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10/25/16
nassprint

Stewart-Haas Racing Signs Deal For Nike To Outfit Team Beginning With '17 Season
SHR switching to Fords and Nike
SHR switching to Fords and Nike
Stewart-Haas Racing has signed a six-figure value-in-kind deal with Nike to outfit the team starting next season, when SHR switches manufacturers from Chevy to Ford.

SHR did not previously have a sole apparel manufacturer and instead had different brands worn by team members. However, because of the switch to Ford, SHR will have to get all new apparel since Chevy’s logo is on its current gear, and the team decided the time was right to go out and find one official partner.

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10/25/16
automotive

VW reaches final settlement in USA
Selling cars with diesel engines cost VW a lot of money
Selling cars with diesel engines cost VW a lot of money. Who hasn't sat behind a diesel engine vehicle and inhaled the disgusting exhaust?

Volkswagen AG, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. and certain affiliates (together, Volkswagen) announced today that Judge Charles R. Breyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California has granted final approval to the settlement agreement between Volkswagen and private plaintiffs represented by a Court-appointed Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) to resolve civil claims regarding eligible Volkswagen and Audi 2.0L TDI vehicles in the United States.

Concurrently, Judge Breyer also approved a Consent Decree between Volkswagen and the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State of California by and through the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California Attorney General; and a Consent Order between Volkswagen and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. All three agreements were previously announced.

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10/25/16
automotive

2016 will be the year Electric Vehicles (EVs) reach their tipping point
????
Volkswagen unveiled its I.D. concept vehicle, which is expected to spawn a production version by 2020
When future historians transcribe the evolution of the automobile, it may well be that 2016 will be seen as the tipping point for the transition to electric vehicles writes Gerry Malloy Co-Founder And President Of The World Car  Awards.

Not just further electrification, which includes the on-board generation of electricity in hybrid form – that direction has been established for years – but full-on electric vehicles with energy supplied from an outside source such as the electricity grid or hydrogen for a fuel cell. The vehicles commonly referred to just as EVs.

They're certainly nowhere near a tipping point in terms of sales as they account for a miniscule proportion of new vehicles sold globally each year – typically less than one percent. But the point does seem to have been reached where the automakers themselves have accepted the inevitability of a future that is substantially electric.

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10/25/16
wec

Oreca 07 breaks cover, to begin testing
Oreca 07
Oreca 07
ORECA has revealed the first images of its new LMP2 contender, the Oreca 07, which will begin on-track testing later this week.

The French constructor’s car is an evolution of its existing Oreca 05, but features all-new bodywork and other significant updates.

Existing teams will be able to purchase an upgrade kit, understood to cost upwards of 200,000 Euros, to transform their cars into 2017-spec.

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10/25/16
Irl

IndyCar lays out sensible plan for its current and future car (Update)
It's back to the Panoz Champ Car look of 10 years ago.
It's back to the Panoz Champ Car look of 10 years ago.

UPDATE According to this racer.com article, the standard bodywork starting in 2017 will make the DW12 look more like the Panoz Champ Car last used back in 2007.  When the two series were merged, they should have adopted the Champ Car as the standard car, instead they adopted the inferior IRL IndyCar.

Now 10 years later the series will be moving back to what Champ Car was in 2007 - turbocharged and all.

One step forward, 10 steps backwards - this has been the Modus Operandi of IndyCar. We have had to endure 10 years of one ugly race car, and the loss of thousands of fans for them to realize the mistake they made.

Now about the sound, if they would bring the scream back of the Cosworth V8, IndyCar would bring back a lot of lost fans. Sound is the #1 perception motorsports has of awesomeness. Lose the awesome sound, lose fans. This is 'fact.'

The current DW12 will be around through 2020. For next year Honda will be locked into its inferior road and street circuit bodykit
The current DW12 will be around through 2020. For next year Honda will be locked into its inferior road and street circuit bodykit until the standard kits come in 2018

10/25/16 IndyCar president of competition Jay Frye told racer.com, the DW12 will bridge the series' move from custom aero kits produced by Chevy and Honda through the new-for-2018 universal aero kit that will be used by every engine manufacturer.

"If you look at it in years, in 2017 the kits are frozen, and then there will be another program in 2018, 2019, and 2020 with the universal kit, so in 2021, you could do something drastically different with the chassis," Frye told RACER. 

"One of the main goals of this program is to get another [engine manufacturer] to come in, and with the new universal kits on the way -- it helps that initiative," Fry said. "And at the same time, we want everyone in our paddock to have a decent period of time with the universal bodywork before we make another change, so 2021 would be the next window for something that's possible on the chassis side."

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10/25/16
f1

Force India a big draw at Mexican GP
Make no mistake, the Mexican fans are there to cheer on their two Mexican drivers. Sergio Perez has the best chance to deliver for them
Make no mistake, the Mexican fans are there to cheer on their two Mexican drivers. Force India driver Sergio Perez has the best chance to deliver for them
Vijay on Mexico

Team Principal, Vijay Mallya, looks ahead to the next race in Mexico.

VJM: "We are really looking forward to the weekend in Mexico, a race that has already become a favorite for everyone in Formula One. Last year, the event felt like a huge celebration of our sport and we are looking forward to experiencing the same incredible levels of passion again.

"Off track, this is one of the most important races of our season. We have a large number of Mexican team partners and we are keen to get a special result in their home race. Of course, we also have the Checo-factor: we saw all the fans cheering for him in Austin and we know of the huge following he has in his home country, so we expect the majority of the people in the stands to be supporting us. It will feel like having a home advantage and we hope to contribute to a very enjoyable race.

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10/25/16
wscc

No driver changes for Action Express in 2017
Action Express Racing has retained its full-season, championship-winning driver lineup for the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, the team confirmed on Tuesday.

Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi, plus newly crowned Prototype class champions Eric Curran and Dane Cameron will all return to the North Carolina-based operation for its planned, yet-to-be-announced Cadillac DPi effort.

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10/25/16
nhra

Brown Looking To Clinch Top Fuel Crown
Antron does a burnout during the New England Nationals
Antron does a burnout during the New England Nationals
Antron Brown was so dominant in the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship he clinched the Top Fuel world championship at the penultimate event of the year in Las Vegas.

Now the two-time world champion is trying to top himself with another incredible playoff run this year. Brown has three wins in the first four playoff events in his 10,000-horsepower Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster and again has his sights set on clinching at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway during this weekend's 16th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals. He holds a 150-point lead over Doug Kalitta and another strong showing in Vegas would mean a third career world title for the 61-time event winner.

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10/25/16
nassprint

JGR strategy didn't violate 100% rule (Update)
JGR driver Kenseth and Kyle Busch ran toward the back all day on purpose
JGR driver Kenseth and Kyle Busch ran toward the back all day on purpose
Getty Images for NASCAR

UPDATE During Sunday's Hellmann's 500 Chase elimination race at Talladega Superspeedway, three Joe Gibbs Racing drivers --- Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards -- elected to play it safe and ride around in the back of the pack to maintain their status in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

The strategy prohibited them from helping teammate Denny Hamlin, who needed to race his way into the Chase Round of 8.

Hamlin was able to advance and keep his championship hopes alive, edging out Austin Dillon for the eighth and final Chase spot in a tiebreaker.

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10/25/16
nasx

Roush Fenway Racing to keep Ryan Reed for '17, beyond
Ryan Reed
Ryan Reed
Roush Fenway Racing has signed a multi-year renewal agreement for driver Ryan Reed to continue to pilot the No. 16 Lilly Diabetes Ford Mustang in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Reed, who five years ago was told he would never race again after being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, qualified for the 2016 inaugural XFINITY Series Chase and scored his first victory in the series last season at Daytona.

"We are very excited to continue our program with Lilly Diabetes," said Reed, who will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. "Not only to continue to drive the No. 16, but more importantly, the opportunity to encourage and educate people who are living with diabetes and those who care for them. We will continue to share the message about diabetes awareness, specifically the importance of talking to doctors as well as proper nutrition and daily exercise."

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10/25/16
f1

Someone firebombed Ecclestone's daughter's home
Suspects in firebombing case
Suspects in firebombing case
CCTV footage has been released of a firebomb being thrown into the front driveway of heiress Petra Ecclestone's home.

The Molotov cocktail landed next to a Range Rover and a people carrier when it was hurled over the gate of the property in London's wealthy Chelsea area on April 24.

At the time, the 27-year-old - daughter of Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone - her husband James Stunt and their family were not in the country, and security staff played down the incident, saying the petrol bomb caused no damage and they were "not taking it seriously".

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10/25/16
roc

Felipe Massa joins exciting line-up for Race Of Champions in Miami
Felipe Massa
Felipe Massa

Brazilian Formula 1 racer Felipe Massa has joined the stunning field of driving stars who will compete at the first Race Of Champions on American soil – inside Miami's Marlins Park on January 21-22, 2017.

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Massa came closer to being crowned F1 world champion than anyone when he lost to Lewis Hamilton at the very last corner of his home grand prix at Interlagos in 2008. The Brazilian's dignity in defeat won many admirers, as did his determined recovery from a head injury sustained during the Hungarian Grand Prix the following year.

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10/25/16
arca

ARCA Confirms Daytona Test Dates
Officials from the Automobile Racing Club of America have confirmed the test dates for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards at Daytona Int’l Speedway are on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 13-14, 2017.

The announcement marks the second consecutive year ARCA’s annual pre-season testing sessions will be held exclusively in January. The series had historically held its test sessions in December.

"Testing in January proved to be very favorable with the teams last year," said ARCA President Ron Drager. "The Daytona test has always been an important part of our schedule and our racing season, and testing in January will once again be beneficial in a number of ways, for our teams, drivers and for the Series."

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10/25/16
Racing news

FIA appoints Jean-Baptiste Pinton
Jean-Baptiste Pinton is the new chief administrative officer of the International Automobile Federation (FIA), world motorsport’s governing body.

He will assume the role from Damien Clermont on 1st October. The Frenchman will be responsible for the strategic direction of the FIA Support Services, and the everyday administrative and financial activities of the organisation. He will report directly to FIA President Jean Todt.

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10/25/16
automotive

BMW CEO: Electric cars are 'not enough' -- they must be self-driving, too
BMW i3 charging at an on-street charger
BMW i3 charging at an on-street charger. We disagree with the BMW CEO - $30,000 200+ mile EVs will sell without autonomous features and the Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3 are about to prove that.

BMW is making a bold push for electric cars, but CEO Harald Krueger said it's not enough to just go electric writes Danielle Muoio of Businessinsider.

In a Monday interview with Automotive News, Krueger said the next addition to its electric i series car line, the iNext, will have self-driving capabilities.

"When the iNext is on the market, it will not be enough, in my view, that you just have an electric drivetrain," he said. "You need to have autonomous driving available."

Automobile Mag first reported in August that BMW was working on Project iNext: the German automaker's commitment to release an all-electric car with self-driving capabilities by 2021. By 2025, the Project iNext car will be fully autonomous.

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10/25/16
automotive

Electric cars will eventually kill off hybrids
All-electric cars like the Chevy Bolt will doom hybrids. Why carry around a fuel tank and air polluting internal combustion engine when that is more room for batteries?
All-electric cars like the Chevy Bolt will doom hybrids. Why carry around a fuel tank and air polluting internal combustion engine when that is more room for batteries?
Bought a shiny new hybrid? Maybe it's better to sell now, while they still hold their value.

That's because, according to experts at the Glass motoring guide, hybrids bought today will "be effectively obsolete" by the time they reach the end of their normal life.

"We predict hybrids are likely to be a passing phase in car technology that will be surpassed by electric vehicles in a matter of a few years," wrote Glass's Director of Valuations, Rupert Pontin.

Indeed hybrids were designed as a stop-gap to bridge the jump between combustion engine cars and fully-electric vehicles which early on had serious limitations.

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10/25/16
motogp

Indonesia welcomes back 2016 MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez
Marquez on the Honda CBR250RR
Marquez on the Honda CBR250RR street bike

On his way to Malaysia for the 17th and penultimate round of the season, World Champion Marc Marquez made a stop in Indonesia for a promotional event in one of Honda's key markets.

Marc had been in Jakarta last February for the launch of the Repsol Honda Team, and he returned eight months later as 2016 MotoGP World Champion, to the joy of the thousands of enthusiastic Indonesian fans who gave him a hero's welcome.

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10/25/16
f1

Commercials are killing F1 on NBC (Update)
UPDATE Why so many commercials on the Nothing But Commercials (NBC) broadcasts? Probably because the TV ratings are so low the commercial spots bring less money, so they need to run more commercials to break even. Will they eventually get to a 100% commercial race broadcast? Yes when the ratings hit 0.00.

10/24/16 My friends, we need to have a talk about Formula 1 in the US. And while I've been down on the quality of racing in F1 lately--as many of you have been--we have a bigger problem: NBC's broadcasts suck writes Jonathan M. Gitlin of ARS Technica.

In fact, the terrible job turned in by Leigh Diffey and his crew has done more to turn me off on the series in recent years than any problems with the actual racing itself, which is odd because NBC (and even Diffey) actually do a decent job with IndyCar. The real problem starts with how much of each race we don't get to see thanks to interminable commercial breaks and pre-recorded videos that should have been saved for the pre- or post-race show.

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10/25/16
nassprint

Chuck Norris to introduce Chase drivers at Texas:
Texas Pit Action
Texas Pit Action
International film and television star Chuck Norris, known universally for his ageless machoism, will introduce the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers still vying for the series championship when they arrive Sunday, Nov. 6, for the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Norris will introduce the eight drivers still in contention for the championship - Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards, Joey Logano and Kurt Busch - that will include a special twist during pre-race activities leading up to the AAA Texas 500.

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10/25/16
nassprint

Dennis Quaid named AAA Texas 500 Grand Marshal
Award-winning actor Dennis Quaid will serve as the Grand Marshal for the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Nov. 6, at Texas Motor Speedway. Quaid, a Houston native, returns to his home state to deliver the command for the 40-car field to start their engines for one of the largest-attended, single-day sporting events in Texas. He will be giving the command for the eighth race in the 10-event, elimination-style Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship playoff. "As a Texan, I'm thrilled to be the Grand Marshal at the AAA Texas 500," Quaid said.

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10/25/16
elms

The curtain comes down on the ELMS season with a class win for the Ligier JS P3
No. 28 Ligier JS P2
No. 28 Ligier JS P2
This weekend Estoril hosted the final round of the 2016 European Le Mans Series. The intensity of this last joust had nothing to envy those of the five previous ones. During the four-hour event on the technical 4.182-km Portuguese circuit all 36 cars went at it hammer and tongs leading to a race in which the battle never let up, in particular because of the traffic and conditions made difficult by the weather! The final meeting saw M. Racing YMR's first victory in the ELMS, its young driver Thomas Laurent, winning the best rookie title and Mike Guasch clinching the best Gentleman Driver award in addition to the LM P3 title won by his teammates and United Autosports.

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10/25/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Rosberg's title clinch will come when the Mercedes engineers key the commands into the car's computer
    Rosberg's title clinch will come when the Mercedes engineers key the commands into the car's computer
    Rosberg 'aware' of Mexican match point
  • Italian press says Ferrari misses Alonso
  • Sainz has 'long future in F1' - pundit
  • Horner praises Pirelli's 2017 tires
  • Wolff: Austin becoming 'Hamilton country'
  • Ecclestone gives his support to Ron Dennis
  • Horner: 50/50 input from Newey for 2017

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10/24/16
automotive

New BMW M5 to be all-wheel drive
No matter what BMW does, the Tesla Model S P100D will smoke it all day long
No matter what BMW does, the all-electric Tesla Model S P100D will smoke it all day long

A BMW employee has just (re)confirmed what we had long suspected, that the new M5 will adopt all-wheel drive.

While speaking with Australian publication GoAuto at the local launch of the new 5-Series, BMW Munich product expert Sven Arens said that to offer the best performance, the company simply had to send power to the tarmac through all four wheels.

"Yes, all-wheel-drive. 20:80 [torque] split," he confirmed. "Make the calculations yourself. Engines have become so powerful. For a reasonable saloon car, the cut off is 700Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque on two driven wheels. With the current M5 we are at 680Nm (501 lb-ft) and thanks to the fact that we use Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, it can get all the traction and all the power on the ground.

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10/24/16
irl

Modern Business Associates renews partnership with St. Pete race
Start of 2016 race
Start of 2016 race
An important, long-standing partner of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, scheduled to take place March 10-12, has renewed its relationship with the event. Event organizers announced today that Modern Business Associates (MBA), a St. Petersburg-based HR outsourcing company that provides strategic HR consulting and other HR services, will continue its sponsorship of the annual event through 2019.

"Partnerships with local businesses like MBA are what help fuel our event," said Kim Green, co-owner, chairman and CEO of Green Savoree Racing Promotions, organizers of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. "MBA has played a role in our event for many years and we are excited to confirm that they will continue to be an official partner of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg."

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10/24/16
automotive

Rolls-Royce to retire the Phantom before December 31, 2016
The British ultra-luxury automaker has decided to end production of the Phantom series this year, although there were rumors claiming that additional production would be needed to meet demand.

The company has also announced in the past the Phantom Coupe and Drophead Coupe would not be given any successors, so the only one to get a new installment is the sedan. The only issue is the new generation will arrive in 2018 – so for next year there are no Phantoms being built and the decision will go unchanged. Andrew Boyle, the Head of Global Product Communications for Rolls-Royce, has recently explained the company has remained committed to its schedule of closing down the Phantom line by December 31, 2016.

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10/24/16
f1

USGP highest attended ever
Taylor Swift concert
Taylor Swift concert
Paul Josephson/AR1.com
Circuit of the Americas in Austin logged its "highest-ever overall attendance" for this weekend's F1 U.S. Grand Prix, bringing in a total of 269,889 people, according to Alanis King of AUTOWEEK.

Compared with the "short history of the event thus far," the high turnout is a "good sign" for both COTA and F1 in the U.S. While "nothing can be given specific credit for such a rise in attendance over last year, weather wasn't an issue this weekend and the circuit booked Taylor Swift, Usher and The Roots to perform after the day's events" on Saturday and yesterday.

Saturday was Swift's only concert of '16, which "drew a crowd of 80,000." That is "nearly a third of the overall weekend attendance numbers." Regardless of "what got spectators out to the racetrack," COTA is "moving in a better direction after this weekend's race." AutoWeek.com


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10/24/16
f1
nastruck

Overnight TV ratings from this past weekend
We will have final ratings tomorrow.  Below are the overnight TV ratings for the two races on network TV this past weekend.  We will also have the cable TV ratings tomorrow.

Race
Day
Network
Time
USA Rating
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series:
Fred's 250 (Talladega)
Sat.
Fox
1:00-3:30pm
0.8
F1: U.S. Grand PrixSun.
NBC
3:00-5:00pm
0.6

Meanwhile......German free-to-air TV channel RTL "drew more than 4 million viewers for its broadcast of Sunday's U.S. F1 Grand Prix," according to Alexander Krei of DWDL. The channel attracted 4.34 million viewers for the race starting at 9pm. The figure translated into a market share of 13.4%. In the target demographic 14-49, the race, which was won by Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, obtained an 11.2% share as 1.37 million viewers tuned in.

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10/24/16
nassprint

Trump getting the 'NASCAR' vote
In Charlotte, David Scott wrote it is "safe to generalize that Trump will get the NASCAR vote -- from the sport’s chairman, some current and former drivers and, of course, its fans."

In a "highly unscientific survey of NASCAR fans" this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, there was not one who "supported Democratic candidate HILLARY CLINTON." Two of NASCAR's "most influential figures" -- HOFer RICHARD PETTY and Chair & CEO BRIAN FRANCE -- have "personally endorsed Trump" CHARLOTTE OBSERVER


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10/24/16
f1

Haas won't hire an American driver for his F1 team
Anti-American Gene Haas won't hire an American driver for his F1 team unless he buys the ride
Anti-American Gene Haas won't hire an American driver for his F1 team unless he buys the ride
For the first time since 1986, an American Formula 1 team will compete on its home soil, but one question remains -- when will a United States born driver lead the charge for Haas F1?

Team owner Gene Haas addressed the topic on Friday at the Circuit of the Americas but said fans may have to exercise a degree of patience.

"When we first started, this wasn't really important to me because in a global economy, especially in America, it seems like everybody outsources the best products and people from all over the world," Haas said. "Even today, if you look at the number of people we employ in Kannapolis, and employ in Banbury and even at Dallara, we have people all over the world and that's what makes Haas Formula One.

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10/24/16
automotive

Video: All-new Camaro ZL1 shatters previous generation's Nurburgring record
ZL1 attacts the Nurburgring
ZL1 attacks the Nurburgring
Chevrolet today unleashed a time-attack video of the 2017 Camaro ZL1 lapping the Nurburgring Nordschleife in a blistering 7:29.60. The new ZL1's lap time is 11.67 seconds quicker than the previous ZL1's fast lap.

"To be almost 12 seconds quicker than the 5th-Generation ZL1 is a testament to the advanced design and technology of the new ZL1," said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. "From the improved aerodynamics, mass reduction and 650-horsepower LT4 to the Magnetic Ride Control, electronic limited-slip differential and Custom Launch Control, the ZL1 was designed to take on the world's most challenging track, making it right at home on any track, road or drag strip anywhere."

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10/24/16
nassprint

Dillon fails to advance in Chase due to tiebreaker
Logano leads the pack at Talladega
Logano leads the pack at Talladega
Facing an overtime restart with two laps left in the Hellman's 500 on Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, crew chief Slugger Labbe reminded driver Austin Dillon of the relevant numbers. Dillon had to finish no more than five positions behind Denny Hamlin to secure a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup's Round of 8-as long as Hamlin didn't win the race.

Dillon had done everything right to that point. He had earned a bonus point by staying out for an extra circuit and leading Lap 117 under the second caution of the afternoon. He gained three spots after a restart on Lap 186 and was 11th when the green flag waved for the final time on Lap 191. On the final two laps, he worked his way forward to ninth before the checkered flag ended the race. Only one problem. Hamlin beat #41-Kurt Busch to the stripe by 0.006 seconds-approximately two feet-to finish third.

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10/24/16
nassprint

Brian Scott scores career best finish at Talladega
Brian Scott crosses the line 2nd behind Joey Logano Sunday
Brian Scott crosses the line 2nd behind Joey Logano Sunday
Getty Images for NASCAR
Before Sunday's race at Talladega, Richard Petty Motorsports had suffered through 31 races without a top-10 finish. Drivers #44-Brian Scott and #43-Aric Almirola changed that. Scott ran a perfectly crafted race and finished second to #22-Joey Logano, and Almirola came home eighth after working his way forward during the final 40 laps of the Hellman's 500.

"A good finish always helps," Scott said. "It helps with the team. It helps with the guys at the shop, the morale. Just trying to get any bit of a bright spot in this year has been difficult. I think that this is by far the brightest spot that we've had in a really challenging 2016 for Richard Petty Motorsports.

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10/24/16
nassprint

Harvick punches out his teammate after Talladega race
Busch gets pit stop service
Busch gets pit stop service from his SHR crew

Kevin Harvick confronted Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kurt Busch on pit road after Sunday's race at Talladega Superspeedway, appearing to lean into Busch's car and initiate physical contact.

Harvick apparently was upset that Busch hit the No. 4 car on the cool-down lap; it's unclear why Busch was angry with Harvick. Busch finished fourth while Harvick was seventh, and both drivers advanced to the third round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

But NBC Sports Network later showed footage of a confrontation, which occurred while Busch still was sitting in his car.

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10/24/16
Team USA

Askew Runs as High as Third, Kirkwood Takes Seventh in FF Festival Thriller
Oliver Askew #21
#21 Oliver Askew in the thick of it
Team USA Scholarship drivers Oliver Askew and Kyle Kirkwood continued to impress during a thrilling Formula Ford Festival Final this afternoon. Fellow American Chase Owen also posted a strong drive in the 20-lap finale, finishing sixth in another Cliff Dempsey Racing Ray.

The distinctive pair of red-white-and-blue Rays of Askew and Kirkwood lined up fourth and 16th on the grid after finishing second and eighth, respectively, in this morning’s Semi Final race. The Final began in cold but dry conditions and the opening stages delivered some scintillating action as polesitter and former British Formula Ford champion Scott Malvern held onto a tenuous lead over 2016 BRSCC Avon Tires British FF1600 champion Niall Murray and a vast, snarling pack of hungry young drivers all seeking to claim Festival glory.

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10/24/16
automotive

EU Mandates Electric Car Chargers In All New Homes By 2019 (Update)
UPDATE Slowly, but arguably, constantly, all issues regarding the expected switch to electric vehicles are being ironed out between the auto manufacturers, their suppliers, technology companies and authorities.

For example, major drawbacks included the very limited range – which is now being addressed by the latest crop of new arrivals – or the time needed to recharge batteries while on a trip. There’s a new private consortium supported by the European Union that is looking to develop a network of ultra-fast chargers capable of delivering up to 350 kWh of energy – more than double what the Tesla Supercharger is currently capable. People’s perception of the segment is also important, but with stars such as Tesla and virtually every major automaker delivering at least one if not entire families of electric cars this is looking like a question of acquired taste.

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10/24/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Monday
  • Haas being interviewed in Austin says he liked Gutierrez's big check after shunning American Rossi
    Anti-American team owner Gene Haas being interviewed in Austin says he expected more from Mexican Esteban Gutierrez while turning his back on American Rossi
    Haas 'expected more' from Gutierrez - boss
  • Alonso could quit even with Mercedes offer
  • Ecclestone defends comments about Rosberg
  • Rosberg denies settling for second in Austin
  • Gasly 'cannot understand' Kvyat decision
  • Red Bull confirms Verstappen gearbox issue
  • New F1 Owner Liberty Media Pushing For More U.S. Grand Prix Circuits
  • Sainz Jr. says sixth place 'feels like a win'
  • No further action over Alonso/Massa clash
  • Vettel believes Ferrari matched Red Bull

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10/23/16
nassprint

Video: NASCAR Talladega Hellmans 500 Post Race Q&A
Race winner Joey Logano, crew chief Todd Gordon and car owner Roger Penske (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford); second place finisher Brian Scott (No. 44 Goody’s Ford) and third place finisher Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota); ninth place finisher Austin Dillon (No. 3 American Ethanol Chevrolet)

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10/23/16
nassprint

Truex Jr. talks about the engine failure at Talladega
Truex Jr. sat on pole but his Toyota spilled its guts all over the track in the race
Truex Jr. sat on pole but his Toyota spilled its guts all over the track in the race
Martin Truex Jr. saw his championship hopes go up in smoke on Lap 41 of the Hellmann's 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway when his #78 Toyota suffered engine failure. A transcript of an interview after the incident:

Q) What happened that took you out of the race?
Martin Truex Jr.: "Just developed a vibration and started to lose a little bit of power. Originally I thought it could have been a tire because it was shaking worse and worse and worse until it was time to pit. I slowed down to hit pit road and felt the vibration still there and knew it was the engine. Definitely not the way we wanted today to go - it's a tough way to go out, but proud of the effort and proud of all the guys. The engines have been great all year and every once in a while you'll have a failure and it's unfortunate that it was with everything on the line. I don't know, it is what it is and it's racing. It's part of it and we'll move on. We're going to go try to win the last five races or whatever is left and have a good end to our season."

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10/23/16
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Chevy's Kurt Busch Advances, Chase Dreams End For Keselowski & Truex
Kurt Busch battles to 4th
Kurt Busch battles to 4th
Rusty Jarrett/Chevy

Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Chevrolet SS, races to a fourth place finish Sunday, October 23, 2016 in the third and final Round of 12 of the NASCAR Sprint Cup's 10-race Chase at Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Alabama.

Busch advances to the first Round of 8 next week at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia.

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10/23/16
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Video: Valtteri Bottas - My Path - Episode #2 - Nastola, My Home
My Path is a series that tells you my story. In this second episode (2/7) I'll tell you about my dear hometown Nastola, and why I started racing in the first place.

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10/23/16
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Martinsville ticket prices increase on Monday
Vickers at Martinsville
Vickers at Martinsville
With the Goody's Fast Relief 500 race weekend at Martinsville Speedway just a week away, there is no better time to purchase race tickets, as prices increase on Monday. The Goody's Fast Relief 500 is the only short-track race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The half-mile speedway offers great views of the entire track from nearly every seat and every seat has a view of the action on pit road.

For families, the track is once again offering the Family 4 Pack. Starting at just $119, the package includes two adult and two youth 12-and-under tickets in the Clay Earles Tower rows 6-14. Families can also add four Famous Martinsville Speedway Hot Dogs and Four Pepsi products for just $20. For fans looking to enhance their race day experience, the Green Flag Experience returns on Sunday morning.

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10/23/16
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New footbox protection making debut at Talladega
About the only change to NASCAR Sprint Cup cars since their last trip to Talladega Superspeedway is the addition of 20 pounds. The addition of the weight, theoretically, could have a small -- very small -- impact on whether a 3,300-pound stock car gets airborne, one of the concerns of drivers as they left the track in May. The changes aren't made to keep the cars on the ground but to protect the drivers who hit the wall. The weight is part of a new construction of the footbox area, which includes a new design plus foam and is meant to protect a driver's lower extremities.

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10/23/16
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JGR cars caught trying to cheat
The cars of Kenseth and Kyle Busch were nailed for trying to cheat
The cars of Kenseth and Kyle Busch were nailed for trying to cheat
Rob Laberge/NASCAR

NASCAR asked three Joe Gibbs Racing teams to make adjustments on their Toyotas just before Coors Light Pole Award qualifying Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway. The cars driven by #18-Kyle Busch, #11-Denny Hamlin and #20-Matt Kenseth were flagged in the minutes before qualifying.

As the cars were being rolled out to the track, NASCAR noticed the right rear quarter panels had been manipulated around the deck lid area. NASCAR inspectors pulled the cars out of line, and the teams corrected the issue before going back through tech. However, #19-Carl Edwards' team did lose its pit stall selection for a fourth warning related to inspections. Kenseth's team lost its pit stall selection for the same reason.

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10/23/16
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Latest F1 news in brief - Sunday
  • Horner's Red Bull pipeline rather devoid of real talent
    Horner's Red Bull pipeline rather devoid of real talent
    Next Red Bull youngsters not ready for F1 - Horner
  • Andretti still prefers F1 over Formula E
  • Lauda hits out at Ecclestone's Rosberg comments
  • Bosses worry about latest F1 racing rule
  • Red Bull's Marko rejects wild Vettel rumor
  • Ricciardo hopeful of tire advantage at start
  • Raikkonen: Ferrari just not fast enough

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10/23/16
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Whincup bounces back at Castrol Gold Coast 600
Jamie Whincup
Jamie Whincup
Jamie Whincup has put his Bathurst disappointment behind him with a commanding win at the Castrol Gold Coast 600 on the streets of Surfers Paradise.

The six-time Supercars Champion stormed home ahead of teammate Shane van Gisbergen to keep his 2016 title hopes alive.

Whincup and Paul Dumbrell finished ahead of Van Gisbergen and Alex Premat by nine seconds with Scott McLaughlin and David Wall in third place.

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