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07/28/16
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Zach Veach still hoping to land IndyCar ride
Zach Veach just needs money to buy an IndyCar seat
Zach Veach just needs money to buy an IndyCar seat
Zach Veach is one step away from achieving his dream with Connor Casey of the Mansfield News Journal.

Born and raised in Stockdale, Ohio, all signs pointed to Veach being on the fast track to the Verizon IndyCar Series when he signed with Andretti Autosports in 2010. In just four seasons he climbed the ranks of the Mazda Road to Indy development system, reaching the highest rung in the Indy Lights Series in 2013.

But then the stumbling blocks began to appear.

In 2014 Veach was in prime position to win the series with three wins and four poles, but mechanical issues in the final weekend of the season caused him to fall to third place.

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07/28/16
f1

F1 radio ban lifted
Jenson Button called for a review of the rule after receiving what he called a 'joke' penalty last time out in Hungary when McLaren informed him that his brake pedal was not working properly.
Jenson Button called for a review of the rule after receiving what he called a 'joke' penalty last time out in Hungary when McLaren informed him that his brake pedal was not working properly.
The restrictions on radio communications in Formula 1 have been lifted ahead of this weekend's German Grand Prix following an F1 Strategy Group meeting on Thursday.

In a statement issued on Thursday after the meeting in Geneva, it was confirmed that the ban has been lifted, with the exception of the formation lap.

"At the request of the Teams and Commercial Rights Holder, the FIA has agreed to adopt a more liberal approach to the interpretation of Article 27.1 (that a driver must drive the car "alone and unaided")," a statement from the FIA reads.

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07/28/16
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Formula E releases dates for pre-season testing at Donington Park
The new-look fully-electric Formula E cars will take to the track for pre-season testing ahead of the 2016/17 FIA Formula E Championship at Donington Park next month.

The 10 teams, with the new addition of Jaguar and Techeetah, have six days of official testing to prepare their challengers for the opening round of the third season of the world’s first fully-electric racing series in Hong Kong on October 9.

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07/28/16
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NASCAR announces aerodynamic package for Pure Michigan 400
4-wide at Michigan
4-wide at Michigan
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NASCAR unveiled the aerodynamic package for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 race on August 28. The industry-wide collaboration to further enhance the racing has led to the continued development of the rules package.

NASCAR debuted the lower downforce and less sideforce aerodynamic package at the two-mile track for the FireKeepers Casino 400. It was met with rave reviews from the drivers, media and fans. The teams will return with the same package for the Pure Michigan 400 in August.

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07/28/16
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NASCAR Race Start Times For 2017 Schedule Unveiled (Update)
UPDATE NASCAR has pushed back its start times to later in the afternoon for better ratings.  IndyCar had done the same thing. Now NASCAR will step all over the IndyCar broadcasts driving their ratings lower. IndyCar has the choice to move them to early afternoon, but that too will result in lower ratings. Make no mistake of NASCAR's double-win strategy.

07/27/16

NASCAR has released the starting times for 2017 races in all three national series.

Among the biggest changes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the first night race for next year will be May 13 at Kansas Speedway. The spring race at Texas Motor Speedway -- typically run under the lights -- moves to an afternoon green flag (1:30 p.m. ET).

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07/28/16
f1

F1 votes 'no' on Halo
No halo in 2017
No halo in 2017
Formula 1's Strategy Group has voted not to introduce Halo in 2017, but it is still on the table for the following season.

Despite Sebastian Vettel revealing that "90 to 95%" of the drivers are in favor of the device, F1's Strategy Group voted no when it met on Thursday.

The Strategy Group comprises six teams; Mercedes, Ferrari, McLaren, Red Bull, Williams and Force India; who each have a vote while the FIA and FOM, represented by Jean Todt and Bernie Ecclestone respectively, have six votes each.

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07/28/16
irl

Pocono Verizon IndyCar Series Test On August 4 Open To Fans
The Verizon IndyCar Series test session at Pocono Raceway on Thursday, August 4 will be free and open to the public and fans are encouraged to attend to get a preview of the upcoming ABC Supply 500 race weekend scheduled for August 20-21.

Verizon IndyCar Series drivers from Andretti Autosport, Ed Carpenter Racing, A.J. Foyt Enterprises, Chip Ganassi Racing, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports will all participate in Thursday’s test at ‘The Tricky Triangle.’

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07/28/16
Nassprint

Brickyard 400 moves to network TV in 2017
Next year’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway shifts to NBC with a starting airtime of 3 p.m. on July 23, NASCAR announced Wednesday.

Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race on NBCSN drew a 3.1 rating and 5.2 million viewers, the best numbers for the cable outlet since it began broadcasting races and the highest for any NASCAR race on cable since November 2014.

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07/28/16
F1

Vettel says drivers want Halo
Sebastian Vettel says the halo cockpit protector has received overwhelming support from the drivers with '90-95% voting for it' to be introduced in the F1 regulations.

The Ferrari driver says he was confused to hear Jolyon Palmer claim some F1 drivers are against the halo after revealing it received almost complete backing from drivers after a recent vote.

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07/28/16
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V8 3.5

Formula V8 3.5 rejoin FIA WEC
Jaime Alguersuari
Jaime Alguersuari
Jaime Alguersuari, President of RPM Racing and Gerard Neveu, CEO of the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC), and, have reached an extremely encouraging agreement that will link the Formula V8 3.5 series to the majority of the 2017 FIA WEC events.

The agreement includes a minimum of three overseas rounds in Mexico, Japan and Bahrain, the last being the final event of the endurance championship, in addition to three of the four European events on the FIA WEC calendar: Silverstone, Spa and Nurburgring.

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07/28/16
Fe

Bold new look for Formula E car
New front wing
New front wing
The Formula E car will sport a bold new look for the 2016/17 FIA Formula E Championship, thanks to the introduction of a stunning new front wing. The new two-tier wing makes the fully-electric single-seater look more aggressive and unlike any other racing car in the world.

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag, said: "Formula E aims to be different, and this new front wing creates a look that's different to every other car out there. I think this is a great addition to our car and further emphasizes the fact that this is a modern, forward-thinking championship that is taking a completely different approach to all other racing series."

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07/28/16
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Video: RaceCar Retaliation after Crash at Bowman Gray Stadium
Bubba Racing: John Holloman IV was leading and seemed to have a car that could win except for the fact that the Robbie Brewer car behind him on a late race restart had a different plan. Brewer in 68 car hit Holloman in the 4 car in turn 1 and took over the lead. Holloman made it clear in radio chatter that the 68 wouldn't win the race. He caught up with the 68 and spun him around causing the 68 to have a flat tire. They played demolition derby on the front stretch for 30 seconds or so before retreating to the pit area.

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07/28/16
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NASCAR track ticket revenues down in 2016
The two major public companies host NASCAR races have seen ticket revenues drop about 10 percent for 14 events since the Daytona 500. Speedway Motorsports, in releasing Wednesday its 2016 financials through June, showed its admissions revenue down 11 percent this year. That includes its seven major NASCAR weekends, but it also includes some impact from the suspended IndyCar race at Texas in June that will be completed in August.

Earlier this month, International Speedway Corp. reported its ticket sales were down 8.3 percent for March through May. "[Improving attendance] is a combination of the improved racing that fans are being [able] to see and enjoy and also more certainty in the economy -- particularly, the middle class needs to feel more certain and confident in their economic position to travel more," SMI CEO Marcus Smith told financial analysts in a conference call Wednesday morning.

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07/28/16
irl

Ganassi lauds 27-year Target sponsorship
Winning Indy in 2012 with Dario Franchitti
Winning Indy in 2012 with Dario Franchitti
Through the years there have been some really solid relationships between IndyCar owners, drivers and sponsors. Roger Penske had a 21-year-run with Marlboro and Phillip Morris that produced 63 wins, four championships and seven Indianapolis 500 victories. Kmart sponsored Newman/Haas, the Andretti family, Nigel Mansell and Cristiano da Matta through 13 years, 50 wins and three titles, sharing space with Texaco/Havoline for 10 of those seasons. Copenhagen funded A.J. Foyt for 12 years and Miller Brewing backed Bobby Rahal's team for 10 years. ABC Supply has been with Foyt since 2005, which is a lifetime nowadays writes Robin Miller of racer.com.

But the longest and one of the most successful sponsorships in IndyCar history also launched a neophyte owner into the rarified air that only The Captain breathed.

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07/28/16
track news

Video: New Kuwait Motor Town track
Kuwait Motor Town is positioning itself as a new place making destination with a unique FIA grade 1 circuit as the nucleus of the state of the art facility, which will attract a wide spectrum of people. Whether professional race driver, or families seeking for leisure activities, or club members desiring premium level services, Kuwait Motor Town with its fully integrated portfolio of entertainment assets will create the upmost exciting and innovative automotive experience for the whole region. Look for MotoGP to possibly race there.

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07/28/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • Halo set for heated vote
    Halo set for heated vote
    F1 set for vote showdown over 'Halo'
  • Wolff says driver rows will race on for now
  • Football game sends Schumacher 'positive energy'
  • Ecclestone 'not indifferent' to Monza, Hockenheim
  • Jos Verstappen beats up own father - reports
  • Haas looks to overhaul McLaren in Germany
  • Alonso not expecting repeat of Hungary pace

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