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10/29/19
NASmon

NASCAR post-Martinsville penalties
The #24 car of Byron was one of four cars with missing lug nuts
The #24 car of Byron was one of four cars with missing lug nuts
Four NASCAR Cup crew chiefs have been fined $10,000 each for lug nut violations discovered after Sunday’s playoff race at Martinsville Speedway.

Those penalized are:

* Chad Knaus, crew chief for the No. 24 Chevrolet driven by William Byron.

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10/29/19
imsa

Classic Daytona presented by IMSA Entry List Unveiled
Lowenbrau Porsche 962
Lowenbrau Porsche 962

The entry list for the fifth Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) Classic Daytona presented by IMSA, November 13 - 17, at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) was officially announced today by HSR officials, and the 2019 edition the Classic 24-Hour race at the "World Center of Racing" is on track to be the biggest running of the race to date.

Currently showing over 300 drivers in more than 175 entries from 15 different countries, the list includes an impressive collection of past and current champion drivers, sports car racing legends, motorsports notables, rare and priceless historic sports cars and much more. 

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10/29/19
USF4

F4 U.S. Championship exceeds World FIA F4 entry record for USGP finale
USF4 at COTA last year
USF4 at COTA last year

After announcing it set the new F4 entry record for Circuit of The Americas last week, the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda has now shattered a world F4 record following a late entry to its United States Grand Prix season finale Nov. 1-3.

Breaking the international FIA F4 single-event entry record, a fleet of 38 Honda-powered Ligier JS F4 cars equipped with Hankook Tires will descend onto the fast and challenging Formula One circuit. In the most diverse field to date, drivers representing 10 countries and 12 states will nearly max out the CoTA grid.

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10/29/19
nasmon

Pocono reveals race lengths for next 2020 Cup doubleheader
Pocono
Pocono
Pocono Raceway announced Tuesday the lengths for its NASCAR Cup doubleheader weekend in June.

The June 27 Cup race will be a 325 miles/130 laps.

The June 28 Cup race will be 350 miles/140 laps.

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10/29/19
irl

Video: Tuning Shocks/Dampers For Speed - Part One
Alexander Rossi
Alexander Rossi
Shock absorbers (or dampers as our friends in the UK prefer to call them) have always been one of the deep mysteries of chassis set-up - sometimes more of an art than a science.

In our latest two-part series - “Tuning Shocks for Speed” - a stellar group of IndyCar Drivers and Engineers are going to help solve some of those mysteries for you.

In Part One they’ll explain how a modern racing shock works, the adjustments available and what those adjustments actually do for the handling of a race car.

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10/29/19
f1

F1 Mexican GP TV Rating (Update)
Exiting the stadium section in Mexico City
Exiting the stadium section in Mexico City

UPDATE The live telecast of Sunday’s Formula 1 World Championship Mexican Grand Prix on ABC drew the largest U.S. television audience on record for the event since its return in 2015, another mark in the season-long trend of audience growth for the championship across ESPN networks.

The race had an average audience of 850,000 viewers on ABC, an increase of 11 percent over the race on ABC last year (769,000) and up three percent from the NBC audience of 826,000 in 2017. The Mexican Grand Prix audience peaked at 1,014,168 as Lewis Hamilton scored his 10th win of the 2019 season.

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10/29/19
r2i

Andersen Promotions Announces Construction Contractors Club
Indy Lights action at Laguna Seca
Indy Lights action at Laguna Seca
Andersen Promotions, which oversees and operates all three levels of the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires, today announced a unique program to introduce companies in the construction industry to its motorsports platforms and associated entertainment and networking opportunities. The Construction Contractors Club (CCC) is an events and networking organization which will launch in conjunction with the 2020 racing season and will allow its members to entertain and network at Road to Indy events alongside the NTT IndyCar Series courtesy of The Andersen Companies.

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10/29/19
irl

Josef Newgarden gets married over weekend


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10/29/19
nasmon

Watkins Glen International extends partnership with Go Bowling
Cup race sponsor renews
Cup race sponsor renews
Watkins Glen International and Go Bowling have announced a multi-year extension keeping the brand as the entitlement sponsor for the NASCAR Cup Series race at The Glen.

The Go Bowling at The Glen race will headline New York’s Home for NASCAR tripleheader weekend, August 13-16 in 2020.

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10/29/19
nasmon

Matt Tifft out for remainder of season
Matt Tifft. Concussion?
Matt Tifft. Concussion?
After suffering a medical condition at the Martinsville (Va.) Speedway this past Saturday, Matt Tifft continued further evaluation with family doctor's on Monday. It has been determined that Tifft will not compete for the remainder of the season. He will continue to consult with his doctor's and work with the NASCAR medical team to return to the driver's seat as soon as possible. 

John Hunter Nemechek will race the No. 36 Ford Mustang for the final three races. Nemechek will make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut this weekend at the Texas Motor Speedway.

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10/29/19
f1

Brawn says Mexico borefest underscores need for 2021 reg changes
The turbulance is so bad coming off the current F1 cars passing is very difficult
The turbulence is so bad coming off the current F1 cars passing is very difficult

Formula 1 motorsport boss Ross Brawn believes the lack of on-track fights witnessed during the Mexican Grand Prix highlighted the need for regulation changes in 2021.

The sport’s officials are currently in negotiations with F1’s 10 teams to form the next set of rules scheduled for the 2021 season, with the deadline fast-approaching.

Sunday’s 71-lap race in Mexico featured little wheel-to-wheel action between the front-runners, despite an exciting climax that saw the top four drivers running on varying strategies.

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10/29/19
wec

Toyota to commence sales of GR Supra GT4 in March 2020 to Europe
GR Supra GT4
GR Supra GT4
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing confirmed today that it will start the sales of GR Supra GT4*1, a race car for customer teams, starting from March 2020 to Europe. The sales area will expand to North America in August, and to Japan/Asia in October. TOYOTA GAZOO Racing intends to strengthen its focus on customer motorsport*2 in order to enable motorsport-lovers around the world to participate in races.

The GR Supra GT4 is based on the GR Supra - TOYOTA GAZOO Racing’s first-ever global model released earlier this year - and is developed and produced by Toyota Motorsport GmbH ("TMG").

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10/29/19
f1

Vettel admits to shoving 'selfie stick guy'
With his right arm, Vettel shoves the selfie-stick guy
With his right arm, Vettel shoves the selfie-stick guy
(GMM) Sebastian Vettel has admitted to physically pushing an official interloper on the Mexico GP podium last Sunday.

Formula 1 spiced up the podium action in Mexico, elevating Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes on a lift and inviting a Stig-like character to take 'selfies' with the celebrating drivers.

"It was nice to have a car on the podium, even if it won't work everywhere. It was good, except for the guy with the selfie stick," Ferrari's Vettel told Bild newspaper.

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10/29/19
f1

Lehto questions end-of-season F1 spectacle
Mercedes and Hamilton again have dominated the season
Mercedes and Hamilton again have dominated the season
(GMM) Former F1 driver JJ Lehto is worried about the spectacle of the remaining three grands prix in 2019.

This weekend in Austin, Lewis Hamilton will guarantee his sixth drivers' championship simply by finishing eighth or better.

But after that, F1 will still move on to Brazil and Abu Dhabi.

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10/29/19
f1

Vettel back up to speed since summer break - Danner
The revised Ferrari is more suited to Vettel's driving style
The revised Ferrari is more suited to Vettel's driving style
(GMM) Sebastian Vettel is getting back up to speed after a difficult period in his career, according to former driver Christian Danner.

Earlier, the German's number 1 status at Ferrari was being clearly challenged by his new and young teammate Charles Leclerc.

But Danner told RTL that Vettel is still the same driver who won four world championships in the past.

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10/29/19
f1

Masi to speak to Verstappen about 'safety'
Michael Masi to read Verstappen the riot act
Michael Masi to read Verstappen the riot act

(GMM) Race director Michael Masi has denied reports that stewards only decided to penalize Max Verstappen after the Red Bull driver's controversial post-qualifying comments.

It is rumored that stewards initially concluded that damage to the yellow light system was a good enough excuse for Verstappen not recognizing the need to slow down for Valtteri Bottas' crash.

But then Verstappen admitted to being "aware" of the crash, and provocatively said when asked if he backed off: "It didn't look like it, did it?"

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10/29/19
f1

Father Jos says Verstappen should have kept quiet
Jos Verstappen in Mexico
Jos Verstappen in Mexico
(GMM) Max Verstappen's father says the Red Bull driver should not have commented on the yellow flag situation following Valtteri Bottas' qualifying crash in Mexico.

After audaciously admitting to not slowing down for the incident and daring the FIA to "delete my lap", 22-year-old Verstappen lost his pole position.

F1 race director Michael Masi is now vowing to speak "one on one" with Verstappen about safety and yellow flags in Austin.

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10/29/19
f1

Critics slam 'immature' Verstappen after Mexico
Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen
(GMM) Max Verstappen is taking a barrage of criticism in the wake of the Mexican GP.

First, after securing pole on Saturday, the 22-year-old audaciously admitted to not slowing down for Valtteri Bottas' qualifying crash.

"That he said it was one thing, but I think it was more the way he said it," Dutch GP boss Jan Lammers told the Dutch broadcaster NOS.

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10/29/19
f1

Alonso calls off planned visit to US GP
No sets open, no Alonso in Austin this weekend
No sets open, no Alonso in Austin this weekend
(GMM) Fernando Alonso has called off a scheduled appearance at the US grand prix this weekend.

Sources have told the Spanish media that he was scheduled to be in Austin as a McLaren brand ambassador.

It is also rumored that McLaren may have used the occasion of Alonso's presence to announce that the 38-year-old will make another bid for Indy 500 victory next year.

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10/29/19
f1

Kvyat a candidate for Red Bull return - Marko
Daniil Kvyat
Daniil Kvyat
(GMM) Daniil Kvyat is still in the running to return to Red Bull Racing in 2020.

Earlier, Red Bull driver boss Dr Helmut Marko excluded the Russian driver from contention for the seat alongside Max Verstappen next year.

Marko also said it was "a mistake" to declare that the Red Bull lineup will be announced after the Mexican GP.

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10/29/19
nasmon

Austin Dillon to get old crew chief back


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10/29/19
irl

Video: AJ Foyt Racing thanks ABC Supply
Sato winning in Long Beach in 2013
Sato winning in Long Beach in 2013
With ABC Supply Co. downsizing its involvement in IndyCar Racing and opting to run next year’s Indianapolis 500 only, we wanted to look back on the past 15 years with the company that became part of the Foyt Racing family. From the time when founder Ken Hendricks and his CEO David Luck put the program together in 2005 and through the continued stewardship of co-founder Diane Hendricks, CEO Keith Rozolis and COO Mike Jost, there have been many good memories, good drivers and lots of red, white and blue race cars.

“ABC Supply has been a great sponsor and we have really enjoyed working with them over the past 15 years,” said team owner A.J. Foyt. “I appreciate what they have done for us and the IndyCar Series. We’ve had a lot of fun and we’ve made some great friendships too. I’m proud to have carried their colors for 15 years, and I’m looking forward to being back with them at Indy.”

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10/29/19
f1

Mexican Formula 1 Grand Prix Draws Three-Day Total Of 345,694
CART IndyCar drew just as many when it ran there
CART IndyCar drew just as many when it ran there
This weekend's Mexico F1 GP drew a record total of 345,694 fans over three days.

The first practice session on Friday drew 92,342 fans, while Saturday's qualifiers attracted 114,917.

On Sunday, 138,435 fans attended the Grand Prix, which Lewis Hamilton won. Over the last four years, the race has drawn crowds of 336,174 ('15), 339,967 ('16), 337,143 ('17) and 334,946 ('18) EL UNIVERSAL

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10/29/19
automotive

Hong Kong to phase out fossil fuel cars and go all electric over next 20 years
Tesla Model Y
Tesla Model Y
Hong Kong plans to phase out all fossil fuel vehicles over the next 10 to 20 years and switch to electric modes of commercial and public transport to improve air quality, according to the city’s environment chief.

Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing’s commitment to the city’s electric vehicle (EV) transition came just a week after he announced that the government would provide HK$2 billion to old private estates to upgrade parking facilities to EV charging.

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10/28/19
irl

Indy 500 winner Simon Pagenaud marries longtime girlfriend
Simon Pagenaud
Simon Pagenaud
Reigning Indy 500 champ Simon Pagenaud is taking another victory lap.

Five months after winning "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing," Pagenaud tied the knot with Hailey McDermott on Friday in Napa, California, according to PEOPLE.

IndyCar reports the couple met in 2013 when McDermott, a San Diego native, was in Indianapolis at the Indiana Convention Center for her father's surround-sound speaker business.

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10/28/19
nasmon

NASCAR Martinsville TV Rating
Truex leads
Truex leads
NBCSN earned a 1.4 rating and 2.3 million viewers for yesterday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series First Data 500 at Martinsville, up 5% in viewership from 2.2 million last year.

In addition, 23,000 people streamed it digitally.

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10/28/19
f1

How good are Vettel and Leclerc at Spanish?
German and English speaking Sebastian Vettel, and French and English speaking Charles Leclerc get quizzed by Marc Gene on the Spanish language.

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10/28/19
f1
irl

Verstappen Meets Sato - Max & Takuma Test The Honda RA272

Mobil 1 The Grid finds Max Verstappen and IndyCar driver Takuma Sato getting the chance to drive the first Japanese car to win a Formula 1 race.

The Honda RA272 won the 1965 Mexican Grand Prix with Richie Ginther at the wheel. Verstappen will be hoping to win this year’s Mexican Grand Prix in the Red Bull RB15.

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10/28/19
nasmon

Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano tussle on pit road at Martinsville
Logano Shoves Hamlin
Logano Shoves Hamlin
Joey Logano smacked Denny Hamlin's shoulder after Sunday's playoff race, setting off a tussle between the two teams. NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell hinted Monday morning on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that a penalty was likely coming following a pit-road fracas between Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin that saw a crew member from the No. 22 team take Hamlin to the ground.

“We know emotions are going to run high, especially at this time of the season,” O’Donnell said during his weekly morning appearance. “We don’t encourage it, but we know the drivers are going to address each other after the race when they have an incident. Then unfortunately, instead of breaking up a fight, I think what we saw was an aggressive move by a crew member. … I think in this case, you have a crew member who was maybe trying to break it up, but certainly an aggressive move we viewed on our part and unfortunately, we’ll probably have to take some action to address that today or tomorrow.”

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10/28/19
nasmon

Raw footage of Denny Hamlin-Joey Logano fracas at Martinsville
Get an alternate view of Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano squaring off following the Round of 8 opener at Martinsville Speedway.

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10/28/19
f1

Sebastian Vettel says Mercedes 'got lucky' with Mexican GP strategy
Sebastian Vettel waves to Mexican crowd
Sebastian Vettel waves to Mexican crowd

Sebastian Vettel felt Mercedes "got lucky" with their strategy but conceded they were faster after Lewis Hamilton claimed victory at the Mexican GP.

Ferrari had locked out the front row after Max Verstappen was handed a grid penalty, but Vettel finished second after Hamilton nursed his second-stint tires for 47 laps, while pole-sitter Leclerc was fourth after a two-stop strategy hindered by a slow second stop.

Vettel felt Mercedes had been "brave" pitting Hamilton 14 laps earlier than him and not coming in again, but said Ferrari did not have the race pace to truly hunt the Briton for victory once behind.

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10/28/19
nasmon

Stewart Making Stock Car Return at COTA F1 race
Car Tony Stewart will do demo laps in
Car Tony Stewart will do demo laps in

For the first time since Nov. 20, 2016 when the checkered flag waved on the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Tony Stewart will be back in a stock car.

On Thursday, Oct. 31 at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas, Stewart will strap back into his No. 14 Haas Automation Ford Mustang from Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) to make a demonstration run on the 3.426-mile, 20-turn track in advance of the United States Grand Prix. But unlike any other time he drove in the NASCAR Cup Series in a career spanning 18 years that included three championships, 49 points-paying victories and more than 12,800 laps led, Stewart’s Ford Mustang will be outfitted with a passenger seat as he will show Haas F1 Team drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen how to wheel a 3,200-pound racecar around America’s only purpose-built Formula One track.

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10/28/19
f1

Hamilton hits out at 'silly' Verstappen style
Verstappen (L) hit Hamilton (C) and then Bottas in the first few laps of the Mexican GP
Verstappen (L) hit Hamilton (C) and then Bottas in the first few laps of the Mexican GP
(GMM) Lewis Hamilton has accused Max Verstappen of being "silly" with his racing aggression.

The pair are having somewhat of a war of words at present, after clashing in Mexico over Hamilton's environmental concerns.

Mercedes' Hamilton then criticized the way Verstappen admitted to ignoring the yellow flags in qualifying. The Red Bull driver subsequently said "a silver car" should also have been penalized for the same incident.

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10/28/19
f1

2021 cars 'not very sexy' - Marko
Marko must think the current F1 car is sexy?
Marko must think the current F1 car is sexy?
(GMM) Red Bull is no fan of Formula 1's new rules for 2021.

Firstly, the team is arguing that the rules should be delayed until 2022, so that the introduction of the budget cap can keep development costs under control.

"Without the budget limit, the big teams will spend as much money as they like on these (2021) rules next year," Dr Helmut Marko told Germany's Motorsport-Magazin.com.

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10/28/19
f1

Villeneuve slams Racing Point over Renault saga
In a rare moment Jacques Villeneuve may be right
In a rare moment Jacques Villeneuve may be right
(GMM) Jacques Villeneuve has hit out at the way both the FIA and Racing Point handled the recent saga involving Renault's outlawed brake balance system.

Racing Point lodged a protest after Suzuka, and while the FIA said the technology is technically legal, it was deemed a 'driver aid' and Renault's drivers were disqualified.

Villeneuve, the 1997 world champion, admits that the system would have helped Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg.

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10/28/19
f1
f2

2020 'will be decisive' for Schumacher - Binotto
Mick Schumacher still riding daddy's coattails. He has to win regularly in F2 next year or his F1 aspirations could be over
Mick Schumacher still riding daddy's coattails. He has to win regularly in F2 next year or his F1 aspirations could be over
(GMM) Mick Schumacher will not step up to Formula 1 next year.

It is believed that a decision has been taken by Ferrari's driver academy and the 20-year-old's management about Schumacher doing a second season in Formula 2.

"Next year will be decisive for him," Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto told Bild newspaper in Mexico.

There are two obvious reasons for the decision. First, the German is only twelfth in the F2 standings with one round to go.

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10/28/19
f1

Leclerc 'makes too many mistakes' - Ecclestone
Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc
(GMM) Charles Leclerc "makes too many mistakes".

That is the view of former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, who thinks his "friend" Sebastian Vettel is now making a comeback at Ferrari after a slump.

Recently, many thought 22-year-old Leclerc was getting the hierarchical upper-hand at Ferrari over quadruple world champion Vettel.

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10/28/19
f1

Haas has written off 2019 car - Magnussen
Magnussen knows the rest of 2019 will be difficult now
Magnussen knows the rest of 2019 will be difficult now
(GMM) Haas got an early start with development of its 2020 car, Kevin Magnussen has revealed.

The Danish driver said the American team has effectively had to write off its 2019 car, which has fallen almost to the back of the field with its problems in handling the Pirelli tires.

"We know this car will never be good," Magnussen told Ekstra Bladet newspaper in Mexico.

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10/28/19
f1

Mercedes dominance will end eventually - Heidfeld
Nick Heidfeld
Nick Heidfeld
(GMM) Former Formula 1 driver Nick Heidfeld thinks the hierarchy at the top of the sport is about to change.

Mercedes has won the drivers' and constructors' championships for a record-setting six times in a row.

But Heidfeld now senses a changing of the guard.

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10/28/19
f1

Estimated 2019 F1 driver salaries
Lewis Hamilton is king of F1 salaries
Lewis Hamilton is king of F1 salaries

Estimated annual salaries, not including endorsements

PosDriverAnnual Salary
1Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)$50,000,000
2Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)$39,000,000
3Daniel Ricciardo (Renault)$34,000,000
4Max Verstappen (Red Bull)$12,500,000
5Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)$8,500,000
6Nico Hulkenberg (Renault)$4,500,000
7Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)$4,500,000
8Carlos Sainz (McLaren)$4,000,000
9Sergio Perez (Racing Point)$3,500,000
10Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)$3,500,000
11Romain Grosjean (Haas)$1,750,000
12Pierre Gasly (Red Bull)$1,250,000
13Kevin Magnussen (Haas)$1,125,000
14Lance Stroll (Racing Point)$1,125,000
15Robert Kubica (Williams)$500,000
16Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso)$300,000
17Lando Norris (McLaren)$250,000
18Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)$225,000
19George Russell (Williams)$175,000
20Alex Albon (Toro Rosso)$165,000


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10/27/19
Team USA

Green finishes second, sets fastest lap in Formula Ford Festival Heat race
Josh Green (L)
Josh Green (L)
Josh Green, from Mount Kisco, N.Y., claimed an impressive second-place finish in his initial AIMSHOP.com Formula Ford Festival Heat race, run in damp and worsening conditions today at Brands Hatch. Team USA Scholarship teammate Scott Huffaker, from Menlo Park, Calif., finished seventh in Heat Three, which was held an hour or so later in very wet conditions.

A total of 69 cars took part in qualifying this morning, separated into three Heat races, each of which was scheduled to be run over 15 laps.

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10/27/19
f1

Verstappen a 'bad role model' - Villeneuve
Vettel laughs and tells Verstappen, how did you not slow down thru the crash zone. The FIA later stripped Verstappen of his pole
In Parc Ferme Vettel laughs and tells Verstappen, how did you not slow down thru the crash zone? The FIA later stripped Verstappen of his pole
(GMM) 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve says Max Verstappen is a "bad role model".

The Dutchman has lost his pole position in Mexico after openly admitting that he did not slow down when yellow flags were waved for Valtteri Bottas' crash.

It is believed stewards in Mexico initially did not investigate the incident, because the electronic yellow flag light system was not initiated.

But then came the official press conference.

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10/27/19
SST
irl

Super Trucks race at Surfers while IndyCar goes dark
While the IndyCar set sat home bored as heck, the USA based Stadium Super Trucks raced before crowd 20-deep all around the circuit.  Here Matt Brabham hits a jump
While the IndyCar set sat home out of sight, out of mind, the USA based Stadium Super Trucks raced before crowds 20-deep all around the circuit. Here Matt Brabham hits a jump

While IndyCar cannot get an overseas race deal done if its life depended on it, Robby Gordon's USA Stadium Super Trucks raced at Surfers Paradise before huge crowds.

Matt Brabham made a late last-lap pass on fellow Gold Coaster Paul Morris to clinch the Stadium Super Trucks finale at the Vodafone Gold Coast 600.

Brabham finished second in Saturday’s opening event to Robby Gordon, but managed to avoid the late-race carnage to clinch Sunday’s race and the overall round victory in a championship he has dominated this year.

“That was a crazy race today to cap off a crazy weekend,” said Brabham.

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10/27/19
f1

Over 150 join Gasly with Mexico City virus
F1 circus suffers from Montezuma's Revenge
F1 circus suffers from Montezuma's Revenge
(GMM) Over 150 members of F1's traveling circus are not feeling well in Mexico City.

Pierre Gasly is the highest profile victim of the stomach virus, which is causing diarrhea and vomiting, made worse by the high altitude.

"If he's too sick, we'll have to give him a diaper," Red Bull chief Dr Helmut Marko joked to Auto Motor und Sport. 

Gasly confirmed: "I ate some tacos!"

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10/27/19
f1

Haas 'waiting' for better car in 2020 - Grosjean
Aldo Costa now works for Dallara. Dallara designs the Haas cars. Will Grosjean be smiling in 2020 or 2021?
Aldo Costa now works for Dallara. Dallara designs the Haas cars. Will Grosjean be smiling in 2020 or 2021?
(GMM) Haas is putting all its hopes on solving a serious performance problem with its 2020 car.

Although fast at times early this season, the American team has struggled more than any other rival to make its 2019 car work with Pirelli's tires.

Only the Williams cars were slower than Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean in Mexico qualifying.

"We are waiting for the end of the season now and hoping that it will be better next year," Grosjean told France's Canal Plus.

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10/27/19
f1

Sitting out Fridays for Kubica 'not ideal' - Grosjean
Romain Grosjean. Haas' regular drivers will have to sit so the team can allow Kubica to clean the track on Friday mornings
Romain Grosjean. Haas' regular drivers will have to sit so the team can allow Kubica to clean the track on Friday mornings
(GMM) Romain Grosjean says it will not be "ideal" if Haas appoints a regular Friday practice driver in 2020.

Both Robert Kubica and Haas boss Gunther Steiner have admitted they may team up next year with a simulator and potentially Friday morning practice role for the Pole.

It would mean regular race drivers Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen would have to sit out some practice sessions.

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10/27/19
f1

Albon feeling 'better and better' at Red Bull
Alex Albon in Mexico City
Alex Albon in Mexico City
(GMM) Alex Albon says his relationship with Red Bull-Honda is getting "better and better".

Having replaced the struggling Pierre Gasly mid-season, rookie Albon is now waiting to hear if he will be signed up for the full year in 2020.

"I think he's doing a very good job," team boss Christian Horner said in Mexico.

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10/27/19
f1

McLaren eyeing regular podiums by 2022 - Seidl
Andreas Seidl
Andreas Seidl
(GMM) McLaren's new team boss Andreas Seidl is targeting "regular podiums" by 2022.

In the wake of the Honda debacle and the end of the Ron Dennis era, the famous British team has rebuilt to become 'best of the rest' this season.

Former Porsche Le Mans boss Seidl, who started work at Woking in May, has announced a change of car concept for 2020, to further chip away at the gap between McLaren and the top three teams.

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10/27/19
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irl

Record crowd attends this year's Surfers Paradise Race
Supercars races before record crowd in beautiful Surfers Paradise
Supercars races before record crowd in beautiful Surfers Paradise

A record crowd of 198,763 has packed in to watch this year’s Vodafone Gold Coast 600.

It’s the biggest crowd at the GC600 since Supercars began promoting the event in 2012.

It surpassed the previous record of 197,872 set in 2015. The impressive numbers largely reflect the new format and entertainment options on offer at the event, with Friday’s entertainment options proving a big draw card for fans.

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10/27/19
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Van Gisbergen and Tander win Sunday race at Surfers before record crowd
Tander and van Gisbergen
Tander and van Gisbergen
Shane van Gisbergen and Garth Tander have today claimed their first victory together, at the Vodafone Gold Coast 600.

In front of a record crowd for the event of 198,763 van Gisbergen reversed the result of yesterday, with Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes second while in the first all Holden podium of 2019, David Reynolds and Luke Youlden brought the KISS Penrite Commodore home in third.

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10/27/19
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McLaughlin flips Mustang in Qualifying (Update)
McLaughlin wads up his Penske Mustang
McLaughlin wads up his Penske Mustang

UPDATE Such was the force of the crash, it pushed back the concrete wall, and plucked wheels out of the championship leader’s car, which skated on its passenger door towards Turn 4.

It also saw debris from the car jettisoned in the impact, with a shock absorber founding several stories up on the balcony of a nearby property (See photos on Speedcafe).

Occupied at the time, nobody was injured by the component, which landed with such force that it damaged a table and tile on the balcony, which overlooked the scene of McLaughlin’s crash.

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