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10/13/17
wec

V-10 AIM-JUDD Engine Announced for 2018 LMP1
Engine Developments and AIM Co. announced on Friday a collaboration to build a new engine for LMP1 privateer teams to be used beginning in 2018.

British manufacturer Engine Developments is the brand behind the Judd engines and is set to work alongside AIM Co. to produce a V10 engine available next year.

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10/13/17
nasmon

Earnhardt Sr.'s No. 2 Chevy Presented to Dale Earnhardt Jr. by Talladega
The iconic No. 2 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, driven by Dale Earnhardt Sr. to the 1979 Rookie of the Year Award and the 1980 NASCAR premier series title, was presented to Dale Jr., who will make his final start at Talladega in Sunday’s Alabama 500.
The iconic No. 2 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, driven by Dale Earnhardt Sr. to the 1979 Rookie of the Year Award and the 1980 NASCAR premier series title, was presented to Dale Jr., who will make his final start at Talladega in Sunday’s Alabama 500.

Before six-time Talladega Superspeedway winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. takes his final laps at the track he considers his "second home" in Sunday’s Alabama 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race, the track surprised him Friday afternoon by presenting him – on permanent loan – with the No. 2 Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by his father Dale Earnhardt Sr. to the 1980 NASCAR Championship title. The presentation was made by Grant Lynch, Charmain of Talladega Superspeedway, and Alabama Senator Gerald Dial, Chairman of the Board of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame (IMHOF), located outside of the 2.66-mile track. 

“There’s no better place for this iconic No. 2 car than in the hands of Dale Earnhardt Jr.,” said Lynch of the car that has been housed at the IMHOF for a number of years. “The Earnhardt family means more to Talladega Superspeedway than we can express, so it is our honor to present the race car his father drove to his first championship to him. We know he will cherish the car like no other. It is in good hands.”

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10/13/17
nhra

Shawn Langdon To Switch To Funny Car In 2018
Shawn Langdon
Kalitta Motorsports announced today that 2013 Top Fuel champion Shawn Langdon will make the move to the Funny Car class for the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season. His current primary sponsor, Global Electronic Technology, will make the move with him and back his Toyota Camry Funny Car. 

Langdon will replace Alexis DeJoria, who announced her intention to retire following the 2017 season.

"I am definitely excited about this new adventure," said Langdon. "I am very thankful to Steve & Samantha Bryson and everyone at Global Electronic Technology for standing behind me as a driver and everyone at Team Kalitta for giving me this opportunity."

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10/13/17
nasx

Christopher Bell Moving To XFINITY In 2018
Christopher Bell
Christopher Bell
Christopher Bell will join Joe Gibbs Racing to compete full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 2018.

The 22-year-old is currently running full time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports and remains in contention for this season’s championship. He currently leads the point standings entering this weekend’s race at Talladega Superspeedway with five race wins and seven stage wins.

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10/13/17
automotive

Lamborghini Splits In Half And Catches Fire In Miami
This is what happens when you hit a tree
Police are still investigating a fiery crash that occurred last night in North Miami Beach, causing a Lamborghini to split in half and catch fire.

Thankfully, both of the car's occupants suffered only minor injuries and were taken to a nearby hospital according to the North Miami Beach PD.

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10/13/17
nasmon

NASCAR Talladega Monster Cup Pre-Race Q&A
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (No. 17 SunnyD Ford), Matt Kenseth (No. 20 DEWALT Flexvolt Toyota) Chase Elliott (No. 24 NAPA Chevrolet).
Kaz Grala (No. 33 STEALTH Chevrolet), Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford), Chase Briscoe (No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford, Austin Cindric (No. 19 LTi Printing Ford), John Hunter Nemechek (No. 8 Fire Alarm Services Inc. Chevrolet)

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10/13/17
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Johnson on spin in Talladega practice
Johnson's crew pushes his car back to the transporter
Johnson's crew pushes his car back to the transporter
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S CHEVROLET SS, spun during first practice for the Alabama 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway.  Goodyear confirmed a tire puncture.

WHAT HAPPENED?  “Popped a tire going into (turn) three and looking at some photos here a second ago, it looked like the tire was already soft down the back straightaway. I guess I ran something over on the apron getting up to speed, and made, oh I don’t know, maybe a third of a lap and was spun out which is really bizarre.”

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10/13/17
f1

Hartley to race with Scuderia Toro Rosso in Austin
Hartley
Hartley
New Zealander Brendon Hartley will race for Scuderia Toro Rosso at the next round of the Formula 1 World Championship, the USA Grand Prix in Austin, as Pierre Gasly will be racing in Japan for the last race of the Super Formula Championship in Suzuka.

Brendon last tested with the team back in 2009. Eight years later, he will be taking part in his first Formula 1 Grand Prix, at the Circuit of the Americas, alongside Daniil Kvyat.

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10/13/17
nasmon

Justin Marks Lands Cup Ride For Talladega
Justin Marks will pilot the No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway during Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Alabama 500.

Golden Corral will serve as primary sponsor on the No. 7 with Katerra serving as an associate sponsor.

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10/13/17
wec

Porsche clocks the day's best time in rainy Fuji
Lotterer in the #1 Porsche was fastest on Day 1
Lotterer in the #1 Porsche was fastest on Day 1 but in the rain Toyota set fast time

Just in time for the appearance of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), the summer said goodbye to the Japanese Alps. After a 15 degree Celsius drop in temperature over a few hours, the seventh of nine world championship rounds is set to be held in persistently wet conditions.

Persistent and often heavy rain hit Fuji Speedway and affected both 90-minute practice sessions today, making fastest lap time comparisons irrelevant. 

The first two 90-minute practice sessions at the 4.56 kilometer long Fuji International Speedway took place in the rain in just 13 degree air and 17 degree track temperatures. The picturesque silhouette of Mount Fuji disappeared in fog while the spray on the very long 1.5-kilometer straight left the drivers with extremely poor visibility.

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10/13/17
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Dovizioso fastest on Friday at Motegi
Marquez before he went over the handlebars and crashed hard
Marquez before he went over the handlebars and crashed hard

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) ended Day 1 at the Motul Grand Prix of Japan as the fastest man on track, but the Italian was only 0.043 ahead of his nearest challenger – Championship leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team). Marquez was fastest in the morning by some margin before ‘DesmoDovi’ hit back, and the reigning Champion ended his afternoon session prematurely with a crash at Turn 4 – rider ok.

Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) was top Independent Team rider on Day 1, and impressed in both sessions – second in FP1 and third in FP2 to go third overall. He was just ahead of Ducati Team’s Jorge Lorenzo, who was fourth in both the morning and afternoon – despite an incident in which the Majorcan was collected up in a crash for Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda).

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10/13/17
f1

Video: The Journey: A career in F1
What might your journey to your dream career in Formula 1 look like? Williams F1 has been working together with Randstad since 2006 to support the development of their future talent in technology, innovation and high performance.

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10/13/17
f1

Video: A Japanese Grand Prix Point of View
Experience all of the color and excitement from the Japanese Grand Prix from a super fans point of view!

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10/13/17
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Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern
Friday, October 13LocationTV TimesNetwork
NASCAR Truck Series - qualifyingTalladega12:00pm-1:00pm (L)FS1
NASCAR Cup Series - practiceTalladega1:00pm-2:00pm (L)
3:00pm-4:00pm (L)
NBCSN
NHRA - qualifyingDallas6:00pm-7:00pm (L)FS1
Red Bull Global Rallycross -Rallycross LitesLos Angeles9:30pm-10:30pm (SDD)NBCSN
Saturday, October 14LocationTV TimesNetwork
MotoGP -qualifyingMotegi1:00am-2:00am (L)beIN
NASCAR Truck Series - qualifyingTalladega10:30am-12:00pm (L)FS1
NASCAR Truck Series - raceTalladega12:30pm-1:00pm - pre-race (L),
1:00pm-3:30pm (L)
FOX
NASCAR Cup Series - qualifyingTalladega4:00pm-5:30pm (L)NBCSN
Red Bull Global Rallycross -Los Angeles4:30pm-5:30pm (L)NBC
Sunday, October 15LocationTV TimesNetwork
World EnduranceFuji1:00am-2:30am (L)FS2
MotoGP - raceMotegi1:00am-2:00am (L)beIN
NHRA - qualifyingDallas1:00pm-2:00pm (L)FS1
NASCAR Cup Series - raceTalladega1:30pm-2:00pm - pre-race (L),
2:00pm-6:00pm - race (L)
NBC
NHRA - finalsDallas2:00pm-5:00pm (L)FS1
DTM SeriesHockenheim8:30pm-10:30pm (SDD)CBS-SN

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

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10/13/17
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • Will Sainz Jr. be better than Palmer?
    Will Sainz Jr. be better than Palmer?
    Hulkenberg expects new teammate Sainz Jr. to be 'fast'
  • 'Mentor' tips Hartley to accept Toro Rosso seat
  • Alonso says still 'no decision' over F1 future
  • Vettel can still win 2017 title - Susie Wolff
  • Rosberg: Vettel needs 'miracle' for F1 title

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10/13/17
nasmon

Dale Jr.'s #Appreci88ion Tour: Talladega
Heading into his final start at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend Dale Earnhardt Jr. recalls his early success at the track and why it meant so much to him.

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10/13/17
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Video: What it takes to win at Talladega
Past Talladega winners Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Brad Keselowski and Jamie McMurray break down what it takes to win a Monster Energy Series race at the 2.66-mile track.

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10/13/17
f1

How Ferrari blew the 2017 F1 title in 6 weeks
From a 7-point lead to a 59-point deficit, we take a look at how Sebastian Vettel's title challenge faltered dramatically as Lewis Hamilton surged clear.

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10/13/17
f1

Video: Japanese Grand Prix - Best Onboards
Incidents, accidents and overtakes - watch some of key moments from this year's race at Suzuka from the best seat in the house.

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10/13/17
irl

Video: Presenting The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series Schedule
A run through of the 2018 IndyCar schedule

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10/13/17
irl

Video: INDYCAR Returns To Portland International Raceway In 2018
Highlights from all the CART years at Portland. The last race was in 2007 when Tony George finally succeeded in destroying the sport.

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10/13/17
f1

Sainz Jr. On Toro Rosso & The Influence Of Fernando Alonso | M1TG
Having recently announced his move to Renault Sport, Carlos Sainz Jr. is in no doubt that he owes everything to his former team, Scuderia Toro Rosso. Mobil 1 The Grid spoke to the Spaniard to find out more about his time with STR, as well as the impact compatriot Fernando Alonso has had on his career to date.

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10/13/17
wec

Nakajima Previews The 2017 WEC 6 Hours Of Fuji | M1TG
Fuji Speedway is a special track for the entire Toyota Gazoo Racing team, but none more so than for driver Kazuki Nakajima, who will be looking for a repeat of last year's 6 Hours of Fuji victory in front of his home crowd. Mobil 1 The Grid spoke to the former F1 driver about the progress the team has made and why heartbreak at Le Mans has only made the Japanese outfit stronger and more determined to win.

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10/12/17
automotive

Shell buys electric car charging company
Shell Charging Station
Shell Charging Station
Shell is buying NewMotion, a Dutch company that is one of Europe's largest providers of electric vehicle charging services, the Financial Times reports. Shell plans to launch electric charging in the majority of its 45,000 global gas stations.

Why it matters: With the purchase, Shell is taking a bite out of the electric vehicle refueling market, which is growing quickly. "The move marks the most significant push yet by "Big Oil" into the [market]," per the Financial Times.

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10/12/17
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Andretti open to fielding 2018 Bathurst wildcard
Ryan Walkinshaw and Michael Andretti
Ryan Walkinshaw and Michael Andretti
Michael Andretti says the possibility of Walkinshaw Andretti United fielding a Bathurst 1000 wildcard next year has been tentatively discussed.

The boss of IndyCar giant Andretti Autosport and new co-owner of Walkinshaw Racing is eagerly anticipating the prospect of a foray into Supercars next season.

Andretti was present at last weekend’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 where it was announced that he and Zak Brown, in the form of United Autosports, will become stakeholders in the struggling Walkinshaw team from next season.

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10/12/17
irl

Green Savoree Racing Promotions and INDYCAR Announce 2018 Race at Portland International Raceway
2007 Champ Car start
2007 Champ Car start
Green Savoree Racing Promotions (GSRP) and INDYCAR announced collaboratively with City of Portland leaders a Verizon IndyCar Series race at Portland International Raceway scheduled for August 31-September 2, 2018.

"As a young man, I had the opportunity to attend the Indy 500," recalls Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler. "I remember well the excitement and thrills that INDYCAR racing bring to a city and to race spectators. The return of INDYCAR racing to Portland will give us terrific international exposure, a great deal of revenue, new jobs, and an exciting experience for race fans."

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10/12/17
Fe

Chile welcomes Formula E for first time on streets of Santiago
Santiago, Chile
Santiago, Chile
SANTIAGO, CHILE - The fully-electric Formula E car hit the streets of Santiago for the first time today as the Chilean President, Michelle Bachelet welcomed the electric street racing series ahead of the inaugural Antofagasta Minerals Santiago E-Prix on February 3 - round four of the 2017/18 FIA Formula E Championship.

The Formula E car toured around the capital, catching the eye of commuters on their journey to work - making a pit-stop at La Moneda Palace and O’Higgins Park, with home-hero Eliseo Salazar behind the wheel.

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10/12/17
track news

Watkins Glen International announces 2018 season schedule
IndyCars are gone from Watkins Glen, possibly for good after failing multiple times.
IndyCars are gone from Watkins Glen, possibly for good after failing multiple times.
Watkins Glen International today announced dates for its 2018 event schedule. The seven-event slate is headlined by traditional returns from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, in addition to the Finger Lakes Wine Festival and Ticket Galaxy Beer Festival, and more.

“First of all, we'd like to thank everyone who spent time at The Glen for their tremendous support in 2017,” said Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup. “As we begin looking forward, the 2018 schedule is just as exciting, and it preserves our fan favorites, from the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen and Finger Lakes Wine Festival in July, to a tripleheader NASCAR weekend in August, and the largest vintage event in the country in September. Our team is thrilled to present another great and memorable year of motorsports and entertainment to the best fans in racing.”

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10/12/17
racing news

Video: Corner One - Risk vs Reward
The old saying goes, “No one has ever won a race in the first turn - but a lot have been lost”.

But is that really true? A lot of positions can be gained in corner one.

In Safe Is Fast's latest video, a group of top international drivers discuss their different approaches to corner one - and how they balance risk vs reward.

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10/12/17
automotive

Paris to ban combustion-engine cars by 2030
Pollution from Internal Combustion Engines are killing people in big cities like Paris
Pollution from Internal Combustion Engines are killing people in big cities like Paris
Paris's deputy mayor, Christophe Najdovski, told French broadcaster France Info that the mayor's office is planning to ban all combustion-engine cars on the French capital's streets by 2030. Electric cars will not be affected by the ban.

"This is about planning for the long term with a strategy that will reduce greenhouse gases," said Christophe Najdovski, who is responsible for transport policy at the office of Mayor Anne Hidalgo.

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10/12/17
wec

Toyota will not announce WEC withdrawal this weekend
The only reason Toyota won't withdraw is to guarantee victory at the 24 Hours of LeMans - it won't have an compeition
The only reason Toyota won't withdraw is to guarantee victory at the 24 Hours of LeMans - it won't have an competition
A decision on Toyota Gazoo Racing’s future in the FIA World Endurance Championship is unlikely to be made this weekend at Fuji Speedway, with the Japanese manufacturer awaiting further clarification on the technical regulations for the unified LMP1 class.

Toyota was due to announce this weekend whether it would continue in LMP1, following a re-evaluation of its factory prototype program amid Porsche’s exit from the class at the end of the year.

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10/12/17
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elms

Phil Hanson Signs For United Autosports In 2018
Phil Hanson
Phil Hanson
United Autosports have confirmed that Phil Hanson will join their race team for 2018, racing in a number of high-profile events with the team.
 
Phil, who is the reigning Asian Le Mans Series LMP3 Champion, will be racing the team’s Ligier JS P217 in the 2018 European Le Mans Series, the Rolex 24 at Daytona and subject to entry, the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours.

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10/12/17
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • Nico Rosberg
    Nico Rosberg
    Rosberg considering regular pundit job
  • Ferrari 'will never give up' - Arrivabene
  • Raikkonen tips Ferrari to be stronger in 2018
  • Wolff, Lauda not celebrating Hamilton title yet
  • Spanish woman to fix Ferrari 'quality' - report
  • Williams to keep Kubica test news 'private' - Lowe
  • Kubica completes 'successful' Williams test
  • De Villota family reaches agreement over crash

Rosberg considering regular pundit job
(GMM) Nico Rosberg is considering a more regular job in the F1 paddock.

The newly retired reigning world champion attended a pre-season test in Spain early this year as well as the grand prix in Monaco, where he lives with his young family.

But at Suzuka, German Rosberg was on hand as a paid pundit for British television Sky, whose veteran commentator Martin Brundle praised him.

"Nico is an asset for any broadcaster," he is quoted by Auto Motor und Sport.

"He knows these hybrid cars, all the drivers, all the circuits. And he's the reigning champion."

Rosberg, who suddenly quit just days after winning the title last year, hinted he might now be looking for a regular TV punditry job, perhaps with Germany's RTL.

"I believe I can bring a new level to the expert opinion role," he said.

"If I enjoy it, I'll come back. Perhaps this year. But I'm not tied to any (TV) station yet," Rosberg insisted.

Ferrari 'will never give up' - Arrivabene

Give up Maurizio, it's over, you blew it
Give up Maurizio, it's over, you blew it
(GMM) Embattled team boss Maurizio Arrivabene says Ferrari will "never give up".

After a horror three-race tour of Asia, Sebastian Vettel has slumped to a 59 point deficit to Lewis Hamilton with just four races to go.

Ferrari's title campaign collapsed with a crash in Singapore and reliability problems in Malaysia and Japan, prompting the Italian broadcaster Canale 5 to deliver a huge, satirical Tapiro d'Oro (golden Tapir) award to Maranello this week.

The program presenter awarded the prize to Arrivabene for Ferrari's "repeated disasters".

Asked about the crisis, the Ferrari team boss responded: "Things happened, they were not pleasant, but we never give up.

"To win against Mercedes - and this year we have already beaten them - you just have to push even more.

"We are not inferior to them," Arrivabene insisted. "Our car has proved to be very, very good."

Raikkonen tips Ferrari to be stronger in 2018

Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen
(GMM) Kimi Raikkonen thinks Ferrari will be even stronger in 2018.

Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel are not publicly writing off the 2017 title after a disastrous tour of Asia, but the gap to Lewis Hamilton is 59 points with four races to go.

When asked about Ferrari's struggles, Raikkonen told La Gazzetta dello Sport: "Of course we would like a one-two in every race.

"But success depends on a lot of things and also the opponents.

"This year we clearly went in the right direction, doing a good job over the winter. And I am sure that we will be even stronger next year," the Finn added.

Raikkonen, who turns 38 next week, has been signed up to join Vettel for another season at Ferrari in 2018.

"We have a good relationship and that helps us to tackle the problems and solve them together for the benefit of the team," said Raikkonen, referring to Vettel.

"We met almost as soon as he came into formula one and became friends. But of course on the circuit we want to beat each other."

And Raikkonen, a veteran of 15 seasons in F1, said he is not planning for the day he will eventually retire.

"Generally I have no plans even for next week," he smiled.

"Perhaps afterwards I will do rallies for fun. Driving and competition are the only reasons I'm still in formula one," Raikkonen explained. "I still have a feeling that I can win races and fight for the championship."

Wolff, Lauda not celebrating Hamilton title yet

Time to celebrate - Hamilton is 2017 driver champion and Mercedes 2017 Constructors Champion
Time to celebrate - Hamilton is 2017 Driver champion and Mercedes 2017 Constructors Champion
(GMM) Mercedes' two team bosses are refusing to celebrate the 2017 title yet.

With just four races to go, Lewis Hamilton now has a commanding 59 point lead in the world championship over Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

But team boss Toto Wolff told Sport Bild: "Something is certain only when it cannot be another way.

"This year we have seen one of the toughest world championships in a long time, and now we have to keep doing everything to make the season a success for us," he added.

Making Wolff particularly nervous is the unpredictable performance of Mercedes' 2017 car, and the sort of reliability problems that have struck Ferrari in recent races.

"Our car is still a diva," he said. "And Sebastian's fate in the last three races shows how fast things can change.

"In racing, the unpredictable can always happen and there are still 100 points in play. We will not take the foot off the gas until we have the title," Wolff insisted.

Mercedes team chairman Niki Lauda agrees, saying that while Hamilton is in a commanding position, the title is not won yet.

"Suzuka was an incredible step forward," he told Auto Motor und Sport. "But the title is still not in the bag.

"But it does look better and easier for us now."

The F1 legend agrees with Wolff that despite being the favorite for the title now, Mercedes is still grappling to understand its 2017 car.

"At the moment, everyone is still searching for the answers," said Lauda.

And he also said the Mercedes is much better when leading a race, as opposed to when it is forced to chase a rival car.

"This is due to our aero package," said Lauda. "To avoid the problem, we need to be in front."

Spanish woman to fix Ferrari 'quality' - report
(GMM) Ferrari has appointed a Spanish woman to help "fix" car reliability problems that have marred the team's push for the 2017 title.

In the Sepang-Suzuka double header, Sebastian Vettel suffered car problems that now strand him a whopping 59 points behind Lewis Hamilton with four races go go.

"We need to renew our commitment to the quality of the components we use for F1," Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne said afterwards.

"On at least three occasions it has had a devastating impact on the Scuderia's performance. We will fix it," he promised.

La Repubblica newspaper is now reporting what that "fix" is.

Her name is Maria Mendoza, who has been promoted by Marchionne from elsewhere in the Fiat Chrysler parent company.

The Italian newspaper said Spaniard Mendoza has been in charge of a 25-person quality control group at Fiat for the past five years.

Mercedes team chairman Niki Lauda said Ferrari's troubles in Malaysia and Japan were "unbelievable".

"(At Suzuka) we had the same problem in the morning and with the permission of the FIA we changed the spark plug," he revealed to Auto Motor und Sport. "But I think with Vettel it was more than just a spark plug."

Indeed, Ferrari's technical boss Mattia Binotto admits the Maranello team has been struggling with "some quality issues with parts" recently.

Williams to keep Kubica test news 'private' - Lowe
(GMM) Williams is not releasing information about Robert Kubica's test that took place at Silverstone this week.

All a spokesman for the British team would say about the Pole's run in a 2014 car was that it had been "successful".

"We will not be releasing any further information at this time," the spokesman said.

But it is believed Williams will follow up Kubica's Silverstone run on Wednesday with a more comprehensive two-day test in Hungary next week.

That test will also be attended by Paul di Resta, another contender to replace Felipe Massa next year.

"We will test those two drivers," team technical director Paddy Lowe confirmed.

"We won't give away any information around what we do within those tests -- that's a private matter for us and I would stress that it doesn't mean they're the only drivers under consideration."

Kubica completes 'successful' Williams test

Kubica drove the Williams FW36
Kubica drove the Williams FW36
Williams has confirmed that Robert Kubica has completed a "successful" day of testing at Silverstone on Wednesday, as part of the outfit's evaluation of the Pole for a 2018 Formula 1 race seat.

Kubica has been exploring the possibility of making a return to Formula 1, six years after he sustained serious arm injuries in a rally crash.

Kubica completed two private sessions in a 2012-spec Renault before the manufacturer afforded him a day's worth of running in the R.S.17 at the post-race test in Hungary.

Renault conceded that it did not get all the answers it required and acted to sign Carlos Sainz Jr. on loan from Red Bull, when the Spaniard became available as part of the engine switches.

Kubica's attentions subsequently turned to Williams, which confirmed to GPUpdate.net last month that it was evaluating him as a potential option for 2018.

Williams revealed that it planned to run Kubica and reserve Paul di Resta as it assesses its options for the vacant 2018 seat alongside Lance Stroll, who is set to stay on, with Felipe Massa's future unclear.

Kubica sampled Williams' 2014-spec car on Wednesday at the home of the British Grand Prix, in cool and cloudy conditions, though Williams did not divulge details on lap times or the amassed mileage.

"Robert has completed a successful day with the team today at Silverstone, driving an FW36," Williams confirmed to GPUpdate.net.

"We will not be releasing any further information at this time, however."

Nico Rosberg, who recently joined Kubica's management stable, commented last weekend that there were "no doubts" over his condition.

Rosberg added that the outing with Williams would be more focused on assessing whether Kubica is a "good fit" for the team.

De Villota family reaches agreement over crash

Maria de Villota
Maria de Villota
The family of Maria de Villota have reached an agreement in their dispute with the Manor F1 Team over the incident in which the late driver sustained eye injuries in 2012.

De Villota, conducting a straight-line Formula 1 test at the Duxford Aerodrome, struck the lowered tailgate of a truck, and lost the use of her right eye as a result.

De Villota remained involved in motorsport in the aftermath but passed away in 2013, aged 33, with her death linked to the neurological injuries she suffered in the crash.

Britain's Health and Safety Executive investigated the incident and deemed that no enforcement action was required against Manor, the team which Marussia morphed into over 2014/15.

On Wednesday, four years to the day after she passed away, her family confirmed that legal action against Manor has come to an end, after an agreement was reached.

"It was a tragic accident which shocked the team and all who knew her – she is sorely missed," said a spokesperson for Manor.

In a press release issued by UK-based law firm Slater and Giordon, de Villota's family extended their gratitude to those who have expressed their support in the wake of the tragedy.

The family will now focus on 'Maria's Legacy', a movement created "to give continuity to Maria's solidarity programs focusing primarily on children with neurodegenerative diseases and people with limited financial resources".

Manor's Formula 1 team collapsed earlier this year, after no buyer was forthcoming.

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NASCAR Execs Attend Opening Of New Road Course In China
IndyCar was trying to race at Ningbo but it appears NASCAR is going to muscle IndyCar out of the way. But wait, IndyCar will race at the dump in Portland
IndyCar was trying to race at Ningbo but it appears NASCAR is going to muscle IndyCar out of the way.
A group of NASCAR execs have traveled to China this week to attend the opening of Ningbo Int’l Speedpark and visit with Chinese automotive and sports execs, sources said.

Further details on who NASCAR was meeting with were unavailable as of presstime, but the contingent includes NASCAR Exec VP & Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell and Senior VP/Racing Operations Jim Cassidy.

The road-course track is hosting an FIA World Touring Car Championship race this weekend. NASCAR has held races before at Japan’s Suzuka Circuit in '96 and '97. It also sanctions a European series and is constantly in the hunt for sponsors and automotive manufacturers to join the series. Adam Stern/SBD



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10/11/17
f1

Mexican GP Sold Out again
For the third consecutive year, the Mexican Formula 1 Grand Prix will take place in front of a sold-out crowd.

The organizer of the event tweeted, "Thanks to you, for the third consecutive year, tickets for the #MexicoGP are totally sold out"

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10/11/17
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NASCAR released the Post-Event Penalty Report for Charlotte Motor Speedway
Saurez
Saurez
NASCAR released the Post-Event Penalty Report for Charlotte Motor Speedway:

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Charlotte Motor Speedway

Infraction Date: 10/8/2017 (post-race inspection)

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10/11/17
IMSa

Statements Regarding Ricky Taylor to Team Penske
Winning at Sebring
Winning at Sebring
The following are statements from team owner Wayne Taylor and driver Jordan Taylor on today’s announcement that driver Ricky Taylor will join Team Penske for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season:

 

WAYNE TAYLOR – “No matter which way I look at it, professional and personally, it is a father’s dream to have his son called upon by Roger Penske. So I’m incredibly proud of Ricky and excited for him, and I think, honestly, the entire team has been supportive of this move, as well as everyone at General Motors and Cadillac. But I’ve still got Jordan, and he knows how to win championships. I think the replacement we’re working with at the moment is of that caliber. We need to sort everything out before we make any official announcements.

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10/11/17
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Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday (Update)
UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

  • The current F1 engine monstrocity
    The current expensive F1 engine monstrosity
    10/11/17 Liberty poised to tell teams F1 future plans
  • Wolff hits back at Marko over 'style' comment
  • McLaren could let Alonso race at Daytona
  • Vettel not thinking about F1 retirement
  • F1 looking into Dutch street race
  • Vandoorne struggled in F1 spotlight - Boullier
  • Abu Dhabi wants to keep hosting F1 finale
  • McLaren 'stronger' after flyaways - Boullier
  • Sergio Marchionne Rings the NYSE Opening Bell
  • Red Bull drivers poised for grid penalties New
  • Renault eye special 'quali mode' for 2018 New

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10/11/17
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Tickets for 2018 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Are On Sale Now
Bourdais winning in 2017
Bourdais winning in 2017
Race fans who were on hand at this March's Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg can be the first to do so again for the 2018 event.  The exclusive renewal period for these customers is open now through November 14.  General public sales will begin on Wednesday, November 15 at 10:00 a.m. EST. 

Pricing remains unchanged for the 2018 event for all ticket options.  Renewal customers who purchase a three-day reserved seating get automatic enrollment in the Champions Club when placing their order now through November 14 at 9 p.m. EST.

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10/11/17
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Video: Carlos Sainz Jr. On Fernando Alonso & Why He Owes Everything To Scuderia Toro Rosso
Having recently announced his move to Renault Sport next season, Carlos Sainz Jr. is in no doubt that he owes everything to his current team, Scuderia Toro Rosso. Mobil 1 The Grid spoke to the Spaniard to find out more about his time with the team, as well as the impact compatriot Fernando Alonso has had on his career to date.

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10/11/17
imsa

Taylor, Rahal and Pagenaud added to Penske IMSA lineup
Ricky Taylor leaves father's team
Ricky Taylor leaves father's team

Acura Team Penske completed its full-time sports car driver lineup today, as the organization announced that recently-crowned IMSA Prototype Champion Ricky Taylor will race in the Acura ARX-05 Daytona Prototype International (DPi) program beginning in 2018. Taylor will team up with Helio Castroneves in one of the team’s two full-time entries in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next season.  They will join the previously-announced pairing of Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron. 

In addition, Graham Rahal and 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series Champion Simon Pagenaud will join the program as endurance drivers when the team makes its competition debut with the new Acura prototype sports cars at IMSA’s 2018 season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona in January and the 12 Hours of Sebring in March.

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10/11/17
automotive

GM buys Calif. tech-sensor company to help in self-driving car race with Alphabet, Tesla
Autonomous Chevy Bolts
Autonomous Chevy Bolts
General Motors Co (NYSE: GM) announced it acquired LIDAR technology company Strobe, Inc. As part of the deal, Strobe’s engineering talent joins GM’s Cruise Automation team to define and develop next-generation LIDAR solutions for self-driving vehicles.

“Strobe’s LIDAR technology will significantly improve the cost and capabilities of our vehicles so that we can more quickly accomplish our mission to deploy driverless vehicles at scale,” said Kyle Vogt, Founder and CEO, Cruise Automation.

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10/11/17
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irl

Earnhardt, Jr. and Hinchcliffe to be inducted into Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame
James Hinchcliffe throwing sparks in Texas
James Hinchcliffe throwing sparks in Texas
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Texas Motor Speedway will forever be synonymous as the NASCAR superstar captured milestone victories in two national series at the world-renowned motorsports facility.

That connection from his first career wins in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and XFINITY Series coming at Texas Motor Speedway will be further strengthened by Monday's announcement of his induction into the Texas Motorsports Hall of Fame during November's AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader playoff weekend.

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10/11/17
imsa

MacNeil, WeatherTech Confirmed at Scuderia Corsa for 2018
Cooper MacNeil
Cooper MacNeil
Cooper MacNeil and WeatherTech will make the move to Scuderia Corsa next year, replacing newly crowned two-time GT Daytona class champion Christina Nielsen in the team’s Ferrari 488 GT3.

MacNeil will team up with Alessandro Balzan for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, in what’s expected to continue as a single-car GTD entry for the California-based squad.

The two-time ALMS GTC champion is no stranger to the Giacomo Mattioli-led operation, having driven for them in Ferrari Challenge, as well as also in this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, in a GTE-Am spec Ferrari.

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