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05/17/17
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Indianapolis 500 Qualifying on ABC, ESPN3
The 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 is just over a week away and race fans will be able to watch two days of qualifying action for the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” live on ABC and ESPN3 on Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, from Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Verizon IndyCar Series drivers will be deciding the 33-car starting grid for the May 28 running of the race, which also will air live on ABC. Allen Bestwick will call the action with analysts Scott Goodyear and Eddie Cheever. Pit reporters will be Rick DeBruhl, Dr. Jerry Punch and Jon Beekhuis. The schedule:

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05/17/17
irl

Video: A.J. Foyt speaks candidly about his health


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05/17/17
irl

Carpenter fastest on a windy Wednesday at Indy
Ed Carpenter
Ed Carpenter
Strong, gusting winds limited running by teams on the third day of practice for the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, but a number of competitors persevered and logged important fact-finding laps.

Team owner/driver Ed Carpenter posted the fastest of 408 total laps turned by 21 drivers in the six-hour session hampered by wind gusts reached 40 mph. Driving the No. 20 Fuzzy's Vodka Chevrolet, Carpenter ran a lap of 222.894 mph at the beginning of the day's final hour that was unassisted by an aerodynamic tow from a car in front. Marco Andretti has the fastest lap of the week, 226.338 mph, run on Monday.

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05/17/17
irl

Indy 500 Qualifications could be rained out
The weather forecast for qualifications Saturday and Sunday for the Indy 500 is not very good. Click table to enlarge.


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05/17/17
nasmon

Smith to sub for Almirola
Regan Smith will drive the No. 43 Smithfield Ford in this weekend's Monster Energy Open Race subbing for the injured Aric Almirola who broke his back in the Kansas crash with Danica Patrick and Joey Logano.

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05/17/17
wec

WEC eyes hybrid engines for 2020
FIA World Endurance Championship CEO Gerard Neveu has admitted that it would be “impossible to imagine” the upcoming set of LMP1 regulations without hybrid technology, amid talks with manufacturers on the scope for 2020 and beyond.

Neveu, ACO President Pierre Fillon, as well as other leading representatives from the FIA and ACO have continued discussions with current and prospective LMP1 manufacturers on the 2020 regulations, which are due to be released, conceptually, at Le Mans next month.

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05/17/17
irl

Made In Space Joins Mann as Associate Sponsor for the Indy 500
Pippa Mann
Pippa Mann
Dale Coyne Racing driver Pippa Mann is welcoming a new associate sponsor to her list of partners for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 with the addition of Made In Space, Inc., the world’s first space manufacturing company.

Founded in 2010, Made In Space sent the first commercial 3D printer to the International Space Station (ISS) in March 2016. They have printed parts for customers such as Lowe’s Home Improvement and NASA.

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05/17/17
irl

Juncos Racing announces another sponsor for Indy 500
Juncos Racing announced today that Temple Fork Outfitters will be an associate sponsor of the No. 11 Juncos Racing entry driven by Spencer Pigot and the No. 17 AFS/Juncos Racing car driven by Sebastian Saavedra during the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.

Temple Fork Outfitters joins Ricoh USA and Ray Morgan Company as associate sponsors and primary sponsors Oceanfront Recovery through Rising Star Racing and P1 Management of Pigot’s Chevrolet powered car.

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05/17/17
F1
irl

Alonso finally gets a good night's rest
Ready to rumble
Ready to rumble
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – The rest of the drivers participating in practice today for the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil may want to take notice: Fernando Alonso finally got a good night’s sleep and is ready to go.

The two-time Formula One champion making his debut this year in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” pronounced as much at a news conference this morning featuring all six Andretti Autosport drivers. The third day of practice is scheduled from noon-6 p.m. ET. Alonso said his body clock is becoming adjusted since flying across the Atlantic Ocean following Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix to be ready for the opening Indy 500 practice Monday.

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05/17/17
Nasmon

Hendricks expected to announce Lowe's and Nationwide extensions
Rick Hendrick
Rick Hendrick

Hendrick Motorsports Owner Rick Hendrick said that his NASCAR team is "moving closer to making announcements about sponsors Lowe’s and Nationwide," according to Dustin Long of NBCSPORTS.com.

Hendrick Motorsports' deals with Lowe's (Jimmie Johnson) and Nationwide (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series "both expire after the season."

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05/17/17
automotive

Electric car revolution accelerating
Fast accelerating sales of electric car will lead to surging demand for copper, cobalt and nickel, and sooner than the markets currently expect Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg said on Tuesday.

"The electric vehicle revolution is happening and its impact is likely to be felt faster than expected," Ivan Glasenberg told a mining conference in Barcelona.

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05/17/17
nasmon

Harvick fan could win $1 million
Kevin Harvick
Kevin Harvick

Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kevin Harvick is one of NASCAR’s most popular drivers, a past champion with a huge following. But it’s a safe bet that this week, Harvick’s biggest fan is a guy named Steve Sinanan.

Suffice to say that Sinanan, 42, of Orlando, Fla., will be pulling hard for Harvick to win Saturday night’s Monster Energy All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway (FS1, 6 p.m. ET).

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05/17/17
nascar

Future NASCAR driver class announced
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The latest NASCAR Next class of nine drivers, which was announced Tuesday night includes drivers with 40 wins and 124 top-10 finishes in 148 NASCAR starts during the past two seasons.

This year’s class features drivers Harrison Burton, Chase Cabre, Hailie Deegan, Todd Gilliland, Riley Herbst, Cayden Lapcevich, Ty Majeski, Chase Purdy and Zane Smith.

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05/17/17
Irl

Ganassi team still needs more race pace
Tony Kanaan still looking for more speed
Tony Kanaan still looking for more speed

After Honda pretty much put a whooping to the Chevy teams on superspeedway’s last year, I think with the aerokit freeze in the offseason as well as the addition of Chip Ganassi Racing too, everyone pretty much assumed this year’s Indianapolis 500 would be won by one of the four Ganassi drivers.

They had a distinct advantage right? They obviously were well aware of where Chevy was lacking on the superspeedway side of things since they were on that side last year. Now, they get the Honda information and should maximize knowing the secrets from both sides.

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05/17/17
Nasmon

Stewart-Haas lawsuit with Danica's sponsor close to settling
Danica's main sponsor gone
Danica's main sponsor gone
The Stewart-Haas Racing lawsuit with Nature's Bakery is close to settling, according to documents filed in North Carolina Superior Court postponing a status conference scheduled for Wednesday.

SHR, which sued the fig-bar company for $31 million for the final two years of the three-year contract following Nature's Bakery decision to terminate its sponsorship of Danica Patrick after one season, must report to the court in two weeks whether the case has been settled. ESPN.com

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05/17/17
F1

Alonso has not tried Indy 500 fast lap yet
Alonso exits pit lane
Alonso exits pit lane

Fernando Alonso says he is still waiting to 'put everything together' and go for a rapid run at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as he continued to notch up the laps during practice for the Indy 500.

The Spaniard primarily focused on running in traffic, passing, and being passed while feeling what the turbulence feels like.

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05/17/17
dtm

Video: Mercedes - this is why we race
It all began in 1988 with the entry of a works team in the DTM. Since then, Mercedes-AMG Motorsport have won 176 of the 400 races they have contested. Discover the emotions that have driven the whole team on in the intervening years.

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05/17/17
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Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • More upgrades for Red Bull planned
    More upgrades for Red Bull planned
    Red Bull plans next upgrade for Austria
  • Engine rule changes or Red Bull will quit - Marko
  • Red Bull 'in control' of Sainz - Wolff
  • Raikkonen's daughter born
  • Boss defends Force India after number breach
  • Room for more 'quality' races - Brawn
  • Explaining the new F1 numbers

Red Bull plans next upgrade for Austria
(GMM) Red Bull is planning to make the next big step with its chassis at its own Austrian grand prix in July.

The former champions closed the gap to Mercedes and Ferrari with a significant upgrade in Barcelona.

Boss Christian Horner said Red Bull will now assess the next move, after earlier problems arose with correlation between CFD, the wind tunnel and the track.

"We are looking at which of our tools we can rely on and which we cannot," he told Auto Motor und Sport. "The wider tires have a greater impact on aero than we thought."

Red Bull does now at least have the full attention of Adrian Newey, after the famous F1 designer spent much of his time in the last two years on non-F1 projects.

Indeed, Newey was even in Barcelona.

"Adrian wanted the feedback from the drivers to better understand the car and determine the direction for the future," said Horner.

There will be only minor upgrades for Monaco, while a special low downforce package will debut in Canada.

But a big upgrade is due for Austria, the race promoted and hosted by Red Bull. The team is hoping a better Renault engine is also available by then.

"If we could turn the power up full, we would not be far from Mercedes and Ferrari," an unnamed team member said. "But because of reliability, we can't do it yet."

Engine rule changes or Red Bull will quit - Marko

Marko and Mateschitz have had enough of F1's silly engine formula
Marko and Mateschitz have had enough of F1's silly engine formula

(GMM) Red Bull could quit formula one if the next set of engine regulations is not significantly better.

That is the warning-shot fired by the energy drink-owned team's top Austrian official Dr Helmut Marko.

Talks have already begun about how to tweak the controversial engine rules for beyond 2020, and Red Bull has some conditions.

Marko told El Confidencial: "The idea is very simple. We want an engine that is 1000hp, with a single standard KERS and battery, and development does not cost more than 15-20 million.

"They should have sound, and allow the driver to make the difference. And independent companies like Ilmor and Cosworth should be able to enter so that we or McLaren can use them if we want," he said.

And if those conditions cannot be met, Marko confirmed that Red Bull might quit F1.

"Yes," he said, "because last year Mercedes would not give us an engine, neither would Ferrari, and Renault was only forced by Ecclestone to give us one.

"We want to have an equal situation where we are not blackmailed by a manufacturer," Marko added.

Red Bull 'in control' of Sainz Jr. - Wolff

Future secure
Future secure

(GMM) Red Bull has "control" of Carlos Sainz Jr.'s F1 future, according to rival Mercedes' chief Toto Wolff.

When Mercedes was on the market to replace Nico Rosberg, rumors emerged that Wolff looked into Toro Rosso driver Sainz's contract situation.

Wolff told El Mundo Deportivo: "Yes, Carlos is ready and I like him and I like the family.

"Carlos is what he has to be: a modern driver, handsome, intelligent, fast," he said.

It is believed Renault also looked into signing the 22-year-old for 2017, but Wolff said: "He is a Red Bull driver and they will always try to keep the good ones in their system or to control their destiny.

"And that's the situation right now," he added.

The Red Bull driver program is headed by Dr Helmut Marko, who told El Confidencial that while Sainz is developing well, he still has room to improve.

"He has gone from being Carlos Sainz junior to Carlos Sainz the formula one driver," he said.

"But I think he would develop better if he left the 'Madrid protection zone' of his father. He is still like a young bird in the next.

"He is fast - very fast - but he has to be consistent," Marko added. "He made a stupid mistake in Bahrain, but he's young, he can learn, and he has to be patient," said Marko.

Although Red Bull Racing's drivers Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo are under contract for 2018, there are rumors one of them might depart anyway.

So when asked if Sainz might be released in that event, Marko answered: "Traditionally we talk about drivers after the summer. It's too soon."

As for strictly holding Sainz to his contract, he added: "If it was a much better team than Toro Rosso, we can talk.

"But Ferrari did not ask for Carlos -- that was in the dreams of Carlos senior. So far no one has called us.

"He must concentrate on doing the best job possible and he will automatically develop. On the other hand, we need a reserve driver and Carlos is our first option."

Raikkonen's daughter born

Kimi and Minttu with their son. He now has a sister.
Kimi and Mintuu with their son. He now has a sister.

(GMM) Kimi Raikkonen has become a father for the second time -- and Nico Rosberg appears to be hot on his heels.

MTV, the Finnish broadcaster, said Ferrari driver Raikkonen's partner Mintuu has given birth to their first daughter, named Rianna Angelia, Milana.

"We are so happy and proud," Mintuu said. Their son Robin was born in 2015.

Meanwhile, Bild newspaper reports that although the news is not official, retired Rosberg and his wife Vivian are also expecting their second child.

The pair were spotted leaving Monaco's Princess Grace Hospital this week, where their almost 2-year-old daughter Alaia was born.

When contacted by Bild, Rosberg would not confirm the happy news.

Boss defends Force India after number breach
(GMM) Sporting boss Otmar Szafnauer has defended Force India, after the team was pulled up for not complying with new rules in Barcelona.

To help the fans in the grandstands and the TV audience, F1 told teams they must fit bigger numbers and the drivers' abbreviated names on their cars from Spain.

But Force India argued that because of their sponsor deals with BWT and NEC, adding 'OCO' and 'PER' to their cars would be confusing.

However, it was the location of the bigger race numbers on the pink cars that actually broke the rules last weekend.

Team manager Andy Stevenson told Auto Motor und Sport: "When I stand in front of the car, I can read the number perfectly. From the grandstand too.

"From lower down it is not visible but there is nothing in the rules about that. There are perspectives with every car on which the number is not visible," he said.

Sporting boss Szafnauer said the entire issue is triggered by commercial considerations for the small, overachieving Silverstone based team.

"As you know, Force India does well on the track but is not as strong in the commercial area, which is related to the way revenues are distributed in formula one," he said.

"But the approach of the commercial rights holders is what it is, so we have to maximize the way we work with sponsors. To do this, we need to make optimal use of the space on the car.

"Personally, I think we could come up with a better way to distinguish the cars on the track," Szafnauer added.

Force India's EUR 25,000 fine was suspended.

Room for more 'quality' races - Brawn

Ross Brawn
Ross Brawn

(GMM) Ross Brawn thinks there is space on the F1 calendar for "one or two more" races.

There has been speculation the sport's new owner Liberty Media intends to expand the current 20-race schedule, adding races in 'destination cities' like New York.

But Brawn, the new F1 sporting boss, said: "More important than the number is the quality of the races. There's no point having many races that are boring.

"Our priority is to improve the quality of the existing races and to add only more quality races to the calendar.

"The teams already have a challenge with the current 20 races, but I think we have the capacity for one or two more if the quality is high," Brawn told the Austrian broadcaster ORF.

Explaining the new F1 numbers
Starting with the Spanish Grand Prix, the driver’s name now appears on the side of the F1 car and the number on the front has to be of a minimum size. The purpose behind this new regulation is to ensure that the fans can identify each car – and even more importantly each driver. In our video, we show how the design team at the Silver Arrows factory created the new look for the W08.



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05/17/17
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Video: Behind the scenes look at Bottas' locker room
A fresh insight into Formula One as Valtteri takes us on a personal tour of his driver's room, deep in the heart of the Silver Arrows ultra-secret engineers' truck.

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05/17/17
f1

Video: Mercedes F1 hospitality tour
Meet some of the hardest-working people in Formula One. Experience a typical Friday with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Hospitality crew in Barcelona...

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05/17/17
irl

Video: Fernando Alonso Day 2 at Indy
On-Track action followed by interviews. Tuesday he learned how to dice it out with his Andretti Autosport teammates in hot and windy race conditions.

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05/16/17
irl

Belle Isle Grand Prix fans intimidate anarchists
The people of America are fighting back against the anarchists/liberals who have nothing better to do with life but protest, burn cars, break windows and destroy property.

Race fans who support Roger Penske's Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix are attempting to intimidate race opponents.

Each year, the opposition to and controversy around billionaire Roger Penske converting Belle Isle into an international speedway grows.

While the protests and discussions have generally been peaceful, race fans and Grand Prix supporters are taking the debate in a new direction by attempting to intimidate those who oppose holding the race on Belle Isle.  

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05/16/17
v8

Lowndes renews contract with Triple Eight
Craig Lowndes has renewed his contract with Triple Eight Race Engineering for another two years.

The team is thrilled to confirm that the TeamVortex driver will remain with the squad until at least the end of the 2019 Supercars Championship season.

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05/16/17
wec

Driver Line-Up Adjustment Toyota Gazoo Racing
Stephane Sarrazin
Stephane Sarrazin
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing can confirm a modified driver line-up to optimize its competitive level in next month’s Le Mans 24 Hours, the third round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).

Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi will now share the #7 TS050 HYBRID with Stephane Sarrazin for Le Mans, recreating the line-up which finished second last year at La Sarthe on its way to third in the drivers’ World Championship.

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05/16/17
irl

Power leads Chevy 1-2-3 on Day 2 at Indy
Will Power
Will Power

Warm and windy conditions didn't prevent Verizon IndyCar Series drivers from logging more than 6,000 incident-free miles at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the second day of practice for the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

When the checkered flag waved, it was a pair of Team Penske drivers - Will Power and Helio Castroneves - atop the speed chart, followed closely by Gabby Chaves with newcomer team Harding Racing.

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05/16/17
nasmon
irl
f1

Final weekend TV ratings
NetEventDayViewers18-49 ViewersRatingLocation
FS1NASCAR Cup raceSat2.6 million0.6 million1.5Kansas
ABCIndyCar GP raceSat1.0 million0.2 million0.7Indianapolis
NBCSNF1 RaceSun0.6 million0.2 million0.3Spain
FS1NASCAR Classic RaceSat0.5 million0.1 million0.3’87 Winston 500



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05/16/17
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Goodyear tire notes - NASCAR All-Star weekend
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series - Monster Energy Open & Monster Energy All-Star Race
Charlotte Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval) - Concord, N.C.
Fast Facts for May 19-20, 2017

Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

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05/16/17
track news

Toyota becomes the "Official Vehicle of Kentucky Speedway"
Kentucky Speedway today announced Toyota as the "Official Vehicle of Kentucky Speedway," a partnership that includes a range of integrated elements that will create exposure for the brand using the venue's traditional, digital and social promotional platforms.

Kentucky Speedway's annual events, including the Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts NASCAR race weekend in July, will serve as core marketing platforms for the manufacturer.

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05/16/17
irl

Juncos Racing Announces Sponsorship From Ricoh And Ray Morgan Company
Spencer Pigot
Spencer Pigot
Juncos Racing announced today that Ricoh USA and Ray Morgan Company will be associate sponsors of the No. 11 Juncos Racing entry driven by Spencer Pigot during the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.

Ricoh USA and Ray Morgan Company join primary sponsors Oceanfront Recovery through Rising Star Racing and P1 Management of Pigot’s Chevrolet powered car.

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05/16/17
irl

Singer-Songwriter Rexha To Perform National Anthem at 101st Indianapolis 500
Bebe Rexha
Bebe Rexha
INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - Chart-topping singer/songwriter Bebe Rexha will perform the national anthem before the start of the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, May 28.

Rexha, on an international tour following the release of her album "All Your Fault, Pt. 1," will sing on Race Day in the traditional spot before the 33 drivers are called to their cars at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway before the largest single-day spectator sporting event crowd in the world.

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05/16/17
automotive

Tesla needs Apple's cash now more than ever
Musk must sell out to Apple and its large cash hoard
Musk must sell out to Apple and its large cash hoard

Tesla Inc. lost a buy rating from one of its longtime bulls, with a Morgan Stanley analyst boosting his projection for how much cash the carmaker will burn through as more prosperous rivals encroach on its business.

Adam Jonas, Morgan Stanley's top auto analyst, has been one of the biggest advocates for Tesla stock, envisioning offerings of a ride-for-hire service that could double the value of the company. He now sees operating losses continuing through next year and estimates the company will consume $3.1 billion of cash this year, compared with an earlier estimate of $2.3 billion.

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05/16/17
nasmon

Kentucky reduces seating capacity by 20,000
They will have to remove another 30,000 when Dale Jr. and Danica retire
They will have to remove another 30,000 when Dale Jr. and Danica retire
When NASCAR's biggest stars return to Kentucky Speedway in 2017, they will find a reduced grandstand.

Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger said the track has removed 20,000 seats from what had been a grandstand with a seating capacity of 106,000.

"We just, honestly, had too many seats," Simendinger said Wednesday.

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05/16/17
nasmon

NASCAR will look at inspection process
NASCAR is looking into what else it should do after more than a fourth of the field failed make a qualifying attempt last weekend at Kansas Speedway because teams could not pass inspection, a senior NASCAR official told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Eleven cars failed to get through inspection in time to make a qualifying attempt at Kansas.

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05/16/17
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • It really is an 'epic' Hamilton-Vettel duel
    It really is an 'epic' Hamilton-Vettel duel
    Press hails 'epic' Hamilton-Vettel duel
  • Alonso contract talks 'like chess' - Hamilton
  • Wolff not ruling out Alonso for Mercedes
  • Strong Ferrari 'good for F1' - Zetsche
  • 'Too early' for contract talks - Bottas
  • Hamilton denies training less than rivals
  • McLaren Exec Dir Zak Brown Optimistic For Formula 1's Future
  • Wolff: Mercedes took risk with final stint
  • Horner: Ricciardo's engine saved mid-race

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