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09/03/18
f1

McLaren could lend out Norris (2nd Update)
Norris 'flattered' by Toro Rosso interest
Lando Norris, has check will drive

UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' with today's announcement that Lando Norris will race alongside Carlos Sainz Jr. for McLaren in 2019.

06/18/18 Three rival Formula 1 teams made approaches for McLaren's rising star Lando Norris but all would have involved the Formula 2 championship leader cutting his ties with the Woking camp.

It emerged prior to the Canadian Grand Prix that Toro Rosso made an inquiry but that its approach was only on the basis that Norris would become a free agent if he joined the Red Bull junior team.

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09/03/18
f1

McLaren to sack Vandoorne? (4th Update)
Stoffel Vandoorne confident he wan't get axed......yet. It helps he's dating the boss's daughter
Will Stoffel Vandoorne join teammate Alonso in IndyCar?

UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with today's announcement.

08/25/18 This rumor is upgraded to 'strong' today.

(GMM) McLaren has hinted that there might not be a seat for Stoffel Vandoorne for much longer.

In fact, it is rumored the Belgian could be a victim of a forthcoming driver shakeup.

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09/02/18
f1

Alonso leaving F1 for IndyCar, maybe not (13th Update)
Alonso at Monza
Alonso at Monza
UPDATE
 Zak Brown says that McLaren's IndyCar deliberations will also consider whether it competes full-time in the series or just races in the Indy 500. It could still opt against racing Stateside at all next year.

"Fernando is testing next Wednesday in an Andretti car at Barber and that's for him to evaluate what an Indycar feels like on a road course," said Brown.

"From there he'll start to take a decision on what he wants to do next year and clearly, IndyCar is one of the series under consideration.

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08/30/18
irl

Buenos Aires eyes IndyCar race
Buenios Aires Autodrome
Buenos Aires Autodrome

Rumor has it that the Government of the City of Buenos Aires (GCBA) is evaluating the possibility of IndyCar running at the "Oscar and Juan Galvez" Autodrome.

Although the steps have already begun, the race could be in 2020 and would be part of IndyCar's international expansion that includes Mexico and Australia. It is expected that people linked to IndyCar visited the circuit to inspect the Buenos Aires circuit, which would have to meet FIA ​​Grade 2 homologation, and choose the variant in which it would run. 

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08/29/18
irl

Big crowd expected for IndyCar's return to Portland
The last Champ Car race at Portand was 2007 and it was done with a standing start. Today's inferior IndyCars cannot do standing starts, or is it the drivers?
The last Champ Car race at Portland was 2007 and it was done with a standing start. Today's inferior IndyCars cannot do exciting standing starts, or is it the drivers?

Jeff Gluck tweets: Portland GP vice president/GM Jerry Jensen says ticket sales have been “phenomenal” and “above anything we projected.” 

At a Portland GP press conference today they’re emphasizing to use the light rail to arrive at track -- parking on site nonexistent w/o pre-purchased pass.

Also trying to get the word out for people to arrive early on Sunday (expecting good crowd and race starts at noon local).

The final Champ Car race at Portland was the milestone 100th victory for Newman/Haas Racing.

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08/29/18
irl

Brendon Hartley eyes IndyCar again
Brendon Hartley is expected to lose his Toro Rosso ride in F1
Brendon Hartley may lose his Toro Rosso ride in F1 to Nando Norris or Dan Ticktum
Brendon Hartley could head to IndyCar alongside countryman Scott Dixon after all should his current Toro Rosso Formula 1 drive fall through.

Hartley currently has just two points to his name in 2018, versus 26 for his Red Bull-bound team-mate Pierre Gasly.

The 28-year-old came under fire earlier in the season after a string of poor results, leading to speculation that he could be ousted from the team.

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08/29/18
nasx

JR Motorsports Expected To Sign Noah Gragson For No. 1 Chevy
Noah Gragson
Noah Gragson
JR Motorsports is expected to sign Noah Gragson to replace Elliott Sadler in the No. 1 Chevy in the NASCAR Xfinity Series next season, according to sources.

The 20-year-old Gragson has competed for Toyota-backed Kyle Busch Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing the last two seasons.

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08/29/18
irl

Juncos looking for 2 ride-buyers for IndyCar in 2019
Ricardo Juncos (c) runs all his racing operation with ride-buyers
Ricardo Juncos (c) runs all his racing operation with ride-buyers
Team owner Ricardo Juncos says he will expand his team to two IndyCar entries next year because it makes most sense both performance-wise and economically.

The #32 Juncos-Chevrolet has run in 11 of the 15 rounds held so far this year, with reigning Indy Lights champion Kyle Kaiser running four rounds, former World Series Formula 3.5 V8 driver Rene Binder in six, and Alfonso Celis Jr. due to make his second start this weekend in Portland.

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08/28/18
nasmon

Ben Kennedy eyes NASCAR CEO position
Ben Kennedy
Ben Kennedy
Ben Kennedy, great-grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., says he could "possibly" be interested in holding the sport's top job one day.

Kennedy, who currently serves as the manager of the Camping World Truck Series, was asked Monday by SiriusXM NASCAR Radio host Dave Moody if he would one day aspire to be NASCAR's chairman and CEO.

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08/28/18
automotive

Tesla had VW funding lined up to go private, report says
At the end of the day Musk did not want to give up control to a compeitor
At the end of the day Musk did not want to give up control to a competitor
After Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced earlier this month that he planned to take the company private, investment advisers hooked a big fish to provide the funding, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal on Monday.

In a long report about the Tesla board's deliberations over taking the company private, the Journalrevealed that investment advisers from Goldman Sachs and Silver Lake had lined up to $30 billion of financing for the privatization deal.

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08/28/18
f1

Russian driver could replace Stroll
Artem Markelov also eyeing Williams seat
Artem Markelov also eyeing Williams seat
(GMM) Williams could soon have an all-Russian driver lineup.

Team boss Claire Williams has confirmed that the struggling Grove based team expects to lose Lance Stroll, after his father Lawrence bought Force India.

"Undoubtedly, at some point Lance will move from our team to Racing Point Force India, but so far there's no certainty in that," she told Germany's motorsport-magazin.com.

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08/28/18
f1

F1 agrees new German GP deal - report
Germany back
F1 will return to Germany
(GMM) The German grand prix has been saved, according to the local Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) newspaper.

Earlier, with Liberty Media's plans for a Miami GP next year in tatters, talks about reviving a contract at Hockenheim began.

FAZ says a deal has now been done, with Chase Carey agreeing to a lower race fee to be paid by Hockenheim promoters.

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08/27/18
f1

Is fuel Ferrari's new secret?
What helping more, Shell's fuel or the hybrid battery in the Ferrari - half supercapacitor, half battery
What helping more, Shell's fuel or the hybrid battery in the Ferrari - half supercapacitor, half battery

The new fuel from Shell is said to be giving up to 20% improvement to Ferrari’s upgraded engine in terms of performance.

The turbo hybrid system introduced in 2014, relies heavily on a complex energy recovery system. However, most manufacturers have continued to find gains by improving internal combustion engine technology.

Ferrari’s Spec C was complemented by Shell’s latest fuel which is claimed to have improved the engine’s performance by “over 20 percent”. 

Speaking to Motorsport, Shell motorsport technology manager Guy Lovett said: “This circuit will exaggerate the difference because it’s longer and power-demanding, which is a good thing.”

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08/26/18
motogp

MotoGP to race in Mexico City (Update)
Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez won't get race yet

UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today. The MotoGP calendar will again consist of 19 rounds next season with neither Mexico or Finland joining the schedule.

MotoGP teams were informed on Saturday at Silverstone that next year's calendar will feature no new races.

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08/26/18
f1

Pirelli to stay in F1 beyond 2019
Pirelli to stay
Pirelli to stay
(GMM) Pirelli looks set to stay in formula one even beyond 2019.

The FIA has put out a tender for the 2020-2023 period, with a switch to 18-inch wheels not happening until 2021.

But one insider thinks Pirelli is a shoo-in.

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08/26/18
f1

F1 heading for 2021 engine rules delay
Abieboul says engine changes are extreme
Abiteboul says engine changes are extreme

(GMM) Plans for all-new engine regulations in 2021 appear to have been scrapped.

Liberty Media's F1 sporting boss Ross Brawn hinted at that earlier this weekend, and now team bosses are making similar noises.

"I would agree that I think what formula one is trying to do for 2021 is extremely ambitious," said Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul.

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08/26/18
f1

Stroll's Force India switch to screw four F1 drivers
When his daddy bought a whole F1 team for him, Lance Stroll's move to daddy's team will force 4 other drivers out of a ride or to another team
After his daddy bought a whole F1 team for him, Lance Stroll's move to daddy's team will force 4 other drivers out of a ride or to another team
Lance Stroll’s widely-expected move to Force India could lead to four Formula 1 seats changing hands as early as the next race at Monza, RaceFans has learned.

By displacing Ocon at Force India, Stroll could set in motion a chain of moves which will see Esteban Ocon and Stoffel Vandoorne change teams, Robert Kubica return to F1 and Marcus Ericsson left without a drive.

When asked by RaceFans, Stroll did not deny reports he will have a seat fitting at Force India next week. Ocon gave a similar response when asked about rumors he has already visited McLaren for the same reason.

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08/25/18
nasmon

Visser to sell Furniture Row to GMS Racing (Update)
Barney Visser
Barney Visser

UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today. Furniture Row Racing met with team principals from GMS Racing on Tuesday in Denver, but neither party expects a deal between the two organizations to materialize.

President Joe Garone told RacinBoys.com that Furniture Row Racing’s top priority is to fill the sponsorship void created by 5-hour Energy’s departure at season’s end.

“Everyone wants to stay together,” Garone said. “We have an unbelievable team, but we need a sponsor. Our partners need to know what we’re doing. We’re in a critical time frame and have decisions that need to be made.

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08/25/18
nasmon
v8

NASCAR eyeing Supercar purchase? (Update)
Steve O’Donnell. It has long been speculated that NASCAR would make a run at Supercars at some point
Steve O’Donnell. It has long been speculated that NASCAR would make a run at Supercars at some point

UPDATE NASCAR bosses have headed to this weekend’s OTR SuperSprint on a fact finding mission as America’s leading race category looks to Supercars for inspiration to improve its systems.

Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s executive vice president and chief racing development officer, and John Probst, its vice president of innovation and racing development, have traveled to Australia to open dialog and forge a relationship with Supercars. 

The duo met with high ranking Supercars management and spoke with several team bosses on Friday at The Bend Motorsport Park to learn more about the category’s successes and share ideas from their own NASCAR series.

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08/25/18
irl

Overheard at Gateway - Friday
Can Rossi dethrone Dixon?
Can Rossi (R) dethrone Dixon?

The biggest talk in the IndyCar paddock these days is the condition of Robert Wickens, the championship battle between Scott Dixon and Alexander Rossi, and the car count for 2019, which could drop.

There is a real concern for everyone in the paddock is that Wicken's injuries to his spine could lead to partial paralysis. These next several weeks will be crucial. The swelling has to go down around the injured area to relieve pressure on the nerves in the spine. The operation that was necessary to stabilize his broken vertebrae in itself caused swelling, so at this stage we cannot jump to any conclusions and everyone is praying for the best possible outcome.

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08/24/18
irl

Verizon and Toyota IndyCar money moves to network TV?
Did minuscule ratings on NBCSN drive Verizon and Toyota to seek exposure on network TV
Did minuscule ratings on NBCSN drive Verizon and Toyota out of IndyCar to seek exposure on network TV?

The "newly-available marquee sponsorships" for the pregame and halftime shows for Fox' "TNF" broadcasts have been bought by Verizon and Toyota, respectively, according to Anthony Crupi of AD AGE. Verizon's decision to acquire Fox' pregame deal can be seen "as a function of its interest in getting in on the ground floor of a branding opportunity that is unlikely to present itself again any time soon."

Marketers who "manage to nail down a marquee NFL position on Fox tend not to give them up." Verizon's deal "suggests that it was satisfied by the results of its sponsorship of the halftime segments in each of Fox's 64 inaugural FIFA Men's World Cup broadcasts."

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08/24/18
f1

'F1 Silly season' in overdrive at Spa
Daddy Stroll (R) bought an entire F1 team for his son Lance (L)
Daddy Stroll (R) bought an entire F1 team for his son Lance (L)
(GMM) An earthquake is set to hit the F1 driver market.

After the checkered flag waves on Sunday's Belgian grand prix, there could be a plethora of mid-season driver changes for Monza a week later.

Firstly, with Force India now renamed Racing Point, Lance Stroll is set to leave Williams and join the team now owned by his billionaire father Lawrence.

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08/23/18
f1

Force India could miss Belgian GP (Update)
Will the pink cars be on track
Will the pink cars be on track
UPDATE
 The Force India Transporters have arrived in Spa, but will the cars be on track?

08/23/18 (GMM) Force India could be forced to sit out this weekend's Belgian grand prix.

It would be a huge blow for the embattled Silverstone based team, after a Lawrence Stroll-led consortium rescued it from administration and near collapse.

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08/22/18
nasmon

Truex Jr. may not be driving for Furniture Row in 2019 (Update)
Will low NBCSN cost NASCAR another team and Truex Jr. a ride?
Furniture Row saved?

UPDATE Furniture Row Racing has grown more confident in recent days that it will renew deals with driver Martin Truex Jr. and engine manufacturer Toyota for '19, according to sources, though it is unclear where the funds are coming from.

FRR has been actively pitching sponsors on joining or stepping up with the team next year after 5-hour Energy’s decision not to return after the '18 season.

FRR Owner Barney Visser had made clear that he did not want to use his own funds to sponsor the team anymore. Truex said last week that he could not yet say for sure that he would be back with the team in '19. Adam Stern/SBD



08/20/18 In 2017, Martin Truex Jr claimed 8 race wins in the premier division of NASCAR. That tally more than doubled his career total. Between 2004-2016, Truex claimed 7 wins.

Furniture Row Racing went on the claim the series championship. However, 5-hour Energy moved from the second car of Erik Jones to the primary car of Martin Truex Jr. For 2018, Furniture Row Racing has been reduced to a single-car operation as Erik Jones went over to JGR. 

In July, 5-hour Energy announced they would not return to FRR for 2019. Despite 4 wins so far in 2018, the championship defending team is seeking sponsorship.

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08/21/18
irl
imsa

Charlotte eyes IndyCar or IMSA race
Charlotte Roval
Charlotte Roval

Speedway Motorsports Inc. President and CEO Marcus Smith said Saturday that with the creation of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ROVAL it was possible that IMSA and/or the Verizon IndyCar Series could return to the iconic facility.

IMSA visited the facility in the early 1980s, utilizing the speedway’s old road course. Indy Cars raced on the 1.5-mile oval 1997-98.

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08/21/18
f1

Will Stroll's purchase of Force India be stopped?
Will the father of Nikita Mazepin sue to stop the sale?
Will the father of Nikita Mazepin sue to stop the sale?

Uralkali, the Russian chemical giant run by the father of Force India’s development driver Nikita Mazepin, has claimed the Formula 1 team’s administrators did not act in its best interests in handling the sale which was agreed earlier this month. FRP Advisory announced on August 7th a consortium led by Lawrence Stroll, father of F1 driver Lance Stroll, would rescue the team from administration.

However a statement released on Tuesday by Dmitry Mazepin’s Uralkali company claimed “the process conducted by the administrator of Force India Formula One Team Limited may not be in the best interests of Force India creditors and stakeholders, and the sport in general.”

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08/20/18
f1

Carlos Sainz Jr. to McLaren, Gasly to Red Bull (2nd Update)
Pierre Gasly
Pierre Gasly

UPDATE This rumor is now 'fact' as Gasly will indeed replace Ricciardo at Red Bull. It was confirmed by the team today.

Our 2019 F1 Silly Season Page has been updated accordingly.

Press Release 

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08/19/18
irl

Penske re-signs all three IndyCar drivers
Word in the Pocono paddock is that Team Penske will have all three of its IndyCar drivers back for 2019 - Will Power, Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud.

We have updated our 2019 IndyCar Silly Season page accordingly.

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08/18/18
irl

Overheard at Pocono - Saturday
Alexander Rossi's team works on chassis setup
Alexander Rossi's team works on chassis setup
It’s a few minutes before 5 p.m. here at Pocono Raceway. Final practice for tomorrow’s ABC Supply 500 is rained out and there will be no warm-up Sunday morning. So we figured, we’d catch everyone up on a few items we’ve gathered today here at Pocono.

To begin, we hear IndyCar is heading back to Texas Motor Speedway in 2019 with a multi-year agreement soon to be signed. Interestingly, the contract reportedly comes without an ‘exclusivity’ clause, as TMS President Eddie Gossage's previous  stance was that IndyCar would not race at TMS if it scheduled another race in Texas.

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08/18/18
irl

The perfect 2019 IndyCar schedule (2nd Update)
UPDATE Word is that COTA is still in the running for a '19 IndyCar race and is currently more likely than at Richmond Raceway to get the final open slot available, per source. An IndyCar race at COTA is now possible because IndyCar is no longer offering year-round territorial exclusivity, so TMS can't veto. Adam Stern

08/16/18 Below was the 'perfect' schedule, now let's speculate on what's likely to happen.

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08/17/18
irl

NBC and IndyCar put the screws to Long Beach GP
IndyCar and NBC screw Long Beach
IndyCar and NBC screw Long Beach

Although no one will admit it, being on NBCSN for 9 straight years likely cost the Long Beach GP its Toyota title sponsor.

Now IndyCar and NBC are putting the screws to the 2nd biggest race on the schedule once again. 

Adam Stern on Twitter: "Next year's @GPLongBeach IndyCar race will again be on @NBCSN, per people familiar, despite organizers' hopes that it would move to @NBC's broadcast channel with the new deal.

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08/17/18
f1

New Perez deal due in 'days' - insider
Lawrence Stroll (R)would prefer to keep Perez as his son's teammate. Esteban Ocon would likely bury him
Lawrence Stroll would prefer to keep Perez as his son's teammate. Esteban Ocon would likely bury him

(GMM) F1 may be in its summer 'shutdown', but the rumor mill is still in overdrive.

It has been helped along with Daniel Ricciardo, Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso's announcements, with the next dominos now set to fall.

One of them is Sergio Perez, who will stay at Force India under new ownership.

"I just talked to Checo," said Fox journalist Luis Manuel Lopez at an event in Mexico.

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08/16/18
automotive

Apple could launch a car 'by 2023' according to tech expert
Apple could release augmented reality glasses by 2020, and a car three to five years after that, highly-respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted in a TF Securities research note distributed on Tuesday.

Kuo's research has a strong track record of accurately describing Apple products often months before they officially launch.

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08/14/18
irl
f1

AR1.com 2019 IndyCar Silly Season page breaks cover (Update)
Whether Fernando Alonso leaves F1 to drive in IndyCar will determine what happens elsewhere in the driver seat Merry-Go-Round
Whether Fernando Alonso drives in IndyCar will determine what happens elsewhere in the driver seat Merry-Go-Round

UPDATE We have updated our 2019 IndyCar Silly Season page and our 2019 F1 Silly Season page based on the news on Fernando Alonso will not be racing in F1 next year.

08/11/18 The first release of our 2019 IndyCar Silly Season page has arrived.

There are two drivers that have the biggest influence on the 2019 IndyCar Silly Season - will Fernando Alonso come to drive full-time and will Scott Dixon leave Chip Ganassi Racing?

Like always we will be updating it on a regular basis as rumors evolve and contracts get signed.



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08/14/18
f1
irl

Alonso announcement Tuesday, leaves F1, is IndyCar next? (2nd Update)
Alonso back to Indy
Alonso back to Indy

UPDATE For anyone wondering, the 2019 FIA WEC race dates are:

March 15 Sebring
May 4 Spa
June 15-16 Le Mans

None of those weekend had an IndyCar date in 2018.

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