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11/07/19
nasmon

Penalty report from Texas
Texas pitstop action
Texas pitstop action
When is NASCAR going to go to a single lugnut and end this weekly nonsense? NASCAR has issued $10,000 fines to three Cup Series crew chiefs for having one unsecured lug nut on their cars after Sunday’s playoff race at Texas Motor Speedway.

The crew chiefs were: Chris Gabehart, crew chief on Denny Hamlin‘s No. 11 Toyota; Mark Hillman, crew chief on Parker Kligerman‘s No. 96 Toyota; and Luke Lambert, crew chief on Daniel Hemric‘s No. 8 Chevrolet.

NASCAR also issued an indefinite suspension to Michael Barraclough for violating its substance abuse policy.

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11/07/19
wec

In the Wall: Christian Bale and Matt Damon
Christian Bale and Matt Damon join "In the Wall" to preview their new movie "Ford v Ferrari" and Parker Kligerman provides his thoughts on the sale of IndyCar and IMS to Roger Penske.

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11/07/19
f1

Video: 2019 Mercedes F1 World Championship Celebrations
Six Championships in row with Aldo Costa designed cars
Six Championships in row with Aldo Costa designed cars
When Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport embarked on the 2019 Formula One season, it had the amazing opportunity to write F1 history: If the team was to win both the constructors' and the drivers' championship again, it would become the first ever to claim six consecutive Formula One double titles.

The hopes of every member of the Mercedes motorsport family were high, but so were the stakes and the pressure. Yesterday, nine months after the 2019 car first turned a wheel at its shakedown at Silverstone, the team came together in Brackley and Brixworth to celebrate its record-breaking double-championship success.

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11/07/19
irl

Former IndyCar Medical Director dies
Michael Olinger, M.D.
Michael Olinger, M.D.

Michael Olinger, M.D., who served as INDYCAR’s medical director from 2006-2018, died November 7. He was 69.

Dr. Olinger joined the AMR INDYCAR Safety Team when INDYCAR was formed in 1996, as an on-track physician. He was promoted to INDYCAR’s Senior Medical Director in 2006 following the retirement of Dr. Henry Bock. Dr Olinger had served as Bock’s deputy medical director at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for more than a decade and In 2003, Dr. Olinger was recognized with the Safety Award from the Championship Drivers Association.

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11/07/19
f1

Mercedes United States Grand Prix F1 Debrief
From what happened to Lewis Hamilton in Q3, to why they split their strategies at COTA... James Vowles, Motorsport Strategy Director, answers fan questions from the US GP!

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11/07/19
dtm

DTM promoter ITR presents vision for revolutionary new electric race series
The car’s battery pack would be situated safely within the car’s carbon monocoque
The car’s battery pack would be situated safely within the car’s carbon monocoque

DTM promoter ITR has unveiled its spectacular conceptual vision of how touring car racing could evolve, using electric vehicles powered by battery or hydrogen fuel cell technology.

For 35 years, the DTM has thrilled millions of fans across the world, and has become Europe’s premium Touring Car series, developing the touring car template to its most extreme. Today’s cars are far from production-spec, constructed from carbon-fiber, equipped with state-of-the-art aerodynamics and fitted with powerful 600bhp turbo-charged engines.

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11/07/19
f1

Just as AR1.com predicted......
History has proven time and again, and just like we predicted back in 2016 when F1 announced wider tires, overtaking would be come harder. Racing formula with the skinniest tires feature the most overtaking
History has proven time and again, and just like we predicted back in 2016 when F1 announced wider tires, overtaking would become harder. Racing formula with the skinniest tires feature the most overtaking
Daniel Ricciardo believes that in hindsight, F1 was perhaps wrong to introduce wider, faster cars in 2017 as it only compounded the issues linked with overtaking.

"The cars look big, sexy and wide, they look awesome and better than they did in 2016. But my concern was the width itself, the tracks weren't made wider," says Ricciardo.

"There was less room to overtake. In F1, you look for the tiniest bit of clear air if you're following another car.

"If he's on the apex kerb, you're trying to take a bit more apex kerb to get some clear air on your front wing. But having wider cars, it's harder to find that clearer air.

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11/07/19
f1

Mercedes, Honda unsure why Ferrari engine slower in US
Did the washboard Austin circuit unsettle the inferior Ferrari chassis, thereby requiring them to run more downforce?
Did the washboard Austin circuit unsettle the inferior Ferrari chassis, thereby requiring them to run more downforce?
(GMM) Mercedes and Honda have stopped short of joining Max Verstappen in accusing Ferrari of "cheating" with its 2019 power unit.

In Austin, amid suspicions about Ferrari's huge power advantage, Red Bull-Honda requested a clarification from the FIA about fuel flow measurements.

Suddenly, and coincidentally, Ferrari's major engine advantage seemed to vanish.

"I have already discussed the data," Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said. "Ferrari's top speed was completely different to the several previous races.

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11/07/19
f1

Wolff vows to re-assess Bottas' one-year deals
Bottas wants and deserves a longer term deal
Bottas wants and deserves a longer term deal
(GMM) Toto Wolff has vowed to look into the way Valtteri Bottas' contract uncertainty affects his mid-season performance.

Finn Bottas replaced Nico Rosberg for the 2017 season, on a one-year deal. Subsequently, he was also signed one season at a time for 2018, 2019 and now 2020.

He admits the constant uncertainty affects him.

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11/07/19
f1

Canada GP boss opposed two-day F1 weekend idea
Francois Dumontier says tracks generate additional revenue on Friday
Francois Dumontier says tracks generate additional revenue on Friday
(GMM) Francois Dumontier has admitted he campaigned against F1's deliberations to slash the race weekend format to just two days.

As Liberty Media looks to expand the calendar to as many as 25 races in the next few years, one idea was to combine practice and qualifying on Saturday before the race on Sunday.

"I was one of the people against such a move," said Dumontier, the promoter of the Canadian GP in Montreal. "Friday is a very important day for us."

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11/07/19
f1

Austin does not 'fear' second US race in Miami
Austin sells out and does not fear a Miami race
Austin sells out and does not fear a Miami race
(GMM) A grand prix in Miami would only make the existing US GP in Austin "stronger".

That is the claim of Rick Abbott, the executive vice president of the Circuit of the Americas.

Although there is strong opposition from local groups, Liberty Media is trying for a second time to launch a race in Miami, this time mainly on the grounds of the Hard Rock Stadium.

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11/07/19
f1

Owner still supportive amid Haas struggles - Grosjean
Gene Haas - one of many F1 Sugar Daddies
Gene Haas - one of many F1 Sugar Daddies
(GMM) Gene Haas "understands" the struggles of his Formula 1 team in 2019, according to team racer Romain Grosjean.

In Austin, the French driver got to test for the Nascar team co-owned by billionaire Haas and Tony Stewart.

But of greater interest to many Formula 1 fans was whether Gene Haas is still fully supportive of his F1 team, which has struggled badly this year with its car and the Pirelli tires.

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11/07/19
irl

McLaren Chevrolet Conducts IndyCar Test At Sebring: Videos
McLaren team testing
McLaren team testing
McLaren Arrow SP sent ripples through the IndyCar world last week when it announced that it had dropped experienced driver James Hinchcliffe for the 2020 racing season, electing to run Mexican driver Patricio O’Ward alongside American rookie Oliver Askew.

The team and its two young drivers are putting any Hinchcliffe controversies behind them and getting right down to business, however, conducting a pre-season test at Sebring International Raceway this week.

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11/07/19
ip2000

Colin Kaminsky to Indy Pro 2000
Colin Kaminsky
Colin Kaminsky
Today, Pabst Racing announced the signing of 20-year-old Colin Kaminsky for the 2020 Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. He will pilot the #19 Slick Locks sponsored Pabst Racing entry in his first season in Indy Pro 2000.

Kaminsky started his racing career in 2015 with the SCCA Majors Spec Racer Ford Series before moving on to begin his Road to Indy career. In 2017, he completed the second half of the USF2000 season. He finished tenth  in the 2018 USF2000 Championship while, in 2019, he finished fourth  with an impressive three poles and six podiums in a Pabst car.

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11/07/19
irl

Penske article feedback (Update)
Ride Captain Ride
Ride Captain Ride

UPDATE Roger Penske has a Platinum-rated contacts list within racing, within business, and within government. Now he has a tremendous platform from which to launch his (and others') growth ideas. ...Subject to regulatory approval...

Does anyone else think that regulators might will receive some strong, unsolicited, back-room opposition to this purchase? Anybody else remember the dirty tricks that happened when CART first wanted to race in the Miami-Homestead area? And, who was it that was so helpful when, (maybe even before) Tony George wanted to break the IRL away from CART? And, who was it that started an opposition series when the "For The Fans" ALMS gained stature, eventually "stealing" some media attention from the-one-true 'Merican racin'? Lesser examples abound.

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11/06/19
TV News

Weekend TV Times
All Times Eastern
Thursday, November 7LocationTV TimesNetwork
World of Outlaws - 41st Annual
AGCO Jackson Nationals
Jackson5:00am-5:30am (R) - 1st Night
5:30am-6:00am (R) - 2nd Night
CBSSN
NASCAR America 5:00pm-6:00pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Race Hub 6:00pm-7:00pmFS1
Virgin Australia SupercarsGold Coast7:00pm-8:00pm (10/27)CBSSN
NHRA in 30Las Vegas8:00pm-8:30pmFS2
NHRALas Vegas10:00pm-1:00am (R)FS2
Friday, November 8LocationTV TimesNetwork
NASCAR Xfinity Practice 1Phoenix3:05pm-4:30pm (L)NBC Sports Online
NASCAR Cup Practice 1Phoenix4:30pm-5:05pm (D)NBCSN
NASCAR Truck QualifyingPhoenix5:05pm-6:05pm (L)FS1
NASCAR Xfinity Practice 2Phoenix6:05pm-7:00pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Cup Practice 2Phoenix7:00pm-8:30pm (L)NBCSN
MotoGP HighlightsMalaysia7:00pm-8:00pmbeIN Sports
Gander Outdoors Truck SeriesPhoenix8:00pm-8:30pm (L) - Pre-Race
8:30pm-10:30pm (L) - Race
FS1
Supercars - QualifyingSandown8:20pm-8:50pm (L)Motor Trend TV
Supercars - Race 1Sandown10:10pm-11:00pm (L)Motor Trend TV
Saturday, November 9LocationTV TimesNetwork
FIA World Endurance - Qualifying4 hours of Shanghai12:50am-2:00am (L)Motor Trend TV
Supercars - Race 2Sandown1:05am-1:55am (L)Motor Trend TV
NASCAR Xfinity QualifyingPhoenix12:35pm2:00pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR QualifyingPhoenix2:00pm-3:00pm (L)NBCSN
Xfinity Series Desert Diamond
Casino West Valley 200
Phoenix3:00pm-3:30pm (L) - Pre-Race,
3:30pm-6:00pm (L) - Race
NBC
Supercars - Race 3Sandown9:00pm-12:50am (Sun) (L)Motor Trend TV
FIA World Endurance - Race4 hours of Shanghai10:30pm-3:30am (Sun) (L)Motor Trend TV
Sunday, November 10LocationTV TimesNetwork
NASCAR CupPhoenix2:00pm-2:30pm (L) - Pre-Race - NBC
2:30pm-6:00pm (L) - Race - NBC
6:00pm-6:30pm (L) - Post-Race - NBCSN
6:30pm-7:30pm (L) - Victory Lap - NBCSN
NBC, NBCSN


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11/06/19
Irl

2020 St. Petersburg GP public tickets go on sale
St Pete start in 2019
St Pete start in 2019
Three-day tickets to the 2020 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg are now on sale to the public. The 16th annual event is set for March 13-15, 2020, in downtown St. Petersburg and runs on the picturesque 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary waterfront street circuit featuring spectacular fan sight lines.

Tickets are available online at gpstpete.com or by phone at 1-888-476-4479 with pricing starting at $115 for reserved 3-Day Grandstand seats and $60 for 3-Day General Admission. Junior pricing is also available for those fans ages 12 and under. Pit Access and Firestone Paddock Passes can also be purchased. Single-Day tickets will be released for sale in early 2020.

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11/06/19
f1

Facts and figures about Lewis Hamilton
With Mercedes Lewis Hamilton will easily surpass Michael Schumacher's records
With Mercedes Lewis Hamilton will easily surpass Michael Schumacher's records

In Austin, Lewis Hamilton became Formula 1 World Champion for the sixth time in his career. He is the second-most successful Formula 1 driver in history, just one title behind record championship winner Michael Schumacher who has seven. But Lewis is the outright leader on several other best-of lists that probably get less attention than they deserve. Having started from pole position on 87 occasions, he is the most successful qualifier in the history of the premier class (ahead of Michael Schumacher on 68).

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11/06/19
f1

'No room' for Ricciardo if Renault quits F1 - Marko
Renault has made Daniel Ricciardo a rich man. He does not need to return to Red Bull to be happy
Renault has made Daniel Ricciardo a rich man. He does not need to return to Red Bull to be happy
(GMM) There is "no room" for Daniel Ricciardo at Red Bull-Honda in the event that Renault decides to quit Formula 1 at the end of the season.

That is the news from Red Bull's notorious driver manager Dr Helmut Marko.

At the end of last year, Red Bull was surprised and disappointed when Ricciardo left for the works Renault team.

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11/06/19
f1

Hamilton and Verstappen 'agreed' to stop media war
Verstappen and Hamilton side-by-side in Mexico
Verstappen and Hamilton side-by-side in Mexico
(GMM) Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton have "agreed" to stop bickering in the media.

That is the news not only from the Red Bull-Honda driver's father Jos, but world champion Hamilton himself.

Recently, Verstappen and Hamilton have traded verbal barbs in the media, but Jos says he has urged his son to back down.

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11/06/19
f1

Alfa Romeo parent 'not satisfied' with 2019 results
Antonio Giovinazzi
Antonio Giovinazzi
(GMM) Fiat Chrysler, which is Alfa Romeo's parent company, has endorsed the re-signing of Antonio Giovinazzi for 2020.

Dumped by Renault for 2020, Nico Hulkenberg was hoping to keep his F1 career alive by replacing Giovinazzi at Alfa Romeo.

But the Hinwil-based team has now announced a new deal with the Italian driver.

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11/06/19
f1

Ferrari not ready to sign up for 2021 - Camilleri
Louis Camilleri
Louis Camilleri
(GMM) Ferrari is a long way from being ready to sign up for the 2021 season, CEO Louis Camilleri has confirmed.

We reported this week that although the 2021 rules have now been announced, the teams are not committed beyond 2020 until they sign a new Concorde Agreement.

"What was announced over the weekend is the beginning of the process. It's not even the end of the beginning," said Camilleri.

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11/06/19
f1

Williams 'do not deserve' budget cap - Villeneuve
Villeneuve calls the F1 budget caps 'pure socialism' - take from the better teams and prop up the weak inferior teams
Villeneuve calls the F1 budget caps 'pure socialism' - take from the better teams and prop up the weak inferior teams. Socialism has failed everywhere
(GMM) Jacques Villeneuve says a team like Williams "do not deserve" a budget cap.

The outspoken French Canadian is the last driver to have won the world championship for the British team, but he is now highly critical of efforts to make surviving easier for the current backmarker.

"What's the idea with helping the small teams who don't deserve it?" he told Le Journal de Montreal.

"Does an organisation like Williams have the right to be as fast as Mercedes or Ferrari? The answer is obviously no.

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11/06/19
f1

Prost predicts Ferrari driver 'conflicts' in 2020
Vettel must now drive the development of the 2020 Ferrari in his direction
Vettel must now drive the development of the 2020 Ferrari in his direction
(GMM) F1 legend Alain Prost thinks tougher times could be ahead for Ferrari as Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc grapple for number 1 status.

This season, Vettel began the season as the obvious number 1, only to have that status challenged by his 22-year-old teammate by mid-season.

But as the season nears its end, quadruple world champion Vettel is fighting back.

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11/06/19
f1

Charles Leclerc launches his go-karts
Charles Leclerc go-kart
Charles Leclerc go-kart
Now at the top of F1 with Ferrari, Charles Leclerc has never forgotten that he started in motor sport thanks to karting. He wanted to take advantage of his growing reputation to create his own kart brand in order to contribute to the development of the discipline among a wider audience.

It was only natural that he turned to a major Italian brand, well established throughout the world and renowned for the quality of its production. For Charles, Birel ART is the choice of both his heart and his head.

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11/05/19
irl

INDYCAR: Aeroscreen passes its final 2019 test at Sebring
Testing at Sebring
Testing at Sebring
INDYCAR continued its Aeroscreen development program Tuesday at Sebring International Raceway with Arrow McLaren SP and Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan participating in the fourth and final test session of the year.

The conditions for the one-day test could only be described as ideal for testing the safety innovation, with the weather unseasonably hot and humid like the NTT IndyCar Series teams will face through the summer stretch and the track was predictably bumpy in replicating a street course.

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11/05/19
imsa

Team Penske keeps same IMSA lineup for 2020
#7 Penske Acura
#7 Penske Acura

Acura Team Penske will field an unchanged full-season driver lineup for its IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship DPi title defence next year.

The team confirmed on Tuesday that Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron will return to defend their drivers’ championship, while Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor will also be back.

These two lineups will be complemented by Indianapolis 500 winners Simon Pagenaud and Alexander Rossi for the Michelin Endurance Cup races.

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11/05/19
imsa

Era Motorsport Confirms Program Expansion to IMSA LMP2 Class for 2020
ERA Oreca 07 Gibson
ERA Oreca 07 Gibson
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Founded on a passion for historic racing, Era Motorsport will take on a new challenge for 2020, joining the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in a partnership with DragonSpeed for the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Led by Grand-AM and IMSA veteran driver Kyle Tilley, the team will race an Oreca 07 Gibson in the IMSA LMP2 class.

“We’re very excited to confirm that we’ll be joining the IMSA ranks in 2020 for the Rolex 24 At Daytona,” said Team Principal Kyle Tilley. “We weren’t expecting to have to confirm the news so soon, but we’re thrilled there’s such media interest in our team.”

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11/05/19
nasmon

Roush Fenway Names Luke Lambert as Crew Chief of the No. 17 for 2020
Luke Lambert (L)
Luke Lambert (L) with wife Jamie

Roush Fenway Racing has named Luke Lambert as the crew chief of its No. 17 NASCAR Cup Series program for the 2020 season. Lambert will team with driver Chris Buescher, who returns to Roush Fenway to pilot the No. 17 Ford.

“We are certainly excited to have Luke Lambert joining our organization and taking over the reins of the No. 17 program,” said team owner Jack Roush. “Luke has a strong engineering background and also the ability to energize and lead a team. We look forward to pairing him with Chris next season and seeing what they can do on the track.”

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11/05/19
nasmon
f1

Final Weekend TV Ratings
The F1 race on ABC was up big, the two NASCAR races on NBCSN were down.

ABC had a nine percent year-over-year gain for US Grand Prix viewership. The average viewership was 861K vs 793K last year. All but three of the 19 races have seen year-over-year gains. The re-airs added about 75,000.

NetEventLocationTotal
Viewers
18-49
Viewers
2019
Rating
2018
Rating
% Chg.
NBCSNNASCAR Cup RaceTexas2,199,000370,0001.361.42-4.2%
ABCF1 RaceAustin861,000254,0000.570.51+11.8%
NBCSNNASCAR Xfinity raceTexas749,000161,0000.470.51-7.9%

 

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11/05/19
track news

Watkins Glen International 2020 Schedule
NASCAR Cup race again highlights 2020 Glen schedule
NASCAR Cup race again highlights 2020 Glen schedule
Opening Weekend – April 4-5

SCCA Super Majors Tour – June 19-21

IMSA Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen – June 25-28

Finger Lakes Wine Festival – July 10-12

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11/05/19
nasmon

NASCAR Texas TV Rating
Texas Start
Texas Start
NBCSN earned 2.22 million viewers for Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, down % from last years 2.29 million viewers.

Attendance was soft but not bad considering the USGP F1 race in Austin was on the same day. 

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11/05/19
f1

Tires selected for Brazilian GP
Ferrari goes with more soft reds to make up for their inferior chassis. It leaves Ferrari with very few sets of hards and mediums and it is likely this will come back to bite them.

Tires Selected
Tires Selected

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11/05/19
f1

Lewis Hamilton: Emotions of a Six-Time F1 World Champion
In the immediate aftermath of clinching a historic sixth F1 title, Lewis Hamilton reflects on his remarkable journey, the support of those around him, Niki and what comes next…

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11/05/19
f1

Montezemolo says Hamilton now a F1 'great'
Accolades keep coming in for Hamilton
Accolades keep coming in for Hamilton
(GMM) Former Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo says Lewis Hamilton is a Formula 1 "great".

The Mercedes driver secured his sixth drivers' title in Austin - a feat bettered only in F1 history by Michael Schumacher.

Many are hailing the achievement, and among them is Ferrari's highly successful former president Montezemolo.

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11/05/19
f1

Dutch GP preparations 'on schedule' - boss Lammers
Jan Lammers
Jan Lammers
(GMM) Preparations for the 2020 Dutch GP are on schedule, race spokesman and former F1 driver Jan Lammers insists.

Recently, environmental opposition groups have been campaigning legally and bureaucratically against Zandvoort's efforts to upgrade the circuit for F1.

But so far, the legal challenges have been overcome and Zandvoort now possesses the permits it needs for the most significant construction works.

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11/05/19
f1

Mercedes able to replace Hamilton - Wolff
Toto Wolff
Toto Wolff
(GMM) Toto Wolff says Mercedes could cope if Lewis Hamilton decided to switch to Ferrari.

Negotiations over Hamilton's post-2020 contract are set to begin, and both the newly six-time world champion and Wolff have indicated they want to stick together.

But there are also suggestions the top drivers may be able to capitalize financially on the sweeping rule changes for 2021, which could mean rumors of a Ferrari switch for Hamilton will return.

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11/05/19
f1

Verstappen's cheating accusation means he will 'never' drive for Ferrari
By accusing Ferrari of cheating Max Verstappen accomplished one thing - he will never in his career drive for Ferrari
By accusing Ferrari of cheating Max Verstappen accomplished one thing - he will never in his career drive for Ferrari. Paybacks are a bitch
(GMM) Jos Verstappen says it is "understandable" that his son Max accused Ferrari of cheating.

Ferrari reacted angrily when the Red Bull-Honda driver said Ferrari's sudden loss of performance in Austin was because they had been forced to "stop cheating".

"I think we all know that something is wrong, but you can't say it that way," Verstappen senior told Ziggo Sport.

"You can never know what exactly happened, but we can see from the data that they were suddenly much less fast," Jos added.

"Previously they won seven to nine tenths on the straight and now it's only half of that. But you can't really prove that they cheated."

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11/05/19
f1

Masi unsure if FIA ruling hurt Ferrari power
Binotto writes off Ferrari's lack of pace in Austin to its inferior chassis.
Binotto writes off Ferrari's lack of pace in Austin to its inferior chassis.
(GMM) Race director Michael Masi says he has "no idea" if the FIA's clarification of the engine rules hurt Ferrari's performance in Austin.

With the Italian team's sudden loss of pace coinciding with the FIA's Red Bull-inspired technical directive about the fuel flow rules, Max Verstappen concluded that Ferrari had been caught "cheating".

Ferrari hit back hard against those accusations, explaining that Sebastian Vettel's suspension problem, an older engine for Charles Leclerc, and a setup that prioritized downforce over top speed all contributed to the pace in Austin.

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11/05/19
f1

F1 teams 'free to not sign' new Concorde - Abiteboul
With the technical rules settled, now begins the fight for the distribution of prize money
With the technical rules settled, now begins the fight for the distribution of prize money
(GMM) Cyril Abiteboul does not think a new Concorde Agreement will be quickly signed by the ten Formula 1 teams.

Although the 2021 regulations have finally been published, the equally consequential commercial and governance agreements with the teams must now be agreed and signed.

The teams will meet with Liberty Media and the FIA to discuss and potentially finalize that agreement on Tuesday.

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11/05/19
nhra

Watch Brittany Force Rewrite the NHRA Top Fuel Record With a 338-MPH Pass
Brittany Force
Brittany Force
NHRA Top Fuel drag racing champion Brittany Force has written her name in the history books yet again by recording the fastest one-thousand-foot run in NHRA Top Fuel history.

Force already made her 2019 season one for the scrapbook by becoming the first woman in history to qualify at the top of the NHRA U.S. Nationals standings in Indiana, and she'll need to add an extra page for her accomplishments at this weekend's Dodge NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas. There, she completed a standard, 1,000-foot NHRA Top Fuel run in a mere 3.659 seconds at 338.17 miles per hour.

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11/05/19
f1

Penske eyes possible F1 return to Indy
The new owner of the Indy Speedway, Roger Penske, shoots a shot across the bow of the democrats in Miami opposing the F1 race
The new owner of the Indy Speedway, Roger Penske, shoots a shot across the bow of the democrats in Miami opposing the F1 race
(GMM) Another potential candidate for a second grand prix in the United States may have emerged.

Having already failed to get a downtown race off the ground, Liberty Media is trying again to organize a grand prix in Miami, this time mainly on the grounds of the Hard Rock Stadium.

But that campaign is faltering amid serious opposition from neighborhood groups and key bureaucrats.

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11/04/19
irl

Penske admits need to address perceived conflict of interest
Tony George stares as Penske discusses perceived conflict of interest
Tony George stares as Penske discusses perceived conflict of interest
Since the news broke this morning, social media had raised concerns over Penske owning a team which would compete in a championship it owns, albeit through a subsidiary company.

Penske himself moved to allay those fears by making it clear the sanctioning body of IndyCar would be made into a separate company to ensure transparency when it comes to competing in the series.

"I think as you look at the construct as we go forward, the sanctioning body and the IRL will be a separate company, and the other assets will be in the speedway," said Penske.

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11/04/19
imsa

Penske Could See Future 24-Hour Race at Indianapolis
Penske will look at adding a 24-Hour race at the Speedway
Penske will look at adding a 24-Hour race at the Speedway
Newly announced Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Roger Penske says he could envision one day holding a 24-hour race at the famed speedway, among other enhancements to the facility in the years to come.

Announced on Monday in a landmark deal, Penske Entertainment Corp., a subsidiary of Penske Corporation, has purchased IMS along with the NTT IndyCar Series and other motorsports-related assets from Hulman & Company, marking the end of 74 years of ownership of the speedway by the Hulman and George families.

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11/04/19
automotive

Tesla Model S Plaid Laps Ring In 7:13: Beats Taycan By 29 Seconds
Tesla Model S Plaid
Tesla Model S Plaid
It's an unofficial time, but still it shows that the Model S Plaid is no joke.

The Tesla Model S Plaid reportedly lapped the Nurburgring in a time of just 7 minutes and 13 seconds. That's 29 seconds less than the Porsche Taycan's time.

After the first round of testing at the Nurburgring, Tesla returned home to tweak its Plaid Model S cars a bit. The Plaid then returned to the Nurburgring for round two of testing. Those tweaks apparently paid off as now the Plaid is capable of some crazy quick times around the 'Ring

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11/04/19
USF4
USF3

US F4 champ to move up to USF3 in 2020
Joshua Car
Aussie Joshua Car

The 2019 Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda title holder Joshua Car confirmed his 2020 season plans during the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on Saturday. In front of a crowd of sponsors and supporters from around the world, Car announced that he will make a full 2020 F3 Americas Championship Powered by Honda campaign with Crosslink Competition.

Car will be the third F4 U.S. champion to advance into F3 Americas, both Kyle Kirkwood (2017 F4, 2018 F3 Americas champion) and Dakota Dickerson (2018 F4, 2019 F3 Americas champion) went on to win F3 Americas titles after claiming F4 championships.

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11/04/19
irl

What They're Saying' about Penske Corporation Purchase of IndyCar
At today's Press Conference Roger called IndyCar the IRL at least three times.  That was changed in the transcript
At today's Press Conference Roger called IndyCar the IRL at least three times.  Ironically a team owner is again in charge of the series.

Quotes from selected officials about the acquisition of Hulman & Company, including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, NTT IndyCar Series and IMS Productions, by Penske Corporation. The transaction, announced Nov. 4, will close following receipt of applicable government approvals and other standard conditions:

ROGER PENSKE (Chairman and Founder, Penske Corporation): "My passion for racing began at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1951 when I attended the Indianapolis 500 with my father. We have so much respect and appreciation for the history and tradition of the Speedway and the sport of INDYCAR racing. I want to thank Hulman & Company for the opportunity to build on this legacy, and it will be an honor for Penske Corporation to help lead these great institutions forward into a new era."

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11/04/19
irl

Wish it happened 40 years ago
Roger with his wife Kathy
Roger with his wife Kathy
A reader writes, Dear AutoRacing1.com, Today may have signal a historic moment for Indycar with the announcement that Roger Penske brand has bought Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Indycar.

There is a part of me that wishes he would have bought 40 years ago when he Pat Patrick, Dan Gurney and Jim Hall would have bought the Speedway or had bought it 25 years ago before the formation on the Indy Racing League.

It's one of those questions, what if that had happened back then? Would IndyCar be bigger than NASCAR?

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11/04/19
irl

Bobby Rahal and Chip Ganassi on sale of IndyCar and 500 to Penske
Bobby Rahal
Bobby Rahal

"Roger Penske’s commitment to the sport we love is over six decades long and I am confident that his stewardship of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the IndyCar Series will ensure a great future for the sport.

"His many successful business ventures underline the fact that he is the perfect custodian of one of the most historic venues in the world and is the perfect architect to build the foundation for the next 100-plus years of the sport. We look forward to working with Roger in order to make the IndyCar Series and the Indy 500 the best it’s ever been." -- Bobby Rahal



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11/04/19
f1

Alfa Romeo Racing resigns Antonio Giovinazzi
Antonio Giovinazzi gets another year with Alfa Romeo/Sauber
Antonio Giovinazzi gets another year with Alfa Romeo/Sauber
Alfa Romeo Racing will extend its relationship with Antonio Giovinazzi into the 2020 Formula One World Championship. The Italian driver, 25, will compete in his second full season with the team that gave him his debut in the sport in 2017.

Mature, enthusiastic and talented, Antonio impressed the team with his rate of improvement and positive attitude. The Italian, the first driver from his country to compete in F1 for a full season since 2011, worked extremely hard to return to racing after two years of mostly simulator work: he displayed an impressive capacity to adapt and learn, providing the engineers with useful feedback on the team’s C38 car and quickly regaining the racecraft that helped him to the runner-up spot in the 2016 GP2 Series.

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11/04/19
irl

Watch Live: Sale of IndyCar and Indy 500 to Penske
Roger Penske
Roger Penske

The Board of Directors of Hulman & Company are announcing the sale of the company and certain subsidiaries, including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the NTT IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Productions (IMS Productions), to Penske Entertainment Corp., a subsidiary of Penske Corporation.

Watch this video to see the live announcement Press Conference at 11:00am ET.

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11/04/19
f1

Video: Celebrating 1,000 Grand Prix Races, Part 7: Safety
Jack Brabham tested a canopy in 1967
Jack Brabham tested a canopy in 1967
F1 celebrated its milestone 1,000th race at this year’s Chinese Grand Prix, with Shanghai playing host to Round 3 of this year’s World Championship.

To mark the occasion, Mobil 1 The Grid look back at safety development from the 1950's to the present day, including the introduction of full face helmets, carbon fiber monocoques and the halo.

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11/04/19
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imsa

Kyle Busch to compete in Rolex 24 for AVS
Kyle Busch will dip his toes into IMSA with the Lexus team
Kyle Busch will dip his toes into IMSA with the Lexus team
Lexus Motorsports in conjunction with AIM VASSER SULLIVAN and Toyota Racing announced Joe Gibbs Racing NASCAR driver Kyle Busch as one of the endurance racers who will compete behind the wheel of the Lexus RC F GT3 in the 2020 Rolex 24 at Daytona. It was announced at the annual ‘Motorsports Day’ event for Toyota and Lexus team members held at the Toyota Motor North America headquarters in Plano, Texas.

“I’d like to thank everyone at Lexus Motorsports, AIM VASSER SULLIVAN and Toyota for this opportunity,” said Kyle Busch. “To have the chance to run in such an iconic race as the Rolex 24 is certainly something I’ve thought about and wanted to do. My partnership with Toyota and the history we’ve had together has been incredible. I would love to continue that history and maybe get my own Daytona Rolex to add to my trophy collection.”

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11/04/19
irl

Roger Penske buys IndyCar Series and Speedway
Roger Penske buys IndyCar
Roger Penske buys IndyCar

The Hulman George Family's 74-year reign over the Indianapolis 500 and the Speedway is over. The Board of Directors of Hulman & Company will announce this morning the sale of the company and certain subsidiaries, including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the NTT IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Productions (IMS Productions), to Penske Entertainment Corp., a subsidiary of Penske Corporation.

AR1.com rumored for a couple of years now that Liberty Media wanted to buy IndyCar, including the Indy 500, but the Hulman George family was unwilling at the time to give up the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mark Miles stated IndyCar and the Speedway was not for sale, but our insiders knew it was.

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11/04/19
v8

McLaughlin returns to circuit in brand new Mustang
Scott McLaughlin
Scott McLaughlin

The Shell V-Power Racing Team has completed a marathon build of a brand-new Ford Mustang GT Supercar in only a week, following Scott McLaughlin's massive 42.7G crash at the Gold Coast 600 eight days ago.

The new car, dubbed Chassis 007, has run for the first time at Queensland Raceway this afternoon in a Supercars mandated 60km 'shakedown'. This outing also marked the first time McLaughlin has returned to the race track since the crash that saw him taken to hospital for neurological testing.

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11/04/19
f1

Ferrari hits back at 'cheating' accusation
Was Ferrari cheating or was its inferior chassis really bad over COTA's washboard surface
Was Ferrari cheating or was its inferior chassis really bad over COTA's washboard surface
(GMM) Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto has hit back at Max Verstappen's "cheating" accusation.

In Austin, amid suspicions about Ferrari's powerful engine, Red Bull-Honda requested a clarification about a technical trick relating to fuel flow.

The FIA responded with a technical directive, and Ferrari subsequently suffered an apparent drop in form not only in qualifying but also the race.

"You get that when you stop cheating," Red Bull's Verstappen told Ziggo Sport.

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11/04/19
f1

2020 to be F1's most expensive year 'ever' - Horner
Christian Horner
Christian Horner
(GMM) Christian Horner thinks 2020 could be "the most expensive year ever in Formula 1".

The Red Bull-Honda team boss' recent proposal to delay the new rules until 2022, a year after the budget cap comes into force, was rejected.

"We are all busy with two types of car because of these regulations," Horner is quoted by De Telegraaf.

"I maintain that it would have been better to introduce the budget cap first, then you could immediately spend much less.

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11/04/19
f1

No more McLaren testing for Alonso - Seidl
Alonso, rejected by McLaren in F1, needs to find another IndyCar team for the 500
Alonso, rejected by McLaren in F1, needs to find another IndyCar team for the 500
(GMM) McLaren has also closed the door to a test role for Fernando Alonso.

In Austin, team supremo Zak Brown suggested there is no room at the Woking team for a 2021 return for Spaniard Alonso, who quit at the end of last year.

And even though Alonso did some testing for McLaren this year, new team boss Andreas Seidl said all the driving will be done by Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris in future.

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11/04/19
f1

Steiner would welcome F1 engine freeze
Gunther Steiner
Gunther Steiner
(GMM) Gunther Steiner has backed discussions about a potential engine development freeze in Formula 1.

As the sport looks towards brand new rules for 2021, it is also being suggested that development of the normal combustion elements of the 'power units' should be frozen.

"I'm not involved in the talks, but there are examples where such a moratorium worked," Haas team boss Steiner told Der Spiegel.

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11/03/19
Team USA

Huffaker Wins Semi-Final, Earns Podium in Walter Hayes Trophy Final
Scott Huffaker
Scott Huffaker
A thrilling weekend of action at the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone ended with Team USA Scholarship driver Scott Huffaker finishing a fighting third in the Grand Final from an original entry of over 100 Formula Ford cars.

Huffaker, 19, from Menlo Park, Calif., also backed up his Heat race win from yesterday with another victory in this morning’s Semi-Final round. Teammate Josh Green, 16, from Mount Kisco, N.Y., wasn’t quite so fortunate. After posting the fastest lap time of all in qualifying on Saturday, Green worked his way from seventh on the grid to third in the same Semi-Final before tangling with veteran Oliver White (Medina JL17) at Copse Corner with five laps remaining.

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11/03/19
motogp

Marc Marquez's brother Alex wins 2019 Moto2 title
Alex Marquez
Alex Marquez

Alex Marquez is the 2019 Moto2 World Champion after coming across the line second at the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix behind Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Brad Binder, who did all he could to take the title fight down to the final round by taking his fourth win of the season.

It was the South African who took the holeshot from the outside of the front row of the grid with Marquez settling into second having started from pole. The pair began to pull clear of ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team’s Tetsuta Nagashima, who had his eye on a debut intermediate class podium.

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11/03/19
f1

Kvyat says F1 helmet color rule 'unnecessary'
Daniil Kvyat
Daniil Kvyat
(GMM) Daniil Kvyat says he does not want to get involved in a fight between the drivers and the FIA over a controversial helmet rule.

At his home race in Russia, the Toro Rosso driver was forbidden from using a special livery because of the rule allowing only one helmet color change per season.

Lewis Hamilton asked his followers on social media: "How many of you think it (the rule) is BS?"

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11/03/19
f1

Positives of F1 return 'overshadowed' - Kubica
Kubica in Austin
Kubica in Austin
(GMM) Robert Kubica says he succeeded in his mission to once again be seen as a Formula 1 driver in his own right.

The Pole returned to the grid in 2019 after an eight year absence with permanent right arm injuries.

But the hype of that return soon faded when it was clear that Kubica was the slowest driver at Williams - the slowest team.

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11/03/19
f1

Top teams will keep advantage in 2021 - Binotto
Vettel's Ferrari - Binotto predicts the big teams will still rule F1
Vettel's Ferrari - Binotto predicts the big teams will still rule F1
(GMM) Mattia Binotto has warned that the 2021 regulations will turn out to be an "advantage" for the biggest teams.

When the new rules were finally revealed on Thursday, Formula 1 declared that they will lead to "a more balanced competition", where success is about "how well a team spends its money, not how much it spends".

Ostensibly until Thursday, the top three teams had opposed the rules. But it then emerged that Ferrari voted for them in the World Motor Sport Council.

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11/03/19
f1

Tires Remaining for USGP
All drivers have a brand new set of medium tires to use in the race on and that should give them an advantage in today's USGP over the Ferrari drivers who have a brand new set of softs remaining.

Tires remaining after qualifying
Tires remaining after qualifying

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11/03/19
imsa

IMSA Sporting and Technical Regulations Released for 2020 Season
When the 2020 season opens at Daytona the teams will have some new technical regulations to follow
When the 2020 season opens at Daytona the teams will have some new technical regulations to follow
With the entry process already under way for the 2020 season, IMSA today released the Sporting Regulations and Standard Supplementary Regulations for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge and IMSA Prototype Challenge. At the same time, updated Technical Regulations also were released for all three series.

Notable changes for the 2020 WeatherTech Championship season are as follows: 

  • Adjustments to LMP2 driver combinations:
    • A Bronze-rated driver will be required for all LMP2 class entries.
    • At Daytona - A maximum of one Platinum-rated driver is permitted.
    • For all other LMP2 races Platinum drivers are prohibited.
  • As previously announced for the LMP2 class, the Rolex 24 At Daytona will not count toward overall WeatherTech Championship points but will count toward IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup points.

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11/03/19
f1

Sunday's USGP race officially sold out, will then close
The COTA bumps are so bad it feels like it loosens in the fillings in your teeth
The COTA bumps are so bad it could loosen the fillings in your teeth

If you did not buy a ticket for the USGP by Saturday evening, you are out of luck today as the track has announced the race is totally sold out.

In other news, the Circuit of the Americas is to close this winter for major work to address the bumps that Formula 1 drivers have complained about over the US Grand Prix weekend.

The undulations also caused problems for MotoGP riders and IndyCar drivers when they visited the Texan venue in April. Some surface grinding was undertaken at the track on Friday night, and more was planned for Saturday evening.

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11/02/19
r2i

Road to Indy Series mandates 'safety nub'
The Frontal Protection Nub used on IndyCars will be mandatory on the ladder system cars as well
The Frontal Protection Nub used on IndyCars will be mandatory on the ladder system cars as well
Following the lead in safety enhancements set forth by its sanctioning body INDYCAR for the NTT IndyCar Series, Andersen Promotions today announced that all three levels of the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires will be required to employ a Cockpit Frontal Protection (CFP) device for the 2020 season with additional enhancements expected in the coming years.

Andersen Promotions has finalized the required installation update for teams with Dallara for the IL-15 in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires and with Tatuus for the PM-18 and USF-17 in Indy Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship.

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11/02/19
f1

Pat Fry leaves McLaren for Renault
Pat Fry
Pat Fry
Renault has announced that former McLaren engineer Pat Fry will strengthen the French outfit's management team at Enstone following the end of his current "contractual obligations".

Fry's high-profile hiring is the second announcement by Renault in the last 24 hours regarding its technical department, the team disclosing yesterday the arrival of former Williams man Dirk de Beer as its Head of Aerodynamics.

Marcin Budkowski, Renault Sport Racing UK Executive Director:

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11/02/19
f1

Perez to start from pitlane in Austin
Perez Penalty
Perez Penalty
Racing Point Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez will have to start the United States Grand Prix from the pitlane after failing to stop for a weighbridge check in Friday practice.

Perez missed the lights calling him in for a check at the end of the Friday afternoon session, but halted briefly in the pitlane when his team told him about it.

A statement said: "The stewards reviewed video evidence and heard from the driver of car #11 (Sergio Perez) and the team representative and determined that the driver failed to stop for weighing when required to do so.

"Instead, he drove on and proceeded to do a pitstop where the car was worked on by lifting the car and all four wheels were changed, in breach of article 29.1 a).

"The penalty imposed is a mandatory penalty specified under the Formula 1 sporting regulations and the stewards note that they have no discretion to impose an alternative penalty."

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11/02/19
nasmon

Video: Tony Stewart hot laps around COTA


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11/02/19
f1

Verstappen nips Vettel to top final USGP practice
Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen
Red Bull's Max Verstappen left it till late and turned the fastest lap of the weekend so far to top final practice for the USGP at COTA in Austin Texas.

The Dutchman's lap of 1m33.305s was 0.218s faster than Sebastian Vettel in the #5 Ferrari.

The real surprise was Lando Norris turning the 3rd best time 0.513s back.

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11/02/19
usf4

USF4: Blanco Grabs Pole In Dramatic COTA Qualifying
Jose Blanco
Jose Blanco
Times could not have been closer in the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda qualifying on Friday at Circuit of the Americas. When the dust settled, only 22 thousandths of a second separated the front row with Jose Blanco edging out Nicky Hays to claim his fifth pole of the season. Times were so tight that just over eight tenths of a second covered the top-10 finishers, the closest qualifying all season.

Chasing a championship title, Blanco needed a good starting position in the stacked 38-car field to maximize his podium potential in Saturday’s opening round at the United States Grand Prix. Blanco sits fourth in the season-long points battle, trailing just 15 points behind Jay Howard Driver Development rookie Christian Brooks in third. While second place is mathematically out of Blanco’s reach, the Puerto Rican pilot still has a shot of clinching third place.

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11/02/19
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Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern
Saturday, November 2LocationTV TimesNetwork
MotoGP QualifyingMalaysia12:30am-4:00am (L)beIN Sports
Formula 1 Practice 3Austin1:55pm-3:00pm (L)ESPNews
Formula 1 QualifyingAustin4:55pm-6:00pm (L)ESPNews
NASCAR Xfinity QualifyingTexas5:35pm-7:05pm (L)CNBC
NASCAR Cup QualifyingTexas7:05pm-8:00pm (L)CNBC
Xfinity O'Reilly Auto Parts 300Texas8:00pm-8:30pm (L) - Pre-Race
8:30pm-11:00pm (L) - Race
11:00pm-11:30pm (L) - Post-Race
NBCSN
MotoGP QualifyingMalaysia11:00pm-11:55pm (SD/R)beIN Sports
MotoGP RaceMalaysia11:55pm-4:00am (L)beIN Sports
Sunday, November 3LocationTV TimesNetwork
Formula 1 Pre-RaceAustin12:30pm-1:30pm (L) -On The GridESPN3
Formula 1 RaceAustin1:30pm-4:00pm (L)ABC
NASCAR Cup RaceTexas2:30pm-3:00pm (L) - Pre-Race
3:00pm-7:00pm (L) - Race
7:00pm-7:30pm (L) - Post-Race
7:30pm-8:30pm (L) - Victory Lap
NBCSN
NHRA FinalsLas Vegas4:00pm-7:00pm (L)FS1

Legend: L=Live, SD/R=Same Day Delay/Repeat

 



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11/02/19
f1

Top drivers big winners of F1 budget cap - Marko
Marko says driver salaries are excluded from the budget caps
Marko says driver salaries are excluded from the budget caps
(GMM) The drivers could be the big financial winners of the newly-released rules for 2021.

After a long and controversial period of uncertainty, Liberty Media finally unveiled the rules in Austin.

But the sage doesn't end there. On November 5, negotiations over the next Concorde Agreement begin.

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11/02/19
f1

F1 drivers not happy with 2020 tires
Drivers on the 2020 test tires Friday were 3-seconds off the pace.  They're true dogs
Albon on the 2020 tires. Drivers on the 2020 test tires Friday were 3-seconds off the pace. They're true dogs

(GMM) Formula 1 drivers are not impressed with Pirelli's 2020 tires.

The drivers got their first taste of next year's tires during Friday practice in Austin, but their biggest complaint was actually about the circuit.

"They're not bumps, they're ski jumps," said Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

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11/02/19
f1

F1 calendar 'already too long' - Hamilton
Poor Lewis. He gets paid $2 million per race. The poor thing can't race 25 out of 52 weekends
Poor Lewis. He gets paid $2 million per race. The poor thing can't race 25 out of 52 weekends. Many drivers would love to replace him.

(GMM) 25 races per season is too many for Formula 1.

That was the near-unanimous opinion of those in the Austin paddock, after Liberty Media successfully negotiated the new allowed maximum for the 2021 rules.

Chase Carey, however, immediately allayed fears about 25-race calendars by saying he simply wants "more leeway" in the regulations

"I think Miami would be perfect for our sport," Haas boss Gunther Steiner said in Austin.

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11/02/19
f1

Kubica rejects Alfa Romeo rumor
Kubica in Austin Friday
Kubica in Austin Friday
(GMM) Robert Kubica has dismissed rumors he is in talks with Alfa Romeo about 2020.

The departing Williams driver, backed by the Polish oil company PKN Orlen, has also been linked with test, reserve, simulator and development roles at Racing Point and Haas.

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11/02/19
f1

Lehto puzzled by Raikkonen's form slump
Kimi Raikkonen, bored shitless with zero percent chance to win
Kimi Raikkonen, bored shitless with zero percent chance to win
(GMM) Former F1 driver JJ Lehto is puzzled by Kimi Raikkonen's sudden slump in form.

The 2007 world champion and former Ferrari driver started 2010 in strong form, but is now being regularly challenged by teammate Antonio Giovinazzi.

But Alfa Romeo has also slumped to eighth in the constructors' championship.

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11/02/19
f1

Hulkenberg 'not right' for Williams switch
Nico Hulkenberg
Nico Hulkenberg
(GMM) Nico Hulkenberg says he is not switching to Williams.

The 32-year-old admits that after losing his Renault seat for 2020, he could bow out of Formula 1 forever.

He says talks with Alfa Romeo have taken place, but played down any link to the F1 backmarker Williams, where he started his F1 career in 2010.

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11/02/19
f1

Albon poised to keep Red Bull seat (2nd Update)
Alex Albon
Alex Albon

UPDATE (GMM) Alex Albon looks set to keep his seat at Red Bull, even though Dr Helmut Marko says he is in "no rush whatsoever" to make a final decision.

The other two candidates are Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat, the current Toro Rosso drivers who were both previously ousted from Red Bull Racing.

"Gasly is doing well now," Marko, who demoted the Frenchman earlier in 2019, told Sky Italia.

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11/02/19
f1

Rich Energy boss met Zak Brown 'multiple times'
Zak Brown
Zak Brown
(GMM) Team supremo Zak Brown has rubbished suggestions that McLaren is about to sign up a controversial former F1 sponsor.

Rich Energy, whose farcical title sponsorship of Haas ended mid-season, used the McLaren and Renault hashtags along with 'NewDeal' in a provocative tweet this week.

"I was stunned when I saw that," Brown is quoted by Speed Week.

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11/02/19
f1

F1 chiefs predict 2021 cars likely to be three seconds per lap slower
While the 2021 F1 car may be a little slower than today's cars, they still will put a lap on an IndyCar every 7 to 8 laps
While the 2021 F1 car may be a little slower than today's cars, they still will put a lap on an IndyCar every 7 to 8 laps at a place like COTA
F1 chiefs predict that the radically-designed cars for the 2021 season, which they claimed on Thursday would herald a “watershed moment” for the sport, are likely to be more than three seconds per lap slower than the existing machines.

While the cars have a futuristic look and a revised rear-wing concept to diminish the effect of turbulent air on the drivers behind, raw speed has been sacrificed in the hope of encouraging more competitive racing. “We are expecting cars to be approximately 3-3½ seconds slower per lap,” said Nikolas Tombazis, the FIA’s head of single-seater technical affairs. “But we don’t think that is the key parameter. We feel the raceability is the main target.”

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11/02/19
nasmon

Aric Almirola is fastest in final Cup practice at Texas
Aric Almirola
Aric Almirola
Aric Almirola surged atop the speed chart in Friday’s final Monster Energy Series practice at Texas Motor Speedway.

Almirola’s Stewart-Haas Racing No. 10 Ford snared the top spot with a best lap of 188.561 mph at the 1.5-mile Fort Worth oval. The effort bookended another chart-topping performance the Stewart-Haas organization, which led the way with Clint Bowyer in the opening session.

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