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05/14/19
f1

Max Verstappen Crucial To Dutch GP's Return
Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen
The Dutch Grand Prix will officially return to the F1 calendar in '20 for the first time since '85. The race is "expected to take place at the historic Zandvoort circuit" from May 8-10. The Spanish GP was held over that weekend this season. F1 execs are "hoping to benefit from the surge in interest" in Dutch Red Bull driver Max Verstappen.

As Verstappen has become "one of F1's biggest stars," European races have been attended by "huge numbers of Dutch fans." Zandvoort, which is on the coast close to Amsterdam, is "expected to be a sell-out" (BBC).

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05/14/19
irl

Quotes from Indy Practice Day 1
Matheus Leist
Matheus Leist
MATHEUS LEIST (No. 4 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet):
"Great first day in the ABC Supply Chevrolet practicing for the Indy 500. It's good to be back driving at this track. It was a solid first day. I think we were playing a little bit on the safe side just to get through the day and finish our test program. Those are the important days that mean a lot when we get to qualifying and race day. Today we were focused a little bit more on qualifying than race pace, but at the end of the day, we did a few laps in traffic. On Day 2, we'll probably do more laps in traffic to focus a little bit more on the race setup."

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05/14/19
irl

Team Penske leads Day 1 at Indy at almost 230 mph
Will Power
Will Power

While Team Penske Chevy drivers Will Power and Simon Pagenaud were fastest on opening practice day for the 103rd running of the Indy 500 at 229.745mph and 229.703mph, those speeds were set with a tow.

Chevy powered cars ran 1-2-3-4 with Ed Carpenter and Helio Castroneves in close pursuit, both with Chevy power.

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05/14/19
nhra

NHRA Confirms 24-Race 2020 Schedule
Bo Butner
Bo Butner
NHRA officials announced the 24-race 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule on Tuesday afternoon.

However, competition schedules for individual categories will be released this summer.

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05/14/19
track news

SMI Goes Public With Plan For Nashville Fairgrounds Track
SMI's Bruton and Marcus Smith
SMI's Bruton and Marcus Smith
SMI today went public on a potential $60M renovation project at the Nashville Fairgrounds to "bring NASCAR back to the historic racetrack."

The group has been "courting Mayor David Briley's administration for months to clear a way" for a race at the fairground site. Bristol Motor Speedway Exec VP & GM Jerry Caldwell today presented "ideas for a 30,000 seat-capacity structure, an expanded concourse, premium seating, pedestrian tunnels and sound barriers at an overhauled racetrack."

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05/14/19
irl

Indy 500, Day 1, ROP: Kaiser tops opening rookie session
Kyle Kaiser
Kyle Kaiser
Kyle Kaiser, in desperate need of some sponsor money to run the Indy 500, turned the fastest lap in the rookie practice session Tuesday at Indy.

Kaiser ran a 223.344 mph lap, which was 3/10ths of a sec. faster than Sage Karam at 223.175 mph.

Veteran Pippa Mann was third quick with Patricio O'Ward and Jordan King rounding the top-5.

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05/14/19
irl

McLaren and Estrella Galicia 0,0 announce extension of partnership to Indy 500
Note the small decals
Note the small decals

McLaren Racing and Estrella Galicia 0,0 today announced an extension of their partnership that will see the brands come together at this year’s Indianapolis 500 in May, where McLaren and Spanish compatriot driver Fernando Alonso will compete at the 103rd running of the historic sporting event. 

Estrella Galicia 0,0 is the flagship non-alcoholic beer brand of Hijos de Rivera, a Spanish beer production and distribution company with a history spanning over 113 years, which is present in over 50 countries around the world. 

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05/14/19
f1

Barcelona Test Day 1: Mercedes dominates
Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri Bottas topped the first day of the Barcelona Formula 1 test with a time of 1m15.511s, just 0.105s slower than his record pole position pace from Saturday.

The Mercedes driver was using the Pirelli C5 tires, which are two steps softer than the softs used during the grand prix but will be available in Monaco next weekend.

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc set his best time with five minutes remaining using C2 rubber, ending up 1.422s down.

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05/14/19
wec

2019 24 Hours of Le Mans 60-strong entry list revealed
LeMans
LeMans
The 24 Hours of Le Mans selection committee has finalized the list of 60 competitors and 10 reserve teams for this year’s race. 

This year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans on 15-16 June is a landmark event as the grand finale of the FIA World Endurance Championship, bringing the 2018-19 Super Season to a close. The 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans Selection Committee received a record 75 applications from teams eager to take part in this year’s milestone race, where the world champions will be crowned.

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05/14/19
irl

Indy 500 Day 1 Practice 1 Results
Ed Carpenter
Ed Carpenter
Ed Carpenter led four drivers, 2 Chevy and 2 Honda, over 228 mph in the first practice session for the Indy 500.

Carpenter ran a lap at 228.653 mph followed by another Chevy driver, Helio Castroneves at 228.441 mph.

Colton Herta was the fastest rookie in third at 228.284 mph.

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05/14/19
irl

NTT Rolling Out New Paint Scheme Around Indianapolis 500
New NTT Livery for Rosenqvist
New NTT Livery for Rosenqvist

NTT Data this morning is rolling out a new paint scheme to coincide with the start of Indy 500 practice, as the subsidiary of first-year IndyCar title sponsor NTT Corp. looks to make a splash around the series' biggest race. 

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05/14/19
irl

Indianapolis street named after Mario Andretti


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05/14/19
irl
f1

IndyCar drivers mock current state of F1
Formula 1 is in a bit of a mess at the moment, you may have realized. Some are depressed about the current state, others appear to be reveling it.

Especially those in a racing series that does provide competitive action…

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05/14/19
f1

Mercedes dominance hurting television numbers
With the car being 99% in F1, Hamilton or Bottas will win all 21-races
With the car being 99% in F1, Hamilton or Bottas will win all 21-races
(GMM) The one-sided 2019 world championship is affecting television viewing figures.

RTL, the German free to air broadcaster, reports that one million fewer people sat down to watch the Barcelona race compared to the 2018 Spanish grand prix.

"As much as you have to pay tribute to Mercedes, they suffer as much as so many motor sport fans worldwide due to the current lack of excitement," RTL spokesman Matthias Bolhofer told Bild newspaper.

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05/14/19
f1

Ferrari in 'real crisis' after Barcelona - press
Mathias Binotto has failed Ferrari - both from a design standpoint (he leads that) and from a strategy standpoint (he leads that too)
Mathias Binotto has failed Ferrari - both from a design standpoint (he leads that) and from a strategy standpoint (he leads that too)

(GMM) Ferrari is clearly now in a "real crisis", the partisan Italian media has proclaimed after Barcelona.

After four consecutive Mercedes 1-2s, hopes were high for the Spanish grand prix, staged at Barcelona where Ferrari dominated the winter test season.

But on Saturday and Sunday, Mercedes were once again first and second in both qualifying and the race.

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05/14/19
f1

Honda 'better than Renault' - Yamamoto
Masashi Yamamoto
Masashi Yamamoto

(GMM) Renault now has the least impressive power unit in Formula 1.

That is not the view of field leaders Mercedes and Ferrari, but of Honda's F1 chief Masashi Yamamoto.

"With the help of Red Bull and Toro Rosso, we are in better shape than Renault at the moment," the Japanese told Speed Week.

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05/14/19
f1

Formula 1 confirms return of Dutch Grand Prix
F1 boss Chase Carey
F1 boss Chase Carey

Formula 1 has officially confirmed that the Dutch Grand Prix will return next season, likely replacing the Spanish GP.

The Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort has not featured on the calendar since 1985 but the rise and popularity of Max Verstappen in recent years has fueled speculation of the event’s return.

“We’re thrilled to be here today,” said F1 boss Chase Carey at a press conference in Zandvoort.

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