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11/04/14
nhra

Mopar Unveils New 2015 Dodge Charger R/T for NHRA Funny Car Competition
2015 Mopar Dodge Charger R/T
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)'s Mopar and Dodge brands unveiled a new 2015 Mopar Dodge Charger R/T drag racing vehicle at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show today in Las Vegas. The new race car is destined to make its official on-track National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Mello Yello Drag Racing Series debut in Funny Car competition at the 2015 season-opening Winternationals event on February 5-9 at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California.

Following the reveal, the new race car will be on display in the brand's exhibition area for the SEMA Show from Nov. 4–7 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The new 2015 Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car was designed and developed on a virtual platform, using the same production-based technology and tools applied to the street vehicles, in a collaboration between FCA production and race engineers and the Don Schumacher Racing team.

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11/04/14
nassprint

Is NASCAR on the verge of becoming a national joke?
Okay, I get the fact that NASCAR, after being stung by years of relentless criticism over its season-long championship campaigns in the past, some of which droned on from early spring until the closing bell in a tedious march with the same driver in the series lead, decided to shake things up with the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

The resulting ten race "Chase" was different, at least at first, but too often provided little drama after the first couple of races. So this year, the marketing geniuses in Daytona Beach decided that they would silence their critics for good by having a series of "knock-out" rounds spread out over the first nine races, resulting in four drivers being left standing and eligible for the championship in the finale at Homestead.

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11/04/14
automotive

Ford calls back more than 202,000 vehicles in five N.A. recalls
Ford Motor Co. said today it will call back 202,241 vehicles in five North American recalls covering several issues, including an incorrect repair in a previous recall.

Ford said it was aware of one accident in the case of the improperly repaired vehicles, but no injuries related to any of the issues.

The company is recalling 38,645 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car vehicles from model years 2005 through 2011 because they may have been improperly repaired in a previous recall for an issue with the lower intermediate steering shaft that could result in loss of steering.

In the autumn of 2013, Ford recalled 370,000 of the cars in the United States and Canada because corrosion of the steering shaft could result in loss of steering.

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11/04/14
f1

Fears Grow Over Schumacher's Recovery As Costs Reach $183K Per Week
Friends of MICHAEL SCHUMACHER have spoken of "their fears for his recovery as the star's medical costs reach a reported $183,000 a week," according to NEWS.com.au. Schumacher, who suffered a "serious head injury after a ski accident in the French Alps in December last year, is being treated at his Swiss home by a team of 15 specialists." And while he has had "periods of awakening, the 45-year-old is reliant on machines and tubes to feed and breathe."

He is receiving "specialist care at a special clinic in the grounds of his mansion, having spent more than six months in a medically induced coma at a hospital in Grenoble." The 15 specialists "take care of his every needs, including massaging him for hours to ensure his muscles remain stimulated." He is also "checked every hour for signs of improvement."

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11/04/14
irl

Luca Filippi working toward IndyCar full-season chance
Luca Filippi
After impressing again in limited appearances in the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series, Italian Luca Filippi is looking to work toward a full-season effort in 2015.

Filippi raced in four 2014 events with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and along with Oriol Servia, were really the only two part-time drivers in the past season. No other drivers ran more than two events beyond the standard 22 full-time cars.

He made the Firestone Fast Six at Houston qualifying fourth, in his first time in an IndyCar since Houston the previous October, some eight months previous.

Now, Filippi told MotorSportsTalk in Austin he is keen on having a full-season opportunity. A year ago, jumping in short notice at Houston and Toronto was less than ideal for him, but it still provided him a showcase after his missing out at the Bryan Herta Autosport seat.

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11/04/14
nassprint

NASCAR penalizes crew members, not drivers after Texas brawl
NASCAR announced early Tuesday evening six Hendrick Motorsports crew members have been fined for their actions following Sunday night's post-race fight at Texas Motor Speedway.

Jeremy Fuller of Kasey Kahne's No. 5 team, as well as Dwayne Doucette and Jason Ingle of Jeff Gordon's No. 24 team have been fined $25,000 and suspended by NASCAR through the next six Sprint Cup Series points races.

The three crew members were found to be in violation of Section 12-1 (Actions detrimental to stock car racing) and Section 12-4.9 (Behavioral penalty --involved in a post-race physical altercation with a driver on pit road) of the NASCAR rule book.

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11/04/14
f1

USGP NBC TV Rating
While the NASCAR race in Ft. Worth, Texas drew a 2.8 final rating and 4.8 million viewers, the United States Grand Prix at COTA in Austin, Texas only drew a 0.7 overnight rating on NBC.

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11/04/14
nassprint

Waltrip eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars"
Mikey gets axed
Michael Waltrip's ballroom dancing career has come to a close on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" as he was eliminated from the show Monday night.

Week eight's theme was "Dynamic Duos" and Waltrip and partner Emma Slater performed a foxtrot as Tarzan and Jane to "You'll Be in My Heart" by Phil Collins. Waltrip and Slater received a score of 25 out of 40.

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11/04/14
f1

Andretti calls for lifetime ban of rebel teams
Former F1 rivals Lauda and Andretti
Former World Champion Mario Andretti has lashed out at the teams who threatened to boycott the United States GP over the weekend.

The Austin grid had only 18 cars on Sunday following the demise of Caterham and Marussia, but there was a real threat that Force India, Sauber and Lotus would also not take part in the race.

The trio of teams are outraged at the lack of financial help from the sport's majority stakeholder, CVC Capital Partners, as well as the wealthier teams like Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull.

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11/04/14
nassprint

The Red-Necks are fighting again. It's NASCAR
Red-Neck fighting
The post-race fight between Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday has been "discussed on national TV and radio shows, and is surely going to remain the No. 1 topic among race fans" going into Sunday’s Quicken Loans 500 at Phoenix Int'l Raceway, but the question lingers whether it is a "good thing for the sport," according to Drew Davison of the FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM.

Instead of "talking about Jimmie Johnson winning the fall race at TMS for the third consecutive year and playing spoiler in this year’s Chase, the only thing people seem to care about is the full-fledged brawl that broke out." It marked the "second time in four weeks that a post-race altercation overshadowed the actual race," and TMS President Eddie Gossage "acknowledged the sport is walking a fine line between real and manufactured emotions."

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11/04/14
nassprint

NASCAR Texas TV Ratings
NASCAR fans love a good brawl
ESPN’s live telecast of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, Nov. 2, saw its highest rating and viewership in two years, according to Nielsen Media.

The race earned a 2.8 U.S. rating, averaging 4,749,000 viewers, both numbers up from last year’s race (2.6 rating, 4,179,000 average viewers) and the 2012 race (2.5 rating, 3,943,000 viewers).

Greensboro, N.C., was the highest-rated of the nation’s 56 metered markets with an 8.8 rating, followed by Greenville, S.C., at 8.1 and Indianapolis at 7.1. Raleigh-Durham, N.C., was fourth at 6.5 with Knoxville, Tenn., fifth at 6.4.

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11/04/14
irl
r2i

Iowa Speedway and INDYCAR Announce Additions to 2015 Race Weekend
Iowa Speedway and INDYCAR officials have announced that "The Fastest Short Track on the Planet" will host the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires and the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires prior to the Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300 July 18, 2015. Start times will be announced at a later date.

"Fans asked for more on-track entertainment on INDYCAR race day, and we are pleased to be able to provide them with it," said Iowa Speedway President Jimmy Small. "As a race fan myself, I’m excited to see the stars of tomorrow come to grips with the new Dallara on ‘The Fastest Short Track on the Planet.’ Iowa Speedway is the place for drivers on the rise to make a name for themselves, and we are delighted to be able to host the Indy Lights and Pro Mazda Championship here in Newton, Iowa."

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11/04/14
grc

Speed to run VW beetle in Vegas
Tanner Foust's #34 Rockstar VW Beetle. This week in Las Vegas, Foust's teammate Scott Speed with pilot a second Andretti Autosport Beetle.
After the Beetle its debut in Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles with Tanner Foust, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross will field a second Beetle at this week’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Las Vegas at The LINQ for driver Scott Speed. Speed, who is one of four remaining drivers eligible for the series’ Supercar championship, will trade in his Polo, which took victories in Barbados, Austin, and Los Angeles I this season.

“We’ve driven it enough to feel more confident with this,” Speed said. “Obviously we’d like to have had more testing with it before we bring it out in race circumstances, but we feel like our odds are better with this than with the Polo. I think everyone here is just happy to get working on what our future is, and that’s this car, which hopefully gets off to a good start.”

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11/04/14
grc

Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross: Vegas Pre-Race Report
Scott Speed will be looking to win the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship in Las Vegas
With nine races completed in this year's series, the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team heads to Las Vegas for the tenth and final battle of the season and its third consecutive season finale held in Las Vegas.  Red Bull Global Rallycross Las Vegas will take place at The LINQ Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV, from November 4-5. The Las Vegas course layout will see cars racing counterclockwise for only the third time this season. NBC will air the race on Sunday, November 16, at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Scott Speed, No. 77 7UP Volkswagen Polo

  • The Charlotte, NC resident is one of four driver's competing for the Red Bull Global Rallycross drivers' championship.
  • Speed has captured more series wins than any other driver during his 2015 season.

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11/04/14
f1

Video: Lewis Hamilton & Nico Rosberg in a Spin
From the AutoRacing1.com video channel - Formula One Team drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg find themselves in a bit of a spin – although not on track, of course! Watch as both drivers get themselves dizzy to demonstrate how alcohol can affect both the body and mind. In the fifth episode of Allianz Safety Facts series, Lewis and Nico continue to demonstrate safety insights – giving drivers advice to help them stay safe on the road.



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11/04/14
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Rosberg just not fast enough
    'Base payment' could resolve boycott threat - Lopez
  • Rosberg 'not thinking about' title defeat (He should be)
  • Mercedes close to agreeing engine 'unfreeze'
  • Ericsson: My money wasn't only factor (Sure it was)
  • USA could support three F1 races, says Ferrari boss
  • Ferrari 'working tirelessly' to improve (but cannot because of engine freeze)
  • Sutil: Perez move completely needless
  • Moss says Hamilton can win six titles with superior Mercedes


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11/03/14
f1

Lotus debuts 2015 nose concept
New Lotus nose
Lotus have unveiled their new 2015 nose concept, tested in FP1 at Austin.

The design is the result of development for the team's 2015 car, named E23 Hybrid, and reflects the changed regulations that will effectively out rule the team's current twin tusk nose cone. Lotus have said they don't expect their interim nose to work effectively just yet, given that is has not been designed to work with the E22, but rather aims to allow the team to run some comparisons and get real on-track data.

Technically, the nose itself looks a lot like the current nose, with the gap between the tusks filled. The team has likely gone for the simple route, using the research from the tusked nose to create the new crash structure. It's possible that for this reason, the interim nose houses a left and a right crash structure inside the shrouding, albeit that the total length of the nose has now shortened (the tusks extended ahead of the front wing). The new nose body stops halfway over the front wing, with two protruding supports serving as the connection points with the front wing.

Interestingly, the tip of the nose is curved up, attempting to get just that little bit of extra air underneath the nose. This immediately indicates one of the biggest challenges for most teams going into 2015, as all current noses that are set to be out ruled were designed to maximize airflow underneath the nose, allowing for more downforce generated by the car's floor and its rear diffuser.

Lotus have yet to confirm if they plan to run the nose at the two other remaining events of the season. F1 Technical

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11/03/14
f1

U.S. F1 Grand Prix Records Average Ratings On German Free-TV Channel RTL
Hamilton and Rosberg have made a complete mockery of the 2014 F1 season in their German cars
German free-to-air TV channel RTL "recorded only average ratings for its broadcast of the U.S. F1 Grand Prix on Sunday evening," according to Sidney Schering of QUOTENMETER. The race attracted 4.13 million viewers starting at 9:05pm. The number translated into a market share of 12.6%. The pre and post-race coverage attracted 2.51 million and 1.79 million viewers, respectively.

The resulting market shares were 7.1% and 8.4%. In the target demographic 14-49, the race, which was won by Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, obtained a market share of 12.1% as 1.57 million viewers tuned in. The pre and post-race analysis had a viewership of 1.1 million and 700,000 viewers, respectively. The programs recorded market shares of 8.4% and 8%. QUOTENMETER

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11/03/14
f1

Jordan: F1 is completely unfair
Eddie Jordan
Former team Owner Eddie Jordan said that F1 has "failed its smaller teams and should be ashamed at the way some of them have been driven out of business."

Jordan: "I am absolutely sick of the way Formula One is being run at the moment."

Jordan's small team "gave Michael Schumacher his F1 debut" in '91.

Jordan: "It is completely unfair... this business is about competition and it needs to be fair and seen to be fair. It is not any of those things. Without the small teams you lose the very fabric of the make-up of Formula One."

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11/03/14
nnw

RCR adds Brandon Jones to 2015 lineup
Richard Childress Racing is adding NASCAR K&N Pro Series driver Brandon Jones to their NASCAR XFINITY Series lineup on a part-time basis for the 2015 season.

Jones, 17, is a native of Atlanta, Ga. and competed full time this year in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East division earning one win at Iowa Speedway, five top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. He finished the 2014 season fourth in points.

He has also competed in three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events this year, earning a top-five finish at Dover International Speedway. In addition, Jones competed in three ARCA Series presented by Menards races, winning his first two starts at Winchester and Indianapolis and notching a third place finish at Madison, WI.

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11/03/14
irl

Team Penske snatches Kyle Moyer from Andretti
Kyle Moyer
Andretti Autosport has sustained another major loss during this IndyCar off-season.

On the heels of losing driver James Hinchcliffe to Schmidt Peterson Motorsports earlier this fall, news has now come out that Andretti's director of racing operations, Kyle Moyer, is leaving to go to Team Penske.

In addition to his director duties, Moyer also served as race strategist for Marco Andretti and the No. 25 Snapple Honda.

He had been with the Andretti camp since the 1990s when it was known as Team Green, and during his tenure with the team, Moyer helped them win multiple series championships and Indianapolis 500 victories.

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11/03/14
nhra

Buckle up! Willie and Tamron face off in drag race
Two drivers from John Force Racing along with other stars of the NHRA were featured on a segment with Today Show hosts Willie Geist and Tamron Hall today. John Force and his daughter Courtney Force talked with Geist about the excitement and power of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The duo also explained to the Today Show audience how they balanced their competitive impulses with a very healthy family support network.

The segment was filmed prior to the NHRA national event in Reading, Pennsylvania. John Force and the Castrol GTX High Mileage Mustang Funny Car are currently No. 2 in the Funny Car point standing only 21 points away from first place while Courtney Force and the Traxxas backed Ford Mustang is solidly in third place.

The segment can be seen here: http://www.today.com/video/today/56353759

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11/03/14
nassprint

Roger Penske Statement following Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas
"The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup has provided great excitement and intense competition. Brad Keselowski is a champion who competes to win in every race, which is what I expect of him. While the actions by others following the race in Texas were unfortunate, Brad has my 100 percent support as we now move on to Phoenix for the next stage of the NASCAR championship." -Roger Penske

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11/03/14
irl

Bryan Herta Autosport to Field Entry for Jay Howard in '15 Indianapolis 500
Jay Howard
Bryan Herta Autosport, in partnership with BBM, announced today they will field an entry boasting primary sponsorship from Green1 in the 2015 Indianapolis 500.  The car will carry #97 and be driven by Indianapolis based driver Jay Howard.  2015 will mark BHA's fifth year competing in Indianapolis, and is expected to mark the team's first time fielding two cars in the May classic.

Green 1 has been a supporter of IndyCar and the BHA team for several years, but this will mark their most significant partnership to date.  "Green1 decided to invest in the BHA Indy Car team and selected the historic Indianapolis 500 race event platform for several reasons; the track boasts the largest solar farm of any sports venue in the world, the race cars run on 100% renewable fuel, it is the largest single day sporting event in the world and, BHA is a proven Indy 500 event winner and Bryan Herta along with Jay Howard are high class, high integrity individuals" stated Ray Drysdale Founder of Green1.

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11/03/14
r2i

Mazda Road to Indy Schedules Announced
PALMETTO, Fla. (November 3, 2014) - Andersen Promotions today unveiled the 2015 racing calendars for the Mazda Road to Indy - the highly acclaimed driver training program for the next generation of Verizon IndyCar Series stars. All three development series -- Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda -- will feature an expanded schedule of 16 races with some exciting new venues added to the traditional mix of circuits.

The new AER turbo-powered Dallara IL-15 Indy Lights package, which rolled out to rave reviews in prototype testing, will make its competition debut at 10 tracks featuring a blend of four road courses, three street circuits and three oval events with six double-header rounds. All but one event will be in support of the Verizon IndyCar Series as the season finale for all three series will take place at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in September. Indy Lights competitors will vie for a new guaranteed three-race scholarship program to the Verizon IndyCar Series, including the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016.

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11/03/14
f1

Crowd Of 100,000-Plus On Hand At COTA For F1 U.S. Grand Prix
A crowd of 107,778 attended yesterday's U.S. Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas, with driver Lewis Hamilton winning his 10th F1 race this season. Hamilton, "wanting to impress the Texas crowd, asked to borrow Mario Andretti's black cowboy hat during his podium party." Hamilton said, "This is an incredible place." AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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11/03/14
f1

Wolff moves to end boycott threat with 'a few per cent'
Wolff willing to give up a few percent of the money Mercedes gets, but not their locked in advantage that guarantees their dominance for years.
(GMM)  F1 may have moved a small step towards ending the boycott threat.

Although Bernie Ecclestone's rare 'mea culpa' averted the threat in Austin when he admitted his income distribution system was broken, small teams Lotus, Force India and Sauber are still unhappy as they trek this week to Brazil.

In short, the boycott threat is still alive -- not only for Interlagos, but also for the crown in the 2014 finale, the title-deciding Abu Dhabi race.

"We want to see solutions next week in Brazil," Lotus team owner Gerard Lopez told Auto Motor und Sport, "and an agreement by the finale in Abu Dhabi."

That sounds like an ultimatum.

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11/03/14
nassprint

Gordon, Keselowski and Harvick comment on the 'brawl'
Keselowski talks to media with his swollen lip and bruised jaw where it made contact with someone's fist
Brad Keselowski made a move on 1st the green-white-checkered finish at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday night, moving past Jeff Gordon. Keselowski's move resulted in contact with Gordon causing a tire to go down, sending the #24 scraping the wall and to the pits, losing a lap. The move was not well received by Gordon, his team or Harvick and his team as both drivers took issue with Keselowski on pit road, resulting in a three-team brawl after the race.

Gordon's comments: "We drove down into Turn 1 and he just decided to body slam us and cut our left-rear tire. It ruined our night. It ruined our chances, ruined our night, might of even ruined our Chase hopes. It's just uncalled for. I had to show my displeasure. It got ugly down there, obviously, and you know that is alright. A lot of things are going to happen in the next couple of weeks."

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11/03/14
nassprint

NASCAR to review the Brawl (but loved every minute of it - ratings)
An irate Jeff Gordon grabs Bad-Brad Keselowski
NASCAR will study film of the post-race fight [at Texas Motor Speedway at the end of the race] involving Jeff Gordon, Brad Keselowski and a host of crew members, but according to Robin Pemberton, the sanctioning body's senior vice president of competition and racing development, NASCAR has no issue with the incident that caused it.

"I think it was hard racing, and this is a contact sport," Pemberton said of Keselowski's up-the-middle attempt pass on the next-to-last restart, a move that left Gordon with a cut tire and diminished championship chances. "You look at what drivers are trying to do. We had a couple shots at a green-white-checkered finish, and everybody was going for it. Nobody was leaving anything behind."

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11/03/14
nassprint

Post race brawl between Gordon, Keselowski team 'over the line'
Brawl breaks out
Sunday's AAA Texas 500 was moving along at a record pace with one caution in the first 175 laps.

It could have easily been called uneventful.

It certainly didn't end that way.

In the final laps, after a track-record 13 cautions, Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski made contact on the track which knocked Gordon out of contention for the win.

And once the race was over, the two drivers got swept up into an all-out brawl on pit road.

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11/03/14
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Monday
  • Wolff will not agree to unfreeze of F1 engines to give others a fair chance of catching Mercedes. Since F1 began in 1950 every manufacturer was allowed to do what it needed to catch-up.  No longer. They are frozen out. Renault and Ferrari should quit F1 now.
    F1 now guaranteed 'Abu Double' title finale
  • Boycott threat still lingering for Brazil GP
  • Mercedes insists unfreeze push "ridiculous"
  • Friend admits future unclear for Schumacher
  • Perez given seven-place grid drop for Brazil
  • Massa feels podium was possible
  • Vettel: Second half of race came alive
  • Ricciardo: We are doing what we can
  • Kaltenborn admits Ericsson bought his ride
  • Rosberg: KERS mistake helped Hamilton
  • Kaltenborn critical of Mattiacci stance on F1 issues


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11/03/14
f1

Renault recruits Illien to improve F1 engine (Update) UPDATE
Mario Illien
(GMM)  Renault has denied reports it has recruited renowned former F1 engine guru Mario Illien to help close the gap on dominant Mercedes.

Germany's Auto Motor und Sport reported at the weekend that the Swiss, best known for his company Ilmor that produced title-winning Mercedes engines for McLaren, has been signed up to help Renault end its turbo V6 struggles.

But the Russian website f1news.ru quoted Renault chief Cyril Abiteboul as denying the media reports at the scene of the US grand prix.

"I read that we have supposedly signed Mario, but it's not true," he said.

"We have negotiated with his company because we are considering it as a supplier.

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11/02/14
nhra

John Force Announces New Sponsor for 2015 (Update) UPDATE
Emich (L) & J Force (R)
"I'm committed to continuing to lead a championship team, and Peak has proven a similar commitment to the NHRA. Thanks to Peak Antifreeze + Coolant, I won't be hanging up my hat from this sport anytime soon," said John Force, 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion and CEO of John Force Racing Inc. "Not only does Peak provide high-quality automotive products for American families like mine, but they've proved to be a valued partner on and off the track. I'm so grateful that they're supporting me, my team, and all the fans out there who love drag racing."

Peak's expanded relationship with the 18-time NHRA Mello Yello championship team builds on its status as a major associate sponsor of all three of John Force Racing's Funny Cars and the JFR Top Fuel dragster since February 2014.

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11/02/14
track news
f1

Circuit Of The Americas CEO Welcomes More North American Races On F1 Schedule
COTA
The return of Mexico City on next year's F1 schedule will help the sport grow in North America, COTA CEO Jason Dial said. The Mexico City race, which is scheduled for Nov. 1, a week after the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, will bring the total number of North American F1 races to three -- the third one is the Canadian GP in Montreal.

Dial told SBD Global that for the long-term health of the sport in North America, it is only beneficial to have more races in time zones and viewing time periods that are more suitable for fans.

For COTA, which has attracted a large number of fans from south of the border over the past several years, the new race could result in fewer Mexicans making the trip up north.

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11/02/14
f1

Circuit Of The Americas Turns Formula One Grand Prix Into 'Festival' Weekend
The Texas hospitality worked as a huge crowd turned out
Circuit of The Americas organizers looked at what Austin stands for to ensure the third running of the U.S. F1 Grand Prix on their track is about more than racing and remains a fan favorite. The organizers took a page out of Austin's playbook and turned the circuit and part of the city's downtown area into big Texas-sized festivals, complete with live music and authentic food.

"The race is what it is, and we have a couple of great support races that we are really excited about, with the Ferrari Challenge and Porsche Supercup," said COTA CEO Jason Dial. "But after that it's really about the entertainment value."

From a Texas ranch, which featured country bands and local barbecue food, to a Mexican cantina, including a mariachi band, to a beer garden with a polka band and women serving beer in traditional "Bavarian" outfits, racing fans were treated to a number of different activities spread around the track. While feedback from the fans for the F1 Grand Prix weekend has remained strong since the inaugural event in '12, Dial told SBD Global that every year the circuit looks at what it can do bigger and better.

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11/02/14
f1

Circuit Of The Americas Continues Expanding Marketing Department, Fan Engagement
COTA
Circuit of The Americas has beefed up its marketing team and seen positive gains in its digital engagement. The nearly $400M racetrack outside of Austin, which has been the home of the U.S. F1 Grand Prix since '12, continues to fight for awareness, attendance and revenue. While motorsports is COTA’s core business, it does not see itself as simply a racing venue but a year-round entertainment facility.

The F1 race is the track's flagship event, but concerts, X Games, other racing series and even business conferences add to the circuit's revenue stream and appeal. Under the leadership of CEO Jason Dial, who took over in the fall of '13, the racetrack has created a marketing department and increased its fan outreach and engagement.

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11/02/14
nassprint

Fight breaks out at NASCAR race
Brad Keselowski took out race leader Jeff Gordon on a green-white-checkered by cutting down his tire and afterward Gordon and his crew went after Keselowski and his crew and a big fight broke out with Keselowski getting busted in the jaw.  Clearly bloodied, Keselowski's face was cut and he was spitting blood afterward.  In the post-race interview Bad-Brad was clearly shaken up by the beating. Full story here.

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11/02/14
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Stephens Finishes a Fine Third in the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone
Michai Stephens
Michai Stephens produced a stunning performance to finish on the podium in today's prestigious Walter Hayes Trophy Formula Ford event at Silverstone – the Home of British Motor Racing. Team USA Scholarship teammate Aaron Telitz also played a starring role, fighting his way from 32nd place in the Progression race to finish 11th in the Grand Final – after no fewer than six different races today! – despite being spun out by a rival midway through a thrilling 15-lap Grand Final which was won by former British Formula Ford champion and USF2000 race winner Wayne Boyd.

The 14th annual Walter Hayes Trophy weekend, held in memory of one of the founding fathers of Formula Ford, produced drama from start to finish.

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11/02/14
f1

Sauber sign Ericsson for 2015 (Update) UPDATE
How naive! Marcus Ericsson was surprised?  When the team saw how large his check was they were going to get the contract signed ASAP before another team got their mitts on it.
Marcus Ericsson says he was surprised by how quickly his deal to race for Sauber in 2015 was completed.

Ericsson has raced for Caterham in his rookie campaign but the squad entered administration and withdrew from the United States Grand Prix.

Ericsson travelled to Austin as a guest of Swedish Television and on Saturday afternoon he was announced as a 2015 Sauber driver.

"My management was speaking to different teams for a while, but after everything that happened with Caterham it went into a faster speed in the talks," Ericsson told Crash.net.

"I knew we were speaking to them but I wasn't expecting anything get sorted this early.

"Last year everything was sorted at the end of January, so to have it done in November is great because you start preparing yourself now and start getting to know the people you are going to work with, so to have that stability is great."

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11/02/14
f1

Bernie: 'We should tear all the contracts up'
If Bernie thinks the teams getting all the money are going to agree to let go of some of it, Alzheimer’s might be setting in.
Formula 1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone said he wanted to tear up all team contracts and rewrite the rules as talk of race boycotts and financial failure swept the 2014 US Grand Prix paddock.

Inviting a select group of international reporters into his office for a 50-minute discussion about the latest of many crises to hit the sport, Ecclestone canvassed opinion while making suggestions of his own.

Ecclestone said: "We have to decide the best way to sort this whole thing out. Frankly, I know what's wrong but don't know how to fix it.

"(We) should tear all of the current contracts up...start again."

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11/02/14
wec

Toyota dusts German brands in China
The No. 8 Toyota led home the No. 7 sister car as the Japanese brand destroyed Porsche and Audi

Toyota Racing took its second consecutive one-two victory, winning the Six Hours of Shanghai by more than a lap to extend its lead in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi took a dominant win in the #8 TS040 HYBRID, their fourth of the season, to stretch their lead in the drivers’ World Championship to 42 points.

The 1,000PS four-wheel-drive TS040 HYBRID, which dominated the last round in Fuji, was once again in a class of its own with Alex Wurz, Stephane Sarrazin and Kazuki Nakajima taking second place in the #7.

That gives TOYOTA a 29-point advantage in the manufacturers' World Championship with two races remaining.

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11/02/14
nhra

Todd, Hagan, Enders-Stevens, Hines lead record-setting day in Las Vegas
John Force was fastest Friday, but not quite on Saturday
Matt Hagan took another step toward a second Funny Car world championship when he qualified No. 1 with the sixth-quickest time in NHRA Funny Car history at the NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday.

J.R. Todd (Top Fuel), Erica Enders-Stevens (Pro Stock), and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were top qualifiers at the penultimate playoff event in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship.

Hagan powered his Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger to a career-best performance and a track record 3.983-second pass at 322.42 mph to claim the top spot, taking away the No. 1 qualifier from his rival John Force, who sits second in points. The run was the first three-second Funny Car pass at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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11/02/14
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Sunday
  • Ecclestone
    Ecclestone vows to work to end F1 crisis
  • Alonso return would be 'no surprise' - Lopez
  • Ecclestone admits fault for Formula 1 issues
  • Wolff pushing for no cost cutting, says 'impossible to police'
  • Force India refuses to rule out boycott
  • Ricciardo aiming for podium from fifth


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