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11/07/14
irl

TMS vs. COTA for IndyCar
Q: IndyCar needs to dump Texas Motor Speedway for Circuit of The Americas. Yes, it's another road course, but Texas Motor Speedway was never made for open-wheel cars. Besides, COTA is the much more interesting circuit. After spending a bit of time switching between the NASCAR and F1 races, I noticed that ESPN couldn't squeeze the screen small enough in an attempt to not show all the empty seats at TMS. I'll take anything at COTA over NASCAR anywhere. Eddie Gossage was wrong, and so was A.J. Foyt.
S.P. Brown, Grand Junction, Colorado

Robin Miller/Racer.com: Mike Lanigan explored COTA with his Shell sponsorship but backed off because IndyCar said Eddie Gossage threatened to dump them. As I’ve written many times, Gossage has no leverage anymore because his race attendance continues to dwindle so IndyCar should go to COTA if a race is desired. And TMS and COTA could co-exist easily if Austin ran in the spring. Hate to lose an oval but there are others out there.

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11/07/14
wc

Scuderia Corsa Finalizing Two-Car Ferrari Pirelli WC Program
After dipping its toes into the water this year, Scuderia Corsa is set to take the plunge into Pirelli World Challenge in 2015, with the California-based squad in the process of finalizing a two-car Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 effort for the sprint race championship.

Team principal Giacomo Mattioli confirmed to Sportscar365 that he has handshake agreements with two customers who have intentions of competing in the GT-A class. A formal announcement is expected in the coming weeks.

"We're definitely going to Pirelli World Challenge, with possibly two entries for the full season," Mattioli told Sportscar365. "I think they have a great formula and it's definitely a series that everybody's talking about."

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11/07/14
nassprint

Busch: I did not choke my former GF (Update) UPDATE See new AR1 feature story and see photo of Driscoll and Busch below.

Patricia Driscoll and Kurt Busch
11/07/14 Kurt Busch is adamant he did not lay a single finger on his ex-girlfriend during an argument back in September ... claiming she's making the whole thing up in a shameless cash grab ... sources close to Busch tell TMZ Sports.

As we previously reported, the NASCAR driver is being invested for an alleged domestic assault on his ex Patricia Driscoll at Dover International Speedway on the weekend of Sept. 26th.

Sources close to Busch tell us ... the couple had broken up about a week before the incident -- and Busch was surprised when she showed up to his motorhome.

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11/07/14
f1

USGP attendance falls 11%
The novelty of Formula One and the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas may have worn off.

Attendance in 2014 dipped 11 percent when compared to the inaugural race in 2012, as a reported 237,406 fans attended the three-day weekend event and 107,778 watched Lewis Hamilton’s victory on Sunday.

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11/07/14
f1

Mercedes: Friday Interlagos Report
Nico Rosberg led both Friday practice sessions at Interlagos
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS set the pace on the opening day at Interlagos, with Nico Rosberg narrowly leading team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the opening practice sessions for the Brazilian Grand Prix.
  • Nico finished both the morning and afternoon sessions just two tenths clear of Lewis at the top of the time sheets
  • Both drivers ran the medium compound Pirelli tyres only in the morning session, the medium and soft in the afternoon
  • Multiple red flag stoppages during the afternoon session lead to reduced running time
  • Both cars ran trouble-free throughout each session

Nico Rosberg

That was a good day and we are very quick again at this circuit. The track has a new surface which made it quite tricky. It's smooth and not quite so bumpy as it has been in the past - but the tyres were blistering because of the high temperatures and the new asphalt. That was a bit worrying, but we are expecting it to be a bit cooler over the weekend. I'm looking forward to tomorrow - it should be a great battle.

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11/07/14
uscc

Michael Shank Racing with Curb Agajanian Ready For 2015 IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian will return to IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship competition in 2015, with longtime Shank drivers John Pew and Ozz Negri teaming up for a full-season campaign in the top Prototype class.

"This is really exciting news for me and this entire team," said Shank. "Getting John and Ozz back, I think we’ve got all the tools we need to be successful in 2015."

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11/07/14
f1

Brazilian GP: Verstappen makes amazing save
Max Verstappen (STR) amazing drift during FP1 of F1 GP Brazil 2014.



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11/07/14
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Brazilian GP: Rosberg leads superior Mercedes 1-2 in P2
Nico Rosberg has the early edge on Lewis Hamilton at this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix
After setting this morning's practice session, Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Nico Rosberg stayed on top in this afternoon’s free practice 2 for the Brazilian Grand Prix. With a lap time of 1:12.123, the German outpaced teammate and World Championship standings leader Lewis Hamilton by 0.213 seconds.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was best of the rest with the third fastest time, 0.573 seconds behind Rosberg. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Williams’ Valtteri Bottas rounded out the top-5.

Local favorite and two-time Brazilian Grand Prix winner Felipe Massa was sixth followed by Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso in seventh. Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat who was third in the morning session was eighth quick in P2. Defending race winner and four-time reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel was ninth, nearly four-tenths behind teammate Ricciardo. McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen rounded out the top-10.

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11/07/14
F1

Perez: grid penalty harsh
Sergio Perez
From AutoSport -- Sergio Perez says he was surprised to be called 'reckless' by the FIA after being punished for a crash at the start of Formula 1's US Grand Prix.

The Force India driver was given a seven-place grid penalty by race officials for colliding with Kimi Raikkonen and Adrian Sutil on lap one at Austin.

"I think it was just an optimistic move," Perez told reporters at Interlagos on Thursday. "I was actually quite surprised to see how they described it. [The penalty] is very unfortunate. I think they have been very harsh, but as a driver you can only accept it and look forward."

While Perez said he felt bad for Sutil, he added that he does not believe he made an error in making the move.

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11/07/14
f1

Brazilian GP: Superior Mercedes' 1-2 in opening practice
Nico Rosberg turned the fastest lap in the opening Formula 1 practice session for the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos in Sao Paulo.

The Mercedes driver was 0.221secs quicker than his teammate Lewis Hamilton in the other superior Mercedes.

Third fastest was the Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat, but he may as well be in another race, almost a full second further back. 

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11/07/14
f1

Stick a fork in Marussia, they're done
(GMM) As 18 F1 cars practiced in Brazil, one of the absent teams came to the end of the line.

The Telegraph's Daniel Johnson broke the news, reporting early on Friday that Marussia, although listed on the FIA's 2015 entry list, has "ceased trading".

An early hint about Marussia's impending fate was given by the FIA on Wednesday, when the renamed Manor F1 Team was listed on the 2015 list accompanied by a "subject to confirmation" asterisk.

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11/07/14
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • Where will Button end up?
    Alonso delay puts cloud over Button's future
  • Button hints he may leave Formula One
  • Button could reject new McLaren deal
  • Sainz preparing for Toro Rosso 'blow'
  • Rookie bursts into F1 amid Sauber 'crisis'
  • Symonds says Alonso not right for Williams
  • Lotus set to announce Grosjean for 2015
  • New York court upholds dismissal of $650m suit against Bernie Ecclestone
  • Magnussen calm over McLaren line-up delay
  • Q&A: Gene Haas Getting A Rolling Start On F1 Effort


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11/06/14
grc

Red Bull Global Rallycross Race Recap: Las Vegas At The LINQ
IN BRIEF: Ken Block won the battle, but Joni Wiman won the war at Red Bull Global Rallycross Las Vegas at The LINQ. Block did everything he could to steal the title from the Finn, but Wiman’s runner-up finish was good enough to earn the title by five points—the equivalent of a single finishing position over the entire season.

HEAT RECAPS: The first two rounds of heats saw Scott Speed and Tanner Foust win a pair of sessions apiece in their Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetles, while Ken Block won both of his heats as well. In the semifinals, Bucky Lasek got by the field to win the first session, while Block won the second; Sverre Isachsen won the last chance qualifier over Brian Deegan, Tanner Foust, and Emma Gilmour, the first female finalist in Red Bull GRC history.

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11/06/14
nastruck

Toyota NCTWS: Notes & Quotes
ERIK JONES, No. 51 Dollar General Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports

What does it mean to know you will run a full NCWTS season in 2015?

"We've been working hard over the past probably three months now to get this deal done and it's finally come together to where I'll be in the full season next year for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Truck Series as well as Joe Gibbs Racing for some Nationwide races too.  Definitely an exciting year ahead for me.  It's been a long time -- I felt like it was coming, but we all worked hard for it and to finally have it come together and get to run a full season in one of the NASCAR series is pretty special for me.  Happy to see it all come together and really looking forward to it."

What do you remember from the win at Phoenix a year ago?

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11/06/14
nassprint

NBC announces pit reporters for 2015 NASCAR TV team
NBC Sports Group has reached agreements with motorsports reporters Dave Burns and Mike Massaro, who will join NBC's multiplatform NASCAR coverage in 2015. In addition to covering pit road during Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series action on NBC and NBCSN, Massaro and Burns will contribute to NASCAR AMERICA on NBCSN, as well as handle assignments throughout various NBC Sports properties. The appointments of Massaro and Burns follow previous NBC Sports NASCAR on-air announcements for analysts Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte, race announcer Rick Allen, pre- and post-race host Krista Voda, and fellow reporters Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast.

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11/06/14
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uscc

RLL Announces Key Promotions and Additions to Sports Car and Indy Car Programs
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced three key engineering appointments today.

Assistant engineer Uwe Wolf, who will be starting his ninth season with the team over two employment terms, has been promoted to race engineer for the TUDOR United SportsCar program.  The first of two key appointments for the Verizon IndyCar Series program is Mike Talbott, who was most recently senior trackside engineer with Wirth Research in support of Honda Performance Development's Indy car program and worked with driver Graham Rahal at Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing (NHLR) in 2008. Talbott will lead the vehicle dynamics program.  Martin Pare, who was race engineer for Rahal at NHLR from 2009-2010 and at Chip Ganassi Racing in 2011-2012 has joined the team as head of the vehicle ride control development program.

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11/06/14
il
rti

Kaiser & Pigot to run Lights with Juncos in 2015
2014 Pro Mazda champion Spencer Pigot will move up to Indy Lights with Junco Racing. 
Juncos Racing is pleased to announce "Mazda Road to Indy" graduates, Spencer Pigot and Kyle Kaiser, will return to the team to compete in the 2015 Indy Lights Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. The American duo competed with Juncos Racing last season recording multiple wins, poles, and podium finishes, and claimed the 2014 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.

The 2014 Pro Mazda Champion, Spencer Pigot, 21, has reached the final step in the “Mazda Road to Indy” ladder system with Juncos Racing advancing to the 2015 Indy Lights series. The Orlando, Florida native proved to be a stand out driver in the Pro Mazda series, capturing eight wins and nine poles to secure the Pro Mazda Championship in addition to winning the 2014 Cooper Tires Winterfest Championship. The 2015 season will mark Pigot’s third year as a Mazda scholarship driver.

"I’m very happy to rejoin Juncos Racing for the 2015 season," said Pigot. "We worked really well together last year and were able to achieve a lot of success so I hope we can build on that in 2015. It’s a very exciting time to be moving up to Indy Lights with the new car. It looks great and I can’t wait to drive it. It will be my third season as a Mazda scholarship driver and I can’t thank everyone at Mazda enough for this opportunity along with my other supporters. The first test is coming up soon so we’ll be working hard in the shop to make sure we hit the ground running."

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11/06/14
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nassprint

Gillian Zucker takes job with NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers today announced Gillian Zucker as the club’s new President of Business Operations. A sports industry veteran who was named one of the top five most powerful women in motorsports by MSN and FOX, Zucker comes to the Clippers after spending nine years as the President of Auto Club Speedway, the largest race track on the West Coast.

***Zucker and Clippers Owner Steve Ballmer will be available to the media at 11:15 am PT at STAPLES Center on Saturday, Nov. 8 prior to the Clippers game against the Portland Trail Blazers. **

“I am extremely happy to add a leader like Gillian to our team,” Clippers Owner Steve Ballmer said. “Her clear and creative business vision, innovative approach to marketing and experience working in the Los Angeles sports market make her the perfect fit to lead the Clippers during this transcendent time.”

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11/06/14
irl

Hulman & Company, IMS announce Jeff Belskus to retire in 2015
Jeff Belskus
Hulman & Company President and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Belskus will retire from the company effective early in 2015. Belskus began his 27-year career with Hulman's affiliate, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in 1987. 

"We're so very grateful for all Jeff has done over these many years, and we wish him all the best in the future. He's always been willing to step into any role to help us be successful and has made countless, lasting contributions," said Mari Hulman George, chairman of the board of Hulman & Company.

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11/06/14
ta

Trans Am Series announces 2015 Championship Schedule
The Trans Am Race Company (TARC) has announced an expanded 12-event schedule for the 2015 Trans Am Championship season, the 46th season of Trans Am competition. 

The 2015 Trans Am Championship will see the key addition of two new venues on the circuit, NOLA Motorsports Park (Oct. 11) and Circuit of the Americas (Nov. 8), for the Trans Am Season as well as the continuation of a multitude of historic homes for the Series.

"We're extremely pleased with our list of venues and the overall flow for the 2015 Trans Am Championship," said John Clagett, President of TARC.  "We've managed to remove the extended breaks in the schedule while adding two new and exciting venues for Trans Am at NOLA Motorsports Park and Circuit of the Americas; it's a wonderful sampling of road courses within reasonable proximity of major markets—with historic venues and contemporary tracks.  We see the 2015 schedule bringing value for fans, drivers, teams, partners, promoters and all of Trans Am."

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11/06/14
f1

Are the wheels falling off F1?
The elite level of motorsport is one of the richest sports in the world, generating an estimated $1.7 billion in 2013.

But the 11 race teams only saw half of that cash and, for two of them, greasing the wheels of F1 has proved very costly indeed.

Caterham and Marussia, who joined the ranks of F1 in 2010, slid into administration before last Sunday's U.S. Grand Prix.

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone warned if the sport's cash crisis is not resolved as few as 14 cars could race in 2015.

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11/06/14
f1

Sutil camp says three Sauber contracts 'forbidden'
Adrian Sutil
(GMM) Mere days but a hemisphere later, the F1 'silly season' has moved on yet again between the US and Brazilian double-header.

Sauber has confirmed an all-new driver lineup for 2015 comprising Marcus Ericsson alongside the similarly well-backed Felipe Nasr.

That leaves Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez in the cold.

"Unfortunately," said Mexican Gutierrez in a statement, "after long talks and negotiations we were not able to reach an agreement.

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11/06/14
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday (Update) UPDATE Updates shown in red below.

11/06/14
  • AR1 response to Mercedes: Unless you have an American hero like Mario Andretti in a top F1 ride where they are winning races and competing for the F1 title, F1 in America will remain but a blemish on NASCAR's posterior
    Sauber signs Nasr and sponsor for second seat
  • Caterham preparing for Abu Dhabi return
  • Brazil moves tractor after Bianchi crash
  • McLaren gives Alonso deadline for 2015 decision
  • Lotus hoping for Grosjean announcement 'soon'
  • Vergne 'not worried' about losing F1 seat
  • Rosberg missing aggression for 2014 'combat' - pundits
  • Caterham, Marussia re-named for 2015
  • Can Formula 1 ever catch on in NASCAR's America? Mercedes says yes, AR1.com says no
  • Gutierrez looking at several alternatives, but IndyCar may be his best option
  • Changes at Interlagos New
  • Sauber criticizes Ferrari's attitude New
  • Forza Rossa gets green light from the FIA New


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11/06/14
nassprint

France felt Keselowski's move at Texas was fine
Brian France says NASCAR is a contact sport and has no problem Keselowski hitting Gordon
NASCAR chairman Brian France, who for at least two years has pushed for racing to become more of a 'contact sport,' believes Brad Keselowski did nothing wrong in the way he raced Jeff Gordon in the closing laps at Texas Motor Speedway.

Keselowski tried to wedge his car into a gap between Gordon and Jimmie Johnson on a late restart in an attempt by Keselowski to win the race. It caused contact between Keselowski and Gordon, who got a flat tire and spun after the incident. Gordon went from racing for the win to a 29th-place finish and confronted Keselowski after the race in a scene that quickly escalated into a brawl between teams.

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11/06/14
roc

TAG Heuer renews partnership with ROC
TAG Heuer celebrates its 10th anniversary as Official Watch and Timekeeping Partner of the Race Of Champions (ROC) at this year's event on the Bushy Park Circuit in Barbados on December 13-14

ROC brings together the world's greatest drivers from motor sport's major disciplines – Formula 1, World Rally, Le Mans, MotoGP, NASCAR, IndyCar, Touring Cars and the X-Games – and sets them free to battle head-to-head in identical machinery on a unique track with two parallel lanes linked by a crossover bridge. When the lights go green, the entire field will give their all, embodying to the fullest the core values of TAG Heuer's "Don't Crack Under Pressure" campaign.

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11/05/14
imsa
uscc

IMSA Opens 2015 TUDOR Championship Entrant Application Process
With the inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season in the books, the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) opened its annual entrant application process yesterday to teams looking to compete in 2015.

The window for teams to apply for IMSA membership is open through Dec. 1. After the deadline passes, IMSA will review and confirm the entries in mid-December, setting the grid for an action-packed 2015 season.

As was the case for the 2014 TUDOR Championship season, there are again two types of entrants – Premium and Standard – for 2015.

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11/05/14
nassprint

Hendrick will pay fines for crew members
Hendrick Motorsports will pay the $185,000 in fines levied against six crew members for their role in a post-race fight at Texas between Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski. NASCAR fined and suspended four Hendrick team members, while the crew chiefs for Gordon and Kasey Kahne were also fined. Hendrick Motorsports general manager Doug Duchardt said Wednesday on Sirius XM that the organization would cover all the fines. ESPN/AP

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11/05/14
f1

Nasr to partner with Ericsson at Sauber in 2015 (Update) UPDATE
Felipe Nasr - have check, will drive
Basically the Swiss team has taken the two drivers on the market with the biggest budgets. Adrian Sutil had a firm two-year deal and presumably will have to be paid off, while Giedo van de Garde had been confident that he had the seat.

Team boss Monisha Kaltenborn said: "We have been following Felipe's career path for some time now, and he fully deserves his position in Formula One having had a very successful career in junior categories (read that we didn't look at him until his check was big enough). We are happy that he will be driving for our team next year (as we sure could use his money). This means that Brazil will have one more young and talented driver in the sport. Banco do Brasil has been an important partner for Felipe so far, and we are delighted that such a renowned company is continuing to support him during this important step. We look forward to this partnership."

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11/05/14
f1

Mercedes F1 Worried That Double-Points In Abu Dhabi Race Will Spoil Finale
As the penultimate race of the '14 F1 season approaches, "concerns are being raised over the double points on offer at the finale in Abu Dhabi," according to Emily Benammar of the Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH. The new rule "was one of several regulation changes introduced by the FIA for the 2014 edition of the competition in a bid to maximize focus on the championship until the very end of the competition."

But as the climax draws closer, Mercedes (current championship leaders in both driver and constructors standings) has voiced its concerns that "double spoils could overshadow the finale." The team’s one-two in Austin last weekend "put Hamilton 24 points ahead of Rosberg in the overall championship."

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11/05/14
f1

F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone Wins Appeal Court Backing On $128M Damages Claim
F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone "won the latest round of a legal fight with a German media company," according to the PA. In February, a high court judge in London dismissed a claim for around $128M in damages by Constantin Medien, "and a court of appeal judge on Wednesday refused to allow Constantin to challenge that decision."

The German media company said a “corrupt arrangement" was entered into between Ecclestone and Gribkowsky in '05. Ecclestone said Constantin's claim lacked “any merit" and he denied any conspiracy. The appeal court judge, Lord Justice Patten, on Wednesday "refused to give Constantin permission to mount an appeal" against Justice Newey's ruling.

He said he had analyzed legal arguments put forward by Constantin and concluded that an appeal would have “no real prospect of success." PA

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11/05/14
nassprint

Changes at Roush Fenway Racing
Roush Fenway Racing is taking steps to right the ship. On Wednesday, RFR will announce the addition of respected motorsports manager Mark McArdle as engineering director. McArdle will oversee all engineering for the organization and report to general manager Robbie Reiser.

"My role is to provide the organization with better vision, increased levels of direction and communication to allow all the available resources to work together to find the solutions to the basic core problem of car performance," McArdle said. McArdle most recently was director of racing operations at Richard Childress Racing.

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11/05/14
automotive

Ford Racing Introduces King Cobra Parts Package For 2015 Ford Mustang GT
Ford King Cobra
Ford Racing is excited to introduce a special 2015 Mustang GT built exclusively with Ford Racing performance parts.  Named the "King Cobra," there is no question this custom machine has some serious bite.

Built to be a high-performance street-and-drag strip car, the King Cobra can be replicated by any Mustang owner with the help of Ford Racing's extensive parts catalog.

"At Ford Racing, we like to push cars to their absolute limit," said Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing.  "This is something we have been doing for 113 years and why we were so excited to get our hands on the all-new, 2015 Mustang.

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11/05/14
nassprint

NASCAR Series "Hammer Down" Debuts Tonight On Nicktoons
Nickelodeon's Nicktoons network tonight at 10:00pm ET during its NickSports programming block will debut "Hammer Down," a new NASCAR-themed documentary-style series. The four-episode series will feature drivers Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Kenzie Ruston. It was produced by NASCAR Productions, which will also create four 60- to 90-second vignettes to air within NickSports, with a focus on relating NASCAR to science, technology, engineering and math.

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11/05/14
f1

Ecclestone hits out at "third world" Socialist Europe
Ecclestone says the Socialist governments of Europe have made it 'third world."
Bernie Ecclestone has launched a scathing attack on the economy in Europe which he says has become a "third world" place to do business according to an article in the Daily Telegraph by Christian Sylt.

The criticism is made all the more ominous by the fact that economic indicators show Europe is indeed heading in a downward direction and Ecclestone predicted this would happen precisely a decade ago as he proudly points out.

"Slowly but surely what I predicted about Europe is happening. What I said ten years ago is that it would soon become a third world economy," says Ecclestone. It is another provocative statement from the man who suggested that women should wear white to match domestic appliances and praised Adolf Hitler's ability to "get things done." However, his latest comments are very different as they have much more than just a ring of truth about them.

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11/05/14
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uscc

Watkins Glen to be repaved
Historic Watkins Glen will be repaved next summer.
WATKINS GLEN, NY – Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup announced Wednesday that the historic track will conduct a repaving project in the summer of 2015. It is the first time the track will be repaved since 1998.

The repave will begin with “The Boot” in July, followed by the short course immediately following the Cheez-It™ 355 at The Glen NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend in August. The repave is slated for completion in advance of the 2016 race season.

“This is a significant project for Watkins Glen International, our competitors, fans and track rental customers,” Printup stated. “The repave is a tremendous undertaking and next summer is the right time to begin this historic project and prepare The Glen for the future.”

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11/05/14
nassprint

Team Penske: Phoenix Preview
Brad Keselowski might be smiling. But the 2012 NASCAR champ has spent the past few weeks ruffling the feathers of fellow competitors.
Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500
Phoenix International Raceway
Sunday, November, 9, 2014, 3:00 pm ET

THE NEWS AND NOTES

The No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion driven by Brad Keselowski

· CONTENTIOUSLY CONTENDING: Despite an eventful couple of weeks in the Eliminator Round of the Chase, Keselowski is still very much in the hunt as he strives to win his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. With two Chase victories each to their credit, Keselowski and teammate Joey Logano have produced the most wins in NASCAR’s playoff format.

· RISING IN PHOENIX: Keselowski owns 10 career starts at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). His best finish to date came in the spring race earlier this season when he finished in third place. The 30-year-old driver has four top-six finishes in his last five starts at PIR.

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11/05/14
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NAPA and Elliott on brink of championship
Chase Elliott holds a commanding 48-point lead in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings with 2 races remaining.
DRIVER: Chase Elliott / No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet
RACE: DAV 200 Honoring America’s Veterans (200 laps / 200 miles)TRACK: Phoenix International Raceway
DATE: Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014

NAPA and Elliott on Brink of First Championship Together

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 5, 2014) – On the brink of his first NASCAR Nationwide Series championship, NAPA AUTO PARTS driver Chase Elliott, eyes a chance to also become the first rookie and youngest ever to win one of NASCAR’s top three national touring series championships.

Elliott will arrive in Phoenix with a 48-point lead on his JR Motorsports teammate, Regan Smith. With the stage set, Elliott will need to gain only one point on second place in the points standings in order to clinch the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship. Head-to-head this year, Elliott has outran his teammate (Smith) in 21 out of 31 races thus far in the season. During the rainout at Phoenix in March, Smith finished eighth and Elliott finished ninth. However, that was only Elliott’s second career start.

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11/05/14
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Toyota NASCAR Phoenix notes & quotes
Denny Hamlin is tied for the series championship lead with two races remaining.
TOYOTA TIDBITS

TWO TO GO:  Two Camry drivers are competing in the ‘Eliminator’ round of this year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) championship playoff.  Denny Hamlin is tied for the series point’s lead while Matt Kenseth sits fifth (-13 points) in the title hunt after Texas.  Less than 20 points separate the eight drivers as the series heads to the one-mile flat track of Phoenix International Raceway before only the top four will advance to compete for this year’s crown at the season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 16.

CAMRY CHASERS AT PHOENIX:  Toyota driver Hamlin was victorious at Phoenix in March 2012 to earn the second victory for a TRD-built motor.  The Chesterfield, Va.-native has eight top-five finishes and nine top-10 results in 18 career Phoenix starts.  Kenseth has one win (2002), five top-five finishes and nine top-10 results in 24 NSCS starts at the one-mile oval.

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11/05/14
f1

Mercedes AMG Petronas: Brazil Preview
The Formula One circus is at Interlagos this weekend.
Round 18 of the 2014 Formula One World Championship brings us to São Paulo for the Brazilian Grand Prix, held at the Aut¢dromo José Carlos Pace.
 
Lewis Hamilton

Winning in the States was just an incredible feeling. I love spending time there and it's fantastic to see how much the sport is growing. I was just blown away by the support I had all weekend, which made the win even more special. Once I got ahead in the race there was no looking back and I still can't quite believe the run we've had recently. The team are doing an incredible job. Next up, of course, we have Brazil - which is another very, very special place for me. In 2008 I needed to finish fifth or better to take the title and, until the very last corner of the last lap, I was running sixth. I passed Timo (Glock) down the inside and, as I crossed the line, I didn't know if I'd done it or not. I honestly thought I'd lost it until quite a while after the flag, when the team came over the radio to tell me I'd won the World Championship. That was an incredible emotional rollercoaster and a moment that will stay with me for my entire life. My record at Interlagos hasn't actually been the best so far in terms of results, though, with only one podium all the way back in 2009. I'm hoping this weekend will be the one to change that.

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11/05/14
f1

Caterham and Manor on provisional F1 entry list for 2015
Caterham and Marussia have both entered the 2015 world championship. The backmarkers, in administration amid financial problems, sat out the US grand prix and will again be absent in Brazil, where the F1 world began on arrive early on Wednesday amid heavy rain.

Also on Wednesday, a provisional FIA entry list for the 2015 season emerged. It features a full complement of 11 teams. Each team reportedly needed to lodge its official entry, including a fee of $500,000, by the first of November. That was last Saturday, where in Austin the boycott threat of fellow privateer teams Lotus, Force India and Sauber was well underway.

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11/05/14
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Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Las Vegas Heat Report
Scott Speed
Scott Speed, No. 77 7UP Volkswagen Beetle
  • Speed secured the pole position during qualifying in the Las Vegas debut of the No. 77 7UP Volkswagen Beetle.
  • The California native captured the win in Heat 1A at The LINQ in Las Vegas for the Red Bull Global Rallycross season finale.

"The 7UP Beetle was great today. We obviously didn't expect to have so much speed in qualifying, but that was an added bonus. Our pole position has shown all the hard work that the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team has put into this machine the past month or so. It's very inspiring for the future because the Beetle is just going to get stronger. We're still very much in the development phase of the Beetle and the fact that its performance is starting to show through is really great for everyone on the team."

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11/05/14
F4

Newey's son to make F4 race debut
Harri Newey will race in the BRDC F4 Winter Championship with HHC Motorsport, making the step up from karting to single seaters. He will make his debut at the opening round at Snetterton this weekend (8-9 November).

Harri, the 16-year-old, son of legendary F1 designer Adrian Newey, already has experience of the BRDC F4 car having completed a number of tests in the past few months.

Newey began karting in 2009, racing in the Cadet category in Easykart before stepping up to the Formula Kart Stars MSA Cadet series in 2010. He then competed in the Super 1 KF3 and CIK-FIA kart series in 2012 and 2013, before making his single seater debut at Paul Ricard in France at the end of October in the French F4 Championship.

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11/05/14
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IMSA Step Into SEMA Show Spotlight
The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship will be well represented throughout this week's annual Specialty Equipment Marketing Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas.
                                               
Held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. Each year more than 100,000 industry executives, buyers, influencers and car enthusiasts attend the SEMA Show.

A centerpiece to IMSA's involvement at SEMA in 2014 is the participation of IMSA President Scott Atherton as a panelist in the Racing and Performance Forum alongside top automotive executives this afternoon. Before the panel discussion, Atherton made a brief presentation on the future of motorsports by providing a bit of a history lesson on the important role auto racing has played in the development of production car technology and a look toward key initiatives for the future.

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11/05/14
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Stewart-Haas crew chief swap doesn't pay off for Danica Patrick
New Crew Chief cannot make Danica faster
This weekend's race at Texas Motor Speedway marked the first event for the new driver-crew chief combinations announced two weeks ago by Stewart-Haas Racing.

Long-time veteran crew chief Tony Gibson moved over to work with former Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch, while rookie crew chief Daniel Knost moved to the No. 10 team to help get Danica Patrick up to speed. The change was not just to the crew chiefs, but also pertained to the mechanics, engineers and road crews for each car.

Looking at the results from this weekend, it looks like the Gibson-Busch relationship took off flying, while the Knost-Patrick partnership stumbled out of the gate and never really recovered.

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11/05/14
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Hamlin talks about Texas fight and Keselowski
Denny Hamlin
From the NASCAR Teleconference With #11-Denny Hamlin, the transcript, in part:

Q). Did you have any strong feelings, thoughts about what penalty should be for the fight last week and what are they?
DENNY HAMLIN
: Not really. I don't really have any strong feelings about it one way or another. When things are as tense as they are and your whole season comes down to kind of one cut tire by somebody else, you're of course going to be upset. So who knows what should happen. But definitely it will probably be monetary, if anything.

Q). Obviously a lot of debate about the move that Brad Keselowski made when he collided with Jeff Gordon near the end of the Texas race, whether there was a hole there or not. I was wondering if you had a chance to look at the replay and what you thought of the move, is it a move you would have made? Do you think there was enough room to justify it and do the circumstances itself maybe sort of justify it?
DENNY HAMLIN
: Well, I think going in, you know, I don't know what Brad thought. But I thought from my perspective, if I was in that car and shoes, that I would have to know that I'm not going to make it through that hole without having contact of some sort. That's fine. But if it costs somebody a bad day, you're going to have to expect retaliation, which I'm sure he did. So you'll have to take it with a grain of salt.

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11/05/14
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Hendrick Motorsports Statement about penalties
Hendrick Motorsports will not appeal penalties announced Tuesday by NASCAR related to a post-race incident Sunday evening at Texas Motor Speedway. "With NASCAR's new Chase format, we're seeing an unprecedented level of intensity every single week," said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports.

"Emotions run high when you're racing for a championship, and that's exciting for our fans and everyone involved with the sport. But there's a line the competitors need to be cognizant of, and we understand that. "Jeff (Gordon) was rightfully fired up Sunday night, and it just reiterated to me how passionate he is and how much he wants to win. The No. 24 team is a group that works together and is loyal to one another. They have our full support as we go into these final two races." Team members involved in the incident will not be additionally sanctioned by Hendrick Motorsports. HMS

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11/05/14
irl

Daly's check still not big enough
Daly's check still not big enough to buy an IndyCar ride as the cancer afflicting open wheel racing continues unabated
Question
: What's the latest on Conor Daly? I was surprised when he wasn't part of Foyt's second-car announcement. He would be a good addition to the IndyCar Series. (Dave, Lima, Ohio)

Curt Cavin/Indy Star: Yes, he'd be a great addition, and he's met with potential sponsors as recently as last night. But he doesn't have a deal yet, and I don't get the sense that he's close. I wouldn't worry though; remember, it's only Nov. 4, and it feels like time is running out only because the 2014 season ended so early. There's still plenty of time, and I'm hopeful for him even though there aren't a lot of seats left to fill.

See Brian Carroccio's article on the Open Wheel Cancer.

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11/05/14
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Sergio Perez - have big check will drive
    Mallya says Force India to 'absolutely' keep Perez
  • Only 'positive pressure' on Raikkonen - boss
  • Santander met with McLaren in Austin - report
  • Mercedes to accept engine unfreeze as a one-off
  • Lopez: Smaller teams to get base payment


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