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10/14/19
nhra

Video: NHRA driver goes for wild ride in Charlotte
Friday, before the rainout on Sunday
Friday, before the rainout on Sunday
During the second round of qualifying at the NHRA Carolina Nationals in Concord, N.C. Friday, Pro Stock driver Alan Prusiensky’s 2018 Dodge Dart's chute came out late in the shutdown area and crossed the centerline then made contact with the wall and rolled before coming to a rest.

Prusiensky exited the car under his own power. He was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.

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10/14/19
v8

Supercars Andretti Team Wildcard Report:
Alexander Rossi
Alexander Rossi

Taking place on the side of icon Mount Panorama in New South Wales, Australia, the Bathurst 1000 is widely regarded as the pinnacle of motorsport in Australia and is colloquially known as The Great Race among motorsport fans and media. The event serves as the flagship race of the Virgin Australia Supercars championship.

For the 2019 showing, Walkinshaw Andretti United welcomed the international pairing of NTT IndyCar Series drivers Alexander Rossi and James Hinchcliffe, co-piloting the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Holden Commodore in what was a baptism by fire.

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10/14/19
il
irl

IndyCar team owners salivating over Askew's $1M
Michael Andretti and Oliver Askew
Michael Andretti and Oliver Askew
Oliver Askew, the 2019 Indy Lights champ and his $1 million check for a limited IndyCar season has IndyCar team owners salivating over wanting to get their hands on that money.

As such he is one of the most sought after drivers in the off season and one of the top candidates @McLarenIndy and just about every team in the paddock.

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10/14/19
irl

Canon Solutions America to Become Official Team Supplier for Rahal IndyCar team
Canon Solutions

Rahal Letterman Lanigan (RLL) Racing announced today that Canon Solutions America, Inc. has become an Official Team Supplier for Printing and Productivity Solutions for the NTT IndyCar Series program. As part of the multi-year agreement, Canon Solutions America will outfit the team’s offices, race shop and transporters with a line of office printers and scanners.

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10/14/19
f1

Driver situation 'good' for Vettel and Leclerc - boss
Mattia Binotto
Mattia Binotto
(GMM) Mattia Binotto has denied that he is losing control of the situation with Ferrari's drivers.

Some think the current struggle between Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc for number 1 status will ultimately descend into chaos for the Maranello team.

"I don't think the philosophy they have there is good for a team," Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton said at Suzuka.

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10/14/19
f1

Seidl thinks teams will agree to 2021 rules
Andreas Seidl
Andreas Seidl
(GMM) Andreas Seidl says he is "sure" that Formula 1 will soon have clarity over the rules for 2021.

That is despite the fact that sources at Suzuka reported that an internal vote revealed that only four teams support Liberty Media's current proposal.

McLaren is one of those teams.

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10/14/19
f1

Kubica slams Williams over new wing removal
Kubica says the team changed his wing and did not tell him. Then he crashed.
Kubica says the team changed his wing and did not tell him. Then he crashed.
(GMM) Robert Kubica's relationship with Williams appears to be breaking down completely.

The Pole, who has already announced his departure at the end of the season, slammed the struggling British team after the Japanese GP.

Kubica says that after testing a new wing on Friday, he was not told that the component would be taken off his car for qualifying and the race.

"For the first time in a long time, the situation improved significantly with the new wing," he told Poland's Onet Sport at Suzuka.

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10/14/19
f1

Bottas used old Hamilton chassis at Suzuka
Bottas gets Hamilton's hand me downs
Bottas gets Hamilton's hand me downs
(GMM) Valtteri Bottas has revealed he raced to victory at Suzuka in a monocoque used previously by his teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Although he slammed team strategy "f*ck ups" on Sunday, Hamilton helped Mercedes to win the constructors' title at Suzuka.

He also excluded the Ferrari drivers and Max Verstappen from contention for the drivers' title by finishing third.

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10/14/19
f1

Yamamoto's check not big enough yet (Update)
Despite doing fairly well in his first F1 outing, Naoki Yamamoto's check is not big enough to buy a Toro Rosso seat yet
Despite doing fairly well in his first F1 outing, Naoki Yamamoto's check is not big enough to buy a Toro Rosso seat yet

UPDATE (GMM) Naoki Yamamoto "should be in Formula 1".

That is the view of 2009 world champion Jenson Button, referring to the Japanese driver who got his first taste of a F1 car at Suzuka last Friday.

The 31-year-old is Button's teammate in the Japanese Super GT series. He is also poised to be this year's Super Formula champion, having won that championship in 2013 and 2018 as well. 

Yamamoto is strongly backed by Honda, Red Bull and Toro Rosso's works partner in Formula 1. Yamamoto made his F1 debut in Friday free practice at Suzuka, taking over from Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly.

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10/13/19
nasmon

ISC does fans right with rainout options
Race start was dry
Race start was dry

Today’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway has been postponed due to inclement weather. It will resume tomorrow, Monday, October 14, at 1 p.m. CT (2 p.m. ET) on NBCSN.

The event was called after 57 laps of the scheduled 188-lap event due to light rain with William Byron in the lead after winning the race’s first stage, holding off Joey Logano. Pole sitter Chase Elliott wound up 18th after stage one.

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10/13/19
nhra

Rain forces NHRA to postpone Carolina Nationals until Monday
Rain and drag racing don't mix
zMax Dragway Twitter
Sunday's planned running of the 12th Annual NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway has been postponed to Monday, with eliminations scheduled to begin at 10am. 

Persistent rain showers that moved into the area overnight lingered throughout the day, with track-drying operations continuing in hopes of finding a break in the weather. At 5pm, another shower accompanied by lightning forced track officials to evacuate the grandstands before officials from the NHRA finally threw in the towel at 5:30 pm.




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10/13/19
nasmon

NASCAR Talladega 500 postponed until Monday
The race ran thru Stage 1 before the rains came
The race ran thru Stage 1 before the rains came

Wet weather has led NASCAR officials to postpone the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway to Monday at 2 pm EST.

Moments after the completion of the first segment of the race, rain began to fall over the 2.66-mile speedway. After making two laps under caution, NASCAR officials brought the cars to pit road and put the race under the red flag on lap 57.

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10/13/19
imsa

Penske and Meyer Shank Acura teams win IMSA titles
Juan Montoya hugs his daughter after winning his first IMSA title.  If you want to win a lot of races and titles you drive for Roger Penske
Juan Montoya hugs his daughter after winning his first IMSA title. If you want to win a lot of races and titles you drive for Roger Penske

Acura, its teams and drivers completed its championship-winning IMSA season in Saturday’s season-ending Petit Le Mans, putting the finishing touches on the Driver, Manufacturer and Team titles in the featured Daytona Prototype International division at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. 

Meanwhile, in the GTD division, Meyer Shank Racing claimed the Drivers’ and Teams’ Championships with the Acura NSX GT-3 Evo.

Finishing a season highlighted by race wins at Mid-Ohio, Detroit and Watkins Glen, and podium finishes in nine of the 10 races in 2019, Acura officially secured the Manufacturers’ Championship at the start of today’s season finale. But the fight for the drivers’ and teams’ titles went down to the final laps of the 10-hour endurance contest.

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10/13/19
f1

Leclerc drops to P7 after post-race penalties
Charles Leclerc demoted
Charles Leclerc demoted
Charles Leclerc has been demoted to seventh place in the final classifications of the Japanese Grand Prix after receiving two post-race time penalties.

Leclerc was handed a ten-second time penalty for driving in an unsafe condition when his front wing was broken due to contact with Max Verstappen on the opening lap of the race.

For the collision itself, Leclerc was issued a five-second time penalty, which promotes Daniel Ricciardo up into sixth place.

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10/13/19
v8

Penske driver McLaughlin wins Bathurst 1000 in final-lap dash
McLaughlin beats van Gisbergen to the line after a 1-lap shootout
McLaughlin beats van Gisbergen to the line after a 1-lap shootout

Scott McLaughlin and Alexandre Premat have the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 after holding off Shane van Gisbergen on a final lap restart.

What started as a relatively straightforward race became completely unpredictable in the final 40 laps, with Safety Car after Safety Car allowing the IndyCar drivers to finish 19th instead of next to last.

When Andre Heimgartner crunched his Nissan into the wall at Forrest’s Elbow with the leaders on their 158th lap, the Safety Car was called for an eighth time.

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10/13/19
f1

Magnussen eyes move to bigger team for 2021
Magnussen wadded up his car in Canada. He did same thing at Suzuka on first lap of qualifying
Magnussen wadded up his car in Canada. He did same thing at Suzuka on first lap of qualifying
(GMM) Kevin Magnussen says he will keep his eyes open for a move to a bigger team for 2021.

The Dane is staying at Haas next year, but he told BT newspaper that he is not content to just stay in the midfield forever.

"I feel that I am in the queue of drivers who deserve a seat in a top team," Magnussen, who turned 27 recently, said at Suzuka.

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10/13/19
f1

Losing McLaren 'no impact' on Renault - Abiteboul
Cyril Abiteboul - no one wants his engines
Cyril Abiteboul - no one wants his engines
(GMM) Cyril Abiteboul has played down signs of a crisis for Renault.

The team missed its target of closing the gap to the top three teams in 2019.

And this weekend it emerged that the parent company has ousted its CEO Thierry Bollore, who only assumed the role in January following the Carlos Ghosn corruption scandal.

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10/13/19
f1

Vettel crisis 'will resolve itself' - Marko
Vettel has responded well and has begun to beat Leclerc
Vettel has responded well and has begun to beat Leclerc. The problem for Vettel is that this year's Ferrari was designed to suit Leclerc's driving style more

(GMM) Dr Helmut Marko has backed Sebastian Vettel to re-assert himself at Ferrari.

On 'super Sunday' at Suzuka following the typhoon, the German ended teammate Charles Leclerc's four-race run of pole positions.

Before that, all and sundry were observing that Leclerc is now obviously the new number 1 in red.

"Yes, I've talked to him. Not about that but in general," Red Bull's Marko, who brought quadruple world champion Vettel into F1, told RTL at Suzuka.

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10/13/19
f1

F1 selects tracks for 2020 qualifying race trial
Paul Ricard is one of three tracks that will get a reverse grid qualifying race
Paul Ricard is one of three tracks that could get a reverse grid qualifying race
(GMM) Formula 1 has decided the location of the three 'trial' qualifying races in 2020.

It is believed that Ross Brawn told the teams at Suzuka that he wants the 45 minute, reverse-grid qualifying sprint races to take place at Paul Ricard, Spa and Sochi.

There will be no mandatory pitstops and drivers are free to choose any tire compound.

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10/13/19
f1

Kubica undecided over F1 role for 2020
Steiner salivating over option to get Kubica's big check
Steiner salivating over option to get Kubica's big check
(GMM) Robert Kubica has admitted he may switch to Haas for 2020.

It is believed his sponsor, the Polish oil company PK Orlen, is in talks to move its backing from Williams to the small American team.

Whether Kubica follows Orlen is another matter.

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10/13/19
f1

F1 to scratch Thursday from weekend format
Ricciardo calls for 2-day weekends
Ricciardo calls for 2-day weekends
(GMM) Race weekends in Formula 1 will be slashed from four to just three days from 2021, it has emerged at Suzuka.

A typhoon forced the cancellation of all track activities on Saturday, meaning that the sport is in effect testing the three-day format this weekend.

"I think the two days is enough," said Daniel Ricciardo.

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10/12/19
Bathurst

Bathurst: IndyCar stars getting beat by the girls (2nd Update)
The IndyCar stars Andretti Holden is nearly the slowest car on the track
The IndyCar stars Andretti Holden is nearly the slowest car on the track

UPDATE Lap 75, 85 laps to go. We are approaching the 1/2-way mark of the 1,000km race and the IndyCar drivers have gone down 1.5 laps on the 3.75-mile circuit.

Running 25th out of 26 cars, the IndyCar drivers are finally getting a little quicker having a lot of race laps under the belt now. Now they are only 2.1-seconds per lap slower than the leaders.

Progress, but still getting schooled.

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10/12/19


Majority of F1 teams opposed to technical changes
The big boys want to keep the car design and parts specs wide open
The big boys want to keep the car design and parts specs wide open
With weeks to go before the deadline by which time the 2021 rules and regulation must be signed-off, an internal vote by all ten teams sees only four in favor of the technical changes, and six opposing them.

While plans for a budget cap have been agreed, other than proposed changes to the way the prize pot is divided, it is the technical changes being planned that are causing the most division.

Formula One Management has spent millions assembling a team of technical experts in a bid to produce a car that will not only appear more aggressive and aesthetically pleasing than the current look, but whose aero will allow cars to follow more closely and thereby aid overtaking and produce better racing.

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10/12/19
v8

Penske and Ford committed to Supercars
IndyCar team owners Roger Penske and Michael Andretti attend Supercars Press Conference
IndyCar team owners Roger Penske and Michael Andretti attend Supercars Press Conference. AutoAction Photo
Shell V-Power Racing team principal Roger Penske is in town for the Bathurst 1000 and has spoken about his displeasure with how Supercars has tried to neuter his cars.

Penske’s team debuted the brand new Ford Mustang at the Adelaide 500 in February and has since seen the aerodynamic performance changed many times and the American expressed his frustration.

“Maybe some of it (aero changes) has to happen,” he said.

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10/12/19
nasmon
irl

NASCAR green lights hybrid cars

Chevrolet has dropped all R&D on hybrids and is going 100% electric across their model lineup. How will they react to IndyCar and NASCAR going hybrid?
Chevrolet has dropped all R&D on hybrids and is going 100% electric across their model lineup. How will they react to IndyCar and NASCAR going hybrid?
Like IndyCar, NASCAR is a day late and a dollar short and their recent announcement of hybrid power units for 2022 is the latest example.

Major racing circuits, NASCAR and IndyCar series, will be introducing hybrid engines in 2022.

The switch from an all-gasoline powered engine to a hybrid gas-electric is not only environmentally-friendly, but it will also boost performance and speed while on the race track.

“Indy Car’s switching to hybrid in 2022,” Fox News automotive editor Gary Gastelu said on FOX Business’ “Varney & Co.” “You're still going to have an engine, but now, you’re going to have an electric motor attached to it and a battery. So when the cars brake, they get a little more energy, and then, when they accelerate it gives them a little boost.” Problem is - NASCAR cars only brake when they pit.

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10/12/19
v8

Penske Ford driver shatters Bathurst record to take pole
Roger Penske congratulates McLaughlin
Roger Penske congratulates McLaughlin
Despite the pressure of Mostert’s lap in front of him Penske Ford driver Scott McLaughlin said he was focused on ‘breathing and executing’ on the way to smashing his own lap record.

“I was really calm. I was going about my business, I knew what I could do,” he said.

“Breathing and executing was my main goal and I was focused. I am just pumped man.”

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10/12/19
f1

Ferrari drivers say Mercedes better at Suzuka
Ferrari out to lunch at Suzuka?
Ferrari out to lunch at Suzuka?
(GMM) A car upgrade may have allowed Mercedes to catch up with Ferrari, according to Sebastian Vettel.

After four consecutive pole positions for Charles Leclerc, Mercedes' championship leader Lewis Hamilton said recently that Ferrari had "changed something about the engine" that makes it "better than all the others".

He therefore urged Mercedes to resume its 2019 development race, and the Brackley based team duly arrived at Suzuka with updates around the bargeboards, front wing and sidepods.

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10/12/19
f1

Williams' 2019 struggle 'deserved' - Villeneuve
Jacques Villeneuve points finger squarely at Claire Williams
Jacques Villeneuve points finger squarely at Claire Williams
(GMM) Jacques Villeneuve says he is sad but not surprised at what has happened to the Williams team.

Now a pundit for Italian television, the French Canadian is the last driver to have won the world championship for the team founded by Sir Frank Williams.

The same team, now run by Williams' daughter Claire, is now easily the slowest in the field. After Sochi, Robert Kubica's sponsor demanded to know why the Pole had to retire a healthy car in order to save parts.

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10/12/19
f1

Binotto 'not the best' at managing drivers - Lehto
Binotto criticized for how he is managing Vettel/Leclerc rivalry
Binotto criticized for how he is managing Vettel/Leclerc rivalry
(GMM) A former F1 driver has questioned Mattia Binotto's ability to handle the growing tension between the Ferrari drivers.

With Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel now obviously vying for number 1 status at Ferrari, team boss Binotto played down the mounting tension at Suzuka.

"As I've often said this season, it's somehow a luxury for a team principal to have this situation," he said at Suzuka.

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10/12/19
f1

Steiner fined EUR 7,500 for insulting F1 steward
Gunther Steiner a little lighter in the wallet
Gunther Steiner a little lighter in the wallet
(GMM) Gunther Steiner has escaped with a slap on the wrist after his Sochi radio outburst.

Some had feared that the Haas boss could be banned from the paddock for a race after lashing out at a "stupid idiotic steward" believed to be former F1 driver Emanuele Pirro.

Steiner's outburst was made over the radio to Kevin Magnussen, who was penalized for the manner in which he rejoined the circuit after an off at Sochi.

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10/12/19
f1

F1 Teams meet with Carey on 'typhoon Saturday
Binotto, with veto power, can tell Chase Carey to go pound sand
Binotto, with veto power, can tell Chase Carey to go pound sand
(GMM) Team bosses are spending Saturday discussing Formula 1's future with CEO Chase Carey.

The drivers will be idler on Saturday, bunkered down at Suzuka's circuit hotel. Only two staff members per team are allowed at the actual track to monitor team equipment as a powerful typhoon moves across the region.

"We have packed food and water and are ready for an emergency," Kevin Magnussen told BT newspaper. "I hope the hotel doesn't blow away," he smiled.

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10/12/19
f1

Vasseur plays down Hulkenberg's 2020 hopes
Frederic Vasseur
Frederic Vasseur: Hulkenberg no longer an option for Alfa Romeo either
(GMM) Frederic Vasseur has dealt a blow to Nico Hulkenberg's flagging chances of staying on the Formula 1 grid next year.

German Hulkenberg, who has lost his Renault seat for 2020 and is no longer in contention to move to Haas or Williams, said at Suzuka that his supporters would have to play "more of a patience game" before his future is revealed.

It seems that Alfa Romeo is also no longer an option, with team boss Vasseur indicating that Antonio Giovinazzi is set to remain Kimi Raikkonen's teammate next year.

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10/11/19
irl
v8

Bathurst: IndyCar drivers dead last (again) in Practice 6
Hinchcliffe bounces off the wall in another last place result for the IndyCar drivers
Hinchcliffe bounces off the wall in another last place result for the IndyCar drivers

Just when you didn't thinks could get worse for the IndyCar drivers at Bathurst, they just did.

Having stunk up the joint since the start of practice, Practice 6 saw Walkinshaw Andretti United wildcard entry, this time driven by James Hinchcliffe, hit the wall at The Cutting with five minutes remaining but it did not matter, they were going to finish last anyway.

The Canadian IndyCar driver lost the rear of the #27 NAPA ZB Commodore exiting the corner and dragged the right-rear corner along the concrete, damaging the rear wing.

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10/11/19
tv news

Weekend TV Times
All Times Eastern. Note: new time and channel for rescheduled F1 Qualifying from Suzuka
Thursday, October 10LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 Practice 1Suzuka8:55pm-10:30pm (L)ESPNews
Friday, October 11LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 Practice 2Suzuka12:55am - 2:30am (L)ESPN2
Supercars - QualifyingBathurst12:55am-2:00am (L)MotorTrend Online
NASCAR Cup Practice 1Talladega1:35pm-3:00pm (L)NBCSN
IMSA - Petit Le Mans QualifyingRoad Atlanta3:45pm-5:00pm (L)IMSA.TV
NASCAR Monster Cup Practice 2Talladega4:35 p.m. ET (L)NBCSN
F1 Practice 3 CANCELLEDSuzuka10:55pm - 12:00am (L)ESPNU
Saturday, October 12LocationTV TimesNetwork
Supercars Championship RaceBathurst2:00am (L)MotorTrend Online
Superbike World Championship #1ArgentinaTBA (L)beIN Sports
NASCAR Truck QualifyingTalladega10:35 a.m. (L)FS1
IMSA - Petit Le Mans RaceRoad Atlanta12:00pm-3:00pm (L) - NBC
3:00pm-5:30pm (L) - NBC Sports Live
5:30pm-10:30pm (L) - NBCSN
NBC
NBC Sports Live
NBCSN
Gander Outdoors Truck SeriesTalladega1:00pm-1:30pm (L) - Pre-Race
1:30pm-4:00pm (L) - Race
FS1
NASCAR Cup QualifyingTalladega4:35pm - 6:00pm (L)NBCSN
F1 QualifyingSuzuka8:55pm-10:00pm (L)ESPNews
Sunday, October 13LocationTV TimesNetwork
Superbike World Championship #2ArgentinaTBA (L)beIN Sports
Formula 1Suzuka12:30am-1:05am (L) - On The Grid
1:05am-3:05am (L) - Race
ESPNEWS
ESPN
NASCAR Cup 1000Bulbs.com 500Talladega1:30pm-2:00pm (L) - Pre-Race - NBC
2:00pm-6:00pm (L) - Race - NBC
6:00pm-6:30pm (L) - Post-Race - NBCSN
6:30pm-7:30pm (L) - Victory Lap - NBCSN
NBC
NBCSN
NHRA FinalsCharlotte2:00pm-5:00pm (L)FS1

 

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10/11/19
nasmon

Fords run 1-2-3-4 in final Dega practice
Clint Bowyer
Clint Bowyer
Friday afternoon’s final practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway offered a mix of mock-qualifying runs and small drafting groups as Clint Bowyer led the way.

Bowyer posted the fast lap at 202.042 miles per hour in the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford in the last 50-minute tune-up session before Sunday’s 1000bulbs.com 500 (2:30 p.m. ET, NBC/NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Aric Almirola finished in second with a lap at 200.835 mph in the No. 10 Ford.

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10/11/19
nasmon

Hamlin tops opening Cup Talladega practice at 204.904 m
Denny Hamlin
Denny Hamlin
JGR Toyota driver Denny Hamlin posted the fastest lap of the season in the first of two Cup practice sessions Friday at Talladega Superspeedway.

Hamlin topped the field with a lap of 204.904 mph. He was followed by Kevin Harvick (203.688 mph), Kyle Busch (203.684), Corey LaJoie (203.407) and Michael McDowell (203.386).

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10/11/19
f1

Leclerc 'has taken number 1 status' at Ferrari
Charles Leclerc, the new Ferrari darling
Charles Leclerc, the new Ferrari darling
(GMM) Sebastian Vettel has admitted that ignoring team orders at Sochi was "not right".

His teammate Charles Leclerc said separate meetings with Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto took place in the days after the Russian GP.

"Obviously it felt like it was a huge deal from the outside, which it definitely wasn't, but now everything is fine," he said.

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10/11/19
f1

Kubica to race front wing from winter testing at Suzuka
Robert Kubica reverts to old wing
Robert Kubica reverts to old wing
(GMM) Robert Kubica has revealed that he will race at Suzuka with a front wing that dates all the way back to winter testing.

That is despite the fact that Williams has boasted not only about solving its spare parts crisis, but about introducing a brand new front wing design in Japan.

It follows Sochi, where Kubica's sponsor PKN Orlen demanded Williams explain officially why the Pole's healthy car was retired from the Russian GP. The struggling team said it was conserving spare parts for the last races of 2019.

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10/11/19
f1

Climate change alarmism 'big risk for F1' - Abiteboul
Abiteboul sees doom for internal combustion engines and F1
Abiteboul sees doom for internal combustion engines and F1
(GMM) Cyril Abiteboul has joined those who think Formula 1 should consider tweaking its engine regulations prior to 2025.

A proposal is on the table to freeze development of the internal combustion engine element of the power units for 2021, and instead promote further development of the electrical components.

"If you look at Greta Thunberg's world, people are saying things that they would not have thought about even six months ago," Renault boss Abiteboul told Auto Bild.

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10/11/19
f1

No 'top team' exit clause in Ricciardo contract
Daniel Ricciardo stuck with inferior Renault
Daniel Ricciardo stuck with inferior Renault
(GMM) Daniel Ricciardo has ruled out a move to Ferrari for 2020.

With Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc squabbling internally at the Italian team, Ricciardo has been named as a prime candidate should Maranello seek a new driver at short notice.

But Ricciardo told Russia's Championat: "Those rumors are false.

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10/11/19
f1

Todt wants to attend F1 race with Schumacher 'one day'
Jean Todt
Jean Todt
(GMM) Jean Todt says he wants Michael Schumacher to attend a grand prix "one day".

The FIA president, who is one of the Schumacher family's closest friends, confirmed recent reports that said he sometimes watches F1 races with the stricken F1 legend.

"I told the truth, which is that I have watched grands prix with him on television. I hope that one day we can go together again to a grand prix," Todt told Italy's La Repubblica newspaper.

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10/11/19
f1

Drivers support decision to scrap Saturday at Suzuka
Hamilton poised to win another Japanese GP
Hamilton poised to win another Japanese GP
(GMM) Saturday's track action at Suzuka has been cancelled, as the risk that a 'violent' typhoon will hit the local area rises to 100 per cent.

Qualifying will instead take place on Sunday morning, and if that is also affected, then the grid will be determined on the order of second Friday practice.

Formula 1 said the decision was taken on the grounds of safety for the "spectators, competitors and everyone at the Suzuka circuit".

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10/11/19
f1

Hulkenberg 'not right person' for Williams
Nico Hulkenberg
Nico Hulkenberg
(GMM) Nico Hulkenberg has ruled out returning to Williams, where his Formula 1 career began in 2010.

Having lost his current Renault seat for 2020, the 32-year-old's last option to stay on the grid next year now appears to be Alfa Romeo.

Hulkenberg told CNN that he has ruled himself out of contention to claim departing Robert Kubica's Williams seat, because he is "not the right person for them right now".

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10/11/19
v8
irl

IndyCar drivers get schooled at Bathurst
Scott mcLaughlin fastest in Penske Mustang
Scott McLaughlin fastest in Penske Mustang
Mount Panorama threw everything it had at Supercars teams and drivers today, with record breaking track conditions this morning before a storm front rolled through to provide a wet track for qualifying.

The day opened with a co-driver only session in Practice 4, with Alex Premat and Tony D'Alberto on track in the Shell V-Power Mustangs. Both co-drivers did an excellent job, working on race-pace before handing the cars back to Scott McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard for Practice 5.

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10/11/19
f1

Bottas again leads Mercedes 1-2 in 2nd practice at Suzuka
Bottas leads both practice sessions
Bottas leads both practice sessions

Valtteri Bottas topped the second and final practice session of the weekend at Suzuka in front of Lewis Hamilton as Mercedes again showed their dominance.

Max Verstappen finished third in the session, ahead of Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel.

In P7, Carlos Sainz Jr once again set himself apart from the rest of the midfield, the McLaren driver 0.248s faster than the next best driver, Racing Point’s Sergio Perez. Putting that into perspective, just over half a second split Perez and 17th-place Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo.

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