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06/20/17
wec

On Board with Mike Hawthorne at Le Mans 1956 | D-type Jaguar
A camera is strapped to the back of a D-Type and a microphone fitted to Mike Hawthorn so he can commentate his way around the circuit in 1956 – the result is rare and revealing treat. Hawthorn delivers his verdict on the track, and on the driving standards of our Gallic cousins! Note the lack of guardrails in front of the trees.

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06/20/17
irl

IndyCar Road America entry list shows changes
Sponsors come and go in IndyCar as different B2B deals are used in different markets. Below is the 21-car Road America entry list. Drivers with different livery from the previous race are Pagenaud (Menards), Newgarden (Devilbiss), Castroneves (Rev), Rahal (Gehl), Rossi (NAPA is back). Unsponsored cars include Aleshin, Sato, Andretti and the TBA #18 car of Dale Coyne who is waiting for Esteban Gutierrez's check to clear.

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06/20/17
f1

Brawn says F1 Will Address Costs Before Cutting Income
Ross Brawn
Ross Brawn
Formula 1 Managing Dir Ross Brawn said that F1's new owners will "present the teams with a complete picture of the future of the sport before any redistribution of income can be agreed," according to Adam Cooper of MOTORSPORT.

F1 CEO Chase Carey and his colleagues "made it clear that they want to see a fairer spread of income" once the current Concorde Agreement runs out in '20. 

The "key to that ambition" is convincing the bigger, best-paid teams to accept reduced revenues "on the basis that their costs will also come down as the rules are addressed."

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06/20/17
usf4

US-F4 to race with F1 at COTA
The Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda added another monumental event to 2017, extending its six-event schedule to seven to conclude at the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, Oct. 20-22.

This will be the first time that F4 U.S. cars have appeared alongside the F1 cars as a supporting race which is a major boost for the FIA’s United States’ junior open-wheel series.

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06/20/17
automotive

China drives high-performance, zero-emissions car market
Chinese tech companies are pushing the newest trend in electric vehicles: high-performance luxury cars.

Backed by rich investors, companies like Detroit Electric Holdings Ltd., Qiantu Motor, Thunder Power and NEVS are showcasing carbon-fiber cars with top speeds well above 150 mph and are designed to compete with high-end vehicles from Europe, Detroit and Japan.

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06/20/17
fe

Formula E boosts max output for 17/18 season
Formula E's power output during races will be marginally increased for the 2017/18 campaign, amid several rule modifications outlined by governing body the FIA.

Formula E has steadily upped its power output since arriving on the racing scene in 2014/15 and, from next season, the in-race level will increase from 170kW to 180kW.

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06/20/17
Irl

This year, can IndyCar match the crowds of 2016 at Road America?
Road America
Road America
The problem Road America faces after the return of Indy cars last year -- if you really can call this a problem -- is trying to match the success in Year 2 writes Dave Kallmann of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Demand built over an eight-season absence to the point that thousands of fans showed up for team testing, and Road America president and general manager George Bruggenthies estimated the race drew as large a crowd as any in the track’s history.

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06/20/17
automotive

New Audi A8 to Make Its Debut in 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'
Movie fans worldwide will get an exclusive first look at the new Audi A8. The luxury sedan can be seen for the first time on-screen with the debut of ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,’ in US theaters on July 7.

Making its film debut, the Audi A8 features the latest in future Audi AI technology, including the Audi AI traffic jam pilot used by ‘Happy Hogan’ while chauffeuring ‘Peter Parker’ (Tom Holland). While driving, ‘Happy’ takes his hands off the steering wheel and, like magic, it continues to turn all on its own. Under certain conditions, Audi AI traffic jam pilot will allow the A8 to take over the task of driving for short periods of time when the feature is activated.

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06/20/17
F1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Chase Carey proud to bring back France and Germany
    Chase Carey proud to bring back France and Germany
    Carey 'proud' to revive European F1 races
  • Tire management not among McLaren's problems
  • Vettel defends social media absence
  • Bottas wants 'long term' Mercedes deal
  • Wolff: Mercedes has fastest car on grid
  • Alonso: Baku power unit penalties 'likely'
  • Pirelli expects one-stop trend to continue

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06/19/17
nasx

RCR Renews its Agreement with U.S. Cellular in the NASCAR XFINITY Series
Brendan Gaughan
Brendan Gaughan
For the second consecutive season, Richard Childress Racing will return to the NASCAR XFINITY Series with sponsorship from U.S. Cellular. The No. 62 U.S. Cellular Chevrolet piloted by Brendan Gaughan will return to the track for the NASCAR XFINITY Series U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway July 29.

In addition to the July 29 event, U.S. Cellular will also serve as an associate sponsor on Gaughan's No. 62 Chevrolet in Iowa for the June 24 race at the world's fastest 7/8-mile oval. The No. 33 Chevrolet of Brandon Jones will also display the U.S. Cellular logo as an associate sponsor for the June 24 and July 29 races at Iowa Speedway.

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06/19/17
nasmon

Stewart slams NASCAR for debris yellows to artificially make finishes closer (Update)
Does NASCAR think we are all stupid? Everyone has known for years that they always throw a debris caution if the race finish appears to be heading toward a runaway. It's called 'managed' racing.

UPDATE After criticism from the sport's most popular driver and a former champion, NASCAR defended its calls on debris cautions Monday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Scott Miller, NASCAR senior vice president of competition, explained on "The Morning Drive" how the sanctioning body decides to call a debris caution.

"We use all the resources that we have to try to identity what it is that is out there - that being camera, turn spotters and the communication that we've got around the race track to different people who may be able to see it,'' Miller said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

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06/19/17
f1

F1 sets '18 calendar with tripleheader, 21 races (Update)
UPDATE More complete calendar shown below.

06/19/17 In a draft schedule released following a meeting of the FIA's World Motor Sport Council in Geneva, France has been handed a June 24 slot and will be followed on subsequent weekends by the Red Bull Ring and Silverstone events.

Other changes to the calendar include the Azerbaijan Grand Prix taking a slot in late April, with the Russian GP moving to September, where it will form a back-to-back with the Japanese GP.

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06/19/17
nasmon

NASCAR announces date, venue for postseason awards
Las Vegas banquet
Las Vegas banquet
NASCAR announced today a return to Las Vegas for the ninth consecutive year with the annual postseason culmination of Champion's Week - the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards - to be held at Wynn Las Vegas on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017.

"Las Vegas is especially excited to welcome the NASCAR world back for this year's Champion's Week," said Rossi Ralenkotter, president/CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

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06/19/17
nasmon
grc

NASCAR Michigan TV rating
FS1 earned a 1.9 overnight for yesterday's NASCAR Monster Energy Series race at Michigan, down 8.3% from a 2.07 for last year's race.

Red Bull Global Rallycross (taped) on NBC Sunday earned a 0.3 overnight rating

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06/19/17
wec

LMP1 Hybrid "Too Complicated" of a Car
All the LMP1 cars either fell out or were in for repairs for over 1-hour
All the LMP1 cars either fell out or were in for repairs for over 1-hour

ORECA President Hugues de Chaunac has hit out at the state of LMP1 hybrid racing, claiming that it’s “too complicated” of a car in the wake of last weekend’s attrition-filled 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Only two of the five factory prototypes finished the French endurance classic, with all of the cars running into various mechanical-related trouble over the course of the race, which saw two Gibson-powered Oreca 07 LMP2 entries on the overall podium.

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06/19/17
irl

Pep Boys ties up with Rahal
Pep Boys - Manny, Moe & Jack has struck a personal sponsorship deal with IndyCar racer Graham Rahal, who will be doing promotional work for the Philadelphia-based auto parts retailer and service provider.

Rahal, who drives for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, announced the signing of the deal June 2 on his Facebook page. Subsequently he added the Pep Boys logo to his racing helmet in time for the June 3-4 Detroit Grand Prix, where he went on to win both races of the Saturday/Sunday doubleheader.

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06/19/17
nasmon

Billy Johnson To Drive RPM's No. 43 For Cup Race At Sonoma
Richard Petty Motorsports announced Monday that IMSA Ford driver Billy Johnson will pilot the No. 43 Smithfield Ford at Sonoma Raceway and fill in for the injured Aric Almirola. Fresh from competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Johnson will make his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start this weekend, but this isn’t the first time he worked in NASCAR. Johnson made five starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and scored a career-best eighth-place finish in Montreal in 2012.

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06/19/17
Wec

Rebellion disqualified from 24H Le Mans race
#13 Rebellion
Rebellion Racing has been stripped of its overall podium in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, after being found to have run un-homologated bodywork to ease access to the starter motor on its No. 13 Oreca 07 Gibson.

The Swiss squad made a hole in the bodywork of the car, allowing the pit crew easier access to the starter motor to restart the engine after pit stops.

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06/19/17
fe

Formula E announces condensed season 4 schedule
Duval in Argentina
Duval in Argentina
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - The 2017/18 FIA Formula E Championship calendar has today been revealed following the FIA World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) meeting in Geneva.

The calendar features a more compact schedule, including three double-headers and three new venues - Santiago, Sao Paulo and Rome. The fourth edition of the world’s first fully-electric single-seater racing series comprises the most races to appear on the calendar since its inception in 2014.

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06/19/17
grc

Foust wins race 2 in Canada as Andretti team runs 1-2
It was redemption for the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team after a challenging weekend, wrapping up the second doubleheader of the season by claiming the top two spots on the podium after today's Red Bull Global Rallycross Round 6 at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa, Ontario.

Tanner Foust and Scott Speed head to the home of Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross next, taking on Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Indiana for Round 7, July 8 and 9. Qualifying coverage from Indy airs on NBC Sports Network, Saturday, July 8, at 1:30 p.m. ET. Round 7 Finals air Sunday, July 9, live at 4 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.

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06/19/17
F1

Latest F1 news in brief - Monday
  • Just sour grapes for Hamilton?
    Just sour grapes for Hamilton?
    Rosberg hits back at Wolff, Hamilton reports
  • No Le Mans clash under Chase Carey's watch
  • Whiting gives Imola F1 circuit approval
  • Honda to deliver engine upgrade in Baku - report
  • Sainz Jr. wants to challenge for title in 2018
  • Grosjean: Maximum needed in 'tight' midfield
  • Steiner: 25 races workable with tweaks
  • Massa 'happy to continue' in Formula 1

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06/19/17
irl

Takuma Sato #Indy500 Japan Media Tour Teaser
It has been a very busy few weeks for Takuma Sato since winning the #Indy500! Here's a teaser of his media tour from this week in Japan! Stay tuned for the full recap coming soon!

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06/18/17
wec

Video: Full LeMans race highlights


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06/18/17
dtm

Maiden DTM victory for Rene Rast
Rene Rast
Rene Rast

Boundless joy for Rene Rast: in the sixth DTM race of the season at the Hungaroring, the Audi driver secured his maiden victory in the popular touring car series. “Mega! This is incredible, I can’t believe it,” Rast shouted on the team radio after crossing the finish line. 30-year-old Rast won the race in Hungary after 35 laps from his fellow Audi driver Mattias Ekstrom, who had led the race for a long time. Third place in the race on Sunday went to Maxime Martin with his BMW M4 DTM, who had started the race from the back of the grid. Classified sixth, Paul Di Resta was the best-placed Mercedes driver in today’s race.

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06/18/17
wec

Video: Porsche pulls off Le Mans Hat Trick
This Porsche Motorsport Video shows the Porsche 919 Hybrid taking its 19th overall victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours, and the admirable debut of the all new Porsche 911 RSR at the famous long-distance classic in France.

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06/18/17
wec

Third Place, Dramatic Finish for No. 63 Corvette
Pit stop for the #63 Corvette. So close to victory
Pit stop for the #63 Corvette. So close to victory
Corvette Racing has experienced highs and lows in its 18 appearances at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. America’s premier GT racing team added to that Sunday with a dramatic third-place finish in the GTE Pro category with Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen and Jordan Taylor climbing onto the podium together for the second time in four years.

The No. 63 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R came back from an early-race tire puncture and clawed its way back into contention before barely missing out on its ninth class victory at Le Mans since 2001.

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06/18/17
wec

Akio Toyoda Comment Concerning 24 Hours of Le Mans Toyota choke
Akio Toyoda
Akio Toyoda

"Sorry we weren't able to let you drive all out."

Normally, it would be proper to start off with words of appreciation for the support provided to us by our fans. However, for this time at Le Mans, I think I must first direct my opening words to our drivers.

To me, at Le Mans for the first time, our drivers said, "We want you up together with us at the center of the podium", "For that, we definitely don't want to lose", and "So fight together with us."

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06/18/17
v8

Redemption for McLaughlin with Race 12 victory
McLaughlin lead teammate Coulthard
McLaughlin lead teammate Coulthard

Shell V-Power Racing’s Scott McLaughlin has dominated in Darwin with a runaway win in the second race of the Triple Crown as he makes a lunge at team-mate Fabian Coulthard’s Virgin Australia Supercars Championship lead.

McLaughlin undercut Red Bull Holden Racing Team’s Jamie Whincup in the pits to take the lead on lap 38 of 70, building the margin into a comfortable two second win in the safety car free race.

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06/18/17
wec

LeMans 24 Hour 23: #2 LMP1 Porsche takes lead

After witnessing all the drama that’s unfolded thus far, everyone is holding their breath with 23 hours complete at Le Mans. 

LMP1

Timo Bernhard continued to close the gap to the #38 Oreca from Jackie Chan DC Racing, which was the overall leader and has finally taken the overall lead.

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06/18/17
wec

LeMans 24 Hour 22: #38 LMP2 has 1-lap lead over #2 LMP1 Porsche
After 22 hours, an unprecedented battle for victory has developed between an LMP2 and an LMP1. For the time being, the Oreca 07 – Gibson of Jackie Chan DC Racing leads by less than a lap from the pursuing #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid, making up around ten seconds per lap.

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06/18/17
wec

LeMans 24 Hour 21: #1 Porsche fails, LMP2 car now leads LeMans
#2 Porsche now has a chance to win
#2 Porsche now has a chance to win
We are down to 3 hours to go at LeMans and the leading #1 Porsche LMP1 is out of the race and the #38 LMP2 Oreca leads but they are in the pits making repairs and the #2 Porsche that was at one time 20 laps behind is gaining and could now take the overall win.

The battle in LMGTE-Pro is fantastic with the #97 Aston Martin 1-second ahead of the #63 Corvette by doing 2 less pitstops than the Corvette.

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06/18/17
wec

Video: It all changed at night as Porsche leads LeMans
A video news from the first half of this year's Le Mans 24-hours: Following a period full of drama for Toyota, the number 1 Porsche 919 Hybrid took the Le Mans race lead at 00:45 hrs. The sister car number 2 of Earl Bamber (NZ), Timo Bernhard (DE) and Brendon Hartley (NZ) has recovered in the overall classification after its one hour repair stop early on Saturday evening. In the LMP1 class it ranks second. In the GTE category, the new Porsche 911 RSR number 91 currently is fighting for a podium result, while the number 92 unfortunately is out of the race.

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06/18/17
wec

LeMans 24 Hour 20: Corvette grabs lead in LMGTE-Pro
#63 Corvette in the hunt now
#63 Corvette in the hunt now
While the other categories are not close and boring as heck, LMGTE-Pro has been a barn burner from the start. The USA Corvette team hung back for most of the race but now with 4 hours to go is right in the hunt with their #63 car leading from the #91 Porsche and the #67 Ford GT. It may come down to pitstops now and who can run trouble free to the end.

The lone #1 Porsche LMP1 car continues to hold an 11-lap lead for the over win and the 2nd #2 Porsche who is 14 laps down after earlier troubles is now 15th overall.

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06/18/17
wec

LeMans 24 Hour 19: Tight race in LMGTE-Pro
With five hours to go, the Porsche #1 (Tandy/Lotterer/Jani) looks unstoppable. Just behind, LMP2 teams Jackie Chan DC Racing and Vaillante Rebellion are currently poised for the overall race podium. In the LMGTE class, the battle is as fierce as ever.

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06/18/17
wec

LeMans 24 Hour 18: Corvette moves up at 3/4 mark
Three-quarters of the way through the race, Porsche is well-positioned to win, although nothing can be taken for granted given the issues encountered by the LMP1 hybrids this year. Fans are keeping a close eye on the LMP2 and LM GTE Pro classes, where there is everything still to play for!

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