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11/11/17
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Chevrolet Clinches 18th Bill France Performance Cup
William Byron
William Byron
With William Byron’s victory at Phoenix International Raceway, Chevrolet clinched the Bill France Performance Cup in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS). The 2017 achievement marks the 18th time the Bowtie Brand has captured this prestigious honor, more than any other manufacturer. 

The triumph marks the third time Camaro has earned the award since becoming Chevrolet’s flagship nameplate in the Xfinity Series in 2013.  The Camaro has earned 53 NXS victories since its debut. 

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11/11/17
Ta

Francis Jr. Wins at Daytona
The 2017 Trans Am Finale at Daytona International Raceway saw teams and drivers battle early showers, multi-class traffic and an ever-changing track with Ernie Francis, Jr., and Tony Buffomante grabbing TA and TA2 class victories to close out the 2017 Trans Am Championship presented by Pirelli. Sharing in the spoils were Tim Kezman, in the TA3 class, and Todd Napieralski, finally capturing a 2017 TA4 victory after five second place finishes and nine podiums.

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11/11/17
F1

Mercedes team robbed at gun point
São Paulo is a bad place
São Paulo is a bad place
Mercedes team members have been robbed at gunpoint in Sao Paulo, the championship winning outfit confirmed on Saturday.

Nobody was injured in the incident which involved three vans in total, one containing FIA employees and the other containing members of the Williams team.

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11/11/17
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1987 Indianapolis 500 on ABC
The ABC broadcast of the 1987 CART IndyCar Indianapolis 500. Mario Andretti dominated the race but Al Unser Sr. lucked into the win when Andretti's valve spring broke on his Chevy with less than 50 miles to go. Up until he broke,  Andretti was five laps ahead of Unser. Andretti's engineer was Adrian Newey - now Chief Designer for the Red Bull F1 team. Note the size of the crowd before Tony George destroyed the sport. Not an empty seat and note the size of the infield crowd.

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11/11/17
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1987 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
The NBC broadcast of the 1987 CART IndyCar Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Note the height of the grandstands - double what they are today - before Tony George destroyed the sport. Mario Andretti won almost $100K for the win compared to zero today. Adrian Newey was Mario's engineer that year. Do you think an Adrian Newey would come to IndyCar today after George decimated it?

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11/11/17
f1

Bottas nips Hamilton in final Brazil GP practice
Bottas and Hamilton set near identical times as F1 is 99% car, 1% driver
Bottas and Hamilton set near identical times as F1 is 99% car, 1% driver

Just 0.058s covered the four Mercedes and Ferrari drivers at the end of final practice in Brazil on Saturday but of course we know the Mercedes sandbag until qualifying and the race. The Silver Mercedes cars of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton headed the red Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel, all of them nearly a second clear of the fifth-placed Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo.

Fernando Alonso was a strong seventh for McLaren, with teammate Stoffel Vandoorne also making the top ten behind the Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon and the second Red Bull of Max Verstappen.

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11/11/17
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Saturday
  • Perez and Ocon would be better off parking their cars the final two races
    Perez and Ocon would be better off parking their cars the final two races
    Points in last two races to cost Force India money
  • Hugo Boss leaving F1 for Formula E
  • Rosberg doubts Vettel can win 2018 title
  • Vettel admits Mercedes will be 'tough to beat'
  • Baku only major driver mistake - Vettel
  • F1 boss plays down Ferrari quit threat
  • McLaren's long run pace boosts Vandoorne
  • Russell hails 'huge step' after FP1 debut
  • Mercedes pair encouraged by Friday form

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11/11/17
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Sunoco Becomes The Official Race Fuel of The Trans Am Series
Trans-Am's Ernie Francis Jr.
Trans-Am's Ernie Francis Jr.
The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli announced today that Sunoco Race Fuels has been named, “Official Race Fuel Of Trans Am.” The three-year agreement begins with the 2018 racing season.

“Our new relationship with Sunoco is a perfect example of what we mean when we say we honor the rich legacy of Trans Am, but also challenge the status quo,” said John Clagett, president of the Trans Am Race Company. “There’s no better example of a partner in that effort than Sunoco. Their brand is an authentic sponsorship platform backed by a long, successful history as they continue to extend their leadership in motorsports.”

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11/11/17
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New ARCA Racing Series Composite Body Testing at Talladega Gets Thumbs Up
ARCA held a sanctioned open test Tuesday and Wednesday at Talladega Superspeedway, where teams used new composite material bodies for the first time at the 2.66-mile venue.
ARCA held a sanctioned open test this week at Talladega Superspeedway, where teams used new composite material bodies for the first time at the 2.66-mile venue.
TALLADEGA, AL
 – After two days of testing new sleek composite-material bodies at Talladega Superspeedway, the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards will return to the 33-degree banked venue for next year's General Tire 200 (April 27, 2018) in great anticipation.

A total of 16 drivers, including 2017 Series champion Austin Theriault, former Talladega winner Gus Dean along with Alabama natives Bret Holmes (Munford) and Thomas Praytor (Mobile), were on hand to give the bodies their first laps around Talladega. After being utilized at short and intermediate tracks this past season, the new bodies will be used at both restrictor plate tracks - Talladega and Daytona International Speedway - for the first time in ’18.

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11/11/17
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f1

Alan Jones to front new-look Radical Australia program
1980 F1 World Champion Alan Jones
1980 F1 World Champion Alan Jones
RA Motorsport, the Australian importer for Radical Sportscars have revealed that 1980 Formula One World Champion Alan Jones will act as ambassador for Radical Australia heading into the 2018 season, a season which will see some exciting new developments for the popular British-built sportscar.

An icon in world motorsport, Jones has fronted a number of development series since his retirement from the sport, but in recent years has focused his attention more on his media career as an F1 analyst.

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11/11/17
ta

Francis and Buffomante secure final Trans Am poles of 2017
Ernie Francis, Jr. in his Ford Mustang
Ernie Francis, Jr. in his Ford Mustang
Ernie Francis, Jr., and Tony Buffomante captured the final pole positions of the 2017 Trans Am Championship presented by Pirelli today at Daytona International Raceway.  Within the production ranks Lee Saunders secured his fourth consecutive TA3 pole at Daytona, while Ramin Abdolvahabi qualified pole for the TA4 class for his first career Trans Am pole. 

For Francis, a Florida native and 2017 champion of the TA class, the pole marks his eighth of the season in this the 13th round.  The lap, a 1:43.211 set from behind the wheel of the No. 98 Framelessshowerdoors.com Ford Mustang on the 3.56-mile course, was nearly a full second faster than the nearest qualifier.

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11/11/17
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Three-truck wreck at Phoenix
Ryan Truex and two other trucks get caught up in a hard crash into the wall at Phoenix Raceway.

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11/10/17
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Truex's owner has bypass surgery after heart attack
Barney Visser
Barney Visser
Furniture Row Racing team owner Barney Visser suffered a heart attack on Saturday Nov. 4 and underwent successful bypass surgery Monday Nov. 6 in Denver, Colo.

Due to the recommended recovery period for the procedure, he will not attend the final two NASCAR Cup Series races - this weekend at Phoenix Raceway and next weekend’s finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway where his driver Martin Truex Jr. will be one of the Championship 4 finalists vying for the season title.

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11/10/17
f1

Bernie Ecclestone: On Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel
Bernie Ecclestone offers his opinions of Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel. Plus, Christian Horner of Red Bull Racing details the one-sided backgammon rivalry and bets between Bernie and Sebastian.

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11/10/17
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1987 Nissan Challenge Miami
1986 CART IndyCar season finale in Miami on a wet windy day. Note all the huge sponsors on the cars. Mario Andretti's engineer that year was none other than F1 design great Adrian Newey. This was when IndyCar Racing was at the top of the sport and before Tony George destroyed it. It's now a mere shadow of what it once was and what it could be today.

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11/10/17
f1

Getting to know Zak Brown - Q&A
Zak Brown, McLaren Technology Group's Executive Director, has a well-recognized history of success, both as a businessman and racer.

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11/10/17
f1

Life of Formula 1 Champ Lewis Hamilton
Bryant Gumbel sits down with Lewis Hamilton to talk about his life on top of Formula 1 racing, as well as his relationship with his younger brother Nicolas Hamilton. Stream full episodes of Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on HBO GO/NOW.

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11/10/17
nasmon

Blaney finding groove at right time, takes Coors Light Pole at Phoenix
Ryan Blaney discusses what he's learned from three consecutive top 10 finishes and what it will take to advance in the NASCAR Playoffs.

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11/10/17
nhra

B.Force, Beckman, Anderson, Ellis Quickest in Pomona Qualifying
Brittany Force
Top Fuel title contender Brittany Force piloted her Monster Energy dragster to the quickest pass in Auto Club Raceway at Pomona history during qualifying at the 53rd annual Auto Club NHRA Finals.

Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Chip Ellis (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also preliminary qualifiers in their respective categories at the final event of the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

Force, who entered the race only 20 points behind first, put down a 3.667-second pass at 330.31 mph in the second qualifying session to take over the Top Fuel lead.

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11/10/17
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NASCAR Phoenix Pre-Race Q&A
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet), Dale Earnhardt Jr. Appreci88tion (No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet), Alex Bowman (No. 42 Energize Ultimate Lithium Battery Chevrolet, NASCAR XFINITY Series), NASCAR XFINITY Series Round of 8 Contenders: Cole Custer (No. 00 Haas Automation Ford), Matt Tifft (No. 19 Surface Sunscreen/Fanatics Toyota) Daniel Hemric (No. 21 Smokey Mountain Snuff Chevrolet)

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11/10/17
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An Englishman Abroad - Nick Harvey, Kyle Larson & The Chip Ganassi NASCAR Xfinity Team
Nick Harvey is an Englishman abroad, now making a name for himself in Charlotte, North Carolina, as the Competition Manager for Chip Ganassi's NASCAR Xfinity racing team. Looking after the likes of Tyler Reddick, Alex Bowman, Brennan Poole and one of the sport's hottest properties, Kyle Larson, Harvey is thriving in his adopted Stateside home, as Mobil 1 The Grid found out.

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11/10/17
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NASCAR Phoenix Elliott & Hamlin Q&A
Chase Elliott (No. 24 Hooters Chevrolet) and Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota)

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11/10/17
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Sponsor Hugo Boss to drop F1 in favor of Formula E
Long-time Formula 1 sponsor Hugo Boss has revealed it will drop its involvement with the premier motorsport series in favor of a new deal with Formula E.

The fashion brand has been a sponsor of McLaren for more than 30 years before it switched to Mercedes in 2015, but chief executive Mark Langer says they will now switch to sponsoring Formula E in the future, though didn't confirm with which team.

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11/10/17
motogp

Lorenzo tops opening day of MotoGP practice
Jorge Lorenzo
Jorge Lorenzo
Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) was quickest on Day 1 at the Motul Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana, taking to the top late on in FP2 as a number of high profile crashers also marked the session, including FP1’s fastest Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Championship leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team). Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team), who has the most wins at Valencia across all classes, was second fastest behind Lorenzo, with Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) the fastest of the title challengers in third to complete the good news for the Borgo Panigale factory.

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11/10/17
f1

Hamilton and Bottas stay on top in practice 2
Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton

With dark clouds threatening, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas remained fastest in the 2nd practice session for the Brazilian GP Friday. What was largely a long-run race mode session, the two Mercedes drivers turned laps of 1m09.515s and 1m09.563s respectively.

In race trim the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo was third quick 0.228s behind Hamilton.

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11/10/17
automotive

Tesla buys robot maker
Robots in Tesla factory
Robots in Tesla factory
Troubled Tesla Inc. has quietly acquired Perbix, which designs robot production lines. Perbix was already a Tesla contractor.

"With the acquisition of Perbix, Tesla further advances its efforts to turn the factory itself into a product - to build the machine that makes the machine," the electric carmaker burbled on its website.

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11/10/17
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Aston Martin Vantage GTE Spy Video Sebring test
Aston Martin Vantage GTE Spy Video Sebring test 11-9-2017 at Sebring Raceway Test

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11/10/17
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Mercedes duo bury competition in opening Brazilian GP practice
The curbs in Brazil
The curbs in Brazil are painted to match the country colors

Using the latest Aldo Costa designed upgrades on the Mercedes F1 car, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas buried the competition in opening practice for the Brazilian GP at Interlagos. Up until now the focus was on the championship and Costa was conservative with his upgrades, but now that the titles are won he is already testing bits and pieces for 2018 and the Mercedes cars remain in a class of their own.

Hamilton's fast lap of 1m09.202s was 0.127s faster than his teammate while Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen was 3rd quick 0.542s behind Hamilton.

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11/10/17
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HSR returns to Daytona for Classic 24 event
Porsche 962
Porsche 962

If there was a theme song for this weekend’s Classic 24 Hour At Daytona Presented by IMSA, it might be the 1978 Peaches & Herb hit, “Reunited.”

Clearly, for drivers like Joao Barbosa, Didier Theys and Memo Gidley, this week’s Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) event at Daytona International Speedway – as the song goes – “feels so good.” It’s the same feeling for the many other drivers, teams and sports car racing fans as well.

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11/10/17
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • Anyone who says they know how Schumacher is doing is likely blowing smoke up your posterior
    Anyone who says they know how Schumacher is doing is likely blowing smoke up your posterior
    Family friend says Schumacher 'doing well'
  • Wehrlein admits Williams 'only option' for 2018
  • Champion Hamilton caught cold after title win
  • Red Bull 'pretty clear' about engine future
  • Force India duo 'free to race' in Brazil - Perez
  • Bottas not ruling out Hamilton 'team orders'
  • Carey plays down Ferrari's NASCAR charge
  • Vettel slowly getting over 2017 title defeat
  • Force India would 'surprise' with budget cap
  • Massa hopes to continue racing in 2018
  • A deafening silence following Strategy Group meeting

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11/10/17
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Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern

Friday, November 10LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1- practice 1Interlagos7:00am-8:30pm (L)NBC Streaming
NASCAR Truck- practicePhoenix11:00am-1:00pm (L)FS2
F1- practice 2Interlagos11:00am-12:30pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Cup - practicePhoenix1:00pm-2:30pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity-practicePhoenix2:30pm-3:30pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Truck- qualifyingPhoenix5:30pm-6:30pm (L)FS1
NASCAR Cup - qualifying Phoenix6:45pm-8:00pm (L)NBCSN
NHRA - qualifyingPomona6:30pm-7:30pm (L)FS1
NASCAR Truck- racePhoenix8:00pm-8:30pm - prerace (L)
8:30pm-10:30pm (L)
FS1
Saturday, November 11LocationTV TimesNetwork
MotoGP -qualifyingValencia8:00am-9:00am (L)beIN
F1- practice 3Interlagos8:00am-9:00am (L)NBC Streaming
F1- qualifyingInterlagos11:00am-12:30 (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Cup - practicePhoenix11:30am-12:30pm (L)
2:00pm-3:00pm (L)
NBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity-qualifyingPhoenix12:30pm-2:00pm (L)NBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity- racePhoenix3:00pm-3:30pm - pre-race (L)
3:30pm-6:00pm - race (L)
NBC
NHRA - qualifyingPomona6:00pm-7:00pm (L)FS1
Sunday, November 12LocationTV TimesNetwork
MotoGP - raceValencia7:00am-9:00AM (L)beIN
F1 - raceInterlagos10:00am-10:30am - pre-race (L)
10:30pm-1:30pm - race (L)
NBCSN
SupercarsGold Coast1:00pm-2:00pm (D)CBS-SN
NASCAR Cup - racePhoenix2:00pm-2:30pm - pre-race (L)
2:30pm-6:00pm - race (L)
NBC
NASCAR Cup - post racePhoenix6:00pm-7:00pm - post-race (L)NBCSN
NHRA - finalsPomona4:00pm-7:00pm (L)FS1

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