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07/07/17
nasmon

NASCAR Kentucky Pre race Dale Jr and Stenhouse Q&A
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Nationwide Children's Hospital Chevrolet), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (No. 17 Fifth Third Bank Ford) and Kentucky Speedway and Quaker State

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07/07/17
nastruck

Video: NASCAR Kentucky Truck Series Post-Race Q&A
Brandon Jones and Justin Haley, Race Winner Christopher Bell and crew chief Rudy Fugle

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07/07/17
track news
irl

Major capital improvements at Gateway Motorsports Park
It now remains to be seen whether this will be a huge success or another failed IndyCar oval event. IndyCar racing at Gateway failed twice before due to lack of fan interest after the novelty of the first event.

Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois has launched a major capital improvement project designed to improve the race day experience for fans and provide an enhanced competition environment for race teams. This is the third phase of a plan implemented in 2012 to completely update and upgrade the venue. The primary focus of this phase is to replace the track's 20-year-old asphalt and dramatically improve GMP's parking capacity.

"This project demonstrates our commitment to the future of motorsports in the St. Louis region," said Gateway Motorsports Park owner and CEO Curtis Francois. "We want to ensure that our fans, the teams and the sanctioning bodies have the best experience possible when they visit Gateway Motorsports Park. This is another major investment in not only our venue, but also in the ability of the St. Louis region to host additional major league sporting events."

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07/07/17
f1

Hamilton hit with grid penalty in Austria
Hamilton to start no higher than 6th in Austria. But no problem, his superior Aldo Costa designed Mercedes will blow past everyone
Hamilton to start no higher than 6th in Austria. But no problem, his superior Aldo Costa designed Mercedes will blow past everyone when the green flag drops
Lewis Hamilton will receive a five-place grid penalty for Formula 1's Austrian Grand Prix because Mercedes has had to replace the gearbox with which Hamilton finished the Baku race.

The team discovered damage to the unit after the Azerbaijan GP and decided not to risk running it again in Austria.

It is unclear if the Hamilton damage was related to the hit from behind that he suffered when Sebastian Vettel ran into him in their controversial incident under the safety car.

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07/07/17
nasmon

Larson tops final practice in Kentucky
KYLE LARSON, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET SS – Quickest in Final Practice at Kentucky Speedway

ON THE TWO PRACTICE SESSIONS AND WHAT IT MIGHT MEAN IF WE DO NOT GET QUALIFYING IN THIS AFTERNOON:
“I thought in race trim we were pretty good.  Then we switched to qualifying trim and we were really fast.  I was happy with the Target Chevy and hopefully, I guess it doesn’t really matter if qualifying rains out or not because we will be on the pole if it rains out.  If we get to qualify, I still think we will qualify well.  We will see.”

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07/07/17
irl

INDYCAR signs multiyear contract extension with Xtrac
INDYCAR announced a multiyear extension today with Xtrac, Inc. that continues the brand's longtime position as the official supplier of transmissions for the Verizon IndyCar Series.

Xtrac is one of INDYCAR's longest-tenured partners and its parts are utilized across the motorsports landscape in disciplines such as Formula One, sports cars - including IMSA, GT and touring cars - and rally competition. Xtrac began supplying transmissions for several Indy car teams in the 1990s and became the exclusive supplier to the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2000.

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07/07/17
nasmon

Richmond Allowing Fans To Attend NASCAR Driver-Crew Chief Meetings
Richmond
Richmond
NASCAR fans for the Monster Energy and Xfinity Series races at Richmond Int'l Raceway this September will be "permitted to attend driver-crew chief meetings" ahead of the events, according to Vic Dorr Jr. of the RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH. 

Track officials announced Thursday that spectators will be "admitted to competitor briefings for both races."

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07/07/17
nasmon

NASCAR TV ratings drop 12% in first half of 2017
Continuing a telltale 4-year downward spiral for NASCAR, Fox and FS1 for its package of 15 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races this season averaged 4.9 million viewers, down 12% from 5.6 million last year and down 14% from 5.7 million in ’15, which was the first deal under a new media rights agreement. Those figures exclude Bristol this year, which was run on a Monday, and the Pocono race last year. After a 5% viewership bump to start the season with the Daytona 500, Fox Sports only saw one more race with an audience uptick. That race, from Texas Motor Speedway on Fox, had the benefit of a Sunday afternoon window in ’17 versus a Saturday night window in ’16. Eight of the 15 races saw double-digit percentage declines compared to ’16, despite later start times this season for many Sunday races.  

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07/07/17
f2

Leclerc makes it five in Austria
Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc

Charles Leclerc showed his rivals a clean pair of heels by claiming an astonishing fifth pole position in a row at this afternoon’s qualifying session at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, setting the fastest times on both sets of tires to easily lead home rivals Sergio Sette Camara and PREMA teammate Antonio Fuoco by three tenths in a warm and dry session in Austria.

The Monegasque driver stopped the clocks at 1:13.396 late in the session to easily claim the pole position: his rivals threw everything they had at him but could not close the large gap up to stop him continuing his run of poles this year.

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07/07/17
v8

Mostert quickest in practice as championship heats up in Townsville
Chaz Mostert signaled his intentions to return to the Virgin Australia Supercars podium by setting the quickest time in this afternoon’s second practice session for the Watpac Townsville 400.

The Supercheap Auto Ford Falcon driver, who is still the only Australian to record a race victory in 2017 following his victory at Phillip Island, was quickest this afternoon ahead of fellow Ford young gun Scott McLaughlin and defending Supercars champion, Shane van Gisbergen.

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07/07/17
grc

Expedite Home Loans, A Division Of Ruoff Home Mortgage, Partners With Andretti Rallycross
Scott Speed
Scott Speed
INDIANAPOLIS (July 7, 2017) – Expanding their partnership with Andretti Autosport and its family of race teams, Expedite Home Loans, a division of Ruoff Home Mortgage, joins Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross to adorn Scott Speed’s No. 41 Oberto Circle K Beetle GRC in pursuit of victory as a Major Sponsor for Red Bull Global Rallycross Round 7 at Indy’s Lucas Oil Raceway.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Expedite Home Loans as a Major Sponsor with our VARX team in Indianapolis,” said Andretti Rallycross CEO Michael Andretti. “We’ve seen great initial success with Ruoff Home Mortgage as a partner in IndyCar, and now we will carry that momentum over to Scott and the VARX team with their Expedite Home Loans division where they make it faster and easier to process mortgages online."

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07/07/17
f1

Hamilton tops 2nd Austria GP practice, but Vettel closes
Vettel closes
Vettel closes

Less than four-tenths of a second covered the top five cars in Friday afternoon’s second practice for the Austrian Grand Prix. As in the morning it was Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton leading the way, this time from the Ferrari of championship leader Sebastian Vettel, with just 0.147s separating the silver and red machines.

Valtteri Bottas was a close third in the second Mercedes, followed by the Red Bull duo of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo, and the sister Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen.

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07/07/17
automotive

Another manager faces U.S. charges over VW diesel emissions
You make and sell diesel vehicles you pay the price
You make and sell disgusting diesel vehicles you pay the price
A former Audi AG manager was charged with fraud by the U.S. for his alleged role in helping Volkswagen AG cheat U.S. emissions standards.

Giovanni Pamio, 60, conspired to defraud U.S. regulators and consumers through software designed to cheat emissions tests in thousands of Audi vehicles marketed as "clean diesel," the Justice Department said in a news release Thursday.

"Pamio and co-conspirators deliberately failed to disclose the software functions, and they knowingly misrepresented that the vehicles complied with" emissions standards, the government said.

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07/07/17
F2

Leclerc leads the way in Spielberg practice
Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc has continued his sparkling run of form by topping today’s free practice session despite a late off-track moment at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, with a strong lap of 1:14.356 to lead teammate Antonio Fuoco and Rapax’s Nyck De Vries by over three tenths at the flag in warm and dry conditions.

With the weather being notoriously changeable and the clouds drawing towards the Styrian circuit ahead of the session, fears of rain abounded all along the pitlane. Happily though the rain held off for the whole session, although all of the drivers were immediately on track when the lights went green to ensure as much running as possible.

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07/07/17
f1

Kentucky responds to driver complaints about surface treatment
Kentucky
Kentucky
Responding to driver complaints about how the surface of Kentucky Speedway was treated this week, track officials said they merely are doing what drivers said worked last year.

"I think we know what we're doing," Steve Swift told NBC Sports in a Thursday interview.

The vice president of operations and development for Speedway Motorsports Inc. (the 1.5-mile speedway's parent company) said feedback was overwhelmingly positive after the July 2016 race when Kentucky treated the bottom groove in the wake of repaving earlier in the year.

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07/07/17
f1

Vettel & Hamilton Discuss Baku Safety Car Clash


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07/07/17
f1

Williams The Film - Trailer
Here's a first look at the trailer for the #WilliamsFilm which will be released this summer.

Formula One and Williams Martini Racing fans of all ages will get to experience the true story of one of sport’s most iconic teams in Williams, a brand new documentary from BAFTA-winning director Morgan Matthews out this summer. The film is based on the 1991 book by Lady Virginia Williams - A Different Kind of Life

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07/07/17
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • Mansour Ojjeh and Zak Brown
    Mansour Ojjeh and Zak Brown
    F1 should add second China GP - Brown
  • Todt has questions to answer over Vettel - Hamilton
  • No 'big difference' from new Honda - Vandoorne
  • Perez career in 'now or never' phase - Ocon
  • Massa has eye on Kubica's comeback attempt
  • Vettel denies 'oil in fuel' story hurt Ferrari
  • Williams defends Stroll's private tests
  • Ferrari not confirming engine boss exit
  • Wehrlein admits Sauber atmosphere 'different'
  • Massa could stay in 2018 - Williams
  • Alonso dismisses Vettel, Hamilton comments
  • Failures not Verstappen's fault - Ricciardo
  • Sainz Jr. says 2018 STR seat 'unlikely'
  • Renault to give Kubica second F1 test
  • Hamilton still has 'utmost respect' for Vettel

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07/07/17
f1

Hamilton over Verstappen in 1st Austria GP practice
Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton

In the waning moments Max Verstappen in the Red Bull spoiled what would have otherwise been another Mercedes 1-2 in opening practice for the Austrian GP at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg.

Lewis Hamilton turned the fastest lap at 1m05.975s in his Aldo Costa designed Mercedes to nip Verstappen who managed to move past Valtteri Bottas and into second. 0.19s down on Hamilton, 0.18s up on the Finn.

There was just a half a second to choose between the top four (Sebastian Vettel fourth for Ferrari) - and just 2s between Hamilton in 1st and Lance Stroll in 15th.

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07/06/17
Miscellaneous

China building 1,600 new coal burning power plants
Once again Trump got it right. With China building all these coal power plants around the world, the Paris Climate Accord was a joke
With China building all these coal power plants you know what the USA will be exporting to other countries - coal. As long as they don't burn the shit here

When China halted plans for more than 100 new coal-fired power plants this year, even as President Trump vowed to “bring back coal” in America, the contrast seemed to confirm Beijing’s new role as a leader in the fight against climate change.

But new data on the world’s biggest developers of coal-fired power plants paints a very different picture: China’s energy companies will make up nearly half of the new coal generation expected to go online in the next decade.

These Chinese corporations are building or planning to build more than 700 new coal plants at home and around the world, some in countries that today burn little or no coal, according to tallies compiled by Urgewald, an environmental group based in Berlin. Many of the plants are in China, but by capacity, roughly a fifth of these new coal power stations are in other countries.

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07/06/17
tv news

Weekend TV Times
 All times Eastern
Friday, July 7
EventVenueTV TimesNetwork
Formula 1  -practice 1Austria4:00am-5:30am (L)NBC Online
Formula 1 - practice 2Austria8:00am-9:30am (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Cup - practiceKentucky1:00pm-2:00pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity - qualsKentucky4:30pm-5:30pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Cup  - qualsKentucky6:00pm-7:30pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity  - raceKentucky7:30pm-8:00pm - pre-race (L), 8:00pm-11:00pm - race (L)NBCSN
Saturday, July 8
Formula 1 -practice 3Austria5:00am-6:30am (L)NBC Online
Formula 1 -qualifyingAustria8:00am-9:30am (L)NBCSN
IndyCar - qualifyingIowa3:00pm-4:00pm (L)NBCSN
NHRA - qualifyingChicagoland5:00pm-7:00pm (L)FS1
NASCAR Cup - raceKentucky7:00pm-7:30pm - pre-race (L), 7:30pm-11:20pm - race (L)NBCSN
Sunday, July 9
Formula 1  - raceAustria7:30am-10:30am (L)NBCSN
IMSA ContinentalWatkins Glen10:00am-12:00pm (T)FS1
IMSA WeatherTechMosport12:00pm-3:00pm (L),FS1
NHRA -eliminationsChicagoland3:00pm-6:00pm (L)FS1
Indy Lights Iowa4:00pm-5:00pm (SDD)NBCSN
IndyCar - raceIowa5:00pm-5:30pm - pre-race (L), 5:30pm-8:00pm - race (L)NBCSN

Legend: T = Tape Delayed; L = live; SDD = same-day delay



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07/06/17
automotive

France plans to ban sale of diesel, gasoline vehicles
Stick a fork in the internal combustion engine, it's days are numbered. Will F1 and IndyCar become 100% electric too because the mental midgets are so hell bent on feeding out the trough of the manufactuers R&D budgets? If so motorsports is done. Silent racing = very few fans
Stick a fork in the internal combustion engine, it's days are numbered. Will F1 and IndyCar become 100% electric too because the mental midgets are so hell bent on feeding off the trough of the manufacturers R&D budgets? The scream, the roar, the fans will be gone.
y au revoir to fossil fuels, Gallic drivers. France intends to stop the sale of all gasoline- and diesel-powered cars by the year 2040 as part of a series of measures designed to help the country reach its ambitious climate change-battling goals by mid-century, the nation's environmental minister declared on Thursday.

"Transportation is now the largest sector responsible for emissions of greenhouse gases in France," the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development, and Energy said in a statement announcing the wide-ranging measures. "That is why we are setting the target for ending the sale of gasoline and diesel cars in 2040, encouraging car manufacturers to innovate."

Environmental minister Nicolas Hulot said that while he acknowledged it would create challenges for the country's automotive industry, the carmakers are working on ways to deliver on the ambitious goal, The Independent reports.

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07/06/17
automotive

Rolls-Royce to skip hybrids and go straight to EVs
As AR1.com has been telling you for five years - it seems the industry's future propulsion method is sealed: electric cars will begin to take priority over the internal combustion engine. While some automakers buy time and green credentials with hybrid systems, Rolls-Royce has zero plans for such a stop-gap.

Autocar reports that Rolls-Royce is not looking into expanding its portfolio of vehicles with hybrid technology. Instead, the marque will pursue electric cars.

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07/06/17
automotive

Will curbside vehicle chargers be a game-changer?
Curbside charging in Europe is already fairly common
Curbside charging in Europe is already fairly common
That’s what city officials want Sacramento residents thinking as they consider buying an electric car without regard for their overnight parking situation. The city’s first curbside electric vehicle chargers are set to go up at Southside Park next summer, allowing anyone to pull into a parking space and plug in writes Hannah Knowles, Sacbee.com .

Under a plan unanimously approved last week by the City Council, electric charging company EVgo will install as many as six pay-to-charge stations by Sixth and W streets.

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07/06/17
nasmon

NASCAR Merchandising income plummets
Virtually all NASCAR drivers' merchandise income is currently below $1M, and many "aren't cracking six figures," according to Nate Ryan of NBCSPORTS.com. 

When NASCAR’s merchandising boom was at its "peak more than a decade ago, a top star’s revenue share hovered" at $3-4M annually. But now their merchandise income "isn’t commensurate with the biggest stars in dirt-track racing." A World of Outlaws champion "might pull in" up to $1M.

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07/06/17
macauGP

Barry Bland, 1946-2017
Barry Bland
Barry Bland
Motor racing pioneer and long-time Formula Three Macau Grand Prix entries coordinator Barry Bland has died, his family has announced.

Barry passed away on July 5 at home in Britain aged 71 following an illness. He is survived by his wife Irmgard and their sons Chris, Alex and Ben.

Bland was born in Ilford, Essex, England in 1946. After a brief racing career, he began working for the British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) as a competitions secretary and organizer of race meetings.

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07/06/17
nasmon

NASCAR owners a bunch of greybeards
Many of NASCAR's team owners are well past retirement age
Many of NASCAR's team owners are well past retirement age
NASCAR has struggled to bring new owners to the track this season? Through 17 races, only 43 different cars have made an attempt to qualify. That’s easily the smallest number in modern NASCAR history for the Cup Series.

Just a decade ago, the starting grid was 43, not 40 while 48-50 cars were routinely showing up to qualify. Now, the field has been consolidated with an ownership group that’s increasingly showing its age.

Take a look at the breakdown done by Frontstretch of these 43 cars who have made an attempt. They’re owned by just two dozen people, most of whom are old.

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07/06/17
f1

Video: Red Bull F1 Racing Puck Off
Red Bull Racing drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen swapped their race boots for ice skates to take on the Red Bull Racing PUCK OFF challenge at the Red Bull Akademie in Salzburg. Joined by Team Principal Christian Horner as the referee, and F1 broadcast media as their team mates, ‘Team Daniel’ squared up against ‘Team Max’ in a winner takes all ice hockey showdown!

Daniel commented “You know, I’ve never played ice hockey before and I’ve ice skated probably twice when I was maybe ten years old. We had a rink in Perth and I think I went on a school excursion. So I haven’t done it for the best part of 18 years and never with a stick and a puck. It was fun. I honestly really, really enjoyed it and by the end, when they blew the whistle I was sweating but I was sad. I wanted to keep playing.”

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07/06/17
f1

Pirelli announces compounds for US GP
Ultrasoft for USA? Is that too soft?
Ultrasoft for USA? Is that too soft?
Formula 1 tire supplier Pirelli has revealed that it will take the three softest compounds from its range to the United States Grand Prix later this year.

The Ultra Soft, Super Soft and Medium compounds will be used at the Circuit of the Americas, a step softer than its corresponding 2016 choices.

As per the usual regulations, one set of Ultra Soft tires must be used only in Q3, while either the Super Soft or Soft compounds must be run for one stint of the Grand Prix.

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07/06/17
nasmon

Nature's Bakery returns to the #10 at Kentucky
Danica gets her sponsor back for one race
Danica gets her sponsor back for one race
When Danica Patrick and the #10 team visit Kentucky this year, her Ford Fusion will carry the light blue of Nature's Bakery, as well as the orange hue of Feeding America. Nature's Bakery, a snacks and food brand that supports health-conscious living and active lifestyles, recently announced a partnership with Feeding America that will see the company donate funds to provide 1.65 million meals for families struggling with hunger.

In addition, Nature's Bakery will supplement the donation to Feeding America with an additional 135,000 pounds of Nature's Bakery food products donated to select foods banks in the Feeding America nationwide network.

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07/06/17
nasmon
irl
f1
nhra

Truex Jr., Johnson, Hamilton, Pagenaud nominated for ESPY
Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr.

Martin Truex Jr. has received a 2017 ESPY nomination in the Best Driver category.

The Furniture Row Racing Toyota driver has won five NASCAR Cup Series races since September and is a current contender for the 2017 championship.

Joining Truex on the ESPY BEST Driver ballot are Jimmie Johnson (NASCAR), Simon Pagenaud (IndyCar), Ron Capps (NHRA Funny Car) and Lewis Hamilton (Formula 1).

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07/06/17
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • Wolff says he was surprised how many companies were interested in simpler engine rules. Duh no kidding Toto, it was your company that put forth the current 'silly' formula
    Wolff says he was surprised how many companies were interested in a simpler engine formula. Duh no kidding Toto, it was your company that put forth the current 'silly' formula that destroyed the racing and sent costs thru the roof
    Current silly 'power unit' regulations were putting off many potential F1 participants
  • Alonso expects 'nothing' from new Honda
  • Carey denies targeting 25-race F1 calendar
  • 'No more chances' for temper-prone Vettel
  • Now communication boss leaves Sauber
  • FIA confirms minor tweaks at Spielberg
  • Mercedes finding 'sweet spot' more regularly
  • F1 in fresh China push with marketing deal
  • Stewart calls on government to save British Grand Prix
  • Formula 1 To Stage London Street Demonstration Ahead Of British Grand Prix

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07/06/17
f1

Zak Brown misses Grand Prix to race at the Silverstone Classic
Brown and Alonso
Brown and Alonso
McLaren team boss Zak Brown is taking a leaf out the book of his star driver Fernando Alonso. The Spanish double world champion recently skipped the Monaco Grand Prix to contest the legendary Indianapolis 500, now Brown will skip the Hungarian Grand Prix to race at the Silverstone Classic (28-30 July).

Brown is a massive enthusiast, owning a collection of significant historic race cars. Last year he treated Silverstone Classic visitors when lapping the circuit in the McLaren MP4-16A – the very car in which Mika Hakkinen won the 2001 British Grand Prix.

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