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10/19/16
nassprint

Earnhardt Jr. says he will race the #88 in 2017
Dale Earnhardt Jr. reiterated on Wednesday that he continues to have every intention of returning to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to drive the #88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy in 2017, beginning with the season-opening Daytona 500 next February. Earnhardt, who has been sidelined since early July because of a concussion and will not return for the remainder of this season, spoke at a promotional event (Jeansboro Day) Wednesday at the corporate headquarters of Wrangler. FoxSports

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10/19/16
automotive

Who will be the first country to ban fuel-burning cancer causing cars
You know the electric vehicle (EV) revolution is at a tipping point when German legislators of both parties vote for a resolution to ban the internal combustion engine (ICE) by 2030.

After all, Germans invented the first practical and the dirty diesel engine. They’re such a car-loving culture that large stretches of their autobahns have no speed limit. Of course, the best new electric cars already accelerate much faster than ICE cars--so they are the ultimate driving machine if you have the need for speed. They also have a range greater than 300 miles.

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10/19/16
f1

Ross Brawn says Wolff and Lauda lied through their teeth
Ross Brawn essentially called Wollf and Lauda two weasels
Ross Brawn essentially called Wolff and Lauda two weasels
Ross Brawn says he left Mercedes at the end of 2013 because he could not trust Niki Lauda and Toto Wolff, who had been added to the management team by the Stuttgart manufacturer.

Brawn, who sold his team to Mercedes after the successful 2009 season, explains the reasons for his departure in his new book, Total Competition.

In it he discusses his career at length with co-author Adam Parr.

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10/19/16
usf4

F4 U.S. Driver Kirkwood Heads To England To Represent Team USA
Kyle Kirkwood
Kyle Kirkwood

While the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda season ended Oct. 9, driver Kyle Kirkwood's racing days are still thriving.

As a member of Team USA, the 17-year-old jetsetter from Jupiter, Florida, flew straight from Homestead-Miami Speedway to London, England on Oct. 9 after the F4 U.S. Championship banquet. 

Kirkwood will represent Team USA in the Formula Ford Festival in Brands Hatch, England, from Oct. 21-23, and will also have the opportunity to race for the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone from Nov. 4-6.

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10/19/16
nassprint

Two South Florida Schools Visit Homestead-Miami Speedway For Testing
David Ragan addresses the students
David Ragan talks to the students about the sciences of NASCAR

While some of NASCAR’s biggest drivers in the Sprint Cup Series were testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway October 18 and 19, two South Florida middle schools were also visiting the track as part of their ‘NASCAR Pasta Challenge: The Science behind NASCAR Racing’ curriculum. The schools that visited were W.R. Thomas Middle School and Zelda Glazer Middle School from Miami.

A total of 43 seventh grade students gathered at the Pit Box, located in Speedway’s infield, to learn about the different sciences of NASCAR that are specific to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education. As the drivers made their rounds on the Speedway’s oval, the students learned about the key aerodynamic principles of racing, which includes NASCAR’s Three D’s of Speed -- drag, downforce and drafting.

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10/19/16
automotive

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10/19/16
scca

SCCA & Mobil 1 Extend Partnership
ExxonMobil and the Sports Car Club of America have signed a new multi-year agreement for Mobil 1 to serve as the official motor oil of SCCA.

The agreement includes an expanded racer contingency program with exclusive discounts on Mobil 1 and Mobil 1 Racing oils available to the SCCA's 67,000 members.

The new agreement will enhance ExxonMobil's support of racers at all levels of SCCA competition while expanding the company's global motorsports presence and leadership. In recent years the SCCA has managed a rapidly-growing membership base that participates in more than 2,000 events annually. Each year, Mobil 1 premium street and racing motor oils have continued to increase their market share in the series, now reaching a level that is more than double its closest competitor.

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10/19/16
automotive

Big part of VW settlement is in building EV charging infrastructure
Regulators and a federal judge yesterday sidestepped concerns from California lawmakers and an electric-vehicle-charging company that parts of the Volkswagen settlement lack oversight.

U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer said he will likely approve the $14.7 billion settlement within the week after a hearing yesterday with owners of the vehicles that contained devices to cheat emissions tests. The settlement provides for a $10 billion buyback for the owners of 450,000 affected 2.0-liter vehicles and $4.7 billion in special funds to counter the pollution from Volkswagen's cheating.

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10/19/16
wscc

Too many manufacturers, not enough teams
Jens Walther
Jens Walther
Porsche Motorsport North America President Jens Walther has voiced concern over the evolving landscape of the GT Daytona class, citing limited growth in numbers despite a recent influx of manufacturers.

The Pro-Am category is set to see the arrival of three additional GT3 manufacturers in Acura, Lexus and Mercedes-AMG next year, but not an increase in overall car count in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

All three factory or works-supported programs will be run by existing teams, although both Michael Shank Racing and the former RSR Racing outfit move from the prototype ranks.

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10/19/16
irl

Andretti Autosport Names Jody Bennett VP Of Marketing And Strategic Partnerships
INDIANAPOLIS – International motorsport brand, and reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Andretti Autosport has named industry leader Jody Bennett as the new Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships for the growing family of race teams.

"I'm truly excited to welcome Jody to the Andretti family of race teams,"
said company Chairman and CEO Michael Andretti. "Jody has an impressive resume with valuable industry experience and accomplishments. As the team continues to grow globally, I have no doubt that she will be a strong asset to the Andretti brand both within and outside of the motorsport industry."

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10/19/16
nasmex

PEAK Becomes New Title Sponsor of NASCAR Mexico Series
Daniel Suarez
Daniel Suarez
NASCAR announced a multi-year agreement with Old World Industries (OWI) to make PEAK title sponsor of the NASCAR Mexico Series, which will run a full slate of races in 2017 and ensuing seasons. The NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series will kick off with an exhibition race on Dec. 3-4 in Mexico City. Its 10th season will begin in 2017 with a full championship schedule that will be announced at a later date.

NASCAR XFINITY Series star Daniel Suarez - the first Mexican-born driver to win a NASCAR national series race, earn a national series Sunoco Rookie of the Year award and lead a national series in points - developed his talents in the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series. Suarez is currently competing for the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship in its inaugural Chase playoff. Another young talent the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series has fostered is Ruben Garcia Jr., an alumnus of the NASCAR Next initiative which highlights the sport's top up-and-coming drivers.

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10/19/16
f1

Video: Lewis Hamilton gets 'inked'
Lewis Hamilton inked
Lewis Hamilton truly is  a man of color

Three-time FIA Formula One Drivers' World Champion, Lewis Hamilton stars in a tongue-in-cheek film created with Epson that is released today.

Lewis Gets Inked, which highlights the benefits of the new EcoTank printer, is available to watch on Epson's YouTube channel, and Epson's website.

The fun, high-action and glossy film is set at the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team's headquarters. It centers upon an action set-piece where Lewis glides in slow motion through a flurry of paper, before being showered by jets of multi-colored ink.

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10/19/16
nassprint

Mars renews as Official Chocolate of NASCAR
In the midst of a year-long celebration of the 75th anniversary of the iconic M&M'S Brand, NASCAR, and Mars Chocolate North America announced a renewed agreement that will extend their Official Partnership through 2019. As part of the renewed relationship, Mars Chocolate will continue its designation as the Official Chocolate of NASCAR, ensuring its various brands remain a race day staple for millions of fans.

Since entering NASCAR as a team sponsor more than 25 years ago, Mars Chocolate has steadily increased its level of participation in the sport. In 2000, the company expanded its sponsorship by becoming the "Official Chocolate of NASCAR," emphasizing to fans its dedication to the sport.

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10/19/16
f1

Video: Jenson Button previews the USGP
Speaking ahead of the US Grand Prix, McLaren-Honda’s Jenson Button and his race engineer Tom Stallard share their thoughts on Austin’s Circuit of the Americas – a notoriously fast flowing track, purpose built for Formula 1 in America’s Lone Star State.

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10/19/16
f1

Video: Kimi Raikkonen previews the USGP
After a trio of races all in Asia, Formula 1 switches to the American continent for the fourth-from-last race of the championship. Prior to its absence from the calendar from 2007, there had been no less than 33 United States Grands Prix held at Sebring, Riverside, Watkins Glen, Detroit, Phoenix and Indianapolis. Then, in 2012, the USA once again welcomed Formula 1 at the Circuit Of The Americas, in Austin, the capital of the state of Texas. The facility was purpose built to host the ultimate form of motor sport and features 20 corners, some of which are reminiscent of other famous corners on the world championship trail. On top of that, there's the spectacular climb leading to the blind first corner. The start can be interesting because cars lining up on the dirty side of the grid struggle more than at any other circuit to find grip.

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10/19/16
dtm

Video: #ALifeInPictures
2016 was Gary Paffett's 14th season in the DTM. A long and largely successful career during which he has had many interesting experiences. Together with Race Hub TV host Thore Scholermann, Gary looks back on the important moments and people in his life. And there have evidently been one or two fashion disasters along the way..

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10/19/16
dtm

Video: Online champion crowned
Eight gamers, eight DTM pros, one objective: to win the final of the Mercedes-AMG Online Race Competition. As a side-show to the DTM finale at Hockenheim, the eight top contestants in the online competition pitted their skills against those of the eight Mercedes-AMG DTM drivers on Friday evening. And what a final it was! The 20-minute race thrilled the spectators in the Mercedes-Benz Hospitality Suite with wheel-to-wheel action, the occasional excursion into the gravel and a proud winner...

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10/19/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Magnussen started rumors in IndyCar to get the ride he wants in F1?
    Magnussen started rumors in IndyCar to get the ride he wants in F1?
    Magnussen's Indycar comments 'strategic' - official
  • Verstappen aggression nothing new - Ocon
  • Hamilton cannot be written off - Wehrlein
  • F1 door opens wider for Berger's nephew
  • Grosjean: Haas' next goal is a podium
  • Ericsson wary more needed for points fight
  • Pirelli reveals Mexican GP tire selections

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10/19/16
wscc

Starworks working on 2nd car for 2017
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The #8 Starworks entry at Daytona last January
Starworks Motorsport could expand into a two-car Prototype operation beginning with the third round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season at Long Beach, with Peter Baron working on fielding a second Riley Mk. 30 Gibson for the balance of the year.

Baron confirmed to Sportscar365 plans to debut its first car at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, which could feature both of its season-long driver lineups in the opening two rounds before splitting off into separate entries for the sprint races.

He's labeled the chances of a second LMP2 entry at 50 percent, while he works to finalize the driver lineups for both cars.

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10/18/16
TV News

Weekend TV times
 All times Eastern
Friday, October 21
EventTrackTimesNetwork
F1 World Championship - practiceCOTA11:00am-12:30pm - practice 1 (L), 3:00pm-4:30pm - practice 2 (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - practiceTalladega1:00pm-2:00pm (L), 3:00pm-4:30pm (L)FS1
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - practiceTalladega2:00pm-3:00pm (L), 4:30pm-6:00pm (L)NBCSN
Saturday, October 22
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - qualifyingTalladega10:30am-12:00pm (L)FS1
F1 World Championship - qualifyingCOTA12:30pm-4:00pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series - raceTalladega12:30pm-1:00pm - pre-race (L), 1:00pm-3:30pm - race (L)Fox
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - qualifyingTalladega4:00pm-5:30pm (L)NBCSN
Sunday, October 23
MotoGP ChampionshipAustraliaTBAbeIN
Australian SupercarsBathurst1:00pm-3:00pm (D)CBS-SN
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - raceTalladega1:30pm-2:00pm - pre-race (L), 2:00pm-5:30pm - race (L)NBCSN
F1 World Championship - raceCOTA2:30pm-3:00pm - pre-race (L), 3:00pm-5:00pm - race (L)NBC
Pirelli World Challenge - TCMonterey3:00pm-4:00pm - TC (D) , 4:00pm-5:00pm - GTS (D), 5:00pm-6:00pm - SprintX (D)CBS-SN

Legend: D = delayed; L = live; SDD = same-day delay; R = replay



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10/18/16
nassprint
nhra

Final Weekend TV Ratings
NetworkEventDayViewersViewers 18-49RatingLocation
NBCNASCAR Sprint Cup (L)Sun3,445K7102.11Kansas
NBCNASCAR Xfinity (L)Sat1,441K2980.98Kansas
FS1NHRA (L)Sun291640.18Dallas


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10/18/16
motogp

MotoGP eliminates more aero tricks
MotoGP officials have elected to restrict aerodynamic development further in 2017 "in the interests of cost saving," the Grand Prix Commission confirmed on Tuesday.

Earlier in the season the Commission decided to ban the use of controversial aerodynamic wings, commonly known as winglets, for next season, and it has now moved to clamp down further.

The design of a bike's fairing and front mudguard must be submitted to MotoGP's Technical Director for homologation prior to next year's season-opener at Qatar.

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10/18/16
automotive

Panasonic Joins Tesla For U.S. Solar Plant
Sounds like Musk is trying to appease his shareholders
Tesla Motors Inc. plans to join with Panasonic Corp. to make solar panels at a factory in Buffalo, N.Y., that originally was to be a SolarCity Corp. manufacturing plant reports Cassandra Sweet of The Wall Street Journal.

Tesla's management team said in a blog post Sunday night that the company has entered into a nonbinding agreement with Panasonic to "begin collaborating on the manufacturing and production of photovoltaic cells and modules in Buffalo, New York."

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10/18/16
racing news

Video: Data Acquisition - Is the driver just another sensor?
Today's data acquisition gives drivers access to an incredible amount of information.

But when it comes to actually finding speed, how do you figure out which data actually makes you faster - and which is just for the engineers to ponder?

Is driver input still important?

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10/18/16
usf2000

Newman Wachs Racing Feeling Strong After Series Test
Andre Castro waits for track to go green
Andre Castro waits for track to go green
The newly formed NWR team had very little time to get ready for the two-day test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where all three series in the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system participated, and drivers from all over the world came to showcase their talent.

Team Manager, Brian Halahan was elated with the team's success at the end of the weekend. "We're so glad to be finally back at it, after being away from racing for six years. It's only been three months since we put the team together, and I couldn't be more proud of our guys. Alan (O'Leary) our engineer, Dan (Toborg) and Billy (Simmons) did a great job to get us here."

"We tested two young drivers, Brendon Leitch of New Zealand, and Andre Castro out of New York City", Halahan added. "Both kids were great to work with, and both were at the top of the time sheets on each day, ending the last session with fastest time. This shows the strength of our team and gives us great momentum for testing and evaluating drivers. Over the next few weeks, we will be hard at work developing the car and we hope to announce our team drivers very soon."

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10/18/16
motogp

American Nicky Hayden to replace Pedrosa
Hayden won the 2006 MotoGP title for the Repsol Honda team 10 years ago
Hayden won the 2006 MotoGP title for the Repsol Honda team 10 years ago

Fresh from clinching the Riders' Championship at Motegi with Marc Marquez, the Repsol Honda team has packed up in Japan and is headed to Australia for Round 16 of the World Championship.

Marc has two wins to his name at Phillip Island, in MotoGP last year when he took an awesome victory (the 50th of his career) by just 0.249 seconds over Jorge Lorenzo and in 2010 (125cc). He also has a second-place finish and a third in Moto2 (2012, 2011).

Meanwhile, Dani Pedrosa has left the Universitari Dexeus Hospital, where he underwent successful surgery to his right collarbone last Saturday. He will have a follow-up appointment with his doctors on Wednesday.

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10/18/16
nassprint

Jeffrey Earnhardt lands 'Dega gig
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Jeffrey Earnhardt
BK Racing has announced that Jeffrey Earnhardt will be driving the No. 83 Starter Toyota Camry at Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 23.

Earnhardt will be one of three BK Racing cars on track for the Alabama 500 as he joins teammates David Ragan and Matt DiBenedetto. DiBenedetto, the normal driver of the No. 83, will instead drive the No. 93 at Talladega.

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10/18/16
automotive

Car manufacturers being forced to increase engine displacement
The mental midgets are fighting a losing battle. Their focus, and that of the entire automotive industry, should be a switch to 100% electric ASAP. Stick your nose in your exhaust pipe and breathe a few deep breaths. How do you feel? Multiply that by the 1.2 billion cars in the world and you will understand we are killing ourselves with internal combustion engines. They have to go. Besides, electric motors are superior in every category.

Tougher European car emissions tests being introduced in the wake of the Volkswagen scandal are about to bring surprising consequences: bigger engines.

Carmakers that have spent a decade shrinking engine capacities to meet emissions goals are now being forced into a costly U-turn, industry sources said, as more realistic on-the-road testing exposes deep flaws in their smallest motors.

Renault, General Motors and VW are preparing to enlarge or scrap some of their best-selling small car engines over the next three years, the people said. Other manufacturers are expected to follow, with both diesels and gasolines affected.

The reversal makes it even harder to meet carbon dioxide (CO2) targets and will challenge development budgets already stretched by a rush into electric cars and hybrids.

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10/18/16
track news

COTA Bullish About Future; Chair Epstein Says Company 'Very Healthy'
A huge crowd turned out in 2012
A huge crowd turned out in 2012
The Circuit of the Americas is bullish about its future following a rather disastrous '15 that threatened the whole operation. "COTA is very healthy now, so I don't see any reason this event [F1] won't continue for a long time," racetrack Chair Bobby Epstein said. It is a complete "180" from his comments after last year's race, when he said, "To use a technical term. I think we're screwed."
 
This weekend's U.S. F1 Grand Prix will be the fifth hosted by the purpose-built venue near Austin, Texas. After encountering funding cuts by the state government and a "washout" of last year's race, COTA's spot on the F1 calendar was put in jeopardy. While the facility also hosts other racing series and concerts, its business revolves around the F1 event. But internal changes and rising attendance figures, along with new investments, put COTA back on track. "We really are the healthiest we've been since inception," Epstein told SBD Global.

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10/18/16
nassprint

NASCAR drivers testing at Homestead
Racing at Homestead in 2015
Racing at Homestead in 2015
NASCAR's biggest stars from the Sprint Cup Series are headed to Homestead-Miami Speedway for team testing sessions. The tests are set for Tuesday, October 18 and Wednesday, November 19 from 9:00am-5:00pm on both days, weather permitting. Testing will take place on the Speedway's 1.5-mile oval, where one car from each of the major NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams are slated to participate.

Drivers will use the testing sessions in order to gather valuable racing data in preparation for the Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race on Sunday, November 20.

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10/18/16
nassprint

Kansas Overnight TV Ratings
NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from Kansas, the fifth race in the Chase For the Cup, scored a 2.0 overnight rating on NBC Sunday afternoon - down 9% from last year (2.2) and even with 2014 on ESPN. Excluding rainouts, the 2.0 is the lowest for a Sprint Cup race on broadcast television since at least 2004. Sports Media Watch

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10/18/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Jordan King will be in F1 if he can come up with a big enough check
    Jordan King will be in F1 if he can come up with a big enough check
    Jordan King eyes Manor seat for 2017
  • FIA to put Hamilton back in spotlight - report
  • F1 set for five second boost in 2017 - Wehrlein
  • Hamilton vows to 'go all out for every win'
  • McLaren hopes to show Suzuka was a blip
  • Gasly completes three-day Pirelli tire test
  • Mallya: Force India must stay focused

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10/17/16
nassprint

Pressure, Tension, Anxiety Await Chase Drivers in Elimination Races - Alabama 500 & fred's 250
Nerves will be aplenty this weekend during the highly anticipated, first-ever NASCAR Chase Double Elimination Weekend at Talladega Superspeedway as virtually any driver who has yet to win in the Chase's Round of 12 isn't guaranteed to advance. One thing for certain, however, is that six drivers will depart the mammoth 2.66-mile venue disappointed as their championship hopes will come to an end – four at the conclusion of the Alabama 500 and two at race's end in the fred's 250 Powered by Coca-Cola.

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10/17/16
automotive

Video: 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 spied testing
Seen here is the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 undergoing testing in Michigan, USA, ahead of its world premiere expected at 2017 NAIAS. Credits to Mycheal Barnaby for the video.

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10/17/16
nhra

Toyota's Brown Dominates Dallas, Closes In On NHRA Top Fuel Title
Antron Brown
Antron Brown
ENNIS, Texas –
Antron Brown capped a dominating weekend off by defeating Steve Torrence in the finals of the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at the Texas Motorplex in suburban Dallas Sunday for his seventh win of the season.  The victory was the 16th for a Toyota NHRA driver this season and the fourth Top Fuel win in a row in the Countdown.

Brown set the track record in qualifying on Friday to earn the pole position and then defeated Chris Karamesines, Doug Kalitta and J.R. Todd before matching his match-up with Torrence.  In the finals, Brown had a slight .003 advantage at the light and then edged Torrence 3.744-3.750 for the victory.

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10/17/16
nassprint

Video: NASCAR Kansas race highlights
NASCAR.com’s Jonathan Merryman recaps all the action at Kansas Speedway as Kevin Harvick clinches into the Round of 8 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, while other Chasers leave their fate in the hands of the unpredictable Talladega.

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10/17/16
f1

Video: Nico Rosberg previews the USGP
From the AR1.com Youtube page - "Turns 3 to 7 is my favorite part of the track." Nico loves the flow of the circuit in Austin, Texas. Together with Simon Cole, Chief Engineer Trackside, he discusses the compromise between these high-speed sections and then the really slow corners is another challenge.

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10/17/16
f1

Video: Nico Hulkenberg previews the USGP
From the AR1.com Youtube page - "Fantastic design, great corner combinations, a lot of fun" - Nico Hulkenberg is ready for the US Grand Prix. After announcing his switch to the Renault F1 team, the German racer is focused again on the final races of the season.

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10/17/16
nassprint

Video: Crew Chief Corner with Leonard Wood - Talladega
NASCAR Hall of Fame crew chief and Wood Brothers Racing crew chief Jeremy Bullins discuss the team's success, past and present, at Talladega Superspeedway.

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10/17/16
nassprint

NASCAR considering further limiting Cup drivers in lower series
Without guys like Kyle Busch propping up the NASCAR truck and Xfinity series the will die on the vine
Without guys like Kyle Busch propping up the NASCAR truck and Xfinity series the will die on the vine
For fans who don't like Sprint Cup drivers competing in Xfinity and Camping World Truck races, a NASCAR executive says "stay tuned" for an announcement "fairly soon" on the issue. Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, uttered those words Monday on "The Morning Drive" on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio when asked about limiting Cup drivers in the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series.

"It certainly is on our radar," O'Donnell said. "We've heard the fans. It's interesting, it's been a balance throughout the years. We've always had Sprint Cup drivers come into the Xfinity Series and sometimes dominate, back in the Mark Martin days. As the sport has evolved one of the great things is we've got more of a fan following in the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series.

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10/17/16
automotive
irl

Video: Quick Drive: 2017 Acura NSX w/ Alexander Rossi
Indy 500 winner, Formula 1 driver, and burger enthusiast Alexander Rossi dropped by the office a while back. Carlos Lago offered him a handful of car keys to choose from, including keys belonging to a 707-hp Charger Hellcat. Rossi decided to drive an Acura NSX instead. The two take a cruise around the office and reflect on the important things in life: Pedestrian daily drivers, hamburgers, and the state of the supercar.

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10/17/16
fe

Formula E joins forces with COP22 for Marrakesh (Morocco) ePrix
Marrakesh (Morocco) ePrix circuit
Marrakesh (Morocco) ePrix circuit
MARRAKESH, MOROCCO (October 17 2016) - Organizers of the FIA Formula E Championship have today announced that the world’s first fully-electric racing series will be an official partner of COP22 for the inaugural Marrakesh ePrix with the support of the high patronage of King Mohammad VI of Morocco.

The 22nd session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22), will take place in Marrakesh on November 7-18. The summit will take over the reins from COP21 during which historic progress was made in Paris last year.

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10/17/16
f3

Mercedes power reaches 250 race wins in F3
  • Start at Hockenhein Sunday
    Start at Hockenheim Sunday
    Formula 3 as a springboard for a motor racing career: Ten of the current crop of Formula 1 drivers and six of the eight-strong Mercedes-AMG DTM Team drove Mercedes-powered cars during their time in Formula 3
  • The opportunities for talented youngsters in Formula 3 have led to the emergence of some great names in the sport such as Lewis Hamilton, Esteban Ocon, Felix Rosenqvist and Pascal Wehrlein
  • Toto Wolff: "The long list of successful juniors coming through underlines the high value our company has placed on the encouragement of young talent over the years."

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10/17/16
irl

Buddy Sokolick dies
Buddy Sokolick
Buddy Sokolick
Mike Lanigan, a close friend of "Buddy" Sokolick, requested that this information be passed on to the many friends and colleagues Buddy had in the racing industry. Although his main job was running concerts for high end talent such as the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, and Frank Sinatra, Buddy spent over 30 years in the Indy car racing community working part time with various teams, spending his weekends for the love of the sport.  He was a good man and one of the biggest fans of Indy Car racing. He will be sadly missed.

Obituary

CHICAGO -- Buddy Sokolick, longtime head of the production department for Jam Productions in Chicago, where he supported artists including Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Amy Grant, among others, died Oct. 13 after a long illness. He was 60. Sokolick began his career as a stagehand at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago and quickly rose through the ranks to become a production manager for Jam Productions. In 1987, he became head of the production department at Jam, where he stayed for most of his career.

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10/17/16
LMESA

Weiron Tan to compete in the Asian Le Mans Series with Malaysian Team
Weiron Tan
Weiron Tan

The Asian Le Mans Series was founded by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest, which is the creator and organizer of numerous major motoring events including the Le Mans 24 Hours, the American Le Mans Series and the European Le Mans Series. The Asian Le Mans Series sees competitors taking part in the following categories: LMP2, LMP3, GT, GT Cup and CN.

Weiron will be taking on the LMP3 category with AER, which will see him form a driver partnership with Zen Low and a third driver, who is to be confirmed. Aylezo Ecotint Racing is one of the most successful Malaysian racing teams, having won races in every series they've competed in. This year, the team competed at the highest level in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia and the Asian Le Mans Series. The team objective for the forthcoming season is to win the championship in order to gain an invitation to race at famous Le Mans 24 Hours.

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10/17/16
f1

Video: Button, Alonso, Vandoorne & Coulthard On Karting
Go-Karts are often labeled as the foundation of motorsport, a platform on which young drivers get their first exposure to racing. Mobil 1 The Grid spoke to current McLaren F1 drivers Fernando Alonso & Jenson Button, along with 2017 driver Stoffel Vandoorne, and former racer David Coulthard to find out how significant Go-Karts have been for the development of a driver’s career.

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10/17/16
fe

Video: Introducing Jose Maria Lopez
He's had phenomenal success in other series, but how will DS Virgin Racing's new driver take to our all-electric championship? We caught up with Pechito to learn more about his career to date and his ambitions in Formula E.

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10/17/16
f1

Video: Lewis Hamilton on the Catwalk
While Lewis Hamilton was in Kuala Lumpur for the 2016 Formula 1 PETRONAS Malaysian Grand Prix, he visited one of the HUGO BOSS stores in the city and even took to the catwalk in true F1 World Champion style!

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10/17/16
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Roush Yates Engines preparing for Stewart Haas switch to Ford
Tony Stewart switching to Ford
Tony Stewart switching to Ford
One of the biggest stories of the 2016 NASCAR season played out early in the year with the announcement that Stewart-Haas Racing would switch from Chevrolet to Ford in 2017 - a move that caught most everyone off-guard. Now, with the season winding down, the countdown is on for that switch to become a reality and Roush Yates Engines is working behind the scenes to ensure it is up to the task of putting power under the SHR hoods.

"Roush Yates Engines, right now, is in the process of increasing inventory and getting prepared," said Jeff Clark, Vice President of Sales for Roush Yates Engines.

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10/17/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Monday
  • BMW again rejects F1
    BMW again rejects F1
    Boss confirms no F1 return for BMW
  • Sauber 'attractive team' for 2017 - Nasr
  • Gasly still hoping for F1 future
  • Lauda, Fittipaldi defend Verstappen driving
  • Hamilton won't give up - Fittipaldi
  • Stroll set, Bottas less certain for Williams
  • Wolff admits contract talks taking place
  • King gets Manor practice run at Austin

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10/17/16
Racing News

Zanardi wins at Mugello
Alex Zanardi celebrates
Alex Zanardi celebrates
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Inspirational Alex Zanardi triggered an outpouring of emotions when he won the final race of the Italian GT Championship at Mugello.

In his first drive behind the wheel of the BMW M6 GT3, Zanardi was victorious after finishing sixth earlier in the weekend.

Having not raced for more than a year, Zanardi's win came on the back of his two paracycling gold medals and a silver at the recent Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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10/17/16
Brazil Stock Cars

Felipe Fraga and Thiago Camilo take victories
Mauricio (L) and Fraga (R) battle
Mauricio (L) and Fraga (R) battle
Round nine of Brazilian V8 Stock Cars was held this Sunday afternoon in Curitiba. Under blue sky and temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius, the great crowd at the grandstands could watch Felipe Fraga win lights-to-flag on race one and could see the fantastic recovery of Thiago Camilo, who started race two from the pits to win for the first time this season.

"Starting from pole, leading all the laps and to win for the fourth time this season is a great achievement", says Felipe Fraga, who extends his championship lead to 44 points over Rubens Barrichello. "My team gave me a perfect car and I only have to thank them for the effort in making this possible".

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10/17/16
f3

Lance Stroll scores a hat-trick of wins in the season finale
Stroll wins for 3rd time
Stroll wins for 3rd time
With a hat-trick of wins in the season finale, Lance Stroll (Prema Powerteam) is bowing out of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. In the third race at the 4.574 kilometers long Hockenheimring Baden-Wurttemberg, the development driver of the Williams Formula 1 team claimed victory from Joel Eriksson (Motopark) and Jake Hughes (Carlin). Yesterday, Swedish driver Eriksson had already sealed the title for the best rookie of the year while Briton Hughes was making his debut in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at Hockenheim. With his podium finish, he also made the series' return of his Carlin team a successful one.

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