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11/26/18
automotive

GM to deep-six these 6 cars

Chevy Volt to be no more
Chevy Volt to be no more
General Motors will end production of six sedans by the end of 2019 and put more Americans out of work.

North American customers want SUVs, crossovers, hatchbacks and trucks. Sedans have fallen out of favor.

As GM (GM) adjusts to changing customer behavior it is also planning ahead for the future. The company announced massive layoffs and is closing five North American facilities as it transitions to self-driving, electric cars of the future.

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11/26/18
nastruck

Former Truck driver Rick Crawford convicted of attempted enticement of a minor (Update)
Rick Crawford
Rick Crawford

UPDATE Former NASCAR driver Rick Crawford was sentenced Monday to 130 months in federal prison after his conviction in August on one count of enticing a minor.

Crawford, who won five races while competing from 1997 to 2013 in NASCAR's truck series, was arrested in February and convicted by a jury after a trial in which prosecutors said he agreed to pay $50 to $75 to have sex with a 12-year-old girl, a violation of the federal law of enticing a minor for a criminal sexual activity.

In addition to the 130-month prison sentence, Crawford, 60, will have to serve 10 years of supervised release after his release from prison, according to the sentence issued by Judge Roy B. Dalton Jr. in Orlando, Florida. He also was fined $5,000. 

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11/26/18
nasmon
f1

F1 car over 30 secs per lap faster than a NASCAR Cup Car
The Cup car was over 30 seconds per lap slower than an F1 car.  Sort of like watching paint dry.
The Cup car was over 30 seconds per lap slower than a 5-year old F1 car. Sort of like watching paint dry.

After driving taxicabs all his like, Jimmie Johnson finally got to drive a real race car today in Bahrain.

Jimmie Johnson has described the experience of driving a Formula 1 car as ‘mind blowing’ after sampling a 2013-spec McLaren MP4-28.

The opportunity came as part of a car swap with Fernando Alonso in Bahrain, which saw the two-time F1 champ climb aboard Johnson’s Chevrolet Camaro NASCAR.

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11/26/18
imsa

Team RLL to Run Zanardi Daytona Entry
Zanardi testing the BMW
Zanardi testing the BMW
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing will operate the car that Alex Zanardi will drive in next year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, BMW Motorsport director Jens Marquardt has confirmed.

Zanardi, who lost both legs in an accident in 2001, is preparing to race a BMW M8 GTE that uses a modified control system with a lever for braking and a ring mounted on the steering wheel for accelerating.

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11/26/18
automotive

General Motors to mothball 3 'car' plants
Car sales are dropping while SUV sales increase
Car sales are dropping while SUV sales increase
General Motors will accelerate its transformation for the future, building on the comprehensive strategy it laid out in 2015 to strengthen its core business, capitalize on the future of personal mobility and drive significant cost efficiencies.

Today, GM is continuing to take proactive steps to improve overall business performance including the reorganization of its global product development staffs, the realignment of its manufacturing capacity and a reduction of salaried workforce. These actions are expected to increase annual adjusted automotive free cash flow by $6 billion by year-end 2020 on a run-rate basis.

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11/26/18
f1

Albon to drive for Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda in 2019
Alexander Albon
Alexander Albon
Scuderia Toro Rosso is pleased to announce that Alexander Albon will drive for the team in the 2019 Formula 1 season, alongside Daniil Kvyat.
 
The 22-year-old British/Thai driver has had a very impressive season in Formula 2 this year and, up until last weekend in Abu Dhabi, he was one of only two drivers who could have won the title. A start line collision in the feature race ended his hopes, but he still finished third overall in the F1 feeder series with a total of four wins.

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11/26/18
f1
nasmon

Jimmie Johnson, Fernando Alonso swap rides in Bahrain
Alonso's McLaren F1 car and Johnson's Cup Car on pit lane
Alonso's McLaren F1 car and Johnson's Cup Car on pit lane
Jimmie Johnson and Fernando Alonso participated in a motorsports cultural exchange Monday, swapping rides at Bahrain International Circuit.

Johnson, a seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, got behind the wheel of Alonso’s McLaren for his first drive of a Formula 1 car. Alonso, a two-time champ on the grand prix circuit, piloted Johnson’s No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet on the 3.363-mile course.

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11/26/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Monday
  • The Halo prevented any injury to Hulkenberg
    The Halo prevented any injury to Hulkenberg
    Whiting defends Halo after Hulkenberg roll
  • Alonso plays down chances of F1 return
  • Rosberg backs Vettel to be 2019 title charger
  • Wolff admits concern over Bottas mental state
  • Vandoorne lacked 'confidence' from McLaren
  • Many people leaving Williams - Kubica
  • DHL Awards for Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull Racing

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11/26/18
automotive

Mitsubishi Motors follows Nissan in ousting chairman Carlos Ghosn
Carlos Ghosn
Carlos Ghosn

Mitsubishi Motors has followed Nissan in removing Carlos Ghosn as its chairman.

The Japanese carmaker's board of directors voted on Monday to oust the auto industry legend, who was arrested in Tokyo last week on suspicion of financial misconduct while serving as chairman of Nissan.

The decision is the latest blow to an alliance Ghosn built between Mitsubishi, Nissan and France's Renault.

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11/26/18
nasmon

NASCAR TV ratings hit new lows in 2018
When cheaters always keep their win, people start switching off the TV
When cheaters always keep their win, people start switching off the TV
It’s hardly news that NASCAR TV viewership has been in a decade-long slide. What you might not realize is just how bad the ratings got.

Sports Media Watch has the full post mortem on the 2018 NASCAR season that was on TV, and the numbers are sobering, to say the least.

Of the 32 races that were run as scheduled this season, 28 posted a decline in ratings and/or viewership, and 27 hit all-time or decade-plus lows.

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11/26/18
f1
irl

F1 exit after Abu Dhabi Grand Prix leads to 'exciting' new chapter with IndyCar
Marcus Ericsson happy to be going to IndyCar where every driver has a chance to win
Marcus Ericsson happy to be going to IndyCar where every driver has a chance to win
When Marcus Ericsson lined up on the grid on Sunday for the Etihad Abu Dhabi Grand Prix it was with mixed emotions.

The 55-lap race at Yas Marina Circuit was the Swede's last in Formula One for at least 12 months.

The 28 year old, who has been in F1 for the past five years, is being replaced at Sauber by Antonio Giovinazzi for 2019.

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11/25/18
f1

F1 shafts American drivers while USA sponsors line their pockets
Alexander Rossi passes Stoffel Vandoorne to win the 2015 Monza F2 race (then GP2). Rossi was ready for F1 and drove in several races and showed well. But F1 and the American Haas team did nothing to help him get a good ride. There may never be another American in F1 at this rate.
Alexander Rossi passes Stoffel Vandoorne to win the 2015 Monza F2 race (then GP2). Rossi was ready for F1 and drove in several F1 races and showed well. But F1 and the American Haas team did nothing to help him get a good ride. There may never be another American in F1 at this rate.

U.S.Based Companies Lead The Way With 40 F1 Sponsors, Partners but zero American drivers are given a ride in F1.

It has to be the biggest middle digit salute in all of motorsports.

U.S. based companies are dominating in Formula 1, according to Spomotion Analytics.

There are more than 40 companies from the U.S. that are involved as partners and sponsors.

Mercedes F1 has the most U.S. based sponsors with 10. Most F1 sponsors are in the automotive, industry or technology categories.

There are eight watch brands with F1 partnerships, some of which, including Richard Mille, are involved with multiple teams.

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11/25/18
f1

Formula 1's TV Audiences On Par With '17 Figures
WHile NASCAR and IndyCar ratings are plummeting, F1 is still huge with 1.3 billion viewers
While NASCAR and IndyCar ratings are plummeting, Liberty Media's F1 is still huge with 1.3 billion viewers
A Nielsen report showed Formula 1's global TV viewing figures have leveled out but some races attracted "strong audience growth this year," with the showcase Monaco Grand Prix "leading the way," according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS.

A review by the sports analytics company ahead of Sunday's season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix "put the cumulative global audience after 15 of 21 races at an unchanged 1.3 billion" compared to '17. Monaco, however, showed a 10% rise to 110 million viewers.

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11/25/18
cc

Richard Philippe killed in helicopter crash
We snapped this photo of Richard Philippe in 2005 at a Champ Car race
We snapped this photo of Richard Philippe in 2005 at a Champ Car race at the age of 16

Richard Philippe, younger brother of former Champ Car driver Nelson Philippe, was killed in a helicopter crash Thursday in La Romana, Dominican Republic.

The victims were identified as the pilot, Dominican Air Force Lt. Col. Roberto Lanfranco, 38; the passengers Richard Philippe, 28, his grandfather, Luis Paul Guitay, both French nationals and the Swiss, Emery Jean- Pierre and Geraldine Moschovis, 46, according to the medical examiner Benito Kelly.

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11/25/18
gp3

Hubert reflects on GP3 championship
Anthoine Hubert
Anthoine Hubert
GP3 Series: Anthoine Hubert, GP3 Champion. How does that sound?

Anthoine Hubert: Good! There’s not much more I can say: after 2 years in GP3 it’s an achievement that was my target for this season, and I was one of the favorites but you have to work so hard for this, and I did. The last 2 months since Sochi have been quite long because I knew I was coming here with a good chance, but as long as it’s not sure… After the flag I even asked my engineer ‘do I still get it even if he doesn’t have a penalty and finishes second’! [laughs] If it’s not done I don’t feel that I am the champion, so today I am really happy: I’ve done some great results in the past, but since F4 I didn’t win a championship, so I’m just really, really happy about this title.

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11/25/18
f2

Russell reflects on F2 championship
George Russell
George Russell
FIA Formula 2:
George Russell, FIA Formula 2 champion for 2018. How does it feel?

George Russell: It’s a huge sigh of relief to be honest! It’s been a very long and tough year for myself and ART, and we’ve worked really hard and probably from Baku we’ve been one of the quickest on track every single time. We’ve had a number of issues that have been hugely frustrating, but others have as well and it’s been a little difficult to get this across the line. But that pole yesterday you saw the emotions there, and obviously we knew what we had to do today: to win it in style, and that’s what we did.

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11/25/18
gp3

Mazepin flies to final GP3 victory
Nikita Mazepin
Nikita Mazepin
Nikita Mazepin has claimed victory in fine style in this afternoon’s GP3 Series Race 2 at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, trailing leader Juan Manuel Correa all race before striking on the last lap to grab the win ahead of ART teammate Jake Hughes and Simo Laaksonen.

The final race of the Series took place under sunny skies and soaring temperatures, and when the lights went out poleman Correa made a storming start to lead the pack into turn 1, with Giuliano Alesi and Mazepin taking advantage of a poor start by Hughes to sweep by the Briton, who managed to hold Callum Ilott, David Beckmann, new champion Anthoine Hubert and Leonardo Pulcini behind him as they headed off towards the top of the circuit.

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11/25/18
TV News

Sunday TV Times
All times Eastern
Sunday, Nov. 25LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 – Race (Live)Abu Dhabi7:30-8:05am – pre-race
8:05-10:00am – race
ESPN2
Trans Am – RaceDaytona2:00-3:00pm (D)CBS-SN
F1 – Race (Encore)Abu Dhabi9:00-11:00pm (R)ESPNews
Monday, Nov. 26LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 – Race (Encore)Abu Dhabi12:30am-2:30am (R)ESPN2


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11/25/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Sunday
  • Sirotkin not giving up on F1. He must think he can bring an even bigger check next year
    Sirotkin not giving up on F1. He must think he can bring an even bigger check next year and secure a ride
    Sirotkin not giving up on F1
  • Haas undecided over Force India verdict appeal
  • 2019 'a sabbatical' for Alonso - Briatore
  • Vettel 'not a leader' - Ecclestone
  • Ecclestone 'cannot believe' Ocon without seat
  • Remember me as a fighter, says departing Alonso

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11/25/18
f1
nasmon

Alonso and Johnson drive together in Abu Dhabi
Alonso and Johnson in Abu Dhabi
Alonso and Johnson in Abu Dhabi
Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso drove around the Abu Dhabi F1 track on a blazing hot Saturday afternoon.

Alonso took the wheel of the McLaren 570S car, with Johnson in the passenger seat, as they completed a few laps around Yas Marina circuit.

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11/25/18
v8

McLaughlin delivers Roger Penske yet another championship
Scott McLaughlin
Scott McLaughlin

After winning the NASCAR championship with Joey Logano, Scott McLaughlin delivered Roger Penske and Ford another title on Sunday - the Australian Supercars title.

Scott McLaughlin buried the demons and claimed a maiden Virgin Australia Supercars Championshup on the streets of Newcastle.

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11/25/18
f2

Fuoco wins season F2 finale
Italian Antonio Fuoco
Italian Antonio Fuoco

Antonio Fuoco has closed the FIA Formula 2 Championship season with a strong win, his second of the season, in this afternoon’s Sprint Race at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, leading all race long for victory ahead of Lando Norris and Roberto Merhi.

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11/24/18
irl

McLaren set for Indy engine announcement before Christmas
It is largely expected that Fernando Will be driving a McLaren Chevy when he pulls into victory lane at the Indy 500
It is largely expected that Fernando Alonso will be driving a McLaren Chevy when he pulls into victory lane at the Indy 500

Zak Brown said in Abu Dhabi at the F1 season finale, “We will have an IndyCar engine announcement this side of Christmas.” he said.

“We are 100% focused on IndyCar with Bob Fernley, so he is leading the project full-time, making sure nothing is a distraction to F1.”

He is going to be recruiting extra personnel, outside of F1 so that the two crews can co-exist and work in parallel.”

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11/24/18
f2

Williams-bound Russell claims F2 title in style at Yas Marina
George Russell wins F2 title
George Russell wins F2 title

George Russell claimed the 2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship drivers’ title with his seventh victory of the season in an eventful feature race tonight at the Yas Marina Circuit, losing and then regaining the lead while turmoil reigned behind as he sailed to victory by three seconds over Artem Markelov and Luca Ghiotto.

It was the first night start of the season for the grid, bringing with it pressure of starting in the unknown: Russell made a poor getaway from pole, allowing a fast starting Nyck de Vries to grab the lead at turn one from the championship leader and Markelov, but there was chaos behind as DAMS duo Alexander Albon and Nicholas Latifi stalled, along with Sergio Sette Camara.

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11/24/18
f1

Niki Lauda sends video message to his Mercedes team
Niki Lauda has sent a video message ahead of the F1 season finale in Abu Dhabi this weekend, thanking the sport's community for its support and messages of good will as he recovers from a lung transplant.

The three-time F1 world champion and non-executive chairman of Mercedes was hospitalised earlier this year before undergoing a lung transplant.

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11/24/18
TV News

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern
Saturday, Nov. 24LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 – Practice 3Abu Dhabi4:55-6:00amESPN2
F1 - QualifyingAbu Dhabi7:55-9:00amESPN2
Sunday, Nov. 25LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 – Race (Live)Abu Dhabi7:30-8:05am – pre-race
8:05-10:00am – race
ESPN2
Trans Am – RaceDaytona2:00-3:00pm (D)CBS-SN
F1 – Race (Encore)Abu Dhabi9:00-11:00pm (R)ESPNews
Monday, Nov. 26LocationTV TimesNetwork
F1 – Race (Encore)Abu Dhabi12:30am-2:30am (R)ESPN2


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11/24/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Saturday
  • With Ghosn in jail, just how long will the Renault F1 program really be safe/
    With Ghosn in jail, just how long will the Renault F1 program really be safe?
    Renault team safe amid Carlos Ghosn scandal
  • Wolff wants Lauda 'back at full speed'
  • Wolff denies 2020 seat guaranteed for Ocon
  • Kubica could attract top team attention - Wolff
  • Stroll-Force India announcement due in 'hours'
  • Alonso could test McLaren in 2019 - Brown
  • Alonso 'character' caused F1 exit - Trulli
  • Mercedes to finally use controversial wheels
  • Force India protest about 'equality' - Steiner
  • Stewards dismiss Haas's protest against Force India

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11/24/18
f1

Hamilton over Raikkonen in final Abu Dhabi practice
Hamilton will be #1 when it counts too
Hamilton will be #1 when it counts too

Sandbagging on Friday, Lewis Hamilton put his Aldo Costa designed Mercedes on top in final practice for the Abu Dhabi GP at the Yas Marina circuit.

The Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were 2nd and 3rd but when it counts the Costa Mercedes will be on top.

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11/24/18
v8

Van Gisbergen wins as McLaughlin runs out of fuel on final corner
Shane van Gisbergen grabs lead at start
Shane van Gisbergen grabs lead at start

Scott McLaughlin's hopes of a maiden Virgin Australia Supercars Championship may have come down to a cup of Shell V-Power unleaded after an extraordinary finish in the penultimate race in Newcastle this afternoon.

McLaughlin ran out of fuel on the last corner in an extraordinary finish to the opening race of the Coates Hire Newcastle 500, letting his arch rival Shane van Gisbergen by for victory.

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11/24/18
usac

Christopher Bell beats Kyle Larson to win Turkey Night Grand Prix
Christopher Bell
Christopher Bell
Christopher Bell passed Kyle Larson for the lead with 12 laps left and held off Larson to win the Turkey Night Grand Prix midget race at Ventura (California) Raceway.

Bell, who raced for the NASCAR Xfinity title last weekend in Miami, won the midget event for a third time. It marked his second consecutive victory in the event and he’s had to hold off Larson the past two times. Larson was seeking to win the race for a third time.

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11/24/18
gp3

Anthoine Hubert claims last GP3 title, Leo Pulcini wins penultimate race
Anthoine Hubert
Anthoine Hubert is the final GP3 champion

Leonardo Pulcini claimed his second victory of the season in fine style in this afternoon’s Race 1 at Yas Marina Circuit, fighting off an early challenge before powering all the way to the flag for a popular win, but most eyes were focused a little further back as Anthoine Hubert did everything he needed to claim the final GP3 Series drivers’ title before easing off at the end to finish on the podium behind David Beckmann.

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