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08/31/17
automotive

Toyota, distributor pledge $3 million to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey
Toyota Motor North America and its regional distributor, Gulf States Toyota, are pledging over $3 million to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey through cash payments to relief organizations, donations of used vehicles for transporting aid and providing volunteers to help victims of the unfolding disaster.

“As fellow Texans, our hearts go out to those who have lost so much and we would like to extend a helping hand to help with the recovery,” said Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota Motor North America. “At Toyota, we have a comprehensive approach to disaster relief, working with numerous organizations to provide help where its needed,” he said in a statement Wednesday.

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08/31/17
tv news

Weekend TV Times
All Times Eastern
Friday, September 1
EventVenueTV TimesNetwork
Formula 1 World Championship - practice 1Monza4:00am-5:30am (L)NBC Streaming
Formula 1 World Championship - practice 2Monza8:00am-9:30am (L)NBCSN
Pirelli World Challenge -SprintX (Round 8)Austin8:20am (L)MotorTrend
NASCAR Xfinity Series -practiceDarlington12:00pm-1:00pm (L), 2:30pm-3:30pm (L)NBCSN
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, - practiceDarlington1:00pm-2:30pm (L), 3:30pm-5:00pm (L)NBCSN
Saturday, September 2   
EventVenueTV TimesNetwork
Formula 1 World Championship - practice 3Monza5:00am-6:30am (L)NBC Streaming
Formula 1 World Championship - qualifyingMonza8:00am-9:30am (L)NBCSN
Pirelli World Challenge -Touring Car (Round 11)Austin11:00am (L)MotorTrend
NASCAR Xfinity Series -qualifyingDarlington12:00pm-1:00pm (L)NBCSN
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series - qualifyingDarlington1:30pm-3:00pm (L)NBCSN
Pirelli World Challenge - GTS (Round 15)Austin2:35pm (L)MotorTrend
NASCAR Xfinity Series - raceDarlington3:00pm-3:30pm - pre-race (L), 3:30pm-6:00pm - race (L)NBCSN
Pirelli World Challenge -SprintX (Round 9)Austin4:50pm (L)MotorTrend
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - qualifyingMosport5:30pm-7:00pm (L)FS2
Verizon IndyCar Series -qualifyingWatkins Glen7:00pm-8:30pm (SDD)NBCSN
Sunday, September 3   
EventVenueTV TimesNetwork
Formula 1 World Championship - raceMonza7:00am-7:30am - pre-race (L), 7:30am-10:30am - race (L)NBCSN
IMSA Continental Tire Challenge SeriesVIR9:00am-11:00am (D),FS1
Pirelli World Challenge - GTS (Round 16)Austin10:50am (L)MotorTrend
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series , - qualifyingIndianapolis12:00pm-2:00pm (L), 5:00pm-7:00pm (L)FS1
Verizon IndyCar Series - raceWatkins Glen1:00pm-1:30pm - pre-race (L), 1:30pm-4:00pm - race (L)NBCSN
Pirelli World Challenge -SprintX (Round 10)Austin1:20pm (L)MotorTrend
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - raceMosport2:00pm-2:30pm - pre-race (L), 2:30pm-5:00pm - race (L)FS1
Pirelli World Challenge - TCAAustin3:25pm (L)MotorTrend
FIA World Endurance ChampionshipMexico City5:00pm-7:00pm (SDD)FS1
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series - raceDarlington5:30pm-6:00pm - pre-race (L), 6:00pm-11:00pm - race (L)NBCSN
Monday, September 4   
EventVenueTV TimesNetwork
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series , - eliminationsIndianapolis11:00am-1:00pm (L)FS1
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series , - eliminationsIndianapolis1:00pm-4:00pm (L)FOX


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



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08/31/17
nasmon

Shell Oil Company And Joey Logano Rally Relief For Hurricane Harvey Victims
#22 Red Cross Ford
#22 Red Cross Ford
This week was to be a celebration of Shell and Pennzoil coming together in 2002 with a special paint scheme on Joey Logano’s No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford Fusion at Darlington Raceway for the official “Throwback Weekend of NASCAR.” Now, Shell and Logano are asking the NASCAR community to come together to help bring assistance to those impacted by the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey.

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08/31/17
Irl

Foyt unscathed by Hurricane Harvey
AJ. Foyt
AJ. Foyt
As of this writing, the homes of A.J. Foyt, his family and his crew have not been damaged by Hurricane Harvey with the exception of one crew member who did sustain some flooding.

Both teams prepped the ABC Supply Chevrolets in the Foyt Racing facility in Speedway, Ind. this week which had been previously planned due to the northern swing in the schedule. Foyt and his son Larry could not get to their homes in Texas so they spent the week in Indianapolis prior to leaving for Watkins Glen.

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08/31/17
irl

Andretti Autosport To Remain Powered By Honda
Michael sticks with powerful Honda engine
Michael sticks with powerful Honda engine
INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 31, 2017) – The partnership that has claimed five Indianapolis 500 victories will remain intact as Andretti Autosport announced today that the team will return to Verizon IndyCar Series competition in 2018 with Honda-powered machines as part of a multi-year agreement.  

“It’s no secret that we’ve been weighing this decision for a while now,” said Andretti Autosport CEO Michael Andretti. “We’ve had strong relationships and have marked milestones with both manufacturers, but we’re pleased to continue our Honda partnership. We have a great history of success with Honda and I have no doubt that together, our collection of achievements will continue to grow.”  

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08/31/17
f1

Monza: The need for speed
From one legend to another. Just a few days after a fascinating Belgian GP at Spa-Francorchamps, Formula 1 heads for another of the sport’s indisputable classics – the Italian Grand Prix.

Ever present on the calendar since Formula 1’s inaugural season 1950, all but one Italian Grand Prix has been held at Monza and the high-speed cauldron of motor racing passion is a place that certainly stirs the emotions, particular for the locals, as we find out from the only Italian set to take part this weekend, Ferrari reserve and FP1 driver for Haas, Antonio Giovinazzi. 

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08/31/17
automotive

Video: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive
Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive
Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive
Mercedes-Benz released a video teaser of the upcoming Mercedes-AMG car that will be unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, referring to the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive.

It’s expected that German manufacturer is preparing Mercedes-AMG Project One – the F1-engined, electrified hypercar – that has up to 15 miles (24 km) of all-electric range, although that isn’t the true/primarily purpose of the electric motors obviously.

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08/31/17
track news

Bristol/SMI Interested In Nashville Fairgrounds
Bruton and Marcus Smith
Bruton and Marcus Smith
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- According to the Tennessean, Speedway Motorsports has joined the fray to be the potential promoter of the historic Fairgrounds Speedway.

The Tennessean reported that Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway officials confirmed the track, which is owned by SMI, has applied for a contract with the city of Nashville. Bristol is one of seven race tracks owned and operated by Speedway Motorsports.

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08/31/17
automotive

Ford GT deliveries delayed
Ford GT
Ford GT
The note below was sent out to all who ordered Ford GTs. Signatories are Dave Pericak, who heads up Ford Performance, and the group’s marketing boss, Henry Ford III. Apparently, Ford Performance cannot yet fulfill the first year’s production. In italics, here is the letter.

Dear Ford GT customer:

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08/31/17
F1
irl

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • Alain Prost stuck foot in mouth and had to apologize
    Alain Prost stuck foot in mouth and had to apologize
    Prost confirms apology to Verstappen
  • Verstappen tells Renault to tweak setting
  • Lauda hints Mercedes to keep Hamilton
  • Brawn happy with Vettel-Hamilton battle
  • Honda improvement 'more than a tenth' - Hasegawa
  • Spa bad news for Bottas title - Salo
  • Hulkenberg not afraid of Alonso rumors
  • David Schumacher eyes F1 future
  • Sainz Jr. says Red Bull to decide future
  • Wolff: Alonso won't get drive due to his 'history' with Mercedes
  • Rossi: Alonso would be challenged in IndyCar
  • Williams plans 'substantial changes' for 2018 Formula 1 season

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08/30/17
nasmon

Liberty University sponsoring Byron for 12 races
William Byron
William Byron
Liberty University and 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports have reached a two-year agreement that will make the world's largest Christian university a primary sponsor of the #24 Chevrolet Camaro driven by William Byron.

Byron, 19, will carry primary sponsorship from Liberty University in 12 Cup Series races in both 2018 and 2019. It was announced Aug. 9 that the Charlotte, North Carolina, native will move to NASCAR's premier level next season and compete for rookie of the year honors.

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08/30/17
nasmon

GMS Racing not running Cup full-time in 2018
GMS Racing will not have a full-time Cup Series entry next season, the team confirmed to NBC Sports on Wednesday.

The organization, which fields teams in the Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series, had looked at the notion of moving up to Cup next season.

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08/30/17
irl

Menards to continue IndyCar sponsorship with Team Penske
Menards to continue to sponsor Pagenaud (R)
Menards to continue to sponsor Pagenaud (R)
Menards plans to continue sponsoring a Team Penske IndyCar in 2018 and beyond, meaning the vibrant, striking, fluorescent highlighter yellow livery will continue as part of the grid.

Team Penske confirmed this Wednesday as part of its greater NASCAR sponsorship announcement for 14 races with Ryan Blaney in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, in addition to 22 races it will sponsor Paul Menard with the Wood Brothers.

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08/30/17
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Menards To Sponsor Blaney's NASCAR Ride After Move To Penske
Ryan Blaney
Ryan Blaney
Team Penske today announced that Menards will "serve as a primary sponsor" for Ryan Blaney's ride in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in '18. Blaney is "moving from the Wood Brothers No. 21 car to a third Team Penske car for next season." The home improvement chain is the "first sponsor announced for Blaney’s No. 12 car."

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08/30/17
irl

Jones needs to find money to buy his ride again in IndyCar
Ed Jones needs money to drive in IndyCar again next year
Ed Jones needs money to drive in IndyCar again next year
2017 Verizon IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year Ed Jones needs to bring money to remain alongside Sebastien Bourdais at Dale Coyne Racing in 2018.

"As it stands, I think staying with Coyne is the only option I have, but that's said in a positive way because it's my first choice," the 2016 Indy Lights champion told RACER. "We're struggling to put all the funding together, but the team wants me back, as do I, so that's what we're working on." 

"We'd like to have Ed back and that's something we've discussed together," said Dale Coyne.

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08/30/17
f1

F1 Belgian GP Postscript
Ross Brawn
Ross Brawn
Legendary Spa-Francorchamps once again delivered a Grand Prix to savor, with Formula 1 going orange to the Max, Lewis Hamilton expertly fending off a hard-charging Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo once again maximizing opportunity and with the weekend marking some emotionally resonant milestones. Here, Ross Brawn, Managing Director, Motorsport, Formula 1, details his five key moments from a fascinating Belgian Grand Prix…

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08/30/17
f1

Video: Best Day Ever - Lewis Hamilton Takes F1 fans for a Spin at MB World!
The first prize for one of the competitions on our official website was a day out with Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes-Benz World. This is what happened!

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08/30/17
pwc

Pirelli World Challenge Statement on racing this week at COTA
Racing goes on at COTA
Racing goes on at COTA

WC Vision, producers of the Pirelli World Challenge, and Circuit of the Americas officials announced Monday that the PWC Grand Prix of Texas sports car weekend will continue as scheduled for the Sept. 1-3 racing event at the start-of-the-art 3.427-mile, 20-turn racing facility southwest of downtown Austin.

Statement from Greg Gill, president and CEO of WC Vision on racing at COTA this weekend:

“As a resident of Texas, our prayers are with the victims of this tragedy as well as the communities and first responders dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and the ongoing flooding. We hope those areas receive relief as soon as possible. Since Monday, August 21, and through the past weekend, I have been in constant contact with the officials at COTA regarding the possibility of damage at the racing facility and in Austin in general.  

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08/30/17
F1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Bottas is clear #2 now
    Bottas is clear #2 now
    Bottas should be 'number 2' driver now - Lauda
  • Verstappen hype 'not eclipsing me' - Ricciardo
  • FIA clarifies oil burn situation from Monza
  • Renault cautious over Italian GP prospects
  • Massa: Eighth 'like a victory' for Williams
  • Hulkenberg hyped that Renault fourth-best
  • Commemorating Bruce's 80th Birthday

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08/29/17
nasmon

Ryan Blaney's Darlington Throwback Paint Scheme Honors Kyle Petty
(L-R) Eddie Wood, Kyle Petty and Len Wood
Pete McCole/AR1
The Wood Brothers race team unveiled their throwback paint scheme to be driven by Ryan Blaney in this weekend’s Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, bringing back the iconic red, white and blue paint scheme campaigned by driver Kyle Petty during the 1987 Cup season.

Kyle Petty drove for the Wood Brothers for four seasons from 1985 to 1988, first running a no. 7 Ford Thunderbird with sponsorship from 7-Eleven before Citgo came on board for the 1987 season and brought back the historic no. 21 to the team.

"That was a really special time for Len and me," team co-owner Eddie Wood recalled.

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08/29/17
nasmon

Chase Elliott to drive the #9 in 2018; William Byron in the #24
Chase Elliott moves to the #9
Chase Elliott moves to the #9
CONCORD, N.C. - When a new NASCAR season begins in February, rising star Chase Elliott will be reunited with the number synonymous with his legendary racing family and rookie William Byron will take the wheel of one of the most iconic cars in motor sports history.

In 2018, 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports will introduce the #9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet Camaro to its four-car team with Elliott in the driver's seat. The Dawsonville, Georgia, native raced the #9 to the 2014 NASCAR Xfinity Series title, and his Hall of Fame father Bill Elliott memorably drove it to 38 Cup-level wins and the 1988 series championship.

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08/29/17
nasmon

Motorcraft Extends Pact With Wood Brothers
#21 Wood Brothers Ford
#21 Wood Brothers Ford

The iconic No. 21 Ford Fusion of Wood Brothers Racing will have a very familiar look for 14 races in 2018 as Motorcraft and Quick Lane Tire and Auto Centers have inked extension to remain with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team.

Ford Customer Service Division, the parent organization for Motorcraft and Quick Lane Tire and Auto Centers, signed an extension to be the primary race sponsor for 14 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup events next season. The partnership between FCSD and Wood Brothers Racing began in 2001.

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08/29/17
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f1
nasx

Final Weekend TV Ratings (Update)
UPDATE A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, did I read that right, the Gateway IndyCar race on NBCSN was only watched by 68,000 fans in the all important 18-49 year old age group? Dave Dunn

Dear Dave, Yes, NBCSN continues to fail IndyCar week-in and week-out. Great TV broadcasts, great production, but hardly anyone watches IndyCar races on NBCSN. The situation is not sustainable.  All races must be moved to network TV. AR1 Staff


08/29/17

NetEventLocationDay2+ Viewers18-49 ViewersRating
NBCNASCAR Xfinity RaceRoad AmericaSun2.115 M0.569 M1.32
NBCSNF1 RaceBelgiumSun0.447 M0.152 M0.30
NBCSNIndyCar RaceGatewaySat0.359 M0.068 M0.23
NBCSNNASCAR Wheldon RaceBristolSat0.300 M0.047 M0.21

M = 1 Million

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08/29/17
irl

Video: Rick Mears breaks down Josef Newgarden's dramatic pass
Rick Mears was on the rooftop of the turn 1 suites at Gateway Motorsports Park in the spotters' stand. He is the longtime spotter for three-time Indianapolis 500-winning driver Helio Castroneves. 

With 31 laps to go, Newgarden got a great run down the long front straight and dove to the inside of Pagenaud’s Chevrolet entering turn 1. Pagenaud tried to regain his line but Newgarden held the position, bumped into Pagenaud, sending his car adrift up the track into the marbles. Pagenaud slowed down and wrestled the wheel to keep control in what was the decisive moment of the race.

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08/29/17
automotive

Ford to deliver Domino's Pizza autonomously
Autonomous Ford Fusion
Autonomous Ford Fusion
Your pizza delivery guy isn't going to like this. Ford and Domino's are teaming up to use self-driving cars as pizza-delivery vehicles in a test that will gauge customer reactions to the technology. It comes as the automaker reaffirms plans to launch its first production autonomous car in 2021--and delivery services just might be one of the first applications for that car.

Over the next several weeks, randomly-selected Domino's customers around Ann Arbor, Michigan, will have the chance to get their pizzas delivered by an autonomous Ford Fusion Hybrid. A Ford engineer and researchers will be onboard to ensure safety and monitor the test.

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08/29/17
f1

Mick Schumacher eyes F1 career after Belgian GP drive
Mick Schumacher
Mick Schumacher
Berlin - Michael Schumacher's teenage son wants to follow in his father's footsteps into Formula 1 following his demonstration laps before the 2017 Belgian Grand Prix.

Mick Schumacher (18), is currently competing in Formula Three, but drove his father's Benetton B194 car round the Spa-Francorchamps track to commemorate the seven-time champion's first Formula 1 win 25 years ago.

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08/29/17
irl

Andersen Promotions Signs 3-Year Agreement with Green Savoree Racing Promotions
Dan Anderson
Dan Anderson
All three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires - the world's most effective open-wheel development ladder - will continue to enjoy competition at three high profile venues as Andersen Promotions and Green Savoree Racing Promotions today announced a new multi-year contract.

Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda will all be in action on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, through 2020.  All three events respectively known as the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Honda Indy Toronto and Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio will be highlighted by rounds of the Verizon IndyCar Series.

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08/29/17
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imsa

Hunter-Reay To Join Taylor Brothers at Petit Le Mans
Ryan Hunter-Reay
Ryan Hunter-Reay
IndyCar Series veteran Ryan Hunter-Reay returns to the team with which he co-drove to a runner-up finish at the 2013 Rolex 24 At Daytona when he joins brothers and full-time drivers Ricky and Jordan Taylor behind the wheel of the championship-leading No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R at the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-ending Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.

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08/29/17
track news

More renovations at Daytona
Artist rendering
Artist rendering

After completing the $400 million Daytona Rising project in 2016, a three-year project that transformed the Speedway into the world’s only motorsports stadium, the track now has its sights set on the Daytona 500 Club, the four-story building located in the infield just outside of Gatorade Victory Lane. The renovation project is a significant face lift for the building that was first constructed in 2004 as part of a massive infield overhaul.

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08/29/17
nasmon

DC Solar Brings Mobile Solar Lighting to Darlington
Darlington
Darlington
DC Solar, a California-based clean energy company that specializes in mobile solar technology, has been named the Official Mobile Solar Provider at Darlington Raceway.

Under the new partnership, Darlington Raceway will incorporate DC Solar's environmentally friendly light towers into its safety and security network throughout the venue. Since solar technology requires no fuel and only minimal maintenance, incorporating solar will allow the track to operate with greater efficiency, and at a substantially lower cost.

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08/29/17
F1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Szafnauer eyes change at Force India
    Szafnauer eyes change at Force India
    Force India not ruling out driver change
  • Alonso issues McLaren-Honda ultimatum - report
  • Angry Verstappen has nowhere to go - Mateschitz
  • Hamilton aided by wrong PU mode at restart
  • Ocon accepts Perez apology, moves on
  • Renault set for 'course of action' with RBR
  • Hamilton wary of ‘quicker’ Ferrari despite Belgian GP win

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08/29/17
nasx

Xfinity Series Race Rewind: Road America


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08/29/17
f1

Video: Fernando Alonso Unlocks The Secrets Of Eau Rouge
The most beautiful corner in F1? Watch Fernando Alonso's tribute to Eau Rouge at Spa Francorchamps

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08/29/17
f1

Video: Belgian Grand Prix: the almighty Eau Rouge
Eau Rouge. A name no one in F1 could ever forget. Watch as Tom Clarkson delves deeper into Belgium's most epic of corners. 

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08/29/17
f1

Video: Max Verstappen's Dutch helmet for the Belgian GP
Max Verstappen talks through the design on his special edition Dutch helmet for the 2017 Belgian Grand Prix.

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08/29/17
f1

Video: 2017 Belgian Grand Prix Race Highlights
All the best action from a dramatic and fraught race at Spa-Francorchamps.

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08/29/17
f1

Video: Mick Schumacher Honors Michael With Spa Demo Run
Mick Schumacher, son of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, marks the 25th anniversary of his father’s maiden Grand Prix victory by demonstrating his championship-winning Benetton B194 at the 2017 Belgian Grand Prix.

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08/29/17
motogp

MotoGP and Thailand agree to 3-year deal
Buriram circuit
Buriram circuit

Thailand is set to join the MotoGP calendar from next season, at the Buriram Circuit, with track and championship organizers agreeing a three-year deal from 2018 through 2020.

Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of series promoter Dorna Sports, will fly into Bangkok this week to finalize and sign the contract with Sakon Wannapong, the Governor of the Sport Authority of Thailand.

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