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06/24/16
f1

Leclerc helps Haas F1 team balance their budget
Charles Leclerc, has check, will drive
Charles Leclerc, has check, will drive
Monaco-born teenager Charles Leclerc will replace Mexican Esteban Gutierrez in Friday first practice sessions at five Formula One races this season, starting with Silverstone next month, the U.S-owned Haas team said on Friday.

The 18-year-old Ferrari academy driver, who is currently competing in the GP3 series and won the season-opener in Spain, will also feature in practice in Hungary, Germany, Malaysia and Abu Dhabi.

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06/24/16
nhra

Kalitta, Worsham, Anderson, Krawiec Fastest at Norwalk
Doug Kalitta
Top Fuel driver Doug Kalitta set a track elapsed time record and raced to the qualifying lead in the category on Friday at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

Del Worsham (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock), and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also qualifying leaders in their respective categories at the 12th event of 24 on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

Kalitta piloted his Mac Tools dragster to the top position with a pass of 3.719 seconds at 327.51 mph during the last qualifying session of the day, putting him on the provisional pole for Sunday's eliminations.

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06/24/16
irl

Video: Newgarden talks about his recovery
Ed Carpenter Racing's Josef Newgarden speaks with The RACER Channel's Robin Miller after practice at Road America about his injuries and recovery.

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06/24/16
f1

FIA introduces safer driver bonus points for Formula 1 superlicense
The FIA has tweaked its Formula 1 superlicense points system by adding a 'Safety Bonus' which rewards drivers who have avoided picking up penalties during a season, which can go toward their superlicense total.

Currently the governing body awards a set number of points, depending on where a drivers finishes in the standings, which add up over three seasons and once they total 40, that driver will qualify for an F1 superlicense, allowing them to graduate to the series.

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06/24/16
irl

Newgarden remains uncertain for Road America; Hildebrand to test at Iowa (Update)
UPDATE We just learned that Newgarden has been cleared to race this weekend.

Josef Newgarden
Josef Newgarden
06/24/16 Josef Newgarden's status for this weekend's Kohler Grand Prix at Road America remains uncertain.

The driver of the No. 21 Direct Supply/Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet of course sustained a broken clavicle and hand two weeks ago at Texas Motor Speedway. Yesterday, the Hendersonville, TN native was cleared for today's practice sessions with the intention of evaluating his status afterwards for the rest of the weekend. And from what we have been told, it is Newgarden's hands that have been causing more discomfort than his shoulder.

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06/24/16
motogp

Iannone's Ducati on top in Assen practice
Practice Results

Pos.RiderNumNationTeamConstructorTime/Gap
1IANNONE Andrea 29ITADucati TeamDucati1'33.591
2ROSSI Valentino 46ITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha1'33.595
3MARQUEZ Marc 93SPARepsol Honda TeamHonda1'33.724
4VINALES Maverick 25SPATeam Suzuki EcstarSuzuki1'33.892
5LORENZO Jorge 99SPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha1'33.991
6DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4ITADucati TeamDucati1'34.011
7PETRUCCI Danilo 9ITAOcto Pramac RacingDucati1'34.065
8ESPARGARO Aleix 41SPATeam Suzuki EcstarSuzuki1'34.087
9ESPARGARO Pol 44SPAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha1'34.163
10REDDING Scott 45GBROcto Pramac RacingDucati1'34.172
11PEDROSA Dani 26SPARepsol Honda TeamHonda1'34.206
12BARBERA Hector 8SPAAvintia RacingDucati1'34.404
13CRUTCHLOW Cal 35GBRLCR HondaHonda1'34.480
14SMITH Bradley 38GBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha1'34.531
15LAVERTY Eugene 50IREAspar MotoGP TeamDucati1'34.789
16MILLER Jack 43AUSEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDSHonda1'35.008
17BRADL Stefan 6GERAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia1'35.056
18HERNANDEZ Yonny 68COLAspar MotoGP TeamDucati1'35.125
19PIRRO Michele 51ITADucati TeamDucati1'35.220
20BAUTISTA Alvaro 19SPAAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia1'35.284
21RABAT Tito 53SPAEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDSHonda1'36.582


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06/24/16
nassprint

Larson leads opening Sonoma practice
Kyle Larson led a Chip Ganassi Racing 1-2 in opening practice for the Toyota - Save Mart 350 today at Sonoma Raceway. 

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06/24/16
irl

IndyCar: Rahal tops 2nd practice at Road America
Graham Rahal
Graham Rahal

In a session checkered a few minutes early due to Jack Hawksworth going off course, Graham Rahal in the Gehl RLL Honda turned the fastest lap in Friday afternoon practice for the Kohler Grand Prix of Road America.

Rahal's lap of 1m43.022s was 0.13sec faster that Penske Chevy driver Will Power.

Tony Kanaan, Juan Montoya and Carlos Munoz rounded out the top-5.

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06/24/16
irl

INDYCAR Drivers to Gather Crucial Information for Iowa Corn 300
The stars of the Verizon IndyCar Series will conduct a team test at Iowa Speedway on June 29 as they continue to prepare for the upcoming Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300 on July 10. At least 20 drivers representing eight INDYCAR organizations will participate in the test.

“With the drivers scheduled to test next week, this session will undoubtedly have a raceday feel and heightened sense of urgency,” Iowa Speedway President Jimmy Small said. “Timing and scoring is not used during team tests but the drivers will push the cars to the limit, giving fans a preview of what’s to come on July 10.”

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06/24/16
automotive

Video: Mercedes Class-AA electric car
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Does Commercial For Battery-Operated Mercedes AA Class Car On 'SNL'

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06/24/16
irl

Firestone 600 completion plan announced
Jay Frye and Eddie Gossage announce the postponement
Jay Frye and Eddie Gossage announce the postponement
INDYCAR has announced its plan for resuming the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway that was suspended June 12 after completing 71 of its scheduled 248 laps. The Verizon IndyCar Series race will be completed Aug. 27.

The No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda driven by Conor Daly and No. 21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet driven by Josef Newgarden will not be permitted to participate in the continuation due to the extensive chassis and engine damage each sustained in a crash on Lap 42. James Hinchcliffe of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports is the race leader after 71 laps.

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06/24/16
il

Veach wins Indy Lights pole
Belardi Auto Racing's Zach Veach won pole position for the Mazda Indy Lights Grand Prix of Road America Presented by Cooper Tires. Full results below...

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06/24/16
irl

Friday Afternoon Update from Road America
From left, Dixon, Aleshin and Bourdais
From left, Dixon, Aleshin and Bourdais
Lucille Dust/AR1.com

It's a slightly breezy, comfortable summer afternoon here in Wisconsin's Kettle Moraine country. Sebastien Bourdais, Mikhail Aleshin and Scott Dixon, all of whom participated in last week's 24 Hours of Le Mans, are here in the media center at Road America. Bourdais, of course, scored a class win driving a Ford GT for Chip Ganassi Racing. 

Dixon was asked how the whirlwind tour has been. You might remember the drivers were delayed getting to Le Mans due to the IndyCar rain-delay at Texas. The Monday after Le Mans, Dixon tested at Watkins Glen in preparation for the series' race Labor Day Weekend.

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06/24/16
nassprint

Video: Hustling a Stock Car around a Road Course
It’s no mean feat hustling an 850 horsepower, 3300 lb. stock car around a twisty road course. Add to that skinny tires, tiny brakes along with very little downforce - and you have quite a challenge!

How do these guys do it?

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06/24/16
irl

IndyCar: Pagenaud tops opening practice at Road America
Simon Pagenaud

Penske Chevy driver and IndyCar point leader Simon Pagenaud topped the timesheets in opening practice for the Kohler Grand Prix of Road America with a time of 1m43.480s on the 4.0-mile picturesque road course.

2nd quick was Carlos Munoz in his Andretti Honda at 1m43.556s with a fast lap late in the session.

The track record is 1m39.866s / 145.924mph set by Dario Franchitti in a CART IndyCar.

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06/24/16
f1

F1 must change or 'disappear' - Abiteboul
Cyril Abiteboul
Cyril Abiteboul
(GMM) Cyril Abiteboul on Friday has given a hard-hitting interview with the German press, boldly criticizing key aspects of the sport.

The 38-year-old is the works Renault team's managing director, but he was not treading carefully on Friday as he said the decision-making strategy group, for example, is "a joke".

"Formula one needs strong management and a strong FIA," he told publications including Auto Bild and Auto Motor und Sport.

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06/24/16
Wec
f3
f4
fe

World Motorsport Council announces changes for 2017
he FIA held its second World Motor Sport Council meeting of 2016 today in Turin concluding the fourth FIA Sport Conference.

During the meeting, the following decisions were taken:

FIA World Rally Championship

To create a fairer attribution of points when part of an event’s itinerary is cancelled, a minimum of 75% of the special stage distance must be run in order to allocate full points from 2017. If between 50% and 75% of the itinerary is run, half points will be awarded, and between 25% and 50%, one third of the points. If less than 25% of the special stage distance is run, no points will be awarded.

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06/24/16
Irl

Friday morning update from Road America
Good morning! It is only 63 degrees here in beautiful Sheboygan County at Road America for the Kohler Grand Prix. Weather should be mild with no chance of rain today. Many structural changes have been made at the track since the Indycars were last here in 2007. No changes to the race track Itself, however.

Sebastien Bourdais is the only driver is this weekend's race that has won an IndyCar race here at Road America. He won here in 2007 and finished that season winning his 4th Championship driving for Newman Haas Racing.

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06/24/16
Irl

Things to watch for at Road America this weekend
Big crowds durin
Big crowds during CART Days
The Verizon IndyCar Series heads back to an iconic venue this weekend when it visits Road America in Wisconsin.

With eight races remaining in the 2016 season, several drivers are hoping to use a victory on the long, picturesque circuit at Elkhart Lake to propel them into the thick of the points race.

Here are five things to watch this weekend in The Badger State  writes Justin Kenny of the News-Sentinel.

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06/24/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • Ecclestone says more European GPs to be toast
    Ecclestone says more European GPs to be toast
    F1 to 'definitely' drop European races - Ecclestone
  • Prost says Baku coverage 'a disaster'
  • Williams recapturing 'winning mentality' - Smedley
  • Alonso wants third title in 2017
  • Todt plays down future F1 race clashes
  • Force India not unhappy with Hulkenberg
  • Raikkonen alternatives 'potentially faster' - Prost
  • Verstappen listened after Monaco crashes - Marko
  • FIA must approve Ecclestone successor

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06/24/16
irl

IndyCar drivers have fond memories of Road America
Sebastien Bourdais won the last Champ Car/IndyCar race at Road America in 2007.
Sebastien Bourdais won the last Champ Car/IndyCar race at Road America in 2007.
Nine years have passed -- nine long years -- since Indy cars raced at Road America writes Dave Kallmann of the Journal Sentinel.

Just one past winner still competes.

Four drivers from the most recent race in 2007 are on the entry list for Sunday's Verizon IndyCar Series Kohler Grand Prix.

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06/23/16
wec

Video: Incredible 360 Degree VR Lap of Le Mans in Winning Ford GT
The Ford GT has returned to Le Mans, and now you can ride around inside a 360 degree lap - driven by Joey Hand in the Le Mans winning Car no 68!

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06/23/16
motogp

Assen's final chicane undergoes changes
Assen
Assen

The infamous Geert Timmer chicane has been modified for 2016 to improve safety at the corner.

Throughout Assen’s history the final chicane has undergone several changes but has always seen thrilling battles. Schwantz and Rainey, Hayden and Edwards, Rossi and Marquez, all have had races come down to that fateful chicane but in the name of safety small modifications have been made.

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06/23/16
wscc

Sahlen's Six Hours Of The Glen Features 42-Car Entry List
Last's year's race was a wet one
Last year's race was a wet one

The top-three finishing GTE Pro teams and the winning GTE Am team from the recent 24 Hours of Le Mans return to IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, set for Sunday, July 3, at Watkins Glen International.

IMSA today released a 42-car entry list for the event, which serves as Round 6 of the WeatherTech Championship and Round 3 of the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup. The six-hour race on the 3.4-mile circuit will be televised live on FS1, beginning at 10 a.m. ET.

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06/23/16
automotive

Volkswagen to Pay $10.2 Billion to Settle 'dirty diesel' scandal in USA
Volkswagen has reportedly agreed to pay about $10.2 billion to settle its emissions scandal in the U.S. Most of that will go toward compensating the owners of 482,000 VW cars equipped with emissions-cheating 2.0-liter diesel engines. The report comes from the Associated Press, which spoke with two people briefed on the matter.


AP reports that the agreement is tentative and could change by Tuesday, when the judge will announce the official terms of the settlement. Much of the roughly $10.2 billion will cover repairs of affected cars, be used to buy them back, and compensate the owners. A percentage will also serve as a penalty, going toward government programs aimed at fixing the damage caused by the excess pollution. VW has set aside $18.2 billion in anticipation of global costs related to the emissions scandal.

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06/23/16
NAsx

Six NASCAR Xfinity teams penalized for body panel modifications
Sam Hornish Jr. used al illegal car to win in Iowa last Sunday but in typical NASCAR style, cheaters win and Hornish keeps his win.
Sam Hornish Jr. used an illegal car to win in Iowa last Sunday but in typical NASCAR style, cheaters win, and Hornish keeps his win.
NASCAR released their weekly penalty report today, as well as a change in the rule book for Xfinity and Truck teams.

First off, six Xfinity teams were all hit with P2 level penalties due to the right side body panel being modified after race inspection.

The teams listed: No. 1 JR Motorsports, No. 7 JR Motorsports, No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing (the winning car driven by Sam Hornish Jr.), No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing, No. 22 Team Penske, and the No. 88 of JR Motorsports.

All six crew chiefs have been placed on probation for the remainder of the calendar year (Kevin Meendering, 1; Chris Gabehart, 20; Jason Burdett, 7; Chris Gayle, 18; David Elenz, 88).

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06/23/16
pwc

Update on drivers Palmer and De La Torre (3rd Update)
UPDATE Ahead of the upcoming Pirelli World Challenge Road America race weekend, Bentley Team Absolute/Andrew Palmer's manager Mike Perry made the following statement on behalf of the Palmer family:

“As Andrew continues to recover, we are all very grateful for the overwhelming support from the entire motorsport community.

“Both Sharon Hospital and Hartford Hospital in Connecticut have been amazing, and we would like to thank the incredible doctors and nurses for everything they have done so far.

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06/23/16
irl

Piloti Supports Honda Indy Toronto
Organizers of the Honda Indy Toronto announce Piloti as an official event sponsor, to outfit event staff in its premium apparel and footwear.

Piloti apparel and footwear uses innovative technology for the highest quality of comfort and style. Its apparel and footwear is designed with drivers in mind and uses biomechanical technology for unparalleled comfort and performance.

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06/23/16
f1

Pirelli confirms Belgian and Japanese compound choices
Pirelli has confirmed which tires it will make available at the Belgian and Japanese races, the 13th and 17th rounds of the 2016 championship.

The new tire rules stipulate that compound choices must be made eight weeks in advance for European races and 14 weeks for long-haul events, hence confirmation of two races which are several weeks apart.

For the Belgian Grand Prix, the white medium, yellow soft and red supersoft will be available - the most common combination this season.

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06/23/16
Irl

Newgarden cleared to drive
Josef Newgarden
Josef Newgarden
Verizon IndyCar Series driver Josef Newgarden has been cleared to participate in Friday’s practice sessions for the KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America.

Newgarden will be re-evaluated following practice to determine a course of action for the remainder of the race weekend. Should Newgarden not be able to participate in the KOHLER Grand Prix, Ed Carpenter Racing will have JR Hildebrand at Road America to drive the No. 21 Direct Supply Chevrolet.

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06/23/16
IRL

Rossi nominated for 2016 ESPY
Alexander Rossi
Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi

Andretti-Herta Autosport rookie, Alexander Rossi has been nominated for the 2016 ESPY award “Best Driver” for his fuel-saving victory at the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Rossi, a California-native, was also awarded the Fastest Rookie and Rookie of the Year honors for the 2016 Indianapolis 500. The 24-year-old became only the 10th rookie ever to win the 500-mile race in its history; the first since Helio Castroneves in 2001 and the first American rookie since Louis Meyer in 1928.

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06/23/16
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automotive

Petty's Garage Announces 2017 King Edition Ford Mustang Builds
2017 "King Edition" Ford Mustang GT
2017 "King Edition" Ford Mustang GT
Petty's Garage
 announced their continued partnership with the Ford Motor Company to exclusively build 500 "King Edition" Ford Mustang GT models.

Included in the 2017 lineup is a limited run of 43 builds that include a silver scheme to celebrate "The King" Richard Petty and his 80th birthday in July, 2017.

This is the third year that Petty's Garage and Ford Motor Company have joined forces to build the King Edition Ford Mustangs.

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06/23/16
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nhra

NASCAR could take a lesson from NHRA
John Force
John Force
John Force is a 16-time NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car world champion and the king of a family-run racing empire, yet he still found time to chat with hundreds of fans during last week’s Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.

Try to get that kind of time with defending NASCAR Sprint Cup racing champion Kyle Busch. Good luck.

It’s been said often before, but the NHRA and NASCAR are miles away in terms of fan accessibility and driver attitudes writes Allen Gregory of the Bristol Herald Courier.

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06/23/16
TV News

Weekend TV Broadcast times
All times Eastern
Friday, June 24
SeriesTrackTimeNetwork
Verizon IndyCar Series - practiceRoad America12:00pm-1:30pm (L)NBC-SN
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - practiceSonoma3:00pm-5:00pm (L), and 6:30pm-8:00pm (L)FS1
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series - qualifyingNorwalk8:00pm-9:00pm (SDD)FS1
Saturday, June 25
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - practiceGateway11:30am-1:00pm (L)FS1
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - qualifyingSonoma2:00pm-3:30pm (L)FS1
Verizon IndyCar Series - qualifyingRoad America5:30pm-7:00pm (SDD)NBC-SN
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - qualifyingGateway5:45pm-8:00pm (L)FS2
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing - qualifyingNorwalk7:00pm-8:00pm (SDD)FS1
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - raceGateway8:00pm-8:30pm - pre-race (L), and 8:30pm-11:00pm - race (L)FS1
Sunday, June 26
MotoGPAssen7:55am-9:30am (L)beIN Sports
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series - eliminationsNorwalk11:00am-1:30pm (L)FS1
Verizon IndyCar Series - raceRoad America12:30pm-1:00pm - pre-race (L), and 1:00pm-3:30pm - race (L)NBC-SN
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - raceSonoma1:30pm-3:00pm - pre-race (L), and 3:00pm-6:00pm - race (L)FS1
Indy Lights SeriesRoad America3:30pm-4:30pm (SDD)NBCSN
Blancpain Endurance SeriesPaul Ricard2:00pm-3:00pm (D)CBS-SN
DTMNorisring3:00pm-4:00pm (D)CBS-SN


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06/23/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • Massa pans Interlagos
    Massa pans Interlagos
    Brazil promoter slams Massa over GP comments
  • Marko says Kvyat could stay at Toro Rosso
  • Fittipaldi backs end of 'Aeroscreen' momentum
  • Rosberg ready to beat Hamilton in 2016 - Montagny
  • Jolyon Palmer hits out at top teams for spoiling Q1 for backmarkers
  • Vettel sure Ferrari has 'bright future'
  • Force India aims to close on Williams

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06/23/16
F1

Video: Vettel discusses motorsport passion
Four-time FIA Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel spoke of his passion and insight to the sport at FIA Sport Conference 2016.

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06/23/16
Fe

Formula E To Hold Virtual Race In Las Vegas With Likely $1M Jackpot
Formula E is planning a virtual race in Las Vegas next January with a likely $1M jackpot for the winner, according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS.

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag said on Tuesday that the event, "pitting regular race drivers against a handful of fans on simulators, could even become a round of the regular championship in future." He said, "We think e-sports (electronic sports) is a huge opportunity and we want to be the first ones fully immersed in that. This will be the first virtual race with 20 professional drivers of a racing championship on a big stage and with a very large prize fund."

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06/23/16
irl

Video: IndyCar Series Drivers Visit Slideways Karting Center in Knoxville, Iowa
It was not just another typical Wednesday for INDYCAR drivers Conor Daly and Max Chilton. The two visited Knoxville, Iowa – the Sprint Car Capital of the World – to kick off the lead-up to the Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300 on July 10. Daly raced wheel-to-wheel at Slideways Karting Center against McKenna Haase, Davey Heskin, members of the media, Iowa Speedway President Jimmy Small and representatives from Iowa Speedway and Iowa Corn. Daly was victorious in the A-Main following three heat races on the venerable Slideways track.

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