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06/25/15
autogp

Auto GP series is toast
The open wheel racing mental midgets around the world cannot figure out that there are too many series, and they are eating each other's lunch. Eventually the sport will collapse from its own stupidity
Auto GP organizers have confirmed they will suspend the 2015 season, starting with this weekend’s Paul Ricard round, due to the low number of entries.

Although the 2014 season ended with 10 cars, the new season kicked off at the Hungaroring with one less participant despite the category joining forces with the FA1 series over the winter.

The size of the grid was reduced even more in the second round at Silverstone as Johnny Cecotto and Leonardo Pulcini both discontinued their participation.

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06/25/15
f1

Austrian F1 GP TV Rating (Update) UPDATE In the USA NBCSN's live telecast of the Austrian GP earned a miniscule 0.37 rating, with an average audience of 525,000 viewers.  No USA drivers in a winning car so Americans have little interest. Ferrari would be wise to put Alexander Rossi in place of Raikkonen instead of Bottas.  What is more important to F1 and it manufacturers and sponsors, Finland or the USA?

06/23/15 German free-to-air TV channel RTL "recorded nearly 5 million viewers for its broadcast of the Austrian F1 Grand Prix on Sunday," according to the SID. An average of 4.81 million viewers tuned in to watch Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg celebrate his third victory of the season. RTL obtained a market share of 32.7% for its race coverage, which started at 2pm (SID, 6/22).

DWDL's Alexander Krei reported German pay-TV operator Sky drew a record 440,000 viewers for its broadcast of the race, the channel's best viewership of the season. The number translated into a market share of 3.3% in the target demographic 14-49. DWDL

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06/25/15
nassprint

NHTSA Named Title Sponsor of NASCAR Pole Day
Sonoma Raceway and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will highlight the importance of tire safety this weekend during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend in Sonoma.

NHTSA, which was established by the Highway Safety Act of 1970, will serve as title sponsor of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying for “Drive for Safety Pole Day” on Saturday, June 27. NHTSA is dedicated to achieving the highest standards of excellence in motor vehicle and highway safety and works daily to help prevent crashes and their attendant costs, both human and financial.

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06/25/15
fe

Alex Fontana gets Trulli call-up
Alex Fontana will replace Vitantonio Liuzzi at Trulli for the Visa London ePrix at Battersea Park this weekend.

The 22-year-old Swiss driver – who is a former member of the Lotus F1 junior team – gets his opportunity in the double-header season one finale as Liuzzi is in Super GT action.

Fontana was the F3 Open champion in 2011. He was a race winner in Formula Two a year later and has been in GP3 since 2013, taking three podiums and two fastest laps. This season he also made a one-off appearance in Formula-Renault 3.5.

FIA Formula E

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06/25/15
irl

Odds to win the MAVTV 500
Your 2014 MAVTV 500 podium
Below, are odds to win this weekend's MAVTV 500 courtesy of Bovada Sportsbook. 

As you would expect, the betting favorites come from the Penske and Ganassi stables, led by 2013 Fontana winner Will Power. In both of the previous 2015 oval races, the Penske and Ganassi teams swept the top-four finishing positions, and led an overwhelming percentage of the laps. No reason the 4 Penskes along with the top-two Ganassi cars (Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan) shouldn't be the favorites.

As for someone AR1 likes (of course, for recreational purposes only)?

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06/25/15
nassprint

AR1 in California
Brian Carroccio will be at Sonoma Raceway this weekend covering the Toyota/Save Mart 350
Greetings everyone. Brian C. writing you from a very hot and very dry Woodbridge, CA, where I've spent the past few days visiting family. For those of you wondering, this would be family of the in-law variety as my wife is a California native. 

Of course, both the Verizon IndyCar Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series are in the Golden State this weekend. IndyCar is at Auto Club Speedway for the MAVTV 500. Lucille Dust, who is currently en route to Southern California on the AR1 Gulfstream, will have you covered this weekend on the IndyCar side.

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06/25/15
motogp

MotoGP: 1-2 for Pedrosa and Marquez
Dani Pedrosa
Fresh from his podium finish in Catalunya, Dani Pedrosa was immediately fast out of the box in this morning’s FP1 session – which he led for the majority – ending up third fastest with his time of 1’34.570 (lap 19/19). Dani did an exhaust comparison today and worked on various setups on his Honda RC213V machine, improving his time in the afternoon by over a second with his record breaking lap of 1’33.450 (lap 18/20), beating Casey Stoner’s record pole lap in 2012 of 1’33.713.

Despite a small crash on his out lap this morning (turn thirteen), Marc Marquez was able to press the reset button and continue his work as normal aboard the 2014 specification chassis – with updated 2015 swing arm and exhaust. This afternoon, Marc also improved significantly from FP1 (1’34.552 lap 17/20) with his time of 1’33.589 also under Casey’s time, finishing second behind teammate Dani.

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06/25/15
nassprint

Toyota/Save Mart 350 weekend schedule
Friday, June 26– Great Clips Fast Friday Racing Schedule

8 a.m.                                Spectator gates open

9:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.      Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA Practice

10:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.    NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Practice

Noon – 1:55 p.m.            Great Clips Fast Friday NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.                  NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Final Practice

3:05 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.        Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA Practice

3:30 p.m. – 4:55 p.m.      Great Clips Fast Friday NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final Practice

5:10 p.m. – 5:40 p.m.        Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA Qualifying

SATURDAY, June 27 - NHTSA Drive for Safety Pole Day Racing Schedule

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06/25/15
irl

Ed Carpenter looks to turn California dreams into reality
Ed Carpenter
To borrow from the 1966 hit song by the Mama's and the Papa's, Ed Carpenter has been spending a lot of California Dreamin' lately – of Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

Carpenter has made just two starts thus far this season, both on oval tracks. Unfortunately, mishaps caused him to fail to finish both races.

He crashed in last month's Indianapolis 500 and finished 30th in the 33-car field.

Then earlier this month at Texas, the Indianapolis native suffered engine problems and finished 22nd.

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06/25/15
nassprint

NASCAR Technical Institute prepares for Chrysler partnership
Though Mooresville's for-profit technical institute bears the name NASCAR, only about 20 percent of its graduates go on to work in racing. Most head to careers as auto technicians at car dealerships. Because of a new partnership forged between the school's parent company, Universal Technical Institute, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, students at the Mooresville campus will now be able to take part in specialized training from all three of America's major auto manufacturers. "It gives students confidence that major manufacturers are investing in our program," NASCAR Technical Institute President Jennifer Bergeron said in an interview.

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06/25/15
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • David Coulthard is delusional thinking Rosberg can beat Hamilton
    Takeover could 'make things happen' in F1
  • F1 grid 'still has characters' - Wolff
  • Williams, Bottas quiet amid Ferrari rumors
  • 2015 struggle might hurt 2016 'soon' - Boullier
  • Rosberg can beat Hamilton to title - Coulthard
  • No more 'fake pace' from Ferrari


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06/25/15
irl

New sponsor for Dixon in Fontana
Dixon's Fontana Livery
Unilever will sponsor Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 9 car this weekend driven by three-time Verizon IndyCar Series Champion Scott Dixon with its Degree brand and their 6-week Degree Get Moving Challenge. The car will debut at Auto Club Speedway this weekend in Fontana, Calif. for Round 11 of the championship. The #GetMoving program challenges consumers for six weeks from July to August with fitness activities ranging from cardio kickboxing to full-sprint workouts, resulting in prizes including VISA gift cards, Men’s and Women’s Health subscriptions, workout attire, and a destination trip for a one-on-one workout session with celebrity trainer and transformation pro Chris Powell.

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06/24/15
track news

Track president Roger Curtis speaks at an Australian sports summit
MIS President Roger Curtis
Michigan International Speedway's reputation for guest services has worldwide reach.

Track president Roger Curtis served as keynote speaker at the 2015 Sports Fan Summit in Sydney this week, sharing the racetrack's commitment to creating lasting memories for every person, every time with participants from around the world of sports.

This Australian summit in its eighth year is regarded as the premier sports marketing event in the Southern Hemisphere, offering analysis from elite international speakers from some of the most highly regarded organizations in the world. Curtis was among speakers from the NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS and USA Rugby.

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06/24/15
irl
tv news

IndyCar TV times on NBCSN for this weekend's MAVTV 500
This weekend's NBCSN IndyCar coverage begins on Friday at midnight ET with qualifying. NBCSN's presentation continues on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET with live race coverage.

NBC Sports Group's lead IndyCar play-by-play voice Leigh Diffey will call the MAVTV 500, alongside analyst and former race mechanic for the Benetton F1 team Steve Matchett, and analyst and former driver Paul Tracy. Robin Miller, Jon Beekhuis, Kevin Lee and Kelli Stavast will handle pit reporting duties.

Following is this week's motorsports coverage schedule on NBCSN:

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06/24/15
irl

Montoya, Power Earn ESPY Nominations
Will Power
Will Power
Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power and recently-crowned Indianapolis 500 champion Juan Pablo Montoya headline the Best Driver category for the 23rd ESPY Awards.

Celebrities from sports and entertainment will convene July 15 at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles to commemorate the past year in sports by recognizing major sports achievements, reliving unforgettable moments and saluting the leading performers and performances. The ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) awards were first presented in 1993.

"Look at the list of former winners of the 'Best Driver' category and you can see that it is quite an honor just to be nominated," said Montoya, who also won the Indy 500 in 2000 and has victories in Formula One and NASCAR. "What's amazing is that I have raced against almost everyone on that list of former ESPY winners. I love the Verizon IndyCar Series and I think we have the best racing in the world. It's important for us to have ESPN acknowledge our accomplishments."

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06/24/15
irl

Scott Dixon Teleconference
Scott Dixon
Scott Dixon
Verizon IndyCar Series driver Scott Dixon was the guest on the INDYCAR media teleconference to discuss this weekend's MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway. 

Q. What are your thoughts on the season so far?  You're third in points, but you are a little bit behind the Penske duo of Juan Pablo Montoya and Will Power. You're usually strong in the second half. Heading to Fontana, do you think you are in position to contend for another series title?  

SCOTT DIXON: Yeah, you hope so. I think with how the season's gone, the No. 9 Target car has been strong in just about every scenario. We've had some pretty sore races I think with St. Pete, the mechanical issue there with the airjacks. Then New Orleans was kind of the non-race there. Toronto was a bit of a bummer, I think, with strategy and just how we ended up there. I think we could have capitalized on a good points-ending day there.

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06/24/15
irl

Downforce to Compensate for Forecast High Temps at MAVTV 500
The superspeedway aerodynamic configuration for the MAVTV 500 on June 27 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., will remain as written in the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook.

The rear wing mainplane angle must be set between 0 degrees and -10.5 degrees for the 250-lap race on the 2-mile, D-shaped oval with 14 degrees of banking in the turns. It was -6 degrees to -10.5 degrees for the race June 6 on the 1.5-mile, high-banked Texas Motor Speedway oval.

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06/24/15
irl

Take the latest AR1 poll (Update) UPDATE Reminder to take the poll, if you have not already, before the poll closes soon. Results so far:

Fixing IndyCar
What is the #1 thing IndyCar should do to turn the sport around?
Sell the series to NASCAR (64) 1%
Make the engines scream (5207) 54%
Get all races off NBCSN and onto ABC (2209) 23%
Give the cars 1,000 HP (151) 2%
Make the cars look awesome again (699) 7%
Get the NCAA to recognize go-kart racing as a sport (1241) 13%
Fix the ugly paint schemes on most of the cars (107) 1%
Total Votes: 9678

















06/23/15 Our latest poll has been running for a few days and the question is - what can IndyCar do to make the series popular again?  Please take the poll on our home page.

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06/24/15
f1

Austria test Day 2 - Mercedes continues to dominate
Rosberg smiling at Mercedes' sheer dominance
Nico Rosberg

Monday and Tuesday were two long days waiting for better weather, so today was important as there are only four test days during the season now. Luckily, the track was consistent and we could try a lot of different things. We had a gearbox issue just before lunch but luckily it didn't really cost us any time as we could work on it during the break and the guys did a great job to get me back out there so quick, so thank you to them for that. It was an intense program but we got through everything and learned a lot. We started with was some aero work then spent time looking at tires and a few mechanical things like spring settings. We also ran a stiff setup in preparation for Silverstone, which will be useful for next week. The car felt good with that so I'm sure we will be strong at the next race. It's a very fast track and you have to drive it very hard. But that sort of content - high-speed corners needing good downforce - is a specialty of this car, so I'm feeling confident.

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06/24/15
irl

Montoya and Power nominated for an ESPY
Penske teammates Will Power and Jan Pablo Montoya have been nominated for an ESPY
Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power and recently-crowned Indianapolis 500 champion Juan Pablo Montoya headline the Best Driver category for the 23rd ESPY Awards.

Celebrities from sports and entertainment will convene July 15 at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles to commemorate the past year in sports by recognizing major sports achievements, reliving unforgettable moments and saluting the leading performers and performances. The ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) awards were first presented in 1993.

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06/24/15
irl

MAVTV 500 entry list
Tony Kanaan takes the checkered flag in last season's MAVTV 500
Below, is the entry list or this weekend's MAVTV 500 Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA.

NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing driver Tony Kanaan scored the win last year, leading teammate Scott Dixon last year in a Ganassi one-two finish. Reigning series champion Will Power (2013) and Ed Carpenter (2012) are other former winners in the field.

Team Penske's Helio Castroneves won pole for last year's race. The Brazilian is a three-time pole winner at the track. Entry list below...

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06/24/15
nassprint

Darlington to host Goodyear test next week
Goodyear officials will return to Darlington Raceway in South Carolina on Tuesday, June 30, for a one-day tire test, approximately three weeks after an initial single-day test at the 1.366-mile track.

Scheduled to take part in the test are the teams of Brad Keselowski (Team Penske, Ford), Tony Stewart (Stewart-Haas Racing, Chevrolet) and Matt Kenseth (Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota).

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06/24/15
nassprint

Toyota/Save Mart 350 Entry List
Carl Edwards celebrates victory last season at Sonoma Raceway
Below, is the entry list for this weekend's Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway.  It will be the 27th time NASCAR's top division has run on the 1.99-mile 10-turn

Joe Gibbs Racing's Carl Edwards won the 2014 race driving for Roush Fenway Racing. Hendrick Motorsports' Jeff Gordon is the all-time leading winner at Sonoma Raceway with five victories. Jamie McMurray of Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates is the track-record holder. McMurray won pole for last year's race with a lap of 1:14.354.

Entry list....

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06/24/15
nassprint

Odds to win Toyota/Save Mart 350
Jeff Gordon - the betting favorite to win this weekend's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway
Below, courtesy of Bovada Sports Book Las Vegas are betting odds to win this weekend's Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway. Five-time Sonoma winner Jeff Gordon, who was born in nearby Vallejo, CA has the best odds at 5/1. 

As for someone AR1 likes?

Obviously, drivers like Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and Martin Truex Jr. are favorites for a reason. But if you're looking for good value, 66/1 strikes us as a pretty good deal for Kyle Larson. The 2014 Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year has shown his prowess in road racing events before, and you have to think this weekend's Sonoma race may present Larson with an opportunity to score that breakthrough victory.  Odds below.

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06/24/15
irl

Versatility key to becoming Verizon IndyCar Series champion
The greatest IndyCar drivers - like Mario Andretti - won in NASCAR, F1 and Sportscars. That is what AR1 calls a truly great versatile driver. Juan Montoya fits that bill today.
There is not a more versatile racing series in the world than the Verizon IndyCar Series, and that’s been a trademark of American open-wheel racing for some time.

On Saturday, Auto Club Speedway will host the fourth MAV TV 500 on the fastest track in the series. It'll be the third oval race this season, following the Indianapolis 500 and the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway. Of the remaining five events on the schedule, three will be on ovals.

There have been 10 IndyCar races leading to Fontana, the majority of them on street courses (St. Petersburg, Long Beach, two in Detroit and Toronto).

No other series comes close to the variety of competitive venues. NASCAR does vary from its usual oval stock car races for a pair of Sprint Cup road races, but no other discipline ventures from its traditional roots.

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06/24/15
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Merhi needs a bigger check to ensure he has bought a fulltime F1 backmarker ride
    McLaren-Honda will 'make things right' - Alonso
  • Italian chief 'not fond' of Imola plans
  • Hamilton made 'mistakes' in Austria - Mercedes
  • Radical Williams winglet 'not legal'
  • Ferrari not giving up on catching Mercedes
  • Merhi admits still looking for sponsor
  • Horner says Brawn should write new F1 rulebook
  • Kaltenborn: Allow trio to catch up
  • Alonso: I lost motivation at Ferrari

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06/24/15
irl

Hunter-Reay down but not out (Update) UPDATE Correction: The original article says: '…The last three years, he has earned six podium finishes…'. In fact, in the last three years Hunter-Reay has earned eighteen (18) podium finishes, at least three podium finishes each year for the last three years, nine of which were wins.....that was until this year's Honda. It just cannot beat the Chevys.

2012

1. St. Pete 3rd
2. Brazil 2nd
3. Milwaukee 1st
4. Iowa 1st
5. Toronto 1st
6. Baltimore 1st

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06/24/15
f1

Lauda: The Untold Story - F1 Formula 1 Trailer
In 1976 Niki Lauda survived one of the most famous crashes in Formula One history. Using previously unseen footage, LAUDA: THE UNTOLD STORY explains what happened on that fateful, and near fatal day at the Nurburgring, then follows Lauda's courageous journey to recovery culminating in a miraculous comeback in Monza just weeks later.

Two years after Niki Lauda's miraculous story was depicted in Ron Howard's Rush, a new documentary takes a closer look. Formula One's most famous survivor talks to Susan Griffin about the aftermath of the accident and whether the sport is any safer today

Formula One might still seem like a dangerous sport, but the dangers faced by drivers today are nothing compared to those four decades ago. Back then, they knew when they revved away from the grid, there was a 20% chance they wouldn't make it back alive.

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