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06/28/18
f2

F2 adds extra practice session in Austria
The new car has had clutch issues
The new car has had clutch issues
Formula 2 has arranged an additional practice session for this weekend’s round at the Red Bull Ring, in order to assist drivers with practice starts.

The clutch system on the new-for-2018 F2/18 car initially caused problems, with several drivers stalling across the opening rounds of the championship.

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06/28/18
irl

Iowa oval unsettles Wickens
Robert Wickens
Robert Wickens
(via IndyCar.com) Oval tracks haven’t seemed to faze Verizon IndyCar Series rookie sensation Robert Wickens this year, but even he was taken back with his first experience at Iowa Speedway.

Wickens, driver of the No. 6 Lucas Oil Honda for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, was among 13 drivers participating in team testing Wednesday on the bullring oval ahead of next week’s Iowa Corn 300, the 11th race on the 2018 schedule.

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06/28/18
irl

Andretti team sets dizzying times in Iowa test
Hunter-Reay in 2016 at Iowa
Hunter-Reay in 2016 at Iowa
It's enough to make any fan dizzy after about 50 laps. Former Iowa Speedway race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay led an Andretti Autosport 1-2-3-4 during a test on Wednesday at the around the 0.875-mile oval in Iowa. Unofficial Times:
  1. Hunter-Reay (17.72s)
  2. Alexander Rossi (17.75s)
  3. Marco Andretti (17.77s)
  4. Zach Veach (17.80s)
  5. Josef Newgarden (17.84s)
  6. Will Power (17.86s)
  7. Simon Pagenaud (17.91s)


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06/28/18
nasx

Brennan Poole Sues Chip Ganassi Racing in Sponsorship Dispute
Chip Ganassi
Chip Ganassi
Former NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Brennan Poole is suing his former employer, Chip Ganassi Racing, and his agency, Spire Sports & Entertainment, citing a conspiracy to pull sponsor DC Solar up to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

According to a complaint filed in North Carolina Superior Court (and reported by ESPN), Poole brought the DC Solar sponsorship to CGR for a half-season schedule in 2015 for $2.5 million, followed by full seasons in 2016 and 2017 for $5.2 millio and $5.5 million, respectively.

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06/28/18
irl

FAST FORWARD: 2018 IndyCar Road America
30-minute highlight reel of the Kohler GP at Road America



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06/28/18
racing news

BorgWarner Brings Racing Legends to the Goodwood Festival of Speed
The Borg Warner is going to Goodwood.
The Borg Warner is going to Goodwood.
BorgWarner is bringing its famous Borg-Warner Trophy– known from America's biggest race, the Indianapolis 500 – to the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Taking place at Goodwood House, West Sussex, England, from July 12 to 15, 2018, visitors will be able to experience motorsport's greatest pioneers as well as iconic two- and four-wheelers. First held in 1993, the festival quickly established itself as a celebration of motorsports and car culture. This year's theme, "Festival of Speed – The Silver Jubilee," offered the perfect opportunity to display the sterling silver Borg-Warner Trophy. Celebrating the winners of "the Greatest Spectacle in Racing," the renowned trophy features the image of every winner of the Indianapolis 500.

"We are thrilled to make our debut at the renowned Goodwood Festival of Speed by bringing the Borg-Warner Trophy to town," said Scott Gallett, Vice President, Marketing, Public Relations, Communications and Government Affairs. "With winners such as British racing legend Graham Hill, the Borg-Warner Trophy is not only linked to American motorsports, but also to British racing history. Since the Goodwood Festival of Speed celebrates the love of racing, it is an ideal opportunity to present the Borg-Warner Trophy to racing fans."

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06/28/18
nhra

Electric-car class coming to NHRA
The silent Tesla Roadster could soon be an NHRA competitor
The silent Tesla Roadster could soon be an NHRA competitor
Someday, the drag strip will fall silent as the first set of electric dragsters lines up. The NHRA stopped short of setting a specific date, but the body will one day welcome electric racers.

Glen Cromwell, current president of the NHRA, confirmed the governing body includes electric drag racing in its future marketing mix, and discussions have already begun with numerous automaker brands. Ford, Chevrolet, Toyota, and Dodge have all been a part of the conversation, according to a Monday Autoweek report.

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06/28/18
lmesa

United Autosports To Enter Asian Le Mans Series
Asian LeMans race dates
Asian LeMans race dates
United Autosports have confirmed they will enter the 2018/2019 Asian Le Mans Series as both their LMP2 and LMP3 teams enter two Ligier sports cars each.

The reigning European LMP3 Champions will field two Ligier JS P3s in the Asian series, which visits Shanghai, Fuji, Buriram and Sepang. United Autosports LMP2 team who finished second in the 2017 ELMS and third at Le Mans this year will run two Ligier JS P2s.

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06/28/18
racing news

Kalkhoven to float Cosworth in 2019 (Update)
Kevin Kalkhoven looks to take Cosworth public in 2019
Kevin Kalkhoven continues to diversify Cosworth

UPDATE Cosworth is opening a new manufacturing facility in Michigan, ahead of an initial public offering (IPO) in the next year or two.

The US facility is one of three milestones Cosworth hopes to achieve before the IPO. Another will be to have a solid-state lidar product for autonomous vehicles on the market. That product will prove key to Cosworth's future as it moves away from a motorsport focus and more towards powertrain, electronic and sensor technology for future road cars. As well as the US factory, Cosworth is aiming to build a presence in Asia too.

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06/28/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • No German GP in 2019. Promoters lose too much money on F1 if they do not have government backing
    No German GP in 2019. Promoters lose too much money on F1 if they do not have government backing
    Hockenheim not on 2019 calendar
  • F1 set to announce new engine rules
  • Red Bull will remain strong with Honda - Alonso
  • Red Bull 'closer' to Ricciardo deal - Marko
  • Austrian Grand Prix: Resurgent Hamilton starts favorite
  • Pirelli announces tire choices for Monza

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06/27/18
irl

Fittipaldi tests in go-kart, prepares for return
Pietro Fittipaldi
Pietro Fittipaldi
For the first time since breaking both legs in a WEC accident at Spa-Francorchamps in May, Pietro Fittipaldi is back behind the wheel. After driving a kart on Tuesday, Fittipaldi plans to return to IndyCar for Mid-Ohio.

Fittipaldi tweeted a photo of himself driving the kart in his Dale Coyne Racing fire suit, celebrating his first taste of speed since the accident.

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06/27/18
track news

Las Vegas removing more seats
Loge seating
Loge seating
Las Vegas Motor Speedway is removing more grandstands seats due to lower demand, and replacing them with loge boxes.

LVMS during the offseason redesigned its four clubhouses and removed some grandstand seats in its Petty Terrace in favor of 82 loge boxes.

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06/27/18
r2i

Annual Chris Griffis Memorial Open Test Set for September
Colton Herta - Indy Lights Road America winner
Colton Herta - Indy Lights Road America winner
Andersen Promotions, which oversees the entire Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires, confirmed today that the eighth annual Chris Griffis Memorial Open Test will take place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Grand Prix road course on the weekend of September 22/23. The test is named in honor of Chris Griffis, a longtime member of the motorsports community who led the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports w/ Curb-Agajanian Indy Lights organization before passing unexpectedly in September of 2011.

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06/27/18
irl

Single-Day Tickets Are Now Available for Grand Prix of Portland
Start of last Champ Car race at Portland in 2008
Standing Start of last Champ Car race at Portland in 2007. Today's inferior IndyCars cannot do exciting standing starts

Single-day tickets went on sale today for Labor Day weekend's Grand Prix of Portland, set for August 31-September 2, at portlandgp.com.

This public launch marks 65 days until the green flag drops on an exciting weekend of entertainment in store for festival-goers attending the event at Portland International Raceway (PIR). Prices start as low as $20 for single-day general admission and $70 for reserved grandstand seats. 

Three-day tickets are still available for purchase to secure the top seats at the best value in the grandstands for the entire race weekend. Sold only in the three-day option and including a paddock pass to get up close to the stars and cars racing on track, a limited quantity of Gold Level reserved grandstand seats for the highest rows remain.

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06/27/18
irl

IndyCar Honda Road America Highlights
Honda highlights from the 2018 Kohler GP IndyCar race at Road America

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06/27/18
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usac

FOX Sports Takes Dirt Aces Bell and Larson Back to Their Roots at Eldora
FOX Sports is adding a pair of young Wednesday night dirt racers and past Eldora Speedway winners to its broadcast team at Tony Stewart’s half-mile dirt track in Ohio.

Veteran dirt aces and current NASCAR stars Christopher Bell and Kyle Larson will make their FOX Sports broadcasting debuts in the July 18 NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES race at Eldora (9:00 PM ET on FS1), with Bell covering pit road and Larson serving as an analyst in the FS1 booth.

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06/27/18
f1

Video: Mercedes French Grand Prix F1 Debrief
Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin answers your questions about the 2018 Formula One French Grand Prix - from the damage Valtteri’s car sustained on lap one to how much of a threat Max Verstappen was to Lewis.

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06/27/18
f1

Video: Red Bull's Christian Horner Previews The F1 Austrian Grand Prix
Red Bull will enjoy two 'home' F1 races in quick succession in 2018, as the Austrian Grand Prix and British Grand Prix complete the series' first ever triple-header sequence. Mobil 1 The Grid got the thoughts of Red Bull team boss Christian Horner on this season's visit to the aptly named Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, and how drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen are more prepared than ever to push for victory.

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06/27/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Charles Leclerc - Ferrari's next driver?
    Charles Leclerc - Ferrari's next driver?
    Leclerc 'has heard' Ferrari rumors
  • No grid girls 'a puppet show' - Mateschitz
  • 'Nervous' Vettel still favorite - Fittipaldi
  • Vettel reaction made Verstappen 'angry'
  • Paul Ricard unsure over Mistral chicane axe
  • Mercedes deciding announce date for Hamilton contract
  • Mallya: I have become the Poster Boy of bank default
  • Brawn assured French GP traffic chaos to be avoided in 2019

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06/27/18
automotive

Critics tear into Tesla tent factory
Tesla Tent factory under construction. The Oil industry and Detroit want Tesla to fail
Tesla Tent factory under construction. The Oil industry and Detroit want Tesla to fail

Elon Musk has six days to make good on his pledge that Tesla Inc. will be pumping out 5,000 Model 3 sedans a week by the end of the month. If he succeeds, it may be thanks to the curious structure outside the company’s factory. It’s a tent the size of two football fields that Musk calls “pretty sweet” and that manufacturing experts deride as, basically, nuts.

“Words fail me. It’s insanity,” said Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.’s Max Warburton, who benchmarked auto-assembly plants around the world before becoming a financial analyst.

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06/26/18
irl

IndyCars to test at Iowa
Iowa Raceway
Iowa Raceway
INDYCAR teams will officially ring in the 2018 race season in central Iowa this week. At least 13 drivers representing six INDYCAR organizations will participate in the June 27 test. And fans can watch for free. 

RV Hill, perched high above the backstretch, will be open and free to those fans wishing to watch from noon to 5:00 p.m. CDT on Wednesday.

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06/26/18
f1

Grosjean 'Strong Enough' to Overcome Difficult Period - Steiner
Steiner's pet driver Romain Grosjean, who has not seen a wall he didn't like to hit
Steiner's pet driver Romain Grosjean, who has not seen a wall he didn't like to hit
Guenther Steiner, the team principal of the Haas F1 Team, feels Romain Grosjean’s luck is due to turn after another race weekend full of troubles at the Circuit Paul Ricard.

Grosjean continues to search for his first point of the season after finishing eleventh in his home Grand Prix last weekend, with a first lap collision with fellow Frenchman Esteban Ocon earning him a five-second time penalty that all-but ended his chance of a top ten result.

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06/26/18
track news

Cooper Tires Renews Pact With Green Savoree
A fourth Green Savoree Racing Promotions’ subsidiary has been proudly added to the growing relationship between the company and Cooper Tires, which will now support the Grand Prix of Portland, set for Aug. 31-Sept. 2.

In addition to this new event at Portland Int’l Raceway, Cooper Tires has extended the agreement which began in 2016 to continue its support of the Honda Indy Toronto, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and The Mid-Ohio School.

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06/26/18
usac

IMS To Build Dirt Track, Host USAC Midgets
Next up? Swamp Buggies at Indy
Next up? Swamp Buggies at Indy. Anything but an IndyCar race to end the season in grand style

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will add to its luster as the Racing Capital of the World with the construction of a quarter-mile dirt track inside its famous oval, hosting a United States Auto Club Midget National Championship event during Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line race week in early September.

Race week for the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line will feature an even wider variety of thrilling action with the USAC P1 Insurance Midget National Championship competing in a two-night spectacular event, the Driven2SaveLives BC39, on Wednesday, Sept. 5 and Thursday, Sept. 6. The event honors late USAC champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson and increases awareness of Indiana Donor Network and Driven2SaveLives.

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06/26/18
fe

Susie Wolff named Venturi Formula E team boss
Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff and his wife Susie
Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff and his wife Susie

It's been a busy year for Venturi Formula E Team. So far, it's founded a new Next Gen Academy, added Felipe Massa to the team sheet for Season 5 and announced it will be providing ABB FIA Formula E Championship newcomers HWA with a Venturi Gen2 car next season. But it doesn't stop there as today, the Monegasque team appointed former racing driver Susie Wolff as Team Principal and shareholder.

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06/26/18
racing news
automotive

How VW crushed the Pikes Peak record with an EV
The Volkswagen ID R Pikes Peak ran the uphill course in seven minutes, 57 seconds, beating not only the previous electric record, but the all-time record as well--by 16 seconds.
The Volkswagen ID R Pikes Peak ran the uphill course in seven minutes, 57 seconds, beating not only the previous electric record, but the all-time record as well--by 16 seconds.
LOUIS YIO/VOLKSWAGEN
On Sunday, June 24, 2018, Romain Dumas piloted the Volkswagen I.D. R electric car to the top of Pikes Peak in 7 minutes, 57.148 seconds.

Take careful note of that date -- it was the moment you should have really started to take electric vehicles seriously.

The all-electric race car not only set a new record for EVs, but set the fastest time ever, by any car, even ones with high-performance, gas-gulping, engines. 

Sure, there are plenty of caveats to discuss and dissect here. Certainly, EVs aren’t ready to contest Le Mans; the 12.42-mile Pikes Peak course is perhaps the perfect length for an electric vehicle powered by today’s battery technology. The course’s dramatic 4,720-foot elevation change gives EVs, which don’t have to take the thinning atmosphere into account, a competitive edge. On top of that, VW brought resources -- in terms of engineering talent and pallet-loads of cash -- to the challenge that few contenders could have hoped to have matched.

And the real die-hards will say that Pikes Peak isn’t a real race anymore, now that it’s all asphalt.

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06/26/18
irl
f1
nasmon

Final weekend TV Ratings - NBCSN destroying IndyCar
How low can IndyCar TV ratings go before is ceases to be commercially viable?
How low can IndyCar TV ratings go before it ceases to be commercially viable?

Motorsports TV ratings are down across the board, but IndyCar TV ratings on NBCSN are always down the highest percent. How much lower can they go before IndyCar is not longer commercially viable.  IndyCar went for the money grab with the new NBC/NBCSN TV deal and that decision will cost them far more in new manufacturers and sponsors. NBCSN production is great but hardly anyone watches NBCSN. It could ultimately be a death sentence for the series. We urged IndyCar to put all races on free over the air network TV to ensure an average of over 1 million viewers per race, but they chose not to follow our advice and will pay dearly for it.

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06/26/18
f1

Alonso Signs Image-Rights Deal With KodakOne System
Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso
WENN Digital Inc. -- which operates the KodakOne image rights management and content system -- has reached a new deal with F1 driver Fernando Alonso to protect his personal and professional images and videos.

The deal involves WENN also monitoring use of licensed images of Alonso.

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06/26/18
fe

Mercedes Reveals First Details Of Formula E Plans
Mercedes will quit DTM for Formula E
Mercedes will quit DTM for Formula E
Mercedes will quit the DTM at the end of 2018 to focus on the all-electric single-seater series, which it will enter at the start of the 2019/20 season.

Mercedes will develop its Formula E powertrain at its Brixworth engine base, which has been responsible for its dominant Formula 1 power unit in recent years, and will now “expand its scope of attention to include the unique challenges of Formula E”.

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06/26/18
f1

Video: Adrian Newey On Red Bull's Switch To Honda Engines
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s decision to switch engine supplier from Renault to Honda will come into force in 2019. Mobil 1 The Grid spoke to the team’s Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey to find out more about the decision and, in particular, to understand the impact of the move for fuel and lubricant supplier Mobil 1.

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06/26/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Paul Ricard to lose it's silly chicane?
    Paul Ricard to lose it's silly chicane?
    F1 to consider axing Mistral chicane - Whiting
  • Mercedes ready to announce 2018 drivers
  • Italy slams Vettel for 'amateur error'
  • Win won't change me as driver - Raikkonen
  • Alonso undecided about F1 future - Brown
  • Red Bull refusing to use new Renault MGU-K
  • Red Bull will not re-brand Honda engines
  • FIA on target to release 2021 F1 engine regulations this week
  • Tire selections for Silverstone revealed

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06/25/18
TV News

Weekend TV Times
All Times Eastern

Friday, June 29LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 – practice 1Spielberg4:55am-6:30amESPN3
F1 – practice 2Spielberg8:55am-10:30amESPN3
NASCAR Cup – practiceSonoma2:40pm-3:55pm
5:40pm-6:55pm
NBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity– practiceChicagoland4:35pm-5:40pm
7:35-8:20pm
NBCSN
NASCAR Truck – qualifyingChicagoland5:40pm-6:40pmFS2
NASCAR Truck – raceChicagoland8:30pm-9:00pm – pre-race
9:00-11:30pm - race
FS1
Saturday, June 30LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 – practice 3Spielberg7:00am-8:55am (SDD)ESPNews
F1 – qualifyingSpielberg8:55am-10:00amESPNews
NASCAR Cup – practiceChicagoland11:30pm-12:20pm
2:00pm-2:50pm
NBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity– qualifyingChicagoland12:40pm-2:00pmNBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity– raceChicagoland3:00pm-3:30pm – pre-race
3:30pm-7:00pm – race
NBCSN
Sunday, July 1LocationTV TimesNetwork
MotoGPAssen8:00am-9:00am (SDD)beIN
F1 – raceSpielberg8:30am-9:10am – pre-race
9:10am-11:00am – race
ESPN2
IMSAWatkins Glen9:30am-4:00pmFS1
NASCAR Cup – raceChicagoland2:00pm-2:30pm – pre-race
2:30pm-6:0pm – race
NBCSN
Trans Am SeriesIndianapolis2:00pm-3:00pm (D)CBS-SN
Pirelli World Challenge – GT/GTARoad America3:00pm-4:00pm (D)CBS-SN

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

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06/25/18
usf2000

Jacob Abel makes USF2000 debut at Road America
Jacob Abel last year in USF4
Jacob Abel last year in USF4
Young open wheel veteran Jacob Abel knew he’d face a weekend of challenges, making his 2018 series debut in USF2000 with his Abel Motorsports team. One of the toughest was getting accustomed to the strong level of competition in the Mazda Road to Indy series. Another was finding more speed at Road America, the legendary 4-mile natural terrain road course in Wisconsin.

Jacob Abel had notched the 12th-best time during an official series test the week before the Kohler Grand Prix at Road America. In qualifying for the race weekend, pace was difficult to find. Jacob qualified 19th for the Saturday 50-mile event, race 1 of the doubleheader weekend. But when the green flew for the opener, Jacob and his team responded… notching the 4th fastest lap of the race.

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06/25/18
f1

F1 Closing In On July 1 Deadline To Bring Grand Prix To Miami
Sean Bratches hopes Miami deal can be hammered out by this coming Sunday. Then the lawsuits will begin by the locals (see rumor page)
Sean Bratches hopes Miami deal can be hammered out by this coming Sunday. Then the lawsuits will begin by the locals (see rumor page) who intend to stop the race in the courts
F1 organizers and Miami City Manager Emilio Gonzalez are closing in on a "soft July 1 deadline to hammer out a multi-year deal" that would bring the circuit to downtown beginning in '19, according to Adam Beasley of the MIAMI HERALD. 

F1 Managing Dir of Commercial Operations Sean Bratches said, "Progress has been on pace and we anticipate closing something on around that deadline."

He added, "We're very encouraged about the prospect of a Grand Prix in Miami. The brands align incredibly well." Beasley noted if Gonzalez and F1 can "strike a deal, it would still need to be approved by the entire commission." Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross and his RSE Ventures "would be the race's promoter." 

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06/25/18
pwc

Road America PWC highlights
Highlights of Pirelli World Challenge GT/GTA Rd. 6 and GTS/GTSA Rd. 5 at Road America.

Highlights of Pirelli World Challenge GT/GTA Rd. 7 and GTS/GTSA Rd. 6 at Road America.

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06/25/18
irl

INDYCAR, Road America announce three-year race extension (Update)
George Bruggenthies
George Bruggenthies

UPDATE In Milwaukee, Dave Kallmann reports IndyCar will return to Road America through '21, but "don't expect a second date in Wisconsin again." Road America President & GM George Bruggenthies "announced a three-year extension" yesterday before the Kohler Grand Prix, and afterward "described the weekend as 'perfect' with great weather, a huge crowd and good news about the future."

Bruggenthies then "quashed the idea of the series ever going back" to the Milwaukee Mile, at least with Road America's involvement.

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06/25/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Monday
  • Lauda (L) felt Vettel got off to easy. If Vettel loses the title he will have no one else to blame but himself
    Lauda (L) felt Vettel got off to easy. If Vettel loses the title he will have no one else to blame but himself
    Vettel penalty too lenient - Lauda
  • McLaren held 'crisis meeting' at Paul Ricard
  • McLaren cannot identify exact problem
  • Staying at Renault 'would be a pleasure' - Sainz
  • Hamilton: We´re out there putting our lives on the line
  • Wolff: Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault engines are evenly matched

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