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05/16/19
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Indy 500 Day 3 Quotes
Josef Newgarden
Josef Newgarden
JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 Shell V-Power Nitro Plus Team Penske Chevrolet):
"It was a pretty decent day. A pretty short day because we didn't run very much, but I think we accomplished a few things we needed to and have an initial qualifying feel. We got some race running stuff done. I think we have a good head about us about what we want to achieve and what we want to do on Fast Friday. I feel encouraged. I feel like the Shell V-Power Chevy was strong enough. I still feel pretty comfy, so we're going to just keep rolling into the weekend for qualifying."

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05/16/19
irl

Ed Jones tops rain shortened Day 3 at Indy, Alonso a no-show
Ed Jones
Ed Jones

Rain cut short the final hour and a half of practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Day 3 that saw Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa’s Ed Jones turn the fastest lap and Fernando Alonso never turn a lap while his car gets fixed.

Of the 36 drivers who are on the entry list for this race, 35 completed at least one lap in today’s practice session, as McLaren Racing’s Fernando Alonso, who crashed in yesterday’s practice session, was unable to get out on to the track in his #66 Chevrolet at all today.

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05/16/19
irl

Catching up with Robert Wickens at Indy
NBC caught up with @ Robert Wickens at @ IMS to see what he's been up to during the month of May as he continues his road to recovery.

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05/16/19
irl

Patricio O'Ward mingles with fans
O'Ward
O'Ward
Moments after his big crash, O'Ward is out signing autographs with young fans. 

What else is there to do, his day is done, his car a mangled mess.

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05/16/19
irl

Nissin Foods to Be An Associate Sponsor of RLL and Sato
Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that Nissin Foods USA, the inventor of instant ramen, will be an associate sponsor of the team’s Indianapolis 500 entry for Takuma Sato, winner of the 2017 Indianapolis 500. 
 
“It’s great to have Nissin Cup Noodles support our Indy 500 program,’ said Takuma Sato, driver of the No, 30 Mi-Jack / Panasonic Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. “It is an amazing experience to challenge for the win in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing and I’m looking forward to sharing that with them.”

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05/16/19
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Video: O'Ward talks about his Indy practice crash
Patrico O'Ward
Patricio O'Ward
After this incident Patricio O'Ward has been checked, cleared and released from the medical center.

This is the third crash we’ve seen this week, and all three drivers have walked away.

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05/16/19
irl

AMR Named Presenting Sponsor for Road America IndyCar race
Road America
Road America

American Medical Response (AMR) has signed on to be the presenting sponsor for the NTT IndyCar Series REV Group Grand Prix weekend of June 20-23. This year's event will be known as the REV Group Grand Prix Presented by American Medical Response.

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05/16/19
irl

Patricio O'Ward hits the wall at Indy
O'Ward before he crashed
O'Ward before he crashed

After Fernando Alonso and Felix Rosenqvist found the wall yesterday, another F1 wanna-bee has hit the wall at Indy today.

Mexican rookie Patricio O'Ward, who has stated he hopes to go straight to F1 with his new Red Bull Junior deal, made contact with the outside wall in Turn 2 and went for a wild ride up in the air. See photos below - wait for them to load.

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05/16/19
il

Window World To Sponsor Jarett Andretti For 2019 Freedom 100
Jarett Andretti livery
Jarett Andretti livery
Andretti Autosport announced today that Window World will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the primary sponsor for Jarett Andretti’s No. 18 Indy Lights Dallara for the 2019 Freedom 100 presented by Cooper Tires. Also decorating the racing machine of the third-generation driver are Harding Group, MI Windows and Doors, and Superior Auto as associate sponsors.     

“It’s great to go to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and make this step in my career with a company that’s been there since the beginning,” said Andretti, driver of the No. 18 Window World Dallara for Andretti Autosport. “Dad’s (John Andretti) last Indianapolis 500 was with Window World as a primary sponsor and I can’t wait to represent them at IMS again. It is also an honor to represent both Harding Group, MI Windows and Doors, and Superior Auto in the Freedom 100. They have all been supportive of my racing career and I am looking forward to running all four company’s logos at the biggest race of my career thus far.”   

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05/16/19
irl

Hollywood Superstars Damon, Bale To Wave Green Flag for 103rd Indianapolis 500
Matt Damon and Christian Bale
Matt Damon and Christian Bale

Academy Award-winning actors Matt Damon and Christian Bale will serve as honorary starters for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, waving the green flag to start "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" on Sunday, May 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Damon and Bale are starring in the upcoming film "FORD v FERRARI" from 20th Century Fox, the remarkable true story of the visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby (Damon) and the fearless British driver Ken Miles (Bale), who together battled corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.

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05/16/19
irl

Rossi confirms free agency after 2019 IndyCar season
The Andretti team loves Rossi. Roger Penske wants him.  May the highest bidder win.
The Andretti team loves Rossi. Roger Penske wants him. May the highest bidder win.
Alexander Rossi, driver of the No. 27 for Andretti Autosport, confirmed to reporters Wednesday that his current contract expires at the end of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season.

Rossi has been with Andretti Autosport since the 2016 season when he won the Indy 500 in his rookie year, but Roger Penske and Team Penske have expressed interest in luring him over for the 2020 season.

The 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner is no stranger to the Team Penske as he signed on to drive the No. 7 in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 12 hours of Sebring.

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05/16/19
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Supercars to open tender for 2020 control dampers
Look for Roger Penske Shocks to win the bid
Look for Roger Penske Shocks to win the bid
Supercars is investigating the prospect of introducing a control damper from 2020 onwards.

The championship has released an invitation to tender document on its official website in a bid to find a single supplier for control dampers to be introduced as early as next season.

The news arrives with dampers a hot topic this season after Supercars elected to ban the expensive and complicated twin spring variations and make the linear spring configuration compulsory.  

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05/16/19
f1

Pirelli confirms drivers' tire choices for Monaco GP
Mercedes can run harder tires because their car is so superior
Mercedes can run harder tires because their car is so superior
Pirelli has confirmed the tires that each driver will bring to the Monaco Grand Prix in two weeks' time.

The Italian marque is bringing the softest allocation available to it, with the C3 being the hardest compound, the C4 the middle and the C5 the softest.

The C5 compound is the clear favorite for the weekend, as Monaco is a low degradation circuit. However, Mercedes has brought one extra set of the C4 tire compared to rivals Ferrari and Red Bull.

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05/16/19
f1

The FIA has now tendered 4 standard key items for the 2021 car
Nikolas Tombazi (L) and Charlie Whiting before Whiting's recent death
Nikolas Tombazis (L) and Charlie Whiting before Whiting's recent death
The FIA have launched to-date, or will launch in the next 30 days, invitations to tender for supplies of standard of Formula 1 components from 2021 as it continues to pursue ways of reducing costs for the teams.

1. Gearbox
2. Wheel Rims
3. Brake friction material
4. Brake system (brake-by-wire, calipers and master cylinder)

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05/16/19
f1

Arrivabene calls on Italy to support struggling Ferrari
Maurizio Arrivabene never stole Aldo Costa back from Mercedes and to this day Ferrari gets destroyed by Mercedes
Maurizio Arrivabene never stole Aldo Costa back from Mercedes and to this day Ferrari gets destroyed by Mercedes
(GMM) Former Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene has called on the Tifosi to support the Italian team.

In the season after Arrivabene was ousted and replaced by Mattia Binotto, Mercedes has completed five consecutive 1-2 victories so far in 2019.

"The championship is still long and it takes patience," the Italian told Sky Italia at the Mille Miglia endurance race, where he is a board member.

"I have been voluntarily quiet, but if I have to talk I can only say that we need to support the whole team," Arrivabene added.

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05/16/19
f1

Giovinazzi admits 'pressure' to score first points
Antonio Giovinazzi
Antonio Giovinazzi
(GMM) Antonio Giovinazzi has admitted he is feeling the "pressure" to perform for Alfa Romeo.

Former F1 driver JJ Lehto said recently that the so far point-less Italian, Giovinazzi, could be ousted if he does not start to secure results.

"I feel so much pressure from the Italians to take home my first points," Giovinazzi admitted to Sky Italia at the Mille Miglia event.

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05/16/19
f1

Mexico has 'no contract' for 2020 GP
Even huge crowds could not overcome the large F1 sanction fees
Even huge crowds could not overcome the large F1 sanction fees
(GMM) Mexico looks set to lose its place on the F1 calendar.

It is a highly popular race, but organizers are yet to agree a new deal with Liberty Media for 2020.

Liberty needs to axe two existing races to accommodate Zandvoort and Vietnam, having capped the calendar at 21 races for next year.

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05/16/19
f1

Ricciardo predicts processional racing at Zandvoort
Max Verstappen, David Coulthard, and Daniel Ricciardo performing an F1 demonstration at Zandvoort
Max Verstappen, David Coulthard, and Daniel Ricciardo performing an F1 demonstration at Zandvoort
Daniel Ricciardo predicts processional racing at Zandvoort when Formula 1 returns to the venue next year.

F1 announced on Tuesday that the Dutch Grand Prix would return in 2019 after a 35-year absence from the calendar.

Located on the coast to the west of Amsterdam, Zandvoort first held a world championship grand prix in 1952 and was a mainstay until the mid-1980s when it finally fell off the calendar.

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05/16/19
automotive

VW to build $1.1B battery factory
VW I.D. all electric car had 10,000 orders on day 1
VW I.D. all electric car had 10,000 orders on day 1
Volkswagen has announced that it has decided to invest in its own battery cell factory. Many automobile companies manufacture electric vehicles and hybrids, but most of them rely on batteries purchased from a few existing battery manufacturers. This means that there are limited differences in the underlying energy storage technology when it comes to choosing an electric vehicle. 

The best chance to decrease air pollution and curb the need for hydrocarbon fuels in the decades to come is the innovation of better battery technology. We have the ability to generate power through renewable energies (solar, wind, thermal, and hydro) or nuclear—none of which contribute significantly to air pollution—but we lack an effective means to store the electricity for future use or for portable use. The batteries currently used in electric vehicles have limited range (generally 350 miles or less), take an exceedingly long time to charge, can lose their efficiency with use and are expensive.

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05/16/19
dtm

Back to our roots: The DTM returns to Zolder
Zolder
Zolder
This weekend, the DTM meets up with an old friend – but also faces a journey into the unknown.

Following a spectacular start to the series’ new turbo era at Hockenheim at the beginning of May, the DTM heads to the storied Belgian venue on May 17-19 for rounds three and four of the eighteen-round 2019 season.

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05/16/19
f1

Pirelli wants drivers like Alonso for testing
Alonso is preoccupied with IndyCar right now
Alonso is preoccupied with IndyCar right now
(GMM) Pirelli says it wants more experienced F1 drivers to do its tire testing.

"We always ask the teams to appoint drivers with experience for the tests," Mario Isola told the Spanish newspaper AS.

For instance, Fernando Alonso did some tire testing for Pirelli recently, but the Spaniard is currently practicing for the Indy 500.

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05/16/19
f1

New F1 facilities in Montreal 'ready' - Carey
As of yesterday, crews were still working hard
As of yesterday, crews were still working hard
(GMM) Race promoter Francois Dumontier insists Montreal will be ready for the forthcoming Canadian GP.

On Wednesday, Chase Carey was at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve to help launch the impressive new pit building.

However, just over three weeks before the race, the site is still under construction. Dumontier admitted that some finishing touches may need to wait until after the grand prix.

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05/16/19
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Canada GP promoter not interested in Formula E
Francois Dumontier does think highly of Formula E
Francois Dumontier does think highly of Formula E
(GMM) The promoter of the Canadian GP says he is not interested in hosting a Formula E race.

On the face of it, the all-electric series is gaining in popularity.

But Francois Dumontier says Montreal is not interested.

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05/16/19
f1

Renault wants late release for 2021 rules
Jerome Stoll
Jerome Stoll
(GMM) Renault and other teams are still in the dark about F1's future beyond 2020.

At Renault's engine headquarters in Viry, team bosses Cyril Abiteboul and Alain Prost were on hand this week to lay the first brick of a new building.

But team president Jerome Stoll says there is uncertainty about F1 in 2021.

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05/16/19
f1

Sirotkin happy to take Kubica's seat
Sergey Sirotkin would be happy to replace the 1-armed Kubica
Sergey Sirotkin would be happy to replace the 1-armed Kubica
(GMM) Sergey Sirotkin has admitted he would be happy to take struggling Robert Kubica's place at Williams.

The Russian was ousted by the British team at the end of last year, but performance has slumped even more after he was replaced by Kubica.

"I am often asked about this," Sirotkin told Tass news agency when asked about the Kubica rumors.

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05/16/19
f1

No problem with Bottas clutch in Barcelona
Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas
(GMM) Mercedes says there was nothing wrong with Valtteri Bottas' clutch in Barcelona.

The pole sitter lost the lead to Lewis Hamilton at the very start last weekend, reporting "strange behavior on the clutch" afterwards.

But sporting director Ron Meadows said it was actually not a technical problem.

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05/16/19
automotive

How do self-driving cars "see"?
Take a look at the LIDAR and integrated photonics technologies that help self-driving cars navigate obstacles, no matter the environment, weather or light.

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