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11/20/14
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Xbox and Dick Johnson Racing bring Marcos Ambrose home
Marcos Ambrose
Dick Johnson Racing (DJR) today revealed leading videogame and entertainment brand, Xbox, assumes the role of official ‘wildcard’ entry partner in the Sydney NRMA 500 V8 Supercars race this December.

Two-time V8 Supercars champion and Australian racing legend Marcos Ambrose – who is returning to Australia after eight years in the US NASCAR circuit to race the Sydney NRMA 500 season finale – appeared at a launch event this morning at Lakeside Park in Brisbane to unveil the Xbox Racing Ford Falcon FG he will drive on December 5-7.

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11/20/14
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Kahne signs 3 year extension with Hendrick
Kasey Kahne
Hendrick Motorsports and Kasey Kahne have agreed to a three-year contract extension that will keep the driver with the #5 Chevy SS team through the end of the 2018 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

"It's extremely gratifying to work with a driver like Kasey," said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. "I think the world of him both as a driver with championship-level talent and an overall terrific young man. Our whole organization has a great deal of respect for how hard he works, the professionalism he displays with our partners and the way he carries himself every day. We're committed to winning races and competing for titles with him for many years to come."

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11/20/14
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Roush Fenway Racing catches a break on rule violations
Just prior to the November 14th NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying session for the Ford Eco Boost 400, at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, the Roush Fenway Racing Ford #17, driven by Rickey Stenhouse Jr,, surprisingly failed a pre-qualifying technical inspection. NASCAR tech officials discovered what was termed to be "unapproved rear suspension parts" on the car. The parts were confiscated and transported to NASCAR's Research and Development Center, located in Concord, North Carolina, for further review.

At the time it was believed that the anticipated possible penalties were going to be harsh. There was speculation that said the infraction level could hit a P5 on NASCAR's penalty scale. That's one of the highest levels possible with the possible maximum penalty being a fine of $125,000 and a six week suspension for Crew Chief Mike Kelley plus a loss of 50 championship points for Stenhouse which would have created a significant impact on the final Sprint Cup driver standings.

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11/20/14
f1

Watch Jenson Button's Hilarious Reaction To Fernando Alonso's Awkward Question
There’s been plenty of discussion about who Fernando Alonso will partner at McLaren next year and that continued in the Abu Dhabi press conference. Here's what happened when Alonso got asked if he'd like Jenson Button as his teammate next year, when Button was sat right next to him. Video

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11/20/14
f1

Rosberg tells Hamilton to keep title fight 'clean'
Nico Rosberg
(GMM)  Nico Rosberg has kicked off the Abu Dhabi championship showdown by telling teammate Lewis Hamilton to keep their fight clean.

A first or second place will guarantee the title for Hamilton, so Mercedes teammate Rosberg is hoping trouble strikes or a strong rival from another team is able to split the pair on the podium.

"I need to do what I can to try and put the pressure on," Rosberg said on Thursday.

"In Brazil Lewis made a mistake so there is a chance.  I need to do what I can to keep going like that."

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11/20/14
f1

Abu Dhabi extends F1 race contract
(GMM)  Abu Dhabi's long-term place on the F1 calendar is secure.

The popular day-night race at the spectacular Yas Marina, scene of this weekend's 2014 championship showdown, already had a contract through 2016.

On Thursday, the local race promoters announced they have signed a multi-year extension.

"I said when the Yas Marina Circuit was opened that it may one day be matched, but it will never be bettered," said F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone.

Abu Dhabi has sold all 60,000 race-day tickets for Sunday's title-deciding race.

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11/20/14
f1

Alonso admits Ferrari 'love' had faded
Sebastian Vettel (L) replaces Fernando Alonso at Ferrari
(GMM)  Fernando Alonso endured an uncomfortable moment in Abu Dhabi on Thursday afternoon.

On the day his Ferrari departure was finally confirmed officially, the Spaniard had to appear in the FIA's press conference ahead of the 2014 finale.

To his right was Sebastian Vettel, the man who replaces him at Maranello.  And on his left was Jenson Button, his potential teammate at McLaren-Honda next year.

However, neither his McLaren move nor Button's future are yet clear.  So when asked by a journalist if he would like to have Button as his next teammate, Alonso wriggled in his seat and struggled to find an answer.

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11/20/14
gp2

GP2: Abu Dhabi Preview
The GP2 Series will run the Abu Dhabi circuit this weekend
Yas Marina Circuit
Length 5.554 km
Race 1 31 laps - 172.059 km
Race 2 22 laps - 122.073 km

Friday 21st November 2014

11:15 - 12:00 Free Practice Session
19:10 - 19:40 Qualifying Session

Saturday 22nd November 2014

18:25 Pitlane opened
18:30 Pitlane closed - Grid
18:40 Race 1 // Feature Race Start (31 laps / 60 mins.)

Sunday 23rd November 2014

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11/20/14
f1

McLaren delay will end F1 driver's career - Perez
Sergio Perez
(GMM)  Sergio Perez thinks one occupant of a McLaren this weekend will not return to formula one in 2015.

He is referring to the high-profile holdup at Woking, with Fernando Alonso believed to be already signed but McLaren undecided over whether to keep Jenson Button or Kevin Magnussen.

It is a familiar situation for Mexican Perez, who spent a season at McLaren last year before being ousted.

"They always told me I was going to stay!" he is quoted by the British broadcaster Sky in Abu Dhabi.

"That was pretty late in the season so I was very lucky to find a seat -- and a good seat."

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11/20/14
f1

Caterham completes comeback lineup with Stevens
Will Stevens buys 1-race drive
(GMM)  Caterham has completed its driver lineup for the Abu Dhabi comeback.

The returning backmarker has already confirmed Kamui Kobayashi, but following Marcus Ericsson's departure, the identity of the second driver had triggered a round of wild speculation.

Caterham ended the uncertainty on Thursday, announcing that 23-year-old British rookie Will Stevens will make his debut in Abu Dhabi this weekend.

Stevens, sixth in the Formula Renault 3.5 series this season, is no stranger to F1, having been a Caterham test driver and almost making his Friday practice debut at Suzuka for Marussia at Suzuka seven weeks ago.

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11/20/14
f1

Official: Vettel replaces Alonso at Ferrari
With Adrian Newey no longer leading Red Bull's design team, and their top aerodynamicist stolen, and strapped with the inferior Renault engine, Vettel decided Red Bull may no longer be the team it once was
(GMM) Finally, the open secrets about Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel's futures became officially clear on Thursday.

Ferrari announced that Spaniard Alonso and the Italian team have ended their relationship "by common consent", opening the door for Vettel to arrive from Red Bull.

It is expected Alonso will move to McLaren, with the British team delaying an announcement for now until it has decided the identity of his Honda-powered teammate.

"In the Scuderia Ferrari roll of honor of great drivers, Fernando Alonso will always occupy a special place," said team boss Marco Mattiacci.

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11/20/14
fe

Brabham to make Formula E race debut
Matthew Brabham
Matthew Brabham will make his FIA Formula E race debut with Andretti Autosport as a replacement for Charles Pic at Malaysia this weekend.

The 20-year-old has been promoted from his role as reserve driver at the American outfit and will now become the youngest driver on the 20 car grid for the second round of the all electric championship at Putrajaya.

Brabham has already experienced the revolutionary Spark-Renault SRT_01E Formula E car having taken part in two tests at Donington Park earlier this year.

The Indy Lights racer also joined up with the Andretti Autosport team at the opening round of the championship in Beijing, where Andretti drivers Franck Montagny and Pic finished second and fourth respectively.

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11/20/14
f1

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

Caterham happy to make return in Abu Dhabi
Ocon beat Verstappen for the F3 title but only got one Friday morning track cleaning job while Verstappen got a full-time ride
11/20/14
  • Marussia's Abu Dhabi return bid fails
  • European Union 'turns eye' to F1 crisis - report
  • Ferrari denies making Vettel announcement
  • Mercedes desperate to avoid title breakdown - Lauda
  • Now correspondent critiques struggling teams
  • Massa is Rosberg's best hope for title - Glock
  • McLaren should pick Button over Magnussen - Herbert
  • Merhi in Abu Dhabi with Caterham race hopes
  • Bianchi 'will be heavily disabled' - Streiff
  • De Silvestro splits with backer, manager
  • Backmarker and field filler, Caterham, thanks everyone
  • Ecclestone helped Caterham out (Needed someone to clean the track Friday morning) New
  • Ferrari and Fernando Alonso finally confirm F1 split New
  • Ocon to drive in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix New


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11/20/14
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In reality, Jeff Gordon is a 7-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion
Jeff Gordon screwed over by NASCAR

Jeff Gordon is turning out to be quite the company man. He’s firmly supporting NASCAR even though its new rules are hurting his legacy.
Gordon has won four NASCAR Cup series championships—his last in 2001. Had it not been for NASCAR’s infatuation with a playoff format, he’d have won seven, tying Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr. for tops all-time.

If NASCAR rewarded the champion on a straight-up points system for all races, Gordon would have won the series in 2004, 2007 and 2014. Instead, Gordon finished third, second and sixth.

All because in 2004, NASCAR, fearing interest in its series was waning, instituted the Chase - stock car's version of the playoffs.

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11/20/14
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Distinguishing NASCAR Dreams From Reality
Was the Chase the resounding success NASCAR said it was?
Did You Notice? … The audience increased for this year’s version of the Chase? Homestead ratings, released Tuesday wrapped up the latest ten-race version of NASCAR's playoff, a 3.1 Nielsen number flat year-to-year but still good enough to keep the audience rising. Yes, executives around the sport are trumpeting how much this postseason boosted interest.

How much, you ask? 0.3. No, that’s not some weird version of honoring the Intimidator. I'm talking a whopping three-tenths of a percent.

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11/20/14
irl

Specialty Lubricant Solutions for IndyCar
The Verizon IndyCar Series is one of the most competitive and technologically advanced racing series in the world.  The racecars operate under extreme conditions that vary widely from track to track, and engineers exactingly monitor every detail of stress placed on the vehicle, creating a perfect real-world test situation.
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In 2012, Quaker Chemical (KWR) formed a partnership with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing (SFHR) to see if together they could develop new greases that would reduce mechanical loss of energy and to extend the life of the bearings. The SFHR team was hoping for a subtle but crucial fraction-of-a-second advantage.

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11/19/14
gp2

Daly Back to GP2 for Abu Dhabi
Conor Daly
American Conor Daly will finish the GP2 season in Abu Dhabi this weekend driving for the Venezuela GP Lazarus team. Having had to sit out the last four rounds of the championship in Monza and Russia, Daly is itching to get back behind the wheel.

"This weekend will finish off four seasons of racing in Europe for me and I could not have had a better training ground in preparation for the rest of my career," said Daly. "Lazarus is a great group of guys who believe in me and I was so glad to get the call to come to Abu Dhabi. I know the track well and am ready to race."

Daly will bring his reputation as one of the best starters on the grid to Abu Dhabi with the primary mission to score as many championship points as possible. He will team with former race winner, Nathanael Berthon from France.

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11/19/14
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Rodden moves from Ganassi to Hendrick
Keith Rodden is back in the fold at Hendrick Motorsports, the team announced Wednesday.

Rodden will be atop the pit box for Kasey Kahne and the No. 5 team beginning in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Kenny Francis, who had been teamed with Kahne as crew chief for all but eight races since the start of the 2006 season, will still be with Hendrick in the newly created position of vehicle technical director.

Francis will oversee organization-wide car design and development, the team announced in a release, managing the chassis, body, research and development, on-track testing, vehicle engineering and simulation programs.

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11/19/14
f1

Marussia team staff spotted in Abu Dhabi
(GMM)  Staff wearing Marussia team shirts were spotted on Wednesday in the Abu Dhabi paddock.

The sightings, believed to be Ferrari personnel ready to work on the embattled team's customer engines, coincided with rumors Marussia is in fact making its way to the region in the hope of racing this weekend.

Garages in the Yas Marina Circuit have also been allocated to Marussia, should they arrive in Abu Dhabi in time with the funding to race.

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11/19/14
wrc

Villeneuve splits with World RX team
Jacques Villeneuve
(Editor's note: Might this have something to do with Villeneuve's rumored IndyCar plans? Hmmm...)

1997 Formula 1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve will not complete his maiden season in the World Rallycross Championship, and is unlikely to return next year.

British squad Albatec Racing will replace Villeneuve with 2007 British Rallycross champion Ollie O'Donovan for next week's season finale in Argentina.

Villeneuve made his rallycross debut at the 2014 season-opener in Portugal, but in seven events failed to make it into the semi-finals.

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11/19/14
wc

Haselgrove named PWC Director of Competition
Denver, CO - WC Vision has announced Marcus Haselgrove as the new Director of Competition for Pirelli World Challenge.

The series has been working for several months to update Geoff Carter's position as Director of Competition. Carter was offered another role in the Competition Department but declined the offer and chose to leave the Series.

Scott Bove, President and Chief Executive Officer of WC Vision/Pirelli World Challenge, noted, "I want to thank Geoff for his contributions over the past three years as a part of the PWC series operations team. He has helped us get to where we are today, poised, ready, locked and loaded for what will be our best season ever. We all wish Geoff the very best in his future. We are proud of the depth of candidates that PWC was able to attract. We interviewed several, considered two and we are pleased to announce the hiring of Marcus Haselgrove."

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11/19/14
f1

Jules Bianchi condition update
The parents of Jules Bianchi, Philippe and Christine, would like to provide the following information regarding Jules' medical care, by way of an update to the media and his fans.

"Almost seven weeks after Jules' accident at Suzuka Circuit, and following a challenging period of neurological intensive care, we are able to announce that Jules has made an important step.

"Jules is no longer in the artificial coma in which he was placed shortly after the accident, however he is still unconscious. He is breathing unaided and his vital signs are stable, but his condition is still classified as ‘critical'. His treatment now enters a new phase concerned with the improvement of his brain function.

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11/19/14
wec

Tom Kristensen to retire at end of year
Tom Kristensen
One of the really big names in sports is retiring: Le Mans record winner Tom Kristensen will contest his last race as a professional race driver in Sao Paulo (Brazil) at the end of November. The 47-year-old Dane will be retained by the brand with the four rings as a representative and partner of Audi Sport.

"Naturally, the retirement of a remarkable personality like Tom Kristensen is a great loss for Audi Sport Team Joest and the entire endurance racing scene," says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. "We can understand his decision to quit at the pinnacle of his career. He's the last member of the generation that Audi began with in prototype racing. Tom has been competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) as the reigning World Champion this year and shown that he's still one of the world's fastest and best sports car drivers. We'll miss him as a driver but he's going to continue to support us with his wealth of experience and his personality. We're happy that Tom Kristensen has been and will continue to be an ‘Audian' with his heart and soul."

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11/19/14
f1

Romain Grosjean confirmed by Lotus for 2015
Romain Grosjean
Lotus F1 Team is pleased to announce that Romain Grosjean will continue to drive for the team in 2015 as it embarks on its first season with Mercedes-Benz power. Romain will continue to partner Pastor Maldonado, who was confirmed for 2015 earlier this year.

Romain has driven for Lotus F1 Team continuously since the start of the 2011 season as well as driving for the team's previous iteration of Renault for the latter part of the 2009 season. He was previously part of Enstone's long-standing young driver program.

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11/19/14
f1

'Info Wing' system set for testing
Anthony Hamilton
A revolutionary new concept developed by Lewis Hamilton's father is to be put through its paces over the course of the next few days in Abu Dhabi.

Dubbed 'Info Wing', the LED display system sits on top of the air intake above the driver's head and primarily provides race-position data.

Using information supplied by race control, data can also be displayed as to who has set the fastest lap, tire strategy and flag condition via multiple colors.

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11/19/14
f1

Schumacher is paralyzed, bound to a wheelchair and has problems with memory and speech.
MOSCOW, November 19 (Sputnik) Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is paralyzed, bound to a wheelchair and has problems with memory and speech, former racing driver Philippe Streiff said.

"Schumacher is better, but everything is relative. He can't speak. He is paralyzed and is in a wheelchair. He has problems with memory and speech. As soon as he is with his family again, he will be able to recover faster, but it will be difficult," said Streiff was quoted as saying Tuesday by F1i Magazine. [Editor's Note: He is already home with his family, and has been for months, so we question the accuracy of this report, it may be very old information.]

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11/19/14
f1

Eddie Jordan says Ecclestone should retire
From GP 247 -- Eddie Jordan is one of the first high profile figures to come out and slam Bernie Ecclestone publicly for his controversial and increasingly erratic views on the way Formula 1 should be run and marketed in the age of new media.

Jordan, a former F1 team owner and well known admirer of Ecclestone in the past, told Sportsmail, "Bernie says one thing to your paper, another thing to a different paper, and another thing to me. It is out of control. Nobody knows whether he means what he says or even knows what he is saying."

"One moment he said he wanted to help the smaller teams out of their financial trouble; then the next moment that he didn’t care about them. He said they had come to him with begging bowls," recalled Jordan.

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11/19/14
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Mark Webber calls today's F1 a complete farce
    Haas not determined to have American driver
  • Mercedes not preparing 'Hamilton' or 'Rosberg' title t-shirts
  • Today's F1 'is not racing' - Webber
  • Webber not surprised at Vettel switch
  • Ecclestone hits back at F1 'cartel' accusation
  • Correspondent slams underperforming F1 drivers
  • Amnesty report slams Abu Dhabi before F1 finale
  • Michelin not ruling out F1 return
  • Meetings could decide Toro Rosso future for Sainz
  • Horner rejects Ecclestone proposal for engine unfreeze
  • GP2 champion Palmer gets Force India test


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11/18/14
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Discount Tire and Team Penske Extend Partnership
Discount Tires on Keselowski uniform
Team Penske announced today that it has reached a multi-year extension with Discount Tire, the world's largest tire and wheel retailer, to continue as a key marketing partner with the team. Discount Tire will remain a primary sponsor of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford Mustang for at least 24 races in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and serve as an associate sponsor for both the No. 2 and No. 22 Ford Fusions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

"We are happy to be extending our relationship with Team Penske into 2015 and beyond," said Michael Zuieback, President of Discount Tire. "They've been a loyal ambassador of the Discount Tire brand since we began our relationship with them in 2010. The entire team, from Roger Penske to Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney and everyone that is a part of the No. 22 crew, exemplifies performance and professionalism. We're looking forward to many more years of success together both on and off the track."

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11/18/14
irl

Power, Andretti headline Vegas karting event
INDYCAR again will have a strong presence at the 18th SKUSA SuperNationals this weekend in Las Vegas.

The karting event draws more than 500 drivers from across the globe and serves as the Superkarts USA Pro Tour series finale.
Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power and race winner Marco Andretti headline the lineup of drivers in nine divisions.

Power, who drove the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet to three victories and his first series title, will compete in the TaG Master division for the second consecutive year. He won a heat race and led laps in the final in his SuperNationals debut in 2013.

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11/18/14
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Kevin Harvick Making Media Rounds In N.Y.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick is making the media rounds in N.Y. today, appearing on local and national shows and on a variety of platforms. He has already appeared on shows including WNYW-Fox' "Good Day New York," the syndicated "Live With Kelly And Michael" and SiriusXM Radio's "The Highway Show." He also will appear tonight on CNN's "Unguarded With Rachel Nichols" and will read the Top Ten list on CBS' "Late Show."

NASCAR is promoting the appearances with social media mentions, such as a Vine showing Michael Strahan with the Sprint Cup and a multitude of tweets.

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11/18/14
motogp

2014 MotoGP Season's 18 Rounds Draw Total Of Nearly 2.5M Fans
MotoGP crowds grew compared to last year, with 2.47 million fans attending GP events in '14. Attendance figures across the 18 rounds of this year's championship show that 14 of the Grands Prix on the '14 calendar saw more than 100,000 spectators in attendance over the course of the weekend.

The biggest crowds of the year were at Brno, Czech Republic, as 240,695 fans were present at the bwin Grand Prix Ceske republiky from Friday to Sunday, with more than 138,000 present on race day alone.

The total crowd for the Brno weekend of more than 240,000 spectators was a significant increase on the figure of 222,710 for the event in '13. With total crowds exceeding well over 2 million for the 10th successive season, the total attendance at all Grands Prix was 2,473,624, compared with 2,433,763 in '13

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11/18/14
f1

McLaren delays driver news until December
(GMM)  The long wait to know McLaren's official 2015 driver lineup is not yet over.

With Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen's careers in the balance, team boss Eric Boullier said in Brazil that the target was to announce the news before the checkered flag in Abu Dhabi this weekend.

"Guys, we know you're awaiting news on our driver lineup.  We'll announce after December 1 -– you'll hear it here first," McLaren said on Twitter.

It is obvious that the holdup is the contractual impasse between McLaren's next race driver, the almost certainly returning Fernando Alonso, and his current team Ferrari.

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11/18/14
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NASCAR Homestead TV Rating (Update) UPDATE ESPN's live telecast of the Ford Ecoboost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, Nov. 16, the final race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, had a rise in viewership for the second straight year, leading to an increase in overall viewership during the 10 races of the Chase.

The Miami event averaged 5,223,000 viewers, up from 5,119,000 for last year's race and 4,769,000 for the race in 2012, according to Nielsen Media. The race telecast earned a 3.1 final U.S. household rating, the same as last year, but up from a 3.0 rating in 2012.

The 10 races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup averaged 4,408,000 viewers, up from 4,283,000 for last year's Chase. The 10 races averaged a 2.7 U.S. rating in both years.

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11/18/14
automotive

Ford recalls 65,000 Fusion models for ignition key issues
Ford Motor Co. said today it is recalling about 65,000 Fusion sedans in North America because the key can be removed from the ignition even if the car is not in the "park" position 30 minutes after the ignition is off, the company said.

Ford said it is not aware of any injuries or crashes as a result of this issue.

This is caused by a programming fault in the instrument cluster of the sedans, Ford said in a statement.

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11/18/14
f1

Wolff hopeful of quick Hamilton deal
Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff says he is hopeful of agreeing a new long-term deal with Lewis Hamilton shortly after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Mercedes has delayed talks with Hamilton – contracted until the end of next season – to allow him to focus on his title battle with team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Hamilton leads Rosberg, who agreed a multi-year extension in July, by 17 points ahead of this weekend's Abu Dhabi finale, with double points on offer.

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11/18/14
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ESPN's Live NASCAR Race Coverage Takes Checkered Flag
After 28 years and 398 races, ESPN's live telecasts of NASCAR Sprint Cup racing took the checkered flag Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway with the telecast of the 2014 season finale. Kevin Harvick won the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.

The race marked the end of ESPN's eight-year contract with NASCAR, which began in 2007. Previously, ESPN had televised live NASCAR racing from 1981-2000. Beginning in 2015, Fox and NBC will split the NASCAR season.

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11/18/14
f1

Matt Borland Named Vice President of Technology for Haas F1 Team
Matt Borland
Veteran motorsports engineer Matt Borland has been named vice president of technology for Haas F1 Team and Stewart-Haas Racing. In this role, Borland will serve as a liaison between the two organizations – Haas F1 Team in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship and Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Haas F1 Team will make its Formula One debut in 2016, becoming the first American-led Formula One team in 30 years. Stewart-Haas Racing is a four-car NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team with drivers Kevin Harvick, Danica Patrick, Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch. Stewart-Haas Racing debuted in 2009 and won the 2011 Sprint Cup championship with Stewart and the 2014 Sprint Cup championship with Harvick.

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11/18/14
f1

Video: Rosberg's 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Preview
In the final episode of his 2014 Grand Prix preview series, Nico Rosberg shares his thoughts on the unique challenges of the Yas Marina CircuitIn the final episode of his 2014 Grand Prix preview series, Nico Rosberg shares his thoughts on the unique challenges of the Yas Marina Circuit.

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11/18/14
promazda

Andretti Autosport announces first Pro Mazda driver to 2015 roster
Andretti Autosport confirmed today that Dalton Kellett has joined its Mazda Road to Indy roster. The 21-year-old will drive the No. 28 K-Line machine for the Indianapolis-based team for his sophomore season in the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires..

With one podium, two top-five and nine top-10 finishes, Kellett came away 10th in the 2014 season, the Canadian's rookie year. The Toronto native raced in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda for two years before his graduation to Pro Mazda. Prior to his involvement in the Mazda Road to Indy, Kellett competed in the Ontario Formula Ford Championship as well as multiple karting championships over four years where he was awarded with Rookie of the Year honors and other scholarships for his achievements.

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11/18/14
f1

Wolff: Hamilton breaking down would a be a "nightmare"
Toto Wolff is hoping for a straight fight to the finish
From BBC Sport -- Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff says it would be a "nightmare" if Lewis Hamilton had a car failure in the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Hamilton heads into the last race of 2014 17 points clear of team-mate Nico Rosberg and needs to finish second to win the drivers' championship.

"Clearly Lewis breaking down would be a nightmare," said Wolff.

"We want the championship to end in a straight and fair battle and not by one of them breaking down."

Hamilton has won 10 races to Rosberg's five this season, but has a relatively small advantage over the German as a result of a suffering more problems over the season.

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11/18/14
nassprint

NASCAR crew chief Frankie Kerr returns to sprint car world
The Renegade Sprints series has hired Frankie Kerr, the NASCAR crew chief for a variety of drivers including Marcos Ambrose as the series director. Kerr drove to numerous sprint car series and track championships in Ohio along with five Ohio Speedweek titles before spending the past 15 years in the NASCAR industry.

"My love is still dirt racing," he said. "I've always wanted to get back to dirt and help racers. The heart of sprint car racing for the most part is in the central part of the United States - Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Pennsylvania. We're going to be a series that will grow."

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11/18/14
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Kyle Busch says JGR needs to partner with another team
Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch says that Joe Gibbs Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing need to work more closely together if they are to compete against the Hendrick Motorsports-Stewart Haas Racing conglomeration and other teams next season. While Busch's teammate, Denny Hamlin, raced for the championship Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, there was a disparity in victories among the Toyota teams and others, including Stewart-Haas Racing, which won the championship with Kevin Harvick.

"We have four cars going next year and in reality we should have six, no ifs, ands, or buts,'' Busch said Monday, alluding to the addition of Carl Edwards to JGR, which gives that organization four teams, and MWR's two teams.

"We need to have as much as we can have.'' Busch views Hendrick Motorsports and Stewart-Haas Racing as one eight-car entity. Stewart-Haas Racing receives chassis and engines from Hendrick Motorsports and shares information.

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11/18/14
irl

NASCAR town honors IndyCar Series champion
Will Power
MOORESVILLE, NC, home to a number of NASCAR teams also has an IndyCar resident.  2014 Verizon IndyCar champion Will Power received symbolic keys to the town at Monday night's Mooresville Board of Commissioners meeting.

Power won Penske Racing's 13th IndyCar Series championship and Penske's 26th national racing championship overall.

Penske and its NASCAR operations have had a longtime presence in Mooresville.

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11/18/14
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Horner says Renault has produced an inferior power unit, down at least 75 HP from Mercedes
    Berger tips Hamilton to win 2014 title
  • Palmer 'ruled out' for Caterham debut
  • Vettel not blaming Alonso for Ferrari delay
  • Horner says Renault 75hp down on Mercedes
  • Ecclestone to clamp down on online media in paddock
  • Bottas looking to overhaul Alonso, Vettel
  • Frijns not in contention to buy Caterham seat
  • Ex-Caterham senior aerodynamic Jim McManus blasts former owners
  • Caterham 'busy' setting up in Abu Dhabi


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11/17/14
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F1 Team Caterham Administrators Accused Of 'Burying Bad News'
Caterham's administrators "have been accused of cynically 'burying bad news' by flaunting the success of their fans donations scheme on the day they laid off all 200 staff," according to Daniel Johnson of the London TELEGRAPH. Despite still being $626,000 short of their "crowdfunding" target when the original deadline passed on Friday night, Caterham "will make it to the final race next weekend but with a disbanded workforce." Sources said that "those travelling to Abu Dhabi will be paid a consultancy fee after seven weeks without pay."

Administrator Finbarr O'Connell said that the "vast majority" of employees asked to be made redundant and that the timing was "purely coincidental."

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11/17/14
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Small F1 teams want new talks at Abu Dhabi finale
Minnow F1 teams express alarm over GP2 idea
(GMM)  Disgruntled small teams Force India, Lotus and Sauber have written a letter to express alarm that F1 appears headed in the direction of 'Super GP2'.

After backmarkers Caterham and Marussia entered administration, and the grid threatened to dwindle yet further amid financial pressures, it became clear that one plan to boost numbers in future is three-car teams.

But with the next smallest teams requesting more of the sport's commercial income and even threatening boycott, F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone suddenly axed talks in Brazil and said the solution is simply for the teams to spend less.

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11/17/14
track news

Sonoma Raceway 2015 tickets on sale
Following last week's release of its 2015 major events season, again highlighted by NASCAR, NHRA and IndyCar, Sonoma Raceway, Northern California’s premier motorsports destination, started ticket sales to the general public yesterday.

Sonoma Raceway’s major events schedule will again open and close with motorsports history as the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival kicks off the 2015 season on May 30 and 31, and the Classic Sports Racing Group's Charity Challenge will be the finale on Oct. 3 and 4.

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will hold its 110-lap Toyota/Save Mart 350 weekend – the Valley’s largest attended motorsports event – on June 26 to 28.

The road-course event, using NASCAR's popular elimination-style qualifying format first introduced in 2014, has become one of the most exciting and unpredictable races each year, with 10 different winners over the past 10 years.

Also on tap for the weekend will be the 64-lap NASCAR Pro Series West.

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11/17/14
track news

Daytona Int'l Speedway Rushes To Finish West-End Upgrades Before '15 Speedweeks
There is a "seven-week sprint on" at Daytona Int'l Speedway for the workers on the Daytona Rising project "to deliver the long-promised fan amenities" for Speedweeks in '15, according to Godwin Kelly of the Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL.

Michigan-based construction company Barton Malow is in a "brisk race against the clock to finish" the west end of the $400M project in time for January's and February's events, as 40,000 new, wider seats and assorted modern-day extras, such as escalators, upgraded restrooms and concessions are "awaiting final touches." The deadline to "finish this section of the project" is the beginning of January.

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11/17/14
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Jose Gutierrez Returns to Juncos Racing for the 2015 Pro Mazda Championship
The Juncos Racing Pro Mazda driver lineup is beginning to take shape with the return of Jose Gutierrez competing in the 2015 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. Gutierrez rejoins the team after a successful rookie season where he helped Juncos Racing win the 2014 Pro Mazda Team Championship.

Third-generation driver Jose Gutierrez, 18, from Monterrey, Mexico, proved to be one of the most impressive rookies in the 2014 Pro Mazda series. Throughout the season, Gutierrez displayed great consistency and speed through practice, qualifying, and races running with a tight competitive field. Gutierrez recorded his first podium at the Indianapolis Grand Prix, one pole position at The Milwaukee Mile, and took his first win in the thrilling season finale at Sonoma Raceway. Gutierrez is ready to use the knowledge and experience gained in his rookie season to battle for the 2015 Pro Mazda Championship.

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11/17/14
track news

IMS Speedway Redevelopment Taking Another Step Forward
Indiana State officials, Speedway Town Council members, community leaders and residents will gather Sunday afternoon to take part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony and community celebration to commemorate the completion of the Main Street roundabout opening for traffic at 5 a.m. Monday.

Vintage cars, IndyCars and local 18-wheel haulers will take the first turns on the new roundabout.

"The Main Street roundabout project has been in the works for years, eight years to be exact," said Gary Raikes, president of the Speedway Town Council. "This is far more than just a ribbon-cutting commemorating our latest project. It is a long-anticipated celebration of progress for the Town of Speedway and its residents."

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11/17/14
f1

Sainz and Ricciardo set for Red Bull Abu Dhabi test
Formula Renault 3.5 Champion Carlos Sainz Jr will line-up alongside Daniel Ricciardo for Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s final test of the 2014 season at Yas Marina Circuit on November 25 and 26 following the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

In October, Carlos became the youngest ever Formula Renault 3.5 series Champion and, as part of his title win, the 20-year-old has been awarded a day’s testing in the team’s current Formula One car. The reward is handed to the series winner, on the condition that he or she is not affiliated to any other young driver program linked to a top team.

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11/17/14
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Potential issue with Brasilia IndyCar race? (Update) UPDATE
The Senna track is much nicer than the Brasilia dump
AR1.com has learned that there is a Plan B for the Brazil IndyCar race next year.  Instead of racing at the dumpy Brasilia track which needs major reinvestment.

Plan B is to instead race in Goiania, the Goias state capital, at the Autodromo Internacional Ayrton Senna, which was recently renovated by the local government. Moreover, Mike Olinger recently visited the 3.82km circuit, according to sources close to the situation so planning is already underway. Let's hope this change is made for all the obvious reasons.

11/13/14
Autodromo Internacional Nelson Piquet
Look, we're not entirely sure what to make of this report. It's very difficult from the translation to draw any firm conclusions. We've also reached out to INDYCAR, asking if they would be willing to shed some light on the matter. And we will post their response if and when we receive.

However, going off what can be ascertained from this translated article, it appears that bidding for the contract to make the necessary improvements to the Brasilia race course has been suspended.

Of course, Hulman & Company CEO Mark Miles has made clear that the Autodromo Internacional Nelson Piquet would need upgrades to host the Verizon IndyCar Series opener next March 8th. And apparently, the holdup centers around a disagreement over how the contract should be structured. The improvements in the track are suppose to occur in stages, which has caused confusion on how the contract should be structured.

We will continue to follow this story and pass along any pertinent information we obtain.

AR1 Staff

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11/17/14
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Larson wins Rookie of the Year
Kyle Larson
Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Chevrolet was named 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The 22-year-old Elk Grove, CA native won the 2013 Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year award. This season he placed 17th in the final standings on the strength of seven top-5 finishes in 2014 with a best finish of second three times.

Richard Childress Racing's Austin Dillon placed was the second highest placed rookie in the standings three places behind Larson.

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11/17/14
f1

McLaren parts with long-time tester Paffett
(GMM) Gary Paffett is parting company with McLaren.

The 33-year-old has been a test and reserve driver with the British team since 2006.

But he is staying with Mercedes in the German touring car championship DTM, while McLaren is parting company with its long-time engine supplier after Sunday's Abu Dhabi grand prix.

McLaren's new works Honda era kicks off in 2015, and the Japanese carmaker's first turbo V6 was given its track debut in an interim McLaren at Silverstone last week, with British test driver Oliver Turvey at the wheel.

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11/17/14
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Rosberg has chance to win 2014 title - Vettel
Sebastian Vettel
(GMM) Outgoing world champion Sebastian Vettel thinks it is possible Nico Rosberg will become his title-winning successor this weekend in Abu Dhabi.

On paper, given his 17-point lead and run of form, Rosberg's Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton is the overwhelming favorite to secure his second career drivers' title.

But Vettel, who in Abu Dhabi will not only depart as reigning world champion but also race for Red Bull for the last time, insists Rosberg cannot be written off.

"Both deserve the title," the German told Sport Bild.

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11/17/14
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How Hamlin, Newman and Logano came up short
The four championship contenders occupied positions 1-4 with 20 laps remaining. Kevin Harvick would go on to win the Ford EcoBoost 400 and his fist Sprint Cup title
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- With 20 laps left in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup finale, all four title contenders were occupying the top four positions on the track. Some of the hardest racing of the season had gotten them there, but only one could hoist the championship trophy after the nerve-shaking finish.

Kevin Harvick survived everything the remaining three could throw at him, claiming his first title in NASCAR's premier series Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano came up short in the Ford EcoBoost 400, but the varying paths prompted varying reactions with equal parts resignation, acceptance and heartache.

How the three odd men out of the Championship 4 fared Sunday:

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11/17/14
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Formula E returns to FOX Sports1 for 2nd ePrix
Formula E makes its return this weekend. American viewers can tune in to FOX Sports 1, Saturday at 1 a.m. ET
This time next week we’ll be heading into Round 2 of the inaugural FIA Formula E series in Putrajaya, Malaysia on a 1.55-mile, 12-turn street circuit.

The second race of FIA’s first fully electric, single-seater, open-wheel racing series will air on FOX Sports 1 LIVE Saturday Nov. 22 at 1 a.m. ET and replay on Sunday, Nov. 23 on FOX, adjacent to NFL on FOX football coverage. The race will also be available LIVE on the FOX Sports GO app.

"Right now I expect the teams are trying to noodle out what it takes to be successful with these cars as they sit in terms of tire grip, power conservation and race planning,” said FOX Sports’ Formula E host Bob Varsha. “In the long term, one of the key items in the Formula E mission statement that I think has been lost on the fans is that the series is meant to be a platform for advancing technology, with the rewards coming on the race track. Right now, all the cars are the same, but in the coming seasons teams will be expected to push the boundaries and bring new ideas to the track.

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11/17/14
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Monday
  • Ecclestone will rule F1 until he dies
    Alonso visits Ferrari sports car team in Bahrain
  • Wolff eyeing Hamilton contract talks on Monday
  • Only 'a coffin' will end Ecclestone's reign now
  • Raikkonen looking to keep Ferrari seat in 2016
  • Ecclestone Talks About Series' Billion-Dollar Brand
  • Horner Says Red Bull 'Not Responsible' For Small Teams
  • Mediapro, DirecTV To Produce New Latin American Formula One Network


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11/17/14
v8

Date change for Perth 2015 event
V8 Supercars and Tourism WA have agreed to shift the date of the Perth SuperSprint next year, following the release of the 2015 AFL calendar, with the local derby between the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers clashing with the date. The Perth 400 will now be held on May 1-3, two weeks later than originally scheduled.

The event at Barbagallo Raceway is Western Australia's sole V8 Supercars round, and always excites the local fans. The 2014 event – which staged two 100km races on Saturday, and the 200km dash on Sunday – saw Volvo's first Championship race win, with Scott McLaughlin home ahead of fellow Kiwi Fabian Coulthard.

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