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09/23/19
nasmon

NASCAR Richmond TV Rating
NBCSN earned a 1.07 overnight rating for Saturday night's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Federated 400 at Richmond Raceway, down 3.6% from a 1.11 for last year's race.


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09/23/19
nasmon

Video: Martin Truex Jr. spins and wins
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. slides up the track, spinning leader Martin Truex Jr. on Lap 314 during the NASCAR Playoffs race at Richmond Raceway. Luckily for Truex Jr. he was still able to win.

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09/23/19
f1

Video: The Formula 1 Safety Car Explained
F1 couldn't go racing without it - but how does the Safety Car actually work. The Mercedes Safety Driver explains. 

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09/23/19
f1

Ferrari 'hungrier than Mercedes' - Hamilton
Vettel won his first race of 2019
Vettel won his first race of 2019
(GMM) Championship leader Lewis Hamilton criticized Mercedes after the Singapore GP.

The Briton was not even on the podium on Sunday, as Sebastian Vettel broke his long victory drought and Ferrari secured its first three-race winning streak since 2008.

Toto Wolff calls Ferrari's upgraded car a "monster", but Hamilton thinks Mercedes also messed up under the Singapore lights.

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09/23/19
f1

Simulator error caused Singapore struggle - Marko
Marko blames the simulator
Marko blames the simulator
(GMM) Dr Helmut Marko says a "mistake" in the simulator prior to Singapore spoiled Red Bull's chance of victory.

Max Verstappen finished third behind the Ferraris, and when asked if there was a chance of a better result on a track that was expected to suit Red Bull, he answered simply: "No.

"I could make it a huge story, but no." 

Marko, though, had a lengthier explanation for the surprising Singapore struggle.

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09/23/19
f1

Masi surprised by reaction to decisions
Michael Masi
Michael Masi
(GMM) F1 race director Michael Masi says he has been surprised by the reaction to new approaches to wheel-to-wheel racing taken in Formula 1 this year.

Australian Masi took over at extremely short notice following the sudden death of Charlie Whiting in Melbourne.

Under his regime, there have been several controversies based on wheel-to-wheel incidents, but now there is confusion about what is allowed on track.

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09/23/19
f1

Gasly not ruling out 2020 Red Bull return
Too slow before, what makes Pierre think Red Bull will give him another shot?
Too slow before, what makes Pierre think Red Bull will give him another shot?
(GMM) Pierre Gasly is not ruling out the possibility of a return to Red Bull for 2020.

In Singapore, Dr Helmut Marko said Daniil Kvyat is not in the running for the seat currently occupied by Alex Albon.

Rookie Albon was called up by the senior team following Gasly's struggles in the first half of 2019. Frenchman Gasly is now working on regaining his confidence at Toro Rosso.

But in the media, it is now being reported that Gasly could very well return to Red Bull for 2020.

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09/23/19
f1

Nitrogen concerns could affect Dutch GP - minister
Zandvoort
Zandvoort
(GMM) Dutch deputy sport minister Bruno Bruins hopes next year's race at Zandvoort is not affected by environmental concerns.

Concerned about the effect of nitrogen emissions on biodiversity, it is believed that thousands of construction projects in the country could be delayed.

Perhaps the most prominent of those potentially delayed projects is the work needing to be carried out at Zandvoort prior to the 2020 Dutch GP.

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09/22/19
irl

Capstone Turbine Honda team wins at Laguna Seca
Mike Harding, George Michael Steinbrenner IV and Colton Herta
Mike Harding, George Michael Steinbrenner IV and Colton Herta
Colton Herta and the No. 88 Capstone Turbine Honda team dominated the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend after pacing the field in Thursday’s open test, securing the pole starting position, and leading 84 of 90 laps to win today’s race.

Herta finishes seventh in the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series championship standings with two wins, three pole starting positions, seven Firestone Fast Six starts, and eight top-ten finishes.

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09/22/19
irl

Video: IndyCar Laguna Seca Race Highlights
The 2019 championship came to a thrilling conclusion at WeatherTech Raceway as a rookie and a veteran put on a show.

Colton Herta won the race, Josef Newgarden won the title, and Felix Rosenqvist won Rookie of the Year honors.

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09/22/19
irl

Hitachi re-ups with Team Penske and Newgarden
Newgarden in the Hitachi sponsored Penske Chevy
Newgarden in the Hitachi sponsored Penske Chevy
Team Penske and Hitachi Group announced today that they will continue their winning partnership for the 2020 IndyCar Series season. Building on a relationship that first began in 2012, Hitachi and Team Penske have agreed to an extension that ensures the global technology, electronics and automotive company will remain a key collaborator with the team.

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09/22/19
il

VeeKay Underlines his Class with Dominant Indy Lights Victory
Rinus VeeKay
Rinus VeeKay
Rinus VeeKay might not have won this year’s Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship trophy but he certainly demonstrated his class during this weekend’s Cooper Tires Indy Lights Grand Prix Presented by Allied Building Products. VeeKay, 19, from Hoofddorp, Netherlands, claimed a complete sweep at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, securing two pole positions, two race wins and two fastest race laps, and for the second day in a row he led all 30 laps en route to an emphatic victory for Juncos Racing.

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09/22/19
irl

Sunday Report from WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
Newgarden
Newgarden

Good morning from the busy Laguna Seca.  Fans and teams are streaming into the facility for the final IndyCar race of the season.  Temperatures are expected to reach almost 80 degrees by race time of 12:15 pm local time.

 Josef Newgarden, the championship points leader, finally seemed a bit relaxed yesterday in the last press conference on Saturday.  Not obtaining an extra point for the pole, all four contenders are in the first three rows for today's race.  Newgarden, going for his second IndyCar title of his career, just has to finish 4th or better to capture the Astor Cup.

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09/22/19
ip2000

Kirkwood on the Cusp of Indy Pro 2000 Title With Laguna Win
Kirkwood is dominating IP2000 just like he dominated Americas F3 last year
Kirkwood is dominating IP2000 just like he dominated Americas F3 last year
Kyle Kirkwood is an unstoppable force in this year’s Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. The 20-year-old from Jupiter, Fla., overcame a deficit of more than three seconds to polesitter Sting Ray Robb in this afternoon’s Cooper Tires Indy Pro 2000 Grand Prix Presented by Allied Building Products at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca before grasping the lead when Robb ran briefly off the road at Turn Five with just over four laps remaining. Kirkwood needed no second bidding as he reeled off the laps to claim his ninth victory in 10 races for RP Motorsport USA.

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09/22/19
f1

Binotto happy with Ferrari resurgence
Binotto is smiling a lot these days
Binotto is smiling a lot these days
After a disappointing first half of the Formula One season marked by near-misses, Ferrari and Leclerc have now racked up three poles in a row and are perfectly placed for a third successive victory.

“We knew that we brought here a new aero package in the right direction,” Binotto told Sky Sports television.

“But even more I think for us it’s important to know that we are developing the car in the right direction because that will be useful as well for next year,” added the Swiss-born Italian.

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09/22/19
TV News

Sunday TV Times
All times Eastern and live unless noted
Sunday, September 22LocationTV TimesNetwork
MotoGP RaceAragon5:15-9:30ambeIN
F1 RaceSingapore7:30-8:05am – Pre-Race
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


Legend: R=Repeat

 



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09/22/19
f1

Mercedes and Red Bull need update to catch Ferrari
Hamilton with his crying towel. The poor boy enjoyed 4 years of superior Mercedes power.
Hamilton with his crying towel. The poor boy enjoyed 4 years of superior Mercedes power.
(GMM) Ferrari's rivals are surprised by the Italian team's pace in Singapore.

When reminded after qualifying that it is Charles Leclerc's third pole on the trot, championship leader Lewis Hamilton exclaimed: "Shit!"

Red Bull's Max Verstappen is also upset about not being faster, telling Ziggo Sport: "I came here to win."

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09/22/19
f1

F1 Teams to discuss 'open source' parts idea for 2021
Otmar Szafnauer
Otmar Szafnauer
(GMM) Formula 1 teams are still squabbling with Liberty Media and the FIA over the proposed rules for 2021.

The budget cap and standard parts are designed to help the smaller teams like Racing Point, but even the Silverstone based outfit is not impressed with the latest car concept called 'Lima'.

"All the cars will be basically the same," team boss Otmar Szafnauer said.

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09/22/19
f1

Kvyat not in running for Albon's seat - Marko
Daniil Kvyat depressed over driving for Toro Rosso
Daniil Kvyat depressed over driving for Toro Rosso
(GMM) Alex Albon looks to be on pole position to keep his seat at Red Bull for 2020.

Dr Helmut Marko, the notorious boss of the energy drink marque's driver program, said in Singapore that Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat is not in the running to be Max Verstappen's teammate.

"We will do our evaluations after Mexico, but Kvyat has already been confirmed (for Toro Rosso) next year, at least internally," Marko is quoted by Tass news agency.

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09/22/19
f1

Haas eyes Kubica for reserve driver role
Gunther Steiner is salivating over getting Kubica's big sponsor check
Gunther Steiner is salivating over getting Kubica's big sponsor check
(GMM) Haas boss Gunther Steiner has expressed interest in signing up Robert Kubica for 2020.

Kubica, who will leave Williams at the end of the season, is being tipped to race in the German touring car series DTM next year.

But it is believed he might combine that race seat with a reserve driver role in Formula 1.

Polish media recently revealed that Racing Point's sponsorship boss traveled to the headquarters of Kubica's major sponsor PKN Orlen.

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09/22/19
f1

F1 drivers slam sprint race qualifying idea
F1 rules makers hard at work
F1 rules makers hard at work
(GMM) Formula 1 drivers have slammed a proposal to radically shake up the qualifying format.

In meetings with Liberty Media and the FIA in Singapore, team bosses discussed the possibility of scrapping the current format to install a Saturday sprint race.

The grid for the sprint race would be in reverse championship order, with the results then determining the grid for Sunday's grand prix.

"It's part of the discussions about how to improve the sport and make it more attractive," FIA president Jean Todt is quoted by France's L'Equipe.

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09/22/19
irl

Rosenqvist accuses IndyCar of playing favorites
 
Rosenqvist had a real shot at the pole
Rosenqvist had a real shot at the pole
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist blasted IndyCar officials for wanting an American to win the Rookie of the Year title after a qualifying penalty hurt his chances of winning 2019 Rookie of the Year.

“They ruined our day,” he told IndyCar on NBC reporter Marty Snider in a rare display of rage for the oft-reserved Swede. “I don’t why. Maybe someone has something against me. Or they want (Colton) Herta to win the rookie championship, whatever. But I guess I have to regroup for the race and find a good strategy starting from the back.”

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09/22/19
ta

Boris Said Dominates Trans Am at Virginia International Raceway
Boris Said
Boris Said
After being edged out by two one thousandths of a second in the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli qualifying on Friday, Boris Said strapped into his newly-built No. 2 Technique/SRI Performance Dodge Challenger with a vengeance on Saturday. 

Said stormed to a dominating win in the all green 100-mile Trans Am class feature at Virginia International Raceway (VIR), taking the checkered more than 10 seconds ahead of championship leader Ernie Francis Jr. (No. 98 Frameless Shower Doors Ford Mustang).

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09/22/19
f1

Ricciardo's car fails post-qualifying inspection
Ricciardo was not smiling on this day
Ricciardo was not smiling on this day
Renault's Daniel Ricciardo has been disqualified from Singapore GP qualifying for a technical infringement.

Ricciardo had qualified eighth but will now start from the back of the field in Sunday's race.

A bulletin released by the governing body stated that "it was established in the hearing, beyond any doubt in the opinion of the stewards, that the competitor exceeded the MGU-K power flow limit permitted under Appendix 3, per Article 5.2.2 of the 2019 Formula 1 Technical Regulations".

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09/21/19
irl

Video: IndyCar Laguna Seca Qualifying Highlights
It was another big run for Colton Herta at WeatherTech Raceway during Firestone GP of Monterey qualifying:

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09/21/19
il

Askew locks up 2019 Indy Lights title
Team boss Michael Andretti and Oliver Askew
Team boss Michael Andretti and Oliver Askew

Following a dominate season, rookie Oliver Askew has clinched the 2019 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Driver Championship. Askew’s championship hands Andretti Autosport its second Indy Lights Team Championship and marks the fourth driver championship for the team.

There were two winners in today’s Cooper Tires Indy Lights Grand Prix Presented by Allied Building Products at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Teenaged Dutchman Rinus VeeKay drove a flawless race from the pole position to secure a sixth race win of the season for himself and Juncos Racing, but that wasn’t enough to prevent Florida’s Oliver Askew from clinching the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship. Askew’s low-key fourth place finish for Andretti Autosport was all he required to clinch a scholarship valued at a cool $1.1 million to guarantee entry into a minimum of three NTT IndyCar Series races in 2020, including the 104th Indianapolis 500.

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09/21/19
irl

Rahal team re-ups with Honda
Bobby Rahal keeps his team in the Honda camp
Bobby Rahal keeps his team in the Honda camp
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that the team has extended its partnership with Honda Performance Development (HPD), who will continue to power their entries in 2020 and beyond in a multi-year deal. This season marked the 25th for the engine manufacturer in the sport after years of groundwork by Bobby Rahal led to their first season of competition in 1994.

“We are pleased to not only continue what is the longest-standing relationship our team has had but to also continue to strengthen it,” said Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with David Letterman and Mike Lanigan. “We appreciate the belief Honda has put in our technical team and organization overall and our mutual respect will enable us to continue to grow as a team. The scope of the offseason projects we have lined up have us looking forward to the 2020 season and beyond as we approach the 30-year anniversary of the program in 2024.”

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09/21/19
irl

Harding Steinbrenner Racing partners with Andretti to run Herta in 2020
Why is this man smiling? He just landed a top IndyCar ride
Why is this man smiling? He just landed a top IndyCar ride

SALINAS, Calif. (September, 21, 2019) – Andretti Autosport announced today that the team will join forces with Harding Steinbrenner Racing via a partnership that will see Andretti field a fifth entry for the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series. The No. 88 Honda will join the Andretti stable under the Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport banner. HSR team principals Mike Harding and George Michael Steinbrenner, IV will join Michael Andretti as leadership partners of the 88 team.

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09/21/19
irl

Rosenqvist tops IndyCar Practice 3 over Penske Powerhouse
Felix Rosenqvist
Felix Rosenqvist
If final practice is any indication, Team Penske appears poised to freeze Alexander Rossi out of any chance to win the IndyCar title. While Felix Rosenqvist turned the fastest lap in this session, the sandbagging Penske IndyCar team ran 2-3-4 in their Chevys led by points leader Josef Newgarden, Will Power and Simon Pagenaud. Their goal is to start 1-2-3 and let Rossi suck their fumes all race on Sunday. Without a win, and with Newgarden out front, Rossi will be left wondering how many titles and Indy 500s he might have won had he signed with Team Penske.

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09/21/19
irl

Saturday morning report from WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
Herta testing the tires
Herta testing the tires

Good morning from the scenic Monterey Bay Peninsula.  The temperatures are going to warm up to the low 80s today.  This will be almost ten degrees warmer today than yesterday, just in time for Firestone Fast Six Qualifying.

Tire degradation is the phrase we have been hearing from the drivers since the Thursday test.  The primary black tire is falling off after only 5 laps, causing the cars to slide on the slippery track.

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09/21/19
elms

United Autosports Take First ELMS LMP2 Pole of 2019 at Spa
Filipe Albuquerque (C) on pole
Filipe Albuquerque (C) on pole
United Autosports capitalized on their pace in free practice with Filipe Albuquerque taking pole position for the 4 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in the no22 Oreca-Gibson by over seven tenths of a second.

The no28 IDEC Sport and no31 Algarve Pro Racing Orecas didn’t take part in the 12-minute LMP2 qualifying session after the separate accidents at Raidillon in Free Practice 2.

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09/21/19
irl

Sato re-signs with Rahal team
Sato won from pole at Barber this year
Sato won from pole at Barber this year
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that they have exercised their option on NTT IndyCar Series driver Takuma Sato for 2020.  Sato first joined the team in 2012 and returned in 2018.  He has earned five wins in the series to date, three of which coming with the team.  The 2020 season will be his third consecutive with RLL, and fourth overall. 
 
Sato earned his second win of the season, and fifth overall in the series in the Bommarito 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway (WWTR) on August 24.  Other season highlights include a win from pole in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park, pole for the DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway and third-place podium finishes at the Indianapolis 500 and Race 1 in Detroit.

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09/21/19
f1

Leclerc tops final Singapore GP practice
The Ferraris of Leclerc and Vettel
The Ferraris of Leclerc and Vettel

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc put up a sensational lap of 1m38.192s in the final practice for the Singapore GP to stun the F1 paddock and beat Singapore ace Lewis Hamilton by 0.207s in the #44 Mercedes.

Mercedes expected Red Bull to be their biggest challengers here in Singapore but Leclerc has put Ferrari firmly in the mix for pole.

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09/21/19
il

Veekay storms to Indy Lights pole
Rinus Veekay
Rinus Veekay
Rinus VeeKay
 stormed to pole for the opening race of the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires doubleheader season finale weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

The driver of the No. 21 Juncos Racing Dallara IL-15 put down a monster lap of 1 minute, 16.017 seconds (105.987 mph), which cleared second-best Toby Sowery (No. 2 HMD Motorsports/Team Pelfrey) by a staggering 0.628 of a second.

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09/21/19
f1

Bottas accepts Wolff's recent criticism
Bottas has a message for his critics
Bottas has a message for his critics
(GMM) Valtteri Bottas says he is determined to catch up with Lewis Hamilton in the areas in which he is lacking.

Recently, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff observed that the Finn sometimes "struggles" when he is closely following another car in the slipstream.

"Lewis is somehow able to get closer and go for a move. It's something he (Bottas) has to work on," said Wolff. 

Bottas then arrived in the Singapore paddock on Thursday wearing a t-shirt that said on the front: "To whom it may concern, **** you".

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09/21/19
f1

Kvyat not ruling out Red Bull return
If Daniil Kvyat can bring a really large check, anything is possible
If Daniil Kvyat can bring a really large check, anything is possible
(GMM) Daniil Kvyat is not writing off his chances of returning to Red Bull in 2020.

Explaining that the available Nico Hulkenberg is "not on our list", Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said the team will choose Max Verstappen's teammate from a shortlist of three.

"All the drivers that are under consideration are under contract, so we'll take our time to evaluate the progress of Alex (Albon) and measure it against Dany (Kvyat) and Pierre (Gasly)," he added.

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09/21/19
f1

F1 must learn from Hubert-Correa crash - Green
Anthoine Hubert
Anthoine Hubert
(GMM) Formula 1 must learn from the crash that killed Anthoine Hubert and left fellow F2 driver Juan Manuel Correa seriously injured.

In a London hospital, 20-year-old Correa has now emerged from his artificial coma and life support, but doctors at a London hospital say he needs "major surgery" to avoid "irreversible injuries" to his right leg.

Correa's legs badly mangled
Correa's legs badly mangled
Racing Point technical boss Andy Green says F1 must learn from the Spa tragedy.

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09/21/19
f1

Hulkenberg thinks shyness hurt F1 career
Nico Hulkenberg - it's results that count and Nico has zero. Zero podiums in his entire F1 career
Nico Hulkenberg - it's results that count and Nico has zero. Zero podiums in his entire F1 career
(GMM) Nico Hulkenberg thinks shyness might have held him back in Formula 1.

Since 2010, the 32-year-old has driven for Williams, Force India, Sauber and Renault, but he has lost his seat for 2020 and is struggling to find another.

Holding the record as the longest-serving F1 driver without a single podium, the German thinks his former shyness may have held him back.

"I used to be less social than I am today," he told Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.

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09/21/19
f1

Grosjean not sure why reputation so bad
Romain Grosjean
Romain Grosjean
(GMM) Romain Grosjean says he is not sure why his reputation in Formula 1 is not so great.

Daniel Ricciardo this week said he was "surprised" that Haas decided to keep the Frenchman for 2020 rather than sign up Nico Hulkenberg.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner agreed, calling Haas' call "interesting" and "hard to imagine".

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09/21/19
irl

Jay Frye refuses to call the IndyCar Halo what it is
IndyCar Halo

IndyCar Halo

F1 Halo
Jay Frye says IndyCar's Windscreen is not a Halo. "When you think of the upper frame, the people call it a halo," said Frye again in Laguna Seca.

"It's really not a halo, it's a frame that the screen sits in.

"But the frame has as much strength -- is stronger than a halo"

Message to Jay Frye: Get Real!  Just because it's not round tubing like an F1 Halo, what you call a 'frame' is a Halo that will protect the driver.

He must think we are all stupid. It's a Halo above and around the drivers head with a windscreen mounted to it!

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