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09/26/19
automotive

First gas station in America to ditch gasoline for 100% electric vehicle charging opens in Maryland
Maryland gas station ditching gasoline
Maryland gas station ditching gasoline
The first gas station in the U.S. that has been completely transitioned from a petroleum station to exclusively charging EVs opened Thursday in Takoma Park, Maryland reports CNBC.

RS Automotives, the local gas station, has been around since 1958.

Depeswar Doley, owner of the station since 1997, said he was already unhappy with the way oil and gasoline companies structure contracts -- such as limiting the use of multiple suppliers, including clauses that extend contracts when a certain volume of sales is not met and limiting maintenance support. These business factors already were pushing him to consider other options.

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09/26/19
automotive

Maserati Announces All-New Electrified Sports Car, SUV And GT
Maserati going electric
Maserati going electric
Maserati has revealed plans about all-new vehicles that will be “developed, electrified and produced in Italy.”

Following in the footsteps of FCA’s $5.5 billion investment program for Italy, the luxury brand has announced a lineup of new and electrified products that will be built at the plants in Modena, Cassino and Turin (Mirafiori and Grugliasco).

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09/26/19
dtm

Jenson Button discusses DTM guest start
Jenson Button and Britny Ward
Jenson Button and Britny Ward
The DTM is preparing for the guest appearance of three cars from the Japanese SUPER GT series at next weekend’s seasonal finale at Hockenheim (4-6 October). At the landmark event, Honda, Nissan and Lexus will enter one vehicle each, pitting them against the DTM’s 18-car field of Aston Martins, BMWs and Audis.

The most prominent starter from the Japanese delegation is former Formula 1 World Champion and current SUPER GT champion Jenson Button. The 39-year-old Englishman, who became a father a few weeks ago, will drive a Team Kunimitsu Honda NSX GT, with the start-number one.

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09/26/19
il

Exclusive Autosport to expand to Indy Lights in 2020
Exclusive Autosport Indy Lights rendering
Exclusive Autosport Indy Lights rendering
As the only open-wheel racing team in North America with an internal development ladder system bridging from F1600 racing into the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires, Exclusive Autosport is thrilled to announce it will expand once again in 2020 by making its debut in the top-level Indy Lights program. The growing operation has acquired a Dallara IL-15 chassis and currently plans to field at least one entry next season. The team plans to debut its new acquisition, dressed in new Exclusive Autosport red and white livery, alongside its USF2000 and Indy Pro 2000 cars at the Chris Griffis Memorial Test on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on October 19-20.

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09/26/19
imsa

Spencer Pigot Joins Juncos Racing
Spencer Pigot
Spencer Pigot
Juncos Racing announced today that IndyCar driver Spencer Pigot will join the team for the final IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta next month. Pigot will pilot the No. 50 Cadillac DPi-V.R entry with American Will Owen and Austrian Rene Binder.

Pigot (Orlando, Florida) has made 12 starts since 2016 in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The American has claimed two podiums including a third-place finish in the Petit Le Mans last year at Road Atlanta.

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09/26/19
track news

Talladega Unveils Final Piece Of $50M Track Renovation
Lesa France Kennedy (second from right), Chief Executive Officer of International Speedway Corporation and granddaughter of Bill France Sr., along with Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (second from left), legendary driver and member of the “Alabama Gang” Red Farmer (left) and Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch (right) help unveil Talladega Superspeedway’s new 35,000 square foot Open Air Social Club – BIG BILL’S – inside of the new Talladega Garage Experience on Wednesday. The unique social club, named in honor of France, Sr., who built Talladega Superspeedway 50 years ago, will provide fans an incredible perspective of NASCAR’s Most Competitive track with unparalleled access.
Lesa France Kennedy (second from right), Chief Executive Officer of International Speedway Corporation and granddaughter of Bill France Sr., along with Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (second from left), legendary driver and member of the “Alabama Gang” Red Farmer (left) and Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch (right)  
Talladega Superspeedway unveiled its new Garage Experience, announcing that the 35,000-square-foot open-air club "will be known as Big Bill's Social Club, a nod to NASCAR founder and Talladega visionary Bill France Sr.," according to Josh Bean of the the BIRMINGHAM NEWS.

The new space is the "centerpiece" of the track's $50M renovation -- known as The Transformation -- that "coincides with its 50th anniversary." 

The project is "scheduled to be finished in time" for the upcoming Oct. 11-13 NASCAR weekend. Big Bill's Social Club features a 75-foot bar and a 41-foot videoboard.

The rest of the Talladega Garage Experience includes "nearly 140,000 square feet of open space that can be used by fans" and the "new Gatorade Victory Lane, which will allow fans to get an up-close view of the winning team's celebration."

There also are two concession stands with "everything under $4" outside of one product BIRMINGHAM NEWS

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09/26/19
f1

Ferrari to build new F1 simulator before budget caps begin
Current Simulator
Current Simulator

(GMM) Ferrari has decided to build a brand new F1 simulator at Maranello.

Because it resembles the eight-legged arachnid, Ferrari's current EUR 5 million simulator - powered by ten interlinked computers - is nicknamed 'The Spider'.

But after a decade, the simulator is soon to be retired, according to Spain's Marca.

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09/26/19
f1

Still no night race for Russian GP
Sochi is spectacular so why hide it with a night race?
Sochi is spectacular so why hide it with a night race?
(GMM) Organizers at Sochi are still resisting the lure of a night race.

Since the first modern Russian GP in 2014, there have been reports suggesting the Sochi venue could be upgraded with Singapore-like floodlights.

"Races look quite interesting under the lights, but the Russian GP is spectacular in daylight," Alexi Titov, head of the promoter Rosgonki, told Tass news agency.

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09/26/19
f1

Red Bull to get new F1 fuel later in 2019
Max Verstappen. With the car being 99% in F1 and the driver 1%, the special fuel mixes they use are far more important than the driver
Max Verstappen. With the car being 99% in F1 and the driver 1%, the special fuel mixes they use are far more important than the driver
(GMM) Red Bull-Honda will soon benefit from an updated fuel mix.

This week, team boss Christian Horner said some of Ferrari's current engine advantage is because of a "juicy" fuel supplied by Shell.

But Red Bull's partner ExxonMobil is working hard to match that.

Technical advisor Dario Izzo admitted that Red Bull has been using the same fuel since the start of the year.

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09/26/19
f1

Ferrari driver rivalry 'good' for Mercedes - Wolff
The more the Ferrari drivers take points away from each other, the more Hamilton will win the championship by
The more the Ferrari drivers take points away from each other, the more Hamilton will win the championship by
(GMM) Ferrari's driver lineup could be "good" for Mercedes' chances of winning the 2019 title.

That is the view of Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff, even though Ferrari has rattled the reigning champions by winning the last three races.

"They are incredibly hungry and are giving absolutely everything," championship leader Lewis Hamilton is quoted by Germany's DPA.

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09/26/19
f1

Mercedes Singapore Grand Prix F1 Debrief
Andrew Shovlin, Mercedes Trackside Engineering Director, explains how Ferrari kicked their butt in Singapore.

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09/26/19
automotive

The Porsche Taycan will be Hennessey's first ever tuned EV
Can Hennessey make the Taycan even faster?
Can Hennessey make the Taycan even faster?

Having supercharged and boosted everything from pick-up trucks to Corvettes (to cupholders, no doubt), Hennessey Performance is now planning on entering the shiny new world of electric cars.

Yes folks, the Texan tuner is going to modify its first ever fast EV – the Porsche Taycan.

“We’ve been planning to do something with electrified vehicles for a while now,” explains HPE boss John Hennessey. “We felt that the new Porsche Taycan was the right platform from which to modify our first EV.”

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09/25/19
track news

Ron Pace Will Become New Chairman of the Board of Directors for Road America
Ron Pace
Ron Pace
The Board of Directors of Elkhart Lake's Road America Inc., have announced that in connection with the planned and ongoing succession process, Chairman of the Board, Jonathan Laun, will retire his position at the end of 2019. During a regularly scheduled meeting, the directors expressed their gratitude to Mr. Laun for his many contributions to Road America and subsequently unanimously appointed Ron Pace, as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors of Elkhart Lake's Road America Inc., while appointing Laun as Treasurer. Pace will serve as Chairman Elect until January 1, 2020.

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09/25/19
nasmon

Roush gives Stenhouse Jr. the boot, hires Buescher
Chris Buescher
Chris Buescher
Roush Fenway Racing has announced that Chris Buescher will make his return to the team, taking the wheel of its No. 17 NASCAR Cup Series Ford in 2020. The team will part ways with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. at the conclusion of the 2019 season.

“We can’t say enough about Ricky and his contributions to Roush Fenway Racing,” said team co-owner and NASCAR Hall of Famer Jack Roush. “We’re proud to have been a part of Ricky’s development from ARCA to Xfinity and ultimately the Cup Series. He has served as a great representative to our partners, while helping to accumulate numerous accolades, wins and multiple championships on the racetrack. We wish him well as he enters the next chapter of his career.”

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09/25/19
SF
irl

Is O'Ward's career going down tubes at Red Bull?
O'Ward dumped IndyCar like a rotten potato just when IndyCar needed a Mexican hero to sell a race in Mexico City
O'Ward dumped IndyCar like a rotten potato just when IndyCar needed a Mexican hero to sell a race in Mexico City

So far Patricio O'Ward has scored zero points over in Japan after three races, while his Red Bull teammate Lucas Auer has scored 10. If O'Ward doesn't start scoring points soon, he won't be around long in the Red Bull funded program. Red Bull pays your way, but if you don't produce, you can kiss your career goodbye.

Editor's Note: O'Ward left IndyCar thinking the grass was greener with Red Bull as he thought he was F1 material. Because IndyCar has near zero international TV distribution, and nothing in Mexico, a driver like O'Ward had near zero chance to land Mexican sponsors to support his IndyCar ambitions. IndyCar needs to be sold to an entity like Liberty who can sign strong international TV deals. The racing is great and money would begin to pour into the paddock from around the world. The current leadership is clueless how to make IndyCar into the international powerhouse it so rightly deserves. They can't even land a race in neighboring Mexico and they want to do a fly-away race? Get real!

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09/25/19
nasmon

Borland suspended for Bogus substance abuse (Update)
Matt Borland for drinking diet coffee.
Matt Borland suspended for drinking diet coffee. Only in NASCAR.

UPDATE NASCAR on Tuesday lifted the suspension of crew chief Matt Borland, who has successfully completed NASCAR’s Road to Recovery Program after a violation of the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy.

NASCAR announced Aug. 26 that Borland had been suspended indefinitely. The Germain Racing crew chief was required to complete the Road to Recovery Program before reinstatement and receiving clearance to resume competition.

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09/25/19
f1

Brawn responds to F1 reverse grid uproar
Ross Brawn
Ross Brawn
Formula One's director of motorsport, Ross Brawn, has responded to recent criticism leveled at F1's plans to experiment with the format of grand prix weekends in 2020.

"I've read a variety of statements from drivers and pundits concerning ideas to make the race weekend format more spectacular," Brawn said. "To try to clarify the situation and avoid misunderstandings, there are discussions about experimenting in 2020 with changes to the qualifying format with the aim of making a grand prix weekend a little less predictable.

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09/25/19
irl

Video: 2019 IndyCar Series season in review
Roger Penske makes IndyCar champions and Indy 500 winners
Roger Penske makes IndyCar champions and Indy 500 winners
It’s hard to believe, but the checkered flag has waved on the IndyCar Series season, which means it’s time to take a look back at some of the best moments from 2019.

From the Circuit of the Americas where Colton Herta became the youngest driver to win an IndyCar Series race at 18, to Simon Pagenaud emerging victorious during the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500, to Josef Newgarden claiming his second career IndyCar Series championship during the Grand Prix of Monterey at Laguna Seca, relive yet another thrilling season of IndyCar racing. Look back at a thrilling season of IndyCar, from big upsets and surprises to an emotional final race at Laguna Seca.

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09/25/19
f1

Ferrari engine advantage 'exaggerated' - Binotto
Binotto wants to keep those Mercedes drivers sucking Ferrari exhaust fumes
Binotto wants to keep those Mercedes drivers sucking Ferrari exhaust fumes
(GMM) Mattia Binotto says Ferrari's three wins in a row were not all about engine power.

The Italian team was expected to do well at high speed Spa and Monza, and Charles Leclerc duly won both.

But then Leclerc was back on pole in Singapore last weekend, with Sebastian Vettel leading home the one-two.

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09/25/19
f1

Legal action to delay Dutch GP preparations
The tree huggers have now joined the attack against the race
The tree huggers have now joined the attack against the race
(GMM) Dark clouds continue to gather over next year's Dutch GP.

Zandvoort already has a May 3 calendar spot for 2020, and thanks to Max Verstappen's immense popularity, the race is already easily sold out.

But the race organizers are fire-fighting on multiple fronts.

For instance, the municipality of Zandvoort's August memorandum revealed that there could be a budget shortfall.

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09/25/19
f1

Stable rules best way to close F1 gaps - Perez
Someone should tell Sergio making the cars more 'spec' will close the gaps too
Someone should tell Sergio making the cars more 'spec' will close the gaps too
(GMM) Sergio Perez says the best way to close the gap in Formula 1 is for the regulations to be left alone.

The teams and Liberty Media are currently squabbling over the details of the latter's push for a rules revolution in 2021.

The plan involves cars that are slower and heavier but easier to overtake with, 18-inch wheels, multiple standard parts, and a budget cap.

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09/24/19
cart
irl

John Della Pena dies at 68

AutoRacing1.com began covering CART in 2000, John's last year fielding IndyCars in the series. He was one of the nicest team owners we ever met and he truly loved the sport.

After the lack of money prevented him from continuing, we remember talking to him for several years about his desire to return. He always made it a point to show up at Laguna Seca to meet up with his friends and see if there was a way to put his team back together.

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09/24/19
tv news

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern

Friday, September 27LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 Practice 1Russian GP3:55-5:30am (L)ESPNU
F1 Practice 2Russian GP7:55-9:30am (L)ESPNU
NASCAR Cup Practice 1Charlotte Roval2:00-3:00pm (SDD)NBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity PracticeCharlotte Roval3:00-4:00pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Cup QualifyingCharlotte Roval4:30-5:30pm (L)NBCSN
MotoGP HighlightsAragon8:00-9:00pm (D)beIN
Saturday, September 28LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 Practice 3Russian GP4:55-6:30am (L)ESPNU
F1 Practice QualifyingRussian GP7:55-9:00am (L)ESPN2
NASCAR Xfinity QualifyingCharlotte Roval12:30-1:00pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Cup Practice 2Charlotte Roval2:00-3:00pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity RaceCharlotte Roval3:00pm-3:30pm (L) - Pre-Race
3:30pm-6:00pm (L) - Race
6:00pm-6:30pm (L) - Post-Race
NBCSN
Sunday, September 29LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 RaceRussian GP6:30am-7:05am (L) - On The Grid
7:05am-9:00am (L) - Race
ESPN2
NASCAR Cup RaceCharlotte Roval1:30pm-2:00pm (L) - Pre-Race - NBC
2:00pm-6:00pm (L) - Race - NBC
6:00pm-6:30pm (L) - Post-Race - NBCSN
6:30pm-7:30pm (L) - Victory Lap - NBCSN
NBC & NBCSN
NHRA FinalsMadison2:00-5:00pm (L)FS1

Legend: SDD: Same day delay; D = delayed

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09/24/19
irl

FAST FORWARD: 2019 IndyCar at Laguna Seca
Watch the entire Firestone GP at WeatherTech Raceway in less than 30 minutes.

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09/24/19
f1

Another Big Gain for Formula 1 on ESPN
F1 on ESPN
F1 on ESPN

The live telecast of Sunday’s Formula 1 World Championship Singapore Grand Prix on ESPN2 attracted the largest U.S. television audience on record for the event, continuing the season-long trend of audience growth for the championship across ESPN networks.

The race had an average audience of 574,000 viewers on ESPN2, an increase of 20 percent over the race on ESPN2 last year (477,000). The Singapore Grand Prix audience peaked at 719,552 as Sebastian Vettel scored the win. The replay garnered an additional 51,000 viewers for a total exposure of the race to 625,000 viewers.

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09/24/19
f1

Hamilton, Kubica keep points after Alfa appeal rejected
F1's favorite keeps his points
F1's favorite keeps his points

Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton retained his 65-point lead and Williams kept their sole point of the season when a court rejected on Tuesday an Alfa Romeo appeal against their drivers' German Grand Prix penalties.

The team had appealed the 30-second penalties that dropped Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi from seventh and eighth to 12th and 13th, but post-race time penalties are not among the punishments that can be appealed under F1 rules.

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09/24/19
nasmon

NASCAR announces start times for 2020 Cup, Xfinity and Truck races
2020 NASCAR Cup Series Schedule
DateLocationNetworkStart Time
Sun., Feb. 9DAYTONA 500 QualifyingFOX12:00 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 9Advance Auto Parts ClashFS13:00 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 13Gander RV Duel at DAYTONAFS17:00 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 16DAYTONA 500FOX2:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 23Las Vegas Motor SpeedwayFOX3:30 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 1Auto Club SpeedwayFOX3:30 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 8ISM RacewayFOX3:30 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 15Atlanta Motor SpeedwayFOX2:00 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 22Homestead-Miami SpeedwayFOX2:00 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 29Texas Motor SpeedwayFS12:00 p.m.
Sun., Apr. 5Bristol Motor SpeedwayFS12:00 p.m.
Sun., Apr. 19Richmond RacewayFOX2:00 p.m.
Sun., Apr. 26Talladega SuperspeedwayFOX2:00 p.m.
Sun., May 3Dover International SpeedwayFS12:00 p.m.
Sat., May 9Martinsville SpeedwayFS18:00 p.m.
Sat., May 16All-Star OpenFS17:00 p.m.
Sat., May 16All-Star RaceFS19:00 p.m.
Sun., May 24Charlotte Motor SpeedwayFOX6:00 p.m.
Sun., May 31Kansas SpeedwayFS12:00 p.m.
Sun., Jun. 7Michigan International SpeedwayFS12:00 p.m.
Sun., Jun. 14Sonoma RacewayFS13:00 p.m.
Sun., Jun. 21Chicagoland SpeedwayNBCSN2:30 p.m.
Sat., Jun. 27Pocono RacewayNBCSN3:00 p.m.
Sun., Jun. 28Pocono RacewayNBCSN3:30 p.m.
Sun., Jul. 5Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayNBC3:30 p.m.
Sat., Jul. 11Kentucky SpeedwayNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Sun., Jul. 19New Hampshire Motor SpeedwayNBCSN3:00 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 9Michigan International SpeedwayNBCSN3:00 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 16Watkins Glen InternationalNBCSN3:00 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 23Dover International SpeedwayNBCSN3:00 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 29Daytona International SpeedwayNBC7:30 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 6Darlington RacewayNBCSN6:00 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 12Richmond RacewayNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 19Bristol Motor SpeedwayNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 27Las Vegas Motor SpeedwayNBCSN7:00 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 4Talladega SuperspeedwayNBC2:00 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 11Charlotte Motor SpeedwayNBC2:30 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 18Kansas SpeedwayNBC2:30 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 25Texas Motor SpeedwayNBCSN3:00 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 1Martinsville SpeedwayNBC2:00 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 8ISM RacewayNBC3:00 p.m.

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09/24/19
irl

NBC Press Release on IndyCar TV numbers for 2019
NBC Sports’ first year as the exclusive media partner of INDYCAR resulted in a 9% viewership increase for the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season vs. 2018, according to data from the Nielsen company and digital data from Adobe Analytics.

The 16* races in 2019 averaged a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 1.105 million viewers across NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, up 9% vs. 2018 (1.011 million on ABC, NBCSN, digital). Eight races were broadcast on NBC this season vs. five network-broadcast exposures last year on ABC. NBCSN televised eight races this year as compared to 11 last year.

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09/24/19
irl

IndyCar Laguna Seca TV Rating (2nd Update)
UPDATE CORRECTION: Laguna Seca's 0.50 was not the lowest IndyCar TV rating ever on network TV. NBC won that honor this year at Mid-Ohio with a 0.47 rating and 670,000 viewers. Laguna Seca was a close 2nd.

Rae Start
Race Start

09/24/19 The final TV rating for the IndyCar finale at Laguna Seca on NBC Sunday was a 0.50 with 732,000 viewers - a new all-time low for an IndyCar race on a 'network' TV channel.

It was up from the 0.38 final rating for the Sonoma IndyCar finale last year on NBCSN. The NBCSN broadcast pulled in 629,000 viewers last year and moving the finale to NBC this year only pulled in an additional 103,000 viewers - dismal for a network channel.

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09/24/19
r2i

Over $2.2M Distributed in Road to Indy Championship Celebration
From left, Braden Eves (USF2000 Champion), Kyle Kirkwood (IP2000 Champion) and  Oliver Askew (Indy Lights Champion)
From left, Braden Eves (USF2000 Champion), Kyle Kirkwood (IP2000 Champion) and Oliver Askew (Indy Lights Champion)
MONTEREY, Calif. – Another exciting season of Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires competition, featuring the future stars of North American open-wheel racing, was highlighted at a well-attended Road to Indy Championship Celebration yesterday evening. The Monterey Plaza Hotel, overlooking Monterey Bay on the scenic California Central Coast, provided a glorious setting for over 250 members of the close-knit racing community, including drivers, families, teams and sponsors. 

The evening capped a momentous weekend at nearby WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, where all three championship titles – for Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship – were settled in conjunction with a thrilling finale to the NTT IndyCar Series in which 2011 Indy Lights Champion Josef Newgarden clinched his second IndyCar Championship in three years for Team Penske.

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09/24/19
irl

Historical IndyCar TV Ratings
Since 2016. All races live unless noted as delayed (D)
Venue2016
Network
2016
Rating
2016
Viewers
2017
Network
2017
Rating
2017
Viewers
2018
Network
2018
Rating
2018
Viewers
2019
Network
2019
Rating
2019
Viewers
St. PeteABC11,400KABC0.81,190KABC0.811,144KNBCSN0.32495K
PhoenixNBCSN0.29363KNBCSN0.21343KNBCSN0.19253K---
Austin---------NBCSN0.23341K
BarberNBCSN0.26279KNBCSN0.39470KNBCSN0.2310KNBCSN0.19296K
Long Beach NBCSN 0.37402KNBCSN0.21321KNBCSN0.24370KNBCSN0.28436K
Indy GP ABC11,300KABC0.71KKABC0.55780KNBC0.711,066K
Indy 500 ABC3.96KKABC3.45,500KABC3.14,900KNBC3.405,400K
Detroit 1ABC0.71KKABC0.6847KABC0.55751KNBC0.55761K
Detroit 2ABC0.6918KABC0.91,400KABC0.63936KNBC0.711,091K
TexasNBCSN0.3388KNBCSN0.35561KNBCSN0.21336KNBCSN0.24366K
Elkhart LakeNBCSN0.33470KNBCSN0.37568KNBCSN0.22322KNBC0.771,104K
TorontoCNBC-171KCNBC(L)-187K------
TorontoNBCSN(D)0.3530KNBCSN(D)0.32489KNBCSN0.29458KNBCSN0.33502K
IowaNBCSN0.37534KNBCSN0.37534KNBCSN0.31452KNBCSN0.11156K
Mid-OhioNBCSN0.55811KNBCSN(D)0.39576KNBCSN(D)0.39644KNBC0.47670K
Mid-Ohio---CNBC(L)0.13200KCNBC(L)0.09139K---
PoconoNBCSN0.45635KNBCSN0.4618KNBCSN0.34542KNBCSN0.36549K
Gateway   NBCSN0.23359KNBCSN0.23391KNBCSN0.20310K
Watkins GlenNBCSN0.29440KNBCSN0.41604K------
Portland -----NBCSN0.35529KNBCSN0.741,101K
Sonoma NBCSN0.33528KNBCSN0.33536KNBCSN0.38629KNBC--
Laguna Seca --------NBC0.50732K
  Totals16,169K  16,303K  13,886K  15,376K
  ---% Chg+0.8% % Chg-14.8% % Chg+10.7%


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09/24/19
f1
nasmon
irl

Final Weekend TV Ratings
Note: The IndyCar race moved from NBCSN to NBC this year:

NetEventLocation2019 Total
Viewers
2019 18-49
Viewers
2019 TV
Rating
2018 TV
Rating
% Chg.
NBCSNNASCAR Cup RaceRichmond1,779,000329,0001.051.03+1.94%
NBCIndyCar Race Laguna Seca732,000185,0000.50*0.38+31.6%
NBCSNNASCAR Xfinity RaceRichmond631,000156,0000.400.73-45.2%
ESPN2F1 RaceSingapore574,000209,0000.370.32+15.6%

*NBCSN Broadcast

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09/24/19
automotive
f1

Mercedes stops developing internal combustion engines to focus on electric cars (Update)
For years now AR1.com has said it is time to stick a fork in the internal combustion engine - it's about done.
Stick a fork in Mercedes involvement in F1. It's only a matter of time before it's done.

UPDATE Given this development, how many more years before Mercedes exits F1?

Will it be 3 years? 5 Years? 10 Years?


09/20/19 After reigning in the auto industry as the powertrain of choice for a century, the internal combustion engine is finally dying. Now even Daimler (Mercedes) says that it is stopping development of new internal combustion engines to focus on electric cars.

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09/24/19
nasmon
irl

Newgarden to do demo in Logano's Shell Mustang
Joey Logano
Joey Logano
Josef Newgarden, the newly-crowned 2019 IndyCar Series Champion, will make an exhibition run around the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL behind the wheel of his No. 2 Shell-Pennzoil Dallara/Chevrolet INDYCAR following NASCAR Cup Series qualifying on Friday, September 27th

Newgarden and 2018 NASCAR Cup Series Champion Joey Logano, both Shell-sponsored drivers, along with Team Penske President, Tim Cindric will be available in the media center prior to qualifying.

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09/24/19
f1

Hamilton warns he could lose 2019 title
Lewis Hamilton has a huge 96 point lead and he's crying like a baby, realizing he cannot win unless he has the best car
Lewis Hamilton has a huge 96 point lead and he's crying like a baby, realizing he cannot win unless he has the best car
(GMM) Lewis Hamilton has warned Mercedes that he risks not winning the 2019 world championship.

The Briton's championship lead is actually huge -- 96 points to the nearest Ferrari.

"That's four race wins," said Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff. "We cannot allows ourselves to be so stupid that we mess up that advantage."

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09/24/19
f1

Zandvoort happy with minister's support
Zandvoort
Zandvoort
(GMM) Dutch GP race organizers are happy to receive the support of the national government.

We reported this week that concerns about nitrogen emissions are holding up thousands of construction projects in the Netherlands.

But sport minister Bruno Bruins said he "of course" wants the Formula 1 race to go ahead on time in 2020.

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09/24/19
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Briatore doubts Ferrari can win title
Flavio Briatore
Flavio Briatore
(GMM) Flavio Briatore doubts Ferrari can catch up with Mercedes for the 2019 title.

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton is leading the best-placed Ferrari by 96 points, but Toto Wolff has warned that it amounts only to "four race wins".

"I am under no illusion that my gap in the championship could disappear," Hamilton agreed.

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09/24/19
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Doornbos worried about Newey's F1 involvement
Verstappen realizes in F1 the car is 99% and without the best car he cannot win. In IndyCar, with the car being more spec, driver talent means something.
Verstappen realizes in F1 the car is 99% and without the best car he cannot win. In IndyCar, with the car being more spec, driver talent means something.

(GMM) A former Red Bull driver has expressed concerns about the F1 team's technical future.

After Singapore, Dr Helmut Marko said a simulator error led to a setup problem that cost Max Verstappen a chance of winning the night race.

Verstappen called the weekend a "wake-up call". 

Just days earlier, it was announced that Red Bull's legendary technical boss Adrian Newey is teaming up with Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne to create a new 'Extreme E' team called Veloce Racing.

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09/24/19
f2

Hubert death investigation 'will take time' - Masi
Anthoine Hubert
Anthoine Hubert
(GMM) Michael Masi says he is unable to share much information about investigations into the crash that killed Formula 2 driver Anthoine Hubert.

In the wake of the horror crash that also sees Juan Manuel Correa still seriously injured in a London hospital, investigations were launched by Belgian authorities and F1's governing body.

Australian Masi is F1's race director.

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