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12/15/19
wec

Talented young trio try Toyota TS050 Hybrid in Bahrain
Nyck de Vries
Nyck de Vries
Three rising stars of motorsport joined TOYOTA GAZOO Racing for the official FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) rookie test, getting a taste of the double Le Mans-winning TS050 HYBRID on the Bahrain International Circuit.

The test session was a traditional finale to the WEC season, typically taking place the day after the final race of the season. However, with the new September-to-June WEC season format, the test takes place following the final event of the year and in the middle of the 2019-2020 season.

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12/15/19
irl
imsa

Indycar driver Leist leaves to Join JDC-Miller in Second Cadillac DPi
Matheus Leist ditches IndyCar for IMSA
Matheus Leist ditches IndyCar for IMSA

JDC-Miller MotorSports returns to the IMSA WeatherTech Championship in 2020, once again fielding a two-car prototype effort with the previously announced Mustang Sampling Racing No. 5 entry and No. 85 Cadillac DPi-V.R supported again by Polipetrosur and Mobile Pit Stop. 

Twenty-one year old Leist from Novo Hamburgo, Brazil is a multiple race winner in Indy lights and drove the last two years for A.J. Foyt Enterprises in the IndyCar Series. He will join Juan Piedrahita in the No. 85 car for the four endurance races at Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Petit LeMans. Chris Miller will join the team in the No. 85 for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

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12/14/19
Bathurst

Dixon to make Bathurst 12 Hour debut with Aston Martin
Castrol livery for the team's #76 Asotn
Castrol livery for the team's #76 Aston
R‑Motorsport will field two Aston Martin Vantage GT3s in the 2020 Bathurst 12 Hours. The first of the team’s two line-ups features this year’s 12 Hour pole-winner Jake Dennis alongside Supercars star Rick Kelly and IndyCar stalwart Scott Dixon. The 2020 edition of the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour will be staged across the January 31-February 2 weekend

The team has also revealed the livery for their car, the #62 will feature Castrol branding for the race, which opens the Intercontinental GT Challenge season.

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12/14/19
wec

Toyota runs 1-2 in 8 Hours of Bahrain at halfway
Leading #7 Toyota
Leading #7 Toyota

As it has done since the opening lap, the #7 Toyota driven by Jose Maria Lopez currently leads the #8 Toyota driven by Kazuki Nakajima at the halfway point of the Bapco 8 Hours of Bahrain World Endurance Championship race. They have a 2-lap lead on the third place car of Ben Hanley.

The #22 United Autosports entry driven by Felipe Albuquerque leads the LMP2 class the #97 Aston Martin leads the #51 AF Corse Ferrari in GTE-Pro.

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12/14/19
imsa
wec

Doubtful the France Family wants Hypercar-DPi 2.0 Convergence
Like Ford, both McLaren and Porsche are continuing to push for a global formula in sportscar racing in which both FIA WEC Le Mans Hypercars and DPi 2.0 cars can race together in the future. Nice thought but the France Family is never going to agree to that.  There is a near zero chance they want to negotiate with WEC on what the rules should look like each year. 

They do it in GT, and LMP2, but in the top level?

Agree to have the American teams go to the 24 Hours of LeMans in the top level class and have their heads handed to them every year?  American built DPis against the likes of McLaren and Porsche?

Zero chance.

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12/14/19
v8

Supercars champ marries California girl
Scott McLaughlin and Karly Paone
Scott McLaughlin and Karly Paone. Since his new wife is from NT and California, look for Scotty to move to the USA in 2021 to race in NASCAR, IndyCar or IMSA for Team Penske

Two-time Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin has capped off the biggest year of his life by marrying American Karly Paone in Malibu, California.

The wedding came on the same day as Team Penske announced the 26 year-old would be involved in an IndyCar test at Sebring in Florida next month.

The guest list included some of the sport’s highest profiles including his current team bosses Dick Johnson and wife Jill, and Ryan Story.

The US-based guests included Roger Penske and wife Kathy, and Team Penske President Tim Cindric and his wife Megan.

McLaughlin’s regular Supercars crew chief Ben Croke headed a list of team members who had worked on his #17 Mustang in what was a record-breaking 2019 season, which included a win at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

There were a host of other motorsport guests including DJRTP teammate Fabian Coulthard and fiancee Becky, Pirtek Enduro Cup co-driver Alex Premat, DJRTP Commercial Manager Chris Wilson, Melbourne-based broadcaster and author Tim Hodges, and Melbourne-based Lawyer Andrew Croxford and wife Mel.

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12/14/19
WoO

World of Outlaws to race 80 times in 2020
4-wide photo by Andy Newsome
4-wide photo by Andy Newsome
The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will bring The Greatest Show on Dirt to more than 80 races across 24 states for the 2020 tour.

From the continuation of iconic events like the DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford and Can-Am World Finals to the addition of new and historic venues like Vado Speedway Park and Lawton Speedway, the 2020 schedule will be full of nostalgia and excitement for fans and drivers.

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12/13/19
imsa

Risi Competizione to run Rolex 24
#62 Ferrari 488 GTLM
#62 Ferrari 488 GTLM
Risi Competizione today announced its plans to compete at the upcoming 2020 Rolex 24 At Daytona IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship endurance race, January 23-26, and Roar Before the 24 test days, January 3-5, with a single car effort.

The legendary Houston, Texas-based team will again field a Ferrari 488 GTLM in its traditional No. 62 Rosso Corsa red livery for the 58th annual running of the twice-around-the-clock American enduro classic.

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12/13/19
nascup
irl

James Davison to run Daytona 500, Indy 500 for new partnership in 2020
James Davison gets OILFIRE backing
James Davison gets OILFIRE backing for 2 big races
James Davison will attempt to race both the Daytona 500 and the 104th Indianapolis 500 in 2020, as a new partnership makes its first NASCAR foray in the Great American Race.

Danica Patrick was the last racer to compete in both marquee events in the same year (2018). Kurt Busch competed in the Daytona 500, Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 in 2014.

Davison, a 33-year-old Australian, is partnering with BYRD Racing and Brodie and Sarah Hayward of Hayward Motorsports. Davison will also compete in select sprint car events under the Hayward Motorsports banner.

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12/13/19
il

Sweden's Lindh Narrowly Fastest at Sebring Indy Lights Test
Rasmus Lindh, Sweden
Rasmus Lindh, Sweden

The past two days of open testing at Sebring International Raceway provided yet another reminder as to the ultra-competitive nature of Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires. Four different drivers took turns atop the charts during the opening four out of five sessions at the 1.8-mile, 11-turn road course before Rasmus Lindh, 18, from Gothenburg, Sweden, turned the fastest lap of all for HMD Motorsports during a late flurry of activity this afternoon.

Lindh, 18, who looks set to graduate to the top step on the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires open-wheel ladder next season after finishing as runner-up in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship and the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires in each of the last two years – both times to Kyle Kirkwood – turned a best lap of 55.9580 seconds, an average speed of 107.438 mph, just a couple of minutes before the checkered flag flew for the final time.

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12/13/19
tv news

Weekend TV Times
All times Eastern
Saturday, December 14LocationTV TimesNetwork
WEC 8 Hours Race StartBahrain6:30am-8:00am (L)MotorTrend TV
WEC 8 Hours Race FinishBahrain2:00pm-3:30pm (L)MotorTrend TV
Sunday, December 15LocationTV TimesNetwork
FIA World Touring Car Cup - Race 1Sepang1:25am-3:45am (L)MotorTrend TV
FIA World Touring Car Cup - Race 2 & 3Sepang4:25am-8:45am (L)MotorTrend TV
2019 SKUSA SupernationalsLas Vegas12:00pm-1:00pm (11/24)CBSSN
Trans Am Year in ReviewUSA1:00pm-2:00pmCBS-SN
DTM/Super GT Dream racesFuji2:00pm-3:00pm (11/24CBS-SN
NASCAR Race Hub
- Pop Quiz
- Fans' Choice Awards
- Best of Features #1
Studio2:00pm-3:00pm (R)
3:00pm-4:00pm (R)
4:00pm-5:00pm (R)
FS1
SCCA Runoffs Spec MiataVIR3:00pm-4:00pm (D)CBS-SN
SCCA Runoffs Formula VeeVIR4:00pm-5:00pm (D)CBS-SN
2019 SKUSA SupernationalsLas Vegas5:00pm-6:00pm (R)CBSSN
Trans Am - Year in ReviewUSA6:00pm-7:00pm (R)CBSSN
WoO - Gold Cup Race of ChampionsChico7:00pm-7:30pm (R) - Night 2CBSSN
WoO - Champion Racing Oil National OpenMechanicsburg7:30pm-8:00pm (10/4) - Night 1CBSSN

Legend: D = delayed; R = Repeat L = Live



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12/13/19
imsa

WRT Speedstar Audi Sport team to again contest Rolex 24
#88 Audi Livery
#88 Audi Livery
Team WRT today confirmed it will participate to the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona (25-26 January) with an Audi R8 LMS entered in the GTD category under the colors of WRT Speedstar Audi Sport and with the support of Audi Canada. The driver line-up was also announced today.

The car will be entrusted to Audi Sport drivers Mirko Bortolotti and Dries Vanthoor, joined by Switzerland’s Rolf Ineichen and Canada’s Daniel Morad.

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12/13/19
track news

Nashville Fairgrounds in negotiations with new race promoter
Nashville Fairgrounds track
Nashville Fairgrounds track
While the city of Nashville reviews a new proposal from Speedway Motorsports, Inc, the Nashville Fairgrounds have entered negotiations with a potential track promoter for Fairground Speedway’s 2020 season, The Tennessean reported Wednesday.

The newspaper reported that the Fairgrounds is negotiating with Track Enterprises to promote at least three races at short track.

The development comes a month after the Fair Board voted to terminate its contract with Formosa Productions over outstanding debt.

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12/13/19
irl

The Modern Business Associates 5K Run returns to the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg track
5K run
5K run
Runners and walkers have the unique opportunity to “race on track” during the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg weekend. The 8th Annual Modern Business Associates 5K Run is set for Friday, March 13, 2020, and online registration is now open at gpstpete5k.com.

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12/13/19
f1
wec

World motorsport council decisions: rim and fuel system suppliers appointed, Le Mans hypercar team limits
Hosted by FIA President Jean Todt and FIA Deputy President for Sport, Graham Stoker, the World Motor Sport Council gathered
in Paris during the 2019 Annual General Assembly for its fourth and final meeting of the year.

The following is a summary of the meeting and the main decisions taken:

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12/13/19
irl

New Venue Set for 2020 Graham & Courtney Rahal Foundation Annual Drivers Tournament
Motorsports power couple Graham Rahal and Courtney Force will once again host their annual Drivers Tournament powered by United Rentals. Benefitting the charitable partners of the Graham & Courtney Rahal Foundation, it is a uniquely styled golf outing filled with one-of-a-kind auction items, special guests, and interactive vendors throughout the course. The event will now take place less than five miles away from the hallowed grounds of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at the Country Club of Indianapolis on Thursday, May 21, just three days before the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500.

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12/13/19
irl
v8

Scott Mclaughlin To Test Team Penske Indy Car
Scott McLaughlin
Scott McLaughlin
Team Penske announced today that Scott McLaughlin, the recently-crowned, back-to-back Virgin Australia Supercars Champion for DJR Team Penske (DJRTP), will participate in an INDYCAR Rookie Evaluation test at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla. on Monday, January 13.

McLaughlin is once again set to defend his Supercars title for DJRTP in 2020 in the No. 17 Shell V-Power Ford Mustang.  He will build on his already successful racing career by driving a full-sized open-wheel car for the first time.

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12/13/19
f1

Ferrari to consider 2021 lineup in May
Vettel under pressure to perform, or lose his seat to Hamilton
Vettel under pressure to perform, or lose his seat to Hamilton
(GMM) Ferrari CEO Louis Camilleri has admitted that Sebastian Vettel's future at Maranello is clouded.

With the emergence of his young teammate Charles Leclerc, who Camilleri says has a "long term contract", quadruple world champion Vettel has lost his number 1 status for 2020.

Team boss Mattia Binotto says the pair will start 2020, the last year in Vettel's current contract, at "eye level".

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12/13/19
f1

Ferrari would veto Wolff as F1 supremo
Camilleri says Ferrari will never allow Wolff to be F1 boss.
Camilleri says Ferrari will never allow Wolff to be F1 boss.
(GMM) Ferrari says it would veto Toto Wolff's appointment to the top job in Formula 1.

After presiding over six consecutive world championships at Mercedes, the 47-year-old Austrian has been linked with replacing Chase Carey at Liberty Media.

But Ferrari has a unique and controversial right of veto, and CEO Louis Camilleri warns that Maranello would wield that power if the Wolff speculation is true.

"Anybody who has been an active and important player in a certain team within the last years to take on the responsibility at Formula 1 would create a conflict of interest," he said at Ferrari's end-of-year dinner.

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12/13/19
f1

Ferrari reveals aero, engine changes for 2020
Binotto says next years Ferrari will have more downforce and more HP. Every team in the paddock can say that about their 2020 car.
Binotto says next years Ferrari will have more downforce and more HP. Every team in the paddock can say that about their 2020 car.
(GMM) Ferrari's 2020 car will feature fundamental changes when it is revealed to the public on February 11.

Speaking at the team's end of season dinner, boss Mattia Binotto thinks Ferrari will be "probably the first" of the ten teams to launch for 2020.

Indeed, February 11 is a full eight days prior to the start of winter testing, but Binotto says Ferrari will use that time to work on reliability.

That is because the car will feature a different aerodynamic philosophy, and a considerably revised engine.

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12/13/19
f1

Furious Ferrari slams door on Verstappen
AR1.com predicted that when Max Verstappen accused Ferrari of cheating he would NEVER become a Ferrari driver
AR1.com predicted that when Max Verstappen accused Ferrari of cheating he would NEVER become a Ferrari driver
(GMM) Ferrari has slammed the door shut to Max Verstappen.

At the Maranello team's end of season dinner, bosses Mattia Binotto and Louis Camilleri confirmed that Sebastian Vettel's 2021 seat may be up for grabs.

But the talk was mainly about Lewis Hamilton, as Binotto swept away any lingering speculation that Fernando Alonso might return to a red cockpit.

"We have talked about him, but he no longer sits with our plans," the team boss said.

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12/13/19
f1

Verstappen would be 'less aggressive' in Mercedes
Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen
(GMM) Max Verstappen says he would drive less aggressively at the wheel of a Mercedes.

Most pundits agree that the Dutchman was notably more mature in 2019 compared to his early days in Formula 1 as a teenager.

But six time world champion Lewis Hamilton has said that Verstappen, 22, is still too aggressive on occasion.

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12/13/19
f1

Barcelona needs 'help' to afford Liberty Media fee
Government money needed
Government money needed
(GMM) Barcelona needs "help" in order to extend its contract to host the Spanish GP beyond 2020.

Liberty Media agreed an eleventh hour, single-year solution for next year's race at Circuit de Catalunya, but track boss Vincenc Aguilera says the next deal should be for "three, four or five years".

"I want to say that we all have the will for F1 to continue in Barcelona," he told Spanish journalists at a Christmas function.

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12/13/19
f1

2021 Ferrari debut 'too early' for Schumacher
Mick Schumacher - still too slow
Mick Schumacher - still too slow
(GMM) A 2021 Ferrari race seat for Mick Schumacher would be "too early" for the F1 legend's son.

That is the claim of team boss Mattia Binotto, even though 20-year-old Schumacher has already tested a 2019 Ferrari and is a member of Maranello's driver academy.

Schumacher, whose father is seven time world champion and former Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher, will also contest his second season of Formula 2 next year.

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12/13/19
imsa

Rossi to drive for Penske at 3 IMSA endurance races
#7 Penske Acura
#7 Penske Acura
Andretti Honda IndyCar Alexander Rossi will again be sharing the #7 Penske Acura with Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championships’ longest races.

He will drive the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, the Sebring 12 Hours, and the season finale Petit LeMans at Road Atlanta.

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12/13/19
r2i

Indian driver has sites set on IndyCar
Yuven Sundaramoorthy wants to be the first Indian IndyCar driver
Yuven Sundaramoorthy wants to be the first Indian IndyCar driver

When the first round of the MRF Challenge ended in Dubai last month, there was a name among the results that raised a few eyebrows. Indians don’t often win races in the series packed with international drivers and Yuven Sundaramoorthy certainly sounded like one.

The 16-year-old Yuven, who impressed many with a win in his debut weekend, is an Indian-American. He split his childhood between Shanghai and New York and it was in the Chinese city that he caught the racing bug. “I started karting when I was about 9 while living in Shanghai,” he says. “I continued to do karting after moving back to the US, with my first kart race in 2014 at Oakland Valley Race Park in New York.

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12/13/19
nascup

Felix Sebates retires
Felix Sabates
Felix Sabates sold 80% of his remaining interest in the team to Rob Kauffman, who is now Ganassi's "primary partner."

Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that longtime motorsports owner and visionary Felix Sabates will retire from the sport in 2020. Sabates, 74, founded SABCO Racing in 1987 and joined forces with current Owner Chip Ganassi in 2001, where it became known as Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. 

The duo combined to field cars in NASCAR’s top two divisions of competition and produced 43 total wins, including the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400, and nine trips to the NASCAR Playoffs. Both cars driven by Kurt Busch and Kyle Larson won races in 2019 and made the post-season, with Larson advancing to the Round of 8 – the furthest a CGR car has ever advanced since the Playoff system began. 

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12/13/19
f1

Ferrari opts for early unveil of 2020 F1 car
Ferrari Year-End photo
Ferrari Year-End photo
Ferrari has become the first Formula 1 team to announce the launch date of its 2020 car with confirmation of an earlier release than previous years.

The new car is set to be unveiled on February 11, four days earlier than it released its 2019 steed and more than a week before pre-season testing gets underway.

“We will launch the car very early,” team principal Mattia Binotto confirmed.

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12/13/19
wec

Revived Kyalami joins WEC for 2020/21 season,
Kyalami, South Africa
Kyalami, South Africa

The 2020-2021 FIA World Endurance Championship provisional calendar announced today sees the advent of two new venues, Monza and Kyalami, while retaining many of the traditional competitor and fan favorites that have become an integral part of the WEC’s success around the world.

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12/12/19
SF

Pietro Fittipaldi seals 2020 Super Formula seat
Pietro Fittipaldi - off to Japan to dead end his career
Pietro Fittipaldi - off to Japan to dead end his career
Haas Formula 1 test driver Pietro Fittipaldi will return to single-seater competition in 2020 after sealing a full-time Super Formula seat.

Fittipaldi, the 2017 Formula V8 3.5 champion, made a solitary Super Formula outing in 2018, before his season was interrupted by leg fractures sustained in a high-speed crash in Belgium.

Fittipaldi returned to action in IndyCar but this year switched to DTM, competing for WRT Audi, alongside his reserve duties with the Haas Formula 1 team. 

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12/12/19
nascup

Front Row Motorsports Announces 2020 Driver and Team Lineup
Michael McDowell
Michael McDowell
Front Row Motorsports (FRM) will see a familiar face return while a new, young, and winning driver will join the organization in 2020.  Michael McDowell will once again pilot the No. 34 Ford Mustang and John Hunter Nemechek will join the impressive 2020 Sunoco Rookie-of-the-Year class in his first full season in the NASCAR Cup Series. Nemechek will race the No. 38 Ford Mustang as FRM returns to a two-car operation.

Nemechek, who finished seventh in the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship in 2019, comes to FRM with an impressive resume that includes six NASCAR Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series wins and one NASCAR Xfinity Series win. He also has two poles in the Truck Series and one pole in the Xfinity Series. Nemechek made three starts for FRM at the end of the 2019 season and was impressive in his Cup debut at Texas Motor Speedway. He will work with crew chief Seth Barbour.

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12/12/19
irl

XPEL Joins Defending Indycar Series Champion Newgarden And Team Penske
The wins, the championships and the sponsors keep rolling in for Team Penske
The wins, the championships and the sponsors keep rolling in for Team Penske and its drivers

Team Penske and XPEL, Inc. (NASDAQ: XPEL) a leading provider of automotive paint protective film and window tint, today announced a multi-year partnership. XPEL will be the primary sponsor of the No. 1 Dallara/Chevrolet driven by reigning and two-time NTT IndyCar Series Champion Josef Newgarden for two races in 2020. XPEL will also serve as the “Official Protective Film Partner of Team Penske.”

The partnership with Team Penske – the most successful team in motorsports history – represents the first racing sponsorship for the San Antonio, Texas-based company. Newgarden will race the No. 1 XPEL Dallara/Chevrolet in the INDYCAR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on May 9 and in the Texas Indy 600 at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) on June 6. XPEL will build on the partnership and become a primary sponsor for a third IndyCar Series race with Team Penske in 2021 and beyond.

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12/12/19
nastruck

Kyle Busch Motorsports announces 2020 driver and crew chief lineup
KB Motorsports Crew Chiefs
KB Motorsports Crew Chiefs
Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today the crew chief lineup for its three full-time NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series teams in 2020. Ryan “Rudy” Fugle will call the shots for Christian Eckes and the No. 18 Tundra, Mike Hillman Jr., will guide Raphael Lessard’s efforts in the No. 4 Tundra and Danny Stockman will join the organization to lead the No. 51 team’s pursuit of the owner’s championship with Kyle Busch, Chandler Smith and other drivers that will be announced at a later date.

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12/12/19
WoO

TRD Set to Design World of Outlaws Sprint Car Engine
As in NASCAR, Toyota looks to clean house in WoO
Toyota Racing Development, U.S.A. (TRD), who is celebrating its 40th anniversary of American motorsports heritage this year, is in the design phase of developing a sprint car engine to meet World of Outlaws regulations.

“We’re excited to design and ultimately see Toyota compete in sprint cars,” said Tyler Gibbs, general manager of TRD. “We have, and will continue to enjoy our time in midget racing, and look forward to this expansion into sprint car competition. This provides us an opportunity to not only design a new engine, but also to expand our grassroots racing presence and continue to seek out and develop up-and-coming talent.”

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12/12/19
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nascup
imsa

Video: 2019 Team Penske Season Highlights
Non-Penske drivers on the outside looking in at all those wins and championships
Non-Penske drivers on the outside looking in at all those wins and championships
Highlights from Team Penske's many wins and championships in 2019, but they left out the part where Roger bought IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, including the Indy 500 race.

Anyone who did not sign with Team Penske for 2020 are left on the outside looking in.

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12/12/19
f1

Video: McLaren's 2019 rewind with Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris
What better way to sign off the year than asking Carlos Sainz Jr. and Lando Norris to reflect on the 2019 season? Join us as McLaren looks back through the magic of Unboxed.

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12/12/19
f1

Vietnam reveals updated F1 circuit layout
22 Turns

23 Turns
The Vietnam Grand Prix has revealed an altered layout to the Hanoi circuit which will host the country's first Formula One race in 2020.

The circuit has been increased from 22 to 23 corners, which features a revised sequence of turns through the final sector.

A circuit press release stated "the new Turn 23 is a 100% left turn where the track widens out again to 15m where it will lead on to the start/finish line for one last push by the drivers when they race in Hanoi for the first time in Formula One's history next April."

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12/12/19
f1

Ecclestone thinks Vettel could quit after 2020
Bernie thinks Vettel has lost that drive to excel
Bernie thinks Vettel has lost that drive to excel

(GMM) Bernie Ecclestone thinks Sebastian Vettel may have lost his edge.

Many pundits are currently discussing Ferrari's driver lineup, after quadruple world champion Vettel's number 1 status was challenged in 2019.

The pair's on-track bickering also culminated in their clash in Brazil, but former F1 supremo Ecclestone thinks the main problem could be German Vettel's hunger.

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12/12/19
f1

Kvyat must beat Gasly in 2020 - Sirotkin
Daniil Kvyat
Daniil Kvyat
(GMM) Daniil Kvyat must beat Toro Rosso teammate Pierre Gasly in 2020 to secure his place in Red Bull's F1 program.

That is the view of Kvyat's Russian countryman Sergey Sirotkin, the Renault and McLaren reserve driver this year.

Kvyat claimed recently that 2019 was actually his best in Formula 1, but Sirotkin thinks his performance was more difficult to assess.

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12/12/19
f1

Liberty asked Red Bull about seat for Alonso
Marko: "They (our engine partners Honda) get a headache even if they hear the name Alonso."
Marko: "They (our engine partners Honda) get a headache even if they hear the name Alonso."
(GMM) Liberty Media made an inquiry in the summer about whether there might be room at Red Bull's top F1 team for Fernando Alonso.

That is the claim of Dr Helmut Marko, who with tongue in cheek described F1 owner Liberty as the new "Alonso managers" who offered to help the two-time world champion with his comeback.

"We immediately said we have no need for Alonso," the top Red Bull official told Auto Bild. 

"It doesn't work because of our engine partner Honda either," Marko added. "They get a headache even if they hear the name Alonso."

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12/12/19
f1

Williams should focus on 2021 car - Sirotkin
Sergey Sirotkin thinks Williams needs to throw away 2020 and focus on 2021
Sergey Sirotkin thinks Williams needs to throw away 2020 and focus on 2021
(GMM) Williams should focus on building a much better car for 2021, according to former team driver Sergey Sirotkin.

The Russian, who became Renault and McLaren's reserve driver this year, drove for Williams in 2018, where he witnessed first-hand the famous team's decline to backmarker status.

"Williams made fundamental miscalculations in the processes and methods of building a car," Sirotkin told the Russian news agency Izvestia.

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12/12/19
f1

McLaren 'opportunity' will come in 2022 - Brown
Zak Brown predicts 2022 will be McLaren's year
Zak Brown predicts 2022 will be McLaren's year
(GMM) Zak Brown thinks McLaren will have to wait until 2022 to get a shot at catching top teams Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.

The Woking based team was the most improved in 2019, beating Renault to fourth in the constructors' world championship.

McLaren supremo Brown says the team will have the same budget in 2020 with "an aggressive approach".

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12/12/19
Bathurst

New broadcast deal announced for 2020 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour
Bathurst 2019
Bathurst 2019
The entire Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour race will be broadcast for the first time on Fox Sports and the Seven Network in 2020, as part of a new broadcast deal announced today.

Fox Sports will broadcast the event ad free, which will be simulcast on Seven between 5.30am and 6pm on Sunday 2 February.

Additionally, support races, Bathurst 12 Hour Qualifying and the Pirelli Top 10 Shootout will also be shown Live, Exclusive and ad break free on Fox Sports on Foxtel and Kayo on Saturday 1 February for the first time.

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12/12/19
nastruck

DGR-Crosley switches to Fords
Tyler Ankrum in the DGR-Crosley Toyota
Tyler Ankrum in the DGR-Crosley Toyota
DGR-Crosley announced a manufacturer change Wednesday as it joins forces with the historic Ford Performance family, effective immediately. The David Gilliland-led driver development program will field Ford entries across multiple racing series including late models, ARCA Menards Series and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series.

The multi-year manufacturer agreement will help further develop Ford’s pipeline of young talent to support its successful efforts in NASCAR’s top series.

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12/12/19
automotive

The Porsche Taycan Turbo Only Goes 201 Miles on a Charge, Says the EPA
Porsche Taycan
Porsche Taycan

The EPA released its 2020 model-year fuel economy estimates today, and among the figures released were those for Porsche's new electric sedan, the Taycan Turbo. The $153,000 car received a total range estimate of just 201 miles, with a combined per-mile rating of 69 MPGe.

The 201-mile range is a ways off from the Taycan Turbo's main competitor, the Tesla Model S Performance, which has an EPA-estimated range of 348 miles.

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12/11/19
f1
motogp

Video: Lewis Hamilton and Valentino Rossi swap rides
Hamilton on the Bike, Rossi in the car
Hamilton on the Bike, Rossi in the car
In a historic moment for both Lewis Hamilton and Valentino Rossi, and their respective sports, the pair completed an unprecedented track day as each swapped machinery yesterday at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo.

Valentino Rossi drove The Mercedes-AMG F1 W08 EQ Power+, a car that won the 2017 FIA Formula One™ World Championship with Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport at the hands of Lewis Hamilton, whilst Lewis rode the 2019 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP YZR-M1 bike that only weeks earlier had been piloted by Valentino at the very same circuit.

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12/11/19
elms

What's new in the 2020 ELMS regulations
ELMS gets more LeMans entries
ELMS gets more LeMans entries

Applications for the 2020 European Le Mans Series are now open and will close on the 3rd February. Here are the main changes to the 2020 ELMS sporting regulations.

Standardization of the regulations
The 2020 ELMS regulations and the articles numbering have been standardized in order to be similar to the FIA World Endurance Championship regulations to make them clearer for the competitors

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12/11/19
dtm

WRT Team Audi Sport confirms Fabio Scherer and Ed Jones for 2020
Ed Jones and Fabio Scherer
Ed Jones and Fabio Scherer
WRT Team Audi Sport today announced the driver line-up for its 2020 DTM campaign. For its second season in the top sportscar series, the Belgian squad is renewing entirely the line-up and betting again on young talent. The Audi RS 5 DTM will be entrusted in 2020 to Fabio Scherer and Ed Jones, who both come from single-seater formulae.

Fabio Scherer (20), a promising young talent born in Canton Obwalden in Switzerland, has taken part to the FIA F.3 European Championship in the last two season, after having graduated from Formula 4, where he spent three season racing in Germany, Italy and the EAU.

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12/11/19
irl

Tony Kanaan closes on AJ Foyt deal
Tony Kanaan close to a deal
Tony Kanaan close to a deal
Tony Kanaan told Nathan Brown of the Indy Star he hopes to achieve what he calls his “Christmas wish”: a solidified IndyCar ride for the 2020 season soon. Tuesday, the series veteran did everything but flash a signed contract to confirm his return to the IndyCar paddock for his 19th season.

“We’re close,” said Kanaan when asked about his plans during an event announcing Global Medical Response as the new title sponsor for the newly named GMR Grand Prix. The race will be May 9 and kick off Month of May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  

“I’ll be in IndyCar next year. We don’t know the extent yet. We’re trying. Obviously, it’s no secret the team (A.J. Foyt Racing) is still looking for some funding, but I’ll be back, hopefully.”

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12/11/19
f1

Founder hails Toro Rosso's 'enormous' progress
Giancarlo Minardi
Giancarlo Minardi
(GMM) The founder of the team known as Toro Rosso says he is impressed with the Faenza based team's recent progress.

Giancarlo Minardi, now 72, was actually born at Faenza in Italy, and initially began entering his Minardi team in Formula 2 races in 1980.

Minardi sold his ailing F1 team to Paul Stoddart in 2000, and then left the team completely when Red Bull bought and renamed it for 2006.

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12/11/19
f1

2021 car 'a priority' for Renault - Abiteboul
Cyril Abiteboul already writing off the 2020 car
Cyril Abiteboul already writing off the 2020 car
(GMM) 2020 will be a "critical" season for Renault, the French works team's boss Cyril Abiteboul has admitted.

Although missing its goal of getting closer to the top three teams this year, Abiteboul insists that Renault is making progress.

"If you want to win in Formula 1 you must have the best drivers, the best chassis and the best engine," he is quoted by Brazil's Globo.

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12/11/19
f1

Marko broke 'promises' in 2019 - Gasly
Oh Pierre!
Oh Pierre!
(GMM) Dr Helmut Marko broke "promises" to Pierre Gasly in 2019, the French driver claims.

Gasly, 23, had a fraught 2019 season, as he underperformed initially for Red Bull's top team and was relegated back to Toro Rosso, where he thrived.

"There are some things that must stay between the team and me," he told France's L'Equipe.

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12/11/19
f1

Insiders say Mercedes 'best F1 team ever'
Aldo Costa - the common denominator for the two best teams ever in F1 - Mercedes now and Ferrari in the Schumacher era
Aldo Costa - the common denominator for the two best teams ever in F1 - Mercedes now and Ferrari in the Schumacher era
(GMM) Mercedes is perhaps the greatest Formula 1 team ever, according to several well-placed insiders.

Although 2020 is shaping up as an epic three-way battle also involving Ferrari and Red Bull-Honda, Mercedes has just wrapped up its record sixth consecutive drivers' and constructors' world championships.

"Mercedes is the most dominant team ever," Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost told Auto Bild.

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12/11/19
f1

Lehto questions new limited brake parts rule
F1 rules makers explore new avenues to make new rules
F1 rules makers explore new avenues to make new rules
(GMM) Former F1 driver JJ Lehto has questioned a new Formula 1 rule limiting the amount of brake components a driver can use during a season.

Grid penalties will be handed out from 2021 if drivers have to use more than 22 sets of brake discs and pads.

The number is derived from the number of races on the calendar, meaning that the limit is essentially one set of brake parts per race weekend.

"Wait a minute," Lehto, a Finnish driver who was once Michael Schumacher's teammate, told Iltalehti newspaper.

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12/11/19
f1

Current Ferrari lineup 'not explosive' - Binotto
The Ferrari drivers pretty much played nice all season
The Ferrari drivers pretty much played nice all season
(GMM) Mattia Binotto insists it is not "difficult" to manage Ferrari's current driver lineup.

With Sebastian Vettel alongside Charles Leclerc labeled by some as too "explosive", the hot rumor at present is that six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton could be heading to Maranello for 2021.

But team boss Binotto is backing the current lineup, including the under-fire quadruple world champion Vettel.

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12/11/19
f1

Verstappen not prepared to fall down F1 grid
Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen
(GMM) Max Verstappen says he will not accept a move down the grid in order to extend his Formula 1 career.

The 22-year-old Dutchman is regarded as a title contender for 2020 with Red Bull-Honda, and has been linked with potential moves to Mercedes or Ferrari for 2021.

But he says the actual length of his career depends on performance.

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12/11/19
f1

F1 boss Michael Masi 'looking forward' to 2020
Michael Masi
Michael Masi
(GMM) Michael Masi says he is "looking forward" to returning to his new role as F1 race director in 2020.

Following the shock death in Melbourne of Charlie Whiting ahead of the 2019 season opener, deputy Masi stepped in and has kept the top role ever since.

"I am often asked about the most difficult event of the season, and it was definitely Melbourne," said the Australian.

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12/11/19
f1

F1 tire pressures must be raised in 2020 - Pirelli
Pirelli boss Mario Isola
Pirelli boss Mario Isola
(GMM) Pirelli boss Mario Isola is warning F1 teams that tire pressures will need to be raised in 2020.

Although some teams including Haas were vehemently critical of Pirelli's 2019 tires, the teams have voted unanimously to scrap the proposed tires for 2020.

Pirelli said the teams argued that the 2020 tires were requiring considerable aerodynamic changes to their cars' designs, and that they instead wanted "stability" ahead of the major rule changes for 2021.

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