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06/22/17
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Former Missouri Tiger football player overseeing IndyCar development
Former Missouri Tiger football player Jay Frye is looking forward to seeing how some 2018 cars look on the road.  And on the oval.

Frye is the President of Competition and Operation for the IndyCar series.  He was a a tight end and offensive tackle for the Tigers 1983-86 while getting his marketing degree from the University of Missouri.  He moved to IndyCar from NASCAR in 2013 as Chief Revenue Officer for Hulman Motorsports and moved into his current job two years ago.

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06/22/17
ta

Trans-Am Restructures Ownership Group
Jim Derhaag
Jim Derhaag
MIAMI – The Trans-Am Race Company has announced that Jim Derhaag will depart the ownership group in order to better focus on his primary business, Derhaag Motorsports.

The three primary partners within Trans-Am, David Jans, Mike Miller and Tony Parella, have entered into an agreement with Jim Derhaag to equally acquire his interest within the company — seeing the three each retaining an equal share. John Clagett and Simon Gregg will retain their minority ownership shares.

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06/22/17
irl

Green Bay Packers QB experiences INDYCAR at Road America
Shot list:
  • Verizon IndyCar Series driver and defending winner at Road America No. 12 Will Power meets Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Hundley
  • Power shows Hundley his Indy car and steering wheel (7 views)
  • Power and Hundley give their helmets to kids on bikes and then ride their bikes to pit lane

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06/22/17
SST

Video: Gordon pays fine for doing donuts, banned from Australia (Update)
Aussies get their panties in a knot, Gordon banned forever
Aussies get their panties in a knot, Gordon banned forever
UPDATE
 AMERICAN motorsport star Robby Gordon may not compete in Australia again after motorsport officials flagged banning him for hooning in Darwin's CBD on the weekend.

Super truck driver Gordon, who's also had a successful NASCAR career in the United States, was caught doing burnouts on the city's main Mitchell Street on Saturday night.

"We had a truck on display, I asked the two security guards, 'Hey, you think I could flip a couple of doughies?' They said, 'I don't care'," he said, reported ABC.

According to ABC, local Judge Richard Coats said:

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06/22/17
cart

Classic Rewind: 1987 Milwaukee Miller American 200
Note how huge the crowds were under CART and before Tony George destroyed the sport.  A week after the Indianapolis 500, the 1987 CART season moved north to The Milwaukee Mile for the Miller American 200 in honor of Rex Mays.

Roberto Guerrero, who won on the mile oval at Phoenix from last place earlier in the season and was fresh off a second-place finish in the Indy 500, started from pole at Milwaukee and led the first 50 laps. Michael and Mario Andretti took turns leading the race, but Guerrero appeared to have the dominant car until the midway point, when Mario Andretti took control.

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06/22/17
wec

Toyota statement on Capillaire apology
 Vincent Capillaire gives a thumbs up
Vincent Capillaire gives a thumbs up
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing can confirm it has received an apology from Vincent Capillaire regarding his actions during the Le Mans 24 Hours. We have fully accepted his apology and acknowledge that his sporting gesture was never intended to cause any negative consequences for our #7 car. We remain on good terms with Vincent and we consider the matter is now closed. 

Pole-sitter Kamui Kobayashi had pitted while under the race’s second safety car period in the 10th hour and was signaled out of the pit lane by a driver, in an orange and black race suit nearly identical to the design of the marshals.

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06/22/17
automotive

Porsche Motorsport North America Leadership Change
Dr. Daniel Armbruster
Dr. Daniel Armbruster
Dr. Daniel Armbruster (49) will take over management of Porsche Motorsports North America (PMNA) as the President and CEO on September 1. He steps into the position of Jens Walther (48), who has headed the wholly-owned Porsche subsidiary in California since 2010. Armbruster joined Porsche AG in 2000 and was responsible for the development of the innovative 911 GT3 R Hybrid racecar. Most recently, he managed the Motorsport Quality Management division. Jens Walther moves to Porsche Leipzig, where he will become the Director of Sales and Marketing.

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06/22/17
automotive

2018 ZL1 1LE Sets Camaro Record At Nurburgring
The 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE has conquered the Green Hell in a new video from Chevrolet, lapping the Nurburgring’s 12.9-mile (20.8 km) Nordschleife (“north loop”) in only 7:16.04, making it the fastest Camaro to ever lap the famed German track.

The ZL1 1LE’s time is quick enough to place it 13.56 seconds ahead of the Camaro ZL1 with 10-speed automatic that Chevrolet tested last year.

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06/22/17
irl

Esteban Gutierrez to Complete IndyCar Season with Coyne team
Esteban Gutierrez
Esteban Gutierrez

Elkhart Lake, WI (June 22, 2017) – Esteban Gutierrez is returning behind the wheel of the #18 Dale Coyne Racing entry this weekend for the KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America as he will be replacing the injured Sebastien Bourdais for the remainder of the Verizon IndyCar Series season.

"I'm very happy to finally announce my racing program for the rest of the season,” expressed Gutierrez. “To represent Mexico in the Verizon IndyCar Series has a huge significance to all the fans that have been following the series through history and I'm very grateful to fill in this position.

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06/22/17
nasmon

Video: The Last Harrah - Dale Earnhardt Jr. On His Final Season Racing In NASCAR
Following in the footsteps of Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart before him, NASCAR's most popular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the latest in a long line of the sport's iconic figures to announce his plans to step down from racing. With 2017 set to be his final season, Mobil 1 The Grid spoke to 'Junior', driver of the Hendrick Motorsports #88 car, about the reasons behind his decision, and the legacy he hopes he to leave behind.

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06/22/17
nasx

In NASCAR cheaters always keep their win
Hamlin wins by a nose. Would he have won if his car was legal? Of course not.
Hamlin wins by a nose. Would he have won if his car was legal? Of course not.
Denny Hamlin's race-winning No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was found to have an illegal splitter structure (splitter was not flat) in the XFINITY Series race at Michigan International Speedway, NASCAR announced in its penalty report on Wednesday.

Hamlin will keep the win on the record but the finish was encumbered. Joe Gibbs Racing crew chief Chris Gabehart has been suspended for two races and fined $25,000.

The No. 20 team was also docked 25 owner points and the win wont qualify toward eligibility for winning the owner title.

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06/22/17
f1

Why 99.9% car
Dear AutoRacing1.com, Why do you keep saying F1 is 99.9% car and 0.1% driver? How did you come up with that? Dave Beyers, Florida

Dear Dave, If a laptime is say 90 seconds, 0.1% of that is 0.09 sec. That is the typical difference you will see in teammates lap times in F1. 99.9% of the lap time is the car and in most cases teammates lap times are nearly identical. In a sports, it's the best athletes that are supposed to win, in F1 it's the engineers that win. AR1 staff

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06/22/17
F1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • Lucas Auer not confirming talks
    Lucas Auer not confirming talks
    Berger's nephew not confirming Force India news
  • F1 could have new teams for 2019 - Todt
  • Ferrari takes engine upgrade to Baku
  • Webber: Alonso's situation is a 'travesty'
  • Pirelli goes softer for Belgium, Japan
  • FIA outlines minor Baku track changes
  • Sauber insists drivers being treated equally
  • Blue flag rules modified for Azerbaijan

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06/22/17
f1

Liberty plans more Free-To Air TV for F1 (Update)
UPDATE Formula 1 owner Liberty Media believes the U.K. TV rights deal it inherited from the previous management, led by Bernie Ecclestone, that will "put it entirely behind a paywall" from '19-24, is "detrimental to the sport," according to Giles Richards of the London GUARDIAN.

F1 Managing Dir, Commercial Operations Sean Bratches sees free-to-air TV as "key to the future" of the sport but F1 will be shown exclusively on Sky for five years from '19.

On Tuesday, CEO Chase Carey criticized Ecclestone as having a "short-term, deal of the day focus."

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06/22/17
DTM

Three questions for Paul Di Resta
Paul Di Resta
Paul Di Resta
Budapest was a magnificent weekend for you. It must have come as a great relief...

Paul Di Resta: The relief was indeed great, and the victory came at a crucial time in the season. Towards the midway point of the campaign, the main title contenders begin to emerge. After this weekend, I've edged a bit closer to them. It's good to carry through some momentum for the Norisring at this critical stage. I'm hoping to put in another strong showing there. It's not yet clear whether one of the potential title contenders in the shape of Mattias Ekstrom will be missing. Personally, I would never skip a race. If you sign up for a racing series, you should also compete on all of the race weekends. I think, though, that he will be driving at the Norisring. My gut feeling tells me that Audi currently have no clear title challenger. But in any case, that doesn't affect me. We intend to beat them one way or another in a fair fight.

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06/22/17
wec

Video: They SCREWED the FORD GT at Le Mans 2017
The Battle is on for the 2017 Le Mans title in the GTE Pro class. The Ford GT will battle with the Ferrari 488, Porsche 911 RSR, Corvette C7R and the Aston Martin GTE.

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06/22/17
f1

Video: Canada GP - The Bits You Didn't See
An alternative angle on the 2017 Formula One Canadian Grand Prix, courtesy of photographic ace Paul Ripke! 

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06/22/17
nasx

A Blast from the Past Greets Regan Smith in FS1 TV Booth Debut
Regan Smith
Regan Smith then
NASCAR driver Regan Smith will have a familiar voice in his ear when he makes his television booth debut Saturday for FS1’s live coverage of the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race at Iowa Speedway (8:00 PM ET). While Mark Smith (no relation) isn’t Regan’s crew chief, he just might be the next best thing.  

Mark Smith, FOX Sports’ NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES race producer, will hang around Iowa Speedway an extra day this weekend to produce the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race, for which Regan is serving as a driver analyst for the first time.

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06/22/17
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Bolden to join NBC NASCAR TV team
The AP's Jenna Fryer noted NBC Olympic track & field analyst Ato Boldon will "join NBC Sports Group's NASCAR broadcast team as a features contributor beginning next week."

His debut will be July 1 during coverage at Daytona Int'l Speedway. NBC Sports Exec Producer Sam Flood said, "I want a fish out of water to show what NASCAR is all about."

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06/22/17
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Kyle Larson's Success This Season Bodes Well For Chevrolet In NASCAR Cup Series
Kyle Larson
Kyle Larson
NASCAR driver Kyle Larson's "success and the overall improved performance" in the Monster Energy Cup Series this season for Chip Ganassi Racing "could not come at a better time for Chevy, particularly after the manufacturer saw one of its powerhouse teams, Stewart-Haas Racing, move to the Ford Performance camp in the offseason," according to Jim Utter of MOTORSPORT.com. 

Through 15 races, Larson and his teammate, Jamie McMurray, have "shown great progress over last season." Larson has already won twice and leads the Cup standings. McMurray has yet to win, but is seventh in the standings and in "excellent position to make the playoffs."

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06/21/17
f1

Formula E: Exclusive interview with Michael Andretti
The Queen Mary II is what's drawing crowds now to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. But next month, the site will be packed with race car enthusiasts when for the first time, the city will host an Indy-style racing series.

"To be able to come here and race in New York is what every series has been trying to do for many, many years,” said Michael Andretti, owner of Andretti Auto Sport.

These are not your father's racecars. They are powered by electricity.

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06/21/17
cart

Father Phil Dies
Father Phil DeRea
Father Phil DeRea
It is with great sadness that we report the passing yesterday of Father Phil DeRea at the age of 75 - the Roman Catholic Priest who helped start the CART IndyCar Ministries and who traveled to all the CART races giving blessings to the racing community week-in and week-out. He started when Mario Andretti brought him to the races and it blossomed from there - for 40 years. The following video from the AutoRacing1 YouTube page is from an Extra! Special on Father Phil and just about says it all. He was very well liked and a fantastic dinner conversationalist.

DeRea enjoyed celebrity status for his association with the Andrettis and auto racing. He spent time with Mother Teresa in Calcutta and worked as a missionary in Haiti and Colombia.

He was ordained a priest on Sept. 21, 1968, at Holy Family Church in Nazareth and was a member of the Society of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, a religious order of priests.

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06/21/17
TV news

Weekend TV Times
 
Friday, June 23
Formula 1 World Championship -practice 1Baku5:00am-6:30am (L)Streaming NBC Sports
Formula 1 World Championship - practice 2Baku9:00am-10:30am (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - practiceIowa10:00am-11:30am (L), 12:00pm-1:30pm (L)FS1
NASCAR Xfinity Series - practiceIowa2:00pm-3:00pm - (L), 5:00pm-6:30pm - (L),FS1
NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series -practiceSonoma3:00pm-5:00pm (L), 6:30pm-8:00pm (L)FS1
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - raceIowa8:00pm-10:30pm (L)FS1
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series - qualifying 1Norwalk10:30pm-11:30pm (SDD)FS1

 

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06/21/17
irl

ABC gets 100%+ more TV viewers per race than NBCSN
IndyCar team owners will ask for Miles' head if he can't deliver a TV deal that will enable them to land good sponsor deals.
IndyCar team owners will ask for Miles' head if he can't deliver a new TV deal that will enable them to land good sponsor deals.
ABC averaged a 1.5 rating and 2.3 million viewers per race for five IndyCar Series races this season, a figure that includes the Indy 500 -- down a tick in ratings and 8% in viewership from last year (1.6, 2.5M) and flat and down 2% respectively from 2015 (1.5, 2.4M).

Excluding the Indy 500, ABC’s average viewership (995K) was down a steeper 16% from last year (1.2M) but up 2% from 2015 (972K).

Excluding the Indy 500, which sways the numbers even further northward, ABC's 995K (1.2M in 2016) per race viewers is over 100% more per race than NBCSN delivers. 1 million per race is the average needed for sponsors to jump on board.

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06/21/17
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Final Weekend TV Ratings
NetEventDayViewers18-49 ViewersRatingLocation
FS1Nascar Cup Race LSun3.144 M0.677 M1.85Michigan
FS1NASCAR Xfinity Race LSat1.106 M0.192 M0.75Michigan
FS1NHRA FinalsSun1.003 M0.227 M0.56Bristol
FS1NASCAR Truck Race LSat0.502 M0.075 M0.35Gateway
NBCAMA MotocrossSat0.476 M0.196 M0.34High Point
NBCGlobal RallycrossSun0.464 M0.156 M0.29Ottawa
FS1NASCAR Truck Quals DSat0.308 M0.069 M0.20Gateway



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06/21/17
nasmon

Toyota/Save Mart 350 Pit Notes
Stewart won in 2016
Stewart won in 2016
The following are some notes of interest in advance of this weekend’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event at Sonoma Raceway, June 23-25:
  • This will be Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s final NASCAR Cup race at Sonoma Raceway, as he will retire from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at the end of the 2017 race season. In 17 starts, Earnhardt has posted two top-10 finishes in Sonoma, including a best finish of third in 2014.

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06/21/17
irl

Indy 500 winner Sato Japan visit in Photos
(All Photos courtesy Hiro Matsumoto/IndyCar)

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06/21/17
irl

Video: Takuma Sato Indy 500 Victory Tour Tokyo, Japan


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06/21/17
f2

F2 preview of Baku GP weekend
Round 4 Timetable

Data (GMT+4)

Friday
Free Practice: 11.00 – 11.45
Qualifying session: 15.00 – 15.30
Press conference: 15.45

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06/21/17
nasmon

Higdon leaving as NASCAR VP
NASCAR VP/Integrated Marketing Communications David Higdon is leaving the sanctioning body after a six-year run.

Higdon, who made the announcement yesterday on social media, will work through June 30. 

His move comes amid a reshuffling of NASCAR's integrated marketing communications department earlier this year that saw Eric Nyquist moved into the position of Senior VP/Communications & Technology Development and Higdon moved to a role where he helped align content on NASCAR.com with key objectives. Sports Business Daily

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06/21/17
f1

Video: Ferrari Previews the 2017 Azerbaijan GP
It’s the “youngest” circuit on the calendar and, at 6.003 kilometer's, the second longest after Spa. It is undoubtedly one of the most unusual tracks on the Formula 1 calendar. It is a street circuit, running through the center of Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, but nevertheless it boasts a straight of 2.1 kilometer's, which is over a third of the total distance and is tackled flat out. Last year, the highest recorded speed was in excess of 378 km/h. This year, it is unlikely the F1 cars will hit those sort of numbers because of their increased downforce and wider wheels.

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06/21/17
F1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Chase Carey not worried about 3 races in a row
    Chase Carey not worried about 3 races in a row
    Carey plays down 2018 'triple header'
  • Carey confident all 21 races set for 2018
  • No hurry to sign new Bottas deal - Wolff
  • McLaren deal not Mercedes 'priority' - Wolff
  • Honda not ruling out F1 help
  • Russia GP date change due to World Cup
  • Sauber not commenting on McLaren gearbox claims
  • Prost welcomes new F1 team rumors
  • Berger's nephew to make F1 test debut
  • Mallya: SFI pair will continue to race freely

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