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10/25/18
automotive

A million-dollar McLaren Senna supercar was crashed on the day it was delivered
Given how narrow the street is, how slow was this wanker going when he lost control?
Given how narrow the street is, how slow was this wanker going when he lost control?
A McLaren Senna sports car worth nearly $1 million was wrecked in Germany on the same day it was delivered to its new owner.

A photo of the 789 hp coupe pressed up against a wall on a leafy Munich side street was posted to Instagram on Saturday.

In it you can see the airbags deployed, indicating it struck with some force, despite the minor damage it appears to have suffered. Tire marks leading to impact site tell the sad tale of how it got there.

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10/25/18
usf4

Dickerson And Rasmussen Take Victories At USGP In F4 U.S. Support Rac
Thirty-three F4 U.S. drivers delivered an action-packed race weekend for F1 USGP fans at Circuit of the Americas
Thirty-three F4 U.S. drivers delivered an action-packed race weekend for F1 USGP fans at Circuit of the Americas
Gavin Baker Photography
Thirty-three Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda drivers staggered across the front straight of the legendary Circuit of the Americas in front of thousands of fans, competing on the same world stage as their Formula 1 heroes serving as the support race for the United States Grand Prix Oct. 19-21. Dakota Dickerson of San Diego and Christian Rasmussen of Copenhagen, Denmark, claimed victories in the final rounds of 2018 in what would be the closest, wheel-to-wheel action-packed races of the season.

“In terms of action, Saturday was on of the best F4 races of the season,” said 2018 F4 U.S. Champion Dickerson. “The atmosphere here at COTA is great and seeing thousands of fans gathered to watch us race, just adds to the whole experience.”

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10/25/18
tv news

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern; all live broadcasts unless noted.
Friday, Oct. 26LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 –practice 1Mexico City10:55am - 12:30pmESPNU
F1 –practice 2Mexico City2:55 - 4:30pmESPNews
NHRA – qualifyingLas Vegas6:00 - 7:00pmFS1
Saturday, Oct. 27LocationTV TimesNetwork
MotoGP – qualifyingPhillip Island1:10 - 2:00ambeIN
NASCAR Cup– practiceMartinsville9:00 - 9:50amNBCSN
NASCAR Truck – qualifyingMartinsville10:00 - 11:00 amFS1
F1 –practice 3Mexico City10:55 - 12:00pmESPNews
NASCAR Cup– practiceMartinsville11:30am - 12:20pmNBCSN
NASCAR Truck – raceMartinsville12:30 - 1:00pm – pre-race
1:00 - 3:00pm – race
FS1
F1 –qualifyingMexico City1:55 - 3:30pmESPNews
NASCAR Cup– qualifyingMartinsville4:05 - 5:30pmNBCSN
NHRA – qualifyingLas Vegas5:00 - 6:30pmFS2
Sunday, Oct. 28LocationTV TimesNetwork
MotoGP – racePhillip Island1:00 - 2:00ambeIN
F1 – raceMexico City2:30 - 5:00pmABC
NASCAR Cup– raceMartinsville2:00 - 2:30pm – pre-race
2:30 - 6:30pm – race
NBCSN
NHRA – qualifyingLas Vegas3:30 - 4:30pm (SDD)FS1
NHRA – finalsLas Vegas7:00 - 10:00pm (SDD)FS1
F1 – raceMexico City9:00 - 11:00pm (R)ESPNews
Monday, Oct 29LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 – raceMexico City12:30am - 2:30am (R)ESPN2

Legend: D = delayed; SDD = same day delay; R = repeat

 

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10/25/18
irl

Cornelison To Return to IMS in 2019
Jim Cornelison
Jim Cornelison
Fan favorite Jim Cornelison will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2019, singing "Back Home Again in Indiana" at the 103rd Indianapolis 500 and performing at other events as part of the official countdown to the "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."

Cornelison also will perform at the 100 Days Out Party on Friday, Feb. 15 in Indianapolis and will attend other events on the INDYCAR and Indy 500 promotional calendar.

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10/25/18
irl
imsa

Team Penske announces organizational changes
Ron Ruzewski
Ron Ruzewski

Team Penske today announced several organizational changes within the leadership structure of its INDYCAR and IMSA racing programs, effective immediately.

Veteran motorsports race engineer Ron Ruzewski, who most recently has served as Technical Director, has been promoted to Managing Director and will report directly to Team Penske President Tim Cindric. Ruzewski will oversee Team Penske’s INDYCAR program, along with the Acura Team Penske IMSA sports car operations. Ruzewski moves into the new role with longtime Team Penske executive Clive Howell set to retire at the end of 2018 after 39 years of service with the organization.

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10/25/18
nasx

No. 21 Xfinity Series team issued L1-level penalty post-Kansas
Hemric's (C) car too low
Hemric's (C) car too low
NASCAR penalized the No. 21 Richard Childress Racing team in the NASCAR Xfinity Series following last weekend’s action at Kansas Speedway, with part of the impact being a points reduction that would drop driver Daniel Hemric from first place to second in the playoff standings.

The No. 21, driven by Hemric to a second-place finish, was found to be too low in post-race inspection and received an L1-level penalty for violating Section 20.17.3.2.1.2.a in the NASCAR Rule Book (post-qualifying and post-race front body inspection heights).

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10/25/18
irl

Ticket renewals are available now for 2019 Honda Indy Toronto
Toronto Indy
Toronto Indy
The Honda Indy Toronto returns to Exhibition Place for its 33rd edition next summer on the festival grounds in downtown Toronto. The exclusive window is open for those who purchased 2-Day Grandstand seats for the 2018 event to renew or upgrade their location now through Wednesday, November 28. General public sales will begin on Monday, December 3 at 10 a.m. ET. 

Ticket prices remain unchanged for Honda Indy Toronto set for July 12-14, 2019 on the 2.89-kilometer, 11-turn temporary street circuit. Complimentary enrollment in the Meridian Champions Club (retail value of $75) is included when renewing 2-Day Grandstand seats through the November 28th deadline ending at 9 p.m. ET.

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10/25/18
f1

Rich Energy Announced as Haas F1 Team Title Partner
Rich Energy
Rich Energy
Rich Energy, the premium British energy drink brand, will become the title partner of Haas F1 Team in a multi-year agreement beginning with the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship. The partnership will result in a significant livery change to incorporate the colors of Rich Energy, while the team name will become Rich Energy Haas F1 Team.

Rich Energy, currently available in over 30 countries worldwide, and expanding rapidly, will utilize its partnership with Haas F1 Team as the centerpiece of its marketing campaign, exploiting the global platform offered by Formula One to increase its market share in the competitive energy drink sector.

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10/25/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • Niki Lauda heads to rehab
    Niki Lauda heads to rehab
    Lauda leaves hospital after transplant
  • Alonso may consider Formula E move - Massa
  • Arrivabene says Raikkonen axe 'my decision'
  • Spark selected to stream F1 in New Zealand
  • Ocon predicts Leclerc and Gasly will compete for wins in 2019

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10/25/18
automotive

Tesla turns huge profit in 3rd Quarter
Elon Musk aims to make Bob Lutz swallow his filthy cigar. Lutz predicted Tesla was going under.
Elon Musk aims to make Bob Lutz swallow his filthy cigar. Lutz predicted Tesla was going under.
Tesla Inc. blew away expectations with just the third quarter of positive earnings in its history, bolstering Elon Musk’s bid to make selling electric cars a financially sustainable business.

The profit and cash that Tesla generated sent its shares surging to levels last seen in mid-August, when the chief executive officer was still in the midst of a short-lived gambit to take the company private. The stock sold off in the intervening months, after Musk’s claim that he had “funding secured” for such a deal proved faulty and landed him in legal jeopardy.

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10/24/18
v8

New naming rights sponsor for Adelaide 500
Coulthard at Adelaide
Coulthard at Adelaide
The Marshall Liberal Government is pleased to announce Australian Internet service provider Superloop as the new naming rights sponsor for the Adelaide 500. 

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, David Ridgway, joined Superloop Chief Executive Officer Drew Kelton this morning to announce the three-year agreement, as tickets go on sale for the 2019 event.

“Over 20 years, the Adelaide 500 has become Australia’s largest domestic ticketed motorsport event, injecting millions of dollars into the state’s economy,” said Minister Ridgway. 

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10/24/18
nasmon

Scott Graves will pair with Ryan Newman at RFR
Scott Graves
Scott Graves
Roush Fenway Racing has announced that veteran crew chief Scott Graves will rejoin the team, leading its No. 6 NASCAR Cup Series team with newcomer driver Ryan Newman in 2019.

Graves initially joined Roush Fenway Racing in 2006, working his way from team engineer to Xfinity Series crew chief, where he helped lead Chris Buescher to the 2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) Championship.

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10/24/18
v8

Adrian Burgess new Head of Motorsport for Supercars
Adrian Burgess
Adrian Burgess
Supercars has announced Adrian Burgess as its new Head of Motorsport.

The English born mechanic, engineer and team principal had a distinguished career in Formula One which included World Championship successes with Mika Hakkinen and Ayrton Senna.

Burgess moved to Australia in 2006 to link with Dick Johnson Racing and James Courtney, who he had worked with in British Formula 3, winning the 2010 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

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10/24/18
automotive

Caterpillar Invests in Fisker to Accelerate Development of Solid-State Batteries
Fisker eMotion
Fisker eMotion
FISKER INC. Electric vehicle startup Fisker Inc. has received strategic investment from the venture capital arm of heavy machinery maker Caterpillar Inc.

Los Angeles-based Fisker didn’t provide financial terms of the deal but said Caterpillar’s investment in Fisker “illustrates a mutually recognized importance that electrification solutions will represent to multiple business segments in the future.”

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10/24/18
irl
imsa

Grand Prix of Long Beach Tickets Now On Sale
GP of Long Beach
GP of Long Beach
Experience exhilaration next April 12-14 when you purchase tickets for the 45th Grand Prix of Long Beach!

Featuring a variety of on- and off-track activities for the entire family, the Grand Prix will be headlined by the fourth round of the 2019 IndyCar Series, expected to include drivers such as five-time series champion Scott Dixon, defending Long Beach winner Alexander Rossi and past Long Beach winners James Hinchcliffe, Simon Pagenaud, Will Power and Ryan Hunter-Reay along with Marco Andretti and Graham Rahal driving wheel-to-wheel on the famed 1.97-mile, 11-turn circuit through downtown Long Beach.

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10/24/18
irl

Statement on Management Change at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
Taylor Kiel
Taylor Kiel new Team Manager
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced today that Piers Phillips has stepped down from his General Manager post at SPM. After considerate and thoughtful discussions about the future of both the organization and Phillips’ involvement, his departure was a joint decision.

“Both Ric (Peterson) and I are very thankful to Piers for the impact he has had on the team for the last three years and for helping us to get to where we are today,” noted Sam Schmidt, co-owner of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. “We wish him nothing but the best in whatever he chooses to do next.”

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10/24/18
v8

Whincup secures future with Triple Eight
Jamie Whincup
Jamie Whincup
Jamie Whincup has secured his future with Triple Eight Race Engineering, but not behind the wheel. The seven-time Virgin Australia Supercars champion has joined the team’s portfolio of shareholders as a co-owner.

Whincup’s career with Triple Eight began in 2006 and he has since claimed every single one of his 113 championship race wins with the Brisbane-based squad, including four Bathurst 1000 victories.

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10/24/18
f1

Lauda leaves hospital
Lauda
Lauda

Three-time Formula One champion Niki Lauda left Vienna's general hospital on Wednesday around two and a half months after an emergency lung transplant, the hospital said in a statement.

It added that he left "in a good overall state of health".

"Niki Lauda will have to undergo an intensive course of rehabilitation over several weeks," the statement said, adding that he would continue to receive treatment from the medical team that had cared for him thus far.

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10/24/18
f1

Hartley annoyed over questions on his future
Brendon Hartley
Brendon Hartley
(GMM) Brendon Hartley says the uncertainty about his place at Toro Rosso for 2019 is getting "annoying."

It is believed team owner Red Bull will replace the New Zealander with rookie Alexander Albon.

"We have not yet made a decision," Dr. Helmut Marko told motorsport-magazin.com. "Important decisions take time."

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10/24/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Ricciardo was an unhappy cowboy in Austin
    Ricciardo was an unhappy cowboy in Austin
    Team making 'jokes' about Ricciardo plight
  • Vandoorne did not show talent in F1 - Boutsen
  • Vettel mistakes 'no coincidence' - Brawn
  • Dixon backs Brendon Hartley's decision to take F1 drive
  • Arrivabene: Video games a 'competitor' to F1
  • F1 investigating helmet cameras
  • Hamilton empathizes with backmarkers, lays blame at current F1 car design

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10/23/18
roc

Race of Champions moves to Mexico City in 2019
Location of Race of Champions
Location of Race of Champions
The Race Of Champions (ROC) is heading to Latin America for the very first time in its history after Mexico City saw off contenders from all over the world to win the right to host the famous festival of global motorsport.

ROC Mexico will be held on January 19-20, 2019 at the Foro Sol, the amphitheater forming part of Mexico City’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez Formula 1 circuit. The venue has reached iconic status among race fans and it is also used as a stadium for baseball matches and rock concerts. Now it will provide the perfect backdrop for the Race Of Champions, where many of the world’s greatest drivers have a rare chance to race in identical cars on ROC’s purpose-built track. This will be built entirely within the Foro Sol itself, so fans will have a perfect view of every corner from every seat .

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10/23/18
track news

Video: Talladega Tunnel ground breaking
Breaking ground in Talladega
Breaking ground in Talladega
Instead of stock cars going around its high banks at 200 mph, Talladega Superspeedway on Tuesday saw a different kind of machinery on its asphalt – a large excavator that was digging into the historic venue as part of the groundbreaking for the track’s new Turn 3 Oversized Vehicle Tunnel to launch Transformation – The Talladega Superspeedway Infield Project.

As part of a special ceremony held on sacred ground at the end of the Alabama Gang Superstretch near the entrance of Turn 3, Talladega Superspeedway and its parent company, International Speedway Corporation (ISC), announced that Taylor Corporation from nearby Oxford, AL, will spearhead the construction of the new tunnel, which is scheduled for completion in time for the track’s April 26-28, 2019, spring tripleheader weekend, headlined by the GEICO 500.

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10/23/18
track news

Giese replaces Sperber as ISM President
Julie Giese breaks the glass ceiling
Julie Giese breaks the glass ceiling
International Speedway Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market: ISCA; OTC Bulletin Board: ISCB) ("ISC") today announced that Julie Giese, Managing Director of Business Operations for ISC Design & Development, has been promoted to President of ISM Raceway.

Beginning in November 2018, Giese will assume oversight of promotion and operation of the all-new ISM Raceway. Giese’s first major event, the Can-Am 500, will be part of the Raceway’s Opening Weekend on November 9, 10 and 11.

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10/23/18
nasmon

NASCAR Drivers Shake Down 2019 Aero Package in Goodyear Tire Test
Daniel Hemric turns laps with the new aero package at Charlotte Motor Speedway
John Davison/RIS
NASCAR’s new 2019 aero package for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series got one of it’s first shakedowns on Tuesday as Goodyear conducted the first of two tire-testing sessions with four Cup Series drivers on the 1.5-mile oval at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Chevy drivers William Byron and Daniel Hemric, along with Toyota driver Erik Jones and Ford driver Aric Almirola, were on hand for the test and commented on the contrast between the new aero package and the current one.

The new rules baseline rules package – which will be utilized at racetracks a mile or more in length - features an eight-inch by 61-inch rear spoiler, a new 37-inch-wide radiator pan that tapers back to 31 inches, and a new front splitter with a two-inch overhang. The new package will also utilize tapered spacers in the engines to reduce horsepower to about 550 hp, and aero ducts to reduce downforce at certain tracks.

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10/23/18
f1

Mercedes United States Grand Prix F1 Debrief
It's Mercedes post-race F1 debrief, but not as you know it! Find out what happened when Paul Ripke cornered Mercedes' engineers to quiz them on all things US GP...

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10/23/18
v8
nasmon

Surfers Paradise fans want NASCAR, not IndyCar (Update)
O'Donnell downplays a NASCAR race in Australia. They probably want to eventually buy the series
O'Donnell downplays a NASCAR race in Australia. They probably want to eventually buy the series

UPDATE A brief statement has been published by RACER.com following the news which states that NASCAR is willing to work with Supercars but has no plans to run a race in Australia currently.

“We look forward to working with our friends in Supercars to share best practices, but right now we have no plans to run a national series race in Australia,” NASCAR's Steve O’Donnell told RACER in a statement.

“I think we are probably a long way from that,” he said when asked about a race in Australia.

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10/23/18
motogp

Video: Q&A with 2018 MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez
An interview shot just before the Japan MotoGP with the now fifth-time world champion and Spanish rider Marc Marquez.

Marc Marquez fact file:
Age: 25
Nationality: Spanish
Place of birth: Cervera

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10/23/18
automotive

BMW Expands Fire Risk Recall to 1.6 Million Diesel Cars

Diesel car buyers
Diesel car buyers
BMW announced Tuesday that it will increase the scope of a recent recall, citing that over 1.6 million diesel-powered vehicles worldwide are susceptible to an increased risk of fire due to a cooling problem found with its Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system.

Initially limited to 480,000 vehicles sold in Europe and Asia markets, BMW has recognized that the recall (which it calls a "technical campaign") affects far more vehicles than initially anticipated. It estimates that around 1.6 million vehicles are potentially affected and deems the culprit of the combustion to be the leakage of coolant from a cooling system designed for its EGR, which, when mixed with built-up carbon deposits can result in "smoldering particles."

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10/23/18
automotive

Boring Company tunnel under LA opens Dec. 10
Concept vehicle
Concept vehicle
The Boring Company's first tunnel finally has its date with destiny set: Dec. 10. Chief executive officer Elon Musk named the December date as the grand opening and plans for a ceremony in Los Angeles.

The first tunnel has been under construction for months, but Musk announced in May it would open in a "few months" and that the company planned to offer free rides to the public. Musk kept  his word and said the public will be able to ride in the first tunnel the next day, Dec. 11, free of charge.

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10/23/18
irl

Why IndyCar will likely fail again to land a 3rd engine supplier
Mark Miles signed an NBCSN TV contract....again
Mark Miles signed an NBCSN TV contract....again...instead of putting 100% of the races on network TV
The IndyCar Series has met with an undisclosed number of auto manufacturers in recent months, all holding an interest in possibly joining the American open-wheel championship when its new engine formula debuts in 2021.

IndyCar competition president Jay Frye wouldn’t name the manufacturers in question, but did say more inquiries have been fielded and meeting taken in response to the 2.4-liter twin-turbo V6 non-hybrid regulations announced in May. 

“It’s certainly ongoing, and we’ve been working with a couple for a while now, and recently, we’ve had a few new ones come in and that feels even more encouraging,” he told RACER. “This is the window we’ve been talking about to get something moving with a third manufacturer so they make a decision before this time next year, can be track testing by spring of 2020, and get ready for 2021.”

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10/23/18
f1

Gilberto Benetton dies at 77
2001 Benetton B188
2001 Benetton B188
Gilberto Benetton, one of the four founding siblings of the iconic Benetton fashion brand known as much for its provocative ad campaigns as its colorful knitwear, died Monday evening at age 77, his family announced. The Benetton company was a big sponsor and team owner in F1 in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

The family said Benetton's wife, Lalla, two daughters, Barbara and Sabrina, and son-in-law Ermanno were by his side at his home in the northern city of Treviso, near where the fashion company is based. The news agency ANSA said he had suffered an undisclosed illness.

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10/23/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Hamilton bemoans the lack of speed for F1's bottom feeders - Williams and McLaren
    Hamilton bemoans the lack of speed of F1's bottom feeders - Williams and McLaren
    Pace difference 'serious problem' for F1 - Hamilton
  • Red Bull-Honda can fight for 2019 title - Marko
  • Uncertainty about future 'annoying' - Hartley
  • Magnussen slams 'Formula Fuel-Saving'
  • Stroll announcement on hold because of Ocon - Szafnauer
  • Vettel admits he needs to improve for 2019
  • Mercedes could oust Bottas for Ocon - Doornbos
  • Vandoorne not 'aggressive' enough for F1 - Brown
  • Alonso hits out at F1 ride-buyers
  • Whiting defends red flag rules following Vettel criticism
  • Wolff: Vettel would have won the race
  • Miami turns out in force for live F1 car run

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