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08/11/19
nasmon

Is it time for Jimmie Johnson to retire?
Johnson was great in his day, but as it is with Valentino Rossi in MotoGP, it's time.
Johnson was great in his day, but as it is with Valentino Rossi in MotoGP, it's time.

It appears Jimmie Johnson has hit that age where your reflexes slow and you can't win races anymore. You then try too hard and you crash more often. 

Johnson hit the wall again today at Michigan an finished near the back.

It appears it's time for Johnson to hang up the gloves.

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08/11/19
dtm

Rast leads Audi 1-2-3-4 at Brands Hatch
Rast leads Race 2
Rast leads Race 2

Rene Rast (GER) took a huge step towards the 2019 DTM title after dominating Sun-day’s race at Brands Hatch. The German, who went into the British weekend leading the champion-ship, further consolidated his points tally with a maximum score of 28 (25 for the win; 3 for pole) on Sunday.

Rast was able to control the pace, finishing narrowly ahead of closest championship rival Nico Muller following a duel that went all the way to the final lap.

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08/11/19
f1

Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc: The Formula 1 World Quiz
Leclerc and Vettel
Leclerc and Vettel
Shell Episode 2: Which Race?
Formula One is racing all over the world - but who can mark the tracks? Scuderia Ferrari Drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc compete in a quick and funny geography quiz. The highest venue, the fastest track, the toughest demands for the Shell Helix lubricant? Join the guessing game and find out!

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08/11/19
f1

Video: Ferrari Hungarian Grand Prix - Recap
Vettel was third in Hungary, over a minute behind at the end
Vettel was third in Hungary, over a minute behind at the end
Seasons go by and the performance of the Maranello-based team continue to be disappointing, which has been the case ever since Aldo Costa left the team

He moved to Mercedes and they became the unbeatable team. Having moved back to Italy to be with family, is he now poised to return to Ferrari?

The Ferrari dilemma seems to be due to chronic problems within the team that have not been resolved yet.

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08/11/19
nastruck

Across The Pond - NASCAR Visits The Goodwood Festival Of Speed
Young NASCAR star Todd Gilliland makes his first trip to the UK and takes Kyle Busch's Number 18-car up the famous Goodwood Hill. Mobil 1 The Grid joins the teenager from North Carolina as he takes a stock car to the quintessential British Motorsport Festival.

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08/11/19
nasx

Video: Recap Austin Cindric's Mid-Ohio win
Recap Austin Cindric's second straight Xfinity Series victory -- and all the twists and turns of road course racing at Mid-Ohio -- in 138 seconds.

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08/11/19
motogp

Marquez pole, Ducati win: will history repeat today?
Last year Marquez had to fight two Ducatis but in the end the HP of the Ducatis were too much
Last year Marquez had to fight two Ducatis but in the end the HP of the Ducatis were too much
For the 59th and record-breaking time, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) claimed a premier class pole position as he showed superior form on Saturday at the myWorld Motorrad Grand Prix von Osterreich. It’s a result that sees him start from P1 for the third successive year at the Red Bull Ring, but it’s a circuit he’s yet to win at. 

It remains the only track on the current calendar that Marquez is yet to stand on the top step at. So, will the seven-time Champion be able to break the Ducati stranglehold on Austrian soil, or will the Bologna factory’s 100% win record continue? It goes without saying that Marquez will be hoping history won’t repeat itself this time around, having lost out to both Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo in the last two seasons come Sunday afternoon, despite claiming pole position just 24 hours earlier.

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08/11/19
motogo

Destroyed by Marquez, Lorenzo eyes move to Yamaha or Ducati (2nd Update)
Look at the power slide Marquez uses to enter a turn. How do you beat that? You don't. He's simply the best ever.
Jorge Lorenzo is a defeated man
Jorge Lorenzo is a defeated man

UPDATE Jorge Lorenzo has decided against a shock Ducati return or a move to Yamaha for the 2020 MotoGP season and will instead see out his existing Honda contract, Motorsport.com reports.

It's understood that Lorenzo, who has been on the sidelines with injury since June's Dutch TT at Assen, informed Honda team boss Alberto Puig on Saturday of his intention to remain at Honda, amid speculation linking him to an imminent move to Pramac Ducati or Yamaha.



08/10/19 Added photo of Marquez power slide in qualifying at the Red Bull Ring Saturday.

And you wonder why his teammates are defeated men?

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08/11/19
tv news

Sunday TV Schedule
All times Eastern
Sunday, August 11LocationTV TimesNetwork
MotoGP RaceSpielberg7:55am-8:55am (L)beIN Sports
NASCAR Cup RaceMichigan2:30pm-3:00pm (L) - Pre-Race
3:00pm-6:00pm (L) - Race
6:00pm-6:30pm (L) - Post-Race
6:30pm-7:30pm (L) - Victory Lap
NBCSN
DTMBrands Hatch3:00pm-5:00pm (SD)CBSSN
MotoAmerica #2Sonoma9:00pm-10:30pm (SD) 

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



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08/10/19
ta

Francis Jr., Boden and Funk Take Trans Am Wins at Mid-Ohio
Ernie Francis Jr. leads TA class
Ernie Francis Jr. leads TA class
The FirstEnergy Mid-Ohio 100, featuring the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli’s Trans Am, SuperGT and GT classes, saw a dogfight at the front of the field for the entire 43-lap race Saturday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. 

In the end Ernie Francis Jr. managed to keep Chris Dyson in his rear-view mirror to capture his second victory of the season. In the SGT class, Mark Boden took the green flag from pole and never looked back, opening a lead of over 23 seconds over second place Ken Thwaits before the race-ending yellow came out.

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08/10/19
dtm

Wittmann takes DTM pole as Fittipaldi wads it up
Marco Wittmann
Marco Wittmann

At a drying Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit, BMW driver Marco Wittmann claimed a sensational last-minute pole position for the first of two DTM races at Brands Hatch. The German set a best time of 1m15.654s in his BMW M4 DTM as the whole field capitalized on a damp-but-drying track to switch from wet-weather to slick tires for the session’s fastest times.

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08/10/19
automotive

The state of next-generation electric vehicle batteries
EV Battery Cells
EV Battery Cells
Range anxiety continues to be the biggest barrier to the large scale adoption of Electric Vehicles (EVs). However, ongoing and significant improvements in battery technology will pave the way for an installed EV base of 100 million by 2028, according to global tech market advisory firm, ABI Research.

To alleviate range anxiety, the electric vehicle battery will need to be safer, cheaper, faster to charge, and have a high-energy density for greater range. Continued advancements in cell technology will ease anxiety and allow EVs to gain traction substantially.

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08/10/19
motogp

Marquez dominates Practice 3 at Red Bull Ring
Marquez drags a knee on the ground on practice. If he has to he has been known to take the bike over to his elbow to gain more speed or pass his inferior rivals
Marquez drags a knee on the ground in practice. If he has to he has been known to take the bike over to his elbow to gain more speed 
With a new carbon-reinforced chassis to work with, Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez dominated practice 3 at the Red Bull Ring, beating Maverick Vinales by over three tenths of a second on Saturday morning.

Marquez used new soft rear tire to set the best time of 1m23.251s. 

The factory Ducatis of Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci set identical times to take third and fourth, just 0.002s slower than Vinales bet they are sandbagging and when qualifying rolls around the Italian team will unleash more HP and they are a threat to Marquez for pole.

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08/10/19
tv news

Weekend TV Schedule
All times Eastern
Saturday, August 10LocationTV TimesNetwork
MotoGP QualifyingSpielberg7:55am-8:55am (L)beIN Sports
NASCAR Cup Practice 2Michigan8:35am- 9:35am (L)NBC Online
NASCAR Truck QualifyingMichigan9:35am- 10:30am (L)FS2
NASCAR Cup Practice 3Michigan11:30am- 12:30pm (L)NBC Online
NASCAR Truck RaceMichigan12:30pm-1:00pm (L) - Pre-Race
1:00pm-3:00pm (L) - Race
FS1
NASCAR Xfinity RaceMid-Ohio3:00pm-6:00pm (L)NBCSN
MotoAmerica #1Sonoma9:00pm-10:30pm (SD)FS2
Sunday, August 11LocationTV TimesNetwork
MotoGP RaceSpielberg7:55am-8:55am (L)beIN Sports
NASCAR Cup RaceMichigan2:30pm-3:00pm (L) - Pre-Race
3:00pm-6:00pm (L) - Race
6:00pm-6:30pm (L) - Post-Race
6:30pm-7:30pm (L) - Victory Lap
NBCSN
DTMBrands Hatch3:00pm-5:00pm (SD)CBSSN
MotoAmerica #2Sonoma9:00pm-10:30pm (SD) 

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



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08/09/19
ta

Francis Jr., Boden, and Funk take poles for Mid-Ohio 100
Ernie Francis Jr.
Ernie Francis Jr.

Extremely close battles at the top of the Trans Am, Super GT and GT class qualifying sessions for the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli preview what should be an exciting FirstEnergy Mid-Ohio 100 Saturday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The split-field qualifying session meant that the Trans Am class ran separately from the SGT and GT classes on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course, situated between Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio.

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08/09/19
automotive

2020 Porsche Taycan EV Will Officially Debut September 4
Near production version of Taycan
Near production version of Taycan

The Porsche Taycan is expected to make the EV interchangeable with electric and exciting when it's finally revealed at 9 a.m. EST on Wednesday, September 4.

Porsche first called the concept version of the Taycan the Porsche Mission E, and we learned long ago that this new electric car would have an 800-volt electrical system to enable super-fast charging. That technology required a massive investment from Porsche, and we'll soon find out whether the production will make good on the claim of regaining about 250 miles of range in only 15 minutes. Porsche has also predicted a driving range of more than 300 miles; for reference, the current longest-range version of the Tesla Model S claims to go 370 miles.

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08/09/19
irl

Brown: The door is 'always open' for Alonso in IndyCar
Brown and Alonso
Brown and Alonso
Zak Brown says Arrow McLaren Racing SP would welcome Fernando Alonso's involvement with the team in IndyCar, either as a third driver for the new entity or as a one-off return to Indianapolis.

McLaren and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced on Friday that they will be joining forces for a full-time onslaught on the NTT IndyCar Series in 2020.

Arrow SPM currently runs James Hinchcliffe and Marcus Ericsson in America's premier open-wheel championship, but today's release made no mention of the outfit's driver line-up for 2020.

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08/09/19
track news

Statement from World Wide Technology Raceway on the passing of Dick Jordan
Dick Jordan
Longtime USAC PR man Dick Jordan

From Chris Blair, Executive Vice President and General Manager, World Wide Technology Raceway:

“I had known of Dick Jordan from seeing his racing results in the early 1980s.  I first met, and worked with, DJ in 1990 in my very first job as a promoter, at a dirt track in Kentucky. For the next 29 years we continued to work together at venues all over the country and developed a great friendship.  Dick was always there for me whether I was working as a racing journalist, a track promoter or a USAC car owner-parent. No matter the role I was playing, he always treated me as though I was part of his huge extended family. That’s what set him apart from the others.

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08/09/19
irl

Zak Brown talks about McLaren IndyCar entry


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08/09/19
motogp

Relentless Marquez controls Friday in Austria
Marquez is focussed on finally beating Ducati at the Red Bull Ring
Marquez is focused on finally beating Ducati at the Red Bull Ring
A productive first day at the Red Bull Ring for the Repsol Honda Team saw Marc Marquez lead the way with Bradl less than a second behind.

After just a few days rest from the double point-scoring finish at the Czech GP, the Repsol Honda Team were back to work at Round 11 of the MotoGP World Championship. Both Marc Marquez and Stefan Bradl eagerly returned to track, looking to build on what they achieved respectively in Brno.

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08/09/19
f1

Mercedes Hungarian Grand Prix F1 Debrief
James Vowles
James Vowles
James Vowles, Mercedes Motorsport Strategy Director, dives into all the hot topics from the Hungarian GP - from the damage to Valtteri's car on lap one, to the big call that changed the course of the race and more...

How Mercedes outsmarted Red Bull and Max Verstappen to win the race easily.

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08/09/19
irl

Honda HPD Statement of move of SPM to Chevy
Sam Schmidt move to Chevy with McLaren
Sam Schmidt move to Chevy with McLaren
“HPD is proud of its numerous accomplishments in partnership with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, which include all seven of the team’s NTT IndyCar Series victories to date, as well as two coveted pole positions for the Indianapolis 500.

"Although we regret that this partnership will be coming to an end in advance of the 2020 season, HPD has the utmost confidence in the strength and commitment of its remaining partner teams, all of whom have won at least one NTT IndyCar Series race in each of the past two seasons. We look forward to demonstrating that same type of depth across our entire lineup for many years to come.”  

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08/09/19
irl

Mario Andretti surprises Allentown Boys & Girls Club with van

Mario Andretti
Mario Andretti
Indy 500 legend Mario Andretti drove up in a Lamborghini but quickly shifted to a van Thursday, surprising kids at the Allentown Boys & Girls Club on 13th and Turner streets. Driving the van behind a police escort, Andretti pulled into the parking lot between two children waving checkered flags. He was tempted, he joked, to put the pedal to the metal..

“I was going to do a couple doughnuts here but I think we’ll probably do it later,” Andretti said.

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08/09/19
f1

Alonso denies not liking Vettel
Alonso has always talked down about Vettel. Alonso's negativity about everything, especially Honda, has cost him his F1 career
Alonso has always talked down about Vettel. Alonso's negativity about everything, especially Honda, has cost him his F1 career
(GMM) Fernando Alonso says it is not true that he doesn't like Sebastian Vettel.

In Hungary, amid rumors the retired double world champion might return to Formula 1, Ferrari's Vettel said of Alonso: "I don't think he ever really liked me."

Alonso denies that.

"I heard that but it's not true at all," he is quoted by Spanish media as saying during an online chat with fans. "I feel bad that he thinks like that.

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08/09/19
imsa
v8

Briscoe to drive Mustang Supercar at Virginia IMSA race
Mustang SuperCars
Mustang SuperCars

Ryan Briscoe will conduct a demonstration in a Mustang Supercar at this month’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round at VIRginia International Raceway.

It is understood that the chassis is the 2014 Dick Johnson Racing Supercar which has been re-skinned as a Shell V-Power Racing Team Mustang and is currently housed in the Ford Motor Company’s world headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan.

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08/09/19
f1

F1 wants another US race, driver, bigger US team
Is there another Gene Haas in the USA willing to lose $ billions to field an F1 team?
Is there another Gene Haas in the USA willing to lose $ billions to field an F1 team?
(GMM) F1 still has a keen eye on America.

On Thursday, the sport officially confirmed that Mexico is staying on the calendar until at least 2022.

The news means that a jam-packed 22-race calendar for 2020 is now basically set. F1 business journalist Christian Sylt quoted F1 CEO Chase Carey as saying it will be released "in the next few weeks".

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08/09/19
f1

Carey says F1's pay TV trend will continue
Chase Carey's Pay-TV push will cost F1 sponsors and million of fans
Chase Carey's Pay-TV push will cost F1 sponsors and million of fans
(GMM) Liberty Media will continue to push Formula 1 off free-to-air television.

The latest news from Italy is that pay broadcaster Sky could be set to give up the rights, with the free-to-air Rai interested in picking them up.

It is believed a meeting will take place between a Rai delegation and Chase Carey in September.

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08/09/19
f1

British Grand Prix to be week later next year
Silverstone
Silverstone

Formula One have agreed to move next year's British Grand Prix back a week — to July 19 — to avoid another needless clash with rival events.

Silverstone revealed the date on Thursday in an email to fans. It means the race will sidestep the finals of Euro 2020 at Wembley and the Wimbledon men's singles final.

It will, however, go up against the final round of the Open golf at Royal St George's.

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08/09/19
tv news

Weekend TV Schedule
All times Eastern
Friday, August 9LocationTV TimesNetwork
NASCAR Cup Practice 1Michigan12:35pm- 1:35pm(L)NBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity Practice 1Mid-Ohio1:35pm- 3:00pm (L)NBC Online
NASCAR Xfinity Practice 2Mid-Ohio4:05pm- 5:05pm (L)NBC Online
NASCAR Cup QualifyingMichigan5:05pm- 6:30pm (L)NBCSN
MotoGP HighlightsBrno8:00pm-9:00pm (R)beIN Sports
Saturday, August 10LocationTV TimesNetwork
MotoGP QualifyingSpielberg7:55am-8:55am (L)beIN Sports
NASCAR Cup Practice 2Michigan8:35am- 9:35am (L)NBC Online
NASCAR Truck QualifyingMichigan9:35am- 10:30am (L)FS2
NASCAR Cup Practice 3Michigan11:30am- 12:30pm (L)NBC Online
NASCAR Truck RaceMichigan12:30pm-1:00pm (L) - Pre-Race
1:00pm-3:00pm (L) - Race
FS1
NASCAR Xfinity RaceMid-Ohio3:00pm-6:00pm (L)NBCSN
MotoAmerica #1Sonoma9:00pm-10:30pm (SD)FS2
Sunday, August 11LocationTV TimesNetwork
MotoGP RaceSpielberg7:55am-8:55am (L)beIN Sports
NASCAR Cup RaceMichigan2:30pm-3:00pm (L) - Pre-Race
3:00pm-6:00pm (L) - Race
6:00pm-6:30pm (L) - Post-Race
6:30pm-7:30pm (L) - Victory Lap
NBCSN
DTMBrands Hatch3:00pm-5:00pm (SD)CBSSN
MotoAmerica #2Sonoma9:00pm-10:30pm (SD) 

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



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08/09/19
irl

Bommarito Automotive Group 500 weekend Schedule
IndyCar pyrotechnics
IndyCar pyrotechnics
Thursday, August 22 – Free fanfest at Ballpark Village; Racing Night at Busch Stadium
4:30-6:30 p.m. – Free fanfest at Ballpark Village in downtown St. Louis across from Busch Stadium. Meet-and-greet with INDYCAR Indy Lights, Indy Pro 2000 and NASCAR K&N Pro Series drivers, show cars, games, prizes.

Fanfest driver autograph sessions:

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08/09/19
v8

Three Threes celebrations continue at Shell V-Power Racing Team
Drivers Fabian Coulthard and Scott McLaughlin hold the 100-years cake
Drivers Fabian Coulthard and Scott McLaughlin hold the 100-years cake
The Shell V-Power Racing Team today announced a continuation of their partnership with iconic Australian condiment brand, Three Threes.
 
Three Threes, who are celebrating their 100th year of operation in 2019, will continue to support the Shell V-Power Racing Team into 2020 and beyond, with next season marking five years as a partner of the organisation.
 
The announcement comes after a hugely successful centenary celebration, which included Fabian Coulthard’s No. 12 Shell V-Power Racing Mustang GT being rebranded as the No.333 for the duration of the Townsville 400 race weekend, in addition to three winners taking a fishing trip with Supercars legend and team co-owner, Dick Johnson.

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08/08/19
imsa

IMSA Unveils 2020 Schedules
Cadillac DPI at Daytona
Cadillac DPI at Daytona
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship visits 12 of the most iconic and most prestigious road courses and street circuits in North America each year for highly anticipated and well-attended events.

In fact, five of the 12 events on the 2019 WeatherTech Championship schedule – led by the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts at No. 1 – recently were selected among the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice for North America’s Best Motorsports Races.

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08/08/19
irl

Conor Daly back with Andretti team for season finale
Daly's livery
Daly's livery
Andretti Autosport and the United States Air Force announced today that Conor Daly will be returning to drive the No. 25 U.S. Air Force Honda for the all-American team at the NTT IndyCar Series season finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in late September. The Indianapolis native will pilot a fifth entry for the team.

Daly made his sixth Indy 500 start in the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 with Andretti Autosport, qualifying in 11th and finished 10th, his career-best start and finish for the famed 500-mile race.  The second-generation racer holds wins in both Indy Lights and the Pro Mazda (now Indy Pro 2000) series and claimed the 2010 Pro Mazda championship. Daly holds 46 career IndyCar Series starts with 11 top-10 finishes. 

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08/08/19
irl
nasx

IndyCar driver Hawksworth steps up to NASCAR Xfinity
Jack Hawksworth
Jack Hawksworth
Given the sudden exit of Jeffrey Earnhardt from Joe Gibbs Racing, the team wasted no time in finding its replacement driver for this weekend’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Jack Hawksworth has been tapped to get behind the wheel of the No. 18 iK9 Toyota Supra in his NASCAR debut, the team announced Wednesday (Aug. 7).

“I’m excited to be joining the Joe Gibbs Racing team this weekend at Mid-Ohio,” Hawksworth said in a press release. “It’s a fantastic opportunity in a completely different series, against completely different competition and in a different type of racing.”

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08/08/19
fe

Brendon Hartley signs with Dragon in Formula E
Brendon Hartley
Brendon Hartley
Former F1 and endurance driver Brendon Hartley will compete for the Dragon Racing ABB FIA Formula E team in the 2019/20 championship.

Ex-Toro Rosso F1 driver Hartley, who is set to contest the 2019/20 World Endurance Championship in Toyota's LMP1 car, is the American FE squad's first confirmed signing for the next campaign.

"I'm happy to be taking on a new challenge in Formula E together with Dragon Racing," said Hartley.

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08/08/19
elms
lmesa

David Greenwood Joins United Autosports As Technical Director
David Greenwood
David Greenwood
United Autosports announced that they have hired former Ferrari F1 race engineer David Greenwood to become their Technical Director with immediate effect.

David will join the team as they prepare for their maiden outing in the FIA World Endurance Championship, but will work on all areas of the race team’s operations, in the European Le Mans Series and the Michelin Le Mans Cup in both LMP2 and LMP3.

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08/08/19
Bathurst

Bathurst 12 Hour introduces Lamborghini Super Trofeo as Class B
Huracan Super Trofeo EVO
Huracan Super Trofeo EVO
The 2020 Bathurst 12 Hour will see the introduction of the stunning Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo as the sole entry for Class B, providing the many teams from around the world that contest the popular one-make Super Trofeo category the opportunity to be part of one of the world’s most exciting events.

Traditionally contesting shorter sprint races, the Huracan Super Trofeo competes in endurance events around the world. As the younger sibling to the successful Huracan GT3 (which includes two Daytona 24 Hour wins to its name), it carries many similar components that has shown Lamborghini to be one of the most successful marques across the last three years of global competition.

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08/08/19
f1

Williams pushing to bring 'more upgrades'
George Russell in the hapless Williams
George Russell in the hapless Williams
(GMM) Williams is now planning to take another step forward.

At recent races, the struggling British team finally put some substantial upgrades on its car, which has been easily the slowest overall in 2019.

George Russell, clearly the most competitive Williams driver, qualified and finished 16th in Hungary -- an obvious step forward.

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08/08/19
f1

Wolff would help Bottas find alternative F1 seat
Bottas contemplates a return to back of the grid Williams - they use Mercedes engines and the team needs free engines
Bottas contemplates a return to back of the grid Williams - they use Mercedes engines and the team needs free engines
(GMM) Toto Wolff says he would help Valtteri Bottas find a new seat in 2020 if Mercedes lets the Finn go.

The Mercedes boss says he will use the August break to decide between Bottas, who has been Lewis Hamilton's teammate since 2017, and Esteban Ocon for 2020.

Former driver Christian Danner thinks Bottas will stay.

"The team knows how good the team is with Lewis and Valtteri," he told RTL.

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08/08/19
f1

Verstappen 'not ready' for August break
Max Verstappen wants to race on
Max Verstappen wants to race on
(GMM) Max Verstappen says he wouldn't mind if Formula 1 skipped this year's August break.

Every year now, to give the sport's traveling circus a break, August is essentially race-free and includes a two-week mandatory factory shutdown period.

But the on-form Verstappen says he would be happy to race on.

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08/08/19
f1

Rival boss says Ricciardo 'frustrated'
Ricciardo a prisoner to the inferior Renault
Ricciardo a prisoner to the inferior Renault
(GMM) A team manager says Daniel Ricciardo is "frustrated" with life at Renault.

For 2019, the Australian switched from being Max Verstappen's teammate at Red Bull to the French works team, declaring that he needed a new challenge.

But Renault's development has been slow and troubled, and according to Racing Point team manager Andy Stevenson, Ricciardo's frustration is showing.

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08/08/19
f1

F1 teams balk at expensive new rules
Steiner crying over 22nd race
Steiner crying over 22nd race
(GMM) F1 teams are pushing back on proposed new regulations -- for reasons of cost.

One idea that could be scrapped is the re-introduction of refuelling. The drivers are keen, as it will reduce the weight of the currently heavy cars at the start of races.

But Racing Point boss Otmar Szafnauer admitted he is opposed -- because of the money.

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08/08/19
f1

US-companies dominate with over 50 sponsors in Formula 1
US-based sponsors largely ignore IndyCar and are willing to pay 10-times more in F1 because of IndyCar's lack of TV viewers, especially on NBCSN
US-based sponsors largely ignore IndyCar and are willing to pay 10-times more in F1 because of F1's global TV viewership - between 50 and 100 million per race vs. about 400,000 for IndyCar
If there would be a sponsorship race in Formula 1, the winner is Alfa Romeo Racing in 2019. Alfa Romeo doubled the sponsorship network when the team signed almost 20 new agreements. Williams lost 10 partners, but found 12 new. US companies dominate with over 50 US-based sponsors. Many of the companies are Nasdaq listed. This can be found in Spomotion Analytics 2019 Formula 1 partnership analyzes. 

Formula 1 continue to interest US-companies. The series, owned by US Liberty Media, have over 50 sponsors and partners with US-ownership 2019. This is probably a new record. 

But Alfa Romeo Racing is the winning team in the sponsorship race in 2019. With Kimi Raikkonen followed companies such as Shell, Singha, Magneti Marelli and Iveco from Scuderia Ferrari to support “sisterteam” Alfa Romeo Racing in 2019. New official partners are companies such as Swedish casino- and gaming company Betsafe and Singapore Airlines. The most surprising partner is the Check caricature Little Mole. 

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08/07/19
irl

Andretti team hopes test at Portland gives them advantage
With the title on the line, will Rossi again get screwed by IndyCar's ludicrous closed pits caution flag policy?
With the title on the line again this year, will Rossi again get screwed by IndyCar's ludicrous closed pits caution flag policy?
The Grand Prix of Portland may not be until Labor Day weekend, but six IndyCar drivers were in the Rose City Wednesday for a single-day test session at Portland International Raceway.

Andretti Autosport took advantage of an unused test day to give all four of its drivers extra preparation for the penultimate round of the 2019 season, with Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Zach Veach and Marco Andretti all making laps around the 12-turn, 1.964-mile road course.

“The championship is so tight that you’re looking for any little advantage over your competitors,” Hunter-Reay told reporters. “Some other teams decided to test at different tracks for whatever reason and we decided to come here.

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08/07/19
irl

Rahal and Newgarden fry in Texas
Graham Rahal
Graham Rahal
IndyCar driver Graham Rahal felt the Texas heat on Wednesday.

“Seriously, it’s so hot out here. I feel like I’m driving around in an oven today,” said Rahal, who took part in a Firestone tire test at Texas Motor Speedway.

“And they want me to do about 700 miles at Texas today, so I’ll be pretty tired tonight.”

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08/07/19
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Oberto extends sponsorship of Marco Andretti
Andretti gets Oberto backing for Gateway and Portland
Andretti gets Oberto backing for Gateway and Portland
For a third consecutive year, Oberto Specialty Meats will paint the No. 98 racing machine of Marco Andretti in their iconic black, red and green colors – this year for two NTT IndyCar Series races; the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 held at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway and the Grand Prix of Portland at Portland International Raceway. Andretti previously represented Oberto & Circle K at the inaugural INDYCAR event at World Wide Technology Raceway in 2017, as well as at the 2018 Honda Indy Toronto. Additionally, the No. 98 ran a special Oberto & Circle K adorned throwback livery for the 2018 Phoenix International Raceway event. 

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08/07/19
irl

Historic Formula Atlantic Challenge Added to 2020 Acura Grand Prix of LB
Historic Formula Atlantic car
Historic Formula Atlantic car

Next April 18-19, Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach fans will get a double dose of nostalgia when the Historic Formula Atlantic Challenge, featuring open-wheel racecars from the 1970s and 1980s, lights up the track for a doubleheader weekend. 

The twin 20-minute races will run Saturday, April 18 along with the IMSA WeatherTech Championship race and Sunday, April 19, the same day as the NTT IndyCar Series race, with practice and qualifying on Friday.

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08/07/19
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irl

Discount Tires renews with Team Penske
Keselowski in the Discount Tire Ford
Keselowski in the Discount Tire Ford
Discount Tire renewed their commitment to Team Penske, enhancing their presence on the No. 2 Ford Mustang, driven by Brad Keselowski. The multi-year agreement will see Discount Tire as the primary sponsor for five additional NASCAR Cup Series races, including the Daytona 500, the Brickyard 400 and the season finale in Phoenix, for a total of 15 events.

Discount Tire will continue to be an associate sponsor of Team Penske drivers Ryan Blaney and Joey Logano in the NASCAR Cup Series, along with NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Austin Cindric. The company will also continue its partnership with the Team Penske IndyCar Series program as an associate sponsor on both the No. 2 car, driven by Josef Newgarden, and the No. 22 car with driver Simon Pagenaud.

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08/07/19
fi

Mexican F1 race renewed
Mexico City packs the grandstands
Mexico City packs the grandstands

The Mexican Grand Prix organizer has announced the race will remain on the Formula 1 calendar beyond the end of its current contract, which runs out after this year's event.

An official announcement will be made at the mayor's office on Thursday and is expected to be for 3 years.

The news was confirmed in a video by Mexico City mayor Claudia Sheinbaum, who assumed office in December.

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08/07/19
automotive

Video: Jay Leno -There's almost no reason to have a gas car
Jay Leno
Jay Leno
Jay Leno told CNBC on Tuesday that electric cars are the future and that the days are numbered for gasoline-fueled cars.

“I have a Tesla. I’ve had it for three years. I’ve never done anything. There’s no fluids to change. There’s nothing, ” he shared on “The Exchange. ”

The comedian and host of CNBC’s “Jay Leno’s Garage ” shared his affinity for Tesla and the exciting future of electric cars.

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08/07/19
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Weekend TV Schedule
All times Eastern
Thursday, August 8LocationTV TimesNetwork
FIA World RallycrossQuebec10:00am-11:00am (R)CBSSN
NASCAR AmericaStudio5:00pm-6:00pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Race HubStudio7:00pm-8:00pm (L)FS1
NHRASeattle8:00pm-11:00pm (R)FS1
Formula E Season ReviewStudio11:00pm-12:00am (R)FS2
Friday, August 9LocationTV TimesNetwork
NASCAR Cup Practice 1Michigan12:35pm- 1:35pm(L)NBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity Practice 1Mid-Ohio1:35pm- 3:00pm (L)NBC Online
NASCAR Xfinity Practice 2Mid-Ohio4:05pm- 5:05pm (L)NBC Online
NASCAR Cup QualifyingMichigan5:05pm- 6:30pm (L)NBCSN
MotoGP HighlightsBrno8:00pm-9:00pm (R)beIN Sports
Saturday, August 10LocationTV TimesNetwork
MotoGP QualifyingSpielberg7:55am-8:55am (L)beIN Sports
NASCAR Cup Practice 2Michigan8:35am- 9:35am (L)NBC Online
NASCAR Truck QualifyingMichigan9:35am- 10:30am (L)FS2
NASCAR Cup Practice 3Michigan11:30am- 12:30pm (L)NBC Online
NASCAR Truck RaceMichigan12:30pm-1:00pm (L) - Pre-Race
1:00pm-3:00pm (L) - Race
FS1
NASCAR Xfinity RaceMid-Ohio3:00pm-6:00pm (L)NBCSN
MotoAmerica #1Sonoma9:00pm-10:30pm (SD)FS2
Sunday, August 11LocationTV TimesNetwork
MotoGP RaceSpielberg7:55am-8:55am (L)beIN Sports
NASCAR Cup RaceMichigan2:30pm-3:00pm (L) - Pre-Race
3:00pm-6:00pm (L) - Race
6:00pm-6:30pm (L) - Post-Race
6:30pm-7:30pm (L) - Victory Lap
NBCSN
DTMBrands Hatch3:00pm-5:00pm (SD)CBSSN
MotoAmerica #2Sonoma9:00pm-10:30pm (SD) 

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



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08/07/19
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f1
imsa

Final Weekend TV Ratings
The final ratings from last weekend - all down or horrible except F1 on ESPN2 - up again. If you want decent TV ratings on cable TV you go with ESPN. If you want to be invisible so no one knows you exist, you put your races on NBCSN.
NetEventLocation2019 Total
Viewers
2019 18-49
Viewers
2019 TV
Rating
2018 TV
Rating
% Chg
NBCSNNASCAR Cup RaceWatkins Glen2,722,000499,0001.67*2.32-28.0%
NBCNASCAR Xfinity RaceWatkins Glen1,468,000278,0000.951.14-16.7%
ESPN2F1 RaceHungary520,000170,0000.340.30+13.3%
FS1NASCAR Truck RaceEldora498,000147,0000.32--
NBCSNIMSA RaceRoad America338,00079,0000.21**-

*NBC Race
**Under 0.20

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08/07/19
irl

Video: How Indy Car transporters also serve as race shop and mobile office
We’re just under three weeks away from the Bommarito Automotive Group 500! As race teams pull into World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, they’ll be doing so in their team haulers.

These NTT IndyCar Series transporters or haulers serve as a team’s race shop or mobile office. They are vital to the at-track activity of every race team and Fox 2 gets an inside look. Click here if video does not play.

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08/07/19
fe

Encouraging test in Mallorca for Mercedes
Mercedes Formula E car
Mercedes Formula E car
The debut of the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team is getting closer and closer. During the past week, the team was in Mallorca for the latest in a series of tests in preparation for entry into the ABB FIA Formula E Championship towards the end of autumn. Stoffel Vandoorne, Edoardo Mortara and Esteban Gutierrez were on hand to assist in the development of the new Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01.
 
"It was a positive test that provided the opportunity to put in quite a few kilometers," said Stoffel Vandoorne. The Belgian pro already knows the car from test drives in Varano: "It was very good. We made solid progress, and everything went smoothly. After the first functional tests, it's been fascinating to gradually start working on all the different areas. But the time just seems to fly by, and there is still a lot of work to do." 

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08/07/19
motogp

Marquez leaves his MotoGP competitors bewildered
Marc Marquez is so good he buries not only his competitors, buts also his teammates
Marc Marquez is so good he buries not only his competitors, buts also his teammates
Andrea Dovizioso believes Marc Marquez’s recent form is so good, that the champion’s “management” of races has created a “crisis” for his rivals.

Marquez has recorded six wins from 10 starts in 2019 and has finished in the top two in all races bar the Grand Prix of the Americas, where had he not fallen, he would likely have won anyway.

After last weekend’s impressive Brno victory, Marquez has built a 63-point lead over Dovizioso, who is desperate to win his second race of the season at Austria this weekend and extend Ducati’s dominance of the Red Bull Ring.

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08/07/19
f1

McLaren wants Sainz Jr. to beat Gasly in 2019
The pressure is now on Sainz Jr.
The pressure is now on Sainz Jr.
(GMM) McLaren is targeting a coveted sixth place in the 2019 drivers' world championship with Carlos Sainz Jr..

With Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull dominating the top six places, the most any other driver can realistically expect from a race and championship is the 'best of the rest' seventh.

But Spaniard Sainz, who is regularly 'best of the rest' in 2019, is now just five points behind Red Bull's struggling second driver Pierre Gasly.

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08/07/19
f1
irl

Indy 500 winner Pagenaud wants F1 test
Pagenaud got to wave the checkered flag in Hungary
Pagenaud got to wave the checkered flag in Hungary
(GMM) 2019 Indy 500 winner Simon Pagenaud says he would like to test a Formula 1 car.

The 35-year-old Frenchman, who also won the Indycar championship in 2016, waved the checkered flag at the recent Hungarian GP. He was a guest of the Renault team.

"I love F1," he told RMC.

"I was in Hungary to see friends and meet some people. Renault was nice enough to invite me. It was nice, but for now, my future is what I am doing in Indycar."

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08/07/19
f1

'Bad races' endanger Bottas' 2020 seat - Salo
Valtteri Bottas like a deer in headlights now
Valtteri Bottas like a deer in headlights now
(GMM) Valtteri Bottas is in real danger of losing his Mercedes seat for 2020, according to a former F1 driver.

Team boss Toto Wolff has said he will spend the August break weighing up whether to keep Bottas for a fourth season or promote young reserve Esteban Ocon instead.

Mika Salo, a former F1 driver who like Bottas is from Finland, says Wolff's deliberations coincide with an unfortunate slump for the 5-time grand prix winner.

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08/07/19
f1

Mercedes 'still dominant' - Verstappen
The Aldo Costa designed Mercedes is still superior.
The Aldo Costa designed Mercedes is still superior, 99% engineering, 1% driver

(GMM) Lewis Hamilton remains in pole position to win the 2019 world championship.

That is the view of Max Verstappen, even if some in Formula 1 are declaring that the championship is back alive after the Dutchman won two of the last four races.

But the Red Bull-Honda driver doesn't see it exactly that way.

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08/07/19
USAC

Indy 500 Vet James Davison to make Silver Crown debut at Salem
James Davison
James Davison

It’s been 21 years since a driver competed in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Joe James/Pat O’Connor Memorial in the same season.

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia’s James Davison plans on becoming the next to accomplish the feat this Saturday when the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series hits the 33-degree high banks of Indiana’s Salem Speedway.

Davison started 15th and finished 12th in this past May’s 500-mile race for Dale Coyne Racing with Byrd/Hollinger/Belardi.  Ironically, the last driver to compete in both races in the same year was Jack Hewitt, who also finished 12th in his one and only Indianapolis 500 start in 1998 before coming home 15th at Salem three months later.

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