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08/07/15
motogp

MotoGP race at IMS could be the last
Just like F1, With no Americans in MotoGP contending for race wins, low turnouts in the USA result.
Earlier this week, Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course received the highest rating possible from international motorcycle racing’s sanctioning body, and last year’s Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix was named the best event of the MotoGP season.

So why, with a contract through 2017, is the event being held this weekend at IMS at a crossroads? Because the sport is at a crossroads in the U.S.

Aside from a respectable television following on Fox, MotoGP lacks traction in this country. If 50,000 people attend Sunday’s event, the crowd will be comparable to the April 12 race at Circuit of the Americas, a natural terrain road course outside Austin, Texas.

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08/05/15
uscc
wec

Summerton to Ganassi Ford GT program?
Could Jonathan Summerton be in line for one of the coveted Ford GT seats in 2016?
AutoRacing1 has learned that American driver Jonathan Summerton is being considered for the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Ford GT program scheduled to debut next season. The 27-year-old Orlando resident was a standout driver in the old Atlantic Championship in 2008 and 2009, and was a GT class winner at the 12 Hours of Sebring. Summerton also won the 2007 Shanghai, China round in A1 GP.

Ford, of course, is making a much-celebrated return to Le Mans in 2016, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Ford GT cars placing 1-2-3 at the famous enduro in 1966. The Ford GT 40 would also win in 1967, 1968, and 1969.

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08/05/15
nasx

Elliott Sadler taking sponsor to JR Motorsports in 2016
Sadler
Motorsport.com says they hear that OneMain Financial and Elliott Sadler will move over to JR Motorsports at the conclusion of this season.

OneMain Financial, a personal loan financial company, will move to JR Motorsports in 2016 where it is expected to sponsor driver Elliott Sadler fulltime in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, multiple sources confirmed to Motorsport.com on Monday.

Sadler has not yet signed with JRM, sources said, but is expected to join the organization next season.

OneMain has sponsored Sadler in the Xfinity Series since the 2011 season.

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08/05/15
irl

Three candidates surface to replace Walker as IndyCar boss
Mike Hull "It’s obvious that IndyCar needs to look at itself and understand why people who have that degree of passion [Walker has] can’t get it done."
Help wanted:
Individual who knows open-wheel racing inside and out. Can manage the expectations of fans and balance the needs and wants of self-centered owners and temperamental drivers. Ability to work with a large group of sponsors and suppliers with varying -- sometimes contradictory -- agendas a MUST. Knowledge of media, broadcasting and marketing a plus. If you can produce a product that puts butts in seats, draws people to television sets or can otherwise pull a rabbit out of a hat, we want to talk to you!

So who wants to replace Derrick Walker as IndyCar Series president?

That list may be fairly short. Neither Randy Bernard nor Walker lasted long in that hot seat. Several candidates for the job -- including motorsports marketing whiz Zak Brown -- said “thanks but no thanks” the last time the job was open. One potential Walker replacement already seems to be pulling his hat out of the ring.

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08/04/15
irl

2016 IndyCar Silly Season
We have made some updates to our 2016 IndyCar Silly Season page - see link above.

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08/04/15
irl

Leaders Circle payout to drop in 2016, engine costs to rise?
AutoRacing1 is hearing that the INDYCAR Leaders' Circle payout, which was $1.25 million/team in 2015 will drop in 2016, by about $200,000. Recall this video report from last month's Milwaukee race in which AR1 told you Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles wanted to begin weaning teams off the Leaders' Circle program. Apparently, the owners were told of this change in a meeting Friday with Miles at Mid-Ohio.

Now, this money could be re-allocated to other areas such as race purse or end-of-season championship money. Also, there are 21 Leaders Circle entries this season, and with two races remaining there is actually something of a battle currently for positions 21-24 in the entrant standings. We'll have a little more on this hopefully later as we are awaiting a clarification on a certain matter.

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08/04/15
irl

Milwaukee not returning?
Milwaukee's return is not looking promising
This is no likely no real surprise, but AR1 is hearing that an IndyCar return to the historic Milwaukee Mile is not looking good. Andretti Sports Marketing will not be retuning as the promoter and may be shutting down all together, and there is apparently no promotion team in place to keep the event going.

We of course hope something can be worked out and the historic Mile back on the calendar. But as of now, the situation appears bleak.

AR1 Staff Report

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08/04/15
track news
irl
nassprint

NASCAR to require Pocono to extend pit wall
Pit entry is wide at Pocono. Closing it up will likely make it more dangerous for the IndyCars
Word is that NASCAR will force Pocono Raceway to extend its pit wall from its current starting position down toward the third and final turn to try to avoid pit road accidents such as the ones that occurred Saturday and Sunday, when cars hit the wall that separates the pit stalls from the crews. The entry to pit lane is perhaps wider than any track on the schedule.

"We'll work with the track," NASCAR executive vice president Steve O'Donnell said Monday morning on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

"We already have got a plan in place to look at extending that pit wall. We certainly have got to make sure that by doing that you put the proper protection for the race cars and the drivers coming off of [the turn]."

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08/03/15
irl

Mid-Ohio IndyCar race date to move?
With 25,000 in attendance at Mid-Ohio Sunday, 15,000 of which were brought in by Honda, Mid-Ohio President Craig Rust is looking to move the IndyCar race date for next year.  Not the NASCAR race, that's too important to move, just the IndyCar race, which has had the first week in August date forever.

"We're fortunate the race has been on the same date for a number of years now, and so, people are used to it," track President Craig Rust told the Mansfield Journal.

But ...

"I'd still like to get some separation between it and the NASCAR race. It wouldn't bother me to work with IndyCar to make the event a couple weeks earlier," he said. "I would not do it later. A solid summer July date, I think, would work well."

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08/03/15
nassprint

Kurt Romberg fired
Unconfirmed reports by AR1 sources say that Hendrick Motorsports has just fired their long time aerodynamicist, Kurt Romberg.

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08/03/15
irl

Could a return to Kentucky for IndyCar be in the works?
The last time IndyCar race in Kentucky (2011) it was a photo finish
Although it's only been four years since the Verizon IndyCar Series has raced at the Sparta-based Kentucky Speedway, there has already been talk of bringing the series back to Kentucky following the success of the summer Sprint Cup event held earlier in July. However, in an interview with Mark Story of the Lexington-Herald Leader, track General Manager Mark Simendinger was adamant that there wouldn't be an event until the speedway was repaved.

For right now, what we have is too rough for them. Once (the repave happens), then it just becomes a question of cutting a business deal that makes sense for IndyCar and makes sense for us.

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08/03/15
f1

Nasr to replace Bottas at Williams (2nd Update) UPDATE #2
Felipe Nasr
(GMM)  Felipe Nasr has played down earlier speculation that linked him with a potential switch to Williams for 2016.

It was said the impressive Brazilian rookie and his Banco do Brasil sponsorship dollars could be headed to Grove to replace a potentially Ferrari-bound Valtteri Bottas.

But Sauber then announced that both Nasr and his current teammate Marcus Ericsson are staying put.

"There was a lot of speculation," Nasr, 22, told Globo Esporte, "but the Williams rumors appeared only because I was a test driver there last year.

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08/03/15
f1

F1 engine 'Silly Season' - Sauber eyes Renault engine switch
(GMM)  Sauber could be set for a change of engine supplier for 2016.

That is the news of the Swiss newspaper Blick, whose veteran and well-connected correspondent Roger Benoit claims that talks took place recently in Hungary.

Currently, Hinwil based Sauber is supplied by its long-time partner Ferrari, but the 'power unit' market looks set for a major shakeup as Renault contemplates buying the Enstone team Lotus.

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08/01/15
irl

Possible new IndyCar races for 2016
According to racer.com, several tracks could be added to the 2016 IndyCar schedule and some may go away.  We rate their chances:

Venue Chances Comment
Mexico City as a season opener 0% It will be a cold day in hell before Bernie Ecclestone allows IndyCar to race on the same track as F1 in the same year
Phoenix 25% You will be able to shoot a cannon in the grandstands and not hit anyone if IndyCar returns making IndyCar look like a complete loser. The France family loves it when IndyCar looks inferior to their NASCAR product
Homestead 50% This track was on AR1.com's proposed 2016 schedule and makes sense as an early February race
Road America 100% It's going to happen
Richmond 20% You will be able to shoot a cannon in the grandstands and not hit anyone if IndyCar returns making IndyCar look like a complete loser. The France family loves it when IndyCar looks inferior to their NASCAR product
Laguna Seca 10% The place will be a ghost town. The wow factor is gone
NOLA 0% One and done
Milwaukee 50% IndyCar looking for a new race promoter to take the financial bloodbath
Fontana 75% Should return as the season opener in late January, but that makes too much sense so IndyCar would never do it
Indy 0% The Indy 400 should end the IndyCar season at IMS.  However, that makes too much sense so IndyCar will never do it. They prefer to embarrass themselves at some track with empty grandstands. Makes a great impression as a season finale. Not.

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08/01/15
il
irl

Jones to IndyCar in 2016???
Ed Jones
As AR1's Lucille Dust, reported in this Afternoon Update from Mid-Ohio, Carlin Indy Lights driver Ed Jones is looking to move up to IndyCar next season.

"I think I am ready to make the move to IndyCar," said the Dubai native. "I have had IndyCar teams talk with me about next year."

The 20-year-old Jones won the first three Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires races of 2015 and currently sits third in the championship standings. 

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08/01/15
irl

Zanardi to have a go at 100th Indy 500 (Update) UPDATE Zanardi's Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Jimmy Vasser told racer.com  he'd welcome the chance to run his dear friend next May.

"All the controls are there for him to use the clutch on the steering wheel and he can work the brake and throttle with his prosthetics, so it's very possible," Vasser told RACER. "I read the story, but he's said this before about doing the race, and I told him we'd be there, but didn't really hear back, so if he's serious, we need to hear from him. If he's serious, get out of the way because when Zanardi sets his mind to something, he gets it done. For now, I'm going to let him stew a little bit and decide if it's what he really wants."

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07/31/15
irl

Toronto to be a doubleheader again in 2016? (Update 1) UPDATE AutoRacing1 has confirmed that the 2016 Honda Indy Toronto will once again be a doubleheader race weekend, as it was in 2013 and 2014. This rumor is upgraded to 'Fact.'

What is yet undecided is whether the race will be the 2nd or 3rd weekend of July. While the race has primarily been held the second weekend in July it has occasionally been the third weekend depending on scheduling considerations.

Lucille Dust reporting from Mid-Ohio

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07/31/15
nassprint

NASCAR Green To Name SunEdison Official Solar Energy Partner UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. NASCAR and SunEdison, the world's largest renewable energy development company, today announced SunEdison as the Official Solar Energy Partner of NASCAR Green. This new partnership builds on the expanded use of solar technology across the sport, particularly at race team shops and race tracks across the country. Over the next three years, SunEdison and NASCAR will embark on an effort to educate millions of NASCAR fans on the financial and environmental benefits of solar power use. SunEdison plans to work with NASCAR partners, tracks and teams on commercial-scale solar solutions. The White House cited this newly forged partnership as a prime example of making renewable energy accessible to all U.S. homeowners.

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07/31/15
f1

Bottas signs deal to replace Raikkonen (8th Update) UPDATE #8
A 2nd win proved James Allison is worth keeping along with Raikkonen
(GMM)  Ferrari may issue a surprise at Monza in September by keeping its full team together for 2016.

Amid raging speculation about Kimi Raikkonen's future, the Italian publication Motorionline claims the Finn might actually be about to get his contract extended.

It has been said Williams has already agreed a lucrative deal to release Valtteri Bottas to the Maranello team, but the young Finn is playing that down.

"Obviously there have been some annoying rumors," Bottas said at an event for Williams sponsor Sure this week.  "Those are not true and they are not fair for Williams and not fair for Kimi.

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07/30/15
nassprint

MWR's Kauffman Close To Purchasing Sabates' Stake In Ganassi
UPDATE #2 This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Michael Waltrip Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing today confirmed that MWR Principal Owner Rob Kauffman has purchased a stake in CGR.

Prior to the confirmation, sources had said that Kauffman, who has been with MWR for eight years, would take on CGR investor Felix Sabates’ minority stake in the team, while CGR Principal Owner Chip Ganassi would continue to retain majority control. It is unclear if Sabates will hold onto a small stake to retain his affiliation with the team or if he will be dropping the affiliation entirely. Sabates yesterday told Motorsport.com, "I am not going anywhere. I am having too much fun. Plus, I have unfinished business. I need to sit at the head table in Las Vegas."

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07/30/15
il

Rayhall/8Star to be full-time in 2016
AR1 is hearing that 8Star Motorsports and driver Sean Rayhall are looking at contesting the full calendar in the 2016 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship. Rayhall won earlier this year on the IMS road course and the team has also fielded Canadian Scott Hargove at St. Petersburg. However, Rayhall is back with 8Star for the doubleheader weekend at Mid-Ohio, and indications are the team will be full-time in 2016.

AR1 Staff Report

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07/29/15
f1

F1 Tire deal will go to ‘whoever pays the most cash'
How much are you willing to pay me to supply tires to F1?  I can't hear you. You'll have to add more zeros.
As Michelin and Pirelli lock horns with the commercial rights holder of Formula One to negotiate a deal over the future of the official tire supplier, Christian Horner believes money speaks above all else.

“Well, I think what we’re basically saying is that whoever pays the most cash will sit here and say we love and think they should be the right supplier for Formula One.” claimed the Red Bull Team Principal.

Horner raised concern over the future of the ‘spectacle of a Grand Prix’ should major changes be made to tire appearance, structure and behavior by saying:

“But I think it does go a bit beyond that.

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07/29/15
nassprint

MWR to Chevy? Ragan to return?
David Wilson, president of Toyota Racing Development, told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Tuesday that the manufacturer has its sights set on more teams making the 2015 Chase while also looking ahead to its 2016 lineup. Michael Waltrip Racing with Clint Bowyer's #15 team and David Ragan's #55 are the manufacturer's two highest-ranked drivers without wins, sitting 15th and 24th respectively in the standings. Based on points, the #15 driver is currently in the provisional Chase Grid, but if Busch makes the top 30, Bowyer will be bounced without a win. As the manufacturer attempts to add those MWR teams to this year's Chase, Wilson wasn't certain about the organization's future with Toyota.

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07/29/15
f1

McLaren, Button to split in 2016 (Update) UPDATE
Button figures why stay in F1 if you can't win?
(GMM)  Jenson Button has been linked with a shock move from the F1 grid to the television presenter's chair.

The Daily Mail reports that the veteran grand prix driver could be part of the new lineup for the popular British motoring program Top Gear.

Earlier this year, the BBC sacked Top Gear's controversial presenter Jeremy Clarkson, and co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May said they would also not return.

Button's future in F1 is currently the subject of speculation, as McLaren-Honda holds a one-sided 'option' on his services for 2016.  He has also been linked with a switch to Williams.

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07/28/15
wsr
f1

Renault Sport to bag Formula Renault 3.5, move money to F1
Alexander Rossi in FR3.5 in 2012
Renault Sport has informed Formula Renault 3.5 teams that its eleven-year backing of the category will cease at the end of this season. AR1.com understands that Renault plans to shift the money to F1 as they play catchup to Mercedes and Ferrari.

Rumors have been swirling that Renault will buy the Lotus F1 team and it will become the 'factory' team similar to Mercedes and Ferrari.  Word is that they will still sell 'B' versions of their engines to customers, but they will be down on HP from the factory team.

Whether the FR3.5 series continues in some form remains to be seen. With the new FIA-backed Formula 2 series coming on board, plus the GP2 series, for Renault it did not make sense to continue the FR3.5 series for marketing and commercial reasons, but also so money can be shifted to F1.

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07/28/15
irl

Sherwin-Williams signs sponsor deal with IndyCar, speedway UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with today's announcement - See Hot News page

07/27/15 Seeing an opportunity to host clients in locales where the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series doesn’t travel plus the chance to refurbish an iconic facility, Sherwin-Williams earlier this year quietly struck a joint deal with IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The two-year pact, which sources said includes significant value-in-kind, will be announced this week.

The Cleveland-based company becomes the official paint of both IndyCar and IMS, which is undergoing a $30 million renovation ahead of next year’s 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. Sherwin-Williams will supply the paint used on the refurbishment -- a wrinkle that adds “north of several hundred thousand dollars” to the deal, according to Bobby Moody, director of motorsports for Sherwin-Williams.

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07/28/15
f1

Red Bull teams eye Mercedes, Honda power for 2016
The Mercedes team would have a hard time beating a Red Bull with Mercedes power
(GMM)  Red Bull is not expecting its surge in form to stay on track beyond the Hungarian grand prix.

Amid an uncompetitive season so far for the former champions, both Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo were on the podium at the twisty Hungaroring track.

But Dr. Helmut Marko said: "Sadly it will not be the same at Spa and Monza, unless it rains."

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07/27/15
f1

2016 F1 Silly Season
Our annual F1 Silly Season page has started for 2016. You can find the link above on this rumors page beside the 2016 IndyCar and Formula E Silly Season pages. We will do our best to keep all three up-to-date as the Silly Season rumors swirl.

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07/27/15
fe

de la Rosa to run Formula E
Veteran Formula One driver Pedro de la Rosa tested last week at Donington Park with Team Aguri. Could the 44-year-old Spaniard be in line for the Aguri seat or another Formula E ride for the 2015-2016 season?

AR1 Staff Report

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07/25/15
f1

Former F1 doctor battling cancer UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact.'  A spokesman has confirmed reports former McLaren doctor Aki Hintsa is battling cancer.

We reported earlier that the 56-year-old Finn, who stepped away from F1 at the end of 2013 to focus on his clinic in Geneva, was diagnosed with an abdominal tumor.

"Dr Aki Hintsa was diagnosed very recently with a malignant tumor in his upper abdomen," a spokesman for Hintsa Performance told GMM.

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07/24/15
nassprint

MWR to Chevy? Ragan to return?
What in the world will Toyota Racing's Sprint Cup program look like next year? One persistent, hot rumor features a manufacturer swap of sorts, with Rob Kauffman, currently the principal owner of Michael Waltrip Racing, taking his racing interests and partnering with a Chevy team. Furniture Row Racing is currently eyeing the Toyota camp with an ardor that has progressed well beyond flirtation. 

Two potential partnerships mentioned for Kauffman are Chip Ganassi Racing and Richard Childress Racing. Ganassi absorbed Dale Earnhardt Inc. and Martin Truex Jr. into the fold back in 2009. RCR expressed interest in acquiring a minority partner after Chartwell Investments expressed a desire to sell its stake in the company in 2012. Kauffman did not offer a definitive reply when asked about a possible realignment.

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07/24/15
f1

Raikkonen, Ricciardo rumors still swirling
Will Ferrari put Raikkonen out to pasture?
(GMM)  Rumors continue to swirl around the future of Kimi Raikkonen.

Media reports have suggested Ferrari's talks to replace him with Williams' Valtteri Bottas are well advanced, but the older Finn insists he has heard nothing.

"I don't know any more than I knew at the start of the year," he said in Hungary.

"When the team makes its decision, I will be the first to get it so I won't need to read the newspapers," Raikkonen is quoted by Turun Sanomat newspaper.

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07/23/15
f1

Raikkonen has three races to impress Ferrari UPDATE
Raikkonen's last chance is in Hungary

(GMM)  A big topic of conversation in the Hungaroring paddock this weekend will be the future of Kimi Raikkonen.

Some Italian media believe Ferrari has already chosen his successor, fellow Finn Valtteri Bottas, having agreed a multi-million buyout of his Williams contract.

But the well-connected insider Leo Turrini insists: "There is no signed agreement with Bottas."

Indeed, the authoritative La Gazzetta dello Sport believes Hungary this weekend - reportedly the last race before Raikkonen's 2016 'option' runs out - is actually Raikkonen's last chance to shine.

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07/20/15
wec

Nissan puts Le Mans prototype program under review
With drivers selected by who can play video games, and a front-engine layout, the GT-R LM Nismo was doomed from Day1
Nissan had a challenging time developing its GT-R LM Nismo, then it faced enormous challenges at Le Mans, the race it designed the car for, and now the race outfit is dealing with challenges in the boardroom. While the outfit gets ready for a test at the Circuit of the Americas, Sportscar365 reports that Nissan executives in Japan are deciding how to proceed with their LMP1 program.

The meetings were presaged last month by CEO Carlos Ghosn, who said at last month's Formula E race in London that "we must assess the strategy. We wanted to be different and competitive, we have only been different." Both Ghosn's wording and that of the Sportscar365 piece make it seem that company bosses are wrangling over continuing with "the current specification" of the GT-R LM Nismo, not the entire two-year race program. If that's the case and the decision goes against, we could see a more traditional Nissan racer in La Sarthe next year.

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07/20/15
f1

Lotus ordered to pay 27 bills
(GMM)  Lotus is behind in 27 bills adding up to almost $1 million, the Sunday Express reports.

Earlier, it emerged that the Enstone team, now linked with a buyout by the French carmaker Renault, is facing a winding-up petition brought by a disgruntled transmission supplier called Xtrac.

But F1 business journalist Christian Sylt said the unpaid bill to Xtrac is just one of 27 "unsatisfied judgements", according to court documents.

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07/20/15
f1

Williams signs Massa for 2016 season
Felipe Massa
(GMM)  Williams has taken up its contract 'option' on Felipe Massa for the 2016 season.

That is the claim of Diario Motorsport, a specialist Portuguese publication that in 2013 also correctly reported that the Brazilian driver was set to switch to the Grove team from Ferrari.

Now, hot on the heels of speculation Massa's current teammate Valtteri Bottas is heading to Ferrari next year, it is reported that Massa is definitely staying at Williams.

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07/17/15
irl

Overheard Friday in Iowa
Iowa Speedway is happy with ticket sales for this weekend's Iowa Corn 300
I spent some time after lunch today talking with Iowa Speedway President Jimmy Small. Small had some very interesting thoughts, which I have not yet figured out how I will pass along yet. For now, Small said that ticket sales were "really good" for this weekend's event.

I also asked Small about the possibility of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race sometime in the future. Small noted that while they were "hopeful," and that "fans were asking for it in more than just Iowa," he "has not had a single conversation with NASCAR about that."

As for IndyCar returning to Iowa in 2016...

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07/17/15
irl

Gonzalez to drive for Coyne at Mid-Ohio and Sonoma
AR1 President Mark Cipolloni reported last weekend in Milwaukee that Rodolfo Gonzalez was likely to drive the #18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda in the remaining 2015 IndyCar road races at Mid-Ohio and Sonoma. As you can see from this Hot News report, I asked Coyne here at Iowa if Gonzalez would in fact be in the car, and he said "probably."

Brian C. reporting from Iowa Speedway

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07/15/15
f1

Nasr linked with Williams switch UPDATE
Felipe Nasr
(GMM)  Felipe Nasr has played down rumors linking him with a switch of teams for 2016.

Not only has the Brazilian been impressive on debut in 2015, he carries the significant backing of sponsor Banco do Brasil, whose colors feature prominently on this year's Sauber.

But Nasr, 22, is reportedly frustrated that the Swiss team is struggling to develop its 2015 machine.

He told UOL Esporte: "I want to help the team as much as possible to improve the situation.

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07/15/15
f1

Mercedes has 'trick' beyond power, downforce
Does Mercedes have a trick suspension too? Is it legal?
(GMM)  There is more to Mercedes' dominance than simply power and downforce.

That is the finding of Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, arguing that main rival Ferrari is now almost level-pegging with the world champions in terms of horse power.

And as far as the chassis is concerned, rivals are now beginning to look more closely at how the 2015 Mercedes is often so much better.

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07/14/15
f1

2nd American F1 team in works
Tavo Hellmund
Promoter Tavo Hellmund and financier James Carney head a U.S.-based investment group "looking to buy a Formula 1 team," according to Steven Cole Smith of MOTORSPORT. A group of investors headquartered in the U.S. "are actively attempting to buy an existing team in a bid to also join the grid." Hellmund "developed the Circuit of the Americas track" and cut the deal with F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone to bring the series back to the country. More recently, he "has spearheaded the return of F1 racing to Mexico City after a 23-year absence, when the Mexican Grand Prix returns to the calendar at the renovated Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez" on Nov. 1.

Neither Hellmund nor Carney "could be reached for comment, but a representative of Carney’s confirmed there was interest, though declined to say which team the consortium was focused on." Sources have "suggested it is the British-based Manor team, which is currently controlled by Irish businessman Stephen Fitzpatrick, founder of Ovo Energy."

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07/14/15
NHRA

NHRA To Move To Fox Sports 1
The National Hot Rod Association is expected to announce a new television deal with Fox Sports 1 for the 2016 season, according to a report in the Sports Business Daily.

The NHRA will reportedly pay a penalty to break out of their contract with ESPN a year early in order to move to FS1. The move would end the NHRA's 14-year relationship with ESPN.

The NHRA had announced earlier this year it was no longer going to have its broadcasts produced by ESPN but would instead begin producing them in-house using their own facilities.

When asked to comment about the story during this past weekends events at Route 66 Raceway, NHRA officials would neither confirm or deny the rumor.

An announcement regarding the deal is expected in a few weeks.

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07/14/15
dtm

Van der Garde eyes DTM move
Giedo van der Garde
(GMM)  Giedo van der Garde's next move in motor racing could be to German touring cars.

That is the claim of the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, referring to the 30-year-old who early this year became embroiled in a high-profile legal spat with Sauber over a 2015 race seat.

But fellow Dutchman Ernest Knoors, who runs the BMW Team Mtek outfit, is unsure van der Garde can so easily rebuild his racing career in DTM.

"Giedo definitely has the ability," he said, "but you also have to have the contacts.

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07/13/15
automotive
f1

Ferrari racing towards an IPO? UPDATE This rumor from 2012 is upgraded to 'strong' today. According to Bloomberg, Fiat Chrysler Automotive Sergio Marchionne told reporters at the Toronto Global Forum that the Ferrari IPO could come any day now. "We are days away from filing the prospectus," said Marchionne, who declined to confirm whether rumors of involvement from UBS Group AG, JPMorgan Chase & Co and Goldman Sachs Group were accurate. In addition to an expected filing in New York, Marchionne hinted that a secondary filing could take place in Milan, Italy.

Although the FCA Chief Executive didn't offer any expected sum for Ferrari, he had previously suggested that an IPO for the iconic Italian brand could ring the registers to the tune of $11 billion. According to Bloomberg, that potential sum is significantly higher than its own internal figures indicate after taking a poll of analysts who we assume must know a heck of a lot more about such things than we do. Considering how close we apparently are to the actual filing, though, we probably won't have to wait long to find out.

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07/09/15
f1

Billionaire Stroll eyes Williams stake - report
(GMM)  Lawrence Stroll has a EUR 120 million check to spend on a formula one team, Italy's Autosprint claims.

Days ago, it was rumored that the Canadian billionaire's 16-year-old son Lance, already a Ferrari academy driver, is lining up a Williams contract for 2017.

Undoubtedly, his father's wealth and influence is helping.

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07/08/15
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Stick a fork in Miami and Monaco Formula E races, they're done
[Editor's Note: Formula E, in our opinion, is based on a flawed business model on many levels. Expect many more to disappear over the years.]

Miami ePrix promoters Andretti Sports Marketing declined to comment on reports that the race is not included on the provisional calendar for Formula E’s second season. ASM President John Lopes referred to the electric racing series for questions about the future of the race in South Florida.

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07/07/15
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2016 IndyCar and Formula E Silly Seasons
The annual AR1.com IndyCar and Formula E Silly Season pages have been started for 2016 and can be found at the top of this rumors page. Our F1 Silly Season page is not yet complete, but will be soon. The one shown above is from the past year. We will do our best to keep the Silly Season pages up-to-date.

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07/07/15
f1

Aston Martin in F1 talks with Red Bull over Mercedes engine deal UPDATE #4
Lauda would never supply Mercedes engines to Red Bull, they are too good a team
This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today. Niki Lauda has denied suggestions that Aston Martin could help Red Bull Racing secure a Mercedes engine supply for 2016.

Historically Red Bull and Mercedes have not worked together, and hitherto any kind of relationship looked impossible. However, reports have suggested that Aston - which is five percent owned by Mercedes - could broker a deal.

Aston CEO Andy Palmer and director of marketing and communications Simon Sproule were previously involved in Infiniti's sponsorship of RBR, and Palmer also contributed to road car co-operation deal between Renault/Nissan and Mercedes. There is also an engine and software supply relationship between Aston and Mercedes, while there are close links between David Richards and Christian Horner.

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07/07/15
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2015 Corvette Z06 laps Nurburgring in 7m08s
The Nurburgring has placed a ban on manufacturers doing timed runs in an attempt to break the lap record around the famous German track. However, that doesn't stop them from trying.  Rumor has it that at 2015 Corvette Z06 has lapped the 14-mile Nurburgring in 7m08s, the fastest a street-spec Corvette has ever done it.  The company cannot admit it until Nurburgring lifts the ban.

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07/07/15
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Wilson to run more 2015 races for Andretti? (Update) 
Justin Wilson
UPDATE
As you read here on AutoRacing1 nearly 4 weeks ago, and nowhere else, Justin Wilson will return to the wheel of the #25 Andretti Autosport Honda in this weekend's ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest. And while we were unsure exactly how many more races Wilson would do, the team announced today he will be in the car Wilson will be in the car for the remaining 5 races of 2015, starting with Milwaukee. 

We've said it before, and we'll say it again. If you want the inside scoop on IndyCar, you read AutoRacing1. This rumor is upgraded to 'Fact.'

AR1 Staff Report


06/11/15
Justin Wilson preparing to practice at Indy
AutoRacing1 is hearing there is a very good chance we will see Justin Wilson in an Andretti Autosport Honda again in 2015. The 7-time IndyCar race winner of course contested last month's Indianapolis 500 for the team, where he finished 21st. Wilson also ran last weekend's Moscow ePrix for Andretti Formula E, finishing 10th, and has reportedly turned away other opportunities in IndyCar to stay with Andretti. 

Now, what race(s) might we see Wilson run?

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07/07/15
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2015-2016 Formula E calendar
Expect details on the 2015-2016 Formula E calendar in the coming days
The World Motorsport Council meeting between Wednesday and Friday this week in Mexico City. AR1 is hearing that the FIA Formula E 2015-2016 calendar will be unveiled at some point during the meeting.

Details on the calendar have been relatively hard to come by. We know that the season will once again begin in Beijing - albeit a month later than last year's September date. Other events such as Putrajaya, Punta del Este, Buenos Aires, Moscow and London are expected to return in place with Mexico City and Paris likely added. There has been mixed information regarding the status North American events in Miami and Long Beach and European events such as Berlin and Monaco.

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07/07/15
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Mann and Vautier to run Milwaukee and Iowa (Update) UPDATE Pippa Mann tweeted that she will be in the #18 DCR Honda for both Milwaukee and Iowa. Tristan Vautier will pilot the #19. This rumor is upgraded to 'Fact.'

07/01/15 AutoRacing1 is hearing that Pippa Mann and Tristan Vautier will once again be the drivers for Dale Coyne Racing in the upcoming races at Milwaukee and Iowa. Mann has started three races in 2015 for DCR scoring a career-best finish of 13th Saturday at Fontana.

Vautier, the 2013 series rookie of the year has made six starts for the team in 2015, scoring a best finish of fourth at Detroit Race 2.

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07/06/15
nassprint

Kentucky might not be only NASCAR track this year with special aero package UPDATE According to AR1.com inside NASCAR sources, the new aero rules are coming to the long and fast Indy and Michigan tracks, but this time they'll have a high drag specification relative to the original Kentucky spec. This rumor will likely be upgraded to 'fact' before long.

06/23/15 Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, said Monday on "The Morning Drive'' on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that fans could hear "fairly soon'' about another track with a rules package created specifically for its race. NASCAR announced last week that it would have a special aerodynamic package for the July 11 race at Kentucky Speedway.

The adjustments - intended to improve passing and increase the number of lead changes - include cutting the spoiler to 3.5 inches, reducing the radiator pan to 25 inches and limiting the overhang on the splitter to 1.75 inches. "We had a lot of discussions with really everyone in the industry in looking at where we may or may not want to head for 2016,'' O'Donnell said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. "What it kept coming back to ... if we could really dial in some packages around certain tracks.'' O'Donnell stressed more work remains.

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07/05/15
f1

Ecclestone says he, Mackenzie, could buy F1
(GMM)  Yet another potential buyer for F1's commercial rights has emerged.

Earlier, it was reported that current owner CVC and Bernie Ecclestone could sell their respective stakes to a consortium involving the Miami Dolphins' Stephen Ross and Qatar's sports investment arm.

But also reportedly interested is Sky and international telcom Liberty, and separately the Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll, whose 16-year-old son Lance is linked with a Williams race seat for 2017.

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07/04/15
f1

F1 considering 'mini-GP' race format shakeup
Ecclestone (L) has brought in Max Mosley (R) to help 'un-crap' F1
(GMM)  Team bosses at Silverstone were reluctant to confirm the details of a race weekend format shakeup that could save the increasingly slated sport.

Information leaked to specialist publications ahead of the British grand prix indicated the Strategy Group is considering adding extra races to the traditional weekend format.

One could be contested by 'third' or rookie drivers, while another short sprint features the race stars on a Saturday, with the finishing order to determine the grid for the main event.

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07/03/15
f1

Red Bull eyeing shock Ferrari switch (5th Update) UPDATE #5
'Hmm, that Ferrari offer is looking better everyday'
With Renault buying the Lotus team as rumored, Red Bull and Toro Rosso will be stuck with level 'B' Renault engines. What's worse, a level 'B' Renault engine or a level 'B' Ferrari engine? We are, therefore, raising this rumor from 'false' to 'speculation.'

06/22/15 Sergio Marchionne, the chairman of Ferrari, says the Italian team would have no qualms providing rivals Red Bull with engines.

Red Bull are awaiting news from current engine supplier Renault regarding their future plans in Formula 1.

It is thought that the French engine manufacture might once again become a works team or pull out of Formula 1 altogether once their contract to supply Red Bull and Toro Rosso ends in 2016. A decision is likely to be made by the end of this year.

Marchionne spent some time talking up the Milton Keynes based team, adding that Ferrari would be more than willing to help them recover from their current slump.

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06/30/15
f1

Horner's job is on the line at Red Bull (2nd Update) UPDATE #2 Christian Horner will remain Red Bull team principal for the foreseeable future with the Brit confirming he has signed a new contract.

Horner has ended speculation over his future by revealing he actually signed an extension to his current deal.

"I didn’t lose any sleep over it because it is absolutely not true," he told Sky Sports F1. "I recently signed an extension to my contract with Red Bull, I have a great relationship with Dietrich and my goal is very much on getting the team back to the situation we were in 18 months ago.

"It is total rubbish. The thing is not to put too much energy into things like that, but in the world we live in sometimes people from rival teams say things and they get picked up and then a story goes on the internet and it goes from there.

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06/29/15
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Furniture Row to switch to Toyota power
According to AR1.com sources, Furniture Row will be a satellite team for Joe Gibbs Racing and run Toyotas next year. They will receive cars from JGR and engines from TRD. We hear that Erik Jones will drive the 78 car.

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06/29/15
nassprint

Ty Dillon could break into Cup with another team
Speaking earlier this month about a possible move to the Sprint Cup Series in 2016, Richard Childress Racing XFINITY Series driver Ty Dillon said, "We're 100% focused on getting sponsorship for full-time for RCR." Dillon's team owner and grandfather, Richard Childress, doesn't seem totally settled on that plan, however. Childress told FOXSports.com on Saturday at Sonona Raceway that his youngest grandson could move up next year -- but possibly do so with another organization.

Any plans for Dillon to go Sprint Cup racing next year likely won't be announced in July, Childress also indicated at Sonoma.

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06/29/15
f1

Renault planning its exit strategy from F1? (Update) UPDATE
Carlos Ghosn
(GMM)  Renault has still not ruled out quitting formula one altogether.

On a visit to the Formula E race in London at the weekend, the French carmaker's CEO Carlos Ghosn said the only certainty is that Renault is fully committed to the all-electric series.

As for F1, it depends entirely on Renault's "return on investment", he said.

"We have commitments in formula one and we will honor them," Ghosn is quoted in a French-language AFP news report.

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06/26/15
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Road Atlanta or LVMS to replace Atlanta??? (Update) UPDATE
Atlanta Motor Speedway looks set to be the second race of 2016...and beyond.

I ran into some of the good people from Atlanta Motor Speedway here at Sonoma Raceway. As you know, AMS and Sonoma are both part of Speedway Motorsports, Inc, and some of the Atlanta staff is here helping with the event. 

Of course, much has been made of the change to the schedule this past season, in which Atlanta was the week following the Daytona 500 - a less than ideal date.  During that rather cold weekend in early March, much was made of the track's outdated facilities and remote locations. We know that Atlanta requested a date change. Rumors also surfaced that the race might move to Road Atlanta, which was acquired by NASCAR in late 2012 in the merger between GrandAm and the American Le Mans Series. This in light of the ever-increasing calls for NASCAR to add more road races going forward.

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