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01/27/20
f1

Ferrari preparing two versions of 2020 F1 car - Bobbi
Is Ferrari designing two different cars?
Is Ferrari designing two different cars?
(GMM) Ferrari is preparing two versions of its new 2020 car for next month's winter testing season.

That is the claim of Matteo Bobbi, a former Minardi test driver. His comments to Sky Italia follow reports that an aerodynamic flaw may have been discovered on Ferrari's 2020 car.

Last year, Mercedes took a basic version of its 2019 car to the first week of the winter tests, replacing it with the final version for the second and final week.

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01/27/20
f1

Stroll's Aston Martin talks 'advanced' - source (3rd Update)
Lawrence Stroll (R) and son Lance
Lawrence Stroll (R) and son Lance

UPDATE (GMM) Aston Martin, a name increasingly rumored to be getting even closer to Formula 1, has suddenly pulled out of the German touring car championship DTM.

Mere months before the start of the 2020 season, DTM has been left with just two car manufacturers after the R-Motorsport team lost the backing of Aston Martin after just a single season.

The news coincides with rising speculation that Racing Point owner Lawrence Stroll is now poised to take over Aston Martin, a British luxury carmaker that is currently title sponsor at Red Bull.

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01/25/20
dtm

Another manufacturer quits DTM, will BMW be next?
BMW battles Aston Martin in 2019.
BMW battles Aston Martin in 2019.
Motorsport director Jens Marquardt says BMW will “analyze a changed situation” in the DTM following the announcement that R-Motorsport will leave the series after a single season.

The end of the Aston Martin program comes as no surprise after a tough debut campaign that ended with a split with engine partner HWA.

Whilst the new Class 1 regulations will come into force in Super GT in 2020, none of the Japanese brands that took part in the 2019 season finale at Hockenheim will join the DTM grid during the year ahead, leaving the series as a straight fight between Audi and BMW and with Mercedes quitting DTM to focus on Formula E, how much longer will it be before Audi and BMW quit? Audi and BMW both compete in Formula E, the future of automobile propulsion.

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01/24/20
f1
fe

Coronavirus could threaten Chinese GP and Formula E races
Removing the dead bodies
Removing the dead bodies
(GMM) A dark cloud has moved above April's running of the Chinese GP and March's running of the Formula E race in Sanya

Over 878 cases of the coronavirus, which has killed 26 people so far, have been detected in China.

As a result, the country is quarantining entire cities and China's automobile federation has even banned "all sports competitions until April".

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01/23/20
imsa
wec

IMSA and ACO set to announce joint top-level class
The DPi cars will convert to be on same playing field as the ACO and FIA Hypercars
The DPi cars will convert to be on same playing field as the ACO and FIA Hypercars
IMSA and the ACO are set to confirm joint plans for their top-class - prototype racing, with an announcement scheduled at Daytona International Speedway for Friday morning.

The ACO issued a media advisory that will see an announcement at 11:45 a.m. ET on Friday between ACO President Pierre Fillon and IMSA Chairman Jim France.

Rumor has it that DPi’s next-generation platform will be eligible alongside the FIA and ACO’s Le Mans Hypercar formula beginning in 2022 when the same set of top-class prototypes will be eligible to compete in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, 24 Hours of Le Mans and Petit LeMans for the first time in decades.

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01/23/20
irl

Coyne wants to keep Ferrucci, others want to steal him (2nd Update)
Santino Ferrucci
Santino Ferrucci

UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with today's announcement that Ferrucci has re-signed with Dale Coyne Racing w/Vasser Sullivan and will drive the #18 vacated by Sebastien Bourdais.

We have updated our 2020 IndyCar Silly Season page accordingly. 

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01/22/20
automotive

Video: Spied C8 Corvette Z01 Flat-Crank V8
Regular C8 Corvette
Regular C8 Corvette

Chevrolet's upcoming 2022 Corvette Z06 has been spied in a video, showing its exhaust and engine sounds. It looks like someone caught the folks at Chevrolet testing a possible Z06 variant of the latest Corvette. It’s hard to say if the model testing will get the Z06 badging, but it sounds like it’s getting a derivative of the 5.5-liter flat-plane-crank V8.

Comparing the engine note to the cross-plane-crank-equipped LT2-powered 'Vette, there is a noticeable difference in exhaust note, furthering the assumption there is a flat-plane crank stuffed in the V8.

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01/22/20
f1

Sources say 2020 Ferrari has 'serious' aero flaw
Mattia Binotto - another failed car design.
Mattia Binotto - another failed car design.
(GMM) More rumblings about trouble with Ferrari's 2020 car are emerging.

Last week, journalist and Ferrari insider Leo Turrini claimed that data from the 2020 car coming out of the simulator and wind tunnel "have not impressed the engineers".

And now, citing 'reliable sources within Ferrari', Germany's Auto Bild says the data from the wind tunnel is actually "worse" than is being reported.

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01/22/20
f1

Nissany to take Williams race seat in 2021
Roy Nissany, has very large check, will drive
Roy Nissany, has very large check, will drive
(GMM) Claire Williams has admitted that Roy Nissany, the team's new test driver, could be on the grid in 2021.

Nissany, 25, has been ridiculed by some for a lack of competitiveness, but he comes with the key backing of Canadian-Israeli billionaire Sylvan Adams.

The Israeli driver, who is the son of the infamously slow former Minardi tester Chanoch Nissany, finished 22nd in Formula 2 in 2018 and did not race at all last year. 

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01/22/20
nascup

Daniel Suarez to drive for Gaunt Brothers Racing
Daniel Suarez
Daniel Suarez
Multiple reports state that Daniel Suarez will drive the No. 96 Cup car for Gaunt Brothers Racing in 2020.

The team has not made any an announcement.

Toby Christie reported Friday at tobychristie.com that a deal was done for Suarez to drive the full Cup season for Gaunt Brothers Racing. 

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01/20/20
f1

F1 in talks with Saudi Arabia (2nd Update)
The track will be integral with a Six Flags Entertainment Park
The track will be integral with a Six Flags Entertainment Park

UPDATE (GMM) Former F1 driver Alex Wurz has penned a circuit intended to be the host of a Saudi Arabia GP in 2023.

Arabian Business reports that the venue on the outskirts of the capital Riyadh is part of state-run Qiddiya, an entertainment "giga-project" that hosted the final stage of the Dakar rally.

Among those at the event on the weekend called Qiddiya Grand Prix was the F1 track designer Wurz, Damon Hill, Romain Grosjean, David Coulthard and Nico Hulkenberg.

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01/20/20
f1

Bratches' F1 exit 'imminent' (2nd Update)
Sean Bratches
Sean Bratches

UPDATE (GMM) F1's commercial director Sean Bratches is set to leave the sport.

We reported last September that an announcement could be "imminent", with Liberty's Chase Carey and Ross Brawn staying put but Bratches set to leave.

Mark Kleinman, Sky News' City editor, believes an announcement could now be made "as early as" this week.

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01/20/20
f1

Ferrari eyes Hamilton but he will renew 2 years with Mercedes (6th Update)
Is Hamilton Ferrari bound? Depends whether Mercedes stays in F1
Hamilton to renew with Mercedes, until Lawrence Stroll buys the team and slaps the Aston Martin name on it

UPDATE (GMM) Lewis Hamilton looks set to re-commit to Mercedes, according to the authoritative Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The report claims that the six-time world champion, earlier linked with a 2021 switch to Ferrari, will in fact re-sign with Mercedes for 2021 and 2022.

Recently, the 35-year-old Briton's options for 2021 and beyond became limited when Ferrari signed a new deal with Charles Leclerc through 2024, and Max Verstappen opted to stay at Red Bull until 2023.

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01/20/20
f1

Stroll, Wolff, eye Mercedes F1 team takeover
Lawrence Stroll looks to buy the best F1 team for his son. If he cannot win with Racing Point, then buy the very best team for Lance
Lawrence Stroll looks to buy the best F1 team for his son. If Lance cannot win with Racing Point, then buy the very best team for him
(GMM) Lawrence Stroll and Toto Wolff could be planning to take over the Mercedes works team from 2021, according to veteran German correspondent Ralf Bach.

The report, published on Bach's website f1-insider.com, says team boss Wolff had actually negotiated a deal to replace Chase Carey at Liberty Media.

But Ferrari vetoed that plan, demanding that Wolff spend at least three years on 'gardening leave'. 

And so he changed direction, instead teaming up with Racing Point owner Stroll to take over the Brackley based team that has won every world championship since 2014.

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01/18/20
irl

Alonso eyes IndyCar full-time for 2021 (8th Update)
Alonso eyes possible move to IndyCar full-time with McLaren
Alonso now leaves the door open for a full IndyCar season in 2021. Alonso's global popularity would be a boon to IndyCar, but.....

UPDATE Well it appears time has changed Alonso's mind.  And perhaps new series owner Roger Penske who can do great things for IndyCar. Plus the new windscreen and halo that IndyCar has implemented to increase driver safety has now made him consider IndyCar as a viable option for 2021.

Whereas before he said he would never do a full IndyCar season (see below), his tune has changed.

"In the summer I will have to make a decision, that's for sure," he told Spanish radio broadcaster Copa's El Partidazo de Cope program this week.

"I will evaluate F1, I could also return to the WEC since the hypercars will arrive. Or I could do an entire championship in IndyCar," he added.

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01/18/20
irl

Alonso to return to Indy 500 without McLaren (5th Update)
Alonso likely to return to 2020 Indy 500 with Andretti Autosport and no McLaren
Alonso's relationship with McLaren appears over for the time being.

UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' now that we know Alonso will almost certainly drive for the Andretti team in the Indy 500.

11/02/19 (GMM) McLaren has apparently closed the door to a Formula 1 return for Fernando Alonso.

Alonso, who quit at the end of last year, said this week that he would study the 2021 regulations in view of a potential return.

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01/17/20
f1

Nissany part of Israel GP push for 2021
Roy Nissany
Roy Nissany
(GMM) There is more than meets the eye to Williams' new test driver signing.

At the post-grand prix test in Abu Dhabi last year, the largely unknown 25-year-old Roy Nissany was suddenly at the wheel of Williams' 2019 car.

He was quickly ridiculed, not only because he was several seconds off the pace of Williams' regular drivers, but because his then 42-year-old father Chanoch was even slower when he did a Friday practice for Minardi back in 2005.

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01/15/20
f1

Alonso to replace Vettel? (2nd Update)
2012 when Alonso drove for Ferrari
2012 when Alonso drove for Ferrari

UPDATE (GMM) Fernando Alonso does not think there is room at Ferrari for his potential return to Formula 1 in 2021.

In recent days, as he tackles the off-road Dakar rally and contemplates a third attempt to win the Indy 500 in May, the 38-year-old has admitted he will soon give thought to returning to F1.

"First I finish the Dakar, then I do the Indianapolis 500, and in the summer I will have to make a decision," he told the El Partidazo de Cope program.

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01/15/20
f1

Alfa Romeo to leave F1
Frederic Vasseur could soon be looking for a new engine partner
Sauber boss Frederic Vasseur could soon be looking for a new engine partner
A Ferrari insider has revealed that Alfa Romeo may leave F1.

Leo Turrini, a long-time F1 journalist with key sources at Ferrari, wrote on his Quotidiano blog about speculation that F1's Swiss team, recently known as Sauber, could soon lose its key Alfa Romeo backing.

"Alfa Romeo being in F1 was the great idea of the deceased Sergio Marchionne, but unfortunately, sales of the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio have not been exciting," he said.

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01/15/20
nascup
f1

Penske eyes possible lights at IMS for NASCAR, F1 (Update)
UPDATE From a man who hears things in Indy.



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01/14/20
irl

McLaughlin to take what was to be Rossi's seat at Team Penske?
Rossi sad after getting beaten by Team Penske in last year's Indy 500
Rossi sad after getting beaten by Team Penske in last year's Indy 500
Alexander Rossi had the chance to drive a 4th car for the greatest team in the history of IndyCar starting in 2020 - a team with the most wins, most championships and most importantly, the most Indy 500 wins (18). He turned down their offer and now will have to get used to getting beat by them.

As a result, Team Penske will likely add a 4th car for Supercars star Scott Mclaughlin, part-time to start, then who knows from there.

Team Penske president Tim Cindric has confirmed to Motorsport.com that Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin’s test at Sebring yesterday was more than just a novelty one-off and that the team is investigating the possibilities of the 26-year-old making his IndyCar race debut this season.

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01/14/20
nascup
irl

NASCAR in 'advanced discussions' with Verizon
Verizon terminated their sponsorship of IndyCar after the 2018 season (TV ratings too low?) and now want to move that money to NASCAR
Verizon terminated their sponsorship of IndyCar after the 2018 season and now want to return to NASCAR

NASCAR is in ‘advanced discussions’ over a new sponsorship deal with telecommunications giant Verizon, according to Sports Business Journal (SBJ).

The industry outlet said that NASCAR held talks with Verizon about the company becoming a premier partner in its new tiered sponsorship model. However, a deal ultimately failed to materialize as Verizon was not named as one of the series’ four top-tier partners - Busch Beer, Coca-Cola, Geico and Xfinity.

However, NASCAR and Verizon have reportedly continued negotiations about a limited sponsorship that could include the series’ tracks getting 5G technology upgrades to improve their wireless capabilities. 

SBJ’s report added that it was unclear how close discussions between the pair were to being finalized.

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01/14/20
f1

F1 to switch to 2-stroke engines (Update)
Pat Symonds, chief technical officer of Formula 1
Pat Symonds, chief technical officer of Formula 1

UPDATE (GMM) Dr Helmut Marko is not writing off the chances that Formula 1 will be powered by two-stroke engines from 2025.

In 2014, the sport's new V6 'power unit' era began, but the cost, complexity, sound and Mercedes' dominance have all been controversial.

So Pat Symonds, an experienced engineer who is now Liberty Media's F1 technical boss, told a Motorsport Industry Association conference that the future could be two-stroke. 

He said those engines would be "much more efficient", produce a "great sound from the exhaust, and a lot of the problems with the old two strokes are just not relevant anymore".

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01/11/20
f1

Haas F1 team to be sold (5th Update)
Is Gene Haas tired of throwing money down the F1 rat hole?
Gene Haas not pulling plug until he can unload his financial albatross

UPDATE Gunther Steiner admits that the decision whether to continue is out of his hands and that it is team owner, Gene Haas who will decide if it is worth remaining in F1 or not.

"It's difficult to know what to say to convince him," says Steiner, according to Autosport. "He needs to convince himself. That's how I see it.

"He understands that best," he continued. "I don't think I can do a lot to convince him, he needs to convince himself that this is what he wants to do, that this is what he wants to use his marketing money to invest in.

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01/11/20
irl
nasmon

Kyle Busch eyes 2020 Indy 500 (Update)
Kyle Busch eyes Indy 500 go
Kyle Busch eyes Indy 500 go, possibly with Arrows McLaren

UPDATE Under his new contract with Joe Gibbs Racing, NASCAR Superstar Kyle Busch has officially been approved to compete in the 200-lap “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” around the four-turn, 2.5-mile (4.023-kilometer) Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval in Speedway, Indiana, and Toyota is reportedly okay with Busch running a Chevrolet-powered car in this race but not arch rival from Japan Honda.

Busch had the sponsorship all lined up in 2017 but Joe Gibbs said no at the time. All that is changed now with the new contract.

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01/10/20
f1

Red Bull to launch car day after Ferrari
Binotto
Binotto
(GMM) According to a media report, Red Bull will launch its 2020 car on February 12 - one day after Ferrari.

When Ferrari announced in December that it would reveal its own new car on February 11 - a full eight days before winter testing in Barcelona - boss Mattia Binotto predicted it would be one of the earliest launches of 2020.

"We will launch the car very early. I think we will be the earliest," Binotto said.

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01/10/20
nascup

Atlanta Motor Speedway seeks 2nd Cup race and Casino

Proposed Atlanta Speedway expansion
Proposed Atlanta Speedway expansion
A standing room-only crowd at the Atlanta Motor Speedway demonstrated that a possible resort and casino in the area might have the support of the community.

The Georgia House of Representatives’ Special Committee on Economic Growth, which includes members from all over the state of Georgia, met at the Speedway’s Media Center on Thursday and heard feedback from members of the community.

It was a crowd that Rep. Rick Williams, R-Milledgeville, called the friendliest large crowd he had ever seen, noting that typically, large crowds visit meetings to express disapproval with a proposal.

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