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05/02/15
usac

Jordan Taylor Takes First Pole at Laguna Seca
Jordan Taylor
MONTEREY, Calif. - Though the tight street course of the Long Beach Grand Prix is quite a bit different from the flowing, natural-terrain Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, some of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship competitors who finished on top at Long Beach April 18 have apparently brought that momentum to Mazda Raceway.

Winning at Long Beach, and fastest in qualifying for Sunday’s Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix Powered by Mazda, was the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype, put on the pole with a time of 1 minute, 18.718 seconds by Jordan Taylor, who shares the car with his brother Ricky.

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05/02/15
IMSA

IMSA Monterey Notebook
Stevenson Racing, Freedom Autosport take Continental Tire Challenge race

Robin Liddell, driving the No. 6 Stevenson Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R, held off a hard-charging Billy Johnson in the No. 15 Multimatic Ford Mustang Boss 302R to take the overall victory and the GS class win Saturday at the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

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05/02/15
itl

Busy month ahead for Justin Wilson
Justin Wilson returns to the cockpit of an Indy car next weekend in the #25 Andretti Autosport Honda
Justin Wilson Looking to Make the Most of Busy May

Indianapolis, Ind. (1 May 2015) - Justin Wilson has a busy schedule ahead of him, and he couldn't be more excited.

Wilson has been tabbed to join Andretti Autosport for the Angie's List Grand Prix on May 9th and for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 24th to pilot the No. 25 Andretti Autosport Dallara-Honda.

That program will take its first on-track laps this Sunday as the Verizon IndyCar Series stages a one-day test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The test will feature the first public running of the Honda aero kit as Wilson looks to learn the new kit configuration as well as get familiar with his new team.

He will then return to the cockpit on Thursday, May 7th, but in an entirely different format when he gets his first taste of the Honda road course aero kit in preparation for Saturday's Angie's List Grand Prix on the 2.434-mile road course.

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05/02/15
nassprint

Toyota Talladega Qualifying Report
Matt Kenseth: the fastest Camry qualifier
MATT KENSETH, No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position:  8th

What did you think of the new qualifying format?

"I thought it was fine – it was definitely better than the single car qualifying in the past where you had to wait one car at a time for two laps and it took forever. They definitely streamlined the process and also took out the variable of the draft and having a really good car miss the race type of thing. I thought it was good."

How was the car in race trim during yesterday’s practice?

"Honestly, I wasn’t real pleased with it. I felt like it would maybe qualify okay – I thought I would qualify a little better than it did. I wasn’t real pleased with it in the draft, but you never know what tomorrow is going to bring. The draft is so different in the race when you get 43 cars out there versus when you’re in a 10-car pack in practice. Just hope for the best tomorrow and see how it is once we get going in the race."

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05/02/15
f1

Current F1 cars are slow expensive dogs
This AR1.com editorial lays out what is wrong with IndyCar and F1 today - too high costs caused by technology we do not need that takes the 'sport' out of both series and turns them into expensive engineering exercises
Fernando Alonso says current Formula One cars feel very slow in comparison to the cars he drove in the early stages of his career, but he has given up trying to influence the future direction of the sport.

F1 is at a crossroads at the moment with some stakeholders looking to alter the regulations in 2017 despite a complete overhaul of the formula last year. High on the agenda for 2017 are proposals to make the cars more powerful and more difficult to drive, but it remains to be seen whether they would be able to match the lap times of the cars from 2004, which still hold most lap records.

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05/02/15
f1

Zak Brown: New F1 sponsors are alienated
This AR1.com editorial lays out what is wrong with IndyCar and F1 today - too high costs caused by technology we do not need that takes the 'sport' out of both series and turns them into expensive engineering exercises
Zak Brown, who has been described as "F1's go-to-guy-for-big-time-sponsorship deals" believes F1 is in danger. Brown who is CEO of the world’s largest sports agency -JMI - believes urgent measures are required to revive Formula One’s economic opportunities.

"The overall sponsorship economy… is very much down in Formula One. That's a fact - just look at the cars," Brown tells Reuters. He believes the lack of sponsors on the cars is evidence of this and also in stark contrast with how the cars looked in by gone times.

Even though all JMI's current clients who sponsor F1 have re-signed up to their existing commitments, the trends in F1 are just too negative to attract new sponsors.

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05/02/15
usac

Brightest Day, Blackest Night: Two Laps at the 1964 Indianapolis 500
This video was, quite simply, not made with my subscribers or usual viewers in mind. In fact, I didn't compile it with the intention of uploading it to YouTube but as an exercise in documentary film-making and the use of disparate source material to construct a single, coherent narrative. It concerns a subject unlikely to be of much interest to them, tragic events of fifty years ago, at the 1964 Indianapolis 500. It was a time of revolution at the Speedway and like most revolutions, this one featured tragedy and grisly, untimely demise.

This video was inspired by a recently published book by Art Garner, "Black Noon." If you find this subject in the least interesting, I highly recommend Garner's book.

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05/02/15
dtm

Audi starts new DTM season with victory
A happy Jamie Green
With strong nerves and really fast: Jamie Green (Audi) dominated proceedings in the first race at the Nürburgring and drove a lights-to-flag victory home in an impressive way. In an action-packed race, victory for the Audi driver was never in doubt. Mercedes-Benz driver Pascal Wehrlein, who started from second place on the grid, held on to this position following a thrilling battle with his fellow Mercedes-Benz driver Paul Di Resta, who finished third.

The first 40 minutes' race of the 2015 DTM season provided pure racing action. Eight drivers had to succumb to the hard driving antics on track and retired. From the opening lap onwards, there were fierce battles for every position. Only one driver was unfazed by it all: race winner Jamie Green. "I am not at all surprised that things were going so well today. My team is the same as last season," Green said. "Back then, I was quick, too, but I had a lot of bad luck. Today that wasn't the case." The pole sitter had a great start and already had a considerable gap from the rest of the field after the first corner. Two safety car interventions around the halfway point of the race didn't have any effect on the Brit either. Just after the restarts, the Brit had restored his original margin and went on to cross the finish line after 26 laps as the dominant winner.

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05/02/15
f1

Lotus planning 'eye opening' upgrades for Spain
Lotus are planning to debut a "reasonably significant" upgrade package at the first European race of the season in Barcelona next weekend.

It's normal for teams to delay major upgrades until the Spanish Grand Prix, which marks F1's return to Europe following the opening four fly-away races of the season.

That's the plan for Lotus which is once again aiming to score a handful of points to add to its current tally of just 12 thanks to Romain Grosjean's two seventh place finishes.

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05/02/15
irl

Chevrolet Speedway Aero Kit Revealed for Indy 500
Chevy Speedway aero kit
Chevy Speedway aero kit

Chevrolet introduced its speedway aero kit to be used on high-speed ovals in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series – including features developed exclusively for running the Indianapolis 500.

The speedway configuration, which was developed in conjunction with the road course configuration, emphasizes the low-drag attributes that enable Chevrolet race cars to achieve speeds of more than 230 mph at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s famous 2.5-mile oval.

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05/02/15
usf2000
promazda

Franzoni moves from U.S. F2000 to Pro Mazda
Victor Franzoni celebrates his recent U.S. F2000 victory at NOLA. The talented 19-year-old Brazilian will make the jump to Pro Mazda starting next weekend on the IMS road course
DALLAS, May 1 — M1 Racing is pleased to announce that Victor Franzoni and Carlos Conde have joined its team in the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires, effective immediately.

They will join Expert class driver Jay Horak of Mesa, Ariz., in the series' tripleheader on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway May 7-9.

Franzoni, 19, is stepping up from the USF2000 series, where he is currently fifth in the point standings. The native of Sao Paulo, Brazil won the USF2000 race April 12 at NOLA Motorsports Park, and he finished second in a similar event April 24 at Barber Motorsports Park. He also finished second in the pre-season Cooper Tires Winterfest with two victories and a second, missing the title by a mere five points.

Last year he placed fifth in the USF2000 championship as a rookie, winning at St. Petersburg, Fla.  He also posted podium finishes at Barber, Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

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05/02/15
motogp

Jerez: Lorenzo sets new lap record to claim pole
Jorge Lorenzo on the limit
Movistar Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo sent the Spanish fans into rapture by setting a 1'37.910, the only time anyone has ever been under the 1'38 mark on two wheels at the Spanish circuit, beating Marc Marquez previous record from last year by over two-tenths of a second.

Despite track temperatures reaching over 50 degrees the Spaniard, showing renewed determination in Jerez, led from the outset and never looked like missing out on pole. Marc Marquez will start from second on the grid after riding through the pain once more with his broken finger to finish 0.390s behind Lorenzo.

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05/02/15
autogp

Pizzonia throws away victory in final corners
Antonio Pizzonia dominated the qualifying as well as most of the opening race at the Hungaroring in rainy conditions Saturday. However, a few corners from the checkered flag, the "Jungle Boy" skittered off the track presenting the certain win to rival Facu Regalia.

"I still cannot believe it. I have not made such a mistake since I was 15. Basically, I was convinced Facu cannot get past me, so I reduced the pace not to slide off in the finals seconds. But obviously I was too relaxed” Pizzonia described the moment, when he lost the race.

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05/02/15
massprint

Harvick feels Sprint Cup schedule is Stagnant
Kevin Harvick, met with members of the media at Talladega Superspeedway and discussed his thoughts on the current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule:
Q) THERE HAS BEEN A LOT MADE ABOUT DECLINING ATTENDANCE AND FAN SUPPORT WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON HOW NASCAR CAN GROW THE FAN BASE?
Harvick: "I mean the last three races that we went to last year were sold out. I don't know that is a 100 percent true statement. I think it just depends on where you go and what you do. Now, if you want to talk about growing the sport I believe that some venues need one race. I believe that the schedule needs to be mixed up. People like things that change they don't like stagnant things. In my opinion the most stagnant thing in our sport is our schedule and our venues that we go to. You can beat a dead horse as much as you want, but it doesn't come back to life. And sometimes you just have to change things up to keep the excitement and enthusiasm in the sport. I think our schedule is definitely the weak link along with some of the venues that we go to. That is my opinion."

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05/02/15
uscc

Negri Paces Opening Practice at Monterey
Ozz Negri
Ozz Negri led Friday’s opening TUDOR United SportsCar Championship practice at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Negri led the Prototype (P) competitors with a lap of 1:20.077 (100.613 mph) in the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Ligier JS P2/Honda co-driven by John Pew.

Unlike last year – which featured a pair of two-hour races with split classes – Sunday’s Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix powered by Mazda includes all four TUDOR Championship classes. The two-hour, 40-minute race begins at 1:05 p.m. PT on Sunday (live, FOX Sports 1, 4 p.m. ET).

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05/02/15
imsa

Matt Bell Puts Stevenson Motorsports Camaro Z/28.R on Pole
Matt Bell

The Championship-leading Stevenson Motorsports team was in strong form once again on Friday in IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge qualifying as Matt Bell scored his second consecutive TOTAL Pole position with a fast lap time of 1:35.765-seconds in the No. 9 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro Z/28.R at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Bell will open the race from behind the wheel before turning the car over to co-driver Lawson Aschenbach to take to the finish.

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05/02/15
v8

Winterbottom's perfect day in Perth
Mark Winterbottom
Ford hero Mark Winterbottom has labelled today ‘perfect' after ending a near year-long Championship victory drought in supreme fashion, taking an ARMOR ALL Pole Position and both race wins today at the UBET Perth SuperSprint.

After stating earlier in the season that the new for 2015 Ford Falcon FG X had provided him renewed motivation after a heartbreaking second-half season slump in 2014, Winterbottom declared his confidence had returned and he was ready to fight for the Championship.

"It's a massive confidence boost for me… this weekend has started with the perfect day," Winterbottom said.

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