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11/20/18
nasmon

Final weekend TV Ratings
TV Ratings plunge as social media increases
NASCAR TV Ratings plunge as social media increases

TV Ratings were down 11% for NASCAR's Monster Cup grand finale in Homestead. The biggest disappointment were the 18-49 age group - down even more

The only good news was that NBC Sports says viewership of the race peaked in the final quarter hour of the race with 5.8 million average viewers, which it claims to be the largest peak audience for NASCAR since FOX’s April Talladega race (6.3m), and a 3.4 rating. 

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11/20/18
irl

Santino Ferrucci Returns to Coyne for 2019 IndyCar Series Season
Santino Ferrucci
Santino Ferrucci
After making a strong impression in his four IndyCar Series starts this past year, American Santino Ferrucci will be returning to Dale Coyne Racing for 2019 to take on his first full season of IndyCar Racing alongside team veteran Sebastien Bourdais. 

Ferrucci made his IndyCar debut with DCR in 2018 at the Detroit double header weekend in June and returned to the team in August when he competed in the final two rounds of the season at Portland International Raceway and Sonoma Raceway.

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11/20/18
irl

Wasserman Signs IndyCar Driver Santino Ferrucci
Santino Ferrucci
Santino Ferrucci

Wasserman, a leading global sports and entertainment agency, today announced the signing of 20-year-old Santino Ferucci to a driver representation agreement. A native of Woodbury, Connecticut, Ferrucci will pilot the #19 Cly-Del car alongside veteran Sebastien Bourdais at Dale Coyne Racing in the 2019 IndyCar Series season.

“I like what I see in Santino, both as a young driving talent and as a marketable brand,” said Jimmy Button, Vice President of Motorsports at Wasserman. “The Wasserman team has a lot of experience in motorsport and I’m excited to see what Santino can do as a young gun in the IndyCar Series next season.”

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11/20/18
roc

Mick Schumacher to partner Sebastian Vettel on Team Germany at ROC Mexico
Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vttel winning ROC in 2011
Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel winning ROC in 2011
The 2018 FIA Formula 3 European Champion Mick Schumacher will make his Race Of Champions debut on January 19-20, 2019 at the Foro Sol, the iconic amphitheater forming part of Mexico City’s Aut¢dromo Hermanos Rodríguez Formula 1 circuit.

Fresh from his victorious season, the 19-year-old Schumacher – son of seven-time F1 world champion Michael – will also team up with his fellow countryman Sebastian Vettel for Team Germany in the ROC Nations Cup.

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11/20/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Schumacher is a complete mystery to everyone - and is likely in a vegetative state
    Schumacher is a complete mystery to everyone - and is likely in a vegetative state
    Friends know nothing of Schumacher condition
  • Renault CEO arrested in Japan
  • Red Bull drivers expect Honda progress in 2019
  • Leclerc: Sauber started work on 2019 car very early
  • Horner: Formula 1 drivers aren't robots

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11/20/18
nasmon

Penalty report from Homestead
Aric Almirola
Aric Almirola

NASCAR issued a $10,000 fine against Aric Almirola‘s crew chief, John Klausmeier, for an unsecured lug nut after Sunday’s Cup season finale at Homestead.

Almirola finished ninth in the race.

No other penalties were announced. 

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11/19/18
motogp

MotoGP Series to be sold
MotoGP action
MotoGP action
Bridgepoint, the private equity owner of MotoGP, hired advisers to "prepare the company" that owns the int'l motorcycle racing series for a sale, according to Massoudi, Espinoza & Ahmed of the FINANCIAL TIMES. 

The London-based buyout group enlisted bankers at Lazard to conduct a review of Dorna, the Spanish holding company behind MotoGP and the Superbike World Championship, "in anticipation of a sale next year," according to sources.

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11/19/18
nhra

NHRA & FOX Reveal 2019 Broadcast Schedule
FOX Sports and NHRA have released the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series broadcast schedule for next year.

Most notably, the schedule includes additional live coverage on the FOX broadcast network for the NHRA SpringNationals in Houston. The schedule is once again highlighted by live FOX broadcast network coverage of the Western Swing (Denver, Sonoma and Seattle) and the U.S. Nationals from Indianapolis on Labor Day.

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11/19/18
nasmon

NASCAR Homestead TV Rating

NBC yesterday drew what is likely the lowest overnight rating yet for a NASCAR Cup Series finale. The net drew a 2.5 overnight as Joey Logano won his first Monster Energy Cup Series title, down from a 2.7 last year for Martin Truex Jr.’s win.

NBC drew a 3.2 in ’16, and a 4.2 for the net’s first season back with NASCAR in ’15.

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11/19/18
nasmon

Joey Logano's Win Gives Ford First NASCAR Drivers' Title Since '04
Jim Campbell (Chevrolet U.S. Vice President of performance vehicles and motorsports); Mark Rushbrook (Global Director, Ford Performance Motorsports) and Ed Laukes (Group Vice President, Marketing for Toyota Motor North America)
Jim Campbell (Chevrolet U.S. Vice President of performance vehicles and motorsports); Mark Rushbrook (Global Director, Ford Performance Motorsports) and Ed Laukes (Group Vice President, Marketing for Toyota Motor North America)
Joey Logano won the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway last night to give Ford its "eighth drivers' title, but first since Kurt Busch" in '04, ending NASCAR's "longest championship drought," according to Mark Long of the AP.

Ford also "won the manufacturers' title, the first time it has won the top two prizes in NASCAR in a season" since '99. Roger Penske, who owns Logano's No. 22 ride, and Ford BOD member Edsel Ford II "shared the championship moment in victory lane." Team Penske returned to the Ford brand in '13 and has been the "cornerstone" of the automaker's "bid to challenge Chevrolet and Toyota for tops in NASCAR."

Ford "led all three manufacturers with 19 wins" in '18. Ford Performance Global Dir Mark Rushbrook: "I just can't believe this right now. We have worked so hard for the last three years to build up the program." AP 

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11/19/18
MacauGP

Video: Horror crash at Macau GP (2nd Update)
Sophia Floersch
Sophia Floersch - operation successful

UPDATE Sophia Florsch has undergone a successful seven-hour operation on the spinal fracture she suffered in her horrific Macau Grand Prix crash.

A seven hour operation on her back was conducted on Monday, with doctors saying in a press conference afterwards that her vital signs are stable and limbs are active.

She will remain in hospital for up to two weeks. A mid-day release said:

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11/19/18
nasmon

NASCAR Homestead Monster Cup post-race Q&A
Championship 4 drivers Kyle Busch (No. 18 M&M’s Toyota), Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford) and Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/5-hour ENERGY Toyota); 2018 Monster Energy Series champions - Joey Logano, crew chief Todd Gordon and team owner Roger Penske (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford).

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11/19/18
MacauGP

Slow-Motion video of Macau Horror Crash (Update)
Damage catch fence
Damaged catch fence

UPDATE  As you can see from this photo, Floersch hit the catch fence between the rigid fence posts.

Had she hit one of the fence posts, and with no Halo on the car as it hit the fence cockpit first, the impact would have crushed her skull resulting in instant death.

She was a very very lucky gal.

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11/19/18
s5000

S5000 reveals car, 2019 calendar at series launch
S5000 car. Will the S5000 series usurp any hope IndyCar has of returning to Australia
S5000 car. Will the S5000 series usurp any hope IndyCar has of returning to Australia?

The fastest motorsport category to hit Australian shores in decades – S5000 – has been unveiled at Sydney Motorsport Park today.

In a spectacular launch in front of the media, competitors and distinguished guests, the S5000 begins a new chapter in high performance open wheel racing in Australia.

The launch also featured confirmation of a preliminary racing calendar for the inaugural 2019 season.

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11/19/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Monday
  • Ricciardo is expected to eat Hulkenberg's lunch
    Ricciardo is expected to eat Hulkenberg's lunch
    Hulkenberg aims to beat Ricciardo
  • Alonso not ruling out F1 return for 2020
  • Ticktum, Albon in doubt for Toro Rosso seat
  • Prost 'not unhappy' Red Bull deal ending
  • Prost tips Formula 2 move for Schumacher
  • Ecclestone ditches his glasses and has laser eye surgery
  • Prost: Rich kids always at an advantage in F1
  • F1 to switch to thinner tires in 2019
  • Calderon concludes her second day of Fiorano testing
  • Magnussen takes dig at McLaren for Vandoorne snub

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11/18/18
nasmon

Video: President Steve Phelps NASCAR Update at Homestead
Steve Phelps
Steve Phelps
With a new rules package coming in 2019 for NASCAR's foremost series, with significant schedule changes under consideration for the year after that, and with a groundswell of new corporate interest in the sport as a marketing vehicle, NASCAR President Steve Phelps was upbeat when he took questions from reporters on Sunday morning before the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Despite an on-track product that has produced compelling racing this season-as well as perhaps the strongest Championship 4 contingent since the inception of the elimination-style format in 2014-NASCAR has introduced a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition package that will constitute a paradigm shift for next season.

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11/18/18
nasmon

Video: NASCAR Homestead Manufacturers Media Availability
Jim Campbell (Chevrolet U.S. Vice President of performance vehicles and motorsports); Mark Rushbrook (Global Director, Ford Performance Motorsports) and Ed Laukes (Group Vice President, Marketing for Toyota Motor North America) talk about their NASCAR involvement.

Chevy had their lunch eaten this year, with Ford winning the title in Cup.

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11/18/18
f1

2018 Brazilian Grand Prix Mercedes F1 Debrief
James Vowles answers your questions about the Brazilian GP, from why Mercedes pitted Lewis Hamilton earlier than their rivals, to how it felt securing the Constructors' title with victory at Interlagos..

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11/18/18
Baja 1000

Rossi and Honda finish 2nd in class in Baja 1000
Honda Ridgeline with Alexander Rossi behind the wheel
Honda Ridgeline with Alexander Rossi behind the wheel
The Honda Off-Road Racing Team and its Ridgeline Baja Race Truck completed their 2018 season with a hard-fought second-place Class 7 finish this weekend in the 51st running of the BFGoodrich SCORE Baja 1000.

Making his off-road racing debut, 2016 Indianapolis 500 champion Alexander Rossi and veteran navigator Evan Weller took the green flag just after 12 p.m. PST on Friday.  By the 40-mile mark, the pair had the Ridgeline in the class lead despite a well-publicized “near miss” with spectator vehicle.

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11/18/18
motogp

Marquez dominates soaking wet warm-up
Marquez
Marquez

A taped up shoulder from a crash in qualifying Saturday could not slow down Marc Marquez in a very wet morning warm-up session for the 2018 Valencia MotoGP at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, round 19 of 19.

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11/18/18
wec

Alonso smoking funny weed
Fernando Alonso (c) said the other LMP1 cars are 'much' faster than the Toyotas. In the race the Toyotas lapped the field as we predicted. Fernando must be smoking some sort of funny weed
Fernando Alonso (c) said the other LMP1 cars are 'much' faster than the Toyotas. In the race the Toyotas lapped the field as we predicted. Fernando must be smoking some sort of funny weed
Fernando Alonso must be smoking some funny weed. He said in Shanghai he feels the small edge Toyota displayed in Shanghai qualifying was "artificial" because of the way the hybrid system is used, and that without this the privateer cars are now quicker over a lap.

"I have already seen that they were faster than us in Fuji, and here they are much faster than us," said Alonso.

"We have the qualifying features on the car, which is only for one lap. We drain the battery to zero and we have more power, but only one lap.

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11/18/18
MacauGP

Ticktum wins crash marred Macau GP
Dan Ticktum never headed
Dan Ticktum never headed

Red Bull Junior Dan Ticktum took victory in the Macau Grand Prix for the second year in a row after a typical crash-marred Macau F3 race.

Ticktum led from start to finish in a race that was red-flagged for a lengthy period following a frightening crash for Sophia Florsch and Sho Tsuboi.

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11/17/18
f1

Behind the scenes with Lando - Garage Tour
A garage tour like no other. Get to see behind the scenes with new McLaren F1 driver Lando Norris as he shows us some areas that the cameras don't usually get to see.

Norris will be replacing Fernando Alonso next year who is leaving the team because the McLaren car is too slow and he has no chance to win.

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11/17/18
nasmon

The Road To Homestead - How The Championship 4 Sealed Their Place
Harvick

The 2018 NASCAR Playoffs kicked off at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in mid-September, with the season’s star performers embarking on a 10-race run for Cup glory, which will now see a four-way battle for the title between Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick.

Mobil 1 The Grid caught up with Erik Jones, Jimmie Johnson, Aric Almirola, Kurt Busch, as well as Kyle Busch and Harvick themselves, to find out more about the path to Homestead-Miami.

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11/17/18
nastruck

Moffitt after winning title: 'Longest laps of my life'
Brett Moffitt celebrates in Victory Lane at Homestead-Miami Speedway in front of empty grandstands after winning the 2018 Camping World Truck Series championship.

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11/17/18
tv news

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern.
Saturday, Nov. 17LocationTV TimesNetwork
MotoGP – qualifyingValencia7:00-10:00ambeIN
SupercarsAuckland7:00-8:00am (D)CBS-SN
NASCAR Cup – practice 2Homestead11:30am-12:30pmNBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity – qualifyingHomestead12:30-1:30pmNBCSN
NASCAR Cup – final practiceHomestead2:00-3:00pmNBCSN
NASCAR Xfinity – raceHomestead3-3:30pm – pre-race
3:30-6:00pm – race
NBCSN
Sunday, Nov. 18LocationTV TimesNetwork
MotoGP – raceValencia4:50-9:00ambeIN
NASCAR Cup – raceHomestead3:00-3:30pm – pre-race
3:30-6:00pm – race
NBC



Legend: D = delayed

 



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11/17/18
irl
baja 1000

Alexander Rossi near-miss in Baja 1000
Watch from multiple angles as Alexander Rossi has a remarkable near miss when he jumps along the side of a stray road car during the Baja 1000 offroad race.

The 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner makes contact with the four-wheel-drive as they pass, with debris flying off.

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11/17/18
f1

Calderon completes the first day of testing for the Alfa Romeo Sauber
Calderon completes another test. The team really needs her money to pay bills
Calderon completes another test. The team really needs her money to pay bills
The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team Test Driver, Tatiana Calderon, has successfully completed her first day of testing at Fiorano. It is the first time that the Colombian racer drove on this circuit, discovering the power of the Sauber C32-Ferrari just shortly after making her debut behind the wheel of a Formula One car last month.

Calderon continued her learning process and put in a strong performance, improving lap after lap. She completed a total of 90 laps – the equivalent of 265 kilometers – throughout the day, running on Pirelli’s running promotional tires. The fastest lap was set at 00:59.913.

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11/17/18
automotive

Toyota USA To Replace Heroic Nurse's Charred Tundra
Charred Toyota Tundra
Charred Toyota Tundra

As California’s wild fires continue to devastate, the story of a heroic nurse has come to light and attracted the attention of Toyota.

The New York Times reports that nurse Allyn Pierce risked his own life to speed through the fire to get to a hospital to care for his patients and ensure they were evacuated safely. Images of Pierce’s Toyota Tundra reveal how close he came to disaster.

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11/17/18
automotive

VW To Turn Zwickau Plant Into Europe's Biggest EV Factory
The wholesale conversion to rid the world of air polluting, cancer causing internal combustion engine cars is on
The wholesale conversion to rid the world of air polluting, cancer causing internal combustion engine vehicles is on. How much will cancer rates plummet when the world is rid of this pestilent? Will many more humans then live to 100?

VW has announced its big plans for their Zwickau manufacturing plant in Germany, which is set to be transformed into Europe’s biggest electric car factory, featuring an annual production capacity of up to 330,000 vehicles per year.

The German car maker will invest 1.2 billion euros ($1.4 billion) in order to convert the factory for EV manufacturing, with the first model to roll off out of the gates being the ID Neo hatchback in November of 2019. Zwickau is currently building the VW Golf and Golf Estate. 

When the factory’s transformation is completed, it will produce a total of six electric vehicles from 2021 onwards. 

“We intend to take e-mobility out of its niche and to make the electric car affordable for millions of people”, said Thomas Ulbrich, Volkswagen Brand Board Member responsible for E-Mobility.

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11/17/18
MacauGP

Ticktum beats Eriksson for Macau pole
Dan Ticktum will start from pole
Dan Ticktum will start from pole

Dan Ticktum took victory in the qualification race to earn himself pole position for the Macau Grand Prix over Joel Eroksso.

Ticktum passed Callum Ilott for the lead on the second lap, and from then on led easily to wi, his only scare was having to avoid a stray dog.

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11/16/18
nastruck

Chevy Earns Ninth NASCAR Truck Series Manufacturer Championship
Chevy beats Toyota for Truck title
Chevy beats Toyota for Truck title
With the completion of qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Chevrolet has clinched the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) manufacturer championship. This is the ninth time in NCWTS history that Chevrolet has captured this prestigious honor.

Silverado has powered Chevrolet drivers in the NCWTS since the series’ inception in 1995 and has now earned the Bowtie Brand nine manufacturer championships and over 230 victories. 

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11/16/18
irl

VIDEO: IndyCar Visits The Alamo and Texas State Capitol
Simon Pagenaud
Simon Pagenaud
IndyCar fans can join in on IndyCar's journey through Central Texas by watching the below recap video.

The video recaps the press day in San Antonio at McNay Art Museum where IndyCar driver Simon Pagenaud, retired Spurs player Brent Barry, and Red McCombs came together to welcome IndyCar to Central Texas!

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11/16/18
irl

Smithsonian Channel to Air First Color Footage of Inaugural Indianapolis 500
1911 Indy 500 finish
1911 Indy 500 finish
The Smithsonian Channel series America in Color, which returns for a second season on Sunday, is set to air footage of the inaugural Indianapolis 500 for the first time in color.

The clip will be featured in the second episode of the season, "Titans of Industry," which will air on Nov. 25. In addition to highlighting the 1911 race, the episode will chronicle the lives of three influential families—the Fords, Firestones and Edisons—over 70 years. You can watch a preview of Smithsonian's Indianapolis 500 footage in the clip below.

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11/16/18
nasmon

Truex Jr. leads Championship 4 pack in first Homestead-Miami practice
Truex Jr.
Truex Jr.

Championship contender Martin Truex Jr. topped the leaderboard in Friday’s first practice at Homestead-Miami Speedway, wheeling his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota around the track at 173.997 mph.

Fellow Championship 4 driver Kyle Busch was second-fastest in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at 173.299 mph.

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11/16/18
fe

FIA confirms 22-car Formula E 2018/19 entry list
Andretti BMW driver Sims
Andretti BMW driver Sims
The FIA has released a confirmed entry list for the 2018/19 Formula E Championship.

The all-electric series fifth season will see 11 teams competing, each with a two-car team, with the first round of the season taking place in just under a month's time in Saudi Arabia for the inaugural Ad Diriyah ePrix.

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11/16/18
irl

Bumping looks assured for Indy 500
Will Hinchcliffe go home crying again this year?
Will Hinchcliffe go home crying again this year?
It appears we will see bumping for the Indy 500 this year with 29 cars confirmed and more coming.

Confirmed

Chevrolet (15)

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11/16/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • Zandvoort
    Zandvoort
    Dutch GP preparations to take 'years'
  • Kubica has 'made decision' about 2019
  • Alonso exit shows F1 'sick' - Perez
  • Hamilton could face Abu Dhabi engine penalty
  • McLaren and Sparco create the world's lightest FIA race suit

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11/16/18
wec

Buemi fastest for Toyota on wet Shanghai Friday
#7 Toyota of Sebastien Buemi before a huge Friday crowd
#7 Toyota of Sebastien Buemi before a huge Friday crowd

As expected, Toyota, which enjoys a huge advantage over its rivals as allowed by the FIA (so they do not leave the series) came out on top in two wet sessions of free practice for this weekend's Shanghai round of the World Endurance Championship.

Sebastien Buemi's 1m54.768s set on intermediate tires in the #7 Toyota in the first of the two 90-minute sessions stood as the fastest time of the day.

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11/16/18
motogp

Marquez fastest in wet opening practice
Marquez on top
Marquez on top

Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez was fastest in the opening MotoGP practice at Valencia, which was red-flagged early in the session due to weather conditions.

The session started under soaking wet track conditions, which are forecast for the whole of the final weekend.

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11/16/18
nasmon

Ford hope to end their losing stigma this weekend
This is Ford's big weekend. But of the two Ford's in contention for the title, one, Joey Logano, has a payback coming and chances are Martin Truex Jr. will stuff him into the wall. Paybacks are a bitch
This is Ford's big weekend

NASCAR calls it Ford Championship Weekend because the Ford Motor Company sponsors the annual, final, climactic weekend of the season at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.

AR1.com predicted before the season started Ford would dominate in 2018 - a must win year for Ford or they could leave the sport out of embarrassment from being spanked by Toyota and Chevy year-in and year-out for so long.

If NASCAR lost Ford it would be a disaster, so that could not happen.

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11/16/18
nhra

Katarina Moller Killed in Accident at Sebring
Katarina Moller
Katarina Moller
Katarina Moller, 24, of Sarasota, Fla., passed away as a result of an accident during an exhibition run in a jet dragster at Sebring International Raceway Thursday night.

Moller was making her first run in the car at Sebring’s regular drag racing event.

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