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09/05/19
irl

Mario Andretti fuming at IndyCar over Pocono axe
Mario disgusted with how IndyCar handled Pocono
Mario disgusted with how IndyCar handled Pocono
Angry. Disappointed.

That’s how Mario Andretti feels about the NTT IndyCar Series not returning to Pocono Raceway writes Scott Walsh of the Citizens Voice.

The racing legend from Nazareth believes the series made a terrible mistake when it released its schedule for the 2020 season Sunday and the 2.5-mile triangular track in Long Pond was not on it. Instead, Richmond Raceway was added.

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09/05/19
nasmon

DiBenedetto: Revamped Charlotte Roval chicane 30mph slower
Revamped chicane is now Mickey Mouse
Revamped chicane is now Mickey Mouse
Matt DiBenedetto got some much-needed seat time aboard a Toyota Camry XSE pace car on Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. With only 26 days to go before the second Bank of America ROVAL 400, DiBenedetto became the first NASCAR driver to shake down Charlotte's new ROVAL™ backstretch chicane

DiBenedetto joined Greg Walter, the speedway's executive vice president and general manager, for some hot laps around the 17-turn, 2.28-mile road course oval that serves as the cutoff race for Round 1 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.

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09/05/19
nasmon

NASCAR needs to switch to single lugnut
Too many possible errors with 5 lugnuts per wheel instead of one large one.
Too many possible errors with 5 lugnuts per wheel instead of one large one.
These lugnut penalties are getting ridiculous, the next-generation Cup cars need to switch to a single lugnut configuration like IndyCar.

NASCAR competition officials issued penalties Wednesday to four Monster Energy Series teams and one Xfinity Series operation for lug-nut violations during last weekend’s events at Darlington Raceway.

Four Cup Series teams received a $10,000 fine for their respective crew chiefs. The infractions affected these teams:

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09/05/19
fe

Spectacular design for new Audi e-tron FE06
New Audi - spec car, Audi power unit
New Audi - spec car, Audi power unit
Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi will begin the next Formula E season that kicks off in November sporting a spectacular new look. The Audi e-tron FE06 race car, which will be unveiled publicly for the first time at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt next week, presents new colors and evolutionary technology.

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09/05/19
f1

Vettel says 'why not?' to longer Ferrari future
The Italian media has already written off Vettel
The Italian and British media have already written off Vettel
(GMM) Sebastian Vettel says he might stay at Ferrari even beyond the end of his 2020 contract.

It is a difficult period for the quadruple world champion, as he loses the faith of the influential Italian media and struggles to keep onto his number 1 status inside the Maranello team.

Spa winner Charles Leclerc is certainly not going anywhere.

"I see myself at Ferrari for five more years, and as world champion," the 21-year-old said at the team's pre-Italian GP celebrations in Milan on Wednesday.

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09/05/19
f1

Hamilton to soon consider next F1 contract
Lewis Hamilton to stay at Mercedes until he buries all of Michael Schumacher's records
Lewis Hamilton to stay at Mercedes until he buries all of Michael Schumacher's records
(GMM) Ferrari was "even faster" than Lewis Hamilton expected at Spa last weekend.

"We knew it would be tough after the break with Spa and Monza," the championship leader told Sky Italia ahead of the Italian GP.

"The Ferraris were even faster than I expected in Belgium, but in the end the race was only decided at the end. At Monza it will be even more difficult for us," the Mercedes driver added.

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09/05/19
f1

Father says Magnussen 'in right place' at Haas
Jan Magnussen
Jan Magnussen
(GMM) Kevin Magnussen's father says the Danish driver is in "the right place" at Haas.

It is believed that Haas will shortly unveil Nico Hulkenberg as Magnussen's next teammate, although the German may also be looking at the Alfa Romeo and Red Bull seats.

Magnussen, though, has a firm 2020 contract at Haas, and his father Jan says it has been a pleasure to watch the 26-year-old evolve through the more difficult times with McLaren and Renault.

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09/05/19
irl

When in doubt, follow the money
Can't figure our why IndyCar dumped Pocono for Richmond? It all comes down to which track will pay more money to IndyCar. When in doubt, follow the money.

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09/05/19
nasmon

NASCAR up on NBCSN?
The actual numbers show they are down, but NBCSN says they are up!

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09/05/19
usac

NASCAR Star Larson Wins Wild Stoops Pursuit Race at The Dirt Track at IMS
Kyle Larson makes those open wheel racer look silly
NASCAR's Kyle Larson makes those open wheel racers look silly
NASCAR star Kyle Larson prevailed in a thrilling, late-race battle to emerge from a last-lap, last-corner fracas victorious in the Stoops Pursuit race at The Dirt Track at IMS on the opening night of the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink.

Michael Pickens finished second, while Justin Grant was third.

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09/04/19
dtm

Monza to replace Misano on 2020 DTM calendar
Misano action
Misano action
The DTM series has confirmed it will race at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza in Italy next season.

Monza will replace Misano on the 2020 calendar, which has hosted DTM's Italian round since 2018, but has failed to attract significant spectator numbers.

"For motorsport fans all over the world, Monza is legendary. The characteristics of the circuit promise wheel-to-wheel duels at high speeds as well as good opportunities for overtaking," said ITR Chairman Gerhard Berger.

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09/04/19
f1

Formula 1 Audiences on ESPN Keep Growing
It was brilliant for ESPN to take the commercial-free Sky Sports feed for all F1 races.  It is superior to what NBCSN delivered. You missed half the races with all their commercials
It was brilliant for ESPN to take the commercial-free Sky Sports feed for all F1 races. It is superior to what NBCSN delivered. You missed half the races with all their commercials
Viewership for Formula 1 World Championship races on ESPN networks continues to grow in the championship’s second year back on ESPN.

Sunday’s Johnnie Walker Belgian Grand Prix attracted an average audience of 660,000 viewers on ESPN2, an increase of 37 percent over the race on ESPN2 last year (482,000) and up 29 percent over the viewership of the race on NBCSN in 2017 (448,000). The viewership for Sunday’s race was the second-highest on record for the event, exceeded only by ESPN’s audience of 690,000 in 1995.

The Belgian Grand Prix audience peaked at 770,725 as Charles Leclerc won his first F1 race.

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09/04/19
nasmon

Should IMS ditch the failing Brickyard 400?
IMS is wasting its time with NASCAR. The wallowing stock cars are boring on the flat IMS oval and the fans will roast on the hot July 4th weekend next year.
IMS is wasting its time with NASCAR. The wallowing stock cars are boring on the flat IMS oval and the few remaining fans will roast on the hot July 4th weekend next year.

NASCAR's Brickyard 400 will run for the 26th time Sunday as a "shadow of its original self as it heads into its second quarter-century," but Indianapolis Motor Speedway has "redoubled its efforts in recent years to rebuild its second-biggest event," according to Dave Kallmann of the INDIANAPOLIS STAR.

The track two years ago added concerts around the Big Machine Vodka 400, then rolled out a "dirt short track in the infield last year for a midweek race before the 400."

Race dates changed "from late July to September last year and then back to July" for '20. IMS President Doug Boles said of last year's changes, "We felt like the momentum of the Brickyard had changed. Part of that was the date change, but a lot of it was just a lot of the efforts the team put into adding content -- the dirt track was a big piece of that -- and really engaging the community."

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09/04/19
nasmon

NASCAR to get a comedy series


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09/04/19
irl
nasmon
f1

Final Weekend TV Ratings
*Note jump in IndyCar rating when the race was broadcast on a proper network channel (NBC) and not NBCSN as it was in 2018:
NetEventLocation2019 Total
Viewers
2019 18-49
Viewers
2019 TV
Rating
2018 TV
Rating
%Chg
NBCSNNASCAR Cup Southern 500Darlington1,855,000439,0001.141.54-26.0%
NBCNASCAR Xfinity RaceDarlington1,701,000325,0001.060.87+21.8%
NBCIndyCar RacePortland1,101,000202,0000.74*0.35+111.4%
ESPN2F1 RaceSpa660,000247,0000.400.30+33.3%
FS1NHRA FinalsIndy341,00056,0000.23--


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09/04/19
irl

IndyCar Portland TV rating (Update)

UPDATE NBC earned a 0.74 final rating for the Portland GP, down from the 0.81 overnight, but up 111% over last years horrible NBCSN 0.35 rating.  However, just as we told our readers for years, if they put all IndyCar races on network TV they will average over 1 million viewers per broadcast and the sponsors and manufacturers will start knocking on the doors.

The Portland race pulled in 1.1 million viewers - 10% above the magical 1 million mark. Of course the NBCSN numbers pale in comparison (1.1M viewers for NBC vs 0.52M for NBCSN) and are preventing IndyCar from reaching its full potential.

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09/04/19
f1

Ferrari drivers to get upgraded engine for Italian GP
Can Leclerc win again at Monza?
Can Leclerc win again at Monza?

Fresh from its maiden win of the season at Spa with Charles Leclerc, the Ferrari team will be gunning for glory again at its home race, on a layout that caters to low downforce and top speed, the prime qualities of Ferrari's SF90. 

The Italian outfit supplied its new engine to customer teams Haas and Alfa Rome in Belgium, but held off on bolting the updated unit on to its own cars at Spa in order to rely on absolutely pristine engines for its home race.

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09/04/19
imsa

Rahal rejoins Team Penske for Petit LeMans
Team Penske Acura at Road Atlanta in 2018
Team Penske Acura at Road Atlanta in 2018
IndyCar Series veteran driver Graham Rahal will return to compete for Acura Team Penske in next month’s Motul Petit Le Mans. Rahal will once again team up with Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor in the Acura Team Penske No. 7 DPi for the 10-hour endurance race at Road Atlanta. Rahal will step in for fellow IndyCar driver Alexander Rossi, who will be racing in Australia at the Bathurst 1000.

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09/04/19
irl
il

FAST FORWARD: 2019 Grand Prix of Portland
Will Power ate up Rosenqvist and Rossi and spit them out in Portland
Will Power ate up Rosenqvist and Rossi and spit them out in Portland
The 2019 Portland GP started with a bang, and turned into a productive Sunday for Team Penske as they are out to once again destroy the Ganassi and Andretti teams and its drivers.

Here's all the action in less than 30 minutes.

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09/04/19
f1

Video: Mercedes Belgian Grand Prix F1 Debrief
Hamilton wadded up his car in practice
Hamilton wadded up his car in practice
Andrew Shovlin, Mercedes f1 Trackside Engineering Director, answers your questions on the Belgian Grand Prix.

From what caused Lewis Hamilton's slow pit stop, to why we didn't pit him earlier than Leclerc.

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09/04/19
fe

Mahindra Racing Strengthens Team With New Hires
Mahindra driver Jerome D'Ambrosio in Morocco
Mahindra driver Jerome D'Ambrosio in Morocco
David Clarke and Paul Willett join Mahindra Racing as Team Manager and Chief Mechanic respectively
• The team strengthens its operations ahead of season six
• Aligning championship ambitions with in-house engineering capabilities

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09/04/19
wec

Toyota played WEC and FIA like a fiddle
Teams have learned to play IMSA and WEC like a fiddle over their Balance of Power adjustments
Teams have learned to play IMSA and WEC like a fiddle over their Balance of Power adjustments

Toyota has been accused of "playing games" with the true pace of its TS050 HYBRIDs during last weekend's World Endurance Championship opener at Silverstone by Rebellion's Gustavo Menezes.

Menezes made the comments after Toyota claimed a dominant one-two finish at Silverstone, finishing a lap clear of the #3 Rebellion R-13 shared by Loic Duval, Pipo Derani and Nathanael Berthon - while Menezes's #1 Rebellion that he shares with Norman Nato and Bruno Senna finished 10th and fifth in class.

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09/04/19
f1

Former Ferrari boss tips Vettel to hit back
Every driver hits that age when the reflexes slow and the lap times drop, 1/10th here, 2/10ths there. For some drivers it is at a younger age than others.
Every driver hits that age when the reflexes slow and the lap times drop, 1/10th here, 2/10ths there. For some drivers it is at a younger age than others.
(GMM) Ferrari's former boss is tipping Sebastian Vettel to bounce back at Monza.

It is expected that the Italian team will be very strong at its home race, and will even have an update of its already grid-leading engine in the luggage.

"We plan to introduce our third power unit this weekend," Ferrari confirmed.

It was Charles Leclerc who was dominant at Spa, securing his first victory just 24 hours after his friend Anthoine Hubert was killed at the same circuit. 

"Many drivers are fast," former Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali told Italian radio Rai.

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09/04/19
f1

Salo defends Red Bull driver decisions
Mika Salo
Mika Salo
(GMM) Former F1 driver Mika Salo has defended Red Bull's notorious driver development program.

Many in the paddock have criticized Dr Helmut Marko's regime, saying the 'junior team' puts too much expectation on young drivers like Pierre Gasly before unceremoniously dropping them.

"But don't forget, they joined the program deliberately -- Red Bull gave them the chance to get here," Salo told the Finnish broadcaster C More. 

Referring to drivers like Gasly, Daniil Kvyat and others who have fallen foul of the program, Salo explained: "They were unable to make the most of the opportunity they had, pushing themselves to the point of hitting the wall.

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09/04/19
f1

Verstappen 'almost better' than Hamilton - Sainz Jr.
Sainz Jr. had a lot to say
Sainz Jr. had a lot to say
(GMM) Carlos Sainz Jr. has made a frank assessment of some of his rivals on the F1 grid.

"Hamilton, I give a 9 or a 10," the McLaren driver told the Spanish broadcaster Movistar.

"Since Rosberg left, he's been at a very high level with less pressure. Verstappen is almost better, but at Spa he did the wrong thing," Sainz said, referring to the Dutchman's crash last Sunday with Kimi Raikkonen.

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09/04/19
f1

Seidl unsure about Alonso contract situation
Seidl and Brown will talk to Alonso at Monza
Seidl and Brown will talk to Alonso at Monza
(GMM) Andreas Seidl has played down suggestions that Fernando Alonso will advance plans to return to Formula 1 this weekend at Monza.

Recently, we quoted McLaren supremo Zak Brown as saying that he will "talk" to Alonso at Monza about the new Indycar project.

"He is aware and we will talk about it at Monza," he said.

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09/04/19
f1
irl

Alonso headed to Monza with McLaren to talk IndyCar
What will Alonso do in 2020?
What will Alonso do in 2020?
(GMM) Pedro de la Rosa does not think Fernando Alonso will return to Formula 1 in 2020.

Spaniard Alonso is suddenly back on the radar, as he will meet with McLaren officials at Monza to discuss the future.

But is believed those talks will be focused on McLaren's 2020 Indycar and Indy 500 projects. McLaren has already announced Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz for the F1 team next year.

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09/03/19
irl

Andretti Autosport speed differences (Update)
Colton Herta
Colton Herta is bloody quick not because he is lighter, but because he is good

UPDATE CORRECTION: We wanted to correct what we wrote yesterday because the rules have changed for how IndyCar ballasts the cars to equalize the total car weight due to differences in driver weights. What we wrote was true years ago, but not today.

When Danica Patrick started there was no ballasting at all due to driver weight differences.  Then, when they started to ballast the cars, the ballast could be placed anywhere in the car.  Later they moved to pockets where the ballast had to go in 5 and 10 pound increments and the drivers were weighed just twice per year. 

However, today all ballast must go directly under the driver, and each driver is weighed after Practice 1 each race weekend. Hence, with the current rules there is absolutely no advantage to be gained by lighter drivers and any speed difference between Colton Herta and his Andretti Autosport teammates is strictly due to Herta's driving abilities. Mark C. reporting for AR1.com

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09/03/19
wec

Rebellion to run only 1 car for upcoming season
#3 Rebellion at LeMans, this car will only run in a limited number of races for the 2019/2020 season
#3 Rebellion at LeMans, this car will only run in a limited number of races for the 2019/2020 season
Rebellion Racing will be running only a single-car LMP1 entry for the majority of the 2019/20 FIA World Endurance Championship.

The Swiss squad ran two cars recently at Silverstone when it added the #3 Rebellion R13-Gibson, driven to a third place finish by Nat Berthon, Pipo Derani and Loic Duval. At the time, the team said it was considering to run the car during every race in season 8, but the team has now confirmed that will not happen.

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09/03/19
f1

Albon was 'great' on Red Bull debut - Marko
Alex Albon
Alex Albon
(GMM) Alex Albon has now secured the full public backing of his other Red Bull boss, Dr Helmut Marko.

After Spa, Christian Horner said Albon had a "very good start" to his stint with the senior team, after replacing the struggling Pierre Gasly.

And now, Red Bull's notoriously tough driver manager, Marko, has also endorsed the rookie.

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09/03/19
f1

Honda must help solve poor race starts - Verstappen
Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen
(GMM) Max Verstappen says Red Bull-Honda has to improve the way his car gets off the line at the start of races.

The Dutchman says the start procedure hasn't changed in his four seasons with the team, but what has changed for 2019 is the success of his getaways.

"We are struggling this year to keep the wheelspin consistent," Verstappen told Ziggo Sport.

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09/03/19
f1

Ricciardo expects to 'learn' from Ocon
Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo
(GMM) Daniel Ricciardo says he welcomes the arrival of a new teammate for 2020.

Renault has decided to oust Nico Hulkenberg and replace him with Esteban Ocon, the current Mercedes reserve driver who will remain managed by Toto Wolff next year.

"It's a huge opportunity for me to work with such a big manufacturer that has won titles in the past," Ocon told Canal Plus.

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09/03/19
f1
f2

Schumacher needs another F2 season - Domenicali
Mick Schumacher not ready for F1
Mick Schumacher not ready for F1
(GMM) Mick Schumacher should spend another season in Formula 2.

That is the view of Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali, who worked closely with Mick's father Michael Schumacher during his ultra-successful Ferrari career.

A rumor is doing the rounds suggesting that Alfa Romeo could oust Antonio Giovinazzi at the end of the year, with Ferrari moving its backing for the seat to Schumacher.

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09/03/19
f1

Binotto denies Vettel now number 2 driver
Vettel getting beat regularly by Leclerc now
Vettel getting beat regularly by Leclerc now

(GMM) Team boss Mattia Binotto has denied that Sebastian Vettel is now Ferrari's number 2 driver.

His denial comes after the Italian media said Charles Leclerc's first win at Spa last Sunday marked a turning point in the Ferrari hierarchy.

"Vettel must clear the way for Leclerc," declared La Repubblica newspaper.

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09/03/19
f2
f1

F2 fatality no risk to Spa future
Spa not at risk
Spa not at risk

(GMM) Spa Francorchamps will make circuit modifications before F1's return to Belgium in 2020.

The news comes as both Belgian authorities and F1's governing FIA launch investigations into the death of Formula 2 driver Anthoine Hubert.

The Belgian police investigation concerns the "involuntary manslaughter" of French driver Hubert, even though such a probe is customary after any violent death.

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09/03/19
irl

Just one race left to settle it


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09/03/19
nasmon

Best of: Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway Highlights
Live through the lens of NASCAR.com's cameras in this best of Darlington highlights video.

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09/03/19
f1

Video: How to Beat the Fearsome Spa-Francorchamps
A lap around Spa
From La Source through Eau Rouge, Les Combes, Pouhon, Stavelot and Blanchimont...

The mighty 7.004 km Spa-Francorchamps Circuit is rightfully considered one of the greatest racing tracks on the planet!

Two-time Formula 1 Esports Champion Brendon Leigh shows you how to take on the home of the Belgian Grand Prix...

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09/03/19
automotive

Video: Porsche Taycan accelerates 0-90-0 mph on the USS Hornet
The soon to be released Taycan outdoes itself with a new first. Watch professional racer, Shea Holbrook, floor the still camouflaged Taycan from 0 to 90 mph and back to 0 in just 10.17 seconds, on none other than the USS Hornet aircraft carrier.

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09/03/19
wec
imsa

Dynamic Duo - Porsche's Nick Tandy & Patrick Pilet
Mobil 1 The Grid meet the Porsche works duo who share the #911 Porsche 911 RSR in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Since they first drove together in 2015 Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet have been doing their bit for Anglo-French relations and this year are helping Porsche to dominate North America’s premier sportscar series.​

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09/03/19
irl

IndyCar Portland Honda race recap
Felix Rosenqvist
Felix Rosenqvist
Will Power in his #12 Penske Chevy held off Ganassi Honda rookie Felix Rosenqvist after a late yellow to win the Portland Grand Prix on a sunny day in the Northwest.

Alexander Rossi moved back into 2nd in points with a third place finish in his #27 Andretti Honda. Josef Newgarden kept a strong point lead going into the season finale with a 5th place finish behind polesitter Colton Herta in the Harding Steinbrenner Honda.

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09/03/19
f1

Jackie Stewart says young F1 drivers are taking too many risks
Sir Jackie Stewart
Sir Jackie Stewart
Sir Jackie Stewart believes Formula One drivers are taking too many risks and has warned another serious accident could be imminent.

“You know what? They might have to get used to it,” Stewart told The Scotsman. “In my view, there have been far too many incidents over the last 24 or 36 months, because there has never been a penalty to the extent we saw this weekend.

“We have seen wings broken, cars going up in air. It even happened on Sunday when Max Verstappen collided with Kimi Raikkonen on the first lap.

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09/03/19
usac

90 Drivers To Compete for Spot in BC39 Feature Sept. 4-5 at IMS
Brady Bacon kisses the dirty bricks in 2018
Brady Bacon kisses the dirty bricks in 2018
Ninety drivers are on the final entry list for the Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink on Sept. 4-5 at The Dirt Track at IMS.

This is the third-largest field for a USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event in the past three decades. Drivers assembled in the stacked field have accumulated 23 USAC National championships and 208 total USAC National Midget feature wins. Twenty-six drivers will race for a $15,000 prize awarded to the winner of the A-Main on Thursday night, Sept. 5.

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