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08/23/16
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Weekend TV times
Friday, August 26
F1 World Championship - practiceBelgium8:00am-9:30am (L)NBC-SN
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - practiceMichigan12:00pm-1:30pm (L)NBC-SN
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - practiceMichigan1:30pm-3:00pm (L) 4:00pm-5:00pm (L)Fox2
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - qualifyingMichigan5:00pm-6:30pm (L)NBC-SN
NASCAR Xfinity Series - qualifyingRoad America6:30pm-7:30pm (L)NBC-SN
Saturday, August 27
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - practiceMichigan8:00am-9:30am (L)CNBC
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - qualifyingMichigan9:30am-11:00am (L)Fox1
Trans Am SeriesMid-Ohio12:00pm-1:00pm (D)CBS-SN
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - raceMichigan12:30pm-1:00pm - pre-race (L) 1:00pm-3:00pm - race (L)Fox1
F1 World Championship - qualifyingBelgium1:00pm-2:30pm (SDD)NBC-SN
NASCAR Xfinity Series - raceRoad America2:30pm-3:00pm - pre-race (L) 3:00pm-6:00pm - race (L)NBC-SN
Verizon IndyCar Series - race (conclusion)Texas9:00pm-9:30pm - pre-race (L) 9:30pm-11:00pm - race (L)NBC-SN
Sunday, August 28
F1 World Championship - raceBelgium7:00am-7:30am - pre-race (L) 7:30am-10:00am - race (L)NBC-SN
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar ChampionshipVIR1:30pm-4:30pm (L)Fox1
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - raceMichigan1:30pm-2:00pm - pre-race (L) 2:00pm-6:00pm - race (L)NBC-SN
Blancpain Endurance SeriesHungary2:00pm-4:00pm (SDD)CBS-SN
Red Bull Global RallycrossAtlantic City3:00pm-4:00pm (L)NBC
Lucas Oil Off Road - Pro 2, Pro LiteCalifornia7:00pm-8:00pm (D)CBS-SN

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

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08/23/16
f1

Mercedes F1 parades to become more boring
The cars will be be running on rails in 2017
The cars will be be running on rails in 2017
The Mercedes parades at the front of every F1 race will look like a follow-the-leader train on rails, and be as boring as ever starting in 2017.

With the introduction of wider front and rear wings and tires next season, it is anticipated the cars will be three to six seconds per lap quicker, dependent on the circuit. Pirelli's Paul Hembery feels the additional downforce will make cars incredibly stable in the corners.

"If you are cornering with that much grip, and if it's to be believed up to five or six seconds a lap quicker, that clearly is going to be felt by the drivers in a dramatic fashion," Hembery said. "It could be driving on rails at that point. It could be so high the feeling is the car has such grip that it's more driving on rails rather than driving on the limit.

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08/23/16
fe

Autonomous race cars move closer to reality
So, it looks like this driverless racing thing is really happening. [How many more years will it be before race drivers are obsolete? What is the racing community doing about it?]

Roboraces -- true autonomous races -- are scheduled to take place during the 2016-17 Formula E season, and a DevBot developmental car is expected to be shown to the public for the first time at the Formula E open practice sessions at Donington, England on Aug. 24.

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08/23/16
automotive

Upgrade makes Tesla fastest car in the world
Model S P100D
Model S P100D

The Model S P100D with Ludicrous mode is the third fastest accelerating production car ever produced, with a 0-60 mph time of 2.5* seconds. However, both the LaFerrari and the Porsche 918 Spyder were limited run, million dollar vehicles and cannot be bought new. While those cars are small two seaters with very little luggage space, the pure electric, all-wheel drive Model S P100D has four doors, seats up to 5 adults plus 2 children and has exceptional cargo capacity.

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08/23/16
irl

Video: 2016 ABC Supply 500 - Race Highlights


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08/23/16
irl

Video: Conor Daly Latest To Take 'IndyCar Test Drive'
Conor Daly is the latest Verizon IndyCar Series driver to take the ‘Test Drive' trivia challenge. See how he did in this new video.

Conor Daly is known for being a pretty chill guy. The driver of the No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda doesn't let much bother him, and he always seems to have a smile on his face. So it's particularly fun that Daly is the next driver selected for IndyCar's "Test Drive" trivia challenge.

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08/23/16
nhra

Traxxas Nitro Shootout fan vote opens
John Force
John Force
Top Fuel and Funny Car drivers will rely on fan votes and random lottery drawings to claim the final spot in the NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootout in their respective categories. The final position in each category of the all-star event will be determined in the next 10 days and announced at the Fan Fest previewing the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals on Wednesday, Aug. 31.

Four drivers in Top Fuel and six drivers in Funny Car are eligible for the fan vote and lottery positions in each class. You can vote for your favorite eligible driver in each category by clicking this link http://bit.ly/Traxxas2016 which will take you to the fan vote on NHRA’s Facebook page. Voting is open now and will remain open until 9 a.m. (ET) on Tuesday, Aug. 30.

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08/23/16
f1

Pujolar confirmed as Sauber's new head of track engineering
Xevi Pujolar
Xevi Pujolar

Ex-Scuderia Toro Rosso man Xevi Pujolar has a new job, as head of track engineering for the Sauber F1 Team.

Pujolar had been Max Verstappen’s race engineer. Verstappen, of course, was promoted from STR into Red Bull Racing in May and in no small coincidence, Pujolar announced he’d be leaving Toro Rosso a day later.

Here was what Sauber had to say about Pujolar’s appointment:

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08/23/16
automotive

Delphi, Mobileye Join Forces to Develop Self-Drive System
Top auto-parts suppliers Delphi Automotive PLC and Mobileye NV are joining forces to develop a fully autonomous driving system that car makers could begin placing in their vehicles beginning in 2019 writes Mike Colias of the Wall Street Journal.

The two hope the development partnership will produce off-the-shelf systems for everything from small cars to sport utilities and pickup trucks--and help them carve out a central role in the race to supply technology for driverless vehicles. The tie-up, which was disclosed on Tuesday, comes as big auto makers and tech companies are moving independently on autonomous-vehicle developments.

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08/23/16
nassprint

Hornish to fill in for McDowell for practice & qualifying at MIS
Hornish Jr.
Hornish Jr.
Circle Sport - Leavine Family Racing (CSLFR) announced that Sam Hornish Jr. will fill in for Michael McDowell on Friday and Saturday during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend at Michigan International Speedway.

McDowell is scheduled to race in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Road America for Richard Childress Racing on Friday and Saturday.

He will then travel to Michigan International Speedway and drive the #95 Thrivent Financial Chevy on Sunday in the Pure Michigan 400 for Circle Sport. Leavine Family Racing

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08/23/16
Roc

Miami becomes first American city to host the Race Of Champions
  • The next Race Of Champions (ROC) will take place inside Miami’s Marlins Park baseball stadium on January 21-22, 2017
  • This will be ROC’s first ever appearance on American soil following recent events in Bangkok, Barbados and London’s former Olympic Stadium
  • Germany’s four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel will defend the ROC Champion of Champions crown he won last year in London
  • The star-studded field also features NASCAR champion Kurt Busch plus IndyCar champion and Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay
  • Many more racing superstars will be announced in the run-up to ROC Miami, with tickets going on sale today from www.raceofchampions.com 

 

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08/23/16
irl

hhgregg announces multi-year partnership with Andretti Autosport
INDIANAPOLIS (August 23, 2016) – Reigning Indianapolis 500 champions Andretti Autosport and hhgregg (NYSE:HGG) announced a multi-year partnership today for the Indianapolis-based company to serve as the lead, co-primary sponsor for Marco Andretti and the No. 27 Honda-powered entry in the Verizon IndyCar Series, and as a team-wide sponsor across all Andretti Autosport IndyCar entries beginning in 2017.

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08/23/16
Woo

Steve Kinser retires
Steve Kinser
Steve Kinser
One of the best sprint car racers in the history of motorsports has called it a career.

Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion and 12-time Knoxville Nationals winner, announced to the crowd gathered Monday night at Lebanon Valley for the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions event that the evening’s race was “likely” his final race.

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08/23/16
nassprint

Otter Pops to sponsor Jeffrey Earnhardt at Darlington
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Jeffrey Earnhardt
After a twenty-year hiatus, Otter Pops, the delicious and fun freezer pops "like no otter," re-enter the world of auto racing at the Bojangles' Southern 500 race at the Darlington Raceway.

Rookie Jeffrey Earnhardt will be driving the Otter Pops-sponsored car at NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. The Bojangles' race is a "throwback race" and Earnhardt's Otter Pops car will be decked out in a blue and yellow color scheme matching his grandfather Dale Earnhardt Sr's, iconic racecar sponsored by Wrangler.

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08/23/16
nassprint

Aspen Dental returns to sponsor Patrick at Michigan
Danica Patrick
Danica Patrick
As the Sprint Cup Series visits Michigan this weekend, Aspen Dental returns as the primary sponsor of Danica Patrick's #10 Chevy. Sunday's race marks the third of four events (also Charlotte in Oct) where Aspen Dental will serve as the primary sponsor on Patrick's racecar this season. In addition, Aspen Dental is an associate sponsor on the #10 Chevrolet for all non-primary races.

While Patrick's #10 Chevy will be blue and silver this weekend in Michigan, her car will also feature the names of more than 500 U.S. veterans. Aspen Dental dentists and teams from Maine to Washington - and hundreds of dental practices in between - volunteered their time and talents to give back to veterans in their communities during one, big "Day of Service" on Saturday, June 25.

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08/23/16
nassprint

Track 'treatments' to continue
NASCAR treated the lower groove
NASCAR treated the lower groove
Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, said Monday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that what Bristol did is "certainly not the last you've seen of that.''

Bristol treated its lower groove with a substance similar to what is used on the starting area in drag racing to help tires gain grip. NASCAR said resin was then put on the track after Wednesday's Camping World Truck Series race and Friday's Xfinity Series race. Previously, running the lower groove at Bristol proved slower than the top groove. With the additional grip, more cars could run at the bottom and be competitive.

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08/23/16
scca

Collins New SCCA Pro Racing President
SCCA Pro Racing has named Mike Collins as its new president beginning Sept. 1, handing leadership of the sanctioning body to the longtime SCCA member and exhibition industry professional.

Collins replaces Derrick Walker, who is resigning after successfully launching the F4 United States Championship powered by Honda in the United States.

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08/23/16
wec
wscc

Keating Acquires LMP2 Entry, Targets Le Mans
Team will run the new Gibson engine
Team will run the new Gibson engine
ViperExchange.com principal and driver Ben Keating has announced the purchase of a new Riley Mk. 30 LMP2 race car and that he has signed co-driver Jeroen Bleekemolen for a fourth-consecutive season in 2017.

Keating's full racing program for his new LMP2 effort is being finalized, but he is presently targeting a return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans the next three years and a campaign in the IMSA WeatherTech Jim Trueman Award sub-championship in 2017.

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08/23/16
v8

Changes at Penske Supercars effort after mid-season review
DJR Team Penske
DJR Team Penske
DJR Team Penske has sharpened its Supercars effort during the mid-season break as it strives to turn potential into results.

The team began its second season under American ownership in impressive fashion with two pole positions in Adelaide, but has since largely failed to deliver on its promise.

An inability to carry strong qualifying speed through the races has been the squad's biggest issue, with tire life a repeat deficiency.

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08/23/16
irl

Sato now sure why he lost the car
Sato heads for the wall
Sato heads for the wall
Gratitude. That was the feeling of the ABC Supply Racing team when Takuma Sato walked away from a horrific accident after spinning and hitting the SAFER barrier hard in Turn 3 on lap 2 of the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway.

Sato had started third in the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda and was running in that position when the car unexpectedly swapped ends on him causing him to hit the wall exiting Turn 3.

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08/23/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Big crowd for Spa
    Big crowd for Spa
    Spa promoter thrilled with F1 ticket sales
  • Mallya: Force India 'in the fight' for fourth
  • Alonso: McLaren can surprise in Belgium
  • Video: Nico Hulkenberg's Belgium preview

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08/22/16
automotive

Insurance Company To Sue Tesla Over Model S Autopilot Crash
On August 7, Mark Molthan crashed his Model S on Highway 175 in Kaufman, Texas after failing to navigate a bend when Autopilot was enabled and, in doing so, might have steered autonomous driving tech in totally murky waters.

While Molthan admitted in an interview with Automotive News that he wasn't paying full attention at the time of the crash, he says Autopilot lulls you into a false sense of security.

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08/22/16
racing news

Zirkle Joins LST Marketing as Chief Operating Officer
Wesley A. Zirkle, a global expert in brand activation, sports marketing and deal negotiations, is joining LST Marketing as chief operating officer as the Indianapolis-based company continues to expand its operations and client base.

Respected attorney and marketing professional Zirkle will be responsible for the business operations of LST Marketing and its various business units, including Finance, Legal, Events, Experiential Marketing, Communications, Facilities, and Sports & Entertainment Sponsorship Management. His leadership will foster growth initiatives and provide opportunity for LST Marketing to expand into new areas of business.

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08/22/16
IRL

Castroneves almost decapitated at Pocono
AR1.com has been calling for full canopies on IndyCars for many years. Still nothing. Today they almost lost another driver, one year after losing Justin Wilson for the same negligence.

Helio Castroneves was almost decapitated in this accident when Alexander Rossi's crew released him from the pits right in front of Charlie Kimball and the resulting collision sent Rossi into the air and over the cockpit of Castroneves, almost decapitating him. A windscreen would not have saved him.

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08/22/16
irl

Good morning from Pocono (Update)
UPDATE 
Mikhail Aleshin starts today's race from pole
Mikhail Aleshin starts today's race from pole
It's about an hour before the green flag of the ABC Supply 500. The sun is popping through the broken clouds on a cool, breezy morning here at Pocono Raceway as the Verizon IndyCar Series teams are going through their final systems checks.

I passed Mikhail Aleshin a few moments ago near the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports hauler. The 29-year-old Russian, who earned his first career IndyCar pole position Saturday, was joking with SPM team members looking very relaxed, confident. With Honda appearing to have an edge over Chevrolet might Aleshin follow up his first career pole with a first career win? And might this be a good day for other Honda drivers such as Carlos Munoz, James Hinchcliffe, or Takuma Sato? All start in the top-six and have come close in 500 milers before.

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08/22/16
irl

INDYCAR paddock honors memory of Wilson and Clauson (Update)
UPDATE The link below to buy the socks has been corrected.

The Penske drivers show off their British flag socks
The Penske drivers show off their British flag socks
08/22/16

Justin Wilson may be gone but he is certainly not forgotten in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

The affable Englishman, who died from injuries sustained in the 2015 ABC Supply 500, is being remembered throughout the Pocono Raceway paddock this weekend. At the behest of INDYCAR television partner NBCSN - and, in particular, producer Terry Lingner - officials, team members and fans donned pairs of Justin Wilson tribute socks today.

In addition, at the suggestion of Andretti Autosport, the last team for which Wilson drove, on every timing stand antenna in pit lane this weekend, the British "Union Jack" flag flies at half-mast to honor the fallen driver.

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08/22/16
irl

Present meets future of INDYCAR racing (really NASCAR)
Every one of these TQ drivers, when asked who their favorite driver was on Saturday at Pocono, named a NASCAR driver, NOT an IndyCar driver
Every one of these TQ Midget drivers, when asked who their favorite driver was on Saturday at Pocono, named a NASCAR driver, NOT an IndyCar driver. These are the future stars of NASCAR not IndyCar. TQ Midgets are front engine cars, and hence the path to front engine NASCAR. Been that way for years now.
The U.S. Auto Club is hosting a weekend of national .25 midget races at Pocono Raceway in conjunction with the ABC Supply 500. The .25 midgets, also known as quarter midgets, feature racers as young as 5 to teenagers competing on short, temporary ovals in various skill and age levels. Current Verizon IndyCar Series owner/driver Ed Carpenter is a product of quarter midgets.

Four of the young competitors took part in a news conference today to talk about their racing experiences. It followed immediately after a media availability involving three of Team Penske's four Verizon IndyCar Series drivers, which was a dream come true for one of the youths.

When asked who his favorite driver is, 10-year-old Chase Spicola said, "I like Will Power because he's a really good driver." Spicola and the other youngsters were able to meet and have their photo taken with Power and Penske drivers Simon Pagenaud and Juan Pablo Montoya.



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08/22/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Monday
  • Charlie Whiting says track limits must be policed
    Charlie Whiting says track limits must be policed
    Track limits must be policed - Whiting
  • Teen Ocon can handle F1 pressure - Lagrue
  • Hamilton to take engine penalty at Monza
  • Tires to dominate battle for fourth - Symonds
  • Toro Rosso 'good place' for 2017 - Kvyat
  • Honda: 'Next year we're aiming to match the Mercedes engine
  • Renault basing 2017 car on 2015 model
  • Williams ready for a star driver, says Symonds

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08/21/16
nassprint

Video: NASCAR Bristol Post-Race Q&A
NSCS race winner Kevin Harvick, Crew Chief Rodney Childers (No. 4 Busch Beer Chevrolet); Second-place finisher Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (No. 17 Fastenal Ford); Fifth-place finisher Chris Buescher (No. 34 Love’s Travel Stops Ford)

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08/21/16
nassprint

Hendrick is pleased with Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s progress
Rick Hendrick
Rick Hendrick
Rick Hendrick is pleased with Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s progress: Team owner Rick Hendrick made two things abundantly clear during a press conference at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon to discuss the signing of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series leader William Byron. First, Hendrick had no specific update as to the status of Dale Earnhardt Jr., other than to say that Earnhardt is progressing in his recovery from concussion-like symptoms and wants to return to the #88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet as soon as possible.

"Dale looks great," Hendrick said. "I had lunch...he and the road crew went to lunch on Wednesday - and I think you've seen the (video) of him playing basketball. We are taking extra effort with the doctors, making sure he's going to be 100%. He's got a doctor's appointment next week. He's doing great, and he wants to get back in the car. Beyond that, I don't know anything to tell you about him."

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08/21/16
irl

Pocono IndyCar race postponed until Monday (Update)
UPDATE 
Crews pack up the cars in the heavy rain
Crews pack up the cars in the heavy rain

The delay forces Mikhail Aleshin, who Saturday became the first Russian driver in Indy car annals to win a pole position, to wait an extra day to lead the 22-car field to the green flag.

"It is a disappointment, definitely," said Aleshin, driver of the No. 7 SMP Racing Schmidt Peterson Honda. "The thing is, we have what we have in this situation. I feel very sorry for the fans because they came out and now we have rain. It's something we can't do anything with. We need to hope that tomorrow has no rain and it will be fine."

The ABC Supply 500 becomes the second Verizon IndyCar Series race this season delayed by weather. The Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway was scheduled for June 11 but pushed back to the following afternoon by rain and wet track conditions. Seventy-one laps were completed June 12 before rain returned. The race was suspended at that point and will be completed Aug. 27.

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08/21/16
f1

REUNION Lotus 79 Formula 1 Visor Cam
Take Mario Andretti’s Formula 1 world championship-winning Lotus 79, install pro racer Duncan Dayton with a visor cam, place a microphone six inches away from the V8 Cosworth DFV’s inlet trumpets, add wicked amounts of oversteer, and you have video and audio insanity at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during the 2016 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion vintage event.

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08/21/16
nassprint

Weather delays re-start of Bristol Sprint Cup race
Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth wait out the rain
Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth wait out the rain
The start of Sunday's rain-delayed Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, postponed from Saturday night, is currently on hold as morning showers have delayed the event's scheduled 1 p.m. re-start.

Teams completed 48 laps before rain halted Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event, forcing officials to reschedule the continuation of the race for Sunday. Morning rain in northeast Tennessee kept NASCAR and track officials busy trying to dry the track between frequent cloud bursts.

The race, when it does resume, can be seen on CNBC while radio networks PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR are also providing coverage.

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08/21/16
dtm

Wittmann wins and reclaims points' lead
From left, Blomqvist, Wittmann and Spengler
From left, Blomqvist, Wittmann and Spengler

After his seventh DTM career pole position, he added his seventh race win: with a dominant performance, Marco Wittmann claimed victory in the second race at Moscow Raceway on Sunday. In his 50th DTM race, the 2014 DTM champion won from his fellow BMW driver Tom Blomqvist and thus also claimed back the lead in the drivers standings. "Today, we did everything right and I am super happy," a buoyant race winner Wittmann said at the finish.

"Today, everything simply went perfectly. We always kept an eye on the weather, because we were quick here in the dry throughout the weekend."

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08/21/16
irl

Karam returns to site of fatal crash
Sage Karam
Sage Karam
LONG POND, Pa. — Sage Karam isn't racing in today's IndyCar event at Pocono Raceway. That isn't making his return any easier in the year since tragedy struck at the track.

In 2015, a freak accident which started with Karam's spin claimed the life of fellow driver Justin Wilson.

Karam led at the 2-1/2-mile triangular track when he crashed in the closing laps. A piece of the nose cone from his car flew into Wilson's path and struck the affable Englishman in the helmet. The next day Wilson, 37, a popular veteran and a married father of two, died from his injury.

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08/21/16
nasx

NASCAR Bristol Hendrick & Byron Q&A
Rick Hendrick and William Byron discuss their new contract

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08/21/16
nasx

NASCAR Bristol Xfinity Post Race Q&A
NXS race winning driver Austin Dillon (No. 2 Rheem Chevrolet), Crew Chief Justin Alexander and Owner Richard Childress; Second-place finisher Justin Allgaier (No. 7 BRANDT Chevrolet); Third-place finisher Kyle Larson (No. 42 ENEOS Chevrolet)

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08/20/16
nassprint

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race at Bristol Postponed
Rained out at Bristol
Pete McCole/AR1

After several futile attempts to chase the rain showers, NASCAR has finally pulled the plug on Saturday night’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway after two red flags for rain and 48 laps compete.

Persistent rain showers that rolled across eastern Tennessee throughout the day caused pop-up rain cells that drenched the track with brief downpours, but each shower followed an hour of track drying operations, resulting in at least two hours of rain delays.

NASCAR announced the race will be resumed Sunday morning at 1pm, with television coverage on CNBC.

A possible postponement was problematic here at Bristol, as the track was scheduled to begin operations Sunday morning to convert the track infield into a football field in preparation for a college football game between the University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech to be held at the track on Sept. 10 dubbed “The Battle of Bristol”. The game is expected to draw over 150,000 fans.

There was no word from speedway officials how the postponement would affect their timetable for the conversion, however a photo event scheduled to kick off the conversion Sunday morning was cancelled.



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08/20/16
irl

2016 IndyCar Pocono 500 Post Qualifying recap
AR1.coms Mark Cipolloni and Brian Carroccio recap all the days happenings and the talk in the paddock from Pocono Raceway Saturday. (Turn up your volume)

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08/20/16
nassprint

Bristol Weather Update
Nasty looking clouds over Bristol Motor Speedway
Pete McCole/AR1
Track drying is currently underway at Bristol Motor Speedway after a brief shower that dampened the track shortly before driver introductions.

Driver introductions are complete here and the jet dryers are now going around the track.

Tonight's forecast calls for scattered showers throughout the night, mostly small little pop-up storm cells that we will be chasing all night. NASCAR officials still hope to wave the green flag for tonight's Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race on time.

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08/20/16
irl

Mikhail Aleshin loves oval racing
Aleshin on pole at Pocono
Aleshin on pole at Pocono
Who would ever think a Russian driver would love oval track racing, but Mikhail Aleshin does, a lot.

Q. You have been very good on the ovals since you came to IndyCar. Oval racing is obviously not your background. How do you think you've become so strong at running the oval races?

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08/20/16
track news

Bristol about to undergo major transformation
What Bristol will soon look like
What Bristol will soon look like
Bristol Motor Speedway - one of motorsports’ iconic venues - is days away from undergoing a complete transformation.

Minutes after the checkered flag falls at Saturday’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, work will start in earnest to make the track located in the mountains of Tennessee become the world’s largest football stadium for the Sept. 10 game between Tennessee and Virginia Tech (8 p.m., ABC).

Here is what you need to know about what’s happening as Bristol prepares for the Volunteers and Hokies:

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08/20/16
irl
nassprint

Linda Vaughn suffers heart attack
Linda Vaughn with Fireball Roberts in the 1960s
Linda Vaughn (L) with Fireball Roberts in the 1960s
Longtime racing beauty queen, and former Miss Hurst Shifter, Linda Vaughn is in the hospital where she is being treated for a recent heart attack.

She recently lost her boyfriend due to heart problems and we hear she has been under a lot of stress.  

We wish her well.



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08/20/16
automotive

Video: The Driver In All Of Us
Before you’re a race car driver, you’re a person who loves to drive. This is a salute to everyone who shares Mazda’s passion for driving. Because Driving Matters. [Editor's Note: But what happens when driving isn't something humans do anymore - i.e. autonomous vehicles are on the way.]

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08/20/16
irl

Video: Charlie Kimball Incident At Pocono Raceway


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08/20/16
irl

Video: Hunter-Reay crash at Pocono


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08/20/16
irl

Pocono Saturday Noon Update
Andretti Autosport is hard at work getting the back No. 28 DHL Honda ready for qualifying
Andretti Autosport is hard at work getting the back No. 28 DHL Honda ready for qualifying

We'll do a quick update from Pocono Raceway bullet-point style.

• I was over at the Andretti Autosport garage area moments ago. Feverish work on preparing the backup No. 28 DHL Honda for this afternoon's qualifying session remains. I asked team boss Ray Gosselin if the car would be ready for qualifying. A non-committal Gosselin said "we're tying." 

• AutoRacing1 is hearing that the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule could be announced as early as this week.

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08/20/16
dtm

Victory and points' lead for Robert Wickens
Robert Wickens leads in the rain
Robert Wickens leads in the rain

With a dominant performance, Canadian Robert Wickens won the DTM race at Moscow Raceway in Russia on Saturday and thus also took the lead in the drivers’ standings. After 22 laps, he drove his Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM across the finish line with a margin of over ten seconds from second-placed Paul Di Resta. For Wickens, it is the fifth DTM race win of his career and the second this season. "Conditions were really difficult," race winner Wickens commented at the finish. "Once I had taken the lead from Gary, the better visibility certainly was the key to success."

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08/20/16
Irl

Kimball crashes hard at Pocono (Update)
UPDATE WHAT HAPPENED: "I turned in (Turn One) and the rear came out on cold tires.  We made an adjustment to the car. The car rotated a couple of times and I caught it. Maybe three times, but then I didn’t catch it any more.  But when I hit, my knee hit the back of the steering wheel and popped it off. It was an incident of the incident rather than anything else"

ON TRACK CHANGES SINCE TESTING:  "We were definitely pleased (with testing). We made some changes today based on some information we learned at the test. I don’t know if we got caught out, we will go back and figure it out. The guys will get the car ready if it’s a backup or this one. I’m not sure.  We’ll be ready for tomorrow. We did it last year and ran reasonably well in the race. We will keep our eye on what our teammates are doing; learn from them and go forward from here."

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08/20/16
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IndyCar Pocono 500 Qualifying order
OrderCar NumberDriver
19Scott Dixon
226Carlos Munoz
315Graham Rahal
422Simon Pagenaud
520Ed Carpenter
611Sebastien Bourdais
728Ryan Hunter-Reay
812Will Power
941Jack Hawksworth
108Max Chilton (R)
112Juan Pablo Montoya
1227Marco Andretti
12a7Mikhail Aleshin
145James Hinchcliffe
1510Tony Kanaan
1698Alexander Rossi (R)
1714Takuma Sato
1883Charlie Kimball
193Helio Castroneves
2019Pippa Mann
2121Josef Newgarden
2288Conor Daly (R)



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08/20/16
irl

Russian driver Aleshin tops opening practice at Pocono
In a session interrupted by three crashes for Ryan Hunter-Reay, Charlie Kimball and Juan Montoya, Russian driver Mikhail Aleshin turned a lap of 221.932 mph to lead opening practice for the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono. 

Four of the top-5 cars were Hondas, which only happens on the superspeedways where the Chevys are towing the same parachute as the Hondas. 

James Hinchcliffe was 2nd quick at 220.290 mph in another Honda.

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08/20/16
IRL

Hunter-Reay hits wall hard at Pocono
UPDATE 
Hunter-Reay just before he crashed
Hunter-Reay just before he crashed
The car is not fixable and the team is scrambling to get the backup car ready for qualifying.

08/20/16 Practice for the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono had just started when Andretti Autosport driver Ryan Hunter-Reay lost control in Turn 1, did a 180-degree spin hitting the outside wall hard. The impact sent the car up in the air but the car came right back down and spun down to the inside wall. Hunter-Reay walked away unscathed. Whether his car will be ready for qualifying Is another story. Mark C. Reporting for AutoRacing1.com

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08/20/16
irl

IndyCar Saturday morning update from Pocono
Castroneves won the pole last year. Can he do it again?
Castroneves won the pole last year. Can he do it again?

AutoRacing1.com is on-site at Pocono International Raceway where the IndyCar Community has gathered for the ABC Supply Pocono 500.  The weather today is perfect and speeds should be fast.

Step aside NASCAR, speed is about to take on a whole new meaning when the Verizon IndyCar Series returns this weekend to Pocono Raceway for the ABC Supply 500. This will mark the fourth straight year that the country's top open wheel stars will be back at the track that was originally designed for IndyCar back in 1971.

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08/20/16
nassprint

NASCAR to enhance Bristol Sprint Cup race surface
Bristol action
Bristol action
NASCAR announced late Friday night that it will add 18 inches of resin to the lower groove in each of the four corners to enhance Saturday night's Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway. The substance is intended to give the lower line additional grip to make that groove as competitive as the top groove.

"It was a collaboration between the track, (NASCAR) and the industry," said NASCAR spokesman Kurt Culbert of the decision. "(The resin) seemed to work really well."

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08/20/16
track news

Dover extending SAFER barriers and increasing usable space in Cup garage
Dover International Speedway has started two construction projects which will add more than 500 feet of SAFER barriers around the track and increase usable space for NASCAR haulers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage. Both projects are scheduled to be completed in time for the Sept. 30-Oct. 2 NASCAR tripleheader weekend at the Monster Mile, highlighted by the first elimination race of the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship playoffs on Sunday, Oct. 2.

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08/20/16
automotive

Uber Purchases Self-Driving Truck Company Otto
Uber announced this week that it has purchased Otto, a self-driving truck startup with fewer than 100 employees. The deal is estimated to be worth around $680 million, or 1 percent of Uber, reports Reuters.

Anthony Levandowski, former member of Google’s self-driving car program and Otto’s co-founder, will lead Uber and Otto’s combined driving efforts in San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Pittsburgh. He’ll lead ventures involving personal transportation as well as trucking and delivery services. As part of the deal, Otto employees will receive a fifth of profits Uber earns from the self-driving truck division, if certain targets are met.

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08/20/16
nhra

Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Friday Race Notes

NHRA's Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Race Notes column includes live timing and scoring, news, photos, videos, and social media posts in reverse order that they happened.

Thanks for joining us for today's live Race Notes feature. We'll be back Saturday and Sunday with complete coverage and analysis.

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08/20/16
nhra

Schumacher, Worsham, Butner, Sampey are opening-day qualifying leaders in Brainerd
Brittany Force gets ready for a run
Brittany Force gets ready for a run
Reigning world champion Del Worsham powered to the top qualifying spot in Funny Car Friday at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd Int'l Raceway. 

Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Bo Butner (Pro Stock), and Angelle Sampey (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were qualifying leaders in their respective categories at the 17th event of 24 on the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

Worsham posted an elapsed time track record 3.856-second pass at 326.71 mph in his DHL Toyota Camry to take the lead through the first two sessions. If he stays No. 1 through the remaining two sessions on Saturday, he will tally his third consecutive top qualifier and fourth of the season. Worsham earned his first career No. 1 qualifier here in 1991 but has never won the event.

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08/20/16
automotive

What, exactly, is a full load...
Here in the USA people purchase super large SUVs and 90% of the time there is only 1-person in the vehicle - the driver.

In many third-world countries transportation is not so abundant and people make due with whatever mode of transportation they can to carry goods.

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