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10/15/18
track news

Employee killed in accident at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
Laguna Seca
Laguna Seca
An employee at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca was killed following a crash on the race track over the weekend. 

According to the Checkered Flag Racing Association, a car dumped oil onto the track causing other vehicles to lose control resulting in the death of a 68-year-old corner worker. Corner workers are employees responsible for the safety of those on the track.

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10/15/18
imsa

Petit LeMans Penske Acura DPi report
The 10-hour Petit LeMans has been run for 2018 - find out how the Penske Acura DPI team did in the prototype class

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10/15/18
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Alexander Rossi To Compete In SCORE Baja 1000
Alexander Rossi
Alexander Rossi
Alexander Rossi, the International open-wheel racer who won the 2016 Indianapolis 500 as a rookie will become the fifth former winner of the great American race to compete in the Granddaddy of All Desert Races when he races in November’s 51st  SCORE Baja 1000 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.

Rossi, 27, from Nevada City, Calif. who has raced in Formula 1 and is now a regular with Andretti Autosport in the IndyCar Series, will share driving in this year’s iconic SCORE Baja 1000 with Jeff Proctor in the No. 709 Honda Ridgeline. Rossi won three races, had eight podiums, earned three poles and had a series-high 321 passes while finishing second in the 2018 Indy Car Series point championship.

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10/15/18
automotive

Porsche Hiring 1,200 People To Build Mission E/Taycan EV
1/2- mile long production line
A half-mile-long conveyor system will bring painted Taycan bodies to the final production plant.e

Porsche has released new details about the production of the Mission E (now called Taycan) EV at its main plant in Zuffenhausen, Germany.

The company calls the new Taycan production and assembly facilities in Zuffenhausen a “factory within a factory,” given their complexity.

With the production of the Taycan, the automaker says it is moving away from the traditional principle of an assembly line. More specifically, Porsche will become the first carmaker to use driverless transport systems in a continuous series production process.

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10/15/18
nasmon

Lilly drops Ryan Reed Sponsorship
Lilly dumps Ryan Reed backing
Lilly dumps Ryan Reed backing. Did they see those plummeting NBC and NBCSN TV ratings?
For the past five years, we have been fortunate to have had a wonderful partnership with Ryan Reed and Roush Fenway Racing. Together, we have increased awareness among NASCAR fans about the importance of managing diabetes and have inspired people with diabetes to live the lives they want to live. Moving forward, we have decided to shift our focus to other initiatives that support the diabetes community and, therefore, our partnership with Roush Fenway Racing to sponsor Ryan will end at the conclusion of the 2018 NASCAR season.

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10/15/18
f1

Latifi handed three further practice 1 outings with Force India
Latifi looks to remain in F1 with Canadian owned Force Point India Racing
Canadian Latifi looks to remain in F1 with Canadian owned Force Point India Racing
Nicholas Latifi has been handed three further free practice outings with the Force India team during the final leg of the 2018 Formula 1 season.

Latifi has already been behind the wheel of Force India's VJM11 on three occasions during a grand prix weekend this season, with the Canadian racer taking up FP1 duties in Canada, Germany and most recently Russia.

The team's 23-year-old test and reserve driver will take up Esteban Ocon's seat for this weekend's United States Grand Prix and then again in Mexico a week later, whilst Sergio Perez will sit out the opening practice session for the penultimate round in Brazil.

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10/15/18
nasmon

VF Workwear Announces New Multi-Year Partnership With Team Penske
Ryan Blaney
Ryan Blaney
Team Penske has announced a new partnership with VF Workwear.  Under the multi-year agreement, VF Workwear’s Wrangler Riggs brand will be the primary sponsor of the No. 12 Ford Fusion driven by Ryan Blaney in the NASCAR Cup Series, beginning with this weekend’s event at Kansas Speedway. The new partnership also includes VF brands serving as a primary sponsor on the No. 12 Ford for the Cup Series races at Michigan (June) and Kansas (October) in both 2019 and 2020.

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10/15/18
f1

Haas F1 Team announces extended Peak sponsorship for 2019
Romain Grosjean wads up the Haas in France
Romain Grosjean wads up his Haas VF-18 in France
Old World Industries, the makers of PEAK Coolant & Antifreeze and BlueDEF Diesel Exhaust Fluid and Equipment, has expanded its partnership with Haas F1 Team beginning with the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship.

PEAK and BlueDEF will be much more visible in 2019, moving to the rear-wing endplates of the racecars driven by Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen. Since July with the British Grand Prix, PEAK and BlueDEF have been featured on the nose of the Haas VF-18s. The brands will retain this position through the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix before moving to the more prominent rear-wing endplate positions in 2019 to coincide with Old World Industries’ increased investment with Haas F1 Team.

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10/15/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Monday
  • Not making much money with Red Bull, Ricciardo had to leave for Renault's huge paycheck and the chance to retire financially secure
    Not making much money with Red Bull, Ricciardo had to leave for Renault's huge paycheck and the chance to eventually retire financially secure
    Ricciardo's Renault move 'a concern' - Webber
  • 'Emotional' Alonso riding out F1 career
  • Vettel to win Ferrari title 'sooner or later' - Arrivabene
  • Todt visits Schumacher 'twice a month'
  • Next step for F3 champion Schumacher in 'coming weeks'
  • Kvyat 'more measured' for 2019 return - Tost
  • F1 'must end complex rules' - Aguri Suzuki
  • Ricciardo had to leave Red Bull - Valsecchi
  • Raikkonen fined after hitting parked car
  • 'Very easy' to make Vettel-like mistakes - Alesi
  • Russia hopes for grid girls return in 2019
  • Current tire rules 'absurd' - Prost

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10/15/18
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Vandoorne Confirmed at HWA for Formula E
Vandoorne will be a factory Mercedes driver in Formula E
Vandoorne will be a factory Mercedes driver in Formula E
Mercedes affiliated HWA Racelab has confirmed that Stoffel Vandoorne will partner Gary Paffett in the team’s first season in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

The current McLaren Formula 1 driver was confirmed at the German team on Monday following weeks of negotiations.

He will complete two days of testing at Valencia this week on Tuesday and Wednesday while a current Mercedes DTM driver is likely to stand in for him on Friday with Vandoorne at Circuit of The Americas for the United States Grand Prix.

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10/15/18
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HEINEKEN joins Formula E as official partner
(L-R) Founder & CEO of Formula E Alejandro Agag, Formula E investor and Heineken ambassador Nico Rosberg, and Senior Director Global Heineken brand at HEINEKEN Gianluca Di Tondo
(L-R) Founder & CEO of Formula E Alejandro Agag, Formula E investor and Heineken ambassador Nico Rosberg, and Senior Director Global Heineken brand at HEINEKEN Gianluca Di Tondo
The ABB FIA Formula E Championship and HEINEKEN have today revealed a new and exciting multi-year agreement, which will see Heineken - the world’s most international brewer - join the electric street racing series as official beer and cider partner.

Commencing this coming season, the five-year partnership was announced at a special event in Amsterdam together with Founder & CEO of Formula E Alejandro Agag and Gianluca Di Tondo, Senior Director Global Heineken brand at HEINEKEN. 

Alongside the exclusive designation as official beer and cider partner, Heineken will have substantial pouring, activation and access rights across events and key race locations - including Santiago, Mexico City, Rome and New York City.

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10/14/18
irl

INDYCAR 101 with Professor B: Concussion Diagnosis
In this edition of "INDYCAR 101 with Professor B," Jon Beekhuis shows us the IPAS goggles used to help determine if a driver has sustained a concussion and needs to enter INDYCAR concussion protocol. INDYCAR's medical team has the latest technology in helping determine if a driver has sustained a concussion.

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10/14/18
nhra

Pro class final highlights from the NHRA Carolina Nationals
Steve Torrence
Watch Steve Torrence, Robert Capps, Jason Line, and Matt Smith take home the top prizes.

In the Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle finals at the NHRA Carolina Nationals in Charlotte.

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10/14/18
nhra

Clay Millican OK after vicious explosion
Clay Millican walks away under own power after a big hit at the NHRA Carolina Nationals in Charlotte.

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10/14/18
f1
irl

Montoya recommends IndyCar to Alonso
Alonso in Fuji Friday needs a car to drive in IndyCar. We doubt McLaren will field a team, so can Michael Andretti run a 5-car team all year to include Alonso?
Alonso in Fuji Friday needs a car to drive in IndyCar - because we doubt the floundering McLaren F1 team will field a team. Can Michael Andretti run a 5-car team all year to include Alonso?
Juan Pablo Montoya is remembered as a driver that could have been so much more in Formula One. The Colombian was the only man that could challenge the Ferrari dominance in 2002 and 2003, but his temper and attitude, combined with an unreliable McLaren car led him to quit the sport midway through the 2006 season.

He has raced in IndyCar since, and has now suggested to Fernando Alonso that if he wants to win the Indy 500, he should sign a contract to race a whole year in the sport.

Alonso took part in the race in 2017 and was running well until engine problems forced him to retire as he chases the third and final piece of F1’s triple crown, having won the Monaco Grand Prix and Le Mans 24 hours already.

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10/14/18
wec

Video highlights of the WEC 6-hours of Fuji
Toyota Gazoo Racing took a home 1-2 finish at the 6 Hours of Fuji today with the No.7 Toyota TS050 HYBRID driven by Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez taking the victory. It is a second victory at Fuji for Conway and Kobayashi following success in 2016, and it is a first WEC win for Lopez. 

The No.8 sister car of Fernando Alonso, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima took the flag in second place but kept their championship points lead.

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10/14/18
dtm

Paffett wins DTM title in spite of Rast's sixth straight
Gary Paffett - 2018 DTM champ
Gary Paffett - 2018 DTM champ
Gary Paffett is the 2018 DTM champion. Third place in Mercedes-AMG’s last DTM race was enough for the Brit to secure his second title win after 2005. “That is simply unbelievable,” Paffett shouted on the radio after crossing the finish line and thanked his team. “You have done a great job, we have deserved to win the title.” Victory in the final race of the season went to Rene Rast, who thus continued his winning streak in the 20th and final race of the season and scored his sixth consecutive victory. A new record. In the final DTM drivers’ standings, Rast eventually missed out on the title by merely four points. Behind Rast, BMW’s Marco Wittmann finished in second place. Winning the drivers’ title completes the triple for Mercedes-AMG, the Stuttgart-based brand already having secured the manufacturers’ and teams’ titles with Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS prior to the final race.

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10/14/18
nastruck

'Big One' takes out Truck playoff contenders at Talladega
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Playoff contenders Matt Crafton, Ben Rhodes and Johnny Sauter were involved in a 10-car pileup in the final stage of the Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega.

Watch the action below.

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10/14/18
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imsa

NSX GT3 Evo To Compete Globally in 2019 (Update)
NSX GT3 Evo
NSX GT3 Evo

UPDATE Added video about the NSX Evo below.

10/12/18 Acura Motorsports is pleased to announce that an enhanced Acura NSX GT3, designated the NSX GT3 Evo, will compete on racetracks throughout the world in 2019.

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10/14/18
f1

11 F1 races the wrong man won
Autosport's Glenn Freeman takes us through the Formula 1 races where the wrong man won, including many famous names. What are your picks? Did we miss anything?

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10/14/18
imsa

A Tribute To Don Panoz - Words By Scott Atherton
IMSA President Scott Atherton voices an essay on the legacy of Dr. Don Panoz.

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10/14/18
nasmon

Talladega Bowman, Elliott and Almirola Q&A
Alex Bowman (No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet)
Chase Elliott (No. 9 NAPA Nightvision Lamps Chevrolet)
Aric Almirola (No. 10 Smithfield Ford)

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10/14/18
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Talladega Truck post-race Q&A
2nd place finisher: Myatt Snider (No.13 RideTV Ford); Post Race: NCWTS Playoff driver: Brett Moffitt (No. 16 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota).

Race winner: Timothy Peters (No. 25 Kingman Chevrolet Chevrolet); Jerry Baxter (Crew Chief); Maury Gallagher (Team Owner)

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10/14/18
nasmon

Talladega Monster Cup post-qualifying Q&A
Pole winner: Kurt Busch (No. 41 Monster Energy/ Haas Automation Ford);

2nd place qualifier: Clint Bowyer (No. 14 Cummins/ Rush Truck Centers Ford)

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10/14/18
EuroF3

Shwartzman wins last European F3 race of 2018
Robert Schwartzman
Robert Shwartzman

Prema driver Robert Shwartzman beat his Prema teammate Mick Schumacher easily to win the last-ever Formula 3 European Championship race at Hockenheim.

While Ferrari junior Shwartzman took victory by an incredible 10.5 seconds, Prema Powerteam stablemate and new champion Mick Schumacher had to fight hard for second.

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10/13/18
BritishF3

Lundqvist secures 2018 BRDC British F3 title with storming Silverstone victory
Linus Lundqvist
Linus Lundqvist

Double R Racing's Linus Lundqvist has been crowned the 2018 BRDC British F3 Champion, after scorching to victory at Silverstone today.

Lundqvist started from pole, his third of the year, and led every lap, while his only title rival Nicolai Kjaergaard retired on the first lap, meaning the Swedish driver only had to finish on the podium to take the title. But he set a string of fastest laps to pull out a margin of over three seconds and claim his seventh win, securing the title with two races, held tomorrow, still to run.

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10/13/18
dtm

Rast makes it 5-in-row

Five wins in a row for Rast
Five wins in a row for Rast
Rene Rast from Audi Sport Team Rosberg continues to make DTM history: In Saturday’s race of the season finale at the Hockenheimring, the Audi driver celebrated his fifth consecutive victory. No other driver has ever achieved this feat before in the touring car racing series that has been held since 1984.

10/13/18
eurof3

Schumacher wins F3 title with 2nd place finish
Mick Schumacher locks up title with 2nd place finish
Mick Schumacher locks up title with 2nd place finish

Hockenheim: Mick Schumacher clinched the Formula 3 European championship after finishing second to Juri Vips in the second race of the series finale at Hockenheim.

Second place in the second race on the final weekend of the campaign at Hockenheim was enough for Mick Schumacher to claim his first title in a junior formula series. At the end of his second season as a member of the PREMA Theodore Racing squad, driving a car powered by a Mercedes-AMG Formula 3 engine, the 19-year-old German became the new champion with a points tally of 347. 

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10/13/18
f1

FIA approves 21-round 2019 Formula 1 calendar
A race in Miami, if it ever happens, won't be before 2020
A race in Miami, if it ever happens, won't be before 2020
The 2019 F1 season will again begin in Australia, a week earlier than in 2018, while the campaign will conclude in Abu Dhabi at the start of December.

The schedule will feature the same 21 Grands Prix as this season after contract renewals were reached with Germany (for one year) and Japan (for three years).

A proposal for a Grand Prix in Miami, that was poised to join in an October date, was indefinitely put on hold.

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10/13/18
automotive

Trump sanctions tanking China car market
Near $1 Billion annual USA trade deficits with China turned the rice paddy country into a super power. No more
Near $1 Trillion annual USA trade deficits with China for decades turned the rice paddy country into a super power. No more

Ford Motor's China auto sales tanked in September, far outpacing the overall sales decline that was the largest drop in seven years.

Ford joins General Motors (GM) in reporting a major slowdown as the world's largest auto market cools, with President Trump's China trade war threatening economic growth.

Ford's China sales totaled 64,383 vehicles in September, tumbling 43% year over year. Year to date, sales of 585,000 units marked a 30% decline.

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10/13/18
eurof3

Zhou wins race 1 as Schumacher scrambles to ensure title
Ferrari junior Guan Yu Zhou wins race 1
Ferrari junior Guan Yu Zhou wins race 1

Ferrari junior Guan Yu Zhou won the first race of the Formula 3 European Championship finale at Hockenheim, as Mick Schumacher choked with a first-lap collision that damaged his wing that required a pitstop to change it.

Schumacher was battling Marcus Armstrong for sixth on the opening lap when he hit the New Zealander through the fast right-hander into the Mercedes Arena.

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10/13/18
eurof3

Zhou on pole as Schumacher/Ticktum choke with title on line
Three races on tap this weekend to end the season and Schumacher is feeling the pressure
Three races on tap this weekend to end the season and points leader Schumacher is feeling the pressure

In first qualifying of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship during the season finale at Hockenheim, Guanyu Zhou (PREMA Theodore Racing, 1m32.335s) claimed first place. As a result, he will be starting from pole position for the 28th race of the season. In bright sunshine, Spaniard Alex Palou (Hitech Bullfrog GP, 1m32.355s) ended up second behind the Chinese.

Mick Schumacher (PREMA Theodore Racing, 1m32.505s), the current FIA Formula 3 European Championship points’ leader, ended up in seventh place, his fiercest rival Daniel Ticktum (Motopark, 1m32.594s) was classified two places behind Schumacher. Marcus Armstrong (PREMA Theodore Racing, 1m32.481s), who also still has chances of clinching the title, was classified sixth at the 4.574 kilometer's long Hockenheimring Baden-Wurttemberg.

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10/13/18
irl

IndyCars to test Wednesday for 2019 Indy 500
Hunter-Reay and Rossi
Hunter-Reay and Rossi
The IndyCar Series will conduct a test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this coming Wednesday to fix the aerodynamic problems for its universal aero kit that resulted in a lot of crashes in the 2018 Indy 500 when race day turned out to be hotter than expected. 

Minor aero changes will be tested to give the cars more downforce using a similar aero package as used in the Pocono 500 in August, which was run in much cooler temps than they experienced at Indy. Firestone will also test tires for next year but with temperatures now much cooler than the drivers will find next May, this really is not the best time to be conducting the test.

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