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10/24/14
f1

Lotus to keep Grosjean, test 2015 nose (Update) UPDATE
Existing nose
(GMM)  Lotus has confirmed it will test a conventional nose solution ahead of next weekend's US grand prix.

The struggling team has run an unique, asymmetrical and double-pronged 'walrus'-style nose in 2014, but currently sits just eighth in the constructors' standings with three races to go.

Enstone based Lotus is switching to field-leading Mercedes power for 2015, which has helped bosses to convince Frenchman Romain Grosjean to stay.

"Romain is in pole position and honestly it's a case of us finalizing a few details," said deputy team boss Federico Gastaldi.

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10/24/14
f1

Caterham can miss Austin-Brazil double header
Stick a fork in Caterham, they're all but done it would appear.
(GMM)  Caterham is allowed to sit out the next two grands prix while it fights for survival.

As administrators take charge at Leafield, where for the past days the gates have been locked to staff, Saturday's equipment freight deadline for Austin and Brazil has loomed large.

F1 teams are contractually obliged to field two cars at every grand prix.

But with administrators working on behalf of unpaid creditors now taking over from the departed Colin Kolles-led management group, Bernie Ecclestone has agreed to allow Caterham to sit out the Austin-Brazil double header.

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10/24/14
nassprint

McMurray takes pole at Martinsville
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10/24/14
nassprint

M'Ville: Four-time champ Jeff Gordon leads opening session
Hendrick Motorsports driver Jeff Gordon led opening Sprint Cup Series practice on Friday afternoon at Martinsville Speedway.

Gordon, the defending race-winner, will look to pick up his second victory of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and advance from the Eliminator Round to Homestead-Miami Speedway's Championship Round race on Nov. 16.

The four-time 2014 winner led the way with a best speed of 99.250 mph, achieved on the 32nd of 36 total laps around the 0.526-mile circuit. Gordon was trailed by a pair of Chase drivers in Joey Logano (99.198) and Denny Hamlin (99.141). Jamie McMurray was fourth at 99.115, while last week's winner at Talladega, Brad Keselowski, rounded out the top five with a speed of 99.069.

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10/24/14
WC

Pirelli World Challenge announces changes to GTS Class for 2015
Denver, CO - With an eye to further promote and grow the Pirelli World Challenge GTS class for 2015 and beyond, WC Vision has announced some exciting changes for the class for next season.

Back in 2010 and the inaugural season of competition for the class, a total of four full season entrants competed for the overall drivers championship. Fast forward four years and the GTS class has been the fastest growing segment for the series with fields regularly topping 25 cars competing for the championship in 2014.

Starting in 2015, the GTS class will run separate of the GT classes with its own 50 minute races and receive its own exclusive TV coverage, and expanded social media and marketing focus. A forthcoming TV broadcast announcement will be made that will highlight expanded coverage dedicated to the GTS class.

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10/24/14
nhra

Brittany Force to race Rookie of the Year Dragster in final two races
YORBA LINDA (October 24, 2014) --- Brittany Force winner of the 2013 Auto Club Road to the Future Award will race a commemorative Auto Club Road to the Future Rookie Of The Year Castrol Edge Top Fuel dragster the final two races of the season. The Top Fuel dragster was designed by Force and the in-house JFR graphic design team.

Force won the 2013 award on the strength of her season long improvement capped by a semi-final finish at the Auto Club NHRA World Finals as well as winning the fan vote earlier in the season for the 2nd annual Traxxas Shootout.

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10/24/14
nassprint

Toyota: Martinsville Denny Hamlin notes and quotes
Denny Hamlin
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

What is your mindset entering the 'Eliminator' round of the Chase?

"We talked about it earlier this week, but obviously excited about being part of it -- the final eight.  Really these tracks are statistically my best race tracks in this Chase.  I'm pretty excited about our chances.  We've got a big obstacle ahead of us this weekend at Martinsville.  We're just going to enjoy it, have fun and see where we all stack up."

Can you conserve tires at Martinsville to gain at advantage late in the race?

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10/24/14
fe

FanBoost voting open for Putrajaya ePrix
Fans can vote for Dragon Racing's Oriol Servia and other drivers with the Formula E FanBoost - now open for next month's Putrajaya ePrix. 
Voting for Formula E’s interactive FanBoost feature is now open – www.fiaformulae.com/fanboost - one month to go before the championship’s second race in Putrajaya on November 22.

FanBoost allows fans to vote for their favourite driver giving them an extra ‘speed burst’ during the race, helping them to overtake or defend their position.

The three drivers with the most votes each receive a five-second power boost per car, per driver, temporarily increasing their car’s power from 150kw (202.5bhp) to 180kw (243bhp).

Benoit Dupont, Formula E’s sporting manager, said: “FanBoost is something that is not only unique to the FIA Formula E Championship but all sporting events as it allows fans to potentially influence the outcome of the race and to interact with the drivers rather than just watching at home. For race two, we have introduced voting in Chinese and Japanese languages with more languages available soon.”

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10/24/14
nassprint

Toyota: Martinsville Matt Kenseth notes and quotes
Matt Kenseth
MATT KENSETH, No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

Does this new Chase format change the dynamic of this race?

"It probably changes the dynamic of the race somewhat I guess.  There are usually only a few that have a realistic shot -- now we have eight people that are tied again so certainly I think that's a lot different.  It feels a lot different coming here being tied up.  If you're not having a super great year like we had last year so it definitely changes it.  It will change again at Homestead too."

Do you expect all eight Chase drivers to leave their tempers at the door for this race?

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10/24/14
f1

Lotus F1: Austin Preview
Mercedes power for Lotus in 2015.
Federico Gastaldi DEPUTY TEAM PRINCIPAL
Plotting the Renaissance
Deputy Team Principal Federico Gastaldi looks ahead to the United States Grand Prix.

The Mercedes power unit announcement was made recently. Is this the start of a renaissance for the team?

That is the plan! Obviously it was something that was in the pipeline. Behind the scenes we realised it was time for a new direction and we are very happy we can finally confirm this publically. Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains have already made a positive impression and we believe that they will be a key ingredient for future success. It has become obvious this year that they have the most competitive package on the engine side. Their strengths, allied to ours, will form a potent combination in 2015 and create a special E23 Hybrid package. The partnership also forms a key ingredient for the long-term future of Lotus F1 Team. 

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10/24/14
motogp

Pedrosa's morning time tops Friday timesheets
Dani Pedrosa's best time in MotoGP FP1 at the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix made him Friday’s fastest rider, with Aleix Espargaro and Jorge Lorenzo also in the top three - after the FP2 run was delayed and affected by rain at Sepang.

In a wet afternoon outing Lorenzo led the way from Marc Marquez, with Pedrosa, Andrea Dovizioso and Aleix Espargaro also in FP2 the top five.

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10/24/14
f1

Administrator becomes Caterham team boss
(GMM)  The Caterham saga took another bizarre twist on Friday as an administrator became the new team principal.

With the gates at Leafield still locked and Saturday's freight deadline for Austin now looming, the Colin Kolles-led management decided to step away from the beleaguered team.

In a statement, the team said it has agreed "to hand over management ... to the administrator, Mr. Finbarr O'Connell, in the higher interest of allowing the team to continue operating and preparing for the next events".

Asked by PA Sport news agency if that means he is now the team boss, O'Connell, working on behalf of unpaid creditors including a Malaysian bank, answered: "Yes, I think that is the case."

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10/24/14
f1

Caterham F1 Team statement
Following a request of yesterday evening at 21.55hrs CET from Caterham Sports Limited's administrators and the legal advisors of Mr. Tony Fernandes' related EXIM Bank, representatives of 1MRT/Caterham F1 Team have agreed, with all rights reserved, to hand-over management of the Caterham F1 Team to the administrator Mr. Finbarr O'Connell in the higher interest of allowing the team to continue operating and preparing for the next events.

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10/24/14
f1

US GP: Lewis Hamilton in the F1 Simulator
"Austin is one of the best weekends of the year. I won the first race there and a lot of the American side of my family come to the race, so it's a pretty special one for me," says Lewis Hamilton of the United States Grand Prix.

Join Lewis on a virtual lap of the Circuit of the Americas in the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team simulator from the AutoRacing1 YouTube page.

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10/24/14
f1

Kolles admits Caterham may miss Austin deadline
(GMM)  The clock is ticking down to struggling F1 backmarker Caterham's apparent collapse.

With the Saturday freight deadline for sending cars and equipment to Austin now just hours away, staff remain locked out of the Leafield factory while an unseemly spat continues to escalate between the team's former and current owners.

Former owner Tony Fernandes, the well-known Malaysian entrepreneur, broke his silence on Thursday by insisting that the new buyer called 'Engavest' has not paid up.

"There was no legal obligation to transfer the shares to them unless certain conditions - which included paying creditors - were met," he said.

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10/24/14
automotive

Ferrari 458 Italia successor going turbo
Over these past few months, we have written about a successor of the Ferrari 458 Italia considering the fact that the supercar has been in production for 5 years and it seems that the company will apply the same recipe for this model as it did with the California T. This basically means that the supercar will be getting a turbocharged engine which will be based on the 3.8 liter twin turbo V8 unit found on the front mid-engined, rear-wheel drive vehicle.

The new two-seater, which is internally known as the 142M, will be using the same aluminum platform currently found on the 458 models but it will be more powerful thanks to the new engine. The unit will have less than 4.0 liters in displacement and it will be comparable to newer vehicles in the segment, such as the McLaren 650S, with its 641 HP (471 kW), or the Lamborghini Huracan, which is coming with 602 HP (449 kW). The current 458 Italia has a 4.5 liter V8 engine under its hood, producing “just” 562 HP (419 kW) and 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) of torque. Autocar

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10/24/14
nassprint

This week's edition of the "Penske Files"


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10/24/14
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Interview w/ Johnson on 10th Anniversary of Hendrick Plane Crash
Johnson at Martinsville 10 years ago
To honor the 10th anniversary of the Hendrick Motorsports plane crash, six-time NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES champion and Hendrick Motorsports driver Jimmie Johnson sits down exclusively with FOX Sports 1 to share his memories of the tragic day at Martinsville in a feature airing Sunday, Oct. 26 at 10:30 AM ET on NASCAR RACEDAY.

All ten people traveling aboard the Hendrick Motorsports plane en route to Martinsville Speedway, including Rick Hendrick's son, Ricky Hendrick; brother John Hendrick; Kimberly and Jennifer Hendrick, John Hendrick's twin daughters; head engine builder Randy Dorton; DuPont executive Joe Jackson; Hendrick Motorsports General Manager Jeff Turner; Tony Stewart's pilot, Scott Lathram; and pilots Liz Morrison and Dick Tracy, were killed when the plane crashed shortly before the start of the race. Johnson won the Martinsville race that afternoon, unaware of the accident until the conclusion of the event.

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10/24/14
uscc

Whelen Sponsorship Moves To Action Express
Livery for Whelen Vette
Moving from strength to strength, 2014 IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Champions Action Express Racing will stage a full-season two-car entry in the 2015 IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season in the premiere Prototype class.

The Denver, North Carolina-based organization will field the No. 31 Whelen Corvette Daytona Prototype for Whelen Engineering. The Coyote-chassied machine powered by ECR Engines will run alongside the 2014 TUDOR Championship-winning No. 5 Corvette Daytona Prototype of Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi.

The No. 31 Whelen Corvette DP will feature an all American driver line-up with drivers Eric Curran and Dane Cameron joining forces. Curran campaigned the 2014 TUDOR Championship for Whelen while racing under the Marsh Racing banner.

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10/24/14
f1

Stick a fork in Caterham - staff locked out of Leafield factory (3rd Update) UPDATE #3 F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone is "stepping in to try and broker a deal between the new owners and founder Tony Fernandes." Caterham staff "now face a race against time to resolve the bitter dispute, with the cars scheduled to be shipped to Austin, Texas for the next race on Saturday." It seems highly unlikely that Caterham will make it to the grid in the U.S., "with Marcus Ericsson and Kamui Kobayashi’s chassis inaccessible." Ecclestone "has stepped in to try and cool tensions and keep the green cars on the grid." It "would be a PR disaster for F1 to lose a team in the middle of the season, putting off new entrants no end." Ecclestone said, “We’re trying to help in any way we can, which we do with anybody that has run into a difficult of difficulty. All I know is what I’ve been told. Not too sure it’s all true either." TELEGRAPH

10/23/14 Engavest Responds in this silly saga:
Engavest SA, strongly refutes the allegations of Tony Fernandes and Caterham Group CEO Graham Macdonald regarding its conduct while trying to purchase Caterham F1. Our statement of earlier today still stands.

Every single condition precedent of the Sales and Purchase Agreement for which Engavest was responsible has been met.

Only the seller, which includes Mr. Fernandes, failed to meet his obligations.

All salaries have been paid.

Engavest sold CSL. It did not appoint Mr. Cojocar who, we believe, was a former top footballer for Steaua Bucarest during the 1980s.

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10/24/14
automotive

Daimler profit rises in Q3 as Mercedes sales expand
Daimler reported a 21 percent increase in third-quarter profit as deliveries of the top-of-the line Mercedes-Benz S class more than doubled.

Operating profit rose to 2.79 billion euros ($3.53 billion) from 2.3 billion euros a year earlier, Daimler said in a statement Thursday.

Profit at the Mercedes-Benz Cars division, which also includes the Smart brand, widened to 8.5 percent of revenue from 7.3 percent in the third quarter last year, the highest in more than two years.

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10/24/14
wc
il

Bachelart to field cars in World Challenge and Indy Lights
(Editor's note: Recall this rumor first reported by AR1 in early September)

Eric Bachelart could be logging plenty of air miles next year with a pair of open-wheel and sports car programs in the works. As the Belgian told RACER on Wednesday, he's getting close to a GT program in the Pirelli World Challenge series, and has also confirmed Conquest Racing's return to the Indy Lights series.

Bachelart, who launched his driving career in the U.S. after winning the 1991 Indy Lights title, says his team has been preparing for new challenges after sitting out most of 2013 and all of 2014.

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10/23/14
f1

Ocon completes successful test for Lotus F1 Team


Esteban Ocon
Lotus F1 Team Junior driver Esteban Ocon has completed his two-day test for Lotus F1 Team at the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo accumulating over 650 kilometres in the two year-old Lotus F1 Team E20 over the course of the last two days, October 22-23.

Esteban is conducting this test as part of the Lotus F1 Team Junior programme and as a reward for winning the FIA Formula 3 Championship in his rookie season. He impressed the Lotus F1 Team engineers present with his application, feedback and pace.

Esteban Ocon:

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10/23/14
nassprint

Team Penske extends partnership with Wurth Group
Wurth continues its relationship with Brad Keselowski and Team Penske.
MOORESVILLE, NC (October 23, 2014) – Team Penske has reached a multi-year extension agreement with the Wurth Group to continue as a key partner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS). Under the terms of the new agreement, Wurth will be a primary sponsor of the No. 2 Team Penske Ford Fusion for three 2015 NSCS races and Wurth will once again serve as an associate sponsor for the balance of the season on the No. 2 Ford.

After initially joining forces for the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series season, Wurth and Team Penske took their partnership to a new level this year with Wurth stepping up as a primary sponsor of the No. 2 Ford driven by 2012 NSCS champion Brad Keselowski for select races. A leading supplier of high-quality automotive and industrial parts, cabinet supplies and fasteners that includes more than 40,000 customers across the nation, The Wurth Group will continue to support Keselowski and the No. 2 Team Penske Ford team moving forward.

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10/23/14
f1

Fong and Nissany debut in a Sauber C31
During the two days of testing on the Circuit de la Comunidad Valenciana Ricardo Tormo, the drivers Adderly Fong and Roy Nissany were able to go through the planned program. On Wednesday, Fong was behind the wheel of the Sauber C31 while Nissany took over the car on Thursday.

Circuit: Circuit de la Comunidad Valenciana Ricardo Tormo / 4.005 km


Day 1 - Wednesday:
Driver: Adderly Fong
Weather: sunny/overcast, air 20-27 °C, track 22-37 °C
Chassis / engine: C31 / Ferrari
Laps today: 99 laps, 396.495 km

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10/23/14
motogp

MotoGP reveals 25-bike entry list for 2015
The International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) has published a provisional entry list for the 2015 MotoGP season, with the field set to expand from 23 riders to 25.

The majority of the grid had already been confirmed prior to the list being revealed ahead of this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix.

While the works Honda and Yamaha teams retain their line-ups, Andrea Iannone joins Andrea Dovizioso at Ducati and Cal Crutchlow switches to LCR Honda.

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10/23/14
f1

Caterham F1 goes Belly Up, buyers threaten Fernandes with legal action (3rd Update) UPDATE #3 A statement on behalf of Engavest SA: On 29 June 2014 Engavest SA signed a Sale and Purchase Agreement with Tony Fernandes and the Caterham Group to acquire the shares of 1Malaysia Racing Team/Caterham F1.

Engavest SA has fulfilled all the conditions precedent, including paying the purchase price for the shares.

The shares have not been transferred and therefore Mr. Fernandes remains the owner of Caterham F1 and is fully responsible for all its activities.

10/23/14
Tony Fernandes claims new owners never paid him to buy the team
Tony Fernandes faces legal action by the 'owners' of Caterham as the Formula One team stand on the brink of going out of business.

Caterham were bought from Malaysian entrepreneur Fernandes at the end of June by a consortium of Swiss and Middle Eastern businessmen, since when the organization has been forced to deal with numerous difficulties. Already facing an unlawful dismissal suit by a group of more than 30 staff axed over the summer, on Monday a supply company to the team – Caterham Sports Ltd – was placed in administration.

Crucially, however, the consortium claims AirAsia and QPR owner Fernandes, along with two other former owners of the F1 team, failed to act in good faith with regard to the transfer of shares of ownership.

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10/23/14
nastruck

NASCAR cuts truck field from 36 to 32, makes qualifying changes
NASCAR will cut the maximum number of trucks in its Camping World Truck Series events from 36 to 32 starting in 2015.

The series has had 36 trucks show up for just five of its 18 races this year. At Eldora Speedway, where NASCAR started 30 trucks, 34 drivers attempted to qualify.

In the 10 races where the maximum field was 36, there were 32 or fewer trucks taking the green flag, including five races of 30 or fewer.

NASCAR also announced changes to the qualifying format for both its truck and Xfinity (currently Nationwide) series for next season, getting rid of guaranteed spots for those high in owner points.

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10/23/14
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • Gene Haas not worried
    Caterham collapse 'better' for F1 - Ecclestone
  • McLaren denies more bosses to follow Sam Michael exit
  • Rosberg appoints himself 'title hunter'
  • Barcelona 'calm' amid Madrid race reports
  • F1 world still guessing on Alonso's next move
  • Bianchi's recovery chances 'very small' - Burti
  • No Barrichello in Austin
  • Grosjean hints at Lotus stay for 2015
  • Haas not worried about Ecclestone comments
  • Lotus F1 Team concludes Endless Deal
  • Fong completes first F1 test in Valencia
  • Schumi could recover in three years


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10/23/14
f1

Behind the scenes at Mercedes F1
Mercedes AMG F1 factory
Just nine days after winning the 2014 Formula One Constructors' World Championship, an air of calm glides across the Mercedes AMG team's headquarters in Brackley, Northamptonshire. Radio 2 plays quietly in the background as a group of journalists, including IBTimes UK, is given a tour of the factory.

But beneath the calm surface an 800-strong workforce is still waging war on multiple fronts. Its two drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, have a near-unassailable lead in the Drivers' Championship, but with just three races remaining either man could be crowned champion.

With one eye on making sure its drivers don't take each other out, the team is also focused on designing cars for both the 2015 and 2016 seasons at a factory that literally never sleeps. The drivers are the ones who ultimately cross the finish line, but they represent the mere tip of a technological iceberg.

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10/22/14
automotive

Michigan signs Bill to cut off its nose to spite its face
So Tesla customers will just buy a Tesla across the state line and that state will get the sales tax revenue, not Michigan. That is referred to as cutting off your nose to spite your face.
The Governor of U.S. state Michigan has just signed a new bill into law which bans Tesla's current direct sales model. As a result, don't expect to see any Tesla dealerships in Michigan in the future.

The issue revolves around the fact that Tesla sells its cars directly to its customers. In Michigan however, it is illegal to sell vehicles outside of franchised dealerships.

While the new bill, dubbed the House Bill 5606 may seem all new, it actually just strengthens current laws in the state which limit any car manufacturer from selling its cars directly to buyers.

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10/22/14
nassprint

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Stars In UPMC Spot On Concussion Awareness
The Univ. of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Sports Medicine Concussion Program today launched the website ReThinkConcussions.com, and the site features a video starring NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Red Sox C David Ross. Both athletes have been treated at UPMC. A 30-second version of Earnhardt's ad "will air nationally" during races at Martinsville and Homestead-Miami. The spot "also will be shown regionally during the World Series and evening news broadcasts." AP

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10/22/14
tv news

Marty Smith to Remain with ESPN as Bureau Reporter
Marty Smith
Marty Smith, who has been lead NASCAR reporter for SportsCenter and other ESPN platforms since 2007, has agreed to a new contract and will remain with ESPN as a bureau reporter.

From his base in Charlotte, N.C., Smith will travel to cover a variety of sports for the network, including NASCAR, pro and college football and basketball, and other sports. He also will still write for ESPN.com on NASCAR and other topics and will continue the popular Marty & McGee podcast on ESPN.com, which he co-hosts with ESPN the Magazine senior writer Ryan McGee.

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10/22/14
nhra

John Force Crew chief resigns
John Force Racing CEO and 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force announced today that he has accepted the resignation of his Castrol GTX High Mileage crew chief Jimmy Prock effective today. Force is currently No. 2 in the Mello Yello Funny Car point standings, a mere 36 points behind rival Matt Hagan, with two races left in the NHRA Countdown.

"Yesterday Jimmy Prock told me he was resigning at end of the season and John Force Racing chose to accept his resignation as of today. My No. 1 goal was to keep the people that I have built this machine with over the past three decades. I am working with JMI and we are making progress to be where we need to be financially. We have a major announcement at the Las Vegas race and possibly some announcements at SEMA as well as into the off-season leading right up to the Winternationals in 2015. When I lay out a plan I stick with it.

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10/22/14
nassprint

Team Penske Martinsville Race Preview
Brad Keselowski kept himself in The Chase with a win last weekend at Talladega.
Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500
Martinsville Speedway
Sunday, October26, 2:00 pm ET

No. 2 Alliance Truck Parts Ford Fusion
Driven by Brad Keselowski

· SIX WINS TO GET IN: Brad Keselowski and the No. 2 Alliance Truck Parts Ford team have a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS)-leading six victories, thus far, this season. The team produced a dramatic win last Sunday at Talladega to keep their championship quest alive and advance to the Eliminator Round of the Chase, which begins this weekend at Martinsville.

· A CAREER-BEST QUEST: It took five wins and 735 laps led for Keselowski to earn his first NSCS Championship in 2012. Through 32 races this season he has earned a career-high six victories and led a career-best 1,518 laps, which more than doubles his 2012 lead lap total.

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10/22/14
nassprint

NASCAR, AMP Group USA partner on indoor karting facility
Retail conglomerate and property developer, AMP Group USA, announced a partnership with NASCAR to form I-DRIVE NASCAR, a new indoor high performance kart racing facility set to open in Orlando on December 19. The family-friendly entertainment complex located at 5228 Vanguard Street will feature kart racing, a bowling alley, gaming arcade, dine-in restaurant and corporate meeting space.

The I-DRIVE NASCAR logo was unveiled on October 21 at the 65,000-square-foot facility as part of a special event featuring the two Central Florida-based companies and Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer. The new business is part of AMP Group's ongoing efforts to revitalize the north end of International Drive and will create approximately 150 jobs.

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10/22/14
automotive

Ford cuts Focus Electric price by $6,000
Ford Motor Co. slashed the price of the Focus Electric by $6,000 to $29,995, including shipping. The price reduction, which took effect Oct. 13, remains in effect for all 2014 models and will continue when the 2015 models are introduced at the end of the year, Ford spokesman Aaron Miller said.

It marks the second time Ford has cut the price of the slow-selling Focus EV. In July 2013, Ford reduced the price by $4,000.

With a $7,500 federal tax credit thrown in, customers can now get a Focus Electric for $22,495.

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10/22/14
nassprint

Video: Penske defends Keselowski
Roger Penske defends Brad Keselowski's post-race incident which took place at Charlotte Motor Speedway.



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10/22/14
f1

Haas: First five years revolve around survival
Gene Haas is under no illusions about the task his Formula 1 team faces when it joins the grid, stating that he will be focused on "survival" over the first five seasons.

Haas F1 Team, based at the same Kannapolis complex as the established NASCAR outfit, is set to debut in 2016, with Ferrari supplying power units, gearboxes and general technical support.

"The first five years is about just surviving," Haas explained in an interview with CNN.

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10/22/14
fe

Da Costa to run Malaysia for Amlin Aguri
Antonio Felix da Costa missed the Bejing Formula E race due to DTM commitments.
Amlin Aguri driver Antonio Felix da Costa has been confirmed to replace Takuma Sato for the second Formula E race in Putrajaya.

The Portuguese racer will drive alongside Katherine Legge after missing the opening round in Beijing due to previous DTM commitments.

Da Costa said: "I am delighted to compete in the Formula E inaugural season and I am proud to have been chosen by Amlin Aguri. I am thrilled by what I believe is the championship of the future. With Formula E we see history being made and I’m excited to be right at the heart of this new project. I have no doubt we’ll see this championship drive real innovation and advances in technology."

Formula E

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10/22/14
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Kellogg, Cheez-It to sponsor Biffle in 2015
Greg Biffle
CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 22, 2014) – Roush Fenway Racing has announced a multi-year partnership with Kellogg Company’s  Cheez-It brand to serve as a primary partner on the No. 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Ford with driver Greg Biffle beginning in 2015. Kellogg has a long history of success with Roush Fenway, with Cheez-It and other Kellogg’s brands adorning several of the organization’s cars over the past five years. The partnership has also resulted in numerous trips to victory lane, including a NSCS triumph this spring for Cheez-It at Bristol Motor Speedway.

“It’s going to really be great to have Cheez-It on the car next season,” said Biffle, who qualified for his seventh career ‘Chase’ for the Sprint Cup in 2014. “My family and I have been enjoying Cheez-It snacks for years and I could not be more excited to represent them. The Cheez-It cars have always looked really good on the track and they are going to look even better with the No. 16 on the side.”

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10/22/14
nassprint

NASCAR fan votes carrying Waltrip in Dancing with Stars
Michael Waltrip heated up the stage on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" Monday night as he performed a sultriness Argentine tango to a slowed-down version of "Give Me Everything" by Pitbull.

Star Score
Alfonso Ribeiro 39
Bethany Mota 36
Sadie Robertson 35
Janel Parrish 33
Lea Thompson 32
Jonathan Bennett 32
Michael Waltrip 30
Antonio Sabato Jr. 28
Tommy Chong 28
Judge Score
Carrie Ann Inaba 8
Julianne Hough 8
Bruno Tonioli 7
Pitbull 7
Total 30

The duo earned their highest score to date of 30 out of 40.

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10/22/14
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Toyota NASCAR Notes & Quotes -- Martinsville
Denny Hamlin and teammate Matt Kenseth remain in contention for the Sprint Cup Series championship.
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CAMRY CHASERS:  Two Camry drivers have advanced to the 'Eliminator' round of this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) championship playoff.  With the points reset for this three-race stint, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth each have an equal chance to contend for the title.  This round consists of races on the half-mile Martinsville Speedway in Virginia, the 1.5-mile oval of Texas Motor Speedway and the one-mile flat track of Phoenix International Raceway -- before another four drivers will be cut from contention prior this year's final race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

MARTINSVILLE MAGIC:  Toyota has had a great deal of success at the half-mile Martinsville Speedway in both the NSCS and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS).  In NSCS competition, Martinsville is second only to another Virginia track -- Richmond International Raceway -- for the total number of NSCS wins by Camry drivers since 2007.  All four of the Cup wins belong to Virginia-native Hamlin (March 2008, Oct. 2009, March 2010 and Oct. 2010).

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Sam Michael set to leave role at McLaren after 21 years involved in F1
Sam Michael is to leave his role as sporting director at McLaren at the end of the current campaign.

Michael has spent 21 years in Formula One, initially with Lotus and Jordan before joining Williams in 2001 as chief operations engineer.

The 43-year-old Australian was later promoted to technical director, a position he held for eight seasons before signing for McLaren.

Michael primarily concentrated on McLaren's trackside operations, but after just three seasons with the Woking-based marque he has opted to leave to return to Australia with his family.

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10/22/14
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ClearPlex Joins RLL as an Associate Sponsor
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that ClearPlex, makers of leading automotive glass protection film, have entered into a multi-year agreement as an associate sponsor of their Verizon IndyCar Series and Tudor United SportsCar programs. In addition, ClearPlex was named the Official Windshield Protection of RLL, with their proprietary films to be installed on all team vehicles and transporters providing an instant proving ground. 

"We are excited to be partnered with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing," said Chris Tomaszewski, VP/Counsel of ClearPlex Direct, the exclusive USA based distributor.  "Rahal Letterman Lanigan are synonymous with excellence and the team is a perfect fit for ClearPlex, the first and only Patented and optically clear windshield protection film. ClearPlex is designed to take what the road or racing surface dishes out. Partnering up with a world class racing organization is the perfect way to showcase our technology on the world stage."

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10/22/14
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NASCAR Turns To Microsoft And Windows 8 To Streamline Race Operations
Race Operations on the Surface tablet
Have you ever experienced the chest-rattling thrill of a NASCAR race up close and personal? There is a lot of effort involved before the green flag drops to start the race to make sure all of the vehicles comply with NASCAR rules, and—most importantly—that the vehicles are safe. The pre-race inspection is a tedious process, but thanks to a new app developed with the help of Microsoft, NASCAR officials and pit crews have greatly simplified things.

Until recently, the pre-race inspections were executed using a paper form. The form consisted of a hundred or so individual items broken into categories based on the type of inspection. That form would stay with the vehicle and follow it through the inspection process—providing little, if any, value beyond the immediate race. The process was slow, and tedious, and consumed nearly 25,000 sheets of paper per NASCAR season.

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10/22/14
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Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Willi Weber thinks Vettel will choke under the Ferrari pressure
    Struggling Caterham in race to send cars to Austin
  • Perez says new Force India deal 'priority'
  • Weber doubts Vettel can handle Ferrari 'pressure'
  • Lotus mourns death of Total chief
  • Video: Wolff on winning the 2014 Constructors' title
  • Why McLaren had to drop Mercedes engines
  • Mercedes and Starwood extend deal
  • Lotus expects to keep Grosjean for 2015


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