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08/19/16
f1

'F1 2016' gameplay video trailer
"F1 2016," the official video game of the 2016 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, is now available in stores worldwide for PlayStation4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and Windows PC. To celebrate the release, developer Codemasters and Koch Media released this new gameplay video.

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08/19/16
automotive

Uber to Put 100 Autonomous Volvo SUVs on Road in Pittsburgh
Uber aims to put Taxicab drivers out of a job
Uber aims to put Taxicab drivers out of a job
Uber Technologies Inc. will begin using self-driving taxis to ferry customers around Pittsburgh as soon as this month, a first for the industry in a race among automobile and technology companies to make driverless cars commercially available writes Greg Bensinger and Jack Nicas of The Wall Street Journal

Uber’s service, using specially-equipped Volvo XC90 sport-utility vehicles and Ford Focus, would appear to be the first time that commuters could hail a ride in a driverless car. But while the effort signals a breakthrough in commercialization of the technology, it won’t be a brave new world of robot cars: Two Uber employees will be sitting in the front seat of each vehicle.

One Uber employee will be in the driver’s seat with hands on the steering wheel as an emergency backup, another observing from the passenger seat, the company said. Uber will only make a few cars available to start--with the eventual goal of having 100 in Pittsburgh and possibly elsewhere in the coming months--and they will only go limited distances within the city.

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08/19/16
nassprint

Gordon will not race at Michigan (Update)
UPDATE 
Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon says he will not drive the #88 Chevy for Dale Earnhardt Jr. next weekend at Michigan because of a prior commitment. "I didn't know I was going to be doing all of this," Gordon said. Gordon would not say what the commitment was but said he would only be at Michigan on race day. Hendrick Motorsports confirmed that Alex Bowman will drive the #88 at Michigan if Earnhardt is unable to race.

Bowman drove for Earnhardt last month at New Hampshire and finished 26th. Earnhardt has not said what his status for Michigan is.  

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08/19/16
irl

Rossi hopes for another IndyCar win at Pocono
With the Chevys towing the same parachute this weekend as the Hondas, Rossi and his Andretti teammates have a real shot at victory
With the Chevys towing the same parachute this weekend as the Hondas (i.e. closed off Butt Bumpers), Rossi and his Andretti teammates have a real shot at victory

Life, as Alexander Rossi knew it, changed on the final Sunday in May.

That's when the 24-year-old driver from California won the Indianapolis 500 in his rookie season writes Scott Walsh of The Times Tribune.

Rossi stretched his fuel mileage to the last drop over the final 36 laps to pull off the improbable victory in the 100th edition of the historic Verizon IndyCar Series race.

"It's very special and a big honor to be next to the names that I am," Rossi said. "To be a part of that history, especially the 100th running, is pretty amazing. Every day, week, month and race that goes by, I gain more appreciation and understanding of it."

After winning one 500-mile race this season, Rossi will try to capture another this weekend at Pocono Raceway in the ABC Supply 500.

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08/19/16
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Video: NASCAR Bristol Q&A w/Buescher, Bayne, Johnson and Dillon
Chris Buescher (No. 34 Love’s Travel Stops Ford); Trevor Bayne (No. 6 AdvoCare Ford); Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Kobalt Chevrolet); Austin Dillon (No. 3 Dow – Great Stuff Chevrolet); Matt Tifft

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08/19/16
il
irl

Juncos Racing not moving up to IndyCar - yet
Unless a rich ride-buyer writes a huge check, Juncos is not moving up to IndyCar
Unless a rich ride-buyer writes a huge check, Juncos is not moving up to IndyCar
Ricardo Juncos says his team will probably not step up to the Verizon IndyCar Series next season, but is very interested in running an extra car for an established team in the Indy 500 writes David Malsher of Motorsport.com.

Juncos Racing, which won the Pro Mazda title with Spencer Pigot in 2014, graduated to Indy Lights in 2015 – and again, with Pigot at the wheel – conquered Indy Lights in the team's debut season in the category.

Since then, Ricardo Juncos has regularly stated his ambition to become an IndyCar team owner, but admits that the team's expansion of its Speedway, Ind., raceshop has dominated his time recently. Confirming entries for the three series on the Mazda Road To Indy would be his priority, before considering options regarding IndyCar.

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08/19/16
f1

Newey F1 car out to reduce gap to Costa F1 car
Can Red Bull catch Mercedes? The real question is whether Newey can catch Costa?
Can Red Bull catch Mercedes? The real question is whether Newey can catch Costa?

Red Bull still has a number of developments to bring to its 2016 car as it aims to close the gap to Mercedes at the remaining nine races of the year.

With major regulation changes looming ahead of the 2017 season, all teams have shifted their main development focus to next year's cars. Nevertheless, a number of Red Bull updates are due to come to fruition in the second half of the year and team boss Christian Horner is hopeful they will help his team reduce the gap to championship leaders Mercedes. 

"We still have a few bits that we can tidy up on the car this year that are in the pipeline and they were kicked off some time ago," he said. "There is still progress that is going on with the engine, with drivability, and there are some positive things in the pipeline that hopefully can help us try to reduce that gap yet further."

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08/19/16
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Kyle Busch Sweeps Sprint Cup Practice at Bristol
Kyle Busch swept both of Friday’s Sprint Cup practice sessions for Saturday night’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Busch topped the opening session with a lap of 14.878 seconds (128.969 mph), then came right back out and paced the second session, turning in a lap of 14.796 seconds (129.684 mph).

Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin ran second in the first practice, followed by Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott and Aric Almirola.

In the second session, Martin Truex, Jr. was second-quickest ahead of Matt Kenseth, Ryan Blaney and Hamlin.

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08/19/16
automotive
wec
wscc

Ford GT production extended for 2 years
Ford GT
Ford GT
Ford Performance is adding two more years of production for the all-new carbon fibre Ford GT supercar. The announcement comes on the heels of letters sent to potential customers notifying them of their application status to purchase one of their own, with more than 500 of those coming from the UK alone

The additional production supports the decision by Ford Performance to race Ford GT in both IMSA and World Endurance Championship (WEC) series events for four years, extending through to the 2019 season.

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08/19/16
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Erik Jones On Xfinity Pole at Bristol
Erik Jones captured the pole for Friday night’s Food City 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Jones barely edged his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch for his series-leading seventh pole of the season and his second in a row at Bristol.

Jones turned in a lap of 15.002 seconds (127.903 mph) around the half mile bullring on his second lap of the third round. Kyle Busch held onto the second spot with a lap of 15.041 seconds (127.571 mph), while Daniel Suarez took third with a lap of 15.173 seconds (126.461 mph) to give JGR a sweep of the top three positions.

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08/19/16
Motogp

Marquez sets the pace on day one in Brno after a spectacular save in FP2
Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez

It was a positive first day in Brno for the Repsol Honda Team, with Marc Marquez the fastest at the end of FP2 after once again showing his incredible talent and instinct by spectacularly saving a possible crash.

Marc was sixth in FP1 after having his fastest lap cancelled due to exceeding the track limit at turn 14, like many other riders. He was able to make a step forward in FP2, aided by a setup modification that improved his feeling enough to lower his time by over a second with a new tyre; tomorrow he will continue working with his team to also improve his race pace with used tires.

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08/19/16
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Yarborough to pace field at Darlington
Cale Yarborough 1983 at Michigan
Cale Yarborough 1983 at Michigan
Cale Yarborough once again will be driving on the legendary high banks of Darlington Raceway. On Sunday, Sept. 4, Yarborough, a South Carolina native and NASCAR Hall of Famer, will pace the field as the honorary pace car driver for the 67th running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500.

"This is quite an honor and I'm really looking forward to being the honorary pace car driver for the Bojangles' Southern 500," Yarborough said.

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08/19/16
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Dale Jr. Shares details of concussion treatment
Earnhardt Jr.
Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss his fifth consecutive race this week as he recovers from a concussion, and he gave his Instagram followers a peek into his rehab Thursday. Earnhardt posted a series of videos that he said are to help with his balance and gaze stability -- the ability to focus on an object in the distance while moving his head. 

One of the videos shows him doing steps as well as having someone throw a ball at a wall behind him, and then he turns and catches the ball on the rebound.

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08/19/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • Jost Capito
    Jost Capito
    Spa to be first race for McLaren-Honda's Capito
  • Ocon eyes debut and Renault, Mercedes future
  • Sepang reveals circuit changes for 2016
  • Video: McLaren-Honda's mid-season report

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