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NASCAR: Daytona
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500
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Formula E: Mexico City
Lucas di Grassi nips an out of battery power Pascal Wehrlein at the line to win in a photo finish
Formula E

NASCAR: Daytona
The annual big wreck wiped out 1/3 the field in the 2019 Daytona 500
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F1: Silverstone
Lewis Hamilton shakes down the latest Aldo Costa designed Mercedes W10 that will make him the 2019 F1 World Champion
Mercedes

Formula E: Mexico City
Race winner Lucas di Grassi muscles inside of leader Pascal Wehrlein
Formula E

F1: Woking
Carlos Sainz Jr. stands wit the new McLaren ML34 he hopes will not be a moving chicane like in recent years
McLaren

IndyCar: Austin
Rookie Colton Herta, with engineering from Andretti Technologies, topped 3 of the 4 IndyCar test sessions at Circuit of the Americas. Only Alexander Rossi was faster on the final session
IndyCar

F1: Fiorano
Kimi Raikkonen shakes down the new Alfa Romeo F1 car with a rather unique front wing design
Federico Basile/AR1.com

F1: Silverstone
Max Verstappen shakes down the Red Bull RB15 at Silverstone ahead of testing this week
Red Bull
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Aric Almirola wins Busch Pole at Atlanta
  first since 2012
Aric Almirola topped the leaderboard at 181.473 mph in the No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford on Friday, winning the Busch Pole Award for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (2 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This is Almirola’s first pole at Atlanta, and the second of his career — the first came in 2012. Right behind the No. 10 Ford was Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford at 180.428 mph.
Rossi mentally ready to win 2019 IndyCar title
  He will have to beat best pool of talent in IndyCar history

Alexander Rossi burst onto the IndyCar series scene in his rookie year by winning the historic 100th Indianapolis 500, but he finished 11th in the points. He constantly reiterated his goal to be more consistent, which he was in 2017, when he won at Watkins Glen and improved to a team-best seventh in the points. In 2018 he was in contention to win the title after winning three races, but he was 2nd to Scott Dixon in the end. In 2019 he aims to win it all.  But he will have to beat the deepest talent pool in IndyCar history.

Scenes from F1 Testing in Barcelona Day 4
  by Federico Basile for AutoRacing1.com
Using the softest C5 tires Pirelli makes, Nico Hulkenberg gave Renault something to pound their chest about as the F1 teams wrapped up week #1 testing in Barcelona. In fact the four fastest times were set on the C5 tires with Lewis Hamilton rounding out the top-5 for Mercedes on a set of C4 tires.  All five were in the 1m17s bracket. Federico Basile was there to snap these photos for AutoRacing1.com
Pirelli summarizes 2019 F1 tire performance
  They made it more confusing for the fans
It’s still early days, but so far the tires seem to be performing largely as we expected, with a performance gap of around 0.6 to 0.7 seconds between each compound. In more detail, it’s something around 0.6 seconds between C2 and C3 so far, and roughly the same gap between C3 and C4, which were the most used tires in this session. Due to the cool conditions this week, there was a bit of graining as expected, which should disappear when temperatures become warmer during the actual season.
Scenes from F1 Testing in Barcelona Day 3
  by Federico Basile for AutoRacing1.com
Using the softest tires Pirelli makes, Daniil Kvyat topped the third day of Formula 1 pre-season testing for Toro Rosso after edging out Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen who also used the soft C5 tires. Taking advantage of 'happy hour' temperatures, Kvyat managed to set the fastest time of pre-season so far in the process. Federico Basile was there for AutoRacing1.com to capture these fantastic photos.
Scenes from F1 Testing in Barcelona Day 2
  by Federico Basile for AutoRacing1.com
Ferrari's Charles Leclerc's time from prior to lunch survived a soft tire onslaught from Lando Norris and McLaren to give Ferrari top time for the second day running. Leclerc lapped within 1/10th of a second of Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel’s Monday time in the opening session at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Tuesday, recording a lap of 1m18.247s before lunch. Federico Basile was there for AutoRacing1.com and snapped these photos.
Scenes from F1 Testing in Barcelona Day 1
  Federico Basile for AutoRacing1.com
Sebastian Vettel's morning time in the SF-90 Ferrari was enough to beat McLaren driver Carlos Sainz Jr on the opening day of preseason testing in Barcelona. Vettel set a 1m18.161s in the morning session on the C3 tires - the middle compound in Pirelli's testing range to Sainz’s 1m18.558s – only 0.397s slower than Vettel but his time was set on softer rubber. Our Federico Basile was there to bring you all these photos.
Denny Hamlin Gets Emotion Filled Daytona 500 Victory
  by Brandon Reed
Denny Hamlin scored an emotional overtime victory in Sunday’s 61st annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. It marks Hamlin’s second win in the Great American Race, and it comes while driving a car in honor of J.D. Gibbs, team president and co-founder of Joe Gibbs Racing, who passed away earlier this year. After a trio of multi-car crashes decimated the field, leaving only 14 cars on the lead lap, it came down to a battle of Joe Gibbs Racing teammates between Hamlin and Kyle Busch.
Madness in Mexico sees di Grassi win
  Formula E in photo finish
Despite only leading the final few metros of the Mexico City E-Prix, Lucas di Grassi got his first win of the season for Audi out of pure luck. He drove past an out of power Pascal Wehrlein with meters to spare to snatch victory away. Having saved power in third place for the majority of the race, in a true rope-a-dope strategy, di Grassi was able to pass Oliver Rowland with five minutes to spare before launching an attack on pole-sitter Wehrlein in the final few laps.
Annett Scores First Xfinity Victory At Daytona
  by Brandon Reed
It took him eight years, but it was well worth the wait. Michael Annett held off his teammate, Justin Allgaier, to get to the checkered flag first and score the win in Saturday’s NASCAR Racing Experience 300 at Daytona International Speedway. It gives the Des Moines, Iowa driver his first win in 230 starts in the series, and it gives JR Motorsports their fifth overall Daytona victory.
Wherlein takes pole in Mexico City
  Di Grassi on outside pole
Rookie driver Pascal Wehrlein (Mahindra Racing) posted another solid time after Qualifying in Second in Santiago. The Formula E newbie will start the race on Pole. Wehrlein will be followed into battle by Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler's Lucas di Grassi, who starts the race in second with Venturi's Felipe Massa behind him in third. Fourth place on the grid goes to Nissan e.dams' Oliver Rowland who made his debut in Super Pole, out qualifiying his teammate Sebastien Buemi, who starts the race in sixth, behind BMW i Andretti Motorsport's Antonio Felix da Costa. 
Austin Hill wins crashfest Daytona Truck race
  by Brandon Reed
Austin Hill held off a hard last lap charge from Grant Enfinger in double overtime to score his first career NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series win Friday night in a war of attrition at Daytona International Speedway. With all but a record nine of the 32 starters eliminated after a record 11 cautions, Hill grabbed lead on the final restart with a push from Spencer Boyd. He then held off a hard charge from Matt Crafton and Enfinger over the final lap en route to the win.
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