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09/02/16
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Samsung sponsoring Pigot for final two races
Spencer Pigot
Spencer Pigot
Ed Carpenter Racing unveiled a new paint scheme today for the No. 20 Chevrolet driven by rookie Spencer Pigot with Samsung sponsorship. The car will carry the Samsung colors for both this weekend's INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen and the season finale, the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.

"Samsung is thrilled to partner with Spencer Pigot and the No. 20 car for Watkins Glen and Sonoma," said Matt Smith, vice president of Samsung Business. "It takes passion, grit and pure talent to be great and Spencer clearly has what it takes to be great at racing. We are excited to support Spencer with the help of Rising Star Racing and Ed Carpenter Racing."

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09/02/16
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Dixon stays on top in practice 2
Scott Dixon topped both sessions at Watkins Glen Friday
Scott Dixon topped both sessions at Watkins Glen Friday

As he did in the opening session, Scott Dixon led the way in second practice for the IndyCar Grand Prix at the Glen. The driver of the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet posted a lap time of 1:22.874s, (146.391 mph) in the afternoon session was more than five seconds below the official record established by Ryan Briscoe in 2009.

Castroneves was second, with Will Power, Tony Kanaan and Juan Pablo Montoya completing a Chevrolet sweep of the top-5. Jack Hawksworth was the lead Honda in sixth.

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09/02/16
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Afternoon update from The Glen
Scott Dixon posted the fastest time on a very fast Watkins Glen circuit
Scott Dixon posted the fastest time on a very fast Watkins Glen circuit

One of the big topics of conversation here at Watkins Glen has been the speed of the Indy cars. For some perspective, Scott Dixon led opening practice with a lap time of 1:23.8921 (144.614 miles per hour) - over 5 seconds quicker than Helio Castroneves' track record of 1:29.1919 from 2007.

The main factors in the speed increases are the down force with the current aero kits and the recent repave of the circuit after last year. The repave has made the track billiard-table smooth. Of course, the teams have had nearly a full-season to get their heads around the aero kits. As for the smooth surface, we ran into Will Power, who likened the track to an oval.

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09/02/16
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INDYCAR announces new brake supplier for 2017
INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, Sept. 2, 2016) - INDYCAR announced today a partnership agreement with Performance Friction Corporation that will make the company the official brake supplier of the Verizon IndyCar Series. The multiyear agreement makes PFC the exclusive supplier of brake system components to each entry competing in the Verizon IndyCar Series beginning in 2017.

"Earlier this season the majority of our teams tested the PFC brake package and the feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive. PFC has a long history of building outstanding performance products that we expect to be a great benefit to the competition in the Verizon IndyCar Series," said Jay Frye, INDYCAR president of competition and operations. "We're excited to kick off this partnership with PFC and appreciate all their efforts and commitment to INDYCAR."

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09/02/16
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Dixon blisters The Glen at 144 mph
Scott Dixon turned a blistering lap of 144 mph in opening practice for this weekend IndyCar race at Watkins Glen. Chevy cars, which are not required to tow a parachute, were 1st thru 4th.  Graham Rahal was the fastest Honda. Towing the Honda Butt Bumper parachute he managed a 142.971 mph lap.

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09/02/16
Gp2

Gasly scorches to Monza pole
Gasly celebrates
Gasly celebrates
Pierre Gasly continued his winning ways by claiming his third pole of the season in this afternoon's Qualifying session in Monza, leading the way for most of the period to grab the top spot despite late charges by PREMA Racing teammate Antonio Giovinazzi and Artem Markelov.

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09/02/16
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Morning update from Watkins Glen
Simon Pagenaud looks to build his championship lead this weekend at Watkins Glen
Simon Pagenaud looks to build his championship lead this weekend at Watkins Glen

Good morning from Watkins Glen. International. It's a lovely morning here in the Finger Lakes region with temperatures in the high 60s. And while there are some clouds nestled amidst the lovely countryside and rolling hills, there is no rain predicted for the day.

The Verizon IndyCar Series last competed at the 3.4-mile road course in 2010. Will Power, the 2014 IndyCar Champion, won the race from the pole that year with Ryan Briscoe and Dario Franchitti rounding out the podium.

The drivers that tested here in August have said that this will be a physically demanding track. Simon Pagenaud, driving for the first time on this track, had this to say about the challenge of driving at the Glen. "When you have max downforce on a track like here, it's going to be hard for sure. I don't dislike it. I don't mind any other way.

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09/02/16
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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to miss the rest of 2016 Sprint Cup season
Hendrick Motorsports announced Friday morning that driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. will miss the rest of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup season due to lingering effects from a concussion suffered in a crash at Michigan International Speedway on June 12.

Earnhardt, Jr, had initially only been expected to miss a few weeks, however he continued to suffer symptoms and doctors have now said he cannot be medically cleared to return to the racetrack this season.

AutoRacing1.com will have more to follow on this story....

 

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09/02/16
F1

Monza: Mercedes juggernaut again run 1-2
Hamilton was happy with his pace
Hamilton was happy with his pace
The Mercedes juggernaut continued in practice session 2 at Monza for the Italian GP. This time it was Lewis Hamilton on top.

The reigning world champion turned a 1m22.801s on the super-soft tires to finish 0.193 seconds ahead of Rosberg.

Ferrari, running an updated engine in Italy powered Sebastian Vettel to a time just 0.453s off the pace in third.

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09/02/16
Gp2

Gawky tops opening GP2 PRACTICE AT Monza
Pierre Gasly has picked up where he left off by setting the pace in this morning's Free Practice session in Monza, claiming the top spot despite a probable fuel issue halfway through the session halting his track time early, ahead of Artem Markelov and PREMA Racing teammate Antonio Giovinazzi.

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09/02/16
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Audi to become involved in Formula E
Audi is going to intensify its future commitment in the world’s first racing series for fully electric race cars. Starting in the 2016/2017 season that opens in Hong Kong on October 9, Audi will increase its involvement in Formula E Team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport. In addition, it is planned to incorporate Formula E into a factory-backed motorsport program as of the 2017/2018 season.

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09/02/16
f1

Monza: Mercedes run 1-2 in opening practice
Nico Rosberg
Nico Rosberg
Nico Rosberg turned the fastest lap in opening practice for the Italian GP at Monza to lead the Mercedes row ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Kimi Raikkonen led the Ferrari row in third ahead of teammate Sebastian Vettel in 4th.

The Ferraris were a full second slower than the Mercedes as the Germans look to embarrass the Italians in front of their home crowd.

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09/02/16
wec

Davidson sidelined due to Rib Injury from accident
Anthony Davidson
Anthony Davidson
Anthony Davidson has been ruled out of this weekend’s Six Hours of Mexico presented by AT&T, after sustaining bruised ribs from a recent testing accident in Magny-Cours.

Davidson turned several laps during this morning’s Collective Test session at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez to evaluate his recovery but a joint decision was made that the former FIA World Endurance Champion will not take any further part in this weekend’s event.

It leaves the No. 5 Toyota TS050 Hybrid to a two-driver lineup of Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima for the fifth round of the WEC season.

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09/02/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • No deal yet for German GP
    No deal yet for German GP
    Hockenheim says no 2017 race deal done yet
  • 'No information' about Schumacher - Mamma Rossella
  • No talks with teams about 2017 - Massa
  • New Monza deal set for Friday announcement
  • Not every rival critical of Verstappen
  • Grosjean hints at 2017 Haas stay
  • Ferrari blows its wad for Monza and is still too slow

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09/02/16
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Practice: Porsche sets the fastest lap of the day in Mexico City
Porsche #2 lapped ahead of Porsche #1
Porsche #2 lapped ahead of Porsche #1
Porsche enjoyed a busy and trouble free beginning to the Mexico race weekend with the two 919 Hybrids. The first day of the fifth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) saw a 90-minute test session and two free practice sessions of the same duration each. The extra test was to help the teams and drivers familiarize themselves with the special track conditions ahead of the WEC's debut on the short 4.304 kilometer Formula One circuit. It has a very long straight (1.2 km) and many tight corners. Also it lies 2,250 meters above sea level – the thin air because of this influences aerodynamics and cooling.

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09/01/16
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IndyCar returns to Watkins Glen with a lot on the line
Will Power
Will Power
Expect high speeds and intense drama when the Verizon IndyCar Series makes its return to Watkins Glen International over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Sunday's IndyCar Grand Prix at The Glen caps a three-day race weekend for America's top open-wheel series, which last competed at WGI from 2005 to 2010.

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09/01/16
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Harvick on pole at Darlington
With inclement weather expected at Darlington Raceway, NASCAR postponed all at-track activity for Friday. The weather forecast for the remainder of the weekend looks good.

Due to the schedule change, qualifying for Sprint Cup and NASCAR XFINITY teams has been cancelled. The starting lineups will be set by the rule book. #4-Kevin Harvick will start on the pole for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race.

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09/01/16
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Verizon IndyCar Series Teams Set to Test at Sonoma Raceway, Sept. 8
IndyCars to test
IndyCars to test
Race fans are invited to enjoy a taste of Verizon IndyCar Series action at a free test session at Sonoma Raceway on Thursday, Sept. 8.

Twenty-one drivers from eight Verizon IndyCar Series teams will take part in the one-day test session at Sonoma Raceway. This marks the teams’ final chance to prepare for the series season finale at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, Sept. 16-18.

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09/01/16
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Alexander Rossi Joins the TAG Heuer Family of Ambassadors
Rossi
Rossi
TAG Heuer, the world leader in prestigious and sporting chronographs is proud to announce the addition of America’s next great racing hero, Alexander Rossi, to the TAG Heuer family of ambassadors.

Alexander and TAG Heuer first met in May of 2016 after Alexander’s victory at the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, where he was presented with the TAG Heuer F1 Indy 500 Special Edition watch. Before winning the prestigious Verizon IndyCar Series event as a rookie, Alexander raced in Formula 1, making history by being the first American to race at a home event at COTA, Texas, as well as being one of the youngest drivers to hold a Formula 1 Super License at just 18 years old. His professionalism, perseverance and diligence in the sport make Alexander the perfect embodiment of the motto "Don’t Crack Under Pressure" and a unique young talent to the TAG Heuer family.

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09/01/16
F1

Massa to retire
Felipe Massa
Felipe Massa
Felipe Massa has announced that he will retire from Formula One at the end of the 2016 season, after 14 years at the top level of the sport.

The 35-year-old Brazilian is in his third year with Williams, having joined the team in 2014, and is due to celebrate his 250th Grand Prix start at his final race in Abu Dhabi this year.

Felipe scored three podiums and one pole position on his way to seventh in the drivers’ standings in his first season with the team, helping Williams climb to third in the Constructors’ Championship.

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09/01/16
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Formula E drivers battle for $1 million in Las Vegas eSports race
LAS VEGAS, USA (September 1 2016) - The stars of the FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s first fully-electric racing series, will take part in a virtual race in Las Vegas in a bid to win a share of the biggest prize in eSports racing history.

Exactly three years after the Spark-Renault SRT_01E made its public debut in Las Vegas, all 20 Formula E drivers will test their skills on a specially designed track, incorporating the famous Las Vegas Strip, for the opportunity to win a share of $1 million.

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09/01/16
grc

Honda signs on as presenting sponsor for GRC finale
LOS ANGELES, CA (September 1, 2016) – American Honda Motor Co., Inc. has partnered with Red Bull Global Rallycross as presenting sponsor of the series’ third annual event at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro on October 8-9. Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles presented by Honda will be a double-header event, and will serve as the season finale for the 2016 season. The event weekend will also mark the first time that the series has held its championship finale in Los Angeles.

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09/01/16
f1

Magnussen cleared to drive
Cleared to drive at Monza
Cleared to drive at Monza
Kevin Magnussen has been passed fit to participate in this weekend's Italian Grand Prix, his Renault team has confirmed.

The Dane crashed heavily at Raidillon during the opening laps of the Belgian Grand Prix last weekend, yet despite initial fears about the high-speed impact which registered at 42G, Magnussen sustained only a minor cut to his ankle in the impact.

Following further tests, this morning his Renault team announced on Twitter that Magnussen was "all clear to race".

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09/01/16
irl

Taxpayer funds fueled doomed IndyCar Boston race
Gov. Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin J. Walsh led an unprecedented taxpayer-funded effort to salvage the doomed IndyCar race, motivated to prove government wouldn't get blamed for failing to land another big sporting event, newly released emails show.

Top Walsh aides even organized a quiet celebration with coffee and pastries a day after the Grand Prix of Boston was abruptly canceled, saying they wanted to honor the "amazing work" of the team and mark a "proper end to this incredible process," according to emails.

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09/01/16
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Richard Petty Motorsports Announces Competition Restructure
Richard Petty Motorsports today announced competition changes to improve their on-track performance. Effectively immediately, Philippe Lopez and Scott McDougall will temporarily oversee all competition duties and roles previously held by Sammy Johns both at the track and at the race shop.

The change comes as part of an immediate, aggressive strategy by RPM leadership to improve speed, performance and future growth of RPM. The goal is to improve on-track results from 2016 and to capitalize on the progress made in previous seasons.

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09/01/16
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nascar
nhra

Weekend TV Times
all times Eastern

Friday, September 2
F1 World Championship - practiceItaly8:00am-9:30am (L)NBCSN
Verizon IndyCar Series - practiceWatkins Glen11:00am-12:00pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity Series - practiceDarlington12:00pm-1:30pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - practiceDarlington1:30pm-2:30pm (L), 3:30pm-5:00pm (L)NBCSN
Saturday, September 3
F1 World Championship - qualifyingItaly8:00am-9:30am (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity Series - qualifyingDarlington11:30am-1:30pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - qualifyingDarlington1:30pm-3:00pm (L)NBCSN
FIA World Endurance ChampionshipMexico2:30pm-5:30pm (L), 7:00pm-8:30pm (L)FOX2
NASCAR Xfinity Series - raceDarlington3:00pm-3:30pm - pre-race (L), 3:30pm-6:00pm - race (L)NBC
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - qualifyingCanadian Tire Motorsports Park5:30pm-7:00pm (L)FOX2
Verizon IndyCar Series - qualifyingWatkins Glen6:00pm-7:30pm (SDD)NBCSN
Sunday, September 4
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing - qualifyingIndianapolis2:30am-4:30am (D)FOX1
F1 World Championship - raceItaly7:00am-7:30am - pre-race (L), 7:30am-10:00am - race (L)NBCSN
FIA World RallycrossFrance7:45am-10:30am (L)beIN
MotoGP ChampionshipBritain10:30am-12:00pm (L)beIN
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing - qualifyingIndianapolis12:00pm-2:00pm (SDD), 5:00pm-7:00pm (SDD)FOX1
Verizon IndyCar Series - raceWatkins Glen2:00pm-2:30pm - pre-race (L), 2:30pm-5:00pm - race (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - raceCanadian Tire Motorsports Park2:00pm-2:30pm - pre-race (L), 2:30pm-4:30pm - race (L)FOX1
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - raceDarlington6:00pm-11:00pm - race (L)NBC
Monday, September 5
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing - finalsIndianapolis11:00am-1:00pm (L)FOX1
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing - finalsIndianapolis1:00pm-4:00pm (L)FOX

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

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09/01/16
usf2000

Dutch teen Rinus VK joins Carlin for '17
Dutch teenage karting driver Rinus van Kalmthout (who goes by Rinus VK) will make his debut in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda in 2017 with Carlin Racing as the powerhouse team makes its series debut.

"We have spoken with several teams in the last few months, but when the opportunity to join Carlin Benik came along I didn't have to think long," said Rinus, who is just 15 years old. "Making the deal with Carlin Benik is an important step for us. Having secured the seat I now feel I truly am an USF2000 driver."

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09/01/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • Pierre Gasly waiting in the wings
    Pierre Gasly waiting in the wings
    Marko denies Gasly to oust Kvyat
  • Teams could reject new Pirelli tire - report
  • RTL flags new TV deal for Germany
  • Honda eyes new technology for 2017
  • F1's 'second thoughts' over Euro exodus - Monza
  • Vettel not committing whole career to Ferrari
  • Pizzonia's top speed F1 record could tumble
  • Formula 1's 2017 Season To Open With Australia-China Back-To-Back
  • Haas F1 Owner Says F1's Future Could Grow More Lucrative After Sale

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08/31/16
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NASCAR Fines Paul Wolfe
Paul Wolfe, crew chief for Brad Keselowski’s No. 2 Team Penske Ford, was fined $15,000 and the team was docked 10 driver and 10 owner points Wednesday the result of infractions found following Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan Int’l Speedway.

The team was assessed a P2-level penalty after the car failed post-race laser inspection and also received a written warning because it failed laser inspection twice.

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08/31/16
f1

Video: USGP Preview
The world’s top Formula 1 drivers have expressed their excitement at returning to Austin, Texas for the 5th consecutive FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX to be held at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) this October 21st-23rd. 

COTA caught up with some of the biggest names in the Paddock to hear their thoughts on the upcoming 2016 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX and how F1 has finally found its real American home in Texas’ capital city.

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08/31/16
irl

Hinchcliffe's car was illegal at Texas
James Hinchcliffe took an illegal car to 2nd place at Texas last Saturday night
James Hinchcliffe took an illegal car to 2nd place at Texas last Saturday night
INDYCAR announced the following post-event infraction from the conclusion of the Firestone 600, which was completed Aug. 27 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas:

INDYCAR fined Schmidt Peterson Motorsports $20,000 and penalized the team 25 entrant and driver points after the No. 5 entry of James Hinchcliffe was found in violation of Rule 14.6.8.2.2 of the Verizon IndyCar Series rule book (domed skid wear) in post-race inspection.

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08/31/16
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Video: Formula E August Pre-Season Testing Highlights
Here's how the first block of pre-season testing played out at Donington Park, as new teams Techeetah and Jaguar hit the track for the first time, and all teams attempted to find out whether they've closed the gap to Renault e.dams and Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport.

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08/31/16
F1

Juan Pablo Montoya Has Eyes Set on Future
Juan Montoya
Juan Montoya
Any time you’re on a three-man list alongside Mario Andretti and Dan Gurney, you’ve done pretty well in your time behind the wheel of a racecar.

For Juan Pablo Montoya, after tasting victory in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, Verizon IndyCar Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, he can proudly call himself one of the most successful journeyman racers of all-time.

Bursting onto the F1 scene in 2001 – when Michael Schumacher ruled supreme in a car that was as loud as the vibrant red of the Ferrari chassis – Montoya grabbed a first victory at Monza, en route to a further six wins before leaving the sport in 2006.

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08/31/16
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irl
f1

Weekend TV Ratings
UPDATE Final Ratings
StationEventDayViewers
Viewers 18-49RatingLocation
NBCSNNASCAR Sprint Cup LSun3,377K858K2.12Michigan
NBCSN NBCSNNASCAR Xfinity LSat932K188K0.64Road America
NBCSNF1 Racing LSun526K165K0.35Belgium
NBCGlobal Rally CrossSun423K144K0.30Atlantic City
NBCSNIndyCar Race LSat388K97K0.26Ft. Worth Texas
NBCSNF1 Qualifying LSat293K86K0.20Belgium
NBCSNF1 Race LSun288K118K0.19Belgium
NBCSNAMA MotocrossSat242K104K0.15N/A

08/30/16  NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from Michigan earned a 1.9 overnight rating on NBCSN Sunday afternoon, down 20% from last year (2.4) and down 37% from 2014 (3.0). Excluding rainouts, the 1.9 is the third-lowest for a Sprint Cup race this season - ahead of only Kentucky in July and Kansas in May (1.8 for each). 



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08/31/16
dtm

Video: Highlights of DTM in Moscow
The DTM is going full throttle again after the summer break. We look back on the sixth race weekend of the season in Moscow. Exciting races, spectacular wheel-to-wheel action and an outstanding quadruple success in the first race - these are the highlights of the DTM at the Moscow Raceway

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08/31/16
f1

Video: Hamilton on his summer break
Formula 1 got underway again with the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. In this interview, Lewis Hamilton reveals how he spent his summer break and how he prepared for the second half of the longest Formula 1 season in the history of the premier class.

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08/31/16
irl

Video: Ed Carpenter Test Drive Q&A
How much does IndyCar driver Ed Carpenter know about his career in the sport? Find out as he gets quizzed.



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08/31/16
f1

Video: Button previews Italian GP
McLaren's Jenson Button and his race engineer, Tom Stallard, preview the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

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08/31/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Ron Dennis
    Ron Dennis
    Dennis denies Button decision made
  • 'No bodyguards' for Verstappen at Monza - manager
  • Pundit hopes crash doesn't dent Magnussen chances
  • Formula 1's Profits Jump 30% To $330M As Fall In Pound's Value Reduces Costs
  • Magnussen set for medical checks on Thursday
  • Monza weather forecast looks good for this weekend
  • 3 questions for Pascal Wehrlein
  • Monza GP winners preview the race

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