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08/16/14
promazda

Pigot Edges Pro Mazda Title Rival Hargrove in Milwaukee Mile Thriller
Pigot (C) and Hargrove (R)
The Allied Building Products Pro Mazda Oval Challenge at the Milwaukee Mile appropriately boiled down to a duel between Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires title rivals Spencer Pigot and Scott Hargrove. On this occasion it was Pigot who emerged victorious with Juncos Racing's #7 Doug Mockett & Company/Rising Star Racing/Vitamin-D Pro App/California Scents entry. Pigot's sixth win from 12 races means he will carry an 18-point lead, 289-271, over Hargrove (Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing) into the final two races at the Sonoma Raceway road course next weekend in California.

Hargrove and Pigot lost no time in battling through from their second row positions on the starting grid. Hargrove took the lead on Lap 3 from Team Pelfrey's Nicolas Costa and Mexican polesitter Jose Gutierrez (Juncos Racing), but Pigot was hot on his heels, and remained there for the first half of the 90-lap race. A full-course caution right around the midpoint gave Pigot the opportunity he was looking for, and he pounced at the restart, diving to the inside through Turns One and Two to grasp the lead. Pigot stretched his advantage to as much as 2.3 seconds before easing his pace slightly in the closing stages and allowing Hargrove to close to within 1.4 seconds with 10 laps remaining.

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08/16/14
IRL

Milwaukee IndyFest qualification report Moved to Home Page.

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08/16/14
irl

Q and A with Penske drivers at Milwaukee
THE MODERATOR:  We'll get started with today's championship contenders media availability. We're pleased to be joined by all three of our Team Penske drivers.
 
Will, we'll start with you. All three of you with strong results here at Milwaukee, but we'll focus on the championship. With teammates all competing for a championship, what is your focus heading into these last few races?  A situation you've been in before heading into a championship run.

WILL POWER:  Well, surprise, surprise, got two teammates fighting me for a championship.

Yeah, I mean, I've been in this situation quite a few times. So has Helio and Juan as well. Juan usually wins (laughter).

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08/16/14
irl

Hinchcliffe leads P2 (2nd Update) UPDATE #2
Damaged rear wing
Added photo of Hinchcliffe's crash debris.  After setting fast time in P2 he lost control and hit the wall.

08/16/14 Full results added below.

08/16/14
James Hinchcliffe has been mighty quick so far this weekend,
Despite an accident late in the session, James Hinchcliffe led Verizon IndyCar Series practice 2 for the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250. The driver of the #27 United Fiber & Data Honda turned a lap of 165.677 miles per hour, 0.09 seconds faster than second-place Ed Carpenter.

Two-time Milwaukee winner Tony Kanaan was third, with rookie Mikhail Aleshin and Josef Newgarden rounding out the top-5. The entire field was within one second of Hinchcliffe with 22nd and last-place qualifier Carlos Huertas 0.88 seconds slower than the Canadian.

Qualifying for tomorrow's race begins at 5 p.m. local time.

Results

Pos No Name Time Diff Gap Laps Speed Engine
1 27 James Hinchcliffe 22.055 0.000 0.000 30 165.677 Honda
2 20 Ed Carpenter 22.150 0.0951 0.0951 66 164.966 Chevy
3 10 Tony Kanaan 22.184 0.1296 0.0345 58 164.710 Chevy
4 7 Mikhail Aleshin 22.189 0.1336 0.0040 65 164.680 Honda
5 67 Josef Newgarden 22.276 0.2213 0.0877 60 164.032 Honda
6 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 22.310 0.2553 0.0340 38 163.782 Honda
7 2 Juan Pablo Montoya 22.346 0.2907 0.0354 41 163.522 Chevy
8 14 Takuma Sato 22.351 0.2960 0.0053 35 163.483 Honda
9 3 Helio Castroneves 22.425 0.3698 0.0738 61 162.945 Chevy
10 25 Marco Andretti 22.431 0.3760 0.0062 31 162.900 Honda
11 77 Simon Pagenaud 22.473 0.4181 0.0421 43 162.595 Honda
12 98 Jack Hawksworth 22.479 0.4243 0.0062 60 162.550 Honda
13 12 Will Power 22.555 0.5005 0.0762 60 162.001 Chevy
14 9 Scott Dixon 22.575 0.5203 0.0198 49 161.859 Chevy
15 19 Justin Wilson 22.585 0.5306 0.0103 42 161.785 Honda
16 34 Carlos Munoz 22.592 0.5373 0.0067 44 161.737 Honda
17 15 Graham Rahal 22.666 0.6107 0.0734 40 161.213 Honda
18 83 Charlie Kimball 22.674 0.6189 0.0082 52 161.155 Chevy
19 11 Sebastien Bourdais 22.784 0.7286 0.1097 48 160.379 Chevy
20 17 Sebastian Saavedra 22.872 0.8175 0.0889 68 159.756 Chevy
21 8 Ryan Briscoe 22.906 0.8508 0.0333 46 159.524 Chevy
22 18 Carlos Huertas 22.937 0.8817 0.0309 56 159.309 Honda

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08/16/14
nassprint

Ryan Truex sent to hospital after crash at MIS
Ryan Truex, driver of the No.83 Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota Camry was involved in a single-car crash during practice at the Michigan International Speedway on Saturday.

Truex was transported to a local hospital where he underwent CT scans of his head, neck, chest and abdomen, which were all negative.

Truex was diagnosed with a concussion. He will follow the NASCAR guidelines to return to racing.

JJ Yeley will pilot the No.83 Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota Camry in tomorrow's Pure Michigan 400.

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08/16/14
IRL

Milwaukee IndyFest Saturday afternoon report
- James Hinchcliffe posted the fastest speed of afternoon practice before spinning out in turn 1. He hit the wall with the left rear side, taking out the rear wing along with the left rear suspension. Hinchcliffe is okay and no doubt will be back for qualification. Ed Carpenter found speed to post second-fastest, only 1/10 of a second slower. Tony Kanaan was third fastest, followed by Mikhail Aleshin and Josef Newgarden.

- Silly season also struck today. The press conferences will be held tomorrow, but word has it that Ryan Hunter-Reay will resign with Andretti Autosport. In addition, Ed Carpenter Racing and Sarah Fisher - Hartman Racing will combine forces for 2015. No word on the fate of Joseph Newgarden, whose performance and easy-going manner has been noted by many teams in the paddock.

Last, Mexican Jose Gutierrez of Juncos Racing won pole position for this afternoon's Pro Mazda Race. Nicolas Costa will start second, with championship leader Spencer Pigot third.

-- Tim Wohlford, reporting from Milwaukee!

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08/16/14
irl

ABC Supply owner: local businesses need to support IndyFest
Michael Andretti and his team have been working hard to bring the crowds back to The Milwaukee Mile. Can the event sustain long term?
ABC Supply Co. Inc. owner Diane Hendricks says she was thrilled to step forward as the naming-rights sponsor of Milwaukee’s IndyCar race, but more Milwaukee-area and Wisconsin businesses will need to join the sponsorship ranks to ensure the event’s long-term staying power at the Milwaukee Mile.

“If we don’ support it — all business leaders — then we don’t deserve to have it,” Hendricks said in an interview with the Milwaukee Business Journal. “It would be a huge loss for the state of Wisconsin.”

Sunday will mark the third year that Andretti Sports Marketing of Indianapolis has run an IndyCar Series race at the historic Milwaukee Mile. But it is the first year with a naming-rights sponsor, which Andretti Sports executives said was necessary for this year’s return engagement.

Also stepping up its sponsorship role this year is Direct Supply, a distributor of medical equipment to nursing homes that has about 1,000 employees on Milwaukee’s northwest side.

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08/16/14
irl

Andretti Autosport 2015 driver announcement
WEST ALLIS, Wis. (Aug. 16, 2014) - Andretti Autosport will hold a press event on Sunday at 11:40 a.m. (Central) to announce plans for a 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series entry. Michael Andretti, along with the announced 2015 driver and sponsor representatives will be available for interviews in the Milwaukee IndyFest Infield Media Center.

WHAT:
Andretti Autosport 2015 IndyCar Driver and Sponsor Announcement

WHEN:
Sunday, Aug. 17
11:40 am CT

WHERE:
Milwaukee IndyFest
Infield Media Center, Wisconsin State Fair Park

WHO:
Michael Andretti, Team Owner, Andretti Autosport
2015 Sponsor Representative
2015 Andretti Autosport Verizon IndyCar Series Driver

Andretti Autosport PR

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08/16/14
IRL

Milwaukee IndyFest Saturday morning report
- James Hinchcliffe paced the first practice of the morning, laying down a lap of 22.08 seconds. Ryan Briscoe was 1/100 of a second slower, followed by Ryan Hunter-Reay. Surprisingly, oval ace Ed Carpenter posted the third-slowest top speed some 2/3 of a second behind Hinchcliffe. There were no major incidents during practice -- or during any of the weekend's activities.

- There are lots of good seats available for tomorrows IndyCar race in Milwaukee. And, there are lots of crummy seats available. And a ton of mediocre seats. Let's just say that promoters are hoping for a large walk-up crowd tomorrow. Driving into the Miracle Mile I see lots of promotional efforts -- billboards and public appearances and the like -- so it's not like the Andretti folks haven't tried.
Having lived near Michigan Speedway -- giving me a front-row seat to the IndyCar demise there -- there is no doubt in my mind that recovering an event once it is "burned up" is nearly impossible. Twenty years ago Nigel Mansell's presence helped propel attendance, as did the sponsorship of then-local Miller Brewing Company. However, only a couple years prior to that the event's future was in doubt before Carl Haas took over the event. The Nigel years aside, local race promoters have had a fight to save the event a long, long time.

-- Tim Wohlford, reporting from Milwaukee!

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irl

Milwaukee IndyCar qualifying order
1 #18 Carlos Huertas (R)
2 #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay
3 #19 Justin Wilson
4 #34 Carlos Munoz (R)
5 #3 Helio Castroneves
6 #98 Jack Hawksworth (R)
7 #8 Ryan Briscoe
8 #2 Juan Pablo Montoya
9 #12 Will Power
10 #17 Sebastian Saavedra
11 #83 Charlie Kimball
12 #67 Josef Newgarden
12a #10 Tony Kanaan
14 #77 Simon Pagenaud
15 #15 Graham Rahal
16 #14 Takuma Sato
17 #7 Mikhail Aleshin (R)
18 #11 Sebastien Bourdais
19 #20 Ed Carpenter
20 #25 Marco Andretti
21 #27 James Hinchcliffe
22 #9 Scott Dixon

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08/16/14
eurof3

Eighth win of the season for rookie Max Verstappen
Verstappen wins again
Max Verstappen (Van Amersfoort Racing) had a perfect start as a Red Bull Junior Team member: at the Nurburgring, the 16-year-old won his first outing in the colors of the Austrian Formula 1 World Championship-winning team. At the 3.629 kilometers long sprint circuit, he won the entertaining 25th FIA Formula 3 European Championship season round from Antonio Fuoco (Prema Powerteam) and Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin). At a drying track, the Dutch rookie driver scored his eighth win of the season and was thus able to reduce the gap to the championship leader. Frenchman Esteban Ocon (Prema Powerteam), who finished sixth in the Nürburgring race, remains on top in the drivers’ standings.

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08/16/14
automotive

Ford recalls 2013 Escape 'lemon' for 11th time
Decades ago the running joke was that F-o-r-d stood for Fix Or Repair Daily. Then they got better.  Let's hope this is not a sign of things to come. Ford Motor Co. has issued its 11th recall on the 2013 Escape crossover, this time because a wiring problem could cause the engine to hesitate or stall.

The recall covers 159,395 Escapes and Focus ST hatchbacks from the 2013 and 2014 model years with turbocharged 2.0-liter engines in North America. Ford said the engine wiring harnesses may have “splices that were insufficiently compressed during the supplier manufacturing process,” which can affect engine performance by sending incorrect signals to the powertrain control module.

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08/16/14
nassprint

NASCAR drivers battle tire vibrations at Michigan
How many Goodyears will explode this weekend?
A number of drivers were battling bad vibrations during Friday's opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice at Michigan International Speedway, namely Johnson of Hendrick Motorsports.

The June winner was only able to post the 39th-fastest time of the session, 1.613 seconds slower than Joey Logano's fast time, making only seven laps.

The No. 48 team was not the only car to experience the issue, as a number of teams also battled vibrations throughout the session.

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08/16/14
f1

Di Resta determined to return to Formula 1
di Resta will have to bring his checkbook.  The open wheel racing cancer of ride-buying is alive and well
Paul di Resta has said that he will do whatever it takes to return to Formula 1 after being left without a seat for the 2014 season.

The Scotsman made his debut back in 2011 for Force India, and went on to spend all three seasons of his F1 career with Vijay Mallya’s team. However, he was dropped at the end of last year to make way for Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg.

This move appears to have been the right one for Force India, which has made its best ever start to a Formula 1 season in 2014. di Resta, on the other hand, was forced to move back to the DTM German touring car series from which he entered F1 in the first place. However, he is determined to make a comeback in the future.

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08/16/14
f1

Axed Ferrari engine chief says he simply followed orders over design
Former Ferrari engine chief Luca Marmorini has revealed that he was told to sacrifice the potential of the new power unit as the team claimed it would make up for the performance deficit through aerodynamic improvements.

Marmorini oversaw the development of Ferrari's power unit but departed the outfit when his organization was reshuffled at the end of July, after the team claimed just two podiums across the opening 11 races of the year.

Marmorini claims that Ferrari Chief Designer Nikolas Tombazis assured him that the power loss from the engine side would be compensated by the aerodynamic improvements made to the F14T, compared to recent Ferrari machines.

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08/16/14
irl

Montoya hopes to keep title dream alive at Milwaukee Mile
Juan Montoya with his Colombian fans
Quite a few years and even more gray hairs ago, Juan Pablo Montoya came to the Milwaukee Mile and made racing history.

It was 2000. He had won the championship in the CART Indy-car series as a rookie the season before, and he was fresh off dominating the Indianapolis 500 when on a chilly Monday morning in June he gave Toyota its first victory at one of the highest levels of American racing.

Three years later, the Japanese giant would win the Indianapolis 500 and pile up open-wheel wins and championships before putting all its efforts into NASCAR.

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08/16/14
f1

Andretti: Alonso "keeping Ferrari alive" in 2014
1978 Formula 1 world champion and American racing legend Mario Andretti has praised Fernando Alonso for "keeping Ferrari alive" in 2014 as the team continues to struggle to fight at the front of the field.

The Italian marque has not won a grand prix in over a year, and this drought shows few signs of ending soon thanks to the troublesome F14 T car. Kimi Raikkonen has not enjoyed a happy return to Ferrari in 2014, scoring just 27 points from the first eleven races.

However, star driver Fernando Alonso continues to fight at the front. The Spaniard has picked up two podium finishes so far this season and came close to winning the Hungarian Grand Prix before the summer break.

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08/16/14
nassprint

Foyt has no words of wisdom for Tony Stewart in wake of tragedy
Stewart sitting it out likely preparing his defense strategy
A.J. Foyt is Tony Stewart's racing hero, but the sport's legendary champion said Thursday he wouldn't know how to counsel Stewart in the aftermath of last weekend's accident in upstate New York that killed sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr.

"I've never been confronted with something like that, so it's hard for me to say what to do; I just don't know," Foyt told The Star. "I feel bad for Tony, I feel bad for the (young man) that got killed, I feel bad for the whole thing.

"It's one of the bad things that (can) happen in racing."

Ward, 20, was laid to rest Thursday near his home in Port Leyden, N.Y.

Stewart still hasn't publicly commented on the accident that occurred after Ward angrily got out of his car to confront Stewart, who was still driving his car.

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08/16/14
nassprint

Q and A with Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon
TALK ABOUT YOUR EXCITING SPONSORSHIP NEWS ANNOUNCEMENT THIS WEEK

"We are very excited about that. This is a good track for us, especially the last time we were here I thought that things were going really well for us in qualifying and in the race. I think we learned a lot about pit strategy and trying to maintain that track position, so hopefully that helps us get a better result here this weekend. This team's just been on an amazing roll. We're having a lot of fun out there and this has always been one of my favorite tracks. It's been challenging today. I don't know what's going on with the tire. The conditions have really thrown us all for a bit of a loop with the grip level in the front.

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08/16/14
automotive

Tesla extends warranty
Tesla announced that the Model S drive unit warranty has been increased to match that of the battery pack. That means the 85 kWh Model S now has an 8 year, infinite mile warranty on both the battery pack and drive unit. Moreover, the warranty extension will apply retroactively to all 85 kWh Model S vehicles ever produced.

No other changes have been made to the warranty.

Here's what CEO Elon Musk wrote about the new policy in a blog post today:

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08/16/14
automotive

The Quail, In a class of its own
Every event during Monterey Classic Car Week is exceptional. Some are more exceptional than others. The Quail, A Motorsport Gathering, founded in 2003 and where Rolex has been the Official Timepiece since 2005, is a confluence of positives that have forged an impressive occasion: a rare moment where an enviable reputation fails to do justice. Each individual part – the organization, the cars, the owners, the cuisine, the location, the spectators - contributes. Which element is the primary catalyst for the potent mixture is hard to identify. Sir Michael Kadoorie, the founder, was quick to highlight the part played by the spectators in his closing remarks: “You are not guests, you are friends; you’re passionate, enthusiastic and you love motor cars.” Experiencing the event helps understand how this opinion could be formed; talking to a few of the main protagonists offers a wider insight.

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08/15/14
il

Belardi Auto Racing Commits to New Indy Lights Car
The new Indy Lights car is far better looking than its Big brother, the IndyCar.
In late May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indy Lights series owner Dan Andersen and Dallara's Andrea Pontremoli pulled the cover off the new Dallara IL-15 that will be the foundation of the Indy Lights series in 2015 and beyond.  In recent weeks, the new car hit the asphalt for diagnostic running and the results have been tremendous, with success in terms of pace, sound and esthetics.  With an exciting year in store for 2015, Brian Belardi of Belardi Auto Racing is thrilled to announce that he will run a multiple-car team next year to continue his squad's participation in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship. Deposits on two cars have already been made and additional cars may also be secured.  As the team ramps up for a run at the championship this year, it is also committing to the long-term plans for the series.

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08/15/14
irl

Brewers Hall of Famer has history with Indy car
Early in his 20-year career with the Milwaukee Brewers, Robin Yount would forego showering after an afternoon game at County Stadium and hightail it to the Milwaukee Mile to watch the Indy cars run.

Mike Mosley won the June 1976 race, holding off Gordon Johncock, who also was runner-up in the August race to Al Unser. Yount was able to take in parts of both race weekends during the homestand.

Baseball was his passion, with motorsports an avocation he participated in as a competitor and team owner.

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08/15/14
irl

Pagenaud ready to go for series crown
Simon Pagenaud
Simon Pagenaud says he has achieved his season goal of winning races, but he isn't ready to be counted out as a contender for the Verizon IndyCar Series championship.

"I think it's been a good season," the Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports driver said. "If everything goes accordingly to plan, you should be in the hunt. We won two races, which was part of our plan. The team has been competitive and on top of their game. I'm happy with where we are, and I like to chase. I think we're in a really good position."

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08/15/14
IRL

Milwaukee IndyFest Friday report
Seen at Milwaukee Friday - David Hobbs and James Hinchcliffe chatting
Tim Wohlford Photo
The announcement will come yet today that Belardi Auto Racing will purchase 2 of the new Indy Lights cars. According to series officials, the new cars cost $250,000 each, not counting engine lease costs. This compares to $160,000 for the old car 13 years ago, but unlike the old car, the new car won't require an instant purchase of $50,000 worth of doo-dads and twiddly bits. In other words, the spin goes, about the same as the old car -- once you adjust it for inflation. Series officials claim that the new car is easier to work on than the new car, and are obviously sensitive to ongoing operating costs.

In previous years, an Indy Lights ride fell from $1 million per year (that's what you have to pay to drive one) to around $750,000. No doubt the hope is that enough young aspiring drivers will find $1 million to drive the new car to balance the difference in the costs. By the way, the average driver needs to spend about $1.2 million to get thru the previous rungs of the ladder, so this means that an aspiring driver needs around $2.2 million just to be considered for an Indy ride -- providing they have $6 million or so for that Indy ride.
Previously AutoRacing1 reported that there were no signed purchases, and the purchase of two by Belardi -- although promising -- still leaves a very short field for the coming year. But damn, it IS the most beautiful car seen in Indy in years, isn't it?

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08/15/14
nassprint

Stewart accident helps NASCAR Watkins Glen TV ratings (2nd Update) UPDATE #2 The news around Tony Stewart’s incident at a dirt track race last Saturday night contributed to increased viewership around the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen Int’l on Sunday afternoon. ESPN finished with 4.94 million viewers for the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen, marking the race’s best audience figure since the net first aired the race in ’07.

ESPN also drew 2.23 million viewers for “NASCAR Countdown” leading up to the race, marking the cable net’s best figure for the pre-race show since Labor Day weekend in ’12, when a Sunday night telecast leading into the Atlanta Motor Speedway race drew 2.91 million viewers.

Meanwhile, ABC drew 1.93 million viewers for the Nationwide Series race on Saturday afternoon at WGI, up 12% from the same race in '13, which had to go head-to-head with the PGA Championship.

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08/15/14
il
irl

Dixon and Hinchcliffe Set for Dallara IL-15 Development Duties
Dallara IL-15
Two of the Verizon IndyCar Series' most accomplished and visible stars, three-time and defending champion Scott Dixon and the self-proclaimed Mayor of Hinchtown James Hinchcliffe, will be assisting in the development process of the highly acclaimed new Dallara IL-15 which will make its debut in the 2015 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires.

Both drivers have prior experience in Indy Lights. Dixon, from Auckland, New Zealand, won the championship in 2000 on the strength of six race wins. Since then he has won a total of 34 IndyCar races, ranking him equal with Al Unser Jr. in sixth on the all-time list, including the most recent race at Mid-Ohio. Dixon, who also won the Indianapolis 500 in 2008, drives the #9 Dallara-Chevrolet for Target/Chip Ganassi Racing. Hinchcliffe, from Toronto, Ont., Canada, won three Indy Lights races en route to second place in the championship in 2010 before stepping up into the IndyCar ranks. He currently has three wins to his name and finished third in the recent race at Mid-Ohio aboard Andretti Autosport's #27 United Fiber & Data Dallara-Honda.

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08/15/14
motogp

Kid Rock to perform at Austin MotoGP race
Circuit of The Americas announced that Southern rock and country icon, Kid Rock will entertain fans with a post-race concert at the Austin360 Amphitheater on Sunday, Nov. 2 of the 2014 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX race weekend. Fans can also take part in the post-race track invasion, where they have the opportunity to walk in the tire treads of their motorsports heroes.

Kid Rock is a multi-instrumentalist and music producer whose album sales have reached over 26 million worldwide since the early 90s. Rock reached commercial success with his 90s hit singles, “Bawitdaba” and “Cowboy.” Rock garnished his first country hit and his most popular song in the U.S. to date with his Sheryl Crow collaboration, “Picture” which charted No. 4 on the Hot 100. Rock’s 2007 album featuring the song “All Summer Long,” charted at No. 1 in eight countries across Europe and Australia, and the music video received more than 48 million views on YouTube.

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08/15/14
nassprint

NASCAR issues rule to keep drivers in cars
In its continued efforts to evolve the safety of its sport, NASCAR announced Friday that it will add a rule that addresses on-track incidents as part of its race procedures. The rule, listed as Section 9-16, will be an addendum to the NASCAR rule book and will apply to all of its racing series, effective immediately.

Section 9-16 On-Track Incident Procedure
During an Event, if a racecar is involved in an on-track incident and/or is stopped on or near the racing surface and unable to continue to make forward progress, unless extenuating emergency conditions exist with the racecar (i.e. fire, smoke in cockpit, etc.) the driver should take the following steps:

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08/15/14
nassprint

Alliance Truck Parts renews with Penske
Team Penske announced that it has extended its partnership with Alliance Truck Parts (ATP), building on the relationship between the two transportation-based organizations that began in 2010. Under the new multi-year agreement, Alliance Truck Parts will continue to be a primary sponsor of the #2 Team Penske Ford Fusion driven by 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski. The 2015 season will mark the second consecutive year that ATP, an industry-leading provider of heavy duty truck parts for the commercial transportation industry, will be featured in the Sprint Cup Series.

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08/15/14
f1

De Silvestro believes timing right for F1 move
Simona de Silvestro
Sauber affiliated driver Simona de Silvestro says she is ready to make the step up to Formula 1 as early as 2015, should she be able to secure a seat on the grid.

De Silvestro raced in IndyCars between 2010 and 2013 and became the first female racer to take a podium finish in Houston. This year the Swiss driver has enjoyed a couple of specifically arranged tests in a Sauber C31 at Fiorano and Valencia.

"If I do everything right, there's a good chance [of a seat]," she told F1 Racing. "I feel that now is the time, I wouldn't have made this jump if it didn't feel right or it wasn't a good opportunity. That's why it felt normal to go to Fiorano, I didn't feel super crazy nervous.

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08/15/14
motogp

Marquez tops open practice in Brno
Runaway Championship leader Marc Marquez edged out Jorge Lorenzo during the first practice session ahead of this weekend's 11th round of the MotoGP season in the Czech Republic.

Marquez, who has won every race this year, led the way early in the session before Lorenzo moved to the top of the times, although a potentially faster lap was ruined when he encountered Yonny Hernández in the final sector and brushed the side of his rival's bike.

Marquez then edged ahead with a 1:56.807 and his final lap time of 1:56.804 proved to be 0.037s quicker than Lorenzo's best.

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08/15/14
nassprint

Tony Stewart to miss Sprint Cup race at Michigan
Tony Stewart, who is dealing with the fatal accident that claimed the life of 20-year-old sprint-car driver Kevin Ward Jr. last week, will miss his second consecutive Sprint Cup race, skipping Sunday's event at Michigan International Speedway.

Stewart, who sat out last week's race at Watkins Glen the day after the accident, will be replaced by veteran driver Jeff Burton at Michigan.

Stewart's decision pertains only to the Sprint Cup race at Michigan, Stewart-Haas Racing said in a statement released Thursday.

"Stewart's plans for upcoming Sprint Cup races have yet to be determined," SHR said in the statement.

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08/14/14
motogp

Wales To Host MotoGP At New $530M Circuit Of Wales Racetrack In Blaenau Gwent
A five-year deal has been signed to "bring motorcycling's British MotoGP" event to Wales, according to the BBC. The event will be held at the new £315M ($526M) Circuit of Wales racetrack in Blaenau Gwent, which has yet to be built. Land near Ebbw Vale "will be transformed into the Circuit of Wales to host all but Formula 1 racing." Next year's event will "take place elsewhere in Britain but it is hoped the circuit in Ebbw Vale will take on the remaining four years." There is "also an option for a further five years." BBC

In Newport, Caio Iwan reported the $526M Rassau-based racetrack will host the event from '16 but its developers will "have the right to promote it and choose a location for next year's Grand Prix." Circuit of Wales will be the U.K.'s first "high-tech, low-carbon motor racing facility." The 830-acre complex aims to attract an "estimated 750,000 visitors a year," generate £50M ($83M) per year for the U.K. economy and "create at least 4,000 full-time jobs." SOUTH WALES ARGUS

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08/14/14
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2015 IMSA Schedule Preview


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08/14/14
nassprint

Kevin Ward's father wants answers from Tony Stewart
Kevin Ward Sr. is a grieving and upset father, wondering how his son was killed in a tragic accident involving NASCAR star Tony Stewart.

He also wants people to remember his son for his smile rather than the way he died.

An investigation is ongoing and is expected to take at least two more weeks. As of Monday, the Ontario County (N.Y.) Sheriff Philip Povero said no facts have emerged that would show probable cause for criminal charges.

Kevin Ward Sr. told The (Syracuse) Post-Standard that he was told that all racers in the event would be interviewed. Stewart has talked to investigators, but his statement has not been made public.

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08/14/14
automotive

Do a double take with second stunning Toyota FT-1 Concept
Toyota FT-1
Proof that its beauty lies on the inside and out, Toyota revealed today a second interior styling and exterior color for an upscale interpretation of its sensational FT-1 sports car concept. Developed by Calty Design Research in Newport Beach, California, the concept vehicle's graphite exterior paint and light, saddle-colored leather went on display for the first time at the Gordon McCall's Motorworks Revival gala held on California’s Monterey Peninsula.

The original FT-1 concept ignited sports car enthusiasts and the automotive world with its January debut at the North American International Auto Show. Labeled the spiritual pace car for the new direction of Toyota Global Design, the muscular, curved exterior builds on Toyota’s rich sports coupe heritage dating back to the 2000GT, Celica, Supra, MR2 and most recently Scion FR-S. That first vehicle stunned in a bold red, while this second FT-1 impresses with sophisticated graphite. Both share the deeply sculpted intakes and outlets that support its track-ready nature and the dramatic lines seemingly shaped by the wind. It's a look that gets the heart racing.

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08/14/14
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Pro Mazda Championship Battle Heats Up at The Milwaukee Mile
Palmetto, Fla. - The top two protagonists for the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, Spencer Pigot and Scott Hargrove, are separated by just 14 points with three races remaining this season. With a MAZDASPEED Scholarship on offer to the champion to facilitate graduation to the top step of the Mazda Road to Indy, Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, in 2015 and a state-of-the-art Dallara IL-15 on deck, there is a great deal at stake as the series heads to West Allis, Wis., for this Saturday's Allied Building Products Pro Mazda Oval Challenge on the historic Milwaukee Mile.

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08/14/14
f1

Kobayashi unconcerned over threat of pay drivers to Caterham seat
Kobayashi
Kamui Kobayashi insists he is not worried about the possibility of losing his Caterham seat to a pay driver.

Caterham was sold to a group of Swiss and Middle Eastern investors in July, leading to rumors that Kobayashi – who drives for the team for free – could be replaced by a pay driver, as the new owners look to cut costs at the Leafield-based outfit.

Red Bull junior racer Carlos Sainz Jr, who currently leads the Formula Renault 3.5 championship, has already been linked with a seat at the team, but Kobayashi has dismissed the rumors, insisting that Caterham's hopes of attaining 10th in the constructors' championship would be best served if he remains at the team.

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08/14/14
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Wood Brothers Racing Forms Alliance with Team Penske for Ryan Blaney
Ryan Blaney
Wood Brothers Racing announces today that it has formed a technical alliance with Team Penske and will race a partial-season schedule in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with up-and-coming driver Ryan Blaney.

Blaney, who has raced as a Team Penske development driver since 2012, will compete in at least 12 races for Wood Brothers Racing next season in the iconic No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion as he continues his rapid NASCAR development.

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08/14/14
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Andretti Autosport MRTI Milwaukee Preview
Zach Veach on his way to victory at St. Pete.
Zach Veach, No. 26 RePLAY XD
  • Along with teammate Matthew Brabham, threw out the first pitch for the Little League Central Region Championship game over the off-weekend
  • Captured his first podium finish on home soil during the 11th round of competition (second, Mid-Ohio)
  • With three races remaining, the two-time Indy Lights race winner is still in contention for the championship win

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08/14/14
TA

Trans Am heads to Mid-Ohio, set for 59-car entry and return of Tommy Kendall
Tommy Kendall
As the Trans Am Series heads to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with 59 cars in tow for The 3-Dimensional Services Next Dimension 100, one of those entries will mark the return of four-time Trans Am Champion Tommy Kendall.

Kendall is set to begin his second stint in Trans Am this weekend, Round 6 of the 2014 Trans Am Championship, as a member of Miller Racing, behind the wheel of the iconic No. 11, this time a Dodge Challenger SRT—the completion of the pony car trifecta in TA2.

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08/14/14
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Mourners gather to remember Kevin Ward Jr.
BOONVILLE, N.Y. -- One after another, the mourners arrived Wednesday, many wearing the same outfit: A black and orange T-shirt with Kevin Ward Jr.'s name splashed on the back over an illustration of his sprint car.

Some mourners wore an orange and white ribbon with a picture of a No. 13 wearing a halo and wings.

Stone-faced, they walked up a leafy, quiet street and entered Victorian-style Trainor Funeral Home to begin the process of saying goodbye during the visitation for Ward on Wednesday.

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08/14/14
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New Multi-Million Dollar Deal To Back Holden Racing Team In V8 Supercars
A new multi-million dollar deal "will keep V8 legend the Holden Racing Team alive with embattled Australian car manufacturer Holden set to continue as the famous team’s major sponsor," according to James Phelps of the Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH. Holden will continue its "proud history of touring car racing by announcing a new multi-year deal with the team Peter Brock and Mark Skaife made famous." Holden will continue its "four-car attack."

Despite suggestions early this year that Holden would quit the sport after deciding to close down its Australian operations, HRT joins Red Bull Racing Australia "as full factory-backed Holden teams with champions Garth Tander, James Courtney, Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup their four all-star drivers." GM Holden Motorsport & Sponsorship Manager Simon McNamara confirmed that "a new agreement had been struck to continue Australian motorsport’s longest sponsorship." McNamara said, “Motorsport is part of Holden’s DNA, having raced its products in Australia and overseas with great success for more than 45 years." DAILY TELEGRAPH

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08/14/14
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Formula E Launches Global 'Drive The Future' Marketing Campaign
The organizers of the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship unveiled its new global marketing campaign entitled "Drive the Future" with exactly one month to go until the opening round in Beijing on Sept. 13. Developed in conjunction with creative agency Dare, the new campaign launches Formula E as a new sports entertainment brand that will transform cities around the world as the season progresses.

Featuring sound design by Nick Rapaccioli, the film depicts a cityscape embracing the change to electric vehicles before revealing the Spark-Renault SRT_01E Formula E car driving at high-speed. It will be played on consumer broadcast networks around the globe including FOX Sports, and business audience networks including CNN and CNBC. It will also feature heavily on China’s Sina and Weibo platforms.

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08/14/14
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • Bernie rests
    Ecclestone holidays after paying $100m settlement
  • Montezemolo slams 'gossip' about Ferrari drivers
  • Massa wants Williams to beat old team Ferrari
  • Nasr says Sauber seat 'possible' for 2015
  • Albers not denying Caterham to axe 'double nose'
  • McLaren looking to 'refresh' driver lineup - Boullier
  • Ferrari target '360 degree' turnaround


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08/13/14
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Mars Staying With JGR, Kyle Busch After Signing Multiyear Extension
Mars has signed a "multiyear contract extension to remain at Joe Gibbs Racing as sponsor" of Kyle Busch's No. 18 Sprint Cup Series Toyota, according to Bob Pockrass of SPORTING NEWS.

M&M's has sponsored Busch "since his move from Hendrick to Joe Gibbs Racing" in '08, winning 20 Sprint Cup races together.

Mars today also announced it has "renewed its sponsorship deal as the 'official chocolate' of NASCAR" SPORTINGNEWS.com

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08/13/14
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Truex, Jr to miss practice and qualifying at Michigan
Martin Truex Jr. will miss Friday's practice and qualifying sessions at Michigan International Speedway. Recently, Sherry Pollex, Martin's longtime partner and girlfriend was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Sherry and Martin would like to thank the NASCAR community for all the well wishes. They have requested that everyone respect the family's privacy as Sherry begins her treatment and recovery.

Matt Crafton, reigning Camping World Truck Series champion, will sub for Truex on Friday. Truex will join his Furniture Row Racing team Saturday and compete in Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race. Sherry's passion in life is fighting pediatric cancer. To learn more about Sherry's work with children, go towww.martintruexjrfoundation.org.

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08/13/14
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Race Team Alliance expands membership
Race Team Alliance, Inc. is pleased to announce the expansion of its membership to 18 full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup teams, comprising 37 full-time entries. The RTA, formed in July, is a not-for-profit business league comprised of race teams participating in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The purpose of the organization is to create an open forum for the teams to explore areas of common interest and to work collaboratively on initiatives to help preserve, promote, and grow the sport of stock car racing.

"One of the early goals of the Race Team Alliance was to expand our membership, and after only a month in existence, we have accomplished that goal," said Rob Kauffman, the RTA's elected chairman.

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08/13/14
f1

2014 F1 driver salaries
according to the list compiled by Business Book GP2014:

Pos Driver Team Salary
=1 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 22m Euros
=1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 22m Euros
=1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 22m Euros
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 20m Euros
5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 16m Euros
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 12m Euros
=7 Felipe Massa Williams 4m Euros
=7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India F1 4m Euros
9 Romain Grosjean Lotus F1 Team 3m Euros
=10 Pastor Maldonado Lotus F1 Team 3m Euros
=10 Sergio Perez Force India F1 3m Euros
12 Adrian Sutil Sauber 2m Euros
=13 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m Euros
=13 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1m Euros
=15 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 750,000 Euros
=15 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 750,000 Euros
17 Jules Bianchi Marussia 500,000 Euros
18 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 400,000 Euros
19 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 250,000 Euros
20 Max Chilton Marussia 200,000 Euros
=21 Marcus Ericsson Caterham F1 150,000 Euros
=21 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham F1 150,000 Euros


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08/13/14
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The Pressure Mounts for Top Three Indy Lights Title Contenders
Palmetto, Fla. - Three races remain in this year's 14-round Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires title-chase. Six drivers hold a mathematical chance of winning the championship, but in all probability the winner will come from among the current top three - Gabby Chaves, Jack Harvey and Zach Veach - who are separated by just 24 points going into Sunday's final oval race of the season, the Milwaukee Mile 100 at the famed Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis.

Each of them will be anxious to eke out a little breathing space prior to the title-deciding double-header one week later at the Sonoma Raceway road course in Northern California.

Colombian-American Chaves currently leads the way following an impressive sophomore Indy Lights season with Belardi Auto Racing's #5 Marca Colombia/Coldeportes entry. The 21-year-old from Miami, Fla., has won four times - including both previous oval races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Pocono Raceway - and holds an 18-point advantage, 431-413, over Harvey, with Veach just six markers further in arrears.

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08/13/14
track news

Some tracks change rules after Ward's death
Tracks around the country have changed their rules in the wake of Kevin Ward Jr.'s death in a sprint car race that makes it mandatory for drivers to stay in their cars until safety personnel arrive.

Brewerton Speedway and Fulton Speedway, New York dirt tracks under the same management, announced new rules that drivers would be required to stay in their cars during an accident.

"If a driver, for whatever reason, exits a car on the track during a caution period, the race will automatically be placed under a red flag and all cars will come to a complete stop," a news release on the tracks' website says. "A driver may exit a car if requested by a safety crew member or if safety warrants in cases such as a fire. Drivers that exit a car without permission, for whatever reason, are subject to fine and/or suspension at the discretion of track management."

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08/13/14
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Harvick’s Crew Chief Fined For Infraction
Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team has been penalized due to a rules infraction committed during the Aug. 10 race at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) Int’l.

The infraction is a P3 level penalty and is outlined in Section 12-4.3 of the 2014 rule book: A. Violation examples could include but are not limited to:1(c): Unapproved added weight and/or weight affixed improperly (e.g. Unapproved added weight (size and material); unapproved added weight location, but not of a nature rising to a higher numbered penalty.

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08/13/14
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Kevin Ward Sr. Speaks
From Motorsport.com

"Tony Stewart was the best damn driver by far on the track that night. Why he had to go up as high as he did and hog my son, there’s no reason for it.”

Those were the words spoken by Kevin Ward Sr. to the Syracuse Post-Standard yesterday.

In his first major interview since the tragedy that took the life of his son, Ward Sr. said his son had never gotten out of his car after an incident before, but said he understood why he did it.

“I think the reason he probably got out of that car is who put him into the wall. He was definitely put into the wall,” said Ward Sr.

Ward was not actually watching when the incident occurred, as he said he was driving his ATV to the paddock area to prepare for the wrecked car.

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08/13/14
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Kin of driver Stewart nearly killed last year want him banned
Tony Stewart
NASCAR hothead Tony Stewart nearly killed a female driver last year on the same track where he mowed down a rival Saturday — and the woman's family told The Post he should be banned from racing.

"I'm upset because last year, Stewart did the same thing to my cousin, Alysha. He pushed her out of the way, broke her back and almost killed her," said Greg Cooper, 44, a cousin of sprint-car driver Alysha Ruggles, on Tuesday.

Ruggles, then 19, suffered a fractured back after her car was struck in a 15-car pileup caused by Stewart at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in July 2013.

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08/13/14
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Mikhail Aleshin adjusts to IndyCar life
Mikhail Aleshin
A Russian and a Frenchman walk into a race shop...

Sounds like the opening to a joke, right?

But in the case of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports drivers Mikhail Aleshin and Simon Pagenaud, that's the reality of 2014 in the Verizon IndyCar Series, an 18-race exercise in assimilation on track and off.

As uncommon as the arrangement is, it seems to be working.

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08/13/14
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Cowherd Blames NASCAR's 'Eye-for-an-Eye' Southern Culture For Driver's Death
Monday on The Herd, ESPN’s Colin Cowherd partially blamed what he described as NASCAR's southern "eye-for-an-eye culture” for the tragic death of driver Kevin Ward Jr., who was run over by three-time champion Tony Stewart Saturday at the Canandaigua Motorsport Park dirt track. As for Stewart, Cowherd said, "I watched the video seven, eight times: He revved up, other racers put on the brakes."

Cowherd started off the 11 a.m. EST hour with a rant ripping the “machismo” perpetuated by NASCAR and what he repeatedly called the “eye-for-an-eye” worldview of the South. During his opening monologue and his follow-up discussion with NASCAR analyst Marty Smith, Cowherd criticized the sport for failing to ban running on the track and other dangerous displays of "bravado" long ago, and suggested a number of times that three-time champion Tony Stewart could have avoided hitting Ward.

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08/13/14
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Latest on Tony Stewart Accident investigation
The Ontario County Sheriff issued the following statement Tuesday afternoon:
"The investigation into the death of Kevin Ward, Jr., of Lewis County, N.Y., is ongoing and is expected to continue for at least another two weeks or more. Investigators continue to seek witnesses, gather evidence, and develop the racetrack crash reconstruction. However, it would be inappropriate to discuss details or findings of the investigation with the media at this time. I would like to thank everyone for their cooperation as the Ontario County Office of Sheriff continues this investigation and for having patience as we conduct a thorough review of all of the relevant facts involving this tragic accident. When the investigation is completed, we will meet with members of the Ontario County District Attorney's Office and discuss with them all aspects of the investigation into the crash that occurred on August 9, 2014 at the Canandaigua Speedway. At that time, more information relating to any determinations that have been made may be released. In closing, on behalf of the Ontario County Office of Sheriff, our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the family of Kevin Ward, Jr."

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08/13/14
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Verstappen disses Mercedes for Red Bull
    Verstappen chooses Red Bull over Mercedes
  • Another Fittipaldi on path to F1
  • Lotus, Williams swapped F1 fortunes in 2014
  • 'Unlikely' Red Bull can catch Mercedes - Horner
  • Kobayashi backs sweeping changes at Caterham
  • FIA to approve Russia GP track next week
  • Montoya says F1 should copy America


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