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10/16/16
nassprint

Video: NASCAR Kansas Post-Race Q&A
Race winner Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Outback Chevrolet), race winning crew chief Rodney Childers, team owner Gene Haas (Stewart-Haas Racing), runner-up finisher Carl Edwards (No. 19 XFINITY Toyota), sixth-place finisher Austin Dillon (No. 3 Dow Coates Materials Chevrolet) and third-place finisher Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford).

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10/16/16
Dtm

Mortara wins battle, Whittmann the war
Mortara wins final DTM race of 2016
Mortara wins final DTM race of 2016

Fourth place in the Sunday race of the DTM season finale at the Hockenheimring Baden-Wurttemberg was enough for BMW driver Marco Wittmann to be crowned as the 2016 DTM champion. His only remaining opponent in the battle for the title, Edoardo Mortara with his Audi RS 5 DTM, showed another strong performance with a dominant win at Hockenheim on Sunday, but in spite of his eighth DTM career win, the Italo-Swiss ended up four points down on Wittmann as the new champion.

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10/16/16
f1

A sunny outlook for Austin's F1 weekend at COTA
Hamilton in last year's Austin monsson
Hamilton in last year's Austin monsoon

Circuit of the Americas officials have lined up Taylor Swift, Usher, 20 local bands and various forms of international entertainment to energize their fifth Formula One U.S. Grand Prix next weekend.

They have thrown millions of dollars into infrastructure improvements and transportation options for fans after last year's mudfest. But the final piece to the puzzle is something no man nor machine can control.

"If I could only ask for one thing, it would be nice weather," Katja Heim, COTA's chief operating officer, told the American-Statesman. "We'd give anything for days like these," she said of the sun-kissed weekend.

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10/16/16
wec

Video: WEC Fuji Japan Porsche Post Race Report
This video news from the seventh out of nine rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship shows Porsche came third and fifth with its two 919 Hybrids in a thrilling six-hour race at the Fuji International Speedway. The 911 RSR of Michael Christensen and Richard Lietz finished the race seventh in GTE-Pro class.

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10/16/16
ta

Fix goes flag-to-flag at NOLA
Paul Fix
Paul Fix
Chris Clark Photo

AVONDALE, La. – Paul Fix captured his fourth win of the 2016 Trans Am Championship with a flag-to-flag victory at NOLA Motorsports Park, Round 10 of the Series' 50th Anniversary Season. The win puts Fix just one point off of current points leader, and defending TA class champion, Amy Ruman, who finished second. In TA3, Randy Mueller secured the TA3 Championship despite finishing sixth in class, while Steve Streimer captured his second victory of the year in the class and Dave Ricci secured his first career win in TA3.

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10/16/16
f1

Massa hopes to hang around the F1 paddock in 2017
Felipe Massa looked at IndyCar but he is scared
Felipe Massa looked at IndyCar but he is scared
Felipe Massa is planning to return to the Formula 1 paddock in 2017 but only if it involves some kind of work, possibly with a television company or with sponsors.

The Williams Martini Racing driver is heading into his final four races of his Formula 1 career before heading into the retirement he announced ahead of the Italian Grand Prix, but Massa does not feel he would enjoy returning to the paddock if he did not have things to do.

Massa is hopeful to attend some races next season with a role in place, although he has yet to commit to where his future lies, with the Brazilian being linked to drives in the World Endurance Championship, Formula E and IndyCar.

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10/15/16
nasx

Video: NASCAR Kansas Xfinity post-race Q&A
Race-winner Kyle Busch (No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota), crew chief Chris Gayle, Steve DeSouza (Executive Vice President, XFINITY Series Development, Joe Gibbs Racing), second-place finisher Elliott Sadler (No. 1 OneMain Chevrolet) and third-place finisher Daniel Suarez (No. 19 ARRIS Toyota) 

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10/15/16
Motogp

Dani Pedrosa a operated on
Pedrosa at Motegi before he fell
Pedrosa at Motegi before he fell
Repsol Honda Team rider Dani Pedrosa underwent surgery on his right collarbone on Saturday afternoon, treating the injury suffered in a crash during Friday’s second free practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix.

The surgery was carried out by Dr. Victor Marlet and his team from the Catalan Institute of Traumatology and Sports Medicine (ICATME) at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus in Barcelona.

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10/15/16
Brazilian Stock Cars

Felipe Fraga storms to pole position
Felipe Fraga
Felipe Fraga
The qualifying session that settled the starting grid for Brazilian V8 Stock Cars round nine, in Curitiba, was not full of surprises. However, the pole position could only be known when the clock was stopped in the end of the session. In this scenario, current championship leader Felipe Fraga was the fastest man and took his second pole position this season with a lap time of 1min19.018s.

"We used a different strategy and saved to the very last attempt, on the third lap, unlike the other drivers, who gave it all since the first laps. I am glad it worked, because here in Curitiba starting in front is the safest place to be", the Cimed driver reminded.

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10/15/16
dtm

Timo Scheider ends his DTM career
Timo Scheider
Timo Scheider
Timo Scheider will be contesting his last DTM race for Audi in the finale at the Hockenheimring on Sunday. In eleven joint years, Scheider won two DTM titles (2008 and 2009), seven DTM races and, in the Audi R8 LMS, the 24 Hours of Spa in 2011.

“We celebrated many sweet successes together," says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “The highlights, no doubt, were his two DTM titles and his first victory in the DTM at Oschersleben in 2008. Timo (Scheider) during this long period of time became a true Audian who has many fans. He's been a team player at all times and will always be linked to Audi's successful motorsport history."

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10/15/16
track news

Mazda Raceway: Friends of Laguna Seca beats ISC and Pook Group
Except for MotoGP, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has failed to draw a big crowd for 20 years
Except for MotoGP, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has failed to draw a big crowd for 20 years

Friends of Laguna Seca has emerged from a competitive bid process with an opportunity to negotiate a new concession agreement for county-owned Laguna Seca, including the iconic raceway writes Jim Johnson of the Monterey Herald.

In a statement issued Friday, the county announced the Board of Supervisors had directed staff to "negotiate initially" with the Friends of Laguna Seca for a new concession agreement for the county park off Monterey-Salinas Highway. If an agreement is reached, it would be considered by the board in a public meeting. At the same time, the statement also left the door open for the other bidding groups to be offered an opportunity to negotiate if talks with Friends of Laguna Seca fall through.

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10/15/16
dtm

Molina wins - decision in the title battle between Wittmann and Mortara postponed
Molina takes the checkered flag for Audi
Molina takes the checkered flag for Audi

Miguel Molina has won the DTM race at the Hockenheimring Badn-Wurttemberg on Saturday in a dominant way. At the start, the Spaniard already moved up into first with his Audi RS 5 DTM and after 27 laps, he crossed the finish line as the winner. "The start was decisive for today's success," Molina said.

"After that, I had a good pace and was able to drive victory home." Molina's second season victory, the third race win of his DTM career, moved a little bit to the background because of the thrilling duel between Marco Wittmann and Edoardo Mortara in the battle for the 2016 DTM champions' title. On Saturday, Wittmann finished second and thus extended his lead in the drivers' standings. Mortara took the checkered flag in third place and thus kept the battle open until tomorrow's final race of the season.

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10/15/16
f1

Vasseur happy they landed Hulkenberg
Frederic Vasseur
Frederic Vasseur
Renault Team Principal Frederic Vasseur says the squad has acquired "one of the very best drivers" available in Formula 1 after signing Nico Hulkenberg on a long-term deal.

Hulkenberg, who has spent his Formula 1 career in the midfield with Williams, Force India and Sauber, will move to Renault next season, as the outfit bids to make progress after a difficult 2016.

Vasseur oversaw Hulkenberg's development en-route to Formula 1, when the German drove for his ASM and ART squads in Formula 3 and GP2, winning both titles along the way.

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10/15/16
ta

Fix Edges Ebben For NOLA Trans-Am Pole
Paul Fix
Paul Fix
Chris Clark
AVONDALE, La. – Paul Fix and Tony Buffomante captured pole positions in qualifying sessions for their respective Trans-Am races Saturday at NOLA Motorsports Park.

Likewise, Steve Streimer and Ernie Francis Jr. captured pole positions in the TA3 and TA4 classes with fast laps of their own around the 16-turn, 2.75-mile course. 

In the TA class, Fix, in the No. 50 StopFlex/TheCarCoach.com/Chevron Techron Chevrolet Corvette, barely edged out Cliff Ebben, in the No. 36 Stumpf Ford/McMahon Group/ Lamers Ford Mustang, for the pole with a time of 1:37.446 to Ebben’s 1:37.467.

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10/15/16
nassprint

Kansas State University logo on the #1
McMurray's hood
McMurray's hood
Textron Aviation is further strengthening its relationship with Kansas State University through a $150,000 donation to help the Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus modernize its aviation program in the sky and on the ground.

Textron Aviation's generosity will dramatically increase the square footage of the Certified Flight Instructor, or CFI, Lab, creating more workspace for flight instructors and a better learning environment for students enrolled in the program.

The Powercat logo also will be featured on the hood of the Textron Aviation NASCAR of #1-Jamie McMurray for the race Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Kansas Speedway, another example of Textron Aviation's continued support for the university. Kansas State News

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10/15/16
wec

Video: Porsche WEC Fuji Japan Qualifying Report
Video news from the seventh round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in Fuji (Japan): The two Porsche 919 Hybrids will start from positions two and six on the grid. Timo Bernhard (DE), Brendon Hartley (NZ) and Mark Webber (AU), the reigning world champions, have qualified for front row. The current championship leaders, Romain Dumas (FR), Neel Jani (CH) and Marc Lieb (DE), will start the six-hour race on Sunday from sixth on the grid. Richard Lietz (AT) and Michael Christensen (DK) qualified seventh in LMGTE Pro with the Porsche 911 RSR.

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10/15/16
nassprint

Johnson comments on deal with Stewart-Haas; Hendrick backtracks
Jimmie Johnson opened up a can of worms
Jimmie Johnson opened up a can of worms
Jimmie Johnson described a less-than-ideal working relationship between Hendrick Motorsports and Stewart-Haas Racing on Friday, prompting his team general manager to clarify how the teams shared information. Stewart-Haas has gotten its Chevrolet engines and chassis from Hendrick Motorsports since it began in 2009, but that relationship is poised to end.

Stewart-Haas announced this year it would be switching to Roush Yates Engines that power Ford teams for next season.

Johnson was asked before practice for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Kansas whether he would like his team to find another partner to replace Stewart-Haas racing next season.

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10/15/16
automotive

200+ mile range EVs will change the paradigm
The Tesla Model 3 and the Chevy Bolt later this year will change the world
The Tesla Model 3 (2017) and the Chevy Bolt later this year will change the world with their affordable 200-mile range
For those of you who haven't been tuning into what has been going on in the automotive industry with respect to electric vehicles (EVs) lately, from 2008 when Tesla introduced the first viable electric vehicle to the market there have been more than 1.5 million electric vehicles sold world wide, and over 500 thousand EVs sold in the US alone. Most electric vehicles sold by the major automakers to this point have had the distances that they can travel on a single charge, also known as range, limited to between 65 to around 100 miles writes Joe Lado of Daily Kos.

Tesla Motors, on the other hand, has had its vehicle's ranges typically set at 200 miles or above. They flirted with a 160 mile range vehicle for a while, but sold few and dropped the production of such vehicles as of March of 2013. Tesla's vehicles so far have been marketed to upscale luxury/performance market, which inadvertently is like saying its vehicles were expensive. Tesla introduced itself to the automobile market with it's Roadster, which sold for $109,000, and gave consumers a two seat sports car with 221 miles range.

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10/15/16
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automotive

Ferrari has the same dilemma F1 and IndyCar have
Ferrari F12td
Ferrari F12td. Ferrari feels it can't sell cars if they are silent. The problem it faces is that the Tesla Model S P100D - an all-electric luxury sedan - blows the doors off every Ferrari sold today

For racing to be exciting, it has to sound exciting. Of all our senses, sound is the #1 sensory perception that gets fans excited about the sport. It is why we recommended that the next generation IndyCar not have a turbocharger and add KERS. While turbos are popular on many passenger cars, in fact they partially muffle the sensation sound of the internal combustion engine.

Nothing beats the sound of a high-revving F1 car from years gone by. Part of MotoGP's huge popularity is the high revving sound of its bikes.

The reason why Formula E is downright boring is due to the near silent electric motors.

NASCAR has its signature deep throated roar of its big block V8s, but if they had electric motors no one would come to the races.

And it seems Ferrari recognizes that sound even matters for sports cars that people buy.

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10/14/16
nassprint

Video: NASCAR Kansas Pole Winners Q&A
Coors Light Pole Award Winner Matt Kenseth (No. 20 DEWALT FLEXVOLT Toyota) and runner-up qualifier Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M's Toyota)

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10/14/16
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Video: NASCAR Kansas Biffle, Bowyer, & Edwards Q&A
Greg Biffle (No. 16 Ford EcoBoost Ford) and Dave Loflin, US FordPass team, Clint Bowyer (No. 15 5-Hour Energy Chevrolet) and Carl Edwards (No. 19 XFINITY Toyota)

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10/14/16
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nasx

Video: NASCAR Kansas Gaughan, Truex Jr, Johnson, & Saurez Q&A
Brendan Gaughan (No. 62 South Point Chevrolet, NASCAR XFINITY Series), Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Bass Pro Shops / TRACKER Boats Toyota), Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet) and Daniel Suarez (No. 19 ARRIS Toyota, NASCAR XFINITY Series)

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10/14/16
pwc

Video: HPD Trackside -- Laguna Seca PWC highlights


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10/14/16
irl

Marco Andretti aims to silence his critics
It's ben a rough few years for Marco Andretti
It's ben a rough few years for Marco Andretti
Marco Andretti has vowed to bounce back from what he admits was "a dismal season" in 2016, and has high hopes based on the team's performance in the season finale writes David Malsher of Motorsport.com.

After three consecutive seasons finishing in the top 10 in the IndyCar championship, including fifth in 2013, the third-generation driver sank this year to his worst finish in the series, 16th. In a season when Andretti Autosport-Honda struggled as a whole at several tracks, his teammates Carlos Munoz, Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay were 10th, 11th and 12th in the points table.

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10/14/16
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Kyle Busch, Larson penalized for swerving after Charlotte race:
Kyle Larson
Kyle Larson
Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson were held out of the first 30 minutes of practice at Kansas Speedway as punishment for swerving after Sunday's race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "You swerve, and you're sitting," vice president of competition Scott Miller said Friday.

"That's about all there is to it." It's the first instance in which the infraction has been enforced.

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10/14/16
automotive

Video: Amazing way to remove rusted lugnuts


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10/14/16
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2017 rules given to NASCAR teams
Motorsport.com has obtained a copy of the proposed modifications for next season. Some of the highlights include:
1. Testing policy - An update to the National Series testing policy which would allow drivers returning to the sport following a medical absence to have an extra test under the discretion of the sanctioning body.
2. Spoiler Size - For non-superspeedway events, the spoiler height will be reduced from 3.5 inches to 2.375 inches, further reducing downforce.

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10/14/16
track news

ISC details 3rd quarter financials
International Speedway Corp details 3rd quarter financials: International Speedway Corp. held its conference call with investor analysts Thursday morning to detail results from the third quarter. ISC hosted four Sprint Cup weekends during the third quarter, which ended Aug. 31 - two races at Michigan, Daytona in July and Watkins Glen. Among the items mentioned in the nearly hour-long conference call:

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10/14/16
automotive

Tesla Model S outsells 7 Series and S-Class in the US
Tesla Model S P100D - the fastest production car you can buy - and it's a luxury sedan.  Electric motors are superior to internal combustion power in every category
Tesla Model S P100D - the fastest production car you can buy - and it's a luxury sedan. Electric motors are superior to internal combustion power in every category
The Tesla Model S topped the US luxury sedan sales chart for the third quarter of 2016, with 9,156 units of the fully electric sedan sold. In second and third place is the BMW 7 Series and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class with 3,634 units and 3,138 units sold respectively – more Model S units were sold than the two German luxury models combined in that period, according to data obtained by IHS Markit.

This could be attributed to the Model S’ latest update to P100D guise in April, which brought with it updates including a revised Autopilot suite. The P100D gets its name from a 100 kWh battery pack, which increases its range to 613 km in the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) cycle, or 507 km under the EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency) test. 

Earlier, Tesla announced global delivery numbers for Q3 2016 and confirmed that it had delivered approximately 24,500 vehicles in that period, of which were 15,800 units of the Model S and 8,700 units of the Model X. “Our Q3 delivery count should be viewed as slightly conservative, as we only count a car as delivered if it is transferred to the customer and all paperwork is correct,” said Tesla in a statement.

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10/14/16
v8

Triple Eight's Bathurst Appeal
Supercars Australia welcomes the decision handed down by the CAMS appointed National Court of Appeal today on Triple Eight’s attempt to change its appeal in respect of last Sunday’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Immediately following Sunday’s race, Triple Eight appealed the severity of the 15 second penalty handed to Car 88 as a result of Jamie Whincup’s failed pass on Car 33 of Scott McLaughlin.

On these grounds the appeal could only seek to downgrade the penalty from a grade two to a grade one which carries a 10 second penalty and could not have the incident re-investigated or the charge dropped.

Subsequently, Triple Eight applied to the Court to amend its appeal to instead claim that the failed pass was not a breach of the driving standards at all, despite numerous prior admissions by Triple Eight that the failed pass was a breach.


Triple Eight’s attempt to amend their appeal was today rejected by the Court. Triple Eight may still choose to appeal the severity of the 15 second penalty on Car 88 and, if so, they must do so by 5.55pm today.



Supercars Australia respects the right of all teams to appeal the decisions of stewards, however it also recognizes the groundswell of opinion from teams, drivers and fans who have expressed a strong desire to see one of Australia's biggest sporting events decided on the racetrack and not in a courtroom.

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10/14/16
wec

Video: Mark Webber Moments @Porsche Team
A world class driver takes on new tasks at the end of the season: Mark Webber calls time on his racing career to become Porsche representative. The Australian will quit his professional racing career to become Porsche special representative. This video looks back to his amazing time with Porsche Team, including the win of the Driver's World Championship crown in 2015.

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10/14/16
motogp

Lorenzo tops Friday practice at Motegi
Jorge Lorenzo
Jorge Lorenzo

Reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo led the way during a tightly-contested Friday practice for the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi.

Lorenzo moved to the front with a time of 1:45.151 in the closing stages of the second 45-minute session as he wound up just 0.053s clear of Andrea Dovizioso, who topped the first session.

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10/14/16
MotoGP

Aoyama replaces injured Pedrosa at Honda
Posing with the media yesterday, today Dani Pedrosa fell and broke his collarbone
Posing with the media yesterday, today Dani Pedrosa fell and broke his collarbone
Hiroshi Aoyama will replace Dani Pedrosa at Repsol Honda after the Spaniard fractured his collarbone during free practice for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Pedrosa was pitched into the air after losing control at Turn 11 and landed heavily on his collarbone, with medical staff at Motegi confirming Pedrosa had fractured his collarbone.

Aoyama, the 2009 250cc champion, will now stand in for Pedrosa for the rest of the weekend.

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10/14/16
motogp

Video: Repsol Honda previews Motegi
Repsol Honda race engineers Santi Hernandez and Ramon Aurin preview the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi.

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10/14/16
F1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • Hamilton missed tire test due to a sore foot. Did he kick something for blowing another start in Japan?
    Hamilton missed tire test due to a sore foot. Did he kick something for blowing another start in Japan?
    Hamilton misses Pirelli test with sore foot
  • 2020 contract for Mercedes bosses 'logical' - Lauda
  • Ecclestone kidnapping case goes to court
  • Hulkenberg signs EUR 18m, 3-year Renault contract
  • Sahara Force India confirms Nico Hulkenberg departure
  • Wehrlein's Pirelli test disrupted by rain
  • Gasly gets nod for Abu Dhabi tire test

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10/13/16
irl

Tickets Go On Sale Monday for 2017 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

2016 start at Long Beach
John Bosma

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Next April, the Roar by the Shore is back! Tickets for the 43rd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 7-9, go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. PT.

Featuring a wide variety of on- and off-track activities for the entire family, the Grand Prix will be headlined by the second round of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series, expected to include celebrated drivers such as defending series champion and 2016 Long Beach winner Simon Pagenaud along with such past Long Beach winners as Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon, Juan Pablo Montoya, Will Power and Ryan Hunter-Reay, as well as Marco Andretti and Graham Rahal driving wheel-to-wheel on the famed 1.97-mile, 11-turn circuit through downtown Long Beach.

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10/13/16
pwc

Pirelli World Challenge Announces 'official' 2017 Racing Schedule
2016 Full Field
2016 Full Field
WC Vision, producers of the Pirelli World Challenge, today announced its 11-weekend racing schedule for the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge Championships featuring North America’s biggest GT Production-based road racing campaign.

In 2016, the PWC campaign, with over 22 auto manufacturers and 38 separate models through its eight racing divisions, GT, GTA, GT Cup, GTS, Touring Car, TCA, TCB and Sprint X, enjoyed sensational racing action in its 27th year as one of the world’s most competitive and entertaining sports car racing series.

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10/13/16
nassprint

Keselowski, Stewart Bullish On Voice Given To NASCAR Drivers With Creation Of Councils
NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski said that with the emergence of the drivers council as well as a newly founded technical council, the governing body has "much more open dialog now than when drivers needed to use the media to have a voice," according to Bob Pockrass of ESPN.com. The drivers council has "met with NASCAR three times this year and also has met" with SMI execs.

It has "one more meeting left this season with NASCAR." Keselowski said, "We've made a lot more progress as a sport, at least behind the scenes, collaborating or moving forward where the need to have conversations through the media has not gone away but certainly been dramatically reduced in my mind." Pockrass noted the councils "often discuss big-picture items rather than go over recent NASCAR decisions." Driver Kevin Harvick said, "The council is ... something that wants to look forward and wants to try to help divert problems instead of create problems" ESPN.com.

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10/13/16
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NASCAR, ISC To Thank Sprint For Years As Cup Series Sponsor
NASCAR and ISC will have a sendoff of sorts this weekend at Kansas Speedway for outgoing title sponsor Sprint.

There are six races left for Sprint, which is based in K.C., during its run as title sponsor of NASCAR's Cup series. The company will have a large presence throughout the weekend, and there will be a reception for between 800-1,000 Sprint employees on Sunday morning in the track’s Xfinity Series garage area.

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10/13/16
imsa

Top IMSA Drivers Find Where The Rubber Meets The Road With Continental Tire
Testing tires in a new Ligier
Testing tires in a new Ligier

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida – IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship driver Ryan Dalziel is calmly speaking into the tape recorder. Fortunately, he doesn’t have to hold the tape recorder, which is good, because his hands are pretty busy: He’s accelerating up to and beyond 150 mph at the wheel of a new Dodge Challenger SRT 392, a 485-horsepower manual-transmission monster with a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8.

At the end of the straight at the Thermal Club private driving facility outside Palm Springs, California, Dalziel throws the 4,279-pound Challenger into a sweeping left-hander, keeping the car sideways as long as possible. The Scottish driver grins. This is fun.

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10/13/16
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f1

Mark Webber announces retirement from racing
Mark Webber
Mark Webber

Mark Webber will step down from racing at the end of the FIA World Endurance Championship season.

The 40-year-old Australian, who teamed with Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley to win the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship with Porsche, announced his retirement on Thursday.

Webber, who has seven WEC wins to his credit, including the most recent three rounds this year, will remain as a Porsche ambassador to represent the German manufacturer at global events and as a consultant.

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10/13/16
nassprint

NASCAR warns teams after Charlotte
On Wednesday afternoon, NASCAR handed down written warning to 18 Sprint Cup Series teams following Sunday’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The following Chase teams received written warnings: No. 20 of Matt Kenseth, No. 41 of Kurt Busch, No. 78 of Martin Truex Jr., No. 24 of Chase Elliott and the No. 4 of Kevin Harvick.  

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10/13/16
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Earnhardt Jr. says he's in 'final stages' of concussion recovery
Dale Jr.
Dale Jr.
Hendrick Motorsports driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he has no regrets about sitting out the second half of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule while he recovers from a serious concussion.

"I felt like if I did come back and compete in the Chase and have an accident, that I would most likely reinjure myself as bad, if not worse," Earnhardt told SIRIUSXM Speedway radio show host Brad Gillie.

"More than likely, that could put my career in serious doubt," Earnhardt said. "I’m glad that I had the opportunity to step away from the car as long as I have (and) put a lot of distance between me and the injury so that I can go into next year confident that I’m healed and healthy."

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10/13/16
automotive

Ford investing $billions in electric cars
Ford has announced it will be investing another $4.5-billion into research and development. A lot of the focus will be on the vehicle’s batteries themselves.

Some of the money will go towards the $9-million battery lab built in 2013 at the University of Michigan. 

Fortune reports in the next five years more than 40% of the company’s fleet of vehicles will be available in electric versions.

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10/13/16
Nassprint

Danica Patrick sponsors for 2017
Nature's Bakery is looking at slightly reducing the size of its deal with NASCAR Sprint Cup team Stewart-Haas Racing starting next year. However, the savings are likely to be redeployed toward activation around the program, and SHR already has a partner lined up to fill the open inventory.

Nature's Bakery, the Nevada-based healthy snack maker that signed on last year to replace longtime Danica Patrick sponsor GoDaddy starting this season, was announced as having 28 primary paint schemes annually on Patrick's #10 Chevy.

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10/13/16
Team USA

Oliver Askew: From Clueless to Champion
My dad working on my kart
My dad working on my kart
CORBY, England – I know the exact moment my journey started; I can take you to the place. My life as a throttle jockey began when I was 8 years old. I’m a first generation racer; my parents were not racing fans by any means, they were just looking for something fun to do for my eighth birthday. My dad took me out to the Palm Beach International Raceway (then known as Moroso Motorsports Park) to drive rental karts.

I fell in love with the sport right away. I had a blast and we started making it a monthly outing for fun until one day my dad said renting a kart was too expensive: "Let’s buy one," he said, "it’ll be cheaper in the long run." That is a good example of how clueless we were but also how far we have come. Not only did we not know what was going to happen, we didn’t even know what could happen. My dad was my mechanic for the next four years and he had some experience turning wrenches from when he built his own motorcycles, but this was a whole different world.  

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10/13/16
wec

Illness forces Strakka to run just two driver line up for 6 Hours of Fuji
Strakka Racing’s Nick Leventis will be forced to miss this weekend’s 6 Hours of Fuji after contracting a serious lung infection in Japan. After receiving medical attention for the past two days, Nick has been advised not to race this weekend and will instead return to the UK to recover. Following consultation with Nick and the championship organizers, Strakka Racing will still plan to race, fielding just its other two drivers, Jonny Kane and Lewis Williamson.

"First and foremost are thoughts are with Nick at this time," says team principal Dan Walmsley.

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10/13/16
F1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • Nico Rosberg
    Nico Rosberg
    Rosberg has beaten Hamilton 'in the head' - Berger
  • Ferrari rejects need for English F1 base
  • Long season just 'part of F1 now' - Raikkonen
  • Wolff: Big points swing still possible
  • Even Mercedes loses their shirt on F1

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10/13/16
automotive

Electric cars could dominate roads in wealthy cities by 2030, study says
Cars like the Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3, that get over 200-miles on a charge for $30,000 will reduce reluctance to buy EVs
Cars like the Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3, that get over 200-miles on a charge for $30,000 will reduce reluctance to buy EVs
Electric vehicles could account for two-thirds of all cars on the road by 2030 in wealthy cities such as London and Singapore due to stricter emissions regulations, falling technology costs and more consumer interest, a report says.

The research report was presented at the Future of Energy Summit in London on Tuesday by consultancy McKinsey & Co. and Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

EVs are becoming more accepted as automakers such as Volkswagen Group and Daimler announce plans to roll out new models in the next few years.

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10/13/16
nhra

Video: Epic drone footage - 300ft Mustang flight
No one WANTS to see these kinds of wrecks, but when they unfortunately do happen…getting that “one" angle makes a difference. While Stevie Fast was fortunate enough to walk away from this, it doesn’t make these situations any easier as he has a very strong relationship with the “Shadow”. Our hearts were all RACING from each angle hoping for him to crawl out from the burning wreck and thankfully he popped out.

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10/12/16
IMSa

IMSA tribute to Tony Adamowicz
Tony Adamowicz
Tony Adamowicz
Champion sports car racer and IMSA pioneer Tony Adamowicz -- affectionately known as "Tony A2Z" -- passed away on Monday after a year-long battle with cancer.

Adamowicz was an eight-time winner in IMSA Camel GT competition, helping Don Devandorf’s Electramotive Datsun teams to the 1979 GTU and 1982 GTO titles.

A former White House communications aide to presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson, Adamowicz began racing in the early 1960s, winning club races in a Volvo at the Marlboro circuit near Washington D.C. That helped land a ride for Bob Tullius’ Group 44, launching a career that brought him to the highest levels of road racing, including IMSA GT Prototype, Can-Am, Trans-Am and Formula 5000.

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10/12/16
tv news

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern
Friday, October 14
EventLocationTimeNetwork
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - practiceKansas City1:00pm-2:30pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity Series - practiceKansas City2:30pm-3:30pm (L), 4:30pm-6:00pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - qualifyingKansas City6:00pm-7:30pm (L)NBCSN
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing - qualifyingDallas7:30pm-8:30pm (SDD)FOX1
Saturday, October 15
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - practiceKansas City11:00am-12:00pm (L)CNBC
NASCAR Xfinity Series - qualifyingKansas City12:00pm-1:00pm (L)CNBC
NASCAR Xfinity Series - qualifyingKansas City12:30pm-1:00pm (in progress, L)NBCSN
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - practiceKansas City1:30pm-2:30pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity Series - raceKansas City2:30pm-3:00pm - pre-race (L), 3:00pm-7:30pm - race (L)NBCSN
Sunday, October 16
MotoGP ChampionshipMotegi1:00am-2:00am (L)beIN
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing - qualifyingDallas1:00am-2:00am (SDD)FOX1
World Endurance Championship - startFuji1:00am-2:00am (L)FOX2
World Endurance Championship - finishFuji2:00am-4:00am (L)FOX1
World Rally ChampionshipSpain6:00am-7:00am (L)MavTV
DTM ChampionshipHockenheim1:00pm-3:00pm (D)CBS-SN
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - raceKansas City1:30pm-2:15pm - pre-race (L), 2:15pm-6:00pm - race (L)NBC
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing - eliminationsDallas2:00pm-5:00pm (L)FOX1
Pirelli World Challenge - GTMonterey3:00pm-4:30pm (D)CBS-SN

Legend: D = Delayed; L = Live; SDD = Same-Day Delay; R = Repeat

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10/12/16
nassprint

Martinsville Speedway Adding Lights For '17 NASCAR Season
Martinsville Speedway
Martinsville Speedway
Martinsville Speedway "will have lights added next season." Construction is scheduled to begin the day after the Oct. 30 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the track. Track President Clay Campbell said that the LED lights "will be used as an 'insurance policy' in case the race is delayed or goes later."

He estimated the project will cost $5M and added that it "would be paid for" by track owner ISC. Martinsville's spring race in '17 will be at 2:00pm ET, and the fall race will start at 1:00pm. Next year is the track's 70th anniversary season. NBCSPORTS.com

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10/12/16
nassprint

Gordon to make appearance with Kelly Ripa
Gordon with Rippa
Gordon with Ripa
Four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and FOX NASCAR analyst Jeff Gordon will make a guest appearance on 'LIVE with Kelly.'

Gordon will join Kelly Ripa and guest co-host, singer/songwriter Ciara, on the show Wednesday, Oct. 19.

Over the course of his career, Gordon has been a frequent guest on the show filmed in New York City.

Gordon will sub for Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the final time this season in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 23.

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10/12/16
irl

Coyne confirms return of Bourdais to team
Sebastien Bourdais
Sebastien Bourdais
Plainfield, IL (October 12, 2016) – Dale Coyne Racing (DCR) is excited to announce the return of four-time open-wheel champion Sebastien Bourdais to the team starting with the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season and the arrival of engineers Craig Hampson and Olivier Boisson.

Bourdais first piloted for the Plainfield, Illinois-based outfit in 2011 making nine starts and scoring a best finish of sixth. His partial season with DCR marked his return to American open-wheel racing after taking a three-year hiatus to race in Europe, which included two years in Formula 1.

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10/12/16
pwc

Pirelli World Challenge crowns 2016 Champions
Parante leads Cindric and Fogarty
Parante leads Cindric and Fogarty
Before a packed house Sunday night in Monterey, the Pirelli World Challenge honored its 2016 series champions in eight divisions following the Pirelli World Challenge Championships presented Nissan at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Leading the big haul of prize money and hardware were the GT champions -- Alvaro Parente (driver's), McLaren (manufacturer's) and K-PAX Racing (team) -- after a wild GT Round 20 50-minute sprint race Sunday afternoon at the legendary 2.238-mile, 11-turn Northern California permanent road circuit.

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10/12/16
irl

Newgarden's quick recovery showed Penske something
Newgarden gets pounded against the Texas wall by Conor Daly
Newgarden gets pounded against the Texas wall by Conor Daly
Roger Penske says Josef Newgarden's quick return from a horror crash sent a powerful message during his quest to refresh his driving stocks with young talent.

Confirmed recently as the replacement for veteran Juan Pablo Montoya with IndyCar's most successful operation, Newgarden had become hot property for his burgeoning talent with Ed Carpenter Racing.

Less than two weeks after breaking his collarbone and suffering hand fractures in a sickening crash at Texas Motor Speedway, Newgarden returned to race at Road America where he finished a courageous eighth.

The 25-year-old then turned in the performance of his career by lapping all but four cars when he led 282 of the 300 laps to beat Penske's 2014 champion Will Power at Iowa.

"We saw what he did at Iowa, almost lapped the field there which is a mile track, a tough track, fast," Penske told Speedcafe.com.

"Probably the most interesting thing and a powerful message from him was that he had a broken collarbone and 13 days later he was back in a racecar.

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10/12/16
nassprint

TallaTaxi debuting at Talladega
Race fans sometimes find themselves in a need of quickly getting to various locations on property during a race weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, so NASCAR's Most Competitive track has great news for those who normally travel by foot with the introduction of the all-new TallaTaxi service.

The TallaTaxi golf cart service, from Patron Transportation, will make its Talladega debut during the Alabama 500 and fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola weekend, starting as early as Tuesday (Oct. 18) through Sunday (Oct. 23).

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10/12/16
nastruck

KHI Management adds Harrison Burton
Harrison Burton
Harrison Burton
Second-generation NASCAR driver Harrison Burton is the latest athlete to join KHI Management's continually expanding list of high-profile athletes and celebrities, inking a multi-year representation agreement with the company.

Burton is the son of former NASCAR driver, current NASCAR on NBC analyst and fellow KHI Management client Jeff Burton. Harrison Burton, who turned 16 this week, is scheduled to make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 29 and will run a partial Truck Series schedule in 2017.

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10/12/16
nassprint

Xxxtreme Motorsport owner ordered to pay Swan Racing
A U.S. District Court judge has ordered Xxxtreme Motorsport, owned by Jonathan Cohen, to pay $668,519 to Swan Racing owner Brandon Davis. The default judgment issued Tuesday was made as Cohen has missed deadlines for responses to various motions and has not attended scheduled depositions and mediation in the lawsuit that Davis filed against Cohen over the sale of the Swan Racing #30 team assets to Xxxtreme in April 2014. Cohen will also be responsible for still-to-be-determined attorney fees for Davis. ESPN.com

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10/12/16
dtm

Video: Donut Alarm
Mercedes-AMG Race Hub TV presenter Thore Scholermann is aiming to be a racing driver. He's practicing in the EURONICS Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Coupe #TrendCar as part of his driver training, but hang about! Here's Gary Paffett showing him how a real racing driver celebrates a win...

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10/12/16
dtm

Video: Track Test
The DTM circus will head from Budapest to Hockenheim for the season finale. The last two races of the season will be staged from 14th - 16th October at the Hockenheimring where Mercedes-AMG will be racing on home turf. Felix Rosenqvist takes us through a lap of the historic circuit and shows us some tricks on the simulator.

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10/12/16
f1

Video: The Triple
We did it! The Silver Arrows have won the constructors' Formula 1 world championship for the third time in a row. Watch the team members at the factories in Brixworth and Brackley celebrate crossing the finish line and join in the title celebrations on the days that followed.

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10/12/16
F1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Luca Baldisserri
    Luca Baldisserri says Ferrari are a group of frightened people
    Ferrari has 'climate of terror' in 2016 - Baldisserri
  • Father has fingers crossed for Magnussen's future
  • Honda 'satisfied' but not happy with 2016 - Hasegawa
  • FIA says teams must settle Bahrain test dispute
  • Lauda will talk to Hamilton about media blow-up
  • COTA Generates $10M With 'No Rain Guarantee' Ticket Promotion
  • FIA reduce Honda's engine token usage
  • Sainz: Sauber will be two steps behind in 2017

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