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07/04/14
USAC

Video: Indy cars at Pocono in 1971
Video of the IndyCar Pocono 500 (under USAC sanctioning) from Pocono International Speedway July 3rd 1971.  Note all the people in the stands.  This is before they let NASCAR into the track, and before the IRL was created that split the sport and killed it.



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07/04/14
f1

Pirelli to demo 18 inch F1 tire
Pirelli is introducing a new 18-inch tire design concept to showcase the way that Formula One could look in the near future. But rather than an abstract design, this is a fully functional tire, capable of completing demonstration runs around Silverstone during the forthcoming in-season test from next Tuesday and Wednesday.

The 18-inch tire is an idea that Pirelli has promoted ever since the company was first announced as official tire supplier back in 2010. Larger wheel and tire sizes reflect modern market trends; with the adoption of a larger size invariably leading to even greater technology transfer between Formula One tires and road car tires.

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07/04/14
uscc

Tagliani Suspended for Watkins Glen Practice Accident
Alex Tagliani has been suspended for one race and placed on probation for an additional TUDOR United SportsCar Championship round following an accident in practice for last weekend’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.

The veteran open-wheel and sports car driver spun his No. 08 RSR Racing Oreca FLM09 in Saturday’s second practice session and re-entered the track in Turn 10 in front of an oncoming Chris Miller in the No. 85 JDC-Miller Motorsports car.

Both Prototype Challenge entries were severely damaged in the incident but managed to start Sunday’s race.

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07/04/14
fe

Lucas di Grassi leads the way in second Donington Park test
Lucas di Grassi
Audi Sport Abt’s Lucas di Grassi led the way in the second official test for the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship at Donington Park, setting his best time in the afternoon session to pip yesterday’s pace-setter Sebastien Buemi (e.dams-Renault).

Belgian racer Jerome d’Ambrosio, testing for China Racing, topped the morning timesheets with a 1:34.554s and already up on Buemi’s best time from day one. Times then began to tumble partway through the afternoon stint when the temporary chicane on the exit to the Old hairpin was removed after a number of drivers made contact with it.

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07/04/14
gp2

Marciello flies to Silverstone GP2 pole
Italian Raffaele Marciello
Raffaele Marciello has claimed his maiden GP2 pole position with a stunning lap in tricky conditions in this afternoon's qualifying session in Silverstone. The Italian ran slightly out of sync with his rivals, finding a bit of space to squeeze ahead of championship leader Jolyon Palmer, Mitch Evans and Julian Leal.

The Ferrari Academy driver made the most of the gaps in front of him to bag a lap of 1:40.445 just seven minutes into the session, but it was enough for a pole despite the top four drivers finishing within 0.04 of the best time in a heavily wind affected session.

Johnny Cecotto was the first man on track and was clearly looking to repeat his recent purple form, but the Venezuelan was unable to make it stick on his first flying lap: Palmer set the first meaningful time, with Evans following him to stop the clocks at just 0.006 behind the Briton, but 2 minutes later Marciello came round and broke their hearts.

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07/04/14
f1

Hamilton-Rosberg 1-2 in 2nd British GP practice
Lewis Hamilton parades around Silverstone ahead of his Mercedes teammate

The Lewis Hamilton topped the second free practice session for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone before his Mercedes broke down.

He had a sudden loss of power, explaining to his race engineer "engine killed, no shifting" before making his way to the pits.

Hamilton set the pace during the early running while the field was using the slower hard-compound Pirellis, around two tenths faster than Rosberg.

Fernando Alonso was third fastest, almost three quarters of a second slower than Hamilton.

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07/04/14
tv news

Racing on TV this weekend
Saturday, July 5
2 p.m. NBCSN — Formula One, qualifying for British Grand Prix, at Silverstone, England (same-day tape)
7 p.m. NBCSN — IndyCar, pole qualifying for Pocono 500, at Long Pond, Pa. (same-day tape)
7:30 p.m. TNT — NASCAR, Sprint Cup, Coke Zero 400, at Daytona Beach, Fla.
11 p.m. ESPN2 — NHRA, qualifying for Summit Racing Equipment Nationals, at Norwalk, Ohio (same-day tape)
3 p.m. NBC — AMA Motocross, at Red Bud, Mich.
4 p.m. NBCSN — AMA Motocross, at Red Bud, Mich.

Sunday, July 6
7:30 a.m. CNBC - Formula One, British Grand Prix, at Silverstone, England
Noon NBCSN — IndyCar, Pocono 500, at Long Pond, Pa.
5 p.m. NBCSN — Formula One, British Grand Prix, at Silverstone, England (same-day tape)
9 p.m. ESPN2 — NHRA, Summit Racing Equipment Nationals, at Norwalk, Ohio (same-day tape)
11 p.m. NBCSN — GP2, at Silverstone, England (same-day tape)

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07/04/14
f1

Marciello leads the way in opening GP2 practice at Silverstone
Raffaele Marciello
Raffaele Marciello has got his Silverstone weekend under way in fine style by claiming the top spot in this morning's free practice session and heading a 1-2 for Racing Engineering, with teammate Stefano Coletti and Alexander Rossi rounding out the top three positions.

The Ferrari Academy driver set a best time of 1:41.127 two-thirds of the way into the session, edging past his previous best time to hold onto the top of the timesheets by just over a tenth from the Monegasque driver in a tight session that saw 14 drivers within a second of the top spot.

The session got underway in sunny, and very windy, conditions, with Johnny Cecotto setting the first competitive time as the tires got up to temperature, but it wasn't to last: championship leader Jolyon Palmer soon stole the position before the Racing Engineering pair opened a private battle between them.

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07/04/14
f1

Wolff positive after short PR joy ride
Susie Wolff, the Danica Patrick of F1
Susie Wolff refused to be too downbeat after her Formula 1 practice debut lasted no longer than four laps.

The Williams development driver, who had previously tested for the team, became the first woman to contest an official session since Giovanna Amati in 1992.

But an oil pressure issue led to her engine cutting out during an early run, with mechanics unable to fix the car in time to send her back out.

"It's a really tough day, but that's Formula 1 sometimes," Wolff told BBC Sport.

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07/04/14
nassprint

ISC execs make excuses for tanking TV ratings
Although Fox saw a ratings decline of 10% for its portion of the NASCAR season, International Speedway Corporation executives tried to explain to financial investors Thursday why the drop is not as alarming as the numbers might indicate. In announcing the company's financial results through May 2014, ISC President John Saunders made the case for the sport as the company is seeing stabilized admission revenues and consistent corporate sponsorship. Saunders told financial analysts on a conference call Thursday that a 12% increase in Hispanic viewership for Fox and a 6% increase in 18-24 male viewership are good signs.

The NASCAR races on Fox had the top sports telecast of the day for nine of its 12 weekend events, and TNT has had the top cable sports broadcast for the day for two of its first four telecasts. The telecast from Kentucky last Saturday night had an unusually low 2.3 rating. ISC reported that overall ticket sales through May were a tick down from $35.778 million for the first five months of 2013 to $35.695 million in 2014. It reported that Kansas, which moved its race from Sunday afternoon in April to Saturday night of Mother's Day weekend, had a 15% increase in ticket sales thanks to increased attendance and increased ticket prices.

In another good sign, ISC has sold 94 percent of its goal for sponsorships this year and has one Nationwide Series race sponsorship left to sell. It has sold 15 of its 20 Cup sponsorships already for next season. Sporting News

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07/04/14
nassprint

NASCAR souvenir sales tank as racing loses the youth of America
NASCAR fans call it souvenir row, and for the last three decades, they have gone there to browse for hats and T-shirts at enormous truck rigs carrying their favorite driver's merchandise. But that tradition may become a thing of the past [as sales are way down because the youth of this country does not consider racing a sport.] NASCAR is in the early phases of re-evaluating its trackside merchandise program, and it is looking to make a change. The company two weeks ago sent a request for proposal to a dozen companies asking them to submit plans for how the sport could change the way it sells merchandise at races.

At a minimum, NASCAR is considering reducing the number of truck rigs along souvenir row, and possibly eliminating them altogether, in order to replace them with a more traditional retail concept like the tented stores set up at the entrance to PGA Tour events. NASCAR teams and tracks have offered their support for exploring a change.

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07/04/14
v8

Mercedes-Benz 1-2 in Townsville
For the first time in history two Mercedes-Benz and a Volvo have finished the fastest in a V8 Supercars session, locking out the mainstays Fords and Holdens.

Lee Holdsworth and Will Davison scored Erebus Motorsport's first 1-2 finish in any form of V8 Supercars racing in practice at the Castrol Townsville 500 - Driven by TAFE Queensland.

The young team, who scored a maiden win at the Winton event earlier this year, have taken a small step towards being consistently competitive Scott McLaughlin returned to the form of earlier in the year when his Valvoline GRM Volvo came in third.

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07/04/14
f1

Rosberg-Hamilton 1-2 in first British GP practice
Nico Rosberg
The Mercedes team continued their complete domination of the 2014 F1 season at Silverstone Friday. Nico Rosberg was quickest in first practice for the 2014 Formula 1 British Grand Prix, 0.731s faster than Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton who claims to be the better driver.

Hamilton did look as though he might overhaul his teammate at one point, going fastest of all in the first sector, but he had to back off because Marcus Ericsson spun at Becketts, bringing out the yellow flags.

Fernando Alonso was 0.839s off Rosberg's quickest in his Ferrari following a late rear-wing adjustment.

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07/04/14
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • Button declares himself a free agent
    Button on the market after Dennis criticism
  • Alonso not looking beyond 'two year contract'
  • Susie Wolff lives her dream amid criticism
  • Raikkonen to 'probably' quit after 2015
  • Team drivers surprised by Caterham sale
  • Wolff reveals Ecclestone 'row' over social networks
  • Lopez witnessed abduction of female friend
  • Whiting plays down grid restart fears

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07/03/14
f1

British GP: Thursday Press Conference
Lewis Hamilton
DRIVERS
Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso)
Max CHILTON (Marussia)
Valtteri BOTTAS (Williams)
Jenson BUTTON (McLaren)
Felipe MASSA (Williams)
Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes)

PRESS CONFERENCE

Q: Lewis, if I could start with you: obviously you were on pole here last year, a former winner of the event, I see you've got the Union flag on the underside of the peak on your cap. Your feelings on racing at home and coming home?

Lewis HAMILTON: It's always a special weekend or week for us British drivers. Coming here, seeing the fans, already having been at Goodwood and seeing how many people were there and the support that's coming into this weekend. It's very exciting for us and the feeling of being at home is really a great feeling. And the support, as I said, for me and Jenson and the guys here, it's unlike any other place we experience. I'm really excited to see everyone and I hope that we can put on a good show and that the weather stays good.

Q: You spoke after the race in Austria about damage limitation, particularly after what happened in qualifying. Clearly, I guess this weekend you want to start on the front foot and stay there. So I wonder what lessons you've taken away from the setbacks lately?

Hamilton: There's not really many lessons. There's been these two races where we had a technical problem in Montreal and then in the last race I faced some difficulties on the driver side. Sometimes it goes well, sometimes it doesn't, but you're always going from strength to strength, so we've learned some things but nothing we can particularly point out.

Q: OK, thank you for that. Jenson coming to you. Similar question really to the first one to Lewis: the feelings on coming back to the British Grand Prix and racing in front of your home crowd. It's a race you've not won, but you've always enjoyed being here.

Jenson BUTTON: Yeah, it's always very special coming home for this grand prix. I think for every driver Silverstone is a special race. It's a great layout; always a full house, whether it's sunny, hot, raining, windy. But it's especially special for a British driver racing at home. Whether you're doing well or not you get the support. It's been very overwhelming actually the last few days since Goodwood leading into this home grand prix, I think for all of us. So I'm very much looking forward to driving on the circuit tomorrow and seeing the fans.

Q: It's your fifth season with McLaren this year. How do you see things developing from here?

Button: We will see. For me, right now, it's about doing the best job I can. The whole team, us as a team are working every day to do a better job. We're not where we want to be, we're not where McLaren is used to being, and we know that, so we're working very hard. In terms of the future that's something I can't discuss right now.

Q: OK, we'll move on to Felipe: congratulations, I believe it's your 200th grand prix this weekend you will be celebrating. So your thoughts on that and also on his rich run of form at the moment for you and the Williams team?

Felipe MASSA: Yeah, I think it's a fantastic race to celebrate [at]. I think it's an important achievement. It's already a long time, when I started in 2002. It's really a great feeling to have 200 races, in a great team, Williams-Martini home grand prix as well, at a great track, fantastic fans. So I hope we can have a very strong race, like we had in Austria, so I hope we carry on fighting [and we are] competitive. So I'm really happy and I'm really happy with the team I'm celebrating 200 grands prix [with] as well, so I hope we have many races in front. It's a great placed as well. Everybody knows everything about Formula One, everything about racing cars here. Sometimes you just see pictures and you have no idea how fans have amazing pictures like that to sign, that are very close to us. It is a great feeling.

Q: You're kind of unusual I guess to have got to 200 grands prix and it's the first time you've come here racing for a British-base team - that doesn't happen very often. Your thoughts on that, the Britishness of the team and what that represents to the country.

Massa: Yeah it's a great team. It's a very important race for me; it's a very important race for Williams as well. For us, me and Valtteri, as well, for the championship. We are working very hard to improve and be better and better race by race and I think that's what we are managing to do and it's really a great feeling and I hope we have a good one.

Q: Valtteri, coming to you. As Felipe was saying obviously it's a good run of form for the Williams team at the moment. You got your first podium a couple of weeks ago in Austria. Do you feel you can take on the Mercedes again this weekend.

Valtteri BOTTAS: Well, I think overall Mercedes has been performing really, really strongly. It's been difficult to keep up with them in most of the races - I think Austria was maybe a one-off, we will see. We know that we have been improving but you expect everyone else to do as well. It's difficult to say. I think this season, we are going to see, the rest of the season, it's going to vary quite a bit the performance between us and them, so we will see. We will do our best.

Q: After the race in Austria, you always have a debrief, all drivers do with the team, when you went through and looked at everything did you learn anything, were there any mistakes there or were you happy with the way it worked out.

Bottas: Well, we're definitely happy with the result we got - third and fourth, a lot of points for the team, that's the main thing. I think it's like every race, always if you look into the fine details you can always something, maybe, you could have done better. But the main feeling is very positive. It's really good to continue from here. There have been many opportunities we could have done a lot better in previous races and now we've done a solid job, so that's good to see. We know we can do it, so it's good to continue from here.

Q: Max, coming to you, home race for you as well, of course. What experience did you have last year when it was your first time and what are you looking forward to this weekend?

Max CHILTON: I'm just obviously looking forward to another home grand prix. Last year was pretty special. Your first ever home grand prix is something you won't ever forget. I'm probably a little bit biased, but I'd like to think that it is, if not the biggest grand prix of the year, then certainly one of them. It's just awesome to have so many spectators, a lot of them are camping, and waving the Union Jacks. I remember last year, free practice one was typical English, with lot of rain, but they were still there doing the Mexican waves and having amazing spirit, so I just hope we can put on a good show for them this year.

Q: You've out-qualified your team-mate for three of the last four grands prix. What's been making the difference for you lately?

Chilton: Just experience. Qualifying's always been one my strong points but when I came to F1 I struggled initially. But with experience I'm working that out and I'm developing as a driver. There are techniques you can use as well. I find visualization really helps. It's a weird sport we're in. You very rarely get to practice what we preach. Golfers, tennis players are out six hours a day; with us, yeah we have simulators but apart from that we're not doing the sport that often. So the more you can practice, in any way possible, helps.

Q: Daniil, last three grands prix, you've qualified twice in the top 10, but you've had three straight retirements, so I guess the feeling at the moment is one of frustration, right.

Daniil KVYAT: Well, yes, it's true. We had quite good speed, which we couldn't consolidate into some good result unfortunately. But last three races we couldn't come to the end, but I think it's been a good sign that we do have speed, we do have something to fight for and we'll just keep on fighting.

Q: So overall then, half way through you first grand prix season, are you happy with the impression you've made in Formula One?

Kvyat: Yeah, looking back on it, I think we've been achieving maximum from ourselves, we've been taking maximum out from our package. I was always learning some new things, it's been always a good improvement through the season. It's been good but it doesn't feel like half a season anyway. We'll see what the next half of the season will bring us.

QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR

Q: (Huansho Zhao) A question to Jenson and Lewis. Murray Walker asked you two this question back in 2010 when you were still team-mates, that we had a colossal fortnight of sport, England's out of the World Cup, Andy Murray's out of Wimbledon, Britain is looking at you two, perhaps three of you, how do you feel about Sunday, are you afraid of history repeating itself. Would you like to give your 2014 answer to this question?

Button: I personally feel all the pressure is on Lewis!

Hamilton: I think it's the other way around!

Button: He's in the best car, c'mon, make it happen! For us, for Max and I suppose a little bit for myself it's going to be tricky to get on the top step of the podium and, yeah, it would be amazing to have a British victory. The crowd would go absolutely wild. So, I'd love to see that. For us, as I said, it will be difficult but Lewis has got a shot so hopefully that will be the case.

Q: Lewis, you feel a sense of responsibility?

Hamilton: I was going to say exactly the same thing about Jenson, I think we should hand the baton over. No, at the end of the day we're both, all of us, are going to do our utmost to try to represent and perform for the country. You never know how the weekend's going to go, you never know how people have developed, improved - but of course, us as a leading team, hopefully we'll have a good shot this weekend and I'll do everything I can to bring at least a little bit of joy and add to the great success that some of the top athletes have.

Q: (Abhishek Takle - Midday) Questions to Felipe. Firstly, congratulations on 200 races but, if you look back to around 2012, you had I suppose a lowest point of your career in terms of competitiveness. Looking back at that time, with all the pressure and some people saying you shouldn't be in Formula One, did you at that time think you would make it to 200 races?

Massa: Well, for sure, yes. I was thinking that everything is possible. Things change very quick in Formula One. All of us, we have good times and difficult time. You always need to pass through a difficult moment. You always learn, and definitely I learned. And I still believe I have many races in front and I still believe I can be competitive and I think when you don't believe anymore, it's the time to stop. But you need to feel, not what other people say. I really feel competitive and there's still a lot more that I can do.

Q: (Ian Parkes - PA) Question for Jenson. Ron Dennis came out with some rather intriguing comments recently urging you to 'try harder'. Just wonder what your thoughts are on that: whether you agree with him even, or whether you are in fact giving your all in what is a relatively uncompetitive car again this season.

Button: I think Ron's practicing to be a motivational speaker maybe. I think when we're in the position that we have been in for 18 months, it's not easy. For anyone within the team. It's very, very difficult. So, no, I think we all need to work harder as a team. I don't think we should be pointing a finger at any individual within the team. I think we've got ourselves into this situation and we've got to fight our way out. I don't do things in half-measures. I have the experience in Formula One to know that you need to give 100 per cent and I always do every time I'm in the paddock, at the factory, on the phone to my engineers. Everything is 100 per cent.

Q: (Luke Murphy): Question for all drivers. There's been some minor criticism of Pirelli lately that their tire choices have been too conservative. I just wanted to know what your opinions were on that.

Bottas: I think the compound choices for the last two or three races haven't been too bad. Obviously the compounds are a bit harder than last year. Those are the compounds and they choose the tires we need to use in the race weekend and it's our job to make the most out of them. So, that's it.

Q: Max, anything to add?

Chilton: No, not really, I'll just copy what Valtteri said. The tires are pretty conservative, they haven't been too bad.

Q: Felipe?

Massa: Yeah, sometimes a little bit conservative. So, I like... I think in the last two races it was fine. When it's one stop it's a little bit boring, I prefer maybe two or three. Two is fine. I think, y'know, using the very hard tires is not really great, I prefer it to be a little bit better than how it is.

Q: Lewis, I guess in a tight battle like yours, the strategy is an important part of the game - you want more options rather than less?

Hamilton: erm... no, I was just thinking this isn't a bad thing. Pirelli have done quite a good job this year. We haven't had any tire blow-outs, which is a real positive for us, it's what we wanted. You can't always get it perfect, so whether or not they've gone a little bit too far in that direction, we can decide perhaps at the end of the year. I'm sure they'll alter it again for next year. Of course we always want more grip, so every time they get softer, that's a good thing for us.

Q: Jenson, anything to add?

Button: Yeah, I think the last three races it's been the right choice to have the supersoft and the soft. Barcelona felt a bit too hard but I mean it's pretty difficult being limited to only four compounds throughout the season. Here it's the hard and the medium but you need a bit of stability for the high-speed corners, so, if the temperature's alright, it should be fine.

Q: Final thought Daniil?

Kvyat: I have no problem with Pirelli, it's all good for me.

Q: (Sarah Holt - CNN) Tomorrow we're due to see the first female on track for 22 years when Susie Wolff takes part in first practice for Williams. That's got to be a good thing for the sport, especially in terms of being an inspiration for future females who want to take part in motor racing. I wonder if Valtteri could comment first as Susie's teammate, and also if we could hear from Lewis and Jenson as well?

Bottas: I think it's great from Williams that they give the opportunity and she's already been with Williams quite a bit doing development work in the simulator and did a test after Barcelona. I think it's really nice to see her getting the opportunity to drive in the race weekend in FP1.

Q: Lewis, I guess you raced against quite a lot of girls lower down in karts but they're no longer competing when you get to this level. Your thoughts on whether this will be inspirational?

Hamilton: I didn't race against many girls. Susie was one of the very few if not the only one that I raced against. I saw her in karting but she was always in the class above me and then we raced Formula Renault together. She was great. We shared a podium together a couple of times. I think she's done remarkably well in her career. She's very very talented, so happy. It's going to be really cool, I think, to see her in a Formula One car tomorrow.

Button: Yeah. First of all it's good that it's Silverstone as well. From what I've heard, she knows this circuit as well which is a positive thing. Jumping into a Formula One car, I'm sure she'll feel a little bit of the pressure in front of the home crowd, but she's been working with Williams for quite a while so I'm guessing she knows the ins and outs of the car and the team. She's also driven already - hasn't she? - in a test and went very well. So it will be good to see her on track tomorrow.

Q: (Mike Doodson - Auto Action) This is for Max: I was very interested in you talking about visualization. I think other drivers have done the same in the past. I wonder what is the procedure you take to sit down quietly and particularly have you ever timed your visualized lap and how close did it come to the real one?

Chilton: Yeah, it's something I've heard about a lot in the past. It's all trial and error. You have to try things to work out if you like them or not. It's just worked with me recently. I tend to start it the week before a Grand Prix and yeah, you just do it in some quiet space. As you know, it's not deadly serious, you just kind of practice a lap and obviously the first few laps you're miles out and then you just gradually get into it and you build from previous memories and you slowly get down to a time where everything is just there and ready to kind of be extracted into the car, so when you're actually doing your first flying laps on a Friday, it's kind of there ready to be used. It's a simple technique which helps and - as I said earlier - our sport is very weird, we're very rarely actually doing what we preach so the more practice we can get the better.

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi - La Gazzetta dello Sport) Lewis, how important is it for you to win here and turn the championship back to your momentum, because it seems - looking from the side - that until Monaco, your season was quite smooth and then it seems that you were a little bit surprised about how hard is the fight. Is this the wrong impression?

Hamilton: I'm not surprised. I've known how close it's been since the beginning of the year. Nico won the first race. As every race, it's important to be out ahead. I had the advantage for a few races and Nico's had that for at least the last couple. But now this is the British Grand Prix, I'm going to do everything that I can to be out in front and as I said, try and represent... when it's your home Grand Prix, it's one of the greatest experiences you can ever have as a sportsman and as a driver, so that's what I'm working towards this weekend.

Q: (Alan Baldwin - Reuters) Three guys in the front, there were some comments this week from Bernie about Monza, suggesting that it might not be on the calendar much longer. I wonder if you could just comment, as the guys who had been there the most of the six here, as to whether we should take that seriously and how much of a loss for Formula One if it were to go?

Massa: Yeah, I think we're still carrying on racing in Monza. It's a fantastic place, great fans, so for sure, if we are not racing in Monza any more it would not be good for Formula One. We need to go to places that people really love - Formula One racing, like Silverstone. If we lost Silverstone it would not be positive, it would be a negative for all of us so I hope we can keep going to Monza for many many years.

Button: It's an iconic racetrack, one of the old school tracks. There's so much history. The fans absolutely love this sport, they will do anything for this sport and they're not going to be there to support us, they're there to support a certain team, but that's great to see. It's nice to see their passion, they're very patriotic and the circuit's fun to drive. It's a very unique circuit, very different to any other circuit, very low downforce circuit, always throws up a good race so it would be a shame not to see it on the calendar.

Hamilton: Yeah, I agree with both what Felipe and Jenson said. I think it's important not to forget that this sport would not exist if it wasn't for the fans. Obviously there are certain business decisions people make but there's tracks we've been to where there's been no one in the grandstands and there's a few, particularly, which are very very special like Monza where you have a full.. you know, the circuit's just full of fans and it really does make the event. I think it's important that we try and keep that in the sport.

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07/03/14
automotive

US: bankruptcy judge says GM committed fraud if it purposely hid the switch defect
US Bankruptcy Judge Robert Gerber held a hearing in his New York court on whether plaintiffs seeking compensation over the lost value of their GM cars could go on with their cases.

General Motors, besides the lawsuits from victims and families victims seeking compensation in relation to the mishandling of the now famous ignition switch defect, also has to face numerous others legal actions from owners who claimed they lost their cars value. One such case has the plaintiffs’ lawyer seek as much as $10 billion from GM.

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07/03/14
fe

Buemi sets the pace in first Formula E test at Donington Park
Buemi tops charts
E.dams-Renault’s Sebastien Buemi set the fastest time during today’s maiden official test for the new FIA Formula E Championship at Donington Park, as fans got their first glimpse of the new all-electric series.

The first of five public tests took place at the Leicestershire circuit in dry, bright conditions and saw all 10 teams and drivers use the full Donington Park GP circuit, modified to include an additional chicane at the exit to the Old Hairpin.

Being the first outing for many of the drivers, the day focused on getting to grips with the Spark-Renault SRT_01E cars with German driver Daniel Abt, driving for Audi Sport Abt, laying down the early benchmark for the morning session. The German, who ended the day eighth overall after missing the afternoon session due to other commitments, lapped in the low 1:37s, closely followed by Buemi and Andretti's Franck Montagny.

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07/03/14
f1

Haas makes early F1 debut as Ferrari sponsor (Update) UPDATE
Look for the name Haas on Ferrari this weekend
Haas Automation, the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America, has partnered with Scuderia Ferrari, the most successful team in the history of Formula One.

Beginning with the 65th British Grand Prix this weekend at Silverstone, Haas Automation will be featured on the lower sidepods of the Ferrari F14 T piloted by championship-winning drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen. Haas Automation branding will be seen on the cars for the remainder of the 2014 Formula One season and throughout the 2015 season.

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07/03/14
irl

The noose around IndyCar's neck
For years now you have heard AR1.com talk about the noose around IndyCar's neck - low TV ratings that deter sponsors and new engine manufacturers from coming into the series. Part of the problem is that IndyCar hitched its wagon to the wrong horse - NBC Sports Network.  While what network your races are broadcast on are not the sole reason for low ratings, it is a big driver.  How does NBCSN compare to ESPN (ABC would be even higher of course)?  On average, ESPN draws 4.6 times more viewers than NBC Sports Network a huge difference.  Basically there is ESPN and everyone else.  The good news is that NBCSN is closing the gap to ESPN.  The bad news is by the time it gets there, if it ever does, IndyCar could be out of business.  All races should be on ABC and ESPN, especially ABC where average daytime viewership is over 2 million for sporting events.

Q2 TOTAL-DAY VIEWERSHIP

NETWORK '14 (000) '13 (000) '10 (000)
ESPN 911 716 762
ESPN2 255 244 255
NBCSN 195 155 105
Golf Channel 122 126 75
FS1 114 128 113
MLB Network 105 83 38
NFL Network 79 75 48
ESPNews 59 64 52
NBA TV 59 52 n/a
ESPNU 46 44 n/a
FS2 16 26 n/a


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07/03/14
il

Andretti Autosport Pocono Indy Lights Preview
Matthew Brabham was edged out at the Yard of Bricks by Gabby Chaves in The Freedom 100. Brabham will try do one spot better this weekend in Pocono.
Below is a preview of this Saturday's Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Series Pocono Indy Lights 100 featuring Andretti Autosport drivers Matthew Brabham and Zach Veach.

Matthew Brabham, No. 83 United Fiber & Data/MAZDASPEED

  • Rookie captured his third podium finish of the season - a second-place finish 0.005 seconds behind the winner - during the Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May
  • Third-generation racer holds the fifth spot in the championship points fight heading into the race weekend at the 2.5-mile oval in Pennsylvania

"I'm just really excited for the weekend and getting back on track. Once we get this weekend underway it's going to be flat out for the rest of the season, so it's really important that I get my head on straight and really start focusing. The team did really well at Pocono last year with Carlos (Munoz), and my goal is to do what he did and win! We'll see how everything goes - obviously I've never been there before, so I'm going to be learning the track and acclimatizing myself.

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07/03/14
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GP2: Silverstone Preview
Jolyon Palmer leads the 2014 GP2 Championship
The fight for the GP2 crown came alive again in Austria two weeks ago: the new venue saw Felipe Nasr and Johnny Cecotto triumph for the second time this season, the two men eager to show Series leader Jolyon Palmer that they were serious rivals. It was also the first time in 2014 that the Briton did not finish on the podium during a race weekend. Nevertheless, Palmer still scored precious points in both events and thus managed to keep Nasr and Cecotto at a distance.

Behind the mighty trio, this year’s first race winner Stoffel Vandoorne was back on track and on the rostrum, finally enjoying some points since the Bahrain Feature Race. But it was Racing Engineering’s duo that stole everyone’s thunder: first, rookie Raffaele Marciello who has become a force to be reckoned with. The Italian ace drove aggressively and flawlessly to pocket his first GP2 points and achieved two consecutive podiums. His teammate Stefano Coletti was also back into the light and on the rostrum. Both drivers are clearly on a mission to spoil Palmer’s, Nasr’s and Cecotto’s cruising to the title fight.

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07/03/14
track news

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Converts Empty Lot Into Solar Farm
Solar Farm
An empty lot "used occasionally for storage by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is now a solar farm large enough to power 2,700 homes," according to Michael Auslen of the INDIANAPOLIS STAR.

IMS Engineering & Construction Dir Kevin Forbes said that the farm has a "capacity of 9 megawatts, making it the largest solar farm at any sporting facility in the world."

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07/03/14
fe

Vote Franck Montagny
Franck Montagny
Andretti Formula E will soon be racing its Spark-Renault SRT-01E machines on streets all over the world in the FIA Formula E Championship - the first fully electric racing series. With the new FanBoost program, fans can vote for their favorite driver to receive small boosts of power during races. The top-three drivers with the most votes by each race weekend will be able to increase their car's power from 133kw to 200kw. Vote for Andretti Formula E's Franck Montagny HERE! 

Andretti Autosport PR

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07/03/14
track news

ISC Highlights Attendance Landmarks In Q2 Earnings Report
ISC today reported its Q2 results, highlighting several attendance metrics: Auto Club Speedway notched its first sellout since '05 and Kansas Speedway's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event had a 15% uptick in admissions after it was moved to Mothers' Day eve. Revenue for the period ending May 31 was $190.3M, up from $178.4M in the year-ago period. Net income was $21.5M, down from $22.4M in Q2 '13. Expenses in the period included $1.1M in carrying costs related to ISC's Staten Island property and $300,000 in marketing/consulting costs related to the Daytona Rising project. ISC

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07/03/14
fe

Catching up with Bruno Senna
Bruno Senna
For Mahindra Racing drivers Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok the run up to the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship has been a period of excitement, intrigue and preparation. Both drivers have already been working hard with the team as the first round in Beijing draws ever closer. With new technology, as well as unknown city street circuits to contend with we caught up with Senna to get his thoughts about the championship, the technology and his team mate, Chandhok.

How was your experience in India with the official Mahindra press conference?

It was good fun because everyone was very keen on the project and interested in the concept of Formula E. The commitment of the Mahindra factory and the key personnel has been very inspirational for us; to come to a new championship and see that everyone behind the scenes are completely on board and want to win as much as you do is great. As a driver you go into every championship wanting to win so seeing the same attitude in the garage and in Mahindra’s top personnel fills you with confidence.

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07/03/14
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • Hamilton brags that he is better than Rosberg
    McLaren chiefs must 'try harder' too - Button
  • Mugello could step in amid Monza 'problems' - Malago
  • Hamilton claims more 'ability' than Rosberg
  • Raikkonen problems similar to Vettel's - manager
  • Susie Wolff determined to use 'super chance' on Friday
  • Another witness backs Ecclestone's bribery defense
  • Renault not to blame for Vettel's Austria problem
  • F1 paddock 'puzzles over' Caterham sale
  • Head of Renault Sport F1 departs, was he fired?
  • EMC furthers partnership with Lotus F1 Team

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07/02/14
irl

Dale Coyne on the penalty issued to Carlos Huertas
Carlos Huertas on his way to victory Saturday in Houston.
AutoRacing1 heard from Dale Coyne earlier today after penalties were given to the #18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda entry which Carlos Huertas drove to victory in Race 1 of Saturday's Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston presented by the Greater Houston Honda Dealers. Huertas' car was found to be in violation of Rule 14.7.2 (Fuel Cell Capacity), and  Rule 14.6.4.18 (Rear Wing Height) of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook after Saturday's race.

In a press release earlier today, INDYCAR stated "INDYCAR officials determined that the infractions did not impact the finishing order of the race or final position of the offending team."

INDYCAR President of competition and operations Derrick Walker reiterated this sentiment in a story with RACER today, saying the fuel cell "was off by a very small portion. We looked at our data, how the race unfolded, and we determined the extra fuel did not play a part [in Huertas' win]. However, it was out of compliance by a small amount and we gave them a small penalty."

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07/02/14
racing news

Record crowd of 200,000 for Goodwood
Goodwood crowd
Goodwood is delighted to announce that the 2014 Festival of Speed, held on June 26-29, was the largest and most successful in the event's history, attracting 200,000 highly-enthusiastic visitors to West Sussex.

With superstar names from the world of motorsport, including John Surtees, Sir Jackie Stewart, Sir Stirling Moss, Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen, Sebastien Loeb, Didier Auriol, Richard Petty, Mark Webber, Giacomo Agostini, Wayne Gardner and Freddie Spencer, guests were treated to non-stop entertainment throughout the weekend.

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07/02/14
uscc

2015 Tudor Sportscar Schedule Nearing Completion
The faster ALMS cars have been dumbed down so the slower Grand-Am Daytona Prototypes (above) almost always win in the lopsided merged series.
While this year's TUDOR United SportsCar Championship reaches the halfway point of the season, work is already well underway in crafting the 2015 calendar, which could be released as early as later this month.

Speaking to Sportscar365 during last weekend's Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, IMSA President and COO Scott Atherton revealed the series' ambitions of finalizing the schedule within the next 30-60 days.

"This time of year is the epicenter of schedule planning," Atherton said. "Our goal is to have our schedule out as soon as possible, which I would guesstimate being [any time] from the end of July to the end of August.

"It would be ideal but we won't serve the soufflé until it's fully cooked."

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07/02/14
irl

Rahal to hold helmet design contest, charity auction
Graham Rahal
The Graham Rahal Foundation is hosting its third helmet design contest in partnership with Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises awareness and funds to fight childhood cancer.

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation is inviting children and families involved with the organization to create a design on a pre-made helmet template with a theme of, "What Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation means to me."

Design entries may be submitted through July 11. Rahal will select five designs from the entries to be published at http://www.grfcontests.org. Fans will vote for the winning helmet design from July 14-21, and the design receiving the most votes will be featured on Rahal's helmet in the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma on Aug. 24.

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07/02/14
irl

World Cup produces family rivalry for Castroneves
Helio Castroneves and Adriano Henao
It's not overtly contentious, but there's a family feud brewing in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with a World Cup semifinal at its core.

National allegiances have placed Verizon IndyCar Series driver Helio Castroneves of Brazil and his girlfriend, Adriano Henao of Colombia, on opposite ends of the pitch, and fireworks of a different sort will be bursting from the start of the match at 4 p.m. (ET) July 4.

"I've been following (soccer) since I was very young and this is a huge year because Colombia hasn't been in the World Cup for 16 years and they are playing very well," said Henao, whose family will attend the match at Estadio Castelao in Forteleza, Brazil. "Unfortunately for Helio, Colombia is going to take Brazil out."

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07/02/14
f1

De Silvestro gets second F1 test run
Simona De Silvestro will get to test a Formula 1 car for the second time next month, it has been confirmed.

De Silvestro joined Sauber at the start of the year as an affiliated driver and in April completed a two-day test at Fiorano with the C31 - Sauber's 2012 F1 car. She will now get another run in August with Sauber, but at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, home of the United States Grand Prix since 2012.

"My racing career has evolved in America, so I can't think of a better track to train at than Circuit of The Americas," said the Swiss driver, who raced in IndyCar for four years between 2010-2013, recording a best result of second in Houston last season.

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07/02/14
irl

Coyne team fined by IndyCar
INDYCAR announced today post-event infractions from the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston Race 1, which was held June 28 at Houston's NRG Park.

INDYCAR officials have fined Dale Coyne Racing for a pair of technical violations on its No. 18 Verizon IndyCar Series entry driven by Carlos Huertas. The entrant was found to have violated Rule 14.6.4.18 (Rear Wing Height) and Rule 14.7.2 (Fuel Cell Capacity) of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook. The team was fined a total of $10,000 - $5,000 for each infraction. INDYCAR officials determined that the infractions did not impact the finishing order of the race or final position of the offending team.

The members may contest the imposition of the penalty pursuant to the procedures and timelines detailed in the review and appeal procedures of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook.

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07/02/14
uscc

Watkins Glen Tudor SportsCar TV rating
Only 241,000 viewers tuned in for the United Sportscar 6hrs at the Glen race on FS1 last weekend.

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07/02/14
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NASCAR Kentucky TV Rating
The NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kentucky continued a recent downward trend in ratings for NASCAR's top series. TNT's telecast of the Saturday night race earned a 2.3 rating and 3.6 million viewers, down 12% in ratings and 10% in viewership from last year (2.6, 4.0m). It was the lowest-rated regular Sprint Cup telecast since September 2012, (a 2.2 at Loudon and Dover).

According to Sports Media Watch, of the 15 Sprint Cup races that can be compared to last year (excluding two rainouts), 14 declined in ratings and 12 declined in viewership.

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07/02/14
motogp

Yamaha re-signs Rossi for Two-Year Contract Extension
Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd is delighted to announce that it has signed a new two-year agreement with Valentino Rossi. The nine-time world champion will continue to race with Movistar Yamaha MotoGP for the 2015 and 2016 MotoGP World Championship seasons.

The announcement comes midway through an excellent season for the MotoGP veteran. Rossi currently sits in second in the standings having taken four second place finishes and a total of five podiums from eight races so far this year.

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07/02/14
fe

Conway joins Dragon Racing for FIA Formula E Championship
Mike Conway
Dragon Racing, the Los Angeles-based motorsports team, owned by media and publishing entrepreneur Jay Penske, today announced Mike Conway as a driver in the inaugural all-electric FIA Formula E Championship.

Mike Conway is an experienced street racer and multi-race winner in the IndyCar Series, and in 2014 is also driving with TOYOTA for their LMP1 WEC program. Conway’s previous experience includes three seasons in GP2, and as a Formula 1 test driver for Honda Racing F1 Team.

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07/02/14
f1

Caterham confirms team sale
(GMM)  Caterham on Wednesday made it official, announcing Tony Fernandes' sale of the struggling F1 team.

In a media statement, the team - which will continue to be called Caterham and be based at Leafield - said it is now owned by "a consortium of Swiss and Middle Eastern investors".

The new owners are being "advised" by former HRT and Force India chief Colin Kolles, with the ex-Minardi driver and Dutchman Christijan Albers replacing Cyril Abiteboul - who is pursuing "new challenges" - as team boss.

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07/02/14
track news

COTA To Claim Tax Bill Is More Than Double What It Should Be
Circuit of the Americas managers are arguing that the $7M-plus property tax bill the Austin track received in January is "more than 2 and 1/2 times higher than it should be." COTA and the local government "have been in district court since the fall," and the track in a separate hearing today "will argue that government appraisers are trying to overvalue the track for the second year in a row." Track President Jason Dial "declined to speak to the specifics of the case, citing the ongoing lawsuit," but he said that the tax bill "would require the track to add $50 in taxes for each ticket sold." AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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07/02/14
irl

Bring Back Mont Tremblant! (Update) UPDATE
Mont Tremblant is a gorgeous circuit. However, one AR1 reader questions the viability of an IndyCar race there.
Dear AR1:

I'm going to ask that my name be withheld here. However, with some knowledge of the situation I would like to respond to the Hot News item (see below) regarding Mont Tremblant.

I agree with the writer that a summer trip to the Quebec countryside would be delightful. I'm likewise a huge fan of the Mont Tremblant layout, and despite the entertaining show IndyCar put on at Houston this past weekend, would love to see a few more proper racing circuits on the calendar.

However, the simple truth is a crowd of 20-25k at a place like Mont Tremblant does not even come close to justifying IndyCar's very high sanctioning fees. And if the promoter had a bad weather day such as the 2007 race, or Barber this past season, there is no television money in IndyCar to protect the promoter from taking it on the chin, as there is in NASCAR.

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07/02/14
f1

Ecclestone wants teams to run three cars
Bernie Ecclestone wants to see big teams run third cars and believes smaller outfits should quit F1 if they are unable to foot the bill.

Cost-cutting has been on the agenda this season and the idea of bigger teams running customer cars has already been mooted as one possible solution. But Ecclestone feels it would be in F1's best interests commercially to allow the bigger teams to run a third car under their own banners, even if it forced some smaller teams out of the sport.

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07/02/14
fe

Speed and de Ferran to Test with Andretti Formula E
Gil de Ferran back behind the wheel
Andretti Formula E will see two familiar drivers in their fully-electric race cars for the upcoming FIA Formula E Championship test on July 3-4 at UK's Donington Park. Former Formula 1 and full time Andretti Rallycross driver Scott Speed and two-time IndyCar champion and Indianapolis 500 winner Gil de Ferran will both have the opportunity to test Andretti's Spark-Renault SRT-01E on the 2.498-mile (4.020-km) circuit.

Speed, who in 2006 became the first American in Formula 1 since Michael Andretti in 1993, will complete the two-day test alongside Andretti Formula E's first confirmed driver Franck Montagny.

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07/02/14
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automotive

F1 engineers to launch innovative new carbon technology
Look this weekend for the launch of a new technology which has been evolved by a group of F1 engineers.

They have patented a method of producing a colored carbon fiber, previously considered to be impossible.

It is called Hypetex, which is set to be used for all kinds of things from car interiors to furniture to bicycles. It will be displayed during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

The company behind it has been given a license by F1 Management to produce merchandise and to use F1 as a platform to engage with automotive and other firms.

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07/02/14
irl

Spec racing in IndyCar: long live the spec!
Spec cars and a bumpy track are a recipe for great racing
Love it or hate it, spec racing is now part and parcel of the Verizon IndyCar Series, and that is a good thing. This particular view will be met with pitchforks and torches from many segments of the IndyCar universe, but like street races, it's here for the foreseeable future.

What I am NOT saying is that open development of chassis, motors, aero, and other parts is bad for racing. It's not. The COST of this development is bad for the racing business in today's economy. Want proof that economic warfare in racing is bad news? Look at F1. IndyCar has a vested interest in keeping costs down and has done so in a way that benefits the most people.

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07/02/14
f1

Lewis Hamilton - a very personal interview
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team driver Lewis Hamilton in a very moving portrait. Lewis talks about his early days in motorsport, the biggest moments in his career and how his family always supported him. Find out how the 2014 FIA Drivers’ World Championship contender feels about the team around him in this personal interview on the AR1.com video channel.



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07/02/14
irl

Pocono 500 fast-facts
When: Sunday, July 6

Start Time: 1:08 p.m. ET (expected green flag)

Site: Pocono Raceway -- Long Pond, Pennsylvania

Track: 2.5-mile triangle-shaped track

Laps: 200

Miles: 500 

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07/02/14
irl

Houston GP IndyCar TV rating
Free from NFL competition, viewership soared for last weekend’s IndyCar Series doubleheader from Houston.

While NASCAR is drawing 5 to 7 million viewers every race, NBC Sports Network is bragging about IndyCar's horribly low numbers, but at least there is some improvement. The second race of the IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Houston drew 396,000 viewers on NBCSN Sunday, up 146% from coverage in an earlier timeslot last year (161K). The first race earned 361,000 on Saturday, up 121% (163K).

Last year’s coverage aired in October, facing college football competition on Saturday and the NFL on Sunday. Though this year’s race still faced formidable competition in the World Cup, moving out of football’s shadow likely contributed to the massive increase.

So far this season, NBCSN has averaged 390,000 viewers for IndyCar coverage — up 34% from the comparable point last year (291K).

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07/02/14
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • 'No intention to sell' to Red Bull - Renault
  • McLaren 'needs a change' with Honda - Button
  • Vettel could chase 'fast car' to Ferrari - Ecclestone
  • Ecclestone tells struggling Caterham to 'stop'
  • Pirelli raises concerns over grid restarts
  • Witness gives Ecclestone good day in court

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