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08/09/16
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Weekend TV Ratings
ChannelSeriesDayNo. ViewersNo. Viewers 18-49RatingVenue
USA NetNASCAR Sprint Cup Race LSun3,828K955K2.34Watkins Glen
CNBCNASCAR Xfinity Race LSat1,023K228K0.67Watkins Glen
FOXNHRASun849K240K0.55Seattle Northwest
CNBCNASCAR Srpint Cup QualSat406K94K0.28Watkins Glen



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08/09/16
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Top IndyCar drivers headed to The Glen for testing
IndyCar drivers will have to contend with NASCAR rubber on The Glen track from this past weekend
IndyCar drivers will have to contend with NASCAR rubber on The Glen track from this past weekend

More than 20 Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers are scheduled to participate in a test session Thursday at Watkins Glen International in preparation for the IndyCar Grand Prix at The Glen.

On-track testing begins at 9 a.m., with a lunch break at noon. Testing is scheduled to resume at 1 p.m.

The testing is open to the public at no charge, with viewing available from the Argetsinger Grandstand. Fans can enter through Gate 2.

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08/09/16
pwc

Spotlight Shines on Exciting Championship Battles as PWC Heads to Utah
Pirelli World Challenge heads to Utah
Pirelli World Challenge heads to Utah
TOOELE, Utah - As 100 Pirelli World Challenge drivers head to the Utah Motorsports Campus August 11-14, the spotlight is set to shine on heated championship battles that exist across all of the series' eight classes. GT and GTA drivers will race Rounds 16 and 17, while GT Cup pilots are set to race in Rounds 15 and 16. SprintX Rounds 3 and 4 will run, while Rounds 14 and 15 are scheduled in GTS. For TC, TCA and TCB classes, this event is the penultimate race weekend as drivers will compete in Rounds 9 and 10. The Pirelli World Challenge Utah Motorsports Campus Grand Prix presented by Energy Solutions marks the ninth time the series will race at the 3.048-mile road course.

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08/09/16
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Bristol Motor Speedway hopes 'polishing' of lower groove improves racing
Bristol action
Bristol action

Bristol Motor Speedway is once again experimenting with the racing surface of the half-mile track in hopes of bringing back two-wide racing.

First reported by Motorsport.com, with consideration from the Sprint Cup Drivers Council, Bristol "polished" the lower groove of the track following the Food City 500 in April.

The changes, the first to the track surface since BMS grounded the high line in 2012, were finished last week and will be first raced on Aug. 17 by the Camping World Truck Series. Since the grinding, the preferred racing line has been up high. The track has progressive banking from 24 to 28 degrees in the turns, which came about after a 2007 resurfacing.

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08/09/16
automotive

Video: Pigeon Uses Slipstreams to Race Cars on the Highway at 100 km/h
A racing pigeon in The Netherlands uses vehicle slipstreams on the highway to race home. The pigeon flew over 20 km, reaching top speeds of 100 km/h.  Arie Luyendyk eat your heart out!

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08/09/16
F1

Raikkonen ties the knot
Kimi with sone Robin and wife Minttu
Kimi with son Robin and wife Minttu
The 2007 Formula One World Champion Kimi Raikkonen tied the knot with Minttu Virtanen on Sunday in Tuscany, Italy.

The Ferrari Formula One team, which Raikkonen currently races for, confirmed the news on its Twitter account:

Raikkonen, 36, has a contract with the Ferrari F1 team through the 2017 season, although he has not won a Grand Prix since Australia in 2013, when he was racing for Lotus.

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08/09/16
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Repsol Honda Team ready to discover Red Bull Ring following summer break
Marquez
Marquez
The long summer pause that followed the German GP allowed the Repsol Honda men to take a breath and recharge the batteries to start a busy second half of the season (eight races in 12 weeks before the season-ending Valencian round in November), with Marc Marquez leading the Championship and Dani Pedrosa fourth in the standings.

The MotoGP field will be back in action this weekend in Austria, where the series returns for the first time in 19 years. The circuit was built in 1969 and rebuilt in 1996 before hosting the MotoGP Championship for two years. In 2011 it was reopened as the Red Bull Ring Circuit, and it’s now one of five rounds on the calendar to host both the MotoGP and F1 Championships, together with Austin, Catalunya, Silverstone and Sepang.

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08/09/16
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Truex Jr. and Keselowski comment on last lap incident at Watkins Glen
On the final turn of the final lap of the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International on Sunday, with #78-Martin Truex Jr. pressuring eventual race winner #11-Denny Hamlin and #2-Brad Keselowski third, contact from Keselowski's #2 Ford sent Truex's #78 Toyota spinning. #22-Joey Logano took advantage of the melee to finish second ahead of Keselowski. Truex finished seventh. Quotes by Truex Jr. and Keselowski:

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08/09/16
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F4 U.S. Championship Attracts New Drivers From China And Georgia
The Formula 4 United States Championship powered by Honda continues to attract drivers from all over the world, expanding its field for the second event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

Two newly signed drivers, Jackie Ding of Shenzhen, China, and Skylar Robinson of Augusta, Georgia, will join the series during its second stop at Mid-Ohio scheduled for Aug. 11-13.

The 2016 F4 U.S. Championship roster now includes competitors from five countries, six states and four continents and 16 cars are expected for the second race weekend of the season. There are no limitations in terms of nationality for entries.

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08/09/16
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usac

Statement from family of Bryan Clauson, and Dale Coyne
Bryan Clauson
Bryan Clauson

The family of Indy 500 veteran and USAC champion driver Bryan Clauson released the following statement this morning: 

"Last night, the 7th of August, we said goodbye to our son, my fiance, our friend, Bryan Clauson. He was surrounded by family and friends and we were grateful that we could experience his final moments with him. 

Our Bryan fought to the end with the same desire that he demonstrated behind the wheel of all the various race cars he would park in victory lane. However, we were more proud of our Bryan that took a moment to make a young fan's day, or demonstrated his uncommon kindness and appreciation toward his friends, family and fans.

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08/09/16
irl

Video: Quizzing Simon Pagenaud
IndyCar leader Simon Pagenaud is quizzed on various topics, including his own career and his rivals.

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08/09/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Massa in limbo for 2016
    Massa in limbo for 2016
    F1's Brazilian duo face uncertain future
  • F1 should start 2021 engine planning now - officials
  • Red Bull sets sights on catching Mercedes
  • Red Bull carries out Glasgow demo runs
  • Wolff still wary of Ferrari despite 'setbacks'
  • Grosjean suggests rethink over blue flags
  • Mercedes conservative with tires for Spa
  • Video: Summer F1 shutdown explained
  • Button to discuss contract in Sept.

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08/08/16
imsa

LMP3 Engines to be Unbadged
Mazda's John Doonan believes the addition of LMP3 cars to the newly renamed IMSA Prototype Challenge powered by Mazda series will help raise the profile of the prototype development series, despite no involvement from the Japanese manufacturer in the PC1 class.

LMP3 machinery will remain with the ACO's global-spec Nissan-based V8 engine, although unbranded, with Mazda's MZR engine continuing to power the Elan DP02 cars, which will compete under the PC2 class beginning next year.

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08/08/16
automotive

2017 ZL1 is hottest Camaro ever
The ZLI is flat out fast
The ZLI is flat out fast

The 2017 ZL1, the most powerful production Camaro ever, and the track-bred 1LE are designed to deliver exhilarating performance on both the open road and the road course, at prices that leave the competition behind.  

When they go on sale later this year, the 2017 Camaro ZL1 will be priced at $62,135 for coupe models and $69,135 for convertibles. Prices include destination charge, but not tax, title and other dealer fees. The 1LE package is a $4,500 MSRP option on Camaro V-6 LT coupe models and $6,500 on the V-8 1SS coupe model. For LT coupes, the 1LE package features the Camaro SS’s FE3 suspension, while the 1SS benefits from the ZL1’s electronic limited-slip differential and FE4 suspension with Magnetic Ride dampers.

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08/08/16
nhra

Rain delays NHRA finale in Seattle (2nd Update)
UPDATE The final rounds of the Protect the Harvest NHRA Northwest Nationals presented by Lucas Oil at Pacific Raceways have been delayed due to inclement weather.

After multiple rain delays, NHRA officials announced the Funny Car final round between Del Worsham and Ron Capps and the Top Fuel final round between Antron Brown and Steve Torrence will be completed during the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd. The Pro Stock final between Washington native Aaron Strong and Vincent Nobile will be decided at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, Aug. 31-Sept. 5.

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08/08/16
automotive

Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche V6 all cheated with 'dirty' diesel cars
Why would anyone buy a 'dirty diesel when electric cars are superior. In 5-years or less it will be a slam dunk.
Diesel is a filthy dirty fuel
U.S. authorities have discovered three software programs in Volkswagen Automotive Group's 3.0-liter TDI diesel engines that permit the engines to shut down emissions control systems after 22 minutes of operation, the German weekly Welt am Sonntag reports. The turbodiesel engines in question are made by Audi for three models, including the Volkswagen Touareg, Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7. The paper notes the usual emissions test cycle runs for 20 minutes, suggesting the 22 minute mark was chosen specifically to evade detection of higher emissions.

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08/08/16
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NASCAR Watkins Glen TV rating
USA Network's telecast of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race from Watkins Glen was the highest-rated non-Olympic telecast. The race yesterday, which was moved to USA Net due to Olympic coverage, drew a 2.1 overnight. The same race last year on NBCSN drew a 2.4 overnight.

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08/08/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Monday
  • Adrian Newey (R) with his son Harrison
    Adrian Newey (R) with his son Harrison, is motivated by fact Aldo Costa's cars have been beating his for years now
    Newey 'fully motivated again' - Horner
  • Only new rules can stop Mercedes - Alonso
  • Rosberg lacks Hamilton's 'killer instinct' - Marko
  • Only 'good offer' would restart F1 career - Buemi
  • Police foil terrorist Singapore GP rocket attack plot
  • Australian Grand Prix Fans Could Face Airport-Style Security Screening
  • Clear: Allison will be missed
  • Engineers agree it's time to think about new engine formula
  • McLaren said no to tire testing

Newey 'fully motivated again' - Horner
(GMM) Adrian Newey is getting much more involved in the design of next year's Red Bull, according to Red Bull team boss Christian Horner.

In the past few years, dismayed at the curtailing of aerodynamics in F1 and the predominance of the 'power units', F1's famous designer took a step back from the front line.

Newey has busied himself with an America's Cup project as well as a supercar collaboration with Aston Martin, but Horner says the Briton's interest in F1 is ramping up again as work on the 2017 car progresses.

The aerodynamics, chassis and tire regulations are changing significantly next year, and Red Bull chief Horner says it means Newey is involved once again.

"We are back where we were in 2014," he told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport.

"Adrian withdrew himself somewhat with the RB12. I would say that his share of the current car is only 20 per cent, which shows how well our engineering office is doing."

But Horner added: "The new rules have Adrian fully motivated again. With next year's car, I would say he is back up at 50 per cent."

It never matters what the rules are, Aldo Costa and Adrian Newey design superior F1 cars
It never matters what the rules are, Aldo Costa (above) and Adrian Newey design superior F1 cars

Only new rules can stop Mercedes - Alonso
(GMM) Fernando Alonso has hailed the timing of F1's regulations change for 2017.

Some have questioned the radical aerodynamics, chassis and tire changes that are coming next year, saying performance in F1 was just beginning to converge in the current 'power unit' era that began in 2014.

But Spaniard Alonso has made no secret that his love of driving in F1 has waned during that period.

"Next year I will take stock," he is quoted by Germany's Auto Motor und Sport.

"The important thing is that I have fun again. 2017 will give the answers to my questions like are the cars as quick as they used to be? Do I have to keep saving tires and fuel?"

Alonso also hopes that, with the new rules, McLaren-Honda will be the team that is poised to finally topple Mercedes' dominance.

But he admitted: "We need more power. Even if Honda had as much power as Mercedes, it would not be enough because Mercedes' overall package is excellent.

"That's why it is so important that F1 is getting a new set of regulations," said Alonso.

However, those who argued that F1 should stay the course, like Mercedes' Toto Wolff, have warned that the new rules could once again leave a single team out in front.

"That's the question mark," Alonso acknowledged, "but it also gives everybody hope. Otherwise Mercedes would have just kept managing their advantage."

The newly 35-year-old therefore has no regrets about having left Ferrari.

"It was time to go," said Alonso. "For me there was nothing more to do.

"I'm not gloating. Ferrari is a great team and I had a great time there. But for the future you need to have either a Mercedes or a McLaren-Honda," he added.

Rosberg too soft
Rosberg too soft

Rosberg lacks Hamilton's 'killer instinct' - Marko
(GMM) It is Lewis Hamilton's "killer instinct" that in 2016 will deliver championship victory to him for a third consecutive time.

That is the view of Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko, when asked to nominate a favorite in the increasingly two-horse title race between Hamilton and his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.

Another former F1 driver, Marc Surer, agrees.

"Lewis will be world champion this year for the fourth time," the German-language television pundit told Sport Bild magazine.

"When Nico was so many points ahead at the beginning of the season, many people wrote Hamilton off. But look at where he is now," Surer said.

"Nico is a perfect driver, but Hamilton is a fighter."

Briton Hamilton could fall behind Rosberg once again after the summer break, as he will take a grid penalty for using a sixth engine of the season.

But Red Bull's Marko thinks that after the nine remaining races of 2016, Hamilton will once again be champion.

"He has the killer instinct that Rosberg does not," he said, "and at the end of the year, that is what will make the difference."

Sebastien Buemi's F1 career is over
Sebastien Buemi's F1 career is over

Only 'good offer' would restart F1 career - Buemi
(GMM) Sebastien Buemi says only a "good offer" from a F1 team could entice him away from his current motor racing forays.

Since losing his Toro Rosso seat at the end of 2011, the now 27-year-old Swiss has rebuilt his career by winning the world sports car championship in 2014.

He is also the reigning Formula E champion.

Buemi has also maintained his links with Red Bull, and last week at Mugello was developing Pirelli's wide 2017-specification aboard the team's modified 2015 test car.

"With these wide tires the cars look super cool, and they're fun on the inside of the car as well," he told the Swiss newspaper Blick.

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has advised to Renault that Buemi should be brought back into F1 full time, but the driver warned: "It would have to be a good offer for me to give everything up."

Plan to bomb Singapore race foiled
Plan to bomb Singapore race foiled

Police foil terrorist Singapore GP rocket attack plot
A plan by terrorists with alleged links to so-called Islamic State to stage a rocket strike on next months' Singapore Grand Prix has been foiled, according to media reports.

The gang were plotting to launch the attack from the Indonesian island of Batam, just 10 miles from Singapore. Rockets were to have been fired across the strait between the two islands.

“This shows how our enemies are thinking of different ways of attacking us," said Singapore’s home affairs minister Kasi Shanmugam.
"Terrorists will seek to come in through our checkpoints. They will also try to launch attacks from just outside. And this is in addition to lone-wolf attacks."

31-year-old Gigih Rahmat Dewa and five other suspects have been arrested after their plot was detected through online social media discussions. They are believed to have links to Bahrun Naim, an Indonesian IT graduate accused of organizing a massacre in Jakarta six months ago and who is now with IS in Syria.

"The men in Batam seem to have been radicalized over social media, specifically using Facebook, rather than directly," police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar told Reuters.

"They didn't announce it but they were discussing it - communicating on social media between all the members.

"They have been in communication with Bahrum Naim in Syria. It looks like he sent funds and instructions to them," he added.

Whether the group would have been capable of actually staging the attack is unclear. Police found only a rudimentary collection of bomb-making material, firearms and arrows during their search of the ringleader's home.

January's deadly attack on Jakarta consisted of a straightforward gun and bomb assault staged by four militants which was swiftly dealt with by the police.

Last month another would-be terrorist attempted a suicide bombing rub on a police station in Solo using a motorcycle, but the only fatality in the incident was the attacker himself.

However experts have warned that despite the police success in stopping this particular group, there are likely to be other clusters of militants looking for targets to attack in the region.

Security is expected to be stepped up in Singapore when the city hosts the 15th race of the 2016 season on September 18 at the glittering Marina Bay waterfront street circuit.

Australian GP
Australian GP

Australian Grand Prix Fans Could Face Airport-Style Security Screening
Australian Grand Prix fans "may face airport-style screening from next year amid fears the race could be the target of a terrorist attack," according to Tom Minear of the HERALD SUN.

Strict new security provisions "are being considered by the State Government" to give race organizers more power to check spectators at Albert Park. A departmental report on the proposed changes said that the Grand Prix "may become a focus for violent protest or terrorist activity."

If approved, racegoers "could have to walk through screening machines or be swept by handheld devices" so staff could check "large volumes of people for items related to terrorist attacks." The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources report said that the tougher arrangements may annoy patrons "as a result of the inconvenience, perceived intrusiveness and queuing."

But it said that the overall burden would be "relatively minor" and the security procedures "were already accepted practice at other public events" HERALD SUN http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/grand-prix-fans-could-face-airportstyle-security-screening-amid-terror-attack-fears/news-story/831c7d842e3c4e910c974b4a25f1dca1

Jock Clear
Jock Clear

Clear: Allison will be missed
Now in his second season at Ferrari, Jock clear, who worked alongside Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve during Williams glory days in the mid-90s, admits the team has been hurt by James Allison’s departure.

"Obviously you're not going to find losing someone like James, someone of his caliber is not going to go unnoticed," admitted the Briton. "So the team is going to have to work pretty hard to support everybody and cover those gaps.

"In that respect Mattia (Binotto) is going to need help from everybody," he continued. "We're going to have to pull together.

"I don't think there is any suggestion that Mattia is going to immediately step into the kind of role James was doing,” he admitted. “But the fact is Ferrari has to move forward and we have to make the most of this situation as it is, and I know everybody is committed to pulling together and covering any of those areas where James was very, very strong, and he will be missed, but that's the challenge for us."

Clear, whose F1 career began with Benetton in 1989, first came to the public's notice when he moved to Williams 1995 where he worked with Damon Hill and then Jacques Villeneuve, following the Canadian to British American Racing.

Following Villeneuve's departure Clear remained at Brackley as the team morphed into Brawn and then Mercedes. At the end of 2014 it was revealed that the Portsmouth born engineer was heading to Maranello in 2015, having seemingly spent his entire career battling the Italian team.

"I started in January and this half of the season has been, as you see now, dominated by tragic events in March and that affected all of us, affected us emotionally, affected us practically. So I certainly don't think I've seen Ferrari in the most enjoyable light, if you see what I mean, with that shadow hanging over us.

"But what I have seen is a very motivated group of guys, a very motivated team, a very passionate team, and an unbelievable will to win.

"As I've said recently, that passion can sometimes be our Achilles heel, it can sometimes be something that holds us back, but overall that passion is what is going to get us over the finish line, that passion is what drives people in Ferrari day by day.

"However tough things are we rely on that and that's the biggest factor for me, that's the biggest eye opener for me, just the sheer passion running all the way through the company, it's fantastic."

Lowe thinks it's time to begin talk about the next generation F1 engine
Lowe thinks it's time to begin talk about the next generation F1 engine

Engineers agree it's time to think about new engine formula
Whilst fans are currently watching how the 2016 season plays out, most teams have already switched their focus to 2017 when a raft of new regulations aimed at making F1 faster and sexier come into play.

Even as most of the paddock headed off on holiday after Germany, Pirelli, in association with Ferrari and Red Bull was testing its much-anticipated wider 2017 tires.

With attention divided between the old and the new, some might have forgotten that the current engine formula only runs to the end of 2020, and a number of leading technical directors admit that now might be the time to start looking ahead.

"I think it is about time we started to talk about the engine beyond this one or power unit, really, we should say," said Paddy Lowe.

"It does raise some very big considerations, such as how do we define an engine or power unit that is correct for the sport but also relevant to the kind of power units that we will see in the future in road cars?

"Do we remain in some way related to that technology which is increasingly electrical or do we go our own way? There are some very, very important questions there.

"The debate started really with the issue of the sound of these engines when they arrived in 2014. It's better now than it was back then but it doesn't match the sound of the old V8s or the V10s but it still raises an interesting debate.

"I think road cars of the future, at some point not that far off, will be completely silent if they are all electrical so will we want noise, will we associate noise with performance or not? There are some very interesting debates there and I think we need to start that process."

"I think what we have learned from this cycle and this era of hybrid engines is that the power units now are very, very complicated and it needs a lot of planning," added Ferrari's Jock Clear, "and I think we'll go into those next negotiations with eyes wide open this time, which may be that time round, for a lot of us, and I don't think there's anybody who didn't fall into the category of underestimating what might have been involved, and as such, the sooner we start, the sooner we'll be aware and the sooner we can come to a solution that will be the best for the sport.

"So yeah, we do need to think about these things, we need to think about it in the context of what the sport needs, what the public wants, what looks sexy. But fundamentally, it's still a technological challenge and we need to get the technology right."

The only engine that would bring costs down in F1 and make the series 100% relevant to passenger cars is an electric one
The only engine that would bring costs down in F1 and make the series 100% relevant to passenger cars is an electric one. They've already ruined the sound of F1, why not remove it completely

"We should probably start sooner rather than later," agreed Red Bull's Paul Monaghan, "and I think Formula One should look at itself and decide what level of power unit performance differentiation does it seek. Should it be a dominant between the teams, should it be a factor within your performance differentiation and then look at how long has it taken these power units to begin to converge - we haven't converged as yet - and how does that look into the next few years of those next engine rules?

"If we can establish those perhaps more successfully than we did for the 2014 engine, and maybe different views around my colleagues, then I think the formula could be healthier and then the other debates - how much noise do we have and what spectacle does Formula One wish to create - should become part of that debate? And then it begins to set a cost level and a technology level that the sport thinks is acceptable and how you proceed from there."

"It's got to be affordable hasn't it?" said Pat Fry. "The costs have snowballed since the normally aspirated engines. It does need bringing back under control to some degree, doesn't it?"

"We probably don't want to get in a situation where there are such big differences and visible differences between cars that are put down to power unit," added Clear, "whether that's exactly what it is or not, but the fact is that the big change a couple of years ago created big, big gulfs between cars and we don't want to see that. Maybe something that brings us closer together or gets us converging much quicker."

"It is good to start the talks now because it's important for the engine manufacturers that are already in to see what is happening in the future," said Matt Morris of McLaren, "because they need reassurance that what we are going to do in the future is still relevant to their business and I think also having visibility of the future could also potentially attract more engine manufacturers into our formula. So the sooner we start discussing this, then the better." Pitpass

Pirelli said no to tire testing

While Ferrari and Red Bull have already had a taste of Pirelli’s 2017 tires, McLaren declined the opportunity to test as they wanted to focus entirely on 2016.

Last week Ferrari trialed Pirelli’s wider wet tires at Fiorano before Red Bull ran the slicks at Mugello.

Both teams put in two days in their respective tests as they assisted Formula 1 tire manufacturer in preparing for 2017 when F1 will run wider, fatter tires.

Ferrari will test again in September with Mercedes also scheduled for slick and wet tests.

However, it won’t be until November 29 when all the teams run the new tires in Abu Dhabi.

“In the end, you have to balance the costs, the distraction for your resources where we are now obviously and we believe it was better not to get distracted by doing a new car and [Pirelli] testing,” said McLaren racing director Eric Boullier.

“There is some learning to do the testing, but most of the data is shared to the non-testing teams and I think that we are not where we want to be so we’d be better focused on making our car faster.”

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08/08/16
motogp

Honda Racing Corporation and Red Bull together in MotoGP until 2018
Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez
HRC is delighted to announce a renewed contract with Austria-based energy drink manufacturer Red Bull for the next two years.

Red Bull has been the Official Energy Drink partner of the Repsol Honda Team for the last two seasons. The decision to continue the rewarding agreement is testimony to the success of the partnership, which will see the Red Bull logo on the livery of the Honda RC213V machines of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa until the end of 2018.

Pedrosa has been a Red Bull athlete for 14 consecutive years – since 2003 – while Marquez has ridden with Red Bull since 2008, when he started in the 125cc class.

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08/07/16
nhra

Courtney Force gets banged up in Seattle
Courtney Force in Seattle before crashing
Courtney Force in Seattle before crashing
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series racer Courtney Force escaped serious injury after a racing incident in the first round of Sunday's eliminations at Pacific Raceways. Force's Traxxas Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car made contact with the left guard wall. Force exited the vehicle on her own power and was checked by NHRA emergency services personnel before heading to Valley Medical Center in Renton, Wash., where she was evaluated for head, neck, knee, elbow and shoulder injuries.

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08/07/16
automotive

Tesla: from sexy car company to clean energy empire
Elon Musk has visions of homeowners using solar panels to power their houses, store energy for emergenies in the battery storage and recharge their electric Teslas, all producing zero carbon emissions
Elon Musk has visions of homeowners using solar panels to power their houses, store excess energy from the panels in the Tesla Powerwall battery storage and recharge their electric Tesla cars, all producing zero carbon emissions
If you're wondering about Elon Musk's latest vision for Tesla, think Apple writes Russ Mitchell of the LA Times.

Apple succeeded in turning a bland market for electronic devices into a coveted and connected lifestyle where your phone, your tablet, your computer, your watch and your television can all be bought in one place and work seamlessly together

It's about passion too. People continue to line up at Apple stores overnight to be the first to possess the latest iPhone. The company's launch events resemble the gathering of a cult.

Selling the Tesla lifestyle

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08/07/16
Wscc

Video: Ligier's Ethan Bregman on '17 LMP3
Ethan Bregman, North American operations manager for LMP3 constructor Onroak (Ligier), shares his thoughts on IMSA's addition of the P3 category for 2017 in its rebranded IMSA Prototype Challenge presented by Mazda series where any and all P3 constructors can provide cars.

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08/07/16
nassprint

Video: Johnson, Stenhouse, Biffle, Dillon In HUGE Crash


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08/07/16
racing news

Alex Zanardi sees 'a sign' that he will win gold at Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
Alex Zanardi was one of the biggest stars of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. His story -- recovering from a terrible racing car accident that cost him both legs and switching to handcycling -- had a happy ending when he won two gold medals at Brands Hatch, the legendary British motor racing track that hosted the road cycling events. He also won the hearts and minds of sports fans across the world. Now, as he looks forward to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, he already sees signs that he will write another glorious chapter in his life story.

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08/07/16
nassprint

FRR to Field Second Cup Camry with Erik Jones, 5-hour ENERGY
Erik Jones
Erik Jones

Furniture Row Racing announced today they will field a long-awaited second team with driver Erik Jones for the 2017 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.

Jones, the defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion and current Xfinity Series rookie for Joe Gibbs Racing, will have sponsorship from 5-Hour Energy on board the no. 77 Toyota Camry for 22 races. The team is also looking for additional sponsorship as well as a charter to buy or lease to guarantee Jones entry in all of the events next season.

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08/07/16
f1

Ecclestone's Mother In-law kidnapped in Brazil (4th Update)
UPDATE 
All my friends know that I wouldn't pay a penny for a mother-in-law
"All my friends know that I wouldn't pay a penny for a mother-in-law," said Ecclestone

Kidnappers who demanded £28m for the return of F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone's mother-in-law threatened to send her head home in a shopping bag if they were not paid.

The gang behind the kidnapping sent the family a video of an unknown woman being decapitated and said they had two days to pay the ransom.

According to The Sunday Times of London, Mr Ecclestone's wife, Fabiana Flosi, rejected advice from professional negotiators and decided to work closely with the Sao Paulo police, who she said were "straight, professional and… my best and only hope."

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08/07/16
automotive

Aston Martin planning to challenge Ferrari, Corvette & McLaren with a mid-engined supercar
Aston Martin boss Andy Palmer has revealed AML are planning to take on Ferrari and McLaren with a mid-engined Aston Martin supercar. Chevy is also rumored to be working on a mid-engine C8 design for the Corvette

Andy Palmer has only been at Aston Martin for a couple of years, but he does seem to be a man with a plan, and a clearer vision for Aston Martin then we’ve perhaps ever seen before.
Palmer’s plan is now starting to take shape with the vanguard for AML’s future arriving in the shape of the new Aston Martin DB11, the first properly new Aston for more than a decade.

That will be followed by replacements for the current range – based on the new architecture of the DB11 – with a new Vanquish and Vantage arriving in the next couple of years.

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08/07/16
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irl

Clauson airlifted to hospital after crash
Bryan Clauson
Bryan Clauson

Indy 500 driver Bryan Clauson was airlifted to Bryan Medical Center West in Lincoln, Neb., after being involved in a violent crash during the Belleville Midget Nationals on Saturday night at the Belleville High Banks.

Clauson had just taken the lead from Chad Boat during the USAC National Midget Series feature when he got pushed into the wall by a slower car. Clauson’s No. 63 midget flipped multiple times and was then struck by the car driven by Ryan Greth after he stopped flipping.

It took medical crews nearly half an hour to remove Clauson from his car and he was placed in a waiting ambulance. He was later transported by helicopter to Bryan Medical Center West.

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08/07/16
wscc
wec

Positive Reactions to LMP3 in New-Look IMSA Prototype Series
LMP3 Ginetta Nissan
LMP3 Ginetta Nissan

IMSA's decision to restructure the newly re-named Prototype Challenge presented by Mazda series with LMP3 machinery came after direct competitor and stakeholder input, according to series boss Scott Atherton in his State of the Series address on Friday at Road America.

The entry-level prototype platform, which was initially poised to be added into the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge as a third class, was vetoed by the majority of the series paddock, leading to the overhaul within the Mazda-backed prototype development series instead.

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08/07/16
f1

Alonso thinks McLaren can bring him his 3rd title
Unless Aldo Costa (Mercedes) and Adrian Newey (Red Bull) retire, McLaren isn't bringing Alonso any 3rd title.
Unless Aldo Costa (Mercedes) and Adrian Newey (Red Bull) retire, McLaren isn't bringing Alonso any 3rd title. They design the best cars in F1
Two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso has expressed his desire to claim his third Drivers' Championship, claiming that Mercedes or McLaren are his ideal choices to do it at.

Alonso, who won both his titles with Renault a decade ago, has seen his title chances suffer in the past two years after he joined a restructured McLaren-Honda team in 2015, leaving Ferrari after five seasons.

In 2015, the Spaniard and his teammate Jenson Button amassed a combined total of 27 points on the Constructors' Championship table.

However, after a vast improvement, the Woking-based outfit have already accumulated 42 points after 12 races this season, with nine still to go.

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08/07/16
nassprint

Menard to re-sign with RCR
Paul Menard - has check will drive
Paul Menard - has check will drive
Paul Menard is in his sixth season campaigning in the #27 Menard's Chevy.

His sole Cup win with the organization came in the 2011 Brickyard 400.

When asked about the status of his contract with RCR after finishing second in Saturday's Zippo 200 at the Glen, he said that they are "pretty close" to an extension.

"We'll get to that in the next few weeks and make sure we let you guys know," he added. Motorsport

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08/06/16
F1

Mexican GP announces Perez grandstand
Mexico City
Mexico City

Mexican Grand Prix organizers have dedicated a grandstand to fans of local favorite Sergio Perez, with tickets that include merchandise signed by the Force India driver.

The 'Checo Grandstand' will be located at the end of the main straight of the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Tickets for the Perez area of the stand will cost $458.82, including special pack comprising a limited edition autographed cap, a Perez lanyard and ticket holder, sackpack, and postcard.

"In 2015 it was extra special for me to run once again in my country in front of my people after so many years of not doing so," Perez said. "I felt the energy and positive vibe from the stands. Knowing that this year fans will be gathered in one place to support me gets me really excited. It will definitely be a great motivation for me to achieve important things.

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08/06/16
wscc

IMSA Road America Saturday Notebook
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – With a 45-second lead over second place, it looked like a dream win for the No. 99 Automatic Racing Aston Martin Vantage of Charles Espenlaub and Charlie Putman, but the dream ended when Espenlaub steered into the pits on the white flag lap for a splash of fuel.

That deeded over the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge win to the potent No. 15 Multimatic Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R-C of Billy Johnson and Scott Maxwell, relegating the Aston Martin to a fourth-place finish in the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America in Wisconsin.

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08/06/16
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imsa

Combined WEC/IMSA event at COTA nixed
Atherton talks about 2017 schedule at Road America Friday
Atherton talks about 2017 schedule at Road America Friday
IMSA’s shift of its Circuit of The Americas round to a standalone, headline race next May will solve the "compromise" with its current combined event with the FIA World Endurance Championship, according to series President Scott Atherton.

The dual IMSA/WEC round, which has been run since 2013 when initially under the American Le Mans Series, will be split up next year, with the WeatherTech Championship confirming a May 5-7 date.

"It’s been a spectacular weekend, but it’s come with a lot of compromise by all involved," Atherton told NBCSports.com.

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08/06/16
f1

Inferior American F1 team has to buy innovation
Gene Haas' team isn't good enough to innovate on their own so he wants to buy it from Ferrari
Gene Haas' team isn't good enough to innovate on their own so he wants to buy it from Ferrari
Gene Haas is hoping to extract more from his team's Formula 1 collaboration with Ferrari after expressing frustration with the Scuderia's hesitant approach writes Ian Parkes of Autosport.

The American team has scored 28 points in its debut F1 season so far, although 22 of these came during its first four grands prix.

Haas, though, feels more could have been achieved, believing the potential of the relationship with Ferrari has not yet been fully exploited.

The team is utilizing the 'listed parts' rule that allows it to run numerous Ferrari ancillary parts as well as getting its engines from Maranello.

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08/06/16
automotive

Tesla Continues to Struggle but Future Looks Bright
Tesla Model X with Gullwing Doors
Tesla Model X with Gullwing Doors

History seems to be repeating itself with Tesla Motors as the electric car maker suffered losses yet again during the recently closed quarter. Not surprisingly, it failed to beat analysts' revenue and earnings estimates for the second quarter of 2016 writes Abdul Rafay Khan of Tech News Today.

The electric car maker reported a loss of $1.06 per share on $1.27 billion revenue, missing analysts' $0.52 loss per share and $1.6 billion revenue forecasts.

Tesla announced its first quarterly profit back in 2013. This was the thirteenth straight quarterly loss reported by the company. The loss widened due to an increase in capital expenditure. Despite closing another disappointing quarter, CEO Elon Musk is hopeful about the company's ability to be profitable once it starts delivering cars at full capacity.

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08/06/16
automotive

Elon Musk says Tesla's autonomous car 'will blow people's minds,' and soon
During a conference call Thursday, Elon Musk gave all sorts of details about Tesla's future plans. There's a compact SUV and semi truck that will debuted in months not years, and a tantalizing promise of autonomous driving coming soon.

Speaking about Tesla's progress in full Level 4 autonomy, Musk said that "what we've got will blow people's minds, it blows my mind …it'll come sooner than people think." Mysterious? Yes, but absolutely exciting.

Musk didn't say exactly when we can expect autonomous driving from the company, but he did say that it's a software problem, not hardware. The only hardware limitation is that the computer to run the software needs to fit in the car, and not consume excessive amounts of power.

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08/06/16
automotive

Apple self-driving effort shifts from hardware to software
Inside Apple's secretive car division, the focus is starting to shift from building an all-electric, autonomous car to developing software and services that would work inside the prospective car, according to people familiar with the iPhone maker's plans.

In a Bloomberg report, Mark Gurman states that the company has "increased emphasis on developing self-driving technology" and hired several automotive software developers from BlackBerry.

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08/05/16
wscc

Honda & Negri Pace WeatherTech Practice
Ozz Negri
Ozz Negri
Michael L. Levitt/LAT for IMSA

Honda Ligier JS P2 driver Ozz Negri ran the fastest lap of the day on Friday in opening practice for Sunday's IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Challenge Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America.

Negri ran a best lap of 1:55.747 (125.9 mph) in the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Curb Records/AERO Honda co-driven by John Pew. He edged out Mazda Motorsports driver Tristan Nunez by 0.118 seconds. Nunez was second with a lap of 1:55.865 (125.7 mph) in the No. 55 Castrol/ModSpace Mazda Prototype.

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08/05/16
f1

F1 Teams sharing data with Pirelli on projected 2017 performance
Formula 1 teams have agreed to regularly update Pirelli on how much downforce their 2017 cars will produce to ensure the tire supplier can deliver tires capable of holding up to the greater speed and wear demands next year.

Although Pirelli is testing its new tires on hybrid test mules supplied by Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull, it's not known whether those cars are producing the levels of downforce expected next season.

Therefore teams are obliged under the rules to share their own data with Pirelli on a regular basis, according to Red Bull chief engineer Paul Monaghan.

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08/05/16
nassprint

Video: Friday from Watkins Glen
Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Furniture Row Toyota) Joe Garone, Furniture Row Racing GM; Carl Edwards (No. 19 Stanley Toyota)

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08/05/16
btcc

Video: BTCC crash takes out TV tower


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08/05/16
irl

IndyCar news update

1. Drivers log valuable track time at Pocono test

2. NBC Sports Group sees record viewership for Mid-Ohio race
3. Chevrolet holds 91-point lead in manufacturers' battle
4. Texas Motor Speedway honoring police at Firestone 600 resumption
5. Iowa Speedway puts 2017 season tickets on sale
6. Of note

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08/05/16
nhra

DeJoria To Miss Seattle Due To Injury
NHRA Funny Car pilot Alexis DeJoria and her Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patron Funny Car team will not enter the 29th annual NHRA Northwest Nationals in Seattle this weekend, due to injuries DeJoria sustained in a recent crash.

Last weekend at Sonoma Raceway, DeJoria was involved in a violent accident when her Tequila Patron Toyota Camry lost traction and made a sudden violent left turn, colliding with the retaining wall in her lane.

The impact caused a high-energy fracture to the left side of her pelvis -- more specifically, her left iliac wing.

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08/05/16
automotive

Mercedes to Unveil an Entire Fleet of Electric Vehicles
Tesla taught Mercedes what the car of the future should be
Tesla taught Mercedes what the car of the future should be
Mercedes-Benz is planning its own distinct line of electric vehicles, challenging BMW and Tesla Motors Inc. in a bet that alternative-fuel cars have the potential to become profitable writes Elisabeth Behrmann & Christoph Rauwald of Bloomberg.

Mercedes will add two electric sport utility vehicles and two sedans, according to two people familiar with the plan, who asked not to be named because the details haven’t been disclosed. Mercedes will create a new sub-brand for the cars, though a name hasn’t been chosen yet, one of the people said. Chief Executive Officer Dieter Zetsche said in June that the company planned to unveil an electric car at the Paris motor show in September.

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08/05/16
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ECR Engines Becomes Division Of RCR
ECR Technologies (ECR), the high-performance research, development and engine production company located on the Richard Childress Racing (RCR) campus in Welcome, North Carolina, is now a wholly owned division of RCR Enterprises, LLC. With the strong brand equity that ECR has built in worldwide motorsports since 2007, the company will continue to use the name ECR Engines.

The state-of-the-art company has grown over the past nine years to provide engines for NASCAR teams such as RCR, Germain Racing, JTG Daugherty Racing, Circle Sport - Leavine Family Racing, and others in the Sprint Cup, XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series.

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08/05/16
racing news

Trenton & Allentown Tickets Going On Sale
Trenton action last year
Trenton action last year
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 17 for the Trenton and Allentown Indoor Auto Racing events, promoted by Len Sammons Motorsports Productions.

The Battle of Trenton is scheduled for Dec. 9-10. The Allentown indoor event presented by Ironton Telephone is slated for Dec. 30-31.

"The best seats sell out quickly for these races," said event promoter Len Sammons.  "The sooner folks order their race tickets for these events, the better opportunity they will have to get closer to the action."

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08/05/16
f1

F1 bosses want FIA to stop micro managing the racing
Horner
Horner

One of the key talking points at present is the thorny issue of track limits, a subject that polarizes opinion at all levels.

While last week's meeting of the Strategy Group urged that the sport relax the rules, days later Charlie Whiting said such a move was "inappropriate" and promptly issued a directive making clear that limits at certain corners at Hockenheim were to be strictly adhered to.

Christian Horner and Toto Wolff are both in no doubt that the FIA must deal with the matter and end the growing feeling of inconsistence that is damaging the sport and risks further alienating fans.

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08/05/16
irl

Teams test at Pocono ahead of ABC Supply 500
No test times were provided. IndyCar does not think fans care about test times.

With only four races remaining on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule, teams are trying to find that little extra something to help them finish the season strong.

That is why 15 drivers from six teams were at Pocono Raceway on Thursday, taking part in a test session ahead of the ABC Supply 500 at the 2.5-mile triangular track Aug. 20-21.

"It's nice to be able to come out and test, put a flag in the ground, get a foundation and baseline so that when we come back race weekend, we can focus on fine-tuning what we need to do to be better on race day," Charlie Kimball, driver of the No. 83 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, said.

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08/05/16
nhra

NHRA Dragster Leah Pritchett Signs Two-Race Deal With Papa John's
Leah Pritchett
Leah Pritchett
Before the opening qualifying round of the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceway, driver Leah Pritchett and team Owner Don Schumacher "will announce a two-race association" with Papa John’s Pizza.

Pritchett: "This means so much to me, our team and the sport of NHRA drag racing."

Papa John's Founder John Schnatter "put the deal in motion when he recently visited" the team HQ and was "treated to the nitro experience when Pritchett’s dragster was fired up" INLAND VALLEY DAILY BULLETIN

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08/05/16
wec

Rebellion cuts back to single car
Rebellion No. 13
Rebellion No. 13
REBELLION Racing, the most successful private team in the recent LMP1 era, will be running one car in the FIA World Endurance Championship for the remainder of 2016 as the Swiss team makes parallel preparations for the 2017 season.

The technical regulations for LMP1 Privateer non-hybrid cars in the World Endurance Championship and at Le Mans 24 Hours will be modified for the 2017 season.

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08/05/16
nassprint

Gordon to make 800th Cup start
Jeff Gordon - no chance of winning
Jeff Gordon - no chance of winning
Jeff Gordon, who will be driving the #88 Axalta Chevy at Watkins Glen, will make his 800th career NASCAR Cup Series start this weekend, which is 9th all-time. He has made all 799 of his career Cup starts while driving for car owner Rick Hendrick.

In addition to his four championships (1995, 1997, 1998 and 2001), Gordon has earned 93 Cup victories, which ranks him third on the all-time wins list.

He's a three-time Daytona 500 winner, a record five-time Brickyard 400 winner and has seven wins at Darlington Raceway.

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08/05/16
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Stewart dismisses talk of possible return in 2017
Not coming back to be a backmarker
Not coming back to be a backmarker
Jeff Gordon retired at the end of the 2015 season, but when Gordon was needed as a substitute driver for #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., he quickly answered the call from team owner Rick Hendrick. So isn't it possible that after Stewart retires from NASCAR, he could potentially come back and - "No," Stewart said Wednesday, cutting off a reporter.

"Let me help you not waste breath here. No, not doing it."

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08/05/16
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NASCAR Penalizes Tony Gibson, others after Pocono
Tony Gibson
Tony Gibson

NASCAR has announced penalties and warnings following the Pennsylvania 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway on August 1st.

#41-Kurt Busch team has been assessed a P2-level penalty after NASCAR officials found the right rear quarter panel was modified after race inspection last weekend at Pocono Raceway. Tony Gibson, crew chief for the Stewart-Haas Racing #41 team, was fined $10,000 and will continue to be on NASCAR Probation through Dec. 31. The infraction was found in sections 12.1; 20.4, 20.4.16 and 20.4.2 of the NASCAR Rule Book, all pertaining to body specifications and including, "All braces used to support fenders and quarter panels must be straight." Busch was sent to the rear of the field to start the race for the unapproved body modification.

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08/05/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • Pasacal Wehrlein - is he really any good?
    Pascal Wehrlein - is he really any good?
    Wehrlein defends performance against Haryanto
  • Montezemolo struggles to hold tongue over Ferrari
  • Ecclestone credits Verstappen for Heineken deal
  • Pirelli enjoys productive first test week
  • Williams also admits to interest in Perez
  • Video: Pirelli's return to Formula 1

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