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Williams return for Button unlikely (Update) UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with today's announcement that Button will retire after this year.
Button's check must not be big enough for Williams
09/02/16 (GMM) A seat may only have just become officially available, but Jenson Button may have missed the boat to switch to Williams for 2017.
The 36-year-old driver and McLaren supremo Ron Dennis have said they will get together at Monza to discuss the future, amid strong speculation the Woking team will replace Button with Stoffel Vandoorne.
"I'm sure I will speak to Ron this weekend," said Button.
Interestingly, although Williams has been hinting at its interest in Button for 2017, the 2009 world champion said Felipe Massa's decision to retire caught him by surprise.
Rossi or Hinchcliffe to be chosen to dance with the stars (Update) UPDATE This rumor is upgrade to 'fact' today.
INDIANAPOLIS (The Mayor is going dancing. Verizon IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe was named today as a member of the Season 23 cast for "Dancing with the Stars," the hit ABC dance competition partnering celebrities with professional dancers that begins Sept. 12.
Hinchcliffe, the sixth-year Verizon IndyCar Series driver racing for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, will be paired with professional dancer Sharna Burgess.
Larson stands on top of mutilated race car, so mutilated all evidence of possible cheating destroyed
In an effort to turn a blind eye to possible illegal race cars keeping race wins (the famous 'call') NASCAR continues to allow drivers to cover up evidence by severely damaging their cars during victory celebrations.
Drivers routinely back the cars into walls damaging the back of the car, doing burnouts that shred the tires and destroy bodywork or other nefarious things.
A NASCAR executive says the sanctioning body has no issues with the burnout Kyle Larson performed Sunday after scoring his first career Sprint Cup victory.
Chaves, Enerson to run for Coyne (2nd Update) UPDATE This rumor was already 'fact' back in July but to confirm what we reported back then, Enerson will also return to the Coyne #19 for the last two races of the season at Watkins Glen and Sonoma.
07/22/16 Confirming the rumor broke by AR1.com last weekend, according to Motorsport.com, a strong test for RC Enerson with Dale Coyne Racing at Mid-Ohio today has convinced the team owner to run the American 19-year-old in the #19 car for next week’s race at the same track – with more outings possible at the end of the year.
Rumor from our sources in Toronto say that Gaby Chaves will probably drive Pocono and Sonoma for Dale Coyne Racing. He said thought he would be driving at Pocono and Sonoma.
We also hear that RC Enerson may be in the #19 car for the other remaining races of this season.
Belgian GP to be wet (2nd Update) UPDATE This rumor is now downgraded to 'false.' Today's race will run in the dry.
08/24/16 According to this website, the weather will be more than OK for this weekends Spa F1 race, however, knowing how the weather can change so quickly in the mountains around Spa we cannot make this 'rumor' false just yet.
Spa is a very wet place
08/23/16 Since weathermen are so inaccurate, this can only be a rumor at best. The world of Formula One will re-light this weekend as we return from the summer break and head to Belgium. A track that is a favorite amongst fans and drivers, it always delivers fast and exciting racing.
Another interesting factor that could very well play it's part this weekend is the high chance of rain that is being forecast. Throughout the week and into the Friday sessions we should see clear and sunny conditions.
PG&E may build nation's largest deployment of EV charging spots
Electric cars owners need more places to charge. Time to stop pumping carbon emissions into the air
The biggest utility in California will soon learn whether it can install as many as 7,600 electric vehicle charging stations, a controversial plan that would be the single largest deployment of plug-in spots in the country writes Anne C. Mulkern of E&Enews.
Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s proposal would have ratepayers foot the $160 million cost. The utility would partner with charging companies but largely would build and maintain the infrastructure. PG&E would prioritize placements at workplaces and multifamily housing, including apartment buildings. A portion would go in disadvantaged neighborhoods.
(GMM) Kevin Magnussen has admitted he has been in contact with other teams because Renault is yet to sign him up for the 2017 season.
After the McLaren experience, the Dane returned to the grid this year with the new works Renault team, but the French outfit is believed to be toying with an all-new lineup for 2017 featuring Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez.
So when asked if he has any other options, Magnussen told Ekstra Bladet newspaper at Spa: "I think other seats will be available if I don't get this one, but that's not where my focus is.
Ford Mustang Could Be On Supercars Grid As Soon As 2017
The Ford Mustang could be coming to the V8 Supercars Series
A Ford Mustang could be on the Supercars grid as soon as '17 "under a Prodrive Racing Australia plan to keep the legend of the V8 engine alive," according to James Phelps of the Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH.
As Holden considers racing V6 engines as the sport confronts generation next, Ford’s American muscle car "is expected to be brought in" to earmark the next-generation historic battle between the "iconic carmakers."
Prodrive Racing "is in the process of setting up an aftermarket Mustang business that will provide performance upgrades and cosmetic improvements for the famous road car."
IndyCar eyeing a return to Gateway (4th Update) UPDATE
This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. The sides agreed to a multi-year deal. The race date will be announced at today's news conference.
“Happily, there was considerable interest,” Miles said. “We're only adding one new race and there was interest around the country. We liked Gateway for a few reasons. We were impressed by Curtis and his vision for Gateway. It makes all the difference to have substantial ownership that is doing it to contribute to the fabric of the community.”
Gateway's oval configuration, which is 1 ¼ miles, might have been helpful in the process to balance the types of courses. Its position in the Midwest and proximity to Indianapolis also were advantageous.
Honda working on 11-speed, triple-clutch automatic? A patent filing has revealed that Honda is apparently hard at work on (or at least thinking about) a transmission that would pack an insane level of technology: 11 forward gears and three clutches all packaged together in one gearbox.
AutoGuidestumbled across the filing posted to the Japanese patent office and the site speculates that the transmission would make the most sense in a small, economy-oriented vehicle. A Japanese kei car might even make some sense for such a gearbox.
VW's Dieselgate killing off Kia mild hybrid powertrain According to the latest rumor off the mill, the South Korean automaker might ditch its planned hybrid diesel engine powertrain as emissions regulations become tighter and scrutiny is heightened due to VW’s Dieselgate.
Apparently Kia performance development chief Albert Biermann has seen it harder and harder to support the ongoing development of the more and more expensive diesel engines when the regulations become even tighter. "The research project is still going on," Biermann commented in a recent interview, "but the cost of electric motors and batteries in a hybrid is already significant.
Pocono IndyCar race to rain out (3rd Update) UPDATE The rain has begun at the track. Will it blow through in time for a race today? This is a large track to dry and IndyCar has no Air Titans like NASCAR.
08/20/16 This rumor is close to being upgrade to 'fact' with word from the US Weather Service that the Poconos will see scattered thunderstorms in the morning Sunday becoming more widespread in the afternoon. Gusty winds and small hail are possible. High around 75F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90%.
Bring your umbrella
The latest weather update from Pocono is an 80% chance of rain at race time on Sunday, an improvement from the 95% chance previously reported. We will keep this rumor rated 'strong' for now.
08/19/16 Strong rumor that the Pocono IndyCar race on Sunday will rain out. If the race started at normal time, around Noon or 1:00 PM they might have gotten the race in, but at the 3:00 PM race start time onward there is a 95% chance of showers and thunderstorms.
One thing we have learned over the years at Pocono, if there is a chance of rain, it does rain. This rumor will be updated Saturday.
2017 F1 Silly Season page now live (2nd Update) UPDATE Formula 1's lead seats are all settled for 2017, but move further down the grid and there remains uncertainty. GPUpdate.net assesses the driver market as teams prepare for the second half of the season. Our 2017 F1 Silly Season page has been updated where we agree.
Mercedes Lewis Hamilton signed a contract through 2018 last year, meaning the focus was on whether Nico Rosberg would extend his stay with the Silver Arrows, having first linked up back in 2010. In truth, an extension was always a case of when, not if, and before the Hungarian Grand Prix it was announced that Rosberg had penned a new deal. Hamilton and Rosberg are both locked down until 2018 as Mercedes strives to maintain its dominance.
Karam Looking to run Pocono? (Update) UPDATE AR1 is hearing that Karam will in fact not be running this weekend's ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway. Although Karam apparently had raised most of the necessary budget to secure a seat, our intelligence suggests you won't see the Nazareth, Pa. native to be on the entry list when it comes out later today.
VW, U.S. hold talks to settle criminal probe over 'dirty' diesel emissions Volkswagen AG and the U.S. Justice Department have held preliminary settlement talks about resolving a criminal probe into the automaker's diesel emissions scandal, two sources briefed on the matter reports David Shepardson and Joel Schectman of Reuters.
Reuters reported in June that a criminal settlement could include a consent decree, an independent monitor overseeing the German automaker's conduct and significant yet-to-be determined fines for emissions violations.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that the fines could top $1.2 billion.
Honda behind the 8-ball for 2017 as well (2nd Update) UPDATE
Thanks to it's closed off Butt Bumpers (Chevys are wide open) Honda has zero chance of winning on anything but the Super Speedways where the Chevy Butt Bumpers must also be closed off. Honda is wasting their time even showing up and making their product look inferior. Any team running Hondas can write 2017 off
This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Honda has resigned itself to the fact it will tow around a parachute (via it's closed off Butt Bumpers) again in 2017. This means, as in 2015 and 2016, Honda IndyCars will win zero poles and have zero race wins on short ovals, road and street courses in 2017. AR1 has been all over this shortcoming for two years, yet IndyCar won't give Honda any relief.
Honda is unlikely to ask IndyCar for relief under Rule 9.3 again this year, and will instead seek to close any gap to Chevrolet through regular development writes Mark Glendenning of Racer.com.
Manufacturers are not allowed to make in-season updates to their aero kits, and IndyCar imposes strict limitations on the areas that can be improved over the winter. However under Rule 9.3, a manufacturer can apply for special dispensation to carry out additional development if IndyCar determines that one aero kit is uncompetitive to the point of being detrimental to the series.
Honda applied for and received relief for its road/street and short oval kits at the end of last year following a season in which it watched Chevy sweep every pole position, and win 10 out of 16 races. This year, Honda is going into the upcoming race at Pocono with just one victory to its credit: the Indy 500.
Haryanto held his own against his teammate Wehrlein, but in F1, if you cannot afford to buy your ride you do not drive
This rumor is upgraded to 'fact'. The Indonesian sports ministry has "expressed its disappointment after Manor terminated Rio Haryanto’s Formula 1 contract after a shortfall in funding," according to Luke Smith of NBC SPORTS.
Haryanto made his grand prix debut with Manor at the beginning of the season, "enjoying financial backing" from Indonesian state-owned oil firm Pertamina.
However, Haryanto was dropped by Manor earlier this week "after failing to meet his contractual obligations, reportedly only having half of the required amount to see out the season."
The Indonesian sports ministry said that it was "disappointed by Manor's decision, as well as revealing there was a two-year plan for Haryanto with the team."
2018 Corvette ZR1 To Bring Active Aero Tricks And 700 HP Carscoops.com spies have just published a second set of spy photos showing another Corvette ZR1 test mule which is set to become the ultimate iteration of the C7 generation before it goes mid-engine in 2019.
While the first car we spied had a pair of short pedestals mounted on the rear deck lid, this test car features a taller set that's close to a GT3 race car's height.
Look closely through the windows and you'll notice a very long item wrapped in bubble wrap positioned inside, running through the passenger's side and into the rear hatch.
In an exclusive interview with FOXSports.com, 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force said he expects his daughter Courtney to be back racing in the Lucas Oil Nationals Aug. 18-21 at Brainerd, Minn.
And if Courtney can’t come back by then, the spot will be filled by her sister Ashley, John told FOXSports.com.
Ocon to replace Haryanto at Manor (2nd Update) UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Reports that Esteban Ocon will replace Rio Haryanto at Manor were confirmed on Wednesday morning.
France's Auto Hebdo had reported that the 19-year-old, Mercedes-backed Frenchman would make his debut at Spa after the summer break and stay for the rest of the season, after Haryanto's Indonesian backing ran out.
Now confirmed, the news means that Manor's entire race lineup is comprised of Mercedes-backed juniors, with Ocon's teammate being Pascal Wehrlein.
Blowing out tires damages car. It also allows new tires to be put on car, making it higher and legal
Citing a “trend we don’t like to see,’’ a NASCAR executive hinted Tuesday of a rule change that would soon curb post-race victory celebrations.
Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, made the comments on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio two days after Denny Hamlin’s victory celebration at Watkins Glen forced him to walk to victory lane.
Rumor has it that the new Tesla Model 3 will have full autonomous functionality in 2018 when it hits the market - years ahead of all other manufacturers.
CEO Elon Musk said this week their engineers are developing "increasingly sophisticated neural maps" and "narrow AI" (narrow artificial intelligence) as the company's means of achieving full autonomy relatively faster than is currently expected.
AR1 2017 IndyCar Schedule Thread (Update) UPDATE We have updated our 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule thread. There are a few question marks left, but the series is way ahead of its normal pace of locking down events. We expect further confirmations in the coming weeks. See below.
Chevy to sell mid-engine Corvette starting in 2019 General Motors Co. intends to start selling a mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette in early 2019, according to multiple sources familiar with the company's planning reports Henry Payne and Melissa Burden of theDetroit News.
While America's iconic sports car has gone through seven generations of upgrades since it debuted in 1953, a mid-engine architecture would be the most radical change in Corvette history. The sources, who asked not to be identified because company plans have not been made public, said production of the mid-engine rocket would eventually be the only Corvette produced. One of those people said the current, front-engine C7's Z06 and Grand Sport models would continue through 2021.
Rossi back on F1 radar after Indy 500 win (3rd Update) UPDATE
If Rossi has to tow the Honda Butt Bumper parachute around the track next year with zero chance of winning (except on the Superspeedways where the Chevy Butt Bumpers are also closed off) he may as well return to F1.
Manor reserve driver and Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi is in talks with Formula 1 and IndyCar teams about 2017 race seats reports Autosport.
The American signed a one-year deal in February to race in IndyCar in a joint Andretti Autosport/Bryan Herta Autosport entry, going on to steal a shock Indy 500 win, after missing out on an F1 race seat with Manor.
He is having discussions about full-time 2017 deals with Manor, with which he holds a reserve role this year, and one other F1 outfit.
There are also opportunities in IndyCar, with Andretti the frontrunner.
"I have options both in IndyCar and Formula 1 for 2017," Rossi told Autosport.
"There have been talks with Manor for a race seat and we've also been approached by another F1 team that's quite interesting.
"There are options in IndyCar that I can't elaborate on, but I can say Andretti and I have a great working relationship.
(GMM) Bernie Ecclestone is reportedly planning to monetize access to radio communications in F1.
At the recent strategy group meeting, the controversial restrictions on radio communications were dropped completely, with the FIA confirming that this was done "at the request of the teams and commercial rights holder".
Part of the deal is that messages that were kept private by the teams even before the radio clampdown was ever implemented will now be out in the open.
Kvyat set for Red Bull split (2nd Update) UPDATE (GMM) Dr Helmut Marko has moved to temper speculation that Daniil Kvyat is set to definitely lose Red Bull's backing.
A poor run of form for the young Russian following his demotion to the junior team Toro Rosso, coupled with rumors in the Russian media, have led some to conclude that Kvyat's F1 career could be ending at the age of just 22.
But Marko, the head of Red Bull's infamous driver program, told Germany's motorsport-magazin.com: "Kvyat only needs one or two good races to get his self confidence back.
F1 to introduce Wild Idea for Cockpit Protection (Update) UPDATE F1 race director Charlie Whiting thinks the idea of an "active" cockpit protection system in grand prix racing is "impractical", as he prefers current plans for a Halo or canopy.
Amid discussions by teams at the F1 Strategy Group in Geneva on Thursday about delaying the Halo, it emerged that teams have come up with the idea of trying to develop an active debris-deflection device.
The idea is that it would use detection technology to trigger a fin or similar car part in front of the cockpit to pop out of the car in the event of an incident to prevent drivers getting hurt.
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