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06/27/19
track news

Road America Names Quad As New Landmark Sponsor
Road America and Quad have reached an agreement that will make Quad the new landmark sponsor of Road America's famous Bridge located just before turn 9. 

"Our partnership with Quad is exciting. Having them featured on one of our most prominent landmarks - now appropriately named the Quad Bridge, is indicative of their forward thinking approach and our ongoing partnership" said Mike Kertscher, President and General Manager of Road America. "We look forward to working together with Quad as they extend their brand presence at America's National Park of Speed." 

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06/27/19
irl

Honda Fan Friday begins a fun filled weekend of activities for Toronto GP
Toronto GP
Toronto GP - Friday is free for fans
As Honda celebrates 50 years in Canada, one of its newer traditions is the support of Honda Fan Friday at the Honda Indy Toronto. Thanks to the Ontario Honda Dealers Association, spectators can make a voluntary donation to Make-A-Wish Canada and receive free general admission on Friday, July 12 to experience the thrilling sights and sounds of the racing and festival event. Nearly $700,000 has been raised during Fan Friday and race weekend festivities over the years thanks to generous race fans.

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06/27/19
irl
f1

F1 a snoozefest compared to IndyCar
Road America action
Road America action
When the preeminent driver in F1, Lewis Hamilton, acknowledges that the latest F1 race - Sunday's French Grand Prix - was a complete snooze-fest and unwatchable, it's long past time for F1's overlords to make some drastic changes. I have railed against the rampant sterility and rote cadence of F1 for going on a decade now, and it's hard to imagine that it could get much worse, but it definitely has.

F1's long pursuit of money over the quality of the racing has caught up with The Circus and now the sport is in free fall. The French Grand Prix wasn't a race, it was a technological demonstration with all the warmth of an autonomous vehicle conference. F1 is now so far afield from its "glory days" that F1 overlords are in danger of turning entire generations, old and new, against the sport.

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06/27/19
imsa

Video: Race Preview Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen Promises Thrills

“It’s Go Time” for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.

Fans can watch the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen on NBCSN this Sunday at 7 p.m. ET, with live streaming of the race in its entirety on the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com beginning at 9:30 a.m.

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06/27/19
irl

FAST FORWARD: 2019 REV Group Grand Prix at Road America
Relive all the action from picturesque Road America in under 30 minutes of action-packed racing from the NBC broadcast.



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06/27/19
f1

Video: How well do Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc know each other
Introducing Shell's new challenge series with Scuderia Ferrari teammates Sebastian Vettel & Charles Leclerc!

In this first episode we find out just how well Seb and Charles know each other. Who is better at reverse parking? Who speaks more languages? Watch the video to find out and stay tuned for more episodes coming soon!

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06/27/19
f1

Video: Flying high in Spielberg
Gasly screams for his life
Gasly screams for his life
Question:
what can do a lap of the Red Bull Ring faster than a Formula One car? Answer: A Red Bull aerobatic plane with reigning World Champion Martin Sonka at the controls.

Not that Pierre minded, as he sat up front in the passenger seat, enjoying a bird’s eye view of the beautiful Spielberg countryside – albeit a bird that was flying very fast and very low.

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06/27/19
f2
irl

O'Ward ready for F2 debut
Patricio O'Ward feels he is F1 material
Patricio O'Ward feels he is F1 material
Straight from IndyCar at Road America to the FIA F2 championship driving for MP Motorsport at the Red Bull Ring, Mexican 20-year-old Patricio O’Ward is having quite a week.

“It is red hot here this afternoon, burning!” exclaimed the Red Bull Junior in sun blessed Austria on Wednesday. “I've had a look round the track in a street car and what a beautiful place. A fabulous world class circuit of course. What really hit me was the changes of elevation round here, you don't get any idea on TV just how much that is.”

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06/27/19
f1

Hamilton warns Liberty against Silverstone axe
Hamilton at Silverstone
Hamilton at Silverstone
(GMM) Lewis Hamilton has warned Liberty Media that dropping Silverstone would be a very bad idea.

Historic Silverstone, the scene of the first ever world championship race, is in danger of losing the British grand prix after canceling its contract post-2019 for financial reasons.

World champion Hamilton praised Liberty for concluding new race deals in Vietnam and Zandvoort, but warned the F1 owner that it must also be "careful".

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06/27/19
f2

Schumacher admits second F2 season possible
Mick Schumacher, still too slow for F1
Mick Schumacher, still too slow for F1
(GMM) Mick Schumacher says he is prepared to do a second season in Formula 2.

The son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher arrived in the feeder series this year as the reigning European F3 champion, but only after a mid-year resurgence in his second year in the category.

And now, after moving into Formula 2, the 20-year-old is performing modestly at best, with his six recent consecutive failures to score points putting him just 15th in the standings.

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06/27/19
f1

F1's real battle is behind top three teams
Grosjean in the Haas in Barcelona
Grosjean in the Haas in Barcelona
(GMM) With Mercedes running away from Ferrari and Red Bull at the front, a fascinating battle for fourth place in 2019 is shaping up.

Currently occupying that fourth place in the constructors' championship is McLaren.

"We had a meeting with them and they themselves were a bit surprised at their level of performance," Cyril Abiteboul, the team boss at Renault, told Auto Hebdo.

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06/27/19
f1

Hartley is reserve driver for two F1 teams
Brendon Hartley
Brendon Hartley
(GMM) Brendon Hartley is now the reserve driver for not one but two Formula 1 teams.

Ousted by Toro Rosso at the end of last year, the New Zealander has been signed up to replace Fernando Alonso in Toyota's Le Mans program.

"My future with Toyota is amazing. That was landing on my feet," he told Speedcafe.

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06/27/19
f1

Mercedes F1's Bottas Reaping Benefits Of Season-Opening Victory
Bottas
Bottas
With eight of 21 races on the '19 F1 schedule in the books, several drivers have made interesting strides on social media, according to MVPindex. Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton remains the top-ranked driver with an MVPindex score of 0.973, followed by Red Bull's Max Verstappen (0.932).

An athlete's MVPindex score takes into account their level of reach, engagement, conversation and total number of followers. Nos. 3 and 4 on the list are two drivers who are no longer racing in F1: Nico Rosberg (0.926) and Fernando Alonso (0.910).

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06/26/19
irl

Castroneves optimistic Penske will give him another shot at Indy 500
Helio Castroneves
Helio Castroneves
Helio Castroneves is optimistic team owner Roger Penske will give him another chance to win the Indianapolis 500 for the fourth time next year.

Castroneves no longer races full-time in IndyCar after a nearly two-decade career with Penske that included Indy 500 wins in 2001, 2002 and 2009. He now drives for Penske’s IMSA sports car racing team, and Penske brought him back to IndyCar for the month of May the past two years.

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06/26/19
track news

Gateway unveils 2-mile road course
2.0-mile Gateway (Wide Technology Raceway)
2.0-mile Gateway road course (Wide Technology Raceway)
Wide Technology Raceway officials today unveiled the completion of its road course expansion. The multi-purpose motorsports venue is located just five miles from downtown St. Louis in Madison, Illinois.

This expansion, which was designed by Tony Cotman of NZR Consulting, expands the track from 1.6 miles to 2.0 miles in total distance.  In addition, the track enhancement creates a dynamic course configuration for the Formula Drift Series.

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06/26/19
nasmon

FOX Sports Delivers Viewership Increase for First Half of NASCAR season
FOX Sports wrapped its half of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season Sunday averaging 4,076,000 viewers, up +2% from last year’s 3,980,000, excluding weather-impacted races both years, according to Nielsen Media Research.
 
Among 11 FOX Sports 2019 races directly comparable to 2018 events, six scored viewership increases. For the season, the Nielsen U.S. Household Rating was up +3% (2.44 vs. 2.37).

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06/26/19
fe

Mercedes is back testing their Formula E car
Testing at Varano
Testing at Varano
Preparations for the entry of the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship are in full swing. Following the successful shakedown of the new Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 at Varano in late March, the team returned to the racetrack in Italy on 24 and 25 June for two days of testing.
 
Taking turns at the wheel of the car were Gary Paffett and Stoffel Vandoorne, each of whom completed two half days of testing. The team put in 218 laps over the two days. In the course of the test, the team gained valuable insights into the new power unit which is due to make its debut in the 2019/20 season starting in late November. 

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06/26/19
f1

Vettel: Hamilton and Mercedes are toying with everyone
Hamilton's car is so superior to the Ferrari, it's as fast as the Ferrari even if their tires are old and blistered while the Ferrari has brand new soft tires
Hamilton's car is so superior to the Ferrari, it's as fast as the Ferrari even if their tires are old and blistered while the Ferrari has brand new soft tires
Sebastian Vettel has said what most have been saying for some months now, Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes are simply in another league and have been for 5 straight year, the five-time World Champion toying with his rivals as he marches unhindered to a sixth title with a superior car.

After trouncing his rivals at the French Grand Prix, including teammate Valtteri Bottas, Hamilton is well ahead in the championship having won six times and finished second twice in the first eight races of this season. Vettel trails him by 76 points! 

Ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix weekend, with disappointing memories of France still fresh, Vettel told reporters, “Let’s stop kidding ourselves, Lewis is playing with us. I risked everything to do the fastest lap, but Lewis did the same lap time on worn and blistering tires.”

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06/26/19
f1

French Grand Prix Mercedes F1 Debrief
Mercedes strategist talks thru why they pitted Lewis Hamilton when they did, what happened to Valtteri Bottas at the end of the French Grand Prix and more with their Motorsport Strategy Director, James Vowles!



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06/26/19
irl

Portland IndyCar tickets on sale
Rossi dominated the 2018 Portland IndyCar race until he got the IndyCar yellow closed pits screw
Rossi dominated the 2018 Portland IndyCar race until he got the IndyCar yellow closed pits screw
Single day tickets for the Grand Prix of Portland go on sale Wednesday, June 26.

The Grand Prix featuring the NTT IndyCar Series is returning to Portland International Raceway over Labor Day weekend, August 30-September 1. Tickets are available at www.portlandgp.com or by calling 888-476-4479.

The Grand Prix weekend includes an action-packed schedule of racing, and single-day tickets start at $20 for General Admission, and $70 for Grandstand seats.

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06/26/19
f1

Wolff, Hamilton, also want 'more exciting races'
If Wolff wants better F1 races he needs to give his chassis design to all teams and let the manufacturers have at it in the engine compartment.
If Wolff wants better F1 races he needs to give his chassis design to all teams and let the manufacturers have at it in the engine compartment.
(GMM) Mercedes' increasing dominance of Formula 1 is now leading to "internet hate".

That is the concerned view of team boss Toto Wolff, who said Sebastian Vettel's controversial penalty in Canada recently led to a spate of online abuse.

"It's good to polarize," the Mercedes chief is quoted by Blick newspaper. "You can argue emotionally and heatedly. 

"But internet hate sometimes comes to a point where it turns into verbal abuse that becomes personal. That has no place in sport."

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06/26/19
f1

Renault has 'one of the best engines' - Prost
Alain Prost
Alain Prost
(GMM) F1 legend Alain Prost says Renault now has "one of the best engines in Formula 1".

At the end of last year, Renault and top-three F1 team Red Bull parted ways. Renault now has a single customer, McLaren, in addition to its works team.

And 2019 did not start very well.

"The beginning of the season was difficult," team advisor and quadruple world champion Prost admits.

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06/26/19
irl
nasmon
nhra

Final Weekend TV Ratings
IndyCar Ratings up big on NBC vs. NBCSN
IndyCar Ratings up big on NBC vs. NBCSN

The final weekend TV ratings are in and like we predicted, you put an IndyCar race on network TV (in this case NBC) and the ratings will dwarf NBCSN -- a bring real measurable value to all sponsors of the series.  The Road America race pulled a final 0.77 rating, up 350% over last year's rating on NBCSN and over 1.1 million viewers, up from just 322,000 last year on NBCSN.

Despite this being a fact for the past 10 years when races were on ABC, IndyCar still has more than 50% of its races on NBCSN whose low ratings bring near zero value to sponsors. 

NetEventLocationTotal
Viewers
18-49
Viewers
2019
TV Rating
2018
TV Rating
%Chg
FS1NASCAR Cup Race LSonoma2,478,000482,0001.511.44+4.86%
NBCIndyCar Race LRoad America1,104,000202,0000.77*0.22+350%
FS1NHRA FinalsNorwalk742,000148,0000.480.46+4.34%
ESPNF1 Race LFrance483,000194,0000.340.34+0.00%
FS1NASCAR Truck race LGateway449,000153,0000.280.37-24.3%


*NBCSN race

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06/26/19
f1

Zandvoort boss plays down Dutch GP doubts
Zandvoort
Zandvoort
(GMM) Zandvoort boss Robert van Overdijk has played down concerns about the circuit's place on the 2020 calendar.

Although a contract between the promoter and Liberty Media has been signed, Pirelli is not keen on Zandvoort's plans for an 18-degree banked corner.

And it is believed the race only has provisional status for 2020 until all of the other required circuit modifications are approved.

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06/26/19
f1

Wolff optimistic of finding seat for Ocon
Wolff may be blowing smoke up Ocon's posterior. The inn has no vacancies
Wolff may be blowing smoke up Ocon's posterior. The inn has no vacancies
(GMM) Toto Wolff says he is "very optimistic" Esteban Ocon will return to the F1 grid next year.

Ocon lost his race seat at Force India at the end of last year when Lawrence Stroll bought the team and signed up his son Lance.

Ocon, a 22-year-old Frenchman, is now Mercedes' reserve driver but Wolff, the Mercedes team boss, is working hard to find him a seat for 2020.

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06/26/19
f1

Refuelling return would not fix F1 - Horner
Horner
Horner
(GMM) F1 figures are not very enthusiastic about the idea of bringing refuelling back to the sport.

With Mercedes utterly dominating, many are wondering how Formula 1 should be spiced up ahead of the sweeping rule reforms for 2021.

Antti Aarnio-Wihuri, a former sponsor of Valtteri Bottas, told the Finnish media that he thinks bringing refuelling back to the pitstops would help.

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06/26/19
f1

Brawn: Mercedes could clinch 2019 F1 title by Monza
Ross Brawn sees Mercedes locking up title early
Ross Brawn sees Mercedes locking up title early
Ross Brawn says Formula 1 chiefs are acutely aware of the need for change in the sport, quipping that Mercedes could clinch the 2019 title by Monza in September.

Mercedes has remained atop the pile through Formula 1’s hybrid era and is in the midst of a 10-event unbeaten spell, stretching back to last year’s Brazilian Grand Prix, and now holds a 140-point lead over Ferrari in the standings.

The processional nature of the French Grand Prix raised further questions about the future of the sport, with victor Lewis Hamilton expanding on his feelings post-race.

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06/26/19
f1

Ferrari set to sacrifice straight line speed for downforce
Binotto's inferior design does not generate enough downforce and the Mercedes is destroying the Ferrari in the corners
Binotto's inferior Ferrari design does not generate enough downforce and the Mercedes is destroying the Ferrari in the corners

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto has confirmed the team will run a more downforce-heavy set-up in an attempt "to get the tires working", as the Italian team struggled to keep up with rivals Mercedes in France last weekend.

This week will be the first double-header of the F1 season, with the second of five races in the space of seven weeks coming on Sunday in Austria at the Red Bull Ring.

After not being anywhere near Mercedes' pace at Paul Ricard (although Charles Leclerc almost overtook Valtteri Bottas in the final lap), Ferrari know a few changes need to be made, as the F1 circus heads to Spielberg, a little under 700 miles away from Paul Ricard.

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06/26/19
irl

Unemployed IndyCar driver now does oil changes for living
Poor Gabby Chaves - out of work because the NBCSN TV ratings are so low he can't find a sponsor
Poor Gabby Chaves - out of work because the IndyCar NBCSN TV ratings are so low he can't find a sponsor
You've seen him behind the wheel of an IndyCar. Now Gabby Chaves is rolling up in a different vehicle, with a new business.

"You work so hard, you know, throughout the week, and then to only have, you know your valuable time that you should be spending at home with your family or, you know, your loved ones, you gotta sit two or three hours in a quick lube place waiting for your car to be serviced," said Chaves. 

Mobile Pitstop is taking over the Indianapolis area. Chaves and his business partner, Juan Piedrahita, come to your home to change your oil and service your vehicle.

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06/25/19
irl
f2

O'Ward makes first move away from IndyCar
O'Ward makes first move away from IndyCar
O'Ward makes first move away from IndyCar

Patricio O'Ward has already said his goal is F1, not IndyCar because there is very little sponsor money available in the IndyCar paddock given the low NBCSN TV ratings, and we now hear of his first shot at F2, one step below F1.

Red Bull-backed O'Ward is set to contest this weekend's Formula 2 races in Austria, replacing banned MP Motorsport driver Mahaveer Raghunathan.

Raghunathan reached 12 penalty points on his license for virtual safety car infringements in last weekend's Paul Ricard F2 round, meaning the team needed a new driver to slot in alongside its regular driver Jordan King. 

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06/25/19
nasmon

Trident Seafoods' Louis Kemp Brand Expands Partnership with FRM and Matt Tifft

Trident Seafoods, and its Louis Kemp brand will partner with Front Row Motorsports (FRM) and the No. 36 Ford Mustang team for four races this season. The company's Louis Kemp Crab Delights brand will serve as the primary sponsor of driver Matt Tifft at Chicagoland Speedway in June, New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July, the Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway in September, and Kansas Speedway in October.

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06/25/19
r2i

Lucas Oil School of Racing Named Official Driving School of the Road to Indy
Lucas Oil school cars
Lucas Oil school cars

Andersen Promotions today announced a long-term partnership with the Lucas Oil School of Racing which will see the leading driver training platform and race series become the Official Driving School of the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires through 2022. The alliance builds on the synergy already in place with the Lucas Oil School of Racing serving as a stepping stone to the Road to Indy driver development ladder.

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06/25/19
track news
nasmon

Al Garcia Named Homestead-Miami Speedway President
Al Garcia new Homestead-Miami Speedway President
Al Garcia new Homestead-Miami Speedway President
International Speedway Corporation (ISC), parent company of Homestead-Miami Speedway, announced today that Al Garcia has been promoted to president of the South Florida track.  Garcia replaces Matthew Becherer, who had served as the Speedway’s president since December 2009.  Becherer will now hold the role of Vice President of Consumer Sales for ISC at the company’s Daytona Beach headquarters.

“I am honored and humbled by this tremendous opportunity,” Garcia said.  “My dedication to Homestead-Miami Speedway and love for the South Florida community are things that have made working here the past 25 years as rewarding as what they have been.  Having had the chance to be a part of the rebuilding of Homestead following Hurricane Andrew, being able to continue my career at this level has always been a dream of mine.

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06/25/19
track news
nasmon

Becherer Leaving Homestead-Miami Speedway For ISC Role
Matthew Becherer
Matthew Becherer
International Speedway Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market: ISCA; OTC Bulletin Board: ISCB) (“ISC”) announced today that Matthew Becherer, President of Homestead-Miami Speedway, has been promoted to an ISC Officer as VP of Consumer Sales. Simultaneously, the Company announced that Al Garcia, Senior VP of Operations at Homestead-Miami Speedway, has been promoted to President of Homestead-Miami Speedway.

“Matt’s promotion is well deserved and is a reflection on the leadership skills that he has displayed within our company for the past 20 years,” stated John Saunders, President, ISC. “Through the work of him and his team, they have helped to elevate NASCAR’s Ford Championship Weekend to new heights, as it has grown in size and stature each year. His fan-first focus drives new ticket audiences and will help to grow admissions while ensuring that every fan who attends our races has a memorable experience.”

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06/25/19
automotive

Chain-Dragging Semi Sparks Brush Fire Incinerating $2.1 Million in Cars at CarMax


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06/25/19
f1

Media: "Formula 1 is as exciting as a herd of sheep."
A typical F1 race - the sheep parading behind Mercedes
A typical F1 race - the sheep parading behind Mercedes
(GMM) Lewis Hamilton is inching "closer and closer" to becoming a six-time world champion.

That is the view of Emerson Fittipaldi, a two-time F1 title winner whose grandson Pietro is now a Haas test driver.

After the French GP, which was dominated by Hamilton, the Brazilian said: "Each victory brings him closer and closer to winning his sixth world championship. 

"Luck can always change, but based on his performances and the upcoming races, Hamilton is the driver with the greatest chance of winning."

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06/25/19
f1

Hamilton not sure Wolff should be F1 CEO
Toto Wolff and his new son
Toto Wolff and his new son
(GMM) Lewis Hamilton says he is not so sure Toto Wolff should be F1's CEO.

It is believed that Liberty Media is pushing for Wolff to leave Mercedes and replace current chief executive Chase Carey after 2020.

"I don't believe there is a better manager than Toto within the whole of Formula 1, but as humans we can be biased," five time world champion Hamilton said.

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06/25/19
f1

Williams officially dismisses Paddy Lowe
Disgraced Paddy Lowe gone for good
Disgraced Paddy Lowe gone for good
Paddy Lowe, who has been on an extended leave of absence since 5 March, will be leaving Williams and will step down from the board of directors with immediate effect.

Paddy Lowe said: “After a period of careful reflection I have reached the decision that I will not return to work at Williams.

“I wish all my previous colleagues the very best to meet the challenges ahead, which I am sure they will do.  I would especially like to thank the Williams fans who are so supportive.”

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06/25/19
irl

DMACC Partners with Ganassi Racing and Iowa Speedway to Offer Internship
Chip Ganassi
Chip Ganassi
Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC)
, the largest undergraduate college in Iowa, is partnering with Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) and Iowa Speedway on a new internship program available exclusively to DMACC Automotive students.

DMACC students who are selected for the internship will spend 8-10 weeks at CGR Headquarters in Indianapolis, where they will have the opportunity to work on current NTT IndyCar Series and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship racecars alongside professional racing industry technicians. The application deadline is June 28. “This internship is an incredible opportunity for DMACC Automotive students who are passionate about racing and driven to work in the industry,” said Jerry Burns, DMACC Automotive Service Education Program (ASEP) and Automotive Technology Chairperson and Professor. “Careers in professional auto racing are very competitive, whether you’re a driver or an auto technician, and experience is key.

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06/25/19
irl

When Rossi wins, he dominates
Will Rossi still be wearing a Napa hat in 2020?
Will Rossi still be wearing a Napa hat in 2020? See rumors page
While he only has 7 wins in IndyCar in his young career, Alexander Rossi has shown he has the talent, the aggression and the intelligence to win many more. And except for the 2016 Indy 500 that he won on fuel mileage despite having the fastest car, his other 6 wins have been in dominating fashion:
  1. 2016 - Indy 500 - had fastest car, but blotched pitstop forced him to win on fuel mileage, turned fastest lap of race
  2. 2016 Watkins Glen - dominated
  3. 2017 Long Beach - dominated
  4. 2017 Mid-Ohio - dominated
  5. 2017 Pocono - dominated
  6. 2018 Long Beach - dominated
  7. 2018 Road America - dominated


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06/24/19
f1

French GP attendance down
Paul Ricard
Paul Ricard

This year's French Grand Prix went off without all the traffic troubles that were seen last year and for a second event it did pretty well, with a crowd of 135,000 over three days, compared to last year's 160,000.

The fans were treated to good racing in Formula 2 and Formula 3 but the Formula 1 race was the typical boring parade with Mercedes again running 1-2 and unchallenged, just the way the F1 race stewards want it. It's imperative that Lewis Hamilton, a Brit, break Michael Schumacher's (a German) record win total so the Brits can claim they are the best.

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06/24/19
usf2000

Alex Baron placed on indefinite probation
USF2000 driver Alex Baron is on probation indefinitely.

Violation of section 9.3.1. Improper Conduct - Any Member attempting to or engaging in unsportsmanlike conduct, unsafe conduct, or conduct detrimental to racing; INDYCAR / Andersen Promotions, whether during an Event or on/off the Track, may be subject to any or all penalties.



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06/24/19
irl

IndyCar Road America TV Rating
Rossi leads on lap 1. He was never headed.
Rossi leads on lap 1. He was never headed.
NBC earned a 0.9 overnight rating for yesterday's NTT IndyCar Series Rev Group GP at Road America, its highest ever overnight for an IndyCar race excluding the Indy 500.

No direct comp to recent editions, as they have been on NBCSN, but event got a 0.3 in '18 and a 0.4 in '17 .

OPINION - which proves all the IndyCar races should be on NBC. Over 1.2 million people watched yesterday's race. Contrast and compare that to NBCSN that hardly anyone watches. When sponsors hear NBCSN they run and hide.

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06/24/19
nasmon

NASCAR Sonoma TV Rating
Winner Martin Truex Jr.
Winner Martin Truex Jr.
FS1 earned a 1.53 overnight rating for yesterday's NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma, up 3% from a 1.48 last year.

Top three markets:
1) Charlotte: 4.8
1) Richmond: 4.8
3) Greenville: 4.7

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06/24/19
irl

IndyCar rookie drivers testing at Iowa Tuesday
Felix Rosenqvist will be testing
Felix Rosenqvist will be testing

The high-pitched whine of NTT IndyCar Series cars will again fill the air during a test at Iowa Speedway on Tuesday, June 25. And fans can watch for free. 

The drivers will be on hand to gather data in preparation for the NTT IndyCar Series Iowa 300 on July 20. RV Hill, perched high above the backstretch, will be open and free to those fans wishing to watch from 2:00-10:00 p.m. CDT.

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06/24/19
nhra

Erica Enders: My Back is Burning


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06/24/19
nasmon

Waltrip Bids Adieu At Sonoma After 19-Year Broadcasting Run
Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip
Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip
Fox' Darrell Waltrip called his final NASCAR race yesterday from Sonoma Raceway, telling his co-hosts and the television audience, “It’s a weekend I've dreaded but once I got here and all my friends and the things that all you guys have put together, that was fun.” 

Waltrip talked about a dinner he had with several colleagues from his broadcasting career, including his “buddy,” fellow analyst Jeff Gordon.

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06/24/19
f1

Haas may need to focus on 2020 car - Steiner
Steiner seen scratching his head for answers
Steiner seen scratching his head for answers
(GMM) Gunther Steiner says Haas will need to switch its full focus to designing a new car for 2020 if it cannot determine the reason for the team's situation.

All season, the American team's boss has pointed the finger at Pirelli's difficult-to-understand tires, as Haas is often fast but just as often struggling.

In France, Steiner said the Paul Ricard weekend was the worst in Haas' four seasons on the grid.

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06/24/19
f1

Verstappen asking Honda for more power
Verstappen dismayed
Verstappen dismayed
(GMM) Max Verstappen has called on Honda to keep on bringing more powerful engines to the grand prix circuits.

Red Bull's works engine partner surprised the F1 world by taking another update for its power unit to Paul Ricard.

But Verstappen observed that Renault, Red Bull's former supplier, is now taking obvious steps forwards.

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06/24/19
f1

Russell duel 'not very exciting' - Kubica
Kubica and Russell fight for last place in their inferior Paddy Lowe designed Williams
Kubica and Russell fight for last place in their inferior Paddy Lowe designed Williams
(GMM) Robert Kubica has played down the significance of his fight against teammate George Russell at Paul Ricard.

Until now, the Pole has been totally outclassed at Williams by his rookie teammate. There are rumors Kubica, 34, could be falling out with the team as he suggests Russell is getting superior equipment.

But at Paul Ricard, Kubica finally finished a race in front of Russell, following a wheel-to-wheel battle.

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06/24/19
f1

Wolff doesn't want son to be racing driver
Toto and Jack
Toto and Jack
(GMM) Toto Wolff says he would prefer if his son says no to a future in Formula 1.

Two years ago, the 47-year-old and his wife Susie, a former Williams test driver, welcomed their first child together into the world.

"I would hope that he does not become a racing driver," the Mercedes team boss admitted to Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

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06/24/19
f1

Bottas 'slept' in sluggish French GP - Wolff
Valtteri Bottas, a defeated man
Valtteri Bottas, a defeated man

(GMM) Toto Wolff has indicated Valtteri Bottas needs to put his foot back down on the throttle.

After a bad 2018, Bottas emerged this year with a new look, a new attitude and impressive new form.

But as the season reaches its mid-way point, Bottas is once again showing signs of slumping against a resurgent Lewis Hamilton and rumors Esteban Ocon could take his place for 2020.

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06/24/19
f1

Circuit to blame for boring French GP - Wolff (Wrong)
How wrong Toto Wolff is. The domination of the sport by Mercedes in the Aldo Costa era has made F1 races a parade
How wrong Toto Wolff is. The domination of the sport by Mercedes in the Aldo Costa era has made F1 races a parade
(GMM) At the checkered flag at Paul Ricard, many in F1 observed that the extremely boring race was indicative of the sport's core problems.

But Toto Wolff, boss of the dominant Mercedes team, thinks the Paul Ricard circuit is also to blame.

Currently, the teams are debating with Liberty Media and the FIA about the direction for the 2021 rules.

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06/24/19
f1

Hamilton era can 'annihilate' F1 - report
Both had Aldo Costa designed cars, but Hamilton will shatter Michael Schumacher's once thought unbeatable records
Both had Aldo Costa designed cars, but Hamilton will shatter Michael Schumacher's once thought unbeatable records

(GMM) Lewis Hamilton on Sunday said it is not his fault if this year's world championship is boring.

At Paul Ricard, the Briton continued to utterly dominate in a season also dominated by Mercedes. Even teammate Valtteri Bottas' early challenge to Hamilton seems now to be fading.

"A faster man won," a despondent Bottas said after the French GP.

The Finn wasn't the only despondent one. One reporter looked so down about the plight of F1 after the French GP that Hamilton observed: "You look so bored."

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06/24/19
f1

Todt says Schumacher condition 'private'
Jean Todt
Jean Todt
(GMM) Jean Todt insists the health condition of F1 legend Michael Schumacher is still "very private".

Schumacher, now 50, has not been seen publicly since he fell while skiing with his son Mick in the French Alps just after Christmas in 2013.

It is believed he has severe and lasting brain injuries, but only a very close circle of family and friends have any actual knowledge about the great German's state.

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06/23/19
nasmon

Charlotte modifies Roval Chicane
Modified Charlotte Chicane
Modified Charlotte Chicane
Amid ongoing preparations to become "ROVAL™-ready" for the second running of the historic Bank of America ROVAL 400 on Sept. 27-29, Charlotte Motor Speedway officials on Sunday announced groundbreaking changes to the 2.28-mile road course oval's backstretch chicane.

An expanded configuration of the challenging chicane will create additional passing opportunities and more side-by-side action - increasing the drama and raising the stakes throughout all 17 turns of the revolutionary course that will conclude the first round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. The chicane's original layout was 32 feet wide at its widest point, while the new version will be 54 feet at its widest point and will feature additional runoff areas which were unavailable in its first iteration.

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06/23/19
irl

Video: NTT IndyCar Series: Road America Race Highlights
On what appeared to be a record crowd for Road America, The REV Group Grand Prix presented by AMR may have been dominated by one driver, but there was plenty of action throughout the field.

Check out the highlights.

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06/23/19
r2i

Sunday Road to Indy race recap
Rinus VeeKay
Rinus VeeKay
Rinus VeeKay dominated Sunday's second race of the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires weekend at Road America. VeeKay (Juncos Racing) led from the pole position and was never threatened during the all-green, 20-lap race.

Ryan Norman, who won Saturday's race, finished second ahead of Andretti Autosport teammate Oliver Askew. Askew leads VeeKay by three points halfway through the 18-race season.

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06/23/19
f1

Perez gets the F1 screw for daring to race
Sergio Perez the latest to get the F1 screw - you don't race in F1, you parade
Sergio Perez the latest to get the F1 screw - you don't race in F1, you parade
Sergio Perez has said he does not understand why he was given a five-second penalty at the French Grand Prix.

The SportPesa Racing Point driver was handed a five-second time penalty on Lap 1 for apparently gaining an advantage when going off track, but he believes he was following the instructions issued prior to the race.

“I don’t understand why I got the penalty,” Perez told Motorsport.com. “I did what I’m supposed to do, which is to go around the bollard, and you are meant to go slower, but apparently I gained an advantage.

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06/23/19
f1

Ricciardo also gets the F1 screw for daring to race
Ricciardo the latest to get the F1 screw
Ricciardo the latest to get the F1 screw

The F1 Stewards proved once again they do not want real racing.  They want the drivers to parade and not race. His all-action approach made him one of the stars of the French Grand Prix, but Daniel Ricciardo will leave the French Riviera without a single point after the stewards at Circuit Paul Ricard handed him two post-race time penalties, dropping him from P7 to P11.

The Renault driver had an eventful race, recovering the two places he lost at the start to run eighth as the Grand Prix reached its conclusion.

But with McLaren’s Lando Norris slowed by a hydraulics problem ahead, Ricciardo smelt the chance of more points and reeled him in. Though Norris defended P7 valiantly, Ricciardo got a run on the approach the Mistral Chicane and attempted a pass around the outside.

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06/23/19
irl

Sunday Morning Report from Road America
Herta will lead the field
Herta will lead the field

It is race day at Road America.  The sun is shinning with temperatures around 60 degrees. The USF2000 series is the first race of many today and they just taken the green flag.  There is the possibility of rain and thunderstorms later this afternoon but it would be after the IndyCar race start time of 11:50 am local time.

There is no morning warmup for the IndyCars due to the rule change that if the series can test at a track, they would forgo the morning warmup on race day.  The teams did get extra time on Friday afternoon to for pit stop practice which also makes up for the 30 minute warm up.

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06/23/19
f1
irl

Hamilton sends message to F1, FIA: This is why I like IndyCar
If Lewis Hamilton wants to drive more challenging race cars he needs to come to IndyCar
If Lewis Hamilton wants to drive more challenging race cars he needs to come to IndyCar

Lewis Hamilton had a thinly veiled message to Formula 1 and the FIA as he watched IndyCar's qualifying for the Grand Prix at Road America, pointing out the stark differences between the Wisconsin track and the Circuit Paul Ricard, where Hamilton is racing this weekend at the French Grand Prix.

Having taken pole position in Le Castellet, Hamilton was tuning into IndyCar's qualifying session and shared some thoughts on Instagram. 

Many F1 drivers have expressed dissatisfaction with Paul Ricard's vast run-off areas, which are almost entirely concrete. Sebastian Vettel said the track was: "[A car park] with lines and curbs on it."

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06/23/19
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f2

Shwartzman wins F3, Anthoine Hubert wins F2, at Paul Ricard
Pedrod Piquet (Trident), Robert Shwartzman (PREMA Racing), Jehan Daruvala (PREMA Racing)
Pedro Piquet, Robert Shwartzman, and Jehan Daruvala
Shwartzman flawless in Le Castellet Race 2 win

Robert Shwartzman earned PREMA Racing their fourth win of the campaign thanks to a relentless drive from 7th on the grid, in the FIA Formula 3 Race 2 at the Circuit Paul Ricard. The Russian rose to the challenge his race-winning teammate Jehan Daruvala had set on Saturday with a magnificent drive that earned him his second win in four races. Trident’s Pedro Piquet was able to hold off the Indian and break up the PREMA dominance for second, with Daruvala forced to settle for third. 

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06/23/19
f1

Video: How do Braking Systems Work on a Formula One Car?
Mike Elliott
Mike Elliott
Mike Elliott, Mercedes F1 Technology Director for the Team, talks us through how the braking system works in an F1 car.

He covers how the various parts work individually and how they work together as a combined system.

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06/23/19
irl

IndyCar Series: Road America Video Qualifying Highlights
It was a historic run for Colton Herta as he edged Alexander Rossi for the NTT P1 Award at Road America and became the youngest pole sitter in INDYCAR history.

Here is a video summary.

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06/23/19
irl

Colton Herta knocking down IndyCar age records
Herta photo by Phil Abbott/IndyCar
After becoming the youngest race winner at COTA earlier this year, Colton Herta has became the youngest pole winner in IndyCar history when he topped qualifying for the Grand Prix at Road America.

At 19 years, 83 days, Herta broke the mark of 20 years and 90 days set by Graham Rahal in 2009 at St. Petersburg. Indycar put out this tweet:

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06/23/19
f1

Dominant Hamilton says Bottas battle still interesting
With his superior car, Lewis Hamilton knows he only has to beat his inferior teammate Bottas
With his superior car, Lewis Hamilton knows he only has to beat his inferior teammate Bottas
(GMM) Lewis Hamilton says his battle with teammate Valtteri Bottas is still interesting.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel could not put up a challenge to the dominant Mercedes cars in qualifying at Paul Ricard, but Hamilton hopes Charles Leclerc - third - can be fast on Sunday.

"I'm looking forward to a race with this one," Hamilton, standing next to the young Monaco-born driver, said on Saturday.

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06/23/19
f1

Williams denies supplying better car to Russell
Claire Williams denies the allegations
Claire Williams denies the allegations
(GMM) Claire Williams has denied the struggling British team is not giving Robert Kubica equal equipment in 2019.

Kubica, dead last in almost every session this season, has hinted numerous times that he thinks teammate George Russell is driving a fundamentally different car.

The Pole was half a second from Russell in Paul Ricard qualifying.

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06/23/19
f1

2020 F1 winter testing to stay in Barcelona
Winter testing at Barcelona
Winter testing at Barcelona
(GMM) Pre-season testing will continue to take place in Barcelona next winter.

There are often suggestions that some teams would prefer the limited pre-season running occur in a country with a warmer and more predictable climate.

But team bosses met at Paul Ricard and decided that if the circuit fees do not increase, Barcelona will remain the winter testing host.

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06/23/19
f1

McLaren leaving Alonso era in the past
Alonso at Indy, the moment he decided he was done with McLaren
The moment Alonso was bumped  at Indy, was the moment he decided he was done with McLaren
(GMM) McLaren appears to be moving on from the Fernando Alonso era.

In recent days, team supremo Zak Brown said there is no room for the Spaniard in 2020 because McLaren is happy with Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris.

And the reserve driver role has just been filled by Sergey Sirotkin.

"Fernando cannot attend all the races and perform the duties of a reserve driver," explained new McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl. 

"We work closely with Renault already, and Sergey will come to all the remaining races of the championship, so for us it was easy to sign the agreements just in case."

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06/23/19
f1

Sirotkin to keep Renault, McLaren secrets
Sergey Sirotkin
Sergey Sirotkin
(GMM) Sergey Sirotkin has vowed to keep the respective secrets of the Renault and McLaren teams to himself.

The Russian, already Renault's reserve driver, has now been signed by Renault-powered McLaren in the same role.

"The work is similar in both teams," Sirotkin told Russia's Championat at Paul Ricard.

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06/23/19
irl
f1

Proof IndyCars require far more talent than F1
Watch Alexander Rossi's hands as he corners in his IndyCar Saturday at Road America.

It's like fighting a raging bull.

Compare that to any in-car video of an F1 driver. Their hands hardly move, it's like a Sunday drive with Grandma Tilly.

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06/23/19
f1

Pirelli not keen on banked corner for Dutch GP
Pirelli's Mario Isola
Pirelli's Mario Isola
(GMM) Pirelli says it would prefer if Zandvoort scrapped plans for a steeply banked corner for next year's Dutch GP.

Zandvoort race organizers are planning for spectacular 18-degree banking at the final Arie Luyendyk corner.

"I'd rather if they didn't," Pirelli's Mario Isola told the Dutch publication Formule 1. "We will have to find a solution."

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06/23/19
f1

Verstappen did not want Hamilton practice penalty
Verstappen did not push to have F1's 'pet' driver penalized knowing he may be his teammate soon
Verstappen did not push to have F1's 'pet' driver penalized knowing he may be his teammate soon
(GMM) Max Verstappen did not push for Lewis Hamilton to be punished for an incident in practice for the French GP.

While the stewards prepared to rule on the Sebastian Vettel time penalty review, they also had to look into whether Hamilton should be penalized at Paul Ricard for unsafely returning to the track in front of Verstappen.

Verstappen's Red Bull boss Dr Helmut Marko said that if the stewards acted consistently, they would penalize Hamilton just as harshly as Vettel was in Canada.

But he also admitted that when meeting with the stewards, Verstappen did not push for a penalty.

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06/23/19
f1

Steward went to police after Canada GP 'threats'
Race Steward Emanuele Pirro
Race Steward Emanuele Pirro
(GMM) Former F1 driver Emanuele Pirro has hit out at the "ugly media attack" and "personal threats" that followed the Canadian GP.

Italian Pirro, who raced 40 times until 1991, was one of the stewards who gave Sebastian Vettel the highly controversial penalty that cost him victory in Montreal.

"I think my life changed in Canada and it will never be like it was before," the 57-year-old told Italian radio Rai.

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06/23/19
f1

Grosjean laments lack of Magnussen upgrade
Grosjean got screwed by his own team at his home race
Grosjean got screwed by his own Haas team at his home race
(GMM) Romain Grosjean has revealed he is not enjoying equal equipment with his Haas teammate Kevin Magnussen.

Neither of the pair are competitive at Paul Ricard, as they lament the Pirelli tire problems that have plagued the American team's 2019 season.

"We do not have a car that works well," Frenchman Grosjean said at his home race.

"For me, this has been the case for two weekends. I do not have the evolution of the rear suspension that Kevin has already. Here, it is really costing me."

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06/23/19
f1

FIA closes technical rules loopholes
Lewis Hamilton pulls the unbeatable Mercedes out of the garage
Lewis Hamilton pulls the unbeatable Mercedes out of the garage
(GMM) The FIA has moved to close new loopholes in the technical regulations.

Auto Motor und Sport says the implication of the seven new technical directives issued before Paul Ricard is that teams were exploiting the existing rules.

One involves the rear wing, specifying the way the main plane should be bolted to the endplates. The implication is that some teams' wings were overly flexing.

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06/23/19
ip2000

Kirkwood Remains Perfect at Road America With Indy Pro 2000 Win
Kyle Kirkwood
Kyle Kirkwood
Kyle Kirkwood has raced just three times at Road America during his short career, but the native of Jupiter, Fla., is now three-for-three following an exemplary performance in this afternoon’s Cooper Tires Indy Pro 2000 Grand Prix of Road America Powered by Elite Engines.

Kirkwood, a double winner last year en route to a dominant Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship title, was chased home by unheralded but impressive RP Motorsports USA teammate Ian Rodriguez, from Guatemala. Polesitter Parker Thompson (Abel Motorsports), from Red Deer. Alb., Canada, had to settle for third place at the conclusion of a dramatic 15-lap race following a pair of full-course cautions.

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06/23/19
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Sunday TV Times
All times Eastern
Sunday, June 23LocationTV TimesNetwork
Superbike Championship #1Misano2:30am-3:30am (R)beIN Sports
Formula EBern7:30am-8:30am (6/22)FS1
Superbike Championship #2Misano7:55am-9:10am (L)beIN Sports
Formula 1 Pitlane LivePaul Ricard7:30am-8:30am (L)ESPN3
Formula 1- On The GridPaul Ricard8:30am-9:05am (L)ESPN
Formula 1 - RacePaul Ricard9:05am-11:00am (L)ESPN
IndyCar - Pre-RaceRoad America12:00pm-12:30pm (L)NBC
IndyCar - RaceRoad America12:30pm-2:30pm (L)NBC
IndyCar - Post-RaceRoad America2:30pm-3:00pm (L)NBC
NASCAR Cup - RaceDaySonoma2:00pm-3:00pm (L)FS1
NASCAR Cup - RaceSonoma3:00pm-6:30pm (L)FS1
NHRA FinalsNorwalk6:30pm-8:30pm (SD)FS1
Formula 1 Race ReplayPaul Ricard7:00pm-9:00pm (SD/R)ESPNews
Formula 1 Race ReplayPaul Ricard10:00pm-Midnight (SD/R)ESPN2
Superbike Championship #2Misano9:30pm-10:30pm (SD/R)beIN Sports

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