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01/15/17
automotive

Four US cities are looking into making a massive order of 24,000 electric cars
Would be a big boost for the Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3
Would be a big boost for the Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3
It's being reported this week that the cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland, Ore., sent in a request for information (RFI) to automakers for what could become the biggest electric car order ever: 24,000 vehicles.

The municipalities are currently looking for information about what electric vehicles they could get on what timeline before launching a formal bidding process.

E&E News reported on the RFI:

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01/13/17
automotive

Auto border tax to also hit Canada
Trump means business. A record 94 million Americans are not in the labor force. When President Obama took office in January 2009, 80 million Americans were not participating in the labor force; since then, 14 million Americans have left the workforce
Trump means business. A record 94 million Americans are not in the labor force. When President Obama took office in January 2009, 80 million Americans were not participating in the labor force; since then, 14 million Americans have left the workforce because they cannot find work
The Trump administration is signaling Canada could face the same retaliatory trade measures as Mexico, in what would be an even bigger disruption to automakers such as Toyota Motor Corp. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

Asked whether an auto border tax could impact Canada, President-elect Donald Trump's spokesman, Sean Spicer, told reporters their policy isn't specific to any one country. "When a company that's in the U.S. moves to a place, whether it's Canada or Mexico, or any other country seeking to put U.S. workers at a disadvantage," Spicer said on a conference call Friday, then Trump "is going to do everything he can to deter that." 

Any move to thwart imports from Canada would be a more severe impediment to the North American auto sector than sanctions against Mexico, since the industry's links with the U.S.'s northern neighbor run deeper. Assembly in Canada, which along with the U.S. is a higher-cost producer than Mexico, is also focused on the more profitable and faster growing light-truck and sports vehicle segment of the market.

"Canada is building a lot of vehicles that are in demand," said Kevin Tynan, a senior auto analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence.

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01/13/17
automotive

Apple hires Tesla VP to head secret car project (Update)
UPDATE Executives from Apple, Amazon and Alphabet's self-driving car unit, Waymo, will all serve on the U.S. Department of Transportation's new advisory committee on automation. Why would Apple participate if it wasn't designed an EV?

The committee, which has its first meeting on Jan. 16, is expected to focus on the development and deployment of automated technologies and how advancements may shape future research, policy and regulations under the DOT. The DOT noted that automation is expected to have wide-ranging effects across transportation, including cars, buses, trains, planes and drones.

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01/13/17
f1
wec

Alonso hinting at retirement from F1, move to WEC (2nd Update)
If Vandoorne is outpacing Alonso as many expect by the time contract talks open we suspect Alonso will not get a hefty contract and may choose to retire from F1
If Vandoorne (above) is outpacing Alonso as many expect by the time contract talks open, we suspect Alonso will not get a hefty contract and may choose to retire from F1

UPDATE McLaren is set to open talks with Fernando Alonso regarding a contract extension "a few races" into the 2017 Formula 1 season, according to executive director Zak Brown.

Alonso enters the third and final year of his McLaren contract in 2017, having joined in 2015 following a stint at Ferrari.

The Spaniard has failed to record a podium finish during his second spell with McLaren, with the rebuild at Woking in partnership with engine supplier Honda still ongoing.

Alonso has long-stated that he would consider his future in F1 beyond the 2017 season depending on the feeling of the cars under the revised technical regulations for the forthcoming campaign.

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01/13/17
f1

Donington-F1 rumors return after Palmer takeover
Jolyon Palmer with his dad Jonathan at Monaco in 2012
Jolyon Palmer with his dad Jonathan at Monaco in 2012
(GMM) Donington might once again be in the running as a potential alternative venue for the British grand prix.

With Silverstone chiefs considering exiting the iconic track's contract with Bernie Ecclestone, we reported last week that Donington said it has "no intention of bidding for the British grand prix".

And track director Christopher Tate was quoted by the Spanish daily Marca: "We are not interested in developing the circuit for high-speed cars. That would completely change Donington Park."

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01/11/17
nasmon

Carl Edwards to retire effective immediately (3rd Update)
Carl Edwards
Carl Edwards

UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Joe Gibbs Racing announced that driver Carl Edwards has stepped away from racing in NASCAR. 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Champion Daniel Suarez will drive the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series #19 Toyota Camry in 2017.

Edwards, 37, joined Joe Gibbs Racing prior to the 2015 season and amassed five wins, 16 top-five and 33 top-10 finishes to go with nine pole awards in his two seasons with the organization. Over his 13-year career in NASCAR's premiere series he totaled 28 wins, 124 top-five, and 220 top-10 finishes, along with 22 pole awards. His 28 career wins ties him for 23rd all-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

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01/10/17
nasmon

NASCAR to make format changes again? (Update)
UPDATE The Sports Business Daily is reporting that NASCAR and industry stakeholders are considering significant competition changes to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series that could be implemented as soon as this season.

Sources said that stakeholders across the industry including teams, drivers, tracks, media partners, Monster and NASCAR have been meeting to discuss the prospective changes which involve the format of the races themselves and how points are awarded for them.

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01/10/17
f1

Lowe could become Williams boss (Update)
UPDATE Mercedes Formula 1 technical chief Paddy Lowe has left the team ahead of an impending move to Williams, according to reports circulating on Tuesday morning.

Sky Sports and motorsport.com both reported that Lowe has officially left Mercedes after three-and-a-half years at Brackley, ending a successful period with the team that has yielded three drivers' and constructors' championships.

Lowe has been linked with a move to Williams as part of the deal that will see Valtteri Bottas leave the British team and join Mercedes as Nico Rosberg's replacement for the 2017 season. Lowe would join Williams without any period of gardening leave.

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01/09/17
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f1

Returning Massa broke Formula E deal
Felipe Massa
Felipe Massa
(GMM) Felipe Massa had to break an agreement to race in Formula E this year, according to the Spanish sports daily Marca.

Although the Brazilian had officially retired from formula one, it is believed Williams convinced him to return in 2017 in order to replace Valtteri Bottas.

None of the news is official, but Bottas will reportedly head to Mercedes for 2017, following Nico Rosberg's shock decision to quit the sport as world champion.

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01/06/17
nasmon

Buescher to return to Roush in a third car in 2018 (Update)
UPDATE Rumor has it that Kroger will be the primary sponsor for Chris Buescher on JTG Daughterty Racing's new #37 Chevy in 2017. No word how many races or if Kroger will still sponsor AJ Allmendinger on JTG Daughterty Racing's #47 Chevy, but Bush's Bean's, Scott Products and others are expected to return to the #47 reports Jayski.

Chris Buescher
Chris Buescher
01/04/17 Chris Buescher spent last season with (#34 Ford) Front Row Motorsports one season removed from winning the XFINITY Series championship for Roush Fenway Racing. As a member of Front Row, Buescher was still under the RFR umbrella and made the Chase thanks to his win at Pocono Raceway. "It was incredible," said Buescher.

"I'm proud of Front Row Motorsports and the #34 team for what we were able to accomplish ... to get that first win, have a lot of good runs along the way and be competitive at different types of tracks was a blast. Unfortunately, we didn't perform as well in the Chase as we would have liked. I learned a lot along the way."

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01/06/17
f1

Rosberg to remain Mercedes ambassador
Nico Rosberg and wife Vivien
Nico Rosberg and wife Vivien
(GMM) Nico Rosberg looks set to stay with Mercedes as a brand ambassador.

The German shocked the F1 world just five days after winning his first world championship late last year by announcing his retirement.

Rosberg has now been spotted on social media apparently refuelling a Ferrari 'LaFerrari' supercar, prompting wild speculation he might be about to leave the Mercedes brand.

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01/05/17
f1

FIA bans Mercedes 'trick suspension' after Ferrari letter (Update)
UPDATE 
Sounds like Ferrari hasn't figured it out so they want it banned
Sounds like Ferrari hasn't figured it out so they want it banned
Ever since the Front and Rear InterConnected (FRIC) suspension was banned in 2014, Formula 1 teams have been looking to develop the heave spring unit, also known as ‘third suspension element' – if we consider the first two as the dampers connected to each wheel.

By linking the left wheel to the right one, the heave spring controls dive under braking – or more generally the pitch movement depending on the downforce, – as well as the cars' ride height. In other words, it increases damper stiffness when necessary (at high-speed on straight-line, i.e. when there is a surge in aero load), while remaining neutral in cornering.

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01/03/17
irl

IndyCar aero announcement to be made at Detroit Auto Show
Rumor has it that IndyCar will make an announcement regarding the 2018 universal aero kit at the North American International Auto Show January 14-22. Will the ugly 'Butt Bumpers' and air scoop be gone?

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01/03/17
f1

Haas F1 team to build own car?
Romain Grosjean in the anti-American Haas car
Romain Grosjean in the anti-American Haas car
Romain Grosjean is confident that Haas now have the ability to build their own car.

Haas' 2016 challenger was designed using a chassis from Dallara and also some components designed by Ferrari. It was a different method of entering the sport, and the team claimed a sixth and a fifth place finish in their first two Grands Prix.

"For now, we're doing the model we're doing," he told Autosport. "What's the future is like, I don't know. We've got a factory ready in Kannapolis, there is a whole factory ready to have a Formula One team and build a car.

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01/03/17
f1

Haryanto to return in 2017 (Update)
Rio Haryanto - if he has big enough check he will drive
Rio Haryanto - no check, no drive

UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today. Rio Haryanto's hopes of being on the Formula 1 grid in 2017 have been dealt a fresh blow after losing financial backing from his primary sponsor, Pertamina.

Pertamina has now doubled down on its withdrawals, announcing in a statement on Tuesday it wouldn't continue with Haryanto into 2017 despite making the "maximal effort" to get Haryanto back into a seat.

"This year there will not be a continuation of participation by Pertamina in F1," spokeswoman Wianda Pusponegoro said in the statement, via Reuters.

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01/03/17
f1
wec

McLaren dismisses Alonso LeMans claims (2nd Update)
Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso

UPDATE (GMM) McLaren has rubbished reports that Fernando Alonso will star as the British marque prepares to return to Le Mans.

The Spanish website motoryracing.com said the information came straight from McLaren's new executive chief Zak Brown, who was quoted as saying the team has acknowledged Alonso's desire to tackle the fabled 24 hour sports car race.

But a McLaren spokesman told GMM: "The motoryracing.com story is totally untrue, and Zak has never made any such comment."

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01/03/17
F1

Ferrari to crack 1000hp in 2017
Mercedes long ago cracked 1,000 so Ferrari is just catching up
Mercedes long ago cracked 1,000 so Ferrari is just catching up
(GMM) Ferrari will crack the 1000 horse power barrier with its 2017 engine, according to a report in Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The sports newspaper also speculated that the Maranello team's new machine, codenamed 668 and set to be launched on February 24, will have a narrow nose and new gearbox.

As for power, the correspondent wrote: "Among other things, the increased fuel allowance will (mean the engine can) achieve and exceed 1000hp, which was already approached last season with peaks of 970-980hp."

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01/03/17
F1
automotive

Apple to buy McLaren (2nd Update)
Zak Brown
Zak Brown
UPDATE
 (GMM) Zak Brown thinks his impact at McLaren can be felt immediately in 2017.

The former F1 sponsorship guru has now left that role to become the new executive at the Woking team, whose founder and long time chief Ron Dennis was ousted amid a shareholder dispute.

"There's trouble between (them)," Brown confirmed to the Financial Times. "It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out. I've deliberately kept my space and know that what all shareholders want are world championships."

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01/03/17
f1

Toro Rosso to rebrand Renault engine (Update)
Franz Tost
Franz Tost

UPDATE (GMM) Toro Rosso is in talks about selling the naming rights of the team's engine supplier for 2017.

When the FIA published the provisional 2017 entry list recently, the name of Toro Rosso's engine was listed as 'TBC' (to be confirmed).

That is despite the fact that the Faenza based team has done a deal with Renault for the supply of customer engines next year.

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12/31/16
F1

Schumacher medical bills mount
Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher
Three years ago today, sports fans around the globe eagerly awaited updates on the condition of Michael Schumacher after the Formula One star's horrific skiing accident.

The seven-time F1 world champion was placed in a medically induced coma after receiving critical head injuries after falling off his skis in the French Alps.

Reports have emerged today that the cost of his medical care has reached $24m, according to the Daily Mail.

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12/28/16
f1

Liberty not offering teams voting power
Give me your money but you have no say
Give me your money but you have no say
(GMM) F1 teams are being offered shares in the sport but not voting rights, according to Germany's Auto Motor und Sport.

Correspondent Michael Schmidt said new owners Liberty Media are keen for the teams to take 20 per cent ($800 million) of the commercial rights, with the end of January as a deadline for their decision.

"Liberty has good reasons to invite the teams," Schmidt wrote. "Shareholders will not leave overnight.

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12/27/16
automotive

Leaked Documents Say the Corvette Gets a DOHC V8 in 2018
Corvette DOHC engine for 2018?
Corvette DOHC engine for 2018?
Today's Corvette is the modern-day champion of the pushrod engine, its 6.2-liter V8 eschewing multi-cam nonsense for one bump-stick living deep inside the vee of the cylinders. Well, that could all change very soon, with a dual-overhead-cam engine potentially slated for the Corvette as early as 2018.

GM Authority reveals that internal GM documents indicate a dual-overhead-cam engine is headed to the Corvette in 2018. The documents, which have since been removed from the internet, point to a 6.2-liter aluminum-block DOHC engine with GM book code "Y"--marking the motor as a Corvette exclusive. According to the GM documents, the current 6.2-liter naturally-aspirated LT1 and 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 would remain available in 2018, marking the DOHC engine as potentially a limited-production high-performance option.

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12/27/16
f1

Massa to unretire and replace Bottas at Williams (3rd Update)
UPDATE A deal for Felipe Massa to return to Williams a month after his retirement from Formula 1 has been agreed in principle, according to Sky Sports sources.

It is understood provisional terms have been accepted on a deal that would pave the way for Valtteri Bottas to leave Williams and join Mercedes as Nico Rosberg's replacement following the world champion's shock retirement.

Williams' need for an experienced driver to drive alongside rookie teenager Lance Stroll next year is considered to be the biggest impediment to the Finn becoming Lewis Hamilton's new teammate.


Felipe Massa
Felipe Massa

12/21/16 (GMM) Felipe Massa has played down reports that he is definitely canceling his retirement plans in order to stay at Williams for 2017.

Massa told Brazil's Globo by phone while holidaying that nothing is decided.

"I have nothing to say," he insisted. "I'm very calm here and don't want to participate in it (the speculation). Everything that has been said so far is not official."



12/20/16 This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today.  Brazilian news outlets are reporting Massa has signed a one year contract for $6 million with Williams allowing Bottas to go to Mercedes replacing Rosberg. Stay tuned for an official announcement. 

12/15/16 Williams has asked Felipe Massa to defer his retirement from Formula 1 by one year to compensate for Valtteri Bottas' potential departure to Mercedes, French publication L'Equipe reports on Thursday.

The Finn was announced last month as part of Williams' 2017 driver line-up alongside F1 rookie Lance Stroll. However, Bottas has since emerged as the front runner to replace Nico Rosberg at Mercedes following the 2016 world champion's shock exit from the sport. 

The Grove-based outfit has remained tight-lipped on the reports so far, but chief technical officer Pat Symonds has already warned of "heavy" consequences if Williams were to field an entirely new driver pairing next year, especially with radical regulation changes set to come into play.

According to the story, Massa is in "advanced" talks with the British team to extend his stay by another year. The Brazilian joined Williams in 2014 from Ferrari, enjoying a three-year stint before announcing his retirement from the sport at this year's Italian Grand Prix.

Should Williams let Bottas go to Mercedes, it is alleged that the team would receive an estimated $10 million (£8.4m) discount on its 2017 power supply from the German manufacturer

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12/26/16
nasmon

Tony a Stewart to open Columbus ranch for hunting
Tony Stewart
Tony Stewart
Retired NASCAR driver Tony Stewart could be opening his Columbus (IN)-area ranch for some commercial deer and turkey hunting, potentially becoming one of the first hunting grounds to take advantage of a law passed earlier this year legalizing high-fenced hunting in Indiana.

Hidden Hollow Ranch, Stewart's 414-acre property west of Columbus, would host guided deer and turkey hunts for groups of up to 12 paying guests, who would likely stay overnight at the residence, according to a Bartholomew County zoning application.

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12/24/16
f1
F3

Schumacher to become Mercedes junior (Update)
Mick Schumacher
Mick Schumacher

UPDATE Mick Schumacher is to contest the FIA European F3 Championship in 2017 with Prema

The youngster, son of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, finished runner-up in both the German and Italian F4 championships this year, taking 10 wins, 6 pole positions and 22 podium finishes with the Italian outfit Prema Powerteam.

He will remain with Prema in 2017 as he makes his F3 debut, the Italian outfit having finished 1st and 2nd in the 2016 standings courtesy of Lance Stroll and Maximilian Gunther.

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12/24/16
nasmon

Gray Gaulding to run fulltime in NASCAR Monster series in 2017 (Update)
Gary Gaulding
Gary Gaulding
UPDATE
 This rumor is upgraded to 'strong' today. From the TMG website: "Season Greeting from The Motorsports Group. We want to thank all the fans, friends, family and partners for all the support this past season. 2017 brings in a lot of changes, including some key team changes and a new title sponsor. We look forward to our participation in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series".

11/18/16 Eighteen year old Gray Gaulding with 17 starts in NASCAR's national touring series will make his debut at a 1.5-mile speedway in Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the #30 Feed the Children TMG Chevy. Last week at Phoenix a fuel pump failure neglected Gaulding to a 37th place finish. GGR Enterprises PR

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12/23/16
f1

Liberty to eliminate Friday F1 practice, add sprint race (Update)
UPDATE (GMM) New owners Liberty Media are considering scratching Fridays from the F1 race weekend.

That is the claim of respected sports journalist Kevin Garside, who wrote in the British i-newspaper that two-day weekends would be part of a wider shake-up for the sport.

Team budget caps, more races in the US and Europe, and a sprint race on Saturday are just part of Liberty's reported plan to attract a wider audience.

"It's all doable," an unnamed F1 team figure said. "There is scope to do something different on race weekends.

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12/22/16
f1

Dennis to take over Manor team with Haryanto money? (Update)
Just when the F1 paddock had rid itself of Ron Dennis
Just when the F1 paddock had rid itself of Ron Dennis

UPDATE Ron Dennis’ time in the Formula One paddock may not be over as he ponders a bid for Manor according to reports.

The 35-year veteran was fired from his role as CEO of the McLaren Group last month after an attempted takeover with Chinese backing was rejected by shareholders.

However, it now seems that same money could be used to buy out current owner Stephen Fitzpatrick, who took over Manor in early 2015.

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12/21/16
f1

Renault poised to secure BP deal
Renault to secure BP backing?
Renault to secure BP backing?

Renault is poised to land a Formula 1 partnership with oil company BP starting in the 2017 season writes Dieter Renchen and Glenn Freeman of Autosport.

The French manufacturer, which in recent years has worked with Total, is looking for a new partner, and it is understood to be closing on a multi-year deal with BP.

While McLaren is also set to join forces with BP after Exxon Mobil switched to Red Bull for next year, the British team's deal is believed to be a technical arrangement with a much smaller commercial aspect than Renault is expected to seal.

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12/20/16
f1

Alfa Romeo eyes F1 (2nd Update)
Mario Andretti in the 1981 Alfa Romeo 179c at Monaco
Mario Andretti in the 1981 Alfa Romeo 179c at Monaco

UPDATE Few constructors are more important to the history of Grand Prix racing than Alfa Romeo, but the Italian automaker hasn't participated in F1 in over 30 years. Fiat Chrysler and Ferrari boss Sergio Marchionne wants to change that, but don't get your hopes up.

Speaking to Italian publication Repubblica, Marchionne said he wants to bring Alfa Romeo back to F1 as a driver development team for Ferrari. This isn't the first time Marchionne has suggested Alfa reenter F1, as he made similar comments to the press nearly a year ago.

"Alfa Romeo in F1 could become fine breeding ground for young Italian drivers," said Marchionne, as translated by Autosport. "The best one, [Antonio] Giovinazzi, is already with us, but there are others besides him, and they are struggling to find room."

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12/20/16
irl

Montiero eyes Indy 500 with Andretti team
Tiago Montiero
Tiago Montiero
Rumor has it that former CART driver (Fittipaldi-Dingman team 2003) Tiago Montiero from Portugal may run the Indy 500 for Andretti Autosport. The former F1 driver, Montiero, finished third for Honda in last year's World Touring Car Championship and of course Andretti is a top Honda team in IndyCar. He is the only Portuguese driver to have scored a Formula One podium finish.

Career summary  

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12/20/16
f1

Key to Williams, Symonds to retire, Allison to where? (Update)
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with news of Symonds departure from Williams today.

Pat Symonds
Pat Symonds
10/05/16 (GMM) With the driver 'silly season' on pause for now, attention is turning to potential moves among key F1 technical staff.

Germany's Auto Motor und Sport reports that James Key, the highly respected technical boss at Toro Rosso, looks set to switch to Williams for 2018.

That is because the F1 veteran Pat Symonds is tipped to retire from his role at Williams after turning 65 in two years.

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12/20/16
wscc

2017 IMSA GT Silly Season
Acura GT3
Acura NSX GT3
In the latest Silly Season update, John Dagys of Sportscar365 takes a look at the confirmed, likely and possible entries for the GT Daytona class in next year's IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.

Confirmed Entries (14-16 cars):

Scuderia Corsa (Ferrari) - The two-time and defending class champions will return with at least one Ferrari 488 GT3 for 2016 champions Alessandro Balzan and Christina Nielsen. Matteo Cressoni will complete the lineup for the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup races. A second car for the endurance events is understood to be possible and rumored to feature Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell. (1-2 cars)

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12/19/16
automotive

Bosch expected to settle U.S. VW diesel claims
German auto supplier Robert Bosch GmbH is expected to settle a suit, filed by U.S. owners of polluting Volkswagen diesel vehicles, for more than $300 million, a source briefed on the matter told Reuters today.

Diesel car owners sued Bosch in 2015 claiming the company helped design secret "defeat device" software that allowed VW to evade emissions rules and alleged Bosch was a "knowing and active participant" in Volkswagen's decade-long scheme.

A Bosch spokesman declined to comment. Bosch previously rejected claims made by U.S. owners as "wild and unfounded."

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12/19/16
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f1

Giovinazzi to be Ferrari third driver (Update)
Antonio Giovinazzi
Antonio Giovinazzi

UPDATE This rumor is now upgraded to 'fact.' Antonio Giovinazzi will be the Ferrari F1 team's driver third in 2017, president Sergio Marchionne revealed on Monday.

"I can confirm that in 2017 Giovinazzi will be our third driver," Marchionne told the media during Ferrari's Christmas lunch.

"We took him because he is a great driver, but I'm am very pleased also that he is an Italian," he added.

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12/18/16
f1

Malone's spending cap plan to save Formula 1
John Malone
John Malone
The new owner of Formula 1 is planning a clampdown on overspending by racing teams as part of a big overhaul of the sport designed to end the financial chaos that has blighted it.

Liberty Media, controlled by the US billionaire John Malone, is understood to be developing plans to restrict the amount teams can spend, in the hope of leveling the playing field and making Formula 1 more financially sustainable for smaller teams.

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12/17/16
wscc

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Silly Season Update
The three Cadillac DPi-V.Rs
The three Cadillac DPi-V.Rs

Fresh off this week’s IMSA-sanctioned test at Daytona, which saw the public debuts of two of the three initial DPi cars, Sportscar365 provides the latest update on the confirmed, likely and possible entries for the new-look Prototype class in next year’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Confirmed Full-Season (10 cars):

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12/16/16
irl

Harvey eyes IndyCar ride (Update)
If Jack Harvey can't raise enough money to buy an IndyCar ride, he will move to IMSA and get paid to drive
If Jack Harvey can't raise enough money to buy an IndyCar ride, he will move to WEC or IMSA and get paid to drive

UPDATE For the past three years Harvey has lived and raced in America and for two of those years Harvey competed in Indy Lights, a feeder series for the world renowned IndyCar series.

Harvey went very close to lifting the title on both occasions and for two years running finished the series as vice champion.

However, to take the next step and achieve his dream of driving an IndyCar, the racer from Bassingham needs money – and lots of it.

“This year has been incredibly frustrating for me and my team," said Harvey. "It has been so hard to be so close to the racing scene, but yet not driving a racing car.

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12/16/16
F1

Americans to buy Manor, Hellmund, KFC, linked with buyout (5th Update)
Tavo Hellmund
Tavo Hellmund

UPDATE (GMM) A cloud is hanging over Manor's future ahead of the 2017 season.

With the backmarker team passed in the final stages of last season for the lucrative tenth spot in the championship, owner Stephen Fitzpatrick revealed that Manor has "agreed terms with an investor".

Speculation suggests the buyer could be Mexican-American entrepreneur Tavo Hellmund, a figure instrumental to the grands prix in Mexico and the US, and known to be close to Bernie Ecclestone.

F1 supremo Ecclestone is quoted by international reports as saying he doubts Hellmund will buy Manor.

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12/15/16
nassprint

Petty team down to 1 car in 2017
The #43 will still be on track next year
The #43 will still be on track next year
Interviewed on SiriusXM NASCAR radio Thursday afternoon, Go Fas owner Archie St. Hilare said the #32 team has leased the charter from Richard Petty Motorsports' #44 team for the 2017 season. Go Fas has leased the #32 team charter for next season to Wood Brothers Racing's #21 team.

The moves will guarantee #21-Ryan Blaney and Wood Brothers make every race next season.

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12/15/16
automotive

Apple to merge with Tesla (2nd Update)
UPDATE 
President-elect Donald Trump and his advisers met with 13 prominent technology executives at Trump Tower in New York on Wednesday. A pool camera captured introductory remarks from Mr. Trump and the executives. Photo: Getty Images
President-elect Donald Trump and his advisers met with 13 prominent technology executives at Trump Tower in New York on Wednesday.
Photo: Getty Images

The tech giants of the world met with President-Elect Donald Trump Wednesday. The 90-minute meeting in Trump Tower in New York marked the first time Mr. Trump met leaders of some of the nation's most valuable companies, most of whom had supported Hillary Clinton during the campaign, and several of whom were the targets of criticism from Mr. Trump.

"I'm here to help you folks do well," Mr. Trump told 13 tech executives, seated with about a dozen Trump team and family members around a large rectangular table.

The group discussed job creation, China, tax cuts, repatriating foreign assets, education, infrastructure, and eliminating rules that prevent U.S. firms from doing business abroad, according to a release from Mr. Trump's transition team. The group might meet as often as quarterly, the release said.

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12/15/16
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Yankees Steinbrenner family to sponsor Andretti car for Colton Herta (2nd Update)
UPDATE Here is the official announcement.

Steinbrenner Racing will employ Brian Herta's son Colton as its driver
Steinbrenner Racing will employ Brian Herta's son Colton as its driver. After two years the plan is for Colton to move up to IndyCars

12/15/16 Hank Steinbrenner, who has been in the shadows in recent years while his younger brother, Hal, has run the Yankees, is partnering with another sports scion -- the retired racecar driver Michael Andretti -- to make an entry into auto racing writes Billy Witz of the NY Times.

Steinbrenner Racing, which will be run by George Michael Steinbrenner IV -- Hank Steinbrenner's son and a grandson of the longtime Yankees owner George Steinbrenner -- is teaming with Andretti Autosport to race next year in Indy Lights, a developmental circuit under IndyCar.

"The Andrettis want to be partners with Steinbrenners; the Steinbrenners want to be partners with the Andrettis," Hank Steinbrenner said. "It's a natural match."

Steinbrenner Racing will own the car and employ its driver -- Colton Herta, the son of the former driver Bryan Herta -- while Andretti Autosport will provide the shop, transportation and crew. The agreement is for two years, Andretti said, although both parties have a longer vision.

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12/15/16
Automotive

BMW M5 to let drivers switch
BMW is in the final stages of development of a new M5 and we hear the car will be unlike any of its predecessors.

That’s because the car will be coming with an all-wheel-drive system, which was confirmed by M boss Frank van Meel in 2015.

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12/13/16
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NASCAR mulls more midweek races
NASCAR is exploring the possibility of hosting midweek races according to a report published on the Sports Business Journal’s website.

The idea is apparently "one of 15 to 20" initiatives the sanctioning body is exploring to enhance the race-day experience, chase a big TV number and determine the overall look of the sport moving forward in the wake of a reported two-year Cup Series entitlement sponsorship agreement with Monster Energy.

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12/12/16
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Sirotkin eyes Renault race seat for 2018
Sergey Sirotkin - has check will drive?
(GMM) Sergey Sirotkin has admitted he is pushing to become Renault's race driver by 2018.

Third in this year's GP2 standings, the young Russian was a Renault test driver this year but is slated to become official third driver in 2017.

"I can say little about the future," Sirotkin told Russia's Sportbox.

"With Boris Rotenberg and SMP Racing, we are negotiating with Renault about the role as third driver in 2017. It may help me to become a race driver in 2018," he added.

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12/06/16
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Chilton or Serralles to buy 4th Ganassi seat (3rd Update)
UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today and our 2017 IndyCar Silly Season page updated accordingly. Max Chilton will be announced as Ganassi's 4th IndyCar driver on Wednesday.

11/10/16 
Chilton or Serralles need a reported $6M to buy the 4th Ganassi seat
Chilton or Serralles (above) need a reported $6M to buy the 4th Ganassi seat

The question of the final seat at Chip Ganassi Racing for the 2017 season is still to be answered, and while Englishman Max Chilton was expected to return for a second season and sign in contract extension in September, there has been no official word from either the team or the driver.

The 25-year-old finished his rookie season nineteenth in the championship, just one position ahead of fellow Englishman Jack Hawksworth. Chilton’s best result of the season came during the second race weekend of the season in Phoenix where he came home in seventh place.

Although Chilton is the leading candidate for the drive, Felix Serralles has also been linked with the #8 seat after taking two victories in the Indy Lights series on the way to sixth position in the championship.

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12/06/16
automotive

BMW Reportedly Planning Six New Electric Vehicle Models
BMW i3 to get a lot of company
BMW i3 to get a lot of company
It seems that "Ultimate Driving Machine" will be taking on a new meaning for BMW. The automaker is reportedly about to begin an even larger push into developing electric cars, new autonomous driving technology, and other next-generation mobility development.

According to Autocar, BMW is working to bring new electric models of the X3, 3 Series, a new i5, new i6, a full-electric i8, and a Mini to market. If that happens, BMW's EV presence would be significantly increased against its current lineup, which only includes one pure electric vehicle (the i3).

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