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08/18/16
irl

Firestone reorganizing Race Tire Development team
Firestone Tires
Firestone Tires
Bridgestone Americas today announced that the company is reorganizing the Race Tire Development (RTD) arm of its Firestone Racing program, adding manufacturing expertise while reaffirming the brand’s commitment to innovation and the Verizon IndyCar Series. Changes to the team include the following:
  • Dan Peterman, currently Plant Engineer at Bridgestone’s Passenger Radial Tire (PSR) plant in Aiken, South Carolina, has been named Manager of Race Tire Development/Production and Building Services. He will relocate to Akron, Ohio.
  • Dale Harrigle, currently Chief Engineer and Manager of Race Tire Development, has accepted a management position within Bridgestone’s Consumer Tire Trade Group, effective at the conclusion of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
  • Cara Adams, currently Senior Project Engineer, Race Tire Development, has been named Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Americas Motorsports and Manager, Race Tire Development.

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08/18/16
nasx

Video: NASCAR Bristol Ty Dillon Q&A
Ty Dillon (No. 3 Bass Pro Shops / TRACKER Boats Chevrolet, NASCAR XFINITY Series) 

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08/18/16
nastruck

Video: NASCAR Bristol Truck Post Race Q&A
NCWTS race winner Ben Kennedy (No. 33 Jacob Chevrolet, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series); Crew Chief Joey Cohen; Second-place finisher Brett Moffitt (No. 11 BrainGear/Surface Sunscreen Toyota, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series); Third-place finisher Daniel Hemric (No. 19 Blue Gate Bank Ford, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series)

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08/18/16
automotive

288 mph: Is this the fastest car in the world?
Bugatti Chiron
Bugatti Chiron
There wouldn't be much of a point to the new Bugatti Chiron if it wasn't faster than the Veyron. Autocar reports that the Franco-German marque will soon find out just how fast the Veyron's successor will be when it attempts to break its 268-mph land speed record.

"We will try to lock in a new world speed record," Bugatti boss Wolfgang Durheimer told Autocar. "I know the Chiron will be faster (than the Veyron Super Sport), but we don't how fast. We have the calculations from our simulations, but it is always different to sit in the car and actually do it."

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08/18/16
irl

Wilson Children's Fund Updated with New Website

With the one-year anniversary of Justin Wilson's loss approaching on Aug. 24, work has been completed on a brand-new WilsonChildrensFund.com website to facilitate donations to aid his daughters in his absence. 

A simple, single-page site went live this week that features images from Ashleigh Mower, and provides a secure platform for visitors to make contributions via PayPal.

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08/18/16
automotive

Porsche drivers fume over their 'dirty diesel' vehicles
You buy vehicles with dirty diesel engines and you pay the price
You buy vehicles with dirty diesel engines and you pay the price. And the poor drivers behind you have to inhale that pollution

Volkswagen settled its diesel deception involving almost 500,000 U.S. automobiles, paying dearly to satisfy car owners affected by the emissions scandal.

What it hasn't done is make whole its very best customers -- those who own its pricier brands, which nevertheless run on smog-spewing engines writes Kyle Stock of Bloomberg.

Anand Jobalia, a hotel and home developer in Daytona Beach, Fla., is still paying $1,300 a month on his 2014 Porsche Cayenne. The SUV originally cost $81,531. Now he can't find a buyer willing to offer more than $42,000, including the Porsche dealership where he bought it.

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08/18/16
wscc

Park Place Pulls Porsche GTD Entry for VIR
Park Place Motorsports will also not take part in next weekend’s Michelin GT Challenge at VIR, with its Porsche 911 GT3 R parked for the upcoming IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round, due to Balance of Performance concerns.

The news follows the withdrawal of the No. 22 WeatherTech Racing Porsche for the remainder of the WeatherTech Championship season, citing the same reason.

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08/18/16
track news

John Cooper dies
UPDATE 
John Cooper
John Cooper

The following is a statement from Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles on the passing of John Cooper, IMS president from 1979-82.

"The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been blessed with strong leadership since Carl Fisher founded the track in 1909. John Cooper was one of those iconic leaders. As the IMS president in the early '80s, John helped lead a new thought process in track promotions, while balancing the importance of history to IMS and the Indianapolis 500. His many experiences in racing and business made him one of the most knowledgeable and thoughtful resources in our sport, and I enjoyed and appreciated the time he would take to offer advice and counsel related to the operations of a race track. John always maintained his love of racing, especially the Indianapolis 500, and is respected throughout the industry. Here at IMS, his influence is still felt today and our thoughts and prayers are with his family."

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08/18/16
Fe

Video: Racing a Formula E car
As a motorsports history buff, I’m amazed that the very first land speed records were all set by electric-powered vehicles*. Yet it took well over 100 years before serious electric race cars would actually hit the track in an international race series.

But now they have - in the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship. And these battery-powered open wheelers have attracted some serious manufacturer involvement - along with quite a list of top drivers.

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08/18/16
Track news
IRL

Indy Speedway sued (2nd Update)
UPDATE Here is the full lawsuit.

08/17/16 This suit might be bigger than meets the eye....

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Both Maxim and Steak and Shake are owned by Bilgari

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08/18/16
nhra

Alexis DeJoria To Miss Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals
Alexis DeJoria

NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car driver Alexis DeJoria will miss this weekends Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minn. while she continues to recover from injuries suffered last month at a crash in Sonoma.

DeJoria suffered a fractured pelvis after pounding the wall during eliminations in the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals on July 31. DeJoria was able to climb from the car under her own power, but was quickly rushed to the hospital where doctors diagnosed her injuries.

DeJoria sat out the NHRA Northwest Nationals in Seattle the following week as she recovered at home. She had hoped to return to the track for this weekend's event but was advised by her doctors to sit out. She now plans to return to racing in two weeks for the NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis.

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08/18/16
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nastruck

William Byron Signs With Hendrick Motorsports
William Byron
Photo by Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie William Byron has signed a multi-year deal with Hendrick Motorsports and will move up to a full-time ride with Hendrick affiliate JR Motorsports in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2017.

Byron, the current truck series points leader, has five victories so far this season in the truck series, breaking a rookie record held by Kurt Busch since the 2000 season. Byron signed to drive in the truck series for Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2015 and was though to be a likely candidate to replace Erik Jones in the Joe Gibbs Racing Xfinity Series stable.

Now, Byron - at age 18 and having just graduated high school - will be driving for one of the premiere teams in all of NASCAR.

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08/18/16
f1

Video: Nico Hulkenberg previews the Belgium GP at Spa


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08/18/16
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Video: Nico Rosberg previews the Belgium GP


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08/18/16
nassprint

Top College Athletes Join NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Program
Graduates Daniel Suarez and Kyle Larson, dirt tracking at Atlanta
Graduates Daniel Suarez and Kyle Larson, dirt tracking at Atlanta
NASCAR and Rev Racing announced nine former college student-athletes selected to participate in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D) Crew Member Development Program. The new class of participants received invitations to train with Rev Racing following standout performances at the first national D4D pit crew combine in May.

Multicultural athletes starring in football, basketball and softball at the college level will receive expert training as tire changers, carriers and jackmen, with the goal of gaining fulltime employment with NASCAR national series race teams. This year NASCAR and Rev Racing revamped the crew member scouting process, hosting tryouts at six universities across the country.

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08/18/16
nassprint

Drive to End Hunger returns to the track, now on the #5
Longtime Hendrick Motorsports partner AARP and its Drive to End Hunger program will adorn Kasey Kahne's #5 Chevy this weekend at Bristol. This weekend's race marks the first of two times this season that Drive to End Hunger is the primary partner on the #5. Drive to End Hunger will return for the Nov. 6 race at Texas. On Wednesday, Aug. 24, Kahne will be at the NASCAR Hall of Fame to unveil the #5 LiftMaster Chevy throwback paint scheme for Darlington. HMS PR

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08/18/16
nassprint

Waffle House featured on the #43 at Bristol
Aric Almirola
Aric Almirola
Aric Almirola will run with Waffle House Powered by Smithfield on the hood of the #43 Ford at Bristol.

The last time Almirola had the black and yellow of Waffle House as his primary sponsor, he competed for a win at Richmond in the final race of the 2015 regular season. A

win would've put Almirola into The Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship, but he was able to drive it home for a solid fourth-place finish, which was his best of the season.

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08/18/16
nassprint

Earnhardt Jr. still recovering, Gordon in the #88 at Bristol
Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Chevy for Hendrick Motorsports, will miss his fifth consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event as he continues to recover from a concussion. He was not cleared by physicians to compete in this weekend's event at Bristol Motor Speedway. Another update will be provided by Hendrick Motorsports next week.

Jeff Gordon will continue to drive the #88 Chevy for the fourth race in a row. Gordon has earned five victories at the 0.533-mile short track, placing him in a three-way tie for first among active drivers with Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch. HMS PR

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08/18/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • Not designed by Costa or Newey
    Not designed by Costa or Newey
    Ferrari a 'great disappointment' in 2016 - Webber
  • Belgium Grand Prix Officials Boosting Security As Race Nears Sell-Out
  • Video: Red Bull simulator challenge: Adrian Newey
  • Gutierrez getting 'bored' of finishing 11th

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08/17/16
irl

Pocono exec hopes IndyCar will stick around beyond 2018
The Pocono IndyCar race starts late at 3 PM, just the time all the Pocono vacationers are leaving the Pocono for home and work the next day. Expect a very sparse crowd
The Pocono IndyCar race starts late at 3 PM, just the time all the Pocono vacationers are leaving the Pocono Mountains for home and work the next day. Expect a very sparse crowd

THE GOOD NEWS for racing fans is, the Verizon IndyCar series will be running 200 mph laps at Pocono Raceway next year and in 2018.

I was surprised when the two-year extension was announced last week. The vibe I was getting was Sunday's ABC Supply 500 might be the last IndyCar event at Pocono. In the three years since IndyCar returned to Pocono, the crowds have diminished from the first year's crowd of an estimated 20,000 to 25,000.

Conceding that attendance for IndyCar at Pocono is not what track officials hoped for, Brandon Igdalsky, the track's president and CEO, said Monday: "We've lowered our expectations. The demand is there, it's just not at levels we'd like to see. The product is great entertainment and the racing is phenomenal.

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08/17/16
irl

Bourdais would like to continue with KVSH in 2017
Bourdais won in Detroit
Bourdais won in Detroit
Sebastien Bourdais would like to continue with KVSH Racing for his fourth consecutive season and team co-owner Jimmy Vasser says the feeling is mutual.

"We'd like to keep him; we've won four races in three years, and keep him with our engineer Olivier [Boisson], but certainly, the financial pieces aren't all in place as of yet," Vasser told RACER. "We're meant to sit down this weekend; everybody has been in different places over this mini break, so we'll get together and start talking about next year and what we want to do."

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08/17/16
scca

Walker resigns from SCCA
Derrick Walker
Derrick Walker
SCCA Pro Racing president Derrick Walker announced his resignation Wednesday from the Sports Car Club of America's for-profit subsidiary. He will remain until a replacement is found.

"I have enjoyed my time with the SCCA Pro Racing, and in particular the launch of the F4 Championship here in the United States," Walker said in a statement. "After two successful race event weekends, it's clear that the series has a great deal of potential. As for my future, I fully intend to continue on in racing. "

"SCCA Pro Racing is moving rapidly to fill the open president's position," SCCA said in a statement.

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08/17/16
wscc

No. 22 WeatherTech Porsche exits IMSA GTD
No. 22 to be parked
No. 22 to be parked
WeatherTech Racing will not participate in the remainder of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.   

"We have decided to withdrawal the No. 22 WeatherTech Racing Porsche for the remainder of the IMSA season," Alex Job, team owner, said. "The decision to stop racing was rooted purely on performance and the future prospects for the Porsche at the remaining tracks on the 2016 schedule. The conclusion was based upon the performance in direct comparison to the competition over the past eight GTD races and the possible variations of how the BOP (balance of performance) could playout over the next three races with our engineering team and IMSA."

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08/17/16
irl

IndyCar in futile effort to add bandaids to existing car
"Why is IndyCar trying to put bandaids on the existing car instead of designing a new car for 2020 with a proper full canopy system? Trying to add a partial canopy forward of the driver is going to destroy the looks of the car and destroy the car's aerodynamics." AR1.com
Nearly a year after IndyCar Series driver Justin Wilson was fatally struck by flying debris at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, Indianapolis-based racing officials believe they have found the next way to protect drivers from injury writes Curt Cavin of the Indy Star.

Dr. Terry Trammell, who is leading IndyCar's effort to improve cockpit safety, prefers to call the design a deflector rather than a windshield, and he said it's certainly not an enclosed canopy, as Top Fuel dragsters use.

Assuming it's implemented, Trammell told IndyStar the curved protection will give Indy cars the look of a fighter jet since the single curved piece is modeled after an F-16's bubble.

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08/17/16
nassprint

BRP renews Can-Am NASCAR #32 Go Fas Racing sponsorship
BRP's Can-Am brand will be present on the NASCAR circuit for the next two years through its collaboration with the GoFAS #32 NASCAR Sprint Cup series racing team, in association with the Kappa and Cyclops Gear brands. The sponsorship was renewed for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. The agreement provides BRP's Can-Am brand with the opportunity to sponsor 36 races, 13 as primary sponsor.

"BRP's successful experience to date on the NASCAR circuit in 2016 has been an important asset in our North American growth plan for the Can-Am brand," said Anne Belec, SVP Global Brand, Communications and PAC at BRP.

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08/17/16
wscc

First Gibson LMP2 Engines Delivered to Constructors
Gibson Technology has delivered the first 2017-spec LMP2 engines to constructors for the new-look prototype class that will debut next year.

Four of the GK428 powerplants have been built, with one each going to ORECA, Onroak Automotive, Riley-Multimatic and Dallara for installation and initial testing.

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08/17/16
nassprint

Kenseth: no talks with JGR about his future, Hamlin in talks
Matt Kenseth
Matt Kenseth
Matt Kenseth has no insight into the news that Furniture Row Racing owner Barney Visser isn't expecting Erik Jones, who currently drives for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Xfinity Series, to return to his team after his rookie season in Sprint Cup. Furniture Row Racing is expanding to a field a #77 Toyota for Jones, teaming with Martin Truex Jr.'s #78. Multiple sources have told NBC Sports that Jones could return to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2018 or 2019, and that several scenarios are being considered depending on the future status of drivers and sponsors. Gibbs has Denny Hamlin, Kenseth, Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch under contract in Sprint Cup through next season, and the team also has Daniel Suarez running for a second consecutive full season in the Xfinity Series.

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08/17/16
Track news

Road America announces 2017 schedule
Bruggenthies announces 2017 schedule
Bruggenthies announces 2017 schedule
ELKHART LAKE, Wis., Road America President and General Manager, George Bruggenthies, announced Road America's 2017 season schedule today.

"Road America is known for having the most active schedule of any road course in the U.S., and we look forward to hosting the MotoAmerica Series, Verizon IndyCar Series, Pirelli World Challenge Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and three separate vintage events in 2017," said Bruggenthies. "The 2016 season was incredible and included many new facility improvements to enhance the overall fan experience.

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08/17/16
IRL

Montoya hopes to turn season around at Pocono
Juan Montoya
Juan Montoya
There’s just something about Pocono Raceway that suits Juan Pablo Montoya writes Scott Walsh of the Times-Tribune.

In two Verizon IndyCar Series races at the 2.5-mile triangular track in Long Pond, Montoya has one win and a third-place finish.

Even when he competed there in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, he won a pole and had one top-five and four top-10 finishes.

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08/17/16
IRL

Rahal and all the Honda teams need a good weekend at Pocono
Rahal and the rest of the Honda teams have a chance at Pocono because the Chevys must tow the same parachute as the Hondas. Pocono is one of only 3 tracks that the Chevy teams must close off their Butt Bumpers
Rahal and the rest of the Honda teams have a chance at Pocono because the Chevys must tow the same parachute as the Hondas. Pocono is one of only 3 tracks that the Chevy teams must close off their Butt Bumpers
Last year’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway witnessed the beginning of the end of Graham Rahal’s championship hopes writes Tony DiZinno of NBC Sports.

The American was fresh off his dream home race win at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, and had closed to within nine points of then-points leader Juan Pablo Montoya with two races left in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

Of course, it all went away when Tristan Vautier made a perhaps over-ambitious passing maneuver into Turn 3, collected Rahal, and took them both out of the Pocono race. 

This year, Rahal is out of realistic title contention in ninth place with four races remaining in the season, but still only 49 points out of third place.

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08/17/16
Nassprint

NASCAR on the IMS road course?
The crowd is so sparse for the Brickyard, maybe worth a try
The crowd is so sparse for the Brickyard 400, maybe worth a try
The national media bemoans the fact the racing isn’t very exciting and that attendance at IMS, like at all NASCAR tracks is on the decline.

I recently saw a post that recommended the annual Brickyard 400 visit be changed from the oval to the road course at IMS.

It’s an idea worth considering for both the Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series in the future.

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08/17/16
motogp

Aspar Team and Alvaro Bautista to reunite in 2017
Alvaro Bautista
Alvaro Bautista
The Aspar Team and Alvaro Bautista will join forces again in 2017, the Spaniard (born 21st November 1984) returning to the team where he last raced between 2006 and 2009. Bautista's fifth season with the Aspar Team will also be his eighth season in MotoGP, this time riding aboard a Ducati GP16.

Alvaro Bautista touched the sky in his first season together with the Aspar Team in the 125cc World Championship in 2006. The rider from Talavera de la Reina picked up eight pole positions, eight victories, four second places and two thirds, taking 338 points from sixteen races on his way to a dominant title. Bautista was crowned champion in Australia, handing the Aspar Team its first World Championship with three rounds to spare.

Bautista moved up to the 250cc World Championship together with the Aspar Team, fighting for honors throughout three seasons that saw him come close to the title in 2008, when he finished runner-up. Bautista and the Aspar Team again recorded impressive figures in the intermediate class, with a total of eight wins, twenty podiums, nine poles and twelve fastest laps.

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08/17/16
v8

Fans react to Holden Racing Team name shift
News of the Holden Racing Team brand moving from Walkinshaw Racing to Triple Eight from 2017 has fired up the Supercars fanbase.

Social media sprung alive with reaction on Tuesday as fans digested news of the Red Bull Holden Racing Team moniker and Holden's commitment to homologating a next-generation Commodore.

Many within the sport have expressed relief at Holden's decision to continue in the category following robust debate within the General Motors outpost over its marketing direction ahead of the impending end of local production.

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08/17/16
dtm

Video: A day with Daniel Juncadella
What is the daily routine for a DTM driver at the track? Thore Scholermann shadowed Daniel Juncadella for a complete day during the DTM race weekend at Zandvoort. From teeth cleaning right through to the race - up close and personal!

Part 1

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08/17/16
dtm

Video: TrackTest Moscow Raceway
Back from the summer break! This coming weekend, the Moscow Raceway will pose a few challenges for the DTM drivers. Before making the switch to the Formula 1 Manor Racing team, Esteban Ocon made this video of a #TrackTest in the race simulator, highlighting the key parts of the track.

Anyone who has the urge to take a seat in the virtual cockpit should enter the Mercedes-AMG Online Race Competition. This is where players compete against each other online and attempt to match or better the times set by the DTM pros: mercedes.me/onlineracecompetition.

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08/17/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Frederic Vasseur getting close to deciding which ride-buyers checks to take for 2017
    Frederic Vasseur getting close to deciding which ride-buyers checks to take for 2017
    Renault getting close to 2017 driver call
  • Nasr denies taking political sides in Brazil
  • Montezemolo denies latest Schumacher comments
  • Ocon: "I hadn't expected to make the step up to F1 quite this soon"
  • Hamilton: Winning over doubters 'awesome'

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08/16/16
v8

V8 Supercars Team HRT Has Uncertain Future After Holden's Withdrawal
HRT Holden
HRT Holden
The future of Australia's "most famous motor racing team is in doubt" after Holden ended a 26-year partnership with the Holden Racing Team in a "bombshell announcement" that will see the seven-time Bathurst winner stripped of its name, according to James Phelps of the Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH. 
 
On a "dark day," HRT lost in excess of A$2M ($1.54M) a year in support when Holden announced "it would not be backing the team" for the first time since '90.

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08/16/16
nassprint

NASCAR will not increase timing lines at Bristol
Bristol
Bristol
NASCAR confirmed Monday to NBC Sports that there will be no pit road timing zones added for this week's races at Bristol Motor Speedway. The track already has 14 such timing zones. NASCAR has added timing zones since the Sprint Cup and Xfinity races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July and begun enforcing those zones since the July Cup and Xfinity races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

There were 18 timing zones at Pocono Raceway after those were doubled for the Camping World Truck and Sprint Cup races last month. In the three Cup races that have had the additional timing zones enforced, pit road speeding penalties are up 375 percent compared to the three races before NASCAR made the change. NASCAR is not making a change at Bristol because it is comfortable with the timing zones there. In the last four Cup races at Bristol, there have been an average of 11.3 speeding penalties issued.

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08/16/16
automotive

No steering wheel, brake pedal or gas pedal
We keep asking the question and get no answer, what will happen to racing when driving is something humans no longer do?

Ford today announced plans to build a fully autonomous vehicle within five years. The car will have no steering wheel, gas pedal or brake pedal, and it will be used for ride-sharing  or ride hailing services. Ford made no mention of when the public will be able to buy such a vehicle.

"The next decade will be defined by automation of the automobile, and we see autonomous vehicles as having as significant an impact on society as Ford's moving assembly line did 100 years ago," said Mark Fields, Ford president and CEO. Ford's entry will be a high-volume SAE level 4 autonomous vehicle. Ford's cars on the road today max out at level 2 autonomy.

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08/16/16
tv news

USA TV times for this weekend
 
Wednesday, August 18
EventTrackTimeStation
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - qualifyingBristol4:45pm-6:00pm (L)FOX2
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - raceBristol8:00pm-8:30pm -pre-race (L), 8:30pm-10:00pm - race (L)FOX1
Friday, August 19
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - practiceBristol1:00pm-3:30pm (L), (additional practice streams live on NBC SportsApp)USA
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - qualifyingBristol5:30pm-7:00pm (L)USA
NASCAR Xfinity Series - raceBristol7:00pm-7:30pm - pre-race (L), 7:30pm-10:00pm (L)USA
Saturday, August 20
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing - eliminationsSeattle3:00pm-3:30pm (L), (postponed finals)FOX1
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - raceBristol7:30pm-8:00pm - pre-race (L), 8:00pm-12:00am - race (L)NBCSN
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing - qualifyingBrainerd10:00pm-12:00am (SDD)FOX1
Sunday, August 21
Verizon IndyCar Series - qualifyingPocono12:00am-1:30am (T - Taped from Saturday)NBCSN
World Rally ChampionshipGermany6:00am-7:00am (L)MavTV
DTM SeriesMoscow12:00pm-2:00pm (SDD)CBS-SN
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing - eliminationsBrainerd2:00pm-5:00pm (L)FOX1
Pirelli World Challenge - GT, GTSUtah2:00pm-4:00pm - GT (D), 4:00pm-5:00pm - GTS (D)CBS-SN
Verizon IndyCar Series - racePocono3:00pm-7:00pm (L)NBCSN

Legend: L=Live, D=Delayed, SDD=Same Day Delayed, T=Taped



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08/16/16
f1

Ferrari has identified its weaknesses, but Mercedes will widen their lead
Vettel says Ferrari has identified its weaknesses, but rest assured Aldo Costa's Mercedes upgrades will widen the gap further.
Vettel says Ferrari has identified its weaknesses, but rest assured Aldo Costa's Mercedes upgrades will widen the gap further.
Sebastian Vettel says Ferrari has identified its weaknesses and he is confident the team will be more competitive after the Formula 1 summer break writes Lawrence Barretto of Autosport.

Ferrari has failed to score a podium in any of the last three grands prix and has taken just 50 points to Red Bull's 80, having been in contention for victories at the start of the season. But Vettel, who has previously said the team needs to improve its car in medium- and high-speed corners, remained positive about Ferrari's chances.

"We know that the last couple of races have been harsh and tough for us, but they've been useful and we have understood a lot about our car strengths and weaknesses so we know what to focus on," he said. "It wasn't entirely clear after the first couple of races but it became more and more evident.

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08/16/16
IRL

Pippa Mann back for Coyne at Pocono
Pippa Mann
Pippa Mann
Pippa Mann will make her 15th official IndyCar start this Sunday as she takes over the #19 Dale Coyne Racing-Honda at Pocono Raceway, and she is pledging to race in honor of Indy 500 teammate Bryan Clauson writes David Malsher of Motorsport.com

The #19 Coyne entry has been driven by Luca Filippi, Gabby Chaves and RC Enerson so far this year. Mann has made one other start in 2016 piloting the #63 DCR-Honda as part of a four-strong Indy 500 lineup that included the late Bryan Clauson.

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08/16/16
irl

Dixon says no thanks to high-tech in F1 or WEC
Four-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon, a former Williams test driver, insists the straightforward technology used in IndyCar promotes better competition than the "crazy" high-tech complexity of Formula 1 or LMP1 hybrid sportscars. Motorsport.com

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08/16/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Massa blames Pirelli's wet weather tires
    Massa blames Pirelli's wet weather tires
    Tires to blame for F1 rain delays - Massa
  • F1 'not the priority' for Lamborghini - Domenicali
  • Belgian GP ramping up terrorism measures
  • Kvyat says he stopped enjoying F1 after Toro Rosso demotion
  • Ocon set to use number 31 in Formula 1
  • Fry confident over Manor's 'sensible' plan
  • Video: Restoring Fangio's W196
  • Red Bull wanted to silence rumors - Sainz Jr.

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08/16/16
irl

Video: IndyCar crew helmets
IndyCar guru Jon Beekhuis explains how specialist IndyCar crew helmets are assembled and painted.

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08/16/16
irl

Video: IndyCar pays tribute to Bryan Clauson
IndyCar pays tribute to Bryan Clauson, who died last week from injuries sustained in a midget car crash.

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08/16/16
v8

Holden renews with V8 Supercars
"We are delighted with Holden’s announcement today that it has committed to the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship for at least the next three years," said James Warburton, Chief Executive of Supercars.  

"From 2017 Holden will join forces with another iconic brand in Red Bull Racing Australia to become the Red Bull Holden Racing Team and develop the next generation Holden Commodore as part of the Gen 2 regulations in 2018.
 
"Holden is an iconic brand in Australian motorsport and today’s decision follows 26 years of unbroken participation in the Championship under the Holden Racing Team banner in association with Walkinshaw Racing.

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08/15/16
automotive

Elon Musk Sets Ambitious Goals at Tesla
Musk laughs off his shortsighted critics. The guy replaced NASA with SpaceX, forever changed the car industry with Tesla, cam up with the concept and will make happen the Hyperloop, rolled out the Powerwall, and owns Solar City.
Musk laughs off his short sighted critics. The guy replaced NASA with SpaceX, forever changed the car industry with Tesla, came up with the concept of the Hyperloop, rolled out the Powerwall, and owns Solar City. Watch the Steve Jobs video at the end and agree that Elon Musk is one of the 'Crazy Ones'

In May, Elon Musk made another of the bold projections that have become commonplace for the Tesla Motors Inc. chief executive when he said the electric car maker expected to deliver about 17,000 vehicles to buyers in the second quarter, its biggest ever writes Susan Pulliam, Mike Ramsey and Ianthe Jeanne Dugan of The Wall Street Journal.

In July, Tesla did something else that has become commonplace: It missed Mr. Musk's target. Tesla said it delivered 14,370 vehicles, blaming the 15% shortfall partly on cars that were still on trucks and ships at the end of June.

"I have never set a goal which I know is unrealistic, unless I have specifically said I know it's unrealistic," said Mr. Musk, 45 years old, in an interview. Earlier this month, he committed to boosting Tesla's weekly output more than 50% by the end of this year compared with the first half of 2016.

Few chief executives aim as high or push as hard as Mr. Musk, also the chairman and largest shareholder of Tesla, which is growing faster than General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. and is worth $34 billion in stock-market value. That's about one-third of the two traditional auto makers combined.

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08/15/16
Wscc

Milner calls ALMS/Grand-Am merger a success
Tommy Milner
Tommy Milner

It's been three years since American Le Mans and Grand-Am merged to become the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. And while there were initial bumps and growing pains, according to at least one driver, things have evolved into something great.

Tommy Milner, who races the Corvette C7.R for Corvette Racing in the GTLM class of the IMSA series, said sports-car racing in the U.S. just keeps getting better.

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08/15/16
Wec

Porsche to Retain Existing Monocoque for 2017 LMP1 Car
Porsche 919
Porsche 919
Porsche will retain the same monocoque design for its 2017 LMP1 challenger, in what team principal Andreas Seidl is calling a “reasonable step” in development from this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans-winning Porsche 919 Hybrid.

Work on the German manufacturer’s updated 919 Hybrid has already been underway for a few months, with Porsche also in the process of finalizing the design of it 2018 model, which will be built to new LMP1 regulations and includes the allowance of a third hybrid system and 10MJ hybrid subclass.

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08/15/16
Irl

Long Beach GP names two new hires
Long Beach GP
Long Beach GP
The Grand Prix Association of Long Beach announced today that Martin Bannon has been named Director of Marketing & Sponsorship for the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, which will run for the 43rd time next April 7-9.

In addition, Richard Martinez has joined the company as Manager of Corporate Sales, assuming Bannon’s previous position, and will oversee its hospitality and group sales functions.

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08/15/16
usac

Bill Alsup dies in backcountry crane accident (Update)
UPDATE I've never told this story before writes Michael Knight.

In November 1981, Bill Alsup was scheduled to do some Indy Car testing at Michigan International Speedway and also had some corporate meetings in the Detroit area. Alsup, second in the PPG Cup point standings to Rick Mears that season, drove from his Vermont home to Michigan and stopped by the CART offices with gifts of jugs of real Vermont maple syrup. While there, he got word bad weather meant testing would have to be pushed back a couple of days. So, Alsup a member of the CART Board of Directors, hung out with us in the small sanctioning body offices. I was there as director of communications and was able to schedule a few telephone interviews which Bill -- as always -- gladly did. It was good for him and good for the series and it also helped pass the time. He took us out to lunch. zzz

But, mostly, Alsup observed. He was there when we (meaning Kirk Russell and me) would get calls from other Board members -- Pat Patrick being No. 1 on the list. Such calls were often to push an agenda or to ask why we, the staff, were doing certain things or why we were doing them a certain way. Our answer typically was because Chairman John Frasco (who was out-of-town when Alsup visited), our boss and high-powered attorney who worked in a large suite of offices down the hall in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., told us to do it. I wish I had $1 for every time Patrick told me: "F*** Frasco. I'm the founder, the president, the treasurer of CART." Usually these things got sorted out OK, but let's just say such calls contributed to our organization operating less-than-efficiently, and didn't do much for overall morale.

In January, 1982, there was a regularly scheduled Board meeting held in a conference room at the Dallas-Ft. Worth airport. The routine was the directors -- Patrick, Roger Penske, Bobby Hillin, Bob Fletcher among them -- would meet behind closed doors. Frasco would pass out printed agendas at the start and collect them at the end. Russell and I would sit in the hallway outside, and wait to be summoned inside to make a presentation, answer questions and get the direction from the Board. Then we'd go back outside and wait in case we were again beckoned inside.

At this particular meeting, this is what happened, as described to me by a few friendly directors. After a couple of opening matters were disposed of, Frasco said: "Bill Alsup has asked for a few minutes." Alsup then recounted his experience in our offices, what he observed, and expressed great concern. "Our organization is being run in a way we would never allow our own businesses to be run," he said. And, later, "What are we doing to our guys (Russell and me)?" His words, his concern, came from the heart.

When Alsup was finished, Frasco said: "Thank you, Bill" and immediately pressed ahead with other agenda items. There was no discussion of the concern Alsup expressed. Well, actually, there WAS "discussion." After the meeting, Frasco said to Russell and me, "Have you guys been talking to Directors? Don't talk to Directors unless I tell you to."

Alsup -- who contained his displeasure at being dissed by the chairman -- also observed this and was alarmed. When Frasco walked down the hall, Bill came over to Kirk and the PR guy and said he was sorry. He tried. And now he was worried what he did would actually have the opposite effect and create a backlash against us. Right then, he was more worried about us, as the staff and as a couple of guys busting-butt and working VERY long hours.

Bill Alsup was worried about me, as a person.

That's who Bill Alsup was. And that's why news of his death last week has left me profoundly sad. Michael Knight/Spindoctor500blog


Bill Alsup 1981 Indy 500
Bill Alsup 1981 Indy 500

08/10/16

Bill Alsup, a former Indy race car driver and long-time Silverton, CO. resident, died in an accident while operating his crane at a remote backcountry building site on Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 9. He was 78.

"It’s super sad," said Sheriff Bruce Conrad. "What a good guy. There will be a community in mourning."

Conrad said that the accident, reported at about 1:30 p.m., happened as Alsup, driving his crane, was leaving a worksite at a remote cabin about a half mile up the Deer Park Road on the back side of Kendall Mountain.

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08/15/16
Irl

Dixon to try to keep fading title hopes alive at Pocono
Scott Dixon
Scott Dixon
Any hopes Scott Dixon had of winning a second straight Verizon IndyCar Series title -- and fifth overall -- took a serious hit at the most recent race writes Scott Walsh of the Times-Tribune.

His No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet made contact with Helio Castroneves' No. 3 Team Penske Chevrolet 15 laps into the 90-lap event at Mid-Ohio. Dixon's car needed extensive repairs and he wound up finishing 22nd.

Compounding matters was the fact that points leader Simon Pagenaud won the race. Dixon lost 44 points in the standings to Pagenaud and now trails him by 127 points with four races left.

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08/15/16
usf2000

Newman-Wachs Racing returns
Mundelein, IL - Newman Wachs Racing announced today they are returning to racing after a seven-year hiatus.  As of 2017, the NWR team will be competing in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.

"Adding the respected Newman Wachs Racing to our 2017 USF2000 paddock is awesome news," said Dan Andersen, Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions. "Eddie Wachs and his group, including the highly regarded Brian Halahan, are sure to make an immediate impact and raise the caliber of our competition. As an entrepreneur myself, I have the utmost respect for Eddie. He is an entrepreneur's entrepreneur. I am delighted they will be campaigning their four USF-17 cars with us next season."

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08/15/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Monday
  • With Ocon off to Manor, GP2 driver Sirotkin might get the call if one of Renault's current ride-buyers checks stop coming
    With Ocon off to Manor, GP2 driver Sirotkin might get the call if one of Renault's current ride-buyers checks stop coming
    No new reserve driver for Renault
  • Summer break at right time for Kvyat - Petrov
  • Magnussen must do more to secure future - pundit
  • Sainz Jr. felt 'at eye level' with Verstappen
  • Raikkonen has 'good chance' at Spa - Salo
  • Sponsor to leave Manor livery from Spa
  • James Key the next Adrian Newey says Tost
  • Massa: Maybe I will not be here next year
  • When did F1 last have a grid this good?

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