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07/27/18
f2

Sette Camara clinches maiden pole in Budapest qualifying
Sette Camara
Sette Camara
Sergio Sette Camara surged to top spot in the FIA Formula 2 Championship Qualifying session in Budapest, Hungary, grabbing a 1:27.400 time with two minutes left on the clock, ensuring the Carlin driver claimed his first F2 pole position. Jack Aitken had to be content with second place, and the ART Grand Prix driver watched Sette Camara surpass his best effort from the pitwall as Nyck de Vries of PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing secured third.

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07/27/18
pwc

PWC Schedules Released; 'Grand Finale' Confirmed
PWC action at Long Beach
PWC action at Long Beach
2019 GT Pirelli World Challenge Schedule:

March TBA -- Circuit of The Americas
April 27-28 -- Virginia International Raceway
May 18-19 -- Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
June 8-9 -- Sonoma Raceway
Aug. 30 – Sept. 1 -- Watkins Glen International
Sept. 21-22 -- Road America
Oct. 5-6 -- Grand Finale

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07/27/18
usf2000

Kirkwood clinches USF2000 championship with win
Kyle Kirkwood
Kyle Kirkwood
Kyle Kirkwood needed only a modest few results from this weekend’s Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda triple-header at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to put the championship crown beyond the reach of his rivals. The 19-year-old from Jupiter, Fla., did rather better than that. Kirkwood qualified comfortably on pole position – for the fourth time this season – and was never remotely under threat as he cruised to a dominant seventh consecutive victory for Cape Motorsports to lock up the $325,000 Mazda Scholarship which will allow him to graduate onto the next level of the Mazda Road to Indy open-wheel development ladder, the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, in 2019.

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07/27/18
imsa

IMSA grants DPIs more HP so they can't lose
The DPIs get more HP - can't lose now
The DPIs get more HP - can't lose now - God will not let those foreign LMP2 cars win too much

Three of the four DPi manufacturers have been given further power increases for next weekend’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America, in the latest round of Balance of Performance adjustments from IMSA.

The sanctioning body released Thursday the BoP table for the ninth Prototype round of the season, revealing gains for the Cadillac DPi-V.R, Mazda RT24-P and Nissan Onroak DPi for the second consecutive race.

The Cadillac DPi has been given a further 0.9 mm increase in its air restrictor, while both the Mazda and Nissan DPis gain a sizable amount of turbo boost across all RPM levels.

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07/27/18
irl

Hunter-Reay tops 2nd practice session at Mid-Ohio.
Ryan Hunter-Reay quickest
Ryan Hunter-Reay quickest

Ryan Hunter-Reay tuned a lap of 1m05.195s to lead the 2nd practice session for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Friday afternoon.

Will Power was 2nd quick in his Penske Chevy after going off the track earlier in the session.

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07/27/18
il

Andretti team to start 1-2-3 in Indy Lights Race 1
Patricio O'Ward taking control of Indy Lights title chase
Patricio O'Ward taking control of Indy Lights title chase
With three race weekends remaining on the schedule, the Indy Lights teams are back in the Midwest for another double-header weekend. The seven drivers took to the 13-turn road course. It will be an Andretti front row for Saturday's race with Patricio O'Ward starting from pole and teammate Ryan Norman starting second.

The action continues tomorrow with Race 2 qualifying starting at 9:20 a.m. ET followed by Race 1 at 3:05 p.m. ET. 

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07/27/18
irl

Afternoon Tidbits from Mid-Ohio
Robert Wickens (center) lost an engine in opening practice
Robert Wickens (center) lost an engine in opening practice

A few quick afternoon notes from Mid-Ohio bullet-point style:

  • We were just over in the No. 6 Lucas Oil SPM garage area where they were changing an engine for Robert Wickens, who blew his Honda powerplant during this morning’s practice session.

  • We caught up with the Team USA Scholarship crew following lunch. Previous Team USA Scholarship winners include Spencer Pigot, Matthew Brabham, and Oliver Askew. Two drivers will be selected from a group of 10 to go to this year’s Formula Ford Festival in England, where they will have an opportunity to race for a scholarship for U.S. F2000.

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07/27/18
irl

Bourdais leads opening IndyCar practice for Honda Indy 200
Sebastien Bourdais
Sebastien Bourdais

An active opening practice for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio ended with an exclamation point Friday morning when three cars were involved in an incident at the crest of a blind hill turn.

Sebastien Bourdais led the 45-minute session at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with a best lap of 1 minute, 5.5784 seconds (123.955 mph) around the 2.258-mile twisty, undulating permanent road circuit in north-central Ohio.

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07/27/18
irl

IndyCar Mid Ohio SPM Press Conference
Team Penske Drivers
SPM Drivers

The Schmidt Peterson IndyCar drivers met the press on Friday at Mid-Ohio:
James Hinchcliffe
Robert Wickens
Jack Harvey 

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07/27/18
irl

IndyCar Mid Ohio Team Penske Press Conference
Team Penske Drivers
Team Penske Drivers

The Team Penske IndyCar drivers met the press on Friday at Mid-Ohio:
Josef Newgarden
Will Power
Simon Pagenaud

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07/27/18
f1

Vettel nips Verstappen in 2nd Hungary GP Practice
Vettel remains hot
Vettel remains hot

Ferrari ace Sebastian Vettel turned the fastest lap in the 2nd practice session for the Hungary GP Friday afternoon in Budapest. Vettel's lap of 1m16.834s was just 0.074s faster than the red Bull of Max Verstappen.

Fast man in practice 1, Daniel Ricciardo, was third quick in this session 0.227s back.

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07/27/18
f2

Russell tops interrupted Budapest Free Practice
George Russell
George Russell
George Russell prevailed in an interrupted FIA Formula 2 Championship Free Practice session at Budapest, Hungary to set a 1:28.886 laptime in the opening half-hour. The ART Grand Prix driver clinched top spot from PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing’s Nyck de Vries, as Sergio Sette Camara of Carlin ended the session in third.

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07/27/18
IRL

Friday Morning Update From Mid-Ohio
Can Dixon make it 6 Victories
Can Dixon make it 6 Victories

It is a pleasant morning here at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Temperatures are 60 degrees with plenty of sunshine. The weather should be perfect this whole weekend with no rain in the forecast and temperatures in the low 80s.

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07/27/18
TeamUSA

2018 Team USA Scholarship Candidate Selection Confirmed
Team USA
Team USA

The process of choosing two young American drivers to represent their country at a pair of premier Formula Ford events in the UK, the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch and the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone, is under way. Ten drivers representing a broad cross section of race series not only in the U.S. but overseas have been selected as candidates for prestigious Team USA Scholarships. All have been invited to attend this week’s Honda Indy 200 Verizon IndyCar Series/Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires event at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, where their attributes and communication skills will be assessed by a collection of seasoned auto racing professionals.

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07/27/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday (Update)
Lauda out with the Flu
Lauda out with the Flu

UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

07/27/18

  • Lauda to miss second consecutive race New
  • Force India financial situation 'critical' - Perez New
  • Alonso hopes James Key joins McLaren soon New
  • Grosjean needs consistency to keep Haas seat New
  • Hospital says Marchionne died of 'serious illness' New
  • Vandoorne gets different chassis for Hungary New
  • No early release to McLaren for James Key - Marko New
  • Is McLaren shifting focus to 2019?
  • Vasseur: 'When drivers get their first big check, they hit trouble'
  • Suspicions set in, but the FIA is happy with Ferrari

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07/27/18
f1

Ricciardo nips Vettel in opening Hungary GP practice
Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo has let Ferrari and Mercedes know they are in the hunt this weekend for the Hungarian GP.  Using the harder soft tires, Ricciardo turned the fastest lap of 1m17.613s in opening practice to nip the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel and the Red Bull of Max Verstappen by 0.079s and 0.088s respectively.

The Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen was 4th and the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton rounded out the top-5 on a perfectly sunny day outside of Budapest.

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07/27/18
irl

Head of Honda Indy Toronto building for the future
Jeff Atkinson
Jeff Atkinson
Two week removed from the 2018 event, planning has already begun for “moving forward” into 2019, ‘fan experience’ once again a high priority at the Honda Indy Toronto for Jeff Atkinson and his team at Green Savoree Toronto, ULC. It’s a format that could – could – return Canada’s only IndyCar race to the heights of its heyday.

“Even a month ago, we were looking at, ‘Okay, we can’t do this for 2018 but we could do this for 2019’. One of the best practices we have with Green Savoree Racing Promotions is that we are fortunate enough to own and maintain four IndyCar races and obviously a NASCAR race. So, we’re able to look at our best practices as a company and see how we can take it from venue to venue.

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07/27/18
irl

NASCAR K&N Series race to support IndyCar at Gateway
Will the NASCAR rubber mess up the IndyCars at Gateway?
Will the NASCAR rubber mess up the IndyCars at Gateway?
Race fans in the St. Louis region will have the opportunity to see many of the young, upcoming stars of NASCAR when the NASCAR K&N Pro Series makes its inaugural visit to Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois for the Gateway Classic 150 presented by the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame on Friday, August 24. The inaugural NASCAR K&N Series event will be held the night before the second annual Bommarito Automotive Group 500 Verizon IndyCar Series race on Saturday, August 25.

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07/27/18
automotive
f1

Marchionne smoked 'cancer sticks' for years
If you smoke 'cancer sticks' like Marchionne did for years, you usually die early. Cancer did-in Marchionne - a great man with a bad habit
If you smoke 'cancer sticks' like Marchionne did for years, you usually die early. Cancer did-in Marchionne - a great man with a bad habit
Sergio Marchionne received treatment for a "serious illness" for more than a year before his death on Wednesday, University Hospital Zurich said Thursday.

Prior to the hospital's statement on Marchionne's health, the father of the late Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO's partner told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera that Marchionne "was sick for a year" in a report published Wednesday.

Pier Luigi Battezzato, the father of Manuela Battezzato, told the paper Marchionne knew his health was declining for much longer than originally reported, but never "spared himself."

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07/27/18
gp3

Beckmann darts to top of Free Practice
David Beckmann
David Beckmann
David Beckmann got his first weekend with the Trident team off to the best start possible by topping the GP3 Series Free Practice session in Budapest, Hungary, snatching first position with a 1:32.035 in the dying seconds of the session to beat Anthoine Hubert by half a tenth. Hubert was able to beat ART Grand Prix teammate Callum Ilott to second place.

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07/27/18
irl

NBCSN puts screws to IndyCar again - moves race to CNBC
NBC Sports Network thinks so little of IndyCar they put the live broadcast of Sunday's Mid-Ohio race on CNBC
NBC Sports Network thinks so little of IndyCar they put the live broadcast of Sunday's Mid-Ohio race on CNBC - think minuscule TV rating. Meanwhile NASCAR will be on NBCSN
The Verizon INDYCAR SERIES travels to the iconic Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend, as NBCSports presents comprehensive coverage of the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio this weekend on NBCSN and CNBC. Live race coverage will air Sunday on CNBC at 3:30 p.m. ET, followed by an encore presentation of the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, immediately following coverage Monster Energy NASCAR racing from Pocono Raceway.

NBC Sports' motorsports coverage this weekend will also feature live coverage of the Lucas Oil Pro MOTOCROSS Washougal National on NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold, a twin bill of NASCAR racing from Pocono Raceway and Iowa Speedway, culminating with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Gander Outdoors 400 on Sunday, July 29, at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

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07/27/18
tv news

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern
Friday, July 27LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 – practice 1Hungaroring4:55am-6:30amESPN2
F1 – practice 2Hungaroring8:55am-10:30amESPNU
IndyCar – practiceMid-Ohio11:00am-11:45am
2:35pm-3:35pm
IndyCar Online
NASCAR Xfinity – practiceIowa5:00pm-6:00pm
6:30-7:30pm
NBCSN
Saturday, July 28LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 – practice 3Hungaroring5:55am-7:00amESPN2
PWC – GT-X, GTS-XPortland6:00am-7:00am – GT-X (D)
7:00am-8:00am – GTS-X (D)
CBS-SN
F1 – qualifyingHungaroring8:55am-10:00amESPNews
NASCAR Cup – practicePocono9:00am-10:00am,
11:30am-12:30pm
CNBC
NASCAR Truck – qualifyingPocono10:00am-11:00amFS1
IndyCar – practiceMid-Ohio10:00am-10:45amIndyCar Online
NASCAR Truck – racePocono12:30pm-1:00pm – pre-race
1:00pm-3:30pm – race
FS1
IndyCar – qualifyingMid-Ohio1:30pm-3:00pmNBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity – qualifyingIowa3:00pm-4:00pmNBCSN
NASCAR Cup – qualifyingPocono4:00pm-5:00pmNBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity Series – raceIowa5:00pm-5:30pm – pre-race
5:30pm-8:00pm – race
NBCSN
NHRA – qualifyingSonoma8:00pm-10:00pmFS1
Sunday, July 29LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 – raceHungaroring8:30am-9:00am – pre-race
9:00am-11:00am – race
ESPN2
NASCAR Cup – racePocono2:00pm-2:30pm – pre-race
2:30pm-6:30pm – race
NBCSN
IndyCar – raceMid-Ohio3:00pm-3:30pm – pre-race
3:30pm-6:00pm – race
6:30pm-8:30pm (R)
CNBC
CNBC
NBCSN
NHRA – finalsSonoma4:00pm-7:00pmFS1
Blancpain GTSpa7:00pm-8:00pm (SDD)CBS-SN
F1 – raceHungaroring8:30pm-10:30pm (R)ESPN2


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

 

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