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10/03/19
f1

Mercedes F1 Announces Revenue Of £338.4M For '18
When cost caps come, hundreds of Mercedes employees will lose their jobs
When cost caps come, hundreds of Mercedes employees will lose their jobs
The Mercedes F1 team "earned and spent almost the same amount" in '18 as it did in '17, newly released accounts revealed.

The team's income, from F1 prize money, sponsorship and parent company Daimler AG, rose from £337.2M in '17 to £338.4M last year.

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10/03/19
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arca

ARCA, K&N Pro Series Merging for 2020
ARCA action at Daytona
ARCA action at Daytona
NASCAR and ARCA announced today a new championship format for 2020 that will see the continuation of three historic regional championship series and the coronation of a new fourth champion, all under the ARCA Menards Series banner.

The series provide an integral development step for young drivers who aspire to move up to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series or NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series; as well as a highly-competitive professional level for short-track veterans.

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10/03/19
imsa

Scott Atherton Named Grand Marshal For 22nd Annual Motul Petit Le Mans
Scott Atherton
Scott Atherton
Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta announced today that International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) President Scott Atherton has been named Grand Marshal for next week's 22nd annual Motul Petit Le Mans.

Atherton recently announced his plans to retire at the end of this year, ending a professional motorsports career that has spanned nearly 35 years.

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10/03/19
nasmon
irl

NASCAR's Highest earning drivers
IndyCar drivers when they see this
Given the higher risk for IndyCar drivers - when they see this table they react

According to Forbes:

RankDriverSalaryEndorse-
ments
Total 2019
Earnings
1Jimmie Johnson$14.0 million$3.5 million$17.5 million
2Kyle Busch$13.8 million$2.0 million$15.8 million
3Denny Hamlin$12.7 million$1.5 million$14.2 million
4Kevin Harvick$11.6 million$1.5 million$13.1 million
5Joey Logano$9.6 million$1.4 million$11.0 million
6Brad Keselowski$9.4 million$1.2 million$10.4 million
7Chase Elliott$7.5 million$2.0 million$9.5 million
8Kyle Larson$8.0 million$1.0 million$9.0 million
9Martin Truex Jr$7.3 million$0.9 million$8.2 million
10Clint Bowyer$6.6 million$0.7 million$7.3 million


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10/03/19
imsa

IMSA gives Cadillacs weight break
The Cadillacs get help for season finale
The Cadillacs get help for season finale
The Cadillac DPi-V.R has been given another weight break ahead of next weekend’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-ending Motul Petit Le Mans.

Confirmed in the final round of Balance of Performance adjustments for the year, issued by IMSA on Wednesday, the Dallara-built DPi contender has received a 15 kg reduction in minimum weight, bringing the car down to 945 kg.

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10/03/19
fe

Mercedes-Benz to supply Venturi Racing for Season 6
Mercedes to provide it's EV technology to Venturi
Mercedes to provide it's EV technology to Venturi
Season 6 of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship is almost ready to go as Mercedes-Benz announced today a technology supply agreement with Venturi Racing in the run-up to the season opener in late November at Diriyah.
 
In Season 6, Venturi Racing will run two examples of the new Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01, alongside the cars fielded by the works Mercedes team, in order to accelerate the manufacturer's learning curve in its debut Formula E season.

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10/03/19
f1

F1 teams choose abundance of soft tires for Suzuka
The Mercedes team has taken the least number of Soft tires for Suzuka.

With their superior downforce they can run harder tires and still generate almost the same cornering speeds as the other teams on softer rubber.

See Table below.

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10/03/19
tv news

Weekend TV Times
All Times Eastern
Thursday, October 3LocationTV TimesNetwork
NASCAR America-5:30pm-6:30pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Race Hub-6:00pm-7:00pmFS1
1994 Coke 600Charlotte7:00pm-7:30pm (R)FS1
NHRA Sportsman SeriesReading8:00pm-9:00pm (R)FS2
NHRA in 30Madison9:00pm-9:30pmFS2
NHRA FinalsMadison9:30pm-12:30am (R)FS2
Friday, October 4LocationTV TimesNetwork
NASCAR Xfinity Practice 1Dover12:30-1:30pmNBCSN
NASCAR Cup Practice 1Dover1:30-2:30pmNBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity Practice 2Dover2:30-3:30pmNBCSN
NASCAR Cup Practice 2Dover3:30-4:30pmNBCSN
Barrett Jackson AuctionsLas Vegas3:00-10:00pmMotorTrend Online
Superbike Championship HighlightsMagny-Cours8:00pm-9:00pmbeIN Sports
Saturday, October 5LocationTV TimesNetwork
NASCAR Xfinity QualifyingDover12:30-1:00pmNBCSN
NASCAR Cup QualifyingDover1:30-2:30pmNBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity RaceDover race2:30pm-3:00pm (L) - Pre-Race
3:00pm-5:00pm (L) - Race
5:00pm-5:30pm (L) - Post-Race
NBCSN
ARCA RacingBrownsburg8:00pm-10:00pm (L)MAVTV
Sunday, October 6LocationTV TimesNetwork
MotoGP RaceThailand3:00-4:45am (L)
beIN
DTM RaceHockenheim12:00pm-2:00pm (SD)CBSSN
GT4 America SprintXRoad America2:00-3:00pm (D)CBS-SN
NASCAR Cup RaceDover2:00pm-2:30pm (L) - Pre-Race
2:30pm-6:00pm (L) - Race
6:00pm-6:30pm (L) - Post-Race
6:30pm-7:30pm (L) - Victory Lap
NBCSN
GT4 America SprintRoad America3:00-4:00pm (D)CBS-SN
GT4 America SprintXRoad America4:00-5:00pm (D)CBS-SN


Legend: SD = Same day delay; D = delayed; R = Repeat



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10/03/19
f1

Ferrari's engine advantage 'unusual' - Wolff
Mercedes had the power advantage for 4 years, but Ferrari has now surpassed them
Mercedes had the power advantage for 4 years, but Ferrari has now surpassed them
(GMM) Toto Wolff says Ferrari's big engine advantage in 2019 is "unusual".

The Mercedes boss stopped short of joining those who are wondering if Ferrari might be pushing the boundaries of legality with its power unit.

But he is quoted by France's L'Equipe as describing the advantage as "an aberration".

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10/03/19
f1

2019 season has been 'ok' - Vettel
Vettel's age catching up to him early
Vettel's age catching up to him early?
(GMM) Sebastian Vettel says his 2019 season has been "ok".

The quadruple world champion is currently embroiled in rising tension with his highly rated young teammate Charles Leclerc, who has won two races in 2019 compared to Vettel's one.

To the German magazine Sport Bild, Vettel said he gives his performance a rating of '2 minus'.

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10/03/19
f1

Albon 'very good' so far at Red Bull - Marko
Alex Albon
Alex Albon
(GMM) Alex Albon looks set to keep his race seat at Red Bull Racing for 2020.

Recently, Dr Helmut Marko said only Albon, who is Max Verstappen's current teammate, and Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly are in the running.

When asked to assess Albon's first four races as a Red Bull Racing driver, Marko told Servus TV: "So far, all of his races have been very good.

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10/03/19
f1

Montezemolo says he would rebuke Leclerc
Leclerc would be read the riot act
Leclerc would be read the riot act
(GMM) Former Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo says he would rebuke Charles Leclerc.

As the friction rises between the 21-year-old Monegasque and his quadruple world champion teammate Sebastian Vettel, Dr Helmut Marko said this week that Leclerc is "playing his part in the tension".

Former Ferrari president di Montezemolo thinks he would handle Leclerc's repeated radio protestations differently compared to team boss Mattia Binotto.

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10/03/19
f1

Marko slams 'absurd' qualifying race proposal
It's dark in the F1 rule makers meeting room
It's dark in the F1 rule makers meeting room
(GMM) Dr Helmut Marko has slammed Liberty Media's plans to experiment with short qualifying sprint races in 2020.

It is now clear that at two or three grands prix next year, the order of the grid for Sunday's main race will be determined on the basis of a short sprint race held on Saturday.

The grid for that race will be in reverse order of the world championship.

"These plans are absurd," Red Bull's Marko told Servus TV.

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10/03/19
f1

Liberty should sign two teams for 2021 - Ecclestone
Bernie Ecclestone
Bernie Ecclestone
(GMM) Bernie Ecclestone says he has a simple solution to end the gridlocked negotiations with teams over the 2021 rules.

More meetings are set to be held over the coming days and weeks as it emerges that about half of the teams are not currently willing to sign up for the proposed regulations.

The already-delayed deadline for finalization of the 2021 rules is October 31.

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10/03/19
f1

Assen better track for Dutch GP - Tilke
Assen is superior to Zandvoort
Assen is superior to Zandvoort
(GMM) F1 circuit designer Hermann Tilke thinks Assen would have been a better venue for the 2020 Dutch GP.

Zandvoort will be a 100,000 spectator sellout next May, but race organizers have said they could actually have sold a million tickets in light of Max Verstappen's popularity.

The circuit is also having to upgrade its infrastructure and put in new roads, with environmental groups already commencing legal action to stop the work.

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10/03/19
nasmon

Tyler Reddick graduates to Cup Series in 2020
Tyler Reddick
Tyler Reddick
Richard Childress Racing announced that defending Xfinity Series champion Tyler Reddick will drive its No. 8 entry in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series next season.

The move was made possible when the team revealed last month that it would part ways with rookie driver Daniel Hemric following the conclusion of the 2019 season.

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10/02/19
automotive

Video: How the Porsche Taycan is made
Watch how our first all-electric sports car is made within the new wing in our main plant in Zuffenhausen, Germany.

Every step is optimized to produce the Taycan efficiently and with detailed precision - achieving the highest level of craftsmanship that is innately Porsche.

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10/02/19
irl

Dixon tries out Indy Aeroscreen (Update)
The radius of the curvature of the windscreen is so tight it will be a miracle if some drivers don't complain about distorted vision. Time will tell.
The radius of the curvature of the windscreen is so tight it will be a miracle if some drivers don't complain about distorted vision. Time will tell. Note the advertising space

UPDATE We have updated the test schedule for the Aeroscreen below to include a test day at Sebring on Nov 5th.

10/02/19

The NTT IndyCar Series is ready to test its brand-new aeroscreen developed by Red Bull Advanced Technologies and today Scott Dixon sat in the car to see how much the tightly curved aeroscreen will distort the driver's vision.

The plan for the single-day outing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday, involves Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No. 9 Honda and Team Penske’s Will Power in the No. 12 Chevy turning laps on the 2.5-mile oval.

Upcoming Halo/Aeroscreen Tests:

DateTeamDriverLocation
Oct 2ndGanassi HondaScott DixonIndy Speedway
Oct 2ndPenske ChevyWill PowerIndy Speedway
Oct 7thAndretti HondaRyan Hunter-ReayBarber
Oct 7thPenske ChevySimon PagenaudBarber
Oct 15thGanassi HondaScott DixonRichmond
Oct 15thPenske ChevyJosef NewgardenRichmond
Nov 5thArrow McLaren ChevyJames HinchcliffeSebring
Nov 5thDale Coyne HondaSebastien BourdaisSebring


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10/02/19
tv news

Final Weekend TV Ratings (Update)
Sochi
Sochi
UPDATE
 Looking at viewership instead of rating, the final viewership for the Russian Grand Prix on ESPN2 was 511,000, up 29 percent from last year (396,000) vs. up 22.2% for the rating. All but three of the 16 races this year are up over last year.

The two re-airs added about 78,000 for a total of 589,000 USA viewers. See table below.

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10/02/19
f1

Ferrari to field Vettel in extra Pirelli test
Vettel gets nod for special tire test
Vettel gets nod for special tire test

Sebastian Vettel’s 2019 schedule has got a whole lot busier as the Ferrari driver is set to take part in a 2020 Pirelli tire test in Spain just days before he competes in the Japanese Grand Prix...

Mercedes and Red Bull will join Ferrari at the Circuit de Catalunya – the venue for the Spanish Grand Prix, and where the surface is much more abrasive than Paul Ricard where Pirelli last tested – and then head straight to Suzuka for round 17 of the championship.

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10/02/19
f1

Russian Grand Prix Mercedes Debrief
James Vowles, Mercedes Motorsport Strategy Director, answers your Russian GP queries - from why we started on the Mediums, to how Valtteri kept Leclerc behind and more!

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10/02/19
f1

Mercedes drivers have 'respect' - Hamilton
Hamilton and Bottas have respect
Hamilton and Bottas have respect
(GMM) Lewis Hamilton has weighed into the crumbling relations between Ferrari duo Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc.

The Mercedes driver won at Sochi, where Vettel had refused to obey a team order to let his teammate Leclerc through.

Hamilton says he and teammate Valtteri Bottas have more respect than that.

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10/02/19
f1

Pundit urges Verstappen to quit Red Bull
Should Verstappen quit Red Bull?
Should Verstappen quit Red Bull?
(GMM) A Dutch pundit and racing driver thinks Max Verstappen should try to move to Ferrari.

Verstappen's father Jos this week warned that Red Bull's current inability to beat Ferrari and Mercedes means that 2020 could be another "lost year" for Max.

"Mercedes and Ferrari are much faster," racing driver and Dutch pundit Tom Coronel told De Telegraaf.

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10/02/19
f1

Ferrari to keep car concept in 2020 - Binotto
Binotto thinks keeping the same platform the best decision given totally new rules in 2021
Binotto thinks keeping the same platform the best decision given totally new rules in 2021
(GMM) Mattia Binotto says Ferrari's 2020 car will be an evolution of the current one.

The Maranello team had a difficult start to the season, but the latest aerodynamic and engine upgrades mean the SF90 is now often faster than the Mercedes.

"We put a lot of effort into understanding the car's weaknesses," said boss Binotto.

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10/02/19
f1

Senna would hate F1 driver penalties - Ramirez
Aryton Senna just before his death in Imola
Aryton Senna just before his death in Imola
(GMM) Ayrton Senna would be "turning in his grave" if he knew what Formula 1 had become.

That is the claim of Jo Ramirez, the long-time former McLaren team coordinator who worked closely with the late F1 legend.

The Mexican said Senna would be most upset about the penalties given to drivers for risky racing maneuvers. 

"If Ayrton is watching, he will be turning in his grave because Formula 1 is so different. Especially the amount of penalties.

"Let them race!" Ramirez, 78, is quoted by AS newspaper.

"They are punishing the essence of the sport. Ayrton said when you saw a gap and did not use it, you are no longer a racing driver."

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10/02/19
f1

Current drivers 'future of McLaren' - Seidl
Andreas Seidl backs current drivers, hence Alonso has zero chance of returning
Andreas Seidl backs current drivers, hence Alonso has zero chance of returning to McLaren
(GMM) McLaren boss Andreas Seidl says the British team is more than happy with its current race drivers.

Having only started at Woking in May, by July Seidl had counted McLaren out of the 'silly season' by announcing that Carlos Sainz Jr. and Lando Norris are staying.

"We have no doubts about seeing these two drivers as our future," he told AS newspaper.

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10/02/19
f1

Hulkenberg admits to F1 career 'regrets'
Nico Hulkenberg - 10 years in F1 and zero podiums
Nico Hulkenberg - 10 years in F1 and zero podiums
(GMM) Nico Hulkenberg has admitted to having some "regrets" about his Formula 1 career.

It looks possible that after a decade in the sport, the 32-year-old Renault refugee will fail to find another race seat for 2020.

German Hulkenberg has never even been on the podium, but he said he has even lost opportunities to win races, such as in Brazil in 2012 when he tried to pass Lewis Hamilton.

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10/02/19
f1

Red Bull can still win five races - Marko
Dr Helmut Marko
Dr Helmut Marko
(GMM) Dr Helmut Marko has moved to play down Jos Verstappen's concerns about progress at Red Bull.

Jos, who is Max Verstappen's father and co-manager, said after a string of uncompetitive races for the team: "They really need to change things otherwise next year will be lost as well."

But following Verstappen's comments, Marko said his pre-season prediction of five wins in 2019 is still on track. 22-year-old Verstappen has already won twice this season.

"I said we could win five races and I think it's still possible. We can still do it, I'm still positive," he told Servus TV.

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10/02/19
f1

Leclerc contributing to Ferrari tension - Marko
Binotto has team playing drivers against one another
Binotto has team playing drivers against one another
(GMM) Charles Leclerc is contributing to the tension at Ferrari.

That is the view of Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko, at the same time as F1 sporting boss Ross Brawn said the Leclerc-Vettel driver pairing is "potentially explosive".

Marko thinks Ferrari is also to blame.

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10/02/19
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irl

IndyCar star Rossi wads up WAU Supercar
Rossi sits in his Holden before wadding up the rear end
Rossi sits in his Holden before wadding up the rear end
A pre-Bathurst 1000 test for Walkinshaw Andretti United wildcard duo Alexander Rossi and James Hinchcliffe has been cut a day short after Rossi crashed the #27 Holden ZB Commodore.

Rossi made rear end contact with the wall on the exit of Turn 4 at Winton Motor Raceway, where the IndyCar stars were to have conducted a three-day test ahead of their first tilt at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Speedcafe.com reports that the 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner dropped a wheel off the road at the entry to the corner.

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10/02/19
irl

In-Car video of Newgarden lapping Charlotte Roval


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10/02/19
nasmon

NASCAR Charlotte TV Rating
NBC earned a 1.91 overnight rating for Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bank of America Roval 400 at Charlotte, down 4% from a 1.99 for last year's race.

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10/01/19
irl

Team Penske ran roughshod over the 2019 IndyCar season
Roger Penske's team ran roughshod over the entire 2019 IndyCar season
Roger Penske's team ran roughshod over the entire 2019 IndyCar season
Although Roger Penske has come out and said the competition in IndyCar has never been better, in fact nothing can be further from the truth. Let's examine the facts:
  1. There are ten full-time teams in IndyCar. Yet just one team, Team Penske, won 9 of 17, or 53% of the races
  2. Team Penske won the Indy 500 for the 18th time.  This is the crown jewel of the IndyCar series, the one race that pays a real purse. Team Penske won it with Simon Pagenaud.
  3. Team Penske won the IndyCar Series title with Josef Newgarden - Team Penske's 16th drivers title in IndyCar. No one else comes close

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10/01/19
irl
imsa

Road America releases 2020 schedule
Road America
IndyCar start at Road America
Road America's President and General Manager, Mike Kertscher, announced Road America's 2020 season schedule today. The four-mile, 14-turn road course will host 11 racing weekends throughout the 2020 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, the NTT IndyCar Series, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, NASCAR Xfinity Series, GT World Challenge Series, the Sports Car Club of America Runoffs and three separate vintage events in 2020 as we celebrate Road America's 65th Anniversary," said Kertscher. "The 2019 season was incredible, and we encourage all our fans to get their season passes early and print their tickets at home, so they can enjoy another season of great racing and fond memories at Road America. Event tickets for the 2020 season are now on sale with camping beginning on November 1, and season passes are now available."

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10/01/19
nasmon

Matt Tifft is a Safe Bet for the Delaware Lottery at Dover
Tifft Livery
Tifft Livery
The Delaware Lottery, the state's official sports betting agency, will partner with Matt Tifft and Front Row Motorsports (FRM) for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Oct. 6.

The modern Delaware Lottery started in 1975, after more than 100 years when no lotteries operated in the state. In 2018, full scale Sports Lottery wagering was introduced at the three Delaware casino sportsbooks. This weekend, race fans looking to wager on their favorite drivers will have the convenience of placing their bets on-site.

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10/01/19
nasmon

Roush Fenway Racing Going Pink in October

Roush Fenway Racing will show its support for Breast Cancer Awareness month by running special pink numbers on its Ford Mustangs during the entire month of October, starting this weekend at Dover International Speedway. Ryan Newman’s No. 6 Acronis Ford and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s No. 17 Fastenal Ford will both sport pink numbers this weekend at the Monster Mile.

“We’re always proud to support Breast Cancer Awareness month,” said team president Steve Newmark. “We know so many families have been impacted by breast cancer, and our team and our partners are passionate about trying to bring more awareness to the cause.”

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10/01/19
f1

F1 pit crew salaries
Ferrari crew in Canada on Friday
Ferrari crew in Canada on Friday
So you want to be a part of an F1 pit crew and travel the world? Here's what you can expect to make:

PersonnelAnnual
Salary
Per Race
Add-On
Winning
Bonus
Refueling Person (Garage)$250,000$4,000$1000
Tire Changers (Pit Lane)$230,000$3,500$800
Tire Carriers (Pit Lane)$230,000$3,500$800
Jack Men (Pit Lane)$150,000$3,000$500
Wing Men (Pit Lane)$150,000$3,000$500
Stabilizer (Garage)$90,000$1,500$250
Lollipop Man (Pit Lane)$70,000$1,000$250
Starter Man (Pit Lane)$40,000$750$250
Fire Extinguisher Man (Pit Lane)$30,000$500$250

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10/01/19
nasmon

Racing Around the Rules - How to cheat and hopefully not get caught
The Friday seminar at The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance was entitled, The Unfair Advantage: Racing Around the Rules - and number of car preparers, team bosses and legislators gave their views on some the grey areas teams loved to exploit!

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10/01/19
f1

Are Tilke tracks all the same? A look at modern F1 circuits
Hermann Tilke
Hermann Tilke

(GMM) Hermann Tilke has hit back at claims that he is the architect of today's 'boring' Formula 1 circuits.

The German and his company have been in charge of the design of newer circuits throughout the F1 calendar, including China, Sochi, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi.

"We never had a clean sheet of paper to start with," Tilke told Italy's La Repubblica.

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10/01/19
supercars
irl

IndyCar's Rossi a quick Supercars study
Alexander Rossi
Alexander Rossi

Alexander Rossi told Speedcafe that getting used to a Supercar was easier than he imagined, having completed his first day of testing ahead of a Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 wildcard start.

The 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner enjoyed the bulk of the laps in the NAPA-backed Walkinshaw Andretti United ZB Commodore at Winton, with co-driver and fellow IndyCar star James Hinchcliffe set to complete more running Tuesday.

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10/01/19
dtm

DTM begins trial with environmentally friendlier fuels
Aral fuel truck
Aral fuel truck
The DTM has initiated a long-term development program for a emission-reduced high-performance fuel, beginning with trials at this weekend’s season finale, at the Hockenheimring (4-6 October).

The special fuel, developed by long-time series partner Aral, consists of 50 per cent high-quality renewable components derived from waste products. As a result, it has a carbon footprint more than 30 per cent lower than fuels manufactured entirely from mineral oils.

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10/01/19
f1

FIA not ruling out action over Steiner criticism
Gunther Steiner
Gunther Steiner
(GMM) Gunther Steiner may be in trouble with the FIA for criticizing the stewards in Russia.

The Haas team boss told Kevin Magnussen on the radio about a "stupid idiot steward" who penalized the Dane for the way he rejoined the Sochi track after an incident.

But according to Germany's Motorsport-Magazin.com, the criticism has caught the attention of the FIA who may now take action against Steiner.

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10/01/19
f1

Red Bull eyes 'strong second driver' for 2020
Daniil Kvyat driving for a Red Bull return
Daniil Kvyat driving for a Red Bull return
(GMM) Daniil Kvyat might be back in the running to return to Red Bull in 2020.

Recently, Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko said the only candidates to be Max Verstappen's teammate next year are Alex Albon and Pierre Gasly.

But Marko told the Russian news agency Tass that he is also happy with Kvyat, who has rebuilt his F1 career since being dumped by Red Bull Racing in 2016.

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10/01/19
f1

Schumacher surgeon denies working 'miracles'
Dr. Philippe Menasche
Dr. Philippe Menasche
(GMM) Michael Schumacher's surgeon has denied he recently carried out "experimental" treatment on the stricken Formula 1 legend.

Amid great secrecy about the 50-year-old former Ferrari and Mercedes driver's brain injuries, Schumacher was recently hospitalised in Paris under the care of cardiac expert professor Philippe Menasche.

The world's media speculated that the great German underwent experimental stem cell therapy.

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10/01/19
f1

Jos Verstappen says Red Bull progress 'not good enough'
Jos Verstappen
Jos Verstappen
(GMM) Max Verstappen's father says he is "really worried" about Red Bull's performance.

Verstappen, who turned 22 this week, has won two races for Red Bull-Honda in 2019, but his father says progress has slumped since the summer break.

"Since then we have stood still a bit while the others made progress," Jos Verstappen told Ziggo Sport.

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10/01/19
f1

Leclerc leaves girlfriend to focus on F1
Leclerc dumped Giada Gianni in favor of Ferrari
Leclerc dumped Giada Gianni in favor of Ferrari

(GMM) Charles Leclerc's former girlfriend has revealed that the Ferrari driver "left me" in order to focus on his Formula 1 career.

Vanity Fair said the 21-year-old has been dating Italian model Giada Gianni, who is also 21, since 2015.

"Charles left me," she is quoted as saying. 

"He wants to devote himself only to Ferrari."

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10/01/19
f1

Team orders 'part of F1' - Michael Masi
Vettel smokes Leclerc
Vettel smokes Leclerc
(GMM) The FIA will not look into Ferrari's controversial team orders of Sochi.

Fans and pundits were unhappy with the Italian team for ordering Sebastian Vettel aside for Charles Leclerc after they coordinated the 'slipstream' at the start of the Russian GP.

Vettel did not comply, but some wondered if Ferrari was skating close to the limit in terms of the spirit of racing.

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10/01/19
f1

Vettel plays down meaning of 'V12' outburst
Vettel was pulling away until he broke
Vettel was pulling away until his Power Unit broke

(GMM) Sebastian Vettel says he would think about quitting Formula 1 if a better racing series existed.

When he retired at Sochi with a complex power unit problem that meant he had to do a 'safety jump' from the Ferrari, he said on the radio: "Bring back the f*cking V12s."

"The power units are very complex," the German told Speed Week.

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10/01/19
irl

Wickens stands for his wedding as promised
Robert Wickens and Karli Woods married on Saturday
Robert Wickens and Karli Woods married on Saturday
Violet Short Photo

Robert Wickens and Karli Woods were married at the Lucas Estate in Carmel, Indiana Saturday.

For Wickens, the wedding presented the opportunity to honor a promise he made to both his new wife and himself, one which he told NBC Sports’ Kelli Servast in an interview that aired before IndyCar’s season opener on the streets of St. Petersburg in March.

“One of my main goals is that I need to be on my feet at my wedding,” Wickens said in the interview. “That’s really almost what’s driving me more than getting back into an IndyCar.

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09/30/19
arx

ARX: Tanner Foust wins at COTA
Tanner Foust
Tanner Foust
Tanner Foust had a perfect weekend at the ARX of Austin at the Circuit of the Americas, taking his Andretti Rallycross Beetle to wins in every Heat race, the Semifinal and Final of the event. In an enthralling Final, Foust took the lead on the third lap and then withstood extreme pressure from a trio of Subarus. Teammate Cabot Bigham was competitive all weekend, but failed to finish in the Final after contact from the Subaru of Andreas Bakkerud.

From the moment the No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle R Rallycross rolled off the trailer at COTA, Foust was on the pace, running the fastest times in practice. With erstwhile championship leader Scott Speed sidelined by an injury incurred at the Nitro World Games in August, Subaru drafted in Andreas Bakkerud and Joni Wiman to bolster the title hopes of Patrik Sandell and Chris Atkinson.

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09/30/19
f3a

F3 Americas to race on streets of Quebec
#99 F3 America's Canadian team
#99 F3 America's Canadian team
SCCA Pro Racing announced that F3 Americas Championship Powered by Honda will travel North to Canada, in 2020, making its international debut on the streets of Quebec during the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres Aug. 7-9, 2020.

“F3 Americas Championship is excited to add a Canadian stop to our 2020 schedule,” said SCCA Pro Racing General Manager Sydney Davis-Yagel. “We’re excited to internationally debut the Honda-powered Ligier JS F3 cars on Hankook tires at such a fan-favorite event like the Grand Prix of Trois Rivieres. It’s also a perfect event to showcase our field of talented drivers on the championship’s first temporary street circuit.”

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09/30/19
nhra

Drag racer dies in crash at Kansas racing event
Joe Hunt
Joe Hunt
A 27-year-old drag racer has been killed in a high-speed accident at a racing event in southeast Kansas. 

The Montgomery County Chronicle reports Joe Hunt died at the Coffeyville Street Drags at Industrial Park at around 3 p.m. on Saturday. Witnesses told Dragzine that Hunt lost control of his Trans Am at the finish line and made contact with his opponent.

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09/30/19
v8

Rossi and Hinchcliffe livery revealed for Bathurst
Alexander Rossi and James Hinchcliffe livery for Bathurst
Alexander Rossi and James Hinchcliffe livery for Bathurst

Walkinshaw Andretti United has revealed the livery of its Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 wildcard, ahead of its first track test on Tuesday.

IndyCar stars Alexander Rossi and James Hinchcliffe will compete in the colors of NAPA Auto Parts, which sponsors Rossi’s Andretti IndyCar entry.

The NAPA Commodore also sports Rossi’s IndyCar number, #27.

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09/30/19
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SuperGT

DTM joint finale: Crowning event for Audi champions
The C#27 and #99 Audi DTM machines do battle at the Nurburgring
The C#27 and #99 Audi DTM machines do battle at the Nurburgring
For the conclusion of the so far most successful DTM season in the company’s history, Audi has set its sights on another milestone achievement in the finale at the Hockenheimring (October 4 to 6): the 50th victory of the Audi RS 5 DTM. However, the competition is stronger than ever before: for the very first time in a DTM race, factory teams from six different automobile manufacturers will be pitted against each other.

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09/30/19
f1

Kubica saying 'nothing' after Sochi retirement
WIlliams is so hurting for money they did a 'start and park' with Kubica on Sunday to save parts
Williams' is so hurting for money they did a 'start and park' with Kubica on Sunday to save parts
(GMM) Robert Kubica says Sochi was the worst race weekend of his entire career in motor racing.

Days after the Pole announced he is leaving Williams at the end of the season, his father Artur told a Polish newspaper that the team's "financial situation is bad".

"Williams is definitely looking for money to survive."

Those comments appear to have been borne out at Sochi, when Williams took the unusual decision to retire Kubica's healthy car.

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09/30/19
f1

Verstappen not promising Honda 'magic' at Suzuka
Verstappen throws up sparks in Sochi
Verstappen throws up sparks in Sochi. Team was buried by Ferrari and Mercedes in Russia
(GMM) Max Verstappen is not promising a great result for Honda's forthcoming home race at Suzuka.

Red Bull and Toro Rosso's Japanese engine supplier opted to use the Sochi round to fit new engines, resulting in grid penalties including one for Max Verstappen.

But after the Russian GP, Verstappen admitted that fourth place was the best he could do.

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09/30/19
f1

Kvyat slams 'ridiculous' helmet color rule (Update)
F1 rules makers hard at work
F1 rules makers hard at work

UPDATE (GMM) F1's governing body may revisit the rule banning drivers from using different helmet liveries.

There was controversy at Sochi when local driver Daniil Kvyat was prevented from wearing a special helmet for his home Russian GP.

The ban fell after the FIA told Toro Rosso that Kvyat had already used his allowed 'one off' special helmet at Monza.

However, Sebastian Vettel gets around the rule by making minor tweaks at almost every race.

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09/30/19
f1

Vettel refused to let slower Leclerc by
Vettel blows past Leclerc at the start and pulled away
Vettel blows past Leclerc at the start and pulled away because he set his car up better for the race
(GMM) Sebastian Vettel has "no future at Ferrari", according to his former boss Dr Helmut Marko.

Despite having arguably the fastest car at present, Ferrari is now embroiled in a new team orders scandal after repeatedly asking Vettel to let Charles Leclerc past him at Sochi.

Leclerc, who started on pole, says he had an "agreement" to let Vettel slipstream him into the lead from third at the start so that Ferrari could lead one-two.

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09/30/19
fe

De Silvestro and Preining to be Porsche Formula E test drivers
De Silvestro and Preining
De Silvestro and Preining
In Simona De Silvestro and Thomas Preining, the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team welcomes two newcomers on board. De Silvestro and Preining will support the works team as test and development drivers in its debut season. They are involved in the simulator work in Weissach and will be on-site at select Formula E races. The two drivers will also be available to the team for in-season testing.

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