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08/18/19
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Richmond to replace Pocono IndyCar race (6th Update)
Mark Miles blowing off Pocono
Mark Miles blowing off Pocono

UPDATE AR1.com has learned that ABC Supply has committed to sponsor additional Pocono 500 races if IndyCar is willing to come back.

One Pocono spokesperson told AR1.com that "ABC Supply has committed to sponsor every IndyCar race at Pocono. We have given IndyCar multiple proposals and IndyCar executives have been at the track all weekend and they have made zero effort to talk to our executives."

Pocono's large size makes the attendance look worse than it really is. There will be more fans here today at Pocono than a race at Richmond would get, but it appears IndyCar is blowing off Pocono and are going to make their bed with IndyCar's #1 enemy.

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08/18/19
f1

Did Alonso really reject Red Bull's offer? (Update)
Did Alonso really turn down Red Bull?
Did Alonso really turn down Red Bull?

UPDATE We hear the Spanish media may be confused.  We are told the offer was from Aston Martin, which sponsors the Red Bull F1 team, to drive their Vantage DTM car in 2020.

If true, no wonder Alonso turned it down.

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08/18/19
irl

IndyCar: Overheard at Pocono - Saturday (Update)
Will the ABC Supply 500 be on the 2020 IndyCar calendar?
Will the ABC Supply 500 be on the 2020 IndyCar calendar? IndyCar is not even returning Pocono's calls

UPDATE As for the rumor about Herta moving to Meyer Shank Steinbrenner Racing in 2020 below - that is not happening - see this updated rumor on where Herta will drive in 2020.

08/17/19 There's been a lot of chatter in the paddock here at Pocono Raceway this weekend, and we'll start with the event itself. Word is Pocono Raceway really wants to keep an IndyCar race and they have made several generous offers to IndyCar. Remember, the track is hosting only one NASCAR weekend in 2020. Also, on Thursday they brought in a contingent from the Pennsylvania State Bureau of Tourism to look over the track and rumor has it that the track has asked the bureau to help save this race.

Of course, they can help with strong advertising for this race. However, in our opinion, what this race really needs is front money to bring in two big concert names for an IndyCar race.

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08/18/19
f1
irl

F1 to move from Sao Paulo to Rio (6th Update)
Interlagos
Interlagos

UPDATE Sao Paulo governor Joao Doria is again vowing to keep the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos after next season.

The future of the race at the historic circuit was cast into doubt earlier this year when the country's president Jair Bolsonaro declared the race would be moving to Rio de Janeiro in 2020 at a new track in the suburb of Deodoro.

That date has since been pushed back to 2021 with the Autodromo Carlos Pace already having a contract in place for next year, but Sao Paulo isn't giving up without a fight.

“Formula 1 will not leave Sao Paulo,” Doria was quoted by Motorsport Week as telling Terra.

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08/17/19
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Herta and Steinbrenner to move to Meyer Shank (Update)
Michael Andretti to make room for Herta and run a 5th car
Michael Andretti to make room for Herta and run a 5th car

UPDATE We are downgrading this rumor to 'false' today.  We hear that Michael Andretti is likely to run Herta out of his shop and not put him in a satellite team like he did this year at Harding.

So Meyer Shank racing will likely stay a 1-car team and Andretti Autosport will run Herta, we assume somehow in association with George Steinbrenner IV, in a 5th car, in a similar fashion to how the #98 car is run in association with Bryan Herta and Marco Andretti. Our 2020 IndyCar Silly Season page has been updated accordingly.

Is Michael Andretti, therefore, spreading his team too thin with a 5-car operation?

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08/17/19
irl

Will Honda stay in F1?
Max Verstappen in the Red Bull Honda
Max Verstappen in the Red Bull Honda
Despite their growing success, Honda is still discussing whether to continue in F1 beyond 2020 given the huge investment.

Following an increase in form which includes two wins and a pole position, Red Bull Honda driver Max Verstappen is now breathing down Valtteri Bottas' neck in the Formula 1 world championship. The managing director of Honda F1 says everything is going well even though Pierre Gasly underperformed in the 2nd car.

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08/15/19
nasmon

DiBenedetto not returning to LFR in 2020 (Update)
Christopher Bell expected to move up to Cup in 2020
Christopher Bell expected to move up to Cup in 2020

UPDATE Word on the street is that Christopher Bell is in line to replace Matt DiBenedetto in the #95 Levine Family Racing Toyota. 

08/14/19



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08/14/19
f1

Bottas reportedly set to be axed (2nd Update)
Bottas to Ford Rally team in 2020? He's testing as we speak.
Bottas to Ford Rally team in 2020? He's testing as we speak.

UPDATE (GMM) Jacques Villeneuve does not think Mercedes should drop Valtteri Bottas.

Many pundits believe it is likely that team boss Toto Wolff will replace the Finn for 2020 with Mercedes reserve driver Esteban Ocon.

Bottas, 29, is currently testing an unbranded M-Sport world rally championship-spec Ford Fiesta in Germany.

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08/14/19
nasmon

Clint Bowyer to re-sign with SHR


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08/14/19
nasmon

Erik Jones to re-sign with Joe Gibbs Racing


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08/13/19
f1

2020 AR1.com F1 Silly Season page goes live
Did you hear?
Did you hear?
It's time for the racing Silly Season again and AR1.com's first Silly Season page to go live is the 2020 F1 Silly Season Page.

Check it out. You can always find a link at the top of our Rumors Page.

We will be live with our 2020 IndyCar Silly Season page this week.

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08/13/19
irl

Who will replace James Hinchcliffe as Honda Spokesperson?
Hinchcliffe likely to lose Honda gigs
Hinchcliffe likely to lose Honda gigs
Our sources tell us that James Hinchcliffe is likely to honor his contract with Arrow SPM that runs thru 2020 and will become Arrow McLaren SP.

This means Hinchcliffe can no longer be a Honda Spokesperson.

As for James continuing on as a Honda spokesman in television commercials here in the US, that is an annual agreement.  It likely will be reviewed by both parties in the off-season and we expect will not be renewed since he will be driving a Chevy powered car next year.

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08/12/19
f1

Who will replace Gasly? (10th Update)
Gasly scratches his head in wonderment after being lapped by his teammate again
Gasly scratches his head in wonderment after being lapped by his teammate again

UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today.  Gasly is out as we have rumored for a long time, Albon is in per this announcement.

08/06/19 (GMM) Christian Horner says it is "essential" that Red Bull has two cars near the front of the F1 field.

And with Max Verstappen currently electrifying the sport, it is clear that he is referring to the Dutchman's struggling teammate Pierre Gasly.

Amid rumors he is about to lose his seat, Frenchman Gasly recently improved his form but he was struggling once again in Hungary last weekend.

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08/12/19
f1

Kubica could change teams or quit F1 (4th Update)
Kubica signing autographs in Austria. He was so slow he was lapped 3 times
Kubica signing autographs in Austria. He was so slow he was lapped 3 times

UPDATE (GMM) Two well known F1 journalists think Robert Kubica is likely to lose his place on the grid.

After an eight year break with his permanent arm injuries, the 34-year-old Pole returned to Formula 1 this year with Williams but has struggled.

"George Russell is clearly the faster man at Williams," said veteran Swiss journalist Roger Benoit, who writes for Blick newspaper.

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08/12/19
f1

20hp engine boost for Ferrari after break
Ferrari already has the most powerful engine, but their inferior chassis means zero wins so far. The 20hp should help at Spa and Monza
Ferrari already has the most powerful engine, but their inferior chassis means zero wins so far. The 20hp should help at Spa and Monza
(GMM) Toto Wolff is forecasting a "very strong" performance by Ferrari after the summer break.

Marca sports newspaper reports that the Maranello team, which was outclassed by Mercedes and Red Bull-Honda in Hungary, will unveil its third-specification engine at Spa.

The Spanish publication said the new engine should deliver a 20 horsepower boost. 

Even without considering the new engine, Mercedes boss Wolff said he already expected Ferrari to be strong at the high-speed circuits that await after the August break.

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08/10/19
irl

Meyer Shank Racing must look for new partner
Mike Shank
Mike Shank
The move of the Arrow McLaren SPM team to Chevy power in 2020 not only screwed up James Hinchcliffe as spokesman for Honda, it also screws the Mike Shank and Jim Meyer-owned Honda operation who, without its technical alliance with Arrows SPM, would be severely handicapped due to their limited resources.

Who Meyer Shank Racing teams with is important because the team wants to run fulltime in IndyCar in 2020. The team runs Honda’s luxury brand Acura in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, where it leads the GT Daytona class with the No. 86 Acura NSX GT3, so switching to Chevy is doubtful.

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08/09/19
irl

IndyCar needs a sponsor to save Pocono race (Update)
The Family only really cares about their Indy 500
The Family only really cares about their Indy 500

UPDATE On yesterday's Pocono 500 preview conference call Graham Rahal said IndyCar should give Pocono another chance and we agree. Next year there will be only one NASCAR weekend at Pocono which means there will be a much better opportunity to sell tickets (3 big weekends in the span of 9 weeks just does not work - cannot sell that many tickets in the market).

Rahal also suggested, as AR1.com has on numerous occasions, that the race weekend needs to include some big concerts, a la the USGP at COTA and the Indy 500 concerts. There is so much dead time at Pocono throughout the weekend, and so little for the fans to do besides roasting in aluminum bleachers, that fans do not see the value.

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08/09/19
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Graham Rahal confirms team looking at third car
Graham Rahal
Graham Rahal
On a conference call to preview the Pocono 500, Graham Rahal confirmed the Rahal Letterman Lanigan IndyCar team are talking to sponsors about a third car for 2020.

The main benefit he talked about more cars, mean more data, which  means better team performance. They are competing against bigger teams in Penske and Andretti who get more test days and can try different setups on race weekends.

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08/09/19
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Arrow SPM to switch to Chevy engines with McLaren and Herta (3rd Update)
Sam Schmidt rumored to be eyeing Chevy power
Sam Schmidt moves team to Chevy

UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' with today's announcement. Still no word on Colton Herta as the driver......or will Fernando Alonso bite the bullet and make the move fulltime?



08/08/19 McLaren Racing is in the advanced stages of forming an IndyCar partnership for next year, according to sources, and the team could announce its new deal in the near future.

McLaren has been working on fielding a full-time entry in next year’s NTT IndyCar Series, and Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports continues to be the team that sources say McLaren is most likely to align with.

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08/09/19
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f1

Hulkenberg to Formula E? (2nd Update)
Hulkenberg. AR1 Note: He has never even had an F1 podium in all these years
Hulkenberg. AR1 Note: He has never even had an F1 podium in all these years

UPDATE (GMM) Nico Hulkenberg says he is "not ready" to contemplate a switch to Formula E.

It is strongly rumored that if Haas shows the door to Romain Grosjean, the Frenchman will accept an offer he has already received from the all-electric series.

Renault driver Hulkenberg's F1 future is similarly uncertain, but he insists: "I'm not ready for Formula E yet. I like what I'm doing.

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08/09/19
f1

Carlos Slim likely saved Mexican GP (Update)
Carlos Slim
As first rumored by AR1.com, Carlos Slim saved the race as he has big investments in all those companies

UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Some of the "most powerful businesses in Mexico opened their wallets and came to the rescue" of the Mexican F1 Grand Prix, ensuring the race will remain in the country through '22.

Sources said that thanks to "direct intervention" by Mexican billionaire magnate and motorsports enthusiast Carlos Slim, a "group of sponsors" including Citibanamex, Hidrosina, Telcel, Seguros GNP, Heineken and Diageo will provide funding after the government announced it would no longer fund the race.

Diageo Dir General Erik Seirsen said that the businesses intend to "continue the current agreement" with race organizer CIE. Heineken will reportedly be the race's title sponsor. MSN.

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08/08/19
f2
f1

Schumacher will make it to F1 grid
Mick Schumacher
Mick Schumacher
(GMM) Mick Schumacher will "definitely" make it all the way to Formula 1.

That is the view of Jean Alesi, a friend of Mick's famous father Michael Schumacher.

This year, 20-year-old Mick, and former Ferrari driver Alesi's 19-year-old son Giuliano, are competing in Formula 2.

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08/08/19
f1

Fittipaldi to F1?
Fittipaldi has a near-zero chance of ever landing a fulltime  F1 seat
Pietro Fittipaldi
(GMM) Gunther Steiner has played down rumors that Haas might sign up Pietro Fittipaldi as a race driver in 2020.

With Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean often clashing on track, the American team's boss has admitted he will use the summer break to think about the next driver lineup.

Active drivers including Nico Hulkenberg and Valtteri Bottas have been linked with the seat, but another name in the mix is Fittipaldi's.

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08/07/19
f1
irl

2019 Mexican GP to be last. Door open for IndyCar? (5th Update)
Mexico City packs the grandstands
Mexico City packs the grandstands

UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today. The Mexican Grand Prix organizer has announced the race will remain on the Formula 1 calendar beyond the end of its current contract, which runs out after this year's event.

An official announcement will be made at the mayor's office on Thursday and is expected to be for 3 years.

The news was confirmed in a video by Mexico City mayor Claudia Sheinbaum, who assumed office in December.

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08/07/19
f1

2020 Dutch GP in doubt?
Dutch tree huggers are out to stop the Dutch GP at Zandvoort.  It really should be at Assen anyway - a superior circuit
Dutch tree huggers are out to stop the Dutch GP at Zandvoort. It really should be at Assen anyway - a superior circuit
(GMM) Dutch GP boss Jan Lammers has played down suggestions Formula 1's return to Zandvoort in 2020 is in doubt.

Organizers revealed recently that, thanks to Max Verstappen's success and popularity, a million people registered to get tickets for the first Dutch GP since 1985.

But this week, an organisation called Rust Bij De Kust - whose motto says locals are "Tired of racing noise in the dunes and in your backyard" - indicated that it will step up its efforts to disrupt plans for the 2020 race.

According to BNR Nieuwsradio, the group intends to object to Zandvoort's planning applications to upgrade the circuit, which could mean the circuit runs out of time to be ready for 2020.

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08/07/19
f1

F1 to Saudi Arabia in 2021 (2nd Update)
Saudi Arabia is just a money grab by F1
Saudi Arabia is just a money grab by F1

UPDATE (GMM) A Qatari broadcaster has slammed Formula 1 for contemplating a grand prix in Saudi Arabia.

This week, it emerged that Liberty Media is in talks with the powerful Kingdom for what would be a race on a novel street circuit. One rendering depicts the F1 cars racing underneath a clear-bottomed swimming pool.

The Saudi talks were already controversial given the state's human rights record, but now they are also under fire by Qatar broadcaster BeIN Media Group.

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08/06/19
irl

Pagenaud re-signs with Team Penske
Simon Pagenaud, counting the Penske Dough
Simon Pagenaud, counting the Penske Dough

According to AR1.com sources, Indy 500 winner Simon Pagenaud, as expected, has resigned with Team Penske.  The terms of the deal are not known.



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08/04/19
automotive

Renault eyes stake in Fiat, by reducing stake in Nissan
Renault Logo
Renault Logo
Renault and Nissan Motor Co. have held talks that would see Renault reduce its stake in the Japanese carmaker and help the French company restart merger discussions with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The sides are weighing plans under which Renault would cut its 43.4 percent holding in Nissan, a move meant to rebalance their global alliance, the Journal said, citing internal emails as well as people briefed on the talks. Any reduction of the stake would need approval from France, which owns 15 percent of Renault.

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08/04/19
f1

F1 to reduce winter testing by two days
Lando Norris says Winter Testing really helped him as a rookie
Lando Norris says Winter Testing really helped him as a rookie
(GMM) F1 could reduce the amount of pre-season testing to free up capacity for another race.

Liberty Media has asked the teams for their agreement to sign a 2020 race deal with Barcelona, which would bring the calendar to an unprecedented 22 grands prix.

"I think in principle, yes is the answer," Red Bull boss Christian Horner said.

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