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09/17/17
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IndyCar must find Gutierrez a ride if they are to race in Mexico
An IndyCar race in Mexico will fail without a Mexican driver in a competitive ride
An IndyCar race in Mexico will fail without a Mexican driver in a competitive ride
After getting a taste of the Verizon IndyCar Series, one thing has become clear: Esteban Gutierrez doesn’t want to be anywhere else.

The 26-year-old Mexican subbed for an injured Sebastien Bourdais for seven races this year in the No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda. 

Despite never driving an Indy car prior to the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader in June, Gutierrez performed admirably. He finished better than he qualified in five of the seven races, including a 13th-place finish at Iowa Speedway in his first oval race.

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09/17/17
nasmon

NASCAR's new inspection process
Current inspection rig
Inspection rig
NASCAR is running a new tech bay through a dry run this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. Featuring 17 cameras, it can measure the body as well as other measurements, combining NASCAR's template station and its laser inspection station. NASCAR hopes to use the new tech bay next year, where it can turn about a six-minute process for those two inspection stations into about a 90-second process.  ESPN

NASCAR will streamline its at-track inspection process next season, with a rollout of the new system coming this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.

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09/17/17
pwc

Pirelli World Challenge Announces 2018 Racing Schedule
St. Pete to again kick off the season
St. Pete to again kick off the season
WC Vision, producers of the Pirelli World Challenge, today announced its racing schedule for the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge Championships featuring North America’s top GT Production-based road racing campaign.

In 2017, the PWC series, with over 25 auto manufacturers and 44 separate models through its seven racing divisions; GT/SprintX, GTA, GT Cup, GTS, Touring Car, TCA and TCB, enjoyed sensational racing action in its 28th year as one of the world’s most competitive and entertaining GT racing series.

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09/17/17
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Video: NASCAR Chicago Monster Cup Post-Race Q&A
Race winner Martin Truex Jr., crew chief Cole Pearn, president Joe Garone and owner Barney Visser (No. 78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota) and second- place finisher Chase Elliott (No. 24 NAPA Brakes Chevrolet)

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09/17/17
pwc

Michael Cooper Scores PWC GT Sweep with Sunday Win
Michael Cooper
Michael Cooper
SONOMA, Calif.
 – Michael Cooper of Syosset, N.Y., completed an impressive sweep of the GT Sprint 50-minute races this weekend at Sonoma Raceway with another wire-to-wire victory Sunday in the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Sonoma.  In addition, Patrick Long of Manhattan Beach, Calif., the newly-crowned GT Overall champion, clinched the GT Sprint point title with a second-place finish.

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09/17/17
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Sunday Morning Update from Sonoma (Update)
Servia and Becker
Servia and Becker

UPDATE The final practice session has completed.  No major incidents before the last race of the season.  Max Chilton did cause a red flag during the session.  AR1 is not sure what the teams were working on during this final practice session but looking at the final practice times,  speed was not the main focus of this session.  It will be interesting to see the type of tires the teams will use for the race today.  Firestone made the primary, black tire for this race more durable than the 2016 Sonoma compound. The 2017 alternate (red) tire is similar to the 2016 primary compound.

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09/17/17
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Rahal tops Sonoma Sunday warm-up
PosNoNameFTimeDiffGapFLLapsEngineTeam
115Graham Rahal1:16.961--.------.----1620HondaRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
220Spencer Pigot1:17.6640.70330.70331318ChevyEd Carpenter Racing
39Scott Dixon1:17.6850.72410.02081517HondaChip Ganassi Racing Teams
43Helio Castroneves1:17.7480.78730.0632818ChevyTeam Penske
52Josef Newgarden1:17.8070.84650.0592817ChevyTeam Penske
698Alexander Rossi1:17.8560.89490.04841416HondaAndretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian
727Marco Andretti1:17.8860.92510.03021115HondaAndretti Autosport with Yarrow
826Takuma Sato1:18.0081.04690.12181214HondaAndretti Autosport
914Carlos Munoz1:18.0511.09050.04361317ChevyAJ Foyt Enterprises
1028Ryan Hunter-Reay1:18.0931.13180.0413816HondaAndretti Autosport
114Conor Daly1:18.2191.25810.12631516ChevyAJ Foyt Enterprises
128Max Chilton1:18.2751.31390.05581317HondaChip Ganassi Racing Teams
1313Zachary Claman DeMelo1:18.3121.35140.03751718HondaRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
1421JR Hildebrand1:18.3121.35160.00021014ChevyEd Carpenter Racing
1518Sebastien Bourdais1:18.3291.36780.01621315HondaDale Coyne Racing
161Simon Pagenaud1:18.3531.39210.0243819ChevyTeam Penske
1710Tony Kanaan1:18.4601.49880.10671115HondaChip Ganassi Racing Teams
1819Ed Jones1:18.6801.71920.22041317HondaDale Coyne Racing
1912Will Power1:18.7731.81180.0926818ChevyTeam Penske
205James Hinchcliffe1:18.8161.85470.04291216HondaSchmidt Peterson Motorsports
217Jack Harvey1:19.2942.33300.47831415HondaSchmidt Peterson Motorsports
2283Charlie Kimball1:19.9092.94780.614822HondaChip Ganassi Racing Teams



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09/17/17
f1

No penalties for Vettel, Raikkonen or Verstappen
Both Ferraris taken out in first turn
Both Ferraris taken out in first turn
The FIA took no further action following the collision between Max Verstappen, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel on the first lap of the Singapore Grand Prix.

The three drivers were taken out of the race on the opening lap after coming together on the run down to Turn 1. Following the race, the stewards reviewed video footage of the incident and talked to all three drivers, but came to the conclusion that no driver was predominantly to blame.

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09/17/17
pwc

PWC GT Round 9 Saturday video highlights at Sonoma Raceway
Highlights from the live stream of The Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Sonoma GT Round 9

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09/17/17
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NASCAR Chicago Xfinity Post-race Q&A
Race winner Justin Allgaier (No. 7 BRANDT/Celebrating the Future of AG Chevrolet), second- place finisher Kyle Larson (No. 42 ENEOS Chevrolet), Elliott Sadler (No. 1 OneMain Financial Chevrolet), race winning crew chief Jason Burdett and co-owner, Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 7 BRANDT/Celebrating the Future of AG Chevrolet) and Daniel Hemric (No. 21 Blue Gate Bank Chevrolet) 

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09/17/17
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Allgaier prevails in XFINITY regular-season finale
Justin Allgaier and his daughter Harper Grace
Justin Allgaier and his daughter Harper Grace
Justin Allgaier had the drive of his life. Brendan Gaughan was hanging on for dear life.

But both drivers were winners at Chicagoland Speedway.

Grabbing the lead with a bold move to the inside after a restart on Lap 186 of 200, Allgaier, an Illinois native, captured the big prize at his home track -- a victory in Saturday’s TheHouse.com 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series regular-season finale.

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09/17/17
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Daniel and Max Take The Durian Fruit Challenge
It's known as the 'King of Fruits', is reckoned to be something of a delicacy, and it's banned from most hotels across Asia.Brilliant – we're in Singapore, Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo are here, so let's make 'em eat one then. Better still give them one each!

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09/17/17
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Sunday
  • Palmer found he was axed on Autosport. His check wasn't big enough.
    Palmer found he was axed on Autosport. His check wasn't big enough.
    Palmer read Renault ax story on internet
  • Porsche should enter F1 - Haug
  • Pirelli making 'softer than ultra-soft' tire for 2018
  • Alonso-McLaren announcement due within days
  • Ricciardo 'confident' he can still take victory
  • Horner: Red Bull has nothing to lose in race
  • Perez confirmed at Force India for 2018
  • Bottas: Mercedes has a lot of work to do
  • Hamilton says he 'threw the sink' at Q3 effort
  • Vettel elated with fourth Marina Bay pole

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09/17/17
f1

Video: Singapore Grand Prix: Qualifying Highlights
Highlights from qualifying for the 2017 Singapore GP

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09/17/17
f1

Video: Singapore Grand Prix - Behind the scenes
Ferrari takes us behind the scenes at the 2017 Singapore GP

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09/17/17
irl

VISOR CAM: Josef Newgarden at Sonoma Raceway
Take a few laps around Sonoma Raceway with Team Penske driver Josef Newgarden!

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09/17/17
irl

Video: GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma Day 2 Highlights


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09/16/17
irl

Video: Ed Jones - IndyCar Rookie of the Year 2017
ROY of Ed Jones is flanked by IndyCar's Jay Frye and team owner Dale Coyne
ROY of Ed Jones is flanked by IndyCar's Jay Frye and team owner Dale Coyne
Dale Coyne Racing driver Ed Jones was presented the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award for the 2017 season in a news conference today at Sonoma Raceway. The only full-time rookie in the Verizon IndyCar Series this season, the 22-year-old from Dubai has impressed with five top-10 finishes to date - including a memorable third-place finish in the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in May.

"I feel like as a driver, I got stronger (as the season progressed)," said Jones, driver of the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda. "Early in the season, I had some really great results. I was driving well, but also a lot of things fell my way. I was pretty lucky in that sense.

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09/16/17
wec

Porsche at COTA - Fight, shine, win
A Porsche Motorsport Video on the Porsche 919 Hybrid and 911 RSR showing a strong performance in the FIA WEC round 6 at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

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09/16/17
nasmon

Grunt Style Signs with Richard Petty Motorsports in Multi-Year Deal
Richard Petty
Richard Petty
Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) announced today a multi-year associate partnership with Grunt Style. The Patriotic apparel line will debut on the No. 43 Ford this weekend in Chicago and will return to the car for Veteran's Day weekend in Phoenix. A company that provides apparel for customers who have pride in self, military and country makes Grunt Style a perfect fit with the Petty brand. 

Grunt Style has taken the American fighting spirit and instilled it in everything they create. With nearly 350 US Veterans and Patriots, their mission is to deliver the highest quality, most Patriotic apparel. This is not Grunt Style's only NASCAR partnership. They also partner with Spencer Boyd in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

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09/16/17
irl

Chevrolet Captures 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturer Championship
The Penske shock package scored all the Chevy points
The Penske shock package scored all the Chevy points despite Honda having far more cars

For the sixth consecutive season, Chevrolet has won the Verizon IndyCar Series (VISC) Manufacturer Championship. The Bowtie Brand has captured the title every season since returning to IndyCar competition in 2012.

The Chevrolet 2.2 liter twin turbocharged direct injected V6 IndyCar engine program combined with the Chevrolet Aero Kit to produce 10 poles and ­­­9 wins in 16 of 17 events heading into Sunday’s season finale at Sonoma Raceway.

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09/16/17
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Qualifying Groups for Sonoma
 Group 1 Group 2
9Dixon1Pagenaud
2Newgarden12Power
26Sato3Castroneves
28Hunter-Reay15Rahal
10Kanaan27Andretti
98Rossi18Bourdais
83Kimball8Clinton
20Pigot19Jones
7Harvey5Hinchcliffe
4Daly14Munoz
13Claman DeMelo21Hildebrand

 

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09/16/17
irl

Saturday Morning Update From Sonoma (2nd Update)
UPDATE Busy afternoon here in Sonoma.  Ed Jones was presented with the Rookie of the Year award.  Jones, driving the number 19 entry for Dale Coyne Racing, was most deserving of the award.  Chevrolet was awarded the  Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturer Championship.

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09/16/17
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Pagenaud leads Saturday practice
Simon Pagenaud continues to be quick at Sonoma
Simon Pagenaud continues to be quick at Sonoma
Team Penske's Simon Pagenaud placed the No. 1 DXC Technology Team Penske Chevrolet atop the time sheets in Saturday practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. The defending Verizon IndyCar Series Champion and Sonoma winner was 0.1125s ahead of Scott Dixon. Dixon, a three-time Sonoma winner, sits a mere three points behind championship leader Josef Newgarden entering tomorrow's season finale.

Will Power, Newgarden, and Helio Castroneves rounded out the top-five. 

RESULTS 

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09/16/17
automotive

Porsche's all-electric Mission E to start at around $86,000
Porsche Mission E - a bargain at $86K
Porsche Mission E - a bargain at $86K

Porsche’s Mission E is probably one of the most anticipated all-electric vehicles coming by the end of the decade. Its design already won awards and it expected to launch the 350 kW ultra fast-charging technology developed by the company.

One missing piece of the puzzle was the price and the automaker has now confirmed that it will start at around $86,000 – making it competitive with some versions of Tesla’s Model S.

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09/16/17
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Benjamin Pedersen Dominates F4 U.S. Championship Cota Event
Benjamin Pedersen
Benjamin Pedersen
Global Racing Group pilot Benjamin Pedersen of Copenhagen, Denmark, dominated Circuit of the Americas Friday, winning both races and capturing pole position in qualifying and in Round 16. This was the highest finish for Pedersen in his two years of competing in the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda. 

Braden Eves of Gahanna, Ohio, and Kyle Kirkwood of Jupiter, Florida, flip-flopped finishes in the first two rounds. Eves took third in Race 1 and second in Race 2. While Kyle Kirkwood of Jupiter, Florida, claimed second in Race 1 and third in Race 2, which was just enough to clinch the season championship.

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09/16/17
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nasmon
f1
nhra

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern
EventLocationTV TimesNetwork
Saturday, September 16   
F1 - practice 3Singapore6:00am-7:30am (L)NBC Streaming
F1 - qualsSingapore9:00am-10:30am (L)CNBC
NASCAR Cup - practiceChicagoland11:30am-12:30pm (L)CNBC
NASCAR Xfinity -qualsChicagoland12:30pm-2:00pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Cup - practiceChicagoland2:00pm-3:00pm (L)NBCSN
Pirelli World Challenge - GTSonoma2:15pm (L)MotorTrend Online
WECAustin
2:30pm-7:00pm (L)FS2
NASCAR Xfinity Series - raceChicagoland3:00pm-3:30pm - pre-race (L)
3:30pm-6:30pm - race (L)
NBCSN
IndyCar -qualsSonoma6:30pm-8:00pm (L)NBCSN
Sunday, September 17   
NHRA Series - qualsCharlotte2:00am-3:00am (SDD)FS1
F1 - raceSingapore7:00am-7:30am - pre-race (L)
7:30am-10:30am - race (L)
NBCSN
Pirelli World Challenge - GTSonoma10:15am (L)MotorTrend Online
NASCAR Cup - raceChicagoland2:30pm-3:00pm - pre-race (L)
3:00pm-6:30pm - race (L)
NBCSN
NHRA - finalsCharlotte2:30pm-5:30pm (L),FS1
Pirelli World Challenge - GTSonoma3:00pm-4:30pm (SDD)CBS-SN
IndyCar - raceSonoma6:30pm-9:30pm (L)NBCSN

Legend: D = delayed; L = live; SDD = same-day delay; R = repeat



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09/16/17
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NASCAR Chicago Truck Post-Race Q&A
Race winner Johnny Sauter (No. 21 GMS Racing Chevrolet), Second- place finisher Chase Briscoe (No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford), Team Family Ownership Spencer Gallagher, crew chief Joe Shear Jr. and regular Season Champion Christopher Bell (No. 4 Sirius XM Toyota)

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09/16/17
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wec

WEC to run alongside IMSA at Sebring 12 Hour weekend (Update)
Toyota LMP1 car to blister Sebring next March
Toyota LMP1 car to blister Sebring next March
UPDATE
 In addition to the WEC’s calendar changes for 2018/19 announced today at CoTA, FIA WEC CEO Gerard Neveu also gave an update on the FIA WEC’s Sebring race in 2019 as part of the IMSA-WEC double-header. Neveu stressed that it will go ahead as planned, despite some concerns being expressed over the logistical challenges involved in running back-to-back endurance races on the Floridian circuit.

The plan announced during the 6 Hours of Mexico weekend was to host a 12-hour WEC race at the Sebring circuit, starting two hours after IMSA’s Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring. The idea to host two 12 Hours of Sebrings on the same weekend, raised questions from numerous members of the WEC paddock regarding the condition of the track, the race start time (midnight) and the ability to wrap up the IMSA race quickly enough to get the WEC race underway on schedule.

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09/16/17
wec

2018-2019 FIA WEC Updated Provisional Calendar
1. 4-5 May – WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL)
2. 16-17 June – 24 Hours of Le Mans (FRA)
3. 18-19 August – 6 Hours of Silverstone (GBR)
4. 20-21 October – 6 Hours of Fuji (JPN)
5. 17-18 November – 6 Hours of Shanghai (CHN)
6. 15-16 March 2019 – 12 Hours of Sebring (USA)
7. 3-4 May 2019 – WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL)
8. 15-16 June 2019 – 24 Hours of Le Mans (FRA)

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09/16/17
f1

Verstappen nips Vettel to lead 3rd Singapore GP practice
Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen can be very quick when he does not hit anything and that was the case on the streets of Singapore Saturday as he set fastest time in third practice with a lap of 1m41.829s in his Red Bull. The bad news is that he is so hard on his car he usually breaks it and that was the case once again. Right after he completed his fast lap he radioed to the crew "The car is shifting all by itself".

Sebastian Vettel was 0.072s behind the Red Bull as the Ferrari ace appeared to get his car handling to his liking after a disastrous Friday.

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09/16/17
pwc

O'Connell, Dalziel Lead Pirelli World Challenge GT Practice Friday
Johnny O’Connell
Johnny O’Connell
Johnny O’Connell and Ryan Dalziel led the GT practice action Friday at Sonoma Raceway as the final two rounds of the GT championship come to a close in the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Sonoma.

O’Connell, the four-time PWC GT champion from Flowery Branch, Ga., paced the 21-car field Friday in his popular red No. 3 Cadillac Racing Cadillac ATS-V.R. with a best lap of one minute, 33.320 seconds (92.00 miles per hour) as the sports car legend seeks his first 2017 PWC win in Rounds 18 (Saturday at 2:15 p.m. PDT) and 19 (Sunday at 10:15 a.m. PDT).  O’Connell recorded his best clocking in the 30-minute morning session at the 2.35-mile, 12-turn road circuit.

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09/16/17
track news

Phoenix raising prices to pay for upgrades
Phoenix undergoing expensive upgrades
Phoenix undergoing expensive upgrades
Julie Loney has camped out at Phoenix International Raceway during NASCAR races for 16 years.

Year after year, the Goodyear resident and her husband have lined up with their camper to get a spot in the unreserved section of the campground, which operates on a first-come, first-served basis.

There, they meet up with friends from the area and from California and Utah, form a rectangle of RVs, and set up for the whole race week.

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09/16/17
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Saturday
  • If Honda comes good in 2018 you can bet Red Bull will become the Honda 'factory' team
    If Honda comes good in 2018 you can bet Red Bull will become the Honda 'factory' team
    Red Bull's engine future unclear
  • Rosberg to help Kubica's F1 comeback
  • Kvyat 'not fearing' Toro Rosso driver shakeup
  • Alonso to probe Renault before making 2018 decision
  • Sainz Jr.-Renault switch for Malaysia 'possible' - Marko
  • Red Bull 'a second faster' in Singapore - Lauda
  • T-wings banned for 2018 but shark fins staying
  • F1 regime change held up Singapore GP deal
  • Force India to be 'Force Racing' in 2018
  • Vettel: Ferrari went in the wrong direction
  • Honda targets top three with STR in 2018
  • McLaren to focus efforts on Alonso deal

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09/16/17
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Highest paid race car drivers
Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen

15. Kimi Raikkonen

Series: Formula One

Team: Scuderia Ferrari

Salary and earnings (2017): $7 million

One thing to know: Ten years removed from his lone Formula One championship, Raikkonen isn't having his best season, but he did notch a strong second-place finish at the Hungaroring in July.

Source: Fox Sports

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