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08/26/18
dtm

Joel Eriksson claims maiden DTM win, Alex Zanardi a sensational fifth
Joel Eriksson
Joel Eriksson
Rookie driver Joel Eriksson took a maiden DTM victory under lights at Misano, beating Edoardo Mortara to the checkered flag in what was a tumultuous 14th race of the 2018 season.

Starting from the sixth row of the grid alongside Pascal Wehrlein down in 12th place, Eriksson gambled with his race strategy as the only driver in the field of 19 opting for slick tires on a damp racing surface. 

Struggling at the race start, the Swedish driver dropped down to 18th in the running order, however, slowly fought through the field as the rest of the pack followed his strategy call suit, switching to slick tires.

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08/26/18
irl

Rossi's 100th Indy 500 car sells at Mecum auction
100th Indy 500 winner
100th Indy 500 winner
The 2012 Dallara DW12 Honda Indy Car, that won the 100th Running of the Indy 500 with Alexander Rossi at the wheel sold for $1,127,500 this past weekend at the Mecum auction.

Dallara DW12 chassis no. 037 was offered as displayed with no engine currently installed.

The Dallara chassis is under a transferable signed loan agreement with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum to be on display through December 31, 2018.

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08/26/18
nastruck

Justin Haley Wins In Thrilling Finish In Truck Playoff Opener
Justin Haley
Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series made the annual trip to Canada to open up their 2018 Playoffs at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.  

Despite missing the 2018 Playoffs, Todd Gilliland seemed almost destined to win his first career truck series race Sunday at CTMP. Taking the lead on Lap 53 from Johnny Sauter, it was smooth sailing for Gilliland, until a late race caution set up a thrilling NASCAR Overtime battle with his Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate and Playoff driver Noah Gragson. Gragson, who won both previous stages, dove to pass Gilliland in the final turn.  

In similar shades to the move made by Chase Elliott in the 2013 race, the contact sent both Gragson and Gilliland spinning. The two trucks blocked the racetrack, causing a massive pile up coming to the checkered flag. The ensuing carnage allowed fellow Playoff driver Justin Haley to sneak through the wreckage and win the Chevrolet Silverado 250.

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08/26/18
f1

Hulkenberg gets 10-place Monza grid penalty for causing Spa crash
Hulkenberg drilled Alonso so hard the Spaniard went flying over Leclerc
Hulkenberg drilled Alonso so hard the Spaniard went flying over Leclerc
Nico Hulkenberg has been given a ten-place grid penalty for the next race, having caused the Turn 1 collision in Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix.

The German driver went into the back of Fernando Alonso, causing the Spaniard to fly over the back of Charles Leclerc’s Sauber at La Source.

 The ruling from the stewards will mean that the Renault driver will drop ten places on the grid for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

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08/26/18
motogp

Silverstone MotoGP race cancelled due to rain
Friday action in the dry
Friday action in the dry
MotoGP's British Grand Prix has been cancelled due to torrential rain at Silverstone.

Despite the efforts of race organizers to avoid forecast rain, which led to the race being rescheduled to start 90 minutes earlier than originally planned, a downpour at the British track meant the race could not be started.

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08/26/18
f2

Latifi imperious in Spa Sprint Race victory
Lando Norris (Carlin), Nicholas Latifi (DAMS), Alexander Albon (DAMS)
Lando Norris (Carlin), Nicholas Latifi (DAMS), Alexander Albon (DAMS)
Nicholas Latifi led from lights to flag for victory in the FIA Formula 2 Championship Sprint Race at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, converting a reverse-grid pole into his first win of 2018. Disappearing into the distance in the opening laps, Latifi was well ahead of a final-lap battle for second place, which was ultimately won by Carlin’s Lando Norris who was able to hold off Latifi’s DAMS teammate Alexander Albon – who joined the duo on the podium.

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08/26/18
supercars

Whincup wins and Van Gisbergen new Championship leader
Race winner Whincup
Race winner Whincup
Seven-time Supercars Champion Jamie Whincup has set the scene for a Championship fightback in a 1-2 finish with new Championship leader Shane van Gisbergen in the OTR SuperSprint at Tailem Bend in South Australia.

Whincup blasted away the field with an 11 second win from Van Gisbergen and a man of the match effort by David Reynolds to work through the field from 12th to third in an incident free race.

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08/26/18
nasx

Bill Elliott: 'I feel like I hit everything but the lottery'
The 62-year old Hall of Fame driver shares his thoughts after racing with the young studs in the NASCAR Xfinity race at Road America in the No. 23 GMS Chevrolet.

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08/26/18
f3

Video: Meet The Stars Of Euro F3 (Ft. Mick Schumacher, Dan Ticktum & More)
Mick Schumacher
Mick Schumacher
European F3 is a proving ground for young drivers as they chase their dreams of one day competing in F1.

Mobil 1 The Grid spoke with an array of these up-and-coming stars, including Mick Schumacher and Red Bull-backed Dan Ticktum, during the recent Spa-Francorchamps round, to hear about their ambitions and how the series is preparing them for future competition.

Enaam Ahmed, Ralf Aron and Jehan Daruvala also feature.

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08/26/18
irl

Video Highlights: 2018 Gateway IndyaCar race
Rossi in 4-wheel drift
Rossi in 4-wheel drift
Will Power held off a fuel saving Alexander Rossi to win the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 on the 1.25-mile Gateway oval in Madison, Illinois.

Rossi finished 1.31 sec back and just 1.4 sec. ahead of points leader Scott Dixon who he is battling with in points.

Rossi ran the final stint without pitting and Power ran full rich after pitting to pass Rossi, who was a sitting duck, and win. 

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08/26/18
irl

Rossi did not use full throttle last 70 laps and still finished 2nd
Alexander Rossi discusses his second place finish at Gateway that helped him inch closer to Scott Dixon in the IndyCar standings.

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08/26/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Sunday
  • Carlos Slim money saves Perez seat, but forcing Ocon out
    Carlos Slim money saves Perez seat, but forcing Ocon out
    Perez 'already knows' 2019 plans
  • DTM 'better than F1' - Zanardi
  • Vandoorne 2018 seat safe for now - de Ferran
  • F1 'not a business' under Ecclestone - Bratches
  • Vettel's record lap hands Spa record back to F1

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08/26/18
gp3

Mazepin wins race two from Hubert to head ART 1-2-3-4
From left, Anthoine Hubert, Nikita Mazepin, Callum Ilott (all ART Grand Prix)
From left, Anthoine Hubert, Nikita Mazepin, Callum Ilott (all ART Grand Prix)
Nikita Mazepin secured a hard-earned victory in the GP3 Series Race 2 at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, producing a pair of clean overtakes to tie up his third victory of 2018. Mazepin spent the latter stages of a frenetic race managing the gap to ART Grand Prix teammate Anthoine Hubert, who thrust his way into second place as Callum Ilott cemented a 1-2-3 finish for the French team. 

With a delayed start due to poor visibility as a result of fog, Race 1 winner David Beckmann’s day ended prematurely having pulled into the pit on the formation lap. As the lights went out, polesitter Joey Mawson got away strongly as Ilott wrested second place away from teammate Jake Hughes off the line. Ilott challenged for the lead on the lap after; attempting to seize control of the race from Mawson, the British driver was bumped wide at Les Combes and dropped to fourth.

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08/26/18
r2i

Mazda Road to Indy Gateway recap
The 7-car Indy Lights field lines up
The 7-car Indy Lights field lines up
Ryan Norman passed teammate Colton Herta six laps from the finish at Gateway Motorsports Park and drove on to his first Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires victory following an exciting late-race duel.

Points leader Patricio O'Ward finished third in the 75-lap race run without a caution period to give Andretti Autosport a podium sweep. O'Ward takes a 25-point lead over Herta to the doubleheader finale weekend at Portland International Raceway from Aug. 31-Sept. 2.

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08/26/18
TV News

Sunday TV Times
All times Eastern; live broadcasts unless noted.
Sunday, Aug. 26LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 – raceSpa8:30-9:05am – pre-race
9:05-11:00am – race
ESPN2
MotoGP – raceSilverstone6:00am-10:30ambeIN
Indy Lights – raceGateway12:00p-1:00pmNBCSN
Trans Am – racesIndianapolis, Mid-Ohio1:00pm-3:00pmCBS-SN
NASCAR Truck– raceCTMP2:00-2:30pm – pre-race
2:30-5pm - race
FS1
DTMMisano10:00pm-12:00am (SDD)CBS-SN


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



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08/25/18
il

Norman Edges Teammate Herta at Gateway
Norman holds off Herta to win
Norman holds off Herta to win

This afternoon’s Mazda St. Louis Indy Lights Oval Challenge Presented by Cooper Tires at Gateway Motorsports Park might have attracted only seven starters, but it provided a thrilling 75-lap race as Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Norman came from behind to claim a magnificent first-ever Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires victory over Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing stablemate Colton Herta.

Championship leader Patricio O’Ward was unable to quite match his two teammates, but his disappointment was tempered by the fact that his sixth consecutive podium finish meant he will travel to next weekend’s double-header season finale at Portland International Raceway with a 25-point edge over Herta as they battle for a scholarship valued at $1M to guarantee entry into at least three Verizon IndyCar Series races, including the 103rd Indianapolis 500, in 2019.

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08/25/18
f3

Mick Schumacher scores third win in five races
A happy Schumacher
A happy Schumacher
PREMA Theodore Racing experienced an outstanding Saturday at Misano. After locking out the two front rows of the grid in qualifying 1, the team put up a stellar run in race 1, dominating from start to finish to end up 1-2-3-4. Pole-sitter Mick Schumacher performed without a hitch from the word go, leading from start to finish. 

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08/25/18
nasmon

NASCAR Will Likely Move To A Tiered Model For Cup Series Naming Rights
With TV ratings plummeting, Monster does not want to pay NASCAR anywhere near what they are paying now. It's the TV ratings stupid
With TV ratings plummeting, Monster does not want to pay NASCAR anywhere near what they are paying now. It's the TV ratings stupid
When the 2020 NASCAR season kicks off in Daytona, there’s a good chance that the naming rights for the Cup Series will see a different sponsorship model that will remove exclusivity and be more of a tiered system, that according to multiple sources in the racing sanctioning body who requested anonymity.

While Monster Energy has renewed their entitlement sponsorship for the 2019 season, when negotiations for the 2020 season take place, NASCAR is planning to move away from having the naming rights be exclusive. Monster Energy could ultimately renew, but they would fall under a tiered system similar to what is done with FIFA, the Olympics, and PGA making the Cup naming rights something more along the lines of Official Partner with multiple companies part of the entitlement structure.

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08/25/18
irl

IndyCar awarded $3.9M for scrubbed Boston races
Can Miles collect anything from the bankrupt race promoter?
Can Miles collect anything from the bankrupt race promoter?
A race organizer’s failure to bring promised IndyCar Boston Grand Prix Labor Day weekend races to the finish line has resulted in an award of nearly $4 million in damages to the Indianapolis-based open-wheel racing series, but it’s unclear how much IndyCar may be able to recoup from bankrupt promoters.

Judge Tanya Walton Pratt on Tuesday awarded IndyCar damages of $3,926,795.48 after issuing a default judgment against defendant John Casey, who did not respond to the lawsuit. Pratt previously ruled in federal court in Indianapolis that Casey, who had signed a contract as a guarantor for the races, was liable for sanction fees for 2016 and 2017 races in Boston that were canceled.

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08/25/18
f2

De Vries storms to commanding Spa Feature Race win
Sergio Sette Camara (Carlin), Nyck de Vries (PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing), George Russell (ART Grand Prix)
Sergio Sette Camara (Carlin), Nyck de Vries (PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing), George Russell (ART Grand Prix)
Nyck de Vries put on a show for the travelling Dutch fans at the FIA Formula 2 Championship Feature Race at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, converting his pole position into a dominant victory. The PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing driver overcame traffic and a safety car restart to secure his third victory of the season, beating Carlin’s Sergio Sette Camara by 3.1s. Championship leader George Russell completed the top three after holding off rival Lando Norris in the latter stages of the race.

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08/25/18
f1

Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel defend Esteban Ocon
The talented Ocon gets sacked to make way for a ride-buying wanker
The very talented Ocon gets sacked to make way for a ride-buying wanker
Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel have both praised Esteban Ocon as he currently finds himself with no seat for the 2019 season.

Fresh from securing a fantastic P3 on the grid for the Belgian Grand Prix, reports emerged that Lance Stroll is set to have a seat fitting with Force India ahead of joining his father, who completed his takeover of the team in the past week.

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08/25/18
irl

Saturday Afternoon Update from Gateway Motorsports Park
Paving Project Costs $1 Million this year
Paving Project Costs $1 Million this year

It is a warm, sunny afternoon here in Madison, Illinois, home of Gateway Motorsports Park.  Yesterday's rain and cold temperatures have been replaced with a hot sunny day.  It is expected to reach 91 degrees right before race time tonight.

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08/25/18
motogp

Lorenzo wins Silverstone pole
Jorge Lorenzo
Jorge Lorenzo

In testing conditions, Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) secured a sensational second pole position of the season at the GoPro British Grand Prix in a breathtaking Q2 session at Silverstone, with teammate Andrea Dovizioso earning his third consecutive front row start in second as Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) rounds out the front row at the British GP.

The start of the second qualifying session was delayed as we waited for the medical helicopter to return after taking a luckless Tito Rabat (Reale Avintia Racing) to hospital, an FP4 accident left the Spaniard with suspected right leg fractures. However, with the threat of rain looming over an already mixed-condition Northamptonshire layout, the 12 riders went out on wet Michelin tires and treated us to 15 minutes of tantalizing track action.

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08/25/18
f1

Vettel leads Ferrari 1-2 in final Spa practice
Vettel quickest, but......
Vettel quickest, but......
While Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen ran 1-2 for Ferrari in the final practice for the Belgian GP at Spa, they set their times on Super Soft tires.

Third quick, and only 0.137s behind was Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes on the harder soft tires.  So early predictions are for Hamilton to take pole in 2 hours time.

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08/25/18
gp3

Beckmann rockets to victory in Spa Race 1
Ryan Tveter (Trident), David Beckmann (Trident), Anthoine Hubert (ART Grand Prix)
Ryan Tveter (Trident), David Beckmann (Trident), Anthoine Hubert (ART Grand Prix)
David Beckmann produced an assured drive in Race 1 at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, to clinch his first ever GP3 Series victory, seeing off the threat of Trident teammate Ryan Tveter to secure an one-two finish for the Italian team. ART Grand Prix’s Anthoine Hubert finished in third, having been unsuccessful in mounting a challenge on Tveter in the late stages of the race.

In the coldest conditions experienced in a race this season, the thermometer barely pushing 10°c at the start, the field lined up on the medium compound Pirellis despite damp patches on the circuit. As the lights went out, Beckmann grabbed a perfect start and immediately powered into a strong lead, taking advantage of the remainder of the field becoming congested at La Source. From eighth on the grid, Tveter slipped through into second as the ART trio of Hubert, Nikita Mazepin and Jake Hughes were bunched up on the outside of the corner – the American dived down the inside, with Pedro Piquet taking an early third.

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08/25/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Saturday
  • Alonso calls Horner a liar
    Alonso calls Horner a liar
    Alonso tells Red Bull boss to apologize
  • Abiteboul says Honda messaging 'a joke'
  • Raikkonen admits 16 day drinking bender
  • Magnussen expects Haas announcement 'soon'
  • No two-day race weekend format - Brawn
  • Engine upgrades for Ferrari and Mercedes at Spa

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08/25/18
v8

Van Gisbergen claims crucial win to close Championship gap
Shane van Gisbergen
Shane van Gisbergen

The race for the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship title is tighter than ever, with Shane van Gisbergen’s win at the OTR SuperSprint this afternoon bringing the kiwi to within 41 points of leader, Scott McLaughlin.

 

The Red Bull Holden ace cruised to victory today ahead of Nissan’s Rick Kelly whose strong season continues, while Kelly’s Nissan teammate Michael Caruso claimed his first podium since Darwin in 2016 to finish third.

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08/25/18
TV News

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern; live broadcasts unless noted.
Saturday, Aug. 25LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 – practice 3Spa5:55am-7:00amESPN2
Pirelli World, Challenge – racesUtah6:00-7:00 am – GT-X (D)
7:00pm GTS-X (D)
CBS-SN
F1 – qualifyingSpa8:55am-10:00amESPN2
MotoGP – qualifyingSilverstone8:00am-11:00ambeIN
NASCAR Xfinity – qualifyingRoad America12:30-1:30pmNBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity– raceRoad America2:30-3:00pm – pre-race
3:00-6:00pm – race
NBCSN
NASCAR Truck– qualifyingCTMP6:00-7:00pmFS2
IndyCar– raceGateway8:00-8:30pm – pre-race
8:30-11:00pm – race
NBCSN
Sunday, Aug. 26LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 – raceSpa8:30-9:05am – pre-race
9:05-11:00am – race
ESPN2
MotoGP – raceSilverstone6:00am-10:30ambeIN
Indy Lights – raceGateway12:00p-1:00pmNBCSN
Trans Am – racesIndianapolis, Mid-Ohio1:00pm-3:00pmCBS-SN
NASCAR Truck– raceCTMP2:00-2:30pm – pre-race
2:30-5pm - race
FS1
DTMMisano10:00pm-12:00am (SDD)CBS-SN


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



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