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09/23/17
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INDYCAR NEXT: Graham Rahal


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09/23/17
automotive

Greatness Starts with a Dream...
Greatness starts with a dream. For PETRONAS Motorsports, that aspiration for greatness began more than 20 years ago when they decided to join F1 Three titles later, they’re still pushing for perfection when developing the fuels and lubricants that make us World Champions

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09/23/17
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Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern
Saturday, September 23VenueTV TimesNetwork
MotoGP -qualifyingAragon9:00am-10:00am (L)beIN
NASCAR Cup - practiceNew Hampshire9:00am-10:00am (L)CNBC
NASCAR Truck - qualifyingNew Hampshire10:00am-11:30am (L)FS1
NASCAR Cup - practiceNew Hampshire11:30am-12:30pm (L)NBC Streaming
NASCAR Truck - raceNew Hampshire12:30pm-1:00pm - pre-race (L)
1:00pm-3:00pm - race (L)
FS1
NASCAR Xfinity -qualifyingKentucky5:30pm-6:30pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Cup - practiceKentucky6:30pm-7:30pm (SDD)NBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity - raceKentucky7:30pm-8:00pm - pre-race (L)
8:00pm-11:00pm - race (L)
NBCSN
Sunday, September 24VenueTV TimesNetwork
NHRA - qualifyingMaple Grove2:00am-3:00am (SDD)FS1
MotoGP - raceAragon7:50am-9:00am (L)beIN
NASCAR Cup - raceNew Hampshire1:30pm-2:00pm - pre-race (L)
2:00pm-6:00pm - race (L)
NBCSN
NHRA - finalsMaple Grove2:00pm-5:00pm (L)FS1
Monterey Motorsport ReunionMonterey2:00pm-3:00pm (D)CBS-SN
Goodwood RevivalGoodwood3:00pm-4:00pm (D)CBS-SN
DTM SeriesSpielberg4:00pm-6:00pm (SDD)CBS-SN
IMSAMonterey5:00pm-8:00pm (L)FS1

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



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09/23/17
Ta

Ernie Francis, Jr., Captures Trans Am VIR Pole
Ernie Francis, Jr.
Ernie Francis, Jr.
Ernie Francis, Jr., secured his sixth TA class pole of 2017 in Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli qualifying at Virginia International Raceway this afternoon, putting the No. 98 Buoniconti Fund Ford Mustang up front for tomorrow’s 101.37-mile, 31-lap multi-class race around the 3.27-mile, 18-turn VIR course.   Also capturing TA3 and TA4 class poles were Tim Kezman and Brian Kleeman, their first and seventh class poles, respectively, of the season. 

Francis enters the round atop the TA class point standings, well on course to capture the 2017 championship after making the jump from the TA4 class at the start of the season.   Across the ten Trans Am competitions so far this season, Francis has secured the overall win six times, with three of those wins coming off the back of pole position starts.   

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09/23/17
dtm

Ekstrom celebrates his first win of the season at Spielberg
The start
The start
Audi driver Mattias Ekstrom made a step towards winning the title in the DTM race at the Red Bull Ring on Saturday: in the 15th race of the season, the Swede scored his first win of this year and extended his lead in the drivers’ standings to 28 points. “We have been fighting long enough for this first victory and I came close on three occasions where I finishes second each time. In these great conditions, one can really enjoy this win,” Ekstrom commented after the race. His employer Audi also had reason to be happy: the brand from Ingolstadt had a clean sweep of the podium with Jamie Green in second and Nico Muller in third place. In front of the beautiful backdrop in the hills in Styria, Mercedes-AMG driver Robert Wickens finished fourth, fifth place went to defending champion Marco Wittmann with his BMW M4 DTM.

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09/23/17
motogp

2017/2018 MotoGP test calendar released

MotoGP action
MotoGP action
Test sessions for the 2017/2018 season have been announced, with action getting underway in Valencia in November following the season finale – and 2018 then firing up at the end of January at Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia.

Here are the dates:

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09/23/17
f1

FIA make things worse in F1 for 2018
Why are F1's silly engines so expensive they have to impose such limits on engine components? This is why.
Why are F1's silly engines so expensive they have to impose such limits on engine components to keep costs down? This is why.

Despite a barrage of complaints when Monza saw a total of 150 grid place penalties handed down, the FIA has announced further limits to engine components for 2018.

This season drivers have been limited to four of each of the engine components, after which they began to rack up penalties.

This came to a head at the Italian Grand Prix where seven drivers were penalized for use of additional power unit elements while two were handed gearbox penalties. And that was nowhere near the end of the season. It will get worse, just wait.

But despite many in the Formula 1 paddock admitting that something needs to be done about this, the FIA has reduced the number of engine components that drivers can use without penalty for 2018.

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09/23/17
f1

F1's new owners all talk, no action
Bob Fernley wants F1's new owners to stop blowing smoke up everyone's arse and start actually doing something
Bob Fernley wants F1's new owners to take real action
Force India's deputy team principal Bob Fernley has called on Formula 1's owners to start letting their actions speak louder than their words.

There has been plenty of talk from the likes of Sean Bratches, Ross Brawn and Chase Carey about how they want to improve Formula 1, but Fernley wants to see them move past the ideas stage and start bringing in more substantial measures which teams can start to work toward.

"I'm disappointed in some ways," Fernley told Motorsport.com about the new owners.

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09/23/17
irl

Juncos Still Eyes Full-Time Verizon Indycar Series Program
Ricardo Juncos is counting on the $1 million check Kyle Kaiser has to help jump start his IndyCar team
Ricardo Juncos is counting on the $1 million check Kyle Kaiser has to help jump start his IndyCar team
Like Carlin, Ricardo Juncos has not given up on moving his team up to IndyCar fulltime if he can land ride-buyers with a big enough check in combination with some sponsorship. But with IndyCar's average 0.32 TV rating on NBCSN he's finding it nearly impossible to get sponsors to sign on the dotted line.

After his success in the development ladder sanctioned by INDYCAR this year, Juncos has his sights set on a full-time effort in the Verizon IndyCar Series next season.

“I want to be a full-time two-car (Verizon IndyCar Series) team, but that will depend on many factors,” Juncos said. “At the moment, we are focused on the marketing side and trying to finalize sponsors, so then we will see if we can run two cars or only one.”

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09/23/17
automotive

Video: The world's greatest drag race
Tesla takes on the fastest cars in the world and smokes them in the 1/4-mile. The Corvette? Next to last.
Tesla takes on the fastest cars in the world and smokes them in the 1/4-mile. The Corvette? Next to last.
Once upon a time, electric vehicles were considered, well, kinda boring. Tesla has managed to change that in a big way thanks to a lineup of sleek, capable cars that are actually fun to drive, but if you’ve got a lead foot and a thirst for speed, would you really consider a Tesla before the likes of Ferrari, Porsche, Mercedes, and McLaren? If the results of Motor Trend‘s “World’s Greatest Drag Race” are any indication, the answer is a resounding “YES.”

The race, which has become an annual event for the automotive publication, pits the fastest new cars against each other in a single quarter-mile sprint to crown a champion. This year’s throwdown included tire-smoking cars like the Ferrari 488 GTB, Porsche 911 Turbo S, Nissan GT-R NISMO, and the Aston Martin DB11. With twelve gas-guzzlers on the starting line, Motor Trend decided to slip in a car that does things a little differently: the Tesla Model S P100D.

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09/22/17
nasmon

Video: NASCAR New Hampshire Earnhardt Jr Q&A
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Appreci88tion (No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet)

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09/22/17
nasmon

Video: NASCAR New Hampshire Cup Qualifying Q&A
Front row starters Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Caramel Toyota - pole) and Kyle Larson (No. 42 Target Chevrolet - 2nd)

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09/22/17
imsa

Dalziel Tops Friday at Monterey
Ryan Dalziel and Tequila Patron ESM ended Friday on top at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, in second practice for this weekend’s America’s Tire 250.

The Scot reeled off a 1:18.026 in his No. 2 Nissan Onroak DPi to go quickest near the end of the 60-minute session, bumping the Practice 1 pace-setting No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R of Ricky Taylor to second.

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09/22/17
imsa

Taylor Cadillac tops opening practice in Monterey
Jordan Taylor
Jordan Taylor
Jordan Taylor led the way in opening practice for Sunday’s America’s Tire 250, with a lap 1:18.462 in the No. 10 Cadillac DPi-V.R, edging out the No. 2 Tequila Patron ESM Nissan Onroak DPi of Ryan Dalziel by 0.166 seconds.

The No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Ligier JS P217 Gibson of Renger van der Zande was third on the time charts in the 60-minute session.

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09/22/17
nasmon

Video: NASCAR New Hampshire Monster Cup Pre-race 2 Q&A
Ryan Newman (No. 31 Childress Vineyards Chevrolet) and Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota)

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09/22/17
automotive

Tesla to discontinue low-end Model S
Tesla wants you to buy their higher-end Model S cars
Tesla wants you to buy their higher-end Model S cars
Tesla will officially discontinue its cheapest Model S option on Sunday, a Tesla representative confirmed to Business Insider.
Tesla will no longer offer the Model S 75 with rear-wheel drive after Sept. 24. The move will trim Tesla's Model S lineup to include the 75D, 100D, and P100D, which are all dual-motor all-wheel-drive sedans.

The move shouldn't come as a complete shock. Tesla confirmed to Electrek in July that it would discontinue the base Model S, but didn't provide a timeline. Sources told Electrek on Thursday the sedan would be taken out of the line-up on Sunday.

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09/22/17
nasmon

Video: NASCAR New Hampshire Monster Cup Pre-race Q&A
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (No. 17 Fifth Third Bank Ford), NCWTS: Christopher Bell (No. 4 SiriuxXM Toyota), Austin Cindric (No. 19 Draw Tite/Reese Brands Ford) and Kaz Grala (No. 33 NETTS Chevrolet)

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09/22/17
nasmon

Johnson and Elliott crash at New Hampshire
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S CHEVROLET SS – Involved in an accident during the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

WHAT HAPPENED?
“I had a good first lap and entering Turn 3 for my second lap just got in there with a lot of speed anticipated it sticking, didn’t quite stick and then once I got out of the PJ1 there was just really no slowing down or directing it off the wall at that point.  Came around and it got the fence.  Definitely not the way we wanted to start.  Frustrating, but we will take it and go figure it out”

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09/22/17
f1

F1 relaxes rules on demo cars
Verstappen does a demo in the snow
Verstappen does a demo in the snow
The FIA has relaxed rules surrounding Formula 1 demonstrations to allow the use of current cars, as the sport's new owners look to organise more F1 Live events, similar to July's London demo.

The London event was the first under Liberty Media as it looks to engage new fans, but due to tight restrictions on 'testing' outside of a grand prix weekend, the most recent machinery was from 2015.

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09/22/17
motogp

Pedrosa tops wet Day 1 at Aragon
Teammates Pedrosa and Marquez almost collide in the wet
Repsol Honda Teammates Pedrosa and Marquez almost collide in the wet
Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) is the man with a target on his back after Day 1 at the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon, as the 2012 winner at the track went fastest in FP2 to top the combined timesheets on – the only man under the two minute barrier after weather affected track time for the premier class. Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) was second quickest after similarly striking late on in the second session, ahead of rookie Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3).

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09/22/17
nasmon

Federated Auto Parts renews sponsorship of fall Richmond race
Richmond
Richmond
Virginia-based Federated Auto Parts (Federated) announced a renewal of its entitlement sponsorship of the 2018 fall Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway (Richmond). Next fall's Federated Auto Parts 400 will also join a select group as the race moves two weeks later to the Monster Energy Series Playoffs on September 22, 2018. This will be the eighth consecutive year of Federated Auto Parts' entitlement at Richmond.

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09/22/17
nasmon

Premium Motorsports Acquires Tommy Baldwin Racing
Baldwin Jr.
Baldwin Jr.
Premium Motorsports announced Thursday that the organization has completed the acquisition of Tommy Baldwin Racing.

The acquisition includes Tommy Baldwin Jr.’s entire Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series inventory, including all cars and equipment. The purchase also includes trucks that were leased by Tommy Baldwin Racing to Halmar Friesen Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this year.

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09/22/17
Team USA
usf2000

Oliver Askew: Mission Accomplished
Oliver Askew
Oliver Askew

JUPITER, Fla. – It is very hard for me to put this year into perspective; I’m sitting here after we’ve accomplished something that I was only dreaming of previously. The path that I chose for myself over the past 10 years is unlike any other. If I look back now at all the situations and experiences I’ve been through in my life, it’s obvious that everything has happened for a reason, but winding up here still feels like a miracle.

The Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda is a very historic series in the United States and it’s truly surreal to see my name amongst previous USF2000 race winners and now champions who have gone on to make a successful career in the Verizon IndyCar Series – JR Hildebrand and Dan Wheldon to name a few.

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09/22/17
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • Mercedes may pay to keep their junior driver at Sauber even though Ferrari is helping the team
    Mercedes may pay to keep their junior driver at Sauber even though Ferrari is helping the team
    Sauber tipped to choose drivers 'soon'
  • McLaren offered Honda 'sabbatical' option - Boullier
  • Vettel engine not damaged in crash - report
  • Mateschitz 'not tired' of F1 - Berger
  • Earthquake will not stop Mexico GP - spokesman
  • Sainz Jr. unsure of early Renault debut
  • China, Bahrain could swap places on schedule
  • McLaren-Honda stint 'a proper disaster'

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09/22/17
motogp

Marquez tops opening practice at Aragon
Marquez quick in the wet
Marquez quick in the wet
Marc Marquez topped a wet opening practice session for the Aragon Grand Prix in Portugal.

Marquez was already leading when he put up two quick times late on, as the track slowly dried, ending up with a 2:01.243, half a second clear of Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa.

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09/22/17
f1

FIA Announces changes to F1 Superlicense point system
The meeting began with the FIA President Jean Todt paying special tribute to those affected by the natural disasters occurring in Mexico and Puerto Rico this week.

The President, on behalf of the entire FIA, the World Motor Sport Council, and the broader motor sport community offered his support and condolences to those affected by the tragic events, and recognized the presence of the FIA Vice President Jose Abed, attending on behalf of Mexico despite the devastating earthquake that affected that country’s capital.

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09/22/17
irl

NBCSN thinks a 0.32 avg. TV rating for IndyCar is good!
Apparently Verizon thinks a 0.32 TV rating is horrible so they are dropping their series sponsorship
Apparently Verizon thinks an avg. 0.32 TV rating is horrible so they are dropping their IndyCar series sponsorship

The following is an NBC Sports press release touting their 0.32 average TV rating for IndyCar as good. Trust us when we say, it's horrible. They tout a 3% increase......+3% of a horrible number is still horrible. The new IndyCar TV contract starting in 2019 has to see 100% of the races on network TV, not cable, if IndyCar is ever going to drive sponsors and manufacturers back into the series in a meaningful way.

The 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series on NBCSN delivered the network’s second most-watched IndyCar season ever and was up 3% vs. 2016, producing a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 507,000 viewers across 12 races, according to data provided by The Nielsen Company and Adobe Analytics. Note: TAD = TV + Online viewers. The average NBCSN IndyCar race had 502,000 TV viewers plus 5,000 online smartphone viewers for a TAD of 507,000. The online viewership is minuscule and meaningless and the image so small viewers cannot read a sponsors logo on the cars.

This season’s viewership on NBCSN, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app exceeded the 2016 TAD of 492,000 viewers by 3%*, and was just 1% shy of NBCSN’s record TAD in 2015 (510,000). TAD measures consumption across multiple platforms, combining the average minute audience (AMA) for television and digital.

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