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07/16/14
irl

Hunter-Reay claims second straight ESPY as Best Driver
Winning the Indy 500 in sensational style propelled Hunter-Reay to another ESPY
Verizon IndyCar Series driver Ryan Hunter-Reay now has a matching set of ESPY Awards.

Hunter-Reay, who won the 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500 with a thrilling finish over Helio Castroneves, received the ESPY Award as Best Driver for the second consecutive year on July 16 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. He became the first Indy car driver to repeat as the award's winner.
 
Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon, NHRA champion John Force, NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. also were nominees in the category that was determined by online voting.

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07/16/14
il

Andretti Autosport Toronto Indy Lights Preview
Zach Veach sits second in the 2014 Indy Lights championship standings.
Below, Andretti Autosport Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires drivers Zach Veach and Matthew Brabham look ahead to this weekend's race on the Streets of Toronto.

Zach Veach, No. 26 RePLAY XD

  • 19-year-old captured his seventh career podium at Pocono Raceway two weeks ago
  • Started from the eighth position on the streets of Toronto in 2013 and finished seventh
  • Series sophomore sits only 11 points behind the championship points leader in second

"I'm extremely excited for our one race out of the country this year in Toronto! It's always one that I look forward to all year; the Canadians are diehard racing fans and driving for Michael Andretti, you want to do well with his successful past there. A few weekends ago we had a great run at Pocono in the RePLAY XD car finishing second and grabbing the pole, but we're all hungry and ready to be standing on the top step Sunday afternoon!"

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07/16/14
nassprint

NASCAR vs. RTA Alliance - Let the war begin!
If the new Race Team Alliance wants to communicate with NASCAR and its sister company International Speedway Corp. it will have to do so through attorneys.

The alliance of the nine biggest multicar teams in the Sprint Cup Series announced its formation July 7, and it has caused a stir in the racing community as it’s the first time the teams have aligned to work together.

Rob Kauffman, co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing and chairman of the group, has said the purpose of the group is to work together to use their leverage in landing cheaper costs for common expenses such as travel, insurance and parts. It also would, when asked, serve as a collective voice of the teams, he said.

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07/16/14
motogp

Marquez and Pedrosa have first outing on 2015 machine
2015 Honda
Marquez and Pedrosa have first outing on 2015 machine

After yesterday’s tricky weather conditions, today Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa had their first taste of next year’s bike.

They spent the majority of the morning aboard the current RC213V and then just before lunch Marc exited on the 2015 model. Dani soon followed and both riders returned to the Brno pit box to give their invaluable feedback to their team and the additional HRC engineers, who have joined for this test. Both reported with some positive aspects on the new machine and also commented about areas that need improvement. This feedback will be instrumental in the next stage of development for this machine.

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07/16/14
irl

INDYCAR NEWS AND NOTES - July 16, 2014
Scott Dixon had the field covered last year in Toronto.
Today's Verizon IndyCar Series and Mazda Road to Indy headlines:

1. Dixon hoping to repeat history at Honda Indy Toronto: With a fifth place at Pocono Raceway on July 6 and a fourth at Iowa Speedway on July 12, Scott Dixon heads into this weekend's Honda Indy Toronto, looking to repeat history.

The Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver swept the "2 in T.O." 85-lap races, following a victory six days earlier at Pocono Raceway to springboard himself to the 2013 Verizon IndyCar Series championship.

"The big thing for us was we had just come off an unexpected win at Pocono and the team was pumped, and we had a big test in Sebring to develop the engine a little bit for more drivability and straight-up power and fuel mileage," said Dixon, whose initial race on the streets of Exhibition Place was in 1999 in Indy Lights with Johansson Motorsports. "We weren't quick in every session but we had one pole and two race wins.

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07/16/14
grc

GRC: Andretti Autosport Volkswagen Rallycross NY Preview
Andretti Autosport had a tough weekend recently in Washington, D.C. They look to bounce back this weekend in the The Big Apple.
The Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team hits the Big Apple this weekend, July 19 -20, to compete in the fourth round of the Global Rallycross Championship at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. After a disappointing weekend in Washington, D.C., for both the No. 77 and No. 34 Volkswagens, Scott Speed and Tanner Foust hope to position themselves ahead of the competition for another podium finish. Volkswagen Rallycross NY will air live on NBC this Sunday, July 20 at 2:00 p.m. EST.

Scott Speed, No. 77 7UP Volkswagen Polo

  • Speed is one point ahead of the competition in the driver's championship standings
  • In between the third and fourth rounds of the Global Rallycross series season, the California native got back behind the wheel of an open-wheel car while testing for Andretti Autosport's Formula E program.

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07/16/14
f1

New race engineer for Button
Jenson Button will work with a new race engineer from this weekend's race in Germany, according to Autosport.

Dave Robson has been Button's race engineer since he joined the Woking squad back in 2010, but he is switching to a different role and will be replaced by Tom Stallard.

A McLaren spokesman has confirmed the changes, which forms part of a restructuring process at the team.

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07/16/14
il

Chaves Heads to Toronto Seeking Third Straight Indy Lights Victory
Gabby Chaves
Gabby Chaves is on a roll. The Colombian-American has won each of the past two Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires races - on the ovals at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Pocono Raceway - and now seeks to keep his streak alive as the series heads to the streets of Toronto, Ont., Canada, this weekend.

Chaves finished third last year on the 1.755-mile, 11-turn course that wends its way around Exhibition Place and is planning to use that experience to its fullest effect as he seeks to extend his championship lead over Ohio's Zach Veach. Chaves, from Miami, Fla., who celebrated his 21st birthday last week, has won four races this year to Veach's two, and currently holds an 11-point margin, 316-305, after eight of the season's 14 races.

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07/16/14
uscc

Rethinking Sports Car Racing
It's been a bumpy first year for United SportsCar
Check out this excellent article by Peter De Lorenzo about the current state of sports cars racing in the United States. Essentially, De Lorenzo argues that United SportsCar is wasting their time continuing to run the Daytona Prototype class. He advocates for a greater focus on GTLM and GTD.

Good article, check it out.

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07/16/14
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday (Update) UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

07/16/14
  • The end for Hockenheim?
    Weekend could be last blast at 'new' Hockenheim
  • Hamilton's comments on Rosberg 'a joke' - Wolff
  • Van der Garde plays down Sauber race seat rumors
  • Mercedes re-signs Rosberg 
  • Rosberg's new contract worth EUR 55m - report
  • Rossi gets axed by worst team in F1, best thing that ever happened to him New
  • Smooth sailor Rosberg feels sorry for Vettel New
  • Ecclestone 'upset' with witness on Wednesday New
  • Teams could seek Fric clarification - Force India New


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07/16/14
usac

Gorsline partners with Jarrett Andretti
Indianapolis, IN (July 16 2014) - Andretti Autosport Short Track and The Gorsline Company, the premier insurer of high-risk motorsports insurance, are partnering up for the remainder of the 2014 season.

Based in Rochester, NY John Gorsline, founder and Chairman of The Gorsline Company, has earned an international reputation providing all forms of financial services for his corporate and professional clients. His company specializes in providing racing drivers and team owners creative, custom-designed insurance packages and estate planning strategies. 

"We are thrilled to be of help to Jarett Andretti and his racing career. We feel he is definitely a future champion who will follow w in the footsteps of Mario, Aldo and John Andretti to become a legend in motorsports. The Gorsline Company has followed the Andretti family over the years and insured most of the family. We are proud to be friends and a staunch supporter of Jarett."

Third generation driver, Jarett Andretti, is currently running his first full season in both the USAC Silver Crown and Sprint Car series. As a driver, Andretti understands the importance of having a valued insurance company, like The Gorsline Company, to help guide him in the right direction.

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07/16/14
gp2

Alexander Rossi Joins Campos Racing for the German Round of the 2014 GP2 Series
Alexander Rossi will join Campos Racing this weekend for the sixth round of the 2014 GP2 Series Championship. Following his decision announced earlier today to part ways with Caterham F1 Team, and subsequent EQ8 Caterham Racing seat, Alexander will take the place of Kimiya Sato and partner the Spanish racing team for one weekend.

Adrian Campos: "We are very pleased to welcome a driver of Alexander's speed and experience into our GP2 team and we're looking forward to a good weekend in Hockenheim. It's a great opportunity for both us and Alexander and we're confident that he will settle into the car very quickly and we will work together to get the absolute maximum out of the weekend. He will replace Kimiya Sato who is currently leading the Auto GP Championship and, due to a clash of races this weekend, the decision was made for him to focus on that series. Alexander has clearly shown his talent, speed and skill by winning races and bringing home several podium positions, so we are very much looking forward to working with him."

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07/16/14
nassprint

To hide drop, NASCAR will no longer provide attendance estimates
NASCAR will end its policy of providing estimated attendance figures in its race reports this season.

Spokesman Kerry Tharp said tracks still will have the option of providing crowd estimates, but it will be their prerogative.

"NASCAR's race reports generally becomes a box score for the media, and box scores from sporting events do not generally provide estimates," Tharp said.

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07/16/14
nnw

Indianapolis Nationwide race gets Lilly as the sponsor
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Eli Lilly and Company announced a multi-year agreement in which Lilly will be the title sponsor of the annual NASCAR Nationwide Series race at IMS, now known as the Lilly Diabetes 250. Scheduled for Saturday, July 26, the Lilly Diabetes 250 will be run on the famed IMS 2.5-mile oval and will take place during the third-annual Kroger Super Weekend. Previous IMS Nationwide Series race winners include Brad Keselowski in 2012 and Kyle Busch last year.

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07/16/14
nassprint

NASCAR Schedules Test For 2015 Rules Package
NASCAR has scheduled a test next month at Michigan International Speedway to test possible rule changes for the 2015 season.

The test is scheduled to be held Aug. 18, the day after the Sprint Cup race there.

"We’re very pleased with the competition on the track so far in 2014,’’ said Gene Stefanyshyn, NASCAR vice president of innovation and racing development, in a statement to Motor Racing Network. “The evolution of the racing product continues as we look to 2015 and beyond.

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07/16/14
motogp

Repsol and Honda extend MotoGP deal through to 2017
Repsol Honda teammate Marquez and Pedrosa
Since 1995 Repsol has been the title sponsor of the factory Honda MotoGP team and after 20 years of sporting success and technological development, a new three year agreement will see Honda and Repsol continue their special partnership through to the end of 2017.

This is the longest running sponsor-factory agreement of its kind in the history of the motorcycle World Championship, and has converted the Repsol Honda bikes into icons within the motorsport world. Reigning World Champion, Marc Marquez, together with teammate and Honda stalwart Dani Pedrosa, will continue to represent these two prestigious brands as the factory riders.

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07/16/14
v8

V8 Supercars confirms three wildcards for Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000
A New Zealand outfit and two potential V8 Supercar Championship contenders have secured places on the grid for this year's Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 on October 9-12.

Ford Performance Racing will prepare a fifth Ford Falcon for Kiwi-backed team Super Black Racing at the mountain while Dragon Motor Racing will field two Holden Commodores.

Dragon Motor Racing will field one of the V8 Supercars at the Wilson Security Sandown 500, on September 12-14, in the lead-up to the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 from October 9-12.

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07/15/14
grc

Video: Volkswagen Rallycross DC 2014
It was an incredible first year of Red Bull Global Rallycross in Washington, D.C. with Volkswagen Rallycross DC. A capacity crowd and incredible racing from the world's most exciting drivers highlighted the return of professional motorsports to the Nation's Capital.

Volkswagen Rallycross DC not enough for you? Check out Volkswagen Rallycross NY this weekend, July 19-20! Visit www.redbullglobalrallycross.com/ny for tickets and more information.

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07/15/14
nassprint

Team alliance drama shows lack of trust in NASCAR garage
Big Bill France Sr. would have crushed the RTA, but the current regime is powerless to stop it
The drama and concern caused by the creation of the Race Team Alliance has little to do with how money will be distributed from the next big television contract.

It has little to do with the alliance's stated goal of landing better deals in a variety of common spending areas for all teams.

NASCAR It has everything to do with trust.

Think about it. The team owners are saying: "Trust us, we just want better deals with a combined economies of scale and don't want a fight with NASCAR." And yet few believe them.

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07/15/14
irl

Conway racking up airline miles
Mike Conway with Canadian fans in Detroit
Mike Conway is collecting his "frequent flyer" miles at rapid rate these days.

The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach champion heads back to Toronto this week for the annual Verizon IndyCar series doubleheader through the streets of Exhibition Place near Lake Ontario.

But Conway's air miles have been growing with his recent IndyCar Series races in the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing/Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet and his testing days in Europe.

Not only is Conway a regular at the street and road circuits for Carpenter's IndyCar Series squad but he is a test driver for the factory Toyota Hybrid sports car program and, recently, the primary pilot for the Dragon Racing Formula E open-wheel team.

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07/15/14
nhra

Big Jim Dunn goes under the knife
Jim Dunn
Earlier today, NHRA's Big Jim Dunn, who turned 80 this year, underwent surgery for colon cancer. The doctors say the 2 ½ hour surgery went well and Jim did great. By late this afternoon Jim was talking, telling jokes and enjoying the flowers that NHRA sent him.

The Dunn family said they are feeling very blessed and want to thank everyone for their kind words and well wishes. Jim is at Long Beach Memorial Hospital in Long Beach, CA. Friends are welcome to send flowers, but Jim’s family is requesting no visitors.

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07/15/14
irl

Iowa IndyCar race worthy of greater buzz
IndyCar - better racing, but no one cares
Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy
The IndyCars race in some exotic places during the summer.

And Iowa. Yes, Iowa

The IndyCar Series made its eighth trip to Iowa Speedway in Newton on Saturday night, but judging by the TV numbers – especially in this part of the country – you probably didn't know that. Or at least you didn't care.

Which is a shame.

When it comes to the product on the track, the IndyCar Series often outperforms NASCAR.

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07/15/14
nassprint

Gordon talks about the RTA and minimum speed
Gordon talks about the RTA and minimum speed: #24-Jeff Gordon was the guest of this week's NASCAR Teleconference and discussed many topics including the RTA and minimum speeds, the transcript in part:

Q. There was a lot of talk about the Joey Logano crash with Morgan Shepherd and a lot of discussion about minimum speeds and whatnot, and I think 10 years ago at Darlington you had an incident with Andy Hillenburg in which it was similar with a car struggling to kind of maintain minimum speed and you had a wreck. I was wondering do you have any thoughts on should NASCAR look at minimum speeds because I think that the pace was like 16 miles an hour faster than what the minimum speed was at New Hampshire, or are you comfortable with having cars that are running that slow on the track?
JEFF GORDON
: "No, I'm not comfortable with that. I don't think they have any place out there if they're running that slow, whether you're a car that's had damage and you can't maintain the minimum speed, or is the minimum speed the proper speed. I think it probably needs to be raised up at certain tracks where there's not a lot of falloff in the tire, then I think that minimum speed probably needs to be adjusted. I don't know if that really contributed towards what happened with Morgan and Joey. The video doesn't show everything. You see Joey go by him. Obviously Morgan got loose and got into him.
The tricky thing about minimum speed at a place like New Hampshire, you've got cars all around the track. You've got a car that maybe can meet minimum speed in clean air, but they're really never in clean air because they're constantly getting passed or trying to make some room for the lap cars to go by.

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07/15/14
irl

#12 Verizon crew wins Firestone Pit Stop Performance Award
Will Power and the #12 Verizon Team Penske crew won their third straight Firestone Pit Stop Performance Award at Iowa.
The No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevy crew won the Firestone Pit Stop Performance Award at the Iowa Corn Indy 300 presented by DEKALB with a total pit lane time of 113.685 seconds.  This is the No. 12 Verizon crew's third consecutive Pit Stop Performance Award after winning at the Pocono INDYCAR 500 and Houston Race 2, and its fourth win of the season.  Verizon Team Penske will receive the award during pre-race festivities at the Honda Indy Toronto. Firestone, a brand known for performance and innovation, recognizes teamwork at the highest level with the Firestone Pit Stop Performance Award. 

For each Verizon IndyCar Series event this year, with the exception of the Indianapolis 500, the team with the shortest amount of accumulated time on pit lane will be awarded $10,000. During doubleheader events, the winning teams will be awarded $5,000 per race. Teams must run at least 95 percent of the scheduled laps in order to be eligible. INDYCAR shall determine the recipient following the conclusion of the race.

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07/15/14
tv news

Veteran motorsports broadcaster Gary Lee passes away
Longtime motor sports broadcaster Gary Lee, 63, was found dead in his Indianapolis home today, likely the result of a heart attack, friends confirmed.

Lee, who lived on the city's Eastside near Shadeland Avenue, was synonymous with ESPN's earliest televised events. He teamed with former driver Larry Rice to broadcast the "Thunder" short-track series that featured drivers such as a young Jeff Gordon at what was then Indianapolis Raceway Park in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

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07/15/14
f1

Mercedes can win every remaining race in 2014 - Vettel
(GMM)  Sebastian Vettel has admitted Red Bull will not be able to catch up with Mercedes in 2014.

Mere hours ago, reports suggested the reigning world champion was not yet writing off his chances of winning a fifth consecutive world title this year.

But he has now told the Swiss publication Motorsport Aktuell: "I doubt we can close the gap to Mercedes this season.

"At the moment they are the measure of all things.

"We at Red Bull and Ferrari need to realize that we are lagging far behind in terms of power to Mercedes.

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07/15/14
f1

Ecclestone says Gribkowsky payment an 'insurance policy'
(GMM)  Bernie Ecclestone on Tuesday told his corruption trial in Munich that he made a $44 million payment to avoid bankruptcy.

Prosecutors allege the F1 chief executive paid Gerhard Gribkowsky so the banker would agree to sell the sport's commercial rights to his preferred buyer and retain power.

But Ecclestone, 83, said he paid the millions because Gribkowsky was alluding to alerting the British tax authorities about his personal affairs.

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07/15/14
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Caterham to get new nose
    Mercedes to limit warring drivers' pit strategies
  • New Caterham chiefs to axe ugly 2014 nose
  • Titanium skids for safety, not sparks - FIA
  • F1 legend Forghieri slams 'ridiculous' DRS
  • Hamilton sees Germany as 'fresh start'

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07/14/14
automotive

Video: Toyota Central R&D developing free piston engine linear generator
A team at Toyota Central R&D Labs Inc. is developing a prototype 10 kW Free Piston Engine Linear Generator (FPEG) featuring a thin and compact build, high efficiency and high fuel flexibility. Toyota envisions that a pair of such units (20 kW) would enable B/C-segment electric drive vehicles to cruise at 120 km/h (75 mph). The team presented two papers on the state of their work at the recent SAE 2014 World Congress in Detroit.

The FPEG consists of a two-stroke combustion chamber, a linear generator and a gas spring chamber. The piston is moved by the combustion gas, while magnets attached to the piston move within a linear coil, thereby converting kinetic energy to electrical energy. The main structural feature of the Toyota FPEG is a hollow circular step-shaped piston, which Toyota calls "W-shape". The smaller-diameter side of the piston constitutes a combustion chamber, and the larger-diameter side constitutes a gas spring chamber.

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07/14/14
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f1

KV Racing sues backer of Simona de Silvestro
According to these court documents, IndyCar team KV Racing has quietly filed a lawsuit against Racing 78 GMGH, the backers of their former driver, Simona de Silvestro, who has since moved on to F1 where she hopes to make her F1 racing debut in 2015. 

Kevin Kalkhoven told AR1.com that he "could not comment on the lawsuit other than to say the lawsuit is for non-performance of their contract with KV Racing."  When we get access to the full lawsuit we will post an update, but we suspect it is because the contract was terminated early so they could move Simona to F1 and there were certain guarantees for sponsorship to the team that they did not deliver.

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07/14/14
irl

INDYCAR NEWS AND NOTES - July 14, 2014
Ryan Hunter-Reay won for the second time at Iowa Speedway Saturday.
Today's Verizon IndyCar Series and Mazda Road to Indy headlines
IndyCar P.R.

1. 'Stolen win' could propel Hunter-Reay to another series crown: Ryan Hunter-Reay has experienced the exhilaration of a dominating race victory in his Indy car career and now the sensation of "stealing one."

Hunter-Reay set Indy car records for most and consecutive race laps led and laps led by a race winner when he led all 250 laps of a Champ Car-sanctioned event in Milwaukee on June 5, 2004, for his second career victory.

He led the final two laps to win the Iowa Corn Indy 300 presented by DEKALB on July 12. His previous laps led low in a win was nine in earning his win in 2008 at Watkins Glen.

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07/14/14
nassprint

Turner Broadcasts Final NASCAR Race After 32 Years
Yesterday's Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway marked the final NASCAR race on Turner Sports under the sport's current media-rights deal. The new rights deal with Fox and NBC goes into effect next year, leaving Turner on the sidelines for the first time in 33 years. TNT's Ken Squier prior to the start of the race said, "As the engines have fired here at New Hampshire, I remind you this is the final NASCAR broadcast for Turner Sports. I was the play-by-play announcer for TBS for 18 years beginning in the very first year of NASCAR coverage, 1983. It's been a real honor to be a part of today's broadcast and I wish my colleagues the very best today on TNT as this amazing 32-year run comes to a close." "Camping World RV Sales 301," TNT

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07/14/14
irl

Two days left to vote for RHR
It's good to be Ryan Hunter-Reay these days. The Indy 500 champ is up for an ESPY...again.
Fresh off his wild win at Iowa Speedway over the weekend, Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay deserves your votes now more than ever for Best Driver at the ESPYs! You can place your votes for the reigning Indy 500 champ at ESPYS.com until July 16. Tune in to ESPN on Wednesday, July 16 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern to see if RHR takes the victory (for the second year in a row)!

Andretti Autosport PR

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07/14/14
irl

News and Notes from Iowa (Update 1) UPDATE
Carlos Munoz
Continuing here with our News and Notes from this past weekend at Iowa Speedway, I had the pleasure of meeting Andretti Autosport rookie Carlos Munoz for the first time Saturday.

Off-camera Munoz is exactly how he appears on-camera: shy, polite, unassuming, yet quietly self-assured. I was surprised Munoz struggled like he did during the race (he finished 12th and was never really a factor), as he appeared confident ahead of the green flag. It's probably worth noting, Munoz was the highest finishing rookie, as Saturday’s race was not a banner outing for this excellent rookie class of 2014.

A somewhat disappointing Saturday evening aside, the current leader in the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings very much has the support of his Andretti Autosport team. Remember, he was the highest qualifying Honda driver at both Pocono and Iowa, and finished on the podium in consecutive weekends at Houston and Pocono.

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07/14/14
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Monday (Update) UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

07/14/14
  • Nico Rosberg married his longtime girlfriend Vivian Sibold
    Montezemolo feels 'duty' to fix F1
  • Ecclestone plays down London GP hopes
  • Mercedes won't 'interfere' with title battle - Lauda
  • Raikkonen retirement talk 'not smart' - Hakkinen
  • Schumacher recovery 'would be a miracle' - Hartstein
  • Newlywed Rosberg 'over the moon'
  • McLaren proposed grid restart idea - Whiting
  • Pirelli can be ready for 18-inch debut in 2016
  • 'Zero' chance of Fric agreement - Force India
  • Alonso says Ferrari future not a priority New
  • McLaren still pushing MP4-29 development New

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07/14/14
f1

Simona De Silvestro and DigitasLBi Sign Global Partnership
Starting 2015 Simona De Silvestro is expected to make her debut as full time Formula 1 pilot, the first female to do so since Lella Lombardi in 1976. Today she signed a global partnership with marketing and technology agency DigitasLBi. The collaboration will revolve around the use of BrandLIVE. This brand new proposition combines real time social content strategies and raw creativity with the agility of a newsroom.

Imran Safiulla, Managing Director of Racing 78 GmbH and Manager of Simona De Silvestro, considers this new partnership an important piece of his company's marketing strategy. "We live in an environment where markets are continuously evolving and having a very clear and precise digital marketing strategy is key for any corporation," Safiulla said.

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07/14/14
tv news

Motorsports This Week on ESPN
NASCAR Nationwide Series in Prime Time on ESPN2

The NASCAR Nationwide Series races in prime time on Saturday night, July 19, at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., and ESPN2 will have a live telecast. NASCAR Countdown airs at 8 p.m. ET with the green flag at 8:44 p.m. for the 300-mile race on the 1.5-mile track  All NASCAR programming on ESPN networks is available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV via WatchESPN, accessible to fans who receive ESPN’s linear networks as part of their video subscription from an affiliate provider. The race telecast also will air live in Canada on TSN2.

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07/14/14
nascar

In NASCAR, cheaters prosper
This AutoWeek article talks about a topic AR1.com has harped on for ages about NASCAR - you can cheat to win and NASCAR will never take your win away. The problem is simple, once the trophy has been given and the fans go home knowing who they think the race winner is, NASCAR is not going to take it away.  They will slap your wrist with a fine, but you'll always be the race winner in the record books.

With all other sports, all penalties are levied during the event while the fans are watching.  Never after the event.  And that is the dilemma with auto racing.

The solution is simple. If you cheat to win the entire team is suspended for 5 races.  Guess what, they will never cheat again. Mark C.

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07/14/14
nassprint

NASCAR has no problem with 72-year old Morgan Shepherd
Only in NASCAR can a 72-year old compete at the top tier
NASCAR vice president of competition defended Shepherd saying the veteran "met all of the requirements" established by the sanctioning body. He qualified the situation by calling it "an accident, that could have happened to anybody" and maintained that the #33 Chevy had no issue dropping "to the minimum speed" required at Loudon, "so there wasn't any issue with that."

"Morgan Shepherd has always been approved," Pemberton said. "He's been approved for decades. Under our situation here, you take a physical at the beginning of the year, you pass your physical, you pass inspection with your car, you qualify for the race and you run the event. He met everything he needed to meet." Motorsport

Shepherd was a whopping 16 laps down at the time, after qualifying slowest in the 43-car field, 2.2 seconds off Kyle Busch’s pole speed. His time was a quarter of a second slower than that of the 42nd-place qualifier, Timmy Hill, and he ran 20-30 mph off the pace from the outset before losing the handle, drifting up the track and wrecking Logano.

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07/14/14
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Video: Logano: 'Slowest car on the track took us out'
Joey Logano says contact with Morgan Shepherd on track is the reason for his crash in turn three at New Hampshire.



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07/14/14
irl

MILLER: Why IndyCar must make ovals work
The following excellent article was written by Robin Miller on racer.com and it talks about a lot of what is wrong and what is right with IndyCar oval track racing. He talks about the downtime at oval races, something AR1.com has also noted.  Then why not run twinbills at oval tracks too? Why are Saturday/Sunday doubleheaders only used for street circuits?  AR1.com has said repeatedly that fans have no interest in practice and qualifying on ovals because it is absolutely boring.  But a race?  Now that's exciting.  So why not more of them?....Like two 'oval' races at the Indy Speedway (Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends) like we talked about for ages.  And if you really want IndyCar racing on ovals to pack the grandstands, NASCAR buys the series, dumps it loser Truck Series, and runs Sprint Cup Stars like the Busch Brothers, Earnhardt, Patrick, Stewart, Keselowski, Johnson and Gordon in the races as much as possible to build the fan base.

The dichotomy was front and center Saturday night at Iowa Speedway: great racing with another disappointing fan turnout.

That's the sad but true tale of oval tracks in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Once the pillar of the most popular form of motorsports in this country when USAC and CART were on top, ovals have become an endangered species. Other than Indianapolis, it's tough to draw anything resembling a crowd.

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07/13/14
irl

Carpenter apologizes for Montoya clash
Juan Montoya not enamored by Carpenter's blunder
Juan Pablo Montoya was left fuming at Iowa after late race contact left him hitting the wall with just under 20 laps remaining in the Iowa Corn Indy 300 on Saturday night.

Montoya had been running in seventh place when he took the low line to pass Ed Carpenter on lap 281, but Carpenter was himself also sweeping down the track and forcing Montoya lower and lower, until the Penske #2 spun out and went into the wall ending the Colombia's day.

"I got inside of him and he was running high and then all of a sudden decided to run low," said a less than happy Montoya. "He had been running every lap on the top. I got a run I got inside of him and he just turned down on me. Very frustrating deal but we have to move on."

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07/13/14
uscc

News and notes from Mosport
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada - Steady showers throughout the morning at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park created a major problem for the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Ford EcoBoost/Riley DP team and drivers Memo Rojas and Scott Pruett prior to Sunday’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race.

Rojas spun in a Turn 2 puddle on his pre-race reconnaissance lap, sending the No. 01 machine into the tire barrier. The incident caused a great deal of damage to both front and rear of the car, forcing the team to miss the start of the race.

"It was wet in the morning, but the sun had come out before the race so we went out for the recon lap with dry tires," explained Rojas. "As I left pit road the car started sliding into Turn 2, and just didn’t turn. It was like driving on ice. I hit the wall at very low speed. Unfortunately, the car was hurt bad enough they couldn’t fix it in time."

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07/13/14
motogp

German MotoGP Grand Prix Attracts Close To 210,000 Spectators Over Three Days
Fans greet race winner Marquez
The German MotoGP Grand Prix "has again attracted more than 200,000 spectators over the weekend," according to the SID. A total of 209,408 spectators "attended the event at the Sachsenring over three days," close to 5,000 more than last year (204,491). Sunday's race, which was won by Spaniard Marc Marquez, took place in front of 89,401 spectators.

The training sessions on Friday and Saturday's qualifying session attracted 49,024 and 49,024 spectators, respectively. The event's attendance record was set in '11 when a total of 230,133 showed up for the grand prix. SID

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07/13/14
v8

V8 Supercars CEO James Warburton Backs New Broadcast Deal
V8 Supercars CEO James Warburton "believes the sport will undergo its biggest transformation since 2007 next year with a new broadcasting deal and more prime-time exposure," according to Hall, McCowen & Ottley of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. The V8 series will commence a six-year, A$241M ($226M) agreement with Foxtel and Channel Ten from next year after what Warburton "deemed an ailing eight-year relationship with current broadcaster Channel 7 in which it was 'difficult to grow.'"

He said, "The issue with television at the moment is that we continue to be shuffled around on the different 7 channels. To be frank, we’re really looking forward to being well promoted and we’re actually looking forward to being part of a network that wants to be part of it." Under the new broadcasting deal, only six rounds -- Adelaide, Townsville, Sandown, Bathurst, Gold Coast and Sydney -- "will be seen live on Ten (and simulcast on Foxtel)." Warburton, a former TV exec, "is adamant the move away from live free-to-air races would be offset by consistent programming."

Likening the Foxtel coverage to its National Rugby League and Australian Football League programming, he said, "There’ll be something each weekend and also during the week, on free-to-air and on Fox." SMH

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07/13/14
nassprint

Two Goodyears blow up on Johnson in 12 laps
Jimmie Johnson had two flat tires in the first 12 laps, the second one sending him hard into the wall Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The six-time Cup champion, who has a series-high three wins this year, climbed from his car following the accident, which occurred just a few laps after he pitted for a flat left rear tire.

Joey Logano and Aric Almirola both blew left rear tires in practice earlier in the weekend on the flat, 1.058-mile track.

The teams are using the same tire compound they have used since 2012 at the track, but this is the first race there with the no-ride-height rule and new 2014 aerodynamic rules.

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07/13/14
eurof3

Esteban Ocon completes his triple victory
Frenchman Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam) had a perfect weekend at the 3.931 kilometers long Moscow Raceway. In the 21st race of the season in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, the 17-year-old Lotus junior driver scored a closely-fought win from Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing) and Antonio Fuoco (Prema Powerteam). With his eighth victory of the season, rookie driver Ocon extended his lead in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship drivers’ standings to 116 points.

The safety car was deployed soon after the start following an accident involving several cars. Félix Serralles (Team West-Tec F3) retired on track after losing the front wing of his car and Roy Nissany (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) had to turn into the pits with a damaged rear wing. Gustavo Menezes (Van Amersfoort Racing) also had his car attended to during a brief check in the pits. Meanwhile, Esteban Ocon led the race from Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin), Max Verstappen and Antonio Fuoco.

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07/13/14
irl

Video: Iowa Corn 300 race highlights


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07/13/14
irl

IndyCar Pocono TV rating plummets 74% (Update) UPDATE How bad is NBCSN?  Here are the top 10 shows last week on NBCSN. Note the highest rating - 0.2 - and the number of viewers. IndyCar will not grow with TV ratings like this.  If the powers to be really wanted the sport to grow, they would buy out the NBCSN contract, put all the races on ABC, and cancel the Leader Card welfare program.  With ABC delivering 1.3 million viewers per races, the series will grow and the teams will no longer need the Welfare Program. They will begin to land their own sponsors and hire drivers who bring the most talent, not the most money, and the Welfare Program money can go towards the ABC deal.

Rank Program Day Time Rating Viewers
1 F1 Racing: Silverstone Sun 5:00PM- 7:30PM 0.2 415
2 IndyCar Pocono Post-Race Sun 3:44PM- 4:01PM 0.2 406
3 Tour De France – Live Sat 7:59AM-12:05PM 0.2 366
4 IndyCar Series: Pocono (Live) Sun 12:58PM- 3:44PM 0.2 342
5 Tour De France – Live Sun 8:00AM-11:35AM 0.2 304
6 Tour De France – Prime Sun 8:00PM-11:00PM 0.2 294
7 Tour De France – Extra Sun 11:35AM-12:00PM 0.2 293
8 F1 Qualifying Silverstone Sat 2:00PM- 3:30PM 0.2 282
9 Indy Lights Pocono Sun 4:01PM- 5:00PM 0.2 281
10 F1 Extra Sun 7:30PM- 8:00PM 0.1 252


07/11/14 Only 342,000 viewers tuned into the 2nd jewel of the Verizon IndyCar Series Triple Crown, the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway last weekend on NBC Sports Network (pictured right - the man represents IndyCar hanging from the NBCSN noose). 

That is down 73.6% from last year when the race garnered 1.3 million viewers on ABC on the same Independence Day weekend.

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07/13/14
dtm

Maxime Martin scores maiden DTM victory in Moscow
Maxime Martin
Maxime Martin is the buoyant winner of the fifth DTM season round in Moscow. After his maiden pole position, the Belgian drove his BMW M4 DTM to his first ever victory in the most popular international touring car series. From the start of the race, the 28-year-old pulled clear from the opposition and took the checkered flag after 46 laps with a margin of 4.259 seconds from Bruno Spengler (BMW). "A perfect day for me. After a good start, I was able to pull away continuously with the soft tires. There were two safety car phases in the race and I was really worried that I could lose my leading position because of that. Nevertheless, I managed and I am now overjoyed. First pole, then this victory – just fantastic," the BMW driver enthused. In total 50,000 spectators attended the DTM's second visit to Russia.

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07/13/14
motogp

Marquez makes it nine wins from nine after hectic race start
Marquez leads.  He is simply superior
The start of the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland MotoGP contest was disrupted by pre-race rain, with race winner Marc Marquez and podium finishers Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo all getting away from pit lane.

From third on the grid Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP) started alone towards the front on slick tires and led the early laps after rain in the race build up caused confusion as to which tires would work best. With the track drying quickly much of the rest of the field changed from wet set-up to dry after the final Warm Up lap, meaning they had to start from pit lane.

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07/13/14
automotive

Nissan develops first self-cleaning car prototype
Washing a car can be a chore - and a costly one at that. In response, Nissan has begun tests on innovative paint technology that repels mud, rain and everyday dirt, meaning drivers may never have to clean their car again.



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07/13/14
dtm

Maiden DTM pole position for Maxime Martin
From left Spengler, Martin and Muller
Belgian Maxime Martin sparked a huge surprise in qualifying for the DTM race at Moscow Raceway. With his BMW M4 DTM, the rookie driver completed his best lap of the demanding track near Moscow in 1:28.619 minutes and thus outpaced his seasoned fellow BMW driver, Bruno Spengler from Canada. For the 28-year-old, joy about his first starting grid position for only his fifth DTM race was boundless: "This is just fantastic! We keep getting better and better and it is great that I already scored my first pole at only my fifth attempt. I really like the track here in Moscow. On top of that, the car was simply great. In the race, I want to get the best out of it," the BMW driver said.

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07/13/14
irl

Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing gets it
Wichita State University and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing teamed up for a wheat takeover at the Iowa Corn Indy 300 Verizon IndyCar Series race Saturday, July 12, in Newton, IA.

Josef Newgarden raced in the No. 67 SFHR entry, featuring Wichita State University (WSU) and WuShock logos. The car was sponsored by WSU Athletics and the Office of Research and Technology Transfer.

WSU used the sponsorship as an opportunity to give engineering students involved with the WSU Formula SAE racing team an inside look at IndyCar racing. Six students travelled to Iowa to watch the race and had two-day garage/pit passes for exclusive access to witness the pre-race preparation firsthand.

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07/13/14
eurof3

Esteban Ocon celebrates again – second victory in Moscow
Ocon leads
In the second FIA Formula 3 European Championship race, Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam) continued to improve his track record in Russia. Following three pole positions and victory in the first race of the weekend, the Lotus Formula 1 junior driver also won the second race near the Russian capital. For the entire race, Antonio Fuoco withstood the pressure by his direct rival on track, Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) and managed to bring second place home. With his seventh victory of the season, race winner Ocon managed to extend his lead in the drivers’ standings; he now has a 109 points’ lead from Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing). The 16-year-old Dutchman retired due to technical problems.

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