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05/26/19
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Video: 2019 NTT IndyCar Indy 500 Race Highlights
Simon Pagenaud won the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge after a thrilling battle with Alexander Rossi in the final 10 laps.

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05/26/19
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Video: Indy 500 explanation of wing extensions
AutoRacing1's Brian Carroccio explains the different options the teams use to adjust the downforce the cars have by using the optional wing extensions.

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05/26/19
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Update: 2019 Indy 500 Race Morning Report
UPDATE 
The chances of a full 500 miles are looking better
The chances of a full 500 miles are looking better
Ok, here’s the final weather update with about 35 minutes before the green flag drops in the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. Of course, this is Indiana, and the weather forecast seems to change every 30 seconds. But from where we sit at the moment, all indications are the Speedway will get an official race in today.

Granted, we still may get rain. But if the rain does come, we expect it to start no earlier than 2:20-2:30 p.m. And even if rain does delay the race, there appears to be an opening to finish the race after a delay.

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05/26/19
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Video: Indy 500 Race Morning Update
AutoRacing1's Brian Carroccio gives an update on the weather live from the track and reports the weather forecast is looking up.

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05/26/19
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Dominant McLaughlin makes it three in a row
Roger Penske entered the Supercars series and the Australians never knew what hit them
Roger Penske entered the Supercars series and the Australians never knew what hit them

Supercars Champion Scott McLaughlin’s irrepressible form has no signs of stopping anytime soon after a two-from-two at the Truck Assist Winton SuperSprint, increasing his overall title lead.

His freakish form has delivered ten wins from 14 starts with today’s little more than a canter for the Shell V-Power Ford Mustang from ARMOR ALL Pole Position.

With one more win already this year than his Championship season last year McLaughlin joins Glenn Seton (1997), Craig Lowndes (2000) and Jamie Whincup (2011) on ten wins in a season.

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05/26/19
f1

Hamilton defends 'taking time' with Lauda comments
Hamilton missed the Wednesday press conference so he could ride his motorcycle all around the streets of Monaco
Hamilton missed the Wednesday press conference so he could ride his motorcycle all around the streets of Monaco
(GMM) Lewis Hamilton has defended his silence until now about the death of Niki Lauda.

Lauda, the F1 legend and Mercedes team chairman, died late on Monday and Hamilton immediately posted a tribute on social media.

But he then sat out his duties at the FIA press conference on Wednesday, causing Lauda's contemporary John Watson to brand Hamilton's decision "pathetic". 

"It was very, very difficult at the beginning of the week," Hamilton said after winning pole position at Monaco in the car fitted with a red Halo in tribute to Lauda.

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05/26/19
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Ferrari, Mercedes sign up for F1 Netflix series
Mercedes and Ferrari sign
Mercedes and Ferrari sign
(GMM) F1's two top teams will appear in the next 'Drive to Survive' Netflix series.

Ferrari and Mercedes were the only two teams that refused to take part in the popular series that was filmed last year and debuted in 2019.

The second Netflix series is currently being filmed at the grands prix.

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05/26/19
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Magnussen will quit F1 if title hopes fade
Kevin Magnussen may as quit now, he isn't winning a title with Haas
Kevin Magnussen may as well quit now, he isn't winning a title with Haas
(GMM) Kevin Magnussen says he doesn't want to be "best of the rest" for his entire Formula 1 career.

"I will only race in Formula 1 as long as I believe I can become world champion," the Dane told BT newspaper.

Magnussen, who drives for the small American team Haas, is indeed 'best of the rest' in Monaco -- beaten only by Mercedes, Ferrari or Red Bull drivers. 

The 26-year-old started his career at McLaren, but was ousted a year later. He spent a troubled year at Renault in 2016, before finding a secure seat at Haas.

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05/26/19
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Ferrari a 'young team' like in 1995 - Binotto
Binotto has plenty of excuses for his team
Binotto has plenty of excuses for his team's failures
(GMM) Mattia Binotto has likened Ferrari's current situation to the days immediately before Michael Schumacher joined the great Maranello team and started dominating.

After a dominant winter, the entire paddock expected Ferrari to finally be in a position to win its first world championship in over a decade.

But Mercedes has scored five consecutive 1-2s, also dominating qualifying in Monaco while Ferrari is once again criticized for making basic strategy errors.

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05/26/19
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Ferrari taking 'risks' to catch up - Binotto
Ferrari has become a dumpster fire under Binotto
Ferrari has become a dumpster fire under Binotto
(GMM) Mattia Binotto has denied that Sebastian Vettel got preferential treatment that resulted in Charles Leclerc being stranded near the back of the Monaco grid.

"No, not at all," said the Ferrari boss when asked if it was a move to favor Vettel.

"We have got two full teams, one per driver, so we didn't compromise at all."

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05/26/19
TV News

Sunday TV Times
All times Eastern
Sunday, May 25LocationTV TimesNetwork
Formula 1: Pit Lane LiveMonaco7:30am (L)ESPN3.com
Formula 1Monaco8:30am-9:05am (L) - On The Grid
9:05am-11:00am (L) - Race
ESPN
Formula 1Monaco6:00pm-8:30pm (SD/R) - RaceABC
Formula 1Monaco6:00pm-8:30pm (SD/R) - RaceESPNEWS
IndyCar - Indianapolis 500Indianapolis9:00am-11:00am (L) - Pre-RaceNBCSN
IndyCar - Indianapolis 500Indianapolis11:00am-12:00pm (L) - Pre-Race
12:00pm-3:30pm (L) - Race
3:30pm-4:00pm (L) - Post-Race
NBC
IndyCar - Indianapolis 500Indianapolis4:00pm-5:00pm (L) - Post-RaceNBCSN
IndyCar - Indianapolis 500Indianapolis8:00pm-11:00pm (SD/R) - RaceNBCSN
NASCAR Cup  - RaceDayCharlotte5:30pm-6:00pm (L)FOX
NASCAR Cup - Coca-Cola 600Charlotte6:00pm-10:30pm (L) - RaceFOX

Legend: L = Live, SD/R = Same Day Repeat R= Repeat -- Courtesy TV Racer

 



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05/25/19
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History of rain postponements for Indy 500
The Track Dryers will probably be needed on Sunday
The Track Dryers will probably be needed on Sunday
While Sunday may turn out fine, rain is in the forecast. But how many races have been postponed due to rain? In the 102 race history of the Indianapolis 500, rain has played a factor 13 times.

The races were:

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05/25/19
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2019 Indy 500 Day Before the 500 Recap
Brian Carroccio and Mark C. bring you last minute predictions for Sunday's race, the latest weather forecast and the talk in the paddock the day before the big race - the 103rd running of the Indy 500.

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05/25/19
f2

Hubert holds on for photo finish victory
Almost a photo finish
Almost a photo finish
Anthoine Hubert became the season’s first rookie winner by the finest of margins in the FIA Formula 2 Sprint Race at Monaco. The Frenchman survived a late onslaught from second placed Louis Deletraz whose front-wing was just inches behind the BWT Arden’s at the checkered flag. Fellow rookie Guanyu Zhou finished in third to claim his second podium in F2.

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05/25/19
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Daniel Suarez Fastest In Final Cup Series Practice at Charlotte
Daniel Suarez
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Daniel Suarez posted the fastest lap in Saturday's final Cup Series practice for Sunday's 60th running of the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Suarez ran a fast lap of 180.705 mph in the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford to lead the field in the final practice session. Pole sitter Daniel Hemric was second fastest, running 180.687. Denny Hamlin was third with a lap of 180.554, followed by Ryan Preece (180.469) and Kyle Busch (180.276). 

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05/25/19
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Bell wins Xfinity pole in Charlotte
Christopher Bell
Christopher Bell
Christopher Bell took the pole for this afternoon’s Alsco 300 with a speed of 184.313 mph, using handling in the corners to create an advantage that the field couldn’t match. Cole Custer was second with a speed of 183.187.  Tyler Reddick, lone Cup Series interloper Austin Dillon and Brandon Jones made up the top five.

Justin Allgaier was sixth, Austin Cindric qualified seventh, Michael Annett took eighth, Jeffrey Earnhardt came in eighth and Noah Gragson will round out the top 10 on the grid when the race goes green shortly after 1:00 pm Eastern time.

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05/25/19
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Indy 500 weather: Chance of rain and storms on race day (3rd Update)
The new IndyCar track dryers work as well as NASCAR's Titan system
The new IndyCar track dryers work as well as NASCAR's Titan system

UPDATE Perhaps a glimmer of hope in the race day forecast.

Thunderstorms likely in the morning.

Then the chance of scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. A few storms may be severe.

High 79F. Chance of rain 80%, but 50% in the afternoon.

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05/25/19
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Ericsson and team win Indy Pitstop competition
Marcus Ericsson
Marcus Ericsson

The No. 7 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda crew of rookie driver Marcus Ericsson won Friday's MotoGator Pit Stop Competition that capped Miller Lite Carb Day activities at IMS.

In the final round, Ericsson's crew - Bob Jansen (chief mechanic and inside right front tire changer), Ryan Marzec (outside rear tire), Keith Beck (airjack), Brendon Cleave (outside front tire), Timothy Lane (fueler) and Nic Kaminski (inside rear tire) - defeated the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing crew of Scott Dixon in a best-of-three shootout. Ericsson won the decisive third heat in 11.794 seconds, the best time clocked by any crew in the entire competition.

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05/25/19
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Leclerc pips Bottas, as Vettel crashes out early in Monaco
Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari’s Monaco preparations took a hit – quite literally – in final practice on Saturday morning, as Sebastian Vettel put his car into the Turn 1 wall barely a quarter of an hour into the session.

To make up for it, though, team mate Charles Leclerc beat Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas to P1 – albeit by just 0.053s! However, Leclerc is under investigation for potentially infringing the Virtual Safety Car procedure – ironically triggered by Vettel’s accident.

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05/25/19
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Williams says Villeneuve comments 'irritating'
Williams would prefer that motor-mouth Villeneuve shut his trap
Williams would prefer that motor-mouth Villeneuve shut his trap
(GMM) Claire Williams has admitted comments made recently by the team's last world champion Jacques Villeneuve were "irritating".

Under her leadership, the once-great British team is having a season even more woeful than in 2018.

And things are even worse in Monaco.

"Monaco emphasizes the weaknesses of our car," Robert Kubica said. "Here, everything is even worse."

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05/25/19
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F1 scraps plans for standard gearbox design
No standard gearbox for F1
No standard gearbox for F1
(GMM) Plans to standardize gearbox design in 2021 have been scrapped.

Earlier, tenders were issued by the FIA not only for gearbox design, but also various other components including brakes, wheels and fuel systems.

But the governing body has now announced that the World Motor Sport Council voted against the imposition of a single gearbox supplier.

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05/25/19
f1

Mercedes dominance to last until Abu Dhabi - Marko
Mercedes will be dominant until Aldo Costa retires completely
Mercedes will be dominant until Aldo Costa retires completely
(GMM) Dr Helmut Marko does not think either Ferrari or Red Bull will be able to beat Mercedes in 2019.

Earlier, it looked as though Ferrari had aced the 2019 rules change with its unique front wing concept.

In fact, Red Bull designer Adrian Newey thinks the new rules and tires played right into Mercedes' hands.

"The working window of the tires has played into Mercedes' hands perfectly," he is quoted by Auto Motor und Sport.

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05/25/19
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McLaughlin on cloud nine following victory at Winton
Despite series attempts to neuter them, Roger Penske and Scott McLaughlin continue to run roughshod over the Supercars series
Despite series attempts to neuter them, Roger Penske's Scott McLaughlin continue to run roughshod over the Supercars series
Unstoppable Scott McLaughlin escaped a near catastrophe to claim his ninth win of the year, after a lap one tangle with team-mate Fabian Coulthard in the Truck Assist Winton SuperSprint.

Shell V-Power’s McLaughlin overcame the odds of leaving the track on the first lap to claim his ninth win in 13 starts, equaling the number of wins he took in the course of an entire season last year.

During a first lap melee between Chaz Mostert and Coulthard at the front, McLaughlin squeezed past his team-mate on the fourth corner, but they bumped, putting them both off the road.

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05/25/19
f1

Binotto denies need to scrap front wing concept
Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc
(GMM) Mattia Binotto has played down suggestions Ferrari needs to scrap its front wing design.

Early in 2019, the Italian team looked to have aced the 2019 rules changes with an innovative concept.

But Mercedes has subsequently scored five consecutive 1-2s, with even Ferrari admitting its concept is now under review.

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05/25/19
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Abiteboul presents Renault 'plan' for Paul Ricard leap
Like 'Baghdad Bob', Cyril Abiteboul as a plan
Like 'Baghdad Bob', Cyril Abiteboul always  has a plan
(GMM) Cyril Abiteboul says he has put together a "plan" to put Renault back on the right track by the French works team's home race in June.

"The start of the season was extremely unfortunate not just for us but for our fans and our sponsors," he told Auto Hebdo.

"At the height of this disappointment, there is a plan of action."

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05/25/19
f1

Lauda to be buried in racing overalls
Niki Lauda
Niki Lauda

(GMM) Niki Lauda will be buried in his racing overalls, the German news source Nachrichten claims.

The Monaco GP weekend has become all about the F1 legend, who died late on Monday after a 2018 lung transplant.

Many teams have modified their liveries in tribute to the former Mercedes team chairman, and a minute's silence will be observed prior to Sunday's race.

Italian politician Paolo Grimoldi has even proposed officially that Lauda's name be added to the official name of the Monza circuit.

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05/25/19
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Mercedes snaps up Formula 2 star de Vries
Mercedes snatches talented driver Nyck de Vries from McLaren
Mercedes snatches talented driver Nyck de Vries from McLaren
(GMM) Mercedes has apparently signed up former McLaren simulator driver Nyck de Vries.

We reported in April that the 24-year-old Dutchman, who won the Formula 2 race in Monaco on Friday and is a 2019 title challenger, has left McLaren.

"I no longer do simulator work for McLaren," he confirmed.

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05/25/19
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De Vries seals back-to-back wins in Monaco
Luca Ghiotto (Disqualified), Nyck de Vries, Nobuharu Matsushita
Luca Ghiotto (Disqualified), Nyck de Vries, Nobuharu Matsushita

There was no nip and tuck about Nyck De Vries’ victory in Monaco: the Dutch dynamo produced a flawless display to claim back-to-back FIA Formula 2 wins. The ART man led Luca Ghiotto from lights-to-flag, whilst Carlin’s Nobuharu Matsushita took third.

Callum Ilott suffered heartbreak after the formation lap: the Briton who was starting from P2 signaled an issue on the grid, which caused an aborted race start. He would later retire from the pits.

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05/25/19
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Bratches worried about F1 pay-TV deals
Bratches concerned about the millions of fans it is losing because of pay-tv
Bratches concerned about the millions of fans it is losing because of pay-tv
(GMM) Liberty Media has expressed concerns about crashing viewing figures that commercial boss Sean Bratches says is due to the trend for pay TV deals.

The Daily Mail says the limited coverage in Britain provided by free to air broadcaster Channel 4 is down a whopping 4.3 million over the first five races of 2019.

In Britain, pay broadcaster Sky has exclusive live rights for practice, qualifying and the races.

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05/25/19
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To Be An Indy 500 Winner - IndyCar's Finest Preview this year's race
Tony Kanaan
Tony Kanaan

The Indy 500 is more than just a race. It’s an event and an occasion which transcends the so-called Month of May and the IncyCar calendar overall.

Speaking to Mobil 1 The Grid, former winners Tony Kanaan, Scott Dixon and Ryan Hunter-Reay join James Hinchcliffe and Marco Andretti – who will be honoring the 50th anniversary of his grandfather Mario’s victory at Indianapolis in 1969 on Sunday – to find out more about how drivers approach this very special racing weekend.

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05/25/19
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F1's Milestone Year - Celebrating 1,000 Grand Prix Races, Part 4: Monaco
Monaco 1981
Monaco 1981

F1 celebrated its milestone 1,000th race at this year’s Chinese Grand Prix, with Shanghai playing host to Round 3 of this year’s World Championship.

To mark the occasion, Mobil 1 The Grid look back on some of the famous races to have taken place at Monaco over the course of the sport's history.

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05/25/19
TV News

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern
Saturday, May 25LocationTV TimesNetwork
Formula 1 Practice #3Monaco5:55am-7:00am (L)ESPN2
Formula EBerlin6:30am-8:00amFS1
Formula 1Catalunya7:00am-8:55am (R)ESPN2
Formula 1 QualifyingMonaco8:55am-10:00am (L)ESPN2
Formula 2 Race 2Monaco11:15am (L)ESPN3.com
Xfinity SeriesCharlotte12:30pm-1:00pm (L) - Pre-RaceFS1
Xfinity SeriesCharlotte1:00pm-4:00pm (L) - RaceFS1
Sunday, May 25LocationTV TimesNetwork
Formula 1: Pit Lane LiveMonaco7:30am (L)ESPN3.com
Formula 1Monaco8:30am-9:05am (L) - On The Grid
9:05am-11:00am (L) - Race
ESPN
Formula 1Monaco6:00pm-8:30pm (SD/R) - RaceABC
Formula 1Monaco6:00pm-8:30pm (SD/R) - RaceESPNEWS
IndyCar - Indianapolis 500Indianapolis9:00am-11:00am (L) - Pre-RaceNBCSN
IndyCar - Indianapolis 500Indianapolis11:00am-12:00pm (L) - Pre-Race
12:00pm-3:30pm (L) - Race
3:30pm-4:00pm (L) - Post-Race
NBC
IndyCar - Indianapolis 500Indianapolis4:00pm-5:00pm (L) - Post-RaceNBCSN
IndyCar - Indianapolis 500Indianapolis8:00pm-11:00pm (SD/R) - RaceNBCSN
NASCAR Cup  - RaceDayCharlotte5:30pm-6:00pm (L)FOX
NASCAR Cup - Coca-Cola 600Charlotte6:00pm-10:30pm (L) - RaceFOX

Legend: L = Live, SD/R = Same Day Repeat R= Repeat -- Courtesy TV Racer

 



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05/24/19
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McLaren - Unfiltered access from Indianapolis
Raw and unfiltered. Inside our #Indy500 journey, told by the team.

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05/24/19
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Video: Final lap of Freedom 100 - Photo Finish


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05/24/19
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Video: AutoRacing1 Recaps the top stories from Carb Day
Brian Carroccio and Mark C. review
1. Carb Day highlights from Friday
2. The new IndyCar cockpit protection system announced by IndyCar and designed by Red Bull
3. The failure of McLaren and Alonso to qualify for the race
4. Odds to win the race
5. Race Day forecast

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05/24/19
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Driver quotes from Indy 500 Carb Day
Newgarden turned fastest no-tow speed on Carb Day
Newgarden turned fastest no-tow speed on Carb Day

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 Shell V-Power Nitro Plus Team Penske Chevrolet): "The final practice went OK. I think the car is in the window. We just need to make sure that we get it right on race day. It's nice to get some laps. We did some pit stops. The guys looked really good. It's time for the race."

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05/24/19
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Dale Coyne Racing Welcomes ENEOS as Official Lubricant Supplier
Dale Coyne Racing is pleased to announce that ENEOS, Japan’s leading oil company, has joined its family of partners by becoming the team’s Official Lubricant Supplier.

ENEOS is the brand name for products manufactured by JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corp. – the largest oil company in Japan and sixth largest in the world. ENEOS products are among the highest quality lubricants available in the marketplace today. 

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05/24/19
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NBC Ready To Impress With Net's First Indianapolis 500 Broadcast
Indy 500 star announcer Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Indy 500 star announcer Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Sunday's Indianapolis 500 will be a "monstrous proving ground for NBC, which has taken the reins from ABC" and will broadcast the race for the first time, according to Jim Ayello of the INDIANAPOLIS STAR.

NBC will "try to halt the 500’s recent trend of plummeting TV ratings," which is highlighted by ABC last year drawing the race's lowest overnight rating ever.

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05/24/19
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Tesla Cost-Cutting Measures so Hardcore Employees Are Bringing Toilet Paper From Home
Things are getting pretty smelly at Tesla
Things are getting pretty smelly at Tesla
Tesla has gone from production hell to bathroom hell.

We knew Tesla was in for some intense cost-cutting measures after posting a $700 million loss last quarter, but employees told Electrek that the cuts include even the most basic office supply of all time: toilet paper.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent an email to employees last week about the company's new cost-saving program, wherein teams are expected to look at every expenditure possible, including "parts, salary, travel expenses, and rent," as quoted by Electrek. The company's new CFO Zach Kirkhorn must now review and sign off on every page regarding outgoing payments, and Musk himself vowed to review and sign every tenth page as a double-check on this work. Any expense deemed non-essential to the business of making and selling cars is under the microscope right now, and likely to be frozen.

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05/24/19
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Ad Sales For NBC's Debut Indy 500 Ahead Of Expectations
Ad sales for NBC's broadcast of the Indianapolis 500 are pacing significantly ahead of expectations, according to NBC Sports Exec VP/Ad Sales Dan Lovinger. NBC is airing the race for the first time on Sunday after picking up full-season media rights this season.

Lovinger said that NBC has mostly been packaging Indy 500 assets with wider NTT IndyCar Series packages, and revenue has exceeded expectations by a "pretty significant" margin. That includes 18 new brands that did not advertise during last year's race on ABC.

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05/24/19
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Carb Day post-practice Q&A with Tony Kanaan
Tony Kanaan
Tony Kanaan
Press Conference

THE MODERATOR: We have an old friend in the media center, driver of the No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet of AJ Foyt Racing, our good friend 2013 Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan. Good to see you up here, although today is not about necessarily outright speed, but you did have speed, or at least you've got one of the six times in the 2:25 bracket.

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05/24/19
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Hot Carb Day Temperatures give Indy 500 drivers preview of race day
Tony Kanaan - fast man on Carb Day
Tony Kanaan - fast man on Carb Day

The temperatures on the final practice session on Carb Day for the Indy 500 were hotter than all month and the drivers struggled to find a good balance on their cars for the race.

AJ Foyt Chevy driver Tony Kanaan turned the fastest lap with a tow a 225.517 mph but four other Chevys topped the no-tow times led by Josef Newgarden (Penske) at 221.918 mph, Helio Castroneves (Penske) at 220.796 mph, Spencer Pigot (ECR) at 220.314 mph and Simon Pagenaud (Penske) 220.177 mph.

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05/24/19
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McLaren will host guests to celebrate Its failure at the Indy 500 (Update)
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05/24/19
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New IndyCar cockpit protection


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05/24/19
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INDYCAR, Red Bull Technologies partner on driver cockpit protection
Windscreen in combination with a Halo

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, May 24, 2019) - INDYCAR has formed a partnership with Red Bull Advanced Technologies to design an Aeroscreen for enhanced driver cockpit protection that will be implemented for the outset of the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season, the two organizations announced in a joint news conference at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Aeroscreen is being developed by Red Bull Advanced Technologies to reduce the risk of driver injury from debris or other objects striking the cockpit area. The driver safety innovation that will encompass the cockpit consists of a ballistic Aeroscreen anchored by titanium framework.

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05/24/19
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Morning Update from IMS
Good morning from a wet Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It’s about 9 a.m. and a storm cloud moved over IMS about a half hour ago. The AR1 Central Indiana Weather Bureau currently predicts that the raining should end within 15-20 minutes. And already as I look out the window of the media center onto the front stretch the rain has lightened.

What this will do for Carb Day Practice and the Freedom 100 we’re not exactly sure yet. However, stay tuned to AR1 for updates throughout the day.

Brian Carroccio reporting for AutoRacing1

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05/24/19
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1969 Indianapolis 500: Official Race Film
1969 Indy 500
1969 Indy 500
The 53rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 was held on Friday, May 30, 1969 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Mario Andretti led 116 total laps and cruised to victory in his sole Indianapolis 500 win.

The iconic race was the first for legendary car owner Andy Granatelli and was cemented with a memorable kiss in victory lane.

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05/24/19
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McLaren's failure at Indy 500 opened eyes in F1
Alexander Rossi soon learned just how hard IndyCar racing is vs. F1 where the car is 99% of the equation
Alexander Rossi soon learned just how hard IndyCar racing is vs. F1 where the car is 99% of the equation

By Dave Skretta of the AP

Alexander Rossi had no idea what he was getting into when he moved from Formula One to IndyCar.

Turning left the whole race? Looks easy.

But as Rossi soon found out -- and as two-time world champion Fernando Alonso and his McLaren team learned in failing to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 last weekend — getting around Indianapolis Motor Speedway at speeds eclipsing 230 mph is a lot tougher than it looks.

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05/24/19
f1

Binotto excuses Leclerc's 'mistakes'
Charles Leclerc is not a rookie
Charles Leclerc is not a rookie
(GMM) Mattia Binotto has excused Charles Leclerc for making mistakes at the start of his career at Ferrari.

While heralded by the F1 paddock, it is true that the young Monaco born driver is a long way off Sebastian Vettel's pace in the Principality.

"Leclerc was completely overdriving the Ferrari," Dr Helmut Marko, the Red Bull chief, observed to Auto Bild.

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05/24/19
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World title not 'taboo' for Ferrari - Binotto
Arrivabene was sacked in favor of Binotto. It's been all downhill for Ferrari ever since
Arrivabene was sacked in favor of Binotto. It's been all downhill for Ferrari ever since
(GMM) Mattia Binotto insists winning the world championship is not a "taboo" topic for Ferrari.

His comments come as pundits like Mark Webber suggest Mercedes' five consecutive 1-2 finishes mean Ferrari should think about switching focus to 2020.

"Mercedes is doing better than us, but there is time to catch up," boss Binotto insists.

"Above all it is our duty to do it," he told Sky Italia.

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05/24/19
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Ferrari should soon switch focus to 2020 - Webber
Binotto had better admit defeat (annililation is probably characterization) and for get 2019
Binotto had better admit defeat (annihilation is probably characterization) and for get 2019
(GMM) Mark Webber thinks Ferrari should consider writing off the 2019 world championship after the next race in Canada.

So far this year, Mercedes has scored five consecutive 1-2 finishes, and the dominant German team looks set to keep dominating in Monaco.

"If it keeps going on for months then at some point Ferrari needs to focus on 2020," Webber told Sky Italia.

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05/24/19
f1

Lauda funeral set for Wednesday
Niki Lauda 1949-2019
Niki Lauda 1949-2019
(GMM) The public can attend Niki Lauda's funeral next Wednesday.

German-language reports say it will take place at the gothic St Stephen's Cathedral in the F1 legend's native Vienna. After the closed casket is displayed until midday, a public requiem will take place.

The 70-year-old's family will attend a separate private funeral and burial. The Austrian news platform Heute reported that the family turned down the city of Vienna's offer of a grave of honor.

"The front part of the cathedral is reserved for the family and relatives. In the back of the cathedral, the public can also take part in the requiem," said Pastor Toni Faber.

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05/24/19
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Alonso said buying Indy 500 seat 'unethical'
Alonso has a lot of respect for the Indy 500
Alonso has a lot of respect for the Indy 500
(GMM) Fernando Alonso ruled out taking over countryman Oriol Servia's seat in the Indy 500 because it was "unethical".

That is not the claim of Alonso, or his boss Zak Brown, but of Spaniard Servia himself.

The seat occupied by Servia, 44, was targeted by McLaren boss Zak Brown under a system whereby places on the grid can be "bought" by those who do not qualify.

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05/24/19
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Lauda wanted Mercedes to 'keep going' - Wolff
Niki Lauda
Niki Lauda
(GMM) An emotional Toto Wolff said in Monaco that Niki Lauda was enjoying Mercedes' dominance in 2019.

"The last time I heard from him was after Baku," Wolff, who co-owned and ran Mercedes together with team chairman and F1 legend Lauda, revealed.

"The message was 'It cannot be better, keep it up'."

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05/24/19
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Alonso-McLaren relationship not broken - Brown
Bob Fernley
Bob Fernley
(GMM) Zak Brown insists McLaren's relationship with Fernando Alonso is not broken.

After almost winning the Indy 500 with the Andretti entry in 2017, Spaniard Alonso attempted to complete his 'triple crown' goal with McLaren this year but failed to qualify.

McLaren promptly fired the Indy team's boss, Bob Fernley.

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05/24/19
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Jump on board with Max Verstappen around Circuit Zandvoort
As Formula 1 announces the return of the Dutch GP in 2020, jump on board with Max Verstappen as he takes you for a lap around the Zandvoort circuit.

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05/24/19
f1

Raikkonen dislikes modern Monaco layout
Monaco
Monaco
(GMM) Kimi Raikkonen says Monaco has lost its magic of the past - for the drivers.

This weekend, the Finn - who won the prestigious street race in 2005 - is celebrating his 300th grand prix.

But he doesn't want to celebrate.

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