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10/13/15
f1
irl

Red Bull reaffirms threat to quit Formula 1, is IndyCar their next move? UPDATE #2 Employees of Red Bull and Toro Rosso’s Formula One teams have been given assurances by owner Dietrich Mateschitz they will be given other jobs, in other projects elsewhere, if he decides to pull both teams out of Formula One at the end of 2015 according to The Telegraph.

Both Red Bull and Toro Rosso are without an engine supplier for the 2016 Formula One season and owner Dietrich Mateschitz has threatened to pull out of the sport if a deal cannot be arranged with an engine supplier.

With 850 people working for Red Bull Racing and another 350 working in Italy for Toro Rosso, the Austrian billionaire has given assurances that they would be placed on other projects if they quit the sport.

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10/11/15
NASTruck

Trucks To Run at Charlotte Dirt Track?
Lots of speculation about possible changes to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule in 2016 and 2017 including adding more dirt races.

After the success of running the trucks on dirt at Eldora the last two seasons, NASCAR is rumored to be looking into additional dirt races, including running the .04-mile Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway, located across the street from the speedway. Speedway Motorsports CEO and Charlotte Track President Marcus Smith has expressed interest in getting a truck series date for the Dirt Track, possibly for the 2017 season.

Another possible venue that has been mentioned as a future truck venue has been Knoxville Raceway, home the famous Knoxville Nationals sprint car race.

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10/09/15
irl
il

Chip Ganassi Racing to start an Indy Lights team? (Update 1) UPDATE
Could Chip Ganassi's racing empire be expanding even more?
As you read exclusively on AutoRacing1 nearly a month ago (see below), Chip Ganassi Racing is considering starting an Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires team this coming season. CGR Managing Director Mike Hull confirmed this in speaking with another motorsports publication and once again showing that if you want the inside scoop on IndyCar you read AR1. This rumor is upgraded to 'strong.' 

"We've had a driver who raced in Indy Lights this year come to us and ask if it would be possible to run them next year. That happened over summer, and we've been working on that prospect since then," said Hull.

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10/09/15
nassprint

Michael Waltrip to run 2016 Daytona 500; Talladega in Oct?
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded t 'fact' today. Michael Waltrip's days behind the wheel are not over just yet. The team owner confirmed reports late Wednesday night that he will be racing at the upcoming Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, as well as the 2016 Daytona 500.

Waltrip was answering fan questions on Twitter when he confirmed he would compete in the restrictor plate races with support from Toyota and sponsor Maxwell House. When the coffee company joined the team in April, Waltrip running the 2016 Daytona was included in part of the deal.

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10/09/15
f1

Ecclestone and Mackenzie 'might buy F1'
Putin and Ecclestone at Sochi. Ecclestone won't buy F1 himself, he has no need to.
(GMM)  Bernie Ecclestone has now stepped away from his earlier claim that the sale of formula one is imminent.

Earlier this week, the F1 supremo indicated that he thinks one of three interested parties will take over from current owner CVC "very shortly".

In the wake of the comments, the Financial Times reported that CVC and a US-Qatari consortium have "shaken hands" on a deal, with a source saying due diligence is taking place now.

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10/08/15
f1

Ecclestone comments trigger retirement rumors
Bernie probably saying, 'where'd you get that idiotic idea I am going to retire?' F1 is his life. He will die doing it.
(GMM)  Bernie Ecclestone has tongues wagging in the F1 paddock after declaring that formula one is set to be sold within three months.

F1 legend and Mercedes team chairman Niki Lauda told APA news agency he has "no idea" why the F1 supremo has gone public with the news now.

"In principle, a sale does not affect us," he said before travelling to Sochi, "but why he is talking about it now is a mystery."

One theory is that Ecclestone's comments could be a precursor to Dietrich Mateschitz - who is currently threatening to pull his two teams out over the engine crisis - taking over F1.

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10/07/15
nassprint

Harvick damaged car after race knowing it was illegal
Lying like a Cheshire Cat? Cheaters having always won in NASCAR
Kevin Harvick's victory celebration at Dover made some of his competitors wonder if the reigning Sprint Cup champion had something to hide. Many believe Harvick backed his car into the wall during his celebratory burnout perhaps in an intentional attempt to create damage to his Chevrolet that would limit NASCAR's ability to do a proper post-race inspection.

Harvick on Tuesday denied any knowledge of hitting the wall. "I did?" he asked. "I didn't even know." When told that a conspiracy was potentially brewing - and growing on social media - Harvick seemed unconcerned and chalked it up as competition doing "what they're supposed to do - they're supposed to try and create commotion."

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10/06/15
f1

F1 could be sold this year
When Bernie gets done with his dealing, the buyers and sellers won't know if they are coming or going
Formula 1 may be sold this year to one of three interested buyers, the sport's boss Bernie Ecclestone has revealed.

The 84-year-old has not identified the potential buyers, but said he had been asked to remain as commercial chief, a role he has held since 1978.

Stephen Ross, the owner of NFL side Miami Dolphins, has been working with investors from Qatar to buy a stake in the sport.

Investment fund CVC Capital Partners is F1's controlling shareholder.

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10/06/15
nassprint

Petty to continue running Fords (Update) UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with today's announcement.

10/04/15 Word in the paddock is that Richard Petty Motorsports will continue its relationship with Ford Performance as an announcement is scheduled at the team's Mooresville, N.C. shop on Tuesday. 

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10/06/15
f1

Formula E To add key new cities
Formula E eyeing NY City
Formula E "is expected to add several new cities to its calendar for the third season," according to Norman Fischer of MOTORSPORT TOTAL. Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag said that Montreal, Hong Kong and Tokyo "are almost certain to be part of an expanded schedule."

The second Formula E season will start in Beijing on Oct. 24. Agag: "The season opener will most likely take place in Montreal."

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10/05/15
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Formula E School Series to be shelved
AutoRacing1 is hearing that Formula E School, the support series for Formula E, which saw students from local schools of race venues build their own electric cars is likely to be dropped for season two. We anticipate this will be confirmed soon.

AR1 Staff Report

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10/05/15
f1

Ferrari power for Red Bull, Mercedes and Wehrlein for Manor (3rd Update) UPDATE #3
Pascal Wehrlein
(GMM)  Pascal Wehrlein is not denying suggestions he is now in pole position to make his F1 debut next year.

The speculation about the 20-year-old's future has shifted into a high gear since the new engine deal between his employer Mercedes and the British backmarker Manor was announced officially in the past few days.

German Wehrlein will not, however, be trackside at Sochi in his official post as Mercedes' F1 reserve this weekend, as he is now on the cusp of securing the DTM title for the German carmaker with just the forthcoming Hockenheim finale to go.

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10/04/15
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wec

Pruett to run Ford Ganassi GT in 2016?
Scott Pruett
Chip Ganassi Racing driver Scott Pruett sent out this Tweet early Sunday afternoon.

@scottpruett01: "End of an incredible 12 year DP run!!! Wins, Championships and record!!! New adventures ahead..."

Sounds to us like Pruett will be part of Chip Ganassi Racing's much-anticipated Ford GT Program set to debut in 2016.

AR1 Staff Report

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10/03/15
wec
dtm

Will VW's motorsports program be axed because of diesel emissions scandal?
With any chance a VW brand will move to F1 now, Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff doubts that the Volkswagen emissions scandal will lead to the German manufacturer ending its widespread involvement in motorsport.

"The world doesn't stop turning and it doesn't stop turning for them either," explained Wolff. "They have a daily business and part of that daily business is marketing, selling cars, and activating various properties. Motor racing is one of those areas.

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10/03/15
f1

Could Sauber be left without engines in 2016? (3rd Update) UPDATE #3
Yasuhisa Arai
Honda motorsport boss Yasuhisa Arai says it would be "very difficult" to try and supply Toro Rosso with power units in 2016.

After Mercedes ruled out supplying Red Bull, Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost told F1i the most likely deal for both teams is with Ferrari but fears time is running out.

Rather than Sauber not getting engines because there is a 4-team max limit for any manufacturer, a switch to Honda for Toro Rosso could make it easier for Red Bull to secure Ferrari engines as it would mean one less team for the Italian manufacturer to supply. But Tost warned an uncompetitive year with Honda power could hurt Toro Rosso sponsorship deals.

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10/02/15
automotive

VW Emissions Scandal Could Cost $86 Billion
According to CNNMoney, the financial service holding company Credit Suisse estimated today that the cost of the VW diesel emissions scandal could amount to about $86 billion.

Credit Suisse has criticized and warned investors against other estimates because they don't sufficiently take into consideration the secondary costs and fallout from the scandal. In a report sent to CNNMoney, Credit Suisse wrote that "the market does not appear to be discounting negative knock-on effects." These effects could include a potential customer reimbursement for related damages.

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10/02/15
f1

Michelin to make run at F1 (2nd Update) UPDATE #2 (GMM)  Michelin is reportedly back in the running to become F1's sole tire supplier from 2017.

It is already known that the French marque, like the sport's current partner Pirelli, has been approved by the FIA and forwarded to Bernie Ecclestone for negotiations about the new deal.

But it was strongly believed that the clear favorite is the incumbent Pirelli, mainly because F1 supremo Ecclestone supports the Italian company's approach with 'show'-designed degrading tires and lucrative trackside advertising deals.

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10/01/15
f1
nassprint

Grosjean to try his hand at NASCAR
On Tuesday the Haas F1 Team announced Romain Grosjean will be the primary pilot in the team's Formula 1 debut in 2016.

While in the shop signing his final contract papers Grosjean tried sitting the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevy Sprint Cup car.

Could NASCAR be in the Frenchman's future?

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10/01/15
nassprint

Dover to be a washout? UPDATE As of Wednesday evening, the National Weather Service forecast calls for a 90% chance of rain on Friday, with 1 to 2 inches of precipitation, a 70% chance of rain on Saturday, and a 70% chance of rain on Sunday.

Dover International Speedway does not have lights and sunset will be at 6:40pm/et Sunday. With the race start scheduled for 2:45pm/et, there will not be a lot of time available to dry the track if it's raining. If NASCAR is not able to get the race in on Sunday, they will try again on Monday and could run the race on Tuesday if needed. Sprint Cup teams race at Charlotte next week, with on track activity scheduled to begin on Thursday. Haulers are scheduled to park at Charlotte Motor Speedway Wednesday evening.

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10/01/15
irl

Vautier to run full-time in IndyCar in 2016?
Tristan Vautier
Tristan Vautier
Young French ace Tristan Vautier has declared that he's aiming for a full-time IndyCar ride in 2016.

"We're having discussions now, and I really hope to stay with Dale Coyne," Vautier told Motorsport.com. "I was very happy to be invited back this week, as it was the first time I'd had a full test day with the team.

"Last year we never had that chance and the weekends would just go by so fast, we could not afford the time to experiment. The risks of going in the wrong direction were too big. At Road America, just one day of testing made a big difference. We got to try a lot of different things and found things about the car. We understood a lot more. It was really good." 

"I don't know if Dale is doing the Sebring test and if he is, I don't know if he wants to run me, but I'm not going to rush him to make a decision," said Vautier who has excelled at every step on the junior open-wheel ladder, culminating in winning Pro Mazda and Indy Lights in back-to-back seasons, 2011-'12.

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09/30/15
nassprint

Stewart to retire after 2016 season (2nd Update) UPDATE #2 Tony Stewart desperately wanted Kyle Larson for the job [the #14 ride]. Larson is available in 2017, but the particulars of his current contract didn't fall into place with the timetable Stewart needed to execute his plan. Then Clint Bowyer became available and Stewart had his man. Bowyer will spend 2016 making laps with another team as he waits for Stewart to complete his retirement tour. Associated Press

09/28/15
Tony Stewart
Stewart-Haas Racing has scheduled a news conference for 1:00pm/et on Wednesday at the team's Kannapolis, N.C., headquarters, at which time driver and team co-owner Tony Stewart is expected to announce that 2016 will his last season behind the wheel. Gene Haas, Stewart's partner, will attend the news conference, the team confirmed.

09/27/15 Tony Stewart, a three-time Sprint Cup Series champion, plans to retire after the 2016 season, team and industry sources told ESPN's Marty Smith. Mired in one of the worst seasons of his career at 25th in the standings, Stewart will run one final season before handing over the driving duties of the Stewart-Haas Racing #14 Chevy to Clint Bowyer, sources said. 

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09/30/15
f1

Button to Renault? (Update) UPDATE (GMM)  McLaren has rubbished the theory that Jenson Button is weighing up a move to Renault next year to replace the Haas-departed Romain Grosjean.

"This article is nonsense," a spokesman for the struggling Honda-powered team told us, after the speculation of a switch to Enstone for Button did the rounds.

Clearly, however, the threads of the story are all present.

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09/29/15
nassprint

Did NASCAR retaliate against Penske?
Boy, you wanna race in NASCAR you had better learn to keep your mouth shut...got that boy?
When you race in NASCAR you soon learn who is boss and to keep your mouth shut and bite your tongue. That was a Roger Penske driver (Brad Keselowski) who was penalized for "jumping a restart" at New Hampshire. We can't remember NASCAR doing that for a long time.

Recall it was Penske, Keselowski's team owner, who two weeks ago criticized NASCAR officials for failing to penalize Matt Kenseth for a jumped restart at Richmond. "You can't have that kind of restart," the Penske said after Richmond. He also said something to the effect that NASCAR officials must've had the blinds closed in the upstairs control tower.

After this past weekend's race at New Hampshire it was Keselowski's turn to open his mouth and said "It's a pretty basic understanding, NASCAR is an entertainment sport, not a fair sport"  For that comment you can rest assured that no Penske driver will win the NASCAR Sprint Cup title in 2015.

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09/29/15
f1

American F1 team has no interest in American drivers (2nd Update) UPDATE #2
Look no further than the man on the left, Guenter Steiner, to understand why an American driver will never be chosen by the American team
Mike Mercurio/AR1.com
This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Gene Haas told AR1.com's Pete McCole who was at today's press conference to announce Romain Grosjean as the first driver, why he did not hire American Alexander Rossi.

"I think it came down to rookie team, rookie driver. I think that combination wouldn't work - we're as rookie as he is. He seems like a very good driver, and I think if he had had more Formula 1 experience, he certainly would have been higher up on our list.

"I think Romain is still aggressive, I think he wants to solidify his career, and I would think that in Formula 1, this would probably be his best years. We think he's aggressive, we think he's smart, he's got the right driving style, he's got current experience - so those kind of really fell in his favor."

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09/29/15
F1

Future of British GP in doubt? (2nd Update) UPDATE #2
Ecclestone - don't worry they will cough up the money
(GMM)  Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed that the running of next year's British grand prix is in doubt.

Amid similar doubts over the future of another historic race, the Italian GP at Monza, Silverstone chief Patrick Allen revealed this week that because he is already a year behind in fees, he cannot "guarantee" the British grand prix will take place in 2016.

And now F1 supremo Ecclestone has admitted to Forbes: "We have got a clause in our contract where we can stop it in 2016 and I don't know if the race is going to continue next year."

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09/29/15
f1

Indonesian driver, sponsor linked to Manor for 2016
Rio Haryanto - have check will drive
(GMM)  A new candidate has emerged to potentially race for the British backmarker Manor in 2016.

The former Marussia squad's current lineup is Briton Will Stevens alongside Alexander Rossi, although the latter American rookie will sit out Russia next week as he returns to his GP2 duties.

Stevens says he hopes to be retained for 2016.

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09/28/15
f1

McLaren In 'Meltdown' As Button, Alonso Refute Claims They Have Decided To Stay (2nd Update)
Alonso and Button say Ron Dennis is a liar
McLaren was "in complete meltdown" on Sunday as Chair & CEO Ron Dennis insisted that Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso "would stay for next season, only for both drivers to flatly contradict their team boss," according to Daniel Johnson of the London TELEGRAPH. Despite Dennis' "unequivocal declarations, and his belief that he has persuaded Button to perform a dramatic U-turn on his decision to retire, it is conceivable that both the 35-year-old and Alonso could leave the team at the end of the year."

It "would be a humiliating blow which would further damage McLaren’s relationship with sponsors -- what sponsors they still have -- as well as Dennis’s position with his fellow shareholders."

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09/28/15
f1

Lotus now on pole for Renault buyout, Prost involved? (14th Update)
UPDATE #14
Renault finally buys Lotus
Renault finally buys Lotus
This rumor is finally upgraded to 'fact' with today's announcement:

Renault Group and Gravity Motorsports S.a.r.l., an affiliate of Genii Capital SA, are pleased to announce the signature of a Letter of Intent regarding the potential acquisition by Renault of a controlling stake in Lotus F1 Team Ltd.

The signature of this Letter of Intent marks Renault’s first step towards the project of a Renault Formula 1 team from the 2016 racing season thereby extending 38 years of commitment of the brand to world’s premier motorsport championship series.

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09/27/15
nassprint

Furniture Row to switch to Toyota in 2016 (Update) UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with today's announcement.

09/26/15 Furniture Row Racing's long-rumored move to Toyota looks like its becoming official.

The team is reportedly set to announce the switch on Sunday morning. Toyota has a press conference scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and Chevrolet confirmed to Motorsport.com that the team was leaving the manufacturer.

"We thank Furniture Row Racing for all of the team’s hard work and accomplishments over the past decade, and we wish Barney Visser and his organization continued success with their future endeavors," said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. Vice President, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports.

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09/27/15
f1

Rumors of three-car teams return to F1 paddock
(GMM)  The specter of three cars per team in formula one has raised its head in the Suzuka paddock, as Red Bull inches closer to quitting formula one.

Earlier in Japan, it seemed a rescue deal between F1's energy drink camp and Ferrari over a supply of 'A spec' engines was now very close.

"The racing should be on the track, not in advance," Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene told the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

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09/26/15
f1

Mercedes deal now on table for Red Bull
Horner spotted leaving Ferrari office on Saturday
(GMM)  As the uncertainty about Red Bull's future in F1 races on, Gerhard Berger suggests the team could be back in the running for Mercedes power.

It is believed the Daimler board only recently rejected the matter of leaping to Red Bull's rescue, with the divorce from Renault now just days away.

However, with Red Bull threatening seriously to withdraw both of its teams from the sport, it may be that Bernie Ecclestone has entered the fray.

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09/25/15
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R2I

FIA looking to undermine IndyCar ladder system (Update) UPDATE
Karting earns drivers more Super License points than U.S. F2000 and Pro Mazda.
Another thing to consider in light of the announcement of a new American-based Formula 4 series, is the FIA's change earlier this year of the requirements needed to obtain an FIA Super License. Formula 4, various Formula 3 championships and even certain karting categories allow drivers to obtain points towards earning a Super License for Formula One (table below). However, you'll notice no U.S. F2000 and Pro Mazda.

In other words, if aspiring top-level formula drivers that choose the Mazda Road to Indy are essentially foregoing any hope of racing F1.

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09/25/15
f1

VW's Audi to acquire F1 Red Bull Racing? Audi says no (4th Update) UPDATEE #4 This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today. As predicted by AR1.com, the VW scandal has sent the Audi deal 'up in smoke' With the VW diesel emissions scandal worsening by the day, the Red Bull chief Christian Horner told the US broadcaster NBC: "That the Audi deal seemed to go up in smoke."

09/22/15 (GMM) Audi has denied reports it has decided to enter formula one in 2018.

Citing sources close to the Ingolstadt board, Germany's Auto Bild said on Monday that the VW brand Audi will collaborate with Red Bull, whose split from existing engine partner Renault is now almost complete.

The report said that, in the process, Audi would quit both Le Mans and DTM.

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09/24/15
automotive

Did Qatari sheikh flee to Vancouver after L.A. street race?
The wealthy middle-eastern prince who owns the $1.5-million yellow Ferrari recorded running stop signs and racing through suburban Beverly Hills, California fled the US last week, and may have arrived in Vancouver.

Staff at the upscale Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel put a call from CTV News through to one of several rooms rented by Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad al Thani of Qatar's ruling family - though those answering the calls denied any part in it.

The Ferrari and a white Porsche shocked Beverly Hills residents last week as the vehicles swerved around a car stopped at a stop sign, grounded the Ferrari, and then drove it, smoking, onto the lawn of a home.

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09/24/15
irl

NOLA to be held next March? UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' with today's announcement that IndyCar will not be back at NOLA.

06/15/15
The 2nd Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana might be held next March.
AutoRacing1 is hearing that the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana held at NOLA Motorsports Park is looking for a March date in 2016. The contract with the track, series and event promoter Andretti sports Marketing runs through 2017, and the facility made a major investment to bring IndyCar to New Orleans.

Also, keep in mind that Easter next year is very early, March 27th. Ideally, the track would like to have the event tied in with Mardi Gras. This past year, the race was on April 12th, a week after Easter and compromised by poor weather and other events in town.

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09/24/15
irl

NOLA race to be financial bloodbath? (4th Update) UPDATE This rumor is now 'fact.' The race was a bloodbath and today it was announced IndyCar is not returning.

04/10/15 UPDATE #3 A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, Did I read that right, they expect 10,000 people for this weekend's IndyCar race in New Orleans? If so you can stick a fork in this race, it's done. I knew when Anton split the sport in 1996 he was going to kill it, and although it's not dead, it has two feet in the grave and the tractor is backfilling the hole.  Way to go Anton! Why is he still allowed in the paddock? Mordichai Rosen, Los Angeles, CA

04/10/15 Weather "could be a gamble" for Sunday's Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana. NOLA Motorsports President Kristen Engeron said that the "chance of rain could drive attendance down" at the three-day event "expected to attract more than 10,000 people." WDSU.com

04/09/15
NOLA Motorsports Park

Not to wish misfortune on anyone, but looking into the forecast a little more, the good folks at AR1's Southern Louisiana Weather Bureau estimate about a 95% chance of thunderstorms during the race window Sunday. Not helping matters is the fact Monday's forecast is probably worse. And with the teams already stretched to make it to Long Beach for next week, Monday is already a less-than-ideal scenario should Sunday be a wash. 

Throw in the fact IndyCar's rain tires are generally regarded as less-than-optimal, and NOLA is a flat track built on marshy land with a water table about four feet below the surface, and yes, you have the makings of a potentially difficult weekend for the series.

To be clear, this is not a criticism of anyone or anything. NOLA, the promotion team at Andretti Sports Marketing, IndyCar, whoever cannot control the weather. We are simply noting the series may find itself in a difficult spot this weekend, based on the information we have available.

We'll continue to follow the happenings from NOLA and AR1's Lucille Dust will be on-site this weekend. Stay tuned for updates. 



04/09/15 If the forecast below holds true for this weekend in New Orleans, race promoter Michael Andretti (Andretti Sports Marketing) might be in for a financial bloodbath  as very few fans are likely to buy a ticket to sit in the rain for the inaugural GP of Louisiana when they can watch it on TV.  However, the weatherman is habitually wrong and we hope for Andretti's sake they are once again.

Weekend Forecast for New Orleans


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09/23/15
f1

Lotus locked out of hospitality at Suzuka - report
Locked Out
(GMM)  As the rest of the paddock prepared for the Japanese grand prix, Lotus was locked out of its hospitality unit at Suzuka.

That was the claim of the French publication L'Equipe, as the embattled Enstone team's next court date in London on Monday threatens to put them into administration.

The buyout by Renault still appears to be tantalizingly close, but L'Equipe said that because Lotus has not paid bills to Suzuka for last year's race, they were not given the keys to building in 2015.

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09/23/15
irl
nasx

Chicagoland Speedway Xfinity Race Could replace Pocono IndyCar race
Have we seen the last IndyCar race at Pocono?
Could the money-losing Pocono IndyCar race be replaced by NASCAR's 2nd-tier Xfinity Series? If rumors are to be believed, Chicagoland Speedway reportedly will lose its standalone Xfinity event in 2016.

Pocono Raceway, less than two hours from Xfinity parent Comcast Corp. HQ, is expected to add an Xfinity race. The track currently hosts a two NASCAR weekends, one in June and one in August. Pocono does not want to pay the sanction fee IndyCar wants because it cannot make money given IndyCar's miniscule fan base.  Rumor is that Pocono could replace the IndyCar weekend in late August with the Xfinity Series standalone race.

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09/23/15
f1

Perez to stay at Force India or move to Lotus (3rd Update) UPDATE #3
Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez will remain at Force India for the 2016 Formula One season. See Hot News for official announcement.

09/22/15
Hold the press. Sergio Perez is set to be unveiled as the second Lotus driver for 2016, Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting on Tuesday.

Even though the Renault buyout is said to be imminent, it is believed Frenchman Romain Grosjean is departing the Enstone team for Haas-Ferrari.

At the same time, Mexican Perez was thought to be staying at Force India next year, but the Silverstone based team has confirmed only Nico Hulkenberg for 2016 so far.

Also a former McLaren and Sauber driver, 25-year-old Perez retains strong Mexican backing, headed by the well-known billionaire Carlos Slim.

Lotus has already announced that Pastor Maldonado, the controversial Venezuelan driver with reportedly $50 million in PDVSA backing in tow, is staying in 2016.

A vacancy at Mercedes-powered Force India could pave the way for German Pascal Wehrlein to make his F1 debut, although the DTM driver has also been linked with Manor.

09/11/15 Sergio Perez will stay at Force India for 2016 as the team has opted not to sign Mercedes' protege, Pascal Wehrlein, leaving the German looking for a drive elsewhere.

Force India announced before the Italian Grand Prix that it had retained Nico Hulkenberg for the 2016 and 2017 seasons, so the team is now set for 2016

When Perez announced his deal with Force India for 2015 he claimed to have a "multi-year" contract with the squad, but speculation had been mounting in the early summer that the Silverstone-based team could select another driver for its second seat.

Pascal Wehrlein, Mercedes' 20-year-old test and reserve driver that the team are keen to promote, had been in contention for a Force India drive, but Mercedes were unable to lower the price of its power units sufficiently as part of the deal to make it worth Force India taking him over Perez.

09/11/15 According to AR1.com sources, Force India has taken up their option on Sergio Perez and the Mexican will remain with the team another year. In other words, his Carlos Slim check was big enough and cleared the bank so his ride is secure.

We await the official announcement.

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09/23/15
irl

Jim Nabors back for 100th Indy 500
According to AR1.com sources, Jim Nabors may come out of retirement to sing Back Home Again in Indiana once more for the 100th running of the Indy 500 in 2016.

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09/23/15
f1

Audi to partner with Cosworth for F1 engine? (Update) UPDATE AR1.com contacted Cosworth owner Kevin Kalkhoven about this rumor.  He stated to AR1's Mark Cipolloni, "I cannot confirm nor deny this rumor." Meanwhile the CEO of VW (VW owns Audi) Martin Winterkorn just resigned over allegations the company rigged their diesel engines to pass pollution standard tests when in fact they put out a lot more pollution than allowed by law. This is going to cost VW well over $20 billion dollars. Can they afford to go F1 racing at this time?

09/23/15 Volkswagen's involvement in Formula 1 under the Audi banner starting in 2018 is on the verge of being signed and sealed according to Germany's Auto Bild.

The deal has been negotiated and decided at the highest level of the group and awaits the final signatures of Dietrich Mateschitz (Red Bull) and VW's President Martin Winterkorn.

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09/22/15
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Serralles to IndyCar?
Felix Serralles
Formula 3 returnee Felix Serralles is hoping to contest the Macau Grand Prix in November, although his focus remains on a career in IndyCar reports Autosport.

The Indy Lights race winner, who contested last weekend's Masters of F3 at Zandvoort, will also compete in this weekend's F3 European Championship round at the Nurburgring while he waits on news of whether he will be accepted on the Macau entry list.

The Puerto Rican competed at Zandvoort with Jo Zeller Racing, driving the JZR-owned car campaigned by Kang Ling for Mucke Motorsport in the first eight rounds of this year's European championship.

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09/22/15
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Button to announce retirement after McLaren talks falter (Update) UPDATE (GMM)  Jenson Button has admitted he has made a decision about his future in formula one.

Multiple British newspapers on Monday claimed F1's veteran of 16 consecutive seasons is preparing to announce his retirement ahead of this weekend's Japanese grand prix.

McLaren has an option on the 2009 world champion's services for 2016, but amid the Honda-powered team's poor performance this year, the reports revealed that Button has taken the decision into his own hands.

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09/22/15
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Apple close to disrupting the entire automobile industry (Update) UPDATE
We predict Apple will integrate its new larger iPad Pro into the dashboard like Tesla did
This rumor is upgraded to 'strong' today. Apple Inc. is accelerating efforts to build an electric car, designating it internally as a "committed project" and setting a target ship date for 2019, according to people familiar with the matter, reports Daisuke Wakabayashi of the Wall Street Journal.

The go-ahead came after the company spent more than a year investigating the feasibility of an Apple-branded car, including meetings with two groups of government officials in California. Leaders of the project, code-named  Titan, have been given permission to triple the 600-person team, the people familiar with the matter said.

Apple has hired experts in driverless cars, but the people familiar with Apple's plans said the Cupertino, Calif., company doesn't currently plan to make its first electric vehicle fully autonomous. That capability is part of the product's long-term plans, the people familiar with the matter said.

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09/21/15
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Vergne or Ocon for second works Renault seat
Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne
(GMM)  The candidates are already beginning to shape up to join Pastor Maldonado at the new works Renault team next year.

Even though the French carmaker's buyout of the Enstone team is not yet formalized, it is strongly believed that a deal is now done.

So after the Singapore grand prix, although still known as Lotus for now, it was announced that Pastor Maldonado is staying put at Enstone for 2016.

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09/20/15
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Maldonado could be ousted by Renault UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' with today's announcement that Maldonado has been re-signed by the team.

08/21/15
Pastor Maldonado
(GMM)  Pastor Maldonado has played down rumors he would be ousted if Renault completes its rumored takeover of the Lotus team.

His current teammate Romain Grosjean, on the other hand, is barracking hard for the buyout.

"It would be great news for formula one, for the team, for myself," he told RMC Sport at Spa-Francorchamps.

"Being a French driver in a French team is something quite extraordinary.  We know that there are discussions, but the final decision has not been taken," added Grosjean.

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09/20/15
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Maldonado in talks with Force India UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' with today's announcement that Maldonado has re-signed with the Lotus, soon to be Renault team.

09/03/15
Pastor Maldonado - have check will drive
According to a video report from SkySportsF1 correspondent Rachel Brooks on SkySportsNewsHQ this morning, Pastor Maldonado is currently in talks with Force India over a seat for the 2016 Formula One season.

With the recent news that Renault are in advanced talks with Lotus over a takeover deal, the future of Pastor Maldonado’s Enstone career has seriously come under threat.

It is widely rumored that if Renault do take over Lotus, Total will be their title sponsor and the team won’t require Maldonado’s backers PDSVA to sponsor the team anymore.

However, this might not bring an end to the Venezuelan’s F1 career as his €32-million backing could be required by other team’s on the grid. According to SkySportsNewsHQ, Force India is the leading candidate to sign him for the 2016 season.

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09/20/15
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Wild rumors link Alonso to Red Bull-Ferrari
Who at Red Bull would Alonso replace?
(GMM)  Wild speculation is being whispered in the Singapore paddock about Fernando Alonso's future.

McLaren supremo Ron Dennis has insisted the Spaniard is on a fixed contract for 2015, 2016 and 2017 without exit clauses, but Italian and Spanish media sources this weekend have insisted those clauses do exist.

And so the rumors have legs.

Alonso was spotted coming out of the Red Bull motor home at a recent race, and now the Italian insider Leo Turrini says he has heard a whisper from within the 34-year-old's own camp that a Ferrari-powered car might tempt him next year.

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09/18/15
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IndyCar to be joined at hip with Formula E?
Liberty Media owns 40% of Formula E and they are behind the X1 Groups deal that is being negotiated with IndyCar. Rumor has it if the deal comes together we will see some joint race weekends with Formula E as a support race to IndyCar. Some existing Formula E venues are being discussed we hear, and nothing is off the table.

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09/18/15
f1

Could Red Bull and Toro Rosso be left without engines in 2016?
Will Dietrich pull out of F1 if he cannot get a top engine. IndyCar could use Red Bull and its teams, and guarantee them a competitive engine.
(GMM) For three very different reasons, the fates of three F1 competitors are currently hanging in the balance.

For Lotus, the big problem is money, as lawyers for the Enstone team on Friday again faced the threat of administration in the London high court over an unpaid tax bill.

While the black and gold cars were sparkling under the Singapore lights, Lotus got another stay of execution closer to home, with the London judge again adjourning the case, this time until the day after next Sunday's Japanese grand prix.

"It is to be regarded as a final adjournment," the judge declared ominously.

Lotus reportedly argued successfully that it should get another delay because buyout talks with Renault are still taking place.

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09/17/15
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St. Pete IndyCar race in jeopardy (Update) UPDATE This may come as a surprise to the St. Petersburg City Council, but staging an IndyCar road race is not the same thing as one of those old Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland movies where someone shouts, "Hey I've got an idea! You get the cars. I'll get the drivers! We'll drop the checkered flag this weekend! It'll be great!"

But there was the City Council last week reveling in all its bumptious naivete, suggesting the annual Grand Prix of St. Petersburg ought to be put out for competitive bid, as if there are legions of folks who know how to do this stuff.

Council members got all pouty over a proposal by Mayor Rick Kriseman to extend the contract with Green Savoree Racing Promotions another three years to run the IndyCar race, which has certainly helped craft the city's image as an internationally cool place -- for at least a week a year.

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09/17/15
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INDYCAR to increase incentives for IndyCar teams to run Lights?
Might more IndyCar teams be poised to run Indy Lights?
AutoRacing1 is hearing that INDYCAR is looking to adopt measures to encourage Verizon IndyCar Series teams to field Indy Lights entries. Such measures might include more testing days for IndyCar teams that run Indy Lights programs as well.

In recent seasons, only Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Andretti Autosport have fielded full-season Indy Lights entries. However, we hear a current IndyCar team is looking to add a Lights program in 2016.

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09/17/15
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IndyCar teams to test at Road America (3rd Update) UPDATE #3 A last-minute decision by the participating teams means race fans and the media will now be allowed in the paddock on Tuesday, Sept. 22 for the previously announced Verizon IndyCar Series test session.

The test session is being held in advance of the series' return to the revered road course for the Road America Grand Prix, June 23-26, 2016. Admission to the test session is $20, with 50 percent of every ticket sold going to the Wilson Children's Fund to benefit the family of the late Justin Wilson. Fans will also have the option to make additional contributions on site. Road America Season Pass holders will be admitted with a $10 donation to the Wilson Children's Fund.

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09/16/15
f1

Merhi to be replaced by Rossi UPDATE
Merhi's check just wasn't big enough
This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with today's news.

09/16/15 (GMM) Roberto Merhi's time in formula one could be coming to an end.

The Spanish rookie has been on a race-by-race deal with struggling backmarker Manor all season, but in recent days it had appeared his seat was more secure.

That is because he has finally stopped splitting his time between F1 and the Formula Renault 3.5 series, telling El Confidencial newspaper this week that he has "options to continue with Manor" beyond the end of the season.

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09/16/15
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Daly to KV???
Conor Daly
Conor Daly is testing a Panoz DP-01 for KV Racing Technology today at Putnam Park Road Course in Greencastle, IN. Could young Daly be in the mix to replace Stefano Coletti in the #4 entry and team with Sebastien Bourdais at KV in 2016? 

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09/15/15
f1

Williams to have the edge on Ferrari at Singapore?
Can Felipe Massa and Williams take the fight to Ferrari in Singapore?
Williams F1 head of performance engineering Rob Smedley told Autosport be believes the upgrades Williams is bringing to Singapore may have them back on level with Ferrari, who have gotten the best of the Grove outfit in recent Grand Prix.

"I'm hoping that with the changes we're going to make, we're going to be back on par with them in Singapore," said Smedley.

AR1's take: We'll believe it when we see it. The fact Williams was behind Ferrari at Monza (a high horsepower tracks that should favor their Mercedes power units) lends us to believe Ferrari will have the edge at a handling track like Singapore.

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09/14/15
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Hendrick to re-sign Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Rick Hendrick has locked the six-time champion and sponsor Lowe's into a 2-year contract extension that runs through the 2017 season. The deal announced Monday comes as Johnson prepares for the opening race of NASCAR's playoffs, and he seemed amused that his possible free agency "caught some buzz" throughout the industry as negotiations continued.

"In my heart, Hendrick is my home, Lowe's is my sponsor and I certainly hope it stays this way until the day I quit driving," Johnson told The Associated Press.

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09/14/15
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2016 IndyCar Schedule (Update 9)
IndyCar CEO Miles told USA TODAY Sports that he expects the finalized 2016 schedule to feature 16 races at 15 venues. The final "highly, highly likely" piece of the schedule, he said, depends on board approval from another venue on or around Oct. 13. Could be Gateway (waste of time in our opinion), but as AR1.com has said, it should be the Hulman board approving the season finale as the Indy 400 at IMS. But they probably won't do it as they prefer to end their season at Sonoma with few fans in attendance which ensures the series looks like a loser on their big day. Below, is what appears to be the 2016 IndyCar schedule.

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