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05/26/16
f1

Alonso: Drain cover proves we need canopies
Button could have been seriously hurt
Button could have been seriously hurt
Fernando Alonso says that the drain cover incident involving Jenson Button in opening practice for the Monaco Grand Prix gives Formula 1 "another reason" to consider introducing cockpit protection reports Jamie Klien of motorsport.com.

The incident occurred in the closing stages of Thursday morning's FP1 session, as Nico Rosberg's Mercedes lifted up the cover at, which then flew into Button's McLaren behind at Ste Devote.

It damaged Button's front wing, suspension and brake intake, as well as necessitating a change of floor in time for second practice.

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05/26/16
nxs

Ty Dillon Leads NASCAR Xfinity Practice at Charlotte
Ty Dillon
Pete McCole/AR1.com
Ty Dillon led the field in NASCAR Xfinity Series final practice for Saturday's Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Dillon topped the charts with a lap of 29.778 seconds (181.342 mph) to lead the late afternoon session. Daniel Suarez was second with a lap of 29.825 (181.056). Erik Jones, Austin Dillon and Brennan Poole rounded out the top five.

Qualifying for the Hisense 300 is scheduled for 11:15 am on Saturday.

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05/26/16
Nassprint

Rules changes for Kentucky and Michigan races
Changes to the rear spoiler, front splitter and rear deck fin will be put into play for two upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races as the sanctioning body continues to reduce aerodynamic downforce and sideforce in an effort to promote closer competition on the race track. The changes, announced Thursday morning, will be in effect only for upcoming races at Michigan in June and Kentucky in July and are in addition to previous adjustments made by the officials in recent weeks. Initial moves implemented before the start of the season combined with a Goodyear tire matched more closely to the lower downforce package have resulted in closer competition through the season's first 12 races.

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05/26/16
nassprint

Thursday News and Notes from Charlotte
Carl Edwards
Pete McCole/AR1.com
Edwards Eyes Coca-Cola 600 Repeat

Carl Edwards provided NASCAR fans with an abundance of firsts when he won the 2016 Coca-Cola 600.

Edwards' victory was his first at the track, first driving a Toyota and first for Joe Gibbs Racing. 

Now looking even more comfortable with his new team and fresh ride, Edwards looks to defend his victory in Sunday's edition of NASCAR's marathon race. The drivers who have won back-to-back Coca-Cola 600s are Darrell Waltrip (1978-79, 1988-89), Neil Bonnett (1982-83), Dale Earnhardt (1992-93) and Jeff Gordon (1997-98). Jimmie Johnson won the event three consecutive times from 2003-05.

On the season, Edwards owns two wins, five top fives and eight top 10s. He ranks second on the Chase Grid behind teammate Kyle Busch.

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05/26/16
nassprint

Kurt Busch leads opening Sprint Cup practice at Charlotte
Kurt Busch
Pete McCole/AR1.com
Kurt Busch led Thursday's opening Sprint Cup practice session for Sunday's Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Busch drove a lap of 28.002 seconds (192.843 mph) in the no. 41 Chevrolet to top the early-afternoon session, turning his fastest lap on his final trip around he 1.5-mile oval. Jimmie Johnson was second, followed by Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson.

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05/26/16
irl

Thursday update from Indy (2nd Update)
UPDATE The rain that fell here in Indianapolis from noon to 2 pm put an end to the track activity today. Pit lane is still pretty wet and so we will not see any pit stop practice from the IndyCar teams.

The drivers are really ready to get racing. There is only one more hour of practice left tomorrow. After that, there are many sponsor dinners and media events planned for the remaining days before the big race. Which leaves them little time to relax before the Sunday.

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05/26/16
pwc

68 Pirelli World Challenge drivers to tackle Lime Rock
Sixty-eight Pirelli World Challenge drivers across the series' seven classes are set to battle it out May 26-28 at the renowned 'Bullring' – part of the traditional Memorial Day Weekend season-opener at Lime Rock Park. GT and GTA drivers will race Rounds 10 and 11, while GT Cup and GTS pilots race in Rounds 9 and 10. TC, TCA and TCB drivers will race Rounds 5 and 6. The Pirelli World Challenge Lime Rock Park Grand Prix presented by Bentley marks the 17 th appearance for the series at the 7-turn 1.5-mile road course.

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05/26/16
F1

Magnussen - Renault worse than before
Kevin Magnussen
Kevin Magnussen
Kevin Magnussen says Renault have managed to "make the car worse" during the post Spanish Grand Prix test, after he struggled for grip and balance during practice for the Monaco GP on Thursday.

Magnussen ended up three-seconds off the lead pace after crashing into the barriers and although he was running the quicker Renault engine, he says the team have gone backwards with the chassis.

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05/26/16
IRL

Five drivers to compete for Sunoco Rookie award
Fastest rookie - Alexander Rossi
Fastest rookie - Alexander Rossi
From Jim Clark to Rick Mears and Helio Castroneves to Ryan Hunter-Reay, just to name a few, some of the best drivers in Indianapolis 500 history have been named Sunoco Rookie of the Year.

After the historic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil this Sunday, one driver from a field of five "500" newcomers will become the 63rd winner of the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award, along with its new trophy and $50,000 prize.

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05/26/16
il

Points Leader Jones on Pole after Freedom 100 Qualifying Halted by Rain
Ed Jones
Ed Jones
Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship leader Ed Jones will start from pole position in tomorrow’s Mazda Freedom 100 Presented by Cooper Tires at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Dubai, UAE-based Englishman, driving for the Carlin team, had posted the fastest two-lap average, at 197.078 mph, among the eight drivers who made their qualifying runs on the famed 2.5-mile oval before proceedings were interrupted by the threat of lightning from a fast-approaching thunderstorm, followed soon afterward by heavy rain. When it became apparent the weather would not clear until much later in the afternoon, Race Director Tony Cotman made the decision to abort the session and set the grid for tomorrow’s race according to current championship positions per the rulebook.

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05/26/16
F1

Monaco GP Thursday Press Conference

TEAM REPRESENTATIVES

  • James KEY (Toro Rosso)
  • Nick CHESTER (Renault)
  • Paul MONAGHAN (Red Bull Racing)
  • Eric BOULLIER (McLaren),
  • Monisha KALTENBORN (Sauber)
  • Paddy LOWE (Mercedes)

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05/26/16
Gp2

Sirotkin flies to GP2 pole
Sergey Sirotkin
Sergey Sirotkin
Sergey Sirotkin was not to be denied today: quickest in free practice, the Russian ace kept the pressure on his rivals during the qualifying session at Monte Carlo by setting a blazing laptime of 1:19.186 in Group B and claiming pole position. Although Norman Nato had been fastest in Group A earlier, his personal best was bettered by seven tenths by Sirotkin. The Frenchman will start from the front row in tomorrow’s feature race.

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05/26/16
irl

Hunter-Reay picks up an associate sponsor for 500
Ryan Hunter-Reay
Ryan Hunter-Reay
Andretti Autosport announced today a new partnership with Dickinson Fleet Services to provide complete management and maintenance service for the Andretti team of transport vehicles. In addition, DFS is proud to sponsor the No. 28 DHL Honda piloted by 2014 Indy 500 Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay.

“We are excited to partner with Andretti Autosport,” said Bob Dickinson, CEO, Dickinson Fleet Services. “Our company has grown into a national operation with a winning attitude and our approach to winning is very similar, as we look to help all of our customers win by making sure each vehicle is safe and running at it’s peak efficiency.”

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05/26/16
irl

Lilly Diabetes to Co-Sponsor Conor Daly
Conor Daly's Eli Lilly Livery
Conor Daly's Eli Lilly livery

Dale Coyne Racing today announced that Lilly Diabetes of Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Company (LLY) will serve as co-primary sponsor of the No. 18 ShirtsForAmerica.com/Lilly Diabetes Honda, driven by Conor Daly, in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 29. 

As part of the sponsorship, Daly’s No. 18 car will run a special patriotic paint scheme with a series of four stars, one colored in blue to recognize the one in four veterans who live with diabetes, which is two and a half times greater than the general population.

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05/26/16
irl

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Press ReleaseNew Indy 500 logo and 'Race to Renew' campaign to set pace for exciting 2017
On the heels of yesterday's historic sellout announcement, Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials unveiled the 2017 Indy 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil logo today alongside an exciting "Race to Renew" campaign for current ticket holders. 

The red, white and blue logo captures the patriotic nature of America's greatest Memorial Day Weekend tradition and projects the forward motion that drives both the Indy 500 and the Verizon IndyCar Series onward.  

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05/26/16
f1

Monaco: Ricciardo tops 2nd practice for Red Bull
Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo topped the timesheets in second practice for Formula 1's Monaco Grand Prix, finishing comfortably ahead of Mercedes who were running heavy fuel loads and focusing on race setup.

The Australian clocked a 1m14.607s on the ultra-soft tires.

Brit Lewis Hamilton was the closest challenger but he was 0.606s slower with German teammate Nico Rosberg nine tenths behind the Italian-Australian.

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05/26/16
F1

Vandoorne 'not for sale' - Dennis
Stoffel Vandoorne
Stoffel Vandoorne
(GMM) Team supremo Ron Dennis has warned McLaren's rivals that Stoffel Vandoorne is "not for sale".

The Belgian and reigning GP2 champion, who made his impressive F1 debut in injured Fernando Alonso's car in Bahrain, says he is keen to step into a full-time cockpit for 2017.

"I'm pushing very hard and know I've got a very good shot at it and hopefully I'll be in the car next year, that's definitely my goal," the 24-year-old, currently McLaren's official reserve, said.

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05/26/16
gp2

Sirotkin tops free practice in Monte Carlo
GP2 cars on the streets on Monaco Thursday morning
GP2 cars on the streets on Monaco Thursday morning
Russian ace Sergey Sirotkin set the best laptime in today’s free practice at Monte Carlo with a 1:20.361 in an eventful session. Barcelona race winners Norman Nato and Alex Lynn completed the top three – one tenth slower than Sirotkin.

It was Nato who set the early pace, but Sirotkin was able to improve on the Racing Engineering driver’s laptime to claim P1 in the opening stages. It didn’t last long though as Series leader Pierre Gasly dipped under 1m21s on the ten minute mark, but the PREMA racer had a bit of over-steer coming into St Devote which sent him wide. He clipped the barrier heavily damaging his car in the process. The Virtual Safety car was deployed as the marshals recovered Gasly’s machine.

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05/26/16
USF4

New Debut Weekend Announced for F4 U.S. Championship
The start of the Formula 4 United States Championship powered by Honda series has been pushed back due to continued delays in manufacturing, SCCA Pro Racing has announced.

The F4 U.S. Championship is scheduled to have its inaugural race weekend July 1-3 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Previously, the series was to kick off June 10-12 at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey.

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05/26/16
irl

IndyCar with 249 driver autographs sells for $900,000 at auction
Tomas Enge signs the Stinger
Tomas Enge signs the Stinger
John Andretti's five-year project will find a home at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum.

The Stinger, an IndyCar on which Andretti got the autographs of 249 living participants in the Indianapolis 500, was auctioned off Wednesday night for $900,000 to The Century Club, a group of 10 investors chaired by Indiana-based trucking magnate Jeff Stoops.

After the winning bid, the group announced that the car will go to the museum in the speedway's infield.

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05/26/16
F1

Berger involved in Rosberg's contract talks
Gerhard Berger
Gerhard Berger
(GMM) F1 legend Gerhard Berger has admitted he is involved in Nico Rosberg's negotiations with Mercedes over a new contract beyond 2017.

Earlier, the former Ferrari and McLaren driver was quoted as saying he recommended that both parties "renew the contract".

Now, Berger has confirmed to Germany's Auto Bild that he is representing Rosberg in those talks.

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05/26/16
track news

IMS announces spectacular holiday event: 'Lights at the Brickyard' coming in 2016
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will bring new levels of cheer to this holiday season with a spectacular "Lights at the Brickyard" seasonal event. Attendees will experience more than 40 scenes filled with 400 light displays along a 1.7-mile driving experience, which includes crossing the famous "Yard of Bricks" at IMS. In addition to the Lights at the Brickyard driving experience, other out-of-car holiday festivities and attractions will be offered for families to complete their adventure at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Dates are subject to change, but the event is tentatively scheduled to run from Nov. 18-Dec. 31.

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05/26/16
f1

Monaco: Hamilton edges out Rosberg in opening practice
Monaco practice begins before an off-day on Friday
Monaco practice begins before an off-day on Friday
Lewis Hamilton turned the fastest lap of 1m15.537s in opening practice for the Monaco GP.

Using Pirelli's ultra-soft tire for the first time he was just half-a-second slower than last year's pole position time even though the track is not rubbered in yet. That time was 2-seconds faster than opening practice last year.

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05/26/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • Ecclestone is doing to Monza what he does to every race promoter - playing one against another to extract as much cash as possible
    Ecclestone is doing to Monza what he does to every race promoter - playing one against another to extract as much cash as possible
    Monza angry as Imola steps up GP bid
  • Ricciardo still in the game with new engine
  • Verstappen success good for me - Sainz Jr.
  • 'Respect' intact but Mercedes tension lingers
  • Alonso surprised over bosses' optimism
  • Gutierrez not joining Grosjean in Nascar
  • Rosberg wants 'more years' at Mercedes
  • Rosberg admits to being in 'wrong engine mode'
  • Pirelli announces Germany compounds
  • Bianchi family sue over 'avoidable' death
  • Video: Raikkonen looks to Monaco

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