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06/29/17
f1

Ecclestone's daughter locked in an ugly divorce case
Petra Ecclestone
Petra Ecclestone
The husband of Bernie Ecclestone’s daughter Petra called the Formula One boss a “c–t” Wednesday after a judge ordered him out of his marital home.

Millionaire James Stunt, 35, appeared to make a gun gesture in court before he barged into the 86-year-old former king of Formula 1 racing. Stunt then stormed out of the High Court and flipped the bird to photographers.

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06/29/17
usac

John Andretti needs your prayers (2nd Update)
UPDATE John Andretti delivered some good news Wednesday regarding his fight against Stage 4 colon cancer. The former IndyCar and NASCAR driver revealed on Twitter that his spleen and gallbladder were cancer free.

"Good news, the spleen & gall bladder were clean," Andretti's tweet said. "Next stop is a scan & consult with Dr. Iannitti in 1 month. Then back to chemo for 3 months."

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06/29/17
automotive

Gurney's AAR Creates New Vehicles!
AAR Hand Cycles
AAR Hand Cycles
All American Racers has a long history of tackling all kinds of interesting engineering projects. From race cars to planes to motorcycles, AAR rarely shies away from a challenge. At the beginning of 2017, the always smiling motocross champion David Bailey paid AAR a visit and told us of his plan to tackle the ‘Race Across America’ with his fellow legendary racers Doug Henry, Jeff Ward, and Micky Dymond.

David asked us if we would be interested in making a couple hand cycles that would be lighter, stronger, and a little more racy than the cycle he was accustomed to riding.

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06/29/17
nasmon

Video: Daytona Coke Zero 400 Pre-race Q&A - 2
Jeff Burton(NASCAR Analyst, NBC Sports), Steve Letarte (NASCAR Analyst, NBC Sports), Rick Allen (NASCAR Analyst, NBC Sports) and Sam Flood (Executive Producer, NBC Sports), Kurt Busch (No. 41 Monster Energy / Haas Automation Ford) and Chase Elliott (No. 24 NAPA Patriotic Chevrolet)

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06/29/17
nasmon

Video: Daytona Coke Zero 400 Pre-race Q&A - 1
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (No. 17 Fifth Third Bank Ford)

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06/29/17
irl
nasmon

When you get at least 1M viewers per race, sponsors flood in
We have been saying this for 10 years, but IndyCar still does not grasp the concept that if you average over 1 million TV viewers per race, sponsors will flood in. Instead most IndyCar races are on NBCSN that will never see 1 million viewers per race - ever.

Case in point is NASCAR. Their TV ratings have been dropping and one might think that the sky is falling.  In fact NASCAR Monster Cup races still deliver close to 2 million viewers per race, and 1 million in the 18-49 year old range.

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06/29/17
f1

Pirelli announces Monza compounds
Formula 1 tire supplier has announced that it will bring its Super Soft, Soft and Medium compounds to the Italian Grand Prix, matching last year's choices.

Pirelli has already used the combination in China, Bahrain and Azerbaijan this season, and has made the same selection for Britain, Hungary, Malaysia and Japan.

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06/29/17
imsa

Ed Brown Forced to Withdraw from Tequila Patron ESM's Watkins Glen Campaign
Bruno Senna to race with Overbeek
Bruno Senna to race with Overbeek
Despite plans to race in this weekend's Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen as the final race of his prototype career, Ed Brown, driver of the No. 22 Nissan Onroak DPi has been forced to withdraw from the event. Minor but unexpected back surgery has sidelined the driver on his finale weekend, just days after announcing his upcoming retirement from prototype racing.

Brazilian driver Bruno Senna was already slated to race alongside Brown and co-driver Johannes van Overbeek in the No. 22 Tequila Patron ESM Nissan Onroak DPi for the endurance event. Following Brown's current recovery from his quick surgery, Senna and van Overbeek will split the driving duties for the six hour event.

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06/29/17
irl

Gehl to Be Primary Sponsor of Graham Rahal at Iowa
Rahal with Gehl livery at Road America
Rahal with Gehl livery at Road America
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLLR) announced today that the Gehl brand, part of Manitou Americas, Inc., will be the primary sponsor for Graham Rahal’s No. 15 Honda-powered entry at the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway July 9. Gehl was co-primary sponsor of Rahal’s entry at this past weekend’s KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America for the second consecutive year and has increased their involvement.

“We are very excited to continue our relationship with Graham and the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team at the Iowa Corn 300 IndyCar Series race,” said Laurent Bonnaure, Executive Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing, Manitou Group. “Graham has been associated with Gehl for over 11 years and has developed strong relationships with our dealers, customers and company employees. We are honored to have Graham drive the Gehl/Manitou-sponsored car.”

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06/29/17
nasmon

Jeff Gordon To Drive Camaro ZL1 Pace Car at Brickyard 400
Gordon and the Camaro ZL1 he will drive
Gordon and the Camaro ZL1 he will drive
NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon will drive the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Pace Car to lead the field to the start of the 24th annual Brickyard 400 on Sunday, July 23 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Gordon will return in the Pace Car to the historic, 2.5-mile oval at IMS, where he is the only driver to win the Brickyard 400 five times (1994, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2014).

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06/29/17
irl

Gutierrez proves once again that ex-F1 drivers struggle in IndyCars
Esteban Gutierrez
Esteban Gutierrez
There are a number of ex-F1 drivers in IndyCar and none of them are setting the world on fire. So are F1 drivers superior? Absolutely not.

Esteban Gutierrez is the latest example and admitted his first time racing an IndyCar at Road America was ‘crazy’ as the Mexican finished seventeenth on Sunday.

The Dale Coyne Racing driver, who has been confirmed to be in the #18 machine for the remainder of the season while Sebastien Bourdais recovers from his Indianapolis 500 qualifying crash, started seventeenth on Sunday but struggled to find a balance for his car that suited his driving style.

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06/29/17
F1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • Vettel hits Hamilton
    Vettel hits Hamilton
    FIA right to launch Vettel crash probe - Lauda
  • Mercedes takes blame for headrest incident
  • Red Bull ready to win races - Marko
  • Honda 'stronger in 2018' - Hasegawa
  • Grosjean admits eye on Ferrari vacancy
  • Celis Jr. to get FP1 runs in Austria, Hungary
  • 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Strategy Analysis

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06/28/17
nasmon

Richard Petty to be Celebrated on Fox Sports 1 Tonight
Richard Petty
Richard Petty
TUNE IN ALERT


Fox Sports 1 "NASCAR Race Hub" to Host Birthday Special Tonight for Richard Petty with Special Guests

WHAT:
Fox Sports 1 "NASCAR Race Hub" will host a special episode tonight celebrating the 80th birthday of "The King" Richard Petty. The show will feature legends, champions and former drivers of the famed No. 43. Of course, "The King" himself will be center stage all night long.

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06/28/17
track news

SCRAMP Ahead Of Improvement Schedule at Laguna Seca
Rendering of new paddock restroom building
Rendering of new paddock restroom building
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and the entire Laguna Seca Recreation Area are experiencing rapid improvements ahead of schedule. The Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula’s (SCRAMP) two biggest events, the Superbike World Championship July 7-9 and Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion Aug. 17-20, are just around the corner and the facility will be looking its best in many years.

Owned by Monterey County and managed by SCRAMP, most buildings have been painted, many trailers have been removed and replaced, and extensive landscaping continues. Demolition of some buildings, such as the paddock classroom and restroom, was long overdue, and is a welcome sight. Engineering plans for a permanent all-new paddock restroom and showers are underway.

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06/28/17
tv news

Last Weekend TV Ratings (Update)
UPDATE A reader asks, Dear AR1.com, you reported (below) that last year's IndyCar TV rating at Road America was a 0.44 and hence this year's rating was down 16%. However, I read elsewhere that last year the rating was a 0.33 and hence this year's rating was actually an increase. Can you please clarify? Thank you. Judy DeMarco, NJ

Dear Judy, Not sure where you read 0.33, but in fact the TV rating for Road America for 2016 was a 0.44 so once again NBCSN has failed IndyCar. The fact that only 110,000 18-49 year olds were tuned in is especially troubling as sponsors look hard at this age group because they do the most buying of a sponsor's product. Whereas F1's average fan age is decreasing, IndyCar and NASCAR is increasing. But at least NASCAR can still deliver near 1 million viewers in the all important 18-49 age group, but that number is declining. Mark C.

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06/28/17
TV News

Weekend TV Times
 
Thursday, June 29
EventVenueTV TimesNetwork
NASCAR Xfinity Series - practiceDaytona2:00pm-3:00pm (L), 4:00pm-5:00pm (L)NBCSN
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series -practiceDaytona3:00pm-4:00pm (L), 5:00pm-6:00pm (L)NBCSN
Friday, June 30
NASCAR Xfinity Series - qualifyingDaytona2:00pm-3:30pm (L)NBCSN
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series - qualifyingDaytona4:00pm-6:00pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity Series - raceDaytona7:00pm-7:30pm - prerace (L), 7:30pm-10:30pm (L)NBCSN
Saturday, July 1
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series -raceDaytona5:00pm-7:00pm - pre-race (L), 7:00pm-12:00am - race (L)NBCSN
Sunday, July 2
MotoGP Championship - raceSachsenringTBAbeIN
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship - startWatkins Glen10:00am-1:00pm (L)FS1
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship - finishWatkins Glen1:00pm-4:30pm (L)FS2
DTM series - raceNorisring3:00pm-5:00pm (SDD)CBS-SN


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06/28/17
irl

What happened to RC Enerson?
RC Enerson
RC Enerson
A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, Whatever happened to RC Enerson? Do you think he has a future in IndyCar? It looked like he had some talent – as he smoked teammate Conor Daly badly when he arrived at Dale Coyne last year as a 'green' rookie? Dave Masters

Dear Dave, With the TV ratings IndyCar gets on NBCSN (way below 1 million viewers per race) sponsors don't give IndyCar much of a look, hence teams owners struggle to land good sponsor deals. As a result talented drivers have to buy their ride, which of course demeans IndyCar as a sport. It sometimes (not always) results in less talented drivers getting rides because daddy can write a big check or daddy has connections for a B2B sponsor deal for his son. 

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06/28/17
Dtm

Wickens: "Fifty years of AMG is obviously a big deal"
Next stop, Nuremberg - the race on the Norisring is generally considered to be the highlight of the DTM season. But first, Robert Wickens paid a visit to Road America...
  • This is what happened: Weekend's results & facts
  • News from the Mercedes-AMG motorsport teams
  • Three questions for Robert Wickens
  • This week's important dates and events

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06/28/17
F1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Alonso had his shot at Ferrari and won't return as long as Vettel is there
    Alonso had his shot at Ferrari and won't return as long as Vettel is there
    Ferrari return not ruled out for Alonso - Briatore
  • Ecclestone tells Ferrari to sign Alonso
  • Todt may summon Vettel to FIA court
  • Todt 'half positive' about 2017 season
  • Paul Ricard could remove Mistral chicane for F1
  • Force India to become 'Force 1' for 2018 - report
  • F1 planning group launch event for 2018
  • Wolff: Azerbaijan confirmed Mercedes pace
  • Honda to bring 'Spec 3' power unit to Austrian GP

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06/28/17
motogp

MotoGP extends German practice time for Michelin
Sachsenring
Sachsenring
MotoGP has added 10 minutes of extra running to both of Friday's practice sessions for the German Grand Prix, due to the resurfacing of the Sachsenring.

Under the revised timetable, Friday's first practice session will run from 09:50 to 10:45 local time, with the second following from 14:00 to 14:55.

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06/28/17
track news

Circuit Of Wales Gets Green Light To Develop $417M Racetrack (5th Update)
Circuit of Wales

UPDATE #5 A major blow has been dealt to the Circuit of Wales project after the Welsh Government turned down a request for more than £200 million in public funding guarantees.

Circuit of Wales officials, following several setbacks, submitted a fresh financial proposal to the Welsh Government earlier this year, with an extensive period of due diligence undertaken.

But on Tuesday, Ken Skates, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, released a written statement confirming that the government had rejected the plea.

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06/27/17
il

Belardi Auto Racing Signs Second Generation Open-Wheel Driver Chad Boat
Chad Boat
Chad Boat
Belardi Auto Racing announced today that second generation open-wheel driver Chad Boat will make his Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires debut at Iowa Speedway on Sunday, July 9. Additionally, Boat will compete in the No. 84 Dallara IL-15 at Gateway Motorsports Park on Saturday, August 26 with the team. Pristine Auction, the premier autographed sports memorabilia auction house in the US, will serve as the primary sponsor for both events.

“We’re extremely pleased to announce the addition of Chad Boat to our stable of drivers for the Iowa and Gateway Indy Lights oval races this summer,” offered Belardi Auto Racing owner Brian Belardi. “It’s exciting to have a second-generation driver running with us, and we’re certainly looking forward to getting Chad on track in Iowa.”

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06/27/17
nasmon

NASCAR Staged racing here to stay
NASCAR’s top competition official says stage racing is here to stay after the format produced another entertaining Cup Series race on Sunday at Sonoma Raceway.

Most notably, Brad Keselowski employed an unorthodox strategy during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 and finished third. The stages, combined with the unpredictable timing of cautions, continually shuffled the lineup and generated constant action.

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06/27/17
F1

FIA outlines decision to penalize Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton twice made contact with each other behind the safety car during Sunday’s Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Vettel was judged to be the guilty party by the race stewards, but the two drivers both have very different opinions on what actually happened.

The first contact came on the exit of turn 16.

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06/27/17
nasmon

Hendrick signs Elliott through 2022
Chase Elliott
Chase Elliott
Hendrick Motorsports and driver Chase Elliott have agreed to a four-year contract extension that will keep the 2016 NASCAR Cup Series rookie of the year with the No. 24 Chevrolet SS team through the end of the 2022 racing season.

Elliott, who signed with Hendrick Motorsports in February 2011 as a 15-year-old high school freshman, has emerged as one of NASCAR’s rising stars. In 2016, he earned a Cup playoff berth and was the series' top rookie after posting 10 top-five finishes, 17 top-10s and two pole positions, including the season-opening Daytona 500. Through 16 points races of his sophomore season, he is sixth in the Cup standings.

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06/27/17
irl

Honda Racing At Speed
This edition of Honda Racing At Speed recaps the month of May at Indy, and an update on the Acura NSX GT3 racing program!

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06/27/17
F1

Pirelli announces Austrian GP tire selections
F1 tire supplier Pirelli has announced drivers' selections for the Austrian Grand Prix.

Pirelli will bring its Ultra Soft, Super Soft and Soft compounds to the Spielberg event, the same as in Australia, Russia, Monaco and Canada, and also selected for Belgium and Singapore.

Drivers have, as expected, loaded up on the softest compound, the Ultra Soft.

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06/27/17
automotive

Watch a Porsche spin out of control while trying to keep up with a Tesla Model S
The performance versions of the Tesla Model S have become the vehicles to beat in some performance car circles. While most know not to try to race one from a standstill because of its insane ludicrous torque, there are still some who dare.

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06/27/17
irl
imsa

Video: Qualifying - How to lay down a flyer
Today, overtaking in all forms of racing has become more difficult than ever - and that has made the ability to qualify well one of the real keys to winning.

But how do the fast guys lay down a flyer when it really counts?

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06/27/17
irl
f1

Mario Andretti: I lured Paul Newman into racing
Mario Andretti recalls his introduction to Paul Newman and his role introducing Newman to racing. Plus, once the two became close friends and how they would pay off bets using any currency except U.S. dollars.

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06/27/17
irl
f1

Mario Andretti: Racing is in my family's blood
Mario Andretti expresses his pride when three generations of Andrettis raced together, including the 1992 Indy 500 and a clean sweep at the 1986 Pocono 500 

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06/27/17
irl
f1

Mario Andretti: Life as a World War II refugee
Mario Andretti recalls his childhood spent in an Italian refugee camp, his family’s sacrifices and the life-changing decision to immigrate to America.

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06/27/17
irl
f1

Mario Andretti: Secretly racing, wrecking, smoking
Mario Andretti explains how he and his brother hid racing from their dad and the life-threatening crash that got them caught.

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06/27/17
irl
f1

Mario Andretti on passion and hatred within racing
Mario Andretti discusses simultaneously racing and winning within both IndyCar and Formula 1 racing circuits and the family sacrifice required to double dip in two racing subsets.

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06/27/17
irl
f1

Mario Andretti: Some of us in this room won't survive
Mario Andretti opens up about the higher rate of racing fatalities during his prime years and how he walked away from a dangerous Indy crash in which his car flipped at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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06/27/17
irl
f1

Mario Andretti: Pulled over going 183 mph in Lamborghini
Mario Andretti shares a story of when he and his friend - who happened to be a Nevada Highway Patrol sergeant - took a Lamborghini out to try and hit 200 mph on the highway, but got pulled over by another highway patrol trooper who clocked them going 183 mph.

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06/27/17
irl
f1

Mario Andretti: I dodged a lot of bullets on the track
Mario Andretti looks back on his 36 years of racing, deciding to retire at 54 and his thankfulness for only missing two races throughout his career due to injury.

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06/27/17
nasmon
f1
irl

Mario Andretti: Racing immediately after best friend's death
Mario Andretti gives an emotional account of having to race at the Motor Trend 500 immediately after watching his close friend, Billy Foster, die in a qualifying race.

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06/27/17
nasmon

Stewart-Haas Racing On The Team's Switch To Ford For 2017 | M1TG
After a longstanding association with U.S. manufacturer Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing would announce a brand new relationship for 2017, with a move to the Detroit-based Ford Motor Company. Spearheaded by the team's Performance Director Dave Pericak alongside Doug Yates of Roush Yates Engines, the new engine partnership got off to a flying start, with victory for Kurt Busch at the 2017 Daytona 500...

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06/27/17
automotive

Aston Martin Confirms First Electric Vehicle Production with Williams Advanced Engineering
RapidE
RapidE

Aston Martin today announced its first all-electric model, the RapidE, will enter production in 2019 based on the British marque’s recently launched Rapide AMR concept

Williams Advanced Engineering was involved in the original concept of the RapidE.

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06/27/17
F1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Dr. Helmu Marko says F1 needs emotions
    Dr. Helmut Marko says F1 needs emotions
    Marko backs Vettel after 'road rage'
  • Villeneuve also backs Vettel after Hamilton incident
  • Wolff argues against further penalty for Vettel
  • Renault still interested in Sainz Jr.
  • Rio keen on Brazil GP switch - promoter
  • Force India says driver clash 'unacceptable'
  • Bottas not worried about Mercedes future
  • Haas brake struggles 'unacceptable' - Grosjean
  • Verstappen faces fine for skipping media duties
  • Honda to run new engine in Austria
  • Sainz Jr. calls first-lap spin a 'sacrifice'
  • Massa feels double podium within reach
  • Silverstone gets four-day track schedule

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