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09/03/16
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Video: Q&A with Carl Edwards at Darlington
Carl Edwards (No. 19 ARRIS Toyota) and NMPA/Sprint Most Popular Driver announcement

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09/03/16
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Video: NASCAR Darlington Xfinity Post-Race Q&A
Race winner Elliott Sadler (No. 1 OneMain Chevrolet), crew chief Kevin Meendering runner-up finisher Denny Hamlin (No. 18 SportClips Toyota) and Brennan Poole (No. 48 DC Solar Chevrolet)

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09/03/16
irl

INDYCAR Test Drive Episode 6: Will Power
Will Power might be a champion on the track, but off the track he’s got some issues. Check out his hilarious new ‘IndyCar Test Drive’ video here.



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09/03/16
irl

Video: IndyCar Saturday recap from Watkins Glen
AR1 President Mark Cipolloni and Brian Carroccio discuss news from the IndyCar paddock at Watkins Glen

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09/03/16
f1

Lower tire pressures for Monza
Pirelli reduced the minimum pressures at Monza on Saturday morning, taking the decision after evaluating the data overnight.

Ahead of the Italian GP weekend Pirelli set the minimum pressures as 23.5 psi for the front and 21.5 psi for the rear.

However, ahead of Saturday’s final practice that was lowered to 23 and 20.5 psi respectively.

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09/03/16
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Brad Keselowski tops final Southern 500 practice
Brad Keselowski
Pete McCole/AR1
Brad Keselowski posted the fastest lap in Saturday's final Sprint Cup practice for Sunday night's Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

Keselowski turned in a lap of 28.157 seconds (174.649 mph) in the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion, carrying a throwback paint scheme based on the first Miller Lite beer can design from 1972.

Kurt Busch (174.031 mph), Jimmie Johnson (174.019 mph), Kasey Kahne (173.656 mph) and Paul Menard (173.454 mph) rounded out the top five in the final practice.

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09/03/16
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Video: Q&A with Chase Elliott at Darlington
Chase Elliott (met with members of the media at Darlington Raceway and discussed his position in the Chase standings, what it would mean to get his first Cup Series win at Darlington, his thoughts on Dale Earnhardt, Jr. being sidelined for the remainder of the season and many other topics.  

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09/03/16
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Veach wins Watkins Glen Indy Lights race
Zach Veach
Zach Veach
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – The battle to win a Mazda Scholarship valued at $1M to assist the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires champion in graduating to the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2017 intensified this afternoon during a dramatic Mazda Indy Lights Grand Prix of Watkins Glen Presented by Cooper Tires. Zach Veach, from Stockdale, Ohio, started fifth at the scenic and challenging 3.37-mile Watkins Glen International road course but quickly moved into the lead before romping to his second win of the season and the fifth for Belardi Auto Racing.

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09/03/16
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IndyCar Qualifying Groups
Group 1: 


#5 - James Hinchcliffe
#7 - Mikhail Aleshin
#8 - Max Chilton
#12 - Will Power
#18 - Conor Daly
#19 - RC Enerson
#20 - Spencer Pigot
#21 - Josef Newgarden
#22 - Simon Pagenaud
#28 - Ryan Hunter-Reay
#98 - Alexander Rossi

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09/03/16
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Jimmie Johnson leads opening Sprint Cup practice at Darlington
Jimmie Johnson
Pete McCole/AR1
Three-time Darlington winner Jimmie Johnson paced Saturday's opening Sprint Cup practice session for Sunday's Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. 

With torrential rain from Tropical Storm Hermine washing out all of Friday's on-track activities, Saturday's opening session was the first opportunity for drivers to take to the track.

Driving a special Dale Earnhardt and David Pearson throwback paint scheme on his No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet, Johnson clocked in with a lap of 27.937 seconds (176.025 mph) during the late morning session, followed by Denny Hamlin (175.060 mph), Ryan Blaney (174.711 mph), Kyle Larson (174.544) and Ryan Newman (174.519).

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09/03/16
f1

Vettel: Ferrari can't touch Aldo Costa's Mercedes cars
Vettel knows what AR1 has been telling you for year - they are not going to beat the Aldo Costa designed Mercedes
Vettel knows what AR1 has been telling you for years - they are not going to beat the Aldo Costa designed Mercedes
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel says the Mercedes drivers were in a "world of their own" during qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton comfortably beat teammate Nico Rosberg to pole position at Monza, with the Ferraris the best part of a second down.

Vettel finished eight tenths adrift of Hamilton, saving a slide at Parabolica on his final lap, with Kimi Raikkonen a tenth further back.

"First of all, I wasn't that happy with the first shot in Q3; I sort of lost the rhythm a bit, and then it I was able to get it back," said Vettel.

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09/03/16
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Giovinazzi wins chaotic Monza Feature Race
Antonio Giovinazzi
Antonio Giovinazzi
Antonio Giovinazzi delighted his home fans after passing countryman Raffaele Marciello on the final lap to win this afternoon's Feature Race at Monza, taking the top spot from the back of the grid by making the right tire call and gaining an advantage from a safety car mishap to lead home an Italian 1-2 ahead of Gustav Malja.

When the lights went out all eyes were on poleman Pierre Gasly, who eased away from the fight for P2 between Artem Markelov and Arthur Pic, which saw the Frenchman come off worse and cut the first chicane before returning ahead of the Russian, his countryman Sergey Sirotkin, teammates Jordan King and Norman Nato and local hero Luca Ghiotto, while behind them Giovinazzi only just avoided the stalled car of Sean Gelael before heading on his way once again.

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09/03/16
irl

Dixon stays fastest at The Glen
Scott Dixon
Scott Dixon
Ganassi Chevy driver Scott Dixon remained the fastest driver at Watkins Glen by leading the final practice ahead of IndyCar qualifying this afternoon.

Dixon's lap of 146.520mph was just 0.05  sec faster than Will Power's Chevy and Sebastien Bourdais' Chevy in a session that saw the top-17 drivers covered by 1-second on the super smooth, super fast 3.37-mile historic upstate NY track.

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09/03/16
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Button to retire
Jenson Button will step down from Formula 1 racing in 2017 and be replaced by Stoffel Vandoorne, but will stay with McLaren as an ambassador and reserve.

In an announcement chairman Ron Dennis insisted should not be interpreted as 'retirement', McLaren said Button would take a sabbatical next year but continue working with the team.

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09/03/16
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Urrutia wins Lights pole
With a lap time of 1:32.2997s, Santiago Urrutia won pole position for today's Mazda Indy Lights Grand Prix of Watkins Glen Presented by Cooper Tires. The driver of the No. 55 Mazda/SPM with Curb-Agajanian entry was 0.181s quicker than teammate Andre Negrao. Carlin's Ed Jones was third.

The green flag for today's race is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. local time.

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09/03/16
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Marquez strikes back ahead of qualifying
Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) topped his first session of the weekend at Silverstone Circuit at the British GP, as the points leader and 2-time MotoGP world champion took the top spot in Saturday morning's FP3. With grey skies interrupted by flashes of blue, the weather was cool but dry and the final few minutes of the session provided a fantastic shootout as the grid fought for direct graduation to the Q2 session. Maverick Vinales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) was just unable to pip Marquez to the post on his final lap and ended the session in P2, with Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) completing the top 3 who move into Q2. Iannone suffered a lowside at Farm Curve but was uninjured and quickly got back out on the second bike.

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09/03/16
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Video: Ferrari cookery challenge
Watch as Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen star in a special cookery challenge.

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09/03/16
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Video: A lap around Watkins Glen with Spencer Pigot
Ride onboard with Spencer Pigot as he completes laps of Watkins Glen during practice for IndyCar's return.



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09/03/16
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Grosjean to get five-place grid penalty
Romain Grosjean
Romain Grosjean
Romain Grosjean is set to receive a five-place grid penalty for the Italian Grand Prix, with Haas changing the gearbox in his car following Saturday's final practice session.

Grosjean lost control of his VF-16 as he entered the Ascari complex early in FP3, before sliding rearward into the gravel trap, where he was unable to get the car moving again.

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09/03/16
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Marchionne: Ferrari has 'failed' in 2016
Sergio Marchionne (R) with Bernie Ecclestone
Sergio Marchionne (R) with Bernie Ecclestone
Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne has conceded that the outfit has "failed" in 2016, due to its inability to emerge at the head of the Formula 1 pack.

Marchionne, who took over from Luca di Montezemolo towards the end of 2014, set Ferrari the target of competing for this year's title, having finished as runner-up to Mercedes last season.

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09/03/16
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IndyCar Saturday morning update from Watkins Glen
Friday Action
Friday Action - Final turn leading onto pit straight

It's a cool, foggy morning here in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Temperatures dipped into the 50s, and as I write here at 8 a.m. local time it is 54 degrees. The sun however is peeking out and the fog beginning to burn off. We expect temperatures to climb to the mid 70s midday. And while tropical storm Hermine is moving up the east coast towards New York, Watkins Glen is far inland, and should be unaffected by they storm. 

Driving around the track yesterday proved that the decision to return to the Glen this weekend was a good one. The campsites are all sold out for the weekend. There are a few grandstands around the track, but there are smaller then at most tracks. The fans we spoke with who have attended multiple races here say they often move around the circuit to take in the different corners. We decided to do this for ourselves yesterday.

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09/03/16
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. should retire
Dale Jr. should retire
Dale Jr. should retire
Head injuries are something not to be trifled with, the long-term ramifications simply too severe to ignore. Dale Earnhardt Jr. understands these risks all too well, as NASCAR’s most popular driver is continuing to recover from his third concussion in four years and fourth since 2002.

On Friday, Earnhardt announced he will miss the remainder of the current season, which if you take into account the six races he’s already missed, means he will have been sidelined a total of 18 races since last competing July 9 at Kentucky Speedway. His goal, he said in a statement, is to get completely healthy by the start of the 2017 season in February.

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09/03/16
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Monza: Hamilton tops the Mercedes row in final practice
Lewis Hamilton topped the Mercedes Row
Lewis Hamilton topped the Mercedes Row

F1 is 99.9% car and that was never more evident than in final practice for the Italian GP at Monza Saturday morning.

Lewis Hamilton was fastest to lead Row 1 - the Mercedes row ahead of Nico Rosberg by 0.393s.

Sebastian Vettel was third to lead Row 2 - the Ferrari row ahead of Kimi Raikkonen.

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09/03/16
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Leclerc flies to third pole in Monza
Charles LeClerc
Charles LeClerc
Scuderia Ferrari Team Development driver Charles Leclerc claimed his third pole of the GP3 season at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza this morning: the Monegasque’s best laptime of 1:38.546 was one tenth quicker than Arden International’s Jake Dennis. Renault Academy’s Jack Aitken made it two Arden drivers in the top three after an eventful qualifying session in Italy.

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09/03/16
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Video: Porsche Friday report from Mexico City
From the AR1.com Youtube page, a video from qualifying for round 5 of the FIA World Endurance Championship WEC: The two Porsche 919 Hybrids will start from first and second row to the fifth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in Mexico City. The current championship leaders, Romain Dumas (FR), Neel Jani (CH) and Marc Lieb (DE), will take on the six-hour race from second place on the grid. The reigning world champions, Timo Bernhard (DE), Brendon Hartley (NZ) and Mark Webber (AU), are qualified for fourth position. Richard Lietz (AT) and Michael Christensen (DK) set fourth fastest time in their LMGTE category with the Porsche 911 RSR.

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09/03/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Saturday
  • Verstappen slams opinionated Villeneuve
    Verstappen slams opinionated Villeneuve
    Verstappen slams Villeneuve after criticism
  • Pirelli admits new tire debut in doubt
  • Magnussen doubts Halo will make F1 debut
  • F1 teams fear Zika virus in Singapore
  • Wehrlein confident of 2017 contract
  • Alonso 'satisfied' with Honda progress - Sainz
  • 2017 Monza contract not signed yet
  • F1 will always survive 'worse times' - Alonso
  • F1 set for silly season 'decision month' - Nasr
  • Ferrari racing new engine at Monza
  • Sauber signs another top engineer

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09/03/16
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Kaiser sets pace in Indy Lights practice
Kyle Kaiser of Juncos Racing was fastest in two Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires practice sessions with a lap of 1:33.4343 (129.845 mph), a day ahead of the only race this weekend for the top tier of the Mazda Road to Indy development stepladder.

Championship leader Santiago Urrutia of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with Curb-Agajanian was second at 1:33.4911 (129.766 mph). Ed Jones (Carlin), who trails Urrutia by 16 points with three races remaining, was fourth fastest on the day. Indy Lights qualifying and the race both take place Saturday.

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