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10/05/15
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McDonald's Promoting All-Day Breakfast With Ganassi Sound Garage
It wasn't until the inaugural Ganassi Sound Garage in September 2014 that Sage Karam unveiled talents such as walking on his hands and line dancing.

And the Verizon IndyCar Series driver let everybody in attendance know he drives considerably faster on the racetrack than his stock car teammates.

More, undoubtedly, will be learned about the 20-year-old native of Nazareth, Pa., during the second Ganassi Sound Garage featuring Big Machine Label Group's recording artist A Thousand Horses in concert tonight at the team's Concord, N.C., facility.

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USF2000 Scholarship Shootout Field Expands Internationally
The winners of F1600 championships in England, New Zealand and Scotland will join the group of young drivers eligible to contest the Mazda Road to Indy USF2000 Scholarship Shootout in 2016.

The shootout, announced in August, will bring the champions of North American and international series together for the first time to compete for a $200,000 Mazda scholarship to join the first step of the MRTI ladder system, the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda, in 2017.

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10/05/15
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Bourdais Helps Petit Le Mans Team to Class Win, Championship
Action Express Corvette leads
Verizon IndyCar Series driver Sebastien Bourdais was part of the winning Prototype class team at the weather-shortened Petit Le Mans on Oct. 3 at Road Atlanta, which also clinched the 2015 title for the No. 5 Action Express Racing car in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

Bourdais teamed with former Indy car driver Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa to finish third overall in the endurance race shortened more than two hours from its scheduled 10 hours due to heavy rain and treacherous driving conditions. A pair of GT Le Mans class cars - the Porsche 911 RSR of Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet and the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing BMW Z4 of John Edwards, Lucas Luhr and Jens Klingmann - finished first and second overall.

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10/05/15
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NASCAR RACE HUB Special Reunites Junior Johnson and Tom Wolfe
Junior Johnson
Junior Johnson
NASCAR RACE HUB reunites Junior Johnson, one of NASCAR's biggest icons, and author Tom Wolfe, one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century, in a short film premiering Wednesday, Oct. 7 (6:00 PM ET) on FS1. The Last American Hero is Junior Johnson. Yes! is the third of four episodes in a short-film series under the “Beyond the Wheel” banner airing on NASCAR RACE HUB and produced by NASCAR Productions.

The Last American Hero is Junior Johnson. Yes! pays homage to the 1965 landmark Esquire article written by Wolfe that introduced the country to stock car racing, the New South and one of NASCAR's most infamous outlaw heroes, Johnson.  In the film, Johnson and Wolfe are reunited at Wolfe's home in the upper east side of New York City in a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the story's publication. Their meeting in New York marked the first time the two have been together for an extended period of time since Wolfe immersed himself in the racer's world five decades ago.

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10/05/15
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Austin Theriault suffers lower back fracture after frightening hit
Brad Keselowski Racing's Austin Theriault suffered a 10 percent compression fracture of the lower back during Saturday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the team announced Sunday morning.

Theriault was injured in an incident with BKR teammate Tyler Reddick. After the two trucks made contact exiting the fourth corner, Theriault's truck shot hard into the outside wall head on. A SAFER barrier did not protect the section of wall Theriault hit.

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10/05/15
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Toyota NSCS Dover Post-Race Notes & Quotes
Kyle Busch was the top-running Camry at Dover yesterday
·        Camry driver Kyle Busch was the top-finishing Toyota driver in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Delaware’s Dover International Speedway with a second-place result. Kevin Harvick won the race.

·        At the conclusion of the first, three-race eliminator round of the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup championship playoff, the ‘Challenger 16,’ Camry drivers Matt Kenseth (first in points), Denny Hamlin (third), Carl Edwards (fourth) and Busch (ninth) all advanced into the second-round of the championship hunt.

·        Busch started the race ranked 13th in points and was able to race his way into the second round of the Chase with his second-place result.

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10/05/15
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Stevie Smith wins the Champion Racing Oil National Open at Williams Grove
Steve Smith celebrates
Steve Smith celebrates
Stevie Smith won his third career Williams Grove National Open on Sunday evening and took home $50,000. Smith started second and passed pole-sitter Danny Dietrich for the lead on the ninth lap.

Smith then held off World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz over the closing laps of the 40-lap event. Logan Schuchart finished third, with Justin Henderson and Brian Montieth in the top five. Rounding out the top 10 were: Dietrich, Alan Krimes, Daryn Pittman, Lance Dewease and Cory Haas.

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10/05/15
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Latest F1 news in brief - Monday
  • Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche
    Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche
    TV must not be F1's only platform - Zetsche
  • 'Most top teams' targeting Verstappen - Ecclestone
  • F1's three-car future known 'next month' - Ecclestone
  • Wehrlein not denying Manor rumors
  • 'Samurai' Alonso will not take sabbatical - Sainz
  • Andretti warns F1 against revolution
  • Hakkinen urges Alonso to remain patient at McLaren

TV must not be F1's only platform - Zetsche
(GMM)  Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche has called on formula one to up its game in the 21st century.

Currently dominating the sport with its Mercedes team, Zetsche says the German giant is experiencing "enormous growth" in the realm of the internet.

"In contrast," he told the publication Deutsche Unternehmerborse, "television is struggling in its attractiveness as a medium, even though there has rarely been so much overtaking and battling on the track.

"TV cannot be the sole or primary platform," Zetsche argued.

He says F1 must instead embrace the digital world and develop "interactive" strategies, arguing that the change of direction embraced by the horse show in Aachen is a good model.

"In the dressage," said Zetsche, "you can as a spectator write a review with your smartphone or tablet, which is fun because you are not simply passive."

He said "one example" is that fans could vote in real time for a team to make a pitstop, adding: "With these new digital platforms, interactions need to be developed, as we (F1) are enormously behind."

Max Verstappen in demand
Max Verstappen in demand
'Most top teams' targeting Verstappen - Ecclestone
(GMM)  Max Verstappen must not be left without a race seat in formula one.

That is the view of none other than F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, who admits he is a great fan of the sport's Dutch teen sensation.

"Max has been very good for formula one," the 84-year-old told De Telegraaf newspaper.

"He's fast, but he also has character -- on and off the track."

However, Verstappen's employer Red Bull - currently housing the newly 18-year-old at its junior team Toro Rosso - is threatening to quit formula one if it cannot secure a competitive alternative to its Renault engines for 2016.

Ecclestone said: "In the interests of formula one, it would be a great loss if a talent like Max is not on the grid next season.

"At the moment, most top teams are targeting him and he is high on all sorts of lists in case something opens up somewhere.

"I expect great things from Max in the future," he added.

Fascinatingly, Romain Grosjean's decision to join Haas means a seat has just opened up at Lotus, which looks set to become the Renault works team next year.

Enstone's short-list may already be quite long, with the rumor-mill suggesting talents including Kevin Magnussen, Stoffel Vandoorne, and perhaps even the disgruntled Fernando Alonso may all be in the running.

When asked about the vacant seat, Lotus deputy chief Federico Gastaldi said: "We know that there are quite a few tasty drivers available out there."

We will know soon
We will know soon
F1's three-car future known 'next month' - Ecclestone
(GMM)  Bernie Ecclestone insists he is not worried F1 could be left with a diminished grid for the start of the 2016 season next March.

Currently, following the collapse of Caterham last year, 10 teams make up a 20-car grid.

But amid its talks with Renault, Enstone based Lotus is struggling financially, while Red Bull is threatening to pull both of its teams out if competitive engine deals cannot be reached.

Sauber and Force India - who have taken their gripe to the European Commission - have also had obvious financial troubles recently, increasing the risk that the grid could be seriously diminished in the not-too-distant future.

F1 supremo Ecclestone, however, says he is not worried.

"Some teams want to have three cars (each)," he told the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, "and a lot of people would rather see a third Ferrari than a car that is not competitive.

"Next month we will see if we are going in that direction," Ecclestone added.

By then, Red Bull's engine crisis is likely to have come to a head, and whether or not Renault will complete the Lotus takeover should be known.

Regarding the Red Bull situation, however, Ecclestone admitted he is not sure what will happen.

"It is a complex situation with many conflicting interests," he said.  "Why would their competitors help them out and risk that they could be beaten with their own weapons?"

Alexander Rossi has no chance to drive for Manor next year when the car will finally be better if Mercedes wants Wehrlein in the car
Alexander Rossi has no chance to drive for Manor next year when the car will finally be better if Mercedes wants Wehrlein in the car
Wehrlein not denying Manor rumors
(GMM)  Pascal Wehrlein is not denying suggestions he is now in pole position to make his F1 debut next year.

The speculation about the 20-year-old's future has shifted into a high gear since the new engine deal between his employer Mercedes and the British backmarker Manor was announced officially in the past few days.

German Wehrlein will not, however, be trackside at Sochi in his official post as Mercedes' F1 reserve this weekend, as he is now on the cusp of securing the DTM title for the German carmaker with just the forthcoming Hockenheim finale to go.

"Pascal is currently the leader in DTM," Mercedes chief Toto Wolff told Auto Bild, "so his main focus is to win there.

"But he has the makings of a formula one driver," Wolff admitted, "so we would wish to accommodate him.  First there would have to be a place for him."

At Mercedes' dominant works team, no such race seat is free for now.

And so it makes sense that Mercedes will negotiate a place for him at Manor, especially as many are comparing the new alliance to those between Red Bull and Toro Rosso, or Haas and Ferrari.

Wehrlein said: "Toto has to decide how to proceed.  If he sees a way to put me into formula one, then I would be happy to go.

"The best way would obviously be at Mercedes, but there is probably no chance of that.  So then you have to look at what the alternatives are," he added.

'Samurai' Alonso will not take sabbatical - Sainz
(GMM)  Fernando Alonso says he can be misunderstood by the public.

Indeed, the latest rumors about the Spaniard arose after the Japanese grand prix, where he was rebuked by McLaren-Honda boss Ron Dennis for likening the "embarrassing" Honda power unit to a "GP2 engine".

Some sections of the media now believe a sabbatical in 2016 is more likely than another season at the back for the two-time world champion.

But fellow Spaniard Carlos Sainz, who is close to Alonso, says he doubts that.

"Yes, he will be on the grid next year because he will give a chance to the decision (to join McLaren) that he has taken.

"Not everything goes well at first but I think Fernando will stay and fight," the Toro Rosso driver told the Spanish sports daily AS.

"The truth is that this year has been a knock for him, McLaren and Honda, but Fernando is a Samurai who does not throw in the towel.  It can't get any worse so it has to go forward now," Sainz said.

However, not everyone is convinced that Honda is now shaping up to make a big step forward in 2016.

Gary Anderson, a former technical boss for Jordan and Jaguar, told Brazil's Globo: "I don't see any sign that Honda has made any progress.

"I haven't seen a single piece of evidence of that.  On the contrary, all the signs are that they are lost," he added.

In the meantime, there is the public perception of Alonso as fast but petulant, with the Suzuka outbursts - and rumors afterwards that he is now on the verge of quitting the project - only adding fuel.

But he told the Spanish broadcaster Movistar: "My natural instinct to win or be competitive makes me ruthless on the track.

"But then many people are used to seeing me on TV 30 seconds after I get out of the car -- a time of great tension and adrenaline and all sweaty after racing at 300kph.

"I think trying to draw conclusions from that is wrong," said Alonso.

The 34-year-old also hit back at suggestions he lacks patience, insisting: "You must always have patience, as even when things are going well there are always bad races, qualifyings, moments.

"So you have to have patience, not only in sports but in life in general," added Alonso.

Mario Andretti
Mario Andretti
Andretti warns F1 against revolution
(GMM)  Mario Andretti has warned formula one against going overboard as it looks to the future.

After an intense period of recent soul-searching, the sport collectively agreed to turn a sharp corner for 2017 by speeding up and improving the look of the cars.

Amid all the criticism, however, family patriarch and 1978 world champion Andretti says he remains a big fan of the pinnacle of motor sport.

"Formula one is a great product," he told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport.

"It keeps its integrity because of the technology.  That's the trademark," said the 75-year-old, whose son Michael raced at McLaren in 1993.

"That (the technology) is why the fans love formula one.

"Motor sport in general is expensive and sometimes it (F1) goes too far, so every now and then the sport needs to adapt.

"But I say adapt, not do things differently just for the sake of change.  No racing series is perfect," Andretti insisted.  "There is no magic key, so please don't try to reinvent the wheel.

"That would be the worst thing they could do.  It's exactly the mistake Indycar made.

"They betrayed their roots and introduced things that do not fit with the series."

Some, however, believe the racing is better elsewhere than in F1, such as Indycar, where Andretti's grandson Marco is now a race winner.

But when asked if F1 has something to learn in that area from Indycar, Mario answered: "It's the opposite.

"Everyone is talking about Mercedes' dominance and that it is wrecking the sport, but I think it's produced some great stories.

"Now everyone is watching Ferrari to see if they can close the gap.  The grands prix in Hungary and Singapore showed that Mercedes can no longer afford to make the slightest mistake, and - as a fan - I love that," said Andretti.

Alonso should not make a rash decision
Alonso should not make a rash decision
Hakkinen urges Alonso to remain patient at McLaren
Fernando Alonso must remain patient and reign in his complaints as he knew McLaren-Honda's first year together would be tough, according to two-time champion Mika Hakkinen.

The Spaniard's complaints have grown stronger race-by-race and came to a head at the Japanese Grand Prix when he compared Honda's power unit to that of a GP2 engine.

Alonso's attitude has drawn criticism from Hakkinen who insists a driver must fully support his team through thick and thin, especially when they knew in advance that it would be a difficult year.

"I waited seven years for my first Formula 1 win," the Finn told Ilta Sanomat. "He has driven the McLaren-Honda for only about half a year.

"Engine development is very slow, it is a stressful time for the driver. In my own career, when Mercedes came in to partner McLaren, the engine speed improved significantly over the development time.

"Alonso and many other drivers are very well compensated for their work. They agree to support the team through both good and bad days.

"Instead, he has already begun to rail against the engine manufacturer," he said. "But Fernando should keep in mind that he himself decided to take up this challenge."

McLaren went through similar pain - albeit reliability rather than performance - when they first partnered with Mercedes in 1995. Nigel Mansell quit the team after just two races, frustrated with the car and engine.

It took four years until they won a championship with Mercedes power.

Speaking to the BBC Mansell admits walking away was a decision he regrets.

"I have to say, unequivocally, that given the same set of circumstances what I should have done, and didn't do, is sit in the office for a day or so to have a good chat with [McLaren chairman] Ron Dennis.

"He would have helped me enormously and the chances are I wouldn't have stood down at that time. That's why I give this advice to everybody now to think very carefully."

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Foust & Speed sweep Barbados for Andretti team
Tanner Foust (C) and Scott Speed (R) celebrate and Andretti 1-2
Tanner Foust gave Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross its third consecutive race victory, while Scott Speed grabbed the points lead despite heavy last-lap contact that decimated his left-front wheel, in Saturday's Red Bull Global Rallycross Barbados final. After Patrik Sandell's disqualification, Red Bull Olsbergs MSE driver and defending Supercar champion Joni Wiman completed the podium.

"Honestly, we were having trouble halfway through the day," Foust said of Saturday's action. "But we went back to work and we pulled out some time. The Andretti team took a car that we were worried about midway through the day and made it good. Somehow, that thing is tough enough to survive on three wheels - I have no idea how Scott finished with that!"

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10/04/15
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NASCAR Chase field down to 12
The AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway represented the final race of the Challenger Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, and Kevin Harvick was able to stave off elimination with a victory. See who advanced to the Contender Round and whose title dreams have come to an end.

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10/04/15
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First test outing for the new Porsche 911 GT3 R

The new Porsche 911 GT3 R, which is based on the seventh generation of the iconic 911 sports car, will contest round 9 of the VLN long distance championship on the Nurburgring-Nordschleife on 17 October. This event serves as the first endurance run for the new car’s suspension and brakes. The engine is still the well-proven power plant of predecessor models. The new direct fuel injection engine generation is not yet available as it is currently undergoing test bench runs in Weissach and further testing in the USA.

The first outing of the new Porsche Motorsport customer racer under competition conditions also serves as a trial for the suspension and body components. In addition, the race and development squad Manthey Racing should have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the handling of the vehicle at an early stage.

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10/04/15
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Video: Petit Le Mans Analysis
Bob Varsha, Calvin Fish and Justin Bell break down all the action from the season finale at Road Atlanta as the GT cars beat the lame Daytona Prototypes.



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Video: End of Race Recap - Petit Le Mans
A surprise GTLM winner is crowned after heavy rains end the Petit Le Mans two hours earlier than scheduled.



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Why the Petit LeMans was called early
Conditions were horrible
Conditions were horrible
Richard Dole/LAT for IMSA

IMSA Race Director Beaux Barfield noted multiple factors contributed to the decision to end Saturday's waterlogged Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda after just over seven hours and 51 minutes of racing.

A mix of darkness, visibility, hydroplaning and driver feedback all contributed to the decision - which was called quickly and seemingly by surprise.

Barfield referenced the Watkins Glen race, the six-hour event which was similarly affected, as a comparison point.

"Going into this event, with the weather being similarly predictably bad, we reestablished that protocol," Barfield told assembled reporters. "How we communicated, we went about it the same way.

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10/04/15
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Porsche writes motorsport history with overall victory at Petit Le Mans
Tandy grabs lead in very wet conditions
Scoring overall victory at Petit Le Mans in the USA on Saturday, Porsche has written motorsport history. The win of Patrick Pilet (France), Nick Tandy (Great Britain) and Richard Lietz (Austria) with the Porsche 911 RSR on the tradition-steeped Road Atlanta circuit was not only the maiden outright win for Porsche at Petit Le Mans and the first for a GT vehicle in the history of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship, the most important sports car race series on the North American continent. (Actually a factory Corvette GT car beat the lame Daytona DPs for the overall win in the 24 Hours of Daytona one year as well)

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Porsche wins Petit Le Mans and all GT championship titles
The overall race winning Porsche of Pilet, Tandy and Lietz
The overall race winning Porsche of Pilet, Tandy and Lietz
Stuttgart.
What a season finale in the USA: At the Petit Le Mans on the storied Road Atlanta circuit, Porsche scored its first ever outright victory at the long distance classic and, thanks to this historic success, secured all championship titles in the GTLM class of the United SportsCar Championship. Having to deal with torrential rain at times, Patrick Pilet (France), Nick Tandy (Great Britain) and Richard Lietz (Austria) beat all of the more powerful and lighter sports prototypes in their 470 hp Porsche 911 RSR fielded by Porsche North America, which is based on the seventh generation of the iconic 911 sports car. It was the first time a near-production GT vehicle had claimed overall victory in the most important sports car series on the North American continent.

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10/04/15
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Dover race weather update
The forecast has improved dramatically throughout the weekend, and should not impact Sunday's race at Dover International Speedway. The National Weather Service forecast is: A chance of showers before 2pm, then a slight chance of rain after 2pm. Cloudy, with a high near 65. Breezy, with a northeast wind around 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. So they might not get the full race in (starts 2:45) but they should get a race in before dark.

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10/03/15
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Ferrari Clinches IMSA Manufacturer and Driver Championships
Townsend Bell and Bill Sweedler won the GT-D driver's championship in their Ferrari 458 Italia
Ferrari has clinched the GT-Daytona manufacturer's championship in the IMSA United SportsCar Championship, while Scuderia Corsa drivers Townsend Bell and Bill Sweedler have also won the GT-D driver's championship.

This is the third manufacturer's championship won by the Ferrari 458 Italia in four seasons of North American endurance racing, having won the GRAND-AM manufacturers championships in the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Ferrari also captured the manufacturer's title for the North American Endurance Cup.

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10/03/15
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NASCAR and IndyCar dates announced for Texas in 2016
Texas gives IndyCar another try
Texas gives IndyCar another try
The 2016 schedule will feature two races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series to go along with the only stop in Texas for the Verizon IndyCar Series. The Duck Commander 500 NASCAR doubleheader in April and AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader in November will sandwich the traditional INDYCAR/NASCAR doubleheader in June.

The season will open April 7-9 with the Duck Commander 500 weekend featuring the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and XFINITY Series. The weekend is highlighted by qualifying for the Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series as well as the XFINITY Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 on Friday, April 8, and the first Saturday night race of the Sprint Cup season with the Duck Commander 500 on April 9.

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10/03/15
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Chevrolet Claims IMSA Prototype Engine Manufacturer Championship
Chevy beats Ford in just about everything
Chevy beats Ford in just about everything

Chevrolet captured its second straight Prototype Engine Manufacturer title in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship today. With seven consecutive victories this season, this year's championship is the fourth for the Corvette Daytona Prototype since its debut in 2012.

Four Corvette Daytona Prototypes took the start of today's Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. The 10-hour endurance race is the final race of the 2015 TUDOR Championship. Chevrolet previously had won Prototype Engine Championships in 2012 and 2013 as part of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and last season's inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

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10/03/15
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Panoz Receives Leadership Award
Katherine Legge in the DeltaWing Friday
Katherine Legge in the DeltaWing Friday

Don Panoz, chairman of DeltaWing Technology Group and long recognized in motorsports as the founder of the Panoz Motor Sport Group, the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), and the Women's Global GT Series, has been named the 2015 recipient of the Women in the Winner's Circle Leadership Award, presented by motorsports pioneer Lyn St. James and the Women’s Sports Foundation.

Panoz is recognized for his many contributions and support of women in automotive and motorsports. St. James created the Women in the Winner’s Circle Leadership Award in honor of Paul Newman, a legend in entertainment, racing and philanthropy. In 2008 his Newman’s Own Foundation provided the initial funding that enabled St. James - former president of the Women’s Sports Foundation - to establish the Project Podium Scholarship for women in racing.

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10/03/15
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Paralyzed Michael Johnson Switching To SportsCar Racing
American paralyzed racing driver Michael Johnson announced today at a press conference at Road Atlanta, on his 23rd birthday, his switch to sports car racing for the upcoming 2016 season. Johnson, the first and only paralyzed driver to be licensed by INDYCAR, will now compete in the International Motor Sports Association's (IMSA) "Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge" (CTSC), with 31-year-old English driver and driving coach Stephen Simpson as his co-driver.

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10/03/15
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Clint Bowyer To Drive For HScott Motorsports In 2016
Just two days after being announcing he will be taking over for Tony Stewart in 2017, Clint Bowyer announced he will join HScott Motorsports for the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.

Bowyer will drive a Chevrolet with backing from long-time sponsor 5-Hour Energy in a one-year deal with HScott Motorsports before moving onto Stewart-Haas Racing to drive the no. 14 car once Stewart retires from NASCAR at the end of 2016. HScott Motorsports will also share a technical alliance with Stewart-Haas, who get their engines and chassis from Hendrick Motorsports.

HScott Motorsports currently fields two cars in the Cup Series, driven Michael Annett and Justin Allgaier. The team did not reveal if Bowyer is replacing one of the two drivers or if the team will add a third car for Bowyer.

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10/02/15
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Friday Road Atlanta Notebook
BRASELTON, Georgia – "This is horrid right now," radioed driver Trent Hindman to his pit crew. Indeed, the light rain never stopped long enough to dry Road Atlanta, making for treacherous conditions for the season finale in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race, part of the IMSA Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda weekend.

But apparently horrid conditions are nothing Hindman can't handle, as he brought the No. 46 Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M3 home in first place in Grand Sport (GS) and overall, along with co-driver Ashley Freiberg. Though more than a half-dozen cars turned in faster laps that the winning car, Hindman and Freiberg definitely won the battle.

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10/02/15
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Weekend USA TV Ratings (2nd Update)
UPDATE #2 For the second straight week, NASCAR's Chase For the Cup hit a record-low on NBCSN. NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from New Hampshire drew a 1.8 final rating and 2.9 million viewers on NBCSN Sunday afternoon, down 25% in ratings and 24% in viewership from last year (2.4, 3.9M) and down 25% and 21%, respectively, from 2013 (2.4, 3.7M), both of which aired on ESPN. Excluding rainouts, the race ranks as the lowest rated and least-watched Chase For the Cup telecast ever (112 telecasts dating back to 2004). The previous low was set by the Chicago race one week earlier (1.9, 3.2M). It also ranks as the lowest rated fall New Hampshire race since at least 2000 and the least-watched since at least 2001. Ratings and viewership have now declined for all sixteen NASCAR races on cable this season, with each either hitting a record-low or the lowest marks in over a decade. Sports Media Watch 

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10/02/15
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Westbrook wins pole for Petit Le Mans
By Stephen Cole Smith

As you look at the Friday qualifying times for the Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda 10-hour endurance race on Saturday, don't expect to be immediately impressed by the speeds. Rain, shifting back and forth between "light" and "drizzle" never stopped long enough to establish any sort of dry line.

But looking at the water running across the Road Atlanta track in some places, and standing water in others, it's impressive that the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship drivers managed to log the times they did.

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10/02/15
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Sandell earns GRC Barbados pole
Sweden’s Patrik Sandell gave Bryan Herta Rallysport its second pole of the 2015 Red Bull Global Rallycross season, and its first since Daytona in June, by posting the fastest lap in Friday’s Supercar qualifying for Red Bull GRC Barbados. Sandell, who finished eighth here last year, posted a time of 1:02.982 to beat Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross teammates Scott Speed and Tanner Foust.

Both practice sessions were won by Speed, who pushed his Beetle to a fast lap of 1:04.742 in final practice. Austin Dyne proved to be faster in the first qualifying group, turning a 1:03.465 to Speed’s 1:03.532, but Foust reclaimed the fastest lap with a 1:03.312 as final round times were set to ensure that both VARX drivers made it to the next session.

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10/02/15
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NASCAR extends Dover restart zone
NASCAR has lengthened the restart zone for this weekend at Dover
NASCAR has extended the controversial restart zone for this weekend's event at Dover International Speedway, NASCAR confirmed Thursday to FOXSports.com.

The restart zone -- which has been a topic of much discussion and confusion among drivers in recent weeks -- will be doubled in size at the "Monster Mile," giving the leader of the race 140 feet to accelerate.

The XFINITY Series is scheduled to compete on Saturday at Dover, followed by the Sprint Cup Series in Sunday's AAA 400 -- the final race of the Challenger Round in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

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10/02/15
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Rinnai Expands Partnership with Whitt
Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters will expand its partnership with Front Row Motorsports and Cole Whitt, joining the team as co-primary sponsor for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway and as primary sponsor for the Oct. 10 race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. The company will also be an associate sponsor for the season-ending races at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway and Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway.

Rinnai, the number-one selling brand of tankless water heaters in the U.S. and Canada, has already served as a primary or associate partner on Whitt's No. 35 for six races in the 2015 season, including at the Peachtree City, Ga.-based company's home track of Atlanta Motor Speedway.

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10/02/15
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Rain Washes Out NASCAR, NHRA Qualifying
Rain washes out NHRA qualifying at Reading

Persistent rain showers that have plagued the East Coast all week have force race officials with NASCAR as well the NHRA to cancel their scheduled Friday afternoon qualifying sessions.

Qualifying at AAA 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and practice for the Hisense 200 Xfinity Series race at Dover International Speedway were both cancelled. Sprint Cup Series point leader Matt Kenseth will start on the pole for Sunday's race.

Rain also washed out both of Friday afternoon's qualifying sessions for the NHRA Keystone Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa. Race officials are hopeful they will be able to continue qualifying on Saturday for all four major divisions.

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10/02/15
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Carlin and Status GP quit GP3
Carlin
"In order to support our various teams in today's challenging economic environment, we decided to reassess the championships in which Carlin competes next season. We thank the GP3 Series organizers for six great years, during which time the team have won both the teams’ and drivers’ titles and taken numerous race wins. We remain completely dedicated to our GP2 team for next season and the foreseeable future."

Status GP
Team Principal, Teddy Yip Jr "Status Grand Prix has not renewed entry into the GP3 Series from 2016 onwards in order to maximize focus on our GP2 campaign.

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10/02/15
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Carneiro wins 2015 NASA PRO RACING UTAH REGION Championship
Bruno Carneiro
You probably remember AR1 columnist Brian Carroccio's feature on 16-year-old racing sensation Bruno Carneiro back in August. The Brazilian-born Utah resident has already gained recognition in the Salt Lake City area for his efforts on track and the unique way in which he funds his racing efforts: Rodizio Grill certificates door-to-door in the Salt Lake City area.

This season, Carneiro made the switch from karting to cars and adapted rather quickly, scoring 10 wins and 4 Second places in 14 races in the #21 Ian Lacy/Rodizio Grill machine. And last Saturday, Carneiro clinched the 2015 NASA PRO RACING UTAH REGION Championship in the Formula class this past Saturday.

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10/02/15
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United Autosports switch to Ligier for 2016 ELMS campaign
Ligier JS P3
Ligier JS P3
Zak Brown's United Autosports will run two Ligier JS P3 cars in the 2016 European Le Mans Series (ELMS).

The switch from their original plans to run two Ginetta-Nissan LMP3 cars in the series comes as the team looks to concentrate on their longer term business plans.

After consultation with all parties involved in its fledgling LMP3/ELMS campaign, the team has invested in a brace of Ligier JS P3 chassis, which offers the Leeds-based team a smoother transition to ultimately graduate into the LMP2 category and eventually compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours - the Anglo American team’s ultimate aim.

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10/02/15
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Red Bull Global Rallycross Race Preview: Barbados
Championship leader Ken Block and Red Bull Global Rallycross head to Barbados for a doubleheader weekend
IN BRIEF:
Bushy Park Circuit returns to the Red Bull Global Rallycross schedule this weekend after a spectacular debut event in 2014, with many familiar faces but a brand new track design. The final doubleheader of the season, Barbados will be a make-or-break weekend for drivers hoping to assert their spot at the top of the Supercar standings.

TUNE IN INFORMATION:

Sunday, October 4, 3:30PM ET on NBC and liveextra.nbcsports.com

NBC Sports will have a broadcast of this weekend’s Global Rallycross races from Bushy Park, Barbados on Sunday from 3:30-5pm ET on NBC. Fans can see it all in spectacular high definition via NBC Sports Live Extra online at NBCSports.com/LiveExtra, or through the Live Extra app on mobile, tablet and through the Apple TV or Roku connected TV devices.

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10/02/15
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JR Motorsports announces Sadler and OneMain Financial for 2016
Elliott Sadler
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 2, 2015) – JR Motorsports announced today a key component of the company's future with the addition of OneMain Financial and driver Elliott Sadler to its NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) program for 2016.  Sadler will compete full-time for JRM next season and pilot the OneMain Financial Chevrolet Camaro in pursuit of the NXS championship.

In addition to its season-long primary placement, OneMain Financial will also receive associate branding on all JRM team cars for the full season.  Crew chief duties and car number for the OneMain Financial Chevrolet Camaro are still being determined.

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10/02/15
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Susie Wolff to rejoin David Coulthard on Team Scotland at ROC 2015
Susie Wolff
Susie Wolff
Williams Martini Racing’s Official Test Driver Susie Wolff has signed up for the 2015 Race Of Champions on November 20-21 at London’s former Olympic Stadium.

Wolff will rejoin forces with David Coulthard for Team Scotland in London following her successful ROC debut last year in Barbados - when the pair reached the final of the ROC Nations Cup. Along the way Wolff impressively won two of her three races in the group stages on her return to competitive action, before the Scottish duo were eventually beaten by Team Nordic’s Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen and reigning FIA World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg in the final.

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10/02/15
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Updated 2015/16 FE calendar revealed
Formula E will be back at Long Beach
Formula E will be back at Long Beach
The FIA has revealed an updated Formula E calendar for the second season of the championship.

Having previously been listed without a date, the Battersea Park season finale now has a July 2/3 slot, thus avoiding a clash with Formula 1's British Grand Prix, which itself was pushed back to July 10.

Aside from that development, there are only two minor changes, with the TBC March 12 date, tipped to be Mexico City, moving to March 12, and the Paris round now holding an option for April 23 or 24.

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10/02/15
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'Significant progress' over GP2/F2 discussions
The FIA says that "significant progress" has been made with the promoter of the GP2 Series regarding the return of the Formula 2 championship.

The FIA is keen to see the re-introduction of Formula 2, which was last run by MSV between 2009-12, in order to complete the junior motorsport ladder, with focus having been placed on Formula 3 and Formula 4 championships in recent years.

The FIA outlined the potential format for Formula 2 earlier in 2015, and in July the sport's governing body confirmed that the GP2 Series had lodged an interest in becoming the promoter.

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10/02/15
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Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • Steiner and Haas need to be ready 2-weeks earlier
    Haas caught off-guard by early season start
  • Alguersuari quits motor racing for music career
  • Sainz hopes Red Bull engine crisis over 'soon'
  • Jorda admits Lotus test on back-burner for now
  • Button now eyeing F1 deal for 'exciting' 2017
  • Grosjean: I would have raced for Renault
  • Bottas: Williams switching focus to 2016
  • Button was 'in two minds' over future

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10/01/15
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Video: Vettel impersonates Raikkonen in hilarious speech at the Autosport awards


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10/01/15
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Video: F1 GP Mexico City 2015 New Circuit Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez


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10/01/15
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NASCAR will increase restart zone for remaining races
The restart zone for this weekend's NASCAR races at Dover International Speedway will double from 70 feet to 140 feet, according to NASCAR. The sanctioning body will also lengthen the restart zone for the 2015 season's remaining races post-Dover -- the exact increase will be determined by an at-track basis. The restart rules have not changed. Drivers will still line up double file, with the leader being the "control car," meaning the second-place car can't take off before the leader in the restart zone located before the start/finish line. NASCAR.com

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10/01/15
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Williams to supply transmission & suspension to Manor
Will American Alexander Rossi be able to retain his ride with the team for 2016 to show what he can do with decent equipment?

Earlier today Manor and Mercedes announced a Mercedes engine deal for the team starting in 2016. Now comes news that Williams F1 will supply the team with transmissions and suspensions as a one-way technical partnership in exchange for Manor's money.

It is a major boost for the back-of-the-grid team, who ran a modified 2014-spec car this season with year-old Ferrari engines.

So 2016 is looking good for the minnow outfit as it will start next season with a class-leading engine, a technical partnership with front-running team and a 2016-spec chassis.

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10/01/15
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Video: Haas F1 Team Driver Announcement
Haas F1 Team announces Romain Grosjean as driver for the team's debut in the 2016 FIA Formula 1 World Championship. The press conference took place at the team's headquarters in Kannapolis, North Carolina.



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10/01/15
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Oliver Gavin confirmed for Corvette Racing's 2016 line-up
Oliver Gavin
Oliver Gavin
It has been confirmed that five-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, Oliver Gavin, will remain with the factory Corvette Racing team for a 15th consecutive year in 2016.

The announcement comes as Gavin readies himself for the concluding part of the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship - Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta (1-3 October) - as well as the second instalment of the Australian V8 Supercars PIRTEK Enduro Cup - the Supercheap Autos Bathurst 1000 (10-11 October) on the legendary Mount Panorama circuit.

Gavin is synonymous with Corvette Racing; the Yardley Hastings, Northamptonshire resident first joined the Pratt and Miller ranks in 2002 and it has been a lucrative partnership, as Gavin has gone on to win the world's greatest motor race, the Le Mans 24 Hours, on no fewer than five occasions and achieve four American Le Mans Series (ALMS) titles with the beloved Velocity Yellow sportscars.

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10/01/15
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Las Vegas Motor Speedway creating new VIP areas
Race fans attending or watching Saturday's Rhino Linings 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race will see the signs of progress above Turns 3 and 4 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. LVMS is in the process of implementing several fan enhancements for the March 4-6 2016 NASCAR Weekend, and the beginning of those improvements will be visible in the form of a construction site during Saturday's event. The enhancements will begin with more interactive experiences in the Fan Engagement Area.

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10/01/15
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NASCAR indefinitely suspends crewmember after altercation
NASCAR announced Wednesday that Brian Allen, a crewmember on the NASCAR Xfinity Series team of driver Brian Scott has been placed on indefinite suspension following an altercation after last Saturday night’s Xfinity Series race at Kentucky Speedway. NASCAR Xfinity series driver Darrell Wallace Jr. and Whitney Scott, the wife of Brian Scott, have been placed on probation through the end of the year for their roles in the post-race altercation.

The incident began after the race when Brian Scott confronted Wallace. The two had made contact on the track on the last restart of the race. Scott said in his post race interview that Wallace came down the track and shut the door on his line through the turn. The contact loosened Scott’s car and he wasn’t able to recover.

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10/01/15
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GP3 Series reveal line up for 2016-18
GP3 Series organisers are pleased to announce the teams that have been selected to compete in the 2016-2018 seasons. Six current GP3 teams will continue since Arden International, ART Grand Prix, Campos Racing, Jenzer Motorsport, Koiranen GP and Trident have been selected. Two new squads will join the field for the next three-year cycle: reigning GP2 Series Champions DAMS (which pedigree includes multiple GP2 title winners), and Virtuosi Racing.

The grid will be made of two French outfits, two British, one Spanish, one Swiss, one Finnish and one Italian. Their entry is valid for three consecutive seasons: 2016-17-18. Each team will be allowed to line up a maximum of three cars. They will receive their GP3/16 cars at the beginning of next year.

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10/01/15
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Nissan GT-R LM NISMO to make racing return in 2016
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - 1 October 2015:  Nissan today announced that the innovative Nissan GT-R LM NISMO will return to race in the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2016.  The team has been working hard to address the technical issues faced at Le Mans in June and is in the middle of a comprehensive test and development programme to prepare the new car to race against the tough competition it faces in the LM P1 class.

As part of the development programme a recruitment drive has taken place to provide the race team with additional expertise and support, including the appointment of Michael Carcamo who has transferred from Nissan Mexico to NISMO to share the heavy load on Ben Bowlby's shoulders. Mike Carcamo takes the role of Team Principal, a position previously filled by Bowlby.

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10/01/15
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CFH signs Newgarden for 2016
Josef Newgarden
SPEEDWAY, Ind. (October 1, 2015) – CFH Racing announced today that Josef Newgarden will return as the driver of the No. 67 Chevrolet for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season. CFH Racing welcomes Newgarden back for a 5th year on the heels of their best championship finishes as a team and a driver, respectively.

"I am very excited to be back at CFH Racing," stated Newgarden. "It all really comes down to the confidence and belief that our owners Ed Carpenter, Sarah Fisher, Wink Hartman, Stuart Reed and Tony George have in me. They've given me all of the tools I could ask for to drive a racecar and to be successful. It's easy to be excited about coming back to work with this group knowing the level that we are operating at. I can see the capabilities that we have and I think we are going to be able to fully execute in 2016."

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10/01/15
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Alguersuari retires
Jaime Alguersuari
Former Toro Rosso Formula One driver and Virgin Formula E driver Jaime Alguersuari has retired from motorsport at 25 years of age.

Alguersuari was the youngest driver to have competed in a Formula One Grand Prix, when he made his debut at Hungary in 2009 at 19 years 125 days. The Spaniard made 46 career Grand Prix starts with a best finish of seventh twice (Italy, 2011 and Korea, 2011). He finished 13th in the final standings in the inaugural Formula E season with a best finish of fourth at Buenos Aires. He was not cleared to drive in this year's London finale due to fainting after this year's Moscow ePrix.

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10/01/15
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Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday (Update)
UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

10/01/15
  • No LeMans for Hulkenberg in 2016
    F1 turns up volume, no Le Mans for Hulkenberg
  • Calmer waters for McLaren after Suzuka turmoil
  • Putin approves night race switch for Sochi
  • Wolff impressed by Ferrari resurgence
  • Ecclestone Responds To EU Complaint By Sauber, Force India
  • McLaren confirms Button for 2016 season
  • Grosjean targets early points with Haas
  • Button staying at McLaren, no mention of Alonso New
  • Manor's Mercedes deal hints at Lotus takeover New
  • Dennis admits he tried Button pay-cut New

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10/01/15
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Danny Sullivan Joins Zak Brown, Richard Dean And United Autosports For The Classic 24 Hour At Daytona
United Autosports previously announced its three-car entry for the Classic 24 Hour at Daytona, which includes a 1986 Dyson Racing Porsche 962, 1981 JLP-3 Porsche 935 and a 1985 Roush Ford Mustang, but the team's stellar driver lineup wasn't confirmed until earlier today in the United Kingdom.

"These cars will be mega around Daytona and it will also be a lot of fun for Richard and I to be racing with Danny Sullivan, a very long time friend and a fantastic racer and champion," Brown said. "I heard that the debut of this event was fantastic last year so I was keen for United Autosports to attend given that the cars we're bringing over have a lot of successful Daytona history and it'll be nice for us as a team to go back there."

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10/01/15
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Manor Marussia F1 Team chooses Mercedes-Benz power from 2016
Will American Alexander Rossi have enough backing to buy his ride at Manor next year now that they will have the best engine in F1?

Following the conclusion of a multi-year supply agreement, Manor Marussia F1 Team will race with Mercedes-Benz Hybrid power from the 2016 season onwards. Since the introduction of the new Power Unit generation in 2014, the Mercedes-Benz Hybrid has set the competitive benchmark in the sport, claiming to date a total of 27 wins and 2,208 world championship points.

Under the terms of the agreement, Manor Marussia F1 Team will be supplied with Mercedes-Benz Power Units by Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) based in Brixworth, UK. The Power Unit will use Fluid Technology Solutions developed by PETRONAS, the technology partner of Mercedes-Benz. Under the agreement, Manor Marussia F1 Team will be supplied with current-year Power Units throughout the term.

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