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06/15/14
f1

American F1 team to be foreign
American businessman Gene Haas has revealed that he is planning to create around 250 jobs in the UK by locating his new Formula One team in the country.  [Editor's Note: So it will essentially be a UK team not an American team.]

Mr. Haas is launching an F1 team as a marketing vehicle for Haas Automation, the machine-tool-manufacturer that he founded in 1983. He hopes the team, which will launch in 2016, will boost the company’s exposure and revenue, which came to $1bn last year.

Mr. Haas said: “I think initially we are going to be hiring around 200, maybe a little bit more than that at 250.” He added that he was planning to locate the team in the UK because eight of the 11 outfits are here, in a cluster in central England known as Motorsport Valley.

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06/15/14
nassprint

Johnson stays hot in Michigan
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06/15/14
f1

Montezemolo calls for summit meeting to thrash out future for Formula One
Luca di Montezemolo, the president of Ferrari, has made his second intervention in as many days into the state of Formula One, writing to Bernie Ecclestone and the F1’s owners to call a meeting to discuss the sport’s future.

On Saturday in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Di Montezemolo dropped a hint that Ferrari may consider leaving F1 and racing in sports-car competition instead. "Fans don't want to watch F1 races to see drivers save fuel and tires," that's not racing. Economy runs are for passenger cars and have no business in racing. The cars sound boring and look boring.

Now he has written to Donald MacKenzie, the chairman CVC Capital Partners, the owner of F1, asking for a meeting amid “worries” that the sport is neglecting younger fans and sponsors.

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06/15/14
motogp

Honda celebrate 100 wins in MotoGP
With today’s win by Marc Marquez, Honda Racing Corporation have reached the milestone of 100 victories since the introduction of the four-stroke MotoGP category at the start of 2002.

The wins have been accrued across eleven riders in total: Dani Pedrosa (25), Valentino Rossi (20), Casey Stoner (15), Marc Marquez (13), Sete Gibernau (8), Marco Melandri (5), Nicky Hayden (3), Max Biaggi (3), Alex Barros (3), Makoto Tamada (2) and Tohru Ukawa (1).

Along with the 100 victories in the MotoGP class, Honda have celebrated seven Constructor’s Championships (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013) and five Rider’s Championships (2002, 2003, 2006, 2011, 2013).

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06/15/14
uscc

Tudor Series teams strike out at LeMans
The USA Tudor Series sent a number of participants to LeMans but none of them came home victorious.  A resounding defeat at the hands of the Europeans.  Corvette Racing's No. 73 came home 2nd in class behind the No. 51 Ferrari, but close only counts in Horseshoes.  The sister No. 74 was 4th in class.

DRIVING DUO OF BLEEKEMOLEN AND MACNEIL TAKE FIFTH IN GTE PRO

As teammates, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Cooper MacNeil have enjoyed considerable success, as their Twelve Hours of Sebring class victory and American Le Mans Series GT Challenge championship in 2013 will attest.

The full-time TUDOR United SportsCar Championship drivers added another significant accomplishment at the 82nd 24 Hours of Le Mans by finishing the race in fifth place as a two-driver lineup in the No. 79 Porsche. What’s more, they did it against mostly factory-supported teams in the GTE Pro class when they could not secure an approved third driver to replace injured teammate Bret Curtis.

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06/15/14
track news

Ford extends deal with Homestead-Miami Speedway
Homestead-Miami Speedway announced today that there is a Ford in their future. Ford Motor Company has extended its partnership with the South Florida motorsports facility in a multi-year deal. Ford Motor Company has been the official entitlement sponsor of Homestead-Miami Speedway since 2002. Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer, Ford Executive Vice President and President of the Americas Joseph Hinrichs, and Director of Ford Racing Jamie Allison made the announcement.

"Ford is our longest running partner. We are incredibly proud to continue our mutually beneficial long partnership with Ford Motor Company and look forward to many thrilling moments on and around the track in the years to come," said Becherer. "Ford is the winningest manufacturer since we started hosting NASCAR’s Championships twelve years ago, and it is only fitting that their name is attached to our championship race weekend in November. History will be made and the drama will be at an all-time high this year with the new format in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship during the Ford EcoBoost 400, starting with what will likely be the most compelling qualifying session of the year on Friday night before the Ford EcoBoost 200.  I can’t think of a better partner to have than Ford Motor Company as we enter this new era at Homestead-Miami Speedway."

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06/15/14
wec

Big attendance announced for LeMans
263,300 spectators attended the 82nd Le Mans 24 Hours. The Automobile Club de l’Ouest is delighted with this figure, the highest in the last 20 years!

In 2012 the Automobile Club de l’Ouest counted 240,000 spectators and in 2013 245,000 people came to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the event. This year 263,300 spectators flocked to the Sarthe to attend the greatest endurance race in the world!

The Le Mans 24 Hours-race continues to meet with increasing success. The new 2014 technical regulations and the return of Porsche in the LM P1 category are all reasons that have contributed to the rise in popular enthusiasm for this legendary event.

The new media tools put in place have also been a big success, and they have enabled a huge number of people to follow the race all over the world. 203 000 people have downloaded the new Le Mans 24-Hours application since 25th May and 2 055 256 surfers connected to the event’s official site 24h-lemans.com. The WebTV attracted more than 5 million web spectators (figures frozen at 15h00 on 15th June). The Le Mans 24-Hours official Facebook page attracted 300,000 fans and 112,000 followers tuned in to our information on Twitter thanks to #24LM.

A big thank you to all the fans who turned up to enjoy for the 82nd Le Mans 24 Hours.

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06/15/14
motogp

Marquez wins 7th straight in Barcelona
Marquez fights for control of his bike under heavy pressure from Rossi and Pedrosa
Marc Marquez did it again. Marquez bounced back from his Q2 crash to achieve victory at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya.

In a sensational race between three riders, Marc escaped final-lap contact with Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa to maintain his unbeaten 2014 MotoGP run in the Catalunya Grand Prix at Barcelona.

Although the result was Marquez's seventh win from seven races this season, he only won after a race long battle with Pedrosa, and the Yamahas of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo.

It was Lorenzo who muscled his way into the lead on the opening lap, going around the outside of fast-starting polesitter Pedrosa at Turn 1.

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06/15/14
nassprint

Farmers renews with Kasey Kahne
Farmers Insurance renewed to sponsor Kasey Kahne's Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet for an additional three years.

The NASCAR driver says it's exciting to have Farmers Insurance as part of the No. 5 Sprint Cup team. The Los Angeles-based company will be featured as primary sponsor in 12 Cup races annually, including the season-opening Daytona 500. The agreement covers the 2015, 2016 and 2017 seasons.

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06/15/14
wec

LeMans Hour 21: Audi falters, Porsche leads
The No. 20 Porsche takes the lead
Timo Bernhard in the No|20 Porsche took over the lead of the Le Mans 24 Hours with three hours remaining following issues for the #1 Audi.

Tom Kristensen had been leading relatively comfortably for Audi, but pulled off the track to complete a power cycle having been down on power, losing 20 seconds before then pitting to try and get the issue resolved. Having been sent back out on track, it was clear that the #1 Audi was slow and Kristensen returned the car to the garage where it stayed for over 17 minutes as it required a turbocharger change and dropped to third.

That promoted Bernhard in the #20 Porsche in to the lead, with Andre Lotterer in the #2 Audi up to second and closing a 1m30s gap by an average of two or three seconds per lap.

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06/15/14
wec

LeMans Hour 20: Kristensen Audi leads
The #45 Thiriet by TDS Ligier has taken a late lead in the LMP2 class from the sister OAK Ligier as the 2014 Le Mans Hours enters its latter stages.

The #35 G-Drive by OAK Ligier had been the comfortable leader of the LMP2 class since the fifth hour, pulling out a margin over more than a lap over the competition, headed up by the identical TDS machine, which in turn had only just risen to a new peak of second due to problems for the Signatech Alpine.

However, a technical issue at the start of the hour would consign the OAK car to the garage for two laps, allowing driver-owner Pierre Thiriet to take his eponymous car to the front and move a lap ahead in the process.

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06/15/14
wec

LeMans Hour 15: Electrical failure terminates Toyota
Audi finally got the lead of the Le Mans 24 Hours during the 15th hour of the race when Toyota officially retired the former race-leading #7 car due to an electrical failure.

The official word form Toyota: With 10 hours remaining of the Le Mans 24 Hours, and having led throughout the night, the #7 TS040 HYBRID stopped on track at Arnage corner, with Kazuki Nakajima at the wheel. The cause of the stoppage has been diagnosed as an electrical problem relating to the loom. The car has officially retired from the race and the team will analyze the car and data to determine more precisely the cause.

That left the #2 Audi comfortably ahead of the #20 Porsche.

The battle for second was tight as the #1 Audi of Lucas di Grassi is closing on Brendon Hartley's Porsche 919 Hybrid.

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06/14/14
wec

LeMans Hour 12: Toyota still leads at halfway
Leading No. 7 Toyota
Toyota continues to lead overall at the halfway mark at Le Mans. Stephane Sarrazin leads the No. 2 Audi of Andre Lotterer by two minutes. The No. 1 Audi of Tom Kristensen slowed down right before the end of the 12th hour.

At the end of lap 176 Alexander Wurz handed the wheel of the No. 7 Toyota TS040 Hybrid over to team mate Sarrazin, after completing a quadruple stint in the car. Sarrazin maintained the two-minute lead that Wurz had built up during his stint.

Nissan PlayStation GT Academy graduates Jann Mardenborough and Mark Shulzhitskiy and their teammate Alex Brundle are still in command in LMP2. Brundle’s pace in the last couple of hours have resulted in a comfortable near three-minute lead for the No. 35 G-Drive Racing by OAK Racing Ligier JS P2 Nissan over the No. 36 Signatech-Alpine Alpine A450b Nissan of Paul-Loup Chatin.

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06/14/14
wec

LeMans Hour 8: Toyota widens lead
Kazuki Nakajima extended Toyota's lead by 12 sec of the Le Mans 24 Hours over Audi through the eighth hour.

Nakajima' #7 Toyota TS040 HYBRID is just too fast for the Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Marcel Fassler

Marc Gene in third place held the gap to teammate Fassler stationary at around 1m16s, while Mark Webber, a lap down in fourth, continued to lose ground in the Porsche 919 Hybrid as Toyota continues to crush the Germans.

The #8 Toyota that crashed in the rain moved up to seventh place ahead of the LMP2 leaders over the course of the hour.

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06/14/14
wec

LeMans Hour 7: Toyota pulling away from Audi and Porsche
Unless the No. 7 Toyota crashes or breaks, the Germans don't have a chance
Toyota extended its lead in the Le Mans 24 Hours over the chasing  #2 Audi to two minutes after the Japanese outsmarted the Germans on pitstop strategy.

With the gap back over one minute, Audi suffered a further loss in time when the safety cars were sent out after Alexandre Imperatori crashed the KCMG ORECA between the Porsche Curves and the Ford Chicane.

Both Nakajima and Benoit Treluyer came in for stops - with the Audi driver handing over to Marcel Fassler - but once the Swiss had rejoined one of the safety car groups he was nearly two minutes behind when the race restarted.

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06/14/14
wec

LeMans: Sixteen-Year-Old McMurry Makes History
Matt McMurry is now officially the youngest driver in the 82-race history of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The 16-year-old, second-generation racer from Phoenix completed an eventful first stint in the No. 42 Caterham Racing Zytek-Nissan prototype in the LM P2 class at around the three-hour mark. It was an adventure for the youngster, not through any fault of his own, but because of Mother Nature.

"It was going really well and I was having a lot of fun, and then it started raining,” said McMurry, who races in the IMSA-sanctioned Cooper Tires Prototype Lites powered by Mazda series in the U.S. “I spun going through the left [turn] in The Esses [which is near the beginning of an 8.469-mile lap at Le Mans], because I still had dry tires on. Then, I had to get all the way back going, like, 40 miles an hour around the entire track. It was just crazy out there in the rain."

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06/14/14
wec

LeMans: 5 Hour update
Unless the No. 7 Toyota has a problem, it is untouchable, pulling away from the German cars of Audi and Porsche at will
Five hours into the 82nd edition of the 24 Heures du Mans, a chaotic and highly competitive race has captivated those watching on.

The weather has proved an erratic presence with long periods of warm sunshine interspersed by intense and localized downpours. One of these showers 90 minutes into the race rendered the Mulsanne Straight treacherous causing a collision between three cars. This included two of the race favorites - Toyota Racing #8, driven by Nicolas Lapierre, and Audi Sport Team Joest #3 with Marco Bonanomi at the wheel. While the Toyota crawled back slowly to the pits, eventually returning to the race nine laps down, Audi #3, along with the GTE AM AF Corse #81, was forced to retire from the race.

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06/14/14
wec

24 Hours of Le Mans Saturday Notebook
Doug Fehan
Corvette Racing has been one of the most successful teams in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with eight victories since its debut in 1999.

A driving force behind that success is Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan, who has worked with the team throughout its participation at Le Mans. Last night, Fehan was presented with the prestigious Spirit of Le Mans Trophy, which is presented annually by the Automobile Club l’Ouest (ACO) – which organizes the 24 Hours of Le Mans – to a person who has been instrumental in the growth in stature of the legendary endurance event.

"I am deeply honored and grateful to receive the esteemed Spirit of Le Mans award,” said Fehan. “To be in a group that includes some of endurance racing’s most famous names is extremely humbling."

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06/14/14
wec

Le Mans: 3 Hours - Porsche takes lead as rain wrecks havoc
Bonanomi was taken out by the #8 Toyota
Intermittent but heavy showers are continuing to ruin in the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours, with Porsche moving into the lead for the first time, but only because it did not pit yet.  The Porsche is not fast enough to lead on its own.

Hour three began under safety car as marshals worked to clear the debris caused by Marco Bonanomi and Nicolas Lapierre's crash, the former's #3 Audi now confirmed as out, while the #8 Toyota has been repaired and is running again, albeit 8 laps down.

The race resumed 13mins into the hour, but was placed back under safety car conditions just 13mins later when it began raining heavily again. During this time, the Muphy Prototypes Oreca of Karun Chandhok – which was third in the LMP2 class – suffered a spin into the barriers, as did the Greaves Zytek.

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06/14/14
wec

Rain hits LeMans, Toyota wipes out Audi and Ferrari
The 24 Hours of LeMans started out with sunny skies, but turned dark with a sudden rain storm that caught the No. 8 Toyota out with Lapierre at the wheel.  A slower group of cars were in front, including the No. 3 Audi, when Lapierre came flying up and lost control when he hit the brakes and aquaplaned into the Armco, also collecting the GTE Am #81 car of Bird on the Mulsanne Straight and the No. 3 Audi driven by Bonanomi.  The Audi looks done for the day but the Toyota team is working to get the No. 8 back on the track.  The No. 7 Toyota still leads.

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06/14/14
wec

The ACO and FIA sign an extension of their agreements
On the occasion of the 82nd edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans which will start at 15:00 this Saturday the 14th of June 2014, ACO President Pierre Fillon , and FIA President, Jean Todt, have signed the contract extending the agreement between the ACO and FIA for the organizing of the FIA World Endurance Championship for seasons 2015, 2016 and 2017.

The Automobile Club de l'Ouest, who created and have organized the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 1923 remains the promoter of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) via its subsidiary LMEM (Le Mans Endurance Management). The WEC will consist of 8 rounds, encompassing Europe, America and Asia with the Le Mans 24 Hours as the pinnacle of the season. Since its launch in 2012, it has continued to grow by welcoming new competitors attracted by the technological challenge that is inherent in this discipline.

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06/14/14
wec

24 Hours of LeMans underway, Toyota leads
Sunshine, a clear blue sky, and hundreds of thousands of spectators welcomed this afternoon’s start of the 82nd edition of the 24 Heures du Mans (24 Hours of Le Mans). For the 54 teams and 162 drivers taking part in the 2014 race, this immense endurance challenge is now fully underway: concentration, precision, good decision making are key requirements from now until tomorrow afternoon’s finish. The 24 Heures du Mans, held on the 13.629km Circuit de la Sarthe, was first run in 1923 and is organized by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO). Rolex has been the Official Timepiece since 2001.

Following the traditional Saturday pre-race routine: the warm up laps, grid walk and ceremonies, the iconic Rolex clock ticked down for the 15:00 CEST start. Two-time Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso had the honor of unfurling the famous tricolor start flag as the 54 competing cars (9 in LM P1, 17 in LM P2, 8 in GTE Pro and 19 in GTE Am in addition to the innovative technology entry from Nissan) commenced motorsport’s most famous and revered endurance race.

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06/14/14
f1

Schumacher moved within Grenoble hospital - report (Update) UPDATE Michael Schumacher has reportedly been moved out of intensive care and into a rehabilitation ward prompting fresh fears about his recovery from an horrific skiing accident.
     
Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm has not responded to the latest report in Germany.

But if true, it means that Schumacher, 45, is out of danger from dying from his injuries.

Medical sources always said that there would come a point when doctors would have to inform his wife Corinna, brother Ralf and father Rolf that there is nothing more they can do for him.

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06/14/14
wec

Audi ready to race
Andre Lotterer in the #2 Audi
Following a final check in the morning’s warm-up, Audi Sport Team Joest is ready for the 82nd running of the Le Mans 24 Hours that will be started on Saturday at 15.00 (CEST) by the two-time Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso.

More than 250,000 spectators are expected to attend the world’s most important endurance race this weekend and there were traffic jams for several kilometers around the race track in the early morning. In the 45-minute warm-up, the fastest Audi and the best Audi at the front of the field were within a hundredth of a second of each other.

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