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07/21/19
Vintage Racing

Vintage Car WeatherTech International Challenge at Road America
Jason Miller, of Elkhart Lake, Wis., leads the F5000 field during the Sunday feature race. - Photo Credit: Les Tension
Jason Miller, of Elkhart Lake, Wis., leads the F5000 field during the Sunday feature race. - Photo Credit: Les Tension
The WeatherTech International Challenge presented by HAWK performance vintage event with Brian Redman concluded today at Road America after three days of fabulous vintage racing action, exhibitions, concours awards and activities for fans. The event has been heralded as one of the largest vintage racing events in the country, and according to famed driver and competition director, Dorsey Schroeder, it is "one of the most amazing events of its kind in the world."

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07/21/19
dtm

Mike Rockenfeller wins tire battle at Assen Race 2
Mike Rockenfeller
Mike Rockenfeller

Mike Rockenfeller’s sensational victory in Sunday’s DTM race at Assen earned the German his first victory since Zandvoort 2017.

Central to the Audi driver’s success was his careful management of Hankook tires, making a single stop for fresh rubber and eking them out to the end as the whole field struggled with tires that thrillingly toppled over the cliff-edge.

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07/21/19
f1

Aston Martin stands ready to do an F1 engine. Really?
It's nice for Aston Martin's CEO Andy Palmer to talk a good game but in reality minnow Aston Martin could never make an engine to beat the likes of Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault
It's nice for Aston Martin's CEO Andy Palmer to talk a good game but in reality minnow Aston Martin could never make an engine to beat the likes of Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault
Red Bull’s title sponsor Aston Martin have said that they will “stand ready” to up their Formula 1 involvement if Honda don’t commit beyond 2020.

The sports car manufacturer have been Red Bull’s title sponsor since last year, but they were already working together prior to this with Aston Martin partnering Red Bull Advanced Technologies to build the Valkyrie hypercar.

Red Bull switched to Honda power for 2019, though Aston Martin had discussing the idea of developing an engine of their own to the 2021 regulations. 

While Aston are happy with the Red Bull/Honda relationship and don’t want to “muscle in” on it, they are on standby should Honda leave the series.

Speaking to Autosport after last weekend’s first public run for the Valkyrie at Silverstone , Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said: “Would I like to be a little bit more involved [in F1] technically? I think that depends.”

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07/21/19
nasmon

Will Bowman wad up a third car in today's race?
Bowman had now wadded up two cars this weekend. Will he wad up his third in the race today?
Bowman had now wadded up two cars this weekend. Will he wad up his third in the race today?
Alex Bowman wrecked his backup car in final Cup practice on Saturday, after having an issue during Friday's qualifying session. He will be utilizing his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson's backup car for Sunday's race.

After suffering a driveshaft failure in qualifying Friday that ruined his primary car, Bowman crashed his backup No. 88 Chevrolet in final practice Saturday on the 1.058-mile oval.

Hendrick team members immediately began scrambling to prepare the backup No. 48 Chevrolet of teammate Jimmie Johnson for Bowman (Hendrick’s fourth driver, William Byron, already was in a backup after crashing Saturday morning).

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07/21/19
irl

Video: Iowa 300 Race Highlights
Newgarden does donuts
The hour of day at Iowa Speedway was different, but the domination by Josef Newgarden was not. And this time, he won the Iowa 300. For the fourth time in five years, Newgarden led the most laps in the race at the NTT IndyCar Series' smallest track. Last year, he led 229 of the 300 laps but settled for a fourth-place finish.

This time he went to victory lane by leading 245 laps in Team Penske's No. 2 Hitachi Chevrolet.

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07/20/19
irl

Starting Lineup for rain delayed Iowa 300
Pos. No. Driver Engine
1 22 Pagenaud, Simon Chevy
2 12 Power, Will Chevy
3 2 Newgarden, Josef Chevy
4 30 Sato, Takuma Honda
5 5 Hinchcliffe, James Honda
6 27 Rossi, Alexander Honda
7 15 Rahal, Graham Honda
8 9 Dixon, Scott Honda
9 28 Hunter-Reay, Ryan Honda
10 7 Ericsson, Marcus (R) Honda
11 88 Herta, Colton (R) Honda
12 19 Ferrucci, Santino (R) Honda
13 14 Kanaan, Tony Chevy
14 31 Karam, Sage Chevy
15 10 Rosenqvist, Felix (R) Honda
16 59 Daly, Conor Chevy
17 20 Carpenter, Ed Chevy
18 98 Andretti, Marco Honda
19 21 Pigot, Spencer Chevy
20 26 Veach, Zach Honda
21 18 Bourdais, Sebastien Honda
22 4 Leist, Matheus Chevy
(R) Rookie

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07/20/19
irl

Saturday Report from Iowa *** 4th Update **
Track Dryers
Track Dryers
UPDATE
 The Titans and the safety trucks continue to work on the weepers between turns 3 and 4.   IndyCar has announced the cars will grid at 9:55 pm.  Race time has not been scheduled yet.

We are back on NBCSN live.

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07/20/19
nasmon

NASCAR New Hampshire pre-race Q&A
Kyle Busch (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota), Kurt Busch (No. 1 Monster Energy Chevrolet), Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Busch Beer/National Forest Foundation Ford), Joey Logano (No. 22 AAA Insurance Ford)

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07/20/19
imsa

Vanthoor Claims First-Ever Pole In GTLM Class
Laurens Vanthoor
Laurens Vanthoor
Laurens Vanthoor picked up his first career IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship pole position, setting a new GT Le Mans (GTLM) class track record at Lime Rock Park in a 1-2 sweep of qualifying for the Porsche GT Team ahead of this afternoon’s Northeast Grand Prix.

Vanthoor posted a best time of 49.133 seconds (108.000 mph) in the No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR, breaking the previous record of 49.754 seconds (106.6 mph) set last year in qualifying by Antonio Garcia in the No. 3 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R. Vanthoor’s time was just 0.052 seconds quicker than teammate Nick Tandy, who turned in a best lap of 49.185 seconds (107.886 mph) in the No. 911 Porsche.

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07/20/19
dtm

Wittmann Takes Sensational Win At Rainy Assen
Marco Wittmann
Marco Wittmann
Germany’s Marco Wittmann claimed a brilliantly assertive wet-weather victory as the DTM put on a spectacular show at the TT Circuit Assen, the Netherlands’ ‘Cathedral of Speed’.

Starting from pole position, and running the first three laps behind the Safety Car, the BMW driver braved the worst weather conditions to pull a narrow lead over title rival Rene Rast (GER, Audi). On a similar strategy, the leading pair dropped behind Nico Muller (SUI, Audi), who crept through the field after cleverly gambling on a late stop for fresh rubber in a bid to maximize his pace in the closing laps.

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07/20/19
irl

Rinus VeeKay set for IndyCar test with Ed Carpenter
Rinus Veekay
Rinus Veekay

Ed Carpenter Racing has confirmed it will hand 2018 Indy Pro 2000 Champion and current Indy Lights driver, Rinus VeeKay, an official IndyCar test.

VeeKay will get behind the wheel of the #20 Chevrolet-powered IR-18 at Portland International Raceway on August 7, in what will be his first ever taste of an Indy car, just two years after making his debut on the Road To Indy.

"We are excited to test Rinus at Portland," commented team owner and driver, Ed Carpenter. "The Indy Lights series has produced high-level talent, and ECR has always looked at drivers coming out of that series.

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07/20/19
irl

Iowa Friday Notebook
The Karams - Father Jody and Sage
The Karams - Father Jody and Sage

Notebook Items:

  • Pagenaud leads a Team Penske 1-2-3 sweep in qualifying for the NTT IndyCar Series Iowa 300
  • Kids Q&A at Crash Course presented by U.S. Cellular
  • Sweet Corn Feed Presented by Chevrolet
  • Classic Racing Times
  • Fans Reminded to Be Careful in Extreme Heat

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07/20/19
arca

Chandler Smith Dominates ARCA Race at Iowa Speedway
Chandler Smith
Chandler Smith

Chandler Smith backed up his performance in practice by taking his fourth pole position start of the season for the ARCA Menards Series Fans With Benefits 150 at Iowa Speedway. Smith turned a fast lap of 130.262 mph to edge his Venturini Motorsports teammate Michael Self. In addition to being Smith's fourth pole of the season, it was 13th pole in 14 races for Venturini Motorsports so far.

"To say it's hot is an understatement," Smith said of the ambient and track conditions at Iowa Speedway following qualifying. "It's hot in the car and we're are just slipping and sliding out there on the track. The sun will go down and the track conditions will be totally different for the race, though."

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07/20/19
f1

Vietnam Grand Prix releases 3D images of new F1 circuit
Vietnam main pit complex
Vietnam main pit complex
The organizers of the Vietnam Grand Prix have released the first renderings of how the circuit will look ahead of the first Formula One race there next year.

The race will be held around the country's capital city of Hanoi on a 5.565km street circuit featuring purpose-built sections and a newly constructed pit and paddock complex.

Vietnam will be one of two new additions to the 2020 calendar along with the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort.

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07/20/19
nasmon

NASCAR New Hampshire pole qualifying Q&A
Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Alliance Truck Parts) wins the pole for Sunday's Foxwoods Resort Casino 301

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07/19/19
irl

Video: Iowa 300 Qualifying Highlights
All the #Iowa300 qualifying action, in less than 5 minutes.

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07/19/19
irl

Videos: Misc IndyCar Friday driver Q&A
Our Lucille Dust caught up with several drivers during practice and qualifying.

Scott Dixon post-qualifying comments

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07/19/19
tv news

Weekend TV Times
All Times Eastern
Saturday, July 20LocationTV TimesNetwork
IMSA QualifyingLime Rock9:25am-10:15am (L)IMSA.TV
NASCAR Cup Practice 2Loudon10:00-11:15am (L)CNBC
NASCAR Xfinity QualifyingLoudon11:15am-12:30pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Cup Practice 3Loudon12:30-1:30pm (L)NBCSN
IMSA RaceLime Rock3:00pm-5:50pm (L)IMSA.TV
IMSA RaceLime Rock3:00pm-6:00pm (L)NBC Gold
Xfinity Series RaceLoudon3:30pm-4:00pm (L) - Pre-Race
4:00pm-6:30pm (L) - Race
6:30pm-6:45pm (L) - Post-Race
NBCSN
IndyCar RaceIowa6:45pm-7:00pm (L) - Pre-Race
7:00pm-9:00pm (L) - Race
9:00pm-9:30pm (L) - Post-Race
NBCSN
IMSA RaceLime Rock9:30pm-12:30am (SDD)NBCSN
Sunday, July 21LocationTV TimesNetwork
DTMAssenTBACBSSN
NASCAR CupLoudon2:30pm-3:00pm (L) - Pre-Race
3:00pm-6:30pm (L) - Race
6:30pm-7:00pm (L) - Post-Race
7:00pm-8:00pm (L) - Victory Lap
NBCSN
NHRADenver3:00pm-6:00pm (L)FOX

Legend: L=Live, SDD: Same day delay;R = Repeat. In part from TV Racer



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07/19/19
irl

Penske shock cars runs 1-2 in Iowa 300 Practice 2
Rahal says it's all about Team Penske's special shocks
Rahal says it's all about Team Penske's special shocks
Graham Rahal explains how the special Penske Shocks that Team Penske runs give them a huge advantage.

Why does IndyCar allow shock programs? It only gives Team Penske, who have the deepest pockets, the opportunity to win most of the races.

We follow that with Practice 2 Results.

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07/19/19
f1

F1 hits 1 billion views on YouTube


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07/19/19
irl

IndyCar Iowa 300 qualifying order
Ed Carpenter
Ed Carpenter

Order based on inverse of point standings.

Look for Team Penske to qualify 1-2-3 with their special shocks on the uneven (some drivers call it washboard) Iowa Speedway track surface.

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07/19/19
irl

AR1.com talks to Sage Karam after Iowa IndyCar Practice
AR1.com's Lucille Dust talks to Sage Karam at the 7/8th-mile Iowa oval after the first IndyCar practice session for the Iowa 300, which runs Saturday night.

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07/19/19
irl

Newgarden leads Penske Team 1-2-3 in opening Iowa Practice
Newgarden in position to dominate the weekend.
Newgarden in position to dominate the weekend.

Putting their exclusive and superior Penske shocks on the washboard 7/8ths mile Newton Iowa oval, Team Penske ran 1-2-3 in Practice 1 ahead of qualifying on 1-hour.

Points leader Josef Newgarden turned the fastest lap at 179.838 mph to just nip Simon Pagenaud (178.533 mph) and Will Power (178.400 mph) to give the Penske team the upper hand on the track that has become wose with each winter.

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07/19/19
elms

Launch of the Ligier European Series
Ligier Automotive has launched the Ligier European Series in collaboration with the European Le Mans Series, a single-make formula dedicated to the Ligier JS P4, the make’s sports prototype unveiled in 2018 and the Ligier JS2 R, Ligier anniversary GT. The objective? Open the Endurance world to drivers, allowing them to climb the different levels of Endurance racing and potentially reach the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ligier, the French motorsport manufacturer, and the European Le Mans Series introduced a brand-new championship, the Ligier European Series. With which cars? Solely Ligier JS P4s, the sports prototype with a futuristic look released in 2018 and the Ligier JS2 Rs, the anniversary GT also launched in 2018.

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07/19/19
irl

Friday Morning IndyCar Report from Iowa
Can Newgarden keep the points lead?
Can Newgarden keep the points lead?

Good morning from a warm and humid Iowa Speedway.   The weather is going to be excessive for this 2 day race weekend.  Temperatures today are expected to be in the 90s with the high at 99 degrees.  Not the best weather for running an IndyCar on a hot track.   We will not talk about the weather tomorrow because it could change and the storms may not upset the race scheduled for tomorrow evening.

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07/19/19
nasmon

Stenhouse Jr. throws strike at Boston Red Sox game
It seems Ricky Stenhouse Jr. should have stuck to baseball rather than driving.

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07/19/19
irl

Firestone using 2018 tires this weekend in Iowa
Firestone in bringing the same 2018 tire construction and compound to this year's Iowa 300
Firestone is bringing the same 2018 tire construction and compound to this year's Iowa 300
IOWA 300

300 LAPS; 7/8-MILE OVAL
Iowa Speedway – Des Moines Metro Area
Saturday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 p.m. PT on NBCSN
#Iowa300

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07/19/19
irl

Scott Dixon and wife expecting a baby
Scott Dixon and wife Emma
Scott Dixon and wife Emma
Five-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon has announced his wife is expecting a baby.

The announcement was made on social media with Dixon retweeting wife Emma Davis-Dixon's Twitter post on Friday morning, NZ time.

Davis-Dixon shared a photo of an ultrasound and a drawing of the family saying "Hello little one...I'm so in love with you already and we can't wait to meet you in December". See tweet below.

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07/19/19
tv news

Weekend TV Times
All Times Eastern
Friday, July 19LocationTV TimesNetwork
IndyCar Practice 1Iowa11:00am-12:00pmNBC Gold
NASCAR Cup Practice 1Loudon12:00-1:00pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity Practice 1Loudon1:00-2:00pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity Practice 2Loudon3:30-4:30pm (L)NBCSN
IndyCar QualifyingIowa2:00-3:30pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Cup QualifyingLoudon4:30-5:30pm (L)NBCSN
IndyCar Practice 2Iowa7:00-8:00pm (L)NBC Gold
Superbike HighlightsLaguna Seca8:00pm-9:00pmbeIN Sports
Saturday, July 20LocationTV TimesNetwork
IMSA QualifyingLime Rock9:25am-10:15am (L)IMSA.TV
NASCAR Cup Practice 2Loudon10:00-11:15am (L)CNBC
NASCAR Xfinity QualifyingLoudon11:15am-12:30pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Cup Practice 3Loudon12:30-1:30pm (L)NBCSN
IMSA RaceLime Rock3:00pm-5:50pm (L)IMSA.TV
IMSA RaceLime Rock3:00pm-6:00pm (L)NBC Gold
Xfinity Series RaceLoudon3:30pm-4:00pm (L) - Pre-Race
4:00pm-6:30pm (L) - Race
6:30pm-6:45pm (L) - Post-Race
NBCSN
IndyCar RaceIowa6:45pm-7:00pm (L) - Pre-Race
7:00pm-9:00pm (L) - Race
9:00pm-9:30pm (L) - Post-Race
NBCSN
IMSA RaceLime Rock9:30pm-12:30am (SDD)NBCSN
Sunday, July 21LocationTV TimesNetwork
DTMAssenTBACBSSN
NASCAR CupLoudon2:30pm-3:00pm (L) - Pre-Race
3:00pm-6:30pm (L) - Race
6:30pm-7:00pm (L) - Post-Race
7:00pm-8:00pm (L) - Victory Lap
NBCSN
NHRADenver3:00pm-6:00pm (L)FOX

Legend: L=Live, SDD: Same day delay;R = Repeat. In part from TV Racer

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07/19/19
f1

Marko urges Vettel to leave Ferrari
Sebastian Vettel more likely to retire than return to Red Bull
Sebastian Vettel more likely to retire than return to Red Bull
(GMM) Dr Helmut Marko thinks Sebastian Vettel needs to "change the team" he drives for in order to get his Formula 1 career back on track.

The German, who is nominally Ferrari's number 1 driver, has lost the crucial backing of the Italian media after Silverstone following yet another fundamental mistake.

"At Red Bull, he hardly made any mistakes," noted the energy drink outfit's new star Max Verstappen. "You do not forget how to drive.

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07/19/19
fe

Vergne will remain in Formula E, will have zero F1 offers
Vergne - bypassed by F1 - stuck with Formula E
Vergne - bypassed by F1 - stuck with Formula E
Newly re-crowned Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne would only consider an F1 return in a top seat.

The Frenchman became the first double winner of the all-electric series last weekend in New York, as he forges a new path in his career after being dropped by Red Bull at the end of 2013.

However, having now achieved great success in Formula E, it does raise a question as to whether a path back to F1 could re-open.

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07/19/19
f1

McLaren cannot win unless F1 changes - Seidl
Andreas Seidl
Andreas Seidl
(GMM) Andreas Seidl says McLaren cannot return to title-winning form unless Formula 1 changes.

The German, who arrives from Porsche's Le Mans program to be the new McLaren team boss, was last in F1 a decade ago with BMW.

He told France's Auto Hebdo that his first job is to maximize McLaren's current potential.

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07/19/19
f1

Alonso says F1 still 'not attractive enough'
No F1 for Alonso
No F1 for Alonso
(GMM) Fernando Alonso has played down speculation that he is pushing for a return to Formula 1.

The Spaniard, who quit McLaren and the sport last year, has indicated he might be interested in returning with a top team capable of winning.

But he is now quoted by Spain's EFE news agency as suggesting the conditions for his return are not currently present.

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07/19/19
irl

IndyCar Power Rankings: Rossi remains #1
Just as we predicted almost 10 years ago when we first saw him in Formula BMW, Alexander Rossi is a true phenom
Just as we predicted almost 10 years ago when we first saw him in Formula BMW, Alexander Rossi is a true phenom
Using INDYCAR’s advanced statistics and data, we’ve developed a weighted formula to rate the NTT IndyCar Series drivers after each race this season. Welcome to the Power Rankings – but that doesn’t necessarily mean that Will Power is always included.

How does it work? We look beyond the results of the event, also factoring in qualifying results, on-track passes, on-track position passes and average running position throughout the race to come up with each driver’s unique rating.

The rankings are based on the four most recent races. The most recent race (Honda Indy Toronto) is weighted the most in the rating and the oldest race (Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix – Race 2) the least.

So, following Toronto and heading to Iowa Speedway, here’s a look at the top NTT IndyCar Series drivers:

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07/18/19
irl

St. Pete Extends IndyCar Opener For Four More Years
St. Petersburg GP
St. Petersburg GP

The St. Petersburg city council today unanimously voted to accept race promoter Green Savoree Promotions' request to extend the city’s annual NTT IndyCar Series race for another four years.

The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg has served as the season-opener every year since '11.

The current deal was set to expire following next year, but the extension now takes it through '24.

The city council stated that the race has “earned its status” by bringing in an average of 150,000 fans per event weekend. Adam Stern/SBD

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07/18/19
ta

Continued Growth for Trans Am in 2019
Buffamonte at Detroit
Buffomante at Detroit
From racing in front of large crowds as part of the blockbuster NTT IndyCar Series events, to signing new long-term partnerships, to returning to historic Trans Am venues, 2019 has already been quite a year for the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli. And with close competition across a growing paddock, the on-track competition has also continued to gain attention and push the series towards the future. 

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07/18/19
f1

Australian GP renewed for 5 years
Melbourne
Melbourne
The Australian Grand Prix will continue to be held in Melbourne through 2025, Formula 1 chiefs have announced.

“We are pleased to have renewed our partnership with the city of Melbourne, which will now host the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix until at least 2025,” said F1 CEO Chase Carey.

“The decision to extend the current relationship for a further two years stems from the fact this event has proved to be a resounding success for the capital of Victoria, for Australia and indeed around the world, proving immensely popular with fans and those who work in Formula 1.

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07/18/19
automotive

2020 Chevy Corvette C8 Debuts Today: Watch The Unveiling Live Here
Corvette C8 reveal time is 11pm Eastern tonight
Corvette C8 reveal time is 11pm Eastern tonight
It’s finally 07.18.19, which means we are only a few hours away from the highly anticipated debut of the mid-engined Corvette. It’s far from being the first one to have the powertrain behind the seats, but you’ll actually be able to buy one from your local Chevy dealer instead of having to settle with images and details about prototypes.

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07/18/19
automotive

Rodin FZero aims to be F1 killer
Rodin FZero rendering
Rodin FZero rendering

A small company from New Zealand, Rodin Cars, is working on an extreme road-legal hypercar which could be as fast as a Formula 1 car.

The Rodin FZero is promising figures which could usurp an F1 car.

Rodin actually has a lot of money behind it, as Australian owner David Dicker has built up a multi-billion dollar software in recent decades and wants to turn his automotive dream into a reality. The FZero will be built in two different forms.

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07/18/19
f1

Hamilton does not like driving
Hamilton not fond of driving passenger cars
Hamilton not fond of driving passenger cars
British racing driver Lewis Hamilton may be a five-time Formula One world champion, but that doesn't mean he always likes getting behind the wheel.

Speaking to David Letterman on the latest season of Netflix series "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction," Hamilton, who won the British Grand Prix on Sunday, said he "doesn't particularly enjoy driving."

When asked by Letterman if he's ever been pulled over in his road car, he said, "Unfortunately, yeah."

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07/18/19
f1

No manufacturer has broken 1000hp barrier yet
Honda F1 engine
Honda F1 engine
(GMM) No engine manufacturer in Formula 1 has reached the magic '1000 horsepower' figure yet.

That is the claim of a Mercedes engineer, according to Germany's Auto Motor und Sport.

Over the last year or two, there have often been reports in the media about Mercedes or Ferrari breaking through the four-digit horsepower barrier.

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07/18/19
wseries
f1

W Series champion to get Super License points
W-Series champion to get Super License points
W-Series champion to get Super License points

(GMM) Female drivers in the new all-women 'W Series' championship will get points towards a Formula 1 Super License.

"If what we are about is getting our drivers into the upper echelons of motorsport, especially into Formula 1, this represents an absolute sea change in opportunities for women," said the series' CEO Catherine Bond Muir.

The Telegraph claims the 2020 W Series champion will get between 12 and 18 Super License points.

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07/18/19
f1

FIA vows to improve 2021 front wing aesthetics
How the 2021 cars will look....so far
How the 2021 cars will look....so far
(GMM) The FIA is still working on the design of the front nose and wing of the chassis regulations for 2021.

This week, drawings of the proposed layout prescribed in the soon-to-be-announced 2021 technical regulations were published on the F1 and FIA websites.

To promote overtaking, the 2021 cars will produce a so-called 'ground effect' with the floor, while the front wing will be simple and notably wide.

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07/18/19
f1

Russell 'not worried' about reputation
George Russell's career being ruined by driving the inferior Paddy Lowe Williams
George Russell's career being ruined by driving the inferior Paddy Lowe Williams
(GMM) George Russell says he is "not worried" that the start of his F1 career sees him stranded at the back of the grid.

The other rookies that are doing well in 2019, like Alex Albon and Lando Norris, were actually beaten to the Formula 2 title by Briton Russell last year.

"No, I'm not worried," Russell told France's Auto Hebdo when asked about his results affecting his reputation.

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07/18/19
f1

Vettel should be Leclerc's number 2 - Baldisserri
One of the worse engineers in Ferrari history, Luca Baldisserri, has nerve to open his mouth
One of the worse engineers in Ferrari history, Luca Baldisserri, has nerve to open his mouth. In 2018, he became Lance Stroll's race engineer and we know how that turned out
(GMM) Ferrari should consider making Sebastian Vettel the 'number 2' driver behind Charles Leclerc.

That is the view of former highly-experienced Ferrari engineer Luca Baldisserri, who was speaking after Vettel's latest performance at Silverstone which sections of the Italian media called "disastrous".

"I think Vettel is an overrated driver and not Schumacher's heir," Baldisserri told the Italian podcast Pit-Talk. "He has made so many mistakes and must rediscover himself. 

"But he is still a driver who has won four titles," he added.

At the same time, the Italian media is heartily promoting the burgeoning talent of 21-year-old Leclerc.

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07/18/19
f1

Zandvoort will 'surprise' with exciting racing
Zandvoort is much too narrow for modern F1 cars
Zandvoort is much too narrow for modern F1 cars
(GMM) The designer in charge of revamping Zandvoort for 2020 says the Dutch GP can be surprisingly exciting.

After a thrilling race at Silverstone, Lewis Hamilton suggested he was not looking forward to Zandvoort's return to the calendar next year.

"There are ones (circuits) that they are selecting for the future that we're going to have not such great racing," he warned.

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07/18/19
f1

Alfa Romeo confirms designer Resta's exit
Unable to steal Aldo Costa back from Mercedes, hapless Ferrari regurgitates thru another previously failed designer
Unable to steal Aldo Costa back from Mercedes, hapless Ferrari regurgitates thru another previously failed designer
(GMM) The path is clear for Simone Resta to return to Ferrari as chief designer.

Alfa Romeo has now confirmed Resta's departure as technical boss, to be replaced by the team's existing aerodynamics chief on August 1.

Specialist publications say Resta, who only switched to Alfa Romeo last year, will then do some mandatory 'gardening leave' in the road car department at Maranello.

"I wish him all the best for his future appointments," said Alfa Romeo team boss Frederic Vasseur.

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07/18/19
f1

McLaren denies Renault-only 'party mode'
Sainz Jr. must realize that the inferior McLaren chassis has to run more downforce hence is slower on the straights. This same flaw falsely led Alonso to think the Honda engine was junk
Sainz Jr. must realize that the inferior McLaren chassis has to run more downforce hence is slower on the straights. This same flaw falsely led Alonso to think the Honda engine was junk
(GMM) McLaren boss Andreas Seidl has denied that Renault's works team has a "party mode" setting that is not available to its customer.

After Silverstone, McLaren's Carlos Sainz Jr. said he was surprised by the top speed achieved by Daniel Ricciardo in the works car, even though they theoretically use exactly the same engine.

But Seidl denied this is evidence of unequal treatment.

"If you see the data, it has to do with the settings used by Renault," he told AS newspaper.

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07/18/19
f1

Bottas must work harder to beat Hamilton - Rosberg
Valtteri Bottas gives us the look
Valtteri Bottas gives us the look
(GMM) The "only way" Valtteri Bottas can beat Lewis Hamilton is for the Finn to work harder.

That is the view of Nico Rosberg, who says he learned that lesson when he was Hamilton's Mercedes teammate between 2013 and 2016.

Rosberg actually won the 2016 title before immediately retiring, and he says he is now watching closely as Bottas also tries to beat Hamilton.

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07/17/19
nasmon

Pocono Raceway Fan Fest Driver Lineup Announced
Gander RV 400
Gander RV 400
Pocono Raceway will host the third annual Pocono Raceway Fan Fest from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. ET on Friday, July 26. This year’s event is free for anyone who has a 2019 Gander RV 400 race weekend ticket and for kids, ages 12 and under.

The event, taking place inside ‘The Tricky Triangle’ at the Infield Block Party stage, will feature six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) drivers.

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07/17/19
f1

Alfa Romeo Racing appoints Jan Monchaux as new Technical Director
Jan Monchaux
Jan Monchaux
Sauber Motorsport AG, which operates and manages the Alfa Romeo Racing team in the Formula One World Championship, are pleased to announce that Head of Aerodynamics, Jan Monchaux, will be promoted to the position of Technical Director, starting from August 1st, 2019.
 
The move will follow the departure of current Technical Director, Simone Resta, at the end of the month.

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07/17/19
irl

Iowa fans warned to stay cool
With a spike in temperature expected this weekend, Iowa Speedway outlines ways for fans to stay cool. With this being the first heat wave of the summer, people are urged to take precautions to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke due to overexertion and overexposure. In preparation of this weekend’s forecast, guests are asked to stay safe and proactive.

Fans are encouraged to bring sealed bottles of water or empty water containers to the speedway. Water refilling stations are located on the exterior of Concourse bathrooms and misting fans are installed at both ends of the Concourse.

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07/17/19
f1

F1 reveals its blueprint for the future
Ross Brawn
Ross Brawn
F1's Managing Director of Motorsports, Ross Brawn, Chief Technical Officer, Pat Symonds and the FIA's Head of Single Seater Technical Matters, Nicholas Tombazis, have given details of their blueprint for the sport's future.

The mission to take the sport forward involves four main factors, cars that are more 'raceable', a more level playing field, exciting looking cars and the sport's finances.

While the aero changes this year have clearly had some impact, but not enough, Tombazis claims that the changes from 2021 will have a significant impact.

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07/17/19
irl

Wickens undergoes surgery
Just days after successfully piloting an Acura NSX around Toronto’s Exhibition Palace street course, Robert Wickens has undergone a successful surgery operation to remove hardware from his leg after a previous infection had returned, the 30-year-old Canadian revealed on social media Wednesday. See Instagram post below.

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07/17/19
wec
elms

Ligier Automotive takes back direct control of the distribution of its racing cars (Update)
Zak Brown shakes up LMP2 class with move to Oreca chassis
Zak Brown shakes up LMP2 class with move to Oreca chassis

UPDATE United Autosports' decision to switch from Ligier to ORECA ahead of the 2019/20 FIA World Endurance Championship season could not just impact the Anglo-American outfit's relationship with Ligier, but also the LMP2 class in the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship.

The British based team, who are stepping up to WEC for the upcoming season, were originally supposed to run with a Ligier JSP217-Gibson before the team announced a surprise switch to ORECA machinery last week. United Autosports has used Ligier machinery at Le Mans, in IMSA and in the European Le Mans Series over the last few years.

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07/17/19
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Thursday, July 18LocationTV TimesNetwork
Virgin Australia SupercarsTownsville12:00am-1:00am (R)CBSSN
NASCAR America-5:00pm-6:00pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Race Hub-6:00pm-7:00pmFS1
Formula E Championship QualifyingNew York10:00pm-11:00pm (R) - #1
11:00pm-12:00am (R) - #2
FS2
Friday, July 19LocationTV TimesNetwork
IndyCar Practice 1Iowa11:00am-12:00pmNBC Gold
NASCAR Cup Practice 1Loudon12:00-1:00pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity Practice 1Loudon1:00-2:00pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity Practice 2Loudon3:30-4:30pm (L)NBCSN
IndyCar QualifyingIowa2:00-3:30pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Cup QualifyingLoudon4:30-5:30pm (L)NBCSN
IndyCar Practice 2Iowa7:00-8:00pm (L)NBC Gold
Superbike HighlightsLaguna Seca8:00pm-9:00pmbeIN Sports
Saturday, July 20LocationTV TimesNetwork
IMSA QualifyingLime Rock9:25am-10:15am (L)IMSA.TV
NASCAR Cup Practice 2Loudon10:00-11:15am (L)CNBC
NASCAR Xfinity QualifyingLoudon11:15am-12:30pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Cup Practice 3Loudon12:30-1:30pm (L)NBCSN
IMSA RaceLime Rock3:00pm-5:50pm (L)IMSA.TV
IMSA RaceLime Rock3:00pm-6:00pm (L)NBC Gold
Xfinity Series RaceLoudon3:30pm-4:00pm (L) - Pre-Race
4:00pm-6:30pm (L) - Race
6:30pm-6:45pm (L) - Post-Race
NBCSN
IndyCar RaceIowa6:45pm-7:00pm (L) - Pre-Race
7:00pm-9:00pm (L) - Race
9:00pm-9:30pm (L) - Post-Race
NBCSN
IMSA RaceLime Rock9:30pm-12:30am (SDD)NBCSN
Sunday, July 21LocationTV TimesNetwork
DTMAssenTBACBSSN
NASCAR CupLoudon2:30pm-3:00pm (L) - Pre-Race
3:00pm-6:30pm (L) - Race
6:30pm-7:00pm (L) - Post-Race
7:00pm-8:00pm (L) - Victory Lap
NBCSN
NHRADenver3:00pm-6:00pm (L)FOX

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07/17/19
dtm

Duval: Assen offers plenty of good overtaking opportunities
Loic Duval
Loic Duval
In the first eight DTM races of the 2019 season, Loic Duval experienced an upswing. The Frenchman shares his views in an interview before the DTM’s premiere on the tradition-steeped track at Assen in the Netherlands (Saturday and Sunday).

We’ve already had four race weekends. How do you assess the season in terms of the new turbo engines introduced in 2019?
First of all: We drivers have around 100 more horsepower. That’s absolutely positive. And I think it’s also positive for the spectators, because the cars are quicker. The second aspect is race management. These turbo engines have quite a big impact on tire degradation and therefore on the race. When you’re able to manage your tires in a positive way it gives you good opportunities to overtake. For me, the turbo engines are quite positive for the DTM. They bring more performance and more overtaking opportunities.

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07/17/19
v8

Supercars to carry out drive by wire system test
Craig Lowndes
Craig Lowndes
Craig Lowndes is set to carry out a drive by wire throttle test on behalf of Supercars during a test day at Queensland Raceway tomorrow.

The Triple Eight co-driver will jump aboard the squad’s bespoke Holden Sandman which will be fitted with the electronic throttle system.

Drive by wire technology is significantly lighter than the traditional cable method and allows for much more precise control of the throttle opening compared to a cable that stretches over time.

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07/17/19
f1

Gene Haas won't quit amid nightmare F1 season - boss
Gene Haas is just blowing money in F1
Gene Haas is just blowing money in F1
(GMM) Haas' team boss has played down suggestions the American outfit could close down amid its nightmarish 2019 season.

The small outfit has been the most affected by Pirelli's difficult-to-understand 2019 tires.

And now it is embroiled in a bizarre saga surrounding its controversial title sponsor.

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07/17/19
f1

Bottas says he 'deserves' to stay at Mercedes
Valtteri Bottas feels he has earned his stay
Valtteri Bottas feels he has earned his stay
(GMM) Valtteri Bottas says he wants to remain Lewis Hamilton's teammate in 2020.

Earlier, the Finn's chances of a new deal appeared slim, following his disappointing 2018 campaign.

But Bottas has looked stronger and more consistent this season, and at Silverstone was genuinely a match for world champion Hamilton throughout the weekend.

He says he would be happy to remain Hamilton's teammate at Mercedes next year.

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07/17/19
f1

Plans for 2021 cars finally emerge
2021 F1 car changes
2021 F1 car changes
(GMM) Detailed information about the highly anticipated and delayed technical regulations for 2021 has finally emerged.

The teams have already agreed a $175 budget cap with Liberty Media and the FIA.

"We're all meeting this week in Geneva," said McLaren boss Andreas Seidl.

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07/17/19
wec

Toyota to run Kenta Yamashita in LMP2
Kenta Yamashita
Kenta Yamashita
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing has selected Kenta Yamashita to participate in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) as part of the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WEC Challenge program, following in the footsteps of Toyota Young Drivers Program colleagues Kazuki Nakajima and Kamui Kobayashi.

Kenta, 23, will participate in LMP2 with High Class Racing for the complete 2019-2020 WEC season, including the Le Mans 24 Hours. His team-mates will be Anders Fjordbach (Denmark) and Mark Patterson (United States).

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07/17/19
fe

Lotterer will be the second driver in the Porsche Formula E Team
Andre Lotterer
Andre Lotterer
Now that Andre Lotterer has signed up for the second Porsche Formula E cockpit, the driver pairing for the 2019/2020 season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship has been decided: Neel Jani and Andre Lotterer will be the regular drivers for the Porsche works team’s maiden season in Formula E.

The German has been a Porsche works driver since 2017 and has also been active in the electric race series since the 2017/2018 season. He brought home two podiums for Techeetah in his maiden Formula E season and finished in 8th place in the overall standings. And in the 2018/2019 season of the Formula E Championship he claimed another two podiums for DS Techeetah Formula E Team and rounded off the season in New York last weekend by finishing in 8th place in the driver’s standings.

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07/17/19
irl

The evolution of the IndyCar steering wheel
Current IndyCar steering wheel for Ryan Hunter-Reay
Current IndyCar steering wheel for Ryan Hunter-Reay
We are just over five weeks out from the Bommarito Automotive Group 500, the hottest ticket in town.

IndyCar is growing in popularity. One of the reasons is the superior race cars. Described as jets on wheels and traveling at speeds over 200 miles per hour, these high-tech machines are worth $500,000!

But the most vital part of the car is the steering wheel, which costs about $50,000!

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