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10/18/18
f1

Weekend TV Times (USGP on ABC)
All Times Eastern
Friday, Oct. 19LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 – practice 1Austin10:55am -12:30pmESPNU
NASCAR Cup – practice 1Kansas2:05pm -2:55pmNBCSN
F1 – practice 2Austin2:55pm -4:30pmESPNU
NASCAR Xfinity – practice 1Kansas3:00pm -3:55pmNBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity – practice 2Kansas5:00pm -5:55pmNBCSN
NASCAR Cup – qualifyingKansas7:10pm -8:10pmNBCSN
Saturday, Oct. 20LocationTV TimesNetwork
MotoGP – qualifyingMotegiTBAbeIN
NASCAR Cup – practice 2Kansas10:30 -11:20amCNBC
NASCAR Xfinity – qualifyingKansas11:40am -1:00pmCNBC
NASCAR Cup – practiceKansas1:05pm -1:55pmNBCSN
F1 –practice 3Austin1:55pm -3:00pmESPNews
NASCAR Xfinity – raceKansas2:30pm-3:00pm – pre-race
3:00pm -6:00pm – race
NBC
F1 – qualifyingAustin4:55pm -6:00pmESPNews
Sunday, Oct. 21LocationTV TimesNetwork
MotoGP – raceMotegi12:00am -3:00ambeIN
F1 – raceAustin1:30pm -4:00pm – raceABC
NASCAR Cup – raceKansas2:00pm -2:30pm – pre race
2:30pm -6:00pm – race
NBC
F1 – raceAustin7:30pm -9:30pm – race (R)ESPN2
Monday, Oct. 22LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 – raceAustin12:30am -2:30am – race (R)ESPNews


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

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10/18/18
irl

Video: IndyCar IMS Tire and Aero Kit Test
Testing action
Testing action
The Video recaps the INDYCAR tire and aerodynamic test, which took place on the oval track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, on Wednesday, Oct.17, in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Six Verizon IndyCar Series drivers took part in the test; 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing, 2018 Indianapolis 500 winner Will Power of Team Penske, Tony Kanaan of AJ Foyt Racing,  Graham Rahal of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Ed Carpenter of Ed Carpenter Racing and Alexander Rossi of Andretti Autosport.

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10/18/18
Ferrari Challenge

Foreign Cars Italia And Riley Technologies Form Forza Tecnica
Ferrari Challenge race in Barcelona
Ferrari Challenge race in Barcelona

Foreign Cars Italia is proud to announce that it has teamed up with Riley Technologies to contest the 2019 Ferrari Challenge Series under the Forza Tecnica banner.  The red Forza Tecnica Ferrari 488 Challenge car will be piloted by North Carolina resident Brad Horstmann for the entire 2019 season which begins at Circuit of the Americas on March 8-10.

Foreign Cars Italia is one of the oldest Ferrari dealers in the USA, and next season will be their first team entry in the Challenge Series since it was founded in 1993.  The Forza Tecnica team will compete on famous racing tracks such as Circuit of the Americas, Sebring, Laguna Seca, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Homestead, and Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2019.

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10/18/18
automotive

Porsche Taycan Will Cost Less Than a Panamera
The much anticipated Porsche Taycan
The much anticipated Porsche Taycan
The upcoming all-electric Porsche Taycan is clearly meant to be a challenger to the Tesla Model S, but any assumptions that it would sit as a flagship model over the entire Porsche range are wrong. Porsche wants to price it below the Panamera, where it can better give Tesla a real run for its money.

Robert Meier, one of the bosses over seeing the Taycan, told Automotive News that Porsche will price the new EV between the Cayenne and Panamera in the European market. That means it’d start out between 74,800 euros and 90,600 euros including taxes, or roughly between $86,000 to $104,000.

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10/18/18
irl
imsa

Video: Racecraft - The Art of Winning Races
Races are not won in turn 1 at the start
Races are not won in turn 1 at the start
Speed may get you on pole, but what usually wins races is Racecraft - that ability to think while you’re white knuckling it wheel-to-wheel… and end up in front when the checkered flag falls.

But how do you master Racecraft?

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10/18/18
f1

Sergio Perez confirmed for 2019 with Racing Point Force India
Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez
Racing Point Force India is delighted to announce that Sergio Perez has agreed an extension to his contract and will race for the team in 2019. 
 
Otmar Szafnauer, Team Principal & CEO of Racing Point Force India: “I’m pleased that Sergio will continue his journey with us in 2019. Over the last five years, Sergio has confirmed his position as one of the most talented and consistent drivers on the Formula One grid. He gives us valuable stability going forward and is a huge asset to the team. As we begin an exciting new chapter in the life of this team, we are delighted that Sergio will race with us going forward.”

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10/18/18
f1

Renault starting from scratch for 2019
Existing Renault engine
Existing Renault engine
Renault is planning an all-new Formula 1 engine for 2019.

“It is a new engine,” Abiteboul told Motorsport.com about the 2019 plans. “One of the reasons for it, and why the Spec-C is not delivering more in terms of performance, is because we are not held back by the structural limitations of the [current] engine.”

“Given the ambition in terms of power improvement for next year, pretty much all of the engine will be new,” added Abiteboul. “Not only on ERS side, because there is little power and little performance to extract there, but the rest of the ICE will be new.

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10/18/18
motogp

Lorenzo doubtful for Motegi
Jorge Lorenzo
Jorge Lorenzo
Jorge Lorenzo has cast fresh doubt over his participation in this weekend's MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix, after admitting recovery on a fractured wrist suffered in Thailand is “not going well" and a fresh scan of his wrist shows he may have suffered a “complete” fracture, and will only know if he can continue in Japan after practice on Friday. 

“Well, recovery is not going well, or at least as fast as I expected,” he said.

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10/18/18
automotive

German prosecutors fine Audi $927M over diesel scandal
If you see TDI on the back of any Audi, or any VW product for that matter, know your lungs are breathing diesel filth
If you see TDI on the back of any Audi, or any VW product for that matter, know your lungs are breathing diesel filth - close your windows and turn your A/C to recirculating
German prosecutors served Audi a $927 million fine for violating diesel emission regulations in Europe. Specifically, the fine pertains to 6- and 8-cylinder diesel engines that did not comply with emissions laws, Reuters reported Tuesday.

The massive fine prompted Audi to cut key financial performance indicators and parent automaker VW also said the fine will affect its earnings. The German luxury brand also said it has accepted the penalty. By accepting the fine, Audi admitted responsibility for its actions in producing vehicles that did not meet regulatory requirements.

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10/18/18
f1

Rugby Legend Sean Fitzpatrick Takes Mercedes F1 Tour!
All Blacks icon Sean Fitzpatrick dropped by our factory to give a talk to our team members and was joined by Laureus-supported The Running Charity. They got an up-close look at the factory, and even got to meet a certain four-time F1 World Champion…

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10/18/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • Whenis Ferrari going to learn that Aldo Costa does not design illegal cars, his cars are just superior
    When is Ferrari going to learn that Aldo Costa does not design illegal cars, his cars are just superior
    FIA tells Ferrari that Mercedes car is 'legal'
  • Bottas hopes for better tires in 2019
  • F1 split into two categories - Grosjean
  • Leclerc: I don't feel the pressure at all
  • Bratches: We want more Fan Festival events in 2019
  • It will only take 5 laps for Verstappen to get used to Honda power
  • Drivers load up on Hypersoft tires for Mexican Grand Prix

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10/17/18
f1

Video: Coulthard does donuts at 700' in Miami
Coulthard does donuts high above Miami
Coulthard does donuts high above Miami

700 feet above the streets of Miami, overlooking Biscayne Bay and South Beach, Citrix and Aston Martin Red Bull Racing stirred up some smoke at the top of the newest landmark on the City skyline.

Ahead of this weekend’s US Grand Prix and the Formula 1 Fan Festival in Miami, Florida we took on one of our toughest ever high-rise challenges, with a smoking series of donuts at one of Miami’s most iconic new towers – the 700-foot high 1000 Museum building.

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10/17/18
irl

Indy 500 test goes well, but will the changes work in the heat of May
Will changes on this cold day work in the heat of May?
Will changes on this cold day work in the heat of May?

On a sunny but chilly day in October, six Verizon IndyCar Series drivers had their sights set squarely on next May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Four Indianapolis 500 winners – Scott Dixon (2008), Tony Kanaan (2013), Alexander Rossi (2016) and Will Power (2018) – were joined by Ed Carpenter and Graham Rahal for a test Wednesday on the 2.5-mile oval to confirm the Firestone tire specification for the 2019 Indy 500 and try out aerodynamic parts to see if they improved the handling of cars running in groups.

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10/17/18
nasmon

No. 42 team receives L1-level penalty post-Talladega
To ensure a Ford wins the 2018 title and not a Chevy, the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing team of Kyle Larson received an L1-level penalty following the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Talladega. Dumbest rule possible.

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10/17/18
automotive

Tesla Finalizes Land Purchase for Its Upcoming Gigafactory in Shanghai, China
Elon Musk aims to make Tesla critic Bob Lutz choke on his cigar
Elon Musk aims to make Tesla critic Bob Lutz choke on his cigar
Tesla confirmed the purchase of a 534-square-mile plot of land in Shanghai, China for the future site of its upcoming Chinese Gigafactory. The announcement was made official Wednesday morning, following the signing of an agreement with the Chinese government in July of this year.

Despite having kicked-off the employee hiring process back in August, Tesla has remained tight-lipped about its latest endeavor, especially the price it paid for the enormous piece of real estate. However, the Shanghai Bureau of Planning and Land Resources told Reuters that a plot in Shanghai with nearly identical dimensions recently sold for the equivalent of $140.51 million at auction. That’s a small drop in the bucket for Elon Musk's new factory project, which is set to cost around $2 billion total.

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10/17/18
nasmon

Earnhardt Talks Racing Concussions, Promotes New Book
Dale Earnhardt Jr. appeared on ABC’s “GMA” this morning to promote his new book, “Racing to the Finish.”

ABC’s Michael Strahan noted Earnhardt retired from NASCAR "due to complications from more than 20 concussions. ... Why do you want to talk about it now?”

Earnhardt: “Sudden symptoms were coming back after these crashes, and they were getting more and more pronounced with each crash. ... I knew that I was putting myself in real danger by continuing that career long-term.”

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10/17/18
fe

Andretti-BMW team again tops in Formula E testing
Antonio Felix da Costa
BMW-Andretti driver Antonio Felix da Costa

Antonio Felix da Costa was fastest on the second day of 2018/19 Valencia Formula E testing, which was split between regular test running and a full race-length simulation session.

Da Costa claimed the honors for BMW for a second day in a row by setting the pace in the three-hour morning session with a 1m16.977s - the first lap below the 1m17s barrier so far this week.

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10/17/18
f1

New anti-Verstappen curbs added to COTA
Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen
The Circuit of the Americas has had a new kerb installed on the inside of the Turn 16/17 complex in an attempt to prevent corner cutting.

Right at the end of last year’s race, Max Verstappen made the most of the inside of that corner sequence in order to steal P3 away from Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. The move was investigated, with Verstappen then being handed a time penalty that meant Raikkonen finished in P3. The Dutch driver had to be taken aside in the cooldown room in order to be told of his penalty and demotion from the podium.

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10/17/18
f1

F1 Comes to America: United States Grand Prix Live on ABC Sunday
Hamilton dominating last years race
Hamilton dominating last years race
The Formula One World Championship will make its only appearance of the year in the United States this weekend and ESPN and ABC will surround Sunday’s Formula 1 Pirelli United States Grand Prix with reports on SportsCenter, Good Morning America Weekend and on ESPN digital platforms.

ABC will televise the race on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 1:30 p.m. ET from Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The telecast will begin with the On the Grid pre-race show with the race’s start shortly after 2 p.m. Qualifying and all three practice sessions will air on ESPN networks on Friday and Saturday with streaming of all sessions and the race on the ESPN App. The race and qualifying telecasts will air commercial-free with sponsorship from Mothers Polish.

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10/17/18
automotive

ChargePoint and FLO Team up to Simplify Electric Car Charging
ChargePoint is making good on their promise to grow their charging network. They do so through cooperation and their latest partner is FLO. The two networks together enable electric car drivers to roam in the USA and Canada using 33,000 public charge points.

Starting today users of ChargePoint and FLO may use the other’s charging stations freely. For ChargePoint it is the second such partnerships within days. About a week ago, they enabled roaming for the EVBox network and users reportedly and virtually connected Europe and the States.

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10/17/18
f1

Weekend TV Times (USGP on ABC)
All Times Eastern
Friday, Oct. 19LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 – practice 1Austin10:55am -12:30pmESPNU
NASCAR Cup – practice 1Kansas2:05pm -2:55pmNBCSN
F1 – practice 2Austin2:55pm -4:30pmESPNU
NASCAR Xfinity – practice 1Kansas3:00pm -3:55pmNBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity – practice 2Kansas5:00pm -5:55pmNBCSN
NASCAR Cup – qualifyingKansas7:10pm -8:10pmNBCSN
Saturday, Oct. 20LocationTV TimesNetwork
MotoGP – qualifyingMotegiTBAbeIN
NASCAR Cup – practice 2Kansas10:30 -11:20amCNBC
NASCAR Xfinity – qualifyingKansas11:40am -1:00pmCNBC
NASCAR Cup – practiceKansas1:05pm -1:55pmNBCSN
F1 –practice 3Austin1:55pm -3:00pmESPNews
NASCAR Xfinity – raceKansas2:30pm-3:00pm – pre-race
3:00pm -6:00pm – race
NBC
F1 – qualifyingAustin4:55pm -6:00pmESPNews
Sunday, Oct. 21LocationTV TimesNetwork
MotoGP – raceMotegi12:00am -3:00ambeIN
F1 – raceAustin1:30pm -4:00pm – raceABC
NASCAR Cup – raceKansas2:00pm -2:30pm – pre race
2:30pm -6:00pm – race
NBC
F1 – raceAustin7:30pm -9:30pm – race (R)ESPN2
Monday, Oct. 22LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 – raceAustin12:30am -2:30am – race (R)ESPNews


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



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10/17/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • If Hamiulton wins on Sunday and his teammate Bottas runs 2nd, Hamilton will be the 2018 Champion
    If Hamilton wins on Sunday and his teammate Bottas runs 2nd, Hamilton will be the 2018 Champion
    Marko not sure about 2019 regulations change
  • F1 still 'unrealistic' for now - Schumacher
  • Pressure got to Vettel in 2018 - Rosberg
  • Honda 'investing more than Renault' - Abiteboul
  • Force India F1 Close To Paying Off Creditors Of Original Team
  • Alonso: You need to make Formula 1 interesting again
  • Hamilton will clinch the championship at Austin
  • De Ferran: We are very focused on next year's car

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10/17/18
nasmon

NASCAR Talladega TV Rating plummets on NBC (Update)
Aric Almirola
Aric Almirola
UPDATE
 The final rating from the race, broadcast on NBC, was a 2.16. The rating for last year’s fall race from Talladega, also on NBC, was a 2.84. Some 3.510 million viewers watched this year’s race. Some 4.725 million watched last year’s race.

So, the rating was off 24%, and the viewers were off 26%. In one year.

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10/17/18
automotive

Tesla Sales Soaring, Competition Failing
Tesla demand is so high they had to build another assembly line quickly - in a tent
Tesla demand is so high they had to build another assembly line quickly - in a tent
Tesla reached No. 4 best selling passenger car in the US and should pass Toyota Camry in Q4 to become the No. 1 selling passenger car in the US.

Tesla has ~90% of the US EV market space.

Tesla deliveries in Q3 are double the deliveries in Q2.

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10/16/18
track news

Talladega to build oversized tunnel in turn three
Tunnel Rendering
Tunnel Rendering
Talladega Superspeedway and its parent company, International Speedway Corporation (ISC), revealed today that the construction of the new Turn 3 Oversized Tunnel, an important component of the track's new Transformation Infield Project - will begin in a matter of days during the week of Oct. 21. Sunday's announcement took place during a press conference prior to the start of the 1000Bulbs.com 500, a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race.

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10/16/18
racing news

Bloodhound Supersonic Car project runs out of cash
Bloodhound Supersonic Car
Bloodhound Supersonic Car
The Bloodhound Supersonic Car is designed to eventually cross the 1,000-mph (1,600-km/h) threshold

Ever since its founding in 2007, the company behind the Bloodhound Supersonic Car has made no secret of its plans to smash the world's land speed record and cross the 1,000-mph (1,600-km/h) threshold. Those plans have hit a significant speed bump, with the team today revealing it has run out of cash.

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10/16/18
fe

Andretti BMW team dominates first day of Formula E testing
Alexander Sims
Alexander Sims
Alexander Sims set the fastest time in both sessions on the opening day of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship pre-season test at Valencia.

The BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver led both the morning and afternoon sessions, with his time of 1:17.553 in the latter standing out as the day’s best effort.

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10/16/18
nasmon

FOX Sports Unveils Its Most Advanced Studio for 2019 NASCAR Season
New FOX Studio. When will NBC give IndyCar a studio like this?
New FOX Studio. When will NBC give IndyCar a studio like this?
Today, FOX Sports announces a major investment in its Charlotte studio capabilities, outfitting its facility with a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose virtual studio set. The ultra-customizable 60’ x 60’ facility allows for instant 3D analysis of racetracks, cars, race shops and more, with the ability to create unique and changeable spaces within the high-tech studio environment in a matter of hours.

The new set debuts in February 2019 as home to NASCAR Race Hub, the most-watched NASCAR news and information program, NASCAR RaceDay and other NASCAR programming.

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10/16/18
nasmon

Transportation Impact to Partner with Bubba Wallace at Kansas
Bubba Wallace
Bubba Wallace
Transportation Impact (TI) announced today it will serve as the primary sponsor of the No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by Bubba Wallace at the Kansas Speedway this Sunday. The parcel spend management firm, headquartered on the Crystal Coast, will increase its associate sponsorship of Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) to be the primary sponsor of Wallace Jr. and the No. 43 team during the Hollywood Casino 400.

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10/16/18
imsa

AIM Vasser Sullivan team takes over Lexus GTD effort from Gentilozzi

The Gentilozzi 3GT Racing team was the factory Lexus effort, but now that moves to AIM Vasser Sullivan
AIM VASSER SULLIVAN (AVS) is a newly formed motorsports entity that includes IndyCar winning team owners Jimmy Vasser and James “Sulli” Sullivan, partnering with AIM Autosport, a championship-winning organization, to campaign two Lexus RC F GT3 race cars in the GT Daytona (GTD) class of the IMSA WeatherTech Championship beginning in 2019. 

Vasser and Sullivan were allied and partners from 2011-2016 with KVSH Racing in the IndyCar Series. During that time they won the 2013 Indianapolis 500 and went on to win five more IndyCar races over a three-year period (2014-2016). In 2018, they formed a partnership with Dale Coyne to establish Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan to compete in the IndyCar Series with driver Sebastien Bourdais. In its first year, the team earned multiple podiums including winning the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, and finishing seventh in the 2018 championship standings.

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10/16/18
nasmon

NASCAR robbed Kurt Busch of victory (Update)
Steve O’Donnell does not feel NASCAR screwed Busch
Steve O’Donnell does not feel NASCAR screwed Busch
UPDATE
 The end of Sunday’s race was in stark contrast to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race one day earlier, which ended under yellow after a similar last-lap crash involving leader Noah Gragson was sparked on the backstretch. Timothy Peters won that contest.

“What we had were two different races, and every race is different,”  NASCAR EVP and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell said. “Every call is a judgment call. The (incident) on Saturday was in front of the field, you saw a couple of wheels get off the ground, and any time you’re going to have more and more of the field driving into that caution, we felt the need in that case to throw the caution. We always want to try to end under green, but in that case we just felt like we couldn’t.

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10/16/18
LMESA

Phil Hanson And Paul Di Resta Team Up For Asian Le Mans Series LMP2 Campaign
Paul Di Resta
Paul Di Resta
United Autosports have confirmed that Phil Hanson and Paul Di Resta will join their LMP2 team for the 2018/2019 Asian Le Mans Series.

Phil and Paul will race a Ligier JS P2 as they join forces once again after racing at the Sebring 12 Hours, the Le Mans 24 Hours and the Six Hours of Watkins Glen together with United Autosports.

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10/16/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Rosberg is smoking that funny weed again
    Rosberg is smoking that funny weed again
    F1 and Formula E could 'merge' - Rosberg
  • Vettel denies cracking under pressure in 2018
  • Lauda could soon leave intensive care - report
  • Verstappen unfair to only blame Renault - Bell
  • Sean Gelael to help clean track at US Grand Prix
  • Whiting: No plans to delay 2021 regulations

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10/16/18
fe

Formula E adds Bosch to growing list of partners
Agag announces one new sponsor after another
Agag announces one new sponsor after another
The ABB FIA Formula E Championship has today announced that Bosch - one of the leading automotive suppliers and global providers of technology and services - is linking-up with the electric street racing series as official auto parts, white goods and power tools partner.

Bosch joins the growing list of big brands and forward-thinking companies partnering with the all-electric ABB FIA Formula E Championship. With extensive involvement in different categories of motorsport over the years, the move to Formula E - for at least the next three seasons - underscores Bosch’s ambitions to be a leader in the field of electromobility.

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10/16/18
imsa

Lexus, 3GT End Partnership
Paul Gentilozzi
Paul Gentilozzi
3GT Racing and Lexus have terminated its partnership in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, with the team and manufacturer going their seperate ways for 2019.

The “mutual end” to the partnership comes after a three-year relationship that delivered a pair of class victories and multiple poles in GT Daytona competition with the Lexus RC F GT3. 

The Gentilozzi family-run organization gave the car its North American race debut in 2017, as part of a single-year factory-backed program prior to a more customer-focused effort this season in the highly competitive production-based class.

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