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10/12/18
irl

Andretti Autosport Over The Wall: Inside Front
Learn from the Andretti Autosport crewman who change the inside front tire on pit stops what their pressure-packed responsibilities are.

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10/12/18
tv news

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern; all live except as noted:
Saturday, Oct. 13LocationTV TimesNetwork
IMSA– raceRoad Atlanta10:30am-1:002pmFS1
IMSA– raceRoad Atlanta10:55am-9:30pmIMSA Online
IMSA– raceRoad Atlanta12:00-9:30pmFS2
NASCAR Cup – practiceTalladega11:05am-12:25pmNBCSN
NASCAR Truck– raceTalladega1:00-4:30pmFOX
NASCAR Cup – qualifyingTalladega4:35-5:35pmNBCSN
WEC – raceFuji9:30-11:00pmVelocity
Sunday, Oct. 14LocationTV TimesNetwork
NHRA – qualifyingCharlotte1:00-2:00pm (D)FS1
DTMHockenheim1:00-2:00pm (SDD)CBS-SN
NASCAR Cup – raceTalladega1:30-2:00pm – pre-race
2:00-6:30pm– race
NBC
NHRA – finalsCharlotte2:00-5:00pmFS1


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

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10/12/18
NHRA

Torrence, Capps, Enders, Krawiec Fastest in zMax Qualifying
Steve Torrence

Top Fuel racer Steve Torrence remained the dominant car in the category on Friday and raced to the provisional qualifying lead in the category at the NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by WIX Filters at zMAX Dragway. 

Ron Capps (Funny Car), Erica Enders (Pro Stock), and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also provisional No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the fourth of six playoff events during the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship.

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10/12/18
nastruck

NASCAR and Talladega Superspeedway Enter New Partnership With Sugarlands
Award-winning moonshine distillery Sugarlands Distilling Company, LLC. has entered the sport by signing agreements with both the sanctioning body and one of the most iconic tracks on the circuit, Talladega Superspeedway. The new partnerships designate Sugarlands Shine as the “Official Moonshine of NASCAR” and as the title partner of the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Trucks Series fall race, the Sugarlands Shine 250. The announcement was made Friday at Talladega Superspeedway, which is hosting its much anticipated NASCAR Playoff doubleheader weekend.

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10/12/18
fe

2018/19 Formula E line-up so far
Stoffel Vandoorne has nixed IndyCar for the Mercedes Formula E team where he will be paid to drive instead of having to buy a ride in IndyCar.

Vandoorne will complete a day of running with HWA (future Mercedes Formula E team) at the Ricardo Tormo track before traveling to Austin to take part in the US Grand Prix with McLaren.

Vandoorne will make at least $1 million per year in Formula E
Vandoorne will make at least $1 million per year in Formula E

A HWA spokesperson told Autosport that the squad will reveal its second FE driver on Monday, adding "Stoffel is on the short list".

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10/12/18
fe

Bern completes list of cities on Formula E Championship calendar for season 5
Season 5 Calendar - click to enlarge
Season 5 Calendar - click to enlarge
The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is bringing fully-electric racing to Bern next season for the Julius Baer Swiss E-Prix - scheduled to take place on June 22.

The Swiss capital fills the last remaining spot on the season five calendar, after it was announced earlier this week that the electric street racing series is returning to Santiago in January. The schedule for the eagerly-awaited new season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship was published following the conclusion of the FIA World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) meeting in Paris today.

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10/12/18
nasmon

Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus explain reasons behind split
Knaus, Johnson and Rick Hendrick after winning the title in 2010
Knaus, Johnson and Rick Hendrick after winning the title in 2010
The Jimmie Johnson-Chad Knaus No. 48 team chapter of the Hendrick Motorsports book may come to a close at season’s end, but that doesn’t mean they won’t add more to the story together.

Seven championships and 81 victories over the span of 17 years is an unbelievable run -- a dynasty built by two masters of their craft. Johnson and Knaus will go down as two of the greatest legends this sport has ever seen -- together and separately.

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10/12/18
imsa

Mazda Fastest in Practice 4 at Road Atlanta
Oliver Jarvis
Oliver Jarvis
Oliver Jarvis turned the fastest lap for Mazda Team Joest in Practice 4 at Road Atlanta, the final practice session before qualifying for Petit Le Mans that takes place this afternoon.

Jarvis’ best lap in the Mazda RT24-P of 1:10.786 was the fastest of the weekend so far and good enough to hold down the top position in the hotly contested session that saw the top four separated by a mere 0.071 seconds.

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10/12/18
nasmon

Liberty National Life Insurance Extends Partnership with RCR
#3 Austin Dillon at Las Vegas
#3 Austin Dillon at Las Vegas
Liberty National Life Insurance Company has extended its partnership with Richard Childress Racing and the No. 31 team for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Liberty National will remain a primary sponsor for select races with Daniel Hemric and the No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, and will be an associate sponsor for select races on the No. 3 Chevrolet with driver Austin Dillon.

A leading provider of life and supplemental health insurance for middle-income Americans through in-home and workplace sales, Liberty National is looking to build upon its successful LNL Racing marketing campaign by expanding its engagement opportunities with its independent sales Agents, independent agency owners, and  policyholders throughout the United States.

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10/12/18
nasmon

NASCAR Dover TV ratings
Chase Elliott
Chase Elliott
The final TV rating for the Dover Monster Cup race last weekend on NBCSN was a 1.20 with 2,009,000 people tuned in, that is down 9.1% from a 1.32 final rating in 2017.

The final ratings for the Xfinity race at Dover on NBCSN was a 0.43 with 625,000 people tuned in, that is down 20.3$ from a 0.54 final rating in 2017.

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10/12/18
dtm

WRT becomes Audi customer team in the DTM
Vincent Vosse and Dieter Gass
Vincent Vosse and Dieter Gass shake on the deal
Audi has become the first manufacturer to present a customer team for the new era of the DTM: In the 2019 season, the W Racing Team (WRT), which is mainly known from GT racing, will become a part of the international touring car series. The squad surrounding team director Vincent Vosse plans to enter two new Audi RS 5 DTM cars.

“Together with the ITR, we have been working hard over the past few months to reopen the DTM for customer teams,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. “We are pleased to present the first customer team of the new DTM era. I know Vincent Vosse and his team very well from Super Touring and the many years we worked together in GT racing. I know how strong the WRT team is. I am convinced that WRT also has the potential to establish itself in the DTM.”

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10/12/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • Mark Webber hopes IndyCar move right for Alonso
    Mark Webber hopes IndyCar move right for Alonso
    Webber hopes Indycar move right for Alonso
  • Vettel-Ferrari collapse 'incomprehensible' - Doornbos
  • F1 should simplify to improve - Prost
  • Williams Racing Confirms George Russell from 2019
  • Reserved tickets for COTA race in Austin sold out for first time since 2012
  • Villeneuve: Vettel could write a book on how to lose the title
  • Hakkinen: Sebastian had to do that!

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10/12/18
wec

Alonso fastest at Fuji
Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso

Toyota’s Fernando Alonso topped the times in the second free practice at Fuji for the 6-hour WEC round

The Spanish ace set a session best time of 1m23.973s in the No.8 Toyota TS 050 HYBRID to beat the sister No.7 Toyota by 1.095s

Rebellion Racing lead the chase of the Toyotas with Thomas Laurent setting best lap of 1m25.697s in No.3 R13-Gibson.

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10/12/18
imsa

Spirit of Daytona looking for a ride-buyer for 2019
The #90 will be back on track in 2019 if they can find a ride-buyer to fill their budget gap
The #90 will be back on track in 2019 if they can find a ride-buyer to fill their budget gap
While forced to miss this weekend’s Motul Petit Le Mans, Spirit of Daytona team owner Troy Flis says they are working on options to return to IMSA competition next year, ideally as a full-time Cadillac DPi.V-R entrant.

“We’ve got everything we need to go racing,” Flis told Sportscar365. “We’ve just got to get some budget, get a partner. We’re looking to see what’s out there.

“If we have to, we will do other things too, other projects. We’re look at that as well.”

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10/12/18
eurof3

Schumacher Focused on Clinching Euro F3 Title in Hockenheim Finale
Mick Schumacher
Mick Schumacher
Mick Schumacher heads to the Hockenheimring this weekend as firm favorite for the European F3 title.

The Prema Theodore Racing driver has won eight races in 2018, including five of the past six, and goes into the final three races of the year with a forty-nine-point advantage over Daniel Ticktum, while Marcus Armstrong is the only other driver still in contention, although sixty-nine-points back with seventy-five-points on offer.

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10/12/18
fe

Nissan To Make Official On-Track Formula E Debut
Nissan team testing
Nissan team testing

YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan will make its official on-track debut and begin a new brand partnership with Royal Dutch Shell PLC when the ABB FIA Formula E championship stages its preseason test next week.

The Nissan e.dams team will conduct three days of testing at Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain, alongside the other 10 teams competing in the upcoming season of the all-electric racing championship.

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10/11/18
f1

Susie vs. Toto Wolff - AMG Suzuka Track Battle!
They're not your average couple... It isn't your average car... This is not your average Sunday Drive... Susie and Toto Wolff take on the mighty Suzuka Circuit at the wheel of the Mercedes-AMG GT R!

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10/11/18
imsa

Petit LeMans Thursday notebook
Can the Corvettes really keep their advantage in GTLM when it counts?
Can the Corvettes really keep their advantage in GTLM when it counts?
Braun Fastest Early Thursday In Practice at Motul Petit Le Mans

Hunting for their first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Prototype class title, the No. 54 CORE autosport team’s efforts got off to a hot start on Thursday at Road Atlanta.

Colin Braun, who is co-driving in Saturday’s 10-hour Motul Petit Le Mans with team owner Jon Bennett and endurance driver Romain Dumas, posted the fastest lap overall across the two afternoon practice sessions with a time of one minute, 11.669 seconds (127.586 mph).

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10/11/18
imsa

Nato and Derani lead Nissan 1-2 in night practice at Road Atlanta
Nato in the #2 Nissan
Nato in the #2 Nissan
Norman Nato led the way in night practice for Saturday’s Motul Petit Le Mans, leading a 1-2 for Tequila Patron ESM.

The Frenchman, in his IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship debut, reeled off a 1:11.457 in the No. 2 Nissan Onroak DPi late in the 90-minute session to edge out teammate Pipo Derani by 0.090 seconds.

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10/11/18
imsa

Braun top 2nd Petit LeMans practice
Colin Braun
Colin Braun
Colin Braun was fastest in second practice for Saturday’s Motul Petit Le Mans in his #54 Core Autosport LMP2 car.

Braun put up a time of 1m11.669s lap time in the No. 54 Oreca 07 Gibson to.

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10/11/18
dtm

R-Motorsport to join DTM with Aston Martin in 2019
A far cry from the departing Mercedes factory effort, but something nonetheless
A far cry from the huge departing Mercedes factory effort, but something nonetheless
DTM looks ahead to the involvement of the renowned brand Aston Martin. ITR, promoter of the international touring-car series, welcomes the British manufacturer that will be represented by Team R-Motorsport on the DTM grid. Should the development of the racing cars based on the Aston Martin Vantage progress as scheduled, the squad could contest its first races as early as 2019. 

The manufacturers Audi and BMW early announced their commitment to DTM and now, a third brand with outstanding motor-racing tradition enters the stage. Gerhard Berger, chairman of the DTM umbrella organisation ITR e.V. says: “This decision of a luxury sports-car manufacturer such as Aston Martin is a historic event for our series and a milestone for the international orientation of DTM.”

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10/11/18
f1

2018 Japanese Grand Prix F1 Mercedes Debrief
Mercedes Chief Strategist James Vowles delves into answering your questions from the Japanese Grand Prix, from tricky tire decisions in Q3 to why Mercedes pitted Valtteri before Lewis...

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10/11/18
nasmon

Letarte: Meendering reminds me of Knaus
NBC Sports' Steve Letarte breaks down the crew chief changes for Jimmie Johnson and William Byron as well as why Kevin Meendering is ready to make the move to being a Monster Energy Series crew chief.

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10/11/18
imsa

A Race For The Title - Porsche, Corvette & The 21st Running Of Petit Le Mans
#4 Corvette
#4 Corvette

Road Atlanta plays host to the final round of the IMSA Championship this weekend, with Ford, BMW, Porsche and Corvette all in contention for honors in the GTLM class at the famous 10-hour race that is Petit Le Mans.

Porsche’s Nick Tandy and Earl Bamber, and Corvette Racing’s Tommy Milner, Oliver Gavin and Antonio Garcia look ahead to the battle in store.

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10/11/18
track news

Watkins Glen International announces 2019 racing event schedule
The NASCAR crowd at The Glen is huge
The NASCAR crowd at The Glen is huge
Watkins Glen International is thrilled to announce its 2019 schedule of spectator racing events, headlined by a tripleheader NASCAR weekend and a crown jewel of the international endurance racing calendar.

Watkins Glen International’s 63rd season since the permanent course was constructed in 1956 will open with Opening Weekend (April 6-7, 2019), providing a fans with an opportunity to drive their own vehicle on the track to benefit the facility’s Racing and Community Enrichment (R.A.C.E.) Foundation. Individuals and car clubs are both welcome to participate in this unique opportunity to experience one of the most historic circuits in the world first-hand.

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10/11/18
f1

Red Bull F1: USA Road Trip Part-2
On the road in the USA
On the road in the USA
Back in August, just before the summer break Red Bull brought us the first installment of our epic American road trip, a spectacular journey that saw Daniel Ricciardo and an Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB7 mix it with the traffic on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and make a Death Valley pit stop, before heading for the Wild West panoramas of Utah’s Monument Valley and on to Sin City, Las Vegas for a night-time ride along the Strip.

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10/11/18
imsa

Action Express 1-2 in Opening Practice for Petit LeMans
Filipe Albuquerque
Filipe Albuquerque

Filipe Albuquerque led an Action Express Racing 1-2 in opening practice for this weekend’s Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.

Albuquerque reeled off a best lap of 1:11.878 in the No. 5 Cadillac DPi-V.R, edging out a late session improvement by Felipe Nasr by 0.274 seconds.

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10/11/18
usac

Swanson to Drive for Nolen Racing in USAC Silver Crown Series in 2019
Gene Nolen And Kody Swanson
Gene Nolen And Kody Swanson
Nolen Racing announced today that it will downsize from a two-car to a one-car USAC Silver Crown team in 2019, and that car will be driven by the winningest driver in series history, four-time and reigning champion Kody Swanson.

Team owner Gene Nolen also said he will field two asphalt sprint cars next year, not three as he has done in recent seasons. That program’s primary focus is the Pay Less Little 500 at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway, and Swanson and Shane Hollingsworth will drive those cars. Swanson gave Nolen his first Little 500 victory in May, while Hollingsworth finished third.

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10/11/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • Grossjean bemoans the fact that F1 is 99% car and only 1% driver. The majority of the grid has 0.00% chance of ever winning
    Grosjean bemoans the fact that F1 is 99% car and only 1% driver. The majority of the grid has 0.00% chance of ever winning
    Modern F1 'too predictable' - Grosjean
  • F1 points system not changing
  • Red Bull says 'no' to MotoGP test for Verstappen
  • Alonso retirement 'sad' but 'normal' - Bell
  • McLaren 'hit the bottom' in 2018 - Sainz Jr.
  • James Key exit hurt Toro Rosso - Gasly
  • Wehrlein turned down Formula E for F1 hopes
  • Abiteboul understands Mercedes team orders
  • F1 screwed itself out of $40M

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10/11/18
v8

Supercars Confirms Four Events In Victoria, Adds Perth Night Race
Supercars in action in Adelaide
Supercars in action in Adelaide
Supercars has announced its 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship calendar with a continued mix of the familiar for current fans and changes for the new.

Whilst the season starts and ends in Adelaide and Newcastle once again, Victorian fans have plenty to cheer about as Phillip Island welcomes the Mustang in pre-season testing, leading off four events in the state.

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10/11/18
imsa

Devlin DeFrancesco to Rejoin JDC Motorsports as part of Petit Le Mans Lineup
Devlin DeFrancesco
Devlin DeFrancesco
After a hugely successful debut SportsCar outing earlier this year at the 56th Rolex 24 at Daytona , Devlin DeFrancesco will be re-joining the JDC Motorsport team as they head to Georgia for the final round of the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (10th – 13th October). 

Finalizing the teams 3 driver line-up, the eighteen-year-old will be joined by the team's two full-season drivers, Simon Trummer and Robert Alon in the No. 85 Oreca LMP2 "Banana Boat."

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