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05/16/18
nasmon

Monster Energy Series teams no longer required to start race on qualifying tires
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams will no longer be required to start the race with the tires on which they qualified, according to Wednesday’s official NASCAR Rule Book update.

Starting on the qualifying set will be optional beginning with the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 27 (6 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

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05/16/18
irl

Andretti leads Honda 1-2-3-4 on Wednesday at over 227 mph
Marco Andretti
Marco Andretti

Marco Andretti turned the fastest lap of 227.053 mph to lead three other Hondas in practice at Indy Wednesday. Scott Dixon was 2nd quick at 226.329 mph followed by Takuma Sato and Robert Wickens all over 226 mph.

This week's four scheduled days of practice lead up to qualifying for the 102nd running of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" on Saturday and Sunday, when the grid will be set and bumping one's way into the 33-car field is expected for the first time in seven years. Indianapolis 500 race day, featuring the world's largest single-day sporting event, is set for Sunday, May 27 (11 a.m. ET, ABC and Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network).

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05/16/18
irl
nasmon

Feedback on Sports Betting article
Sports Betting might just be the savior of motorsports
Sports Betting might just be the savior of motorsports
A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, when I first heard about this sports betting win NJ had with the Supreme Court my first thought was "oh great" here comes the cheating.

But after reading your excellent article published today it opened my eyes to the possibilities. Motorsports has seen a drop in fan interest over the years because today's kids are not into cars like us older folks are. I see sports betting increasing TV ratings and track attendance significantly, which in turn will bring in new sponsors. Bring it on! Marcus Bates

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05/16/18
irl

Group One Thousand One Unveils New Relay Livery for Zach Veach's Indy 500 Car
New Zach Veach Livery
New Zach Veach Livery

The bold colors of the new Relay brand will zoom to the start at the 102nd Indianapolis 500 on the No. 26 Andretti Autosport machine of Zach Veach.  

Relay, a new direct-to-consumer brand to be promoted and administered under Group One Thousand One, incents and rewards financial discipline through planned spending, so people can plan smart and spend happy. 

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05/16/18
automotive

Volvo deep-sixes diesel engines and soon gasoline engines
Volvo's future is 100% electric
Volvo's future is 100% electric
Volvo announced Wednesday that from 2019 it will no longer launch cars fitted with diesel engines.

It follows the automaker's announcement last July that every car it launches from 2019 will feature some form of electrification, whether it be mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid or pure electric power.

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05/16/18
dtm

Hockenheim DTM 2018 - Highlights
Throwback to an EPIC season opener at Hockenheim which was on and off the race track just outstanding.

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05/16/18
nasmon

NASCAR will increase penalties for rear-window violations
Cheating has been engrained in the NASCAR culture since it was formed in the 1950s
Cheating has been ingrained in the NASCAR culture since it was formed in the 1950s
NASCAR has handed down five penalties for a flurry of rear-window violations this season, hitting teams with fines, points deductions and suspensions to key personnel.

After the most recent - the third such sanction in the last two weekends - those penalties will soon get tougher.

With inspections and infractions becoming a growing part of the circuit's week-to-week operations, Scott Miller, NASCAR senior vice president of competition, said the sanctioning body is exploring more rigid penalties for improper alterations to the rear-window area.

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05/16/18
nasmon

Hendrick Lands Hertz As New Primary Sponsor For No. 24 Chevy
Hertz to sponsor backmarker William Byron
Hertz to sponsor rookie William Byron
The Hertz Corporation, one of the world’s largest vehicle rental companies, has joined 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports as a primary sponsor of leading rookie of the year contender William Byron and his iconic No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team beginning in 2018.

As part of the two-year agreement, Hertz will be primary sponsor of the No. 24 team in four points-paying Cup Series races in both 2018 and 2019 and an associate-level partner in all other events. Additionally, Hertz will sponsor Byron in the non-points 2018 NASCAR All-Star Race weekend events at the driver’s hometown track of Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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05/16/18
f1

Bottas tops Wednesday AM test times in Spain
Testing continues today
Testing continues today

Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas edged Ferrari reserve driver Antonio Giovinazzi on the second morning of Formula 1 in-season testing in Spain on Wednesday.

Bottas and Giovinazzi swapped positions on a number of occasions throughout the four-hour session at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, held in warm but overcast conditions.

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05/16/18
nasmon

2018-19 NASCAR Next Class revealed
Will Hailie Deegan be NASCAR's next Danica Patrick?
Will Hailie Deegan be NASCAR's next Danica Patrick?
On Tuesday, NASCAR announced the members of its latest NASCAR Next class program.

The program, which only includes people between the ages of 15 and 25, highlights notable upcoming drivers in the auto racing ranks.

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05/16/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Can Abiteboul keep Red Bull?
    Can Abiteboul keep Red Bull?
    Renault to start Red Bull talks after Monaco
  • Todt tips Ferrari to drop F1 quit threat
  • Pirelli could stay in F1 after 2019 - boss
  • Advisor says Williams aerodynamics 'stalling'
  • Pirelli right to tweak tires for Barcelona - Vettel
  • Renault power deficit 'frustrating' - Jos Verstappen
  • McLaren looking at series outside F1 - Brown
  • Emirates expands Formula 1 deal
  • F1 Apologizes For Problems With F1 TV Streaming Service

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