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05/26/17
F1

The F1 Driver's Guide to Exploring Monaco
Monaco locals Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas highlight their favorite things and the best places to go in the stunning principality of Monte Carlo.

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05/26/17
irl

Dixon to be featured in documentary
Scott Dixon
Scott Dixon
Scott Dixon, the pole sitter for Sunday's 101st Indianapolis 500 and 2008 winner of the race for Chip Ganassi Racing, will be the subject of a feature-length documentary co-produced by GFC Films and United Pictures Home Entertainment.

The documentary, yet untitled and scheduled for release in 2018, will focus on Dixon's dedication, success and will to defy personal limitations in his racing career. Dixon has 40 career Indy car wins, fourth on the all-time list, and is a four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion.

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05/26/17
irl

Castroneves turns fastest lap during Indy 500 Carb Day (Update)
UPDATE Story was updated.

Helio checking out the competition
Helio checking out the competition

05/26/17

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves set the pace in today's final practice before Sunday's 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

Driving the No. 3 Shell Fuel Rewards Team Penske Chevrolet, Castroneves led the traditional Miller Lite Carb Day session with a lap of 227.377 mph as all 33 competitors turned laps in preparation for "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing." Castroneves will start 19th in the race as he attempts to join fellow Indy car legends A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears as the only four-time winners.

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05/26/17
IRL

Indy 500 Pit Stop Contest, 2017
Will Power celebrates
Will Power celebrates
Will Power lead Team Penske to a win in the 2017 TagHeuer Pit Stop Competition, beating out James Hinchcliffe (who was driving a borrowed car after his engine died in practice.

The most memorable part, however, is that the event played to a very large, loud, rowdy crowd. It's one thing for a crowd to cheer, another for them to dance between pit stop rounds.  

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05/26/17
automotive

Ford Lures Engineer Back From Uber to Oversee Self-Driving Cars
The Wall Street Journal reports that Ford Motor Co. has wooed back a senior engineer who left the auto maker to develop autonomous vehicles at Uber Technologies Inc., underscoring the Motor City auto maker’s determination under new leadership to wrest back the lead from Silicon Valley on new technologies.

Sherif Marakby returns to Ford as vice president responsible for the company’s self-driving and electric-car businesses, the auto maker said Thursday as it announced a raft of top management changes under new CEO Jim Hackett.

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05/26/17
irl

Miller Carb Day quotes
CONOR DALY (No. 4 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet): "Probably our best day on track so far. The car was really good, really stable in traffic. Had a lap going that probably would have put us P1, but we just caught the cars too fast in front of us in Turn 4, so I'm really happy with the car going into the race for sure."

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05/26/17
IRL

Pit Stop Contest, 2017
Will Power lead Team Penske to a win in the 2017 TagHeuer Pit Stop Competition, beating out James Hinchcliffe (who was driving a borrowed car after his engine died in practice.

The most memorable part, however, is that the event played to a very large, loud, rowdy crowd. It's one thing for a crowd to cheer, another for them to dance between pit stop rounds.

Tonight it's Barenaked Ladies and Steve Miller Band. Tomorrow it's Keith Urban. And Sunday, for the race, it's an 80% chance of thunderstorms....

Sigh

-- Tim Wohlford, reporting from IMS

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05/26/17
usf4

Rafa Matos Forms Next Level Motorsports
Matos and Noland
Matos and Noland
Next Level Motorsports has outlined its plans for the 2017 racing season, as 2009 Verizon IndyCar Rookie of the Year Rafa Matos has established a multi-discipline program that will be based out of Orlando, Florida. 

The team has signed young promising karter Jett Noland for the 2017 season, which will feature outings in karting, F4 United States Championship, and Legends machines.  The karting program, which utilizes a partnership with Karting Worldwide,  program will include efforts in the F-Series, a midwest karting championship, as well as the ROK Cup USA championship.  

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05/26/17
IRL

Carb Day Notes, 2017
James Hinchcliffe blew his Honda engine during "Carb Day" practice today, leaving quite a bit of oil on the track in the process. We count at least 5 blown Honda engines this month.

My memory was hazy too, trying to remember if a blown engine caused a competitor to start at the back of the pack. No, at Indy, it's the car CHASSIS that counts. Change the driver or the chassis and you'll go to the back of the starting grid. But fixing a crashed car or changing the engine doesn't change the starting position at Indy, at least not this year.

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05/26/17
IRL

Matheus Leist Wins Freedom 100
Matheus Leist
Matheus Leist
Matheus Leist lead every lap to win the 2017 Indy Lights Freedom 100. Finishing second in a last-second pass was Aaron Telitz, followed closely by Dalton Kellett. While the race didn't feature a last-lap, 4-wide drag race to the finish that other years gave us, it still was an entertaining race.

Kellett was part of early drama, when Colton Herta came down on him in turn 2 on the first lap. Colton spun, took out Ryan Norman in the race's only incident. Herta was nursing a sore hand after the race, but both were cleared by medical officials.

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05/26/17
imsa

Video: Memo Gidley back behind the wheel
Three years and five months after his horrific accident at the 2014 Rolex 24 At Daytona, Memo Gidley tested the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Porsche 911 GT3 R at Sonoma Raceway.

Gidley suffered fractures in his back, knee, heels in the “freak” accident while driving the No. 99 Red Dragon early in the 24 hour event in January of 2014. He spent several months in the hospital, endured eight surgeries and an intense three year rehabilitation, but his focus never wavered, Gidley said 100% he will return to the race car in this 2014 Autoweek article and today, he took his first green flag, returning to the Red Dragon, with several of his GAINSCO teammates from that fateful day by his side, smiling ear to ear.

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05/26/17
nasmon

Video: NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Combine
Ryan Blaney, Jimmie Johnson, Christopher Bell, Matt Tift, NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Combine

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05/26/17
nasmon

Video: NASCAR Charlotte post qualifying Q&A
Front row starters -- Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick

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05/26/17
nasmon

Video: NASCAR Charlotte Kyle Busch, Earnhardt Jr., Ben Kennedy Pre Race Q&A
Ben Kennedy, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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05/26/17
irl

Carb Day morning update from Indianapolis
Good morning from Indianapolis.  And a perfect day is in store for the final practice for  the 33 IndyCars.  Sunshine and warming temperatures are on the schedule for today.  We wish we could clone this weather for race day.

The Indy cars practice from 11 to noon.  This is normally the last chance to setup the car for the race.  Although it is perfect weather today, the teams are looking ahead to what the weather will be like for Sunday, where rain is still in the forecast.  Most drivers have commented that Sunday's temperatures will be much cooler.  

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05/26/17
nasmon

Kyle Larson comments on 600 qualifying issues
Kyle Larson
Kyle Larson
KYLE LARSON, #42 TARGET CHEVROLET SS - Did not make a qualifying attempt, was unable to get through pre-qualifying inspection

YOU DIDN'T GET THE CHANCE TO QUALIFY. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS RIGHT NOW?

"We'll start last instead of from the pole. I guess I'm upset at myself for getting into the wall in practice there because it put us behind on getting to the tech line. We still failed a couple of times. The machine wouldn't work there, late, and it cost us a minute or minute and a half, and we actually passed. But we didn't have enough time to get out there. Had the machine worked, maybe we would have made it out there for that round. I don't know. I won't speak too much on it because I don't know much about how that whole tech process works. I know all the teams hate it. The teams point at NASCAR. NASCAR points at the teams. It's confusing to me."  

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05/26/17
f1

Average age of F1 fan dropping, which is great news
The survey findings were revealed at the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco today with Federation Internationale de l'Automobile Secretary General for Motor Sport, Peter Bayer, taking part.

More than 19 million data points across all aspects of Formula 1 were recorded in the 2017 survey including the size and demographics of the sport’s audience, fan disposition and attitudes towards the sport, their affinity for races, teams, drivers and their consumption of racing as remote and live audiences.

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05/26/17
irl

Indy 500 odds to win (Update)
The oddsmakers ranl Alonso above all IndyCar drivers except Dixon
The oddsmakers continue to rank Alonso above all IndyCar drivers except Dixon. And Rossi only 15:1?

UPDATE 
Updated 2017 Indy 500 Odds
Driver: Odds
Scott Dixon: 6-1
Will Power: 8-1
Fernando Alonso: 8-1
Helio Castroneves: 10-1
Juan Pablo Montoya: 12-1
Tony Kanaan: 12-1
Marco Andretti: 12-1
Ryan Hunter Reay: 12-1

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05/26/17
nasmon

RCR Driver Ty Dillon Named 'Most Interesting Sportsman in the World'
Ty Dillon
Ty Dillon
Richard Childress Racing XFINITY Series driver and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver for Germain Racing, Ty Dillon, was named the 'Most Interesting Sportsman in the World' for Spring 2017 by industry leader Fin & Field. Dillon, 25, is the youngest ever nominee of the award. 

"Hunting, fishing and sport shooting have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember," Dillon said. "As a young boy, I was introduced to the great outdoors by my grandfather and father. I learned invaluable life lessons as a sportsman - patience, respect for the outdoors, and integrity. I'm honored to be named the Most Interesting Sportsman in the World."

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05/26/17
f2

Rowland flies to Monaco feature win
From left Marelov, Rowland and Matsushita
From left Markelov, Rowland and Matsushita
Oliver Rowland has overturned his traditional poor luck at the Circuit de Monaco to record an emphatic victory in this afternoon’s FIA Formula 2 Feature Race, flying around the fabled streets of the Principality to grab the top step of the podium ahead of Artem Markelov and Nobuharu Matsushita.

The Briton, who after the race admitted that he had little expectation for the race given his previously disappointing record in Monaco, came back from a relatively slow start to grab the win against the odds, closing the championship gap to leader Charles Leclerc, who failed to finish the race, to just 3 points in the process.

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05/26/17
irl
f1

If Alonso wins Indy 500 it will be a temporary boost for the race followed by a big crash for the series
Will Aonso make IndyCar drivers look inferior on Sunday?
Will Alonso make IndyCar drivers look inferior on Sunday? If he wins F1 fans will never let IndyCar live it down. But the Indy 500 itself will get a huge boost, and in the end that is all the 'family' cares about.

If two-time Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso wins the Indy 500 on Sunday in his first try it will solidify in the mind of the 300 million F1 fans that F1 drivers are superior, to IndyCar drivers, as they have maintained for years.

And make no mistake, even though this is Alonso’s first foray into IndyCar and oval racing, when it comes to Sunday’s race, he’s in it to win it. And some of the drivers he’ll challenge for the ‘500 win are well aware of that.

"Obviously, selfishly, for a lot of us, we hope he doesn’t," Rahal said with a smile to NBC sports.

"But I’m not going to lie to you, he’s driving the same car Townsend (Bell) drove last year, which was one of the favorites to win until the pit lane accident. So it’s a fast car, it’s a good machine, I’ve worked with some of his mechanics in the past.

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05/26/17
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • Stroll crashed again
    Stroll crashed again, but no worries, dad will pay for it
    Massa defends 'rich kid' Stroll after Monaco crash
  • Alonso absence 'not professional' - Massa
  • Vettel can stay at Ferrari in 2018 - Marchionne
  • Alonso says no Indycar switch for 2018
  • Privacy 'in Schumacher's interest' - manager
  • Wolff hints at same drivers for 2018
  • Red Bull could be on front row - Marko

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