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05/30/19
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Detroit GP Schedule
Detroit GP
Detroit GP
FRIDAY (All times Eastern)

7:30 a.m. – Gates open

7:45 a.m. – Trans Am Series Practice 1

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05/30/19
track news

Road America Names Holmatro Official Rescue Equipment Provider
Road America
Road America
Road America President and General Manager, Mike Kertscher, announced today that Holmatro is now the Official Rescue Equipment Provider for America's National Park of Speed! 

Along with over 500 events held seasonally at the 640-acre facility, ten major weekends are open to the public, which include the NTT IndyCar Series, the MotoAmerica Series, three vintage racing events, numerous Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) events, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Additionally, Road America's award-winning safety team staffs numerous track days and test days where they will rely on Holmatro Rescue Equipment.

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05/30/19
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Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern and live unless noted:
Friday, May 31LocationTV TimesNetwork
IndyCar Practice 1Detroit10:55-11:45amNBC Gold
IndyCar Practice 2Detroit2:50-3:35pmNBC Gold
IMSA QualsDetroit5:10pm-6:00pmIMSA TV
NASCAR Xfinity PracticePocono3:00-4:00pmFS2
NASCAR Cup PracticePocono4:00-5:00pmFS2
Saturday, June 1LocationTV TimesNetwork
NASCAR Xfinity qualifyingPocono10:00-11:30amFS1
IndyCar qualifying 1Detroit10:45-11:15amNBC Gold
IndyCar qualifying 1Detroit12:00-12:30pm (SDD)NBCSN
Isle Of Man TT 2019 - Episode 1Isle of Man11:00pm-12:00amMotorTrend
NASCAR Cup qualifyingPocono11:30am-12:30pmFS1
NASCAR Xfinity RacePocono12:30pm-1:00pm - Pre-Race
1:00pm-3:30pm - Race
FS1
IMSA RaceDetroit12:30pm-2:20pm - IMSA.TV
12:30pm-2:30pm - NBCSN
IMSA TV
NBCSN
IndyCar Race 1Detroit3:00pm-3:30pm - Pre-Race
3:30pm-5:30pm - Race
5:30pm-6:00pm - Post-Race
NBC
Sunday, June 2LocationTV TimesNetwork
MotoGPMugelloTBAbeIN Sports
IndyCar qualifying 2Detroit10:30-11:30amNBCSN
NASCAR Cup RacePocono12:30pm-2:00pm - NASCAR RaceDay
2:00pm-5:30pm - Race
FS1
IndyCar Race 2Detroit3:00pm-3:30pm - Pre-Race
3:30pm-5:30pm - Race
5:30pm-6:00pm - Post-Race
NBC
NHRA FinalsJoliet5:30-8:30pm (SDD)FS1

Legend: SDD: Same day delay; D = delayed; R = Repeat

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05/30/19
f1

2019 Monaco Grand Prix Mercedes F1 Debrief
James Vowles, Motorsport Strategy Director, delves into some fan questions on the Monaco GP - from why Mercedes chose Medium tires for Lewis, to the reasons behind the double stack pit stop.

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05/30/19
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Video: Remembering Niki Lauda
Mercedes F1: Today we say goodbye to Niki Lauda. ‬ ‪Niki will always be remembered as an F1 icon and as the Chairman of our team. ‬

‪But we’ll also remember Niki Lauda the man. This is the story of our Niki. Our teammate. Our dear friend. ‬ ‪Niki, we miss you.

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05/30/19
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Skip Barber Racing School Announces Formula Car School at Mosport
Skip Barber school car
Skip Barber school car
Ontario, Canada 
The Skip Barber Racing School is excited to offer Formula Car Racing Schools at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (formerly known as Mosport) Driver Development Track starting in June.

As another option to the variety of exciting courses at famous race tracks across North America, the Formula Racing School will continue to be based upon the Skip Barber proven methodologies used to train enthusiastic racing fans, up coming racers plus many past and current IndyCar stars.

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05/30/19
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Guardian Alarm Partners with Chip Ganassi Racing
Guardian Alarm will be on Scott Dixon's car this weekend in Detroit
Guardian Alarm will be on Scott Dixon and Kurt Busch's car for select races
Guardian Alarm, Michigan’s largest, privately-held security company announced today a business partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR).

The deal will see Guardian branding on the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda of Five-Time NTT IndyCar Series Champion Scott Dixon, who has the most wins of any active NTT IndyCar Series driver, as well as the No. 1 Monster Energy Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 of former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion Kurt Busch.

Guardian Alarm is sponsoring the team at multiple INDYCAR and NASCAR races and will launch the partnership June 1 at the Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle in Detroit.

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05/30/19
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NetJets Named as Official Private Aviation Partner of INDYCAR, IMS
Why own a private jet when there's NetJet
Why own a private jet when there's NetJet
NetJets Inc. and Hulman Motorsports have reached a multi-year partnership in which NetJets has become the Official Private Aviation Partner of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

INDYCAR and IMS will use NetJets for its private aviation needs for the NTT IndyCar Series and events at the Racing Capital of the World, including the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, INDYCAR Grand Prix and Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard.

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05/30/19
track news

COTA loses $25.9M in 2019
COTA officials today after their stupidity cost them $25.9 million
COTA officials today after their stupidity cost them $25.9 million
Circuit of the Americas is out $25.9 million in state funding for its Formula 1 race as the Texas State Capitol ended its legislative session on May 27 without passing legislation that would have approved an annual request originally denied on a technicality.

The money was to have come from the state's Major Events Reimbursement Program to help offset costs from the 2018 F1 United States Grand Prix. The funds were expected to be paid to the track -- that is, until COTA officials missed a Sept. 24, 2018, deadline for submitting a human trafficking prevention plan as part of its annual application for the funds.

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05/30/19
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Smith Family Looking To Take SMI Private opening door for sale of NASCAR (2nd Update)
Bruton and son Marcus Smith
Bruton and son Marcus Smith, taking SMI private. The France family did the same with ISC and its tracks. When it comes time for a buyout of the entire bundle of NASCAR and all the tracks, there will be no shareholders in the way.

UPDATE Something interesting is happening in the business of racing. In April, Sonic Financial, the majority owner of racetrack business Speedway Motorsports (NYSE:TRK), offered to take Speedway private. This comes just a few months after NASCAR offered to buy out Speedway Motorsports' rival International Speedway (NASDAQ:ISCA). These buyout offers come after years of disappointing ticket sales from the racetracks and declining NASCAR TV ratings.

Speedway's take-private offer comes from the company's controlling shareholder at a price below where the stock had been trading in the recent past. Are insiders trying to pull one over on shareholders, or does the offer represent a fair deal?

The buyout offer

On April 23, Speedway Motorsports received a letter from Sonic Financial offering $18 per share in cash for the shares not already owned by Sonic Financial, O. Bruton Smith, the founder and executive chairman of Speedway Motorsports, or his family. The stock closed on April 22 at $13.59. Sonic, Smith, and his family already control over 70% of Speedway's voting power.

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05/30/19
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O'Ward must be kicking himself (3rd Update)
Patricio O'Ward tonight
Patricio O'Ward after failing to qualify for the Indy 500

UPDATE After not even qualifying for the biggest race in the world, the Indy 500, Patricio O'Ward, in hindsight, should have taken the Andretti Autosport offer of 8 races.

Word has it he might still be banging his head against a wall, but he does have Red Bull backing him now, and they could take him to F1. O'Ward, Alonso and Max Chilton, all F1 wanna-bees, were not fast enough to make the Indy 500 field.

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05/30/19
f1

Kubica happy to prove doubters wrong
Robert Kubica silencing the doubters
Robert Kubica silencing the doubters
(GMM) Robert Kubica may be last at almost every race, but he says he has shown he can still race a Formula 1 car.

Due to his permanent arm injuries sustained in a 2011 rallying crash, some doubted the Pole would be able to handle the twistiest circuits like Monaco.

"I knew everything would work out," Kubica, who drives for struggling Williams, is quoted by Globo.

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05/30/19
f1

Ferrari CEO apologizes to Leclerc
Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri
Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri
(GMM) Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri has apologized publicly for the errors that messed up local driver Charles Leclerc's qualifying in Monaco.

The Monaco born 21-year-old was fastest in the final practice session before qualifying, only to be knocked out in Q1 when Ferrari strategists decided not to let him back out of the pits to save tires.

Leclerc was livid, saying: "It's very difficult to take. I need some explanations."

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05/30/19
f1

Still no Mistral straight for French GP
Paul Ricard
Paul Ricard
(GMM) Using the full Mistral straight has once again been ruled out by organizers of the French GP.

Last year, F1 returned to Paul Ricard, but a chicane in the middle of the epic Mistral straight was used.

Asked if the chicane would be skipped for 2019, French GP director Gilles Dufeigneux told Ouest France newspaper: "We discussed it.

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05/30/19
f1

Mercedes to have 'new engine' in Canada
Already untouchable, with a new more powerful engine in Canada, the Mercedes becomes 99.9% car and 0.1% driver
Already untouchable, with a new more powerful engine in Canada, the Mercedes becomes 99.9% car and 0.1% driver
(GMM) Mercedes' rivals should be worried about the latest news coming out of the dominant F1 team.

Lewis Hamilton, who attended Niki Lauda's funeral on Wednesday, had said before leaving Monaco last weekend that "we will probably have a new engine" for Canada.

"So the car will continue to move forwards," he said.

According to two-time world champion Mika Hakkinen, Mercedes' rivals including Ferrari will already have been "worried" before hearing that news.

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05/30/19
f1

Bratches confident over US GP future
Without the $25 million from the state of Texas every year, the USGP would quickly go belly-up
Without the $25 million from the state of Texas every year, the USGP would quickly go belly-up
(GMM) Sean Bratches is confident about the future of the US GP in Austin.

Recently, the race looked in doubt after organizers missed a paperwork deadline that meant a lost $25 million in state funding.

It was reported that the issue had been resolved. 

But Autoweek now reports that the legislative session in fact ended in the Texas State Capitol this week without the race funding problem being solved.

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05/30/19
f1

F1 teams split over standard parts
Mercedes won't want to give up their advantage
Mercedes won't want to give up their advantage

(GMM) F1 teams are split over whether the idea of standardized components should be kept alive.

Recently, the FIA has been sending out tenders for single suppliers to design and make gearboxes, wheels, brakes and fuel systems for 2021.

But it emerged that the tender for standard gearboxes has been withdrawn, with the FIA explaining that it was convinced by the teams that it would not save money.

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05/30/19
f1

Vettel denies Ferrari suspension problem
The Ferrari lacks aerodynamic downforce compared to the Mercedes
The Ferrari lacks aerodynamic downforce compared to the Mercedes
(GMM) Sebastian Vettel has played down rumors Ferrari's rear suspension layout is a major cause of the problem in 2019.

It is believed Ferrari's aerodynamic concept is one reason for the lack of performance, with the car working well in a straight line but slow compared to Mercedes in the corners.

"The balance between fast and slow corners is not right," team boss Mattia Binotto admits.

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05/29/19
automotive

German Prosecutors Raid Porsche Offices In Corruption Probe
2020 Porsche 911
2020 Porsche 911

Earlier this week, prosecutors in Germany raided the offices of Porsche in Stuttgart as part of a corruption probe.

German news outlet DW reports local authorities suspect that an auditor working for the German government was bribed into passing information to the car manufacturer’s tax advisor.

Prosecutors released a statement shortly after the raid stating that six Porsche employees, including some in “leadership positions,” risk being charged with breach of trust.

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05/29/19
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Roush Fenway Announces Partnership with NOS Energy Drink
Stenhouse NOS livery
Stenhouse NOS livery
Coming off a strong top-five finish in Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600, Roush Fenway Racing has announced a partnership with NOS Energy, that will see the High Performance Energy Drink serve as a primary partner with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and the No. 17 NASCAR Cup team, as well as a season long associate. The No. 17 NOS Energy Ford will make its debut on June 9 at Michigan.

“I’m excited to have NOS Energy back on our No. 17 Ford,” Stenhouse said. “They have been a great supporter and partner of mine since 2012 on and off the track. Their support throughout the entire racing community shows their dedication and passion to all forms of motorsports. It’s great to have them back in the Cup Series.”

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05/29/19
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f1

Final Weekend TV Ratings
Final Weekend TV Ratings for Memorial Day weekend
NetworkEventLocationTotal
Viewers
18-49
Viewers
2019
TV Rating
2018
TV Rating
%Chg
NBCIndy 500 Race LIndianapolis5,435,000957,0003.443.08+11.7%
FOXCoca-Cola 600 Race LCharlotte4,258,000924,0002.582.33+10.7%
ESPNMonaco GP Race LMonaco908,000346,0000.58 +0.491.04+2.9%
FS1NASCAR Xfinity Race LCharlotte863,000118,0000.570.59-3.4%
ABCMonaco GP Race SDMonaco705,000159,0000.49Combined-
ESPN2Monaco GP Quals LMonaco382,000139,0000.260.25+4.0%

 

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05/29/19
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Alexander Rossi speaks at 2019 Victory Celebration for 103rd Indianapolis 500
2016 Indianapolis 500 Champion Alexander Rossi speaks during the 2019 Victory Celebration after finishing second in the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.

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05/29/19
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Simon Pagenaud speaks at 2019 Victory Celebration for 103rd Indianapolis 500
2019 Indianapolis 500 Champion Simon Pagenaud speaks during the Victory Celebration after winning the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.

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05/29/19
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Video: The Secrets to Winning The Indy 500

2019 Indy 500 champion Simon Pagenaud reveals some of the secrets that helped him win the famous race in this short tutorial.

Missing from the video is the fact his car had the most powerful engine. As Roger Penske always send, the secret to winning at Indy is the engine you bring on race day. 

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05/29/19
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Marco Andretti to DRV PNK in Detroit
Marco Andretti livery for Detoit
Marco Andretti livery for Detoit
For the second-consecutive year, the color pink will paint the racing machine of Marco Andretti for the double-header weekend on the streets of Belle Isle. America’s largest automotive retailer, AutoNation boasted its DRV PNK campaign on the No. 98 machine in 2018 that went on to collect the pole position Race 1 of the Detroit Grand Prix.

AutoNation and Andretti Autosport first partnered in 2013 as associate sponsor of Ryan Hunter-Reay and grew the program to include Marco Andretti in 2018. AutoNation first appeared as a primary sponsor with Andretti Autosport at the 2017 Indianapolis 500. 

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05/29/19
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Ford v. Ferrari: First Look at Christian Bale and Matt Damon's Race Car Movie
Bale and Damon were starters at the Indy 500 this past weekend - neither Ford or Ferrari race in IndyCar
Bale and Damon were starters at the Indy 500 this past weekend - neither Ford or Ferrari race in IndyCar

Academy Award-winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale are set to star in Ford v. Ferrari and we have our first look at the upcoming film.

Ford v. Ferrari is based on the 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."

The film is being directed by Logan's James Mangold, and is written by Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, and Jason Keller. 

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05/29/19
f1

Gap too big for points in 2019 - Kubica
Poor Kubica is stuck driving a Paddy Lowe designed slug
Poor Kubica is stuck driving a Paddy Lowe designed slug
(GMM) Robert Kubica thinks Williams may go the entire 2019 season without a single point.

On his return to F1 this year, the Pole is regularly dead last in both qualifying and the race.

"Formula 1 changes very fast, but I hope that this season will end well for us," he told the Polish broadcaster TVP.

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05/29/19
f1

Wolff says 2019 clean sweep 'not realistic'
Wolff and his dominant Mercedes team have turned F1 into a borefest, and yes they will likely win every GP in 2019
Wolff and his dominant Mercedes team have turned F1 into a borefest, and yes they will likely win every GP in 2019
(GMM) Toto Wolff has played down the notion that Mercedes could win every single grand prix in 2019.

So far, the dominant German team is on track, with Lewis Hamilton winning four races and an on-form Valtteri Bottas the other two.

Wolff, the team boss, backed Bottas to keep impressing in 2019, even though he was disappointed to finish just third in Monaco.

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05/28/19
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Ford GT program to shut down operations (2nd Update)
Ford decides to pull the plug
Ford confirms it is pulling the plug

UPDATE This news by Ford from April was followed by BMW confirming that its FIA WEC factory commitments will also end next month after just one season with its MTEK-run M8 GTEs. That, as expected, brings the likely number of factory-backed FIA WEC GTE Pro cars for the 2019/20 season to just six, with only a pair apiece from Aston Martin Racing, Porsche GT Team and AF Corse now expected.

With near-zero fans at most sportscars races except LeMans, Long Beach and Sebring there is not much value there for manufacturers.

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05/28/19
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Penalty report from Charlotte
Logano crew chief Todd Gordon penalized
Logano crew chief Todd Gordon penalized
Two NASCAR Cup teams were penalized on Tuesday for lug nut violations in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Todd Gordon, crew chief for the No. 22 Team Penske Ford Mustang, and Brian Pattie, crew chief of the No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang, were both assessed $10,000 fines apiece for loose or missing lug nuts.

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05/28/19
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Daly hoping to soon land full-time drive
Conor Daly
Conor Daly

Conor Daly is hoping that his performance at the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 will be enough to soon secure him a full-time drive in the NTT IndyCar Series.

Daly was in the fight towards the front for most of the race, but found himself dropping back to 10th after the final safety car restart which occurred with just a handful of laps to go.

Daly entered the race with Andretti Autosport, his only scheduled entry for the 2019 season.

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05/28/19
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Video: Meet Alexander Rossi's dog Brunner
Rossi with Brunner as a puppy
Rossi with Brunner as a puppy
Alexander Rossi has many titles -- 2016 Indy 500 winner, 5-time IndyCar race winner, dog dad.

More specifically, Rossi is a dog dad to Brunner George, a mini golden doodle. Rossi and his girlfriend got Brunner from a breeder in Salt Lake City about a year and a half ago. He said they chose the breed because they wanted a dog that would be easy to travel with and not shed. They also wanted a “smallish” dog.

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05/28/19
f1

Tires selected for Canadian GP
Ferrari has gone more conservative for the Canadian GP, taking one less set of the softest tires than main rival Mercedes.

The Montreal circuit features some of the hardest braking zones on the calendar, where of course the softer tires will perform better.

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05/28/19
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Will Power apologizes to IndyCar race officials
Will Power admits mistake was his
Will Power admits mistake was his. At least this time he did not give them the double bird

Will Power went on a rant about Race Control in the aftermath of the race, twice referring to the situation as a ‘disgrace’ and at one stage fuming “Wait until I see them”.

Power was furious about being put to the back of the field (lead lap cars) under Caution shortly after his second pit stop, during which he hit a crewman.

He did not realize that he had made contact with the crewman, having braked too late to safely enter his pit box.

“I unfortunately went long on a pit stop,” explained Power.

“I didn’t say much on the radio when I got the penalty, but when I got out and the team said, ‘You didn’t hit anyone, you didn’t deserve the penalty,’ I was so mad.

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05/28/19
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Jordan King's tire-changer recovering
Chris Minot down on ground after being struck hard by tire
Chris Minot down on ground after being struck hard by tire
A tire-changer for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing who was injured during last weekends 2019 Indianapolis 500 is understood to be recovering following surgery. Chris Minot, known as Chachi by his crew-mates, was injured after being hit by a tire, with the tire smacking into Minot’s left leg.

Minot was a part of the pit-crew servicing Jordan King for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500. On lap sixty-nine of the race, King pulled into the pit-lane and unfortunately collided with a tire that was waiting for him in his pit-box. The tire was sent careering into Minot, the right-front tire changer, with the brunt of the impact being taken by Minot’s left leg.

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05/28/19
f1

Ferrari drops Mission Winnow logos from F1 cars for Canada and France
Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari will remove the Mission Winnow logos from its Formula 1 cars at upcoming races in Canada and France due to tighter advertising laws.

The Mission Winnow initiative, which has links to tobacco producer Philip Morris International, was dropped from Ferrari’s cars and team name at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, but the logos have since returned.

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05/28/19
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Ferrucci Wins Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Award
Santino Ferrucci
Santino Ferrucci

Dale Coyne Racing’s Santino Ferrucci won Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year honors and was presented with the award at the Victory Celebration last night at the J.W. Marriott in downtown Indianapolis.  

Rookie Ferrucci impressed with an outstanding run to seventh in his oval debut at the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. The driver of the #19 Cly-Del Manufacturing car climbed from his 23rd spot on the starting grid and was the highest-finishing rookie among the six drivers making their first Indianapolis 500 starts this year at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Additionally, the 20-year-old, who celebrates his 21st birthday later this week on May 31, led his first NTT IndyCar Series lap and made the largest number of passes of any driver on track with 30 while on his way to registering his best NTT IndyCar Series career finish.

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05/28/19
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Historical Indy 500 TV Ratings
Tony George now
Tony George now

We go back to 1979, the year CART began, widely considered IndyCar's golden years.

Compare the TV ratings then to what happened once the Split happened in 1996 - Tony George damaged his family's crown jewel and the sport once considered the #1 form of motorsports in America.

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05/28/19
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Lime Rock Park Trans Am Victory 'Biggest Career Win' for Dyson
Chris Dyson
Chris Dyson

A true Cinderella story unfolded on Monday at Lime Rock Park after Chris Dyson claimed the Trans Am presented by Pirelli victory in the No. 20 Plaid Ford Mustang.  Ernie Francis Jr. recovered from an early-race setback to claim a hard-fought second place result ahead of Josh Hurley to complete the podium as Trans Am returned to the traditional Memorial Day weekend event at Lime Rock Park.  Tomy Drissi  (No. 8 Godzilla King of the Monsters / Chevrolet Camaro) scored fourth at the finish, with Paul Fix (No. 4 Ave Motorsports / Ford Mustang)  crossing the line fifth. 

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05/28/19
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Thomas Laurent joins Toyota WEC team
Thomas Laurent
Thomas Laurent
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing can confirm that Thomas Laurent will join the team as its test and reserve driver for the 2019-2020 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season.

Thomas, 21, has emerged as a rising star of endurance racing and already has a Le Mans podium to his name, finishing second as a teenager in 2017. That impressive performance paved the way for his first experience of the TS050 HYBRID, during the WEC rookie test in Bahrain in December of the same year.

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05/28/19
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Race Rewind: All the Coca-Cola 600 action in 15 minutes
Catch up quickly on an action-filled Coca-Cola 600 won by Martin Truex Jr., who uses a four-wide move on the final restart to close out the victory.

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05/28/19
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Video: 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 in 30 minutes
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.

Watch the entire race compressed to 30 minutes showing all the key moments of the race.

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05/28/19
f1

McLaren failure was 'biggest lesson' - Yamamoto
Masashi Yamamoto
Masashi Yamamoto
(GMM) Masashi Yamamoto says the failed McLaren collaboration was Honda's "biggest lesson" since the Japanese marque returned to Formula 1.

In Monaco, the Honda-powered Red Bull of Max Verstappen diced for the race lead with winner Lewis Hamilton. He didn't even finish on the podium, but Yamamoto says it is one of the important "small victories".

"We have learned that the most important thing is to celebrate the small victories as steps forward," Yamamoto, Honda's F1 boss, told Speed Week.

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05/28/19
f1

Ferrari makes first changes amid 2019 crisis
Two Ferrari engineers demoted after latest Ferrari gaffe
Two Ferrari engineers demoted after latest Ferrari gaffe
(GMM) In Monaco, Mercedes' impressive run of 1-2 finishes finally ended, even though Lewis Hamilton won and Valtteri Bottas was third.

One reporter joked that the dominant team had therefore entered a crisis, and boss Toto Wolff played along: "Yes, and I assume full responsibility."

The actual crisis, according to the Italian media, is at Ferrari.

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05/28/19
f1

Stewards not Verstappen's 'biggest fans' - Marko
Helmut Marko has his crying towel out again
Helmut Marko has his crying towel out again
(GMM) Dr Helmut Marko thinks the F1 stewards are too hard on Max Verstappen.

Verstappen was penalized after a pitlane clash with Valtteri Bottas in Monaco, with the time penalty costing him a spot on the podium.

Not only that, his tally of 'license points' now stands at seven, meaning he will receive a race ban if he accumulates just five more.

Marko, the Red Bull driver manager, told De Telegraaf newspaper: "We were ahead of Bottas, but apparently Max can't do much good in the eyes of the stewards.

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05/28/19
f1

Hamilton rates 2019 performances as 'average'
Lewis Hamilton. He only needs to be average because his car is superior
Lewis Hamilton. He only needs to be average because his car is superior
(GMM) Lewis Hamilton thinks he has been driving on only an "average" standard in 2019.

In one sense, it is a remarkable claim given that the five time world champion has won four of the opening six races and is leading the championship.

But Valtteri Bottas is comparatively much stronger this year than he was in 2018, with Hamilton suggesting it is more a case of himself not driving as well as usual.

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05/28/19
f1

Ecclestone will not attend Lauda funeral
Lauda and Ecclestone
Lauda and Ecclestone
(GMM) Bernie Ecclestone says he will not be attending F1 legend Niki Lauda's funeral on Wednesday.

Having died late last Monday, 70-year-old Lauda will be buried in his racing suit after a funeral at a gothic Vienna cathedral.

Toto Wolff is expected to make a speech, and Lewis Hamilton answered "of course" when asked if he will also be there.

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05/28/19
automotive

Italian-French-American megamerger that would rattle the global auto industry
The late Sergio Marchionne tried to merge Fiat with GM, now it could happen with Renault
The late Sergio Marchionne tried to merge Fiat with GM, now it could happen with Renault

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV proposed a roughly $40 billion merger with French rival Renault SA, RNO -0.32% a deal that if completed would create the third-largest auto maker by production and scramble an industry that has been seeking scale to cope with fast-globalizing markets and rapidly changing technology.

If Renault and Fiat Chrysler consummate a deal, it would create a car company with annual vehicle production of almost nine million passenger cars and light trucks. Such a combination would rank behind just Volkswagen AG and Toyota Motor Co. but ahead of General Motors Co. Including Renault’s alliance partners, Nissan Motor Co. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. , group output would swell to around 15 million, far ahead of the pack.

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05/27/19
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Indy 500 TV Rating (Update)
UPDATE 

Pagenaud and Rossi battle
Pagenaud and Rossi battle
05/27/19

The following is TV information shared by NBC this morning. NBC expects to distribute a press release later today, complete with updated ratings information.

• Yesterday’s Indy 500, the first-ever on NBC, delivered a 3.86 overnight rating, up 15% vs. 2018 (3.35 on ABC) and the best in three years. The overnight was 3.6 in '17, 4.1 in '16 and 4.3 in '15 so NBC isn't going to beat the ABC numbers from 2016 and earlier

• The overnight rating peaked in the final quarter-hour at 4.56 when Simon Pagenaud outdueled Alexander Rossi to win his first Indy 500.

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05/27/19
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Coca-Cola 600 TV Rating (Update)
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Pagenaud Earns $2.66 Million for Winning Indy 500
Simon Pagenaud
Simon Pagenaud

Simon Pagenaud earned $2,669,529 from an overall purse of $13,090,536 for his victory Sunday, May 26 in the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

2016 NTT IndyCar Series champion Pagenaud, from Montmorillon, France, captured his first victory in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" in the No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet. He beat 2016 winner Alexander Rossi to the finish by .2086 of a second to score the record-extending 18th Indianapolis 500 victory for Team Penske.

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05/27/19
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Indy 500 Post-Race Driver Tweets



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05/27/19
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NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 post-race Q&A
Race Winner, Martin Truex Jr.; Crew Chief, Cole Pearn; and Team Owner, Joe Gibbs (No. 19 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER/USO)

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05/27/19
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IndyCar Point Standings after Indy 500
Simon Pagenaud has taken the IndyCar point lead
Simon Pagenaud has taken the IndyCar point lead

The Indy 500 was worth double points. Here's how they stand as the series heads to Detroit:

Rank Driver Points
1 Pagenaud, Simon 250
2 Newgarden, Josef 249
3 Rossi, Alexander 228
4 Sato, Takuma 203
5 Dixon, Scott 203

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05/27/19
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No more red Halo after Monaco - Wolff
No more red halo for Mercedes
No more red halo for Mercedes
(GMM) Mercedes' new red Halo will not feature on the 2019 car beyond Sunday's Monaco GP.

In Monaco, there were tributes all around for Niki Lauda, the Mercedes team chairman and F1 legend who died at the age of 70 last Monday.

One of Mercedes' tributes was the red Halo, but boss Toto Wolff says that will no longer be on the car in Canada.

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05/27/19
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Hamilton jumped into Monaco pool with 'chemicals'
Hamilton In Monaco Pool
Hamilton In Monaco Pool
(GMM) Lewis Hamilton had to immediately shower after leaping into the famous Monaco swimming pool after winning on Sunday.

Footage shows the Mercedes driver jumping in with his Mercedes overalls on, and immediately getting out of the well-known public pool.

What the footage didn't show was Hamilton's immediate rinse-off.

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05/27/19
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Perez shaken after Monaco marshal near-miss
Sergio Perez almost hits two course marshals in Monaco
Sergio Perez almost hits two course marshals in Monaco
(GMM) Sergio Perez said he would talk to the FIA after almost hitting two marshals with his F1 car during the Monaco GP.

Onboard footage from the Mexican driver's Racing Point shows him narrowly avoiding the marshals during the safety car period.

"What was wrong with those marshals?" he exclaimed on the radio. "I nearly killed them."

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05/27/19
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Video: Recap the action-packed Coca-Cola 600
Recap all the action of the 2019 Coca-Cola 600 that saw Martin Truex Jr. win the race after hitting the wall towards the end of Stage 1.

Truex, Jr. rallied back after hitting the wall and took his beat up and broken Toyota Camry to Victory Lane in a wild night of racing in Sunday's 60th-running of the Coca Cola 600 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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05/27/19
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F1 should simplify tire supply - Briatore
2019 Pirelli tires
2019 Pirelli tires
(GMM) Flavio Briatore thinks one of the main problems in F1 this year is the tires.

Indeed, many teams - including Ferrari - are struggling to understand the very different Pirelli tires for 2019.

Former Renault boss Briatore, who was in Monaco, told Italy's Automoto that there are too many compounds, with selections changed from race to race.

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05/27/19
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Boss in Monaco but 2020 Monza deal still not done
Angelo Sticchi Damiani says deal still not signed
Angelo Sticchi Damiani says deal still not signed
(GMM) A 2020 deal for Monza's Italian GP is not yet done.

Earlier in May, we claimed the race looked "completely safe" until 2024, after the Italian automobile club (Aci) agreed a deal with Liberty Media.

However, the official F1 website clarified that "a formal signature" has actually not yet been put on paper.

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05/27/19
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Kubica queried preferential treatment for Russell
Robert Kubica
Robert Kubica
(GMM) Robert Kubica suggested in Monaco that he feels Williams teammate George Russell is getting preferential treatment.

Amid much fanfare, the Pole returned to F1 from a long injury layoff in 2019, but it has been reigning Formula 2 champion Russell setting the pace.

Kubica, though, got a good start in Monaco and was running ahead of Russell when the struggling team called the young Briton into the pits first.

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05/27/19
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Canada not Ferrari's last hope in 2019 - Binotto
At their current rate, it's doubtful Ferrari will win any races in 2019
At their current rate, it's doubtful Ferrari will win any races in 2019
(GMM) Mattia Binotto says Ferrari is working on a plan to get back up to speed with Mercedes.

Sebastian Vettel managed to break Mercedes' run of 1-2 finishes in Monaco, but it was actually Red Bull's Max Verstappen who was fighting wheel to wheel for victory with winner and runaway championship leader Lewis Hamilton.

The gap between Vettel, the top Ferrari driver, and Hamilton is now 55 points after six races.

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05/27/19
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Kvyat driving 'better than ever' in 2019
Kvyat and Albon
Kvyat and Albon
(GMM) Former Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat says he is driving better than ever in 2019.

The 25-year-old Russian had a meteoric start to his F1 career in 2014, earning a swift promotion from Toro Rosso to the senior Red Bull team.

But he was demoted back to Toro Rosso in 2016 and dropped from the program and F1 altogether at the end of the following year, spending last season as a Ferrari tester.

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