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09/13/19
motogp

Vinales leads Yamaha 1-2 in Friday practice at Misano

Maverick Vinales
Maverick Vinales
Unlucky Friday 13th? Not for Yamaha at the GP Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini after Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) topped the Friday times from Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT), with Valentino Rossi and Franco Morbidelli joining their teammates in the top five at Misano.

FP2 saw Vinales and Quartararo set the pace as the duo were split by a slender 0.057, the Spaniard and Frenchman sitting over three tenths clear of their nearest competitor – Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team). Yamaha have seemingly picked up where they left off at the Misano Test and speaking after Friday’s track action, Vinales explains how he hit the ground running from the word go in FP1.

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09/13/19
automotive

All-Electric Mercedes AMGs Are In The Works
Mercedes EQS
Mercedes EQS
Mercedes-AMG offers an assortment of electrified models including the CLS 53, E53 and GLE 53. Now, the company has confirmed Affalterbach-developed all-electric cars are also headed our way.

Speaking with Autocar, Daimler CEO Ola Kallenius said: “We have to get to the point where the means of propulsion is not considered important, because AMG is all about the experience of customers. That is why we are starting to work not just on electrified AMGs but also our first fully electric AMGs.”

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09/13/19
f1

Mercedes to again supply engines to Williams
Kubica in the WIlliams
Kubica in the Williams

ROKiT Williams Racing and Mercedes-Benz are pleased to confirm a long-term power unit partnership extension, until the end of the 2025 FIA Formula One World Championship season.

Williams has been in partnership with Mercedes-Benz since the start of the 2014 season. The team will continue to be supplied with Mercedes-Benz Power Units (Internal Combustion Engine plus Energy Recovery System) by Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) based in Brixworth, UK for a further five years from 2021, following the conclusion of the original agreement. Williams will continue to manufacture its own transmission.

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09/13/19
f1

Berger: Vettel has to find a bit of mongrel
For the 2nd year in a row Vettel spun on his own at Monza like a complete wanker
For the 2nd year in a row Vettel spun on his own at Monza like a complete wanker
Sebastian Vettel is under pressure following his Monza meltdown, and Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes the former world champion can’t be written off yet — but ex-Ferrari driver Gerhard Berger wants to see a more ruthless Vettel writes James Pavey of Fox Sports.

Vettel was comprehensively outpaced by younger teammate and first-year Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc in Belgium and Italy.

The Monegasque easily accounted for four-time world champion Vettel at Spa with the German missing out on the podium, before a disastrous race on Ferrari home turf opened Vettel up to even more criticism.

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09/13/19
f1e

World's Fastest Gamer finalists set for ultimate motorsport road trip in California
The winner of this year's World Fastest Gamer competition will be crowned in California after enjoying the ultimate motorsport road trip where they will experience 12 days that most gamers could only dream of.

The ten finalists are competing to earn a real-world race drive competing in Aston Martin GT cars throughout 2020 – a prize valued at more than US$1 million .

The October "California Dreaming" tour will push the gamers through an intensive set of challenges across 12 days to find the candidate considered most capable of making the transition from "gamer to racer."

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09/13/19
f1

Renault reports $10m loss trying to win in F1
Cyril Abiteboul spending big but making few gains
Cyril Abiteboul spending big but making few grid gains
In its efforts to catch Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull, Renault turned a £1 pre-tax profit into a £7.8m loss in 2018.

The Oxfordshire-based French team saw its costs increase by £18.6m to £152.3m in the year to 31 December (2018), while revenue rose by just 7.6%.

Driving the increased spending was a recruitment drive which saw 70 new staff recruited - bringing the total to 676 - as well as £9.9m spent on such things as improving its Enstone HQ.



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09/13/19
v8

Lee Holdsworth quickest in P2, McLaughlin has engine drama
Lee Holdsworth
Lee Holdsworth
AUCKLAND - Lee Holdsworth has edged closer to his first podium finish in 1987 days, after clocking the fastest ever lap at Pukekohe Park Raceway in today's second practice session for the ITM Auckland SuperSprint.

The Bottle-O Mustang driver, who last stood on the podium as a winner at Winton in April 2014, was quickest in drying conditions this afternoon ahead of Auckland-born Red Bull Holden Ace Shane van Gisbergen and Milwaukee Racing Mustang's Will Davison.

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09/12/19
automotive

McLaren moves USA headquarters near Texas Motor Speedway
Moving out of Tax and Spend NYC, McLaren's move to a Dallas suberb should make Texas Motor Speedway an important stop on the IndyCar schedule for the English carmaker
Moving out of Tax and Spend NYC, McLaren's move to a Dallas Ft Worth Airport suburb should make Texas Motor Speedway an important stop on the IndyCar schedule for the English carmaker
McLaren North America, the largest global market for luxury British sportscar and supercar manufacturer McLaren Automotive, is set to move its headquarters operation from New York City to the city of Coppell, Texas just outside of Dallas.

Since entering the US market in late 2011, McLaren has seen massive growth in sales, recently passing the 7,000-vehicle milestone, and continues to set monthly records with sales up more than 17% year-on-year in 2019.

With the brand set to unveil 14 new models and/or derivatives under its ambitious Track25 business plan alongside the four already announced, the new facility prepares the company for its next phase of growth for the North American market.

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09/12/19
automotive

Video: Tesla Model S doing some laps at Nurburgring
Will the new high performance Model S smack down the Taycan?
Will the new high performance Model S smack down the Taycan?
A new video of Tesla testing its new modified Model S on the Nurburgring racetrack has been released, and it shows the electric car shredding some tires ahead of a record attempt.

As we previously reported, following the recent launch of the Porsche Taycan, Tesla CEO Elon Musk appears to be on a mission to show that Tesla’s vehicles are still the highest-performing EVs available today.

Last week, he said that Tesla would bring a Model S to Nurburgring race track — right after Porsche established a new 4-door electric car record at the track.

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09/12/19
tv news

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern. Note: There is no IndyCar America show (like the NASCAR America show), and all IndyCar practice sessions are not on TV (you have to pay for them) like the NASCAR practice sessions because NBCSN really only cares about NASCAR it would seem. They treat IndyCar like a necessary evil. 
Friday, September 13LocationTV TimesNetwork
NASCAR Xfinity Practice 1Las Vegas3:30-4:30pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity Practice 2Las Vegas6:30-7:30pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Cup Practice 1Las Vegas4:30-5:30pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Truck QualifyingLas Vegas5:30-6:30pm (L)FS1
NASCAR Xfinity Practice 2Las Vegas6:30-7:30pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Cup Practice 2Las Vegas7:30-8:30pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Truck RaceLas Vegas8:30-9:00 pm Pre-race
9:00-11:30pm (L) - Race
FS1
Saturday, September 14LocationTV TimesNetwork
NASCAR Xfinity QualifyingLas Vegas2:30-3:30pm (L)NBCSN
IMSA QualifyingLaguna Seca3:30-4:45pm (L)IMSA TV
NASCAR Cup QualifyingLas Vegas4:00-5:30pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity RaceLas Vegas7:00pm-7:30pm (L) - Pre-Race
7:30pm-10:00pm (L) - Race
10:00pm-10:30pm (L) - Post-Race
NBCSN
Sunday, September 15LocationTV TimesNetwork
MotoGP RaceMisano4:55-9:00am (L)beIN
NHRA FinalsReading2:00-5:00pm (L)FS1
IMSA RaceLaguna Seca3:00-6:00pm (L)NBC
Trans-Am RaceMid-Ohio4:00-5:00pm (D)CBS-SN
NASCAR Cup RaceLas Vegas6:30pm-7:00pm (L) - Pre-Race
7:00pm-10:30pm (L) - Race
10:30pm-11:30pm (L) - Post-Race
NBCSN

Legend: L= Live, SDD = Same day delay; D = delayed; R = Repeat



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09/12/19
MotoGP

MotoAmerica to race at IMS
IMS has tried everything except Swamp Buggy racing instead of a 2nd IndyCar race to end the season. They will continue to fail until they do that
IMS has tried everything except Swamp Buggy racing instead of a 2nd IndyCar race to end the IndyCar season. They will continue to fail until they add an IndyCar grand finale
Motorcycle racing "will return" to Indianapolis Motor Speedway after a five-year absence in a MotoAmerica event scheduled for Aug. 21-23 next year.

The last motorcycle race at the venue was in '15, when the "Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix ended an eight-year run at the track's road course."

That race, a support event of the MotoGP World Championship, drew about 67,000 fans. The event "left Indianapolis with two years left on its contract after a mutual decision by IMS and Dorna Sports" IBJ.com

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09/12/19
r2i

2020 Road to Indy Schedule
Indy Pro 2000 action
Indy Pro 2000 action
The 2020 schedule for the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires – the only driver development program of its type in the world with a scholarship-funded path to the pinnacle of the sport – was announced today by Andersen Promotions. All three levels of the ladder system – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship – will compete at prominent venues throughout North America and Canada with all events in support of the NTT IndyCar Series, offering scholarships and awards valued at over $2.7 million.

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09/12/19
irl

DHL Celebrates 50 Years With Special Hunter-Reay Laguna Seca Indycar Livery
Ryan Hunter-Reay gets a new look for Laguna Seca
Ryan Hunter-Reay gets a new look for Laguna Seca
When Ryan Hunter-Reay takes the track at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for the NTT IndyCar season finale, his No. 28 DHL machine will take on a meaningful paint scheme as DHL celebrates 50 years since the company’s founding by three entrepreneurs in San Francisco in 1969. 

“The special 50th anniversary car livery is an exciting way for us to commemorate the international heritage of DHL, and our successful partnership with Andretti,” said Mike Parra, CEO of DHL Express Americas. “Our journey has been remarkable, hatched by three American visionaries who started an innovative enterprise and tested new markets around the globe. Today, we can bring 220 countries closer together through the power, and speed, of global trade. The world is changing fast, and we are excited to take the lead in international logistics to usher in the next 50.”   

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09/12/19
F1e

Red Bull gets a token F1 eSports win
Winner Frederik Rasmussen
Winner Frederik Rasmussen
Red Bull Racing’s Esports Team got its 2019 Formula 1 Esports campaign off to a winning start with Frederik Rasmussen claiming victory in the final race of the series’ first triple-header weekend at London’s GFinity Arena last night.

Starting from pole position at Azerbaijan’s Baku City Circuit, the Danish racer dominated from the start, steadily building a gap back to Williams’ Tino Naukkarinen. Following the win Rasmussen paid tribute to Red Bull teammate Joni Tormala who contributed to a thrilling team victory.

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09/12/19
fe
irl

Record audience figures and revenue as Formula E
While IndyCar remains a small domestic series, Agag is making Formula E into a global powerhouse in a few short years. Formula E has attracted more manufacturers than IndyCar could ever dream of. Why? Management.
While IndyCar remains a small domestic series, Agag, in just a few short years, is making Formula E into a global powerhouse. Formula E has attracted more manufacturers than IndyCar could ever dream of. Why? Management and TV distribution
The ABB FIA Formula E Championship has further accelerated its audience growth across the board in season five and still remains the sport of choice for young fans, with 72 per cent of followers on social channels under the age of 35.

Consumer growth figures at the end of the season also reflect a similar upward trajectory of the company’s financials. The preliminary numbers show a record revenue of over €200 million (EUR), up more than 50 per cent from last season and a positive EBITDA for the first time in the short history of Formula E. 

Not only has Formula E seen a significant increase in revenue, the series has also experienced yet another consecutive year of growth across its digital platforms, as well as increased event attendance and more fans tuning in to watch on television.

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09/12/19
f1

Leclerc now Ferrari's number 1 - Lehto
Charles Leclerc has buried Sebastian Vettel
Charles Leclerc has buried Sebastian Vettel
(GMM) Charles Leclerc is now Ferrari's "number 1 driver".

That is the view of JJ Lehto, who was once the supporting act for none other than Michael Schumacher at Benetton.

"Michael himself was no tyrant," the 53-year-old Finn told Iltalehti newspaper.

"He was an insanely good driver, but he also put all the right people around him.

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09/12/19
f1

Formula E not end of de Vries' F1 hopes - Wolff
Nyck de Vrie's check was not big enough for an F1 seat
Nyck de Vries' check was not big enough for an F1 seat
(GMM) Formula 2 title favorite Nyck de Vries has put his F1 hopes on hold for now.

Mercedes has announced that the F2 points leader will join Stoffel Vandoorne in the German marque's inaugural Formula E driver lineup.

"Of course every young driver wants to be in Formula 1," 24-year-old Dutchman de Vries, who until this year was a McLaren junior driver, said.

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09/12/19
f1

No knee-jerk safety changes for Singapore - Masi
Singapore
Singapore
(GMM) Formula 1 will not have any knee-jerk reactions after the serious incidents seen at the last two grands prix.

At Spa, Anthoine Hubert crashed and was killed when fellow Formula 2 driver Jean Manuel Fangio, who remains in a coma with critical injuries, struck him at 250kph.

The Belgian circuit is now considering reverting to gravel run-off at the top of Eau Rouge.

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09/12/19
f1

Aldo Costa is not joining Haas - Steiner
F1 design great Aldo Costa
F1 design great Aldo Costa
(GMM) Gunther Steiner says Haas will not benefit from chassis partner Dallara's new recruit.

At Monza, Mercedes announced that its technical advisor Aldo Costa is leaving the championship winning team to join the Italian motorsport company.

"My family is in Italy and for us it was quite tough," Italian Costa said at Monza, having been based near Mercedes' UK factory for years. 

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09/12/19
f1

Video: First look at F1's 18-inch tires in action


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09/12/19
fe

Mercedes locks in F1 rejects for 2019/20 (Update)
Mercedes has unveiled its 2019/20 Formula E car
Mercedes has unveiled its 2019/20 Formula E car

UPDATE The Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team has broken cover ahead of its inaugural season in the all-electric formula later this year.

As part of the launch at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, the team pulled the covers back on its car, the Silver Arrow 01, and confirmed Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries as drivers.

“In Stoffel and Nyck, we have recruited two formidable and adaptable drivers who can continue to learn and grow with us in our debut season in Formula E,” said team principal Ian James.

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09/11/19
imsa

MemSQL to be No. 12 AVS primary sponsor at Laguna Seca
No. 12 livery for Laguna Seca
No. 12 livery for Laguna Seca
AIM VASSER SULLIVAN announced today that MemSQL will be the primary sponsor of the No. 12 AIM VASSER SULLIVAN Lexus RC F GT3 car during the Monterey Grand Prix, September 13-15 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California.

“We are excited to announce that MemSQL has decided to be the primary sponsor for the Monterey SportsCar Championship,” said AIM VASSER SULLIVAN co-owner James “Sulli” Sullivan. “Power is what fundamentally drives our Lexus RC-F’s, and data is what steers us.   We derive power from the ability to make our data work for us...…harnessing the power of this data and turning it into a competitive advantage, that’s what our MemSQL partnership provides us.”

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09/11/19
nasmon

Paul Menard to Retire, Matt DiBenedetto to replace him (Update)
Paul Menard
Paul Menard

UPDATE Driver Paul Menard is retiring from full-time driving in NASCAR in '20, but said that the Wisconsin-based home improvement chain founded by his father John will "continue a full-season sponsorship" in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series next year, according to Dave Kallmann of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL.

The Menards' sponsorship will be split between Matt DiBenedetto's car and the Penske car driven by Ryan Blaney. DiBenedetto is set to "take over the Wood Brothers Racing No. 21 Ford Mustang" in '20. Menards has been a "big backer" of Menard's racing career.

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09/11/19
f1

Vettel has lost Leclerc's 'killer instinct' - Berger
Vettel has to start thinking what to plant in his garden
Vettel has to start thinking what to plant in his garden
(GMM) Charles Leclerc has the sort of "killer instinct" that Sebastian Vettel has lost.

That is the view of Gerhard Berger, as the world of Formula 1 considers whether number 1 status at Ferrari has been passed to Leclerc after his back-to-back wins at Spa and Monza.

In Monza qualifying, 21-year-old Leclerc had refused to obey a team instruction to give Vettel a slipstream.

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09/11/19
f1

Leclerc self-critical, Verstappen not - Alesi
Jean Alesi at Monza Sunday
Jean Alesi at Monza Sunday
(GMM) The difference between Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen is self-criticism.

That is the view of Jean Alesi, who was asked by Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport to consider the differences between F1's hottest two young stars.

"It is true that they have different characters," said the former Ferrari driver.

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09/11/19
f1

Abiteboul confirms Renault's 1000hp breakthrough
Cyril Abiteboul
Cyril Abiteboul
(GMM) Renault broke the 1000 horsepower barrier some time ago, team boss Cyril Abiteboul has confirmed.

Last month, Renault engine boss Remi Taffin made a similar claim, which was ridiculed by Red Bull-Honda's Max Verstappen.

"Well, if they claim to have 1000 horsepower, they have a really bad car!" he scoffed.

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09/11/19
f1

Hulkenberg too 'negative' for Renault - Prost
For Alain Prost that's a nice way of saying he's too slow
For Alain Prost that's a nice way of saying he's too slow
(GMM) Renault ousted Nico Hulkenberg because he is too "pessimistic" and "negative".

That is the claim of Renault advisor and F1 legend Alain Prost, as he explained why the French works team has instead signed up fellow Frenchman Esteban Ocon for 2020.

German Hulkenberg, linked with moves to Alfa Romeo or Haas, is currently looking for a new home for next year.

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09/11/19
f1

F1 to re-consider gravel for Parabolica
F1 cars exit the Parabolica and its expansive asphalt runoff area
F1 cars exit the Parabolica and its expansive asphalt runoff area

(GMM) F1 race director Michael Masi says the governing FIA will consider resurrecting the gravel trap at Monza's famous Parabolica corner.

The gravel was controversially replaced with asphalt a few years ago, requiring the FIA to install a 'sausage' kerb to prevent drivers from exploiting track limits.

But that curb had to be quickly removed ahead of the Italian GP last weekend after F3 driver Alex Peroni broke a vertebrae in a terrifying airborne crash.

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09/11/19
f1

Italian GP TV Rating (Update)
Monza
Monza

UPDATE Final viewership for Italian GP was 635k up from 610k last year and up from 510k on NBCSN in 2017. Eleven of 14 races have had YOY increases.

Only one re-air on ESPNEWS and it added another 37,000 viewers for a total viewers of 672k.

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09/10/19
v8

NAPA to sponsor Rossi in Bathurst 1000
Alexander Rossi
Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport IndyCar star Alexander Rossi will be in familiar colors when he makes his Supercars debut at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

NAPA Auto Parts, which backs the American’s IndyCar, has been announced as the major sponsor of the Bathurst wildcard Rossi will share with Canadian James Hinchcliffe.

The Walkinshaw Andretti United wildcard will run alongside the team’s existing entries for Scott Pye/Warren Luff and James Courtney/Jack Perkins.

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09/10/19
nhra

2020 NHRA Schedule Released
Bo Butner
Bo Butner

NHRA officials have released the 2020 schedule for the Pro Stock category of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Pro Stock teams will compete at 18 of the 24 events on the series. Throughout the year, NHRA will celebrate the 50th anniversary of this exciting and competitive class. 

Pro Stock returns to several venues in 2020 including the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals in Houston, the NHRA Southern Nationals in Atlanta, and the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals in Topeka, Kan. Additionally, fans in Bristol, Tenn., and Epping, N.H., will see Pro Stock in action at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals and the NHRA New England Nationals. 

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09/10/19
nasmon
nasx
f1
nhra

Final weekend TV Ratings
Moving from NBCSN on Monday in 2018, the Brickyard TV rating was up 52.4% over last year on NBC
NetworkEventLocation2019 Total
Viewers
2019 18-49
Viewers
2019 TV
Rating
2018
Rating
%Chg
NBCNASCAR Brickyard 400Indianapolis2,969,000533,0001.89*1.24+52.4%
NBCSNNASCAR Xfinity RaceIndianapolis995,000183,0000.61N/A-
FOXNHRA FinalsIndianapolis950,000278,0000.62--
ESPN2F1 Italian GPMonza635,000237,0000.410.39+5.1%

*NBCSN race



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09/10/19
imsa

McLaren to be presenting sponsor at Laguna Seca
Laguna Seca action
Laguna Seca action
McLaren Automotive has been confirmed as Presenting Sponsor of the upcoming IMSA (International Motor Sports Association) race weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. The announcement forms part of the multi-year agreement between McLaren Automotive and IMSA which sees the event titled ‘Monterey Sports Car Championship powered by McLaren’ over the weekend 14-15 September at the iconic Californian circuit.

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09/10/19
track news

Sheetz Signs As Richmond Raceway's Official Convenience Store
Sheetz station and convenience store
Sheetz station and convenience store
Sheetz today will announce that it has signed as Richmond Raceway’s official convenience store and will activate at the track's NASCAR weekend next week.

Sheetz will entitle and activate in one of the "neighborhood" areas of the track's infield, and the Pennsylvania-based company also will be the presenting sponsor of Richmond's Scout program that provides special camping and discount ticket prices to Boy Scouts. It is unclear how Sheetz will activate in its infield area near Turn 4.

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09/10/19
f1

Teams choose tire sets for next F1 race
The FIA has communicated each team's tire choices for the forthcoming Singapore Grand Prix (September 20-22).

Tires for each driver
Tires for each driver

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09/10/19
f1

Williams' losses widen
Claire WIlliams - running dad's company into the ground?
Claire Williams - running dad's company into the ground?
Williams Grand Prix Holdings PLC (WGPH, Ticker: WGF1) today announced the Group’s interim results for the six months to 30 June 2019. WGPH is the ultimate holding company of the Williams group of companies, which includes Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited and Williams Advanced Engineering Limited.

Group revenue was lower in the first six months of 2019 at £77.8m, compared to £82.6m in the same period last year. The EBITDA loss widened to £18.8m during the first half of this year, from £2.7m in the prior year. The Formula One operation generated revenue of £46.3m in the six months to 30 June 2019 (2018: £60.7m) with an EBITDA loss of £16.8m (2018: profit of £0.2m). Williams Advanced Engineering increased revenue to £30.9m in 2019 (2018: £21.5m) with an EBITDA of £2.5m (2018: £2.2m).

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09/10/19
f1

Verstappen says he could be Leclerc's teammate
Was that Max Verstappen exiting the red Ferrari motorhome on Thursday in Monza?
Was that Max Verstappen exiting the red Ferrari motorhome on Thursday in Monza?
(GMM) Max Verstappen says he would be happy to be Charles Leclerc's teammate in Formula 1.

It is a scintillating prospect, as the young duo - both 21 - are regarded as the cream of the sport's exciting new generation of drivers.

"There are so many drivers who in just a few years have written Formula 1 history," former F1 driver Giancarlo Fisichella told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"But the new generation is fast approaching. If I was a team manager, I would definitely bet on Leclerc and Verstappen," he said.

It is reported in Italy that Ferrari is about to boost Leclerc's contracted EUR 3 million salary for 2020 by a factor of three, up to EUR 9m.

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09/10/19
f1

Red Bull to decide 2020 lineups after Austin
Can Albon keep his Red Bull seat?
Can Albon keep his Red Bull seat?
(GMM) Red Bull will decide its driver lineups for 2020 before the end of the season.

The energy drink stable demoted Pierre Gasly from the senior team after the summer break, instead relying on rookie Alex Albon to be Max Verstappen's teammate.

Daniil Kvyat said at Monza that he was not impressed with Albon's debut, but Red Bull driver manager Dr Helmut Marko does not agree.

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09/10/19
f1

Russell expected Kubica relationship to suffer
George Russell
George Russell
(GMM) George Russell says he gets along well with his Williams teammate Robert Kubica.

That may surprise some, as Pole Kubica's future looks clouded because of how consistently he is out-performed by rookie Russell at the back of the field.

"Honestly, when it comes to our relationship, it's better than I thought," Russell told the Polish newspaper Przeglad Sportowy.

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09/10/19
f1

Giovinazzi confident about 2020 seat
Antonio Giovinazzi
Antonio Giovinazzi
(GMM) Antonio Giovinazzi thinks he is doing enough to hang on to his seat at Alfa Romeo.

Earlier in 2019, the Ferrari-backed Italian's future looked grim as he struggled to match teammate Kimi Raikkonen's consistent points scoring.

He started to look better mid-season, but then crashed in a comfortable points-scoring position on the penultimate lap at Spa.

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09/10/19
f1

Hamilton warns Leclerc over future duels
Someone needs to get Hamilton a crying towel. Even if he did manage to pass Leclerc his softer medium tires were soon done and Leclerc would have easily repassed him.
Someone needs to get Hamilton a crying towel. Even if he did manage to pass Leclerc his softer medium tires were soon done and Leclerc would have easily repassed him.
(GMM) Lewis Hamilton has warned that he may not always be as compliant when he gets in a duel with rising F1 sensation Charles Leclerc.

Asked what would have happened if he wasn't thinking about his sixth world championship, the Mercedes driver said after the Monza race: "We would have collided."

Hamilton says Leclerc is actually among the more "respectful" drivers on the grid, but he warned that he too can match that level of aggression.

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09/10/19
f1

McLaren set to focus on 2020 car
Carlos Sainz Jr. in the slow McLaren
Carlos Sainz Jr. in the slow McLaren
(GMM) McLaren says it will not compromise development of its 2020 car.

The once-struggling British team is a strong 'best of the rest' fourth in the constructors' championship, but Renault had a notably better weekend at Monza.

However, team boss Andreas Seidl says McLaren will continue to push ahead with its plans for an even faster car for next year.

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09/10/19
f1

'No idea' about Vettel's future - Marko
Vettel seen in Red Bull Motorhome - headed back to Red Bull?
Vettel seen in Red Bull Motorhome - headed back to Red Bull?
(GMM) Dr Helmut Marko has once again dismissed rumors that Sebastian Vettel could resurrect his F1 career at Red Bull.

After another bad race for the quadruple world champion at Monza, the specialist F1 media says Spa and Monza winner Charles Leclerc is the new de-facto Ferrari number 1.

"His triumph was like a coronation," La Gazzetta dello Sport said of 21-year-old Leclerc after Monza.

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09/10/19
f1

Haas title sponsor controversy continues at Spa (Update)
Rich Energy still on Haas cars
Rich Energy to be removed on Haas cars

UPDATE (GMM) The F1 team Haas has finally split with its controversial title sponsor.

The final chapter in the American outfit's farcical collaboration with Rich Energy, a mysterious British energy drink brand, was a statement on Monday announcing that they have split "amicably".

Haas confirmed to news sources that it will keep its current black and gold livery.

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09/10/19
f1

Michael Schumacher in hospital for 'secret treatment' (Update)
Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher

UPDATE (GMM) Michael Schumacher is in a Paris hospital.

The F1 legend, who has not been seen or heard of publicly since sustaining brain injuries in a 2013 skiing crash, was admitted to the Hospital European Georges-Pompidou on Monday, according to Le Parisien newspaper.

The report said the 50-year-old is receiving treatment in a cardiovascular surgery unit by professor Philippe Menasche, a specialist surgeon in heart failure cell therapy.

Menasche, a pioneer in engineered heart tissue, is known for his groundbreaking stem cell research.

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09/10/19
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Da Costa exits as Guenther joins Andretti BMW Formula E team
Maximilian Guenther
Maximilian Guenther

BMW i Andretti Motorsport has signed Maximilian Guenther for the 2019/20 Formula E season, replacing Felix da Costa who wants to win a Formula E title so is reported to be moving to the champion DS Techeetah team, which is set to announce a replacement for Andre Lotterer after he joined Porsche's first FE line-up..

The fate of its other driver, Alexander Sims, is unconfirmed.

Guenther twice recorded finishes of fifth in the 10 races he contested last season, his first in Formula E, with Dragon Racing and finished 17th in the championship.

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09/09/19
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nasmon

Don Miller, Dan Luginbuhl Inducted Into Team Penske Hall Of Fame
Don Miller, Roger Penske and Dan Luginbuhl
Don Miller, Roger Penske and Dan Luginbuhl
Team Penske inducted two long-time team leaders and executives into the Team Penske Hall of Fame this morning, as former Penske Racing South President Don Miller and Dan Luginbuhl, one of the pioneers of motorsports marketing and public relations, were honored in a special ceremony at the team’s Mooresville, North Carolina facility.

Miller met team owner Roger Penske in the early 1970s during his time as a sales manager for National Engines and Parts, Co. in St. Louis. Miller joined Penske Racing in 1972, working on the team’s stock car and IndyCar programs. A former racer himself, Miller brought a wide range of experience to the team and he worked in many capacities on his way to becoming Vice President of Penske Products.

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09/09/19
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Jean Alesi exhibits 18-inch F2 Pirelli tires at Monza (Update)
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Jean Alesi with Pirelli and F2 execs
Jean Alesi with Pirelli and FIA execs

09/07/19 This afternoon, ahead of the FIA Formula 2 Round 10 Feature Race at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza in Italy, Jean Alesi took the F2 development car out on track to showcase Pirelli's new 18-inch tires.

The Italian crowd was delighted to see the former Ferrari Formula 1 star complete a lap at the historic circuit in a vision of the road to F1’s future, with the bigger tires set to debut in F2 next season, ahead of their introduction into F1 in 2021.

An intensive testing program is already well underway, with Formula 2 and Pirelli working together throughout this season to develop the tires and the upgrade of the current car. Testing will continue as soon as next week as the 2019 season draws to an exciting conclusion and preparations begin in earnest for the next campaign.

Jean Alesi said: “It was an amazing experience to be able to show the Italian crowd, and the rest of the world, what the Formula 2 car will look like in 2020 with the new 18-inch Pirelli tires. I really enjoyed my time out there on a track where I secured two F1 pole positions: this car is great to drive!

“I was able to prepare for this event earlier this week by completing a few laps at Magny Cours to find the feeling and make sure today's demonstration was a success. I would like to thank F2 and Pirelli for this wonderful opportunity.”

18 inch wheels on revised F2 car
18 inch wheels on revised F2 car

FIA Single-Seater Commission President, Stefano Domenicali, said: “It’s fantastic to be here in Monza in front of so many passionate fans unveiling the new 18-inch tires that will be used in the FIA Formula 2 Championship from next year. I think they look great, and with the same 18-inch specification coming to the FIA Formula One World Championship from 2021, the link between the different steps on the FIA single-seater pyramid become even stronger, making the young drivers even better prepared for the top category of motor sport.”

Ross Brawn, Formula 1 Managing Director, Motorsports, said: “I’m very happy that the fans have been able to see what Formula 2 will look like next season, and ultimately witness what the future has in store for Formula 1 from 2021. F2 is not just a world-renowned platform to showcase young driving talent on the road to F1, but the championship also plays an important role when it comes to technical developments such as this. The data that Pirelli and Formula 2 have already collected in testing, and will continue to gather in an extremely competitive racing environment in 2020, will be crucial in helping us develop a better understanding of the next generation of tires for Formula 1.”

Bruno Michel, FIA Formula 2 CEO, commented: “Today was a great opportunity for us to showcase the 18-inch Pirelli tires which will be introduced on our cars in 2020, one year before Formula 1. As always, we are pleased that our championship is not only a training ground for the young drivers, but also that our car is used to help implement F1’s future developments. We are conducting an intense development program and today’s demo run was an important step to it.”

Mario Isola, Head of F1 and Car Racing at Pirelli, said: “The testing of next year’s ground-breaking Formula 2 tires is already well-advanced, paving the way for a brand-new look in Formula 1 as well from 2021. The links between Formula 2 and Formula 1 have never been closer, symbolized by this eye-catching demonstration at our home track. Many thanks to Formula 2 CEO Bruno Michel for accepting this technical challenge, and to Jean Alesi for sharing it with everyone in such a memorable way.”

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09/09/19
nasmon

Brickyard 400 TV Rating
Not too many people watched the Brickyard 400
Not too many people watched the Brickyard 400
NBC earned a 1.9 overnight for yesterday's Brickyard 400 at Indy. Last year's race was rained out and postponed to Monday and aired on NBCSN.

The race got a 3.3 in '17 on NBC, but it was in July so not up against NFL. 

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09/09/19
nasmon

Cup Series playoff field is set
Johnson fails
Johnson fails
It’s time for the Cup playoffs. The 16-driver field was set after Sunday’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman securing the final two spots.

The focus turns to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for next Sunday’s playoff opener in what is expected to be 100-degree temperature.

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09/09/19
automotive

Video: Bugatti Chiron breaks the 300 MPH barrier (Update)
Bugatti Chiron - last of a dying breed as Bugatti now turns to electric cars
Bugatti Chiron - last of a breed as Bugatti now turns to electric cars

UPDATE Bugatti stunned the automotive world last week by announcing that it had cracked the 300-mph barrier with a specially prepared Chiron referred to as the Chiron Super Sport 300+. Now the automaker has revealed the version of the car that will be sold to the public.

Speaking on Saturday at a private event celebrating this year's 110th anniversary of Bugatti's founding, CEO Stephan Winkelmann said just 30 examples of the Chiron Super Sport 300+ will be built. Pricing starts just below $4 million and even at this lofty figure the demand already outstrips supply.

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09/09/19
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Walkinshaw Andretti United sponsor goes belly up, Mobil 1 steps up (2nd Update)
New Mobil 1 livery
New Mobil 1 livery

UPDATE Walkinshaw Andretti United will run under the Mobil 1 Racing banner following confirmation the oil giant will step up its support for the ITM Auckland SuperSprint.

The Holden squad has released renders of a revised livery for its two ZB Commodores from MEGA.

“Mobil 1 has been a part of this team for 26 years, it’s an incredible relationship which we are privileged to have, and we can’t thank them enough for all that they have done over the journey,” said Walkinshaw Andretti United co-owner Ryan Walkinshaw.

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09/09/19
f1

Ferrari worried about 'risks' to F1 future
Mattia Binotto at Monza
Mattia Binotto at Monza

(GMM) Ferrari has identified two potential risks to the future of Formula 1.

One is the behind-the-scenes debate about the 2021 rules, which will run until the extended deadline in October.

Ferrari, the only team with the power to veto, has identified some of the planned standardization of parts - designed to cut costs and equalize the field - as a problem.

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09/09/19
f1

Manager to discuss Leclerc contract 'at right time'
Charles Leclerc now clearly the better Ferrari driver
Charles Leclerc now clearly the better Ferrari driver
(GMM) Monza may have marked the turning point in Ferrari's driver hierarchy.

All season, pundits have speculated about whether Charles Leclerc will eventually unseat Sebastian Vettel as the clear number 1 driver.

That moment may now have arrived.

"10 for Leclerc. 0 for Vettel," said the Spanish sports daily Marca as it ranked the drivers' performance after Monza.

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09/09/19
f1

Wolff: There would have been riots if Leclerc received the penalty he deserved (Update)
Lewis Hamilton not happy getting beat
Lewis Hamilton not happy getting beat

UPDATE (GMM) Toto Wolff has suggested Charles Leclerc avoided penalty on Sunday because the FIA was afraid to disappoint Ferrari's supporters.

Lewis Hamilton complained about the aggressiveness of back-to-back winner Leclerc's defense as the 21-year-old raced to victory at Monza.

"I guess the stewards woke up on a different side of the bed this morning," said the Mercedes driver.

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09/09/19
f1

Alonso 'yet to decide' about 2020, 2021
Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso
(GMM) Fernando Alonso has once again refused to rule out returning to Formula 1.

Visiting Monza as a McLaren ambassador, the Spaniard said earlier last weekend that he could consider a comeback after completing "a couple of different challenges out of F1".

Indeed, he then told the Spanish broadcaster Movistar that he has been "quite busy" during his sabbatical year so far.

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09/09/19
f1

'New Villeneuve' Rosberg vows to ease driver criticism
Max Verstappen at Monza says Rosberg needs to shut his mouth
Max Verstappen at Monza says Rosberg needs to shut his mouth
(GMM) Nico Rosberg has vowed to "change" the way he critiques Formula 1 drivers.

At Monza, Max Verstappen dubbed the 2016 world champion the "new Villeneuve". It was a reference to 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve, who is now known for being brutally outspoken on F1 issues.

Lewis Hamilton, who was Rosberg's teammate at Mercedes, also weighed into the topic of Rosberg's critique style at Monza.

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09/09/19
f1

Ocon 'gave up sleep' for F1 return
Esteban Ocon at Monza Sunday
Esteban Ocon at Monza Sunday

(GMM) Esteban Ocon says he has worked hard to return to Formula 1 in 2020.

The Frenchman was gutted to have lost his Force India seat at the end of 2018, but after spending this year as Mercedes' reserve driver he has secured his return to the grid with Renault.

"Especially at the beginning of the year, I was afraid of being forgotten about," the 22-year-old told RMC Sport.

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