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08/16/18
f1

Abiteboul expects to crush Mercedes and Ferrari in 2019
Is Cyril Abiteboul hallucinating?
Is Cyril Abiteboul hallucinating?
Renault sporting director Cyril Abiteboul is adamant that his company build a race-winning Formula 1 power unit, the only problem is their chassis which prevents them from delivering results, citing Red Bull as proof of what they have at their disposal and warns that next year the French outfit is looking to beat Mercedes and Ferrari.

In an interview with Auto Motor und Sport, Abiteboul was asked to explain the one second or so deficit they have to the pacesetters, “It’s the chassis. The engine is good enough to put a car in pole position, to win races and fight for the title. Red Bull has proven this.”

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08/16/18
cart

Shelley Unser dies
Al Unser Jr. and Shelley in 1989
Al Unser Jr. and Shelley in 1989
We received the sad news today that Shelley Unser, Al Unser Jr.'s first wife, has died. It was a pleasure to be around her in the CART paddock for many years.

Who can ever forget her reaction during the final laps of the 1989 Indy 500?

Inside CART's very own Shelley Unser went above and beyond the call of duty in this hilarious Behind the Scenes look at Team Penske back in the 1980s.

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08/16/18
f1

Schumacher not moving to Majorca
Not happening
Not happening
Reports that Michael Schumacher, the Formula 1 legend, will be moved to a £27 million mansion bought by his wife last month in Majorca are not true according to his manager.

Schumacher, 49, sustained severe head injuries in a skiing accident in France on December 29, 2013 and has been cared for at his home in Switzerland since September 2014.

Weekly Swiss magazine L’Illustre reported that Katia Rouarch, who became mayoress of Andratx in June last year, said preparations had been made to welcome the German to the Spanish island.

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08/16/18
irl

IndyCar all hyped up over Alonso
Alonso has IndyCar's panties in a knot
Alonso has IndyCar's panties in a knot
Fernando Alonso-mania is washing through Indycar again as speculation runs rife, amid calls for calm, with regards to the Spaniard’s future plans for the American series in the wake of announcing that 2018 will be his final year in Formula 1.

The spotlight has been welcomed by Indycar stakeholders who reveled in the first bout of Alonso-mania last year at the Indy 500.

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08/16/18
automotive

Brook Park Ford employee questions Ford-only parking policy after his Dodge was towed
Ford Parking only
Ford Parking only, all others will be towed to the scrap yard and pressed into a cube.
Only kidding on that last part

BROOK PARK, Ohio - An employee at the Ford Brook Park Engine Plant is questioning (Video) the long-standing policy of marking dozens of parking spots for Ford vehicles only at the plant parking lot.

Employee Kevin Carter said his 2008 Dodge Avenger was towed from the Ford vehicle parking area last week and said his car sustained $1,500 in damage during the tow.

Carter said Rich's Towing charged him $177 for the tow, but told him it didn't cause the damage to his rear bumper.

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08/16/18
nasmon

It's Bristol, Baby - SHR Preview NASCAR's Bristol Night Race
Bristol
Bristol

Bristol Motor Speedway is one of the loudest tracks on the NASCAR calendar, with drivers going wheel-to-wheel on a small, banked oval, overlooked by a fearsome, 162,000 capacity stadium.

In an exclusive feature for Mobil 1 The Grid, Stewart-Haas Racing team owner Tony Stewart, #41 driver Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick’s crew chief in the #4 car, Rodney Childers, give their thoughts on the unique, much-loved and at times chaotic race.

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08/16/18
f1

Daniel Ricciardo & Max Verstappen Reflect On Red Bull's Season So Far
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing added more victories and podiums to their tally over the first half of the 2018 F1 season, with the team continuing to take the fight to Mercedes and Ferrari.

As the summer break arrives, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen pick out their highlights, and discuss the story of the campaign so far, in an exclusive feature for Mobil 1 The Grid.

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08/16/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • In F1 the car is 99% and driver 1%. With McLaren Alonso had 0.00% chance to win races
    In F1 the car is 99% and driver 1%. With McLaren Alonso had 0.00% chance to win races
    Alonso 'lost motivation' for F1 - Briatore
  • Hamilton vs Vettel 'best ever fight' - Coulthard
  • Vettel 'could eat Charles Leclerc alive' - Villeneuve
  • Michael Schumacher 'to be transferred to mansion on Majorca'

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08/16/18
track news

Another oval goes belly up
AutoTacing1.com was there when Rockingham opened in 2001. Here Michael Andretti makes a pitstop
AutoTacing1.com was there when Rockingham opened in 2001. Here Michael Andretti makes a pitstop
The future of Rockingham Motor Speedway in the UK as a motorsport venue from next year is in doubt after the circuit confirmed its sale and that there will be operational changes.

The track opened in 2001 and hosted the CART Champ Car series in its first two years as well as becoming a BTCC and club racing fixture using its infield road course. It was the first oval of its size to be built in the UK since the lauded Brooklands venue in the early 20th century.

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08/16/18
usac

Highlights of the inaugural 1971 Pocono 500
Video of the Indycar Schaefer Beer Pocono 500 (under USAC sanctioning) from Pocono International Speedway July 3rd 1971

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08/15/18
tv news

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern.
Thursday, Aug. 16LocationTV TimesNetwork
NASCAR Truck - practiceBristol9:00-10:00am
11:00am-12:00pm (final)
FS1
NASCAR Xfinity – practiceBristol10:00am-11:00am,
1:30-2:30pm (final)
NBC
NASCAR Truck - qualifyingBristol4:00-5:00pmFS1
NASCAR Truck - raceBristol8-8:30pm – pre-race
8:30-10:30pm – race
FOX
Friday, Aug. 17LocationTV TimesNetwork
NASCAR Cup – practiceBristol10:30am-12:00pm
12:30-2pm (final)
NBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity – qualifyingBristol3:30-5pmNBCSN
NASCAR Cup –, qualifyingBristol5:30-7:00pmNBCSN
NHRA – qualifyingBrainerd6:00-7:00pmFS1
NASCAR Xfinity – raceBristol7:00pm-7:30pm – pre-race
7:30-10:00pm – race
NBCSN
Saturday, Aug. 18LocationTV TimesNetwork
IndyCar – practicePocono10:30am-11:30amIndyCar Online
IMSA– qualifyingVIR12:15-1:05pmIMSA
IndyCar – qualifyingPocono1:30-3:00pmNBCSN
IndyCar – practicePocono4:45pm-5:45pmIndyCar Online
NASCAR Cup – raceBristol7-7:30pm – pre-race
7:30-11:30pm - race
NBCSN
Sunday, Aug. 19LocationTV TimesNetwork
WEC – raceSilverstone6:30am-8:00am,
12:00-1:30pm
Velocity
NHRA – qualifyingBrainerd12:00-1:00pmFS1
IMSA – raceVIR1:00pm-2:00pmFS1
IMSA – raceVIR3:00pm-4:00pmFS2
IndyCar – racePocono1:30-2:00pm – pre-race
2:00-5:30pm – race
NBCSN
NHRA – finalsBrainerd2:00pm-5:00pmFS1


Legend: D = delayed; SDD = same-day delay; R = repeat



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08/15/18
irl

Video: Over The Wall: IndyCar Fueler
Follow along with the crews of Andretti Autosport as they break down their pitstop positions in a new video series titled "Over The Wall".

The second episode highlighting the fueler position was released today and the remaining four positions will be released each Wednesday leading up to the Verizon IndyCar Series season finale.

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08/15/18
nasmon

Dale Jr. To Drive Camaro ZL1 Pace Car at Big Machine Vodka 400
How many fans will buy tickets to watch Dale Jr. drive the pace car?
How many fans will buy tickets to watch Dale Jr. drive the pace car?
NASCAR icon Dale Earnhardt Jr. will drive the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Pace Car to lead the field to the start of the 25th Running of the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line on Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The announcement was made 25 days before the 25th Running of the race, which starts at 2 p.m. (ET) on the historic 2.5-mile oval. The Brickyard is moving to a new date this year from late July and is serving as the finale of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular season for the first time. The field for the NASCAR Playoffs will be set following the race at IMS.

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08/15/18
nasmon

Elliott Sadler Ending Full-Time NASCAR Career
Elliott Sadler
Elliott Sadler
Perennial NASCAR Xfinity Series contender Elliott Sadler announced Wednesday that he is ending his run as a full-time driver after the 2018 season. The veteran of more than 800 races in NASCAR’s national series and driver for JR Motorsports posted a statement on his website, ElliottSadler.com, announcing his decision.

“After much consideration and many conversations with my family, I’ve decided this will be my last season racing full time in NASCAR,” Sadler wrote. “It’s time for me, as Dad, to help my kids pursue their dreams.”

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08/15/18
imsa

Juncos Announces Expansion into IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Ricardo Juncos
Ricardo Juncos
Ricardo Juncos, Team Owner of Juncos Racing IndyCar team, announced today the team would expand into the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with one Cadillac DPi-V.R entry for the full 2019 season.

Ricardo Juncos is confident that the expansion into the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Cadillac is a step forward for the whole Juncos Racing program. Juncos Racing has recorded 58 wins and nine championships over the course of the past 10 years.

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08/15/18
f1
irl

Indycar, NASCAR begin to woo Fernando Alonso
Alonso wil be in IndyCar next year. He is not a taxicab driver
Alonso will be in IndyCar next year. He is not a taxicab driver

(GMM) Motor racing series have already begun lining up to attract Fernando Alonso for 2019.

The Spaniard and McLaren have sensationally announced that Alonso, 37, is quitting formula one at the end of the year, although he didn't rule out a return in the future.

In the meantime, Alonso is wanted elsewhere.

"DM us if you want to chat," the Indianapolis Motor Speedway tweeted.

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08/15/18
f1

Vasseur says Sauber progress 'huge' in 2018
Frederic Vasseur
Frederic Vasseur
(GMM) Sauber boss Frederic Vasseur says he is happy with the Swiss team's progress in 2018.

Before new investment, a sponsor arrangement with Alfa Romeo and a deal to use Ferrari's 2018 engines, Sauber was struggling for mere survival at the back of the grid.

But now with Frenchman Vasseur in charge, the team is pushing confidently towards the midfield.

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08/14/18
nasmon

NASCAR Michigan TV Rating (Update)
The network that keeps NOT delivering for NASCAR despite the shills in the booth
The hits just keep on coming

UPDATE The final Monster Cup TV rating on NBCSN was a 1.6 (2.54M viewers), down 19.1% from last years 1.98 final rating (3.16M viewers) also on NBCSN, a loss of 0.5M viewers in one year. The double digit TV ratings drop continues unabated even with Dale Jr. in the announce booth. NBCSN can't get a good TV rating if its life depended on it.

Oh and the bad news isn't over. The NASCAR Xfinity Series race from Mid-Ohio a 0.49 final rating and averaging 714,000 viewers on NBCSN, down  15.5% compared to last year’s 0.58/916,000.  The bad hits just keep on coming. 

The Camping World Trucks Series earned a 0.32 rating and averaged 478,000 viewers for Saturday afternoon’s Michigan race on FS1, down 11.1% from a 0.36/546,000 in 2017

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08/14/18
irl

Daly to again race for Harding Racing at Pocono
Daly at Detroit
Daly at Detroit
In a last minute move, Conor Daly will again drive for Harding Racing in the Pocono 500 this weekend.

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08/14/18
nasmon

Jim France Seen As Right Leader For NASCAR In Interim CEO Role
Jim France should remain NASCAR CEO - period.
Jim France should remain NASCAR CEO - period.
NASCAR interim Chair & CEO Jim France is a "little bit of a stabilizing force" for the organization after Brian France's DWI arrest last week, according to Bob Pockrass of ESPN.com.

Team Owner Roger Penske said Jim France "understands the dynamics of the sport going on today," calling him a "real rational guy."

Penske added, "He's a good friend of the guys in the garage area, and at this time I think, for me, it was the right thing for him to do to step in." 

Pockrass noted Jim France attended the pre-race drivers meeting on Sunday at Michigan Int'l Speedway, while Brian France had "not attended a drivers council meeting in a couple of years, so just the presence from Jim mattered."

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08/14/18
imsa

2018 IMSA State of the Series Address
The 2019 season will be an exciting one for IMSA as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary! Watch the 2018 State of the Series broadcast from the Tufte Center at Road America where IMSA president Scott Atherton announced all the changes coming in 2019 including a new broadcast partner, schedule release, and competition updates.

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08/14/18
nasmon

Race Rewind: Recapping Michigan in 15
From the green flag to Kevin Harvick's seventh 2018 victory relive the Monster Energy Series race at Michigan International Speedway.

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08/14/18
f1

How to Make an Epic Commercial, with Mercedes-AMG & Lewis Hamilton!
Check out how the brilliant new Mercedes-AMG commercial 'The Three' was made! Find out more about the car, the production and the people behind it all - including the star of the show, Lewis Hamilton!

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08/14/18
irl

Up to Speed: Ryan Hunter-Reay
IndyCar fans get up to speed with Ryan Hunter-Reay

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08/14/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Ricciardo isn't moving to Renault to win race, it was to retire rich
    Ricciardo isn't moving to Renault to win races, it was to retire rich by tripling his salary
    No Ricciardo race wins until 2020 - Abiteboul
  • No air travel for Niki Lauda
  • Massa 'annoyed' by Stroll comments
  • Hartley can still ‘hold head high’ if he loses F1 seat
  • Massa: On pure talent Michael and Fernando on same level
  • Have Sebastian Vettel's Errors Already Cost Him The Title?

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08/14/18
nasmon

NASCAR takes six Cup cars to wind tunnel after Michigan
In the wind tunnel NASCAR will find just how bad the Chevy Camaro is aerodynamically and why the Chevy teams are out to lunch
In the wind tunnel NASCAR will find just how bad the Chevy Camaro is aerodynamically and why the Chevy teams are out to lunch
NASCAR has taken six Cup cars – two from each manufacturer – for wind tunnel and engine testing following Sunday’s race at Michigan.

The cars taken include the Fords of Harvick and Brad Keselowski (finished second); the Chevrolets of Austin Dillon (fourth) and Chase Elliott (ninth); and the Toyotas of Kyle Busch (third) and Denny Hamlin (eighth).

Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s chief racing development officer, discussed the wind tunnel tests Monday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s “The Morning Drive.”

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08/14/18
v8
irl

Penske takes his IndyCar sponsor to Australia
Penske drivers McLaughlin and Coulthard
Penske drivers McLaughlin and Coulthard
Roger Penske's Shell V-Power Racing Team have today announced a multi-year sponsorship agreement with DXC Technology, the world’s leading independent, end-to-end IT services company. 

Team Penske and DXC have an established relationship in the United States for the IndyCar Racing Series, collaborating to enhance their engineering processes including the optimization of the team’s engineering software. DXC worked with Team Penske’s engineering and software programs, leading initiatives that delivered advantages in efficiency and productivity across the organisation.

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08/14/18
nasmon

Civil trial against Greg Biffle underway (2nd Update)
Greg Biffle
Greg Biffle - Cameras were to catch his wife having an affair

UPDATE A North Carolina jury found former NASCAR driver Greg Biffle guilty of invasion of privacy Monday.

According to WSOC TV in Charlotte, the jury determined that Biffle did “intrude offensively upon the privacy” of his then-wife, Nicole, by installing cameras in their bedroom and bathroom.

However, the jury awarded Nicole Biffle only $1 in damages, and answered "No" on all other claims against the former driver. The plaintiff had sought $9 million in damages.

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08/13/18
irl

Who can still win the IndyCar title for 2018?
Will it be Alexander Rossi, Scott Dixon or someone else as 2018 champion?
Will it be Alexander Rossi, Scott Dixon or someone else as 2018 champion?
Scott Dixon leads the Verizon IndyCar Series championship with four races to go for the third time in his career. He also led the championship with four to go when he won the title in 2008 and again in 2009. Dixon has led the championship since his win at Texas on June 9.

Dixon leads Alexander Rossi by 46 points with defending series championship Josef Newgarden (-60) in third and Indianapolis 500 winner Will Power (-87) in fourth.

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08/13/18
nasmon

Jim France Likely To Finish Season As Interim Chair & CEO
Jim France
Jim France

The "soft-spoken" 73-year-old Jim France will "likely finish out this season in his interim role" as NASCAR Chair & CEO, according to Godwin Kelly of the Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL.

France's "primary focus" for the remainder of the '18 season will be to "stabilize the NASCAR ship and assure its many stakeholders (team owners, primary sponsors, media partners) that Brian France's personal troubles won't spill over into the family business."

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08/13/18
racing news

Danny Thompson sets wheel driven speed record
Danny Thompson and his crew
Danny Thompson and his crew
In 1960, racer Mickey Thompson brought the Challenger I to the Bonneville Salt Flats and set a one-time speed of 406.60 mph, making him the first American racer to break the 400 mph barrier. This weekend at the same place, his son Danny Thompson—in Challenger II, another car his father built—set an astounding new record of 450.9 mph in the timed mile record he came to achieve.

This is a big part of what I came here to see.

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08/13/18
irl

Dixon is staying with Ganassi Team (Update)
Scott Dixon
Scott Dixon was never going to McLaren. Why would he?

UPDATE Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that four-time INDYCAR Champion, 44-time Winner and Indianapolis 500 Winner Scott Dixon has signed a multi-year deal with its Verizon IndyCar Series team that will see the 38-year-old Kiwi begin a CGR record 18th season in 2019 behind the wheel of the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda.

Chip Ganassi, Team Owner, Chip Ganassi Racing:

  • “I think when you mention the name Scott Dixon, the numbers and the records start to speak for themselves. We have achieved a lot together, but there are no signs of him slowing down. He’s still the guy the championship goes through, and you know you have to beat him to get on the top step. He’s a driver that’s always thinking about the next race and how he’s going to approach it, attack it and ultimately win it. I’m very happy that we have the opportunity to continue this relationship and look forward to many more successful years together.”

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08/13/18
nasmon

NASCAR Michigan Monster Cup Post-Race Q&A
Third-place finisher Kyle Busch (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota), second-place finisher Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Discount Tire Ford), Global Director of Ford Performance Mark Rushbrook, race winning crew chief Rodney Childers and race winning driver Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Busch Light / Mobil 1 Ford) with son Keelan Harvick

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08/13/18
irl

Unser Jr. calls for return of IndyCars to Michigan
The last time IndyCars raced at Michigan you could shoot a cannon in the grandstands and not hit anyone
The last time IndyCars raced at Michigan you could shoot a cannon in the grandstands and not hit anyone. Is Unser Jr. suggesting IndyCar make its series look like complete losers?
Open-wheel cars haven't raced at Michigan International Speedway since 2007, but legendary racer Al Unser Jr. thinks it's time they come back.

Unser Jr., flanked by honorary pace car driver and Detroit Pistons legend Ben Wallace, told media members Sunday at MIS he thinks the IndyCar Series should return to the Irish Hills.

"I don't miss driving the car at all. But I would definitely like to see Indy cars come back to MIS," Unser Jr. said. ""I think today's IndyCar would go well around here and it would put on one heck of a show."

Next to Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Unser Jr. said MIS ranks as No. 2 in his books.

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08/13/18
v8

Matt Stone Racing ditches Ford for Holden (GM)
Matt Stone Racing Ford
Matt Stone Racing Ford
Matt Stone Racing will switch from Ford to Holden (GM division in Australia) with immediate effect and has signed a technical support package with Triple Eight to run the ZB Commodore in 2019.

The Queensland squad will also ditch its current DJR Team Penske Ford Falcon in favor of a Triple Eight built VF Commodore for the remainder of the current season, starting at next week’s OTR SuperSprint at The Bend, with Todd Hazelwood behind the wheel.

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08/13/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Monday
  • Lowe and Williams going down with the ship together
    Williams and Lowe going down with the ship together
    Williams: Paddy is our CTO and I back him 100%
  • Vettel: Ferrari can make things happen after break
  • F1 drivers wanted DRS through Blanchimont at Spa
  • Brawn: Honda made important progress in performance

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08/13/18
pwc

Toni Vilander & Miguel Molina Take Ferrari to GT SprintX win
Winning #61 Ferrari of Toni Vilander and Miguel Molina
Winning #61 Ferrari of Toni Vilander and Miguel Molina

The Ferrari duo of Toni Vilander and Miguel Molina were challenged early in Sunday’s GT SprintX 60-minute race at Utah Motorsports Campus, but the drivers of the No. 61 R. Ferri Motorsport Ferrari 488 GT3 made it look easy in the end with their sixth 2018 victory and the GT SprintX drivers championship in the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Utah.

Spain’s Molina, enjoying his first racing competition season in North America, chased down early race leader Scott Heckert in the No. 80 Lone Star Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 and grabbed the GT SprintX overall lead before Finland’s Vilander took over the advantage in the 32-lap contest to win by 2.945 second at the 3.048-mile, 14-turn outer road circuit southwest of Salt Lake City.

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08/12/18
dtm

Paul Di Resta wins home race from Gary Paffett
Di Resta and Paffett battle side-by-side at start
Di Resta and Paffett battle side-by-side at start
Successful start to second half of season. Following Daniel Juncadella's maiden victory on Saturday, Mercedes-AMG Motorsport secured a one-two win on Sunday. Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS) won his home race at Brands Hatch from championship leader Gary Paffett (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS). This was the team's fifth one-two win this season and the 109th in the brand's 30-year DTM history. Paul finished on the top rung of the podium at Brands Hatch for the third time after taking wins there in 2009 and 2010. This was his second victory of the season and the tenth overall in his DTM career. Gary in second place rounded off a successful weekend for the team, securing his 45th DTM podium and seventh so far this season.

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08/12/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Sunday
  • Chase Carey pines about the loss TV viewers due to pay-per-view.
    Chase Carey pines about the loss TV viewers due to pay-per-view.
    Italy pay-per-view switch to blame for audience drop
  • Horner says Daniel Ricciardo might regret his decision
  • Williams: Trying to rebuild your team isn’t a work of moment
  • F1 falling behind on attempts to firm up '21 engine rules
  • Coulthard: No downside to Red Bull’s Honda F1 engine switch
  • What if Gasly ends up being another Kvyat?

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08/12/18
TV News

Sunday TV Times
All times Eastern; live broadcasts unless noted.
Sunday, August 12LocationTV TimesNetwork
MotoGP – raceAustria4:50am-9:00ambeIN
IMSA Continental, Tire– raceRoad America9:30am-11:30am (D)FS1
DTM – raceBrands Hatch1:00pm-3:00pm (SDD)CBS-SN
NASCAR Cup – raceMichigan2:00pm-2:30pm – pre-race
2:30-6:00pm – race
NBCSN

Legend: D = delayed; SDD = same-day delay; R = repeat



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