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11/08/16
wec

Porsche to run third car at LeMans
Will Montoya's rumored Porsche ride materialize in the third Porsche entry?
Will Montoya's rumored Porsche ride materialize in the third Porsche entry at LeMans?
The prospects of seeing Porsche return to a three-car operation for the 24 Hours of Le Mans amid Audi’s exit from prototype racing remains unlikely, according to LMP1 team principal Andres Seidl.

The German automaker, which locked up its second consecutive Manufacturer’s World Championship last weekend in Shanghai, had been believed to be re-evaluating its position, after a joint agreement with Audi to reduce its Le Mans effort this year on cost-cutting measures.

"At the moment it’s not a topic," Seidl told Sportscar365. "The reasons why we didn’t do a third car last year are still valid.

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11/07/16
f1

Audi's Jorg Zander to join Sauber (Update)
UPDATE 
Jorg Zander
Jorg Zander
This rumor is now upgraded to 'fact.'  The Sauber F1 Team is pleased to announce the appointment of Jorg Zander as its Technical Director. He is a familiar face in the team, as Jorg Zander worked as Chief Designer for the BMW Sauber F1 Team back in 2006 and 2007. Currently Zander works as Technical Director for Audi Sport. The Swiss crew is more than pleased to welcome him back to Hinwil. The 52-year old German will start at the beginning of 2017 at the Sauber F1 Team headquarters in Hinwil.

Jorg Zander has more than 25 years of experience in international motorsport working in different leading technical positions. The journey in Formula 1 began in 1997 at Toyota Motorsport GmbH in Cologne. Since then Zander has worked as a Chief Engineer for the BAR-Honda F1 Team (2002-2005) and as a Chief Designer for Williams GP Engineering (2005-2006). In 2008 he became Deputy Technical Director at Honda Racing F1/Brawn GP F1. Then in 2010 Zander started working for Audi Sport as Engineering Consultant and was promoted to Technical Director in 2015 with overall responsibility for the "Audi Sport Technik" department.

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11/07/16
nassprint

Dillon to payback Harvick in Phoenix?
Austin Dillon admits he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth
Austin Dillon admits he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He's out for revenge.
AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 REALTREE/BAD BOY CHEVROLET SS – Involved in a multi-car incident on lap 264

WOULD YOU CALL THAT A RACING INCIDENT?
No, he (Kevin Harvick) sucked down on my door all the way, like on it.  I get it, you've got to hold a guy down, but he sucked down on my door and got me tight.  That is the reason I slid up in front of him and then he didn't lift he just turned me.  There are two more weeks left.

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11/04/16
irl

Hildebrand to be confirmed by ECR tomorrow (Update) UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with today's news.

11/03/16 Racer.com rumors that American JR Hildebrand will be named tomorrow to replace Josef Newgarden at Ed Carpenter Racing.

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11/04/16
F1

Stroll bought Williams seat for $80M
Lance Stroll - his daddy paid $80 million so he can drive an F1 car. F1 isn't a real sport - it's a playground for design engineers and rich ride-buyers
Lance Stroll - his daddy paid $80 million so he can drive an F1 car. F1 isn't a real sport - it's become a playground for design engineers and rich ride-buyers
(GMM) Lance Stroll's billionaire father plowed nothing short of an incredible $80 million into the 18-year-old's 2017 debut for Williams.

That is the claim of Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, as the British team finally admitted the badly kept secret that the Canadian will race alongside Valtteri Bottas next year.

At the reveal event on Thursday, one common theme was that notwithstanding Stroll's dominant run to the European F3 title this year, he is nonetheless a 'pay driver'.

"Everyone has their own opinion, I can't change that," he is quoted by the Times.

"I come from money, I am not going to deny that. But I believe I won my shot in F1 because I won every championship I have competed in in single-seaters."

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11/03/16
F1

Bottas has Renault and Williams 'offer' - rumor (3rd Update)
UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'fact' with today's news Bottas resigned with Williams.

10/07/16 (GMM)  Valtteri Bottas has hinted that his future in F1 is now settled, even though Williams is yet to officially announce it.

It is now almost an open paddock secret that the British team will line up next year with the Finn alongside rookie Lance Stroll, the newly-crowned European F3 champion.

Spain's El Mundo Deportivo newspaper claims that Bottas has pushed for his extended contract to include a clause allowing him to leave in the event that Mercedes, Red Bull or Ferrari want to sign him.

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11/02/16
wec

Will Audi's exit result in WEC's collapse?
Allan McNish will have to rethink his prediction has manufacturers move away from internal combustion engines in coming years
Allan McNish will have to rethink his prediction has manufacturers move away from internal combustion engines in coming years

Allan McNish believes Audi's withdrawal from prototype competition at the end of the year will not result in the eventual demise of the FIA World Endurance Championship, even if LMP1 is reduced to a two-manufacturer battle for the foreseeable future.

The three-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner and former World Champion, who has enjoyed the majority of his sports car racing success with the German manufacturer, has taken a pragmatic approach to the championship's future amid growing concerns.

"Right now, it's not as if Audi pulling out has meant that sports car racing in the WEC is going to collapse; I don't believe that," McNish told Sportscar365. "I don't think so at all.

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11/02/16
automotive

Has Spanish company made major breakthrough in Graphene Batteries? (4th Update)
UPDATE We remind you of this rumor from back in April and May.  Once batteries become 100% graphene it will be game over for the internal combustion engine. We do not know how long it will take for that to happen, but we suspect 5 years or less.

05/08/16 UPDATE #3 Here is an English version of their website. You can read for yourself what they are going to make with Graphene.  Unfortunately it is a private company or you would be wise to buy stock in it. The owners are all going to become billionaires.

05/08/16 We are upgrading this rumor from 'speculation' to a very high 'strong' after doing further research on this company. It appears they are light years ahead of China and the USA and are able to manufacture Graphene batteries and other materials with Graphene now. Donald Trump says we don't win at anything anymore and he is right.

A China company owns 10% of this Spanish company. Where is the USA? Still tinkering with Graphene in the lab while this company is already going to market. Elon Musk is building that huge Giga-Factory out west to make Lithium Ion batteries cheaper and this Spanish company is going to put his battery factory out of business within 5 years. If he's smart he'll plow it under now. (Note: If you can understand Spanish watch the company video we added at the bottom of this rumor)

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11/02/16
automotive

Did Graphene batteries drive Saudi Arabia's big announcement? (Update)
UPDATE This rumor is inching closer to 'fact' as recent news of more graphene battery progress comes to light.

04/26/16 Once graphene batteries (ultracapacitors) hit the market, it will be the death of Lithium-Ion batteries and the death of fossil fuel burning internal combustion engines. When cars are no longer burning fossil fuel, there will be no one in the world to buy oil and any oil not pumped out of the ground by then will remain in the ground forever.

If you are an oil company, or a country that relies on oil to generate income, alarm bells have to be going off in your head that say, "heh, if I don't pump this oil now and get whatever I can get for it, a day will come when I will have no one to buy it.  I had better invest in other ways of making money or I will eventually be out of business.

It appears Saudi Arabia has heard those alarm bells.

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11/02/16
nassprint

Matt Borland back to NASCAR as crew chief (Update)
Matt Borland
Matt Borland

UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Richard Childress Racing (RCR) has named Matt Borland as crew chief for its No. 27 Menards NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program. Borland will begin his duties as crew chief at the conclusion of the 2016 season, replacing interim crew chief Danny Stockman.

Stockman will return to RCR's NASCAR XFINITY Series program, where he has won seven races and the 2013 Series championship.

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11/02/16
nassprint

JTG Daugherty team to expand?
AJ Allmendinger
AJ Allmendinger
Tad Geschickter, co-owner of JTG Daugherty racing, says it is "certainly a possibility" his team may expand to two cars in 2017, adding "the economics" of charter acquisition will play into a decision, which they may "have that done next week."

Geschickter made the comments on SiriusXM Speedway on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. JTG Daugherty Racing fields the No. 47 Chevrolet driven by AJ Allmendinger.

"That's a big decision," Geschickter said. "Certainly we're weighing out all the options right now. It's no secret that we have to figure out are there are charters available and their cost, are there drivers available, what do they cost and certainly we ultimately have to report back to the sponsors and pull the trigger. Luckily with a company the size of Richard Childress Racing helping us, there's the opportunity to get the cars ready."

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11/01/16
wrc

VW to Pull Out Of World Rally Championship (Update)
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Volkswagen will quit the World Rally Championship at the end of the 2016 season. The decision was made at a board meeting in VW headquarters in Wolfsburg on Tuesday morning.

10/31/16 Just last week, the Volkswagen Group pulled the plug on Audi's Le Mans racing program. But that may not be the end of it. Reports are now circulating that the German automaker could pull its own brand out of the World Rally Championship as well.

According to Autosport, the board is set to meet in Wolfsburg today to decide on the fate of VW's victorious WRC program. This despite utter domination of the top-tier rally series for four years running now.

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11/01/16
automotive

Buick to sell a version of the Chevy Volt
Spy Photo of Buick Volt
Spy Photo of Buick Volt
A Reddit user spotted what appears to be a Buick-badged Chevy Volt on the streets of Chicago yesterday.

If you look closely the car is sporting LED lights in a spot where the Volt does not have them. LED running lights in that particular shape are a Buick item so it is believed this photo is indeed a prototype of the Buick "Volt". 

The rumor mill says the Volt will be sold as the Buick Velite in China and Autohome recently published images with details that match the photo posted on Reddit.

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11/01/16
f1

Vettel could be banned from Brazil GP after radio comments (Update)
Vettel was boiling over Verstappen
Vettel was boiling over Verstappen

UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today.  Jean Todt, the president of the sport’s governing body, the FIA, has decided to take no further action against Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel following his mid-race outburst towards Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting.

After his curse-laden outburst was broadcast on TV, Vettel apologized in person to Whiting following the race, and then wrote further letters of apology to Whiting and Todt.

He also said he would contact Max Verstappen, who he waved his finger at on the slowing-down lap, and also vowed to never repeat these actions.

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10/31/16
irl

Andretti team to steal top Ganassi engineer (Update)
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with confirmation Bretzman is now with Andretti.

Dixon and Bretzman
Dixon and Bretzman
09/26/16 Racer.com rumors that Andretti Autosport is expected to announce its acquisition of championship-winning engineer Eric Bretzman from Chip Ganassi Racing. Bretzman, who served as Scott Dixon's race engineer for 12 years and won three IndyCar championships and the 2008 Indy 500 with the New Zealander, was reassigned to Ganassi's NASCAR program in 2015 to help turn around the engineering side of its fading Sprint Cup operation.

With Ganassi's Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray now safely in The Chase, and Andretti in need of an engineering rebound after a tough 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season, the signing of Bretzman could rank among the biggest off-season scores made by any team.

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10/31/16
irl

Munoz will not return to Andretti team (Update)
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with today's news that Sato will drive the 4th Andretti car.

It's sad when a talented driver like Munoz has to buy his ride to stay in the sport
It's sad when a talented driver like Munoz has to buy his ride to stay in the sport
10/08/16 According to AR1.com sources, rumor has it that Carlos Munoz will not be returning to the Andretti Autosport team in 2017 and we have downgraded him on our 2017 IndyCar Silly Season page. We hear he simply does not have enough money to buy the ride despite being a very good driver. Now the question remains whether another driver steps up to the plate with a large enough check.

Andretti has run a number of drivers in Indy Lights over the years. Zach Veach is one who wants to move up. Juan Montoya is available and we could see him going to the Andretti team before the Foyt team knowing Andretti has a better chance of taking him to another Indy 500 win. And Andretti would love to get Montoya to learn some inside info on the inner workings of the Penske team.

In addition, Honda is doing a full court press to win bolster their ranks in 2017. Montoya adds more experience into their lineup. Can Andretti convince Juan to get in shape? He's getting too plump.

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10/31/16
irl

Felix Serralles a candidate for 4th Andretti seat? (Update)
UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' with news that Takuma Sato will drive 4th Andretti car.

Felix Serralles
Felix Serralles
10/20/16

Felix Serralles will test an IndyCar with Andretti Autosport in Sebring next month.

The driver's management group announced it today, with Serralles set to test November 10-11 and become the first Puerto Rican driver to test an IndyCar.

After two years in Indy Lights with Belardi Auto Racing and Carlin, respectively, Serralles could be poised to step up to IndyCar provided he can raise the money.

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10/31/16
f1

Verstappen gaining many enemies, career in jeopardy?
Max Verstappen looking over his shoulder
Max Verstappen looking over his shoulder
Mercedes chairman Niki Lauda has warned that Max Verstappen's Formula One career could be in danger following the Dutch drivers defense tactics against Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel at the Mexican Grand Prix. 

The Dutch driver has faced criticism earlier this season, following his defensive moves under-braking, which is now illegal – however Sunday's Mexican Grand Prix saw a brand new controversy build up against Max Verstappen, which simply was exceeding track limits and gaining an "unfair" advantage.

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10/30/16
Fe

Formula E eyes Indy Speedway race
Formula E
Formula E
People in racing see the use of electric cars as an important vehicle for expanding the sport's fan base. The Formula E, a professional circuit featuring electric Indy-style open-wheel cars, was founded in 2012 and has attracted some big-name participants including team owner Michael Andretti. The series had its inaugural championship in Beijing in September 2014 and also has staged events in U.S. cities including Miami and Long Beach, California, both of which failed because watching silent race cars is boring as heck and not enough people attend the races to make them economically viable.

For this reason tracks and promoters come and go. As one promoter loses their shirt there is always another sucker to take their place. The first year sanction fees were basically nothing to get the series off the ground. Once sanction fees kick in the races are no longer viable from a financial standpoint. Long Beach tried it for two years, but no more.

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10/30/16
F1

Mercedes to lose Petronas sponsorship
As electric cars take off, oil companies like Petronas are going to fall on hard times
As electric cars take off, oil companies like Petronas are going to fall on hard times
(GMM) Toto Wolff is not commenting on reports Mercedes may lose its title sponsor.

Earlier, it emerged that Malaysia is considering not extending its contract to host an annual race at Sepang beyond next year.

That could have implications for Petronas, the government owned Malaysian oil company that sponsors not only the race near Kuala Lumpur but also Mercedes.

"For us, obviously we will listen to the decision," strategic communications chief Rizan Ismail said.

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10/28/16
irl

IndyCar to race in Mexico? (Update 5)
UPDATE Despite speculation last year that the Verizon IndyCar Series might eventually race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, possibly as a spring event, those talks are on hold, IndyCar CEO Mark Miles told motorsport.com.

He stated: "There is no ongoing dialog about Mexico City. There are other conversations about a Mexican venue but I don't think they will be viable as early as 2018."



05/27/16  AR1 got word today during Miller Lite Carb Day at IMS that INDYCAR remains open to a possible Mexican stop beginning either in 2017 or 2018.

Hulman and Company CEO Mark Miles has of course looked into expanding the series overseas in recent years targeting markets such as Brasilia, Dubai, China and Mexico. The Mexico round would be early in the season, likely February, a time Miles has attempted to add an event. Cancun or Mexico City (first choice) we were told are both possible destinations.

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10/28/16
f1

F1 Silly season sizzling in Sepang heat, still bubbling in Mexico (Update)
Where each driver will race next year depends on how large a check they bring to a team. The better teams require a larger check. It has nothing to do with their skill level. What a sport!

UPDATE (GMM) The 2017 driver 'silly season' is continuing to bubble away in the F1 paddock.

The rumors and rumblings have now moved on to Mexico City, but all eyes will be on Williams' Grove HQ next Thursday when the British team makes an announcement.

Lance Stroll is set to be confirmed as Felipe Massa's replacement, but his likely teammate Valtteri Bottas was not confirming he will be there for the November 3 call.

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10/27/16
Nassprint

NASCAR to mandate smaller pit crews (Update)
Smaller pit crews in 2017?
No Smaller pit crews in 2017

UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today. NASCAR confirmed Wednesday it won't be making changes to pit crews for the 2017 season. There had been reports that NASCAR was considering smaller pit crews next year, and a reduction from six to five over-the-wall crew members had been discussed in meetings with the team owner council.

Teams also have floated ideas about elongated pit stops to de-emphasize their importance and impact on a race. But NASCAR has elected to keep its Sprint Cup pit crews at six, which has been the limit since 2011 when the catch-can man was eliminated. NBC Sports 

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10/27/16
f1

F1 cars to be 9-secs. per lap faster in 2017
With wider tires and more downforce F1 cars will be so fast next year there will be very little passing
With wider tires and more downforce F1 cars will be so fast in the corners next year, and brake zones so short, there will be very little passing. And you thought F1 was a parade now? Just wait

(GMM) One team thinks lap times could be boosted by as much as an astonishing 9 seconds in 2017.

That is the claim of Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, as teams frantically prepare for the big rule change for next year whilst completing the current season.

The report reveals that to help Pirelli develop the bigger and grippier 2017 slicks, the FIA asked teams to share their data simulations so far. 

"But how much is fact and how much is fiction?" correspondent Michael Schmidt wondered.

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner admitted: "I don't think everyone is giving everything away".

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10/26/16
wec

Audi set for LMP1 and Le Mans withdrawal (3rd Update)
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with today's announcement.

10/17/16 In June, Porsche put an end to Audi's streak of never losing two years in a row at Le Mans. After 16 successful years racing in the top class at Le Mans, Audi is rumored to be calling it quits after the 2017 season. A report from Auto Motor Und Sport says the decision to bow out of the World Endurance Championship (WEC), and thus the 24 Hours of Le Mans, has already been approved.

The evidence the German magazine cites is nothing new, but does point to Audi strongly considering hanging up its helmet and HANS device. Dieselgate costs are mounting, and racing two Volkswagen Group brands in Le Mans' top class isn't cheap. Reports suggest each brand has a budget of more than 200 million euros (roughly $220 million) per season in WEC, and in the end only one can win.

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10/26/16
f1

Sauber sabotage claims
Felipe Nasr in Austin
Felipe Nasr in Austin
(GMM) A wild rumor has emerged about the Sauber team and its Brazilian driver Felipe Nasr.

In Austin, Nasr was forced on more than one occasion to deny speculation that he is on the verge of signing to switch from the Swiss team to Force India for 2017.

Multiple authoritative sources say the 24-year-old, who is lucratively backed by the Banco do Brasil, even received Bernie Ecclestone's support in seeking a more competitive seat.

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10/24/16
f1

Report links Boullier with Ferrari move (Update)
Arrivabene has an engine guy now heading up chassis development. We all know how that is going to end
Arrivabene has an engine guy now heading up chassis development. We all know how that is going to end

UPDATE (GMM) Maurizio Arrivabene has rejected the latest round of rumors about Ferrari.

Austin was a bad weekend for the great team that is just third in the 2016 points standings, amid rumors Arrivabene could be replaced by McLaren's Eric Boullier.

Amid similar rumblings about Sebastian Vettel's future, Arrivabene skipped his media duties after the Japanese grand prix, citing an early flight he had to catch.

But in Austin, the Italian sounded upbeat about the future, declaring that "In the next races we will try new parts with regards to 2017".

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10/22/16
f1

Marko, Gasly deny Kvyat ax rumors (Update)
UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today now that we know Gasly is not taking Kvyat's seat for 2017.

Pierre Gasly
Pierre Gasly
09/05/16 (GMM) Dr Helmut Marko has hit back at rumors Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly is set to take over Daniil Kvyat's Toro Rosso seat with immediate effect.

At Monza on Sunday, French GP2 driver Gasly reportedly told Spanish television Movistar that he looks set to make his debut in Singapore.

"I hope that's true," he said, "but first I would need to see with Helmut Marko. I know that he expects the GP2 title from me, and I'm working on it."

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10/22/16
f1

Kvyat to secure new two-year Toro Rosso deal or move to Force India (2nd Update)
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with today's announcement that Toro Rosso has re-signed both its drivers.

10/21/16 UPDATE
Daniil Kvyat
Daniil Kvyat
(GMM) Daniil Kvyat is not denying paddock rumors in Austin that he is in the running to replace Nico Hulkenberg at Force India for 2017.

The young Russian and current Toro Rosso driver has had an up and down season in the Red Bull camp, but he has seemed back in form and happier at recent races.

When asked about the Force India rumors, Kvyat said: "I have only one goal -- to stay in formula one. I don't want to think about anything else.

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10/22/16
f1

Ferrari wants Brawn back (3rd Update)
UPDATE 
Ross Brawn back to Ferrari?
Ross Brawn back to Ferrari?

(GMM) Ross Brawn could be set to sensationally return to formula one.

The highly respected former technical chief and team boss caused a stir this week when excerpts of his new book blamed his departure on Mercedes' Toto Wolff, Niki Lauda and Paddy Lowe.

"I was surprised," Wolff told the Telegraph in Austin, "because it was not at all how my conversations went with him.

"The whole situation was much more complicated than just trust," he explained. "The board felt there needed to be change in the way the team was run. Succession is always a sensitive topic.

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10/21/16
f1

Wehrlein to take Hulkenberg's Force India seat (2nd Update)
UPDATE 
Pascal Wehrlein will go where Mercedes pays for him to go
Pascal Wehrlein will go where Mercedes pays for him to go

This rumor is downgraded to 'speculation today and our 2017 F1 SIlly Season page updated accordingly. Pascal Wehrlein has played down suggestions he will definitely fill the vacant spot left by Nico Hulkenberg at Force India for 2017.

Many in the paddock believe the Mercedes-backed Manor driver is assured the seat with the Silverstone based team, but Wehrlein said in Austin that a deal is not done.

"It's not in my hands," the German is quoted by Auto Bild.

"Mercedes or Toto Wolff will continue with the appropriate contacts. If it was me, I could very well imagine another year at Manor," added Wehrlein.

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10/20/16
automotive

BMW Planning Four New Zero-Emission Vehicles?
BMW execs must have stuck their noses in the exhaust pipe of their current vehicles, almost passed out, and realized we have to get the 1.2 billion cancer causing pollution machines, i.e. internal combustion powered cars, off the roads
BMW is the latest in a long string of automakers to target Tesla Motors and their successful electric vehicles with the introduction of several new zero-emissions cars over the next few years.

Set to sit between the Model 3 and Model S, an electric version of the 3-Series is poised to hit the market between 2019 and 2021, according to AutomobileMag, with a new suspension and two versions - one with RWD and 315 HP and the other with AWD and 402 HP, targeting a range of 250-315 miles (402-507 km).

A Model S rival, in the form of a five-door coupe slotting between the 5-Series and 7-Series in terms of size, is also on the cards. This vehicle is believed adopt the i5 or i6 moniker and come with a choice of three different electric motors and a 70/80/90 kWh battery, where the latter would provide up to 375 miles (604 km) of zero-emission range.

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10/19/16
automotive

Electric Cars will eventually bankrupt oil companies
Benefits of Electric Motors over Internal Combustion Engines
1. No maintenance costs
2. No oil changes - toxic waste
3. Superior torque
4. Quiet
5. Do not pollute the air you breathe
6. Can last 1+ million miles with zero upkeep cost. Not much to break.
7. No gasoline fuel costs
Economists and reporters have been saying that electric cars could actually kill the oil industry for a little while now, but it hasn’t made a lot of real-world impact so far. But now Fitch, an enormously influential financial ratings agency, is issuing dire warnings over electric cars.

It actually seems impossible at this point to overstate just how screwed the oil industry as we know it appears to be by electric vehicles. "Resoundingly negative," "serious threat," and "investor death spiral" were all actual terms used by Fitch Ratings in a report detailing the future of oil in a world of electricity, the Financial Times says:

"An acceleration of the electrification of transport infrastructure would be resoundingly negative for the oil sector’s credit profile," says the Fitch report.

"In an extreme scenario where electric cars gained a 50 per cent market share over 10 years about a quarter of European gasoline demand could disappear."

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10/19/16
f1

Honda eyeing 2nd F1 team (2nd Update)
UPDATE 
Yusuke Hasegawa
Yusuke Hasegawa

Honda says it has ’no concrete plan’ to supply a second team yet in 2018, despite Sauber looking out for a potential new power unit partner.

Sauber has used Ferrari engines since 2010, but will use the 2016-specification power unit next season, in what is also the last year of its current contract. It is understood Sauber is evaluating other power unit suppliers moving forwards if it were to leave Ferrari, with Honda a possibility as the Japanese manufacturer has been expanding its Milton Keynes facility in order to have the capacity to supply a second team.

Despite the work undertaken at its UK base, Honda’s head of F1 project Yusuke Hasegawa says there has yet to be serious discussions with a second team beyond McLaren.

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10/19/16
irl

More IndyCar Silly Season fodder (Update)
UPDATE 
Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato comes with free Honda engines
Takuma Sato's manager says the Japanese driver has opportunities with all of IndyCar's Honda-powered teams at the moment, but is favoring RLL, Andretti and Schmidt Peterson options.

With AJ Foyt Racing set to switch to Chevrolet power in 2017, Sato is expecting to lose his ride there, and Honda is keen to see him retained by one of the HPD teams.

Steve Fusek, Sato's manager, talked frankly with Motorsport.com about his driver's HPD-powered IndyCar alternatives for 2017.

He said: "Everything requires finance to make it all work, but I think it's fair to say our three best options would be Rahal [Letterman Lanigan Racing, for whom Sato raced in 2012], Andretti Autosport and Schmidt Peterson.

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10/18/16
f1

Stroll to replace Massa at Williams (5th Update)
UPDATE 
Lance Stroll will drive for Williams as daddy buys part of team
Lance Stroll will drive for Williams as daddy buys part of team

This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today and it is reflected on our 2017 F1 Silly Season Page. Lance Stroll's father has confirmed growing reports the Canadian driver will definitely be on the F1 grid in 2017.

Reports have suggested Williams is only delaying the announcement because it is waiting for Stroll to turn 18 later this month, in deference to the team's alcohol sponsor Martini.

Lance's father is Lawrence Stroll, a Canadian fashion billionaire, who is rumored to be buying into Williams.

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10/18/16
f1
irl

F1 driver Kevin Magnussen to take 4th Andretti seat? (Update)
UPDATE 
Kevin Magnussen - could get a ride with Andretti for a small fraction of what an F1 ride-buy goes for
Kevin Magnussen - calls rumors of him eyeing IndyCar completely false

This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today. Kevin Magnussen has reiterated his desire to stay in Formula 1 with Renault for the long-term, following the manufacturer's decision to sign Nico Hulkenberg on a multi-year deal.

Magnussen joined Renault at the start of the year when Pastor Maldonado encountered funding problems, but the Dane's future at the team remains unclear, amid its acquisition of Hulkenberg.

Reports in the US press on Monday evening suggested Magnussen was in contention once more for an IndyCar seat, having come close to racing in the category in 2015.

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10/17/16
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Many drivers linked with Renault switch (14th Update)
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Frederic Vasseur waiting to see which driver produces the biggest check for his 2nd seat
Frederic Vasseur waiting to see which driver produces the biggest check for his 2nd seat
(GMM) The identity of Nico Hulkenberg's teammate at Renault next year could be revealed within days.

That is the claim of Frederic Vasseur, after Renault announced that current Force India driver Hulkenberg will drive for the French works team in 2017 and beyond.

"We believe Nico is among the best of the new generation of drivers," Renault chief Vasseur told the French broadcaster Infosport Plus.

"I have worked with him in the junior series -- he is one of the drivers who has won everything, from Formula BMW to F3 and GP2.

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10/17/16
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Wholesale changes coming to Foyt team
We could see Conor Daly on Foyt's team alongside a Montoya or Munoz
We could see Conor Daly on Foyt's team alongside a Montoya or Munoz

Following another struggling Verizon IndyCar Series season, A.J. Foyt has had it with his entire team. The all-time winner in the open wheel series vows to make some major changes ahead of the 2017 season and is not going to sit back and watch both of his cars be back markers again.

"You've got to look at every possibility where we've been weak," he said to IndyCar.com. "And where we've been weak, we've got to make changes. I think we've got some great engineers. They're very smart.

"I guess one of the things I don't agree with, I've run a lot of road courses and been fortunate enough to win, say we're on a road course and the driver comes in and talks to the engineers. When he comes in, he'll tell you 10 things that are wrong with each corner. Let me tell you something, if you're giving me 100 percent, how can you remember every damn thing that's wrong with each corner?

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10/16/16
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IndyCar to lose Conor Daly?
Will IndyCar lose another upcoming American, this time in the way of Conor Daly?
Will IndyCar lose another upcoming American, this time in the way of Conor Daly?
Verizon IndyCar Series driver Conor Daly got his first taste of a rallycross car earlier this week when he tested Olsbergs' Honda Civic Red Bull Global Rallycross car in Los Angeles.

Straight after the Red Bull GRC season finale, which saw Olsbergs Honda run three cars for the second time this season, the team stayed behind for a test and media day at the purpose-built track in the Port of LA, allowing Daly to get some seat time.

Daly, a race winner in GP3 and Indy Lights, has a good relationship with Honda – who has powered him in each of his 22 Verizon IndyCar Series starts. He says that relationship was key to getting the opportunity to drive the 600 horsepower Civic.

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10/15/16
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Rahal Steak 'N Shake sponsorship gone? (Update)
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No more Steak 'N Shake?
No more Steak 'N Shake?

The updated photo to the right shows the lack of Maxim and Steak 'N Shake decals at Thursday's Gateway test.  More photos on our home page.

10/14/16

Word on the street is that Graham Rahal was testing at Gateway with Mi-Jack, United Rentals, Penn Grade but No Maxim/Steak 'N Shake decals on the car. Are they still negotiating the deals for 2017 are they gone from IndyCar? With such minuscule TV ratings on NBCSN can you blame them? The Steak 'N Shake logos are still on the team's website so this rumor may have no legs....

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10/13/16
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Honda pursing Ganassi, Chevy Foyti (6th Update)
UPDATE AJ Foyt confirmed today his 2-car team would switch to Chevy power in 2017.

10/11/16 UPDATE Andretti is staying with Honda. The rumor is Foyt will switch his 2-car team to Chevy, which means Schmidt Peterson will also have to switch its 2-car team to Chevy in order to maintain an equal number of cars for Chevy and Honda in 2017. If not Honda will be supplying 4 more cars than Chevy next year. See our updated 2017 Silly Season page.

10/07/16 This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today with the announcement that the Ganassi team will switch to Honda in 2017. No word whether the Andretti team is switching back to Chevy or not.

10/06/16  So now Andretti Autosport has hired 2 engineers that have been on Chevrolets for at least 2 years, the latest being Jeremy Milless who will engineer Alexander Rossi's car.   Does this mean the Andretti team will switch to the Chevrolet and Ganassi will switch back to Honda? Both are 4-car teams and that would keep the engine split between Honda and Chevy at 50/50.

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10/13/16
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Hulkenberg set for Renault switch (2nd Update)
UPDATE Nico Hulkenberg has agreed a deal to drive for the Renault Formula 1 team from 2017 reports Autosport. It is understood Hulkenberg has signed a two-year contract to cover the 2017 and '18 seasons, with an option to extend the deal into a third season in '19.

10/10/16 
Nico Hulkenberg
Nico Hulkenberg

(GMM) Renault has decided to sign a three-year deal with Nico Hulkenberg, another media source is claiming.

It is becoming clearer and clearer that the French works team will oust both Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer for 2017.

Finland's Turun Sanomat is just the latest outlet to say the name of one successor is German Hulkenberg, even though the deal is not actually signed yet. 

It is believed Hulkenberg has found a way out of his Force India contract because the Silverstone based team is late to pay him.

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10/13/16
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BP eyes $30m F1 sponsorship return
(GMM) British oil multinational BP is looking to re-enter formula one as a sponsor.

That is the claim of Germany's authoritative Auto Motor und Sport, referring to the London-headquartered company that has a long history of F1 sponsorship.

BP's first involvement at the pinnacle of motor sport was several decades ago, but the report claims the oil giant now wants to return "with a large campaign".

"Rumors say Renault and McLaren are competing for the contract worth a supposed $30 million," said respected correspondent Michael Schmidt.

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