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07/19/18
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Supercars Begin Search For New Technical And Sporting Director
Supercars at Adelaide
Supercars at Adelaide
Supercars will commence a world-wide search for a Sporting and Technical Director after respected motorsport boss David Stuart announced he was leaving to take up an administration position.
 
CEO Sean Seamer said Stuart had played a critical role in Supercars’ technical and sporting operations, with his successor challenged in continuing the legacy of managing the most competitive Championship in the world.

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07/19/18
irl

Fifth Third to sponsor Rahal for IndyCar race at Mid-Ohio
Rahal at Mid-Ohio last year
Rahal at Mid-Ohio last year
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that Fifth Third Bank will be the primary sponsor of Graham Rahal’s Verizon IndyCar Series entry at the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on July 29.  It is the home race for Rahal, who grew up in nearby New Albany, Ohio as well as the home race for the team, who have a race shop in Hilliard, Ohio. 

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07/19/18
f1
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Mo Nunn dies (Update)
Mo Nunn with Alex Zanardi in 2000
Mo Nunn with Alex Zanardi in 2000

UPDATE Yesterday we reported Mo Nunn was 81. That was incorrect, he was 79.

07/18/18

Sad to hear that racing giant Morris (Mo) Nunn has passed away at the age of 81.  He founded the Ensign F1 team back in the late 1970s and later worked for Chip Ganassi's highly successful Champ Car team, before founding Mo Nunn Racing for the 2000 season. At the urging of Mercedes-Benz Nunn again started a team for the 2002 Indy Racing League season.

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07/19/18
nasmon

Charlotte Motor Speedway installing synthetic turf
Christopher Bell tears up Charlotte turf
Christopher Bell tears up Charlotte turf
In preparation for a Fall Season of Speed like no other in its illustrious history, Charlotte Motor Speedway on Wednesday began installing more than 88,000 square feet of Sports Fields Inc. synthetic turf on the frontstretch of the speedway's infield.

The groundbreaking synthetic turf was first installed in October 2017 at the exit of Oval Turn 4 as a part of Charlotte Motor Speedway's innovative ROVAL course. The turf is designed to slow cars down in a quicker, more efficient manner than regular grass. The most recent addition of turf became a reality through the use of 88,000 square feet of synthetic turf, 616,000 pounds of sand and 5,400 hours of planning and installation.

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07/19/18
irl
nasmon

Danica does decent hosting ESPYs
Danica Patrick
Danica Patrick
ESPYs host Danica Patrick's roasted some of the top names in sports in her opening monologue last night. Her best line: Patrick on Tiger Woods: "Why do people keep talking about this guy when he isn’t winning. Who does he think he is? Me?

Some of her jokes were up-to-the-minute topical: "The Caps won their first Stanley Cup in franchise history and Alex Ovechkin couldn't be any happier. I haven't seen a Russian this pleased with Washington since, well, two days ago. ... Congratulations to France on winning the World Cup. I'd make a joke about the U.S. soccer team, but they didn't qualify for this monologue."  “ESPY Awards,” ABC

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07/19/18
irl

AR1 IndyCar Podcast with Brian Carroccio
Brian Carroccio
Brian Carroccio
You know AR1 senior columnist Brian Carroccio from his articles on AutoRacing1.com. But now he has taken on an additional project, as the host of the new AR1 IndyCar Podcast with Brian Carroccio. 

For now, the show will be on the Wednesdays following each of the remaining IndyCar races in 2018, with a schedule for the offseason to be announced later. You can check out the first show live now on  iTunes and Podbean

AR1 Staff Report 

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07/19/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • McLaren not as bad off as Williams, but close
    McLaren not as bad off as Williams, but close
    McLaren, Williams, admit need for change
  • Salo admits F1 stewards controversy
  • Horner sure Honda right move for Red Bull
  • F1 should be a dictatorship - Berger
  • Hamilton re-signs with Mercedes but for only 2 more years
  • German GP: Track changes and DRS

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07/19/18
irl

IndyCar TV ratings through Toronto
IndyCar is losing more and more viewers each year. Ratings are down, viewership is down.
Venue Network 2016
Rating
2016
Viewers
2017
Rating
2017
Viewers
2018
Rating
2018
Viewers
St. PetersburgABC11,400,0000.81,190,0000.811,144,000
PhoenixNBCSN0.29363,0000.21343,0000.19253,000
Long BeachNBCSN0.37402,0000.21321,0000.24370,000
BarberNBCSN0.26279,0000.39470,000<0.20310,000
Indy GPABC11,300,0000.71,000,0000.81,140,000
Indy 500ABC3.96,000,0003.45,500,0003.14,900,000
Detroit 1ABC0.71,000,0000.6847,0000.55751,000
Detroit 2ABC0.6918,0000.91,400,0000.6936,000
TexasNBCSN0.3388,0000.35561,0000.21336,000
Elkhart LakeNBCSN0.33470,0000.37568,0000.22322,000
IowaNBCSN0.37534,0000.37534,0000.31452,000
TorontoCNBC 171,000 187,000  
TorontoNBCSN0.3530,0000.32489,0000.29458,000
   Totals 13,755,000 13,410,000  11,372,000

 As a reference, F1 annual 'unique' global audience is 390 million people, and the total annual viewers in just their top-20 markets is 1.4 billion. Compare that to IndyCar's annual global audience of around 25 million. Hence why F1 is flush with money and IndyCar isn't. It's the TV viewership stupid and the number of viewers NBCSN delivers for IndyCar are enough to make one cry.

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07/19/18
usac

Six USAC Hall Of Fame Inductees Revealed
Paul Goldsmith
AJ Foyt called Paul Goldsmith one of the greatest bad-asses he ever raced against

Four drivers, a race organizer and a chief mechanic comprise the six initial 2018 inductees into the USAC Hall of Fame. They will be joined by two additional inductees in a formal celebration of their accomplishments during an early-September USAC event in Indianapolis, Ind.

The official induction ceremony will take place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum in Indianapolis, Ind. on Thursday, September 6, prior to USAC’s Driven2SaveLives BC39 P1 Insurance National Midget race which will unfold on the brand-new IMS infield dirt oval. The festivities are all part of the buildup to IMS’ Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard NASCAR race, scheduled September 9. USAC’s Hall of Fame inductees will also be saluted in a video tribute to be broadcast on the IMS jumbotrons in front of Thursday night’s Midget crowd.

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07/19/18
nasmon

NASCAR Hands Out Lug Nut Penalties
Paul Menard
Paul Menard
NASCAR has penalized two teams for lug nut violations after last weekend’s events at Kentucky Speedway.

The No. 22 Team Penske Ford driven by Paul Menard was found to have one lug nut not secured at the end of the Alsco 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race. Crew chief Brian Wilson was fined $5,000. Menard finished ninth.

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07/19/18
automotive

Ford issues two big recalls
Ford shifters have been popping out of Park for decades
Ford shifters have been popping out of Park for decades
Select 2013-16 model year Ford Fusion and 2013-14 Ford Escape vehicles to replace shifter cable bushings
Ford is issuing a safety recall in North America for approximately 550,000 2013-16 model year Ford Fusion and 2013-14 Ford Escape vehicles to replace shifter cable bushings.

On affected vehicles, the bushing that attaches the shifter cable to the transmission may detach from the transmission. A degraded shifter cable bushing that detaches from the transmission may allow the transmission to be in a gear state different than the gear shift position selected by the driver. The condition could allow the driver to move the shift lever to “Park” and remove the ignition key, while the transmission may not be in “Park,” with no warning message or audible chime. If the parking brake is not applied, a degraded shifter cable bushing that detaches from the transmission could result in unintended vehicle movement, increasing the risk of injury or crash.

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07/19/18
irl

DeMelo eyes fulltime IndyCar ride
Zachary Claman DeMelo
Zachary Claman DeMelo will need to bring a large check
Zachary Claman DeMelo has gotten more time behind the wheel in the Verizon IndyCar Series than he had been expecting. Now, the rookie is looking to make the step up to full-time competition in 2019.

The 20-year old has started nine of the 12 races this season, taking on a more involved schedule than planned after car-mate Pietro Fittipaldi broke both legs in a WEC accident in May. Fittipaldi is expected to make his return with the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, likely ending Claman DeMelo’s busy season.

While the circumstances were unfortunate, he feels that the added experience has only benefited him as a driver.

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07/18/18
irl

Texas looking to pay IndyCar less money
Like most race promoters, Eddie Gossage will not renew with IndyCar unless the sanction fee is reduced. They are not in business to lose money
Like most race promoters, Eddie Gossage will not renew with IndyCar unless the sanction fee is reduced. They are not in business to lose money and could walk away from IndyCar

Eddie Gossage, president of Texas Motor Speedway, says he believes he and IndyCar can find “common ground” in order to renew their contract which ends this season.

This year’s IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway, the DXC Technology 600, appeared better attended than in recent years, but was the last in TMS’s current contract with the series. 

Gossage sounded optimistic of reaching a compromise with IndyCar, stating: “We’re at the end of our multi-year sanction agreement and are currently in discussions about another multi-year sanction agreement.

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07/18/18
fe

Heidfeld and Rosenqvist Set to Leave Mahindra, Formula E
Nick Heidfeld
Nick Heidfeld

Nick Heidfeld says he is likely to downscale his driving activities as he looks at “possibilities to do different things” in the future.

E-racing365 has learned that Heidfeld is highly unlikely to continue his ABB FIA Formula E Championship career next season and that Mahindra Racing is pursuing options for a replacement driver.

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07/18/18
nasmon

Goodyear tires chunking on Charlotte's Roval
Who came up with this idea to race heavy lumbering stock cars on a silly roval?
Who came up with this idea to race heavy lumbering stock cars on a silly roval?
Goodyear is reassessing what tire it will bring for the Sept. 29-30 race weekend on the Charlotte Motor Speedway road course following chunking issues with its primary tire during two days of open tests.

Select Cup teams utilized an alternate Goodyear tire, which was used during the final portion of Tuesday's open test on the road course, Goodyear said in a statement.

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07/18/18
tv news

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern

Wednesday, July 18LocationTV TimesNet
NASCAR Truck – qualifyingEldora4:30pm-6:00pmFS1
NASCAR Truck – raceEldora7:00pm-9:00pm – heats
9:00-11:30pm – race
FS1
Americas Rallycross ChampionshipsCOTA8:00pm-9:00pm (D)CBS-SN
Friday, July 20LocationTV TimesNet
Formula 1 – practice 1Hockenheim4:55am-6:30amESPN2
Formula 1 – practice 2Hockenheim8:55am-10:30amESPNU
NASCAR Cup – practiceLoudon12:00pm-12:50pmNBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity – practiceLoudon1:00pm-1:55pm
3:05pm-3:55pm
NBCSN
NASCAR Cup – qualifyingLoudon4:45pm-6:00pmNBCSN
Saturday, July 21LocationTV TimesNet
Formula 1 – practice 3Hockenheim5:55am-7:00amESPN2
Formula 1 – qualifyingHockenheim7:0am-8:55amESPN2
IMSA – qualifyingLime Rock9:25am-10:15amIMSA Online
NASCAR Cup – practiceLoudon10:05am-10:55amCNBC
NASCAR Cup – practiceLoudon12:35pm-1:25pmNBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity – raceLoudon3:30pm-4:00pm – pre-race
4:00-6:30pm – race
NBCSN
NHRA – qualifyingDenver7:30pm-10:00pmFS1
Sunday, July 22LocationTV TimesNet
Formula 1 – raceHockenheim8:30am-9:05am – pre-race
9:05am-11:00am – race
ESPN2
NASCAR Cup – raceLoudon1:30pm-2:00pm – pre-race
2:00pm-6:00pm – race
NBCSN
NHRA – finalsDenver3:00pm-6:00pmFOX
PWC – GT SprintXPortland10:00pm-11:00pm (D)CBS-SN

Legend: D = delayed; SDD = same-day delay; R = repeat



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07/18/18
irl

20 historic Indy cars on display during Bommarito 500 Weekend
Gateway
Gateway
For many Verizon IndyCar Series fans, the August 25 Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta and Valvoline at Gateway Motorsports Park will be their first look at the redesigned cars – considerably different from what they saw at the inaugural in 2017.

And for many of these fans, this race weekend may also be their first glimpse of the sport’s long and colorful history. Thanks to the efforts of the Vintage Indy Registry (vintageindyregistry.com), more than 20 Indy cars – ranging from the 1930s to the 1980s – will be on display at the Open Wheel Icons pavilion.

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07/18/18
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Sonoma says IndyCar not an economically viable business (Update)
Roger Penske and Sonoma President Stave Page
Roger Penske and Sonoma President Steve Page

UPDATE Although losing the race is disappointing for Sonoma IndyCar fans, it will be a positive financial change for the track, Page said.

"From a quarter-million-dollar loss to renting the track for six figures to someone, it will contribute to our bottom line in a positive way," he said.

"We love promoting races. We enjoy hosting an IndyCar race,” he said. “It’s just not an economically viable business." -- Steve Page - Sonoma Raceway President

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07/18/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
Latest Miami layout - has been revised.
Latest Miami layout - has been revised. Direction is counter-clockwise

UPDATE Added latest Miami circuit layout.

07/18/18

  • F1 eyes 20-year deal for Miami GP
  • 2018 McLaren ‘weaker than last year’s car’
  • Epstein: The bigger the success Miami is the better for Formula 1
  • Mercedes still fastest despite lost points - Wolff

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07/18/18
f2

Santino Ferrucci fired
Will Ferrucci be fired by the Haas team next?
Will Ferrucci be fired by the Haas team next?
The Trident Formula 2 team has terminated its contract with Santino Ferrucci after the events of Silverstone, and is to take legal action against the American over alleged non-payments.

Haas F1 development driver Ferrucci joined Trident’s Formula 2 squad mid-2017, having previously competed in GP3, and remained at the outfit for a full 2018 campaign.

Ferrucci scored only a handful of points amid a difficult start to the season and matters boiled over at the most recent event at Silverstone, where he clashed with team-mate Arjun Maini in both the Feature and Sprint Race.

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07/18/18
irl

Pietro Fittipaldi completes first IndyCar test since injury
Pietro Fittipaldi
Pietro Fittipaldi
Pietro Fittipaldi, who broke both legs in a WEC accident at Spa-Francorchamps in May, was behind the wheel of an IndyCar for the first time since the accident Tuesday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Rehabilitating with PitFit Training in Indianapolis, Fittipaldi made his first laps in a kart in late June after considerable time spent in a simulator. At the time, he hoped to make his first appearance in an IndyCar for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. As of Tuesday, he is back on track and prepped to make his first start since the Phoenix Grand Prix.

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