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11/24/16
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f1

Video: MotoGP star Jorge Lorenzo tests Mercedes F1 car
MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo was recently allowed to take part in a Formula 1 test with Mercedes - a gift from his sponsor Monster Energy. The test at the Silverstone circuit shows what the Spaniard can do on four wheels.

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11/24/16
irl

Tickets for Honda Indy Toronto Go on Sale to the Public Tuesday
Rahal on the streets of Toronto
Rahal on the streets of Toronto
The countdown is officially on for the 31st edition of Honda Indy Toronto at Exhibition Place, July 14-16, 2017.  Ticket sales will open to the general public starting on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 at 10 a.m. EST.  Fans can visit www.hondaindy.com or call 1-877-725-8849 to place their 2017 order.

To accelerate the experience, the Champions Club is being offered for $50 to new Two-Day Reserved Grandstand purchasers during a limited time.  The exclusive benefits, previously offered only to renewal customers, include a souvenir credential with lanyard, complimentary Verizon IndyCar Series paddock pass (a $65 value), access to the pre-race grid walk, discounts on official event merchandise, the chance to win a two-seater INDYCAR ride on the historic track, and many other surprises, discounts and benefits which will be revealed leading up to the 2017 event.

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11/24/16
f1

Video: Jenson Button & Fernando Alonso On Teamwork At McLaren-Honda
Racing isn’t just about what happens on track, and it is the tremendous work that goes on behind the scenes which often goes unnoticed. Mobil 1 The Grid caught up McLaren-Honda’s Simon Roberts, Tom Stallard and drivers Jenson Button & Fernando Alonso, to find out more about what it takes to create and maintain a perfect team harmony.

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11/24/16
Team USA

Kyle Kirkwood: A Different Level
Kyle Kirkwood
Kyle Kirkwood
JUPITER, Fla. – Although it’s disappointing to have left England, it’s always nice to have the comfort and tranquility of being home. I’ve met so many wonderful and knowledgeable people along the way that I will not soon forget. From the world-class racing with over 100 very talented drivers, to our many facility visits, such as the immaculate McLaren Technology Center and many more is why it was so enjoyable. Another one of the major reasons why it meant so much to me was the immense amount of serious fun everyone would have at each event. I know I will always remember that month of my life, and hopefully soon enough I will be back over there to race again in my future.

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11/24/16
nassprint

Jeffrey Earnhardt, Bobby Labonte will not return to Go Fas
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Jeffrey Earnhardt
There will be a new face in the #32 car in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2017. Jeffrey Earnhardt will not be back in the Ford ride next year, according to team owner Archie St. Hilaire.

"Jeffrey won't be back," St. Hilaire told Frontstretch. "We really want to focus on one driver for the year. We're talking to several parties, but that's our goal. We've been doing this for four years with multiple drivers. Our goal is to find one driver. If we have to, we'll find two, but not four or five. It's time to move the program up."

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11/24/16
f1

Button decides to retire for good from F1
Button calls it a day
Button calls it a day
McLaren driver Jenson Button says he will retire from Formula 1 after Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The 36-year-old was set to have a sabbatical from the sport in 2017 with McLaren holding his place until 2018.

However, the 2009 world champion told the drivers' news conference: "I go into this weekend thinking it's going to be my last race. I think that's the best way.

"At this moment in time, I don't want to be racing in F1 beyond this year."

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11/24/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • Button should retire says Jordan
    Button should retire says Jordan
    Button should ax sabbatical and retire - Jordan
  • Red Bull could spoil Rosberg title - Stewart
  • Rosberg should target win from pole - Surer
  • Car failure a 'nightmare' for F1 finale - Chiesa
  • Rosberg drove strategically for title - Berger
  • Alonso caused Massa's Ferrari decline - Smedley
  • Alonso not sure McLaren will get 2017 right
  • 20 races for 2017 as Germany scrapped
  • Canadian Grand Prix confirmed at Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve for 2017

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11/24/16
automotive

Flexible supercapacitor charges in seconds
Whether it's Graphene or other material that ultimately comes to market easier and cheaper, make no mistake that when Supercapacitors replace Lithium Ion batteries, it will be the death knell for the internal combustion engine
Using 2D materials wrapped around 1D nanowires, researchers at the University of Central Florida have created a supercapacitor that can be charged in seconds, and can go on to be recharged more than 30,000 times with no ill effects.

Researchers from the University of Central Florida (UCF) have devised a technique for creating flexible supercapacitors that not only store more energy than comparable devices, but can also be fully-charged in seconds and continue to be recharged more than 30,000 times without affecting performance or capacity.

"If they were to replace batteries with these supercapacitors, you could charge your mobile phone in a few seconds and you wouldn't need to charge it again for more than a week," said postdoctoral associate Nitin Choudhary.

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11/24/16
irl

Video: Behind the scenes look at Hinchcliffe's Dancing With Stars finale
This Video News Feed recaps the Season 23 finale of "Dancing with the Stars" featuring Verizon IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe, who finished second in the competition with pro partner Sharna Burgess.

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11/24/16
skusa

Superkarts! USA to Add Video Review to Officiating in 2017
Karting
Karting
TEMECULA, CA -- In the wake of a tremendously successful edition of the annual SuperNationals spectacular in Las Vegas, the Superkarts! USA staff has already returned to official internal discussions aimed at improving the product for 2017. The quality of the wheel-to-wheel competition and officiating is a prime target for enhancement and a mutually agreeable evolution has been the result of the initial post-Vegas meeting. A closer look at several of the on-track incidents from this past weekend in Las Vegas have provided final motivation for SKUSA to confirm that the organization will be introducing a video review program that will in some fashion leverage the use of on-board cameras, such as the GoPro.

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11/23/16
MotoGP

Nicky Hayden Has Successful Surgery
Nicky Hayden
Nicky Hayden
Nicky Hayden had successful surgery on a detached right knee medial collateral ligament, which was carried out by Dr. David Chao at the Oasis Surgery Center Wednesday.

The Honda WorldSBK Team rider twisted his knee last Friday during a flat-track training session near Barcelona, Spain.

Hayden will have a post-operation evaluation in the coming days to determine when he can begin physical therapy.

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11/23/16
f1

Video: Red Bull Drivers Ricciardo and Verstappen review the 2016 season
Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen interview each other in this in-depth, end of season review.

Insights include Max’s thoughts about the reaction to him joining Red Bull Racing, opinions about his driving and his feelings during the last few laps of the Brazilian GP. Daniel reveals where he thought he would finish at the start of the season, as well as reflecting on the Monaco GP and his win in Malaysia.

The edit also features some light hearted chat between the pair about fame and good hair days.

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11/23/16
pwc

Pirelli World Challenge Announces 2017 Class Programs
2017 Field
2017 Field
WC Vision, producers of the Pirelli World Challenge, today unveiled its class programs in alignment with the earlier-announced 2017 Pirelli World Challenge schedule for North America’s biggest GT Production-based road racing campaign.

WC Vision announced the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge dates and locations last month.

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11/23/16
nassprint

NASCAR Sees 25% Drop For Johnson's Win At Cup Series Finale (Update)
UPDATE Final Weekend TV Ratings:

NetworkRaceDayViewers18-19 ViewersRatingLocation
NBCNASCAR Sprint Cup Race LSun5,923K*1,513K3.41*Homestead
NBCSNNASCAR Xfinity Race LSat1,3512330.84Homestead
CNBCNASCAR Xfinity Quals LSat162320.12Homestead
NBCSNNASCAR Sprint Cup Hot Pass LSun158480.10Homestead

*Down 23% from last year's 4.42 final rating with 7.64 million viewers

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11/23/16
nassprint

Jimmie Johnson goes on "The Late Show"
Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie Johnson
NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson appeared on CBS’ “The Late Show” with the Sprint Cup in hand and talked about winning his seventh Cup championship. Host Stephen Colbert said the trophy  "would make a great murder weapon." Colbert: "No one would ever suspect, it's got a lot of sharp edges. Or it would be a great thing to hold your nachos in."
 
Johnson said of his legacy, “It means so much to tie with the great icons of our sport. They’ve done so much for our sport and I still have a lot of years let to drive. Hopefully, I can create my own legacy and leave my own mark in the sport and help it grow to the next level as they did.” The show opened with Johnson and Colbert competing in an unusual foot race in the Ed Sullivan Theater. Watch video segment below. The Late Show

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11/23/16
il

Belardi Auto Racing Signs Blackstock for 2017 Indy Lights Campaign
Shelby Blackstock
Shelby Blackstock
After winning six races during the 2016 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship, Belardi Auto Racing has by no means lifted off the throttle as they focus on the upcoming year.  The 2014 championship winning squad has been aggressive in post-season testing and has put a trio of drivers through the paces, all while also working with Cooper Tires to develop next year's spec tire compounds and construction. Based on this aggressive testing effort, the team is now pleased to confirm the signing of their first driver for the 2017 season. Nashville, Tennessee's Shelby Blackstock is a Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires veteran and will bring his considerable experience and engaging personality to Belardi Auto Racing for the coming season.  The talented American will be gunning for podiums and his first series win.

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11/23/16
nhra

Worsham leaves Kalitta Motorsports to rejoin family-owned Funny Car team
Del Worsham
Del Worsham
2015 NHRA Funny Car champion Del Worsham will leave Kalitta Motorsports and rejoin his family-owned Funny Car team.

"It was a hard decision to leave a championship-caliber team such as Kalitta Motorsports," said Worsham. "However, there is so much unfinished business with my family’s team and I felt now is the time to do it. I am excited to see what the future holds. I cannot thank Connie Kalitta enough for giving me a shot in Scott’s car, and helping me achieve one of my ultimate goals: a Funny Car championship. I also want to thank Jim O (Oberhofer), Jon O (Oberhofer), Nicky Boninfante, the ‘YellaFellas’ and my Kalitta Motorsports teammates.

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11/23/16
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nastruck

Suarez, Sauter honored for titles on special night
Suarez with team owner Joe Gibbs
Suarez with team owner Joe Gibbs
All photos Getty Images for NASCAR
Thankfulness for family remained a theme for two NASCAR champions Monday night. One for the strong racing upbringing in pastoral Wisconsin that has sustained him over the course of a veteran's career; the other for the family that encouraged a young star to leave his Mexican homeland to chase his racing dreams in America.

Both Daniel Suarez and Johnny Sauter were honored for their crowning accomplishments Monday in the NASCAR XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series awards gala at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Their recognition came just days after each sealed their first NASCAR titles during Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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11/23/16
track news

Greg Walter Promoted To Charlotte Speedway Post
Greg Walter, a 17-year veteran of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., was promoted from within the company to the role of executive vice president of Charlotte Motor Speedway.

In his new role, Walter will oversee daily operations of the motorsports campus, which includes the famed 1.5-mile superspeedway as well as zMAX Dragway and The Dirt Track at Charlotte. He will report to Smith.

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11/23/16
nassprint

NASCAR has real clouds on the horizon
Can Brian France stop the downward spiral of NASCAR
Can Brian France stop the downward spiral of NASCAR
Despite a fantastic weekend defined by close racing and dramatic championship battles, the overall health of NASCAR isn't particularly clear right now writes Matt Weaver of AutoWeek.

As de facto leader of the racing body, NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France has an obligation to set hearts and minds at ease about the state of the industry. He has to balance that need with honesty and grace, attributes he failed to show on Sunday during a "state of the sport" press conference prior to the Sprint Cup championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The media rightfully had a handful of questions born from public concern, and France uncomfortably dismissed many of them in a display best described as indignant and increasingly defensive.

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11/23/16
nassprint

Roush team loses yet another sponsor
Zest announced Tuesday afternoon that they will not renew their sponsorship deal with Roush Fenway Racing:

"Since 2012, the Zest brand has enjoyed a successful relationship with Roush Fenway Racing and the NASCAR community. We're proud to have been represented by drivers Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Matt Kenseth and Chris Buescher during our successful sponsorship program.

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11/23/16
MacauGP

Three questions for Maro Engel
Maro Engel
Maro Engel
Maro, you've just competed in the FIA GT World Cup in Macau, a race that was remarkable for a number of reasons. How would you sum it all up?

Maro Engel: I'm incredibly proud of the whole team. We already knew in advance that Balance of Performance was going to create difficulties for us this year. It was obviously also a challenge to adjust the new car perfectly to the track in the short time available for free practice. But we extracted the maximum from our package and got the car in super shape. At the end of the day, though, this was a race that was unsatisfactory for everyone involved. There were hardly any laps under racing conditions, and we had a winning car that was upside down on its roof. We had obviously envisaged the race panning out somewhat differently. I had been anticipating that I would have a number of opportunities to attack on Sunday.  

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11/23/16
f1

Video: Button on Formula 1's future
Despite his planned sabbatical from F1, Jenson Button believes the rule changes for next year are a definite improvement. Mobil 1 The grid spoke with Button, driver of the #22 McLaren-Honda, to hear his thoughts on the future of F1 & it’s fan base; heading into the 2017 season.

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11/23/16
f1

Video: Nico Hulkenberg previews the Abu Dhabi GP
Fourth place in the F1 Constructor’s Championship would be the greatest success in the history of the Force India Team. Driver Nico Hulkenberg knows: "The Abu Dhabi track itself is really quite long and it’s kind of a weird rhythm. It’s really stop-and-go in some ways, in some other ways it’s a bit more flowing."

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11/23/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Canadian GP
    Canadian GP
    Canada secures place on 2017 calendar
  • Giovinazzi eyes step towards F1 in Abu Dhabi
  • Drivers to train hard for 2017 - Kvyat
  • Hamilton wary of 'pretty impossible odds'
  • Steiner: F1 must be 'cleverer' with calendar
  • Rosberg: Every reason to feel confident
  • Button hopes to end chapter 'in style'

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11/22/16
nassprint

Catching up with FOX NASCAR Analyst Jeff Gordon After First Year in TV Booth
From left, Mike Joy, Jeff Gordon and Michael Waltrip
From left, Mike Joy, Jeff Gordon and Michael Waltrip
Four-time champion and FOX NASCAR analyst Jeff Gordon wrapped his first season in the television booth in 2016 following retirement from full-time driving. Below, he discusses his inaugural season as a broadcaster and what he learned from above the race track.

You're amidst a national tour promoting your new book, Jeff Gordon: His Dream, Drive & Destiny (available nationally Nov. 22). What was the most challenging part of the book for you to write?

"We reveal some things that are definitely a little controversial, whether it be my divorce or talking about my parents' separation, as well as the relationship between Jimmie Johnson and I and although I'm a huge supporter of his and friend of his, how that has been challenged over time, as well as the separation with Ray (Evernham) when he left the team.  It hasn't always been great, perfect and happy times, and it was tough to tell myself that if I'm going to write a book, I want it to be done in a way that shows who I truly I am and the things I went through and not hold back. I think Joe Garner did an excellent job of pulling that out of me, although it was hard at times."

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11/22/16
automotive

Buyers line up for AMG hypercar
Will this prototype bear any resemblance to the final version?
Will this prototype bear any resemblance to the final version?
Mercedes-AMG's new mid-engine hypercar will generate more than 1,000 hp from its F1-based drivetrain and cost more than $2 million when it arrives on the market at the end of 2018.

Though its arrival is two years away, the hypercar is close to being sold out, Mercedes-AMG Chairman Tobias Moers said during an interview at the auto show here. AMG will produce between 200 and 300 of the cars and is already keeping a list of buyers.

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11/22/16
wec

Nissan Bows Out of LMP2
Nissan's winning run in international LMP2 prototype competition has come to an end with G-Drive Racing earning the honor of scoring the final FIA World Endurance Championship victory with NISMO power.

The class transitions to a spec Gibson powerplant for 2017, which will be utilized in the WEC, European Le Mans Series and also eligible for IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition.

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11/22/16
nassprint

Johnson Basks In Championship Spotlight On Media Tour
Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie Johnson
Scheduling a media tour fit for a seven-time champion is no mean feat, but NASCAR and Hendrick Motorsports worked hard in recent weeks to build a buzzworthy schedule in case Jimmie Johnson won the Sprint Cup Series championship on Sunday. Given the intricacies involved in booking appearances with big-name TV shows and other media outlets, NASCAR starts planning its media tour early in the season. However, this year's media tour took on added importance when the prospect popped up of Johnson tying Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt as the only seven-time Cup champions. After getting what he said was an hour's worth of sleep Sunday night, Johnson jetted to N.Y., where he has remained through today doing myriad media appearances.

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11/22/16
automotive

Video: Autopilot Full Self Driving Demonstration Realtime Speed
Tesla has released another Autopilot autonomous driving demonstration video, this time in a Model X.
Compared to the original video, this one encompasses a wider range of challenges:
- pedestrians
- cyclists
- fog
- construction
- curves
- cars parked on shoulder
- increased cross traffic

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11/22/16
automotive

The Latest 200 MPH Supercar Is Completely Electric
NIO EP9
NIO EP9

Ferrari, Porsche and McLaren are getting there, but new car company NIO just beat them to the punch and announced itself by introducing the EP9--a 1,360 horsepower fully-electric supercar with a top speed of 194 miles per hour.

Okay, so NIO isn't exactly new. It's actually Chinese electric startup NextEV's new brand. The car isn't exactly new to us either, as we saw it in broad daylight running around the ‘Ring last month.

But that doesn't make the nature of a 194 MPH electric supercar anything less than special! The new company claims the EP9 is good for 1,360 horsepower, with four electric motors accomplishing a combined 4,670 lb-ft of torque from a 777 volt powertrain that manages a claimed range of 265 miles on a charge.

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11/22/16
f1

Early Christmas for Zak Brown
Zak Brown
Zak Brown
Newly confirmed as Executive Director at McLaren Technology Group, Zak Brown sets out his stall for the future.

As if further proof were needed of just how involved Zak Brown really is, the marketing guru, having turned his back on the prospect of a senior role in the management of F1, possibly 'replacing' Bernie Ecclestone, has given his first interview about his new role at the McLaren Technology Group to Autosport.com and Motorsport.com, both of which are owned by the mysterious Miami-based Russian Mike Zoi, and the latter of which Brown is the non-executive chairman.

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11/22/16
automotive

Volkswagen will build EVs in North America starting in 2021
Volkswagen introduced its new e-Golf at the LA Auto Show last week and today the automaker announced more plans for its electric vehicles in North America. As part of its plan for the next decade, the company wants to "evolve from a niche supplier into a relevant and profitable volume producer." Part of that strategy includes building EVs in North America beginning in 2021.

Setting up shop in North America is the second part of a two-stage plan for production on the continent. Volkswagen's brand Board of Management Chairman Dr. Herbert Diess explains that the company "will be making considerable investments in electric infrastructure" there. Diess also says that Volkswagen will "step up activities" in the US, mostly focusing on large SUVs and limousines.

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11/22/16
wec

Author to Tell the Story of the Ford GT40 on Dec. 10
Sebring 1967: The Mark IV sits on the grid at Sebring in 1967 before making its race-winning debut in the hands of Mario Andretti and Bruce McLaren.
Sebring 1967: The Mark IV sits on the grid at Sebring in 1967 before making its race-winning debut in the hands of Mario Andretti and Bruce McLaren.
Dave Friedman
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – On June 19, 1966, the Ford GT40 Mk. II swept the podium at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, considered by many to be the greatest American triumph in international motorsports.

That accomplishment of 50 years ago, sealed by a follow-up victory in 1967, still fascinates racing fans. Award-winning journalist and author Preston Lerner will tell the intriguing story of the GT40 on Dec. 10 at the International Motor Racing Research Center. 

Lerner, author of "Ford GT: How Ford Silenced the Critics, Humbled Ferrari and Conquered Le Mans," will speak at 1 p.m. at the Racing Research Center at 610 S. Decatur St., Watkins Glen.

The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce is a sponsor of the talk, which is free and open to all. The talk will be live-streamed at www.youtube.com/user/IMRRC/live or via the Center’s website at www.racingarchives.org/stream/. The talk also will be archived on the Center’s You Tube channel to watch in the future.

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11/22/16
nassprint

Earnhardt Jr. plans to get in a car soon and test
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. discussed Monday -- one day into the 2016 NASCAR offseason -- his plans to get back inside the race car on the Dirty Mo Radio podcast.

"We're going to go testing this offseason," he said. "Obviously I need to get in a race car. I'd love to get in a car and go run a little bit somewhere just to shake the rust off and get some confidence. I can do the basics before we ever go to Daytona. We'll go do that sometime this offseason. We have to squeeze it in there somewhere because I'm getting married and have my honeymoon, and I have to certainly devote proper time to (fiancee) Amy (Reimann). But it'll be no problem. ... All signs point to us being in the car for Daytona."

The Hendrick Motorsports wheelman, who was sidelined for 18 Sprint Cup Series races this year due to a concussion, has not stepped inside his #88 Chevrolet since July. NASCAR.com

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11/22/16
f1

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

11/22/16
  • Wolff says he is not interested in Bernie's job
    Wolff says he is not interested in Bernie's job
    Wolff still not eyeing Ecclestone job
  • Wolff excited and worried about 2017
  • Alonso, Button hint at Le Mans futures
  • Malaysia to ax GP after 2018
  • Prost-like Rosberg deserves title - Villeneuve
  • Vandoorne can be F1's 'next Verstappen' - Boutsen
  • Brown denies Dennis meeting will be awkward New
  • Hembery: 2017 tire development will be on-going New

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