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06/05/16
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Brabham Sweeps Stadium Truck Weekend
Matt Brabham
Matt Brabham
Matt Brabham completed a weekend sweep Sunday of the Stadium SUPER Truck events held at The Raceway at Belle Isle.

Brabham, who won Friday’s opening race, dedicated the victory to injured driver Matt Mingay, who was hurt during Saturday’s Stadium SUPER Truck race that was abandoned after the third lap.

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06/05/16
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Negri Escapes Injury in High-Speed Accident at Le Mans Test
Ozz Negri
Ozz Negri

Ozz Negri has escaped injury following an high-speed accident in the closing hour of Sunday’s official test day at Le Mans.

The Brazilian lost control of his No. 49 Michael Shank Racing Ligier JS P2 Honda on the entry into the Michelin Chicane, following a suspected mechanical failure for the LMP2 contender.

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06/05/16
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Alexander Rossi: An Indy 500 Champion's Journey


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06/05/16
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Video: Porsche highlights from LeMans test day
The 2016 Le Mans event has begun: The Porsche Team has used the official pre-test to set up the two Porsche 919 Hybrids for the 24-Hour marathon on June 18/19. Today provided the only opportunity to test on the 13.629 kilometer long Circuit de la Sarthe. The track includes 9.2 kilometers of what are normally public country roads. This part includes the famous Mulsanne straight on which the 900 HP strong Porsche Le Mans Prototypes (LMP1) go significantly over 320 km/h. The Porsche Motorsport 911 RSR set second and third fastest times.

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06/05/16
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Pocono NASCAR race postponed due to rain (Update)
UPDATE The green flag will be 12 p.m. ET on Monday, June 6. Parking lots will open at 7 a.m. ET and gates will open starting at 8:00 a.m. ET. A ticket will be required to attend. All current ticket holders of Sunday Gate Admission Tickets for Sunday, June 5, including Sunday One-Day Infield tickets, will be honored and scanned at the gates. Additionally, Pre-Race Pit/Paddock Passes are valid for use on Monday, June 6, but only in the Paddock. There will be no Pit or Frontstretch access and no new additional Pit/Paddock Pass sales tomorrow.

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06/05/16
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Rain Postpones New England Nationals To Monday
The John Force Racing Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Cars and the Monster Energy Top Fuel dragster will have to wait one more day to try and win the 4th annual NHRA New England Nationals. Persistent rain showers on Sunday forced NHRA officials to cancel racing activities before they started. Racing is scheduled to begin on Monday at 11 a.m. with Top Fuel eliminations followed by Funny Car and Pro Stock. Defending event winner John Force, Robert Hight and 2013 New England Nationals winner Courtney will be ready to try and win at New England Dragway for the third time in four years. Brittany Force and the Monster Energy Top Fuel team, the No. 3 qualifier, will be looking for her first win in New England and her third win of 2016.

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06/05/16
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24 Hours of Le Mans Test Day over - Audi banks the best time
No. 8 Audi
No. 8 Audi
The two Test Day practice sessions take place two weeks before the actual race and are important for the 60 teams to find their feet on the unique circuit. When the session began at 09:00, most teams sent their cars out straightaway to make the most of the allotted time to test their settings and collect data for their technicians and engineers. It only took a few minutes to “rubber in” the track and render the traction optimum and drivers began setting respectable times right from the start. At 09:15 Marcel Fassler set a sub 03:30 lap, which was subsequently beaten by both Romain Dumas and Mark Webber, who ended the morning session on 03:22.555.

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06/05/16
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Pre-Race Update from Belle Isle (Update)
UPDATE It's 3 p.m. here in Detroit, the drivers are being introduced and the sun is shining. We'll see how the weather turns out. I'm off to pit road. 

Lucille Dust reporting from Belle Isle

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06/05/16
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Chevrolet Dual 2 in Detroit: Tire Selections
PosNoNameFTimeDiffGapFLLapsFSpeedEngineTire
122Simon Pagenaud1:14.0380.0000.00088114.266ChevyAlternate
228Ryan Hunter-Reay1:14.5620.0000.00077113.462HondaAlternate
33Helio Castroneves1:14.1900.15250.152577114.031ChevyAlternate
49Scott Dixon1:14.6870.12460.124688113.273ChevyAlternate
57Mikhail Aleshin1:14.7260.68770.535299113.214HondaAlternate
610Tony Kanaan1:14.8160.25420.006537113.077ChevyAlternate
715Graham Rahal1:14.7790.74070.053077113.134HondaAlternate
812Will Power1:14.8390.27710.022927113.042ChevyAlternate
941Jack Hawksworth1:14.9350.89700.156377112.898HondaAlternate
102Juan Pablo Montoya1:14.8490.28650.009438113.028ChevyPrimary
1183Charlie Kimball1:15.1351.09660.199677112.598ChevyPrimary
1211Sebastien Bourdais1:15.1690.60690.320448112.546ChevyAlternate
1326Carlos Munoz1:15.2091.17150.074988112.486HondaAlternate
145James Hinchcliffe1:15.5691.00710.400247111.950HondaAlternate
1519Gabby Chaves1:15.2841.24610.074677112.374HondaAlternate
1614Takuma Sato1:15.5991.03660.029527111.907HondaPrimary
1721Josef Newgarden1:15.4651.42740.181345112.105ChevyPrimary
1898Alexander Rossi1:15.6901.12830.091738111.771HondaAlternate
198Max Chilton1:15.4681.42990.002577112.101ChevyAlternate
2020Spencer Pigot1:16.1131.55110.514538111.150ChevyAlternate
2118Conor Daly1:15.4771.43870.008856112.088HondaAlternate
2227Marco Andretti1:16.4531.89100.339966110.656HondaPrimary


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06/05/16
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Detroit GP Race 2 Qualifying groups
No.Group 1No.Group 2
3Castroneves, Helio12Power, Will
22Pagenaud, Simon9Dixon, Scott
15Rahal, Graham5Hinchcliffe, James
21Newgarden, Josef11Bourdais, Sebastien
26Munoz, Carlos27Andretti, Marco
7Aleshin, Mikhail14Sato, Takuma
83Kimball, Charlie2Montoya, Juan Pablo
18Daly, Conor28Hunter-Reay, Ryan
41Hawksworth, Jack10Kanaan, Tony
19Chaves, Gabby98Rossi, Alexander
8Chilton, Max20Pigot, Spencer


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Detroit Sunday Morning Update
UPDATE IndyCar qualifying for race 2 of the Detroit GP doubleheader on Belle Isle has been moved forward to 10:30 AM this morning to try to get it in before the rain. Lucille Dust reporting from Detroit


06/05/16 This morning, the weather is expected to ruin our perfect day.  It has rained quite a bit through the night making things soggy and muddy today.  The sun is peeking out now but rain is forecast to start by 11 am and continue through the end of the race.  

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06/05/16
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2016 Pocono Xfinity Post Race Q&A
NASCAR XFINITY Series race winner Kyle Larson and crew chief Mike Shiplett (No. 42 Cessna/NTT Data Group Chevrolet); second place finisher Erik Jones (No. 20 SportClips Haircuts Toyota) and third place finisher Ty Dillon (No. 3 Rheem Chevrolet)

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06/05/16
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Keselowski believes updated aero package a good step
Brad Keselowski
Brad Keselowski
As NASCAR continues to tweak the aero package for Sprint Cup teams, 2012 NSCS champion Brad Keselowski believes that they are moving in a very positive direction. So let's call it the newer version of the new low-downforce aero package. Ahead of the All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, NASCAR set out to remove even more downforce from the cars.

Although the format for the annual exhibition race was heavily criticized, the racing itself was praised.

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06/05/16
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Punches Thrown Between Ryan Reed, Ryan Sieg After Pocono Crash
Intensity hit an all-time high during the Pocono Green 250 at Pocono Raceway after a post-race confrontation involved Ryan Sieg, Ryan Reed and members of their XFINITY Series crews. Punches were thrown before the mess was broken up, emotions boiling over after an in-race incident between both drivers.

It all started with contact between Sieg and Reed coming out of Turn 1 early in the event. Sieg was racing on the outside of Reed before the No. 16 Ford ran high and forced the No. 39 machine into the outside wall.

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06/05/16
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Video: 2016 Detroit GP Race 1 Highlights
Unedited video snippets:

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06/05/16
wec

Ford Preparing To 'Go Like Hell!' At Le Mans
  • Ford Chip Ganassi Racing ready to compete at Le Mans 24 Hours with four Ford GT race cars
  • Le Mans return celebrates 50th anniversary of Ford’s famous 1-2-3 race finish
  • Four Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GTs today take to the Le Mans track for the official Test Day ahead of the 24-hour race on June 18

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06/04/16
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Kyle Larson wins rain-shortened Pocono XFINITY race
Kyle Larson
Kyle Larson
The maiden voyage of the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Pocono Raceway was shorter than planned, but race winner Kyle Larson wasn't complaining.

NASCAR awarded the checkered flag in the Pocono Green 250 to Larson when the race was red-flagged after 53 of 100 scheduled laps and then called because of persistent rain. 

The victory was Larson's first of the season and fourth in the series, but it was a source of frustration to runner-up Erik Jones, who arguably had the fastest car and was closing rapidly on Larson when a rain shower blew in from the west and stopped the action.

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06/04/16
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Aleshin questions lack of Detroit penalty for Kanaan
Mikhail Aleshin
Mikhail Aleshin
Mikhail Aleshin was on course to finish inside the top ten during the opening race around the streets of Belle Isle before the Schmidt Peterson Motorsport driver was forced to pit with a puncture caused by contact with Tony Kanaan with just nine laps remaining.

The Russian driver lost considerable ground as a result of the puncture to his rear tire, ultimately finishing as the last driver on the lead lap in Detroit down in fifteenth position.

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06/04/16
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Video: Indy 500 Champion Alexander Rossi, Make Victory Tour Stop In Dallas (Update)
UPDATE Alexander Rossi's cross-country media tour this week following his Indianapolis 500 victory included a stop in Dallas for lunch with Texas Motor Speedway season-ticketholders. The Verizon IndyCar Series heads to TMS for the Firestone 600 on June 10-11.

While Rossi's appearance was a highlight, the new American hero may have been upstaged by junior karting sensation Ashlyn Speed. The 11-year-old Texan missed school to attend the luncheon for a chance to meet Rossi.

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06/04/16
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Sandell wins GRC Dallas
Bryan Herta Rallysport driver Patrik Sandell gave his Indianapolis 500-winning team owner his second win in a week at Red Bull Global Rallycross Dallas, the series’ inaugural visit to Fair Park. Sandell became the first driver to break points leader Tanner Foust and Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross’ dominance by jumping out to the lead from the second row in the final and never looking back.

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06/04/16
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DeFrancesco takes lights to flag victory
Devlin DeFrancesco has taken a brilliant lights to flag victory in the opening race of the British Formula 4 certified by FIA Championship controlling the race well from the start to a take the advantage. Having qualified on pole this morning DeFrancesco continued his form to launch well as the lights went out and lead the field in to the first corner; never looking back, DeFrancesco wasn’t troubled and took the checkered flag in first position – his second victory of the season. Team mate Petru Florescu also drove well to get a strong haul of points and despite coming under a little pressure in the opening and closing laps was able to secure a double Carlin podium at Oulton Park – taking the championship lead in the process. Max Fewtrell and James Pull also maintained their starting positions to finish fifth and sixth respectively.

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06/04/16
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Second DTM victory for Miguel Molina
Miguel Molina celebrates
Miguel Molina celebrates

Miguel Molina and Jamie Green presented Audi with a one-two finish in the first race on Saturday at the Motorsport Festival at the Lausitzring. Audi was the strongest brand overall with five cars finishing in the points.

Miguel Molina had to wait 67 races for his first DTM victory. For his second triumph, the Catalan from Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline needed only seven attempts. With a large group of guests looking on from his partner Teufel, Molina prevailed in an Audi internal duel against last year's victor Jamie Green (Audi Sport Team Rosberg).

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06/04/16
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Earnhardt comments on his contract

When Dale Jr. retires NASCAR's popularity will take a major hit
When Dale Jr. retires NASCAR's popularity will take a major hit
Q: As you get older in your career, you see guys like Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, your contemporaries calling it quits. Do you see yourself racing past your current contract with Hendrick Motorsports once it expires after 2017?
Earnhardt: Well, I think that I have some interest to do that. It's something that we haven't started to sit down and talk about. We will see what Rick wants to do with his direction, what his future is for the team. We will see if that lines up with what I want to do. I don't think I will race as long as my dad did, but I have been having a lot of fun over the past couple of years. I would hate to walk away from such a good opportunity prematurely, but when it comes down to it, Rick is the boss and what his future and direction of the team is important to me. I'm sure we will get talking about what we want to do past this contract in the next six months.

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06/04/16
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Newgarden tops Detroit GP morning warmup
Practice just ended for the IndyCars. Two small incidents on track, James Hinchcliffe spun and gently back into the wall and then Mikhail Aleshin spun on red tires.

No major damage. Only 2 drivers used reds for practice, Tony Kanaan also went out on reds. With rain in for the forecast for sometime during the race, we might end up on wet tires. And that would solve the red tires have to used during the race issue. I am sure we will be watching the radar to see where those rain clouds are.

Lucille Dust reporting from Belle Isle

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06/04/16
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Kvyat never felt he had Red Bull's full support
Daniil Kvyat
Daniil Kvyat
Daniil Kvyat is entitled to feel pretty hard done by right now, having been dropped by the Red Bull Racing team, for younger more upcoming talent Max Verstappen, despite having taken the Milton Keynes based squad’s first podium of the season just the weekend before.

The Russian was returned to sister team Scuderia Toro Rosso, where he originally started his career in F1, after just four races of the 2016 Formula One season, when Red Bull Motorsport Adviser Helmut Marko used the unfortunate incident that saw Kvyat take out Sebastian Vettel at his home grand prix, to his advantage and forced through the promotion of Verstappen to the main team.

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06/04/16
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IMSA Detroit Saturday Pre-Race Notebook
The No. 5 Corvette DP will start from pole
The No. 5 Corvette DP will start from pole
DETROIT –
Driving the innovative DeltaWing has, no doubt, given Katherine Legge plenty of experience racing in the Prototype class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, but taking her first laps at the tight, bumpy, 2.3-mile Belle Isle Street Course at the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic Presented by Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers in the Michael Shank Racing Honda HPD Ligier JS P2 was baptism by fire.

The DeltaWing took the weekend off, freeing Legge for the race, so Shank, his crew divided by the race in Detroit and practice for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France, asked Legge to fill in for regular driver John Pew. And she ended up qualifying a solid fifth.

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06/04/16
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Video: Friday highlights at Detroit GP
Video snippets from Friday action at the Detroit GP:

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Saturday morning update from Belle Isle in Detroit
Pagenaud won pole for today's Race 1 yesterday
Pagenaud won pole for today's Race 1 yesterday
Good morning from the Motor City.  Weather is expected to be a perfect 80 degrees during the day, but they have now predicted rain starting this evening and going into Sunday.  Today is Race 1 at 3:45 pm Eastern time.  The IndyCars only have a short practice session this morning from 10:05 to 10:35 am to check their cars before the race.  I think the issue this weekend is which type of tire will be used for the races.

At a normal race weekend on a road or street course, each team is allotted 7 sets of the primary or black tires and 3 sets of the alternate or red tires.   The alternate tire is usually a softer compound which goes faster but degrades much quicker.  This weekend, with two races, the team's are allowed only 8 sets of black tires and only 3 sets of red tires.   Which leads us to the question, how are the teams and drivers going to use the red tires for both races and for qualifying sessions with only three sets?

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06/04/16
F1

McLaren not interested in 2017 line-up yet
Jenson Button could be out
Jenson Button could be out
Eric Boullier says McLaren-Honda has not considered its driver line-up for the 2017 F1 season yet, adding that “it would be a distraction for the team”.

The British outfit currently has world champions Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button under contract but the latter’s deal reportedly expires at the end of the current campaign.

And while the Spaniard is theoretically locked in until 2017, his name has often appeared on the silly season’s rumor mill in the light of McLaren-Honda’s steady but slow progress.

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06/04/16
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Jeb Burton unsure of future plans
Jeb Burton
Jeb Burton
In the wake of sponsorship issues that have curtailed his NASCAR XFINITY Series appearances for Richard Petty Motorsports, Jeb Burton is happy for a one-race opportunity to help establish a baseline for the #32 GoFas Racing Ford, which has been driven this year by Jeffrey Earnhardt. Beyond this weekend at Pocono, however, future rides for Burton are uncertain.

"Getting back over here on the Cup side will be fun," Burton said on Friday at Pocono.

"I thank GoFas Racing for giving me the opportunity to come out here and try to improve their program a little bit. Right now, this is all I'm going to do. I'll run here, and I'm not sure what the rest of the season holds for me." NASCAR Wire Service

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