is ever going to grow.  ABC will deliver over a 1.0 average rating per race and then sponsors will show interest.

AR1 Staff Report 

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05/02/16
irl

Mann back with Coyne for Indy 500
Pippa Mann all set to make her fifth Indy 500 start
Pippa Mann all set to make her fifth Indy 500 start

Plainfield, IL – For a fourth consecutive year, Pippa Mann is returning to Dale Coyne Racing as part of the team’s effort at this year’s 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. 

Mann will once again be promoting her 2016 Pink #GetInvolved campaign, raising funds for Susan G. Komen, while sporting a pink helmet with the Komen Running Ribbon for the third straight year.

“This cause is something very personal to me, and to Dale Coyne Racing,” expressed the driver of the #63 Dale Coyne Racing machine. “While racing a pink car the past two years certainly attracts attention and awareness for Susan G. Komen, the most important part of our partnership is taking this amazing stage that is the Indianapolis 500, and using it to raise money that can actually go towards care and research.  

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05/02/16
f1

Ferrari must close gap quickly - Marchionne
The only way Ferrari will ever beat Mercedes is if they steal Aldo Costa back. Until then Ferrari will be sucking Mercedes' exhaust fumes.
The only way Ferrari will ever beat Mercedes is if they steal Aldo Costa back. Until then Ferrari will be sucking Mercedes' exhaust fumes.
(GMM) Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne on Monday said he is sure the Maranello team will bounce back from its current dip.

Although Mercedes' closest challenger in 2016, Ferrari has been struck by reliability and race incidents, including Sebastian Vettel's push into the Sochi barrier by Daniil Kvyat on Sunday.

Not only that, the qualifying gap between the fastest Mercedes and Ferrari in Russia was close to a second.

"Yesterday was a bad day," Marchionne said in Turin at the presentation of a new Fiat model, "and we must close the gap at the speed of light.

"I am used to seeing the Ferrari of Schumacher so it hurts my soul to see a Ferrari that suffers," added Marchionne, who earlier had set the team goals of immediate race wins and the title.

"But I have the utmost confidence in the team that we will succeed," he said.

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05/02/16
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Video: Patrick says Talladega crash was hardest of her career
On yet another race day when cars thought they could fly, among the results was a battered race car finishing third, #34-Chris Buescher going for a wild ride into the sky and #10-Danica Patrick taking a hit she called the hardest in her career. Although cars were airborne, perhaps the most dangerous wreck of the day occurred late in the race when Patrick's car, bumped from behind by #95-Michael McDowell, slid in front of the track, hit Matt Kenseth hard and then sailed at near-full speed into the backstretch inside wall, her Chevrolet erupting into flames.

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05/02/16
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Video: Kenseth not happy with Logano again
The feud between #20-Matt Kenseth and #22-Joey Logano simmered again Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. Fox Sports caught an exchange between the rival drivers outside the track's care center after both were involved in a late accident during the GEICO 500. Kenseth seemed to initiate the interaction after exiting the track hospital and pausing to get the attention of Logano, who was leaning against a barrier waiting for an interview to begin.

Logano smiled and shook his head as the brief conversation ended with some finger-pointing by Kenseth, who had blamed Logano for forcing him off the track and putting him in position to be involved in a 12-car wreck that started with contact between Danica Patrick and Michael McDowell. Kenseth's car went airborne in the crash.

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05/02/16
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Video: Earnhardt, Jr. loses steering wheel during second accident
Dale Earnhardt, Jr's day at Talladega ended for good after an accident with Carl Edwards on Lap 110. He finished the race in 43rd. During the accident, the steering wheel came off. "Yeah, the steering wheel came off and I was trying to get it back on and the car was headed toward the wall. Well I wasn't going to let it hit the wall so I grabbed the column and steered it with that. Tore my hands all up, but didn't hit the wall. We have to look at something to keep that from happening anymore. We were just out there riding around and something broke on the #19 and he came over and got into us. We just had no luck this weekend."

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05/02/16
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Stewart thinks his back may have been hurt before accident
Stewart getting replaced by Dillon Sunday
Stewart getting replaced by Dillon Sunday
Tony Stewart said he learned something important after his season debut last weekend at Richmond International Raceway - that he may have been more injured than he initially thought. "I think what I learned after the race (is) I really think that my back was messed up before it was broke," Stewart told Fox Sports TV broadcaster Kenny Wallace before Sunday's race at Talladega, Ala.

"I think what the surgeons did was fix that. I feel better than I did last year at this time as far as my back is concerned. (I'm) still having to be a little bit patient. That's why we have to alter the plan for today." Stewart suffered a burst fracture of the L1 vertebra on Jan. 31 while driving a sand rail in the Glamis Sand Dunes of the California desert. He had corrective surgery and sat out the first eight races of the Sprint Cup season. Stewart's doctors cleared him to return to competition just before last weekend's race at Richmond. Motorsport

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05/02/16
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Non-stop carnage at Talladega Superspeedway is no joking matter
They even crashed in the pits
They even crashed in the pits
After watching the non-stop carnage at Talladega Superspeedway, it would be easy to make jokes about Sunday's GEICO 500 being a demolition derby.

Instead of talking about Brad Keselowski winning for the fourth time at Talladega, we could make jokes about demolition derbies and racers having hard heads.

Except there's nothing funny about going upside down at 190 miles per hour.

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05/02/16
wec

Curtain up for Ford's final rehearsal for the Le Mans 24 Hours
The Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GTs will be back on track later this week for the 'WEC 6 Hours of Spa', just over two weeks after making their FIA World Endurance Championship debut at Silverstone.

Ask any international racing driver to name their favorite track and Belgium's Spa-Francorchamps Grand Prix Circuit features high on every list. The technically demanding seven-kilometer track weaves through the Ardennes Forest like a roller coaster ride, providing a stern test of man and machine. Legendary corners such as 'Eau Rouge' and 'Blanchimont' combine to form one of the world's best racing circuits and the most fitting venue for the final rehearsal for the Le Mans 24 Hours.

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05/02/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Monday
  • Would someone please tell Arrivabene the 2016 title chase is over.
    Arrivabene not giving up
    Ferrari won't give up on 2016 title - Arrivabene
  • Mercedes eyes 'step back' to recover reliability
  • Mick missing Michael on road to F1 - Max
  • Raikkonen unsure about future beyond 2016
  • Father has accepted Ratzenberger death
  • Ecclestone still waiting for Monza GP progress
  • Marko to have 'serious word' with Kvyat
  • Mercedes' gap to rivals 'catastrophic'
  • Kvyat, Sainz & Gutierrez all given penalty points
  • Arrivabene: Marchionne won't be amused

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05/01/16
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Video: 2016 NASCAR Talladega Post Race Interviews
From the AR1.com YouTube page: Race winning driver Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford); race winning crew chief Paul Wolfe and Team Penske executive vice president Bud Denker (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford); third place finisher Austin Dillon (No. 3 Dow - Energy & Water/Intellifresh Chevrolet); second place finisher Kyle Busch (No. 18 Skittles Marvel Toyota) 

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05/01/16
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Video: Talladega favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. crashes early in Lap 50
On Lap 50, Dale Earnhardt Jr. got loose exiting Turn 2, causing a a multi-car crash that included, not only Matt DiBenedetto and Danica Patrick but also, his teammate Kasey Kahne.

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05/01/16
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Video: Chris Buescher flips in multi-car wreck on Lap 96 in Talladega
Chris Buescher remained unhurt after an accident on the backstretch caused his car to flip multiple times . The crash also involved six other racers including Austin Dillon, Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards.

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05/01/16
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Video: Matt Kenseth and Danica Patrick crash at Talladega
With eight laps remaining, Matt Kenseth and Danica Patrick crashed. Patrick hit the interior wall and Kenseth's car flipped over, with a total of 12 cars involved.

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05/01/16
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Video: Huge crash takes out half the field at Talladega
Kurt Busch aggressively pushed on the bumper of Jimmie Johnson and ultimately set off an enormous chain reaction, involving 21 cars, on Lap 160.

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05/01/16
f1

Video: Sebastian Vettel lets loose on radio after being taken out by Daniil Kvyat
Tempers flare when Sebastian Vettel is knocked out of the race by Daniil Kvyat in the F1 Russian Grand Prix.

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05/01/16
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Tony Stewart on getting out of car early
Dillon replaces Stewart
Dillon replaces Stewart
Getty Images for NASCAR
TONY STEWART, NO. 14 BASS PRO SHOPS CHEVROLET SS – WAS RELIEVED OF DRIVING DUTIES BY TY DILLON ON LAP 52

HOW DIFFICULT WAS IT TO GET OUT OF A PERFECTLY GOOD RACE CAR?
"It sucks to be honest.  I know why we got to do it, but it sucks. It still sucks that you have to do it but if I hadn't broke my back at the end of January; we wouldn't be in this situation. Good news is this is last time we have to do it and I am back in next week. I really appreciate Ty (Dillon). He's been a rock star through this whole thing and especially this weekend. He's done all the heavy lifting and I just got in to ride around for 50 laps and turn it over to him. Fortunately we got the Lucky Dog and kept him on the lead lap.  The change went pretty smooth - no drama there so we got him so he could go out there and race now."

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05/01/16
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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Accident #2 Quotes
Earnhardt nurses his wrecked car back to pitroad
Earnhardt Jr. nurses his wrecked car back to pit road

DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 88 NATIONWIDE CHEVROLET SS – Sidelined a second time in a crash with Carl Edwards on Lap 110

WALK US THROUGH WHAT HAPPENED THIS TIME?

“I don’t know. I was just riding around there at the back of the draft and I think something broke on Carl’s car. He just flew up the track into us.”

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05/01/16
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Casey Mears post-wreck quotes
CASEY MEARS, NO. 13 GEICO CHEVROLET SS – Sidelined in multiple car crash on lap 59

WHAT HAPPENED?

“I don’t know. I just saw Michael (Waltrip, No. 55) all the way down on the grass. I don’t know how he got there. It’s always hard to say. But, I’ll tell you what man, this year has been a rough one for the GEICO Chevrolet. We just can’t get started. We’ve had good speed and probably some of the best cars, but we cannot start the season. It’s one thing or another every single race. We’ve got to keep looking at the positive side but for some reason cannot get through a race. This is a tough race to expect to get through. You expect something to happen, but that was pretty odd. It looked pretty dicey. I don’t know if somebody wanted to get by the No. 55 really bad or what the deal was, but it was a little aggressive early.”

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05/01/16
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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Kasey Kahne Accident Quotes
DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 88 NATIONWIDE CHEVROLET SS – INVOLVED IN A MULTI-CAR CRASH ON LAP 51

ON WHAT HAPPENED:
“We had a real bad problem at the first run, the splitter was on the ground real bad. I was really tight and couldn’t run anywhere, but up against the wall. We made some adjustments to help the car and the splitter was still on the ground really bad.  I got in a bad area with the wind and the air and it just got loose and spun out. The same thing that happened at Daytona to us.  We just got to look at what we are doing on our adjustments and try not to do that.”

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05/01/16
F1

Kvyat phones Vettel
Daniil Kvyat
Daniil Kvyat
(GMM) Daniil Kvyat on Sunday said he had spoken with Sebastian Vettel on the phone after the Russian grand prix.

Two weeks after their pre-podium verbal argument in China, Russian Kvyat had an horror home race at Sochi after hitting Ferrari's Vettel from behind not once but twice on the first lap.

German Vettel launched a foul-mouthed tirade on the radio as his car came to a sudden halt in the barrier, before visiting Kvyat's Red Bull boss Christian Horner on the pitwall.

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05/01/16
f1

Mercedes blasts anti-Hamilton conspiracy theories
Nico Rosberg will be 2016 champion just as AR1 told you before the season started. It is all determined by the keystrokes Mercedes engineers send to the cars
Nico Rosberg will be 2016 champion just as AR1 told you before the season started. It is all determined by the keystrokes Mercedes engineers send to the cars
(GMM) Mercedes on Sunday rubbished suggestions Lewis Hamilton's horror run of bad luck so far in 2016 may be a conspiracy.

As Nico Rosberg turned his six-race winning streak into an almost unprecedented seven at Sochi, some were daring to wonder if reigning champion Hamilton's continuing reliability problems have been more than just bad luck.

"This (suggestion) is b------t," team chairman Niki Lauda told British television Sky, after Hamilton had to start the race tenth following an engine problem identical to the one in China two weeks ago.

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05/01/16
F1

FIA determined amid head protection opposition
(GMM) F1 is pressing ahead with radical cockpit protection even though the sport's chief executive is opposed.

"I don't like it," Bernie Ecclestone declared at Sochi on Sunday, after the Red Bull-championed 'Aeroscreen' had been debuted in practice.

When asked what F1 should do about further cockpit protection, he said without hesitation: "Nothing."

However, the concept is now gaining momentum, amid reports the bulletproof windshield will be tested yet again in Barcelona and Monaco.

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05/01/16
F1

Ecclestone doesn't want Aeroscreen or Halo in F1
Bernie Ecclestone
Bernie Ecclestone
Bernie Ecclestone has made it clear that he's not a fan of the Red Bull Aeroscreen, which was tried by Daniel Ricciardo on Friday in Sochi.

The FIA will continue to study both the RBR device and the Halo, and will make a decision by July 1 about which will be added to the 2017 rules.

"We're going to get a lot of pit stops now when they have to stop to clean the screen and things," he said when asked about the Aeroscreen. "That will be good."

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Webber sees closed cockpit future for F1
Webber thinks this is the future of F1
Webber thinks this is the future of F1

Mark Webber believes the aeroscreen run by his former team on Friday heralds a move to closed cockpits.

With the FIA insisting that a driver safety device is in place for next season, for some time now it appeared the Halo, put forward by mercedes and Ferrari, would get the nod.

Then came the canopy device - or Aeroscreen as it is officially known - from Red Bull.

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05/01/16
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F1 to make decision on cockpit protection by July 1st
Red Bull aeroscreen
Red Bull aeroscreen
Following the halo's debut in pre-season testing, Red Bull unveiled their aeroscreen in Friday's opening practice for the Russian Grand Prix.

The paddock is divide as to which of the two is the better option with FIA race director Charlie Whiting confirming that a decision must be made by July 1.

"The deadline that we mentioned last week was July 1," he said in the Sochi paddock. "It would be unreasonable if we didn’t have a clear path by that time.

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Brian France attends Drivers Council meeting (Update)
UPDATE Sprint Cup drivers who participated in a Friday night drivers' council meeting that included NASCAR chairman Brian Franc responded positively Saturday about the meeting, although particulars about the session were non-existent.

France attended the first hour and 15 minutes of the meeting before leaving for another commitment.

"I was glad Brian was there," Joey Logano said. "It’s the first one he’s come to. We’d like him to be there at every one. I felt like the meeting really moved forward with him there. I think there is some positive stuff coming down the pipeline."

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Dover removes three pit stalls
NASCAR drivers will find longer pit stalls when they compete at Dover International Speedway in two weeks. With NASCAR reducing the size of its Sprint Cup field from 43 to 40 cars, the track removed three stalls and increased the length of its stalls from 32 feet to 34 feet. The track was known for having some of the tightest stalls on the circuit.

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05/01/16
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Hamilton will start 10th, not last in Sochi
Hamilton happy to hear that
Hamilton happy to hear that
Lewis Hamilton will start Sunday’s 2016 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix from 10th on the grid, the position in which he qualified after a power unit failure on his Mercedes ahead of Q3.

Mercedes have changed the turbocharger, MGU-H, control electronics and energy store on Hamilton’s machine ahead of the race, but since all were within his season’s power unit allocation and replaced with permission of the FIA technical delegate, he faces no grid penalties.

The ERS failure was a repeat of the one the world champion suffered in qualifying at the previous round in China. There he started from the back of the grid, having failed to set a lap time during the session.

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05/01/16
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Video: Parker Kligerman's NASCAR drafting analysis
Parker Kligerman uses race tape video to break down and analyze drafting, much like Joey Logano would use, beginning with traditional drafting.

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05/01/16
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Video: Top 5 NASCAR finishes at Talladega Superspeedway
Ron Bouchard, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski , Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson all had spectacular wins at the Talladega Speedway. Find out where each racer ranks in the Top 5 finishes on the Speedway.

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Video: Lewis Hamilton on power unit failure in Russian Grand Prix qualifying
Lewis Hamilton talks about what went wrong with his car during qualifying ahead of the Russian Grand Prix and also discusses what he will need to do to fight back during the race.

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Video: Joey Logano, Elliott Sadler crash in final lap at Talladega
Elliott Sadler gets his first career win at Talladega after a huge crash in the final lap sent Joey Logano nose-first into the SAFER barrier.

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05/01/16
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Latest F1 news in brief - Sunday
  • Franz Tost
    Franz Tost happy with his drivers
    Tost 'more than happy' with Toro Rosso lineup
  • Vettel sure Ferrari can win 2016 title
  • Two Sauber figures absent in Russia
  • Button hopes to stay for Honda's new 2017 engine
  • F1 says Azerbaijan fighting no threat to race
  • Lauda takes step back as television pundit
  • F1 teams agree to raise maximum fuel limit for 2017
  • Hamilton reprimanded for Q1 offense
  • Pirelli still expecting a one-stop race in Russia
  • McLaren-Honda 'so close' to Q3 - Button

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