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12/14/19
f1

Liberty Media want Alonso to take Hamilton's seat at Mercedes
Alonso would jump at the chance to drive a Mercedes
Alonso would jump at the chance to drive a Mercedes

At the end of 2018, Fernando Alonso stepped away from McLaren and Formula 1 for good.

However, it appears that Liberty Media have realized that the Spaniard could be a real crowd-puller, and want him to return to the grid.

Reports have emerged that the Formula 1 owners are pushing Mercedes to take on Alonso as Lewis Hamilton’s replacement for 2021, should the Brit eventually choose to sign for Ferrari.

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12/13/19
nastruck

NASCAR's Hailie Deegan Switching From Toyota To Ford
Hailie Deegan
Hailie Deegan
Up-and-coming NASCAR driver Hailie Deegan appears to be in line for a surprising switch from Toyota to Ford next season, according to sources, despite the Japanese carmaker touting her as one of its rising stars. The 18-year-old has yet to announce her ’20 plans, but sources have linked her with a move next season to DGR-Crosley, a team that announced this week that it is switching from Toyota to Ford. She would likely be sponsored by Monster Energy and run a combination of ARCA and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races. Deegan is still at least a couple years away from competing in the Cup Series.

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12/13/19
nascup

NASCAR Fans Nationwide Could Lose Race Coverage if Congress Doesn't Act Soon
No one wants to miss the Daytona wreckfest
No one wants to miss the Daytona wreckfest

Lindsay Holman from Inside Sources writes - Can you imagine coming home from church on Sunday, February 16, 2020, and not having access to watch the Daytona 500? Unfortunately, this may become the reality for NASCAR fans and rural Americans across the country if Congress doesn’t act to protect satellite TV subscribers by renewing the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization, or STELAR by the end of this year.

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12/13/19
irl
nascup

Will IndyCar star Rossi run the 2020 Daytona 500?
Could Alexander Rossi possibly be running the Daytona 500, or will it be an offroad race, in February?
Could Alexander Rossi possibly be running the Daytona 500, or will it be an offroad race, in February?

OK, we admit this rumor is a WAG - Wild Arse Guess.

IndyCar driver Alexander Rossi has gone on record he may be running in a race in February that he cannot talk about yet.

The biggest race in the month of February is the Daytona 500. Rossi already drives for Team Penske in IMSA.

Would Roger run him in an extra car in the Daytona 500 as well?

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12/13/19
f1
irl

F1 to move to Rio, Sao Paulo says no (11th Update)
New Rio circuit. Rio de Janeiro played IndyCar like a fiddle to get F1 to come instead
New Rio circuit could still have active land mines

UPDATE Leaked documents revealed that "the site earmarked for a new racetrack in Rio de Janeiro" linked with hosting F1 in the future "could remain an active minefield." 

The new track is being constructed on the site of the Deodoro military base. MotoGP has agreed to a deal to race at the new venue, while Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro claimed that F1 would also make the move.

Sportlight Agency uncovered reports pertaining to the site's decommissioning as a military base, which claim that a "sweep of the area for mines was not fully completed," as documents say that "permanently flooded areas and watercourses were not subject to sweeping" GP FANS 

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12/13/19
irl

Kimball and Kellett to AJ Foyt Racing
Charlie Kimball
Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball has been rumored to end up at A.J. Foyt Enterprises’ in a full-time role after driving part-time for Carlin in 2019.

Now, however, the 34-year-old Camarillo, California native has been rumored to return to full-time competition in the 2020 season.

RACER’s Marshall Pruett has reported that Kimball could end up at A.J. Foyt Enterprises in 2020, provided his quest to bring enough funding to the table proves successful.

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12/12/19
f1
motogp

Hamilton crashed Rossi's MotoGP bike - rumor
Hamilton (44) and Rossi (46) go out on identical Yamahas
Hamilton (44) and Rossi (46) go out on identical Yamahas

UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. Lewis Hamilton has confirmed reports that he had a minor incident whilst riding Valentino Rossi's MotoGP bike at Valencia this week.

Amid an information blackout in the 24 hours after the Mercedes and Yamaha swap, Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport reported a rumor that Hamilton had crashed with "no consequences" for the world champion.

But many media outlets described that report as "fake news", especially when the six-time world champion told his fans on social media that there had been "no problems".

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12/12/19
automotive

Musk about to drive stake thru heart of German Auto Industry
If 500,000 cars per year is true, Musk will drive a stake thru the heart of all the German car manufacturers
If 500,000 cars per year is true, Musk will drive a stake thru the heart of all the German car manufacturers

Tesla plans to build 500,000 electric vehicles a year at its new factory on the outskirts of Berlin, Germany’s Bild newspaper reported on Wednesday.

German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported that Tesla will invest up to 4 billion euros ($4.41 billion) in the plant.

Tesla’s Gigafactory will create 10,000 jobs, Bild said, citing planning documents to develop the site. 

Construction will start in 2020, the newspaper reported. Tesla declined to comment on the Bild article or on its expansion plans.

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12/11/19
irl
dtm

Ed Jones leaving IndyCar for DTM (Update)
Ed Jones is now a DTM driver
Ed Jones is now a DTM driver

UPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' today. WRT Team Audi Sport today announced the driver line-up for its 2020 DTM campaign. For its second season in the top sportscar series, the Belgian squad is renewing entirely the line-up and betting again on young talent. The Audi RS 5 DTM will be entrusted in 2020 to Fabio Scherer and Ed Jones, who both come from single-seater formulae.

Fabio Scherer (20), a promising young talent born in Canton Obwalden in Switzerland, has taken part to the FIA F.3 European Championship in the last two season, after having graduated from Formula 4, where he spent three season racing in Germany, Italy and the EAU.

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12/11/19
f1

Haas steals McLaren aero boss
Guillaume Cattelani
Guillaume Cattelani
(GMM) Haas is not commenting on reports that McLaren's aerodynamics boss Guillaume Cattelani is heading to the small American team.

Denmark's BT newspaper cited 'sources' who claim Cattelani, who worked for Enstone based Lotus before moving to McLaren in 2014, is switching to Haas.

Haas struggled with Pirelli's tires but also aerodynamics in 2019. Before entering F1 in 2012, Cattelani once worked for Dallara, who currently build Haas' F1 cars.

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12/10/19
v8

Holden Commodore to be discontinued to Australia (Update)
Teams like the Walkinshaw Andretti United team could soon be in search for Ford Mustangs
Teams like the Walkinshaw Andretti United team, which run Holden Commodores, will soon be in search for Ford Mustangs

UPDATE This rumor is upgraded t 'fact' today. However, the Commodore will continue in Supercars until the end of 2021 amid the bombshell announcement the brand will retire the iconic nameplate.

In a move which has shocked the automotive industry, both the ZB Commodore and BK Astra will be withdrawn from the market next year as Holden looks to narrow its portfolio exclusively on SUVs and light commercial vehicles.

The Commodore model, which has been present since 1978, will continue to be sold until the existing stocks are depleted.

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12/10/19
f1

Williams to sign Israeli tester for 2020
Claire Williams salivating over Nissany's huge check
Claire Williams salivating over Nissany's huge check
(GMM) An Israeli driver looks set to sign up as a Williams test driver for 2020.

At the post-grand prix Abu Dhabi test, 25-year-old Roy Nissany, who reportedly sat out the 2019 racing season with an injury, tested the struggling British team's F1 car.

The well funded driver was several seconds off the pace of the regular Williams racers, but it appears as though Nissany will nonetheless be unveiled in mid January as a test driver for 2020.

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12/06/19
f1

Gazprom denies plans to become F1 sponsor
Kvyat could use a sponsor boost
Kvyat could use a sponsor boost
(GMM) Russian natural gas giant Gazprom has denied reports that it is poised to re-enter Formula 1 as a sponsor.

It was reported this week that Gazprom, a former Minardi sponsor last decade, was poised to back either Renault or Toro Rosso to the tune of EUR 35 million beginning next year.

Russian driver Daniil Kvyat races for Toro Rosso, which will be renamed Alpha Tauri in 2020, and Renault's reserve is another Russian, Sergey Sirotkin.

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12/06/19
f1

Stroll to buy Aston Martin too
Lawrence Stroll (R) and son Lance
Lawrence Stroll (R) and son Lance
(GMM) No official comment is yet to be made amid rumors Racing Point owner Lawrence Stroll also wants to take over the struggling British carmaker Aston Martin.

Reports suggest Canadian billionaire Stroll, the father of team driver Lance Stroll, is leading a consortium that is eyeing Aston Martin and intends to re-brand his F1 team and paint the cars British racing green.

Aston Martin is currently Red Bull Racing's title sponsor.

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12/05/19
irl

New baseball stadium would kill the Long Beach GP (2nd Update)
Is this why Jim Michaelian was seen smiling the other day?
Is this why Jim Michaelian was seen smiling the other day?

UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' today, which is good news for the Grand Prix, but now the City is looking for new ways to possible screw the race

11/01/19 Some great news for the Acura GP of Long Beach - As the Los Angeles Angels head toward an end-of-the-year deadline to decide whether to leave the city of Anaheim, the prospect of the team landing in Long Beach has dimmed after team officials said the city was “on the back burner.”

After the Long Beach Post reported in February that the team and Long Beach were in early talks to bring the team to a proposed Downtown waterfront ballpark, the Angels have dealt almost exclusively with Anaheim.

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12/03/19
f1

Toto Wolff to Ferrari?
Wolff would eliminate Ferrari's rampant mental errors under Binotto
Wolff would eliminate Ferrari's rampant mental errors under Binotto
(GMM) Toto Wolff has played down a rumor that he might switch to Ferrari.

Rumors that Lewis Hamilton could be heading to the Italian team for 2021 team are already rife, but it is also being whispered that Mercedes' team boss might follow suit.

"Ferrari is a great brand, but what I have done with Mercedes is unique," Wolff told Auto Motor und Sport.

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12/02/19
f1

Hinchcliffe, Camara or Palou to replace Bourdais at Dale Coyne Racing? (Update)
Alex Palou
Alex PalouSergio Sette Camara

UPDATE Motorsport.com reports that James Hinchcliffe is on Dale Coyne's shortlist of drivers to replace Sebastien Bourdais, but said that F2 ace Sergio Sette Camara and Super Formula race winner Alex Palou are also in the running.

Asked directly about Palou, who won a race and finished third in Japan’s Super Formula championship this year, Coyne told Motorsport.com: “No, he hasn’t signed yet. We’ll see.

Alex was highly impressive when he tested for us at Mid-Ohio. He was 0.8 sec quicker than Felipe Nasr in the Arrow [Schmidt Peterson] car, and Nasr had the advantage of knowing the track. So yeah, Palou did a hell of a job considering everything was new to him.”

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12/02/19
irl

Penske to return Pocono to IndyCar schedule?


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12/02/19
irl

Alonso in talks with Andretti about Indy 500 (8th Update)
If Honda says yes, Alonso will leave McLaren and drive for Andretti in 500
If Honda says yes, Alonso will leave McLaren and drive for Andretti in 500

UPDATE At the Abu Dhabi GP this past weekend Fernando Alonso said "the Andretti and Arrows McLaren SP teams are not the only options but for sure they are the strongest two. I have a loyalty to McLaren and there is also how good I felt with the Andretti team, and I feel part of that staff and team. I have a very good relationship there."

Alonso was said to have been blocked by Honda from using a car with one of their engines at Indy last year, after his criticisms of the Japanese company when they were supplying McLaren in F1 between 2015 and 17.

The Andretti team uses Honda engines, but Alonso insisted there would be "no problem" in him driving a Honda-powered car for them at Indy next year.

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12/02/19
f1

None of the top F1 drivers will change teams in 2021
Will Horner's prediction be correct?
Will Horner's prediction be correct?
(GMM) The drivers at every top team should all keep their seats for 2021, according to Christian Horner.

2020 looks set to be a fascinating year for the 'silly season', with Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) and Max Verstappen (Red Bull-Honda) all out of contract.

"Everyone should stay with their same team for the same money," Horner, the boss at Red Bull, smiled to the Dutch publication Formule 1.

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12/01/19
f1

F1 set to freeze engine development from 2022
Christian Horner
Christian Horner
(GMM) F1 looks set to begin to freeze engine development in Formula 1 from 2022.

The move comes after Honda decided only to commit to the sport for one more year - 2021 - beyond the end of its current contracts with Red Bull and Toro Rosso.

"Honda is waiting to see how the rules will change for 2021 and, above all, 2022, especially if engine development is frozen to cut costs," said Red Bull team boss Christian Horner, according to Speed Week.

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12/01/19
f1

Ferrari eyes Hamilton for 2021 (2nd Update)
Will Hamilton wave goodbye to Mercedes?
Will Hamilton wave goodbye to Mercedes?

UPDATE (GMM) Lewis Hamilton has met twice in 2019 with Ferrari chairman John Elkann, according to Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The news comes amid a new firestorm of speculation in Abu Dhabi about Lewis Hamilton's future.

Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto started it by saying he is "happy" the six-time world champion is out of contract at Mercedes after 2020.

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11/28/19
f1

Sergio Sette Camara to replace Robert Kubica (2nd Update)
Sergio Sette Camara, has check, will drive
Sergio Sette Camara, had check, not big enough

UPDATE This rumor is downgraded to 'false' as Canadian Nicholas Latifi brought a $30 million check and bought the ride at Williams.

07/17/19 (GMM) Speculation about Williams' 2020 driver lineup has arrived "too early".

That is the view of team boss Claire Williams, amid suggestions the struggling Grove team is looking for a replacement for Robert Kubica.

On his return to F1 after eight years, Kubica has struggled alongside rookie George Russell, with some believing Williams could replace him with Esteban Ocon as early as Spa.

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11/28/19
irl
f2

Sette Camara eyes IndyCar move
Sergio Sette Camara
Sergio Sette Camara
Young F2 driver Brazilian Sergio Sette Camara is eyeing one of the open IndyCar seats at Dale Coyne Racing, Carlin, AJ Foyt Racing, and Ed Carpenter Racing. After three years in F2 he sees no opportunity to move up to F1 - he has to bring too large a check.

“I’ve done quite a few seasons in F2 already, I’m still quite young -- I’m 21 -- but I arrived in F2 quite early and F1 was not possible for 2020 so I’m considering options,” Camara told RACER’s Chris Medland. “For sure one of the big options is to try something in the United States, but I don’t have anything confirmed yet.

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11/28/19
f1

Italian GP to Mugello or Imola for 2025? (2nd Update)
Mugello
Mugello

UPDATE (GMM) There is a "good chance" Mugello will eventually take over as host of the Italian GP.

That is the claim of Eugenio Giani, who is president of Tuscany's regional council.

In May, it was announced that a new five-year deal with existing race host Monza had been agreed by Liberty Media.

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11/28/19
f1

Latifi's dad to buy him Williams seat for 2020, replace Kubica (12th Update)
Latifi drove Friday morning practice in Austin
Latifi has a billionnaire daddy just like fellow Canadian Lance Stroll

UPDATE This rumor is finally upgraded to 'fact' with this announcement. Our 2020 F1 Silly Season page has been updated.

11/25/19 (GMM) Nicholas Latifi has given another strong indication that he will move into Formula 1 in 2020.

It is essentially an open secret that the 24-year-old son of billionaire McLaren co-owner Michael Latifi will replace Robert Kubica at Williams.

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11/27/19
nasmon

NASCAR may add street racing in 2021
NASCAR might be eyeing the streets of Long Beach. They might have to double their grandstand capacity
NASCAR might be eyeing the streets of Long Beach. They might have to double their grandstand capacity
NASCAR is considering adding temporary tracks in city centers or sports stadium parking lots to the season as soon as 2021, Sports Business Journal reports.

Along with its signature oval tracks, NASCAR currently competes on two road courses (Sonoma Raceway and Watkins Glen International) and a so-called “roval” set up in the infield of Charlotte Motor Speedway. Sources tell SBJ that NASCAR is aiming to add 8 new markets by 2022, which would likely require the elimination of several current events.

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11/23/19
automotive

C8 Corvette ZR1 to Get Hybrid Twin-Turbo DOHC V-8
C8 Corvette
C8 Corvette
Motor Trend rumors from well-placed source that the range-topping C8 Corvette ZR1 will add a performance hybrid system to boost it to 900 hp.

Rumors of a hybridized C8 have been flowing for quite some time, but now Motor Trend claims it has exclusive confirmation from a senior official at GM. The ZR1 will build on the Z06's all-new engine with a performance-oriented hybrid system to fill in torque gaps and increase total output to an even 900 hp.

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11/21/19
f1

F1 rejects France Family track
Homestead
Homestead
Rumor has it that the France Family owned Homestead Miami Speedway held talks with F1 and Miami-Dade county about hosting a Formula 1 race there, but F1 rejected the offer last week.

We hear they fell off their chair in hysteria when they saw the Mickey Mouse Homestead infield road course. All kidding aside, the F1 race course could have traversed the surrounding roadways as well.

F1 does not want to be way down in Homestead. They want a Miami, or Miami suburb event.

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11/21/19
nasmon

Fox Sports to cut cost on NASCAR broadcasts
Waltrip not being replaced?
Waltrip not being replaced?
To save money, Fox Sports is rumored to go with a two-man booth for the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season, with just Mike Joy and Jeff Gordon.

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