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03/31/19
f1

DRS could remain, 2021 cars to be noisier and faster (Update)
Ross Brawn
Ross Brawn
UPDATE
 Ross Brawn has revealed that the 2021 cars will lose just a fraction of their downforce when following another car closely and that they will be "noisier and even more powerful".

"At the moment, we have a car running in CFD and windtunnels which when they are behind another car loses 5% of its downforce," Brawn told Sky Sports F1. "That is pretty small. At the moment, when they get nose-to-tail, the car behind loses 50% of the downforce.

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03/31/19
f1

23 F1 races for 2020
Hanoi Vietnam will be 21 and Brawn expects no loss of others
Hanoi Vietnam will be 22, Zandvoort would be 23, and Brawn expects no loss of others

(GMM) Ross Brawn has suggested Liberty Media's plan to expand the calendar to 25 races is on track.

Currently, there are 21 races, but most teams argue that they are on the limit in terms of being able to cope with that logistically.

And it is rumored that a Dutch GP at Zandvoort is about to be added to the 2020 calendar. Brawn, Liberty Media's F1 sporting boss, admitted in Bahrain that there is an "exciting new race in the pipeline".

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03/30/19
f1

F1 to switch to 4-session qualifying in 2020
Team principals and F1 considering 4-session qualifying
Team principals and F1 considering 4-session qualifying
A revamp of Formula 1's qualifying format was put on the table at this week's Strategy Group meeting in London, with a four-segment scheme being considered.

The concept is apparently the result of research conducted by the Formula One Group and would involve four cars eliminated during each segment.

The underlying justification for the change is the hope that drivers would have to perfectly execute all three cuts to have the right to run in the final 8-car shootout.

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03/30/19
f1

Alonso eyes 2020 F1 return
Fernando Alonso won't be back unless it is with Mercedes, Ferrari or Red Bull
Fernando Alonso won't be back unless it is with Mercedes, Ferrari or Red Bull
(GMM) Fernando Alonso is still not ruling out a potential return to F1 for 2020.

The Spaniard quit at the end of last year but in Bahrain has agreed to test for McLaren in the post-grand prix test.

"It came up because my team could use a second car for Pirelli," said the former two-time champion.

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03/29/19
wec

Alonso to test Le Mans car one day after Bahrain
Will Alonso test the Toyota at Paul Ricard?
Will Alonso test the Toyota at Paul Ricard?
(GMM) He may have quit F1, but Fernando Alonso's schedule for 2019 remains busier than ever.

McLaren announced in Bahrain that the Spaniard will test for the team and Pirelli on both days of the forthcoming post-Bahrain GP test.

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03/29/19
automotive

Was Ghosn framed? (Update)
Did Hiroto Saikawa frame Ghosn to stop the merger?
Did Hiroto Saikawa frame Ghosn to stop the merger?

UPDATE On Wednesday, an external committee reviewing Nissan’s corporate governance suggested that enough facts exist to suspect Carlos of violating securities law and misusing company funds. However, the committee’s findings include a line indicating that Saikawa signed off on Ghosn’s retirement package. 

“Regarding the post retirement treatment of Mr. Ghosn, Mr. Ghosn, through Mr. Kelly as the person responsible for Global Human Resources and Legal, obtained documents signed by the current CEO,” Bloomberg quoted the committee as saying, noting that the panel did not elaborate on the contents of the retirement deal.

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03/28/19
irl
nasmon

IndyCar/NASCAR Cup doubleheader being planned (Update)
AJ Foyt winning Daytona 500 in 1972
AJ Foyt winning Daytona 500 in 1972

UPDATE SBD's Adam Stern tweeted today that IndyCar‬ is still open to a doubleheader with NASCAR‬'s Cup Series, but talks have only gotten to a conceptual stage and are not advanced, per source.

Under the proper circumstances, IndyCar remains open to running on a Friday or Saturday before NASCAR Cup runs the next day. 


10/01/18 AutoRacing1.com has, on these very pages more than once, suggested that IndyCar and NASCAR Monster Cup run on the same weekend at the same track with a few drivers from both sides running both races.  It would be a huge PR plus for both series faced with plummeting TV ratings.

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03/28/19
f1

Ferrari may have cooling problems - Marko
Will Ferrari be fast in Bahrain?
Will Ferrari be fast in Bahrain?
(GMM) Ferrari's 2019 car could be struggling with cooling problems.

That is the claim of Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko, who floated the theory as an explanation for why Ferrari was suddenly the third fastest team in Australia.

"We have no problem with temperatures at all, and as far as we have seen, Mercedes also has no such problems," he told Germany's motorsport-total.com.

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03/27/19
f1
irl

2021 F1 cars to look similar to IndyCars

Photos have been leaked of what the 2021 Formula 1 cars could look like by Mark Antar Design. The new look is quite different from what the cars look like currently and resemble the current IndyCar in many respects.

Formula 1 is looking to implement a number of changes by 2021 in a bid to make racing more exciting and as we know, IndyCar racing takes far more talent because the cars are harder to drive. IndyCar Racing is also superior in the number of passes you see in the races. F1 cars may be a lot faster but in F1 the car is 99% of the equation, which pretty much means the engineers, and not the driver, are everything.

One of these major changes is allowing the cars to follow each other better. This would make for closer racing as there would not be as much of a disadvantage in the midfield. So it appears F1 has learned from IndyCar that racing is supposed to be a sport about athletic ability, not an engineering exercise, and are going to remove all those aero crutches and make the cars much cleaner aerodynamically.

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03/27/19
v8

Supercars to take away Penske Mustang CoG advantage (Update)
Roger unhappy Supercars too away his 'Unfair Advanatage' (Recall the book)
Roger unhappy Supercars too away his 'Unfair Advanatage' (Recall the book)
UPDATE
 This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today.

Supercars has ratified center of gravity tweaks to both the Ford Mustang and Holden Commodore ahead of next week’s Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint following testing.

The test was triggered by claims from rival teams that the Mustang holds a significant CoG and aero advantage over the Commodore and Nissan Altima Supercars following its impressive championship debut.

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03/26/19
irl
nasmon

With Brickyard 400 moving to July 5th, will IndyCar season end at Indy?
Can it really be happening?
Can it really be happening?

On the 2020 NASCAR schedule announced today, Indianapolis Motor Speedway moves to the cornerstone spot on the NASCAR schedule - the July 4th weekend, which previously was occupied by Daytona International Speedway. Daytona will instead host the regular-season finale on Aug. 29. The Brickyard 400 (Big Machine Vodka 400 ) will run July 5th in 2020 rather than in September as it did last year and this year.

Editor's Note: That opens the door for IndyCar to finally do what is right starting in 2020 - end its season on the Indy oval - a 400 miler - in September - rather than at Laguna Seca and it's sparse crowd that will make IndyCar look like a complete loser.

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03/26/19
irl
nasmon

NASCAR change at Pocono will help IndyCar (Update)
Pocono
IndyCar gets a big break at Pocono for 2020

UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. NASCAR announced it's 2020 schedule Tuesday. A summer stretch includes a doubleheader weekend at Pocono Raceway that will see back-to-back NASCAR Cup Series races on the same weekend. The first such instance in the NASCAR modern era, this doubleheader on Saturday, June 27, and Sunday, June 28, also ensures the season ends one week earlier on Nov. 8. and frees up the Pocono schedule so the NASCAR race is not right before the IndyCar race.

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03/26/19
nasmon

Did Keselowski get 'The Call' in Martinsville?
Keselowski was untouchable in Martinsville. Why?
Keselowski was untouchable in Martinsville. Why?
Did Brad Keselowski get the infamous NASCAR 'Call' that enabled his car to be so dominant in Martinsville because the car’s sponsor, Reese/Draw Tite, serves as a primary sponsor for only two races?

“We’re fighting so hard to keep sponsors on our car and we have some gaps (in 2020) to fill there,” said Keselowski, whose other victory this season was in Atlanta with sponsor Autotrader.

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03/26/19
f1

Schumacher to test Alfa Romeo next week (Update)
Alfa Romeo makes it official
Alfa Romeo makes it official
UPDATE
 This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with today's announcement:

Mick Schumacher is set to complete the second day of testing for Alfa Romeo Racing in Bahrain. The German driver, who is a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA) and currently competing in the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship, has demonstrated his determination and talent over the course of the past years, steadily working his way up the ranks in various junior racing categories.

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03/26/19
f1

Ecclestone plays down F1 return rumors (Update)
Bernie Ecclestone
Bernie Ecclestone

UPDATE Two Formula 1 team bosses recently discussed the possibility of forming a rival breakaway series with Bernie Ecclestone, the former F1 CEO has told RaceFans.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff and Lawrence Stroll, who took over the Racing Point team last year, met with Ecclestone at his home in Gstaad, Switzerland during Formula 1’s pre-season test period.

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03/25/19
f1

Ferrari engineers 'understand' Melbourne problem
Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel
(GMM) Bosses at Ferrari "understand" what went wrong in Melbourne.

That is the claim of Ferrari insider Leo Turrini, after the Maranello team surprised the F1 world by falling behind both Mercedes and Red Bull-Honda in Australia.

Last Friday, Sebastian Vettel met with engineers at the team's Italian headquarters.

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03/24/19
irl

Overheard in Austin - Saturday (Update)
Pole king Will Power
Pole king Will Power

UPDATE For those of you who may have read this article late last night when it was originally posted, or early this morning, it has been updated below.

03/24/19 Saturday was noticeably cooler and more overcast than Friday at the Circuit of the Americas, but except for a few light rain drops, the day remained dry and the spectators, perhaps 10,000 in number sat in comfortable temperatures to watch what turned out to be an exciting IndyCar qualifying session.

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03/22/19
irl

Overheard in Austin Friday
Friday fast man - Will Power
Friday fast man - Will Power

Friday turned out to be a beautiful day here in Austin as the IndyCars ran their usual two Friday practice sessions - sunny skies, temperatures in the 70s with low humidity. You could not ask for a more perfect day for racing.

It was my first visit to the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) and my first impression was the massiveness of the facility. I heard many comments from folks saying that too bad all the IndyCar tracks were not this nice. Definitely built to F1 standards.

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03/22/19
f1

Red Bull return for Kvyat 'possible'
Daniil Kvyat - Has check, does drive, if he gets bigger check, will drive Red Bull
Daniil Kvyat - needs bigger check to drive for Red Bull
(GMM) A Russian racing driver says it is possible Daniil Kvyat will return to Red Bull Racing.

Former Red Bull Racing driver Kvyat's F1 career seemed over at the end of 2017, where after a complex run of difficult form he was dropped from the junior team Toro Rosso.

But Mikhail Aleshin, a former Indycar and now Le Mans driver, says it is now possible Kvyat will return to Red Bull.

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03/21/19
f1

Hamilton to quit F1 for MotoGP (Update)
What will he do if he is good on a MotoGP bike?
What will he do if he is good on a MotoGP bike?
UPDATE
 (GMM) Team boss Toto Wolff has admitted Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes engineers did not tell him about a secret superbike test at Jerez last December.

The five time world champion even crashed as he tested the plain black Yamaha superbike.

"We had a laugh because I couldn't get hold of him and couldn't get hold of my chief strategist and one of the race engineers," Wolff said.

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03/21/19
f1

Wolff rubbishes breakaway series rumors
Where do these rumors come from says Wolff
Where do these rumors come from says Wolff
(GMM) Toto Wolff has rubbished rumors he might be part of a movement to set up a rival world championship.

Auto Motor und Sport reveals that, last month, the Mercedes boss met with former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, former Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, and Racing Point owner and billionaire Lawrence Stroll.

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03/20/19
automotive

Peugeot to merge with Fiat Chrysler?
The late FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne
The late FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne
There's growing speculation that France's PSA Group is, at the very least, open to the idea of a merger or acquisition of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

The heads of both automakers reportedly told journalists separately at this month's Geneva International Motor Show that the possibility of an alliance with another automaker was possible, a goal often touted by late FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne in order to meet emissions targets as well as develop costly electric and self-driving technologies.

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03/17/19
f1

More than one candidate for Whiting's job
Charlie Whiting, dead at 66
Charlie Whiting, dead at 66
(GMM) There is more than one candidate to replace the late F1 race director Charlie Whiting.

In Melbourne, where Whiting passed away in his hotel room in the early hours of Thursday morning, Michael Masi was appointed as his eleventh hour replacement.

But Der Spiegel reports that American Scot Elkins, the official deputy race director, only missed out because he was not in Australia.

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03/13/19
f1

Ricciardo refused to be no.2 to Verstappen
Ricciardo felt Verstappen was Red Bull's 'pet'
Ricciardo felt Verstappen was Red Bull's 'pet'
(GMM) 1996 world champion Damon Hill has backed Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull exit.

Ricciardo's Australian countryman Mark Webber said Ricciardo deciding to join Renault for 2019 was "weird", but Hill says it actually reflects a deep desire to succeed.

"He always has a massive grin on but deep down there is a burning desire to win and he knows that his clock is running," he told The Age.

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03/12/19
automotive

Mid-Engine Corvette to be delayed (3rd Update)
Corvette C8 spotted testing at the Nurburgring
Like we said, what does GM know about designing a mid-engine high performance car. Anyone buying the first ones off the line might be in for many recalls.

UPDATE Last Friday, Hagerty reported that it has dug up three reasons why the hotly anticipated mid-engine Corvette hasn't surfaced yet.

Reason number one is a rumor we've heard before. According to sources, the mid-engine Corvette has issues with the new electrical architecture. The report said every GM vehicle is moving to the new architecture to support 100 or more computer modules communicating with a CAN bus, or computer area network. Apparently, engineers have had many issues sorting out the bugs in the mid-engine Corvette and other unnamed models.

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03/11/19
f1

Albert Park circuit changes possible
Australia Albert Park circuit
Australia Albert Park circuit

(GMM) Australian grand prix organizer Andrew Westacott has revealed tweaks could be made to the Melbourne circuit for the future.

Amid constant suggestions that Albert Park is a poor circuit for overtaking, Speedcafe reports that Charlie Whiting will inspect the track after this weekend's 2019 season opener.

"It is likely the circuit might need resurfacing," Westacott, head of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, said.

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03/10/19
irl

Overheard at the Petersburg GP - Sunday
Mark Miles
Mark Miles

Sunday’s crowd for the St. Petersburg GP appeared up significantly. The entire weekend went off without a hitch and the weather cooperated. Hats off to Green Savoree for a successful, but more importantly, building race event. Date equity is so important and St. Pete has used that to grow.

We talked to the NTT Data representatives at the race this weekend and they told AR1.com that NTT really wants an IndyCar race in Japan. It comes down to money (Motegi needs resurfacing) and to finding a date.

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03/10/19
irl

IndyCar to Argentina (3rd Update)
Starks and Juncos are on the left
Starks and Juncos are on the left

UPDATE Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, owners of IndyCar, has confirmed to motorsport.com that the series is in talks with promoters Grupo OSD about a race at the Circuito San Juan Villicum in Argentina.

Stephen Starks, IndyCar’s VP of promoter and media partner relations, has visited the track, which hosted its first World Superbike event last year, while OSD has been in St. Petersburg for the NTT IndyCar Series season opener.

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03/09/19
irl

Overheard at St. Petersburg GP - Saturday
Beautiful Chamber of Commerce weather has graced St. Petersburg this year.
Beautiful Chamber of Commerce weather has graced St. Petersburg this year.

Attendance was definitely up this year on Saturday with beautiful 80-degree sunshine. The expectation is that Sunday could see the biggest crowd in recent memory.

We hear that Honda, after getting beat by Chevy at Indy last year, has put a lot of work into their Indy 500 engine for this year, although the rules do not allow that much to be developed on the 2019 and 2020 engines – the last two years before the new, larger engine in 2021. We hear the main focus was on combustion chamber modeling to improve the burn of the air fuel mixture with the goal of gaining HP.

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03/08/19
irl

Overheard at St. Petersburg GP Friday
James Davison and Dale Coyne
James Davison and Dale Coyne

The 2019 IndyCar season is underway and Friday all the teams were in full force preparing for the opening race in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Some big news for James Davison who, with backing from Jonathan Byrd and Brian Belardi, was announced as Dale Coyne Racing's third entry for this year's Indy 500.  We hear Dale Coyne has decided he will run just the three cars - Davison, Ferrucci and Bourdais.

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03/08/19
f1

Driver with fastest F1 lap to get point in 2019
With low fuel load, the last lap of race would be a real stormer
With low fuel loads, the last lap of race would be a real stormer
(GMM) Liberty Media is contemplating a significant rule change for 2019.

Roger Benoit, a veteran correspondent for the Swiss newspaper Blick, revealed: "Liberty Media wants to award a point for the fastest race lap from 2019.

"They think it will increase the tension to the end of the race," he said.

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03/08/19
f1

Williams to supply Pirelli test car
Can Pirelli get good data from a Paddy Lowe Williams
Can Pirelli get good data from a Paddy Lowe Williams?
(GMM) Williams appears to have been nominated as the supplier of a Pirelli test car for 2021.

Earlier, we reported that F1's official supplier was seeking a test car to conduct development of the 18 inch tires for 2021 later this year.

"One of the biggest problems at the moment is to find a suitable test car," said Pirelli's Mario Isola.

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03/07/19
f1

Renault to 'talk to McLaren about them becoming their 'B' team
Will McLaren become Renault's 'B' team at some point?
Will McLaren become Renault's 'B' team at some point?
(GMM) Cyril Abiteboul says Renault will not be joining the "crazy arms race" in F1.

Auto Motor und Sport reports that while 1600 employees work at Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull-Honda respectively, Renault has just 1200 at Enstone and Viry.

"We now have the operation we decided to have," team boss Abiteboul said.

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03/06/19
f1

Williams to sack Lowe (2nd Update)
AR1.com has told you Lowe was riding Aldo Costa's coattails for two years.  Now the chickens are coming home to roost.
AR1.com has told you Lowe was riding Aldo Costa's coattails for two years. Now the chickens are coming home to roost.

UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' now. The Dailymail on the UK reports that Paddy Lowe has been axed.

Other sources tell us the new car has some real design flaws in addition to the car being late to testing in Barcelona.

His departure might also be connected to reports that the once-great British team's already delayed and uncompetitive 2019 car also features illegal solutions.

Reportedly, the FIA has told Williams to make modifications to the car's mirrors and front suspension before Australia.

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03/06/19
nasmon

NASCAR Could Go West After Daytona With '20 Schedule
Las vegas could follow the Daytona 500 in 2020
Las Vegas could follow the Daytona 500 in 2020
NASCAR
 is evaluating a possible change to the start of the ’20 season that would see the series go straight to its West Coast swing following the Daytona 500, a move that would shuffle Atlanta further back in the schedule, Adam Stern sources tell him.

The sanctioning body is in the midst of planning next year’s schedule, and President Steve Phelps has said that he expects there to be some meaningful changes for ’20, though the series can’t drastically overhaul the slate until ’21. zzz

NASCAR has been going to Atlanta Motor Speedway after the season opener at Daytona for years, but the track has faced tough weather at times because of its late February date, which can lead to lower attendance.

Going to the West Coast after Daytona would give NASCAR a better chance of having warmer weather both for that second race and for a later stop in Atlanta.

Sources said the series is indeed now looking into the possibility of going to Las Vegas Motor Speedway after Daytona. SMI owns both AMS and LVMS, and the track operator is involved in schedule planning. NASCAR and SMI declined comment. Adam Stern/SBD



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03/05/19
automotive

Is the Piech Mark Zero using a supercapacitors?
80% charge in 4m40s - sounds like they have had a breakthrough in Supercapacitors
80% charge in 4m40s - sounds like they have had a breakthrough in Supercapacitors
The Piech Mark Zero is taking concrete shape. We have the first teaser shots sent out by the company co-founded by Ferdinand Piech’s son Anton ("Toni") and Rea Stark Rajcic; now we get illustrations that are a lot more detailed, and some promising background on this upcoming supercar.

We now know the dimensions of the supercar, which is still in the concept stage: At 174.5 inches long, 78.4 inches wide, and 49.2 inches tall, it is slightly shorter and lower but significantly wider than a Porsche 911. And its wheelbase of 103.1 inches is a lot longer than the 911’s, making for very favorable proportions.

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03/05/19
f1

Ferrari to drop all 'Mission Winnow' branding
No more Mission Winnow on the Ferrari?
No more Mission Winnow on the Ferrari?
(GMM) Ferrari will abandon its 'Mission Winnow' branding ahead of the trip to Australia for the 2019 season opener.

Earlier, it had already emerged that the Maranello team has now dropped the controversial brand from its official name.

It follows investigations in Australia and also Italy into whether the Philip Morris initiative was actually just clandestine cigarette advertising.

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03/05/19
irl
nasmon

Kyle Busch eyes 2020 Indy 500
Bob Pockrass on NASCAR Race day said NASCAR Monster Cup driver Kyle Busch smiled when he asked him about his new contract with Joe Gibbs Racing and whether the Indy 500 was restricted.

Pockrass says expect Kyle Busch to start working on a 2020 Indy 500 ride. Busch had a deal done in 2017 but Joe Gibbs said no. His brother Kurt Busch drove for Andretti Autosport in 2014 and did very well.

Don't be surprised if Kyle Busch approaches Michael Andretti about a similar deal as long a Toyota says yes to him driving a Honda powered car.  They said yes for Fernando Alonso to drive a Chevy at Indy and a Cadillac at the Rolex 24.

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03/04/19
f1

Did Mercedes make two different cars for 2019?
On the 2nd week of testing in Barcelona Mercedes brought a completely different car
On the 2nd week of testing in Barcelona Mercedes brought a completely different car
(GMM) Sergio Perez has floated a fascinating theory about Mercedes.

In week two of the Barcelona test, Mercedes brought a 'B' car to the track. An engineer said "every aerodynamic surface" of the silver car has been changed.

Some said it was a reaction to Mercedes' realization that it is lagging behind Ferrari by half a second per lap.

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03/01/19
f1

Error will cost COTA $25 million in state funding (Update)
Without $25M a year in State funding the USGP will lose its shirt and go belly-up quickly
Without $25M a year in State funding the USGP will lose its shirt and go belly-up quickly. F1 races are not profitable, it's just voo-doo economics.

UPDATE It is believed that an appeal process is ongoing, which may reverse the decision.

The circuit admits that the prevention plan was not submitted by the deadline but says that it continued with the anti-human-trafficking efforts that it had outlined before its 2018 MotoGP race at COTA in April and argues that the tracks' human trafficking policies stayed in place throughout the entire 2018 race season.

Epstein says that there were mistakes made by everyone over the missing plan relating to human trafficking, but says that all those involved are trying to find a solution that works and is in line with the law.

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03/01/19
irl

IndyCar to SkySports in the UK in 2019 (2nd Update)
IndyCar on Sky Sports in the UK
IndyCar on Sky Sports in the UK
UPDATE
 This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with today's announcement - see Hot News.

02/28/19 Sky sports is showing TBA in the Sky F1 schedule on Sunday 10th March from 16:30 to 20:30. Sounds like the St. Pete race to us.We are getting word now that IndyCar will be broadcast on Skysports in the UK. This is a very good thing if true.

There's also a 90-minute TBA in the Sky Sports F1 schedule for Saturday 9th March from 19:30 to 21:00. Sounds like St. Pete qualifying to us.

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02/27/19
f1

Alonso brought helmet to Barcelona - report
Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso
(GMM) Fernando Alonso spent Tuesday at the Circuit de Catalunya.

The arrival of the former F1 driver at the final winter test followed speculation he might even drive the 2019 McLaren.

He was wearing McLaren team gear, and according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Alonso even has his helmet in his luggage.

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02/27/19
f1

Schumacher set to test Alfa Romeo in April (Update)
Mick Schumacher
Mick Schumacher

UPDATE (GMM) Frederic Vasseur has admitted that Mick Schumacher could test the 2019 Alfa Romeo in April.

Earlier, we reported rumors that the former Sauber team could run Michael Schumacher's 19-year-old son in the post-Bahrain GP young drivers' test.

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02/26/19
irl

Pippa Mann to attempt to qualify for the Indy 500 with Clauson-Marshall Racing (Update)
Mann was too slow to qualify last year - shown here in her emotional Bump Day press conference
Mann was too slow to qualify last year - shown here in her emotional Bump Day press conference

UPDATE McLaren has confirmed Fernando Alonso will race the #66 entry in the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 this season.

02/26/19 Indianapolis 500 veteran Pippa Mann will drive for Clauson-Marshall Racing in this year’s running of IndyCar’s most famous race.

In Mann’s seven Indy 500 attempts, she has usually driven for Dale Coyne Racing on one occasion. She drove for Conquest Racing in her first Indy 500 start back in 2011. But the 35-year-old Briton is expected to take her ride-buyer money elsewhere this year.

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02/26/19
irl

5 or 6 drivers to cry on Indy 500 Bump Day
Last year it was James Hinchcliffe and Pippa Mann crying on Bump Day for the Indy 500
Last year it was James Hinchcliffe and Pippa Mann crying on Bump Day for the Indy 500
With an array of new teams and expanded programs, the pathway to the Indianapolis 500’s "healthiest entry list in more than a decade is starting to take shape," and as many as 38 drivers "could turn up to fight for a place" on the '19 grid, according to Marshall Pruett of RACER.com. 

A team rep for Andretti Autosport said making a sixth car available, bringing the potential tally up to 39 cars, was "wishful thinking."

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02/26/19
irl

New baseball stadium would kill the Long Beach GP
This image from Google Earth shows the Long Beach Arena to the left (the circular blue structure) and the roughly 13-acre “elephant lot” to the right where city officials are negotiating to build a stadium for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
This image from Google Earth shows the Long Beach Arena to the left (the circular structure) and the roughly 13-acre “elephant lot” to the right where city officials are negotiating to build a stadium for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. That is also the location of the IndyCar paddock
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are in talks with the city about the possibility of moving the team to Long Beach and building a new stadium on a Downtown waterfront lot, several sources familiar with the discussions told the Post.

The team’s arrival couldn’t happen any sooner than the 2021 season; the Angels in January extended their lease with Anaheim through 2020.

Significant details are not yet clear, such as the cost of the proposed stadium and who would pay for it. Many layers of approval would also be required.

Those familiar with the talks said the stadium would potentially be constructed on a roughly 13-acre lot southeast of the Long Beach Arena and Performing Arts Center. The “elephant lot”—so-named for its days hosting the Ringling Bros. Circus—is among the largest undeveloped parcels of land in Downtown Long Beach.

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02/25/19
irl

We were lied to, Motegi oval not damaged
The Motegi oval is just fine after all
The Motegi oval is just fine after all

We were told many times that IndyCar could no longer race on the Motegi oval because it was damaged from the Japanese earthquake and subsequent tsunami of March 11th in 2011. 

We were lied to.

Takuma Sato ran his IndyCar around the track at speed as part of Honda’s ‘Thanks Day’ event in 2017, and the circuit has confirmed to Motorsport Week that the oval course is “not damaged…  but we don’t use it for racing now”. This suggests that if any repairs are needed, the costs should be reasonable, perhaps a resurfacing.

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02/22/19
f1

Red Bull unable to run Honda at full power (2nd Update)
Red Bull driver Pierre Gasly
Red Bull driver Pierre Gasly
UPDATE
(GMM)  Dr Helmut Marko has added his denial to speculation Red Bull is struggling with excessive vibration from the 2019 Honda power unit.

Actually, team official Marko insists the Japanese manufacturer has done a "great job" over the winter, and claims Red Bull is behind Ferrari but ahead of Mercedes.

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02/20/19
f1

Ferrari advantage 'at least' 5 tenths
Is Ferrari's secret their front wing?
Is Ferrari's secret their front wing?
(GMM) Mere days into 2019 winter testing, it appears that Ferrari has a clear advantage.

With Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc smilingly topping the times, the most obvious difference between their red car and the others is the front wing.

Toto Wolff, the Mercedes boss, admits that visibly, the wing produces less downforce.

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02/18/19
nasmon

NASCAR to shorten schedule in 2021
Steve Phelps
Steve Phelps
NASCAR has been soliciting opinions from industry stakeholders on whether they would like to see a reduced schedule starting in 2021, sources say, the clearest sign yet that a shortening of the season is under serious consideration.

The five-year sanctioning agreements that NASCAR signed with tracks in 2016 go through 2020, so its top-flight Monster Energy Series couldn’t drastically alter its schedule until 2021. The series is looking at making changes with its current tracks for the 2020 schedule, but those will be less dramatic, such as changing the order of the schedule or maybe having one or two tracks run their road course configurations. But the 2020 campaign will feature 36 points races as usual.

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02/18/19
f1

'Everyone' saying F1 is for sale - Hembery (2nd Update)
Paul Hembery
Paul Hembery
UPDATE
 (GMM) Paul Hembery, the former F1 boss at Pirelli, says he has heard rumors that Liberty Media is trying to sell the sport's commercial rights.

Liberty, headed in F1 by Chase Carey and Ross Brawn, completed its $8 billion acquisition in 2017 but in recent months has come under fire for its management and achievements.

Hembery told The Sun that "everyone" is talking about rumors that Liberty - having discovered that F1 is "more complex" than expected - is now trying to sell.

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