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09/27/19
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Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern
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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09/27/19
nasmon

Jimmie Johnson leads Cup Series practice at Charlotte
Jimmie Johnson
Amy Henderson/AR1

Jimmie Johnson led the field in Friday’s lone Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice for Sunday’s Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Johnson turned a lap of 103.152 mph in the No. 48 Chevrolet to top the leaderboard, beating out Kyle Larson in the final minute of practice. Larson recorded the second-fastest lap of 103.088 mph, with William Byron placing third at 102.453 mph to give Chevrolet the top three positions. Toyota drivers Clint Bowyer (102.409) and Matt DiBenedetto (102.401) rounded out the top five in practice.

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09/27/19
f2

F2: De Vries leaves it late to secure fifth pole of 2019
Nyck de Vries
Nyck de Vries
Having seen DAMS dominate Free Practice and the majority of Qualifying, Nyck de Vries drew out the full force of his ART Grand Prix machine to snatch pole position from the clutches of title rival Nicholas Latifi, who had looked set to seal first and the four points that come with it.

De Vries left it late, but a perfect final sector saw him go 0.260s quicker than the Canadian for his fifth pole of the season. The DAMS driver held on for second, ahead of Sauber Junior Team by Charouz’s Callum Ilott.

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09/27/19
nastruck

Ilmor responds to exploding Truck engines
Sauter blown engine
Sauter blown engine
NASCAR and Ilmor Engineering announced Thursday the results of their investigation into multiple engine failures at the Sept. 13 Gander Outdoors Truck Series playoff race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Five trucks – including three from ThorSport Racing – suffered engine failures during the race. ThorSport drivers Grant Enfinger, the regular-season champion, and Johnny Sauter were both eliminated from the playoffs after their engine failures. ThorSport teammate Matt Crafton also had engine failure but managed to advance to the second round of the playoffs, which begin October 12 at Talladega Superspeedway.

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09/27/19
f1

Sochi: Verstappen puts Red Bull on top in Practice 2
Verstappen flying on Friday
Verstappen flying on Friday

Max Verstappen turned the fastest lap in his Honda powered Red Bull to lead the 2nd practice session for the Russian GP over the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc by 0.335s on the soft Pirelli compound.

The two Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton were next up 0.646s and 0.798s back respectively.

Sebastian Vettel rounded out the top-5 in the 2nd Ferrari, just over 1-second behind the Honda.

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09/27/19
automotive

2020 Corvette Cutaway car full review. Engine and transmission cutaways.
A big question has been on Corvette 2020 c8 Maintenance. Corvette proves to be a budget sports car starting under 60k. But if the maintenance proves to be expensive that budget is thrown out. In this video, I show you the full cutaway car and provide you with info on routine maintenance.

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09/27/19
nasmon

Bell joins Leavine Family Racing Cup team for 2020
Christopher Bell to drive the #95 Toyota
Christopher Bell to drive the #95 Toyota
Leavine Family Racing (LFR) announced that Christopher Bell will drive for them in the 2020 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) season as the driver of the No. 95 Toyota Camry with sponsorship from Rheem and Procore.

In addition to Bell in the driver's seat, the technical alliance between LFR, Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) and TRD, U.S.A. (Toyota Racing Development) will also be enhanced for the 2020 season. TRD will continue to build the team's engines and provide technology, data and technical assistance. Enhancements to the technical alliance between JGR and LFR, which began with the 2019 MENCS season, will continue to build into the 2020 season.

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09/27/19
f3

F3: Shwartzman secures Sochi pole to set up title showdown
Robert Shwartzman
Robert Shwartzman
Robert Shwartzman switched on the styled when it counted, scoring his first pole position since Round 1 in Barcelona, to put himself within touching distance of the FIA Formula 3 crown. The Russian was rampant on home turf, fighting off strong sprints from both of his teammates to finish at the peak of a PREMA Racing 1-2-3. Jehan Daruvala secured second in the dying embers, while Marcus Armstrong settled for third.

With the title at stake, PREMA duo Shwartzman and Daruvala were first out on track and set fast flying laps, but both had to settle for a place beneath Free Practice pacesetter Marcus Armstrong.

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09/27/19
irl

Newgarden honored at Victory Banquet
Newgarden collects his 2nd $1 million prize
Newgarden collects his 2nd $1 million prize
NTT IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden and Team Penske celebrated prizes in excess of $1 million received Thursday night at the season-ending Victory Lap Celebration in Indianapolis.

Newgarden, who captured his second driver’s title in three years Sunday at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, earned the $1 million bonus and a replica of the Astor Challenge Cup.

Driving the No. 2 Hitachi Chevrolet, Newgarden tied his career high with four race wins in 2019. He won two street races (St. Petersburg and Detroit 1) and two ovals (Texas Motor Speedway and Iowa Speedway). He also won a pair of poles (Detroit 2 and World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway).

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09/27/19
f1

Russell wants Hulkenberg as 2020 teammate
George Russell wants a better teammate to beat
George Russell wants a better teammate to beat
(GMM) George Russell says he would like Nico Hulkenberg to be his Williams teammate in 2020.

The rookie's current teammate, Robert Kubica, recently announced that he is leaving the struggling team.

But Russell is sure 2020 will be a much better season for Williams.

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09/27/19
f1

All Honda-powered drivers set for grid penalties in Russia (Update)
Max is not happy
Max Verstappen

UPDATE (GMM) Max Verstappen has admitted Red Bull-Honda is looking beyond this weekend's Russian GP.

The Honda-powered drivers all have new Spec 4 engines fitted at Sochi, which for Verstappen means a five place grid penalty.

"We thought 'Why not do it here?'" he said at Sochi.

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09/27/19
f1

Abiteboul criticizes FIA over penalty
Cyril Abiteboul
Cyril Abiteboul
(GMM) Cyril Abiteboul has accused the FIA of being inconsistent about how it hands out penalties for sporting and technical infractions.

In 2019, the tendency to penalize every on-track clash has changed markedly, particularly with the re-introduction of the black and white warning flag.

But in Singapore, Daniel Ricciardo was disqualified from qualifying for a glitch in his MGU-K unit, which Renault claims gave him an advantage for 0.000001 seconds.

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09/27/19
f1

Latest 2021 F1 rules debate 'normal' - Steiner
Gunther Steiner
Gunther Steiner
(GMM) The latest squabble about the controversial 2021 rules is just a "normal exchange of views", according to Haas boss Gunther Steiner.

It is rumored that only half of the F1 teams are currently willing to sign up to Liberty Media's proposed technical rules for 2021.

"The latest visualization of the new rules looks better than before," Steiner said at Sochi.

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09/27/19
f1

Kvyat staying at Toro Rosso in 2020 - Tost
Daniil Kvyat
Daniil Kvyat
(GMM) Daniil Kvyat is definitely staying at Toro Rosso next year.

At Sochi, after Dr Helmut Marko said Kvyat is out of the running to return to Red Bull in 2020, Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost said of the Russian: "He will continue with us next season."

Kvyat, 25, agreed that in his mind, returning to Red Bull is now a "closed chapter".

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09/27/19
f2

No news about future yet - Mick Schumacher
Mick Schumacher - not fast enough for F2 yet
Mick Schumacher - not fast enough for F2 yet
(GMM) Mick Schumacher says he has no news to announce about his future yet.

F1 legend Michael Schumacher's 20-year-old son is a member of Ferrari's development academy and has tested for the Italian team this year.

But Mick is expected to stay in Formula 2 for another season next year.

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09/27/19
f1

Mercedes no longer favorites - Hamilton
Hamilton has his crying towel out.  The day Aldo Costa left the team, was the day Mercedes were no longer quickest
Hamilton has his crying towel out. The day Aldo Costa left the team, was the day Mercedes were no longer quickest
(GMM) Mercedes will no longer be the favorite at any of the remaining races in 2019, according to Lewis Hamilton.

Despite his almost 100 point lead over the nearest Ferrari, the Mercedes driver said at Sochi: "There are no more tracks on which we are the favorite.

"If we want to beat Ferrari, we need a perfect weekend."

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09/27/19
f1

F1: Leclerc over Verstappen in opening Russia GP practice
Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc

Ferrari man of the moment Charles Leclerc pretty much picked up where he has left off from every race since the summer break - by looking astonishingly quick. He finished on top of the pile, ahead of Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel in opening practice for the Russian GP at Sochi.

The sandbagging Mercedes duo of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton rounded out the top-5. All eyes will be on Mercedes later on though, as they didn't go for soft tire runs in the latter stages of FP1 and thus haven't set fully representative lap times.

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09/27/19
f2

F2: Latifi controls DAMS dominated Free Practice
Nicholas Latifi
Nicholas Latifi
DAMS duo Nicholas Latifi and Sergio Sette Camara dominated the penultimate Free Practice session of the FIA Formula 2 season, as the pair attempt to keep their Championship hopes alive in Sochi. The Canadian came out on top of their battle for first, as both drivers finished ahead of Championship leader Nyck de Vries, in third.

The sun was bearing down onto the Sochi Autodrom circuit, as Mahaveer Raghunathan unleashed his MP Motorsport machine onto the track first, setting the initial time at just under 2 minutes. Having warmed up his tires, Sette Camara immediately slashed this to 1m 50s.

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09/27/19
f3

F3: Armstrong unbeatable in final F3 Practice
Marcus Armstrong
Marcus Armstrong
Marcus Armstrong topped the final Free Practice session of the FIA Formula 3 season, ahead of Championship leader Robert Shwartzman. The Russian, who is hoping to wrap up the title this weekend, couldn’t quite match his Kiwi teammate, lapping 0.328s behind. The duo finished ahead of Trident’s Niko Kari, who scored his best session placing since Round 1.

Lirim Zendeli and Ye Yifei got Free Practice underway on a cool morning in the Black Sea resort. The duo exchanged first and second in the early stages before Pedro Piquet took the times to under 1m 56s.

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09/27/19
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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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09/27/19
f1

F1 season hits high gear while IndyCar now goes dark (Update)
IndyCar now closed for business for 6 months. Turn off the lights and please fans remember to come back
IndyCar now closed for business for 6 months. Turn off the lights and please fans remember to come back

UPDATE A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, please use the attached image for this news item.  I think it is a better fit. Mordichai Rosen, Los Angeles

09/23/19 The 2019 F1 season is three race past the halfway point and just now hitting its stride and dominating the motorsports news outlets. The Mercedes team dominated the first half but since the summer break Ferrari has won three straight.

F1 and NASCAR will go strong until the end of November - an additional 2.5 months.

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09/27/19
v8

Andretti team looking globally to replace lost sponsor
Walkinshaw, Andretti Zak Brown team
Walkinshaw, Andretti Zak Brown team
Ryan Walkinshaw believes the partnership between his firm, Andretti Autosport, and United Autosports affords the team international leverage in its quest for a new title sponsor.

Walkinshaw Andretti United ended its relationship with Mega Limited heading into the ITM Auckland SuperSprint as the company went into administration.

In New Zealand the team sported increased branding from Mobil 1, which stepped up from its previous position as co-title sponsor at the last minute.

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09/27/19
automotive

Chinese EV stocks sink as Nio's results spook market

Shares of Chinese electric-vehicle makers and suppliers fell after a worse-than-expected quarterly loss for NIO Inc., the country’s answer to Tesla Inc., exacerbated concerns that a bubble in the world’s largest EV market may be bursting.

BAIC Motor Corp., which Bloomberg NEF says brought in more than $4 billion in EV revenue last year, saw its stock price drop 1% in Hong Kong, while BYD Co. closed down 4.1%, its biggest loss in over a month. Wuxi Lead Intelligent Equipment Co. retreated 4.5% in Shenzhen.

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