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01/01/19
f1

McLaren F1 expects more 2019 sponsors (Update)
Brown claims McLaren does NOT want a title sponsor that would take away from their brand. In reality, racing is no longer McLaren's core business.  Selling high performance street cars is where McLaren generates all its revenue. The F1 team is there to enhance the brands image.
Brown claims McLaren does NOT want a title sponsor that would take away from their brand. In reality, racing is no longer McLaren's core business. Selling high performance street cars is where McLaren generates all its revenue. The F1 team is there to enhance the brands image.

UPDATE Why is McLaren racing in the Indy 500 again.  One reason, and one reason only.  McLaren's biggest high performance passenger car market is the USA. Selling passenger cars is where McLaren generates the majority of its revenue.

With only one F1 race in the USA, it makes sense for McLaren to race in the 500 to expose the McLaren brand name in the USA and sell more cars in the USA.  Zak Brown says they want to give their race team sponsors more exposure in the USA, and while that remains a noble goal, what he fails to say is that selling cars is McLaren's #1 goal, and to do that, brand image is paramount.

“That is one of the reasons why we are competing in the Indy 500, because we think Indianapolis and the IndyCar series… for seven out of 10 sponsors, America is an important market," Zak Brown stated.

"Formula 1 right now can’t quite ring that bell as loudly as a lot of partners would like, so we feel IndyCar racing for a variety of reasons, but that being one of them, helps round out a global proposition for our partners.”

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01/01/19
automotive

First McLaren Senna Destroyed By Fire, Was Owned By YouTuber Salomondrin
Burned McLaren Senna
Burned McLaren Senna
The first recorded incident of a McLaren Senna burning down occurred this week. The exotic hypercar was owned by YouTube personality Salomondrin and it was destroyed by a fire in Los Angeles.

There are limited details about the incident available at this early stage but a series of images of the car were shared across Reddit. They confirm that the hypercar is indeed the one which Salomondrin, real name Alejandro Salomon, took delivery of just a few days ago.

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01/01/19
automotive

Jim Perkins, Savior of the Chevrolet Corvette Dead at 83
Jim Perkins
Jim Perkins
Jim Perkins, the savior of the Chevrolet Corvette when it faced the chopping block the '90s, passed away on Friday in Charlotte, North Carolina at the age of 83 years old.

The Texan with a penchant for cowboy boots got his first job at Chevrolet by hanging out in the lobby of GM's Dallas regional office and talking to whoever would listen to him. He first landed a crummy warehouse job, but it got his foot in the door and kicked off what would become a significant and influential automotive career. One promotion led to another, and in about 20 years, Perkins was the general manager of the Chevrolet brand.

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12/31/18
f1

Alonso calls Schumacher toughest competitor
Alonso leading Schumacher in Bahrain in 2006
Alonso leading Schumacher in Bahrain in 2006
Fernando Alonso says seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher was the greatest rival in his Formula 1 career.

The pair fought it out for the 2005 and 2006 Drivers’ Championships, with Alonso narrowly winning out in both seasons.

Schumacher then came back in 2010, and the pair came close a few times as the German spent three years with Mercedes.

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12/31/18
irl

Verizon removed from IndyCar logo
With today being the last day of Verizon's title sponsorship of IndyCar, Verizon has been removed from IndyCar's official logo on their Facebook site.

IndyCar CEO Mark Miles says he is confident a replacement for Verizon will be announced in January.

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12/31/18
wec
lmesa

Onroak Automotive, OAK Racing, Sodemo and Tork Engineering merge
Onroak Automotive, OAK Racing, Sodemo and Tork Engineering merge into Ligier Automotive: one name, one force.

One name to bring together four entities of the Everspeed’s Automotive pole: the racing cars’ manufacturers Onroak Automotive and Tork Engineering, the racing team OAK Racing and the engine manufacturer Sodemo. One force to regroup their experience and competencies.

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12/31/18
nhra

2018 Wild NHRA Rides
Here are the wildest rides of the 2018 NHRA season.

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12/31/18
nasmon

Year in Review: Nascar Champion Joey Logano
Joey Logano captured his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship in 2018. Recap his run to the title.

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12/31/18
nasmon

Bell and Larson win down under
Chris Bell keeps win despite cheating
Chris Bell keeps win despite cheating
NASCAR ace Kyle Larson beat fellow NASCAR star Christopher Bell by 0.837s to win the World 30-Lap Midget Derby Sunday at Western Springs Speedway in Auckland, New Zealand.

Not to be outdone, Bell won the 25-lap sprint feature with a daring last-lap pass on Michael Pickens which had to be reviewed by officials for cutting the final two corners with a pass down in the infield grass.

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12/30/18
nasmon

Click 'n Close not returning to Petty Motorsports in 2019
Click N' Close must have seen those plummeting NASCAR TV ratings
Click N' Close must have seen those plummeting NASCAR TV ratings
Click n' Close will not return as a sponsor of Bubba Wallace's No. 43 Chevrolet in 2019, Richard Petty Motorsports has confirmed to NBC Sports.

The team confirmed a report by the SportsBusiness Journal's Adam Stern that the sponsor deal ended as a result of executive changes at Click n' Close and a changed business model.

NASCAR also confirmed that Click n' Close's relationship as the official mortgage provider of NASCAR has been terminated. NBC Sports

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12/30/18
automotive

Young Lamborghini Fan Gets More Than A Model Car As A Present

We were searching for the Lamborghini 'Real Lover', the one who could really show an incredible passion for our Super Sports Cars.

Now the search is over, and Lamborghini Factory driver Marco Mapelli delivered the proper gift to him!

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12/30/18
automotive

Porsche Taycan EV Reservations - SOLD OUT!
Customers are clamoring for the Porsche Taycan
Customers are clamoring for the Porsche Taycan
While Porsche’s first-ever fully electric vehicle, the Taycan, has yet to reach dealerships in production guise, customers are already showing a huge interest in buying the car.

In fact, during this year’s LA Auto Show, Porsche North America president & CEO Klaus Zellmer told CNET that "if all the people [who pre-ordered] buy this car, then we are sold out for the first year" – which is pretty impressive.

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12/30/18
irl

Danica Patrick steals the show at family Christmas party
Danica Patrick Instagram post
Danica Patrick Instagram post
Former IndyCar and NASCAR driver Danica Patrick stole the show at her family’s Christmas Eve get-together when she presented a one-of-a-kind present to her father, T.J.

Patrick’s gift: a frame containing the first and last firesuits she ever wore in her two-plus decade racing career, according to a story on PopCulture.com. The last firesuit was the one Patrick wore in this year’s Indianapolis 500, her final race before she officially retired as a race car driver.

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12/30/18
automotive

VW's Solution to EV Charging Woes: A Charging Station That Requires Recharging
Rendering of VW mobile charge station for places where high-voltage supply is not yet available
Rendering of VW mobile charge station for places where high-voltage supply is not yet available
Concerned that customers won’t buy vehicles from its upcoming electric product tsunami for fear of missing their turn at the plug, Volkswagen is offering a fairly novel solution: mobile charging stations that also require recharging, presumably from a much larger charging station. A power station, for example.

The takeaway from Volkswagen’s lesson in energy packaging is “Buy an electric Volkswagen. You’ll be fine.”

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12/30/18
automotive

The Truth About Tesla Model 3 Batteries
Tesla Battery cooling veins
Tesla Battery cooling veins

Because of its name, lithium-ion (li-ion), people think that li-ion batteries are primarily made of lithium and that if we transition the world’s car fleet to electric, it will create a supply problem. While it’s certainly true that lithium demand is expected to rise significantly, which is why the price has spiked recently, the resource is abundant and production can keep up with the right investments. But it would be a mistake to focus only on lithium. There are several other raw materials in batteries and they each can create bottlenecks if not properly addressed.

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12/30/18
f1

Kubica would also doubt himself
Robert Kubica
Robert Kubica
Robert Kubica has admitted that he understands why question marks remain over his ability, and that he would have doubts about his return. And his slow test times underscore what appear to be certain physical limitations.

The Pole will be on the grid for the first time since 2010, after suffering severe injuries to his right arm in a rally crash.

Kubica, who was Williams test driver before getting a race seat for 2019, admits that he had come to accept that a return to racing was going to be a struggle.

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12/30/18
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wec

Formula E champion Vergne to stay with G-Drive for endurance races
Jean-Eric Vergne
Jean-Eric Vergne
World Endurance Championship team G-Drive Racing has confirmed that reigning FIA Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne will return to the squad next year.

Vergne, who currently races for Techeetah in Formula E, signed a new deal with G-Drive for 2019 which will see him partner Roman Rusinov. A third driver is set to be announced at a later date.

The Frenchman helped the Russian team to the European Le Mans Series victory and crossed the line first at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours, winning the LMP2 class, before later being disqualified over an illegally modified fueling rig.

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12/30/18
automotive

Watch How A Tesla Model 3 Gets Made: Time-Lapse Video
Tesla Model 3 under construction
Tesla Model 3 under construction
In just 48 seconds, a Tesla Model 3 goes from start to finish down the production line thanks to time-lapse footage, which you can watch here.

It provides a rare look at the inner workings at the Tesla Fremont factory and, perhaps more importantly, a first public view of how the Tesla Model 3 comes to life.

Tesla Model 3 production had its ups and down, but now it seems rather stable at 5,000 to 7,000 per week. Initially, production hell was a huge issue and several bottlenecks kept production numbers low.

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12/29/18
f1

Brawn: Engine manufacturers do not want anymore in the sport
Toto Wolff says 4 F1 engine manufacturers is plenty
Toto Wolff says 4 F1 engine manufacturers is plenty

Formula 1 chief Ross Brawn believes that the current engine manufacturers do not want any more competition in the sport.

Mercedes are on of the four power unit providers on the grid, and their boss Toto Wolff has said that “four manufacturers are enough”.

Honda, Ferrari and Renault also power cars in the sport, with Renault and Honda engines powering two teams, and Ferrari power units in the back of three teams’ machines.

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12/29/18
irl
v8

James Davison hopes to race in 2019 Indy 500
James Davison practicing for the 2018 Indy 500
James Davison practicing for the 2018 Indy 500

James Davison has plenty to look back on after spending recent years pursuing the American racing dream with six IndyCar Series starts and four NASCAR races under his belt.

However, the Melbourne-born racer, who now calls the United States home, is looking to return to his roots in the hope of securing a Supercars enduro drive and eventually a full-time seat in the Supercars Championship.

Speedcafe.com’s Slade Perrins spoke with Davison about his 2018 season that included an appearance in the Toyota 86 Racing Series at Bathurst, a NASCAR Xfinity Series drive at Road America, and the Indy 500 in May, as well as what lies ahead.

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12/29/18
f1

2019 F1 aero changes explained
Formula 1 created this video to explain changes to the aerodynamics of the 2019 F1 cars designed to improve passing

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12/28/18
f1
irl

This Turbine-Powered Fan Car Could Be The Alternative Future Of Motorsport
 
Turbine engines and fan cars were effectively banned before the technology could be properly developed. 

A new concept of single-seater aims to solve the problems of modern motorsport by looking to unfulfilled technologies of the past writes Dan Thorn

 

In the late 1960s, innovation in motorsport was going through the roof. In Formula 1 you had the likes of Colin Chapman makes advances in the way racing cars were built by using the engine as a stressed member of the chassis in the Lotus 49 - a car that also introduced the legendary Cosworth DFV motor.

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12/28/18
f1

How fast do you want to go in F1? How much do you have to spend?
In a sport where engineering is everything, the more you spend in F1 the faster you will go.
In a sport where engineering is everything, the more you spend in F1 the faster you will go.
The "wide and growing gulf" between Formula 1’s haves and have-nots "is illustrated in new data" on how much each team spent in '18, according to Dieter Rencken of RACEFANS.net. The basis of the analysis is a "combination of interviews, off-record discussions (crucial to obtain inside numbers)," Companies House records for U.K.-based teams, and "good old-fashioned sleuthing." Financial records of non-U.K. teams "are not publicly accessible and thus educated estimates are applied." The teams' "ability to obfuscate their spending will change when (or if) budget caps are applied."

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12/28/18
f1

Vettel: car speed most decisive factor in winning
Vettel winning at Silverstone. With the car being 99% and the driver 1% in F1, obviously the car must be quickest to win the title.
Vettel winning at Silverstone. With the car being 99% and the driver 1% in F1, obviously the car must be quickest to win the title.
Sebastian Vettel believes improving car pace should be Ferrari’s main focus for 2019 despite a number of mistakes from the team during the Formula 1 season past.

The German finished a distant runner-up to Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in the championship after seriously challenging the Brit during the first half of the season.

Vettel has admitted that he wasn’t “at the top of my game” in 2018 and needed to “adjust and get stronger”.

Former teammate Mark Webber contended that both from Vettel himself and the team’s at times poor strategic decision-making were to blame.

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12/28/18
irl
f1

Alexander Rossi & The Building Of An Indycar Legacy
Rossi was in shock after winning the Indy 500
Rossi was in shock after winning the Indy 500
From his F1 breakthrough in 2015 to the celebration and elation of securing a rookie Indy 500 victory in 2016, Alexander Rossi’s legacy in motorsports is already more complete than most. But there is plenty more to come from the man who currently holds precisely one more Indianapolis 500 win than Fernando Alonso, as Andy Webb found out…

‘Absolutely’, is Alexander Rossi’s unequivocal response to a now familiar opening question.

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12/28/18
f1

2018 FIA Prize Giving - Highlights
Watch the highlights of the 2018 FIA Prize Giving!

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12/28/18
f1

F1 Winter Break: Mercedes Snow Ride
Finally, after all those Christmas cookies: donuts...

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12/27/18
usac

1972 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Hiss Dies at 77
Mike Hiss in 1972
Mike Hiss in 1972

Mike Hiss, the 1972 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, passed away Dec. 19 in Evansville, Indiana, following a near-30-year battle with cancer-related issues.

He was 77.

The 6-foot, 2-inch Hiss drove in the "500" four times, his highest finish being the seventh he scored in his rookie year in 1972.

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12/27/18
imsa

Conquest Racing To Compete In IMSA Prototype Challenge In 2019
Eric Bachelart (R) with drivers Ross Chouest and Aaron Provoledo
Eric Bachelart (R) with drivers Ross Chouest and Aaron Provoledo

Conquest Racing announced today that the team will return to prototype competition by joining the 2019 IMSA Prototype Challenge with drivers Ross Chouest and Aaron Provoledo.  The team has registered the #25 Conquest Racing Ligier JSP3 entry for the full season and will start off this new project next January 4-6 at the season opener at the Roar Before the 24 at Daytona International Speedway.

The former IndyCar team is no stranger to sportscars competition, after fielding a successful LMP2 campaign in 2012.  The team also runs a successful seven-car Ferrari Challenge operation under the banner of New Country Competizione, with Chouest as one of its drivers.

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12/27/18
r2i

Is Kyle Kirkwood IndyCar's next Alexander Rossi?
Whether it was Formula 3 cars or USF2000 cars, Kyle Kirkwood was untouchable
Whether it was Formula 3 cars or USF2000 cars, Kyle Kirkwood was untouchable
A whirlwind of an incredible year is coming to a close for Kyle Kirkwood writes Joey Barnes of IndyCar.com.

The 20-year-old racer was simply on another level in 2018 as rivals were left in the wake of insurmountable pace.

He put everyone on notice early and often as a rookie driving for Cape Motorsports in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship – the first rung of the Mazda Road to Indy development ladder sanctioned by INDYCAR. He burst onto the scene by capturing 12 victories in the 14 races, matching JR Hildebrand’s 12-year-old record for most wins in a single season. The Floridian easily claimed the USF2000 championship and $325,000 scholarship to move up the MRTI ladder in 2019.

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12/27/18
imsa

Haase and Companc Join Starworks Motorsport IMSA Endurance Lineup
Christopher Haase
Christopher Haase
Christopher Haase and Ezequiel Companc have joined Starworks Motorsport’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship endurance effort, beginning with the Rolex 24 At Daytona, January 26th. Haase and Companc will race in the No. 8 Starworks Motorsport 2019 spec Audi R8 LMS GT3 EVO with Parker Chase and full season driver Ryan Dalziel.

“I’m proud to have Haase and Companc complete our endurance lineup. Both have had fantastic results and bring the pace we need to win,” said team owner Peter Baron. “The competition is pretty intense in the GTD and I now believe we have one of the best line-ups by adding Chris and Ezequiel. We tested two weeks ago with Ryan, Parker, and Ezequiel and had great results. We have a great team environment, which I believe is one of the keys to victory.”

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12/27/18
f1

Hamilton invited over by Stevenage boss
Hamilton insulted the town of Stevanage where he grew up, calling it the slums
Hamilton insulted the town of Stevenage where he grew up, calling it the slums
In reaction to Lewis Hamilton recent media blunder, League 2 side Stevenage has invited the F1 world champion to the ground to watch a soccer game.

Hamilton irked his home town community by referring to Stevenage as “the slums” whilst on stage at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards.

The five-time World Champion immediately corrected himself, but felt compelled to address his remarks on Instagram following a few days of uproar.

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12/27/18
f1

Bernie's annual Christmas card mocks F1 politics
Bernie's 2018 Christmas Card
Bernie's 2018 Christmas Card

In his annual Christmas Card this year, Bernie Ecclestone decided to send another subtle message to Chase Carey who faces having to negotiate a new Concorde Agreement with a pack of greedy wolves.

At the end of 2020, the current Concorde Agreement runs out and there is no sign of any genuine progress.

Over the years, Bernie's Christmas cards have made fun of various aspects of the sport.

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12/27/18
wec

G-Drive Completes Sebring Test; Planning 2019 Programs
#26 Oreca G-Drive car at leMans
#26 Oreca G-Drive car at leMans
Russian G-Drive Racing, run out of the TDS Racing workshop, has completed a test at Sebring International Raceway, with the Russian squad in the process of finalizing its 2019 racing plans that could include additional FIA World Endurance Championship outings.

Driver Roman Rusinov, said a LMP2 program for the Rolex 24 at Daytona had been under consideration at one point but when IMSA changed the rules so an LMP2 car could not win they decided against it.

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12/26/18
automotive

Tesla owners getting ICE'd
Tesla chargers being Iced by immature Bubbas
Tesla chargers being ICE'd by immature Bubbas

A number of Tesla owners in the United States have found themselves falling victim to a worrying new trend known as ‘Icing’.

The trend, first picked up by users of Reddit, involves owners of traditional Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles parking in front of Tesla Superchargers and preventing owners from using them.

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12/26/18
FEM

Preparations for the Formula European Masters are running flat out (Update)
Mick Schumacher
Mick Schumacher

UPDATE Added new Formula European Masters (Formerly FIA F3) logo below.

12/12/18 The Formula European Masters teams currently are busy preparing for the coming season by testing in Southern Europe.  Meanwhile, Ferdinand Habsburg, Sacha Fenestraz and Jonathan Aberdein are involved in the DTM Young Driver Tests. In 2018, the three young guns contested the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, the predecessor of the Formula European Masters. Fortec Motorsports also will be one of the teams to contest the 2019 season of the new series. 

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12/26/18
f1

Niki Lauda: "It has been the worst experience of my life"
Niki Lauda
Niki Lauda
Niki Lauda said his recent lung transplant was the "worst experience of his life". Lauda, 69, is recovering well from the transplant and has already had a quick spin in one of his cars.

"I drove three times here [his farm], I have to brake with my left foot because with the right I can not, but that's the way it works in the races today, it's ok," the three-time World Champion told Austrian TV OE24.

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12/26/18
nasmon

Stewart-Haas Racing reveals Kevin Harvick's 2019 Mobil livery
Harvick's Mobil1 livery
Harvick's Mobil1 livery

Stewart-Haas Racing revealed the No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford that Kevin Harvick will pilot next season.

While its main feature is the black finish, you’ll notice light gray flames that flow over the left front and right-front fenders.

The car will be featured in nine races and makes its debut March 17 at Auto Club Speedway.

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12/26/18
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nasmon
imsa

2018 Team Penske Highlights
It was an incredible year for everyone involved at Team Penske.

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12/26/18
f1

Latest F1 news in brief - Wednesday
  • Despite producing the slowest car in F1 in many races, Zak Brown has a new 5-year plan. Will it work?
    Despite producing the slowest car in F1 in many races, Zak Brown has a new 5-year plan. Will it work?
    Brown: I have a five year plan to start winning races
  • Verstappen: I prefer to win with an unreliable car than be consistently slow
  • Paddy Lowe's 2018 William's so bad no money could help it
  • Raikkonen's final video with Shell

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12/26/18
f1

The Red Bull Racing 2018 Highlight Reel
Grab the popcorn and settle in for the Red Bull Racing 2018 Highlight Reel!

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12/26/18
nasmon

2019 Ford Mustang sneak peek (behind the scenes)
Monster Energy Series champ Joey Logano and invited guests from the world of drifting heated up Charlotte Motor Speedway with some tire-smoking action.

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12/26/18
fe

Analyzed: How Formula E Teams & Drivers Used ATTACK MODE
The ABB FIA Formula E Championship's new race format includes a higher power mode, known as ATTACK MODE.

With the 2018 SAUDIA Ad Diriyah E-Prix the first time teams, drivers and fans had ever experienced ATTACK MODE in race conditions, there was a lot for everybody to learn. Here are some observations of how ATTACK MODE was used (and misused!) on its first outing...

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12/26/18
fe

Funniest Formula E Moments Of 2018!
It's not always serious in Formula E

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12/26/18
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irl

2004 Time Warner Cable Roadrunner 250 at the Milwaukee Mile
Portable lights were brought in
Portable lights were brought in
Do you remember when Champ Car raced at Milwaukee under the lights? We were there.

Note the crowd despite Tony George bringing his hammer to work every day to destroy the series, which he finally accomplished three years later.

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12/25/18
automotive

BMW hit by $10 million fine in South Korea
BMW
BMW
South Korea's government is fining BMW $10 million over its handling of a spate of engine fires in the country amid allegations the company tried to cover up the issue.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said Monday that as well as imposing the $9.9 million fine, it will refer the case to prosecutors to decide whether criminal charges are necessary.

Over the summer dozens of reports came in that BMW vehicles were bursting into flames. The German automaker said the fires were the result of a problem with the cars' exhaust systems.

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12/25/18
automotive

Ghosn, Kelly, Nissan indicted for under-reporting compensation (2nd Update)
Nissan Motors' executive Greg Kelly
Nissan Motors' fired executive Greg Kelly

UPDATE Nissan Motors' executive Greg Kelly was released from detention in Japan on December 25 after being granted bail over the alleged underreporting of his boss Carlos Ghosn's pay.

The late-night release of Kelly, who is American, followed the Tokyo District Court's approval earlier in the day of a bail request filed last week by his Japanese lawyer.

Kelly was freed on 70 million yen (USD 635,600) bail, ending his detention after more than a month.

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12/25/18
f1

Vandoorne happy to be sim driver
Stoffel Vandoorne
Stoffel Vandoorne gets to play video games all day
If you're no longer racing in Formula 1, the next best thing is a simulator role with Mercedes according to Stoffel Vandoorne.

After two full years of F1 , the Belgian's contract with McLaren was not renewed, leaving the 26-year-old on the sidelines for 2019. 

However, Vandoorne - rated as one of the sport's brightest talents when he entered Grand Prix racing in 2017 - was picked up by Mercedes for which he will multi-task, racing for the Silver Arrows-backed HWA Formula E team and handling F1 simulator work at the manufacturer's Brackley factory.

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12/25/18
f1

Verstappen: Anyone could win in Hamilton's car
Verstappen remains faithful to Red Bull but says anyone can win in Hamilton's car. Let's not forget F1 is 99% car and 1% driver
Verstappen remains faithful to Red Bull but says anyone can win in Hamilton's car. Let's not forget F1 is 99% car and 1% driver
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has suggested a host of drivers on the grid could match Lewis Hamilton’s achievements if they were in his car.

Hamilton has been crowned World Champion in four of the last five seasons, closing in on many statistical milestones set by the great Michael Schumacher in the process.

Only Schumacher stands ahead of Hamilton in terms of world titles (7 to 5) and grand prix victories (91 to 73).

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12/25/18
f1

Vettel's letter to Ferrari
Vettel's letter to Ferrari team
Vettel's letter to Ferrari team. The only thing they have missing is Aldo Costa designing their car
Sebastian Vettel has put out a rallying cry to the whole team at Ferrari, insisting the squad remain more united than ever.

"Cari ragazzi, un grande GRAZIE per tutti quanto Voi," which translates to: "Dear guys, a big THANK YOU to all of you!"

"Even if we have not managed to bring the title back to Maranello, we can say it strongly: we have done our best and we must continue to do so! Roll up our sleeves, we try to communicate better between us, with trust and mutual respect, helping us in everything and for everything.

"Only by continuing to work together as a strong and united team can we make the next step! For commitment and enthusiasm we are a fantastic team! And I promise you that for 2019 I will give all I can to achieve our great goal! I wish you all the best. Thanks a lot. Sebastian."



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12/24/18
announcement

Video: Happy Holidays from AR1.com
A little video to wish you a wonderful holiday season

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12/24/18
nasmon

NASCAR Survey says Car Manufacturers losing fan recognition
Chevy, Ford and Toyota each spend $8M to $9M per year on NASCAR advertising. Over $25M annual advertising spend from the manufacturers.
Chevy, Ford and Toyota each spend $8M to $9M per year on NASCAR advertising. Over $25M annual advertising spend from the manufacturers. Despite this, TV ratings continue to plummet
Anheuser-Busch’s return to NASCAR was welcomed like a cold beer on a hot summer day writes David Broughton of Sports Business Daily.

Forty-one percent of NASCAR fans correctly identified Busch as the sport’s official beer, a status it acquired in March, in our 12th annual Sponsor Breakthrough survey conducted for Sports Business Journal by Turnkey Intelligence.

When the inaugural survey was fielded in 2007, Anheuser-Busch was in its final year of a 20-season NASCAR partnership. Seventy-one percent of fans in that survey knew Budweiser was the official beer, making it one of the most recognized such relationships in sports. Coors Light spent the next decade as the official beer but averaged just a 25 percent awareness level during that stretch, topping A-B only once.

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12/24/18
f1

Honda's focus is on more power
Red Bull and Honda look forward to smoking McLaren and Renault in 2019
Red Bull and Honda look forward to smoking McLaren and Renault in 2019
Honda motorsport general manager Masahasi Yamamoto says the Japanese manufacturer “must do better” in 2019 after its expansion to a two-team supply in Formula 1.

Honda enjoyed their most productive season to date in 2018 following their return to the sport in 2015, as their partnership with Toro Rosso blossomed. 

That laid the foundations for Honda to strike a deal with its senior team, Red Bull, for 2019, in what will be the first year in which the manufacturer has supplied multiple F1 teams since 2008.

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12/23/18
f1

Zak Brown says Coca-Cola was happy with F1
Coca-Cola on Alonso's McLaren
Coca-Cola on Alonso's McLaren
McLaren Racing Boss Zak Brown has revealed the “excellent” feedback he received from the teams three-race sponsorship deal with Coca-Cola.

McLaren announced in October the team would be racing with Coca-Cola branding along with two of their sister companies at three races: USA, Brazil and Abu Dhabi.

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12/23/18
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12/23/18
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2019 Unofficial IndyCar Entry List
Can Rossi beat Dixon for the title in 2019?
Can Rossi beat Dixon for the title in 2019?

Below is the unofficial IndyCar entry list for 2019 showing confirmed drivers and cars only.

Team changes

  • On September 19, 2018, it was announced that George Michael Steinbrenner IV's Steinbrenner Racing would join forces with Harding Racing to form a new two-car team under the name Harding Steinbrenner Racing.

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12/23/18
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Sauber not done expanding
Frederik Vasseur
Frederic Vasseur
By the end of 2018 season, Sauber looked nothing like the team it was in summer 2017 when it was at the verge of collapse because of poor results and lack of funds.

A new ownership, a new team boss on Frederic Vasseur, a sizable capital infusion and closer co-operation with Ferrari and title sponsorship with Alfa Romeo has turned the team around significantly. This season, the team took home 48 points, of which Ferrari junior Charles Leclerc scored 39 points. They took the eighth place, finishing ahead of Toro Rosso and Williams.

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12/23/18
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Approved 2019 F1 Entry List
Sebastian Vettel is one of the few drivers not moving
Sebastian Vettel is one of the few drivers not moving

Below is the official FIA F1 entry list for 2019.

Changes for 2019: 

12/23/18
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Correction: Red Bull 'hiding facts' about Honda power - Abiteboul
Marko says Honda will eat Renault's lunch
Marko says Honda will eat Renault's lunch
(GMM) Cyril Abiteboul has scoffed at Red Bull's optimism about life with Honda power.

Abiteboul is the boss at Renault, where he was at the epicenter of the French manufacturer's eventually poisonous relationship with Red Bull.

For 2019, Red Bull is finally leaving Renault to become Honda's new works engine partner. This year, the energy drink owned team has been hyping up expectations that life with Honda will be much better.

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