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07/29/16
f1

FIA to use three-strike rule for Turn 1 track limits at Hockenheim
Hockenheimring
Hockenheimring
FIA race director Charlie Whiting has informed all Formula 1 teams that a three-strike rule will be used when policing track limits at Turn 1 during this weekend’s German Grand Prix.

The FIA installed a timing loop at two corners for last weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix to police track limits more effectively, giving drivers three warnings before being penalized for running wide and gaining an advantage.

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07/29/16
nassprint

Gordon says he will remain in #88 if needed
Jeff Gordon talks to Richard Petty in the Pocono garage.
Jeff Gordon talks to Richard Petty in the Pocono garage.
Jeff Gordon met with the media at Pocono Raceway Friday morning:

How long are you prepared to fill-in? Is there a plan for Watkins Glen

Gordon:
"Well, we have to cross that bridge when we get there. It seems like... it was great last Friday to see him say 'hey I feel good today and made some progress.' We want to just keep going with how he is feeling. The doctors are evaluating. I'm not speculating anything at this time. I wouldn't be here in Pocono if I wasn't committed to be there for Hendrick Motorsports and this team in any way that they need me. I think there is a balance between trying to make this transition.

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07/29/16
grc

Speed wins GRC pole
Scott Speed
Scott Speed
Scott Speed posted the fastest lap in the final round of qualifying for Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Washington DC, the series’ third annual visit to RFK Stadium. Speed got around the 10-turn, .899-mile course in 43.543 seconds, while Steve Arpin and Joni Wiman ranked second and third in the final round of qualifying.

Tanner Foust, Speed’s teammate at Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross, led the first round of hot laps as both VARX and both Loenbro Chip Ganassi Racing cars moved forward. Patrik Sandell, the inaugural Washington DC event winner, and Wiman, the 2014 series champion, completed the final round of qualifying. 

Nelson Piquet Jr. made his return to Red Bull GRC after a four-event absence, returning to SH Rallycross/DRR in the #07 Ford Fiesta ST. He posted the second-fastest time in final practice at 44.074 seconds, but was unable to make it out of the first round of qualifying.

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07/29/16
pwc

Pirelli World Challenge Unveils Big Future Plans for 2017 Road Racing Season
Pirelli World Challenge
Pirelli World Challenge
WC Vision, producers of the exciting Pirelli World Challenge, today announced its provisional plans for the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge Championships with new series outlines and schedule for North America’s biggest GT Production-based road racing campaign.

In 2016, the PWC trail featured over 20 auto manufacturers and 37 separate models through its eight racing divisions -- GT, GTA, GT Cup, GTS, Touring Car, TCA, TCB and SprintX -- in its 27th year as one of the world’s most competitive and entertaining sedan racing series.

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07/29/16
nassprint

Video: NASCAR Pocono Sprint Cup driver Media Availability
Kyle Larson (No. 42 Target Chevrolet), Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford), Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s 75th Anniversary Toyota), Crew Chief Danny Stockman (No. 27 Moen / Menards Chevrolet) and Richard Childress Racing Competition Director Dr. Eric Warren

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07/29/16
nassprint

Video: NASCAR Pocono Jeff Gordon subbing for Dale Earnhardt Jr
Jeff Gordon (No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet)

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07/29/16
nastruck

Video: NASCAR Pocono Truck Series Friday Q&A
Daniel Hemric (No. 19 Blue Gate Bank Ford, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota) ­and Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Alliance Truck Parts Ford)

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07/29/16
irl

IndyCar; Friday afternoon update from Mid-Ohio
We are watching the rain falling at Mid-Ohio.  Nothing is currently on the wet track.  Only Sebastien Bourdais went back out this afternoon during the wet part of the practice session.  Once the rain started to come down much harder, he returned to the pits.  Will Power ended up the fastest of the second practice session. 

The rain was not a welcome factor for this weekend.

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07/29/16
track news

NASCAR Tracks Cashing In With Non-Racing Entertainment Events, Reaching Coveted Demo
Indy 500 concert on Carb Day
Indy 500 concert on Carb Day

NASCAR tracks were "built with racing in mind," but now non-racing events can "bring crowds that rival or surpass NASCAR races," according to Jeff Gluck of USA TODAY.

 
Concerts and other events have "sparked an industrywide trend of creative uses" for the tracks that "sit relatively dormant for much of the year."
 
For example, Bristol Motor Speedway in September hosts the "Battle at Bristol" football game between Tennessee and Virginia Tech, which is "expected to draw 150,000 spectators."

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07/29/16
irl

Christmas in July at Mid-Ohio
Christmas in July Competition
Christmas in July Competition
The temperature outside is only 81 degrees, which is not too hot for a race this late in July.  But the track staff are trying to chill that number a bit by having Christmas in July for the many fans that camp at this track for the weekend.  The campers that wish to participate will decorate their campsite with a Christmas theme for a chance to win Honda gear or a pace car ride.  

Graham Rahal, the local favorite and winner of last year's race, and James Hinchcliffe, the mayor of Hinchtown and the pole winner for this year's Indy 500, will visit campsites after Saturday qualifying and choose their favorites and present awards.

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07/29/16
grc

Arpin leads Ford top-4 sweep of practice 2
After the Andretti Volkswagens were 1-2 in opening practice, Chip Ganassi Racing’s Steve Arpin led a Ford sweep of the top-four positions in practice 2 here at Red Bull Global Rallycross Washington, D.C. Nelson Piquet Jr. was second followed by Brian Deegan and Patrik Sandell. The VW Beetle of Tanner Foust was the first non-Ford in fifth.

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07/29/16
irl

Power leads practice 2 at Mid-Ohio
Will Power
Will Power

Like a hound on the hunt, Will Power continues aggressively chasing down the prey in the Verizon IndyCar Series. The Team Penske driver paced the field in practice today for The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, running what would be a record pace in the process.

Power's best lap around the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course of 1 minute, 4.1962 seconds (126.624 mph), in the second of two 75-minute practice sessions, was nearly four-tenths of a second better than the track record established a year ago by Scott Dixon in Verizon P1 Award qualifying. Power, in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, was among four drivers who turned laps on the 2.258-mile permanent road course under Dixon's standard.

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07/29/16
grc

Foust leads Andretti 1-2 in opening practice
Tanner Foust led Scott Speed a Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross 1-2 in opening practice for Washington D.C. Global Rallycross. Bryan Herta Rallysport driver Patrik Sandell was third, three-tenths behind Foust. The Chip Ganassi Racing pair of Brian Deegan and Steve Arpin rounded out the top-five.

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07/29/16
nassprint

Menard leads opening Pocono practice
Paul Menard led opening practice for Sunday's Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway.

Full results below

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07/29/16
usf2000

Martin wins U.S. F2000 race 1
Anthony Martin edged Victor Franzoni by 1.08s to win the Allied Building Products USF2000 Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio race 1. Luke Gabin was third with Jordan Lloyd and Dakota Dickerson rounding out the top-five.

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07/29/16
grc

Friday afternoon update from D.C. GRC
Nelson Piquet returns to the No. 07 Ford this weekend in D.C.
Nelson Piquet returns to the No. 07 Ford this weekend in D.C.
Good afternoon from RFK Stadium Lot 8. AutoRacing1 is here in the nation’s capital on a sunny, steamy day covering all the happenings from this weekend’s Washington D.C. Global Rallycross event. As I write, the GRC Supercars are just wrapping up their opening practice.

As you know from my race preview, last year’s D.C. race was won by Nelson Piquet. The Brazilian, of course, returns to the cockpit of the No. 07 Met-Rx SH Rallycross/DRR Ford Fiesta ST this weekend replacing Jeff Ward. Ward has struggled so far in 2016, recording a best finish of 5th at Daytona. I bumped into team owner James “Sulli” Sullivan and asked him about who would b e driving the car going forward.

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07/29/16
irl

IndyCar: Friday morning update from Mid Ohio (Update 1)
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RC Enerson makes his IndyCar debut this weekend
RC Enerson makes his IndyCar debut this weekend

IndyCar practice has just ended. Scott Dixon was the fastest this morning, followed by Will Power and Juan Montoya. The only yellow flag was caused by Conor Daly having an off track incident. I asked him what happened to cause the mishap and Daly answered, "It felt like I hit a patch of oil. I had no grip. But the car is fine."

Scott Dixon, driving the number 9 entry for Chip Ganassi Racing is the winningest driver at Mid-Ohio with five victories (2007, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014). The series champion had a birthday last week, turning 36 years old. After this disappointing finish in Toronto and the news this week about loosing his long time sponsor Target, the Kiwi needs a good finish here to keep in the championship race. Dixon also holds the track record here for qualifying from 2015.

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07/29/16
irl

Dixon tops opening IndyCar practice at Mid-Ohio
Scott Dixon
Scott Dixon
As the Hondas continue to tow a parachute around the track courtesy of their closed off Butt Bumpers, Scott Dixon led a Chevy 1-2-3-4-5 in opening practice for the Honda GP of Mid-Ohio in his Target Chip Ganassi Chevy.

The Penske Chevys of Will Power and Juan Montoya were 2nd and 3rd while Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves rounded out the top-5.

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07/29/16
gp2

Sirotkin steals pole in Hockenheim
Sergey Sirotkin
Sergey Sirotkin
Sergey Sirotkin grabbed pole in the closing minutes of this afternoon's Qualifying session at the Hockenheimring with a mature, controlled and quick lap after his rivals had returned to the pits to grab the top spot by just 0.016s from a surprised Pierre Gasly and Raffaele Marciello.

The Renault tester stopped the clocks at 1:23.193 with just 4 minutes remaining in the session, with Gasly already out of the car and watching events unfold on the monitors: with so little time remaining the Red Bull tester was unable to get back on track in time for another shot, losing pole despite setting the pace for much of the session.

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07/29/16
f1

Button cleared to drive
Jenson Button
Jenson Button
Jenson Button has been cleared to compete in the remainder of the German Grand Prix weekend after he required a precautionary trip to hospital on Friday.

Button completed only 16 laps during the second practice session at Hockenheim, fewer laps than only Romain Grosjean, amid complaints over an eye problem.

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07/29/16
F1

Rosberg over Hamilton in 2nd German GP Practice
Nico Rosberg
Nico Rosberg
Nico Rosberg again topped the time sheets in practice for the German GP. In Friday afternoon's 2nd practice session Rosberg was the only driver to dip into the 1m15s bracket with a time of 1m15.614s to lead his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by 4/10ths of a sec.

Sebastian Vettel was again third for Ferrari 6/10ths behind Rosberg.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Daniel Riccardo rounded out the top-5.

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07/29/16
gp2

Gasly back on top in German Free Practice
Pierre Gasly was on the gas
Pierre Gasly was on the gas
Pierre Gasly has carried over his recent form by topping the timesheets in this morning's Free Practice session at the Hockenheimring, setting the pace in a tight session which saw the top five drivers split by just two tenths ahead of Artem Markelov and Alex Lynn.

The Red Bull tester stopped the clocks with a lap of 1:23.269 at the 15 minute mark to once again deny his rivals the bragging rights on the tight, technical circuit in a session which saw most of the field run within a second of him. The track opened under overcast but warm conditions, with a number of drivers immediately on the pace: Daniel de Jong, Arthur Pic, Antonio Giovinazzi, Sergey Sirotkin, Markelov and Norman Nato all swapped the top spot between them, but a third of the way through Gasly relegated them all as the field started to return to the pit for fresh rubber.

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07/29/16
Team USA

Team USA Scholarship Candidates Set for Interview Process at Mid-Ohio
Interviews in session
Interviews in session
The selection process for this year's Team USA Scholarship is under way. A total of 11 candidates, representing a variety of junior racing categories, has been identified and invited to attend this week's Honda Indy 200 Verizon IndyCar Series/Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires /Pirelli World Challenge road racing extravaganza at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. 

The initial challenge for this year's candidates will comprise interviews to be conducted during the weekend in front of a panel of judges who will include current IndyCar team co-owners Jimmy Vasser and Bryan Herta, winners of the first two Team USA Scholarships in 1991 and 1992, respectively.

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07/29/16
wscc

Mazdas Slowed by IMSA in Latest BoP Changes
The Mazda Prototypes were winning so many races so they slowed them down. What a joke.
The Mazda Prototypes were winning so many races (zero) so they slowed them down. What a joke.

The pair of Mazda Prototypes will head into next weekend's Continental Tire Road Race Showcase with added weight and less power, following IMSA's latest round of Balance of Performance adjustments.

IMSA confirmed on Thursday that the Mazda has been given a 10kg increase in minimum weight, and a slight reduction in turbo boost pressures, across all RPMs, for the upcoming IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round.

While no other changes have been made to cars in the Prototype class, a handful of cars have been given BoP adjustments across other classes.

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07/29/16
F1

Mercedes 1-2 in opening German GP practice
Nico Rosberg
Nico Rosberg
Once again this weekend in Germany, Mercedes is proving their cars are the only ones that can win in F1 thanks to Aldo Costa’s genius design. Nico Rosberg set the pace in first practice for his home Formula 1 grand prix in Germany ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton. They comprised the Mercedes row a full 1-second clear of the rest.

Its nearest challenger was Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was just over a second back in third with his teammate 2/10th back in 4th completing the Ferrari row.

The Red Bull pair Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were fifth and sixth quickest, separated by 0.162s to make up the Red Bull third row.

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07/29/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • Halo nixed for now
    Halo nixed for now
    F1 delays 'Halo' and scraps radio ban
  • Massa, Bottas admit Williams seats uncertain
  • Vettel to debut wide Pirellis on Monday
  • No apology from Hamilton over middle finger - Gutierrez
  • Next Honda upgrade set for Spa - Button
  • Palmer happy to wait for Renault decision
  • Berger ponders if Ferrari 'lied' about Allison
  • Scuderia Toro Rosso Extends Sponsorship Agreement With Acronis

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