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09/18/19
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All times Eastern and live unless noted

Thursday, September 19LocationTV TimesNetwork
American Flat Track 2Springfield Mile1:00pm-2:30pm (R)NBCSN
NASCAR AmericaStudio5:00pm-6:00pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Race HubStudio6:00pm-7:00pmFS1
NHRA in 30Reading9:30pm-10:00pmFS2
NHRA FinalsReading10:00pm-1:00am (R)FS2
Friday, September 20LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 Practice 1Singapore4:25-6:00amESPN2
F1 Practice 2Singapore8:25-10:00amESPNU
NASCAR Xfinity PracticeRichmond9:30-10:30amNBCSN
IndyCar Practice 1Laguna Seca1:30-2:15pmNBC Gold
NASCAR Cup Practice 1Richmond11:30am-12:30pmNBCSN
NASCAR Cup Practice 2Richmond1:30-2:30pmNBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity QualifyingRichmond5:00-6:00pmNBCSN
IndyCar Practice 2Laguna Seca5:10-6:45pmNBC Gold
NASCAR Cup QualifyingRichmond6:00-7:00pmNBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity RaceRichmond7:30-9:30pmNBCSN
Saturday, September 21LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 Practice 3Singapore practice 35:55-7:00amESPN2
F1 QualifyingSingapore8:55-10:00amESPNews
IndyCar Practice 3Laguna Seca1:00-1:45pmNBC Gold
IndyCar QualifyingLaguna Seca4:30-6:00pmNBCSN
IndyLights Race 1Laguna Seca6:00-6:45pmNBC Gold
NASCAR Cup RaceRichmond7:00-7:30pm  - Pre-Race
7:30-11:00pm - Race
11:00-12:00am - Post-Race
NBCSN
Sunday, September 22LocationTV TimesNetwork
MotoGP RaceAragon5:15-9:30ambeIN
F1 RaceSingapore7:30-8:05am – PreRace
8:05-10:00am - Race
ESPN2
Indy Lights Race 2Laguna Seca12:05-1:10pmNBC Gold
IndyCar RaceLaguna Seca2:30-3:00pm – Pre-Race
3:00-5:00pm – Race
5:00-6:00pm – Post-Race
NBC
Blancpain GT RaceRoad America3:00-5:00pmCBS-SN


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09/18/19
nasmon
usac

The Big Smoke - Tony Stewart's Mega Dirtcar Season
Tony Stewart
Tony Stewart

Mobil 1 The Grid talks to SHR boss Tony Stewart to talk about his 99-race schedule.

Smoke may have retired from racing in NASCAR, but has been busier than ever in 2019. Racing Sprintcars, running a race series and race tracks are all on top of his work at the Stewart-Haas race shop.

The 48-year-old is on a hot winning streak on the track and has 3 cars in the NASCAR Cup playoffs, ensuring there’ll be no let-up as the season reaches its climax.

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09/18/19
automotive

7-Seat Tesla Model S Plaid to enter production next October/November
Higher performance Porsche destroying Model S coming next fall
Higher performance Porsche-destroying Model S coming next fall
Elon Musk says the production Tesla Model S Plaid will seat 7, crush the Porsche Taycan on the Nurburgring and feature larger rear seats.

This comes just after the news of the Model S Plaid beating the Taycan on the Ring. According to Musk, the updated Model S Plaid will go into production around October or November of next year. The production version is expected to be even faster than the prototypes we keep seeing out on the 'Ring.

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09/18/19
irl

IndyCar title will probably be determined in Laguna Seca Qualifying
Will the IndyCar grand finale be a parade?
Will the IndyCar grand finale be a parade?
IndyCar picked a track that has almost zero passing for its grand finale.  The order of the finish is pretty much determined by 1) Where you qualify and 2) When IndyCar closes the pits for a caution thereby giving those who have yet to pit the well known and documented 'IndyCar Screw.'

In the 22 previous IndyCar races at Laguna Seca, 14 winners have come from the pole and four others started second – 18 out of 22 from the front row.

So unless some wanker causes a caution when a portion of the field has pitted and the rest not yet, the finish is usually dictated by qualifying.

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09/18/19
f1

Selected tires for Russian GP at Sochi
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09/18/19
f1

Third DRS zone added for Singapore GP
Singapore
Singapore

The FIA, has added a third DRS zone to the Marina Bay circuit for this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix.

In an attempt to prevent a parade on the street circuit, a new DRS zone has been added between Turns 13 and 14.

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09/18/19
f1

Leclerc manager plays down political influence
Nicolas Todt - as political as his father Jean
Nicolas Todt - as political as his father Jean
(GMM) F1 driver manager Nicolas Todt has denied using his political influence to promote Charles Leclerc's status above 'number 1' Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari.

Some have made the connection between Todt's father - FIA president and former Ferrari boss Jean Todt - and the apparent change in hierarchy at the Italian team.

"I'm not trying to cause problems," Nicolas Todt, who also manages Daniil Kvyat, told Germany's Motorsport-Magazin.com.

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09/18/19
f1

'No decision' about Renault seat for 2021 - Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo loves the paycheck he gets from Renault
Daniel Ricciardo loves the paycheck he gets from Renault
(GMM) Daniel Ricciardo is not yet committing to Renault beyond 2020.

The Australian shocked the F1 world last year by deciding to leave Red Bull. Recent court documents revealed that the two-year deal is worth at least $55 million.

But Ricciardo has at times struggled with his new life in the midfield.

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09/18/19
f1

No early start to Ocon's Renault career
Daniel Ricciardo beware - Esteban Ocon - known for crashing out his teammates
Daniel Ricciardo beware - Esteban Ocon - known for crashing out his teammates
(GMM) Esteban Ocon is unlikely to get an early start to his new 2020 tenure with Renault.

The Frenchman is happy about returning to the grid next year, but he might also be forgiven for being slightly disappointed about missing out on a Mercedes seat.

"Not at all," Ocon insists.

"As I've said, Renault's project appeals to me. I don't think it's a bad change for me at all," he told Auto Motor und Sport.

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09/18/19
f1

Briatore blasts Horner over Alonso comments
Christian Horner
Christian Horner
(GMM) Flavio Briatore has blasted Red Bull boss Christian Horner for making critical comments about Fernando Alonso.

Amid speculation the two-time world champion might one day want to return to Formula 1, Horner recently said the Spaniard typically brings "chaos" to the teams he drives for.

"I heard Horner speak negatively about Alonso and I think that's remarkable," Briatore, who is still involved in Alonso's management, told Italy's Radio Sportiva.

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09/18/19
f1

Berger rates Verstappen above Leclerc for now
Gerhard Berger
Gerhard Berger
(GMM) Ex-F1 Gerhard Berger says Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc are clearly F1's "stars of tomorrow".

Although 2019 was initially billed as a clear Lewis Hamilton versus Sebastian Vettel battle for the title, it is the two younger drivers who have been attracting the most recent plaudits.

"Hamilton is slightly different as he is at a higher level," Berger told Italy's Autosprint.

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09/17/19
nasmon

NASCAR Las Vegas TV Rating (Update)
Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr.

UPDATE The final TV rating for the Monster Cup race on NBCSN Sunday night was a 1.42 with 2.384 million viewers tuned in, up 10.9% from a 1.28 final rating last year on a Sunday afternoon.

The NASCAR Xfinity race on Saturday night on NBCSN was a 0.46, down 6.1% from a 0.49 last year, while the Truck race on Friday night only pulled a 0.22 TV rating on FS1.

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09/17/19
imsa

Porsche unveils Akin 'Coke' tribute livery for Petit Le Mans
The Coke livery is back!
The Coke livery is back!
As the 50th Anniversary of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) comes to a close at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) will turn to an Atlanta neighbor to help celebrate and commemorate the sports car racing series' Golden Anniversary. The twin Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR race cars will carry a familiar red and white livery in the 22nd Running of the Motul Petit Le Mans that will immediately invoke fond memories of IMSA's first heyday of the 1980s. The annual 10-hour endurance classic at the Braselton, Georgia-area race track – held October 9 – 12 – will see the "works" Porsche race cars wear the hometown jersey… Coke Is It!

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09/17/19
f1

F1 races back on free-TV in UK
In the USA ESPN also uses the Sky Sports TV feed
In the USA ESPN also uses the Sky Sports TV feed
F1's free-to-air presence in the U.K. is "set to continue thanks to a multi-year deal" between Channel 4 and Sky.

Sky's exclusive rights deal with F1 for '19 had initially "pushed the sport off Britain's free airwaves," until the broadcaster and Channel 4 struck an agreement that "allowed the latter to show the British GP live as well as highlights from all other races."

The new deal between the two broadcasters follows a similar arrangement to this year, but extends until '24 and includes sharing advertising technology and access to Channel 4 content for Sky customers. F1i.com

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09/17/19
track news
nasmon

SMI Accepts Offer From Smith Family To Take Company Private (Update)
Marcus Smith
Marcus Smith. With both the SMI and ISC tracks private, everything is falling into place for a major buyout of NASCAR and its tracks. Tracks like Pocono and Dover would be up a creek without a paddle.

UPDATE The Smith family’s deal to privatize SMI is near completion and will be effective by tomorrow, according to a filing with the SEC this morning. The family’s Sonic Financial Corp. successfully bought out non-Smith shareholders at $19.75 a share in a deal that closed last night.

SMI’s stock has already stopped trading on the NYSE, and the company will now be fully private and stop reporting earnings. There were 11,434,595 shares that the Smiths had to buy out from the public to take the company private, suggesting that it cost around $225M to complete the deal. 

SMI has said almost nothing about the deal publicly aside from what it has been required to disclose in SEC filings, but the move is expected to give the company more flexibility to make big changes without the scrutiny of shareholders.

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09/17/19
r2i

Road to Indy Championships to be Settled at WeatherTech Raceway
Oliver Askew will lock up Indy Lights title
Oliver Askew will lock up Indy Lights title
Another hard-fought season of Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires open-wheel competition will conclude this weekend, September 20-22, at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif. The Cooper Tires Grand Prix Presented by Allied Building Products will comprise a pair of races for each step on the internationally acclaimed development ladder – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship – all held in conjunction with the final round of the NTT IndyCar Series.

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09/17/19
fe

Jamie Reigle appointed new CEO of Formula E
New CEO Jamie Reigle and Chairman Alejandro Agag
New CEO Jamie Reigle and Chairman Alejandro Agag

Jamie Reigle has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of Formula E with immediate effect, bringing a wealth of experience building and developing global sports properties to accelerate the ABB FIA Formula E Championship’s ambitious growth plan.

With a proven track record in executive roles, growing the Manchester United brand in new territories and most recently driving business operations with the Los Angeles Rams in the NFL, Reigle will now lead the charge at Formula E and propel the business forward in his new leadership role.

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09/17/19
f2

FIA Formula 2 Championship 2020 season calendar revealed
F2 race at the Red Bull Ring
F2 race at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria
The 2020 FIA FORMULA 2 Championship calendar has been unveiled. Once again, it will consist of twelve rounds in total, all support events of the FIA Formula One® World Championship. Eight rounds will be held in Europe, including new venue Zandvoort in the Netherlands, whilst four flyaway events will complete the calendar.

The fourth season of the FIA F2 Championship will commence overseas at the Bahrain International Circuit on March 20-22. The paddock will then return to Europe starting with Zandvoort in the Netherlands on May 01-03, then Barcelona in Spain the following week. Monte-Carlo will wrap up the busy month of May with Round 4 on 21-23.

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09/17/19
f3

FIA Formula 3 Championship 2020 season calendar confirmed
F3 action from Monza
F3 action from Monza
The 2020 FIA FORMULA 3 Championship calendar has been confirmed today. It will comprise a total of nine rounds – one more than in 2019, all support events of the FIA Formula One World Championship and the FIA FORMULA 2 Championship. Seven rounds will be held in Europe, whilst two flyaway events will complete the calendar. There will be two new venues: Sakhir in Bahrain and Zandvoort in the Netherlands.

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09/17/19
f1

Red Bull questions FIA over Ferrari engine
Story was really a rumor and has been moved to our rumors page.

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09/17/19
dakar

Alonso 'doing well' in off-road rallying - Sainz Jr.
Fernando Alonso rolls his Toyota. That's him underneath trying to roll it back over
Fernando Alonso rolls his Toyota. That's him underneath trying to roll it back over
(GMM) Fernando Alonso is doing "very well" as he adjusts to the world of off-road rallying, according to his friend Carlos Sainz Jr.

In the last days, The two-time world champion raced a Toyota Hilux in the Lichtenburg 400 rally-raid event in South Africa.

The event resulted in Alonso's first rollover crash.

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09/17/19
f1

Era of less driver penalties 'correct' - Sainz Jr.
Vettel lost faith in F1 after the Canada officiating incident and hasn't been the same driver since
Vettel lost faith in F1 after the Canada officiating incident and hasn't been the same driver since
(GMM) Carlos Sainz Jr. says he is happy that stewards are being more lenient with driver penalties.

Former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone thinks Sebastian Vettel's penalty in Montreal this year has contributed to his current slump.

"It was completely wrong and unnecessary and it damaged Sebastian's faith in the sport," he told Auto Motor und Sport. 

"What he did wasn't dangerous - everyone would have done that. Lewis was just clever, making it look dangerous."

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09/17/19
nasmon

NASCAR Champion's Week coming to Nashville
NASCAR Banquet
NASCAR Banquet
Nashville is getting more than just the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Awards banquet and show in December.

The announcement came in the spring that the awards show was moving from Las Vegas to Music City Center on Dec. 5.

On Monday, Nascar.com writer Marissa Fuller announced in a story that NASCAR Champion's Week also will be here Dec. 3-5.

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09/17/19
s5000
f1

S5000 to race at Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix
S5000 cars testing
S5000 cars testing
The all-new S5000 Series will host its 2020 opening round at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.

Event organizers, the Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) have today confirmed the new V8 open wheel series will join a bumper support bill for the F1 season opener (March 12-15) that includes Supercars, TCR Australia and Porsche Carrera Cup Australia.

Today’s announcement comes in the week of the category’s maiden event at Sandown which will feature 11-time F1 race winner Rubens Barrichello (see related video).

It is expected that the S5000 class will feature a number of experienced open wheel stars from Australia and around the world, as well as a crop of next generation racing stars.

“There is always such a strong appetite from our fans for exciting on-track activity, so having the exciting S5000 class at our event is the perfect fit,” said AGPC CEO Andrew Westacott.

“AGPC is always looking to inspire the next generation of drivers and being able to showcase a new Australian motorsport category not just nationally, but globally, is such a fantastic opportunity for all involved.”

S5000 owners ARG are confident the new 560 horsepower single seaters will provide an added spectacle for fans at Albert Park.

“The Australian Racing Group is extremely pleased to confirm that S5000 will be on the grid at the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2020,” said ARG’s Managing Director Matt Braid.

“These S5000 cars are going to be right at home on the Albert Park street circuit, and we look forward to providing the best racing for the fans.” Tom Howard/Speedcafe

About the S5000 Car

The S5000 car's chassis is based on a FIA-compliant Formula 3 bespoke chassis manufactured by French motorsport company Onroak-Ligier.

The car uses a 5.0-liter naturally-aspirated quad-cam Ford Coyote V8 that is modified by InnoV8, and has an output of 560 hp and 460 lb⋅ft of torque.

All of the power is driven by a 6-speed gearbox by Holinger. Holinger also supplies the transaxle. The suspension set and the wing package are supplied by Borland Racing Developments, and are then fabricated by Garry Rogers Motorsport, who also perform the assembly of the S5000 car.

The tires are supplied by Hoosier Racing Tire.

The S5000 car has been certified by the FIA under the 2018 safety certification.

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09/16/19
automotive

Former Tesla employee looks to drive EV battery industry in Europe
Peter Carlsson
Peter Carlsson
Peter Carlsson, a tall, blond Swede sporting a short beard, once managed Tesla Inc.’s supply chain. Then he founded Northvolt AB, which aims to become the prime purveyor of batteries to Europe’s makers of electric and hybrid cars. Pointing at the chaotic site, he insists the first batch of test battery cells will roll off the factory floor in the next 10 weeks.

“The Chinese can build an entire factory in 10 weeks,” he said. “We’ll make it.”

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09/16/19
irl

Arrow Schmidt Peterson President Jon Flack quits
Rumor is that Flack will move to work his magic at another IndyCar team
AR1.com rumor is that Flack is moving to work his magic at another IndyCar team

IndyCar team Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports President JON FLACK has left the team, in a surprising exec shakeup at the start of the new McLaren Racing partnership.

McLaren is joining IndyCar next season full time as part of a partnership with the pre-existing SPM, so a new management structure is being implemented after the ’19 season ends next weekend.

But McLaren CEO ZAK BROWN said when the deal was announced this summer that Flack was expected to stay on. The move is even more surprising because Flack, the former President & COO of Just Marketing Int'l, is close to Brown, who founded JMI.

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09/16/19
nasmon

NASCAR Crowd Rebounds For Cup Race In Las Vegas
Truex takes the win
Truex takes the win
Yesterday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series South Point 400 drew a crowd estimated at 52,000 to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, after last year's race "attracted an all-time Las Vegas low crowd" estimated at 45,000.

With a later start time to "offset the September heat and televised pro football," the "frontstretch grandstand was nearly filled at the start of the race" all the way until Martin Truex Jr. earned the checkered flag LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

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09/16/19
f1
irl

Why Daniel Ricciardo is always smiling
A happy man who can retire rich after 2020 if he so chooses
Daniel Ricciardo - A happy man who can retire rich after 2020 if he so chooses
The lawsuit against Daniel Ricciardo by his former business manager Glenn Beavis, who claiming about $13m in unpaid earnings, reveals why Daniel Ricciardo is always smiling.  As we have reported, Ricciardo switched to Renault to pad his retirement nest egg, and it appears that is now confirmed.

From the court filing - The value of the Renault Contract includes at least:

(i) a fixed fee salary of US$ 55 million over two years - 2019 and 2020;

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09/16/19
f1

Haas livery sans Rich Energy
Team retains Black and Gold for now
Team retains Black and Gold for now
Haas has parted with title sponsor Rich Energy but the US outfit has retained its basic black and gold livery for its VF19.

The team took on the colors of its new commercial partner at the start of the year, but over the summer a management coup and counter-coup at the controversial energy drink company has led to its departure from F1, a move that became effective after the Italian Grand Prix.

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09/16/19
nascar

NASCAR champion Mike Stefanik dies in a Connecticut plane crash
Aerolite 103
Aerolite 103
NASCAR champion and Rhode Islander, 61 year-old Mike Stefanik of Coventry, has died following a single plane crash in Sterling Connecticut reports Turn to 10 news.

According to Connecticut State Police it happened just after 2 o'clock in a wooded area near the RICONN airport.

Police said the pilot, who's been identified as Stefanik, took off from the airport and while turning back towards the airfield, he crashed.

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09/16/19
f1

New rule will stop qualifying farce - Todt
Jean Todt says minimum time per lap coming
Jean Todt says minimum time per lap coming
(GMM) Jean Todt says Formula 1 will put a stop to the sort of antics that turned qualifying at Monza into a farce.

No top runner completed more than an out-lap in the final stages of qualifying at Monza as none of the closely-bunched Q3 group wanted to create a slipstream for his rivals.

"I can only tell you that it will never happen again," FIA president Todt told La Derniere Heure.

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09/16/19
f1

Binotto rules out Leclerc-Verstappen pairing
No Ferrari for Max Verstappen says Binotto
No Ferrari for Max Verstappen says Binotto
(GMM) Mattia Binotto has ruled out signing Max Verstappen to be Charles Leclerc's future teammate at Ferrari.

With quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel struggling at present, many see youngster Leclerc as the obvious new number 1 at the famous Maranello team.

Like Vettel, Verstappen is out of contract at Red Bull-Honda after 2020, and the Dutchman is clearly eyeing the potentially vacant cockpit in red.

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09/16/19
f1

Little known about Schumacher or treatment - doctor
Schumacher condition a complete mystery
Schumacher condition a complete mystery
(GMM) A top neurosurgeon says almost nothing can be inferred by Michael Schumacher's recent hospitalization.

The F1 legend was last week at a Paris hospital, triggering rumors he was receiving experimental stem cell therapy to help heal his brain injuries.

But stem cell expert Michel Puceat said he thinks it is more likely the 50-year-old's treatment related to his heart.

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09/16/19
f1

Zandvoort already selling tickets for 2021
Tickets are not officially on sale yet but Zandvoort has already sold 35,000
Tickets are not officially on sale yet but Zandvoort has already sold 35,000
(GMM) An injunction is being sought against construction works at Zandvoort, the venue for the returning Dutch GP for 2020.

RTL reports that an environmental group is seeking the injunction, with documents having been submitted to a court in Haarlem.

Despite the potential setback, the Dutch GP looks set to be a massive success. With interest fueled strongly by local hero Max Verstappen, the 2020 race is already sold out.

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09/16/19
f1

Leclerc can 'lead' Ferrari like Schumacher - Todt
Jean Todt must be hallucinating. Schumacher's car were designed by Aldo Costa - Aldo Costa makes world champions
Jean Todt must be hallucinating. Schumacher's Ferraris were designed by Aldo Costa - Aldo Costa makes world champions
(GMM) Jean Todt has likened Charles Leclerc to Ferrari's greatest ever champion, Michael Schumacher.

Todt was team boss at Ferrari during the team's ultra-successful Schumacher era.

Now, Todt's son Nicolas manages Leclerc, the young Spa and Monza winner who looks set to usurp Sebastian Vettel as Ferrari number 1.

"Charles is extremely strong mentally," FIA president Jean Todt told Auto Bild.

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09/16/19
f1

Vasseur happy with Alfa Romeo progress
Frederic Vasseur
Frederic Vasseur
(GMM) Boss Frederic Vasseur says he is happy with Alfa Romeo's progress in 2019.

For this year, the Ferrari-linked former Sauber team made a bold step forward by signing up Kimi Raikkonen.

Vasseur told France's Auto Hebdo that he is happy with the results.

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09/16/19
f1

F1 doesn't need 'big changes' - Ecclestone
Bernie Ecclestone
Bernie Ecclestone
(GMM) Bernie Ecclestone has urged F1's new bosses to resist making radical changes.

"The last few races were like Formula 1 should be," said the sport's former supremo.

"If it stays like that then I see no reason why it can't be as popular as it used to be."

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09/15/19
nasmon
irl

NASCAR Launches In-Race Betting At Several U.S. Sportsbooks
IndyCar is working on their in-race betting product
IndyCar is working on their in-race betting product
NASCAR today launched its new in-racing betting product at several sportsbooks around the U.S., according to Managing Dir of Gaming Scott Warfield.

NASCAR has been working with Genius Sports to create in-race betting markets, which the sanctioning body feels is a way to unlock added fan engagement. NASCAR is starting this weekend with a couple in-race bets like picking the race and stage winners, and it will add in other prop bets over the coming weeks -- with the full product on track to be done for the ’20 Daytona 500 in February.

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09/15/19
dtm

Rene Rast wins 2019 DTM title
Rene Rast - champion
Rene Rast - champion

Sunday Race - Rast locks up title

The triple has been perfected: Following the win of the DTM manufacturers’ championship, Audi also secured early title wins in the drivers’ and teams’ championships at the Nurburgring. The first DTM Champion in the new turbo era is Rene Rast, who only needed to finish Sunday’s race in third position to win the title.

“I still can’t believe it,” said the 32-year-old German, who only found out that he won the title as early as in the season’s third from last race from his race engineer on team radio after crossing the finish line. “What a year! We were extremely strong nearly everywhere. Clinching the title even before the last race weekend is incredible. Team Rosberg, which did a fantastic job, has a really big part in this. And Audi of course: the Audi RS 5 DTM has been the best car this year with the best turbo engine.”

“We didn’t expect to win the championship so early and, above all, not in such a dominant way,” said Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass, after Audi had taken the top seven spots in Sunday’s race. “Rene (Rast) is now a two-time DTM Champion – and deservedly so in every respect. He’s shown an impressive season. Congratulations to him, to his team, but also to the whole Audi family. ‘Thank you’ to all who made this outstanding success possible: It’s fantastic to work with such a great team! Today, we’re going to have a big party. And afterwards, we’ll look forward to the finale at Hockenheim together with the cars from the Japanese Super GT. That’s going to be another absolute highlight.”

Following his victory on Saturday, Rast, with second place in qualifying – just one thousandth of a second behind Jamie Green – and third position in the race scored exactly the number of points he need for his early title win. Before the last two rounds, the driver from Audi Sport Team Rosberg has an unreachable 56-point advantage over his closest rival, Nico Muller, from Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline.

Sunday Podium, from left, Frijns, Green and Rast
Sunday Podium, from left, Frijns, Green and Rast

After a sensor defect in qualifying, Muller started from 14th position. In his 100th DTM race, the Swiss fought back to the fifth spot before losing one position and along with it his last chance for the title shortly before the end of the race. “I pitted early and in the end was struggling with my tires,” said Muller. “After qualifying, it was clear that it would be a difficult race for us. Sixth place was the maximum. Unfortunately, the title race has now been decided. I’m happy for Rene and Audi, who did a great job and deserve the title. But of course I’d have liked postponing the title decision to the finale at Hockenheim."

Rast’s teammate Jamie Green secured pole position and victory in Sunday’s race. The Briton prevailed against Rast in a direct duel and at the end of the race defended himself against the attacks by Robin Frijns who challenged him on fresher tires in the final stage. “I didn’t even know anymore what a victory in the DTM feels like,” said Green. “My last victory was two years ago. All I can say is: it feels fantastic! It was a superb battle today. All Audi drivers wanted to win. I’m happy that I saved victory across the finish line.”

With Loic Duval, Jonathan Aberdein, Nico Muller and Mike Rockenfeller in positions four, five, six and seven, Audi celebrated a 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 success on Sunday, marking the so far best result of a manufacturer in the new turbo era of the DTM.

Audi is assured of winning the title in the teams’ championship, to

Saturday Race

#33 Rene Rast wins Saturday race
#33 Rene Rast wins Saturday race
With a dominant victory in Saturday’s race at the Nurburgring, Audi driver Rene Rast has come a lot closer to winning his second DTM title. Before the last three rounds, the German has an advantage of 47 points over his fellow Audi driver Nico Muller and of 80 over BMW driver Marco Wittmann. A maximum of 84 points are yet to be awarded.

The driver from Audi Sport Team Rosberg already extended his advantage in the overall classification at the Nurburgring in the morning: for the seventh time this year, Rast scored the three additional points for pole position. As a result, the German has netted 30 points just in qualifying in the 2019 season – an absolute record.

Everything went according to plan for Rast in the race as well: following a good start, he pulled clear of his immediate rivals, achieved an advantage of about six seconds and subsequently controlled the pace at the front of the field in commanding style. At the finish, he had a more than ten-second advantage over Bruno Spengler in a BMW.

“That was a perfect day,” said Rast after his sixth victory this season and the 16th triumph in total in his DTM career. “The car, the strategy, the pit stops: everything today was just perfect. A big ‘well done’ goes to my team that has been doing an outstanding job so far this weekend. That was an important step toward the championship title today. I hope that tomorrow we’re going to have another day like this.”

By contrast, the title ambitions of his closest rival, Nico Muller, from Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline suffered a bitter blow. The Swiss had secured the third spot on the grid but jump-started and, in 16th position, finished the race out of the points. “The jump start was clearly my own fault,” said Muller. “The lights were red for a long time. I only had the choice between stalling the engine or driving off.”

Major misfortune also struck Mike Rockenfeller, who in the home round of Audi Sport Team Phoenix was running directly behind Rene Rast for 25 laps but then had to park his Audi RS 5 DTM early due to an oil leak in the area of the engine environment.

Consequently, Jonathan Aberdein from the customer team WRT Team Audi Sport was the second-best Audi driver. Following a strong race, the South African crossed the finish line in fourth position, even before Loic Duval and Jamie Green. Robin Frijns fought back from the last spot on the grid to tenth place after having stopped at the start.

“We saw another fantastic race by Rene (Rast) today,” said Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. “In qualifying, he was in a class of his own once again, had a very good start, subsequently controlled the whole race and made no mistakes. It’s unfortunate that Mike (Rockenfeller) was forced to retire – he, too, drove a strong race and would have deserved the runner-up’s finish. Nico (Muller) was perhaps a little too ambitious at the start. After jump-starting, his race was ruined.”

On Sunday, Rene Rast will have the chance to secure the DTM drivers’ title early. To do so, the Audi driver would have to score nine points more than Nico Muller and, at the same time, Marco Wittmann not reduce his deficit to Rast by more than 23 points.

However, the teams’ championship will only be decided in the finale at Hockenheim. In it, Audi Sport Team Rosberg is now ahead of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline again by a narrow margin.

Results Saturday - 41 Laps

POSDRIVERCARGAP
1Rene RastAudi0.000s
2Bruno SpenglerBMW10.787s
3Marco WittmannBMW17.299s
4Jonathan AberdeinAudi24.537s
5Loic DuvalAudi27.158s
6Jamie GreenAudi27.338s
7Sheldon van der LindeBMW27.650s
8Joel ErikssonBMW27.880s
9Timo GlockBMW30.924s
10Daniel JuncadellaAston Martin32.590s
11Ferdinand HabsburgAston Martin38.344s
12Paul Di RestaAston Martin42.114s
13Philipp EngBMW45.746s
14Pietro FittipaldiAudi1m04.566s
15Nico MullerAudi1m09.161s
-Robin FrijnsAudiDisqualified
-Mike RockenfellerAudiDNF
-Jake DennisAston MartinDNF

Results Sunday - 41 Laps

POSDRIVERTEAMCARGAP
1Jamie GreenRosbergAudi0.000s
2Robin FrijnsAbtAudi0.442s
3Rene RastRosbergAudi5.827s
4Loic DuvalPhoenixAudi10.813s
5Jonathan AberdeinWRTAudi11.121s
6Nico MullerAbtAudi12.410s
7Mike RockenfellerPhoenixAudi12.753s
8Philipp EngRMRBMW19.886s
9Timo GlockRMRBMW27.159s
10Bruno SpenglerRMGBMW27.675s
11Joel ErikssonRBMBMW29.974s
12Daniel JuncadellaR-MotorsportAston Martin30.660s
13Pietro FittipaldiWRTAudi31.625s
14Jake DennisR-MotorsportAston Martin32.000s
15Ferdinand HabsburgR-MotorsportAston Martin32.449s
16Sheldon van der LindeRBMBMW51.534s
-Marco WittmannRMGBMWDNF
-Paul Di RestaR-MotorsportAston MartinDNS

Driver Standings

POSDRIVERPOINTS
1Rene Rast279
2Nico Muller223
3Marco Wittmann182
4Mike Rockenfeller145
5Philipp Eng144
6Robin Frijns139
7Loic Duval123
8Jamie Green105
9Bruno Spengler100
10Jonathan Aberdein67
11Joel Eriksson51
12Sheldon van der Linde42
13Timo Glock37
14Daniel Juncadella23
15Pietro Fittipaldi22
16Paul Di Resta15
17Jake Dennis12
18Ferdinand Habsburg3
19Andrea Dovizioso0


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09/15/19
f1

Ferrari will struggle in Singapore
Ferrari had their moment in Monza, now it's back to reality
Ferrari had their moment in Monza, now it's back to reality
Charles Leclerc does not expect to claim a third successive Formula 1 victory when the championship touches down in Singapore next weekend.

Instead, he believes Ferrari will struggle around the Marina Bay street circuit, which is comprised mostly of 90 degree corners with few opportunities for cars to stretch their legs.

It therefore requires a different technical solution to that which saw Leclerc win in Belgium and Italy, with recent years favoring Mercedes.

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v8

McLaughlin breaks Lowndes' season record in Auckland
Scott McLaughlin and his kids
Scott McLaughlin and his kids

Scott McLaughlin has grabbed victory to break Craig Lowndes’ all-time season winning record in chaotic circumstances at the ITM Auckland SuperSprint.

The young Kiwi scored his 17th win of the season to break Lowndes’ 1996 record with the victory over Shane van Gisbergen and Chaz Mostert.

McLaughlin benefited from an early safety car which, combined with pit strategy, gifted him the lead from Jamie Whincup who was penalized, one which he held to the end.

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09/14/19
dakar

Alonso rolls Toyota Hilux at rally debut
Fernando Alonso rolled his Toyota and tried to pull it upright
Fernando Alonso rolled his Toyota and tried to pull it upright
Fernando Alonso failed to classify in the final results of the Lichtenberg 400 after he rolled his Toyota Hilux on his rally debut in South Africa. 

Alonso and co-driver Marc Coma were unscathed from the accident and were able to continue, but could not be classified due to the time that was lost. 

In the first loop of the event, Alonso rolled the car 23 kilometers into the course, breaking the car's windscreen. After kicking out the screen, Alonso and Coma completed the loop equipped with goggles.

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09/14/19
automotive

GM issues massive safety recall
Chevy Suburban
Chevy Suburban
General Motors is conducting a new safety campaign, in coordination with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), for 3,456,111 vehicles.

Out of those, the automotive giant estimates that 2 percent is suffering from a braking issue that could increase the stopping distance, leading to a higher crash risk. “In some circumstances, these vehicles may have a condition in which the engine-mounted mechanical vacuum pump output may decrease over time, decreasing the amount of vacuum/power brake assist”, the NHTSA explained in its report.

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09/14/19
f1

Ricciardo has no plans to stay in racing after driving done
Daniel Riccardo - banking his retirement millions at Renault
Daniel Riccardo - banking his retirement millions at Renault

“Once I’ve burnt myself out from racing, I think I’ll want to step away,” Ricciardo said to TheCheckeredFlag. “Another thing is, I’ve always had other interests growing up. I love racing, but I grew up playing other sports too.

“It’d be nice to step away from racing, after putting everything into it. Because then I could end that chapter and think, ‘Awesome, that part of my life is done’. So we’ll see what happens.

“But, more than anything, I definitely have an interest to do something outside of that. Whether that’s in fashion or music, I don’t know.

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09/14/19
irl

IndyCar Halo/Aeroscreen Test Dates
The IndyCar Halo is fairly massive to protect the driver
The IndyCar Halo is fairly massive to protect the drivers

The new IndyCar Halo/Aeroscreen might make the cars handling diabolical. For certain it will raise the center of gravity, hence they will be slower.

And the added weight is sure to tear up the Firestone tires a bit more. The added weight will also make the cars slower.

So IndyCar is going to allow the teams more testing time with the Halo ahead of next season.

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09/14/19
imsa

Montoya tops Friday IMSA practice at Laguna Seca
Juan Montoya
Juan Montoya
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Daytona Prototype international (DPi) points leader Juan Pablo Montoya posted the fastest time in Friday’s practice sessions, but if the time charts are any indication, the competition this weekend is going to be close.

Montoya lapped the 2.238-mile WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca circuit at one minute, 16.003 (106.006 mph) to lead the way in the No. 6 Acura Team Penske ARX-05 that he shares with co-driver Dane Cameron. His lap was just 0.078 seconds quicker than the best time posted by Felipe Nasr in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R of 1:16.081 (105.897 mph).

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09/14/19
v8

Van Gisbergen claims emotional victory on home soil in Auckland
Shane van Gisbergen
Shane van Gisbergen

Shane van Gisbergen has scored a Kiwi win in the ITM Auckland SuperSprint on home soil while teammate Jamie Whincup was denied second place following a post-race penalty.

Auckland-raised Van Gisbergen scored his fourth Pukekohe victory on top of his clean sweep of three races in 2016 to give himself a chance of reclaiming the Jason Richards Trophy in the honor of the Kiwi great who died from cancer in 2011.

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f1

Schumacher 'aware' but Doctor doubts Schumacher received brain treatment (2nd Update)
How is Schumacher, we just don't know.
How is Schumacher, we just don't know.

UPDATE (GMM) A surgeon close to the hospital treating Michael Schumacher last week has played down reports that the treatment would have involved the F1 legend's damaged brain.

When it emerged that Schumacher would receive stem cell treatment at Paris' Hopital Europeen Georges-Pompidou, many of his fans were hopeful that it could help the 50-year-old German overcome his apparent brain injuries.

But professor Michel Puceat, who according to La Gazzetta dello Sport is a stem cell expert who is close to the team treating Schumacher, thinks the treatment is more likely to be related to the former Ferrari driver's heart.

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09/14/19
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Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern. 
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

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