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07/15/16
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Franchitti applauds Earnhardt Jr. for sitting out
Dario Franchitti
Dario Franchitti
Will Power has six races to overcome a 73-point deficit in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings. Missing the season-opening race in St. Petersburg, Fla., with what eventually was proved a misdiagnosed concussion impaired his chances for a second championship.

But that trade, Power said Friday at the Honda Indy Toronto, is still worth it.

"Absolutely," he said. "I just think they can't really diagnose a concussion. They don't know. It's not something that you can look at and say "It's a concussion,' so at this point it's just way better of being safe than sorry. Honestly, it's just not worth it."

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07/15/16
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Video: NASCAR Loudon Top Qualifiers Q&A
Coors Light Pole Award winner Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet), second-place qualifier Kyle Busch (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota) and Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford).

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Video: Logano, Larson and Edwards Post Qualifying Q&A
Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford), Kyle Larson (No. 42 Target Chevrolet) and Carl Edwards (No. 19 Sport Clips Toyota) from Loudon

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Credit One Extends Deal With Ganassi To Sponsor McMurray's Car
Jamie McMurray
Jamie McMurray
Credit One Bank extended its partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing as primary sponsor of the No. 1 Chevrolet driven by Jamie McMurray for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series New Hampshire 301 on Sunday. Chevrolet SS will be co-branded with CreditCards.com for the race (Credit One).

NESN Fuel, the RSN's new website covering motorsports, will be the primary sponsor of Roush Fenway Racing's No. 16 Ford driven by Greg Biffle for the New Hampshire 301. The paint scheme also features the Bruins and Red Sox logos (RFR). Meanwhile, spirits brand Flaming Leprechaun will partner with BK Racing as the primary sponsor of the No. 23 Toyota driven by David Ragan for Sunday's Sprint Cup race. Flaming Leprechaun

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07/15/16
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Friday afternoon update from Toronto IndyCar weekend
Heading toward Turn 1
Heading toward Turn 1

Timing is everything.  And holding the Honda Indy this weekend as compared to last year's mid June date has proven that.  There are families and children walking around enjoying the racing and the food venues.  Heaps of young children under the age of five.  A local explained that school does not finish up until late June, which impacted the attendance last year.  Also today is free Friday and in lieu of an admission fee, you can donate to Make a Wish Foundation as you enter the gates. 

Well the first practice session went well with the new layout of the track.  Turns 8 through 11 have been reconfigured to accommodate the new inside pit lane.  It has actually made the track slower.  And the new pavement is bumpier than previous years due to the harsh Toronto winters and the promoter not bothering to diamond grind the surface.

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07/15/16
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Pagenaud leads Penske Chevy 1-2-3 in 2nd Toronto practice
Simon Pagenaud
Simon Pagenaud

Simon Pagenaud turned the fastest lap in the 2nd practice session for the Verizon IndyCar Toronto GP. His time of 1m01.708s was 2/10ths faster than Helio Castroneves and Will Power - all three in Penske Chevys with special Penske shocks to help on the bumpy street circuit.

Scott Dixon was 4th (Ganassi Chevy) with local favorite Canadian James Hinchcliffe 5th (Honda).

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07/15/16
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Video: Hinchcliffe visor cam around Toronto
Jump into the cockpit with the "Mayor," James Hinchcliffe of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, as he takes laps at speed on his home track -- the streets of Toronto's Exhibition Place. Feel the bone-jarring bumps and surface changes on the temporary circuit.

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Video: NASCAR Loudon Friday Interviews
Kyle Busch (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota), Ryan Newman (No. 31 Whelen Chevrolet), Ty Dillon (No. 3 WESCO Chevrolet, NASCAR XFINITY Series), Hendrick Motorsports general manager Doug Duchardt, crew chief Greg Ives and driver Alex Bowman (No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet).

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07/15/16
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Earnhardt Jr. to miss race due to concussion
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is out
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is out
NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. is "out of Sunday's race in New Hampshire with concussion symptoms," and there is no "timetable for Earnhardt's return" to the Sprint Cup Series, according to Rick Bonnell of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER.

Earnhardt's No. 88 Chevy will be driven by Alex Bowman this weekend. Earnhardt was first "evaluated by doctors this week in Charlotte," and he was "not cleared to drive Thursday in a follow-up appointment with a neurologist." Earnhardt has a "history with concussions" -- he missed two races in '12 -- and has been in recent crashes at Michigan and Daytona. He confirmed in April that he will "donate his brain for medical research into concussion effects" CHARLOTTE OBSERVER.

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07/15/16
f1

Pirelli wants Middle East F1 tests next year
Formula One's sole tyre supplier Pirelli wants pre-season testing to be carried out in the Middle East next February, rather than at the usual Spanish tracks, to be sure of better weather.

"We would prefer to go somewhere like Bahrain or Abu Dhabi," Pirelli's motorsport head Paul Hembery told the official formula1.com website on Friday.

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07/15/16
wscc

IMSA Makes Further BoP Changes to GTLM
Both BMW and Porsche have been slowed, while Ferrari has been given a performance break in GT Le Mans ahead of next weekend’s Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park.

IMSA announced on Friday further Balance of Performance adjustments to the class, following a last-minute change issued just days prior to last weekend’s round at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

The latest round of BoP changes sees the Porsche 911 RSR gain 20kg of minimum weight, but now set to run with a new, yet-to-be-detailed tire specification. The Porsche North America entries have recently struggled with Michelin’s new 2016 WEC-spec tire, which debuted at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

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07/15/16
motogp

Vinales tops cool Friday in Germany
Decidedly un-summer-like temperatures (max air 16° C, ground 19°) made the opening day of the German GP quite demanding for the riders today. The Sachsenring Circuit is already tough on tyros due to majority of left-hand corners that make it difficult to keep effective operational heat in the right-side rubber, prompting Michelin to bring an asymmetrical front tyre spec for the first time this season.

Weather in the morning’s FP1 session was even colder before a light rain forced everyone back to the pit after just a couple of exits, rendering the session almost useless. The Sachsenring Circuit is already tough on tires due to majority of left-hand corners that make it especially hard on tires.

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07/15/16
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Massachusetts settles with INDYCAR, sues Boston Grand Prix
INDYCAR LLC has agreed to provide $925,000 in refunds for advance tickets purchased for the canceled Boston Grand Prix, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has announced. Healey also noted she filed a lawsuit against Boston Grand Prix LLC (BGP) and CEO John Casey, seeking full refunds for all ticket purchasers.

Close to 4,000 consumers bought tickets for the planned Boston Grand Prix, which was supposed to take place Labor Day, for a total of $2,086,798.67. BGP initially refunded consumers $400,000 before stopping. INDYCAR agreed to pay $925,000 of the total.

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07/15/16
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Bourdais tops opening practice in Toronto
Sebastien Bourdais
Sebastien Bourdais
Sebastien Bourdais (KVSH Chevy) led a Chevy 1-2-3 in opening practice for the Toronto IndyCar race Friday morning. Bourdais' time of 1m02.929s was just 0.0448s better than Scott Dixon (Ganassi Chevy) and 0.0196s better than points leader Simon Pagenaud (Penske Chevy).

The Hondas of Takuma Sato and Graham Rahal rounded out the top-5.

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07/15/16
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Friday morning update from Toronto IndyCar weekend
Narrow pit exit.  Ridiculous!
Narrow pit exit. Note new hotel in background

Good morning from across the border in Toronto, Ontario for the first day of practice for the 30th Honda Indy Toronto.  It is a sunny, cool morning here with temperatures in the 60's.  Although the area has not had much rain in the past few weeks, thunderstorms are predicted for early this afternoon with a pleasant 80 degrees.

Arriving at the Toronto airport yesterday, I spoke with Josef Newgarden of Ed Carpenter Racing.  Just 4 days earlier, the determined American won the Iowa Corn 300 with his injured right hand causing him some discomfort.  Today his hand was not bandaged and appeared healed to me.  Newgarden told me he was healing a little every day.  

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07/15/16
automotive

Elon Musk: Autopilot was not turned on during recent Model X crash (2nd Update)
UPDATE 
Tesla Model X
Tesla Model X
With eviscerating Tesla's Autopilot software becoming something of a fad lately, Elon Musk took to Twitter today and shed some light on a recent Model V crash in Pennsylvania. If you recall, a Model X driving along the Pennsylvania Turnpike rammed into a guard rail last week, an incident which then resulted in the car crossing over a few lanes before crashing into a concrete median and rolling onto its roof.  Notably, early reports indicated that the Model X had its Autopilot feature turned on at the time of the crash.

As it turns out, Autopilot had nothing to do with the crash. According to Musk, the Model X's logs reveal that the car's Autopilot software was, in fact, not activated when the accident occurred.

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07/15/16
f1

Prost likens Mercedes battle to Senna clash
1989 Prost gestures to teammate Senna after they crash each other out
1989 Prost gestures to teammate Senna after they crash each other out
(GMM) Alain Prost has likened the intensifying fight between Mercedes' two drivers to his legendary battle with teammate Ayrton Senna.

The German team openly contemplated imposing team orders after Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg's latest collision in Austria, deciding instead to only toughen the rules of engagement and impose mysterious 'deterrent' measures.

But Prost thinks team orders could eventually be imposed by Mercedes at the business end of the 2016 season.

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07/14/16
automotive

Ford dealers need to spend $30,000 to service the Ford GT
Ford GT
Ford GT
If you thought any old Ford dealer was going to service the GT supercar, then you have another thing coming. According to an internal dealer document acquired by All Ford Mustangs, any dealer wishing to get in on the Ford GT will need to make a $30,000 investment for special equipment needed to work on and transport the supercar.

The biggest-ticket item is a trailer that dealers are required to use in order to pick up and deliver the car to clients. Getting it up onto a lift is different from your everyday car, too. Dealers need to use special dollies to get the car up high enough so the hoist arms can get to the aluminum lift points mounted on the carbon-fiber tub.

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07/14/16
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So24! by Lombard Racing Bankrupt; Withdraws from ELMS
Suspicions of financial troubles at So24! by Lombard Racing have been confirmed, as the French team has filed for bankruptcy and has withdrawn from the European Le Mans Series.

The team was new to ELMS this year, and most recently competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Vincent Capillaire, Jonathan Coleman and Oliver Lombard were set to complete the full ELMS season in the No. 22 Ligier JS P2 Judd, but the team drafted in Erik Maris to replace Lombard at Le Mans, sparking rumors of financial difficulties.

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07/14/16
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Quick Q&A With Jordan King: Another Successful F1 Test With Manor Racing
Jordan King
Jordan King
British GP2 race winner Jordan King completed 70 laps of Silverstone on Wednesday with Manor Racing in his role as F1 Development Driver.

The 22-year-old enjoyed his third experience behind the wheel of an F1 car and cited the improvements made to this year's MRT-05 since he last drove the car in Barcelona two months ago.

Overall, how did the Silverstone test go?

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07/14/16
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Weekend TV Times
All times eastern
Friday, July 15
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - practiceLoudon11:30am-1:00pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Sprint Cup Xfinity Series - practiceLoudon1:00pm-2:00pm (L) & 3:00pm-4:30pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - qualifyingLoudon4:30pm-6:00pm (L)NBCSN
Saturday, July 16
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - practiceLoudon10:00am-11:00am (L)CNBC
NASCAR Xfinity Series - qualifyingLoudon11:00am-12:30pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - practiceLoudon12:30pm-1:30pm (L)NBCSN
Verizon IndyCar Series - qualifyingToronto1:30pm-3:00pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity Series - raceLoudon4:00pm-6:30pm (L)NBCSN
Sunday, July 17
MotoGP ChampionshipSachsenring8:00am-9:00am (L)beIN Sports
IMSA Continental Tire ChallengeCTMP12:00pm-2:00pm (D)FS1
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - raceKentucky1:00pm-1:30pm - pre-race (L), 1:30pm-5:00pm - race (L)NBCSN
Verizon IndyCar Series - raceToronto2:30pm-5:00pm (L)CNBC
DTMZandvoort4:00pm-6:00pm (D)CBS-SN
Verizon IndyCar Series - raceToronto5:30pm-8:00pm (R)CNBC
Lucas Oil Off Road - Pro Buggy, Pro 4Utah7:00pm-9:00pm (D)CBS-SN

D = delayed; L = live; SDD = same-day delay; R = repeat

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Weekend TV Ratings - USA (2nd Update)
UPDATE Added NHRA's Sunday broadcast to the table below.

07/13/16 UPDATE If the ratings AR1.com published below don't send off alarm bells in motorsports, nothing will. Across the board note the number in the 18-49 year old column vs. total viewers. This tells us the majority of the viewers are 50 years old and up. This also tells us USA motorsports has a major problem ahead if they don't do something soon to engage younger people. We have proposed a solution that we are sure will work (here and here), but it has generated no traction. No one cares. They all feel somebody else will fix it.

Between electric cars, autonomous cars and complete complacency on the part of the bosses of motorsports, one has to wonder if it will cease to be a sport in 15 years.

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07/14/16
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Pirelli announces Mexico GP tire choices
Pirelli Tires
Pirelli Tires
Pirelli has released its compound nominations and mandatory sets for the Mexican Grand Prix, with the red-marked Super Soft, yellow-marked Soft and white-marked Medium tires to be supplied.

Pirelli has picked a set of Softs and Mediums for the race, with a set of Super Softs for qualifying.

It mirrors the United States Grand Prix nomination, which Mexico is twinned with as a back-to-back.

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07/14/16
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Kyle Busch Clinches 2016 ESPYs Win
Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch
The 24th annual ESPY Awards got a little "rowdy" as reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Kyle Busch was named Best Driver at last night’s ceremony. He received the most votes among fellow nominees 2015 IndyCar Series Champion Scott Dixon, 2015 Formula One World Driver’s Champion Lewis Hamilton, 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi, and 2015 NHRA Pro Stock Champion Erica Enders-Stevens.

NASCAR drivers have been victorious in the Best Driver category eight of the last ten years, with Busch joining fellow competitors Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson on the elite list of winners. 

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07/14/16
f1

Vandoorne may have to look outside of McLaren
Stoffel Vandoorne - no check, no drive
Stoffel Vandoorne - no check, no drive
2015 GP2 champion, Stoffel Vandoorne, who is currently contesting Super Formula in Japan, is determined to line-up on the 2017 F1 grid, having had his first real taste earlier this season when he stood in for Fernando Alonso in Bahrain and scored a world championship point on his debut.

However, with McLaren admitting that it is not willing to make a decision on whether to retain Jenson Button for an eighth season until September, Vandoorneis getting anxious and admits that he intends to be on the grid next year, whether it is with McLaren or not.

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07/14/16
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Robin Frijns is latest example of talented driver who has to buy his ride
Robin Frijns is one of the best talents AR1.com has seen in years. Perhaps even better than Max Verstappen. The fact he has to buy a ride in IndyCar or F1 is appalling.
Robin Frijns is one of the best talents AR1.com has seen in years. Perhaps even better than Max Verstappen. The fact he has to buy a ride in IndyCar or F1 is appalling.
Michael Andretti hopes his Formula E driver Robin Frijns does not impress rival IndyCar teams too much when he tests with Andretti Autosport next week writes Bruce Martin of Autosport.

Frijns starred in the 2015/16 Formula E season, despite Andretti running season-one technology, scoring 41 of the team's 45 points.

The Dutch driver has signed to stay with the squad next season, but he will also test one of Andretti's Honda-powered Indycars at Mid-Ohio on July 21.

"It's important because we always want to be looking for the best [drivers] out there and you never know where you are going to find him," Andretti told Autosport of the test.

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07/14/16
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NASCAR Kentucky TV Rating (Update)
UPDATE NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from Kentucky earned a 1.9 final rating and 3.2 million viewers on NBCSN Saturday night, down 5% in ratings and 1% in viewership from last year (2.0, 3.2M), down 17% and 11%, respectively, from 2014 (2.3, 3.6M), and the lowest rated and least-watched Sprint Cup race from Kentucky (dates back to 2011). Kentucky was the ninth race this season to hit a multi-year low in ratings and/or viewership (excluding rainout years), joining Michigan, Charlotte, Richmond, Bristol, Texas, Fontana, Phoenix and Las Vegas. Though low overall, Saturday's race was the most-watched program on NBCSN since last year's Martinsville race (3.4M) - topping Games 2 and 3 of the Stanley Cup Final (2.5M and 2.8M, respectively). Head-to-head, NASCAR on NBCSN topped competing coverage of Major League Baseball on FOX (2.1M) but trailed the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials on NBC (3.4M). Sports Media Watch 

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07/14/16
automotive

Porsche 918 Recalled for Incorrect Seat Belt Bolts
Porsche 918
Porsche 918
Porsche released information regarding a recall of the mighty hybrid hypercar, one involving incorrect bolts in the seat belt assemblies.

According to the automaker, the parts catalog for the 918 incorrectly labeled the bolts for both the seat belt mount and the belt reel mount, leading to possible confusion when ordering. Porsche says these bolts are "one-time-use" only, and are not the same parts. As you might expect, if the wrong type of bolts were used, the seat belts might not work properly in the event of a crash. Porsche looks to bring all 918s into dealerships, and inspect the assemblies for any defects. If there is indeed a problem, the bolts will be replaced.

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07/14/16
automotive

In the future we may not own cars
Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model 3
It has never been more clear that transformational change to one of the world’s largest industries is just around the corner. Car ownership is supposed to change -- and when it does, it is predicted to be one of the most monumental displacements of wealth the world economy has ever seen.

But there are a lot of conflicting opinions and information out there. Industry experts and headlines are telling us that Tesla will rule the world, car manufacturers are becoming mobility companies and Uber and Lyft mean the end of traditional car ownership as we know it. They’re also saying that car dealerships will die at the hands of online car-buying sites such as Beepi, Carvana, Vroom and Shift. On the contrary, headlines are also touting that vehicle sales are at all-time highs, trucks are the leading category of new car sales and millennials are buying cars more than ever.

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07/14/16
nhra

Art Chrisman dies
Noted drag racing and Bonneville pioneer Art Chrisman died early Tuesday morning losing his bout with cancer.

He was also one of the spark plug wizards at Indy and when Ford brought out the all conquering V8 he was an integral part of the Autolight program.

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07/14/16
automotive

Honda finds a way to build faster and cheaper electric motors for EVs
In order to build electric motors for hybrid vehicles, the manufacturers use heavy rare earth metals such as dysprosium and terbium, to make sure the units have a high heat resistance. However, there are many challenges in getting such rare elements. The supply chain is usually very slow because deposits are unevenly distributed around the world and the costs are high. Honda, alongside with the Japanese metal supplier Daido Steel, said they found a bypass solution to this predicament, skipping the use of rare-earth metals by mass-producing motors magnets using a hot deformation method, rather than the typical sintering production method.

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07/14/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • Haryanto needs a bigger check
    Haryanto needs a bigger check
    Full season for Haryanto not assured - manager
  • Villeneuve slams F1 driver 'babies' over safety car
  • Candidates queue up for Palmer's seat
  • Grosjean mourns Bianchi but opposed to Halo
  • Perez to assess future in summer break
  • Bottas hails 'important' test for Williams
  • Arrivabene: Ferrari cannot fail in Hungary

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07/14/16
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Joe Gibbs Racing makes changes to pit crew management
Mike Lepp
Mike Lepp
Joe Gibbs Racing announced changes to the management structure of its pit crews with Matt Osborn now in charge of day-to-day operations and former athletic director Mike Lepp assuming new duties within the organization.

Lepp has served as Athletic Director for the past 10 years overseeing Joe Gibbs Racing pit crew operations. In his new role as Senior Athletic Advisor, Lepp will assume an increased role in marketing and public relations duties. Lepp will continue to do public speaking events, drawing on his extensive experience in athletics and motorsports, on subjects related to pit crew training and trends related to pit stops.

He remains available for media interviews on those subjects and will also be available for public speaking to JGR's sponsors and partners. In his new role, Lepp will also assist in seeking sponsorship opportunities with companies involved in athletic apparel and equipment. Joe Gibbs Racing

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