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12/02/16
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Early news from NASCAR banquet (Update)
UPDATE The ballrooms at the Wynn Las Vegas are busy with a flurry of activity, getting ready for the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards.  The red carpet is being installed as we arrived for the function and the entertainment is practicing  their numbers.   Pictures are being taken of Hendricks Motorsports team members and their significant others, with everyone formally dressed for the big event tonight. 

Jimmy Johnson, Hendricks Motorsports driver will be awarded his seventh championship trophy in a few hours. Overall, thirty-one different drivers have won the Championship, with Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt, Sr  and Jimmie Johnson holding the record for most titles at seven. Johnson has the record for most consecutive Drivers' Championships, winning five from 2006 to 2010.

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12/02/16
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Formula E to boost virtual racing experience with Playseat simulators
Formula E - the electric street racing series - has today announced a collaboration with Playseat to provide state-of-the-art gaming simulators for eRace events, including the inaugural Visa Vegas eRace on January 7.

Playseat is a world leader in the gaming simulator market, providing professional drivers and fans with the most engaging and realistic gaming experience. A number of top-level international racing drivers use Playseat gaming chairs to replicate the position and feeling of racing on track.

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12/02/16
gp3

Russell fastest on Day 3 of Yas Marina Test
George Russell (ART GP) posted the fastest time on Day 3 of testing. The Briton’s best laptime of 1:55.364 which was set in the morning was six tenths quicker than Trident’s Santino Ferrucci and Jenzer Motorsport’s Alessio Lorandi. It was also the fastest lap of the three day test session. The ART driver also headed the timesheet in the afternoon ahead of Lorandi and Arden International’s Leonardo Pulcini.

There were two familiar faces added to the day three line-up: 2016 GP3 drivers Alex Palou and Matt Parry both testing for Campos Racing.

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12/02/16
track news

First One Daytona Tenant, A Cinema Complex, Opens For Business
One Daytona
One Daytona
The One Daytona mixed-use development on Friday "saw the opening of its first tenant," the Cobb Daytona Luxury Theatres movie complex. ISC CEO Lesa France Kennedy said that "interest in One Daytona from national retail and restaurant chains 'has picked up' in recent months now that vertical construction non several of the buildings at the project's initial 70-acre phase is underway."

ISC VP/Corporate Development Jeff Boerger said by the time the complete development opens in fall '17, "we fully anticipate full occupancy." NEWS-JOURNALONLINE.com


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12/02/16
irl

Andretti confirms Sato as 4th driver
Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato
Racing veteran Takuma Sato will take the wheel of the No. 26 Honda-powered machine as he joins the Andretti Autosport stable for the team's 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series effort. Sato's open-wheel experience, paired with the veteran driving force of Andretti, position the four-time championship team as top competitors amongst the IndyCar field.

"I think joining the team will be a new and positive opportunity for Takuma," said Michael Andretti, CEO, Andretti Autosport. "He's not yet had the chance to be part of a larger team where the drivers collaborate; our four drivers and team of engineers working together has bred success for us in the past and has helped many drivers develop on track. Takuma has strong racing experience and we are looking forward to providing a team atmosphere where he can continue to grow, develop and be successful."

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12/02/16
gp2

Latifi ends GP2 testing on top
Nicholas Latif fastest overall
Nicholas Latifi fastest overall

Nicholas Latifi concluded his GP2 season on top at Yas Marina Circuit: the Canadian driver from DAMS set the fastest overall laptime over the past three days of post-season testing with a 1:49.929. Johnny Cecotto (Rapax) and Jordan King (MP Motorsport) completed the top three.

The final day of post-season testing opened in slightly cooler conditions with the twenty-one drivers on Medium Pirelli tires. King set the early pace in a 1:50.136 before a red flag period caused by Sergio Sette Camara after he clipped the barrier at Turn 19.

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12/02/16
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f1
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Race Team Execs Debate The Hot Topics Facing Them, Including Sponsor Costs
Race team execs from various global motorsports outlets touched on the challenges and opportunities they are facing during a Day 2 panel at the '16 Motorsports Marketing Forum. Joe Gibbs Racing President Dave Alpern revealed that sponsorship revenue still accounts for 85% of JGR's annual revenue, starkly underscoring why corporate partnerships are as integral as they are in NASCAR.

Alpern also hit on the NASCAR TV ratings topic, saying when JGR talks to sponsors, the topic "comes up all the time." He said, "It's a big deal. What I have to keep reminding our staff and partners is (a sponsor is) investing in a marketing platform. TV is a very big bucket (of that), but it's just -- we haven't talked about B2B, there are a number of things. ... It's on us to fill other buckets with other things that make up for that." Execs on the panel also hit on how they approach sponsorship pitches and when to bring their team owner into the mix.

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12/02/16
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Ganassi Believes Brian France's Endorsement Of Donald Trump Will Benefit NASCAR
Chip Ganassi
Chip Ganassi
When NASCAR CEO Brian France endorsed Donald Trump during the presidential campaign, he drew a lot of criticism from people in the sport who wondered if it was wise to take a position in such a divisive campaign. But race team owner Chip Ganassi told the '16 Motorsports Marketing Forum crowd that France's stance will end up being positive for motorsports.

"You'll find that it's going to be good for the sport," he said. "You're going to see an uptick in business because of it. People are more interested in talking about opportunities now." During an interview with SBJ/SBD's Abe Madkour, Ganassi shared his thoughts on a wide range of topics, including the state of the sport, his role as an owner and why the auto industry is so important to the popularity of racing.

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12/02/16
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Predicting the 2017 Indy 500 winner
With a year of experience under his belt, can Alexander Rossi backup his Indy 500 win with a repeat?
With a year of experience under his belt, can Alexander Rossi backup his Indy 500 win with a repeat?
The 2017 Indianapolis 500 is still almost six months away. But if you listened to Trackside this week, you heard a discussion that I found interesting writes George Phillips of Oilpressure.

The question that was thrown out was -- If you were to bet money based on what we know right now, would you bet on Team Penske to win next year's Indianapolis 500 or would you take the field? That's what I like about the offseason. The lack of weekly racing brings out conversations that make you think.

Keep in mind, Team Penske has already committed to five cars for the first time ever -- at least in my memory. Their five cars present a formidable lineup -- Juan Montoya, Helio Castroneves, Will Power, Simon Pagenaud and Josef Newgarden. That lineup represents five Indianapolis 500 victories, three IndyCar championships and a very promising newcomer to the team that came in third in this past Indianapolis 500.

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12/02/16
nassprint

Jimmy John's re-ups with Harvick
Harvick in the Jimmy John's Chevy at  Charlotte
Harvick in the Jimmy John's Chevy at Charlotte
Stewart-Haas Racing announced Thursday that Jimmy John's has renewed its partnership with its No. 4 Chevrolet team and driver Kevin Harvick in a multiyear agreement.

With the extension, Jimmy John's will be the primary sponsor of the No. 4 Chevy in 16 races, including the season-opening Daytona 500. The Illinois-based sandwich chain will serve as a major associate sponsor in the remaining 22 events.

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12/02/16
wscc

Michael Harvey Joins VISIT FLORIDA Racing as Director of Race Operations
As the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship prepares to open a new and exciting chapter of Prototype competition, VISIT FLORIDA Racing has been preparing for the new era of the sport. Those preparations won't just involve the team's new machines, as VISIT FLORIDA Racing is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Harvey as Director of Race Operations.
 
Harvey has joined the Troy Flis-steered organization full time as the team, which will utilize the driver pairing of Renger van der Zande and Marc Goossens, looks to get a fast start to the 2017 season.

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12/02/16
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Holmatro Safety Team highlighted in SAFEisFAST video
The renowned Holmatro Safety Team -- the dedicated group that travels to every INDYCAR event and sets the standard for motorsports safety and rescue teams -- is featured on a recently released video on SAFEisFAST.com, the driver development website operated by the Road Racing Drivers Club.

The video details the efforts of the Holmatro Safety Team at Verizon IndyCar Series events, including driver testimonials from the likes of Josef Newgarden and James Hinchcliffe -- who each survived serious accidents with assistance from the Holmatro Safety Team. The video also includes tips for lower-level racing series on how to establish the basics of a track safety program.

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12/02/16
f1

Video: Rosberg announces retirement
Newly-crowned Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg announces his retirement from the sport in a video released on Friday. Just days after winning his maiden world title in Abu Dhabi ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton, Rosberg says it has always been his dream to become F1 world champion and, now he has done that, he believes it is the right time to retire.

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12/02/16
f1

Mercedes to take deciding Rosberg's replacement
Pascal Wehrlein isn't good enough, so who will replace Rosberg?
Pascal Wehrlein isn't good enough, so who will replace Rosberg?
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the manufacturer will "take time" in deciding who will replace Nico Rosberg, who has announced his retirement from Formula 1 after winning the title.

Rosberg, 31, finished second to Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to end the season five points clear, and follow in the footsteps of father Keke, champion in 1982.

Rosberg announced on Friday that he is to retire from the sport, citing the sacrifices made by himself and his family, prior to collecting the trophy at the FIA's Prize-Giving Gala in Vienna.

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12/02/16
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NASCAR's Phelps Says Industry Will Be "Energized" By Monster Deal
Steve Phelps
Steve Phelps
NASCAR Exec VP & Chief Global Sales & Marketing Officer Steve Phelps believes Monster Energy is "going to help us galvanize the industry more than we've done to date" by serving as title sponsor of NASCAR's top-level series. He added the industry is “going to be energized by this."

Monster Energy VP/Sports Marketing Mitch Covington, whose company signed a multiyear deal, said NASCAR is "at the pinnacle of motor racing in America.” Covington: "It's close, hard racing – we love it. It fits our brand to a T. We're really looking forward to being a bigger part of the sport and continuing to be a big part of what we think is the best racing in America."

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12/02/16
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Video: End Of An Era - The Legend Of Tony Stewart
As the Sprint Cup finale brought about a thrilling end to the 2016 season – it also marked the end of Tony Stewart’s NASCAR racing career. In Part 5 of our Legend of Tony Stewart series, Mobil 1 The Grid focuses on Smoke’s plans as a full-time owner of Stewart-Haas Racing, as well on his 2017 replacement I the #14 car, Clint Bowyer.

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12/02/16
F1

Nico Rosberg announces shock retirement
Article moved to Home page as a feature article.

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12/02/16
F1

2017 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix Tickets Go On Sale
Baku Pits
Baku Pits
Baku City Circuit (BCC) today launched its online ticket sales for the 2017 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix via www.bakucitycircuit.com. The 2017 Formula 1 calendar -  announced earlier this week by FIA - saw the Baku street race pushed back from its provisional date to the weekend of June 23rd - 25th, thereby avoiding another clash with the 24 Hours Le Mans race.

Furthermore, after much speculation, the race weekend's event title has officially been changed from 'Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe' to 'Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix'.

To mark the beginning of the ticket sales process, BCC is offering fans a limited supply of special 'early bird' discounts of up to 30% on the cost of all 4-day tickets. This exciting offer will be available until January 31st 2017, after which the cost of tickets will revert back to their original price.

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12/02/16
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Champions gather in Vienna for FIA Prize Giving
The FIA World Championship-winning cars assembled outside the Imperial Hofburg Palace in Vienna. From L to R; Citroën C-Elysée (WTCC), Porsche 919 Hybrid (WEC), Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid, Volkswagen Polo R (WRC), Audi S1 (World RX)
The FIA World Championship-winning cars assembled outside the Imperial Hofburg Palace in Vienna. From L to R; Citroen C-Elysee (WTCC), Porsche 919 Hybrid (WEC), Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid, Volkswagen Polo R (WRC), Audi S1 (World RX)
The annual FIA Prize Giving ceremony takes place at the Imperial Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria tonight.

The event gathers the year’s FIA championship-winning drivers and teams from around the world to celebrate their achievements.

On their way into the Hofburg, the stars of motor sport will walk a red carpet bordered by Austrian fans hoping for a chance to meet their racing heroes, as well as the five World Championship winning cars from Formula One, WRC, WEC, WTCC and World RX.

For the first time, the FIA will broadcast the red carpet arrivals live on its Facebook page from 18:00 to 18:30 (CET), ensuring it will reach more people than ever before.

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12/02/16
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Cool Kiwi Smashes Lap Record in Sydney
Championship leader Shane van Gisbergen has started the Coates Hire Sydney 500 in perfect style, smashing the lap record in hot conditions during practice at Sydney Olympic Park.

The young Kiwi driver is looking to claim his first ever Supercars title at this weekend’s season finale on the streets of Sydney.

“It’s a hell of a lot better than where we were at in New Zealand, but completely different tracks. For whatever reason I’ve had a half decent run at Homebush,” Slade said.

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12/02/16
f1

Video: Toto Wolff on 2016 Mercedes success
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff reflects on Mercedes' success in 2016, after another double title win.

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12/02/16
F1

Video: Nico Rosberg opens up on achieving his childhood dream
The 2016 Formula One World Drivers' Champion Nico Rosberg talks about his emotional year, the path to achieving his childhood dream and how he kept his focus in the decisive Abu Dhabi GP.

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12/02/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • Ericsson in this year's Sauber slug
    Ericsson in this year's Sauber slug
    Sauber to be first with 2017 car
  • F1 stewards vow to improve 'consistency'
  • Rosberg not commenting on Hamilton quit reports
  • Montoya sides with Verstappen amid criticism
  • Ecclestone opposed to format shakeup - Kaltenborn
  • Marko: Patience Verstappen's only weakness
  • Wolff: Malaysia failure cost Hamilton title

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12/01/16
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NASCAR sponsor Gave Nearly $1 Million to 'Cop Haters' Black Lives Matter
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which maintains strong financial ties to the Kellogg Company, has provided at least $930,000 in support of the controversial work of the Black Lives Matter organization.

The financing is listed on the Foundation's website. It includes a June 1, 2016 grant to the International Development Exchange, which is in a contractual relationship with Black Lives Matter to process donations for the group.

The Associated Press reported the International Development Exchange, also known as IDEX, "has been acting as a mostly unseen financial arm of Black Lives Matter, with the ability to receive grants and tax-deductible donations on the group's behalf."

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12/01/16
tv news

Motorvision TV To Continue NASCAR Coverage For Three Years
German car and motorsports channel Motorvision TV will "continue to show" U.S. motorsports series NASCAR live and exclusively.

The new three-year contract which has now been signed "covers all 37 yearly races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series which the pay-TV channel can show in full length in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein."

The agreement runs until the end of the '19 racing season. Motorvision TV "transmits via satellite and IPTV on the Sky Deutschland platform as well as on OTT service Mobile2Morrow." BROADBAND TV NEWS

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12/01/16
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Waltrip & Joy Comment on Announcement of Monster Energy as NASCAR Premier Series Entitlement Sponsor
Darrell Waltrip
Darrell Waltrip
NASCAR and Monster Energy on Thursday announced a multi-year agreement for the energy drink company to become the new entitlement sponsor of NASCAR's premier series, beginning in January.  Below, FOX NASCAR analyst and Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip and FOX NASCAR play-by-play announcer Mike Joy offer their perspective on the announcement.

On the announcement of Monster Energy as the new premier series sponsor:

"Whether I was driving, owning a team or broadcasting races for FOX Sports, I have always wanted an entitlement sponsor that will promote the sport and take it to places it never has been before, putting it in front of fans we've never appealed to before.  RJ Reynolds set an extremely high mark years ago in where they took NASCAR as the series sponsor.  Afterward, Nextel and then Sprint were the right sponsors at the right time due to the technology they could provide, and they took NASCAR to another level in their own way.  By the same token, I expect Monster Energy will promote the series in ways it never has been marketed before."

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12/01/16
TV News

Weekend TV Ratings
NetworkEventDayViewers18-49 ViewersRatingLocation
NBCSNF1 Racing LSun4671650.29Abu Dhabi
CNBCF1 QualifyingSat163550.11Abu Dhabi


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12/01/16
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Roselli Ready To Take On Big Field Of Racers In Trenton Indoor Event
Trenton action last winter
Trenton action last winter
Matt Roselli heads to Round One of the Indoor Auto Racing Championship Series on Friday and Saturday, December 9th and 10th at Trenton, NJ's Sun National Bank Center with great momentum. The Brodheadsville, PA driver is coming off a knock-out victory at the TQ Midget race car outdoor season finale Turkey Derby held at NJ's Wall Stadium.

“I’ve been good enough to win races but I just hadn’t been able to get it done,” said Roselli who is seeking his first ever Indoor Race Series victory.

“I’ll be driving the same Lafler TQ Midget I raced indoors last season and outside this year,” said Roselli who has high hopes of defeating over 50 other entrants from seven different states in the fourth annual Battle of Trenton.

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12/01/16
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Jack Roush Receives 2016 Buddy Shuman Award
Jack Roush
Jack Roush
Roush Fenway Racing founder Jack Roush was named the 2016 recipient of the esteemed Buddy Shuman Award at the annual NMPA Myers Bothers Awards Luncheon as part of Championship Week in Las Vegas.

The award, named for racing pioneer Buddy Shuman, was established in 1957, and is awarded annually to recognize individuals and organizations that have played vital roles in the growth of professional stock car racing. Past recipients have included Bill France Sr., Bobby Allison, Richard Petty, Dr. Joe Mattioli, Dave Marcis, Dale Inman, Robert Yates and Jim Hunter.

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12/01/16
gp2

Alexander Albon ends on top on Day 2
Alexander Albon
Alexander Albon
Alexander Albon topped the second day of post-season testing at Yas Marina: at the wheel of an ART Grand Prix car, the Thai clocked in a laptime of 1:49.062. Raffaele Marciello and Charles Leclerc completed the top three.

Day 2 of post-season testing opened at 11.45 local time (GMT+4) with the twenty-two drivers on Pirelli Medium tires. Some new faces joined the field with Callum Ilott (ART Grand Prix), Daniel Juncadella (Pertamina Campos Racing), Chris Hoher (RUSSIAN TIME) and Nyck de Vries (Rapax) whilst other drivers switched teams. When the session turned green, it was quickly interrupted by a red flag period as the car of Antonio Fuoco stopped on the straight. At the restart, it was Oliver Rowland who set the early pace in a 1:49.878 but Marciello continued his top form from yesterday and went P1 with a laptime 0.016s better than the Briton.

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12/01/16
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A-B Pushing Busch Within NASCAR Instead Of Bud One Way Sponsors Listen To Fans
Sponsors make the motorsports world go around, so the brand panel at Day 1 of the '16 Motorsports Marketing Forum in Las Vegas captured the room's attention. From the NASCAR side, panelists included Anheuser-Busch Dir of Experiential Marketing Nick Kelly, who was one of the more candid panelists during the session. A-B switched this past season in NASCAR to the Busch brand from Budweiser, and Kelly broke down why the move was made. He noted that A-B's internal data showed that the Busch brand both needed to be rejuvenated and also indexed highly in the NASCAR space.

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12/01/16
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Johnson Claims More Time Spent At Race Shop Impacting Desire To Land More Endorsements
Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie Johnson
, the last driver to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series under that name, hit on how a 7th championship will affect his life on and off the track during a featured interview at Day 1 of the '16 Motorsports Marketing Forum in Las Vegas. The 41-year-old Johnson said he has "evolved in a lot of different ways" over the course of his career, including that he no longer is looking for many endorsement opportunities as he focuses on his budding family.

Johnson, who endorses Lowe's, Gatorade and Seiko among others, said, "Honestly of late, especially when (my wife) Chani and I decided to start our family, I really pulled back on the endorsement side and I just wanted to be around (my family) more, peace in the workspace. Truthfully, at the end of the day, what happens on the racetrack is what creates all of the opportunities.

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12/01/16
f1

Video: 2016 F1 Champ Nico Rosberg's victory visit to Mercedes F1 Home
Party week continues for the newly-crowned Formula One World Champion, as Nico today paid a visit to Silver Arrows HQ in Brackley (Great Britain) to celebrate with members of the team.

After winning the title on Sunday in Abu Dhabi, Nico first made a brief stopover in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) where employees of title partner PETRONAS welcomed him to a World Championship party in the PETRONAS Twin Towers followed on Wednesday by a trip to Wiesbaden - the town where he was born.

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12/01/16
R2i

Judges/Format Announced for MRTI $200K Scholarship Shootout
As 18 drivers representing nine countries prepare to head to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca next week for the Mazda Road to Indy USF2000 $200K Scholarship Shootout (#MRTIShootout), a panel of seven judges is in place to select the inaugural winner who will earn a seat in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda in 2017. 

The unprecedented event brings together talent from select junior level open-wheel and karting series with the best-of-the-best vying for a slot on the first step of the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires driver development ladder, which offers scholarships for talented young drivers to progress all the way from the grassroots of the sport to the Verizon IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500.  

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12/01/16
gp2

Alexander Albon ends on top on Day 2
Alexander Albon topped the second day of post-season testing at Yas Marina: at the wheel of an ART Grand Prix car, the Thai clocked in a laptime of 1:49.062. Raffaele Marciello and Charles Leclerc completed the top three.

Day 2 of post-season testing opened at 11.45 local time (GMT+4) with the twenty-two drivers on Pirelli Medium tires. Some new faces joined the field with Callum Ilott (ART Grand Prix), Daniel Juncadella (Pertamina Campos Racing), Chris Hoher (RUSSIAN TIME) and Nyck de Vries (Rapax) whilst other drivers switched teams. When the session turned green, it was quickly interrupted by a red flag period as the car of Antonio Fuoco stopped on the straight. At the restart, it was Oliver Rowland who set the early pace in a 1:49.878 but Marciello continued his top form from yesterday and went P1 with a laptime 0.016s better than the Briton.

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12/01/16
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wscc

Jeff Gordon To Co-Drive No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R at 2017 Rolex 24
Cadillac DPi-V.R
Cadillac DPi-V.R

Four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon, who was part of the driver lineup when Wayne Taylor Racing (WTR) competed in its very first race in 2007, returns to join full-time co-drivers of the all-new No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R Ricky and Jordan Taylor and veteran Italian Max "The Ax" Angelelli for next month’s 55th Rolex 24 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2017 season opener.

Gordon, who has 805 career Sprint Cup starts with 93 victories and championships in 1995, 1997, 1998 and 2001, retired from full-time competition in 2015. He co-drove to a solid podium finish in his only career sportscar event – the 2007 Rolex 24 At Daytona – alongside Angelelli, Jan Magnussen and team owner and three-time sportscar racing champion Wayne Taylor in the No. 10 WTR prototype.

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12/01/16
gp3

Lorandi fastest on Day 2
Jenzer Motorsport’s Alessio Lorandi clocked the quickest time on day two of post-season testing. The Italian’s laptime of 1:55.734 was set in the afternoon. Finn and Red Bull prot�g� Niko Kari led the way in the morning session at the Yas Marina Circuit.

Day 2 of post-season testing in Abu Dhabi got underway with a brand new face: Frenchman Anthoine Hubert with ART GP, as well as the return of Kevin Joerg (Arden). ART GP’s Jack Aitken was first into the 1m56’s with he track slightly damp at Turns 13/14 at the start of the day. Matheus Leist clocked the second quickest time for Trident in a busy start to proceedings. Finn and Red Bull protege Niko Kari led the way in the morning session at

Switching to Arden Motorsport for day 2, Steijn Schothorst moved up to P2 ahead of Max Defourny (ART GP). After the one hour mark, Aitken continued to lead the way by half a second, until Kari shot to the head of the timesheet with a 1:55.949. Lorandi went third at the start of the final hour where the top three remained unchanged in a trouble-free session.

At the checkered flag it was Kari, Aitken, Lorandi, Leist, Arjun Maini, Schothorst, Hubert, Giuliano Alesi, Max Defourny and Leonardo Pulcini.

Schothorst was first to set the early pace at the beginning of the afternoon session. There was a brief red flag for Alesi who stopped on track. Once the session resumed it was Kari who lit up the timing screens to take top spot until Leist demoted the Finn to second. Santino Ferrucci (testing for Trident) then bettered his time to go P1 as he was the first driver to dip into the 1m56’s.

Lorandi again showed his pace as he flew to the top of the timings before Kari re-claimed P1. There was a second red flag when Ferrucci stopped at the pitlane exit. The action was quick to resume and it was an Arden one-two-three briefly with Schothorst leading the way over Kari and Joerg.

Koiranen GP tester Raoul Hyman moved up the order to P2 in the final half hour while the Dutchman improved on his own personal best to lap in the 1m55’s in P1. There was another short interruption to proceedings when Julian Falchero stopped on the back straight. There were under 10 minutes remaining when the track was live again, but there was enough time for Italian Lorandi to sweep into P1 and retain it until the checkered flag.

Behind the Jenzer driver was: Ferrucci, Schothorst, Kari, Hubert, Raoul Hyman, Aitken, Leist, Maini and Joerg.

Tomorrow’s third and final day of post-season testing will run from 08.00 – 10.30, with the afternoon session being held from 13:20 – 15.50 (GMT+4).

Day Two – Morning session

Pos

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1.

Niko Kari

Arden International

1:55.949

24

2.

Jack Aitken

ART Grand Prix

1:56.119

26

3.

Alessio Lorandi

Jenzer Motorsport

1:56.302

25

4.

Matheus Leist

Trident

1:56.444

23

5.

Arjun Maini

ART Grand Prix

1:56.580

16

6.

Steijn Schothorst

Arden International

1:56.638

31

7.

Anthoine Hubert

ART Grand Prix

1:56.655

31

8.

Giuliano Alesi

Trident

1:56.805

26

9.

Max Defourny

ART Grand Prix

1:56.819

26

10.

Leonardo Pulcini

Campos Racing

1:56.844

25

11.

Marcos Siebert

Jenzer Motorsport

1:56.885

22

12.

Raoul Hyman

Koiranen GP

1:56.904

20

13.

Ryan Tveter

Trident

1:57.069

30

14.

Tatiana Calderon

DAMS

1:57.091

30

15.

Santino Ferrucci

Trident

1:57.207

23

16.

Patricio O’Ward

Koiranen GP

1:57.260

21

17.

Robert Shwartzman

Koiranen GP

1:57.303

22

18.

Dorian Boccolacci

DAMS

1:57.311

29

19.

Julian Falchero

Campos Racing

1:57.323

19

20.

Kevin Joerg

Arden International

1:57.499

22

21.

Bruno Baptista

Jenzer Motorsport

1:58.042

18

22.

Tarun Reddy

DAMS

1:58.697

27

23.

Petru Florescu

Campos Racing

1:58.757

29

 

 

 

Afternoon session

 

 

 

1.

Alessio Lorandi

Jenzer Motorsport

1:55.734

34

2.

Santino Ferrucci

Trident

1:55.814

18

3.

Steijn Schothorst

Arden International

1:55.942

34

4.

Niko Kari

Arden International

1:55.967

35

5.

Anthoine Hubert

ART Grand Prix

1:56.046

33

6.

Raoul Hyman

Koiranen GP

1:56.065

29

7.

Jack Aitken

ART Grand Prix

1:56.139

31

8.

Matheus Leist

Trident

1:56.329

30

9.

Arjun Maini

ART Grand Prix

1:56.353

38

10.

Kevin Joerg

Arden International

1:56.491

34

11.

Marcos Siebert

Jenzer Motorsport

1:56.616

31

12.

Leonardo Pulcini

Campos Racing

1:56.640

31

13.

Robert Shwartzman

Koiranen GP

1:56.814

20

14.

Dorian Boccolacci

DAMS

1:56.874

28

15.

Ryan Tveter

Trident

1:56.881

26

16.

Patricio O ‘Ward

Koiranen GP

1:56.911

19

17.

Giuliano Alesi

Trident

1:56.923

30

18.

Bruno Baptista

Jenzer Motorsport

1:57.062

31

19.

Julian Falchero

Campos Racing

1:57.164

18

20.

Tatiana Calderon

DAMS

1:57.255

31

21.

Tarun Reddy

DAMS

1:57.470

28

22.

Max Defourny

ART Grand Prix

1:57.518

32

23.

Petru Florescu

Campos Racing

1:59.316

9



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12/01/16
f1

Red Bull Racing teams up with ExxonMobil
Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo at COTA
Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo at COTA
Formula One is a sport in which victory requires every element of a team's performance to blend perfectly – from design, build, testing and racing right down to the kind of fuels and lubricants used to power us towards the podium.

Getting the mix right isn't easy, which is why Red Bull Racing is delighted to announce that we're refining our performance even further for 2017 by partnering with fuel and lubricant giants ExxonMobil.  

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12/01/16
irl

Dixon braces for teething troubles after engine shift
Scott Dixon
Scott Dixon
Kiwi IndyCar driver Scott Dixon is expecting a tough start to his 2017 year with his Chip Ganassi team making a switch of engine supplier this off-season.

The team has used Chevrolet engines since 2014 but will move back to Honda, who they had previously had a long-standing relationship with.

Dixon, who finished a disappointing sixth in this year's championship, admits they will need to temper expectations early in the season.

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12/01/16
wscc

CHAMPIONSHIP REWIND: Brian Hoye and Chuck Houghton
Corvette C7.R
Corvette C7.R

Winning a title in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship takes the utmost level of skill and teamwork… both behind the wheel and behind the wall. Chuck Houghton and Brian Hoye – lead engineer and car chief, respectively, on Corvette Racing's No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R – were key pieces to the team's title-winning season, along with their fellow engineers and crew members. The two discuss their thoughts on a season that brought four victories and the GT Le Mans Driver's, Manufacturer's and Team championships in 2016.

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12/01/16
wscc

Initial Feedback on Mazda RT24-P "Overwhelmingly Positive"
Mazda RT24-P DPi
Mazda RT24-P DPi
Mazda Motorsports Director John Doonan says the initial feedback from testing with the new Mazda RT24-P DPi car has been "overwhelmingly positive" as the manufacturer gears up for the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.

Following its launch at the LA Auto Show earlier this month, the Multimatic-Riley-built Prototype completed a rollout at Carolina Motorsports Park last week, followed by a two-day test at Road Atlanta on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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12/01/16
wrc

Hyundai Motorsport unveils new car for a new WRC era
New Hyundai
New Hyundai

December 1, 2016 – Hyundai Motorsport has today unveiled its Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC, a brand new car with which the team will compete in the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC).
 
The car, which has been designed to meet WRC’s raft of new technical regulations, was unveiled during a static media event at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza.
 
For Hyundai Motorsport, the three-door Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC represents the team’s third new car since its debut in the Championship back in 2014 – following the Hyundai i20 WRC (2014-15) and the New Generation i20 WRC (2016). Entering its fourth season, the team hopes to continue a positive period of growth in recent years as it embarks on a new era for the sport.

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12/01/16
tv news

ESPN Loses Over a Half Million Subscribers
The Nielsen estimates revealed that ESPN lost 555,000 subscribers during the last month.

In other words, ESPN essentially lost the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico. This, coming on the heels of last month, the worst month in ESPN history, where the network lost 621,000 subscribers.

In the last two months, ESPN has lost 1,176,000 subscribers, a subscriber loss nearly the size of the city of Dallas, Texas. ESPN currently has just over 88 million domestic subscribers. In 2013, a mere three years ago, ESPN had 99 million subscribers. That’s right, in the last three years, ESPN lost somewhere in the neighborhood of ten million subscribers, the rough equivalent of the combined populations of New York City and Phoenix.

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12/01/16
f1

'Beat the Triple' - Win a Mercedes
Mercedes-AMG A45
Mercedes-AMG A45

Stuttgart: Mercedes AMG Petronas intend to celebrate their double hat-trick in the run-up to Christmas this year. The Silver Arrows secured the Formula One drivers' and constructors' title this season for the third time in a row. Fans of the Silver Arrows can now also win something, because the team want supporters to join them in celebrating their hat-trick and thank them for their magnificent support over the years with this great game. From December 1st to 24th, 'Beat the Triple' will test players' powers of concentration in a special online competition. The best player at the end of the competition wins a Mercedes-AMG A45. 

'Beat the Triple' is compatible with all devices, including desktop computers, smartphones and tablets and can be played for free online at: www.mercedes-benz.com/beat-the-triple.

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12/01/16
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • Nico Rosberg - 2016 World Champion
    Nico Rosberg - 2016 World Champion
    Abu Dhabi showed Rosberg 'the right champion' - Lauda
  • Button 'perfect' for 2017 role - Boullier
  • Champions don't connect with German people - Lauda
  • Sauber wants to sign second driver 'soon'
  • Rosberg unsure how far Hamilton tactics would go
  • Raikkonen 'amazing' to beat Vettel in 2016 - manager
  • Hamilton will not quit Mercedes - Hill
  • Stroll relieved Canadian GP is secured

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