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05/10/19
IP2000

Sweden's Lindh Grabs Long Overdue First Road to Indy Win
Race start
Race start

Teen-aged Swedish rising star Rasmus Lindh displayed his ability during a fine run to second place as a rookie in last year’s Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship but was never quite able to make the breakthrough into Victory Lane. After stepping up one step on the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires open-wheel development ladder to the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, Lindh set that record straight this afternoon at a very chilly Indianapolis Motor Speedway Grand Prix circuit, holding off a late challenge from his nemesis from 2018, Kyle Kirkwood, to claim a well-earned victory.

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05/10/19
track news

ISC Gives Richmond Raceway Amphitheater $500K Makeover
Richmond Raceway Amphitheater
Richmond Raceway Amphitheater
Virginia Credit Union LIVE!, the concert venue at Richmond Raceway, "unveiled a $500,000 makeover" Friday that "features a new party deck, a porta bar on the hill overlooking the concerts, updated star rooms for the entertainers, updated public restrooms and flexible seating that can be removed for a standing section."

ISC said that the capital investment it made to the amphitheater project is a "continuation of the reinvestment in the future of the Richmond Raceway Complex as part of Richmond Raceway Reimagined."

The amphitheater hosts "6,000 covered seats." RICHMOND.com,

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05/10/19
f1

Barcelona: Bottas and Hamilton dominate Ferraris in practice 2 (Update)
Bottas tops both sessions
Bottas tops both sessions

UPDATE Added quotes and photos below.

05/10/19 Ferrari brought their best Mathias Binotto updates to Barcelona for this weekend's Spanish GP and once again Aldo Costa's design team brought even better upgrades that enabled the Mercedes drivers to dominate both Friday practice sessions.

Bottas ran a 1m17.284s lap to just nip his teammate Lewis Hamilton as both Mercedes drivers were comfortably ahead of the Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel.

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05/10/19
f2

Ghiotto steals Barcelona F2 pole
Luca Ghiotto
Luca Ghiotto
UNI-Virtuosi’s Luca Ghiotto continued his so far flawless weekend to seal pole position in the dying embers of qualifying at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The free practice pace setter left it late to top the timings, setting 1:28.031 with less than a minute to go, ahead of DAMS’ Nicholas Latifi and UNI-Virtuosi teammate Guanyu Zhou. 

His first placed finish ensured that the Italian showed no repeat of Round 2, where he stole the show in free practice, before suffering a lull in qualifying. It was double delight for UNI-Virtuosi as Zhou secured the best qualifying positon of a rookie so far this season.

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05/10/19
il

Robert Megennis Captures First Indy Lights Win At Indianapolis
Robert Megennis
Robert Megennis

Robert Megennis picked perhaps the perfect place to claim an emphatic first Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires victory: the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He did so in style too. Megennis, from New York, N.Y., began his day by securing the pole position for the Indy Lights Grand Prix of Indianapolis this morning, and even though he was briefly headed in the 30-lap race by Andretti Autosport teammate – and championship leader – Oliver Askew, Megennis fought back with a decisive maneuver in Turn One, then edged clear of Askew to secure a hard-earned and thoroughly well-deserved victory.

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05/10/19
irl

Indy GP Qualifying Groups
Rossi not at all happy with his car setup
Rossi not at all happy with his car setup
Qualifying Groups for Round 1 later this afternoon

Group 1

10 Rosenqvist, Felix

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05/10/19
irl

IndyCar GP: Herta leads Honda assault on timesheets
Colton Herta
Colton Herta
The Honda teams tested on the Indy road course recently and it appears to have paid off as Honda powered cars took 8 of the top-10 fastest times, and 11 of the top-13 in the last practice before qualifying for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

Rookie Colton Herta turned the fastest lap in his Harding Steinbrenner Honda at 1m08.039s to top fellow rookie Felix Rosenqvist by 0.2078s

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05/10/19
f1

Formula 1 roars into Chicago with Festival at Soldier Field
F1 Festival coming to Chicago
F1 Festival coming to Chicago

The Emirates F1 Chicago Festival is part of a global festival series that delivers a Grand Prix experience to the city streets

Key Event Details:

• Saturday, June 8th; open 11:00am-9:30pm
• Free to the public
• Parking available in Soldier Field’s North Garage and Waldron Garage; for more information, please visit http://www.soldierfieldparking.com/map.php 

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05/10/19
irl

IndyCar GP: Power continues his domination in 1st Practice
Will Power
Will Power

Will Power continued his dominance of the Indy Speedway road course on Friday morning.

Power, the three-time winner of the NTT IndyCar Series race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course including the past two years, led Friday morning’s opening practice for the sixth edition of the INDYCAR Grand Prix with what has become a typically Will Power last-lap effort.

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05/10/19
irl

Harding Steinbrenner Racing Grows Major Partnership with GESS International for the 2019 IndyCar Series Season
Colton Herta
Colton Herta

GESS International will continue their partnership with Harding Steinbrenner Racing as a multi-race primary sponsor of the #88 Honda-powered Indy car. GESS International will serve as primary sponsor for this weekend’s INDYCAR Grand Prix, the 103rd Indianapolis 500 and a variety of other races throughout the remainder of the 2019 IndyCar Series season. The globally established renewable energy service company previously served as primary sponsor of the #88 at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama and as associate sponsor at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

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05/10/19
f2

Ghiotto on song in Barcelona
Luca Ghiotto
Luca Ghiotto
Luca Ghiotto signaled his intent to put the setback of Round 2 behind him, coming out on top with a dominant drive in FIA Formula 2 free practice at Barcelona, Spain ahead of DAMS’ Nicholas Latifi and PREMA’s Sean Gelael.

After the green light, Gelael set the initial pace in a1:31.655. PREMA were out on their own in the lead at first, as Mick Schumacher and Gelael interchanged between P1 and P2.

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05/10/19
irl

Friday Morning Update from the Grand Prix in Indianapolis
Can Power make it win 4?
Can Power make it win 4?

It is not a pretty morning here in Speedway, Indiana.  Dark clouds are surrounding the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, lingering from last night's rain storms.  The temperatures are not going to be ideal for racing but we are on the road course for this race weekend.  It is 50 degrees outside now with a high of 60 degrees predicted for today and tomorrow.

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05/10/19
f1

Barcelona: Bottas puts Mercedes on top in practice 1
Bottas beats the two Ferraris
Bottas beats the two Ferraris

Valtteri Bottas beat the two Ferraris to set the pace in opening Spanish Grand Prix practice but was hit with an oil leak late. He was the only driver in the 1m17s bracket.

The Mercedes driver traded times with Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel before establishing himself at the head of the order with two laps good enough to end the session quickest.

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05/10/19
F3FIA

Pedro Piquet sets the tone in Barcelona
Pedro Piquet
Pedro Piquet
Pedro Piquet roared around the track to steal the fastest time right at the death during an trouble-free first FIA Formula 3 free practice session in Barcelona, Spain. The Trident driver set 1:33.255 at the chequered flag to put him ahead of Hitech Grand Prix’s Jüri Vips and PREMA’s Robert Shwartzman.

Leonardo Pulcini who had set the pace during pre-season testing on the Spanish track laid down an early gauntlet with a time of 1:35.794, in the 17 degree morning heat. He was soon toppled by Alex Peroni though who was closing in on the 1m 35s mark.

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05/10/19
f1

Carey expecting more problems for F1 TV
Chase Carey
Chase Carey
(GMM) Chase Carey says he feels "pretty good" about F1's live streaming service.

That is despite the fact that 'F1 TV' has been plagued with problems from the beginning, and they continued last weekend in Baku when the service crashed on lap 2.

"We actually feel pretty good about the product," F1 chief executive Carey is quoted by business journalist Christian Sylt.

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05/10/19
f1

Leclerc admits reputation 'encouraging'
Charles Leclerc chokes in Baku
Charles Leclerc chokes in Baku

(GMM) Jacques Villeneuve says Charles Leclerc is not criticized as much as his Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel.

21-year-old Leclerc moved from Sauber to Ferrari for 2019 and so far he is being widely praised, despite his high profile qualifying crash in Baku.

"Imagine if Vettel had done that," 1997 world champion Villeneuve is quoted by Speed Week.

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05/10/19
f1

Leclerc 'seems faster' than Vettel - Ecclestone
Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc
(GMM) Bernie Ecclestone has changed his mind about Charles Leclerc.

Earlier, the former F1 supremo criticized Ferrari for installing the youngster as Sebastian Vettel's new teammate.

"I was wrong," the 88-year-old told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "I thought getting rid of Raikkonen was not a good idea.

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05/10/19
f1

Ecclestone backs 21-race calendar for 2020
Bernie Ecclestone
Bernie Ecclestone
(GMM) Bernie Ecclestone has backed the move to keep the F1 calendar at 21 races.

With Vietnam and Zandvoort reportedly coming in, it was expected Liberty Media's push to expand the calendar had begun.

But F1 chief executive Chase Carey says the 2020 calendar looks to also have 21 races.

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05/10/19
f1

Hamilton says new engineer boosting Bottas
Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas
Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas
(GMM) Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas have played down suggestions their relationship could break down.

Some, including Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, have warned that given the closeness of their championship battle so far, there are signs the relationship could go the way of the toxic Hamilton-Nico Rosberg pairing.

"I don't think it's appropriate to talk about it, but there were things that happened in the background that you don't know about," said Hamilton, when asked what went wrong with Rosberg.

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05/10/19
f1

Stroll plays down qualifying pace struggles
Lance Stroll (L) with his daddy, is getting destroyed by his teammate Perez
Lance Stroll (L) with his daddy, is getting destroyed by his teammate Perez
(GMM) Lance Stroll says he knows he has to improve his qualifying pace.

The young Canadian moved for 2019 from struggling Williams to the newly-named Racing Point team, which was bought last year by Stroll's father Lawrence.

So far, he is struggling to be fast on Saturdays.

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05/10/19
f1

Pressure 'enormous' for Ferrari - Ralf Schumacher
Binotto's Ferrari not doing so good
Binotto's Ferrari not doing so good
(GMM) Ferrari needs to win in Barcelona to keep its championship hopes alive.

That is the view of former F1 driver Ralf Schumacher, who said the pressure on the Maranello team in Spain is "enormous".

"Their potential is there, but wrong decisions, a technical problem and some driving errors has meant they have not fully exploited it," he told Sky Deutschland.

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05/10/19
f1

Magnussen to drive 'old' Haas in practice
Magnussen
Magnussen
(GMM) Only Romain Grosjean will be trying Haas' major car upgrade in Friday practice.

The American team has an objectively fast car this year, but it is the worst in the field in terms of getting temperature into the tires in the race.

So for Barcelona, the upgrades are extensive, including new wings, floor, bargeboards and even the mirrors.

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05/10/19
f1

Ricciardo not regretting Renault move
Daniel Ricciardo laughing all the way to the bank
Daniel Ricciardo laughing all the way to the bank
(GMM) Daniel Ricciardo insists he does not regret moving to Renault.

The Australian left Red Bull, an undisputed top three team, for the works Renault project.

His ex boss, Dr Helmut Marko, thinks Red Bull's former engine supplier tricked Ricciardo with data.

"Hand on my heart," Ricciardo said in Barcelona. "I feel good at Renault.

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05/10/19
f1

Renault knew 2019 strategy was risky - Stoll
Jerome Stoll
Jerome Stoll
(GMM) Renault Sport president Jerome Stoll said the French marque "knew" it could find itself in a difficult situation in 2019.

He said the works team made a conscious decision to push hard with aggressive development for the new season.

"We knew we were taking risks and we could face a situation like this," Stoll told Ouest France newspaper.

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05/10/19
f1

2021 rules 'do not break Haas model' - Steiner
Gunther Steiner
Gunther Steiner
(GMM) Gunther Steiner says Haas is happy with the proposed changes to the technical regulations for 2021.

Earlier, rival teams were reportedly expressing concerns about the 'Haas model', which involves buying many of the parts from Ferrari rather than designing them.

"The last proposal I saw was in February," boss Steiner said in Barcelona when asked about the 2021 regulations.

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05/10/19
f1

Perez backs standard components for 2021
Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez
(GMM) Sergio Perez is backing F1's move to introduce more standard car components.

Tenders have been issued by the FIA for standard components to include the gearbox, wheel rims and braking systems for 2021, and more are expected to follow.

"In my opinion, this is one step out of many that we have to do to make Formula 1 a championship of drivers, not teams," Racing Point driver Perez said in Barcelona.

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05/10/19
f1

US GP safe after $25m lost funding scare
COTA
COTA
(GMM) F1's US grand prix in Austin, Texas, appears back on track.

In February, the event seemed in doubt after the organizers missed a paperwork deadline that would ensure a $25 million state government funding payment.

The Associated Press now reports: "State lawmakers have stepped in with a measure that would let them reapply and get the money.

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05/10/19
irl

Actor Hartley to wave green flag for IndyCar Grand Prix
Television star Justin Hartley will be the honorary starter for Saturday afternoon's IndyCar Grand Prix.

Hartley plays Kevin Pearson in the NBC series "This Is Us" and was part of the cast that earned the Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in 2018 and 2019.

It will be the first IndyCar race since mid-April. Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford will be the pace car driver for the race.



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