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10/27/18
automotive

Ford Recalls 1.5 Million Focus for stalling issues
The shit is going to hit the fan at Ford on this one. Just wiped out all the profits made on the focus, and then some
The shit is going to hit the fan at Ford on this one. Just wiped out all the profits made on the focus, and then some
Ford is recalling approximately 1.5 million Focus vehicles in the United States for a fuel system issue that may cause engine stalling.

The models covered by the recall are select 2012-2018 Focus models equipped with 2.0-liter GDI and 2.0-liter GTDI four-cylinder gasoline engines.

The reason is a malfunctioning canister purge valve that may become stuck in an open position. If that were to happen, Ford says that “an excessive vacuum in the fuel system could cause deformation of the vehicle’s plastic fuel tank.”

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10/27/18
elms

Duqueine Take Debut ELMS Pole In Dramatic Qualifying
Nicolas Jamin
Nicolas Jamin
The no29 Duqueine Engineering Oreca will start the 4 Hours of Portimao at the head of the field after Nicolas Jamin posted the fastest lap in LMP2 qualifying as the French driver took the checkered flag.

With less than a minute left on the clock it looked like Filipe Albuquerque was going to take the pole position for his home race, but the Portuguese driver’s 1m33.363 lap was surpassed by the no23 Panis Barthez Competition Oreca of Will Stevens.

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10/27/18
f1

Mercedes changing Valtteri Bottas' engine after failure
Bottas
Bottas
Mercedes is changing the engine in Valtteri Bottas’ car following a hydraulic failure during third practice at the Mexican Grand Prix.

Bottas suffered the failure with 10 minutes remaining in the final practice session and stopped in the Foro Sol section at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

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10/27/18
f1

Verstappen tops Mexico Practice 3 but Hamilton and Vettel close
Verstappen again quickest - favorite to win pole
Verstappen again quickest - favorite to win pole

After a wet start to final practice for the Mexican GP, the track dried and Max Verstappen continued his dominance of the weekend by turning the fastest lap for the third session in a row for Red Bull.

And after Verstappen’s hydraulics issue on Friday, it still wasn’t all good news for Red Bull, with both the Dutchman and teammate Daniel Ricciardo – fourth fastest – reporting battery charge problems during the session.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel all but matched title rival Hamilton in third, with team mate Kimi Raikkonen taking fifth behind Ricciardo. Charles Leclerc was an impressive sixth for Sauber, ahead of Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly, who will start from the back of the grid thanks to penalties for power unit and gearbox changes. Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson and Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg completed the top ten.

Mercedes have their work cut out to get Valtteri Bottas out for qualifying by the looks of things after the Finn parked up on track midway through the session...

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10/27/18
nasmon

Daytona Beer Festival to debut during Speedweeks
The NASCAR Bubbas are going to love getting drunk before the race
The NASCAR Bubbas are going to love getting drunk before the race
Daytona International Speedway has a new event on tap for DAYTONA Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth. The DAYTONA Beer Festival will be held Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 in conjunction with DAYTONA 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger and the Advance Auto Parts Clash.

The inaugural DAYTONA Beer Festival will be held from Noon-3 p.m. and will span multiple Midway Suites, allowing fans to choose from over 70 different brands of beer including Wicked Weed, Kona, Golden Road, Blue Point, Goose Island IPA, Landshark, Shock Top, Karbach, 10 Barrel, Redhook and many more, in a climate-controlled environment.

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10/27/18
irl

Wickens confirms he is a paraplegic (Update)

UPDATE Robert Wickens (@robertwickens) tweeted the following message:

I just wanted to clarify a few things. There seems to be some confusion about what the word “paraplegic” really means. Please read my statement below. Thank you all for your amazing support! You’re all a big part in helping me get back on my feet! 

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10/27/18
motogp

KTM confirms test role for Pedrosa
Dani Pedrosa - put out to pasture by the factory Honda team
Dani Pedrosa - put out to pasture by the factory Honda team

Dani Pedrosa will become a test rider for the Red Bull KTM team under a two-year deal announced by the team.

The Spaniard will join the currently injured Mika Kallio in the Austrian marque’s testing ranks, while Pol Espargaro will have a new teammate in Johann Zarco in the race team.

“To have a rider of Dani’s skill and experience as part of our MotoGP project is another strong sign that we are moving in the right direction and we are still pushing as hard as we can,” said KTM Motorsports Director Pit Beirer.

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10/27/18
automotive

This Week Rang loud Warning Bell for Gas-Powered Cars
Stick a fork in the internal combustion engine, it will soon be over.
Stick a fork in the internal combustion engine, it will soon be over.
This was a dramatic week for EVs. There was mid-week news of Tesla turning a profit in Q3, following soaring sales of the Model 3. A day earlier, the Spanish capital put its “Madrid Central” plan into force – effectively banning all non-electrified cars from the heart of the city. The Madrid action follows reports earlier this month that the UK could move up its internal-combustion ban and Denmark wants to go completely all-electric, even banning sales of hybrid cars by 2035.

If that wasn’t enough, let’s rewind to Monday for two analytical articles that might have escaped your attention amid all the other EV news. The first is from Carmi Turchick, who discloses in his post for Seeking Alpha that he works for Tesla and has stock options. So you might expect him to describe the latest EV trends as an “existential threat” to automakers. The article is entitled “Tesla And The Coming Automotive Industry Disruption.”

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10/27/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Saturday
  • Ferrari's special mirrors may soon not be needed
    Ferrari's special mirrors may soon not be needed
    F1 considering camera technology for mirrors
  • FIA gives green light to Mercedes wheel rim 'holes'
  • Ocon looks set to sit out 2019 season
  • Sainz Jr. wants early McLaren test in Abu Dhabi
  • Verstappen determined to win in Mexico
  • Alonso says no Formula E switch
  • Magnussen to get married next summer
  • Team bosses have had yet another meeting in Mexico
  • Haas-Rich Energy deal came about quickly
  • Overheating concerns forced Mercedes to turn down engines

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10/27/18
tv news

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern; all live broadcasts unless noted.
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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10/26/18
nastruck
nasmon

Friday a washout at Martinsville
Ben Rhoades at Martinsville in the Spring
Ben Rhodes at Martinsville in the Spring
Both Camping World Truck Series practice sessions Friday at Martinsville Speedway have been cancelled due to rain.

The series won’t see any track action until qualifying Saturday.

Qualifying is set to begin 10:05 a.m. ET.

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10/26/18
motogp

Marquez baffled by Honda rider crashes
Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez has described his and the other Hondas’ succession of crashes on the opening day of the Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix as ‘strange’.

On an uncompetitive day for Honda, Cal Crutchlow was the marque’s fastest in fifth in each of the day’s two sessions while Marquez ended up seventh.

Crutchlow, however, was subsequently declared unfit after a painful crash at Doohan Corner, which prompted Marquez to take a more cautious approach to the latter stages of the afternoon.

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10/26/18
f1

Red Bulls run 1-2 in 2nd Mexico GP practice
Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen

So far this weekend Red Bull is so far ahead of the competition in practice for the Mexican GP no other F1 team has a chance to win this weekend.

Not Mercedes

Not Ferrari.

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10/26/18
fe

Formula E buried deep in red ink
Formula E, the electric-powered auto racing series, has lost a combined $140 million, according to a recent report.

The series lost $23.9M last year alone. Here are the companies that are losing their shirt:

Formula E Shareholders
Formula E Shareholders


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10/26/18
f1

Red Bulls run 1-2 in opening Mexico GP practice
Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen
The Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo easily ran 1-2 in opening practice for the Mexican GP. In the thin air and with dust flying up from the track, the Red Bulls appeared to be making the most downforce and were over 1-second faster than the rest of the field.

Carlos Sainz Jr. ran third for Renault ahead of his teammate Nico Hulkenberg.

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10/26/18
irl

Upcoming IndyCar testing
IndyCar teams will get some testing in prior to the Christmas Holiday. The schedule so far is:
Date Location Team Driver(s)
October 29 Barber Chip Ganassi Felix Rosenqvist
October 29 COTA Foyt Tony Kanaan
October 29 COTA Andretti Alexander Rossi
October 29 COTA Carlin Ride-Buyers
December 4 Sebring Penske Will Power, Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud


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10/26/18
motogp

Cal Crutchlow out of Australian GP with ankle injury
Cal Crutchlow
Cal Crutchlow

Cal Crutchlow will miss the remainder of the MotoGP Australian Grand Prix weekend after breaking his right ankle in a fast crash during FP2 on Friday.

The British rider had set the early pace in FP2 and was running second when he crashed going through the fast Turn 1 at Doohan corner.

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10/26/18
motogp

Iannone tops opening day at Phillip Island
Andrea Iannone
Andrea Iannone
Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) left it late to leap to the top of the combined timesheets in FP2 at the Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, setting a 1:29.131 on his final lap to oust Danilo Petrucci (Alma Pramac Racing) from P1. The two Italians were separated by 0.160, with FP1’s quickest man Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) completing the top three .

Glorious conditions greeted the premier class for their second session of the weekend as the threat of rain cleared at Phillip Island. The start of the session didn’t go as planned for Ducati Team’s Alvaro Bautista after he crashed at Turn 6, this coming before both Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) ran into the gravel at the same corner.

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10/26/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • Stoffel Vandoorne - lover or race car driver?
    Stoffel Vandoorne - lover or race car driver?
    Vandoorne refusing to be more 'aggressive'
  • Alonso leaving F1 'not because I have to'
  • F1 should scrap penalty points system - Grosjean
  • Bad second half of 2018 'incredible' - Ricciardo
  • Steiner plays down Rich Energy skepticism
  • Ricciardo, Alonso defend Vettel 'mistakes'
  • Doctors not ruling out Abu Dhabi return for Lauda
  • Ricciardo: I would like to be world champion in 2021

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