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09/13/16
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09/13/16
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2015 Indycar Rookie Of The Year Supports F4 U.S. Championship Team
Gabby Chaves (R)
Gabby Chaves (R) checks out the F4 machinery before taking some laps
As the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda points race narrows, teams are deploying all of their resources to make their cars faster.

GMV Motorsports, co-owned by five-time IndyCar winner and ESPN on ABC color analyst Scott Goodyear, three-time Indy 500 starter Dr. Jack Miller, and four-time Super Bowl champion and Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, invited 2015 IndyCar Rookie of the Year Gabby Chaves to test their two F4 U.S. cars at Gingerman Raceway in South Haven, Michigan, before the championship's penultimate race of the season.

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09/13/16
automotive

Chevy Bolt gets 290 range on test run
Chevy Bolt
Chevy Bolt
Chevrolet has announced an EPA-approved range of 238 miles for its all-new, all-electric Bolt EV.

But is that 238 test miles, or real miles asks Charles Fleming of the LA Times?

To find out, I got into a prototype of the 2017 Bolt EV and attempted to drive from Monterey to Santa Barbara without stopping to recharge -- or running out of juice.

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09/13/16
f1

Williams Reports 2016 Interim Results
Williams Grand Prix Holdings PLC (WGPH, Ticker: WGF1) today announced the Group’s interim results for the six months to 30 June 2016. WGPH is the holding company of the Williams group of companies, which includes Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited.

Group revenue grew to £80.0m for the period, compared to £63.1m in the same period in 2015. EBITDA improved from a loss of £1.4m in 2015 to a profit of £7.8m in 2016. The Group generated operating free cash flow of £13.0m for the six-month period (2015: £7.0m).

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09/13/16
automotive

China's green car scandal snares 20 more manufacturers
The scandal involving Chinese carmakers and illegal subsidies is expanding, as the government identified 20 additional manufacturers that are bending regulations on green car subsidies.

According to the country's finance ministry, these manufacturers -- including Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and Hyundai Motor Co. -- received around $150 million in illegal subsidies. Four of the offending companies will be fined, while the fifth, Suzhou Gemsea Coach Manufacturing Co., will have its production license revoked.

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09/13/16
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Video: Hinchcliffe's opening night on Dancing with the Stars
James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess dance the Foxtrot to "Live Life" by Zayde Wolf on the Dancing with the Stars' Season 23 Premiere!



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09/13/16
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Petty Motorsports Continues Competition Restructure
Richard Petty Motorsports today announced more competition changes in a continued effort to improve their on-track performance. Effectively immediately, Drew Blickensderfer will take over the Crew Chief responsibilities for the No. 43 Ford Fusion previously held by Trent Owens. Owens will be reassigned a position within the company.

Late last month, RPM leadership started an aggressive strategy to improve speed, performance and future growth of RPM. The goal is to improve on-track results from 2016 and to capitalize on the progress made in previous seasons.

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09/13/16
irl

Hinchcliffe scores big on dancing debut
James Hinchcliffe
James Hinchcliffe

Verizon IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe won over the judges and wowed TV viewers in his debut performance on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" on Sept 12. 

The 29-year old Canadian, driver of the No. 5 Arrow Electronics Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda, and his professional dance partner Sharna Burgess performed a foxtrot to the song "Live Life" by Zayde Wolf - a fitting choice to highlight Hinchcliffe's attitude in his recovery and return to racing following a 2015 crash during practice for the Indianapolis 500.

The duo was the second of 13 competing couples, made up of celebrities paired with professional dancers, to take to the stage on the opening show of Season 23. Their efforts earned three ratings of "8" and another of "7" on a 10-point scale for a sum score of 31 to make them the surprise early favorite.

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09/13/16
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irl

Clauson organ donor effort a huge success
Bryan Clauson
Bryan Clauson

The Bryan Clauson organ donor registration campaign is setting new records every day.

It's now over 4500 registrations.  He may be dead but he is giving life to thousands of other people

https://registerme.org/campaign/BryanClauson 

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09/13/16
f1

Video: Nico Hulkenberg previews the Singapore GP
Singapore F1 Track Preview with Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg

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09/13/16
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F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Lance Stroll
    Lance Stroll
    Stroll admits 'pressure' of F1 debut rumors
  • Ecclestone, Button tip Hamilton for title
  • Ecclestone says Prost best ever F1 driver
  • Mercedes 'active suspension' trick revealed
  • Haas confirms Singapore GP upgrade
  • Mercedes 'curious' over Singapore pace
  • Ex-Haas engineer Buscombe joins Sauber

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09/12/16
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Alexander Rossi enjoys California homecoming
Only a year ago, it seemed almost unimaginable to Alexander Rossi that he would be competing with Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Even more unfathomable was the possibility that this rookie would win the historic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

But for a young man whose racing skills were honed on the tracks of Europe, an all-American dream soon became his reality.

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09/12/16
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Ganassi's two teams in the Chase "the biggest thing ever"
Chip Ganassi - "biggest thing ever"
Chip Ganassi - "biggest thing ever"
Chip Ganassi has accomplished many great feats in his career as owner of a myriad of teams in NASCAR, IndyCars and other top-tier racing series. But until last Saturday night, Ganassi had never before been able to claim that he put his entire two-car Sprint Cup Series stable in position to claim his first championship in NASCAR.

Perhaps Ganassi himself was overstating it just a bit when he told a television reporter prior to Saturday's Federated Auto Parts 400 that getting both Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray qualified into the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup would be "the biggest thing ever" for him.

But perhaps not. After McMurray had finished seventh in Saturday's race to secure the 16th and final seed in the Chase field, the winner of Ganassi's only Daytona 500 back in 2010 explained why it means so much.

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09/12/16
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CORE Autosport dumps PC program adds GT Daytona
Core GT Daytona
Core GT Daytona
CORE autosport will make the switch to the GT Daytona class next year with a Porsche 911 GT3 R, while parking its Prototype Challenge program.

The five-time PC class champions has withdrawn its Oreca FLM09 from the two remaining IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship rounds to focus on its 2017 preparations wth its GTD class Porsche, which will feature the driver pairing of Colin Braun and team owner/driver Jon Bennett.

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09/12/16
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Formula E Team Dragon Racing Takes Step From Customer Team To Manufacturer
Jay Penske
Jay Penske's Dragon Racing joins ranks of Formula E manufacturers
The new Formula E season will not only feature the return of Jaguar to open-wheel racing but also Dragon Racing's move from a customer team to a manufacturer writes HJ Mai of Sportsbusinessdaily.com.

Team Owner Jay Penske will lead his squad into season three as one of nine manufacturers in the electric racing series. Penske co-founded Dragon Racing in ‘07, and the team competed full-time in the North American IndyCar Series from '09-14 before joining Formula E. It is a major step for a team that finished second and fourth in the team standings over the last two seasons.

"Over the last eight years, since I founded Dragon Racing, I've owned and run a classic privateer race team, buying spec parts and running what we've been supplied or given," Penske said.

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09/12/16
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INDYCAR Test Drive Episode 7: Tony Kanaan


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09/12/16
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Video: Hitler is informed Rossi won the 100th Indy 500


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09/12/16
IMSA

IMSA announces BoP changes
Ligier gets a 22 pound rate reduction
Ligier gets a 22 pound rate reduction
Several cars across the Prototype, GT Le Mans and GT Daytona classes of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship have been issued Balance of Performance adjustments for the upcoming Lone Star Le Mans weekend in Texas.

Prototype

Three cars that compete in the flagship Prototype division have received BoP changes for the round at Circuit of The Americas.

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09/12/16
Automotive

Tesla reboots its Autopilot software
Latest Tesla Model S - P100D
Latest Tesla Model S - P100D
THE AUTOPILOT SOFTWARE built into Tesla’s electric cars already offers a glimpse of the future, with what feels like autonomous driving on the freeway. Today the company announced a suite of upgrades to the system, to be pushed over-the-air to existing cars over the next couple of weeks writes Jack Stewart of Wired.

“This is quite a massive enhancement,” said Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO, at a press conference. “I wish we could have done it earlier.”

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09/12/16
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Team WRT to enter a Ligier JS P2 In ELMS
Team WRT to enter a Ligier JS P2 for the Vanthoor brothers and Will Stevens at the Spa-Francorchamps round of the ELMS.

The news will certainly delight the 25,000 fans who have already bought a ticket for the fifth round of the European Le Mans Series to be held at Spa-Francorchamps on next 24-25 September.

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09/12/16
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Jones and Carlin 2016 Indy Lights champions
Jones wasn't going to win the title if his teammate didn't move over and let him pass on the last lap. It was a 'team' victory.
Jones wasn't going to win the title if his teammate didn't move over and let him pass on the last lap. It was a 'team' victory.
Ed Jones and Carlin clinched the 2016 Indy Lights Drivers’ and Teams’ titles yesterday, in a dramatic season finale in the Indy Lights Series presented by Cooper Tires.  Jones held the championship lead heading into the final race at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, but slipped back to fifth on the opening lap.  Taking fourth on the final lap, the Carlin man clinched the 2016 title, with Carlin also claiming the Teams’ championship spoils by 29 points over Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

Jones started yesterday’s season finale from pole position with a seven-point lead over his only championship rival Santiago Urrutia.  With tensions already high, the pressure increased as the first rolling start was aborted and the field were sent round to form again.  Second time round Jones led the field into the first corner, but had the fast starting Zach Veach and Urrutia right behind him. With his championship at stake, Jones avoided contact and Veach and then Urrutia were able to get past.  In the melee Kyle Kaiser also stole through, along with Jones’ teammate Serralles.  

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09/12/16
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F1 news in brief - Monday
  • Bottas wed Emilia Pikkaraine
    Bottas weds Emilia Pikkaraine
    Bottas gets married in Helsinki
  • Engine survived big Magnussen crash - report
  • Kaltenborn expects European decision 'soon'
  • Stroll 'absolutely' ready for F1 debut
  • Bianchi hits back at legal action criticism
  • F1 Sale To Liberty Media tidbits
  • Red Bull targets 2017 Mercedes challenge

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09/12/16
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New MotoGP Entrant KTM Signs Five-Year Manufacturer Agreement
New MotoGP entrant for '17, KTM, is the first manufacturer to sign the new manufacturer agreement for a period of five years. The new agreement, which represents the interests of all the constructors involved in motorcycle racing, has also been sent to all manufacturers on the grid.

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09/12/16
r2i

Three New Mazda Road to Indy Champions Crowned
The Mazda Road to Indy allows young drivers to compete each year for championships that award them with nearly $2 million in Mazda scholarships to further their career. Ed Jones, Aaron Telitz and Anthony Martin were crowned champions today at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, earning them a step up the ladder in open-wheel racing. It was an All-Mazda weekend featuring five different racing series, all powered by Mazda. There were more than 80 entries with drivers from 19 countries.

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09/11/16
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Aaron Telitz gets Pro Mazda win at Mazda Raceway
At least an American won the final Pro Mazda race. They didn't win much else in the Road to Indy
At least an American won the final Pro Mazda race. They didn't win much else in the Road to Indy
MONTEREY, Calif. – This year's Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires came to a dramatic conclusion today at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca as Aaron Telitz, from Birchwood, Wis., won the 16th and final round for Team Pelfrey to secure the title and a Mazda scholarship prize to graduate into Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the top tier of the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires, in 2017.

Earlier this morning, Telitz and teammate Patricio “Pato” O'Ward clashed while disputing the lead, which allowed Argentinean rookie Nicolas Dapero through to claim an accomplished maiden victory for Juncos Racing ahead of teammate Will Owen and Nico Jamin (Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing).

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09/11/16
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Franzoni wins race; Martin takes USF2000 crown
With the American flag fying in the background, British driver Anthony Martin took home the title and the big money
With the American flag flying in the background, British driver Anthony Martin took home the title and the big money

MONTEREY, Calif. -- There were two distinct winners in this afternoon's Cooper Tires USF2000 Grand Prix of Monterey Powered by Mazda. Brazilian Victor Franzoni repeated his form from yesterday to dominate the final race of the season and ensure a clean sweep of the weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the ArmsUp Motorsports team, while Australian Anthony Martin finished second for Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing to clinch the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda. 

Martin will receive a scholarship to graduate into the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, the next step on the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires open-wheel driver development program, in 2017.

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09/11/16
racing news

Brazilian V8 Stock Cars: Felipe Fraga beats Barrichello
Fraga celebrates
Fraga celebrates
Interlagos had packed grandstands this Sunday morning in Sao Paulo to watch the Million Reais Race, Brazilian V8 Stock Cars seventh round. A beautiful and warm sunny day welcomed the crowd to see Felipe Fraga join the hall of millionaires after an incontestable victory standing next to Valdeno Brito (2008), Ricardo Mauricio (2010), Thiago Camilo (2011, 2012 and 2015), and Rubens Barrichello (2014).

With the right strategy regarding the push-to-pass button, Fraga went on to surprise pole sitter Rubens Barrichello on lap four taking the lead and holding it to the checkered flag.

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09/11/16
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Mortara scores his third win of the season at the Nurburgring
Edoardo Mortara
Edoardo Mortara

A good start and a perfect strategy were the keys to success for Edoardo Mortara's third race win of the current season. The Audi driver won the 14th DTM race of the season at the Nurburgring in a dominant way and thus moved up to second in the drivers' standings. Lucas Auer, who had started from pole position with his Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM, finished second from BMW driver Marco Wittmann. With his third place, the latter defended his lead in the drivers' standings. The race weekend at the Nurburgring attracted 72,500 spectators.

"That was a great Sunday race," Mortara summed up the day at the finish. "Our car is running in a great way, even though we weren't able to show that yesterday. Of course, I am very happy with today's result."

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09/11/16
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Helio Castroneves Wants Head Protection
Even before his scary pit road crash during the Verizon IndyCar Series' race at Pocono Raceway in August, Helio Castroneves has had his eyes set on safety – especially head protection.

After Alexander Rossi flew and landed on top of his No. 3 Team Penske machine while exiting pit lane, it's safe to say Castroneves would be first in line for head protection being introduced to open wheel racecars as early as 2017.

"I believe, in the future, we're going to come up with some type of protection even for the driver's helmet," Castroneves said. "I'm glad we're spending time – and the right time – to fix it."

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09/11/16
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Truex, Jr. fails post-race inspection
NASCAR announced that Martin Truex Jr.'s Tanger Factory Outlet Centers third-place car failed the Laser Inspection Station after Saturday night's race at Richmond International Raceway. Any penalty to Truex would not impact his points entering the Chase since it is considered to occur before the points are reset. NASCAR announced after Saturday's race that the cars of winner Denny Hamlin, Larson, Kasey Kahne and Greg Biffle will go back to the R&D Center for regular post-race inspection there. NBC Sports

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09/11/16
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usac

Driver deaths in open wheel cars with no head protection
List of deaths in open wheel race cars that had no head protection. List does not include midgets and sprint cars after the 1960s when roll cages were added. Table is in alphabetical order.

This list ties in with the following article on why IndyCar and F1 cars should have closed cockpits - IndyCars for sure - many more deaths.

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09/11/16
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Next IndyCar should have a closed cockpit
The Halo idea is one of the ugliest looking things we have ever seen
The Halo idea is one of the ugliest looking things we have ever seen

Readers of AR1.com will know that for the past 5 years we have written numerous articles on why IndyCars, and for that matter F1 cars, should have closed cockpits. Recently the sanctioning bodies have toyed with Halo devices and aeroscreens - both ugly band-aids to a more serious problem.  Want to destroy open wheel racing - make the cars ugly - which is exactly what both of these concept accomplish.

Since we feel the full canopy is the best solution we could not agree more with this recent editorial by David Malsher of Motorsport.com, which essentially shoots holes in all the arguments the naysayers can come up with.

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09/11/16
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Video: NASCAR Richmond post-race Q&A
From the AR1.com Youtube page - Race winning driver Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota), race winning crew chief Mike Wheeler and car owner Joe Gibbs (No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota); highest seed in The Chase Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s 75th Anniversary Toyota); second place finisher Kyle Larson (No. 42 Target Chevrolet)

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09/11/16
racing news

Driver Dies From Injuries Sustained in Crash at Eldora Speedway
Eldora
Eldora
Dirt Late Model racer Shane Unger died Saturday night at Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater, Ohio, where he was transported following a multi-car crash at Eldora Speedway.
 
Unger, of Rossburg, Ohio, was 35 years old.
 
During a late restart in the second heat race at the World 100, Unger was involved in a multi-car crash in Turn 3 of the half-mile oval. Emergency crews quickly attended to Unger and placed him in an ambulance to transport him to the hospital.

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