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05/05/19
miscellaneous

Kentucky Derby Draws Best Overnight Rating Since Early '90s
What will the Indy 500 draw on NBC in 2019
What will the Indy 500 draw on NBC in 2019
Proving that if you put events on network TV instead some obscure TV channel like NBCSN you can get big TV ratings, NBC's Kentucky Derby coverage drew a 10.9 overnight rating for the 6:30-7:30pm ET race portion of the telecast, matching '92 as the best Derby overnight since '90.

The 10.9 rating is up 20% from last year’s race, which averaged a 9.1 rating. It also marks TV’s best Saturday overnight since the NFL Divisional Playoffs in January. The overnight rating peaked at an 11.9 from 6:45-7:00pm ET. Louisville led all metered markets with a 39.5 rating, followed by Cincinnati (20.3) and Ft. Myers (19.4). 

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05/05/19
nasmon

Four cars fail inspection, will start at the rear at Dover
Alex Bowman one of 4 drivers docked
Alex Bowman one of 4 drivers docked
Four cars failed pre-race inspection multiple times on Sunday at Dover International Speedway and will start from the rear for the Gander RV 400.

Teams failing twice were the No. 19 of Martin Truex Jr., the No. 47 of Ryan Preece and the No. 88 of Alex Bowman, and they will also be minus a crew member for the race and will have a 15-minute practice hold at the next event.

The No. 36 of Matt Tifft failed a third time and will have to serve a 30-minute practice hold next week at Kansas as well as a pass through penalty after taking the green flag in the Gander RV 400.

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05/05/19
nasmon

Rain forces postponement of Gander RV 400 at Dover
Dryers had the track dry and then it rained again
Dryers had the track dry and then it rained again
Persistent rain on Sunday foiled NASCAR’s attempts to start the Gander RV 400 at Dover International Speedway, forcing postponement of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race until noon Monday, to be broadcast on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

The cars started rolling before 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, but the rain, which had stopped long enough to dry the track, picked up again as the field took pace laps around the Monster Mile.

Accordingly, pole winner Chase Elliott and Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron, the second-place qualifier, will lead the field to the green flag on Monday.

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05/05/19
irl

Juncos Racing Confirms Kyle Kaiser for Indy 500
Kyle Kaiser
Kyle Kaiser
Juncos Racing is pleased to announce Kyle Kaiser will return to the team in their attempt to qualify for the 103rd Running of the Indy 500 presented by Gainbridge. The American will pilot the No. 32 Juncos Racing Chevrolet entry for the second consecutive year.

The 2017 Indy Lights Champion made a strong impression on the 2018 NTT IndyCar Series during his first Indy 500 qualifying when he drove the No. 32 Chevrolet to a 17th starting position. Kaiser competed in four races during the 2018 season.

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05/05/19
imsa

IMSA Mid-Ohio - Penske Acura team should have won pole
#6 Acura of Dane Cameron
#6 Acura of Dane Cameron
Both Acura Team Penske cars were balked by slower competitors on their qualifying runs for this weekend's IMSA Weathertech series race at Mid-Ohio. 

The drivers explain what happened.

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05/05/19
f1

Binotto admits Costa's car is better designed than his
Is Mattia Binotto that naive to think Costa won't out-develop him throughout the year?
Is Mattia Binotto that naive to think Costa won't out-develop him throughout the year?

Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto has admitted that Mercedes have a 'slightly better' designed car than his team. But of course Aldo Costa has designed better cars than Binotto and Red Bull's Adrian Newey for years.

"I think that, four races in the season, no win for Ferrari, four wins for Mercedes, no doubt that they are very strong, and certainly they've got, let me say, a slightly better car," Binotto said to Autosport after the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

"But I think that the gap is not so big, and the points and the results are not reflecting the true potentials of the cars."

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05/05/19
dtm

BMW's Philipp Eng storms to pole position for Race 2
Philipp Eng
Philipp Eng
At 11.04 this morning (local time), Austrian BMW driver Philipp Eng wrote history at Hockenheim, posting the fastest ever lap time in a tin-top car at the German circuit. 

In qualifying for today’s second DTM race of the weekend, the Austrian was the only one with a sub-1m29s time as he claimed pole position in 1m28.972s. Yesterday’s race winner Marco Wittmann completed a clean-sweep of the front row for BMW with a time of 1m29.388s. Audi locks out the second row with Abt-Audi teammates Robin Frijns and Nico Müller in third and fourth places respectively.

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05/05/19
motogp

Marquez leads Vinales and Mir on Sunday morning warm-up
Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) topped the timesheets in MotoGP morning Warm Up at the Gran Premio Red Bull de Espana despite encountering early issues with his RC213V, his 1:37.595 enough to beat second fastest Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) by 0.341, with rookie Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) jumping up to third on his final lap.

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05/05/19
TV News

Sunday TV Times
Al times Eastern and Live unless noted
Sunday, May 5LocationTV TimesNetwork
MotoGPJerez4:45-9:00ambeIN
IMSA - RaceMid-Ohio1:30-4:30pmNBCSN
NASCAR Cup - RaceDover2:00-6:00pmFS1
NHRA FinalsAtlanta6:00-9:00pm (SDD)FS1

Legend: SDD: Same day delay



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05/04/19
wseries

A Reader Writes from Hockenheim (Update)
Jamie Chadwick wins the inaugural W-Series race
Jamie Chadwick wins the inaugural W-Series race

UPDATE The W Series is also shown live on Dutch TV by ZIGGO Pay TV Channel (Note: All ZIGGO Channels are Pay TV !). 

05/04/19 A longtime AR1 reader who attended the first DTM/W Series event at Hockenheim this weekend passed along some of his/her thoughts. We have withheld this individuals' name per request. 

Dear AR1,

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05/04/19
Test

Test - Ignore
This is a test, please ignore

This is a test, please ignore

 
 
 
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Even blindfolded, he's just that good 💯

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05/04/19
v8

McLaughlin returns to top of podium with spectacular win in Perth
McLaughlin and the Penske team are making a mockery of the Supercars series
McLaughlin and the Penske Ford team are making a mockery of the Supercars series

Shell V-Power Racing's Scott McLaughlin took out the second leg of the PIRTEK Perth SuperNight, ahead of Jamie Whincup.

McLaughlin regrouped from a slow start that gave Whincup the lead through the first stint to control the balance of the 84 laps at Barbagallo Wanneroo Raceway.

The defending champion ultimately took his eighth win of the season by 1.9283 seconds from the Red Bull Holden Racing Team's Whincup.

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05/04/19
dtm

Wittmann wins from pole at wet Hockenheim
Marco Wittmann
Marco Wittmann

DTM's new turbo formula kicked off in spectacular style as Marco Wittmann (GER, BMW) mastered the elements to take a commanding victory at Hockenheim today.

DTM's new two-liter, turbo-charged engines provided the drivers with an extra challenge, as they battled to control the torquey power response from the 610hp units in the slippery conditions.

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05/04/19
wseries

Jamie Chadwick wins inaugural W-Series race
Jamie Chadwick
Jamie Chadwick
Britain's Jamie Chadwick made history by winning the opening round of the inaugural female-only motor racing championship in Hockenheim.

Chadwick, 20, dominated the W Series opener in Germany and, despite losing the lead on the first lap after running wide at the hairpin, she fought back from second to take the checkered flag.

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05/04/19
automotive

Porsche Taycan sans camouflage (Update)
Porsche Taycan still testing
Porsche Taycan still testing

UPDATE Some even better photos in this carscoops article.

04/27/19 As the upcoming Porsche Taycan inches ever closer to production, we’re getting a clearer idea of what it will ultimately look like. Unlike previous spy shots, these ones actually show the car’s true headlights, underneath the plastic assembly that hid their details. We can also see the car’s side window, which was also covered in older spy shots.

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05/04/19
irl

2019 Indianapolis 500 Official Program On Sale Now
2019 Indy 500 program
2019 Indy 500 program
An adaptation of a painting of Mario Andretti's 1969-winning Brawner Hawk III/Ford car is featured on the cover of the 2019 Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge Official Souvenir Program, which is on sale now.

British artist and racing helmet livery designer Jason Fowler painted the original artwork of the famous Day-glo red car on metal with airbrush and bristle brush techniques, and that piece was adapted for the cover of the 224-page program. The cover was unveiled during a ceremony Tuesday evening, April 30 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

The Official Program cover features metallic gold ink, three different textured varnishes and Kalidocolor inks with true Day-glo rocket red as the color of Andretti's iconic car.

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05/04/19
automotive

Ford Slashes V-8 Production
Ford 5.0-liter V-8
Ford 5.0-liter V-8. Will V8's soon be used as boat anchors?

Ford Motor Company confirmed Friday that it's axing one of three shifts that build V-8 engines at its Ontario Assembly Plant in Windsor, Canada. The move to scale back engine block production comes after seeing reduced customer demand for the venerable 5.0-liter V-8 offered in the F-150 half-ton pickup truck and other Ford SUVs.

According to AN, it's the third shift for the plant that's being eliminated effective immediately, but reportedly no jobs will be lost as a result.

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05/04/19
TV News

Weekend TV Times
Al times Eastern and Live unless noted
Saturday, May 4LocationTV TimesNetwork
WECSpa 6 Hours7:00-8:30amMotorTrend Online
WECSpa 6 Hours12:30-2:00pmMotorTrend Online
NASCAR Cup - PracticeDover8:30-10:00amFS1
NASCAR Xfinity - QualifyingDover10:00-11:30amFS1
IMSA - QualifyingMid-Ohio11:30am-12:45pmIMSA TV
NASCAR Xfinity - RaceDover1:00-4:00pmFS1
SupercrossLas Vegas10:00pm-1:00amUSA Network
Sunday, May 5LocationTV TimesNetwork
MotoGPJerez4:45-9:00ambeIN
IMSA - RaceMid-Ohio1:30-4:30pmNBCSN
NASCAR Cup - RaceDover2:00-6:00pmFS1
NHRA FinalsAtlanta6:00-9:00pm (SDD)FS1

Legend: SDD: Same day delay



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05/04/19
nasmon

Quaker State Activates NASCAR Deals With Digital Promotion
The Ad on Twitter
The Ad on Twitter
Quaker State has launched a new digital promotion that lets fans vote on which of its classic throwback paint schemes it will run during a NASCAR race this season, and it has quickly vaulted into one of its most engaged posts ever.

Quaker State is a client of home retailer Menards, which is also a major NASCAR sponsor, and Menards gives Quaker State two primaries on Wood Brothers Racing’s No. 21 Ford every year.

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05/04/19
usac

Andretti Autosport Short Track Announces Partnership with Flat 12 Bierworks
Jarrett Andretti gets beer backing
Jarrett Andretti gets beer backing
Continuing a diverse season on and off the track, Jarett Andretti is proud to introduce Flat12 Bierworks to his racing program.  The racing-themed Indianapolis brewery will be an associate sponsor on the No. 18 Sprint Car for Andretti Autosport Short Track.  Andretti will continue to his race his Sprint Car when not competing in the Pirelli GT4 American Series with Andretti Autosport and making his Indy Lights debut in the Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May. 

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05/04/19
wec
irl

Toyota Frustrated by WEC dragging feet on 2020/2021 rules
Toyota should pull out of WEC and do an IndyCar engine instead
Toyota should pull out of WEC and do an IndyCar engine instead. They are racing against no one
Toyota Gazoo Racing director Rob Leupen says the manufacturer would not support an extension of LMP1 beyond the 2019-20 FIA World Endurance Championship amid “ridiculous” deadlines for the new top-level prototype class.

Leupen suggested to reporters ahead of this weekend’s Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps that Toyota firmly intends to retire its TS050 Hybrid at the end of the next winter season.

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05/04/19
dtm

BMW's Wittmann takes pole in wet session
Marco Wittmann on a wet track, takes pole
Marco Wittmann on a wet track, takes pole

Slippery when wet: in adverse conditions, qualifying for the first race of the 2019 DTM season took place at the 4.574km long Hockenheimring Baden-Wurttemberg. 

With rain no longer falling, but on a wet and slippery track, the pole-time was always going to come in the dying minutes of the session, when the most water had been cleared from the racing line.

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05/04/19
v8

McLaughlin takes another pole as Red Bull splits up the Mustangs
Scott McLaughlin
Scott McLaughlin playing with the competition

Jamie Whincup continued his steady improvement over the weekend in Perth by snatching himself a front-row start for Race 12 on Saturday night.

The Red Bull Holden man will start alongside Scott McLaughlin, who yet again dominated qualifying throughout as Chaz Mostert begins on the second row with Tickford teammate Cameron Waters.

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05/04/19
v8

Mostert: DJR Team Penske ' in a league of their own'
Roger Penske in Pert, celebrates with his DJR Penske team
Roger Penske in Perth, celebrates with his DJR Penske team
Chaz Mostert says Shell V-Power Racing is ‘in a league of their own’ at the moment after the squad scored its fifth one-two finish of the season.

Mostert emerged as the best of the rest in Saturday night’s race under lights at Barbagallo Wanneroo Raceway to claim his fourth podium of the season.

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05/04/19
motogp

Jerez Turn 6 named after Pedrosa
Dani Pedrosa with family and track officials
Dani Pedrosa with family and track officials
After a presentation on Friday evening at the Gran Premio Red Bull de España, Dani Pedrosa now has a corner named after him at the Circuito de Jerez.

Pedrosa, who was recently inaugurated as a MotoGP™ Legend following his retirement from MotoGP™ racing, is present at this weekend’s Spanish GP as Turn 6 is officially named ‘Pedrosa Corner’.

The three-time World Champion joins names such as Jorge Lorenzo, Sito Pons, Angel Nieto, Jorge ‘Aspar’ Martinez and Alex Criville to have corners named after them at the circuit.



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05/04/19
automotive

Amsterdam to ban petrol and diesel cars and motorbikes by 2030
Amsterdam
Amsterdam
Cars and motorbikes running on petrol or diesel will be banned from driving in Amsterdam from 2030.

The city’s council plans to phase in the change as part of a drive to clean up air pollution, which the authorities blame for shortening the life expectancy of Amsterdammers by a year.

“Pollution often is a silent killer and is one of the greatest health hazards in Amsterdam,” said the councilor responsible for the city’s traffic, Sharon Dijksma, announcing the municipality’s decision.

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05/03/19
f1

Commemorating Ayrton Senna

Gary Wheeler was Ayrton Senna's no.2 mechanic during his time at McLaren. Hear from him as he reflects on one of the most impressive drives in Formula 1 - the 1993 European GP.

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05/03/19
wec

Post-qualifying press conference Total 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps
Here is the video of the post qualifying press conference of the 2019 Total 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

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05/03/19
f1

2019 Mercedes Azerbaijan Grand Prix F1 Debrief
James Vowles
James Vowles
James Vowles, Mercedes Motorsport Strategy Director, answers fans questions on the Azerbaijan Grand Prix - from those practice starts before their final Q3 laps, to whether they reacted to Ferrari with their first pit stops.

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05/03/19
nasmon

NASCAR Dover Monster Cup pre-race Q&A
Kyle Busch (No.18 Pedigree Toyota), Chase Elliott (No. 9 NAPA Brakes Chevrolet), Martin Truex Jr. (No.19 SiriusXM Toyota), Jimmie Johnson (No.48 Ally Chevrolet).

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05/03/19
Wseries

Chadwick leads practice at Hockenheim
Jamie Chadwick in the wet 2nd session
Jamie Chadwick in the wet 2nd session

Jamie Chadwick topped the opening two W Series practice sessions Friday at Hockenheim. The British driver's lap time of 1:38.65s edged Emma Kimilainen in the opening dry session by 0.36 seconds, before topping Kimilainen in a wet second session by over 7-tenths of a second. 

The W Series has selected its drivers on merit and they are not required to bring financial backing. A lack of funding has been key in preventing many women from furthering their careers in motor sport. The intention is to change this by putting the women on track in a six-race season, promoting themselves, gaining experience and improving their chances to go racing in other series, all the while inspiring a new generation of women and girls.

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05/03/19
motogp

Petrucci tops Marquez in Friday practice
Danilo Petrucci
Danilo Petrucci
Strong sun throughout Friday practice at the Spanish GP highlighted the new Jerez tarmac as the MotoGP teams made the most of every moment on the familiar track.

Danilo Petrucci (Mission Winnow Ducati) ended Day 1 at the Gran Premio Red Bull de España at the top of the timesheets after setting a 1:37.909 in FP2, a time enough to edge out Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) by 0.012 as Ducati and Honda lock horns on Friday in Jerez.

Only challenged for the top spot in Free Practice 1 by his teammate, reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez continued his form into FP2. Remaining fast, Marquez ultimately ended Free Practice 2 in fourth with a 1’38.147 – less than a third of a second splitting the top four. Marquez’s morning time has him second on the combined times, 0.012s behind Danilo Petrucci and one of only two riders to set a 1’37.

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05/03/19
irl

Marco Andretti Hires Body Double
After 14 seasons of racing in the IndyCar Series, Marco Andretti has decided to hire a body double to balance the responsibilities around the track, make more time for his fans and focus on racing.

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05/03/19
wec

WEC: Porsche sets sights on world championship
#91 Porsche 911 RSR
#91 Porsche 911 RSR
Porsche reaches a match point at round seven of the FIA Sports Car World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium). The factory squad from Weissach could take home the manufacturers’ title at the penultimate round of the 2018/2019 WEC Super Season.

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05/03/19
v8

Coulthard leads home Mustang 1-2-3 in first Perth night race
Fabian Coulthard gets jump at start
Fabian Coulthard gets jump at start
Fabian Coulthard has claimed victory in the first ever night race for the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship at Barbagallo Raceway.

Coulthard led home Shell Ford team-mate Scott McLaughlin in the opening leg of the maiden PIRTEK Perth SuperNight, with Chaz Mostert rounding out a blue oval top three in the Supercheap Auto Mustang.

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05/03/19
v8

Penske Mustangs demoralize Supercar field in qualifying
David Coulthard will start 2nd, his Penske teammate 1st. The series tried to neuter the Mustangs but the Penske cars are making so much HP they had plenty in reserve.
David Coulthard will start 2nd, his Penske teammate 1st. The series tried to neuter the Mustangs but the Penske cars are making so much HP they had plenty in reserve.

Scott McLaughlin will start Race 11 of the Supercars season from pole position, the seventh time he has claimed it this season.

The Kiwi shattered the track record he had set earlier in FP2 by posting a stunning 0:52.814, claiming pole ahead of his DJR Team Penske teammate Fabian Coulthard by 0.212secs.

There are four Mustangs in the top five with Jamie Whincup breaking up the ponies by starting in third, despite having to progress from Q1 after stuttering in FP2 earlier.

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05/03/19
f1

Red Bull planning for 4+ engines in 2019
Christian Horner
Christian Horner explains Red Bull and Honda's strategy
Red Bull boss Christian Horner expects grid penalties later this season as Red Bull wants Honda to keep bringing new power unit performance upgrade bits.

“I think it has been positive,” Horner said. “Honda have had a strong race, and then we could run the engine a little bit harder in the race as well. So yeah, it’s all part of that evolution.

“There were no issues with the previous engine that we have, so they’ll be used on Fridays. We were always planning this year to take more than three engines. It’s part of that — for them to catch up they’ve got to push the boundaries, which is exactly what they’re doing.”

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05/03/19
irl
f1

Alonso to decide on F1 return or IndyCar fulltime 'in July' (Update)
Alonso ready for more new challenges. Will he run IndyCar fulltime in 2020? A little birdie tells us......
Alonso ready for more new challenges. Will he run IndyCar fulltime in 2020? A little birdie tells us......
UPDATE
 (GMM) Fernando Alonso says he is not missing Formula 1.

The two-time world champion quit at the end of last year, with many believing the reason was Alonso's struggle to find a competitive seat.

But Alonso insists that was not the reason.

"I would return if I wanted to," he told Spanish reporters.

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05/03/19
f1

Bottas 'more direct' with Mercedes in 2019
Bottas asserts himself. Can he beat Hamilton for the title like Rosberg did? Only a Mercedes driver can win an F1 title until Aldo Costa retires completely
Bottas asserts himself. Can he beat Hamilton for the title like Rosberg did? Only a Mercedes driver can win an F1 title until Aldo Costa retires completely
(GMM) Valtteri Bottas says he is being "more aggressive" with his team in 2019.

The Finn ended the 2018 season under a serious cloud, given his poor performance and the ominous presence of potential 2020 replacement Esteban Ocon.

But after four races in 2019, the newly-bearded Bottas has won twice and actually leads the world championship by a single point ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

"I think this year has been different from last year," Brazil's Globo quotes the 29-year-old as saying.

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05/03/19
TV News

Weekend TV Times
Al times Eastern and Live unless noted

Friday, May 3LocationTV TimesNetwork
NASCAR Cup - QualifyingDover 3:30-4:30pmFS1
NASCAR Truck - raceDover4:30-7:30pmFS1
Saturday, May 4LocationTV TimesNetwork
WECSpa 6 Hours7:00-8:30amMotorTrend Online
WECSpa 6 Hours12:30-2:00pmMotorTrend Online
NASCAR Cup - PracticeDover 8:30-10:00amFS1
NASCAR Xfinity - QualifyingDover10:00-11:30amFS1
IMSA - QualifyingMid-Ohio11:30am-12:45pmIMSA TV
NASCAR Xfinity - RaceDover1:00-4:00pmFS1
SupercrossLas Vegas10:00pm-1:00amUSA Network
Sunday, May 5LocationTV TimesNetwork
MotoGPJerez4:45-9:00ambeIN
IMSA - RaceMid-Ohio1:30-4:30pmNBCSN
NASCAR Cup - RaceDover2:00-6:00pmFS1
NHRA FinalsAtlanta 6:00-9:00pm (SDD)FS1

Legend: SDD: Same day delay

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05/03/19
f1

Ecclestone backs difficult Pirelli tires
Bernie Ecclestone says without difficult tires, running order would always be the same
Bernie Ecclestone says without difficult tires, running order would always be the same
(GMM) Bernie Ecclestone has backed Pirelli, amid criticism of the Italian supplier's 2019 tires.

Recently, Haas boss Gunther Steiner slammed the tire situation this year as being "not Formula 1".

"We should not be constantly talking about whether a tire works," he said.

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05/03/19
f1

Lance Stroll 'damn fast' - Szafnauer
Otmar Szafnauer (R) knows where his bread is buttered
Otmar Szafnauer (R) knows where his bread is buttered
(GMM) Lance Stroll, an often maligned Formula 1 driver, is actually "damn fast".

That is the view of his boss at Racing Point, the former Force India team that is now owned by Stroll's billionaire father Lawrence Stroll.

Since leaving Williams, 20-year-old Stroll has scored just four of the team's points in 2019, compared to teammate Sergio Perez's 13.

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05/02/19
irl
nasmon

30 for 30 Documentary on Motorsports Pioneer Janet Guthrie to Premiere May 28 on ESPN
Janet Guthrie at Trenton Speedway - the race before the Indy 500
Janet Guthrie at Trenton Speedway in 1977 (Trentonian 200) - the race before the Indy 500
ESPN Films’ award-winning 30 for 30 series continues on May 28 with the documentary “Qualified” at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. Directed by Jenna Ricker (“Ben’s Plan,” “The American Side”) with producers Caroline Waterlow and Nina Krstic (“O.J.: Made in America”) and Greg Stuhr (“The American Side”), “Qualified” chronicles the roadblocks and hardships Janet Guthrie overcame in becoming the first woman ever to compete in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500 – and eventually, an auto racing legend. Watch a clip.

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05/02/19
imsa
wec

Super Sebring Weekend Returns To Iconic Venue In 2020
Sebring
Sebring
The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) today jointly announced that following the tremendously successful combined race weekend at Sebring International Raceway in March, the event will return to the iconic circuit on March 18-21, 2020.

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05/02/19
wec

SMP and Toyota top Spa practice 1 and 2

#17 SMP fastest in morning
#17 SMP fastest in morning
Practice 1

Sergey Sirotkin led SMP Racing team-mate and fellow ex-Formula 1 racer Stoffel Vandoorne in the opening practice session for this weekend's Spa World Endurance Championship round.

Sirotkin, who made his WEC debut for SMP in the Sebring 1000 Miles, set a lap time of 1m56.264s in the #17 BR Engineering BR1-AER with just under 30 minutes of the session remaining.

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05/02/19
v8

Lap record smashed during first practice under lights in Perth
Whincup
Whincup 3rd quick

Seven-time Virgin Australia Supercars Champion Jamie Whincup set a new lap record by over one full second at Barbagallo Wanneroo Raceway in the first ever practice session under lights at the PIRTEK Perth SuperNight.

Whincup logged a 53.4430s late in the session to shade Supercheap Auto Mustang driver Chaz Mostert by two hundredths of a second, with Milwaukee Racing Will Davison third in his Mustang just three hundredths behind Whincup. 

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05/02/19
automotive

Latest Corvette C8 Spy Photos
To be revealed in July in Orange County, California, here are the latest 2020 Corvette C8 spy photos snapped in Manhattan, NY.

The first-ever production mid-engine model will be revealed on July 18, 2019. 

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05/02/19
f1

Villeneuve: Ferrari wasn't ready to handle two top drivers
Leclerc faster than Ferrari expected
Leclerc faster than Ferrari expected
Jacques Villeneuve believes Scuderia Ferrari aren’t ready to manage competitive team-mates and Charles Leclerc‘s impressive early season form is “having a negative effect” on the team.

While the 1997 world champion believes Leclerc was ready for promotion to Ferrari in only his second season of Formula 1, he says the presence of the fast and talented Monegasque has unsettled Sebastian Vettel and has been to the detriment of the team.

“If you listen to any fan or go on the forums, even the qualifying accident [in Baku], Leclerc doesn’t get criticized,”Villeneuve told Motorsport.com, referring to the Monegasque’s crash during qualifying in Azerbaijan.

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05/02/19
f1

Spanish GP negotiations not dead yet
Still a glimmer of hope for Barcelona
Still a glimmer of hope for Barcelona
(GMM) Barcelona has not yet been locked out of the 2020 F1 calendar.

This week, reports suggested that with Zandvoort set to host a race next year, the new Dutch GP could actually replace Spain.

Indeed, Barcelona's contract runs out this year, and the negotiations with Liberty Media were believed to be fraught.

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05/02/19
f1

Senna could have been Brazilian president - Boutsen
Ayrton Senna
Ayrton Senna testing an CART Champ Car
Sutton Images
(GMM) Former F1 driver Thierry Boutsen thinks Ayrton Senna could have gone on to become president of Brazil.

This week, the worlds of Formula 1 and sport more generally are marking the 25th anniversary of the Brazilian legend's death at Imola in 1994.

One of Senna's best friends in the paddock was Boutsen. 

"I have his helmet on my desk," the Belgian told the Sporza broadcaster.

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05/02/19
f1

No F1 'Q4' qualifying in 2020
Pirelli Tires
Pirelli Tires
(GMM) The 'Q4' qualifying format proposal for 2020 has been scrapped.

Earlier, we reported that authorities were considering adding a fourth segment to the current 'knockout'-style session.

Concerns were raised about whether the teams could cope with the extra segment with their existing allocation of Pirelli tires per race weekend.

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