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09/13/18
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Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern
Friday, September 14LocationTV TimesNetwork
NASCAR Race HubN/A4:00am (R)On FS1
Formula 1 PracticeSingapore4:25am-6:00am (L) #1ESPN2
Formula 1 PracticeSingapore8:25am-10:00am (L) #2ESPNU
IndyCar PracticeSonoma2:00pm (L) #1IndyCar Live Stream
NASCAR Cup PracticeLas Vegas2:00pm-3:00pm (L)NBCSN
Xfinity PracticeLas Vegas3:00pm-4:00pm (L)NBCSN
IndyCar PracticeSonoma4:00pm-5:00pm (SD/R) #1NBCSN
Xfinity Final PracticeLas Vegas5:00pm-6:00pm (L)NBCSN
Camping World Truck QualifyingLas Vegas6:00pm-7:00pm (L)FS1
IndyCar PracticeSonoma6:00pm-7:00pm (L) #2NBCSN
Inside IndyCar - 2018 ChampionshipN/A7:00pmOn NBC Sports
NHRA QualifyingReading7:00pm-8:30pm (SD)FS1
IndyCar Pit-Stop PracticeSonoma7:05pm (L)IndyCar Live Stream
NASCAR Cup QualifyingLas Vegas7:30pm-8:30pm (L)NBCSN
Camping World TruckLas Vegas8:30pm-9:00pm (L) - Pre-Race
9:00pm-11:30pm (L) - Race
FS1
Saturday, September 15LocationTV TimesNetwork
Formula 1 PracticeSingapore5:55am-7:00am (L) #3ESPN2
Formula 1Monza7:00am-8:55am (R)ESPN2
Formula 1 QualifyingSingapore8:55am-10:00am (L)ESPN2
FIM SuperbikePortugal9:00am-10:00am #1beIN Sports
IndyCar PracticeSonoma2:00pm-2:45pm (L) #3IndyCar Live Stream
Xfinity SeriesLas Vegas4:30pm-5:00pm (L) - Pre-Race
5:00pm-7:30pm (L) - Race
7:30pm-8:00pm (L) - Post-Race
NBCSN
NHRA QualifyingReading4:00pm-6:30pm (L)FS2
IndyCar QualifyingSonoma6:00pm-7:15pm (L)IndyCar Live Stream
IndyCar QualifyingSonoma8:00pm-9:30pm (SD/R)NBCSN
Sunday, September 16LocationTV TimesNetwork
Formula 1 QualifyingSingapore6:00am-7:30am (R)ESPN2
Formula 1Singapore7:30am-8:05am (L) - Pre-Race
8:05am-10:00am (L) - Race
ESPN2
FIM SuperbikePortugal10:10am-11:15am #2beIN Sports
NASCAR CupLas Vegas2:30pm-3:00pm (L) - Pre-Race
3:00pm-6:00pm (L) - Race
6:00pm-6:30pm (L) - Post-Race
NBCSN
Formula 1Singapore6:00pm-8:30pm (SD/R)ESPNEWS
IndyCarSonoma6:30pm-9:00pm (L) - Race
9:00pm-9:30pm (L) - Post-Race
NBCSN
NHRA FinalsReading7:30pm-10:30pm (SD)FS1
FIM SuperbikePortugal8:00pm-9:00pm (SD/R) #1
9:00pm-10:00pm (SD/R) #2
beIN Sports


Legend: SD=Same Day, SD/R=Same Day Repeat, L=Live, R=Repeat. Times courtesy of TV Racer



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09/13/18
irl

Born Racer Official US Trailer
Scott Dixon
Scott Dixon
A powerful and inspirational story of dedication, danger, fear, and the rare ‘will’ some of us have to defy all personal limitations. Experience the fastest motorsport on earth through the eyes of four-time champion Scott Dixon and the Chip Ganassi Racing team.

Filmed with an access all areas lens, ‘Born Racer’ follows the people who are passionate about the world of auto racing and asks why some individuals feel compelled to face danger and risk their lives in order to win. Both action-packed and highly-intimate, it features an intense blend of up close and personal filming with never-before-seen spectacular, cutting-edge racing footage to explore a sport that defines the very people who inhabit it, and pushes them to the edge in their desire for success.

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09/13/18
irl

Dixon leads IndyCar Test day at Sonoma
Scott Dixon
Scott Dixon

Top 5. Official practice starts Friday morning. Team Penske and their special shocks will win the pole and the race.

  1. Scott Dixon - Ganassi Honda 1m18.64s
  2. Marco Andretti - Andretti Honda 1m18.65s
  3. Alexander Rossi - Andretti Honda 1m18.78s
  4. Ryan Hunter-Reay - Andretti Honda 1m18.87s
  5. Sebastien Bourdais - Dale Coyne Honda 1m18.87s

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09/13/18
fe
irl

Agag thinks he can steal Alonso from IndyCar
Alejandro thinks Alonso will spend one year with IndyCar and then take his big fan following with him to Formula E
Alejandro thinks Alonso will spend one year with IndyCar and then take his big fan following with him to Formula E
Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag says he's determined to get Fernando Alonso to join the all-electric series in the near future, but admitted it likely won't happen until the 2019/20 season given he's likely headed to America to compete in IndyCar next year.

The two-time Formula 1 champion recently announced he is set to retire from the sport in order to focus on his World Endurance Championship campaign and a likely IndyCar program – although that's yet to be confirmed.

Given how big 'brand Alonso' is, Agag has made no secret of his desire to have the Spaniard join Formula E. 

"I've been speaking with Fernando," he told the South China Morning Post. "Actually, I was with him in Monza.

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09/13/18
imsa

Risi Competizione Returns to Petit Le Mans
Giuseppe Risi
Giuseppe Risi
Risi Competizione Team Principal Giuseppe Risi announced today that his Risi Competizione Ferrari team will return to competition in the International Motor Sport Association (IMSA) WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series at this year's Motul Petit Le Mans race, October 11-13.

"We will return to race in the Petit Le Mans IMSA final event of the season with our No. 62 Risi Competizione 488 GTLM Ferrari," said Giuseppe Risi. "We have run a limited racing schedule this year as other business and personal factors have taken a greater priority, but we're pleased to get back to Road Atlanta with our Ferrari race team. We've experienced a great deal of success as a team at the Petit Le Mans race and we look forward to adding more provenance to our race car and team history."

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09/13/18
nasmon

Brickyard 400 TV Rating
It was a disaster year for the Brickyard 400 both at the track and on TV
It was a disaster year for the Brickyard 400 both at the track and on TV
NBCSN earned 1.24 million viewers for Monday's rain delayed Brickyard 400 at Indy, down 78% from last year's 5.63 million viewers on network TV NBC.

NBCSN has been losing 1 to 2 million viewers per race as compared to NBC last year, so if the race had not been rained out the drop would have been somewhere around 45%, shaking the faith of advertisers to the core.

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09/13/18
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usf4

While the R2I shrinks, USF4 grows to 33 cars
The USF4 is exploding in popularity, while the Road-To-Indy shrinks

Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda returns to New Jersey Motorsports Park for its penultimate weekend Sept. 14-15 with a powerhouse lineup of 33 cars. The cost-contained, spec series visited NJMP in its inaugural season in 2016, fielding just 16 Ligier JS F4 machines.

Among the 33 entries are new and familiar faces like consecutive two-time SCCA National Champion James (Jim) Goughary Jr. of Jupiter, Florida, who returns to the F4 U.S. roster under Primus Racing Group for the second time this season. Goughary is one of the most decorated competitors in F4 U.S. history, scoring 12 top-10 finishes, six top-five finishes and three podiums which included a win at NJMP during his F4 career.

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09/13/18
irl

IndyCar Spring Training to be held at COTA
COTA lands IndyCar Spring Training dates
COTA lands IndyCar Spring Training dates

The IndyCar Series will move its official pre-season Spring Training test to the Circuit of Americas, at least for 2019.

RACER reports that COTA will play host to the IndyCar field for an early February visit to the Austin-based road course.

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09/13/18
irl

Pigot back with Ed Carpenter Racing in 2019
Spencer Pigot
Spencer Pigot
Spencer Pigot will remain behind the wheel of the No. 21 Chevrolet for the 2019 Verizon IndyCar Series season, Ed Carpenter Racing announced today. Pigot’s return to the No. 21 will mark his fourth year with the team and fourth season as a Verizon IndyCar Series driver. His first full-time campaign has included career-best qualifying and finishing positions on street courses, road courses and ovals, including his first podium result. Pigot will continue as the driver of the No. 21 for a second year and compete in all 17 events on the 2019 calendar.

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09/13/18
irl

It's the TV Ratings stupid
Verizon won't be back. Not enough TV viewers
Verizon won't be back. Not enough TV viewers
A reader asks, Dear AR1.com, How come IndyCar is having such a hard time finding a replacement for Verizon as a series title sponsor? Mark Miles says the series is booming. Mordichai Rosen, Los Angeles, CA.

Dear Mordichai, Its the TV ratings. After 9 years on NBCSN and its minuscule TV ratings, Mark Miles did not learn anything. He signed a new deal with NBC and NBCSN that will see over 50% of the races on NBCSN. Their minuscule TV ratings means a title sponsor gets very little value for their money. Who is going to pay $10 million per year, plus activation costs (another $10 million) with those rating numbers? We have said time and again, if you are not getting at least 1 million viewers every race, most sponsors are not interested.

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09/13/18
imsa

Lamborghini super trofeo Massive airborne crash at Laguna Seca (2nd Update)
Monk had no brakes and slammed full speed into the tire barriers
Monk slammed full speed into the tire barriers

UPDATE Sheena Monk has been released from the hospital and is recuperating from undisclosed injuries. Lamborghini says all systems were functioning fine. She must have pressed the accelerator instead of the brake approaching the Corkscrew.

09/09/18 Lamborghini has released a statement following Sheena Monk’s accident in Saturday’s Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, citing that all operating systems were found to be functioning appropriately in her car. So apparently the accident was driver error - probably hit the accelerator instead of the brake

Despite initial television reports indicating a possible brake failure, it turned out not to be the case upon initial data analysis completed, according to the Italian manufacturer.

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09/13/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • Wolff and Lauda in 2017
    Wolff and Lauda in 2017
    Wolff sure Lauda will make F1 return
  • McLaren car 'extremely poor' - Vandoorne
  • F1 reveals first images of 2021 car
  • Zak Brown Calls For Liberty Media To Stick With Rules Revamp
  • F1 British Grand Prix To Be Shown On Channel 4, Sky In '19
  • Ocon Not Being on Grid in 2019 would be 'a complete shame for Formula 1' - Berger
  • Third cars for guest drivers would boost Formula 1 - Mario Andretti

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09/12/18
irl

Driver vs Engineer - Developing a Relationship
Max Chilton with his engineers
Max Chilton with his engineers
We’ve all experienced that feeling: your car is handling like crap - and you have no clue why.

That’s where the race engineer comes in. Armed with the latest technology and mountains of data, engineers have the answers right at their fingertips. If only you could get on the same page - and explain just what you feel.

In Safe-Is-Fast's latest video, a group of drivers and engineers from the top IMSA Prototype teams discuss how to work with an engineer and develop a relationship that delivers results.

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09/12/18
nasmon

Breakdown of NASCAR Monster Cup Playoff Field
The playoff drivers. You can writeoff the Chevy drivers. Ford was chosen back in February to win everything
The playoff drivers. You can writeoff the Chevy drivers. Ford was chosen back in February to win everything
The 16-driver field for the 2018 Cup Series playoffs has been set following the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The field includes six former champions and two first-time drivers in the playoffs.

Here’s a breakdown of the playoff field.

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09/12/18
nasmon

Kasey Kahne to sit out at least three more races
Kasey Kahne
Kasey Kahne
Kasey Kahne will continue to sit out from Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition this coming weekend in Las Vegas, as well as the upcoming series events at Richmond International Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. This week the series travels west to Las Vegas Motor Speedway where temperatures for the weekend are projected to be around 100 degrees. The driver of the No. 95 Chevrolet with Leavine Family Racing continues to work with his physicians on a plan for his health.

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09/12/18
irl

Detroit GP Fundraiser Donates $400,000 for Improvements at Belle Isle's Fountain
Ryan Hunter-Reay frolics in the Scott Fountain after winning this year's Detroit GP
Ryan Hunter-Reay frolics in the Scott Fountain after winning this year's Detroit GP
Millions of people visit Belle Isle Park every year and enjoy the James Scott Memorial Fountain. Island visitors will continue to celebrate the fountain’s beauty and flowing waters for years to come as a result of the funds raised at this year’s charity event during Detroit Grand Prix race weekend – the PwC Grand Prixmiere, presented by Chevrolet.

The Grand Prixmiere gala took place on Friday, June 1 on Belle Isle as part of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear. The event raised approximately $1 million in private donations to the Belle Isle Conservancy for improvement projects at the island park.

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09/12/18
v8

Repco And Shell V-Power Racing Team Join Forces
Repco buys into DJR Team Penske
Repco buys into DJR Team Penske
Two icons of the Australian motorsport and automotive industries have announced they will join forces in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. 

Repco and DJR Team Penske have agreed on a multi-year sponsorship agreement that sees Repco become a partner of the Shell V-Power Racing Team.

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09/12/18
fe

Nissan strengthens Formula E partnership with in e.dams
Roel de Vries, Nissan corporate vice president and global head of marketing and brand strategy; Jean-Paul Driot, e.dams founder and team principal and Michael Carcamo, Nissan global motorsport director.
Roel de Vries, Nissan corporate vice president and global head of marketing and brand strategy; Jean-Paul Driot, e.dams founder and team principal and Michael Carcamo, Nissan global motorsport director.

Nissan has strengthened its partnership with e.dams by purchasing a stake in the championship-winning racing organization, ahead of Nissan’s debut in the ABB FIA Formula E electric street-racing championship.

Nissan is joining Formula E as the first Japanese carmaker to participate in the innovative series and as the global leader in electric cars, with more than 350,000 Nissan LEAF vehicles sold. Nissan’s Formula E program will show a new “performance side” of Nissan Intelligent Mobility – the company's vision for changing how cars are powered, driven and integrated into society.

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09/12/18
f1

Italian Grand Prix Mercedes F1 Highlights
Join the team behind-the-scenes at the legendary Monza circuit for an unforgettable weekend at the 2018 Formula One Italian Grand Prix!

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09/12/18
imsa

IMSA Laguna Seca Acura highlights
The IMSA Weathertech Series raced at Laguna Seca last weekend. Find out hot the Acura DPi and GTD drivers and teams made out.

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09/12/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Arrivabene calls Bottas a 'butler' not a driver as he plays slave to Hamilton
    Arrivabene calls Bottas a 'butler' not a driver as he plays slave to Hamilton
    Arrivabene apologized to Bottas for 'butler' comment
  • Todt happy if calendar swells to 23 races
  • Ocon career crisis 'crazy' - Horner
  • Renault says 'slave teams' a "real problem" for F1
  • Singapore “tough on the cars, team members and drivers”

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09/12/18
motogp

Romano Fenati loses Moto2 ride following Stefan Manzi incident (Update)
Romano Fenati's career is over
Romano Fenati's career is over

UPDATE The disgraced rider is saying he’s leaving the sport all together.

“That world is closed to me, I’ll not race anymore. It isn’t my world. There is too much injustice. I was wrong, that is true, but nobody cares about my pain.”

He went on to defend his actions, saying “I was unable to control my anger but Manzi could have killed me too.”

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09/12/18
imsa
irl

Laguna Seca a ghost town
Race day in 2004 - CART's last year at the Laguna Seca Ghost Town. With few grandstand seats today's fan does not like folic around the beautiful hills in the dry dirt.
Race day in 2004 - CART's last year at the Laguna Seca Ghost Town. With few grandstand seats today's fan does not like to frolic around the beautiful hills in the dry dirt.

A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, I was at the IMSA race at Laguna Seca this past weekend. The place was a ghost town with very few fans there. I think the participants outnumbered the spectators. Is this how it will be for IndyCar's Grand Finale next year? If so, how embarrassing for IndyCar. Steve Johnson

Dear Steve, Beautiful track, with near zero passing. Great for parades. CART/Champ Car stopped racing at Laguna Seca many years ago because it no longer drew a crowd. It is a dry desert dust bowl in late summer/early fall. However, IndyCar President Mark Miles has not been around long enough to know this about Laguna Seca.

For many years the IndyCar finale at Sonoma has been largely a ghost town, making IndyCar look foolish when crowning its champion. Now they are headed for more of the same at Laguna Seca we're afraid. Maybe Mr. Miles is claustrophobic and does not like big crowds. If this is the case, he'll feel at ease at Laguna next September. We'd love to be proven wrong and the size of the recent Portland crowd certainly surprised us. But Portland is not a dry dust bowl and it has adequate grandstand seats.

Laguna did draw big crowds for MotoGP but they eventually dwindled. Even the bike crowd got tired of standing around on the dirt hills.  Grandstands at the top and bottom of the corkscrew would be a big hit with fans. Today after the long hike up the hill to watch the corkscrew action, you have to stand by a fence. That may work for 30 minutes but not for a full race and not with today's fans.

And where are the big screen TVs for the fans? Laguna Seca needs to get more fan-friendly before it can draw large crowds.

Or maybe they will bring in Taylor Switft or Bruno Mars, hold a concert in conjunction with the race, and sell the place out.  Mark C.

 

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09/11/18
automotive

Acura Recalls NSX Over Fuel Tank Leak And Brake Light Issues
Acura NSX
Acura NSX Cutaway
Acura has issued two recalls for almost 1000 examples of the NSX built during the 2017 and 2018 model years.

The first of these recalls involves the left and right fuel tanks the supercar is equipped with. According to Acura, the crossover pipe which connects the two tanks was improperly installed and, as the vehicle is driven over time, this could result in a fuel leak, drastically increasing the likelihood of a fire. The automaker says it hasn’t received any reports of fires, crashes, or injuries related to this issue.

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09/11/18
automotive

Ford Kills Advertising Campaigns for All Its Cars but One
The Mustand survives for now
The Mustand survives for now
Ford has officially pulled the plug on national advertising campaigns for the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, and Taurus, and has cut back some of its regional marketing efforts. The move sees the Ford Mustang remain as the only passenger car to be marketed by the American automaker.

Mark LaNeve, Ford's vice president of U.S. marketing spoke with Automotive News, stating the automaker will be using the financial resources instead on the Mustang, EcoSport and other SUVs the company plans to release in the next few years. This falls in line with the Blue Oval's plan to end the sale of all cars (sedans, hatchbacks) in the North American market and develop more vehicles that people are actually buying, such as crossovers, SUVs, and trucks.

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09/11/18
imsa

Don Panoz Passes Away at 83
Don Panoz
Don Panoz

Don Panoz, the co-founder of Panoz cars and creator of the American Le Mans Series, has passed away at the age of 83.

One of the most influential figures in world of motorsport, Panoz took his U.S. brand to the 24 Hours of Le Mans on both the prototype and GT fronts, achieving a class win in 2006 with the Esperante GT-LM.

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09/11/18
irl

TOTAL QUARTZ to be Primary Sponsor for Rahal at Sonoma
Total livery
Total livery
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) and Total Specialties USA, Inc., Total S.A.’s U.S. marketing affiliate, have expanded their relationship to include primary sponsorship of the team’s No. 15 entry for Graham Rahal in the IndyCar Series season-finale at Sonoma Raceway on September 16.  In January it was announced that the brand would be primary sponsor of the entry at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and that TOTAL QUARTZ would be the Official Lubricant Partner of the team.

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09/11/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • After struggling early in his career, and making us doubt he had what it takes, Schumacher is now coming into his own
    After struggling early in his career, and making us doubt he had what it takes, Schumacher is now coming into his own
    Schumacher now dominating F3
  • FIA to look into team alliances
  • Toro Rosso are moving more towards the Ferrari/Haas model with Red Bull
  • Williams Martini F1 Hires Delta Partners To Monetize Its Brand
  • Mercedes make most conservative tire choice for Singapore

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09/11/18
f1

Alfa Romeo Sauber confirms Raikkonen, Ferrari Leclerc
Raikkonen and Leclerc swap seats
Raikkonen and Leclerc swap seats

The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team is delighted to announce that Kimi Raikkonen will join the team from 2019. The 2007 Formula One World Champion has signed for the next two seasons.

In his career, Kimi Raikkonen has secured 20 Grands Prix wins and 100 podiums, making him one of the most highly regarded drivers in the history of the sport. The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team looks forward to the arrival of the Finnish driver, with whom the team shares the common goal of achieving ambitious results.

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09/11/18
nasmon

Brickyard 400 post-race Q&A
Monster Energy Series race runner-up Erik Jones (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota) and the Regular Season Champion Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota), Monster Energy Series race winner Brad Keselowski, crew chief Paul Wolfe and Walter Czarnecki Executive Vice President Team Penske

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09/11/18
nasx

Brickyard Xfinity post-race Q&A
Xfinity Race Runner-Up - Tyler Reddick (No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet); Xfinity Race Winner - Justin Allgaier and crew chief Jason Burdett (No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet) 

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09/10/18
nasx

Allgaier wins Indy Xfinity Race
Justin Allgaie
Justin Allgaier
JR Motorsports Chevy Camaro driver Justin Allgaier held off a 5-car train of Tyler Reddick, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott, Daniel Hemric and Matt Tifft over the final 10 laps to win the Lilly Diabetes 250 NASCAR Xfinity race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Unfortunately the massive grandstands were largely empty after Saturday's rainout and Monday being a work day.

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09/10/18
nasmon

Larry McReynolds wants NASCAR to get rid of the RTA and owners council
Larry McReynolds explains why he wants NASCAR to get rid of the RTA and owners council.

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09/10/18
nasmon

Brickyard 400 Forecast for Monday
Cloudy and cool, but dry today
Cloudy and cool, but dry today
Although it will remain cloudy and cool, there is a 0% chance of rain today in Indianapolis

Therefore, the rained out Brickyard 400 Monster Cup race and NASCAR Xfinity races should come off without any further rain delays.

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09/10/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Monday
  • Perez was never taking his large check to McLaren
    Perez was never taking his large check to McLaren
    Perez denies McLaren was ever a 2019 option
  • Kubica 'most likely' Stroll replacement - Williams
  • Now Singapore ignoring F1 'grid girls' ban
  • Lauda will not return in 2018 - report
  • Over 70,000 Ferrari fans sign petition to keep Raikkonen
  • Mercedes Convinced to Promote German GP after Carey, Bratches Sales Pitch

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09/10/18
imsa

Big crash mars the start of the Monterey Grand Prix at Laguna Seca
Joao Barbosa in the No. 5 Cadillac gets spun around by the #99 Red Dragon at the start taking out the #66 Ganassi Ford GT of Dirk Mueller and the #911 Porsche.

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