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10/22/15
f1

Ferrari switching engines this weekend, will receive penalty
Ferrari wasn't going to beat Mercedes this year anyway, may as well start testing next year's engine
Lewis Hamilton's path to the Formula One world championship received a boost Thursday when Ferrari made the decision to put new engines into Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen's cars for the United States Grand Prix.

Both Ferrari drivers will receive a 10-spot penalty on the starting grid. F1 only allows drivers to use four engines in a season - using a fifth leads to the penalty.

Vettel is currently in second in the driver standings and needs to remain within nine points to extend the championship chase to next weekend. Starting farther back in the grid greatly decreases those chances.

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10/22/15
irl

Wilson Auction Proceeds Top $550,000 and Counting
More than $556,000 has been raised to date for the Wilson Children's Fund through auctions of racing, sports and other memorabilia and experiences, with proceeds benefiting the family of late Verizon IndyCar Series driver Justin Wilson.

An ongoing eBay online auction has generated $482,144 in bids through the first month, with an additional $74,000 coming through private auctions for racing helmets donated by fellow drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay and Graham Rahal.

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10/22/15
irl

Dixon, Kanaan Taking on Ironman 70.3 Miami
Already teammates with Chip Ganassi Racing, two Verizon IndyCar Series champions are teaming again this weekend for another grueling athletic endeavor. Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan will compete Oct. 25 in the Ironman 70.3 Miami.

A 70.3 is named such because it features a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1-mile run (totaling 70.3 miles) - each of the distances half of that in a full Ironman competition. Kanaan is an avid triathlete who has competed in the Miami event near his South Florida home four times. Dixon hasn't attempted one in several years, and worked his preparations this year around media and team obligations after he won his fourth Verizon IndyCar Series title in August.

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10/22/15
f1

USGP in Austin to be wet
The forecast for this weekend in Austin looks horrible. Looks like the fans will be miserable and the Pirelli rain tires will get a good workout.



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10/22/15
f1

Ecclestone says F1 calendar should have 22 races
Bernie wants 22 F1 races a year
Bernie wants 22 F1 races a year
(GMM)  Bernie Ecclestone sounds unfazed that the FIA regulations for 2016 set a cap of just 20 races for the season.

Earlier, with Azerbaijan to make its bow next year and Germany returning, a 21-race schedule for 2016 was revealed.

But article 5.4 of the newly-published sporting regulations say "the maximum number of events in the championship is 20".

Asked if he will have to reduce the calendar, F1 chief executive Ecclestone told the Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta: "No, I don't think we are going to reduce it.  Maybe we're going to add to it."

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10/22/15
nassprint

Talladega a memorable place for Blaney, Bullins and the Wood Brothers
Ryan Blaney
Talladega Superspeedway has a mystique about it like no other track on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

It has seen many strange events over the years - from a string of surprise winners in the 1970s and 1980s to Bobby Isaac parking Bud Moore’s Ford mid-race after hearing voices telling him to do so, to an instance of sabotage to race cars.

"Something out of the ordinary was always happening at Talladega back in the day, sometimes good and sometimes bad," said Eddie Wood, co-owner of the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion that Ryan Blaney will drive in this weekend’s CampingWorld.com 500.

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10/22/15
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

10/22/15
  • For all intents and purposes, Ecclestone gives America the finger. He's badmouthed America and CART since the late 70s
    US GP chief says Ecclestone 'entitled to opinion'
  • Charlie Whiting approves Mexico City circuit
  • Marko now 'confident' of Red Bull crisis solution
  • Rosberg refusing to admit 2015 title now gone
  • Haas to complete 2016 driver lineup
  • Three drivers in race for two Manor seats
  • Ricciardo signs with former Beckham manager
  • Mercedes fixes Sochi glitches for Austin
  • Mansell hits out at F1 rules New
  • Booth pleased to give Rossi home chance in Manor 'slug' New

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10/22/15
fe

DiCaprio to chair Formula E sustainability committee
Agag (L) and DiCaprio (R)
Agag (L) and DiCaprio (R)

LONDON, UK (October 22 2015) – Formula E is thrilled that award-winning actor and global environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio will chair the organization's newly-created Formula E Sustainability Committee.

This body will focus on Formula E's contributions to promoting the mass use of electric vehicles, focusing particularly on urban mobility. The long term imprint of Formula E on the cities where it races, in both infrastructure and education terms, will be also a focus point of the committee.

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10/22/15
nassprint

Warnings issued after Kansas
NASCAR after its cheaters
NASCAR after its cheaters
NASCAR handed out warnings to teams Wednesday afternoon for issues discovered in technical inspection last weekend at Kansas Speedway, where the Sprint Cup Series competed in Race #2 of three in the Chase Contender Round. Of the four teams issued a warning, only one -- the Hendrick Motorsports team of driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. -- is in the Chase. Earnhardt's #88 group received its warning for twice failing pre-race inspection for Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400.

The non-Chase team of driver Alex Bowman was given a warning for likewise flunking pre-race inspection twice. The #83 team of driver Matt DiBenedetto, meanwhile, was given a warning for failing pre-qualifying inspection twice at Kansas. The #21 Wood Brothers Racing team of part-time Sprint Cup driver Ryan Blaney was hit with a warning for failing to comply with Section 10.7.2.b of the NASCAR rulebook. This is the second consecutive week that NASCAR has issued a written warning to the teams of Earnhardt and Blaney. Fox Sports

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10/22/15
irl
nassprint

Kurt Busch has no plans to run Indy 500 again
No more Indy for Busch
No more Indy for Busch
Last year, #41-Kurt Busch completed one of the most impressive feats in recent auto racing history when he finished sixth in the Indianapolis 500. Not only was it Busch's first Indy 500, it was his first open-wheel race of any kind and he won Rookie of the Year honors after a tremendous drive against top-notch competition. Just don't expect him back at the 500 anytime soon.

"I don't know what the future will bring outside the NASCAR Sprint Cup with Monster, but with this synergy, it's so powerful, I don't see a need to go back and run Indy, unless Monster wanted to go do something such as that," Busch told FOXSports.com.

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10/22/15
f4

Carlin to enter BRDC Formula 4 in 2016
Carlin are pleased to announce that they will be joining the BRDC Formula 4 Championship in 2016 with a three car team. The Championship has been a staple of the British motorsport scene since its inaugural season in 2013 and the introduction of a brand new generation chassis has meant that the upcoming season is the perfect opportunity in which to join the highly competitive Championship.

New for the 2016 season will be the introduction of the Tatuus-Cosworth MSV F4-016 - a brand new chassis designed and developed in order to bridge the gap between the first step of single seaters to Formula Three championships and the GP3 Series. The car will feature a fully carbon fiber chassis and a four cylinder normally aspirated spec Cosworth engine producing 230bhp at 8000rpm while remaining on Pirelli tires. The MSV F4-016 will also as a result have a more downforce than its predecessor.

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10/21/15
f1

U.S. Race Promoter Wants F1 Drivers To Be More Like Lewis Hamilton
More like Lewis
More like Lewis

Bobby Epstein, the man in charge of this weekend’s U.S. Grand Prix, thinks Formula 1 drivers "should follow in Lewis Hamilton’s high-profile footsteps," according to Paul Weaver of the London GUARDIAN.

Following his ninth win of the season in Russia earlier this month, Hamilton "goes to Austin on the brink of securing the world championship." But while the British driver's "jet-set lifestyle, with an appetite for party-going that must be the envy of Kate Moss and Prince Harry, has raised some eyebrows in the F1 paddock" it is "just what the sport needs" according to Circuit of the Americas Chair and Co-Founder Epstein.

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10/21/15
f1

COTA President Says U.S. F1 Grand Prix Ticket Sales Affected By New Mexican Race
Will we see empty seats on Sunday?
Will we see empty seats on Sunday?
Ticket sales for this weekend's U.S. Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas have been affected by the return of Mexico on the F1 calendar, according to the circuit's top exec.

COTA President Jason Dial told SBD Global that the race in Mexico City, scheduled for Nov. 1, applied some "headwinds" for organizers in Austin, Texas. Despite the competition, Dial expects attendance numbers to be up slightly in comparison to last year. "Probably just single digits [in terms of percentage]," he said.

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10/21/15
automotive

Aston Martin Unveils Electric Concept Rapide
RapidE
RapidE

Aston Martin is today showcasing a fully electric concept of its Rapide S four-door sports saloon outside Lancaster House in London – the venue for a meeting between Their Royal Highnesses Prince William, Duke of Cambridge; Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and President of The People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping.

The new RapidE concept has been developed in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering at its facility in Grove, Oxfordshire. It is on display today in support of a creative summit organized by the British government’s successful GREAT campaign to showcase the best of what the UK has to offer and encourage people to visit, do business, invest and study in this country.

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10/21/15
automotive

Tesla shares drop after Consumer Reports raises reliability questions
Tesla Model S
When Consumer Reports reviewed the Tesla Model S electric car earlier this year, it liked the car so much it had to recalibrate its rating scale. But several months on, the publication is a little less enamored.

TESLA’S MODEL S BREAKS CONSUMER REPORTS RATING SCALE
Scores 103 out of 100, forces publication to recalibrate ratings scale.

Each year Consumer Reports surveys its audience to get a picture of how reliable different car models are in the real world (organizations like JD Power do something similar). More than 1,400 Tesla owners sent in data about their EVs, and the complaints "chronicled an array of detailed and complicated maladies," the magazine now reports.

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10/21/15
f1

Video: Lewis Hamilton Cover Adele Someone Like You With Piano
Did you know that Lewis Hamilton plays the piano?



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10/21/15
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nastrucks

Toyota: Talladega Notes & Quotes
Joey Logano spins out Matt Kenseth in the late going at Kansas to claim victory
TOYOTA TIDBITS

JGR TOP-10s IN KANSAS: Three Camry drivers from Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) recorded top-10 results in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Kansas Speedway on Sunday – Denny Hamlin (second), Kyle Busch (fifth) and Carl Edwards (eighth). In the first five events of the 2015 Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, JGR drivers have tallied 14 top-10 finishes, including wins by Hamlin (Chicagoland Speedway) and Matt Kenseth (New Hampshire Motor Speedway). Camry driver Kenseth (14th) dominated much of the Kansas contest and led a race-high 153 laps (of 269), but finished in the middle of the field after contact from race-winner Joey Logano in the closing laps of the race.

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10/21/15
r2i

Mazda names Carneiro a finalist for Mazda Road to 24 Shootout
Bruno Carneiro
MAZDA MOTORSPORTS just announced that Bruno Carneiro, age 16 from Riverton Utah, is one of the 9 drivers in the US to take part on the Mazda Road to 24 Shootout to be held at the Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, South Carolina Nov.7th to the 10th.

Carneiro, who clinched the 2015 NASA Pro Racing Utah Region in the Formula class, was one of the 24 Semi-Finalists announced by Mazda last week. Of those 24 drivers, 9 are heading to the Great Finals.

" I am in heaven", said Bruno Carneiro.

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10/21/15
nassprint

Kurt Busch Back with Stewart-Haas Racing with Backing from Monster Energy
Kurt Busch
Mike Mercurio/AR1
Monster Energy is moving to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series while Kurt Busch is staying at Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR). The energy drink manufacturer has teamed with Busch in a multiyear agreement that will see Monster Energy co-sponsor him and the No. 41 Chevrolet SS with Haas Automation, the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America.

Busch, the 2004 Sprint Cup champion and owner of 27 career victories, will debut this new sponsorship during the Oct. 30-Nov. 1 Sprint Cup race weekend at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. The No. 41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Chevrolet SS will then become a fixture beginning with the 2016 season, whereupon Monster Energy will be the alpha sponsor (hood) for 17 races and the bravo sponsor (quarter panel) for 18 races with one full primary race sponsorship.

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10/21/15
f1

Rossi happy to make F1 debut in USA
When Mario Andretti debuted in F1 it was with a top team (Lotus) and he put the car on pole. The rest is history. Alexander Rossi will be driving a slug that could ruin his career before it even gets started.
Even though he is with a backmarker team and will start dead last or next to last, American Alexander Rossi  is excited to show the American fans and his family that he can wheel a slug for a car at the back of the pack.

"I can't adequately describe how excited I am about competing in my home Grand Prix for the first time. Thankfully, I've been so busy with a whole bunch of PR commitments that I've been able to keep that side of it in check, but now we're just a few days out, the reality is starting to hit me and it feels great.

It's a huge deal for me, not only because it makes me extremely proud to be the first American driver to race on US soil since 2007, but also because it's the realization of a goal that I, and the people around me, have been working towards for effectively 13 years. This weekend is an opportunity to reward their support and commitment as much as my own determination as a race car driver, and I'll be giving it my all.

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10/21/15
nastruck

Matt Kenseth's son, Ross, to make truck debut at Martinsville
Matt Kenseth's son Ross to debut in trucks
Matt Kenseth's son Ross to debut in trucks
Ross Kenseth, the 22-year-old son of Sprint Cup Series driver and 2003 Sprint Cup champion Matt Kenseth, will attempt to make his Camping World Truck Series debut Oct. 31 at Martinsville Speedway.

The second-generation driver will compete in the No. 18 Aisin-AW Toyota Tundra of Hattori Racing Enterprise.

Although he's never entered a truck race, Kenseth made his XFINITY Series debut on Father's Day at Chicagoland Speedway, where he finished an impressive sixth in a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

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10/21/15
nassprint

Young Drivers Test 2016 NASCAR Rules Package
NASCAR tested its rules package that will be used during the 2016 Sprint Cup Series at Michigan International Speedway on Tuesday, enlisting the help of three future superstars.

Erik Jones, current XFINITY Series points leader Chris Buescher and defending series champion Chase Elliott – three drivers whose average age is 20 - tested the two-mile oval, helping engineers determine the best tire combination for when NASCAR returns to the Irish Hills next June.

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10/21/15
irl

Arrow extends with SPM
Arrow Electronics returns as the sponsor of the #5 SPM Honda
Indianapolis, IN - October 21, 2015 - Verizon IndyCar Series winning team Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) proudly announced today that Arrow Electronics is extending its primary sponsorship of the No. 5 car via a three-year agreement.

Headquartered in Centennial, Colo., Arrow Electronics is a global provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions.

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10/21/15
Racing News

Mazda Announces 2015 Mazda Road to 24 Shootout Finalists
2016 Global Mazda MX-5 Cup race cars
2016 Global Mazda MX-5 Cup race cars
Finalists have been announced for the 2015 Mazda Road to 24 Shootout. This is the single-largest prize in grassroots motorsports. Launched in 2006 as the Mazda Club Racer shootout, the Mazda Road to 24 Shootout has annually promoted one talented club racer into the professional ranks. The $100,000 scholarship package supports a drive in the 2016 Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup. For 2016, this will be in the all-new Global MX-5 Cup car, which  went on sale on October 1.

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10/21/15
Team USA

Current Scholarship Recipients Prepare for Brands Hatch
As 2015 Team USA Scholarship winners Dakota Dickerson and Michai Stephens continue preparations for this weekend's Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch in England, former two-time recipient Spencer Pigot confirmed today that he will achieve one of his career goals in 2016 when he joins Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing to contest at least three Verizon IndyCar Series events, including the historic 100th Indianapolis 500-Mile Race.

Pigot, 22, from Orlando, Fla., has progressed all the way along the Mazda Road to Indy, winning four scholarships in the process. After beginning his career in karting at age 9, Pigot graduated through the Skip Barber Racing School, the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda and the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires before securing this year's Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires title and cementing a $1 million prize to assisting him in making the final step to IndyCar.

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10/21/15
f1

Force India waiting for F1 investigation 'answer'
(GMM)  It may be weeks or months before the European Commission decides whether or not to investigate formula one.

The anti-competitive arm of the executive body has confirmed it recently received the formal complaint lodged by disgruntled midfield teams Sauber and Force India.

But Germany's Auto Motor und Sport reports that the EC will now be waiting for the other side of the argument - namely, Bernie Ecclestone and F1 owners CVC - to submit their own documents.

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10/21/15
f1

Renault admits Red Bull may not use upgraded engine
Red Bull may forego engine upgrades
(GMM)  Renault has admitted that Red Bull may decide against using a once highly-anticipated new specification of engine this weekend in Austin.

Although the upgrade had originally been scheduled for Sochi, the French carmaker is finally now ready to debut the new specification, making use of 11 of its 12 available tokens.

Renault engine chief Remi Taffin said on Wednesday that the new power unit gives "improved power and efficiency".

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10/21/15
automotive

Video: Start your car with an Apple Watch
Now Available on the Apple App Store: http://www.connect2car.com/mobile



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10/21/15
automotive

Apple Watch Car Starter and Vehicle Management App Announced by Connect2Car
Connect2Car on Apple Watch
Connect2Car on Apple Watch
Connect2Car, an established leader in integrated automotive electronic solutions, today announced the debut of the Connect2Car Apple Watch application, which allows users to remotely find, start, and manage other critical safety aspects of their car.

"A vehicle key fob is a good candidate of what can be replaced with a wearable technology such as the Apple Watch as a digital key fob because the apple watch will save you the hassle of reaching out for your keys or phone to unlock the door. 

Though there are some new vehicles, especially new electric cars integrating with wearable controls such as the Apple watch, there are really limited alternative options for someone with an existing vehicle to watch enable their ride," according to John Alo, the product manager.

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10/21/15
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Max 'The Boss' Verstappen
    Max 'The Boss' Verstappen
    Jos thinks son Max is the new 'Boss'
  • Three-car top teams would spice up F1 - Wolff
  • Ecclestone says Mosley not returning to F1
  • Red Bull 'waiting' for Renault amid engine crisis
  • Rule tweaks give Honda, Renault 'room to breathe' - Wolff
  • Still 'hope' for Schumacher recovery - Brawn
  • Renault brings upgraded unit to Austin
  • Ecclestone wants to force V8s for 2016
  • Honda development going in 'good direction'

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10/21/15
wec

ACO releases 2016 LeMans calendar
LeMans
LeMans
Last weekend the curtain came down on the 2015 season on the Le Mans 24-Hours circuits with the X30 World Final, the IAME International Final (karts). Now it's time to look ahead to 2016 and prepare for next year's races, all the more so as the Automobile Club de l'Ouest will celebrate the 110th anniversary of its creation! There are 21 rendezvous on the program of what promises to be a tightly-packed intense season, the highlight of which will be the 84th Le Mans 24 Hours on 18-19 June!

The motorbike riders will set the ball rolling on the Bugatti circuit on 26-27 March with the French Superbike Championship, and on 29-30 October the Rencontres Inter-Ecuries will bring a thrilling 2016 season, which began seven months earlier, to an end. In between no fewer than 19 events for cars, bikes, trucks, karts, bicycles, rollers and pedestrians will have taken place on the Automobile Club de l'Ouest's circuits.

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