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08/29/19
irl

Romain Grosjean rules out future IndyCar move due to oval danger
Romain Grosjean
Romain Grosjean shakes in his boots when thinking about IndyCar

Romain Grosjean has ruled out a future switch to the NTT IndyCar Series due to a fear of racing on ovals according to Motorsport Week.

Grosjean is currently facing scrutiny over his future at the Haas Formula 1 team after another season of lackluster results, not helped by the confusion over the development of the VF-19 chassis.

Oval circuits, especially superspeedways, have a high rate of crashes, many of which have proven fatal or resulted in serious injury.

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08/29/19
irl

Ferrucci Returns to Portland Looking to Pick Up Where He Left Off
Ferrucci last year at Portland
Ferrucci last year at Portland
With the NTT IndyCar Series taking on Portland International Raceway for the Grand Prix of Portland this weekend, Dale Coyne Racing Rookie Santino Ferrucci is heading to a track he has previously raced on aboard his #19 Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda for only the second time this season.

Ferrucci, who will be making his 20th IndyCar Series start at Portland, first competed on the 12-turn, 1.964-mile road course last year with DCR in what was his third IndyCar race. The rookie was having a strong race until a fuel system issue cost him a potential seventh place finish.

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08/29/19
automotive

Pure EV sales July 2019 in Europe up by 98%
Tesla Model X
Tesla Model X
Renault and Tesla have driven all-electric car sales in Europe to over 23,000, which is already two times more than plug-in hybrids.

Car sales in Europe increased in July by 1.2% to nearly 1.33 million, although the first seven months with over 9.7 million sold is still 2.5% below 2018.

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08/29/19
motogp

Quartararo tops Day 1 testing at Misano
Fabio Quartararo
Fabio Quartararo

Fabio Quartararo topped the first day of MotoGP testing at Misano by 0.023 seconds over Franco Morbidelli.

Quartararo set the pace in the morning session as he worked on set-up ahead of the Misano race and led the timesheets with a 1m33.539s lap.

He took over from world championship leader Marc Marquez, who crashed at the Carro Hairpin at Turn 14 while testing a new chassis. He was not hurt.

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08/29/19
usac

DRR Partner with Young Dillon Welch for BC39 USAC Midget Races
Dillon Welch
Dillon Welch
The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®, and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing today announced a partnership with young racing driver Dillon Welch to support Welch’s effort in the upcoming BC39 USAC Midget races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on September 4th and 5th at the specially-prepared 1/5-mile dirt track inside near turn three of the famed IMS oval.

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08/29/19
nhra

FOX Sports Delivers Historic 65th NHRA U.S. Nationals Over Labor Day Weekend
JR Todd at Indy last year
JR Todd at Indy last year
The 65th running of the prestigious Chevrolet Performance NHRA U.S. Nationals from Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis airs Labor Day weekend, culminating Monday with five hours of live coverage on FOX, FS1 and the FOX Sports app.

“Knowing some of the most shocking, awesome, unexpected, tragic and triumphant moments in the sport's history have happened in the same place we'll be working from this weekend gives me chills,” said FOX NHRA play-by-play voice Brian Lohnes, who is calling his first U.S. Nationals for the network. “It's a long race, with poetry often written into the competition each year.”

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08/29/19
f1

Grid penalty for Albon on Red Bull debut
Alexander Albon
Alexander Albon
Alexander Albon’s Red Bull debut is off to a bad start with news that he will have a grid penalty for taking on Honda’s new Spec 4 engine.

Albon will contest his first race for Red Bull at Spa this weekend, having been called up to replace the under-fire Pierre Gasly.

Under F1 regulations the Thai-British keeps all the points he scored in first 12 of this season but, given that he is taking on Gasly’s RB15, he gets the Frenchman’s engine allocation.

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08/29/19
irl

Daly to sub for Ericsson at Portland (Update)
Raikkonen - pulled leg muscle
Raikkonen - pulled leg muscle
UPDATE
 Kimi Raikkonen has revealed that a minor muscle injury is the reason why Alfa Romeo have drafted in reserve Marcus Ericsson to be present in Belgium this weekend.

“I pulled a muscle and that’s about it,” said Raikkonen, who confirmed it was sustained playing sport. “We will see what happens.

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08/29/19
f1

Esteban Ocon joins Renault F1 Team
Esteban Ocon will be in black and yellow next year
Esteban Ocon will be in black and yellow next year

Renault F1 Team is pleased to confirm Esteban Ocon will join forces with Daniel Ricciardo from 2020. The French-Australian duo will be tasked with continuing the team’s progress during its fifth season in F1.

Twenty-two-year-old Esteban, from Normandy, France, will join Renault F1 Team on a multiple year contract. The Frenchman is well known to Renault and Enstone, having been Renault reserve driver in 2016 and also a Lotus junior program member.

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08/29/19
irl

Video: 5 things to watch for at the Portland GP
If you want to win a lot if titles, and Indy 500s, you sign with Team Penske
If you want to win a lot of titles, and Indy 500s, you sign with Team Penske
From Sebastien Bourdais' dominance to Tony Kanaan's remarkable streak, here's what you need to know before the #PortlandGP.

With a good finish in Portland, Josef Newgarden could eliminate both Alexander Rossi and Scott Dixon from any championship hopes.

It is rare that anyone outsmarts Team Penske when it comes to race and pitstop strategy, and they will look to make it a two-horse, all-Penske, race (Newgarden and Pagenaud) going into the final round at Laguna Seca.

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08/29/19
nastruck

Tyler Dippel Indefinitely Suspended by NASCAR (3rd Update)
Tyler Dippel
NASCAR overreacted before all the evidence was in, jumped to the wrong conclusion, and Tyler Dippel got the NASCAR screw

UPDATE NASCAR reinstated Tyler Dippel on Wednesday (Aug. 28) night. The sanctioning body lifted his suspension after the charge against him of possession of a controlled substance was dismissed during his court appearance earlier the same day.

As a result, Dippel is eligible to return to racing when the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series resumes action at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sept. 13.

Although Young’s Motorsports has not announced whether he will return to the seat of the No. 02 Chevrolet, the team did not fire him when he was initially charged.

Luckily he wasn't drinking diet coffee (Related article).

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08/29/19
f1

Vettel penalty steward Pirro returns at Spa
Clueless Emanuele Pirro ruined an otherwise great race in Montreal
Clueless Emanuele Pirro ruined an otherwise great race in Montreal
(GMM) Former F1 driver Emanuele Pirro is making his return as an FIA steward this weekend at Spa.

After Montreal in June, the former Benetton driver revealed he had to go to the police following "personal threats" made by fans of Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel lost his victory in Canada after the stewards there, including Pirro, controversially penalized the German for unsafely rejoining the track after an off.

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08/29/19
f1

Dutch GP 'will affect' Spa-Francorchamps - promoter
No it won't. Verstappen fans are so rabid they will buy tickets to both races
No it won't. Verstappen fans are so rabid they will buy tickets to both races
(GMM) Belgian GP promoter Vanessa Mas has admitted that Zandvoort's F1 calendar arrival in 2020 signifies direct "competition" for the popular race located in the Ardennes.

Not since 1985 has the neighboring Netherlands had a grand prix.

Mas, who has taken over in charge of the Spa race from her father Andre, admitted that over 40 per cent of the entire crowd this weekend will be Max Verstappen's Dutch fans.

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08/29/19
f1

Hockenheim says German GP demise 'no surprise'
No more race for Hockenheim
No more race for Hockenheim
(GMM) The demise of the German GP appears complete.

The day after a leaked provisional calendar for 2020 started doing the rounds, Hockenheim circuit management said they were not surprised to be omitted.

Liberty Media recently received the teams' agreement to add an unprecedented 22nd race to next year's calendar, which gave the green light to Barcelona.

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08/29/19
f1

Ocon news to be confirmed on Thursday
Ocon expected to be confirmed today
Ocon expected to be confirmed today
(GMM) On the heels of Bottas just being confirmed at Mercedes, it is believed that Esteban Ocon's move to Renault for 2020 will be announced today as well.

Italy's Corriere della Sera claims Mercedes boss Toto Wolff actually wanted Ocon to replace Bottas, but was out-voted not only by multiple team engineers but also Hamilton.

Likely Renault refugee Nico Hulkenberg's rumored move to Haas or Alfa Romeo (per AR1.com sources) next year will reportedly have to wait a week, until the world of Formula 1 moves on to Monza.

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08/29/19
f1

Russell 'deserves' front-running car - Kubica
Russell destroyed Lando Norris in F2, why is he only driving a Williams?
Russell destroyed Lando Norris in F2, why is he only driving a Williams?
(GMM) Robert Kubica says his rookie teammate George Russell "has the skills" to thrive at the front in Formula 1.

Actually, the pair are at the back of the grid with Williams. But Russell has been consistently ahead of the sister car throughout 2019.

Some believe that is because of Kubica's permanently injured right arm.

But the 34-year-old says he has been able to overcome his bodily limitations when at the wheel.

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08/29/19
f1

Mercedes confirms Valtteri Bottas for 2020
Bottas happy to get another year
Bottas happy to get another year
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport today confirmed that it has exercised its option with Valtteri Bottas for the 2020 Formula One season.
 
Valtteri Bottas joined Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport in 2017 and played a key role in the team's victory in the constructors' championship in the past two seasons.
 
The 30-year-old Finn is currently second in the world championship standings on 188 points. During his two and a half seasons with the team so far, he has scored five race wins and ten pole positions.

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08/29/19
f1

Melbourne rules out 'sneaky' F1 tobacco branding
Australian GP
Australian GP
(GMM) There will be no comeback for what Melbourne's state Victorian government calls the "sneaky" way two F1 teams tried to advertise cigarettes at the Australian GP.

That is the claim of Jenny Mikakos, who is the Victorian health minister. She is referring to how big tobacco-related sponsors of the Ferrari and McLaren teams are running on-car branding in 2019.

Following the government's concerns, Philip Morris' 'Mission Winnow' and British American Tobacco's 'A Better Tomorrow' campaigns were removed from the Ferrari and McLaren cars respectively in Melbourne in March.

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08/29/19
f1

2020 Formula 1 calendar revealed
Melbourne to again open season
Melbourne to again open season

Formula One has released its calendar for 2020, with the first ever Vietnam Grand Prix set to be the third race of the year.

Vietnam is one of two new additions to the schedule for next season and will take place on April 5, shortly after a double-header of Australia and Bahrain. The Hanoi race will be followed by China before the second new addition, the returning Dutch Grand Prix, on May 3 to kick off the European leg of the season.

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08/29/19
nasmon

First Ever Infield Beach Party Coming to Homestead
Beach Party rendering
Beach Party rendering
South Florida is known for having some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Today, Homestead-Miami Speedway announced plans to bring the beach to the track with its first ever Infield Beach Party during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race on Sunday, November 17.

The Infield Beach Party, which is open to guests ages 18 and over, will take place on a 20,000 square-foot beach located in the Speedway’s infield, inside of Turn 3. The beach will sit on the spring-fed 7-acre lake that spans the width of the backstretch.

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08/29/19
racing news

Jessi Combs, race car driver and TV host, dies in jet-car crash at age 39
Jessi Combs
Jessi Combs

Race car driver and TV personality Jessi Combs died tragically during an attempt to break her own land-speed record.

She was involved in the fatal crash during her attempt on Tuesday on a dry lake bed in Oregon.

Combs was attempting to hit 619 mph, Autoblog reports.

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08/28/19
r2i

Road to Indy Title Chases Reach Toward Pinnacle in Oregon
Askew leads in Indy Lights
Askew leads in Indy Lights

Portland International Raceway this weekend, August 30-September 1, will host all three levels of the Road to Indy open-wheel racing development ladder as the first of just two events remaining in the 2019 season. Championship titles and lucrative scholarship prizes to further the champions’ careers remain to be clinched in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the first rung on the ladder, the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship.

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08/28/19
automotive

Audi of America announces full 2020 model year updates
Audi 2020 Q8
Audi 2020 Q8
Audi of America announced today its lineup for the 2020 model year, including full-line pricing, vehicle packaging updates and new standard and available equipment.

The 2020 model changes emphasize the brand’s growth in the premium segment as a leader in technology innovations and producer of top-quality vehicles. For 2020, Audi has worked to increase value across all models with new standard and available equipment, as well as overall enhancements to infotainment and driver assistance systems. An updated selection of design packages gives drivers more personalization options when purchasing an Audi.

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08/28/19
wec

Toyotas neutered for Silverstone
#7 Toyota
#7 Toyota
Toyota Gazoo Racing has been handed a weight increase of 14kg prior to this weekend’s FIA World Endurance Championship season-opener at Silverstone.

The pair of Toyota TS050 Hybrids will be heavier than they were during the Prologue test held at Circuit de Catalunya last month, after no changes were originally made to the LMP1 Equivalence of Technology for the first race of the 2019-20 campaign.

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08/28/19
f1

Mercedes to unleash more HP at Spa
Toto Wolff and Mercedes out to destroy Ferrari
Toto Wolff and Mercedes out to destroy Ferrari
Mercedes worked on improving the speed and reliability of its power unit throughout the summer break, says team boss Toto Wolff.

While the Silver Arrows have dominated the opening half of the season, it has lacked in straight-line speed in comparison to rivals Ferrari, who is yet to take the top step on the podium.

"Summer shutdown was a welcome break after some very busy weeks in July and early August, but now we're excited to go racing again," Wolff said.

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08/28/19
f1

Latifi receives FP1 outing with Williams at Spa
Nicholas Latifi rumored to replace Kubica in 2020
Nicholas Latifi rumored to replace Kubica in 2020
Nicholas Latifi is set to take part in his third FP1 session of the season this weekend at the Belgian Grand Prix.

The Formula 2 driver jumped into the FW42 at the Canadian and French Grands Prix earlier this year, taking part in the opening practice session of both weekends.

Latifi will also be racing in Formula 2 this weekend for DAMS, as he attempts to close in on championship leader Nyck de Vries, who currently holds a 30 point lead.

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08/28/19
motogp

Provisional MotoGP 2020 calendar
DateEventVenue
March 8QatarLosail
March 22ThailandBuriram
April 5GP of the AmericasCOTA
April 19ArgentinaTermas de Rio Hondo
May 3SpainJerez
May 17FranceLe Mans
May 31ItalyMugello
June 7CatalunyaBarcelona
June 21GermanySachsenring
June 28NetherlandsAssen
July 12FinlandKymiRing
August 9Czech RepublicBrno
August 16AustriaRed Bull Ring
August 30Great BritainSilverstone
September 13San MarinoMisano
October 4AragonAragon
October 18JapanMotegi
October 25AustraliaPhillip Island
November 1MalaysiaSepang


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08/28/19
wec

Juniper Networks sponsors Aston Martin team
Luxury British brand Aston Martin Lagonda and Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), a leader in secure, AI-driven networks, today announced that Juniper has become Aston Martin’s official networking partner, bringing together two pioneering global brands. The two companies have a similar approach to innovation, continually pushing the boundaries to deliver true competitive advantage to their customers through engineering excellence and simplicity. Aston Martin will work with Juniper Networks to deploy a network able to support its business through projected growth and expansion of its vehicle ranges.

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08/28/19
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v8
irl

Stadium Super Trucks, not IndyCar, added to Surfers
An American series is going to Surfers, Stadium Super Trucks, not IndyCar
An American series is going to Surfers, Stadium Super Trucks, not IndyCar

The Stadium Super Trucks will return to competition on Australian soil at this year's Gold Coast 600, but not IndyCar.

There were negotiations with IndyCar to see if it made sense to bring the series back to Surfers with the Supercars, but IndyCar insisted on a February date (ludicrous) and that torpedoed that idea.

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08/28/19
v8

Supercars 2020 Calendar Announcement
Surfers becomes a night race
Surfers becomes a night race
The 2020 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, which celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Australian Touring Car Championship, features more on track action, racing under lights in Sydney and new five-year agreements for Townsville and the Gold Coast.

Overall racing kilometres and hours increase with the extension of SuperSprint weekends to 200km races each day while The Bend Motorsport Park hosts a 500km co-driver race to begin the PIRTEK Enduro Cup.

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08/28/19
irl

Rapid Response Movie Trailer - In Theaters September 6, 2019
Rapid Response - a powerful new feature film documentary that explores the growth of motorsports safety and the extraordinary skills of the on-track safety teams and the talented doctors who spearheaded the technical advances through racing's most dangerous years, is coming to a movie theater near you starting September 6.

We think that you, your fans, and the whole racing community will find the insightful interviews with some of best racers of all time (like Mario Andretti, Parnelli Jones, Bobby Unser, Al Unser, Helio Castroneves, and Rick Mears) not only forthright but highly informative. Each of these men brings a wealth of first-hand experience to the safety discussion that will reach from the Indianapolis 500 to the heart of every racetrack across America and beyond.

This film is a very serious one with strong images and a grueling story to tell, but it's also a tribute to the people who worked (and continue to work) to make motor racing a far safer sport while not diluting the thrills.

Check out the trailer:

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08/28/19
f1

Barcelona confirmed as full 2020 calendar emerges
Barcelona back on
Barcelona back on
(GMM) The 2020 calendar is finally taking shape.

Until mere hours ago, it was not even clear if there would be 21 or 22 races next year, as negotiations about a reduction in winter testing or an additional engine allocation for 2020 were taking place.

But a 22-race calendar now seems certain, with Liberty Media announcing that a one-year reprieve for the Spanish GP at Barcelona has been agreed.

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08/28/19
f1

Ahead of cost caps, Ferrari CEO boosting F1 investment for 2020, 2021
Louis Camilleri
Louis Camilleri
(GMM) Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri is "increasing investments" into the Maranello marque's Formula 1 team for the future.

That is the news of the authoritative Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, as Ferrari prepares to tackle the forthcoming two high-speed circuits at Spa and Monza.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff thinks the red cars will be highly competitive at those circuits, thanks to a "very strong engine and less drag".

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08/28/19
f1

Renault got start of 'power unit' era wrong - Abiteboul
Abiteboul has had zero success leading Renault to date
Abiteboul has had zero success leading Renault to date
(GMM) Cyril Abiteboul has admitted that Renault messed up its start to the current 'power unit' era.

The French marque is still recovering, but now with its works team, a big step was made over the last winter period. Daniel Ricciardo is at the wheel in 2019 and a key focus is on improving the chassis, which is designed at Enstone.

Back in 2014, though, for the start of the current turbo V6 era, Renault only supplied engines. It had four clients: the two Red Bull teams, Lotus and Caterham.

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08/27/19
v8

V8 Supercars, w/o IndyCar, to start night racing on the Gold Coast
Night racing coming to Surfers Paradise
Night racing coming to Surfers Paradise

Now that it has been decided not to bring IndyCars back to the Gold Coast (too expensive, no global TV exposure to justify the expense) residents will hear the roar of V8 Supercars through the streets of Surfers Paradise until 9:30pm within two years, the Queensland Government has announced. The government money was better spent on lighting rather than flying the entire IndyCar circus to Surfers.

Tourism Minister Kate Jones said there would be two nights of racing from 2021.

"The Gold Coast will be the first place anywhere in the world to have Supercars under lights at a street circuit and it will be only the second place in the world to have night racing," she said.

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08/27/19
f1

F1 confirms Spanish Grand Prix to remain on calendar for 2020
Chase Carey
Chase Carey
The Spanish Grand Prix will remain a feature of the Formula 1 calendar next year, with the confirmation of a one-year extension.

The news means 2020 will almost certainly feature a record 22 races with the inclusion of the Vietnam and Dutch GP's and the loss of the German GP.

"We are pleased to confirm that the Spanish Grand Prix will be on the calendar of the 2020 FIA Formula 1 World Championship," said F1 CEO Chase Carey.

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08/27/19
nasmon

Kyle Busch, Samantha Busch show off M&M's Glampground
Kyle Busch and wife Samantha were among the many guests to visit fans at the Mars-backed M&M's Glampground at select race tracks, including Kentucky Speedway.

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08/27/19
nasmon

Logano to run throwback livery at Darlington


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08/27/19
irl

Video: IndyCar Gateway Honda team Postscript
Honda driver Sato
Honda driver Sato

From zero to hero. That was the story of Takuma Sato (Honda) who was blamed for a 5-car first lap accident last weekend in the Pocono 500, turned it all around this weekend to win the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway in a near photo finish. Ed Carpenter almost caught Sato at the line but came up short by 0.0399s.

Tony Kanaan got the first podium position for AJ Foyt Racing in a long time. Rookie Santino Ferrucci (Honda), who led the most laps, came home 4th.

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08/27/19
USF2000

Newman Wachs Racing Adds Kyle Dupell For Portland GP
Kyle Dupell
Kyle Dupell
Newman Wachs Racing is pleased to announce that Portland, Oregon resident Kyle Dupell will drive the team’s #73 Tatuus USF-17 at the Portland Grand Prix this coming weekend in Rounds 12 and 13 of the 2019 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship season. The 20-year-old ran the full USF2000 schedule last year, although this will be his first start of 2019. It is also Kyle’s second time competing at the 1.964-mile, 12-turn road course at Portland International Raceway, having finished 10th in both races of the doubleheader last season.

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08/27/19
nasx
irl

Final weekend TV Ratings
NetEventLocation2019 Total
Viewers
2019 18-49
Viewers
2019
TV Rating
2018
TV Rating
% Chg
NBCSNNASCAR Xfinity Race LRoad America889,000215,0000.580.55+5.45%
FS1NASCAR Truck Series LMosport522,00095,0000.330.31+6.45%
NBCSNIndyCar Race LGateway310,00072,0000.200.23-13.0%



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08/27/19
irl

IndyCar Gateway TV rating (Update)
A great crowd that hardly anyone saw on TV
A great crowd that hardly anyone saw on TV given the low ratings - always - on NBCSN

UPDATE The final ratings for Gateway are in and they are not pretty. NBCSN pulled a lousy 0.20 final rating for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway Saturday night, down 13.0% from 2018. 

Just 310,000 tuned in, and only 72,000 in the all important 18-49 age group for what was an exciting race.

While the race may have been exciting, very few saw it because very few people tune into NBCSN, only the die-hard fans. Think of all the additional sports fans who may have seen it on ESPN or network TV and fallen in love with IndyCar. NBCSN never was, and never will be, a go-to channel for sports fans. 

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08/27/19
f1

Tires selected for Italian GP
Teams have selected tires for the Italian GP and while Mercedes and Ferrari have selected similar tires choices, Red Bull has gone with more soft tires, apparently expecting tire wear to be good..

Tires Selected
Tires Selected

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08/27/19
v8

McLaughlin equals 51-year-old Penske record
Mark Donohue
Mark Donohue
Scott McLaughlin’s victory in Supercars Championship Race 22 not only equaled one of Craig Lowndes’ milestones, but also that of a Team Penske legend.

McLaughlin’s exploits at The Bend saw him draw level with Lowndes’ record for the greatest number of race wins in a single Australian Touring Car Championship/Virgin Australia Supercars Championship season at 16.

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08/27/19
v8

Walkinshaw Andretti United confirms James Courtney being axed
Chaz Mostert expected to replace Coutney in the underperforming squad
Chaz Mostert expected to replace Courtney in the under performing squad

Walkinshaw Andretti United has confirmed James Courtney will not return to the Holden squad in 2020.

Courtney joined the Melbourne outfit, then known as the Holden Racing Team, after winning the 2010 drivers’ championship with Dick Johnson Racing.

There was much optimism as Courtney joined the then factory Holden outfit, but he has taken just seven victories in his nine seasons with the team.

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08/27/19
wec

Porsche legend Ferdinand Piech dies at 82
Ferdinand Piech
Ferdinand Piech

Ferdinand Piech, the Porsche family patriarch who transformed Volkswagen from a struggling carmaker into a global powerhouse, has died at the age of 82, leaving behind 4 wives and 12 children. Piech was the architect of the double Le Mans-winning Porsche 917.

Piech, the grandson of sports car and VW Beetle pioneer Ferdinand Porsche, died on Sunday in Rosenheim, Bavaria, his wife said.

“My husband ... died suddenly and unexpectedly on 25 August,” Ursula Piech said, after a life “marked by a passion for cars and the employees who build them”.

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08/27/19
f1

Lando Norris in leg brace ahead of Belgian GP (Update)
Lando Norris
Lando Norris

UPDATE (GMM) McLaren is playing down an injury to race driver Lando Norris.

Viewers of one of the avid racing gamer's online live streams from his home noticed this week that the 19-year-old is wear a brace on his foot.

He said during the stream that the injury "frickin hurts". AFP news agency claims Norris injured a tendon when running.

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08/27/19
f1

Berger thinks Vettel could quit Ferrari
Gerhard Berger is almost always wrong. Likes to talk.
Gerhard Berger is almost always wrong. Likes to talk.
(GMM) Gerhard Berger thinks it is possible that Sebastian Vettel will pull out of his Ferrari contract.

German Vettel, a quadruple world champion, has won a grand total of 52 races -- the third highest tally in the sport's history.

But his last win was exactly a year ago, at Spa Francorchamps in 2018.

"I am convinced that we will stand on the top step this year," Vettel told Blick newspaper ahead of his return to Belgium this weekend.

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08/27/19
f1

Jealous Kubica fans antagonizing Russell (Update)
Kubica plays down fan abuse
Kubica plays down fan abuse

UPDATE (GMM) Robert Kubica has played down teammate George Russell's claims about online hate directed towards him.

Russell, who has dominated Pole Kubica at Williams this year, recently claimed that half of the comments on his social media postings are "hate" from Kubica's Polish fans.

Kubica told the Polish publication Super Express: "I don't know if he is making a mistake, but I just saw the article and I was a bit surprised that he said it before an event like this."

Kubica was speaking at the Verva Street Racing event in Poland, which was organized by Kubica's sponsor PKN Orlen.

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