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10/22/19
nasmon

NASCAR Race Rewind: Playing to the playoff whistle in Kansas
Recap this weekend's Monster Energy Series Playoffs race at Kansas that saw Chase Elliott and Joey Logano race their way into the Round of 8 in double OT.

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10/22/19
f1

Celebrating 1,000 Grand Prix Races, Part 6: Aerodynamics
Argentina 1977
Argentina 1977
F1 celebrated its milestone 1,000th race at this year’s Chinese Grand Prix, with Shanghai playing host to Round 3 of this year’s World Championship.

To mark the occasion, Mobil 1 The Grid look back at Aerodynamic development from the 1950's to the present day, including the introduction of wings and Colin Chapman’s ‘ground effect’ revolution.

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10/22/19
BES
BGT

Blancpain Ends Title Sponsorship Deal With SR
Stick a fork in those series
Stick a fork in those series

Blancpain has ended its sponsorship deal with SRO Motorsports Group, which will see the Swiss watchmaker’s name no longer associated as the entitlement sponsor of the Blancpain GT Series and GT World Challenge series in America, Europe and Asia.

It was announced by SRO Motorsports Group founder and CEO Stephane Ratel during Sunday evening’s awards night in Las Vegas.

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10/22/19
f3

F3: Sargeant leads wet final day of post-season testing
Logan Sargeant
Logan Sargeant
Logan Sargeant topped a rain-hampered final day of post-season testing in Valencia, lapping the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in 1:33.705 in the morning session, to finish ahead of Day 1 and 2 leader Christian Lundgaard.

The PREMA Racer – who sat out Day 2 of testing – settled nicely in to Championship winning machinery and confidently topped both the morning and the afternoon session. Lundgaard, who finished second overall on the final day, was the quickest man across the three-day stint.

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10/22/19
r2i

Hi-Tide Boat Lifts Extends Road to Indy Partnership
At-Track youth engagement
At-Track youth engagement
Andersen Promotions today announced that Hi-Tide Boats Lifts will continue its relationship as an Official Partner of the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires through 2021, expanding an association with the Ft. Pierce, Fla.-based company which dates back to 2015. The partnership will also see the highly acclaimed Kids on Track program founded by Hi-Tide Boats Lifts enter its sixth season in 2020.

Hi-Tide Boat Lifts is a leader and pioneer in the boat lift manufacturing industry and operates one of the largest boat lift manufacturing facilities in the United States. The company has a dealer network of 240 professionals covering 21 states as well as Canada and the Caribbean. Founded in 1979, the family-owned and now second-generation company is led by Craig Wood, whose vision to inspire children to reach for their dreams resulted in the creation of the Kids On Track program in 2015.

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10/22/19
nasmon
nhra

Final Weekend TV Ratings (Oct 20th)
NetEventLocation2019 TV
Viewers
18-49 TV
Viewers
2019 TV
Rating
2018 TV
Rating
% Chg.
NBCNASCAR Cup Race (Sun)Kansas3,304,000642,0002.031.74+16.7%
NBCNASCAR Xfinity (Sat)Kansas1,324,000221,0000.910.86+5.8%
FS1ARCA Race (Fri)Kansas420,000188,0000.28--
FS1NHRA FinalsDallas409,000157,0000.28--



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10/22/19
f1
imsa
nastruck

Final Weekend TV Ratings (Oct 14th)
Talladega
Talladega
UPDATE
 The final TV rating for the rain delayed until Monday Talladega 500 on NBCSN was a 0.99 with 1.536 million people tuned in. The rating was down significantly but since the race ran on Monday, no direct comparison can be made.

10/16/19 The Talladega NASCAR Monster Cup Race was not run until Monday and no final ratings are available yet

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10/22/19
automotive

Video: 2020 Corvette C8 Stingray Interior Walkthrough
You get so much inside and out for the all-new mid-engine Corvette C8 Stingray!

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10/22/19
fe

Guenther king of testing for BMW, 22 cars separated by a second
Max Guenther set fast time
Max Guenther set fast time
Despite only a year's worth of experience in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, BMW i Andretti Motorsport's Max Guenther set the fastest lap of 2019/20 pre-season testing with a time of 1:15.087. The new BMW recruit held his place at the top of the standings throughout the three days, consistently finishing within the top seven. Behind him, was Mahindra Racing's Pascal Wehrlein with a 1:15.190 lap and behind him, Geox Dragon's Nico Mueller with a 1:15.198 lap time. 

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10/22/19
f1

Alonso to consider 2021 return 'next summer'
Fernando Alonso's F1 career is over
Fernando Alonso's F1 career is over
(GMM) Fernando Alonso says he will give thought "next summer" to the idea of returning to Formula 1 in 2021.

The 38-year-old quit F1 at the end of 2018, but he never ruled out a return. He has raced at Le Mans, the Indy 500, and is currently preparing for the 2020 Dakar Rally.

"I think that today I do not consider returning to F1," Alonso told Antena 3.

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10/22/19
f1

McLaren can close gap to top teams in 2020 - de la Rosa
Can McLaren catch the leaders in 2020?
Can McLaren catch the leaders in 2020?
(GMM) McLaren can close the gap to the top three teams in 2020, according to former driver Pedro de la Rosa.

De la Rosa, now 48, was a long time McLaren test driver during the team's successful works Mercedes days.

Since then, McLaren slipped behind with the Honda debacle and the end of the Ron Dennis era. But new boss Andreas Seidl says the team wants to make a clear step forward having established itself as 'best of the rest' in 2019.

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10/22/19
f1

Ferrari has 'fantastic chance' to win in 2020 - Domenicali
Can Ferrari really win 2020 title?
Can Ferrari really win 2020 title?
(GMM) The Formula 1 grid has rarely been as rich with driver talent, according to former Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali.

"After many years, we are facing a new situation," the now Lamborghini CEO is quoted by Italian radio Rai.

"There have never been so many strong drivers," Domenicali added.

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10/22/19
f1

Japan needs another driver in F1 - Sato
Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato
(GMM) Takuma Sato says Formula 1 needs a new Japanese driver.

At Suzuka, the former Jordan, BAR and Super Aguri driver was in the paddock to support Honda and the Japanese driver Naoki Yamamoto.

31-year-old Yamamoto, poised to win his third Super Formula title this year, got his first taste of F1 with a Friday practice session for Toro Rosso at Suzuka.

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10/22/19
f1

Verstappen will make 2021 call 'quickly' - Doornbos
Robert Doornbos and Verstappen
Robert Doornbos and Verstappen
(GMM) Max Verstappen will know within "one or two" races next year if he will stay at Red Bull in 2021.

That is the view of former Red Bull driver Robert Doornbos.

2020 is the final year on Verstappen's current contract, and he has made noises about potentially switching to a faster top team for 2021.

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10/22/19
f1

Binotto can be 'tough' as Ferrari boss - Leclerc
What? Me tough?
What? Me tough?
(GMM) Charles Leclerc says Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto is able to be "tough" when necessary.

Some have questioned whether Binotto, having stepped up from being technical boss, is the right man to manage Ferrari's increasingly tetchy driver lineup.

"He's a calm person, which is important in an environment like Formula 1," Leclerc is quoted by Speed Week.

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10/22/19
f1

Vettel not saying if Leclerc best ever teammate
Vettel laughs at comparisons
Vettel laughs at comparisons

(GMM) Sebastian Vettel is not willing to say if Charles Leclerc is his best ever teammate in Formula 1.

In less than a full season, 22-year-old Leclerc has managed to challenge quadruple world champion Vettel's number 1 status at Ferrari.

"He's young, he's very fast. I don't think anyone doubts that," Vettel is quoted by Speed Week.

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10/22/19
f1

F1 teams select tires for USGP
Renault goes most aggressive with the softest ties, Hamilton and Vettel a bit conservative.

Selected tires for Austin
Selected tires for Austin

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10/22/19
fe

Nissan Formula E racers to wear kimonos for the new season
Nissan team's new look for 2019/2020 season
Nissan team's new look for 2019/2020 season

Nissan’s Formula E car will don a new, Japan-inspired look as it returns for another season of the electric street racing series to demonstrate the power and performance of the company’s EV technology.

Nissan unveiled the new race car livery today in Yokohama, ahead of season six of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship series. The red, black and white design is inspired by the Japanese kimono garment, a traditional symbol of longevity and good fortune. It will also be featured on the Nissan LEAF NISMO RC, the dual electric-motor performance vehicle based on the Nissan LEAF electric car.

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10/22/19
wseries

Champion Chadwick confirmed for second W Series season
Jamie Chadwick
Jamie Chadwick
2019 champion Jamie Chadwick will return for a second season of the all-female W Series in 2020, with six newcomers featuring on a list of 18 drivers published by organizers on Monday.

The new entrants for season two include British racer Abbie Eaton, who has been a test driver for Amazon’s ‘The Grand Tour’ television motoring series.

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10/22/19
f1

Kubica 'not 100pc sure' about 2020 plans
Robert Kubica could become Haas reserve driver
Robert Kubica could become Haas reserve driver
(GMM) Robert Kubica is not ready to say what he will be doing in 2020.

The Pole has struggled on his highly anticipated return to Formula 1 this year, and will leave the crisis-struck Williams team at the end of the season.

His sponsor, Polish oil company PKN Orlen, is tipped to switch its backing to Haas, with 34-year-old Kubica potentially offered a reserve role.

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10/22/19
f1

Leclerc impressed Pirelli boss in 2019
Mario Isola
Mario Isola
(GMM) Pirelli boss Mario Isola says he has been surprised by Charles Leclerc in 2019.

With just a single season at Sauber under his belt, Leclerc made his Ferrari debut this year at the age of 21.

He began the season as number 2, but has since challenged that hierarchy and put a cloud over quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel's future.

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10/22/19
GT4

Big weekend for Jarett Andretti


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10/21/19
nasmon

NASCAR Fans To See Few Noticeable Changes With ISC Deal
Kansas action
Kansas action
NASCAR officially closed on its ISC deal on Friday, and there will not be "a lot of noticeable differences for fans" in the short term, according to Matt Weaver of AUTOWEEK.

Privatization "allows for NASCAR to better streamline sponsorship activation across its touring divisions and facilities," and "could, hypothetically, make it easier for NASCAR to be purchased if it were for sale."

Additionally, this "would allow NASCAR to unilaterally make changes to all three national touring schedules without having to answer to public shareholders or Wall Street."

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10/21/19
f3

F3 Winter Test: Lundgaard dominant again on Day 2
Christian Lundgaard
Christian Lundgaard
Christian Lundgaard was the quickest driver for the second day running in Valencia post-season testing, setting the fastest overall lap time in the morning session, ahead of MP Motorsport debutant Lorenzo Colombo.

Oscar Piastri was fastest in a slower afternoon session for PREMA Racing, but his time wouldn’t have made the top ten in the morning, as focus switched from quick laps to race simulations and long-runs.

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10/21/19
nasmon

NASCAR Kansas TV Rating
Chase Elliott
Chase Elliott

Overnight NBC earned 3.32 million viewers for yesterday's NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway, up 20% from 2.76 million for last year's race.

That makes Kansas NBC Sports’ most-watched NASCAR Cup Series race since Homestead last year (4.18 million viewers).

Sure beats those minuscule NBCSN numbers

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10/21/19
f1

Verstappen wants Red Bull-Honda to 'risk more'
Vertsappen still pouting
Verstappen still pouting
(GMM) Max Verstappen has urged Red Bull to "risk a little more" at the final four races of 2019 and beyond.

The Honda-powered team has fallen behind Mercedes and Ferrari in the latter portion of the season, so Dutchman Verstappen told Ziggo Sport: "We don't have much to lose.

"We could certainly risk a little more. I hope I could then make the step and qualify in front of Mercedes or Ferrari," the Dutchman added.

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10/21/19
imsa
f1

Magnussen helping father keep racing
46-year old Jan Magnussen put out to pasture by Corvette
46-year old Jan Magnussen put out to pasture by Corvette
(GMM) Jan Magnussen says his son Kevin will help him keep racing.

After many years racing sports cars with Corvette, former F1 driver Jan Magnussen is leaving the marque.

"I am talking to Kevin about the situation and the direction I should take and the opportunities that are there," 46-year-old Magnussen told TV2.

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10/21/19
f1

F1 return 'getting harder' - Alonso
Fernando Alonso and his manager Abad facing reality he is now too old for F1
Fernando Alonso and his manager Abad facing reality he is now too old for F1
(GMM) Fernando Alonso has answered "we'll see" and "maybe" to the latest question about whether he might return to Formula 1.

Still with ties to the Spaniard's management, Flavio Briatore last week said Alonso, 38, would only return to the grid with Mercedes, Ferrari or Red Bull.

When asked about a potential return, Alonso told the broadcaster La Sexta at an endurance karting race: "We'll see.

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10/21/19
f1

GPDA president no fan of 18-inch wheels
Alex Wurz
Alex Wurz
(GMM) Alex Wurz is no fan of the introduction of low-profile wheels in Formula 1.

The move from 13 to 18-inch rims for 2021 has been decided, but Grand Prix Drivers' Association chief Wurz is not impressed.

However, the former F1 driver acknowledges that there is little Formula 1 can do now about the increased weight of its cars.

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10/21/19
f1

Verstappen met to learn Honda future
Mashashi Yamamoto claims Verstappen swallowed it
Mashashi Yamamoto claims Verstappen swallowed it
(GMM) Max Verstappen is getting involved in Honda's plans for the future.

It has emerged that Red Bull's works engine partner is currently not willing to commit to Formula 1 until it sees the highly controversial new 2021 rules.

Amid that, Dutchman Verstappen recently got involved at the highest levels of those deliberations.

"Max met with Helmut Marko, Christian Horner and Toyoharu Tanabe to know the plans of Honda," Mashashi Yamamoto, Honda's F1 managing director, is quoted by El Confidencial.

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10/21/19
f1

Verstappen supports end of F1 'sprint race' idea
Max Verstappen diagrees with qualifying races. Imagine the carnage
Max Verstappen disagrees with qualifying races. Imagine the carnage
(GMM) Max Verstappen has backed Formula 1's retention of the existing knockout qualifying format for 2020 and beyond.

At a decisive meeting last week to discuss the 2021 rules, the teams reportedly rejected Ross Brawn's proposal to run a three-event test of the qualifying 'sprint race' idea for 2020.

"I don't know what they want to achieve with that," Dutchman Verstappen told Ziggo Sport.

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10/21/19
f1

Ricciardo responds to Webber criticism
Daniel Ricciardo laughing all the way to the bank with his huge Renault checks
Daniel Ricciardo laughing all the way to the bank with his huge Renault checks
(GMM) Daniel Ricciardo has replied to his countryman after Mark Webber said the Renault driver may be "regretting" leaving Red Bull.

Webber recently said the risk for Ricciardo is that he could become irrelevant in the midfield as "young guys" enter the sport and impress.

"I get what Mark's saying," Ricciardo told Fairfax Media, "but if I sat down with him and told him why I moved, I feel it's pretty self-explanatory."

Ricciardo, 30, admits he became too frustrated with life near the front with Red Bull.

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10/21/19
f1

Teams ask FIA to check Ferrari engine legality
The British and German F1 teams are whining because they cannot figure out how Ferrari is doing it
The British and German F1 teams are whining because they cannot figure out how Ferrari is doing it
(GMM) "Several" Ferrari rivals have asked the FIA to look into the legality of the Italian team's engine.

After the latest Ferrari upgrade, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said the power produced by the Maranello-made power unit is "ridiculous".

Germany's Auto Bild reported: "Several teams have called on the FIA to verify that the power unit is legal."

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10/21/19
r2i

VeeKay, McElrea, Rasmussen Fastest at Road to Indy Test
VeeKay tops minuscule Indy Lights field
VeeKay tops minuscule Indy Lights field
A successful ninth annual Chris Griffis Memorial Road to Indy Test wrapped up this afternoon after two days of running under ideal conditions at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Grand Prix road course.

A total of 44 drivers from 12 different nations turned well over 4700 laps between them over the two days, representing all three levels of the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires, with the majority of fastest times being set this morning.

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10/21/19
nasmon

Video: Kansas Monster Cup Post-Race Q&A
Race Winner, Denny Hamlin; Crew Chief, Chris Gabehart; and Team Owner, Joe Gibbs (No. 11 FedEx Office)

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10/20/19
f1

Miami F1 race video preview


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10/20/19
f3

F3: Lundgaard quickest on Day 1 in Valencia
Christian Lundgaard
Christian Lundgaard
Christian Lundgaard left ART Grand Prix with plenty to be pleased about on Day 1 of post-season testing in Valencia, topping the times with a slick 1:21.370. The Dane ran narrowly ahead of his teammate, Sebastian Fernandez, who finished 0.229s slower. Backing up the ART duo was Alexander Smolyar, who impressed on his debut with Sauber Junior Team by Charouz.

Lirim Zendeli, in his maiden appearance for Jenzer Motorsport, set the pace during a wet morning with 1:33.719, and the German impressed once more in the second stint, finishing fourth in the dry. 

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10/20/19
motogp

Watch Moto2 Rider Alex Marquez Pull off Once in a Lifetime Crash Recovery
Alex Marquez
Alex Marquez

In one of the most remarkable moments we’re likely to witness in motorcycle racing this year, Alex Marquez recovered from a crazy-looking near-crash during a Moto2 practice session at Motegi.

The feat was described as “once in a lifetime” by Marquez’s older brother, Marc, who himself is a MotoGP champion.

The whole sequence is so impressive that it’s impossible not to watch the clip at least a few times. As the older Marquez brother said, “I’ve seen it 50 times and I’m not tired. These things happen once or twice in a lifetime. It has saved a possible injury. I wish I had seen his panicky face under the helmet.”

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10/20/19
f1

Renault resigned to fact no one wants their inferior engines
Abiteboul resigned to fact no one wants their inferior engines
Abiteboul resigned to fact no one wants their inferior engines
Renault team boss Cyril Abiteboul has said that they are “not desperate” to supply engines to other teams after their only customer McLaren have opted to use Mercedes engines again from 2021.

“We know the team arrangements. Lots of long-standing relationships were already in existence when we went back into the sport,” Abiteboul said to Crash.net.

“Williams, Racing Point, they are very loyal partners to Mercedes. And the same for Haas [with Ferrari], Red Bull, Toro Rosso and Honda.

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10/20/19
f1

With championship all but over, all F1 teams working flat out on 2020 cars
Carlos Sainz Jr. is 6th in the Championship
Carlos Sainz Jr. is 6th in the Championship
Like most of the team in F1, with four races to go in the 2019 F1 season, McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl has confirmed the team is already "flat-out" preparing the car for the 2020 season.

After finishing sixth in the constructors' standings in 2018, McLaren now comfortably sit in fourth place and their driver Carlos Sainz Jr. is even in sixth in the drivers' standings.

As McLaren continue their quest to become a top team in F1 in the coming years, Seidl has revealed the team back in Woking are already focused on developing the MCL35 for next season.

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10/19/19
v8

Penske team found guilty, fined $250K, #12 car disqualified
Penske team found guilty
Penske team found guilty

DJR Team Penske’s #17 entry has kept its Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 win but its second car has been relegated to last finisher due to a breach of the FIA International Sporting Code.

Additionally, the Ford squad has been docked 300 teams’ championship points, the yield for the race win, which means its tally has dropped a total of 420 points due to Fabian Coulthard’s latest penalty.

It has also been fined $250,000, of which $100,000 is suspended until 31 December 2021, on the condition that the team commits no further breach of Appendix B of the ISC and no breach of any of Rules B6.5.4,(Conduct Prejudicial) or D24 (Team Orders) of the Supercars Operations Manual prior to that date.

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10/19/19
r2i

Two-Day Chris Griffis Memorial Road to Indy Test Under Way at IMS
Rinus VeeKay
Rinus VeeKay

Rinus VeeKay, from Hoofddorp, Netherlands, Braden Eves, from New Albany, Ohio, and Christian Rasmussen from Copenhagen, Denmark, set the pace today as the ninth annual Chris Griffis Memorial Road to Indy Test kicked off at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Grand Prix road course. The trio were fastest in their respective series as all three levels of the highly acclaimed Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires open-wheel development ladder – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship – took advantage of ideal weather conditions on the 2.439-mile track situated just a few miles from downtown Indianapolis, Ind.

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10/19/19
f3

FIA F3 returns for post-season tests at Circuit de Valencia
The FIA Formula 3 Championship returns on Sunday in Valencia, where the official post-season test will commence on Spain’s south-eastern coast. The three-day long event will take place between October 20-22 and offer teams and drivers the first opportunity to assess in detail their potential partnerships for the 2020 campaign.

Evaluating the fit of both the teams and the race seats, drivers will be looking to impress ahead of the new campaign, as they bid to earn a winning drive for the upcoming season. In the shorter-term, the test will also provide an opportunity to work on their preparations for the 2019 FIA Formula 3 World Cup in Macau, which takes place on November 14-17.

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10/19/19
fe
f1

Vergne says Hamilton needs to quit F1 for FE
Vergne says if Hamilton really cares about the environment like he says he does, he needs to switch to Formula E
Vergne says if Hamilton really cares about the environment like he says he does, he needs to switch to Formula E
ABB FIA Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne has said that his F1 counterpart Lewis Hamilton should consider dropping out of the Grand Prix circuit, and move to the all-electric series instead.

Vergne was speaking in response to Hamilton's social media posts this week in which he expressed despair over what was happening in the world, particularly the state of the environment and the threat of climate change.

Hamilton was seeking to promote a vegan lifestyle, but his comments attracted criticism from those people pointing to his jet-setting life-style and the environmental impact of F1.

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10/19/19
f1
irl

Sudden Impact - How Dino Paoli Wheel Guns Revolutionized The Pit Stop
Even NASCAR uses Paoli wrenches
Even NASCAR uses Paoli wrenches
Mobil 1 The Grid heads to the Dino Paoli impact wrench factory in Italy to find out how a phone call to Enzo Ferrari led to one company providing wheel guns to all the major race series.

The Formula 1 pit stop record fell to 1.88 seconds with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing's stop at this year's German Grand Prix and Dino Paoli continue to innovate in F1, NASCAR and other championships.

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10/19/19
v8

Daniel Ricciardo takes a hot lap in Rick Kelly's Supercar
He’s the modern-day F1 hero to Aussies everywhere. But what happens when Daniel Riccardo is let loose behind the wheel of Rick Kelly’s Castrol Supercar?

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10/19/19
nasx

Harrison Burton to drive No. 20 Xfinity car full time for Gibbs in 2020
Harrison Burton
Harrison Burton
Harrison Burton will drive Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 Xfinity car full-time in 2020, the team announced Thursday morning.

Burton, the son of NBC Sports analysts Jeff Burton, will succeed Christopher Bell in the No. 20.

Burton competes full-time in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports. He is set to make his seventh start in JGR’s No. 18 Xfinity car this Saturday at Kansas Speedway.

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10/19/19
nasmon

Roush Fenway Racing confirms Pattie will not return as No. 17 crew chief
Brian Pattie
Brian Pattie
Veteran crew chief Brian Pattie will not return to the No. 17 Ford team next season, Roush Fenway Racing confirmed.

Pattie has been with the organization since 2016 and is in his third season working with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and the No. 17 group. The news was first reported by SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Roush Fenway Racing announced Sept. 25 that Stenhouse would not return as the driver of the No. 17 Ford, vacating the seat he had occupied since 2013. The Jack Roush-owned team will field the No. 17 for Chris Buescher in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series next season.

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10/19/19
nasmon

Bowyer re-signs with Stewart Haas team
Clint Bowyer
Clint Bowyer

Stewart-Haas Racing announced that Clint Bowyer will return to its No. 14 Ford for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series campaign.

Bowyer is in his third year with SHR’s No. 14, a seat he took over when team co-owner Tony Stewart retired after the 2015 season. Bowyer has 10 wins in NASCAR’s top division, including two victories with Stewart-Haas last season.

“Clint Bowyer is a racer to his core who brings passion and energy to our race team,” Stewart said in a news release provided by the team. “He’s exactly who I wanted to drive my No. 14 car and we’re very happy to have him continue with Stewart-Haas Racing.”

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10/19/19
nasmon

NASCAR Officially Closes On ISC; New Role For France Kennedy
Lesa France Kennedy
Jim France will lead the new combined company
NASCAR on Friday confirmed that it closed its acquisition of ISC, making the track promoter a fully private subsidiary of the sanctioning body. The combined company, which is 100% owned by the France family, will remain based in Daytona Beach. Jim France and Steve Phelps will continue in their roles as Chair & CEO and President, respectively.

Lesa France Kennedy, formerly CEO of ISC, becomes NASCAR Exec Vice Chair. ISC President John Saunders, who Sports Business Journal has reported could leave the company in the months after the deal closes, has moved to a senior advisor role for NASCAR alongside Vice Chair Mike Helton.

Longtime exec Daryl Wolfe has had his title changed to Exec VP & Chief Operations & Sales Officer, and track presidents will now report to him. Track presidents previously reported to ISC COO Joie Chitwood III, who is staying on through the transitional period of the next couple weeks but leaving the company Nov. 25.

Lesa France Kennedy Steps down to Advisor Role
Lesa France Kennedy Steps down to an advisor Role
BOARD MAKE-UP: The NASCAR BOD will be Jim France, Lesa France Kennedy, Helton and Exec VP, Chief Administrator & Chief Legal Officer Gary Crotty. Phelps' direct reports will be Exec VP & Chief Administration Officer Ed Bennett; Exec VP and CMO Jill Gregory; Exec VP & Chief Innovation & Development Officer Craig Neeb; Exec VP & Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell; and Wolfe.

As part of the merger agreement, the France family bought former Chair & CEO Brian France out of his ownership shares. Jim France in a statement said, "The merger of NASCAR and ISC represents a historic moment for our sport. There is much work ahead of us, but we're pleased with the progress made to position our sport for success.

Delivering for our race fans and partners is job number one and we look forward to doing that better than ever for years to come." The closing of the deal had long been anticipated and is no surprise, but the industry's attention will now turn to the France family's unrevealed plans to shake up the sport, which is now easier with its tracks being fully private. Sources have said in recent months that major changes will come closer to 100 days in than the first day. Adam Stern/SBD



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10/19/19
arca

Christian Eckes - ARCA Menards Series Champion
Toyota driver Christian Eckes
Toyota driver Christian Eckes
The ARCA Kansas 150 was a microcosm of the entire season for Christian Eckes. The Middletown, New York native was fast in practice, but engine issues necessitated a change following qualifying. That sent Eckes to the rear of the field for the start, but he quickly knifed his way through the field to the top five.

On a lap 57 restart, Eckes (No. 15 JBL Audio Toyota) challenged race leader Michael Self for the lead. One lap later, Eckes took control of the race, taking over the lead and driving away to, at times, a three-second lead.

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10/19/19
TV News

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern and Live
Saturday, October 19LocationTV TimesNetwork
NASCAR Cup QualifyingKansas1:30pm-2:30pmNBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity RaceKansas3:00pm-6:00pmNBCSN
SupercrossLas Vegas10:00pm-1:00amNBCSN
MotoGP RaceMotegi10:55pm-3:00am (L)beIN Sports
Sunday, October 20LocationTV TimesNetwork
NHRA QualifyingDallas12:00am-1:30am (10/19)FS1
NHRA QualifyingDallas9:30am-11:30am (R - 10/19)FS2
NASCAR Presents - Davey Lives On 11:30am-12:00pm (R)FS1
NASCAR RaceDayKansas12:00pm-1:00pmFS1
NASCAR America 1:00pm-1:30pmNBC
NASCAR CupKansas1:30pm-2:00pm (L) - Pre-Race - NBC
2:00pm-6:00pm (L) - Race - NBC
6:00pm-6:30pm (L) - Post-Race - NBCSN
6:30pm-7:30pm (L) - Victory Lap - NBCSN
NBC, NBCSN
NHRADallas2:00pm-5:00pm (L)FS2
AMA SupercrossLas Vegas9:30pm-11:30pm (R)NBCSN
NHRA FinalsDallas2:00pm-5:00pmFS2
NHRADallas10:00pm-1:00am (SD/R)FS2

Legend: L=Live, R=Repeat, SD/R=Same Day Repeat



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10/18/19
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Max Guenther tops Friday Formula E times
Maximilian Guenther
Maximilian Guenther

BMW's Maximilian Guenther set the fastest time of the week to top the abortive final session of Formula E testing at Valencia, as Sebastian Buemi 'won' the simulated race.

Setting a 1m15.087s lap just after the second hour of running, Guenther beat Pascal Wehrlein's time from the morning by a tenth.

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10/18/19
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Kansas Speedway To Roll Out Female-Focused Infield Option
Kansas action
Kansas action
Kansas Speedway on Sunday will debut Beyond the Checkered, a female-focused infield hospitality option, around the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400.

Beyond the Checkered will feature Q&A sessions with prominent women in NASCAR and the sports industry.

Women already committed to participate include NASCAR Exec VP & CMO Jill Gregory, ISM Raceway President Julie Giese, Motor Racing Network's Kim Coon and Chiefs VP/Administration Kathy Nelson. Kansas Speedway.

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10/18/19
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President Trump recognizes Mario Andretti


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10/18/19
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Video Recall: Watch Ferrucci drive thru field in Indy 500
Santino Ferrucci
Santino Ferrucci
Santino Ferrucci wasn’t just the Indianapolis 500’s Rookie of the Year in 2019, he was one of the most exciting NTT IndyCar Series drivers to watch in the 103rd running at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Ferrucci started 23rd in the No. 19 Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda of Dale Coyne Racing Honda, which means he was in traffic from the drop of the green flag. As the video here shows, Ferrucci had to make several aggressive moves to earn the seventh-place finish.

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10/18/19
motogp

Quartararo on top Friday at Motegi
Fabio Quartararo
Fabio Quartararo
Cool conditions on Friday at the Twin Ring Motegi Circuit didn’t deter the local fans who filtered into the track from early in the morning. 

A track temperature of 21°C kept riders some distance from the outright lap record in Japan but potential rain on Saturday meant they still had to push hard for a Q2 spot in the closing moments of Free Practice 2.

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