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06/07/18
nasmon

DAYTONA 500 tickets on sale Tuesday, June 12
Daytona
Daytona
Tickets for the 61st annual DAYTONA 500 will officially go on sale Tuesday, June 12 at 9 a.m. ET. For the past three years, the prestigious season-opening event for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season has sold out. The 2019 edition of "The Great American Race" will again be held on Presidents Day Weekend on Sunday, Feb. 17 and tickets start at $99.

Race fans will have the opportunity to experience the pageantry and excitement of the DAYTONA 500 in a state-of-the-art facility with unprecedented amenities that include 101,500 seats, thousands of premium club seats, 40 escalators and 17 elevators, 60 luxury suites, social "neighborhoods" and three concourse levels that span the nearly mile-long frontstretch.

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06/07/18
wec

FIA Reveal First Details Of 2020 Regulation Proposals For LMP1 Replacement
Some details on LMP1 replacement
Some details on LMP1 replacement
The World Motorsport Council, meeting in Manila, has published the first official details of what are described as ‘ongoing discussions’ on the 2020 Technical Regulations for the ‘highest category of FIA WEC’ ahead of further details to be released at the ACO Press conference during the week of the Le Mans 24 hours.

The details thus far released are:

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06/07/18
automotive

Honda Partners on General Motors' Next Gen Battery Development
Buick Velite extended range car in China
Buick Velite extended range car in China

General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) and Honda (NYSE: HMC) announced an agreement for new advanced chemistry battery components, including the cell and module, to accelerate both companies’ plans for all-electric vehicles. The next-generation battery will deliver higher energy density, smaller packaging and faster charging capabilities for both companies’ future products, mainly for the North American market.

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06/07/18
imsa

IMSA GT teams fare well in 24 Hours of Le Mans test
The front engine Corvette tries to hang onto the Porsche
The front engine Corvette tries to hang onto the Porsche
Hot on the heels of Saturday’s Chevrolet Sports Car Classic in Detroit, several IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams and drivers were in Le Mans on Sunday to participate in the annual test day in preparation for the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 16-17.

There were 13 drivers in the Detroit field who also are competing at Le Mans this year, making up exactly half of the 26 full-time IMSA drivers in this year’s twice-around-the-clock French endurance classic. The other half already were in Le Mans and primarily compete in the WeatherTech Championship GT Le Mans (GTLM) class.

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06/07/18
nasmon

Burglars in Richard Childress robbery reach plea deals
Childress could have plugged the perpetrators full of lead, but chose instead to just scare them off
Childress could have plugged the perpetrators full of lead, but chose instead to just scare them off
Two of the three men arrested in the attempted armed burglary of the home of NASCAR team owner Richard Childress have reached plea deals with prosecutors.

Chantz Hines, 19, and Niquan Victorin, 21, were sentenced recently in North Carolina court to 31 to 50 months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit first degree burglary, according to court records. A case against a third defendant, Armeka Spinks, 19, is still pending, with his next court date July 16.

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06/07/18
irl

Iowa Corn 300 Race Weekend Schedule announced
Switching the race from a night race to Sunday afternoon has hurt attendance. NASCAR owns the track. Was this their decision - i.e. to hurt IndyCar?
Switching the race from a night race to Sunday afternoon has hurt attendance. NASCAR owns the track. Was this their decision - i.e. to hurt IndyCar?
Saturday, July 7

7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Iowa Speedway Credentials Open
8:00 a.m. Parking Lots Open
8:00 a.m. Infield Fan Walk Open
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Public Paddock Access Open (purchase of paddock pass is needed for access)

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06/07/18
irl
imsa

Detroit GP gets good attendance and exposure
The attendance was very healthy this year
The attendance was very healthy this year

Last weekend’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear enjoyed an increase in attendance, solid television viewership and record social media engagement following a successful weekend both on and off the track at Belle Isle.

The final numbers have been tallied and they reveal some impressive results for the Grand Prix, held June 1-3. The totals represent just how significant of an impact the Grand Prix has on a local, national and international stage as the event continues to be a positive force for its community and the region.

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06/07/18
fe

Formula E and FIA release schedule and details relating to Season Five
Andretti Autosport Formula E car
Andretti Autosport Formula E car
Formula E and the FIA have today revealed the calendar for the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship, as well as details on the new race format and split power modes on offer alongside the new-look next generation car in season five. 

The calendar was published following the FIA World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) meeting in Manila and features 13 races in 12 cities across four continents - starting in Ad Diriyah with the debut of Formula E in the Middle East on December 15 and coming to a close in New York with a double-header on July 13 and 14. 

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06/07/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • McLaren knows Norris is good, hence the rumors Toro Rosso wants him
    McLaren knows Norris is good, hence the rumors Toro Rosso wants him
    McLaren 'not surprised' by Norris rumors
  • Mercedes delays Canada-spec engine
  • Verstappen to 'regroup' amid 2018 crisis
  • Ickx: Only Alonso can get McLaren out of the hole
  • 2019 tweaks no ‘cure’ for F1’s overtaking issues
  • Latifi expects to be in F1 in 2019

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06/07/18
nasx

Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing handed L1 penalty following Pocono victory
Kyle Busch at Pocono
Kyle Busch at Pocono
NASCAR handed down an L1-level penalty to the No. 18 team in the NASCAR Xfinity Series following last weekend’s action at Pocono Raceway. The No. 18 did not meet height measurements in post-race inspection, violating Sections 20.17.3.2.1.2.a of the NASCAR Rule Book.

Crew chief Eric Phillips was fined $10,000 and suspended for the next NASCAR Xfinity Series championship points event (Saturday’s LTi Printing 250 at Michigan International Speedway). The team was also assessed with the loss of 10 owner points.

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06/07/18
f1

Mercedes confirms delay for new power unit (Update)
More power for the Mercedes boys
The Mercedes boys will have to wait a bit

UPDATE (GMM) Mercedes has delayed the planned introduction of a new engine specification for Canada.

Toto Wolff announced days ago that "all the Mercedes powered cars" in the field will use the new engine in Montreal.

But now, it emerges that Mercedes has in fact delayed the planned introduction by one race.

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06/06/18
irl

Pagenaud visits DXC Technology
Pagenaud at DXC Technology
Pagenaud at DXC Technology
Team Penske driver Simon Pagenaud, the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series champion, was the special guest Wednesday for an outdoor employee event to celebrate the partnership between DXC Technology and Texas Motor Speedway.

DXC Technology, also a sponsor of Pagenaud on his No. 22 Chevrolet, will debut as the entitlement sponsor for Saturday night’s DXC Technology 600 Verizon IndyCar Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

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06/06/18
irl

IndyCar increased rear downforce to avoid Texas borefest
The rear wing at Indy and Texas are run at negative angles
The thin rear wing at Indy and Texas are run at negative angles

IndyCar had increased the minimum rear wing angle for Texas this weekend from -6 to -3 degrees. With passing way down at Indy the race rather processional at times, IndyCar decided to reduce the lift of the rear wing (yes lift) that they usually run to unload the suspension that then frees up the drive train.

The underbody creates more downforce than they need on the high banks so the teams offset it with negative rear wing angles. If they left it at -6 degrees the cars may not have had enough downforce to pass anyone without losing control and crashing as happened to so many at Indy.

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06/06/18
tv news

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern and Live unless noted

Friday, June 8LocationTV TimesNetwork
Formula 1 – practice 1 & 2Montreal10:00am-11:30am
2:00pm-3:30pm
ESPN3
NASCAR Cup– practiceMichigan11:30am-12:30pmFS2
IndyCar – practiceTexas1:00pm-2:00pm
6:15pm-7:15pm
IndyCar
Online
NASCAR Xfinity – practice Michigan1:00pm-2:00pm
3:00pm-4:00pm
FS2
IndyCar – qualifying Texas4:00pm-5:00pmNBCSN
NASCAR Cup– qualifyingMichigan4:00pm-5:00pmFS1
NASCAR Truck - qualifying Texas5:30pm-7:00pmFS2
NASCAR Truck- raceTexas9:00pm-11:30pmFS1
Saturday, June 9LocationTV TimesNetwork
NASCAR Cup– practiceMichigan9:00am-10:00amFS1
NASCAR Xfinity – qualifyingMichigan10:00am-11:30amFS1
Formula 1 – practice 3Montreal11:00am-12:00pmESPNews
NASCAR Cup– final practiceMichigan12:00pm-1:00amFS2
NASCAR Xfinity – raceMichigan1:00pm-1:30pm – pre-race
1:30pm-4:00pm – race
FOX
Formula 1 – qualifyingMontreal2:00pm-3:00pmESPNews
NHRA– qualifyingVirginia2:30pm-5:00pmFS1
IndyCar – raceTexas8:00pm-8:45pm – pre-race
8:45pm-11:00pm – race
NBCSN
Sunday, June 10LocationTV TimesNetwork
NHRA– qualifyingVirginia10:30am-11:30am (SDD)FS1
Formula E – raceZurich11:30am-1:00pmFS1
PWC– TCLime Rock12:00pm-1:00pm (D)CBS-SN
PWC– TCR/TCALime Rock1:00pm-2:00pm (D)CBS-SN
Formula 1 – raceMontreal1:30pm-4:00pmABC
NASCAR Cup– raceMichigan1:30pm-2:00pm – pre-race
2:00pm-5:30pm – race
FOX
NHRA– final eliminationsVirginia6:00pm-8:30pm (SDD)FS1

Legend: D = delayed; SDD = same-day delay

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06/06/18
nasmon
irl
nhra

Final weekend TV ratings
IndyCar stays about even from 2017 but NASCAR continues its double digit decline - five years running now.

NetEventLocationDayTotal
Viewers
18-49
Viewers
2018
Rating
2017
Rating
% Chg
FS1NASCAR Cup Race LPoconoSun2,672,000508,0001.632.18-25.3%
ABCIndyCar Race 2 LDetroitSun936,000212,0000.630.62+1.6$
FS1NASCAR Xfinity Race LPoconoSun826,000152,0000.561.0-44%
ABCIndyCar Race 1 LDetroitSat751,000189,0000.550.57-0.4
FS1NHRA Finals LChicagoSun865,000158,0000.54--


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06/06/18
nasmon

FOX NASCAR at Michigan & Texas Quotes
CHARLOTTE, N.C.
– NASCAR splits this weekend between Michigan International Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway, with FOX Sports set to offer nearly 20 hours of live action on FOX, FS1 and FS2.  Included are FOX’s live race coverage of the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES on Sunday, June 10 (2:00 PM ET) and the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES on Saturday, June 9 (1:30 PM ET), both from Michigan, and FS1’s live telecast of the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES from Texas on Friday, June 8 (9:00 PM ET).

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06/06/18
irl

ABeam Consulting to be Primary Sponsor of Takuma Sato's Entry at Texas
Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that ABeam Consulting, who provides business transformation services to over 800 clients throughout Asia, the Americas and Europe, will be primary sponsor of Takuma Sato’s No. 30 Honda entry at the DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 9.  ABeam has been an associate sponsor of Sato’s IndyCar Series entry since 2017.

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06/06/18
imsa

United Autosports Reaffirms Watkins Glen Entry
Zak Brown to run his #32 car at The Glen
Zak Brown to run his #32 car at The Glen
United Autosports has reaffirmed plans to contest next month’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, despite earlier concerns over IMSA’s Balance of Performance in the Prototype class.

The Anglo-American team’s participation in the remainder of the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup had been in question following the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and post-race comments from team owners Zak Brown and Richard Dean.

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06/06/18
nasmon

Will Dale Jr. fans help boost NASCAR ratings?
Earnhardt Jr (C)
Earnhardt Jr (C)
A 30-second advertisement starring none other than Dale Earnhardt Jr. has popped up on NBC. Earnhardt, who retired as a driver after last season, has begun pitching his July 1 debut as an analyst when NBC takes over NASCAR telecasts from Fox.

Earnhardt is, as always, chatty and folksy in the commercial, saying, “I’m going to travel around the country, take in some familiar sights [an overhead shot of Bristol on screen], pay a visit to old folks [Clint Bowyer], check in on the kids [Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott], make sure everybody’s getting along just right [clashing stock cars].”

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06/06/18
motogp

Petrucci replaces Lorenzo, Lorenzo replaces Pedrosa
Jorge Lorenzo
Jorge Lorenzo

Honda Racing Corporation is pleased to announce the signing of three-times MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo. The Spanish rider will join the Repsol Honda Team for the next two years.

From 2019, Lorenzo will become teammate to four-times MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez: two great champions with great talent and high hopes that will make a stronger team and contribute to the development of HRC.

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06/06/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Ricciardo eyes Hamilton's seat if he decides to retire
    Ricciardo eyes Hamilton's seat if he decides to retire
    Ricciardo waiting for Hamilton to sign - Marko
  • Montreal happy with Liberty Media era
  • Williams hints Stroll will stay in 2019
  • Latifi targets F1 race seat for 2019
  • Ferrari says it's ready for Montreal Grand Prix – with a pic of Toronto skyline

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06/05/18
irl

Rossi takes blame for blowing a sure 2nd place in Detroit
Rossi tried to hard to hang onto the lead and blew out his left front
Rossi tried to hard to hang onto the lead and blew out his left front
After a strong start, Rossi was dominant for most of the race, leading a race-high 46 of 70 laps. Sticking to a two-stop strategy, the atmosphere changed as Ryan Hunter-Reay’s three-stop strategy allowed for fresher tires in the final stint. With just seven laps remaining and Hunter-Reay on his tail, Rossi locked up and found himself in the Turn 3 escape road. With a delaminated front left tire, he had to come into the pits for a change. Hunter-Reay won the race and Rossi finished 12th. 

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06/05/18
irl

Zak Brown on IndyCar, Alonso and more
Zak Brown never says Alonso might come fulltime to IndyCar and AutoWeek never asks him.
Zak Brown never says Alonso might come fulltime to IndyCar and AutoWeek never asks him.
AutoWeek caught up with Zak Brown in Detroit last weekend for the following interview

As CEO of McLaren, American Zak Brown has plenty of irons in the fire as he tries to bring the McLaren Formula 1 team back to the top.

Before coming to McLaren, Brown ran one of the world's largest motorsport marketing companies, Just Marketing International. Prior to that, he spent many years in the driver’s seat. Starting in karts, Brown moved to Europe and raced open-wheel cars, then some more here in America, including Toyota Atlantics and Indy Lights. He eventually shifted toward sports cars and endurance racing.

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06/05/18
f1

Robert Kubica and Oliver Rowland to test for Williams in Hungary
Kubica's check was only good enough for some test drives
Kubica's check was only good enough for some test drives
Williams will run its reserve drivers Robert Kubica and Oliver Rowland at the upcoming in-season Formula 1 test in Hungary this July.

The two-day test takes place on the Tuesday and Wednesday following the conclusion of the Hungarian Grand Prix and will see Rowland up first on day one, followed by Kubica.

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06/05/18
f1

In Profile - Charlie Whiting On Life As F1's Race Director
Charlie Whiting
Charlie Whiting

Charlie Whiting is one of the most experienced members of the Formula 1 paddock, having been involved in the series for four decades, and acted as the FIA's Race Director for more than 20 years.

Mobil 1 The Grid spent time with the 66-year-old to get his views on how F1 safety has developed during that time, and what he enjoys most about his job. Charlie Whiting was speaking to Mobil 1 The Grid as part of his work with the Motorsport Industry Association.

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06/05/18
f1

Video: MotoGP champ tests Toro Rosso F1 car
Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez
Four-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez drove a Formula 1 car for the first time at the Red Bull Ring on Tuesday.

The Honda factory rider completed 43 laps behind the wheel of a 2012 Red Bull in Toro Rosso colors at a special test convened to promote the forthcoming F1 and MotoGP races at the Austrian circuit, before handing over to current Honda MotoGP teammate Dani Pedrosa in the afternoon.

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06/05/18
nasmon

Kyle and Morgan Petty welcome newborn son
Richard Petty is a grandfather again
Richard Petty is a grandfather again
Driver-turned-broadcaster Kyle Petty and his wife, Morgan, announced Monday the arrival of their first child together.

Kyle Petty revealed the birth of their son, Overton Owens Petty, on Sunday, reporting through his Twitter account that both mother and newborn are “doing GREAT!” The birth came one day after Petty’s 58th birthday.

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06/05/18
motogp

End of road for under performing Pedrosa
Marquez (L) has demoralized Pedrosa (R)
Marquez (L) has demoralized Pedrosa (R)
Honda has informed Dani Pedrosa that he will not continue as one of its factory MotoGP riders beyond 2018, Autosport reports.

Pedrosa has used Honda machinery throughout his grand prix motorcycle racing career, winning the 2003 125cc and '04 and '05 250cc titles with its bikes and being part of its works MotoGP squad since 2006.

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06/05/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • The larger wheels will NOT making the racing better, so look for the F1 rules makers to insert their heads and make the change
    The larger wheels will NOT make the racing better, so look for the F1 rules makers to insert their heads and make the change
    F1 could have bigger wheels by 2020
  • Williams will not give up - Claire Williams
  • Canada GP not worried about Miami
  • F1 'wants to go to Vietnam' - Carey
  • F1 is 'core business' for Mercedes - Wolff
  • Ricciardo facing penalty in Canada - Newey
  • Canadian GP circuit gets third fake passing zone

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