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06/22/18
f1

Look for Mercedes to dominate French GP
Mercedes should lockout the front row in France and put on a parade on Sunday
Mercedes should lockout the front row in France and put on a parade on Sunday
Lewis Hamilton buried the field on Friday by 0.7s and no it wasn't driver talent, it was pure horsepower on the long Paul Ricard straights

“All six Mercedes-powered cars were fitted with fresh ICE, turbocharger and MGU-H for this weekend,” a Mercedes spokesman said. “Those new components are of an upgraded specification which contains reliability and performance updates.

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06/22/18
tv news

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern unless noted
Saturday, June 23LocationTV TimesNetwork
Formula 1 – practice 3Paul Ricard6:55am-8:30amESPN2
Formula 1 – qualifyingPaul Ricard9:55am-11:00amESPN2
IndyCar – practiceRoad America12:00pm-1:00pmIndyCar Online
Lucas Oil Off Road RacingBaja California1:00pm-2:00pm (D)CBS
NHRA – qualifyingNorwalk1:30pm-2:30pmFS1
NASCAR Cup – qualifyingSonoma2:45pm-3:45pmFS1
IndyCar – qualifyingRoad America6:30pm-7:30pm (SDD)NBCSN
NASCAR Truck - qualifyingGateway7:00pm-8:30pm (SDD)FS1
NASCAR Truck – raceGateway8:00pm-8:30pm – pre-race
8:30pm-11:00pm – race
FS1
Sunday, June 24LocationTV TimesNetwork
Formula 1 – racePaul Ricard10:05am-12:00pmESPN2
DTMNorisring12:00pm-2:00pm (SDD)CBS-SN
NHRA – qualifyingNorwalk12:30pm-1:30pm (D)FS1
IndyCar – raceRoad America12:30pm-1:00pm – pre-race
1:00pm-3:30pm – race
NBCSN
NASCAR Cup – raceSonoma1:30pm-3:00pm – pre-race
3:00pm-6:30pm – race
FS1
NHRA – final eliminationsNorwalk6:30pm-9:30pm (SDD)FS1


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

 



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06/22/18
pwc

Parente Blasts Bentley to the Top PWC GT Time Friday at Road America
Alvaro Parente
Alvaro Parente
Veteran Alvaro Parente of Portugal paced the Pirelli World Challenge GT practice rounds Friday at the legendary Road America road circuit in preparation for the GT/GTS Sprint doubleheader weekend as part of the Kohler Grand Prix.

Parente, the 2016 PWC GT overall series champion, drove the yellow and black No. 9 K-PAX Racing Bentley Continental GT3 to the quickest lap of the day with a two-minutes, 5.551 seconds to lead the GT field with an average speed of 115.40 miles per hour. Parente’s top lap was set in the second of three PWC practice rounds.

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06/22/18
irl

Foyt confirms ABC Supply, Kanaan, Leist to remain in 2019
Tony Kanaan
Tony Kanaan
AJ Foyt Racing team president Larry Foyt has confirmed that the team’s principal sponsor and its veteran/rising star lineup of Tony Kanaan and Matheus Leist will all remain with the team in 2019.

There had been rumors that ABC Supply, now in its 14thyear as title sponsor on the Foyt cars, might withdraw its support at season’s end. Since Target ended its sponsorship of Chip Ganassi Racing, ABC Supply has been IndyCar's longest-running principal sponsor.

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06/22/18
irl

Newgarden stays on top in 2nd IndyCar practice (Update)
Newgarden dominating Road America so-far
Newgarden dominating Road America so-far

UPDATE This report was updated with additional information and photos.

06/22/18

Josef Newgarden loves natural terrain road courses like Barber Motorsports Park and here at Road America. Newgarden, fastest in practice 1 on the harder Firestone black tires, turned a lap of 1m42.628s to lead practice 2 for the Kohler GP at Road America on the 4.04-mile road course

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06/22/18
automotive

Chevy recalls the ZR1
Corvette ZR1
Corvette ZR1
Owners of 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 models should check their mailboxes in the weeks to come; GM has issued a recall for the 755-horsepower sports car over a faulty sensing diagnostic module (SDM).

Per the safety recall report Chevrolet filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, extreme braking or acceleration can cause the SDM to enter a "fault state." Should this occur, the SDM will not provide crash-sensing data or deploy airbags in the event of a crash. Chevy said the SDM will not enter the correct state unless battery power is removed from the system.

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06/22/18
f2

Russell takes maiden F2 pole at Le Castellet
George Russell
George Russell
George Russell clinched his first FIA Formula 2 Championship pole position in Qualifying at Le Castellet, France, clocking in a 1:44.469 on his second set of tires to take ART Grand Prix’s first pole of the season, ending the streak of Alexander Albon (DAMS) who starts tomorrow’s Feature Race from second. Free Practice timesheet topper Lando Norris will take third place on the grid.

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06/22/18
gp3

Boccolacci snatches Le Castellet pole in final seconds of qualifying
Dorian Boccolacci
Dorian Boccolacci
Dorian Boccolacci took his maiden GP3 Series pole position in style, the MP Motorsport driver prevailing late on during Qualifying in Le Castellet, France to overhaul countryman Anthoine Hubert in the dying moments of the session with a 1:50.615 lap. ART Grand Prix’s Hubert begins tomorrow’s race from the front row, as Giuliano Alesi of Trident completed an all-French top three.

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06/22/18
irl

Road America - Schmidt Peterson Press Conference
Lucille Dust of AutoRacing1.com filmed this press conference with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports drivers Robert Wickens and James Hinchcliffe

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06/22/18
automotive

Wife Exits Highway and causes major accidents
We hope they got her license plate number

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06/22/18
irl

Newgarden tops opening IndyCar practice at Road America
Josef Newgarden
Josef Newgarden
Josef Newgarden turned the fastest lap in his Penske Chevy to top opening IndyCar practice for the Kohler Grand Prix at Road America. His time of 1m43.048s was 0.4 seconds faster than Takuma Sato and 0.5s faster than Alexander Rossi, both in Hondas.

Robert Wickens (SPM Honda) was 4th quick and Marco Andretti (Andretti Honda) rounded out the top-5. Very few laps were turned in the incident-free session because IndyCar does not give the teams enough tires for this track.

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06/22/18
f1

Hamilton easily fastest in Practice 2
Alonso spun to end the session
Alonso spun to end the session

Lewis Hamilton put his Mercedes power advantage to good use on the long Paul Ricard straights to easily top practice 2 for the French GP. Hamilton's time of 1m32.539s was a full 7/10ths quicker than the Red Bull duo of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.

The two Ferraris were 4th and 5th, Kimi Raikkonen was 0.89s behind while Sebastian Vettel was a full 1.15s behind and focusing on long runs

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06/22/18
irl

Friday Morning Update From Road America
Will Dixon get win 3?
Will Dixon get win 3
Good morning from the beautiful area of Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin and Road America.  It is a cool June morning with cloud coverage and temperatures in the low 60s.  Later today should be around 70 degrees with a slight chance of rain today.  It was raining in certain places on my way into the track this morning but it is dry here.

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06/22/18
f2

Norris grabs fastest lap in Le Castellet Free Practice
Lando Norris
Lando Norris
Lando Norris topped the timesheets in a sunny Free Practice during the FIA Formula 2 Championship round at Le Castellet, France, the Carlin driver setting a 1:45.562 lap in the first fifteen minutes of the session to head ART Grand Prix’s George Russell and BWT Arden’s Maximilian Gunther.

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06/22/18
irl

First Data Expands Partnership with Chip Ganassi and Ed Jones
Ed Jones livery
Ed Jones livery
Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that First Data (NYSE: FDC), a global leader in commerce-enabling technology, will partner with Ed Jones and the No. 10 Honda team in the upcoming Verizon IndyCar Series race at Road America.

This expands the relationship that began when First Data joined CGR NASCAR teammate Jamie McMurray and the No. 1 car in 2016. The partnership grew to two primaries in 2017 with Kyle Larson and the No. 42 car and to five in 2018 with both Larson and McMurray in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

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06/22/18
gp3

Hubert tops Le Castellet Free Practice
Anthoine Hubert of ART Grand Prix led the way in the Free Practice session of the GP3 Series round at Le Castellet, France, setting a 1:51.091 at his home circuit to eclipse teammate Jake Hughes by almost half a second, as Nikita Mazepin completed the top three.

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06/22/18
nasmon

NASCAR will not use All-Star aero package again this season
Charlotte racing was better because of the aero package
Charlotte racing was better because of the aero package
The drafting package used during the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race weekend continues to be a discussion point for NASCAR competition officials, tracks, teams, manufacturers and engine builders. The conversation now, though, is centered on how to potentially implement elements of it in 2019 at the earliest.

The rules package used at the All-Star Race that included aero ducts, a higher spoiler, plates and an older splitter, will not be used in the Monster Energy Series again in 2018.

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06/22/18
f1

Mercedes team dominate opening practice at Paul Ricard
Hamilton fastest
Hamilton fastest

In the Friday morning track cleaning session at the Circuit Paul Ricard, it was Lewis Hamilton who had the upper hand in Practice 1 for the French GP, finishing  fastest as many of the drivers suffered spins on the dusty track surface.

Hamilton finished the session 0.14s ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, with the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo in third.

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06/22/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • Will Magnussen soon be lighter in the wallet?
    Will Magnussen soon be lighter in the wallet?
    Magnussen not focusing on court case
  • 'No concerns' about Honda switch - Verstappen
  • New Mercedes engine facing further delay
  • Whiting plays down Paul Ricard surface concerns
  • Alonso says he was the best LeMans winner ever

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06/22/18
irl

IndyCar on NBC Sports Gold
Help to draw viewers away from NBC TV broadcasts of IndyCar races
Help to draw viewers away from NBC TV broadcasts of IndyCar races

In a platform that is sure to take viewers away from TV broadcasts and lower TV ratings even further, IndyCar is coming to NBC Sports Gold and NBC wants you to sign up.

Sign up here and be the first to receive pass details on how you can help IndyCar lower TV ratings and lose sponsors.

Why? Because every fan watching NBC Sports Gold won't be watching the regular TV broadcast and Nielsen does not include over the top platforms such as NBC Gold in their TV ratings.

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