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12/13/17
automotive

Ferrari forced to start 2nd shift to meet demand
Ferrari 812 Superfast
Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari NV, fabled for its fast cars on roads and race tracks, is packing some extra speed into its factories, too.

The Italian supercar maker, spun off from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV in 2016, plans to boost production by doubling assembly shifts to two a day in 2018 as deliveries are on pace to reach its 9,000-vehicle target a year earlier than scheduled, according to people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be named as the matter isn’t public. A Ferrari spokesman declined to comment.

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12/13/17
f2000

Formula Race Promotions Adds Jersey Event
The Formula Race Promotions season has been extended to include a seventh weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park based on demand as a Sept. 14-16 date has been added to the calendar to feature the conclusions of the Atlantic, F2000 and F1600 seasons.

The invitational-only event will also feature one double points race for each championship.

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12/13/17
f1

Formula 1 Drivers Union Gets 100% Membership
Wurz
Wurz

Formula 1 drivers "unanimously signed up to their union because of concerns over the future of the sport," according to Andrew Benson of the BBC.

 
Grand Prix Drivers' Association Chair Alexander Wurz said that the organization had 100% membership "for maybe the first time in history."

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12/13/17
pwc

Subaru Announces Pirelli World Challenge Contingency Program for BRZ tS
Subaru BRZ tS
Subaru BRZ tS
Subaru of America, Inc announced today a new contingency support program for privateer racing teams competing with the Subaru BRZ tS model in the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge racing series.

The contingency program will award teams competing in TCA class for top finishing positions, as well as offer ‘launch money’ for teams building their first BRZ tS to enter the series.

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12/13/17
wec

REBELLION Racing will be in LMP1 category for the 2018 FIA WEC season
Bruno Senna
Bruno Senna

After ending the 2017 season with the title of LMP2 World Champion, the REBELLION Racing team will return to the top category of the World Endurance Championship next season, just one year after leaving it.

Bruno Senna: “I am very happy to be in LMP1 with REBELLION Racing for the 2018-2019 FIA WEC super season. The many changes in the rules will be a huge challenge, but we have drivers and a quality team to deal with them. We will push very hard for those these crucial Le Mans wins!”

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12/13/17
track news

Road America and Yamaha Extend Relationship Through 2019
Road America
Road America
Road America announced today that Yamaha would remain as its Official Motorsports Partner of Rider Education through 2019, continuing a partnership that began in 2013.

"Yamaha is very pleased to be able to extend our relationship as an Official Motorsports Partner of Road America," said Dan Rivito, Regional Marketing Manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation. "Yamaha is committed to rider education and safety and through this partnership we will be able to expand Yamaha rider education initiatives at one of the nation's premiere venues."

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12/13/17
irl

IndyCar working on fixing point system gimmicks
One by one Jay Frye is trying to fix IndyCar issues
One by one Jay Frye is trying to fix IndyCar issues
IndyCar is considering an overhaul of the qualifying points system at the Indianapolis 500 according to David Malsher of Autosport.

At present all 33 Indy 500 qualifiers earn points, starting with 42 for the polesitter.

That compares to the usual single point for pole at other races.

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12/13/17
v8

Earl Bamber signs with Red Bull Supercars team
Earl Bamber
Earl Bamber

Earl Bamber has signed with Red Bull Holden Racing Team for the championship's three endurance rounds.

It caps a year in which Bamber joined compatriot Brendon Hartley and German Timo Bernhard to snare the World Endurance Championship crown for Porsche.

He will race alongside Kiwi Shane van Gisbergen in the rounds at Sandown, Bathurst and Surfers Paradise which fall in September and October.

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12/13/17
f1

The best Mercedes F1 photos of 2017
Mercedes look back on a Formula 1 season packed full of action, commitment and raw emotion. Here are some of the best images from the campaign.

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12/13/17
F1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Hamilton and Rosberg not best buds
    Hamilton and Rosberg not best buds
    No desire to fix Rosberg friendship - Hamilton
  • Hamilton not targeting Alonso's 'triple crown'
  • Williams to announce second driver on Friday
  • Reliability first goal for 2018 - Abiteboul
  • F1 must attract 'a new generation' - Carey
  • Hamilton - We must move forward

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12/13/17
fe

Cinematic Highlights: 2017 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix (Round 2)
Watch cinematic highlights from race 2 of the 2017/18 Formula E season, which took place on the streets of Hong Kong.

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12/12/17
irl

Video: Newgarden, Carpenter, Pigot Test 2018 Indycar BodyKit
Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden of Team Penske (No. 2 Verizon Chevrolet) was joined by the Ed Carpenter Racing duo of Ed Carpenter (No. 20 Fuzzy's Vodka Chevrolet) and Spencer Pigot (No. 21 Fuzzy's Vodka Chevrolet) as Chevrolet-powered drivers had their opportunity to test the Verizon IndyCar Series' new universal aero kit at Texas Motor Speedway.

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12/12/17
nnasmon

The Motorsports Group announces separation from Circle Sport
The Motorsports Group (TMG) announced today that Circle Sport will be not be returning in the managing partnership for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) season.

The decision to cease came Monday (December 11, 2017) from Circle Sport owner, Joe Falk.

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12/12/17
nasmon

RCR and Caterpillar Inc. Extend Partnership
Ryan Newman in the Caterpillar Chevy
Ryan Newman in the Caterpillar Chevy
Richard Childress Racing (RCR) and Caterpillar Inc. have renewed their overall partnership and sponsorship of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro team, and will use the platform for the introduction of new digital and social content campaigns.

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12/12/17
promazda

Carlos Cunha joins Juncos Racing 2018 Pro Mazda line-up
Carlos Cunha
Carlos Cunha
Juncos Racing announced today Carlos Cunha will join the team for the 2018 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. Cunha is the third driver to commit to the reigning 2017 Pro Mazda champions.

Carlos Cunha (Campinas, Brazil) joins Juncos Racing after a successful rookie season in the 2017 Pro Mazda Championship. The young Brazilian recorded seven podium finishes and ended the season third in the championship.

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12/12/17
irl

Carlin joins Verizon IndyCar Series for 2018 Season Confirming Drivers Chilton and Kimball
Long rumored, Trevoe Carlin (R) makes the move up to IndyCars
Long rumored, Trevor Carlin (R) makes the move up to IndyCars

Carlin is proud to announce their move into the Verizon IndyCar Series in a full-time capacity for the 2018 season. Joining the first season INDYCAR effort at Carlin will be drivers Max Chilton and Charlie Kimball along with primary partners, international insurance brokerage, risk management and consulting services firm, Gallagher and global healthcare company, Novo Nordisk. Both Chilton and Kimball drove for the championship winning team earlier in their racing careers. The Carlin entries will be powered by the Chevrolet twin turbocharged direct injected V6 engine.

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12/12/17
automotive

100 Tesla Semi trucks preordered by PepsiCo
Elon Musk is sending shivers thru the diesel truck industry. How long before we stick a fork in those air polluting monsters?
Elon Musk is sending shivers thru the diesel truck industry. How long before we stick a fork in those air polluting monsters?

PepsiCo has reserved 100 of Tesla's new electric Semi trucks, the largest-known order of the big rig, as the maker of Mountain Dew soda and Doritos chips seeks to reduce fuel costs and fleet emissions, a company executive said on Tuesday.

Tesla Inc. has been trying to convince the trucking community that it can build an affordable electric big rig with the range and cargo capacity to compete with relatively low-cost, time-tested diesel trucks.

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12/12/17
wec

Aston Martin eyes Le Mans with Valkyrie
Valkyrie hypercar
Valkyrie hypercar
Aston Martin chief executive Andy Palmer has admitted that he would be very interested in seeing the Valkyrie hypercar compete at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Speaking to Autocar, Palmer said that as it stands, the top level of LMP1 racing is of no interest to Aston Martin. However, if the FIA changes the regulations on sportscar racing to allow for racing derivatives of road cars to compete at the top of the sport, the British marque would seriously consider a campaign.

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12/12/17
F1

Latest F1 news in brief - Tuesday
  • Sergey Sirotkin
    Sergey Sirotkin
    Sirotkin manager says Williams decision 'close'
  • Gasly hopes Honda good enough for points
  • 'Trust' explains unopposed FIA re-election - Todt
  • Vettel takes blame for 'unnecessary' Baku
  • Mercedes snaps up Ferrari engine boss
  • Bottas eyes qualifying and consistency gains

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12/12/17
r2i

Two Drivers Earn Scholarships at Mazda Shootouts
Keith Donegan
Keith Donegan
Keith Donegan of Dublin, Ireland and Selin Rollan of Orlando, Florida earned Mazda driver development scholarships this weekend at the Bondurant Racing School circuit in a pair of competitions among young, championship-winning racers. Donegan, 20, earned a $200,000 scholarship in the Mazda Road to Indy Shootout, where he topped champions from nine countries to compete in the 2018 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda. In the Mazda Road to 24 Shootout, Rollan beat three other finalists to earn a $100,000 Mazda scholarship to race in the 2018 Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires. The Global MX-5 Cup is the first rung of the Mazda Road to 24 program. The two scholarships are the latest in the program initiated by Mazda in 2006 to help championship-winning drivers compete in the highest levels of both sports car and open wheel racing.

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12/12/17
iar

Three Quarter Midget Teams Ramp Up For Indoor Success: Begins Jan. 5-6 In Allentown, PA
Allentown PA indoor action
Allentown PA indoor action
Car owners and Three Quarter (TQ) Midget chassis builders are completing their efforts for the annual Indoor Auto Racing Championship Series Fueled by VP,  which kicks off on Friday and Saturday night, January 5th and 6th inside Allentown, Pa.’s PPL Center for the Ironton Telephone sponsored events.

In recent months more new cars have been built and race proven machines stripped and re-engineered than ever before. Every team that doesn’t own a Laffler Chassis, winner of the last three series titles, is out to knock them off the top of the hill.

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12/11/17
f1

Ex-billionaire Vijay Mallya a fixture in London courts (Update)
Force India boss Vijay Mallya
Force India boss Vijay Mallya
UPDATE
 Force India Formula 1 co-Owner Vijay Mallya's extradition trial to face fraud and money laundering charges of $1.35B in India resumed on Monday in London, with his defense "fielding a legal expert to question the impartiality of India's judicial system," according to the PTI. 

The 61-year-old's barrister, Clare Montgomery, deposed Martin Lau to give his views on the evidence presented by the Central Bureau of Investigation and Indian Supreme Court rulings. Lau, an expert on South Asian law, said, "I hold the Supreme Court in the highest respect but it is equally not disrespectful to indicate that some doubts are voiced about particular patterns [in judgments]." Lau "is also being made to elaborate on the application of Indian laws relevant to the case."

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12/11/17
pwc

PWC Racer Registration Opens Today
PWC action at Long Beach
PWC action at Long Beach
Pirelli World Challenge will open its 2018 Racer Registration today at 1 p.m. EST/10 a.m. PST in preparation for the 10-weekend campaign in the top North American GT Production-based road racing series.

The 2018 Pirelli World Challenge schedule is set to get underway in the streets of St. Petersburg on March 9-11 and will conclude on Aug. 31 – Sept. 1-2 at the famed Watkins Glen International road circuit.

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12/11/17
nasmon

Twenty drivers eligible for 'The Clash' at Daytona
The Clash draws few fans these days
The Clash draws few fans these days

NASCAR fans get a double-dose of racing action to open the 2018 season on Sunday, Feb. 11, with The Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway capping a day that starts with Coors Light Pole Award qualifying for the 60th Annual Daytona 500.

A star-studded lineup of elite drivers will battle in the 75-lap event that airs live on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio at 3 p.m. ET. The annual preseason race will be run in two segments, with a competition caution at Lap 25 separating the segments.

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12/11/17
SCORE

Sunday's Passing Away of Bruce Brown
SCORE International wishes to acknowledge the passing of iconic documentary filmmaker/director Bruce Brown, the father of ‘Dust 2 Glory’ filmmaker Dana Brown.

The family has said that Bruce Brown, 80, was born on Dec. 1, 1937 in San Francisco and passed away in his sleep Sunday (Dec. 10, 2017) in Santa Barbara, Calif.

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12/11/17
nasx
nastruck

XFINITY, Truck Series celebrate 2017 season at annual Awards
Truck champ Christopher Bell
Truck champ Christopher Bell
NASCAR traded the heat of Miami Beach for an unseasonably chilly Saturday evening in Charlotte for its annual XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series Awards. But there was no less warm a reception for two fresh-faced champions in a special night of appreciation at the sport’s home base.

William Byron (XFINITY) and Christopher Bell (Trucks) were the toast of the annual gala, taking home the heaviest of hardware at the Charlotte Convention Center. The evening was part celebration and part farewell for the two, as both depart for their next step up the NASCAR ladder next season.

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12/11/17
track news

Rocky Mountain Raceways to close after 2018 season
Rocky Mountain Raceways, a multi-use racetrack facility in West Valley City, announced Thursday that 2018 will mark its final season of business after 22 years.

RMR says it will hold more than 140 events during the final season on its NHRA-sanctioned drag strip, 3/8-mile asphalt oval track, and its motocross facility.

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12/11/17
nasmon

RCR Continues Longtime Partnership with Johnny Morris and Bass Pro Shops
2018 Livery
2018 Livery
Richard Childress Racing (RCR) today announced plans to continue its partnership with Bass Pro Shops during the 2018 racing season. Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's will serve as a primary sponsor for the No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. The partnership marks the first time both iconic outdoor brands will be featured together since Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's joined forces in September 2017 to establish North America's premier outdoor and conservation company. 

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12/11/17
nasmon

Gibson Claims Year-End MOOG Honor
Tony Gibson
Tony Gibson

Tony Gibson, crew chief for Kurt Busch and Stewart-Haas Racing's MOOG-equipped #41 Monster Energy Ford Fusion, is the 2017 MOOG "Go the Extra Mile" Crew Chief of the Year. Gibson received the award, which recognizes the crew chief with the best overall performance in advancing a team's competitive position during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, during last week's NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas, Nev. MOOG is a brand from Federal-Mogul Motorparts and the Official Steering and Suspension of NASCAR.

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12/11/17
f1

Pirelli announces 2018 compound choices for first 3 races
2018 tires
2018 tires

Formula 1 tire supplier Pirelli has confirmed the compounds that will be used at the opening three Grands Prix of the 2018 season.

The Ultra Soft, Super Soft and Soft will be taken to Australia's Albert Park, while the Super Soft, Soft and Medium will be utilized in Bahrain.

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12/11/17
irl

Kevin Warner Joins Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing as VP of Partnership Marketing
Kevin Warner
Kevin Warner
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that sports business veteran Kevin Warner has joined the team as vice president of partnership marketing. Warner spent the past 13 years with leading motorsports agency CSM Sport & Entertainment (formerly JMI), most recently as director of account management for the agency's motorsports practice in Indianapolis.

“I am very happy to have a professional of Kevin’s stature join our team.” said Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with former Late Show host David Letterman and businessman Mike Lanigan. “This is another example of the strengthening of our marketing and sales group.  Having spent time with Kevin, I know him to be a very buttoned-down, organized, professional guy and I think he will do great things for us alongside Tom Knox and Brian Marks. We think this will be a real benefit for our sponsors to have Kevin work directly with them to help exceed target goals and maximize their return on investment.”

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12/11/17
nasmon
irl

Motorsports is dying because it is no longer grassroots
For years AutoRacing1.com has pushed for the motorsports leaders to get the NCAA to recognize go-kart racing as a sport in high schools and colleges so racing could become more grassroots. It fell on deaf ears and the result is now evident - motorsports in America is dying
For years AutoRacing1.com has pushed for the motorsports leaders to get the NCAA to recognize go-kart racing as a sport in high schools and colleges so racing could become more grassroots. It fell on deaf ears and the result is now evident - motorsports in America is dying

Racing and motorsports have been part of the lifeblood of America and the rest of the world since the advent of the automobile. However, recent years have seen significant declines in participation, money, sponsorship, and viewership of races around the globe. Many have tied this to the “go green” environmental movements, but could it be more closely tied to the rise of another sport asks Alex Herbst?

The meteoric rise of soccer in the United States may be more closely tied to the decline of racing than some have reported. It is no secret that soccer has quietly become a popular sport among younger generations, with Major League Soccer (MLS) blossoming to close to two dozen teams.

With an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 fans turning out to each game around the country, many of those have turned to a sport that has separated itself from the big four by being more affordable and more homegrown.

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12/11/17
F1

Latest F1 news in brief - Monday
  • Will McLaren be flush with sponsorship now?
    Will McLaren be flush with sponsorship now?
    McLaren's sponsor hopes rise after Honda exit - Brown
  • Raikkonen not judging Liberty Media yet
  • New deal close for German F1 broadcaster
  • Even Ferrari partnership 'has limits' - Brawn
  • Hulkenberg welcomes Sainz challenge
  • Hamilton hopes for competitive McLaren in '18
  • Vettel says Baku was 'worst feeling' of 2017

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