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08/30/18
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Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern; live broadcasts unless noted.
Friday, Aug. 31LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 – practice 1Monza4:55am-6:30amESPN2
F1 – practice 2Monza8:55am-10:30amESPNU
NASCAR Xfinity– practiceDarlington1:00pm-2:00pm
3:00pm-4:00pm
NBC Online
IndyCar– practice 1Portland1:45pm-2:30pmIndyCar Online
NASCAR Cup– practiceDarlington2:00pm-3:00pm
4:00pm-5:00pm
NBCSN
IndyCar– practice 2Portland5:35pm-6:35pmIndyCar Online
Saturday, Sept. 1LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 – practice 3Monza5:55am-7:00amESPN2
DTM – raceMisano6:00am-7 00am (T)CBS-SN
F1 – qualifyingMonza8:55am-10:00amESPN2
NASCAR Xfinity– qualsDarlington12:30pm-1:30pmNBCSN
NASCAR Cup– qualifyingDarlington2:00pm-3:00pmNBCSN
IndyCar– practice 3Portland2:10pm-2:55pmIndyCar Online
NASCAR Xfinity– raceDarlington3:00pm-3:30pm – pre-race
3:30pm-6:00pm – race
NBCSN
IndyCar– qualifyingPortland6:20pm-7:35pmIndyCar Online
IndyCar– qualifyingPortland7:30pm-9:00pm (SDD)NBCSN
NHRA – qualifyingIndianapolis4:30pm-6:00pmFS2
Sunday, Sept. 2LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 – raceMonza8:30am-9:00am – pre-race
9:00am-11:00am – race
ESPN2
Blancpain GT – raceBudapest1:00pm-2:00pm (SDD)CBS-SN
IndyCar– racePortland2:30pm-3:00pm – pre-race
3:00pm-5:00pm – race
NBCSN
Lucas Oil Off RoadSparks3:00pm-4:00pm (T)CBS
NHRA  – qualifyingIndianapolis4:00pm-6:00pmFS1
NASCAR Cup– raceDarlington5:30pm-6:00pm – pre-race
6:00pm-11:00pm – race
NBCSN
Lucas Oil Off RoadSparks (D)6:00pm-7:00pm (T)CBS-SN
F1 – race (Repeat)Monza8:00pm-10:00pm (SDD)ESPNews
Monday, Sept. 3LocationTV TimesNetwork
NHRA– qualifyingIndianapolis11:00am-1:00pmFS1
NHRA – FinalsIndianapolis1:00pm-4:00pmFOX
Indy LightsPortland6:00pm-7:00pm (T)NBCSN


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

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08/30/18
f1

Aldo Costa: From Engineering Room to F1 Cockpit
Can the most decorated Formula One engineer of all time, Italian Aldo Costa, turn his hand to turning the wheel of a car that he and his team designed?

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08/30/18
f1

FIA New Standard Helmet Reveal
New Ballistic helmet
New Ballistic helmet
The first race-ready version of Formula 1's new ballistic-tested helmet concept that all drivers must use next season has been unveiled by Italian company Stilo.

The new design, which is the result of nearly a decade of research by the FIA since Felipe Massa's crash in qualifying for the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix, is aimed at helping take driver head protection to the next level.

The current zylon forehead protection area is replaced with a fully integrated extension of material - which results in the top edge of the helmet face opening moving down by 10mm.

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08/30/18
imsa

IMSA helps to ensure DPI cars will win
LMP2 teams get it again
LMP2 teams get it again
LMP2 cars have been given an increase in minimum weight ahead of next weekend’s Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, in the first-ever Balance of Performance adjustment for the ACO global-spec prototypes.

It comes on the heels of three consecutive overall wins by LMP2 machinery in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and returning to the site of the platform’s maiden win last year.

Released on Thursday, the latest BoP table confirms that the Oreca 07 Gibson  will run with 10 kg of additional weight and a three-liter reduction in fuel capacity.

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08/30/18
irl

Portland GP Test Day: Power tops Andretti and Rossi
Will Power looks down pit lane prior to the start of the Portland Open Test
Will Power looks down pit lane prior to the start of the Portland Open Test
The IndyCars are back at Portland International Raceway and ahead of opening practice Friday, Thursday was designated as a 'Test Day' because teams had no setups for the current car for this track.

Will Power was fastest in the first practice session that ended at 12:45pm Pacific Time, just beating Andretti Autosport teammates Marco Andretti and Alexander Rossi.

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08/30/18
Track News

Google Street View Project Offers 360 View of Indy 500 Race Day
An exciting collaboration between the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Google Street View team allows fans around the globe to experience the sights and thrills of Indianapolis 500 Race Day in a brand-new way. The project, which can be viewed at ims.com/RaceView , provides a 360-degree view of the entire track layout just moments before the green flag is dropped to start the 2018 edition of the world's largest single-day spectator sporting event.

Fans can use the new interactive website to stroll down the front stretch and cross the iconic Yard of Bricks, head to Turn 3 for a look at the Snake Pit presented by Coors Light Stage or view the massive grandstands that line the world's biggest sporting facility.

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08/30/18
nasmon

Goodyear to Provide Rain Tires at Charlotte for Roval Race
Goodyear rain tires
Goodyear rain tires

Goodyear will have rain tires available at Charlotte Motor Speedway in case of rain at the track on the day of the Bank of America Roval 400 at the track in Concord, North Carolina, on Sept. 30.

“Having wet weather tires at teams’ disposal is a great thing for the drivers and the fans as well,” Charlotte Motor Speedway Executive Vice President Greg Walter said in a press release from the track. “The roval is a challenge unto itself, but giving teams the opportunity to use tires designed for a wet surface adds even more unpredictability to the race. Rain or shine, I can’t wait to see how it unfolds.”

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08/30/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • Force India goes for the money grab while the Haas team got screwed
    Force India goes for the money grab
    Force India fights for $33 million
  • Mercedes 'not used to losing' - Arrivabene
  • Hamilton to skip Thursday at Monza
  • Perez not judging future teammate Stroll
  • Perez has 2019 F1 deal signed, announcement soon
  • Raikkonen announcement still unclear
  • Verstappen 'still no fan' of Halo
  • Ocon confirms failed McLaren seat fitting
  • Renault F1 team explains why it didn't sign Ocon for 2019

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08/29/18
f1

Sebastian Vettel to drive F1 Ferrari through Milan as part of festival (Update)
Vettel stuffs it into the barrier and comes away feeling like a real wanker
Vettel stuffs it into the barrier and comes away feeling like a real wanker

UPDATE Vettel may have four world titles under his belt but the German somehow managed to crash his Ferrari while showing it off in Milan.

Fans flocked to the city to watch the Formula 1 ace parade the stunning Italian motor ahead of Sunday's Monza Grand Prix.

But while he lapped up cheers from the crowd, Vettel lost concentration and drove the car straight into the barrier.

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08/29/18
nasmon

NASCAR announces inspection change for Richmond
Inspection Rig
Inspection Rig
NASCAR has announced a change to next month’s schedule for Cup teams at Richmond Raceway. Inspection after qualifying will be moved from Friday night to Saturday, the day of the playoff race.

That means that the results from Friday’s qualifying session won’t be official until the next day.

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08/29/18
irl

Munoz to sub for Wickens final two races
Carlos Munoz
Carlos Munoz
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has announced that the No. 6 Lucas Oil SPM Honda has been entered for the final two races of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. While Robert Wickens continues to recover from his injuries following an incident at Pocono Raceway on Aug. 19, Carlos Munoz will compete at Portland International Raceway and Sonoma Raceway for SPM.

“Robert and his family have been in my prayers and I continue to pray for his recovery,” Munoz said. "I’m very grateful that Schmidt Peterson Motorsports have entrusted me to compete in the Lucas Oil Honda for the last two races of the season. I am looking forward to pushing hard for a great result for the team and for Robert.”

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08/29/18
nasmon

Boles Confident Brickyard 400 Will See Attendance Increase
Doug Boles sold out the ideal date for an IndyCar finale at IMS to IndyCar's enemy, NASCAR
Doug Boles sold out the ideal date for an IndyCar finale at IMS to IndyCar's enemy, NASCAR
Indianapolis Motor Speedway has its "foot on the gas" as it prepares for NASCAR's Brickyard 400 on Sept. 9, and track President Doug Boles is "brimming with optimism that a major overhaul the Speedway is rolling out this year will increase race attendance" by 10-15%, according to a front-page piece by Anthony Schoettle of the INDIANAPOLIS BUSINESS JOURNAL.

Sources said that attendance in '17 was "roughly 70,000." If Boles’ projection is correct, this year’s attendance "should be about 80,000." While a "solid improvement, it’s less than a third of the 275,000 fans the first race drew" in '94 and it is "not even half" of the '09 attendance.

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08/29/18
irl

NBC Sports is riding co-pilot in IndyCar's sponsor search (Update)
IndyCar and NASCAR have this common theme in low TV ratings
IndyCar and NASCAR have this common theme in low TV ratings

UPDATE If NBC wants to 'really' help IndyCar find a sizable series title sponsor the best thing they can do is announce they are switching all the races that were going to be on NBCSN for the next 3 years, to network NBC TV. With 100% of races on network TV IndyCar will have no problem landing a big title sponsor.

Will it happen? Of course not, because NBC has no interest in seeing IndyCar succeed.  If they did, then they would do as we suggest.


08/29/18 IndyCar is counting on NBC Sports to help it fire on all engines again as the racing series looks to overcome a TV ratings slump and replace a departed title sponsor.

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08/29/18
irl

Andretti Autosport: Over The Wall - Left Rear
Follow along with the crews of Andretti Autosport as they break down their pitstop positions in a new video series titled "Over The Wall".

The fourth episode takes us to the inside rear where Brad hums a very interesting song during each Verizon IndyCar Series pit stop. Tune in as the remaining two positions will be released each Wednesday leading up to the Verizon IndyCar Series season finale!

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08/29/18
irl

IndyCar Gateway Honda Race Highlights
Honda driver battled hard at Gateway - highlights from the 2018 Bommarito Automotive Group 500 IndyCar race 

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08/29/18
irl

Honda Clinches 2018 IndyCar Series Manufacturers' Championship (Update)
Gateway start where Honda locked up the 2018 IndyCar manufacturers title
Gateway start where Honda locked up the 2018 IndyCar manufacturers title

UPDATE Added video of the Honda championship win below.

08/26/18 Although unable to overtake Will Power in the final laps for the race win, Alexander Rossi and Scott Dixon continued their duel for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship, finishing second and third, respectively, Saturday night at Gateway Motorsports Park.  Their results were more than enough for Honda to clinch the Manufacturers’ title with two races remaining.

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08/29/18
Racing News

United Autosports Successfully Races Magnificently Restored Machines Of Yesteryear
1988 Audi 200 Trans-Am quattro
1988 Audi 200 Trans-Am quattro
United Autosports has spent this month “practicing what it preaches” regarding a side of its business that is not widely known. The UK-based team has competed in the FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series and IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship in recent years and will contest the 2018-19 Asian Le Mans Series. But another thriving element to the Anglo-American team that achieved a class podium* in only its second Le Mans 24 Hours and recently achieved its 20th ELMS podium from 26 race starts, is its ground-up restoration service that Richard Dean’s experienced staff can offer to Zak Brown and customers that can then be raced successfully again.

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08/29/18
irl

IndyCar championship battle fast facts
  • Can Rossi catch Dixon?
    Can Rossi catch Dixon?
    Scott Dixon leads the Verizon IndyCar Series championship with two races to go for the second time in his career. He also led the championship with two to go when he won the title in 2008. Dixon has led the championship lead since his win at Texas in June.
  • Scott Dixon leads Alexander Rossi by 26 points with Will Power (-68) and Josef Newgarden (-78) just behind. With 54 maximum points available at Portland, the points lead could change for the eighth time in 2018.
  • There are five drivers still mathematically eligible for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series championship: Scott Dixon, Alexander Rossi, Will Power, Josef Newgarden and Ryan Hunter-Reay. Any driver who trails the points leader by 105 points or more following the race will be eliminated from contention.

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08/29/18
f1

Fernando Alonso says he had Red Bull offer!
Fernando Alonso sits down with Sky F1's Simon Lazenby to discuss his shock decision to quit Formula 1, and reveals that he had offers of a seat at Red Bull Racing.

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08/29/18
f1

Halo device saved Charles Leclerc's life at Spa
Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc
Fernando Alonso flew over the top of Charles Leclerc’s Sauber on Sunday in a dramatic opening to the Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps, but neither onboard camera really showed the admirable job done by the halo device. 

Previously unseen footage from onboard Brandon Hartley’s Toro Rosso shows the hit taken by the halo from Alonso’s right front tire as it smashed down with immense force into the cockpit area. Arguments in the lead up to the 2018 season had focused on the aesthetic polarity of the attachment, but now it has likely saved a life.

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08/29/18
fe
dtm

Audi headed for the future with Formula E and DTM
Audi e-tron FE05, Audi RS 5 DTM
Audi e-tron FE05, Audi RS 5 DTM
In 2019, Audi will continue to compete with electric power in motorsport. At the same time, the manufacturer will prolong its factory-backed commitment in the popular DTM touring car series.

In the 2017/2018 season, Audi was the first German automobile manufacturer on the Formula E grid. Having scored four victories and a total of eleven podiums after twelve races around the globe, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler claimed the teams’ championship. The commitment in the fully electric racing series that is currently experiencing a boom with the participation of other manufacturers and partners forms the electric pillar of the brand’s motorsport involvement.

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08/29/18
f1

Belgian Grand Prix Mercedes F1 Debrief
Did the Mercedes team run too much wing in Spa? How much damage did Valtteri sustain in that first lap incident?

Did Lewis Hamilton turn down his engine towards the end of the race?

All this and more in our Belgian Grand Prix debrief!

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08/29/18
f1

The Art Of The Pass - Daniel Ricciardo & Max Verstappen On Overtaking In F1

Daniel Ricciardo is one of the best overtakers on the F1 grid, having racked up more passes than any other driver during the 2017 season.

Mobil 1 The Grid sat down with the Australian, and Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team-mate Max Verstappen, to discuss the art of the overtake.

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08/29/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Monza from the air
    Monza from the air - set for new contract talks
    Monza set for F1 contract talks
  • Verstappen admits no Honda title until 2020
  • Mick Schumacher showing father's genes - Berger
  • Verstappen's father questions Ricciardo move
  • Stroll admits ousting Ocon 'not fair'
  • Marko: I’d rather have Ferrari win not Mercedes
  • Ricciardo set for grid penalty in Monza
  • Alonso claims he rejected Renault before Ricciardo signed
  • Abiteboul: We never considered Alonso for 2019 (Someone is lying)
  • Formula 1 to use new rear wing rain lights in 2019
  • Higher wings next year
  • Force India Defends F1's Decision To Allow It To Earn Prize Money

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08/29/18
automotive

Watch Jay Leno Test Out the Record-Breaking 2020 Tesla Roadster
250+ mph Tesla Roadster
250+ mph Tesla Roadster
On the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, the former late-night host takes us through the past and present of Tesla cars (the 2008 Roadster and 2018’s Model 3), before giving us a glimpse into the future with a test drive of the 2020 Tesla Roadster.

Unveiled back in November, Elon Musk promises that the upcoming Roadster is “the fastest production car ever made.” The car can reach 0-60 mph in just 1.9 seconds — faster than the average Formula 1 car — it can cover a quarter mile in just 8.8 seconds, and can reach a top speed of 250mph.

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