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12/11/16
irl

Indy 500 will not move up start time for NASCAR drivers
Mark Miles
Mark Miles
IndyCar head Mark Miles said Hulman and Co., which owns Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the open wheel series are not currently considering a return of the Indianapolis 500 to the traditional 11:00am start time to facilitate drivers competing "The Double," in conjunction with the NASCAR Coca-Cole 600.

The topic flares sporadically, but found a fresh news cycle recently when Team Penske president Tim Cindric told Motorsport.com that he believed more drivers would attempt the historic feat with more time between the Indianapolis start and the early evening NASCAR start in Charlotte.

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12/11/16
track news

Charlotte named Outstanding Facility of the Year at PRI
Johnson wins at Charlotte
Johnson wins at Charlotte
The Greatest Place to See the Race earned one of the motorsports industry's highest honors this week at the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show in Indianapolis. Charlotte Motor Speedway received The Race Track Business Conference's "Outstanding Facility of the Year" award presented by National Speedway Directory and Track Guide.

The iconic motorsports complex became only the fourth venue to earn the prestigious award thanks to its versatile offerings across Charlotte Motor Speedway, zMAX Dragway and The Dirt Track at Charlotte - which this year included constructing a world-renowned, purpose-built motocross course at The Dirt Track for the Monster Energy MXGP of the Americas in September.

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12/11/16
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irl

Who will be the next 'Captain' of motorsports?
Roger Penske
Roger Penske
Nearly three hours had passed since Brad Keselowski captured team owner Roger Penske's first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, bringing the boss down from the spotter's stand at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November just three months before his 76th birthday. Penske climbed the steps of his pit box, where he hugged and kissed his wife and lucky charm, Kathy.

Two hours earlier, the reserved white-haired billionaire reveled as instigator, handing Keselowski fresh cans of sponsor brew Miller Lite to refill a monstrous -- and now infamous -- pilsner glass from which he intermittently imbibed or slung over the throng standing below a television stage at the start/finish line.

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12/11/16
wscc

VISIT FLORIDA Racing Takes Delivery of Riley-Gibson
VISIT FLORIDA Racing took delivery of its new Gibson-powered Riley Technologies Mk. 30 on Saturday as the team put the brand new LMP2 machine through its paces at Carolina Motorsports Park.

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12/11/16
cart

Herm Johnson dies
Herm Johnson back in his CART days
Herm Johnson back in his CART days

Herm Johnson a former driver in the CART IndyCar Championship Car series passed away from liver & renal failure at the age of 63 Saturday. Born March 4, 1953 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Johnson raced in 7 seasons (1979–1985), with 35 career starts, including the 1984 Indianapolis 500. He also raced at Indy in 1982, but the race was not part of CART that year. He finished in the top ten 8 times, with his best finish in 6th position in 1982 at Atlanta.

In 1976, Johnson won the SCCA National Championship at Road Atlanta and was the 1977 USAC Super Vee Champion. Johnson's father suffered a fatal heart attack, just days before the 1982 Indianapolis 500.[2] Also during this race, Rick Mears bumped into the back of his car on a lap 183 pit stop. For his next race Johnson, who runs a business painting helmets, trimmed the back edge of his rear wing with the message "Rick...if you can read this, you're too close."

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12/11/16
automotive

Truckers sleep rules blocked by Congress
NASCAR Haulers at Charlotte
NASCAR Haulers at Charlotte
Earlier this week, Congress passed an interim spending bill, and attached to it was a provision that would roll back certain rules issued by the Obama administration to try to ensure that truck drivers get enough rest, The Seattle Times reports.

Here's how this all works. Currently, federal regulations state that truck drivers must take a minimum 34-hour break in between work weeks. Some states have stronger requirements, but the 34-hour break is a federal minimum. The Obama administration's new rules were intended to make sure that drivers wouldn't be required to get back on the road between 1 AM and 5 AM, which regulators determined could leave them dangerously drowsy. By not implementing the new rule, drivers may end their required minimum breaks during these hours. And drivers can't use their 34-hour break twice in one calendar week, which was another proposed change to existing rules.

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12/11/16
f1

Nico Rosberg seeks career in acting
Nico Rosberg hung up his racing gloves for a career in acting
Nico Rosberg hung up his racing gloves for a possible career in acting

Formula one world champion Nico Rosberg was looking forward to a quiet Christmas on Saturday before plotting his next bid for the big time ... as an action hero movie star.

"I'd really like that," the blond and photogenic 31-year-old German told AFP when he revealed his dream of an acting career.

"I know some German actors. Perhaps one day, that would be nice. I have some experience because when you are a racing driver, you have to do a lot of filmed commercials.

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12/11/16
Racing News

A dozen top Motorsport Videos Of 2016
With the 2016 motorsport season well and truly winding down, we take a look at 12 of the most dramatic and exciting moments of the year. 

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12/11/16
motogp

MotoGP 2017 World Championship Race Schedule
Less than 50 points separated Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez for the 2016 World Championship. The rivalry resumes on March 26th.
Less than 50 points separated Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez for the 2016 World Championship. The rivalry resumes on March 26th.
The FIM has announced its 18-round schedule for the 2017 MotoGP World Championship beginning with the season opening event in Qatar in March. Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez will take to the grid to defend his new championship crown against a field rife with rider changes and a new KTM Factory Racing team. Below is the provisional race schedule for you to plan your weekends around:

2017 MotoGP World Championship Schedule
March 26: Grand Prix of Qatar (Losail International Circuit)*
April 9: Argentina MotoGP (Termas de Rio Hondo)
April 23: Grand Prix of the Americas (Circuit of the Americas)
May 7: Spanish Grand Prix (Circuito de Jerez)
May 21: Grand Prix of France (Le Mans)

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12/11/16
F1

F1 Season Review Video
Made by a fan, but pretty good.

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12/11/16
automotive

Talking Cars and the Chevrolet Bolt EV with Consumer Reports
The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV was star of one of the latest episodes of “Talking Cars” with Consumer Reports.

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12/11/16
dakar

Video: 2017 Dakar Preview - de Villers and Al Attiyah Join Forces
From the AR1 Youtube page: Former Dakar winners Giniel de Villiers and Nasser Al-Attiyah join forces and race with Toyota Gazoo Racing at the upcoming desert classic.

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12/11/16
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Video: 2017 Dakar Preview - Nasser Al Attiyah Q&A
From the AR1 Youtube page: Rally Dakar 2017 Preview - Interview with Toyota Gazoo Racing driver Nasser Al-Attiyah

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12/10/16
il

Kaiser returns to Indy Lights with Juncos
Kyle Kaiser
Kyle Kaiser
Juncos Racing is excited to announce American Kyle Kaiser will continue his hunt for the Indy Lights Championship with the team for the 2017 Indy Lights season. Kaiser proved to be one of the strongest contenders in the 2016 Indy Lights Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, taking third in one of the closest driver’s championship battles on record.

Kyle Kaiser (Santa Clara, California) returns to Juncos Racing after a successful 2016 season where he earned two wins, three poles, and nine podiums. The California native will be one of the strongest and most experienced drivers in the 2017 driver line-up.

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12/10/16
Brazilian V8 Stock Cars

Felipe Fraga starts ahead of Barrichello on title-decider
Fraga draws first blood
Fraga draws first blood
The last qualifying session of the Brazilian V8 Stock Car season was full of suspense. At Interlagos, known as Brazil’s motorsport temple, series leader Felipe Fraga registered his fourth season pole position - his first in Sao Paulo. Even with a 12th place being enough in the race to clinch the title, the Cimed Racing driver hopes to have put a psychological pressure on his rival Rubens Barrichello, who starts second tomorrow.

"I think I put some of this pressure on him, but I recognize it is almost impossible to mess with his mind due to his huge experience - he had been through much more tense moments than this one. Anyway, I am calm with myself and I won’t get in his way to the victory. My focus is on the title", says Fraga, who lapped the 4.309-km Grand Prix circuit in 1min38s939, only 11 thousandths of a second faster than Rubens.

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12/10/16
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Earnhardt, Jr. ready to talk contract extension
Dale Jr.
Dale Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he believes he is more healthy now than he was before a crash at Michigan in June that caused a concussion, triggering balance and vision issues as well as nausea that kept him out for the final 18 races of 2016. He feels so good that he plans to resume contract negotiations with Hendrick Motorsports before he returns to racing in late February when the 2017 season opens at Daytona. The 42-year-old driver's contract is up at the end of 2017, and contract negotiations were put on hold after he stepped out of the car in July. Earnhardt, who in August decided not to return at all in 2016, tested Wednesday at Darlington Raceway and has been cleared to return to racing.

"We're probably going to revisit that [contract extension] before the season starts," Earnhardt said Friday during a teleconference with reporters. "I've told you guys that before I got sick, me and [team owner] Rick [Hendrick] had been sitting down and talking about our future and the extension and what we wanted to do and all that stuff was starting to come together."

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12/10/16
Fe

Video: Setup Of A Formula E Pit Garage
The Faraday Future Dragon Racing team guide us through what happens once their packaged car arrives in their garage. We see them assemble the car and learn about the tight rules and restrictions around this.

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12/10/16
Wec

Video: Track To Road - Hybrid Technology Development With Toyota
At Toyota, top tier racing and road car production go hand-in-hand. Mobil 1 The Grid travel to Toyota Motor Group's European Headquarters in Cologne, Germany, to find out how their racing programs have played a key role in the development of Hybrid road cars. Team President Toshio Sato, Business Operations Director Rob Leupen & Toyota Gazoo Racing driver Anthony Davidson all feature.

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12/10/16
nassprint

DiBenedetto leaves BK Racing
BK Racing confirmed Matt DiBenedetto's departure in a statement, "Our 33rd and 34th place finishes this year did not produce the results we were hoping to achieve. I am, however, very proud of Matt DiBenedetto and his many accomplishments over the past two years. He is a wonderful driver and a special person. I am confident that Matt will go on to be a very successful NASCAR driver, and I believe it is the right time to release him so that he can pursue other opportunities. Myself and everyone at BK Racing wishes Matt all the best in his future endeavors. I am looking forward to much success for both Matt and BK Racing." BK Racing

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12/10/16
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BK Racing briefly locked out of race shop
Concerns over BK Racing losing their lease at their current shop location appear to be a misunderstanding and, in fact, the race team is negotiating and extended lease with BAM Property Holdings, Kickin' the Tires has confirmed. A sign posted, Wednesday evening, on the chained door of the building where BK's shop is housed read, "The Owner BAM Property Holdings has retaken possession of this property."

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12/09/16
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irl

Video: Miller interviews Tony Stewart
RACER's Robin Miller and newly-retired NASCAR legend Tony Stewart catch up at the PRI show to discuss Smoke's racing bucket list and whether starting an IndyCar team could be in his future.

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12/09/16
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Final IndyCar test of 2016 washed out
SEBRING, Fla. – Wet conditions forced postponement of the final Verizon IndyCar Series private team test of 2016.
The two-team test at Sebring International Raceway – the last of the year before a month-long moratorium on testing – was called off shortly before 11 a.m. ET today. Chip Ganassi Racing was set up and ready to join Dale Coyne Racing on Sebring’s short permanent road course, but the teams called off the single-day test and vowed to return next month, although a specific date was not immediately chosen.

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12/09/16
usf4

2017 F4 United States Championship Schedule Released
The Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda has expanded its 2017 season from five events to six, visiting some of the most prestigious open-wheel tracks in North America with stops at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Circuit of the Americas in Texas.

The schedule announcement was made today in conjunction with HP Composites and Onroak Automotive North America (formerly Crawford Composites) during a press conference held at the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show in Indianapolis.

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12/09/16
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Northeastern Supply back for Allgaier in 2017
Justin Allgaier
Justin Allgaier
Three things are certain with the anticipation of the Northeastern Supply Company's 24th consecutive season of driver and team sponsorship in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2017.

The first is a fourth consecutive season supporting a driver and race team out of the JR Motorsports stable. The second is support of a driver and team that finished third in the Xfinity Series inaugural Chase for the Championship and thus challenged for the title. Third and most noteworthy is the plumbing, heating, air conditioning, hardware and water systems distributor's decision to return to support Justin Allgaier and the #7 BRANDT Professional Agricultural team.

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12/09/16
scca

Mazda Announces 2017 Formula Enterprises Support
Mazda powered Formula Enterprises
Mazda powered Formula Enterprises
Mazda Motorsports and SCCA Enterprises jointly announced at the annual Performance Racing Industry (PRI) trade show that the two organizations will work together to increase entries, contingencies and future opportunities for racers in Formula Enterprises (FE) cars. Currently, there are more than 100 FE cars throughout the nation, all of which run the Mazda 2.3L MZR motors. 

The recent announcement confirmed that Mazda Motorsports will support FE in three ways:

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12/09/16
irl

Ed Carpenter Racing Partners With Surfcam, Online Resources
(SPEEDWAY, Ind.) December 9, 2016 – Ed Carpenter Racing announced today a partnership with Surfcam, by Vero Software, and distributor Online Resources. ECR engineers and machinists will work exclusively with Surfcam software to increase efficiency and productivity in ECR’s in-house machine shop.

ECR will be utilizing Surfcam’s 5-axis advanced production capabilities to bridge the gap between solid 3D models produced by engineers and the Hurco Companies’ mills and lathes, with which parts are machined. In addition to generating accurate G-code, Surfcam graphically simulates the toolpath and executes full collision checking in one machining environment.

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12/09/16
nhra

Elite Motorsports returns to Chevrolet

Jeg Coughlin Jr.

Erica Enders

Elite Motorsports team owner Richard Freeman has announced that multi-time world champion drag racers Jeg Coughlin Jr. and Erica Enders will fight for the 2017 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock crown in a pair of RJ Racecars-built Chevrolet Camaros.
 
The move back to Chevrolet was widely anticipated as Freeman and Enders used the bowtie brand to capture the 2014 and 2015 titles for Elite Motorsports. Coughlin drove a Chevrolet to four of his five Pro Stock championships and also piloted a Chevy when he won the 1992 Super Gas world title.
 
"It comes down to what works best for us," Freeman said. "My brothers and I have just about always been GM guys. Our engines builders, Nick Ferri and Jake Hairston, have had their best success with GM motors. Our crew chiefs Rick Jones, Mark Ingersoll and Brian Self are very comfortable with Chevrolets. It's a natural fit for us.

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12/09/16
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Ryan Blaney/Wood Brothers Racing Season Review Video
By most measures, Ryan Blaney's rookie NASCAR Sprint Cup campaign and Wood Brothers Racing's return to full-time competition was quite successful.

Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing's latest video chronicles the iconic No. 21 Ford Fusion's lackluster 2016 season.

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12/09/16
nhra

Courtney Force to be backed by Advance Auto Parts
Courtney Force and her crew with new car
Courtney Force and her crew with new car
John Force Racing and Advance Auto Parts, a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, serving both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers, announced a major sponsorship agreement today to include major primary sponsorship of Courtney Force’s Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car.  This multi-year sponsorship will begin with the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season opener, the Circle K NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, California, and cover the winningest female Funny Car driver in NHRA history throughout the season.

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12/09/16
motogp

MotoGP drops Intermediate tire for 2017
No intermediate tires for 2017
No intermediate tires for 2017
MotoGP organizers have announced that Michelin's Intermediate tire will be dropped for the 2017 campaign, following just one season of use in the championship.

Michelin returned as MotoGP's sole tire supplier this year and introduced Intermediate rubber for mixed conditions, in a bid to bridge the gap between slicks and wets.

However, given its narrow operating window, the brand has agreed to withdraw it, with the decision passed at a Grand Prix Commission meeting in Madrid earlier this month.

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12/09/16
track news

Daytona Int'l Speedway Sells Naming Rights To Fanzone
Daytona Int’l Speedway and the Univ. of Northwestern Ohio have agreed to a multiyear partnership for the school to secure naming rights to the Fanzone, the 211,636-square-foot entertainment section at the track. UNOH is the title sponsor to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is also DIS' first-ever official educational partner. THE DAILY

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12/09/16
automotive

VW does a Hillary
VW took a page out of the Clinton playbook and take a hammer to its phones to destroy evidence?
Did VW take a page out of the Clinton playbook and use a hammer on its phones to destroy evidence?
DETROIT -- The Federal Trade Commission is seeking to further question Volkswagen Group's U.S. officials about whether evidence including mobile phones was destroyed amid the probe of diesel vehicles rigged to cheat emissions tests.

"In the context of the massive scandal at the center of this case, 23 lost or bricked phones is a bright red flag, especially when they include phones that belonged to important individuals," FTC attorneys said in a court filing Thursday. The agency "should not have to accept VW's assurance that there is nothing to see and that we should just move along."

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12/09/16
F1

Rosberg: Lauda has a short memory
Niki Lauda has a short memory
Niki Lauda has a short memory
In response to scathing criticism from Mercedes chairman Niki Lauda for his sudden decision to quit the sport, Nico Rosberg claims the F1 legend has changed his tune when speaking to media.

Lauda claimed to Die Welt that Rosberg has left Mercedes looking dumb. 

Rosberg responded to Lauda's comments on Facebook, "The entire time I was talking a lot to Niki and [he was] completely different from the way he acts in the media. I think that is because of his disappointment, which I can understand."

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12/09/16
track news
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Dover removes 37% of its seats so NASCAR doesn't look like a loser
Empty seats at Dover. At least NASCAR is smart enough not to race in front of 3/4 empty grandstands to avoid looking like a complete loser. IndyCar races on NASCAR ovals and looks like losers to any fans or sponsors who see it
Empty seats at Dover. At least NASCAR is smart enough not to continue to race in front of 3/4 empty grandstands to avoid looking like a complete loser. IndyCar races on NASCAR ovals with the grandstands 7/8th empty and has 'loser' written all over their series because of it.

Dover International Speedway will have a cozier feel when the Monster Mile hosts the first of its 2017 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events June 2-4 as "right-sizing" continued at the historic raceway.

Construction crews have been working all week to remove seating in the top grandstand, but raceway officials say the work being seen by anyone driving by the track is merely the conclusion of the seat removal process that was started a couple of years ago.

"This is a decision we made 2-3 years ago to downsize our facility," said Dover International Speedway President Michael Tatoian.

"Our capacity will remain at 85,000. This is the right size for our current attendance." Capacity at Dover has dwindled since 2009, when the seating capacity was 135,000. That year, a seat-widening project decreased capacity to 113,000 and the numbers have continued to drop since.

[Dover International Speedway President Michael] Tatoian said that talks were ongoing to revamp the area of the grandstand that is being taken down, but in the end, there was no good way to repurpose the area of the raceway.

But going forward, he said the seating removal creates a better atmosphere for the fans and leaves open the possibility to create another unique space. Delaware News Journal

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12/09/16
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Buescher ready for transition to JTG Daugherty
Chris Buescher
Chris Buescher
Having his 2017 plans in place eases much concern but Chris Buescher, 16th in points for 2016, said there are "still a lot of moving pieces floating around." Some are comparable to what he faced heading into this past season when he transitioned from the XFINITY Series; others are entirely different. "It's actually really similar to this year with Front Row," Buescher said of the situation with JTG Daugherty.

"This year with Front Row was a loan as well. It was a little bit easier with the (technical) alliance that Front Row and Roush have with the manufacturer (Ford) being the same."

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12/09/16
Racing News

Alex Lynn And Stefan Johansson Join United Autosports For Gulf 12 Hours
Stefan Johansson
Stefan Johansson
Alex Lynn and Stefan Johansson will race for United Autosports in the Gulf 12 Hours in a Ligier JS P3 sports prototype on 17 December.
 
Lynn is a Williams Martini Racing Formula One development driver and GP2 race winner, most recently winning the final race in Abu Dhabi, while also completing a part-season in LMP2 for Manor in the World Endurance Championship. Alex will race alongside his father Shaun Lynn in the Gulf Marine liveried Ligier, the same car Shaun raced at the inaugural British Prototype Cup round at Snetterton in October. They will be joined by Richard Meins for the 12 hour race, Richard having previously raced for United Autosports in the Macau GT Cup and Spa 24 Hours in various GT3 machinery.

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12/09/16
automotive

Around the Nurburgring in 7m10.9s
Mercedes-AMG GT at the Nurburgring
Mercedes-AMG GT at the Nurburgring
Just ahead of the winter break due to weather, the new Mercedes-AMG GT R has set the fastest-ever lap time on the Nurburgring Nordschleife in a test drive conducted by "sport auto". In a time of 7m10.9s, the new spearhead of the AMG model range was faster through the "Green Hell" than any other road-going sports car ever tested by the motoring magazine.

Through the Green Hell in just 7:10.9 minutes -- the Mercedes-AMG GT R was faster than any other road-going sports car ever tested. Hence, the 430 kW (585 hp) "Beast of the Green Hell" more than lived up to its name. A circuit of the legendary Nordschleife, which ranks as the world's toughest race track, is the ultimate test of a sports car.

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12/09/16
f1

Liberty to vote on F1 buyout in January
John Malone
John Malone
(GMM) F1's acquisition by Liberty Media will speed ahead early next year.

Currently, the company headed by US media tycoon John Malone has started to take over the commercial rights from CVC, but the deal is far from complete.

"I think it is too early to talk about how it (F1) will be with new owners taking charge," F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone said this week.

Now, Liberty has announced that its shareholders will get together in mid January to "vote on proposals" about the "proposed acquisition" of F1 and the renaming of the company to Formula One Group.

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12/09/16
F1

Silverstone To Open $25.2M Motorsport Museum With Help From Lottery Grant
Silverstone Heritage
Silverstone Heritage
A $25.2M museum dedicated to motorsport is "to open at the British home of Formula 1 with nearly half the money coming from a lottery grant," according to the BBC.

Top names from the sport including Stirling Moss and Nico Rosberg have "welcomed the announcement of the museum for Silverstone."

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12/08/16
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Penske to Receive 2017 Horatio Alger Award
Roger Penske
Roger Penske
Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals and encouraging youth to pursue their dreams through higher education, today announced that Roger S. Penske, chairman, Penske Corporation, has been selected for membership in the prestigious organization. Mr. Penske joins 10 other esteemed business and civic leaders from across North America in receiving this honor in 2017. For the last 70 years, the Horatio Alger Award has been annually bestowed upon admirable leaders who have succeeded despite facing adversity, and who are committed to higher education and charitable efforts in their local communities.

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12/08/16
irl

Team Owner Roger Penske Selling Michigan Home
Roger Penske
Roger Penske
Billionaire NASCAR and IndyCar team owner Roger Penske is selling his home in Birmingham, MI, a posh Detroit suburb, for $2.5 million.

The 4,607-square-foot, two-story Colonial was custom-built in 2001 and features four bedrooms, heated driveway and walkways, gym, wine room, and sauna. Its master suite has dual walk-in closets and a marble bathroom. Custom millwork and built-ins are found in most of the home’s 17 rooms.

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12/08/16
Irl

100th Indy 500 winning car donated to museum
Alexander Rossi, Michael Andretti, Bryan Herta, and David Bowen donate the winning car of the 100th Indianapolis 500 to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum
Alexander Rossi, Michael Andretti, Bryan Herta, and David Bowen donate the winning car of the 100th Indianapolis 500 to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum
Chris Owens/IMS
It had already been a very busy day for Alexander Rossi, as the winner of the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil had his sculpted face officially unveiled Wednesday on the iconic Borg-Warner Trophy.

After a multitude of media interviews and signing for eager autograph seekers at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum event, Rossi had one more stop to make.

It was off to "Mo's, A Place for Steaks" where a select gathering of BorgWarner representatives, VIPs and media had dinner with Rossi. To Rossi's right was three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Unser. On his left was Paul Page, the long-time "Voice of the 500" on ABC and the IMS Radio Network.

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12/08/16
WoO

Drug Testing For World Of Outlaws Drivers
The World of Outlaws announced today an exclusive partnership with The National Center for Drug Free Sport (Drug Free Sport) for a drug-testing program to improve the safety of competitors in compliance with a revised World of Outlaws Substance Abuse Policy.

"Every major sport across the country has adopted drug-testing policies. As the leader in dirt track racing we felt it was time to join that group," said World of Outlaws President Tom Deery. "Partnering with Drug Free Sport as a third-party administrator provides our participants a thorough and fair testing platform."

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12/08/16
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Stewart to help broadcast Jason Leffler Memorial Race
Racing icon Tony Stewart teams with SPEED SPORT and Ralph Sheheen to broadcast the Jason Leffler Memorial Race presented by Great Clips, which airs Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7:00pm & 10:00pm/et on MAVTV. The $20,000-to-win special event is co-sanctioned by USAC and the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series, bringing some of the biggest names in racing to Wayne County (Ill.) Speedway.

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12/08/16
nassprint

Newmark discusses Roush Fenway's plans
The decline in performance at Roush Fenway Racing is best expressed in one stark statistic. In 2005, half the Chase field consisted of Roush Fenway drivers -- when there were only 10 drivers in the Chase. In 2016, there were no RFR entries in a 16-driver Chase field. How does that happen? RFR has been asking itself the same question while attempting to right the ship. Once the dominant organization in the Ford camp, Roush will drop to third in the pecking order upon the arrival of Stewart-Haas Racing in 2017.

RFR President Steve Newmark called the downsizing at RFR a strategic move - albeit an extremely tough decision. The company considered more than a dozen options before arriving at its current organizational chart. "The whole goal and the whole objective of doing whatever we did is to make sure we would improve our performance and make our race cars faster," Newmark told Motorsport.com.

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12/08/16
automotive

CEO predicts ultracapacitors in cars by 2020
What this company is not saying is what their hyper-charging batteries are. 99.9% chance they are 'super' or 'ultra' capacitors (different terms for the same thing) that AR1 has told you about for the past two years
One of the biggest arguments against electric vehicles is that they take too long to recharge, but in just a few years that complaint might be erased. A start-up in Israel is developing a battery for electric vehicles that can be recharged in as little as 5 minutes--and it'll be here sooner than you think.

StoreDot CEO Doron Myersdorf says the company will demonstrate its hyper-charging FlashBattery in 2017. The company has already demonstrated mobile phone batteries that can be recharged in 5 minutes, and it's hoping this next-generation battery will speed consumer adoption of electric vehicles.

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12/08/16
wscc

Rebellion Racing Confirm Stephane Sarrazin For The Rolex 24
Stephane Sarrazin
Stephane Sarrazin
As confirmed last week, REBELLION Racing will compete in the 2017 Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup. The Swiss team will enter a single Oreca 07 LMP2 in their return to American racing.

REBELLION Racing has added Stephane Sarrazin as their fourth driver for the 51st running of the 24 Hours of Daytona, January 26-29. Stephane is familiar with American endurance races, he is the winner of the Petit Le Mans on three occasions and already raced at Daytona 24 Hours. Stephane Sarrazin joins already confirmed Neel Jani, Sebastien Buemi and Nick Heidfeld.

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12/08/16
wscc

Hunter-Reay, Rahal Join MSR Acura Effort for Rolex 24
Hunter-Reay and Rahal will pilot the Acura NSX GT3 for Michael Shank Racing
Hunter-Reay and Rahal will pilot the Acura NSX GT3 for Michael Shank Racing
Indianapolis 500 winner and series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay will join Verizon IndyCar Series race winner Graham Rahal to complete the Michael Shank Racing (MSR) Acura NSX GT3 driving lineup at the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway in January.

The Indy car pilots will join MSR full-season drivers Andy Lally, Katherine Legge, Oswaldo "Ozz" Negri Jr., and Jeff Segal; and endurance drivers Tom Dyer and Mark Wilkins, aboard the #86 and #93 Acura NSX GT3s which the team will field at Daytona in the opening round of the 2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

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12/08/16
usac

Mario bests Parnelli at the 1966 Bobby Ball Memorial race
Andretti on pole leads the field to the green
Andretti on pole leads the field to the green
Held on Nov. 20, 1966 at Phoenix International Raceway, the Bobby Ball Memorial race, the USAC’s 200-mile season-ender, took place in front of a record crowd of 14,896 (or so reported in the Dec. 10, 1966 issue of Competition Press & Autoweek).

That crowd got a heck of a show, in part because of the carnage: Of the 44 cars that showed up to qualifying, only 26 started -- and just seven managed to finish. The race didn't follow the expected script; though it was billed as a showdown between Gordon Johncock and Jim McElreath for second in the '66 USAC championship standings (again, or so we wrote), the first driver wrecked in qualifying; all McElreath needed to do to clinch second was finish. So there went that angle.

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12/08/16
Fe

World's best sim racers pair up with Formula E teams for million-dollar Visa Vegas eRace
The 10 sim racers who have qualified for the Visa Vegas eRace will each represent one of the official FIA Formula E Championship teams in the million-dollar eSports event, which takes place at CES in Las Vegas on January 7.

Following a lottery draw, the world-class sim racers were each assigned a team. Graham Carroll, who ended the Road to Vegas Challenge organized by Cloud Sport at the top of the points standings, is representing DS Virgin Racing, while Greger Huttu - the most successful sim racer of all-time - has been paired with Panasonic Jaguar Racing.

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12/08/16
f1

F1 costs to skyrocket in 2017
Bob Fernley
Bob Fernley knows the new rules mean a huge increase in cost for the teams
Force India deputy team principal Bob Fernley expects to see a "phenomenal" rate of development as F1 teams get to grips with the new rules next season.

Fernley says his team is optimistic that it will have a good package at the start of the season, but concedes that it won't be easy to match the big teams.

"I'm very optimistic for next year," Fernley told Motorsport.com. "I think our technical team has proven to be very competent, and I see no reason why they can't do a very good job in 2017.

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12/08/16
nassprint

Dale Earnhardt Jr. medically cleared to resume NASCAR competition
Dale Jr.
Dale Jr.
Getty Images for NASCAR

Following a test session Wednesday afternoon at Darlington Raceway, Hendrick Motorsports driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been medically cleared to resume NASCAR competition after making a full recovery from a concussion. He will return for the beginning of the 2017 season at the Feb. 26 Daytona 500.

Earnhardt, 42, was cleared Wednesday evening by Dr. Micky Collins, medical director of the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program in Pittsburgh, in consultation with Charlotte neurosurgeon Dr. Jerry Petty. Petty attended the test at the 1.366-mile South Carolina racetrack.

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12/08/16
promazda

State-of-the-Art Tatuus PM-18 to Revitalize Pro Mazda Series in 2018
New PM-18
New PM-18
The middle rung of the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires open-wheel driver development ladder, the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, will gain a significant upgrade in 2018 with the introduction of the brand-new Tatuus PM-18. The prototype car was unveiled today during the annual Performance Racing Industry Show at the Indianapolis Convention Center by Dan Andersen, Owner/CEO of Andersen Promotions, John Doonan, Director of Motorsports for Mazda North American Operations, and Chris Pantani, Director of Event Marketing and Motorsports for Cooper Tires.

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12/08/16
automotive

VW's Porsche focus of widened German car emissions probe
When your cars use internal combustion engines that pollute the air we all breathe, some have to revert to cheating to make the numbers look good. The Tesla EV already buries any Porsche made and when Supercapacitors replace batteries in EVs in coming years, that can discharge power much faster than batteries, there won't be an internal combustion engine car on earth that will be able to beat them

German regulators are investigating whether Porsche illegally manipulated fuel economy data on its vehicles, potentially opening a new front in parent Volkswagen AG’s emissions-cheating scandal.

Germany’s Transport Ministry and Federal Motor Transport Authority are examining whether Porsche installed devices allowing its cars to sense whether they were being tested for fuel consumption and carbon-dioxide emissions, representatives at both agencies said today.

That type of technology allows manufacturers to falsify results by making cars appear more energy efficient during tests.

A Porsche spokesman said by phone the company’s cars complied with fuel consumption and emissions laws that were in place at the time the vehicles were registered.

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12/08/16
nasx

Dale Jr. unveils No. 88 XFINITY Series Daytona paint scheme
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. posted a photo on Instagram of the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet for the season-opening XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

He also informed everyone that Kasey Kahne will be the driver behind the wheel of the Hellmann's-sponsored ride.

Check out the scheme to the right.

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12/08/16
NasWhelen

NASCAR Announces 2017 Whelen Modified Tour Schedule
NASCAR announced the 2017 schedule for the Whelen Modified Tour on Tuesday, which includes eight events to be run at Connecticut venues.

The series will have 17 points events next season and also two special non-points exhibition events, spanning seven states.

It was announced in October that the Whelen Modified Tour would merge with the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.

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12/08/16
irl

Video: Alexander Rossi's Borg-Warner unveiling
RACER's Robin Miller talks to 2016 Indy 500 champion Alexander Rossi as his sterling-silver likeness on the Borg-Warner Trophy is unveiled during a ceremony at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

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12/08/16
f1

Latest F1 News in brief - Thursday
  • Costa knows it does not matter who drives the cars he designs, they will win
    Aldo Costa knows it does not matter who drives the cars he designs, they will win
    Mercedes' Costa backs Wehrlein to replace Rosberg
  • Ecclestone wouldn’t put Rosberg amongst the greats
  • Rosberg defends decision after Lauda criticism
  • Rosberg backs Wehrlein for 2017 seat
  • Rosberg rejects F1 comeback talk
  • French GP revival 'surprised' Ecclestone
  • Ferrari dominance would be better for F1 - Kaltenborn
  • Growing financial loss at Austrian GP - report
  • Ferrari must improve aero development speed
  • Valencia Formula 1 Race From '08-12 Allegedly Lacked Necessary Licensing
  • Beer Brand Krombacher Tops List Of Advertisers For RTL's F1 Broadcasts In '16
  • Johor, Malaysia's Fastrackcity Featuring F1 Track To Be Completed In '19

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12/08/16
automotive

Supercapacitor breakthrough suggests EVs could charge in seconds (2nd Update)
When an electric car can recharge faster than filling your tank with gasoline, there will no longer be a need for cars to burn fossil fuels - none.
When an electric car can recharge faster than filling your tank with gasoline, there will no longer be a need for cars to burn fossil fuels - none.

UPDATE The new material produces super-capacitors which are a safer, faster charging, more efficient, and greener alternative to both battery power and other super-capacitors.

The material is made from a special form of polymer - large organic molecular chains composed of many repeated sub-units.

These sub-units then bond together to form a 3D network.

Super-capacitors store energy using electrodes and electrolytes, and both charge and deliver energy quickly.

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12/08/16
automotive

Trump Picks Fossil Fuel-Friendly Pruitt to head EPA
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt will help the domestic oil, gas and coal industries in an effort to take the USA off its addiction to foreign oil
WASHINGTON -- President-elect Donald Trump has picked Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, his former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told reporters Wednesday.

Pruitt has been a vocal critic of EPA regulations and defender of fossil fuel interests. Lawyers for Devon Energy, one of his state's biggest oil and gas companies, authored a letter Pruitt sent to the EPA criticizing estimates on emissions from natural gas drilling sites, The New York Times reported in 2014.

The Times published 84 pages of correspondence between Pruitt and Devon, which it described as evidence of an "unprecedented, secretive alliance that Mr. Pruitt and other Republican attorneys general have formed with some of the nation's top energy producers to push back against the Obama regulatory agenda."

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