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05/10/17
F1

Timo Glock to get F1 chance (Update)
UPDATE This rumor is now 'false'. Timo Glock has admitted that hinting he is set to return to formula one was a "joke".

The German contested almost 100 grands prix for Jordan, Toyota and Marussia, but since 2013 has been a works BMW driver in the German touring car series DTM.

This week, some reporters became excited when the 35-year-old wrote on social media that he did a seat fitting with a F1 team.

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05/09/17
irl

IMS to make big announcement for Indy GP weekend (Update)
UPDATE  Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles is "optimistic that this will be the one and only season" the Verizon IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Indianapolis is "without a title sponsor," according to Jim Ayello of the INDIANAPOLIS STAR.
For the first time since its '14 inception, Saturday's race is "not called the Angie's List Grand Prix" after the home services website "opted not to renew its contract."

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05/09/17
irl

Pigot to race for Juncos in Indy 500 (2nd Update)
UPDATE 
Spencer Pigot's car
Spencer Pigot's car
Added photo of Pigot's Indy 500 livery.

05/09/17  This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Juncos Racing announced today that Spencer Pigot will drive for the team in the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana..

Pigot, 23, will pilot the No. 11 Juncos Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone entry with sponsorship from Oceanfront Recovery through Rising Star Racing. Pigot previously drove for Juncos Racing beginning in Karts in 2003 and subsequently captured the 2014 Pro Mazda Championship and the 2015 Indy Lights Championship for the team. Juncos Racing is expanding its racing program to include the Verizon IndyCar Series by contesting the team’s first Indianapolis 500 in 2017.

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05/09/17
nasmon

Souvenir trailers could return at NASCAR races (Update)
UPDATE Fanatics is looking at changing its NASCAR trackside superstore model to a more tailored approach where it will not only utilize the large superstore tent at every track, according to sources. Fanatics in August 2015 launched the 60,000-square-foot trackside superstore model as part of a 10-year deal with NASCAR, which previously utilized haulers to sell merchandise.

The tent traveled to all 36 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weekends and was pitched as a more comfortable shopping experience for fans who could now have more of a department-store experience than the beloved yet at-times cumbersome hauler approach. But amid declining merchandise sales linked in part to lower attendance this year, Fanatics is now looking at moving to more of a hybrid approach whereby it will tailor its efforts toward the intricacies of each track, which could include using everything from smaller tents to haulers and new brick-and-mortar stores in tracks.

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05/08/17
irl

IndyCar setting itself up for more failures with international venues
With no popular Chinese drivers for a rumored race in China, and no top Mexican drivers for a possible race in Puebla, Mexico, IndyCar is once again setting itself up for egg on its face.
With no popular Chinese drivers for a rumored race in China, and no top Mexican drivers for a possible race in Puebla, Mexico, IndyCar is once again setting itself up for egg on its face. IndyCar has zero exposure in China and Mexico today.

Mark Miles has been talking about having international races in February, before the mid-March Grand Prix of St. Petersburg for four years now. Still nothing

"We have a reserved space in February for anything international, and that's still possible for 2018. But it's getting late so I think this venture may be more likely for 2019," he told motorsport.com”

The most likely new venue for 2018, Miles said, was "a race in Central America." Although he refused to confirm it, this is believed to be the 1.25-mile oval in Puebla, Mexico, 100 miles southeast of the Mexico City track.

"I'm optimistic about this race, it's looking promising," he said. "We're moving along and in fact we're not the ones holding up the final decision there. There's quite a lot of work to be done before there's a completed contract. They can achieve it in time for 2018, but we all know that these things aren't done until they're done."

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05/07/17
nasmon

Dale Jr. might run the Clash after retirement
After what he said, there is a 100% chance NASCAR timing and scoring will gift Dale Jr. a pole this year
After what he said, there is a 100% chance NASCAR timing and scoring computers will gift Dale Jr. a pole this year
Dale Earnhardt Jr. earned a front row starting position for the GEICO 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Talladega Superspeedway with a second-place qualifying effort in the #88 Nationwide Chevy. Earnhardt Jr. navigated the 2.66-mile track with a final round lap of 190.780 mph. The run marked his third top 10 start of 2017 and his 16th in 34 races at Talladega Superspeedway. It is also his first front row start at Talladega in his 18-year Cup Series career. "The car was really fast today," said Earnhardt Jr. after the qualifying session. "That gives us good confidence in the speed of the car for Sunday."

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05/04/17
f1

F1 eyes 25-race calendar for future
Are F1 brass planning an expansion to 25 races?
Are F1 brass planning an expansion to 25 races?
(GMM) F1 supremo Chase Carey says he is undecided about expanding the calendar to as many as 25 races.

Currently, the annual schedule is at 20 grands prix, and set to expand to a bursting-at-the-scenes 21 for 2018.

But when Liberty Media took over and Bernie Ecclestone was ousted, there were suggestions a calendar featuring 25 races was on the cards for the near future.

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05/04/17
fe

Kubica could do New York Formula E race
Robert Kubica
Robert Kubica

(GMM) Robert Kubica could be set to return to a premier open-wheel starting grid.

Earlier, the former Renault and BMW driver axed his plans to contest the fabled Le Mans race this year in the premier LMP1 category.

But he then tested a Formula 4 car, which was his first single seater outing since the end of the 2010 F1 season. Ahead of the 2011 season, Kubica's F1 career ended when he almost severed his arm in a horror rally crash.

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05/01/17
f1

Sauber to use McLaren gearbox, run Japanese driver
Monisha Kaltenborn looks worried about the state of Honda
Monisha Kaltenborn went with Honda to reduce cost. Look for Sauber to also run a Japanese driver in exchange
(GMM) Sauber looks set to work closely with both McLaren and Honda in 2018 and beyond.

Long rumors that the Swiss team is becoming Honda's first power unit 'customer' were finally confirmed at Sochi.

"I expect a closer collaboration with Honda than with Ferrari," team boss Monisha Kaltenborn told Speed Week. "But maybe the comparison is a little unfair. 

"For us it is another form of cooperation."

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04/30/17
irl

Will drop in Phoenix attendance put IndyCar race at risk?
UPDATE This AP article says there were about 7,000 in attendance, which is above our estimate of 3,000 to 5,000. Of course the 7,000 figure probably includes IndyCar team members, Silver Crown team members, fireman, police, track workers and local coyotes. Many grandstand sections had zero fans in them. It's nice that IndyCar wants to race on ovals, but they are money losers and few fans care to attend. 

Hardly anyone in the grandstands

04/30/17

Will IndyCar be back at Phoenix International Raceway for the third consecutive year in 2018 given the horrible attendance at Saturday night's race where IndyCar looked like a complete loser to anyone watching on TV.

The crowd was estimated by local cheerleader publication azcentral cheerleader at 18,500 because they are desperate for this race continue.  In reality the crowd was only 3,000 to 5,000. That was not profitable and the decrease in attendance was sad to see.

"I fully expect IndyCar to return next year," PIR President Bryan Sperber said while trying to but a good face on what was obviously a big disappointment.

"We would like to see growth," IndyCar CEO Mark Miles said. "We don't put a number on it. We hope to see steady progress. We didn't do this with a 1, 2 or 3 year outlook.

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04/30/17
f1

Sauber to switch to Honda engines (4th Update)
If Honda eventually comes good, Sauber could reap the benefits
If Honda eventually comes good, Sauber could reap the benefits

UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. In the "25 years in Formula One" anniversary season, the Swiss team is about to set another milestone in its decades-long motorsport history. The Sauber F1 Team is very pleased to welcome Honda on-board as its new technological partner from 2018. This extensive strategic and technological realignment creates a new basis for the team. This Swiss-Japanese partnership will certainly unveil future opportunities for the Sauber F1 Team and Honda, and constitutes a cornerstone for our F1 future. The Sauber F1 Team thanks Ferrari for many years of collaboration in good as well as difficult times.

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04/29/17
irl
f1

Alonso to run McLaren Orange at Indy 500
Alonso’s livery for his No. 29 McLaren Honda Andretti is set to be revealed either the Tuesday before his Indy Motor Speedway test or the morning of his test on May 3rd. The @McLarenIndy account tweeted a sneak pic of the livery earlier this week.

Alonso is in Russia for this weekend's Russian GP F1 race but jets to Indy on Monday to prepare for the test. Then it's back to Europe for the Spanish GP in Barcelona.

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04/26/17
f1

F1 back to India? (4th Update)
Start of 2011 Indian GP
Start of 2011 Indian GP

UPDATE India’s Supreme Court ruled that Formula 1 World Championship Ltd. has a permanent establishment in India and "as such income accruing from it should be taxable."

In a "long-standing" case, India’s apex court upheld Delhi High Court’s decision to tax three F1 races held in the country from '11-13.

An assessing officer will "decide the amount of tax to be levied." The tax will reportedly be "levied at a rate of 40% on the total business income, with additional interest imposed over and above it. MOTORSPORT 

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04/26/17
f1

A night F1 race in NJ in the works (update)
UPDATE In September 2013 it was announced that the New York Grand Prix was on the 2014 Formula 1 calendar, however financial shortcomings resulted in the race dropping off the radar but now Liberty Media are keen to revive the project with a race said to be penciled in for 2019.

With Malaysia dropping off the calendar and Singapore in doubt, alternative venues are a high priority for the sport’s new owners and a race in the vicinity of the Big Apple is high on their wishlist, with word out that the sport’s bosses Chase Carey, Ross Brawn and Sean Bratches are working on a plan to revive the race.

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04/26/17
automotive

Mercedes to be hit with 'dirty' diesel penalty
Daimler reiterated that recent steps by U.S. authorities to investigate diesel-emissions pollution and so-called auxiliary emission control devices could lead to significant penalties and vehicle recalls.

Several federal and state authorities, including the U.S. Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as well as the Stuttgart prosecutor in Germany are investigating the emissions of Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles.

Last month, the Stuttgart prosecutor launched an investigation against Daimler employees on suspicion of fraud and misleading advertising tied to vehicle emissions.

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04/26/17
f1

F1 could 'lose' Brazil GP - Ecclestone
Interlagos start in 2012
Interlagos start in 2012
(GMM) Bernie Ecclestone says it is still possible F1 could be set to lose the popular and traditional Brazilian grand prix.

Recently, the former F1 supremo revealed he had been put in charge of staging talks with Brazilian officials about rescuing the embattled race at Interlagos.

"Chase (Carey) asked that when I went to Brazil, 'Would I speak to the president about the race', which I had done before," Ecclestone told Brazil's UOL Esporte.

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04/25/17
irl
f1

McLaren to run Indy 500 every year (Update)
UPDATE 
Fernando Alonso gets his seat fitting at Andretti Autosport Monday
Fernando Alonso gets his seat fitting at Andretti Autosport Monday
(GMM) Fernando Alonso and McLaren are looking to return to the Indy 500 in the future.

Recently, the British team shocked the racing world by announcing that together with the Andretti team and Honda, Alonso will bid to win next month's Indy 500 with a McLaren entry.

"I want to win the triple crown," said Alonso, referring to his ambition to also add a Le Mans win to his former Monaco triumph.

"If I don't do it (win at Indy) this year, I will have to do it next year."

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04/24/17
irl

Chaves to land Indy 500 ride (2nd Update)
Chaves Indy 500 caar
Chaves Indy 500 car

UPDATE Here is a photo of Chaves' car coming together.


04/10/17 This AR1.com rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Two Indianapolis businessmen, Mike Harding of Harding Group and Dennis Reinbold of Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, have formed a technical alliance for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil and will field an entry for driver Gabby Chaves.

The Harding Group has been an instrumental partner with Indianapolis Motor Speedway in paving projects and client hospitality. For the first time this May, the company will field a car in the Indianapolis 500 with the formation of Harding Racing announced today.

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04/24/17
f1

Because of F1's stupid engine formula everyone loses
Rumor has it the FIA will ask other manufacturers to help Honda.  Mercedes' Andy Cowell already is rumored to have paid Honda a visit to help
Rumor has it the FIA will ask other manufacturers to help Honda. Mercedes' Andy Cowell already is rumored to have paid Honda a visit to help

Few people buy a Mercedes passenger car because the Mercedes F1 engine is hybrid, makes great fuel mileage and sounds like a sick duck.

Few people buy a Ferrari sports car because the Ferrari F1 engine is hybrid, makes great fuel mileage and sounds like a sick duck.

Few people buy a Renault passenger car because the Renault F1 engine is hybrid, makes great fuel mileage and sounds like a sick duck. 

Few people buy a Honda passenger car because the Honda F1 engine is hybrid, makes great fuel mileage and sounds like a sick duck.

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04/24/17
irl

IndyCar back to Kentucky?
The last time IndyCar raced at Kentucky in 2011 Ed Carpenter came out the winner
The last time IndyCar raced at Kentucky in 2011 Ed Carpenter came out the winner

As you may or may not know the Kentucky NASCAR Xfinity/ARCA race weekend is moving to Las Vegas to pair up with the 2nd NASCAR Cup weekend Las Vegas is getting.

That leaves a hole in Kentucky's schedule and they would like to fill it.

Rumor has it that SMI, who owns both Kentucky and Las Vegas, have approached IndyCar about possibly coming back to Kentucky.

When Kentucky got their NASCAR Cup race they kicked IndyCar down the road after the 2011 race, so now they want them back? The inaugural NASCAR Cup race was held when? You guessed it - on July 9, 2011 and was won by Kyle Busch.

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04/24/17
nasmon

Montoya to run Daytona 500 again?
Juan Montoya
Juan Montoya
Former NASCAR Cup Series driver, Juan Pablo Montoya, met with media at Bristol Motor Speedway following announcement he will compete in 2017 Indianapolis 500 for Team Penske. Montoya was asked about NASCAR, the transcript in part:
  1. Q) DO YOU MISS STOCK CAR RACING?
    Montoya:"Stock car racing was fun, but I don't need the every week thing. I don't miss it at all. If you have kids and a family I mean honestly, no need."
  2. Q) HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT COMING BACK TO DRIVE THE DAYTONA 500 IN FEBRUARY IF YOU GOT THE CHANCE?
    Montoya:"I think it would be fun to do it, but never really pushed for it or anything, so no."
  3. Q) WOULD YOU LIKE TO RUN THE DAYTONA 500 AGAIN?
    Montoya:"If Roger (Penske) came to me and said we have another car, would I like to run Daytona 500, I would probably say yes. But it needs to be done with a proper team. You know what I mean. If it is a proper team, it would be exciting."


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04/21/17
irl

Overheard in Alabama - Friday
Birmingham - It was a lovely day in the 'Magic City' of the USA.  You probably never knew that Birmingham's nickname is the Magic City.  From its founding in 1871 through the end of the 1960s, Birmingham was a primary industrial center of the southern United States. Its growth from 1881 through 1920 earned its nicknames as 'The Magic City' (because like Magic it rose up out of nothing) and 'The Pittsburgh of the South'.

Its major industries were iron and steel production, plus a major component of the railroading industry. Rails and railroad cars were both manufactured in Birmingham. The two primary hubs of railroading in the Deep South have been nearby Atlanta and Birmingham, since the 1860s.

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04/19/17
f1
irl

McLaren to enter Indy 500 every year
McLaren F1 boss Zak Brown is looking at a yearly entry for McLaren in the Indy 500
McLaren F1 boss Zak Brown is looking at a yearly entry for McLaren in the Indy 500
In an interview (14:45 mark) with "Trackside" on 1070 The Fan radio in Indianapolis, McLaren executive director Zak Brown has revealed McLarens future plans for the Indy 500 and more details about this year's outing for Fernando Alonso.

Brown, speaking to NBCSN pit reporter and show host Kevin Lee (co-hosts the show with INDYCAR communications head Curt Cavin), said a date has been determined for Alonso's first test day at IMS in the jointly entered McLaren, Honda and Andretti Autosport entry but they would wait to reveal it themselves to create a big splash on social media.

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04/17/17
f1

F1 Set To Announce CAA Sports As Agency Of Record
F1 this week will announce officially that CAA Sports is its "agency of record, responsible for selling the racing circuit’s rights globally." The deal runs through '18, after which the two sides "expect to renew." Terms of the deal "were not disclosed but CAA Sports likely receives a percentage of deals they close on behalf of F1."

The deal is a "boon for CAA Sports, which convinced F1 to hire it because of the agency’s work with other companies." CAA Sports has deals with entities such as F1 team Red Bull Racing, the 49ers and Warriors. SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL


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04/16/17
F1

F1 poised to ban 'T-wings'
The T-Wing on the Mercedes has flown off twice now
The T-Wing on the Mercedes has flown off twice now
(GMM) F1's governing body could be poised to ban the controversial 'T-wings' seen up and down the grid in 2017.

The aerodynamic appendages are unpopular from an aesthetic point of view, and there could also be a safety issue after two high-profile failures on the Mercedes car recently.

"It did about 50,000 pounds of damage (to Max Verstappen's car in Bahrain) so I think they should be banned on the grounds of safety and cost," said Red Bull boss Christian Horner.

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04/15/17
f1

You know F1 regulations are insane when...
Andy Cowell of Mercedes went to visit Honda to teach them
Andy Cowell of Mercedes went to visit Honda to teach them
You know the F1 engine regulations are insane when major manufacturers like Honda, and Renault and Ferrari before them, wasted hundreds of millions of dollars to try to become competitive. Racing is a sport - we care who the best athlete/driver is. Wasting insane amounts of money on engine technology that will never be used on a passenger car is nuts.

Now Ted Kravitz of Sky F1 reports that at this year's Chinese Grand Prix, McLaren heavyweights Zak Brown and Eric Boullier met with Andy Cowell, who serves as the managing director of Mercedes' Formula One engine program. Kravitz's initial assumption was that McLaren was trying to lure Cowell over to the Honda program. This was also not the case. Kravitz describes a situation in which Mercedes is offering up veteran personnel and engine design intel to Honda's engine program to get them up to speed.

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04/15/17
F1

Ecclestone negotiating Bahrain contract
Horner talking to Ecclestone
Horner talking to Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed he will also attend the next round on the F1 schedule, in Russia.

The former F1 supremo revealed the news in Bahrain, where he caused a stir by appearing at his first grand prix since being ousted by Liberty Media.

"I didn't leave," the Journal de Montreal quotes him as saying.

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04/14/17
f1

F1 returning to Turkey (Update)
2011 finish - the last F1 race in Turkey
2011 finish - the last F1 race in Turkey

UPDATE Istanbul Park Chairman Vural Ak has admitted that there is still "a lot of work to do" before a deal to bring back the Turkish Grand Prix can be officially signed.

Formula 1 CEO Chase Carey held discussions with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier this week over a potential return to the country, perhaps as early as 2018.

Carey and Erdogan were joined at the meeting by President of the Turkish Motorsports Federation [TOSFED], Serkan Yazici, and Istanbul Park's Chairman, Vural Ak.

Turkey joined the Formula 1 calendar in 2005, but the event, which struggled to attract spectators, was dropped from the schedule after 2011, and has not featured since.

However, the country is now working on a fresh deal for 2018 and beyond.

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04/14/17
f1

Ferrari floor flex rumor swirls in Bahrain
Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen
(GMM) Paddock rumblings about a flexible Ferrari have made the trip from China to Bahrain.

A week ago, former driver turned pundit Christian Danner said he had noticed aerodynamic parts of the impressive 2017 Ferrari flexing at speed.

"If I was one of the other teams, I would want it checked," he told RTL television.

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04/14/17
f1

F1 back to Indy?
Schumacher winning at Indy in 2005
Schumacher winning at Indy in 2005
Almost "lost in all the Fernando Alonso news" was a comment by Miles "hinting about a possible return of F1 to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway one day."

Miles said that he is interested in F1 "returning to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway one day if financial considerations are agreeable."

Miles: "Formula 1 is very big, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the home to epic motorsports events, so we would welcome a return if we can come up with a deal that works for all parties involved." AUTOWEEK


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04/12/17
nasmon

NASCAR to introduce option tire in 2018
NASCAR is considering doing what a lot of other auto racing series around the world do: Give its race teams the option of running two different types of tires for each race.

The first would be a conventional set, the second a softer compound that is significantly faster than the normal tire, but presumably would wear out much quicker.

The sanctioning body will use this year’s 2017 Monster Energy All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway as a test bed to try out two compounds.

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04/12/17
irl

Indy 500 Car Count (3rd Update)
UPDATE Another update with the announcement of Michael Shank being involved with Jack Harvey's 500 effort.

04/12/17 With the addition of Fernando Alonso we now can see a way forward to 33 cars for the 500 per our updated table below.

04/10/17 We have updated our table below based on the announcements over the weekend. The best we can get to is 32 cars and that includes the 2 for Juncos and 1 for Lazier. No guarantee all 3 will happen, but even if they did, where will the missing one come from? The Hulman George family are going to have to open their wallet and pay a team to run someone to make it to 33. We suspect they will keep the money in the family and give it to Tony George's team - Ed Carpenter Racing. And to think Tony George killed CART which used to deliver upwards of 40 car/driver combos for the 500 year-in and year-out.

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04/11/17
f1

Honda to test new engine in Bahrain
Yusuke Hasegawa
Yusuke Hasegawa
(GMM) Honda is working hard to have a new specification of its struggling 2017 engine ready to test after Bahrain.

After the China-Bahrain double header, teams will remain on the island Kingdom for a rare in-season test, and sources in Japan claim Honda wants to have an improved power unit to run.

According to Spain's Marca newspaper, Honda chief Yusuke Hasegawa acknowledged that the problem at the moment is with "the combustion engine".

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04/09/17
irl

Overheard in Long Beach - Saturday (Update)
UPDATE As rumored below and now confirmed, reigning Indianapolis 500 champions Andretti Autosport will hold a press conference today at the Grand Prix of Long Beach to confirm Jack Harvey's addition to the team's lineup for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race. 

Sebastian Saavedra
Sebastian Saavedra
04/09/17

After some overnight rain showers Saturday morning dawned partly sunny cool and dry for another great day of racing action. I spotted AFS Racing boss Gary Peterson and driver Sebastian Saavedra coming out of the Andretti Transporter.  Peterson has run Saavedra in the 500 before, the last time being with KV Racing in 2014 and Ganassi Racing in 2015. We had heard that Jack Harvey was going to land the 5th Andretti Autosport ride, so we are not sure what Peterson and Saavedra were meeting with the Andretti team about. Maybe they are looking to buy a used chassis to run the 2017 Indy 500. Stay tuned as this can be related to Sunday's announcement.

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04/09/17
irl

Will Toyota drop sponsorship of Long Beach GP? (Update)
UPDATE See our video interview (below) with Jim Michaelian where we broach the subject of this rumor - will Toyota drop sponsorship of this race.  Based on Jim's response we will downgrade this rumor to 'false'. He appears very confident Toyota is a happy sponsor.

The Toyota Pro-Celebrity race is gone, will the race sponsorship be next?
The Toyota Pro-Celebrity race is gone, will the race sponsorship be next?

04/01/17

For four decades it was a crowd-pleasing sideshow to the main event, offering spectators a glimpse of Hollywood stars and such auto-racing greats as Mario Andretti and Al Unser Jr.

Hollywood, however, has hit the brakes. The Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race will be absent from this year's three-day race weekend, which climaxes Sunday, April 9, with the exhilarating, ear-splitting, 85-lap, 167.45-mile Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Citing the relocation of its North American headquarters from Torrance to the Dallas suburb of Plano, Toyota indicated a year ago it would no longer put on the celebrity event.

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04/08/17
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irl

Wayne Taylor Racing or Juncos to make IndyCar team announcement (Update)
UPDATE AR1 has learned that Juncos Racing, which bought 3 of the 4 KV Racing cars before their auction, might be announcing that former F1 driver Pastor Maldonado will be running a partial IndyCar season with them, at least that was the plan we hear.  

Recall this Indy 500 announcement by Juncos. Whether Maldonado, with zero oval experience, would he do an Indy 500 as his first race remains to be seen.

The question now is what is being announced here in Long Beach Sunday as there are a number of balls up in the air.

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04/08/17
nasmon

Can Goodyear be replaced as NASCAR's tire supplier?
Goodyear NASCAR tires
Goodyear NASCAR tires
So far, it’s only rumors, backed by circumstantial evidence, and some of that is sketchy. But still the gossip persists: NASCAR maybe ready for a tire change writes Steven Cole Smith.

Goodyear has been a major partner with NASCAR since1954, and is currently the exclusive provider of tires for its three top series– Monster Energy Cup, Xfinity and the Camping World truck series.

But the current contract runs out this year, and only last month did NASCAR and Goodyear finally begin negotiations, far later than the last deal, which was signed in 2011, well before the then-current contract was set to end.

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04/07/17
irl

Overheard in Long Beach - Friday
Another beautiful day in Long Beach, California as the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend got underway Friday. This is the 43rd year of the race, 34th as an IndyCar race, and the race has never had rain on raceday.  One year it rained on Saturday.  They are calling for rain tonight but it should be out of here before qualifying.

Check out my video interview with the President of the Long Beach GP Jim Michaelian. He talks about what makes this race so successful, how important Toyota has been to the event, the loss of the Toyota Pro Celebrity race and other interesting perspectives on the greatest street race in North America.

One issue a lot of drivers are talking about is the severe bump under braking at the end of the back straight. It's exactly where the drivers start to brake and it causes the cars to bounce up in the air and lose traction. So the drivers have had to adjust their line, or brake earlier and not as hard so the car doesn't get off the ground.

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04/07/17
f1

French and German GPs on 21-race 2018 F1 calendar
“We will have 21 exciting events to look forward to in the 2018 calendar, with the additions of the French and German races. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Sepang International Circuit for their hospitality and professionalism over the years, and their ongoing commitment to motorsport," commented Sean Bratches, Managing Director, Commercial Operations, Formula 1 in Malaysia Friday.

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04/05/17
f1

Audi eyes F1 (Update)
No new manufacturer will enter F1 until the new engines emerge in 2021
No new manufacturer will enter F1 until the new engines emerge in 2021
UPDATE
 (GMM) Audi has ruled out racing in formula one, at least in the short term.

Rumors Audi might be contemplating a foray were re-fired last week, when the Volkswagen brand was represented by Stefano Domenicali at the F1 engine meeting.

But Audi's motor racing chief Dieter Gass has now moved to calm the speculation.

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04/05/17
f1

F1 eyes 1200hp twin-turbo V6 for 2021
Apparently F1 is going to copy IndyCar's twin-turbo V6 engine but with 40% more HP
Apparently F1 is going to copy IndyCar's twin-turbo V6 engine but with 70% more HP
(GMM) The next details about F1's potential new engine formula for 2021 are now emerging.

Following a meeting with current and potential engine suppliers, FIA president Jean Todt revealed last week that the plan is to make the current 'power units' simpler, cheaper and louder for the future.

New F1 sporting boss Ross Brawn is also on board, declaring: "Before we think about a sustainable car concept for formula one, the engine must be clarified.

"Everything else depends on it."

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04/04/17
irl

Vasser and 'Sulli' to hookup with another IndyCar team
Vasser (L) was happy to see his former driver Bourdais (R) win in St. Petersburg
Vasser (L) was happy to see his former driver Bourdais (R) win in St. Petersburg

Jimmy Vasser is preparing to do something strange and unfamiliar. For the first time in four decades, the 1996 CART IndyCar Series champion and longtime co-owner of the KV Racing team will head to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach this week without a car to drive or team to run, and the native Californian plans to take full advantage of the open schedule.

"It reminds me of my first time there in '83 for the last Formula 1 race," Vasser told RACER. "I was a senior in high school, and it was great to see the Formula 1 cars and walk around and see the race as a fan before I started coming back later in the '80s as a driver. But it's going to be weird, definitely, not being on the timing stand and with a team of my own there."

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04/04/17
irl

Pigot to miss Indy 500 - or will he?
This is posted as a rumor because we suspect the Hulman-George family, desperate to get to 33 cars, will get them a chassis for Pigot
This is posted as a rumor because we suspect the Hulman-George family, desperate to get to 33 cars for the 500, will get them a chassis for Pigot
Ed Carpenter Racing will not field a third entry for Spencer Pigot at next month's Indianapolis 500, because they don't have enough money to repair the car Josef Newgarden crashed in Texas last June. That's how tight money is in the IndyCar paddock due to TV ratings on NBCSN that are so low sponsors laugh

ECR has run three cars at Indy over the past two years, but will only field J. R. Hildebrand and team owner Ed Carpenter in 2017, with road/street racer Pigot missing out.

"We weren't able to put the right deal together for a third entry, because we'd have needed to buy another car, which now makes it pretty much impossible," Carpenter told Autosport.

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04/02/17
f1
irl
v8

IndyCars and V8 Supercars to race with F1
The word in Melbourne was that the V8s, now known only as Supercars, will be hosting a championship round at the Grand Prix next year, something which Mr E always rejected. The new management of the Formula One group has a very different approach and there have even been suggestions that they might be willing to share the billing with IndyCars… Joe Saward

Cost-wise it does not make sense to fly the V8 Supercars all the way from Australia to Austin as a support race to F1. It would be much more cost effective to bring in the IndyCars to be a support race for the USGP, however, the USGP runs very late in the season, way past the Labor Day season ending goal of Mark Miles.

So.....might we see IndyCars run with F1 at an overseas venue given that Mark Miles has wanted to add two overseas races for a long time?

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04/01/17
f1

Ferrari won't start contract negotiations until late summer or early fall
Maurizio Arrivabene (C) does not want to lose his star driver Sebastian Vettel (L)
Maurizio Arrivabene (C) does not want to lose his star driver Sebastian Vettel (L) He will want to lock Vettel in by Monza.

Just one race into the 2017 season and Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene insists he won’t be opening talks with either driver as it would be “distracting.”

Both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen are out on contract at the end of this season.

While 37-year-old Raikkonen could call it quits on his F1 career, Vettel has been linked to a move to Mercedes.

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04/01/17
irl
f1

Kicked out of F1, Ecclestone to takeover IndyCar (Update)
UPDATE April Fool's!

Ecclestone has this to say to Liberty's treatment of him
Ecclestone has this to say to Liberty's treatment of him
04/01/17 Ousted F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone is not happy with the way new owners Liberty Media pushed him aside after he built the sport into what it is today.

Out to get even, Ecclestone now has the floundering IndyCar series in his sites. With a hapless TV package that brings sponsors such little value, and unable to land even one international race, it's clear that if IndyCar has any hope of becoming a big-time motorsports player it needs someone like Ecclestone who has proven he can take F1 from its dark days in the 60s and early 70s and turn it into a mega-sport.

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04/01/17
nasmon

Changes coming to All-Star race format
Kurt Busch - with interest waning in the All-Star race NASCAR has to try some other gimmick
Kurt Busch in last year's All-Star race - with interest waning in the All-Star race NASCAR has to try some other gimmick
Two NASCAR Cup drivers say they believe the All-Star format is nearly set and that fans will "see some exploring done with the formats in that race.''

A NASCAR official told NBC Sports that the format is not done.

Brad Keselowski told NBC Sports that there has been "consensus and agreement" on a format for the May 20 event at Charlotte Motor Speedway but acknowledged nothing is official until it is announced. Last year's format was not revealed until 15 days before the event.

The NASCAR Drivers Council has been involved in discussions with the format, as it was last year.

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03/30/17
f1

Mercedes has to put its car on a diet
Rumor has it the Mercedes is going on a diet.
Rumor has it the Mercedes is going on a diet.
A heavier car wears out tires faster than a lighter car, and may be the reason why the Ferrari had better tire wear than Mercedes in the Australian GP. 

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff would not confirm a report from Auto Motor Und Sport that the W08 was 5kg over the 728kg minimum weight limit, but conceded efforts were being made to bring the weight down.

"I don't want to go too much into detail but it's an area we can definitely improve," said Wolff.

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03/30/17
irl

Andretti sponsor hhgregg could file for bankruptcy next month (2nd Update)
Marco Andretti could lose his sponsor
Marco Andretti lost his sponsor but gained another. Retail stores are folding left and right, being put under by online sales

UPDATE As expected, hhgregg is being replaced on the #27 Marco Andretti car per this announcement.

03/02/17  Struggling retailer hhgregg Inc. announced Thursday morning that it will close 88 stores and three distribution centers in an effort to return the company to profitability. The decision will eliminate 40 percent of the chain's retail locations.

None of the stores are in Indiana, the Indianapolis-based electronics and appliance retailer said.

The closures should be completed by mid-April and will result in the elimination of about 1,500 jobs. Following the closings, Hhgregg will have 132 stores.

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03/30/17
F1

Ferrari to let Giovinazzi race on for Sauber
Giovinazzi could replace Wehrlein again in Bahrain
Giovinazzi could replace Wehrlein again in Bahrain
(GMM) Ferrari has decided to make its official reserve driver available to Sauber for the forthcoming China-Bahrain double header.

That is the claim of the authoritative Italian daily La Gazzetta dello Sport, after Antonio Giovinazzi was loaned to Sauber in Australia to replace Pascal Wehrlein.

If Wehrlein continues to be unfit ahead of the next two races, Giovinazzi was considered an obvious choice as his replacement.

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03/30/17
f1

Mario Illien working with McLaren-Honda, 8 manufacturers to attend meeting
Mario Illien
Can Mario Illien help Honda?

(GMM) Audi will not be the only manufacturer not already competing in F1 that will be present for a meeting in Paris on Friday.

We reported earlier that the German marque intended to send a representative as the FIA hosts a meeting to discuss the future of F1's engine rules beyond 2020.

Germany's Auto Bild now clarifies that the representative will in fact be Stefano Domenicali, the former Ferrari boss who runs another VW marque, Lamborghini.

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03/26/17
f1

F1 to use artificial crutch to fix what they made worse
Cars file into turn 1 at the start. Once they got sorted out and the first lap spins were out of the way, how you lined up at the end of lap 1 is where you finished. Luckily this race had a lot of attrition or the lap chart would look like the EKG of a dead man.
Cars file into turn 1 at the start. Once they got sorted out and the first lap spins were out of the way, how you lined up at the end of lap 1 is where you finished. Luckily this race had a lot of attrition or the lap chart would look like the EKG of a dead man - all horizontal lines.
Yes, the cars are now faster, but as AR1.com predicted with the new F1 rules of wider tires and more downforce, passing on the track is now impossible.  If you thought F1 was a parade before, you haven't seen anything yet.

When Lewis Hamilton was behind a much slower Max Verstappen after his first pit stop, his chief engineer, Pete Bonnington, came over the radio and said to Hamilton, "it's race-critical that we get past Verstappen now."

Irritated Hamilton shot back, "how do you expect me to do that, there's no way I can overtake this guy." That pretty much sums up the entire race.

Everyone got excited when Esteban Ocon got past Fernando Alonso late in the going. "Look at that a pass. I never saw one of them before," said one F1 journalist.

Turns out that Alonso had a broken suspension or there was no way Ocon was getting past him.

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03/23/17
f1

T-wings out, Halo in for 2018 (maybe)
A new regulation set introduced this season has already seen cars take on a wider stance, most notably with much wider tires reminiscent of cars from the early 1990s.

Together with a lower rear wing, the current package was meant to make the cars look more aggressive, and presumably engage fans through the miracles of marketing.

Instead what has been produced is only mildly different to the cars seen in 2016, though admittedly wider and with bigger tires, and particularly less attractive shark fins and airbox mounted T-wings.

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03/23/17
f1

Advantage Ferrari - Mercedes, Red Bull forced to change suspensions
If this rumor is true, will Ferrari now have the advantage?
If this rumor is true, will Ferrari now have the advantage?

Mercedes and Red Bull Racing were reportedly forced to change their suspension systems ahead of the Australian GP as they did not comply with the regulations.

Formula 1’s suspension systems were one of the hot topics in this year’s pre-season after Ferrari asked the FIA for clarification regarding trick suspensions.

Motorsport’s governing body declared that the pre-loaded systems were illegal and launched checks into all the teams’ cars during pre-season testing in Spain.

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