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10/17/19
automotive

Electrify America does deal with Ford
Electrify America Charger
Electrify America Charger

Electrify America today announced an agreement with Ford Motor Company to provide ultra-fast public charging for their future electric vehicles on the Electrify America network. As part of the agreement, the automaker will provide future customers of its all-new, all-electric Mustang-inspired SUV with public fast charging capabilities through Electrify America’s growing charging network across the country.

Customers will be able to manage their charging plan through features of the company’s FordPass app, as well as through their vehicle’s touch screen, that will be supported by a comprehensive data feed from Electrify America. The FordPass app will provide real time location and charger status data to Ford EV drivers for Electrify America’s network of ultra-fast EV public chargers across highway and metro charging stations planned in 45 states and the District of Columbia.

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10/17/19
automotive

GM-UAW reach a tentative deal (Update)
Hopefully now production can begin on the new C8 Corvette
Hopefully now production can begin on the new C8 Corvette

UPDATE “General Motors has reached a tentative agreement with the UAW. We encourage the UAW to move as quickly as possible through the ratification process, so we can resume operations and get back to producing vehicles for our customers. Our goal during these negotiations was to ensure the future of General Motors is one that works for our employees, dealers, suppliers and the communities where we operate. The agreement reflects our commitment to U.S. manufacturing through the creation of new jobs and increased investment.”

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10/17/19
racing news

US$1million real-world race drive on the line for World's Fastest Gamer finalists
Juan Montoya
Juan Montoya

LOS ANGELES, CA – Ten esports racers will kick off a 12-day elimination battle on Saturday to find the winning gamer who to become a full-time real-world racing driver in 2020 thanks to World’s Fastest Gamer.

Coming from PC, console, and mobile gaming, the ten gamers will compete for the prize of a lifetime valued at more than US$1 million.

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10/17/19
nastruck

Ex-NASCAR Truck owner found dead in Ohio River
Lonnie Troxell
Lonnie Troxell
The body of a former NASCAR team owner was pulled Tuesday evening from the Ohio River near Louisville.

Lonnie Troxell, 68, was found floating about 6:20 p.m. Tuesday in the Ohio River near the Captain's Quarters restaurant and marina in the 5700 block of Captain's Quarters Drive, according to the Jefferson County Coroner's Office.

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10/17/19
irl

2020 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Tickets On Sale Monday
2019 Acura GP of LB start
2019 Acura GP of LB start
Next April 17-19, race fans will feel the rush at the 46th Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, with tickets for America’s #1 Street Race going on sale Monday at 10 a.m. PT.

Featuring a variety of on- and off-track activities for the entire family, the Grand Prix will be headlined by the third round of the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series, expected to include celebrated drivers such as defending series champion Josef Newgarden, five-time series champion Scott Dixon, back-to-back Long Beach winner Alexander Rossi and past Long Beach winners James Hinchcliffe, Simon Pagenaud, Will Power and Ryan Hunter-Reay battling wheel-to-wheel on the famed 1.97-mile, 11-turn circuit through downtown Long Beach.

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10/17/19
nasmon

Team Penske And Pirtek Team Up For Nascar Cup Series Partnership In 2020
Team Penske and PIRTEK, the leader in hydraulic and industrial hose replacement service, today announced a multi-year partnership that will bring PIRTEK’s familiar blue and yellow colors to the NASCAR Cup Series as a primary sponsor with Brad Keselowski and the No. 2 Ford Mustang for two races during the 2020 season.

The new agreement builds on the existing relationship between PIRTEK and Team Penske that includes primary sponsorship of the team’s NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) program over the last two seasons. The PIRTEK colors will adorn the No. 2 for the first time at Dover International Speedway the first weekend in May, along with the final race of the regular season in August at Daytona International Speedway.

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10/17/19
automotive

Chinese give Tesla green light to start building cars
The Chinese built this Giga Factory for Tesla in Shanghai in 9 months. Would never happen in the USA with all the red tape and politicians lining their pockets
The Chinese built this Gigafactory for Tesla in Shanghai in 9 months. Would never happen in the USA with all the red tape and politicians lining their pockets
Tesla has received the official government approval to start Model 3 production at Gigafactory 3 in China, which was rumored to start this week.

In recent weeks, we have been reporting on Tesla ramping up its efforts to start production soon at Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai, China.

The start of production is going to be a major milestone since it’s going to be the first electric vehicle factory wholly-owned by a foreign automaker in China and Tesla’s second electric vehicle production factory.

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10/17/19
nasmon

Video: Jimmie Johnson on mission in NASCAR to achieve greatness with Cliff
An aging Johnson
An aging Johnson
Jimmie Johnson is on a mission to re-create the relationship he had with Chad Knaus and he believes the "opportunity for greatness is there" with new crew chief Cliff Daniels.

But when is Johnson going to realize he is the problem?  He was great, but has now reached that age that no matter who he has as crew chief, the results won't come as his reflexes, like all older drivers, slow with age.

We would love to be proven wrong by Johnson.

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10/17/19
automotive
nasmon

Feds Holding Online Auction for 149 Classic Cars Seized in DC Solar Fraud Case
Jeff and Paulette Carpoff being arraigned
DC Solar's Jeff and Paulette Carpoff receiving special recognition from the Martinez City Council and Chief of Police, Manjit Sappal, for their contribution to the city's automated license plate reader (ALPR) program using Ponzi scheme money
In less than two weeks' time, nearly 150 collector cars, trucks, and boats will cross the auction block to settle a civil case between failed energy startup DC Solar and its victims.

DC Solar was a supplier of mobile solar power generators that raised $800 million in capital from the likes of Berkshire Hathaway, Sherwin-Williams, and Progressive. Unfortunately for DC Solar's investors, its owners Jeff and Paulette Carpoff allegedly used the purported energy startup's money to live a lavish lifestyle, collecting cars, sponsoring NASCAR teams like Chip Ganassi Racing, and even buying a baseball team, all on the company dollar.

Law enforcement identified DC Solar as a possible Ponzi scheme and kicked over the house of cards last December with a raid on the Carpoffs' home, wherein phones, $1.8 million in cash, and 149 of the Carpoffs' vehicles were confiscated. All these seized vehicles will soon be auctioned off by Apple Auctioneering in Woodland, California, and their proceeds will be funneled back to those cheated by DC Solar.

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10/17/19
f1

Red Bull spent $390 million USD on F1 in 2018
With the number of races, and hence costs increasing, F1 is going to force teams to layoff almost half their people to meet the new cost caps
With the number of races, and hence costs increasing, F1 is going to force teams to layoff almost half their people to meet the new cost caps
According to The Independent newspaper, Red Bull’s 2018 accounts have revealed that the team spent more than $390 million USD (£304.9 million) to place third in last year’s Formula 1 season.

The team won four times over the course of 2018, with two apiece for Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen and it cost 9% more in 2018 to do that.

The rise in costs is accounted for by an increase in headcount, with the total staff number reported as 809, a rise of 16 on 2017 and an increase of 1.8 percent to the team’s operating costs.

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10/17/19
v8

Andretti says big changes coming for WAU squad for 2020
Short of switching to Fords and buying cars and engines from the Penske team, WAU will likely continue to struggle in Supercars
Short of switching to Fords and buying cars and engines from the Penske team, WAU will likely continue to struggle in Supercars
Andretti Autosport boss Michael Andretti is predicting ‘big changes’ for Walkinshaw Andretti United next year after getting throttled by the Ford Mustang teams all year
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Aside from last weekend’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 podium when James Courtney and Jack Perkins secured third, the Holden squad has stumbled in the second year of its partnership with the IndyCar giant and Zak Brown’s United Autosports after showing promise last season.

“I think this year’s been a little bit disappointing, but we sort of had an idea we’d have some challenges for one reason or another,” said Andretti.

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10/17/19
f1

Epstein: Circuit of the Americas will be hit by launch of new Miami GP
Bobby Epstein says tickets for this year's F1 race at COTA are up
Bobby Epstein says tickets for this year's F1 race at COTA are up
The boss of the Circuit of the Americas facility in Austin, Texas believes that it's inevitable that the United States Grand Prix will be hit financially by the arrival of a new race in the US.

Formula 1 announced this week that a deal had been agreed in principal to stage a Grand Prix in Miami from 2021, in addition to the current race at COTA which has been on the Formula 1 calendar since 2012.

COTA CEO Bobby Epstein told RACER.com this week that the addition of a new race in the United States would inevitably hurt the event in Austin - initially, at least.

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10/17/19
f1

F1's future still shaping up
Ross Brawn getting the key things he wanted
Ross Brawn getting the key things he wanted
(GMM) It is busy times for Formula 1 as the future of the sport continues to shape up.

Hopes are now higher that the six dissenting teams have had some of their qualms about Liberty Media's proposed 2021 rules eased, following a key meeting in Paris on Wednesday.

The reverse-grid, qualifying sprint race idea for 2020 appears to have been voted down, as has the proposal to slash both Thursday and Friday from the weekend schedule.

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10/17/19
f1

Mick Schumacher can be world champion - Sabine Kehm
Mick Schumacher
Mick Schumacher
(GMM) Mick Schumacher can follow in his father's footsteps and become world champion.

That is the view of Sabine Kehm, who is F1 legend Michael Schumacher's manager. She now looks after the burgeoning career of the seven time world champion's 20-year-old son Mick.

"I am sure that Mick will end up in Formula 1. Sooner or later, though I hope it's the former," she told Die Welt newspaper.

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10/17/19
f1

Kubica sponsor wants to stay in F1 (2nd Update)
After losing sponsor Rich Energy, Gunther Steiner salivating over Kubica's check
After losing sponsor Rich Energy, Gunther Steiner salivating over Kubica's check

UPDATE (GMM) Gunther Steiner was in Warsaw this week, according to Polish public television TVP.

The report said the Haas boss was in the city to meet with a representative of Robert Kubica's main sponsor PKN Orlen, a Polish oil company.

Kubica is leaving Williams at the end of the season, and Orlen is tipped to switch its allegiance to Haas.

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10/17/19
f1

Russell 'cannot continue' with current brakes
Claire Williams has run the team into the ground to the point they cannot afford replacement parts
Claire Williams has run the team into the ground to the point they cannot afford replacement parts
(GMM) George Russell has urged Williams to urgently solve an issue with his brakes.

The once-great British team is clearly in crisis, as it not only languishes at the bottom of the grid but is struggling to make enough spare parts for grands prix.

Robert Kubica said after Suzuka that "certain limits have been crossed" by Williams after a new front wing was removed from his car after practice.

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10/17/19
f1

McLaren car 'concepts' to change for 2020 - Seidl
Andreas Seidl
Andreas Seidl
(GMM) Andreas Seidl says McLaren needs to change "some concepts" of the car ahead of 2020.

Some might argue that car evolution is a better move for the British team next year, having established itself as 'best of the rest' behind the top three teams.

But even though 2020 is the last year under the existing regulations before the big changes of 2021, new team boss Seidl says McLaren's next car will be very different.

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10/17/19
f1

Tost wants Gasly, Kvyat to stay in 2020
Franz Tost
Franz Tost
(GMM) Franz Tost says he wants Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat to remain at Toro Rosso in 2020.

The Faenza based team will be renamed AlphaTauri next year, after Red Bull's fashion brand.

But team boss Tost says he is happy to keep the driver lineup the same in 2020, even though Gasly is hoping to return to Red Bull Racing.

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10/16/19
f1

F1 agrees new deal for Miami race (2nd Update)
Pit Straight
Pit Straight

UPDATE Dolphins Vice Chair, President & CEO Tom Garfinkel "hopes to clear the final hurdle" toward bringing an F1 race to Miami Gardens in May '21, as all that remains is receiving "approval from Miami-Dade County Commissioners," according to Hal Habib of the PALM BEACH POST.

South Florida has never held an F1 race, and Garfinkel said, "Formula One is globally one of the most popular sports in the world and bringing a Formula One race would be one of the biggest events you can bring" PALM BEACH POST, 

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10/16/19
nasmon

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. joins JTG Daugherty Racing
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has joined JTG Daugherty Racing in a multi-year deal, replacing Chris Buescher, the team announced Wednesday.

Stenhouse essentially swaps seats with Buescher, who was announced by Roush Fenway Racing on Sept. 25 as taking over its No. 17 Ford next season.

Stenhouse will have Ryan Preece as a teammate.

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10/16/19
ta

Trans-An announces 2020 schedule
Trans-Am at Detroit
Trans-Am at Detroit
Building on an all-star roster of events, the 2020 Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli schedule will feature a 12-race schedule for the National Championship that features outstanding venues and boasts healthy consistency year on year. 
 
The opening rounds of the 2020 season are nearly identical to 2019, with the 54th year of Trans Am kicking off its season at Sebring International Raceway as part of the SpeedTour Event, a doubleheader collaboration featuring Trans Am and the SportsCar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) February 29-March 1. The multi-class series will then head to the always competitive Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on March 28-29. 

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10/16/19
f1

Daddy Stroll's Boat
Lawrence Stroll
Lawrence Stroll
In Barcelona and looking at the beautiful $200 million SuperYacht Faith.

Owned by the father of F1 driver Lawrence Stroll!

Watch the video to find out more.

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10/16/19
f2

Video: Formula 2 steering wheel explained by Mick Schumacher
Prema Power's Mick Schumacher Mick Schumacher explains the Formula 2 steering wheel in detail.

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10/16/19
fe

Frijns retains the top spot on day two, Envision Virgin dominate testing
Robin Frijns
Robin Frijns

Envision Virgin Racing's Robin Frijns retained his top spot on day two of testing, after setting an unbeaten 1:15.377 lap in the morning. With Bird fastest on day one, the British racing squad have dominated testing so far despite being one of two customer teams this season. 

Following Frijns, the running remained the same as the morning with the next seven drivers failing to top their times set earlier in the day. Reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne was the first to top his time from the morning but still only finished the day 12th fastest.

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10/16/19
automotive

Elon Musk says Porsche-beating Tesla seen on racetrack will go into production by summer 2020
Tesla Model S Plaid gets upgrades
Tesla Model S Plaid gets upgrades

Tesla is back at Nurburgring as it tries to out-do the Porsche Taycan. 

Two Tesla Model S cars have been spotted (via Teslarati) on the legendary German race track, and while there are no official lap times for them yet, the cars themselves are interesting. 

Back in September, when Tesla cars were first spotted at Nurburgring, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that their (unofficial) track times will be "beaten by the actual production 7 seat Model S Plaid variant that goes into production around Oct/Nov next year." 

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10/16/19
f1

Video: Mercedes Japanese Grand Prix F1 Debrief
Bottas
Andrew Shovlin, Mercedes Trackside Engineering Director, answers fans Japanese GP questions.

From how the team tackled Qualifying and the race on the same day, to why we pitted Lewis for a second time..

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10/16/19
automotive

Faraday Future Founder Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
Yeuting Jia
Yeuting Jia

Faraday Future founder and former CEO Yeuting Jia filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and restructuring in a Delaware court Monday afternoon. The EV startup’s former head honcho filed for the protection after racking up approximately $3.6 billion in personal debt in China. According to the startup, however, this action will not affect company stock owned by employees or other investors.

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10/16/19
f1

Japanese GP TV rating up huge (Update)
F1 TV ratings up big on ESPN networks
F1 TV ratings up big on ESPN networks

UPDATE Three re-airs of the Japanese GP on ESPN network added 168,000 viewers for a total of 924,000 viewers.  Almost 1 million viewers for a race that originally aired at 1:00 am.  

IndyCar is still on NBCSN. How silly.  More below....

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10/16/19
f1

Marko confirms Toro Rosso name change request to Alpha Tauri (Update)
Toro Rosso to become Alpha Tauri Team
Toro Rosso to become Alpha Tauri Team

UPDATE The request from Scuderia Toro Rosso to be renamed Scuderia Alpha Tauri from next season has been approved by the F1 Commission.

09/29/19 (GMM) Dr Helmut Marko has confirmed reports that team owner Red Bull wants a new name for Toro Rosso.

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10/16/19
fe

Virgin and Andretti BMW teams fastest so far in testing
Maximillian Gunther fast for Andretti BMW
Maximillian Gunther fast for Andretti BMW
Robin Frijns topped Wednesday's morning running at the 2019 Formula E pre-season test at Valencia, while the Andretti BMWs of Max Guenther and Alexander Sims ran 2-3.

Gunther topped the times on the first morning of pre-season testing Tuesday.

Gunther's best time - a 1m15.926s set on his final lap of the morning session - was 1.051 seconds quicker than the fastest time from last year's pre-season test, a 1m16.977s posted by his BMW predecessor Antonio Felix da Costa because of a reconfiguration of the chicane.

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10/16/19
track news
nasmon

ISC Shareholders Expected To Approve NASCAR Takeover
The France Family owns the majority of shares so of course the vote will pass
The France Family owns the majority of shares so of course the vote will pass
ISC shareholders will gather today in Daytona Beach to "approve the sale of the company to NASCAR" after the proposed $2B deal was "unanimously recommended" by the ISC BOD including a special committee led by Brown & Brown Chair J. Hyatt Brown.

It will pay "all shareholders who are not part of France family group that owns NASCAR $45 for each share of ISC stock held." The sale is expected to close Friday, at which time ISC "will become a wholly owned subsidiary of NASCAR, combining the company that owns the Speedway and a dozen other motorsports tracks across the country with the privately owned stock car racing sanctioning organization" Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL

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10/16/19
f1

VinFast to be title sponsor of Vietnam Grand Prix
VinGroup is a huge brand in Asia
VinGroup is a huge conglomerate in Asia
F1 has announced that VinFast will be the title sponsor of the first ever Vietnam Grand Prix, which will take place on the brand-new street circuit in Hanoi from 3rd to 5th April 2020.

VinFast is Vietnam's largest car manufacturer and is part of VinGroup, which was appointed promoter of the Vietnam Grand Prix in 2017.

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10/16/19
motogp

"2020 starts now" for Marquez as he eyes Honda Triple Crown

Marquez is trying to get Repsol Honda to also win the team championship but his teammate (Lorenzo) sucks and is not carrying his weight. And prior to Lorenzo, they sucked too
Marquez is trying to get Repsol Honda to also win the 2019 team championship but he has carried the team on his shoulders all year
Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez has vowed that he will do anything but relax in the final four races of the 2019 MotoGP™ season, despite just securing an eighth World title. The Spaniard sunk the eight ball in Buriram, but he says that now all attention will switch to securing a Honda Triple Crown.

The Constructors Championship looks very likely to again go Honda’s way, with the Japanese factory 77 points clear of Ducati. However, in the chase for the Team title, Repsol Honda Team currently sit second, 19 points adrift of Andrea Dovizioso, Danilo Petrucci and the Ducati Team.

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10/16/19
f1

Video: How Do F1 Teams Test & Develop Components?
Putting components through their paces to maximize reliability and performance!  Mercedes F1's Mike Elliott, Technology Director, talks us through what happens in the Test & Development department!

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10/16/19
imsa

Video: 2019 IMSA Petit LeMans Acura post-race Highlights
#6 Acura
#6 Acura
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.

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10/16/19
f1

McLaren in talks with F1 over 'invisible' Sainz Jr.
Carlos Sainz Jr.
Carlos Sainz Jr.
(GMM) McLaren is having "several talks" with Formula 1 about how the team's cars have been covered in live television broadcasts of the grands prix in 2019.

After the works Honda debacle, the British team has now rebuilt its competitiveness with what is clearly the fourth fastest car on the grid.

But after the Spa race, Carlos Sainz complained that his car was on the television for just 15 seconds of the race.

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10/16/19
f1

Marko has 'very important' meeting with Honda
Dr Helmut Marko
Dr Helmut Marko
(GMM) Dr Helmut Marko had what he described as a "very important" meeting with Honda last Monday.

The Dutch publication Formule 1 claims that whether the Japanese manufacturer will stay on the grid beyond 2020 was on the agenda.

But also discussed was Red Bull's push for Honda to put even more resources into catching up with the best engines in Formula 1.

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10/16/19
f1

Hamilton's 'why bother' posts not about F1 - Mercedes
Has Lewis Hamilton been indoctrinated by the left-wing nut jobs?
Has Lewis Hamilton been indoctrinated by the left-wing nut jobs?
(GMM) Even Mercedes is confused about Lewis Hamilton's latest social media posts.

Although it was later deleted, the Mercedes driver declared on Instagram that he feels "like giving up on everything".

"Why bother when the world is such a mess and people don't seem to care. I'm going to take a moment away to gather my thoughts," Hamilton said.

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10/15/19
f1

F1 Will Keep Three-Day Race Format, Tweak Friday Schedule
Sebastian Vettel took pole on Sunday morning in Japan
Sebastian Vettel took pole on Sunday morning in Japan

F1 will "stick with its three-day race format" but make changes to the Friday schedule to "cater for an expanding calendar." Schedule changes have been debated by teams and stakeholders as part of measures to "improve the show and cut costs" while reducing the burden on staff who face traveling to an "unprecedented 22 races" starting in '20.

The sport has also talked of "experimenting at three rounds next year with plans for sprint races to be held on the Saturday afternoon" to decide Sunday’s starting grid instead of traditional qualifying.

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10/15/19
irl

INDYCAR completes short oval Aeroscreen test at Richmond Raceway
Scott Dixon
Scott Dixon

INDYCAR took another important step in the development of its cockpit-protecting Aeroscreen with Tuesday's two-car test at Richmond Raceway, a 0.75-mile short oval that will play host to the NTT IndyCar Series next June. 

This was the third of four scheduled Aeroscreen tests this fall and it went so well that recently crowned NTT IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden of Team Penske needed only a handful of laps to adjust to the new cockpit surroundings.

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10/15/19
irl

Mario Andretti receives another award


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10/15/19
imsa

John Doonan Named IMSA President
John Doonan replaces Scott Atherton
John Doonan replaces Scott Atherton
The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) announced today that John Doonan has been named the next president of the sanctioning body effective January 1, 2020 with his first day on the job scheduled for Monday, Oct. 21.

Doonan was previously the director of motorsports for Mazda North America Operations where he developed the overall strategy and managed Mazda’s motorsports programs in North America.

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10/15/19
irl

COTA Announces AutoNation INDYCAR Challenge on April 24-26
COTA action
COTA action

Circuit of The Americas (COTA) welcomes the AutoNation INDYCAR Challenge - North America's premier open-wheel racing championship to its hallowed Stars and Stripes - on April 24-26, 2020. COTA has partnered with AutoNation as the official title sponsor of the 2020 & 2021 INDYCAR Challenge at Circuit of The Americas. Tickets for the AutoNation INDYCAR Challenge go on sale today, October 15 at www.circuitoftheamericas.com/indycar.

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10/15/19
automotive

Tesla Model S P100D vs Porsche Taycan Turbo S Drag Race
No contest

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10/15/19
ip2000

Juncos Racing Announces Indy Pro 2000 Line-Up for the Ninth Annual Chris Griffis Memorial Test
Juncos Racing IP2000 cars
Juncos Racing IP2000 cars
Juncos Racing announced today the team will field three cars in the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires test sessions at the Ninth Annual Chris Griffis Memorial Road to Indy Open Test. Phillippe Denes, Parker Locke, and Matthew Round-Garrido will join the reigning Indy Pro 2000 Champion team at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend.

The Indy Pro 2000 field will have six test sessions over a two-day period on the 2.439 mile, 14-Turn road course, which uses part of the famous oval of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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10/15/19
r2i

Andretti Autosport to Test Four Drivers at Chris Griffis Memorial Test
Robert Megennis
Robert Megennis
Four drivers are set to get behind the wheel of Andretti Autosport’s Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires cars for the ninth annual Chris Griffis Memorial Open Test on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend. Team veteran Robert Megennis will be joined by new faces Rasmus Lindh, Danial Frost and Egor Orudzhev for the first test in preparation of the 2020 season.

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10/15/19
track news

FIA Grade 3 track planned for Hawaii
The track is planned in an industrial area next to the Oahu airport
The track is planned in an industrial area next to the Oahu airport
There is no motorsports facility on the island of Oahu…where just under one million people call home in Hawaii. This has resulted in a stagnation of the motorsports industry with no suitable location for holding events. The many opportunities that such a facility offers are lost for the community to include family bonding, peer mentoring, driving education and training. The absence of a circuit has directly affected our economy, causing local mom and pop auto stores to shutter while negatively affecting the commercial, tourism, service and food industries.

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10/15/19
f1

Leclerc accepts he was to blame for Verstappen collision
Is the shine wearing off the British media's fawning over Leclerc now that the Ferrari has been upgraded much to Vettel's liking?
Is the shine wearing off the British media's fawning over Leclerc now that the Ferrari has been upgraded much to Vettel's liking?
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc has accepted blame for a collision with Red Bull’s that wrecked both drivers’ Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday.

The 21-year-old Monegasque finished sixth but was demoted to seventh after collecting time penalties for the collision and continuing with a damaged car, while Verstappen retired from engine partner Honda’s home race. 

The Dutchman had accused Leclerc in the immediate aftermath of ‘irresponsible’ driving.

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10/15/19
fe

First photos of the Porsche 99X Electric from Valencia
Neel Jani
Neel Jani
Neel Jani and Andre Lotterer, the two regular drivers for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team, have completed their first laps in the Porsche 99X Electric at the official test drives of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship for the 2019/2020 season (15th to 18th October 2019):

The latest photos from Valencia are below:

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10/15/19
motogp

Honda extend contract with Takaaki Nakagami in MotoGP
Takaaki Nakagami
Takaaki Nakagami
On the eve of his home MotoGP race in Japan, Honda Racing Corporation confirm the one-year extension of Takaaki Nakagami in the LCR Honda IDEMITSU.

Now in his second year aboard the Honda RC213V run inside LCR Honda IDEMITSU, Takaaki Nakagami has demonstrated constant improvements in his riding and results in the MotoGP class. With nine top-ten finishes and a best result of fifth at the Italian Grand Prix in Mugello, the Japanese rider has already amassed more than double the points he scored in his rookie campaign.

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10/15/19
f1

Mick Schumacher says he is ready for F1
Mick Schumacher
Mick Schumacher

The 2019 F2 season has been decent with one win for Mick Schumacher and unsurprisingly the youngster says he is “dreaming about F1” and feels ready to make the step up.

The son of seven-time World Champion Michael moved up from F3 this year and finished his maiden season in F2 in 12th place with his solitary win coming in Hungary.

He also became a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy and got a taste of F1 as he tested for Ferrari and Alfa Romeo while he also drove his father’s Ferrari F2004 at Hockenheimring in Germany.

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10/15/19
fe

Gary Paffett chosen as Advisor to the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team
Gary Paffett
Gary Paffett
Gary Paffett is to continue as a key member of the Mercedes-Benz Motorsport family: in the upcoming season, the Englishman will be advising the new Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team in the areas of sport and engineering and at the same time performing the role of Reserve and Development Driver.

“On the one hand, I’m obviously a bit disappointed that I won’t be competing for Mercedes-Benz in Formula E this season,” said Gary. “But on the other, I’m very excited to be part of the team and to be supporting Mercedes-Benz in their first year in Formula E as Reserve and Development Driver. "At the same time, it will be very interesting to help out on a sporting level at the race weekends, trying to get the best possible performance out of the two race drivers and the entire team. It’s very important to have a racing driver as part of the management team. I understand how drivers think and how to get the best out of them. In me, they have a partner to discuss their performance with and to talk about the car. It’s a new role for me and one that I’m looking forward to.”

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10/15/19
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Penrite Racing boss calls for DJR Team Penske disqualification
Barry Ryan does not want the Penske team to be able to cheat and still keep the Bathurst win
Penrite team boss Barry Ryan does not want the Penske team to be able to cheat and still keep the Bathurst win

Penrite Racing boss Barry Ryan has called for the Penske Supercar team to be excluded from the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 as the furore over team orders continues.

The Holden team CEO is urging the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport to set a precedent if the Ford outfit is deemed to have breached rules regarding the use of team orders at a hearing prior to the Vodafone Gold Coast 600  

DJR Team Penske has been charged with an alleged breach of team orders for its actions surrounding Fabian Coulthard, who was instructed to slow during a Safety Car period called on Lap 135.

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10/15/19
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Honda not ready to commit to 2021 - Marko
Honda F1 engine
Honda F1 engine
(GMM) Honda is not yet committed to Formula 1 beyond 2020.

That is the claim of Dr Helmut Marko, a top official at Red Bull.

He admits that Honda still has work to do to catch Ferrari and Mercedes, even though ExxonMobil introduced an innovative new fuel for the Japanese carmaker's 'spec 4' engine at Suzuka.

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10/15/19
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McLaren wants to close gap to top teams in 2020
Seidl and Brown
Seidl and Brown
(GMM) McLaren wants to get closer to the top three teams in 2020, according to team boss Andreas Seidl.

After the horror Honda era, the now Renault-powered team is regularly the best behind Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull in 2019.

"I believe that we are now seeing the trend in the last three or four races that we have clearly the fourth strongest car," Seidl said after Suzuka.

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10/15/19
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Vettel says Mercedes 'close to perfection'
Vettel says Mercedes close to perfect
Vettel says Mercedes close to perfect
(GMM) Sebastian Vettel says Mercedes remains "close to perfection" in Formula 1.

At Suzuka, the German team secured its sixth consecutive constructors' world championship, and Lewis Hamilton is on course to winning the drivers' title wearing silver for the fifth time.

It's an achievement that eclipses even Ferrari's Michael Schumacher era.

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10/15/19
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Mercedes has best driver lineup in F1 - Hamilton
Hamilton and Bottas
Hamilton and Bottas
(GMM) Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes' driver pairing is "absolutely" the best in Formula 1.

The Mercedes driver was asked by Germany's Bild am Sonntag newspaper if the combination of him alongside Valtteri Bottas is better than Ferrari's duo.

"Absolutely for sure," Hamilton answered. "It's the best combination available. I just do not see a better balance in Formula 1."

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10/15/19
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Ferrari has 'long list' of concerns about 2021 rules
F1 rules makers have their heads way up there if they think premium brands Mercedes and Ferrari are going to let minnows and econobox brands beat them
F1 rules makers have their heads way up there if they think premium brands Mercedes and Ferrari are going to let minnows and econobox brands beat them
(GMM) Mattia Binotto has suggested that Formula 1 is in for a difficult meeting in Paris this week.

On Wednesday, the ten teams are meeting at the FIA's headquarters to discuss with the governing body and Liberty Media the proposed rules revolution for 2021.

The already-delayed deadline for finalization of the regulations is October 31, making this week's meeting the last real opportunity for agreement.

But it emerged at Suzuka that only four of the ten teams are currently willing to sign up for what is being proposed. 

One of the dissenting voices is Ferrari's, and the Maranello team is also uniquely powerful in that it can controversially 'veto' any rule change in Formula 1.

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10/15/19
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Briatore tells Ferrari to make Leclerc 'number 1'
Flavio Briatore
Flavio Briatore
(GMM) Ferrari should declare that Charles Leclerc is the team's new number 1 driver.

That is the view of Flavio Briatore, who famously ran teams that carried first Michael Schumacher and then Fernando Alonso to multiple titles.

Ferrari began the year saying quadruple world champion Vettel is number 1, but as 2019 races towards the end of the calendar it is clear that Leclerc is now charging for that top status.

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10/15/19
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Alonso will only return to top team - Briatore
Flavio Briatore
Flavio Briatore
(GMM) Flavio Briatore says Fernando Alonso will only return to Formula 1 if he gets an offer from a top team.

The Spaniard quit the sport last year, insisting he would rather take on challenges in sports car, Indycar and off-road rallying than continue to race in the F1 midfield.

"Alonso (returning)? I spoke to him about it," Briatore, who remains close to Alonso's management, told Italian radio Rai Gr Parlamento.

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10/15/19
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Boss scolds Magnussen for Suzuka outburst
Gunther Steiner
Gunther Steiner
(GMM) Boss Gunther Steiner has scolded Haas driver Kevin Magnussen for criticizing the team at Suzuka.

According to the Danish newspaper BT, Magnussen was critical not only of his race strategy but also the way the pitstop was carried out.

Steiner said the 27-year-old, who is staying with the American team in 2020, should not have spoken so prematurely with the media.

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10/15/19
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Upgrade helped Vettel solve 2019 crisis
Sebastian Vettel likes upgrades
Sebastian Vettel likes upgrades
(GMM) Sebastian Vettel has admitted that Ferrari's much-vaunted Singapore upgrade has helped him.

The German has struggled with the Maranello-made 2019 car this year, to the point that some believe Charles Leclerc is now the number 1.

But Ferrari made a big step forward with an upgrade introduced in Singapore, and his former Red Bull boss Dr Helmut Marko thinks it suits Vettel the most.

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10/15/19
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BMW i Andretti Motorsport presents the BMW iFE.20

BMW iFE 2.0
BMW iFE 2.0
Today, BMW i Andretti Motorsport introduced the BMW iFE.20 racing car which will compete in the Season 6 of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. At its heart is the further-developed drivetrain, the BMW Racing eDrive02, which incorporates the innovation and technological expertise of BMW i Motorsport and BMW i. The two BMW works drivers Maximilian Gunther (GER) and Alexander Sims (GBR) will be taking part in official Formula E testing E at Valencia (ESP) starting Tuesday.

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10/15/19
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ACO pays tribute to Nanni Galli
Nanni Galli and Ignazio Giunti shared the wheel of the Autodelta SpA #29 Alfa Romeo T33/2 that placed fourth in the 1968 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Nanni Galli and Ignazio Giunti shared the wheel of the Autodelta SpA #29 Alfa Romeo T33/2 that placed fourth in the 1968 24 Hours of Le Mans.
We are sad to hear of the passing of accomplished racing driver Nani Galli, at the age of 79.

Giovanni Giuseppe Gilberto Galli came fourth in his maiden Le Mans 24 Hours in 1968 with the Autodelta SpA Alfa Romeo T33/2 he shared with Ignazio Giunti. The following year he joined Matra Elf as driver of the Matra Simca, teamed with Briton Robin Widdows. The pair finished 7th overall. Galli returned in 1970 and 1972, back at the wheel of the Alfa Romeo fielded by Autodelta SpA. His teammate was German driver Rolf Stommelen. However, the car did not last the course on either occasion.

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