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08/06/19
nasmon

NASCAR Watkins Glen TV Rating (Update)
Chase Elliott
Chase Elliott
UPDATE
 NBCSN earned a final 1.67 TV Rating for the NASCAR Cup race at Watkins Glen last weekend, down 28% from a 2.32 rating on NBC last year.

The Xfinity race from The Glen on NBC drew a 0.95 rating, down 16.67% from a 1.14 rating last year, also on NBC.

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08/06/19
imsa

IMSA Road America final TV rating
IMSA at Road America - not many tuned in
IMSA at Road America - not many tuned in
The IMSA race from Road America broadcast on NBCSN drew 338K viewers (less than F1 drew for qualifying), only 79K in the important 18-49 age group, and a horrible 0.21 rating.

It was NBCSN so one cannot expect much more.

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08/06/19
f1

Final Hungarian GP TV Rating
F1 ratings on ESPN/ESPN2
F1 ratings on ESPN/ESPN2

Final viewership for this past Sunday's Hungarian GP on ESPN2 was 520K up 18 pct from 441K last year. If you add in the two re-airs later that night, 46K and 87K the total viewership was 653K, up 48% over 2018

The Hungarian GP audience peaked at 657K between 10:30-1045 am.

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08/06/19
imsa

IMSA Road America Acura Postscript
The Acura teams were in action at last weekends IMSA races at Road America in three different classes/divisions. Find out how they did.

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08/06/19
fe

Felix da Costa leaving BMW i Andretti Motorsport for DS Techeetah
da Costa
da Costa
Antonio Felix da Costa is moving to DS Techeetah team for the upcoming ABB FIA Formula E Championship season after an exit from his BMW contract was agreed last week.

Da Costa and BMW have finally agreed to part after several weeks of negotiations, ensuring that the Portuguese driver now has a clear path to join Jean-Eric Vergne as Andre Lotterer’s replacement.

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08/06/19
f1

Brawn: Ferrari desperately needs a victory
Can the hapless Ferrari team score a win on the high speed circuits of Spa and Monza?
Can the hapless Ferrari team score a win on the high speed circuits of Spa and Monza?

Formula 1 managing director Ross Brawn says Ferrari "badly" needs to secure a victory in order to ease the pressure that has built up over the 2019 season, but the fact remains now, they can't even beat Red Bull let alone Mercedes.

After Maurizio Arrivabene was fired and replaced with Mattia Binotto, the Italian outfit is yet to score even a single victory, with its last victory coming at the 2018 US Grand Prix, a race won by Kimi Raikkonen, who now drives for Alfa Romeo.

In Budapest, the inferior Ferrari crossed the line over one minute down on Lewis Hamilton, who picked up his eighth win of the year.

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08/06/19
f1

The Evolution of Hybrid Technology in Formula One
Andy Cowell
It's been a decade since the first hybrid victory in F1, at the 2009 Hungarian GP. How has hybrid technology evolved since then? Andy Cowell, Managing Director of Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains, explains all!

Over 10 years later IndyCar, who were asleep at the wheel for a decade, will be implementing a spec KERS system to keep costs down and some of the technology developed in F1 will make it into the IndyCar version.

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08/06/19
nasmon

Race Rewind: Watkins Glen in 15
Look back on all of the best highlights from Chase Elliott's GoBowling at The Glen victory at Watkins Glen International in 15 minutes.

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08/06/19
motogp

Joan Mir injured in Brno test crash
Joan Mir
Joan Mir
After crashing at high-speed at the end of Monday’s Brno Test, Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) has been diagnosed with a pulmonary contusion and will be monitored over the next few days ahead of this weekend’s myWorld Motorrad Grand Prix von Osterreich.

The crash occurred at Turn 1 with just under 45 minutes of the day remaining and, as a precaution, Mir was airlifted to hospital for further checks after being diagnosed with a pulmonary contusion at the track but thankfully, Mir suffered no further damage.

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08/06/19
nastruck

Alex Tagliani to Drive Kyle Busch Motorsport Truck at Mosport
Alex Tagliani
Alex Tagliani
Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that Alex Tagliani will drive the organization's No. 51 Tundra Aug. 25 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) in Bowmanville, Ont. Tagliani's No. 51 Tundra will carry sponsorship from three Canadian companies; CanTorque, Spectra Premium and RONA.

The Canadian has two poles, 15 laps led, one top-five and two top-10 finishes across four career NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series starts, all coming at the 3.957-km (2.459-mile) road course north of the border. In addition to four Gander Truck Series starts, Tagliani has compiled four poles, 92 laps led, four top-five, including three times as runner up, and five top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 13.0 across eight NASCAR Xfinity Series starts, all on road courses. He currently competes full-time in the NASCAR Pinty's Series where he has recorded one win, one pole, 42 laps led, three top-five and five top-10 finishes across four starts and sits fourth in the championship standings this season.

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08/06/19
f1

Sainz Jr. 'invisible' in Hungary
SainzJr. holding off Pierre Gasly - the F1 cameras ignored the battle
Carlos Sainz Jr. holding off Pierre Gasly Sunday - the F1 cameras ignored the battle
(GMM) Carlos Sainz Jr. was "the invisible man" during the recent Hungarian GP.

In fact, well-known Spanish journalist Antonio Lobato claims that the Formula 1 broadcaster often fails to show the McLaren driver's exploits during grands prix.

"No matter what he does, you never see him," he told El Mundo newspaper.

Indeed, in Hungary, Sainz Jr. finished fifth, having successfully fended off constant race-long pressure from Red Bull's Pierre Gasly.

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08/06/19
f1

Boss expects Ferrari to speed up after break
Binotto expects his Ferrari to speed up after break, but he forgets Mercedes and Red Bull won't be sitting still
Binotto expects his Ferrari to speed up after break, but he forgets Mercedes and Red Bull won't be sitting still
(GMM) Team boss Mattia Binotto is expecting Ferrari to speed up again after the summer break.

"A week ago, we were the fastest car on the track," the Italian said after Hungary, referring to the previous German GP where Sebastian Vettel scythed through the field from the back.

But in Hungary, it was Mercedes and Red Bull with clearly superior pace, which was depressing news for many in the partisan Italian media.

"The reds were never in the game," La Gazzetta dello Sport declared.

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08/06/19
f1

'Nice' that Verstappen exit clause in past - Marko
Dr Helmut Marko sweating less over Verstappen now
Dr Helmut Marko sweating less over Verstappen now

(GMM) Dr Helmut Marko has confirmed that Max Verstappen is definitely staying at Red Bull-Honda in 2020.

The Dutchman already had a contract beyond this season, but stories over the past days and weeks had suggested that he could flee to Mercedes thanks to a performance-related exit clause.

We reported during last weekend's Hungarian GP that the clause expired on race-day Sunday, as long as Verstappen was at least third in the drivers' championship heading into the summer break.

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08/06/19
f1

Ferrari admits their F1 car is inferior
Mattia Binotto admits his car design is inferior
Mattia Binotto admits his car design is inferior
Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto explains how the inferior design of his car (He is the technical lead as well as team manager) compared to the Aldo Costa designed Mercedes resulted in both Ferraris being almost a lap down in the Hungarian GP.

Since Arrivabene was sacked in favor of Binotto running the team, it has been downhill for the team from Maranello. Ferrari has shown glimpses of pace on occasion in 2019 but has yet to take a victory whereas last year they were in the hunt for the title at this point in the season.

The Maranello-based team had off the pace throughout the weekend at the Hungaroring, qualifying almost half a second down on pole, while in the race the team was not a factor.

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08/06/19
Track News

Sprint Car Crash Kills Track Worker At Williams Grove
Williams Grove in Pennsylvania
Williams Grove in Pennsylvania
A track volunteer was killed on Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway after a Sprint Car flipped over into the infield and struck him.

The victim was Richard E. Speck Jr, 67, and he was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of numerous traumatic injuries according to the Cumberland County (Pa.) coroner’s office.

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08/06/19
f1
irl

Indy 500 Pagenaud visits Hungarian GP and comes away impressed


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08/05/19
imsa

Video: IMSA State of the Union
Scott Atherton
Scott Atherton
IMSA president Scott Atherton addressed the media, teams and partners at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, on Friday.

During the hour-long presentation, Atherton helped to unveil 2020 schedules for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Michelin Pilot Challenge, Prototype Challenge, Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA and Canada and the Ferrari Challenge series.

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08/05/19
irl

Pagenaud's likeness on Borg Warner unveiled in France
Pagenaud's likeness on Borg Warner Trophy
Pagenaud's likeness on Borg Warner Trophy

2019 Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge winner Simon Pagenaud unveiled his face on the Borg-Warner Trophy on Monday, Aug. 5 in Paris, the capital city of his native France, the first time the winner's likeness has debuted outside of the United States.

Pagenaud's likeness is the 106th face to be permanently fixed to the trophy. Pagenaud was the 2016 NTT IndyCar Series champion, has 14 career NTT IndyCar Series race wins and is the fifth French-born driver to win the Indianapolis 500. He captured the 103rd edition of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" in the No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet on Sunday, May 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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08/05/19
motogp

Quartararo tops truncated Brno test Monday
Dovizioso was only 12th quick
Dovizioso was only 12th quick

Despite a clear sky in the morning, early afternoon showers reduced running time at the post-race Brno test by around an hour.

With Sunday’s victory by Marc Marquez still on everyone's mind the riders rolled out of the pits shortly after 11:00 local time and began the day’s testing schedule.

Not trying for a fast time, Marquez tested three bikes, the MotoGP World Championship leader completed a total of 70 laps throughout the course of the day.

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08/05/19
racing news

Video: Finding Tenths
That ability to suck it up and find those final tenths can often mean the difference between starting on the pole - or being mired in the middle of the pack.

In the latest Safe Is Fast video, James Hinchcliffe and a group of fellow IndyCar drivers reveal just where they find those final tenths.

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08/05/19
nasmon

Video: Bubba Wallace, fed up, spins Kyle Busch
Bubba Wallace
Bubba Wallace
BUBBA WALLACE – finished 28th
: (Talk about what led up to you spinning Kyle Busch?) “I’m going to get my respect on the track, and I don’t care who it is. That’s for when guys fail to think about the young guys, I guess, or with me. I won’t put up with no shit.

"So I flat out wrecked his ass back. I guess we’re even. We’ll see. …

“That’s what happens when you get run over. You just pay him back. So I won’t be like, ‘Oh, it’s Kyle Busch, he didn’t mean to.’ …

(Expletive) him.”

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08/05/19
dtm
SuperGT

The 'Dream Race' becomes reality: DTM and SUPER GT announce details of joint races
Masaak iBandoh And Gerhard Berger
Masaak iBandoh And Gerhard Berger

At a press conference at this weekend’s SUPER GT race at Fuji Speedway, Japan, ITR chairman Gerhard Berger and GTA chairman Masaaki Bandoh gave the first detailed look at the regulatory framework for both series’ unique race together in November this year.

Labeled the ‘SUPER GT x DTM Dream Race’, the event takes place at Fuji Speedway on November 22-24.

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08/05/19
nasmon

Videos: Johnson pissed at Ryan Blaney after The Glen race
Johnson congratulates teammate Elliott for winning, then went looking for Blaney
Johnson congratulates teammate Elliott for winning, then went looking for Blaney

JIMMIE JOHNSON – finished 19th: “(What happened with Ryan Blaney?) He just drove through me in the carousel.

"I tried to hear what he was trying to say…but his lips were quivering so bad when he came to speak. I don’t know if he was nervous or scared or both…I don’t know what the problem is.

"He just drove through me…and spun me out. And clearly that has big implications with what we are trying to do for the Playoffs tight now, so clearly not happy with his actions. …

"We scored points in both stages which was nice. We were setting up for top-eight to top-10 and got drove through. He claims it was just racing. So I can hardly wait to go racing. Everybody stay tuned.”

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08/05/19
f1
f2

F2 win helps on road to Formula 1 - Schumacher
A happy Mick Schumacher after winning Sunday
A happy Mick Schumacher after winning Sunday
(GMM) Mick Schumacher has finally added a Formula 2 victory to his resume as he pushes towards the pinnacle of motorsport.

Already a member of Ferrari's development academy, the reigning European F3 champion stepped up to the F1 feeder series this year.

But before last weekend's round in Hungary, the 20-year-old son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher had not even stood on a Formula 2 podium.

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08/05/19
f1

F1 teams approve 22nd race for 2020 - Wolff
F1 boss Chase Carey in Budapest making case for 22, soon to be 24-race calendar
F1 boss Chase Carey in Budapest making case for 22, soon to be 24-race calendar
(GMM) Barcelona looks to have been shown the green light to organize a grand prix in 2020.

Earlier, the fate of the Spanish GP looked grim, but in the past few days the local Catalan government emerged in support of a one-off race deal for 2020.

However, with the calendar currently capped at 21 races, a last-minute reprieve for Barcelona depended on the F1 teams agreeing to attend an unprecedented 22 races in 2020.

According to Spain's EFE news agency, the teams met in Budapest on Saturday to discuss the proposed 22-race calendar.

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08/05/19
f1

Kubica 'eating different dish' to Russell
Robert Kubica in Hungary Sunday has been getting his lunch eaten by George Russell
Robert Kubica in Hungary Sunday has been getting his lunch eaten by George Russell
(GMM) Robert Kubica is yet to benefit from what seems to have been a clear step forward for Williams and George Russell.

Over the last few races, the once-great backmarker team has introduced car upgrades, but Pole Kubica has remained dead last.

In contrast, his teammate Russell finally pulled himself off the back row of the grid in Hungary and almost entered Q2, before beating Lance Stroll and Antonio Giovinazzi to the checkered flag.

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08/05/19
f1

Hamilton hits back at critical Rosberg
Nico Rosberg in Hungary Sunday
Nico Rosberg in Hungary Sunday
(GMM) Lewis Hamilton has hit back at former teammate Nico Rosberg following a string of recent comments by the 2016 world champion.

In his video blog and elsewhere, Rosberg has recently said Max Verstappen is now a better driver than the five time world champion, partly because of 34-year-old Hamilton's age.

Hamilton, who had a troubled relationship with Rosberg when they were teammates until 2016, said after winning in Hungary: "I've never seen the blog. It has no influence on my life.

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08/05/19
f1

Alfa Romeo can't control private life - Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen with former Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel in Hungary Sunday
Kimi Raikkonen with former Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel in Hungary Sunday
(GMM) Kimi Raikkonen says he will not stop doing dangerous activities just because he is in Formula 1.

Well known for loving rallying, motocross and most recently jumping from a building into a swimming pool, the 39-year-old Finn insists that his life away from F1 is up to him.

"I haven't read my contract because it's not worth much as far as I am concerned," he told the Hungarian magazine Vezess when asked if he is prohibited from engaging in dangerous activities.

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08/05/19
f1

Bottas admits he has 'plan B' for 2020
Valtteri Bottas was smiling in Hungary. Not for long.
Valtteri Bottas was smiling in Hungary. Not for long.

(GMM) Valtteri Bottas has revealed he has a "plan B" in case Mercedes does not keep him for 2020. (See Bottas axe rumor)

Team boss Toto Wolff is openly weighing up between keeping the Finn, or promoting reserve driver Esteban Ocon to become Lewis Hamilton's new teammate.

Bottas' case was not helped in Hungary, where he had his second consecutive difficult race in the space of a week.

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08/05/19
f2

DAMS founder and team owner Jean-Paul Driot has passed away
Jean-Paul Driot
Jean-Paul Driot
TEAM STATEMENT: It is with great sadness that Driot Associés Motor Sport (DAMS) announces its founder and owner, Jean-Paul Driot, has passed away at the age of 68. Jean-Paul lost an ongoing battle with illness, which he had fought in recent months. We wish our sincerest condolences to his wife Geneviève and two sons Olivier and Gregory.

Under Jean-Paul’s guidance, DAMS has won 13 drivers’ and 12 teams’ championships, including 147 races in Formula 3000, Formula Renault 3.5, GP3 Series, GP2 Series, Formula 2 and Formula E, since the team was created in 1988. Jean-Paul has also overseen the progression of many talented young drivers on their route to Formula 1.

The entire DAMS team wishes to dedicate Nicholas Latifi’s win and Sergio Sette Camara’s podium in Hungary to Jean-Paul’s memory.

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08/04/19
ARX

Andretti ARX team 1-2 in Canada
BighamAndFoust celebrate
BighamAndFoust celebrate

Andretti Rallycross’ Tanner Foust and Cabot Bigham captured a thrilling one-two finish in the ARX of Canada, Round 4 of the 2019 ARX Supercar Championship.

Foust became the fourth different winner in four rounds this season at the famous Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres venue by claiming the hole-shot from the outside of the three-wide front row of the grid in the final.

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08/04/19
nasmon
irl

Watkins Glen Likely To Sell Out For Sunday NASCAR Race (Update)
NASCAR sells out at a track indyCar could not draw flies. Why? 100% of IndyCar races at ISC owned tracks have failed.  Do you see a pattern? The France family's secret motto must be, keep your friends close, keep your enemies (IndyCar) even closer.
NASCAR sells out at a track IndyCar could not draw flies. Why? 100% of IndyCar races at ISC owned tracks have failed. Do you see a pattern? The France family's secret motto must be, keep your friends close, keep your enemies (IndyCar) even closer.

UPDATE Today Watkins Glen International announced that reserved grandstand tickets for today’s Go Bowling at The Glen at The Glen Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race have sold out for the fifth consecutive year.

“We’re excited to announce our fifth straight grandstand sell out,” said WGI President Michael Printup. “This is a true testament to the passion and dedication our fans have for Watkins Glen International and NASCAR.  We’re looking forward to delivering an incredible experience that keeps our fans coming back year after year.”


08/02/19 Watkins Glen Int’l is closing in on a grandstand sellout for this Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, which would be the second of the ’19 season and WGI’s fifth in a row. The track seats 35,000 in its grandstand seats and brings in another 15,000 or through general admission and camping for about 50,000 people on site Sunday. The other race this season to sell out was the Daytona 500, which had about 100,000 people on site. The track has not yet confirmed a sellout but is likely to by Sunday.

WGI President Michael Printup said of how the track has been able to keep its sellout streak going, “We keep a simple approach, we stay even on our marketing platforms, we drastically change up our advertising every year. … We went massive with billboards this year; some people would laugh me out of the room in this sport if I said that, but we’re getting people socially recognizing us for all the billboards we have in Pennsylvania and New York for the first time.” Adam Stern/SBD

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08/04/19
f3

Armstrong leads from lights-to-flag for first win
Marcus Armstrong
Marcus Armstrong

Marcus Armstrong ruled Race 2 in Budapest with a lights-to-flag finish that saw him cross the line a massive 12s ahead of Leonardo Pulcini for his first ever FIA Formula 3 win.

The PREMA man had spent a mammoth 97 Laps inside of the top three ahead of Round 5, but was yet to have a victory to show for it. He set the record straight on Sunday with a dominant drive around the Hungaroring, ahead of Hitech Grand Prix racer Pulcini and HWA RACELAB’s Jake Hughes.

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08/04/19
TV News

Sunday TV Times
All times Eastern
Sunday, August 4LocationTV TimesNetwork
MotoGP RaceBrno8:00am-9:00am (L)beIN Sports
Formula 1Hungary8:30am-9:05am (L) - On The Grid
9:05am-11:00am (L) - Race
ESPN2
IMSA RaceRoad America2:25pm-5:15pm (L) 
2:30pm-5:30pm (L)
6:00pm-9:00pm (SD)
IMSA.TV
NBC Gold
NBCSN
NASCAR CupWatkins Glen2:30pm-3:00pm (L) - Pre-Race
3:00pm-5:30pm (L) - Race
5:30pm-6:00pm (L) - Post-Race
NBCSN
NHRA FinalsSeattle4:00pm-7:00pm (L)FOX


Legend:
L=Live, SD=Same Day, R=Repeat



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08/04/19
f2

Schumacher holds off Nobuharu Matsushita to claim maiden F2 win
A happy Mick Schumacher
A happy Mick Schumacher

Mick Schumacher became the second rookie winner of this season’s FIA Formula 2 campaign with a commanding performance from lights-to-flag in the Sprint Race that required every inch of his defensive abilities.

The PREMA racing man beat out the experienced Nobuharu Matsushita to earn his maiden F2 win and a first taste of champagne for PREMA this season. DAMS’ Sergio Sette Camara came home in third, having pushed and prodded Matsushita all the way, in the tightest of front threes.

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08/04/19
f1

Giovinazzi loses three places for blocking Stroll in Hungary
Antonio Giovinazzi
Antonio Giovinazzi
Antonio Giovinazzi will start 17th for the Hungarian Grand Prix after stewards ruled that he impeded Lance Stroll during the first part of Saturday's qualifying session.

A three-place grid penalty was handed to Giovinazzi, who had qualified 14th, as well as a penalty point on his license, after officials looked at video, audio, GPS and telemetry data relating to the incident.

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08/04/19
motogp

Petrucci: Marquez passed with his elbow on the ground where Miller fell
Marquez in the wet at Brno. He is so much better than all the other riders in MotoGP
Marquez in the wet at Brno. He is so much better than all the other riders in MotoGP
So how did Marc Marquez qualify 2.5 seconds faster than everyone else for today's MotoGP race at Brno? This is what fellow rider Danilo Petrucci had to say

"It seemed like it wasn't t raining for him. He got the strategy right, bringing the tires up to temperature. Given the gap, I think there's very little to say. He's the favorite, but I want to fight for the top five, so we have to give it our all."

"I was able to follow him. He was on the third lap, while I on my first. As soon as I tried to push, I risked falling where Miller fell. While he passed with his elbow on the ground on that stretch. That worries me because he's always there up front in any condition. You never see him finish eighth. When you're fighting for the World Championship with someone like him, it's difficult.”

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08/04/19
nasmon

NASCAR to test traction compound at ISM
Hamlin loved the traction compound in winning at Pocono
Hamlin loved the traction compound in winning at Pocono
NASCAR and track officials are looking at where to put traction compound in the turns at ISM Raceway after it worked so well last weekend at Pocono.

“Phoenix will probably be the next candidate for it,” Hamlin told NBC Sports. “I think we might try something there later this year. It’s just trying to get it right there.”

“I would say you go for it,” reigning Cup champion Joey Logano said of applying the traction compound to ISM Raceway for its November races. “The longer we wait to learn, the dumber we are.”

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08/04/19
irl

How Honda's 2.2L Engine Makes Over 700 Horsepower
Honda IndyCar engine mounted in car
Honda IndyCar engine mounted in car

Honda's engine it currently runs in the IndyCar series is a 700-horsepower 2.2-liter turbocharged V-6. Keep an eye on the displacement figure. Now, realize the Honda Civic Type R features a 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine with 306 hp. Where in the world is Honda getting nearly 400 more hp from the IndyCar engine with such a similar displacement?

Have no fear because Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained is here. Jason took a look at Honda's IndyCar engine and compared it to a street engine, the 2.0 turbo-4 from the Civic Type R, to get a sense of how the company builds this racing engine. On our journey to figuring out how this is possible, we have to make a few assumptions. For competitive reasons, we don't know exactly how much power the Honda IndyCar engine makes, but the conservative estimate is 700 hp. Jason also assumes the max engine bore allowed for IndyCar and where peak hp occurs. In this case, that's 12,000 rpm.

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08/04/19
f1

Hulkenberg unhappy with Renault 'situation'
Nico Hulkenberg frustrated
Nico Hulkenberg frustrated
(GMM) Whilst riding a crest of form with Honda power, Max Verstappen has launched a stinging jibe at Red Bull's former engine supplier.

After the team split with Renault for 2019, the Dutchman has won two of the last three grands prix and his first-ever pole position in Hungary.

At the same time, Renault is the first engine manufacturer to claim to have broken through the four-digit horsepower barrier with its 2019 engine.

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08/04/19
f1

Red Bull, Ferrari say no to Alonso for 2020
Vettel still at the center of Ferrari - no room for Alonso
Vettel still at the center of Ferrari - no room for Alonso
(GMM) There is no place for Fernando Alonso at any of the top three Formula 1 teams for 2020.

Mercedes has named its candidates for Lewis Hamilton's next teammate, while Dr Helmut Marko gave a clear answer when asked about whether Alonso might end his sabbatical by joining Red Bull.

"No," he sternly told the Spanish broadcaster Movistar in Hungary.

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08/04/19
f1

FIA asks teams, drivers, about F1 penalties
Michael Masi
Michael Masi does anonymous poll

(GMM) The FIA has asked F1's ten team bosses and 20 drivers for their opinions about how on-track incidents should be penalized.

In Hungary, race director Michael Masi presented them with an anonymous questionnaire about 12 controversial incidents over the past few years.

It follows intense discussions over how often the stewards intervene with penalties after on-track clashes, such as the one that cost Sebastian Vettel victory in Canada.

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08/04/19
f1

Verstappen talks not about 2020 seat - Wolff
Jos Verstappen in Hungary
Jos Verstappen in Hungary
(GMM) It has been a busy weekend so far for Max Verstappen's management.

Amid a spate of 'Verstappen mania' in Formula 1, the Dutchman has been linked with a shock switch to Mercedes for 2020.

One German report revealed that Toto Wolff met for dinner in Budapest with Max's father Jos.

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08/04/19
f1

Mercedes 'must take Verstappen seriously' - Wolff
Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen
(GMM) Max Verstappen is a genuine contender for the 2019 world championship.

That is the view of Toto Wolff, after Red Bull driver Verstappen in Hungary added his first ever pole to his run of impressive recent form.

Verstappen is 63 points behind championship leader Lewis Hamilton. 

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08/04/19
f1

Magnussen says he 'needs' August break
Kevin Magnussen
Kevin Magnussen
(GMM) Kevin Magnussen says he is more than looking forward to the August break.

It has been an incredibly intense first half of the season for Haas, with the Pirelli tire situation, the farcical title sponsor saga, and a spate of collisions between the drivers.

Now, the confused American team is experimenting with its Melbourne-specification, having utterly lost course with recent car development.

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08/04/19
nasmon

Chase Elliott on pole at Watkins Glen
Chase Elliott
Chase Elliott
Hendrick Motorsports teammates Chase Elliott and William Byron qualified for the front row for Sunday’s Cup race at Watkins Glen International.

The lineup will not be official until all 37 cars go through inspection Sunday morning. If a car fails inspection once, its qualifying time will be disallowed and it will start at the rear of the field.

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08/04/19
f1

Russell better off at Williams for now - Wolff
Russell finally pulled Williams off the back of the grid with an impressive qualifying in Hungary
Russell finally pulled Williams off the back of the grid with an impressive qualifying in Hungary
(GMM) Toto Wolff has ruled George Russell out of the running for the seat alongside Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes next year.

Earlier, team boss Wolff had already admitted that Valtteri Bottas and Esteban Ocon were solely in competition for the 2020 cockpit.

He says Russell is better off spending another year at Williams.

"He came to Formula 1 very young and we want to give him the chance to learn in an environment where he can make a mistake. Like Max Verstappen did at Toro Rosso," Wolff said.

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08/03/19
ta

Dyson Dominates Trans Am at the Brickyard
Dyson takes the checkered flag
Dyson takes the checkered flag
After a long summer break, the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli was back in action at the iconic the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend. The Trans Am, SuperGT and GT class drivers delivered an action-packed start to the multi-class 42-lap race at the Brickyard on Saturday afternoon. 

The race opened with drama up front between pole sitter Ernie Francis Jr. and Chris Dyson, and ended quietly with Dyson dominating to take his second consecutive victory in the TA class by more than 23 seconds over two-time Indianapolis winner Francis Jr., with Adam Andretti taking third in the No. 86 Engineered Components Co/Anchor Bolt Chevrolet Corvette after running out of gas literally as he crossed the yard of bricks.

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08/03/19
f3

Lundgaard's perfect weekend continues with maiden F3 win
Christian Lundgaard
Christian Lundgaard

Christian Lundgaard took his first ever FIA Formula 3 win in style today, marching round the Hungaroring in 1st from lights-to-flag. The Danish driver continued his so far flawless weekend with his third P1 finish of Round 5, ahead of ART Grand Prix teammate Max Fewtrell and HWA RACELAB’s Jake Hughes.

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08/03/19
motogp

Marquez heads Vinales, Guintoli in mixed FP3 conditions
Marquez in the wet
Marquez in the wet
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) was the man to beat in a damp MotoGP™ FP3 session at the Monster Energy Grand Prix České republiky, his 2:04.279 was enough to beat second fastest Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) by 0.588 as Team Suzuki Ecstar’s test rider Sylvain Guintoli ends the session in third place.

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08/03/19
f1

Hamilton over Verstappen and Vettel in final practice
Hamilton quickest, but not by much
Hamilton quickest, but not by much

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) pipped Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) by less than 1/10th sec to lead final practice for the Hungarian GP in Budapest.

Hamilton, Verstappen and Vettel seem to have nudged ahead of their respective team mates, but as for choosing between the three of them... Vettel has it nailed in the first sector, and Mercedes and Red Bull seem evenly matched through the later stages of the lap. Game on for qualifying!

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08/03/19
f2

F2: Latifi cruises to victory ahead of de Vries
From left, Nyck de Vries, Nicholas Latifi and Jack Aitken Podium
From left, Nyck de Vries, Nicholas Latifi and Jack Aitken Podium
Nicholas Latifi won for the first time since Barcelona with a masterclass on the tight turns of the Hungaroring, bombing ahead of Nyck De Vries at the start and never wavering. Amazingly, it is the first time this season that the Championships’ top two have shared a podium, with the duo finishing ahead of Campos Racing’s Jack Aitken.

Despite the downpour in Friday’s Qualifying session, the rain held off on Saturday morning in Hungary and De Vries made the most of the dry surface to get away cleanly off the line, battling off a move down his right from Luca Ghiotto. Or, so he thought! Nicholas Latifi surged past them both on the left and nipped by at the end of the first turn, with De Vries’ locking up.

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08/03/19
ta

Francis Jr., Kezman and Davison Lead Trans Am at Indianapolis
Ernie Francis Jr.
Ernie Francis Jr.
The thunder roaring from Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli cars filled the air at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday as the Trans Am, SuperGT and GT classes took to the track to set the grids for this weekends races. 

After opening the running with morning practice, the split 35-minute qualifying session ended the day at IMS. The track was considerably hotter for qualifying than during morning practice, and with a wide range of machines also taking to the track as part of the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, several types of rubber lined the 2.43-mile circuit. But, the Pirelli tires equipped throughout the TA, SGT and GT field gave the Trans Am runners all the grip on offer in the tricky conditions.

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08/03/19
f1

Two drivers in running for 2020 seat - Wolff
The pressure is on Valtteri Bottas
The pressure is on Valtteri Bottas
(GMM) Toto Wolff says there are only two candidates in the running to be Lewis Hamilton's teammate in 2020.

Since Nico Rosberg suddenly retired at the end of 2016, Hamilton has been teamed up with Finn Valtteri Bottas.

But now team boss Wolff is considering replacing him with Esteban Ocon, the former Force India driver who this year has been Mercedes' reserve.

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08/03/19
f1

F1 will still use fuel in 20 years - Taffin
Remi Taffin
Remi Taffin
(GMM) Renault's engine boss doubts Formula 1 will leave behind its fuel-powered era within the next 20 years.

In an ever more 'green'-minded world, and the ever rising success of Formula E, it is speculated that F1 could eventually ramp up its hybrid credentials to do away with fuel altogether.

But Renault's Remi Taffin doesn't think so.

"We of course want to make F1 as green as possible," the Frenchman told Le Figaro.

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08/03/19
f1

Binotto, Vettel looking ahead to 2020
Vettel points to the Mercedes and tells Binotto you have to hire Aldo Costa away from Mercedes
Vettel points to the Mercedes and tells Binotto you have to hire Aldo Costa away from Mercedes
(GMM) Ferrari appears to be looking ahead to 2020.

But Sebastian Vettel, despite his 84 point gap to the championship lead, says it would make no sense to "throw in the towel" this year either.

"The rules aren't changing much next year, so it doesn't make sense to throw in the towel," the German told Bild newspaper.

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08/03/19
f1

Hulkenberg thinks Renault wants to keep him
Nico Hulkenberg might make it to a podium some day
Nico Hulkenberg might make it to a podium some day
(GMM) Nico Hulkenberg has dismissed suggestions that Renault is preparing to oust him.

Team boss Cyril Abiteboul has been quoted by France's Auto Hebdo as saying: "Whenever Nico is about to achieve great things, he seems to sabotage himself."

He is referring to Hulkenberg's crash at Hockenheim, within sight of his first ever podium finish in his 169th Formula 1 race start.

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08/03/19
f3

Lundgaard claims maiden pole in Budapest
Christian Lundgaard
Christian Lundgaard
Christian Lundgaard followed up his dominant Free Practice form to secure his first pole position in the FIA Formula 3 Championship, with a stomping tour of the Hungaroring circuit. The ART Grand Prix man finished ahead of Hitech Grand Prix’s Jüri Vips and teammate Max Fewtrell, as ART ruled the morning session.

Marcus Armstrong was the first out on track in dry conditions, but remained wary on his first lap of the circuit, with the tarmac still damp in spots. Once the PREMA man got going, he set the pace at just under 1m 33s, ahead of Alex Peroni.

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08/03/19
imsa

2020 IMSA WeatherTech Championship Schedule Released
Rolex 24 to again start season
Rolex 24 to again start season

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will feature a nearly identical schedule in 2020, with the 12-event calendar having been released Friday during the sanctioning body’s annual ‘State of the Series’ address at Road America.

It will mark the third consecutive season with the same dozen events and venues, with only minor date changes.

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08/03/19
f1

Verstappen plays down Hamilton's five titles
Max Verstappen knows any driver can win 5 titles in the Mercedes
Max Verstappen knows any driver can win 5 titles in the Mercedes
(GMM) Max Verstappen has played down Lewis Hamilton's achievements.

The silly season is really firing in Hungary, with speculation raging that the duo could be teammates in the not-too-distant future.

Recently, Red Bull boss Christian Horner said he thinks Verstappen is now a better driver than Hamilton.

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08/03/19
f1

Honda 'not behind Mercedes' anymore - Hamilton
Hamilton thinks Honda has more HP than Mercedes now
Hamilton thinks Honda has more HP than Mercedes now
(GMM) The days are over when Mercedes could easily out-power Red Bull.

That is the view not only of Max Verstappen, but also Mercedes' championship leader Lewis Hamilton.

"They always have a good car," Hamilton, who says he is feeling "a million times better" physically than he did at Hockenheim, said in Hungary when asked about Red Bull-Honda.

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08/03/19
f1

Verstappen 'exit' clause expires on Sunday
Verstappen staying put
Verstappen staying put
(GMM) An explosion of intense silly season rumors could finally come to an end on Sunday.

Authoritative sources, including Italy's Corriere della Sera, claim that the lineups at all top three teams - Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull - are up for grabs.

Fernando Alonso is being linked with an unlikely union with Red Bull-Honda, and Lewis Hamilton with a switch to Ferrari.

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