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09/28/18
automotive

Electric self-driving semi concept previews Ford's long-haul vision
Ford is so far behind in EV technology they are out to lunch
Ford is so far behind in EV technology they are out to lunch

UPDATE Added video below.

09/20/18 Ford isn't exactly known for semitrucks around the world, but that may soon change. At the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Germany on Thursday, Ford showed off its F-Vision Future Truck concept. 

Ford Otosan, based in Turkey and the automaker's largest commercial vehicle production base, debuted the F-Vision as an electric tractor with Level 4 self-driving capability. It's the company's first concept truck and it focuses on a future where semitrucks feature lightweight construction and zero emissions.

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09/28/18
nasx

Allgaier to return to No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet in 2019
Justin Allgaier
Justin Allgaier
Justin Allgaier will return to drive the No. 7 NASCAR Xfinity Series Chevrolet for JR Motorsports next year, he announced Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“It’s been an interesting Silly Season for sure, but for us, I’m extremely happy with where I’m at,” Allgaier said. “… From my standpoint, I’ve got a great team behind me right now and the folks at Brandt have obviously supported me for a number of years now and where we’re at for them, whether it’s with me or not, I think JR Motorsports is a great fit for them as well. There’s a lot of talk, but on the flip side of it unless something really major changes, I don’t see anything changing.”

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09/28/18
f2

Nyck de Vries streaks to pole in Sochi
Nyck de Vries
Nyck de Vries
Nyck de Vries collected his second FIA Formula 2 Championship pole position of the season in Qualifying at Sochi, Russia, powering his way to a 1:46.476 on his second set of tires. The PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing driver held on from a late Lando Norris lap, which shunted George Russell down to third on the grid for Saturday’s Feature Race.

Jack Aitken brought the running underway, poking his nose out of the pits ahead of Norris, Sergio Sette Camara and Russell. First to post a flying lap, Aitken was immediately dispatched by Norris, before Russell went half a second faster moments before the session was red flagged – Arjun Maini spun and was unable to get going, and was wheeled off the road before qualifying resumed.

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09/28/18
gp3

Mazepin clinches home pole in Sochi qualifying
Nikita Mazepin
Nikita Mazepin

Nikita Mazepin took his first GP3 Series pole position in Qualifying at Sochi, Russia, setting the fastest time late on in the session in front of his home supporters. The ART Grand Prix driver held off from Campos Racing’s Leonardo Pulcini to secure the quickest time, as Callum Ilott completed the top three.

Jake Hughes was first out onto the circuit, followed by the remainder of the ART quartet Mazepin, Anthoine Hubert and Ilott. The early advantage was Mazepin’s, and the Russian ended the first set of runs on top having bested Hughes’ briefly quickest time, before Campos Racing’s Simo Laaksonen upset the ART order by flying into second place.

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09/28/18
nasmon

RCR Names Daniel Hemric as Driver of the No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in 2019
Daniel Hemric and RCR
Pete McCole/AR1
Richard Childress Racing has promoted Daniel Hemric to drive the No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series beginning in 2019. Hemric, 27, boasts back-to-back NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoff berths at RCR, including a Championship 4 appearance at Homestead-Miami Speedway during his rookie season.

While some kids get their start riding bikes with training wheels, Hemric was championing go-karts at the age of five and within the next six years, his driving accolades included 11 wins and a Concord (North Carolina) Speedway track championship. Bandoleros, Legend Cars and Late Models followed with the same success, with 60 victories, back-to-back Legend Car Pro championships (2008 and 2009), the National Legend Car Pro championship and two Summer Shootout Series titles (2009 and 2013). He would also go on to win the Champion Racing Association JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour championship (2012) and the Southern Super Series championship (2013).

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09/28/18
nasmon

Ryan Preece Joins JTG Daugherty Racing For 2019
(L-R) Ryan Preece, Ernie Cope and Tad Geschickter
Pete McCole/AR1

JTG Daugherty Racing announced today a new driver to their two-car lineup, signing 27-year-old Ryan Preece in a multi-year contract. Preece will join JTG Daugherty Racing for his first full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season starting in the 2019 DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway driving the No. 47 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

Preece, who made his mark driving modified in his native New England, has spent the last five years running in the NASCAR Xfinity Series - driving for Tommy Baldwin, Johnny Davis and Joe Gibbs. He'll join JTG driver Chris Buescher to complete the team's two-car stable for 2019.

"I’m really thankful for the opportunity for being able to race for Tad (Geschickter, team owner) and those guys, it’s just a dream come true," said Preece. "A lot of you know the path that I’ve gone down and the sleepless nights that I’ve gone through to chase after trophies and win races. To finally get to this level, and earn it, it’s really a short-tracker’s dream to finally get here and to race for such people with class. It’s a family owned team and that’s something that I’ve always been a part of with different Modified teams."

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09/28/18
irl

Rosenqvist Will Join Chip Ganassi Racing's IndyCar team in 2019
Rosenqvist signs to be IndyCar driver
Rosenqvist signs to be IndyCar driver

Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that 26-year-old Swede Felix Rosenqvist will join the team’s IndyCar Series program in the No. 10 NTT DATA Honda beginning in 2019. He will team up with five-time and reigning IndyCar Series Champion, Indianapolis 500 and 44-time race winner Scott Dixon.

Longtime partner NTT DATA has also renewed with CGR as part of a new multi-year deal to carry on as primary partner of the No. 10 Honda.

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09/28/18
nasmon

Hendrick Motorsports Signs With Aussie Apparel Brand 2XU
Hendrick Motorsports has signed a new deal with Australia-based athletic wear brand 2XU, which becomes Hendrick's official performance apparel partner through '21.

2XU, which is announcing the news this week, will outfit HMS’ at-track personnel -- including pit crews -- starting next season.

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09/28/18
irl

Three open tests highlight INDYCAR testing regulations for 2018-19
IndyCars will test at COTA Feb 12-13
IndyCars will test at COTA Feb 12-13
A preseason open test at Circuit of the Americas and in-season open tests at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca highlight the 2018-19 IndyCar Series testing rules issued to teams by INDYCAR.

Circuit of the Americas, the popular permanent road course added to the 2019 schedule as the second race of the season on March 24, will play host to the only official gathering of all IndyCar Series full-season entries before the season starts. The track in Austin, Texas, will be the site of a two-day open test on Feb. 12-13 as teams prepare for the season opener on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, less than four weeks later.

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09/28/18
f1

Mercedes 1-2 in 2nd Russian GP practice
Hamilton and his slave driver teammate Bottas 1-2
Hamilton and his slave driver teammate Bottas 1-2

As expected the Aldo Costa designed Mercedes cars were sandbagging in the first practice, and in the 2nd practice for the Russian GP at Sochi they began to flex their muscle and they still are not trying hard.

Lewis Hamilton turned the fastest lap at 1m33.385s - 2/10ths faster than his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas. 

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09/28/18
f2

Norris on top in Sochi Free Practice
Lando Norris
Lando Norris
Lando Norris topped the FIA Formula 2 Championship Free Practice session at Sochi, Russia, moments after participating in Formula 1’s FP1 with the McLaren team. The Carlin driver set a 1:48.231 to set the pace, beating PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing’s Nyck de Vries by just under two tenths of a second. Championship leader George Russell completed the running in third place.

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09/28/18
automotive

Hypercar to be called Mercedes-AMG ONE
Valtteri Bottas poses with the AMG ONE
Valtteri Bottas poses with the AMG ONE
In the run-up to the Paris Motor Show 2018, the performance and sports car brand announces the name of the future hypercar: Mercedes-AMG ONE. The name stands for the highest automotive ambition: to bring Formula 1 hybrid technology to the road. Mercedes-AMG ONE will be the pinnacle of the model portfolio and the absolute top-of-the-line model – as is logically referenced by the One. With intensive testing having been ongoing for months in England on high-performance test stands and race tracks, Mercedes-AMG now presents the latest development status of an outstanding technical feature: the active aerodynamics.

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09/28/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • Without a big check, Ocon's last hope for a seat in F1 in 2019 is with career ruining Williams F1
    Without a big check, Ocon's last hope for a seat in F1 in 2019 is with career ruining Williams F1
    Ocon visited Williams factory
  • Zetsche retiring in 2019
  • Vandoorne set for Formula E switch
  • Company sues Force India administrator
  • Alonso rules out Formula E move
  • Sainz to drive with eye infection
  • Sepang circuit pays Haas compensation for Grosjean's '17 crash
  • Haas F1 Team Retains Driver Lineup for 2019

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09/28/18
f1

Vettel over Verstappen in opening practice for Russian GP
Vettel fastest when it does not count
Vettel fastest when it does not count

Sebastien Vettel almost has to win out to stop Lewis Hamilton from winning the 2018 F1 title. Although Friday morning practice is usually just a track cleaning session, it was Vettel atop the timesheets when the session was over.

Vettel's lap of 1m34.488s was just 0.050s faster than Red Bull's Max Verstappen was 2nd quick.

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09/28/18
gp3

Hubert tops Free Practice in Sochi
Anthoine Hubert
Anthoine Hubert
Anthoine Hubert drew first blood at the GP3 Series round at the Sochi Autodrom, Russia, clocking in a 1:53.146 at the checkered flag to head the Free Practice session. Hubert headed an all-ART Grand Prix top three, as Jake Hughes claimed the second-fastest time ahead of Nikita Mazepin – who was third quickest at his home event.

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09/27/18
TV News

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern; live broadcasts unless noted.
Friday, Sept. 28LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 –practice 1Sochi, RU3:55-5:30amESPNU
F1 –practice 2Sochi, RU7:55-9:30amESPNU
NASCAR Cup –, practiceCharlotte12:05-12:55pmNBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity – practice 1Charlotte1:05-1:55pmNBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity – practice 2Charlotte3:00-3:55pmNBCSN
NASCAR Cup – qualifyingCharlotte4:45-6:00pmNBCSN
Saturday, Sept. 29LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 –practice 3Sochi, RU4:55-6:00amESPN2
F1 –qualifyingSochi, RU7:55-9:00amESPN2
NASCAR Cup – practiceCharlotte11:00-11:50amNBC Online
NASCAR Xfinity – qualifyingCharlotte12:10-1:30pmCNBC
NASCAR Cup – practiceCharlotte1:30-2:20pmCNBC
Lucas Oil Off Road RacingToole2:00-3:00pmCBS
NASCAR Xfinity – raceCharlotte2:30-3:00pm – pre-race
3:00-6:00pm – race
NBCSN
Sunday, Sept. 30LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 – raceSochi, RU6:30-7:05am – pre-race
7:05-9:00am – race
ESPN2
NASCAR Cup – raceCharlotte1:30-2:00pm – pre-race
2:00-6:00pm – race
NBC
Rolex Monterey ReunionLaguna Seca2:00-3:00pm (D)CBS-SN
Blancpain GTBarcelona5:00-6:00pm (SDD)CBS-SN
F1 – raceSochi, RU8:30-10:30pm – race (R)ESPNews


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

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09/27/18
nasmon

Fans can bet on the races during Dover International Speedway's upcoming weekend
Dover Action
Dover Action
Race fans looking to wager on their favorite drivers during Dover International Speedway's upcoming tripleheader weekend will have the convenience of placing their bets on-site on Oct. 6-7.

A sports betting station will be set up near the Delaware Lottery display, not far from the Monster Monument at Victory Plaza, presented by Smithfield, on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 7 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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09/27/18
automotive

Michael Andretti's Dodge Demon heads to auction
Andretti Dodge Demon
Andretti Dodge Demon

In the market for a Dodge Demon with a side of celebrity ownership? Michael Andretti has just such a thing, as he is currently looking to part with the 47th of the first 50 Demons built, showing just 13 miles on the clock.

The Demon is question is heading to Mecum Auctions' Dallas sale, which will run Oct. 3-6. The auction house notes that the car has never been dealer prepped, since it was one of the first 50 examples built for VIPs and executives.

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09/27/18
f1

Russian GP should be dry and cool
Sochi
Sochi
The Russian Grand Prix is being held much later in the year than last season but weather conditions are likely to be similar for this weekend’s race.

Tomorrow’s first practice session will begin with a slight risk of rain – currently estimated at around 30%. The chances of further rain during the weekend will decrease from there on, and race day is expected to be dry.

Conditions are expected to be overcast for much of the weekend, though the sun may break through briefly late on Saturday. Otherwise the first two days of running are unlikely to see temperatures much above 22C.

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09/27/18
track news

Road America Announces 2019 Season Schedule
Road America
Road America
Road America's Senior Vice President, Mike Kertscher, announced Road America's 2019 season schedule today. The four-mile, 14-turn road course will host 10 racing weekends throughout the 2019 season, with a number of weekends encompassing several series' providing non-stop action.

"Road America is known for having the most active schedule of any road race circuit in the U.S., and we look forward to hosting the MotoAmerica Series, INDYCAR Series, Pirelli World Challenge Series, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, NASCAR XFINITY Series, Stadium SUPER Trucks, the Sports Car Club of America and three separate vintage events in 2019," said Kertscher.

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09/27/18
fe

Mediaset to show live coverage of Formula E in Italy for next five seasons
Reigning Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne navigating the streets of Rome in April last season - marking the historic debut of fully-electric racing in the Italian capital
Reigning Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne navigating the streets of Rome in April last season - marking the historic debut of fully-electric racing in the Italian capital

Formula E has today confirmed its extended partnership with Mediaset, with the free-to-air broadcaster showing live coverage of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship across Italy for the next five seasons.

Building on the success of last season, which included impressive viewing figures from the inaugural race on the streets of Rome in April - boasting a 9.6 per cent audience share and 1.2 million live TV viewers in Italy - Mediaset will continue to bring fans every second of electrifying Formula E action until at least the end of season nine.

Ali Russell, Media & Business Development Director at Formula E, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have Mediaset continuing to cover the thrills and spills of Formula E through to season nine. The results Mediaset has shown - along with their extensive programming of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship - is a testament to their ongoing commitment and we look forward to bringing all the action live to fans across Italy for a further five seasons.”

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09/27/18
pwc

Team Panoz Racing To Return In 2019 As A Tribute To Don Panoz
Don Panoz waves his car out in recent years
Don Panoz waves his car out in recent years
Further to the sad circumstances earlier this month, the passing of Dr. Don Panoz, Team Panoz Racing can confirm that they will be returning to the track in 2019 to honor the legacy of the late team owner. Don Panoz passed on Tuesday, September 11th, following a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Known for saving sports car racing in North America and always trying to have the most technologically advanced car on track, the team will race in his name, aiming to enjoy a 23rd year of racing success in 2019.

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09/27/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • Mercedes 'slave' driver Bottas begs Wolff - please let me win at least one race
    Mercedes 'slave' driver Bottas begs Wolff - please let me win at least one race
    Bottas says title dream still alive
  • Vettel rejects need for psychological coach
  • Red Bull focus 'clearly' on 2019 - Marko
  • Haas still quiet over 2019 drivers
  • Giovinazzi must learn from Raikkonen - Liuzzi
  • UK-based F1 teams state funded to the tune of £100m
  • Herbert: If Russell Becomes F2 Champ He Should Be In F1
  • Mazepin Company Sues Force India Administrators
  • Prost: We were a bit surprised when Daniel said yes

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09/27/18
fe

Track layout for Formula E's Saudi Arabia race in Riyadh revealed
Another Mickey Mouse Formula E layout
Formula E layout in Riyadh

Formula E has revealed the track layout for the inaugural Ad Diriyah ePrix, which will take place in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh.

The circuit is 1.76 miles long and features 21 corners, but is still subject to official homologation from the FIA.

Ex-Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa, who will make his FE debut with the Venturi squad in the 2018/19 championship, took part in a demonstration run around Ad Diriyah's landmarks on Tuesday.

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09/27/18
nasmon

Gander Outdoors to sponsor Dover race
Gandor Outdoors also sponsored the Pocono race
Gandor Outdoors also sponsored the Pocono race
Dover International Speedway and Gander Outdoors, the Official Outdoor Company of NASCAR, have reached a partnership agreement for the entitlement of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race on Sunday, Oct. 7, track officials announced today.

The "Gander Outdoors 400" Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race (NBCSN, 2 p.m. EDT) is the first race in the Round of 12 of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series postseason. A dozen drivers will look to secure playoff advancement after 400 grueling laps at the Monster Mile, the world's fastest one-mile oval.

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09/27/18
nasmon

Toyota looking to support 5 or more Cup cars in 2019
Despite the loss of the #78 car, Toyota will back at least 5 cars in 2019
Despite the loss of the #78 car, Toyota will back at least 5 cars in 2019
Toyota Racing Development President David Wilson said there “absolutely is intent” for there to be “at least” five Toyota-supported cars in the Cup Series in 2019 and “potentially more.”

“We’re spending a tremendous amount of energy and focus on that, of course,” Wilson said Wednesday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s “Tradin’ Paint” of adding cars. “Nobody is happy. Nobody is pleased with losing Furniture Row. It’s something we’re all disappointed with. We at the same time respect the very difficult decision (owner) Barney Visser had to make.

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09/27/18
nasmon

NASCAR Penalty report from Richmond Raceway
Winner Kyle Busch #18
Winner Kyle Busch #18
NASCAR has issued two fines for unsecured lug nut violations last weekend at Richmond Raceway.

Adam Stevens, crew chief on Kyle Busch‘s No. 18 Toyota in Cup, was fined $10,000 for one unsecured lug nut.

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09/26/18
British F3

British F3 Championship to continue using existing car in 2019
American Cameron Das
American Cameron Das

MSV is pleased to confirm that the BRDC British F3 Championship will continue to use its existing car and technical package for 2019.

The Tatuus-Cosworth combination, launched in 2016, has proven to be extremely popular with teams and drivers, and offers an unrivalled combination of value for money, performance, technical equality and reliability.

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09/26/18
imsa

Turner's Looking for ride buyers
Looking to play Walter Mitty? Will Turner will be more than happy to take your check.
Looking to play Walter Mitty? Will Turner will be more than happy to take your check.

With just one race remaining in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, Turner Motorsport has focused attention on securing plans for 2019, with the seven-time championship-winning BMW squad yet to confirm a program for next year.

It comes amid a successful season for the Massachusetts-based operation, which claimed GT Daytona class honors in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen in July, while being in contention for several other podiums with a rotation of Pro-Am driver lineups in its BMW M6 GT3.

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09/26/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Mika Salo thought Ericsson's check should have assured him of the 2nd Sauber seat
    Mika Salo thought Ericsson's big check should have assured him of the 2nd Sauber seat
    Salo questions Sauber's Giovinazzi pick
  • Gasly not out to 'destroy' Verstappen
  • Russian GP: Red Bull facing grid penalties
  • Brawn: Why don't we all have the same transmissions?
  • Ferrari maxes out on supersofts for Japanese GP

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